* Posts by Lusty

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NetApp, you went all-flash, never go all-fla... Hey, wait. It's working

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"None of these guys have a clear coherent hybrid cloud storage"

Unless you count Azure Stack. They have that. Sorry NetApp you were great for a while but I've no idea how you'll survive this next bit!

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Ancient IETF 'teapot' gag preserved for posterity as a standard

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Re: As mentioned elsewhere

Surely the commit for that change had a user associated? Let's revoke that joyless persons access to the Internet! Also, undo the code change and start a joy war in open source :)

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Place your bets: How long will 1TFLOPS HPE box last in space without proper rad hardening

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"Perhaps eventually involving having two less-than-reliable conventional processors operating in lock-step"

Can't vote with two systems, you'd never know which had an error because you wouldn't know the right answer. Use three and the two matching answers can be used. It's different to a normal cluster where you're only detecting failure since here you're also detecting subtle errors.

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Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

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Re: Is localhost even needed?

"localhost as a name, and it's associated IP addresses, is not just an understood convention, it's built-in to implementations"

built in to SOME implementations, yes. That's the problem.

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Re: Is localhost even needed?

" resolution before external networking is even up"

You have no reliable way to determine that localhost is pointing at your local machine so that's not a valid use-case actually. You should be asking the machine what addresses it has available and using one of those, not assuming that some magical keyword has been implemented. Sometimes it hasn't, sometimes a different one is used. The number of people who assume (wrongly) that 127.0.0.1 will be available is evidence to this!

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Re: Is localhost even needed?

"OK, for starters, how about where the machine doesn't have a properly configured name"

LOL that's kind of the point I was making. You're basing things on an assumption that localhost is configured properly rather than JUST CHECKING THE FACTS. Lazy lazy lazy and it will lead you into trouble sooner or later.

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Is localhost even needed?

I can't think of a single use-case where we wouldn't be better off using the machines real name or IP. Making a special exception for "localhost" promotes various bad practices in software which generally end up as security issues down the line. Surely using a call to ask the name (or IP) of the host you're running on, and then using that name (or IP) is more reliable in every use-case than hoping that "localhost" is configured to resolve properly. Sure, we could set localhost to always resolve to 127.0.0.1, but the loopback address may not always be 127.0.0.1, it might be 127.3.4.11!

Assumptions are never a good thing in computing, and localhost always breeds assumption about the world around you. I notice the article was also assuming localhost was the tld, but more often than not localdomain is also appended. Then we have the issue of 30 machines all being called localhost on the local network so if we use a DNS server to resolve, we have no idea which machine will be connected to - we can't assume the hosts file is correctly configured either, that's just asking for trouble!

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: Proper Full English

"Only in America, perhaps. Here in Britain, it's a choice between Tetleys, PG Tips, or supermarket own brand, well boiled, and three sugars... Builder's Tea, that's what you need"

All of which are...English Breakfast Tea. It's a blend of tea, not a marketing term.

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"A big bone of contention was the type of cooked egg that should grace a fry-up - should it be fried or scrambled?"

Scrambled eggs aren't fried. I consider this permission to slap anyone who suggests scrambled eggs are the proper egg for a fry-up.

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Re: Proper Full English

"British tea"

It's called English Breakfast Tea actually. It's literally designed and named for this purpose.

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Microsoft: Get in, IT nerds, you're now using Insider builds and twice-annual Windows rollouts

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Not all bad

Assuming the upgrades work (and they usually don't bork a machine these days) I think this is a good thing from the perspective that it forces normalisation of upgrading. This means admins will practice, finally implement proper automation, and stop falling behind. It also means the boss will have to listen.

Yes, it's a pain. But if you concentrate on the good aspects of this it's not quite as bad as it looks on first sight.

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Re: Has my browser broken?

Yes that's the case. I reinstalled recently and nearly choked on my tea when I saw the state of this site without an ad blocker (having forgotten to install it). Amazingly the other sites I visited looked much the same so it might just be the Reg left with such shitty adverts - perhaps as a reminder to switch on the ad blocker. I can't imagine anyone with an IQ over 4 would think people will use the site in that state.

