* Posts by thondwe

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

thondwe

Re: Stop whining...

I've seen the reserved electronics on some trains in the UK too now. But clearly saying they are all reserved/had bags on is just mischief as is pointed out the reservations will be for part journeys, and EVERYONE puts bags on the seat next to them to discourage some other passenger sitting next to you!

Maybe Corbin should just talk to people?

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Microsoft adds new 'Enterprise Products' section to privacy policy

thondwe

Arthur Dent

Arthur Dent throwing the nutrimatic cup...

You'll end up living in a fowl smelling ear...

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

thondwe

It's Risk Management

Store your passwords on a USB stick and lose it (get's stolen) then you have to change ALL your passwords. Keep it on any system that has some sort of remote management, and if you lose that, you stand a chance of remote disabling it/changing password, etc.

I tend to use Lastpass for random passwords for junk websites and use complex passwords and my memory for critical ones (like Bank, Lastpass, Mail, Social etc), enabling two factor if at all possible - though there's some benefit for having a physical secure "vault" for those which my wife can access in an emergency (been there done that once!), but of course that needs to be backed up into two locations... Hell, that's why something cloud based is worth the risk?

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

thondwe

From the Great Douglas Adams

"The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.

To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.

To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

Which leads to the why don't we use the "Bank of England" model and let teachers run schools, medics run hospitals and I.T. guys run I.T?????

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Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'

thondwe

Arrrggghh!

MS should just charge a flat fee per "user" (FTE) to cover all users for all products - or at least in groups of products. Fire all the licence people and pass the savings on to the users....

How many years are used up devising, enforcing, and understanding/purchasing licences - life's too short.

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I know for certain what software-defined storage is. It's the new black

thondwe

Adding my up vote and adding that e.g. Software Raid , ZFS etc all did this way back - OK, it's in the same way as Virtualisation was once a single server solution, rather than the distributed giant of today.

Nothing new here... It's just another Marketing Handle

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

thondwe

Re: Vaping is harmless

To add this is in a shared office space... And yes I'd ban old dears with overly perfumes bonces!

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thondwe

Re: Vaping is harmless

Some of the "flavours" wind up my Asthma - so second hand vapours not good thank you very much...

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

thondwe

EU/Ofcom could make itself useful?

Rather than chasing IE off Windows (when Apple/Google are as bad), they could mandate that Gadgets (PCs, Laptops, Phones, Routers, etc) be supported for 5 years with OS updates. They could even stipulate a Test suite which needs to run the same way (and at the same speed!) 3, 4 or even 5 years on, so we don't get the Apple IOS upgrade - lots of new features, but sorry your iThing now runs like a dog, please buy new...

Same deal with Apps perhaps - e.g. they have to support 5 year old hardware - even if it's just older versions with Security updates only.

This would be GREEN and PROTECT the consumer!

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

thondwe

Quantum theory has history too

Atoms where it, then Atoms where sets of particles, then particles were waves/smaller particles/strings...

Quantum theory - we need a new particle, then we've found it, then we need another one... So are there just infinite possibilities? New model needed?

We're fish in a pond trying to work out where the water's coming from/going to - lots of models/theories will work, but without being outside looking in we'll never really know

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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

thondwe

Hmm - is there something else going on?

SO a brief trawl of Twitter searching for Teamviewer revealed a surprising number of lovely ladies advertising #teamviewer sessions. Am guessing they take PayPal payments to? Do gamers or others do something similar for some reason???

Is the hacker "backdoor" via this route??

Just a thought...

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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

thondwe
Coat

Just Add Tea

ComposTable Infrastructure....

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

thondwe

Dependency Hell

All platforms suffer from dependency hell, Windows, Linux, Java, PHP, .NET, Docker, ... If you have more than one app dependent on any one thing, an update will probably break at least one.

Worse of course is that the supplier of that broken app won't keep up/have gone out of business, focused on another product...

Application/OS Virtualization can remove some of it, at the cost of bundling all the dependencies with the App...

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Is VMware the power it once was?

thondwe

DataCenter or not

I think the underlying issue, is how much money/effort do you put in to run your own datacentres and does running your own add much to your business? Do you want staff fighting hardware/software suppliers (and their B resellers), virtualisation stuff, backup stuff, exchange/sharepint etc, 24x7 availability, etc etc, or do you want them delivering some saleable functionality to your business (assuming you're NOT a hosting company)?

