* Posts by Franco

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Is VMware the power it once was?

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Favourable licensing in that Hyper-V server is free, and Hyper-V as a role has no additional cost on top of a Windows Server license. Add to that the free VMs available (IIRC 2 on Standard, Unlimited on Datacenter) and if you are a Microsoft shop it makes a lot of sense.

The learning curve, I was speaking from my own experience of how quickly you can get a VM up and running. I've had all manner of fun myself with iSCSI, MPIO and 3rd party software not playing nicely together.

Both products have their foibles, my point was that Hyper-V has closed a lot of the gaps between itself and VMware in the last few years.

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I know that Azure and AWS and such like are the current trend, but I am slightly surprised to see not a single mention of Hyper-V in the article.

As much as Microsoft were late to the party with their Hypervisor, Hyper-V has come on leaps and bounds over the years, and whilst it still suffers greatly (as of 2012 R2, not tried 2016 yet) in terms of managment compared to VMware (Having to look at Hyper-V manger, Failover Cluster Manager or Virtual Machine Manager depending on setting/environment), the favourable licensing and less steep learning curve make it a viable product in a lot of places. I know of a lot of very large companies and public sector bodies making the shift from VMware.

I'm also hearing a lot of grumblings from VMware guys about the support, most are saying the sooner it's split back off from Dell/EMC the better.

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Interesting that El Reg post this sensible and well written piece on the same day as the latest round of you must all use DevOps propaganda.

It all goes back to first principles, design based on requirements rather than on trends.

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Microsoft to hike certification exam prices

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Re: As a holder of various MS certs, I'm inclined to agree...

Much the same, MCSE 2003->MCSA 2008->MCSA 2012 and looking at System Center exams.

As much as MS are taking the piss a bit (Went from £88 to £99 not that long ago, and changed from Prometric who didn't charge VAT to Pearson VUE who do), the fact that VMware "require" you to sit their course before certifying you even if you pass the exam is ridiculous. Haven't seen the VCP course for less than £1400 anywhere.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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Re: 'Ow Yorkshire?

Dreams? You were lucky!

(this could carry on for a while....)

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Windows 10 Mobile races to summer with useful facelift

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Re: Yes, we get it. MSFT BAAAD!

Have to agree with the other repliers, I've disagreed with a lot of what AO has posted about Windows Mobile over the past few months, but there is nothing in this article to criticise. It's a statement of new features, a warning about poor battery life and praise for the OS looking more attractive.

If you want to read anti-MS propaganda with no basis for it, try reading some of Chris Merriman's columns on the Inquirer.

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

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An app named for hipsters that categorises all hipsters as ugly? That may well be the most hipster thing there has ever been, it's certainly within standard "irony" parameters for them.

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It really is time to sort out your professional indemnity insurance

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Re: This is not news, its marketing

To be fair, this one is marked as a Promo, unlike the frequent DevOps propaganda.

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

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This is why I always want USB port lockdown, becuase as Vinnie Jones says

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQKUXDB27Dg

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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For some reason the distress call from the IoT devices reminded me greatly of the episode of Red Dwarf where Kryten is due for replacement by the manufacturer. I hope you didn't tell the device there was no silicon heaven.

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

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Ah, CTRL-ALT-Right Arrow. I discovered that particular keyboard shortcut quite by accident when I was playing Doom in DOSBOX and attempted to fire and strafe at the same time.

My wrath was swiftly moved from Mars based demons to the numpty at Intel who thought that shortcut was a good idea by default, although at least it was easy to disable "hot keys" as Intel called them.

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William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

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Re: History tells us...

One-Time Pads, developed in the 1880s, spring to mind. Very much a KGB favourite in books by le Carre, Frederick Forsyth etc.

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Opening of the next Parliament:-

Good news and Bad news.

The good news we've banned encryption so terrorism is a thing of the past.

The bad news is we've fucked the global economy as ecommerce is now a thing of the past and bank branches have to send each night's transactions via snail mail to head office like they did in the good old days (before terrorism obviously), we've fucked R&D as scientists can't collaborate on projects without being in the same room and we have fucked defence until we get hard lines to the nuclear silos.

Feel free to add any more of the quite literally thousands of legitimate uses of encryption I've omitted. I feel the need to quote Einstein in regards to the current attitude from Governments on encryption. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has it's limits.

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Gov to take axe to big IT contracts soon, will hand chunks to SMEs

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Not just insurance, when I worked for a small company we put a bid in for some work for a local council organisation and the ISO certification they wanted before even letting us bid would have cost more than our turnover at the time.

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Re: Whitehall needs to bring in "thousands" of technical staff

And as of next year won't be able to offer competitive rates to contractors either.

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'Hot Tech Talent' IT job board ads caught up in sexism allegations

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I'm not going to criticise anyone's right to be offended by this, or to ignore it completely.

