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VMware 5.5: Plenty that's new and exciting... but what about the obvious stuff?

Joe 48

Re: Too feature rich?

At no point did I claim Hyper-V was better, in fact i didn't say anything about which is the best platform. I stated that it does what a large amount of my customers need at a price point they like and I think the interface is quite clean and simple.

As you raised the point, for information all my recommendations are still generally VMware, unless their budget is tiny.

I've worked with Xen, VMware, RedHat, Hyper-V and even done one Oracle VM implementation. So I know the market and have a broad range of experience.

I'm still doing lots more VMware implmentations that Hyper-V but saying I'm talking bull**** as you so eloquently put it is just pointless. The market is shifting, it might not be huge but I'm seeing it and getting paid to do it!

No astroturfing going on, just facts based on market knowledge.

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Joe 48

Too feature rich?

I think VMware have gotten too big. The landscape is huge now and they're missing the simple things that keep the customers happy, like a robust license model. I see very few customers using the full suites VMware offer these days. Also they are starting to tread on the toes of the companies who have been integral to them over the years. vSan and NSX to name a few. I'm also seeing vendors going the other way. Cisco seem to be working more closely with MS these days.

I'm seeing a massive switch in customers not just going with Hyper-V at day one but also existing VMware customers moving to Hyper-V (2012 R2) which provides them with all the features they'll ever need at a great price point with imo a much simpler management interface. One than the admins can pick up much quicker. They can see a windows interface and don't have to deal with the confusion of which client to use in order to move a VM!

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

Joe 48

Re: Nice.

None of this made any sense.... So I stuck my head in a record sleeve instead. Felt more relevant to the article.

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Nvidia, VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud

Joe 48

Re: Finally, but we need cards with more RAM, i.e. 16GIG????

It'd be great if Apple would license OSX on other hardware so you can legally run it in ESXi. However for now its just a pipe dream.

Its also a royal pain in the butt to get it working and the performance isn't the best.

On topic, this is a good idea but you'd need serious bandwidth. I can see its place in the market as the technology grows and improves. For now I'd still stay in house for graphic intensive VDI work as you can provide the bandwidth to the end points much easier.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

Joe 48

Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

It might not be common place but GCHQ do provide assistance to the police in some cases when investigating child porn or other general computer crimes. I can think of two examples in the last few months where they have been involved in information gathering as the police simply don't have the skills to do it. I'm unsure about the NSA to be fair but GCHQ do this at times, although I agree its certainly not the primary focus.

My example of identity thief wasn't related to the main issue per say, it was more to highlight what the general public perceive as 'internet risks'.

A good debate all, always enjoy hearing other peoples views and you know you've done a good job commenting when you get voted down on the reg :)

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Joe 48

Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

Fair example. Quite possible they'd have suffered the same fate regardless though.

If I had a belief in that way then I'd not hide away. Even if it wasn't written down on a piece of paper I'd stand up and fight for it anyway.

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Joe 48

Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't. @Joe

Considering my views are pro snooping who's to say I don't already work in the trade. I still fail to see how any of my data can be used against me by my own government.

As long as you are honest for SC clearance you'll have no issues. Honesty is the key, it's why I don't care what information I send over the internet is snooped. If you smoked a joint as a kid and are honest about it you'll sail through SC clearance. Heck one day you may even run the country.

If I want something to be said in private I'll go talk to them. After all life outside the web is quite a pleasant place at times.

I'd be more annoyed by identity theft than I would GCHQ/NSA or similar holding a few emails, phone calls and SMS conversations.

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Joe 48

Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

I still don't really have an issue with any of it. Its not like anything I do is top secret. So someone reads my email to my Nan. So what, I was only asking her how she was and what the weather is like.

My issue isn't them accessing all our information it's more a case of them missing the ones they should be catching because they aren't focused enough. Its a hard task to be fair and I don't think there is a right answer.

I do have a worry but its more around criminals working on the internet, taking peoples bank details, distributing child porn etc. We make the internet difficult to monitor and those people become much harder to catch and them and terrorist types are the ones we need to catch. A more locked internet makes it harder. Just open it all up.

As per the title I'm quite sure they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. They miss a terrorist and we'll nail them to the wall, they read our emails and we'll nail them to the wall.

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

Joe 48

Shock Horror!

Nope, standard.

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Worlds that could support LIFE found among 715 new planets

Joe 48

Gravity??

I'm no expert but wouldn't a planet twice the size have a much higher force of gravity, therefor making everything on it rather heavy.

Anyone here about to work out the physics side of something twice the size of earth?

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Capita IT Services staff plan strike over pay this Friday

Joe 48

Damn working for CSIS sucks.

I've had to take Friday as annual leave to go play golf.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

Joe 48

Sodka Sounds Ace.

Certainly better than the last concoction I made aptly named Vgine, consisting of, Vodka, Gin and Wine. You won't need food after a few glasses although an ambulance might be required.

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In-array compute ....

