* Posts by Roger Kynaston

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Microsoft, rivals together fight US govt's cloud data snatch

Roger Kynaston

We Europeans should be looking at this as an opportunity. It is time to for there to be a credible non US based cloud provider.

I know that this would be a huge challenge to break into a maturing market but surely not all the tech giants have to be based in Silicon Valley?

So, either this company out googles google or out Rackspaces Rackspace or both. I suspect that breaking the MS monopoly would be too big a challenge.

I am only a lowly sysadmin so don't have the nous/contacts to get VC funding or whatever but it _should_ be possible. Also, I want to go sailing again in three years time.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

Roger Kynaston
Joke

Re: Pointless latest update

BSOD of course!

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Met ready to cough £150m to IT bods who'll help coppers go digital

Roger Kynaston
Coat

Ermmm

Wouldn't it be a good idea for this to be done in house. A very large strategic infrastructure and all that. If it is in house you would have full strategic control and all that management bollocks/consultancy.

I am sure that the project will plod on though. Sorry had to do it. I'm off.

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US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

Roger Kynaston
Pint

Re: Why not?

but has it got horse DNA in it?

Beer because tomorrow is my last day

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

Roger Kynaston
Pint

Re: "Seemingly there is no reason for these extraordinary intergalactic upsets...

More likely Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz has blown some snot out of his nose so fast it has overtaken his ship and got here first.

Beer because it is Friday.

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Customer service rep fired for writing game that mocks callers

Roger Kynaston
Pint

Re:

That joke has a very long pedigree.

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Entire Reg readership would fill 205 Olympic-sized swimming pools

Roger Kynaston
Pint

Re: Melbourne to Chelyabinsk

Just make sure you haven't got any Colombian nose candy on your person though.

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The Spherical Cow lands, spits out Anaconda

Roger Kynaston
Thumb Up

Can we hope

for samba 4 in RHEL/Centos soon then?

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Google denies smacking Botswanan ass

Roger Kynaston
Paris Hilton

But it still has a tail

so Christopher Robin won't be able to nail it back on.

Paris because I avoided crude jokes about donkeys

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Which qualifications are worthwhile?

Roger Kynaston
Pint

Hrmm. Difficult

I drifted into IT after not having the werewithal to do things like law post first degree. I started with a first line desktop job and moved into server support and then made the jump to UNIX/Linux from Windows. I did do half of an MsC in Computer Science at Birkbeck (well worth considering). I even use (abuse) some of the stuff I learn't there.

The vendor specific courses are often good but very expensive and the current climate in companies to pay for training seems to be built round the harsh laugh and FOAD principle - others can disabuse me of this idea.

One of the troubles is that the industry is in a state of change and the traditional sysadmin role is going to disappear quite soon. In my view anyway.

I would start with working to expand your knowledge by building different stuff at home. E.G. put linux on an old PC and then try to get samba and ldap working so you can get some knowledge of how these things work. You could also play with things like apache and such like in this way. Of course, this won't let you put x years experience with Linux sysadmin on your CV. Hell desk jobs tend to be poorly paid and not located in London

Good luck with the career change.

Beer because you will need it :-)

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Tiny Brit island stranded after £10m undersea fibre plea sunk

Roger Kynaston
Joke

Re: Ideal tourist destination

The only requirement would be that you stood in tragic poses with one hand inside your jacket and that you would hatch wild plots for the domination of Europe.

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BT broadband goes TITSUP - cripples Scots, Geordies, Northern Irish

Roger Kynaston
Pint

First rule in a major outage

Take the phone off the hook until you know what has gone wrong. That way you can concentrate on diagnosing it without answering idiot questions from know nothings.

Beer because I am sure the BT engineers (or whoever they have outsourced it to) will need lots after today.

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Microsoft’s so.cl network now open to all

Roger Kynaston
Happy

Re: so.cl (pronounced “social “)

Just as we have facefail - now there is sofail

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Cambridge boffins fear 'Pandora's Unboxing' and RISE of the MACHINES

Roger Kynaston
Go

wot no Hitchhikers reference yet?

Surely we don't need to worry. it will take one of these hyper intelligent machines seven and a half million years to work out that the answer is 42 anyway.

Methinks that these Cambridge types are Majikthise and Loonqwaal.

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Restaurateur jailed for customer sex profile revenge plan

Roger Kynaston

Marisol is a woman's name

en Espanol.

