168 posts • joined Tuesday 25th January 2011 23:55 GMT
Re: BeiDou needed?
Also, BeiDou is fully operational over Chinese soil, all they are doing now is expanding it to cover the rest of the world all the time.
I would actually like to know more
Whilst everyone else is going mental about how useless NATS are, I would honestly like to know about what happened, why, what systems are in place to deal with things like this and what changes will be made. Incident response on large critical systems like this always makes for a very interesting case study to improve your own professional practice.
On somewhat of a side note from the article...
Creating a custom word processor for specialist tasks (as mentioned in the article) is easier than you think.
One of the best examples, created in house cheaply, is ALMA (Automated Letter Management) from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It manages all the clinical correspondence from the doctors, even automatically injecting them into the right part of the electronic notes, and has an additional spell checker covering medical terminology.
Take a look at http://alma.io/ for an example of IT Done Right for Once.
Re: Enterprise drives are NOT designed to be more reliable
With a better warranty and returns process as well. Also, you are going to struggle finding many consumer SAS drives if you want something that isn't going to flood crap onto your your control plane when it dies, taking your NAS / SAN node down with it (as the SATA protocol is designed to do).
FYI the link to Action Fraud is wrong, it should be http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/. It's run by the City of London Police who have overall responsibility for fraud and internet crime and pass (mostly statistics) on to people like the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, other police forces, the NCA and the National Intelligence Machinery. Action Fraud are worth contacting if you have been the victim of any fraud, even if it's just someone making an unauthorised charge on your credit card.
Re: I want to play with VMs
And a Hyper-V is built into Windows 8 Pro if you have it: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/hyper-v-run-virtual-machines. If you want some free basic certifications take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/click/services/Redirect2.ashx?CR_CC=200331171 (if you get it done soon you can take the in person exam for free) or http://www.joshodgers.com/2013/10/06/vmware-certified-associate-data-center-virtualization-cloud-and-workforce-mobility/ for VMWare.
Re: How else is the NHS supposed to do this?
Again, to use an example from the article. In Farnham Virgin Healthcare are the provider of Diabetic Eye Screening. In East Anglia it's Health Intelligence ltd.. Oh dear, it looks like private companies may already be getting some data. Likewise, companies like Ramsey Healthcare (own lots of private hospitals) and Specsavers (hearing aids and glasses) do a lot of NHS work.
If the issue is private company involvement in the NHS, it should be taken up as the issue of private companies being allowed to bid for NHS contracts, not used as a complaint to dismantle any kind of data transfer or data sharing programmes.
How else is the NHS supposed to do this?
It should be pointed out that a lot of 'data sharing' has gone on for many years within the NHS, and is required for it to function.
A couple of examples:
Diabetic Eye Screening. This is referenced in the article. For any screening programme to function it has to know who they should be screening, and where they live so they can send a letter out telling the patient to turn up. Currently that means every GP in the country posting or faxing a form to their local screening programme every time they get a new diabetic patient, the patient moves house, changes their name, dies etc. This is ridiculous, how exactly would anyone suggest that this information gets from the GP to the screening programme if not through automated data transfer? Shall we stick with the faxing of handwritten forms?
The HES, or Hospital Episode Statistics. Hospitals are paid based on their results from treating patients. For example, if a patient is discharged following surgery, and is then readmitted within 28 days, it is assumed that the discharging hospital sent them home too early. The hospital that performed the surgery and discharged them has to pay for the new admission, even if the patient is admitted to another hospital. How exactly is anyone supposed to notice that a patient is readmitted soon after discharge so the first hospital can be penalised without automated data transfer? If we stop this, hospitals can go back to discharging patients too early without worrying about losing money, or it being noticed by the regulator. People will only start to notice when many patients die. The data has to be recorded and checked to keep hospital managers honest.
Just two examples there of problems that cannot be solved by going back to paper records locked in filing cabinets. Does anyone have any idea how to solve them without any sort of data sharing?
Re: Flash on Android
And Flash was never very well supported on Android anyway - I think it was only ARMv7 chips that they bothered to compile it for.
Unfortunately, it's not technically possible without a lot of faff. You can 'spoof' the CLID with little effort, or simply provide no CLID for a start, so blocking based on a CLID beginning with 00 is no real use. Likewise with modern IP based systems many domestic calls may well be routed through a cable that is outside of the UK's borders, so basing it in what route a call comes from is useless.
