* Posts by bsdnazz

29 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Jan 2014

Let's have a chat about Java licensing, says unsolicited Oracle email


*So* glad we moved to OpenJDK some years ago when it became obvious Oracle was going to change the license terms so they could charge for licenses.

Parts of UK booted offline as Virgin Media suffers massive broadband outage


Unix time is counted in seconds since 1st Jan 1970 so chances are something got cleared out.



Parts of the Virgin Network Down again?

Looks like parts of the Virgin Network have failed again.

We have a Virgin leased line and while some parts of the Internet are accessible, other parts are not.

Britain has likely missed the boat for having a semiconductor industry


Re: British innovation

500ml sized 'pint' bottles of champagne that is.

Google Japan goes rogue with 5.4ft long keyboard


The joy of Chindōgu

Cookie consent crumbles under fresh UK data law proposals


I guess the UK replacements/removals for GDPR and cookie consent are another way to make UK e-commerce sites less popular to EU consumers.

US must adopt USB-C charging standard like EU, senators urge


Domestically, I've been moving my family over to USB-C because for normal, dull, household use it's simply very convenient. With mesh Wi-Fi in the house the main thing we use device ports for is charging so all the funny UBS-C data speeds/standards are of little concern.

Most of our cables are UBS-A to USB-C now because we have powered USB-A hubs on our desks, most of the wall wart chargers are UBS-A and the car charging ports are all USB-A.

The car will be the last hold out for USB-A because that won't change until we change the car.

What’s that in CES heaven, is it a star? Or is it that damned elusive flying car?



Small flying machines + tall buildings + gusting wind = splat

Whose side you on, Nominet? Registry floods .co.uk owners with begging emails to renew unwanted .uk domains


All these TLDs

Do the registrars not know people use search engines these days?

Sorry if this seems latency obvious, but... you can always scale out your storage with end-to-end NVMe


Re: I see the future, and it's pants

I expect we'll do with NVMe over Ethernet what we do with iSCSI - separate VLAN and switches.

Integration goes as far as using the same technology ( 10Gb Ethernet ) but not as far as connecting the networks ( LAN and iSCSI 'fabric' ) together.

The duke of URL: Zoom meetups' info leaked out through eavesdrop hole


We even know where you are, that telephone box - https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@57.6841296,-6.327199,3a,75y,95.02h,69.98t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1siFQM4WrFREhkIOgqllhvGQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Come friendly bit barns and fall on Slough: Equinix opens £90m data centre in London rust belt



You do know the pin is in Windsor?

4G slowcoach Three plans network and IT overhaul to get foot in the door with 5G


G5's higher RF frequencies

mean they need more power, have shorter range, penetrate walls less well and we'll need more base stations.

Or a breakthrough in aerial design and battery technology.

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond


Just Echo Dots?

I have three Echo Dots that are down but my Sonos One with Alexa is working and responding fine.

My three Echo Dots seem to have lost their local WiFi connection. I cannot seem then on the LAN.

I suppose I better go do some work now!

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: Galileo blocking BeiDou

The French and Dutch have enough territories spotted around the world for Galileo base stations.

Denying the use of Ascension Island and the Falklands Islands is not going to damage Galileo, just result in some more spending for the EU.


Re: That is going to be one hell of an expensive failure

The Yanks are moving to linear magnetic motors for catapults and they just need electricity.

I spent the weekend at Blackpool on the Icon coaster which uses linear magnetic motors to launch the coaster. If a amusement park can make them work then show should the RN's contractors.

Disk firmware can kill a whole cluster how exactly? Cisco explains


Re: Who else?

I think EMC had a similar problem a few months ago.

End-to-end NVMe arrays poised to resurrect external storage


If you're not operating as scale (and let's face it most of us are not) then fault tolerant external storage can be a useful part of a resilient system. To date, the down side has been that external storage is slower than internal storage but that's all part of the speed/reliability/cost trade off - pick any two.

NVMeoF greatly improves the speed (latency/bandwidth) and and will be more expensive simply because people will pay for the speed.

It will probably be normal in 5 years time and I'd be happy for NVMEoF over fabric to replace Fibre Channel.

Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises


Re: I used to get excited...

Our Scottish shed is on an EO line connected to the Struan Exchange along with about 110 others.

We're still on ADSL2 - no Plus for us and Openreach When and Where are still exploring options. No fibre journey for us.

The North Skye Broadband has struggled to get a community fibre partnership funded.

It's galling to know that the fibre that supplies the Dunvegan exchange with FTTC goes right past the Struan exchange.

While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record


Re: let me guess...

The joke used to be that for the last 40 years fusion has been 40 years away.

If the joke has changed to 20 years I'd call that progress!

Apple has finally found someone to support HomeKit


The importance of the reliability of the home automation system is crucial for us.

We have a couple of Hive controlled light bulbs and a power switch. It usually works but not always. The most irritating time is when one cannot turn the bedroom light off because it's after 11pm on a Sunday night and Hive have decided to do some server maintenance!

Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung


Re: Amazon Music borked?

Wow! One post on El Reg and the Amazon Music service is working for me again.


Re: Amazon Music borked?

Yes. Our Echo Dot cannot play any music and while I can logon to our Amazon Music Library web site it cannot play any of our tracks - "We're Sorry We are unable to complete your action. Please try again later."

Good job I also uploaded everything to Google Play and still have local copies for our Sonos system.

5G? Pff, don't bother, says one-time Ofcom man's new book


Re: Tech semantics

4G, let alone good 4G is far from being ubiquitous.

5G needs a lot more base stations than for 4G so if we cannot manage ubiquitous 4G what chance does ubiquitous 5G stand?

Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6


IPv6 cannot be fully backward compatible with IPv4 and no IP stack with more IP addresses than IPv4 can be fully backward compatible with IPv4.

The IPv6 address space is far bigger than the IPv4 one (a key point of IPv6) so even with mapping an IPv4 client can only specify 2^32 destination IP addresses. This means it cannot access all the new IPv6 systems.

I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright


Re: null output

base64 craig.txt > craig.txt

Truncate before reading...

Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**


Extra cache

"offloading clean data pages from traditional storage to flash" meaning that it's a big read only cache.

For resilience some traditional (shared?) fault tolerant storage is still needed.

Also, if the main DB server does crash what's the performance going to be like while the HA DB server catches up? Time for AlwaysOn Failover Clusters I guess.

El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!



'We don't use UPS. If we did we'd have huge UPSs and tiny computers'


Why keep it running when there's no power

It's only a super computer.

Taking the costs of putting in UPS/generator systems to carry through a power cut of indeterminate length vs the costs of down time I suspect they decided it was not worth it.

Uptime requirements vary enormously...