Feeds

* Posts by Trevor_Pott

4722 posts • joined 31 May 2010

How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: OPE vs FOPE . . .

The Office 365 advisor program and I are having a disagreement. Specifically, I've been fighting with MS for the past five days to even make my bloody partner page work. MPN and O365 both hate me. I hate them right back in turn.

Office 365 is something I'll revisit when they A) beef up the reporting to levels that aren't complete ass. [Insert 8-page reporting rant here]. and B) Make the fucking thing work. When Microsoft can achieve Google Apps levels of uptime, we'll talk again.

As for SPLA; fuck SPLA. I refuse to host Exchange in my cloud. The hosted e-mail I offer my clients is Qmail, Postfix or Zimbra, front-ended by Barracuda and/or Netgear UTM. OPE can be got by the customer for their own site...but it's more expensive than competing solutions and not as good.

0
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: What's with the Google fascination?

Oh, I just really, really hate exchange. E-mail in general, but exchange in particular. Loathe it with the burning passion of 10,000 suns. Most of my clients you Google Apps, Zimbra or a hosted exchange solution (that I don't have to manage, hee hee!)

If there's e-mail to manage I just want it to be a nice IMAP server. Postfix + Dovecot on virtualmin works like a hot damn. Or Qmail. For the love of $deity, why can't I just use Qmail? But no; exchange! Exchange, destroyer of souls. Exchange, the eraser of sanity. Exchange the requirer of resources 80x that of any other MTA.

And the cloudy alternatives? Well there are Linux-based IMAP mails...but I could run those in house, if allowed, with no real problems. There Google Apps with Just Works and works better than any hosted e-mail solution I've ever used. And then there's Office 365, which is the only solution I've used that makes me piss away more hours solving pointless problems (or waiting for Microsoft to do so) than Exchange itself.

Maybe I wouldn't have Office 365 so much if it weren't for the 48-hour lag on support calls, followed by 32 hours to resolve issues, but this is what it is. And when it's a "client down" scenario, 3+ days to get them back online isn't okay.

So yeah, Google Apps, when possible. Because it just works. If you read these pages, you know I'm not a big public cloud fan...but I trust Google to keep the e-mail working. Because they have a hell of a track record of doing so.

The solution, to my mind, is "have a critical service be bulletproof." I cannot offer that running on 10-year-old hardware using overly complicated MTAs with no funding for proper spam and antivirus scanning software. I am not convinced that Office 365 can offer it either. The only things I trust are Qmail, Zimbra and Postfix (which the client is allergic to) and Google Apps (which at least has something sort of like public folders, though you have to use a web UI to access them.)

Hence the desire to convince them that's the way to go.

When someone says "do this" and you aren't sure you can, the bigger mistake, I think, is spending your life just saying "yes". I've started to say "no", and this is a source of a lot of tension and conflict. "No, I can't do that" or "I don't think that will work." A decade ago I would fucking make it work...but a decade ago I only needed 2 hours a night of sleep...and I was only responsible for about 12 applications.

Now I am responsible for hundreds of applications, and I'm getting old. I need 8 hours of sleep or I am worthless the next morning. That young punk who could solve any technological problem using spit and bailing wire and sheer force of will is dead and buried. I used to know all there was to know within my sphere...but IT now encompasses a hell of a lot more than it did then. I could spend my entire day just trying to keep track of which companies exist in our industry, let alone what they do and how to implement their technologies.

So the scope of the project is beyond just software needs or desires for one vendor or feature. Who is going to look after this stuff? Especially once I'm no longer there to keep it ticking along? How will it all interact with everything else, and should it even interact with anything else?

The more I ask these questions, the more I want to pull core services off the local network. Some things need to be in house. But e-mail doesn't. There's already too much there for one person to handle; I'd prefer to pull everything that doesn't need be on-prem off, just so that it's feasible that one person with next-to-no budget can keep that place going for another decade.

Even if that means feeding the advertising behemoth of Mountain View.

1
2
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: DailyWTF?

You know, I find this whole "never go live on a Friday" thing idiotic. I went live for a brief period of testing on a Friday. Someone found the error I missed on a Sunday. It was fixed before Monday. Staff came to work with a weekend of low-volume traffic where they had to check through the junk-email folder for (on average) about 15 e-mails to see if they were false positives. Not the end of the fucking worked.

If I had run that thing at 8am Monday morning, it would have taken about 4 hours for someone to notice that something was up. In that time an average of about 100 e-mails would have hit each person's box that they needed to check through.

