* Posts by Trevor_Pott

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What's holding up Canada's internet?

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Re: It could have been worse.

Oh hi, western Canadian here. UBB is strong over here. "Unlimited" doesn't mean unlimited here. And you pay a truly appalling amount for the extra cap. Maybe you easterners have it a little better, but we're still screwed.

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"we have a phone company (Telus) and a cable company (Shaw) to choose from"

You can choose between Trump and Clinton.

You can choose between a douche and a turd sandwich.

Having a choice doesn't mean a goddamned thing if both your choices are shit covered shit in buttsauce.

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Re: What?

There may be Acaltel ONTs deployed, but Telus insists that you use the Actiontech modems, and refuses to support any other configuration. This is a huge problem for businesses who need to stay in a supported configuration.

The mid-1990s were the dailup era for the masses, but the first (very expensive) ADSL trials were going on, and Canada was at the forefront of that technology. When the first mass market ADSL chips came out in 1998 and 1999, Canada deployed far and wide; quite fast, too. We were recognized in both cases for pushing the envelope. We haven't been since.

Regarding getting access to conduit in Canada, yes, I do have actual experience cutting through the red tape in order to get space to lay lines. Now, that is mostly rural, but some in the big cities as well. The biggest issue is not getting approval to lay new conduit (which Telus is busy doing in Edmonton, for example), or access to municipal-owned conduit. The biggest issue is that when and where a Telco (read: Telus) owns conduit somewhere they say "fuck you" and laugh in your face. They don't share, but they demand access to everything everyone else has.

Telus' interconnection demands are horrific as well. Isn't it funny how, where there is even one otehr backbone provider they suddenly are almost reasonable about fees, but as soon as you're 1 klick out bast Shaw, their prices skyrocket.

And the biggest issue about dealing with the Telcos - again, mostly Telus - is that they fight tooth and nail to prevent any third party from lighting up a network. They screamed red bloody murder about Olds. They're launching every missile they have, from legal challenges to quiet, back room "discussions" with counties in northern Alberta we're working on and they have been nothing but massively obstructionist to rural BC communities that have banded together to deploy municipal (or rural) fibre projects. (See: Kaslo as a great example.)

I am absolutely all about a single standard for access to conduits, rights of way and so forth...but that single standard needs to apply not only to incumbent telcos. It needs to apply to third parties, to municipal and county governments building out their networks and even to individuals.

That the incumbent telcos act as the guardians and gateways to our infrastructure is a huge problem. They have proven time and time again they aren't willing to share, play fair or invest. They are more interested in preventing competition than in servicing customers.

The Telcos are the problem, not the solution. It doesn't have to be that way, but it's the way the telcos seem to want it.

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Re: Socialist demands more socialism

Oddly, yes! I want utilities like power, water, heat and internet to be paid for by everyone and made available to everyone. It is basic infrastructure. A fundamental requirement to exist in today's society.

If you want to milk the hoi polloi, go make luxury purses and try to bamboozle people into thinking they're important. Stay the hell out of delivery of critical infrastructure and services. Access to utilities, health care, education, law enforcement and fire coverage should emphatically not be a function of how much money you have.

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Re: What?

Funny, Telus seem to be putting these ridiculous Actiontech pieces of shit into everyone's home here, and we're told for FTTH this is all we'll get as well. No pass through. No "just a modem", no "just an Ethernet port" CPE point. You will get your managed Actiontech device and you will like it. If Telus has decided to finally reverse that decision, then it is a fantastic step in teh right direction.

Could you please tell all the customer service staff about this so that we can get installs without these Actiontech shitmachines? Because what they're actually supporting and allowing is orthogonal to your claims.

As for the rest of your rant: you're full of it. Telus, Shaw, Bell and Rogers had 20 years of virtually zero regulation and Canada went from a world leader in internet connectivity in the mid 90s to a pathetic joke. The regulation is a reaction to the utter unwillingness to step up to the fucking plate.

Access to conduit, poles and the rest is NOT HARD TO GET in Canada. We are enormous and spread out. We make it easy to dig up whole cities at the whim of a Telco. Canada has two seasons: winter and construction, and getting permitting for construction has never been hard in this nation.

Next?

