* Posts by K

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VMware exiting 2014 with a bang and a security whimper

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VMWare is getting old..

And going through the mid-life crisis, they seem to think a funky name will make them look cool again.

Our Infrastructure is purely vSphere based, and I'm a big fan, but I'm really underwhelmed by their recent offerings. At least Microsoft adds truly value tools and enhancements with each release. With VMWare I've seen nothing in the past 3 years that has made me say "WOW". Lets face it -

Log Insight - A glorified syslog collection tool, which a hefty price tag. There are dozen of other tools that are either free (graylog2, Fluentd etc), or commercial tools that offer full SIEM.

vCenter Operation Management - A bloated piece of junk, that requires 2 seperate VMs, each consumes 8GB RAM minimum. When deployed its proves very unstable and the VMs crash out frequently. I've seen half a dozen occurrences where it freaks out due to some DNS issue and ceases to work, the only way to fix it is have VMWare.

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Pirate Bay towed to oldpiratebay.org

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Region locking is only 50% of the issue, manufacturers need to realise they can't block grey-imports and cherry pick prices, if they want to play in the global market them they need to allow prices to be set by the same market.

At the moment suppliers who import from other markets are often targeted by the manufacturers, this often results in either the supplier being sued or having sactions where the manufacturer refuses to sell products to them.

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

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Have an upvote for mentioning about firmware updates. But I'd disagree on the support front, Netgear have been quite good with this, I've seen upgrades 2-3 years after I brought the equipment.. though finding the firmware can be a little tricky.

One interesting question off the back of this is educating users to life expectancy and maintenance of equipment, older generations pride themselves on "looking" after stuff and use it until its given up the ghost. Whilst this is good from a resource usage perspective, most of them will not be aware of the pitfalls.. i.e. the risks!

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

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Paris Hilton

Well stated and couldn't agree more. Such attacks have no finesse and little skill attached to them, their only purpose is to create as much disruption and inconvenience as possible, i hope they get the book library chucked at them!

Paris.. cause like her, they will be going down..

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Azure has put new life into Active Directory

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Re: Call me a sceptic

Velv, did you read the article? or my comment properly? Cause clearly you missed we used centralised administration when I stated "I would not link our Internal AD to it"

And for skeptics, consider this - this is effectively outsourcing not just a business system, but a fundamental platform that provides entry mechanisms to everything else. Where an outage could have serious consequences for every company and body that uses it, and judging by Microsoft's (and Amazons) track record in outages is guaranteed to happen. But the ramifications of this won't just be looking somebody out of some hosted Exchange or Office platform. It will shut out access to 3rd party systems and potentially internal systems.

Likewise, your entrusting the keys to your entire corporate infrastructure to a company who has been told that they have to provide US Law enforcement access to servers which are stored in an entirely separate sovereign country, which the US expects to take precedent over local law...

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Call me a sceptic

Breaking news - Azure outage takes 70% of corporations offline.

Breaking news - Azure worm cascades to 99% of Windows Servers through bug in sync mechanisms.

Breaking news - NSA asks US Court to force Microsoft to give remote access to AAD connected devices

Breaking news... Linux-users are pissings themselves with laughter! chanting "told ya so.. told ya so!"

I'm pretty certain we'll use utilise this for something in the distant future, but I would not link this to our internal A/D.

BTW nice review, thanks Trevor :)

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The SILO SPRAWL: So just how much virtualising software lipstick does it need?

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Re: Congratulations

Sorry.. when I read "heterogeneous data storage silos" my built in BoFH bullshit generator went into overdrive.

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The more hybrid and heterogeneous data storage silos we have

will allow us to synergize and diversify, to ensure alignment with globalisation and generation X. This will lead to organic growth setting a milestone and allow us to Push the envelope. We'll Leverage this with a Holistic Approach causing Disruptive innovation and Outside the box growth leading to a Paradigm shift!!!

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Do you spend ages wasting time because of a bulging rack?

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Saved £250k ..

But spanked £300k on the new array!

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NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online

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Big Brother

A proverb comes to mind ..

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts..

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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Re: Glass, hmm..

Agreed.. also the leg pulley was doing most of the work.. if you want to give a convincing demonstration it should be on a concrete surface, with the person literally hanging from it..

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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LOL

http://www.zdnet.com/2014-the-year-the-cloud-killed-the-datacenter-7000035676/

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

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Re: *MY* network? Not really.

" I am really just custodian of it for the people who matter. The security changes I'm implementing are done with the consent of my users"

Give that Ninny a prize!

You've hit the nail on the head, the key here is custodian, guardian and sentinel..

