* Posts by Paul Johnston

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HPE donates 3 mini-supercomputers to UK universities boning up on Arm

Paul Johnston

The interesting question is did they ask anyone who said no thanks!

In the increasingly commercial world of IT provision at Universities I can see people saying no thanks.

Rackspace and power costs both running and cooling have to be recouped somehow. The people who can pay for this stuff in Universities tend to be those running Engineering (CFD and structural analysis) and Life Sciences (sequencing data). They are the ones who get big grants which need big iron to do their work. This looks "blues skies" rather than "must have" stuff hence them "giving it away". I understand Edinburgh as it's a computing research centre but as part of a general HPC system for non Comp-Sci groups not sure how useful it would be. YMMV!

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My PC is broken, said user typing in white on a white background

Paul Johnston
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Water and Electricity (see Icon)

Got a phone call from a user saying the monitor had started developing strange colours at the edges. The cluster had CRTs and they were getting on so I said guess it is failing and if they had a problem just move to another and we would replace it. Then they volunteered that it was making a crackling noise. My response was to just move away to another and I'd pop up to the top floor where it was. Then I get that bit where the user thinks they can diagnose the cause of the problem. Could it be the water dripping from the ceiling onto the monitor causing the problem? I possibly swore, I cannot remember, something like please just get the F* out of there and touch nothing. Safe to say a flat roof in Manchester was never a good idea.

The building is quite famous see http://www.the-modernist.org/shop/renold-badge

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IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

Paul Johnston

Re: 'internet was not designed to support the applications that now rely on it'

Seems a reasonable figure

(10/365) * (20/100) * annual turnover

Not got an exact figure for the turnover but revenue was over $35 billion.

Add overtime and other sundries and its a big bill.

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Samba 4.8 to squish scaling bug that Tridge himself coded in 2009

Paul Johnston

Re: Samba is still relevant?

"ActiveDirectory is practically dead as more and more corporate PCs are not even registered in the Active Directory."

YMMV but not here!

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In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

Paul Johnston

Yevgeny Zamyatin fan?

Possibly a literary explanation?

He wrote a book about someone who throws themselves under cars.

Then the classic dystopian future book "We"

Just a thought :-)

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Now Meltdown patches are making industrial control systems lurch

Paul Johnston

Re: industrial control systems

The problem often is there isn't a parallel test system on which you can deploy patches.

If your kit costs tens of thousands (if not much much more) and is in use 24/7 asking "can you buy us a complete parallel system to test" is something you are going to have trouble getting past finance.

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WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

Paul Johnston
Alert

Re: Fail - Please let this psychopath die in prison.

Was wondering how long it would take for prison rape to crop up in this thread.

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

Paul Johnston
Mushroom

WTF

If you watch the youtube link they have people from Oracle there!

They use raspberry pi's feeding to the Oracle cloud.

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AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

Paul Johnston
Pint

Re: Nominative stuff

Enough Sadi!

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Microsoft, Red Hat in cross-platform container and .Net cuddle

Paul Johnston

Recursion Rules!

1 Redhat running Microsoft running Redhat running Microsoft running

2 goto 1

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

Paul Johnston
FAIL

"two obvious bulges"

From the Firestar website

"The Firestar series is a group of small, compact pistols designed for concealed carry."

More revealing than concealing it seems!

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Feature snatcher Microsoft tweaks OneDrive

Paul Johnston
Joke

Garage Band

It's all a big (kicker) conspiracy I tell you! <- (Insert favourite Fall song here)

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

Paul Johnston
Megaphone

Just you wait

Many years ago (1979) I was doing O-Level seamanship with a view to joining the Merchant Navy.

Just before the exam there was an incident where a ship was in trouble with no power.

Semaphore was brought back onto the curriculum as a means of communicating without electricity.

Luckily never needed it in the four years I worked for BP but it seemed an eminently sensible decision.

