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Public cloud will grow when experienced IT folks DIE

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That's not even funny. That's like saying a car is just a bunch of sheet metal.

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Re: What about the story of AMZN stealing ideas?

The fun thing about "ideas" is that they are freely available. Until lawyers and useful IP idiots enter the scene.

There is no need for amazon to open the source code.

They just need to observe, imitate, then do likewise.

Your value should be in delivering and ameliorating, not in fapping over a "unique idea" that probably has been had by a few dozen folks somewhat earlier.

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In 1994, Greg Egan wrote in "Permutation City" ....

I don't see the interest of running mundane tasks like Bugzilla, TinyPM or Salesforce "in the cloud" once stupid problems of maintenance, upgrade and upkeep have been ironed out. And if we expect BYOD to be made viable, these WILL be ironed out. You will just need a fiber optic cable and a 1 dm³ ComputerCube made by some white-label asian company, probably sitting atop the microwave oven in the company kitchen, running the stuff of 20 employees. However big computation will remain TEH BIG....

It was only 8:15. The whole day loomed ahead, promising nothing but bills. With no contract work coming in for the past two months, Maria had written half a dozen pieces of consumer software -- mostly home-security upgrades, supposedly in high demand. So far, she'd sold none of them; a few thousand people had read the catalogue entries, but nobody had been persuaded to download. The prospect of embarking on another such project wasn't exactly electrifying -- but she had no real alternative. And once the recession was over and people started buying again, it would have been time well spent....

Maria put an end to her indecision in the usual way. She logged on to her Joint Supercomputer Network account -- paying a fifty-dollar fee for the privilege, which she now had to make worthwhile. She slipped on her force gloves and prodded an icon, a wireframe of a cube, on the terminal's flatscreen -- and the three-dimensional workspace in front of the screen came to life, borders outlined by a faint holographic grid. For a second, it felt like she'd plunged her hand into some kind of invisible vortex: magnetic fields gripped and twisted her glove, as start-up surges tugged at the coils in each joint at random -- until the electronics settled into equilibrium, and a message flashed up in the middle of the workspace: you may now put on your gloves.....

Maria reverted to the standard clock rate, and a macroscopic view of her twenty-one Petri dishes -- just as a message popped up in the foreground:

JSN regrets to advise you that your resources have been diverted to a higher bidder. A snapshot of your task has been preserved in mass storage, and will be available to you when you next log on. Thank you for using our services.

Maria sat and swore angrily for half a minute -- then stopped abruptly, and buried her face in her hands. She shouldn't have been logged on in the first place. It was insane, squandering her savings playing around with mutant A. lamberti -- but she kept on doing it. The Autoverse was so seductive, so hypnotic . . . so addictive.

Whoever had elbowed her off the network had done her a favor -- and she'd even have her fifty-dollar log-on fee refunded, since she'd been thrown right out, not merely slowed down to a snail's pace.

Curious to discover the identity of her unintentional benefactor, she logged on directly to the QIPS Exchange -- the marketplace where processing power was bought and sold. The connection to JSN had passed through the Exchange, transparently; her terminal was programmed to bid at the market rate automatically, up to a certain ceiling. Right now, though, some outfit calling itself Operation Butterfly was buying QIPS -- quadrillions of instructions per second -- at six hundred times that ceiling, and had managed to acquire one hundred percent of the planet's traded computing power.

Maria was stunned; she'd never seen anything like it. The pie chart of successful bidders -- normally a flickering kaleidoscope of thousands of needle-thin slices -- was a solid, static disk of blue. Aircraft would not be dropping out of the sky, world commerce would not have ground to a halt . . . but tens of thousands of academic and industrial researchers relied on the Exchange every day for tasks it wasn't worth owning the power to perform in-house. Not to mention a few thousand Copies. For one user to muscle in and outbid everyone else was unprecedented. Who needed that much computing power? Big business, big science, the military? All had their own private hardware -- usually in excess of their requirements. If they traded at all, it was to sell their surplus capacity....

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

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Re: people don't go green to save money only!

> WE DON'T NEED TO USE POISON FOR ENERGY

Yeah, because these windmills and solar panels are growing on trees.

