* Posts by Doogie Howser MD

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Snoop Dogg swerves Glasto, plays Pure Storage gig #keepitreal

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Bring out Kid Rock as well!

That's peak Silicon Valley right there. That's what makes the show so damn funny!

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OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

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Re: Galaxy S7

Not strictly the same thing, but I have an old Samsung SM-P600 tablet that I update regularly with LineageOS builds, so I've always got the monthly security update on it.

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Hundreds stranded at Manchester Airport due to IT 'glitch'

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FAIL

Dick, I'm Very Disappointed

"You call *this* a glitch?!"

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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Watch out Richard!

The Pied Piper guys must be shitting themselves!

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Cloud computing is bigger than AWS and Azure

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Re: Re:cloud computing

Agreed. We're not just talking about "someone else's computer" but a fleet of services such as video transcoding. API gateways, IOT gateways etc that are already built and ready to go. Cloud is so much more than IaaS.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Testing? Err...yeah

I couldn't help but wonder why a "database upgrade" (if indeed it was this) would cause such a profound effect on their website. I mean, even in the world of outsourcing they must have test scripts and maybe even blue/green or A/B environments for test/dev/staging to prod? (I know that might be a stretch).

In my experience, off shore staff do precisely what they're told, when they're told and nothing else. If they're told to click next next finish, they'll do it. Ultimately someone higher up the chain than button bashers should take the blame for a total lack of acceptance testing.

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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Re: Could be worse.....

Even though it's been cancelled, you should always look on the bright side of life!

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There's no shame in VMware quitting the public cloud

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Re: Too little too late

Maybe they just got cocky and complacent and assumed if they built it, people would come. It has happened to tech titans before and will happen again. Like has already been said, public/hybrid cloud these days is so much more than just IaaS. It's complicated services commoditised, such as data warehousing and video transcoding, as an example.

That just isn't a stream VMware wanted to fish in.

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Hundreds of millions 'wasted' on UK court digitisation scheme

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Community vid reveals demos of vSphere-on-AWS cloud concoction

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Nothing in it for VMware?

Speaking as an AWS and VMware partner, I still don't see an upside for VMware in this arrangement. All it looks like to me is stretching out the revenue stream a little bit longer but with the implicit admission that AWS will start to eat larger VMware environments for breakfast.

I could be wrong, but all of the videos etc I've seen so far only serve to back this up.

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Samsung's Bixby totally isn't a Siri ripoff because look – it'll go in phones, TVs, fridges, air con...

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Bixby?

But will it behave like Clive Bixby or Bill Bixby?

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$310m AWS S3-izure: Why everyone put their eggs in one region

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A third option

As well as having hybrid deployments and multi-region designs, you could even go a step further and keep some stuff in AWS and some stuff in say Azure. I know it's more management and more cost, but the skills are largely transferable and the bottom line is, how much cash and reputation are you losing as a business when your cloud based app/whatever is off line?

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Dyson backs Britain plc with $2.5bn AI and robotics investment

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Re: Airblade, airfield, airware

Whenever I see a Dyson Airblade hand dryer in action, I think of Tommy Cooper!

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: "Cyber Security Leader & Entrepreneur"

Not forgetting the other timeless favourite "Thought Leader". Anyone who espouses this form of arrogant bullshit should have their testes welded together.

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Roses are reddish, exam-takers more so: Cisco's test price hike's a smack to the torso

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WTF?

Brexit?

I don't see how this relates in any way to Brexit as the blogger notes they've gone up stateside too. Ergo, goes up in the US, goes up worldwide.

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Cardiff researchers get £250k to monitor Brexit hate crime on Twitter

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Hate Crime, according to Gene Hunt

The phrase always reminds me of a quote from the Great Man :-

Sam: I think we need to explore whether this attempted murder was a hate crime.

Gene: What, as opposed to one of those I-really-really-like-you sort of murders?

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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General Kelly

Does the "Ret." stand for Retard?

