* Posts by Blane Bramble

129 posts • joined 11 May 2007

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

Blane Bramble

You don't need to fit brakes to sheep, they are more than capable of stopping suddenly in the middle of the road.

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Joke

Re: A step in the right direction

but choose to look the other way.

I think I see the cause of all those road deaths!

Why, yes, that is my coat, how did you know?

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Don’t want a footie-field-size data centre? No problem (or is there?)

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Not really surprising

So a stripped-out OCP node is cheaper than an HP midrange server.

How about comparing it to an equivalent white-boxed server, that would be a better comparison.

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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Re: "They'll be first up against the wall when the revolution comes."

Ahhh, but are you executing them in series or parallel?

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Paranoid about the NSA? The case for dumping cloud's Big 3

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Re: Lovely idea... maybe not

There are plenty of competent companies outside the major names. However, that competence and service costs, particularly when done at a smaller scale then the big boys.

The fact that most customers buy purely on price, choosing to ignore the "better" options, and then complain about the service is often the root of the problem.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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Of course not, they just wanted the money first before they refused it.

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Amazon's clouds are da bomb, say EU data protection watchdogs

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Re: April fools?

Far too obvious.

Must try harder.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

Yes, and they managed to keep us safe using genuine, old school trade-craft for years without the ability or requirement to scan all our communications.

The false sense of security and data overload means that a security service that thinks the ability to scan everything means they have solved the issue and don't need to put people on the ground into dangerous places will endanger us all.

We are less safe with mass surveillance, nor more. It becomes a needle in a haystack, rather than intelligent, targeted data gathering.

It just seems easier, that is all. Your attitude is both shocking and depressing.

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Microsoft's three-way only goes one way: Backends merge into Azure App Service

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Re: Cloudy Skies

How does this protect against the Feebies visiting Microsoft and taking the hardware?

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Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks

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Re: 17 hours is still a significant hurdle...

1. Place phone in Faraday cage

2. Crack password (max time 17h, therefore probably less).

3. Play Candy Crush

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Good for him… maybe?

... and a one in a million chance is a certainty.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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MOOOAAAARRR POWWWWAHHHH!!!

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Microsoft working on 'Nano' version of Windows Server for web-scale ops

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Re: Lightweight?

Linux running in 256MB can be a perfectly stable platform to serve Apache and PHP - you might need an older distro designed for smaller hardware, but it will work. How well does Windows "serve hundreds of http: connections in a live environment" in 256MB?

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Expired router cache sends Google Cloud Engine TITSUP

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Re: Remind me again

Because when it goes wrong it's someone else's fault.

Nobody got fired for using IBM / Microsoft / Amazon / Google / erm...

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Acronym central

Additional Sub-assembly Standard

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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FAIL

Re: Nothing Nowhere

Nope, try again:

Nothing Nowhere = no location has nothing = Something Everywhere as the first poster said.

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Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

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Facepalm

Re: Wide Load?

Yup, that's a couch potato. The question was what is a coach potato (see headline).

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

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Re: Does sound complicated

The problem is the software they bought doesn't have any warranty if it doesn't work.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: So its not VAT

No, it's a Completely Unenforceable New Tax

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Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown

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FAIL

Re: Closed is out of flavour these days.

"Time at risk" does not equal the time between the exploit being admitted to by the vendor and the time it is fixed.

It is the time between either the discovery of the flaw, or the time it was introduced and the time it is fixed.

When Microsoft sit on detailing a flaw until a fix is ready, your servers ARE STILL AT RISK.

Their policy is dangerous and cavalier. This is not the security you think it is.

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Re: military to commercial - unheard of?

SAAB black panel / night panel

'nuff said by marketing droids who know no history of their industry

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Re: And of course...

The point is the text in the email is written backwards (so scanners don't see normal keywords), but the text is wrapped in a block that tails the browser/email client that the text should be rendered right-to-left, so when it is displayed it looks normal to you, so something like (tags made up, not part of any standard I am aware of):

In the message

<encoding:ltr>!yenom dneS</encoding>

But on your screen:

Send money!

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: NoSQL I thought was Not Only SQL

You mean the name that has been rewritten to be short for "not only SQL" but originally meant "no SQL"?

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Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

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@Dave 126

+1 vote for the Sony Z1 Compact - it's not the smallest phone on the market, but it's the smallest full-featured phone I'm aware of.

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DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email

Blane Bramble

Re: This means mail has been lost

@Steven Raith - assuming the sender is a person, and it's not an automatic email from somewhere.

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@Angela Taylor

and in the meantime they are losing email...

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Blane Bramble

Re: dig ntlworld.com mx

True, but it would be a matter of minutes to set up a backup (store and forward) mail server to spool the email in the meantime, whilst rebuilding whatever needed doing for the pop/imap cluster - and it would prevent any further loss of email. Presuming that Virgin Media already have secondary, tertiary MX servers, it *should* just be a matter of a dummy primary MX record and then adding the secondary record, leaving it to spool until the primary MX is ready and running. But what do I know?

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Blane Bramble
Stop

dig ntlworld.com mx

That'll tell you all you need to know. Should take 30s to fix (plus DNS propagation time).

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Re: Get a life, Simon.

@jake - if you don't like it, simply don't read it - why come to the forums to complain?

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

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Re: Some jokes... Well... Almost jokes

@Joe 48

127.0.0.1? localhost?

