* Posts by vmistery

161 posts • joined 29 Jul 2011

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Intel's Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it's not just Cisco hit

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This will be a problem for me as I have a number of these in my network (Supermicro) working as critical routers and all of them are either at 18 months or over. I did have one unexpectedly reboot last week and I bloody hope it isn't about to pop. Time to ensure I have all the configs ready...

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Bank robber reveals identity – by using his debit card during crime

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Re: Why don't I just mosey on down and rob the bank @ x 7

They spend a lot more per head on health over in the US yet health coverage is not universal even with Obamacare so it depends if your priority is you (I'm assuming you'd earn enough to be able to afford healthcare) or if you feel everyone should get a level of care. If we funded the NHS as well as Americans pay for their system wyoud also probably find you'd get the same level of care they do but covering the whole population!

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Oracle execs get that shrinking feeling

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Quite simply they have been on an anti SMB mission for several years now removing the only affordable oracle products availble therefore shrinking their own potential market. Bring back the affordable entry level products and reduce the licensing complexity and people will come back.

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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"300 million miles away"

Which comet (or other space dwelling object) were you visiting?!

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AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

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Re: Compare to the GeForce GTX 970

Although in games the 480 tends to win out and with DX12 I suspect that the 480 will be the better longer term card:

http://www.pcgamer.com/radeon-rx-480-review/

Personally I am waiting for either the 480 with a dual fan and an 8 pin power plug or the 1060.

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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This situation is exactly why I sync all of my data between two different hosts and with two different suppliers. I then have a load of FTP space where the VMs are archived just in case. It is a pain to set up and is not fun to pay for, but it protects me against other peoples negligence or going bust, major outages etc. You really must only trust yourself if something is so critical to your business because although it is their fault it is your problem to deal with your customers and they will be asking you why you didn't keep a backup.

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

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Re: Pay for updates?

That is just an accounting side benefit, Apple have much more of an interest in keeping those legacy devices up to date as it means they can flog those users other services, Android manufacturers have no such motivation. If Android developers have factored in the cost of OS updates why don't you see those updates? I don't want to pay for OS updates but you also can't expect a manufacturer on tiny margins to update their devices beyond a minimum unless there is a financial motivation to do so, remember most handsets are not flagships.

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I don't know why the manufacturers don't come together and agree to charge for upgrades / updates, that way it covers their Dev work and they have an incentive to keep the devices up to date for as long as possible. I would gladly pay something like £1/month to receive official, timely updates rather than have to hack around with custom roms and I am sure a lot of non techies and businesses would too.

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Debian 6.0 about to take flying leap off long term support cliff

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I have only 1 box running Squeeze left and have greatly appreciated the LTS effort for it. It has meant I had much less of a migration headache than in previous cycles where you had to upgrade everything within a year. I know I could have popped over to the CentOS circles for longer support (and to be fair I have no problem with using either), the reason I historically stayed away from CentOS was RedHat always seemed to feel quite negative about CentOS until they took the project under their wing. With Jessie upgrades not going as smoothly as previous upgrades though now might be my time to migrate.

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Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

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Yes blame it on IT, more likely it was a user in the schools admissions department making sure the software works without thinking of the consequences. IT departments are not babysitters, people should take some responsibility for their own actions or next year the users will be complaining IT are too restrictive in what they allow! Can't win!

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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

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Now if they could not change my sales rep every 3 months that would be nice! Having to explain my situation and requirements each time and have them talk quite frankly a load of bull each time is something that really grinds with me. I used to have a great Rep, one that wouldn't try and rip me off and used to just give me the kit I asked for at decent prices. Now its all about 'solution' consultants and experts trying to sell me extras I frankly don't need.

Apologies for the rant, I now feel better. As for the server no doubt I will be seeing one very soon.

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OpenSSL fixes bug, gets dissed by German gov: That's so random ... not

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Until people come together to fully fund a replacement from the ground up it is unlikely to change. Fact is too many very large companies use it as part of their products, they are not going to want to license a replacement as it would cost them a lot of money.

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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It is actually weirdly even fully configured not too terrible value. Although I think I will stick to an smaller unit for portable duties and a Desktop for the real work. In a larger Chassis I can have nice large fans to keep the noise down cooling it all.

