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Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Network Administrator?

nbannerman Re:Ignore Cisco (480 comments)

No, fair point that - we've got databases, CMS, Exchange and all the normal gubbins floating around as well, but you are absolutely right - they're different and we should use traffic analysis to see what the load really is.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Network Administrator?

nbannerman Re:Ignore Cisco (480 comments)

The demands of education are higher than business. Business is one station, one logon per day. Two tops if you include lunch breaks. My networks see nearly 5000 different logons PER hour. Just one of our academies has 40+ switches, 100+ Meru APs and 1000+ connected devices. Business is easy. Education - entirely different beast.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Network Administrator?

nbannerman Ignore Cisco (480 comments)

Forget Cisco. Phone your local HP Gold Partner - get them to put you in touch with the local HP Business Team. They'll give you free courses and training, and that is the end of that. For 100 networked devices, HP kit will do the job. I don't get the obsession with Cisco - I'm running 8 networks on 10 sites that are all HP, serving nearly 10,000 students and 1200 staff, and we've never regretted bypassing Cisco altogether.

more than 3 years ago

Forget Space Travel, It's Just a Dream

nbannerman Re:Space Travel is a silly idea (542 comments)

I can only assume that your sense of humour also took a trip off the edge of the world...

more than 3 years ago

Norwegian Broadcasting Sets Up Its Own Tracker

nbannerman Re:I for one... (187 comments)

Well to be fair, region locking makes sense.

Why should I, as a UK TV licence payer, fund programs for other people to watch?

Additionally, I believe that since the BBC co-producers shows with other broadcasters in other countries, the licensing agreements currently in place mean the BBC has to take steps to stop (for example) a co-Canadian produced drama appearing for free before it is shown in Canada.

Oh, and the BBC is not a state-run tv channel. It is a public broadcaster, but aside from the BBC Trust (which is more advisory), Government input is limited. Indeed the BBC have a very long and strong history of taking the Government (be it Tory or Labour) to task.

It should also be noted that there isn't a 'TV tax' in the UK. The TV licence is only payable if you actually own a TV capable of receiving BBC programming. Now whilst the licence system could use a bit of modernising, it isn't a blanket tax.

more than 5 years ago

Gmail Reveals the Names of All Users

nbannerman Re:This only punishes the foolish (438 comments)

Someone should get an ass-kicking for this.

Agreed. I'll certainly be asking for my money back...

more than 5 years ago



UK Police ask blogger to delete pictures.

nbannerman nbannerman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nbannerman writes "UK Police are at it again, this time asking UK citizens to delete photographs and give in their details. Worryingly, the Police are operating under the false belief that they have the right to do this. The full story has spread across twitter, with the original blogger giving his side of the story here :"
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Arthur C Clarke dies, aged 90.

nbannerman nbannerman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nbannerman (974715) writes "As reported by the BBC (, Arthur C Clarke has died aged 90. No further information available at this time."
top Raided, Owner Arrested

nbannerman nbannerman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nbannerman writes "TV-Links (currently down) was a site which linked to sites like Google Video and YouTube, which host clips of TV shows. It has been missed by most of the mainstream media, but a 26-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on Thursday in connection with offences relating to the facilitation of copyright infringement on the internet. Further information comes from an article at The Guardian (,,2195407,00.html), which states that The first closure of a major UK-based pirate site was also accompanied by raids and an arrest, the anti-piracy group Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) said today."
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nbannerman nbannerman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nbannerman writes "The BBC is reporting that Google has finally gone ahead and bought YouTube for a cool $1.65bn. From the article; " "The YouTube team has built an exciting and powerful media platform that complements Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said in a statement." Both YouTube and Google have recently signed distribution deals with leading media companies, including Universal, Sony BMG and Warner Music."

nbannerman nbannerman writes  |  about 8 years ago

nbannerman writes "The BBC is reporting about a new kind of transistor, that recently set a world record of 110Ghz. From the article; "To achieve the speed gain, researchers at the University of Southampton added fluorine to the silicon devices. The technique uses existing silicon manufacturing technology meaning it should be quick and easy to deploy." The apparent applications for this process include mobile phones and digital cameras."


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