* Posts by K

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Hands on with Windows Server 2016 Containers

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Re: Just another..

Caveman invented wheel.... OMG Ford, VW, Audi saw it as a threat and were forced to chase the innovation AGAIN.

With that brain-dead pattern of thinking, we'd never end up with any kind of standardization. In which case, the internet would not exist, computers would still be based upon 8 bit processors, and we'd probably be living in the world of "Fallout" style technology - with you reading this on a green CRT display.

Linux is no different, do you think things like KVM and Docker were original? Get real.. Containers have been around for decades, just because they are suddenly "cool" doesn't make them innovative.

I see some really good uses for Containers, they won't replace Virtualisation - but we might just be looking at the next generation of software installation and deployment systems (Note I've only recently started playing with Docker, but installation of Docker containers is painless!)

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Boffins unveil open source GPU

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Facepalm

No, but it runs "Breakout" really well!

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Jailbreaking pirates popped in world's largest iCloud raid – 225,000 accounts hit

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Boffin

Agreed..

Warez are the last thing on most peoples minds when they root/jailbreak/custom room a phone, lets face it, Phone apps are very well priced compared to their PC/Mac cousins, and anybody who can't spare £2-£5 for something, should not a have £700 phone or a £30-£40 per month contract!

Most people jail-break phones for the choice it gives, for me personally its about

1) Block the f*cking ads - In-program ads are not acceptable on my desktop, why would I allows them on my phone.

2) Remove the junk - bloatware that the networks deem to be "added value"

3) Customisation - I like my phone to reflect what I want, not how its deemed it should look

I've been doing it for years and fully understand the risks and accept liability - my personal advise to friends is "don't try this as home".

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Honour 7, what a misleading name..

Thought it was a 7" phone.. which would have been my next upgrade to replace my already ridiculously big Xperia Ultra.

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ClearSky: Keeping your premises free of unwanted clouds

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Re: Choose your tools wisely.

" On the other side of the "house" interface though, it can."

Oh jeez... You think an SLA agreement gives a get out of jail-free card to an IT department?

SLA's are worth less than the paper they are printed on. Why do you think there are so few law suits? because every Service Providers meets the SLA?!! No, its because the cost, time, distraction and potential of losing means it would cost more than it retrieves.

Meanwhile, the IT team will be sanctioned, and the CIO/CTO likely culled!

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Re: Choose your tools wisely.

@Destroy, You actually have faith in SLA's? Or that others employees think 2hr or 4hr is a reasonable SLA when they cannot earn commission?

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C For Hell – Day Two: Outage misery continues for furious C4L customers

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Reminds of Southampton General..

They have a small shopping arcade at the main entrance, and there is a Solicitors office there! And I'm certain the last time I was up there they had a sign offering advise for malpractice.

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Want security? Next-gen startups show how old practices don't cut it

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Re: People "trained in IT security" are a lot of the problem

@gerdasj, Agreed on everything you say, but its still relevant for internal accounts, for example

1) A company has web-facing services such as OWA or other business systems

2) An employee leaves the company and there is risk he/she is aware of other employees credentials

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Re: People "trained in IT security" are a lot of the problem

I'd agree on the password changes, but frequent password changes do help mitigate damage - if your password has been hacked, whilst damage has been done and data stolen, a forced password change will mitigate further damage.

Also security staff are not the problem - Its corporate attitude that Security is the responsibility of Person X or Department Y. Security is everybodies responsibility, especially the users. After all. its rarely the Security Admins who opens the email saying "Invoice Attached".

Unfortunately most companies provide about 30-60 minutes of "training" when a new employee starts, this is at a time they are getting inundated with "more important" information about the job they will be doing, so it goes in one ear and out of the other. Additionally this training tends be a HR check-box exercise, which dictates to users, Don't Do This, Don't Do That. Its just a waste of time!

Companies need to invest in properly in training staff about security both for the office and at home - explaining why its needed, how it impacts them personal, then how they should approach it. Rinse and repeat it every 6 months.

Actually, what we need is a national campaign to make bad security-judgement socially unacceptable..

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Things will head this way, its inevitable..

I've spent the past 8 months overhauling security at an SME, taking it from a wide-open network, to a White-listed based security policy, completely overhauling desktop and server based security. Next step is implementation of application whitelisting - And I still have sleepless nights!

Travor is right, people are too slow to recognise problems, additionally most SME's simply don't have the tools or expertise to correlate all the events happening on their networks. The logical step is for companies to deploy SIEM, but there are very few SME's that have the know-how and staff numbers to effectively manage this,

So any system that can begin automating the process, even if it means servers dropping offline and it turns out to be a false-positive... thats still better than getting breached!

I just hope they make it affordable for SME's.

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OpenOffice project 'all but dead upstream' argues prominent user

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Re: That Weird Sound You Hear

@KeithPeter

We're 120 staff strong, most of our staff are telesales and customer service, so their usage of Microsoft was pretty much limited to basic word and excel documents and Outlook.

