* Posts by Korev

1918 posts • joined 26 Aug 2016

HPE quits cloud servers, two weeks after telling El Reg it wouldn't do that

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Vaxen

Yep, it's a bit VAXing when vendors stop selling products that you want to buy

MH 370 search to resume as Malaysia makes deal with US oceanographic company

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Good luck

I hope they find the aeroplane so the families get some "closure" and also so the authorities can act to lower the chance of a similar thing happening again.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

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open to abuse?

Computer games companies and other media companies have record of doing bad things to your PC to "protect" their products. I wonder if (when) this will be abused?

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: Bit risky...

The old HPC data centre at Cambridge had racks positioned over the beams in the floors and also had the air flow calculated so exactly that they could track people in the room from their monitoring systems. It was a very impressive use of a space that wasn't really suitable for its purpose. They now have an excellent new facility for their beasts.

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Re: "Have you ever stumbled upon something that just doesn't belong in the data centre?"

We had a small computer room with a "server wash facility"; for some reason my colleagues only saw the negative side to this innovation...

MongoDB shoots for $220m in IPO, values NoSQL biz at $1.2bn

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Re: Don't buy

Ta.

I've had a play with Spark and I like it a lot. I do have the problem that most data that we play with happily fits in RAM on a single machine* though!

* We're an HPC shop so we have more to play with than a lot of people

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Re: Don't buy

Out of interest, which ones do you think are "much better" and why?

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Re: "The relational database era is passing…"

You beat me to posting that!

IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

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Re: domains may be registered up to 10 years

I had a similar idea, maybe we can Exchange some ideas and swap Notes.

Oh, Lenovo! 1,000 staff strapped to redundancy cannon

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You mean "Resource Action" DSLR?

That phrase is awful, isn't it inherited from IBM?

Power: The ultimate web-based commodity

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Not the chip then?

See title

Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Re: Safety-critical updates?

Isn't the problem more that Android phone manufacturers don't bother pushing out the updates?

I can also see problems with car manufacturers getting bored supporting a model and not releasing updates for older cars (just like phones).

ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

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Re: Marvellous

Me too

One for the author ->

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An easy problem to solve

If only they used brain processors instead of ARM ones then they'd probably find it a lot easier...

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I met a very well known figure in machine learning recently who'd only just got his first smart phone (and barely knew how to use it) on the basis that Google and Apple use his technology so he ought to see it in use.

Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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Re: Nice plane

Yup, plane stupid if you ask me...

DNA as storage? Old and boring. Boffins now chaining monomers

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Citation

Thanks for a proper title and link to the paper. ->

Any chance you could use the DOI too in future too please. That should mean that even if $JOURNAL rejig their website then there will still be a proper identifier.

Watch out for Microsoft Word DDE nasties: Now Freddie Mac menaced

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Re: pivoting through Microsoft Excel

They should probably spend some time in a cell for it though...

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Re: pivoting through Microsoft Excel

It's good that they can table these puns

Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Re: Nazi

Ta.

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Re: Nazi

Didn't someone nearly get done in Oxford a few years ago for insulting a Police horse? I can't seem to find a link though.

WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

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Re: 4 Years ago in a land far far away.

No idea why you were downvoted for that; I fear you're absolutely correct.

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Choose your WEPon now...

Biochem boffins win the Nobel Prize for cryo-electron microscopy

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Re: really?

"C'mon el Reg. we expect better of you!"

Especially as they have their own set of superior units...

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Re: Boffin wars

Yep, I believe the lab at the LMB has a 2.5k core cluster dedicated to it. (This was a couple of years ago that I heard this, they may have expanded since.

Nvidia have ported some of the key codes to GPU, we stuck a load of GPUs in for our CryoEM scientists and a PB or so of Lustre for scratch.

European Commission refers Ireland to court over failure to collect €13bn in tax from Apple

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Deficit

Ireland's deficit is about €1.3billion; this is the best part of a decade's deficit that they could eliminate - why is their government so against collecting the tax?

MH370 final report: Aussies still don’t know where it crashed or why

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Re: planet is surrounded by spy satellites

I can't imagine that any of the governments running spy satellites would be very interested in a featureless bit of ocean. They'd much rather monitor the Barents Sea or the GIUK Gap etc.

The UK isn't ditching Boeing defence kit any time soon

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Re: Good luck to Bombardier!