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Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

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I don't know, it had a good acronym 'BLT',

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For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

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If no one had found one I'd just assume that they had hidden it well!

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Software bug sets free thousands of US prisoners too early

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Re: I've seen this on TV.

That show was amazing! But they never finished it!

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MPs slam gov heads over 'childishness' on failed farmer IT project

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Of course the politicians themselves have absolutely nothing to be blamed for and are never childish. Seriously, if they want quality people in these jobs then you have to create an atmosphere that quality people want to work in.

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Per-core licences coming to Windows Server and System Center 2016

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Who buys servers with so few cores?

Other than tiny outfits I'd imagine most people are going to have more than 8 cores on new kit once the Xeon E5 V4 stuff comes out. Even now I just slip into this category as most of our dual CPU kit is Dual 12 core E5-2690 v3 based. Just as well 2012R2 is supported for a good long time!

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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Don't worry about giving that hand washing app too much publicity... Apparently it's largest donation so far was £110,360 out of the total (at time of writing) £112,070 from 18 investors. No doubt the large donation was from one of our wonderful health departments.

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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

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That will be why they are ditching their only affordable database version (Oracle Standard One) and replacing it with one almost twice the price and out of reach for many businesses then. Oh wait - Romania is cheaper and they will be charging more for the same old rope absolute genius!

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TalkTalk attack: Lad, 15, cuffed by UK cyber-cops

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I really really hope it is this chappie just so TalkTalk can stop it with the sophisticated attack rubbish they keep churning out and get their just desserts. My guess though is he was just the one who decided it would be funny to send the ransom email and actually knows nothing about the real attack.

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TalkTalk shares drop 10.7% despite research that breaches don't cause drops

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I just hope they get slapped hard enough! The force of which should be adjusted depending on things like what data was and was not encrypted and with what, their response time, their response actions, their plans for the future and of course what the flaw was and if it was easily preventable.

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BT to shoot 'up to 330Mbps' G.fast into 2,000 Gosforth homes

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How about ensuring enough backhaul first. My speeds during quiet times are right up at 75-80 Mbps but during peak times back down to 7 or 8Mbps.

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Is 'MetaPod': a) a Pokemon; b) servers running OpenStack?

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Am I too old to get the joke? I have never heard of a "MetaPod" before. Meta data sure... although to be fair anyone over 30 is probably too old for Pokemon?!

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Can't read my, Can't read my No he can't read my poker face

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C For Hell – Day Two: Outage misery continues for furious C4L customers

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Fluidata need a new marketing team if they think spamming people in the middle of a crisis like that is OK.

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C For Hell: Data centre meltdown for irate customers as C4L GOES TITSUP

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Re: Another day...

If your business depends on uptime then yes duplicating things with another provider is exactly what you should be doing and have a tested plan to flip over to it.

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Smartphone sales looking rosy for Asus, despite PC meltdown

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"NT$99.37bn (£1.98)," I will have that exchange rate please :)

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Looking forward to finding out why they still have my details on record 2 years after ordering a contract. They is 0 reason for my bank details to be stored for that long and shows a serious lack of thought about security. I am also looking forward to them sucking it up and ensuring everyone's banks are contacted on their behalf and free fraud monitoring services for all former customers. You can bet I am a former customer by the way.

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Webcast: How to survive Windows Server 2003 end of life - safely

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As soon as your boss blocks it it ceases to be your responsibility. How can you be responsible for something out of your hands?

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Windows Server 2003 end of support draws ever closer

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It's the final countdown!

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Am I the only person...

You are not the only one. People seem to forget that despite it being far cheaper than Virgin or Sky you also don't have endless adverts and you get radio too. I'd support something that made people who stream only pay a bit in but really we do have great value. Netflix is the only real competition and as yet it isn't as good.

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Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

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Bit of a shame they are not going to do a one year free upgrade for this too.

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Microsoft's Ignite gabfest includes just ONE session about Windows Server

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It actually surprises me MS are going to push another Server OS on us so soon. Makes choosing a 'standard' OS rather challenging. We have just stuck to the R2 releases as they have always sat 4 or more years from each other as we don't like to have too mixed environments. Also doesn't seem like it will have been very long for those on the non-R2 cycle since 2012 was released.

