* Posts by DavidRa

107 posts • joined 1 Feb 2011


Microsoft! Please, put down the rebrandogun. No one else needs to get hurt... But it's too late for Visual Studio Online


Re: Questionable value

Honestly, I've spent five weekends and countless nights trying to get K8s to run in a truly HA mode in my lab (3 masters, shared storage for volumes and 2+ workers). I've read dozens of K8s guides, 95% of which build an "HA" environment with a single cluster master accessible only from the master itself.

The other 5% are outdated (even though at least one was only 4 months old, it referenced a process that had been replaced two months prior to the guide date) or plain don't work as written.

At this point K8s feels like ivory tower academia desperately pretending it's open but rabidly protecting its IP so it *can't* be replicated on premise. That's not really a recipe for a future in which I want to be building IT.

That in turn means that I don't currently see containers as a way out of the cloud mess, in case it's not clear.

Spyware slinger NSO to Facebook: Pretty funny you're suing us in California when we have no US presence and use no American IT services...


Re: Class action suit?

I rather suspect that admitting that is irrelevant - wouldn't it be the case that only the owner of the mobile device would have standing (in the legal sense) in a disagreement about the specific devices?

After all, Alice can't sue Bob for Bob breaking into Candace's computer, right?

Is Chrome really secretly stalking you across Google sites using per-install ID numbers? We reveal the truth


Your information is out of date. Edge Stable has been available for several weeks (both v79 and v80 are in stable, and those map closely to Chromium versions with the same inflated numbers). While there are Dev and Canary channels (and I run in Dev) it's definitely wide release as of Jan 15.

And as far as I can see, Edgium doesn't send the X-Client-Data header (nor did it seem to have an equivalent for Microsoft properties so it seems to be MORE privacy conscious than Chrome).

I don't get the continued FUD about Microsoft hoovering up info - unlike Google where you don't pay for stuff (which supposedly means you're "the product", right) you do pay MS. And regardless of all the noise about it, I've never actually seen anyone show any data suggesting that MS really is copying everyone's hard disks to the cloud. Even when all the "privacy invasions" are left on.


Re: PII leak

While that's true, it doesn't mean they have (or that there won't be some kind of process failure that releases one of the stragglers to someone else).

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees


Re: Euphemisms

As opposed to the "CFIT" designation - Controlled Flight Into Terrain.

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened


Re: European Space SLAs

's water music was referencing a song by Tom Lehrer, "Wernher von Braun".

A Notepad nightmare leaves sysadmin with something totally unprintable


Re: Support ticket

Not quite. The Exchange 5.5 Admin console had a nasty habit of not committing changes with the OK button, leading to those who administered Exchange being rapidly conditioned to clicking both in sequence.

That code that could never run? Well, guess what. Now Windows thinks it's Batman


Re: Assume the worst

That was (and still is) a neat little trick in the languages that allow it. I recall that was the reason that my rubber-banding worked properly (1993 Xterms being what they were) and in near real time - most of the others were about 3x slower than real time and if you followed the absolute dunce-cap algorithm in the provided materials, 9x slower.

For clarity, when drawing an ellipse with this particular library, you had to nominate the top left and bottom right corners - so if you started in the wrong direction you'd get undefined results or crashes. The provided algorithm was something like:

if ((x1 < x2) && (y1 > y2)) { swap (y1, y2); }

if ((x1 > x2) && (y1 < y2)) { swap (x1, x2); }

if ((x1 > x2) && (y1 > y2)) { swap (x1, x2); swap (y1, y2); }

if ((x1 > x2) && (y1 > y2)) { }

And yes, swap() was the 3 variable load/store, as a function. Replace with the passthrough macro version of SWAP, optimise the compare/swap:

#define SWAP(a,b) (a ^= b ^= a ^= b)

if (x1 > x2) SWAP (x1, x2);

if (y1 > y2) SWAP (y1, y2);

And done.

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much


What always amazes me is that the advertising companies must have technical folk working for them. Why then do those technical people assist the marketroids? I couldn't in good conscience do that kind of deep analysis work to assist an ad-slinger - and I find it near incomprehensible that others sell their souls that way.


Re: Chrome or Chromium?

Seems likely, since the extra JS methods/functions would need to be added to the DOM in source.

Think your VMware snapshots are all good? Guess again if you're on Windows Server 2019


Re: Backups

It's called VSS, but it's new technology (only available since Windows 2003) so I'm not surprised some vendors haven't gotten around to fully supporting it yet.

