* Posts by Khaptain

3239 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

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Re: But who gets it in the neck?

Pete, I understand completely what you are saying, if a counterarguement is required it all boils down to "finance".

The accounting departments has requested that 1 Tb of data "must" be backed up every day ( theri choice no yours). Ok, no problem the price of Disks/Tapes/Hardware will be X per year.

My role as the IT Guy is to also say to them that maybe the alternative is to back up only a subset of that data. ( Everything else can be archived) In such a case only 20Gb of data will be backed up daily, ther cost will be Y per year. Will be be lower if you are carefull. You gain not only in in cost but also in backup time ( this is important when problems arise), in recovery time ( vital for the DRP scenarios- get them up and running quicker). BUT it "must" be the Accounts department which make the decision as to which data is vital and which it not.

The bean counters understand figures far better than technology.

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Some extra points

* Ask yourself : How will I cope with vendor lock-in.

* What is backed up is the reponsability of the data owner not the IT Department. Are the other departments aware of the costs/time involved. Ask them to reconsider what they need compared to what they want.

* Add the time it take to bring the Offsite backup tapes "Onsite" into the restoration SLA.


* Inform people when backups fail - it is after all their data..

* ALWAYS have more than one backup media ( hard disks + Tapes ) example - Hard disks Onsite + Tapes Offsite.

* Ensure that new Network Shares are added to the backup selection....

* Have you tested restoring your back up tapes on another Site / hardware / Server. If your building and your hardware are completely destroyed you will be glad that you can recover your data elsewhere.

Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

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High Fives no longer.- Whoop , Whoop

As you pass by the door just after purchasing the latest iGadget you wil no longer get a Whoop, Whoop with a high five.

Instead an iNurse will swipe with you a swab and an iDoctor will inject your some with some iRemedy to protect against Whooping Cough.

Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X

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Re: Fragmentation

And somewhere far away, a certain Mr Balmer was thinking along the same lines.

<-- Coincedence or irony, both Tux and Ballmer are bald.

China prepares to lift 13-year game console ban – report

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Difficult to believe

What kind of game lasts 13 years ?

Up yours, Google! Iran to launch OWN state email service

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Re: Look over there!

Let us not forget the immortal words :

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose".

Windows kernel bug-squish, IE update star in July Patch Tuesday

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That all depends if you are bigger thatn the guy that is on shift. ( And hopefully he doesn't have axe wielding tendencies)

Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

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Re: Too late to market

@MMeir - Couple of points

W8 is a new product, and tablet PCs are not Tablets, they were not designed for the same market. The Tablet PC was designed for business, tablets were designed initially for the public at large.

The AppStore for MS is brand new, with few apps, compared to Apple or Google.

Handwriting is not the major reason that most people will buy a tablet. They want to surf the web, consume content, look at cat photos etc

If "all" it needs is a 10" Screen and a Wacom Pen then that is a major FAIL from the word go.

By the way I have been using a Note for the last 18 months and it fits nicely in a suit/jacket pocket.

Apple have the Wow factor.

Google have the Geek factor.

MS have ( well they don't actually have any factor for the moment.)

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Too late to market

MS are coming into a very, very mature market with mediocre products and nothing new to offer.

It means yet another ecosystem for the end user. ( More accounts to create, yet another payment method to hand over etc etc) .

I can't see what MS have to offer that is better than what the existing market already has. Why would anyone be enticed to move over, there is no pride about owning a tablet or having the latest OS, that just doesn't cut mustard anymore..

The tablet Fad has come and is just about ready to board the "end of life train". Have a look on the train/bus in the morning and what do you see. One or two people with uncomfortable sized tablets. Everyone else is punching heartly away on the pocket sized smartphones.....

I think the market will remain in the 4,5,6 inch smartphone size. They fit in the pocket/handbag and are very capable devices. They are actualy useable...

It would be nice if someone would invent a folding smartphone that was ergonomique and seemless. ( Whatevwer happened to the bendy ones


HTTP 2.0 interop tests slated for August

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Re: Why the Internet clusterfucks

<quote>Honestly, the best way to speed up web pages is to block advertisers and web bugs. Google is the problem, not the solution.</quote>

Google itself is not the problem, after all they only exist because people want to advertise their products.

Rather than say Google is the problem I would be more inclined to say that "Commercialisation" on a whole is the problem. Example: If Google were to collapse tommorrow would they be replaced by another advertising company, of course they would.

I for one would be quite happy to pay a small fee ( 5 Euros per month) for a non-commercial internet...

Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'

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Re: Program manager was available on WIn 95

@AC 08:56

Before mentioning other people's "drivel" please re-read your own post..... It is quite revealing.

