* Posts by Steve K

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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

Steve K

Decent configurator website too

Unlike the other big boys (HP/IBM), Dell also actually have a decent configurator on their website for getting a publicly-available idea of the valid configuration options available, their cross-compatibility and the pricing for most of their mainstream kit.

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Oracle hires cloud 'success' pushers, denies EMEA customers are floating away

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Re: Cloud subs

> b) From the customer perspective, surely you'd take your data and jump to somewhere cheaper/faster/better?

Possibly, but that depends whether you are just hosting a database, or something built on Oracle Apps too (e.g. EBusiness Suite) where a move is definitely non-trivial and carries significant business risk.

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Eight budget-friendly 1TB SSD data packers for real people

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Re: 2.5"

Already here...

My current PC (built is September 2015) uses an ASUS Z170 with a Skylake 6600K. I have am OEM Samsung SM951 AHCI drive (as boot) in a PCI-E adapter, and an OEMSM951 nVME 512GB as a secondary in a M.2 PCIE/NVME slot on the motherboard itself.

The SM951 OEM drives can be picked up pretty cheaply online (e.g. FlexxRAM in the UK), the only issue you will have is getting it the nVME one to UEFI boot.

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Two big risks could torpedo Dell-EMC deal

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Dell and EMC had better hold fire on the reorganisations then...

Dell and EMC had better hold fire on the reorganisations then...

Recent reports show them both looking to eliminate departments where there would be overlap in a merged organisation.

Steve

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Florida cuffee surprised by pills in vagina

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Did she swallow the Babypod instead...?

A mixup and maybe she swallowed the BabyPod instead......?

(http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/07/foetal_streaming_service/)

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Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'

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Schoolreunion.org.uk

I used to work with someone who showed me his almost-finished site "schoolreunion.org.uk" on the Friday in 1999 before Friends Reunited was splashed all over the Weekend Section of one of the broadsheets - and thus was effectively launched skywards with an effective first-mover monopoly.

That was a shame - so near.......

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Re: The wrong question

This is assuming that the target people have a device to use it on (PC/tablet/smartphone), electricity, comms in-range, literacy, a permanent dwelling etc.

I think it needs to be asked whether this solving the right problem at the right time, and if it is, any monopoly should be state-run/owned at least in the early years (although there is a quandary involved in turning down a rich funding source like FaceBook...)

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Russian Pastafarian wins right to bear colander

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Coat

Lots of holes in his argument

Yes, but there are lots of holes in his argument too.

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McAfee Security Manager lets anybody bypass managers' security

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Angel

Re: It's a feature

As an older El Reg reader, I am reliably informed that the same key you mention, but with all "2"s worked also. Allegedly.

Might be hardcoded, or maybe it's some sort of weak hash collision(s) in the key validation mechanism.

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Wanted: 1,400 sales jockeys to flog Oracle Cloud

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Stop

Logical extension is to stop on-premise software commission for salespeople

The logical extension of this is that they will stop paying salespeople (and presumably Oracle partners too) commission for on-premise software where there is a cloud version.

That does not bode particularly well for users getting the right solution for their needs, when the opening lines will be:

"Cloud is the answer - now, what's the question?"

Steve

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What's going on with X.org? Desktop software body could lose domain

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Re: Pass the Sick Bag!

Hope this diagram helps with the style rules to be followed:

http://www.bulldictionary.com/reach-out/

Steve

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Cops stuff Mumbai thief with 48 bananas

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Re: Bananas ?

Simply brilliantly-told story!!

That Picolax is impressive stuff - I nearly crapped myself laughing just reading that article.

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Reversible...?

48 bananas should be enough to have the same effect starting from the other end too.....

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Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service

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Coat

Chuffed?

They must be chuffed with this idea.....

Maybe someone else will pudenda to it?

(I'm here all week - don't forget to tip your waiter/waitress)

Steve

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Err.. there are 4 elements to name anyway...

Without pissing judgement on the names you suggest, there are 4 elements to name anyway...

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Re: If nobody can agree...

Good choice, but already done in the separation of Americium and Curium!!! (Pandemonium and Delirium)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americium

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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

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Re: Same again today - 18/12/15 - UK

Back now - 18/12/15 -@ 11:30 GMT

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Same again today - 18/12/15 - UK

Same again today - 18/12/15 - UK @10:50 GMT

Main status page carries no details still.... Detailed status pane hangs...

Arsebucket -@#!!

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Oracle, looks like your revenues were down. 'Cloud! Cloud! Look at the cloud!'

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It's not really the database...

I think you may be missing the point a little:

* it's not really the database here - it's the applications (e.g. EBusiness, HR, CRM etc.) and some platforms.

* This is Oracle's own cloud here - running on their kit in their DataCentres.

