* Posts by AceRimmer

722 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


AWS shovels compute smarts into Snowball Edge. How about piling it into a Stack, eh?


Re: What’s the compute for?

Several use cases spring to mind:

you already posses a number of lambda functions then it will save you the effort of having to rework them into your on premise kit.

you are a consultancy sending a client a snowball and want to apply filtering to ensure they don't fill the machine with anything they don't want on there

you are dealing with legacy equipment which is badly supported and need to lightly process the data before it hits S3

Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award


You want 6 digits? Here you go:


iFixit engineers have an L of a time pulling apart Apple's iPhone XS


Re: Slavish followers

"It can only be a matter of time before certain Android phone makers slavishly follow suit."

There were 2 android phones with Notches before the iPhone X

Sharp Aquos S2

Essential Phone

Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year


Re: I've said this before

Once your phone storage is big enough you don't need an SD card. I can't say I've missed mine in the past year since getting a phone with 128gb storage.

Western Digital wonders why enterprise isn't keen on its solid-state drives


Re: Supplier markup on new hardware

I've used Dell for years and my experience has been like yours. Engineer on site within 24 hours and never had a repair refused or quibbled

Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming


Re: Visual Studio 2017 is still a mess full of bugs and no ISO installer...

The offline option is available - as long as you have another computer that is online


Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids


Re: Hmmm

The Oneplus 5t - 64GB variant can be found unlocked for under £400

The slightly older Oneplus 5 with 128GB storage is about the same price

Both phones are very highly rated

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


Rpi for Media Storage

I use a RPI3 running Open Media Vault for storing all my media

Open Media Vault does a great job of abstracting disk and file paths so that if you do need to swap disks, the operation should be painless.

I have 2 2TB disks attached. One acting as a back - backups managed through OMV.

OMV has a simple web interface which handles the bulk of the management tasks.

For actually playing the media I use cheap android TV boxes re-flashed to use openelec (another kodi distribution). They are all set up to use a shared library which is stored in a mySQL database on the OMV server. What this means is that I can watch half a film in the living room then seemlessly resume watching in the bedroom.

I found the RPI3 to be unreliable when playing HD sources.

HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business


I'm sure HMRC do run their own datacentre kit

But for any large organisation, a hybrid of physical data centre kit and cloud provisioned services will give the most flexibility and resilience.

HMRC see a peak every year when personal tax submissions are due. Keeping a number of extra servers on standby for 11 months for a 1 month peak would be stupid. Better instead to (automatically) spin up a number of cloud hosted servers for the short busy period. The extra capacity can be (automatically) switched off and forgotten about as soon as they are no longer needed. On premise kit can deal with the load for the rest of the year.

DNA as storage? Old and boring. Boffins now chaining monomers



DNA is already storage!

Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads


Cool Spot

One long advert for 7-up

Hutch's Three UK users ripping through over 6GB a month


Re: A question about bandwidth.

Have you tried connecting using ssh?

Ssh is a lot quieter than other protocols so you won't wake the cats up

$310m AWS S3-izure: Why everyone put their eggs in one region


Softlayer vs AWS

"The issue with public cloud providers – particularly aggressively priced ones like Amazon – is that your data goes to the cheapest place. It is one of the tradeoffs you make when you go to Amazon versus an IBM Softlayer," Enderle said.


Softlayer is more expensive, has less features and is no more reliable than AWS

El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers


Re: I was quite interested in the Echo...

"Subsequently it has now been gathering dust on my kitchen shelf since before christmas - "

One of the advantages of buying over the interwebs is the rather good returns policy

Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?


Re: I'm worried they'll outlaw Kodi in some unenforceable way...

What's like 9?


It is also the square of a prime

Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down


Horses for Courses

Personally I find a 15" high resolution letter box format better for work as it means I can comfortably have two applications open side by side with out feeling that they're loosing valuable width.

Even if I'm working on a single word document, the letter box format means I can have 2 full pages on the screen at once


Re: How many tablets does a person need?

