* Posts by Bryan Hall

104 posts • joined 12 Aug 2006


Storage consolidation: Why different flavors of database need different types of storage

Bryan Hall


Operation capability is one thing, but then there is the backup question. When, what kind, and how much.

Sure they all worked fine when on separate storage, but then it got pooled and many of those databases trying to do full backups at various times over the weekend now saturate this pooled storage I/O, so they take longer. Which causes backup windows to run into other windows. And then you have a total FUBAR situation.

Be careful out there...

Oracle's Java 15 rides into town, waving the 'we're number one' flag, demands 25th birthday party

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Re: Still stuck on Java 8

For some of my apps, version 10.

Why? They removed the highly useful for corporate apps - Java Web Start. Morons.

So 11 and beyond we'll have to compile it into an installable application that has to be pushed out to desktops, instead of them just getting the latest code as they need it.

What a pain in the rear!

US military takes aim at 2024 for human-versus-AI aircraft dogfights. Have we lost that loving feeling for Top Gun?

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Re: AI cameras will not be allowed in any public or private places

Extension cord for indoor or outdoor use only.

Yes, this was on a real product! Maybe it was written by the same people.

Vinyl sales top CDs for the first time in decades in America, streaming rules

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Re: You are all thieves

TDK SA Metal with DBX for the win!

Fancy that: Hacking airliner systems doesn't make them magically fall out of the sky

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Re: The human factor

Rule #1 - Continue to fly the airplane

If the readings seem strange for no apparent reason, revert to standard speed and settings. The plane should then continue to fly as intended while you sort out the problem(s).

The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries

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Re: such craftsmen could not possibly survive

It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

It’s been two years since net neutrality was killed in the US. Let’s celebrate by having another fight over it

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No change - yet

I haven't noticed any difference over the last 10 years. We have the same providers here in the OKC area as we have had at about the same costs for slightly faster speeds.

The biggest changes are right around the corner between 5G to the house and the various LEO satellite providers. That should finally provide some much needed competition beyond the cable vs twisted pair duopoly.

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket

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Bar graphs

Instead of this "old fashioned" binary light system - how about two LED bar graph lights?

One green that starts full then decreases in size until it is time to switch to red.

One red that then starts full then decreases in size until it is time to go back to green.

This way you can see approaching just how much time is left and judge (or ignore for idiots) when you need to stop, or can get going again. No more - yellow was too short - arguments.

White House mulls just banning strong end-to-end crypto. Plus: More bad stuff in infosec land

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Ban tornadoes and earthquakes as well

Might as well ban tornadoes and earthquakes as well, since it makes as much sense. Enforcing a ban on encryption is idiotic and impossible. Criminals certainly won't comply, nor would nearly anyone else.

America's latest 5G drama: Spectrum row bursts into the open with special adviser fingered as agent provocateur

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5G Use

It seems to me the biggest plus of 5G won't be for mobile (at least in the US), but data distribution for the "last mile" to homes in subdivisions that are not economical to install fiber into. Put up a roof antenna for 5G, and you get high speeds without the cost of that low return infrastructure.

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC

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High School Texas Instrument Lab

First coding I did was on a TI-99/4 (no A) computer with TI-BASIC, while sneaking into the new computer lab at high school during cold days in Colorado. The linear power supplies made the lab nice and toasty - and started me on my career in IT.

Do Not Track is back in the US Senate. And this time it means business. As in, fining businesses that stalk you online

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Re: In prinicple

Who are mostly lawyers!

Banhammer Republic: Trump declares national emergency, starts ball rolling to boot Huawei out of ALL US networks

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Re: National Emergency

FYI Trump is behind Clinton in the total number of these at this point, and about even with Bush and Obama.

If their software has actually been shown to be coded to forward duplicate packets to a questionable target when triggered (not by normal diagnostic means), this seems quite reasonable for any president to declare a national emergency against.

Tractors, not phones, will (maybe) get America a right-to-repair law at this rate: Bernie slams 'truly insane' situation

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Ditto Tesla

No right to repair Tesla cars either. A big reason I would not buy one.

