* Posts by SeymourHolz

54 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Feb 2013


Enterprise storage sitrep: The external array party is over


"Surely this is the beginning of the end for NetApp..."

You've been pitching that line for at least ten years now, Reg...

'We need a new Geneva Convention to protect all citizens from snoops'



Why would warring parties not ignore the Digital Geneva Convention the same way they ignore the 'Analog' version?

Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google



Oracle is doing everyone a favor. Every challenge is launches against 'fair use' of APIs, and subsequently loses, only strengthens the precedents that protect future APIs and competitiveness of implementations. Oracle has too much money and pride to realize they are losing the war by continuing to lose small battles.

Behold the fruit of your techie utopia: A $43 San Francisco fog-infused martini



" ... [the] feeling that you have sold your soul to live in an unsustainable bubble society built on delusion and bravado ..."

Nothing exceeds like excess.

Fresh and fast little flashers from NetApp



Your first question was a technology question. Then you switch to market questions.

Why does the market need Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, and Hardee's? Why do each of these places have 10 different brand names for the same meat paired with the same bread? They aren't appreciably differentiated in any dimension.

It is because buying decisions are never merely about facts, whether nutritional or technical. Buying decisions satisfy emotional needs too, that's why you hire salespeople with good teeth and pleasant demeanor. There were relevant facts in the SolidFire case, which had a good book of business and an attractive price; the acquisition decision was not based on technology factors. But NTAP also wanted to satisfy an emotional need to 'look modern' by getting a young name on the board. Which satisfies the emotional needs of pundits like Gartner, El Reg, et al.

Parochialism is not your friend. Just sell whatever has traction, wherever it has traction.

GitLab.com luckily found lost data on a staging server



If you are surprised that ANY kind of error can happen In The Current Year, then hubris may be your real problem.

Can all-flash arrays, spinning disks and hybrid really live together?



You talked to Alex McDonald and don't know what Flashpool is? Really?

Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change



There needs to be a longer interview with this fellow.

I'll wager this is neither the first nor funniest rage incident he's been involved in.

If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told


of course,

... it is company policy to use the indefinite article 'a' dildo, not YOUR dildo...

A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way


El Reg getting in on the Fake News action

Neither the type-o nor Podesta's gullibility had any impact on the election.

The content of the eMails and the exposed character of Hillary's team is what did it.

Let's dispel the myth that anything except the corrupt character of Hillary's campaign cost her the election. Hillary's corruption is exactly what cost her the election.

US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking



The only time people show any enthusiasm for voting reform is when the candidate they supported lost under the extant rules.

If the situation were flipped, Trump supporters would be talking about voting reform, and the Hillary supporters would be insisting the current system is fine.

Let's dispel the myth that anyone cares about 'fairness' in elections, no one gives a hoot about 'fairness'.

UK warships to have less firepower than 19th century equivalents as missiles withdrawn


Re: You're delusional

8" and above guns were made for gunfire support missions ('shore bombardment'); they are virtually useless for any sort of anti-ship mission. Range isn't relevant; they don't have the fire-control system for it. That 4.5" gun would be dropping sniper-shots into the bridge of that old dreadnaught while performing basic evasive maneuvers that would avoid any sort of targeting by the big guns.

Navy STEALS? US sailors dispute piracy claim




Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory




kek kek kek

Kotkin: Why Trump won



All these salty and spicy comments are delicious.


US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory



The US has been saved from the prospect of Crooked Hillary getting POTUS powers.

It is a great moment for America and the world.


Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman


Re: Question

"Damages" are only one possible part of a legal remedy.

As you indicate, the "damages" in this case would probably be limited to legal fees, since there is no income to be deprived of.

However, the remedy would probably also include an injunction against the prohibited behavior, i.e. either they bundle with all source code, or they do not bundle at all. That is the remedy RMS would be most interested in. You can not bundle non-free software with free software with impunity; that part of the license has been litigated before.

Aspects of 'hurt feelings' or 'moral rights' do not have obvious relevance in this scenario.

Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors


If you own an Apple product, then you are the problem.

There is no reason for Apple to stop doing this as long as people consume products produced by these business practices.

Your fork isn't making you fat, your behavior is. Change your behavior, change the outcome.

OK, we've got your data. But we really want to delete it ASAP


“... and throwing it away when keeping it is no longer legitimate or relevant”

In the context of data, this platitude has been proven to be bunk, a myth, a fool's paradise. You'll be stepping over pounds to pick up pennies. You'll lose money chasing that dream just as surely as you would at the craps table.

