* Posts by Thomas 6

59 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Aug 2012


AWS to create its own public container registry in response to Docker pull rate limit

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Free data egress

1) have data in aws

2) build it into a container

3) download for free

We're free in 3... 2... 1! Amazon unhooks its last Oracle database, nothing breaks and life goes on

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Re: Unlike Aurora

It's compatible with either, not both. You have to specify which engine compatibility you want on setup.

DXC: We axed 10k staff, shut nine data centres, closed 4.6m sq ft of office space... and sales tumbled, funnily enough

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Re: Hiring for SUCCESS

Experience and wisdom are valuable and, therefore, expensive. Age, however, is not a reliable indicator of either of these things.

If someone with 30 years experience is that much "better and faster" then their pay should reflect that. However, it should be based on performance and not simply their age.

After IBM SoftLayer fails to scrub bare-metal box firmware of any lurking spies, alarm raised over cloud server security

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"We suspect the big players do this anyway..."

Ouch! Sucks to be IBM in 2019.

Trust the public cloud Big Three to make non-volatile storage volatile

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Re: I NEVER get tired of saying this

It's going really well for me and the several multimillion pound companies I've helped transition.

Maybe that's because I actually consider "a high-availability/failover setup" to be a bare minimum in anything that is mission critical.

The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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They brought it on themselves

Unfortunately, the resellers have brought this on themselves. As someone who knows way too much about one of the largest wholesalers and their reseller subsideriaries in the UK, I know just how uniformly useless they are. There is never anything in stock, most of their orders are still done over the phone as they do not have web ordering and they have no idea (on a large scale) of who is ordering what.

Also, the number of layers between pencil manufacturer and customer can be staggering, each of which takes their own cut meaning stupidly high prices for basic items.

The only reason these companies are still going is because a lot of business need to purchase via invoice which Amazon did not used to do.

Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store

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Re: Unreadable code

I think I've worked with your friend

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Links to resolutions, will work with any browser

I tried going to the openSUSE link but in true linux fashion it didn't work out the box and had to be tweaked before it would work.

Email security crisis... What email security crisis?

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Re: Who the fuck cares about such semantics in this day and age?

The point is that both propositions, without evidence, are absurd. It is not that I do not 'believe' that there is a God (or orbiting teapot etc), it is that I reject other's assertion that there is.

I also do not understand some religious people's obsession with regarding a lack of belief as a belief itself. Is your belief in a God as strong and important to you as your belief that there are no orbiting teapots?

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Re: Who the fuck cares about such semantics in this day and age?

"Disbelief in a god is also a belief, because if you can't prove a god, you can't absolutely prove the non-existence of one either, so disbelief in a god is also faith"

Yeah, not true for the vast majority of cases.

"There is no God", in everyday speech, is shorthand for "Given all available evidence, the probability of the existence of god(s) is so low that it can reasonably be classed as impossible".

See also, orbiting teapots.

Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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Re: "the most popular developer machine in the world"

It may well be true, albeit misleading.

I assume that everyone who wants a pro-level Mac is going to buy one of these. Everyone who wants a pro-level Windows or Linux machine, however, has a lot more to choose from, therefore, their individual share will be a lot lower.

OpenStack makes Zuul continuous delivery tool its second indie project

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So, OpenStack Zuul competes with Netflix's Spinnaker, not Netflix's Zuul which is something completely different.


How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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DevOps!=Bullshit (at least some of the time)

I work for a consultancy. We promote agile practices. We promote DevOps.

I have worked in multiple teams where DevOps is a 'thing' and, hands down, they have been the most productive teams I have ever worked on.

What that means is that the team was responsible for the product. From building it to deploying it to supporting it. There were people on the team who specialised in operations as well as people who specialised in development.

However, everyone was responsible for everything.

Devs/Testers/Ops write code.

Devs/Testers/Ops deploy code.

Devs/Testers/Ops provide support in Live.

Where I have seen it not work is when the DevOps 'team' is just another team that exists between Dev and Ops. Instead of one wall, there are then two to throw things over.

These were multi-million pound accounts and led to the practices we put in place being used more widely within both companies.

Brit uni blabs students' confidential information to 298 undergrads

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Re: Another reason to ban Outlook.

'A' priority, not 'THE' priority.

8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

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Re: When is a car not a car?

