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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

Jon Massey

Choice?

"Database admins may be relieved to hear that Ubuntu is offering choice here..." all three variants of MySQL. Ah yes, it's so nice to have a choice of three flavours of sh*t!

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Pwn all the Androids, part II: Flaw in Java, hidden Trojan

Jon Massey
FAIL

Re: how much code is needed to write something nasty?

Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 1

Incorrect syntax near '*'.

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Review: Sony Xperia SP

Jon Massey
Meh

Nexus 4

Why bother when an N4 is twenty quid cheaper?

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Prankster 'Superhero' takes on robot traffic warden AND WINS

Jon Massey
Headmaster

I think you'll find...

That Yate is in South Gloucestershire, not Bristol. Hpmph

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Think enterprise software is complex? Check out the licences

Jon Massey
FAIL

Re: Forgot Microsoft?

Sorry, but that's a flat-out lie that you have to get DCE to use Hyper-V. Enterprise and Standard come with fully-functional Hyper-V (albeit with different number of guest OS licenses included depending on the version).

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Brit adventurer all set to assault ex-Reg haunt Rockall

Jon Massey
Mushroom

Cheating

It looks like that route's been bolted - that's cheating in my book!

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Micron brandishes sharp new flash blade, lunges at Fusion-io

Jon Massey
WTF?

OLTP?

People run OLTP workloads on MySQL?! *shudders*

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TREELLION DOLLAR mobe bonk-bank alliance goes for barcodes

Jon Massey
Facepalm

Hmm..

Not so much pay-by-bonk as pay-by-boop

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Ofcom fines TalkTalk AGAIN - a whopping £750k over 'abandoned calls' gaffe

Jon Massey
Trollface

Well

They should've used Intel!

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Apple alert as half China's fanbois consider switch to Galaxy S4

Jon Massey
Headmaster

Re: so expect

Since when is 1280x1920 a 16:9 ratio? Learn to maths

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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

Jon Massey
Headmaster

Those cylinders don't look like they're in test...

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Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

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Thumb Up

Assuming you don't need redundancy...

You could fit 1PB in a shorty rack, assuming four 4U, 60-bay boxes and 4TB 3.5" drives, plus a switch to last them together. That probably wouldn't fall through most people's floors; but powering and cooling it might be a different matter!

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HP ProLiant SL270s Gen8 beast masters eight coprocessors

Jon Massey
Alert

Active cooling

On the GPU/coprocessor boards would probably mess with the front-to-back airflow.

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

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WDTV live has a nice UI, regular updates

My advice to anyone buying a TV is get one based on the quality of the panel, the "smart" features don't count for sh!t and will never be updated; leave that to a third-party box which you can upgrade more cheaply if needs be and still keep your TV.

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Virgin launches TV Anywhere streaming

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Re: All your eggs in one basket

My switches, APs, router, modem are all on some fairly meaty UPSen; the laptop has an extended battery pack - still maintaining internets during a powercut is simple!

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Ten backpacks for tech-heads

Jon Massey
Facepalm

Wot no...

Deuter GigaOffice? Roomy, comfy (really nice back system) and you can pick it up for about £55

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Virgin Media SuperHub 'upgrade' hangs up on IP phone punters

Jon Massey
Devil

Mine seems better since the upgrade but...

When they pushed out the upgrade it reverted all of my settings to factory! SSID, keys, channel assignment, forwarded ports, all lost. Grrrr..

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Move over Raspberry Pi, give kids a Radio Ham Pi - minister

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Pieminister?

Yum!

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VeloBit beats big boys with SSD caching software – indie benchmarker

Jon Massey
Meh

Nice results, amateur presentation

Seriously, leaving the red dotted spellchecker lines on your presentation/promo materials?

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IBM database strategy chief on DB2: Devs are people too

Jon Massey
FAIL

Re: @IBM: Fix the Basics First

Totally agree, both the IBM-supplied one and the MS one are complete piles of dog shit

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Screen idols: higher resolution means better laptops

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Lenovo?

"...Lenovo and the rest slap a relatively low-resolution, 15.6in, 1366 x 768 screen on a laptop that is maxed out in every other area"

My maxed-out W520 has a 1920x1080 15.6in screen. Get your facts right.

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Volvo claims V40 is first car with an airbag for pedestrians

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Re: and above 31mph

Not always, I took an Audi R6 to the head at 45ish and lived to tell the tale!

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Big Bang secrets hidden in hundreds of petabytes of tape

Jon Massey
Headmaster

mp4 == QuickTime ?

Since when?!

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New standard test of Big Data bang per system buck rolls out

Jon Massey
Facepalm

Ttt = Tt1 + Tt1?

shurely shome mishtake? Where's throughput test 2?

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BT invites telcos to sign up to FTTP trials

Jon Massey
WTF?

only 330/30?

If it's FTTP, then why exactly aren't they offering GigE?

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Theresa May: No emails sniffed in web super-snoop law

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Good to see...

Julian Huppert giving May a grilling. He's one of the (appallingly few) good ones!

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Ikea to integrate TV, Blu-ray, sound system into sideboard

Jon Massey
FAIL

PAP?

yeah, that's about right...

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Americans resort to padlocking their dumb meters

Jon Massey
WTF?

