* Posts by Steve K

1315 posts • joined 4 Apr 2008


Rackspace literally decimates workforce: One in ten staffers let go this week

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Re: nah, it's not because they are short of money

Yep - they have changed their services pricing model now, making it much more expensive (both for Rackspace-hosted and Managed AWS/Azure), PLUS there is a minimum monthly spend regardless of the service levels chosen. It is no longer a general services pot (i.e. draw down time as you need it, wherever you need it) either, so you end up having to buy more than you need over >1 service area.

I think the VCs are looking to milk things a bit further.

Any new hosting requirements for our clients is likely to be elsewhere....

Mountains on neutron stars are not even a millimetre tall due to extreme gravity

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Re: Had never occurred to me

Perfect for night time skiing!

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Dragon's Egg

Not completely relevant here, but I can recommend the novel "Dragon's Egg" by Robert L. Forward for a clever Sci-Fi novel involving life on a neutron star.

Northern Train's ticketing system out to lunch as ransomware attack shuts down servers

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Re: Conductors?

They certainly have my symphony here

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee

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Re: Is there some special reason...

They are taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again

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It was operating as a freight flight as per the article…

Open-source RAW image editor Darktable releases major update to version 3.6 – and it's very accessible

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Re: Grey on slightly darker grey.

Well it is called DarkTable.....

United, Mesa airlines order 200 electric 19-seater planes for short-hop flights

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Re: Getting all fired up!

Yes, like the trout lake restocking in Canada

Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means

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Re: Careful about leaving stuff on the printer

It wasn't printed on A3 paper was it.....?

After 15 years and $500m, the US Navy decides it doesn't need shipboard railguns after all

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They should have recreated this: (from 0: https://youtu.be/GClXXOKe5Ik

Kaspersky Password Manager's random password generator was about as random as your wall clock

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Re: It's always puzzled me....

Where do you keep the backup for the old NetBook….?

Ex-boss of UK's Competition and Markets Authority asks: How can it tackle Big Tech when no one knows what the CMA is?

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...and while he is at it, why is there only one Competition and Markets Authority?

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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Revelations, surely?

Exoskeleton startup wants to slap robot arms on schoolkids

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Give them big hand!

Well, give them a big hand for this

Hubble telescope in another tight spot: Between astrophysicists sparring over a 'dark matter deficient' galaxy

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Re: Forgive my ignorance but...

Another study where MOND can't explain the observations, but Dark Matter can:


The M in M1 is for moans: How do you turn a new MacBook Pro into a desktop workhorse?

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Daisy Chain monitors?

If your monitor has a monitor out port (like with DisplayPort but Thunderbolt) then surely you don't need a separate dock but just an extra cable to daisy-chain them?

Google: About that whole getting rid of third-party cookies thing – we're gonna need another year or so

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Re: FLoC

You need to ask who the customers are here... It'll be the ones paying Google/Alphabet...

Flexispot Deskcise Pro V9: Half desk, half exercise bike, and you're all sweaty. How much does it cost again?

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Re: Other unanswered questions:

That could be the sound of the deadlines going past though

Toyota reveals its work on an honest-to-goodness cloak of invisibility

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Re: Other options

C-Beams also glitter in the dark (at least near the Tannhäuser Gate), so cloaking would probably not work in all cases anyway?

Calendly’s new logo perceived as either bog-standard or kind of crappy

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Re: an early 2021 injection of $350 million in venture capital

Millennium hand and shrimp!!

Pre-orders open for the Mini PET 40/80, the closest thing to Commodore's classic around

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Re: 8k is enough for anyone

My Dad had a Pet 8000 to run Visicalc and some Stock Control software in 1979/80.

I can remember the command "dload cosmicwars 8000" to run a Space Invaders clone - which even then was disappointing as the packaging always had better graphics than the game in those days - especially when you looked at what was in the arcades.

ZX-81 games were similarly packaged and disappointing - you have to be of a certain age to remember the excitement of buying a ZX-81 tape in WHSmith, but then the crushing disappointment of a few blocks moving on the screen when you got it home and loaded it up. They never had these games running as demos, for good reason!

Even worse was if it was a bad tape and you spent hours for it never even loading, and then there was the RAM pack wobble (not confined to just the ZX-81) waiting until you had typed pages of hex listings in in to crash and void your evening's toil! Typos in the magazines usually meant that they never worked anyway even if you keyed it in correctly and avoided the RAM pack wobble.

I can echo the sentiment above that at the time it seemed like magic (although tempered by what you saw in arcades), but actually it was a bit shit (but it's all that was available for home/small business use).

Ahh, jumpers for goalposts, marvellous etc.etc.

Would-be AWS bomber pleads guilty, faces 5 to 20 years behind bars for plot to take out government servers

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The Internet is in that box over there

This reminds me a little of the IT Crowd episode where Jen has to look after the black box that is "The Internet".

'Ring of fire' headed to northern UK – a partial solar eclipse, not the sensation you get after a potent vindaloo

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Re: blurry shadow

..and the South East of England today too!!

We're in this together.

Ethernet standards wonks eye up speeds beyond 400Gb/s

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Re: In the meantime 10Gb/s has been available for years now ...

2.5Gbe is available and it's a lot cheaper than 5/10 Gbe too.

