* Posts by Mark 110

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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Its not necessarily about moving to SQL - probably more about being able to move to Linux without having to migrate data to a new DB product.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Re: praise?

The word praise was used sarcastically. In fact 'faint praise' is fairly standard English language idiom meaning the opposite of praise.

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/damn-with-faint-praise

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Rimini Street: Dispute with Oracle is contract law, not copyright

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Re: tough job to abandon Oracle DB

Last time I was at Unilever many years ago, and if you are selling databases is there a bigger consumer, they were migrating their entire database backend for their SAP systems off Oracle onto DB2 because Oracle had tried to milk them too hard. IBM were seriously sugaring the pill mind.

If you want to behave like Oracle you deserve to lose business.

Another company I worked for we resolved a million plus license liability to Oracle they had got themselves into. Zero help from Oracle to get them out of it.

Oracle are cunts. Avoid if possible.

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Kerberos bypass, login theft bug slain by Microsoft, Linux slingers

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Re: @LDS ... "It's a statistical thing."

Doesn't the fact the code is open present a better chance the 'wrong person' can find the vulnerabilities. They are the ones with the motivation to go looking.

Something like Kerberos thats always been assumed to be secure the 'right' people have never looked at.

I agree its better the right people can look, but is it good that the wrong people can also look?

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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Re: Wait, there's no way to kill the foreground app in Android?

Of course there are ways to do this. The Panic mode is there for if those ways aren't working because theres a buggy app in the way. Not quite sure why they couldn't just code this into the home button single press. When I press the home button I expect it to take me home regardless of what the current foreground app is doing.

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What did OVH learn from 24-hour outage? Water and servers do not mix

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Re: Heat exchanger on TOP of rack?

It was in the basement I think the article said. Agree in principle.

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Not that bad

Considering they had no warm redundancy for the array and had to go to backup I think 24 hours is astonishingly impressive. They did have an 'in principle' plan which had been tested and it worked.

So I agree that in an ideal world they would have just flipped (hopefully automatically) to recovery infrastructure but that means you have to charge your customers double infrastructure costs.

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Amazon mumbles into its coffee when asked: Will you give app devs people's Alexa chats?

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Tempted as I am by all tech I just can't think of how this improves my phone or PC interface. Its a voice interface. Looks good on a star-ship bridge. Sucks balls in a living room.

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

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Re: Ah, the joys of virtual currencies

This does make Bitcoin seem a bit shitter than it already seemed.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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Re: I call that a result

Yep - got what was deserved. Well, for that kind of behaviour they should have lost the property. Just nationalise it. Might make them think a little harder about being racist next time.

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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Re: who's the contractor

Couldn't we have just bought a working system from someone and developed the interfaces. I assume other countries have Customs management systems that work . . .

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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Re: Will it really make any differece?

"They do throttle, eventually. Noticed it on several wet weekends when we've all ended up staying in, streaming most of the day, and bought a game on steam."

That will be capacity issue rather than throttling. Wet weekend = everyone in your street stuck in the house hammering their internet connection.

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Re: Will it really make any differece?

VM have ceased throttling I am told by an old colleague who is now a senior network manager. They work on the basis that 99% only download alot occasionally. He tells me they do go after abusers but the average user who just wants to download 3/4 movies a week or stream when they are home has nothing to worry about.

Just don't try and download all the movies ever published at full speed all the time.

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Re: Will it really make any differece?

"It must have cost a fortune renewing cable ducts and blowing fibres to the manifolds "

Nah. Fairly inexpensive. Bit more expensive to get fibre to your actual house but they will charge you an installation fee if you order it.

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Dell gives world its first wireless-charging laptop if you buy $580 extra kit

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Re: I've never understood this

I just don't understand whats so inconvenient about a wire.

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Better mobe coverage needed for connected cars, says firm flogging networking gear

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"While some excitable industry folk are already shrieking about 5G and how the continent as a whole is supposedly "falling behind" in deploying it, others argue that Blighty in particular should instead concentrate on perfecting 4G coverage."

Shouldn't they try and get 3G coverage right first . . . Just saying. Given my experiences on the train from Liverpool to Southampton which must have less than 50% network coverage . . . versus my experiences in some random rural mountainous area of India with full coverage.

Its a thing ripe for nationalization and consolidation of all the bandwidth and coverage into one provider. What we are currently doing is a pile of poo.

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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I was wondering . . .

I was wondering when this was coming. I wondering in terms of UK Anti Terrorism policy. Given that blocking encryption is impossible the next obvious step is to to mandate restrictions on packets on whom the identity of the sender/receiver is hidden from the authorities. I think that's technically possible given my knowledge of how the internet and ISPs work (please correct me?).

