132 posts • joined Friday 12th June 2009 13:37 GMT
Re: Leaving, not because of Murdoch
I left Sky as they were next to useless and I heard about this bunch of guys at BE, who did everything I wanted them to. Great support, static IPs..etc...etc... and if you want a laugh get on their BBS.
Now I'm back at sodding sky and I'm expecting it to be as terrible as it was when I left.
Can't help but notice that my internet isn't half as stable as it used to be already, or is that psychosomatic?
The CME's were not ejected towards Earth....does that mean not ejected in the direction we are in, or not ejected in the path of where we will be when it gets here?
I never thought I would align myself with any media company, but as you're here you'll do.
Its nice to be able to congratulate or rip apart any reporter, and have them come back at you with more facts and opinions and be happy to take part in conversations with us.
the news stories are what you do. You're going to do that anyway. But its that interaction, and the paper plane experiments, and the playmobile stuff, the fairly unmoderated comment boards and countless other "random" stuff you do that sets you apart. This is why we're here.
THAT AND THE BAD PUNS, DODGY ALLITERATION AND HEADLINES IN CAPS!
Thank you and roll on 2013!
Vegetarians were close, but they had it backwards
Meat is Red Rum
The UK is a funny old place
You can have sex legally at 16, but you can't watch porn until you are 18.
So if you film yourself having sex you cant watch it back for 2 years. Shocking.
Here you go then:
The people who say they’re against this bill need to look victims of serious crime, terrorism and child sex offences in the eye and tell them why they’re not prepared to give the police the powers they need to protect the public.
I'm not prepared give the police excessive powers they think they need to protect the tiny minority of the unfortunate members of public affected by these heinous crimes.
Anybody who is against this bill is putting politics before people’s lives.
Certainly I am ensuring that surveillance is not put upon innocent members of the public, using the unfortunate and rare occasion (numbers of people attacked vs population of UK) someone may be harmed due to this surveillance not being in place.
There will be paedophiles who will not be identified and it will reduce our ability to deal with this serious organised crime.
Possibly yes. A small percentage of paedophiles who make up a tiny proportion of the UK may go free. They are not pokemon, you will never catch them all.
I've said this before about server-side applications or services, but equally its true for end-user\consumer devices.
Consumers no longer have to buy a specific device because it is the only one that has function z. All devices do function z. Its not important what device the consumer uses, as long as they have the choice of which device to use. Which one does a specific function better?
I have a computer that I use for recording music, editing video and playing games. Its a dual-boot linux and win7 box
I have a core I3 laptop for when I'm mooching out and about for a week or so, or for when I want to write a blog, but don't want to sit on my horrid office chair but instead sit on my comfy sofa. It is also dual boot, because linux boots faster, and sometimes I play games on it.
I have a tablet that lives on my bedside table or the coffee table in the lounge, or in the kitchen or for surfing the web, looking at the news, looking up recipes or for googling facts to support conversations and things because its always on.
I have a netbook for when I'm sleepless in bed and want to write something, or if I'm going to be away for a weekend and need something small I can type on reasonably well.
I have a smartphone for calling people and googling stuff in the pub.
Too many devices? Maybe. But they each have a purpose, and they each run a different OS.
I haven't got time to be a fan of any particular company, and I'm not stupid enough to get locked into anything I don't want to be locked into when I have the choice.
Actually I found his website rather good.
It loaded in under 3 seconds, no flash, important stuff left hand side, interesting stuff right hand side, contact details at the bottom.
Do you have pictures in your books at home, and feel a bit lost without them on the internet?
'Back at the article - it doesn't matter whether MS want to merge Office and Windows together, because if they do that on the desktop they'll be immediately done for abuse of monopoly.'
Exactly what I was thinking.
Then we'll get a patch: Which office suite would you like?
Just a thought....
Maybe we are trying too hard?
If you are religious you can get married.
If you aren't, you have a civil partnership.
If you are religious and gay, you have probably been disowned by your church anyway.
If not, then your church can marry you as its their rules. Don't like the rules? Don't go, they don't respect you.
