* Posts by Trevor_Pott

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Re: I can imagine...

Please explain how you plan on picking up drones without either microwaving the local wildlife or a computer the size of iceland.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Experts?

"I would argue that anyone who does not have at least one degree that required differential equations and linear algebra is not educated."

Fairy snuff. But I can implement virtually every component necessary to create the modern internet, design the networks at macro and micro levels and even write code that makes it all go, if required. And I ain't got me no degree.

Challenge your mathematician grad to do that. Fuck, I challenge most Comp Sci graduates to create a boot floppy and update a BIOS, especially if they have to attach the floppy first!

White collar folks shouldn't be making all the decisions, eh? Some of us blue collar types have visibility they don't.

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Want to win Microsoft's cloudy love? Just spend $500

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Re: <sigh>

Americans. *sigh* Privacy is such an inconvenience, eh?

If the cloud provider has a US attack surface great than "none", it's not a cloud provider that anyone should consider using. Oh, what's that? Microsoft is trying very hard to kill it's own channel, even as it asks them to pay over $1700 just to get in the doors of their own conference? Yep! You don't own the customer relationship anymore, MSPs! You're just sales people with really shitty commission rates peddling Microsoft's cloud software and shouldering all the risk while receiving no benefits, no loyalty and no long term prospects of survival!

Amazing!

Cloud first, Mobile fist. Customers, Partners, Developers, Staff and - most especially - privacy last.

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IBM details PowerPC microserver aimed at square kilometre array

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Dear IBM research team

Damn fine work. Carry on.

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VDI is heading for a minor DAAS-aster

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Re: Do you have to choose?

Agreed! This is just more of the same Gartner "the cloud will conquer all" bollocks. DaaS is just one more tool in the toolbox. It will emphatically not kill of VDI.

--Submitted using my crappy Canadian DSL that doesn't do video from an American DaaS provider worth a damn, even when that provider is using the amazing nVidia GRID cards for acceleration.

--Submitted from the VDI instance in my home lab that *is* using GRID cards and provides an experience that wrecks DaaS, and that DaaS won't be able to touch for the next 15 years.

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Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

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Open Office. No mention? Que?

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Charlotte, NC thinks it has won the Google Fiber lottery

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Re: Hmmm... can we re-think the goodness of Google fibre?

Funny, digital tools marketed as "privacy enhancing" sell well here. And I am constantly having people ask me how to set up _blank_ "so that other people can't access it".

People WANT privacy. They just don't want COMPLICATED privacy. What they REALLY want is Gmail and Skype, but completely private. Alas...

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Re: Hmmm... can we re-think the goodness of Google fibre?

Canada, for one. Canada is part of five eyes - and thus participates in some questionable things - but we have some very strict regulations on what the hoi polloi police can get up to.

Now, not that the cops haven't tried pushing through some truly egregious crap. $deity knows, they've given it a go, as have some very strident members of the conservative government. That said, the Supreme Court has slapped most of that shit right down, and the stuff that was brewing in the bill stages got at least one prominent cabinet member sent to rural northern Manitoba in order to get his ass out of the spotlight, after the massive backlash his rampaging ineptitude caused.

I also happen to know that at least three of our telecoms companies don't want to be snooping on traffic. They'd rather actually pay for infrastructure than open the can of worms that comes with having that level of DPI or even "metadata retention" capability. Canadian privacy law is pretty damned strict, and that's a live wire they just flat out don't want to touch.

Are there forces within Canada that want to strip up of our privacy? Absolutely. Count the Prime Minister and his cabinet chief among them! Hell, the biggest reason they're so eager to fasttrack the TPP is the pat where they can get through privacy-defeating crap as part of an international treaty that they'd never pass as laws.

But I really do question whether or not it would stand in court. Unlike the US, we don't elect our judges. They aren't bought and paid for. They aren't beholden to anyone, they don't need to seek reelection. And they don't seem to have any problem slapping down the government in whole or in part.

So I wonder how far this anti-privacy thing will go here. Will we fall like the US has, like the UK is doing? Or will we hold fast and retain some semblance of democracy; a nation where the government belongs to the people and the people have the privacy to organize to ensure it stays that way?

