* Posts by Alistair

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What can't sell Galaxy S6s and keeps going down on you? Samsung and its profits

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wow. apparently there are a few pissed off ex sammy owners here

we have --- 5 samsung phones in the house - none are S6. There are 2 SIIx phones still running - in fact mine is running CM12 (PA/TwRP), an S4mini and an S5, as well as 'kid tablet' S3 (no sim, but used for watching netflix and youtube buy the youngest).

I've had to replace one screen (courtesy of the tailgate on my Dodge caravan and my own stupidity) and we've found that the usb connectors can get picky - such that we have charger cords dedicated to phones - but overall - the last 6 years have been fine on the samsung front in this house - I'm looking to a Note 4 as my replacement when I can come up with the cash. I will NOT do term contracts, but only because I've seen the maths from the other side.

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NHS trust's crack IT squad claims its first digital upgrade hits

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" and just look at home many people do not know how to lock their profile and leak info for the whole world to see"

And yea verily such is fit for purpose. Considering Facebook's purpose.

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The bucks stop here: NYSE freezes trading, blames 'technical issue'

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I think

This is a case of the numbers crunching the computers instead of the other way round.

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TPP partners plot milder copyright takedown rules

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well what we have here.

"contains investor-state dispute settlement provisions"

Is legally endorsed, codified bailout structures.

And of course the means by which a foreign national (because companies are people too you know) can force a government to change its laws.

There is *NOTHING* about this treaty that looks, smells, implies or suggests betterment of any but a very exclusive few. And don't get on about shareholders - here we'll be screwing one group of potential shareholders for one other group of potential shareholders, with only the lawyers and the judges making anything out of it.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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up here we're pretty much kobo

Amazon.ca

Does not deserve comment.

My SO has gone through all the kobo iterations - she's just addicted to the "new" thing. All of the old kobo's she had continue to live, one with a neice, one with an aunt, one with a good friend of ours. I rather like the latest kobo, since I'm one of those rare readers that finds the 'black flash' refresh seriously disturbing to my reading experience, and one can now put that out to a rather large number of pages. Oddly my favourite reader was a clunky, awkward, LCD screened (with backlight) Asian whitebox "ereader" - there was only one format it would not accept (Amazon's own). Its single largest advantage was being able to read 64Gb SDcards, which I could load with books in the reader on my machine.

In this house (and my mother's) we've possibly enough dead tree books about to be called a small library, Our electronic books consume about 12G on the storage array. (these however include about 800Mb or so of technical manuals and programming manuals). Keeping it all organised is rather much of a challenge, but we can keep trying.

Still would like to see a reprise of my LCD ereader - it sadly died a quiet power off and never wake again death after about 4 years of use.

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

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Yeesh.

Just try, in any large organization, to get the app owners to play inside the sandbox of upgrades.

-> RHEL4 still around because the development folks for a whole raft of applications "Cant get it to work" on RHEL5 or RHEL6 - what is it? apache proxy servers and weblogic.

(and for the record they *were* given sandboxed playgrounds with RHEL6 -- with 99% of the updating done - the WL app code apparently needs about a years worth of work before they can move it)

-> win2k3 32 bit - many many installations around - app teams own licenses for app code that will not *permit* them to move to another OS, or the app support folks just do not have the expertise to do the job.

environment is about 24k systems from 1U 2CPU boxes up and out to 128CPU Itanium systems and a couple of Z boxes (I believe we've just spun up a new box)

One month to move from one OS version to another just is NOT happening, never mind from one OS to a different OS.

In my department, we've got three left to move - one will be shut down and turned off - there's been a 7 month long effort to move to a new application set to cover that one. One will be forklifted over to 2k10 with a new version of the application code - this has been almost a 2 year effort since we had to start by uplifting the back end AIX based application, the database behind the application *and* all the data structures in 7 related databases on other platforms. The last one - we've moved 80% of the components to linux hosts (IIS to apache, msql to PostGreSql, and FTP (gag) to sftp) the rest is being migrated from an in house "document share" to SharePoint. The SharePoint migration is delayed for political reasons at this moment (Outsourcing by the way, sucks rocks in Sooooooooo many ways when it comes to changing course).

