* Posts by Marc 25

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

Marc 25

Re: About time

seems like you've met a lot of idiots and I sympathise.

But maybe, just maybe, not everyone in the world is an Ars@hol* and you perhaps shouldn't judge an entire group of people of the actions of one or two?

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VMware flushes Windows vSphere client and Adobe Flash

Marc 25

Vsphere and the vsphere client are different things

vSphere is the hypervisor.

The "vSphere Client" is the software you use to connect/manage the hypervisor and vCenter.

For years we've used a windows application to manage the hosts and vCenter. VMware have now insisted that we use this shitty HTML5 abomination.

This article represents a collective sigh of disgust for vAdmins across the globe.

ESXI Free is a cut down version of the hypervisor and remains available, but you're probably need to manage it via the afore mentioned "shitty" web interface from now on.

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

Marc 25

The more things change, the more they stay the same

After 25 years in this business some things in life appear certain....Death, Taxes and bugs in software.

I would say cut Apple some slack...but hey this is The Register and vultures clearly hold grudges...even after 15+ years!

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Speaking in Tech: Batman vs Superman... absolutely sucked

Marc 25

Re: Transcript?

You're missing absolutely nothing.

This is a perfect example of why podcasts suck

Tuned in to listen to the El Reg opinion on BvS and spent longer listening to some bloke waffle on about how he got uprgraded to 1st class on a flight...seriously...wtf is this?

Garbage

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The FBI lost this round against Apple – but it aims to win the war

Marc 25
Joke

FBI hacked the phone?

clearly the passcode was 1234

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Former Brit police IT boss cuffed over bribery allegations

Marc 25

Re: ACPO

You wanna be a big cop in small town? F**k off down the model villaage!

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Marc 25

Brian Chant, 57, who lives with his parents

"Brian Chant, 57, who lives with his parents...."

He's not the Police IT Boss...he's a very naughty boy!

Seriously though, 57 years old and living with mum and dad still? That's just dragged the IT nerdy image back 10 years, thanks Brian!

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Brit firm unleashes drone-busting net cannon

Marc 25

This will make the IT Teams "Friday Afternoon Nerf Off" a bit more fun.

<get in the van>

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ISS 'nauts Kelly and Kornienko homeward bound

Marc 25

God speed boys!

Come on home!

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Nimble whips out fat boxen: We're here for the all-flash array market

Marc 25

Re: Compression only?

You're absolutely right. If you use pre compressed formats you won't see any compression benefits at all.

That said though, not everybody DOES have file systems full of jpegs and movies. Most use storage arrays for Hypervisor LUNs which compress very well.

Either way, the RAW and Usable values are right there for all to see!

How many of us in IT reads marketing blurb anyway? We all read the specs ....right?!

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Marc 25

Every vendor does it. Welcome to the 2016 storage market.

However in the big table in the middle of the article, they show you raw, maximum and effective capacity. It could not be easier to understand.

For reference, the effective capacity is only with compression. It does not include dedupe, thin provisioning or zero copy snapshot savings. So you're always going to be on the winning side.

Its also worth noting (because the article skips it) that encryption is on a per-LUN basis or the whole array because it's done via the Haswell offload chipset, rather than via hardware drive encryption.

With drive encryption, you can only encrypt the whole array (all LUNs) which just adds unnecessary load to the storage controllers.

Well done to Nimble, great to see them finally fill this gap in their product range.

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Big hybrid iron swinger Infinidat bigs up its own growth

Marc 25

"It also told the world that more than 250PB of Infinidat storage had been shipped to customers."

Considering they ship in 2.5PB blocks, simple maths will tell you how many customers they're likely to have and what the rest of those numbers actually mean.

Thats a lot of partners for not very many deals.

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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

Marc 25

Re: ... clears throat ...

You sir, are bang on point.

Have an upvote

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All-flash array bake-off: Load DynamiX finds six AFAs go into four

Marc 25

NEWS FLASH

Bank in big bang for buck flash shocker!

