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* Posts by TheWeenie

41 posts • joined 29 Jan 2013

Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

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Re: It's a gas, gas, gas!

FaaS - Fart as a Service, love it!

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Zombie Nortel grabs Cisco by the neck, again

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Re: Mostly prior art @ Frank Zuiderduin.

you want them to declare their support for U2? I know patent-trolls are scum but...crikey. That seems a little harsh.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Re: Arrest him, now!

or if you were a famous TV personality in the 1970s, please STOP thinking of the children!

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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Re: I smell snake oil .....

As we've not read about an individual winning the lottery five times over, I'd say he's probably still playing with his spreadsheet!

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Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

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A case in point being BBC's website where they try to explain what this really means, claiming that one Gigabit is 1024 Megabits.

Nice.

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Space Station bags extra 10yrs of life as SOLAR STORM scrubs resupply

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Also remember how different technology will be in ten years time, let alone fifty. Refitting an ageing warship or aircraft or freighter is already expensive down here on the surface, so I'd imagine it'd be hundreds of times more expensive in orbit.

Sounds daft but it probably is cheaper just to de-orbit your old space station and bung a new one up there.

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

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@ Phil W

You wouldn't expect a traffic warden to insist on performing a full body search of you and everyone in your car after telling you can't park somewhere or giving you a ticket.

Shhh - you'll give them ideas!

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Rockstar swells Spherix patent portfolio with 100 new licenses

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Perhaps it's just me but all I can muster is a shrug and a "here we go again".

More millions of $/£/€ into the pockets of lawyers. Yawn.

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Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

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Re: Bit spooky

@ Moeity - That's what they want you to believe! :)

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Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

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Re: Stupid.

Yup. What next? Befriend Chewbacca on Facebook? Or perhaps Anakin has a MySpace page...

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What's wrong with network monitoring tools? Where do I start...

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Not sure I agree with this entirely.

A network monitoring tool - provided it's been set up and maintained by someone that knwos what they're doing - is invaluable. Nested maps, sensible views, common-sense approach to polling and retention, and the right choice of software can all work well. Granted, that's a lot of variables though.

The most common issues I've seen are under-investment, under-performance, and under-specification.

Your network is mission-critical. You have tens of thousands of pounds a year spent on contracts, maintenance etc - spend a few more on some decent monitoring tools. Don't just install a single piece of software on an old bit of tin and expect it to work. Invest in high-performance equipment and the right software (there's plenty out there to choose from), and budget money for annual maintenance and some time (say, 0.25FTE) to administer and update it.

Once you've got your baselines in place you can look at some of the more esoteric stuff out there - remote probes for end-point monitoring; inline taps; netflow; buffer-replay captures etc.

Oh and I'm anal as hell about this stuff, so all maps are drawn by hand. That way I know what I see is actually what's there.

It's like anything we do in IT - you get out of a system what you put in.

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS, it’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

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The game is really very pretty (PS3 version) and once you get used to the controls it's quite good fun in a sort of kill-everything-that-moves-and-nick-their-money way. A bit like a night out in Croydon. The beautiful scenery is just what you need on a cold, dark Autumn night too. Also, it has some proper British accents for once. Fantastic!

On the downside, it is a little formulaic. Each mission feels kinda like the last. I only paid about £35 for it from Amazon so worth it if you've got some time to kill. I know I'll be going back to Dishonored after a few more hours though.

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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The Only Way Is Endor!

As anyone who's been there will testify, TOTS-2000 in Saaaarfend on a Saturday night bears more than a passing resemblance to the Cantina scene from Episode IV. Even the description Obi Wan gives of Mos Eisley is appropriate for that particular town!

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OH what a LOVELY, well-rendered WAR: Yes, it’s 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

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Re: Boom boom?

Stay Frosty!

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HOLY how-did-we-get-here?: Batman Arkham Origins

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Sorry to be a pedant, but surely the most sensible thing to do with a ticking bomb would be to defuse it, not diffuse it!

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Why the obsession with plugging your phone charger in when it's pitch black?

If you're close enough to a power socket that you can run a charger, you're close enough that you can turn a bloody light on!

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

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Re: Such a waste of time and paper.

You don't own shares in a company called Soylent, do you Vladimir? :)

On an unrelated note I had a dream a few days ago where we reached a situation far more terrifying than Peak Oil.

Peak Bacon.

Terrifying.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: Best Tablet in the World?

10/10 for Sarcasm.

You forgot to mention that you would have to cope with the shame of living a life which lacks the tacit approval of the guardian of the zeitgeist, Mr S. Fry, esq.

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

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Re: The engine

Not sure I agree with that. I've owned Saabs - all of which are turbocharged - and they've always been reliable. A lot of the larger Volvos were turbocharged too and you don't tend to see many of those littering the motorways.

