* Posts by Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Yes, you do. And maybe glasses?

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: I would post

We can anonymise. Rigourously.

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Oracle now fully compliant with UK tax laws*

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: 2 Months?

"Upgrade" might be too severe a term: as I understand it, this kind of update is closer to a plugin.

But there's a dance that goes on here: government knows people need lead time, so try to get laws passed with enough time to let developers get their patches done in a timely fashion. Down here in Oz there are working groups between our tax office and software developers to get things sorted.

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ABC storage project adrift in 'brown ocean'

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Boom-tish.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: wtf is 'brown ocean' ?

I've NFI what's meant by brown ocean. Maybe something bigger and more complex than a brownfield? Made for a good headline anyway.

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Boeing's X-Wing 737 makes first flight

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Less drag, not more lift

I thought it was a bit of both. More wing area doesn't hurt. Smaller vortices help by smoothing out the air immediately adjacent to the plane. Together, PROFIT!

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VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Have to admit....

It was. Thanks for pointing out the error. Sub-editor flagellation procedure invoked.

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Microsoft kicks VMware right in its weakest, cloudiest spot

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Backup and DR companies would IMHO have every right to squeal if Microsoft bakes ASR into Windows Server 2016. Sure, Windows has always had weak backup utilities. But ASR is a whole new level.

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Cisco forgot its own passwords for seven weeks

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: 'password' indeed!

that's just the default password. if you don't change it within three seconds of using a UCS server, you deserve whatever happens to you

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Philae's phinal phling: Germans made weekend spin-up attempt

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

You're right. But so am I. The description offered by DLR is that Philae has independent transmitters and receivers. I'm happy calling both radios. But I simplified things because it's kinda painful to get into the nitty gritty. Will tidy up now.

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Microsoft reveals Azure Stack hardware specs

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Inevitably....

Unicorns would poop out golden rainbows, all wars would cease, ... stop me if you've heard this one before.

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Sometimes you don't mind quite as much

Best ... present ... ever

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Digital Transformation Office hits deadline for Gov.au prototype

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Judging by the spelling, grammar and punctuation....

And after hitting a 4AM deadline for a Star Wars review...

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: pre-show ads

Staff were overwhelmed at the screening I attended, and were flat out handing out 3D glasses and tickets. And they ran out of the souvenir cups :-(

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

In previous Star Wars, blaster bolts hit their target which just kind of fell over. Blaster bolts are now properly Newtownian - they provoke an equal and opposite reaction.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "That" bikini?

It's bikini-free

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Slack to play nice with others, like Atlassian's hip(chat) kids

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Yammer is...

Has it updated lately? Haven't used it for months. When I did it it was a lot closer to Twitter than Facebook.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: " not ready to be a case study "

Fair call - I did a shout out a while ago to users, didn't get much back that was useful for a story. I'll add a feature on 'What the dickens are these team messaging things, how do they work and how can you make sure they work for you' to our lists of Stuff To Get Done In The New Year

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Help! What does 'personal conduct unrelated to operations or financials' mean?

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: er ..... what poll ?

Oops. Forgot to turn it on. Did that now

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Samba man 'Tridge' accidentally helps to sink request for Oz voteware source code

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Somewhat disingenuous headline

FWIW I think Tridge just said what he believes, even though it was not all going to be helpful to the cause of accessing the source code for easycount. The presiding officers of the tribunal took his entirely reasonable concession that someone could behave badly with the source and made it a major point in their decision.

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Hyper-V sets VM created date to 1601, in the reign of Good Queen Bess

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: 1601?

Splendid idea! Ye Olde VM hath not been up-backed etc ...

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NZ Uni EMC broke considered ditching EMC before SNAFU

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

No. But you raise a good point: we can all chortle at this stuff, but livelihoods are at risk.

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EMC mess sends New Zealand University TITSUP for two days

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Not don't realise - rather a case of considering that perhaps part of the network was down along with the SAN. But good point on the relevant servers being SAN-dependent.

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All Cisco certs add cloud, IoT, 'business transformation'

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: "exciting as careers in professions like the law"

I'm in Australia so can't comment on the NYC stuff, but the lawyers I know are hard-working, clever people who can wrap their minds around the many nuanced approaches that the law has developed to very complex problems.

yes, it can be a very well-paid profession. As can any job these days that requires high levels of abstract thinking.

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Telstra cloudwhacks storage vendors' sweet spot

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: It's Telstra

Fair point - we've not been rigorous on cost analysis here.

But IMHO what's the point of going to cloud storage if not for lower costs? Ease of use is lovely, but can also reduce opportunity cost - no more storage admins, complexity becomes someone else's problem.

I do stay in touch with VMware, but it is by no means an authority on cloud storage costs. AWS, Google and Microsoft would be the chief cheerleaders there.

FWIW I defy anyone to get close to their archival storage costs on-premises. And that's despite Amazon Glacier being far from easy to use!

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Clueless Anonymous asks the powerless to save dolphins

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

10 internet points for remembering Habbo Hotel. gets me thinking about a story on the first wave of social networks and why they failed

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World needs 252,288,000 seconds to decide fate of leap seconds

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Why the high degree of granularity?