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Sony takes $1bn writedown: Streaming has killed the DVD star

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Serves them right

For greenlighting that "reboot" of Ghostbusters. Crap idea then, crap idea now. It seems my voodoo doll has some life left in it yet.

Tosspots. You can't improve on perfection.

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So you want to roll your own cloud

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Nuvolat?

I'm really not sure about the name. Sounds like something you rub on for a touch of lumbago!

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Oracle crashes AWS and Azure UK cloud data centre party

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Now is the time to buy shares in Equinix, I think!

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Admins rejoice. Microsoft brings Azure Automation to the UK

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Re: Goodbye sysadmins

Reskill then. Don't just sit there and let bad things happen. If you don't want to reskill, you shouldn't be in IT.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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I'd have thought brown would have been more apt?

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Microsoft offers UK cloud customers private pipes

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Outage Stats

It's probably worth making the distinction between O365 and Azure - O365 seems to be on it's arse more often than not, but to the best of my knowledge, Azure has been pretty sound.

I know they're all shoved under the marketing umbrella of "Microsoft Cloud" but they're very different beasts, really.

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Brace yourself, network admins, Amazon Video just hit 200 nations

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TGT

I've attempted to watch the first couple of episodes of The Grand Tour, and while it looks amazing in 4K, it's painful to watch. Three old men behaving badly and studio audiences laughing like hyenas at their every word.

Frankly you should be paid to watch Amazon Prime Video if this is the best they can do.

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World's shortest international flight: now just 21km in 7 minutes

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Re: I've done a shorter international flight.......

Ah, Brazzaville. Conjures up mental images of a theme park dedicated to women with large chesticles - a la Brazzers.com.

I'd be all over that.

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Microsoft open-sources half-baked Azure servers to boost OCP innovation

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Re: Wasn't it OCP who brought us ED209?

"Someone call a Goddamn paramedic!!"

<body smokes with bullet holes in background>

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Pint

"OCP runs the cops!"

"You cocksucker! I work for Dick Jones! Dick Jones! He's the Number Two Guy at OCP. OCP runs the cops!"

Sorry, couldn't help the gratuitous use of a RoboCop quote.

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This is not a drill: Hackers pop stock Nexus 6P in five minutes

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Re: Yawn

"Franky not interested. Franky say relax!"

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Amazon unleashes on-prem-VM-to-cloud application teleporter

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Start of an ASR competitor?

Azure has ASR for migration and DR of on prem workloads, is this the start of AWS's response I wonder?

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HPE to offer hybrid cloud hypermarket to world+dog

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Joke

Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamp?

Smells a bit fishy to me...

<coat obtained>

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AWS budget tool update gives suits the control they crave

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Re: i bet

I understand why you might say that, but take a look at some of the ReInvent videos from last year and I'm not sure that's true. One customer did a big preso on how they saved costs by ensuring they used an appropriate instance type. In my experience, much like in the days of virtualisation, folks hopelessly overestimate how much compute they thought they needed.

Anyway, the gist of this preso was that they'd rolled out a bunch of larger instances based on the assumption that the steady state compute would be pretty high. They experimented with T2 instances (bursty workloads) and found they were a lot more appropriate. This saved them something like 60%/70% per month on compute, which is generally the lion's share of the bill.

Properly monitoring what you roll out and sizing it appropriately should not be overlooked once you're live. If you remember it's a living thing that still needs care and attention (regardless of what cloud providers say) then that's half the battle.

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The UK's 'Universal Credit mega cockup was the coalition's NPfIT' - Margaret Hodge

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Ha!

Given Hodge's chequered past, I don't put any weight in anything she says. Yes we know Government can't run IT projects for toffee, nothing new there. I just don't like the hectoring from a failed public servant.

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Brace yourself, Samsung: Activist investor Elliot's in an arm-twisting mood

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Elliott

Are asset strippers of the worst kind.

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

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He should be jailed for his laughably bad grammar alone!

