* Posts by Roger Kynaston

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

Roger Kynaston
Pint

Re: Inspiring Entrepreneurs

You could really put yourself in harms way by adding a bit of a highly inflammable and volatile liquid with the chemical formula C6H6O which is known to have serious psychoactive effects on human brains and make them do stupid things but it does guarantee that us ugly buggers get to have sex.

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

Roger Kynaston

Hrmm

I remember a 20 year old Ultra1 running some business critical system. Over and over I said it was a huge risk running an unsupported version of solaris blah blah. The answer, we don't have time to upgrade/migrate/decommission and it would be too expensive.

It never actually fell over while I was there but it was no fun being the only one left with some knowledge of Solaris 2.5.

The challenge is often getting the business to recognise the costs and risks with legacy stuff rather than precious old timers guaranteeing their pensions.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

Roger Kynaston
Pint

And another thing

I liked the pictorial reference to the new bit of Navy. We saw them last summer in the Tamar and the rotating ball got them the name of bollock of death!

Beer because we are closed tomorrow and a virtual one for the writers.

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Bongfire of Inanity: Jakarta rozzers enforce mass chill-out

Roger Kynaston
Happy

Re: Only one work in the image could I recognize

With Sherlock, it was typically Opium if I remember my Conan Doyle correctly.

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

Roger Kynaston

Shirly

Someone on Hawaii will be launching a lawsuit to stop NASA doing this as they think it will purturb the orbit of the moon and make it crash into the earth. After all they tried to stop the LHC on the basis that it would create a black hole that would swallow us up.

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Data centre dangers: Killing a tree and exploding a UPS

Roger Kynaston
Pint

a few years ago

Not OOO but still a heart stopper at the time. Some workmen were doing things in the computer room. They were hammering away when they hammered so hard they triggered the emergency cut off switch.

Most of it went down with a bang but a few things had standalone UPS so we spent a mad few minutes desperately shutting those down.

As I remember nothing got seriously borked.

Beer because lots of it is needed after such events.

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Zeus scumbag infects itself, buddies, with rival Trojan

Roger Kynaston

OT but ...

... I like the cover photo.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

Roger Kynaston
Joke

@ "Scaffold"

Step away from the computer sir! You have been found guilty of a web2ism and need to be shot.

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

Roger Kynaston
Pint

And the prixe for

the most tenuous link to IT goes to ...

Beer because I like it and need a beer even at this time of the morning.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

Roger Kynaston
Joke

Re: The most useful of these will be a cloud-connected zipper fly for men’s trousers.

Ok. So they build a dick sensor into it. Then the terr'sts du jour will hack into them and sterilize an entire country at a stroke!

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

Roger Kynaston

Re: Yet more proof.

But those who can can't necessarily teach. An often overlooked point.

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

Roger Kynaston
Joke

Re: Good I say.

I had to read this twice before I realised you weren't making some obscure reference to Charlie Hebdo with your frogs in pots.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

Roger Kynaston

Re: A request

if [ ! $THREAT ]

then

let $THREAT = 1

else

let $THREAT = 1

fi

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Apple v Ericsson: Yet ANOTHER patent war bubbles over

Roger Kynaston
Coat

One day CEOs of geek companies will say "why the hell are we giving all our money to lawyers. Lets stop suing each other and we can make some actual money"

Laughs hysterically and gets coat.

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

Roger Kynaston
Happy

I want me one of those

sexy toys!

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

Roger Kynaston
Headmaster

Re: ... and apparently the FBI doesn't have the same idea of the burden of proof as I do

Ermm. Evdence is a noun I am afraid.

"If the party that makes an accusation cannot or will not provide evidence, I don't believe the accusation."

Lynn Truss eat your heart out!

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

Roger Kynaston

Re: Could this be made small scale?

Typical Reg. I ask a semi flippant question and get a load of sensible ideas.

I have actually looked into solar stills. The trouble is keeping it stable on a moving platform like a small boat (10.4M in my case). I will think more about it though as I think it would be the best solution for water. No good for distilling shit though.

I agree that it is much easier to process sea water than poo but if the poo could be reduced a bit for storage and disposal offshore it would be all to the good. Think anchoring in remote coral atolls here.

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Roger Kynaston

Re:Re: Could this be made small scale?

1) Get a reverse osmosis machine.

yes, but they need a shed load of energy - either electricity or run off the engine flywheel. Both options mean running the engine more than is preferable.

2) Sail more than 12 nautical miles from land. and 3) Throw sewage overboard.

That is what we do (I won't admit to doing at less than 12 miles though). Holding tanks are horrible things and being able to reduce the amount of shit being lugged around would be nice.

I just like the idea of being able to get water from shit as well as carrying jerry cans lashed to the guardwires.

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Roger Kynaston
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Could this be made small scale?

Just got back from sailing an Atlantic circuit and dealing with poo|shit|effluent was a pain in the arse. We also had a challenge carrying sufficient drinking water for the long passages. The chance to recycle the water out of the holding tank would have real appeal.

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Ofcom's new broom Sharon White sweeps into office

Roger Kynaston

Good luck to her

I do hope that she has the hide of a rhinocerous though. Everyone hates the regulator, probably even more than the IT types since they tell us IT types that we can't do it either.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

Roger Kynaston

@ Worried cabby

Many years ago I spent the best part of two years (I was only 25 then and two years felt a lot longer than it does now) driving taxis in Taunton. It was OK at the time but the pay was abysmal, the hours unspeakable and there was a lot of abuse from passengers. Now I work in IT for less abysmal pay and (slightly) shorter hours but still get grief from customers though it is of a slightly different kind. At least it is not my problem if the punter does a runner now.

In conclusion, were I a cabby, I would be happy to retrain and provide the extensive second line support these new toys are going to need.

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Roger Kynaston
Pint

@ We have arrived Sir

Tampax for your baby. Something a bit screwy with that search algorithm methinks.

Beer because it is that time of year. No Slade though if you don't mind.

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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
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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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