* Posts by Trevor_Pott

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Blurred lines: How cloud computing is reshaping the IT workforce

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Re: Non deterministic code? Wtf?

ALL code is deterministic, even when pseudo random numbers are used. Its simply a case of understanding the algortihms and the code paths. Just because some code is highly complex doesn't make it non deterministic unless quantum CPUs have quietly snuck in without anyone noticing.

"Non-deterministic code" is a bit tongue in cheek. I am referring to the fact that the applications behave in a completely non-deterministic factor as far as systems administrators, end users, or other applications interfacing via API/XML Import/what-have-you are concerned.

Anywho, you may now continue with your rage-induced spleen venting. Enjoy.

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Microsoft to HIKE Azure prices as exchange rates shift

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Re: Tax dodges are not cynical.

So, you'll be letting the firemen set rates for putting out your house at their leisure, then? No taxes = no government = no emergency services. You ready to live in that world?

Maybe you should read up on the history of New York City.

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

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In small business'es the nerd's if there are any and the on-site IT support person have generally little understanding of the business

You'd be spectacularly wrong about almost every single SMB and midmarket organization I've interacted with. The nerds are integral. They help set business strategy and due to the tight integration and automation have to have a seat at every major discussion that goes on, because they'll be the ones implementing it. Next?

So asking the business, means that I don't shutdown the RDS server on the morning when they are using it to complete a major bid application before it's deadline...

And now you're way out in left field making completely unwarranted, wild assumptions. I pretty specifically stated in one of my previous comments that I tend to do notice-free upgrades late a night. Think 3:00 am, so that it's after backups run. I know the businesses I work for, and I choose times to do patch runs, server outages etc so that the business doesn't even notice that something is occurring. And yes, I check IM to see if anyone's on, even if it's 3am.

Major outages need to be scheduled in advance. Taking the financials server down for an hour at 3am to hump it up a few Windows versions is not a major outage. And, I should point out, I'd probably have tested it by humping the reports server up a few days prior. Again, without feeling a need to let people know.

Why? Because I can do the move and do the testing all before it affects anyone or anything and have time to revert if it all goes sideways.

In fact, it's usually the scheduled stuff that goes horribly wrong, because it's complicated enough to need to schedule it and there's never quite enough time to get something that big done before people start coming in for the morning.

I'm not sure what you mean by "Proper change notice"

Well, actually you nailed it. Things like Prince2 change forms are a great example of "proper" change notice. Long, drawn out bureaucratic cover-your-ass and make-it-look-like-you're-important exercises. They have their uses, but they emphatically don't need to be used for every minor change. Especially now that we are entering a world of dynamic, self-healing datacenters; $deity help you if you ever start using software defined networking!

In 95% of cases there is zero point in attempting to explain why I am "approaching change in a specific way". The business side wouldn't understand it and - to be more blunt about it - they don't care. I am not going to fill out a Prince2 form to renew an SSL certificate or push out security patches. Not going to happen.

The other 5% of changes are the ones that actually affect end users and customers. Here documenting and justifying everything is critical.

Server upgrades can fall into either category. I am not issuing a change request if I start rotating nodes out of an ESXi cluster for patching, so long as the cluster supports N+2 node failures. That means I can patch and not affect the ability of the cluster to lose a node during production.

Similarly, in the case I documented in a previous comment wherein a Win32 application can be migrated smoothly and easily between Windows versions I see zero reason to let anyone other than the local nerd know. The end users aren't affected at all; they don't interact with the operating system at all. They interact with a Win32 client that if very binary about things. It either works (it can access the database and the file share with all relevant permissions) or it doesn't. I'll know that after a few seconds of testing.

Change management can add value, but it should not be done simply for it's own sake. Each organization needs to examine exactly what level of detail they feel is required to meet the business' appetite for risk versus its ability to conduct operations in a timely manner.

Just as you've seen contractors who disregard any notion of sane change management (taking down RDS at 11am would be a great example), I've worked with many a company whose change management processes were so smothering and opaque that they prevented forward motion of any kind.

Small businesses rarely have the resources to go full bureaucrat on change management. The increase in staff costs of going full bureaucrat on anything is mind boggling.

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Re: Sorry...

You are coming across all "Trevor's Way or Highway"

I'm sorry that you have a problem with your brain where you perceive reality to be "Trevor's way". That's really weird.

"when in actual fact the world doesn't revolve around Windows"

I believe the earth rotates around a solid nickle-iron core doped heavily with radioactives that sunk during the late heavy bombardment.

I'm quite happy for you to state you think there are no options, but I have seen cases where there is no option but to move off Windows

No, what you want is for me to present marginal edge cases as being just as common as the overwhelming majority of cases, or of equal import/likelihood. That's bullshit.

I refuse to be Fox News. Fox will do ridiculous things like present climate scientists side by side with a climate skeptic and pretend that their views are equally valid and equally supported by evidence. They manufacture controversy by completely disproportionately weighting discussion and doing it over and over and over and over and over.

This sort of crap is known to work. It is part of the whole concept behind activities like affirmative action: make minorities disproportionately represented and they will seem like "the new normal", hopefully closing down one avenue for the spread of prejudice.

I flatly refuse your demands to undertake affirmative action regarding open source and present it's relevance disproportionately to reality.

We can argue about the scale of the last category 'til the cows come home, but the point is that category does exist (albeit most of the low hanging fruit has long since gone), which is why I said it's a mistake to *assume*.

No, it is not a mistake to assume. It is a mistake to present extreme edge cases as though they were equal to the overwhelming majority in importance. They are not.

There are quite a few businesses out there that couldn't exist without taking the Open Source route.

I haven't seen a business in 15 years that functioned without at least some open source software. What's your point? That doesn't mean that open source is the rational choice target for migrating the overwhelming majority of Windows-based workloads, or even most, or even more than "an insignificant number of edge cases". Especially with a time frame of one month. And the timeframe target is absolutely vital to the discussion in both articles.

It's not an Windows or Linux equation, Open Source has grown more through opening up new markets than cannibalizing Windows market share - obvious examples being bits of iOS & Android.

Why are you preaching here? Do you think that I don't know this? Or that I haven't said this? None of this has relevance to server workloads that are running on Windows 2003 Server that need to be migrated within the next month.

Don't proselytize irrelevant minutiae that has no bearing on the discussion to hand, it weakens your case...which was full enough of mindspiders as it is.

I am sure that I don't "belong" in the form of "IT" that you are espousing at the minute, and I am quite happy not to "belong" to it.