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VDI comes to the Raspberry Pi

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Re: Silent Pi

RDP is not the same as VDI though.....

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Thai women drugged punters 'with Xanax-spiked nipples' – cops

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Yoosuk - Fnar,Fnar!

Yoosuk - a very apt name for a participant in this story...

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This storage startup dedupes what to do what? How?

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Re: A question on hashing

Thanks for the clarification and the associated link.

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A question on hashing

Thanks for the clear explanation Trevor.

One question though - how are hash collisions avoided within deduplication software - there are parallels with encryption/decryption here.

Steve

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VirusTotal invites Apple fans to play in updated Mac malware sandpit

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Angel

Run everything in a sandbox!

So if you can run everything in a sandbox then your exposure to malware is reduced.....

I will not charge the world for my brilliant solution

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Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?

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Re: Voice assistants

Absolutely. If my usage of Siri or Cortana is typical then these features are merely an interesting (from a technical "ooh - look what they can almost do now") sideshow that you use once or twice and then realise that typing or doing something else is a better idea.

In its defence, I will say that at least Siri and Cortana are not as bad as the voice control for the phone on my 2005 Audi (think of the Jeremy Clarkson review of the BMW voice control....). The sheer frustration of the Audi voice interface and its inability to discern more than one number successfully, and the subsequent failure for it to understand the corrective commands that it then offers is exquisitely horrendous. Again something used 2-3 times and abandoned in sweary bemusement.

For all of the above tools, you have to remember that someone signed them off for production use - as in "Wow, that works really well! The users are going to LOVE it". I must be missing something....

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate and admire the technical achievement of the real-time language recognition and contextual analysis, but echoing the sentiment in the post above, unless it is close to 100% accurate then it is unfortunately almost 100% useless as a primary interface.

Steve

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Tinder clone TanTan lets wire spies locate lovers

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Coat

Fnar, Fnar

What if the user is after a man in the middle attack?

Is that a euphemism...?

Ooh, matron etc.

Steve

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Surprise! No wonder Oracle doesn't 'see' IBM or SAP in the cloud

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Check the fine print on duration!

Check the fine print on the duration of your cloudy contract too - at least with some products you sign up for a 3-year lock-in to your "cloud" deal.......

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

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Re: I wonder what OS Dropbox's servers run on. And AWS...

> Microsoft has admitted that Azure does NOT run on Windows

Citation?

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Now VW air-pollution cheatware 'found in Audis and Porsches'

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Re: Parvenu.

I think it is more nuanced than that.

In the UK at least, recent research has shown that many private car buyers have availed themselves of lease hire or PCP balloon (as opposed to Hire Purchase) deals when financing a car, due to the lower monthly payments available. This has favoured premium marques such as Audi/BMW/Mercedes in recent times.

The exit to PCP deals at the end of their term is either to hand back the keys, trade in the car for a new one on a similar deal or to pay the residual value agreed when the deal was signed (less any mileage or condition related excesses).

Therefore for PCPs in place before this story broke, the economics of the deal are already locked in - the contractual residual was agreed at inception and so any diminution in value is the problem of the Finance company rather than the driver.

The Finance company is more likely to have exposure to more than just VAG brands, and so their exposure is diversified away to a degree anyway, particularly if the Financing cash flows (carrying a fixed interest rate) have been securitised and sold on to a wider market who will be diversified themselves. So they may not care that much.

Steve

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Oracle: Fight for the right to be third to Amazon's AWS

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Re: That's not quite how Oracle will gain a foothold

They will also gain a foothold because for at least some of their SaaS offerings (e.g. Planning & Budgeting Cloud, Financial Reporting Cloud) you sign up to a 3-year deal - so for at least 3 years you are theirs.

I'm not sure that would meet all of the usual definitions of a "Cloud" service....

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Bracken assembles old GDS crew for Co-op

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Re: Stealing staff

You are assuming they WERE the best staff though.....

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Oracle, SAP, IBM: They're rubbish and charge you billions for Excel, says man

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That is bollocks

That's bollocks and he knows it.

From Oracle there are Hyperion Planning/Essbase on-premise or Cloud (PBCS). You CAN use Excel as an interface (via the SmartView addin), but you can also operate perfectly well in the web interface (ADF-based).

I make no comment as to costs, but to say that enterprises plan on spreadsheets is just plain wrong. As background, I specialise in Hyperion Planning/Essbase/Financial Management implementations and have many FTSE100/250 companies amongst my clients in this regard.

The challenge is to get people to store data in the relevant tools, rather than creating islands of data stored in Excel, but that's true whatever the product is.

