* Posts by DavidRa

89 posts • joined 1 Feb 2011


What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs


Re: LOL Reddit

Oi, who are you calling calm and rational!?

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


Re: Chaos

This feels like a "because they can" scenario. They figure the phones without Play Store will be less desirable and thus they can double/triple/quadruple charge for the service (charge the phone manufacturers for the right to put an icon on the device, charge the developers 15-30% - I can't remember the actual number - for Play Store access), and no doubt if they figure out a way to do it, charge consumers extra and possibly telcos too.

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin


Sure they did, but the universe invented better idiots

Of course. However, the incompletely-experienced often choose to force bypass that configuration. For example, a lot of systems aliased rm to "rm -i" by default, which would force interactive confirmations. People would then say "UGH, I hate having to do this" and add their own customisations to their shells/profiles etc:

unalias rm

alias rm=rm -f

Lo and behold, now no silly confirmations, regardless of stupidity/typos/etc.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit


Re: C

50 litres a minute? Wow. The Australian nanny-state seems to have limited most of the pumps I've used in the last couple of decades to about 20-30 lpm at most. Can't find any supporting requirement (e.g. Wikipedia lists US as limiting to 10Gpm or ~38lpm, but nothing for AU).

Certainly makes filling a 90L tank in 40C temps a bore.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)


I don't think you understand - this is Google demonstrating the problem so they can propose the advertising- and tracking-based fix.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't


Re: Question:

Of course they can, because they might be discussing terrywrism. With the threat of $50K fines hanging over their heads, we'll end up developing new capabilities - like the reconstruction of paper after burning, or creating the recording of a conversation years after it happened.

After all, if the laws of mathematics can be bypassed, physics and chemistry should be easy and reversal of entropy not far behind.

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out


Re: Fs#king Pisa Airport!

So tell me - how many litres to fill the tank of this Fiat I've rented, based on the tank being 50L and the needle on the dial (which is of unknown accuracy and non-linear scale) showing somewhere between E and 1/2?

Bear in mind that if you get it wrong, you have to go through the rigamarole of doing it again with another semi-random amount or paying the $50 per ml that the rental extortionists charge?

My Civic used to get 330km from the "top half" of the dial (from F down to 1/2 tank) and 160km from the second half. 45L tank, but filling from E to 1/2 tank on the dial was only ~16 litres.

Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive


Re: 512 MiB of misery

I've had to do that when I've realised I've hit the power button on the wrong bit of kit (but before I let go). You used to be able to keep it on if you reapplied power within about half a second - sure you didn't want to do it all the time, but I saved my own bacon a dozen times.

Then came ATX.

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere


I see why they would do this, but ...

I can't wait to start trolling them - especially when it will undoubtedly come to them installing updates on a disconnected/broken device and they need to be on a USB storage device of some sort.

In fact I can almost imagine the customer reaction to something like this - "Hi, I'm from IBM here to fix the broken XXXX. To start with, can I please use your computer to download a file from IBM and put it on a USB stick you'll have to provide, because we're not allowed to use USB storage any more". Depending on how important the repair was I'd even consider saying, "Um, no, you have a computer, figure it out".

Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails


Re: Bah!

> Isn't that Facebook's new marketing slogan?

It's hardly "new" at this point.

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


Re: Speaking of carbon paper...

"Sadly, one of my clients who sells supplies to school still have AND use these printers for orders. They still use hand signatures to go across all three copies vs using a tablet for a signature. Even though the paper is getting really expensive, I cannot get them to switch :(

Yes - they were impacted by the stupid MS updates on Windows 10. No - they do not want WSUS installed either :("

Time to fire them as a customer. You have a problem, and there's a known solution. You won't let us implement the solution, and you're still complaining.

"I'm sorry, but at the termination of our existing contract, tomorrow lunchtime, as governed by section 'Unreasonable Customers', we will not be offering a renewal."

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that


Re: Why have a print button?

