* Posts by Trevor_Pott

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Will flash save the data centre? Don't spread your wings yet, Vultan

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Re: from innovation to progress

1) Tier 1 data is not "the whole datacenter"

2) Good luck finding enough flash to do even tier 1 in a large enterprise.

3) Most "Tier 1" workloads are fine on 15K SAS, so "Tier 0" is now the new term for "needs flash".

And you still haven't addressed how, exactly, we're supposed to physically manufacture enough flash to meet the tier 1 demands of the world with flash. We simply can't do it today. We cannot do it. And that's even if we turned all our fabs over to 100% flash production and completely ceased manufacturing new DRAM!

Sorry mate, but you're living in a fantasy world. Some companies can get away with flash across the entire Tier 1. Most can't. And only the smallest of the small will ever have a 100% all-flash datacenter.

This isn't going to get solved until after we're well into post-flash technologies.

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Re: Dara?

No, you're being a pedant. And an ass. Nobody likes people who behave like either. There's a corrections feature on the article itself. Worth using if you feel so offended by typos you need to curse out an author.

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Re: Seems a little apples vs oranges

Execept regular hard drives do seem to wear out after around 4 to 5 years. The failure rate tends to climb, sometimes steeply. So much for being better than flash!

Please put all your vital data on consumer SSDs. Pretty please. Then just wait for it. I want to see how happy you are after the first power event.

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Re: Seems a little apples vs oranges

A 1TB flash drive is around $360 today

Bullshit. enterprise flash drives are three times that. Don't compare consume (I.E. without an ultracap and with far fewer spare blocks) SSD to 15K drives.

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Re: Read more carefully?

You clearly didn't get the propaganda e-mails proclaiming the death of disk and the rise of the all-flash datacenter. You would have to be a political consultant to read those and come up with a sense that they were trying to anything other than the death of disk everywhere, in all datacenters was both inevitable and would occur soon.

Really, the propaganda e-mails and press releases were that bad.

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Re: Enterprise disk sales off 13 percent.

Don't drink the one that smells like methanol. It's having some negative cognitive effects, mate.

Bulk storage it not goign to be "flash" in our lifetimes. A post-flash technology may displace disk eventually, but we don't have the planetary capacity to replace tier 1 storage today, and probably won't for decades.

So, no. Bulkstorage is magnetic. Forever and ever until a radically new technology that isn't so damned hard to make is found amen.

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Re: Dara?

Back away from the coffee and any other sources of increased systemic adrenergic production. Farther...farther....and shut the door on your way out, thanks!

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Re: if his handlers sit on him long enough

Maybe that's why Google bought Boston Dynamics...

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Re: Blame Canada

Oh, well in the context of the Canadian sterotype, that's fair enough. I was just wondering if you'd known something about this group that I didn't. Or were presuming Canada didn't have some of the more hateful tentacles of anonymous resident.

Cheers and beers!

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Re: Blame Canada

Okay, I'm curious: why is that not surprising?

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Re: jquery?

I understand entirely. I used it as an obvious and easily checkable example of how the website's code was being left wildly out of date. Let's just say that I'm rather disinterested in publicly discussing more direct potential security flaws that could lead to compromise of the server itself by other groups before the admins have had a chance to patch.

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Re: Donald Trump

I'd live his life in a hot second. Wouldn't you?

No. My people are worth more than my life or my comfort. I'd love to live a life of luxury, but not if the cost what my ability to care for others. And if I did have his wealth, I'd spent it - and my time - giving as much back in as long term and objectively beneficial a means as I could find.

That you would sell your humanity for fake breasts and a yacht doesn't reflect well on you.

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Re: @Winkypop ... Donald Trump

Will I vote for him if [Trump] gets the GOP nod?

Definitely not. Well maybe if...

You are everything that is wrong with the human race.

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Hacking Trump: Can we not label web vandalism as 'terrorism', please?

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Re: TED talk

There's many reasons Monica Lewinsky was vilified, for many different angles.

I can't see a single reason why anyone sane would want to vilify her.

Ultimately, she (and Clinton) commited the ultimate sin in breaking the 13th Commandment.

A) That is nobody's business except Mr. and Ms. Clinton and (Mr?) and Ms. Lewinsky.

B) All religions are lies told in order to control the masses.

