* Posts by Doogie Howser MD

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Cracking Android's full-disk encryption is easy on millions of phones – with a little patience

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Extra marks

For the usage of a picture of Vinz Clortho. Bravo!

"Would you like some coffee, Mr Tully?"

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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As I think Spike Milligan said..

The German sense of humour is no laughing matter.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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RIP Lester

Loved your biting wit - best wishes to family and friends at this sad time.

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Is VMware the power it once was?

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Truth

Another fine article Trev, good work. I'm inclined to agree with your viewpoint, and I've felt this way for a while. Other than NSX and VSAN, VMware has pretty much been in a holding pattern for quite a while. For someone who cut their industry teeth on Novell products, I'm starting to get a touch of deja vu.

No company in tech is too big to fail (not even Apple, given enough time) and I wonder if maybe there was a touch of arrogance at the top of the company a few years back that's contributed to the current state. Obviously revenues are still good, but once people think of their tech as "old hat", then it's only downhill from there.

I've pivoted from VMware and Hyper-V to public cloud - whether you like it or not, those are the skills you'll need for the foreseeable future if you want to get the mortgage paid off a bit quicker.

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Virgin bins Webspace, tells customers they can cry to GoDaddy

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Re: Recommendations

All I'm saying is that because you stand to gain financially (however small) from recommending a service, it makes you biased because you can't be objective.

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Re: Recommendations

..said the affiliate with nothing financial to gain...

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Dropbox slips 500PB into its Magic Pocket, not spread over AWS

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Project Magic Pocket

Now if they'd called it Project Wizard's Sleeve, that would have been cool...

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McDonald's Sweden adds fries to VR

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Slope Stars?

Didn't Clarkson get in trouble for some similar remark?

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VMware licence changes put users on upgrade treadmill

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Plus needed for NSX

Actually it's a little bit crafty they say you need Ent+ before you can deploy NSX. This is because you need Distributed Switches and NSX sits on top of them.

I've never really understood why core networking functionality like VDSes were pushed into the top licence and agree that NSX should be part of a core bundle, but at the end of the day it's VMware's new money spinner so they have to bleed it dry with early adopters before making it more competitive for the great unwashed.

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Private clouds kinda suck, you know?

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Good work, though I'm curious

Decent article there, Trev. My curiosity was piqued however by the following comment:-

"If you ask about things like self-service or API-driven workload management they'll lose their minds all over social media"

If I didn't know better, I'd say it sounds like a company that may or may not rhyme with Buttflanix.

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NSX Daddy Martin Casado leaves VMware to become a VC

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The brain drain continues

I know he says he'll still have some input, but moving from his VMware position to one at a VC seems a bit strange to me.

I found his attitude and presentations quite refreshing, he seemed genuinely engaged in NFV and NSX is a very good product. Shame VMware seem intent on keeping most gigs to themselves and not sharing the love with accredited partners, but that's another gripe entirely...

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Oracle acquires Ravello, will bake it into Big Red Cloud

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Shame, nevermind

You can't blame the founders for cashing out, but doing so to Oracle suggests Oracle's usual modus operandi of being licensing bastards and generally blocking innovation.

I used Ravello as a vExpert for free and found them brilliant to deal with, unfortunately now a "cloud of clouds" means Oracle have yet another stick to beat you with, rather than giving you a stick to navigate the shark infested oceans out there.

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OnePlus X: Dinky little Android smartie with one or two minuses

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Re: Fork CyanogenMod?

I've had mixed results with my X trying some of these builds (which is to be expected, they are written by the community with no warranties implied etc.) such as the CM 13 build didn't get a GPS lock indoors (known issue) and the 12.x build by Master Awesome (nice name, BTW) is actually not bad and what I'm using right now. The triple slider thing doesn't always work properly, but that's no biggie.

I chose the X because the OPO was far too big. These 5.5" and 6" screens are just getting silly now, I don't want a tablet in my pocket. It's decent value for money, but I find the OxygenOS quite buggy. The big one for me was bluetooth streaming in the car kept breaking up and the metadata doesn't show (OOS is AVRCP 1.5, whereas most cars support only 1.3, I gather).

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JD Wetherspoon: A 'hacker' nicks 650,000 pub-goers' data

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Sophisticated

Funny how all of these data breaches are done by using "sophisticated" techniques, thus drawing attention away from the usually shite data security mechanisms.

In my experience, the bigger the company, the shiter the security.

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El Reg unchains the Vulture Velo cycling jersey

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Never really worked out..

Why lycra cycling tops are so bloody expensive. They cost like 50p to make!!

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How do you solve a problem like Elliott? EMC's got 3 weeks to figure it out

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Are Elliott trying to single handedly destroy the IT industry?