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Have you ever even considered for a moment that some of us are simply quite comfortable/happy/find it usefull/ mange quite well with the existing start menu.

TIFKAM wasn't made for the desktop and I don't have a touch screen on any of my computers, 2 at work and 4 at home, so it is not just a case of "getting over it".

W8 does offer other advantages but the change in the interface makes for a major pain .......

Choice would have been nice and no "Classic Start" is not choice, it is a workaround....

By the way, it is not the Start Button that is the problem it is the Start Menu or lack of.

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8.1 or 8.0 same ol same

I have given 8.1 a few days testing on my secondary workstation and I personally don't feel that it is going to make the slightest difference. I just have to pray that W7 will have a long shelf life. The majority of our machines are still on XP and it looks like W7 is the winner for the upgraded machines.

The few changes that were made were so minor that they are irrelavant. Balmer described this as being more than an Service Pack !!!!!!!!. I would hardly consider it as anything more than ironing out some late bugs.

By the way Steve, that's not a start button, it's a shortcut to TIFKAM and for Deitys sake fix the damned "no network connection" icon when a proxy is being used.

It's a shame, I really wanted MS to make an effort an bring back that "Start Menu" as well as the Start button.

OFFICIAL: Humans will only tolerate robots as helpful SLAVES

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Re: Sex Slave Robots FTW!

Hopefully someone, not another robot, had taken the time to ensure that no "sharp" edges had be forgotten about.

Apple: Ta for blowing £££s on apps, fanbois. Now we've set them FREE

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Hence the golden rule :

Never buy today that which will be cheaper tommorrow.

(You can save yourself a fortune with that little proverb.)

Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

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Cochon brûlé

I can't think of many things as bad as burnt Fanny..

Sorry, but that just had to to be said......

Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

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Downvote drive

Looks like somone ran through the thread and downvoted nearly all the comments. I wonder if that is a jailing offense in Texas ?

The irresistible rise of the corporate app

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Re: Couple of points

Kindly care to share the usage if it is not confidential. ie What kind of application, environment, is it really BYOD or do BA provide everything.

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Couple of points

Who exactly are the "corporates" that have "apps. I know that mines doesn't .

In my book "apps" are what you find on a smartphone, they are not synonymous with programs. Apps are for un/pleasure/leisure. Programs are about "work" and corporations want you to work not play.

BYOD, pull the other one, it is and still remains a marketing wet dream... It is what is commonly known as a fad..... Would you care to provide some real world figures and I dont mean on the same level as MS with their W8 licences ( Sold against shipped).

I work in Geneva, and cutting edge gadgets are common to see on the streets but in business, in the offices on users desktops, ie the "real world", I am not convinced that BYOD is making any impact at all...... Corporate Email (Exchange, BES) does not count, we already had that for years.

Credit card donations to WikiLeaks restored as Mastercard breaks ranks

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It took longer than expected to deploy a new PRISM gateway but now that it is ready they have re-opened for business.....

I'm 'pretty comfy' with PRISM + 'It's Google. What else do you expect'

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Re: Gangsters

What you mean like "Ronnie" Reagan and "Reggie" Obama........

The differennce being that the Kray twins were publically known as professional criminals whereas the aformentioned presidents are just amateurs....

Apple files patent for 'Waze-plus'

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Re: Google are no better

Existing patents are one thing , future patents and the ability to stop others creating patents is also a very powerfull tool, think prior art.......

Dont forget : Lawyers are like prositutes, they dont really care who or how they fuck people, just as long they get paid. for the job....

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Google are no better

And why do you all believe that Google bought Waze - It is for exactly the same reason, the Patent portfolio....

I like both Apple and Google products but their strategies are really beginning to piss me off. Between them , they make Microsoft look like a bunch of nice people.....

Every Friday is rat-out-your-boss-for-software-piracy Friday

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How did it get there ?

How did the "illegal / pirated" software get there in the first place?

Where did the cracking exes /serial numbers come from ?

How do most people, the non IT crowd, know the difference between legal / illegal software ?

There are a lot of facts missing from the article......

Fedora back on track with Schrödinger's cat

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Schrödinger's cat

What is being implied here, that Fedora 19 has several states of operability and even quite possibly that the all states exist at the same given time.

Confused : yes, dont worry, Schrödinger's cat was too.

UK data cops to Google: You've got three months to sort out privacy

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Chocolate Security

Since the NSA now seem to pOwn Google et el , I would be very surprised to see Google cowtow to the UK govt.

I doubt that David Cameron has balls ( no, not Ed) that are required to face up to the Google factory.....

France on the other hand are competing against the good ol USA for spying supremecy so it is definately in their interest to "annoy" Larry and friends.