Data appreciates in value faster than the cost of the underlying storage. The only "savings" are associated with some form of de-duplication, whether you are talking at a physical-block or a logical-copy level. In terms of post-dedup'd unique data, the only winning strategy is to keep it and work it. Data appreciates in value over time, as the envelope of tools and metadata that surrounds it grows. Correlation allows data to make data more valuable; it's a domain where 1+1 > 3, it's not like any other asset. The cost of finding the rare data elements that didn't appreciate will exceed any potential cost savings from deleting them (losses that will be compounded by lost-opportunity costs of missed future correlations).

Beware the siren's song.

OpenFlow controller design killing SDN, say network boffins


There was never any chance that general-purpose processor designs were going to compete with ASICs in switching-performance. These results should surprise no one.

Dem-owned-crats: Now its congressional committee is hacked



Florida Man cleared of money laundering after selling Bitcoins to Agent Ponzi


Stay Tuned ...

for the continuing adventures of Florida Man!


Salesforce slurps uptime startup Coolan for global infrastructure scale-out



Is it really so hard to imagine how a massive subscriber of AWS cloud services would be interested in acquiring a mature toolset "to track and analyze infrastructure reliability for increased uptime and optimized efficiency"?

Independent measurement of the quality of AWS services as-delivered is massively important to salesforce.com; they not only want to ensure that services are being delivered as-promised, but they also need empirical data to support negotiation of better SLO/SLA parameters.

People who have bank accounts still maintain their own transaction journal to reconcile against the reports sent by the bank and support financial analysis that goes beyond the parameters documented by bank records.

Pair programming: The most extreme XP practice?


Cubicles are not designed nor equipped to facilitate pair programming, the required workspaces are fundamentally different.

People fart, belch and don't eat enough breathmints. Workspaces generally need more ventilation, in addition to different layouts and equipment.

PP is a tactic that has good reproducible results, yet is nevertheless difficult to implement and scale.

Why the USS NetApp is a doomed ship


unworthy argument for such a worthy topic

An analogy comparing 20th century aircraft carriers to 21st century data management would be odd even if well-executed, and this was not well-executed. NetApp may be doomed for good reasons, and it's a shame this article didn't explore some of them. Give Pott a mulligan on this one; let's see another attempt at the topic, this time without quite so many pints of Stella.

French teen fined for illegal drone flight



When drones are outlawed, only outlaws will have drones.

We're not talking, so PAH: Violin Memory's big dogs blank sacked CEO


violin memory, "industry-wide significance" ?

Was someone at El Reg hitting grandma's sherry a little early this morning?

Europe MPs: Time to change our data-sharing policy with US firms


Ban dragnet surveillance data for use in domestic law enforcement

The compelling reason for dragnet surveillance is that it is a necessary tool against attacks from terrorists and rogue states. Fair enough, allow it to continue, stop any attacks when possible, but prohibit the use of any dragnet collection in domestic law enforcement actions. It is not admissible as evidence, either for prosecution or even for a criminal warrant. Make dragnet surveillance data 'legally poisonous' to domestic LEO, and most of the associated civil liberties problems vanish.

Pure poaches NetApp preacher


Re: A lot of movers

there are two people in the world that would refer to Mr Stewart as "a big name"; Mr Stewart's mom, and you.

i am not convinced they are not the same person.

Those vendor blog sods fog the cogs. Wish they'd slog for user bods


>> If you work in marketing or social and you see something written that you don’t like, the first reaction should not be to try and get that person "on-message"...

Well-intentioned advice, but perhaps impossible for large vendors to actually implement.

When a company exceeds about ~3000 people, it becomes a bureaucracy. When companies are small, they are similar to tribes, where cooperative behaviors clearly advance both selfish and collective interests. Bureaucracies are fundamentally different; conformity trumps results. Ceremony trumps outcomes. The contrast is nearly as sharp as the contrast between centrally-planned state economies and decentralized laissez-faire state economies. The latter is vigorous, progressive and chaotic, while the former is lethargic, stagnant and predictable.

Start-ups are perennially successful a penetrating all markets, even ones with very high barriers to entry, specifically because of this problem in scaling human organizations.

Apple iOS 7 remote wipe: Can it defeat the evil scrumper scourge?


great idea

until you realize how buggy both software and human procedures are, and there will be phones getting wiped for no reason

It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?


Re: No PC Version...

You are living in the past. The Great PC Gaming Era is over. Get a PS3.