Yes, Microsoft is not always the correct solution, but then again neither is *nix always the correct solution - and in reality - linux is wonderful, its cheap and its far more common in business now, but the number of users for whom it is *easy* to move to linux is *small* relative portion of the population of end users.

I'm very much a linux shill - where its possible to get things on linux I will do so. However - it's not always the right thing to do, and it's not always possible.

the right tool for the job boys and girls, always the right tool for the job at hand.

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Vectone Mobile gone for the week, don't know when it'll be back

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MVNO

The Virtual network you are trying to reach has been mobilised out of this area of operations.

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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This isn't that positive, but its one part of the equation

Plankton will live on.

Not so sure about Sponge Bob or Squidward though.

< yes I have a couple kids about >

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Houston Astros 'hack' row: St Louis Cardinals fire their chief scout

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and I'll bet the devs are off doing it all over again

For some other MLB team, using the same userids and same passwords. I have to wonder if *any* of them have been FIRED for this crap yet.

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'I am so TIRED of your bullsh*t...' Sprint boss flips lid at T-Mobile US CEO

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to those of us with far fewer bodies and far more territory to cover

The americans have it cheap. $70/month - but 2g data limit. *sigh*

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UN corruption cops commence probe into domain-name and patent body WIPO

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This fellow seems to have no friends

At least where he works. Its apparent that he has managed to seriously piss off a few in his office.

He is in a position that not only wields power directly, but has lateral affect to numerous countries, legal systems and commercial entities. Considering the current weight of Intellectual Property around the world, and the number of large international entities that stand to gain from his direct action, his position should be so clean it squeaks. Hell, that position should be held by someone with the moral stature of M. Ghandi.

Real life, however is not so accommodating. It is about time (considering the accusations) that OIOS got involved. Either he gets strung up for dodgy stuff or he's clean. At least now we stand a chance of finding out. <it may be a SLIM chance, but we stand a chance>

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Flushed with success: No bog standard Canadian goldfish these

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I suspect that my albertan neighbours are concerned that the local muskie population might be threatened by 27cm raging terrorist goldfish.

[ dammit, where's the <sarcasm></sarcasm> font ??]

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

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Re: Need boots on Mars...

@DAM

However, there *just* might be oil under them there dusty plains. And that means we need pipelines.

<grumpy old cynic icon>

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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solution?

get it home, wipe it clean and reinstall the OS?

I've never liked any "hardware vendor software" - including the damned audio stacks that took off with the ICE chips. Usually the hardware vendors have pages with hardware updates, this suffices for those of us with a technical bent. Have to feel sad for those that get mangled by the vendors. We could of course come up with a law..... </ducks>

Personally my step would be get it home and wipe it clean and install <choose linux distro here>.

<grumpy old troll>

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Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

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I take it the image implication is that the Reg will be giving one away in full dress when its available?

*grins*

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Whoops, there goes my data! Hold onto your privates in the Dropbox era

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Cloud is bad enough.

Try cleaning up 623 maniac devops underdesk development environments that quietly became prod, just because someone decided that QA took too long or that your infra outsourcing took too long to provide a reasonable replacement.

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EU threesome promises good times for data protection reform

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@asdf

Annoyingly the US keeps knocking on the upstairs door looking for help. Our current "tenant" however helpful he may have been to the US lately, is possibly looking to be replaced in October. (I sure as hell hope so)

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Login creds for US agencies found scrawled on the web's toilet walls

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homeland security

"count of domains without full 2FA"

*sigh*

why does the irony *NOT* surprise me?

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Facebook dunks Instagram in new search filter sheep dip

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Okay - whats happening with the editorial staff?

This sheep thing is starting to go too far. (or at least to many articles)

Someone needs a friend I think.

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Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

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Re: Picture editor fail

Must be utterly false, I see no hobbit houses in that picture.

(sorry - the SO insists that we have to go see those things)

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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This was a social study of ambient intelligence

Guess what.

People failed.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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cynical grumpy bastard comment

Amazon, big international conglomerate that *sort* of makes money, depending on which of their very expensive lawyers you ask.

