* Posts by Rainer

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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

Rainer

Re: Now ask me why ...

It's not too bad.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embodied_energy#Embodied_energy_in_automobiles

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

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Re: Titanic deckchair painting strikes again!

> Apple will soon have a nice building free of staff at 1, Infinite Loop.

No they won't.

1 Infinite Loop will still be used as an office because they have so many people spread over what are possibly dozens of locations in the bay-area that it's enough to fill the new Spaceship-Campus and 1 Infinite Loop, apparently.

Just as IBM, Apple does want to keep their staff close.

The thought of a 2hr+ commute makes me sick, though. Because house-prices in the area are so high that only multi-millionaires can afford them.

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Supermicro boasts of secret super server Silicon Valley win

Rainer

Re: Whose DC is it - Intel's maybe?

That may be a reason why we don't get to know the name of the happy client of SuperMicro ;-)

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Neither, I'd say

Not sure if Apple even operates datacentres in California.

And Facebook is all about OCP.

If these are dual-cpu servers, at 16 cores it would mean almost a million cores.

That's quite a lot of VMs or containers.

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Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?

Rainer

Larry has a lot of homes.

I think I read something about 10 homes.

Securing them all and keeping them secure probably costs a couple of bucks here and there.

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Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

Rainer

Re: @Rainer: Is it so difficult?

Thanks for the feedback.

We don't really look for price-sensitive mass-market customers, admitted.

As such, we don't really deal with a lot of users - and are not equipped to do so anyway.

But it's my understanding that Zimbra could scale even to that level. You just need to use enough backend servers and frontend-servers...

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Rainer

Re: @Rainer: Is it so difficult?

We're not a small business.

We're an MSP. We run 20k accounts on it (which is small, actually - but the architecture is made to scale well and recent improvements have only added to that).

I was asking (myself) what those 123-clowns are actually doing when it's not really rocket-science to run stable email (and DNS).

Of course, we're not super-cheap. But most of our customers are SMBs.

SMBs with no IT-team should ask themselves if they really want to run their own IT or just use Apple Macs or Thin Clients and run Office etc. either in the cloud or at some semi-local MSP where they can actually get someone competent on the phone in reasonable time.

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Rainer

Is it so difficult?

OK, we have people who mostly know what they are doing - but here's a way for simple, fast, reliable email:

- either get physical boxes like HP DL380 Gen8+

- or run the whole shebang on VMWare

- get a LB that does transparent proxying

- do a multi-server install of Zimbra, with multiple LDAP-servers, multiple frontend-servers, multiple mailbox-servers, preferably the Network Edition with Active Sync etc.pp.

- any issues you encounter, the support usually resolves after a few tries and escalations

et voila, you've got stable email with almost no trouble.

Upgrades are a bit tricky and you've got to test them very well (VMWare comes in handy here).

But it would take a lot of money and time to recreate yourself what you get with Zimbra.

For a software that has changed ownership as often as Zimbra, it's remarkably stable.

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

Rainer

It's not a bad idea

Laws need judges, lawyers, policemen etc.

The more laws, the more people.

Surely, you can't advocate to just let grow any government ad infinitum?

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

Rainer

In the US, there should be rule that people involved in thins like this should be forbidden to run for any public office for a decade.

As they also remove the right to vote from inmates, this would be only fair (IMO).

That way, people who work they career-ladder by creating a record on being "tough on crime" would think twice before going over the top.

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Rainer

Re: I'm assuming

So much #FAIL.

It took them years to realized that something must be "wrong".

Show that even seasoned criminalists can get locked into some sort of tunnel-vision.

I guess, if you look for drugs all the day, everyday, everything looks like drugs after a while.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

Rainer

Good obit

Thanks for the "post-pub" column. There are a few gems in there.

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This 'cloud storage' thing is going to get seriously big in 2017

Rainer

Re: 4.7 Tb blobs .. over a 1g ethernet at best

You can send-in HDDs and SSDs.

I've heard that they also send-out HDDs and SSDs for recovery-purposes.

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

Rainer

What does Facebook produce?

I mean, they run a web-page that people use to post about what they eat and pictures of their cats n dogs.

Most anything people do on that page is waste their own time and that of their employers.

And I work at an ISP that doesn't really produce anything either, apart from heat (and a bit of CO2, in case the Diesels run). We run mail servers so that people can send out virtual stuff about their often virtual goods in their virtual business, we run web-servers where shops run that sometimes even sell physical goods that the company manufactured themselves. And then there's the countless other servers that run countless other stuff from various companies, few of what they do directly relates to the physical world and as such, is pretty much useless, in the grand scheme of things.

