* Posts by Paul Hargreaves

101 posts • joined 23 May 2008


Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

Paul Hargreaves

Re: Get burned?

Is AWS a monopoly? Are there viable alternatives that have market presence? If so, it won't be an issue.

Domain name 'admin' role eyed up as latest victim of Whois system's GDPRmeggdon

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They haven't stolen your domain name. You don't own it, you've just purchased rights to use it.

You need to go back to the person you paid money to and ask them to sort it out since you have a contract with them which now they are in breach of.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Home security problem

I assume you've got something that keeps your internet traffic running in roughly the same cycles when you're away as well?

Plus you leave your mobiles at home when you go on hols so that the local towers still log where you are?

Reanimated Violin returns to scene with flashy XVS 8 array, and, er, AR app

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> ... scan... QR code on the array's front

Boss: "Dave? What's the current utilisation of the array?"

Dave: "I'll grab my coat and be back in 10. Into the dark, noisy, chilly DC I go.. if I can get a signal in there."

Well, it's certainly a differentiator. Gap in the market and all that...

Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband

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Non-optional https hijacking via Vodafone

"www.imgur.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for contentcontrol.vodafone.co.uk. Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN"

You can call them, you can complain, but even with it disabled in the Vodafone web interface and with support telling you that they don't block unless you ask them, it's still attempting to subvert various websites.

You just activated my battlecard: How IBM sales droids plan to whack flash array rivals

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What a wonderful time to be alive, as demonstrated by the best competitive knockoffs being so meaningless that not only won't the sales person understand them, but neither will the buyer.

HPE primes storage networking pipes for NVMe-oF data deluge

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Re: Get burned?

I thought the wholesale bloodbath had already happened.

FC feels a bit like mainframe or tape, won't go away for the reasons you state, but isn't a growing market with new entrants looking to displace McData/Brocade/Qlogic etc.

Cisco snags potential customer-sniffing biz for an undisclosed sum

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Re: Disgusting2: Have humans ever lived in a time where industry was this disconnected from users?

"control their hotel experience with the sound of their voice"

Me: "Hey Room, Please stop the slamming doors in the corridor and the noisy traffic through the window, and the screaming drunks at 3am."

Room: ""

Me: "<sob>"

National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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> the NI number. We'd just need to issue it at birth, not at 16

Sounds like we're going to need NIv6...

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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There are a lot of non-Tesla drivers in these comments.

Anyone who actually owns one, having spent a few minutes getting to know Autopilot, quickly learns it's limitations. It's pretty damn good on motorways, but you know as soon as you come to junctions you have to actively tell the car what to do.

Any one who is stupid enough to just let the car drive, without paying any attention at all, would probably be the sort of person who would have done the same thing in a car without the feature.

Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

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Re: Irresistible force vs immovable object?

> How is the EU going to prosecute the USA based registrar for correctly following USA law?

Assuming the registrar has any legal entity in the country (i.e. either a subsidiary, or people employed) then they'll be the ones being taken to court as the representatives. This is what's been happening with Uber in London, for example.

A court could go after the money; to Visa, Mastercard etc and tell them to stop accepting payments in the countries where the law is being broken.

The courts could tell the ISPs in the country to block any requests to the particular domains owned by the extra-territorial entities, similar to how they block the fake rolex and torrent sites.


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Re: Get burned?

There is no conflict here. If a company wants to do business in a particular country, it needs to follow the laws of that country.

If it doesn't want to (or, decides it can't) then it stops doing business in that country.

Just because the internet now exists doesn't change how that works.

Virtual desktops won’t save cash in clouds or on-prem. So why care?

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> Even the likes of Skype for Business can’t be assumed to enjoy life on a desktop.

Fixed that for you.

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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> Best? A night at Cirque de Soleil in a box with a bartender.

That's some freaky stuff right there...

Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us

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Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us

When trying to oh buy a car, it's frankly quite absurd,

Nisson leaf through trade guides to find stats that you've heard,

A little lot of battery pack will keep your driveway clean,

You'll go 0-60 much faster than you mean...

British government to ink deal for yet another immigration database

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> a £209m Immigration Platform Technologies programme was replacing ICW using an “agile approach, focusing on incremental improvements“


Great Western Railway warns of great Western password reuse: Brits told to reset logins

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Re: Spam email or not?

I'm not sure it would help TBH, the average person struggles with basic IT.


'I turned it off' - no, you turned the monitor off, you need to turn off all the electrical sockets if you really want to be sure.

'It's been doing that for ages' - the box that pops up to ask them to install a critical fix, closed.

'The internet isn't working' - actually it's working fine, turn airplane mode on/off and your phone will reconnect

'Please stop replying to all, please remove me, me too!' - users on any large corporate mailing lists.

