* Posts by K

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Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

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My understanding is..

These parties are how modern drives were developed - Floppy -> Hard -> RAM -> Flash?

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Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

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the F-35 ... requires secure data stream to .... receive commands from ground controllers

All because, pilots are nothing more that organic drones!

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GoPro exits drone market and slashes jobs amid sales warning

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Hit the nail on the head, with the cheaper knock offs.

They have a good brand and reputation, but most consumers would not consider this justification for paying 6-10x more - I paid £60 for a decent generic. works perfect for my few ski trips, but cheap enough that if it breaks I don't care too much.

But I hope they manage to get past this.. also sympathies to those who have lost their jobs.

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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Re: Missing the point

@Veti - "They think it looks better on their CV than "not doing things""

Without government, we would be ruled by morons... ohhhh!! I withdraw my comment..

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Citrix hurls patent suit at network tiddler Avi, claims rival smeared NetScaler

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By this logic, VMWare should suing Citrix, Citrix should be suing Microsoft and Microsoft suing Redhat!

When will employers see that

1) Employee and Employer are in a "relationship", when one doesn't provide, the other will look elsewhere

2) Utilising previous experience is key to progression (As long as they didn't steal the others code, finished product or implement a solution in the exact same fashion)..

3) We should disband all companies, and live in a big hippy commune

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You Wreck Me, Spotify: Tom Petty, Neil Young publisher launches $1.6bn copyright sueball

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"a non-goal for most young tech firms."

Not sure I would call Spotify "Young" or a "Startup" (as its been referred to elsewhere)..

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Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!

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Re: UK Rules!

I thought something similar - What is the definition of Data Center?

I've got a server room with a couple of racks, in my eyes, that does not constitute a DC... Fact I have few of these rooms dispersed around a several offices, makes no difference!

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Oh go on then..

You deserve it... $22 Million Zimbabwe dollars have been deposited to your account, as promised!

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Firefox 57's been quietly delaying tracking scripts

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Re: That explains a few things.

Almost 100%, but needs a slight tweak:

Put the blame where it belongs, on the site owners Marketing teams.

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VMware: Sure, you might run our stuff on bare-metal Azure, but we don't have to like it

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This article is full of mistakes..

For example:

"With this offering, we are delivering to customers a jointly architected..."

Should read:

"With this offering, you are delivering more mulla to us.. than we'd get from Azure..."

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Revealed: How Libratus bot felted poker pros – and now it has cyber-security in its sights

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Stop

Great article... ahead of its time..

So much so, that it has terse relevance to cyber-security..

But, still I'd have a beer with it.

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They're baaaack: Avaya outlasts Chapter 11

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Pirate

In 2005 I was forced to install a proprietary system into in a call center I worked at... in 2010, I took great pleasure in taking a large hammer to the dam thing, after replacing it with an Asterisk based system.

For anybody who's looking, don't do it! Consider this, you think vendor lock-in with-in IT manufacturers is bad.. PABX manufacturers take it too a whole new level:

Want a new user? That will be a licence

Want that user to have a handset? That will be another licence (on top of the cost of a handset)

Want to use a 3rd party handset which is 1/3 the price? That will be another licence which costs 4x

Want that user to have a line or SIP trunk to make calls? That will be another licence

Want that user to be able to access VM? that will be another licence

Want that user to be able to access IM? that will be another licence

Cost per-user was working out to about £750 each...

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So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

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'When does your user ever see your code?'

Speaks for it self, and it's saying "i'm bollocks".

Call my me a cynic, but anybody who is experienced enough to understand their users, will know they will simple ask "is that Chinese?"..

This shite is clearly aimed at PFY's who are desperate for a mentor and guidance on how to gain experience and progress their skillset.

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Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments

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Re: The only thing more volatile than Bitcoin

To be fair - even after their 30% cut, the games are still f*ck load better value and cheaper than those for XBoxOne and PS4..

Brought my son a new game for xmas, it cost £40, the same game on Steam costs £22, but if you hunt around (cdkeys), you can buy the steam code for £12... I contemplated just building him a PC and the game to go with it (pay for itself over the course of a year)..

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Ad-filtering fiend Eyeo: Morning has broken, like the first morning

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It's going mobile, though.

Browsers come with some blocking features, but that doesn't stop abusive App.

If I purchase device, I own it... I will never buy a phone that doesn't allow me to have full control of the OS and underlying features (Don't mind it takes a few steps, such as Huawei phones need) - no ROOT, no SALE..

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Give 1,000 monkeys typewriters, they'll write Shakespeare. Give them robot arms, and wait – they actually did that?

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Re: WTF happened to these monkeys

100% agree... When I saw "were previously involved in accidents", my first thought was, home convenient, just when the researchers needed them.

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Barracuda gobbled up by private equity sharks

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As a former customer, I can say, they have OK support, but shite bottom of the barrel products, with very mediocre features.. best thing I ever did was jumping. In honesty, I think the private equity firm was the one that got done here...

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Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

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Don't rush out just yet though..