Thank $deity. I am espousing IT where practitioners make pragmatic judgements based on evident requirements, resources, time frames and return on investment. You clearly are having absolutely none of that. So do everyone a favour and stay the hell out of the industry before you destroy someone's company and with it all the jobs that company supports.

Rejoin the conversation when you can separate the evangelical message of open source you wish to proselytize from the cold hard reality of keeping businesses running. Then we can have rational discussions about which technologies to implement when and where and in what timeframes.

Cheers.

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"If I upgraded a system without a prior change notice and it didn't work, I'd hope it was also the Print server, at least that way they couldn't print my P45 in the morning, as thats what would happen. I'm hoping the smilie face you added means you're being a little tongue in cheek :)"

If I upgraded a system without the proper change notice and it didn't work I'd roll back the VM/revert to the old VM. "Proper change notice" is a function of larger organizations. The larger the organization the more that matters, because the more people need to know.

When there are only two IT folk then "change notice" can be an IM or e-mail alerting about the change. It depends on what the change is, severity of anticipated impact, ease of reversion, etc.

Small organizations don't need to go through change assessment forms and so forth to determine what level of change notification is required. They also don't have to make change notification to more than the other nerds unless there's actually a good reason for someone else to know. It is a blessing.

If an application is "owned" by someone outside IT then I typically let them know that something is going to change (or has changed), just in case something odd happens that I didn't anticipate. The focus is more on the ability to smoothly roll back, however, than it is on carefully planning every change.

This is because the impact of most changes is small in small organizations. If we have to take a widget down for 15 minutes to revert it, the world doesn't end. I understand how that changes in enterprises and that's the reason for the smiley. I get away with things in smaller organizations that wouldn't fly in larger ones...but that doesn't mean that the things I'm doing are wrong for the situation. It means the risks and impacts are different and so where the time focus goes is different.

Smiley! :)

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Re: There are advantages to not being bogged down by bureaucratic change management systems. :)

You live in a pretty black and white world, don't you?

Sure, some of the stuff I upgrade is simple enough to do overnight. A great example is a Win32 financials application that installs on a server and runs on Pervasive SQL. Porting that thing to a new Windows OS is as simple as

1) Install Pervasive SQL v.latest on Windows v.latest

2) Install application

3) Copy directory "backup batch" from live server and execute backup registration scripts

4) Put file named "GETOUT.NOW" in financials app directory "data" (this will boot any sessinos from people who didn't close the client)

5) Copy "data" to new server

6) Share "data" directory

7) Rename, readdress, reboot old VM

8) Verify client connectivity to new VM

9) Retire old VM

10) Don't bother manually doing any of the above because we scripted that in order to make reports servers automatically get a copy of the data from nightly backups about ten years ago

The above is a great example of a workload that migrates smoothly and seamlessly from one generation of Windows to the other. It doesn't cause fuss or muss and it doesn't migrate to *NIX worth a damn. It is also a very typical workload running on a Windows server.

I have zero problem bringing in people with expertise to let management know what the best upgrade path is. I don't care; I get paid the same whether the workload runs on Windows or Linux. The clients really don't care overmuch, excepting as it affects what they have to pay for things.

I have all sorts of problems with starting down the "consultant" bureaucratic fuckfest with a month left on the clock. Especially since I myself have enough experience to know what workloads are not going to go quietly into that good night and which ones might, with some coaxing.

The "professional" thing to do is to examine the business case for moving workloads from one platform to another and to be continually reevaluating the ROI of all deployed solutions. It is not to push a given religion, OS, etc on your employer or client.

It is absolutely unacceptable to attempt to use the eleventh hour of a refresh cycle to try to bring in massively disruptive changes. Doubly so if there exists the option to simply and smoothly move towards a supported solution with little or no disruption or downtime.

If the *NIX solutions are so amazing then they will be just as capable of making the case for their existence once the crisis has passed. if you need a crisis to exist in order for your solution to be viable then your solution is shit.

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Sure. Samba 4 is good. Zentyal is good. Webmin is very good. Zarafa is also good for them as still run their own email. All stuff I use regularly. They do take a lot of learning though, and some - like Zarafa - are still very rough around the edges.

Still don't think you're going from a 2003 SBS to a Zentyal/Zarafa /w Samba4 & Webmin setup in a month unless you are amazing at migrations. And then...who maintains it? The guy who is a wizard at migrations and is probably out there making muchos money migrating everyone? Or the former Windows admins who have no idea what's going on?

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"I still maintain a month isn't enough time to migrate from Windows"

This depends entirely on whether or not you tell anyone outside of IT that you're upgrading. I just tend to migrate and test over night and nobody asks questions. Other nerds are informed in case they have to support, but for the most part they just don't care, or are happy that another Server 2003 box has been binned.

There are advantages to not being bogged down by bureaucratic change management systems. :)

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Re: Sorry...

You're right re: shilling, my apologies.

I do however maintain that you are absolutely wrong re: "should declare MS partner" etc. It isn't remotely relevant, and hammering it really only serves to make you seem very much like one of the "OMG you're a shill" religious nutters.

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Re: Not a shill?

"because you can totally migrate from 2003 to 2012R2 in a month"

Absolutely. I can do it in 45 minutes and complete testing. For applications that make the migration smoothly. (About 85% of applications in my experience.) For applications that don't, it can take anywhere from hours to years to solve the roadblocks.

...have you ever actually done migrations?

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Re: Moving to another version of Windows is not a one month job either

Funny, I average about three hours to move applications from Windows --> Windows, with full testing sweeps.

I average about 45 minutes to move OS-internal functions from Windows --> Windows with full testing sweeps.

Having your testing automated really helps. What, you mean you haven't automated testing? How the metric monkey fuck do you hope with patches?

Where migrations really cause problems is where there are client OS talking to server OS issues. (As opposed to client application talking to Win32 application running on a server). These can take months of testing to shake out the bugs.

Now. My testing will give me a "go/no go" return. If the case is "no go" - as, for example, an ongoing issue I have with Internet Explorer 8+ and printing - then there may not actually be fixes. This is why I still have applications living on Server 2003/Windows XP, Windows 2000 and even Windows NT.

Finding out why something doesn't work and then fixing it can take forever. But making sure that it does and will work should be very, very simple.

So migration is simple...and incredibly hard. All at the same time. Welcome to IT.

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Re: Sure, of course

Not aimed at me, but all good questions. Let's answer.

How large is the largest network you ever managed?

25,000 (ish) nodes, (physical and virtual combined). Do BMCs count as nodes in and of themselves? They have to be updated...that would add another 5000.

How many servers (win and *nix), and what versions?

