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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

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Well done for so effectively demonstrating my original point in such a hilariously self-deluded way.

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"If all companies use the cloud, then the pool of available talent to create new infrastructure-specialist companies will shrink – and that strikes us as a bad thing."

As far as the industry is concerned, that may well be true. As far as I personally am concerned, I'm a seasoned sysadmin currently getting plenty of business from AWS deployments and associated "devops" stuff because I stay up to date and ensure that my skill set remains dynamic. If there comes a point where the fashion changes back to physical hardware, I've a whole bunch of skills I can dust off and utilise in that area too. So whilst I feel a degree of concern about this particular issue, there are definitely pros as well as cons for those willing to keep up with the times and continually keep themselves educated and relevant.

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"suffer no fools gladly – much like our own Trevor Pott"

Sure, if by "fool" you mean "person who doesn't agree 100 percent with Potty".

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Re: as one of those unicorns

"It is pretty depressing to see how much companies have wasted on cloud services, at any scale" etc.

Just because you've come across retarded companies making the wrong decisions and doing things stupidly, doesn't mean that running your infrastructure in the cloud is automatically wrong. It makes a lot of sense in a lot of situations for a lot of companies, especially smaller ones. When doing AWS deployments I've never experienced crazy costs like the ones you're talking about, and running in the cloud gives companies a lot more freedom and flexibility than they would have with physical hardware, minus all the hardware management hassle.

To be a professional sysadmin you need to drop your prejudices and choose the right tool for the job. Sometimes AWS or similar is the right tool, and sometimes it isn't.

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

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Re: Amazing what a bit of competition can do

"So Gnome has improved, presumably due to competition from ..."

Shame they don't all join forces. If they did, they might be able to use their combined talents to finally come up with something less grim than yet another hideous reinterpretation of Windows 95.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: No, no, no, no. no

"I'm offended by your misuse of the word "rape""

Why don't you look it up in the dictionary, then? The term has definitions other than the sexual one, e.g: "2 the wanton destruction or spoiling of a place: the rape of the countryside."

If you want to get offended by that then that's your problem I'm afraid.

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"Shock horror, old fans like old version"

I'm old enough to remember watching the original Battlestar Galactica when it was first shown, but I loved the remake. New does not necessarily mean worse. J.J. Abrams, on the other hand, _does_ mean worse in this case (and in most other cases where he's involved, in my opinion).

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"Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan – the good one, not JJ Abram’s recent pallid remake"

Glad it's not just me who's offended by Abrams' continued rape of classic Star Trek. I am also, however, slightly offended by your misuse of the apostrophe.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

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Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices

"I can see a lot of small offices with 3-10 staff working on email, excel and word-processing. They have no servers per se - laptops or desktops. Their website is probably hosted by a local web design company, and none of them are IT bods, but they want a central repository for shared files"

Nowadays I think they'd just use DropBox and get a fast fibre broadband connection.

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Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

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How many staff??

20 staff to run vivaldi.net? What on earth are they all doing?! Unless I've missed some crucial component, I'm quite sure a couple of friends and I could knock that up in a weekend.

P.S. Have never used Opera. Tried it a couple of times over the years, thought it was horrible.

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Wanted: IT world domination. Can Spiceworks succeed?

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Re: This article reads like an ad.

"This article reads like an ad" - I find that with about 90 percent of Potty's stuff. He must be doing pretty well off all those backhanders he's getting.

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Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

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Re: Point and drool

"Got 5000 pictures, and want to know which one the dog is? It's a GUI"

And if you want to do pretty much anything which doesn't specifically require visual recognition, a CLI is usually far quicker and much more powerful.

"why would my phone need an SSH server"

Came in useful for me on various occasions, such as when I wanted to retrieve my entire SMS history in the form of a text file.

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OUCH: Google preps ad goo injection for Android mobile Gmail app

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Re: Want. Do Not Want.

"You can have as much or little Google with your Android as you want"

That's not my experience I'm afraid. I was told I didn't have to use a Google account with any aspect of Android except the specific things I wanted; however, when trying out CyanogenMod, I logged into the Google Play store to get an app, and all of a sudden Android had fired up a whole load of Google services on the device using my Google account without asking, and it was remarkably difficult to find them all and switch them off. I don't think I ever felt confident that I had turned all these things back off, and eventually I gave up and decided I wasn't comfortable with a corporation having such an invasive presence on my hardware.

At least on iOS, it's quite possible to use the App Store without Apple/iCloud secretly invading your device with its creepy corporate tendrils. Switching on and off the iCloud services you do and don't want is very clear and simple.

Google are very clever with the way they keep the geeks happy by doing the barest minimum to make Android appear theoretically open, but in practice I'm afraid it's no more open than iOS, and it certainly has a lot less respect for your privacy.