The question is: when is a car not a vehicle?

If it were a toy car, for instance, this would not neccessarily be classed as a vehicle. Especially if it had non-moving parts.

Police pull up van man engaged in dual carriageway sex act

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Re: Priorities

Quite frankly, the police have their priorities entirely correct here.

Burglary - potential damage to, and loss of, property

Dangerous driving - potential loss of life

I know which I'd rather have the police focus on (not exclusively)

Uber's Movement dumps data on city planners

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Re: Big city slicker.

"Want to know how long it takes driving the limit to get fron 32nd to 78th? Ask a taxi driver..."

Erm, isn't that what they'd be doing by looking at the this?

Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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Re: The question is...

Same here.

Very few of my deliveries are time-critical so I just get the £1 Kindle voucher. It does mean that if I want 2 things I order them separately though which has to hurt them on delivery charges!

Slacker or Team playa? Microsoft's Mr Business takes on messaging's corporate raider

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And Giphy

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

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Re: Why ?

Below are the Internet download speed recommendations per stream for playing movies and TV shows through Netflix.

0.5 Megabits per second - Required broadband connection speed

1.5 Megabits per second - Recommended broadband connection speed

3.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for SD quality

5.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for HD quality

25 Megabits per second - Recommended for Ultra HD quality

You barely reach the recommended speed for standard definition (which can look terrible on an HD TV). And that is for one device. Most houses have multiple devices connecting at once, e.g. mobile phones, TVs etc.

Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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Why do sysadmins know that the users are using weak passwords? If the passwords are visible in the clear then the sysadmins are not doing their job properly.

You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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Re: No marks to the following:

Which mobile phones do not have a caps lock? I believe on both Android and iOS that double tapping the shift key turns on caps lock.

I have no idea what exists for Windows.

When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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Re: a week and 2 engineers

The comments on the Express story are atrocious.

Unpatched, passcode-free smartphones. Yes, they're everywhere

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Re: Re:

The difference here is that Microsoft sell a completed version of Windows which is installed on a device. Google create a version of Android which is then modified by the OEM before being installed. Google have no control over these modifications therefore cannot release a 'fix' that will work on all devices.

Google have made attempts to address this and supply a lot of updates via the Google Play Services. It is, however, an issue that will continue to plague Android unless a better solution is found.

US watchdog POKES STICK at Google's Android over rival-blocking allegations

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I think it is a bit rich to accuse Google of these things. Whether they are 'guilty' or not, they are not even in the same league as Apple when it comes to blocking rivals.

Google may have the numbers but Apple has the dollars.

Court KOs irate Apple iMessenger woman's bid for class-action face off

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Re: Next Case...

I shall assume that you are being deliberately obtuse. If not, then I struggle to comprehend how you even managed to post this given your obvious development difficulties.

For the sake of the argument I shall summarise the issue for you:

1. Person A has Apple phone with iMessage switched on

2. Person A switches Apple phone to an Android phone

3. Person A is no longer receiving all of their text messages because Apple is still processing them through iMessage which is not compatable with Android

4. Person A does not want to run iMessage on their Android, they just want their text messages delivered.

Now could you please explain your analogy and how it relates to the story.

Testing Motorola's Moto G third-gen mobe: Is it still king of the hill?

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Re: Inflation

I think the originals were around £120, although there were deals around that brought them under £100.

My Moto G 2nd Generation 4G (bit of a mouthful) was £140 earlier this year.

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It's a shame that the price point has increased (although, perhaps inevitable). I have recommended the Moto G from the beginning, being responsible for probably a dozen sales across the versions, including the Moto G 4G that I am using at the moment.

Does this give another company room to enter the market with a good, cheap phone?

Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Re: Request line

I am also a Guardian reader who had no visible signs of frothing whilst reading the article.

I can't say that I was a fan of all of the language used (e.g. “Suck it up, honey!” being more my attitude, you want the blessing of children then there's costs that go with them) but the content of the article is something that I have been saying for a long time.

Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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0800 numbers are free with Three. They made a big thing about it a while back. If you are being charged, you may still be on an historic price plan.

Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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That is a long flight!

"Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'"

Gaze upon the desirable Son of Alpha: Samsung Galaxy A5

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How important are the looks of a mobile phone? People pay a lot of money for a phone made out of expensive materials (that are often easier to damage, don't wear as well) and then put it straight into a case.