Complicated question. One...and many. One in that on my largest network everything was in fact driven by a single two-node lock-step cluster. This cluster handed out OSes over PXE to render nodes. The render nodes (5000ish in number) would pick up an operating system from the central cluster (from one of 4 different configs), boot from it and do work.

I have CentOS 5, CentOS 6, Windows XP and Server 2012 R2 all running as images. The nodes can be booted individually or in varying sized groups into each OS, which will give access to different rendering software to perform different tasks.

How many users and applications?

Well, the "biggest" network only has 8 users and 15 applications. My most users ever was about 750. they had about 1200 applications. My largest applications ever was about 1500 on a network with 250 users.

I'm sure most of those asserting you can migrate from OS A to OS B in a few days, never managed more than a few servers with some simplle, standard configurations, with a few standard apps and users - and never handled issues like special hardware support, fault tolerance, high availability, tiered storage, backups and so on... nor ever cared about security, really.

Not really a question, but...I've had to do all of that. Except usually on small enough budgets that I don't get to just ring up EMC for storage. I have to design and implement it myself. I've even build my own switches using Linux with realtime kernels and had to maintain every part of the stack from switches and NFV to storage to hypervisors to printers and endpoints.

And believe it or no, unlike most *nix worshipper, many MS users don't feel the need to justify their choice even against reason as it was a religion - if something deserve critics, they do, after all, it's just a technical choice, not a life one.

I feel I have to justify every single choice I make because everything costs money. If you can't justify it, why are you doing it?

Okay, so I've answered. Will the whingers please step up?

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Re: Sure, of course

"Wait, what? Of course, that makes complete sense! That's what Microsoft partners do all the time - they are critical of Microsoft."

have you actually worked with Microsoft Partners? They basically bitch about Microsoft 24/7. Especially lately, since Microsoft drove down non-Azure margins and drove up SPLA pricing.

But hey, don't let reality intrude on your religion.

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"I take it WINE is not a migration option for most of the Win32 applications?"

Wine's developers and community have spent their time working almost exclusively on end-user workloads. Desktop Linux stuff. Very - very - few server workloads are certified to run in Wine.

Also: how to you get stuff that's native to the Windows OS to "run in WINE"? Worse, there aren't like-for-like comparisons with the open source projects for all of them.

Consider SMB 3.0 with all of Microsoft's security features as an example. Samba isn't there yet - they certainly haven't added all the security integration in - so there is no direct like-for-like port. No autoscanning content to see if credit cards are being stored, no network access control integration, no integration with network egress defenses, etc.

You give up a fair amount of functionality if you move away from Microsoft's file system implementation. For my home network I might not care. My clients might have different needs on their own networks.

Even if you could, somehow, pull out the relevant bits from Microsoft's OS and run them in WINE...is that legal? Who provides support? How do you patch it?

A completely isolated server executable that could be run in WINE might be doable, but it's pretty rare these days. I've only found a handful that I could even get to function at all, and none that I'd consider viable to run in that state in perpetuity.

Patching and upgrades being the bitch: what happens if I get hit by a bus? Who can maintain that?

But most server executable aren't isolated. They rely on parts of Windows to work. (Many, for example, are increasingly taking advantage of the aforementioned security enhancements to Microsoft' file server stack.) Win32 applications get roots dug deep. The only way to change them over is usually to completely recode. In today's world that means making them into web applications. (Why recode for another OS just to get trapped there?)

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You mean like every environment I've ever built? Yup. +1 for that.

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Re: Sorry...

It is a mistake to *assume* that Windows->Windows upgrades are always less effort than migrating off Windows

Who is assuming? I've done this for ages. I know what's difficult and what's not. NT --> 2000 was a pig. 2000 --> 2003 was not. 2003 --> 2008 was a pig for a very few edge cases, but 2003 --> 2008 R2 was not. 2003 --> 2012 or 2003 --> 2012 R2 can be a pig for some edge cases, but in the overwhleming majority of cases it is not.

NT --> 2000 (or later) and we could have a reasonable discussion about NT --> Linux being easier for up to 25% of workloads. 2000 --> anything later and I'm sorry, but moving to Linux is highly, highly unlikely to be easier. To the point that the number of instances in which Windows --> Linux is easier than Windows --> Windows fits within the margins of error for any testing methodology you care to name.

Which, quite frankly, is perfectly rational if you know anything about the technologies involved and have actually had to administer them in the field. It is absolutely a safe assumption to make that Windows --> Windows will be easier than Windows --> Linux with a one month timeframe remaining on the clock, because the number of instances where Windows --> Linux is easier than Windows --> Windows is irrelevantly small to start with.

If you can't accept that simple fact then you don't belong in IT. You should be out founding religions.

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Re: Sorry...

However, TP probably should have mentioned in the original article that his company is a Microsoft partner, that he profits through that partnership by obtaining free licenses, that he has "made a living from Microsoft" for "decades".

I've also made a living off Linux for decades. And off of BSD. And Solaris/OpenSolaris. And OSX. And Android (which I don't really consider to be Linux).

I have 8x to 12x as much *NIX deployed as Microsoft today (depending on how you count my clients). I think my company might also be a VMware partner, we've got some sort of affiliation with RedHat (but I can't remember what, exactly) and I've signed up for partner programs with ?????? other companies as well.

Being a "Microsoft Partner" doesn't mean I "profit through that partnership". It's a bunch of bureaucratic piss I have to go through in order to get what I need to do done. Just like I have an account with a Canada-local distributor to buy parts when clients need them. I don't charge the clients more than the markup for shipping and time spent assembling things. That's zero profit. It's just doing what needs to be done.

I make my money on retainers. Clients pay me per month. I give them best effort. That includes singing up to whatever ludicrous bullshit is required to buy things on behalf of my clients. if, sometimes, we can get a small break on licenses or something, great! If not, who cares? it determines what I install when I am setting up my own stuff and nothing more.

Which companies I've signed partnership agreements with isn't relevant. It isn't relevant because I'm not your typical MSP or VAR. I don't make my living selling what I'm told to sell. I don't make my living climbing up the ranks of their partner programs to get that extra 3% discount. I make exactly 0% profit on every MS license sold. I make exactly 0% profit on every server sold. I make exactly 0% profit on everything I sell to every single one of my clients because there is absolutely no point in dumping thousands of man-hours every year into partner programs to claw back 3 or 4 measly points on something.

Put simply: partnerships don't matter to me because I don't sell in volume, so I can't make any money off those partnerships. If you don't understand that, then you simply don't understand enough to be commenting on any of this.