I sometimes envy bakers, butchers or carpenters.

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Qubes goes commercial to keep its secure VM-focused OS dream alive

Rainer

Re: Qubes

Yeah, mention Solaris and get a downvote.

I never used the Trusted Edition, so I can't really comment on its quality.

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Hello, SAN-shine. You and NVMe are going to have a little chinwag

Rainer

We'll see

We've ordered four of these:

https://www.supermicro.nl/products/system/1U/1028/SYS-1028U-TN10RT_.cfm

Most likely to run our XenServer/Cloudstack "Cloud" - with EMC ScaleIO and 40G Ethernet.

This is a test-setup, we were an all-HP shop until the boss wired Supermicro the money ;-)

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

Rainer

Re: Let me..

> Some, or all, of the following required in order of sheer bloody utility:

> at least one USB 3.0/A socket, SD socket, magsafe power

Next iteration, the whole market will have switched to USB-C. You won't find a decent laptop from any manufacturer with legacy USB.

It's not an Apple-thing, it's an Intel-thing. It comes with their reference-chipsets etc.

Magsafe had to go because of that. But no-one else has it either - so what's the point?

SD-card readers - who has them these days?

The new Apple laptops are a long bet, for a future that is all wireless.

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Rainer

Re: "In addition the need for a replaceable battery is much less than years ago ..."

> Really? Consider how non-replaceable batteries recently affected Samsung.

They'd have had to have the phones replaced anyway.

Also, Samsung did suffer because they don't have "Stores" the way Apple has, where you can actually talk to a human being.

Samsung has "repair centers" and resellers that are mainly doing just that: re-selling. The "repair centers" are 3rd-parties that have no connection to Samsung other than a contract.

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Rainer

> One of the possible benefits of going the Linux route is to run Qubes OS

> and have something which is genuinely secure, and compartmentalized

> (e.g. work I do for different clients can be properly separated)

Yeah - Qubes OS is awesome.

But getting hardware that is fully supported might be tricky.

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Rainer

Re: Solder not Socket...

Corporate IT will have to learn to do FDE via FileVault from day one (and throw away the keys at the last day).

And maybe a few typical Mac users will pick it up on the way, too.

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Yeah, that '50bn IoT devices by 2020' claim is a load of dog toffee

Rainer

Itanic reloaded

Seems like those analysts got new jobs.

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Kotkin: Why Trump won

Rainer

Re: @AC It's not "why", it's "how"

I consider felons losing their right to vote an atrocity and not worthy a nation that once view itself as the beacon of freedom.

I'm OK with not being able to run for an office while you're incarcerated - but these people should still be able to vote.

I think there's an irrational fear that because there are so many incarcerated people (per capita, US is no 1, I think) they could all unite and vote for one guy ;-)

Personally, because the candidates are usually interchangeable and there are so many voters, I consider it to be game of "large numbers". If you throw the dime often enough, you'll settle for a 50-50 distribution, which is what happens during most elections.

But due to gerrymandering and the winner-takes-it-all principle, you end up with stable majorities anyway.

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Rainer

Re: It's not "why", it's "how"

Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com pointed out that 1 out of 100 Trump voters voting for Hillary instead would have essentially reversed the whole election-outcome.

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Bungling ATM thieves blow up bank statement machine

Rainer

You would think that by the time they've got their kit ready for bombing the shit out of a bank-statement-printer, they should have gotten sober again....

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Rainer

Re: Bicycle as escape vehicle can work!

Ah, well. Knowing when to call it quits....

The guys (and the girl) who ran an underground death-squad killing foreigners earned their money by robbing banks. IIRC, they often got away by bike and switched to their own camper, posing as tourists.

But after a while, the police realized that they were missing something and changed their tactic.

They committed suicide rather than doing time.

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Rainer

It's "Kontoauszugsdrucker"

Bank statement = Kontoauszug

Printer = Drucker

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

Rainer

Reminds me

Industry-comments on the original iPhone.

Like Palm's Ed Colligan:

"PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in"

The "We've tried it before and couldn't make it work, so nobody can"-comment is so absurd and so overused, that you can hardly believe anybody making it these days.

I admit, I rarely use the F-Keys on my Apple BT-Keyboard at home (or on my Linux workstation here at work). So why have them at all?

