* Posts by Adrian Harvey

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It's time for Microsoft to revisit dated defaults

Adrian Harvey

Re: So, where's the news?

That might be OK for replication but don't sites also determine which AD server a client should use for authentication? So how else does the client localise it's requests?

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Boffin

Novell did like to talk about that, but in practice it made little difference as the Comms links had grown sufficiently that being able to replicate over a 64kbps link wasn't really a winning feature. My experience was that the Novell protocol was much more fragile and harder to fix when it did break. I am not convinced that adding more complexity to AD would improve it. Making a GUI setting for change notification would be a plus though.

Also, using slow replication as a release mechanism is horrendous and risky. Get caught at the wrong time in the cycle and you have no protection anyway. Design a staging area or group and make changes to a copy of the GPO, then re-link to release. Or similar. There's lots of options.

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IBM makes meek apology for Oz #CensusFail, offers no fail detail

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<blockquote>It's not proven yet that IBM was at fault here. This has happened before; Air New Zealand, if I remember correctly - the CEO went online blaming IBM shortly after the systems crashed, it turned out to be their own fault.</blockquote>

The company I worked for at the time was hosted in the same datacentre when that UPS failed that your talking about. We only had only one issue as for the most part our HA systems kicked in. We had our HA cluster nodes running of different UPS feeds. One system was not migrated to the cluster yet....

I'm told Air NZ had their failover/hot standby system offline at the time.

footnote: That datacentre was old, tier 1, with a history of such problems, and IBM no longer use it having built a new one of higher grade nearby.

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Adrian Harvey

Given that IBM have a policy of never blaming the customer as it's bad for future business with them, a bland statement like this frequently means that the customer was at the root of the issue..... Can't be sure, of course, and a train wreck like this rarely has a single cause anyway.

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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Boffin

This (16-bit code on 64-bit OS) is somewhat a Windows limitation, due to the way certain registers are handled. 64 bit Wine on Linux can (and does) run 16-bit Windows binaries. Some more detail here: https://www.wine-staging.com/news/2016-02-10-blog-wine-16bit.html

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Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day

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Boffin

Re: “tea before milk”.

A point of history here: Once, quality porcelain was able to withstand the shock of being filled with boiling water, but cheaper china might crack. Adding the milk first would prevent the thermal shock. Therefore if you were inclined to show off the quality and/or expense of your teacups you would put the tea in first. As a result different social sets/classes developed different tea rituals though few now know why.

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Latin-quoting Linus Torvalds plays God by not abusing mortals

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quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur

Anything said in Latin sounds profound...

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

Adrian Harvey
Boffin

Re: LOVE them LED lights!

Re: greyish-white glare:

Most compact fluorescent bulbs are (and have been for a long time) available in warm white too. In fact as most white LEDs are in fact blue LEDs pumping a phosphor coating your colour range should be pretty close between the two technologies.

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Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

Adrian Harvey
Headmaster

Old problem - SS

The British car maker SS didn't like the associations their name gained so they changed it to the name of their most popular car - Jaguar

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iOS banking apps security still not good enough, says researcher

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Re: Banking on a phone?

It varies bank by bank of course, but for my bank (ANZ) it's more secure on mobile. That's because when you initially set it up it creates secure device credentials (which you can check from the app and invalidate lost/sold/stolen devices). It is then not sending my password over the net (encrypted or not passwords shouldn't be sent - the web is leading us astray here)

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Russian nuke plant operator to build on-site data centre

Adrian Harvey
Boffin

power plants and Datcentres

We thought about this when I worked for a power generator - but all of out plants got built in relatively out-of-the-way locations - either to make use of natural resources or because no one wants a great hulking power plant on their doorstep. It was hard enough for /us/ to get networking to our sites, diverse paths almost impossible (second cable would have to go over a mountain for one example [we used microwave for out backup path...] ) so just too hard to get the connectivity required for a real datacentre.

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Whole new level

It takes it to a whole new level when the assessors ask you whether your datacentre meets tier specifications and want to know that it has a generator on site....

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

Adrian Harvey
Boffin

Didn't have to remember

Just visit here:

https://copy.sh/v86/?profile=windows1

and see Windows 1.0 in all it's glory running on an emulated PC in JavaScript in your browser booting in seconds.

Love the speed, but the interface leaves a little to be desired...