And I'd rather work a weekend than have 50 people screeching at me demanding to know when the fix will be in, "How could I possibly have let this happen" and telling me how shit I am because I can't design a network that's more reliable than Google while being more accurate than Microsoft and more capable than Amazon, all for free.

Buncha great choices there.

2
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: DailyWTF?

1) My spam servers worked just fine for years.

2) Putting things live during the day risks outages during working hours which has been emphatically affirmed to be an absolute no-no. There isn't much choice.

3) Exim? Really? I'm a bit of a QMail fan myself, though I have to admit that Postfix has come a long way. Honestly though, I've been working more and more with Zimbra and liking it.

I loathe exchange with the burning passion of 10,000 suns.

1
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: Hosted AS?

@Vic; I'm on the long path to getting rid of a decade's worth of bandaids and nudging the client along towards a proper (though significantly more expensive/year) IT setup ahead of leaving. It's a long fight.

1
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

@Sampler

Oh, I tried that argument. I believe the response was "so we can take the cost of the hosted AS out of your salary?"

0
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: Quote to long to put int title

I'm not in the UK/EU. I'm in Canada. And for this class of customer you cheerily can put them in Google Apps without consequence.

1
1
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

You get an exchange licence and 10 free CALs with your Action Pack. That's about $400/year. When you already have to have a virtual infrastructure to deal with all the other stuff you do....yeah, it's cheaper.

Internal IT doesn't exist just to support one app.

0
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: actually..

I did. I fed it simulated data for days. Of course, the one thing I hadn't thought of was that the X-SPAM-HEADER info would be a problem, so the simulated data all had X-SPAM-HEADER data of either "yes" or "no".

0
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

@peteur

I try to discourage people working late, or on weekends. I have few enough maintenance windows as it is. If you work during off hours, well, I have no sympathy. There isn't a 24/7 global team of nerds to implement changes and patch things. So we have to sleep some time. If I have to be up for the 9-5 grind, then I'm not waiting until 3am to patch.

Besides, some folks start getting in a 4am...

3
3
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: Friday ...

For a full "this is live and will stay that way", I agree. For a pre-permenant, data-gathering exercise that needs to run on live...this I prefer on the Friday EOB. Remeber, the goal here was not a permenant run, just a very brief test on live with just enough traffic to find bugs.

Found one.

1
3
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: Speaking of language........

>_>

<_<

:(

//sads

2
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: Hosted AS?

Hosted AS is ultimately where I want to go. The history is as follows:

1) Until recently, hosted AS was along the lines of "a few dollars per user per month" not "a few dollars per user per year." Which is more than the client would pay.

2) Until recently, relatively simple in-house open source AS systems worked just fine.

3) Having used the simple open source AS systems for so long transitioning away from them takes time. The existing system, for example, injects [SPAM ASSASSIN DETECTED SPAM] into the subject, rather than adding X-SPAM-STATUS

My goal is to get them using an in-house AS system that uses X-SPAM-STATUS for the rest of the year and then have them transition to a hosted AS system at the end of the year. This will be possible because both the system I'm trying to deploy for the in-house option and virtually all hosted AS systems use X-SPAM-STATUS.

Now, getting them to accept hosted AS will require getting them accept paying a subscription for an AS service when they're used to using free in-house stuff AND getting them to overcome their innate paranoia regarding having their e-mail hit servers in the states. I honestly don't know if I can "sell" that...and I'm pretty sure I don't care enough to try.

What I can do is get them migrated to a solution that uses X-SPAM-STATUS instead of subject injection which will make the transition to a proper hosted AS a heckofalot easier in that mythical future when the decide to just pay the tithe like everyone else.

That's the goal, anyways...

4
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: Friday ...

Do it on a weekday and they'll have your hide if anything goes wrong. Do it on a weekend and there's not enough traffic to make it go 'ping'. Do it on a Friday, right after EOB and you have a few good hours of decent incoming traffic flow, a handful of folks who work late and are used to minor changes and an entire weekend to fix things if you bork them really badly.

5
4
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: actually..

I watched it for about two hours. Nothing bizarre jumped out at me. I figured if something was going to go splonk, it would do so in a two hour timeframe. Guess I was wrong.

4
2

Brunner does a runner: Beats designer must hand the brand to Apple

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: "Cool things are the things that don't even know they are cool."

