* Posts by FreeTard

291 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Jul 2008


1 in 5 VMware customers plan to jump off its stack next year


Downvoted for what exactly? AHV is perfectly capable, I run my production workloads off of it on Dell XC nodes

Meta to use work badge and Status Tool to snoop on staff


It is such a cheap way of workforce reduction. Nice one Zuck you complete dick

It's been 230 years since British pirates robbed the US of the metric system


Re: Hooray for Avoirdupois and pounds, shillings and pence

Depends if you're a roadie or a fast MTB rider -> 700C for roadies, 29inch MTB equiv (ISO 622).

Smaller wheels for more responsiveness used on both gravel & MTB bikes -> 650b "gravel" bikes and 27.5inch MTB (ISO 584)

Apple tells European Commission it's nutty for slapping €13bn tax bill on Irish subsidiary


Re: If it wasn't for the tax advantages of being in Ireland, none of the big companies...

English speaking of a sort eh? With brexit on the way you will find that we will be the **only** EU country with native English speakers for the yanks to deal with.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC


"Anythng under 100ms is fine".

Maybe in the third world, in the real world that should be under 10ms.

I must say, every time I visit the US I find the internet to be shite. I had assumed this was down to the hotel's internet but if they think 100ms latency is fine then that explains it.

Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console


Missile command was the greatest game ever, many's a 10p I spent in the chipper at the bottom of my road on that yolk. I still remember spinning that ball faster and faster to light up the sky. Top stuff!

PM urged to protect data flows post-Brexit ahead of Munich speech


Lots of brexiteers on this, El Reg is not the place I ever thought they'd appear.

Anyway, coming from an EU 27 country, I can tell you that brexit just doesn't matter as much to us as it does to the UK. The only place I ever read about it is in the guardian & FT - and now El Reg!

Brexit is a total fsck-up. But I don't think there's any going back since the Maybot triggered article 50. I hope I'm wrong, coz we still love you guys.

The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter


Re: Dane Geld

Both SF and the DUP are as bad as each other. Why anyone votes for them is beyond me. May is clutching at straws getting into bed with the DUP.

Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak


Re: That's not hot. This is hot.

I spend a lot of time in Texas, and I can tell you that even peak summer with a heat wave in Texas is fine with aircon and little humidity compared to 25C here and humidity. We were tired after sitting down today during lunch, and we didn;t even eat anything.

Samsung Electronics reportedly ponders buying Fiat parts


Re: Like Lucas?

Hmm, they seem good enough for F1, MotoGP, Indy, Nascar, WSBK, WRC & a ton of high end vehicles all the same.

Here's one ref, I'll let you do the rest.


Spotify seeks hardware boffins


Re: Before they look at hardware :-

Eh? I have a family membership which allows 5 distinct users. Works fine for me.

Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit


As an Irishman, I'd hate to see the UK leave - coz it will be a royal pain in the arse getting visa's and all that for a week-end away, not to mention border restrictions (again) up north.

Don't leave us lads, you're our best mates FFS.

Do you qualify as poor in Palo Alto? Spoiler: Yes, yes, you do


Re: Come to Spain

"The commute would be a bit of a bugger though - wouldn't it ?"

Not as bad as the commute into and out of Santa Clara every day. Was working there last summer and it was a total nightmare. It was so bad that it made no difference whatsoever what time you left work on a Friday, the result was frequent stops on the freeway for minutes at a time.

Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators


You don't have to permanently block IP's you know. It is fairly trivial to detect sucpicious traffic (as you currently do) but rather than permenently blocking them, you could automate it to disable the block once a timer has exceeded. Fail2ban (among other solutions) come to mind.

Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers


Nice article, I have a few of them on order to expand the vSphere cluster - currently 720xd's whichI've been very happy with for the workloads in use.

Evil NSA runs on saintly Linux, Apache, MySQL


Re: No Secrets Agency's RHEL exploit Laughs At My Privacy

Dependency hell? You're just doing it wrong. It's trivial to hook up to a repo and / or create your own local repo. Debian has the same issues you know, if your .dep file has deps, and you have no repo, same issue.

Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?


Re: Event Horizon in the same league with Alien?

Hold on there, as a fan of Alien I agree with you about watchability, but that is only because I am absolutely terrified of watching Event Horizon again. That flic gave me nightmares for weeks such is its genius - and I'm in my 40's FFS.

They are totally different movies and cannot be compared.

Pwned so many times - but saved by the incident response plan


Excellent, well written and honestly refreshing article.

UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers


OK I'll bite. If they shall be allowed to google their homework, then they should be required to do the write up in Latex, and with proper citations!

