* Posts by Trevor_Pott

7035 posts • joined 31 May 2010

KVM? Us? Amazon erases new hypervisor from AWS EC2 FAQ

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KVM: Now powering two of the big three public clouds. What's that VMware? KVM is "not ready for the enterprise"? I think you know better.

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Marissa! Mayer! pulled! out! of! retirement! to! explain! Yahoo! hack! to! Senators!

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Re: Root Cause: HAIRBALL Systems Design

Something like WhiteSource can help developers make sure all their libraries are up to date. That's kind of it's job.

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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"Camping with a projector to watch a movie of a campfire do you mean ?"

Where's the fun in that? Who doesn't like fire? I like fire. Hmmmm. Fire.

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"Given the general lack of flat white walls in the general area when out camping in the woods/fields/wilderness, won't the average millennial fairly-well-off youngster be a bit pissed off lugging an 8ft projector screen around with them?"

I'd just bring a white blanket and hang the thing off the side of the car, but hey, that's me. "Flat" is a luxury. You're camping, eh?

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"Isn't the point of camping to rough it a little?"

Depends on whom you ask. I think of camping more as "getting away from people and all the noise of a city". If I could, I'd live on an acreage surrounded by trees all the time. I'm too poor. So I go camping.

Camping with a projector to watch a movie while I poke the campfire? Sign me up.

Now, if we could just extinct mosquitoes...

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Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

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Re: Confused

They're less "technically challenging" than they are "a damned lot of tedious, boring, thankless work". I.E. a miserable pig.

You have to go through a lot of data before you even get to a candidate. Long after the fun work's been done, and the challenges of building the 'scope are long past, there's just crunching image after image. If you're really lucky an algorithm can help some. Even then, that's an awful lot of faint smudges and maths.

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Re: Confused

G09 83808 isn't the galaxy spotted earliest in the universe's history, however, it is spotted very early on, and we've gotten a chance to get a slightly better look at it than we could with previous instruments. Any and all objects that we can spot which are from about 1B years after the universe formed or earlier will get press, and rightly so. They're a miserable pig to find, and they can tell us a great deal about the early universe.

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That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

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The title is optional. And possibly a giraffe.

This is a feature, not a bug. Oracle Microsoft Amazon don't have customers, they have hostages.

Mine's the one with the empty wallet -->

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More expensive, takes longer than usual, not particularly brilliant. Yes, it's your robot surgeon

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While the benefits of current robot-assisted surgery is somewhat questionable, this doesn't mean surgery robots are useless...or at least that they will remain so. Consider, for example, this prototype.

This prototype robot uses machine vision - amongst other modern techniques - to create a (mostly) autonomous surgery bot that is actually better than humans. Yes, it has some bugs, but it's an early prototype. I expect to see some rapid enhancement in this area.

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Google, Twitter gleefully spew Texas shooter fake news into netizens' eyes

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"Should Google fact check Presidential Tweets before showing them on its site?"

Yes. Fuck yes. Absolutely yes. Yes a dozen more times and yes.

So should everyone else.

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Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

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Re: "the Arrakis Sandworms were actually quite delicate"

No they weren't. Drop a sandworm in water, watch it shatter into sandtrout. In relatively short order they would sequester all your planet's water beneath the surface and convert the planet into a desert filled with sandworms.

Do not fuck with Shai Hulud. He will your entire planet.

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Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

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Who could have seen this coming?

Except, you know, for most of us. Microsoft isn't trustworthy, and likely never will be.

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Pork

Pork everywhere.

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Evaluate this: A VM benchmark that uses 'wrong' price and config data

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I have some questions. Where can I reach you?

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Nadella says senior management pay now linked to improving gender diversity

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Re: Female CEO

"people like them give women a bad name"

So a handful of female CEOs that screwed up "give women a bad name", but thousands of years and millions of male leaders of companies/governments/transcontinental empires etc. don't give men a bad name?

Look, I question the validity of affirmative action as much as the next guy, but dude, that's some completely unsupportable sexist bullshit right there. What the fuck.

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Re: Now the search for the ultimate diversity employee starts.

