* Posts by seven of five

350 posts • joined 27 Jan 2010


Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle: Google, adtech giants 'know they break Euro privacy law'

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Re: I'm very sorry for them...

Yes, verrrry, verrry sorry. Almost as sad as being not allowed to ram glowing pokers up their collective arses until they see the light.

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs

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Certainly. They even gave you an empty DB to start with.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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I´m out

We´ll see how "out" you are. Trusting a liar to delete the data it gatherered on you. Or, in my case, not gathering data on people who were never "in".

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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U KOK it was, if I am not mistaken.

Feel free to implement the ROI/NI border agreement as soon as you like along the river tweed and welcome back. (And pass me another can of IRN BRU, thank you very much.)

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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> I am old enough to remember that Quality used to be something positive.

Actually, "Quality used to *mean* something positive"

Unfortunetaly, MS is rather more old school, back to the roots here and refers to "quality" as in its original, latin form "qualitas". Which translates to "(the) state (of sth)".

And no one cany deny Windows 10 does indeed have a lot of state.

What's big, blue, and short on Intel? The supercomputer world's podium: USA tops Top500 with IBM Power9

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Re: What are the costs of these machines ?

Depends. A small(ish), usable one (single socket Linux, 1 TB memory, some adapters and maybe local storage will be around 10k (EUR|USD|CAD|GBP).

A proper server with a hundred cores, 8T Memory, a load of adapters and filled with licenses, maybe the same amount of on demand capacities already installed and five years of maintenance... around a million. YMMV.

IBM pricing is *very* flexible. Back in the days when we bought three fully loaded z990 mainframes on launch, we were given "as many (2105) ESS as we wanted for "free""

We took 22 :)

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Re: K Machine


Nothing says latency and bandwith like accessing some other computers memory for read/write and actually being able achive something useful doing so. Lovely tech.

What's that? SSH can still use RC4? Not for much longer, promise

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IT Angle

Is that a bipod under the G36?

Slightly over the top, isn´t it? At least in combination with the tiny standard optics. (otoh, what do I know, I´m more an SVDS kind of person, so ymmv)

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: The first budget Android QWERTY for years

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Re: Nope

Unlocking the bootloader would defy the point of buying blackberry in first place, though...

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Lose one bloody capsule in 50 years

and all go into full drama-mode. Honestly, chuck another Soyuz up, see what happens. As an ISS astronaut, I´d rather take the risk with a came-up-empty Soyuz than a spanking new new Boeing.

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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and moving your files off the OS partition actually is a very sensible thing to do. Most unkind to sting these users.

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because it thought the files were elsewhere

I might have heard that one before. Once or twice. From a user.

The eyes don't have it! AI's 'deep-fake' vids surge ahead in realism

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Re: Can we have....

> Can we have video software that removes the orange fool

...from the planet...

> and replaces him with a kitten?

FTFY. No need to thank me.

'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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> I feel like going back to paying in cash for everything.

Noooo! Only criminals insist on cash, don´t you remember?

edit: upon rereading, this makes me look like one of the tinfoil brigade. Which I thought I ain´t. Maybe sarcasm is officially dead, choked on its own vomit.

Oh, well.

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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Re: Extraordinary claims—

> A company exercising a patent on practically achievable, economically useful room temperature superconductivity would

become extinct, terminated, outlawed and ignored quicker than a New York taxi behind you would start to honk if the traffic light turns green.

Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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to the electric circus.

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Re: Wasps?

We have a nest of european hornets in the trees behind the house. Impressive to see them air-to-air kill the wasps and om-nom-nom off they are again.

I like hornets, loud and large enough so you do not sit on them, kill wasps and relaxed indoors, so the can be brought outside.

Wait, did you hear that? That rumbling in the distance? Sounds like... a 16-socket IBM Power9 box shuffling this way

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Re: New customers?

S/4 HANA. The core to memory ratios are much more relaxed on power so you don´t have to scale out early.

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Re: So many threads!

PCIe4 and 64T of memory are not going to hurt, either.

Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

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Re: Nice Model M KB in piccie

Also the casing is wider.

With a dozen Model M at your disposal: do you intend to live forever?

I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

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I see fun times ahead

Soon, the most common phrase said in front of a computer will be: "NO!! I don´t you bloody ARRRrr...!" *sound of keyboard being mistreated*

Banks told: Look, your systems WILL fail. What is your backup plan?

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To paraphrase a common saying

"Cash, Motherfucker[1], do you use it?"

and untested backups are worse than no backups - as they give you a false sense of security.

[1] apart from the expletive: is this to be capitalised or is it a common word?

Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site

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Re: Great site

Yeah, so whatcha gonna do aboutit? Buy a SA-11 missle system and blast them outta sky? (Oh, wait)

Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Re: And remove USA software?

Of course not: These are THE GOOD GUYS!

Don´t be silly.

BlackBerry Key2: Clickier, nippier, but how many people still want a QWERTY?

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pre-owned soul, barely used

"a pre-owned soul but I swear it's barely used"

Are you sure this isn´t "a conscience" you are talking about?

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"but how many people still want a QWERTY?"

