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

Blane Bramble

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

Blane Bramble
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?

Blane Bramble

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

Blane Bramble

Musaic - coming soon

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

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

Blane Bramble

Dixons Horseless Carriage Wireless Radiogram

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

Blane Bramble
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

Blane Bramble

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'

Blane Bramble

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

Blane Bramble

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'

Blane Bramble

In the meantime...

NVidia 8800GT FTW!

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

Blane Bramble

Re: At Last !

and the wine...

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

Blane Bramble

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

Blane Bramble
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

Blane Bramble

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

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iPHONE 5S BATTERY: It may NOT just be you, it may be RUBBISH

Blane Bramble

@AC 19:49

How is your comment any different - or do you think jumping in to defend a phone brand is somehow not a pathetic life?

Me, I have a phone, it's an HTC. Other members of my family have iPhones. It's called personal preference and choice, but then as a veteran/survivor of the home computer wars, maybe I'm just jaded.

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Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

Blane Bramble

Re: Broadband is too cheap!

@Chris_J - there is a bigger problem - those few, usually smaller, ISPs that provide a better product at a reasonable price tend to be successful for a while, and then are bought up by one of the big ISPs to grow the user base (usually because the small one has a technical user base who understand they get what they pay for and therefore it has lower churn than the industry standard). The result is one less option for those of us who are happy to pay a bit more for a better service.

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Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

Blane Bramble

Re: Here we go again...

@Ketlan - that's about the same as any similar specced phone if you buy it off-contract, so unless you consider all smart phones to be only for "RICH grown-ups" then your outburst is odd.

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How to spot a coders comment

Blane Bramble

From my own code circa 1992:

/* I don't know what the f**k this does, but it works */

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Surface 2 MYSTERY: Haswell's here, so WHY the duff battery life?

Blane Bramble
Thumb Up

Re: Sample size of one

@jubtastic1 - full agreement - the best way to speed up a Windows laptop seems to be to turn off all of Microsofts performance and productivity "enhancements".

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Behold, the MONSTER-CLAWED critter and its terrifying SPIDER BRAIN

Blane Bramble
Joke

Re: Am I the only one

Crabward Scissorhands?

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Blighty's National Crime Agency nabs first crook ...for £750k cyberscam

Blane Bramble

Re: FB?

FB2.0 surely

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

Blane Bramble

Re: Has to be a color (colour) coding problem.

That's classified information, citizen.

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

Blane Bramble

Re: "it made an entire generation of youngsters want to play Jet Set Willy"

If Tony Smith really had a ZX81 then he would know that once you had exhausted the joys of the included "1K Games Tape 1", there was little else to do but start reading the BASIC manual and learning how to program the thing.

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Cook invokes GHOST of STEVE JOBS in Apple-wide memo

Blane Bramble
Alien

Re: Are we sure he's really dead?

Steve Jobs found on Moon!

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

Blane Bramble
Thumb Up

Re: Kermit

Not just you, I've been saying it for years.

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Glowing Nook knocked to under 50 quid for Xmas

Blane Bramble
Black Helicopters

For reasons known only to the morons we keep voting in (of all parties) electronic books are subject to VAT at 20% - without this you'd see a much better pricing structure.

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Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

Blane Bramble

Re: In addition to Steam it's also Linux

Depends on your definition of device I guess. If you mean peripheral, it's debatable (although Linux generally, in my experience, supports more hardware "out of the box" than Windows does - I have to dig around for device disks much more often with Windows, sometimes just to get the disk controller recognised). If you are talking about devices you can install the OS on, then, hell yes, Linux wipes the floor with Windows.

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Oracle's Ellison talks up 'ungodly speeds' of in-memory database. SAP: *Cough* Hana

Blane Bramble
Happy

Re: DOH!!!

> You've saved me at least 2 minutes.

Is that a 100x or 1000x speed up?

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Fancy a new iPhone 5C or 5S? READ THIS or you may not get 4G data

Blane Bramble

Re: @ jai - contradicting opening paragraph

@AC 19:43

"Funny you say that, but the iPhone generates more web traffic than Android."

