77 posts • joined Tuesday 27th March 2012 12:58 GMT
Cynical - me?
So, a large online retailer releases a fanciful story picked up by all the media on what is reported to be the biggest online shopping day of the year.
I'm sure it's a complete coincidence, nothing more. Move along now, nothing to see here...
(So far, unjustified) paranoia
I have 4 OCZ Vertex 4, 2 in RAID 1 as a boot drive and 2 in RAID1 as a data drive. RAID 1 because I'd heard the horror stores, but OCZ Vertex 4 anyway because I picked the drives up at a price too good to miss. So far, not a hint of an issue with any of them.
Re: 30GB of RAM, 320GB of SSD, and 16vCPUs for $1.20 ..
There's other costs to consider - primarily power if you're self-hosting. But yes, in general, if you need a server 24/7 for months or years, cloud isn't economical.
I have a suspicion that one of the reasons this sort of offering succeeds in the marketplace isn't commercial - it's operational. An IT manager would have to jump through lots of bureaucratic hoops to buy that 10-core server of yours, whereas $800 per month can just be put on his corporate VISA. It costs more in the end, but sadly, it's often the case that controls put in place to ensure money isn't wasted end up costing more than they save.
It's very fashionable to bash IE, but the truth is that all the major browsers have holes. Firefox has fixed 12 critical vulnerabilities (defined as "can be used to run attacker code and install software, requiring no user interaction beyond normal browsing") in the last two releases. So, if you're running Firefox 24 or earlier, your browser has at least 5 critical vulnerabilities in it (see https://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox.html).
I don't have figures for Chrome, but does anyone really believe that all those Chrome releases that seem to come out every other day are only for new features?
Or you could just wait a while...
"We also understand that some people would prefer to have more identity choices. So we have been testing twitter, facebook and wordpress login options. We will be rolling them out over the next 7 weeks."
Lack of spelling no obstacle to writing for El Reg
Great - we can now edit posts. Do the improvements to the CMS include a spell-checker for the articles?
Skilled tecnical staff, not managers
>>> Plenty of lesser projects take more time and more people, suggesting the most interesting thing IT pros and their managers can learn from Graph Search might be how the project was managed
Since a number of studies have shown productivity variations of a hundred-fold in programmer productivity, the success is much more likely to be down to the quality of the people doing the development rather than of those who are managing them.
>>> How WD has managed to make the I/O faster isn't known. The spin speed, interface and cache sizes are unchanged between the old and new generation products.
My guess: they've either increased the areal density of each platter, or increased the number of platters, or both. Either way you get more data moving under each head for each rotation of the disk, so you get higher throughput without changing the rotational speed.
Re: Why all the pixels
Because most people don't think like you do - they just assume that more pixels equals "better".
See also: Digital cameras with gazillion pixel sensors supplied with cheap lenses that have terrible vignetting and chromatic aberration.
Apples vs Oranges?
As pointed out, some costs are in dollars and some in euros. But that's just the start of the problems.
Some costs are monthly (rack space) and some are presumably one-off (server purchase). In that case, a pricing comparison is only valid over a period of time, which I can't see anywhere.
Without all the detail, it's just a load of nonsense.
I don't think you understand the SMTP protocol. What I'm suggesting is that you don't connect to your own e-mail server and get that to relay the message - you do an mx lookup on the domain, and connect directly to the SMTP server that handles mail for the domain. That won't require credentials to allow inbound e-mail.
>> " These days SMTP servers commonly require a username and password"
Err, no. they don't. How would anyone send e-mail if the sender needed to know a username and password on the destination server?
Re: Is it really worth the effort ?
The CPU time won't be used to generate simple HTTP responses. It'll be used for face recognition and other image processing so that they can target advertising better.
Half the photos of you also include your car - sell you motoring stuff. Most of your photos are of you outdoors - sell you hiking boots and waterproofs.
Re: Digital signature conundrum
But to modify the signature, you need to know which pixels make up the signature. If you just change a few random pixels in the stream, your now modified copy still contains the verifiable signature.
Remote Access for Consumers?
"The ability to see what's on the customer's screen .. has hitherto been denied to consumers."
