I had forgotten that anyone still made Itanium based machines, and to think HP/Compaq dumped Alpha for this. Still I am sure Larry's pay-off will help HP's executive bonuses next year.
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Eh, I though win10 was only being foisted on
an already suffering world users of Win7/8/8.1?
Re: This is why Japan prefers to fire refurbished WWII dreadnoughts into orbit
I think you will find those failings apply to far, far more than Japan.
However, it seems to permeate to safety-critical stuff in Japan, I wonder if this is a by-product of the social norms where questioning your elders is frowned upon? The Venn diagram for age, experience and wisdom is not one of concentric circles...
If you already have projects or code-reuse written in .Net or C# perhaps?
Re: Post-it perils
You don't have to write it down exactly as used.
For example you could append some common and easy-to-remember simple password to each "unique" one on the post-it note. Most opportunists criminals are unlikely to do the hard work of trying combinations for one account, more so if the dumb fuckwits that run some of these sites have proper rate-limiting on login attempts...
Re: Microsoft needs to realise...
So everyone is in starring in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or nobody?
Which is worse?
Re: How space-junk-proof is it?
At orbital impact speeds EVERYTHING is flexible and basically liquid like! The usual approach for satellites is two thin sheets, first one gets holed but the impact vaporises the (very small) projectile so it is stopped but makes a modest dent in the 2nd sheet due to the gas pressure. Big stuff and its game over though...
"Admins are advised to block port 80, stop using the web interface for device management"
Sigh, so they have enough space to fit a shitty web server in for the interface, but not enough to do it correctly, and so it is no longer supportable?
They can't even deliver a web-serverless version to path this?
Re: Oh dear, Mr Floppy?
Do you want to read my naughty inflation-procedure parchments again?
Re: How to make it state of the art?
Yes, people often are the weakest link in security but that is the very reason you need systems designed to make stupid less of a risk. That of course has a cost in training and monitoring of behaviour, but a proper audit will show if those sort of risks are being managed well enough.
2FA is a good example as it helps avoid the need for the human to understand if the https link is in use and if the certificate is the correct one.
And these would be the same banks that want to push liability for fraud on to the customers?
Can we please have a full public audit of how this happened first? You know, to check if any banks are running systems that are anything other than state-of-the-art in terms of security, say no IE version below 11, no comms protocols with known vulnerabilities, all machines' user-writeable areas set to no-execute, etc, etc.
Ban them all
See how the gov reacts if the ISPs just decided to add the state monopoly to the list "to protect the young".
And add the political web sites of those who voted for it as well. There is no legal right to have an ISP provide access to any web site is there?
El reg units?
What is that rare expressed in kilowrists?
Yes, go find system requirements. Get redirected to new site with no obvious system requirement details.
Do a search for them on site, find document (WebEx System Requirements (WBS31) Mar 23, 2016). See it lists Java 6 as a requirement for Linux, not latest version!? Says Firefox latest works. Try out Firefox and Java latest, find it does not work.
Look at requirements again and find that 64-bit versions of Chrome & Firefox are not supported. WTF Cisco? Are you supposed to be Tier-1 suppliers?
"There is an actual root or elevated account in windows"
Including loading unsigned drivers on 64-bit versions?
It not, then it is not really root but DRM in the way.
"Care to explain how it works on Windows then? Where the user is both 'root', and has full automatic 'admin' level?"
Simples - because you are not actually root or admin, just what MS decided to allow you to touch and nothing else.
Root on *nix systems means that, you can do real STOOPID shit if you want, but that you should have the sense not to. Like a God I suppose, but hopefully not Sithrak The Blind Gibberer...
Re: Disagree with some of this
"A simple cable can allow access to data on flash drives so that's not a huge issue"
It bloody well is! WTF? Why should you need any accessories (at extra cost, and something you have to remember and carry with you) to access data stored on devices that practically every other machine in the world will do for free?
Sadly Apple's bloody-mindedness to go their own way and to deliberately avoid compatibility is a good reason not to pay the premium. Sure they have some advantages over a Windows or Android machine in UI and lack of such obvious data slurping but I have been at too many meetings & presentations where half of the folk arrived with thunderbolt-only machines and no adaptor then looks all upset that the room "only" had VGA, DVI and HDMI support. And of course they could not even pass the martial over on a USB stick, that was available, for the same sort of reason.
MS deserve a bollocking as well though, as the Mac versions of Office are not compatible fully with Windows. Have you tried equations in Powerpoint? Or having equation objects in word (the sane to edit option, as older versions of word used)? A pox on them all! :(
It means not going with suppliers with stupid licensing terms!