"religion muslim or jewish or some recognized religion other than anything those based on Jesus"

Um...Jesus is an important prophet in Islam...

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Re: Symptom of bullshit job

"Are most IT jobs actually bullshit jobs where the performance in the role actually has little impact on the org?"

I second the "yes" comment.

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

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@Haefen

Speaking as a Canadian - and one who apparently has quite a bit more knowledge of what you're babbling about than you do - I would like to, in the kindest, politest possible way convey my feelings about your inane babble:

ODFO

Cheers.

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Why is it that geeks' favourite enemies are... other geeks?

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outofacannonintothesun.jpg

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Re: SYSTEMD

*hiss*

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New NIST draft embeds privacy into US govt security for the first time

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Re: Can you please....

No, we can't. And the reason is that politics, privacy and security are tightly wound up into an inextricable morass.

Regardless of your politics, and what side you take in the multi-tentacled debate, politics affects the balance chosen between security and privacy. Or whether the needs/desires individuals (as opposed to corporations and/or states) should be considered at all.

So put on your big boy pants and welcome to the real world. Politics is everywhere.

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Azure Stack will need special sysadmins, says Microsoft

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Thank you kindly for choosing to engage directly with the community. It is nice to see anyone from any vendor taking the time.

I do have one small question however: does the rest of Microsoft know you're doing this? You're harming their ruthlessly customer hostile image. (Well, not a lot, as the Windows team exudes so much animosity towards literally everyone that it's hard to overcome...but you are denting the evil overlord image a little...)

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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Re: Gamers?

I am told by some of the hard core gamers in my sphere that if you want to do VR at 240hz then having 8+ cores @ 2..8Ghz or better is usually required. As I'm poor, and still working on a video card from 3 years ago and a Sandy Bridge-era CPU, I cannot confirm this.

Apparently VR is a thing that some people do. I don't understand. Why do you need VR to play Scorched Earth?

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Automotive Grade Linux shops for hypervisor to accelerate smart cars

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Re: Why not use 'containers'?

Containers = multiple apps, single OSE

VMs = multiple apps, multiple OSEs

In car IT, there are a lot of very specific differences between OSEs for the different apps.

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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

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Re: Seriously?

@John 104 Of course not. Though you are demonstrating that far too many of us cling, terrified, to the past.

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Re: Seriously?

Looks like someone never discovered composable workloads or composable infrastructure. But Happy Sysamin Day anyways.

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Approaches to building the enterprise cloud

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Re: I hate Agile as well

Yeah, I wasn't going to get into pricing with these sorts. Open source stuff like Ceph or LizardFS can handle HCI storage layer, with OpenNebula and many others providing great management UIs. Then we go up through the various smaller contenders like Maxta, Yottabyte and Nodeweaver to the midsized ones like Hypergrid or Scale to the big heavies like SimpliVity, VMware or Nutanix.

The price range varies wildly, and even Nutanix have entry-level gear that isn't that badly priced. HCI isn't expensive. It certainly isn't as expensive as ancient three-tier architecture. That said...

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

--Upton Sinclair

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Re: I hate Agile as well

"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?"

Depends on the platform, but yes, several HCI solutions do exactly this. Nerds optional.

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How HCI simplifies the data center

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"On prem IT really isn't like that, HCI or no HCI, because you still have to scale to peak"

Bull.

You only have to keep your critical workloads on-prem. The stuff that is actually burstable is likely not mission-critical (it will just run slower if there aren't 'enough' instances) and you can farm that out. To the public cloud or to a service provider. Use the right tool for the job. The world isn't black and white/one or the other.

Use the public cloud only for what it's good at: providing non-mission-critical capacity when you are over peak. It's 2017. We can do this stuff now without having to throw out our ability to sweat our assets through bust times, have control over our own data, or run sensitive workloads in our own legal jurisdictions.

Hybrid IT isn't just some buzzword. It's not even some ideal towards which we are striving in the distant future. It's a thing we do today. Some things on prem, some things in the cloud. It's not rocket surgery. It's just some bloody YAML.

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"Economics 101 lets you know that cloud will be less costly and better than on prem"

Let me guess, you also believe - despite mountains of evidence - that trickle down economics works.

