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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

afidel Re: Value for money (272 comments)

Now backup that dataset weekly for two months, tape wins easily. Even without the need for archives a minimal useful backup strategy favors tape.

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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

afidel Re:wont last (284 comments)

Small claims court, no way does a PS4 level claim make it to a jury.

5 days ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

afidel Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

Actually, after the case was remanded the copyright office said that while they were a CATV system they could not just pay the compulsory licensing fees for some reason, it was a bizarre Catch 22 situation where they were a cable system for purposes of public retransmission under copyright law, but not for licensing purposes. Frankly it struck me as yet more proof of how corrupt and dysfunctional the system is.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

afidel Re:Wow, I'd be pretty angry (167 comments)

Would governments be the only clients that private clouds truly make sense for?

Nah, we're on the small side of the S&P 500 and our "private cloud" has enough spare capacity to bring entire new projects online, spin up testing instances, provide an entire parallel Citrix farm (we're upgrading and want to have the old farm available for fallback in case we hit a critical bug), and still provide for the failure of up to two hosts without any overprovisioning. Infrastructure hardware and operating costs are less than 5% of our annual IT budget. For most companies that aren't doing massive public websites people and software costs will dominate over the cost of infrastructure.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

afidel Re:Out of band patch.. (167 comments)

I installed it last night on all domain controllers after testing it in my isolated testing network. It's not really optional since it allows any domain user to become domain admin and the only resolution to that is a domain rebuild or authoritative restore. It's also already been seen in attacks in the wild so you can assume the next client to get driveby malware will be going for domain admin.

about a week ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

afidel Re: Dubious claims (169 comments)

Interesting, this page is the one I went on for the 13th by metro area. I guess you'd have to look into the links and figure out what stats they're each basing their rankings on.

about a week ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

afidel Re: Dubious claims (169 comments)

It's the 4th largest by city proper population after mexico city, new York, and LA, but 13th largest by metro area.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

afidel Re:XP Killer? (178 comments)

No, the TLS flaw was MS14-066 and it affects XP as well but there is no generally available fix for it since XP is out of extended support. If you care at all about security you're no longer using XP so the fact that there is another critical flaw isn't going to significantly change the situation.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

afidel Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (178 comments)

Chrome not properly handling some TLS1.2 cyphers is hardly an MS bug, though they do have a workaround for compatibility if you need it.

about a week ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

afidel Re:cheaper perhaps (150 comments)

Check out this map for an idea of minimum safe frost depths across the country, plenty of populated places are well below 4', and even those that are close to 4' probably have competing uses for that space just below the frost line. Then again with a horizontal bore cable layer it doesn't really matter whether it's 2' or 8' deep, the impact at the surface is all in the weight of the machine and the footprint of its treads.

about two weeks ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

afidel Re:You mean keep talking but don't make changes (144 comments)

my internet bill has not increased since 1999 and my service is 7 times faster than it was in 1999

So? As you can see from graph 4 on this page wholesale bandwidth prices fell 700% in 5 years, you're 3 fold below that drop in price which is only possible because the last mile is a minimally competitive market (oligopoly).

about two weeks ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

afidel Re:Office Space (204 comments)

You don't have to be a tech wiz to manage an IT department. In fact my bosses boss is a business degree guy who managed malls before being thrust into IT management (he had run his own skunkworks IT group at a previous employer because their central IT was so horrible, new CEO came in, got wind of what he was doing and promoted him to CIO). What he DOES do is listen to both the business people AND his technical people. He won't force a solution that doesn't work for both sides and he won't promise anything to the business that we technically can't deliver. He's by far the best IT manager I've ever worked under. My direct supervisor is technical, and I'm a technical manager, but the guys running the show don't have to be tech guys for things to run correctly, they need to be good managers.

about two weeks ago
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

afidel Re:The measurements in question: (142 comments)

I never worry about going home, my array has plenty of spare capacity to handle rebuilds, we schedule the technician when it's convenient to us, not when it's convenient for them or the array. When you have guard space for at least 4 disk failures (out of a few hundred) you deal with replacements in a less urgent manner than a traditional small RAID5 array in a standalone server. Within ~30 minutes of a failure or a predictive failure my arrays are back to 100% resiliency with slightly less guard space. It's one of many reasons why I only buy wide striped arrays.

about two weeks ago
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

afidel Re:The measurements in question: (142 comments)

Those 5 SMART stats match up exactly with what I habitually look at on the job monitoring lots of RAID arrays' drives

Really? At my job I get notified that the array is ejecting a drive based on whatever parameters the OEM uses, it's already started the rebuild to spare space on the remaining drives, and a ticket has been dispatched to have a technician bring a replacement drive. If it's a predictive fail it generally doesn't notify until the rebuild has completed as it can generally use the "failing" drive as the source of the rebuild. Are you doing operations for a web scale company or something?

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

afidel Re:What is under the hood? (102 comments)

PostgreSQL lacks a lot of features needed to compete with Oracle, things like online index rebuilds and multiple active instances for HA are critical for many businesses where the option to take down the database or a table for maintenance isn't acceptable. Even MS SQL hasn't really been a competitor for many of these mission critical installs until SQL 2012 where finally MS is at near feature parity with Oracle, but they've stuffed up their licensing enough that there's now little incentive to move given all the costs associated with changing anything in such environments.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration

afidel Re:Amazing... BUT (89 comments)

Ok, from this pdf from the city of Sunnyvale the land cost per acre for development is $3-5 million, still high enough that getting access to even a fraction of the 1,000 acres easily pays for the lease cost.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

afidel Re:Legalities (301 comments)

Well, it's going to depend on the use as to whether a release is needed, news organizations are generally given very broad latitude in their use of likeness so long as the use is deemed in the public interest, even if the use is commercial. Now, is a random youtube poster who is obtaining recordings under open records laws going to be given the same treatment, that's probably unknowable until it's fully litigated, but unless the persons postings are deemed in the public interest it's unlikely they will receive the same limited immunity.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

afidel Re:Repeat with me (127 comments)

In cryptography old is good as long as the cypher strength is still sufficient to thwart expected attacks. The only weakness in EMV I'm aware of is a man in the middle attack against chip-n-pin where you can send a pin not required signal to the terminal if you can get between the card and the terminal. Since most US banks will be doing chip and signature, not chip and pin that's moot. If you're aware of another attack on EMV then please enlighten me.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

afidel Re:Repeat with me (127 comments)

Wrong, the reason we don't have EMV in the US is the retailers didn't want to pony up the cash to upgrade their POS systems. The banks finally put their foot down about 18 months ago and set a deadline that shifts the liability for non-EMV transactions to the retailer starting 9/2015.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration

afidel Re:Amazing... BUT (89 comments)

They just got 1,000 acres in SF for $1.3B, that probably represents pennies on the dollar compared to the retail value of the land. My guess would be they put two office buildings on the periphery of the site and that easily justifies the expense.

about two weeks ago

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afidel afidel writes  |  more than 8 years ago

afidel (530433) writes "Dell announced a somewhat shocking development at Oracle World, they are shipping two lines of AMD Opteron based servers! The article mentions this being a break from Dell's longtime Intel exclusive partnership. Is the love afair over, is Dell throwing Intel a bone to help them with their antitrust lawsuit and has no real plans to push the Opteron servers, or has customer demand finally forced their hand?"

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