688 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007
Re: Right :-)
Yes, because when I think of Microsoft, I immediately think "networking." Why, I've got a Microsoft switch sitting right here . . . no, wait, I don't.
You seem to have mistaken "server" for "network." Sun made the same mistake, and now look where they are.
Years ago, I received a report that we had a faulted UPS at our data center, which, as it failed, would take out half the power supplies in one of our production racks. I duly headed down to investigate, saw that the fault light was on and the battery drained. Assuming that it might just be a temporary glitch, I hit the reset button on the UPS. The next thing I heard was a great, terrible silence as all of our production systems, including our core switches and SAN, went offline due to every single UPS in the data center shutting down. After I changed into my emergency pair of brown trousers, I called the most senior manager I could get hold of and explained that we were dead in the water, resulting in an "all hands on deck" call.
The scenario which emerged was as follows:
Due to a lack of confidence in the data center's UPS/generator system, we had installed our own UPS units. Fire safety laws mandated that all power in the facility be able to be shut down, so the UPS units were wired into an emergency power off circuit: one, single emergency power off circuit. When I reset the faulted UPS, it shorted back into the EPO circuit, which caused every other UPS in our cage to receive an EPO signal and shut down. The led to a bunch of us standing around the back of the culprit UPS with an electrician, trying to safely remove the EPO wire, which would not come out due to being physically fused to the plug. Eventually, we got to a Mission Impossible/James Bond-style scene where the wire cutter came out and we had to make the call to just cut it and hope that nothing worse happened.
One crispy-fried electrician later . . . (I jest, of course)
With the EPO circuit cut off, all the other UPSes came back on line, powering everything back up. We took out the offending UPS and began the cleanup process. Fortunately, it only took us about four hours from initial failure to final confirmation that our production systems were back up.
The UPS manufacturer's response to this behavior by their faulty hardware amounted to "bummer, dudes." A few weeks later, we pulled them all out, having decided it was better to rely on the datacenter's power backup instead.
Re: The story....
Don't you mean "hop and hop"?
Alternately, they take a look at the differences between him and his predecessor, determine that evolution on Earth is so rapid as to be miraculous, and nuke the entire planet lest we evolve into gods by the end of the century.
Re: Currency conversion
I see what you did there.
If they tried to include drachmas (drachmae?), the conversion would have to include one of those spinning number counters linked to a 4096-bit unsigned integer field.
Color me impressed that the executives were willing to sit down and do this exercise. Color me even more impressed that they actually were capable of even attempting to build an application. I would love to see similar news come out of other companies.
Re: Architect is a professional person not a verb.
Just as soon as you pompous, toothless, tea-swilling Benny Hill aficionados stop putting "u" in too goddamn many words.
Re: PARC Fail?
It didn't fail as a creative enterprise, but it probably failed in terms of making Xerox shedloads of cash. Imagine if you will a world where Xerox had been the ones to bring to market Ethernet, the personal computer, etc. It probably wouldn't make that much of a difference to the consumer, but Xerox would be a household name for something besides unreliable photocopiers.
Re: Great! If only he still had something to say.
Quite right. He should instead stick to the work of true geniuses everywhere, anonymous content-free posts on obscure web sites.
Re: Are they, or aren't they?
Well, there's this:
Make of it what you will.
Re: "Reg readers - iTunes refuseniks to a man jack of 'em"?
And fanbois are masters of humorlessness.
The harpoons . . .
. . . man them.
Fair enough. My point was more centered around my second sentence, which is that other manufacturers acting with malfeasance does not let Apple off the hook.
Then someone may be welcome to sue them, as well, but no one has. That others may also be guilty does not imply Apple's innocence.
U-G-L-Y . . .
. . . you ain't got no alibi.
Re: Metro was designed by experts
I see what you did there, unlike the people who downvoted you.
Maybe you should solicit the editorial staff with a proposal to write your own blog, then. It seems rather pointless to complain in a comment on the blog about how the blog's content, which is clearly about the author's own experiences, is not suitable to your own experiences.
I frankly have to question the sanity of someone who reads an entire series of articles and then complains that the content is uninteresting or irrelevant. It's not like Trevor's blog is new, so the content should not come as a surprise.
For my part, as someone who deals quite heavily in Windows and virtualization, I find Trevor's blog posts quite enlightening much of the time, so I say for him to keep doing more of the same!
Re: Different way of working
What this sounds like, ironically, is the Lotus Notes fanboys' typical defense of their beloved pile of festering feces: "Notes doesn't suck, you're just using it wrong."
Actually, now that I think about it, that's the generic fanboy's response to anything, e.g. "You're holding it wrong."
A stuffed elephant? Not sure whether that's literal or metaphorical, though.
It looks like it peaked out at 0.15%, which is almost 0.2% if you round the least significant digit. Of course, that last bit in the chart does make it look as though it's coming down from 0.15%, so perhaps 0.1% is closer to the current mark.
On the other hand, I typically round .1% to, you know, 0.
Re: 'A popular internet cartoonist'
So . . .
* You are unable to determine from the name of the artist his gender
* You assume that because you haven't heard of something, it's not popular
* You draw an equivalency between the content creator (who has, at last count, raised over $75,000 per charity to fight cancer and protect wildlife) and the person stealing the content
Tell me again who the wanker is?
How do the two systems compare price-wise? If they cost about the same, and the HP system has a single addressable namespace, then I'd say that EMC is splitting hairs. If the HP system is 4x the cost, then you're really buying four different systems and slapping a manager in front of them.
Haven't you ever heard of a specimen?
Sounds pretty cool . . .
. . . but how does it integrate with existing VMware clusters? If I chuck it into an environment with an existing infrastructure, how will they interoperate? I'm guessing that one has to use storage vMotion to move VMs from one environment to the other, effectively creating a silo of Nutanix resources.