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HMRC breaches job applicants' privacy in mass email spaff

Adrian Harvey

Re: Unfortunately, there was a technical glitch resulting in a confusing email.

Presumably if you were cc:Ed in on the mail telling someone they hadn't got the job, but you had. Or vice versa. Or to turn up on Tuesday for an Interview after being told you missed the shortlist it would be fairly confusing.... Not sure it that's what happened, but it would fit the description.

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Take two mobes into the shower? I didn't before, but I do now

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Using it for roaming

I could see me using it for roaming - but i would have to use it by putting my "home" SIM into the device for calls and txts, and putting the "roam" SIM into the phone. Having to fiddle with SIMs might be a little painful, but no worse than SIM swapping for travel generally.

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Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

Adrian Harvey

Re: Like grep? sed? awk?

I don't think you read the doc you link to. It's nothing like grep. It enforces the presence or absence of the lines - adding required lines if not found, deleting lines that the file must not contain.

You could do this with sed or awk, of course, but the point of this is to underly puppet/cfengine like functionality that MS is building into it's management tools. Puppet and friends are awesome products, and the model of managing configurations like software to be progressed from dev to test to production is a good step forward, but current tools are focused on devs in that they work in a programming kind of methodology and need a brain used to working with code to use well. Depending on what tools MS wrap round this engine they could address the market of admins wanting to gain the advantage of dev ops before the existing tools do.

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Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

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Joke

You'll definitely want to be on-premise next year as it's a leap year. With 366 days you must have a full day outage from Office 365 sometime during the year.

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NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

Adrian Harvey

It'll be spent on what it's spent on now. There's no big new revenue stream here, just a new form of tax avoidance.

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

Adrian Harvey
Headmaster

Photo doesn't match article

The photo on this article is of iPhone 5Cs which is probably the problem. They don't have the NFC circuitry required. Pedant icon because.

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

Adrian Harvey
Headmaster

Re: Americans and PI

I took an engineering course where we used 3 as the value for pi.

Admittedly this was because the gearboxes on the lathes only had a limited set of speeds on offer, so there was no point at all in using more than 1 significant figure. Still 3 is not wrong for pi so long as you only want results with limited precision!

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IBM's secret growth plan is … Karaoke?

Adrian Harvey
Headmaster

IBM song

But IBM DOES have a theme song! It's called "Ever onward IBM". and you can hear it sung here: http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/music/music_clips.html

IBM as a company is so old that it dates back to when recorded music was not so common, and group singing was a common social interaction. There was even a whole company song book with both original songs and parodies and remixes of popular songs of the time.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

Adrian Harvey
Unhappy

Why aren't Word shortcuts made to work in the rest of Windows...

In MS Word:

CTRL + ' then e gives é

CTRL + : then o gives ö

etc, etc

These would be fine for most people, and I use them often for typing loan-words, etc, but for some reason the MS guys in the Office team aren't into sharing so they're not built into the OS.

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PENGUINS are just TASTELESS, say boffins

Adrian Harvey
Linux

Antartic only?

I can't tell, as I don't have access to the full paper, but from the supplemental data it looks like the testing was only done on Antartic penguins. It therefore may not apply to Tux (the linux penguin - see icon). Tux was based on a little penguin at Canberra Zoo which is far too hot to have Emperor penguins in residence.

- Note for El Reg - icon selection on iPad is broken - choosing penguin gives black helicopter! had to edit from desktop to get this right.

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: Jaffa cakes

No, they should start by removing all loopholes and stop using VAT as a crude luxury tax. That way they could eliminate a whole load of overhead costs (tax officials, lawyers, court cases, etc) by simplifying the system. Use the extra revenue to increase benefits and reduce lower end taxes to compensate for the increase in costs. Fairer by far as, for example, the current system charges the parents of larger kids more as they move into "adult" sizes sooner.

I'm living in NZ now where this is how it works. Rate is only 15% and government expects to run a surplus this year. A simple tax system is obviously not the only thing driving this, but I'm sure it helps.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Adrian Harvey

Re: Hard on the eyes

Slightly off topic, but I have found f.lux http://justgetflux.com/ - which adjusts the white colour temperature of the screen to match your lighting at night - makes huge improvements to my eye strain level at night. It's free, so worth a try.

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

Adrian Harvey
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Re: Blast!

