* Posts by J. Cook

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Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit

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... I need four five of these. And a betting pool to see how fast certain departments at [RedactedCo] will take to fill the damn things. :D

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Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete

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Re: How to lie with statistics?

When consumers were willing to pay for service above what Sprint offered, Sonic was formed to take up that slack.

Which is also why laws got put on the books to keep Google Fiber out of a bunch of US cities, and lock out municipalities from offering internet access as a service as well, ignoring the fact that a lot of munis have put their own infrastructure in because the telcos either wanted too much, or flat out refused.

My area is served by exactly two companies: the local telco (centurylink *spits*) and the local cable company (Cox *spits again*) Neither company appears to want to invest in running fiber to households or even to neighborhoods, with last mile being high bandwidth copper.

When we heard that Google was thinking of using our area for a fiber rollout, we were ecstatic- $70/month for gigabit internet? head and shoulders above what the cable company could provide (while they offer 'gigabit' service, it's almost double what google offers, it's shared with everyone else on the line, it's not guaranteed, and there's still that pesky 1 TB/month data cap. Oh, and it's not symetrical. uploads are throttled to 20 Mbit.)

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Should I infect this PC, wonders malware. Let me ask my neural net...

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Re: Double-Edged Sword of Progress

@Jay Lenovo: I see what you did there with your username. :)

Maybe we'll get lucky and it'll be a benign AI with a cuddly avatar, like PDCL or something.

But probably not. It'll probably be Skynet.

To quote a famous dinosaur movie: "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should"

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Profit-strapped Symantec pulls employee share scheme

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Re: "a publicly usable statement"

Probably empty platitudes and hot,smelly air out of some PR flak's bum.

*grabs coat and walks briskly out the door*

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Wait, did you hear that? That rumbling in the distance? Sounds like... a 16-socket IBM Power9 box shuffling this way

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Re: A Computer

Considering how damned heavy the 550s are, I expect these to be a three-person lift for each part of a fully populated machine.

(needs a 'big iron' or POWERlifter icon. :) )

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: what the fuck does PC LOAD LETTER mean?

@Anonymous Coward:

...Or custom text, such as "FEED ME JELLY BABIES!"

There's a very short PCL script you can feed to a printer to set the idle display to whatever you want, too. I'm fond of "SKYNET CONNECTED, AWAITING ORDERS" or "INSERT COIN" or "BBQ SAUCE LOW".

Best part is, if someone objects to your practical joke, power cycling the printer clears it out.

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Re: This is normal in every human endeavor.

@Rich 11:

I did that at a convention I was working- the room that I was lugging gear into had presence sensors set up for the lights, and I had a helper with me as we pushed our cart full of gear to set the room up. I pushed the cart in about 6 feet, yelled "AZIZ! LIGHT!" and as I snapped my fingers, BOOM! the lights came up. It was timed just enough that my helper cleared two feet straight up from the surprise.

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AI, caramba: NetApp pits scaly A800 ONTAP beast against Pure's AIRI fairy

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There is no price/performance data for ONTAP AI but we imagine millions of dollars are involved. AI at this level does not come cheap.

"If you have to ask how much, you can't afford it." :)

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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... Do these firmware updates auto-brick the printer if non-HP carts are used, like previous firmware updates?

asking for a friend.

(and seriously, who the hell exposes a printer to the internet?)

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New Zealand school on naughty step after ransomware failure

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Re: Old School

You can, but you'll be viewed as an old fuddy-duddy for clinging onto tape like that. (Bog knows I've been called that and worse!)

Depending on the backing storage, how it's configured, and a few other variables. shadow copies can offer some measure of fast recovery, at least on a Netapp (snapshots are read-only by design), and if caught before they are purged off the filer ([RedactedCo] had theirs configured for three times daily, for seven days, 5 weekly, with monthly backups to tape)

I have no idea if a windows server can prevent ransomware from messing with shadow copies if a client is infected but not the server itself, and frankly I'm leery of testing it even inside a fullly isolated sandbox.

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Space rover

Ian Emery wrote:

I look forwards to seeing someone riding a suitably upscaled version to work one morning.