'I CAN'T LOG IN' - turn off capslock and try entering your password again

etc etc etc.

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I suspect the bells at any 'major' public site are continually ringing then...

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Re: We need a court action

Another aside: Geo monitoring won't help much either. On my laptop I'm appearing to be in various different countries depending on how my employers VPN decides to connect. This morning it's Ireland.

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Re: We need a court action

Re-use should be expected.

My password manager shows ~802 passwords currently stored, with various sites having various rules about length, formation etc so horse-battery-staple won't work nor do I (nor most people) have photographic memories.

Problem is, the average person can't (won't) cope with password managers and the like, especially on mobile devices where they're a pain to use.

Even in my household, where they're trained to not use the same password, and I've given them the easiest tools I can find, they still insist on re-using a password. Excuse is 'not an important site to worry about faffing with copy/paste of 15 characters'.

The old mantra was 'some you have, and something you know' but passwords no longer fit into that category... and I've no idea what the replacement is.

Microsoft reinvents Massive Arrays of Idle Disks for Azure, 'cos IBM tape ain't enough

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Re: Get burned?

> How many times can you spin up a hard drive before it fails

Depends on the drive. Modern drives can cope quite well - e.g. 600,000 on/offs: https://www.seagate.com/files/www-content/datasheets/pdfs/exos-5e8DS1954-2-1712GB-en_GB.pdf

> how many times can you write to flash before it wears out

Depends on the drive but wear levelling and the 'archive' nature of the workloads means that I'd be surprised if many fail. If placed into RAID sets of a reasonable number of drives you can multiply up the write endurance by all the drives (again, assuming a reasonable filesystem above) and you'll then not be able to sustain enough writes before your system is out of warranty since the controller will bottleneck.

Most IT contractors want employment benefits if clobbered with IR35

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Re: Get burned?

> VAT (permies dont pay this)

Neither, really, do contractors. You're just acting as a tax collector for the government. You calculate your rate and then, if you're registered for VAT, add the appropriate VAT rate onto the top.

New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

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Re: I told you years ago ...

TCP/IP is not designed for the web either.

I'm not sure I understand your point.

Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

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Re: Battery shape?

In EVs you don't replace the main battery pack every 3-4 years and those batteries are under even worse loads. Obviously different battery tech, but also the whole battery management & heating pieces make me wonder if the same could also be applied to 'normal' cars for the 'normal' battery?

Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Yes we do... though it's called a supplement and we only pay it for 5 years.

80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Re: Are we hearing about every single accident involving a Tesla?

> I am inclined to think though that Autopilot is too much of a compromise between driverless and driver assisted that is likely to result in the meatbag manual pilot being rather too slow to intervene in the event of something unexpected, particularly if that unexpected thing is related to another meatbag.

Not with the current level of autopilot. On a non-motorway when you engage it you definitely keep your hand(s) on the wheel since the car will react like a learner driver and, for example, over-steer or slam the brakes on thinking that a car in opposite lane is about to do something. By having your hand on the wheel as the car attempts to do something that you weren't expecting then it'll turn itself off automatically.

It's still a much better experience than driving without, but once you've spent more than 10 minutes you quickly learn the limitations and how to correctly handle it. On the motorway it's fantastic, similarly on large A-roads it's amazing, but on smaller A roads, or normal side streets, autopilot isn't perfect. Nor is it sold as such.

Dell forgot to renew PC data recovery domain, so a squatter bought it

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> Why

Credit card? 20 seconds. Filling in online request forms to IT, then back-and-forward with managers/directors to get permission? Much longer.

And this is how shadow IT was born. Because of these sorts of tensions. You'll have one business team who go 'I just need x' and an IT team who have to try to keep everything stable and working...

Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: The interesting bit...

> first time a hardware neural network has been put into a consumer product.

My Tesla would like to say Hi.

Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them

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Big Brother

So they could go back to the good old days and say 'nothing over 56 bit' or some random number above that.

Except - AWS. In ye olde days it would be troublesome to decrypt something unless you had lots of computers, something governments have but the unwashed didn't.

Cores are so cheap to rent now by the thousand. Weak crypto won't work.

Really they can play wack-a-mole and ask / tell each, and, every, single, developer, and, tech, company to give them the private keys.

Excluding China/Russia (oops), that'll work for big companies (in western countries) that provide SSL keys, and large app vendors such as Google, Microsoft etc.

Those pesky criminals, however, will use something else... since 'crypto' worked well before computers. Mine's a copy of 'The Catcher in the Rye'.

Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

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Re: Facile Emanations

Not sure what analysis you were hoping for. I'll have a crack...