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Oracle's feeling pretty SaaS-tisfied with itself

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Irony

I love the irony that Oracle's conference is called "OpenWorld" when they're one of the most proprietary companies on the planet.

Token Oracle gag - do you have to pay a delegate fee for every seat you *could* have sat in at the keynote?

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

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Skewed Priorities

Judging from most banking IT horror stories, rather than pissing about with smartphone apps, HSBC should be sinking cash into making their back office and transactional systems something a little more modern and less breakable.

Then again, that's not very sexy, is it?

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VMware content to run a small and beautiful cloud, with friendly help

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Too little too late

vCA is still pretty much a dead dodo. The world has moved on and (certainly in terms of public cloud), VMware hasn't kept pace. vCA has niche use cases such as DRaaS, but even now there are far more cost effective and elegant solutions such as Azure Site Recovery.

Best VMware stick to what they're good at, and leave "real" cloud to the big three, and I say this as a dyed in the wool VMware guy of many years standing.

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'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

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Hot Chips?

Makes me think of the Profanisaurus - "Like a dog eating hot chips"

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=like%20a%20dog%20eating%20hot%20chips

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Amazon now renting cloudy desktops for $0.22 an hour

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Re: Difficult to see AWS winning on this one

As I understand it, that's just dropping in XenApp "Express" (AKA Crippled Mode, no doubt) to replace RemoteApp for application delivery. I was referring to Microsoft using XenDesktop for VDI in the cloud.

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Difficult to see AWS winning on this one

Simply because Microsoft owns the desktop OS (in all but a name). On this basis, you'd expect Azure to have a much more flexible and cost effective solution simply because they can. AWS will always be subject to more stringent licencing constraints, or so you'd assume.

I wonder if MS will jump into bed with Citrix for desktops too?

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Microsoft bins Azure RemoteApp, says go with Citrix instead

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Rug Pullers

The timing of this is slightly fortuitous - I was only talking to a customer about RemoteApp last week. I never really liked it a whole lot, but to have it pulled so quickly really makes you stop and think about how you make decisions when you're using public cloud.

Basically, always have a fire exit to jump somewhere else at short notice.

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Your mission, should you accept it, is to use cheap VMs before they self-destruct

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So just like spot instances then?

Or am I missing something? Cheap but expendable. Bit like Katie Price I guess.

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UK councils refuse to push data into the cloud

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Joke

Stinker

"Services at Glasgow City Council were brought to a halt after a powerful blast of gas was released in its data centre"

Beans for lunch?

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Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

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Facepalm

Sheesh

There literally is no beginning to this woman's talent. Still, just goes to a show that a little chutzpah can go a long way in this fucked up world.

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Cracking Android's full-disk encryption is easy on millions of phones – with a little patience

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Extra marks

For the usage of a picture of Vinz Clortho. Bravo!

"Would you like some coffee, Mr Tully?"

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Happy

As I think Spike Milligan said..

The German sense of humour is no laughing matter.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Unhappy

RIP Lester

Loved your biting wit - best wishes to family and friends at this sad time.

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Is VMware the power it once was?

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Truth

Another fine article Trev, good work. I'm inclined to agree with your viewpoint, and I've felt this way for a while. Other than NSX and VSAN, VMware has pretty much been in a holding pattern for quite a while. For someone who cut their industry teeth on Novell products, I'm starting to get a touch of deja vu.

No company in tech is too big to fail (not even Apple, given enough time) and I wonder if maybe there was a touch of arrogance at the top of the company a few years back that's contributed to the current state. Obviously revenues are still good, but once people think of their tech as "old hat", then it's only downhill from there.

I've pivoted from VMware and Hyper-V to public cloud - whether you like it or not, those are the skills you'll need for the foreseeable future if you want to get the mortgage paid off a bit quicker.

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Virgin bins Webspace, tells customers they can cry to GoDaddy

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Re: Recommendations

All I'm saying is that because you stand to gain financially (however small) from recommending a service, it makes you biased because you can't be objective.

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Re: Recommendations

..said the affiliate with nothing financial to gain...

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