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

Rufus McDufus

Re: Most sysadmins out there have never heard of rsync

There's always cygwin, with rsync loaded. :)

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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

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Though hyperlinks were in frequent use before TBL's paper - for instance I remember the concept in Apple's HyperCard. Though of course Tim extended the concept to become the URL, which was really the clever bit.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: www = internet

Or 'the internet's down'. Okee - the internet's down or your PC is screwed. it's bound to be the entire internet isn't it?

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Android holds steady as iOS and Windows Phone slip in Kantar reports

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Re: I don't know about that

Spain, France & Italy aren't terribly rich at the moment.

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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I'm ex-Amazon, but from a long time ago (left 2005). They do rely on open source but only generally as a building block (e.g languages). Most of the big stuff is bespoke and perhaps is not so useful outside of the context of Amazon where they really do like to re-invent the wheel, and rather scarily often do it better.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

Rufus McDufus

I worked for Amazon early on and can remember the consternation when a certain book went to the top of the bestseller list. It was 'A Hand in the Bush: The Fine Art of Vaginal Fisting'. They tweaked the listing so it didn't appear. Most disappointing.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Marvellous

Takes me right back! I dreamed of an Atari VCS but my mate had an Atari 400 which frankly was better. Star Raiders blew my tiny mind and we spent hours playing Asteroids (one of the best implementations IMHO).

Also Casio fx-570 - tsk, forgotten about that. Proper little workhorse.

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Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO

Rufus McDufus

All this talk of Ecclestone, and just watching the F1 qualifying, made me think Bernie Ecclecstone could be a handy Davros.

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Samsung's at it AGAIN: SHATTERING profit records, that is

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Re: Non-linear exchange rates.

The won crashed while the journalist was typing.

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UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

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Re: When I lived in Bracknell...

Do I know you? That perfectly describes a company I worked for! The CEO lived in Ascot. Company moved there eventually.

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Sadly the article seems a bit confused. TVP and Suttons are most definitely not in Wokingham! Despite that though, Wokingham does definitely have a very large proportion of IT companies.

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Re: Molly Millars Lane

I spent some time working in Wokingham for different s/w houses back in the late 80s and mid 90s. You're right, getting pissed at lunch/morning/afternoon was a necessary feature. The necessity of doing this seemed to disappear about ten years ago. Maybe we all just got older.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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Re: £1.10 for a return?

£3000 pa would £8.20 a day if you travelled every single day of the year. More like £13 a day on average if you deduct (say) 20 days holiday and some public holidays.

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Red Hat to ditch MySQL for MariaDB in RHEL 7

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Re: Satellite Server

You can use PostgreSQL if you like - it's a supported option.

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Nicked unencrypted PC with 6,000 bank details lands council fat fine

Rufus McDufus

What a terrible punishment, getting someone else to pay the fine.

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

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Object-oriented programming failed 20 years ago? Goddamit I must be imagining all those objects I've coded for the last 20 years!

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Geolocation tech to save 60 Londoners from being run over next year

Rufus McDufus

Re: The GLC was dismantled ...

Yet London's roads are safer now than when the GLC is power, despite more traffic. You want to kill people, is that what you're saying?

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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I tell tham I only know Linux. Or I'm an infrastructure architect. Or something completely opposite to what they want.

No-one expects a plumber or electrician to pop round and fix their stuff for free do they? I've got the brain the size of a planet but for some reason it's seen as if I enjoy doing my job (hobby?) and am only too eager to fix their (usually disgustingly dirty) shit for free.

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Google to offer 'same-day delivery' Amazon Prime killer - report

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Re: oh yes, please

Though it be fair if you're paying for next day delivery that's what you should get.

Personally my fastest delivery was five minutes. OK, I worked for Amazon for many years, and that was back in the day when system engineers worked in the same building as the distribution centre.

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Free delivery better

Anyone find Amazon Prime absolutely rubbish? Their next day delivery seems to take more days than the standard free delivery, and often gets into to clutches of Home Delivery Network which seems to be staffed by mentally-ill people. I recently had to wait several weeks for a 'next day' delivery. The excuse from the HDNL guy was 'my car broke down'. What, for three weeks?! This wouldn't be so bad but I had the exact same excuse a year or two ago from a different HDNL person.

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Apple and world HACKED by Facebook plunderers

Rufus McDufus

Re: "This is the first really big attack on Macs,"

Mutter mutter, something about horses, *jazz hands*

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

Rufus McDufus

Are Intel deliberately trying to produce the least successful product in history here?