From a quick look round the reviews, the one without the home button is the previous model - I think your search was too broad. This, their second go, seems to be much improved.

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Gorilla Glass maker gobbles Samsung's fibre optic biz

Adrian Harvey
Headmaster

Best Known?

"Corning, which is best-known as the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass"

I suspect that they are *much* better known for Pyrex, or even for CorningWare. :-) They've been making it since 1915! You might get away with 'gets more mentions on el Reg for Gorilla Glass' .

Pedant icon because I'm being pedantic.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

Adrian Harvey
Pint

Re: How about a counter petition then...?

Due to an accident of fate, McDonalds in New Zealand actually serves real pies! - see https://mcdonalds.co.nz/georgie-pie

They bought a native fast food restaurant back in the 90s basically to acquire the sites for their own restaurants and many years later 'due to popular demand' brought back some of their range. They're actually quite good IMHO - won't win any prizes, but there are plenty worse on sale. They certainly meet the petitioner's requirements, so perhaps you could ask the UK branch to introduce the NZ product!

Beer icon because, while you're asking them, McDonalds in France serves that!

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Fait Acompli: Microsoft gobbles Android email upstart for $200m

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FAIL

Fait

Shouldn't that be Fait Acompli, not Fate? Or is there some sort of subtle mis-spelling joke that I'm too hard of thinking to get?

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Everything your users ever need to know about BYOD

Adrian Harvey

Re: A banking app that requires a 5-digit passcode?

Can't say for sure what bank they're referring to here, but my bank would match this, however they have a device enrolment process so that only your enrolled device can get in with that pin. ie: the passcode is one half of a 2-factor authentication scheme (the other half being, obviously, possession of the phone) This is as secure as my debit card, so seems pretty reasonable to me. In fact, I'd probably notice my phone missing sooner than I'd notice my debit card left behind in a shop...

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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

Adrian Harvey
Joke

OCP

I thought Detroit was way ahead with cyber security - I saw a documentary about it once.... Robo...something... I think it was called.

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

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Boffin

Re: Dreaming

Yes, because you've built a 'battery' where the charging and discharging parts can be separated. But don't underestimate how hard hydrogen storage is. Not only can't it be realistically stored as a liquid (far too cold), which means that energy density is fairly poor vs the weight of the storage system [As an aside here, in NZ we used to have CNG (natural gas{=methane}) run cars with a filling network at petrol stations throughout the North Island, and *it* suffered from energy density issues. Now only LPG remains. LPG is much denser as it is liquid under storage, so you get a lot more in a tank.] But Hydrogen atoms are so small that quantum effects become a factor. It can quantum tunnel across solid barriers and so escape barriers which aught ordinarily to contain a gas under that pressure. This requires ensuring areas Hydrogen is near are well ventilated so that an explosive quantity of gas can never build up.

None of this should stop us trying, but we need to invest lots in other technologies to use in the interim because it's going to be a long time until this is really workable tech for normal car use...

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

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What I want

What I want to be able to do is to - for certain friends - is follow their posts only, and not their likes, shares, games, adverts, etc. I like the "toddler photos" in that they're what's happening in my friends life, but I don't need their web history.

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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A guide

Indeed. For those wishing to follow the advice in the article (unless that isn't a misspelling), here is a handy illustrated guide.

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Sh** just got real: Amazon to open actual shop in New York City

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or Argos

Those in the UK will, of course, be far more familiar with Argos. Especially as it is still going.

It was what came to my mind first when I saw the article. I fondly remember reading the catalogue and wishing I could afford various toys....

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

Adrian Harvey
Happy

One non-nerd feature

But which doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere (ok, so I found it on the device before finding it on the web...). Is the ability to set complex repeats on calendar entries (eg: every 2 weeks).

Previous versions would correctly read complex repeats set elsewhere, but you couldn't change them, or create a new appointment with them. I found this really frustrating so it seems like a big thing to me...

Perhaps there are other hidden non-nerd features that weren't promoted? Anyone else want to chip in with their finds?

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EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

Adrian Harvey
Boffin

Re: Data only?

That's how it ought to work, but the people designing the cellular protocols designed for a lot more cases than just simple undifferentiated Internet data. That's why there's that APN setting in your phone.

And these things really are used. For example my previous employer had a set of in-truck delivery operator terminals which had a private network back to a router in a special section of our DMZ. I know, a similar effect could've been achieved with an IP sec tunnel over an Internet connection but that's not how this solution was designed to work and of course would've exposed the terminals to a greater range of threats.

