* Posts by Oneman2Many

126 posts • joined 15 Aug 2013


Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star


Re: Larry Complains to mummy

Google dropped out due to ethical concern, lol oh and they didn't have the relevant DoD certification.

MS are still interested in bidding.

Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic


You will probably find that thankfully safety critical are generally developed by suppliers and are closed systems working with very small number of functionality requirements.


Re: WAIT! Hang on, back up a second ...

As has already been mentioned, you don't have to login into a remote system to the data. You can get the same information in the car if you don't want the convenience of having the information remotely. As you seem to have a problem of having the extra convenience the car will work just fine if you switch the option off.

And why is it odd to upload the data to a central location for the app to access it ? How else do you propose the app can read the data from the car ?

Jingle bells, disk drives sell not so well from today. Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open array...


Are you saying that you can store more on a mechanical drive than SSD ?

In case you're not already sick of Spectre... Boffins demo Speculator tool for sniffing out data-leaking CPU holes


This is exploiting known vulnerabilities. Nothing new, just easier to use.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers


Re: Painter's 2nd Law of IT - Fixed it for you...

Are you auto renewing certs without checking with app owner first ?


Re: Was this

Not so simple when you have thousands of certs to look after. However when you have that many certs then all the more reason to have processes in place to manage certs properly

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz


Helion has fortunately seemed to have died a quiet death, they aren't pushing it down our throats anymore.


They still pretty much run the finance industry, are still huge in manufacturing and anything involving reliable batch processing.


Very little to do with Linux

This has very little to do with Linux. IBM has realised there is enough of a market for on-prem and hybrid cloud and their current range just doesn't cut it. MS have delayed (again) with on prem azure and OpenShift is the most mature product out there and they have windows in a container support coming soon.

Of course the real question is how badly with they f**k it up or if they will leave Redhat to continue developing their products instead of trying to do some half arsed integration.

Plus of course getting rid of dinosaur IT and injecting fresh blood who don't have huge pension commitments will help.

With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships


Not IP67 rated but you can drop it in a puddle

5 minute underwater test,


And my son regularly uses his oneplus 6 in a steamy bathroom for over an hour and has dropped it in the bath several times without issues.

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month


Re: If this was five years ago...

Because it has a Chinese developed OS rather than just made in China but Western developed OS

HP dangles subscription hardware at power users


Re: Does not take long to buy the hardware ...

Don't know what rates you are paying for car lease but most contracts I have seen basically match depreciation plus an amount of profit.


Apparently leasing hardware means its not a capital expenditure and company is better off tax wise.

Volkswagen links arms with Microsoft for data-slurping cloud on Azure


Re: Not what it appears to be

1. Suppliers aren't typically responsible unless there is a manufacturing defect. Parts will have been to VM specs and design certified by VM.

2. While there is some drive from consumers for all these gadgets however the bigger driver is the 'me too' factor. Nobody wants to be one not offering big touch screen controls.

4. Most manufactures are expected BEV to be niche for time yet. Tesla will be around for a few years to come.

5. Connected car is already a given thanks to the EU insisting that you car can call emergency services in the event of accident. Don't forget that insurance companies have been collecting data for years already even if they can't access car controls yet.


I guess they didn't want to join,

BMW's CarData

GM OnStar

Ford's TMC

All trying to gather and monetise your data but all on different platforms. So if I was a parking company for example I now need to speak to 30 different suppliers instead of single one for the automotive industry.

Doesn't bode well for v2v communications.

Open-source boffins want to do for the IoT edge what Kubernetes did for containers


If it wants to sit on the edge, if it can't be run on a arm CPU then the footprint is too big.

Biggest IoT issue I have today is having 10 different vendors coming to me with 10 different solutions for the same use case. And its not even 10, its 30 or 40 or more and the solutions are too specific to the use case. Need something more generic.

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere


Re: Don't go after the Hyper-scale market

don't you know startups only use the cloud. Why would they want to buy servers ?


CPU is just small part of the overall cost. And as others have said, there is nothing to suggest the CPU is going significantly cheaper,

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit


Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

As already mentioned, physical keys aren't much better.

And no manufacture wants to be one not to offer keyless entry. Its pretty much an expected given for even entry level cars these days.

Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle


Re: Where will it end?

That is the issue with flagship phones, that they aren't getting replaced every two years. That is part of why there have been price cuts the last couple of months.


Re: OnePlus

I have looked into the purchase a little further and payment went to reflection investment b.v which looks like it could be based in Netherlands.

I am guessing there is a Tax dodge going on.


Cheapest S9 64GB handset only is around £530, cheapest 20GB SIM only is £400 for 24 months = £930 combined.

