* Posts by Tom Maddox

849 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

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Re: Turkey holding hands with America.

"Oh I see, you can comment as you please but I have to remain quiet."

I'm sorry, I thought there was an actual discussion taking place, but I see that you're actually trolling. Well played, then; I'm out. Get your fodder elsewhere.

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Re: Good Decision

Wat.

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Re: Turkey holding hands with America.

"So what's the difference ?"

It's the same as the difference between asking you to stop conflating dissimilar things and slapping a piece of duct tape over your mouth.

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CoreOS bags $12m, touts Tectonic – a DIY Google cloud for big biz

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Great tagline

Virtualization: it's like a mainframe, except cheaper, multi-vendor, modular, and distributable.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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Re: Bah!

"What on earth is Sharktank?"

Hard to say. One day, perhaps someone will invent a simple way of looking up publicly-available information from the convenience of your desk or "tele-phone"; until then, just try asking around.

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Hacked uni's admins hand ID theft prevention reward to data burglars

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Re: With a password of...

C0rrectH0rseB@tterySt@ple?

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Why organic kitty litter?? Why do we have kitty litter?

That's nice if you live in the countryside. For those of us who are city dwellers, the hazards posed by cars, feral humans, jumbo pigeons, and other urban hazards are a significant deterrent to letting the cats out.

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Organic cat litter

The rationale I was given for using "organic" (i.e., grain- or wood-based) cat litter is that the desiccants in cat latter are bad for both your cat and you, especially if you live in a smaller residence. This may just be marketing guff, however. On the other hand, it is demonstrably true that the higher-end cat litters last longer and don't get tracked around the house in the same way.

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Chief architect Beepy ready to take Pure’s flash somewhere new

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Re: Skunk Works?

This suggestion makes the most sense to me. Branching out into the hyper-converged space would be a huge tangent from their core business, but rearchitecting the array to use flash DIMMs or PCIe flash seems like it would massively improve performance in a variety of ways. SSDs in an AFA seem like a grossly inefficient way of providing flash RAM storage; they're more suited to providing flash storage in a hybrid array.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Force click?

I find your lack of faith . . . disturbing.

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Prez Obama cares about STEM so much he just threw $240m of other people's money at it

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Re: It's not about STEM

The point that you conveniently omit is that professions which tend to be mostly occupied by women are paid less and carry less prestige than professions which are mostly occupied by men. The push to diversity is in the interest of convincing women and minorities that they can, in fact, have careers in field which are traditionally dominated by white men and, indeed, convincing white men of the same thing.

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Nutanix 'working on a homebrew hypervisor', sources tell El Reg

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Makes sense to me

If you buy a Nutanix cluster now, Nutanix has specified the hardware as well as the software which controls it, but the software has to sit in a resource-intensive virtual machine which needs to communicate with another layer of software, the hypervisor, in order to manipulate the hardware. It would clearly be much more efficient to roll the management software into the hypervisor and manage all available resources directly, essentially consolidating two layers of abstraction into one, yielding more efficient resource consumption and management. Even better for Nutanix will be if they allow users to have multiple flavors of Nutanix (native and third-party hypervisors) in the same cluster.

On the flip side, I envision VMware leaving a horse's head in Nutanix's bed as a result of this announcement.

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Re: Own hypervisor

Turtles, all the way down.

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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Re: Dog Roll

That doesn't look so bad. It's probably more nutritious than what my university cafeteria served, and it might even taste better.

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FlashRay founder Pawlowski flees NetApp

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Interesting

Compare the current situation with NetApp's defense of Flashray in this thread.

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

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Re: Do not

And cricket is, let's face it, barely a sport at all.

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Revenge porn forbidden: Twitter bans hobby of bitter ex-boyfriends

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Craig Brittain

Craig Brittain, Craig Brittain, Craig Brittain

(best if read in Morgan Freeman's voice)

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White House taxes Silicon Valley to skill-up American workers

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Re: Reality check for the President

My experience with the CS degree requirement was that it's BS. I was certainly brought in for interviews for positions that nominally required qualifications I didn't possess such as a four-year CS degree; I can no longer remember the specific qualifications for the jobs I've worked at, otherwise I would say I was hired despite my lack of on-paper qualifications. On the other hand, having a degree or certification is useful for checking certain boxes when you either lack experience or are facing hot competition for a position.

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Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

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I, for one, await the many enlightened and tolerant posts sure to ensue in this thread.

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Fibre Channel's looking a bit flat. Bad news for these three firms

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Re: FCoE

Also:

'As for simplicity because it's "just Ethernet" I'd say FC is way harder for newbies to get wrong. Just plug it all in and it's normally good enough. ISCSI on the other hand needs all sorts of fettling to get it performing correctly.'