I think the precise set of clothing and accoutrements changes with time, but the general rule is "desperately attempting not to look mainstream by dressing exactly like everyone else who is desperately attempting not to look mainstream." At least, if you are attempting to judge based solely on appearance. Which is somewhat valid in this case...

0
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: "Cool things are the things that don't even know they are cool."

Run-of-the-mill twats I can cope with. Hipsters need to be liquified into series of short-chain polymers.

0
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: "Cool things are the things that don't even know they are cool."

No true scotsman is all about someone trying to exclude others from their group by progressively narrowing the definition of the group until it includes people just like them.

I, on the other hand, and very specifically defining a single classification of attitudes and behaviors which I believe are deserving of being loaded into a cannon and fired into the sun.

I am not attempting to draw a narrow circle around people "like me" and excluding everyone else. I am drawing a circle around a small population and saying "the rest of humanity is good, but these fuckers can go to hell."

The no true Sctosman bit is about creating a clique. I'm on about discrimination against and identifiable group, where the group I've identified as needing to be discriminated is "entitled douche canoes."

Now, we could argue that I've chosen the wrong word for the group in question. In my experience, those who self-identify as "Hipster", or are most often identified by others as "Hipster" meet the qualifications for deserving to be trapped in a bubble at the bottom of the ocean with Barney playing on infinite repeat. But perhaps there is a fellow out there who self-identifies as Hipster that isn't part of that group. Okay. I've no problem with that. I think he's probably using the wrong term to describe himself, but that's no skin off my nose.

Unlike "No True Scotsman", I am stating my definition of the group which needs to be trapped in a glacier for all time, and don't actually care at all about the term used to describe them, whereas in "No True Scotsman" the focus is on keeping the term but progressively excluding those who don't fit exactly.

You can replace "Hipsters" in the above comments with "calamari-worshiping jelly fanatics" for all I care. So long as we're clear about who needs to be compressed into a singularity, then the term used to describe them is not relevant.

Cheers.

0
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: "Cool things are the things that don't even know they are cool."

Is the lady a hipster? Because she can go the special hell too. The one reserved for people who pollute their coffee with cream and the blackguards who talk at the theater.

1
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: "Cool things are the things that don't even know they are cool."

No, a hipster is not "anyone" who is not awesome. There are plenty of non-awesome people who aren't hipsters. Hipsters are people obsessed with coolness and appearance while desperately putting obscene amounts of time and effort into appearing not to be obsessed with coolness and appearance.

Hipsters don't do. They whinge. Hipsters can only make themselves feel better by putting others down. Hipsters are perpetually at the bottom of the hierarchy, looking angrily and covetously upwards without the willingness or desire to actually do anything to better their station. Hipsters believe the world owes them a lot more than it does while simultaneously believing they owe the world - and everyone else in it - nothing.

Put simply, hipsters are scum. And all the whining in the world won't change the fact that to get ahead in the world you need to not only actually work for a living, but develop some fucking charisma and perhaps - just perhaps - enough empathy to relate to other human beings.

May their reign last hours, and their deaths years.

3
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

"Cool things are the things that don't even know they are cool."

I think I speak for most people when I say "I hope hipsters all get cholera and shit themselves to death." Cool just is, bub. There are plenty of people/things that try damned hard to be cool and, as a result, are.

Hipsters, on the other hand, are a plague upon the Earth. There is more to the world than being into things before they become mainstream or putting measurable effort into shunning anything and anyone that has a hint of being popular, or wanting to be.

Now, get the hell out of here because the entire cast of "The Expendables" trips out of here with a goddamned armoury and turns you into a pile of dust reminiscent of crusted saltines.

3
0

Linux users at risk as ANOTHER critical GnuTLS bug found

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: Open source was supposed to be secure

That would solve rather a lot of problems in short order...

2
0

Samsung, with this new 3D NAND SSD, you're really spoiling us ... or perhaps a rival?

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

"satisfied your need demonstrate how much better you are"

You really don't get it, do you? My faith in our species remains shattered.

0
1
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

"The fact that a euphemism has been in place for ages doesn't mean I can't criticise its use does it?"

Rewritten

"Ain't ain't a word because it ain't in the dictionary."

Yes it fucking is. PULL! *Shotgun blast*

1
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

Egads you people. You do realize that I can rip off a 500 word "rant" like the above in less than two minutes, no? It isn't exactly a burden requiring much though or a huge emotional input. Use some big words and a little bit of florid prose and it's a "meltdown". If I wave my hands and make the bunny disappear is it magic, too?