> Dinosaur

Thanks. I'm well aware of the myriad ways in which processes could be improved. However, right now, the only way $GovtOffice accepts submissions of this form is by registered mail, on paper, so if you could kindly STFU and add the print button, it'd be appreciated. Thanks!

/S, but only a bit sadly.

Storage Spaces Direct cheapens itself, hardware-wise, adds NVDIMM support


Removal of SES could enable cheap S2D

Part of the problem I've had in trying S2D on anything other than Hyper-V VMs has been finding cheap hardware supporting SES. Removing that requirement is possibly the nicest part of the new build for me, and time to download it and play I suspect.

Fear the SAP-slap? Users can anonymously submit questions about licensing naughtiness


Re: Who owns the data ?

Well sure, but SAP seems to be attempting to say something like "Because the number 1 was stored in a SAP system for a time, you need to license all the 1s with which you interact". How many steps do you have to be away from SAP before exhaustion? Infinite.

Actually, I'm surprised they haven't attempted to charge/sue indirect users who have deliberately or inadvertently redistributed "SAP licensed" data (e.g. by sharing invoices that were generated in SAP or something similar). Stupid, ridiculous, and malicious, but when has that ever stopped them?

Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!


Re: Skype for Business

Now Teams, as I recall seeing.

Says the bloke who has happily deployed Exchange Chat, Live Communications Server x2, Office Communications Server x2, Lync x2 and SfB so far...

Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways


Re: Clouding the situation

Gosh, whatever do you mean? All us Silicon Valley developers have permanent gigabit fiber to the desktop and unlimited 4G for our phones, therefore everyone has the same experience as us.

In our minds the only places with poor connectivity exist in our nightmares.

Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD


Re: Why write bandwidth matters

40 hours to write - that means you can't actually reach its wearout limit in the warranty period. So basically the warranty is back to time-based - 5 years.

Round and round we go...

HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan


Re: "Yes, I have experienced the issue of HPE ignoring warnings until the system went down. "

Au contraire monsieur.

Sir Loin of Beef had a 3Par 7250 model QZF rev 1 with seven UFS400 rev B drive trays cabled in configuration A.

The ATO had a 3Par 7250 model QZF rev 2 with nine UFS400 rev C drive trays cabled in configuration B.

These are totally different and in no way related, so the failures are completely unrelated and unique, have never happened before and HPE are totally telling the truth.

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash


Be our guest, huh?

The first thing that came to the minds of SWMBO and Daughter was the song from the movie. The one parodied nicely by the Simpsons (Burns: "See my vest, see my vest, made from real gorilla chest...").

Mozilla makes first-ever acquisition: Web-clipping app 'Pocket'


Unrelated of course to foisting it on people...

But perhaps I am the only one who remembers them shoving it down everyone's throats.

I can't surely be the only one thinking it's not a coincidence?

Japanese team unveils terahertz band 100 Gbps wireless tech


Technically they're still not wrong...

How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it


Re: Use NTP

Not necessarily. http://www.ntp.org/ntpfaq/NTP-s-time.htm#Q-TIME-LEAP-SECOND is prescriptive, but basically you end up with 23:59:59 --> 23:59:60 --> 00:00:00 (that's the leap second) instead of the normal 23:59:59 --> 00:00:00, when the extra second is inserted. After that it's up to the kernel (if it knows how to handle a LS) or NTP will adjust slowly back to sync.

It's simple, time never goes backwards. I mean seriously, this is a solved problem, and someone didn't understand enough about time.

Christmas Eve ERP migration derailed by silly spreadsheet sort


Re: consumer-focused digital candy bar phones

Come now, SURELY you'd have to call them Crunch bars.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f3/Nestle-crunch-small.jpg/330px-Nestle-crunch-small.jpg for those who don't know of them)

Uber to Cali DMV: Back off, pal, our 'self-driving cars' aren't self driving


Wait ... your "Self Driving Uber" isn't a self-driving car

This is the most egregious doublespeak I've seen for some time.

