* Posts by SFC

23 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Feb 2010

Broadcom says VMware to grow revenue by double-digit percentages all year


>That is how the free-market works.

That is how a functioning free-market works. A free market requires competition to function, it fails miserably in the face of a monopoly. VMware has essentially had a monopoly in the virtualization space for a long time. MS gave up on Hyper-V, Redhat gave up on RHEV, Proxmox isn't large enterprise ready, Nutanix requires you to buy their whole stack so it isn't an actual hypervisor competitor.

This is a masterclass in why monopolies are bad, it doesn't reflect much of anything about the free market other than how horribly broken it is when there isn't proper competition.

If Ford decided to double the price of the F150, they'd find all their customers buying a Silverado or Ram within days. No such plug-in alternative exists for Global 500 VMware customers at the moment which is why Broadcom feels perfectly comfortable with this unapologetic money grab.

China's 7nm chip surprise reveals more than Beijing might like


Re: Ours

>because the country is full of, and run by, arsehats without a clue about semiconductors.

I'd imagine the entire crew at ARM would beg to differ...



Re: It's also an ASIC crypto-miner, highly parallel, low complexity. A starter chip.

And which "life-saving drugs" are produced with Carfentanil? Ahhh, that's right, there are exactly 0. China knows exactly what they're doing, and it isn't "supplying the world with chemicals to produce whatever the buyer intends to". They're supplying drugs they know will be used to kill the citizens of the country's they're shipping them to.

China and Russia aren't ready to go it alone on tech, but their threats are worryingly plausible


Re: Chinese manufacturing

Which is why they've been investing so heavily in Africa. When the cheap labor at home dries up, they'll build out new factories (they've already started) in Africa where they can continue to pay nearly nothing for labor.

Open-source vuln db closes – plenty of taking and not a lot of giving


Re: Ah, McAfee...

Hang on... let's call out the PARENT company - Intel. They have MORE than enough money to pay their way. Not that McAfee didn't... but the fact it's Intel makes it even less tolerable.

Chip company FTDI accused of bricking counterfeits again



I'm not making up anything - and I didn't say anything about a medical device.

Nobody said anything about Windows automatically updating drivers.

Unexpected input may or may not be thoroughly vetted by the device manufacturer.

I've seen all manner of items running Windows under the covers that could result in someone's death due to a malfunction. Starting with the control stations for heavy machinery in factories.

US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018


Re: versus?

What isn't an edge case? What war is the US actually going to engage in nowadays against another nation which requires that kind of support? Any nation willing to fight is likely going to result in full scale nuclear war.

The only battles the US is fighting are exactly like ISIS/Al Qaeda. Traditional warfare between nations is done with, because the firepower available is too great.

GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre


I really, really hope they improve those body lines. The prius is ugly, stop trying to copy it...

Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops


Re: Don't buy US kit

Define bigger risk. The Chinese have proven they have absolutely no issues wholesale stealing your technology then selling it in their own market with no regard for copyright/trademark/patent law. The US, while they may want to find something to blackmail you with, won't be destroying your business by stealing your technology.

If I'm concerned with hiding something illegal I'm doing, sure, Huawei is great. If I'm concerned with having a profitable business, give me Cisco and a backdoor from the NSA all day long. If I'm a government concerned about state secrets I wouldn't touch either one.

NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app



So Waze can remove the "report a cop" and replace it with "report an overturned pork truck". Do they think removing the ability to report cops is going to cause this functionality to disappear? I think it's time we're allowed, as citizens, to sue the individuals responsible for this frivolous lawsuit. They're wasting MY taxpayer dollars. And I sure as hell didn't give them permission to do so.

All-flash case rehash: Modus vs Nimbus lawyers off to DC



Why would you continue using the kit for 2 YEARS if it didn't meet your needs? If it doesn't do what they claim, send it back. Seems pretty straightforward to me. We're talking about a $100k deal...

Oracle crashes all-flash bash: Behold, our hybrid FS1 arrays


Re: Strange...

Right, and none of what you stated occurs in the storage array. It occurs in the database, and is completely storage agnostic. The *ONLY* reason it requires zfssa or pillar storage is because Oracle can't give the stuff away on it's own merit.

iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?


Re: Uneducated toss.

No, Sony's problem is the same it's always been. They let their "media" division dictate what everyone else can or can't do. Sony has throughout the years made brilliant hardware after brilliant hardware, only to cripple it with some back asswards DRM to "prevent piracy" at the expense of user experience. They spent so many years alienating their customers, that it's tough to win any of them back. I literally don't care if Sony produces the greatest Android phone ever created. After their XCP rootkit debacle, I won't be buying anything from them for a LONGGGG time.

Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out


Re: The Rest of the Story

That's patently false. Improving your connection to whatever the nearest pop Netflix is located in would in no way be preferring them. Nobody is saying to dedicate a cross-connect to Netflix. They use Level3 and Cogent, there's no possible way that if you ran to whatever pop they're in, you wouldn't also be improving your connection to countless other providers. Basically every non-mega-internet-corp in the world has a blend that includes Level3 or Cogent in their mix and you know it.

Red Hat's pockets bulging on strong Linux, JBoss sales


Re: Costly MRG

It's called CYA. If you want to be the one responsible for tracking down the bug and writing the fix when something blows up in the middle of the night, go for it. I'll pay for it to be someone else's problem.

Just what is Oracle going to plop out as its golden storage egg?


Re: Why does Oracle need storage

Oracle can't just rebadge other people's hardware for two reasons:

1. They already burned their bridges with HDS and LSI (now NetApp) when they terminated their OEm relationships.

2. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars on Pillar. They aren't going to just bail on the technology. I mean... they could, but Larry might finally be shown the door if they did, when all his shareholders realized he was just bailing out his personal bank account.

Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'


Re: err


The 32pin interface cable isn't a standard, it's an Apple proprietary interface.

Apple did NOT use USB first, your're completely off your rocker. They weren't even on the standards committee for it being invented. Apple tried to get everyone to use firewire, which was shunned by the rest of the industry, and eventually gave in to USB.

You can't transfer video over the lightning doc at all. USB has 0 issues transferring both.

Troll sufficiently fed.

The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux


Re: And your point is?

Just because you don't know what's running FreeBSD doesn't mean that it's got a minimal install. As a result of the fact you don't have to share the code people don't have to tell you if they're using it or not. And they never have to give anything back.

Off the top of my head - NetApp and EMC Isilon are both based off of FreeBSD. Kace which Dell now owns, and JunOS by Juniper.


Twitter launches vox populi index for US presidential race

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Completely ridiculous. It's just a system looking to be gamed.

California clears way for Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship'

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Re: What's interesting to me...

Bill Gates started the foundation in 2000. 12 years ago. Nice troll though!

The Incredible 4PB Hulk: EMC monsterises VMAX


Re: So what

Configuration rules for a FAS6280 and a FAS6280 in an HA environment


Maximum system capacity (in TB)

Note: Disk drive capacity listed is the largest shipping disk drive supported on the date of the last update to this page. 4320

With the current shipping 3TB drives it's 3.4PB. When 4TB drives are released, or with a v-series, it goes up to 4.3.

AMD: OEMs primed for Opteron 6100s


Supermicro isn't intel only

Supermicro isn't intel only and never has been, you just need to learn to use a web browser.


AMD talks energy with 'Llano' cores


ATI isn't the issue...

Choking on ATI integration? The GPU's coming out of the ATI division are the only thing AMD has been doing right for the last 2 years...