* Posts by thondwe

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VMware open sources VR overlay for vSphere

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It's a "Unix System"

I know this!

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Microsoft reveals network simulator that keeps Azure alive

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SDN

Clearly a major "Plus" for SDN allowing you to build virtual models like this with easy rollback to known states etc. Building test rigs with real hardware obviously can be done but harder and $$$

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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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OneDrive

Not sure this works for OneDrive folders yet - pity - guess it'll come in the Xmas Jolly Update...

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WPA2 security in trouble as KRACK Belgian boffins tease key reinstallation bug

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same base station

You get on the same base station by hacking a weak link via some other avenue- e.g. poorly managed laptop that already has the wireless key/password...

Risks on a University wifi network for example - Students, and worse still staff...

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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DevOps Idea

Having just watched the original "DevOps" talk by the guys from Flickr - basically get Ops and Devs to work together - here's an idea - how about Politicians WORK with Experts rather than blaming each other?????

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Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

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Enterprise Architecture

Any major change like this needs an Enterprise Architect role to provide some nice upper management friendly picture of all the interconnected bits, so they can see there proposed change isn't that easy.

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Kubernetes envy? That's (ahem) virtual insanity for VMware

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AWS

SO VMware wants to be in with Google AND AWS - is that going to play well?

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VMware wants security industry to shrink so its ambitions fit into market

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Maybe AWS is dropping behind the likes of Azure if you want Firewalls, Packet Captures etc - vSphere + NSX, Azure... Maybe that's why AWS is interesting in the vSphere hosting business?

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

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Flash replacing Tape too

Ignore the performance for a minute, flash needs less electricity and therefore less cooling, so it's going to make inroads into HDD and Tape purely on that basis.

Also moving data around on tapes, replacing old format tape with new format or keeping drives going are all pain points too.

So expect SSD et al manufacturing to increase. Other industries see this happen - Power (Wind/Solar replacing coal/oil/etc), Car's going electric. It's not whether more how soon...

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Coming soon to a Parliament near you – UK's Data Protection Bill

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EU again

So HM Gov registers EU citizens for "free movement" (says some random element of the cabinet), so has to comply with EU GDPR which they have no power to influence??

#takebackcontrol?????

Don't you just love this mess? Insert "Popcorn" icon here

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Clear August 21 in your diary: It's a total solar eclipse for the smart

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Re: Clouds?

Had clouds at the 1999 UK eclipse - could just see eclipse approach at times through clouds - but still eerily spooky - so still worth the effort to get under the track...

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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Re: Wait for it...

There's gotta be a joke w.r.t the connection being vote counting, maths and laws here...

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1Password won't axe private vaults. It'll choke 'em to death instead

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Business Model

Business exists to make money shock! Rental better model for software business than buy outright - simples.

Business likes cloudy/app stores as they can force users to keep up to date, so only need support one version. If they go "all cloud" they gain a stable platform, no more worries about their app tripping over on a machine full of other apps, missing/incorrect libraries...

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

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Game Changer

Think this is a game changer. If it came with a set of "plug ins" to integrate and run the existing local estate (Hosts - HyperV, ESXi even, SANs, Networking...) without having to run all the monstrous System Centre Stack would be a real killer...

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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Windows 10 as a Service

Already here I think - but rather expect that Office 365 Home will become Microsoft 365 Home? So Windows 10 + Office as a subs model (include a Home version of EMS to manage the kids gadgets please!)

Where it's a mess is that as a Student or as Staff of a Uni/School with Education licencing "Home Use" gives out Office for free anyway. So as a house we have a legit use of Office from my Work, my Eldest's School, but not (that I know of) my Youngest's School or my Wife. Edu people also get access to "Imagine" (so that's Windows Server and a bunch of other stuff F.O.C.). But it's still easier for me to buy Office 365 Home so we can all use it AND get 1TB OneDrives each. Yes I'm honest, but I'm in charge of the Uni's Microsoft licencing!!

Would be better if the Edu allowance gave a discount codes against the retail? BUT really would be so much better if MS just gave away Windows + Office to families, or even just for Personal Use!

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Test Audience

SO MS Employees all use Skype for Business, so the "Eat your own Dogfood" don't work for Consumer Skype? So they use the next best audience - their kids? Hence it looks like ooVInstaSnapFaceOO or whatever...

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Hyperconverged infrastructure. It's all about the services

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Re: Software Validated Stacks

Isn't Azure Stack what you're describing?

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Can VMware exploit its VRealize refresh?

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Bundle!

VMware just has to bundle it all together for a moderate $$$ - Azure Stack (which is fundamentally NOT the monster that System Centre has become) and is about to park on it's Lawn and comes with a kitchen sink in the price.

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Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!

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How to find and stop counterfeit goods

Presume the authorities use Google?????