Independent authors putting out books on service offered by Amazon.

Subscription service offered by Amazon has books from independent authors. Pays out based on "read".

Subscription service changes terms to based on pages read.

a) nothing says that "payout" in (a) = "payout" in (b)

b) nothing says that "the pool of money" that provides "payout" = "subscription fees collected"

Cynical bastard points out that Big International Conglomerates *DO NOT* do things to make their suppliers *richer* EVER. Any change is done to put more dollars in Big International Conglomerate's coffers.

Might it keep garbage producers from making too much money? possibly. Will it make decent independent authors more money? possibly. But I seriously doubt that it was done for this reason.

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SpaceX gets ready to crash barge-land ANOTHER rocket

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On a sunday afternoon

... At least I won't have to tell the morning desk line up to go away.... (last two times this was shot for)

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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Send him on tour!

Those of us on the other side of the pond might want to jump in on the Q&A.

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NIST issues 'don't be stupid' security guidelines for contractors

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5 years to write it ...

As I recall - the math being what it is with bureaucracy, it will only be 18 to 20 years to implement. So, we can expect at least 3 more Snowdens and 2 more Bradley/Chelsea Mannings. And possibly a couple of Sonyesque "evictions" of highly contentious information.

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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

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software 2fa

I have a software token that I can run on windows/linux/android (and to my knowledge IOS) - that is based on a pair of numbers (serial # and a random pin string) that works for *serveral* services I use.

No, google doesn't get my phone number.

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California über alles? Is MEP Reda flushing Euro copyright tradition down the pan?

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Limit the Term.

Disney has absolutely mangled the concept of copyright into a nightmare that needs to be attacked with an axe and a chainsaw.

This mess is just that, a terrible mess. Furthered by complete misunderstandings of the differences between copyright, trademark, patent, and real honest to pete "intellectual property" (not this crap that gets called IP now, such as the one click patents), and exacerbated by the differentiation of the *legal* interpretations of these items around the world.

I'm no fan of the Disney interpretations, nor am I hot on the Amazon interpretations. I know damned well what happened with my patentable material, however that was terms of employment (and **there is a rats nest of patent/copyright crap that NO politician is going to attack) I'm inclined to believe that at this stage of the game, the only direction that any legal frame work is going to go is to bolstering both the Disney and Amazon positions, and you and I and the rest of the folks out there can get screwed.

</hmmms, seems I need more coffee and possibly a valium or three>

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Hey Google, what’s trending? Oh, just the death of journalism

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google appears to consider

Buzzfeed "Journalists"

I think the OED needs to modify an entry somewhere.

*cough* Buzzfeed? an occasionally grin worthy, ad overloaded waste of time as far as I can tell. If this will be considered Journalism 2.0, then we as a species are outright doomed.

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Chancellor Merkel 'was patient zero' in German govt network hack

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aha!

So - that's how they shot down MH-17.

/dons requisite TFH

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Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

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I cant. I just. Cant.

no, anything that references that disgusting resolution goes in the garbage. It really truly does belong in the garbage.

I cannot accept that as a *modern* or *up to date* system. At all.

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Hey kids, who wants to pwn a million BIOSes?

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Uhm

Am I crazy that I keep all the firmware data I can retrieve in the same DB as the software versions?

I'll admit that some of the proprietary hardware cards in the HPUX and SunOracle world can be cranky to catalog -- but it *can* be done.

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NASA on track to triple Discover super's grunt

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I thought they were..........

Going with a stack of PS3s and funky headgear...........

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Poison résumé attack gives ransomware a gig on the desktop

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"Anyone stupid enough to run an screensaver executable that's packaged up in a zip file titled as a resume deserves everything they get."

Whist I'd tend to agree with your sentiment, I'll point out that a large number of those idiots work in the same places as a lot of the commentards here. And the idiot will not be tasked with mopping up the mess. It will far more likely fall to the folks that read this site regularly and comment about how stupid these end users are.

That said -- they mention a compromised wordpress site. And I'm pretty sure there are some sigs to add to the blacklists.

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VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Linux on the desktop debates

Have been going on for years.

IBM moved huge swathes of staff onto linux desktops over the last four years.