Advertisement says you can order a self-driving Uber. Company turns around and says "Nah cuz, not self-driving because someone is in the driver's seat".

Bet some of the Americans are begging for their equivalent of the Advertising Standards Council (or Board, or whatever they are this month).

If it stops and starts by itself, changes lanes by itself and uses sensors and cameras to identify what to do, it's a bloody self driving car.

IBM throws ISP under a bus for Australia's #Censusfail


OK where's the evidence?

You all know what I mean. Where's the emails (on either side) showing that they are telling the truth?

My employer keeps everything for 7 years. If this involved them, there'd be plenty of people involved in the project saying "Well, $Boss, here's the emails where we told them and they told us we were wrong" or similar.

The lack of any evidence on either side produced by any of the parties involved just SCREAMS incompetence or collusion.

IBM, ABS, et al: Which will it be?

Apple beats off banks' bid for access to iPhones' NFC chips


Re: Confidentiality

Agreed. We can only hope the ACCC says "Well, you're acting like a monopoly by refusing to let people see the T&C's without a confidentiality agreement, so we're going to assume you ARE a monopoly, and that your T&Cs entrench your monopoly, oh and by the way, since you're a monopoly you can no longer enforce regulated pricing on iPhails by taking advantage of the loophole for selling on consignment."

Dreams ...

Someone in Australia wants server sales hidden from view



What rubbish. When you don't buy any servers your lack of purchase is already hidden (and the servers which weren't purchased would have been not-purchased many months ago anyway).

Azure clusters use 880 servers. Azure Stack-in-a-box will run on four


Um, no, a cluster consists of eight hundred and eighty (multi-socket, hundreds-of-GB of RAM and stack of disks) hosts.

At least, as far as I understand it.

So conceptually at least an Azure cluster is potentially 10,560 cores, 440TB of RAM and a few PB of flash and disk, all probably connected with something like 10GbE for networks and 56Gb Infiniband for HA and storage interconnects.

The above is conjecture, I have no direct knowledge.

IT analyst: Oz census data processed as plain text


Of course it's exposed to PATRIOT. The US has proven it doesn't care where the data is, just that it's stored on equipment managed by a USanian company (see also Microsoft Ireland vs US Govt where it's not even the US company, but an international subsidiary of the US company and the USG still claims access).

Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'


No Cloud? How COULD you?

Oh well then it's fairly simple, you're just "wrong". See there's no scenario which having a one size fits all solution (like Cloud) doesn't suit perfectly.

Want offsite and archived backups? No, you don't. You don't have a need for them. They're archaic - just replicate the data it's the same thing because no-one would ever accidentally delete something, and you never have a regulatory or legal requirement to show "the way it was" 20 years ago.

Want the ability to work when your office Internet connection is on the fritz for a week because someone cut 2,000 fibers tearing up the main road to replace it with a tramway? Pfft. That could never happen.

Work somewhere you don't have 1000Mbps Internet? No, no way - there's no such place on Earth!

Oh, you think you have a critical application that can't be licensed for the Cloud? Just throw it out - you don't need it even if it runs your entire business!

Besides - you aren't one of the high priests of IT, so bow to your betters. Mainframes in space was never a better description, we're right back in the 70's with longer console lines to someone else's computer.

Azure Australia turns on physical data import/export service


Hogwash! Hogwash I say!

Symmetric plans were on the NBN roadmap for 2014 - and would have been no problem had we stuck to the FTTP rollout (which has also reduced costs as predicted it would, though I'm not 100% sure the numbers match perfectly).

Telstra being paid to fix Telstra's network for NBN – AGAIN


No disagreement from me, although I wasn't certain that upgrades to the fiber on that scale wouldn't need changes inside the ... FSA? FDA? FSAM? rather than on the borders.