If you were to alter an objects refractive index to that of air, it would be, for all intents and porpoises, invisble. (Thanks EE Doc Smith)
But everyone would see you when you got in. And all your old Ataris and megadrives and archemedes and stuff
Sorry, I was trying to suggest that some documents may be kept secret forever knowing that it would cause a public outcry if released. Either destroyed or put in the back of a cupboard somewhere, never to see the light of day again.
I'm for full disclosure of everything, I can probably say with some certainty that it hasn't ever happened, and I'm not sure how it would even work.
Having a random Private turn up and release it when he hasn't got the full picture of what is going on is definitely not the way to do it though.
I wouldn't like to call it.
I think the documents should be released, and the videos. But maybe not now. Maybe in 20 years time. Soon enough so people remember what was going on, and late enough that the information isn't as valuable.
But to never release these documents would be a crime as we need to be honest with ourselves about what our governments did/are doing.
Maybe the better policy would have been to hold these documents until the government declassified them, then add yours to the pile with a suitable shock filled headline.
Like I said, I wouldn't like to call it. He did wrong, but how much wrong?
Re: Get attacks at SSH all the time...
I know its not as secure (maybe) but I use port knocking.
You have a number of closed ports that the port knocking daemon is watching. You ping (or send a specially formed packet) to a number of ports in the right order.
The port knocking daemon watches the firewall logs for your "knocks" against closed ports, and runs a command to open the SSH/VPN/VNC/RDP port on your firewall.
obviously you need to be careful which ports you choose (random, not sequential) but it does give a method for keeping ports closed until you need them.
I was stood
In a room the other day full of people.
It was really hot
I went into the room the next day when there were no people, and it was cooler.
People must have heated the atmosphere!
Sounds like you have experience of rinsing out keyboards....got your own cubical where you work have you?
Eadon, when are you going to realise that the best route is the one that takes the least administrative effort, whether thats GUI or CLI?
Or whatever is nearest to your hand, keyboard, mouse pointer, users face, cursor, tab ordered list.
Also, who now actually gives a flying shit what OS they are running as long as whatever services run on whatever it is they are designed to run on?
the important bit is that, if it breaks, you know how to fix it quickly before anyone notices.
What you have just told me, is that you're such a stuck up twonk that you are unwilling to learn new or different technologies, that you can't actually use or configure anything a "click monkey" could use or configure and you are so unbending that you probably couldn't bring yourself to help out if there was a problem with any of my Windows environment.
p.s just noticed, first para "difficult to configure" - how does this match with "click-monkey"? Are you suggesting windows admins achieve infinite clicks, or that they actually know what they are doing?
It sounds like you spoke to some kind of careers advisor or looked up what the job description was?
I didn't look up my job role. I didn't speak to a careers advisor. I didn't aim to become a Systems Administrator. I just wanted to work with computers - as sad as that sounds.
It was a natural progression for me to take my scripting and computing skills I learned as a kid into work with me. "Whinging users" always turned up at the helpdesk (I didn't go to Uni, started at the bottom) with the same problems, so I scripted the responses as far as possible.
I realised I could write scripts to do all sorts of stuff, if only I knew what language I needed to write in and what stuff I wanted to do what. No one told me I'd need to, or had to. I just did it. With a smile because I enjoy it.
Every time I changed job I learned a new way of doing things, new languages, new operating systems. I didn't care what the job was, or even what the role required me to do, it was how I did it that mattered.
The benefit is, as I had scripted most of my tasks, I could get on with the fun stuff.
Like playing with storage, or networking, or reading The Reg and talking to you.
" I eventually went into systems administration. The joke was on me with that choice; by becoming a sysadmin, I ended up just having to learn a greater diversity of languages. I did not escape software development."
That's an interesting statement, but having to learn lots of different languages shouldn't have surprised you really. As a Sys Admin you are categorically not doing development work. You are writing code. Same as I built myself a brick BBQ but I wouldn't consider myself a builder.
