* Posts by Joe 48

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NetApp consciously uncouples from 500+ staff

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Re: "Operationalising our Strategy"

10. and repeat, assuming still in business.

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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

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Irritation

Ads might be an irritation but anyone they irritate, like us tech types, tend to know how to get around them.

Guessing the general public don't really care anymore. They blend into websites like its the 'norm'. I might test this later by seeing if the wife even notices ad's in apps and webpages.

Can't really see this fixing anything to be fair, except removing a revenue stream from a company who will be forced to come up with smarter ways of marketing, sorry, irritating us, and in turn we'll have to come up with innovative ways of blocking them again. If nothing else I suppose this will generate some smart ideas!

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: I'm sad I know....

Considering I have it I suspect the website is wrong :) Looks stunning.

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Re: I'm sad I know....

Nope, the 64GB Edge is due tomorrow. 10th as is the 32GB 'normal' version. The fancy gold ones and larger capacity phones are due 24th April - 1st May.

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I'm sad I know....

But for the first time in years I'm genuinly looking forward to Friday when my pre order turns up. I've gone with the edge. In for a penny in for a pound, or quite a few as it was....

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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For the most part I agree. However Cyanogenmod has in recent years lost track of what it wants to be. Its simply too buggy and can't use the newer hardware correctly any more, mostly due to the vendors not releasing their proprietary stuff, finger print readers etc.

On the S3 I'm with you, I ran it all day long. Not so on the S5, nor will I run it on my edge (when I get it) but I will of course give it a try as we all love to play with these things. TW wasn't too bad on the S5 and to me it looks almost the same on the S6 so can't see the learning curve being that big.

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So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

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So basically

1.4 Million to make the below work with a 3D headset...

http://map.ipviking.com/

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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World touring car?

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Dream Job Indeed

Always been tempted to apply for a F1 job. Would combine both my passions.

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BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be 'resisted at all costs' says lawyer

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Re: What I find most worrying...

That's one thing I'm not sure about. My understanding, and its limited, was that the data was mirrored out the side of the ISP, as such no direct connection is made between the end point and the [insert 5 eyes here], so they can't side load or do much with the traffic bar analysis it.

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Re: What I find most worrying...

@AC If they can intercept at the ISP then they can do a "Man In The Middle" manipulation of data streams to install trojans etc on a person's devices.

It doesn't quite work that way. Besides with man in the middle you'd need the encryption keys. Traffic with those services are encrypted at the end point so the ISP can't see inside the data any more than anyone else.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Curious

Do the smart meters work like one big, really flipping big, powerline adapter setup? Sending the data back over the power grid? Wonders about security......

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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Who cares

Some like watch A, some like watch B. Doesn't matter if its, expensive, cheap, functional or beautiful! What matters is if it does what you need! If it doesn't then don't buy it. Jeez, wish these things would talk about the tech.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: NSA and GCHQ will be very happy

Missed the edit for there/their.... I'll get my own white coat....

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Re: Slimmer?

Might be a tad worse than the S5. Hence I think Samsung are pushing the quick charging piece and wireless charging, they already know users are going to need those features!!!

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Re: NSA and GCHQ will be very happy

Who removes there phone battery because they are 'that' worried about being spied on? If they are that sort of person I'd suggest a foil hat and a bunker, rather than a Galaxy S6.... Or a padded room with a white coat.

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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In the News today

We have no news. They don't even invite you so why bother wasting screen space on a story.

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Re: Unqualified

You're hired!

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Unqualified

Move to the UK. I'm in the middle of what, I at least, consider to be a successful, or at the least enjoyable career in IT. Yet I've never even looked at any sort of degree or university course. In fact based on my terrible grammar it could be argued I'm completely uneducated....

I love my career, not so much my current employer but you can't win them all. I'm working in a field that means what I do really does save life's. The fact I never see it is the only thing that bugs me. I'd love to know what happens to the data that passes through the systems I build/maintain.

Regarding getting a job. When I'm in positions where I need to have staff I always ask one question. Describe to me your home IT setup. The more geeky it is, then the more that person has a passion for IT and that passion imo is worth more than any qualification you can get. If they have passion they will learn. Generally this has worked well for me over the years.