One would hope that farmers would wise up and just not buy any new JD equipment. But for used equipment this just stinks.

A copy-paste of Europe and a '5G' hotel: El Reg's Adventures in Huawei Land were fairly wacky

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We'd prefer a Denver over SF or NYC anyhow for a mile high "5G" experience. :-)

The completely rational take you need on Europe approving Article 13: An ill-defined copyright regime to tame US tech

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20 Years?

You are much too generous.

10 years, an entire decade - half a generation, seems more than fair. If you can't make enough off of whatever you copyright, you don't have a good market or marketing.

As Red Hat prepares to become part of Big Blue, its financials look as solid as Linux kernel 2.4

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You're all missing the point.

IBM is buying RH so they can sue Oracle for offering essentially RHEL with free patches as Oracle Linux. It uses the same APIs and everything...


Super Cali optimistic right-to-repair's negotious, even though Apple thought it was something quite atrocious

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Could we add HVAC manufacturers to this list? They don't want to sell you anything such as replacement blower fans, etc. unless you are a "licenced professional". And if you do somehow manage to get a unit or part, all warranty is void This is complete rubbish as there is nothing complicated with installing a replacement fan, etc.

This is just another example of the current control freak society who thinks nobody should be able to do anything for themselves and we all should be completely dependent on "professionals" who they can further tax (license) and control to make themselves feel more powerful.

Webroot dunked in Carbonite: Should be quite well protected – if it survives the freezing process, that is

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Let me guess...

The subscription price for web root will soar soon. Yeah...

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

Bryan Hall

Re: The US can't be too careful

As crooks go, he's not doing well. He made a lot more money before he ran for President.

US told to appoint a damn Privacy Shield ombudsperson already or EU will take action

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"You have zero privacy anyway," Scott McNealy told a group of reporters and analysts Monday night at an event to launch his company's new Jini technology.

"Get over it."

True more now almost 20 later than then.

Hello Alexa, Siri, and Google assistant.

You wait for one IT giant to show up with its sales figures, then two come at once: Red Hat, Oracle

Bryan Hall

You obviously know nothing about databases and data interfaces. If anything, people are moving current Oracle db applications to Enterprise DB due to the Oracle compatible interface, and new systems to Postgres to avoid vendor lock-in.

Aurora is a joke using a mix of old mysql and old Postges code. It's just the new shiny object that idiot managers think we should use.

Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

Bryan Hall

There is a place for both web apps and native apps.

Not everything can be a web app - and not everything should be a native app.

Choose wisely and use what makes sense instead of trying to make the square peg fit the triangle hole.

US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials

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10A - use it!

There are parts of the FCC that make sense at a federal level - such as broadcasts of high power that can easily cross state lines. 5G certainly does not fit that bill and should not be regulated at the federal level. The states / cities should tell them to stuff it since the FCC was never recognized by a constitutional amendment to start with.

Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

Bryan Hall

Re: Total Malarky. This is abject stupidity

For New Orleans, it's not that the sea is rising faster than other areas (this is - hardly at all) that is the problem, it's that the land is sinking. It's built on weak sediment from the Mississippi river, not bedrock - this is to be expected. Time to move to "solid" ground (technically no such thing as it's all a thin crust on a bunch of molten core material).

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Re: Itanic was wildly successful ...

Not to mention that thing called multi-tasking. So what it each app is optimized when the scheduler then dumps you out to run the next thing in que. THAT was the main technical problem with the EPIC approach as far as I could see. Great product for a serial processing mainframe... :-)

CIOs planning to snub Oracle for other cloudy vendors – analyst

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Audits and Cloud Tax

For us dropping Oracle it came basically down to two things: Audits with Oracle people who don't know their products and licensing so they try and unfairly screw you over (partner - yeah right). Cloud Tax - only allowing 1 "core" per license for x64 on anything but their own cloud (so yeah, it IS faster by default).