That would be awesome, but a) work would be over before I got there unless I did some major re-design/upgrades on the powertrain; and b) not sure if it's street legal.

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SMS 2FA gave us sweet FA security, says Reddit: Hackers stole database backup of user account info, posts, messages

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Re: Visa

I'm not saying that Verified by Visa sucked, but it could take the chrome off a trailer hitch. SMS as second factor is... a touch more secure than that. (to make a clothing comparison, VbV was a string bikini, and SMS2 is at least a jacket or a thick t-shirt.)

and TBH, 2FA is a pain in the butt no matter how you slice it, but it's one of those 'how much risk can we accept' things.

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Sitting pretty in IPv4 land? Look, you're gonna have to talk to IPv6 at some stage

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I'm surprised no one has made a peep about Toredo (and other 4to6 and 6to4 protocols).

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Some Anonymous Coward said:

SBS 2011 switch off IPv6 and the following happens

•Microsoft Exchange services fail to start

•Server hangs at “Applying Computer Settings…” (can eventually logon after 30 – 60 minutes)

•Network icons show as offline

SBS 2011 uses IPv6 for internal communications

I can attest that Exchange running on a full server 2012 R2 install breaks horribly if you shut the IPv6 stack off. (and I do mean horribly. Plus, MS Support won't touch it until you turn it back on.)

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Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Logic bombs are unprofessional

The surest way to get a boss and possibly the whole company into trouble is do exactly what he requests. Nothing more, nothing less. No need for logic bombs, or fiddling with expiration dates.

I had to do something very similar to that two bosses ago- I'm pretty sure the CIO got tired of seeing my name appear in his email inbox as I CC'd him on something my direct report was trying to force me to do that would have been exceptionally detrimental to the company on a while and I was trying to explain why I was not going to do it, verging right on the point of insubordination.

Those were dark, dark days.

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Flash, spinning rust, cloud 'n' tape. Squeeze. Oof. Hyperconverge our storage suitcase, would you?

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I wacky-parsed 'BOHH Labs' as 'BOFH Labs'.

Clearly, I chose the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

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2FA? We've heard of it: White hats weirded out by lack of account security in enterprise

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Re: @AC (and @ShelLuser)

We have users lock themselves out all the time at [RedactedCo]; they log in on a different workstation using one password, forget to log out of it, log in on a different workstation, change their password, and wonder why they keep getting locked out regularly.

as far as escalating timeouts, the built-in mechanism for Active Directory that handles lockouts only gives a threshold (# of bad passwords in a certain time period) and a duration of lockout that has to occur before it automatically unlocks you.

We've looked at a couple self-service applications, but a lot of them want to install a GINA on every single machine in the environment, and some others are... dodgy at best.

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As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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Re: Otterbox Defender

I can also testify that the otterbox defenders are an excellent protective case for the large part. I've had one on my iFruit 5s and 6s since getting them, and the phones are in near mint condition despite having been dropped onto tile floors, banged around, and somewhat roughly handled. I'm actually on my second case for the 5s after breaking the main latch on the previous case.

I will also state that the particular Samsung Galaxy 5S I had was special- it survived getting flung into walls twice when the Thing that was my boss at the time pissed me off. (both times the unit flexed enough that the back and battery popped out, but the phone itself survived with a couple scuff marks on the side of the case. The screen remained intact much to my surprise.)

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Boffins mix AI and chemicals to create super-fast lab assistant

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Re: Things I wont Work With

... or at least survive some of the reactions, if I remember that chapter correctly.

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Re: Good luck!

I've got an electric impact driver (the impact wrench's baby brother), and.... it's just not the same, especially if the nut is rusted on. If it is, it's gonna take either the air driven wrench, or a large breaker bar with a length of pipe to increase the amount of leverage, AND possibly a couple well-aimed blows from a large dead-blow hammer. And at that point, you are getting very close to breaking the bolt, which makes the problem worse. :)

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Re: Pointless?

Yep. You'll lose most (if not all) of the audience when you state "roaming profiles", because the way MS implemented it (and still has implemented it) is a bandwidth sucking dire pig trying to pull a ~200 litre drum of molasses through a very small straw.