And you wonder why linguistic repression makes me grumpy.

1
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

Because you're bitching about a common euphemism on a site infamous for it's euphemisms. I hold your gripe in even less regard than the dandies who trip in here bitching and moaning about use of the word "boffin".

At least I can excuse the odd nublet for not grokking the local lingo, but for $deity's sake man, "spinning rust" is a decade+ old, and used throughout the industry. It's not a Registerism. It's not a Trevorism. Yet you come in here and accuse me of "trying to look smart" through it's use.

The fuck, what?

That pisses me off. Why? Because I have to control my vocabulary in order to write here, or just about anywhere else. I hate doing it, but normals just don't have a vocabulary of more than about 20,000 words. 20,000 words! That's like chiseling the future on a fucking stone tablet using a quantum singularity as a source of granularity. It's restrictive and irksome.

The last time I ran the tests it was estimated that I probably had a vocabulary of around 50K words. That didn't include a lifetime's worth of popular culture references or a dedicated study of memetics. I post that Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra demonstrates that memological phrases should be counted as "words" in a vocabulary as they convey an atomic sense of meaning.

So we go back to "spinning rust." I absolutely don't use it to "sound smart". Quite the opposite, I use it because it conveys a bit of industry humour, along with a sense of contempt as well as a relegation of the technology to the past. It does the job in a very Darmok and Jalad fashion that should be accessible to every practicing member of our industry. It is an expression whose use is so broad that it shouldn't give me the kinds of issues I have when attempting to freely communicate using a wider knowledge base.

Do you have any idea how frustrating it is to only have two, maybe three people in the entire world that you know you can talk to without restraint and be perfectly confident that they'll understand you? To have to constantly ask yourself "will they even understand that word, or that reference?"

I bloody well expect you to get "spinning rust". I also expect that you'll understand the industry culture behind it. I expect it because you're here. You read this magazine. Because you're supposed to be that little bit better than normals, damn it, and I should be able to loosen the vocabulary restrictions by just that tiniest of fractional quanta.

I have to work all day with my brain not allowed to actually run free. So you're damned right if I take offense to someone telling my I'm trying to "sound smart" by using what amounts to a pedestrian industry-specific colloquialism! Am I "dressing up" by wearing a pair of clean blue jeans, by chance? Or having a fancy dinner because I marinated the steak for a few hours before cooking it?

I want to wear a monacle and a $5K custom suit while riding a horse on a boat, damn it! To tell me I'm putting on airs because I wore a polo shirt to the hockey game just makes me want to stuff you into a coil gun and fire you into Sol!

So yes. Ferro-magnetic princess. Wear it. It's yours now.

8
2
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: As a 1TB flash drive .... @Pott

You don't understand, the issue is not "that there were bugs." I don't care about bugs. I care about how you handle bugs. I.E. that you man up, admit them publicly and deploy the fix openly.

Most SSD - and HDD - vendors just list the firmware on the site. You can download it, and rotate the disks through your internal lab, applying the new firmware and then back into service. It's abotu as much work as filling out RMA paperwork, but you get the drive back into service ASAP.

WD, otoh, never admitted the bug. They just denied and denied and denied. They demanded RMAs for any drive "affected by the issue that doesn't exist", and legally pursued people who had posted the firmware online so that those of us with affected disks didn't have to dick around with the horrific RMA process to get a fix.

That's not quite OCZ levels of fail, but it is really, really bad.

Now, it doesn't put me off WD altogether, but it absolutely does make me steer clear of the raptor division, and of their enterprise disks. I'd rather work with HGST or Seagate, simply because I don't get this kind of dicking around from their enterprise teams.

Every bit of software has bugs; how you handle them is the bit that matters.

3
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

Aye, that's where it started, but it was ported to hard disks about 10 years ago and has been used there ever since. Originally, it was used lovingly (a-la "rust never sleeps",) but as newer alternatives come around, "rust" took on a far more negative connotation in the industry.

Now it's 2014 and I want rust in my racks about as much as I want rust on my car.

0
1
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

Seriously, mate...how long have you been reading The Register? This is not only a common euphemism for magnetic platter storage throughout the industry, it fits perfectly with the tongue-in-cheek nature of the publication.