Now, for the record, I absolutely do list anything I feel might potentially be of interest in determining how beholden I am to vendors. You can find that information here. Which would have taken about 10 seconds of Googling.

What's even funnier amidst your accusations of shilling and demands for "transparency" is that I more or less quit systems administration in January. I'm no longer a full time sysadmin. I maintain a stable of a handful of clients to ensure i keep my skills fresh, (there are only about 25 at current, and only two that are on monthly retainer,) but I make my money writing content now.

I have no interest in seeing Microsoft succeed, or in seeing them fail. Win or lose it doesn't affect me in any way.

Now quit trying to drown people in the name of rooting out witches and go outside and socialize with other human beings.

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Re: Thank you Trevor for injecting some reality into the debate.

*shrug* I still have 12 Server 2003 --> 2008 Migrations to do this week. No big. Company has the 2008 licences siting around, and from experience, I'm 100% positive I can do each server in abou t 45 minutes.

Build parallel VM, install apps, migrate settings, change name on old VM to $name_old, change name on new VM to $name. Reboot, let DNS sort things out over night and Bob's your uncle.

Lots of Windows --> Windows migrations are just that easy.

All the Windows --> Linux stuff is done for this round. I think I've topped 250 servers this year.

I've done maaaaaybe 100 2003 --> 2012 R2 and another 20 2003 --> 2008. Over the past 5 years most 2003 upgrades have gone to CentOS for me, but most of that has been web servers or NFV.

Only a handful on Win32 apps ever made it to Linux. Win32 apps will persist for decades, I think, dragging Windows along, zombie-like for ages.

That's going to be a real pain when MS decides to go Midori. :/

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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Re: It's a conspiracy

Oh, yes. Sorry. I mean Microsoft PROBABLY isn't going to do that. So probably, in fact, that it bloody well certainly won't.

You are absolutely, completely and utterly delusional. Your brand tribalism is beyond hope of compensation. You are willing to trust a company - and not just any company, but Microsoft, who have done much to cause a loss of trust and nothing to earn it - with absolute faith. That's not only every single possible bad practice in risk management it's actually insane.

Yes, it is entirely possible that Microsoft will, in fact, force Windows 10 onto the world. Accidentally or otherwise. It may not be likely, but it is raw insanity to proclaim it as an impossibility.

Thus we have a possible event with a low probability but a potentially massive impact. The event can be guarded against with so minimal an input of time and resources as to be inconsequential. It is thus criminal negligence (in at least some jurisdictions) to ignore this possibility and do nothing to about it.

Whether I believe Microsoft will or won't do something is completely fucking irrelevant to the discussion. This discussion is about risk management practices in IT. Specifically it is about taking basic, pain-free steps to avoid possible calamity involving a vendor who is manifestly untrustworthy.

Personal opinions about a vendor should not enter into this at all. There is no room for them. It's a very simple risk management exercise.

As for why people feel the need to engage in risk management assessment and to be rather cynical about Microsoft's turstworthiness as part of those assessments, well...I'm going to leave you to ponder that on your own. Assuming you can overcome your brand tribalism enough to do it.

Oh, and next time you try to find some neat little cultural box to stuff me in so that you can malign me as part fof a group you have a religious hatred for, don't choose Linux. Presuming that I am somehow a Linux fanboy does nothing but demonstrate your overwhelming ignorance.

Cheers

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Re: It's a conspiracy

"Microsoft ISN'T going to install W10 on everyone's machine on D-day+1 as the Linux boys are suggesting. Jeez! Think what you're saying."

Microsoft most likely will not install W10 on everyone's machine on D-day +1. But you're a complete idiot if you rule out the possibility altogether. Not only that, D-day +1 is very limited.

Machines spontaneously installing Windows 10 on D-day +1 is probably a technical glitch. But the farther out we get from D-day+1 the more likely it is that some arrogant twunt will decide they know "what's best" and simply push it out as an auto update.

Now, that likelihood may be going from 0.0000000001% to 0.0000000002% with time (for etiher malice or incompetence,) but the possibility is emphatically not zero. There are examples in Microsoft's history of both malice and incompetence on the scale required to to something that egregious. Only a complete idiot would ignore the possibility.

Trust is earned. Microsoft have done nothing to earn it.

So you don't take the risk, no matter how small. You put the time and effort in to blocking the update as best you can. That way, if in the exceptionally unlikely event you are ever hauled in front of a judge to explain why you allowed something like this to occur (which caused license violations/citywide traffic jams/cats and dogs living together/whatever) you can say with absolute certainty you did everything you possibly could have to prevent it from occurring.

"I'm sorry, your honuor, but I trusted Microsoft not to screw up" won't fly.

If you cannot understand the above, please don't have anything more to do with computers, ever.

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Re: It's a conspiracy

"What you're saying is once a criminal, always a criminal, right?"

No, I'm saying "screw me over once, shame on you. Screw me over twice, shame on me."

"The reality is that although Microsoft might get it wrong sometimes, they don't actually set out to do that"

I do not believe this to be true.

"There isn't some meeting somewhere going "oooh! How can we screw things up on purpose now?""

Yes there are. Several someones. I knew a few of them. For example: there are people whose job it is to screw over service providers so that Azure uptake will increase. There are people whose job it is to screw over those selling software so that Azure uptake will increase. There are people whose job it is to screw over small organizations so that they go elsewhere and Microsoft doesn't have to support them. And there are those whose job it is to determine the exact maximum that Microsoft can get away with licensing in areas where Microsoft has effective monopolies so as not to trigger scrutiny.

Microsoft employs many people whose sole job it is to screw us all over.

"All large companies - even... the ones who handle Linux... shock, horror - make mistakes. Screw up. P*** people off."

And? Do you think I am hugely enamored of Red "fuck you, bitches systemd ahahhahahahahahah" Hat? Or Canonical's "Amazon will destroy your sense of privacy because you suck ahahahahahahaha" Ubuntu? You're pretty funny.

"The simple fact is that the things that go "wrong" seem to stir up the anti-MS brigade far more than the normal population"

Wrong. The simple fact is that most people are far too forgiving of Microsoft's mistakes but tend to get really pissed when Microsoft does something deliberately assholeish. They should really be crucifying Microsoft for both.

"even to the point of said brigade predicting things will go wrong even before they've happened"

That's not a "brigade". That's people able to learn from history.

"In fact, the anti-MS sentiment even anticipates things will go wrong before they've been thought of!"

And yet, Microsoft rarely proves the cynics wrong.

"And that's precisely my original point."