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

Paul Johnston
Flame

Re: or short term quitting aid

Re numbers vaping it could just be the seem to be so obvious.

Saw a car and thought it was on fire with all the "smoke" coming out, just some guy vaping.

Is it you draw attention to the user but you often see people enveloped in a cloud of mist using them?

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MongoDB ransom attacks soar, body count hits 27,000 in hours

Paul Johnston
Joke

Backups anyone

If you have to pay to get your files back that suggest there is only one copy.

Perhaps you could secure the problem then restore from backup?

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Turns out there's a market for marijuana... plants' video surveillance

Paul Johnston

Bill Maher

Suggest you see Real Time for a cogent comment on this.

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King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

Paul Johnston

I feel sorry for the apprentice Service Desk Analysts

Great, you are on the end of a phone, trying to start your career, fixing something seriously fubar-ed and probably have never even seen the place or met the people your supposed to help. If that isn't going to put you off a life in IT I don't know what is?

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Boffins automate code optimisation for multi-core CPUs

Paul Johnston
Happy

How much?

“... hope that end-users with some mathematical background will be able to use the system without the steep learning curve that is usually associated with proof assistants.

Another reasons for encouraging your children to take up maths as if one were needed.

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Eric Raymond revisits his biggest mistake, updates 'Pilot' language after 20 years

Paul Johnston
Joke

Perl 6

Does perl 6 count?

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

Paul Johnston

Re: "Get used to life being different."

If anyone heard Unreliable Evidence on Radio 4 last week in their discussion on Prison might get the idea that Open / less supervised Prison is not always as easy or as safe for prisoners as their closed versions.

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Swedish military unwittingly helped hose US banks in 2012/2013

Paul Johnston
Joke

Get Wallander on the case!

Problems with the Firewall anyone?

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

Paul Johnston
IT Angle

Question

Illegal or impossible, not sure they are the same.

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

Paul Johnston

A Little Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxYrzzy3cq8

Nice little video, especially the bit about smoking and statistics.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

Paul Johnston
Joke

Indeed

My new years resolution is start early, finish late, at the pub.

Still not keen on people going to the pub for a ******* latte.

When I can get a pint in Starbucks feel free to stop me getting alcohol in a pub by ordering a bloody coffee.

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Paul Johnston

Re: The Great Thing About the Internet

What could possibly make you think I'm an academic?

I'm not :-)

Paul

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Paul Johnston
Windows

The Great Thing About the Internet

You can always find something in a blog which agrees with what you want to hear.

Give me the raw data and I'll work it out for myself.

Just saying it said in the 1960s they said a bottle of wine a day is obviously the way to go. Suppose you can find articles from then saying smoking is not a danger to anyone and you don't need to worry about asbestos.

I'm sticking to beer!

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No root for you! Google slams door on Symantec certs

Paul Johnston

Re: What's the problem?

Does that include M&S ?

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NZ Uni EMC broke considered ditching EMC before SNAFU

Paul Johnston

15% growth

The bit about adding 15% storage per annum is interesting as working at a Russell group University I see storage requirements/requests growing at a far greater rate.

For example as soon as you want to do full genomic comparisons of large groups or SPIM

(Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy) storage requests go through the roof.

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Cambridge’s HPC-as-a-service for boffins, big and small

Paul Johnston
Alert

Meanwhile in Life Sciences

Running another analysis requires the samples are kept in a viable state and storing stuff like that makes digital storage look the easy option.

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Fatally flawed RC4 should just die, shout angry securobods

Paul Johnston
Pint

Re: Other reasons it has not been dropped

As you say it's a very complex subject and IMHO one in which the sys admin should not ordinarily be involved in. We implement and in some cases advise but it's really a policy issue for the security team if you have one.

Still in my experience getting change on something which is perceived as a possible threat compared to something which is actually happening is damn impossible.

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Video nasty: Two big bugs in VLC media player's core library

Paul Johnston
Pint

Cheers!