C) The Abrahamic religions are collectively particularly vile and stupid

D) The application of rules by Abrahamic adherents is inconsistent and utterly irrational

E) See: A!

It isn't the nation's business whom their leaders sleep with any more than it is the nation's business whom its citizens sleep with. And if, for some irrational and insane reason you believe you deserve to have control over the sex and sexuality of your leaders (and you don't!) then the blame and fault clearly lies on the individual in the position of power, not the young lady swept up in a seemingly fairy tale romance.

If you got a man by the balls.. And she, by all accounts, had the President of the United States by his nibbly bits. Incidentally making her, at least for a short while, putatively the most powerful woman on earth.

And, so...what? Why does that matter? The President of the United States of America is so weak that he is instantly felled by the amazing supervagina of a random 22 year old intern? All rational thought dribbled out his penis and this magically also made every one of his advisers completely in capable of simply tying him to a chair or sitting on him if he started going too far off the rails?

Puh-lease. I'm led around by my dick more than just about any man on Earth. I find it incredibly hard to think when there's a pair of sexy jumblies in my face and I don't appear to be overly discriminating about whom I find attractive. I'm still perfectly capable of drenching Captain Winkie in happy fun times and separating that from the need to go forth and make command decisions.

And I have ADHD! That brings with it an impulsiveness penalty and means I reach decision fatigue sooner than the average male. So no, I don't believe the supervagina theory. Not even a little.

So I'm right back to "I think the people who vilify that lady are fucking loonytunes."

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Re: TED talk

I never got why anyone hated on her in the first place. I still don't understand her vilification by the masses. I mean, I get that the hyper-religious crazypants loonytunes sector would hate her irrationally, but they're rarely more than 25-30% of a given population. That entire nations turned on her blew me away.

So I guess it didn't come as much of a surprise that she had thoughtful, considered, intelligent and insightful things to say. She's older, wiser, and went through the crucible. That changes everyone to whom it happens.

What blew me away is how good a public speaker she is. She had a very rare command of the crowd. I found the TED talk absolutely captivating, and I have nothing but immense professional and personal respect for that lady. Top class, that one.

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Re: A crime is a crime

All internet trolls should be executed. Anonymous ones should be executed, revived, then executed again.

Isn't this a fun game?

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'White hats don't want to work for us' moans understaffed FBI

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Re: "Working for the man"

You mean the 'independent' FBI run by crazypants fucktards that want to backdoor or ban encryption?

Yeah, they're benign. Totally kosher. Yup.

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Dear FBI,

Have you tried not being dicks?

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Obama endorses 3D TLC flash. How else can you do exaflop computing?

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Re: But will it rouse the populace?

What are the exabyte generation going to hang from their ceilings

Cat6a

and do for Halloween costumes?

The skinny ones are 1s the fat ones are 0s.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Re: Fuck off

Ahem.

<Duke Nukem>Eat shit and die</Duke Nukem>

I believe that is the appropriate response to internet trolls. Or, at least it was, back in the 90s. I give your flame 6/10. Not enough ALLCAPS and the spelling could be worse.

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Re: Cortana-

And there's a creepy doll

That always follows you

It's got a ruined eye

That's always open

And there's a creepy doll

That always follows you

It's got a pretty mouth

To swallow you whole

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Re: To all those bitching about auto updates...

Please demonstrate where I can buy Enterprise LTSB as an OEM with consumer hardware and no subscription.

Thank you

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Re: 4000 browser tabs

4037 at present. No sarcasm.

For every article I am currently researching and/or writing there is a browser window open with potentially huge numbers of tabs. I don't have to track all tabs; only what each window in the stack's "topic" is.

I have a window for communitcation/evangelism (read: twitter and blogs)

I have a window for Path of Exile related tomfoolery

I have a window for multimedia (read: youtube) that I periodically listen to/watch.

These are all "living" windows. The tabs change frequently as things are opened and closed. Bookmarks don't cut it. Entire windows full of tabs - sometimes hundreds of tabs - will be closed all at once as soon as the relevant article for that topic is done.

I'm a writer. And I write for you lot. That requires absolutely stupid amounts of research. Commentards are vicious, remorseless internet piranhas that enjoy nothing better than tearing writers' very souls apart for the smallest mistake.

So: no sarcasm. 4000+ tabs.