QNAP do a cheap 5-port 2.5Gbe switch and their newer NAS come with 2.5Gbe ports too.

2.5Gbe is closer to the max disk throughput from SSDs/RAID.

For example the SSDs from my VM host can now back up at 2.1 Gbps from NVME to SSD-tiered NAS volumes via the 2.5Gbe switch which is as fast as I am going to get.

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Re: In the meantime 10Gb/s has been available for years now ...

10Gb/s kit is not aimed at consumers really since to get anywhere close to saturating that requires a load of other expensive kit (e.g. SSDs/RAID) since the bottleneck is no longer the NIC(s).

There will always be enthusiasts wanting to get it running, but they aren't the target market either.

There are a lot of people out there who'd like to fire Jeff Bezos into space – but he's doing the honours himself

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Re: Amazon Smile

In that case why don't they make it the default so the onus is on the customer to opt out.....?

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Re: $2.8 million?

Hmm, is that including a saugage-inna-bun too?

Report commissioned by Google says Google isn't to blame for the death of print news

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Mr. Murdoch has his finger in many pies across the old and new media spectrum

BMA and Royal College of GPs refuse to endorse NHS Digital's data grab from surgeries in England

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Re: No, No, thrice no.

Has she done the paper form to her GP too?

Google's diversity strat lead who said Jews have 'insatiable appetite for war' is no longer diversity strat lead

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Still there?

I am surprised he is still working there - people have been sacked for less than this at Google and similar companies very recently…

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV

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That would explain the hole in one role

That would explain the hole in one role at least

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Re: CV's top tips

They're not going to "target the job" because they don't care about "the" job, they care about "a" job

Well said! I'm not sure how anyone can be "passionate" about most jobs or companies as implied by the crap posted on LinkedIn seems to indicate.

It's not as if you would be applying for these roles/companies if you didn't need a job to pay the bills, is it....

UK's BT starts trials of new hollow-core optical fibre networks

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Re: Scattering

Sounds like they are using Polo-ised light

Patch me if you can: Microsoft, Samsung, and Google win appeal over patent on remote updating

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Re: in a mobile unit

You mean Time-AI, like Crown Sterling?

UK data regulator fines American Express up to 0.021p per email after opted-out folk spammed 4.1 million times

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Re: Reputational consequences?

A quick email to Private Eye.....?

Mammoth grab of GP patient data in the UK set to benefit private-sector market access as rules remain unchanged

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Re: I assume it is this!!

Not entirely - you also have to print out a form regarding your GP records, I believe.

Cloudflare launches campaign to ‘end the madness’ of CAPTCHAs

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Re: CRyptographic Attestation of Personhood

Challenge Response Authentication Protocol Featuring Enhanced Security Tokens

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Re: Hardware dongles?

I suspect Shadow Systems has already read this, spontaneously combusted and is trying to find one of those fire hydrants mentioned above.....

Salesforce fell over so hard today, it took out its own server status page

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Re: It was the engineer in the DC with the keyboard

That's some sort of A RECORD?

Preliminary report on Texas Tesla crash finds Autosteer was 'not available' along road where both passengers died

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Re: Automation

And the recent Indonesian 737 auto throttle thrust asymmetry crash…

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I am sure they already thought of that...

I am sure they already thought of that...

Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

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Re: At Gobaskof, re: SatNav...

To be fair here, most car SatNavs i have used offer you a "fastest", "shortest" and a "most efficient" or maybe "non-motorway/freeway" option, so it sounds like the SatNav could have only been doing what it has been told (e.g. in this case it wasn't told which one to take so took the default).

I agree that they are out to get us, but are using human nature (and not usually RTFM) against us....

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Re: Fully Automatic my arse!

Also a lot of Cornwall too, away from towns

Yahoo! and! AOL! sold! for! $5bn! as! Verizon! abandons! media! empire! dreams!

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Yahoo breaking their Oath?

Yahoo breaking their Oath...?

I also forecast a sale of redundant exclamation mark stock from the El Reg headline desk in coming weeks.

Known software issue grounds Ingenuity Mars copter as it attempted fourth flight

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Re: Have you tried switching it off and on again?

Hopefully also they don't hit the end of the 30-day flight window before they fix/test it, otherwise Perseverance may be off on the rest of its mission.

I know it's not part of the plan, but it would be cool if they could put Ingenuity into a "follow me" mode where it keeps (say) 20m away in a series of hops from Perseverance until it finally breaks.

I suppose that the risk is that something breaks and it then hits the rover and jams/breaks something.

What a cool job to have!!

If you have a QNAP NAS, stop what you're doing right now and install latest updates. Do it before Qlocker gets you

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Firmware Update

Latest QTS (28/04/21) firmware now sets auto update of Firmware and AppCentre Apps by default (so user has to consciously turn off).

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Re: I have a Qnap

Also ContainerStation is great

PCs continue to sell like hot cakes and industry can barely keep up with demand – analyst

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Display Port

With Display Port, even if there is only one port on the laptop, you can still chain monitors (assuming that the monitors have a Display port output too)

iPhone XR caught fire after getting trapped in airline passenger's seat

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Re: Was the passenger

You're folding it wrong

We need to talk about criminal adversaries who want you to eat undercooked onion rings

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Re: Why?

Can you then connect it to your Karcher power washer via a Bluetooth App?



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