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Put your feet up and make the virtual data centre work for you

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Eggs Basket

Worked with this few years ago...

As with all third party stuff...how much do you trust them to have x portion of your business running on their kit.

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What does people-centric IT mean, anyway?

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Same old same old

Microsoft - at the forefront of delivering world class secure computing environments since 197x

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

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Work for Amazon?

Think I'd rather rip my gnads off.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Cringe

Is it wrong that I cringe whenever I hear of a politician either threatening to talk about technology or actually is talking about technology?

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Illegal Immigrants

So I presume that said bugs, if still alive have been sent to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nauru_detention_centre ?

Given our kleptomaniac ocker cousins famed levelheadedness and passion for fair play, integration of different peoples and love of nature and dingoes.

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Pics: 'Bitcoin ATMs' spring up in the US

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Pint

Bye Bye Money Bye Bye

https://twitter.com/mtgox <--- oh look....all gone!

https://bitcoinfoundation.org/blog/?p=462 <---- oh look....all gone MkII

Mines a pint.

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VMware hyper-converge means WE don't NEED no STEENKIN' OS...

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This way the virt did fly!

SQL must be run in virtual environments! There is no other way for any business relying on SQL to manage its estate of databases! You cannot run SQL on a bare tin system! You must run your data store local in the VM! You must...

Sometimes I wish I had never gotten into IT.

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Twitter shares tank as blabbergasm implodes in full glare of unforgiving investors

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Money for old rope

As an ex fish I stand by my title.

Also "suckers born every x minutes".

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Mail Migration

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Re: Fundamental Questions

@ chivo243

How long the toilet paper is? Really? So you'd be happy with cheap bog roll that will falls to bits as soon as it gets any where near any vaporous anal cavity resulting in dirty hands, an unwiped arse and a good chance of follow on issues of passing nasty butt bugs to other users thanks to your dirty hands (oh you will wash your hands...but tell me...is there a sink in your stall?) or would you rather a more resilient solution consisting of two or maybe even three ply sheets that are not so rough that they cut your anus to shreds or don't fall to pieces in the presence of a vaporous butt crack?

Length is not really the issue is it?

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Fundamental Questions

How much do you want to spend?

All other questions are secondary until you know this.

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Yahoo! boss! Mayer! sez! soz! for! lengthy! mail! outage!

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Re: Yahoo layout boohoo

eudora

fair enough...point was that you can use an email client...

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Yahoo layout boohoo

Thunderbird is your friend.

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Fancy knocking off early? Just run our fake computer crash 'virus', say admen

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Re: Utter Bastards

@ gav

Now we're talking! I approve this. And the overtime. Which of course I charge to the department responsible for the fucking around in the first place.

And make sure that the next time they get uppity I make comment that they seem to have not been involved in any pron related incidents recently. Especially around budget time.

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Re: Utter Bastards

@ moktu

This is true. In fact as a manager I take my manager...who has an even bigger wallet, a brain only out done by the lesser spotted newt and a bizarre eagerness to please.

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Re: Utter Bastards

@ Moktu

Indeed the manager would. The support staff though...tasked with incident management....not so much.

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Re: Utter Bastards

@ joeW

Anyone in tech support able to read "derided by the staff for "not being able to take a joke" when the tech staff so much as make a comment that actually its not that funny." as not being able to see through this one in under three seconds should not be touching a keyboard.

Suggest mucking out as a possible career choice. No need to think and even better...no keyboards. A veritable win win.

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Utter Bastards

Oh sure it's hilarious to fake something like that...ha ha ha...of course the poor bastards in tech support...oh they DON'T get to clock off...oh no...they'll be there dealing with this infantile prank while the laggardly laggards are out wanking about as well as most likely getting blamed for it happening or derided by the staff for "not being able to take a joke" when the tech staff so much as make a comment that actually its not that funny.

Assholes.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Are we really surprised?

@ codejunky

Looks that way.

Well...I'd say that but I'm not sure we're allowed to look at anything not gov approved...

I reckon its about time that ever good and decent Britisher gets a good sized trout (or any other suitable form of fish) and marches on Parliament for a good round of smack the fish upside a moronic politicians head.

Two hits in one swing gets bonus points.

When are the lazy bastards next in session?

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Are we really surprised?

I mean it really takes an idiot of epic proportions to really consider this stupidity as a realistic proposition.

Thankfully we have a pretty decent judiciary that will laugh this out of the statue books...just like they did the entire us going to war against Iraq thing...

Oh wait...shit!

We're boned.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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Method Madness

I remember an ad for a infrastructure programme. They were looking for a project manager with Agile and Waterfall experience to consolidate some data centres.

Of course I applied for shits and giggles but nothing came of it...it seemingly went to the great job waiting room in the sky...aka "the role is on hold".