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Hey you – minion. Yes, IT dudes and dudettes, they're talking to you

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Re: So Much hatred...........it leads to the dark side

I didn't know about Germany and China. Good on Microsoft for that. One good deed shines out amongst all their misdeeds! A start, then. One very small step towards redemption.

As for other tech companies that have sued US.gov, there's Twitter: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/08/twitter_sues_us_government_for_right_to_disclose_nothing/

And that's just for starters. Though I do question "sued some part of the government but not the actual government". There isn't a distinction. You sue whichever arm of the government happens to be restraining you from doing what you wish. "The government" isn't a single entity in the US. It was designed that way on purpose.

It is not shocking that other tech companies have backed Microsoft in their PR stunt, just as Microsoft has backed the PR stunts of other companies. Given that Microsoft have themselves removed the ability of end users to control what data Microsoft hoovers up (from our online accounts, services and even our desktops and servers!) and then gives over to law enforcement I flat out do not believe that suing the US government is an act of altruism, morality or ethics.

Microsoft has proven time and again they don't give a rat fuck about our privacy or our data sovereignty. They just need us proles to believe that they do, so we'll keep buying their stuff.

If Microsoft want to start building trust they will immediately A) apologize for their misdeeds. B) Return complete control of our operating systems and applications to us. No ransomware edition special price versions only for elites. Total control to all who want it. C) Commit to offering choice in future major UI changes, API changes and so forth so that we can vote with our wallets for the product we actually want.

That will be a start. Three suggestions amongst hundreds. And it will take a track record of many years of adhering to customer-first, privacy-first principles before trust can truly start being rebuilt.

Unfortunately, Microsoft don't care. And as you have so ably demonstrated, neither do its staff. Blame the victim is in full force. It's "all in their mind", etc. And you wonder "the hatred" comes from.

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Re: But how can you become an effective Architect

Re: administrator first, architect later...that's a problem for future generations. These things are cyclical, and right now we're in a "cut back on the proles" phase. It looks set to last at least a decade, probably two.

as for "keeping it all in their heads"...that can be bypassed. Toodle about the site and read about "shadow IT". It's been written about before.

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Re: They lied, there were no cookies.

Just because the company I would like to back is unlikely to exist, does that mean I should cease trying to hold vendors accountable for their actions? Great vendors do exist. I work with several, and friends with several others. They aren't Microsoft, but they aren't nonexistent either.

I support those vendors whom I can trust and I deride those I cannot. Nobody will ever convince me that this makes me immoral, unethical or even biased.

Trust is critical to vendor selection and to business in general. Especially when we start talking "cloud". Unfortunately, I don't believe Microsoft's employees are likely to ever understand or agree.

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" --Upton Sinclair

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Re: So Much hatred...........it leads to the dark side

So Trevor, dear chap, where does your hatred for Microsoft originate from?

Betrayal. You could start here for some background, but the long story short is really just that Microsoft turned its back on those of us who were its biggest fans. It made sweeping changes without offering us choice, didn't listen when we spoke up and eventually even removed from us the option to control our own computers.

Once, I was one of Microsoft's most voiceferous evangelists. But betrayal is a powerful emotion, and one that lingers.

I'm pretty sure that every article you write takes a shot at them?

Probably less than 10% of my articles contain a shot at Microsoft. That puts them a little bit above Netapp or Nutanix and probably below VMware.

Why them specifically?

Betrayal.

How have they wronged you more than other large IT firms such as Google

Google has been naieve, but to my knowledge has not outright wronged me. My biggest issue with them is that they believed they could walk the middle line with phone vendors and telcos by giving them control over the update process for Android. The result was an unmitigated disaster.

How else has Google wronged me? They advertise at me? Scary. They hoover up all my info? Sure, but so does everyone else. Google are at least up front about it, and give me the ability to kill their creepy spyware off. They aren't perfect - I can bitch about them all day - but I don't feel they are intentionally malicious or apathetic towards the end user.

I have spent time at both Google and Microsoft, and much time with many folks who work at both places. Googlers are oddly naive as a whole; they legitimately believe in different things than the rest of us and think they're doing the right thing. Not so Microsoft. Microsoft employees have always evidenced an unsubtle hostility towards their own customers coupled with a sense of superiority that says any customer or user that doesn't agree with them is obviously in the wrong.