I go ~ at the end of the day.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Black Helicopters

Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

@Matt Bryant - there are a number of serious flaws in this law as first drafted. I have not yet checked the passed amendments to see if they clear these up, but on an initial reading it seems not (you have read both the draft and amendments before commenting on whether you are for or against this, haven't you?). As currently passed (my interpretation), if the government decides to investigate you or someone you have communicated with, and then you ask me to troubleshoot server logs for an unrelated issue (I sent an email but it wasn't delivered, perhaps) I will be unable to assist you - in fact it will be a criminal offence for me to do so.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Blane Bramble
Happy

Re: I'm firmly...

but... no players

Sounds like you've not outgrown it, you're just resting...

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Devs: Fancy a job teaching Siri to speak the Queen's English?

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Re: which Queen's English?

Don't forget:

Yewwww Slaaaaag!

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Sonos turns up volume, slips out new Wi-Fi speaker control app

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Musaic - coming soon

Better than Sonos: http://www.musaic.com

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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Dixons Horseless Carriage Wireless Radiogram

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Stop

Real men run WordStar 3.3 on a CP/M 2.2 box.

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Source code for world's first MUD, Essex Uni's MUD1, recovered

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Re: Ummm PLATO did it first

Except that is not a MUD.

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OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork

Blane Bramble
FAIL

Re: C - the leech theraphy of coding. It will never go away!

It doesn't even have Modules, FFS.

Modules are surely the function of the linker? Or did you mean namespaces?

21st century: Programming applications "to the bare metal" and other retardations of the conservative or ignorants.

How else do you program your security layers and OS? If they are not "to the bare metal" then what are they running on, and how do you write and secure that? It isn't turtles all the way down here you know.

You also need a very large team, lots of time and lots of money in that case. Nope, you won't get them.

Rubbish. Writing bullet proof assembler just requires sane coding practises and decent documentation of entry and exit requirements etc.

Seriously, WTF? I anything being tought in schools today?

Very little, however it seems I have self-taught myself more than you.

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Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air'

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Re: I've got an idea

@DougS - is the weight of modern smart phones really an issue? I'd much prefer a thicker, heavier, longer lasting phone than the current obsession with longer, wider, slimmer.

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

Blane Bramble

Use 30 day demo of SQL 2008 - I assume the issue is that you can't pull a 2003 backup into 2012 (just had a similar issue with 2000 -> 2012 - have to go via 2008).

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Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances

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If you are using reserved instances though you are committing to a 12 or 36 month agreement - if you need that much power for that length of time, why aren't you building your own cloud/server farm?

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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In the meantime...

NVidia 8800GT FTW!

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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Re: At Last !

and the wine...

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Re: Sonos stuff...

Take a look at Musaic as well - they're a UK based startup in the Sonos space - they're currently raising funds on Kickstarter for the first models:

http://www.musaic.com

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1112831839/musaic-wireless-hifi-music-system-your-music-your

Before anyone else points it out, yes it is my brother's company.

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

Blane Bramble

We call that a shelf over here.

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Silk Road admins: Sorry for the hack, we're sorting out refunds

Blane Bramble
Black Helicopters

Apply for your refund here:

Emails to: investigations@fbi.gov

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Mail Migration

Blane Bramble

Re: Mail Migration

As others have stated, without details of the current system and the new system no-one can offer any detailed advice. If both systems support IMAP then you can use various imapsync scripts to copy email from one system to another. With the correct scripts and users set up at the destination end this can then be an iterative process where you do an initial sync (which might take hours/days depending on the amount of storage and the network bandwidth/disk bandwidth available). Then you can re-sync several times to bring the new system in-line with the old until you are ready to switch over.

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JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

Blane Bramble

Re: 2013 closes on a joyous news note!

The problem is, if anything, worse for the big email providers, who have plenty of users who will incorrectly classify email as spam just because they don't want it anymore, don't understand it, or confuse the "report spam" button with the "delete" button (both make the email go away after all).

As part of the email feedback loops we have set up with the big companies, I regularly see people reporting personal responses to questions and web forms they have submitted reported as spam - i.e. "please supply me with this information" -> "here is your information" <spam>

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I want to play with VMs

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Pint

You need to define what you want to achieve

Do you want to play with virtualisation in order to learn about the guest OS's (the ones you will run inside the Hypervisor), or to learn about how to run virtual loads (i.e. how to use the Hypervisor) - if the former then you can pick any Hypervisor - either a built in to an OS one such as Hyper-V on Windows or KVM on Linux, or even VMWare Player etc. and just build a machine with decent resources - any 64 bit processor with the relevant virtualisation extensions will do. You can play in as littles as 4GB if you only need one VM at a time (or several tiny ones), but 8 or 16GB is more realistic.

If you want to learn about Hypervisors, then the choice depends on what you want to learn - for the corporate markets then it's probably Hyper-V or ESXi (which has a free version), possibly XenServer (also has a free version). The free versions are generally missing some of the high-end tools, but enough to get started. If you want to learn from a hosting/ISP point of view, then look at offerings such as CloudStack, OpenStack etc - there are development environments that will run on a single machine for test purposes, but these are generally aimed at a multi-machine setup (storage servers, compute nodes, cloud controllers etc.).

Or, if you have the time, and far better if you do, try all of them. Get to grips, work out which interests you the most and does what you're looking for.

Have fun. Here's a beer to drink whilst waiting for installs to complete!

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

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If you have your own hosting and want full control, definitely check out ownCloud

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