Steve

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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"Jesus!" exclaimed Andy Green, squinting through the windscreen as he applied full power to Bloodhound

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Let’s hear it for data scientists! Making our lives more and more frictionless

Steve K

Electoral Roll

"...trawl publicly available databases such as the electoral roll to find out more information about you"

At least you can opt out of the publicly-available electoral roll (although I don't understand why you have to opt out annually - surely you have opted out because you don't want to be bombarded with junk mail etc., so why would you change your preference year-by-year)

Steve

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

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Re: POKE 35136,0

I beg to disagree - the Renault Sport Spider that I had some 15 years ago certainly had some poke.

No proper roof though....

Steve

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It's enough to get your back up: Eight dual-bay SOHO NAS boxes

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Re: i was really hoping for an actual summary

Isn't that what LUN masking is for though?

If you set the default to RO for all Initiators, then you have to deliberately set the LUN mask to RW for >1 Initiator to risk iSCSI corruption.

Steve

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Ironic..

That's ironic as a French Letter was what got him into this mess - allegedly...

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Altice to buy controlling stake in Suddenlink for NINE BEEELION dollars

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Beat me to it!!

Beat me to it!!

Well done Sir/Madam

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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"£25,295" - is that inclusive of the Government grant?

60mpg is not that impressive really - I get around that from my (2005) A4 2.0 TDI, but maybe the Mondeo wins on emissions.

Steve

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MAID to order: Inside Facebook's cold-storage data ziggurats

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Re: A Digital Garbage Dump

Genius!

Have you had that one saved up just for this day?

Steve

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HP lifts lid on Autonomy lawsuit claims, but Lynch cries BOLLOCKS

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Re: The Enron Defence

Me again....

The accountants have that one covered too.

That's why in Consolidated Accounts you will eliminate at a Group level any Inter-company transactions and investments so that only externally-generated items are shown.

Obviously if you fudge this then the external figures will be wrong, but it is something that is looked at closely both in audits, and also in the implementation of Financial Consolidation systems (e.g Oracle HFM).

Intentionally fraudulent misclassification will also be hard to spot here, but short of replaying the whole year, the auditors of such organisation have to design their tests and reliance on Management-instituted controls and systems to reach their opinion.

(I worked on the Mirror Group audit in 1991 as an audit junior - whilst I was as not involved in the messy bits, it was an interesting time...)

Steve

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Re: The Enron Defence

Because an audit is not about detecting fraud....

An audit is about giving a "true and fair view" of the financial statements in question to the company/organisation's (generally external) stakeholders - for example shareholders.

If a fraud is perpetrated by staff and/or company officers, this MAY be detected by the auditors as part of this work, but if the auditors are supplied with false information by relevant staff or company officers then there is not much they can do.

If there is insufficient information then they may well qualify their opinion on the accounts or indeed not sign them off at all.

Negligence is a different matter, but that's why there will be a record kept of how the opinion was reached - particularly on contentious matters - by the Partner signing off the accounts.

(In a former life I was a Chartered Accountant.....)

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Dissing the Valley and ignoring unicorns: The tech boom Oakland style

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This is like the old (UK) Book Clubs

JustFab's model reminds me of the Book Clubs you used to get in the Sunday supplements here in the UK in the 1980's.

Same idea, except you got books at a discounted price in exchange for your monthly fee - which would be charged unless you opted out. All by post in those days too.

Wait long enough and an idea comes round again....

Steve

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Google looks to scrape away scumware, as only it can

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Java crapware now more easily optional

To be fair to Oracle, Java 8 has a persisting option checkbox regarding Partner product downloads (aka. Crapware). This was a pleasant surprise, since forgetting to uncheck the box in previous versions could be quite easy.

I'll leave the debate on whether or not client-side Java is itself crapware to others....

Steve

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

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Revenue !=Profit...

> But Thornberry said: "We need to look hard at BT’s arguments. Is it necessary for state aid to subsidise BT? After all, Openreach generates £5bn of revenue each year."

I think she is confusing Revenue and Profit here. Whilst I don't doubt that BT Openreach are making a profit on that £5bn of revenue, here statement on its own does not follow.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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Coat

I bought a Dyson - wouldn't get another one...

I've got one already.

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Anonymous wifi the latest casualty of Russia net neurosis

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What if you don't have a mobile?

How will this work if you don't have a mobile but do have a laptop or tablet with WiFi only (i.e. No SIM)?

(Possibly unlikely scenario, but if you rely on VOIP or Skype-type services then is feasible)

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Zuckerberg and other directors sued over GIGANTIC PACKAGES

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Re: @Don Jefe

If Monday's closing price was $62.88, and he still holds Facebook shares, then I doubt that he is nursing any losses from the IPO ($38?).....

Steve

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MH370 'pings' dismissed as false positives

Steve K

Re: Surprise!!!

Whoosh.......

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Venus Express to get final acid bath before crashing to surface

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Re: Great terminology!

Or indeed in the comments here:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/12/14/grail_craft_moon_crash/

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