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* Posts by Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor

320 posts • joined 5 May 2013

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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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Bits of Google's dead Project Ara modular mobe live on in Linux 4.9

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

Re: What other phones are modular and would need Greybus?

The Moto Z has interchangeable hardware add-ons. Not quite the full modular experience. But at least some flexibility

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Hello |FNAME|, this is the Obama-bot Drupal chat module speaking

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

Hello |FNAME|, let me assure you I am not a bot.

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New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count

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

Re: So...

I wondered that myself. No word on that AFAIK

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Bureau of Statistics hides trade data about monitors. Yes, monitors!

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

Re: I Know!

The NSA wants to know when you have three monitors. So the ABS has to hide the fact they want to know. Or something. Look - Someone rigged my election. Those people. YOU KNOW WHO. Lock them up. And also lock up people with three monitors.

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

Good point

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Burger barn put cloud on IT menu, burned out its developers

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

Re: This comment echos the sentiment of a large majority of readers of this article.

The cauliflower was quite nice. IMHO it is better when cut, roasted until quite brown, the pureed with salt, butter and a splash of milk. Like mash, only nuttier and better

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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

Re: Re: Donald Trump is a plonker

Hard not to pity US voters - a campaign in which Trump offers flimsy policy based on his alleged ability as a negotiator and Clinton offers policy that won't change much. And little prospect of politics getting classier or more substantive any time soon

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

Re: Is she says the Rooskies did it ...

Is any politician qualified to comment on it? Can any politician even spell HTML?

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Laos bans Galaxy Note 7

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

Re: S7 != Note 7

The author has been slapped. Ouch!

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Before Bitcoin, digital cash was called Beenz – all that's left is a T-shirt

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

Re: Ppshaw

Stored value ≠ digital cash.

I sat next to a Mondex chap on a long flight once. I told him I was a tech journo. He was quite pleased. Over the next hour he tried to explain why Mondex mattered. I just didn't get it. The rest of the flight was frosty.

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'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age

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

Re: "US$150m - a decent chunk of India's budget"

$US150m for a nation that is still trying to get clean water and electricity to several thousand villages is more than a rounding error.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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

Re: Thought for the day

I knew someone would go for the gussets.

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Former comms minster Stephen Conroy to leave Parliament

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

Pretty sure metadata retention was a Brandis, not a Conroy. Although the ALP waved it through

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

Re: Bye...

No by-election needed for casual senate vacancies. The ALP picks a replacement, the GG signs off on it. Done deal. Not a single vote needs to be cast. Except by factional hacks deciding who gets the gig

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Aruba OS8 lands, with APIs so non-NetAdmins can do NetAdmin jobs

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

AFAIK the idea is that by making things like creating temporary WLANs something more people can do, NetAdmins can get to know every packet by name and convince them to do amazing things that really matter.

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

HP split up? Really? When?

Nah ... just messing with you. Old habits die hard. Fixed that wee error.

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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

Ewwwwww

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Reg hacks warned off drugs

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

Re: Got me

FWIW I joined when I got my first job in journalism 20-odd years ago. Sent in a cheque for a week's wages. Huge sum of money to me at the time.

And then I heard nothing. For 6 months. Until a new bill for another week's wages arrived.

I asked why I was being asked to pay again when I never heard back on my membership application. I was told told that there was no way to pay half a year's fees and that the membership card printing machine was broken and had been for six months.

I do hope the MEAA has improved since.

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Just not cricket: Microsoft's big data Googly called No Ball

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

Re: "one of cricket's oddest rules"

Sight

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

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

Look I wrote the headline so of course I am going to defend it. But I don't think it is egregious clickbait. The announcement said if you've lost your phone, ask the crew to find it. I could have over-egged it way more than that!

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Brexit must not break the cloud, Japan tells UK and EU

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

Re: Re: Dear Japan

Speaking as a resident of the Commonwealth who came to the UK, nourished your hospitality and travel sectors lavishly, paid taxes for a bit, then buggered off to where the weather is better with lots of lovely pounds in hand, I can say the Commonwealth is 100% behind Britain. If it gives us some nice trading concessions to make up for the ones it can't get from Europe any more. Also, if you would revert to being rubbish at cricket that would make us better-disposed towards you.

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Dell's new story: Goldilocks and the three virtual infrastructures

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

Re: Re: From the usual (high) standard of stock photos used

Our production team picks most of the images. We have a licence to a stock graphics service, but try not to use their cheesiest stuff.

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Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

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

Re: CROM

I was hoping someone would get that reference. Well played, Sir.

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

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

Re: More of this, please.

Noted on the "more please". Suspect I'll move on to other things rather than go deeper on this product.

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

Re: Stick + Battery Loader

Yup. Hence Campfire NAS

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Microsoft baits new vSphere-to-Hyper-V switch offer

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

Microsoft will happily Azurify those for you too

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Apple beats off banks' bid for access to iPhones' NFC chips

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

Re: Re: Confidentiality

I gotta disagree. You wouldn't want world+dog seeing the fine print. NDAs are standard procedure. The selling on consignment thing is a whole other deal designed to cynically maximise profit. But legal, for now

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McDonald's launches wearable then pulls it after kid feels the burn

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

Re: Scolded

I contest the light heated the moisture on the child skin, or perhaps subcutaneous moisture. Hence scald.

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Someone in Australia wants server sales hidden from view

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

Re: Airtrunk?

Yes: They've not broken ground yet, never mind plugged in a server

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