I WILL say that having been out of work for a bit last year and having perused the IT Job Board (as was), after one look at their site clickbait is the only way they would ever get any repeat visits. There were jobs on there that had been filled months previously but never removed from the site.

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Successful DevOps? You'll need some new numbers for that

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Headmaster

Be careful, as a sub-optimal codification will lead to an impending vocational pardigm shift.

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Honestly, what marketing fucktard:-

A: Came up with this DevOps nonsense

B: Thinks that El Reg needs to run an almost daily article telling us we all need to embrace it and are doing it wrong.

If Developers wanted to build, manage and maintain systems then they wouldn't be Developers. If Infrastructure guys wanted to spend all day looking at code, then they wouldn't be in Infrastructure.

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

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The issue I have with this is (notwithstanding the invasion of privacy and erosion of liberty by default) that it will be misused and misinterpreted and the innocent will suffer. We saw prevention of terrorism legislation being used to challenge a man taking a picture of his daughter in a shopping centre 5 years ago for example.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-15251848

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

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With me it's watches rather than wallets. Admittedly I do have 2 wrists, but I feel no need to have a watch on each. Nor do I subscribe to the theory that different occasions require different watches, it's not like the time isn't consistent whether I'm at the Gym, in the car or skiving at work reading SFTWS.

Leaving the evils of advertising aside, I've never had a Facebook account and never will. And I am perfectly happy with that, even more so after reading about mutating adverts.

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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If we're going to name it after an explorer, I vote for RRS Dora.

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Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

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Re: Same here

I suspect they are trying it on with the letters and the "recommended" new plan, give them a call and you'll probably find they've got something closer to what you use. All you can eat data is no more I think though.

Agree that the advertising is a joke, but I had a look round and only Giffgaff has a plan anywhere close in price to mine. Didn't check BT though, for obvious reasons.

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I'd feel more sympathy if I wasn't just shunted to a new tariff. I was on the old £6.90 a month (200mins, 5000txts, 500mb) and they wanted to move me to a plan costing twice as much. Only after I called them did they admit my tariff still existed, just costs £8 a month now

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Go DevOps before your bosses force you to. It'll be easier that way

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Re: I have a question

Yeah, good one. All of us proper IT professionals make decisions based on Wikipedia articles.

It's very hard to take any of these industry buzzwords seriously. One week it's docker/containers, another it's DevOps. Given that the current trend for cloud computing is fundamentally the old client-server model but with the server somewhere else, it's hard not to see the whole thing as turd polishing.

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Behold, Microsoft SQL Server on Linux – and a firm screw-you to Oracle

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Re: Beware !

Standard MS support cycle is 5+5, I.e 5 years normal support then 5 years extended. Even products that have low uptake, like Vista, get the same lifecycle.

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SQL Server for Linux: A sign of Microsoft's weakness. Sort of

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Re: @Franco

They are, but Office is already on 2 flavours of Linux (broadly speaking, iOS and Android) and Office has been propping up Microsoft's revenues for years.

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I don't think they are going for everything cloud. I know the strategy is mobile first, cloud first under Nadella but I don't see the death of on-premises Windows Server and associated products (like SQL Server) anytime soon. There is still a huge range of industry that will not use cloud services for security reasons (Companies I've worked for include Banks and Defence Contractors).

The only surprise for me is that it's SQL Server going to Linux first. I honestly thought they'd port the cash cow that is Office to Linux desktops first.

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Re: Shit Wi-Fi?

I get exactly the same thing. I buy coffee beans on Amazon fairly regularly, as they are cheaper in bulk. I NEVER get offered them again, but having recently bought a paint roller and tray Amazon assume I am a decorator and need one every 2 days.

Back to the topic in hand, shit WiFi is always a problem, but the shit apps that "require" a data connection/location/stool sample/blood of first born to run are a large part of the problem as well. The latest being the Outlook calendar app on my Windows Phone. It's job is to tell me where I need to be, not where I am but is obsessed with being allowed access to my location.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Or Kevin Bridges, The Taking of Pelham 123

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtwoV6WUxI4

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I very much loved the Motorola RAZR too, sadly by the time mine went to the great phone recycling centre in the sky (or the back of a drawer) it's battery life was one half of ten minutes on a good day.

Those of you complaining about Siri/OK Google/Cortana really should try using it if you have a Scottish accent. Anyone whose name is Mc or Mac (quite common round these parts) is non-contactable except by use of "buttons" to dial, as is anyone called Douglas or (especially) Dougie (Scottish pronunciation generally being Doogie rather than Duggie as most English people would say) and far some reason telling Cortana she is a "bawbag" leads to some unpleasant web searches.

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Yahoo! is! up! for! sale! – so! how! much! will! you! bid!?

