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eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

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Curse you, eBay

That's it, really.

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Tegile adds dash of disk to flash, hopes to taste cash

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Re: Entry level storage array coverage?

The low-end stuff usually ends up in Reg Hardware from what I've seen, but I think Chris Mellor has written up some of the midrange systems as well.

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Facebook shares hit all-time low

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Re: Yep.

I'll bite. From a layman's perspective, there are two problems:

1) The inside investors have already paid for their stock; that's why they're called investors. You can't short-sell what you've already bought. However, even if you could . . .

2) Regulators probably tend to take a dim view of shorting (or trading of any sort in the stock) by an inside investor due to it being--wait for it--*insider* trading. The minimum penalty would probably be significant fines plus disgorgement of profit; the maximum probably involves Federal PMITA prison.

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CEO: NetApp revenues falling, but 'we aren't in a clampdown'

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Re: No mystery

No one buys NetApp (or EMC or IBM) because the products are low-cost; they buy them because they're reliable and have a rich feature set. If you want cheap, buy a Linux server, run Samba on it, and throw a big wad of direct-attached storage at it.

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BOYLE and BONG: The secret story of my OLYMPIC TRIUMPH

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Re: Irvine Welsh...

Not only that, but Mao never said "People like me sound like a lot of big cannons." That was actually Winston Churchill.

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Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo

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Re: Errrrr....

Probably the same amount that Moore and Lloyd are paying to the descendants of Guy Fawkes.

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World celebrates System Administrator Appreciation Day

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Possible correction

It's also known as Sysadmin Appreciation Day. How's the acronym for *that*?

<--Beer, because . . . yeah.

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Zynga plays BLAME GAME with Facebook as stock tanks 40%

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Quel surprise

Typical Zynga gameplay mechanic:

10 Click on something

20 Wait

30 GOTO 10

I can't imagine why people are losing interest.

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Sysadmins! There's no shame in using a mouse to delete files

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Thank you!

One of the biggest turn-offs about working in IT is the prevalent my-sideism, especially the recurring assertion of personal superiority based on how one uses technology. Explanations to fanboys of various stripes that one has an actual need for a technology or approach which is not the one they prefer tend to fall on deaf ears.

Newsflash: your choice of technology or how you use it does not make you a superior being.

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Samsung SMACKDOWN: US appeals court keeps ban on Galaxy Tab

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Re: You are. This isn't a case of American courts prefering American companies.

You may also be aware, since you know so much, that the 9th Circuit is also the *largest* of the circuit courts, having the most judges and hearing cases from almost 20% of the US population (source: http://judgepedia.org/index.php/United_States_Court_of_Appeals_for_the_Ninth_Circuit).

Of course, yes, the composition of the court probably is from a more enlightened populace than you'll find in flyover land, the Rust Belt, or the boondocks, whichever of those you happen to hail from, you provincial bumpkin.

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Microsoft posts first-ever quarterly loss

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Re: RIP

Big Dumb Guy 555, is that you?

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Wikipedia failing to recruit any new admins

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Re: The reason is.....

Consider me corrected. In fairness, that's the rule I was taught, but it wouldn't be the first time my teachers were wrong. Here's a slightly more authoritative take on it: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/01/can-i-start-a-sentence-with-a-conjunction/. Taking Wikipedia's word for the "rule" would seem inappropriate in this context.

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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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Oracle tries to bust out of storage also-ran box

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Re: Oracle had a storage business...

Do tell: why is Pillar a joke?

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New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

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Re: Absorbs light rays completely...

Thatsthejoke.jpg

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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'

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

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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

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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

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Re: Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V

Yes.

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Google denies Redmond report of a spamming Android botnet

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"spell color any way we please"

Correctly?

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BOFH: The back-up backdown smackdown

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Re: The story....

Don't you mean "hop and hop"?

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Obama is best Pres 'to beat alien invasion'

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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Re: So..?

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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'

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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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