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* Posts by Justin Bennett

22 posts • joined 6 May 2008

Microsoft's licence riddles give Linux and pals a free ride to virtual domination

Justin Bennett

Easy

This was solved years ago. Buy a Windows DataCentre edition license for each ESX or Hyper-V platform. That then allows you to deploy unlimited Windows Server OS on top. Job done.

We saved a fortune on massive virtualisation estates by doing just this and far more importantly, simplified the whole licensing tracking & planning.

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Top-secret US spaceplane sets off on another classified mission

Justin Bennett
Black Helicopters

Re: Its a fair bet its off to pick up whatever North Korea launched yesterday

And when they open it up back in the USA, BOOM! goes the nuke warhead, carefully delivered to an important location with complete deniability :-|

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 arrives, first of many

Justin Bennett
Meh

Check the rate

The price you referenced was in $, it's cheaper but still ridiculous in £, but many companies (mine included) will pay a fraction of the Premium listed cost.

Very little benefit to stepping up though, but some nice tools are in the top version.

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iPhone baby clothes shop mauled by Apple

Justin Bennett
FAIL

If

I'm no fan of Apple whatsoever, but if they didn't defend (attack) this violation, then they'd have less legal legs to stand on for a proper issue (whinging about Samsung et al).

So they've got to pursue it or lose their rights, which would be rather funny.

Still, crap clothes for moronic parents, good job they're going!

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X2 triplex super-chopper in final flight

Justin Bennett
WTF?

What about Kamov?

They've had twin rotor helicopters in active service since the 60s! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamov

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A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe

Justin Bennett
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Re: Make sure the backup is going where you think it is going.

Put scripting in to estimate how much data you're going to backup and then query the backup solution to find out how much (file count/overall size) it actually backed up...

Then get that pumping into a DB with alerting if it backs something not consistent with history.

Oh and do restores - just to check, they're more important than the backup :)

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8m health records go walkabout

Justin Bennett
FAIL

Is it about time

That the government laid down some standards on data usage & storage... especially that they DO NOT carry such data on laptops but can terminal onto a server via VPN with crypto & good security to process it on internal systems ^o)

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Remastered 4K, 3D Titanic steams towards cinemas

Justin Bennett
Boffin

4k

Most interesting (certainly not the film) is that he's converting it to 4k, ready for when bluray dies and 1080p looks like NTSC in comparison. Is the death of the current formats already planned? What will/can replace bluray with capacity for 4k images?

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Assange: Facebook a ‘spying machine’

Justin Bennett
FAIL

Wow, surprising news!

I'd never realised that the NSA and co had access into social networks!! What a mind altering amazing fact that is, Intelligence agencies doing their jobs!!

And now for some news...

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Oracle spreads blame for MySQL 'misperceptions'

Justin Bennett
Stop

But it's free!

This is a great article to send to people who say our Enterprise should move to Linux and MySQL because they're free.... they always seem to forget the cost of support & maintenance for Enterprise capable versions of OS and DB and also tracking down people with Enterprise level skills for architecting, implementing & supporting these products...

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Aircraft bombs may mean end to in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile

Justin Bennett

Pods

How about, aircraft seats are replaced by armoured pods. You get into a pod with your luggage and if you decide to blow yourself up the bottom of the pod fragments and all the bits just fall out of the bottom of the aircraft! No-one else is harmed, terrorista & luggage gone.

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The terabyte iPad is coming

Justin Bennett
FAIL

What's so special

I've got 1TB in my laptop now, with the new Toshiba drives out that can be upgraded reasonably cheaply right now to 3 TB (2 * 2.5" 1.5TB drives)... so in 5 years ....

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Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels

Justin Bennett
FAIL

VB!

As a former VB programmer (3 -> .NET) who's ported over to C# I can't believe they've dropped C# of all of them... it's a far better and clearer language than VB and has a stronger future!

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Israel using Facebook as 'spying tool' in Gaza

Justin Bennett
Black Helicopters

What's new?

Does the author seriously think the rest of the world hasn't been doing this for a very long time with any form of electronic networking product?

Who do you email, who are you linked to on IM products, Social Networks etc... all mapped and traced electronically which makes life so much easier for the Intelligence agencies. And c/o your IP a lot of different identities on different systems can all be mapped to you then to your networks...

So, nothing new or exciting.

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HP at storage crossroads

Justin Bennett
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If your an SME

Once you have a datacentre with several thousand servers (physical & virtual) then SAN is easily the best way to go. No need to physically manage thousands of disks here there & everywhere, improved resilience to failure as the load is spread.

Then the ability to handle vast iops comes into play to, less SANs for more servers, or a SAN that can cope with vast throughput for large ERP systems... In either environment, local disks are no use.

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Yorkshire Ripper loves Wii Bowling

Justin Bennett
FAIL

Surely

Executing them is far cheaper & more efficient!

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Mandelson to get Nominet reform powers

Justin Bennett
Stop

Communism through the back door

Who ever said / thought that nu-labour was different from old-labour... It's just communism and tight control of the people through the back door. That's why they don't criticise China / Russia too much, they learn from them instead.

The sooner there's an election and the unelected government is first thrown out then prosecuted for treason & crimes against humanity the better! (Include Blair in that one too)

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Man posed as teen lesbian to snare girl's nude photos

Justin Bennett
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@Pierre

Couldn't say it better - when my children grow up, until they're 18 they won't have free access to a PC nor a webcam... Very stupid parents!

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Apple drives iPhone app developers to the brink

Justin Bennett
Jobs Horns

Get a court order

Simple solution, get a court order and order a bailiff to go into an Apple store to remove sufficient goods to reclaim the owed money + legal costs. This happens enough times they'll be cleared out and will have to get things sorted quickly. People have done it to banks in this country so they can definitely do it to Apple!

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The dark horse in data centre I/O simplification

Justin Bennett
Boffin

Hasn't IBM already done this

with the POWER5/6 frames and Virtualisation?

We've got over 40 p595's alone with 64 CPUs/1TB RAM each and 4 * D20 I/O drawers with 24 PCI slots each... all shared virtually where possible, or dedicated where extreme throughput is needed. These host LPARs with virtual processors and allocated memory... job done!

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Apple should start taking enterprise servers seriously

Justin Bennett
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Mac Server Room

I have had the unfortunate job years ago to work in a Mac server room! We had to get it all ported to Windows, Exchange etc (yes the mail server ran on a Mac too!). As I had limited experience on Macs I had to replicate their environment back in our office to plan the port of their systems & mail...

Never seen a place like that since and hope I never do!

For all the Linux/MySQL fanboys, once you get into a corporate environment the support contracts, training etc required to provide proper support & maintenance of these 'free' products is shocking! The same can apply to freeware/shareware - tucked in their license agreement is a 'corporates not allowed to use' clause... big fees! Even Adobe Reader has this tucked away, corporates roll without an agreement at your peril.

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How to destroy 60 hard drives an hour

Justin Bennett
Flame

Thermite - the choice of hard professionals

In the Army we used to have thermite grenades in case of a base attack, forgetting just hard drives, these things would liquidate the insides of computers, bespoke hardware etc and just leave a molten mess in seconds!

The only faster / flasher method was the Russians who had nukes aimed at our bases...

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