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* Posts by Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor

299 posts • joined 5 May 2013

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: A culling program

There's about a bajillion cockatoos in Australia. Good luck culling enough to make a difference.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Has that intern started yet?

Yes it should. I missed the H. My bad. The production desk will give me a grilling now :-(

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Has that intern started yet?

"Hand-write". My bad. And the intern will work in London, not down here in Oz.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Strangely enough ...

FWIW Wikipedia isn't public domain - we can't just lift their stuff.

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Automotive Grade Linux shops for hypervisor to accelerate smart cars

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: A hypervisor to do what?

Well you have a point about VM speed, but the acceleration I alluded to is in the development of smart cars through allowing them to have one CPU rather than lots.

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nbn™ hits the half-way mark – but has more than half of the job left

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Given that the whole point of the NBN was faster, more resilient connections, and every ISP is hitting its customers ASAP once the NBN rolls into town, I think the slow uptake is notable.

FWIW I worry that even a 25Mbps NBN connection would send me backwards from the 16Mbps I've been lucky to have over a 900m cable run for the last 11 years.

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Earth resists NASA's attempts to make red and green clouds

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Strontium ... dogged

Ha! I was hoping someone would spot that. Made my day, this has.

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Horse named 'Cloud Computing' finds burst of speed to beat 'Classic Empire' in actual race

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Extra sugar lumps and a nice brush down for you!

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Take offense at "nag"

The alternative was "galloping pet food".

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You just sent an on-prem app to the cloud and your data centre has empty racks. What now?

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: RC track

Photos please ssharwood at sitpub.com

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Photos or it didn't happen. ssharwood at sitpub dotcom

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Dear gods...

My thoughts exactly.

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Boeing 737 turns 50

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Longer

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Disappointed in El Reg

Well I'd love to tell you that we plan April 1 gags months in advance and even spend on patent applications to make them more real. But we're just not that organised. And do you know what it costs to file a patent?

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VMware to end support for third-party virtual switches

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Er... sniff test fail

Thanks B I. Lovely to have you as a reader

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Er... sniff test fail

Really? For starters, I won't have my byline on native marketing. And it is Just Not Something We Do At The Reg. Indeed, we mark such stuff as PROMO every time. And we do precious little of that.

Secondly, I think you're glass-half-emptying this. I look at it this story as as finding a customer-only communique, pointing out it will mean a forced migration, identifying a market shift and offered some analysis on how this could be a deeper play.

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Be our Guetzli, says Google, to make beastly JPEGs beautifully small

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: A better solution...

FWIW, when all we have is vaguely-related stock, we have the option to use a tag so it doesn't appear. I do so for most stories. The idea is that if the image doesn't help to tell the story, we don't use it. We also have a size limit on header images to help page load times.

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Hardware 'dislodged' from HPE SAN during cable replacement

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Thanks - always nice to know people read deep and see the little fun bits we try to leave inside. Also tried to make that the headline but just couldn't get there.

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Cisco and pals reveal backup bundles for Borg's slow-moving converged rigs

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

No, my theory is not that these announcements are connected to decreasing sales. I raise the possibility that Cisco, which is on the record in an earnings call and to me personally as saying its converged systems sales are not good enough, might have felt that poorly-integrated data protection could help things along. I put that to Cisco, they deny it, so I am not sure how that comes out as Cisco-bashing.

Reference architectures are pretty dull. The "edge" in the story is an attempt to make them a teensy bit less so.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Ridiculous theories? All I did was ask Cisco if the fact two of these came along at once was a plan. And I do not point out that everyone can do what Veeam is doing with the Hyperflex API. I point out that anyone else >could<, should they choose to do so. In my conversation with Veeam they told me as much.

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Linus Torvalds explains how to Pull without jerking his chain

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

No it is a typo. Should be "again" fixing now.

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BOAR-ZILLA stalks Fukushima's dead zone

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Surely Hog-zilla would have been a better moniker?

Well played. Why didn't I think of that? Don't tell the boss: I have a punning KPI and I don't think I'm going to hit it.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Also well played

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Well played

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Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Facebook's 1,871 billion active users.

One wrong piece of punctuation and this is what I - deservedly - get. Fixed it now.

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Sure, we could replace FTNN, says nbn™, if you let the unwired wait even longer for broadband

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Why do think they think the copper will be need to be replaced in 10-15 years?

I asked IA this and was told I just wanted to fight, was being difficult and should just accept what its board says.

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: CAPS LOCK

Which is why we use it SPARINGLY, rather than for every word.

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3Par brought down Australian Tax Office with >REDACTED<

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Or just tell the Amazon Billionaire Jeff Bezos to pay tax

Amazon only has AWS and a Kindle store in Australia. Physical goods coming later this year.

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1.37bn records from somewhere to leak on Monday

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: why would you believe a government "statement"

Why believe it? Because when a government is confident enough to put out a statement like that, it quadruples the ridicule it invites if proven incorrect. I assume the Indian government has little interest in blowing itself up!

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America halts fast processing of H-1B skilled worker visas

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Virtual reality

And using those weird carts with monitors on top that roll around offices to enhance their presence in the office.

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The last time El Reg covered IBM Domino we used a chisel

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: That's not a brontosaurus

Oh c'mon, we're not allowed to have a bit of fun with the headline? Here's how my brain worked on this one. I learned about the fact Sapho was doing its thing for Domino, which just isn't news. But the fact a company still thinks there's an opportunity to be had targeting Domino was news, so I found a fun way to present it.

