378 posts • joined 1 Aug 2009
cloud != cloud
Most smaller/local providers offering "cloud" are basically giving you a few Dell PowerEdge nodes, in the same country, in a single datacentre, the same datacentre as all their other stuff, the same network as all their other stuff, and in the same racks as all their other stuff.
Just because the ESX nodes have been configured as a "cluster" that doesn't make it a cloud. That's just some dedicated servers with a "mission critical" premium added to the pricing. In those cases, you're better doing it yourself and spreading the risk around multiple DCs.
Proper cloud to me is the abstraction of resources through APIs and geographic redundancy.
How do you quantify that in Olympic swimming pools? A bonkers unit of measurement even by El Reg standards!
Sometimes I create free cloud accounts and fill it with chunks of random junk data, a 10minutemail e-mail address, then never go near it again. Just for the hell of it, to mess with them.
All these companies are just massively overselling/under provisioning... lets see how deep their pockets really are and burst this .cloud bubble. Who's with me?
Official government line: Any accessibility requirements? Then go F yourself.
I've only ever used 123reg briefly, when transferring domains out for clients, and their control panel always struck me as a horrible mish mash of technologies and frameworks. They sit in the same bracket as Fasthosts to me. I wish the best of luck to all their customers and nothing but bankruptcy to both companies.
For several years now I've had HTPCs of various ilks hooked up to my TV. A shuttle box for a long time and currently an ageing mini-ITX Atom (Zotac nVidia ION) which has done a sterling job. These were usually on 24-7 as an all round home server web browsing kiosk Skype music YouTube etc. Early last year I bought a RaspberryPi and stuck OpenELEC on there and that's sorted all of the media playback stuff. The problem is I still end up with the HTPC on probably most days because of two annoying proprietary MS technologies, Silverlight and Skype. I would have switched it over to Linux years ago had it not been for Eurosport Player being Silverlight only.
A cheap, small, fanless x86 box would make an ideal replacement for the old HTPC and this looks pretty good. That's if I can kill the ChromeOS.
Get kids into computer science
Get kids into computer science?
Nope. Increased footfall in the gift shop required to fund CEO-level salaries.
Funny because the only way to actually find what you're looking for on the MS site is to ignore the built-in Bing and go Google.
Yeah forget empowering people properly. Let's just do whatever we want and assume the hoi polloi are OK with it. I mean they're just like us we're all in this together man on the street private supper club what what?
"Politicians are not born, they are excreted."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero *
* note there's no actual evidence of Cicero saying this but it sounds about right to me so it must be true.
That is all.
Ah apologies, it was FreeBSD rather than OpenBSD. I knew it was one of them.
I'm sure last time I deployed a Citrix NetScaler virtual appliance I remember it running an OpenBSD base. I also remember it cost ££££.
I would think Citrix had more than $20k in profit lying around as a result of this product anyway!
I do realise that most of these mega-corps already support many open source projects both technically and financially but surely they're are worth a bit more to them than is usually the case.
Now apologise for being a totally horrendous company in every single other respect.
It sounds to me like someone doesn't have enough product to go around, or can't afford to supply the product to all its customers.
Presumably they'll also be blocking...
Google, Yahoo etc since in my experience they are the best places to search for pirated material.
Also... eBay, Amazon Marketplace, Discogs, gemm and any other sites that facilitate the purchase of 2nd hand CDs/DVDs/games etc.
Yeah right. People might have a bit more respect for the enforcement of piracy if it was enforced consistently.
The great thing about Docker isn't the virtualisation and low overhead, it's the ease with which you can make deployments of applications. You configure your Docker from a base image, effectively recording a diff. Then all you really need to deploy is that diff from the base, the run file. And you know it's all self contained and a fresh environment with nothing screwed up during build/deployment.
Been playing around with it a bit at work and it's got some serious advantages.
Consumer vs Enterprise
I've always gone with consumer drives unless you need a small+quick array, in which case you probably go for SAS or flash these days. The I in RAID stands for inexpensive and using "enterprise" drives would double the cost.
Generally there's no difference, apart from when WD infamously changed the TLER flag on their consumer drives mid-way through a batch of drives a few years ago and people wondered why half their arrays kept spontaneously re-building.
Ha ha, fair enough. Good point, well made!
It's tragic that so much money and man-power goes into this stuff. Haven't governments these days got anything better to do?
Cost effective! Value for money! Efficient! Savings!
Won't stop them charging 500% the market rate back to the gov though will it.
1366 x 768
1366x768 should have been shot and killed 8 years ago. Yet it's impossible to find anything else at the £400-£500 price point.
In 2004 I bought an Asus Z71VP which had 1680x1050 and since then that is the minimum I expect.
Don't diss 'em! I still rock an Asus 1005HA-P. It's one of the 10" screen ones, not those early ones with a glorified CF card "SSD", massive black borders around the screen and a cut-down Linux OS.