Time will tell...but I know which side I'll be on.

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Re: Hmmm... can we re-think the goodness of Google fibre?

Name one telecoms, software, hardware or internet company in the USA that wouldn't do the same (or worse) than Google when it comes to sniffing all the traffic on the wire. You're the product, and you pay for the privilege. Welcome to the post-privacy era.

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Official: Whiteboxer Super Micro is a $2bn server company

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Re: a mere 20 years...

"Have you run other brands on the same condition and seen them shut down or fail otherwise?"

Yes, as a matter of fact I have. That's my job, eh? To do that sort of testing. And -a s a rule - Supermicro holds up better. There are exceptions (some models from Dell seem particularly overdesigned) but overall Supermicro seems to handle the thermals better.

Look, testing systems (in many cases to destruction) is my job. In fact, it has largely become the only part of systems administration I still consistently do. The rest of it has become automated or I have simply walked away from as I have lost interest.

But companies, be they customers looking to find the right server to put in extreme situations or vendors looking to have their gear tested pay me to test hardware, software and services. It means I get to play with a pretty wide variety of stuff.

At the end of the day, Supermicro make damn good gear. It's better today than it was a year ago, and I see no reason to believe it won't continue on that trend. They've set themselves apart from others by focusing less on how to "monetise" their existing customer base with needless add-ons or licensing sub-components of their firmware and keep on with the "build good kit and sell it cheap".

Here's hoping that seeing them move to $2B/year and beyond causes the other vendors to sit up, take notice and start getting competitive again.

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Re: a mere 20 years...

"That's just rubbish."

I CAN'T HEAR YOU, THE HP'S ON. WHAT?

""Motherboard, Chassis, Power supplies and Super Barebone products: Supermicro provides a three-year warranty for labor and one-year warranty for parts."

Seems to depend on the product. I was looking at servers, Twins and blade systems. Seems their "parts only" stuff, like mobos only get the one year warranty. Gotta admit, I haven't bought "just parts" in some time.

"Where did you get this nugget of information? SOME SM servers are designed like that. And in specific configurations (couldn't find the specifics on SM website though). Most Supermicro rack servers seem to be operating at max 35°C like the competition."

From their product managers. Though they aren't warranted for operation beyond standard temps, most of their lineup is actually designed to handle far higher temps than advertised. And yes, I believe them when they say it. Why? They've been nothing but honest and up front with me for years, about the benefits and the drawbacks of everything I've asked about.

What's more, I've been able to have their standard servers run at 45Cish temps for prolonged periods in testing.

"Dell, HP and IBM (Lenovo?) all have some server configurations for 45 C operation and SM has a couple models with designation for 47 C inlet temp."

Yep, with all manufacturers, only some systems are warranted for high temp environments. The difference I've found is that you can consistently push Supermicro's gear far past the advertised temperatures for rather long periods of time.

That said, Supermicro doesn't have any of the really exotic stuff. look here for a discussion of why I think that HP's liquid cooled blades might well be the bee's knees.

Liking Supermicro doesn't mean I don't like other manufacturers. (Though Dells are louder AND TURNING ON THE HP MEANS I CAN'T HEAR YOU!) As a general rule of thumb I find the following applies:

1) Supermicro is the default vendor. The price is right!

2) Supermicro is the vendor you choose if you need to install servers in warm or really cramped places (or in the same room as people.)

3) Dell if the vendor you choose if you're a rack monkey and/or see yourself frequently moving things around on racks. Dell rail kits = godlike.

4) HP is the vendor you choose if you need something exotic or bizzare. Beware you'll have to license every freaking feature and you'll get nickled and dimed to death.

5) Lenovo/IBM is what you buy when you just need to shut up people who are stuck 20 years in the past and/or your distie doesn't sell Supermicro.

6) Supermicro has nice starter switches, Dell has much better switches, and HP can make your whole universe into a dynamic routing table made out of sex and awesome.

7) They all use the exact same company to provide global support to rural areas, so ask them pointed questions about part availability and distribution.