Since when have airlines cared about passenger comfort? They're probably more interested in running costs.

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Silly idea

The tariff sounds like a plane stupid idea.

Yes, yes. I'm Boeing, I'll get my coat

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Re: A curious note, thinking of the C17

Sadly I can only upvote you once

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Microsoft downplays alarm over Windows Defender 'flaw'

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Re: Security Researchers

Yep and then they make you Wannacry

MoD brainbox repo opens up IP treasure chest for world+dog

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Range

Items of interest to IT-focused techies may include DSTL's miniature mobile antenna (PDF, 1 page). This little device is said to be capable of operating across the 2GHz-5GHz frequency range with an area of just 2cm2.

That's even worse than a home hub's range

Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

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Re: @Anon Y. Mous

Did the penny drop?

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Re: This is why

And they should play with them on their cone

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Re: ...bronchogenic...

I guess the cone was his mane problem...

Playboy founder and dressing-gown wearer Hugh Hefner dead at 91

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Writers

Back in the day, the magazine was also well known for its literary output, publishing fiction by such writers as Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Ian Fleming, Joseph Heller, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac and Kurt Vonnegut.

And Roald Dahl!

Massive revenues from RAM, flash make Micron chief a happy chappy

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The flipside...

I was in meeting earlier discussing getting some new HPC nodes; we've had to scale back massively on the large memory systems due to the large rise in the cost of RAM...

A disappointed boffin who can't assemble his genomes ->

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

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Re: Small-minded men

Also let's just take a census of the people in this building who are actually excited for new Powerpoint animations and then write a policy forbidding them to ever give presentations or lectures.

You're being too gentle; nuke them from orbit, it's the only way to be sure ->

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Re: And everything will ether have a GUI update or functions removed.

I'd like an intelligent signature function, ie if the email is being sent internally then I'd put my phone number and link to the SharePoint "mysite", external then I'd put my LinkedIn profile link instead.

So. Should I upgrade to macOS High Sierra?

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Backup server?

You now nominate a Mac as a Time Machine backup server for other Macs on the LAN.

Good luck trying to buy a home Mac with enough storage* to do this for a reasonable number of devices

*ie without having discs and their cables hanging around all over the place.

Microsoft: We've made a coding language for a quantum computer that may or may not exist

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Re: Nurse! My sides have split!

I bet that joke went down like a charm

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Re: And managing a team of developers in said language

They'd need to do a CAT scan to find this out...

Docs ran a simulation of what would happen if really nasty malware hit a city's hospitals. RIP :(

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Sounds good :)

The emergency services system sounds good; I know of a laboratory which had a "slightly more exothermic than planned reaction" a few years ago and "understandably" the Fire Brigade wanted to know what radiochemicals were in the building. At this point the DBA was the most important person onsite (oddly enough the report was very quickly added to their system).

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Sounds like a pretty good system. Can you also track sample lineage eg DNA sample 1 and RNA sample 2 both come from tissue A?

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Re: The lessons will be costly in money and lives

having a heart attack the last thing you want is the doctor having mistyped his password wrong for the third time and locking his account.

This seems like a good scenario for RFID chips; my physiotherapists have them in their badges and just tap the badge near on a sensor near the computer, this gives them access to the appointments system. If they want to look at X-rays etc. then they need badge + password. You could see how the trauma staff could have the speedy access in area where every second counts and then in other areas need more security.

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Who in their right mind has internet/computer controlled and connected refrigerators?

A lot of drugs, blood etc need to be kept cool, having monitoring of the conditions would be useful. for example, if a drug is kept at room temperature for too long then it could be chucked away, a fridge could notice some odd parameters and have an engineer look at it etc.

The fridges etc. really should be on a separate network to the rest of the hospital though and definitely not on the Internet.

Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

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Network?

Which network fabric did they make the jacket out of?

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Re: light and haptic feedback

A pint for Grade One BOFHery ->

Sensitive client emails, usernames, passwords exposed in Deloitte hack

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Re: one of the world's "big four" accountancy firms

I wonder how much they pay MS Azure to host it and the cost of the reputation damage/compensation compared to running their own systems?

I notice that the article refers to Azure and not Office 365; which suggests that Deloitte were running their own systems in Azure rather than just paying MS to do the lot.

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