* Posts by Secta_Protecta

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British Army develops AI shotgun drone with machine vision for indoor use


A Big Spring?

"something that either dynamically absorbs the energy of recoil (i.e. a big spring)"

I used to fix tanks for a living and we used fairly sophisticated hydro-pneumatic systems to absorb recoil and then return the armament to the fully run out position. I don't think a spring would cut it for a chain gun somehow...

20 years deep into a '2-year' mission: How ESA keeps Cluster flying


Great Memories

Nice to see this, I worked on the Cluster II project and was even in Kazakhstan for one of the launches. One of the best experiences of my life...

Overseas investors eat the UK tech sector for Brexit: More cash flung about in 7 months than the whole of last year


Mak UK Great Again

Operation Desert Sh!tstorm: Routine test shoots down military's top-secret internets


Common Trap

I've seen the same thing when an HP EVA went titsup, bringing down VMware including all DCs; An engineer ended up having to go to the DC and logging into the HP CommandView server with a local account before starting the laborious task of getting the EVA back up with an HP Engineer on the phone. That was a long day...

The Pi who loved me: Licensed to SSL


Re: Phew

Dame Judi Dench or not, M is and always was a man. As is James Bond of course...



At least M is still a man in this version...

Weak AF array sales at NetApp leave analysts feeling cold


Cloud Supremo?

"CEO and president George Kurian – twin brother of Google Cloud supremo Thomas"

Doesn't he actually have to achieve something notable and positive before being known as a supremo?

UK Space Agency cracks open its wallet, fishes out a paltry £2m for Brit plans to return to orbit


Oh My!

I'm sure ESA are shitting themselves...

This is not, repeat, not an April Fools' Day joke: 5 UK broadband vendors agree to pay YOU daily rate for fscked internet


About Time!

But IMHO it's still not really enough e.g. 25 quid if you've taken a day off work for an engineer visit and they don't show up. Also why should it be 2 days of outage before the compensation is payable, some people rely on their internet for home based work so any outage causes issues for them. Considering the technology available there is no real reason to justify service outages, surely a 4 hour limit would be more reasonable?

So close yet so far: Pure fingers manufacturing balls-up for leaving firm $20m wide of its target


Re: Nothing to do with

No, someone who's worked in storage for over 15 years and has Pure accreditation but found it to be a higher priced, suboptimal attempt to take on other vendors, including those you mentioned.


Nothing to do with

Their products not being as good as the competition, yet still costing more then?

Bored bloke takes control of British Army 'psyops' unit's Twitter


Re: PsyOps taken over

I was posted with them a couple of times as a tank mechanic and took great delight in calling them "tankies"

This prompted them to indignantly scream "No we're cavalry!"

To which I would reply "Well then where are your horses?" Apart from the ones in the polo stables of course...

Worked every time :)

Oracle sued for $4.5m after ERP system delivery date 'moved from 2015 to 2016, then 2017, then... er, never'


If your job involves fixing feckups involving Oracle products then I'd say your career choice is bang on, there will always* be work for you! :)

*As long as Oracle products exist.

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin


Something something at the crack of Dawn?


Re: pro-Buffy flame war.

Go on, you've got at least 12 supporters :)

Now, hold on. This may shock you... Oracle allegedly juices its cloud sales with threats and shoddy on-prem support


Re: Reap What You Sew

Which is another reason people aren't buying their cloud, once bitten twice shy.


Reap What You Sew

It just shows how shoddy practices can undermine a successful company eventually. Oracle's OCI (v2 cloud) is actually pretty well architected and built but it's not being positioned properly, hence the poor sales. If the old school Oracle sales teams started focusing more on IaaS & PaaS rather than on-prem licenses and expensive SaaS offerings things would change, but I just don't see that happening...

Sysadmin’s plan to manage system config changes backfires spectacularly


Re: Why use a revision control system?

When I worked for an ISP we used revision control for the named config files; at the time we had some very ropey contractors working there and it came in handy a number of times...