We couldn't completely rip out Office, but we settled on Libre Office and Outlook, saying that, I'm considering also ditching Outlook from next year, as Mail that comes with Windows 10 is fairly decent and connects to Exchange!

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Choke on it! Brit police squeeze pirate site advertising money trail

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90% of people who find a "reputable" supplier

Would also run an ad blocker..

I do.. i did.. i mean my friends told me!

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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

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Re: Ferrets

Ferrets are great fun and live well indoors... but do be aware, they smell and they play rough - they're nicknamed carpet-sharks, and you will get bitten by sharp teeth frequently (not out of malice or anger, its just how they play).

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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Re: I say go for it

I did thanks.

Brought myself a HiSense 65" 4k screen from Amazon about 6 months ago, cost £875.. Best toy I've brought in a long time. The screen is far more vibrant than my old 55" LG.

The only downside to a 4K TV is it will only operate at 30Hz (limitation of HDMI 1.4a), so its not really great for games, but adjust the resolution to 2560x1400 and your away at 60Hz. I've got a gaming PC rigged to mine with a GTX 970, games like the Witcher 3 look and play amazingly!

I honestly don't see how people like Samsung justify asking for £2,000+ for similar screens!

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Hey, CIOs: Tech prices are about to rocket, so get planning – Gartner

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Yeah good luck getting everything from China..

This is not about tin, but IT products in general, including software. So expect another 20% to be slapped on the price on any Windows, backup, security systems etc from vendors that at HQ'd in the US.

This year stung for us with both Microsoft and VMWare slapping 5-15% on existing prices, can only imagine next year is going to be a slaughter. Though a plus side is we've massively been reducing our Microsoft products becuase of it.

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Borg blacklist assimilates Cryptolocker domain name generators

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Something stinks here...

Surely tightening rules for registering domains would be far more effective - either requiring a person to prove who they are, and/or having a 24hr cool down period for domain registration.

i suspect this will never happen, as somebody somewhere is making a lot of money off the domain registrations.

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Big, ugly, heavy laptops are surprise PC sales sweet spot

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Re: Intel NUC

"The innuendo of 2 of the replies is that I'm stupid"

The only issue I would personally have is the hassle of constantly replugging all the cables back in (power, keyboard, mouse, screen and any peripherals), but I'm bone idle and too in-love with my laptop dock.

I'd say do whatever suits you..if it works, then its a success! I know people who have got server racks in their house, are they stupid or crazy? Nope! But I would never do it.

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Re: No surprise

Interesting idea - I'd have thought these would be Atom based, but looking closer you can get one with an i7, though I doubt you'd get this for £200!

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Audi RS3: Keep running up that hill, with no problems

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First generation of supercar hatches hit the roads in the early 2000s

So I imagined that Sierra Cosworth that drove past me each day on the way to school in the late 80's?

And i also daydreamed the Escort Cosworth that the fit-divorced MILF (my best friends mum!) used to drive in the 90's?

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LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

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Winds are changing direction.. Should Microsoft be concerned?

Possibly - I thought my company's network would be stuck with MS Office forever. But after receiving a quote of £30k to renew our OVS, we decided to take a very close look at how MS Office is utilised, we then ran an experiment giving users Libre Office, WPS Office and OWA.

Interestingly we found that it was feasible to completely replace MS Office for 80% of the company, and staff were more than happy with it. The only issue we had was a few members of staff hated OWA as they didn't get their pop-up calendar reminders.

So we compromised, we ditched Office Pro Plus, replacing it with Libre Office and Outlook for those 80% of staff, then remaining people got Office standard - We've managed to save about £60k over a 3 year OVS agreement.

BTW as a side note - Some resellers will tell you Office Standard and Outlook standalone are not available on OVS, don't listen to them, its bollocks!

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McAfee tells El Reg: 'My shootout with the police was highly exaggerated'

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The legend that is...

Even the mugshot says "fuck yeah!!"

He's a bad role model, but you can't deny he brings some much need real-life spice and drama to the industry.

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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Re: An experiment in human attitudes

Brilliant! made me laugh on a Monday morning. +1 for you sir!

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Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July

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Re: Here's one possiblity...

My whole team (IT) has upgraded their laptops to 10, and I've also upgraded 4 PC's at home, not one of them has had a single problem. The only box I'm holding off on for the moment is my gaming rig.

Personally I really like it, MS are staying true to form, i.e. every other version of Windows actually deliver as intended.

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

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DIY

Either buy yourself a HP Microserver.

Personally I use my box for a few other things, so recently I brought a Dell PowerEdge T310 from eBay, runs relatively quiet and cool even though it has a QC Xeon, no louder that a desktop, trick is to ensure you have the latest firmware {later than 2013).