Above all else a job isn't worth your health. If its getting too much get a generic 9-5 job that pays the bills, where you can switch off at the end of the day, turn IT back into a hobby.

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Nvidia U-turns on GTX 900M overclocking after gamer outrage

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Re: @Joe 48: Laptops

Great bit of kit. The GS range is slimmer and better looking than the high end GT. The GT is the top end rig, but for me the difference was negligible.

Two warnings. Despite the fact its quoted as a 15" notebook its rather large (width and length) but nice and thin and light too.

Last but not least don't get a 4K screen. Its the only thing I'm not keen on. Windows doesn't play nice with the scaling and nothing can really use it yet so seems a touch pointless but it was on offer when I got it. Normal HD screen will do just fine imo.

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Re: Laptops

@linicks

I agree overclocking is pointless in a notebook. The performance gains are minimal, at best. However gaming on modern notebooks is surprisingly good. I get just shy of 10,000 in 3d Mark 2011 pushing 9,756 on mine. So although its not the absolute best for gaming, it's incredible what this thing can do!

I travel but I like to get my gaming fix whilst on the road, or more to the point bored in the hotel room. The laptop ticks all the boxes for this. Ample performance, slim form factor and not bad looks. Its certainly no brick either. Check out the MSI GS range.

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BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

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There is an unlimited BT infinity 1 package by the way.

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Re: Wow BT is getting faster at responding to user problems

@Uberseehandel

Same here. I'm currently chasing for a refund and downgrade to infinity 1 as they, despite the line being good enough, can't give me the speed I'm paying for and never have!

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Re: Fixed it ages ago.

Not 100% sure about FTTP as its different to my FTTC connection. How is your FTTP presented? RJ45?

Your should be able to connect straight into pfsense which can do the connection with FTTP. For reference I run as follows.

OpenReach Modem, ECi Model (Either versions work ok on FTTC)

IPfire (pfsense alternative)

Sophos UTM (Because I'm paranoid)

Connected like this

Wallsocket>OpenReach>IPfire>UTM>LAN

I also run a blue (Guest Wifi) connection off the side of IPfire. Double NAT can cause some odd issues, my xbox hates it so lives on the Blue Wifi connection.

Loads of option out there. Good luck.

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Fixed it ages ago.

Purchased an OpenReach modem and separate router was my 'fix'. The only thing the homehub 5 is good for is the AC wireless, which it still does.

Reliability wasn't my biggest issue with the Homehub 5 though, its inability to allow me to change to my own DNS servers was its big downfall for me. Its a great plug and play device for most people but anyone who wants some customisation look elsewhere!

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Give in to data centre automation and change your life

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UCS Director

I've had some hands on time with this in the past 12 months and the potential is amazing. I certainly don't want staff installing ESXi or adding service profiles to blades. Simple admin tasks should be automated imo. No techie wants to watch an ESXi install, especially on large scale deployments.

Regarding my recent experience. From the point of physically putting a blade into a chassis, to it being online in the cluster with VM's running on it is around an hour. The only user input is assigning a name/IP and putting in the blade. The rest was automatic. Too many people assume its their jobs on the line, when in fact they are now doing much more interesting work and rather than fighting fires are ahead in so many areas. Its made a huge difference.

Complex to setup, yes, but worth it. Add in a little, cough "ITIL" cough, incorporate it with processes and procedures so it all hangs together.

There are two rules to automation. 1. If you are going to do it more than once automate it. 2. Assume you are going to do it more than once.

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I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

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Problem Still is

The worry with all this is, I'm not sure the public care enough. Or they don't appear to.

The only place I hear people complaining about their rights are on tech forums.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Re: I don't get it... ?

"Nearly 4 years ago"

I think you'll find that's typically referred to as, 3 years ago.

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Gamers reach for BFG after Nvidia turns back the overclock

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Re: /sigh

I'm running a 970M in my MSI laptop and can honestly say the improvements from overclocking are so minor It wasn't even worth the risk so I fail to see the big issue.

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Behind every great tech boss there’s ... who exactly?

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More important

Are the wine and cocktails free?

Runs off to register fake company name......

