* Posts by Alpy

16 posts • joined 16 May 2008

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on


Large outsourcing is dead within UK Gov...

...and this project should be a visible reminder why!

DRS has been a disaster and the horse needs to be put to rest. Between a several year delays in the application being completed (debate exists to this day if that it is actually complete!), huge overspend, and a system that has clearly crippled the recruitment processes of all services, it's time this ancient, monolithic, waterfall approach to IT projects are also put to rest.

The 2019 Army figures looked good due to a significant reduction in target and the near but damn it, removal of any real entry barrier into the Army. It's not something to be proud of in hindsight.

I hear that Capita are also looking to extend the contract further from 2022 into 2024 as part of AFRP (Armed Forces Recruitment Program). Madness.

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


Good for Google...

I like their stance...their OS, their Platform so they can do what they like. Choice is with the consumer.

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist


I see what you did there ;-)


As I was reading...

...I thought to myself this product sounds so awful it must of been crowdfunded on Indiegogo and to my relief I was right!

Never fund or support anything on Indidgogo! It is the wild west of crowd funding. So many scams and failed ideas come out of this terrible piece of the internet.

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins preaches the cloud, but nothing new



Probably the most interesting comment from Robbins was the fact he admitted that ACI was difficult to implement. Basically new direction is 100% Intent Based Networking. Good riddance ACI!!

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature


Re: Hopefully people will wake up!

And a cure for the common cold! Barstewards! ;)

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Hopefully people will wake up!

Intel have taken advantage of corporate enterprises and home users for years by setting artificially high prices in a market they had total domination in. During that time Moore's law hasn't been maintained due to Intel holding back innovation and maximising margins on existing chip architecture. Now this all comes out in the wash and most people have lost at least 10-35% performance depending on architecture and usage surely people now need to wake up and realise that there is another x86 vendor (AMD) waiting in the wings along with ARM and IBM Power chips to take them into the next generation.

Please wake up and realise that Intel have been robbing and lying to you for long while!

All the AIs NVMe, says IBM: Claims POWER9s + InfiniBand brainier than COTS


And Watson runs on....


Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action


Always Indiegogo!

Why does it always seem to be Indiegogo that attracts the scammers? I got scammed last year via them on a product that never arrived and the company disappeared into the ether. When I complained the response was 'talk to the company not us'! When I went to my credit card provider to report the scam they chased Indiegogo for the evidence and they gave my bank the same message, bugger off and don't bother us, thus no refund to my credit card, helpful. They just don't care or have any vetting process in place. Scammers central.

My advice would be avoid Indiegogo to avoid said scamming disappointment.

Cisco gives intent-based networking a third leg to stand on


Apstra + any vendor = IBN

Honestly you like Cisco, good go Cisco. Carry on taking the blue pill.

You want freedom of choice, any HW and OS and want intent based networking then look at Apstra. Take the red pill and come into a world of freedom and choice.

It really doesn't have to be difficult or a lock in to a single vendor...

Gamers red hot with fury over Intel Core i7-7700 temperature spikes


White Knight AMD

Great timing from AMD on rejoining the CPU race! Intel have artificially inflated prices and delivered little to nothing in advancements. They should be ashamed on how they pocketed from market dominance.

Stealth-cloaked startup claims to be developing super-fast arrays. How fast? Well...


I stopped at Fibre Channel!

Honestly? Fibre Channel? Why would you design a super quick storage array and glue legacy technology such as fibre channel to it? Ethernet and Infiniband technology is currently pushing storage around at 100Gbps and 200Gbps while using RDMA (RoCE) to obtain very low latency and very high throughput. Fibre Channel is dead in modern infrastructures. Let it die!

Download al Qaeda manuals from the DoJ, go to prison?

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This story makes me happy!

...yep if the authorities know which people are in posession of this type of material then that makes me feel a lot safer as I sleep at night.

I think I'd rather have a Goverment that knows everything about everyone rather than a Government knowing nothing and my friends and family not returning home one day.

Metadata ruins Google's anonymous eBay Australia protest


Awesome Work!

I love it when people get caught out like this, I loved even more that someone at Google is using M$ Word over their own product! Awesome work guys, two birds one stone ;)

Daily Mail cites video game as proof of terrorist doomsday plot

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Like banging your head against a wall

Reading anything the British press write about is a lot like banging your head against the way, pretty pointless and it kill serveral million brain cells.

Rootkits on routers threat to be demoed


Admin rights required...

....sort of makes this rootkit issue a non starter. Having to brute force the router which should be protected with a AAA TACACS or Radius server, and on an out of band management interface with ACL's would make this very very very difficult to achieve.

However if the rootkit code is added to a version of IOS binary then system admins could actually be installing the rootkit and not knowing. Advice would be to only download binarys from cisco.com and not to get them from any where else. Also check the MD5 and checksum hashes to make sure they match on cisco.com.

This is all just standard best practice. Common sense rules all.



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