There are, of course, exceptions...but the average attitudes of the individuals I have encountered working for the two companies seem to line up quite well with the actions of the body corporate. As such, I feel less hostility towards Google's bumbling naiveté than I do towards Microsoft's arrogant apathy. Though, admittedly, I am no less wary of the Chocolate Factory than the Beast of Redmond. I just watch for different issues stemming from different actions and motivations.

Oracle

Oracle are evil. Oracle have always been evil. Oracle never tried to be anything but evil. Can you really a villain who not only knows they are a villain but is honest about it as well? Or do you merely accept that this is what they are, and treat all interactions with them accordingly?

Salesforce

Basically an incompetent Oracle.

Amazon/AWS

From a culture standpoint, they share a lot with Microsoft. They are, however, far - far - worse to their staff and partners, and slightly better to their customers. I'm not a fan, but I do appreciate the role they are playing in driving change. Highly - highly - wary of them.

Apple?

Arrogant, high handed, self-righteous asshats that don't listen to their customer base and do whatever they want. They do, however, have the virtue of actually being right more often than not, something that other companies which attempt a similar amount of hubris fail to accomplish.

You also may want to research how Microsoft is taking the US Gov. to court to protect individuals and organisations data privacy, who else is doing that?

Apple, for one. Google has as well. IIRC, Twitter did too. I'd be willing to bet that if I did some searching I could find a Facebook case or two about privacy and the government.

Microsoft isn't sticking up for you, me, or anyone else. They're engaged in some PR. Nothing more. If you want to toot Microsoft's horn you could mention the one and only thing they've done that was any good in the cloud space lately: decoupling themselves from ownership of their UK cloud. By paying someone else to own and operate the gear Microsoft have removed the US legal attack surface for that data. Even if they wanted to, they can't give that data up. They deserve a cookie for that; they were the first major cloud provider to listen to what we've all be screaming about for a decade.

I note, however, that beyond the one instance, they haven't proceeded with that model. Even with their new datacenter in Canada. So I am chalking that up to a PR stunt as well.

I'm not sure who else mobilised their Disaster Recovery team to provide support to Alberta during the current wildfires up in Ft. Mc and also matched employee donations to support the Canadian Red Cross, the same thing that we did for the Calgary floods of 2013

Pretty much every tech company with an Albertan footprint, and most tech companies with a Canadian footprint, even if not Albertan has done something. You'd be surprised the number of them that I am coordinating with who do not want public PR or mention of their efforts. They are just helping because they can. Those companies I respect.

Its a big big world outside of Edmonton,

I am aware. I've been to may parts of it.

and while Microsoft's solutions don't appear favourable in your area / opinion, there's a large portion of other folks around the planet that seem quite happy with them

Actually, while there are many people who are happy with Microsoft, I think you'll find that the actual percentage of individuals and businesses happy with Microsoft is small. Certainly it is much smaller than the number of individuals and businesses that use Microsoft.

Microsoft may be a necessity but it is not something most - or even many - desire. When a gun is at your head, you do as your told. But that doesn't mean that if the gun were put away you'd voluntarily do the same thing.

Do not make the mistake of the Microsoft body corporate and mistake obedience for trust or compliance for loyalty. Microsoft's actions have dispelled trust and it's apathy towards that fact has eradicated loyalty.

All Microsoft has left to count on is fear. And no empire lasts long ruling on fear alone.

As for me, I will keep on being cynical about virtually everyone. Trust is earned, and it takes effort to maintain. I eagerly await any vendors willing to work hard to build that trust amongst its customers, partners, developer ecosystem and its own staff. That's a company I can get behind.

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Re: no need to worry

No jobs are certain. Writing least of all.

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Re: Utter tosh and drivel

Only the barbarians to the south, thank $deity.

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Re: Utter tosh and drivel

"Biscuits"? But surely you can't be a real BOFH...I have been led to believe that the dark side has cookies! (See: North American distinction between biscuits and cookies.)

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Re: Utter tosh and drivel

It's a nice fantasy world you live in. Pity it isn't reality. It would be a nice reality. One I'd want to inhabit.