I imagine thats how things will go here once someone teaches the Amber Rudds of this world they are never going to be able to break crypto but can (legislate that the ISPs must) block anonymous networks.

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DARPA cracks wallet to open heads: Brain interface projects get Uncle Sam's backing

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So when do I get my Neural Lace?

Technology in this regard is being very slow. Can't a computer just teach me Spanish in about 5 mins instead of all those annoying Spanish lessons (though the end of term party was quite fun on Saturday. The Polish girls were proper frisky).

[P.S. See the writing of the late and oh so fucking awesome Ian M Banks for further details on the Neural Lace]

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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Re: Faster by using Windows download?

@Mage - So just use a normal install. I agree the Windows store is a bit rubbish . . . . but as I have only ever used it to see what it did then decided it was an unnecessary obstacle its not an irritant.

Unlike the whole Linux equivalent which has caused me no end of pain.

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Brit SAP user group seeking more line-of-business members

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Re: I never fail to be amazed

And what would you use instead?

It would be a vast undertaking for someone like Unilever to migrate their hundreds of factories, 10s of thousands of staff, hundreds of suppliers and customers onto something new. Completely re-engineer all their Logistics, Supply Chain, Marketing and BI.

What would be the benefit?

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

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Re: A different battle

"Putting kit on premises makes no sense"

Depends on the scenario. There's lots of use cases that work for Public cloud. There's lots that don't for all manner of reasons.

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Wikibon drops bomb, says Intel's Optane could be a flop...tane

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I would have thought its far too early days to make calls like that. XPoint will come down in price through volume and nailing the manufacturing process down tighter. And speeds will improve as they iterate on the designs.

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Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London

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Re: Maybe...

We used to get all sorts of crap back in my Telewest days (yes I am that old) when big trunk fibres broke - either through classic JCB strikes or something to do with exploding electric grid transformers under roads (whoi new that was a thing?).

Anyway - even when the majority of routing failed onto redundant circuits for most traffic we'd always find the phones continued to ring because of strange undocumented static route configurations. It was usually quicker for the engineers to finish resplicing 1000 fibres than it was to dig through the routing tables.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Re: And so-

I thought perfection was a couple of episodes ago but I am currently getting funny looks off colleagues cos I am sat here grinning for no apparent reason :-D

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: let me guess...

God, I hate those downvoters who don't tell us why. Whats wrong with Bombastics post? Seems like a well thought through and presented argument to me.

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Someone's phishing US nuke power stations. So far, no kaboom

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Re: watering hole attacks?

Setting up a website or other delivery mechanism such as social media account (watering hole) to deliver malware and then using your phishing emails and/or search result manipulation, etc to get your marks to go and drink the bad stuff.

I think anyway. Happy to be corrected.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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Re: Market share? What market?

Its only including servers their scanners can see and get a response from. Anything behind a firewall or with the services that respond to those requests switched off won't show.

However there are a hell of a lot of SMEs that are Windows shops.

So this is one of:

- theres more Windows boxes out their than us Enterprise IT types imagine and the figures are correct

- 'nix, etc admins are more likely to harden their web facing boxes so we can't see them on these stats

- Most nix is behind Enterprise firewalls so doesn't appear on these stats

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Aptare: Eight exabyte-juggler pimps its 'data centre MRI' product

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Re: 8 or 9 exabytes?

That's an estimate of what its customers are using its product to manage. Not what Aptare is doing itself.

Sounds like a cool bit of kit. Wish we had it here. Would make my job much much easier.

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Approaches to building the enterprise cloud

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Re: I hate Agile as well

"Assuming you have defined replication ratio set to 3 in order to grow your storage size by 2 TB you just add 3 disks 2 TB each."

I was thinking of scenarios where there's no space for any more disks. I have no idea how much it costs to make space for more disks on a HCI platform?

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I hate Agile as well

And I'm not sure its the correct word in this context. I have little experience with HCI but it appears to give you the ability to scale in smaller chunks. Thats all.

So instead of spending £1/4 mill on a major SAN capacity upgrade (giving you the ability to scale to many terabytes of new storage) because the latest project needs 100GB of storage you haven't quite got . . . you can spend £50k instead. Thats not agile, just better from a scalability pov.

Does HCI actually give you the ability to go to a web interface, spec your server and provision it without ever going near a techie like a cloud platform does?

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Why, Robot? Understanding AI ethics

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Maybe we should start by getting humans to obey the laws first

"Robots mustn’t do harm, he said, or allow others to come to harm through inaction. They must obey orders given by humans unless they violate the first law. And the robot must protect itself, so long as it doesn’t contravene laws one and two."

How about this:

- Humans mustn't do harm to other humans

- Or allow humans to come to harm through inaction

I guess humans get to prioritize protecting themselves, unlike the robots.

