That site has been useful to me on several occasions, so $20 donated. I think Enigma might live to regret this.
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Yeah, we have two Hybrid VPS' with Heart. The one with the small database was back up fairly quickly, luckily I guess that database wasn't corrupted because of minimal size/traffic and that VPS was on a switch that got back up and running fairly quickly.
Different story with the other one, bad switch prevented reaching it for several hours then when I could shell in, InnoDB had taken major exception to suddenly going dark and spat the dummy. I'm not a DBA, so I raised a ticket with Heart asking them to step in an fix MySQL so I could go about restoring our database. Then their support site had a lie down and it was a further several hours before they got back to me. In that time, I learnt how to recover InnoDB and fixed MySQL myself, then proceeded to restore the database from a backup as there were tables aplenty missing :/
All in all, Cphulkd, Roundcube, Eximstats and a couple of our databases were goosed, along with some other random file system corruptions here and there.
We don't pay for Premium Hosting (although I notice that has the same SLA), so I had to go learn stuff, but if we had been paying Premium, we couldn't communicate with Heart anyway, that's what really annoyed me about the whole event. Sure things happen and you need to accommodate that, but when you can't communicate with the people and are consequently waiting to see if they're doing anything so you aren't both working the problem at the same time, it gets more than a little frustrating.
The same VPS died last year for a while too, resulting in about the same downtime as this time. I wonder how their SLA is calculated, it's more like 99.6% from where I'm standing.
Maybe some virtual BBUs on those Virtual RAID cards?
Thanks for the reply, I had in fact Googled it, however that blog is for TP4. I was wondering if it's definitely officially in the release. I suppose the fact that it's still in TP4 means it's definitely in.
Your setups sound very interesting, as they both seem like quite unusual scenarios for passthrough. I wanted to run a Windows virtual machine and passthrough the GPU; I even bought specific hardware (I know GPU support is restricted by nVidia etc.), but there's a list of supported cards on the Xen wiki for example. Ultimately, I was frustrated and could never get it to work, using either Xen/Qemu or KVM, so I was hoping Microsoft had made a more thorough effort on this front. This paragraph on the GPU focused TechNet blog stood out:
We’re working with the GPU vendors to see if they want to support specific GPUs, and they may decide to do that. It’s really their call, and they’re unlikely to make a support statement on more than the few GPUs that are sold into the server market. If they do, they’ll supply driver packages which convert them from being considered “use at your own risk” within Hyper-V to the supported category. When those driver packages are installed, the error and warning messages that appear when you try to dismount the GPU will disappear.
I guess it's time to grab TP4 and try!
I believe GPU passthrough is only available in VMWare as a paid for option? What version of VMWare are you using and were you able to pass through your devices without paying extra?
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Almost all broadband connections in the UK could support VoIP calls provided there was end-to-end QoS and presumably there would be more bandwidth available for IP if the copper didn't have to support traditional voice calls anyway.
If BT/Openreach can remove the need for twice the amount of equipment as is really necessary, surely that would make maintaining the network easier to and therefore more reliable?
Thing is, Windows 10 is not only for PCs. The device market has flourished and therefore PC sales are diluted, stands to reason. I'm looking forward to Xbox and PC sharing an OS, would love a Surface and am quite tempted to get a Windows phone. So there's four potential 'sales'.
Whether my fridge will ever join that collection is at the moment a mystery, but a router with Windows 10 IoT might be quite interesting.
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"Apple and Google don't have coercive power. District attorneys do, the FBI does, the NSA does, and to me it's very simple to draw a privacy balance when it comes to law enforcement and privacy: just follow the damn Constitution. And because the NSA didn't do that and other law enforcement agencies didn't do that, you're seeing a vast public reaction to this."
A politician said this? I like this guy.
Re: It'll arrive in waves...
Wave 1 - OEMs and Retailers and the £300 laptop buying general public gawd blessum
Wave 2 - Service Pack 1, enterprise churn on a 'thoroughly tested' deployment
Wave 3 - Service Pack 2, anyone who understands Microsoft release strategy
Maybe 10 is 8.1 Service Pack 1, so we won't have long to wait for Service Pack 2, although I hear Service Packs don't exist any more, but patches will be delivered in waves!