Translates to:

Someone ran a proof of concept and then chose the cheapest box anyway, Software vendor brags about how their software helped them make this silly decision.

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Flash storage bods at X-IO dare to encrypt

Marc 25

AES-256 Keys... in case anyone was wondering.

It's not mentioned in the artical. I guess the controllers are running Haswell chipsets now.

It's nice that they've caught up with every one else though.

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EE's chief exec Olaf Swantee to step down

Marc 25

Re: Marriage made in (my) heaven

I don't use them at all, either of them.

Of course I don't want to see 1000s of people get made redundant. I fear you missed the point of original post.

and profitable? do me a favour, BT sucked the life blood out of this country for years, why do you think it was broken up and privatised!? It's only marginally profitable now because Openreach own the whole infrastructure. BT retail however should have died years ago, it's woeful inept as a company.

I used to work for BT, I think I'm entitled to want them to burn.

As for the staff at EE? Sorry I don't want to see them get made redundant either, maybe they should blame their marketing team and not me.

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Marc 25
Mushroom

Marriage made in (my) heaven

I couldn't be happier about this merger.

I despise BT with a passion and truly would love to push a pointy object into Kevin Bacon's face, largely as a result of those stupid EE adverts that invade Cinema screens across the land.

BT's golden touch with all things mobile should ensure that, with a bit of luck, this merger will pull both companies into economic free-fall and neither will be seen again! and what a great start to the New Year that will be!

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

Marc 25

Re: recursive manufacturing

If your infantry rush was thwarted by a few tanks mowing you down, you hadn't trained enough. Sheer numbers of infantry should be effectively "one shotting" any tank within 100 yards and stopping that from happening.

Think of it like a swarm of locusts. A few hungry birds are not going to effect a crop been decimated in hours.

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Marc 25

recursive manufacturing

Back in the day I used to play Command and Conquer Red Alert with my friends.

The quickest and easiest way to win the odd match was to not build a huge base, with walls and turrets. or to build expensive manufacturing plants to make expensive tanks.

You simply spammed the infantry button till you felt you have enough forces to completely overwhelm the enemy A sea of little men with rubbish guns in such vast numbers that they have huge strength.

It nearly worked during the Clone wars. However during the clone wars we learned that a single weakness can effectively ruin the entire strategy and the wars ends.

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Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

Marc 25

I'm pretty sure that travelling to space involves many opportunities for instant death.

The first 30 seconds of the launch sequence.

Flying your spaceship (which is travelling a 7.2KM per second) near anything else flying at similar speeds.

Opening Airlocks.

Walking around outside.

Just being there.

Coming home.

All of these strike me as the most obvious way to tempt fate, and there's plenty of others.

I'm pretty sure any seasoned vet might maintain a steely face, knowing that he's just increasing his odds even more by making yet another trip up there.

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Tintri shrinks its all-flash entry-level to $125K door-opener

Marc 25

£82k for 5TB of AFA is a touch on the expensive side isn't it? I guess thats book price but even with 20 points off, thats gonna be hard for people to swallow.

Additionally i don't understand how that capacity table works.

Effective Capacity of 18TB on AFA runs 1500 VMs

however Effective capacity of 23TB on Hybrid runs 750 vms

err...can someone explain?

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Pure Storage flashes post-IPO results: Get a load of our... revenues

Marc 25

Re: NPS

NPS.

As a vendor you have to volunteer to be benchmarked. Once benchmarked, joe public have to be premium members to see the most recent results. Every year there's a new set of benchmarks for those that care to drool over.

It's a bit like the Gartner MQ, you have to believe the hype before they let you see the Kool Aid.

I believe 88 was Nutanix score last year and there's "new and improved" Kool aid on the shelves now.

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BOFH: We're miracle workers. But you want us to fix THAT in 10 minutes?

Marc 25

Invoke Excuse of the day Flipchart

<flipchart>

<echo> immutable.. configuration sequencer

</echo>

</flipchart>

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Facebook brings creepy ’Minority Report’-style ads one step closer

Marc 25

So we can now take Fraping our mates to a new level.

