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Comment Re:Drop owncloud (Score 1) 126

Unfortunately nothing else comes even close to OwnCloud in terms of feature. Like LDAP/AD integration, proper quota, multi-platform client (although the Linux client is a shameful mess)

Been running Owncloud for a year now and every upgrade again gives me this sick feeling in my stomach. What will they break this time... The idea behind Owncloud is solid, however their development model is a mess. Loads of re-appearing bugs in every new major release, big features which get borked during upgrades etc. It would be nice if they stopped messing about with new stuff so much, focused more on stability and made sure their stuff works without issues on common platforms such as RedHat Enterprise 6 (both server and client, without warnings)

Comment Fundamental research in the transport sector maybe (Score 1) 559

Ever considered things such as automotive, aerospace or nautical research&development?

I work for an institute which does fundamental research on naval vessels and we develop loads of software which can compute flows and pressures on ship hulls and the likes, as well as predict/calculate performance. We have several scientific clusters, are starting to develop CUDA-based software for grid processing and such. So I'd say plenty of opportunities, you just need to look for them.

Comment Re:If its not RedHat... (Score 1) 290

Canonical making money? Last I read they were still not profitable.

And given the quality of Ubuntu as an enterprise quality OS it's no surprise... only RedHat can offer a complete enterprise solution with long term support (also on much of the software running on it's platform), clear vision on future development and direction and stability (this means testing things before pushing them, not waiting for bug reports before fixing things) Not to mention the tools to properly manage large amounts of systems : RedHat Satellite (and it's upstream project Spacewalk) So far the Debian/Ubuntu distro's have nothing that comes close to it's power and flexibility.

Comment Re:There is no security by obscurity... (Score 1) 334

And of course, in need of such a pacemaker you'd have all the time in the world to first review all that data, then request additional information in area's where the design isn't clear enough for you. Then.... PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP (flatliner) oops, too late.No need for further reviews, just a coffin will do.

She's a lawyer, she should know ALL about delaying tactics. Guess what the manufacturer(s) will do.... If I were here I'd get over it and just get one, maybe argue about it later IF things go wrong. And if not send the manufacturer a nice 'thanks for keeping me alive' note instead of bitchin'

Comment Re:Who uses tape any more? (Score 1) 403

What machine can handle 25 disks at once?
A tape robot easily holds 500 tapes or more, and manages them all by itself. Or would you rather have expensive people come in during weekends to keep swapping disks? Have you ever worked in a real enterprise environment and tried to set something up like you propose? Thought so...

Comment Re:Hard drives have replaced tape... (Score 2) 403

Sure, if you only have like 1-10TB harddisks are fine...
But how to do you handle backups of say 50TB of data every week? Awful lot of disks to swap, copy times will be so long you'll need to start the next weekly while the last job is still running etc etc.

Tape still has it's place. It's not the universal solution for all backup problems, but for large datasets it's still king.

Comment Re:Who uses tape any more? (Score 2) 403

You're so wrong ...
Tape is the ONLY way to make serious backups and do archiving once you start having serious data volumes. 50TB of data is a LOT of disks... now do daily increments, weekly full backups with 2 months retention... also single disks are always slower than streaming to LTO4 or LTO5 tapes so your backup window becomes too big to handle.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 417

Sure... just ask em about timekeeping on VM's ...
I remember talking to VMWare engineers 2-3 years ago and for pretty every different RedHat patch level I got a different whitepaper on how to keep time in sync as much as possible. But as soon as system load went up, so did my clock drift :( And from what I'm seeing today it's still not fully fixed.

Comment Re:When do we get compression? (Score 1) 803

I bet they totally loved you for that when a disk (or worse, RAID set) started crapping itself and just a few lost bits caused a directory (or worse...) to be totally inaccessible... Again, disk compression is usually a poor band-aid for a problem which can be solved in many more elegant ways. And this particulair band-aid just masks the wound and might cause nasty infections further down the road.

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