* Posts by TaabuTheCat

112 posts • joined 30 Jul 2010

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Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to El Reg

TaabuTheCat

Re: Trump appointments

"...no matter what the question asked, the response gets twisted to whatever is on that day's talking point memo"

Well, a good part of that is because the "news readers" (what used to be real journalists/reporters) constantly let them get away with it, either through lack of preparation or the fear of being blacklisted for future interviews. Where's Mike Wallace or Ted Koppel when you need them??

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Microsoft still working to fix Outlook sync issues

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New SLA Needed - TTR (Time to Remediate)

One of the interesting things I notice watching the O365 "Health" status is just how long it takes Microsoft to fully remediate an issue. You'll see an issue get opened and normally diagnosed quickly (within hours, sometimes a day), and then a patch developed for what's normally a regression caused by some other work that's been done. And then you wait. And I mean wait. I've seen many issues take WEEKS to get fully deployed. MS dutifully keeps you notified of progress (X% complete, day after day), but if your account happens to be at the end of that repair chain you are waiting a REALLY long time to get your service restored.

It's one of the interesting things about cloud services I don't hear many people talk about, and that's the time it takes to repair a massive amount of infrastructure even when know how and have a fix available. I expect this to only get worse as the cloud continues to grow.

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Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

TaabuTheCat

Re; Dumb idea - Nope. Stereotypes.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2527153/it-management/opinion--the-unspoken-truth-about-managing-geeks.html

Credit where it's due - I saw this on a Reddit thread and I'm glad I did. This is the closest I've ever seen someone get to describing us.

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My Dell merger wish list

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And please...

VMware, get your product quality back up. You may not be able to attract everyone to your technology but you can sure as hell drive them away with crap QC, and over the last 18 months you've been doing a fine job of it.

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VMware pulls buggy NSX release from distribution

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VMware according to Dirty Harry

I know what you're thinking. "Did he regression test six modules or only five?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a critical patch you need to apply to fix the last set of bugs we released and could blow your entire compute environment clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?

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Klepto Zepto could steal millions in looming ransomware wave

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Angel

Re: "look at their 'requested' documentation"

Why do they open it? Closure - that incredible human *need* to tie up loose ends.

You've just handed me a wrapped up box with my name on it that could have something REALLY IMPORTANT in it, and you're asking me to just throw it away?? But then I'll never know if it WAS something important. No closure.

That's why this behavior is so incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to stop.

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The SPC-1 benchmark is cobblers, thunders Oracle veep

TaabuTheCat

Classy response

I really like the tone of the Datacore response. So often these arguments turn into mud-slinging affairs that quickly turn ugly. Look no further than Chuck Hollis vs. Nutanix. Not a shining moment for either party.

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Apple pollutes data about you to protect your privacy. But it might not be enough

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Mandatory reading

That link to "surveillance capitalism". Thanks very much for that.

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Is VMware the power it once was?

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Switching

In all the years I've been running VMware - not as many as Nate, but close - I've never had a real reason to look elsewhere. The releases mostly had new features relevant to my environment, and most importantly, they were stable right out of the gate.

The last 18 months have been a shitshow for VMware customers. Bug after critical bug, and it's a total crapshoot as to when show-stopping (data loss, PSODs) problems will get fixed, and fixed for good. The quality of phone support has gone way down as well - the only metric appears to be number of cases closed.

Toss in View (we're VDI for about 95% of our desktops) and the release cycle has become a little shop of horrors. Never used to be this way.

So if VMware is even slightly worried about remaining relevant and keeping long-time customers, they need to get their focus back on quality. There's simply no reason to pay premiums for crap software and support.

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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

TaabuTheCat

Re: hear that

Yeah, it's pretty obvious now why MS is going to limit/license Server 2016 based on core count. Bet VMware follows along shortly with a new vCPU tax.

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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

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Not quite

":Jeff Bezos' web services unit delivered not just a technology platform but way of consuming business tech: paying for what you consume..."

As Nate keeps pointing out (and rightfully so), no, you don't pay for what you consume, you pay for what you provision. Ignore that distinction at your own financial peril.

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Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

TaabuTheCat

From one cat to another...