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Kim Dotcom flails desperately, launches chat service

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Re: Misplaced zeros?

10,000,000 are his Mum....

Can't stand this chap. Don't wish failure on many people... He's on the list though.

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Don't you forget about VCE... Cisco gets cosy with Pure Storage

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Re: I call BS

I said If. Not they are. Not the clearest on my part I agree. Hence the second sentence stating they are knocking on HP's door, who are no 1.

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If it makes you the #1 blade provider then why not. Considering the short space they've been doing it they are knocking on HP's door.

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Hang on

What about Whiptail, sorry Invicta? Ciscos own all flash array!

Seems a odd link up to me.

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GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet

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@AC "I am very concerned what other dodgy things they will get up to under the guise of looking for paedos... but I am sure it is in the national interest that we never find out :)"

You appear to be under the delusion they need an excuse.

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

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Re: Pissing off the wrong people.

You say low security network, but I'd expect the likes of Sony and MS to know what they are doing when it comes to protecting my personal details. I don't think someone entering their CC details on a gaming site is any different to amazon, paypal and the like. I'd expect most people have used a CC at some point on line these days.

Runs off to check identity protection is in place......

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Hang on

Does this mean MS have passed a security test?

They attacked MS last week and again on the weekend but could only muster a DDoS attack with no access to their network.

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EVO: RAIL – Is NetApp sleeping with a SAN killer?

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Yes

Or is it a case of keep your friends close but your enemies closer?

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Hairy situation? Blade servers can reach where others can't

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Cisco would be happy, you've just described their UCS product.

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Who is taking the hyperconverged piss at Simplistic.io?

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Simplivity?

Name is a close match. Best I've got!

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NetApp goes for a ride on VMware's EVO: RAILs

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Confused.

Isn't the whole point of EVO-RAIL to be a more hyper converged modular setup, removing the need for separate storage you get in the converged setups? - Please forgive the converged buzz words....

As soon as you add external storage you turn it back into a Flexpod. Also steps all over VMware VSAN. Not quite sure what this achieves except show Netapp are clutching at straws to regain some market share they've lost this year and yet again going about it all wrong.

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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I'm liking it

Love the new interface. Battery could be better (Try keeping the camera app shutdown), I can still use the old mail app and haven't been forced to use Gmail so unsure what the complaint is here.

Anyone getting 2 days off any modern phone either never uses it or runs a very aggressive battery save mode imo. 1 day seems to be the norm.

Ok its got some bugs but no more than normal imo for a first release of Androids new OS. They always have issues.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Stunning

I've been running an Alpha release of Cyanogenmod 12 (5.0) on my S5 for a few weeks and I must say It looks stunning.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Re: Strapping

That might be because the LG, Samsung and Moto 360 devices all use 22mm as well.

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Pebble the Next RIM (Blackberry)

Just a thought but Blackberry was very good at being a corporate device, great for email, calling etc. With amazing battery life. They didn't change with the times and looked what happened.

Pebble should learn from this. Yes their device currently is very good at a few things. But the market is already shifting slightly and if they don't keep up they'll end up in serious trouble.

Just a thought.

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Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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Re: Lots of other good products....

Check out fusion if you're ok with paid software. Equally as good as Parallels imo. I've stuck with fusion as I get a free licence with my VMware licences.

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Re: Lots of other good products....

Wouldn't that be needed though? Else how can it scan protected files a normal user can't access.

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Re: Lots of other good products....

Another vote for TexWrangler.

Dare I say it, I quite like OneNote and MS Remote Desktop on the Mac.

Caffeine is a good tool for keeping the Mac awake when you want.

For a bit of Fun check out VirtualDJ Home.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: MalwareBytes & VLC

Never liked AVG. Used to install it on all friends laptops/desktop. But found it would expire after a year and stop updating causing me extra work. MS essentials might not be the best but its very low touch imo and thats perfect for friends kit.

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Re: MalwareBytes & VLC

Does no one still use HiJackThis?

Its the first thing I run to give me an overview of everything. Got used to spotted irregularities over the years and if unsure the web will analysis the log files for you.

Then I run MalwareBytes to clean it all up.

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