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Kim Dotcom to create Wikimedia-style open source Mega 3.0

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Well put.

Can't help but think we're seeing history in the making, a few rogues standing up to white-collar corporations and nation states, whether this be for personal protection, fame and fortune or just because they see it as right.

Not that I agree or disagree with them, some are pompous twats - others such as Kim Dot Com are just anti-heroes.

What I find ironic though, is either way Hollywood profits - as pretty much guarantee they'll be making big budget movies about this shit in a few years!

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Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

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Flash needs to die...

But its chicken and egg...

I have half a dozen very expensive products that still use it (SIEM, Backup etc), most are now developing migrating to a HTML5 interface, but they won't be available for at 12-18 months.

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What can't sell Galaxy S6s and keeps going down on you? Samsung and its profits

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Colour, size and texture dont matter..

Turd is still turd.

I'm hoping the new Note will have some awesomeness to it, but it'll likely be the same shit as the S6, just scaled up. So I suspect me next phone will be the P8Max when it finally materialises!

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Sysadmins: Your great power brings the chance to RUIN security

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Re: Fuck you. In the face. With a metric tonne of battery acid.

"Why should IT care about security unless they're being paid to?"

Because if there is a data breach and you work for an SME, then kiss your job and income goodbye.

"if it means more work for less pay?"

Its different work, for the same pay. A company pays for your time and skills. As long as they deem to utilize them properly, then I see no problem.

"It's my personal time."

Yep, and mine.. what the f*ck are we like!

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Fuck you. In the face. With a metric tonne of battery acid.

Trevor, I really think you should seek help!

"So you want to give treats to everyone in a business in order to do their job by making IT do things they hate?"

If it improves security and makes our job easier - fuck yes!

Now stop being a whiny bitch, its not like its your personal money!

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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He never said it was perfect - just better!

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Have a +1 .. Windows 10 got much better scaling on 4k. The tools down voting obviously haven't tried either.

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'Untraceable' VoIP caller ID-spoofing website accepts Bitcoin

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Re: No legal use...

Depends on circumstances - SIP over VPN is perfectly usable in most circumstances, I frequently visit France and US then use a VPN to make use of the companies PBX. Also many of our staff also a Citrix virtual desktop which runs a Softphone to work remotely.

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Re: "We pay 0.05ppm for landlines, "

Contact a GAMMA reseller - SIP channels at £15-20pm, depending on reseller, it includes 5000 mins to mobile and 5000 to landline. Best of all they stack, we've got 75 at present. We've ported our SIP in April, cut our bills from £6k per month to about £1500!

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1.3p a minute to UK landlines...

Thats actually fairly expensive. We pay 0.05ppm for landlines, then about 1.2ppm to mobiles..

But who cares, if your using this service then its probably somebody else's money anyway ..

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Invisible app ads slug smartmobes with 2GB of daily downloads

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Ad industry got spit roasted..

Screwed one end by blockers, then shafted the other by scammers.

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VMware sprawls across the data centre to post 'solid' Q2 results

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Whilst Q2 profits might be fat..

Its now so expensive, that its no longer cost effective.. so long term, the only loser is VMWare.

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Cyber-security's dirty little secret: It's not as bad as you think

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Logic is flawed

Rather than number of zero day vulnerabilities, it should be based on number of sites and applications affected by those vulnerabilities. That will give a clearer picture of the potential damage!

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

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Sold...

As long as it comes with the "We brake for nobody" on the back!

And it includes a free Yoghurt talking doll..

Oh and Spaceballs flamethrower..

Man I've watch that film far too many times!

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Nissan Juke Nismo RS: Family hot-hatch SUV that looks a bit like Darth Vader's hat

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Lamb dressed as mutton

What this should have been is closer to this here.

But typical style, the best concept and prototypes always get watered down.

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China's STILL holding up the full WD-HGST integration. Why?

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"the 3TB failure rate"

Thats a great shame, was considering upgrading. I've been running some of their older 1.5TB 5400RPM green drives in my NAS, all advise said don't do it, but these things have been spinning for 5 years without a failure (touch wood).

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A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

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Good! Maybe there is hope after all..

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It's 2015 and VMware tools break VMs if you open two browser tabs

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It would motivate them to fix the dam thing ...

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What Murphy’s law has to teach you about data centres

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Re: Am I the only one

True.. no issues with somebody talking about their day, or rather I do, but since my g/f insists on it, I've no choice but too listen and have grown immune!

Its more they disclose employers names, locations, details of events and at the same publishing photos of relatively sensitive locations.. I wonder how many of these people get dismissed under non-disclosure clauses in their contracts!

meh.. I must be getting old.

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Am I the only one

who has a problem with people broadcasting this stuff?

<rant>

This might stem from social insecurities, or the fact that I've had team members trying to take disputes and grievances into the twattersphere. But I've always believed that its the employers decision to communicate internal issues, not an employees.

</rant>

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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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