* Posts by defiler

995 posts • joined 18 Oct 2010

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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Re: when in tandem...

Long time Draytek user, but after a number of issues I'll be shopping elsewhere when I upgrade.

I've had a few problems with various Drayteks over the past six months too. It's got to the point where I flung VMware on an old(ish) PC and slapped Mikrotik CHR into a VM. Use the BT Openreach VDSL modem and it's cracking now.

Draytek still does the wireless, so it was no great surprise (although a little disappointing) that Squeezer on my Android handset kept choking whilst trying to connect to Squeezebox Server last week. I guess I'll be in for a new access point soon too...

Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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But - top tip here - anything sold by the bucket is probably not being "consumed in moderation', nor is it meant to be.

Mr Creosote?

Supermicro crams 36 Samsung 'ruler' SSDs into dense superserver

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How much for 3?

...because I'd be embarrassed about asking for only one, and I can divide.

UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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Creature report! creature report!

Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

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Re: putting a fueling station into orbit


RIP John Young: NASA's longest-serving 'naut explores final frontier

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Easy to forget

It's easy to forget, when we watch unmanned rockets up and away and landing by themselves, that there were some people who sat on the ends of these things before they were proven.

With WPA3, Wi-Fi will be secure this time, really, wireless bods promise

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It's all secure

Until it gets broken.

Let's be honest - the amount of CPU you're able to carry about with you is very different to that when I first played with a wireless network in 1999. If there's a little hole, it's far easier to exploit nowadays. So the holes are made smaller, but the CPUs are made bigger...

Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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I can help with that $6Bn

I wouldn't even be greedy about it. $100k would suit me down to the ground. They wouldn't even notice, right?

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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That sounds familiar. Data centre in Victoria, Aus?

Nope. Teeny one-rack cupboard-with-a-window in Edinburgh. Come to think of it, it might have been over the weekend. I had MRTG / Cacti monitoring the servers, and I think the serge started on Saturday night.

Ended up running with the door closed and window open during the day, and door open, window closed at night until I could convince management to replace the (stretched) portable aircon with a decent fixed unit.

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Did the same, but I managed to sneak network cards into the UPSs. Meant I could monitor the power to see if it went down (and if it stayed off for 3 mins I could suspend all VMs and power down), and also temperature (same thing if the temperature spiked).

This was after the AC failed in that teeny room, and the Proliants ended up rebooting constantly overnight one night. They were so hot that you couldn't hold onto them, but bless them they were trying.

Only lost one hard disc. The rest recovered with no apparent ill-effects (although I suspect that lifespans were shortened).

European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

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Re: Barcelona, Spain

Oooh, can of worms time! As someone who has 2 close friends, one of which married to a girl from Madrid and one to a girl from Barcelona, I have been exposed to more than my fair share of the ins and outs of this one.

Umm... Am I supposed to say "fnar"? :-/

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Re: Newcastle

Oddly, the Scottish and Newcastle Brewing Company has no breweries in Scotland or Newcastle.

That's why they changed to Scottish Courage / Scottish Courage Brands when they closed the Newcastle brewery. Then SCB sold out to Heineken.

However, they still own the Caledonian brewery in Edinburgh. It's small compared to the old McEwan brewery, but then most Caley beers are brewed in Tadcaster these days. Must be a laugh softening up the water first of all, because around those parts it comes out of the taps in pucks it's so bloody hard...

One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

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Re: They are full of it. overpriced tat?

Like this (didn't even know you could get patch cable this short til I saw it when in the shop yesterday!)

Perfect for patching from switch to PoE injector. I'll grant you, that's a bit of a fringe case. I have a handful around the house from when I was self-employed and doing a lot of that, though.

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Re: Am I the only one who thought the signals would be physical waves across a string?

Pretty confident they could shout it across two metres by then.

Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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This, and entirely this

It would be nice to see it finally make it to market, but I think that ship has long sailed. They just seem to be a bunch of greedy vermin fighting over an ever-decreasing pool of money. I mean, are they actually operating a company with these funds? Because half a mill won't get you all that far when you start factoring in staff salaries and premises for 18 months.

Shame really. I'll maybe dig out my GBA for some emulated Quazatron instead...

Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire

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Fucking hell, IBM

Is this becoming daily? It feels like I can set my watch to this.

What are the odds they're using the Christmas break as part of the consultation period as they know most of the staff won't be about to kick up fuss...

IBM opens emergency escape hatch to TSS volunteers

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How many people are left at IBM now?

Surely it must be Ginny and the HR dept left...

WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

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Couldn't happen to a more deserving chap.

I dread to think how repellent I'd find him if I actually knew him...

Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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Re: The headline got my hopes up

This is what I thought too. If Russia and China had their own internet then they could fuck off away from my home server. You'd think they'd have better things to do.

Fail2ban helped a lot, but I ended up just firewalling whole countries at a time.

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

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Re: how many people buy the new cable before … bought the new TV

Personally, HDMI ARC has been absolutely fine. Samsung telly with an Onkyo amp, just works. Very occasionally the picture will drop out for a couple of seconds whilst it renegotiates or shovels more coal in or whatever, but that's maybe once every few weeks.

