* Posts by vmistery

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Mystery cloud added 10,000 new AMD Epyc servers in under ten days to handle demand for you know what

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Re: Advertising...

My anecdotal evidence is that even amongst technology staff people see Intel as the premium option. Heck, we’re buying a bunch of servers and one of my colleagues who I generally consider top of his game is recommending the older more expensive Intel parts because “they are more reliable” and my boss believes him because he’s heard if Intel and not AMD. Part of the problem is marketing, Intel spend big on adding their ident to adverts for retailers to keep Intel in your mind.of course that’s just my personal experience and it’s not scientific in any way. Do do do di

Just the place you'd want to spot a BSOD: While waiting in line for a roller coaster that lifts you up 124ft

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Re: It'll just make it more exciting...

And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!

Get in the C: Raspberry Pi 4 can handle a wider range of USB adapters thanks to revised design's silent arrival

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That explains why my reasonably expensive (compared to the PI) 6 socket USB supply didn’t work but the included one did. My original plan was to power a bunch of them from one supply but never bought the extra PIs as it didn’t work with one. Not that anyone is interested but I wanted to run my mail server on one, a website on another, a zabbix server on another and my PBX on the 4th. Ended up using an old PC

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling

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Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

It’s an Android one phone so you will get 2 years of OS updates from release and a further one year of security updates. So if you buy now iyou have 2 years and a few months.

'Supporting Internet Explorer is hell': Web developers identify top needs – new survey

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We still have some LOB apps which require IE and some horribly unsafe settings to make it work. We’ve now got some settings which switch them to Edge for other pages which are not on a list which mitigated part of the issue but if any of those legacy apps which haven’t been improved in 15+ years get compromised (which lets be honest would probably not be hard) then bye bye org. I really hope we’re not going to see ActiveX mk2, one of those things that sounds great in a developers head at the time and is sold to the marketing team.

Apple blinks on iPhone repairs, touts parts program for independent tech mechanics... sort of

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When your device costs a large amount of money it doesn’t seem to be unreasonable to expect it to be durable and repairable at a reasonable cost. Apple could have got off Scot free if they hadn’t charged a ridiculous amount to repair it themselves or allowed cheaper 3rd party repairs, but as typical with American companies greed comes first. Sad that they are still the best for device security (although that lead has shrunk thanks to the efforts of Google and better brands like Nokia). Watch out Apple.

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America

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Re: 'tis the Merkin way

I’m not sure you can really compare the US system to the U.K. as most people in the U.K. are under PAYE and never have to complete a return. Also online returns are easy and free direct with HMRC for individuals. I’m definitely not one to defend HMRC but a company having to pay a small amount for software doesn’t seem to be that unfair when you consider how much the world stuffs down Oracle and Microsoft’s trousers.

Prepare yourselves for Windows 10 May-hem. Or is it June, no, July?

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My home PC hasn’t even offered me the much feared 1809 yet so they can’t be in too much of a hurry to bring everyone up to date. Just about to install it via the update assistant because it’s Friday and what else am I meant to do?

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE

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Bets on how many large corporates and public sector orgs are not going to patch this before the new year?

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

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If they go subscription only and no subscription means no security updates then there are going to be millions and millions fewer patched PCs. I am not sure that Microsoft would get away with it from the regulators around the world if I’m honest.

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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It is worth mentioning the windows mixed reality headsets here now they seem to be gaining traction a bit more. We picked up a Lenovo Explorer for £149 recently and there is actually a whole lot you can do with it on a modest spec PC. Compared to the Gear on an S7 it lacks Netflix but has decent support on Steam and you can even play Skyrim on it pretty well.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Re: £899 - Ouch

Project Treble is only half the battle. The OEMs are still not forced to release updates so you are still at their mercy. Personally I’d like to see google get direct control for security updates.

That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

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If they want people to update quickly then they need to ensure their updates are reliably not mucking up peoples devices. We live in an age that threats can be exploited very quickly so enterises and consumers need the confidence to be able to patch fast.

Everything's great at Supermicro, just small matter of impending NASDAQ delisting

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My guess is the reports of their demise are as exaggerated as their accounts. It whiffs of some poor management trying to ge a bonus more than desperation to me. If it had been anything else we’d have seen much much worse financials.