I am a Sys Admin, and IMHO a bloody good one. You need to be able to write or at least read in as many different languages as required in order to be a good Sys Admin.
You can't sit there doing the same 150 mouse clicks or whatever thousands of times over to do something. You script it, fire it off and go get coffee or go to the pub, or maybe do something else constructive.
I'm not saying that I am any good at writing code though. The code I write is for a purpose. Normally throw away stuff. The point is that it works and can be made to work quickly, not that it works well. I am NOT a developer.
Developers should write good optimised code in some specific languages. In my opinion, good Sys Admins should be expected to write some code in *any* language.
Re: Still using my £120 AAO first series
From memory, its a 2.5" 10mm? drive. something like that.
I used the zif connector from the original SSD. No mods. Because the 110 wasnt designed to take the drive I filed a little bit off the mounting posts for the motherboard. The keyboard isnt exactly level any more but it works.
The 8GB SSD that came with it was rubbish. The spinny disk has overheated, been dropped off the sofa/bed/hotel table/etc... numerous times and barely works.
I'm looking to get one of these:
Not entirely sure if itll fit.
Or one of these:
We shall see I guess.
Still using my £120 AAO first series
Got rid of the SSD and put a spinny disk in it. Ubuntu 12.04, upgraded to 1.5gb ram
Works like a charm.
Why is a similar specced Netbook still over £200? It's rediculous!
Incidentally, can anyone help? I'm looking to go back to SSD with it. I don't have it on me, but IIRC its an AAO 110L. Does anyone have any suggestion on what would fit in the case and has a ZIF connector?
Thanks in advance!
Nothing to say but...
...Rest in Peace.
Work units package
If someone wrote a work units package like seti@home or protein folding I would lend kaspersky or whoever my processors and GPUs while I'm not using them.
I don't think I'd be alone either.
There must be enough nerds, with enough compute power, even around here, to brute force this eventually
(for a given value for "eventually" of course)
I think the thought at the time was that 2000AD can be any time period up to 2999AD, so they kept the name the same.
Then followed 4 issues of people being worried that even that might not be long enough. We're already up to 2012 FFS
You don't think that maybe they want you to document how you want them to manage these services because you are changing their roles, permission levels etc...?
It might not be a question of what software they use to update AD or run some SQL, but if you're laying the law down, they might actually want the procedural or management or role aspects of your changes outlined to them more clearly.
If that's the case, then asking *them* to document what their current job requires them to do might be a better 1st step than just yelling obscenities at them?
Judging by its speed on that graphic, it won't be in the Earth's influence for that long at all really. And it's mass is comparatively tiny. the gravitational effect on its path will be negligible.
I would love to stand on the Moon and get a look at it.
It'll be deflected just enough to swing by next year and kill us all though. (Hopefully before the Olympic Games start and cock up traffic for the whole of South-East England)
I stream to my mobile all the.time
I use mythtv with the mythweb plugin, ffmpeg installed.
I create an ssh tunnel.to my house on my phone, tunnel a port back then stream my tv recordings over mythweb using ff or opera using flash.
Definately watchable. Bloody good job I have a smart phone!
AC, Gerhard - thanks!
I might be wrong
But as far as I'm aware it doesn't keep shifting the memory around, it just creates another set of pointers in front of the actual memory address space.
The app wants to write to 0x12345678 android actually writes to 0x87654321 and remembers the change
when the app tries to read 0x12345678 android steps in and retrieves the data from 0x87654321 and hands it over.
The app is oblivious to it.
I think that's how it works anyway. I may be wrong.
I don't care
The Earth's climate is changing. So what? Always has done, always will do.
I don't care if its man-made or natural or whatever. But what I do understand is this, and its quite simple.
Burning millions of barrels of oil and junk, and sending resultant crap into the atmosphere is probably a *bad idea*. Or, at the very least, certainly isn't a good idea. That seems obvious to me.
Instead of spending more money generating more data for more arguments, can't we spend the dosh on trying to find cleaner fuels? Do we need evidence in order just to do that little bit? Is this so hard?
