* Posts by K

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Rogue IT is shadow of its former self

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"rogue IT carries on as per usual"

IT Ops and Dev are 95% responsible for defining the software stack where I work.. but then as the senior IT bod, I really don't give a shit, as long as

1) It works

2) It is legal

3) Its secure

4) Its reliable

5) It addresses a need

Just recently a member of the team figured our CPUs were massively under-utilised and our Citrix boxes had excess GPU capacity. so we installed some bitcoin mining.

It works, its legal, its reliable, and its secured our summer junket whilst addressing our beer fund needs!

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

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Re: Like Sublime

Agreed, Sublime to me is the next-gen Notepad... For IDE, I either use Netbeans, or more recently moving online with C9.io ...

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'Private' biz Xiaomi sets up Communist Party exec committee

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The committees ... including controlling high-level appointments.

So looking after the interests of the State and Employees, who are its primary "investors" and ensure they stay "ethical".... because doing this is simply disgusting and outrageous!

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Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

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Couldn't have put it better!

I've always wonder how the f*ck Ask manages to stay in business, its a relic of a bygone era.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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"should be considered compromised"

Love the principle, but unless the person compiling the binaries combs through every line of code, this is a false sense of security, even the most innocuous looking code could have some underlying purpose.

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VMware buddies with Bitnami to hybridise cloud app templates

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Re: Now integrate it into vCenter

I'm an avid user of the Bitnami tools, just downloaded Redmine a couple of days ago, so thanks for all your hard work. (I'd really like to know when the c9 ide will be available?)

My point above was laser-beam focused on VMWare, as a paying VMWare customer, I'd prefer them to get their head out of the cloud, so to speak, and concentrate on delivering better value for the money that I'm having to cough up annually.

Not seen a feature in 2 years that has made me drool and look forward to an ESXi refresh.. I've even toyed with the idea of jumping ship ( Hyper-V doesn't appeal!)

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Now integrate it into vCenter

to allow local and private deployment, then I might actually give a sh*t.

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git commit -m 'Add $200m to GitHub, tweak valuation to $2bn'

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Not too shabby for something built off the back of other peoples hard work

Can't deny, it has led to some very impressive projects..

Unlike SF which these days seems limited hosting binaries and code that is so old even the bugs are packing up and leaving! (Baaaa dum tss!!)

Now where did I put my slippers and pipe!

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

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Re: We recently had this..

Its a fine pricinple, and i completely agree..

but SME's rarely have the budget to do everything as "best practise". I mean, Change Management? is that just another term for nappy changing?

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Renault Kadjar: La Regie's new full-sized, inexplicably named SUV

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Final product compared to the design art-work

Is always a disappointment... I've yet to see a car that comes supplied with the actual wheels that the either the design-artwork or concept car actually had.

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Re: Its all about the SP Factor (Shiny and Pointless)

I never mentioned Roku :) Nothing against such a box that will allow you to stream from a local NAS or streaming server. Used to use one myself til I put a gaming PC in the lounge.

I also know people who love things like the Amazon stick for their simplicity and convenience, but its a niche product. Also if you've got the time and know how, then a Raspberry Pie or Intel Stick will give nearly everything the Amazon stick does, and a whole lot more besides and your not tied to Amazon with it...

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Its all about the SP Factor (Shiny and Pointless)

I brought a Chromecast a few months ago, plugged into my TV, thought it was quite cool... but never used it again! Save your money..

These type of products always make me thing of Impossible Mission on the C64

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Confusion reigns as Bundestag malware clean-up staggers on

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throw away whole IT system and start again

My hats off to the German BoFH.

Used this particular trick myself to get some new infrastructure, but they have set the bar very high indeed.

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Condoleezza to China: 'The rules' mean cyber-spying isn't allowed

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To keep the world safe for democracy

Team America, F*ck yeah!

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Open source? HP Enterprise will be all-in, post split, says CTO

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HP Enterprise will be all-in..

Prove it.. Open source ArcSight!

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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

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Unfortunately, and I really hate this fact - I beg to differ.

Many applications used by Sysadmin utilise Flash to provide a WebUI... sucks, but it would be noticed!

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

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Bit like the World Series...

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Lonely Pirate cheers on Big Copyright-bashing EU commissars

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Re: It's pretty obvious

I wasn't backing Sky's position geo-blocking, but rather offering why a customer should be free to sign up for any deal they want..