- Lotus notes is java based, it made no difference to that, in fact given better memory management in the OS, the app behaves better.

I'm aware of a (middle sized) financial trading house that tossed MS desktops to the side of the road in the last 8 months, reduced their MS server population by 85%, and are now working off a combination of linux workstations and Mac laptops. (not sure I can name them, I was a subC) and a huge fleet of virtual linux and Solaris servers.

To my knowledge a middle sized police force in Europe are engaged in switching to Andriod/Linux endpoints and minimizing their MS server fleet, moving to Virtualized windows apps only where there is no alternative.

Guess what - other than PowerPoint, Project and Visio - LibreOffice/OpenOffice/(there's another fork of this somewhere) has covered the office suite territory. (Yes it has a presentation document engine, but I'll admit *that* has a learning curve that is a bit longer) - Project can be swapped out for one of three options - again with a learning curve, but they do work reasonably well.

Visio I *personally* have not found a *decent* replacement for - but that may again be a learning curve and *I* may be being stubborn.

My current group of co-workers don't typically have wacky crap added onto the Office Suite components they use, since our analysis tools are in the TeraData/Informatica/MicroStrategy territory, and with the addition of Hadoop and the herd of OSS tools that brings, I've been asked to provide linux desktop access for them. The Desktop team have been trying for years to get it adopted, and with the work that RedHat has done, the virtual desktop tools we have already, its starting to look like we may have a valid reason to cut almost $8MCA out of the IT budget, *and still* be able to present everything the end users need, whether it be MS, MAC or linux.

However, in the long run, there will be folks who are *petrified* of moving off of MS's platform, either because they've bought the FUD that "nothing works in linux" or simply because they've no faith in their ability to change their tools.

As much as Trevor is apparently foaming at the mouth (to some of the commentards) and as much as that AC is apparently ignoring the real world, I'm one of those rational types that goes for logic and reason. Trevor is quite right in many of the things he says, and I'm inclined overall to agree with him, and the AC *does* have a couple of points, however they may well be based on the FUD that is *still* being spewed about "linux sucks as a desktop".

Right tool for the job at hand is my take, and what we have here from vmware is quite simply something that may well be the right tool for *many* folks that want to reduce costs, and improve their working environments.

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*shakes head*

About time we got this out there -

Yes X11 is a network protocol. Have you ever *looked* at the shit signalling and traffic volumes involved? - Perhaps ever considered the bandwidth your core network might need to support in order to have more than 25 clients on the network?

I've managed to muddle along with vmware using viperl and firefox on linux for quite some time now.

once the VCSA is up who cares where the windows went? ( apologies WvB )

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Mainframe staffing dilemma bedevils CIO dependents

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@BlackPlague. You haven't met the Unix greybeard that started IT in the mainframe world yet have you? I make zOS folks look like Hanna Montana.

And sadly - I'm tempted to go back to zOS/CICs/IMS/MQ/JCL/Zeke world. If only to get the #$%@#$% unix services to play nice with my unix hosts.

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HGST shimmy shimmy shingles its way to a 10TB spinning rust drive

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Replacing a tape archive system in the next FQ

Too bad I wont be able herd these in.

340Tb of Legal hold and financial historical data - and they want it *off* of tape since it takes too damned long to get at now. 160-180 of these in two arrays in different geo's, and a block duplication FS on top, or reasonable raid.

I could imagine repopping a pair of frames with a ZDL type appliance in the middle and taking 10 weeks to migrate off. But that would be too easy for management as it has $$$ attached to it. Meantime they want to use anything that has the room but doesn't have $$ attached. Or for that matter offsite. *sigh*

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TERROR in ORBIT: Dodgy rocket burp biffs International Space Station off track

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"No, the "Do Not Touch" button is at Roscosmos; "

In Russia button pushes you.

Sadly the "Do not touch" button in Russia is labelled in .... Swahili.

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NSA slapdown prompts Privacy Int'l to file new lawsuit against GCHQ

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And up here, well.

Since the americans have signed off on at least appearing to behave, [email protected] has decided that our team can step up to the plate.

PI needs to go after CSIS.