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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OEM share

Looks to be stuff aimed at OEMs so assuming that one of those has the security hole that's leaked all this - so what other code/stuff have they lost? Firmware source could be useful to hackers?

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Linux "pushers" again

The best thing that could happen to enable Linux on the desktop is to get MS Office on the desktop - Windows prevalence is about the applications not the OS.

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Software 'submarine' surfaces data protection for the Nutanix hypervisor crowd

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Comrade

Is it just me reading Comtrade as Comrade???

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HPE: You're rubbish at hybrid cloud – so we'll cook a NüStack to fix it

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Azure Stack

Thought HP was in with MS and Azure Stack - this sounds like it's competing with itself again - suppose it has to justify all the money spent on Simplicity etc...

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The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

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Optimizied HyperVisors

So basically it's a hypervisor optimized for a limited set of workloads? There's a scale of these from Containers (one OS shared) though Shared kernel, to general purpose VMs. And these solutions will work well for specific scenarios.

Microsoft and VMware are both managing containers and VMs already, so if there's a gain for an intermediate solution, they'll manage those too - so can't see this idea being the death of either company! Azure specifically will just have a tick box for them...

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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Outsourcing

These are all really Pay as you go Outsourcing solutions. Which frankly works for any business not in the business of I.T. and a lot who are. It's now the same as Utilities like electricity, water, etc. You don't run your own unless you really have to, it's just too much hard work, and much harder/more expensive to get the same level of service.

Yes one guy can do I.T. for a small office, but how much is that costing - £30k/yr - with no cover for holidays and sick leave... How many users of Office 365 is that? Even it is an I.T. business it's a cost - staff are better of milking money from customers...

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Twice-crashed HPE SANs at Oz Tax Office built for speed, not strength, and turned off error reporting

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Re: Shelf failure?

Can take up to 24 drives (in the new HPE models) - so could well just be a part populated shelf going down. If the fibre cables are messed then taking a controller (either 2 or 4 controllers in these) off line could easily lose contact with the shelf...

Sounds rather like a "cheap" 3PAR config not setup properly - not enough shelves/spindles etc. No monitoring seriously!? Configured for performance - so RAID 1 not RAID 5/6.

Killing both SANs would I suspect be easy if they replicate...

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Operational Failover is incredibly complex

Agreed. Plus, N+1 systems are based on educated (sic!) guesses of what loads will be - which they won't as systems just grow to fill the capacity provided. So, when N+1 become N (e.g. you lose a high density compute rack, then everything fails over - typical VMs then restart will more resources than they had when they were running normally and the hypervisor had nicked all the empty ram/unused CPU cycles. So, now nothing fits and everything starts thrashing and crashing domino style...

At some point you'll be looking to turn the whole thing off and on again - assuming you've documented that process properly, and nothing been corrupted, ...

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Get Real

1) Humans have faults, Humans write Software, ergo Software has faults

2) Technology changes - should I expect Ford to continue to provide spares for a 1980's Mondeo?

3) Should the NHS have a contract with the supplier of the MRI machine which dictates that the software that drives up be updated in line with it's dependencies (i.e. OS/Browsers/whatever) absolutely! Or that they open source it so that someone else can maintain it? Or that the NHS has sufficient funding to replace/maintain said software/hardware in order to remain "supported"...

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: Encryption is not made "illegal"

That's a horrible piece of English. Could argue this only covers electrical and electronic hardware? Skype is facilitated by using a system based on these, but could just as well use Naval Flags or the CLACKS to transmit, but does not actually directly "facilitate the transmission of communications by any means involving the use of electrical or electromagnetic energy".

Several hundred million in legal fees later...

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Microsoft Proxy Server

A real MS Proxy Server from like 1997? Still any proxy isn't really the same as a Websense Box is it? Something else to ask "why" about along with 802.1x etc.

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Reversible head transplants coming back to Windows Server 2016

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X-Windows Anyone?

MS should take a leaf out of the X-Windows Book? Tool's Gui runs on management box, actual tools run on remote box...

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There's no shame in VMware quitting the public cloud

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Rebrand

They've sold vCloud Air - suprised they didn't take another opportunity to rebrand it, they seem to do that with everything else...

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Is that a Veeam in HPE's eye? IT giant may gobble backup biz

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Bad news

HPE buy Veeam, options...

1) Re-brand it with a stupid name - HP Data Protector V1000x (Everyone calls it Veeam anyway)

2) Keep the name, but replace the product with HP Data Protector...

3) Kill it, as Veeam is one of the best reasons for running VMware! HPE - are in the "Azure Stack/Pack" place now...

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What should password managers not do? Leak your passwords? What a great idea, LastPass

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Re: WTF is so wrong about local storage ?

Lastpass has Apps - so use of an independent browser is unncessary

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

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Add an Ad Blocker on the router too?