That you don't actually understand how social dynamics works? Or that you are a raging brand tribalist who can't understand why people don't love your brand daddy and care about things like value for dollar, not getting screwed over and not being herded into choices they don't want by an arrogant company that doesn't care about them, their privacy or the security of their data?

Learn from history. Take a bit more cynical view of the companies to which you've attached your sense of self worth and you might not be constantly surprised by the companies in question or the reaction of everyday people to how they're treated by those large corporations.

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Re: another solution

Why would I use Windows Enterprise? It costs way more than Pro and requires a subscription. The subscription gets me nothing of any benefit and the total cost delta is insane. XP gave us 14 good years. 7 will give us 11 great years. In what universe is there value in buying Windows Enterprise?

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Re: It's a conspiracy

Trust is earned, and Microsoft have done absolutely nothing to earn it.

In addition, real Windows administrators with actual experience in the field will remember many an instance of Windows downloading and installing updates despite both GPOs and local settings telling the damned thing not to. This causes all sorts of havoc when it reboots with a program running that doesn't autosave what it's doing, as so many older programs are prone to.

But sure, we're all crazy conspiracy theorists.

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

"licenses are payable to the government for £XX,XXXX.XX"

Not everyone uses a medallion system. In fact, globally, they're kind of rare. So no, in most jurisdictions it doesn't cost tens or hundreds of thousands to license a taxi. It costs you a commercial driver's license, commercial insurance and then you have to pay for inspections every X months at a licensed facility.

But hey, keep assuming that every single jurisdiction and every single economic influencer is the same everywhere. You'll go far that way.

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Re: It is all a bit of a mess @ Trevor

Hitchhiking is illegal because it presents a public danger. Too many idiots trying to hitch on crowded 110 kph motorways, city ring roads, or during rush hour in the middle of the city. It caused accidents which in turn caused a lot of loss of life.

In Alberta we aren't as strict as our neighbours in British Columbia. But Alberta is (mostly) prairie and BC is (mostly) mountains. The highways are 100 kph in most parts of BC and if some dumb twat is pulled over on some bend where there's no shoulder (or on on of the tunnels) then the semi that's 500m behind him just might not be able to stop in time and very well might slam into him. Killing the idiot pulled over and his intended passenger.

In Alberta we don't have as many blind spots, but we absolutely do have "near, at or beyond" capacity major highways. When I say highway understand that I am not talking about "oh, it's a jaunty 30 minutes from some bedroom community to London." I'm talking about "it's 4 hours from Edmonton to Calgary" or "it's 6 hours from Edmonton to Ft Mac." I know truckers and riggers (usually parents going home to see thier kids) that do the whole 13.5 hour haul from Ft Mac to Lethbridge in a day, stopping only in Edmonton and Calgary for gas and to take a piss. this isn't rare, this is our whole goddamned province.

In Alberta, half the drivers are half asleep. They're driving along these great big long stretches of road at 120kph in the slow lane and 140kph in the fast lane on hiways that are 110kph limit. With the exception of "provincial NIMBY day" every three months (which is announced in the papers ahead of time) the cops don't pull anyone over for speeding, they flick on their lights and barrel down the hiway at 160kph to get to the next donut shop.

If you pull over on the side of the road you are dead.

If you go the speed limit (or lower) in the slow lane you'll be run off the road.

If you go the speed limit (or lower) in the fast lane, you'll be run over.

if you have a car problem on the highway, you drive it into the ditch and call the tow truck. We've got nearly 100% cell coverage so you just don't take the risk. The ditches are gentle slope and that's where non-functional cars belong.

Saskatchewan is twice as bad again, because it's even farther between major settlements and it's longer and straighter and flatter.

The cities aren't much better. A family of four might have 5 cars and an RV. One for each adult and teenager, plus a "hauler" (old pickup or candy van) and the RV. Everyone drives everywhere. Edmonton is a city of about a million people with a metro area the same size as London. the city proper - which is about half the size of Greater London, geographically - is functionally bumper-to-bumper traffic at 40kph for 6 hours a day, and not bumper-to-bumper at 70kph the rest of the day.

You don't pull over on the side of the road without backing up traffic for kilometers, potentially getting a ticket and at least getting scalding hot coffee thrown at you by motorists pulling around you.

Now, if you want to pull in to a gas station or something and pick up folk there, nobody is going to hassle you. If you find a roadside turnout or a rest stop (the provinces build rest stops so that people who are so exhausted they are willing to admit they're too tired to drive can park and sleep in their car about every 100km or so) then hey, go ahead and pick up hitchhikers.

But the whole notion of "stick your thumb out on the side of the highway and catch a ride" really only applies on the lightly used rural highways or in the smaller, not crazy-busy-filled-with-angry-bees towns.

Suggestions like "why doesn't everyone just drive slower" are going to be met with derision and laughter. Our provinces are huge, and they are sparsely populated. Our cities are spectacularly low density. There is no such thing as "living without a vehicle" here unless you happen to be willing to confine yourself to one of the "major" cities for almost your whole life. Even then, expect to take at least 1hr to get anywhere, probably 2 or 3, depending on if your journey is all bus or if you can shave some off but taking the LRT.

People get impatient after 30 minutes. Try driving for 4, 6 or 13.5 hours where there is nothing to see. It's just farms and cows and farms and canola and farms and canola and some more cows. The mind wanders. You go loopy. Everyone drives faster than they should.

BC is prettier, but after a while all mountains look alike and the need to get to civilization just so you can pee takes over. Maybe you're a good and courteous driver. Maybe him and her and them all are. But they won't all be. They won't all be awake, or not needing to pee, or paying attention, or courteous or whatever.

So that's hitchhiking here. It's dangerous. Hell, driving period is dangerous. But we've designed our infrastructure and laws to mostly accept the realities of things rather than trying to force our massively diverse populations (a significant % of people in all three provinces weren't born in those provinces, etc) to come to heel.

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Re: It is all a bit of a mess

"It seems to me that Uber is basically a form of organised hitch-hiking "

Hitchhiking is illegal in many parts of the province in my province and both neighboring ones. So that still rules out Uber.

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Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

Bingo. Same here in Edmonton. Local council sets "maximum" rates (to which all cab companies align) and those rates must be displayed. This comes in the form of a sticker on the window. Cabs are calibrated regularly, inspected regularly, and all the drivers must have a commercial license and insurance. I believe - but am not 100% sure - that criminal records checks are enforced for cabbies too.

There is no medallion system here. Cab companies can field as many cabs as they want, but there is a limit to what's practicable. Anyone can start a cab company, but you'll be ruthlessly driven out of the market or bought by one of the big three if you try. (Though that was "the big two" 15 years ago...so entering the market is in fact possible.)