To put it more bluntly: it's called "spinning rust" because it both evokes thoughts a spinning metal disk (which hard drives are) while also evoking thoughts of "old and horribly outdated"...which hard drives also are. If you have a personal attraction to spinning rust drives, I feel sorry for you.

But shite they are, and shite they'll remain...and "spinning rust" they shall be called, throughout the entirety of the IT domain.

Suck it up, ferro-magnetic princess...

4
2

This post has been deleted by a moderator

CSIRO claims milestone in solar-powered steam turbines

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

So these people will all be taken out back and shot by the conservative Oz gov't then?

2
0

How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Good idea. I like it.

1
0

VMware hits back at Amazon cloud Trojan Horse with ... a blog post

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: roach motel

"he system PSOD'd and the HP firmware auto rebooted the box. Still waiting on support to analyze the logs first indication is it is a General protection fault (13)."

$20 it's a bad SPD chip on a single DIMM. Virtually impossible to isolate. The error manifests as a PSOD/BSOD only under certain very specific conditions. The issue is that the BIOS is configured to clock each DIMM (or at least each bank) independently. The bad SPD chip reports an incorrect speed for the capabilities of the DIMM. The result: an overclocked DIMM that goes squirrely seemingly at random, but especially when the temperature goes up.

The error will often show up as a set of ECC errors within your system, but when you go to memtest the DIMMs individually they're all fine. Alternately, you could have a system wherein timings are set per bank, not per DIMM, and the bad SPD chip is in fact on a DIMM that absolutely can handle the higher speed, but one of the other DIMMs in the bank can't, and that (perfectly fine, if tested on it's own) DIMM is the one that errors out.

Solution: attempt to isolate DIMM (hard) and RMA - or - manually set the speed and timings of all DIMMs in the system. (I typically downclock to just below rated anyways, just to avoid minor manufacturing defect issues.)

You can also use that Intel technology that allows you to RAID 1 your RAM. For file servers, this is what I do: RAID 1 the RAM and downclock it. Then the things run like a tank.

1
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Jack, buddy, I have huge respect for you...but I feel I must disagree with your assessment of the blog post being aught but marketing malarkey. The fellow behind that blog post raises some damned good points, especially around bringing workloads back into your on-prem datacenter once you're done.

Cloud bursting with VMware/vCHS isn't great, but it's a heck of a lot better than this Amazon connector allows. Beyond that, to be blunt, VMware has some great next-gen technologies in QA around vCHS that will make cloudbursting easier. I'm sure you've seen the same NDAed slides we all have at this point; it's all an open secret by now.

All of which leads me to: Amazon's move is the desperate one. Bullshitting saved for another day, Microsoft has the best hybrid cloud. This is followed by both companies that have deployed Openstack internally; there are hundreds of Openstack public providers and Openstack to Openstack actually works quite well.

VMware is next up, their technology is immature, but they are dumping amazing resources into it. The people working on the hybrid cloud offering at VMware are some of the brightest on the planet and I promise you they will be at an Azure level by the end of the year. They'll probably pull away from MS and have the best damned hybrid offering (at the highest price!) of all contenders by VMworld 2015.

All of which leaves Amazon, where? As the poster child for voluntarily handing your data to the US government? The embodiment of the inability to even attempt data sovereignty or control over your own workloads in a superficial way? Amazon is great for SaaS developers who make pointless tat or who work in industries where America basically sets global law anyways. (See: Netflix.) It's rather less awesome for the man - many - high-value industries that are either regulated, or where innovation occurs at a such a pace that economic/industrial espionage* is something that companies worry about.

The public cloud isn't safe for some workloads. On-premises isn't cost effective or fast enough for other workloads. That makes hybrids cloud an absolute necessity and it is Amazon - not VMware - that doesn't have a story here.

There are some very valid concerns about picking up your workloads and putting them on a public cloud, regardless of which cloud you choose. But when the workloads can't come back easily, or your VMs are converted, or you are integrating with management tools/using software with weird licensing restrictions then things get a hell of a lot more messy than "this is technically possible."

We could always take our workloads and put them into Amazon's cloud. The thing that was holding us back was never an integration tool. It was all the myriad reasons listed in that blog post, and more besides.

When Amazon develops the ability to truly move workloads from on-prem to the cloud and back again, with conversion headaches, networking issues and management/agent integration tools dealt with on the fly, then VMware should start sweating. Until then, I'm pretty sure that VMware's best path forward is to make a dmaned good hybrid solution of their own...and lower the prices for service providers dramatically.

