* Posts by InsaneGeek

98 posts • joined 4 Jan 2008


LTO-8 tape media patent lawsuit cripples supply as Sony and Fujifilm face off in court


Sure this will be great on the long term

It's not like tape sales has been shrinking year after year or anything. Surely this wouldn't cause a number of the shrinking count of companies to just move to disk backups vs tape or anything. That would never happen

You think election meddling is bad now? Buckle up for 2020, US intel chief tells Congress


Re: And yet...

Yeah the last election in 2018 election? When the Democrats used the same false-flag tactics in Alabama against a Republican that they denounce the Russians for using and arresting people?


Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up


Oh no, the richest company in the world surely couldn't absorb this

The wealthiest company in the world, sitting with billions of dollars in cash on the sidelines might get slightly impacted by this.... oh nnoooossssss. I truly cares so much about Apple having to raise the price of their phones by half a cent to cover it.

Amazon twangs its Elastic File System at on-premises filer rivals


What??? Cheaper than filers?

"For sure, it will look cheaper than on-premises filers"

No for sure EFS is *more* expensive than on-premises filers. 100TB of EFS storage having the same 4x year lifespan as an on-premise filer.

$0.30 * 48 months * 100TB = $1.440 million dollars, pretty sure you can get 100TB of EMC, NetApp, etc NAS storage, put it in a datacenter pay for power/cooling and an admin for much less.

AWS Elastic File System is go


Holy crap that's expensive

To compare that to 250TB traditional private storage array who's life span is 4x years...

100TB (aka 1000gb*100) * $0.30 * 48 months = $1.44 million. So $1.4mil for a measly 100TB of storage, that's loan shark prices...

Why does mgmt continue to say cloud is cheap... it's like 5x times the price to maintain on site

Just in time for Xmas: Extra stealthy Point of Sale malware


Re: Bah!

Citibank cards in the US has had this for years now. The virtual number once used cannot be used at any other realtor, is valid by default for one month (but can be longer) and you can specify max ammount. The nice thing is if you have a reoccurring charge you can set a multi month virtual card, that even if stolen can't be used at any other realtor.

We turn Sonos PLAY:5 up to 11


Re: What happened to the HiFi

When was that ever the case? Everything I've ever seen is s.be your money for your speakers and spend as much there. Your amps, etc are important but secondary to the speakers.

My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel


No adds on your blog??

If you aren't running adds on your blog, then you are doing it wrong. You are missing out on tens of pennies each and every month, after a few hundred years that'll start to add up.

Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so


Re: Nobody forces you to use it

Stopgap solution because of ridiculously large drives??? I'm guessing you are meaning raid protection as a stopgap not XFS, because XFS can scale upto 9 exabytes: i.e. 9 million terabytes, which is more than a million times larger than the largest capacity drive out today. Pretty sure you can't attach anywhere near a million drives to a system anytime soon and it's going to take a long time for capacity of storage to get a million times larger than it is today (particularly with the dramatic slowing in Kryder's law)

Pure Storage's 'disingenuous' financial figures still out there


I think it's about Pure who knew the numbers were wrong, for multiple years in their own presentations (both in public and NDA) intentionally used the incorrect numbers to falsely show that they were in a better state financially and in the market than they actually were. True they didn't have to talk the real numbers as they are private, but they sure as heck shouldn't have used those knowingly incorrect numbers in their own marketing material.

Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh


Re: Dear custommer move to free Linux or else we fine you...

Let me ask you this... what was RedHat's response to the latest Ghost exploit for RHEL4 boxes? We have 5000+ RHEL 5+ servers and 2-300 still running RHEL4 (legacy apps we don't have code for from companies we purchased, etc). We were paying for a license on all the boxes (including 4 so they could be upgraded) but not extended RHEL 4 support. Redhat made a binary rpm for the security fix, but only was available if you purchased extended RHEL4 support for ALL old boxes, we couldn't even find the SRPM on their ftpsite multiple of days afterwards (also tried the can we buy a few licenses call they rejected it). Looked at CentOS, but they don't have any updates for RHEL4 anymore. RHEL4 was released in 2005, multiple years after Win 2003 and you've had to pay for security updates before one had to for Microsoft. If anything MS is showing how much better they are at long term support then linux is.

Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax


Hello, cost of living difference???