Can you say - hello PostgreSQL and SQL Server? PostgreSQL for the heavy lifting and spatial databases, and SS for the sleepy databases where the app can use whatever platform.

Don't read this, Oracle... It's the rise of the open-source data strategies

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How is Mongo a migration target from Oracle? It's not a relational database...

PostgreSQL - absolutely. That is where the majority of our Oracle databases are migrating to. And with the PostGIS extensions, it also replaces the Oracle Spatial option as well for the location part of your data.

The only other database that is of any interest that isn't open source based is NuoDB, due to it's unique scaling abilities especially for use with containers.

Of course, MS Sql Server has the same problems as Oracle - old monolithic technology at a high cost. Why anyone would build anything new with either SS or Oracle is a mystery.

Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0

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For Oracle Spatial - just use PostGIS

We are migrating away from Oracle. On the spatial databases that is to PostGIS (PostgreSQL). While not a direct conversion (EDB is no help there), it really isn't that hard.

For new non-spatial work, if it doesn't need to be elastic (most things) - PostgreSQL. Otherwise we are looking at NuoDB for things like microservices.

NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

Bryan Hall

Technical term

The technical term for this operation is shock modulation. Much preferred to hitting, whacking, or banging.

Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you

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The entire software world is not about services and web apps! And not every app can even connect to the internet. There are heavy-duty apps for things like CAD and GIS that need the grunt, memory, and draw speeds that only a local, non webby apps can provide. In addition, these also hit multiple sources (especially for GIS) to render the current view, something that the cross site vulnerability prohibits in a browser. Plus - multi window, multi screen.

We have (still) a Java Webstart desktop application for managing world-wide telecom plants. When silverlight became a viable option, we started to write code for that to replace the JWS application. Then MS killed silverlight and left us no other better MS solution.

So why don't we trust MS? That's why - wasted effort.

It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive

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FairTax anyone?

Why don't they just admit it? The US tax code is insane. No rational person would suggest this as a way to collect money to pay for anything. And all those so-called simplifications over the years have only made it worse.

Time to scrap it and start over. Stop this holding a gun at you for your wallet when you try to get ahead, and do like other sane countries and collect the tax at the register when you buy new durable goods. That's fair to everyone, and keeps tycoons and trust fund people from dodging all the taxes the rest of us have to pay.

'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear

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Re: Paging Mr Musk

Exactly. When I saw this article I was thinking - Tesla.

They won't even sell you parts to fix your Tesla if it isn't certified. Not the same thing as using 3rd party parts - but just as wrong. For a "green" car company, they sure aren't pro restore and repair.

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

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Self-driving cars anyone?

Isn't this the line of GPU's NVIDIA was pushing to power their NDRIVE SDC modules?

Maybe that is what UBER was using? Ooops.

Fog off! No more misty eyes for self-driving cars, declare MIT boffins

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Self-driving advocates say that because of all the sensors these vehicles have, that they are much safer than a human river. But in the released UBER video it's clear that the forward facing LIDAR and / or ultrasonic sensors would have easily "seen" this pedestrian before the headlights illuminated her - but the software completely failed to do anything with all that information. It had plenty of time to slow down and then drive to the left around her, but it did nothing. And given the "nothing to do" role for the human, he became completely inattentive and failed as a backup as he could have at least tried to swerve to the left once he could see her.

PS - Either the camera video stinks or those headlights are useless at anything over about maybe 15 MPH. Better headlight technology is much easier (and cheaper) to implement.

The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed?

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No JWS - Oh Joy...

JWS is/was an awesome way to keep desktop Java apps always up to date. Although we actually started to migrate that GIS app to Silverlight at one point - before aborting thanks to fickle MS, we were pleased that JWS continued to be supported.

So for a future re-write - now what? What technology exists to keep a desktop app up to date (pull updates) in a cloud-like environment besides JWS? Anyone?

And no, it cannot be re-written as an HTML app - it needs to access multiple site data sources at the same time (CSS kills that), talk to PS printers to spool out large format maps, support multiple monitors, etc. In other words, it's really a desktop app - launched, installed, and updated from the "cloud".