8) When trying to talk to sales, Supermicro will be honest and tell you everything you want to know. Dell will be honest and tell you what they can (on the record) but have to switch to "off the record" to tell you the rest. HP will just try to sell you more things every time you ask a question, so never call them unless it's an emergency and you have the ability to blackmail the salesguy. Lenovo is yet an unknown.

9) HP's phone-in tech support are amazing, but I wish turnover wasn't so high. Dell tech support are not at HP levels, but you can form longstanding relationships with them, as they don't go anywhere. Supermicro's tech support isn't really anywhere near so good, it's still largely reliant on the channel. (Mind you, they don't support a lot of software other than their BMC directly, so...) Lenovo is an unknown.

No one vendor comes out ahead of all others. They each have their niches...and clearly I'm not the only one to recognize that Supermicro are worth the time, or they wouldn't be kicking ass like they are.

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Re: a mere 20 years...

Your experience is inaccurate. I have several different models of Supermicro spanning (at least!) the past 6 generations of equipment, from simple motherboards to pizza box 1U servers to Fat Twins and everything in between. (Though, sadly, I do not have a Storage Bridge Bay to call my own.)

There are no "constant rev fans" in any of these units. The Supermicro servers and the switches throttle down to sounding about half as loud as my Dells and a quarter as loud as those "I CAN'T HEAR YOU, I HAVE THE HP ON! WHAT? I SAID I HAVE THE HP ON! NO, I...LISTEN, LET ME CALL YOU BACK, I HAVE TO MOVE TO ANOTHER ROOM!"

I have dozens of Supermicro servers in service that are 6 years old. I have over a dozen Supermicro servers still in service that are 10 years old. Supermicro offers a standard 3 years parts and labour warantee on everything (on year cross shipment) with the ability to get into more complex deals if you want things like 4 hours enterprise support. In addition, Supermicro is one of the only manufacturers I know of which sells at least some models with 5 year warranties.

Supermicro servers are generally designed to be able to run hot - hotter than those provided by other manufacturers - so they throttle down thier fans unless they go over their designed thermals. They are, however, also designed to operate in higher temperature environments than other manufacturers. So when you aren't running at room temperature, but instead are at 35C or higher, then they'll sound like jet engines as they ramp up their cooling. But in all, I think you'll find Supermicro servers (and switches) able to withstand much higher ambient temperatures than the competition It's one of their selling features.

Supermicro has had exactly two consistent issues over the years:

1) They use cheap components for "the little things", including internal cable guides and the little tabs used to remove sleds. They are (slowly) addressing this.

2) Their rail kits have been truly awful. The latest rail kits I've gotten with the new Intel v3 servers are much better. They're no Dell rail kits - not even close - but they're light years ahead of the bendable Chenbro-style fenfen that they had before.

Supermicro is all grown up. And they don't even need to charge you a license to be able to use the IPKVM in their baseband management controller.

Holy crap.

A tin supplier that isn't crap. That sound you hear is horsement heralding an apocalypse.

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Re: a mere 20 years...

Supermicro is pretty amazing. The three new server/Twin units I have in the lab for review are a cut above what went before, and the previous generation was pretty good to start with.

Keep on keeping on, Supermicro. You make damned fine servers, SANs and workstation boards...and your switches are no slouches either!

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Should Google play carriers at their own game? There's never been a better time

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Note the "€" in your post. That is different from the United States of privacy invasion. You'll note that such things in the US are rare, and getting rarer. And it's worse in Canada!

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"There is too much competition in this space for Google to accomplish anything meaningful."

Unless Google launch an all-data Internet of Things MVNO focused on the ability to bind multiple devices together under a single account and share data between them instead of having a bunch of individual packages.

That is something Google could do that would disrupt everyone.

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Re: Wifi calling / Wifi first

"Do you really want to let them know who you call/text, and when, and where you are at all times?"

A) I use Android, so they already know all that.

B) It's not Google that are the problem, it's the NSA.