In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android


because one guy at NYT who wrote one article equates to "world+dog"

City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts


none of those people use WinXP because of Microsoft "support"

none of them care that the support is going away

even though that really really bothers the El Reg staff

Fancy some BEER ON TOAST? Italy invents spreadable booze


....only toe pieces of toost...

Intel ships high-powered C++ compiler for native Android apps


But wait, there's more!

As an added benefit, all generated binaries are guaranteed to be Patriot Act compliant.

ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool


Mouse movements are somewhat like handwriting; everyone expresses uniquely, and algorithms can be 'trained' to recognize noisy samples. When the husband logs into a service using the wife's credentials, the mouse 'telemetry' data can be used to detect the difference via statistical inference.

This sort of thing is handy for all sorts of situations.

WTF is... backend-as-a-service?


Miley Cyrus did a backend-as-a-service advertisement on the video music awards last night.

Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB


On the bright side, you will now always have your cafeteria tray with you.

Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated


I love the writing at El Reg

I wish the newshounds in Murica were like you guys. This study is being reported via multiple outlets, but the others are cringeworthy dullards by comparison. And it is like this pretty much all the time.

I don't always agree with El Reg, but I always enjoy the read.

Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)


Funny how El Reg keeps flogging Microsoft Security Updates for XP, even tho the evidence clearly shows virtually everyone else considers that an irrelevant data point.

Give it up, El Reg, it's not going to happen.

Canadian regulators welcome US Bitcoin refugees with open arms


Only temporary....

The Canadians are smarter than the Americans, they are choosing to *observe* the development of virtual currency initiatives before they clamp on regulatory controls. Even though virtual currency is an intolerable competitor to fiat currency systems, it is not clear how they can be killed, let alone how best to kill them. There are too many unknowns, to start driving anything underground.

Object Storage: A solution in search of a problem?


The problem with "object storage" offerings is that they are all based on slow and bloated subroutine libraries intermediating data access, reducing performance to a crawl. Nobody wants that.

They are also based on opaque proprietary standards that transforms an otherwise-normal data storage system into a data prison you can never leave (or backup). No one needs that either.

Cloud storage & legacy storage supplier vertical disintegration


Bleh, more Cloud UberHype, this read more like a paid advertisement than an objective piece.

Please start reading the Terms of Service for these cloud services, instead of just pimping them, and you'll find that there are some substantial problems actually worth writing about.

The software industry: So efficient, we invented shelfware


shelfware is the fault of the buyer alone

It is not the fork's fault you are fat.

It is not the seller's fault you failed to use the software.

If you bought something you really did not need, then you are an idiot.

If you bought a tool you actually need yet you plod along as if you did not have it, you are still an idiot.

Tis a poor craftsmen that blames his tawdry kitsch on the tool seller.

Desultory figures from Intel as Otellini makes his last call


In-artful wording, perhaps, but not far-fetched.

* How does getting rid of older kit reduce capital expenditure except through accounting wizardry

Shutting down an N-1 production line is the shutdown of a *program*, not merely de-commissioning as-deployed assets. That program had a budget which programmed replacement activity, not simply maintenance, and the early termination of the program early returned capital budget allocations as part of the savings. No 'wizardry', just very ordinary consequences of similarly ordinary operations changes. Put the pitchforks down, lads.

Oracle embraces NetApp and Cisco's FlexPod


3rd paragraph catastrophe

Para #3 might be one of the worst thumb-fingered messes ever published by The Register.

Maybe I'm spoiled, I normally think El Reg has good writing, whether or not I happen to agree on a point.

There's useful business and technology criticism of either FlexPod or NetApp, but honestly, what the heck WAS THAT?!?

Gov report: Actually, evil City traders DIDN'T cause the banking crash


BBC announcing new sit-com this fall

Bankers Behaving Badly

Why do they even call it a backup appliance? Just call it an EMC


Leading a dead-end maybe

People do not want to write tapes anymore because (a) they cannot write them fast enough because they are drowning in file-level metadata, and (b) they are only used for data-burial, there is no useful thing that be done with them after that.

Data Domain is an electric casket; your data is still dead, but now you have to keep it plugged-in, too.

If you are going to bury your data, use /dev/null, it is a lot cheaper.

Yes, there are people dumb enough to buy electric caskets, but that still doesn't make it sensible.

Boffins probe into moons – and associated rings – 'beyond snow line'


...but when will they explain...

...the rings around Uranus?