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Apple to splash $10bn raisin' American bit barns

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Green Credentials

"Apple makes much of its green credentials; all of its data centres have run on 100 per cent renewable energy since 2013."

That's lovely.

How about we make some products that are reusable and upgradable and not filled with glue and are essentially single use throwaway items?

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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IPX Broadcasts

Networking nightmare, but fun and worth it.

Qualcomm axes staff, winds down data center processor efforts ... while China takes the blueprints and runs

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Re: You shouldn't trust Google Translate too much

"The proper transcription of "昇龙" is "Sheng Long", meaning "Rising Dragon"."

You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance.

The dingo... er, Google stole my patent! Biz boss tells how Choc Factory staff tried to rip off idea from interview

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Re: This is unfortunately a common Silicon Valley trick

"Hope their cheap option was worth it."

I've reconsidered. No I don't, fuck them.

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Re: This is unfortunately a common Silicon Valley trick

"I had a very large and well known British company steal my idea a few decades ago when I presented it by way of impressing them at a job interview."

Sounds familiar. I interviewed at everyone's favourite UK Defence company for a networking role in an Aussie office. They asked how I could migrate the network from a mix of hybrid/redistributed EIGRP and OSPF to ISIS. I described in detail how to do such a thing with the "expert" feverishly taking notes.

I didnt get the job, and someone with much less experience and cheaper got the job (I found this out through a friend who worked there). I left out a few details deliberately (namely how to see if anything is still using the old protocols before turning them off) and my friend told me the whole network went down during the cutover because some sites (ie data centres) were not migrated properly. Naturally I laughed to myself when I heard this.

Hope their cheap option was worth it.

Tape vendors feel the cold, clammy hand of AWS on their shoulders. Behind them grins the Glacier Deep Archive

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WTF?

Re: "13 nines durability"

These figures (ie a swag of nines) I dont quite get how they quantify. Different amounts for availability and durability but still more 9s than I have fingers to count them on.

Wonder what Alexa Skill they used to figure it out?

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Retrieval time

The most important thing with a managed backup solution isnt it?

Of course bean counters like the cost, but I want to know can I get my data back (does your DR system actually achieve this?), and how long will it take?

Glacier does what it says on the pamphlet of course, and Im a fan of how you can move stuff there from standard S3 automatically after a certain time.

Not a price cut! Apple perks up soggy iPhone demand with rebate boost

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Gimp

Yep

My PoS iPhone 6 (which I got secondhand) still does what I need it to do. Just because I have ~$1500 AU in the bank does not mean I need to give it up for a new phone that does not really offer that much more.

Don't get me wrong, I "like Appple stuff" (yes, you may not and that's ok) but if it cost half as much I'd get one, and probably a new one next year or two too. Others in the office feel the same way and I'm sure we aren't alone.

Come buy our kick-aaS products! Pretty please, says HPE boss man Neri

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"please, please, buy our cloud-as-a-service".

Interesting trying to run such an event (albeit on different continents) the same time as the AWS show.

Personally I'd go to neither, but that's just me.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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Aircraft Systems

I'm a pilot - a shit one compared to these guys and their ilk who can fly 737s nonetheless, but anyway.

Some systems will happily fly the aircraft into a stall (I realise that is not what happened here, I am just using this as an example) if the pilot does not intervene or uses said system incorrectly. It will even scream the words, "STALL! STALL! STALL!" etc into the headsets whilst doing so. Part of the training in my particular aircraft is to recognise this and disable the autopilot and recover if this occurs.

This sounds well and good, but if these fellows had thousands of hours (it would appear 6k for the captain and 5k for the FO) of experience and muscle memory then a new system, which may not even be able to be disabled, and possibly not have had an emergency checklist associated with it may (may being operative term) have contributed.

Capita seeks new networking chief: Up for it?

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Re: "a brutal programme of cuts had left staff struggling"

"Capita sources told The Register that a brutal programme of cuts had left staff struggling to maintain SLAs."

I had to reread. Thought there was an R missing from the first word and an N missing from the 11th.