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Re: You Know That Website That Publishea

Yet another one who thinks that the seating order in the French Republic's Assembly is connected to issues about rational economic calculation and voter-baiting greenfaggery.

No convinced by flimflammery? Must be right-wing!

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Re: Opinion(s)

>> those people who are actually running things

> politicians

> actually running things

Very good, sir

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Re: CHRIS Huhne.....

> 'UK tea party'

Apart from the fact that the Tea Party is composed of economic ignoramuses on the same level as 99%ers, I don't see why being Tea Partier can be considered a slur. At least on does not do the government-prescribed "KEEP CALM AND PAY YOUR TAXES" thing but is going from some (ill directed) adrenaline release.

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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

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Re: The mystery of the mysterious operatives

For a start we had no reason to

Are you writing out of the State Department?

The one that puts out stuff about Ghaddafi handing out viagra for better rape?

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The mystery of the mysterious operatives

> They now face interrogation as to their motivation.

I think that would "interrogation" . Of the kind we used to outsource to places like Libya and Syria before they got onto the shitlist for some reason.

> the same line that was damaged in 2008 by a ship's anchor

Hmm........

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Relaxed Windows 8 rules hint at smaller slabs to come

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Re: please could we all agree

> If you've only ever used Windows 8 in a VM, you've really not used it at all.

It's 2013. Fucking get with the program, guys.

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Boffins birth man-sized military ROBOT JELLYFISH

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"their very simplicity allows them to survive in almost any environment and to use what little energy they can muster in the most efficient way possible"

This is what greens want humans to become!

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IT Pro confession: How I helped in the BIGGEST DDoS OF ALL TIME

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I shall have to demoralize you...

Unless you are a born-again X-tian, Armageddon is not a "real event".

You may also notice that "Pearl Harbor" and "9/11" were attacks on Amurrica used at full efficiency to rally the rubes behind fascistic agendas of full-scale domination, so in a sense "digitalizing" them is fully in-line with we are looking at here.

You are also missing "Digital Attack on the Maine" and "Digital Gulf of Tonkin".

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Re: You're lucky...

Oh yes. After BIND turned out to be an incomprehensible mess that moreover opened up the server to hacks back in the '00s, I turned to djbdns. Easy, comprehensible, straightforward. It had some bizarre quirks and illiberal behaviour due to the grammar nazi attitude of Bernstein which earned me complains from the front office in some rare cases.

Though patching it at each install to make it work with modern compilers was a pain. Way to go putting up that kind retarded license prohibiting third-party distros, DJB.

I hear licensing has been fixed in the meantime and improvements are rolling out but, well, I'm using PowerDNS now. Recommended and you can inject LUA scripts.

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Yahoo! makes Brit teen app maker VERY RICH with Summly buy

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Is that actually just a "reality TV" Yahoo addy or what?

In six months, an investigative reporter will show that the lad didn't actually exist and was put together by an "image consultancy"....

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Google Street View releases devastated Fukushima town tour

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Re: If you ask me

50 micro-Sv/h seems to be max, values are generally below that.

If you drive around for 10 hours (at the max value), you are still below the EPA recommendation for annual exposure of a member of the public. At that point, all depends how much stuff you put into your system or whether you get a few X-rays later.

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Re: If you ask me

Stop with the genius "high school science" ideas already. For detailed mapping, you would need to take soil samples. Anything else, use a Global Hawk.

Meanwhile, check out this map

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Re: Disaster pr0n for sickos

They should at least have stopped to help out.

On the other hand, fire up a stand to sell "disaster burgers", make some money. You will probably be taxed for that kind of entrepreneurship, if not hauled away for profiteering or gouging.

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Re: Thumbs up to Google

Why do you assume it is a driverless car?

This ain't the interior of Tchernobyl block 2.

Btw, the 2013 issue of "(GRS-S-53) Fukushima Daiichi 11. März 2011 - Unfallablauf, radiologische Folgen (2., überarbeitete Auflage)" is out.

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Re: Sad

[citation needed]

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"I said come in, don't stand there!"