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Re: It's pretty obvious

I can sum that up in 2 words: Free Trade

There is also the competition aspect, why should you pay more when the content is available elsewhere for cheaper.

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Spoiling staff with toys could turn against your business

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Re: If you dislike change, you're going to dislike irrelevance even more @AC

@James

Companies end up in this situation not because its what the IT team, but because the company will not cover the cost to manage all the various equipment. Its easy to bash the the IT team and lay blame at their door, but they have to work with the tools they are given.

Likewise, IT teams should deliver what the business needs, not what what the Users deem they need.

For example, I currently have 2 users screaming they want Mac's. I'd personally love to provide them some, but every tool they need is available on Windows which the company is already licensed for, additionally Mac's introduce new complexities for support, security and licensing all which come at a cost - so this is a business decision.

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Re: If you dislike change, you're going to dislike irrelevance even more

@AC - "Perhaps things will swing back in house over time"

Your way behind the trend, this has already started happening for core business applications and servers. For the short-to-medium term the only increase in cloud I foresee is back up and DR.

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Re: Linux root user

2-3 years ago we swapped to Ubuntu for this very reason, but at the time most RPM based distro's asked for a root password to be set - yes it allowed an normal user to be configured, but I still see this as encouraging usage of root. Not sure if this has changed as I've pretty much stuck with Ubuntu and Debian.

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Agreed the articles has some holes...

But overall, its nice to see an article without the pandering to the BYoD crowd..

Power to the BoFH's!!

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Docker death blow to PaaS? The fat lady isn’t singing just yet folks

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I think the author is saying is a roundabout way that people choose PaaS for the low maintenance and small footprint, where containers provide much the same but at an OS level.

Not the biggest lover of PaaS myself because of the lock-in, but I think the article is comparing 2 different stack layers. Like comparing a Layer 2 switch with a Layer 3 router..

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NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

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Re: But the bit they didn't mention

Because that is the beauty of bureaucracy ...

  • Congress has to notify the DoD (30 days)
  • DoD requests confirmation from Congress (30 days)
  • Congress confirm to DoD (15 days)
  • DoD inform NSA of requirement to shutdown (15 days)
  • NSA raise question about shutdown and refer it back to DoD (15 days)
  • DoD return to congress for answer to questions (30 days)
  • Congress reply to DoD with answers (30 days)
  • DoD forward answers to NSA (15 days)
  • NSA not happy with and refer it back to DoD
  • ..... and the beat goes on!

Welcome to the way western governments work!

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But the bit they didn't mention

Its going to take 12-18 months to "shut it down",

Which just happens to be enough time to have another dozen attempts to get it re-instated. The politicians will get so fed up with it constantly on their "discussion" list that they'll pass it through just to get rid of it!

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It's not over 'til Saturn's spongy moon sings: Cassini probe set for final Hyperion fly-by

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Re: Altogether now...

Bizarre.. Looked like tooth decay to me. Perhaps they've discovered a new Rorschach Test.

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The oracle knows all. Not THAT Oracle, of course

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Re: Quick Questions are better than

OMG I am that person! I've lost count the number of times I wrote "One more quick question ..." to a supplier this week... why do I suddenly feel awkward.

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What scares you most about ‘the cloud’?

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Re: nilfs2 has nailed it.

Sorry, did I say Cloud was like Herpes? What I meant to say was people who preach it are like Herpes, flare up ever now and again.

As for viewpoint, I tend to follow "best tool for the job" and I'm open minded, so if this was PaaS, then I'd use it, but unlike you, I recognise a tool when I see one, I mean I recognise PaaS as a tool in a very large toolbox.

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Re: nilfs2 has nailed it.

Cloud is like herpes, ever few months it flares up a little. But its easily treated with some common sense and patience.

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Re: 2 thumbs down in just a few minutes!

Your about as bright as a dull light bulb..

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Re: They don't want their toys taken away

"If you want to sell cloud services, get the CFO or equivalent bean counter involved."

Congratulations, in that single sentence you have managed to captured everything that is wrong with Cloud, and the reason that most fail.

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Fortinet rides to troubled Meru's rescue

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Not surprised at the failure

The market is saturated, and the big players are chucking free WAP's at potential-customers like there is no tomorrow in the hope they make traction into the infrastructure. All my team now have enterprise-class WIFI at home, just for attending a Meraki and Aerohive webinar...

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Beware Red Hat interviews: You'll pay for coffee, lunch and fuel

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"It sounds like a retard zone."

Shouted out the person whilst licking the Windows (MS)..

