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Comment Re: How about "no"? (Score 1) 714

I think you'll find the US does follow Australia (or vice versa) on this. Likewise, Australia does not prosecute you for smoking weed in Amsterdam - but the concept here is, it could chose to do so, should it wish; it's just simply not a priority or a concern. The law is the law. If Germany chooses to prosecute Germans who break German law, regardless of what that law is, then so be it. It's Germany's prerogative to do so. You can't say that the law says you can't say certain things in German, except on Facebook or where does it end.

The real argument here isn't whether or not German citizens should be above certain German laws, when on Facebook - of course they should not. Facebook is not some legal free-zone. The real argument is whether or not the law should exist - but once it does, it has to exist everywhere.

Comment Re: How about "no"? (Score 1) 714

Well then they are also subject to German law, if German law says so. For example, if I, as an Australian, was to go overseas and commit a crime as defined in Australia, I could still be charged. We (Australia) use this law all the time to prosecute people who go on child-sex safaris in South East Asia (as we should) or who join ISIS, for example. Are you seriously suggesting that just because you take a holiday you should also take a holiday from the law?

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 706

Sounds like someone's being reading the promotional material. I don't know what part of Australia you live in but I actually work in many Australian data centres and I *promise* you, I could get in without an AK-47. I have personally coat-tailed in to many of them, behind complete strangers, on more than one occasion. I make a game of trying to do just that, in fact - just to see if anyone ever stops me. In all the times I've done that, I recall once that the person in front of me, who I was coat-tailing, actually stopped me and asked me for my ID. Considering he was not even an employee of the datacentre but just a colo customer, I don't know what he could even have done, had I told him to get stuffed.

Many of them would be trivial to break in to, if I didn't care about leaving physical damage behind and the only ramification would be I'd be caught on film (which would hardly be a major issue for someone willing to think it through).

For all the talk about being extremely secure, many are basically if not completely (usually completely) unmanned after hours, many are in normal office buildings in and around the various CBDs and rely on little more than a swipe card preventing you selecting a specific floor from the lift and not having a hammer to break the invariably glass door past said lift (which may be tempered glass but it's still only a couple cm embedded into an aluminium frame, so bullet-proofing isn't going to help, here). There are a handful of higher tiered ones scattered around that do have (a single) security guard(s) after hours but I they're usually little more than a concierge.

As with all things in Australia, the vast majority of our datacentre physical security comes down to our national security policy of "it'll never happen, so why worry about it".

I have been in datacentres that house equipment belonging to a certain American company, that starts with "G" and ends with "oogle" and the only enhanced security they had was a yellow mesh around their racks, made out of the same stuff that fails to protect the doors and windows of residential houses from 12 years olds on a daily basis.

I've been in the supposedly "most secure, tier 3" commercial datacentre in the country and seen the perimeter fence and main access doors propped open by reels of cabling, because electricians doing onsite work didn't want to have to be buzzed in, constantly, while collecting stuff from their vans. I've even had an electrician who was testing onsite UPS hold doors to secure areas open for me, without asking me who I was or if I had access to them (without me even asking him to). Security in Australian datacentres is not quite where it should be.

Comment Re:And how much do they pay for slashvertisements? (Score 1) 435

I doubt either Apple or Microsoft either paid for, or were even aware of this Slashdot "article". I'd say it's infinitely more likely Slashdot simply know starting a holy war people Apple and Microsoft fans (or Microsoft fans and anti-Microsoft or Apple fans and anyone) just guarantees clicks. Look at the articles on the main page - this one far and away has the most comments.

This is about ad revenue through clicks, from the Zealots that are guaranteed to comment below - not direct paid product endorsement.

Comment Re:Minor upgrade if you only look skin deep. (Score 1) 321

Hyper-V on Windows 7 is a very different beast, as it was version 2. It was by no means a seriously powerful tool. Hyper-V 3 is a different story. It's significantly more powerful and feature rich. Which is why, and I'll help you with the comprehension on this one, I said " having a very powerful Hypervisor built in". See those key words, there, "champ"?

Comment Re:One client has fallen for it four times (Score 1) 148

Ha! She was probably very pretty about 30 years ago - and her boss is also a later-middle aged woman, so I think that's... improbable. So far as I can tell, her job description is 100% to shield her boss from having to deal with anyone (she's a P.A.). And she's very good at it - if you even meander slightly near her boss's door, she'll just about spear tackle you to stop you going in there and she's no different when it comes to phones or other forms of shielding her boss from annoyances. But when it comes to anything else, I think she really just makes busy work to keep herself amused, as her boss spends about 50% of the year out of the country, anyway.

Comment One client has fallen for it four times (Score 4, Interesting) 148

I know someone who personally accounts for 4 of those installations. On the same computer. Because she's fallen for the same frikkin scam four times. Every time I ask her "why did you open an email claiming to be from the IRS, when we don't have an IRS in Australia", she tells me "because it sounded real". You should see the grammar in these scam emails, too: they're written like "please effective the transactionments with the rapid or we can has your cheeseburgers". Yet she's still fallen for it. Four. Times.

Fortunately, I back that site up effectively.