ESC I need for vi(m), though.

People have ridiculed Apple for having had an "Eject" button on the keyboard long after having stopped fitting removable drives in their computers.

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Windows Server 2016 persistent memory support supercharges storage IO

Rainer

Reminds me of...

...the STEC ZeusRAM, an 8 GB capacitor-backed RAM-disk.

2010-ish.

Those new NVDIMMs would probably also be great as ZFS log-devices ;-)

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Who killed Cyanogen?

Rainer

It was never viable

With drivers and firmware being closed-source, you're always doing an uphill-race.

Imagine no source code being available for the majority of drivers in the Linux kernel that runs on your server (or desktop) - how much fun that would be?

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Store flaw? Naw! The hyper-converged vendor and the 'bug'-bash

Rainer

Re: Firmware

:: An HBA can still have firmware issues that will ruin your day

Indeed. The general rule is: don't use OEM-HBAs where firmware updates don't exist.

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Rainer

Firmware

That's why everybody with a few brain-cells to spare goes Software-RAID these days.

One layer of problems less.

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Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

Rainer

Re: Really good financial model

„Yes, it is a risk. Funny thing is, to the company I work for, AWS prices could increase 4 times - and would still be a good deal.“

I had to LOL (well: chuckle) about this: you're assuming that when Amazon-prices increase, everything else stays the same - ceteris paribus in latin - but that rarely happens in such situations.

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

Rainer

Re: Smartphone illiterates ?

The reason they aren't really sold in Europe (and the US, IIRC) is that the companies may not have licensed all the patents.

Nobody is going after them in China - but if you officially want to do business in the EU, you have to have a company somewhere in the EU.

So, if a patent violation was found, obviously that EU company would be liable for the damages.

AFAIK, it's no longer possible (WTO, WIPO etc.pp.) to just let that company go belly-up and take all the profit with you - international courts (which China recognizes) would take those law-suits to China.

Also, as another El-Reg article mentioned - international distribution is complicated and actually expensive (warranties, RMAs - basically ignored for exports to Europe).

I'm not saying it's not a good phone - but there's a reason it's not in any normal store here.

Same with the Xiaomi MacBook Air "killer" - it's confiscated at customs because it doesn't have a EU-compliant power-supply.

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Rainer

Re: Time to Think Different(ly)?

People would try to repair it themselves or have some guy at a street corner try, fail at it and then ship the remains to Samsung asking for a full refund or a new one. And that's actually one of the more optimistic outcomes I can think of.

People vastly overestimate the number of customers who want to fiddle with hardware.

That's a niche within a niche of a product category.

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Rainer

Interestingly

Apple has so far only ship relatively smaller batteries in their phones.

The battery in the iPhone 7 Plus is 2900 mAh, that of the Note 7 is/was 3500 mAh.

Also, they are only doing very small chances every year, no radical redesign every year.

Maybe they know something that Samsung doesn't?

But I remember reading an interview with one of the Vice Presidents a few years ago where he claimed the "battery chemistry is incredibly complicated".

Also these people are fully aware of the fact that while one mishap would not end it all, it would be a serious event. Fanbois and shareholders (often the same people) would line up with pickets, pitchforks and maybe baseball-bats at 1 Infinite Loop...

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SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed

Rainer

Of course - anything that basically just sits there is a bit of a waste for SSDs.

But hyperconverged usually means some form of VMs. And they need to be able to move around.

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Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

Rainer

Re: Who will buy a Pixel phone?

A former co-worker always had the latest iPhone (with the most memory). But that is rare. I believe most people hang to their iPhone (which I assume you mean with 800$ phone) longer - some probably much longer (I'm still on the 4S, partly because until recently there were no "small" iPhones anymore with decent specs).

It's actually the improved camera of a newer iPhone that makes me want to buy one. The rest of the features - I hardly care because I have no use-case for them.

But I also don't need an SD-card slot or a removable battery. Never missed that on any iPhone. Had a removable battery on the previous non-iPhone phone and actually bought a replacement-battery but never bothered using it.

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EU turns screws on Android – report

Rainer

Re: And Apple?

Apple also sells the hardware, together with the OS as a single unit.

They don't license the OS. To anybody.

Google isn't interested in the hardware. As long as the thing sells ads, they'd be OK with OEMs selling steam-powered mobiles.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

Rainer

Do you also believe in the tooth-fairy?