I'm with you 100%, but we wont win the war if we're not honest - while it's true there are no DOCSIS upgrades, there will still be upgrades to the fiber infrastructure - we can't deliver 10Gbps+ otherwise :)

We suck at backups. So let's not have a single point of failure any more


Re: Independent backups

Allow me to scare you then.

What if the next version of $EncryptMalware has functionality to set and change the encryption password for your backup?

So now all your offsite tapes are encrypted with a password you don't know. Want that data back, do you?

Jesus that even scares me. No, no forget I said it.

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs


And screw the admins anyway...

And the latest GWX disables those policy settings "if they've been manually set" (I believe that's the term that was used).

Now I'm guessing that means if you use gpedit.msc to set them, you're fine; but if you set them with a script, or a GPP, or manually with regedit, they'll be disabled - and your administrative changes get overridden by some dickwad manager at Microsoft.

Even large orgs are going to get hit with this, as there will doubtless be non-domain-joined PCs in weird parts of the network, probably with direct WU configuration rather than reaching through firewalls etc for WSUS. Yes, they COULD do it another way, but when you have to allow a DMZ-connected PC doing some weird task to reach in through multiple firewalls to your WSUS infrastructure, or just let it hit the net (as it's doing for $Task) for updates - which do you think many will do?

I supported the first GWX - and my support disappeared as soon as it became clear that MS has completely lost the plot (reissuing new ways to nag). It's now BS of the highest order.

Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws


Re: Mission impossible...

This doesn't make sense to me. You already have management of devices that Apple freely and willingly push as "personal, not for business" yet won't consider managing devices that are intended to be managed?

Either you have the ability to push out Windows updates (which includes Surface updates and BIOS), or you don't. Since I'll guess you do, you can update these tablets already. Also, you probably have some form of OS and app deployment (SCCM, Zen, ?????) which can push to any Windows machine. Because this is just another laptop/Windows machine. You manage it like anything else Windows in your fleet.

Also, I know several non-technical people who have purchased SP4 specifically because it's Windows and a tablet (in addition to the techies). No, it's not for everyone. But blanket disregard for change is antithetical to professional IT.

Cisco's telco-grade uber-routers can make almost anyone root


Re: Root requires a LICENSE?!

Oh, no I've worked with Cisco kit before - just not anything that requires a separate license to enter the "enable" command (and presumably to create a user with privilege level 15 or its equivalent).


Root requires a LICENSE?!

Is it just me or is the more surprising story here that getting root (is this just full administration rights?) access "legally" to these routers, as the device owner, also requires payment of a license!?

Walmart spied on workers' Tweets, blogs before protests


Re: Look for the union label!

Would you be more or less outraged if it was the unions who had engaged LM to investigate Walmart so that the protests could be more successful? Is it fair for Walmart to boost sales and profits by undermining union action, if the unions are unable to reciprocate? Is it fair for the unions to boost the chances of a protest, sit-in or flash mob succeeding and stopping sales by undermining the company actions (which do of course employ thousands of people)?

I don't know if the allegations of poor staff payment are true, but it seems to be consistent with other anecdotes I have heard about both Walmart and other US companies. Does that make the actions of either organisation more right or more wrong?

It seems to me both sides cry foul if their "free speech" rights are impinged - regardless of whether those rights are actually rights at all (interpretation of the constitution is a art [sic]). It would seem to be rather self evident that unions really have improved worker conditions, regardless of whether those same unions have perhaps gone on to feather, gild and diamond-plate their own nests afterwards.

Even with Turnbull's NBN, Australian ISPs are getting faster


October sure was a funny month...

The Big T can at least claim to be the biggest improver for October.


It therefore comes as no surprise that Optus' ... improved the most in October.

Erm, what?

Dev to Mozilla: Please dump ancient Windows install processes


Re: And what about applications that install themselves outside <program files>?

Oh, if only it were that easy. But apps (I'd say "real enterprise" if it wasn't so blatantly ridiculous) such as SalesForce don't even have a standard installer - just a web download that puts itself in %Temp% and installs into the user profile.