*** Analysis ***

Samsung have a lot of these units, which contain last years hardware and will likely only get 1 year of updates*. Technically a large proportion of the units will be refurbished so, at least in countries like the UK, wouldn't be able to be sold as 'new'. Which is one reason they won't be sold here, at least by Samsung.

The price of them is high when you consider the stock of units was already produced, so the only cost was for refurbishment (new, smaller battery). In all likelihood Samsung are trying to 'pull a fast one' and recoup a significant portion of the revenue lost from the original sale.

* Based on the experience of older Samsung devices like the S6, which got 2 years.

== End of Analysis

Side note: As an ex-Note 7 owner who was stiffed by Samsung through this debacle, my boycott of all things Samsung is still going strong. Well, all things apart from posts of course ;-)

FBI boss: 'Memories are not absolutely private in America'

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Paris Hilton

> (Instagram) He said he likes that privacy, but would open up the account if compelled to do so under the law.

Except, what would happen is that Instagram would get the secret order demanding access, he'd (as a citizen) wouldn't know because Instagram would be compelled to not tell him.

OTOH, if the court did actually compel *him* to provide access, well that seems reasonable.

And, not forgetting that all the TLA/FLA agencies around the world already have access via their dragnets.

Explained: Apple iCloud kept 'deleted' browser histories for over a year

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Re: Vacuum

That sucks.

Google gets smooth early Android releases. OEMs are struggling

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Re: Awww.... come on !

I agree.

Samsung tried stock for a while with the Google Play Edition, but even when they weren't adding TouchWiz they still took forever to release updates. Example: http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s4_google_play_edition_finally_receives_android_51-news-13959.php

S7 only got recently updated because there isn't a newer flagship; I had the Note7 (RIP), and I suspect the second the S8 ships the S7 will start to get the same treatment the S6 gets currently.

Samsung are crazy; not only do they have TouchWiz, they also have Good Lock, which is actually more useful IMO than TouchWiz but... wow... they must really have nothing better to do than maintain (or not) all these different versions of stuff, an entire Store. Oh, and the Game Launcher stuff, GearVR, etc. etc. etc.

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Unfortunately, you've not got many choices.

iOS. Where software guys have to program specifically for the background API: https://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/iPhone/Conceptual/iPhoneOSProgrammingGuide/BackgroundExecution/BackgroundExecution.html

Fail to do it and your app gets paused (and killed, to free RAM)

Android: As per the link you posted, follow the process properly or your app gets paused (eventually) and killed (to free RAM)

Microsoft: Err...

BlackBerry: Now Android

Simbian: ?

Any other contenders?

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Re: Odd...

And yet, I click on the assistant button on the Pixel and have this conversation:

me> what are you

pixel< I'm your Google Assistant

me> what can you do

pixel< Here are some things you can ask for:


For non-Pixel phones you can *also* get it. All you have to do is install a copy of Google Allo from the Play store.

I launch that on my S6 Edge, click on 'Google Assistant', and...

me> what is the point

s6 edge< i think the point is to leave the world better than you found it

So, you *can* get it on any modern phone that runs Android (and has the Play store) though it's not directly linked to a button like, for example the trash that S-Voice.

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Re: Awww.... come on !

You mean, unlike the customers who are stranded on old versions?

My S6 Edge says 'Android 6.0.1', 'Android security patch level 1 October 2016'.

What happened to 7.0? LG managed to ship that back in August.

Or even, just more security updates since Google keep providing Samsung (and everyone) with patches.

Funnily enough, my (HTC) Pixel says '7.1.1', and is currently updating to the February 2017 patches.

The whole point is that Google are showing that it's entirely possible to bring updates out, consistently, and frequently. That's probably because they don't distract themselves by releasing 1000 variants yearly (SM-G920 / SM-G925 / SM-G928, in F and I variants - and that's just the S6 brand), or some of the recent junk such as the Galaxy J1 mini prime, J3 Emerge, C7 Pro, etc....

Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

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Re: It gets worse every year it seems...

> Or an app on your laptop with the built in mic and camera.

Installing an app (on a desktop) for a single use camera isn't ideal either.

And, one you've installed that app, it's got complete access to local filesystems, bluetooth, local network devices (e.g. can start to sweep your local subnet), etc.

Don't get me wrong, I want this new functionality disabled/optional as well, but installing software is much worse for security.

Awoogah, enterprise bods: Tintri recruits Echo Alexa speechbot

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Genuinely interested.

Why do you care about the stats for build-server7? Or, any build-server, for that matter.