Dual boot Win XP (gah) and Linux Mint, battery life still getting 9+ hours (covers a full transatlantic flight + airport faffing), 4GB RAM and only 1Kg in the bag. Replaced the HDD with a cheap SSD last year and it goes like a train. Well it struggles a bit with HD video on Youtube, or vimeo and anything to do with Silverlight. But I get infinitely more done on this than I ever could on a tablet. Being able to run real desktop applications is just ideal. At £200 for the amount of use it's had over 4 years it's been a total bargain. How much is the Nexus 7 again?
Unfortunately when it comes to replacing my netbook, I'm probably going to end up with both an Ultrabook(tm) and probably a tablet, for those times when the ultrabook is too big. This netbook though, goes in the bag and works everywhere.
If they had just dumped stock Android on these Chromebook things from the start instead of ChromeOS then that would make people seriously consider them, as the hardware generally seems decent. Internet access coverage when travelling around is nowhere near complete, reliable or cheap enough to go cloud only.
Re: FTC all around us, but not from our cabinet
Yep, business park on the edge of a medium-sized town. Residential cabinets all done a couple of years ago. Still stuck with 5Mbit down and 0.6Mbit up ADSL!
I wish the gov would actually own the whole lot at the end of the roll-out, then charge BT etc to use it. I'm sure GCHQ would approve as well!
As much as it's fashionable to bash Facebook their engineering teams do an impressive job.
The HopHop compiler is a great concept. Taking an interpreted language and boiling it down to C bytecode... that will make your application hugely performant. I spend most of my time wrangling Java applications that need 32GB+ memory just to service 500 concurrent users. They are working on the HHVM to make it more compatible with general PHP applications and frameworks. Then the work on the FB patch for MySQL and the bug reports that they feed back in to Oracle and MariaDB.
Anyone who slates FB or their technology stack has to remind themselves of the insane scale that they need to operate at.
Offset touchpads and screen res
Just stop it, ok? I don't care if you think a numeric keypad gets in the way. Just stop.
Well done for the ethernet port though!
Re: Fine by me
No not at all. My point is that of all the low-life scum bucket organisations I want to see in charge of the fair distribution of my tax money, our central government in its current form is not deserving of more, no matter how much they plead. Their track record of waste and mis-placed priorities is abhorrent. I would prefer, and do, give modest sums of money to charity which attempt to remedy the social problems that successive government consistently fail to address.
In any sensible system politicians would be paid on performance of their division/department or attendance. Not because, they think they've done such a super job across the board.
Fine by me
This is fine by me. I pay the minimum amount of tax that I'm legally obliged to as well. I assume all those complaining about the actions of these companies must be making additional voluntary tax donations themselves? No, didn't think so.
It's a publicly-traded company and its responsibility is to its shareholders. If I was a shareholder in such a company I would damn well hope that they were paying only their minimum legal tax obligations.
Oh dear, I feel a rant brewing...
"Oooh it's morally repugnant" say the politicians, as if a politician can be morally superior to anyone or anything. By definition that is impossible. What is morally repugnant is consistently failing to change the laws, which is essentially your job, and instead blaming others and trying to guilt trip companies into paying more tax than they should. What, the rules are too complicated to change? Shut your faces then.
Yes I'd like to see a country have more money to be able to ensure the entire population is healthy, well educated and has the best opportunities in life. But I believe that tax payers (personal and corporate) already give governments more than enough dosh to make this possible. Unfortunately governments appear to be incapable of not wasting most of it. Give our government access to more money? Only once they've proved to me that they can spend what they already get responsibly.
Apologies for that outburst. Felt good though :)
It seems you can basically make any claims you like in an advert, generate sales/revenue immediately, then worry about a slap on the wrist or a small fine from the ASA about a year later. Surely that's completely arse about face?
Unless you're going to impose such massive fines as a deterrent for blatently flouting the rules. Oh, not that either.
"Not only does this highlight the growth in our cloud services business but it also highlights our continued commitment to investment and innovation in paying as little global corporation tax as possible"
There, fixed that quote for you!
* I should say that I have no problem with anyone paying their legal minimum requirement of tax, I do exactly the same every month.
No SD card slot?
Just give me an SD card slot you bozos!
For the last 10+ years I've been using a small LW/MW radio to listen to cricket during the winter nights. I can get through 5 test matches and a few one-dayers on 4 or 6 AAA batteries, probably about 25+ days' of usage on average. Call me when there's a DAB or internet radio the size of a wallet that can get anywhere that. I suspect that will be... never.
Their global infrastructure has to run (predominantly) on their software. It's a pretty big admission of defeat if it's not possible.
But take a second and imagine that scale of global DNS and anything else, all being managed by AD/group policy. The only word that springs to my mind is... fffuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrggggghhhhhhhh!
Still planning that Azure/Office365 migration?
Reality check needed
I'm sure there are far more arduous, disgusting and lower paid jobs elsewhere in the world.