Having someone else run your "Cloud" (Public or Private - don't care), is very appealing - which means VMware is after a share of that market - and that puts them up against Microsoft, Amazon, OpenStack etc. They are losing their original market, and struggling in the new one?

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

thondwe

And Microsoft/Apple are different how?

So Windows 10 comes with Bing and Apple do their own thing, so are the EU going to try this with MS/Apple? MS have been trying to get rid of Bloatware, and the EU want Google to allow it?

Be far happier if the EU said to Apple (e.g.) - all default apps must be capable of being replaceable with 3rd party options (which then become the default)?

Tis all Bonkers

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Academic network Janet clobbered with DDoS attacks – again

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Terms and Semesters

Many Uni's run two semesters spread over 3 terms. So we're in the latter part of the teaching period of the 2nd semester with exams starting mid May - so it's last couple of weeks of writing up course work...

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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

thondwe

Channel + Frameworks + Internal Purchasing

I'm with you, and by the time you've added in Internal Purchasing, Framework Purchasing Agreements, Tendering and all that rubbish it takes us months to buy a couple of servers with exactly the same spec as we already have 50 of. Oh and we have to correct the order from the supplier because they've not spec'ed it correctly cause we read the spec sheets more carefully than they do...

Not only that, we buy them from "resellers" who order them from the "Supplier" who then have some muppets build them (3rd party?) and ship them (another 3rd party) - as a result we don't get what we ordered and it's never shipped to the right location - and no ones knows even when it's going to come.

AND, the reseller's don't support what we buy, that comes from the manufacturer directly...

AND, once it's here it needs it's firmware upgrading, which then breaks something else, and DOA pieces replacing before it even thinks of working...

No wonder AWS/Azure/... is so appealing!

It's quicker and easier to spec and buy a new car...

Fume....

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

thondwe

Re: Wonder why...

A "version" of Office runs on Android/IOS, so just maybe you'll get your wish - just don't expect Full Fat office?

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thondwe

Re: "by far the fastest adopted version of Windows ever"

Except that a huge %age of Windows desktops are corporate, and these get refreshed at a speed of a nailed down snail. So far the "converts" will be home users with new gadgets, Microsoft consultancies and Surfaces being "product placed" in shows like Elementary, NCIS, etc...

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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

thondwe

Thin Clients - Still Rubbish

Thin Client systems have always been expensive (lots of server side kit needed), done wrong (X-Windows) and the clients have always been as least as expensive as a standalone PC. Add to this Microsoft's stupid Windows desktop licencing (hence the use of Windows Server for this) - it is really a limited use case to either protect data, provide access to legacy software, or work around some stupid application licence...

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She's coming... the Chief Data Officer

thondwe

CIO - Chief Information Officer? CDO Chief Data Officer?

Spot the difference? Or has the CIO the wrong title?

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

thondwe

RSS Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the assumption it'll need to rescue him from at least one of his (mis) adventures

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Ever heard of 'multi-cloud'? Get with cool kids – it's the New Big Thing™

thondwe

Middlemen

Cloud Brokers - More middlemen - arrgghhhhhh!

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Add 'Bimodal IT' to your buzzword bingo card: Faster... more stable... faster. But stable

thondwe

Oh dear

More buzzword rubbish. IT isn't Bi-Modal if anything, it's Multi-Modal for a start, and it's really about the services - I.T. has to provide the services demanded by it's users, so if you have a set of users which use an old app, so be it, whist having another set who live at the bleeding edge...

One persons I.T. system is another's archaeology - but if it does the job...

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Microsoft kicks VMware right in its weakest, cloudiest spot

thondwe

VMware Hanging on - Just

VMware are hanging on by dint of the "cost of change" - VMware shops not jumping on Hyper-V because of fear of change.

Hyper-V 2016 (well Windows 2016) does seem to have something to add to the local datacenter - looks to be getting much of NSX style SDN stuff - and that'll be included in the licences too...

VMware's heading the way of a number of other Vendors - a better implementation of something MS does OK (e.g. SCCM/SCOM/VDI/AV competitors) for those who need it and have a cheque book to pay... Falling from big player to bit part actor

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The Register guide to software-defined infrastructure

thondwe

It's all software?

It's always been software - even firmware is software, just difficult to replace with a 3rd party solution - can be done though - OpenWRT etc.

And almost everything has been "programmable" - most stuff is scriptable.

What's "new" is having a single button to create a piece of infrastructure - e.g. VM + Storage + ACLs + Firewall Config... "Software Defined Anything" is a lousy name - it needs something that actually reflects central control/management - HAL or Eddie or Skynet...