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Rainer

It actually made me a bit sad

Mostly for the Chinese workers who had to put these together in their 12+h-shifts.

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Rainer

Re: Lamb à la Dijonnaise

You forgot the pig-blood and the liquid manure.

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M.2 SSD drive format is under-rated. So why no enterprise arrays?

Rainer

Not those.

He means NVMe PCIe flash in 2.5" form-factor.

It's called "U.2". Formerly SFF-8639, but nobody could memorize that.

Supermicro has a couple of 1U and 2U servers.

You can get an "Enablement Kit" for HP DL380 Gen9 servers - but it's only for 6 bays.

Supermicro's 2U server houses 24 of these.

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That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

Rainer

I think

I have a six-month notice period.

I'll have to look it up.

If I ever wanted to change jobs, I'd have to reach an agreement with my current employer.

Because employers would rather hire you now, than in six months.

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First Dell EMC product is a VSAN-in-a-can, aka 'ScaleIO Ready node'

Rainer

Re: *Yawn*

ScaleIO doesn't do anything more than (what amounts to, AFAIK) RAID10.

It's an interesting piece of software. Though, I'm not sure I'd use it for VMWare.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

Rainer

Re: Yeah, has some entertainment value

Did you ever get an honest answer from HR why they didn't hire you?

(I actually did, once, but that was in 2004-ish and from a large Swiss bank - and their reasoning was very spot-on, actually).

Anyway - I've been in a position where I basically had to lie to a customer (or be very economic with the truth) because TPTB had decided not to come forward with the full truth (which would have been the right thing) but rather come up with some BS excuse that may or may not have made sense to some dimwit (but somebody with a few more braincells will easily have seen through it).

So, I feel sorry for the gentleman from Apple, whose job is to entertain clowns like Mr McCarthy.

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Rainer

Yeah, has some entertainment value

But really, El Reg, didn't you get the message? Apple does not want you at their Keynotes/Events.

It's within their rights to invite only those they like. It's a private event.

I got this mental image of you trying to enter a club where the bouncer had already sent you away (very friendly, but with flimsy excuses - he just doesn't like your face) multiple times.

Or it's like you apply for a job-opening (or a apartment-rental) and they reply to you that the job/apartment has already been given to someone else. But you still see the ad online and try to re-apply, which makes you look like an idiot.

I do agree that being there, being able to use the devices in the hands-on area or even talking to one of the executives is more useful than just watching it in the live-stream.

But that's not going to happen for now.

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Rainer

Re: Hopefully...

Apple got in very early in the IP-address game.

At some point, they also wanted to launch their own ISP (don't remember the name) - it's long since buried.

When I got my first dedicated server, I got a sheet of paper from my co-lo where I could select the number of IPs I needed. Anything from 1024 to 8 was possible.

That was in 2001.

They could of course have returned them, but they (probably) rightly assumed they would become very valuable. And you don't return IPs unless you know they're more of a burden than an asset.

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SETI Institute damps down 'wow!' signal report from Russia

Rainer

Have they thoroughly analyzed it?

Maybe it has a secret message modulated onto it, with a plan of an advanced device to access secret Einstein-Rosenberg bridges for access to shortcuts in the space-time continuum?

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Snowden says Russia ‘probably responsible’ for NSA hack

Rainer

> Is he implying the DNC was hacked from the NSA malware servers?

No, but what he's saying is that the NSA also still has a few corpses in the closet that the public isn't quite aware about.

Just as the US is pretty sure about the origin of probably most the more public hacking-cases, Russia likewise has a good understanding of the cases where NSA is involved (and their involvement with Unit 8200 in Israel or with GCHQ etc).

So, what FSB is saying is "Tovaritch, let's turn it down a little with the tweets denouncing Russian involvement in the DNC hack. Before somebody says something that they'll regret the next day."

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Oculus Rift will reach UK in September – and will cost more than two PS4s

Rainer

What for?

OK, so I was never really into computer-games (either too difficult or to easy).

I think there are serious use-cases like architecture (and real-estate sales), medicine of course. Engineering too.

But that isn't really a mass-market. Mass-market is games. But people hardly want to pay a couple of $your_currency_unit for a game on a mobile. Nor do they really enjoy paying what an iPhone costs without subsidies.

A lot of people don't even have PCs any more (they have phones, tablets). Now, they're supposed to shell out what?... 1600 UKP or so to get glimpse of VR?

A lot of people in the US don't even have that much savings.

What are they smoking in Menlo Park?

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