* Posts by defiler

991 posts • joined 18 Oct 2010

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

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Re: That's a lot of space...

I'm going to guess that at late 1994 / early 1995.

Not far wrong. Christmas 1993. I think it was from Admincure. P90 with 16MB of RAM. People thought I was mental.

Then in 1994 I put OS/2 Warp on it, and people thought I was mental.

Later I got a 2x CD writer that took caddies, gold CDs at £10 a pop at the time, and would fail if the screensaver cut in, and people thought I was mental.

Then I bought an Orchid Monster 3D (<click>) - that showed them!

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Re: for the cost of a tape to copy them to and delivery.

Erasure Coding

Guess I'll have to give a little respect to them...

Alright. I'm leaving.

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Re: 1PB of capacity in a rack

Hell, even hotswap - 21 x 2U x 12 spindles = 252 x 14TB drives. That's 3.5PB right there. That's a lot of RAID.

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That's a lot of space...

Meanwhile, in SSD land, 30TB in a 3.5" drive. However, I expect I wouldn't see much change out of my mortgage for that kind of nonsense...

Still, it appears that the sweet spot for SATA is still 4TB (although I see Ebuyer listing 8TB at £173).

I remember my friends marvelling at my 540MB drive that I got for only £153+VAT. And it feels like yesterday.

BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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Re: Should be interesting to hear their excuses

its amazing how effective editing silence *into* an interview is

Mr Simpson, your silence will only incriminate you further.


Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Re: out of paper!

Been there. Over to Glasgow to check a non-functioning Kyocera. Paper tray was empty, and when I filled it, it promptly emptied again. I think I went through 3 reams of paper before it settled down because everyone's solution to the problem was to hit <print> <print> <print> <print> <print> and see if the printer fairies would sort it...

Blackout at Samsung NAND factory destroys chunk of global supply

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Re: "This NAND stuff is getting too cheap"

Yes, the way they suffer earthquakes, floods and fires

To be fair, the Kobe Earthquake probably wasn't planned to spike RAM prices. That's a little heavy-handed even for the Illuminati. Or is it...?

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"This NAND stuff is getting too cheap"

Samsung - you know what to do!

It always seems that when these things get nice and cheap, something happens to spike the price. Or maybe I've just been around long enough to have seen this played out before...

Your mouse can't reach that Excel cell? Buy a 'desk extender' said help desk bluffer

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A lie to solve a problem?

"I never touched it" is the usual one...

China looks set to pip Uncle Sam at the post in exascale computer race

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Nnnnng!! Pet hate!


You mean 30-40MWh/hour, or MW as the kids are calling them...

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Well at least

<you can't really properly see what you're getting until you're getting it. >

Yeah, but I've turned around whilst still at the counter and said "this isn't what I was after", and the change it no trouble at all in Screwfix.

Annoyingly, the thing I changed it for simply didn't bloody work reliably in the screwgun, but they refunded me completely, even though one of the packs was open. I'm trying to fault Screwfix, but I really can't from my own experience.

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Re: Well at least

Amazon Prime Now.

I tried to buy coffee off Amazon today because I'm working from home due to the weather, and they won't deliver until Friday!! Bloody savages.

It's only a bit of snow...

This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

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Re: It looks like she's trying to file a law suit...

Two people who don't love Clippy? Who'd have thought!

Bad news: 43% of login attempts 'malicious' Good news: Er, umm...

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Re: Strong passwords

So I had no choice but to set it to "password".

That was silly. You're supposed to set it to "strong_password". Much more secure.

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Re: What's wrong with Anthrax Candy?

automated SSH attempts must make a massive chunk of those malicious ones

My home SSH server finally got broken into last year. Should have had Fail2Ban installed before. I now have a VM in a different VLAN with only one user on it, that only accepts SSH. If I want in further then I have to tunnel into the internal network.

I remember the days when a DMZ was fancy for big business. Now I need one at home.

Also, if the SSH server gets compromised, I can whip it offline, rewind it to a clean snapshot, change the password and set it going again. Yay for VMs.

Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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@blank reg

I think we're both on the same side here, but three of the people I know who hold guns use shotguns to control vermin on farmland. I think it would be short-sighted to ostracise farmers for using these tools to do their jobs.

Others have guns for fun, and that is a much more difficult case to argue.

If this were a rabbit and hare forum, we'd probably reach a fuller agreement :)

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It need to become socially unacceptable to own a gun.