The company I work for started off with just 3-4 of us, I was the original back-end developer and systems administrator, ultimately sole responsibility for all infrastructure was my responsibility, including all changes and purchases, so being naive, it was my network.

But as time has rolled on the company has increased to 120 staff, the infrastructure is still my responsibility, but I "matured" and realised it wasn't mine, I simply had oversight of it, and it was even more difficult to reliquish some of that responsibility and trust others with it, but now I have a team of Administrators and sharing this responsibility is the best thing I could have done...

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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Because I am ..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs5RV4GW01U

Now girls, form an orderly queue..

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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Re: Still wondering why

Possibly an unintended bonus.. Even some Tor websites are hosted on shared servers, my guess is they made a grab for the servers IP address / range.

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Veeam varies virty voyage with free endpoint backup tool

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Re: way to go!

Unitrends Certified Recovery Suite.. I won't disclose exactly how much we paid, but it was less than £10k and it gave us full unrestricted licensing for 12 ESXi Hosts for UVB and ReliableDR, delivering it 50% cheaper than Veeam Enterprise (which also included quite a hefty discount)

If your looking for Backup, give them a call. If budget is tight, tell them exactly what your looking to do, be honest about your budget and they'll make it work. Not to toot Unitrends horn too much, but they honestly look after their customers - twice now I've been in a position of needing a backup solution with unrealistically small budgets, but they made it work.

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Re: way to go!

It is a good product, but I dropped them due to their price - We went another direction when we had to increase licensing as I would not pay what they were asking for. The new product we took has been rock solid, likewise we also got a full DR suite that offers features similar to SRM, yet it still came in at 50% of the price..

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Gimp

"Homosexuality is evil and perverse"

But without evil, there can be no good... so therefore, evil is good!

.. now live and let live!

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

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The store check-out experience

Clerk: Sir, that will be $845.34

Customer: Which app do I need to download to make payment?

Then the experience really shines.. as you wait 15 minutes for the App to download on a 2G connection, or spend 15 minutes trying to connect to the stores flakey "free WIFI".

Makes me wonder what happened to the promise of modern technology bringing convenience to our lives!

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The Flash lives up to its name with a fast-paced pilot full of potential

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Trollface

I love Sky and the UK TV industry in general, they are on another level

Really upping their game in the past few years, now over 90% of what they air is

1) Something that has already been "available" online for 3-4 weeks

2) Reality TV that portrays dregs as role models, or gives untalented has-been's another 5 minutes of fame

3) Top gear repeats

Which encouraged me to to have my Sky and Freeview disconnected, in the 3 years since then I have saved about £1800...

So, I love the UK TV industry and want to say, thank you for being so shite, thank you for ensuring I finally got off my fat ass to get a life (and it was fat!) and thank you for ensuring I have enough money to have an extra holiday each year, god bless you!

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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"was seriously hampering the efforts of cops"

Amazing, intention to encrypt by default was only recently announced, its not even present in 99% of android and older devices.. and its hampering efforts!

Aha, yeah, aha, hmmmm, aha... no actually I stopped listening when you started talking sh*t!

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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Devil

And here I was preparing for a massive round of patching..

Where all it requires (initially at least) is ticking of a couple of checkboxes on our Load Balancers to disable SSL3!

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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Re: What's the hold up?

Brilliant!! Brought a smile to my face on this dreary Tuesday afternoon :D

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Cloud to kill off legacy apps, says Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes

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I'd now like to see El-Reg offer the opposing view..

An interesting interview, very much skewed to large Enterprises, little relevance to most SME's. I'd really like to see El-Reg interview somebody without a financially vested interested.

As has been pointed out elsewhere in discussions of similar articles, Cloud has its uses, I've employed it at my company for archiving - but I would never use it for business critical needs, simply because there is not enough accountability or support. My servers are located in a Data Center, by simply picking up the phone I can talk to the person and engineers running the Data Center and NOC.

It was only 3-4 years ago the evangelists were screaming in fanfare that it would be the death of onsite servers. That obviously has not materialized, now they are saying they'll meet onsite servers "halfway" with hybrid cloud.. I'll call "bullshit" to this as well, again it has it uses, but I know very few companies who have a WAN connection fast enough to shift Virtual Machines across the internet at a speed that would be considered "useful".

As for OpenStack, personally I hope it has a good future, VMWare's monopoly means prices are artificially inflated, and the budget I've requested to increase our licensing for 2015 made the Finance team cry! But its far to complex at present, which a large management overhead and not enough support for different hardware vendors.

Perhaps the hybrid cloud will come to full fruition, but not until 1Gb and 10G connections are cost effective for SME's.