Why don't we have a decent European search engine. Something that the yanks don't govern and that the Brits won't sell out to them.

Flogging an iTunes app? Just 4k downloads will get you in Top 10

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Re: Not as bad as it sounds

Agreed, if it is 12K a day then we should be talking about a lot more than justs BJs.........

Kinda makes you wonder though if it wouldn't be worthwhile writing a "Rent a BJ" app. You get a percentage from Apple and a percentage from the Prostitutes.....

Win Win for everyone.

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Re: That's what I thought

Where I work , $12 certainly doesn't cover lunch and the prostitues wouldn't even spit on you for that price.

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Is that $4300 daily, weekly, monthly or yearly.

Daily or weekly would do just fine.

If BlackBerry were a bunch of startups, would you invest?

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Not now I wouldn't

1st up I didn't do my homework. I did not ask the BES admin if the latest BB , the Q10 for example, was compatible with our BES server. I purchased said telephone for a colleague , from our telco, only to be a little pissed of with myself for not being able to connect it to our server. One call later and I was informed why, OK I felt like a prat for not doing my homework, such is life...

Due to the fact that we are a megacorp, the BES server will not be getting updated for quite some time.

That means that the latest and greatest BBs are off limits for quite some time to come. I presume that many of the larger companies will be pretty much in the same position. None of BBs new hardware will be compatible with their N-1 generation BES servers, ouch.

Therefore, no , I would not be prepared to invest in RIM Blackberry for quite some time.

AMD joins LibreOffice, adds GPU grunt to free software suite

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Re: It's 2013

The GPU is required for the forthcoming inclusion of Clippy, Links, Rover and Merlin and not to forget everyones favorite office addin Microsoft Bob.

Which would then become LibreOffice Bob. ( Jokes starts here)

User : LO Bob........

Bob : Well hello to you too, what can I help you with today.

User : I can't find the ribbon bar.

Bob : That's Ok this is Linux we don't use a Ribbon bar.

User : And where are the TIFKAM tiles

Bob : FOAD.

IT bloke inadvertently broadcasts smut on vast public screen

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Could have been worse

If his webcam had been switched on at that moment , the embarrasment alone would have been enough punishment.

US State Department coughs up $630k for Facebook Likes

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Two words spring to mind

The "Average Amercian" + Gullibility

OK Average American is two words but can easilly be recognized for what it is.

Gullibility is a failure of social intelligence in which a person is easily tricked or manipulated into an ill-advised course of action. ( Wikipedia).

PS : I lived for more than year in the States, I am not insulting Amercians, I am just stating a fact that I personally observed whilst there.

How to spot a coders comment

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Who writes comments

A Linux programmer - "Comments are for newbies."

A Windows programmer - There is no point in writing comments because the language of the day changes far too often. ( 6 months is already an old coding library - .DotNet - no problem, which version/sub version, MFC anyone, WIN32 -- WTF is WIN32).

A Cobol programmer - If someone needs to read comments to understand Cobol , they also need to change their profession.

A RPG programmer - Does anyone still code in RPG......

A Basic programmer - No need to write comments , they never get further than line 20

10 : Print "My name is Michael"

20 : Goto line 10

An HTML programmer - <!-- This is commented out -->

Eww! What have you done to the layout?

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Come back Eadon all is forgiven.

Should we presume that a TIFKAM, tiles interface is just around the corner.

Have to agree with some of the others, the interface is not quite as readable.

* Icons on the Right - just feels all wrong - As mentioned above - we read from Left to Right. The icons are a visual clue as to what to begin reading and what to ignore.

* Icons -- have to click on a tab to select an icon - As Eadon would say - FAIL. The old system was far more ergonomic.

* Icons -- Once wou have selected an icon and return to the text you can no longer see whiohc icon you have selected before clicking preview or submit.

* The title "Sort Comments by " - looks like a "Tab" but it is not..

* "Sort Comments by " - can we have "Most Commented" option in the list please.

* Upvote / Downvote arrows should be on the right. - This is where we naturally terminate reading.

* Grey and White colour scheme is "bland" - I am being polite here.

* Strange I just began replying to a recent post and the icon selection was at the bottom as per normal - Is El Reg doing a bit of live editing by any chance ?

I dont mind if the interface changes just as long as it doesn't replicate TIFKAM or that horrible flat windows look.

In 2017, a pack of hybrid mutants stuffed with NAND flash will descend

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If Gartner are so well versed in the arts of prediction, I wonder if they are capable of predicting their own demise ?

'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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Re: This ain't academia.

I still work in a MegaCrop, the backstabbing and mistrust are part of daily business, certainly among those that wish to climb the corporate ladder, most of them are absolute losers though.