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EMC mess sends New Zealand University TITSUP for two days

thondwe

Money vs Risk

Universities (and most corporates) are not always awash with Cash so have to accept a level of risk. If your DR/BC plan is essentially restore from backup, then a single Array Failure can take loads of services off line for the time it takes to restore from Backups, assuming you have/can make capacity available to restore them too...

NOT everyone wants to spend lots of dosh on dual live systems....

If you haven't got live capacity to restore to (e.g. by killing Test/Dev) then you may be waiting for EMC to ship a replacement...

Paul

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ESXi's been borking VM backup and there's no fix yet

thondwe

Sounds familiar - there was a similar "feature" with "large" VMs and CBT a while back. VMware's getting careless?

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Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

thondwe

DNS only?

From the stuff I've read the ISP only need record the DNS name of the sites visited, NOT the URL. So how does this work if you've changed your DNS to OpenDNS (or others) in order to filter stuff for your kids, but OpenDNS is in the states?

Then of course the source IP is from the router - so how do you point the figure at a person with the gadget - so cheapo wireless hotspot in Café...?

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By the numbers: The virtualisation options for private cloud hopefuls

thondwe

Yet another poor HyperV vs VMware vs ... article

Read a few of these sorts of things across the web, and most are inaccurate - not matching features in a VMware SKU with a similar feature in SCVMM + HyperV.

Broadly these days they are comparable and if you're a greenfield site then it's likely to come down to costs - but for Windows Workloads Microsoft make it hard to justify VMware, they just keep throwing in features in the price - Windows 2016 will have SDN a la NSX for example... - and you'll likely need to licence Windows and System Centre even in a VMware environment...

If you're an established user of one or other product, then jumping ship is more difficult to justify due to the local skills/knowledge you'll have in your staff.

Suggestions out there that this state of affairs is reflected in VMware's making most money from established customers and it trying to catch up with Azure via "vCloud Air".

Anyway, PLEASE do some research before posting articles with obvious glaring omissions...

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POLAR DINOSAURS prowled ARCTIC NIGHT, cast doubt on COLD BLOOD theory

thondwe

Warm Blooded

Thought that Warm Blooded Dinosaur theory was pretty much set in stone now!? (Sorry!!)

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SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

thondwe

Not a Proper Planet

So Pluto's got weather, geology and moons - so can it be a Planet again please?

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Work has started on VMware's secret security disruptor

thondwe

Re: Oddity? Labour intensive?

IPSEC's been around for ages, and I think you can do loads with it in a pure MS environment - but does anyone actually use it?? Probably because the Comms guys lose visibility/control - ACLs become useless...

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Windows 10 keeps Microsoft's odd desktop-as-a-service rules

thondwe

Come 2016, come new licence screw up opportunities

Windows Server 2016 brings a new type of RDP - "Personal Session Desktops" which seem to look more like a VDI session than an RDP session and could pull the rug out from under the VDI market for all but niche use cases. But since it's just a fancy RDP session one could assume that an RDP CAL licence would work.

Am fully expecting MS licencing (spits!) to break this logic though!

Paul

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

thondwe

Door Locks

Wonder if the oldee Police complained when people started putting locks on the doors on their houses to keep themselves and their valuables safe?

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

thondwe
FAIL

Agree - Apple Music is barely usable on a iDevice, and the iTunes changes are appalling. Can't wait to see how bad the Android/Windows Apps are going to be. Has Apple lost all it's UI people now?

It's saving grace is price - Spotify costs us £15 for two people, but Apple would charge the same to cover my whole family.

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El Reg Cold Call

thondwe

Someone from the reg called me today wanting to send me junk mail. Generally I don't answer numbers withheld or calls via our switch board now as 99% are either grilling me about the University's spending plans or offering me "white papers" which are now entirely advertising brochures

Grrrrrrrrrtrr!

Paul

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

thondwe

nice when it's finished

It's unfinished - Multiple Control Panels - "Add Feature" my favorite so far I can install hundreds of languages, but pretty much nothing else!

Edge can't seem to deal with switching between wifi networks. I had to change the default browser back to IE to get OneDrive for Business configured...

Can't set Outlook as my default Calander App

Still two OneNotes - why!

"All Apps" is a mistake - too long too narrow...

Expect lots more quirks.

Otherwise it's a step up from 8.1 in someways - Multiple Display's handle much better for instance.