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

Roger Kynaston
Stop

Are they

Doing the same for same sex couples? There really could be a safety aspect there when some homophobe decides that they need to burn in hell or whatever and takes steps to put themself there with a shotgun or whatever.

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BOFH: Can't you just ... NO, I JUST CAN'T

Roger Kynaston
Happy

Can't remember who originally told me this

and certainly not who coined it but it is good.

"Downtime: That time during which the system is stable and immune from user input."

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At last, a bionic arm that passes the Beer, Egg and Looks Cool tests

Roger Kynaston
Coat

Ah But

When will it turn on him and break his neck?

Sorry, had to be done!

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LARGEST BELCH EVER SEEN devastates gassy GIANT Saturn

Roger Kynaston
Coat

Ah but

Was there a cosmic giant with a match to light this fart?

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'Hypersensitive' Wi-Fi hater loses case against fiendish DEVICES

Roger Kynaston
Happy

Re: Inquiring minds... And I hate

... it when everyone makes Hitchhikers jokes. How can I maintain the pretence that my spotty friends and I were the only ones who got Douglas Adams when we were in our teens.

OT but I had to get that off my now unspotty chest.

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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

Roger Kynaston
Go

Goody

A Home Secretary speaks some sense. They must have forgotten to give her the medication this morning.

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Skydiver Baumgartner's 120,000ft spacesuit leap delayed by bad wind

Roger Kynaston
Go

Shirly a crap energy drinks maker

would sponsor me to put on a suitable suit with some sort of heat shield and then take a step out of the ISS. 370,000m freefall has to be the best! Haven't fallen out of a plane since the eighties and I would have to shed quite a lot of lard but it would be worth it!

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Democrat candidate attacked by GOP for being stabby assassin ORC

Roger Kynaston
Happy

Folllowed the attach site

What will the republicans think when they get all the UK IP addresses hitting their site - assume we are doing a DDoS and launch drone attacks?

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From Dr No to Skyfall: The Reg's one month of Bond

Roger Kynaston
Happy

Cool

Never been able to bond (Coat please!) with David Craig. Grew up with Roger Moore and liked Pierce Brosnan the most. Silly films should have humour and I think he brought good humour to it.

Tried a vodka martini once but prefer the traditional gin one. However, we do shake rather than stir them - I like the way the broken ice dilutes it slightly and in a very unscientific way I reckon the air being mixed in improves the flavour. I await the downvotes from purists

When are we likely to get a Jane Bond though? Might be interesting.

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Oregon farmer devoured by own hogs

Roger Kynaston

On a more serious note

A few years ago Vancouver (BC) police found that a pig farmer to the south of the border had been going to the red light district, murdering prostitutes and feeding them to his herd.

Very unpleasant and all that

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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

Roger Kynaston
Joke

Re: It's an attack against what we stand for, for free elections.

But then we would also have to allow free radicals.

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Blazing new comet may OUTSHINE THE MOON in 2013

Roger Kynaston
Pint

Re:Re: Shirly we need a pluto rant by now

Oooohhh yes it is!!

More beer as I am on leave tomorrow.

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Roger Kynaston
Pint

Shirly we need a pluto rant by now

Pluto is a planet. I won't try for FOTW though

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NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

Roger Kynaston
Coffee/keyboard

New keyboard owed

Title says it all.

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Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off

Roger Kynaston
Happy

Re: Do the SBB set new clocks by looking at the timetable?

Early ntp anyone? got to get the true geek element going after all.

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Google skids car insurance comparison engine onto rivals' lawn

Roger Kynaston
Happy

Re: Re: Let me fix that.

Does this mean that I can break the insurance industry if I search for price comparisons in google?

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Build a bonkers home cinema

Roger Kynaston
Pint

£250K to burn

New engine for boat - £8K

New working jib - £1.5K

new lightweight Genoa - £1.5K

replace worn teak in cockpit (denuded rainforest included) - ~£1k

replace knackered radar £800

Some other odds and sods - ~£1k

Sail over horizon for duration - less than twelve grand and the other £230K for funding.

Spend another £25K on house and we can rent it for nearly the cost of keeping boat going - ergo go cruising for rest of my life or until inflation eats into savings too much.

Just a different and cheaper sort of geekiness.

Beer because beer would be drunk in various locations.

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'Picture of Dorian Gray' borrowed in 1934 is finally returned

Roger Kynaston
Stop

Re: @ 0765794e08

Step away from La Kate my good Sir!

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Roger Kynaston
Joke

does that mean

That we can expect Stephen Fry to be banged up in Reading Nick in the future?

