* Posts by TheVogon

1659 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

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"I seriously hope that RAID reconstruction does NOT stop....as there is a very nonzero probability that the smoked sector is not even being used."

Modern arrays don't generally try and rebuild sectors without any data on. If the array does hit a hard error on rebuild, I wouldn't want it to just pretend everything is OK! In my experience arrays will go into a fault condition in this case and will indeed stop rebuilding...

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"Insufficient VM replicas."

I would go for poor infrastructure design and / or failed / untested implementation as the most likely general cause. Followed by inadequate backups / DR facilities and procedures if it takes a week + to restore services....

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"For now, but even that won't be adequate soon, apparently."

That refers to SATA drives. By 2019 most new deployments will be on solid state disks, and long rebuild times / risk of double or triple failures are less of an issue...

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Re: Meanwhile on a tropical island

"The salesman who sold this POS"

The salesman just sells what the customer / architect designs and orders.....

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"What happens when a one-disk-failure-tolerant RAID fails"

Someone should get fired if they were SATA disks. RAID6 or equivalent is required.

http://deliveryimages.acm.org/10.1145/1680000/1670144/leventhal1.png

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LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

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Re: Pulsed agrilaser in the 40W range

"But can it be modified to keep the shitty little shitting cats out of my back yard?"

The best method is get a cat. They don't tend to crap in their own garden, and they are territorial, so generally keep other cats away...

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Re: Those of us old enough to remember . . .

"the Poles had to use shovels to clear the embassy of dead sparrows."

Ouch.

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It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

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Re: Cupertino is ...

"I just shopped one of those wannabees to his service provider"

More likely you just shopped another compromised Linux box. No one with an IQ level above moron would hack from their own IP range...

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Bloody robots! 860k public sector jobs to be automated by 2030, say researchers

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Re: fantastic

"860k public sector jobs "

Isn't that almost exactly the same number of non jobs as Gordon Brown and Bliar added to the public sector payroll in a decade (in mostly Labour voting areas of course) ?

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Re: The myth that refuses to die

"Once upon a time a public sector job was a golden ticket: little actual work, less accountability, and a job for life"

2 out of 3 isn't so bad...

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

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Re: £

"Since the UK will end up as a "migrant holding station" my betting is on the Euro...."

I think you mean the EU will end up like that.

Thanks to Brexit, the UK will at least have the option of saying NO once global warming really kicks in throughout the third world, and we get millions of migrants heading to Europe...

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Stung by Azure and AWS cost shock? Penny-pinchers love them some OpenStack

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Re: eh

> In which market does netapp and cisco compete in?

Storage? See the Invicta range for instance.

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Rogue sysadmins the target of Microsoft's new 'Shielded VM' security

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"But of course this also means assuming your using a cloud provider your now screwed and locked into where the vm was created"

Nope. You can move between providers. See for instance: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/security/guarded-fabric-shielded-vm/guarded-fabric-create-vm-move-to-guarded-fabric

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"if you can move to replacement hardware then you can copy it."

You can copy the encrypted VM container, yes. That doesn't give you any access to the data...

"If you have access to take the VM, you also have access to take any needed keys."

No, you don't. Even the rights of admins can be limited to just the access required via JEA or the existing granular ACLs - see: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn896648.aspx

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Puppet shows its hand: All your software is belong to us

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Re: In the future code is going to be managed and deployed by other code

"In the future code is going to be managed and deployed by other code"

Translation - you have to learn a coding language (Ruby) to use this steaming pile....

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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

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Re: But probably...

"There is also Windows Hyper-V Server"

Nope. There is only "Microsoft Hyper-V Server". There is no "Windows Hyper-V Server"

Hyper-V Server does not contain a version of Windows....

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SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed

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"I've ever encountered a HDD/SSD manufacturer anywhere that offers to recover data from a failed unit under warranty."

I have had HP in on site before when a RAID controller firmware bug trashed a disk array. If that array had had non HP disks in it I doubt they would have helped.

"That's what backups are for..."

Backups don't recover data that changed since the last backup...

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"We've found that buying a few boxes of SSDs, and the same number of knock-off HP caddies is cheaper than buying HP's own brand SAS disks."

Until you need warranty support for your lost data that is...

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Oracle: We're going to be the practical AI people, we swear it

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Re: Oracle AI

"Big Red says it wants to integrate intelligence into existing apps"

Calculating how much extra money can we rinse you for?! Beep, Beep...

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Securing Office 365? There's always more you can do

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Re: Leaky 365

"All your data in Office 365, or Google Apps, or Salesforce.com. That's one gigantic database for the NSA, or GCHQ their off-shore collaborator, to trawl through "

In O365 at least, you can bring your own certificates to prevent unlogged external access to your encrypted data...

