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* Posts by MarkA

11 posts • joined 19 Jan 2010

Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

MarkA

Re: US Patient Office

Nay nay.

People too stupid to work at the DMV get jobs in McDonalds. People too stupid to work there go to BK. Too stupid for the King and they go to Wendy's. Too stupid for square burgers and they work for the TSA. Only those too stupid to fondle weary travelers get to the dizzy depths of the USPTO.

The USPS is probably in there somewhere.

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US petitions Obama for better policing of its mega-cities

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Netflix scores $1bn own goal after company shoots off mouth

MarkA

Nothing On

My problem with Netflix is that there is 'nothing' on. Once you've seen the things that you saw once on TV as a kid and have put a few shows (Cheers, Frasier, Stargate SG1 (sorry)) into the queue as ear-candy whilst you're reading or working (i.e substitute for the radio or whatever) that's it. You're done. I've gone back to buying DVDs on occasion, ripping them to MP4 on a big-ass disk array and playing them through Apple TV with iTunes installed on a virtualized guest on the server. If we ever find ourselves at a loose end and want to watch something recent then Apple TV also provides, but it is a tadge pricey at $5 a film for 24 hours - use sparingly.

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Early 2012 date for UK Kindle Fire debut

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Thumb Down

Don't Bother

The screen sensitivity is crap. I've had to factory reset it twice and "cold" boot it twice in two weeks. You press the button to turn it on and then go put the kettle on whilst you wait for it to wake up. If you don't wait and press it again it will switch itself off because, well, you pressed twice within one minute so you must mean it.

It's just very poor in everything it does apart from displaying books. And why go from a months worth of battery to 8 hours, just to read a book.

Reluctantly, mine went back yesterday and, yes, I went to my final option; the usual fondleslab which, although costing an arm and a leg, does all the things I'd convinced myself I didn't want or need but found myself wishing I had.

Feh.

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Mystery railway buys 80 terabytes of Flash

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Huh?

Moving from Dell/EQ and HDS to this SSD array? That makes no sense.

You don't just suddenly decide that your departmental grade iSCSI cheap-o box isn't cutting it and buy a decent chunk of SSD. Equally you don't take a look at your rock-solid HDS frame and chuck it in favour of a relative newcomer.

What is the NEW use-case that has presented itself.

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Middle England chokes on Nice Baps

MarkA

Perfect Name

To appeal to the (still) significant Air Force crowd, serving and retired, that are in that village and the surrounding area.

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EMC blows benchmark away - again

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FAIL

I call BS

Really? You're not going to call out the price of the various solutions?

How is that an actual benchmark? To be a benchmark it needs to be something that others strive for. only an idiot with more money than sense would put their file services on flash.

I pity the fool, etc.

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Delete all you like, but it won't free up space

MarkA
FAIL

Really?

You wasted time on this?

A deduped volume is there to slow down, delay, defer, whatever, your disk purchases. If your deduped volume is getting full that's the cue to buy more disk. It's the cue that you need the disk now rather than six months or a year ago.

Jeez. What a clown.

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US Eye-o-Sauron border scan tower project finally axed

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Coat

@ Hollerith 1

If I was escaping Bolivia I'd be hoping the USCG would pluck me off my little raft so I could claim political asylum in the United States.

Oh, and it's the Land of the free and home of the brave. Yeah, I dunno why I pointed that out either.

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Ryanair plumps for Dell EqualLogic

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Figures

Mind you, I'm surprised they didn't go for the HP/LH gear. A bunch of old servers hanging around with a few disks in it here and there to be turned into a distributed SAN seems right up O'Leary's street.

I am not surprised they didn't go for the IBM N Series (inferred by the NetApp angle) since that would have been a bit pricey. The N Series is fully featured unified storage against the, err, whatever the heck that Dell claim their stuff is.

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GM plumps for long-distance hybrid Cadillac

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FAIL

"US highway speeds"

Er, WTF? Have you been on I-95 lately? Have you driven in VA? Sit on I-76 between 6 and 10am or between 1 and 7pm and you'll think you're on the M25. Drive at a good lick on the New Jersey Turnpike and you're going to find a black Dodge Charger up your arse with a lot of natty flashing lights.

US highway speeds indeed. Dick.

Now, if you'd said that the Smartcar wouldn't stand a chance even if shunted by one of those unecessarily oversized trucks that the Goddamns drive then you'd be right. But you didn't.

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