I do take the point about higher boost pressures and tighter tolerances being a recipe for problems though. All depends how the owners look after the cars. Presumably the service interval on the 1.0T Ford unit has been reduced? Wasn't it one of the Mitsubishi Evo models that needed a service every 6500 miles or something?

Also, Wayne is going to have to sell a lot of meth / carry out a lot of muggings (insert your chosen antisocial behaviour here) to be able to spank just shy of nineteen grand on a car.

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Torched £30 server switch costs phone firm millions in lost sales

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Obviously the solution is to invent yet another process. But who should we buy the consultancy from, I wonder?

Also is it me or does describing someone as a "champion" provoke a very BOFH-ish reaction?

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Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Getting pop stars wired for 30 years

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Takes me back!

I wrote a very basic network stack once, using two Atari STs connected via their MIDI ports. You'd press a key on one ST, and the output would appear on the screen of the other. This was in 1994 using STOS.

I'm sure it goes without saying that I got a LOT of women back then. Unfortunately just not in real life.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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This takes me back! One of my favourite games. I remember when I got hy grubby hands on a 3DFx Voodoo card and ran this up for the first time. The opening sequence was smooth as silk and jaw-dropping to look at. Good cal El Reg.

I kind of fell out of love with games with the domination of Call Of Duty...but bought Dishonored as it looked pretty cool - turns out that uses the Unreal engine too. I mentioned this to one of our apprentices and they asked me what an Unreal engine was. Man I felt old.

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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Re: Cooling

The Tomcat and F111-B were designed around the AWG-9 radar set, which worked with the AIM-54.

Beautiful plane, the F14. I vaguely remember hearing that the AIM-54 was a bit of a turkey though - and the only recorded kill of an adversary was by an Iranian airframe, not the USN. No idea how accurate that is though. No doubt that's classified. Or I just made it up.

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STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Puzzled

They can probably write those fees off against their profits to avoid the tax liability.

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

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This is a paradox. On the one hand, I would like to see that. But on the other hand, I would have to go to the DM website to do so.

There must come a tipping point where the former outweighs the latter though!

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Re: Oh good

This should be something that you sign off whenever you obtain Internet access.

"I/we acknowledge that the Internet is a public, unmoderated network and accept full responsibility for monitoring and controlling the activities of any individuals in my care who are under the age of consent".

But then that would involve people actually accepting some responsibility as opposed to farming out the "This is everyone's fault but mine" line. In fact, make that "This is everyone's fault but mine and I deserve compensation".

Plus, remember that teenage boys looking for whacking material are like the Terminator. They cannot be bargained with, cannot be reasoned with...and they absolutely will not stop. Until they find Knave. Or the lingerie section that the catalogue just happens to fall open at!

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BSkyB-owned BE slams into traffic pile-up over 'unlimited' broadband lie

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Re: Good company though

I've been with them for about six years - never had a problem. Would have happily recommended them to anyone, but the Sky thing was too much of a worry. So it's goodbye ADSL and hello Virgin.

And yes. The phrase "out of the frying pan and into the fire" has haunted me ever since I made the decision. 60Mbit down and 3Mbit up is still a hefty increase in performance, even with a more restrictive AUP.

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Another senior bod leaps overboard from foundering HTC

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Re: HTC invested too much in Win 8 - CURSE OF MS

Sounds like the worst episode of The Sweeney ever!

I've had three HTC handsets, and they've all been fantastic. Another issue they've always faced is the amount of accessories available for them - walk into any large-high-street-retailer and you'll see an entire wall covered in phone accessories. 40% will be for i-devices, 40% will be for Sammy kit and the remaining 20% will be for everything else from Blackberry, Nokia, HTC etc.

HTC have made some excellent products, but they've just not got the presence of the big boys. Shame really.

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Industry execs: Network admins an endangered species

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Sadly, those clueless managers will continue to believe the hype and invest heavily in something which doesn't work. Just like the last time. And the time before that. And then, when their new automated empires come crashing down around them, they'll suddenly realise they're fresh out of options and throw cash at those skillful enough to recover the situation. And in about five or six years, when they've been promoted, and a fresh-faced, inexperienced team come in to replace them? We'll see the whole thing kick off all over again!

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Orange customer clobbered with SIX-FIGURE phone bill

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Re: That could have been me....

Simple solution to this - as I found out when I was in Jersey and Orange spammed me about ten times a day telling me I'd be paying 70p/Mb as I was roaming (despite the carrier being EE. Go figure.)