Pull the other one, mate, it's got bells on.

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Eliminating tape

Tape is easy to eliminate, as long as you don't have any regulatory obligations or other needs to archive data over a long period. Otherwise, tape is still king for archival storage.

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Mozilla mulls Superfish torpedo

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Re: Superfunked?

Yes. Yes, it definitely has. You should take your iPad to the nearest large body of water or open volcano and throw it in. iPads have been known to float, especially if running iOS 7 or later, so be sure to weight it down with a large amount of a highly dense substance such as gold. Before doing so, you should be sure to wipe all the data that might have come in contact with it, of course, including all cloud backups. You can never be too careful!

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Show me the money, America! It's time to learn how to pronounce 'Xiaomi'

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Re: Americans

Not only do we know how to pronounce aluminum, we know how to spell it correctly!

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Re: It's not just the last mile...

"How does it help me to have a driverless car to get me from Milton Keynes bus station up to the shopping centre [...]"

Let's be honest, don't you have worse things to deal with already? Try counting the concrete cows to calm down.

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Seagate’s EVault joins the backup providers swarm

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Re: A comment on your comment

Uhhhh . . . what? The big names out there are companies like EMC and Symantec, which are most certainly not funded by venture capital!

From what I can tell, the main reason that there are so many backup vendors is that most backup technology has significant limitations in terms of speed, cost, flexibility, usability, etc., so there's no good one-size-fits-all solution even for a particular market segment, leaving lots of room for competition.

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Uber hits PANIC BUTTON after India threatens to BAN dial-a-car firm

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Now to get taxi firms to do the same

It's very interesting that the same pressure is not brought to bear on incumbent taxi services. Because lord knows taxi drivers are never abusive, incompetent, drunk, dangerous, crooked, or otherwise hazardous. Having used traditional taxis for years and Uber more recently, I can tell you where my preference lies, surge pricing aside.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: Starve the Beast

Have fun trying to shoot "The Google." PROTIP: I bet Larry and Sergei can afford to buy better marksmen than you.

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

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Upvoted for excellent rantiness.

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Lawsuit schmawsuit: Pure lures EMC UK boss James Petter

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Raw vs. cooked

On the point about price for raw flash capacity, it's always worth asking what your immediate loss to provisioned overhead will be. For example, what RAID level are you going to implement, and what ratio of data disk to parity will you use? Going with a VMAX deployment, for example, you will lose 25% of raw capacity immediately to parity, assuming you use the recommended 3+1 configuration, which drives the cost per usable GB up into Pure's raw cost territory. Pure is counting on their array logic to bring that price down, and they seem to be able to do so, although with what effectiveness is unpredictable, which would also make Pure arrays challenging to manage, given that one might have a hard time knowing when the array is actually going to fill up.

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

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Re: Good Poodle!

[citation needed] And how.

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Yahoo! Says! Chrome, IE Users! Should! 'Upgrade'! To! FIREFOX!

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Obvious

It was obvious that my FF installation had been changed to Yahoo! (without my consent) when the search results started to mysteriously suck.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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Re: Was this written in 1998?

I was going to make the same comment. It probably makes for excellent excuse fodder, though: "We've got a BSOD on the PDC, so we need to TTFO it PDQ so we can see if it's DOA."

"Why not upgrade?"

"STFU."

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Twitter App Graph exposes smartphone spyware feature

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Re: Another NON-NEWS STORY

FTA:

So what does App Graph actually do? From the horse's mouth: “collecting the list of applications you have installed”, so it can (of course) “build a more personal Twitter experience for you” to “deliver tailored content that you might be interested in”.

In short, the application is collecting data about what you have installed and sending it back to Twitter for the data to be analyzed so that more focused ads can be served. On Android, they at least have the defense that the user agreed to that particular "feature" when installation Twitter; on iOS, not so much.

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Re: What a waste of humanity

While I agree with your assessment of Twitter as a <cough> "platform," I think you have misunderstood the scope of the issue. In this case, Twitter is to be applauded for revealing that Android allows this kind of malfeasance.

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Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix

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Yay!

An even shittier version of Amazon Video with ads? Sign me up!

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Good

I'm sure that Destroy All Monsters and Matt Bryant will be along shortly to tell me how wrong I am, but this is exactly the sort of thing that union representation is for: collective bargaining on behalf of an unskilled or semi-skilled workforce. I hope that it signals a boost in the visibility of unionization throughout Silicon Valley, the USA, and the world. Workers, especially workers with limited means and education, deserve the power that unionization and collective bargaining agreements bring them. It's time for the power of unions to rebound and spread throughout the world.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Most people . . . apart from hipsters and the elderly.