Really, what's Google going to do? Advertise at me? The NSA can put a note in my file that gets me barred from the country which means I can't go to conferences and that leads to a dramatic loss of revenue. Google is an annoyance, not a threat. The spooks are a threat.

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Re: why would anyone want to be an operator these days?

"Start Chrome, you are asked to "sign in to Google". Start IE, you are not asked to "sign in to Microsoft". Google is the only browser publisher that wants to know who you are from the outset."

So all those tax breaks, monopoly guarantees and taxpayer funded infrastructure that was gifted them count for nothing? The telcos were handed their goddamned businesses on a plate - and still are, when you look at tax breaks and protectionism against competition - but somehow it's the telcos you see as "taking the risks?"

Nyet!

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Re: But it's Google... @Tevor_Pott

ChromeOS, yes. Android...no. But ChromeOS *IS* just Google's web services wrapped in a bundle. So it makes perfect sense you'd have to log in. Android doesn't require me to have a Google account attached unless I want to use Google services...but I can gleefully use non-Google services. Cyanogenmod, Kindle Fire, etc...lots of Android stuff that doesn't require Google.

And both of those are different again from a full-bore Windows OS, which is designed not for mobile, not for cloud services, but for workstation services. To be an enterprise OS. For fixed or semi-mobile (notebook) systems.

Sorry mate, but Microsoft is more insidious. If only because they are "as bad as Google", but put billions of dollars into smearing Google and telling the world "love us because we're not creepy like them." Except they are. Especially if you happen to be a French journalist using Hotmail...

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Re: But it's Google...

"Start Chrome, you are asked to "sign in to Google". Start IE, you are not asked to "sign in to Microsoft". Google is the only browser publisher that wants to know who you are from the outset."

Microsoft asks you to sign in to their public cloud based authentication system to get in to the goddamned operating system. And they've started tying core system functions to that public cloud identity, too! Not to mention they stream every search you make on your local computer/local network to Bing.

Sorry mate, but Microsoft is far more insidious and in to tracking your every move than Google.

Edit: yes, you don't have to sign in to Microsoft's public cloud account to use the OS...but you certainly don't have to sign into chrome to use it either. Both, however, require you to hand over your privacy in order to make all the features work as intended, not just a subset. The difference is that Google wants you to sign into specific services (such as a browser, or IM client) whereas Microsoft wants your privacy just for the OS itself.

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Re: strange...(Bias indeed, misinformed bias)

"You are a criminal when you commit a crime."

Everyone breaks the law at least three times a day. Our laws are structured like that. We're all criminals. It's just a question of whether or not we've irritated someone in power enough for them to put effort into finding out what they can nail us for.

What is the point in trying obeying the law when the law cannot reasonably be obeyed? Rome had this problem, you know. Their laws were too many and too complex that - eventually - people just stopped caring. This is where the USA is today. It's not about whether or not you break the law, it's about whether or not you obey your "betters".

And that's a really shitty way to run a society.

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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I don't know that christmas was "invented". It sort of accreted from a bunch of different holidays/celebrations/festivals/religious rites into one thing. Saturnalia comes to mind as one component, but not remotely the only one. A lot of celtic traditions got wrapped up in it, and I am sure that Hanukkah had more than a little influence on the creation of christmas, given that christianity derives from Judaism.

And, ultimately, which christmas are we talking about? Observation rites for this particular bit of religiosity vary massively around the world. Even if we set aside people who are in fact celebrating other faiths (or have no faith to celebrate) at that time of year, christians the world over are massively diverse. The variety of rites, rituals and amount of religious involvement (and what form that religious involvement takes) isn't consistent even within individual cities, let alone nations or across the scale of the world.

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Re: You crack me up, Mr. Pott

Someone is whinging about me on the internets? Hunh. As I don't see their post it must me one of the few people I have on ignore. In that case, for the record: smoochie boochies, whomever you are.

And exploding kittens for everyone.

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Re: 14nd place?

I am pretty sure that when I wrote the original article it was somethong like 22nd place. Then I did some math for the latest numbers before submitting and just swapped out the 22 for 14.

Now I think we should leave it because 14nd is amazing and hilarious.