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NSA bulk phone records slurp to end when law lapses next month – report

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Have to agree.

After all they need to justify the huge Data Center(s) some how..

https://nsa.gov1.info/utah-data-center/

Perhaps they could lease it to PornHub.. might help alleviate the constant buffering!

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IaaS is OVER, ladies. Time for OpenStack to jump clear

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Re: Finally an article that realises the reality..

Definitely agree on the very small company points. I suspect actually that would spur future growth in cloud as well, as the small company grow, why invest in onsite, when they already have a working solution they can expand. But let's face it, the SME's with real spending power that most cloud providers target are not 1-2 employees, they are the 20-200 and up, who would typically have onsite IT expertise and infrastructure.

But your other points are misplaced, cost is only 1/4 of the driving factor in IT, its ensuring it delivers the necessary service.

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Re: Finally an article that realises the reality..

There is a lot of if and when in your argument. But there is a reason the bulk of people in a position of responsibility for IT don't jump for it wholesale, because they understand it has some strengths, but likewise a lot more weaknesses.

There will be a time when its more popular, try 5+ years, but even then I can pretty much guarantee its not THE next direction, its simply yet another tool in the toolbox, that will be used as and when it offers the best solution.

Additionally I state my previous argument, Cloud doesn't exist, its mist and vapour, but hosted services on the other hand...

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Finally an article that realises the reality..

But even then the article tries to put a positive spin on Cloud..

I've said it before, Cloud is what the name suggests - mist and vapour with a sprinkling of BS mixed in.

Perhaps we can now stop getting it funnelled down our throat as a panacea to all IT woes - Just because the fanatics scream it over and over, doesn't make it true, and beside brainwashing doesn't actually work.

I won't deny it, Cloud has a market and will be an excellent solution to some problems that require cheap storage or flexible hyper-scale computing. But for 90% of SME server/computing requirements.it has little appeal.

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Europe targeted as Alibaba's cloudy world domination plans take shape

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AWS || ALI = ?

Now here is the conundrum

Having Uncle Sam trawling our corporate data for evidence of dissent terrorism, or Uncle Mao for our trade secrets.. choices choices.

I'm concerned that I see Uncle Mao as the least dangerous options!

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Automation eases the pain of software patching

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OK... teased us with the scenario and methods..

Now tell us the product(s) that achieve it? I'm always open to trying an solution that eases the patch dilemma.

Currently we use something called DesktopCentral, they maintain a repository and deal with most 3rd party apps (Adobe Reader, Java etc), but the ability to automate it is limited and convoluted..

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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The body looks nice

But the alloys look like they were taken from a Ka.

If you got a sleek looking design, it needs appropriately sized alloys to finish it off.

Perhaps its just the camera angles.

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Drama in the dingly Dell as it embiggens its data centre range

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Like the idea of an affordable compellant

Also the new PS looks appealing.

But they missed an opportunity here by not adding inline dedupe. Even if it required an addon unit.

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EU geo-blocking: Ansip's crusade liable to disappear through 'unjustifiable' loophole

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Low price, big power: Virtual Private Server picks for power nerds

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Re: Excuse my ignorance please

2 things - Fixed cost and better support.

Though must admit, I took advantage of the freebie VM on EC2 for a year, worked very well :)

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Terminator

Ummm.... ok... ummmm (queue awkward silence and sound of Crickets!)

No, what he is doing is using influential and respected people to draw attention to his cause and what he believes is a very important message - start with those in the centre, then let it ripple out. Whilst you might dislike or disagree with him, its actually quite a stroke on genius, and we have to respect that he has been so successful.

Whilst I think they are blowing this out of proportion, its definitely a way to get a necessary and important message across, lets face it, commercial pressures are driving the evolution of "AI". Anybody who works in a fast-paced commercial environment knows that ROI is king, always sits number 1 on the priority list, with security and safeguards sitting second from bottom (quality of staff coffee being last!)

My real problem with this though is how people perceive AI, the public are treated like morons and left/led to believe its all about machines developing self-awareness.. Where for our life time (at least) the most we'll see is an every increasing effectiveness of algorithms, that have very specialised tasks.

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

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Sir, that is a +1 and a hat tip!

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Yuggoth a problem with Pluto?

Sorry, my speech impediment play up again!

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Zucking 'ell! Facebook at Work bloke unfriends Facebook AT WORK

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"and now that Facebook at Work is off the ground"...

By the forklift, into the trash!

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