Joe 48

Re: Buy a bigger fuel pipe or a better pump

I appreciate its not the same as putting a hypervisor on a controller but I personally still think its acting as a server. The controllers are basically a server themselves and are handling the file sharing just as a virtual or physical file server would. I guess my interpretation might be off a little or I'm looking at it from too simple a view.

Generally I'm all for new ideas, it might fit someones needs, choice and flexible technology is never a bad thing. I do agree that from my perspective it doesn't fit our needs.

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Joe 48

Buy a bigger fuel pipe or a better pump

Why not put the servers in the storage. We do it with CIFS. Rather than using a traditional file server we dish it all out direct from the NETAPP and it works well. However this is an example of a niche rather than the standard approach we use. However it shows that flexibility is really what clients need, the option to use multiple methods depending on what the requirements are at the application layer.

Development to allow faster connectivity has to be the way forward though. Until then I'll stick with throwing some flash cache at it. Or to put it another way until I can buy a bigger fuel pipe or a better pump for now I'll just stick a small amount of extra fuel in the engine bay ready for when I need it.

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

Joe 48

What About server 2012

So 8 gets the Start Menu but what about server 2012. I know people recommend Core and I use it and am happy with it where possible. So many 3rd party vendors won't support it fully were forced into the full install for most of our server estate and then get the Metro crap which has no place on a server OS.

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Ready for the car 2.0? Nvidia preps UPGRADABLE car system

Joe 48

Not the only one

Based on the title I wasn't the only one to watch the 2008 remake of Knight Rider then....

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Facebook prepares to dominate Android

Joe 48

Its called the HTC One

It already integrates far too much into my HTC One. For example if I go to my Gallery I'm presented with all my friends photos like they are in my Gallery. Very annoying and tricky to remove. I'd much rather the standalone app than this rubbish that can't be removed without skills to hack apart Android. Shame on HTC's part.

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Florida fisherman bags two-headed MUTANT SHARK

Joe 48

Re: Film or True Story

I've watched it. Never before in movie history have so many pairs of people been lined up to be killed.

I have an odd love of poor syfy movies so you may have seen any of the following:-

Malibu Shark Attack

Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus

Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus

Mega Piranha

Sharktopus

Dinocroc

Dinoshark

Dinocroc vs. Supergator

Piranhaconda

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Joe 48

Film or True Story

"Two headed shark attack", I figured a film so poor couldn't have been made up......

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Review: HTC One

Joe 48

Re: I have the one...X

Is it the One X+ or just the One X as a friend has the One X and the battery is next to useless, where as the X+ got a bigger battery?

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Joe 48

Re: One's name is not for searching.

I must admit having just got my ONE searching for a case to buy is turning into a pain, as it constantly finds the other models like One X One S etc.

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Joe 48

So no iPhone users on here then?

Guessing due to all the negative comments for no SD or swappable battery that no one has an iPhone.

Never seen so many comments about the lack of those two features. Get over it and buy a phone that suits your needs that rather than comment in here about one that obviously doesn't.

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Joe 48

I'm moving from a S3 to the ONE. For the first time I quite fancy form over function. The battery never bothered me as I've never swapped out the one in my S3. The Micro SD is a nice to have but I can survive without it by managing my files better. Besides my S3 only needed the Micro SD because it was a 16GB model. The larger ONE should do the job.

I'll miss my Samsung, I had the S2 and S3 but I just fancy a change due to Samsungs average design. Always ran custom ROM's like Omega or Cyanogenmod so won't miss touchwizz. Just hope the HTC gets some good devs as that side has always been lacking and I'm still not sold on Sense.

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Reg readers reveal MIGHTY DOMESTIC DATA CENTRES

Joe 48

The wierdest place is not the loft....

Its the shed.....

http://www.trackpug.co.uk/legacy/shed.jpg

At least I don't have to worry about cooling in the winter either.....

http://www.trackpug.co.uk/ilo.jpg

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Reg Readers love their gadgets

Joe 48

Also lost the will to live, made it to the tablet section before I gave up.

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BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

Joe 48

Re: ICO

Secure room in a care home I doubt hence mentioning whole disk encrpytion. I do agree that secure rooms like those used by Military and Governemnt bodies are of a high enough standard to not require encrypytion at rest. I know, I maintain a couple of them :)

As for sending the disk off it still doesn't devoid the care home of responsibility. But yes those companies should be audited more.

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Joe 48

See my earlier posts. Someone in the ICO should be having words with the care home.

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Joe 48

Re: That's not the point...

I've corrected this for you

"I can understand the responsibility of the data IS with the care home." No should about it. They own the data they are responsible for its correct handling and disposal. Ignorance is not an excuse. Its not just digital stuff either.

"The ICO served Belfast Health and Social Care (BHSC) Trust with a £225,000 fine after patient and staff records left at an abandoned hospital site were photographed by trespassers and posted on the internet."

"The Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust was slapped with a £90,000 penalty after the serious breach of the Data Protection Act that saw the trust send around 45 faxes over three months to the wrong place."

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Joe 48

Re: ICO

Data with a classification of that level should be encrypted at rest. Stolen or not the care home own the data and as such are responsible for its safe keeping.