If at first you don't succeed, you may well be Cisco: WebEx patch needs its own patch

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Alien

Nice Humble Brag There

:European Space Agency made me use it"

Seeing as Bitcoin is going so, so well, Ohio becomes first US state to take biz taxes in BTC

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Re: Not a good idea, Ohio

They aren't.

A third party is accepting Bitcoin and paying Ohio in USD.

Microsoft dropkicks Cortana with Skype functionality on Alexa

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Big Brother

How about neither?

No thanks.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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Holmes

Some places I've left my corporate email etc accounts on my phone and been able to receive mail for months after I've left, others I get prompted for the password before I've gone through the door (ie account disabled).

My point being some companies have better exit processes than others.

A 5G day may come when the courage of cable and DSL fails ... but it is not this day

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"Put up a mast"

This reminds me of some protest that happened in Aussie once.

A telco was going to install a tower in an area due to coverage reasons, so all these locals protested about how bad it was to have a tower etc at the site. Needless to say, just about all of them took their mobiles out at some stage to check something/text/call etc. Probably will also complain to the telco about lack of coverage too.

Oracle sued by app sales rep: I made tens of millions for Larry, then fired for being neither young nor male – claim

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Micromanaging

Whilst not a fan of this practice (at all, or of Oracle for that matter) one may assume that if multiple team members were on a performance management plan for not meeting targets then the manager(s) of that team were too.

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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Re: Russian speaking?!?

"His explanation was that he saw police lights over the A47"

Perhaps he was thinking AK-47?

Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies

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NONE of this shit

Needs to be connected to the internet, or to the "cloud".

End of story.

Solutions looking for a problem, but causing many of the latter.

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

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Re: Well yeah, duh

"VA"

JEDI (and future friends) maybe?

Scare Force: Pakistan military hit by Operation Shaheen malware

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FAIL

Oh dear

"Operation Shaheen had at first sent out phishing emails with links to compromised websites, then later switched to emails with infected Word documents attached."

University Diplomas, large African bequests and willy enlargements must be too good to resist.

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!

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This is my cue

To get one with the minimum RAM.

Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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Waste dumping

"And thanks to the land on which the factory is being built being redesignated, the company will be exempted from environmental restrictions and won't be required to get a permit to dump waste into the surrounding wetlands."

Can't say how much I dislike this. Regardless of how benign the waste would be claimed to be.

Cisco chucks its hat into the 400Gbps ring

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QSFP-DD

I like it.

I remember how much a nightmare 10GE was when it came out (and matured).

"Hey you, want 10G? You can have XENPAK, X2, XFP, SFP+"

It's raining drones, but just one specimen: DJI's Matrice 200 quadcopter

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Mushroom

This is how drones go down in Aussie

Wedge Tailed Eagle vs Drone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr-xBtVU4lg

Pain in the brain! Kaspersky warns of hackable brain implants

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Re: While I believe security is important (very much so),

"Lets just say a defector has a pacemaker fitted"

You never used to play Metal Gear Solid 2 by any chance?

https://metalgear.fandom.com/wiki/Richard_Ames

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While I believe security is important (very much so),

It takes a special kind of c*nt to hack and otherwise mess with someone's life saving medical device.

IBM sits draped over the bar at The Cloud or Bust saloon. In walks Red Hat

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Mushroom

Well there goes Red Hat

But if I were a Red Hat shareholder I'd be a pretty happy camper right now.

DXC axes Americas boss amid latest deck chair musical

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Re: I have come to the conclusion

I had a recruiter ring me about them a few months ago. Told her that it was on my no fly list of companies to work for.

Bad news: Juniper to pass Trump's China tariffs onto customers. Er, good news? It'll be about 4%, says CEO

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Meh

What was everyone expecting?

That a company (in any industry) allows a new tax to encroach on profits?

Customers pay ALL taxes that companies pay.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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FFS

This totally wouldn't work in Aussie.