Normally I'd expect installing VMWare Tools to provide the conduit between "host wants an application-consistent snapshot" and "call VSS function to quiesce IO properly". It's probably less than two hundred lines of code including proper error checking (I say 200 because I expect the bare call is probably ... 5).

Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me


Re: obligitory

The topologist will point out that they are in fact identical.

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row


Re: Good riddance!

> (BTW, I prefer to be refereed to as "Oi You" although "You Bas****d" is also acceptable).

Identity theft is NOT a joke.

We asked for your Fitbit horror stories and, oh wow, did you deliver: Readers sync their teeth into 'junk' gizmos


Remind me again where the phone is going to be to measure your heart rate while swimming, running or biking, count laps and provide basic info such as the SMS from your SO (which might mean an emergency)? I too was a naysayer until that specific need (swimming data/analysis) presented itself. The alternative would appear to be a heart rate band and the phone app, which would seem to provide no significant benefits and some detriment when compared to the wristwatch.


"Pointless" last word

The GP seemed to display a remarkable inability to conceive of situations that are not a perfect match to his own, and I submit therefore that the epithet under subsequent discussion was in fact both appropriate and deserved.

Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry


Re: Physics will still be applied

Well, if they situate themselves correctly, they'll at least get a kiss before they pass on.

Even if that is likely to be a Liverpool kiss (that one was safe at time of writing, but YMMV).

The in and outs of Microsoft's new Windows Terminal


Re: "It still has a local console for when the worst happens"

All the more reason to install Core, I'd say.

Google may have taken this whole 'serverless' thing too far: Outage caused by bandwidth-killing config blunder


Re: Latency sensitive workloads

That would never happen, because everyone is so organised and time-rich thanks to our new automation overlords.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs


Re: LOL Reddit

Oi, who are you calling calm and rational!?

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


Re: Chaos

This feels like a "because they can" scenario. They figure the phones without Play Store will be less desirable and thus they can double/triple/quadruple charge for the service (charge the phone manufacturers for the right to put an icon on the device, charge the developers 15-30% - I can't remember the actual number - for Play Store access), and no doubt if they figure out a way to do it, charge consumers extra and possibly telcos too.

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin


Sure they did, but the universe invented better idiots

Of course. However, the incompletely-experienced often choose to force bypass that configuration. For example, a lot of systems aliased rm to "rm -i" by default, which would force interactive confirmations. People would then say "UGH, I hate having to do this" and add their own customisations to their shells/profiles etc:

unalias rm

alias rm=rm -f

Lo and behold, now no silly confirmations, regardless of stupidity/typos/etc.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit


Re: C

50 litres a minute? Wow. The Australian nanny-state seems to have limited most of the pumps I've used in the last couple of decades to about 20-30 lpm at most. Can't find any supporting requirement (e.g. Wikipedia lists US as limiting to 10Gpm or ~38lpm, but nothing for AU).

Certainly makes filling a 90L tank in 40C temps a bore.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)


I don't think you understand - this is Google demonstrating the problem so they can propose the advertising- and tracking-based fix.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't


Re: Question:

Of course they can, because they might be discussing terrywrism. With the threat of $50K fines hanging over their heads, we'll end up developing new capabilities - like the reconstruction of paper after burning, or creating the recording of a conversation years after it happened.

After all, if the laws of mathematics can be bypassed, physics and chemistry should be easy and reversal of entropy not far behind.

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out


Re: Fs#king Pisa Airport!

So tell me - how many litres to fill the tank of this Fiat I've rented, based on the tank being 50L and the needle on the dial (which is of unknown accuracy and non-linear scale) showing somewhere between E and 1/2?

Bear in mind that if you get it wrong, you have to go through the rigamarole of doing it again with another semi-random amount or paying the $50 per ml that the rental extortionists charge?

My Civic used to get 330km from the "top half" of the dial (from F down to 1/2 tank) and 160km from the second half. 45L tank, but filling from E to 1/2 tank on the dial was only ~16 litres.

Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive


Re: 512 MiB of misery

I've had to do that when I've realised I've hit the power button on the wrong bit of kit (but before I let go). You used to be able to keep it on if you reapplied power within about half a second - sure you didn't want to do it all the time, but I saved my own bacon a dozen times.

Then came ATX.

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere


I see why they would do this, but ...

I can't wait to start trolling them - especially when it will undoubtedly come to them installing updates on a disconnected/broken device and they need to be on a USB storage device of some sort.