Only in the US. Globally Android produces about 40% more traffic than the iPhone.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

Blane Bramble
Happy

Re: Re:80's?

+1 to the Volvo 480 (preferably GT)

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LinkedIn lowers age of consent to 13

Blane Bramble
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Re: OMG!!! LinkedIn FTW!!!One11!!

LOL! I iz in ure bizness site, indorsing ure skillzzzz!!!1!!1!oneoneone

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NEC tag teams with HP on high-end x86 servers

Blane Bramble

NEC processors

Will they have a Z80 compatible mode still?

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Back up all you like - but can you resuscitate your data after a flood?

Blane Bramble
Pint

Re: DR

Hi Trevor, I feel your pain regarding the config files - although you should slap your developers for using short tags. The most important rule is *always* back up /etc - even if you don't want to use it directly, then you can restore it (/root/oldetc perhaps) and manually check/compare things at the very least... been there, done that.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

Blane Bramble
FAIL

Re: I'm Alright Jack

Or take your console away with you to a holiday home that has no landline, no tv signal, no phone signal, but you might like to watch some dvds or play a few games some evenings.

Or maybe your console isn't connected and on all the time, and you just want to play a few games, but the broadband is out and you haven't turned the console on all week.

etc. etc.

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Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord

Blane Bramble
FAIL

Re: The Law is an Ass

No, naming someone as the so-far unnamed person accused of a serious crime, when that person is not the so-far unnamed person accused of a serious crime is libellous. That would appear to be a correct usage of the law.

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HTC woes prompts 'leave now' tweet from former staffer

Blane Bramble
Stop

I have had both an original Desire and now a One X - both decent phones, but HTC has a few problems. The most important ones from my perspective are:

Too many models, with too confusing a line up.

A habit of dumping the current latest and greatest phone (and its updates) for a new one too quickly - well within a phones contract lifetime.

HTC Sense - dump it, give us plain Android.

Carriers delaying (the already delayed because of Sense) updates, or simply not providing them at all.

Give me regular updates and a bog-standard Android and I'd be happy. Yes, I know about Cyanogen etc. but this is about what HTC get wrong, not someone else gets right...

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

Blane Bramble
Thumb Down

Re: I wonder......

No Sky here, but a self-installed Freesat box. Would rather miss 1/2 the F1 then give money to Murdoch.

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Blane Bramble
Alert

Re: So 0% are staying?

Might be unlikely, but it's possible. Bear in mind people actively chose Be rather than one of the bigger, cheaper providers because of what made them different, so it's not unexpected that those same people will look for an alternative.

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Blane Bramble
Go

Waiting, but will be off

The only reason I haven't moved yet is I don't want to get locked into a 12 month contract until I find out what's going on with FTTC around here (or not, as it seems BT have no interest in our cabinet even though the exchange is < 1.5km and cabled up nicely).

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Ready for the car 2.0? Nvidia preps UPGRADABLE car system

Blane Bramble

Re: No

No, but my Windows laptop sometimes likes to refuse to shutdown until it's installed what it thinks is necessary - not great if you are trying to get out of the office in a hurry.

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Under the microscope: The bug that caught PayPal with its pants down

Blane Bramble
Meh

Re: What about the testing ?

Having dealt with a few penetration testing companies on behalf of some of our customers, they seem to largely rely on using the same OS tools that anyone else would use and provide a report that is simply the unfiltered output, including such gems as proposing an ssh server is insecure because it reports its version (hint: this is required for interoperation between servers and clients).

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Merde! Dummkopf! Google Translate used as spam cloak

Blane Bramble
Joke

Re: " because it may easily be used to lute users into visiting malware-tainted websites."

I want to know who is orchestrating it all

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Wealthy London NIMBYs grit teeth, welcome 'ugly' fibre cabinets

Blane Bramble
Thumb Up

The solution is simple

BT just need to dig a really big hole (or maybe lots of medium sized ones) and bury the residents.

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