Thinking of Oracle, MS, etc, etc. For some who are tied in to stuff they have no choice, for others they may still chose to place their gonads in Larry's money-extracting vice because of some aspect Oracle do really well. But most I think, will be looking at software without tie-in or usurious license terms. Even if they have to adapt or write something to do so.
Re: and this is called chaos theory...
Actually this is more appropriate for this thread:
Re: "hit the average man in his pocket "
Would these be the same men who want a future for their kids with both energy & food, but have an irrational fear of anything with "nuclear" in the title?
Re: and this is called chaos theory...
Thing is, there are lots of science/engineering systems that show such sensitivity to initial state so I am not in the least surprised that they found it really hard to reproduce things. That simple fact alone ought to be part of any publication!
Sadly not many researchers take the time & effort to determine how deterministic the process is or how much differing tools can vary. For an insight in to just one of MANY possible issues you might care to read this blog and some of the commentards that follow:
I must say I do like a mad lady who is reasonably priced.
Paris, but with 's/mad/thick/;s/reasonably/unreasonably'
Re: Captain Badmouth
No, they would need control over your email account to do that. Of course if you used the same password...
Re: Password changes
The problem is not the change period for any passwords.
The problem is people who use the same password for sites like Linkedin, Facebook, etc, and their work, bank accounts, etc
Re: What a twit
"In reality, both restrictions should have been subjected to competition law scrutiny wrong ago"
Really? I suspect we would still be waiting for the count verdict and the last decade of phone development would have been at a snail's pace (unless Nokia or MS had really stepped up to challenge Apple, and they seemed to struggle at that due to bureaucracy).
Otherwise you are quite right, Sun seriously mis-stepped on mobile and Oracle appear to simple want Java to sue Google. Given the current piss-poor state of Java, after several years of Oracle's finest guidance and support, in terms of compatibility and security it manages to make Android's lack of patching seem almost benign. Almost.
Music Teacher vs Librarian show down
More like this:
"The ZFS issue is just an example of how difficult could be to develop kernel modules without giving IP away."
That shows a complete misunderstanding of the situation. Firstly virtually no "applications" need any kernel modules, typically that is for special hardware and things like file systems. Secondly you can develop a kernel module and make it available as a binary blob to be added to someone's Linux system if you want - after all that is what Nvidia, etc, do for graphics drivers. The current argument is about a distributing the GPL Linux kernel with a pre-compiled non-GPL driver and if that makes it "distributing a derivative" of the kernel (which seems a bit bizarre argument).
The lack of specialist applications for anything other than Windows is simply a historical artefact of 90+% of desktop computers being Windows based, why would you bother with the other 10%? However, if a lot of folk move off Windows due to this, or other reasons, then software developers may start to see the value in using cross-platform tools (like Qt and similar) so they are not tied to MS uncertain future roadmap.
Or just run stuff in a Win7 VM without email/web/external Internet access and forget about the future patching (or lack of) for the OS.
Actually you are quite right, it is perfectly in MS legal rights to make the stable business version a premium price, and for their shareholders it is the obvious and reasonable way to get more value from the MS ecosystem (given the shift to phone-based use for most personal applications that MS failed to crack).
I leave it as an exercise for the reader to compute if following this route is better or worse than going to an alternative OS.
Re: You seem to have forgotten
How long is your LTSB?
Are all of the OS things covered, or is Edge, etc, excluded?
No, but I could site on a 5 year LTS version of Linux for the best part of that time.
But as you say, as soon as its "as a service" you basically have to jump to their tune: OS change breaks some bespoke application? Tough shit, pay them to fix it. What, that updated version is not compatible with your archive of valuable data? Tough shit. Office 365 or Google docs has played "hide the feature" again? Tough shit, retrain your staff or stop using it.
Re: whose boot
And who slurps your private data for profit?
Depends on where you start from, those still struggling to get rid of IE & ActiveX crap are in for a massive re-wire effort either way.
Re: A medal blessed by the Pope?
Re: Dont be so harsh
Sadly most people, including some IT-literate sorts, simply have no plan for data loss. It could be a HDD failure, some "gross administrative error" formatting something, a laptop being stolen, or a cryptolocker attack. Sooner or later it happens (couple of % per year for HDD, no idea how common cryptolocker is in comparison) and only then do most folk do anything about it.
When its too late.
Price of an education...
...for those without working, protected backup copies I guess.
Like RAID-6 it gives you an extra degree of redundancy during a rebuild. And for all of you out there who have seen RAID-5 rebuilds cough blood on sector errors only found during the rebuild and with no parity remaining to correct them, that is vital.
But if you are looking at a week rebuild time on a 8TB disk under real-life conditions, you still have an uneasy window for something else to go wrong.
