* Posts by Jim Mitchell

46 posts • joined 31 Jan 2012

Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron

Jim Mitchell

Re: Linux with IBM ?

AIX's goal is forward compatibility, which it has mostly achieved in my experience.

On the zSeries front, the platform has mostly grown by accretion, so lots of old program code will still function, with minimal porting work.

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US Congress blew the whistle on tax-dodging Apple, claims Europe

Jim Mitchell

Re: If the USA...

Any foreign tax paid is deducted from US tax paid. So as long as the US rate is > the foreign rate, the actual US rate is irrelevant. Apple pays no US tax on foreign earnings until those earning are brought back to the US as profits. With this Irish tax configuration, it pays no foreign taxes, either. Best of both worlds!

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

Jim Mitchell

Re: Cable woes...

Well, doing a Power On Reset (POR) is basically a reboot. Can take some time to come back up, though. Some models even have a nice big reset button on the front! It is just labeled "Emergency Power Off" (EPO) instead.

These days, you IPL individual partitions (LPARs).

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Jim Mitchell

Re: Building Codes

@Anonymous Coward:

What jurisdiction is this?

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Dell's new story: Goldilocks and the three virtual infrastructures

Jim Mitchell

Re: From the usual (high) standard of stock photos used

I wonder who selects the photos? That must be an interesting job...

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Snakes on the phone!

Jim Mitchell
Unhappy

Re: Snake on a phone?

Yeah, I thought this was going to be about the game, which my pre-smart-phone-era phone had. I feel misled.

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

Jim Mitchell
Flame

Re: Also, a change to the MBR is 'before' any OS is loaded

@ Pascal Monett

Even without AV, the OS should block this. Windows UAC will query for writes to system files, but I can blow away the MBR without any question? On a related note, I was surprised when the BIOS update program from the manufacturer ran fine without Windows asking for user approval of any kind.

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Jim Mitchell

Re: More reason to use Linux

@ yossarianuk

"Can Microsoft really put GPL applications in their 'windows store' without breaking the GPL ?"

Why not? They just need to make the source available with the download.

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

Re: Oh dear, a system to change the *whole* business will be done as just a S/W change out.

re: 'WTF is a "204" database anyway?"

The google-fu is weak in this one...first google result:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_204

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Flame Canada, flame Canada ... Botched govt payroll computers spew smoke ahead of probe

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

"department managers were allowed to view information, including names"

I'm not sure that being able to see the names of employees in other departments is a security issue.

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Failing projects pray blockchain works as 'magic middleware'

Jim Mitchell

Re: how and where

"Having created a basic "private" blockchain, then marvel as - after some time - you run out of currency."

This is a feature of bitcoin, not the blockchain itself. Corporate use of blockchain is not going to be for currency, but making transactions verifiable and non-refutable. As noted, "private" blockchains do not make sense.

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

Jim Mitchell

Re: Surely she could have come up with a better example for Apple

Today's news:

http://www.recode.net/2016/6/30/12067578/spotify-apple-app-store-rejection

So Spotify is saying this exact thing, that Apple is placing restrictions on competing music streaming services.

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AWS blames 'latent bug' for prolonging Sydney EC2 outage

Jim Mitchell

Re: that spinning flywheel...

The article seems to gloss over this, but backfeeding power into the utility grid is going to make people very upset. And possibly dead. If your disconnect/transfer switch device is known to be problematic, why was it allowed to be installed in the first place?

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Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

Jim Mitchell

Re: Water cooled rack doors

@ Lee D

You can get silicon car radiator hoses, that should last longer than the commonly used rubber hoses. The environment in a vehicle engine compartment is also, hopefully, much harsher than a data center.

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Windows 10 zero day selling for $90,000

Jim Mitchell

Re: Richest company in the world

Microsoft has a bug bounty program:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn425036.aspx

max payout is $100,000 (US dollars). $100,000 is greater than $90,000, yes, but you can only get it once, then MS fixes the hole (probably). If you "sell" the bug on the black market, you can sell if multiple times.

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Michael Dell bought his PC biz for a bargain, must get checkbook out for stiffed shareholders

Jim Mitchell

Re: Value of shares

The problem with that view, is that without the "speculation" creating a secondary market for "used" shares, then who would do the initial investment? A car analogy: what would the new car market be like if selling your car was impossible?

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Aereo TV boss is back ... pitching gigabit internet and a $350 Wi-Fi router

Jim Mitchell
Alert

Re: OK Investors, we are looking for a payday!!!!

Just where are you and the TV transmission tower located so that airplanes are a regular issue? For most of the country, this would mean that the airplane just crashed.

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Would you like fraud with that? Burger chain giant Wendy's 'hacked'

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

In God we trust. All others pay in cash.

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FTC zaps more scammer loopholes with ban on wire transfers, cash cards

Jim Mitchell

Re: Yeah, that'll work

As we all know, no rule or law on the books, by itself, prevents anything at all. Rules and laws show what society has agreed what is OK behavior, and a consequence for such behavior.

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

Jim Mitchell

Re: It's hard to see how this can succeed

Regarding point 6, these AMD "cores" share a lot more than just the FP unit.

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Jim Mitchell

Re: A bit of a Dickey move

As far as I know, Intel does not sell hyperthreading as more cores.

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Got an Apple Mac, iThing? Update it right now – there's a shedload of security holes fixed

Jim Mitchell
Facepalm

@ AC

Did you click on the "ACME Splaffer" link? I think it is fully in line with the Register mindset.

http://www.gotati.com/splaffer.html

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David Jones follows Kmart into 'we've been attacked' hell

Jim Mitchell

Re: @dan1980

This isn't a "WebSphere Cloud". They are probably client owned and operated servers running WebSphere. WebSphere is "middleware', not an application in and of itself.