The UK minimum wage is £6.50 and US is £4.25, a difference of ~35%, rent prices are ~21% higher in the UK, the consumer price index (excluding rent) in the UK is ~30% higher than the US... Why would anybody think the UK and the US have the exact same purchasing power and expect there to be price parity between the two. Workers make more in the UK than the US, so the prices will be higher for similar things, you are not getting screwed over because you can buy something in another country for less; but if you really feel that way move there and take the pay cut only to find out that at the end of the day your buying power didn't really change.


Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users


No the claim is that Microsoft didn't contact the parent company of the the No-IP subdivision. There are no statements that Microsoft didn't contact No-IP, just that they didn't bring it up to the parent.

Storage management tools SUCK. We're getting what we pay for


Re: out of interest...

You can get a virtual EMC VNX and Isilon that will emulate everything as vmware guests (vnx won't act as a fibre channel target, but NFS/CIFS/HTTP/ISCSI fine). There isn't a virtual VMAX outside of EMC, but you can do a number of things using EMC's solutions enabler and pointing to a offline copy of a symapi database. The Isilon is more of a ask your sales guy thing, and he'll first point you to their hosted virtual isilon's that are the same just hosted inside EMC somewhere (they might also have hosted VNX's and actual virtual VMAX, but don't know on that for sure)

Top dog EMC’s dilemma: Seasonal dip or long-term problem?


Re: Is this right?

Yeah it's PB not TB number, which is guess technically still falls under the "more than 17 terabytes"


EMC continued its industry leadership in enterprise flash storage, selling more than 17 petabytes of flash capacity in the first quarter of 2014 alone, an increase of more than 70% year over year.

VMware takes aim at AWS with hybrid cloudy infra service


Re: No price war

We've found that Amazon costs are about double the cost of doing it ourselves. That includes datacenter pace/power/cooling, physical equipment, network, and all associated staff to deal with it.

Amazon, etc are great if you don't have the staff to maintain the infrastructure or you are starting out where spending money on the datacenter is not as good investment as in developers, etc to make your product better. But once you get to a certain capacity, the clouds costs are really out of line compared to doing it yourself.

Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN


Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

Ummm... no your family car didn't lose it's "drive by wire steering" a few years back, And I'm pretty damn positive your friend also didn't lose his drive by wire steering either. The first production car Q50 that had drive by wire steering came out summer of 2013.

What you probably did have was "electronic power steering" which is dramatically different than "drive by wire steering".

Verizon: Us throttling AWS and Netflix? Not likely


Re: I thought Netflix had its own fat pipes

That's the interesting twist in the whole Net Neutrality thing. January last year Netflix was doing to ISP's what Neutrality was supposed to prevent. Unless your ISP enters into Netflix's OpenConnect, they intentionally give you a lower quality picture (after loud screaming by ISP's over Net Neutrality in September they gave in and allowed all ISP's high quality streams).

This is where I think the world is really going, rather than ISP's being the boogie man, I think the few really big websites, etc are going to start throwing around their weight and try to push ISP's to directly peer with them etc. or give them crappier service. Which under the current Net Neutrality law is legal since they aren't an ISP.

Euro judge flings out Cisco beefs against Microsoft-Skype deal


Re: More lols from

Umm... historically Cisco pretty much been the worst on creating proprietary protocols that only they support. Heck they have their own Cisco proprietary protocols wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Cisco_protocols

Poker ace's vanishing hotel laptop WAS infected by card-shark – F-Secure


Re: obvious question

The obvious answer is that... if they did it without removing, the attacker would have been there when the owner walked into the room catching them doing it. Because they removed it from the room, when he came there was no one there to accuse, even though the attack was found out, the attackers remain anonymous.

A post-Snowden US had better not SQUEAL about Chinese cyber-spying


US will continue to complain... why wouldn't they?

Since absolutely nothing has actually come from US complaints about China, etc spying. I've always thought of it as purely a public way of saying "hey guys you need to be better at spying because it's way too obvious to us. We know you are going to be spying on us, but when you get caught so obviously we are going to publicly shame you for being so lame".

Seriously does anybody think that if you found another country spying on you, that you would intentionally keep it secret (other than in a Churchill keep it quiet that we broke the codes way)?

The importance of complexity


Asked to via hardware not code

While I wasn't asked to code a NP problem, I have a hardware equivalent request. Was asked to find a solution for a system where they wanted to add 50 million new files a day, and compare each file with 2 billion existing files. In short it ended up mathematically to wanting to do something around 3 million random file updates per second. That is something technically I could do with a large chunk of money, but then they told me they wanted to do it over NFS to a shared dataset which I just started to laugh maniacally. I think they got the point as shortly thereafter they rewrote things.