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Yeah, but for people who aren't religiocentric dicks. War on christmas? Drafted? Hell, I volunteered.

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Nimble CEO lifts lid on sales veep saga. It ain't pretty

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Re: Just wondering...

"Manuals? Wiki? Videos? FAQ cheat sheets? Basically why the need for actual presence?"

Because someone has to make sure that the partners aren't phoning it in? It starts with convincing them that there's value in selling the product in question, but finishes with convincing them that it's worth taking the time to actually learn enough to sell it. You are starting from a premise that people to what is rational, or that they are motivated to learn. They are both false. People are irrational and learning sounds like work, so they'll avoid it unless someone stands over them with a whip.

"Again issue tracker or wiki?"

Again, you are presuming that people will do something that doesn't directly benefit them without someone standing over them and forcing them to do it. That's false. They aren't going to update an issue tracker or a wiki. You need someone whose job it is to coordinate things and to disseminate information.

To put it more succinctly: the job of a sales exec is to herd cats. Angry, apathetic cats with autistic tendencies and the attention....oooh....squirrel!

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Re: Just wondering...

Answer questions, mostly. What makes the product different? What's support like? Do they have any existing customers with similar configurations? They then serve as a point of contact when there are issues or the customer wants another unit/upgrades/etc.

The sales guys also spend a lot of time training the channel partners so that they know enough about the product to answer questions/sell the boxes as well as to ensure channel partners are up on the technical side of things enough to provide tier 1 and tier 2 support. (With tier 3 typically going back to the startup's engineers.)

Sales - especially being a sales executive - in a startup is a thankless, miserable job. It's hard work, spectacularly long hours, way too many conventions and so much travel you almost never see your family. Your friends become simply "the people you see most often in your travels", from "that guy" who seems to be on 30% of your flights to the sales guys for competing companies, to the "thought leaders" you keep seeing at all the VMUGs and conferences.

Sales guys have to coordinate with social media nerds, stay on top of social media (as it is increasingly used to try to talk with companies) and at the executive layer they have to work closely with all the other tentacles of the company to ensure that A) they know what's changing and B) they manage to push those changes/training down to their army of salespeople and channel partners.

Often too, salespeople are the front line for abuse. If a change happens to the privacy policy, pricing, whatever, it's the salespeople who serve as lightning rod. This is perhaps an important factor of their job: serving as lightning rod and insulating the engineers from the din and roar.

At the same time, they need to collect metrics on demand for the product. Who likes it? Why? Who doesn't? Why? What are some sales lost? Why are others won? What are customers demanding? Etc. Not just a "feel", but hard, empirical data. Taking that back to rest of the team and either tweaking marketing or product design.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: Stop and think a bit, please...

"EULA != the law, consumer rights trump EULAs"

Really? You have the money to fund that lawsuit?

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Re: I'd rather see another Chris Carter series

"I miss Fringe..."

I miss Walter. And Astrid. The rest I could really do without. Man, Fringe as a concept, with Walter...but an actual plot, and main characters that weren't wooden and horrible? I'm in! Especially If we don't let Jar Jar Abrams anywhere near it.

It's bad enough he's created Jar Jar Trek. Remember when Star Trek was about something more than just sex and blowing shit up?

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Re: I'd rather see another Chris Carter series

"What about Space: Above & Beyond?"

But then it would just end after a single season on a massive cliffhanger and traumatize my poor need for fictional closure for another decade...

I say bring back Earth 2!

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SimpliVity claims fivefold sales boost, hugs Cisco tightly

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Re: I smell bullshit...

Not yet. Will update here when I know.

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Re: I smell bullshit...

1500 licenses...which is a really odd way to proclaim things. That's probably way the heck more than 1500 cubes. Even at SimpliVity's prices, 1500 individual cubes couldn't sustain that company's cash burn. That's why I am thinking they have between 1000 and 1500 customers, with some customers having multiple licenses (due to multiple locations/regions/etc). I am waiting to hear back from them on the exact details.

