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31 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

Battle of the Linux clouds! Linode DOUBLES RAM to take on Digital Ocean

Sir Alien

Re: ERROR in article te

Wrong! Backup on digital ocean backup is NOT free and it says on the vps creation screen that it costs 20% of the vps. Still cheaper than most but the backup costs can add up.

Snapshots AFAIK right now are free but those are not live and require the vps to be turned off to use the feature.

So the article is indeed correct

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

Sir Alien
Alien

Re: Energy crisis solved

Yes and No. It depends, but first my disclaimer. I use a Nexus 5 so very much so not a "fanboy" as some would say. That is also a very overused and stupid word anyway.

For a phone size wise the iPhone 4 to iPhone 5 has not changed much in overall dimensions. It got slightly taller but in the average persons hands its easy to use even one handed. So Jobs saying a big phone is bad is not that they won't make a bigger one but they are saying that there are limits. My Nexus 5 I think is as big as a phone should be and any bigger seems pointless since one handed usage can be difficult at times even with my larger than normal hands. Apple in this case are first trying to cater to the majority (80% to 90%)

Same thing with the tablet. Technically there is no 7 inch iPad since it is actually 8 inches. It also offers what means other tablets don't which is a nice aspect ratio. 3:2 would have been better but 4:3 is similar. The only time I see 16:9 being nice is when watching a film.

I like the Nexus range which is why I still use android but if everything is getting massive where you won't be able to get a less than 5 inch phone any more that at least has good specs then I might actually consider getting an iPhone.

I doubt Apple are making a 5.5 or 6+ inch phone and my guess all these leaks are a load of bollocks but if they did then in all likelihood you will find the smaller options will sell many more units.

Just seems so many people interpret other peoples words to their liking. Why do you think all this in fighting is happening between them humans. :-D

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Don't look at Maria's SQL, look at MY SQL, pleads Oracle

Sir Alien

Re: Cheap swipe

Where did you see that PostgreSQL 10 release announcement? Link please?

Apologies if this is a late April Fools Joke as it is currently the 2nd not the 1st :-P

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

Sir Alien

Hypocrisy much?

Hypothetically, am I now supposed to boycott any form of product, individual or company because they ARE run by a gay person (the other side of the coin, trick question or whatever you want to call it). Obviously everyone has their own personal views and sometimes people make it publicly know.

As long as this person keeps his personal views separate from the job Mozilla has place him in then nothing wrong with it. This is just in my opinion trying to get on the news bandwagon..... hey look at me I can boycott, point fingers and protest but why is no one following me.....

S.A

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

Sir Alien

Criteria....? Those aren't specs

These are not watches and the spec other than having a nice screen is terrible. Until the things battery can last as long as my current watch I will keep my trusty casio.

Simple, round face, hardened face, stainless clip strap, not too thick Casio Wave Ceptor and had it for 7 years now and I only changed the battery a year ago. That is what I call a good battery life. A watch with a 6 year battery ticks my box.

Sir

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Tesla unveils battery-swapping tech for fast car charging

Sir Alien

same old problem

The same old problem is that everyone is using batteries. Batteries have never been great for convenience and keeping cost down. They are fast to drain and slow to charge.

Personally I think electric cars are the future and I wouldn't mind having one BUT I don't want a battery powered one when hydrogen fuel cell electrics have the same convenience as your current fuel cars.

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Woolwich beheading sparks call to REVIVE UK Snoopers' Charter

Sir Alien
Holmes

Human rights? Pfff....

Here is how I see it.

Everyone has human rights and we should respect that. I am talking real rights, not the "my 50 inch TV right" kind. In my opinion if you wilfully with planned intent murder someone then you should lose your human rights on the basis that you denied someone else theirs (the right to live i suppose)

These two should not be executed/jailed but rather when they come out of hospital make them work the rest of their lives in a hard labour camp to pay for their crimes. Crush rocks till their days end.

Chances are though they will go to the hotel reception (court) and then get sent to their fancy hotel room (jail). And for all those categorising based on religion, do not forget that every religion has extremists and all extremists should burn equally.