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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At least RT owners will get security updates and what not for 7/8 more years which is more than Playbook owners will be getting. It might not be that much comfort consderin the App store will still be terrible but it is something! If all you want is a web browser then it is almost certainly better than having an Android tablet too from a security standpoint.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Did the Tories and Labour team up for a DDOS? Or employ some hackers?

Or is it a publicity stunt to gain yet more media attention?

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If BT gets EE, it will trigger EU treasure hunt for fixed lines

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Seems to me that the only real solution is to have more consolidation between the different markets, perhaps Virgin, Sky, 3, O2 and Talktalk should start talking to each other about it. Virgin with its fixed line with 3 or O2 perhaps or Sky with its TV with O2 or 3, even talktalk with its landline bedding with 3. I have to say I don't think Talktalk taking Blinkbox from Tesco will really give it enough.

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Microsoft lets YOU kill POODLE in Protected Mode sites

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They are assuming people are using ie11 in businesses. I suspect a large amount are not!

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Did someone look at the design of the theinquirer.net and go "We can go one better than that!" because that is how it feels - all red and white and too much spaaaaaaaaace I could fall in it. I could at the very least do with the white being a bit less white as I can feel the retina in my eyes slowly burning away. As for getting a design helper in? Good luck. Go back to the old reg look, possibly tart up the edges and go home happy.

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Thought your household broadband was pants? Small biz has it worse

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Re: BT are the problem

"Why isn't another company stepping in to meet the demand? If there's demand and the chance of a profit, surely one company opting out of providing service just creates a gap that another will fill? Do Virgin operate in Edinburgh?"

Because Virgin do the same - extract more money from you by putting in proper Fibre. We had exactly this situation.

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Re: No FTTC for us

We had this problem for ages until we just gave up and had Fibre installed. Your only real option is ADSL bonding if you just need download speeds or EFM if you want upload speeds too but you would cry at the speeds you will get compared to a FTTC connection! I am hoping that 4G will sort things out a bit.

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Microsoft's dodgy new Exchange 2010 update breaks Outlook clients

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Re: Linux v Windows updates

Sounds to me like you are comparing upgrading a server with no gui to a full GUI box, updates on Windows core I find quite quick as well. When I have used the Ubuntu graphical update tool it seems to take quite a bit of time.

Also you don't go via a browser anymore for Windows update you know...

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

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It is all very well saying manufacturers should update the software but there is little motivation for them to do so as once the unit is sold there is no financial benefit for them to keep it up to date (unlike with Microsoft or apple who make money from app sales after). If Google want updates pushed they need to take over more of the patching. Something like saying if you bung on 4.2 we will push out security updates for that point release for x years.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: Shite troll of the month award!

Downvote for the OP and Alan Bourke

OP - It gets very old the Windows VS Linux debate and I run plenty of critical Business software on Windows

Alan Bourke - It gets very old the Windows VS Linux debate and I run plenty of critical Business software on Linux

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GiffGaff spanked for clumsy attempt at mum-and-dad-humping humour

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Funniest thing for me was I had to watch an advert - to see the advert - marketing people well done, you indeed won here.

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HSBC Turkey WON'T reissue cards despite 2.7 MILLION account details going AWOL

vmistery

Just for a sec there I thought they were making a christmas related headline.

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Looking for a job in Europe? Experienced IT staff needed in UK, Italy and Germany

vmistery

What they mean is "A shortage of people willing to work for the pittance that companies want to pay experienced IT workers".

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Re: I have a plaster stuck over my webcam

I went for second fix - plastered over it

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I want to TRANSPLANT your storage BRAINS: WD desktop NAS refresh

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What use is 45 usb3 ports on this new one?! Is that for some crazy new expansion capability or just a typo :(

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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As consumers we should also be concerned about this. Buying direct for me has almost always been more expensive than going via a 3rd party and often buying through a 3rd party has other benefits such as ready unlocked phones. This is essentially a first step towards direct selling only and higher prices for punters. I say this because phones4u is such a large company itself.

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