BUT, the same "backstabbing and mistrust " I have also seen in smaller companies, certainely in the ones where there was money to be earned.....

Human beings are far from perfect. It is not for nothing that greed is one of the 7 sins.

I have only seen clips of that program on YT but from what I have seen it has nothing to do with creating your own business and more to do with getting yourself a little exposure ( exposure is good for business though).

Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

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Solution for Afghanistan

So I guess that the Americans only need to fill up their drones with Pigshit in order to bring the war to an end.

Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

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Private , he going to have to go private

If someone else is providing the funds then a nice Gulfstream 650 or a Falcon 7x could have him whisked off to anywhere that he pleases in no time at all.

A quick stop in the Azores, Marocco, Canaries etc...

Google NOT REQUIRED to wipe 'sensitive' search results after all

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Re: Seems pretty sensible

I agree with the gist of what you saying but there is a very large difference, Google makes the information publically available on a global scale "forever".

It is not quite so easy to dig up information from old newspapers unless you are willing to trudge down to the library and even then there are no search facilities, such as those proposed by google.

Example :A young man that has commited a minor crime will get punished for his crime and more than likely his name will appear in the local rag. That same young man realises that he has done wrong, he is smote by regret and decides to turn a new page in his life and work for the good of the community for the next ten years ( which no-one informs the newspaper about) .

That same young man goes to get a job, his future would-be employer has never heard of the man before and gives him a job because he looks like a good lad. All things remain hunky dory.

Given the same situation when the very small crime is written into the anals of Google. That same employer will then do a quick google search and find only the "bad" side of what the young man has done. No one ever wrote about the good work he performed for 10 years and will therefore have a very negative image which could be considered as unfair ( in effect he would get punished several times for the same crime).

Newspaper news is basically fogotten about after only a few weeks, unless of course it was a major crisis. Google information is eternal and Google potentially makes money from evey search.

I am not defending the wrongs of anyones crimes but everyone can change and become good citizens. Most of us need a second chance at least once in our lives..

Another situation : A young girl gets raped. 10 years from now a quick search on her name and the first thing that we see is that she got raped 10 years ago. I can imagine that there are a lot of people that really don't want that information so readilly available.

My examples are kind of crap but I am sure that everyone catches the drift.

I am also glad that all my idiot years were long before google was even a spark of an idea.

That enough, folks? Starbucks tosses £5m into UK taxman's coffers

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Re: I never pay at Starbucks

What, you pee in your coffee everytime you go into Starbucks ?

That's not coffee steam coming out of your goblet is it ......

Snowden: 'Hey, Assange, any more room on Ecuador's sofa?'

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Re: And in other news...

I am not so sure that tourism to Brazil is on the up at the moment. There appears to be a little bit of unrest....due to the bus fares.

Steelie Neelie: One cloud contract model to rule them all

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"That" is no longer an argument, it has now become a mandatory condition ( by the NSA for the NSA and sometime to be shared with GCHQ).

Home Office launches £4m cyber security awareness scheme

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Re: @JAke

Sorry about that Jake, i had presumed that the idiots that you mentioned were the ones that hold Governement seats rather than the couch potatoe ones sitting at home...

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Re: @Martijn Otto

I would argue that the greatest threat is actually the gullibility of a very large percentage of internet user. Unfortunately it is not so easy to repair that problem.

The first major hurdle lies in the "education" of said Gullible Crowd. If they were to be educated correctly then they would then start to think critically about what the governement are actually doing and we don't really want them to start doing that.

4 Million, sound more like a cheap marketing campaign than a serious attempt to make a difference.

Apple's $17bn bond sale not such a good deal for investors

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Re: "that are getting sc***ed"

Strange I didn't read it like that,

I read it the first time as "Fucked over thouroughly", I then read it again but this time read it as "Shit upon"..

That's why I personally thought the asterisks were necessary

Pirate Bay founder Warg jailed for two years for hacking and fraud

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Re: As ye sow...

Is it because he is a rich a$$hole ?

Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

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Re: Overpopulation

Steve, I agree from an academic point of view that developement has a role to play. Developement has a political basis which is governed by the bamking industry, an industry that is not very often associated with humanitarian efforts.

People need to be educated in order to understand the effects of having 1, 2 or 3 children, they need to understand why religion should not be taken into consideration with relation to contraception. They need to understand that the worlsd has limited resources and that those resources are very precious. They need to be taught that they genuinely have a role to play in their future.

But the wealthy and those that profit from the situation do not want to educate the people, in fact they need to keep the people dumb......and no amount of financial developement qwill change that fact.

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Re: Overpopulation

Quick thumbs down for John for not understanding that we are on El Reg.

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