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Sprint, Softbank to swear off Huawei kit as condition of merger

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I warned you about that greenback, dawg. I told you!

> interest on treasury paper

Like that's not simply coming off the printing press of the Federal Reserve.

Interest has never been that cheap.

Debtors should be hopping mad at this as it actually means the US is defaulting on the debt while nuking the value of the principal. And trying to fend off anyone buying something actually worthwhile with those dollars. On the other hand, China is keeping its currency artificially low, so a pox on all their houses.

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Gartner's gurus forecast future tech spending splurge

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WTF are they talking about?

Oh Gartner heard about Cyprus? And they think it's relevant somehow? Did the luminairies just now discover that we have fractional reserve banking? That reaches Krugman-levels of economic knowledge. Well done.

Yes, all that bailout/keep-solvent money pushed out of the Fed printshop and currently held by the banks will have to be liberated at some point in time. Then there is the additional coffer of 60 billion USD/month currently printed up by "Serial Numbers Only" Bernie.

Pretty sure there's gonna be "spending" ... a lot of it. But will you be able to buy something with it?

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BIGGEST DDoS in history FAILS to slash interweb arteries

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Re: I'm sure we'll see more of this

Well it does, fronty fonzy. If the response is of the same size as the request, guess what - no one cares about the spoofing.

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Re: I'm sure we'll see more of this

So, why not just disallow zone transfers at the drop of a UDP packet?

I don't see the utility in such an operations, really. It sounds very much an anti-utility operation, because the zone should only be served from the authoritative server in the first place, so no-one has business requesting it.

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Re: Well it may not be as bad as first feared but the "pipe" between where I live............

Arabs cutting lines with hacksaws, I suppose?

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Texas judge sends Uniloc packing in Rackspace patent suit

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No-one from that patent troll and their lawyer-mercenary doing the Tyburn jig?

PITY!

I hope that at least they are held to FULL INDEMNIFICATION.

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Boffins probe into moons – and associated rings – 'beyond snow line'

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Re: ...but when will they explain...

Damn these Space Nazis.

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Re: Is that...

It's burned toast.

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Wisconsin man cuffed over Koch-blocking DDoS attack

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Attacking the bogeyman of the left is not worth going to jail for.

> Kochs .... bankrolling Wisconsin's Republican governor Scott Walker and his crackdown on public employees' unions.

Good. Apparently the people of Wisconsin agreed, as he won the recall election etc.

Kochs are also for "fracking" and other Bad Things when I interprete hysterical outer-left data dumps correctly.

Could I care less?

I could, but I care little enough.

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Reg man bested in geek-to-geek combat - in World War 3 nerve centre

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Anyone seen At Dawn's Early Light?

It's not the best, but itr's not too shabby.

As a Cold War Brat, these movies always cause me major distress. Even today, these nukes are ready to fly though the talk about busting cities for fun and giggles has abated a bit. For now.

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Revealed: Vendors’ worst sales fluff

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Re: In other news

But does X² + Y² = Z² ?

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Re: Be Advised that we have Good Results On Target, which is Outstanding.

Actually, ISO9001 is more about controlling specific processes (basically define your process and implement the feeback mechanisms; the ISO9001 manual can be used as a somewhat relevant checklist but I recommend at least learning about BPMN or UML activity diagrams), and TQM is the "holistic" agenda (always vague but opens the door for gurus of various couleurs). Both are not actually on the same level.

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Be Advised that we have Good Results On Target, which is Outstanding.

I think that's actually straight from the Total Quality Management Manual. I had a course in this.

Consider:

"The Fundamental Concepts of Excellence are the underlying principles of the EFQM Excellence Model which are the essential foundation of achieving Sustainable Excellence for any organisation. They can be used as the basis to describe the attributes of an excellent organisational culture. They also serve as a common language for senior management."

Sounds better than "bunch of pretty general good system-oriented practices [see Deming and Wiener], some of which you may even manage to implement so that customer buy more from you and you don't fuck up your reputation or violate property rights".