So Cache DNS, Add some sort of DNS based Ad blocker to the system too, so reduces the DNS lookuups per page quite a lot? Then randomize DNS lookups across a range of root DNS Servers.

Aside - My ISP gives me a "dynamic" IP which hasn't changed in 4 years! So why should I pay them more for a static one?

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Fake News

Surely this can't be true can it?!

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Got it easy

We have to rename users e.g. for Marriage + Religious Conversion (and many HR onboarding errors - grr!). But the knock on effect to 3rd party systems (Cloud) is a major PITB. Still failing to persuade the "powers that be" that a new user name format is need - basic don't change the value of DB Primary Key stuff

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IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh

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Re: IPv6 Support by UK ISP's

#JustSaying SKY apparently support IPV6 and they'll give you a subnet too - weird. I can't use em where I live, but it proves it's possible...

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VMware do we go from here?

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Long term

VMware seems not to have a long term strategy? SaaS seems to be the way that the Software Companies are going - Safe regular income, only need to support one platform rather than loads of local ones. Would Suggest that Hybrid SaaS is creeping in too - so an appliance in your data center which is an extension of a Cloud service. Already happening for IaaS/PaaS - Cisco Meraki, Azure Stack, etc.

So IaaS/PaaS suppliers are going to be a few big companies - AWS, Azure, Google, OpenStack and Container based options?

VMware is about local IaaS for legacy applications. So they end up like IBM + Mainframes - serving a steady but limited market? And hardware suppliers will either be supporting the big players or these legacy environments.

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Let's all go down the Strand (our data centre). King's College London goes TITSUP*

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They have my sympathy

Disasters can happen to anyone and University I.T. is usually built on sand somewhere, so more likely candidates than some.

Having said that, 3PARs are pretty resilient - multiple controllers, multiple power supplies, battery backed caches, etc, and I assume theirs will be plugged into a dual feed UPS/Generator setup - so "pulling the plug" is a real achievement!

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Amazon AWS: 'Hi there!' VMware: 'We submit. Please, save us'

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VMware is dazed and confused?

Agreed this is plan C (if not E or F - losing count). But I thought they were making a play to be the layer that hides multiple clouds (so AWS, Azure) etc. So is that plan disappearing to?

And now they've got a new favourite friend, and is their old best friend (IBM) going to like that. Or will both AWS and IBM disappear when a Dell/EMC cloud appears?

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GlobalSign screw-up cancels top websites' HTTPS certificates

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Money minting exercise

So we pay (potentially) large amounts of money to some 3rd party so that someone else can trust that we are secure. That 3rd party can't be trusted to keep it's service running? Is the fact that we can pay someone else a wad of money to some arbitrary (foreign at that) third party any reason to trust us?

Can't we just switch wholesale to each organisation maintaining it's own CA. So I choose to trust The Register's HTTPS I can do so directly myself??

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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

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Re: But probably...

Key piece for SMB's is Office 365 + other SaaS solutions - is there any need for anything on premise? Maybe a NAS for backing up the PCs to (DR recovery), but everything else is cloud??

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Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report

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And the Electric will have an custom socket which only works at apple approved charging points or will require an adaptor which fills the boot...

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Re: Damn

VX220 Turbo (shh it's a lotus) - best car I've ever had period.

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VMware's secret security plan revealed

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Re: The real question is

MS may be coming top this from the OS with "Desired State Configuration" - which is a more robust version of GPOs to nail a server to specific config - presuming it'll alert when config drifts....

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Is hyperconvergence about to take over the enterprise data centre?

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Vendor Lock in

Buying Hardware and Software together is ultimate lock in (Apple!) at present (in theory) our hardware can support VMware, HyperV, OpenStack, ...) if your HCI provider goes belly up, or gets too expensive, or changes licencing model, there's little you can do bar spending a shed load to replace everything?

It's the opposite way to Software Defined Network/Storage/etc. the other current marketing darling...

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L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes

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Re: Good password selection

Trouble with many publicly stated algorithms for generating passwords, is that...

a) Hackers will know these and be able to generate them - add a bit of social engineering - e.g. facebook + favorited bands + "I use song lyrics...", who's family/friends copy the idea...

b) More people use the same method to generate the same passwords which then end up in the hackers database from a breach...

OK some of these ideas can generate large numbers of variants, but you need to keep the method secret - so your per service password is unique to you AND the service.

I'm not saying I use Latin phases from Aeneid

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VMware content to run a small and beautiful cloud, with friendly help

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IBM + VMware vs Dell + EMC

So VMware + IBM are best buddies, but if it works, isn't Mr Dell going to want that action?

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: Stop whining...

I've seen the reserved electronics on some trains in the UK too now. But clearly saying they are all reserved/had bags on is just mischief as is pointed out the reservations will be for part journeys, and EVERYONE puts bags on the seat next to them to discourage some other passenger sitting next to you!

Maybe Corbin should just talk to people?

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