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Re: ... says a lot for attactiveness of cloud-based ... pfffftt!

"The VERY first thing it does, BEFORE loading any software, is ask for the email account you will be using"

No it doesn't. It installs without asking for any license information. It asks for an email address the first time you run it. Which is required for Office 365 users. If it was not being used by an O365 user then you can put a MAK key in instead.

"because you have to keep separate records of the product key AND email address used for the installation"

Utter rubbish. You either use a MAK key (which can be pre-installed), OR leave the user to input their email which is licensed via the O365 management console

"This makes it very difficult for IT departments and consultants to preload software on a computer before it is put on the user desktop."

Unless you RTFM or hire someone who has a clue....

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"If they were to implement an OPEN 2FA platform such as the TOTP model the Google Authenticator supports, or the newer U2F I would be quite happy to enable that"

Microsoft already offer MFA included in the cost of O365:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/documentation/articles/multi-factor-authentication-how-it-works/#feature-comparison-of-versions

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Re: Uses basic authentication

I don't know what you are seeing but I don't think it's Office 365.

See https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn569286.aspx

"Office 365 encrypts your data while it's on our servers and while it's being transmitted between you and Microsoft"

Pretty sure you can't connect at all to O365 without TLS encryption...

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Russia mulls pirate penalties

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See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwHkmfWJCAo

Not much has really changed...

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Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

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A child cant enter a contract, therefore the bill is invalid anyway...

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It's time for Microsoft to revisit dated defaults

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Re: The defaults keep the edge cases working

"Microsoft desperately wants people off AD and onto Azure AD as their primary authentication source"

No it doesn't. That would only work if you had EVERYTHING in the cloud. Azure AD is currently designed to compliment onsite AD, not to replace it.

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Re: The defaults keep the edge cases working

"Hell, they probably have 95% of that code in a repository somewhere..."

Or even in a finished product: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-server-docs/networking/sdn/technologies/network-controller/network-controller

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Re: Proper Windows installs

"peer to peer updating and phoning home every 20 seconds are NOT something you want on your network"

Peer to peer updating - don't see why you wouldn't want that on a local LAN versus downloading each update multiple times, but phoning home - probably not - hence why it doesn't in the corporate versions...

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"What works for 100 users frequently doesn't work for 10,000"

If you implement a critical and complex system such as AD for 10,000 users without proper planning and choosing the right configuration settings for your environment you deserve what you get!

"whereas with AD, the entire object had to be resent."

Nope. Fixed in Server 2003. Active Directory replicates directory data updates at the attribute level.

"AD hasn't progressed in the years since I stopped being responsible for directories."

Implementing AD ideally requires some design and planning. Don't confuse choosing safe default values with no progress. The defaults are designed to not break limited WAN connectivity and to not overload limited bandwidth networks...

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Re: Proper Windows installs

"Twenty to forty minutes to 1st boot."

I think you mean more like ~ 5-10 minutes (for a clean non upgrade install at least). Sounds like you haven't installed Windows for a while...

"All day to change all the settings"

Or just set them once by Group Policy or via Desired State Configuration. Can't think of a single thing I needed to change from the express defaults on a clean install of Windows 10 though...

"Unless you have preconfigured images"

No need to touch the images for that.

"No wonder most consumers home PCs are badly set up"

You can blame PC manufacturers for that...Most home users never have to install an OS from defaults...

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Re: So, where's the news?

"Actually, you're quite wrong. "Sites" are more than just a useful means to mentally break up domain controllers. They are used by other applications that hang off AD to determine network topology for their replication,"

Microsoft says a site is a set of well connected (LAN speeds or greater) IP subnets. That can easily be your entire organisation these days...

"to determine how to break up the load on the AD servers (latency matters!) and more."

No, sites are not for that. Active Directory already has load balancing techniques built into it. Also Netlogon contains load balancing features that will automatically exclude logging onto to slower to respond (potentially overloaded) DCs.

"putting everything in a single site doesn't solve the problem of needing different propagation times for different classes of object, which is ultimately what is required."

That's never required in AD, and the entire design of AD is to avoid such differentiation.

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"My experience was that the Novell protocol was much more fragile and harder to fix when it did break."

And Novell servers in general. ABEND crashes spring to mind...

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Re: So, where's the news?

"sites also determine which AD server a client should use for authentication?"

Yes, hence why sites are only really needed to differentiate very slow links, etc.

So how else does the client localise it's requests?"

It uses the fastest domain controller to reply to a ping.

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Re: The other side of the coin

"Of course if you get too high a frequency of changes, the danger is that your system never converges on a stable state."

As AD is a multi-master model, that's not an issue. It will converge over time giver sufficient bandwidth for replication.

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Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

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Re: Perhaps the first step in a corporate stratagy?