Sorry Reg - I know you need to make money, and I'd love to help you do that, but you'll get no revenue from me that way!

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

"but often I need to paint out personal information from inside the image too "

Use snip then, it has tools specifically for this scenario. In fact, I've not seen a single example in this thread where functionality isn't already better elsewhere. Perhaps Microsoft need to run an educational campagne. Maybe this is that campagne...

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Re: The end

"Windows Key

"snip" <Enter>

Drag box

Copy -> Paste

Easier."

Actually snip always puts the picture in your clipboard anyway so no need to copy before pasting. You're much more correct than the other guys though, what a faff his life is!

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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

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Re: It's a pivot

"How do you differentiate between revolving round a pivot and circling the drain?"

Easy, a pivot is preceded by well documented plans shared with the shareholders, as it was in this case. Circling the drain involves random actions with no direction.

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

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Meaningless jabberings

Overall popularity is meaningless as it depends on use-case. Chinese is a very popular language but it's of little use if you plan to live and work in France.

Programming language popularity is heavily skewed by web and mobile app development. If you want to work in financial services or machine learning though you'd want to research what those industries need rather than look at the overall top 10 languages.

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Azure Stack's debut ends the easy ride for AWS, VMware and hyperconverged boxen

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Re: Scale and pricing will be the determining factors

They all offer 3 node versions for low end workloads. Three is the minimum you need for a cluster to work so that seems sensible to me.

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I think eventually this will be great. At launch there are just about enough services to convince people to get on board assuming that live migration is included (an issue in Azure) for maintenance. I'd certainly buy it for IaaS over VMware any day. Once all of the PaaS stack is ported, and that shouldn't be long, this will be a truly great platform and a big enabler for development.

Personally I can't see a world where AWS doesn't respond. All of their stack is based on open source and they have hundreds of genius coders working to a very effective DevOps model. The only thing holding them back is a pricing model, and they are certainly smart enough to cope with that. It's possible they could rent hardware, or resell own brand hardware, they already have snowball and snowmobile so they aren't afraid of hardware. They already have SPLA licences in place so MS licensing wouldn't concern them either.

This is all very good for consumers, and it's nice to see a proper tech fight again which pushes things forwards. That said, unless there's a good reason to be on premises such as being on a ship out to sea I'd still go with real cloud. After all, who wants to be swapping out failed drives and fans these days? Even compliance has caught up with public cloud in most sectors.

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Atlassian hikes prices for most cloudy JIRA and Confluence users

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"VSTS is about 10x the cost"

Not a fan of looking at price lists then?

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That's a weird reply given I already said it's more expensive than the MS equivalent. I'd also argue that far from being better it's less well integrated and capable than VSTS.

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Interesting how expensive this looks when compared to Microsoft. Atlassian must be pretty confident people won't try out the competition.

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Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash

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"NAT _IS_ a firewall"

No, NAT isn't a firewall. Not even close to being a firewall. Also, firewalls don't improve security of a system anyway, they address poor administrators who leave ports open. That's not to say a firewall isn't useful, they save a lot of effort in locking down systems, but the open ports are just as vulnerable whether there's a firewall or not. Either way, NAT isn't a firewall.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: Patching

Thanks I thought there must be something but holy cow that's expensive!

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Re: Patching

It may not be complicated but the development and testing of custom scripts costs real time and money. Every custom script adds up and at some point the cost tips in favour of buying an off the shelf solution. Since this comes free with Windows it's a definite consideration. Red Hat licences plus management adds up to more than the cost of Windows so open source isn't necessarily always cheaper at the enterprise scale.

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Patching

Since lack of patching was the cause of most of their issues, rather than running Windows, can someone point out how patching at large scale works in Ubuntu and derivitives?

I'm not trolling I promise, I've not used Ubuntu at scale. I know Red Hat have an enterprise grade patching and reporting solution but I've never seen one for Ubuntu (and a quick half arsed search turned up nothing just now). I realise they could script using apt or whatever, but that won't report compliance etc. centrally as far as I know. With 750,000 desktops there's a lot of complexity to deployment and maintenance and Windows has a good ecosystem for that kind of thing.