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TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

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Re: Patent

THAT gets five upvotes? Jesus fucking christ, I despair of this place.

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Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

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Re: OSX -> Win 7

"I bought a nice shiny iMAC 3 years ago"

And after three years you still haven't learnt how to capitalise its name properly?

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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

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Nice to see a decent sysadmin article on this site which isn't written by a petulant prick and isn't a glorified advertisement for some shitty product which only runs on Windows. Good stuff. Can we have more, please?

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IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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Interesting to understand why you prefer GUIs, but it might have been helpful to explain that back when the GUI vs CLI arguments were occurring on here, rather than just getting defensive about it for no apparent logical reason.

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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Re: Choices choices...

So then you get 10 developers working on 10 products used by 1 person each, instead of 10 developers working on 1 product used by 1000 people. Great.

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Interesting article, elegantly written. Staggeringly display of ignorance in the comments though - maybe Reg readers should stick to commenting on code- and science-related articles, as they certainly don't seem to have much understanding of UI history.

Personally I've never come close to grasping why Linux developers spend so much time and energy constantly recreating the Windows 95 interface over and over again. It's a terribly sad waste of resources.

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

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Re: mint is really doing things no linux has done before

"mint is finally pushing linux to the point where it's acceptable for daily use by non technical people"

Yup, so long as they're trapped in a nightmarish past where user interfaces never made it beyond Windows 95.

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Don't use Google+? Tough, Google Glass will inject it INTO YOUR EYES

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Oh dear, I see all the Google fandroids were first into the forum today.

Everyone's talking about what Google Glass can supposedly do for the user whilst missing the far more important point, i.e. how this will enable Google to turn far more of us into products for its advertising business. Combining this with GPS, face recognition and visual recognition of other objects will enable Google to accumulate location and product data on hundreds of people per day against their will, just from the visual/location data supplied from one user wearing these damned things.

Paranoid? I hope so. But if anyone wears a Google Glass anywhere near me I'll be politely asking them to remove it.

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ISPs: Get ready to slurp streams from Murdoch's fat pipe

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Re: Independent ISP...

"The only catch with Zen is their data caps"

Absolutely. I was actually with Zen for a while, and I moved from them to O2. With O2 I've had just as good a service as Zen for far less money and with no data caps at all. It's been fantastic. That's why the Sky takeover sucks so much.

I'll consider moving back to Zen if their data caps are less silly than they used to be, but I'm certainly keen to look into other alternatives too.

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Unhappy

As an O2 customer I've been finding this very sad, partly because I don't want my prices to go up, partly because I don't want the quality of my service to go down, and partly because I don't want to help line Rupert Murdoch's pockets. I'll be cancelling my service and attempting to move to an independent ISP, but there don't seem to be many of those left nowadays.

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Make cool shows, make money: Netflix's SHOCKING TV strategy

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Re: Cancelled shows

Firefly is available. Futurama is most definitely _not_ available.

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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

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"Only" 10 billion dollars in profit? Yup, that's a company that's really sliding down the toilet.

Company profits rise and fall over time. Share prices rise and fall over time. It's NORMAL. Enough of these stupid hyped-up articles already!

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Are you being robbed of sleep by badly designed servers?

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Re: another advert for supermicro?

It's quite sweet in a way, watching young Trevor get excited about discoveries of things that experienced Reg sysadmin readers have already been using for many years.

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Facebook skins Android with Facebook Home

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You might want to learn how to spell before you start criticising the intellectual capabilities of others.

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Orange is the new TalkTalk of the broadband complaints league

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I have no idea why anyone in their right mind would ever use Orange for anything nowadays. They truly are an awful company, and their broadband service is so diabolical that they would actually have to pay _me_ quite a lot of money to use it.

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

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"The blacklists supplied by the not-for-profit organisation are used by ISPs, large corporations and spam filtering vendors"

And small businesses, and individuals who run their own mail servers.

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Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

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Re: "In fact, it thinks 3G connectivity is not all that different from 4G."

That's the weirdest misspelling of "those" I've ever seen!

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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

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Re: modern technology @dz-015

"Give the kids an appropriate understanding of how they (computing devices) work"

Why? Most kids don't need to know how a computer works. They just need to know how to use one when they get out into real life. I'm able to cook a decent steak but I don't have a clue how to farm cattle.

iPads aren't just about consuming media. They also function as photo editing devices, electronic canvases for artists, all-in-one recording studios, and so forth. Not only do they provide a cheap way for kids to have a go at all sorts of exciting creative activities in addition to everything else they can do, but the act of kids seeing just what you can really do with technology and how far you can push it is important in itself.

I'd argue that this sort of stuff is way more important for most kids than whatever the modern equivalent is of learning how to program BASIC on a BBC Micro.