Do you really want to live in a world when things are out by an hour?

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Stands to reason

I'd always hoped to get my kids to build their own PCs. By the time they needed them, it had to be a laptop. Bring on Project Ara so they can at least contemplate DIY phones

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Why IT Skills; What IT Skills?

About 15 years ago I tried to find data on Uni students studying programming languages vs. foreign languages. Foreign languages were ahead, but not by a huge amount.

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Lawyers use anti-piracy law to get website blocked over corporate ID brouhaha

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Not a crime under any AU law I'm aware of. ISPs can do whatever they want AFAIK. But the prospect that small ISPs would just add URLs to their lists and send off a letter to avoid hassle is real, IMHO. And scary.

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Not saying Wikipedia is correct, but it says the decompression caused the stabiliser to fall off

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Airlines_Flight_123

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Gift or curse?

Madder for sure.

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Even with Turnbull's NBN, Australian ISPs are getting faster

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: October sure was a funny month...

Fair points here, but by way of explanation there are very few indicators of real-world broadband performance in AU. Netlifx's isn't stellar, but is at least offering us one view. And a view that readers generally respond to rather well.

Let's also remember that Australia has no real net neutrality debate. And Telstra remains a dominant provider ...

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How can it possibly be time to patch Xen again?

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: wah wah wah...

If there's no story, why do you folks blog the releases?

I do the maintenance releases as a PSA, BTW.

And yes, we do consider you important enough to cover in detail.

Simon

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

As soon as I put the "no typos" in the headline I knew I would miss a typo somewhere else. And so it came to pass ...

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Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Reboots?

I'm going with misused, but also will have a crack at attempting to expand the definition.

The new movies are absolutely reboots - same universe, same characters, same rules, a different take on things.

I'd argue TnG was just about a reboot. Yes, it was on the same timeline but it deliberately stepped far in enough in time beyond ToS to create a lacuna that allowed for the insertion of entirely new elements. As the movies rolled out, bits of that lacuna were erased to get Kirk and Picard on the same screen. But hey, let's not spend the >>whole<< day arguing about Trek continuity. People might decide we're nerds ...

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Australian telcos coughed to cops 600,000 times in one year

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Find us the data and we'll do it. How about we start with the G20?

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It's almost time for Australia's fibre fetishists to give up

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Now flood the comms pits with water…

The pits are indeed the pits. Mine were repaired twice last year. But are they the pits everywhere? We don't know. Hence my call for proper data on the state of copper

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Yep 100m in the labs. Today. During early development.

An optimist might suggest that's promising. Or even a remarkable achievement.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

The point I am trying to make is that the likes of XG.fast suggest the life of copper is going to be rather longer than previously imagined. When we planned FTTP we did so because it was felt the useful life for copper wasn't long. Turns out it can probably do the job for quite some time yet.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Is el reg reduced to trolling for business?

Prats? Hmmm ... not sure I want to wear that.

I'm not suggesting that XG.fast is a WAN substitute. I'm suggesting that if even the most demanding, data-intensive, applications often don't need gigabit, homes and the average business need it because ... why exactly?

By the time XG.Fast comes along, it will be more than mere theory. VDSL's already doing 100Mbps. G.fast's doing better.

It all reminds me of when Nicholas Negroponte wrote off wireless as a carriage medium in Wired in about 1992. And then along came WiFi, 3G ... the rest his is history.

There's so much copper, in so many places around the world that there's massive incentive to figure out how to get the most out of it.

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What would you give to create Vulture Sweat?

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: What would you give to create Vulture Sweat?

Fair point. But feel free to support us anyway! We've had lots of readers say they'd like to join in with El Reg in events, so are looking into it

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LASER RAZOR blunted by KickStarter ban

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Load of bollocks

Shark Laser Razor? GENIUS.

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HP HUMILIATED by Dell's EMC buy

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: odd turn of phrase...

It's not a turn of phrase. It's a typo typo. And I'm about to fix it.

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Australian boffins say Quantum Pentiums are on the horizon

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: So a quantum breakthrough

already patented.

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Australia's biggest IT project failure/blowout may have started today

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: I see your 2001 and raise it by 1983

Fair point. What I was trying to say was that M204's been known to be unfit for purpose since 2001.

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

We're not.

See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/18/microsoft_has_developed_its_own_linux_repeat_microsoft_has_developed_its_own_linux/

Or http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/17/cisco_reply_all_storm_of_2015/

Or many others.

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Look! Up in the sky! It's letters on a plane read with a 250MP camera

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Can I be the first to say ....

Well played, sir. 100 Internet points to Gryffindor.

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Storage device reported stolen from insurer RSA's data centre

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Slow day? I would've thought a theft from a data centre and leak of customer data ranked as a decent piece of news.

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Ex top judge admits he's incapable of reading email, doesn't own a PC

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Say What?!?

Tiny rational rump of the republican party?

Moderate wing of the Republican party of the 1980s?

Republican party before it went nuts?

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