* Posts by Philip Teale

16 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Jul 2008

Black Monday: Office 365 down and out in Europe

Philip Teale

Incident Report

I realise its de rigueur to bash cloud providers when they have an outage, but if the recent VS login issue is anything to go by, MS will shortly publish a fairly detailed "warts'n'all" incident report - I for one have learned from their new-found openness and let's face it; we'll all have either written one, or be shortly about to...

LISA Pathfinder drops its gravity-wave-finding golden boxes

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All this talk of minute electrostatic forces and boxes following spaceships puts me in the mind of field effectors and knife-missiles.


Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: Hoagwash?

Simple arithmetic is where I fall down ;-)

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Re: Hoagwash?

Well, considering that this new hypothetical planet is estimated to be 10 times the size of the Earth, and given that Jupiter is approximately 300 times the size of the Earth, it's unlikely WISE was able to see planets 1/30 of the size of Jupiter

Microsoft strikes back at Outlook 2010 rendering grumbles

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fixoutlook.org site

My God, that is the most distressing site I have ever visited. My eyes were trying to read the content, but the horrible refreshing background made me feel sick.

The worst that Web 2.0 has to offer....

Galactica 1.3

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Perhaps you could tag App Reviews as such?

This is more of a suggestion than a rant, but perhaps these reviews could be tagged as "App Review" so that I know not to bother reading them? I don't have an iPhone or Android handset and am not planning on getting one. I don't have all the time in the world to read The Register and so would rather be able to spot at a glance which articles to read.

Does anyone else agree?

Doro PhoneEasy 338gsm

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No SMS - how does the emergency text work?

I'm confused, if the phone can't send SMS messages (top of page 3), then how does the emergency SMS message feature work?

World's first proper flying car makes debut flight

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No-one has yet appreciated the brilliance of your comment - please may I be the first :-)

Vista SP2 release candidate gets public airing

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So, you install a peice of software that trashes a critical OS file, and it's somehow the OS's fault?

You could do the SAME thing on any OS; if you are installing software then you are running as admin (or root) and crappily written software will have free reign to do what it wants on your machine.

Have you tried using System Restore to restore to the point just before you installed McAfee?

Wanted: £160k-a-year Twittercrat

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Hidden Documents?

Am I the only one to have noticed that on the linked page holding the job description, that the breadcrumb trail at the top of the page is "HIDDEN DOCUMENTS > VACANCIES"? What does that mean I wonder? Dissapointingly though, clicking on "HIDDEN DOCUMENTS" only yields a database error.

I wonder, was this job description passed to the author of this page by someone wanting to exploit the bias recently shown by The Register?

Nokia to preinstall Skype on handsets

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No Network Charges?

Surely the network operator will be making money from the data tariffs that the users will need to be using when not within range of a wi-fi hotspot?

Oracle tripped up by 'leap second'

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The bug was in CRS, which, as anyone who has a RAC infrastructure will know, is responsible for the control of the nodes in the cluster. If CRS detects that there is a problem with one of the cluster nodes, it will restart it to maintain cluster integrity. This is why a problem with CRS could cause a server reboot.

iSCSI: Game over

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@ Austin

My thoughts exactly! The author spends most of his time disparaging iSCSI because of its Ethernet-based drawbacks, then goes on to say how FCoE will blow iSCSI out of the water (but only when using 10Gbps!).

This article is all hyberbole and inflamatory language:

"There is no way out for iSCSI. It's at war and FCoE is the killing field."

hang on, four paragraphs above we have:

"Let's wait 18 months to two years and see both 10gigE and CNA costs come down..."

So if we have to wait 18 months to 2 years for FCoE to be able to beat iSCSI, how the flip can it be the killing field?

Let's have more detailed information and less tabloid journalistic crap.

P.S. I don't actually use iSCSI (we have FC SANs) but I am not blind to its advantages...

Rogue SF sysadmin coughs up passwords

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Mark: Best comment ever on El Reg!