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EMC Federation's attack blogger Chuck Hollis departs for Oracle

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Hopefully things will ratchet down a bit now..

Now that Duncan has taken the wheel, here's hoping we can park the attack dogs and recognise that there is room in the storage market for lots of vendors, not just two high profile ones throwing grenades at each other.

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Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank becomes TV reality

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Location, location, location

Here's hoping they send him to hostels in Essex and Sussex.

With that lisp it'll be comedy gold.

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Nutanix digs itself into a hole ... and refuses to drop the shovel

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Howard Marks?

Why is a convicted drug smuggler reviewing storage kit? Bottom fallen out of the weed market?

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Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

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Re Silverlight

Oh, please tell Sky to stop using Silver Shite for Sky Go as well.

Thanks.

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

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AFAIK they use vCloud Director for vCloud Air, which is a totally different product for vRA.

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VMware doubles the VM count for EVO: RAIL systems

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Re: NIce try

I don't agree. The best solution, whether that's Nutanix, VSAN, Atlantis or anything else is down to customer requirements and budgets. No one is "better" than the other, they all have their pluses and minuses.

Re the VMware comment, they are in the business of abstracting tin and virtualising it. First with compute, then with networking and now with storage. So it goes. I don't see it as a "me too" strategy, but a logical continuation of what they've already done.

Disclaimer : I work for a VMware Partner.

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

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Tommy Li, love your work

Especially the 90's home videos with the missus ;-)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Trolling for a headline

Sounds like Mr Cook is doing a Michael "Ryanair" O'Leary by making a statement he knew would draw headlines and so the buildup can begin to the iTelly or whatever it's going to be called.

I have a Samsung Note 2014 tab and a Smart TV, and I can tell him for a fact it's nothing like the 1970's, and I was there too. Mirroring my live Premier League footy from my tab to my telly on a Saturday is frankly a work of genius and seems like something else Apple have missed the boat on.

Keep up, boys.

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Android L == Android Lego?

Suppose it would make a change from Android <insert food item here> and also means another multi product tie up, a la KitKat?

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HP: We're so down wid da kidz! Look at... er, Smithers, what DO yoof look at these days?

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13 months in Bracknell?

When working for HP is not torture enough!

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Winklevoss twins flash their Winkdex at Bitcoin price-trackers

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Collective Noun

I thought the collective noun for more than Winklevoss was Winkelvi? Did we not learn that from the movie?

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Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

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Careful with that fault ticket, Eugene

Time will indeed tell if this has been fixed. I've had the same issue and I'm in the BL5 postcode for about that length of time. We've had a new SuperHub 2, we've had engineer calls, filters fitted, old lines terminated, lamps rubbed and various other excuses/fixes.

The engineer's parting shot was that this area is being upgraded to a faster speed, hence the outages. Sounds like a load of bollocks to me, but I'm too weary to argue anymore. That and plus every time I call customer services and someone in India answers, I just immediately hang up.

Always goes off the same time mind, round 1640 and 1940 every day, like clockwork. Even the main tool in the troubleshooting arsenal, turning it off and on again, makes no difference and you just have to wait it out.

I have to say that when it was NTL, we had two faults in about 10 years, so no grumbles from me. Stop pratting around with space ships Richard, and keep the home fires burning.

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Storage overlord EMC announces growth, plans to slash 1,000 jobs

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WTF?

BRIC+13?

Go on, I know what BRIC is, what is BRIC+13?

And no, I can't be arsed Googling it. Someone just tell me in plain English, if you please.

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You're fired: Lord Sugar offloads faded PC builder Viglen to XMA

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Bring out the gimp

"But the gimp's gone cycling...."

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

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False Bonhomie

Quite apart from all the other complaints about VM, I'm sick of their false matey bonhomie when you have the temerity to e-mail or tweet them about problems or issues with your service. I don't want to be your fucking friend, just fix the service I pay you good money for and give me a bit more respect.

That is all.

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Chocolate Factory plans Oz Loon trials: reports

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Just me, or..?

Did anyone else read the headline and think it was some IT project centred around crazy people. Where I work, we just call those "projects".

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

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Quantity vs Quality

Maybe slightly OT and probably said already, but what the hell.

Apple and Google claiming to have 10 zillion apps in their stores to download/buy is pretty meaningless. Like one earlier poster, I installed about a dozen apps on my new 2014 SGN 10.1 and I had a hard time spending the rest of my Google Play balance (boosted by a couple of KitKat code wins).

The rest of the apps are either shite, duplicates of something else, totally pointless (Bane voice changer, I'm looking at you) or have the annoying in-app purchase thing that other posters have added their ire to already.