Everyone screams patch ASAP – but it takes most organizations a month to update their networks

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I doubt the figures are anywhere near that. Everywhere I’ve worked has had at least a few machines that only get patched every 6 months or so due to it needing to be up 24/7. Sounds terrible bt you can’t blame the techies who maintain it, it’s always a lack of quality project management at the beginning that fails to consider it. Microsoft could do a lot to improve the patching experience by not requiring a reboot each time, that’d speed up server patching.

Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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I wouldn’t let them into my whole house but Doesn’t anyone have a porch anymore that soolves this? I don’t have too much of an issue with this service as I would just let them into my porch but not my entire house and have a good old fashioned key lock on the second door. Then if the driver really does like nicking stuff he will be delighted to find some grubby wellingtons and some shopping bags, perhaps even a bit of newspaper!

Intel's Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it's not just Cisco hit

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This will be a problem for me as I have a number of these in my network (Supermicro) working as critical routers and all of them are either at 18 months or over. I did have one unexpectedly reboot last week and I bloody hope it isn't about to pop. Time to ensure I have all the configs ready...

Bank robber reveals identity – by using his debit card during crime

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Re: Why don't I just mosey on down and rob the bank @ x 7

They spend a lot more per head on health over in the US yet health coverage is not universal even with Obamacare so it depends if your priority is you (I'm assuming you'd earn enough to be able to afford healthcare) or if you feel everyone should get a level of care. If we funded the NHS as well as Americans pay for their system wyoud also probably find you'd get the same level of care they do but covering the whole population!

Oracle execs get that shrinking feeling

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Quite simply they have been on an anti SMB mission for several years now removing the only affordable oracle products availble therefore shrinking their own potential market. Bring back the affordable entry level products and reduce the licensing complexity and people will come back.

Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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"300 million miles away"

Which comet (or other space dwelling object) were you visiting?!

AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

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Re: Compare to the GeForce GTX 970

Although in games the 480 tends to win out and with DX12 I suspect that the 480 will be the better longer term card:

http://www.pcgamer.com/radeon-rx-480-review/

Personally I am waiting for either the 480 with a dual fan and an 8 pin power plug or the 1060.

Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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This situation is exactly why I sync all of my data between two different hosts and with two different suppliers. I then have a load of FTP space where the VMs are archived just in case. It is a pain to set up and is not fun to pay for, but it protects me against other peoples negligence or going bust, major outages etc. You really must only trust yourself if something is so critical to your business because although it is their fault it is your problem to deal with your customers and they will be asking you why you didn't keep a backup.

Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

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Re: Pay for updates?

That is just an accounting side benefit, Apple have much more of an interest in keeping those legacy devices up to date as it means they can flog those users other services, Android manufacturers have no such motivation. If Android developers have factored in the cost of OS updates why don't you see those updates? I don't want to pay for OS updates but you also can't expect a manufacturer on tiny margins to update their devices beyond a minimum unless there is a financial motivation to do so, remember most handsets are not flagships.

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I don't know why the manufacturers don't come together and agree to charge for upgrades / updates, that way it covers their Dev work and they have an incentive to keep the devices up to date for as long as possible. I would gladly pay something like £1/month to receive official, timely updates rather than have to hack around with custom roms and I am sure a lot of non techies and businesses would too.

Debian 6.0 about to take flying leap off long term support cliff

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I have only 1 box running Squeeze left and have greatly appreciated the LTS effort for it. It has meant I had much less of a migration headache than in previous cycles where you had to upgrade everything within a year. I know I could have popped over to the CentOS circles for longer support (and to be fair I have no problem with using either), the reason I historically stayed away from CentOS was RedHat always seemed to feel quite negative about CentOS until they took the project under their wing. With Jessie upgrades not going as smoothly as previous upgrades though now might be my time to migrate.

Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

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Yes blame it on IT, more likely it was a user in the schools admissions department making sure the software works without thinking of the consequences. IT departments are not babysitters, people should take some responsibility for their own actions or next year the users will be complaining IT are too restrictive in what they allow! Can't win!

Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

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Now if they could not change my sales rep every 3 months that would be nice! Having to explain my situation and requirements each time and have them talk quite frankly a load of bull each time is something that really grinds with me. I used to have a great Rep, one that wouldn't try and rip me off and used to just give me the kit I asked for at decent prices. Now its all about 'solution' consultants and experts trying to sell me extras I frankly don't need.

Apologies for the rant, I now feel better. As for the server no doubt I will be seeing one very soon.

OpenSSL fixes bug, gets dissed by German gov: That's so random ... not

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Until people come together to fully fund a replacement from the ground up it is unlikely to change. Fact is too many very large companies use it as part of their products, they are not going to want to license a replacement as it would cost them a lot of money.

Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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It is actually weirdly even fully configured not too terrible value. Although I think I will stick to an smaller unit for portable duties and a Desktop for the real work. In a larger Chassis I can have nice large fans to keep the noise down cooling it all.

Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

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I don't know, it had a good acronym 'BLT',

For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

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If no one had found one I'd just assume that they had hidden it well!

Software bug sets free thousands of US prisoners too early

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Re: I've seen this on TV.

That show was amazing! But they never finished it!

MPs slam gov heads over 'childishness' on failed farmer IT project

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Of course the politicians themselves have absolutely nothing to be blamed for and are never childish. Seriously, if they want quality people in these jobs then you have to create an atmosphere that quality people want to work in.

Per-core licences coming to Windows Server and System Center 2016

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Who buys servers with so few cores?

Other than tiny outfits I'd imagine most people are going to have more than 8 cores on new kit once the Xeon E5 V4 stuff comes out. Even now I just slip into this category as most of our dual CPU kit is Dual 12 core E5-2690 v3 based. Just as well 2012R2 is supported for a good long time!

So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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Don't worry about giving that hand washing app too much publicity... Apparently it's largest donation so far was £110,360 out of the total (at time of writing) £112,070 from 18 investors. No doubt the large donation was from one of our wonderful health departments.

Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

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That will be why they are ditching their only affordable database version (Oracle Standard One) and replacing it with one almost twice the price and out of reach for many businesses then. Oh wait - Romania is cheaper and they will be charging more for the same old rope absolute genius!

TalkTalk attack: Lad, 15, cuffed by UK cyber-cops

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I really really hope it is this chappie just so TalkTalk can stop it with the sophisticated attack rubbish they keep churning out and get their just desserts. My guess though is he was just the one who decided it would be funny to send the ransom email and actually knows nothing about the real attack.

TalkTalk shares drop 10.7% despite research that breaches don't cause drops

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I just hope they get slapped hard enough! The force of which should be adjusted depending on things like what data was and was not encrypted and with what, their response time, their response actions, their plans for the future and of course what the flaw was and if it was easily preventable.

BT to shoot 'up to 330Mbps' G.fast into 2,000 Gosforth homes

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How about ensuring enough backhaul first. My speeds during quiet times are right up at 75-80 Mbps but during peak times back down to 7 or 8Mbps.

Is 'MetaPod': a) a Pokemon; b) servers running OpenStack?

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Am I too old to get the joke? I have never heard of a "MetaPod" before. Meta data sure... although to be fair anyone over 30 is probably too old for Pokemon?!

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Can't read my, Can't read my No he can't read my poker face

C For Hell – Day Two: Outage misery continues for furious C4L customers

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Fluidata need a new marketing team if they think spamming people in the middle of a crisis like that is OK.

C For Hell: Data centre meltdown for irate customers as C4L GOES TITSUP

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Re: Another day...

If your business depends on uptime then yes duplicating things with another provider is exactly what you should be doing and have a tested plan to flip over to it.

Smartphone sales looking rosy for Asus, despite PC meltdown

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"NT$99.37bn (£1.98)," I will have that exchange rate please :)

Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Looking forward to finding out why they still have my details on record 2 years after ordering a contract. They is 0 reason for my bank details to be stored for that long and shows a serious lack of thought about security. I am also looking forward to them sucking it up and ensuring everyone's banks are contacted on their behalf and free fraud monitoring services for all former customers. You can bet I am a former customer by the way.

Webcast: How to survive Windows Server 2003 end of life - safely

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As soon as your boss blocks it it ceases to be your responsibility. How can you be responsible for something out of your hands?

Windows Server 2003 end of support draws ever closer

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It's the final countdown!

Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Am I the only person...

You are not the only one. People seem to forget that despite it being far cheaper than Virgin or Sky you also don't have endless adverts and you get radio too. I'd support something that made people who stream only pay a bit in but really we do have great value. Netflix is the only real competition and as yet it isn't as good.

Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

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Bit of a shame they are not going to do a one year free upgrade for this too.

Microsoft's Ignite gabfest includes just ONE session about Windows Server

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It actually surprises me MS are going to push another Server OS on us so soon. Makes choosing a 'standard' OS rather challenging. We have just stuck to the R2 releases as they have always sat 4 or more years from each other as we don't like to have too mixed environments. Also doesn't seem like it will have been very long for those on the non-R2 cycle since 2012 was released.

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