I also wholly agree that snooping powers will have done nothing to stop this. The first thing to happen when everyone "knows" they are being snooped on is encrypted communications will become so commonplace that the law effectively becomes useless.

Sir

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Perish the fault! Can your storage array take a bullet AND LIVE?

Sir Alien

Re: Storage shouldn't be complicated.... but...

This is true, if the checksumming can be done in hardware then it takes the stress away from the server using it (and other advantages) but checksumming data in software on the host is at least better than not checksumming at all.

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Sir Alien
Unhappy

Storage shouldn't be complicated.... but...

This article in quite a few area I just nod in agreement. RAID 5 should really never be used anymore since you are just shooting yourself in the foot but for some systems that don't require 100% uptime and only deal with a few small disk (300GB or less) then it's not the worst way you can make an array. But since many arrays these days are large RAID 5 (or even 6) is now a problem.

Personally I use ZFS (or any checksum based filesystem like btrfs when stable) since to me data integrity matters.

The problem though in the corporate world is the lack of either understanding, trust or both. My area of work (their name will remain anonymous) are still using in many systems for even busy IO intensive servers, RAID 1

As an example where you would explain to your boss that RAID 1 (or any RAID to be honest) will not protect you from corrupt data since if something is corrupted by something like software on one disk the other is already corrupted and unrecoverable. Now imagine your boss thinks he is always right and says you can recover the data of the second drive if using software RAID. On top of this a RAID1 pair running a server with 20+ virtual machines on it.

This example is not uncommon in some businesses and you may have the understanding but you are not the person to convince. As the subject, storage shouldn't be complicated but when the people in charge don't or refuse to understand then it becomes the most complicated system ever.

This article puts a great perspective on how easy storage should be but in reality it's not

- SirA

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APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

Sir Alien
Facepalm

Countries are all hypocrites

Regardless of the ruling as it blows way past my head I did note that the UK judge said that his ruling cannot be overridden as it applies EU wide (or something like that). This is strange since if this applies to all EU member states then isn't Germany's ruling suppose to apply EU wide and was the court battle not there first.

I'm not in favour of Apple but from what I can see the UK has basically overridden a German court decision? So what's the point of the "cannot override" rule if member states do it anyway.

Doh! because the EU is one big circus show by the looks of things

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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

Sir Alien
Stop

Read the T&C again

Not sure how well this stands but from what I hear on various news sources downgrade rights only apply to OEM versions. You can although you may not downgrade any retail copies. Read the terms for yourself though as I may be reading them wrong. *snigger*

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This supercomputing board can be yours for $99. Here's how

Sir Alien
Thumb Up

If I were AMD...

If this article and the technology hold true then if I were AMD I would so buy this guy and his tech.

AMD x86 processor for everyday things like running Windows/Linux/Unix and then use this as a 4000 core coprocessor. This would blow both current and intel chips out the water for floating performance. This would be a good market seller to multiple markets looking for raw parallel performance.

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Fanboi beats 'e-trespassing' rap after using GPS to find stolen iPad

Sir Alien

Reset and simless might not save you

Um, the factory reset and removing the sim may only temporarily stop them tracking it since it is based on hardware ID's that are tied to your Apple ID. Hard reseting it won't erase the hardware ID.

So if he reconnects to any Wifi or Mobile network it should be trackable again. Don't take my word for it but Apple can track any iDevice that is online and connected. Not connecting to any Wifi or Mobile network kind of makes the device rather useless in my opinion and the thief is bound to slip up sometime or another.

Either way its a good system and the thief deserves everything he gets for damn well stealing things.

At least the owner did the right thing and called the police rather then breaking in.

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Why is the iPhone so successful? 'Cause people love 'em

Sir Alien
Terminator

From an iPhone and Android user

I used to own an iPhone and currently have a Samsung G S2 and I have used them both quite a bit and although it is still my opinion I still feel that the iPhone is "for the moment" better. The problem with Android is that there is to little control on certain aspects and to much on others making for a diverse but confusing eco system.

