* Posts by Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor

96 posts • joined 5 May 2013

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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

Re: Cloud?

USB sticks. Cheap as chips. Not as tasty.

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

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

I get one lousy capital letter wrong and ... fixing it now

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Ravello unravels mystery of ESXi on AWS, Google

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

I should clarify: they're set up to do it. But it's not what VMware's selling. They're selling hybrid cloud in which, should you choose, you can pay by the minute. I'll tidy up the story to reflect that.

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Help! We need to pick a platform for our desert adventure

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

Re: Story of my life ...

We're not committed: the shout-out was a fishing expedition as much as anything. But we'll stick with the NUC for a bit cos we've got some. We disclosed the sponsorship a couple of stories back, but also feel the NUC is fit for purpose.

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

Re: Re: Keep it simple

we've been up-front about the Intel sponsorship, I hope.

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Boost your attachment size with this one weird trick

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

Re: This article's title triggered...

Think Reg innuendo - what might an "attachment" refer to? Okay, yes, we're juvenile. Part of our charm, I've been told. Occasionally.

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Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

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

Re: Did I get that right ?

Not quite. You can have it on-premises, but the dev work for the on-premises version is derived from work that's *already* gone into the cloud version. So the innovation is being done for the cloud version and every so often MSFT gets around to productising some of that for on-premises ops.

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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

These puns aren't far off brutal vioLUNce. Still, it speaks volumes about Reg readers that these acronyms are getting an ironic airing. And let's face it, things could be worse. We could be making virtualisation puns. Storage puns are surely the lesser of two vVols.

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

Well played, Sir.

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Vultures victorious in virtual vote vis-à-vis virtualization views!

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

Re: Golden Dropping? Vultures VOMIT!

Surely not only vomit? There's got to be a back door option. Surely. Or are we full of ... never mind.

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

There's no category for trolling and flamebait :-(

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VMware seeks patent for VD-eye-tracking tech

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

Re: I don't know why it's any different from tracking your finger

El Reg's eye-tracker thanks you for glancing at that ad. You're now a warm lead for Vendor X. Expect a call soon.

Ooops. Maybe I've said too much.

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Microsoft enlists web security pariah Adobe to help build Internet Explorer-killer Spartan

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

Re: So the Spartans have invited the Trojans around to advise on the decor?

20 internet points to Gryffindor! Top comment ;-)

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Philae's either screening Rosetta's calls or isn't home

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

Re: Not Good Writing:

Yes and no. Philae landed with fully-charged batteries. Those batteries depleted. It's not been able to recharge them since. I think that meaning is conveyed, but will tidy it up to make sure that is the case.

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

Yoinks! How did that happen. Scrubbed. Thanks for pointing it out.

My only excuses are broken sleep and lack of coffee.

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Pirate Party leads Icelandic voting intentions poll

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

Re: Yarr!

No matter Iceland's size, to me the fact that a sovereign nation currently considers The Pirate Party the best option is notable. as someone who makes content for a living, I struggle with some of the Party's positions. But I've also read its policies in Australia and find they make mainstream political parties appear even more mealy-mouthed. Beneath the silly surface, there may be some substance

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VMware wants amicable end to 'meritless' Linux-lifting lawsuit

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

Re: A nice donation?

VMware can find that kinda cash behind the sofa. Add several zeroes to get to pain. But a fine idea!

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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

Re: "...for a complete tyre change and fuel top-up"

Fixed that up. What I know about F1 can clearly be written on a postage stamp.

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Tired of IoT hype? Internet of SLUGS and SPIDERS is the reality

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

Re: Former?

Nope. Dan just headed in different directions

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Intel's Atoms gain new (cosmetic) X-Factor

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

Re: oops

Told you so ;-)

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Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

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

Re: WTF?

WTF? It's very unusual for a figure from the tech world to make the pages of a goss magazine. I thought it might be fun to bring that to readers' attention, in the slot (0700 GMT) we use for slightly siller stories.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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

Re: 0.8AU or 0.8 Light Years?

Oopsies. Light years. Sorted. Silly me. Last story of the day before I headed out for an interview. No excuse, of course ...

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Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

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

Re: I hate to be a whining prude...

Fair call. I may have taken the Sir Mix-a-lot thing to a stupid conclusion

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Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

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

Re: Also on Linux

You're right but so am I! I'll amend the story so it makes it plain that the Firefix nightlies only run on certain Windows and OSX.

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

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

Re: A patch that breaks powerpoint?

Fair point and one we did consider. But hey - some users in the Luvvie Dept are going to be really upset by this.