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I can see why they hired her, she came from Google who are Yahoo's idols these days, and she is a woman so Yahoo look visionary for hiring her. Why she's still in charge, I can only assume because no one else wants the job.

2 articles in a row about Yahoo with no photo of her must be a record though.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Re: Getting there slowly

Killing the desk phones is another one of those political hot potatoes IME.

You get one guy who is a Lync evangelist and wants to use it for everything, because we all need IM and presence capability, and another who wants to use Cisco or Avaya or whoever the IP phones are provided by, and both are senior enough that we end up with both, neither really getting used properly.

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I always assumed the unwritten subtext to "Please don't print this email unless you really have to" is "because I've already printed it 85 times"

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Yahoo! axes! websites! you've! never! heard! of! and! lays! off! staff!

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When the head of a tech company announces she is "too busy" to have her iPhone PIN protected the alarm bells really went off.

Mind you, this is the first article I've seen about Yahoo! in a long time without a photo of her attached....

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

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Re: Single Source

You'd expect it not to be a genuine single point of failure other than generically saying "Amazon", but only five months ago http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/23/aws_outage_explained/

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

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Steak and chips on a sandwich sounds just about perfect to me

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

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Re: "TL: You weren't at the town hall this morning."

Calling meetings "town halls" is utterly ridiculous I agree. Although El Reg could re-enact them using Playmobil....

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Re: RE an unlamented fragment of my past

A friend recently changed jobs and had to go through 5 interviews over a 4 week period. I didn't have the heart to tell him that my last interview was half an hour over the phone answering technical questions and I was at no point asked where I see myself in 5 years or why I was right for this job.

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Meetings are (mostly) an unlamented fragment of my past now that I'm a contractor.

Actual conversation with team leaders at a former job went something like this:-

TL: You weren't at the town hall this morning.

Me: I know

TL: Attendance is mandatory

Me: Not for me, I'm a contractor

TL: You're still an employee, attendance is mandatory for all employees

Me: I'm not an employee, I'm a contractor. My contract explicitly says I'm not an employee and any attempt by the company to treat me as one puts you in breach.

TL storms off.

A week later, original TL is seen whispering in ear of another TL and pointing in my general direction.

TL2: You weren't at the town hall this morning....

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Google after six-year tax foot-drag: No they're fine about the fine. We're fine. No fine

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Simple, they can afford an army of lawyers. Joe Average can't so is forced to accept what HMRC say and pay what they ask when they ask.

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Let Europeans sue America for slurping their data – US Senate

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Re: I am more than a little pessimistic about this

With a bit of luck the person doing said proving will be killed on the next zebra crossing then.

I'd quite like to see Angela Merkel be the first to sue, just for a laugh.

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

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Re: Fuck Off Microsoft

I also make my living from Microsoft, and whilst I am not defending them, they are far from the only culprits. It seems to be the way the tech industry is going sadly.

I recently bought a Toshiba TV, which has a EULA to enable all of the smart features which pretty much allows Toshiba free reign over my network and everything on it if they so choose. EULA I did not accept and I ain't plugging a network cable into this TV. Ever.

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

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Re: Dell cable arms

Better that than HP's default cable management. If you don't order the arm you get a couple of bits of Velcro with a dog leash clip on the end to hold your cables.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Re: But.... where are the netbooks?

Linx7 in my case, with a Bluetooth keyboard/touchpad it's permanently connected to the TV. Perfect for that job or for a travel media device and can do "real" work in a pinch.

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Virgin gives blessing to O2/Three merger

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Telefonica are looking to offload O2 and have been for a while to reduce their debts. BT were in the mix for a while to reacquire what was BT Cellnet, before they bought EE instead.

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Stylish Vaio biz mobe is flying this way – ah, it's got Windows 10 inside

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You could indeed say it's a typical comment by me, and you would be correct. As you can see from this thread and the others I have commented on I am far from alone in being critical of some of the articles on El Reg recently regarding Microsoft.

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Typical AO article these days, disses a product unseen because of WM.

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Re: Perhaps someone can explain...

Most people I know like it, but there's a lot of bad press.

Phone looks good though, and supports wireless Continuum according to Windows Central. Micro USB and not USB-C though, so no wired connections and no info about USB OTG.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Firefox is working for me. Has it's downsides though, I had to anoint myself with deadly nightshade and that smell gets right into the pores.

Occasionally I wish for the good old days of using Netscape Navigator. Then I remember Netscape Communicator and the moment swiftly passes.

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

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"But given that the UK-USA treaty basically guarantees that the UK will hand over anybody on request, if the USA wanted him then surely they would put the request in to the UK, not to Sweden?"

I'm not a lawyer, but I would assume any request that came in from the USA would be superseded by the existing request to extradite him to Sweden and the European Arrest Warrant.

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