'MS-DOS was lacking other features, too, that many would now consider unforgivable. After typing out an incredibly long command and realising there was an extra letter at the very beginning, all you'd end up with was an unusable chunk of text.' - a bit like when you've composed a txt or email then realise you have a spelling error and are sadly using an iPhone instead of a phone with editing capabilities.
Thanks for the heads up here, I just bought an x220 off Ebay last week and according to Lenovo's Battery Utility 2015 tool, I need a replacement. Here for the installer if you need to check.
I'm pleased about this, as batteries are never warrantied by Ebay sellers, so I'm getting a brand new warrantied one from Lenovo!
(Just found out the warranty is only 90 days. Still, better than 0 days I suppose)
Re: Sticking it to the Man is one thing
I would say that the Walton family controlling more wealth than 40% of Americans is bordering on evil.
That's just one example off the top of my head.
Here's another. If you had a wage of say $20,000 per annum, buying an apple for you would be the equivalent of spending 400,000 dollars for Warren Buffett.
(I understand Mr Buffett to be a sensible man and this is not a personal attack on Mr Buffett, rather an observation of a messed up system (an opinion that he may well share))
I do not like the capitalist system.
I also do not like psychopaths.
The perspective is, both groups cause harm.
Re: No FTTC for us
You've hit the nail on the head there me ol' fruit.
If small businesses had enough bandwidth, they'd jump on the VoIP bandwagon sharpish. More lost revenue for Bastard Telecom.
It also amazes me how wasteful of money BT are. I worked in a business centre in a large town just outside Glasgow, which was supplied by a 200pair cable from one exchange and a 50pair cable from a different exchange. The 200pair was so congested (imagine @40 broadband circuits through that) and the frame in the business centre was the old solder type.
There was a BT van in the car park there every week at least, without fail. They would come in and fix the complaint,only to cause another fault for a different tenant. BT engineers no longer carry the equipment to properly terminate with a solder connection, so they just wrap it around and hope for the best.
Last time I was in the frame closet, I noticed an Openreach engineer had scrawled on the wall 'pure quality' (a common colloquialism in those parts)
A home fitted with solar PV and a ground source heat pump, would surely require very little in the way of fossil fuels, if any at all. And that's achievable right now.
Regarding the cost, it's a simple supply and demand argument. When plasma TVs first launched, they were around £4000 each. Driven by market demand, this fell to £400 pretty quickly.
If ground source heat pumps and PV roofs were mandated on all new build, the price of installing it would plummet and therefore be more accessible to retro-fitting for owners of older properties.
So if each domestic property was self sufficient (including charging cars, at least for the daily commute), then attention needs to turn to industrial processes. Again, if the large sheds that businesses live in were covered in PV, a large amount of energy requirement would be removed. Converting industrial waste into energy is already being done by various companies, I believe Sainsbury's have a store powered entirely by food waste. There are a good few countries that have close to 100% renewable electricity generation through geothermal or hydroelectric.
I'm far from being an expert, but these things I can see with my own eyes, so I refuse to believe it's not going to be possible.
I'm sure saying this will probably prove unpopular.
Let's be generous and say the average Netflix (for example) viewer watches 1 hour per day.
At £6 per month, that's 0.20p per day, or 0.20p per hour.
So if all content providers were to,charge, say 0.20p per hour for their mainstream catalogue, or say, 0.40p per hour for blockbusters or what they class as premium content (the BBC colour TV license is almost exactly 0.40p per day), then it wouldn't matter if we needed multiple subscriptions to multiple providers.
If however, they all charge £6 per month, someone's going to lose out somewhere.
The consumer will lose out through being unable or unwilling to pay for access to all they content they want to watch. Some content providers will lose out to others because they're not in the viewers discretionary budget.
If providers harmonise the price per minute watched, they could also sell that to other service providers in bulk, similar to existing agreements such as MVNO etc.
Fragmenting is a bad move and will ultimately lead to a loss in revenue unless the price is harmonised at an affordable rate.
How about Google pushes the industry to standardise the HTML and CSS allowed (or not) in an email?
Then EVERYONE sending an email can make sure it's formatted to convey the message on whatever device displays it.
If email really still is relevant (and I think it is), then why the fuck this hasn't been done long ago, I just can't fathom.
Browsers are now, by and large, accurate and consistent, why not the same for email renderers?