Not until you so kindly pointed it out!

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

Paul Johnston
Happy

Which is more dangerous?

Watching the little processing icon is as tiresome as it is dangerous.

v

drive like you stole it

Your guess is as good as mine.

I would thought for a lot of people having a car boy racers wouldn't steal is a positive advantage.

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Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website

Paul Johnston
Joke

Is is bad if...

If I click on their facebook link what laws am I breaking.

Supposed to be a joke hence the icon but not so sure these days.

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Einstürzende Neubauten's haunting World War I tribute

Paul Johnston
IT Angle

Well ...

Thought I'd have a look at the Mute website and found this:

http://mute.com/releases/fortran-5

Well that's answered the icon nicely.

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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

Paul Johnston
Facepalm

Ah Sun Microsystems!

(as Sun often used to do with the next generation of RAM) finance the existence of that leap in cost performance and thus make it actually happen.

Whatever happened to them ?

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Paul Johnston

Re: Say goodbye to the gift horse

Obviously not in Hull then!

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

Paul Johnston
Joke

Highly unlikely

We use consultants on £1000+ a day, it's unlikely they would bend down to pick up £2000!

Anyway blackmailing a sysadmin when there are accountants and HR people still alive is just so wrong !!!

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

Paul Johnston
Pint

Crack the beers!

Excellent job folks!

Isn't science great :-)

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Oh, dear! Scientists uncover Afghan VAMPIRE DEER

Paul Johnston
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Afghanistan

Afghanistan seems to cope quite well when other nations stay out.

The surprise is it is still around until you consider the nature of the terrain it lives in.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to real photography?

Paul Johnston
Happy

Re: Many good points - however

Re Canon G15

Ditto, lovely camera and it has a viewfinder great for us four-eyes :-)

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You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data

Paul Johnston

Re: New Noun

Indeed, just become by new e-mail signature

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Paul Johnston
Trollface

New Noun

Data Mining, noun: "Torturing data until it confesses ... and if you torture it enough, it will confess to anything."

Noun?

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

Paul Johnston

Don't start off being obnoxious

Isn't the problem that if you constantly resort to being rude people cannot work out if it's an act or really something important.

I'm sure we all know the case when it's either "Bloody hell X, doesn't normally talk like that, what's up?" and "oh it's just Y, always kicking off, ignore him!".

The boy who always cried wolf comes to mind.

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Oracle will 'kill MySQL' and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won't – Oracle exec

Paul Johnston

Oracle MySQL

Oracles problem regarding MySQL is basically a lot of people don't like them.

For a anti-Oracle rant see below:

http://smartos.org/2011/12/15/fork-yeah-the-rise-and-development-of-illumos-2/

There are several options you can use to replace Oracles version of MySQL and I don't think any technical arguments are going to overrule some who just hates Oracle and say's lets use MariaDB/ Postgres whatever.

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Larry Ellison, Oracle's humble CTO, demos cloud migration at OpenWorld

Paul Johnston
IT Angle

A bespectacled Ellison, aged 70,

What's so strange about wearing glasses?

From "Four Eyes"

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Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

Paul Johnston
Flame

Not just me then?

"It would have been interesting if the parallels between 21st century dark matter and 19th century luminiferous ether had been made."

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What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?

Paul Johnston
Happy

Re: Don't do it like that

Result!

Last thing you want in the pub is the wife ringing me to ask where I am.

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

Paul Johnston
Joke

PDP

Do they actually still use a PDP-11 at EE?

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

Paul Johnston
Pint

loud, boisterous, obnoxious and uninformed of the local culture.

In my experience that covers a lot of countries, not just the USA.

"Brits on the piss" is not a nice sight as I'm sure lots of people can testify to.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Flame

WTF!

"With the back-to-school shopping season kicking off !"

Mine haven't finished this years yet.

How much is this going to cost me :-)

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