Re: Hold on... did you just get released from Salesforce?
They had all the bits to make a great and reasonably priced system, but pulled defeat from the jaws of victory by shipping a prototype version and then (largely by the Oracle take-over) losing key staff and failing to invest enough in to fixing it, instead of adding tick-box features that the sales folk were asking for.
Now of course Oracle has no interest in the lower priced end of the market, or even of selling storage as an item instead of part of a large profitable database deal. Others have stepped in with the same idea of a ZFS based appliance, but have any of them really sorted out the management and recovery aspects to make it reliable and painless to use?
Also we are seeing longer and longer rebuild times on bigger and bigger HDD, which are still your best bet for GB/£, and ZFS has not got anything like the Dell "data pools" where in effect your RAID strips are randomly spread over disks in a much bigger pool. Then a failed HDD results in a parallel rebuild of all affected RAID stripes to other HDD and you don't have the single spare/replacement HDD bottleneck in write speed versus capacity.
Re: Well, I agree in theory but...
I guess you have tried umount -f already?
Re: ZFS scary bits
1) Don't use de-dupe unless you have absolutely masses of RAM and something like multiple VMs that share a lot in common.
2) Fail over - just don't go there.
So far we have used the Oracle fail-over feature that sucked donkey balls big time. Others have said of other fail-over software that it causes as much down-time as it is supposed to solve. Stopping the "split brain" risk is very hard to do.
You might be better served by having a small separate arbiter (like a Raspberry Pi, etc) who's sole job it to spot an unusable system and power it down (ILOM command, or network controlled power strip) and bring up the 2nd head. Syncing the 2nd head status is another area of pain, again maybe best of the arbiter acts to configure both machines on boot from a central configuration. Yes, you just got a difficult job to implement and form your own start-up...
Re: Hold on... did you just get released from Salesforce?
Of course you could buy a Oracle storage appliance and pay for a system where the management interface is buggy and locks up during problems (not fixed over 5 years of support), where the documentation is incomplete (and then they move/withdraw Sun blogs that answered some of this), the disks have interface problems (oh dear, yes the SATA ones are like that, no fix provided) and the power supplies and other hardware show phantom faults that are, once again, never really explained or fixed.
Two reasons for buying
1) It gives you someone else to blame for any TITSUP events
2) You (naively) thought you would get professional support with it
So it kind of comes down to scale, budget and belief in yourself.
Re: Point in licensing
This is nothing to do with stopping "pirated" software. Simply that if you wish to use the given code legally you follow the terms. Basically it is the right to offer your code with the proviso that anyone benefiting from it returns the favour by offering the derivative as usable source code.
The GPL & ZFS argument is not that simple: Both code sources and modifications are available. What it comes down to is whether loading a kernel module makes it a "derivative" of the kernel for the GPL license match to be enforcible, or just some blob you wish to offer (with code) for use like a closed source video driver.
Point in licensing
To stop others using it commercially without any need to provide worthwhile modifications such as bug-fixes or improvements in return.
To stop anyone else claiming another license on it to your detriment.
There may be other reasons, but in principle you are asking for "support" instead of money in return for your acknowledged work.
"Seems like Google are being penalized for making good products and a search engine that people want to use."
No, they are being penalised for promoting their own business above the competitors be deliberately rigging the search results. That is the point, it is no longer simple an algorithm that finds the best match to what you asked for, but one where there is another fudge-factor that promotes their own stuff.
Didn't you ever wonder how paid search promotion worked?
Re: Tempting to say : 'Good'
Or the fact you can still embed shit shit in an Office document?
Re: Viewing habits
"hadn't realized how sensitive the grid was to ad-break synchronized kettle usage!"
Not just that - millions of toilets flushing also pushes up demand for electricity for water supply pumping.
Re: I can see why the Russians would want their own Androidski
The point is you can't trust anything that:
1) has closed components
2) has known data slurping components
3) has limits on how *YOU* grant permissions
4) has enough value for subtle flaws in open parts to be engineered
But people do trust phones, and really should not. Maybe it is best to use the one with the least on-going cooperation with your own government and/or corporate interests as the least likely to screw you over outside of actual espionage?
Damn this AC business! Must have been another AC who's mom I was doing last night, she is definitely alive and well.
Re: RAID5 no longer has a role with hard drives
"Add in the fact that Poisson arrival rates are only an assumption, and that clusters of disk drive failures can happen more frequently than the model suggests"
Like when the power goes off and then an hour later you try to power up an array from cold that has been spinning for 4 years?
Well one hopes they might have a moment of revelation on the road to Damascus...