Huawei are about to unveil the 7X and V10 (which is apparently based upon the Mate 10 Pro).. tomorrow in China (then in London on 5th December on the EU versions).

No idea what the price will be, but I'd recommend waiting, as on paper they are looking pretty awesome

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Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

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Agreed, but I suspect they'll get a taste of their own medicine... Somebody will reverse engineer the App and do this to the Police drones:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4695594/Drone-unit-historic-step-policing-UK.html

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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Re: Threatogram received from Crapita today

@sabroni - Your entitled to the BBC, but at the moment others are subsiding your past-times.. consumers of the service (and only them) should pay for this. Though if you're happy to subsidize my past-times (porn and travelling) then I'll happily contribute to the BBC license fee!

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Re: Threatogram received from Crapita today

I was getting letters on a weekly basis, and some hand-delivered notices.. whilst I refuse to kowtow to their demands, I just got fed up, and actually found an easy way to stop the harassment - I dropped them a 1 line email containing my house number, postcode and a few words stating I don't watch TV. Suddenly the letters and threats stopped..

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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Its obvious...

He's courting the local town bicycle and wants to show her what she's missing.

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BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

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lmao, this used to be one of my many tricks when we needed new ESXi upgrades... be careful if you do this, consider a carefully placed and unassumingly named script on the server to take care of it.

Though nobody ever clocked on it was 1 VM that had a "problem", rather than the whole ESXi host (which was running about 20 VM's).

Another tip. when the Firewall needs an upgrade, switch on QOS and drop the priority of (or rate limit) HTTP, HTTPS and VOIP.

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Inmarsat aircraft Wi-Fi lift off set to fill coffers

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"along with a flurry of Asian low-cost carriers including Air Asia"

I do believe western budget airlines are fast turning into "3rd class carriers"... Can't ever imagine Squeezy Jet or Ryan unfAir doing this, all we get these days is less for more... To even call them budget airline is a bit of an insult.

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US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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"but that's not going to stop Rosenstein and the FBI "

I've come to the conclusion that this cry for backdoors is simply being used to drum up hysteria and cause a distraction.. it's effectively the fall-guy for governmental incompetence.

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No venture capital please, we're British: Why a pair of storage startups went it alone

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"We understand neither Caringo nor Scality have video workflow"

Stop giving away your "secret source".. they may just see this as a challenge!

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Wow..

Reading the linked article is 15 minutes of my life I'll never get back!

He does raise a few good point, but I think he'd be better off selecting the relevant videos, then taking the producers to task.

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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

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Re: WTF Cloud got to do with it?

My old ISP / Datacenter on the South Coast did that.. IIRC correctly they once had a failure on the primary backbone provider, failed-over the secondary, a few minutes later this went TITSUPs.

Turned out, the backup link got saturated, as they'd being progressively increasing their customer base and increasing the primary, but "forgot" to upgrade the secondary.

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'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

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Re: Lambda - great on paper

Its just another tool in the box..

Personally I use it for automating thing, such as spinning and shutting down of our test boxes. But at least 1 team at my company has built a fully fledged web-app on it...

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Re: Living in a buble

Sir +! for you..

I'd give +2 if I could, as I have a Buble-impersonator singing at my wedding soon..

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Re: I may not be in DevOps, but this looks a killer quote (if true...?)

"but this looks a killer quote (if true...?)"

Basically, what he's saying is his brother heard from a friend, who has an acquaintance, who's daughter worked with somebody who read something online..

I'm personally a cloud hater, you can see it in my previous posts. So I have no wish to defend AWS (always preferred my own tin). But I work for one AWS's biggest European customers (does that make me a hypocrite?!! Hmm), but this guy is talking shit, they give surprisingly good discounts if you ask nicely and negotiate properly.

In addition, if you've got an enterprise agreement, you'll get a hell of a load more, including service credit (think money off vouchers, to use where you want).

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Re: online banking - but only from one computer at home.

Whilst I hate admitting this - I do use the phone apps, it's made my life sooo much easier, especially when managing multiple accounts.

At the end of the day, even if somebody managed to get into the account, they can't transfer any money without setting up a new payee, which requires my card and my reader.. in addition, when ever anything is set up or moved, I'm sent a notification.

I let my missus look at my account, so I've got nothing to hide... that stuff goes on a credit card from a separate bank ;)

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Re: My partner hates me..

Surely thats phone banking? Unless you were intentionally staring at her screen. On a similar note, my boss saw a civil servant log into a "classified portal", password was something like 12345 (Same as the president has on his luggage).

** go watch Spaceballs if you don't get it!

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HTC U11: U-hoo. Look over here! Two new phones! We're Not Actually Dead

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Depends what your budget is.. But would highly recommend taking a look at the Xiaomi handsets. Not many suppliers in the UK, but they're awesome and spectacularly well priced.

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Black Horse Down: Lloyds Banking Group goes TITSUP*

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"outsource management of its data centres to Big Blue"

I worked for another FTSE company who shall remain nameless (Dixons) who did exactly this. Costs more than a network engineers annual salary to get a simple change made.