Not that it makes much difference, the NHS weren't doing maintenance anyway. I'd just like to know out of curiosity :)

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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

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Re: Here is an idea

"No technical assessment was done before deciding this"

Usually this is because the business doesn't want to wait a year for a "Don't do it" with no solid justification aside from "because I know best".

Sadly, IT departments have an image of usually saying no, delivering late, and tutting loudly at change. If our industry was a little more professional we would be invited to the table more often.

I feel sorry for you and your colleagues, but I see this happen all the time from both sides of the fence and usually forcing the issue is justified and works.

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Re: Here is an idea

I agree, cloud is very rarely adopted for technology reasons. Most comments on here are from technical people who rarely see or fully understand the business reasoning behind a move to public cloud.

That said, there are many good technical reasons too. One of them being that it doesn't take a year to set up the cloud platform to allow repeatable automation and accounting of build, deployment and testing in a DevOps workflow. It's all in the platform so you can just start doing actual work and adding business value from day one.

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Re: There are alternatives

Oracle have more of a wisp than a cloud, a little puff that they'd like their customers to fund the growth of. Gartner slammed them the other day, and Specsavers press statement can't have helped. It'll be a miracle if Oracle manage to grow in this space without strongarming existing customers onto the platform.

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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Re: How to maintain revenue

"You don't wear out a loop by iterating through it too many times"

Never had an iPhone then?

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Amazon.com just became a 90,000-seat Azure case study

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Azure AD

I think the author and several commenters have misunderstood what AAD premium is and does. The AWS active directory is just that, an AD. It's not the right AWS service to compare to since AAD is used to quickly and easily connect to third party SaaS (well one of its uses anyway). With the Amazon AD offering you'd need to engineer that integration yourself. I believe AWS has a directory service that has SaaS integrations but it's not the AD offering which is literally just AD as a service.

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BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown

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Re: manual backup

"The days of baggage handlers chucking individual bags into the hold are, I believe, generally long gone"

I've watched my bag going on the plane every flight I've been on. theres a conveyor belt into the plane but a man at each end. Massive international flights might be different, but even then nothing stopping passengers placing their bags in a container.

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manual backup

Where's the problem with customers carrying their bag to the plane then handing it to the baggage handler? Obviously it would need scanning for dangerous bottles of water and such, but I don't see a reason why this ended up with people abandoning possessions in the airport.

On another note, what happenned next when hundreds of people left suitcases unattended and got on their flights? That announcement woman must have had a fit! Also confusing for passengers..

desk attendant: "just pack your essentials in hand luggage and leave your suitcase"

customer: "ok, I'm annoyed but fine"

bingbong lady: "DO NOT leave luggage unattended, if you spot a bag etc."

customer: "WFT?"

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PCIe speed to double by 2019 to 128GB/s

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Re: Shoddy

Maybe in gamer mags. In the data centre 16x is pretty irrelevant for most use cases.

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Re: Shoddy

And nobody ever made a dual slot cart I suppose?

The point was that most systems have a mix of 4, 8 and 16 lane slots in order to balance number of devices against bandwidth to devices. a lane or two is usually taken up by motherboard functionality too such as USB so my point stands that PCIe 5 is 4GB/s and can be aggregated while the article said something quite different in order to pointlessly sensationalise a quite bland subject.

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Shoddy

Half of the article refers to PCI rather than PCIe.

Bandwidth won't be 128GB/s it'll be 4GB/s. 16x is just 16 lanes but you could easily use 32 lanes and get 256GB/s.

The whole point of PCIe is that it uses lanes and you configure lanes in the mobo/chassis to your requirement. network cards are usually not 16x for instance.

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Specsavers embraces Azure and AWS, recoils at Oracle's 'wow' factor

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Re: Interesting

The thing those companies all have in common though is that these days they have a great user experience that's flexible and moves with the times. Not sure I'd consider that "in the lurch" from a board perspective so much as having a competetive advantage and lower overall costs.