*sigh*

And the earth is only 4000 years old. The eye is irreducible complexity. *thud* *thud* *thud* *thud*

"Everyone knows this intuitively. If I were to ask you if it would be less costly to purchase network services from an ISP like Verizon or bury your own fiber lines underneath the ground/oceans around the world, everyone would say that obviously it is going to be a lot more cost effective to just rent lines from the ISP where many people share the cost burden than to pay billions to create your own global network...."

Um...you're demonstrably wrong. Massively, demonstrably wrong.

First off, it's cheaper to build your own global network the instant the cost of laying your own fibre gets to about 1/20th the cost of renting it. Right about there you can go lay multiple strands of cable, use whatever capacity you need and rent out the rest.

You know, like Google does. Sure wasn't cheaper to just stand up their own datacenters and pay the rent to the ISP. Nope, they laid their own fibre. And yes, they even have a stake in oceanic cable.

I can introduce you to municipalities that also lay fibre for everything from last mile to backhaul. I can introduce you to WISPs and even businesses as small as 10 people who would rather pay the municipal fees to dig a ditch to lay fibre between their location and the local internet exchange than to pay the ISP. Shock, horror...it turned out to be significantly cheaper.

In some cases the ISP is cheaper. In many others it's not. Just like in some cases (you know, those very rare niches where you have "could native" burstable workloads) the cloud is cheaper. In many others (such as 24/7 workloads), it's not.

As with everything in IT it depends. You do a needs assessment and you use the right tool - technical and economical - for the job. You don't decide on the tool and then contort all reasoning beyond logic in order to fit what you do to that tool.

Also - and I don't understand why I have to keep repeating this to someone supposedly so smart - there are huge differences between regulated industries (like telcos) and completely unregulated ones (like public cloud services). What my governments impose on telcos here as minimum service quality, pricing caps and more keeps monopolistc behavior in check. There is absolutely nothing keeping monopolistic behavior in check amongst the cartel of public cloud providers.

Also - and again, I can't understand why this is so hard for you to get - when you do the actual numbers on running your own workloads you don't have to be running that many workloads 24/7 before rolling your own is significantly cheaper than public cloud.

Religion. All you're touting here is religion. It is no different than trickle down economics or praying the gay away.

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Members of the local cult "haven't seen a case" where their forced religious indoctrination of children causes lifelong trauma either. Despite this, escapees spent the rest of their lives in therapy.

I have yet to see more than edge cases where the public cloud actually is less expensive than on premises. Then again, I'm not a believer. I'm just someone who uses spreadsheets a lot.

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Cost. Security. Privacy. Regulatory compliance.

Not everyone gives no fucks about the cost of things, is bamboozled into thinking the opex model is great, or lives in the US. There are lots and lots of reason not to use the public cloud.

There are lots of reasons you should use the public cloud.

It's what you want to do that determines where a workload is best run. Not some sort of religious belief.

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Sort of. Turbonomic has its limitations, and is itself limited by what the management software will allow. You cannot do proper overprovisoning of CPUs, for example, when you are forced by the cloud implementation to dedicated cores when creating a tenant.

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Not that scary or that hard: Two decades of VLANS

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Re: DHCP is you friend.

Here, read this. It might help.

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Re: Somebody forgot to check the manuscript before printing....

Q-in-q is implemented in proprietary solutions as well that aren't full 802.1ad implementations, but are implementing nesting. This is less common today, but was quite common before the full ratification of 802.1ad.

Aren't standards processes awesome?

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What is the enterprise cloud?

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Re: Optional

Are you implying that I, as the author of that article on Virtualization and cloud review, owe or have some sort of allegiance to VMware or Netapp?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

You truly don't even know what you don't know. Considering the amount of shit I give those companies - especially Netapp - yeah...I can never take you seriously ever again. Mate, VaCR gives me free hand to write what I want. No checking with the editor about topics, no kowtowing to any vendors. I am free to eviscerate (or praise) them as need it.

But hey, you keep on keeping on. Try the next house over. I think they might be willing to accept Amazon the Saviour into their hearts today.

