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Comment: What "ass"tounding value (Score 1) 43

by Stu101 (#47230363) Attached to: Priceline To Buy OpenTable For $2.6 Billion

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.

Comment: How to could fix up the non beta stuff real quick (Score 1) 221

by Stu101 (#46186741) Attached to: Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

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.

Comment: You have to understand the technology (Score 2) 64

by Stu101 (#44715797) Attached to: Why PayPal Chose OpenStack

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.

Comment: And ? (Score 2) 390

by Stu101 (#43544605) Attached to: No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed

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.

Comment: It's no biggie. You have to understand the big pic (Score 5, Insightful) 286

by Stu101 (#43276025) Attached to: PayPal To Replace VMware With OpenStack

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.

Comment: A bit obvious (Score 1) 221

by Stu101 (#43238669) Attached to: Google Keep Labelled "Delete"

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"

Comment: Ultimatly, it will fail (Score 2) 240

by Stu101 (#42795705) Attached to: Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

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.

Comment: Control freakery stopping a good thing. (Score 4, Interesting) 151

by Stu101 (#41497725) Attached to: Free Font Helps People With Dyslexia

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.

Comment: They have already been tried for their "crime" (Score 4, Insightful) 114

by Stu101 (#39761253) Attached to: US Charges English Twins Over $1.2m 'Stock Robot' Fraud

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........

Comment: Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 159

by Stu101 (#39618713) Attached to: Survey Says Bosses Fear Being Filmed By Employees

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.

Comment: I can see it now.. (Score 1) 47

by Stu101 (#39272303) Attached to: UK Anti-Piracy Law Survives Court Challenge

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.

Comment: Old idea from but you can soon make your own cheap (Score 1) 86

by Stu101 (#38848867) Attached to: DARPA Funding a $50 Drone-Droppable Spy Computer

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 ?

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