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

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Re: If there's one thing...

@bill.laslo: the open subscription still requires minimum 5 licenses. Same problems as rest. You don't get the Windows 10 that is almost what people actually wanted unless you're prepared to buy in to a minimum 5 extraordinarily expensive licenses to get it.

Lovely.

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Re: If there's one thing...

For the record, Action Packs are emphatically not a "buy once, use forever". Action Pack licenses are only valid so long as you hold a valid Action Pack subscription. In addition, you must update to the latest versions of the software when the Action Pack benefits update.

Source of this knowledge: many Microsoft audits where this discussion has been repeated ad nauseam.

The purpose of an Action Pack is to enable a Microsoft Partner to stay up to date with the latest Microsoft Technologies by implementing them in their environment in a production fashion. For testing, the partner is expected to purchase an MSDN subscription.

Small Businesses looking to buy Windows Enterprise in perpetuity (or on a subscription basis) are goign to need Enterprise Agreements (see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Licensing/licensing-programs/open-license.aspx#tab=2) and the minimum number of systems licensed is 5.

This means if you do not have an enterprise agreement want one single Windows 10 Enterprise Long Term Service Branch license you must purchase five licenses. Note that you cannot get VSA (for remote access to your Windows instances) unless you purchase Windows on a subscription basis.

Expect to pay significantly more for an Enterprise license than a Pro license.

Now: enjoy paying way the hell more for almost as much control over your Windows 10 instance as you had over your Windows 7 instance!

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Re: You seem to have forgotten

LTSB: for the privileged few only!

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"But is [Windows 10] worse than"

"cancer" Debatable, but probably not. I dislike chemo intensely.

"the Coming of the Beast" \m/ I'm mostly on The Beast's side, so yes, Win 10 is WAY worse.

"the End of Days" if the world ended we wouldn't have to use Win 10, so yeah, Win 10 is worse.

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Re: Here's the Windows 10 future I see ... it will be used to download Android desktop

Remix OS is the ****ing future.

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Nokia offers up 10 Gbps HFC demo

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Re: "Symmetrical"

I was going to respond to this, but the truth of the matter is that the response ended up being over 600 words, so I'm making that into an article. Keep an eye out for it!

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Re: "Symmetrical"

Short version: with the broke-ass end user connections they offer to individuals and SMBs, it isn't!

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Re: "Symmetrical"

100Mbit up. You're high fucking larious.

Look, I want 25 Mbit symmetrical. Soothing our telcos won't offer even for those residences that have fibre to the home. The best we can get is from the cable provider: 10 Mbit up for $150 a month, and you'll only get better than 8 Mbit of that every third Tuesday after sacrificing a goat and standing on one foot for an hour.

If you want more than 10 Mbit up you have to jump waaaaaaaaaay up. Quad bonded (2x DSL and 2x DOCSIS) from a third party provider can get you 15 Mbit up, but the line rental to the third party is $300 a month; to stay in business they have to charge over $500 a month, and they can't get faster than a theoretical 40 Mbit (in practice about 20 Mbit) up, because 4 devices is the max a residence can have with out current wiring structure.

So then we're on to "if you have fibre connected to the residence and want a commercial package". First off, most of the providers will flat out refuse to sell you business fibre packages to a residence even if you happen to have FTTH. If you do manage to sweet talk a third party provider into doing it (be prepared for killer latency on that!) you're talking starting at about $1800 a month for 50 Mbit up. If you kiss a lot of toads.

What's the use case? Working from home mostly. Some hobbyist stuff. Almost all related to video. Pushing videos up to Youtube for clients. Working on files between individuals who all work from home. Backing up your SMB's files to a cloud provider. Pushing images to your VPS. Video conferencing.

Upstream matters. I don't give a rat's ass about 1Gbit. But we're so far from even 50 Mbit here that it's stupid. I probably won't see 100Mbit up for residential users for less than an inflation-adjusted $500 a month in my lifetime. And that's a goddamned crime.

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"Symmetrical"

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Not within my lifetime. Technology be damned. Canadian telcos are butts.

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EMC Unity or VNX3? You tell me

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Because I can do maths?