I'm sure that TeamViewer, LogMeIn and many others would dispute that.
Maybe the clue's in the name?
A *deterministic* random number generator? Wouldn't a *non*-deterministic one be better?
For the same reason you rent anything - you simply can't afford to buy one of them (e.g a house), or for the duration you need it for, buying one isn't cost-effective (hiring a mechanical digger for the weekend to dig out a patio).
If you need it all the time, for a long time, renting a disk doesn't make sense. That applies to most things that can be rented - it's not unique to "cloud".
Re: Why bash IE? This would be a non-issue if you configured your browser proper.
>> the worst, least secure browser on the planet
Do you have any evidence of this? Tests carried out by independent third parties, for example? Or is this just one person's rant?
Re: The reason it is still in use IMHO
I'm confused - what exactly are you "sent". A link? Some software to install?
Re: But why?
All software has bugs. Good luck trying to find a browser that doesn't have them.
Take Firefox as an exanple. FF24 fixed seven critical vulnerabilities (defined as "can be used to run attacker code and install software, requiring no user interaction beyond normal browsing"). FF23 fixed four, FF22 fixed four, FF21 fixed three, FF20 fixed three.
FF was released on 19 Feb this year, or 211 days ago. Since then, there have been 21 critical bugs (see definition above) found and fixed, or 1 every 10 days. Given that, it seems very unlikely that FF25 has no critical vulnerabilities in it.
Bug source: https://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox.html
Re: I cant wait to see the price of a Monster HDMI 2.0 cable
Monster cables are cheap, really. See http://www.russandrews.com/product.asp?lookup=1®ion=UK¤cy=GBP&pf_id=2436&customer_id=PAA0433090713219NQXICLHHHBGHWOXY for a real laugh.
Re: I wouldn't trust encryption alone personally
You seem to be suggesting steganography, which hasn't been mentioned yet. It seems like a good way to do things - hide in plain sight can be remarkably effective.
Officer: "Show me all your secret documents"
Traveller: "I don't have any. But here's some holiday photos. Here's one of me on the beach, here's another of me on the beach, here's one of my at the bar..."
(Officer gets very bored and waves you through)
TV Remote Prior Art?
An electronic device with four buttons, one red, one yellow, one green, one blue.
I've got a couple of those at home, lying on the sofa...
The word "grok" has specific connotations in the computer world. See http://catb.org/esr/jargon/html/G/grok.html
Re: That sudden downturn in IE
I suspect part of it is related to the fact that anyone installing the latest version of Flash or Acrobat Reader for a Windows system gets Chrome installed and configured as their default browser, unless they explicitly uncheck the option.
" No viruses are known to affect Mac OS X. None."
Re: Would you want your storage array running windows ?
Also not trolling, but is the lower frequency of HP/EMC patches because they have less, or because they release them less often? Less frequent patch release can mean a more secure product, or it can mean a product that's insecure for longer (n.b. not trying to have a go at Windows or HP/EMC here, just saying).
Also, bear in mind that if you're using this, you're probably a big Windows server shop anyway, so most of the infrastructure is being rebooted on patch Tuesday anyway.
Re: it's a chimney
>>> You certainly wouldn't get better performance from internal cards ...
Thunderbolt 2: 20Gbit/s (bit, not byte).
PCI Express 3: 985 MB/s (byte, not bit) per lane
A modern 16 lane PCI Express 3 card has approximately 6 times the throughput (123 GBit/s). Although not yet formalised, PCIe 4 is twice as fast as PCIe 3.
That last word in your post - replace 'L' with 'W'.
35m in 3M years is slow..
The whole Himalayan mountain range (including small hills like Everest and K2) is only 50 million years old. They are basically the "crease" caused by India moving north very fast (in plate tectonic terms) north at 5cm per year, and crashing into Asia.
Re: I never quite understood why such a market even exists
Mainly due to delivery time and risk minimisation. Even if developing something like SAP internally cost less in the long term (which is a debatable, but entirely separate, point), buying software "ready made" drastically reduces the time before you get to use the software, and have it delivering benefits for the business, and there is no risk that the software will actually never be delivered, which is always possible with in-house stuff and internal management changes.
