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* Posts by Tom Maddox

732 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

Microsoft: We tried to use Azure ourselves last year, and couldn't

Tom Maddox
Mushroom

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.

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Intel invests millions in social computing research center

Tom Maddox
Holmes

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.

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Stephen Hawking to demonstrate speech via brain scan

Tom Maddox
FAIL

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.

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Iran: Our nuke facilities still under attack by US, Israelis 'and MI6'

Tom Maddox
Angel

Re: Are they, or aren't they?

Well, there's this:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/newsbook/2012/06/iran-1988

Make of it what you will.

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Samsung frees fanboys from iPhone with freeware

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Re: "Reg readers - iTunes refuseniks to a man jack of 'em"?

And fanbois are masters of humorlessness.

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FATTIES are DESTROYING THE WORLD, scream mad professors

Tom Maddox
Devil

The harpoons . . .

. . . man them.

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Apple must be tried for the bug in every fanboi's pocket

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

Re: @Tom

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.

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Tom Maddox
Headmaster

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.

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Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

Tom Maddox
FAIL

U-G-L-Y . . .

. . . you ain't got no alibi.

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Tom Maddox
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Re: Metro was designed by experts

I see what you did there, unlike the people who downvoted you.

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Office 365: This cloud isn't going to put any admins out of a job

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

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!

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Tom Maddox
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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."

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Got no idea what Hadoop is, but think you need it? You're not alone

Tom Maddox
Trollface

Re: So..?

A stuffed elephant? Not sure whether that's literal or metaphorical, though.

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Tom Maddox
Devil

Unfair

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.

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Menaced cartoonist raises $60,000 for copywrong

Tom Maddox
FAIL

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?

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Is the Store Once Catalyst/B6200 8-node cluster a single system?

Tom Maddox
Meh

Missing facts

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.

There are a lot of ways we can slice this information, but how much you pay for what you get in terms of useable capacity and throughput are critical factors.

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Final countdown for NASA's NuSTAR X-ray black hole telescope

Tom Maddox
Joke

Sure

Haven't you ever heard of a specimen?

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New compute-'n'-storage cluster-box like 'iPhone for the data centre'

Tom Maddox
Alert

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.

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Steve Jobs was top of the flops, says Apple's Tim Cook

Tom Maddox
Trollface

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.

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Facebook needs Opera - to rescue it from dependence on Apple

Tom Maddox
Holmes

Re: Opera - top dog. AC@17:17

It's backlash against mindless Opera fanboyism.

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Dragon starts final approach to International Space Station

Tom Maddox
Joke

Fake

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!

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NetApp streaks ahead, avoids trip-up by bum flash leg

Tom Maddox
FAIL

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.

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Tom Maddox
Holmes

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.

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Fantasy cabal sells off novel-as-app platform

Tom Maddox
Coat

The Cabal?

There is no Cabal.

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EMC denies big server biz plans ... but IS building servers

Tom Maddox
Holmes

Inevitable, really

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.

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Google in the clear on Oracle patents

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

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.

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How to simulate a light armoured vehicle

Tom Maddox
Stop

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."

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Stuck in a dull conference? You need Verity's survival guide

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

Re: Can I suggest..

With the phrase "journey to the cloud" meriting a full -1.0.

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Japanese operator to test quake-proof floating phone-mast BLIMPS

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

Re: YEAH RIGHT

AndrueC, meet BIG DUMB GUY 555. He thinks his shtick is funny. So far, he's wrong.

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Microsoft scrapes Windows Azure name off cloudy kit

Tom Maddox
Stop

Re: emPHAsis on the Wrong syLLAble

"Read more on my blog"

How about . . . no.

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Boffins baking big-data single chip architecture

Tom Maddox
Mushroom

Re: – half an atomic layer of titanium – (?)

Simple, you just split the atoms.

What?

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The Pirate Bay cries foul over Pirate Bay copycats

Tom Maddox
Mushroom

Re: Ha, ha, ha, ha...

You, on the other hand, are my *least* favorite troll on the site.

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Finally, it’s the year of Linux on the desktop IPv6!

Tom Maddox
Go

DSL modems

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.

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

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.

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Tom Maddox
Headmaster

Re: "I literally cannot choose from the 2nd set of questions, none of them apply"

And:

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.

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Nokia, private equity chat about €200m bling phone firm sale

Tom Maddox
Go

Good, good

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.

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Griffin Helo TC Assault

Tom Maddox
Black Helicopters

"Message for you, sir"

Sounds better than sending intra-office email, that's for sure.

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Google KNEW Street View cars were slurping Wi-Fi

Tom Maddox
Coat

Engineer Doe?

More like "Engineer Duh," amirite?

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'Geek' image scares women away from tech industry

Tom Maddox
Boffin

I await the many comments on this article which further demonstrate why there are so few women in IT.

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Report: Microsoft tried and FAILED to offload Bing on Facebook

Tom Maddox
Trollface

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.

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Mobile phones still safe... probably

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

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.

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3.2 billion pixel sky-watcher a step closer

Tom Maddox
Joke

Pfft

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?

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Apple screws UK disties, punts just 13,000 iPads to channel

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

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."

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Moody's downgrades Nokia to near-junk status

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

Re: Nokia will come good

Good, good, now reeeeeel them in . . .

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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

Tom Maddox
Holmes

Re: skewed

"These polls are highly skewed by what kind of viewer responds."

The hell you say.

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Chinese coders beat all-comers

Tom Maddox
Holmes

Re: Dueling Headlines

China != Asia.

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Softphones strangled by smartphone battery life

Tom Maddox
Angel

Like this?

Yo dawg, I heard you like phones, so I put a phone on your phone, so you can phone while you phone.

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Judge: Checking Facebook at work is not a crime

Tom Maddox
Mushroom

Re: "We take no responsibility..."

Lighten up, Francis.

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DoJ could start Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit this week

Tom Maddox
Go

Re: Wholesale vs Price Fixing

One correction:

Apple say, "Sell via us, and you can set any price you like, as long as we get 30% and you sell no cheaper through any other outlet."

Publishers respond, "So, we can set our price at whatever we like, and we can use our deal with Apple as an excuse not to lower it for anyone? Done!"

Amazon: "Hey, what happened to our volume discount?"

Publishers: "You know, it's a real bummer, but we signed this deal with Apple, so we can't offer you lower prices anymore."

Amazon: "That's really going to cut into our sales of both ebooks and ebook readers."

Publishers: "Suck it, Amazon. Suck it long and suck it hard."

Ironically, if the publishers had just negotiated harder with Amazon in the first place, they wouldn't be in this situation.

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Nokia shares fall as it drops first quarter forecast

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

Re: The start of a beautiful friendship

Two people (so far) have missed the subtle irony in your post.

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