* Posts by Tokoloshe

27 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Aug 2010

Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit



I'm fine with any form of wit, even sarcasm. The downvoters will have a long wait for any other type around here.

Painfully insecure GDS spaffs £21,000 on online narcissism tool


Re: Can anyone answer this?

Because the whole world can read a tweet, but only you and a goverment letter opening minion know what's in your letter.

Suggest you either tweet the questions or send the letters via your MP.

GDS monopoly leaves UK.gov at risk of IT cock-ups, warns report


Re: Celebrate success, learn and adapt for the future.

I'll raise your:

"GDS over the last 3 years is estimated to have saved billions in development costs..."




Re: Celebrate success, learn and adapt for the future - get a great CV.

I notice that at no point do you refer to 'cost benefit' as being a determining factor in whether GDS should 'build not buy'. As a taxpayer I really think it should be.

What we now have is a rapidly growing empire that determines itself to be authoritative on all government IT matters. While GDS can admit to mistakes and move on, Gov departments will be left paying for the white elephants for years to come.

So GDS have authority without the inconvenience of responsibility.

Finally, I'm sure GDS would say that they've saved UK Gov. a fortune - their brave decision to standardise on black and white web pages has avoided months of civil servants and brand consultants agonising over a Pantone colour chart.

The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons



"The reason the operator cares about your power consumption is because they have to provide it at least twice over: once to physically power the kit and once to run all the equipment that deals with the heat you're generating."

While PuE is a pretty basic benchmark for DC energy use, you are asserting that it has to be >=2. It doesn't.

'Granola-eating tree hugger' takes plunge, becomes IoT upstart


Re: Smart Radiator Valves

Yep, ideally you want each room independently controlled.

I have a 12 zone Honeywell evohome system including 4 underfloor zones. It's a bit expensive, £300 quid for the controller (inc. boiler link and Internet gateway) and around £50 for each TRV. The TRVs detect open doors, windows and will turn off the radiator.

Each room can have its own programme and the system can be controlled via IOS and android apps.

It's taken my gas bill down to £800/yr from £1200 - with a payback of around 30 mths.

My only grumble is that it's a closed system with no hooks for other house control systems.

3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience


Re: Shurely shome mishtake?

That'll be 1TB of OneDrive space - MS offer the same with a standard Office 365 subscription.

Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7



that's assuming there's an entity on earth wealthly enough to licence 1,024 cores of Oracle Enterprise software with all the optional trimmings in the first place.

Dr Evil Ellison gets it for free obviously...

Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere


Re: Cisco are probably right...for now at least.

FWIW, my future view of SDN is of a hardware independent, white-with-rainbows box networking utopia :)

I was questioning VMware's approach of NFV on x86 for east-west workloads, which looks great on a marketing slide, but would seem compromised by performance and/or cost, to my jaded, though admittedly myopic, eyes. To that end, and based on what *supported* SDN technology is available currently to the mere mortal sys admins, I would say that the article title is correct, but won't be continue to be so.

In summary, I don't think either VMware or Cisco's SDN land grab will succeed...both will get disrupted into IT history.


Cisco are probably right...for now at least.

Like any true commentard I haven't read the Cisco whitepaper, but having seen VMware's CTO present on NSX a couple of times recently, I do have reservations.

VMware would say that you simply move all your network workloads like firewalls onto NSX (so called NFV) and use cheaper 'white box' switches to tie it all together. Now some NSX supported virtualisation targets, Palo Alto Networks FWs for example, use expensive custom silicon like FPGAs (as well as x86 chips) in their appliances to deliver multi-gig FW/IPS throughput. The best that seems to be available in ESX/NSX for Palo Alto FWs is 1 gig FW with only 600Mbps of IPS, and that's using 4 cores.

In short, if Palo Alto, or for that matter, any vendor using non-x86 silicon, could do multi-gig or 10G firewalling, IPS etc on commodity x86, rather than presumably more expensive custom ASICs/FPGAs, then wouldn't they be doing it already*? How many x86 cores (and corresponding ESX and NSX licences) will need to be thrown at network services that non-x86 silicon can do better, and maybe more cheaply?

I don't care enough to do the maths...but there's presumably someone out there that has (thanks in advance!)

*Check Point are tied to x86 and that (plus a large dose of incumbent complacency) is why the FPGA-based PAN FWs have been kicking their arse over the last few years.

Leaping SpaceX GRASSHOPPER ROCKET jumps 2,500ft, lands safely


Re: FAB!

"The torus shaped building was called 'the roundhouse'. Quite what you use such an unusually shaped building for, I don't know."

The Fusion Reactor (probably).

Perhaps Musk's eggheads can get to work on that unsolved problem after completing the full set of TB craft.

Ready to bin your USB cables yet? Wireless USB hops on WiGig bandwagon


Does solve one USB problem...