And this 2011 Alienware MX18 just fucking delivers. Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! And if you think that's torturing a system, you should see what I'm doing to the Broadwell Xeon I'm testing.

Oh wait, you will, because I'm writing that review right...about....>clickty<

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Amazon comes up with delivery-drone zones after watching Fifth Element all night

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Re: The real problem ...

Votes, Trev. Votes. If there's more of them than there are of you, they win.

Canada's a big country. Lots of places to find people who prefer to live the way I want to live. And if Canada goes squirrely, there's plenty of other countries. Worst case, I can fight for my right to live as I want.

Tyranny of the majority is a real problem in democracy. Fortunately, in this instance, it seems that the majority of people agree with me. They'd rather not have to brave rush hour and plow through crowded stores if it can be avoided.

Believe it or not - holy shit, batman! - most people aren't a magical combination of masochist and extrovert!

Imagine that.

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Re: The real problem ...

Because not everyone wants to go a physical bricks and mortar store. In fact, many of us loathe the experience and would prefer almost literally any other option. Why should what you enjoy or even tolerate dictate what we all must put up with?

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Re: The real problem ...

Drones deliver packages to a delivery pole. Pole lowers packages to the ground and houses them there. When recipients get home, delivery pole dispatches packages on the last mile via ground drone. Why is this hard?

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Lidar and/or camera. See birds. Dodge birds. How the hell you think they're going to dodge other drones? And there's three whole dimensions to dodge in...

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Re: Final 200 feet?

Deliver parcel to what amounts to a delivery pole. Pole is a big elevator thing that will slowly deliver the parcel to the ground. A ground robot can take it the last mile.

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Re: I don't give a monkey's if they hit each other...

Why wouldn't a drone be better at seeing and avoiding you than you would be at seeing and avoiding another paraglider? Drones don't make human mistakes, blink, get tired...

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Re: Alternate landing execution: Gravity

parachute? Gliding?

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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

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I ran both 8 disk sets of 10K and 8 disk sets of 15K drives to test just that. No problems with either, even during full on "holy shit" database hilarity.

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Re: Java

Because Windows is prettier. Really no other reason.

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Re: comparison does not hurt

"but lets face it, these machines should go into a setup that has a fast central storage"

Why? I mean, I can see some use cases where this is true, but I can see many use cases where it is not. Where do you get the unambiguous all-encompassing statement from?

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Re: Startups

Ah, you're right, I goofed on the calculations. Still, $30k for such a system isn't bad at all, mate. That's a hell of a lot of compute for that price.

"Is there any other reason to choose this server unless you need to drive 4 Tesla cards in 2U? And, as you propose scenario of a rack full of such servers why not go for 4U units such as the 4028GR-TR that can take 8 such cards? What would be the benefit for either approach?"

There isn't, really, a good reason to pick one over the other that is universal. The world isn't quite so black and white and each of these systems have a reason to be. It really boils down to "can your workloads make use of X amount of oomph per node". To be perfectly honest, we're running in to issues driving 4 GPUs in a single node, and these aren't the top end GPUs. 8 per node starts getting into the "having specialist HPC code" territory.

I suspect 2 GPUs is the sweet spot for many workload, with 4 GPUs being the border of what's workable with selfware today.

"You mention that "the maximum amount of compute capacity you can cram in to 2U of rack space" but that's only the amount of GPU compute power you can cram into this - there are 2U servers with 4 Xeons and which can take more RAM."

GPUs > CPUs in terms of compute. Though I do understand you on the RAM thing. Believe it or not, I have a pretty in depth article on the discussion between both and why sometimes RAM matters (holding billions of variables, etc.)

"Why didn't SM settle for PCIe M.2 if they oppose industry standard USB and SD?"

Actually, this is an emerging standard where power is supplied as part of the SATA port. It's quite common on a number of systems. NVMe setups use it, for example. (Though in the case of NVMe there is also a connector for the PCI-E lane.)

Those (M.2) are not capacity limited, they're cheaper, abundant and several times faster

M.2 connectors are, for the most part, better. There are issues about "where do you put the smeggling thing" on a system crammed that densely, which is why I suspect that they've stuck with the SuperDOM. I should point out here, however, that SuperDOM is not entirely proprietary. Plenty of folks make SATA flash drives that are powered by the SATA port in much the same way. For reasons I don't entirely understand the industry seems to be moving to M.2 for consumer/SMB level hardware and these powered SATA drives for server stuff. I actually have been gathering info to deep dive into the whys of it.