All the Taxi companies here have apps. In fact, the biggest one, which has several sub-"brands", has one for each brand. (Not ideal, I know.) They're all made by the same developer. *sigh*

Uber and Lyft are easier to use in that you can sit there and stare at your mobile and tap your feet and wait for the cab to arrive. But in every other way the local council-regulated taxies are better, sfare and more predictable.

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Nutanix vs VMware blog war descends into 'he said, she said' farce

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Re: It should be about ....

"understanding the workload and suggesting/doing some "real world" like tests is part of doing the job right"

Wrong. It should be part of doing the job "right", but IT isn't a profession. There is no professional association and anyone can practice IT without needing to be government by a body with an ethics board. Thus "right" becomes less about "should" and instead becomes "whatever pays the mortgage with the least amount of effort".

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Re: It should be about ....

The issue with "acceptable performance" is that it's hard to qualify with synthetics. You need to dupe actual workloads and then replay a day's worth of real world work on them. Personally, I like replay at 1.5x speed in order to allow for growth calculations, but that takes a lot of time and research beforehand to fully understand the workloads before testing.

I test with synthetics, but I find them almost meaningless. I far prefer to take the workloads I've babied every single day for the past 11 years and run them on $infrastucture. I know those workloads inside and out and i know how they respond to different types of kit. I can get a better feel for "good enough" or not using those workloads than any of the synthetics I run.

But that's me, and that's my workloads. Someone else is going to have a different mix. I think it's important we get as many different testers testing their real world mixes as possible so that we have a deep pool of knowledge available.

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Re: Nothing to Lose

"Advertise my services"? To whom, precisely? Maxta? Maxta have me on speed dial. SimpliVIty? They know where to find me if they want me. Same for pretty much anyone else. I don't have to advertise. There aren't a lot of people writing technical content and there seems to be an unlimited demand for it.

If you think that my offering to settle the performance dispute for free is somehow "advertising" you're quite frankly insane. Do you have any idea - and idea at all - what it takes to do a full review on a hyperconverged solution? That's weeks of work, and VMware versus Nutanix is at least two units.

Maybe - maybe - I sell enough articles to make up my time, but not likely. And, to be entirely blunt about it, I could make a hell of a lot more money by basically rolling my face around on the keyboard and "writing what I know" instead of spending the time doing hard research.

Helping wingus and dingus grow up and stop cluttering everyone's twitter and news feeds doesn't really pay dividends except possibly as a portfolio item to say "here, look, I did this". But I have a Tintri review cooking, a SimpliVity one yet to write, I have a Scale versus Nodeweaver danceoff that's waiting and $diety knows what else. I have enough reviews that I could write until December and not need to look for more stuff to do.

That said, I want to see the end to this. Spy versus spy here is embarrassing, and it's clouding the issues. I end up taking a dozen calls a week now from people looking for the straight dirt on hyperconverged solutions, and half of them are trying to cut through the VMware versus Nutanix noise. Settling even one part of this loony tunes bullshit factory would earn me precious, precious hours of sleep.

As for the rest...

I don't know that Maxta have anything to lose by by open. You're probably correct in that Kiran and his lot are in a better position by being open than closed. But I can't agree with you on SimpliVity, or really, any of the others.

SimpliVity isn't the fastest of the lot. Full stop. They are the most consistent - that would be the accelerator card doing it's job - but they aren't the fastest. This is because Simplivity lays its blocks down on a RAID of magnetics and doesn't really cache to SSD quite as effectively as they should.

SimpliVity is absolutely open about this. They have no problems letting me - or anyone else - review the toys and publish the real world results. That buys them no real hoo-rah points except showing customers that they are honest and honourable. Which actually does count for a lot with some people.

Scale Computing? Scale doesn't even have flash! They certainly don't see benefit from letting me test their stuff. Yet Scale sent me some nodes, as well as to numerous other "thought leaders" and we've all had a right good go at them. We broadly agree on the pros and cons and so a picture of just what Scale is like from top to bottom has emerged.

That picture is not one that says Scale is the fastest, or the best priced, or the, well...best anything really. (Except possibly best support.) Scale has very specific tradeoffs and it seems rather a lot of companies are perfectly willing to accept those...and they're happy knowing right up front what the tradeoffs are.

On and on. Yottabyte, Nodeweaver, Tintri, Tegile, Nexenta, you name a storage company and - with a few childish exceptions - they're all open, helpful and friendly. Seems they understand that trust is hard to earn and easy to lose.

So here's an idea, mate: why don't you climb down off your high horse and learn a thing or two? The world is quite obviously far more complex than you imagine. Not to mention your terrible reading comprehension.

When you can conceive that people's motivations in the world extend beyond advertising and marketing and thwarting one's rivals maybe you'll be ready to play with adults. Maybe you'll even be person enough to use your real name, instead of lobbing accusations from behind the veil of an anonymous coward.

Until then, kindly get bent.

Thank you.

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Kiran: I totally agree. Maxta, Scale Computing and SimpliVity have been entirely open and helpful hyperconverged companies. You've all been upfront about things and, in my opinion, earned your customers' trust.

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What really chaps my ASCII about this is that the whole "just get things tested" has been brought up over and over and over and over. I have personally told Chuck Hollis and multiple people at Nutanix that I'm 100% ready and willing to do the testing for free if they'll just get the gear in front of me, and they'll relax their ridiculous "you can't publish your results" bullshit.

I've told both parties "hey guys, I'm willing to work with you to ensure that the configurations are identical, down to the firmware revisions of each component and each configuration". I've offered to work with both sides to ensure that testing regimens meet their standards and that they can see the results before I publish.

I have also told them that I will include both my own standard suite of "real world" tests - actual VMs replaying mixed workloads ranging from e-mail to database work to financials packages to VDI, all on one cluster - and I would even put the units in actual production environments for a few weeks to get a more "beyond the numbers" feel.

Beyond some initial talks that were a "well, maybe that could be a good idea, I suppose" both sides have largely gone dark on the topic of independent testing. But oh, the hatorade-fueled blog wars continue. It makes me ill. We - professionals of all stripes in this industry - should be better than this. We should be working to educated customers and better the experience for everyone. Not slinging FUD and muddying the waters.

So I'll say it again, Nutanix and VMware: put up or shut up. This childish back and forth has you both losing credibility by the day.

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"El Reg readers will know what an ISO file is, but the average member of the public will not."

Windows Insiders should.

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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

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I betaed Windows 10 and all I got was an arrow to the knee.

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"Smaller footprint than its predecessors"

About time.