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MoD to become even more top-heavy as a result of personnel cuts

Roger Kynaston
Mushroom

Optional

Grunts have always been optional in all organisation. Gods and demigods are of course indespensable.

Obvious icon

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WikiLeaks' secrets weren't, says former MI5 chief

Roger Kynaston
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Blimey

A spook (OK an ex one) talks sense. Whatever next, a politician admits that their pet policy seemed like a good idea but wasn't?

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'G-Cloud is nothing more than a suppliers' website'

Roger Kynaston
Joke

.quaker

Would that lead to a spell of porridge?

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US appeal dismissed in Dotcom case

Roger Kynaston
Thumb Up

Re: Where IT is all going pear shaped in the rotten barrels of apples?

Well doe that Martian. Been missing you as well.

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How talent-spotting boffins help Team GB bag Olympic gold

Roger Kynaston
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Re: Maybe start younger

I know that some sports are "expensive" compared to regular ones but how much would it cost to fund the RYA to have a few fleets of oppies (Optimists for the non sailing geek) and encourage interschool regattas - plenty of reservoirs. Then they could graduate to Laser Picos/420s what have you at senior school and we might then get all the golds in Rio rather than let our antipodean friends take most of them.

Letting a kid be in charge of their destiny would also do wonders for the self esteem of those who aren't quite at the standard of Hannah Mills as well. Who knows, it might even help dissuade a young lad from deciding that selling crack is a good career choice!

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'Sending timing data over cell network - what could go wrong?'

Roger Kynaston
Pint

Apropos of Appsung

Why are technology companies so addicted to suing each other. I used to work in a university where the lecturers in the law department got off on suing each other until they appointed the head of modern languages to be their HoD. She took them all down the pub and told them to stop fucking about. After some beers they sorted themselves out.

could we apply this model to the likes of Oracle/Google, Apple/Samsung and god knows who else.

Obvious icon and it is Friday. Good sailing in Weymouth to watch as well.

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6 London boroughs haul all their kit to 1 Oracle biz product

Roger Kynaston

Re: What the reg really needs to offer is...

Oddly, LG is less prone to high profile disasters than their Whitehall colleagues.

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Ever considered putting a rocket up someone's backside?

Roger Kynaston
Happy

This is a title

Correction. Playmobil or it didn't happen

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Skydiving daredevil Baumgartner leaps from 96,000ft

Roger Kynaston
Go

Cool

whatever, I wish him luck. Though if he really wants to be hardcore he should design an ablating suit that lets him step out of the ISS and fall to earth from there.

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LG, Samsung, Sony: Smutty Smart TV apps turn us off

Roger Kynaston
Flame

Re: LG

4oD is crap. Not channel 4 though they have a lot to live down with BB (middle class wine drinking R4 listener here). AFAICT it is an IE only based thing so unavailable on anything that doesn't come from the beast of Redmond.

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JELLYFISH bio-bot built with rat cells to mend broken hearts

Roger Kynaston
Coat

I for one

welcome our jellified overlords.

Sorry, had to be done.

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Up the ZIL LANE to the Beach Volleyball changing rooms with BONG!

Roger Kynaston
Happy

Now that

There is wifi on the tube. Can we deploy the Trademarkr app to any idiot who feels the need to clutter up the underground by insisting on using a non e-enabled iwork web 1024 way of working and actually try and commute to a stone age office thus taking up valuable seating capacity for those wishing to watch the beach volleyball.

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LG readies bonkers big telly for sale

Roger Kynaston
WTF?

how much ..

Juice is that going to need to power it?

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Olympus MEG4.0 smart glasses will photoshop the REAL WORLD

Roger Kynaston
Pint

Old hat

Or should I say old specs.

At the last Americas Cup, the skipper of Larry Ellison's toy had glasses that connected to the boats systems and projected vital information to shave 1/1000th of a second off the time to tack such a behemoth. Granted he had a backpack computer to interface with the boat.

Personally, i'll leave that sort of toy ashore and possibly stick to beer for getting a "nicer" of the world ashore as well.

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41 London tube station platforms now WIRED for Wi-Fi

Roger Kynaston
Pint

Re: Why?

The tube is one of the last bastions of being able to be out of touch. Last Worst Western's train line to the west country is also largely free of phone coverage west of Reading but I can't afford their train fares.

Grumpy bugger I know but I would far rather be out of touch in the middle of some bit of the Med than completely connected here in ...

Beer because I need one.

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