Sorry for your loss. I managed 22 years with my last feline friend before he used up all of his nine, and yeah, it sucked pretty bad to say goodbye. But new friends await, and some lucky cat will hit the lottery ending up in your lap.

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Why Tim Cook is wrong: A privacy advocate's view

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What's next?

Apple claims they can't do it - technically impossible. Judge says, "Hmmm, these really smart guys (much smarter than your guys) from the NSA think you must have missed something, and they'd like to have a crack at it. Mind sending over all the source code, chip lithography, design docs, and a few of your best engineers to assist? On second thought, can you just set up an office for them there at HQ? This may take a while."

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Show us the code! You should be able to peek inside the gadgets you buy – FTC commish

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We need another Underwriters Labs!

Start making companies liable for the crap they produce and you will quickly find the insurance companies that cover them demanding a "UL" for their code. No UL approval, no coverage.

UL was a boon for consumer safety, and something similar is needed again.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

TaabuTheCat

Re: Pilots?

Was that van Zanten, may I ask ?

Nope. Klaas ...

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JetBlue blames Verizon after data center outage cripples flights

TaabuTheCat

And their DR plan???

I would love to see an auditor's statement that evaluated the effectiveness of their DR plan. I swear most of these companies just write down anything to pass an audit with zero chance of the "plan" ever working. And then they pray, or when something like this does happen, decide the risk of failing over is much greater than just waiting for the power to come back on because, you know, they've never actually TESTED a full failover and fail back.

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2015 was VMware's Year of Living Dangerously

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Customers were the ones in danger

"vSphere 6.0 emerged to applause and swift adoption." Followed by a lot of regret.

vSphere 6 has arguably been the buggiest release of vSphere ever, and still had serious data corruption and stability issues nine months after release. VMware needs to get the "Q" back in QC in 2016.

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Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money

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Want this to change? Support the alternatives.

Seriously, invest a couple of bucks in alternatives like Affinity, Pixelmator, Corel, etc. Even if they aren't Photoshop equals (yet), we need to encourage and support these developers so that we have options - including telling Adobe to get stuffed. Otherwise a few years from now Adobe will be all that's left, and then watch what happens to the subscription price.

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Spectralogic CTO talks up hybrid flash-tape cartridge. Welcome, tape robot overlords

TaabuTheCat

12 years later...

Sony's AIT format supported R-MIC (Remote Memory In Cassette) way back in 2003 for exactly what's being discussed - fast cataloging. Too bad the format never really took off.

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It's nearly 2016, and Windows DNS servers can be pwned remotely

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Watch out for 3114409

We installed this on a few test machines and it's supposed to allow administrators to add a reg key to disallow Safe Mode in Outlook. What it seems to be doing instead, at least on our test machines, is forcing Outlook into Safe Mode on startup. If you add the reg key (BTW, the KB article for this only shows the location for the 64-bit version of Outlook; if you're using 32-bit Office use the WOW64 branch instead) you can get Outlook to run again in "normal" mode. So it looks like another month with yet another flaky patch. Sigh.

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Pure Storage flashes post-IPO results: Get a load of our... revenues

TaabuTheCat

Re: Upgrade pricing

"...tarring us all with the same brush and ignoring the fact that we mostly sell through the channel"

Oh, you mean the channel you've set up where deals are "protected", and if my reseller is screwing me it will take an act of God to ever see a competitive bid?

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TaabuTheCat

Upgrade pricing

“for every $1 of initial product purchase, our top 25 customers on average spent more than $9 on new product purchases in the first 18 months following their initial purchase, up from $8 last quarter.”

Which tells you one critical thing: You'd better cut the best deal you can up front, for all the storage you can possibly afford, because you'll never see that pricing again. Instead you'll be treated to "upgrade pricing" and your negotiating position will be the one where you grab your ankles.

Not necessarily picking on Pure. Nimble and the others do it too.

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Ransomware victims: Just pay up, grin, and bear it – says the FBI

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Restoring... Maybe.

It's easy to be glib and just tell people to back their stuff up, but with the increasing sophistication of these programs, quick restores may not fully address the problem. Some of the slow-encrypting variants that make a mess of your files *over time* defy the "we'll just restore from yesterday's backup" answer. If the crook is patient and careful enough to stay under the radar for some period of time, good luck figuring out your good restore points - and for what files. It's not that it can't be done, but it's going to be one hell of a research project to get your files back - assuming your backups go back far enough.