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Microsoft: Yeah, about that 50% post-Christmas customer price hike...

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Re: Fuck you, Microsoft

"And what VOIP solution is the favourite of the masses? Lync."

God I hope not! Considered Lync for my current place of work, but been warned off it by so many people who have implemented it and come to regret it.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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@dan1980

"I was the only person in IT in an office of around 40 people, 95% of whom were women (just one other guy)."

And I'll ask the question on everybody's lips..

Was it difficult? .. and for anybody waiting for that over question, don't be so rude!

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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"isn't anyone worried about the battery in a phone that isn't protecting it from stress?"

Why are people not worried about electrical cable which only has a 1mm plastic coating to protect them from shock?

Because If you treat it respectfully, its is safe and sufficient..

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PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

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Agreed

I've been pestering my company's ISP for the past 3 years, they still show no sign of rolling it out, but then they have no qualms in bitching each time I ask for a new /24..

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Bubble 2.0? Moneybags VC Andreessen warns profit-free startups: 'You will be VAPORIZED'

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VC's should take their own advise...

And stop lending money to poor investments..

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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Re: I've said it before...

@JustEnough - "And then the next step would be one game trying to prioritise its mining ahead of another game. Or even disabling each other."

You automatically assume the mining would be occurring for the duration the PC is switched on..Why? Do you allow apps or websites to display ads on your phone even when they are not active?

No you don't, it would be unacceptable. Likewise so would this running the mining 24/7. The model could possible consist of a minimum CPU allocated over to this whilst the game is running. With an 8 core CPU, running most game CPU usage sits at < 20%.. so giving over an extra 5-10% to this is nothing

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I've said it before...

And I'll say it again - I'll happily contribute CPU and GPU time in return for a decent game, its Win-Win. The fact that its taken the "dark-side" to lead the way, just shows again how out of touch and behind the times (in my humble opinion) the industry really is!!

So Mr Games Industry.. Drop the f*cking stupid micro payments, slap in some code to mine some currency on idle CPU and get with the future!

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Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

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Re: more money than the GDP of a small-medium sized country

Seen any small-medium countries for sale recently? Nowt on ebay, gumtree or craigslist :(

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Synology bakes word processor, groupware, into its NAS OS

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Re: Sponsored?

Given the name I assumed Asustor was an ASUS product.. but turns out that is not the case.

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What TODO with open source: Google, Facebook and Twitter launch collab project

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Re: Most open source projects would not exist without $billion corporations

A/C - You are right, I should chose my words more carefully :) though in my defense I'd been working for 16hrs..

What I was trying to convey was many of the larger and most common projects that benefit everybody. To name a few that I use everyday in my professional or personal life include as Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Python, Chromium, Postgre, Eclipse, Xen, Java, Bootstrap, Mozilla and hundreds more that get some form of commercial or corporate backing, whether that development time, sponsorship or they have a revenue stream (such as support or an enhanced version).

Whilst its far from perfect and more should be done, its also far from exploitation.

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Re: Ain't that a shame ...

What crap.. Most open source projects would not exist without $billion corporations, who quite frequently have inhouse developers who's sole purpose it to contribute to these projects (obviously they gain commercially from it!). Likewise a lot of Open Source projects were initially commercial projects created by the very same $billion corporations that you are bitching about.

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Re: @K

@Jack of Shadows

With regards to corrupted files, actually these solutions work at the block so the actual hard drive content was incomplete. If it was just a cause of corrupt file then that would have been easily fixable. But nothing would repair this, I spent days trying to figure it out (And I'm an old hand at IT).

I'd like to understand how you would achieve load and saving it with the RAPID software from Samsung, cause that would be a neat trick.

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Re: 16GB of RAM

@jason 7 - "Why was your system crashing in the first place?"

Ironically, I tracked it down to a piece of software provided by ASUS for tuning the CPU / Fan speeds on the motherboard.. I use the rig for gaming and media in my lounge, so I need it to run quietly. But by that time, I'd already had enough and just ditched the idea and purchased the SSD's.

BTW just to be clear, RAPID does have some really good uses, and the software "formerly known as NVelo" was not to blame ..

For anybody wanting to try this who doesn't own a Samsung SSD, I highly recommend you give PrimoCache a try :) It does both SSD and RAM caching, out of all the systems I tried, it probably the easiest and least troublesome. But the best performance I got was from MaxVeloSSD by EliteBytes (Don't put off but their pre-2002 website)!

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Re: 16GB of RAM

I've tried this, the benchmarks are mind blowing, but in reality unless you leave your computer on for very long periods - don't bother!

