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Priceline To Buy OpenTable For $2.6 Billion

Stu101 What "ass"tounding value (43 comments)

2.6 Billion. Really ?

Holy shit, maybe I should create some fairly non descript website that some hipsters use and then sell it for a whole frigging lot more than it will probabily ever bring in in revenue.

I have no idea how these people make these values, but they are totally not based on reality.

We are so totally heading towards a tech bubble burst. Unfortunately, it is my pension that will suffer when it goes pop and a few millionaires walk away smiling with a load of cash.

about 3 months ago
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Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

Stu101 How to could fix up the non beta stuff real quick (221 comments)

I have to agree that Beta is not so awesome. Doesn't work on my droid phone so I lose 30 mins a day looking at other sites.

A lot of the issues go deeper than Beta though. Firstly, as IT folks we are (mostly!):

Educated
Have disposable income
Revel in nerdy stuff
Have decision making/influencing power.

All the above is an IT advertisers wet dream

I am starting to find the content rather dull and repetitive.

Can you imagine the sort of stories that could be brought to Slashdot as an exclusive if Slashdot actually paid for original unique content and also got editors that can do the job to a higher standard. Imagine the uber geek stuff that could be created if people were motivated enough. Original stuff that brings new blood, new thinking, decent ad revenue. Think of the interesting stories that could be told by you guys, right here, if you had the incentive.

I can't disclose exactly what I am writing about at present, but all the good stuff is going to people who pay me for my time. Slashdot needs some of this!

In short rather than messing with beta, start getting some original content. Differentiate Slashdot, make it relevant, make it fresh.

about 7 months ago
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CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

Stu101 Re:Where's the outrage?! (255 comments)

Err, you are totally wrong..

You go into security settings and tick a box in there. I know as i did it last night with Wireshark.

about 9 months ago
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Why PayPal Chose OpenStack

Stu101 You have to understand the technology (64 comments)

Those involved in Virtualisation probably (or should have) known this anyhow.

The Hypervisor war is done. Pretty much everyone (VMware, MS, Citrix) have their new cloud based offerings that are agnostic towards the hypervisor that runs on the tin. If you have played with vClould Automation Center for example, there are multiple options for the hypervisor types including Citrix. The bottom line is there is not much more to add to to hyervisor and there is also less money in the hypervisor. It is an old (mature?) technology.

The new hot button is the tools to manage the infrastructure and that is where the real war is going to be won or lost.

1 year,3 days
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No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed

Stu101 And ? (390 comments)

From my point of view (and it is only that!) I don't see what is so wrong with banning it from public wifi spots. Two things occur to me:

Firstly, it means less issues with people who don't know better browsing for it in Starbucks for example.

Secondly, if you want it, go home and download or if you are really stuck, just buy a personal hotspot thingy from your provider.

Lastly (ok that makes 3) it probably reduces your susceptibility to lawsuits (Oh my little johnny say a nipple and is now traumatised, show me the money) as the providers have made a reasonable effort to keep it clean.

about a year ago
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PayPal To Replace VMware With OpenStack

Stu101 Re:It's no biggie. You have to understand the big (286 comments)

Yep, I know its a few thou per socket depending on edition and such. I was on about a few hundred per VMs, but yep, I know what you mean :)

about a year and a half ago
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PayPal To Replace VMware With OpenStack

Stu101 It's no biggie. You have to understand the big pic (286 comments)

Hi

Speaking as someone who spends 100% of their working week in VMware it's no biggie. A (very) small group of us look after a stack just as big as that.

With MS entreprise agreements that mean you now have to a seperate for each socket in the cluster (ie when DRS moves the guest to another cluster node or you get a host failure and HA kicks in) it costs an awful lot and also makes Hyper V looks more enticing to the bean counters as the Enterprise comes with all the Hyper V management tools..

VMware realise they cannot compete on cost and they have said as much. No matter what you say about Hyper V I have seen some nasty failures that just wouldn't happen in VMware (and lets not forget host failures can mean loosing 30 guests at one time (Lets not go into allowable failure scenarios..)