The ones about sustainable future etc. just went too far. Who is to decide? Greens? Feminists? A boardroom oracle? Bring out the joss sticks. Confusingly, the course attendants did not seem to see any logical or economic problem with such progressive statements.

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Spotting a Big Data faker as you set up Big Data for someone

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> the declining Oracle/Java/VB market

HÖHÖHÖHÖHÖ!

The fact that VB is even still being listed is proof enough that these markets just don't "decline" at all, or at least not very quickly.

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Chinese game addict MURDERS girlfriend after she leaves him

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Re: Doesn't he know...

No, being infatuated with your 'girlfriend' is.

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Re: Doesn't he know...

"That playing (games) with your girlfriend can be MUCH more fun & rewarding than sitting behind the screen all day?"

So how's your high school diploma coming along?

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India’s outsourcers battle for customers in a cloudy universe

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> Otherwise (as is the most common scenario) we export jobs to India, and they buy nothing from us.

And...how exactly is that supposed to work in your opinion??

> Likewise buying manufactured goods from China doesn't help the British or Yank economies one bit

Says the guy with a 10 quid ADSL modem at home.

Economic illiteracy is rife.

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EMC, Carbonite fight off patent pursuer

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Tide turning? TIDE TURNING??? ON A TECHNICALITY!

The tide will be turning when DEATH SENTENCES ARE ISSUED FOR THESE ATTEMPTS TO HOMESTEAD THE SPACE OF IDEAS.

/dailymail

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

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Re: Only silly immature mama boys run mail servers in moms basements.

WUT?

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Re: I hope we can all agree...

> 30+ year old network protocol

Let me guess - you are younger than that and out to redo the world in your lifetime?

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I see.

But that is not actually a "reverse DNS" (nor inverse DNS), it's just DNS, i.e. "interrogate a database at spamhaus, which happens to be a DNS database": You query some record (maybe a TXT) for e.g. "88.77.12.12.isbad.spamhaus.org", which is answered by the spamhaus DNS server exclusively.

No delegation via the arpa domain or anything.

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Re: But

> I insisted our DDoS solution to give protection against R-DNS attacks

How do you do that? Warping to hyperspace?

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Re: I hope we can all agree...

Not free speech, but loud speech.

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> I send a reverse-lookup request for that IP address to the Spamhaus servers;

Why do you do that? You just need to ask spamhaus about whether the IP is smelly (doesn't work with the larger and evasible IPv6, I would think). Knowing the symbolic name for that IP is uninteresting. Maybe a traceroute would be of interesting. If the trace shows you are vectoring into the vicinity of NETHER.REGION.ZONE and the IP's address name is HOUSE.WITH.TASTY.BEER.COM, your trust levels should drop....

> Spamhaus (and other RBL providers) are vulnerable to DNS attacks because they use a version of the DNS protocol.

I think someone is confused, not sure it's me.

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After Leveson: The UK gets an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for real

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Re: Not everything is covered by existing law

> All thanks to hysterical news paper reporting.

Mainly due to people who cannot think their arse out of a paperbag. And due to some of the medical profession who think they are the saviours of the human race but are actually run-of-the-mill quacks.

Opening a paper doesn not mean "disengage brain".

Like with El Reg. There is good stuff, there is bad stuff. Sometimes by the same author.

Then there is utter tripe, best avoided.

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Re: After reading this

I commend your smell test. But if a writeup goes up against state, is that IN or AGAINST the public interest? Think carefully now.

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Re: The Difference Between Communism And Capitalism

> The fact that most Communist states have been totalitarian

You mean, 100% of them?

> more probably linked to the propensity for greed in the human race

More probably linked to the propensity of control in the sociopaths.

Orwell knew exactly what he was writing about when he described the end result of the Fabian's drive to societal "good management".

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Blighty's revolutionary Cold War teashop computer - and Nigella Lawson

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Re: Cryptonomicon

> acoustic memory

> milftastic

I infer a blowjob.

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Starbucks Coffee tastes best only when served by sweating Klingons, as originally intended!

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Ellison aims his first Oracle 'mainframe' at Big Blue

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Re: Hurrah!

Stevie stop coding in basic on that Sinclair, ja?

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