The primary around that tar pit is VDI, in which case you are using the chromebooks as nothing more than RDP clients to a giant bestial cluster of server nodes with fusionI/O cards (or other such on-node storage accelleration) or running vSAN (or are nutanix boxen)

in which case you are still a prisoner and beholden to the Dreaded Backhoe of Doom in case the network connection gets whacked.

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Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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Re: WIMP

I know there was one company where we were highly tempted to get the boss an etch-a-sketch and claim it was the latest thing.

Hmmm.... *has an eeeeevil idea for a practical joke when the money tree bears fruit again*

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US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

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Re: Solution

This is also known around here as "politics as usual", although it would bring a smile to my jaded features and warm my blackened, shriveled heart if the usual suspects got handed their asses on a plastic tray during the election.

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Re: Solution

Flordia did that in 2000, and I have two words for you: 'hanging chad'

Arizona (bastion of conservative hatred for anything not republican, white, and rich) at least uses sensible paper ballots that require the voter to draw a line across a gap to indicate what candidate they think should be in office. (I'm assuming the ballots are either then fed into what looks like an optical scanner, but is in fact a silent paper shredder, and the votes are tallied up by whoever had paid out the largest bribes.)

How else would we get no less than two governors impeached for fraud, and a county sheriff that would be arrested for human rights violations the instant he steps foot outside US soil?

(interesting side note: Mister arpaio is running for the US Senate for Arizona. I'm sure he breaking some laws by still using the 'sheriff joe' moniker.)

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What's in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently

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1 pound for the name?

I wouldn't even buy that for a Zimbabwe dollar. (or a million, for that matter...)

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Re: I wish you'd stop calling it "CA"

... And "Certificate Authority".

(And yes, Proceed forthwith with the Computer ASSociates Hatred. )

*needs an Emperor Palpatine icon*

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Official probe into HPE’s Oz 3Par crashes would create 'further negative publicity' if revealed

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My first thought was that "HPE doesn't want the report out, because it implies something we've already known for a couple years now about their service and support."

But having had some glimpses into the local governments up here and their overall competencies, I can also understand the ATO wanting to keep their skeletons at theirs desks as well. (because even the cheapest POS storage array about there has the ability to send email alerts, and that the monitoring and alerting facilities are near the top of the list to configure on a brand new appliance.)

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Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

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Re: Why assume spoofing is bad?

heh- I have a tendancy to call mine 'Betty' (after 'Bi%#hing Betty', which is US pilot and aircrew slang for the voices used in aircraft warning systems...)

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Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

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Re: Isn't Skype being replaced by Teams?

I seem to recall reading somewhere that MS is wanting to kill off skype for business, force everyone in that pool to Teams, and then merge the consumer version of skype with that.

I would be waaaay off, though.

Personally, the only reason I even have the SFB client running on my workstation is because I'm (unfortunately) the owner of that application, and it's useful to use it as a monitor to see if the servers have fallen over. :D

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Haven't gotten any of these yet, which is sad because at least two of my email accounts are almost old enough to vote. (If I do, I'll share the reply I send back to them- might be amusing entertainment.)

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Re: You can't stop stupid

"Even with a chainsaw!"

(from the entertaining 1991 Addams Family movie, obstinately)

It's not quite beer-o'clock here, but hey, drinking at lunch is useful!

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Re: Have you ever breathed halon?

While I haven't breathed in Halon, I have inhaled some of the dry chemical from an 80's vintage ABC extinguisher. I learned a few good lessons that day:

1. Don't repeatedly toggle a circuit breaker for no good reason

2. When putting out the switch that caught fire from #1 that's in a closet, consider not using a vintage 80's ABC 7 pound dry chemical extinguisher and use other means, like a large towel and smothering the flames instead.

3. Also when putting out the switch that caught fire from #1 that's in a closet using a vintage 80's ABC 7 pound dry chemical extinguisher, stand back a bit.

4. When pulling the activation (safety) pin on an 80's vintage ABC dry chemical extinguisher, hang onto the pin- You'll want it later.