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Virgin Media cuts 250 jobs amid £3bn Project Lightning cockup fallout

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Branson has never owned much (if any? Its a while back - I can't remember the exact terms) of VM. He just licenses the brand to them for a few £mill per year.

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

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Re: Cost is the smaller concern

I disagree. For the NHS cost is the biggest concern and will become increasingly so.

The NHS is a great setting for an Linux desktop where 90% of the estate is applied to specific job functions - booking systems, record keeping, etc - just a handful of applications and hopefully a lot of them browser based. Limited set of applications and should be locked down nice and tight.

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Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky takeover referred to competition regulator

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Re: Good

Seconded

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Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

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Re: Bring Back

Agree completely. Its absolutely true that having 90% of the world on the same OS makes life easy for the attackers.

My point was more around the perception of Windows being fragile is probably to do with it getting attacked more than anything else. I wouldn't argue that it hasn't got security flaws but I imagine most other things do to. Linux was just an example.

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Re: Bring Back

"But not all systems are fragile, like Windows."

I've posted this before:

https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.co.uk/

I refer you to the last paragraph:

"Conclusion

Right now the Linux kernel has a huge number of poorly tested (from a security standpoint) interfaces and a lot of them are enabled and exposed to unprivileged users in popular Linux distributions like Ubuntu. This is obviously not good and they need to be tested or restricted."

My conclusion. Windows appears fragile because it is the target of attacks because its the most popular. If other OSes were more popular they would be the target and a ton of secuirty holes would suddenly appear.

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The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

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Sofa?

I thought DUPs came from the 'Magic Money Tree'?

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: Next up -Microsoft...

In what way are they "forcing Edge". I was asked once if I wanted it to be my default browser. I said no. They never asked me again. Such a bizarre comment . ..

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India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

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Re: What's eclipsing?

Mars I should think

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The cloud is great for HPC: Discuss

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Re: This article is sponsored by AWS

The Disclaimer was in the subheading of the article and was the first word of the article "Sponsored: High-performance computing (HPC) environments are expensive . . . "

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Windows Server to get twice-yearly updates, plus stable and fast-moving branches

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Re: Huh?

Did you read the article? Its optional.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Re: Mandatory voting.

I wasn't saying turning out can't effect the result. Its just fining people for not turning out seems a bit harsh in many constituencies where, under FPTP, it won't make a difference. If you made turn out mandatory in my constituency then labour would just win by more votes than they currently do.

If we had a decent PR system (I'm thinking AV+ or DPR but there are others) Labour would win by more votes and get more representatives. Votes for smaller parties would also be represented in parliament. There are no wasted votes.

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Re: First Past the Post

Agree. Have an upvote. The Tories properly shafted the Libs on that PR referendum. And the Libs didn't help themselves by not picking a better type of PR. Labour have always been against PR for the same reason as the Tories. I think they may have to change their minds if the tories get their boundary changes through though.

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Re: Mandatory voting.

I would prefer to see a fairer voting system firsts. Pointless forcing people to vote when it can have no effect on the outcome where they live.

I believe we would see a much higher turn out under a PR system.

And yes - definitely weekend voting. Weekday voting is always going to mean a higher turn out by the old retired people who have time on their hands.

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Re: First Past the Post

kmac - great point. Not one I, as a pro PR type, have never heard before. Not sure what you got down voted for. Probably by Tories with a vested interest in keeping the current unrepresentative system.

The Tories got a little over 40% of the vote in the election but 48% of the seats. Go figure . . .

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Apeiron demos 'rocket ship' Intel Optane array tech

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Re: Hello

Or the press could just ignore the press releases and report . . . errr . . . nothing!! There was enough cynicism in there for me along with the oh yeah that could be cool.

It could be cool. Chill.

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Re: Well look on the bright side

Sinn Fein do tend to be a little more coherent than the DUP

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Re: What a mess...

"I hear a lot of this "Corbyn has principles" meme.

Can anyone tell me what they are? Because as far as I can see, his policies are fed to him from his underlings. I've yet to hear the man himself state something he, personally, actually believes in."

Firstly can I point out that Corbyn doesn't have 'underlings'. The Labour party is a pretty egalitarian organisation and whilst Corbyn is the figurehead he is subject to thee democratic ruless of his party.

Secondly, point out I am not a Labour party supporter but was impressed with his performance and 80% of his policies.

Thirdly, your statement about his policies being fed his bollocks. The principles thhing is about him refusing to be whipped to vote against his principles over very many years in parliament (I assume you do know most MPs do as they are told by the whips rather than what they think they should do). And he has managed to get most of hhis priciples into the Labour manifesto.

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Re: What a mess...

I have a feeling Diane Abbott might have early stage Alzheimers. She used to be quite coherent. Not sure what her health issue is but its probably lost Labour 20 seatss.

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