Acronis CEO: Anyone can undercut Amazon. Reg hack: Prove it


I'm willing to believe him

As I'm able to buy and run storage from a TLA vendor who starts with an "E" (who also isn't known for being cheap) even after factoring in power, cooling, admin costs, replicating to a different datacenter, etc for half the price of hosting the same amount of data in Amazon... I'd be willing to believe that someone else could do it as well.

'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'


Re: I don't think it's fair...

Watching my neighbors car have an internal combustion engine fire in his driveway, I can say that the water used by the firefighters worked extremely well in putting it out.

Cloud storage biz, one careful owner, six years on the clock... any takers?


Re: Yup going to the cloud is inevitable !

I wouldn't say that "Amazon and Microsoft and probably Google are sure to survive". Nirvanix was around for ~6 years, from my experience all I'd I'd say that in the IT business there aren't any guarantees what will be left standing in the wake of change 6 years from now. In 2003 did anybody think Sun would be flailing so badly and sell itself off 6 years later to Oracle in 2009? There are no sure bets, if you need to make a bet, the best thing to do is hedge them and plan for something bad to happen eventually to your provider and either keep a copy of your dataset on premise or across cloud providers.

IT has a huge boneyard of riddled corpses from once huge won't fail companies: Wang, Sequent, SGI, Digital, Novell, Netscape, Cray, Burrows...

Verizon finally drags FCC into court fisticuffs to end one-speed internet for all


Re: I can see it coming...

To an extent, but one of the problems I see with the laws currently is that end websites are not under net neutrality laws either. That seems like something we need not worry about but look at Netflix with their required peering rules, which is using the net neutrality rules to force ISP's to pay to use their specified peers or they will intentionally downgrade end users experience... which seems like something the net neutrality laws were put in place to prevent. The big content providers are doing just what you said "you'll only get into the routing tables if you're in the club" and there are no laws against it. The fact that websites are saying to ISP's, pay up to peer with us or we will make your customer's experience worse is rather is just as bad as ISP's doing it.

Don't bother competing with ViPR, NetApp - it's not actually that relevant


That's not my interpretation of ViPR

My interpretation of ViPR is the equivalent of self service for internal infrastructure organizations. If the VMware guys need more storage, they don't have to talk to the storage guys they can just do it via a self-service portal (self service for other infrastructure guys, not end users). If the windows admin guys need more storage for a server they can do it via self-service portal, unix guys, etc. So if you have one platform of storage, or you have 50x it doesn't matter as it's the self-portal portion that they are bringing to the table.

It's not really that new of a concept, i.e. VMware and Oracle have had the ability to carve up storage from an array for years now, but it's something I believe in general most places have been very wary to allow non-storage guys to do... I'll have to wait and see if it brings the proper controls in place to let me feel comfortable allowing non-storage guys to provision directly from the arrays.

VMware goes after biz critical apps with vSphere 5.5


Support for more than 256 luns?

At EMC world one of the guys hinted that there might be a fix for that at VMWorld.. I've got 150+ separate oracle databases, when doing the practice of separation of types (redo, data, temp, arch) per instance runs me over the lun count really quickly. If Oracle weren't such asses about licensing it wouldn't be an issue as I'd just spread it across different ESX clusters and have fewer instances in each one.

Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking


Re: Ammunition

I'd suggest you lookup "ammo reloading" on Google and see that option is even less controllable than 3D guns. Many people don't do it because the cost savings aren't that much comparatively, but increase the cost and they will. It's been done for decades by people so it's well understood, and doesn't take specialized electronic equipment like a 3D printer.

WikiLeaks: Manning guilty verdict sets 'dangerous precedent'


Re: Whistle-blowery

So under that definition I could dump every government document (including username, passwords, credit card, social security numbers, etc) completely indiscriminately and but because in the massive bundle there was some stuff that was illegal... it's all good you are a whistleblower. You can dump anything you want but as long as you have some small part that includes something bad everything else you did is simply OK.

Come watch us brandish our LONG TENT POLE, EMC tells world+dog


Re: Twitter twaddle

EMC has been playing that game since... well a long time (when did their WideSky initiative kick off?). The problem always has been (and will continue to be) other vendors don't want to play. It's the same problem SNIA's SMI-S standard has languished forever, vendors don't like others in their sandbox, either only supporting the bare minimum in SMI-S (none of the actual things that make vendor <X> storage cool), if they support it at all.