Let's put Netapp to one side because HAHAHAHA Netapp. (I would never sell a company so clearly on its way out to a customer.) So that leaves me comparing Unity to HPE, Dell, HDS and the startups. (We all know nobody can afford IBM.)

Unity doesn't have extra software purchases. This was the very first thing that the EMC product manager told me. They heard this one loud and clear. In theory, upgrades will come out and shouldn't be something you have to buy. Without pay to play then Unity becomes something you can more directly compare to competition.

Unity starts around the $10K mark for hybrids. I don't remember the exact number, but I mentally put it in that box. It isn't a hell of a lot of storage at that price, but if you scale up as a hybrid it doesn't cost too bad.

As an all flash array it can be - is - pretty expensive. Still, it's cheaper than many of the startups, about where I'd expect 3PAR to be. Raw flash to raw flash, Compellent is probably cheaper in the mid range and higher. HDS is definitely cheaper in the high end. (But then again, isn't it always?)

So then in order to be "cheaper" than Unity you have to start comparing Unity's raw flash to the "usable flash" numbers provided by vendors. This is where I start getting into a lot of problems.

Many of my clients are photographers and videographers. A lot of GIS data and other "not really very compressible things". I don't get 2:1 ratios. At best I have seen 1.6:1, and that was with SimpliVity, where the file storage was in a VM.

Now, if Unity was "finished" - and EMC should rightly get the shit kicked out of them for releasing Unity a year too early - and had the forthcoming data efficiency tech, we could start taking about "fake storage versus fake storage".

Is unity going to get its ass handed to it by a solution that does full in-line data efficiency where the workload is VDI? Sure. But VDI is a niche. On the other side of that spectrum is me, storing VMs, videos, pictures, and Windows user data all on the same device (something, I point out, that many of the startups don't support!) and getting my 1.3:1 average data efficiency ratios.

So for me, when I run the numbers I use the ratios I see in the real world. 1.3:1. And I just don't see Unity losing to too many competitors with that ratio. And what about when the update comes down the pipe? How does this change in January when the data efficiency has been out for a few months, the arrays have been kicked around and most of us are ready to start actually considering Unity for production?

At that point competitors don't really get that extra 30% capacity boost, and Unity is even cheaper.

By all means, let's trot out competitors who are cheaper and do more for the same price. Not just at the extreme high end, but at the minimum entry cost and at the middling sizes of the 20TB-40TB range! I have zero love for or loyalty to EMC. Let the price and feature wars truly begin!

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Re: Re:

When just about anyone else selling arrays is selling at $5 or even $10 usable? Yes. That's a good deal to me. (Especially when what is claimed usable by companies using data efficiency tech is usually about double what is actually achievable.)

Unity is more reliable than a Synology, by far. That means that I start comparing it to competition with the IXSystems TrueNAS at the low end, and then up against Tintri, Tegile, 3PAR and the like higher up. There isn't a whole hell of a lot in between. (Well, Compellent. But for how long?)

When I look at performance and capacity Unity is actually price competitive with SMB-focused hyperconverged appliances, let alone other arrays! And it makes a lot more sense in an environment already built around traditional infrastructure than trying a brownfield shift to HCI.

Also: I am not pre-judging the effectiveness of their hybrid solution. I don't believe in "all flash or go home". So loading it up as a hybrid solution (which starts somewhere around $10K USD) is perfectly acceptable to me, assuming it delivers. So far, people I trust have said the hybrid tech works just fine, and I am working with EMC to get a unit to test for myself.

Unity has a lower floor cost than its competitors. That is a *huge* advantage. Maybe it doesn't work out so well when fully loaded as an all-flash array, but that isn't where I'm looking at it. I'm looking at this from the standpoint of "will this deliver as a 20-40TB hybrid storage array for the SMB and midmarket", a segment that is horrifically underserved. Unity looks like it may well be one of the only solutions to hit that sweet spot and not be butts covered butts in butt sauce.

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Hi, Tintri.

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I've had a good chat with the Unity product manager and I am at the very least optimistic about pricing on this. Typically I'm the guy who says everything is overpriced and I am also the guy who is normally demanding deduplication and compression on everything as well.