Theres a joke here somewhere..

How many Committees, Project Managers, Auditors, Tickets, Indian call center staff, engineers etc does it take to plugin a CAT5E? I don't know, ask our IBM Account Manager.

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Why you can't boycott the Mail: Google makes a mint from 'fake news'

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Re: And the advertisers wonder...

It's bizarre, but since autoplay became an issue, I've noticed more and more sites doing it.. I honestly don't understand the mindset of a marketeer. They're almost boardering on being sadists, thinking the more shit they inflict on customers, the more theyll be noticed.

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Mozilla devs discuss ditching Dutch CA, because cryptowars

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Re: Isn't it about time...

That's a step backwards, the ideal of the internet were meant to be information with out borders.

Besides, you'd just get some slimey backroom deal, with most of the EU, US, Japan and AU sharing their roots.

I'm sure there's a good backdoor rooting joke in here somewhere.

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

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I worked at a place just like this, must of had my desk shifted at least 8 or 9 times over the course... unfortunately we didn't have an underground garage though.

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Hey, you know why it's called the iPhone X? When you see Apple's repair bill, your response will be X-rated

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Re: The obvious thing to do then...

Completely agree...

Always have at least 3.. 2 on active duty, and 1 on standby..

Unfortunately my wife threatened divorce when I told her my requirements.

But in all seriousness, your spot on, You need an Active, Passive and Standyby..

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In my humble opinion, the costs have nothing to do with actual parts, overheads and margins - Its more about selling more handsets. Lets face it, you see that price, your more likely to just purchase a shiny new one, which at the end of the days adds even more to Apple's bottom line.

This is the evil twin brother of 2 for 1... Buy 2 screens, or buy a new phone!

Personally, Apple calls its self a "responsible" company, I'm not an environmentalist by a long shot (Global Warming, WTF is that?!).. But even I think Apple is f*cking evil on this front!

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Biz quadruples value overnight by adding 'Blockchain' to name

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Re: I'm gonna go for VC cash now

Nah... DevOps is the successor to Agile... Its bullshit factor really is on another level.

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Roaming charges drop smacks O2 daddy Telefonica in the profits

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Re: Losing customers

I'd recommend 3.. I've for a contract for SIM only, costs £25 per month for all you can eat data, voice and text, along with 12GB for tethering. If you get "Feel At Home" aswell, then you can use your inclusive amounts when you're abroad..

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The net's a sprawling data mire – Webhose.io sprays away the gunk

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Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"

That beats being pumped Cloud hosted services and DevOps propaganda.

I always felt used and dirty after being fooled into click those.. at least this had some mild interest to it..

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Brit cities overrun with middle-aged dronies, reckons survey

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Re: Well not many surprises there...

@heyrick..

"battery poops out after 7-8"

That's the reason I forked out for the expensive one, get 25 minutes and 3 batteries..

"I know I'll end up crashing."

And that's the reason I shouldn't have forked out for the expensive one, I've crashed it twice and broken it! then had to spent $$$ to get it fixed. Its like buying a Porsche and having a fender bender, you look a idiot if you don't get it fix.. but you feel like an when you do, the only way to win is not to buy it in the first place (hindsight is a wonderful thing)

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Re: Well not many surprises there...

"Less dangerous that a Motocycle"

Unless the person flying it is also a "Plane spotter" and decided he want to film him favourite liner close up as it lands!

On another note I'm finally a minority... I'm under 45 and spent way more than £300 on mine..

But not sure which minority - overpaid geek? mug with too cash? or an idiot for buying a toy he's only used about 5 times (Though I should mention this was due to the crap weather)?

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Phone crypto shut FBI out of 7,000 devices, complains chief g-man

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Re: Weak Logic

"That was one of the advantages of the old TrueCrypt program"

You make it sound like TrueCrypt is dead.. the original might, but there are several very active forks with even better features, take a look at VeraCrypt and CipherShed.

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Future of Misco UK hangs in the balance – sources

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Re: Pricing

"I will stay with a supplier and not consider anyone"

If only you suppliers knew the power of the dark BoFH side.

I've got 1 small supplier I started using when I worked at an SME, they were honest and understood how to work with an IT manager, when budgets were tight they worked miracles with the vendors for me.. since then I've moved up, now working in FTSE companies, and taken this supplier with me, and rather £5000-£15000 orders, they now get £500k.

I still remember 1 new underhanded supplier, who I was discussing Microsoft licensing with, I won't name them (they are named after something toddlers/kids Colour with), they were about £50 cheaper than my usual supplier and something stank about them, so I decided to stick with the devil I knew - next thing I know, the underhanded supplier was on the phone to call my head of finance!

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Mwhahaha

Brilliant, excellent way to start my holiday... Cackling in the departure lounge, now the stewards are gonna think I'm a nutcase and precent me boarding.

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Got a software development and deployment story?

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Continuous Lifecycle ...

Sounds a lot like Application Lifecycle Management, which if we learn from history, ruins companies that begin to believe their own hype, just look at Borland and Rational.. DevOps is heading the same way, yay :D

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