724 posts • joined 16 Oct 2007
Re: Thankfully x86 per core performance is improving
Hah, the inevitable £/clockcycle model.
As a junior techie I got an emergency phone call once about a "broken scanner" threatening to break a deadline. The error message was apparently to the tune of "scanner not found or disconnected".
Cue travelling across the city for the better part of an hour, to find - you guessed it - the SCSI cable was disconnected.
It was an important lesson for me, and demonstrates the reason why remote support make you walk through their annoying checklists. Not everyone can understand even the most explicit error messages.
Re: I'm quite sure this is a global phenomenon, not unique to the UK
In countries where the tele authorities had the interest of the consumer in mind SIM and phones HAD to be sold separately and switching operators was made easy: you got to keep your number and only had to deal with the new operator. Result: cheaper and better service. So yeah, welcome to the 1990s Brexit Britain.
May I suggest that buying handsets and SIMs separately was always better for the consumer, and people are finally catching on? It helps drive competition, lower prices, push innovation and get better service. There is a reason why, despite high population density UK mobile is slow and expensive: locked SIMs and long contracts.
Re: Homo Sapiens is obsolete
We are already augmented, without having our brains chipped. I’m communicating with a person I’ve never met, and can exchange ideas with the touch of a few buttons.
Forget about imagining the future. Stop for a moment to look at right now.
Re: UBI is not a good idea.
And this is different from people on the dole, how?
Re: UBI == death of all capitalism
Not sure which part of the world you’re from, but UBI is not extra income. It just replaces the complex benefit structures in place already. In fact in places where it’s being trialled it’s actually less than job seekers’ allowance, with the absence of disincentives to work.
Forumites == ignorant arm chair philosophers.
@tiggity re. all those JS coders
You should know the JS boom today is largely about the server side development (node.js) and your condescending attitude tells more about you than the level of expertise found in that field today.
And if updates were published?
Do users update network gear, even when patches are available? I despair.
Looks a bit too generic, basically a random Huawei slab plus a keyboard stuck to it with a sheet of shiny metal. Maybe it's the Android button symbols on the side screen.
Re: The world according to Huawei
So, a Chinese version of Google.
The phone market elephant in the room
Phones are commoditized. Apart from a few prestige phones it's a race to the bottom, with ever slimmer margins and less profit per sale. It affects the entire value chain from component manufacturers to retail.
Beer because soon it's in the same price category with your Chinese Android phone.
Invoice for new keyboard
Re: Photo: a BFG-9000 variant?
Looks like one of those net-flinging drone-catching potato guns featured on El Reg some time back.
Re: Triano Williams goes to court
I'm intrigued by the cloud email comment. In my experience many IT houses - even ones with thousands of employees, that ironically enough also might provide Exchange to clients - use cloud email from Microsoft and Google.
I use gmail as my personal mail but am considering going back to self hosted. More due to political-social principles than security, features or cost.
You've all been had.
It's a honeypot.
Looks like I was beat to it. Never mind, this post is staying.
I'm a normie
By conventional nerd wisdom the lack of applications for Windows phone was a huge drawback. When I had a Windows phone I found it perfectly adequate and I actually liked the user interface, despite getting shouted down for saying so on these forums.
You never closed that bracket. I won't be able to sleep tonight.
Did someone mention landlines? A landline phone is ancient history for anyone under 15 anywhere else in Europe. My kids wouldn't know how to use one.
I'm about to get rid of my ADSL connection in favour of a 4G modem. Faster, unmetered, cheaper and I no longer need a static IP address so it makes no sense to keep using DSL. Unfortunately I live in a fibre black spot so that is out of the question.
I got caught by this
Spent a lot of time trying to fix the LAN connection on my son's PC. Strangely the connection was fine using a USB WLAN dongle, so I was testing different cables, switch ports, restarting the DHCP server and tailing logs, checking for driver and firmware updates etc. until I happened to run the correct magic netsh command. Glad to know the root cause.
For the whingers, crap happens and there's even a name for it.
To summarise the article, the YOY increase in BFB (Bloody Fast Broadband) is preserved thanks to MTM, which spurns FTF (Fiber To Farmer) in favour of RBR (Ruddy Bush Radio).
You've hit the nail on the head. Moving your legacy J2EE accounting service running atop Oracle from your server cabinet to a rented virtual server is not cloud. Cloud is about replacing that application entirely and buying it as a service. It's about cutting out the cost of running a server in every office and having an IT guy looking after it.
"What if we get an Internet connection issue and can't pay our bills", you cry. You have a plan, just like you should have a plan for the eventuality of a power cut. Turning the question on its head, what if you have a burglary or a fire? Why should your business be dependent on the physical integrity of your office? I'll rather trust my core business to a collection of professionally run datacenters across the continent.
Many core premises of onsite IT are being eroded.
1) Connectivity is improving. With unmetered 4G being the norm in progressive countries, you have the situation where your phone has a faster internet connection than the office LAN.