Cheapest contract deal for same handset and sim over 24 months is £800

Of course you lose the flexibility to change your sim plan but it does work out cheaper.


Re: OnePlus

OnePlus are not registered in the UK which is why you aren't paying any UK VAT to claim back. If you buy direct you are buying from Europe somewhere.

Meet the LPWAN clan: The Internet of Things' low power contenders


You need to look at your use cases, do you really need to be pushing MB of data or can you process that at the edge ? And cost of modem is peanuts compared to carrier costs.


Re: horses for courses

While there may be multiple solutions dependant on the use cases, most larger organisations don't want to be developing to different standards. The key would be presenting the data in a common way, not method for getting the data to the enterprise network and apps.


Re: I have doubts

As a comparison there are very few situations where you need video feed and even if you do then the chances are you will try and process it at the edge. The vast majority of IoT devices are going to be low data rates.

As for factories, not cheap in the slightest to get infrastructure in there. From personal experience support industrial environment. > $10k for an access point is pretty common once you consider tapping into a 3 phase power supply, running fiber and never mind trying to do all this during maintenance windows. Same with hospitals, you generally don't want AP where there is infrastructure already. That verses putting in a couple of $200 battery power AP.

Will add that WiFi is generally very difficult to do in a factory, lots of electric interference and metal getting in the way. Forget trying to get even a 3G signal in there. While is LaRaWAN is designed for longer range, there are plenty of use cases for it complementing WiFi.


Re: I have doubts

Did you read the article ? Its not designed for high data throughput, never claims to be. Its designed for low data volume sensors like temperature, water flow, light, distance, vibration that are sending a reading back once a minute. If you want to be sending high res video stream then these devices are not for you. However if you can process your video or images at the edge and send back the results of what you are looking for then there is potentially a use case for you.

Its interesting you mentioned hospitals and factories. Both of which are terrible for WiFi signal and hard to cable for power and network. To put a traditional AP on a plant floor could easily cost > $10k. Compare that to a device that costs < $200, has a 10-year battery, can be set in resin to be completely environment proof, has a magnet on the back for rapid deployment. You could flood an entire plant floor with zero maintenance mesh network for less than the cost of a single AP.

Going back to sensors, we are looking at a still image use case. There isn't enough bandwidth to send back the whole image but actually we can process the image at the sensor and send back a yes / no for what we are looking for. Problem we were hitting was the power used to do image processing was dropping battery life from 10 years to a few months. Solution was a rechargeable battery charging using a PV panel that worked from a nearby florescent light. Also as the solution is two way we can update the image processing code and send firmware updates though these can take days to get there.

The issue over standards is still a pain but hopefully that should work itself out in the next couple of years.

Who wants to read 34 pages about getting VMware Private Cloud to run on NetApp HCI?


Does anybody care if it takes 38 minutes to deploy ? It's going to takes weeks / months to design, get funding, order. Add on delivery, unboxing and racking the deployment time is inconsequential.

Say what you will about self-driving cars – the security is looking 'OK'


Things connected to the cloud can be secure, just depends on how they are designed and implemented.

And lots of real world testing has been done in various environments including day/night, hot/cold, rain, fog, etc.

Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash


Has the government outsourced this to anybody yet ?

Vodafone's spending pays off - but EE hangs on to UK network crown


Re: Vidafone .....

They are making a big push on prices, especially on contract with handset.

Regarding service. Recently moved from VM to Vodafone. Got the PAC code from VM no problem. Entered it on a Vodafone website and got a text back saying it will be done by 5pm the following day. 5pm came and went and of course it didn't happen.

Called them up and said there was a problem with the transfer request via Website but its manually entered and it will be done by 5pm the following day. That didn't happen. Called them against on Friday evening, got told that PAC team don't do weekends and nothing could be done untill Monday. Called Monday and told it would be done by Midnight. That didn't happened, called again on Tuesday and was told 5pm again. This time they managed to do something, outbound calls were back to my old number but inbound calls didn't work to either old or temporary number, just went to voice message. More calls, and finally at lunchtime Wednesday inbound calls started working on my old number.

So a week to do a number transfer but the real annoying thing, every single time I called they sent a text survey. Not just a single text but a couple texts each time.

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)


Easy downloading of images from searches is why Google removed the option to go straight to image. Seems to keep copyright holders happy. At least they recognise that without search engines driving traffic their way then they won't selling much.

The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs


Re: Ah, but

For some use cases yes. But SSD greatly drops latancy, higher IOPS,higher density, lower power usage and better reliability. In addition potentially allows dedup, compression and encryption in situations where spinning disk doesn't.