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EMC lobs sueball at Pure, tells court: Look what they told EL REG

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Re: American 'English' Dictionary...

@ AC 13:22

Sales people know where the bodies are buried in the customer base - who's unhappy with the existing vendors products, who has had bad installs....

Perhaps the sales guys do....but its the vendor support staff who really know...and why. As well as who sold shit.

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LinkedIn: Obviously biz people DON'T use MS Exchange servers. REALLY?

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Bravo Linkedin....Bravo

http://www.bishopfox.com/blog/2013/10/linkedin-intro/

Nasty nasty nasty.

I would say that if this is correct then there is a good case to be made to block Linkedin in totality. As well as getting data encryption (not from a US based company either....I'd plumb for a German firm most likely) as standard in the business.

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Would you hire a hacker to run your security? 'Yes' say Brit IT bosses

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Brit IT Bosses

Or in other words IT Directors. Who we already know are as about as useful as a chocolate fire grate.

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Sysadmins fail to fix NHS IT snafu, HUNDREDS of appointments cancelled

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Patients

So what are they telling their patients? Patience?

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Yippee-ki-yay, Motherfucker.

Was the name ot the alien Hans?

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Oh snap – AWS daddy disses IT's 'old guard': You're so 2000-and-late

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Re: private clouds offered the same benefits as AWS

Indeed...wasn't there a bit of an Amazon outage just last week?

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Ye Bug List

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Badges

Not sure if it this is bug or not but my bronze badge seems to have done a runner...only noticed today....

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Amazon cloud goes down in Northern Virginia

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Re: Boo-boo?

@ Joe Green

No...I understand that and that is a very salient point. However narrowing down the cause to something that aids the rest of us is not bad thing. I don't expect IP addresses and machine names but a general statement of whether it was power or bad code which has been rectified is not a bad thing.

Bearing in mind that we have such controversy surrounding "cloud" there has to be some level of openness when the shit hits the fan. I mean..if I am going to entrust my data to a third party I certainly want to know what went wrong at some level...not a statement that "we did a root cause" with nothing else. So I reckon it also makes commercial sense to have some transparency. Even if they said that effected companies have been given full details of the root cause analysis would have been fine.

When I worked for a major storage vendor the one thing that was drummed into us as technical support managers was to be as honest and open with our customers in the event of outages. We managed to get a pretty good reputation for providing not only top notch support but honesty (well as far as tech support was concerned) as well.

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Re: Boo-boo?

@ Matt Bryant

I guess that explains the comment regarding their root cause analysis and not actually stating what the actual fault was...

Pint coz its Friday night

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Brazilian TV show accuses NSA of spying on oil firm based on leaked docs

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Pint

For the birds

Not even RfC1149 is safe!

Pint coz...well its more than popcorn!

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Brit and Danish boffins propose NSA-proof crypto for cloud computing

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Re: Primary Sources

@ Dan 55

Yep...23.0.1 here as well...and I'd have thought TERENA would be pretty solid...what with it being the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association...

And to think Janet never refused me!

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Primary Sources

So I click on the link to the pdf - https://fluff.bris.ac.uk/fluff/u3/injf/JrSqL_pJj2KGMP6QmfB1MQHUR/09_Sept_Nigel_Smart_Breaking_the_SPDZ_limits.pdf

and firefox tells me -

fluff.bris.ac.uk uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is not trusted because no issuer chain was provided.

(Error code: sec_error_unknown_issuer)

Make of that what you will.

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Marc Andreessen, Pat Gelsinger in verbal VMworld brawl

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Re: Marc....you've finally jumped Carcharodon megalodon

@Don

Sure...even when they're "debating" they still manage to shmooze each other. And that is a revolting spectacle.

How Gelsinger didn't rip Marc a new one though...then again Marc is a powerful VC type...its all far too lovey dovey.

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Re: Marc....you've finally jumped Carcharodon megalodon

We're not a start up anymore....

Well I was being sarcastic with regards to that bit. :)

I still cannot get my head around the fact that Andersson was able to get away with spouting so much bullshit.

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Marc....you've finally jumped Carcharodon megalodon

"Speaking in a session titled “The Data Center is Dead, Long Live the Data Center”, Andreeseen asserted that no-one in their right mind buys so much as a single server these days. “Startups no longer have any capital expenditure budget, other than the cost of some laptops, and they're always Macs,” he said. This arrangement works just fine because everything a business needs is available in the cloud."

No one buys a single server? So the cloud runs on? iPads? That is one of the most stupid comments ever. Up there with any one of Ballmers bloopers.

Startups? Yes every company in the world is a start up. There are no mature businesses anymore. As for Macs...I've been using laptops since 1998 exclusively and I have never had a Mac, not have I ever ordered a Mac in my role as an IT manager.