Re: Hmmm, no website
Yup. I am in the North West near Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool (if you are desperate) airports. Travelling BA or one of the other big boys quite often means either getting to a London airport by public transport, or a connecting flight somewhere (even if it is just Manchester to Heathrow), so I end up travelling with whoever is cheap and will get me there is a reasonable time from home. Farting around getting to Gatwick, Luton (or even Heathrow) by train from north of London will take most of a day.
This means when going to Canada I can only fly Air Transat, as they are the only airline that offers direct flights from non London airports to Canada; everyone else takes 14 hours to get me to Toronto.
Re: I wonder...
You mean something like the codes on MS' site here?
There are various ways that MS allows volume licences or OEM licences to continue to work.
I do echo your question about how perpetual licences may or may not continue to be activated after April next year though.
Well, lets see what Oracle's cloud prices turn out to be compared to everyone else under the sun. Unless they are offering something special I don't see many people jumping to their IaaS at standard Oracle prices.
Heck, Windows has had Volume Shadow Copy built in for well over a decade now, so the software doesn't even need to know, just ask the OS to manage it.
It's a similar situation for POSIX, just ask the OS to manage it for you and copy the blocks you are fed.
Re: How to make a big company pay their debts on time
A follow on from above. The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2002 (SI 2002 No 1674) and now the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013 means you can apply interest and penalty payments for late payments, regardless of what you have written in your contract (you cannot 'agree' that these laws do not apply to you).
These laws mean (amongst other things) you can charge interest at 8% over base rate and an additional fixed penalty charge of £40, £70 or £100 (depending on the size of the debt) as well as the 8% over base rate of interest. Note that these laws specifically apply to business to business contracts.
Go read the information here as well. Even if you don't use it, you should know about it to at least protect yourself from other people using it on you if you pay late.
Re: How to make a big company pay their debts on time
It's not as bad as you might think. Go have a look at a site by Andrews and Arnold (AAISP) at http://www.paylate.co.uk/. It explains how they go about dealing with late payers and how you can too. It's highly effective!
Re: Magnetic Tape vs Magentic Platter
Or, more to the point, how much would this solution cost compared to doing the same thing with LTO-6? Even if you need more tapes and drives, if Oracle go crazy with the pricing it might not be worth it.
Re: All day and then some for backup
Also, 68 exabytes in one library? Why would you? You are not going to be able to restore most of that in any reasonable time, and if the room sets on fire you've just lost 68 exabytes in one go.
But my word, 8.5 terabytes on one drive in one night is pretty good going.
Re: Bandwidth != LAtency
I wonder if the compiler / kernel will be able to attempt to 'intelligently' allocate or shift threads to cores where the other threads that need to 'talk' to the first one are a small number of hops away.
i.e. thread A keeps shoving stuff at thread B, so move A to a core one hop from B.
Whilst very complicated, I wonder if it would be worth the effort.
Has anyone done any Serious Work with Google's new cloud offerings? I would love to know if Google Compute Engine is generally 'better' / easier / more reliable etc than AWS (excluding the higher cost) now that they have both bedded in a bit.
Re: One region? What's the big deal?
One of the issues with EBS in certain failures is that the breaking doesn't always work. Sometimes you just get a 100x slowdown one disk, without any 'breaking', until you detect and route around the slowdown. Other times Amazon reports that a disk transaction has been committed, but if you try and read it back you get corrupted data every time you try; indicating a corrupted write in the first place (this is rare, but anyone who has spent much time with any hefty EBS instances will have seen this). So you can end up with corrupted data on both master and slave copies before any of Amazon's stuff actually reports that anything might be wrong, whilst what you have left runs like a drain.
This does not make reliability engineering very easy.
Basically, it's not that EBS fails (you should plan for that as has been mentioned) it's that it sometimes fails in completely unexpected ways that go against the documentation on how it should fail, and you don't necessarily notice that it's gone off on an acid trip until it is too late.
It also doesn't help when multiple availability zones break at the same time, or when the failover takes forever because everyone else is failing over with you.
I should point out that I haven't touched AWS recently, so Amazon may have miraculously fixed all of this, and this latest issue is some unrelated problem.
Any one with more up to date knowledge of AWS care to weigh in?
Re: This is just getting ....