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

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Re: If it was truly firmware?

I have this group of EMC Vx arrays over here - lets see... 2400 spindles. You want to come update that firmware?

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DARPA's made a SELF-STEERING 50-cal bullet – with video proof

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@John Hughes.

Sorry 'bout that -- enjoy the plane trip.

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Virty servers' independence promise has been betrayed

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Re: What am I missing?

Most clustering software (including OS level) requires direct hardware access to a shared disk somewhere. -- in Vmware language, device passthrough. Once done, typically, your VM is now pinned to a specific node. This applies for most OS clusters, Oracle RAC, Vertias, MCSG and a number of applications I've had to deploy in the past.

To my knowledge, RH has fixed RHCS for VMware and kvm environments, and the MCSG for linux incorporated a similar fix - I believe that Vertias clusters now can *have* virtual nodes, but any master must NOT be virtual - I've not worked with them recently.

I still have DBA's talking about putting RAC clusters in virtualization - to whit, we have an exadata coming shortly to solve that issue.

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I've seen this architected.

And then spent 5 months raising every red flag I could wave at everyone on the damned project.

Now they don't understand why changing anything in the environment takes 3 months of planning.

New platform is being built to replace it. I still have my original emails. Will likely end up trotting them out for the next round.

Sadly none of the vendors involved decided to step and admit that it was a mistake to do this...

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Chips can kill: Official

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Re: Non-problem

" Basically, if you eat about 100 times the amount of crisps or coffee that people usually do,"

Its a damn good thing I *drink* my 35 cups of coffee every day.

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OMG Tasty foodz can killz you

Valar Morgulis.

(and women too)

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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Re: Numbers don't lie, but liars fudge the numbers

Oil may have halved in price in the markets, but it sure as HELL has not HALVED in price at the pumps Tim.

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The weapons pact threatening IT security research

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Hmmmmmmmm

export PATH=/some/strange/path:${PATH}

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/some/random/path:${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}

are now illegal commands anywhere but the usa?

Sorry this type of bovine excrement warrants a foad to the writers.

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Stand-up and be counted²: Nerd is the funny word

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I must protest.

ASCII muds are still alive and well.

I have several dozen backed up just in case.

<IT nut that developed a rep in one of those communities.>

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A pause in global warming? Pah, FOOLS. There was NO PAUSE

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ohboy

Again we have the debate about the value of data used to run the calculations.

Again we have the calculations showing something different.

I stand by my position. We as a species know that the climate is changing.

We've got thousands of scientific minds digging at the problem of "what is causing climate change", we're spending millions of dollars/pounds/marks/francs/yen whathaveyou on the research. There are entrenched camps that are already decided on "what is causing climate change". There are as yet no concrete conclusions on what is actually causing the changes, there are as yet no concretely guaranteed expected results of what these changes will mean to the planet as a whole.

We've got entire economies dedicated to "renewable resources development" that are spending *billions* of dollars/pounds/marks/francs/yen whathaveyou on new ways of turning sunlight or wind into power. We've still got entire economies dedicated to burning whatever form of carbon to make energy, and spending billions of dollars/pounds/marks/francs/yen whathaveyou to keep that industry going.

Personally, I suspect/feel/have a reasonable suspicion that tossing millions of tons of CO2 out there is not a good thing for the planet overall, but I don't believe it is the *only* reason why we're seeing climate change. I think there may be other factors involved that are far beyond our ability to control that are contributing. I still have yet to see a projection from the scientific community that has reached mainstream media that has come even close to what we get to observe (10/15/20 years) down the road.

Events like this where a primary source of analysis is *tossing data out* of the calculations or models and saying that the result is truer than other models, demonstrates clearly that the scientist(s) doing this are NOT interested in accuracy, but rather only in proving their theory. The method calls for adding all observational data and having the theory work with it. Or tossing the theory out the window and finding one that DOES work with all the observational data.

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Star Trek's Lt Uhura hospitalised in LA after stroke

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An great personality and a wonderful person all round

I do absolutely wish her a speedy and full recovery. I have memories from a Trek convention when I was 14 or 15.

She was just wonderful to the folks who got to chat with her.

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