That said, for usable storage with the features it does offer and the performance they're committing to...there isn't a whole hell of a lot out there that competes directly with Unity. Even more so if/when data efficiency is added to the mix.

It is the very first time an EMC product has actually excited me. I can't wait to test it.

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I think the bigger issue is that Unity promises to be "good enough" at the right price to appeal to the mass market. Undercutting Tintri, Tegile and others for a lot of use cases.

Also: don't underestimate retooling the UI, both GUI and CLI. Ease of use is king: if EMC have solved that, they go a very long way towards damaging the competition.

Unity starts at the right price to make me, as an SMB admin, sit up and take notice. My midmarket customers certainly are talking. The pressure is on now for Tintri and the like to evolve. EMC have changed the rules and nobody gets to be a one-trick pony anymore if they want to survive.

Interesting times ahead. And at this price point, arrays aren't yet dead.

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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

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I'd much rather an 8+ hour wait than uninstallable spyware and Windows 10 malware!

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Re: I... Er... Um... Words fail me!

Nothing about this is useful. This is all so they can slip in shit like spyware and Win10 upgrade malware without you being able to avoid it.

Arrogant twatdangles, the lot of them!

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I am not amused.

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One (storage) protocol to rule them all?

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FCoTR is the future.

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Dell opens Oracle exit route for SAP data shops

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Re: PostgreSQL noted as vial alternative for Oracle

If the application (I.E. SAP) runs on Postgres, what do I care if it isn't like for like feature parity with Oracle? Postgres has some features Oracle doesn't too.

It's the application that matters, not putting your genitals in Oracle's vice.

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Re: Out of the Pot and into the Frying Pan!

"Oracle Database is the #1 database and roughly 4/5 SAP customers run Oracle DB, so clearly theres a reason why"

Plenty of reasons why. Lies. Damn lies. Threats. Bribes. Historical "that's how it was always done". Consultants who only know Oracle. Kickbacks to incentivize getting Oracle in the door. You name it! Lots of reasons!

Of course, once Oracle is the DB in play, the company's genitals are in Oracle's vice and all Oracle will ever do is squeeze.

Oracle: every time you think there can't be a company worse than Microsoft, Oracle proves you wrong.

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Guilty! Trump delivers orange justice to Amazon

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Re: Channel The Apprentice?

Trump got a majority vote out of what...12 contenders? And has, IRRC, the highest unfavorable rating of any party nominee ever, even within the party that he is supposedly representing.

Trump is a RINO. He brought forth a damned near total showing from a niche of the party. Normally, they don't vote much. They don't participate much at all. But this time, it was the reverse: the bulk of the Republican voters stayed away because they didn't find a candidate they liked. Instead of voting against the other candidates by picking the least horrible, they just didn't vote.

So the fringe of the party got to make noise. And the more noise they made the more of them turned out to vote. The more of them that turned out to vote the more noise was made. The more noise was made the more that loop reinforced...and the more mainstream republicans simply stayed home.

THAT is real world politics. It's called "tyranny of the minority". You are witnessing it in action in the republican primaries right now.

All that is needed for evil to win is that good, moderate or "meh he's kind of okay" men (and women) do nothing. Trump is the candidate that apathy wrought.

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Re: Channel The Apprentice?

"The Republicans haven't got a hope in hell of winning the Presidency with anyone else but Trump."

Trump's a RINO, so they wouldn't be winning the presidency with Trump.

"If they try to stab him in the back at the convention, their true colours will be revealed and it'll most likely be the end of the GOP."

About fucking time.

Maybe if the republicans disband then two parties will form in it's wake: a truly centrist party that would siphon off a bunch of moderates from the democrats and rule in an open-minded, rational, evidence-based and logically consistent manner...and the batshit-crazy xenophobic conservative side will have their own party.

Then the US can have "crazy people on the right you avoid because they are dangerous and irrational", "the party that actually can run things without ruining things" and "crazy people on the left who you avoid because they are dangerous and irrational".

Right now, you just have two crazy right wing parties and Bernie Sanders. Sadly, he lost.

More's the pity. For all our sakes, everywhere in the world.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

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Human? I think not.

Simon, meet Tay 2.0. Tay 2.0, go fuck yourself, Nazi princess.

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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"disparity of income doesn't cause crime."