5. When triggering the fire extinguisher, do not open the valve all the way initially.

6. Hold one's breath when triggering the extinguisher to not breath in the inevitable back-blast from slamming the trigger valve to full open and filling the closest full of dry chemical at full velocity. And look away a bit.

I'm pretty sure that's why I still have a bit of a cough, even 20 odd years later. And we never did find that damned pin.

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Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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The immediate fix when I reported it to the InfoSec head (because he'd bailed me out of a hole with a customer recently and we were quite good pals) was to remove the cable. The local head of IT was very disgruntled when I also asked what was being done to stop it happening again. "We've told people not to do it". Every single person, including visitors who might be in one of those rooms? SIlence.....

That's one reason why I have a pair of GreenLee 727 cutters in my network toolbag that's capable of cutting through 6 gauge stranded copper cable (the fat stuff that's used for DC power)- It's big and mean looking, and very dramatic when it's used to neat *snicker-snack* the offending cable in front of the dolt that decided it was a good idea to do that. (along with mentioning that it'll go through fingers just as easily to drive the point home...)

On a side tangent, we had a vendor decide to plug their crappy D-link whatsit into our corporate network, and wondered why the port got shut down and twenty minutes later one of the network admins came strolling in to collect the patch cable...

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NetApp system zips past IBM monolith in all-flash array benchmark scrap

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That's why I prefer the traditional 'bench mark' test...

... which is to drop it on the bench from a distance of 1 meter above the top of the bench, and observe the results- what type/size of divot is impressed on the bench, and if the equipment is still usable afterwards...

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Re: Greek Wrestling vs Greek Fire

http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/352470-the-road-to-el-dorado

Beer for me, I have the next 6 days off, and plan on spending half that time unconscious or stoned out of my gourd... on painkillers after a surgery.

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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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Re: Maybe not so niche?

You also forgot the shitfest that is Samsung delivering updates for a device right up to the day they EOL the thing, and then you are boned regardless of how much useful life is left in the thing. I have an elderly Note8 from 2013-ish that the stock firmware stopped getting updated right around 18 months after getting it. Lineage... walks on it, rather than runs. (and is missing a bunch of useful features, like the stylus and usable sound)

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Re: Microsoft Hardware

I'll cheerfully admit that Microsoft's mouse and keyboard group at least have a clue about things, although a wireless mouse *is* kind of hard to screw up; They are on par with logitech, at least for the great Unwashed Masses.

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Re: What does it run?

@ herman, @ Alladdin Sane:

It's a price reduction. the -$107 was the amount they take off the price.

For me, that's a drop in the bucket, as I fully maxed it out and spun the price up north past $11,000 USD. (quad 2 TB NvE sticks @ $1600+ EACH- Hoo RAH!)

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A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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Re: "We live in a *nix world now"

Part of the problem is also that in the industry that I work in, the apps are largely written for windows machines. (and badly written at that, but that's another, longer rant.) Part of it is simply lack of competition - there are something like three our four companies that offer the combination of hardware and software that our business runs on, and it's extremely expensive (9 digits, the first of which is greater than 1!) to switch between them as they do *not* interoperate whatsoever. One of these vendors uses a version of Java that has more security holes than a swiss cheese factory, and their installer for another one of their apps uses .NET 1.1 (I <b.wish</b> I was joking!)

There's also the thing of the vendors being picky about what OS the workstations will support; we are working on migrating to windows 10 (reluctantly, due to a different set of requirements for another application!) and the question came up of if the vendor will support the client app if it's running on that OS.

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Dell is still a work in progress as it seeks to dominate all data

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Perhaps most interesting of all is that the company listed Big Blue, both HPs, Cisco, Lenovo and NetApp as competitors, but didn’t mention either Microsoft or AWS as competitors.

Well, IBM, Lenovo, HP, and Cisco all have a line in shifting server boxen (with IBM shifting back to more of a niche player there), and IBM, HP, and Netapp on the storage side.