I disagree. It's not socially unacceptable in the UK. I know several people who own guns. I also know that these guns are subject to license and periodic inspection to ensure they're properly stored, and the owner is subject to background checks and license renewal.

It's the ludicrous ease with which people can acquire firearms (registered and unregistered) in the USA that bewilders me.

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and I'm saying don't look at the weapon, look at the user.

Of course, but what I'm saying (and many others) is that these acts take a level of determination above and beyond what it appears to require in order to buy an assault rifle and empty it into a crowd.

Bad people will do bad things with what they have to hand. Some bad people, as you've said, will go out of their way to use every day materials to do truly reprehensible things. But it seems that the USA makes it unreasonably easy.

Good gun owners are not bad people. But the level of weapons that can be acquired easily is pretty unbelievable.

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Remember, Oklahoma City and Bath Township both used materials readily available to any farmer.

Yep, and those are two examples from the last 91 years. How many mass shootings have there been in the USA in the last 91 weeks?

I appreciate playing Devil's Advocate and all, but you should try to pick your fights...

Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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Re: Not so great for anyone usign Intel CPUs or those who violate security command structure

never forget intel did it first and IMHO intentionally to gain an edge on their competitors.

You don't remember 1996, do you?

Of course they fucking did! Everything was about going faster. We'd finally hit the Holy Grail of one instruction per cycle, and people still wanted more speed. So let's try sneaking in extra instructions onto idle silicon. It's genius! And if AMD had thought of it first, or ARM, Motorola, MIPS, Zilog or any of the others had thought of it, they'd have tried to do it first too. That's business - getting an edge on your competitors. And for what it's worth, out-of-order execution is an astonishingly clever way to do that.

In 1996 you could log into most FTP servers as "anonymous", and it didn't even check if the password you gave was an email address. In 1996 almost all comms across the internet was unencrypted. In 1996 every internet-connected device had a public IP address. In 1996 you could bounce whatever emails you wanted off whatever SMTP server you wanted. In 1996 the Internet was like the Garden of Eden it was so innocent. Nobody thought like this. Then it got filled with dick-pill adverts and went to crap.

Everybody trusted everybody else in computing (as a rule). It was like Shetland 30 years ago - everyone left their doors unlocked and their keys in their car. If somebody took it, they'd bring it back with a good reason why. Of course Intel made it faster, and of course they didn't think about a bafflingly complicated way to sneak a peek at unauthorised memory. We were using Windows 3.11 and Windows 95 in companies! Security? That just wasn't thought of back then...

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Re: Oh that's just great


This is the internet. "Sorry" has no place here...

I swear I say YouTube comments the other day that managed to retreat from the usual name calling to an acceptance of each other's positions and an apology. It's the End of Days, I tell you.

Roses are red, are you single, we wonder? 'Cos this moth-brain AI can read your phone number

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Re: Obligatory Simpsons Reference

Tomacco was _exactly_ my first thought. Glad I'm not the only one.

It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

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Re: I preferred the musical version

He can talk, he can talk, he can talk

I can SING!!

Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

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Re: Don't bet against Elon Musk

they will be an interesting footnote in history before the decade's out

Does that really matter, though?

Elon Musk has strolled into three different industries where the incumbents have simply said "it can't be done", and he's done it. If his personal goal was to change the world, then mission accomplished:

  • SpaceX are undercutting everyone in the launch business by recovering their rockets which was deemed "impossible". Now even ULA are saying they have plans.
  • Tesla made electric cars sexy when the best of the rest was the G-Whizz, which is a pile of shite. None of the major manufacturers saw it as a viable market. Now they're falling over each other to get in.
  • Renewable energy has always been hamstrung by its intermittent nature, and nobody's reckoned it was feasible to store it. Then Musk had his people string together a field full of batteries, and Australia doesn't have shagged electricity any more. And now other large projects like this are underway.

Just because he doesn't win the race, it doesn't mean he hasn't accomplished something. He's changed the world. Well done to him. And I don't imagine he'll have trouble paying for cornflakes in the near future.

ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

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Re: Bah

Came here for this comment. Was not disappointed.

Very good, all.

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: BFR wrong

It was initially Big Fucking Rocket, in homage to the BFG 9000 in DooM.

It has been retrospectively Stalined to something more in the Party Line. And also something that I'm happy to discuss with my 8-year-old kids, who stayed up to watch the launch.