RAPID is a temporary cache, you will see no performance increase on boot, and applications will only get cache'd on or after first start up. So unless you leave you PC on, the Cache will constantly be recreated.

Then as other have pointed out there is the issue of corruption after power loss, which is very real. before I brought my 750GB SSD, I attempted to use 2x1TB drives with a 128GB SSD to act as a cache using the very same software Samsung purchased and rebranded to RAPID. Every time the system crashed it kept corrupting, leaving the HDDs in an inconsistent state which corrupted the Windows installation, the only solution to fixing it was a complete re-install with the loss of everything. In the end I gave up and purchased a large enough SSD to get the performance I wanted.

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Permabit builds shrink-your-SAN dedupe box

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Shame..

I know a lot of SME's that would be interested in this, but at least 75% of them use iSCSI!

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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Facepalm

Wonder if this would work with roller blades!

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Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

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In the late 90's I used to envy your connectivity in the states, Cable and ADSL was a wet dream for most wanna-be geeks in the UK. I honestly don't understand the full situation, but after everything I've read I think the FCC could take lessons from the UK and other EU models.

Since OFCOM (the UK's equivalent of the FCC) forced BT to separate infrastructure and customer operations, and allow competitors access to that infrastructure, it has meant other ISPs could compete and even install their own equipment in the BT exchanges, which was a driving factor for ADSL2+, and now they're fairly well advanced in rolling out VDSL/FTTC (Ironically, they missed my f*cking street!).

It still suck a$$ compared to some of the connectivity you hear about in Asia.. but thats life!

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Joke

With suction so powereful..

It will clean out your wallet and bank account at point of purchase!

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

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Re: Oracle's acquisition of MySQL???

Sun hard 3 assets that were of value to Oracle -

MySQL

JAVA

Sun Hardware

If Sun did not own MySQL, you can bet your bottom dollar what Oracle would not have touched them with a barge pole. I think the Gent's real gripe is the development and release cycle has taken somewhat of a nose dive and they are not playing nice with others, fact is MySQL is no longer innovative, instead they are playing catch up with forks such as MariaDB.

A few months ago we made the decision to dump MySQL in favour of MariaDB, probably the best move we've in a while.

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AMD claims record with latest overclock-happy FX Series chips, again

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Re: Sadly...

3 years ago we purchased some Dell R715 servers with the AMD 16 Core Piledriver CPU's, the beasts still give our brand new Intel based servers a run for their money. Can't comment on the power usage though, I tend not to look to much at that ;)

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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We've been hacked.. Its the first thing people always scream.

But a large number of data breaches are inside jobs.. wouldn't surprise me if it was some System Admin just trying to get his rocks off and then decided to take a copy home with him! I've had this on our internal network, staff Sync up their phones and wham, suddenly they've dumped all their private pictures onto the network.. accessible to anybody with admin privileges.

But I'm a nice guy.. I warn staff when this happens. Right after I copy them off... for umm evidence!

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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You've missed the original posters point completely. All he's indicating is the speeds etc do not justify the price difference - which as some who owns both, I'd agree with. Whilst the i7 might be snappier, its negligible. A person would be better off investing the savings in more RAM, 2xSSD (in RAID) and better GFX card..

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Wearables market set to EXPLODE... Wait, is that a STRAP-ON chair?

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Looks more like a Ski Mojo

I ski with a few friends who get fatigued easily, so they use this - http://www.skiallday.co.uk/sm/

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BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE

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Re: Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell

Amazing thanks for the info Steve.. I'm unlikely to leave him in the corner as my dog has a habbit of chasing spider whilst trying to eat them. But I'll be more gentle next time.

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Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell

My girlfriend called me into the kitchen the other day and said "There is a massive spider", usually that means bigger than a money spider.. Not this time. Heres a photo of it, the light switch gives you an idea of how big it was -

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-jg6wARc6dCI/U-qKGSt2AAI/AAAAAAAACNE/u1sfsu9fMKs/w807-h454-no/DSC_0047.JPG

Whilst its not massive in comparison to some spiders, for the UK, this is probably the biggest spider I've ever seen inside a house.

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Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests

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"you might think that's goodnight for virtualisation"

In your wet dream!! ...

Containers and Virtulisation might be the same species, but they are different breeds.. Your comparing a race horse vs a shire horse. They exist for different purposes, the reason I run VMWare is because it turns the tin into a Mongrel, i.e. so it can have a bit of everything.. The reason I run containers, well actually I'm still trying to figure that out!

The chances of Containers replacing Virtualisation are ZERO, ZILCH, NIL, NULL, SWEET FA.... Its elementary my dear el-reg hack.

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