You can pick up a brand new padfone for about £100


Want to bring down that pesky drone? Try the power of sound




Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?


"but to deliberately read his 'accidentally' as 'accidentally on purpose' doesn't prove a thing."

The article strongly implies it was on purpose by through the use of the quote.. i.e. his words, not mine / nudge nudge, wink, wink/ you know what I mean

He tried a goodbye hug during which he “accidentally had a hand a little low”,

AWS milking its cattle to herd code into an updated Chalice


Re: os.system calls?

Its the cloud! Why would you need to make OS calls?

If you need to save anything you would use an S3 bucket or your own EC2 instance which you have spun up for that purpose (albeit defeating the purpose of serverless architecture)

Galaxy Note 7 flameout: 2 in 5 Samsung fans say they'll never buy from the Korean giant again


Its the Samsung LNG carriers that I'm really worried about


Re: 30% never owned another brand?

"The average person didn't have a cell phone 10 years ago,"

You're getting old. 10 years ago, everyone had a mobile phone

20 years ago, maybe not

I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop


Packs of drones would be much better. They can split up if the targets try and scatter or cover multiple exits of tunnel systems or other covered areas where the drones might not be able to enter. Plus you get the additional benefit of redundancy in the event that one fails (or is shot down).

Zuckerberg to spend $3bn+ to rid world of all disease by 2100 (Starting with Facebook, right?)


Re: Try paying some fucking taxes...

And having paid those taxes how much would get spent on medical research instead of say... other pointless war in the middle east?

At least this way all the 3 billion is being spent on medical research and it is being conducted outside of the pharma companies so any drugs/cures produced will at least be affordable

Microsoft to slap Slack with Skype – reports


User error

I can only guess that you're referring to the horror that is the Skype for Windows app

Try using Skype desktop instead, it's the windowed version which behaves like a desktop application should

Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good


Next Weeks Headline

Linux users enjoy an average 5 extra years of life

Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?


Re: Price?

" I don't want it to spam me with ads and apps on the lock screen and start menu"

The ads are very easy to turn off. Even for an IT Pro like yourself

Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously


If you are going to watch one PowerPoint Presentation by choice

Make sure it's this one:


What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything


"I'll just get my proof reader to go through my posts in future or just nor bother posting here again.."

Keep your proof reader, they've done a sterling job on all your previous posts


"Wow! Riddled with predictive errors..."

It doesn't say much for your ability to check what you're typing either! Those predictions are only optional suggestions and can be fixed

Trainline.com dumps Oracle and Microsoft, gulps AWS Kool-Aid


Re: Basicss first would be good

Ah the good old Thameslink. Used it many times myself

There are advantages of going to Victoria though:

1. Its usually quicker

2. If there are any problems with trains then you are more likely to get an alternative train quicker at Victoria.

The trainline will be restricted to whatever the national ticketing system decides. However, (you probably know this already) unless your ticket restricts you to a specific train or a specific operator then you can travel on any permitted route - which in your case will include taking the train from St Pancras

Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month


Supply and demand

According to Three Mobile, supply is limited

"we’re spectrum constrained and therefore capacity constrained”.

Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself


Re: FFS MS...

Nice edit


Re: FFS MS...

eh?? Windows tablets date back to the early 2000's

Machismo is ruining the tech industry for all of us. Equally


Re: Yes, IT is sort of a meritocracy

Or they'll insist on starting the coding on Day 1 and then plead time poverty when it comes to building the solution properly.

Unfortunately in IT is quite often the solution which is implemented first which wins. Once something is up and running even if it is a complete streaming pile of shit, it will be left in place as refactoring always has least precedence.

How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?


Re: Emotions?

actually the film "her" is quite similar in that respect. The super intelligence first learns from humans then moves on presenting no threat to humanity (except maybe our egos)

Windows 10 claimed another point of desktop share in February


Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747


"the probability of losing two engines on a four engined craft is higher than that of losing two on a three engined craft. Now, which is safer?"