I'd say that EMC has gone from completely closed down (had to pay EMC to make all your changes) to pretty open (their new mgmt tools everything is done via SMI-S)... but I doubt they'll get other vendors as much on the on the SMI-S bandwagon and will have to play the reverse engineering game or not support vendor <X>, cause at the end of the day vendors make shedloads of money off of their lack of management interoperability.

Oracle slips out long-heralded 12c cloudbase in SECRET


Re: so, what's new?

Talking with my DBA counterpart a while back he was saying that with 12c Oracle is able to use a shared SGA across DB instances. Where today if you have 5 different instances you have to have 5x different SGA, which made playing with memory parameters "interesting": tuning how much memory each database needed and it requires a bounce of the instance to change, to take from one to give to the other required outage of both. That sounded more like my understanding of how MS SQL works where you have a 1x instance on a box with multiple databases running off it (note I'm not a Oracle DBA, and definitely not a MS SQL guy).

Additionally grid is dead long live the cloud... my guess is it will take off in the cloud about as much as the grid did.

How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95


Re: Microsoft *has* NOT won. AT ALL.

As a unix user/admin for multiple decades you are completely ignorant of reality. Really look around at the patent fights that are going on, anybody who believes Linux, etc have no infringing patents is just plain stupid. Seriously just look at the things others are getting sued over and now tell me that there is nothing in Linux that infringes. From stupid bounce-back patents to online shopping carts to how music is sorted... heck just last week bunch of podcasters were sued for infringing patents.

The belief that MS has no case is simply void of any actual critical thinking and is more a delusional fantasy... seriously put the smallest amount of mental effort behind it and think for a second.

A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...


Is this the 90's again?

Wasn't legalized fed wiretap ability the argument Clinton made about the clipper chip back then? Let it die already.

Virgin Media: SO SORRY we fined your dead dad £10 for unpaid bill


Re: Outstanding

In 2007 Virgin TV had 3.6 million subscribers, since the numbers of decliens aren't known publicly. I have worked at a monthly subscription based ISP previously the number of declined charges we had were more than 1% of the subscriber base (I don't know the exact numbers but more than 1% and less than 10%), so with ~3.6 million subs no matter where you are in the range (1-10%) we are talking a rather large numbers of declines monthly (30-300k per month), which would be something rather costly to deal with by hand just to catch the odd unformatted text string .

White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm


Re: @Tom 35

Do you know why they have an exception in the first place? Over a decade ago, it came up and the reason given that they should be exempt from sales tax is that when it was enacted (Al Gore was still VP) the government ruled that because shopping on the Internet was very new, but they believed it had great potential and didn't want to hinder it's growth. So to give shopping on the Internet an explicit competitive edge to grow into actually something, they decided to not tax it until it got big enough to sustain itself. Is there any doubt anymore that shopping on the Internet is now able to stand on it's own two feet and no longer needs help from the government anymore? Why does shopping on the Internet need a government mandated cost advantage anymore? I think the Internet has grown up from the 90's and doesn't require getting a government advantage to compete with every other business anymore...

Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

Big Brother

Re: Do your civic duty

Spread over only 144 total cameras all things being equal that averages to a income of $730.59 per day per camera.... holy shikey

Journo says Elon Musk apologized for Tesla battery fiasco


Re: Yes but

Problem is that from a normal home power plug estimates a 2 day charge time, which means that you wouldn't be able to have a full charge daily.

The other big massive hole I see in this is that unless I keep my garage heated I will be losing money. Where gas powered vehicles, the power source just gets cold with the Tesla it goes poof into the air so it probably is dramatically worse for the environment as it consumed electricity from the grid, the cold whether took it away and you have to pay and use more resources from the grid to recharge a vehicle sitting still.

Billionaire baron Bill Gates still mourns Vista's stillborn WinFS


Re: WinFS?

Not a windows guy and I didn't see any MS presentations on it, but the way one of the windows admins pitched it to me back in the day; was less on metadata stuff and more of a transaction based filesystem where you have equivalent of redo logs, etc than would allow you to roll a filesystem forward/backward in time and be able to replicate a filesystem by doing log shipping. As a storage guy that part seemed rather interesting to me.

Quantum backs up 156TB backup box over EMC's back lawn


Re: How fast?

Assume a fully pegged 10gig network interface usable capacity is ~2.8TB/hour (1000MB/sec * 3600sec * 80% usable). So to hit a rate of 16.3 TB/hr means it would need to support a sustained injest rate of 5.6x 10gig ethernet interfaces fully consumed.