I am a technically savvy person (i do some software dev work myself) but even some tech savvy users like a device to do just as advertised without tinkering with it. The iPhone I used to own was the older gen 3GS but even though it is this old Apple still seem to be sending updates for it (bar a few missing features)

I am not an Android or iPhone fan. It is simply a device to me to do a particular task. I don't buy fart apps and expect whether it is Android or anything else to do what I need it to do. I have used both and feel I will be going back to the iPhone if Apple don't cock up the iPhone 5. Then is will be a 4S for me.

Yes I think Steve Jobs was a twat sometimes but he did make Apple into one of the richest companies so he like others (Google) must have been doing something right.

T2 because liquid metal sounds awesomes and I want to be terminated.

My opinions

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Apple are good because:

- Easy to use and does what the tin says

- Good after purchase support, for quite a long time

- Good overall eco-system (iCloud, iTunes, etc).

- Walled garden provides an extra layer of security (see bads)

Apple are bad because:

- Walled garden is annoying for hobby programmers who can't justify the $99 per year license. Also is not 100% fool proof as extra security layer.

- Some bits of the eco-system is crap like the web based iCloud.

- Paste your own comment here

Android is good because:

- Relatively easy to use but still behind a little, requires some tinkering to get some bits working properly

- Flexible in that you can hobby program with the flip of an option

- Google Apps is amazing and this is whats missing from the iPhone.

Android is bad because:

- Try getting support from the device maker. Not fun.

- All device makers customise so much that its causes problems like OS updates either slow to come through or never happen

- Less control on Android market gets more problem in more often, Google are getting better at this though.

- My SGS2 after Ice Sandwich sometimes feels slower and requires occasional restarts

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Apple quietly reveals iOS security innards

Sir Alien
Alien

The problem is not Android vs iOS but more a control issue.

I am all supportive of having a choice and being able to install my own apps on my own phone when I can but when getting apps from the Play Store or from third parties it requires vigilance which the average person does not have in my opinion. Apple's stance was to take away the choice and lockdown thus preventing people from doing dumb things though it does not make 100% security.

The Play Store is no where near as much policed like the iTunes Store so malicious stuff gets through more often. Also just like Windows no matter how much protection you have, if you allow the choice then someone is going to be stupid and click that "I want malware" button

I bet you if Google decide to lockdown Android just like iOS it would be just as secure but then there would also be cries of foul play by people and they would also be killing their market as they would be shooting people like HTC in the face.

So the problem is not Android vs iOS but the problem IS in the way the App Stores are run and how the phones are managed/locked down.

Choice in the right hands is good. Choice in the wrong hands is a disaster.

PS: This message was sent from outer space 50 years ago

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UK cookie law compliance takes effect today

Sir Alien
Facepalm

Re: New Definition of Informed Consent at Reg and BBC

Depends, El Reg has made a visually noticeable banner that is more prominent on mobile devices too. They have said if you continue to browse (your action) then you accept the cookies. The no action statement would be if the cookie explanation was in a hidden page and having you browse to it which by then you accepted to cookie unknowingly.

Why put an "I accept button", just tell the person on the next page visit they get a cookie OR tell them to leave your site. The intentional next page visit of the site visitor is an informed consent. Although sites are available for public viewing they are still owned by the site owners so its not your "right" to view the site but a privilege the site owner has given you since they are running it.

Thats the problem with this law. There are so many ways to wiggle out that it becomes totally ineffective and the big name users like Google and Amazon know it. In my opinion if they want a proper cookie law, scap it and start fresh while involving technical minds in the discussion and not their neighbour or family members because they like them.

TL;DR

Your reading the sign and then continuing is an action on your part so can be classed as informed consent.

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Sir Alien
Facepalm

Re: Seriously El Reg

Simply think of a website like a shop that the shopkeeper owns. The shopkeeper stipulates that you place your wet umbrella in a holding area or if you don't they won't let you enter the shop. The shop keeper owns the shop so can lay the ground rules up to the point where it breaks trade rules of course. (e.g. give me your purse while you shop)

Essentially this law will (like El reg) just make sites tell you to accept cookies OR just not visit the site. 99% of the time people are going to accept the cookie by continuing to browse accepting the El Reg banner near the bottom.

I sort of half half agree in that the idea for the law was good but the implementation is soooooo terrible that it basically now comes down to site owners saying accept my cookies or sod off.