Central distribution? We can't have that, we need to be able to update our cloud app whenever we want, customer testing be damned.

And so we're all still allowing execution from %Temp% and AppData, which is effectively dropping daks, bending over a nearby table and being handcuffed to it with a sign saying "Please roger me with the spiked baseball bat behind you". Because the alternative is for no-one to be able to sell stuff and keep the business running.

But hey, what else can you do as a developer when those bloody admins insist on attempting to secure a machine? We have to do things the easiest way we can, security be damned!

M Burns - "Decisions, decisions" - invisible ad?


M Burns - "Decisions, decisions" - invisible ad?

I've narrowed it down to El Reg. Something is playing M Burns from the Simpsons, very badly, trying to say "Decisions, decisions". Comes out more like "De ... cisions ... dec ... is ....ions". Never heard what comes after, but I've got no clue where it is.

Actually - just heard more, for the first time ever - Decisions, decisions, so many gourmet ingredients f... <cut>. It was even on this "new topic" page, before.

Seriously guys, I understand you need to pay the bills, but this is exactly the sort of stupid ad that makes people find and install ad blockers. Random sounds? Auto-playing poor quality ... supermarket ads (I'm guessing here)?

Verisign warns new dot-word domains could make internet unstable


Re: telling quote

Further, the implementation of (effectively) random words as root zones has no doubt caused extra costs to unrelated companies. I'll bet good money that there are hundreds or thousands of cases of internal domains being "duplicated" than just my own network at home. When I built it, 15? 18? years ago, .earth was a perfectly reasonable choice as it wasn't public. Now I can't even tell (programmatically) if I'm inside or outside the network if I look up nameservers for what was my internal space - it's no longer NXDOMAIN outside the walls.

And each one will require either some internal migration work (to something real that is "owned" or at the least to something that can never BE owned - good luck guessing today what ICANN will not decide to make available as a root domain over the coming decades). Or, "sorry no you can't browse that site at work because our internal network clashes with the Internet".

I'm not saying the individual costs are huge but when there are thousands of small impacts it adds up.

Intel building Xeon into lapwarmers as designers, content creators call the shots


Mobile Xeon is probably already here - it's called Xeon D

I'd be surprised if the Xeon E3-1500M is anything other than one of the following:

* Rebranded Skylake cores (4C/8T) just like the past few generations of Xeon E3's have been rebranded i7's of the current generations (E3-12x0 and E3-12x5, V1, V2, V3 ...) with a 32GB ECC UDIMM ceiling

* Rebranded Xeon D Broadwell cores like the Xeon D 1520 (25W of 4C/8T CPU, 128GB of RAM capable using RDIMMs), or the Xeon D 1540 (45W of 8C/16T goodness). Both of these are soldered to the board solutions and there's supposedly a few new variants on the way.

ServeTheHome has some reasonable info here (among other articles) - they've been covering Xeon D in detail for weeks:


VMware, Microsoft in virtualised Exchange blog battle

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Re: Shark jumped

Well, no Trev, it's not a joke. Because it all comes down to how resources are allocated and used. I'm sure you've seen this post (http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2015/06/19/ask-the-perf-guy-how-big-is-too-big.aspx) explaining that with bigger servers, the .NET framework (which underpins much of Exchange nowadays) allocates memory and CPU threads ineffectively. After all it was posted the same day as the updated calculator to which the article refers.

5000 x 5GB users on 3-4 servers is STILL not enough to hit more than about 15 cores (even on slightly older kit) but might need 128GB RAM. Or, you scale it out ONE more VM/node and get within the recommended guidelines. How many users do you want in a fault domain anyway?

Alternatively, if you're going to go to 20 and 50GB mailboxes, and a small number of massive servers, you need to understand that you'll run out of databases in the DAG before you run out of CPU and RAM resources (you're probably looking at SMALLER servers being needed but still with 100TB+ of disk each). Why allocate 64 CPUs and 256GB of RAM to a server that will end up running at 2% CPU and 5% RAM usage? And who would purchase those servers in preference to smaller/cheaper?