Follow the procedure at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions/about/complaints-procedure or http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/complaints-appeals/how-to-complain/index.htm in writing. Keep escalating along that procedure, keep to the timescales.
The squeakiest wheel gets the grease
You can FOI the Post Office - it's a public corporation. See http://www.postoffice.co.uk/our-publication-scheme and https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/post_office
Could be interesting.
This, with the new 12c database and the Sparc cluster announced last week do look like a very interesting proposition, both from a business and sysadmin perspective.
But I dread to think what the price would be; I have a feeling that Oracle won't want to offer big discounts even if you buy all three with 'premier' support.
Speaking of Oracle support, I understand that the support offered by the Oracle compatible EnterpriseDB version of PostGres is a breath of fresh air; they actually do something to help.
Re: GreyWolf AC: This wasn't a hardware flaw. This wasn't a mainframe flaw.
There is a fair point about whether a full rip and replace would have been warranted.
Whilst there does come a point at which a system becomes so unwieldy the only option is to bin it, RBS do not feel that the time has come to put themselves through that pain.
Anybody think that moving to SAP would be a better bet for RBS? It seems more like simply swapping to a different kind of masochism to me...
Re: Blame us customers.
Yup! Though some up-start vendors are at least beginning to tackle this. Nexenta are a pretty good example - although they are the software people, they have a list of people who sell fully 'certified' solutions where you have one number to ring for support and a very detailed 26 page list of supported hardware components if you want to do it yourself.
Even with that though there is still a way to go generally in the market before most people would be willing to actually buy one. Would you trust your storage to one of these?
Whilst a little extreme, I do get your point. SQL Server is well known for having a really nice suite of management tools, but I was also hoping for some details on the database itself - at least as far as how the latest version compares to, say, Oracle, DB2 or PostGres.
Anybody got any pointers? I've not touched the last two versions of SQL Server at all, but have just been told that I may have to do some 'data quality' and 'migration' work as part of DB being adopted by our organisation.
Re: Don't buy an Xbox One
Unfortunately, yes. This has been happening for a few years now; even the major players who don't go bankrupt are not immune.
For example, Microsoft used to run a service called MSN Music that let you stream and download songs, but when they launched the ill fated Zune, they killed off the old MSN Music, including the DRM servers. You could only listen to anything you had bought on "authorised" devices that you had already played them on. There was no way to move them to another system.
Even better is, as some people discovered, Windows Media DRM is sensitive to the hardware configuration of the system - if you add, change or disable a new piece of hardware (which can sometimes include changing BIOS settings) the DRM system kills itself and requires re-authorisation, which you now cannot get.
All in all a bit of a failure all round.
Re: We need fewer registers not more!
Dear lord. The main problem with x86 chips is that they are register starved. How many general purpose registers (GPRs) does x86 have? 6. But the x86_64 chips manage to get as high as 14 GPRs. Whew!
Even 32 bit ARM chips manage to have 16 GPRs for goodness sake. SPARC has 31 and Itanium 128 GPRs.
As any electrical engineer or anyone who has had the misfortune to have to do any Assembly programming will tell you; only having 6 usable registers is a massive pain in the behind.
Re: Too late to opt out?
You can 'opt out' of all sorts of stuff if you want to. See here for SCR.
As for the Big National Database of everyone registered with the NHS:
"There are a small number of patients who feel that the existence of a database containing their contact details may place them at increased risk and may want to have details within their records restricted and flagged.
It is important for healthcare staff who are approached with requests for a patient's record to be flagged to understand and communicate to patients that flagging a record should not be undertaken lightly, because of the potentially significant impact on the ability of the NHS to deliver joined-up healthcare.
Flagging a record as 'sensitive' will mean that local NHS IT systems will be unable to retrieve your address, telecomms details, registered GP Practice and alternative contacts (such as next of kin) from the PDS. The information will still be held nationally, however.
As a patient, if you require your record flagged you should contact your GP. Similarly, if you wish to have a flag removed from your record this should be done through your GP. Further information for healthcare professionals is available on the NHS CFH nww (N3 connection required) site (N3 connection required)." See the HSCIC's site for more information.
Well, NHS Direct doesn't even exist anymore in England, and when it did exist it wasn't available in Scotland or NI.
And there are a lot of 'needs an account or phone number to go further so we have no information' as well.