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Re: Cloud automation at the right level is key

The only problem with what you've said is the word Oracle.

And that's one hell of a really big problem.

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WannaCrypt: Pwnage is a fact of life but cleanup could and should be way easier

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Re: Bah!

If we can't win a simple battle like "let us update our computers patch at a time", how the hell are we supposed to win "stop spying on us" and "gimme back a usable WIMP interface"?

Start with the border skimishes, sirrah, then plow face first into the war...

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Re: "We can see if they weigh more than a duck"

African or European?

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Shadow Brokers lay out pitch – and name price – for monthly zero-day subscription service

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Re: Exploit As A Service

Not the first such service. Won't be the last.

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

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Re: So, just another day in the office...?

Way more money - and certainly more power - in stripping people of every single right and freedom you can. Starting with privacy, but by no means ending there. ANd when profit comes before people, it's the right that will be out there doing it.

In other words: you can't trust anyone whose only motive is profit: there will always be more profit in betrayal and lying about it than in doing right by one's customers. All of human history is nothing more than this lesson being relearned by subsequent generations of naive individuals desperate for some grand rationale to justify their own selfishness.

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Re: So, just another day in the office...?

"So, you're saying that privacy advocates are now staunch Leftists?"

Yes.

See, here's how this works: right wingers are all about their own privacy. Those on the left care about everyone's privacy. It's really not that hard to work out. If you're on the right, your philosophy is "if I've got mine, then nobody else matters". If you're on the left, your life philosophy is "we all go together".

So absolutely, there are right wing privacy advocates, but what they are advocating is privacy for them, and whatever group they self-identify with. Anyone who is not a member of that group shouldn't have privacy, and should probably be demonized and dehumanized so that the authorities "do it to Julia" instead of them.

Leftists are all about pesky concepts like "universal human rights" that apply to everyone regardless of what identifiable group they're part of.

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@John Savard

"But since Russia now has nuclear weapons, justice cannot be done in any practical way for the time being."

Justice? Sounds a lot like you're advocating revenge. Revenge isn't justice.

Justice would be finding individuals responsible for crimes and holding them accountable. Revenge is orchestrating a campaign of hatred, intolerance and economic or military reprisals against entire populations because of something their antecedents and/or the tyrants that held control over them did.

The sins of the father are the burden only of the father. The child bears no responsibility.

Alternately: "an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind".

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Having a monopoly on x86 chips and charging eyewatering prices really does pay off – Intel CEO

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Re: @Nate Amsden

"does Intel make high performance low power chips in quantity"

Yes

"or do they hunt for a few exceptional parts to send out to reviewers"

Also yes

Made in quantity doesn't mean available to the hoi polloi in quantity.

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A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

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Re: there aren't any derogatory terms used by Canadians to describe their continental cousins...

@Dan55

I was about to say...

Also: Isn't "American" a derogatory term? I'll get my...

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Alert: If you're running SquirrelMail, Sendmail... why? And oh yeah, remote code vuln found

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Re: Why?

Why not use Squirrelmail + Sendmail? They've served me well for over ten years, I don't see any benefit in changing...

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Data trashed? When RPO 0 isn't enough

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Re: Pay per mention?

According to ctrl-f, 3 times. If you have a better example of a zoom zoom post-today's-NAND tech that is actually sampling amongst companies, I'd love to know. Or even a term that is better than "zoom zoom post-today's nand tech".

If I say "3d xpoint" people get what I mean, even if xpoint isn't the actual technology that's relevant there. It's a placeholder. Kleenex, without being Kleenex branded tissues. But I'm open to a better term...

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Take that! FCC will hand net neut to FTC – reports

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Re: No.

Old people aren't wise either, though clearly they retain the arrogance of youth.

Here's a shocker: the percentage of people who are actually smart is pretty small, and doesn't correlate with age.

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Twitter's motto: If at first you screwed developers over, try, try again, eh?

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Re: Only twits tweet.

"I never used no 'Internet', and never needed it! There's pornography on there. Tells you something about the mentality of the people who use it!"

TL;DR: oldmanyellsatcloud.jpg

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