Dumb meters for dumb people

Electrosensitivity loons are one of my favourite types of loon

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Belkin Power Pack 4000

Jon Massey
FAIL

Typical marketing fluff..

How about telling us actually how many mAh this can hold?

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Rackspace snaps up SharePoint911

Jon Massey
Go

Not a bad bunch..

They've got me out of the sticky stuff before with that cantankerous beast that is Sharepoint!

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Toshiba 14in USB LCD Mobile Monitor

Jon Massey

PCs?

Since when did Linux not run on PCs? Just a question of drivers, it's a bit crap that Tosh haven't got broader range of OS support at launch, maybe will arrive in time or wait until some clever hackers get their hands on it!

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Eight... HD camera smartphones

Jon Massey
Facepalm

In the mosh pit?

Ah, so you're one of those wankers?

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Orange San Francisco 2

Jon Massey
FAIL

Loose? Loose?!

"Lose", you cretinous oaf!

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Nikon stretches Coolpix focal-range beyond belief

Jon Massey
FAIL

I bet...

at 1000mm it'll be about as sharp as a cotton wool bud

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Surprise: Neil Young still hates digital music

Jon Massey
Stop

digital media aren't the problem

It's the mastering engineers who compress the living daylights out of everything!

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Oracle punts carrier-grade Sparc T4 servers

Jon Massey
Go

You can indeed get commodity 48V DC PSUs for commodity servers

For a lot less than a grand but as said above, they're not NEBS L3 certified. I've had a couple of Dell Poweredge 2950 boxes with their second PSU as hooked up to a big stack of forklift truck batteries in a particularly tricky power outage once (UPS running out, genny not behaving).

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Virgin Media to push out nimble new broadband speeds

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What upload speed?

Got great service in BS2 on the 50MB plan, consistently fast, no caps, no probs with the superhub (in modem-only mode anyway); but the 1MB upload is a bit pants sometimes if you're really spanking the downstream with lots of torrent peers and your ACKs don't get out fast enough and so your web browsing experience slows to a crawl. Good traffic management at the edge of my own network helps allay this somewhat, but it's still an extraordinarily asymmetric connection when compared to the FTTC offerings.

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AT&T joins 'Linux for cloud', boosts HTML5 apps

Jon Massey
Devil

No BSD?

You'd think with AT&T's heritage and all that...

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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

Jon Massey
Unhappy

Ektar's quite nice

Surprising that they brought out a new colour print film so recently if they were up sh1t creek, it's pretty nice stuff too - bit more restrained colour than Fuji. Guess I should buy a few bricks of it for the freezer...

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2011's Best... compact cameras

Jon Massey
FAIL

Panaleicas are a waste of time

Just get the Panasonic original and save a shedload of cash

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Zombie Microsoft antitrust case shuffles to retrial

Jon Massey
WTF?

wait a sec...

Isn't Novell now owned by Attachmate, which itself is partially owned by Microsoft?!

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Ten... inkjet photo printers

Jon Massey
Facepalm

Get a laser

As many have said here already, get a small laser for home use and find a decent local photo lab to do your C-type prints or large-format inkjet (Giclée) prints.

I've yet to see an injet print that can match a well-made c-type or silver print for quality or longevity - you can pry my ilford multigrade paper from my cold, dead hands!

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2011's Best... DSLRs

Jon Massey
Meh

Pentax range has slimmed slightly

The (belting value for money) Kx has been dropped off the bottom. There's still plenty of stock around, but whether it is to be replaced or not is an open question. The k-r used to sit above it in the range, but is now the entry model (and also a mighty fine camera).

(/ex-Kx owner now with a K5, the DA* zooms and a full set of FA Limited primes!)

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SSDs choked by crummy disk interfaces

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Great article

I had wondered what all this SCSI Express murmuring was all about!

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Moviemakers on a quest for their real-time 3D Holy Grail

Jon Massey
Devil

Nowt wrong with rendering on Windows

If you're a small shop and half your render boxes are also your artists' workstations, using something like Muster to schedule work and to drop them on and off the farm (and having a careful approach to things like Windows Update), rendering on Windows isn't a problem at all.

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Tablets mean tubby HDDs must get thinner - A*STAR

Jon Massey
FAIL

spinning disks in tablets?

You've got to be kidding... flash capacities and prices are now such that you'd be mad to put spinning rust in a tablet.

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Truly unlimited mobile for $19: How can it be true?

Jon Massey
FAIL

@Ramazan

... yes, but how long would it take you to get through 1.5GB of data on a crappy GPRS connection?

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Fasthosts downed by dicky Dell switch

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FAIL

One switch took down a cluster

A certain lack of redundancy in their network design, methinks...

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Argentina stakes online claim on Falklands

Jon Massey
WTF?

physical location of server doesn't really matter...

The physical box behind my .co.uk website is in San José

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Virgin Media touts high-speed signups and TiVO

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Go

I guess it depends where you're at...

I have their 20MB service in Bristol and have never had a problem with speed or uptime. Only problem I ever had was a buzzing transformer on the cable modem which was duly replaced after a support call. Their phone service has been a little more fsck-up prone, mind you. The time they disconnected my line and reconnected it to someone else was especially good!

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