They'll have to do it in college so why not start now?

Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA


Quite liked his talk

He's a good speaker and seems quite laid back for a Bush. I'm not American but I'd probably vote for him. I honestly do not believe that Clinton has a snowballs chance in hell of getting elected.

After all, men only vote for fit birds.

Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?


Re: Lunacy

Lots of my own (non-techie) family..... whenever I try to explain why privacy is so important they always answer, "sure who'd want to know anything about me...". I've totally given up explaining the many, many reasons why....

Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug



25 mill is a drop in the ocean of his dosh, he's just using this for self publicity and the obvious tax write off. He should just donate and not tell anyone - like the rest of us do. FFS.

Facebook preps ad network to TARGET YOU WHERE YOU LIVE



Thanks for the reminder and to disable all location "services".

Dell thuds down low-cost lap workstation for cheap frugal creatives or engineers


Re: low cost?

Isin't everything more expensive in Oz?

The wife was in Sydney for Xmas, and she was getting me to transfer 500AUD every few days - and the accomodation was already paid for! Cost me a bleedin fortune... case in point, Camembert cheese - 15dollars, bread to go with it 3 dollars WTF?

French youth faces court for illegal drone flight


Should be employed..

..by the French tourism board, as that video of Nancy makes me want to plan a trip this summer.

Gorgeous shots, well done to that lad.

Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'


Re: don't get it

I for one find this entire concept creepy. I do not like people taking videos / pictures of me and sticking them on the interweb. This is the very reason I have no "social" network account. With facial recognition you cannot say with certainty that your image in a random pic will not be recognised by glass. Do you not care about privacy?

The only thing I can imagine glass being good for is an app that lets you see everyone naked - fake nakedness would work well here. Perfect for those of a nervous disposition and had to do a talk in front of a room of heads.

Judge: Google owes patent troll a 1.36% cut of AdWords' BEELLIONS


No patents for...

A discovery, a scientific theory or a mathematical method;

An aesthetic creation;

A scheme, rule or method for performing a mental act, playing a game or doing business, or a computer program; or

The presentation of information.


Patents must be novel, have industrial applicability, and an inventive step.

This covers basically the EU and most of the world....

...then we have the US

Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead


Re: Fatboy Dell

Or is you are moving your desktops to VDI infrastructure, servers to virtualisation, need advice on networking / storage / iops etc, thats when you need them.

We're not taking about soho here.

Vintage wine laid down in 1600 BC was 'psychotropic'


Teenage Rum

A load of us schoolboys went to a french class mate's gaf in France. His grandparents had left the family a house in the sticks of the Loire valley. But the house had not been used for donkeys.

There was a (disused) cave and we found two crates of seriously old Rum. The bottles were all twisted so God only knows how old it was. But it looked like the bottles you'd see in the old pirate movies.

Being teens we got twaddled and drank the lot. We had our fun and that's all that matters.

Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft


Re: "front-runner for the chief executive seat"

I'd say this was always the plan. Balmer : "You go to Nokia, make the shares crash and we'll buy them for a pittance, as recompence you'll get a shed load of cash and I'll make you the new CEO, job done."

Sounds like a great plan.

Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986


Re: iPhone and iPad?

It is a really good idea actually. I've had to change the passwords on the TV, laptops, ipad and telephones just to get the bloody kids to go outside and play this summer.

I caught my 13 year old son hiding in the wardrobe in his room playing poxy minecraft, and it was 28C outside.

If he was having a wank I could understand, but minecraft FFS!

When I were a lad....

Bradley Manning* sentenced to 35 years in prison


Re: robmobz AC aware of world beyond their borders

Absolute bollox. Cross a border in ANY European country and you immediately feel like you're in another country. Everything is different FFS. Seriously mate, have you actually been to Europe?

For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live


Re: How to survive in the countryside

Yes but D.U.I is simply not considered an issue in the states. Last year when over there I went out with some locals one night, and we got totally blattered. I was the only one who ordered a taxi home. And the other lads and lassies all drove their own cars home and they had more to drink than I did.

When I mentioned a taxi as a good alternative, they said, "No, were used to drinking and driving, you're not, so that's why you need the cab".


Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM



This is as far from innovative as you can possibly get. What shall we do next, eh, attach a bigger screen and someone might buy it, even though it will be too big to hold comfortably for any period of time - like Microsoft's surface.

Seriously apple, innovate if you want to sell stuff.

Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you


Re: I'm sure there were two girls on my degree course

Discrete maths, yes they do still teach it. I was the opposite to you, I was shit at maths in school, but got an A in each of my discrete maths courses in comp sci. Oh the joys of CafeOBJ....