Does it really matter if the climate is changing or what the cause is? Can't we just have a general tidy up?
If you have centralised storage you can do things like DRS and vmotion. If you direct connect storage to a host then only that host can see it. This makes failing over live VMs to another host (either for failure or load balancing) incredibly hard.
You would have to shut the machine down, storage and host vmotion the machine (cold copy it) to another host then fire it up again. For my business that down time is far, far too long.
It's not normally the filer (I'm assuming you mean disk access here) that's the problem, rather the filers controllers themselves that are the issue. They are either not fast enough, not enough sockets or not enough speed per socket. It's ok having 5 hosts with 2 fibre connections each, but if there are only 2 fibre ports on your controller then that's your max speed right there.
For my test environment, which tends to be absolutely hammered disk wise, I use nexenta on a hardware server stuffed full of 4x1GB nics aggregated to present the DAS over iscsi. Yes I get the TCPIP overhead, but it does mean that the size of the pipe coming from the nexenta box is larger than the pipes coming from the hosts (networking set to round robin too, not the default). This seems to work pretty well and is hosting 80+ VMs over 3 hosts (lack of RAM), as well as doing machine clones, copies, server builds, P->V, VDI and everything else you'd expect from using a test system
Hope this helps...
Where is the bottle neck?
For my deployments, I have always found that the bottle neck hasn't been front-end "to-the-vm" bottlenecks. Rather it has been backend-to-the-storage bottlenecks.
Front end pipes are extremely easy to increase, back end pipes are less trivial to increase and can be a lot more expensive. You just end up with more expensive storage controllers with more expensive disk for only a fraction of improvement.
Its all well and good having a 17TB storage array, with 2 controllers, serving 2 fibre connections, with a hundred or so VMs on, until you try and get that data off it. Hundreds of machines all making small random access reads (or even just a couple of machines making long reads/writes) is just too much for some storage systems.
I also agree somewhat with the first poster. Where is my 2gb (or bound 2x1gb) VMNic to go with the 2gb pipe off my vswitch?
Someone doesn't get irony....
I have a cunning plan
Why not attach the rocket motor to some kind of lightweight structure attached to a helium balloon or 3?
A quick pressure switch knock up should be able to attempt to fire the rocket at the right altitude for testing, and if it launches, you know you're good to go for the LOHAN....
The whole screen is white, it just has the memory of a pixel that was once not white.
The important question is
Did Topiary hack GW Bush?
This news really saddens me
BBC had the best coverage of F1. They put a lot of effort into it, put a great team together, and delivered.
I love that sport. I love doing the 2 hours of maths, watching the live timings PIP with the action, watching the cars, the noise, the constant squabblings between team members and teams themselves.
I love the glitz and glamour of it. The technology of it. The people who present it, the drivers, the teams.
And now I have a choice. The "highlights" and half the full races, or buy a SKY package.
Thank you BBC and Bernie, for ruining my weekends, my hobby, and my sport. Thank you very much.
You said ENcoded. Which also suggests they can be DEcoded. Pedant.
Also wasn't getting at you directly (you are anon after all how could I?) I was just making the point that anything man can code, encrypt and lock, man can decode, decrypt and unlock. It's just a matter of time, no matter how salty you make it.
As for your mandate idea...are you suggesting that there are no rules? Just customer feedback?
Don't you think that users will go for shiny and usability instead of security?
I've got you a beer. this story is old anyway... :-)
Storing passwords in the clear
Ok, I agree with you on clear text passwords, but for passwords that can be trivially recovered?
What is securely encrypted today, is tomorrows trivially encrypted stuff. All it takes is time and power, and they are both growing exponentially to the home user.
And who would decide how securely encrypted something is....MPs? Don't make me laugh.
SB16 IRQ 7, voices, SFX, loading DOS into the high memory area, hacky config.sys menu's, trying to get as much of your 640k back so you can play a game....oh man that was when you *had* to know your stuff, and that was when I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up....
Beer so I can cry into it over joyous memories...
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