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Re: Sky surveys

@Sir Runcible Spoon

And what will they occlude? Unless they just happen to wander in front of Kepler (which looks at the same chunk of sky all the time) we could go centuries before accidentally spotting them. From our reference point they don't really move all that much, and we're constantly repointing every telescope we have to look at all the interesting things out there.

Humanity, in general, doesn't do a whole lot of "pointing a 'scope at the sky and just waiting for something interesting to stumble across." We set out on missions to find specific things in specific places. And unless you get a NEOWISE-style set of scopes to ring the Earth and just stare at fixed points (Kepler style), goof effing luck relying on occlusion.

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Re: Nibiru!

Man, the Nemesis theory never really dies, does it? It just keeps altering forms.

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'Yeah, I'm like, SO backing Microsoft over Google, YAH'

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Re: #JeSuisLeRameau

I will defend your right to say your piece, but I will also express my belief that your religion is fucking clownshoes. You have the right to believe what you want and to say what you want, but you have right to force me to think you're anything other than a befuddled and easily led twatdangle.

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NSA: We're in YOUR BOTNET

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Take me out to the black

Tell them I ain't coming back

Burn the land and boil the sea

You can't take the sky from me

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VMware wins cool reception for two-CPU eval software

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Correction: idiot managers put guns to the heads of sysadmins and threaten to splatter their brains all over the wall unless they use Hyper-V. Because there is no universe in which rational people would choose to use the steaming fuckpile of horrors that is System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Now, Hyper-V manager on it's own is decent. ISH, even if ESXi's C# client still beats it silly. But for actually running a production environment? Hell no!

At least KVM is so bad that anyone selling KVM virty solutions seriously (like Scale Computing) has to come up with a UI that doesn't suck...and they usually do. Hyper-V just has the soul-evaporating horror that is System Center...and the horror that is the new "Azure portal" will soon be the new alternative! And if you've seen that, you've probably already started self-harming because you can't unsee what was seen!

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Microsoft cracks personalisation without prying

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Re: Before the usual MS bashing....

" Before the usual MS bashing....

...remember they were one of the biggest supporters of Do Not Track header and the first to add it as a default setting in the web browser, so the bit about Bing is a little muted.

A certain other search engine..."

Who cares, mate? They're both American. No business with an American legal attack surface - let alone one headquartered there! - is to be trusted. Ever. Everything else is a moot point.

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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Re: For fuck's sake

"hell even AlQaeda does not ridicule anyone"

Al Qaeda ridicules the faith of all Muslims every time they pervert religious teachings into a rationale for extremism, totalitarianism and death.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: Excellent news

"Invaded by the Americans three times and still here"

Like that's hard to do. The yanks can win a war to save their fucking souls. I mean, hell, that lot can't even club a bunch of poor sand people on the head and steal their oil without getting their asses handed to them.

Nah, the US is best used as an adjunct to a real nation. They can sit on the sidelines and fire missiles into some dictator's tank collection, or bomb (mostly) industrial facilities while real soldiers do the hard work on the ground of removing the douche canoes from office. However good the USian soldiers are - and US soldiers are damned fine soliders! - their military and political leader are utterly worthless, and it cripples their ability to achieve objectives.

The best army in the world is worth nothing if you waste them on fool's errand after fool's errand.

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Re: Excellent news

We're bigger and we're on top. Were this prison, you'd be our bitch.

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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

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Re: There is a BOFH story here somewhere

Microsoft Licensing and moi? I don't know if Lewis would print something with that much swearing in it.

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Hyperconverged IDC shamans mumble mantras over market

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The number of "missing" companies leads me to ask all sorts of questions. There are a lot of hyperconverged players that simply aren't represented here. Some of them, I am not sure I can agree with the positioning...but then again, I'm looking at it from a "today" standpoint, not a "when the data for this paper was collected" standpoint.

Maxta, for example, has recently upped their game dramatically with an Openstack offering. As far as I am concerned they deserve to be quite a bit more towards a leadership position on the "strategies" side of things.

Ditto Scale Computing; they have stratagic plans in motion that - to be perfectly blunt - I see as superior to Nutanix's plans. And how is VMware's "strategies" so low compared to Nutanix/SimpliVity?