If you're going to hide the phone anyway what does it matter what it looks like?

Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Re: Pedanting...

Well played, sir.

Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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"I don't touch the damn thing unless I have to, it applied it's UI 'improvements' and rendered hardware obsolete on it's own."

"It" = "the other half"?

The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

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Re: My nest is on track to pay for itself in year 2

"Secondly, what sort of person locks themselves IN the house?"

I would guess most people. Do you leave your doors unlocked when you are in the house, even when you are asleep?

Chinese coder's got 99 problems and getting hitched is one: Huge iPhone woo plot FAILS

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Re: he just had to gimp on the last one, didnt he

Talking of round numbers,


Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

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I had to put in a complaint to Virgin Media about their email campaign which was offering the Big Kahuna bundle for only £X more than I currently pay.

Unfortunately for them maths was not their strong point as I worked it out that it would have actually cost £X+Y more (can't remember the figures but Y>5).

You dirty RAT! Hong Kong protesters infected by iOS, Android spyware

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Re: Still don't get it...

Because not everybody is happy being told what they can and can't do with the device that they have purchased.

This applies to Apple mostly but I rooted my Android phone mainly to get rid of all the crap, e.g. Facebook.

Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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Re: Nothing wrong with Pay as you go

I agree. All those people posting unimportant things on the internet. Good job we superior people have better things to do...

Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Re: kickstarter

This is true but you know exactly what you are signing up for in the beginning. If you want to fund projects in this manner then KS is not the place to do it.

EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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Re: Billing issues.

"I've had various other issues with T Mobile (aka EE) making apparently random deductions, usually to do with apps updating unasked and once with an accidental dial (thanks touchscreen)."

No offence, but how was any of that T-Mobile's fault?

Teardown gurus iFixit play with Fire – Amazon's new mobe

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At least the Kindle Fire phone is difficult to repair due to the complexity of the design and not due to the manufacturer just not wanting anybody to repair it.

Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Re:The fun part comes if you try to take defective US kit to a UK retailer for repair..

I bought a pair of Uggs for my girlfriend in New York a few years ago. Pretty much the first time she wore them she scuffed her toe on the curb which made a hole in the boot.

We got in touch with Ugg in the UK and they arranged for a free replacement with no fuss. We did buy them from the actual Ugg store rather than a reseller though so not sure if this made a difference.

Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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This is the beauty of Android though. There is choice.

If you want a front facing camera, don't buy this phone and get one that does - Moto G? You can't expect a low-budget phone to have all of the features of a high end phone. You do get to pick which features are important to you though.

The only issue I have is how much knowledge the customer has up-front. As a front-facing camera is pretty much the norm, I would expect it to be on all phones unless told otherwise.

I was caught out with this by the Nexus range's lack of FM radio (it is an obsolete technology apparently, albeit one that is infinitely preferable to internet radio outside of major cities and / or any place where more than 2 people congregate). It wasn't enough to stop me going back for another one but I would have felt better knowing in advance (I know I should have read the specs more carefully but it is easier to spot the things that are there than the things that are not).

TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Re: Could it be what is on offer in the shops/online?

The cost quote was in the context of the entire comment.

In the early days of HDTV (or 3D / smart TV), the customer paid extra for this feature. Now it is on all TVs, there is no extra charge. It is just part of the cost of the TV.

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Re: Could it be what is on offer in the shops/online?

Try finding a 48in+ TV that isn't HD. Plenty of people have HD TVs but only use SD.

3D is just something that comes as standard on TVs now whether you want it or not. It isn't something that really adds to the cost.

John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

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Re: Oracle & TATA?

Don't worry, they've got a guy from Accenture to project manage it.

London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

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I think you are getting confused. Us in the north are benefit scroungers. We don't have enough money to be genuine tax dodgers. Those are all in the south.

One day we'll look back and say this was the end of the software platform

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"For now, Android doesn’t have to be much better; and only a widespread consumer revolt (which is hard to envisage) will force either Samsung or Google (or both) to improve the rotten UX and performance with well-written native code, and better design."

Somebody is not a fan of Android.

Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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Re: Lord Jesus Christ your Creator

Not au fait with the ridiculous Trinity doctrine then?

Beer 'cos it is the only sane response to an insane world