I just don't think the vast majority of mobile apps have got anything new to say. And +1 on the app permissions too, some of them are frankly ridiculous.

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Brit graphene maker poised to go public: Yes, wonder stuff WILL float

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Good luck

Quite apart from anything else, good luck to those folks trying to build a high tech industry in the North East. The folks up there have struggled long enough since the downturn in the mining etc industries.

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BlackBerry on the brink: Security kink sinks rinky-dink Link sync in a blink

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Again, top marks for use of "rinky dink", which as I recall is only usually found in Pink Panther cartoon theme songs.

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NetApp chucks sueball at upstart rival Nimble Storage, former staffers

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Re: No surprise

Yeah but crack tastes goooood, baby!

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No surprise

I once saw a Nimble demo at a VMUG meeting and couldn't believe how much like NetApp their boxes were. Same tech, different name. This might just be the start of more.

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Facebook crashes into networking with open switch

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Agreed!

Dick Jones will be spinning in his grave at this misappropriation of a once great company's acronym.

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Enterprising 'early adapter' tries to hawk Google Glass on eBay

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What after this?

Google Monacle, as approved by Chris Eubank?

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

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Should have sent in ED209

He doesn't piss about, just fires a gazillion rounds of lead into the would be perp, asks questions later. Just don't ask him to "do" stairs.

"Someone call a Goddamn paramedic!"

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Vodafone cash supply choked as Europe tightens pursestrings

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Re: nope

I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, but it so happens Vodafone have been fingered for it. Do we know for sure the other operators don't employ similar practices? Seems to be a lot more widespread than we thought.

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

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Careful!

The dude moderating this is called Phil Mitchell, so if you are having trouble distinguishing real life from soap operas, you might get two sweaty, balding cockney types coming around your house to give you a good old fashioned knuckle dusting. That being said, didn't one of them call the police in real life when his ex-wife beat him up? Hmm..quaking in my boots now? Not so much.

Oh, and +1 for Google Currents, great suggestion for whoever said it.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Re: NO

..."There's no liiimmmiiiiittsss!"

Thanks for transporting me back to my 90's pomp, ukgnome ;-)

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Apple releases iOS 6.1, adds LTE carriers, tweaks security

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Re: So I take it...

Morning Malcolm. I *do* own Apple kit, so your assumption is manifestly incorrect. Not that I'm that arsed, but I just thought I'd point it out.

I just don't like corporate bullies such as Apple (and Google to a slightly lesser extent) and I rejoice when they get stuff wrong (yes, that means Google too).

It's just a joke, move along and get over it.

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So I take it...

..Apple Maps is still shafted then?

Oh well. Mwah ha haaaaaa....

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Ministry of Fun builds crack team to juice up bumpkin broadband

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There you go again..

..with your use of the pejorative "bumpkin" term, you bunch of 1970's, bullying, burning cross tossing bigots.

Ah, on the other hand, who cares? Those bothered, go outside and breathe in the air. Hurry back in though, the infamous "Max as Jimmy Savile" episode of the Tweenies is about to start!

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UK 4G auction kicks off in total silence

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Re: Who cares? Who will pay?

I think charges will end up being what the market will bear. Right now there is a single 4G operator, a small list of compatible handsets and the fees are ludicrous.

If folks have any sense in these belt tightening times, they'll hang fire until data charges drop to a reasonable level and the whole market levels out. Will take a few years, mind.

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BT in £52m contract tussle: West Country bumpkins hit with broadband delay

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Careful now..

If you go round calling folks "Bumpkins", you'll get someone on with a stick up their arse calling you a racist. Believe me, I've seen it happen!

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Office 2013 now available for some home users

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Is there anyone left..

..who gives a shit about new versions of Office? Won't be long now before the shrink wrapped product is largely dead. I use Google Docs for all my stuff now (except highly confidential stuff, obviously. Only a Hmong would put that in the cloud) and I find that all the buttons I ever use (bold, underline, bullet, justify) work just fine and do not require me to remove wads of cash from my trousers for the benefit of Billy G.

Hardly even news. I work for a 50,000+ employee company, and we're not even fully off XP+Office 2003 yet!

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Moody's slashes HP's credit rating

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"They're Just Opinions"

I wouldn't worry too much about what Moody's say, it could be argued that they colluded with other financial institutions to cause the Great Financial Meltdown of 2008. Watch "Inside Job" with Matt Damon and see what I mean. People are trading stocks on what Moody's say, and the bottom line is, it's all collusion and bullshit. Moody's staff stated in official hearing that credit ratings are "just opinions", which is handy when your pension fund goes down the shitter.

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