Adsense and Analytics users are going to be stung the most and a lot of the tracking will now be moved server side which no one has any control over. Just to give you an idea, server side tracking can yield pretty accurate tracking since most web browsers give off a lot of information that can be stored server side.

I will essentially do the same with my sites now. Take the cookie or go away based purely on the Google Adsense perspective since removing them would kill the site. Unless of course there is a way to implement adsense to not use cookies and display just random ads.

The implementation should have been left with competent technical people and not the damn monkeys currently running the EU

Facepalm, because thats what EU parliament is like 24/7

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Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

Sir Alien

HR?

This is why the industry is in such shit hole. HR in some companies need to fired or shot simply for rejecting any CV without a degree on it.

Some of the greatest developers don't have a degree. Requiring a degree just to get to interview stage will risk that company losing some pretty good talent.

I would easily considering take a developer with 3 years experience and no degree depending on his/her evidence and some basic interview concepts testing.

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Unisys gets 'stealthy' with secure virtual terminal

Sir Alien
Linux

This like all else will still fail...

Such a pitty. All this "military" grade encryption and protection that these corps make and some random person can still just walk through their "military" systems (aka. cracks/hacks)

Why? Well security is no bloody good IF YOU DONT USE IT!

Security, at least the basics is so simple and cheap to implement yet the american military still manage to screw it up.

Firewalls, many computers have them so use them. Hardware firewalls are prefered but a software firewall is still better than no firewall at all.

Passwords, shoot every employee that dares use crap passwords like "admin", "password", "etc". Yes even the big shots need their arse kicking.

This might not be 100% on topic but it does belong because I bet you with all this fancy Unisys encryption/secure terminal stick cum stuff will this be useless with some higher up that has his password taped to this stick.

Penguin. Firewalled in 5 seconds flat.

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Hurry up with webcams in courts, says Sky News boss

Sir Alien
Trollface

Problems with Sky (and others) in court.

The problem is that Sky don't give two shits about who they are reporting on, even if they ruin someones life. If some random person accused me of rape/murder then I would want such a trial to be behind closed doors until a final verdict is presented.

It has happened in the past where someone accused of rape was found to be falsely accused but in the end their reputation is screwed up and 99% chance he has already been fired from his job because of it, before the trial even ended. All because news reporters "leak" details of an ongoing trial.

Cameras have no place in a court room. I think they are simply trying to copy the americans with their "Judge Judy" program. What they fail to realise is that is a SMALL CLAIMS COURT!

Just put yourself in the accused shoes. You know you're innocent but regardless you have been fired from your job and many people you know don't want to know you anymore, including people looking weird at you and wispering behind your back that you were that rapist/murderer (even when you weren't)

For the guilty, if you are confirm to be so, then fine but this must be looked at carefully still because even then mistakes happen and the court rooms / juries screw up.

Image, because the government is being trolled by Sky

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Intel says no to massive ultrabook CPU price cut

Sir Alien

To bad for intel...

Because then manufacturers won't make the so called UltraBooks or not in the quantities that intel wants.

Intel's mobile chips are way to expensive and I agree they should come down a notch. Maybe 50% is asking much but Intel outright saying NO is stupid.

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BBC explains 'All your Twitter pics are belong to us' gaffe

Sir Alien
Holmes

BBC are so asking for a kicking

Images on twitter and other hosting sites are NOT public property. The original owner is, by uploading it, giving someone like Twitter permission to display it to the world. This means unless you upload it elsewhere or give someone else permission to use it, only Twitter can show it.

Same goes for self hosted image galleries and photo sharing sites such as flicker.

If you remove the image from any site, e.g. Twitter you are essentially revoking their right/permission to display this image to the world.

The BBC and anyone like them are walking on extremely thin ice so they better tread lightly.

The car/bike/lawnmower analogy applies perfectly in this instance.

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OpenOffice.org site goes offline, Oracle declines to comment

Sir Alien
Flame

Floats for them servers...

According to some noise on the interwebs it is due to a flood at the datacentre where all those sites are hosted.

Would've thought they plan for things such as excess water

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Honey, I shrunk the micro server

Sir Alien
WTF?

The problem for those server consumers....