Nooooo, that's insane. It's bloody optional!
I reckon most of the extensions I run are basically to undo the constant Chromification and take me back to the original Firefox v2-v4. Why don't they just accept they got it pretty much perfect years ago, there's no shame in that!
Killing off toolbars/icons will be a problem for me as I have a heavily customised toolbars. So long as they keep the artist formerly know as the status bar, now named addon bar) I still have extensions that can't have icons dropped onto a toolbar... HttpRequester, RefControl, Font Finder.
At least they're asking current owners of the corresponding 3rd level domains first. They could just have made it a total free for all.
"By tracking millions of people without their knowledge, Google violated not only their privacy, but also their trust"
It's not only Google doing that now is it!
Re: TLS needs to be fixed first
I always wondered why web browsers became hugely prejudiced against self-signed SSL certs, especially IE (of old) and other devices that just refuse to let you add an exception.
I've always thought the concept of putting your trust in a central authority is a bit disgusting, as there's pretty much noone I trust more on this planet than myself (sad but true). It turns out giving everyone a gentle push towards commercial CAs certainly favours the snoopers! If you have everyone running around being their own "CA" with self-signed certs and root private keys then that's much harder to subvert than a few thousand commercial CAs, who have no choice but to do whatever the gov's law men tell them.
I'd like to have seen some leniency given to self-signed certs if the cert's serial/modulus was also installed in a particular DNS TXT record for that domain. Then a visitor could be sure that whoever is in control of the web server is also in control of DNS for that domain. Though how do you guarantee the correct person is in charge of both! How would a vistor know their DNS lookup hasn't been intercepted to return a forged cert serial to complete the MITM attack. One answer could be DNSSEC... but then you ask, who has the root keys for your TLD!
Oh yes I'm aware of the streaming sites. Not that I've ever used them of course, oh no, ahem.
I should have clarified that I actually subscribe to Eurosport Player since I refuse to pay for Sky, that and the budget never being signed off by the missus. I've always really enjoyed Eurosport coverage of all sports so I'm happy to pay them a few beans per month. Just a shame it's Silverlight and I could totally ditch Windows on my HTPC.
So my only method of getting BT Sport would be to subscribe to BT broadband and quite frankly I'd rather stick pins in my eyes.
RIP MotoGP on Eurosport :( Now only available on BT Sport.
What's annoying is that I know how this will all turn out. They'll get bored / run out of money in a few years then coverage will end up back on Eurosport. Can't we just fast fwd past this inevitable debacle?
BT have gone crazy with these football TV rights and now that has set the market price for any future negotiations. I'd like to see a model where you could just subscribe to all your team's Premier League games, including the Saturday 3pm matches. I have literally no time or interest in watch the matches of teams I don't support. To prevent the TV money being dominated by the better supported teams, you have a standard price with all subscription money going to the Premier League and split evenly amongst all teams. Not being able to watch the 3pm kick offs (legitimately) is annoying, especially when there's live English commentary at all the games and they're being beamed live around the world.
"Red Hat making it its new storage engine; Fedora making it the default implementation of MySQL in Fedora 19;"
Red Hat's new storage engine? Please elaborate!
But who's doing the audit?!!
Re: A very timely article...
I've been running a test of BitTorrent Sync (yyaarrrrrrhhhhh) on our local file server and remote backup server for the design team and it's working well, since they're mostly freelancers and remote workers. Shame it's not open source though but the Linux version is well thought out.
The best thing is that it's forced them to actually bother about how they manage their active files/directories, making my life of managing their sh*t much easier. Only active issues/projects are stored in the BT sync share, with old issues moved off to a read-only FTP archive. ~20GB of large design files and hi-res images seem to be syncing quite nicely.
VMware Snapshots? For real?
"And if you are being really sensible you will do backups at hypervisor level anyway, instead of agent-based ones on each virtual machine’s guest operating system."
I've been using Mint full-time now for just under a year and it's pretty good. Much better than when I last tried running a Linux desktop distro on my laptop (3 years ago). There's a few things that need adding though to maximise its appeal...
1) Desktop icon alignment in columns AND rows (Nemo)
2) Easier configuration of desktop icon and font size (Nemo)
3) Keyboard control of the favourites panel in the Cinnamon menu
WNDR3700v2 owner here...
And very happy with it... The OpenWRT installation was a breeze! Bought specifically to run OpenWRT and it installs using upgrade firmware page of the Netgear interface.
LOL @ internet of things
Someone who has a house in another country, is living in another country?
And who cares if it is for tax reasons? If it's not illegal then I'm fine with it and I'm not ashamed to admit that I would do exactly the same. I don't voluntarily pay more tax than I'm legally obliged to now and would make sure that continues that if I became a billionaire. The guilt-tripping by politicians and the media really hacks me off, as if they are morally superior to anyone/anything, which by definition is impossible.
I expect the Sunday Times will be running the same article for all the others on their rich lists.
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