I have seen a Hyper V guest mentally shit itself and cause the host to fail in such a manner that the failed machines didn't restart. So rather than have a restart on another cluster member a guest was able to take out a host. Just wouldn't happen with VMware and it's highly advanced Virtual Machine Manager. VMware also has awesome other features including shared memory paging etc etc.

Big business craves stability over saving a few hundred bucks per machine. However VMware are coming up with interesting new stuff and more interestingly the more advanced features are flowing down into more basic editions.

Just my 2 cents.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Keep Labelled "Delete"

Stu101 A bit obvious (221 comments)

Ok, so we know that Google have issues with trusting apps at the moment.

It would be easier if Google just bought em. Ready made solution requiring little "start from scratch and try and compete"

That way, they get a ready made market. Few people are going to abandon it because it forms part of their "Digital life"

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

Stu101 Ultimatly, it will fail (240 comments)

I have an Amazon account and a Nexus with Kindle reader. They go together good. I buy the odd book here or there, between a few books of varying prices. A fair exchange for a fair price. This kind of stuff really annoys me though. It is as if they wanted to annoy people to go the root of firing up a browser and typing "latest best seller torrent" and side loading it.

I admit I have sideloaded a lot of stuff, but mainly stuff that is useful, but in PDF (i.e. tech docs).

Ultimately, a few people will put up with it, but when you are part of a group of "digitally intelligent" people, they will just rip and share their stuff, either through online or large removable media.

about a year and a half ago
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Who Controls Vert.x: Red Hat, VMware, Neither?

Stu101 Re:Nothing new under the Sun (118 comments)

Dude, keep up with the times. The VRAM tax no longer exists. VMWare themselves admitted it was a bum move and backtracked.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Font Helps People With Dyslexia

Stu101 Control freakery stopping a good thing. (151 comments)

Because of the control freakery that Amazon "needs" you can't actually read a book in it. I think Amazon and Google should get the support on this font super quick.

I am a big user of Amazon e-books and not having the ability to change the fonts kind of defeats a major selling point over old paper books. If Amazon started doing this I suspect they would be repaid several dozen times over with people who appreciate it.

I think users should be allowed to choose their own font. So what if it looks totally crap. Its personal preference and it doesn't affect anyone else. Let the "Marketing" droids go swivel.

BTW,I am a bit pissed because I never knew my reading was difficult until I used this font. It's kind of a realisation! And someone is trying to stop me being able to do things better.

I also understand that Amazon etc are working on licencing it, but if we could change our own font, we wouldn't have the issue.

about 2 years ago
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US Charges English Twins Over $1.2m 'Stock Robot' Fraud

Stu101 They have already been tried for their "crime" (114 comments)

They have already been tried in the UK court and lost most of what the gained. It is a bid unfair in my mind.

Do you think it would be allowed, ie tried twice, once by the US government and then by the UK government if they where in the US. They would probabily get a job offer in the US.

I can't wait for the moment they get a similar issue with a Chinese coder........

more than 2 years ago
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Survey Says Bosses Fear Being Filmed By Employees

Stu101 Re:I have an idea (159 comments)

If you work for a large company, even the IT guys have to abide by the FOCA act https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Corrupt_Practices_Act. We spend days (Seriously) learning what we can and cant do, even though we are IT. We don't even speak to customers, sell anything or buy anything and we have it 24/7!

If you get caught, worrying about your employees is the last thing you will be doing.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Anti-Piracy Law Survives Court Challenge

Stu101 I can see it now.. (47 comments)

As soon as people cant get to the "TPB" there will be a lot of "Well I don't need that 120Mbit connection anymore, take me down to 10Mbit" or "Stuff this, i'm moving ISP" (I realise the same end result, but Joe Average won't until they have moved.)

There will be a big backlash, aimed equally at the idiots in government and the record labels and the ISPs will just be screaming about their butt hurt that no one can be bothered getting the Virgin Media 120MBit/s solution (Not that you get that speed you understand, but the "conditions" are in the small print).

If 70% of the traffic is copyrighted infringing material (Figure i heard somewhere) and is stopped, the super high capacity home connections become pointless if you can't download your treasure.

I also predict the more savvy people will just do as I do and use a off shore proxy.

more than 2 years ago
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DARPA Funding a $50 Drone-Droppable Spy Computer

Stu101 Old idea from but you can soon make your own cheap (86 comments)

As above, this idea was first put onto paper with the set of books How to Steal a continent and was called a creeper box.