Don't underestimate the ability of these guys to make a huge mess of your tidy little IT environment. If you don't have canary files hanging around with really solid alerting, and good endpoint detection tools (and NO, AV doesn't quality) then you'd better pray you don't get targeted by a patient adversary.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Satya Nadella

"The measure of a man is what he does with power." Plato

Question answered.

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Startup promises to cancel your hated Comcast subscription for you for just $5

TaabuTheCat

Tech support escalation

Now all they need to offer is a service that gets past mindless first-level support and escalated to someone that actually has a clue about your (insert problem here), and then transfers the call to you. THAT would be an earner.

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

TaabuTheCat

Just wow.

I'm not sure which is worse, that they did it, or that they thought they'd never get caught. $7.2B is just the down payment on the damages from this decision.

For Sale. VW. Cheap. (Must take Company.)

Looking at auto-maker stock prices it appears many people believe VW wasn't playing this game solo.

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Another week, another vSphere update

TaabuTheCat

Re: Just waiting for the dust to settle

I'd wait a bit longer if I were you.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2124669

And that hasn't been the only nasty surprise in 6.0. Feels like QC is slipping a bit.

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

TaabuTheCat

Re: Value?

No need, until you run a remote desktop session with RDP or VMware View, and you NEED a frikkin mouse or trackpad!!!

Apple really knows how to kill a prime use case for this device.

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HP learns to walk and chew virtual gum at the same time

TaabuTheCat

Re: VMworld PSA:

Don't worry. It wasn't chicken.

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German spies sold out citizens to the NSA in exchange for super-snoop-ware XKeyscore

TaabuTheCat

Re: would this be a good time

Read the article about Google demanding Apple devs stop using HTTPS. It explains it all. No HTTPS until the ad networks support it.

I'd pay a reasonable subscription fee to the Reg for an ad-free, HTTPS version of the site. Be an interesting exercise to run as I suspect I'm far from the only one who would sign up, but you'll never know until you try.

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CommVault mired in losses. Will activist investors move in?

TaabuTheCat

Not worried? They should be.

I do find it interesting that no one (publicly) seems worried about Veeam, who just keep winning customer after customer every month with some awfully good products and a refreshingly open management style. These wins can't all be first-time buyers.

Full disclosure - happy Veeam customer for the last two years.

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

TaabuTheCat

Manufacturing capacity

Why do I get the feeling the biggest problem with this technology will be making enough of it?

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Everything you know about OpenStack is wrong

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Vendors

This is so bad from a major vendor's perspective ("What do you mean, they can just replace our stuff??) that I find it hard to believe it will get serious (deep) support. Sure, they'll offer a driver so they can check the "Supports OpenStack" box, but how can this be in their interest over the long term?

The vendor sales model is built around lock-in. The very last thing they want is to enable competition, so if you think the marketing guys are dictating engineering decisions today, just let them get one whiff of this and see what happens.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

TaabuTheCat

One thing you didn't show...

Is the "Optional" setup screen when you first install the OS - you know, the one they bury as deep as possible so you'll just install the OS with the "take all my data" defaults. Any review really needs to show the settings on that screen so you can see what Microsoft takes without really asking. How many users are ever going to see that screen?

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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Nadella's words

I believe congratulations are in order amanfrommars1, for landing a new job. Well played.

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SPICEWORKS FAIL: Are we ready for ‘social’ network administration?

TaabuTheCat

Why do we act surprised when this happens?

People want free/cheap, and then complain when the very model that gives them free/cheap comes with decisions made in the best interests of those providing free/cheap. That you would expect anything else is what's surprising.

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Comcast 'flees $45bn monster-merger with Time Warner Cable'

TaabuTheCat

Yes!

Maybe, just maybe, all the email sent (including mine) opposing the merger actually had some effect. At least that's what I'll tell myself for today, before we find out the real reason they killed it. Still good news regardless. The very last thing we need is Comcast controlling/destroying more of the market.

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

TaabuTheCat

On the brighter side...

It's really telling - and cause for optimism - that 170 complaints is "unprecedented". What it means is the lot of us (me included) need to stop spending all of our time bitching on forums and start voicing our complaints where it can actually make a difference.