Jump on their Amazon account and view a hundred pages of "adult toys" and then laugh hysterically as they walk through shopping centres surrounded by adverts for butt plugs and pineapple flavoured sex lube.

YAY!

The future is now!

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

Marc 25

Re: Opportunistic pathogens

So what happens if you're planning to spend a long time in space, I dunno, lets say 6 years? Your immune system could become pretty suppressed by then, and that insignificant cold could be come a killer.

If you're going to spend billions of dollars sending a manned ship to another planet, you kinda want the crew to arrive in top health and not crawling for the lemsip.

I don't understand though, why does the immune system get suppressed in spaaaaace?

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

Marc 25

You're all wrong. Mars is going to collide with the Earth on a week next Tuesday (Matt Damon told me). It's gonna be one big game of intergalactic snooker.

Cue the Doug Wood Band

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Webcast: How to prevent data loss and theft

Marc 25

I just forwarded this to Tim Cook.

I reckon he might have a passing interest in it.

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iPhone 6 gives bloke 'painful, lumpy' skin condition in trouser storage

Marc 25
Facepalm

Leaves the phone at a home?!

He says he now "doesn't take the phone with him when he's out and about for a long time".

Err kinda defeats the point of having a mobile phone! Switch it for a plastic Android POS and get on with your life.

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Third time lucky? Plucky upstart Infinidat plonks down monolithic array

Marc 25

hyper-parallel continuum architecture

flipping heck it's a bloody time machine!?

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Oh snap! Yap app WhatsApp chaps zap .BAT trap in hack flap

Marc 25

I'm guessing I-Fruit owners will be unaffected as batch files don't work in IOS?

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Marc 25

Sergei has also invented load parking, behind ramp technology, simples!

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Pure Storage's 'disingenuous' financial figures still out there

Marc 25

So what is your comment here Chris?

All this artical states is what's happening. Yes Gartner got it wrong (AGAIN), and yes Pure can't talk numbers because they're gearing for IPO (last time it was because they're a private company) but the artical is labelled as comment and you didn't offer an opinion.

What are your thoughts on this? Should Pure have breached the Law and fessed up or should Gartner realise they need to get their house in order and stop touting fairtales as fact?

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

Marc 25

Why has no one mentioned Short Stroking!?

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Pure as the driven IPO: Upstart tells SEC it's go for stock market debut

Marc 25

we bake the cost of the controllers into your new maintenance bill. Well played, but just another sign of the deceit and misleading practices of the firm.

How is that deceitful?

That's like saying contracted mobile phones are "free" and that it's deceitful for the phone company to "hide" the cost in the contract!

Any IT manager worth his salt knows that paying for ongoing support (including hardware) is way easier to get past the beancounters than 3 years forklift upgrades.

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Fresh flashery from the NANDsters

Marc 25
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New Toys!

Thanks for sharing Chris. The new array from Bitmicro is an interesting one. Solid and reliable drives, lets see what their arrays are like.

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Nutanix digs itself into a hole ... and refuses to drop the shovel

Marc 25

What I make of it, is that there's never ever been such a thing as an independent reviewer in any marketplace (not just IT).

Until the reviewer buys the product for themselves they are bound by the wishes of the vendor and have to agree to vendor approval of any article written about them. I suggest anyone wishing to be recognised as an independent reviewer should have a fairly sizable budget, unless of course, you're reviewing USB keys and hardrives.

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Marc 25

Two vendors in a p*ssing competition about how to test their products to make them look the best. And shock, horror, shock, they don't agree! Who'd have thunk it!

StorageReview.com should be doing their own benchmarking, irrespective of what VMWare and Nutanix think, surely that the definition of "Independent"?

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Gartner, Gartner, on the wall? Who is the fairest IT backup biz of all?

Marc 25

Haha who makes this sh*t up?

Or more importantly, who's paying for it? EMC has the best backup product on the market? You're having a laugh Gartner. How much did EMC pay to put them at the top of this, and that silly storage quadrant?