Bullshit. Our society functions only because everyone agrees to play by the rules. Why would anyone agree to play by the rules if the rules say that you can't get enough food/water/shelter/clothing/health care/education/honest work?

The only incentive for the poor to obey the laws of society is the threat of force. Once you impoverish an individual - let alone a group! - enough, they have nothing to lose (because they're dead either way) and so the threat of force is meaningless.

Income disparity doesn't just lead to crime, it leads to revolution. The totality of human history is that tale told over and over and over and over and over and over and over...

May all those that weren't able to learn from it be first against the wall when the proles rise up.

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Re: Nothing to hide : Nothing to fear

"A policeman is a civilian, you inbred streak of piss!"

Civilians don't own attack helicopters and APCs. Police forces do.

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United Nations orders plan for tackling online terror propaganda

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Re: If censorship is the answer...

"Some people are going to believe whatever they read, no matter how "hateful" or ludicrous it is"

See: Trump voters.

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We're calling it: World hits peak Namey McNameface

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$X Mc$X$Y predates "Boaty McBoatface" by at least my entire lifetime, so I'm pretty sure it is not going away any time soon.

Reality McAUUUGHSPACEPANDAS

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Google kneecaps payday loan ads

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Re: Shame not illegal on TV adverts too

I had to use a payday loan once. I had just moved out of my folks' place and gotten my first apartment. The management company hit me with a bunch of fees that basically amounted to an entire paycheck's worth of cash that was demanded now. Couldn't get an overdraft at the bank, VISA was full, so off to the payday loan I went.

IIRC, I paid them $10 in admin fees (fixed regardless of size of loan) and $15 in interest on a $700 loan for 30 days, which I found perfectly acceptable for "oh shit" style loans. That said, I'd have preferred just having an overdraft with the bank, as it took about two hours of waiting in line to get the payday loan.

Today, the bank happily gives me an overdraft, which they gleefully ding me $15 for if I go even $0.01 into. Mind you, that's $15 a month on that overdraft whether it is $0.01 or $1000. So best be in for $1000 if you're in for a penny!

The whole loan industry is weird. Fortunately, Canada, at least, seems to have done a modestly good job in cleaning it up. At least when compared to all the madmen you folks are talking about...

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Storage startups: Everyone's throwing money at you...

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Don't fsck with the fish.

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Scale Computing goes flashy mutant with its nodes

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I am currently in the process of testing one of these clusters for a client. While a full review will appear later, the short version is: crafted from pure joy. Scale has created a better (for my use cases, anyways) approach to hybrid storage than anyone else I've played with so far. I can't wait to see the results of all the testing rounds.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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Re: What!!!

Exchange is a hell of a lot more than just e-mail. And the fact that you are making a comparison between Exchange and Postfix tells me that you are choosing to ignore that very critical aspect.

Also: a single server with 2 mailboxes handling 10M+ emails a week is easy. A mail cluster that is geodistributed across the planet handling 1B+ emails a week across 250,000 mailboxes with ingress and egress clusters that stretch across continents is something else entirely.

Postfix is a goddamned child's toy compared to Exchange.

(Though Postfix is the mail server I most commonly deploy. It's a very well built child's toy.)

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Re: The lock in Question

systemd is more than a replacement for systemv. And that's the whole fucking problem.

That, and binary logs. Fuck binary logs.

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"You" aren't really an individual. You aren't a single layer of consciousness. Hell, "you" aren't even a collection of cells with the same DNA: you're mostly scaffolding that supports a diverse colony of different bacteria.

Your primary consciousness - the particular set of neural impulses that likes to believe it is the individual known as "you" - represents a tiny fraction of your body's total neural output. Your endocrine system has more active neurons going about operating in an automatic fashion than the neurons responsible for "higher thought".

Even then, your "higher thought" is massively influenced and regulated by non neural impulses (for example: hormone levels) many of which don't originate in your brain. Those non-neural signalling mechanisms are the result of the endocrine system, the spine, your non-brain internal organs as well as your bacterial and viral populations.

"You" are an emergent property of a vast electochemical system composed of numerous discrete entities. Remove any one and the whole can change in dramatically, or fail altogether.