My guess is that Dell doesn't think they are ready to compete with Azure or AWS on the same level? *shrugs*

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Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

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Re: Samsung software

*reads the daily WTF article*

I'm guessing I'll need a drink! *wanders off to find some memory remover*

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Re: Label, label, label?

Plus many; the Brother "M-Touch" labels have that nasty tendency to detach themselves from where you put them when sitting in a data center environment after about 6 months.

When we were using the Dell Poweredge servers, I generally set the LCD display on the front to the host name. There is also an indicator light that is triggered by a button on front and back that blinks for the same reasons mentioned all over these comments; locate the machine in the front by the hostname, push the ID button, walk around back and look for the blinking LED. The Cisco UCS B chassis, blades, and C-series servers have similar.

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Re: @ozbob

@ShelLuser:

Of course in many cases those sysadmins weren't really arrogant at all, but the way they expressed themselves... ye gods. And there lies your problem in the making because action = reaction.

That's something that a lot of sysadmins have problems with, myself included. We tend to be blunt, to the point, and cranky when asked to allow Yet Another Hole in the security wall without adequate explanation why.

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Citrix.com 404s mentions of F5 Networks

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(also read as "superior my pale, furry buttocks".)

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Others mention events at which Citrix positioned itself as superior to F5.

I have a different opinion to offer, primarily because Citrix told us that the Netscaler did support putting the various servers for the Cisco ISE product, when in fact we blew a month of time, quite a few days of VAR time, and multiple support cased with Citrix that got escalated as far up as we could push it, only to be told 'oh, no, it doesn't support what you are trying to do with it'.

The VAR told us that if it was an F5, he would have been done in half a day with it, configured, tested, and running.

I might be a bit biased, but I like the F5 rather better than the Netscaler, at least for load balancing tasks.

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SD cards add PCIe and NVMe, hit 985 MB/sec and 128TB

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Re: No Wear Levelling hmmmmmm

I've had SanDisk cards fail, Kingston cards fail, and no-name 'bought on a flash sale from Amazon" cards fail.

for data storage, one is none, two is one. multiple copies are good. (and buy different brands of the same listed capacity, test all of them BEFORE using them for storing anything important or valuable.)

And people wonder why I have a handful of thumb drives, and a bunch of different branded SD/MicroSD cards.

(oh, and also, those SD to MicroSD adapter cards? they can (and do!) wear out; had one nearly melt on me from an internal short.)

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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Don't I know it! and I don't even loan out my socket sets, I'm good at losing those size sockets all by myself!

Now if I can find a better way to organize my tool bag for the wrenches and sockets without spending a fortune, I'll be happier- the sets I have use bugger all for tool organization, and apparently no one makes a box to hold sockets that isn't a blow-molded case made of cheap garbage.

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> There is then the danger that you end up doing the job for them - and solving all its knock-on problems.

Make sure you discuss costs up front. :)

Nope! I'll kibbbitz with them as they are doing the job, though. (or if they *are* paying me, I'll have worked something out with them)

In general though, I only loan out tools and gear to people I trust. (although I do have a set of cheap 'throwaway' tools that I won't cry much over if they disappear that I loan out to people like co-workers and such.)

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: Now he can get a tattoo, "Shot by the Mom!"

Mythbusters tried that; they used a M134 Minigun, and while it worked, it took far longer than a chainsaw or axe, and made a mess as well. (along with chewing up a good deal of ammunition)

A better choice would have been a GAU-8 Avenger.

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Re: I thought of the child(ren)

@DCFusor:

This. The concealed carry class that Arizona teaches states rather clearly: You shoot to stop the intruder, not to kill, not to wound, but to stop them from continuing what they are doing. If the perp just so happens to decide to take the 'room temperature challenge', so be it.

I'm pretty certain that Virginia follows 'castle doctrine' (Arizona does), so you are permitted to shoot at someone who is trying to enter your castle uninvited and forcibly. Out here in the wild wild west, we have open carry, so the question of brandishing is... a grey area. (My non-laywer sense says that brandishing out here is having the gun out of it's holster, or in any sort of ready position.)

Warning shots are both patently illegal, ill-advised, and IMHO mark you as an irresponsible gun owner.

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