* Posts by Jc (the real one)

22 posts • joined 27 Oct 2016

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

Jc (the real one)

Windows appears in the most unlikely places

Quite a few years ago, I was shown how to access the windows system built into EMC Clariion storage arrays - possibly the last place I would have expected to see a windows desktop (and this was years before Dell bought EMC)

Jc

Apple calls BS on FBI, AG: We're totally not dragging our feet in murder probe iPhone decryption. PS: No backdoors

Jc (the real one)

Re: Chip by chip.

... (how much GPU/CPU power do you have)....

Rather a lot, I believe

Jc

Player three has entered Cray's supercomputing game: First AMD Epyc, now Fujitsu's Arm chips

Jc (the real one)

Re: Not even a codename

They are available now to the right people - we have them running in our development lab

Jc

Look at me. Look at me. I'm the El Capitan now: Cray to build US govt's $600m cray-cray exascale nuke app super

Jc (the real one)

probably can mine a few bitcoins even if it can't play games!

Jc

Meet ELIoT – the EU project that wants to commercialize Internet-over-lightbulb

Jc (the real one)

What happens when someone leaves the room and turns out the light....do all of the devices go off line?

Jc

Mayday, mayday. Cray, you cray cray: Investor attempts to halt HPE's $1.3bn biz gobble

Jc (the real one)

Re: The problem with HPC

A sales colleague of mine always refers to HPC as Half Price Computing

Not too long ago I was with a customer complaining about one vendor - how their prices didn't reduce in line with Moore's Law (they had bought an HPC cluster several years before and expected to get at least twice the performance from the same $$$ outlay). With these expectations, it is hard for any hardware vendor to get rich on HPC alone

Jc

Cray's found a super scooper, $1.3bn's gonna buy you. HPE's the one

Jc (the real one)

Re: SGI,...

To be fair , it was Compaq that killed the DEC brand...long before HP bought Compaq

Jc

'BMW, Airbus and Siemens' get the Brexit spending shakes

Jc (the real one)

Even Baldrick had a plan!

Jc

Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

Jc (the real one)

We use skype a lot at work (most of us are remote from any office) and skype 7 has been a good tool. When the first update to 8 hit , most of us took the update... hated it and went back to 7. We even put up with the (usually more than once a day) nag to take the update.

Microsoft clearly *KNOW* what is a better interface for us , they even have psychic power (because they have never asked me, for sure).

Does anyone there recognise the "if it ain't broke...don't fix it" mantra?

Jc

Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

Jc (the real one)

Ah... the days of a (miss-spent? ) youth!

I can remember removing the manual typewriter ribbon from the secretaries typewriter and using a paperclip to attach a tiny message. Mid morning she shrieks "it's talking to me".... she had seen the paper with "Good morning Jenny" just go past her eyes!

I wonder where she is today!

Jc

Can GCHQ order techies to work as govt snoops? Experts fear: 'Yes'

Jc (the real one)

Re: What if...

If the telco asks someone to do this , and they refuse...presumably they can fire them!

Jc

BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

Jc (the real one)

Re: Restore in the wrong direction?

Too many years ago (37 , if you want to know) I talked to a customer who had just tested his backup process ("just to get the feel of the syntax")

At that time , some utilities had a syntax of "$Copy {input device} to {output device}" while others had a "$backup {target device} from {source}".

This chap managed to copy an 8" floppy to his 100MB database drive (and it worked... perfectly.... database was now about 300KB! )

Could BA have just run a backup / recovery in the WRONG direction?

Jc

Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

Jc (the real one)

In the interest of balance

So... lots of announcements from people who disagree. Have there been any announcements from businesses who support this?

Jc

Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

Jc (the real one)

Re: The real issue

Around 20 years ago , I was working with a Telco in the UK talking about DR. They were proud of their diverse routing. The Data Centre manager took me along the route of the fibre , while my colleague followed the other one. You should have seen the DC Managers face when we met the other guy where both sets of fibre went through the same conduit out of the building!

I doubt if much changes!

Jc

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

Jc (the real one)

Re: Creep Em Out

I get too many , and do my share of keeping them busy when I feel inclined. Recently , I was having a bad day and landline rings...starts talking about PPI in what sounds like the usual recording. Oh F*** off , I shouts , but before my handset went down I heard the female voice say "oh!!!". Well, it sounded like a recording to me lol

Now I *DO* like the Eliza idea - any pointers to some phone answering software?

Jc

Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

Jc (the real one)

I thought this was a great idea... my android phone was triggered and immediately the google search pointed to this story (not the el-reg version).

Of course, if Google and/or Motorola would release some updates, maybe they could make it not recognise the BK actors voice!

Jc

$310m AWS S3-izure: Why everyone put their eggs in one region

Jc (the real one)

'Pouring one hundred gallons of water through a one gallon hose'

If only commentators could use analogises that make sense. How long is a gallon? What diameter? ;)

Jc

You're doing Hadoop and Spark wrong and they will probably fail

Jc (the real one)

Re: Isn't that like any project

re Bright,

True... but it allows you to have HPC, Hadoop and OpenStack on the same physical cluster and re-assign the nodes pretty much at-will!

Jc

Jc (the real one)

Re: Isn't that like any project

You could use products like those from Bright Computing, that allow you to run your Hadoop on top of Lustre or GPFS.... use a genuine , centralised high performance storage system

Jc

Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

Jc (the real one)

A lot may depend on what Zuckerberg calls "news"

On the run up to the UK EU referendum, several people told me that the reason the UK National Flag isn't being seen flying these days is "because the EU banned flying it". Not believing this...I checked...the EU has no such rule... but when questioned, I was poo-poo'd saying that "it must be true, everyone on FaceBook says so".

Maybe not technically "news"... but was repeated often enough for people without the intelligence, or the will, to check just believed it to be true!

Jc

Digital minister Matt Hancock promises 'full fibre' eating plan for Blighty

Jc (the real one)

For those of us where you can't get fast anything (Vodafone, O2 and EE will often drop below GSM here if distant West Berkshire)....the only option is some form of wired connection....to get 100% connectivity that will be a hell of a lot of road digging....invest in tarmac shares now!

Jc

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