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19 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan

Daniel Gould

MS Desktop licensing

The biggest hurdle to DaaS as far as I'm aware is the MS licensing requirements to keep individual clients on dedicated hypervisor hardware, meaning you cannot have a 5-seat client share a physical environment with another 5-seat client. This limits the scale-down to which you can sell a DaaS service at a cost-effective rate.

Wonder how that will be dealt with.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

Daniel Gould

Who cares!!!

I enabled the service yesterday on my account, just to see what it's like, and I have to report that it's not too bad. The categories are the standard ones that anyone familiar with a corporate web proxy filter product will see, so give it a rest on the Government Conspiracy rhetoric around categorisation of content. There is a custom filter set you can specify too.

If you really want to look at pr0n, you can set a time when the filter is inactive, so just configure it for when little Johnnie has gone to bed. And if you hit a site outside that time that you don't want blocked, you can even put an exception in there to allow it, no great hard work required.

I really don't see what the big fuss is about as long as there is the ability to turn it off, which the account holder has the ability to do. And before you start complaining about not being the account holder, quit your bitching as you're obviously not paying for the connection you're trying to surf on!

There will always be those that don't want the filter, and there will always be 101 ways around it. This is meant as a simple tool to help those that want filtering on their broadband connection to implement it without them having to install lots of software or build their own filter servers.

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FAA grounds Boeing's 787 after battery fires on plastic planes

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Cisco warns over warranty discs of EVIL

Daniel Gould
Facepalm

Tell us the URL then

so we can add it to our proxy block lists!! Or would that just be inviting trouble??

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PSN gaming network outage sparks DDoS rumours

Daniel Gould
Grenade

Maybe they're on Amazon EC2 out of N Virginia....

'nuf said.

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BOFH: Weapon of choice

Daniel Gould
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Class at last...

Only been waiting for what feels like FOREVER for a new episode, but at least it's a good one.

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Orange data users turning red as data dries up

Daniel Gould
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That explains why

my Blackberry was showing 'edge' instead of 'EDGE' this morning. I've happily switched to UMA now using my home broadband (non-Orange) and getting full service again

Wonder if it's anything to do with their planned merger with T-Mobile ? Giving us a taster of the level of service we can expect in the future maybe ??? :-)

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Government rubbishes ID card hack report

Daniel Gould
Boffin

Surely...

the easiest way around this is to ensure that the readers have access to the database these cards are generated from. Then it's as simple as comparing a checksum of the card data with that held on the database. Hardly rocket science, is it ??

If the reader displays the digital picture on a display that they can view alongside the photo on the card, and the checksum works out, then th card is valid. Any difference, the card is void.

Simples, as they say at comparethemeerkat :-)

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VMware's vSphere enters real world, early!

Daniel Gould
Boffin

Broken download links

Seems they haven't added the software to the download links yet - folllowing the link to supposedly download the software presents you with a "page cannot be found" page. No vHelpful

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BOFH: Spontaneous Legal Combustion

Daniel Gould
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A welcome return to form, Simon

Nice to see a good return to the days of old. Please keep up the good work on a more regular weekly basis. Try prune juice - good for the mind and regularity, I hear.

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P2P eavesdrop 'guilt by association attack' developed

Daniel Gould
Black Helicopters

And what about the random downloads it does ?

Could be anything from just junk to other copyright works or even kiddie pron? A few trojans perhaps, or the source code for Conficker ??

How would you defend that in court..... "I was trying to quietly download the latest ripped-off movie but ended up with all this other incrimiating stuff instead" ?

If it's truly random, no telling what you could get caught downloading there !

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Take a Windows HPC test drive

Daniel Gould
Coat

BSoD anyone

Look here for their current status info .... Nice to see a representation of the quality of the product....

http://rent-a-guru.de/pub/hpc-status.php

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Maritz apologises to VMware customers again

Daniel Gould
Flame

Facts...

"His update engineers screwed up big time by issuing an ESX update in August that contained destructive time out code. This caused many VMware users' licenses to abruptly expire and their virtualized server worlds came crashing down to Earth."

If you're going to quote supposed fact, please get it right. The timeout didn't cause things to stop, shutdown or 'crash to Earth'. It simply meant that any powered off VMs couldn't be powered on again. There was also a fairly simple time-shift workaround that many clients were able to employ until a fix was released the next day.

Given that this is the first and only 'major' problem exhibited by this product, and one that didn't in fact cause the hypservisor to 'Crash' as you stated, I think that you are making a mountain out of a molehill.

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VMware's fiscal roller coaster tumbles through Q2

Daniel Gould
Boffin

'Free ESXi' isn't really free

The zero-price option just means that ESXi will be shipped embedded on various hardware platforms, or available to install on local drives. This will allow the use of ESXi, but if you want to make full use of all the features (vmotion, DRS, HA, etc), then you'll still need Virtual Centre and relevant licenses for it and the features you want to use.

So, yes, the hypervisor will be free, but not much use without the licenses and fee-payable additions.

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Prank callers crash Dublin Zoo phone system

Daniel Gould
Paris Hilton

And another one

I worked for a support company working for an Australian bank in London. On the trading floor, there was a very pretty but clueless lady who was the admin assistant for the traders, and who had dated most of them. Someone called her and asked her to see if anyone had seen Mark Hunt - when she shouted it out, everyone put up their hands, accompanied by lots of schoolboy-like giggling.... oh how we laughed!

Probably the sort of thing that Paris could shout and get a similar response to!

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BT and Phorm secretly tracked 18,000 customers in 2006

Daniel Gould
Boffin

If they were genuine....

BT could have just added a proxy service for all their customers to ensure they didn't hit unwanted pages. They could have applied this to any traffic from a customer's IP address, allowing the customer to specify if they wanted filtering, paying a fee to cover the service.

But, no, BT have decided to ally themselves with Phorm to generate revenue by underhand methods, perhaps thinking that their customers wouldn't willingly pay for the filtering service in the first place. Well, BT, if you had actually consulted your customers, I think you would find that most customers with children would happily pay a small monthly fee to filter their connection to ensure their children were safe on the internet, giving you the revenue strem that you seek.

I for one will be ensuring that I stick with an ISP that doesn't employ this technology.

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iPhone rubber fingers not a hoax, inventor insists

Daniel Gould
Flame

NOT an original product

These things have been in use in the manufacturing industry for years, used in microprocessor plants, optical assembly work, basically anywhere that requires dexterity and cleanliness. And they sure cost a lot less that €7 for 25!!

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SCO files for US bankruptcy protection

Daniel Gould

A shame

Yes, SCO have made some good products in their time, but they lost their way. It is such a shame that they didn't put the money they wasted on the lawyers into developing products on the back of the growing linux community - a huge wasted opportunity.

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Dell's 'Veso' appliance runs on four-core Opterons and thin VMware

Daniel Gould

Quad-core demo - hmmm, why did it say dual-core then, Diane ?

In the demo yesterday, Diane and Mark made a big deal of this server being the first shipping AMD dual-socket quad-core. However, I wasn't the only one to notice the bios startup screen stating 2 x dual-core processors !! Oops.

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