If they don't, Microsoft is going to win. Microsoft has a hybrid cloud that is not just on-prem and public cloud, it's "service provider"...and that's critical. Data sovereignty means a lot of people want cloudbursting...but only within their own legal jurisdiction. Microsoft has an answer to this. VMware doesn't**.

VMware has about a year, maybe a year and a half to get that sorted before even large enterprises are willing to use the abomination that is SCVMM*** in exchange for a proper multi-teir cloud.

*Ask yourself: if you had the cure for cancer, the formula for room temperature superconducters or the plans for a machine that could cancel gravity in a localized field would you store that information with an American cloud provider? If you would, please e-mail me and we can discuss a fantastic opportunity I have regarding some riverside real estate that provides access for individuals wishing to cross.

**Because most cloud providers won't pay VMware's exorbitant fees and are still miffed that VMware is competing against them.

***Fuck SCVMM.

5
0

'GODZILLA WORLD' of the DRAGON CONSTELLATION - scientists

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Don't buy the solar storms = doom thing one bit. Earth has organisms that withstand high levels of ionizing radiation...and organisms on a tidally locked planetary body would be living on the terminus anyways; no direct "brunt force stellar trauma."

Natural selection can do amazing things, we'd be fools to write off red dwarf stars as potential sources for habitable life. Especially when you consider that exomoons won't have many of these problems. Heck, you could even get a little farther out from the star if the planetary parent were big enough to be emitting substantial infrared.

1
0

Supreme Court nixes idea of 'indirect' patent infringement

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Good.

20
1

ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Something like this, I imagine, but covered in popups and malware as everything crawled through your IE6 ActiveX controls to steal your credit cards and violate your family.

2
0

Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: *Ahem*

Malaria. MSRA. HIV. Hepatitis. Pandemic-class flus.

Lots of diseases can't be stopped by antibiotics. And antibiotics can stop none of them forever.

0
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

*Ahem*

There are five horsemen.

War, Pestilence, Famine, Death and Apathy. There may have originally been four horsemen, but Apathy has totally earned his stripes.

10
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

@Salts

You sir, have no joy in your soul.

4
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Now listen here sonny...

...on this planet we obey the laws of physics!

10
0

Seedy hacker steals 1300 Monsanto client and staff records

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: Obvious

Monsanto has created a bunch of genetically modified plants that are resistant to the herbicides and pesticides it sells. This allows for great yields and productivity of industrial-scale agriculture. You buy seed from Monsanto, plant it, spray your fields with chemicals bought from Monsanto and you in turn get lots of crop to sell.

The problem is that plants can reproduce. So if you take seeds from those crops you just grew and replant them you are violating Monsanto's intellectual property. They own the patents to that DNA and allowing your field to "go to seed" is considered piracy, thanks to laws hand-crafted by Monsanto.

For additional fun, Monsanto crops are so prevalent that it is functionally impossible to grow a crop without Monsanto plants in your crop; they'll blow in from the neighbor's field. You can't just go to a granary after harvest and buy up a bunch of random seed for spreading on your field (as was common "back in the day") because that will contain seeds that contain Monstanto's patented DNA.

So for all intents and purposes every single farmer growing crops from see in the USA has to pay Monstanto protection money, or they have to spend twice as much money proving that there is no possible way that any Monsanto-patented DNA could be growing anywhere on their fields.

In addition, they also lobby to basically eliminate any form of environmental protection, testing for GMOs, food safety and other people-not-dying-of-unknown-chemistry type regulations. Oh, they also basically wiped out bees. I think that about covers it.

I should point out that I have no problem with GMOs. My digestive system doesn't give a rat's ass if the DNA in that plan is "naturally" selected (when was the last time mankind grew a "naturally selected" crop, people?), artificially selected by growing generations in a lab, or even DNA spliced. Proteins and carbs and so forth are all the same as far as my innards are concerned.

I think we should test all foodstuffs for toxins, but if GMO corn provides the right nutrients in the right amounts - or better nutrients in better amounts - when compared to regular corn, and/or there are advantages to how it's grown...hey, that's science. I like science.

I don't think crystals have woo-woo powers and I don't fear low-level ionizing radiation either, though I understand that like that "I fear GMOs but don't know why" crowd, they too exist.

Still, when you get past the crazies who fear GMOs on principal (and thus see Monsanto as the ultimate devil of devils), Monsanto are on the whole really big dicks. The biggest, loudest problems that people have with them - GMOs - actually have nothing to do with how big a bucket of douchy fail they are. It's just paranoia-related noise.