I defer to Mr Dabbs for a more entertaining explanation;


Microsoft says axed certificates were FAILING its software biz


Re: I'd like to see numbers on that.

According to TFA;

"...resulted in less than one in a thousand new certifications each year"

So <0.1%

Bigger frames make Wi-Fi a power miser: boffins



No mention by Richard of .11n's successor, which among other things, substantially reduces device-side power requirements.

The IT industry doesn't do the looking back thing well, so there's unlikely to be much effort put in to making .11n more efficient when Cisco et al can sell you shiny new .11ac things.

Firewall tech pioneer Gil Shwed: Former teen sysadmin on today's infosec biz


"Check Point claims FireWall-1 has never been breached."

I've been using Checkpoint software for 15 years and my memory is obviously better than Check Point's;


Unless their definition of a breach doesn't include their software being bypassed;

Aruba battles BlackBerry to protect biz from staffers' nasty iPhone apps


Re: BYOD more like MDM

It's a fair point that MDM suppliers' focus on mobile operating systems (rather than all mobile devices including laptops) means that they don't yet cover the plethora of devices that could fall into the BYOD category.

From my contact with the main MDM vendors for a recent project, some support OS X (e.g. Mobile Iron and Airwatch), but in reality all of them are waiting for PC/Mobile OS 'convergence'. This has started wth Windows 8 ( I have to say 'started' due to the fundamental differences that remain among Win 8 Pro, RT and Phone variants) though presumably MS will get there in the end, with Win 9 probably. Re Apple, one vendor said that they expect iOS and OS X to fully merge in 18 months. I reckon they might run an iOS VM on OS X, though that would really require a touch screen on Macs and Tim Cook to remove and eat humble pie from his fridge-toaster.

How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects


Re: 100% availability?

Lots of service providers will give a contracted 100% SLA, but the penalty for it being breached is sometimes only a refund of the pro-rated service cost e.g. your £1m/yr cloud service is down an hour so you get £114.15 back.

First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING


Something useful for those 8 cores

Samsung could get Folding@home ported, especially since Sony have ended support on the PS3. All that silicon could do some good overnight, after the phone has fully charged and is still connected to the mains.

4K LCD TV output to outstrip OLED production


Re: Sarcasm

They will always be able to rely on (probably ever more) lossy compression to smooth over their imperfections.

New MPEG format paves the way for UHDTV


Re: Increase in spatial, but what about temporal?

Good point,

I'd prefer to get 1080p rather than 'i' from Sky HD right now so I can 'sweat' my current set, rather than upgrading to a 4k set which is similiarly hobbled by Sky's technology (possibly) and desire to dial down the bandwidth to support more channels (definitely)

Are Sky going to push a 4k signal for 3D at 1080P or another bunch of shopping channels?

Intel slaps Xeon Phi brand on MIC coprocessors


Mike the Knight?


Foundering Nokia pushes 10,000 bods, 3 veeps overboard



Floundering, shurely.

Sky to open net telly channels to all


Sky F1 channel 'free' for HD subscribers...

and as HD costs £10/mth, it's cheaper than buying the sports package either on its own (£20/mth) or in addition to Sky Movies (£12/mth).

Ofcom denies privacy to drunk-dial-and-drive trucker


It's worth mentioning that

The unmarked police vehicle was actually a lorry, though the police driving it were in uniform, and he failed a breath 'test' not 'text', though to be honest he would have failed anything breath related given the number of empty special brew cans in his cab.

I think he should have had his HGV licence revoked, livelihood or not.

Goldeneye 007: Reloaded


Console Vs. PC

While I haven't been reading this nonsense as long as I've been playing computer games (since Blitz on the VIC20), it seems to have gathered some sort of assumed truth over the last decade or so.

The inevitable 'argument' is used: console shooters are easy because the controller makes them hard to play, hence everyone *must* be using auto-aim.

Very few games have auto-aim on by default (I always check) and it can also be turned off.

So as I play without auto-aim can I assume that you're the pussy for using a more accurate control system?

And what system do I play games on? All of them. So I can get on and enjoy playing whatever I want on any platform I want.

Sainsbury's is abandoning tape


Costing everything in the real world

Actually you describe the non-accountant approach, as accountants (and more business minded IT professionals) are aware of the concept of marginal cost.

Graphing server costs against DC capacity would demonstrate the rather obvious spike in the cost of the server that exceeds the datacentre space (the marginal cost will equal the server + another datacentre, or perhaps more 'real world', the cost to host it elsewhere). It's high marginal costs like this that are front and centre when decisions on IT strategy are made.

Also, it's odd that you focus on what are long term capital costs that tend to be depreciated over a long period (whatever the useful life of a DC is), rather than the costs that are more directly affected by the server population, like power and server hardware maintenance. Even a DC's equipment (a/c, fire suppression, power generation/backup etc) will usually last 5-7 years, so through a server refresh.

Naomi Campbell admits handling 'blood diamonds'

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