So it worked according to the specs. How about that!

Which is actually quite amazing. Plenty of systems I've tested don't work within the claimed operating temperatures. Supermicro consistently does. Given the power density of this unit, I'm quite surprised that they managed it.

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Re: SoCal IT

Done for both SETI@home and Folding@home. The results in both cases were hilarious.

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Re: Startups

Nah. Not that expensive mate. Aiming high, we're probably at $1500 for the chassis, $1500 each for the chips, $4000 for the RAM and $3500 per card? This is a $15K server. Tops.

Supermicro!

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Re: Enquiring minds would like to know . .

What now? 4000 tabs runs on my 32GB of RAM Alienware MX18 from 2011. You don't need a beast like this for that. You don't even need the new Broadwells.

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Citrix CEO retires as activist investor Elliott snatches the wheel

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Except that you view has no history to back it up, AC. Everything Elliott touch they try to asset strip and leave dying. In many cases they succeed.

Elliott, like Ichann, are the touch of death.

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Re: Farewell

The evidence is that Elliott is an asset stripper that guts companies, sells off everything worth selling and then exits just before the stock price implodes and the company finally collapses. They, like Carl Ichann, are all about massively increasing short term gain at the expense of any semblance of long term viability.

Citrix is completely and utterly fucked. Done. Finshed. Kaput. Last one out the door turn off the lights.

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EU data protection tsar spams lawmakers with his unwanted opinions

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Re: @ Jennifer

Where in this article does Jennifer express an opinion that privacy is worthless? Such an opinion would be entirely against everything she has ever written. I might as well say that you are attacking her simply because she is female author, call you a misogynist and imply you shove your overinflated head up your ever so tightly close asshole.

But I wouldn't, because you haven't said anything that indicated that you're actually being a misogynist. You are, however, clearly illiterate, so I'll recommend remedial education instead.

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Sysadmin Day 2015: Fun things to do – and prizes to win from El Reg

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Check with your local event planners. There may be restrictions on voltages that determine which one you bring. ;)

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Sysadmins: Your great power brings the chance to RUIN security

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Re: Fuck you. In the face. With a metric tonne of battery acid.

All of us make someone else rich - government, CEO, shareholders, partners, etc.

But why would or should I give up even a second of unpaid time to do so? Hmm?

You signed up to do your job and, let me guess, "other duties as assigned" or some other vague, open ended clause. If not, quit, and find a new job. Either way, stop acting like a teenager who doesn't get their way.

I did quit, ya arse. That doesn't mean I, or anyone else should take it on the chin from others just because you personally enjoy making other people rich in your spare time.

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Re: Fuck you. In the face. With a metric tonne of battery acid.

Because if there is a data breach and you work for an SME, then kiss your job and income goodbye.

Then do it now and don't delay. There will be data breaches. They are inevitable and cannot be fully prevented. Prevention is only one part of security. There is also detection/monitoring mitigation and incident response.

If you are in a position where you will lose your job because of a data breach then get the hell out right now. Period. Especially since you cannot properly educate or control an unwilling company or it's employees, not matter how many other people's jobs you do while trying.

Its different work, for the same pay. A company pays for your time and skills. As long as they deem to utilize them properly, then I see no problem.

It's more work for the same pay. The company doesn't pay per hour. They never do. They pay a flat salary and expect you to deliver on X deliverables. Because of this it's seen as okay to just ask IT to do the work of multiple people.

No problem, right? Wrong. We didn't sign up to be learning technology, sales, marketing, and politics and implementing that all in the job. Where and when are you going to learn this? Are you paid for that training time? For the courses? Are you going to be paid for all the overtime? Are the expectations on deliverables and timeframes for the technology projects going to become more reasonable as a consequence of having to take on these other jobs?

Of course not. You are just expected to stand and deliver. Well fuck that. Fuck that hard.

If you want to give up your personal time making someone else rich, then you're nuts.

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Re: Fuck you. In the face. With a metric tonne of battery acid.

If it improves security and makes our job easier - fuck yes!

Why should IT care about security unless they're being paid to? And why should they do anything that "makes their job easier" if it means more work for less pay? That's the opposite of an easier job! If the job is more crap then pay more. Simples.