Turn off background sync. Stops all of your widgets from synchronising data (i.e. weather, stocks, train times) and also the social media feeds if you use 'em. You can still use your browser and email, it just stops all of the other stuff from eating through your allowance. Turn it on once a day to get the latest updates, then disable - I don't think I went over my 30Mb/day bundle once.

Roll on the days of truly unlimited mobile data.

Beer, as it's Friday at last.

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BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily

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Re: The Shard

I dunno if they did it last year, but the year before, when it was being built, they put coloured lights in the windows so from a distance, it actually did look like a giant Christmas tree!

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HTC woes prompts 'leave now' tweet from former staffer

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I've had four HTC handsets - no complaints about any of them, but the next phone will be a Nexus. Shame though, Sense is by far superior to the Samsung UI.

The out-of-memory thing was irritating as hell though. My Desire got factory-reset about once a month towards the end because of that. My OH had a Wildfire and that suffered the same fate. Only recently have they cottoned onto the idea that a phone may need a bit more than 90Mb for applications!

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Re: Red flags ahoy !

You can see where he's going wrong there. If he'd put it in a shiny white box, he'd already have sold millions!

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Schmidt: Don't like our tiny tax bills? Google this... 'Change the law'

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Re: Google Autocomplete

It'll just take you to a Streetview image of his house!

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Data centre networks are getting flatter and fitter

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More than numbers

Good article.

While discussing layers, it's worth saying that the C-D-A model isn't the only model that needs to be reviewed when designing a modern DC - the Networks Team vs Firewall Team vs Wintel Team vs UNIX team lines and boundaries need to be blurred too. Especially with the likes of Flex10 and the in-enclosure Nexus kit.

Nexus isn't without it's faults though. Some of the high-availability functions of the platform are still a little rough, and the use of VSS probably extended the lifetime of Cat6500 by five years. HAving a fair bit of experience with both, I still miss the familiarity and mature feel of IOS over NX-OS, but I'd take the scalability of the Nexus hardware over Catalyst.

Also don't overlook the fact that for moderately sized data centres, you can achieve virtually the same result with 6500 as you can with Nexus but for about two thirds the cost. N7K tin especially...ouch.

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World's largest solar collection plant opened in Abu Dhabi

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I quite like the idea of this. Seems they're planning to use it as a dynamic generation facility as opposed to base generation, which kinda makes sense. Nuclear aside, I can't help but think that Solar - in the right location - has got to be the most promising of the renewables.

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

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Re: Eight Cores = Ability to actually multi-task

"My Amiga did proper multitasking on a 7.14MHz single-core 68000"

I was an Atari man (y'know, with the full 8MHZ 68000!). And what makes me smile is that the ST v Amiga arguments back in the early 1990s were just as partisan as the Android v Apple arguments we have today. Can't help but wonder what we'll be bickering about ten years from now!

The S4 looks like an evolution. Clearly the biggest barrier to phones these days is the battery capacity, so trying to find any way of improving this is going to be advantageous. Well done to Samsung for including the storage slot though. I use a One-X and I wish that had the same option.

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SimCity 4

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I miss this!

I used to love this game. For some reason it doesn't seem to play nicely with my install of Win7-64 though.

This is one of those games series that's been part of my life for years - I had the original on an Atari ST when I was about ten and nearly 25 years later, it's still something I pick up when I find I've got an hour to myself. The other one which springs to mind is Civilization - I've lost years of my life to that!

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Boffin shows pics of germs grown on SPOTTY STUDENTS' MOBES

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Can't help but wonder what viruses were found though. Given how much time a mobile spends in close proximity to your mouth, not to mention the other immunologically questionable activities one may get up to with a camera phone, it's hardly a surprise.

I'm no scientist but I'd imagine that the face of the average mobile is comparatively clean when compared to the hands of the person using it!

Insert questionable pun regarding mobile anti-virus products here.

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Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

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My first ever job was for an insurance company. OS/2 running SNA over Token Ring. I still remember the feeling of panic stood in front of a rack full of Madge ringswitches, listening to the "Bzzzzzzt" of the relays as the whole lot came crashing down! Back at the time we were ordering in Compaq hardware with built-in 10/100 PHY and then spending another £150 on a Token Ring card for each device. Back then a 10/100 Ethernet switch (unmanaged, naturally) would cost about the same as one card. We tried to set up a PoC in the office but couldn't source any money for a router.

Anyone remember HSTR? 100Mbit - cutting edge back then. Just a shame it used to fail about once a month.

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Google fills in the blanks on North Korea map data

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If you search for the Hoeryong concentration camp, you can read the reviews. Seems it doesn't get many favourable ones. I can't imagine why...also, what do you suppose a "Treshing House" is for? On second thoughts, maybe I'd rather not know.

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