Are we counting only those strategies that are publicly announced? I'd think IDC has access to at least the depth of information I do on the various hyperconverged players. Based on that, I can't understand their positioning for "strategies" at all, unless the information that made up this report is almost a year old.

Now, in that context, this makes perfect sense. This is a great representation of the state of the hyperconverged market circa January 2014. But the hyperconverged market circa 2015 looks a hell of a lot different, at least from the positioning of the "strategies" portion of that equation.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: "right to freedom of expression"

"The closest thing we have to "God-given" rights are those enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...which only apply to you if your Government has agreed to abide by them."

The UDHR applies to all people, whether or not their governments have signed it. It is the duty of the signatories to use whatever means possible to ensure all humans everywhere have these rights, regardless of what their governments happen to feel about the topic.

That requires no god, nor any government. It is a universal ethical obligation. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance; those of us who are free may be called upon to lay down our lives to protect and/or ensure the freedom of others.

Governments that recognize the UDHR and try to abide by it are merely protecting their own power. Without such commitment, they will be removed from power, eventually, and replaced with individuals more capable of supporting the universal rights of the people they serve.

Governments serve. The people rule. No other configuration is to be tolerated.

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Re: "right to freedom of expression" @Doug S

"It's called Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights"

The same human rights convention that your most prominent politicians are trying desperately to get the UK out of?

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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Re: @veti

"You think if the CIA comes across evidence that someone is plotting a coup d'etat in, say, Spain, they wouldn't communicate that, PDQ, to the Spanish government?"

No, they wouldn't. The Americans have been spectacularly unable to stop people from committing horrific crimes on their own soil, even when the Russians flat out told them shit was going to go down. How in the metric monkey fuck do you think those thundering chowderheads are going to A) know something is going on in a part of they world they barely acknowledge exists and B) manage to communicate that using some form of language that will be understood by people who have advanced beyond smearing crushed up flowers on cave walls?

Americans don't care about their own people. What makes you think that for a second they care about anyone else?

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Re: No point in kicking a dead dog.

"Do you realize what the Brits had done to try and combat the IRA?"

Fostered a national culture of fear, paranoia and universal surveillance that is culminating in public cries by powerful politicians to scrap human rights legislation as it is inconvenient and gets int eh way of treating everyone as "guilty unless proven innocent"?

That's not something to be proud of, you git.

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Re: No point in kicking a dead dog.

So you're okay with everyone being a terrorist unless proven otherwise?

Should we also weigh people against ducks?

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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You realize Elon Musk is from South Africa, eh? And so are a fair number of fairly rich movie stars. Just off the top of my head...

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Re: Limited Hypocrisy? Hypocrisy, Ltd.?

"Does 'Anonymous' know better than GCHQ and the Surete' how to deal with muslim terrorism using the Internet as a vehicle for their probing?"

Fuck yes, without question.

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Euro Parliament: Time to rethink DRIP, other snoop laws

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"Having been raised where I was, I know and have known a quite large number of commando and special forces folks. *None* of them were violent nut jobs. In order to do what they did, they needed the sort of sanguine calm demeanour you describe for the submariner. I guess your old teacher was the exception."

I grew up around SpecOps people too. And I too would describe them as calm. But I would never ascribe to them the demeanor of a submariner, which is far more akin to that of a soldier in a foxhole. A submariner, like a solider in a foxhole, fights for the man to the left of him, and the man to the right of him. This is not at all what motivates the special forces commando. For that, you need a little bit of Firefly:

The Operative: I'm sorry. If your quarry goes to ground, leave no ground to go to. You should have taken my offer. Or did you think none of this was your fault?

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: I don't murder children.

The Operative: I do. If I have to.

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Why? Do you even know why they sent you?

The Operative: It's not my place to ask. I believe in something greater than myself. A better world. A world without sin.

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: So me and mine gotta lay down and die... so you can live in your better world?

The Operative: I'm not going to live there. There's no place for me there... any more than there is for you. Malcolm... I'm a monster.What I do is evil. I have no illusions about it, but it must be done.

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