Yup. Even now, how is that whole "tape is dead" thing going? And that's for an extremely limiting medium that can't even do random reads and writes. It's going to be a while before disk dies off.
2.5" is finally taking off now that Perpendicular recording has settled down properly.
(For more fun, there's also this).
Re: Inquiring minds want to know
Seriously though, how long before this Kernel appears in mainstream distributions like Ubuntu, and how long before it gets to the stable 'enterprise' distributions like Red Hat and Debian?
Re: Happy with mine
Variable pricing. Here we go!
This already happens in parts of North America. Have a look at The Ontario Energy Board's Time of Use prices for an example of what smart meters enable.
Well, the Fujitsu SPACs aren't too shabby for certain calculations. If they are intending to do plain floating point calculations with numbers that fit into a 64 bit register though; no integer or hugely long string work then yeah, just stick with Intel or AMD.
However, there are a few big reasons when designing a massive systems like this that you may take the performance hit and go for SPARC. If I recall correctly (do say if I'm wrong or out of date):
- SPARC should use less power for the same flops output,
- The memory controller is not on the CPU, so it is easier to have lots of memory accessible at once, and to move stuff around the system without blocking up the CPU.
- Better standard interconnects for shoving lots of data around.
- It also deals with threads differently to x86, which can be useful in some cases, but I can't remember the details now.
Remember that SPARC stands for Scalable Processor Architecture; it (used to be) easier to engineer big systems, though it is clear you can do this with x86 now.
Anybody know if it is still worth using SPARC for systems like this?
Re: where do they get these numbers
They are probably thinking about the higher utilisation you (should get) with public clouds.
Lets assume that instead of you buying a 'rack' of servers you rent each *VM* for $0.30 per hour that it is active. You are now likely to design your systems to have fewer VMs active at any one time, but when they are active use them more.
Re: The true costing model
To a certain extent, yes. Having a serious quote from a competitor is the way to go each time you want to buy a license, and to strongly consider buying at least one component from someone else anyway (like the DB for example).
If someone else can do what you want, even if it is something like Microsoft Dynamics, don't force yourself on SAP.
It doesn't matter how hard you push though, SAP are notoriously inflexible on pricing and terms compared to other vendors.
Bull sell a load of IBM like stuff under licence from IBM, including Power/AIX and Mainframe systems. They're also very big into Open Source. Also a company to look at, if only to get a quote to wave at IBM to get a discount.
Re: They'll just go offshore
This is a similar to the solution selling stuff into the EU from just outside the EU, normally from a country with a free trade agreement signed. However, you have to be careful here, as even where NAFTA is in place you still have some items rated for customs duty, and even where items are duty free, some are still liable for customs clearance at the border, slowing things down and increasing costs.
Shipping things from across the border may help in many cases, but is not a universal panacea.
This could be useful in a few different ways.
I saw this slightly differently. It shouldn't be too much work for this to be integrated with your ticket management system, so you can just run your support requests directly through your internal procedures, handy for ITIL if nothing else.
I'm honestly not sure how much use automatically opening tickets would be though - you have to remember that Amazon will at no point actually *do* anything; the best you can expect is them telling you what you've got wrong and leaving you to fix it.
Re: Promises, promises
What I am going to be interested in is the bang per buck. How much would an equivalently performing Intel / Nvidia or AMD combo cost for a laptop? If the Intel chip is cheaper, then it becomes very interesting for users that don't do any serious 3D gaming or major CAD works.
If it is more expensive though, or years behind, then I agree that something is amiss.
Re: Independent ISP...
A key point you need to know about PlusNet; they are in fact, BT. Simply with lower prices and better support, but fully owned by BT. This means you are basically getting the standard BT Wholesale fibre offering, just like BT Infinity, just without the home hub and free wifi minutes.
Re: It's worse than you think.
Adobe will, in fact, give you a plain EXE or MSI directly linked from a simple HTML page, with no bundled anything.
Annoyingly, if I gave you the direct link, they would sue me.
The only way to get it is to fill in the rediculous form at https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=distribution_form&pv=fp and get them to email you the link. Yes, I can barely believe it either.
Re: Not a Dropbox replacement... yet!
Heck, I had a webDAV server running off a home broadband connection in 2004 (and very useful it was too), but it it certainly didn't do any automagic synchronization.
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