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Comment Sticking with Vmware for now (Score 1) 417

We're Vmware shop for three years now and plan on staying that way for at least three more. WIth our current hardware (IBM, DS8100, Bladecenters...) and location (Europe, Eastern) this is only good option considering we need 24/7 reliability. In the past three years we had no issues whatsoever and any other solution comes very close to Vmware in terms of cost. So... we look at others, but have no reason to move.

Comment Re:1984 (Score 1) 446

But that's great. The governments need to control the general population, not the terrorists. If they wanted, they could remove the causes for "terrorism" all over the world. But then what? Who will buy new weapons? Where will new targets for hostile takeover emerge or come from? From my perspective, they need terrorists to terrorize the general population and thus asure the continuation of certain forces.

Comment Re:Who needs to hunt down textbooks in Finland? (Score 2) 356

You don't have to go far to encounter such stupidity. Slovenia, for example. A friend of mine, who studied law, was required to buy books in amount of 400 and up. Every school year or semester. That's crazy, but many schools require students to buy textbooks. Usually written by the same professors who later require them. I went to Computer and ELectronics college and we also had to buy all the books. THe only good thng about this system is you can ask the author of the book in person, if there 's something in it, that you don't understand :/

Comment Re:What the hell? (Score 1) 653

Internet has advanced so much in our lives it has actually become part of it. If someone is unable to notice it, it's probably because his/her account is on Myspace ;) The sooner we adapt to that, the better. For someone to post such status, while also being a cop is crazy. I wouldn't want to meet that guy in the street.

Comment Re:F*ck Microsoft (Score 0) 289

Yeah? ;) I still have the same Windows XP I did when I met my girlfriend almost six years ago. Now, that could mean many things... Yes, I had lots of sex since then. I also partied a lot. But it wasn't all just fun and games. Oh wait, it was. I use this Windows for gaming. Which is probably one of the rest best reasons to use it. But it works fine. The difference probably is in the way you treat it. I am an administrator in a medium sized company and I'm in charge of a complete lifecycle of approximately 500 PC's. All XP or W2K. I have intimate knowledge of Windows (and my girlfriend, but let's leave that) and know, what I can do, not to break it. Since I use Linux for everything else, I am just fine.

Comment Re:Thanks... (Score 1) 218

It certainly is stable and enterprise ready. But, what is enterprise? Some, like Amazon made good use of it. Some didn't and are now worse off. And in our case, we can't yet, because we can't allow downtime on certain services. With Virtual Infrastructure 4 there will be new Fault tolerance feature included, which will allow the virtual machine to run on more hosts, and when one fails, the other takes over seamlessly. Without downtime.

Comment Re:Thanks... (Score 3, Interesting) 218

It was the same with us. We could go for Xen and Novell, but when I talked to my superior, who is a cool guy he asked me, how comfortable would I feel, when something went south and entire company was offline. In such context, Vmware offerings look much better. Altough I have good experience with Novell support, I know that Vmware offers a better one for their products.

Comment Re:Thanks... (Score 5, Insightful) 218

Both are quite easy to deploy and Xen performs faster than ESX, but I never want to even think about running non-clustered virtualization solution. In this aspect does Vmware come in front. My bosses argued that the solution I select must have some level of official support and my free time is too valuable to spend saving 40 to 60 production virtual servers from crashing due to package update. I went to a Citrix presentation, where they showed us features of their Enterprise solutions. I must say that it worked flawlessly and I liked it, altough I am OSS fan. But final cost of Citrix solution is almost the same as Vmwares, if not higher. I was also considering using SLES10 Xen and Zenworks Datacenter management tools, which provide a high degree of availability, but in the end, when technical and financial aspects of every possible solution were compared, Vmware was clearly the solution we had to accept to achieve our goals. For next three years, we're commited to Vmware, but closely watching Xen. I hope I'll get to run it in a datacenter one day :) THe sooner the better.

Comment Re:For shame (Score 1) 399

I currently eat almost no sugars. Almost means, that I have a dessert once or twice a month. My fat intake is limited only by choice of fats I use for cooking. Otherwise I eat mostly meat, vegetables and whole grain cereals. No carbohydrates like pasta, potatoes, flour etc. But it's different for each person. In my case I found out that I have a problem with pancreas. That causes me to store fat more efficiently... :(

Submission + - UK to imprison for inability to decrypt data

mrbluze writes: Ars technica has an article describing new laws which come into effect on 1st November in the UK. Up to 2 and 5 years imprisonment can be inflicted on any person who refuses or cannot provide keys or decrypt data as requested by police or military for criminal or anti-terror purposes, respectively. From the article:

The Home Office has steadfastly proclaimed that the law is aimed at catching terrorists, pedophiles, and hardened criminals — all parties which the UK government contends are rather adept at using encryption to cover up their activities.
It refers to a potential problem faced by international bankers who would be wary to bring their encryption keys into the UK. Some how I doubt that is the real problem with the law.

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