I, here, ME! *hops, waves*

I don´t *want* a qwerty phone, I NEED one.

and jftr: wives Priv yesterday got an OS update from Blackberry. Yes, we were surprised as well.

Kaspersky Lab's move from Russia to Switzerland fails to save it from Dutch oven

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Re: Kasperspanic!


riding a bear.

with a rifle.

at least.

Honey, I shrunk the mainframe: Fujitsu freshens up GS21 kit

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Re: It's all about the base

They (mainframe users) have started to siphon off the midrange guys doing hpux/solaris/aix et al. Which are only 10 to 15 years younger, but still. After us? No idea. Armageddon, probably.

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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to say it with that nice song from the South Park movie

Shut your *beep*ing face, Uncle *beep*a

You're a *beep* sucking, *beep* licking Uncle *beep*a

You're an Uncle *beep*a, yes, it's true

Nobody *beep*s uncles quite like you

no script all the way, it really _is_ worth the inconvenience.

He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

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Re: 1PB of capacity in a rack

The 60 drive enclosures are hotswap as well, you just have to pull out an entire shelf and open the lid. No fun on U36-40. btdt and didn´t tip the rack.

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1PB of capacity in a rack

make that 6PB:

60 drives interface down per 4U, times 10 for a 42U rack= 600 drives, 6+2 raid6, 8 hot spare, 74 sets of 84TB base 10, 6.2 PByte.

Weight might be an issue, though...

Boeing ships its 10,000th 737

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only 7000 A320

Well, one could mention the A320 is fron 1987, so it had 20 years (40%) less to sell 70% of the 737s market share. otoh, the pace only picked up in the last 15 years.

WhatsApp agrees not to share user info with the Zuckerborg… for now

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The exact wording will be:

"We promise not to share you data until you catch us doing it."

BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook

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Re: Whatsapp

Just because they do not charge currency for their messenger does not (for the greatest possible meaning of "not") mean you do not pay for using it. And don´t be mistaken, facebook does very, very well know how to "monetize" their app.

Bitcoin heist with a twist: This time it's servers that were stolen

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Ohhhh, volcano.

Magma. I like the sound of that word :)

Spectre haunts Intel's SGX defense: CPU flaws can be exploited to snoop on enclaves

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big news:

Who owns the tin, owns the data.

The way it has always been, the way it will always be.

Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

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Re: So testing before deploying isn't a "thing" anymore?

While I would gladly strike another blow against agile devoppers with you, occams razor dictates this is just another case of "Idiots being idiots doing idiot things".

UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

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Proof by claim.

If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

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Re: CVE-2018-1383 @Seven

Unfortunately I have not seen internal documentation, otherwise I wouldn´t be working here[tm]. I do have quite some experience with IBM though.

CAA is always with AIX, though hacmp these days uses it for topology services. If it would affect only hacmp I would have been unable to pin it down to caa, hacmp pobably has enough holes on its own.

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affected fileset is bos.cluster.rte, so this should be within the CAA subsystem. Probably something with guessing cluster and node id and then impersonating another node. The kind of "exploit" which only works if you already have extensive knowledge, priviledge and time within the network on your hand.

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: My device - I'll jail break it if I want to ...

Yes, if you break it, you get to keep the pieces. Or something along these lines.

NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

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Re: Ahh...the old 'drain the power...

Actually, it is quite easy to get something up there and give the switch a good, percussive maintenance. The really hard part is having the sat in one piece afterwards.

Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy

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Black Helicopters

tinfoil hat time!

Of course there are diosaur tracks at this "NASA" facility! It was THEM who put disosaurs onto earth in first place from their secret time-travel centre. And when the dinoaurs disembarked they left the tracks. For their "sientissts" to find them.



THEM, all the way. *spittle*

Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

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I quite like the ad, bit of tongue in cheek humor.

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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If you can´t cope with the BRU, get out!

Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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Re: Basic arthimetic

Nah, no hooks on hms ocean. Neither on lizzie, bein part of the problem... scnr.

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Re: Basic arthimetic

Yes, but just imagine what an F-35 can do instead: it FLIES! (sometimes, if the wind on the runway doesn´t extinguish its engine (speaking of which, it isn´t included in said 50 meeelion quid)), and it is STEALTHY (somehow "stealth" is wrong in caps, so: *whisper* "stealthy") - oh so *whisper* stealthy, most of the time it it will be completely undetectable in the air. And its DEADLY (caps allright here), it is sooo deadly it KILLS (even its own pilots due to malfunctioning oxygen supply, but hey, kill is kill...).

I might be wrong on the last point, though, could have been the F22...

As an evildoing (cia installed) dictator, I´d be trembling all day and crying in bed should HMS fat lady cruise up and threaten me with two dozen bombs per day. Much worse than this old (newer than my car, though), sold rustbucket which is more a glorified cruise shi*knockknock* whos there? ROYAL MARINES DAKKADAKKADAKKA....

All the AIs NVMe, says IBM: Claims POWER9s + InfiniBand brainier than COTS

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Probably: They got there first, so they have the bragging rights.

otoh: yes, new is quicker than old. Big deal.

Oh well, who understands marketing anyway?

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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"With no planes to fly off her, we might as well sink her"?

A natural reef will make you popular with the greens.


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