* Posts by Androgynous Cow Herd

245 posts • joined 19 Jan 2016


Spammer scum hack 100,000 home routers via UPnP vulns to craft email-flinging botnet

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*YOU * apparently need it for streaming, etc.

I actually understand how TCP/IP works and don't need it at all.

At the very worst, there is this thing called nmap that will tell me everything I need to know about any device on my network.

Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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clearly a website Bug!

Somehow the pricing for the Federal contracts got applied to the retail site.

Apple emits its much-anticipated updates to Mac, AppleTV, and iOS

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Re: The headline

Or like “Drop the kids off at the pool”

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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I don’t buy a replacement computer

To get fewer features. Changing I/O ports, no SD slot etc makes the current model less attractive than what came before (although an 11” MBA has not has a SD slot for at least the last 3 years).

So far as running Photoshop on an iPad...ok, and the rest of the adobe suite? Hook it up to a calibrated monitor? What if I do a teathered capture? Oh...no port for that. And what if I use Capture One rather than Lightroom? No port to IOS for that...

Someday a tablet could be designed with the proper ports. With RAM and GPU capable of manipulated a >60MP image, connect to an external monitor, network and storage system. It would be a bit bulky...maybe you could permanently attach the keyboard so it could also serve as a screen protector.

Then, you could call it a “Laptop”

F’kin idiots at Apple....

Our brave El Reg vulture sat through four days of Oracle OpenWorld to write this cracking summary just for you

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Spelling error?

“Hurd issues bullish predictions”

You mispleleled “Bullshit”

This is a leader's square for storage leaders, IBM, Dell EMC and Scality tell wide-eyed Qumulo

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Re: but .. but

Nimble is block storage, so doesn’t belong in this quadrant.

Violin is...well, who cares?

Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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what a bunch

of hippy-dippy nonsense.

Hitachi Vantara brain dump: IoT, servers, containers and self-regulating data centres

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I had one of those

It was a '77 Vantara with the purple shag carpet and a mural of a wizard riding a unicorn with raindows coming from it's hooves.

Dell's hokey cokey IPO takes new turn – VMware in, VMware out....

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Now that they lost *Under* a half billion dollars last year, it is clearly time to take the behemoth public again.

A fool and his money are some party.

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

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IBwho? Do they still have skilled people working for them? I thought they fired everyone.


Nope, just the old people.

National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

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Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro

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Re: any chance I wonder...

Already done.

I believe they call that “ESX”

Datrium takes $60m D-round as it tries to distance self from cutthroat HCI scene

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Re: Finally!

Nimble storage made that play but much earlier in the company lifecycle. Had they stayed with the original go to market, Nimble would be remembered as a NFS caching appliance that few people once tested.. Varun (Founder, original CEO and storage legend) went to the board, killed the Cacher product and built the block storage device we all know. That was just under a decade ago.

Veeam holds its hands up, admits database leak was plain 'complacency'

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4.5 million unique records, many of which were replicated multiple times.

sounds like a crappy database anyway.

AI biz borks US election spending data by using underpaid Amazon Mechanical Turks

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Re: popcorn

"Corn for the mornin'!"

Who are you going to ask about AI? Alexa or our 40 experts?

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For that much money

I don’t want *Artificial* intelligence. I want the real thing.

Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web

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Where is the NRA?

You would expect the NRA to be screaming bloody murder, but they remain silent...because protecting "gun rights" only matter if the guns come from the manufacturers who pay for the NRAs continued existence.

Dell EMC stumbles into composable systems late waving MX7000 box

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Dell acquired Scalent almost 10 years ago. It claimed to do this....

The reality was, no one was actually buying what they were selling.

Except Michael.

Web doc iCliniq plugs leaky S3 bucket stuffed full of medical records

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Re: Buck Hacker

if you are hosting public content, you will have publicly accessible buckets. The existence of public buckets doesn't mean that the sensitive info is in *THAT* bucket, even if you are Experian.

I know companies that host their publicly available content in Amazon rather than a CD network, and also was other buckets that are properly secured...AWS advanced certification and all that...