If they can actually get anywhere near that for non perfectly designed benchmarketing workloads color me surprised... as I'm guessing that it's simply another storage vendor magical stat.

VMware's growth stalls – layoffs coming, but so are new hires


Re: Meanwhile KVM gets more developers

Better performance? That's very subjective and not what I've experienced. I would say that the general consensus on the net is that KVM trails ESX but true the gap that KVM is behind isn't as wide as it used to be.

Yup KVM doesn't have a license cost

Flexibility? Again depends, I'd say ESX has given me more much more flexibility then KVM does, sure you've got access to a more feature full hypervisor-ish layer where you can run apps on the host system rather than only in the guest, but does that functionality there mean the guests have more functionality... I've found it to be lacking. As your own post mentions even now the owners of KVM (Redhat) still don't have an officially supported method of taking online snapshots like vmware; now if you want to run production on a product that you can't call support on, and was released less than a month ago have at it.

Ummm... your example of upcoming KVM snapshots look surprisingly like vmware implementation. A separate file containing disk changes pointing back to the original... which is the same method vmware has been doing for years. By copying vmware's implementation KVM will have the same issues as vmware. So welcome to the party you are a few years late but you eventually did show up.

Dead Steve Jobs' patent war threat to Palm over 'no-hire pact'


Re: Jobs

Even more so since he made that statement in Auguest 2007, just 2 months after the first iphone and a year before the first android phone. It really shows that Apple didn't start suing because all the phone guys were suing them first, like people like to claim.

Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?


Re: But...

What the two of you both failed to do is properly convert kb to mb. 56kb = .055mb (technically .0546875mb), you divide kb by 1024 to get to mb. That is unless you are a disk drive manufacturer doing bad math.

Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature


Ummm... what are you blathering on about?

There is a an official document from Microsoft on installing a Metro app outside of Microsoft's store.


Wind, solar could provide 99.9% of ALL POWER by 2030


Waiting for something that is actually grounded to reality and could possibly work. With this the requirement is a world wide grid requiring all countries in the world to sing Kumbaya in a drum circle,.as a country in the chain could throw everybody else awry. Countries would have to give up their ability to manage their energy policy and have one that everybody will just "play nice", most countries maintain their own oil, coal, etc repositories so when a country starts going crazy it won't throw their country into complete chaos.

That doesn't even go into the possibility of a global wide electrical brown out, which would be a distinct reality. What caused half of the entire US to lose power in 2003? A mistake by a single human forgetting to not restart a monitoring tool in a small powerstation in NY... That small powerstation malfunction caused a ripple affect throughout the entire US. Just recently think about what occurred in India a failure in a relay occurred that ended up taking the power out from over half a billion people.

Microsoft notices Xbox gamers actually slack-jawed TV fans, adds 43 new apps


Re: Copycat Microsoft

You do of course know that XBOX has been able to use Netflix, selling full tv/movies videos via their XBOX marketplace, streaming via DLNA and even usable as a media center extender for YEARS before Apple TV came out. If anything Apple has copied Microsoft as a media device.

The bottom line that TV is changing for Microsoft is that it sells XBOX units. I'm actually considering getting another XBOX to use with my bedroom TV, not because I want it to play games but because I can get to Comcast XFinity ondemand content since they have an app that Apple TV doesn't have, PS3 doesn't have, Roku doesn't have, Tivo doesn't have, but Microsoft XBOX does have. The Apple TV sucks compared to the XBOX for a multimedia device, it does everything it does and more.

And if anybody has vendor lock in it's Apple, dear god they threatened to pull their products out of an entire country if they had to license their DRM to third parties to allow itunes purchased content to play on something else.

This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF


If only that was true.... let's look at Apple's past history shall we on suing non-IT industries for daring to use an apple logo.

Apple sues a grocer:


Apple sues a school:


Apple sues a coffie shop:


Apple sues Woolworths:


Apple sues an APPLE FARM:


Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013


Re: Ass hole

Actually I'd suggest you take a look at a person named Edward Deming... the move of manufacturing tto Asia took off way before the 80's.

John McAfee rushed to hospital over heart attack fears


Re: He's not an alleged slave

Hmmm... prison in Belize or prison in US. US prisons may not be soothing architectural wonders like in Sweden but I'd venture a guess that a US prison is a bazillion times better than being the lone gringo in a 3rd world prison. If there was any chance of going to prison (even if the evidence looked worse in the US) I'd want the US legal system... maybe I've just watched Midnight Express one too many times.

Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity


Your name goes well with your job


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