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Spotted: Android 4.2.2 update for Google Nexus devices

Rufus McDufus

Good. I RMA'd my original January-purchased Nexus 10 and the battery life is better on the new one but still not great. Turning off wi-fi when sleeping makes a big difference but i don't think that explains all of it. Previously it could consume 100% charge when sleeping overnight.

Also would be nice to see Chrome memory usage reduced. The Nexus 10 out of the box seems to eat all memory as fast as it possibly can with Chrome using nearly half.

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O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product

Rufus McDufus

Re: Will move if Sky take over

Switched to VM a year ago after being with BE for maybe 5 years. BE gave excellent and very reliable service but it doesn't compete with VM to me. I'm getting 60Mbps for about the same as I paid for 5Mbps with BE & I find both offer excellent support if you need it (don't laugh). There are more outages with VM but still pretty rare.

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Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

Rufus McDufus
Devil

Re: Ultra-pedant mode activated!

But he doesn't claim he had a (narrow band/phone-line) dial-up modem!

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

Rufus McDufus

Even simple things like choosing the correct input for all the connected devices is difficult to explain to someone non-technical. For instance my old Panny TV which I donated to my parents comes up with 'EC/HDMI' or whatever when switching to the Humax PVR (*). Just WTF is that supposed to mean to the casual user?

* Operating the PVR is sadly completely beyond their comprehension.

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Rufus McDufus

Re: Dream telly

Good sound - exactly. The problem with nice flat TVs is the sound is usually abysmal.

Also a remote control that people with adult-sized fingers & less-than-perfect vision in a darkened room are able to use.

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October global temps above average for 332nd straight month

Rufus McDufus

Above average over 133 years - not exactly a long time over the lifespan of life on the planet. And as we now, many of the measuring stations are poorly sited, in now built up areas for instance.

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Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

Rufus McDufus

Gif with a hard G for me down in that thar London and I've rarely heard it pronounced with a J. More often it's non-techies who I've heard pronounce it with a J. I also like to say 'Linnux' as opposed to 'Lie-nux' because it's more likely to piss people off.

How about SQL - Ess-cue-ell or See-quel? I prefer the former.

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Samsung turns screws on Apple, hikes A6 processor price 20%

Rufus McDufus

Re: $25 Android pad coming soon...

UK price £325 probably.

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How to spot a terrible tech boss within SECONDS

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I had a manager in my first job, in the compsci dept at a top UK University. There was quite a lot of unaccounted cash at the end of the year. He asked me to fake some invoices.

This and a few other events led me to conclude things weren't quite as they should be.

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FOlA judges: Secret 28 who made the BBC Green will not be named

Rufus McDufus

Re: Stunning

Sorry if I misunderstand your sarcastic post, but do you think the theory that anthropomorphic global warming with CO2 as the main driver of change is a theory with as strong a foundation as that behind evolution? I and many others would certainly like to see the proof behind that insinuation.

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Groupon redundancy special offer tips, shares plunge

Rufus McDufus

12,000 employees??? What on earth do they all do? They could teach the Civil Service a lesson in waste...

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Apple's Cue gets parking space on Ferrari board

Rufus McDufus

Lucky barsteward...

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Thank Freeview for UK 4G by mid-2013 - NOT the iPhone 5 nor EE

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FAIL

"The 3G auction was 12 years ago and raised £35B, that's £1.85B per year. Compare that to the extra £5B a year the companies get from customers being on the wrong tariff.

Or put it another way, there are 81.6m mobile contracts in the UK, so you're paying £22.67 per year for the 3G spectrum."

You need a new calculator mate...

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

Rufus McDufus

Re: Optional, sometimes expedient

Is living in a really posh neighbourhood with a 40 minute journey between houses worse?

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Re: this sounds ripe for abuse

"Order numerous small value, unsigned for items, have delivered to neighbour. Contact seller and say they havnt arrived, get sent another batch of items. Get the original items from neighbour. Bingo! You have 2 orders! And the posty pays!"

A few years ago I order a vacuum cleaner from Amazon. It didn't appear. I went round to my dippy neighbours and asked multiple times during this period. I eventually got Amazon to send another one.

Six months later the dippy neighbour turns up with the missing vacuum. It had been sitting in their hallway of their tiny house for all that time and was presumably there when I went round to ask months back.