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

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

Just for clarity, I didn't die

Glad you cleared that up. The suspense was overwhelming!

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Re: Funding?

I doubt ground stations would need to be *rebuilt*

Aye, but I didn't say ground stations - I said ground systems, so whilst radio receivers will work fine, they may need different antennae for different frequencies (unlikely), extra hardware allocated to receive the data (which will need assembled and configured), extra systems to decode it and store the raw data, and then you have the systems for people to look at it (which, to be fair, can be put on ice until extra funds are available, so long as the data is being stored safely).

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Re: Funding?

I was wondering about that, but it struck me that the ongoing costs of running the science, reserving comms bandwidth and broadcast slots, having controllers keep it in position from time to time, not yet considering the task (in time and equipment) of rebuilding the ground systems would be non-trivial. And those funds will have been allocated elsewhere.

It may be that they can slip in a request for additional federal funds, or shelve it until next financial year or something...

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

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Re: Hmmm....

I tried the TV one of the credit card to trip the lever but it was not strong enough.

It used to work great at one of the Edinburgh University buildings. Perfect for evening project work when you'd forgotten your key... :)

‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

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Re: Belly's goona get ya!

Ewww. Even I've realised that it's bad to get to that stage. And I'm peculiarly lazy and snacky!

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Re: #metoo with a big arse

That sounds remarkably like a certain brewery in Tadcaster.

I'm thinking a solicitor in Edinburgh. That being said, I know somebody who worked in both buildings...

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I don't believe it.

The clue is where the boss signed off for overtime...

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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Re: Free ride available

He can make broom-broom noises all the way.

Hoping for no boom though.

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Indiegogo Away!

India signals ban on cryptocurrencies, embraces blockchain

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Sales tax in India

My brother looked at buying a motorbike in India, but anything over 180cc (I think) was hit by such staggering tax (import, registration, whatever else) that it nearly doubled in cost. Which is why everyone is on a 125 in India. Over here we look on 125s as toys...

(Behold my snob-power!)

But yes, importing into India can be a bit expensive...

Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action

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Escom? Escom... Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time.

Didn't they own the rights to Amiga at one point? Or at least believe they did?

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I once saw Phil Mitchell from Eastenders in Luton Airport. The horrors never end!

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Sad that this should end like this.

I'll take that as "sad that RCL should fuck things up so consistently and so completely" rather than "sad that somebody should take them to court over it".

I mean, by now they've screwed the pooch so comprehensively that they could write the definitive book on the subject...

Bring the people 'beautiful' electric car charging points, calls former transport minister

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Re: And where will they be?

Only issue I have is having a vehicle that's 2.1 metres high as some are height restricted to 2m or less.

/me is jealous of your Unimog.

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Re: And where will they be?

I'll play the "I'm alright, Jack" card here, and say that EV would be ideal for me. I generally clock <50 miles a day, and I park in my own driveway overnight. On the odd occasions I'm going further, I'm generally on a motorbike or somebody is paying me to be there (and can pay for my transport then).

I reckon once a year I need a car that'll do >100 miles in a day.

However, I was in one of the dormitory towns outside London last week, and there was not a parking space to be had. No driveways. Cars nose-to-tail on the streets. Narrow pavements. EV just isn't going to work there (even if the power supply were adequate) unless people can plug in at the station or the office all day. Or they all invest in armoured extension cords.

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I do wonder what the capacity of the local grid is to support them if every house was to actually use them.

It's fine. If there's a shortage in the grid, they'll just draw from all the car batteries... :-/

FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

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Re: Shame

I suspect the "celebratory" peak was just catch-up.

Shut up! 'Batin'!

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Thinking more, it is just the odd numbers which cause problems, so just ban all odd numbers?


It's odd because it's the only one that's even...

User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

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Re: This one, every time

I try to tell them to use Alt+Prnt Scrn but that seems a bit too complicated for some users.

This is even more complicated, but we try to get users to use the Snipping Tool. That way they can just send the error.

Many still take a photo with their phones...

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

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Re: when in tandem...

Draytek have released updated firmware

That's great, but I think the router is just broken. Not often a Draytek breaks, but it's not the first time either. I don't have Chromecast or similar in the house, and it was dropping out multiple times a day when I was the only person in the house and I was sitting running a Citrix session. Nothing taxing.

Anyway, Mikrotik is doing nicely for now, although the learning curve to set it up was steeped than Draytek :)

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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!

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