I wanted to do the same with a rasperberrypi when they first come out, as it again is dirt cheap and has all the requirements (save a compatable wifi). It has no moving parts, draws a very small amount of power.

The only issue I'd have is could a battery package be made small enough to provide several weeks of uptime without making it huge ?

more than 2 years ago
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RIM's Playbook On Clearance

Stu101 I bought one. Took it back. Total bag of fail (141 comments)

I bought one. The form factor is lovely, the feel is great. That's where the good stuff ends.

There is no calendar, no email (REALLY, TRULY - not even an app you can download, let alone a Gmail one). If you want to load android apps, you have to install the 2.0 beta (which doesn't include email and calender still in beta release but will in final one in Feb.)

The side load of android apps is poor. The core google apps don't work (at least for me) but then again, I didn't really expect them to.

I had it for about 6 hours and just took it back. If you have a BB then you may get somewhere, without, don't even bother. It will end up a glorified browser.

The app store is also pretty crap. Angry birds is £5 to install if you want it. Android it's free. The number of apps is totally cack. No firefox app, no RDC type connector app, no VDI app.

There are no ports of android underway etc, so you are stuck with QNX and it seems only the BB fanbois love it.

more than 2 years ago
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World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

Stu101 Look at it another way... (576 comments)

We all make mistakes. Anyone who doesn't make mistakes doesn't make anything (or so it is said!)

Do you really want to make his life sh1t (and that of his family and 8 week old son) because he didn't hold of sending an email whilst he cooled down. Put another way, hopefully he can learn and move on. Otherwise, he will burden you all and increase the jobless total.

Could he have handled it better. Definitely

Should he have considered the other person before he sent it ? Totally.

Should he loose his income because of a couple of shitty emails? Probably not.

more than 2 years ago
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Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone

Stu101 China will be very interested (612 comments)

The first thing that crossed my mind was not that they downed it, but wow, the Chinese will be begging to see this thing. Can you imagine this new multi million pound drown, crammed with the most high tech remote control systems and nav systems around in the Chinse hands? Iran needs friends too...

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi $25 PC Goes Into Alpha Production

Stu101 Seriously, am i missing an important missing bit (137 comments)

I realise this is as close to "hit the bits" as most people want to get, but there is no mention of non volatile storage on board, ie SD card or similar. I have some wicked ideas and want one, but without storage its going to be a bit limited or some cludgy work round hacks.

If it has got non volatile, user modifiable storage on it (ie no flashing involved) id buy a dozen of these things!

more than 3 years ago
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Movie Industry Files Injunction Against UK ISP

Stu101 Genie is out the bottle (165 comments)

At the end of the day, file sharing wont go away. It may well change forms and maybe even go back to sneaker net or "swap meets" but no matter what they do, they won't be able to get back to the 80s revenue streams. (It doesn't help that the music is more crap these days, but thats another argument)

At the end of the day, the world of file sharing has been changed forever by the internet. We can get offshore encrypted proxies for as little as $5.

The other major difference the net has made is that people are better connected and tend to gravitate to like minded people. In the world of instant communication, encryption and dropbox et all, sharing will just mutate into other forms, and groups with similar interests will create their own file sharing platforms and darknets.

Also in my area at least (or my interests) there are more artists giving stuff for free.

The days of mega money from media are gone. All this is akin to trying to put toothpaste back in the tube, it's not going to work.

more than 3 years ago

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Novell selling out to a VC

Stu101 Stu101 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Stu101 (1031686) writes "It's seems that Novell, limbering along as they are, have been approached by a less than reputable VC firm with an offer to buy the company for just shy of $6 a share. It could mean a bidding war for the second biggest Linux distro. What if Microsoft went for it ? We would lose a lot ot forward moving development on the Linux platform potentially. Also there is the question of the Unix IP rights rearing its head.

Novell has acknowledged the offer and has even emailed it's customers letting them know they are looking at it! Interesting times ahead."

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Solaris migrations made easy?