Comment Re:Meanwhile, in Canada (Score 4, Interesting) 155

No, Cortana is not available in Canada because Microsoft enjoys giving a massive middle finger to anyone who's not an American. Trust me. I have a Windows Phone and a Surface Pro 3. I couldn't be more in the "Microsoft Ecosystem" if I tried. But I'm not an American - I'm an Australian (and English is the language here). Despite Cortana being the selling point for WPh for years, they still don't have support for it in Australia (they recently offered "alpha" support on the phone only and it's missing most features) and you can't get Cortana on Windows 10, either. I routinely get emails from Microsoft about sales or deals in the "Windows Store" that only apply to Americans (so I can't get the discounts or free offers), despite the fact they can clearly see from the information they have on me that I am not an American. It's just one, never ending middle finger from them, and it's the #1 reason I doubt my next phone will be Windows based.

Maybe someone at Microsoft should look around the WPh sales and realise that the vast majority of Windows Phones in the world are actually not in the USA and start offering support to the people who actually did buy their products??

Considering Cortana is the #1 selling point - you think they'd put some effort into making it work for the 95.71% of the planet who doesn't live in America.

Comment Minor upgrade if you only look skin deep. (Score 1, Insightful) 321

*Windows 8* was a significant upgrade over Windows 7 - and Windows 10 more so. However, if you only care about start menus and icons, then, no, there's nothing to see here.

I don't recall, however, Windows 7 having native NIC teaming built in, including on dissimilar connection types (i.e. natively team wifi and NIC). I don't recall Windows 7 having a very powerful Hypervisor built in, natively. I don't recall Windows 7 having SMB3. I don't recall Windows 7 having native support for software defined storage and software defined networks. I don't recall Windows 7 supported RFS. The list goes on, and on.

But no, clearly Windows 10 is a very small upgrade over Windows 7.... if the only thing you ever look at is the f*cking start menu. I thought this was supposed to be a tech site? Where people discussed the real technology in things - not just how shiny they are? Did I wind up a Daring Fireball, by mistake??

Comment I can't believe I even need to point this out (Score 1) 698

Because not everyone is a developer?

Accounts payable / data entry people most definitely use it. However, logically, of course the amount of times they press it is small - it *should* be small numbers of times they press it. That's the whole point of the capslock - you only need to press it occasionally to change your case.

So a data entry person may push it once - enter 2000 characters into a system that all need to be in upper case (and this is ludicrously common in various ERP or accounting systems), then push it again. For that person, capslock was invaluable - but for some half thought out metrics gathering muppets, they see capslock as hardly being used. I can't believe someone even needs to point this out...

Comment We use a combination of tools (Score 1) 219

We store and backup about this much data (a little more), although spread across a variety of machines. All in all, though, the data is primary virtual hard drives (we run a private cloud environment).

Storing it on disk is easy enough - and cheap enough, that it's little concern. Amazon, Azure, etc. are *insanely* expensive for this task, month by month, compared to self owned disks.

As our hypervisors are all Microsoft (Hyper-V - and yes, I know this is Slashdot and I just said I use a Microsoft product but it's easily the most economical approach, when 99% of your clients need Windows licensing), we use Windows Server 2012 R2 native tiered storage pools on a mix of SATA HDD and SSD to achieve the storage, generally spread across a group of Supermicro servers with large numbers of disk bays - effectively software defined storage.

For backup, we use the highly dense 1RU servers, with 12 bays (Supermicro again), with commodity 6 or 8TB SATA disks. Each RU can get near to 100TB of storage (raw) and they don't use much kW - and they cost hardly anything. Backups are performed using Microsoft DPM 2012 R2, as well, because, again, cheapest option and so far, 0 problems.

The biggest issue I have is airwalled backups - those are hard to manage, for low dollars, for this kind of setup. So I've resorted to having a few more backup machines and manually swapping the network cable from one group, to the next, as the equivalent of swapping tapes.

Comment Re:I hope it's better than the last preview (Score 1) 189

I too am worried that once again, marketing has trumped engineering, at Microsoft.

I tried the preview on my Surface Pro 3 - a Microsoft device (albeit one they warn isn't 100% ready for use with the preview) and it was unusable. I mean, I got a feel for what they were going for - I could understand the OS and see some benefits - but it was far too buggy to function. I don't see how they could go from that to ready to release OS in just 6 weeks (from when I last tried it).

I feel like someone at Microsoft is rushing them towards an artificial and arbitrary deadline, when there's no real reason to do so.

Windows is still selling well on the PC. It still has over 90% of the PC market and they're releasing Windows 10 as a *free upgrade* of your OS, so it's very unlikely to drive new PC sales - it will just be inplace upgrades. Yet they're charging full steam ahead with a product that no one feels is ready. This is just stupid. It's Vista all over again. Vista, at it's core, became Windows 7 (as we all know), which was a pretty decent OS but Microsoft's marketing dept pushed them to put Vista out early. Windows 7 is basically Vista, done right and finished. I feel like Windows 10 is heading down the same path.

They really need this to work, too - so I don't see a solid reason for rushing it.

The only reason I can think of is they want to bring developers back to developing for Windows 10, to help drive adoption of Windows Mobile apps - but here's the odd bit - they're not releasing Windows 10 for Phones in July - just PCs... so I'm stumped. It just seems like bad decisions all round.

Submission + - Australian Government allows rights holders to block filesharing sites->

Gumbercules!! writes: Australia's government has passed a bill allowing "rights holders" to block the IP address of servers hosting "file sharing" (by which it's safe to assume they mean torrent search engines). Aside from the sheer inefficiency of trying to spot piracy by blocking individual sites, there's also the risk that servers which house other, more legitimate sites, will be caught up in the net. Unsurprisingly, the bill does nothing to remedy the fact that Australians pay far more for access to media than other places in the World or that media is often not available or extremely delayed, here.
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