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Why is this so hard

AWS has a self certifying protocol that is pretty comprehensive, actually. If you have actually paid attention and used the protocol to ensure you are following best practices, those buckets have been secured.

Completion of the protocols is then reviewed by Amazon and if passed “Advanced Parter” status is bestowed unto that company

To complete the protocols isn’t exactly trivial, but not impossible or even unlikely. Adherence to the protocols may slow down development slightly at worse until developers figure out how to work on their environment in a secure manner.

My opinion is that there is a certain class of software companies that have completely embraced “Agile” and behave like they are building gaming apps for cell phones, even if they are really building enterprise products that require a much more respectful attitude re: security than the current “We can do it this way and fix it properly if anyone notices”.

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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A fire of unknown origin

Took my baby away

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

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Re: What's the value anymore?

Your post is too long. Please condense it down to one sentence.

Thanks in advance.

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X-IO is killing it!

Apparently it is more difficult to be a niche player than a leader, since only X-IO can manage it.

Some Things just aren't meant to be (on Internet of Things networks). But we can work around that

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You can’t spell IDIOT without IOT...

I studiously avoid most of this fluff as unneeded to my lifestyle... if I need to know what’s in my refrigerator I open the door etc.

However, recently I was gifted a sous vide cooker. If you’re not familiar, this is a recirculating water heater that you use to slow cook meat to specific levels of doneness. The great hook is, it is impossible to overcook with this method. So long as you cook for the minimum time, the meat is just done, whether you like rare, medium well, etc. The method works great.

If there was ever a device that did not need network connectivity, this is it. However, to use it, I am supposed to ...

Download an app

Connect to the device via Bluetooth

Use the app to identify the device

Configure the device for WiFi connectivity, which requires me to register with the manufacturer (who of course will allow me to identify myself via Faecesbook...)

Then, I can heat water.

Alternately, I can use another device, that has a power switch, and a rheostat to set the temperature.

I use that one.

Oracle Database 18: Now in downloadable Linux flavour

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It takes that long because it is being downloaded from Oracle Cloud.

Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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No one has ever been killed by a nipple

free the hostages.

Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless

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heard from Salesdroids

one claimed nine Fives of availability.

Spidey sense is literally tingling! Arachnids detect Earth's electric field, use it to fly away

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Because now I have that song in my head, and The Doors suck.

Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

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“It can burn through clothes in minutes”

“You there...hold still so I can shoot you with my laser! Would you mind removing your overcoat?”

GIMP masks font downloads, adds horizon fix in new build

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"a powerful image editor with functionality comparable to its far costlier commercial equivalent"

That’s two words

Dr Symantec offers quick and painless checkup for VPNFilter menace on routers

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Re: Is this even possible

Home routers and IoT devices seldom if ever run Microsoft OS, so...what the hell are you thinking?

Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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6s plus was my last iphone

Lack of headphone jack was enough to stop any upgrade plans. These “Innovations” make the phone less functional.

Thank goodness the old 6S is still running well, because the whole Apple vs Android thing is turning into the last presidential election...there are no good choices.

Amid 'idiotic blockchain phase,' EY and Microsoft tout smart contracts

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Buzzword marketing

The reason for this “Innovation” is simple. It appeals to C levels who just got off of a plane where they read a primer level article on the “Blockchain” thing in the latest issue of “Overpaid CIO” magazine.

Tintri shares reformatted by investors: 85 per cent plunge in mere weeks

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10 years earlier?

Tintri was one of the 2nd generation Flash startups, like Nimble and Pure. So, if they would have started 10 years earlier, they would have been waiting a long time for Flash prices and capacity to hit the inflection point that made them possible.

I know in 2012 Tintri was the company that worried Nimble the most, but (IMO) they made a couple of strategic design decisions that impacted early adoption. The singular focus on VMWare meant a much smaller addressable market than the Nimble or Pure block storage play.

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So, they went public, and NOW...

they hope/need to secure _additional funding_? If they don't find it they shut down end of next month?