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My Passport Grip Pack blooms with new colours … and more storage

Marc 25

Re: Bumper cable

What if it was an iGrip Bumper? Surely then it would be 50 quid?

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NatWest and RBS' mobile banking apps go TITSUP

Marc 25

Email, Website, <insert name of online service here> goes offline for 0.04 seconds and some people's reactions are like we've been thrown back into the dark ages or their civil liberties are being ripped from them. I have a roof over my head and clean drinking water, which is more than can be said for the other 95% of the population of this planet. End users need some "life perspective" however we "sysadmins" know that sometimes sh*t breaks and we have to pick up the pieces so why is it a shock when this stuff happens?

Dear L0rd!... mine's the one with the flowers in the pocket.

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Veeam lobs backup bombs, with Cisco lighting the fuse

Marc 25
Alien

I disagree with you Lee D

There are good reasons a Veeam B&R customer may want this product knocking around.

Our environment is 99% virtualised but not every system suits being virtualized in everyone's environment.

For example, best practice suggests that you should keep one AD/DNS server (with the vSphere Client installed) as a physical box in case of Sh*t-fan moments. Additionally some business have systems that they're afraid the virtualise yet, and probably for good reason. You can only really virtualise MS SQL if you have the IOPS in you SAN to cope with that load. Budget isn't always there for that.

However, whacking those backups (of the physical boxes) into the Veeam repo means you perform file level restores, recover to a VM (whilst you wait for new hardware) or even run up "demo" clones of system for testing virtualisation, software updates etc, etc.

What this product does is provide Sysadmin's with a lot of extra options. Personally however, I'd prefer centralised management via the Veeam B&R console then installing it manually, I'm sure that will come in Veeam 9 though.

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

Marc 25

Re: ...you're out of luck.

Apple: Can't upgrade any further your OS any further? awww thats a shame. I guess it's time for an updated bit of kit? Here let me help you with that!

Do you see how this consumerism thing works now?

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Backup Exec worships VMware's spanking new ESXi appeal

Marc 25

BE15

I'd rather p!ss on my own shoes then let BUE back into my infrastructure.

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Star probe Kepler finds many multi-world alien suns

Marc 25
Flame

I have a question

There's one question I have about the way this program works.

Kepler works bit detecting slight variations in the light from the offending star dimming as an object passes between the star and Kepler.

So how do they know that it's a planet passing thru and not a bit lump of ice/debris/alien spaceship etc?

There could be millions of objects passing between the star and kepler. So to filter out the dross you would need to see regular transitions?

Would it take circa one earth year (or thereabouts) to see meaningful results? An object that orbits a star in around 2-3 months is likely to be extremely close to the host planet and scorched to buggery. IE not life sustaining.

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Google cools data center with bottom of Baltic Sea

Marc 25
FAIL

Did you watch the video?

I don't know if you watched the video or not, but the guy who voluenteers to "explain" how the sea water cooling system works, clearly didn't have a frickin clue what he was talking about..

Cringeworthy to watch!

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How do you copy 60m files?

Marc 25

XCopy FTW

I've done circa 10m files with xcopy on Server 2003...no bother at all.

I went off and had lunch...

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Apple to reveal musical something on September 1

Marc 25
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no new(ish) software released for a while...

garageband overhaul or garageband on ios4.

boring.com

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Apple patches 13 bugs in OS X

Marc 25

easy

hold down X key at the boot up chime or do it via the startup panel in Sys Prefs.

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Futurologist defends 'malevolent dust' warning

Marc 25
Flame

does he have shares in Tin Foil?

if i cover everything in Tin Foil will that stop the dust from eavesdropping in on my browsing habits!?

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Sluggish corporates ill-prepared for death of Win XP SP2 support

Marc 25

@Defensive much?

re-read my post...

"only testing now" i didn't say that. You assumed that.

The testing was done months ago..waiting for the 3rd parties input took time however we still moved on and my orginal point about the artical stands.

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