The concept you have of yourself as an individual is nothing more than the flawed product of ego.

So now let's discuss grammar of corporations...

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Re: In plenty of good company

Many vendors aren't trustworthy. Microsoft is particularly untrustworthy because they repeatedly demonstrate that they don't care about trust.

Look, everyone screws up. Most vendors, when they do so, they work to rebuild trust. Microsoft hasn't, doesn't and for my money never will. So for me, they are the poster child for this discussion.

They are emphatically not the only vendor that needs keeping an eye on.

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Re: You're Wrong

1) You are wrong: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/25/microsoft_emails_end_to_massive_cloud_storage/ <-- So sorry the facts don't support you!

2) Where did I argue Oracle and SAP don't have vendor lock-in? Where did I argue that only Microsoft have vendor lockin? Making stuff up?

3) Again, you're just rolling out random vendors. Just because the other kids at school set people on fire just to watch them burn doesn't make it okay that you do so. It doesn't matter what Apple or Google or any other vendor do. They will be analysed on their own merits. What matters, when considering Microsoft, is what Microsoft does, how it does it, and who it ignores when it does so.

4) I appeal to morals because morals are important. If the individuals and businesses you have don't have morals they can't be trusted. That isn't emotional. That's rational, pragmatic and logical. You wouldn't trust Frank Underwood to do anything he said. Why would you trust Microsoft?

Reputation and integrity matter. A lot more than your factless yet slavish devotion. Reputation and integrity - also known as morals - are the diagnostic indicators of how likely the vendor in question is to screw you.

Microsoft doesn't believe in the importance of trust. Clearly that has now trickled down to its fanpeople.

Charming.

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Re: Seriously!

In the 2012 iteration? Files. I've found it a lot less butts than NTFS for large numbers of files.

The 2016 iteration has come a long way. Most notably in the advanced made for hosting VHDs. ReFS + Hyper-V is actually a decent combination. You know, if you use Hyper-V.

Also: Databases? They go in a VM. Preferably a Linux VM. ReFS should only really rear its head as a place to put files you need to share via SMB or as an underlying store for Hyper-V VMs.

Outside of that, Windows should really only be used inside VMs for legacy workloads that can't yet be migrated off. Those shouldn't be too complex or demanding. Some might be, I grant you, but most workloads can talk to files hosted on a network share or to a database hosted in another VM. Windows is for applications made by developers from the past. Nothing more.

Get your databases on a proper DB server and thus on a proper OS!

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Bullshit. Outright bullshit.

Microsoft didn't listen to the feedback provided during the Windows Insider program. Which you'd know if you had actually participated. There was lots and lots of feedback provided on how to make Windows 10 not suck and they ignored it all, producing the turd that we got stuck with.

Microsoft decided what Windows 8 was going to be and they shoved it down our throats. They failed to sell it, and only after a truly abysmal failure did they relent and put a start button on Windows 8.1.

When that didn't placate the masses they announced that Windows 10 would have a start menu, but proceeded to then butcher the start menu completely, even before the insider program took off. They then ignored what the Windows Insiders had to say about the start menu and did whatever the fuck they felt like, resulting in the festering shitpile that we ended up with.

Here now, a year after release, they are doing the next "milestone" version with yet another major tweak to their deranged bullshit "start menu" and they still haven't produced anything resembling a useful UI.

Microsoft has been told repeatedly what the people want. To wit: "Windows 7 with feature (not UI!) enhancements, no spying, and full control over our own operating system. And no subscription fee."

Microsoft just don't fucking care.

It's their way or...actually, it's just their way. They don't listen to anyone. Sometimes they pretend to, with great fanfare and much bullshit, but after all is said and done all that anyone gets is a series of blogs detailing exactly why they aren't listening to any of the feedback they oh so carefully collected and why they are going to do exactly what they planned on from the very beginning anyways.

Microsoft are utterly incapable of listening to their customers, their partners, their developer community or even their own staff. Your world is whatever a Microsoft VP decides it is and you will fucking like it.

Nice bunch of people to do business with. Really makes me feel they're trustworthy. Really makes me think of them as a platform and a vendor I'm ready to commit millions upon millions of dollars to in the long term.

Really, just a nice bunch of people.

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