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Bezos battery-box bomb beef brouhaha begins as UK watchdog hauls Amazon to court

Jim Mitchell

Re: Coincidentally...

Lithium ion batteries in their device are safer than those that are loose, as the terminals are not going to get shorted accidentally.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

Jim Mitchell

Re: Under UK law

@ Zippy's Sausage Factory

US contracts frequently have a clause stating that if any clause is found to be "illegal"/whatever, the rest of the contract is still valid.

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=severability+clause

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Gigabit Google? We're getting ready for 10 gigabits says Verizon

Jim Mitchell

Re: But here's the kicker

@bjr A household could have multiple computers and multiple users.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

Jim Mitchell

Re: Major change needed

Ah, but building codes in the US are NOT usually created by the government directly. They are developed by third parties and are the government just says that they must be adhered to. Essentially, "incorporated by reference". It is an interesting situation.

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

Jim Mitchell
Boffin

Re: lamar looks up

Hmm, "permit to own"? I see a niche for a business that *leases* out laboratory glassware. Legal ownership and the permit remain with the company, as required.

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You care about TIN? Why the Open Compute Project is irrelevant

Jim Mitchell
Go

Re: Quality does not seem to be a metric of consideration.

And even if you buy the spiffiest, most reliable equipment, at cloud scale hardware will still have fails. So you need the software HA anyways. Once you have that, why spend the $$$ on the high end gear?

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Linux Foundation serves up a tasty dish of BUGS

Jim Mitchell

Re: Is it CSV

Click the "raw" button.

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Chips can kill: Official

Jim Mitchell
Boffin

Re: What about that 'High Fructose Corn Syrup' then?

The problem with rice is that has been recently found to concentrate things like arsenic. Yum!

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-in-your-rice/index.htm

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BRAIN STORM: Nine mislaid cerebra found near railway line in New York

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

This is Governeur, NY. Not New York City.

The article makes it easy to not see that this is upstate New York. Closer to Canada than New York City.

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Hi, Fi: Google JOWL-SLAPS mobile bigguns with $20/mo wireless service

Jim Mitchell

Re: Wow!

I doubt these are residential Wifi hotspots. I suspect Google has paid Cablevision, etc, that operate large networks of hotspots for access to their networks. Cablevision (optimum) claims to have 1 million:

http://wifi.aiprx.optimum.com/home-internet-service/wifi-service.jsp?bsp=wifi&aitrk=wifi&s_cid=ai_wifi&teng=go&geng=c8707_Optimum_WiFi_EC_NP_Optimum_WiFi&aeng=6&keng=optimum%20wifi&meng=p

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FCC chair refuses to make net neutrality rules public before approval

Jim Mitchell

Is there a way to tell if the picture at the top of the article is stock footage or actually of FCC chair Tom Wheeler? In general, these pictures/graphics need some captions, or at least hover over text.

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IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

Re: IBM managers are thieves!

They are not selling the "microprocessors/high-end super computers CPUs unit". They are selling the fabs that made such processors, with a commitment from Global Foundries to manufacture them. There is a big difference.

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French hard-drive maker LaCie cops to YEAR LONG card data leak

Jim Mitchell

Re: A year?

Fraud detection is not done by humans, but by computers that analyze patterns in transactions.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

Jim Mitchell

Re: Biased at all?

It's a phone, your fingerprints are all over it already.

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Obama Zucker-punched: 'NSA PR bungle whacked public trust in web giants'

Jim Mitchell
Black Helicopters

Re: Great Moral Compass, There

I would hope that most Facebook users realize from the get go that they are the product being sold, Facebook makes money from somewhere else, not them. The fact that the government might be somewhere in a dark corner sucking down data is not as obvious.

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Vietnamese city drinks the smart city kool aid

Jim Mitchell
Alert

Actually, no. You need to know the levels in the entire water distribution system. The level drops with time spent in the pipes, and other factors, such as temperature. You need to have enough product put in at the front end to ensure that the water coming at all the other ends is OK. Water pipes leak, good water leaks out, bad things leak in.

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Jim Mitchell

To my knowledge, Inert gas extinguishers, or anything else, will not help much in a lithium ion battery fire. As they burn they produce their own oxygen. With this kind of fire, you just try to keep anything else from igniting and wait for the fire to burn itself out. Note that it took two hours after the firefighters arrived until the fire was out.

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Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

Jim Mitchell

Re: why they don't use pen and paper

As a student, I recall taking machine-scored multiple choice tests with many many questions, using a pencil to fill in the little bubbles. If somebody cannot handle 30 for reasons that are not due to a physical disability, perhaps they should reconsider voting at all.

But yes, I'm not quite sure why some local positions are elected and not appointed. Would anyone suggest electing the Secretary of Defense?

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Samsung ships two smartphones for every one Apple sells

Jim Mitchell

Re: But who has an app store up their sleeve?

I think most Samsung Android phones come with the Google Play app store. Does Google kick back some of that revenue to the handset maker? I had not heard that.

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Google Go language gets used: For file-scrambling trojan, though

Jim Mitchell
Go

Re: Great language name! Not confusing at all?

I give you PL/1: "Programming Language One".

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Space shuttle Enterprise makes final voyage – to New York

Jim Mitchell

@Annihilator

The Hudson River is tidal up to Albany and the salt line can get as far upstream as Poughkeepsie.

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Court rejects Tesla’s latest libel spat with Top Gear

Jim Mitchell

Re: Re: @Daivd Kelly

If that is what you want, buy a used Lotus Elise.

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Steerable bullet aims for mass army deployment

Jim Mitchell

That would help the projectile. What you want is a hat that is perfectly absorbent at the laser frequency.

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