"faster start-up and shutdown"

Who cares? Everyone has SSDs, and we only reboot once a month when updates force us to.

"enhanced security:

Only if application developers take advantage of it. In the meantime, Microsoft is making us all give up privacy in order to get this possible security.

"allows you to run Universal apps"

This is not a positive thing.

"and brings you into the 21st Century."

Funny, I've many an operating system that is 21st Century-enabled. Why is this Microsoft's first?

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VMware, Microsoft in virtualised Exchange blog battle

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Re: Shark jumped

" the .NET framework (which underpins much of Exchange nowadays) allocates memory and CPU threads ineffectively"

Which is a fucking joke. Especially considering the hardware that's available today.

"But hey, the software's architects, the support teams who troubleshoot this stuff day in and day out, and the guys who have deployed that system for multiple millions of users - they don't know what they're talking about. But some VMware guy - I guess he must be an _expert_."

Yeah, you know, "some VMware guy" very well might be the expert here. Microsoft and it's developers and systems administrators don't need to care about money, or efficiency. They don't pay for the software licenses and they don't seem to give a bent damn about making the most use out of the hardware or datacenter space.

Put simply: Microsoft's priorities are clearly not the same priorities as actual businesses. So yes, I don't believe Microsoft are the experts here.

Here's an idea: cut Microsoft in half. Azure Public Cloud to be it's own thing, and "them who sell software" to be another. Now let's give it a year and see what the Azure teams have to say about the software after they start having to pay for it, and they start having to sustain and grow only on the backs of their own profits.

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"When having "only" 24 processors and 96 Gb of RAM is an "itsy bitsy"

Expanding from www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/27/supermicro_twin_server_review/

I can cram 18 cores per socket by two sockets by two threads for a total of 72 threads with 1TB per node. That's all in 1U, or 2 in 2U, 4 in 4U, etc. (I haven't seen any of the 1/2U units do 1TB RAM quite yet.)

24 threads and 96GB of RAM is a joke. A joke. Especially with NVMe SSDs out and I/O able to meet pretty much any demand you can throw at it.

I'm not enough of an exchange admin to weigh in on the VMware versus Microsoft view here, but I will say that on this one thing - limiting exchange to such low core/RAM counts - Microsoft doesn't serve it's customers well. Even cheap-o Supermicro systems can spank those specs today, so there wasn't a heck of a lot of future proofing built in to Exchange 2013.

Which may be what Microsoft wanted. Who knows?

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With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand

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Hitler disliked the clergy, not the religion. He sought to reduce the influence of organised religions on society so that he could increase the power of the state. Things get muddled beyond that.

There are plenty of historical revisionists who try to paint Hitler as rabidly anti-christian, but precious little proof. They take his desire to see the christian influence on state matters broken as some sort of evidence that he was planning a purge. But Hitler was above all pragmatic. He didn't seem to care overmuch what people believed so long as they obeyed.

More interestingly, Hitler made constant references to "the almighty" and "the creator". So much so that a great many scholars feel that they went beyond mere pandering to the masses and that he, himself actually believed in a deity. This is typically believed to be the god of Abraham as his mother was Christian and he never seemed to talk about deities plural, only singular.

As for the rest, why people kill absolutely matters. It's what allows us to learn from the atrocities and prevent them in the future. There were no major killings in the past 125 years that can be attributed to killings in the name of atheism. Atheists do not kill others in order to eliminate religious beliefs.

But oh, the hundreds of millions that have been killed in the past 125 years in the name of religion, ethnic hatred or other forms of bigotry and intolerance! Funny how you'd have everyone simply ignore that so you can preach your own bigotry and intolerance.

And yes, atheists are soulless. So are you, by the way. Because souls don't exist. Being soulless, however, is not cognate with being immoral. This can be proven quite simply: there is no god (or gods) so all morality is godless. Whether you are taught your morality through the institution of a church or you come to your morality through some other means, no deity has any part in it because deities do not exist. Cut and dried.

The result of that, of course, is that we must accept that some people are pretty horrible, regardless of their upbringing. Atheist, christian, buddhist, shinto, worshiper of the almighty Kermit the Frog, it doesn't matter. Some people are genetically beyond redemption. Others are genetically on the fence and environmentally sent down the wrong path, and some are perfectly normal then broken by events and ultimately end up beyond hope.

So are there atheists who have done bad things? Sure! But they tend to do those bad things in the name of power or politics. Without a deity to hide behind the part where they're fucking loony tunes and evil as a bag of rancid wiener juice is pretty obvious from the beginning.

But theists are another story. For thousands of years they have bamboozled empire after empire into giving them special dispensation. They swindle and hoodwink billions into belief in something that doesn't exist. Hell, they can't even agree amongst themselves what does and doesn't exist. It's all lies upon bullshit upon scams from top to bottom.

So when one emerges from amidst the theocratic cesspool of irrationality and starts agitating for extra special layers of hatred and bigotry it's pretty hard to separate them from the rest, at least initially. And once you know for sure that you've got bona-fide fucksticks running about, they hide behind the "religious tolerance" laws and cause untold pain and suffering without anyone who is allowed to stop them.

Sometimes it's just harassment and bigoted trolling like Westboro Baptist Church. More often it's really fucked up beyond all accounting shit like Scientology. But every now and again you get an Inquisition or Crusade or Jihad. Then you have Chechnya or Sudan or the entire middle east forever and ever amen.

Religion is nothing but bigotry and hatred protected by law. It's about having everyone obey an unelected set of leaders who tell everyone what to think, believe and do and socially excluding, shunning, excommunicating or even killing those who refuse to bend their will to the crazy trying to use figments of everyone's imagination to obtain power over the masses.

There are lots of shitty reasons people to shitty things to eachother. Almost all of them are about someone's desire for power over others, and the milled masses being too afraid to say "no". But it is damned rare that someone kills is the name of atheism while killing in the name of theism happens all day, every single fucking day.

Religion is a problem. Perhaps the biggest problem humanity has ever faced. We need to grow out of this infancy, and quickly.

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Hitler was a Christian. To my knowledge none of those individuals killed people for being religious. Oh, they committed terrible crimes, but not in the name of "atheism".

The crimes that have been committed in the name of theism, however, are insane. And that's just in the bast year or so. If you want to tally one notch against the other for the past 125 some odd years, I think you'll struggle to find a handful of notches for the "killed in the name of atheism" stick and you'll run out of sticks upon which to notch the "killed in the name of theism".

Next to theism racial/ethnic intolerance is probably the biggest single reason for humans to murder eachoether. After that would be economic strife.