Vermont becomes fifth US state to boot up its own net neutrality rules

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This is great news! This is how our government system is supposed to work, with problems solved in a decentralized manner at the state level.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

Bryan Hall

How about...

The software formerly known as JavaEE.

Or maybe just some unpronounceable symbol.


Beat Wall St estimates, share price falls 5%. Who else but... AMD?

Bryan Hall


CC has to be a rather big part of the story on why AMD is doing better. NVIDIA and AMD both have a hard time trying to ship enough GPUs to meet market demand. How could you have a bad quarter when you sell everything you can make?

Expert gives Congress solution to vote machine cyber-security fears: Keep a paper backup

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Anonymous - why?

In addition to using a paper fill in the box and optically scan it method, I would like to see my vote tied to me. I have never understood this compulsion to have it be anonymous, other than to disallow the possibility of verification against individual voters to allow fraud.

I would like my vote recorded, and then be verifiable by myself online. The lookup key? Simply the sequential number of my place in line against the voter registration book I sign in against. Multiple books just start with different thousands (10001, 20001, etc).

We survived today's Amazon news avalanche to bring you this: Yes, a managed Kubernetes service will be a thing

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Cloud lock-in

Get out of that Oracle lock-in, use our Amazon Aurora, AWS' cloud-based MySQL/PostgreSQL-compatible relational database and lock-in with us instead...

So how is that better?

Net neutrality nonsense: Can we, please, just not all lose our minds?

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Not a broadcasting issue

The FCC should have no say over this, period. The FCC was created to regulate a fair use of public airwaves - that's it. What happens on fiber and coax should not even be in their wheelhouse as it has nothing to do with that.

In short, KISS. The less government is involved with something, the more innovation and lower the cost it is due to choice. The more they are involved the beyond what is absolutely necessary, just costs us all money.

Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

Bryan Hall

Re: I knew it was a mistake

Pull the navy out of the middle east and just buy American gas. Problem solved.

Oracle users meet behind closed doors: Psst – any licensing tips?

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Re: "the murky world of licensing and software asset management"

I actually think that SAP has the right idea for how to license databases in the current world of multi-core CPUs - by total memory per server.

Let me use whatever features I want, with as many fast cores as I can throw at it - only with a memory limit based on whatever I've licensed it for. Total memory use is much easier to control than real core / hyperthreaded core / vCPU.

Oracle promises ‘highly automated’ security in self-driving database

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Query deleted data

"Another claim Ellison made was that the database would contain a feature that permits queries to be made against data deleted a day earlier."

Ummm - Larry, your Oracle database has had that feature for a LONG time (10.1 I think around 2006). It's called flashback query, and you can keep data for more than a day!

Larry (or your current assistant) - RTFM (or not so fine in Oracle's case) before you go say stupid things.

Oracle promises SLAs that halve Amazon's cloud costs

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Re: Half the cost of AWS - easy to achieve after Oracle doublies License cost on AWS...

Exactly. I keep wondering when they are going to hit us running on Azure.

Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

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Re: Crikey - $800???

Spies need them. Small, high capacity, fast.

You don't want that copy files progress bar to not make it to 100% before you are forced to leave - do you?


'Other' may yet become the biggest and most useful cloud

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Licenses drive cloud

Generic cloud providers are great for mostly open source or home-spun software. But there is a very valid place for PaaS / SaaS offerings from commercial vendors due to more favorable licensing, maintenance, and support. Now these offerings may very well actually run under one (or more) of the big vendor's cloud umbrellas, but in some cases like Oracle they don't, and that should not be a problem.

The point is - a single cloud strategy is difficult if not darn well useless when you have lots of commercial software products involved. A multi-cloud strategy just makes sense by letting each vendor tailor their offering on whatever clouds work best for them. Then the cloud-to-cloud connection becomes the important factor.

Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

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Re: Eyes glazed over

Graduating from the 300 baud acoustically coupled modem all the way up to 1200 bps modem was the big deal. No longer could I read the text at the same speed it arrived on my screen...



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