Main problem for the server consumers (people renting servers from providers) is that costs don't come down. Thats just a fairy tale.

Just to give an example if a dedicated QuadCore server with 8GB of memory costs £70 a month. The company would then get these so called micro servers and still charge the same amount for the same amount of power. So the quadcore slim micro server is still going to be £70 a month.

In the real world prices don't go down, just profits go up.

Sometimes virtuals servers just don't cut it. No point buying a 400 zillion core virtual server only to have the smallest of time shares when trying to access the CPU. Probably more efficient to have a virtual server with a dedicated core or two and 100% time share on those assigned cores.

Would be nice if at least some of the micro server cost saving got passed down to the people that actually rent them.

icon? because private or public companies don't care about customers these days, just the amount they can fleece you for.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops

Sir Alien
FAIL

Honest review from a user

This may look like a rant but is definitely not

Firstly if you bought this game for its single player story then fine, not so bad but surely not worth the asking £40 price just for that. I would value it more at about £25 or £30 at most.

For multiplayer this is probably one of the worst releases in the game company's history. The list of bugs just keep growing.

1. You cannot find servers in the server browser (even filtered) they just randomize.

2. Favorites are random too. You can add some but no guarantee it will show in favorites

3. Recents, same as favorites.

4. Cannot join friends games, you always have to get an invite otherwise tough luck.

5. Like 4 except when your friends do send you invites you never get them.

6. Laggggg. Not everyone is running dial up in this world yet everyone is bouncing around like they are on dial up

If you want to buy this game for its multiplayer features, then in my opinion don't. Rather wait till they fix it (if they ever do) or wait till it goes on special for the single story only

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2 CPUS 1 CUPP

Sir Alien
Linux

I wish...:sigh:

I wish someone would come out with a usable sized laptop with arm cpu only. I would certainly by one if:

1. It is at least 12inch (13inch is more comfortable though)

2. has an optical drive (perferably but not mandatory)

3. 3g (or 4g when it arrives)

4. useable gpu, nothing overpowered, just shouldn't struggle on everyday graphics.

5. as big a battery with the space left.

To actually get a very long battery life with it in use. 12hrs+ (playing video, doing documents, etc)

Why such a long battery life? Well I get fed up with charging things all the time so the longer between charge ups the better.

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StreetView passed by Kiwi cops

Sir Alien
Black Helicopters

You comparison is wrong...

Problem here is not about just leaving your door open. If you really want to compare unsecured wireless then its more like leaving your front door open then putting the television on the sidewalk hoping no one will take it.

Wireless networks broadcast, throwing your data out there into the spectrum. The only way to not want someone else to read it even though they are able to capture it, is to encrypt it.

Wireless data does not beam in a straight line from your router to your PC. If I can even get some technofobes to encrypt their wireless router then there is no excuse for anyone else in my opinion.

Helicopter, because you never know who is watching.

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Sir Alien
Grenade

@Hitesh

You got in before me. darn it

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Apple debuts Safari 5 for Mac and Windows

Sir Alien
Alert

Target?

If this was targeted at me maybe I am explaining it incorrectly.

What I mean was if Apple allow plugins that block other ads but don't allow them to block iAds then that would be anticompetitive. If they allow adblocker plugins then they would have to let it block all ads not just non-apple ads.

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Sir Alien
Grenade

Anticompetitive

Fortunately apple will have to make it all or nothing blocking or they will be in a world of hurt with competition laws in most countries.

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Adobe heats up iPad Flash bash

Sir Alien

About time someone blocks flash

Ok, yes I know flash has its uses and that you can get some really good flash clips that are designed really well, but 90% of flash used on websites are always bug infested cpu heavy rubbish.

I won't be getting an iPad, or at least not yet (have an iphone) so I am kind of glad flash was blocked. Flash has been proven to be very unsecure and apple are trying to protect the clueless while also pushing for open internet standards (pinch of salt here)

Yes it turns out that the ones that do have a clue tend to be controlled as well but it's the many tards that ruined it for the few.

Before anyone says it, no I am not a "fanboi". I don't buy every Apple product under the sun just the ones I like and find useful.

- Sir Alien

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