* Posts by Marc 25

88 posts • joined 22 Dec 2009

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

Marc 25

Re: In space...

... No-one can drop a wrench...

Pretty sure we're all failing through Spacetime. We're failing around the sun, the spacestation falling around us. So actually the wrench is failing at the same rate as the Spacestation around us on our pale blue dot.

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HMRC: We've got £1.3bn for digital tax schemes. Tell us how to spend it

Marc 25

Beggars Belief

Not so sure I want to live in a country that has the world's most "technically advance tax avoidance system". How about handing the "excess" back to the Government, so that they may spend it on more worth while causes, sack your beancounters for f*cking up the budget so spectacularly and start streamlining a little, like every other private sector business in this green, unpleasant land.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

Marc 25

Prop vs Jet

Anything hitting a TurboProp is gonna get shredded - think "will it blend". There's surely enough RMP there to blend a primarily plastic drone into plastic snow flakes.

Flybe manly fly Q400's (which are not jet engines) I think bird strikes are usually less severe on Turbo Props as Jet engines are more delicate?

More damage is caused when bird/drone hits just about anything else instead. Pretty sure it could easily punch it's way through a window or even take off the tip of the tail plane at the right angle.

I agree with the main sentiment though...what a sodding arsewipe!

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The old public, private, or home school sorting bin

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Yeah, we're not convinced that Azure, Office 364, Failsforce and 123reg (web unhosting) are the right solutions for us thanks.

Seriously, when these boys can offer services that are always online, don't lose the data, secure and aren't extortionately priced then maybe we'll consider them. The only barrier then will be the obscene costs for internet connectivity/bandwidth charges here in the UK.

Us Brits don't "need educating" we just ain't drinking the kool aid before it becomes a financially viable and we're sure our data is going to be safe/available/where we left it/unfondled

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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I keep trying to call the CTO but oddly, he's a little busy today...

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Marc 25

Re: Single point of failure

Rumsfeld:

Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.

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Forget your RTO*: Real world Disaster Recovery needs garbage bags and bubble wrap

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I take it all your gear is EMP-hardened, then?

Nope, it was geographically placed to minimise political impact

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If, in your career, you've never had to rescue a server or backup media via means of a makeshift boat. You aint lived!

4 times in my career i've watching gleefully as my place of work has sunken beneath the waves of the various rivers of the UK. All of those businesses recovered with very little data loss. All of them continued operation and still operate today.

First rule of IT: Have you backed it up? Do you have 3 copies, in two locations, one offsite?

It's amazing how many people don't plan for the major disaster situations, fire, flood, earthquake, nuclear attack or even war.

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Jovian moon Io loses its atmosphere every day

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Not a single pun about the "Sky is falling" anywhere to be found here. Very dissapoint

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

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"the UK – a country where gun ownership is tightly restricted and its citizens are happy and willing to have every fucking second of their private lives filmed because they already live in a corrupt police state with the Big Brother-like cosh of closed-circuit TV on every street corner."

Not all of us are "happy and willing", but apparently we live in a democracy and stupid people are entitled to vote too

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UK councils refuse to push data into the cloud

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Re: Alternative possibility

"Or that local government has had its budgets cut so severely in the last few years that, after decades of money being sucked back to the centre and grudgingly redistributed with political allegiances in mind, THEY'VE GOT NO FUCKING MONEY LEFT!"

This...exactly this. The simple fact of the matter is that Private Clouds and SaaS is usually way more expensive in the long run. When you consider boring old 3 tier hardware, being run in a store cupboard by Admins that get paid a pittance (30% below private sector workers), cloud is vastly over expensive for the tiny budgets that the councils get given.

I meet Council Admin staff every week all over this country and none of them, not one...gives a shit about paying over the odds to have someone else host their stuff (even if they could keep it safe and available).

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

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gerontophiliac.... Quite the opposite sir.

(although, I've been called worse)

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A the wench that put this legi-shit-tion into place is potentially going to be our next (unelected) PM...i weep for this island sometimes

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Marauding monkey blacks out Kenya

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Re: Huh?

Really? Where? Cos it sounds like complete and utter cr@p.

It was in an Nation Research Council report titled "Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System". The report has been summarised many times by scientific website, all over the interweb.

Maybe have a google and consider the idea that I might not be lying rather than swearing at me and calling me a liar. It's kind rude.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12050/terrorism-and-the-electric-power-delivery-system

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Marc 25

Re: Huh?

Yup cascading power failures are a real threat. When you combine them with something like an EMP over a major plant in Europe or America, you could basically move an entire continent back to the Dark Ages.

Repair times are not quick either, as transformers get damaged. I think I saw a stat somewhere that said if the whole of Europe went down, the worlds total manufacturing output for 10 years would need to be dedicated to rebuilding transformers and the rest of the burnt out grid.

Securing power plant from Electromagnetic Pulse threats have been serious investigations for the EU, UK and America since 2013...

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Marc 25

Re: In a startling reversal of roles ...

great punage. Have an upvote!

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

Marc 25

there WAS one but they lost it.

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where does it end?

They'll be wanting a Thistle next....and don't even get me started on Cornwall...!

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Astroboffins create music from SPAAAAAAAAAAACE

Marc 25

Re: And Voyager "sounds" from 1992

By far the coolest sound in our tiny little corner of the Universe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3fqE01YYWs

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So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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I use it all the time!

However YMMV

I'm sorry Barwwy, I didn't understand "wecomend a westuwant?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA5Zhir8rbc

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

Marc 25

Preflighting

Incidentally, the production process of checking print pages before they go to press, or are published digitally, is known in the industry as a “preflighting”.

Are editing and Preflighting the same thing?

What you have described, to me is "editing". As I understand it, editing is the act of checking the content is valid, understandable, meets the agenda and has no spelling or grammatical mistakes.

Preflighting is the act of checking that all the required digital pieces are together before printing. For example Indesign has a preflight feature which checks that all of the images and fonts are gathered so that when an output is done you're not missing bits from the PDF.

Either way, Editing is an age old probably that seems to have gotten worse as the digital era has matured

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Nutanix slims down code, chases after small business

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Re: Nice to see them validate scale computing

IPO ain't gonna happen. They are already asking workers to go part time...

With all due respect, that's absolute toss.

Close to 100 new staff in the UK alone this year. Just posted their best ever quarter.

No signs of slowing at all.

FYI: Not a Nutanix employee.

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Marc 25

you're positively drowning us in details here...

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Is the world ready for hybrid cloud?

Marc 25

Can it be recorded please?

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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

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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

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"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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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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