Re: No offence, Dominic, but ...
"When you're at the supermarket you might be quite annoyed if the check out girl started advising you on the nutritional content of your basket and you'd definitely be unhappy if your bill was twice as big as result."
Yes, I would, but that's because your analogy is flawed. The checkout girl is there soley to collect money, not offer advice. I'd be just as annoyed if the person in the recruitment firm's accounts department started commenting on the person I'd recruited and offered staff development advice when they sent the invoice.
I'm not in any way trying to be negative about the intelligence levels of recruitment consultants - my point was that if you have someone who has enough domain knowledge to make a really good recruitment consultant, they have enough domain knowledge to get a better paid (and probably more fulfulling) job elsewhere, within the domain itself, and that's why you don't get "expert" recruitment consultants.
Re: No offence, Dominic, but ...
"So to make the same money as you, he needs to place one person like you about every week."
Your maths assumes a 12% placement fee (in my experience, it's more like 25% - 30%) and also assumes zero base salary. Are you really saying that if a recuiter makes no placements in a calendar month, they get zero pay?
Re: No offence, Dominic, but ...
I suspect it's becuase if you have enough technical nouse to be a good recruiter, you have enough technical nouse to get a better job.
I've never met a recruiter who is genuinely interested in either the client's business or the candidate's career. Like every other sales person (and that's what they are), they're only interested in their end-of-month commission cheque.
Re: Other difference
"owned hardware vs non-owned hardware usage regardless of the business model used to lease it"
If it's owned, it's not leased.
"If I call my business's departments 'customers', does that mean I've now got a small public cloud? "
No, because the data is still stored on corporate-owned and -controlled hardware, not hardware owned and managed by a third party. What you choose to call your business departments is irrelevant.
Not the only difference, there's also that opex vx capex thing. With a private cloud, you have the additional burden of the capital expenditure. With Amazon's cloud, you don't have that big, nasty, up-front cost.
Of course, you do have a smaller cost, that goes on, and on and on, month after month after month, and before you know it, you've paid more to Amazon than the original capex "saving".
Every time I look at off-prem cloud pricing, it seems wildy unecomonic in the medium to long term for even relatively low utilisation levels.
Not even signed
Four of the files included in the download are not even digitally signed.
An anti-malware firm wants me to download and run unsigned executables? That's what I call setting a good example!
(Yes, I realise that just 'cos it's signed, doesn't mean it isn't malicious, but it's a good start).
"The ruse is an extenuation of earlier scams"
It's good to know the scammers have a partial excuse for their behaviour!
Re: Gahhhh, when will people learn kettle style IEC leads are different to others?
If you're going to be pedantic, at least be correct...
You *can* use a kettle lead to power a computer. What you can't do is use a standard PC power cord to power a kettle, since the PC power cord won't have the cut out required for it to fit in the kettle, but the kettle lead will fit in the computer. Saying that a C15 connector cannot be used for domestic computer applications simply isn't true.
C13/14 - no cutout, rated to 70C, usable in computers.
C15/16 - with cutout, rated to 120C, usable in computers and kettles.
You may be thinking of C15A/C16A, which are a slightly different shape.
Re: Is their year end
Robbing Peter to pay Paul?
But surely any extra money thet get to report in this fiscal year is simply not there for the next fiscal year?
Restore not so simple
Depending on the nature of the backups, a simple restore may not be an option, since that would then wipe out all the stuff that's been changed since the backup. It's more of a "restore somewhere else, and merge the old with the new". Always much more tricky. Much like when there was the big RBS / Natwest cock-up, some (mainly non-IT) people said "just restore from the backups". It's not that simple with systems that (in theory) never go off-line and are always being updated. RBS *had* to put everything back as it was - eBay *should*, but I bet, given their Ts&Cs, they aren't in any way obliged to.
I know exactly what you mean, but never having been in that situation (and never likely to be), I can only assume it's a case of "your lifestyle expands to fit the funds available".
Re: not really (bytes vs bits)
10GB is 85899345920 bits, so at 500k bits per second, it would take 171798 seconds, or 47 hours, to download.