So cost per GB can be very misleading and not always the same as VFM.


Re: QLC? It's not the one for me

Enterprise is comfortable enough with SSD for most of them to be storing mission critical on them.

You are are all backing it up in case of problems right ?

You lead the all-flash array market. And you, you, you, you, you and you...


Also need to think about IOPS which is a much bigger factor than bandwidth and of course density with 15TB 2.5" drives already available and 30TB drives have been announced . Added on that flash memory allows re-dup, compression and potentially encryption in situations where spinning simply can't there are plenty of use cases for flash storage. Not saying its the right solution for every situation but there is plenty of situations where it now is the right solution.

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave


Re: Hang on.

And so will google.


Re: what about Apple?

Re: what about Apple?

Apple allows you to use any search engine you want. In addition you can use Opera, Firefox etc as there are apps for them. Google allows very little freedom for the consumer. Ffs Apple even allows removal of the bloatware so they are not breaking the law in this case.

The issue isn't that consumer doesn't have browser choice or maps choice or choice for any of the google offering. The issue is that Google if forcing its apps to be pre-installed and not removable and no rival can be pre-installed so Google apps becomes the default choice.

I'm guessing the vast majority of users can't be bother to download alternative to Google apps.

Microsoft releases new containerised cut of Windows Server


It will have the same footprint as Windows, so now we will have your app running on windows on a container platform which itself will be running on a hypervisor. Really makes sense ?

There is zero chance that the app will take advantage of vertical or horizontal scale, will probably use local storage, be connected to by some SMB or other non-scaleable protocol, etc

The only reason you would want to do this is so that you can ticket the box to say your application is running in a container.

Tesla tips ice on Apple, Google, Microsoft accounts of '$1m leaker'


No Mega on the list of storage providers. I thought it was the service of choice for illegal files ?

HPE CEO pledges $4bn Edge R&D splurge


Yes and no, having seen what happens in large cooperates you have a pool of talent that thinks a certain way and can no longer innovate. In that instance your best bet maybe to layoff the dinosaurs and start again, preferable by moving location and keeping them at arms length and staff them with new employees who don't get encumbered with existing culture. Best thing would be to not even brand it as HPE.

The problem with most company purchases that are made for innovation reasons is that the bigger organisation tries to impose their outdated policies instead of leaving the smaller more nimble company as they are.

Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal


Re: funny

I am going to guess that isn't true else VW wouldn't have emissions figures that were so far ahead of the other manufactures.

Now if you are talking fuel consumption figures that is a different matter.

PC nerds: Can't get no SATA-isfaction? Toshiba flaunts NVMe SSD action


Re: What about endurance?

Unless you are using it for data centre levels of writes then a non-issue these days. Techreport tested a Samsung 250GB 840 TLC drive and managed it managed 900 TB of writes before dying. In case you are wondering that would be almost 10 years of writing at 250GB per day.


Of course the drive could die on the first day so I am sure you are keeping backups right ?

Bad news, mobile operators: Unlicensed IoT tech rocketing ahead of NB-IoT and LTE-M – report


Re: Hmmm...

Be interested to hear about your experiences with LoRaWAN as a couple of vendors I am speaking to have been pushing SmartMeshIP for industrial IoT devices.

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands


Real world barriers get damages, road markings wear out, road signs get covered in gunk, etc. The system should be able to cope with that

G Suite admins need to RTFM – thousands expose internal emails


You have to create or set permissions for your group as Team which is the default, and tick the box that says "Also allow anyone on the internet to post messages". Not really sure what extra training needs to be done to highlight that you are exposing your group to public internet ?

Google nukes military AI, Amazon happy touting Rekognition to police, and much more


And the workers will almost certainly be under NDA so won't be able to publicly complain.


Wonder if 1100 hours the driving dataset contains has been human verified.

It's true – it really is grim up north, thanks to Virgin Media. ISP fined for Carlisle cable chaos


"You wouldn't blame Ford or BMW if a mechanic did a piss poor job of replacing your breaks would you?"

Actually is a good analogy because BMW is exactly who would be blaming if the dealership contracted by BMW did the work. BMW trained the mechanic to their spec and certified them to work on their behalf.

I would say the VM should pass on the fine to the contractors but they most likely can't because VM's own inspectors probably signed off the work. So the blame here is fair and square with VM.

Another quarter, another record-breaking Tesla loss: Let's take a question from YouTube, eh, Mr Musk?


Tesla, entering a market that others are struggling or exiting,



There is some question over long term demand especially with US government dropping subsidies for EV and power companies wanting to charge a higher rate for EV charging.


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