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Apple MacBook Air 13in review

Rufus McDufus

I got one about a year ago too. It's a great laptop, but light it is not. That metal case doesn't help.

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Apple slip-up slows iOS 6 upgrades

Rufus McDufus

Re: 20 hours

Oh and the iPad (3) keeps hanging for a second or two at a time.

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Rufus McDufus

Re: 20 hours

Exactly the same problem here. Gave up last night, but it still failed this morning over wifi.

Updated using iTunes which threw up some error, iPad was in recovery mode but switching off/on revealed it was at last running IOS6 but failed to restore any apps.

All good now except gmail in Chrome is stuck in offline mode.

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Third of iPad owners want smaller slabs

Rufus McDufus
Paris Hilton

Paris says

...a 10" is far more satisfying.

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Asus CEO sounds netbook death knell

Rufus McDufus

Re: That is a shame.

At least you've got a tablet version of Firefox on Android! I'm making do with Chome on iPad but it's pretty poor & bug-ridden.

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Humax YouView DTR-T1000 IPTV Freeview PVR review

Rufus McDufus

Don't think I'll be swapping my Humax Fox HDR T2 for this any time soon by the looks of it.

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'Young people don't want to become like us', say IT pros

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Re: "...kids needed to be taught early on about the joy of an IT department"

What would prefer instead of 'females' - 'hot totty' perhaps?

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Dimming the lights on smart(arse) TV

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Samsung

I bought a new Samsung Smart TV last December. It'd just been released the same month. It won't get the netflix app and according to Samsung won't get any more updates either. They still sell this model and it's still quite near the top of page on their current range. Next they'll be telling us that new OLED model they'll release in 2014 won't get any more updates as of now.

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Sysadmins: Your best tale of woe wins a PRIZE

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General hospital

I once had to spend a weekend installing servers at a hospital. The on-site tech told me the story of their nice new shiny server room.

They got all the servers in racks, rolled them in, and went to turn them on. Hmm, something not quite right here - no-one's installed the power yet!

OK, roll them all out, install power. Roll them in.

Hmm, no network! Bugger. Roll them out, install network, back in.

Hmm, it's getting rather warm in here. Ah, maybe we need air-conditioning?

A few weeks later, air conditioning installed. Now we're getting somewhere.

Except the air-con wasn't installed properly and flooded the server room several feet deep in water.

Roll the servers out, dry them off, install a drain in the floor just in case, roll them back in. Yes, the dried-off servers still worked. They're braver than I am re-installing flood-damaged servers but that's maybe that's the way they do it in the NHS?

Oh the joys of good server room design!

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Rufus McDufus

In my first job technically before I became a sysadmin, I worked at a top UK university. One day a female computer science professor came in holding a rather smelly and damp-looking Apple keyboard. 'It's broken' she said. 'How' I asked. 'Well, I threw up on it this morning and I figured the acid might damage it so I hastily tried to clean it off' she replied. Okay... 'What did you use to clean it with?' I asked thinking she'd dunked it in water or something marginally less stupid. 'Cooking oil', she replied. 'Hmmm, maybe we need to get you a new one then...'.

Don't you love academics? I had a few people wash laptop keyboards under a tap as well, with the laptop still attached of course.

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'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

Rufus McDufus

Re: Work Blunders

"Re: Work Blunders

Oh yes indeed, like the time I reached down to reboot the four servers I was building (after configuring the RAID enclosure), pressed the power buttons with two fingers of each hand and realised that my servers were in the cabinet next door to the one with the console in and that the moment I released the pressure I was going to perform a decidedly inelegant shutdown on two SQL clusters running the backend of a customer facing webapp...."

Ha ha! I did that on a mail server. Pressed the button on the wrong box. I was looking around for a broom or pole to stick in the power button to replace my finger. Then my boss walked in and laughed at me!

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Rufus McDufus

"Re: no backup of the schedule?

What; you've never accidentally deleted an entire file system by rushing an hitting a wrong key?!"

Basing your entire company's operations even on a single 'entire filesystem' could be construed as a little risky.

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Rufus McDufus

Re: Work Blunders

I remember remote-logging into a telco's main DB server 20 years ago via modem (when I worked at CA, funnily enough). I wasn't getting any response on the console so tried a few of the typical key presses to try and get a response. Lo and behold a bunch of reboot-style messages appear in front of me. They'd given me remote access straight to the console. I never did know if my attempts to get some terminal activity caused it or not.

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