As for constant feature updates - how many Apps in the IOS/Android App store do this all the time? It's the new norm...

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Microsoft starts switching on paid Wi-Fi service with latest Windows 10 preview

thondwe

Skype Wifi Rebranded

Isn't this just Skype Wifi re-branded? I've used it in odd places - basically if you find a pay-for wifi area, sometimes you can get Skype Wifi to do the paying - so possibly saves money, and certainly saves having to sign up to though yet another portal?

The proliferation of Wifi hot-spots is the work of devil - my poor phone hops from Coffee Shop to Fast Food emporium so often it doesn't actually get time to download any mail, etc.... I'd give up and turn it off if wasn't for the rubbish Vodafone 3G signal everywhere I go....

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Ubuntu scaling up VM addressability

thondwe

IPv6

Is the world never going to give in and realize that IPv6 was designed to deal with this sort of problem??

Paul

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VMware's got SaaS – and you – surrounded with SSOaaS

thondwe

Gap in the Market

See the need for an SSO solution to sign in once to all these SSO solutions (and recurse!)

SSSSSSSSSO?

Paul

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

thondwe

Err - Offline Mode on Spotify

Errr - Someone missed something, but the paid for version of Spotify has offline ability across all it's Apps. I regularly offline stuff to listen to in the car for example.

If the Apple Music service matches Spotify for Artists, does offline AND I can just listen to Albums (not yet another Radio station) then at $14.99 for the whole family that's going to shake things up. Spotify is £14.99 for me + wife, would add about £10 for the kids...

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Openreach to trial G.fast in Swansea

thondwe

Re: Meanwhile, in other parts of Swansea...

And that's the stupidity of the broadband grant system for "not spots" on Gower we got lucky that some keen individuals to push all the paperwork through. These schemes mean money and time wasted all over the place on commitities and admin etc. The whole thing would have just better if they'd just paid OpenReach (who do all the work anyway) to FTTC every cab in the land.

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thondwe

Happy to volunteer

cureently on 60mbs VDSL in rural Swansea area, but can always use more speed!

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

thondwe

Write your own question

Doesn't all this boil down to...

Question - "What's my other password?"

Answer - "MyOtherFavouritePassword"

Which isn't a million miles away from a two factor scheme which asks for two things? Which then let's you tick to "trust" this device (forever/30 days), which is the one that's hacked and can bypass the MFA anyway...

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There's a BIG problem with Microsoft's VDI rules

thondwe

Educational

Getting VDI licenced in an Education is a similar nightmare - students share machines, so there's not the one-to-one correlation between a physical machine and a virtual desktop. So you could buy a VDA for EACH student - 20,000 here - concurrent use doensn;t work as the licence has a a 90 day transfer restriction.

PLEASE PLEASE MICROSOFT kick your licencing team - they introduce needless complex licences which wastes our time, our resellers time and theirs!

Make the licencing really simple - so one purchase = one instance for desktop stuff. Same with server stuff, but keep the nice rules around visualization.

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If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?

thondwe

Re: Why Hyper-V is a non-starter in all situations

(VMware Site, just starting to look at HyperV)

Usual FUD around Hyper-V then - Hyper-V shares it's architecture model with Xen I believe - i.e. it's a Microkernel with the drivers in a privileged Virtual Machine (Domain 0 in Xen terms). HyperV "free" includes a limited number of services - Firewall, Management bits, etc. which run in this VM.

ESXi bundles all its services into one system - so drivers, firewalls, management bits, etc.

Patch management is required for both systems, and ESXi has been broken on more than one occasion by patches. However, the Patch Tuesday patches so far appear not to apply to Hyper-V - others may confirm this, but my test box hasn't been touched for 4 months so far.

So I see ESXi and HyperV on a par nowadays - they just work - the management tools (SCVMM vs vCenter) is a different story

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EU parliament bans Outlook app over cloudy security: report

thondwe

Where else is this username/password kept anyway

So the creds are kept on AWS, they are also on iCloud (via backup settings?), or Google (Android), cached in a web browsers somewhere (OWA), in your handy Password Manager, on the Laptop which gets left on the train...

The only way to keep data secure is to not allow the users near it! E-mail is probably now the least safe place to store anything??

Paul

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

thondwe

Voice?

Cortina is a "Me Too" feature - how many people use Siri or Android Voice on a regular basis, if ever?

Paul

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Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

thondwe

Re: Sharepointless

Variant I picked up somewhere was "SharePoint is not a solution to any problem"

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