* Posts by Doogie Howser MD

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World's shortest international flight: now just 21km in 7 minutes

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Re: I've done a shorter international flight.......

Ah, Brazzaville. Conjures up mental images of a theme park dedicated to women with large chesticles - a la Brazzers.com.

I'd be all over that.

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Microsoft open-sources half-baked Azure servers to boost OCP innovation

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Re: Wasn't it OCP who brought us ED209?

"Someone call a Goddamn paramedic!!"

<body smokes with bullet holes in background>

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"OCP runs the cops!"

"You cocksucker! I work for Dick Jones! Dick Jones! He's the Number Two Guy at OCP. OCP runs the cops!"

Sorry, couldn't help the gratuitous use of a RoboCop quote.

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This is not a drill: Hackers pop stock Nexus 6P in five minutes

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Re: Yawn

"Franky not interested. Franky say relax!"

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Amazon unleashes on-prem-VM-to-cloud application teleporter

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Start of an ASR competitor?

Azure has ASR for migration and DR of on prem workloads, is this the start of AWS's response I wonder?

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HPE to offer hybrid cloud hypermarket to world+dog

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Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamp?

Smells a bit fishy to me...

<coat obtained>

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AWS budget tool update gives suits the control they crave

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Re: i bet

I understand why you might say that, but take a look at some of the ReInvent videos from last year and I'm not sure that's true. One customer did a big preso on how they saved costs by ensuring they used an appropriate instance type. In my experience, much like in the days of virtualisation, folks hopelessly overestimate how much compute they thought they needed.

Anyway, the gist of this preso was that they'd rolled out a bunch of larger instances based on the assumption that the steady state compute would be pretty high. They experimented with T2 instances (bursty workloads) and found they were a lot more appropriate. This saved them something like 60%/70% per month on compute, which is generally the lion's share of the bill.

Properly monitoring what you roll out and sizing it appropriately should not be overlooked once you're live. If you remember it's a living thing that still needs care and attention (regardless of what cloud providers say) then that's half the battle.

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The UK's 'Universal Credit mega cockup was the coalition's NPfIT' - Margaret Hodge

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Ha!

Given Hodge's chequered past, I don't put any weight in anything she says. Yes we know Government can't run IT projects for toffee, nothing new there. I just don't like the hectoring from a failed public servant.

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Brace yourself, Samsung: Activist investor Elliot's in an arm-twisting mood

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Elliott

Are asset strippers of the worst kind.

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

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He should be jailed for his laughably bad grammar alone!

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Oracle's feeling pretty SaaS-tisfied with itself

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Irony

I love the irony that Oracle's conference is called "OpenWorld" when they're one of the most proprietary companies on the planet.

Token Oracle gag - do you have to pay a delegate fee for every seat you *could* have sat in at the keynote?

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

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Skewed Priorities

Judging from most banking IT horror stories, rather than pissing about with smartphone apps, HSBC should be sinking cash into making their back office and transactional systems something a little more modern and less breakable.

Then again, that's not very sexy, is it?

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VMware content to run a small and beautiful cloud, with friendly help

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Too little too late

vCA is still pretty much a dead dodo. The world has moved on and (certainly in terms of public cloud), VMware hasn't kept pace. vCA has niche use cases such as DRaaS, but even now there are far more cost effective and elegant solutions such as Azure Site Recovery.

Best VMware stick to what they're good at, and leave "real" cloud to the big three, and I say this as a dyed in the wool VMware guy of many years standing.

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'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

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Hot Chips?

Makes me think of the Profanisaurus - "Like a dog eating hot chips"

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=like%20a%20dog%20eating%20hot%20chips

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Amazon now renting cloudy desktops for $0.22 an hour

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Re: Difficult to see AWS winning on this one

As I understand it, that's just dropping in XenApp "Express" (AKA Crippled Mode, no doubt) to replace RemoteApp for application delivery. I was referring to Microsoft using XenDesktop for VDI in the cloud.

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Difficult to see AWS winning on this one

Simply because Microsoft owns the desktop OS (in all but a name). On this basis, you'd expect Azure to have a much more flexible and cost effective solution simply because they can. AWS will always be subject to more stringent licencing constraints, or so you'd assume.

I wonder if MS will jump into bed with Citrix for desktops too?

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Microsoft bins Azure RemoteApp, says go with Citrix instead

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Rug Pullers

The timing of this is slightly fortuitous - I was only talking to a customer about RemoteApp last week. I never really liked it a whole lot, but to have it pulled so quickly really makes you stop and think about how you make decisions when you're using public cloud.

Basically, always have a fire exit to jump somewhere else at short notice.

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Your mission, should you accept it, is to use cheap VMs before they self-destruct

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So just like spot instances then?

Or am I missing something? Cheap but expendable. Bit like Katie Price I guess.

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UK councils refuse to push data into the cloud

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Stinker

"Services at Glasgow City Council were brought to a halt after a powerful blast of gas was released in its data centre"

Beans for lunch?

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Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

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Sheesh

There literally is no beginning to this woman's talent. Still, just goes to a show that a little chutzpah can go a long way in this fucked up world.

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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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Happy

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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