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Re: modern technology

So you think kids should be plunged into a technological black hole in which they leave school literate and able to write a story or draw a picture, but with no clue how to operate a computing device?

Yes, that really sounds like a great idea.

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"money that could have been used to hire a competent CompSci teacher"

It could be argued that it's far more important for all kids to learn how to use modern technology properly than it is for a few geek-kids to have an extra computer studies teacher.

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Microsoft's own code should prevent an Azure SSL fail: So what went wrong?

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Re: Inexcusable

Yup. Totally pointless article. The bottom line is Microsoft is badly managed and promotes a culture of incompetence, much like the software they unfortunately keep trying to inflict on people who don't know any better.

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Google takes Chromebook upmarket with touchy-feely Pixel

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I can't imagine why any normal person* in their right mind would pay over a grand for a laptop running a system as restrictive as Chrome OS. This product seems like utter madness to me.

* Yes, I know _you_ will install Linux Mint on it (although good luck getting the window manager and all your applications to work properly with that display). By "normal person" I mean "average person in the street".

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Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

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"HP is not copying Apple and the look-and-feel of the Spectre XT TouchSmart is nothing like that of a MacBook Pro."

LOL.

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Axed staffers hijack HMV Twitter account: 'We're tweeting LIVE from HR'

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"the company you dearly love is being ruined"

I've never loved HMV, and as far as I'm concerned they ruined themselves decades ago. Perhaps if they hadn't done their best to monopolise the market with stupidly inflated CD prices for such a long time then they might be getting a bit more sympathy now. They failed to move with the times and now _they_ are having to pay the price. Too bad.

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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So basically the manager who was most likely given a backhander by Microsoft to force the engineers to use this crap says that the project has been a success. What an amazing surprise.

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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"Because the old Star Trek films were deep cinematic masterpieces? Come on, I love ST but it's just trashy sci-fi."

Star Trek and Star Wars (the original trilogy) both had decent characterisation, emotional depth, values; things Abrams does not really seem to recognise, which is why he is not qualified for either, let alone both.

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Sigh. So now all Star Wars and Star Trek films are just going to be shallow, overblown JJ Abrams films with some minor cosmetic differences. What a total fucking disappointment.

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

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Re: @ dz-015

"Jeebus christ man, calm down. You'd think he'd posted rumours about your leather clad donkey fetish, not gotten his facts slightly wrong about the TV licence system. Idiot"

Every single time there's an article on here about TV-related stuff there's inevitably a discussion about TV licensing leading to some idiot trying to tell people that they need to have a TV licence if they have equipment which is capable of receiving live broadcast TV. I've seen it so many times, and not only is this rumour incredibly misleading and annoying because it potentially disempowers people, but it's also generally irritating to see people posting nonsense because they haven't checked their facts first. Posting nonsense due to not checking facts qualifies you as an idiot. Getting annoyed at people posting nonsense due to not checking their facts is not idiotic. So you're the idiot for calling me an idiot, because I'm not one.

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I tried Lovefilm but cancelled it because the interface was so awful. Currently on Netflix and sticking with it because the interface and streaming is much better. I hope the selection improves over time. In the meantime I use other sources to watch the stuff which is missing, which I feel is perfectly acceptable.

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Re: Don't have a Tv Licence... Love Netflix

"I thought you needed to have a license as long as you owned equipment that was capable of receiving a TV signal"

Well why don't you check your facts instead of making assumptions then spreading rumours which are wrong. Idiot.

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Google v Microsoft mobile war: Who's REALLY to blame?

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"CalDAV and CardDAV methods, which are widely supported by industry"

Really? Which industry?? Certainly not the one I work in, sadly.

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

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What about tea?

Coffee isn't the only alternative to Coke. We're British for Christ's sake - we're supposed to like tea.

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Victory on mobile belongs to Google in 2013

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I don't know or care how Google does it.

Yes, perhaps best not to think about it; because, if you actually consider it for any length of time, you might find yourself feeling a significant degree of concern about handing over so many intimate details of your life to a gigantic faceless entity.

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The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

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So with Mint you get the choice of a GUI that's an unimaginative rip-off of Windows 95, or... a GUI that's an unimaginative rip-off of Windows 95. Wow, what a tempting plethora of options.

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NY Museum of Modern Art embraces 14 video games

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Seems surprising they didn't include Rez.

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Mint Linux gifts Unity haters with 'Nadia' ... plus her Mate

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Yay. Another window manager that's a clone of Windows XP! How innovative - just what the world needs.

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Ten Linux apps you must install

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Re: I've been using Linux since mid-late 1993 (Slackware).

Downvoted for using the stupid, annoying and unnecessary word "grok".

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