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‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

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Re: @Destroy All Monsters

It's also worth pointing out that the French resistance refined the concept of a resistance movement into a fine science. Their concept of breaking into individual cells, where no one member can reveal more than one other cell worked well. They took what others had done, tweaked it and reworked it and came out with a resistance movement that was highly effective and crucial to winning the war.

Perhaps more to the point, French civilians - including women, who were not considered combat-ready individuals during WWII - fought and died in the resistance. The French government surrendered to save it's people, but the French people fought for their homes and and repeatedly risked everything to help all of Europe.

Add in groups like the Maquis and I think you'll find the French weren't faint of heart during the war.

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The blessing and the curse of Big Data

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Re: "Data" versus "Big Data"

I accept that to you, personally the narrow definition you've espoused is what you, personally consider Big Data. That said, there are thousands of fairly influential people in our industry who disagree with you.

You are essentially arguing semantics about a marketing term that was long ago coopted. It's like trying to say "cloud" means "X and exactly X". That's bunkum. Cloud - like Big Data, Software Defined Storage or any number of other marketing terms - means essentially nothing. Like it or not, "Big Data" has become a catch all term that encompasses everything from analytic to automation to novel data mining.

I recognize that you have an emotional attachment to a specific definition of Big Data which has, as you put it, "captured your imagination". But I must humbly submit that what you are talking about isn't Big Data. It is data science.

Data science is a discipline related to but not limited to some aspects of Big Data. Similarly, not all things which fall under the moniker Big Data are relevant to data science. The buzzwords have evolved. The marketing people took over Big Data ages ago.

And no, you can't fight it. You can't be a definition hipster. You can't single handedly change what everyone is going to mean when they use a term. The tide of marketing in tech is simply too powerful. It will defeat your preferred definition of Big Data as surely as it defeated me with cloud.

So use a new term. Until that one gets coopted. Then choose a new term. And another. And another, and another, and another.

Welcome to the terminology rat race. Life sucks and then some fish eat you.

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"Data" versus "Big Data"

The difference between "data" and "Big Data" is not cut and dried. Most agree it's a matter of scale, but where the line begins and ends varies wildly. This is, I think, a key point.

What seems like merely "data" to one organization that is good at systems integration can seem like "Big Data" to another. And a Big Data dataset, once tamed and understood and become "data" within a single refresh cycle. (Especially if you can bring GPUs and NVMe SSDs to bear on the problem!)

The issues that plague Big Data are identical to the issues that plague traditional systems integration and "data": you need to know what you want from your data before you go forth and create systems to achieve it. Merely collecting all data points under the sun is worthless. You need a goal in mind. You do not simply store bits and bytes on hadoop and *poof*, your company is magically saving money.

Information captured without purpose provides no benefit. Regardless of the size or scale of the data in question, and the purpose of that data is just as often automation as analytics. Indeed, anyone who thinks Big Data stops at providing the raw resource for human-readable analytics has failed to learn from history! Once we've managed to turn large quantities of unstructured data into something a human can understand from an anayltics standpoint we can then start acting on that information in an automated fashion.

Big Data inevitably becomes "just data". No matter the size of the dataset, it inevitably drives automation.

Now, I'm happy to argue the point with anyone willing to put forth an exacting definition of the difference between "data" and "Big Data" that doesn't rely on the underlying technologies used. (Just because you use Hadoop doesn't mean it's Big Data, etc.) And that definition should be one you're willing to put your real names to, and one most practitioners in the field would get behind. Oh, and make the definition one that will forever separate Big Data from data...even as the march of technology moves on and terabyte or even petabyte datasets become commonplace and easy to plow through.

Lacking such a concrete definition I'm going back to my original one: the difference between "data" and "Big Data" is in the eye of the beholder, and the questions about how to use both categories of data to benefit a business are usually the same.

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The Great Windows Server 2003 migration: Where do we go from here?

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You are going to let your companies run without security updates for a year? Good luck!

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Re: Interesting article Trevor

I don't personally believe the mobile division will be annihilated entirely, but it will be restructured and made to come to heel.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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Re: I'm gonna get flamed for this...

"Regarding tweeking the thinkpad ... no. Not unless they sorted out that FN+CTRL mess. There was an unofficial BIOS for the thinkpad to swap them, "

This is an OFFICIAL feature of all modern Thinkpad BIOSes for several years now.

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Re: @Gritzwally Philbin, re Thinkpads.

Ah the nipple mouse. I always disable the trackpad on my Thinkpads. Nipple mouse is the only way to go.

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"Since you are all so keen on the ThinkPad, what is the biggest appeal?"

Standard layout keyboards. Sometimes they swap the Ctrl and FN keys (bastards!) but they put an option in the BIOS to swap them.

Understand me here: standard layout keyboards. All the buttons. Delete and backspace. Page up, Page down and so forth! No goddamned "macro" keys on the left side. No stupid "clever" rearrangements of things that make going from your M.C. Escher notebood of fuckwittery to a real desktop a mental gear change that requires hours of retwigging your muscle memory.

Standard. Layout. Keyboards.

Also: the part where I can get both an extended life battery AND a battery that clamps on the bottom and uses the expansion port is fucking amazing. I have a 13" notebook that is perfectly portable, weight-wise, and gives me 22 hours of compute off battery.

Oh, and the power plugs are a decent size, and they are properly soldered to the keyboard so that they take abuse. The notebooks aren't designed to disintegrate in 1 year.

If Lenovo would make the things out of something other than horrifically shittastic plastic that shatters at the slightest provocation, they'd be perfect.

An Aluminimum Thinkpad would be amazing. World-endingly, the-end-is-night class holy WTF amazing.

But yeah, thems the reasons.

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I use the Thinkpad light to read papers in the dark and the lit up keyboard on my Thinkpad to see the keys in the dark. Proper Thinkpads have both. HURRAY!

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Re: Monty....

"Its like owning a mechanical watch. Sure I have a phone that syncs to a time source so its accurate enough, but to think about what it takes to design and build a watch with 500 moving parts and fits on your wrist? Now that's a combination of art and function that I can appreciate.

Is there something wrong in striving to do the best you can do or have we become a society of where 'good enough' is the best we can do?"

The best timekeeping device would be the digital one that regularly synchronizes to the NTP pool, possibly with a backup to plug time from GPS signals. The mechanical timekeeping device, while nostalgic, is not better in any way.

You are confusing "better" with "requires more effort". Very protestant of you.

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Beyond the Grave: US Navy pays peanuts for Windows XP support

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Re: "in the context of"

Get an XP boxed retail license off ebay.

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