ARC has had zero issues on my kit.

CEC has one issue. The telly sleeps very lightly and sometimes screams a "yoohoo!" down the cable, firing up the amp. That said, I've had the same issue with a Raspberry Pi and a Panasonic telly in the bedroom, leading to much broken sleep.

Computers, eh? Still, if they all just worked, most of us would be out of a job.

Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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Re: Ah - the loud bang

And are prepared to admit it? You are braver then me..

I was young. Foolish. I needed the money.

Also, I got to see when the videogames were going cheap. Got System Shock CD for half price, and then a staff discount. :)

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Ah - the loud bang

Back in in the days when "multimedia" was the cool new kid, I worked for PC World. We had a consignment of monitors delivered set to 110V. Many customers called in with shaky voices from that episode.

We ended up cutting a hole in the side of the boxes and flipping them across without opening them, but we did test one to see how big a bang it made.

Big. That's accurate enough! :)

Sorry 'strange physics' fans, IceCube finds the Standard Model stands

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How about a warm brandy?

Xen Project's plan after AWS goes KVM: Talk up embedded future

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Re: TLAs

When I see KVM I think of all those benchmarks where it was outperformed by Hyper-V!

There's something to be said for licensing costs, you know. Take it from somebody migrating from VMware to Hyper-V for that very reason.

If I could get Veeam on KVM then there's every chance I'd go that way...

Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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Re: Will it run Crysis?

To be fair, Tom's Hardware revisited Crysis recently, and concluded that yes. Yes, it will run Crysis. With max settings, at 4k.

If you're running a GTX1080Ti...

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Problems looking for a solution?

I think you mean solutions looking for a problem, such as AI and Face ID...

Nathan Barley blamed for global GDP slump

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Totally Mexico!

Intel drags Xeon Phi Knights Hill chips out back... two shots heard

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PS. I think you mean Nirvana…

I'm going with Nerdvana.


A self-confessed nerd.

How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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And the 2000s repeat was Xenon 2 - Megablast?

Uncle Sam to strap body sensors to hackers in nuke lab security study

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Re: It's a Trap!

First you will be baked. Then there will be cake.

DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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Ouch - I bet you had sweaty palms.

Let's be honest, we're not human if we've not made some stupid mistake at some point. Like installing an Exchange Server 5.5 patch in the sure and certain knowledge that it'll tell you when it's finished and leave you with a restart button for the evening. Then it closes. Then all the other windows close. Then the taskbar disappears. Then you're sitting there feeling clammy, staring at the screen, mouth agape, and gradually going paler and paler. Then the phone rings...

Still, you learn. And when the junior guy suggests just cracking that patch on just now instead of having to waste so much more time in the evening, you can cut him off and tell him you war stories. :)

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Re: AWS has no billing controls...

For some reason you can’t specify a limit

For the reason that Jeff has rockets to pay for!

Easier to make money if you can bill without limit and then grudgingly offer a part-refund if you're feeling lenient.

Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

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Option 3. Long battery life running thinks at an OK speed.

Well, that's fine, but Intel have come on leaps and bounds on power consumption these past few years (spurred / scared on, I expect by ARM). Surely a small, native implementation of x86 (looking at you, Atom) could be created more efficiently than ARM running an emulator (albeit on in hardware).

Or course, my understanding it that the current x86/x64 chips decode the instructions into smaller chunks, and that the native silicon actually runs a simplified instruction set. I could well be wrong on that (CPU design is not my thing), but that would suggest to me that even Xeons are running "emulated" x86.

And yes, that was a fair few brackets I used there - not even sorry. :P

ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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I was interested

I rather fancied one of these wee beasts. Not that I have a great reason to have one beyond fleeting nostalgia. I'm really glad I passed now, but I feel bad for the folks who tipped money into this burning pit.

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: Wrong monitor

+1 purely because I have also fought the good fight in the PC World tech department. Wasn't it fun when a family brought the computer in for repair and you could see how sheepish the eldest son looked because he knew there were lots of pictures of naked girlies in a hidden folder? And he knew that you knew.

Packard Bell - that's a name I've not heard in a long time... A long time.

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Re: Is this a test of our credulity?

Is this to be an empathy test?

Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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Just a thought here...

One of the comments above send my mind down a rabbithole. How feasible would it be, with metal 3D printing, to set the device up in a vacuum, and print (say) a sphere with internal bracing against collapse? Then, could you flood the chamber with air and keep a balloon full of vacuum which would float?

And then what use would it be? I guess you could add buoyancy to all sorts of things, but would *lots* of buoyancy be better than just using a lightweight gas?

Jet packs are real – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

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That's always been the block for jetpacks - they just don't run for all that long...

Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Surely to the Queen, having money in a country that she is queen of, isn't "of-shore", just in another of ones countries

It'd be like leaving some cash in a coat pocket when it goes into the wardrobe. Probably just loose change between the cushions...