Maybe they can IPO a second time?

Linux literally loses its Lustre – HPC filesystem ditched in new kernel

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I wasn't aware that 1930s football featured software development, but the world is a poorer place now that the practice has stopped.

Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Black Helicopters

The real reason for NASA focus on soil samples

NASA knows if that sample were analyzed by a good independent lab, the results would prove the sample came from the region around Area 51 where the moon landing was staged

Hitachi Vantara injects Skylaking servers with Optane caching, GPU grunt

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Horrible branding - sounds like one of those 12970s Van conversion brands. I can't read it without envisioning bubble windows and a giant mural of a Wizard holding an orb...

The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Re: Take security seriously...

ROT13 should be applied twice for best results.

VPNFilter router malware is a lot worse than everyone thought

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Signatures and mitigation steps...

Coverage of this thing is generally horrible.

How can you actually detect if your device has been compromised?

How do you mitigate the attack?

What are the specific attack vectors?

Three pieces of information that would be good to have in an article of this nature.

MY router isn't on the vulnerable list...but so what? A lot of routers that weren't on the first list now are listed as vulnerabe. There is no reason to trust that new list is comprehensive.

For my fellow commentards - patting yourself on the back because you adopted some other router brand/platform/homefgrown kludge isn't at all helpful if there is no information given on how to detect a compromised device.

Logged into my (ASUS, but not the listed as vulnerable model) router , found the router telling me "the fiirmware update failed"...and I hadn't triggered an update. Additionally, Username and password have both been changed from the defaults per every best practice ever. So, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot??

DXC UK chops more customer-facing service staff

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Old song...

"The Night They Drove Old DXC Down"

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“Making the shift to growth”

Please fire the monkey PR flak that came up with that nonsensical statement, and stupid stupid catchphrase. You are not “Growing” in any real world sense if growth entails making your workforce shrink.

As a corporate entity, DXE has no reason to exist other than to dump Megs losses and make HPE slightly more attractive. It didn’t work, either.

There are too many giant IT shitshows in the world.

Dell EMC's PowerMax migration: Let's just swaaap out this jet engine mid-flight

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Technology marches forward

You can now allegedly do a Symmetrix upgrade the way Nimble storage has done generational upgrades for 5 years!

Personally, I would still call an downtime for the upgrade if I possible.

IBM's storage biz wakes up, smells dedupe coffee

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Tees and Cees...

“including already compressed or encrypted data require workload analysis using IBM tools”

If your pre-encrypted data can be deduped at all, it isn’t actually encrypted.

Anyone who believes otherwise may indeed be an IBM tool.

Australian prisoner-tracking system brought down by 3PAR defects

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HPE "Enterprise class"

HPE also sells Nimble - better availability numbers, telemetry enabled proactive support via infosight but HPE keeps thinking that Nimble is SMB and 3PAR is enterprise.

With Nimble, even if the first event happened, data would be available to identify root cause and prevent outage # 2, 3, and 4.

Despite what marketing tells you, 3PAR will NEVER be integrated into Infosight to the level Nimble is, because Nimble was built from he beginning with Infosight in mind. 3 par wasn't and inserting the sensors into the code base now can never be completed, especially since Rod is no longer there to oversee the effort.

Cisco launches direct sales site for SMBs

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Re: Don't see people sticking with this store

TT Exchange is fun to say, at least.

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After years of threatening

VARS are being replaced by a “Buy it now” button

DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler

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Re: The issues was never reselling the discs

Four Yorkshireman? You were lucky. The best we could do were two guys from South Jersey and a dyspeptic chihuahua

Dell EMC PowerBricks VMAX... um, yeah, it's called PowerMax now

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Names are Confusing...

I'll keep calling it Symmetrix and Clariion.

Highway to the auto-zone: Cisco is catching up to Brocade in Fibre Channel speed race

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Buying Cisco gear for FC...

Is a lot like buying Brocade gear for IP traffic.

Cisco is #2 in a 2 vendor industry.


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