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

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Re: Not so much getting a little more American as...

Because a) they wouldn't be able to afford it and b) if they could, it would have been stolen along with everything else from the looted corpse. Also, c) the coffee shop was looted and burned years ago.

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

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Re: You've missed the point

What's needed is some sort of head-mounted induction plate so you can charge the phone while you're talking on the phone. It might make your head warm, but that could be a feature!

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Through the Looking Glass: Vulture pecks at software-defined storage

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Weasel words

How can you tell when a storage vendor is lying? When the spokesman's lips are moving.

This artificial distinction between "software-based" and "software-defined" is a case in point. It serves no purpose but to muddy the waters. Most storage arrays offer programmatic or API-level access; the question is, what is the hardware dependency? To my mind, "software-defined" means that the logical units of storage (volumes, containers, whatever) and any higher-level storage functions are governed by a control plane that is not dependent on a particular vendor's hardware, so I can drop the control software in a VM or on white box hardware and manipulate vendor-independent storage with it instead of having to pay for a particular array. That's it. Obviously, the individual vendors want to define "software-defined" as whatever suits their needs. (Now, one could argue that Nutanix is not SDS on that basis, and I would say that it falls into a gray area, where the storage is technically software-defined but tied to a particular vendor's architecture.)

Personally, I could give a rat's ass, I just want the vendors to be up-front with their product's limitations. I'm filled to the brim with storage buyer's remorse, so they can all die in a fire as far as I'm concerned (with one notable exception, who I won't name so as not to be called a shill by the usual suspects).

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Rich techbro CEOs told to SLEEP ROUGH before slamming the poor

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SV problems

The problem is not just one of income disparity (software engineers, CEOs, and other tech employees receiving orders of magnitude more income than workers in other fields), although that issue is significant, it's one of outflow. Because the Silicon Valley economy has so many highly-paid employees in tech and related fields (e.g., IP lawyers), prices for all goods rise. The well-to-do don't feel those price rises especially, but the people barely scraping by definitely do. Housing tops the list by a country mile, but the issue with housing is not just one of income disparity (demand), it's also a question of supply. San Francisco proper exists within a 49 square mile grid, and there's a limit to how much it even can be built up, to say nothing of all the issues caused by anti-growth crusaders. South of San Francisco, however, dwellers on the Peninsula and in the South Bay have made themselves a big part of the problem. From South San Francisco to San Jose, try finding more than a handful of residential buildings outside of downtown San Jose that are taller than three stories. Housing in and for the Valley has been artificially constrained by growth limits, while demand continues to grow, both in terms of population and income, meaning that there's no choice but for housing costs to spiral ever upward. It's all well and good to claim that someone should build more housing (and more housing is constantly being built), but the anti-growth laws on the books throughout the Bay Area are ruinous for the poor.

If the tech CEOs really want to do something helpful, they can lean on the mayors and city councils throughout the Bay Area to remove growth limits and fund improved public transportation. Rather than contributing handouts, they can contribute political will and financial capital towards fixing the one dominant issue that makes the Bay Area so expensive. They can also pay their damn taxes.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: If a service is free...

Free . . . you mean like The Register?

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Re: The questions of communications

. . . resulting, presumably, in an uptick in the sales of short range cellular jammers.

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SkyHawk array swoops down, 136TB claws extended

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You're kidding

"The company has recently changed its CEO to Frankie Roohparvar, with co-founder Radoslav Danilak giving up that position to become the CTO."

Chris, don't lie: you just made those names up to see if we're paying attention.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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How else would you construct that sentence:

". . . ever to leave in the back of a truck a Samsung assembly plant"? Awkward.

". . . ever to leave, in the back of a truck, a Samsung assembly plant"? Even more awkward.

". . . ever to leave a Samsung assembly plant, in the back of a truck"? Incorrect use of a dependent clause.

For anyone with even the minutest grasp of context, the sentence is perfectly clear. You could, I suppose, write "ever to depart a Samsung assembly plant in the back of a truck," but the assiduous pedant will still find a way to misconstrue it.

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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Re: Natterbox

Who?

(My point with that snide response being that it's not major news when some no-name company cranks out a niche piece of technology; it is major news when, say, Apple does it.)

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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Re: Not Apple's faust

Actually, this is precisely Apple's Faust. They've chosen to deal with the devil (B of A), and exchanged their soul for wealth and power. When you sup with the devil, make sure you dine with a long spoon.

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

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Yes, he was trying to say, "Don't worry your pretty little heads about asking for raises. The men above you will let you know what you're worth."

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Re: Meh

And we care because . . . ?

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