2) Geography is less important. Not everyone is working in the same office. Increasingly they may be on the road, working from home, or contracting from another country.
3) Online services are competing with in local services. Those services you are running are being replaced by cheaper alternatives like Gmail, Office 365, Azure Active Directory etc.
Obviously the IT guy will have a hard time accepting the state of things, but it's the way we're going. Deal with it, and adapt.
Re: Friends don't let friends have servers
Now set me up a test environment consisting of geographically redundant databases, terabyte scale file storage, a fleet of application servers and a web tier fronted by load balancers and a global content delivery network. Deploy my application to it. You have 20 minutes.
OK, I've run my tests. Please destroy it all.
Now set it up again for a new round of tests. Then be so kind to replicate the entire infrastructure to datacenters on each continent for production.
How's it going? Still updating the BIOS on that blade server? I'm here on the North Pole with a laptop and a ropy satellite connection, yet I'm designing and deploying global infrastructure at a whim.
I'm sorry but anyone developing software or an online service is likely to regard IT departments as mere roadblocks and amateurs compared to what AWS (yes, even Azure) can offer. I say this grudgingly as I've got a sys admin background myself, but the harsh reality is they're right. Knowing how to optimize for performance or being good at hardening a server is not what will let you keep your job. It's being able to do it on 1000 machines at once.
Friends don't let friends have servers
There is really only one question to ask: Public cloud (AWS) or private cloud (OpenStack). If your answer is "neither", you're probably a dinosaur or have a very specific set of circumstances.
There may be legitimate reasons for running your own server infrastructure, but most often it boils down to "we're afraid of change", "we're afraid for our jobs", or people simply don't understand the possibilities. Renting or running your own virtual servers does not a cloud make.
I challenge you to stand up and say you do a better and more professional job at running secure and resilient infrastructure than the people at, let's say Amazon, Google or Microsoft. That's some hubris.
Beat me to it, have an upvote.
Sent from my iPwn.
Re: Cul de sac
Reminds me of the time I visited Sweden as a youngster and encountered an advert for a fartfest.
Re: Courriel / "50% extra"
@I ain't Spartacus: You can hardly lay claim on the word "extra" as it's - quote - "a Latin preposition, denoting beyond, outside of".
But otherwise, point well put. It's the same elsewhere here in Euroland and elsewhere in the world - we welcome our Anglo-American cultural overlords with open arms.
While I've got the floor, may I kindly request Britain try return to your sane selves. It was your job to set the standard. Since the Brexit vote we've had to look to Germany for that, and I don't want to learn German at my age.
A nematode is a worm. So anti-worm worm.
EU warranty rule does work
The missus' macbook screen was having trouble after about a 18 months' use. It got fixed for free no muss no fuss at a local Apple repair shop, even though the warranty was ostensibly 12 months.
Oh look, a cable with a connector.
Oh look, a box with blinkenlights and sockets.
Perhaps they fit...
Perhaps they should be connected ...
Why is the internet broken?
1) Use "proper" managed switches with loop protection, even at the edge.
1.1) No desktop switches.
1.2) Keep the switches locked up.
2) Monitoring - SNMP is your friend.
We western democracies try to foster free trade, because we know it is a Good Thing (tm). That means removing obstacles such as import duties, but also removing other practices such as non-tariff barriers to trade and unfair state aid to companies. Those are agreed upon under the auspices of trade agreements and transnational bodies such the WTO. When a country is not playing fairly, eg. engages in dumping, these organizations intervene because it is their job to do so.
The job of the European Union is to create a common internal market with a level playing field. The level of integration is higher than other treaties, but the principle is the same. Ireland agreed to specific terms when it entered the union and got the benefits of participating in the market. If the findings of the commission are based on fact and Ireland has broken the rules, then corrective action has to be taken.
Crying about lost sovereignty is disingenuous and besides the point.
Re: So it's like the Irish Samuel Beckett class (OPV90)
These patrol boats may be "warships" but don't seem to be equipped for war at all. A brace of automatic cannons and/or machine guns and that's it. Where are the depth charges? Anti-aircraft missiles? Torpedoes? Surface to surface missiles?
Re: Dear TC
I thought Ireland was useful for avoiding tax on EU sales precisely because it is a member. How will this work for a non-EU UK?
Re: More on
I wonder how much of the corporate contributions are drivers to support their hardware. Not a bad thing, just saying.
Re: downvote here
Precrime doesn't exist yet.
Re: PPE in PPE
It was amusing at first, but then it became a repugnant overload of silver spoon theoreticians in working man's clothes. The one with the drill really took the prize.
Looking into my crystal ball ...
I predict he's going to resign for a suitably respectable reason within the year.
@Ledswinger Re: @Dan 55
Have an upvote and a beer. This cheered me up.
Re: Poor Linus...
The Linux kernel is open source. There's nothing Linus can do about people making crappy distributions based on the kernel.
A big corporation has to look prim, proper and corporate, yet has to compete with trendy startups for young talent.