Pure Storage: You thought we were just good for hot flash? Feel our cooling hybrid cloud


Re: Too Little Too Late

And by "Pure" coincidence look what showed up: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/11/20/pure_q3fy19/

9 years and still making losses, I know which horse my money won't be on! ;)


Too Little Too Late

Trying to follow in NetApp's footsteps, albeit with an inferior product set and an over inflated marketing strategy. I don't see George Kurian and co. losing any sleep over this...

Well, it is the Empire of enterprise IT... Oracle's Ellison plans 'Star Wars cyber defense' for his second-generation cloud


Pot and Kettle Time

"Funny, I didn’t know data in the same pipe costs more depending on which direction it’s going."

But you do know that Oracle DBs cost more depending on which cloud provider they're running on right?


Re: AWS moved the hypervisor into a smart NIC. Call it 5th generation cloud

As is Oracle Cloud v2.0 network and storage virtualisation.

GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear


If Only....

Somebody would invent a HA storage system... ;)

UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract


Re: Whilst I'm no lover of Capita...

I'm a fan of the old school mentality, if someone in power makes the decision to go to war then they and their offspring above the age of 18 should be in the front line with the soldiers. It used to be that way and at some point it changed, would Blair have been as keen to join the US in Iraq if he and his son (who was 18 in 2002) had to go house to house with the infantry?


Am I Missing Something?

Why should the MoD have to pay out 50M quid when Capita are quite obviously not meeting the standard? Please tell me there was some form of SLA or KPI measurement in the contract...

Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors


Re: whack a mole time again

Who is your PM this week? I lose track so easily.... ;)

I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract


Re: “IBM knows what it takes to build a world-class cloud,”

Then buy them!


Re: “IBM knows what it takes to build a world-class cloud.”

I think they mean "IBM Knows How to BUY a World Class Cloud"

HPC botherer DDN breaks file system benchmark record


Speed is all well and good but....

Interesting that the top 2 and others are using IBM Spectrum Scale; when I tested it last year it kept falling over, nodes dropped out of the cluster and refused to be re-added etc etc. Not much use having all that speed if the software "defining" the storage is unreliable.

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back


"Musk has said he wants it to be able to carry a payload of 100 people into space, and/or the hardware to keep them alive once they get there."

So it'll either carry 100 people and the hardware to keep them alive, or just the hardware to keep them alive. Still in high level design phase?

No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain


Re: The world has changed and Oracle hasn't.

Great comment, hits the nail right on the head. I'm very disappointed in how Oracle has squandered its chance in the cloud market, it seems to me that nothing will seriously change as long as Larry occupies his lofty perch.

Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs


What a joke, the forces pay peanuts compared to the private sector, plus you get treated like crap and sent away for months at a time to places where people are shooting at you.

Back up a minute: Veeam database config snafu exposed millions of customer records


Re: Are they..

And ruining formerly reasonable workplaces ;)

UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right


Same Sh1t Different Day

When will organisations learn that saving money by cutting corners or purchasing inferior products is just a false economy? For a project to succeed it needs to be run according to requirements rather than available budget, it's like having a shopping list that reads "Buy what you like as long as the total cost is under 50 quid"

Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie


Re: Any Reg readers living in Amsterdam right now?

Sorry for the delay, I just noticed this reply. You'd be surprised how many places are within easy commute of Amsterdam, especially if they have a train station. The Bollenstreek area South of Haarlem is very nice, as is the area South of Amstelveen sweeping around East to Hilversum. North of A'dam I'm not so familiar with but I'm told Heerhugowaard is nice and also the Zaandam area.


I moved from Melbourne to Mandurah near Perth and didn't regret the decision once. Melbourne is a nice enough place but most livable city in the world? I don't really think so.

A lot of it comes down to personal taste and requirements of course so you have to take these surveys with a generous pinch of salt and think carefully about what's important to you. And by the way Melburnians, you can get decent coffee elsewhere, so there ;)


Re: Any Reg readers living in Amsterdam right now?

You've already got plenty of answers on this but what I will say is living in Amsterdam itself is pretty expensive. Rental properties in NL are generally expensive due to high demand but you can live a reasonable commuting distance from Amsterdam and save yourself a fair amount each month. Most companies here pay travel allowance to the office so it's worthwhile looking further afield.