Stu101 Stu101 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Stu101 (1031686) writes "I work for a medium sized organisation that has approximately 20 large sparc boxes (Running Solaris 7,8 and 9)

We have been asked to Migrate them. That's all fine and well but there are only 1 solaris admin, and 2 linux geeks that make up our team. We already have way way too much to do. The major issue with migrating is also that we run Oracle in very specific configs, with little documentation and just don't have the time to migrate and test each one to the level required.

The original plan was to migrate to Oracle Enterprise Linux on HP (by rebuilding each machine), but with Solaris now getting what is in effect a second chance, the way I see it, Staying with Oracle will make our lives much easier.

To add to the complication, we want to virtualise a lot of these machines

The only problems I foresee (and this is where the questions come) is:

  * If we try and keep sparc, we cannot as far as I am aware run multiple versions of Solaris in Zones. Is this true?

  * We would like to move to commodity X86/64 hardware but again, after some researching we cannot find a way to migrate from Solaris on Sparc to Solaris on HP without rebuilding the entire machine and exporting the databases. There seems to be no way to run sparc on HP x86 without a lot of work.

Has anyone been in the same situation before, and if so, how did you deal with it ?"
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Linux nerd gets into real fight over linux v Win

Stu101 Stu101 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Stu101 (1031686) writes "I, like many of your readers enjoy the Blog of Helios However this last blog post shows how desperate the Windows people are getting. Getting violent and trying to start a fight because open source is stealing their jobs (alledgedly). I find it terrible. However, it wasn't the (non violent) linux geek lying on the floor in the end."
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Comcast stacks FCC net neutrality hearing

Stu101 Stu101 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Stu101 (1031686) writes "Just a quick heads up as a lot of people seem to have missed the story regarding the FCC net neutrality hearings. Basically it would appear from the article http://consumerist.com/361095/comcast-stacks-fcc-hearing-seats-with-sleepy-shills that Comcast is paying its employees to hold seats in the hearing so normal people (aka people for internet goodness) can't get a seat. Appalling that Comcast would resort to this to try and fix it"
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Stu101 Stu101 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Stu101 (1031686) writes "I'm lost as to where to go. I am no programmer or business expert. I have some exceptional ideas for a business that derives a lot of social benefit and is money saving to those using it too. However I am no coder, and money, pffft, you have to be joking. However, I recently used the theory of one of my ideas (manually) to save the company I work for over $12,000 a year, increasing every year, for about 2 hours work. This is the kind of return that can be gained, and that's just one company (they gave me a lousy $50)

The really stupid thing is that these ideas have the possibility to be big. The startup costs could never be defined as big either, maybe $5,000 tops. They have the possibility to make me not necessarily rich, but enough so I can quit this hellhole of a day job. Also there is no one, but no one in this market yet, which is a rarity. (If there is, my half day of searching was flawed) as well as having significant barriers to entry if not first into the market.

Where does one go to find people who are willing to help build a company and provide input and support into it. I know there are V.C. companies but these ideas are, at present, just that, an idea. How does one turn an idea into a money making, earth saving website ?

Are there any "ethical" VCs out there? For example, if it worked I would want to donate 25% of the profits to charity. Money is not the over riding concern to me, whereas to a VC it is the beginning and the end. To them I would just be an idea to use and sell on."
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Stu101 Stu101 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Stu101 (1031686) writes "Hi ! Ok, its probabily been covered elsewhere but its kinda unique because my boss who is an uber MS fanboy went to a Novell sponsored day out. He has come back shouting out loud Linux is the saviour etc ;) I am quite excited about this. Its the first time ever our company has even considered even a limited deployment, moving to anything except MS platforms. However I don't really want to implement it because although graphically it is one of the best examples of a well put together KDE system, I don't want to implement anything that is PRO MS if I can help it. I don't know a lot of linux but I believe in free software as in no MS kill switches etc. So how do I persuade him to move to the likes of Kubuntu when he is so pro ms (We are at present a Novell/MS shop almost exclusively) running at present 100 MS XP licenses/W2K3 MULPS and 20 odd w2k3 servers) I really want to move at least test Linux in our environment but since the "M$ assrape" I am not so keen on Novell. To add insult to injury most of our users only use office apps and internet explorer. The financial savings would pay for another IT guy. Any ideas gratefully received"

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