Re: Why do people care so much about the Foxconn rebranding thing?
"Yet for some reason people are only getting up in arms over Apple."
Not people, fanbois.
"Let it GO people."
A worthwhile plea, but one I'm guessing will fall on deaf ears.
Re: Opera - top dog. AC@17:17
It's backlash against mindless Opera fanboyism.
The photo is obviously fake. First of all, where are all the stars? Second, look at that terrible resolution--this was obviously cobbled together quickly in Photoshop. The Earth looks like it comes from a '90s-era videogame!
Shame on you, El Reg, for publishing such misleading trash and continuing the decades-long government conspiracy-driven myth that humans have been to space!
Re: Chris Mellor has forgotten
That's nice. Wake me when they have a shipping product. It's way too late for NetApp to be "looking at lots of technology;" they need real product on the roadmap, or they're going to get their lunch eaten by EMC on the one hand and an assortment of leading-edge smaller vendors on the other.
Re: Why do you keep bringing up flash drives outside of the array?
EMC's Project Lightning flash and HP's rebranded TMS flash drives are about onboard server read-only flash cache, not flash drives per se. The value in it is that it allows read traffic to be cached, potentially taking signicant i/o load off the array. The reason to put flash cache on the server as opposed to or in addition to the array is that it allows much more effective acceleration of that particular server's workload, which is good for your critical systems. NetApp's FlashCache is an on-array technology (not off-array as incorrectly stated above), which is good for some workloads.
Both NetApp and EMC are behind the curve with flash technology, and they can afford to be, for the moment. Eventually, both NetApp and EMC need more compelling flash offerings; EMC seems to be on the ball, finally, with its XtremeIO acquisition, which leaves NetApp looking a little clueless on that front.
There is no Cabal.
Convergence of the datacenter stack is basically inevitable. Hardware is becoming commoditized, so that Cisco and EMC are basically building computers dedicated to a single purpose out of the same hardware and, in some cases, the same basic operating system. Since both companies already have expertise in building computers, why not expand that expertise into general-purpose computing and integrate the general-purpose product lines with the special-purpose ones, driving overall sales?
In theory, the customer could even benefit from this sort of arrangement, especially given the pain involved in configuring SAN connectivity--how much better would it be to have kit pre-configured and validated to work with your storage vendor's equipment? The next logical step is for Cisco to start making storage gear and EMC to start making storage switches.
Re: Probaby not too important from Oracle's point of view
Did you . . . you didn't . . . oh yes you did. You invoked Florian Mueller on The Register's comment board. I'm going to step well away from you and watch the hatefest.
In any case, this battle is far from over. Both companies are sure to fight this case to the bitter end (emphasis on the bitter), so look out for countless appeals and endless legal maneuvering.
Re: some actual photos of the simulators themselves would help!!!!
The reason for the "lack of meat" may be in this sentence:
"But not too revealing – in order to write this story we had to agree to vetting by the Australian Department of Defence."
Re: Can I suggest..
With the phrase "journey to the cloud" meriting a full -1.0.
Re: YEAH RIGHT
AndrueC, meet BIG DUMB GUY 555. He thinks his shtick is funny. So far, he's wrong.
Re: emPHAsis on the Wrong syLLAble
"Read more on my blog"
How about . . . no.
Re: – half an atomic layer of titanium – (?)
Simple, you just split the atoms.
Re: Ha, ha, ha, ha...
You, on the other hand, are my *least* favorite troll on the site.
I have installed custom firmware on my home router, so it now supports IPv6, but my DSL modem does not, so I would presumably have to tunnel IPv6 through an IPv4 connection, and I'm not sure there's even any point to that. I suppose I'll have to give it another go-round.
On the plus side, my printer's NIC died, so I no longer have to worry about IPv4 for that, clearing me to go IPv6 throughout the LAN.
Re: Oh look! Another excuse to bash apple!
I believe the tone of the review may have had something to do with it. You'll have noted that El Reg often uses rhetorical devices like sarcasm and irony, the intent of which is frequently lost on Jobsian cultists, resulting in Aggravated Butthurt in the First Degree, from which Apple has clearly not recovered.
Re: "I literally cannot choose from the 2nd set of questions, none of them apply"
I'm excessively literal-minded, so I am unable to make up a memorable answer to any of these questions without having a nervous breakdown.
You are my very favorite troll on the whole site, not least because there are so many people who seem to miss what you're doing and thus get their Finnish panties in a wad. Normally I'm not in favor of trolling, but yours is just subtle enough that most people seem to miss it.
"Message for you, sir"
Sounds better than sending intra-office email, that's for sure.
More like "Engineer Duh," amirite?
I await the many comments on this article which further demonstrate why there are so few women in IT.
Re: If they really want better search results...
I just used both Bing and Google to look up two search phrases:
Bing gives crap results
Google gives crap results
The results are quite different, actually. Which one provides more *relevant* results depends on what you're looking for, I guess. Interestingly, this very article is sixth in Google rankings but does not appear at all on the first page of Bing results. What that means, I have no idea.
My god, you're right! No one ever talks about that stuff! Someone should be alerted, and Something Should Be Done! Maybe someone could form an organic food movement and press for the categorization and labeling of foods accordingly.
Everyone has been telling me how you need to focus on more than just the pixel count. Why don't they just have one of the ISS astronauts take a few pictures with an iPhone?
Re: El Reg is still smarting about Apple's refusal to have any official contact with them
Oh dear, I see you've misspelled "Apple is still smarting from El Reg's initial mockery, giving El Reg no reason not to continue sticking the boot in."
Re: Nokia will come good
Good, good, now reeeeeel them in . . .
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