In fact I can almost imagine the customer reaction to something like this - "Hi, I'm from IBM here to fix the broken XXXX. To start with, can I please use your computer to download a file from IBM and put it on a USB stick you'll have to provide, because we're not allowed to use USB storage any more". Depending on how important the repair was I'd even consider saying, "Um, no, you have a computer, figure it out".

Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails


Re: Bah!

> Isn't that Facebook's new marketing slogan?

It's hardly "new" at this point.

Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper


Re: Speaking of carbon paper...

"Sadly, one of my clients who sells supplies to school still have AND use these printers for orders. They still use hand signatures to go across all three copies vs using a tablet for a signature. Even though the paper is getting really expensive, I cannot get them to switch :(

Yes - they were impacted by the stupid MS updates on Windows 10. No - they do not want WSUS installed either :("

Time to fire them as a customer. You have a problem, and there's a known solution. You won't let us implement the solution, and you're still complaining.

"I'm sorry, but at the termination of our existing contract, tomorrow lunchtime, as governed by section 'Unreasonable Customers', we will not be offering a renewal."

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that


Re: Why have a print button?

> Dinosaur

Thanks. I'm well aware of the myriad ways in which processes could be improved. However, right now, the only way $GovtOffice accepts submissions of this form is by registered mail, on paper, so if you could kindly STFU and add the print button, it'd be appreciated. Thanks!

/S, but only a bit sadly.

Storage Spaces Direct cheapens itself, hardware-wise, adds NVDIMM support


Removal of SES could enable cheap S2D

Part of the problem I've had in trying S2D on anything other than Hyper-V VMs has been finding cheap hardware supporting SES. Removing that requirement is possibly the nicest part of the new build for me, and time to download it and play I suspect.

Fear the SAP-slap? Users can anonymously submit questions about licensing naughtiness


Re: Who owns the data ?

Well sure, but SAP seems to be attempting to say something like "Because the number 1 was stored in a SAP system for a time, you need to license all the 1s with which you interact". How many steps do you have to be away from SAP before exhaustion? Infinite.

Actually, I'm surprised they haven't attempted to charge/sue indirect users who have deliberately or inadvertently redistributed "SAP licensed" data (e.g. by sharing invoices that were generated in SAP or something similar). Stupid, ridiculous, and malicious, but when has that ever stopped them?

Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!


Re: Skype for Business

Now Teams, as I recall seeing.

Says the bloke who has happily deployed Exchange Chat, Live Communications Server x2, Office Communications Server x2, Lync x2 and SfB so far...

Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways


Re: Clouding the situation

Gosh, whatever do you mean? All us Silicon Valley developers have permanent gigabit fiber to the desktop and unlimited 4G for our phones, therefore everyone has the same experience as us.

In our minds the only places with poor connectivity exist in our nightmares.

Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD


Re: Why write bandwidth matters

40 hours to write - that means you can't actually reach its wearout limit in the warranty period. So basically the warranty is back to time-based - 5 years.

Round and round we go...

HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan


Re: "Yes, I have experienced the issue of HPE ignoring warnings until the system went down. "

Au contraire monsieur.

Sir Loin of Beef had a 3Par 7250 model QZF rev 1 with seven UFS400 rev B drive trays cabled in configuration A.

The ATO had a 3Par 7250 model QZF rev 2 with nine UFS400 rev C drive trays cabled in configuration B.

These are totally different and in no way related, so the failures are completely unrelated and unique, have never happened before and HPE are totally telling the truth.

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash


Be our guest, huh?

The first thing that came to the minds of SWMBO and Daughter was the song from the movie. The one parodied nicely by the Simpsons (Burns: "See my vest, see my vest, made from real gorilla chest...").

Mozilla makes first-ever acquisition: Web-clipping app 'Pocket'


Unrelated of course to foisting it on people...

But perhaps I am the only one who remembers them shoving it down everyone's throats.

I can't surely be the only one thinking it's not a coincidence?

Japanese team unveils terahertz band 100 Gbps wireless tech


Technically they're still not wrong...

How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it


Re: Use NTP

Not necessarily. http://www.ntp.org/ntpfaq/NTP-s-time.htm#Q-TIME-LEAP-SECOND is prescriptive, but basically you end up with 23:59:59 --> 23:59:60 --> 00:00:00 (that's the leap second) instead of the normal 23:59:59 --> 00:00:00, when the extra second is inserted. After that it's up to the kernel (if it knows how to handle a LS) or NTP will adjust slowly back to sync.