There's probably a good technical workaround for this somewhere - like a standard APN that provides access across all networks - I'm just trying to say that the design as it is means that it's not totally simple.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Adrian Harvey
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Bah humbug

I'm annoyed that both the new phone models are bigger. I don't want a bigger phone. I understand some do, and the plus-size model will be a good addition to the range, but why oh why did they have to make the base model larger too!

And no sapphire screen either. So apart from NFC there's not much to reccomend it over the 5s :-(

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Alert

Re: Security questions?

Caution: Apple do ask these questions is circumstances other than password recovery. I was asked for them at some point after getting my phone replaced under warrantee, though I can't remember now what action triggered the questioning. Make sure you print out your answers and put them somewhere otherwise you may be stuck at a critical time.

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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

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Re: Typical Rotten Apple Treatment

I don't pretend to know their official position, but their position in my case was that the "genius" ran a diagnostics program, said that the battery was under performing and replaced the phone. And it wasn't a battery problem I had come in about. They appeared to be routinely checking the battery performance of every phone that came in for service.

Seemed pretty good treatment to me. And as battery problems tend to get worse over time a full recall may not have been justified earlier on.

Of course this is an anecdote, not a statistical sample, YMMV, etc

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

Adrian Harvey

Re: sell by?

Depends on the design, but many analogue meters don't need the battery at all. Often the battery is there just to supply power for the resistance (Ohm) tests. If you never use those functions, the battery is idle.....

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Re: Tempting

Wow! That's almost enough material for an entire BOFH episode right there! I hope Simon Travaglia is reading....

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Arcserve on split-up with CA Technologies: 'We’re a startup now. We’re really hungry'

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Coat

What's old is new again

New! Windows Centric! Startup! ?!?

I remember when Cheyenne Arcserve was *the* way to backup Novell Netware servers.

Sigh. I'll get me coat.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

Adrian Harvey

Re: French TV those days

What was awesome about Swiss TV, or at least the cable service I had whilst living there, was that it mostly consisted of direct feeds of all the other language groups' broadcast channels - so, BBC 1,2,3,4 ITV1,2... etc, etc as well as the French and Italian channels. So no cut-down BBC "prime" channel like seemed to be on offer in Germany for example. Had to remember that show times were skewed (+1H for UK channels). They didn't even swap out the ads on the commercial stations, it was mildly amusing to have commercials for products that we couldn't possibly buy.

Of course it wasn't really Swiss per-se, so your point stands, but it was a good service that I wish I could get elsewhere in the world!

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

Adrian Harvey

Should have been the U. But Robocop references have been diluted by the new remake I suppose....

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

Adrian Harvey
Devil

More bits

Should have got him to upgrade to the 64-bit version of Excel first. Handles heaps more rows than 32-bit. And all his plugins won't work... Bwhahahaha!

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

Adrian Harvey

>> "Insulation on the pins of the plug" - are they suggesting that this was an issue in this case?

I believe said insulation is a requirement of the safety standards. Therefore lack of insulation would provide a quick and easy to spot warning sign to the customer that the device was non-compliant.

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Apple tips Shiraz down all its techies' throats (that's the rumoured name for OS X 10.10)

Adrian Harvey

Better yet , on a mac install f.lux and get whites that match your lighting. On a iPad/pod/phone , jailbreak and install f.lux or on iOS 7.1 turn on settings>General>Accessibility>Increase Contrast>Reduce White Point>On. (Not as good as f.lux, but avoids the need for Ray-Bans...)

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

Adrian Harvey
Boffin

Re: You can get clip-on lenses

Don't forget that these only work if your theatre has gone for the circular polarized system. If your cinema/s use color-shift (Dolby 3D) then those are no good.

Dolby don't seem to have licensed their stuff and I haven't been able to find any sellers of clone glasses. Which is annoying because I find the ones in the cinema limit my field of view, so that I have to turn my head to see the edges of the screen if I'm not near the back of the theatre. I guess I'm wearing them wrong :-). And I don't even wear glasses.

Goggles icon seemed appropriate here....

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VMware embiggens VSAN to petabyte scale

Adrian Harvey

Re: Embiggens?

You're not a Simpsons fan, I guess?

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