Now stop being a whiny bitch, its not like its your personal money!

It's my personal time. And if I don't bitch about people treating IT staff like shit, they'll just keep dumping on IT staff and treating them like shit. IT staff are worth more than that.

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You are an IT journalist and you think things should not change in IT?

Lots of things should change in IT. Clearly, you and I disagree with which ones.

What world are you living in?

A world in which discrimination against introverts is considered to be every bit as discriminator as discriminating against women, or individuals of colour, or...

IT evolves faster than most fields, not only in tech but in what IT does

I agree. But you are attempting to say that in addition to IT staff having to keep up with their own specialty evolving at breakneck pace that - to be perfectly blunt - most people wouldn't be able to cope with, they need to take on ever more other people's jobs so that those people can do less and less work.

That's bullshit of the highest order.

Decades ago there was not such a big pool of people to fill IT jobs. You could be that asocial guy. Now there is a huge glut of people who can fill those jobs and so they also need to have other skills to gain an edge over the competition to get those jobs. One of those skills is communication, welcome to IT in 2015!

Actually, there's a dearth of experts and specialists today and a whole lot of barely competent "feelers". You seem to think the latter are a good thing. You are wrong.

IT is about technology. It should retain the top talent for that technology. If you want somewhat technically literate people who specialize in social niceties make them managers, train them as such and have them run interference between the actual people applying the technology and the lazy shits in the rest of the company demanding that IT do everything while they pound their puds all day long.

It is IT's job to communicate about their specialties. Just like it is everyone else's job to communicate about their specialties!

No. nobody else has to communicate about their specialties. Everyone else either has individuals in their departments (typically managers) whose job it is to be that point of contact or they have laws that put the onus on everyone else to learn and obey.

IT is the only department in the modern business place that is being asked to become a "company within a company". Everyone else can balloon in personnel size, have sub specialties, layers of management or simply force other departments to learn by fiat.

IT shouldn't put up with being the whipping boy. Predators prey on the weak, and you are advocating nothing but weakness amidst a sea of predators.

C.O.M.M.U.N.I.C.A.T.I.O.N <-- Learn this.

You still haven't convinced me why I should. Are you bad at communication or something?

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@LDS you go to work to work with cool tech and are willing to pay the price of doing multiple people's job to do so.

I want to work with technology specifically because it's a means to make a living without having to deal with people, and I really don't care if the tech is "cool" or not.

I expect in either situation the company will buy the tech that is required to meet their legal and business objectives. Maybe if you politic you can get tech that is beyond those requirements. I'm content to work with tech that is exactly what is required. But yes, I absolutely expect the people in charge to either know enough to select the tech they need, or to read the documents I send them explaining what they need.

Unlike some, I don't gussy up the requests in order to get "cool" tech. I only list what is required. If they can't understand or believe that then they need to hire someone they believe will, in fact, tell them the truth. I should emphatically not have to "sell them" on the idea.

Perhaps you see the difference now between the two approaches and goals?

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Re: RE: Infosec isn't about "cool"

Would you train a dog by reading procedures to it and threatening it with a stick?

Dogs are willing and able to learn. Most employees aren't.

You'd make it fun and engaging, showing the dog their is a benefit in it (i.e. a treat)

So you want to give treats to everyone in a business in order to do their job by making IT do things they hate?

Fuck you. In the face. With a metric tonne of battery acid.

Personally, I hate the whole fucking idea of "IT" taking responsibility to educate users, thats not what I signed on for - but it looks like we've been lumped with it, so we may as well do it properly.

Why should I do a single thing that isn't what I signed on for unless there is a substantial reward for doing so? Preferably in a large number of additional dollars.

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Every job requires some social interaction so in reality you are being asked to do your job

Bullshit. Lots of jobs require no, or extremely marginal amounts of social interaction. For decades IT was one of those. There is no reason for this to change.

If you don't like it, fine, go get another job that you like

And thank you very much, I will. But not because you give me permission. Because fuck you and your arrogant douchbaggery.

or go move to some place in the woods that no human has ever set foot.

Sounds great!

This article is about educating users. If you don't want to educate them then you don't have to, but don't expect end users to know how to do things the way you want them done

The job of the user is to read the information provided about how to use the tools they are provided and comply with that information. If users are "special" and unable to read then the company should provide them a wetnurse who can read the documentation and explain it to them in small enough words. That isn't IT's job, and in no rational world should it be.