It's simple, time never goes backwards. I mean seriously, this is a solved problem, and someone didn't understand enough about time.

Christmas Eve ERP migration derailed by silly spreadsheet sort


Re: consumer-focused digital candy bar phones

Come now, SURELY you'd have to call them Crunch bars.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f3/Nestle-crunch-small.jpg/330px-Nestle-crunch-small.jpg for those who don't know of them)

Uber to Cali DMV: Back off, pal, our 'self-driving cars' aren't self driving


Wait ... your "Self Driving Uber" isn't a self-driving car

This is the most egregious doublespeak I've seen for some time.

Advertisement says you can order a self-driving Uber. Company turns around and says "Nah cuz, not self-driving because someone is in the driver's seat".

Bet some of the Americans are begging for their equivalent of the Advertising Standards Council (or Board, or whatever they are this month).

If it stops and starts by itself, changes lanes by itself and uses sensors and cameras to identify what to do, it's a bloody self driving car.

IBM throws ISP under a bus for Australia's #Censusfail


OK where's the evidence?

You all know what I mean. Where's the emails (on either side) showing that they are telling the truth?

My employer keeps everything for 7 years. If this involved them, there'd be plenty of people involved in the project saying "Well, $Boss, here's the emails where we told them and they told us we were wrong" or similar.

The lack of any evidence on either side produced by any of the parties involved just SCREAMS incompetence or collusion.

IBM, ABS, et al: Which will it be?

Apple beats off banks' bid for access to iPhones' NFC chips


Re: Confidentiality

Agreed. We can only hope the ACCC says "Well, you're acting like a monopoly by refusing to let people see the T&C's without a confidentiality agreement, so we're going to assume you ARE a monopoly, and that your T&Cs entrench your monopoly, oh and by the way, since you're a monopoly you can no longer enforce regulated pricing on iPhails by taking advantage of the loophole for selling on consignment."

Dreams ...

Someone in Australia wants server sales hidden from view



What rubbish. When you don't buy any servers your lack of purchase is already hidden (and the servers which weren't purchased would have been not-purchased many months ago anyway).

Azure clusters use 880 servers. Azure Stack-in-a-box will run on four


Um, no, a cluster consists of eight hundred and eighty (multi-socket, hundreds-of-GB of RAM and stack of disks) hosts.

At least, as far as I understand it.

So conceptually at least an Azure cluster is potentially 10,560 cores, 440TB of RAM and a few PB of flash and disk, all probably connected with something like 10GbE for networks and 56Gb Infiniband for HA and storage interconnects.

The above is conjecture, I have no direct knowledge.

IT analyst: Oz census data processed as plain text


Of course it's exposed to PATRIOT. The US has proven it doesn't care where the data is, just that it's stored on equipment managed by a USanian company (see also Microsoft Ireland vs US Govt where it's not even the US company, but an international subsidiary of the US company and the USG still claims access).

Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'


No Cloud? How COULD you?

Oh well then it's fairly simple, you're just "wrong". See there's no scenario which having a one size fits all solution (like Cloud) doesn't suit perfectly.

Want offsite and archived backups? No, you don't. You don't have a need for them. They're archaic - just replicate the data it's the same thing because no-one would ever accidentally delete something, and you never have a regulatory or legal requirement to show "the way it was" 20 years ago.

Want the ability to work when your office Internet connection is on the fritz for a week because someone cut 2,000 fibers tearing up the main road to replace it with a tramway? Pfft. That could never happen.

Work somewhere you don't have 1000Mbps Internet? No, no way - there's no such place on Earth!

Oh, you think you have a critical application that can't be licensed for the Cloud? Just throw it out - you don't need it even if it runs your entire business!

Besides - you aren't one of the high priests of IT, so bow to your betters. Mainframes in space was never a better description, we're right back in the 70's with longer console lines to someone else's computer.

Azure Australia turns on physical data import/export service


Hogwash! Hogwash I say!

Symmetric plans were on the NBN roadmap for 2014 - and would have been no problem had we stuck to the FTTP rollout (which has also reduced costs as predicted it would, though I'm not 100% sure the numbers match perfectly).

Telstra being paid to fix Telstra's network for NBN – AGAIN


No disagreement from me, although I wasn't certain that upgrades to the fiber on that scale wouldn't need changes inside the ... FSA? FDA? FSAM? rather than on the borders.



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