Even MS says to virtualize Exchange if you're planning to deploy massive hardware platforms. It's right there in the article. It's also very clear that bare-metal 2U commodity servers is the way they deploy at (much larger) scale, far beyond 99.9% of organisations' internal deployments.

But hey, the software's architects, the support teams who troubleshoot this stuff day in and day out, and the guys who have deployed that system for multiple millions of users - they don't know what they're talking about. But some VMware guy - I guess he must be an _expert_.

Chap slapped in Dogecoin crap app flap


Blah blah "no wrongdoing"

Seriously, what is it with settlements - every time I see one I see something like "BlechCo will be required to bend over and spread them, pay $thousands in fines, tug the forelock whenever the wind blows, yet admit no wrongdoing".

If they're that adamant there was no wrongdoing, why on EARTH would they agree to fines and constant monitoring; and if the Govt/Attorney General/Regulator was that sure there WAS wrongdoing (and hence the fines and useless controls) why would they agree to allow the company to escape admitting they did the wrong thing?

What am I missing here?

Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016


Re: RSAT-tastic


NET USER Bob /Domain *

<enter password twice>

Or if you insist on PSH:

Set-ADAccountPassword -Id Bob

<enter password twice>

And the way you get first line to work with it is you provide processes and/or your own toolset (e.g. a central website that audits and logs resets, runs PSH in the background, and does all the other first level stuff).

You could run up a .HTA app with jQueryUI in a couple of days that does this sort of thing - I know, I've done it recently to provide a front-end for USMT plus data backup and restore, plus password resets and computer moves.

Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code


Theoretical Approach - %age of profit from the country

I wonder if one way to attack the problem is to take all of a given conglomerate's financial reports into account as follows:

* US Parent Company reports total gross profit of $30B for a financial year (pre EBITDA)

* US Parent Company reports "$Country operations were fantastic" in producing 10% of turnover (probably hard to enforce/deduce - you'd need SEC etc to require this - but that doesn't sound impossible to get happening)

* Resulting deemed profit for taxation purposes is $3B for $Country at $Country tax rate, less only purely in-$Country costs (i.e. no overseas transactions - this is hard to enforce too)

I know there are wrinkles and problems there, and it wouldn't be easy to police (I'm sure the first thing $corp would do is set up several dozen "arms-length" suppliers to whom it pays $X, and who buy "stock" from $corp at 99.99% * $X). It would permit a company making that $3B of profit to still deduct its local expenses before paying tax on the final "local profits". It lets local businesses (who employ other people who spend money, generating the economy!) compete on a more level playing field.

It takes all the actual real costs to the business into account and taxes only (approximately) the profit created by a given country. Faked ... er, I mean, totally legitimate real reasonable expenses for "IP Rights", "Redistribution Rights", "Marketing", "Support", "Brand Awareness" etc are all taken into account before taxation occurs (in each country). And on the surface it seems like the tax burden in a given country would be ... if not perfectly aligned, at least close to the level of profit. Which ensures that the corp is paying the taxes that, for example, build roads and provide public transport which allow people to get to their stores and buy their stuff.

I'd be interested to hear all the holes that no doubt exist in this approach too :)

BURIED: Oz gov won't reveal telcos' guess at data retention costs


And it's been confirmed useless anyway

Yes, you read that right - the government has admitted that overseas service providers, cafes and many other organisation types won't be required to store any metadata nor make what they do store available without a warrant.

So if you want to continue your nefarious plans, you have to ... make sure you don't use your ISP email, and log on to your TerryWrist198109@gmail.com account at Starbucks et al (or at work).

This needs the "Genius" meme applied liberally. Or perhaps the heavy-handed and repeated application of a hammer to the privates of each person proposing it.


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