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751 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

Re: Absorbs light rays completely...

Thatsthejoke.jpg

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Wikipedia failing to recruit any new admins

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

Re: The reason is.....

Ahem . . . a few corrections.

* "Wikipedia" is a name, so the Wikimedia Foundation can spell it however they want. Also, Wikipedia was founded in America, where the root word of Wikipedia is spelled "encyclopedia," so your "correction" is wrong on two counts.

* One does not start a sentence with a conjunction.

* I think you mean "its incorrect former state."

* I also think you mean "spelling and grammar on wiki-paedia (sic) *are* appalling."

I just can't *imagine* why your edits aren't held up as exemplars of perfection!

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Cockfighting Reg hack cursed with cancer

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Meeeeemories

Back in the day, there was the WWW Grudge Match site (still up, much to my surprise: http://www.grudge-match.com), which famously pitted a rottweiler vs. a rottweiler's weight in chihuahuas: http://www.grudge-match.com/History/rott-chi.shtml. Not sure what the point is, except that Lester's poster made me reminisce longingly for the Grudge Matches.

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US county named 'area of outstanding natural stupidity'

Tom Maddox
Joke

Ah, that would explain those "loosers" that people talk so much about.

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Tom Maddox
Angel

Re: Florida?

Was going to suggest that Kitsap County is the Florida of Washington.

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Oatmealer rubs Operation Bear Love cash in troll's face

Tom Maddox
Trollface

And all without the DMCA

WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW, ORLOWSKI?!

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Is the Higgs boson an imposter?

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Re: The God particle ...

Not the best troll I've seen, but what the hell, I'll give you an upvote.

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Welcome, friend, to Metroland

Tom Maddox
Stop

Re: Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V

Yes.

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Google denies Redmond report of a spamming Android botnet

Tom Maddox
Trollface

"spell color any way we please"

Correctly?

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BOFH: The back-up backdown smackdown

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Re: At the risk of being serious...

Have you *met* the BOFH?

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

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Facepalm

Re: Wow

No, but at least they were willing to try; I have a hard time envisioning most corporate executives even being *able* to do this, much less willing.

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Tom Maddox
Go

Wow

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.

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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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California clears way for Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship'

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Cupertino

"Cupertino locals had complained that the 13,000 employees who will work in the glowy doughnut office will bring traffic and noise into the area without adding any amenities for locals. "

I'm forced to ask, who cares? It's *Cupertino*. There's nothing worthwhile there *now*; it's an endless sprawl of at-best modestly-wooded strip malls and suburbs. I believe the town motto is "Cupertino: At least we're not Sunnyvale."

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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

Tom Maddox
Mushroom

Contains one space battle

Sounds like someone set off a Genesis device. Look for the planet to explode in the not-too-distant future.

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Microsoft gets its hypervisor war face on, squares up to VMware

Tom Maddox
FAIL

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.

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Sysadmins: Your best tale of woe wins a PRIZE

Tom Maddox
Mushroom

My CSB

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.

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Darwin alarmed by six-legged mutant cane toad

Tom Maddox
Coat

Re: The story....

Don't you mean "hop and hop"?

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Obama is best Pres 'to beat alien invasion'

Tom Maddox
Mushroom

Re: Yep

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.

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Microsoft's offices gutted in Athens arson attack

Tom Maddox
Coat

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.

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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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