A single engined aircraft.. it has 0 chance of losing two engines

'International tax' needs reform. Google's chicken bill makes me chuckle – comms guy


Re: Get rid of corporation tax...

Sales are already taxed

Use of big data can lead to 'harmful exclusion, discrimination' – FTC


"Companies should remember that while big data is very good at detecting correlations, it does not explain which correlations are meaningful,"

Big data detects nothing, it's just data.

Statistical Analysis on (big) data does the detection

HSBC online customers still in the cold after hours-long lockout


Re: You could all save a lot of trouble.......

"......by switching to Santander. Don't get problems with their online banking."


As any bank will tell you: Past Performance is Not Necessarily Indicative of Future Results


"I obviously need either a better imagination or the ability to over-react to the slightest thing as lack of online banking for over an hour does not exactly conjure up a nightmare scenario for me."

First working day of the month after a long weekend and a generally expensive festive period, A lot of people would have been nervously checking their bank accounts yesterday to check if they are still solvent.

For people who for one reason or another rely solely on a single card/account then it will be a major issue for them.

US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover


Re: Anyone heard of this thing called the internet...?

@Big John

For mountain rescue its not just about cost

Mountains tend to be away from major population areas and Mountain Rescue teams are generally volunteers with day jobs. If a call comes in, they drop what they're doing, rush off to base then attend the emergency. Trying to find enough people who are physically capable, work locally and have a high degree of flexibility is a major issue.

It's amazing the UK Parliament agreed to track 22bn Brits' car trips. Oh right – it didn't

Black Helicopters

This is nothing

Compared to how tracking via self driving cars will work

Surface Pro 4: Will you go the F**K to SLEEP?


Re: All quiet on the western front

I used to dual boot Windows/Linux too

Problem was, to get any work done I had to be in Windows.

To play any games I had to be in Windows.

If I wanted to waste an evening fiddling around with command prompts and text based config files I would boot into Linux

Drivers? Where we’re going, we don’t need drivers…


Re: Let's just say that...

Calm down dear, I used the "If" conditional, I was not making an assumption

Incidentally the ride sharing concept is already being used by Uber, time will tell how successful that is but a lot of people do appear to be prepared to share a taxi for a reduction in their fare.

Now go and have a proper think about the other points on how automated vehicles can be managed as a group to minimise congestion


Re: Let's just say that...

Apples and Oranges

NYC cabs (and taxis in general) operate as individual units all vying to maximize their own revenue. Even when the taxis are controlled by a central operator, the taxi firm has to be careful to evenly distribute work to all the drivers - especially as most drivers are not employed by the firm and directly rely on passenger journeys to get paid.

Taxi drivers are also some of the worst and most selfish drivers on the road - eliminating them will probably ease congestion by 10% alone

Automated taxis will have a completely different motivation model - that of maximising revenue for the owning company.

If ride sharing does take off then automated taxis will come in a wider range of sizes and have a higher occupancy rate greatly reducing the number of vehicles on the road. Try counting occupancy rates in morning traffic. The average number won't be much above 1.

Chaining vehicles may also become possible at some point. So 2 or three automated vehicle couple together and act as one. this further will reduce the road footprint of those vehicles and reduce traffic congestion.

Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him


The British tend to use very innocuous names. The general rule is the more innocent and dull sounding the name, the more dangerous the named item will be.

Just waiting for GERBIL to be brought on line

Boffins teach cars to listen for the sound of a wet road


Re: So far they assumed

"Despite all the progress being made (which is fantastic!), I think there's still a very long way to go until an autonomous car can outsmart a reasonably experienced driver"

All they have to do is to slightly outsmart the average driver then as a whole the population will be slightly safer.


Re: 93.2 % accuracy

That would be 93.2% accuracy when only listening to the noise of the tyres on the road surface.

Combined with the cars other sensors (e.g. vision) the accuracy should be much much closer to 100%