Apart from that all I can say is that I love living in NL, you can get by on English alone but it's worth making the effort to learn the language as the people appreciate it and will treat you differently, plus it opens up more job opportunities.

Give it a go, out of all the expats I've worked with here there's only been a very small percentage who haven't loved it and stayed.

Rubrik says bye to global sales boss


I was there for a short time and I left because I wasn't impressed with the product, organization, or culture being pushed down from above. There were indeed returns as I saw them myself, although maybe they've got themselves into gear and improved the product by now. Hopefully...

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo



Oh yeah, 92 million quid just to have a feasibility study into having UK's own Galileo program. Thank goodness for the 250 million a day/week/month/never that will be saved by leaving the EU...

Do you NVMe? Pure Storage smirks at rivals amid 34% sales surge


Which is exactly what Pure have been doing, but at some point you have to pay the piper. FUD'ing the competition and giving partner sales cash in hand incentives on top of commission isn't necessarily a good long term strategy.


And it is a pretty big gap, especially when you consider how good NetApp's dedupe is, not to mention their mature and effective replication and snapshot management. IMHO Pure stepped into the flash gap and got their foot in the door, but the incumbent vendors learned their lesson and are now offering much more complete solutions with reliable and efficient technology. Pure's marketing is first rate but if you ask most non-Pure techies who have worked with it and others they'll tell you that the alternatives are better.

Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan


Re: Interesting that Oracle worries about "lock-in"

Oracle sales methodologies aside it is an interesting point, as in should any large organisation put all their eggs into one cloud provider basket? Surely the government's advisers should be recommending a multiple cloud vendor strategy, preventing vendor lock in and minimising the risk of service outages if a particular cloud provider falls over, as has already been seen.

**Disclaimer, I am an Oracle employee and these are my personal views which do not necessarily reflect the view of the company**

Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle


Re: It isn't happening until...

"Oracle can absolutely count on losing Amazon as a customer. Oracle's focus should be on providing a better cloud-connected database than the one Amazon has."

Oracle already has that, they need to shift their sales mindset into a more cloud based one and stop gouging and/or confusing their customers on price and licensing. Their IaaS offering is actually pretty good and reasonably priced, but that counts for nothing if sales aren't positioning it correctly.

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway


Mail systems are always good at tripping people up. I remember one nightshift sysadmin at an ISP who, as a response to persistent spam hitting our mailserver, blacklisted the whole yahoo.com domain. As this was in 2000 quite a few people were still using Yahoo Mail and the phones didn't take long to start ringing...

HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days


"The other one was down to an astronaut who accidentally turned off the power switch to a rack that contained HPE’s computer when unloading supplies from SpaceX’s Dragon capsule."

I wonder if the astronaut will submit this to the "Who, Me?" page...

NetApp system zips past IBM monolith in all-flash array benchmark scrap


Re: That's why I prefer the traditional 'bench mark' test...

I did see a rack containing a NetApp 3050 and shelves fall out the back out of a truck once back in the day. 1 metre + drop onto concrete and it still powered up afterwards :)

When it comes to AI, Pure twists FlashBlade in NetApp's A700 guts


Re: NetApp has an AFF A800 now, so?

Unfortunately NetApp missed the boat with AFF, allowing Pure to get a foot in the door with their overpriced, substandard product. I'm Pure accredited btw due to working for a Pure partner so I'm familiar with the ins and outs of it. When NetApp did release AFF it proved to be a much better product at a much more reasonable price, which has been borne out by the sales figures. Pure is a marketing company rather than a technology company and FlashBlade is their last roll of the dice after years of disastrous results...


As others have stated, what are the specifications of FlashBlade against the A700? Not to mention that Pure would have been wayyyyyyy more expensive, even with their ludicrous Evergreen (or whatever they're calling it nowadays) promise.

Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name


Of course it is possible that Zhongmin Steven Guo is just using this as a cunning ruse to draw attention to themself and their app...

Public cloud services could be worth $302 BEEELLION by 2021


You get to wear a nice tinfoil hat!