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Re: Google Docs more expensive than Office 365

In fairness to MS, Google are perfectly free to launch a messaging and VOIP service to compete. They have the resources and the skills.

In this instance, it's not dodgy business and bundling from MS; their catalogue and pricing actually make a lot of sense.

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Re: Interesting

Usually people like that are brought in precisely because existing staff are unwilling to get on board with the corporate strategy and unable to properly explain why not. There are lots of people making careers out of being the person kicking off these changes. Once the company is properly bought into the strategy they can leave because their (quire rare in IT) skills are no longer required - that skillset being forcing strategy through. The person taking over needs the skills in IT to make the solution work, and those skills are widely available.

Whether the corporate strategy of moving to the cloud at all costs is correct is another discussion. I was simply addressing the fact that he isn't running away, he's done what he was there to do and the board would have known that up front.

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Atlassian wants you to put all your eggs in one Bitbucket and beyond

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The per user price is reasonable, but the 1000 minimum is crazy. VSTS has all of that functionality with a better user interface and governance and can be bought by the user for a similar price (first 5 are free). I know non-MS tools are trendy with developers but the 1000 user minimum (in the dev department?!) makes this pretty uncompetetive for most companies.

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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Re: FAT is still used widely

"real mark of a noob is to assume that a byte must somehow invariably be eight bits"

Keep up grandad, eight bit bytes have been a rattified international standard for decades!

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Re: FAT is still used widely

"32 Gb USB key"

These days we generally call that a 4GB USB key. Very few people measire in bits...

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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Facepalm

This is why I stubornly refuse to use their browser. It may be better but you'd have to be really quite dim to not have seen this coming. What could go wrong with one gigantic, tax avoiding monopoly being in complete control of content and advertising?!

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Edinburgh Uni email snafu tells students they won't be graduating

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Re: Email is a bit like KFC

Outlook does both of those things, and has done for quite some time now. If you mention an attachment it will specifically ask you why you didn't attach one. If you copy in more than (I think) 30 people it'll ask if you're certain you want to disturb world+dog with your drivel. It even tells you that people in your organisation are on holiday before you send these days!

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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@Nicko

"Not so. Digital is digital - you may reclock it, but there should be no bit-lossage."

Odd that the industry is so obsessed with error correction then, don't you find? Bit loss is common, very common. Error correction means that ultimately that doesn't matter because the copy will usually reproduce the original perfectly despite the loss of bits. The copy on disk may or may not be a bit for bit representation of the original data stream but the information should be.

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Speaking in Tech: Gather round children for some Fyre festival horror tales

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Boffin

Can't we gather skinny kids, or do you specifically need round ones?

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Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

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Re: getting old I suppose.

I thought Linux dropped POSIX compliance before Windows did. Have I imagined that?

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: nice reference

I'm watching it now - it's happening all around me, all day every day :(

The film is just the abridged version of modern society.

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BezosBux: Amazon gets into scrip game with Cash scheme

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Re: No Paper Trail?

Buying stuff off the back of a lorry is the opposite of what these people are doing! The guy selling dodgy goods off said lorry, or drugs, or guns, or, well you get the idea needs to launder the money and get it into official channels again. Amazon have just created a laundry service for these people, or part of one at least. given everything you can buy through amazon it would be trivial to turn into legit cash again through a "business" in the marketplace. Actually shipping goods about is unnecessary in this scenario since you're the seller and buyer.

I'm just guessing of course your honour.

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I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

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Re: Just maybe

Let's say someone near the top earns £1M/year. A good infrastructure person will earn say £100k, so we get to save 10 of those thousands for each exec. We're now left with 10 people who have no work since they are in a declining market, and no management to steer them towards something else. They will be redundant in a couple of months regardless...

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Sweet AFA: Pure sees flash of Big Blue as it drops to fifth behind IBM

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Re: Does AFA matter?

Do you really believe that AC? Violin was different, sure. Pure is a commodity server with flash in running custom software. That's not "built from the ground up" it's a slightly different software stack but with fewer features and less maturity.

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