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

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

Re: Have they planned for

Let's just assume Bob Howard gets a ride on the mission to take care of that, shall we?

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Rumours of on-premises software's demise greatly exaggerated

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

Re: Image?

Damn. Forgot about the alt tag. Silly me. Anyway I like the pic.

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ZX81 BEATEN at last as dev claims smallest Chess code crown

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

>> (Hmm, how long would it take the ZX81 to do what Tianhe-2 does in 4 hours?)

Until the heat death of the universe. The envelope with the calculations is just over there ...

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

Re: 20/20

Pfah! It was easy to ridicule at the time. Flimsy. Unreliable. Hard to do anything meaningful with. Stricken by hardware problems - remember how you had to get the RAM pack balanced just right?

Yes, yes, yes ... it was also miraculous for its time. But it was a wretched thing to use, ergo worthy of ridicule.

That's my $0.05. And I ended up with a Spectrum, a Spectrum+ AND a Spectrum 3. So it's not like I'm anti-Sinclair.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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

I think this outage is a bit more than squeaky wheelers. The thing went down. In prime gaming time. Acceptable?

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

Er ... no. No decision. Are you having a better experience?

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NBN Co, Turnbull, issue contradictory broadband speed promises

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

Re: NZ says hi

Better beaches? Lousy water temperature.

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Uber surge pricing kicks in during Sydney siege

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

Re: Missing info

Ordinary cabs are presumably running their meters. As required by law. Uber, on the other hand ...

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

Re: Erm...

Yes. That would be correct. FWIW flying solo here at Vulture South today. Oopsies. Apologies. Am flagellating self with a thesaurus now.

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Crims at vendors could crock kit says ENISA

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

Re: Wilkommen zum 1984 !

Your rants have been noted ;-)

Just kidding.

Really.

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Who is taking the hyperconverged piss at Simplistic.io?

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

Pffft!

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Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype

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

Re: He's missing the obvious then.

I don't think Malcolm Turnbull has a problem paying for his lunches.

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Join The Reg in Sydney for beers, ideas and Christmas cheer

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

Hemmes is indeed a big bad booze baron. But it's a good venue, well-priced and well-known. Happy to take suggestions for alternatives.

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HP's pet lizard is FERAL PERIL says wildlife group

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

Re: Like crocodiles, green iguanas make appealing pets when young

Oh come ON! This little fella - http://regmedia.co.uk/2013/10/05/wsc_crocodile.png - is awful cute. The croc. Not the Reg hack. Story here for context: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/05/wacky_racers_ithe_regis_guide_to_2013s_solar_challengers/

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

Re: Sick 'em Ralph!

Thanks for posting that. It's time the world saw it.

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

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

Re: Graph? what graph?

Dodgy iFrame. Fixing with actual normal boring file in 3 ... 2 ...

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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

Re: Three light minutes a week?

Those two tweets are about a day apart. I got the three minutes from looking at the weekly logs.

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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

Yes. Gird. This is what happens when the US has a Bank Holiday, I have a writer on leave and I go to too many briefings on the same day ...

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Australia's Digital Tech curriculum looks to be shelved for another year

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

we did FOI ACARA last year to learn about feedback on the curriculum. I'll use FOI again if something is being hidden. Right now I don't think that's the case. But once the report emerges I'll be all over whoever it was that reviewed the tech curriculum.

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NICTA man explains why he volunteers for CSIRO's ICT in Schools

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

Re: Age Range

Good on you MH! Do let us know about your adventures.

S.

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Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata

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

Re: Re: Most insane argument on ElReg in a loooong time...

That's not what I say. I say there needs to be lots of oversight, but that the government should do the storage.

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

Re: Re: So, lemme get this straight...

Wasn't the sub wrote the headline - it was I. And I also wrote the subheadline explaining that data retention is not a good idea.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor

Re: So, lemme get this straight...

No it is not my assertion that the government should invade privacy.

It is my assertion that if the government decides to do it - which I oppose - that it should not place the burden of storing that data on ISPs.

Got it?

S.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor

Re: Most insane argument on ElReg in a loooong time...

I don't say the government should store it because it can. I say that if the government decides it must be stored, it and not ISPs should store it.

Subtle but very important distinction.

S.

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All of "Frontline" now on YouTube - what other Australia TV classics are out there?

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor

All of "Frontline" now on YouTube - what other Australia TV classics are out there?

All of the classic Working Dog current affairs mockumentary "Frontline" is now free on YouTube.

I'll be burning up my Chromecast with it in coming evenings for sure.

Is there any other classic telly out there for free Reg readers need to know about?

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