Compromise is not weakness.

Yes it is.

It is the only way to work with others for the best solution for everyone.

Except that what is being described isn't the best solution for everyone. It's the best solution for everyone but IT. Compromise involves both sides giving ground in order that both sides achieve gains. IT being the only one who gives ground isn't really compromise. It's defeat.

Yes, sometimes you might get everything you want but most of the time you will have to compromise in life.

Compromise in which both sides give up equal amounts in order to achieve a mutually beneficial end is find. "Compromise" in which you capitulate in order to save those in power a bent pittance (so they can get bonuses) and so that everyone else can get away with doing less while you do ever more isn't "compromise". It's defeat.

An oak and a reed in a storm and all that.

You don't have to worry about oaks, reeds or storms if you live in a sealed underground bunker that is at all times prepared for war. And make no mistake, this is war.

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If you are going to work in society then you have to work with people.

I don't want to work "in society". I want to work with computers so that I don't have to work in society. Fuck society.

Is it that hard to understand?

Yes. For decades IT was where people who explicitly didn't want to work with people could go. Those who preferred machines to men; logic to emotion; code to politics. I don't understand why this should change, excepting that corporations are increasingly cheap fucking bastards seeking to save money by forcing IT to have more and more and more and more skills instead of investing in the necessary layers of translation required to allow specialists to remain specialists without trying to force them to also be salespeople, marketers and politicians.

If you are an employee at a company, unless you are one of the lucky few who don't have to deal with people, you have to deal with people on some level.

Do you even read what you write?

Look, for decades IT were "the lucky people" who didn't have to deal with people. Why should we, as IT staff gracefully accept an end to this, instead of fighting the demanded changes with every ounce of our being?

Get used to it.

No.

If you want to be asocial then you can do it on your own time.

Wrong. If you want me to be social then you can pay me significantly more to put up with that shit as well as fix your technowidgets. They are two jobs. You want me to work two jobs then you pay me two salaries.

Yes, it sounds harsh but it is a fact of life.

No: you want it to be a fact of life. I say "fuck you", stick my middle finger up in the air and take my skills elsewhere. To hell with you and everyone who believes in your vision of a homogenous society. I support diversity. There should be many niches for many types of people, and any asshole who thinks otherwise can get bent.

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Storage slump? Dunno what you're talking about, beams EMC

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Re: Slump or a time of transition?

Working to transform a $25B a year company so that it can thrive in a new world is hard.

It is quite an ambitious endeavor.

It requires a sort of communal ambition combined with a series amount of pride in one's work. That's totally different from the sort of "shank your grandma for a bent copper" personal ambition that is what has largely driven the exodus from EMC. And EMC isn't alone, I should point out. For the past 5 7 years you've basically been able to find VMware executives on Craigslist. That's before we get into the madness at NetApp!

Gleeful critics and disruption greet you at every turn. It isn't for the feint of heart.

Everyone has to deal with critics. Nobody gets a free pass. And I'd say that being a $25B company makes you better able to deal with disruption than a startup.

Look at EMC. A number of different disruptive technologies have appeared in the storage landscape and EMC has been able to lollygag for years, planning their next move. Meanwhile, companies like Maxta, SimpliVity and others have seen their disruptive "product" (hyperconvergence) become a mere feature.

Nutanix sees it, is researching, adapting, moving beyond "just hyperconvergence" to a much larger and more complete vertical stack. The others are trying, but Nutanix has stolen a big march. EMC sees all of this (we hope) as well as where it is going and should (if they don't screw up) be able to not only catch up with Nutanix (and the others) but be able to leapfrog them as well.

But that won't come from those scrabbling for personal position and gain. It will come from the really long, hard work of those who will labour for years in secret and then earn little more than their individual paycheques. Just another day's work. Just punching the clock. (EMC could buy, but it may be too late to buy Nutanix, and it's entirely possible that none of the others would be both far enough along and a good enough cultural fit to assimilate for hte 5-10 years required to bring a full stack product to market.)

Vaughn is a class act, by the way.

He's seemed okay enough. Bit snippy, but I actually rather like that about people; usually means they're being honest. Lives and breathes rarefied air though. Doesn't seem to have much time for plebians. Pretty normal in his line of work; can't really complain about it much.

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