That's not attitude. It's a gentle and amusing way of introducing the story.

Oh and I despise the Daily Mail.

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HPE blames solid state drive failure for outages at Australian Tax Office

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "We'll know more in March, when the PwC report into the incident emerges"

The sales team are in town and we went to ... erm ... dinner last night. That's a better excuse than 'alt.right trolls hacked my Twitter', I hope.

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Reg tours submarine cable survey ship
'Geo Resolution'

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Accent? It's the rest of you doing it wrong ...

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Very interesting - slight "but"

Motivation? Twofold.

IMHO telling the story with images and sound makes it more interesting. Reg writers get the opportunity to see some cool stuff. I think (hope?) it serves readers well to share those experiences in the most visceral way we can muster.

Second, we like to play with new storytelling ideas and techniques. And it's probably important we do so to keep the team and site evolving.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Interesting - Thank You

Noted. I use a thing called "Sounslides" to do these. It can do captions. Now I need to learn how to make them work ...

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Xen Project wants permission to reveal fewer vulnerabilities

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Please stop this ill informed and click bait 'journalism'

A few of things to address here.

The Reg is not targeting Xen. But when we see nasty bugs in anything we think readers are likely to use, we report them. When a stream of nasty bugs appears in the same code, we report the ongoing issues. Look at our reporting on Google Cloud outages.

I missed the comments about the media because I based this report on George Dunlap's blog post and posts to xen-devel in recent days. I glanced at the Jan 5 thread that contains the comments about media, but realised this month's thread was more recent and therefore directed readers to it.

If Xen thinks we're going overboard with our coverage of its bugs, the folks there know where to find us. Indeed, George Dunlap has posted here a few times on this story alone!

On the charge of clickbait, I've never seen a project, commercial or open source, make a suggestion like this. That makes it newsworthy. And believe me there's about a zillion ways to headline this story to make it really scary and negative. I can imagine others going with "Amazon's core open source cloud engine wants to hide security problems". THAT's clickbait. IMHO this story quite soberly reports the blog post, quotes liberally from it, shows readers where they can learn more, tries to tell a story about the debate

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Boeing's 747 to fly off the production line for the foreseeable future

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

I mean I made a tyop. They order was announced in Oct 2016. I typed 2017. Because stooipd

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Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: surprised ...

Nah. Figured y'all knew about BOFH already. And besides, who says it is fiction?

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Huawei very happy to be on Map Of Tasmania

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Cheeky Amanda Palmer reference?

I think you'll find Ms Palmer was not the first to refer to the Map of Tasmania in this way. Which is a way of saying probably

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If nbn™ can't say when it will arrive in your street, you're getting a Telstra HFC connection

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Incorrect

Just reporting what nbn™ told me yesterday, when they updated the address finder.

I take the point that there are some premises where satellite or fixed wireless connections have been promised, but plans are not yet firm and will tweak the story to reflect that.

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Thanks Dwarf. You can stay and comment again :-)

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LinkedIn officially KickedOut of Russia

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

LInkedIn says Russia's letter came to its US office, but LinkedIn Ireland has responsibility for Europe. Pretty thin, yeah

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Telecoms Ombudsman praises nbn™ for growing connections faster than complaints

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: What I find aggravating...

A tree? What connection medium do you have? there we were thinking that FTTP and FTTN are underground. Which leaves one of the few HFC connections as possibility. What am I missing?

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World's shortest international flight: now just 21km in 7 minutes

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Pressurisation Cycles

Dunno. But the landing gear surely accrue cycles too?

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LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Interesting article spoiled by SJW journo

I save my SJW activities, such as they are, for my private time. the Brexit bit was meant to be a bit of a wry gag.

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AT&T buys Time Warner for US$85.4bn or 1.25 Dell-EMCs

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Feeling here

It's always the accountants who feel nervous after a merger ...

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Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and BT bid for Indian cricket online

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: What's "Cricket?"

I attended the Australia vs Scotland match at Worcester in the 1999 World Cup. Australia won without getting into third gear, but Scotland comprehensively out-sang the Australians in the crowd. Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65196.html

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nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Gigabit not needed, what a load of crap!

nbn says Gigabit is not needed in homes. Yes, plenty of businesses need it. And they can go buy it today from carriers other than NBN. Why don't they? Price, probably. But at least nbn will eventually have a universal service.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Why Nobody buys 100mbs

Spot on Mr B - the many Australians without broadband are waiting and waiting. If you have rubbish broadband, I imagine the argument about which carriage medium is largely moot. I've written before that speed of rollout is what really matters. Once the nation has a better baseline, then we can see what services make a difference and if they need gigabit services.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: State of the copper?

FWIW I have had three telstra copper problems in the last three years in my 100-year old inner city suburb with postmaster general signs on some pits. On each occasion my ADSL drops from its usual 15Mbps to about 4. My ISP makes me test my router with a different filter and then asks if I have a spare router (as if) and then warns that if I've called it in wrong I'll have to pay $400 to telstra for their call-out fee.

In each case it takes telstra about an hour to locate and repair the fault. The copper on my street or into my home hasn't been touched. And I've never seen the copper dug up or out.

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