Who did Apple LIE TO: Australia or America?


If it were me...

I'd simply tell apple that unless they give me a lower price than the US, they can stuff their sale and we'll give the cash to some other company that will comply.

These companies NEED these deals, not the other way around. Mind you, when you work for the gov it's not your money and is essentially a bottomless pit, so whatever.

A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

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Won't work in the EU

We have a little thing called data protection. Any company that has a back door which snoops on personal data will not be allowed to operate in the EU. No company in their right mind would kill their biggest market.

Not to mention the lost good-will. Craziness.

Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again


Re: It is a pile of turd

Correction - I don't actually remember what the BSOD's were, so cannot say for sure if they were the same. I seem to remember the bitmap being difficult to read as it was not at all clear, but it was a freshly installed machine with all updates and no apps installed, this should not crash - since MS provided all the software.


Re: It is a pile of turd

Yes I did, and they were different BSOD's each time. The laptop has been running constantly, only using sleep mode for the pas couple of years, running various virtualisation technologies, xen, kvm, vmware workstation and also the one from SUN that the name escapes me. I managed to run lots of windows flavours on this host for testing apps and running other scenarios.

The machine has never crashed before, yet with windows 8, it would BSOD just idling. Also ran memtest86 over night and other diags. Never an issue found.

So it is not a hardware issue, is a shit OS.


It is a pile of turd

I installed a licenced copy of windows 8 pro on my thinkpad x61s, installed every update available. Installed a single app - avgfree and I had 8 BSOD's in two days.

I re-installed it, did the upgrades, installed defender instead of cvg and the BSOD's continued.

I then nuked it and put fedora18 back on.

I wanted a windows machine as I have another thinkpad and didn't really see the point in having two almost identical OSes.

Using win8 was fairly painful, as the UI makes no sense unless it is on a tablet or a telephone, so they are right to vista it. Whether I'll try blue when it comes out in another question.

Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight


Re: Mach 1.2?

Good safety record all the same, bar the one hiccup that killed it off. Concord was cool, please don't diss it.

There has never been a cooler plane, not even the military has a cooler one.

Blackstone gives up on $25bn bid to snatch Dell from Mr Dell

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Re: Go ahead Carl Icahn

Speaking as a (minor) Dell stockholder, I couldn't disagree more. Dell have done great strides to become a great services company, I see a great future with them. If Mickey D gets to go private, I'll get my cash back, and if not then I'm keeping them for the long term.

Anyway, you are wrong. They are no longer a "PC" company, times have changed mate, look at the acquisitions they have made and look at their service offerings.

p.s.: I'm also a HP share owner, but I'll likely ditch them soon as they have seem to have made some serious fuck-ups recently.

Bitcoins: A GIANT BUBBLE? Maybe, but currency could still be worthwhile


I pity the fool

This is so going to end in tears..... time for the popcorn.

'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa


Two laws potentially broken here

One, the receipt of stolen goods - against the law in Britain, don't know about Iran.

Publishing pics and address of people without their express consent - this is a breach of the UK's privacy laws.

Both are likely now invalid since the new 'owners' offered to return it when they discovered it was pilfered and the pic poster has removed the pics from his site. However, the Daily fail still has the pics up so this one may be too late.

p.s.: That Iranian chick is quite fit.

Nearly a quarter of all books sold in US in 2012 were ebooks



ebooks are shite, give me a real book any day of the week. This is an entirely personal opinion of course as these kindle things seem to be very popular with both my inlaws and my dad.

My mother, kids and wife are with me though, and have zarro interest in them. Feck the trees, I'd rather pay full whack and provide the jobs and the joy of turning real pages over.

I can understand using technical books in e-format though, as there is no joy in reading them in either format, and I prefer being able to CTRL-F for strings of relevant text. But when would you ever do that for a novel?

The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME


Two apples...

...yet no pie! Why not lads?

Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

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Seriously google?

They cannot control language use, and neither can any company out there. Things like this make me think about no longer using their services. Thumbs down to you google!

Florida fisherman bags two-headed MUTANT SHARK

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Re: Why do they throw back the rest of the shark?

Indeed, the best meat I have ever eaten was baby horse in the Pyrenees. Unbelievable flavour and tender as you like - as babies tend to be no doubt. I do not know why we don't sell it over here.

Nanowires boost photovoltaics sunlight capture by 15X


Re: Fantastic!!


You've even got it wrong mate, it would be the other way around since Israel have several hundred nukes, and Iran have none.

Still, WTF?