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Joe 48

The Real Issue

Dodgy computer repairs, tell me something I don't know. Happens all the time.

The bigger issue in all this is the HDD with Medical Records on it. The ICO should be having words with that care home ASAP.

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Microsoft to comply with Brussels over browser choice gaffe

Joe 48

Re: I still don't get why this only appies to MS (@various)

Some great replies. I still don't fully get it though.

I was a hardcore FF fan for years and MS never stopped me installing it. If I wanted a new browser I simply installed it.

What about other software installed by default in Windows. Notepad, paint etc. those all have better offerings too. yet those aren't getting removed.

I just find it all a touch pointless.

I get they got sued and some lawyer agreed but I still don't fully understand the logic of the decision.

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Joe 48

I still don't get why this only appies to MS

Hoping some intelligent Reg readers can answer a question I've always had. Why doesn't Apple have to provide choice too, rather than the rubbish called Safari?

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UK man to spend year in the clink for Facebook account hack

Joe 48

Don't worry, hack facebooks core network and you'll only get 8!!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/20/facebook_hacker_jailed/

Say no more.

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Ultimate simulator to streak into living rooms next month

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Amazing kit

Had a go on this at the Gadget show this year. Amazing experience. Lottery win only for me though.

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'Geek' image scares women away from tech industry

Joe 48

We have loads

We have quite a few women in our office, around 60%. In our first and second line teams there are more women than men. Oddly there are no women in the 3rd line team, simply we've never had one apply for the role when ones been available. We also have a few female programmers too.

I struggle to see the image problem these days. Back when computers were new then the engineers were no doubt 'nerds', these days though everyone understands and uses technology. In my opinion everyone who owns a smartphone, the internet, streams movies, posts on social networks is a geek, which I define to be someone who embraces and uses technology, not just supports it.

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Six of the best ways to mess up IT change management

Joe 48

Don't forget

The change manager!

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Australia OKs iOS for classified comms

Joe 48

Re: Protected ?

Not really. It means your children’s data, or a vulnerable adult. As a parent I wouldn't want protect information leaked, would you? So it’s not secret, or top secret but the data still needs to be secure.

Out of interest do you work with information at that level or above, I'm guessing so if you're that blasé about the lower levels.

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Joe 48

Can't see how the data is encrypted at rest when on an iDevice. Password is useless considering the root password for iOS is well known and you simply need an exploit like a jailbreak to gain the access required. Simple fact is very few mobile devices can offer the protection needed for the higher impact levels.

I've used Good for Enterprise on iDevices as it works in a sandbox of sorts and is isolated from the OS. Only blackberry have an offering that can go above protect to restricted and possibly higher. But then the Australian information levels might be different to the UKs.

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Joe 48

Re: Finally..

Odd considering iOS5 has only been around for 9 months or so.

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Developer leaks Microsoft product plans for next two years

Joe 48
WTF?

News... Really..... Nothing else better happening in the world?

MS give these roadmaps to everyone in IT. I shocked this even made the news.

These aren't the droids were looking for, move along, move along.

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Anonymous plans DDoS attack on GCHQ in snoop law protest

Joe 48

Why bother spending money protecting an external website from D/DOS for something that only happens every now and again. Just let it get attacked and log as much information as possible for looking at later.

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Joe 48

Re: GCHQ core

No bunker in Cheltenham. They do tours of the 'local' computer suite for family members of employee's. Elsewhere in the Uk though who knows ;) Corsham has an underground bunker that I think holds top secret info. Can't confirm if its GCHQ or Military, as I don't know. Its where Skynet lives I think. That's not a joke either, its really what the military called their satellite system.

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Joe 48
FAIL

GCHQ core

The website will be no where near GCHQ's core networks. They'll have multiple networks for all sorts of different information levels. Physically separated too.

Any idiot can run a script. I expect you'd have to be in the building to gain access to half of GCHQ's top level networks.

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Security biz scoffs at Apple's anti-Trojan Gatekeeper

Joe 48

Looks more like Apple locking people into the app store to me

Yet again Apple try and stop users getting their own software.

In context. MS get forced to show other browsers are available instead of IE which is built in. Yet no such change for apple/safari and when they lock the systems down more to only allowing signed or app store applications, the more they corner the market. One rule for everyone and a 'special' rule for Apple.

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Ice Cream Sandwich phone a no-show on Vodafone

Joe 48

Or put another way

Vodafone are trying to figure out how to fill a very good OS with there branded bloatware crap.

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Mozilla promises more speed with Firefox 9 beta

Joe 48

Firefox releases are becoming a joke. I've lost count but I think that's the 4th version change this year. Annoying thing is none of them work that well these days. Dare I say it, IE9 is better.

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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

Joe 48

Ok so you dropped the ball.

More importantly who do I contact to find out if my email address was 'miss placed'?

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FBI affiliates hacked by LulzSec

Joe 48

Civil War

If most of this group are American and the administration has said any hack is an act of war. Does this mean America is at civil war.

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