They have now moved the controlling logic to Windows:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/networking/sdn/technologies/network-controller/network-controller

The switch underneath can be running anything - including Windows or Hyper-V Server - or Linux...

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Snoop! stooge! Yahoo! handed! all! your! email! to! Uncle! Sam! – and! any! passing! hacker!

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"Snoop! stooge! Yahoo! handed! all! your! email! to! Uncle! Sam!"

So just like every other major US based service provider then.

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Premier League Sky card crims ordered to cough up nearly £1m

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"IP crime? Surely it's just a "service crime", like tapping off next door's gas supply?"

Taking something physical like next door's gas without paying for it is theft. Accessing something intangible like PPV content without paying for is not theft. If not clear, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeTybKL1pM4

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

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Re: At least with Linux

"Apple = Windows for W*nkers"

They have support for one handed use now then? I though Apple still didn't support touchscreens in OS-X....

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City of Moscow to ditch 600k Exchange and Outlook licences

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Re: Plenty of good Free Open Source Software out there.

"It's looking like Moscow is going to be your new Munich"

I think perhaps you are under some confusion - re references to "your" - I don't work in anyway for Microsoft and never have - FYI I currently work for a FTSE 100...

If you mean just like Munich they are going to spend millions extra to get an inferior solution, end up running both systems in parallel for decades and have the users clamouring for Microsoft back, then yes, probably you are right...

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Re: Plenty of good Free Open Source Software out there.

"There is nothing open source which can do calendaring at scale."

Or that can handle unified communications and unified messaging in anything like as user friendly and so well integrated format as MSO...I feel sorry for the users.

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Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

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Re: Could get interesting

"you are locked in, baby"

Pot, meet Kettle...

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Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

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Re: Fuck that

"Your "home" server doesn't really need to be in the house...."

Mine is in an outbuilding. However it needs to be within Ethernet range - unless you don't care about being able to stream say multi-angle porn in 4K?

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Re: Fuck that

I'm lost as to anyone that actually lives in their house needs a thermostat you can set remotely. Or why you even need to touch it other than very rarely.

My thermostat is set to 21 degrees, and I haven't had any need to change it ever in at least 5 years...

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Hypervisor security ero-Xen: How guest VMs can hijack host servers

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Re: not sure about enterprise but

"Made Qubes OS go from looking like Fort Knox to Fort Swiss Cheese "

Hyper-V Server is free with all features enabled and has by far the best security vulnerability profile of any commonly used Hypervisor option. It's easy to run Linux on it.

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Microsoft SQL Server for Linux is a brilliant and logical idea

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Re: Increase in Microsoft shill propaganda

"Commercial support Services for PostgreSQL are provided by EnterpriseDB, a national professional services company with great expertise in PostgreSQL,as several employees are part of "core" PostgreSQL development team. There are also several mid-level and smaller commercial PostgreSQL support Services companies and organizations around the USA and are particularly widespread in European Union, South America and Asia."

So what you are saying is it's a zoo and you can't guarantee consistent global support?

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Re: Increase in Microsoft shill propaganda

"SQLServer, at best, is actually proven less robust, less reliable and substantially less secure than PostgreSQL."

You got that the wrong way round. For instance SQL Server has had far fewer security vulnerabilities than Postgres, outperforms it in almost every benchmark, and has far more advanced clustering and resilience options...

"Furthermore Oracle DB, IBM DB2, PostgreSQL, NoSQL databases, MySQL/MadiaDB and every other established database runs an order of magnitude faster and with more reliability and security on Linux than on Windows Server 2012."

Again wrong. The top TPC-C and TPC-E benchmarks are all on Windows Server 2012 / SQL Server - which with SQL Server has had far fewer vulnerabilities than any commercially supported Linux / Database stack listed above.

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Re: Why

"If you want to run Oracle Enterprise in an affordable way you need to run it either on Oracle/SUN or IBM Power hardware."

Presumably you missed off the "un" before affordable...

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Fight over internet handover to ICANN goes right down to the wire

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Re: The devil you know?

"The US doesn't shut down sites because of speech"

The US shuts them down just for LINKING to content it doesn't like. That's most definitely a free speech issue. There have also been numerous examples of sites that are completely legal in their home / targeted territories being shut down because the US doesn't agree with them. That should not be possible for any government to do. Otherwise lets say Saudi Arabia / Pakistan / Iran take a similar approach? The porn industry will be gone overnight!

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Re: "without pre-installed software"

"Apple OS is free. You're paying for it in the hardware."

So it's not free then...You still pay for it.

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Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

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Re: Thin end of the whatsit.

"If you are browsing little, old lady cat pictures then you won't care that the site isn't secure"

You might do if the urls are along the lines of http://little-old-ladies-pussies.com

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