All through the house, not a creature was stirring... especially Samsung smartwatches: Batteries empty at 3AM

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"However, we're told that if you get through to the South Korean giant's customer service reps, you're advised to disable the "report diagnostic and usage info" option underneath the Settings >> Gear info menu"

This is the sort of thing everyone should turn off anyway.

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

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Green Credentials

All of these companies (I include Apple. Samsung and just about any other personal tech manufacturer) crap on about reducing greenhouse gasses, renewable energy, efficient data centres etc and how wonderful for the environment they are.

There is no way all that will make up for these disposable products which would be difficult to recycle and going into landfill with all the glue and muck in them, Green my arse.

IBM talks 'emerging, high value segments' – so you know the Q3 numbers aren't great

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Ginny's bonus

Time for some more Resource Actions!

PINs and needled: Experian site blabbed codes to unlock credit accounts for fraudsters

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Can someone tell me why?

I have to have pretty much my entire life, my ability to get a place to live, approval to get a credit card, to even get a mobile phone from shit cunts such as this?

Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

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Re: this is just the start of a very ugly battle for your home

1984 - Indeed.

"As to the details of Google's Home Hub. It is cheaper that its competitors: $149 where the new Amazon Echo Show is $229 and Facebook's Portal is $199/$349 depending on the size of the screen."

As to the details of Google's Home Hub. It is cheaper that its competitors: $149 where the new Amazon Echo Show is $229 and Facebook's Portal is $199/$349 depending on the size of the telescreen.

There, FTFY.

Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

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Re: The bad news...

Why would Northrop Grumman (Northrup apparently) or General Dynamics bid for this? Where is their cloud capability? Same goes for Leidos or whoever else you wish to include on that list.

All of those players are capable of private cloud deployments but none of them are a cloud provider per se.

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: I'm still amazed

Voluntarily voluntarily?

Make mine a double thanks barman. Too late to edit. :)

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I'm still amazed

That people will voluntarily put telescreens such as this in their house voluntarily.

IT bosses worried about network security reckon AI Jesus can save them, says Oracle survey

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Re: AI

I don't care enough to look either of those up.

Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce

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Re: Wait, what? Did I miss something?

I'm not into metal, but even I know that they are one of the best in the business of their genre.

Secret IBM script could have prevented 11-hour US tax day outage

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5 9s

It's simple really. A risk assessment - on the provider that is.

"We can sell a contract with $x profit after overheads, SLA breach is $z, if it breaks and we can't fix it within SLA and z < y% of x then we're in front".

It's got nothing to do with uptime or reliability at all.

Nevertheless, it's the tech guy on the ground who gets shat on/KPI/performance managed if the SLA is breached, not the BDM who sold the unserviceable contract.

Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

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I can see how she feels, kind of.

I am friends with someone who works in a "law enforcement" field. I wont go into too much detail what the agency or their role is.

One of their jobs is to view criminal content such as this and child abuse to assess so they can pursue, arrest and gather information for assessment and refer to the courts. They have told me it is rather harrowing to say the least. They manage semi-ok. As well as one can I suppose. They told me that at work after they view this material they are told to play Tetris because that helps activate other areas of the brain to get their mind off it (don't ask me, I'm not a psychologist). More aggressive "relief" such a first person shooter just makes them more angry and fuels the anxiety, so Tetris it is.

I'm glad that people like my friend and Selena do this work so we don't have to deal with it and can maybe stop/reduce it occurring but they really need all the help and support they can get.

Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament

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I had to read this twice

"This is the same draft law that was floated earlier this year, before a change in prime minister gummed up the works"

I thought it said the same "daft law".

Tick-tock, tick-tock. Oh, that's just the sound of compromised logins waiting to ruin your day

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Every time I see an article like this

It reminds me to check if my battery horse staple is indeed correct.

https://xkcd.com/936/

Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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Trollface

"There's always going to be a market for Time magazine while we still have dentists waiting rooms"

Only for editions from the previous decade?

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: Congratulations

Totally agree.

Good on him for actually being able to realise and get help for it. Not everyone can of course and it isn't always that simple.

Others in similar positions should hopefully be able to do the same. I'm looking at you Mr Musk.

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