If all it took was 170 complaints to get them to actually DO something that caused Bell Canada to back down, there's still hope!

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

TaabuTheCat

IISCrypto to the rescue

IISCrypto (https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto/) is your friend. Makes seeing, changing, reordering and disabling cipher suites in Windows a breeze. No affiliation - just a happy user. And it's free!

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

TaabuTheCat

Just don't try installing 3001652

That's the patch for VSTO, and it hangs WU. Lots of reports of this today so it's another MS Patch Tuesday screwup. What's funny about this one is, I installed it first on a test machine using Windows Update and when the VSTO update ran it prompted me to accept the EULA, but when I ran it on machines served by WSUS it just hangs, preventing all other updates from running, and short of a reboot you can't kill it. Wanna bet it's waiting for an answer to the EULA without actually displaying it??

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

TaabuTheCat

"And then empty my back account."

I think you'll find they want to fill your back account.

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Quantum of Suspicion: Despite another $29m, D-Wave doubts remain

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Bitcoin mining

If it's any good at that, they have all the funding they need.

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FCC Commissioner argues for delaying February net neutrality ruling

TaabuTheCat

What he really means...

"...And there are a number of significant issues that have not received adequate consideration." translates to:

"We haven't even begun to shake down the cable/telcos yet. Give us some time work out how much our vote's worth, will you???"

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The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

TaabuTheCat

Re: Tinfoil Hats Unite!

"Why do things need the internet?"

How else are they going to collect subscription fees?

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Uber bends over for internal privacy probe amid stalking claims

TaabuTheCat

Priceless quote

"We’ve learned a lot in four and a half years"

Yeah, and clearly now you're going to abuse it for all it's worth!

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FTC tells 'scan to email' patent troll: Every breath you take, every lie you make, I'll be fining you

TaabuTheCat

They came after us.

We were one of their targets. Got multiple letters threatening a suit. Sent it all to our attorneys who basically told the trolls to fuck off, and if they came back again we would take action. Never heard from them again.

Nice to see the FTC finally acting, but I do wish they had given recourse to firms like ours who already spent money making these guys go away. 16K sounds about right.

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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FAIL

Don't forget Java!

Oracle is now recommending Java 8 U25, and if you install it over Java 7 it helpfully offers to remove the old "insecure" version (their words on the dialog box). The only trouble is, if you say "yes", it dutifully claims to have uninstalled version 7, but has not. It's still there, and still enabled. Way to go Oracle.

It gets better. If you then do the version check using the Java website and have only 8U25 installed, it tells you that you have the latest version installed and it found no insecure versions. But guess what? If 7 is still hanging around all you get is a message saying you have the latest version installed - zero mention of the insecure version of 7 still on your machine.

Seriously, you couldn't make this stuff up.

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'A motivated, funded, skilled hacker will always get in' – Schneier

TaabuTheCat

Preaching to the choir

"Are the techies on here not aware of how bad it is or are they just apathetic?"

Neither. Most simply don't have the decision-making and budgeting authority needed to make a difference.

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Concerning VMware’s vCloud Air: It's all about choice

TaabuTheCat

Bring your wallet

It all sounds really appealing and I'd love to give it a try, but the minimum buy-in just to test a couple of VMs is $1,000/mo., and that's for a very small Virtual Private Cloud offering. If I want dedicated, and I do if I have any hope of pleasing the auditors, then multiply that by 9x.

I just took a quick look and to replace my existing infrastructure with vCloud Air I'd need at least 2x Dedicated Cloud instances - nearly $220,000 per year, NOT including backups. My current costs including multiple backups and a fully replicated environment in two DCs are 1/3 what it would cost me in Air. I just don't see how Air makes financial sense when you really start comparing costs.

Amen to giving up building crap and spending time solving business problems instead, but who can afford it?

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Everyone taking part in Patch Tuesday step forward. NOT SO FAST, Adobe!

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The incompetence knows no bounds...

Just went to the Flash Player distribution page, where you can download the latest installers for Flash. The page says it's version 15.0.0.152 but when you download the files (active x or the plugin) they are both still version 14. Someone at Adobe needs a serious ass whoopin'.

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