Everything a business needs is available in the cloud...yeah...huge risk, third party messing around, regulatory issues, crap support, security issues, OUTAGES THAT YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER etc etc.

He then goes on about security. At this point Marc's credibility is shot to pieces, Little thinking that this could get worse he says he's funded some company that does encryption. Wow. No really Marc...wow! Not withstanding that this is only for in and out data and not encrypted within the cloud (hey...the cloud company can read all our data! What larks!), I suspect that any one of the intelligence agencies can happily break that encryption if they need to. To say that encryption is the only aspect of security is laughable...and even more laughable is that he actually talks about internal threats...

"Internal environments are riddled with holes, malware and Chinese hackers"

Well isn't a cloud company running a fucking data centre (sorry...but my question above about hosting cloud environments involving iPads was rhetorical) still an internal environment?

I'd say Gelsinger was off his game to let this shit go by so easily.

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Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

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Tech?

My address? Sure! 127.0.0.0

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2 in 5 top Brit biz bosses expect IT dept to drive 'technical innovation'

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IT Directors & CI(E)O's? Don't make me laugh

Oh I am sure there are Directors and CI(E)O's out there that have a clue. But they are rarer than a mentally deranged possum with a Paris Hilton fixation, a fist full of Viagra and a bottle of pesticide laced cheap Russian vodka looking for sucky sucky five dollah five dollah.

Most it professionals I work with (note the word professionals...not every one in IT is a pro...oh you might think you're a pro rebooting a critical server without telling anyone or implementing a back up solution with out testing restores...but no...chances are you're either a n00b or a cowboy. I can forgive a n00b...we all started somewhere. Cowboys not so much.

Seems to me that many who are in the upper echelons are in fact cowboys...reacting to a situation without a logical assessment of the situation. No...the closest they come to innovation is how to gut an IT dept to "achieve cost savings" without incurring the wrath of HR in terms of unfair dismissal claims. Of course all the real IT guys are gone and then expects the dazed, confused and smoking remains to innovate solutions that are far beyond the ken of anyone there. Which the leads to the entrance of the fast talking sales guy from *take your pick of cheap labour but educated countries" who promises the earth but delivers dirt.

We were the number one country in the world for computing at one time. We are never going to retake that crown without a serious overhaul of not only our education system but also the way management works and considers success.

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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Christian Fundi?

I can't help but wonder if Perry was home schooled.

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IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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Lies. Damn lies. Statistics.

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US DoD blocks Guardian website...how's that freedom taste while getting shot at?

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US DoD blocks Guardian website...how's that freedom taste while getting shot at?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/01/us-military-blocks-guardian-troops

So DoD blocks the Gruaniad...fantastic!

I guess freedom on this day, the fourth of July, is defined as keeping stuff away from soldiers that might make them think or something...who knows what the DoD powers that be are thinking these days.

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Thousands of fingered crims, informants spaffed in web security COCK-UP

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Nebulous Constructions

So yeah...how's that cloud thing working out?

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BT boss QUITS telecoms giant for front-bench gov job

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The system still works!

Long live jobs fer the boys!

I think I need to emigrate again.

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UK telcos chuck another £1m at online child abuse watchdog

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Eeeeek!

REDS UNDER THE BED!

Fucks sake.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

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lolwut? You mean it isn't a spoof?

I've seen a few of the ads for the show but thought it was a spoof reality TV show. Last night I watched an episode until I could bear it no longer and changed channels. Today I find out that it's a real business?

I want the BBC to state, as of the next show, that it is a real company and that it is a cold call company. I suspect license payers would be rather annoyed. If not incensed.

As for the fine...fuck that. Shut down the business, send the management to Botany Bay armed with only a bar soap and shovel. Or just send them to the Big House. Wankers.

Yeah I know - due process...fine. I'm ok with that...might mean a longer sentence.

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How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB

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Obviously the NSA did a google image search...had a look for identifying metadata based on no criteria beyond who knows what...and used.

It is perfectly legal after all.

You can thank the Act of Instagramming 2013 for that...

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Whitehall grants freetards safe haven until 2015

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What if its pr0n?

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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

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Democracy?

Ahhh hahahahahaha

No.

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Network Rail axes hundreds of tech suppliers

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Train wreck in waiting

So...be prepared for more fare rises...

Where the fuck do they find these idiots?

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ICO probes Home Office refusal to reveal Snooper's Charter details

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Democracy

Not sure why this is an issue. After all our politicians are only doing their part to ensure that we have a functioning democratic state that values its citizens, that believes Britain is a bastion of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. That, despite some quirks, is an egalitarian country from which the rest of the world can learn from.

Oh wait...

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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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Re: I think I've worked out Lewis' angle (or many angled as the case may be)

New overlord? Don't think so....more like the return...

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