Where Monsanto relay earns their hate is in the business practices, but it's the sort of stuff that, unless you live in a rural area, you just won't hear about.

Isn't the world we live in grand?

16
1

The Pirate Bay's stor ost Peter Sunde collared at farm in Sweden

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: I'm lost...

What if I were to set up a website tomorrow and allow my users to share files through it.

What if I allow people to use the site for free, anonymously, without requiring user accounts, and let them choose to share content privately or publicly.

I could call it "TheOpenPatchRepository.Com"

Say I make a little money from advertising on the website.

If my users post information related to information security threats, where do I stand? I respect the privacy of my users therefore I wouldn't dream of rooting through their files.

Would I be an evil nasty cyber-terrorist that deserves to be locked up?

----------------

What if I were to set up a website tomorrow and allow my users to share files through it.

What if I allow people to use the site for free, anonymously, without requiring user accounts, and let them choose to share content privately or publicly.

I could call it "Facebook.Com"

Say I make a little money from advertising on the website.

If my users post pictures of themselves and others, where do I stand? I respect the privacy of my users therefore I wouldn't dream of rooting through their files.

Would I be an evil nasty privacy invading meta-stalker that deserves to be locked up?

----------

What if I were to set up a website tomorrow and allow my users to share files through it.

What if I allow people to use the site for free, anonymously, without requiring user accounts, and let them choose to share content privately or publicly.

I could call it "WeTheGoverned.org"

Say I make a little money from advertising on the website.

If my users post proof of government corruption and malfeasance, where do I stand? I respect the privacy of my users therefore I wouldn't dream of rooting through their files.

Would I be an evil nasty traitor that deserves to be locked up?

----------

What if I were to set up a website tomorrow and allow my users to share files through it.

What if I allow people to use the site for free, anonymously, without requiring user accounts, and let them choose to share content privately or publicly.

I could call it "TheRegister.co.uk"

Say I make a little money from advertising on the website.

If my users post their opinions on the technology that makes the world's economies function, where do I stand? I respect the privacy of my users therefore I wouldn't dream of rooting through their files.

Would I be an evil nasty economic dissident that deserves to be locked up?

Where's the line? And why do you draw it where you do?

8
1

LIVE BLOG: El Reg at the Computex 2014 opener

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Gotta say, I like these liveblog things. Aaron at TechEd and now Simon at Computex; both have done great jobs. :)

0
0

SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Oh, Canada

The Americans have not won the World Series every year. The Toronto Blue Jays won in both 1992 and 1993. Depending on who you talk to, Toronto is either it's own nation (as well as being the center of the universe) or sort of Canadian. Either way, Torontonians will agree: the aren't American. Well, except for the huge chunk of them that immigrated there from the US, but that's different...

2
0

Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: Edward Snowden isn't very good at logic (and neither is the NSA)

It's "he said" versus "they said", and I have way more reason to believe in "he", especially if he's a spy for another nation. Either "he" is a man of conscience, or he's the best goddamned group psychology operative that has ever existed. In either case, he would have worked the system internally before leaking, if for no other reason than doing so makes his case more powerful.

9
1

What's that you say? HP's going to do WHAT to 3PAR StoreServs?

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

3Par finally gets dedupe? Suddenly, 3par becomes interesting to me.

0
3

Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: WTF?

What the flaming monkey arsehole are you on about, Anonymous Coward?

A) The UK certainly is better than the US. Not by bloody much, but when they get too far out of hand htey have the EU to restrain their excesses.

B) Better a thousand guilty men walk free than one innocent man be jailed.

C) What the hell does "documented criminal" actually mean anyways? The American justice system is so corrupt that one can be a "documented criminal" in that society and never have actually done a damned thing wrong. I mean, shit, Americans lock up people fleeing overwhelming gang violence in their home country as "criminals" then send them back to be tortured and killed. What the fuck kind of society is that?

D) I'm Canadian, you gibbering idiot.

4
0
Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: WTF?

"Also note the difference between treatment of citizens and non-citizens."

Believe me, we do, you fucking barbarians. Human rights supersede national exceptionalism, excepting where the nation is people and ruled by dangerous troglodytes.

51
1

Linux Foundation flings two full-time developers at OpenSSL

Trevor_Pott
Gold badge

Re: It is puzzling!

Herd immunity.

2
0