Would it not be better for the system to monitor and alert you if something was unusual (job complete/whatever you're looking for), rather than you having to spend time constantly asking so that you can then do the smarts yourself?

Or is there something specific in the response that you couldn't teach the computer to look for and monitor on your behalf?

'Alexa, manage my enterprise storage'

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Back in the world of reality.

"Hi Alexa, clone me 500 VMs'"

"'Phoning mum"

[cancel, cancel]

"Clone me 500 VMs"

"Sure, cloning 500 VMs"


"Which VM did you clone?"

"I don't understand the question."

"Where are the clones"

"I don't understand the question."

"What naming convention did you use?"

"I don't understand the question."

"Clone 500 VMs"

"Happy to. Which VM would you like to use as the source?"

"What VMs are available?"

"I currently see 2327 VMs in Vcenter. Here are their names: VM-Win-A0001100, VM-Win-A0001101, VM-H-Win-B0001100, [...]"



Would love to see how this sort of tech could work in the real world, with real environments.

Hyperconvergered-ception: HPE swallows SimpliVity

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Re: Netapps = "integrated systems leader" ?

Integrated systems by most definitions (a.k.a reference architectures, or pre-built collections of servers/storage/switches) aren't considered hyperconverged since there are still separate boxes for those functions.

Hyperconverged, again by most definitions, collapses together at a bare minimum the server/storage pieces, typically with easy management. Some go much further than that, others don't.

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Software-defined, not software-only.

Your definition of software-defined might mean no hardware acceleration, but that's just you ;-)

Smartphones crashed, Samsung burned: Mobile in 2016

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Re: My augmented reality is quite good

You haven't got to the end of the book then. Typically there is a few pages of another book there, along with a 'go to our website to find out more about <tor publishing> et-al'.

> I went to the library

I remember those. I can't wait to tell my grandkids about them, along with 'I remember the days before the internet' and 'we only had 3 channels, one with a girl losing at tick-tac-toe to a clown...' etc.

Security! experts! slam! Yahoo! management! for! using! old! crypto!

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Re: "you can't blame the users for using the same password everywhere"

Two 'key' differences (sorry):

1) How many keys (and doors) do you realistically have? Car, house, err... car, house. Even with 10 keys, it's a problem of scale.

2) > 'users would use the same key everywhere if they could configure the locks. I'm guessing they likely would.

Absolutely they would! So do jailers, janitors, etc. But that's again a scale issue, even if a key was stolen and not recovered, how many locks would you need to change?

On the internet though, changing 100's of passwords isn't going to be practical.

OpenID tried to have a go at this but my bank won't accept it, neither will El-Reg, so it's dead to me.

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> This will guarantee that it is easy to memorise

I currently have 775 sites, with 869 passwords total. 67 entries are duplicates. I'll fix those soon(tm).

Even if that was only 100 passwords, it'd still be impossible to remember anything but a few of the most recent ones.

Especially when some sites, internal systems etc demand frequent password changes, $tup1d p4$$w0rd$ L1K3 it'll make any differenc3. And then there are sites where you have multiple accounts.

Password management in general is broken. Tools like 1password/Lastpass help, but overall the whole thing is just utterly tosh. I don't have a better alternative, but you can't blame the users for using the same password everywhere...

Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

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Being a proud owner of Eric's first smartwatch (Allerta) and the non-waterproof kickstarter version of the 1st gen Pebble, it's sad to see the end of it. But as my daily driver is a Huawei, which generally just looks like a watch, it's not really surprising.

A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Samsung patches Galaxy Note 7 to not explode as two-thirds of phones recalled

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Now if only Samsung would answer the phone, or answer emails, or turn up when they said a week ago to collect the replacement unit that is now sitting in my garage.

And, refund me, of course. And, even, maybe refund the accessories that I've been unable to return. And, perhaps, maybe some compensation too for a couple of months of hassle, recalls, battery limitations, airlines telling me to turn it off, notifications telling me that it's faulty, dated loss each time I switched, etc...

Xda developers note 7 UK site is full of others also waiting, also not getting any response... Way to go Samsung at killing your brand.

British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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Re: The UK is not educating people in Tech...

Graduates seem to leave Uni with media degrees and then start work at a company in the sales department is graduate sales / inside sales.

Amazingly... the companies then train those staff by having them mentored by more senior sales people, and they can typically spend a few years in that pool before migrating into a 'field' sales person.

Yet, these same companies seem disinterested in doing the same with developers?

Zeta Systems: NVMe over Fabrics speed is real... and here's why

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> “I think that is what sysadmins really want to know: how many IOPS do I lose by running the NVMe devices over a network?”

Or, maybe they really want to know: What business problems does running NVMe over blah blah solve?


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