American upstart seeks hotshot guinea pig for Concorde-a-like airliner

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Concorde vs Tupolev "rip-off"

Something I've pointed out to many people over the years. There may be more than one way to skin a cat, but given a specific level of technology and a given physiology of cat there's only one optimum way to skin a cat.

Ergo, engineers trying to strive for the same (difficult) goal will often tend to converge on similar designs even when working in isolation.

Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

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Re: Which country?


There are two ways to do it. You can either have Kodi launch an external application for Netflix (which is hardly in the spirit of the thing), or in the v18 builds there's a new feature called "inputstream.adaptive" which allows plugins to run Amazon Prime and Netflix.

v18 is still in development, though, so you're on the potentially unstable nightly builds for that. Give it a little time until Leia is released, and you should be good.

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Re: Which country?

@Danny 14

There's a BBC iPlayer plugin for Kodi. I think it's called WWW iPlayer, so it's in the wrong place in the download list. I run it on my Pis. Can't check just now because the kids are watching The Crystal Maze, and I can't be arsed going upstairs to look at another :P

I believe there's a mechanism for Netflix and Amazon that doesn't require Windows, but I've not looked into it in any depth.

Seagate's at it HAMR and tongs for growth as revenues shrivel again

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Flash! Flash! I love you!

But we only have 14 hours to save Seagate!

Countdown starts for new Xen hypervisor release

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Re: Hyper spaghetti

How about ZFS or another filesystem with snapshotting built-in ?

The problem is with applications keeping the files open / buffers needing flushed.

VMware has a button on the snapshot window to "quiesce guest filesystem", which forces it to flush the buffers, but won't write any application state out to the drives. In general you'll get away with re-running transaction logs to get databases (including Exchange Server) up-to-date. Personally I never ran into a problem with it (a bit further down the road I deployed file-level backups using Bacula which meant that those were closed, flushed and safe), but there are certainly situations where it would be a Bad Thing™.

Did I use it in the past to cover backups for several small businesses? Yes, I did. Was there ever a problem restoring files? No, there was not. Would I use it for a server handling hundreds of users? No, I wouldn't.

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Re: I've rarely used Xen

Snapshots at a hypervisor level have never been a backup mechanism.

Now snapshot-aware backups are of course useful, but that's not the same thing.

How about home-rolled Perl scripts that kick off a snapshot to freeze all of the data in the middle of the night, and then extract the frozen copies of the drives to a staging JBOD before removing the snapshot and committing to tape?

Worked a treat for years in a variety of guises, covering VMware GSX, VMware Server 1, XenServer 5.5 and finally ESXi 4.1. Especially when no money was forthcoming for server software, so VCB wasn't an option. Much happier to be using Veeam these days (although I've just had an email saying they're putting their prices up...)

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I've rarely used Xen

...Just the odd VM here and there. I did run a Citrix XenServer some time ago. Turns out that taking snapshots for backups was a bad idea. ISTR it was all LVM snapshots, but XenServer never actually removed them - just took them out of the admin console. The whole thing got slower and slower as the backup chains got longer, and it took up more and more SAN space. Eventually (I suspect after 256 snapshots), it just refused to snapshot any more.

That was the point where I finally got funds to put in VMware ESXi 4.1, so that shows you how long ago it was. I sincerely hope it's improved since then.

The Xen Hypervisor itself was pretty solid though!

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

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Re: Yowzers!

"If you thought that, then you've not been paying attention."

You got that right! I've only seen the odd video from Blue Origin - things like their capsule landing test. Whilst these things have been impressive, SpaceX have managed to out-spectacular them each time.

You're dead right that there'll be plenty of room in the market for both players. And that the market will grow significantly as launch costs drop. The people who should be most worried about this will be the incumbents, like Arianespace and ULA. Maybe this will help get some of the political pork out of spaceflight, and allow NASA to spend their funds with the lowest bidder.

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Re: Something doesn't add up

"ie over 3.3 times the thrust for less than 1.6 times the payload. Why so little increase in payload? are the figures wrong?"

The figures don't greatly surprise me, to be honest. The payload is the smallest part of the package.

If you want to carry more payload you need more engine. And then you need more fuel for both the bigger payload and the bigger engine.

Then you need more fuel to carry the fuel. And more fuel to carry *that* fuel. And more fuel to...

You get the idea - it's turtles all the way down. Eventually somebody round up a decimal point and it becomes enough. But even small increases in payload mass can have a remarkably distorted effect on launch mass.

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I've been considering Blue Origin as the poor cousin between them and SpaceX. After all, Blue Origin have been doing hops, whilst SpaceX have been orbital for years. This ups the ante rather a lot though.

Still, Musk himself can sit back in his volcano-lair happy that he's changed the world however the race between him and Bezos pans out. It's not like he'll struggle to pay for cornflakes at any time soon!

Two years is a long time, though, and the Falcon Heavy is slated to fly three times in the next six months. Fun times for big toys!

US energy, nuke and aviation sectors under sustained attack

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Re: "Staging targets held preexisting relationships with many of the intended targets.”"

I'm not sure why. :-(

Because it's only 9 weeks until Chrismas?

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