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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Server help
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on October 03, 2018, 06:41:21 AM »
Bloody hell they really are milking it while physical servers breathe their last gasp... You should be aiming to get everything in the cloud as soon as possible really, managing your own infrastructure and servers via extortionate contractors is no longer necessary. Go for the Cloud based option and then start looking into how quickly you can get fully migrated to cloud services over the next few years.
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Sports, Hobbies & Motors / Re: Happy Birthday MR2 (18)
« Last post by soopahfly on October 02, 2018, 12:16:13 PM »
Can't some importer like nengun help get parts over?  Be cheaper over there too.
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General Discussion / Re: Jeremy Hunt: We would regret no-deal Brexit for generations
« Last post by matt5cott on October 01, 2018, 22:21:04 PM »
Crony finance runs the world, this is all a big puppet show.

I wrote this before the referendum and my position remains unchanged, http://www.chasethedevil.co.uk/all-negative-uk-news-in-the-next-decade-to-be-rebutted-with-dont-blame-me-i-voted/
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Entertainment & Technology / Server help
« Last post by ERU on October 01, 2018, 21:31:17 PM »
Hi all,
I’m looking for some advice and guidance as we contract ‘in’ a local IT company to sort IT issues.
Recently the server: had a single raid HDD failure, but when the ‘new’ HDD was put in to rebuild, it seems the Domain Controller (catalogue of all PCs and users accounts) also packed in… The server is setup with x2 HDD drives for a (raid) Windows Server OS and x2 HDD drives for (raid) data/virtual servers. The IT techs said they would let us know if the Domain Controller becomes usable again! Thereafter, the Domain Controller restore didn’t work...
They were unable to unable to fix the Domain Controller. As such, they suggested a new Domain must be created, all (200 ish) user accounts recreated, all PC and laptops visited manually and joined to the new Domain and everyone’s user data moved to their new accounts.
By now we were on the fourth day of ‘day rate’… We had no choice but to agree, as people couldn’t work.   
The above was setup onto their loan server, where they managed to restore the data back from the other single working HDD. They could browse through the data etc, but the restore, and subsequent turning on of the Virtual server produced a lot of errors - so potentially the odd file might not open / behave unexpectedly.
The latest is these two quotes, for a new server we now apparently need (despite buying a bespoke one from another IT company about 3 years ago)… I guess they are claiming the raid controller isn’t working? As a Domain Controller is just software?

Quote 1 (2 servers recommended by IT company - one for redundancy):
 -HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Performance - tower - Xeon Silver 4110 2.1 GHz - 16 GB (1,422.00 x 2 = £2,844.00)
 -HPE SmartMemory - DDR4 - 16 GB (211.14 x 2 = £422.28)
 -HPE Midline - hard drive - 1 TB - SATA 6Gb/s  (121.99 x 8 = £975.92)
 -Microsoft®WindowsServerSTDCORE 2016 Sngl Academic OLP 16Licenses NoLevel CoreLic (196.55 x 2 = £393.10)
@ £5576.76

Quote 2 (possibly best with some sort of cloud based service?):
-HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Performance - tower - Xeon Silver 4110 2.1 GHz - 16 GB (1,422.00 x 1 = £1,422.00)
 -HPE SmartMemory - DDR4 - 16 GB (211.14 x 1 = £211.14)
 -HPE Midline - hard drive - 1 TB - SATA 6Gb/s  (121.99 x 4 = £487.96)
 -Microsoft®WindowsServerSTDCORE 2016 Sngl Academic OLP 16Licenses NoLevel CoreLic (196.55 x 1 = £196.55)
@ £2795.58
What should I be worried about? If anything?
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Sports, Hobbies & Motors / Re: Happy Birthday MR2 (18)
« Last post by matt5cott on October 01, 2018, 15:29:14 PM »
Perilous times for the Mr2, a drainage point in the door was stuffed so it's rusting, it's also rusting on the sill a bit. So I take it to an Mr2 specialist and they do a 70 point check, they then send me an excel spreadsheet of issues, to get it all sorted and minty 6k  :-\

That sounds very expensive, short of engine rebuild work there isn't anything on an MR2 that should be costing that sort of money.

Welding and paint can be expensive but that is excessive.

You're right, there isn't any*thing* that should be costing that much money, unfortunately it's a few big ticket items (not just the rust, AC Condenser to sort alone is £700 odd, 2 front Bilstein dampers are shagged, £400) doing the lions share of the damage as well as lots of little things, they've sent me a comprehensive breakdown and tbf I can see where it's all going, the car's had 24 hours of labour so far  :o
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Buying & selling PC parts - liable to income tax?
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on September 30, 2018, 18:17:15 PM »
Don't forget that there is now a new regulation that the first £1000 of additional property and trading income does not have to be declared:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/16/landlords-and-traders-receive-2000-tax-allowance-to-boost-sharing-economy
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Sports, Hobbies & Motors / Re: Happy Birthday MR2 (18)
« Last post by DEViANCE on September 30, 2018, 10:17:17 AM »
Perilous times for the Mr2, a drainage point in the door was stuffed so it's rusting, it's also rusting on the sill a bit. So I take it to an Mr2 specialist and they do a 70 point check, they then send me an excel spreadsheet of issues, to get it all sorted and minty 6k  :-\

That sounds very expensive, short of engine rebuild work there isn't anything on an MR2 that should be costing that sort of money.

Welding and paint can be expensive but that is excessive.
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Photography / Re: Ive switched to Sony
« Last post by zpyder on September 28, 2018, 22:47:12 PM »
I'm still a little confused over the "smaller camera" aspect of mirrorless systems...as inevitably you still end up putting a massive lens on the front of it anyway?

I'm probably going to stick with Canon for a while just because like Serious said, more of a aftermarket lens ecosystem out there for Nikon and Canon.

Isn't in-camera HDR fairly standard nowadays? My 5d MKIII which is a good few years old now has it built in. Essentially exposure bracketing with a final step where it does a basic HDR JPG based on one of a few processing presets. Usually end up using the brackets to re-do the HDR in photoshop later though...
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Buying & selling PC parts - liable to income tax?
« Last post by zpyder on September 28, 2018, 22:43:32 PM »
Back in the UK I did a bit of freelance photography on the side. I got caught out by my main employer who refused to pay an invoice for some work I did for them as I wasn't tax registered.

Cue me registering as self employed with HMRC. It was a pain in the bum as it meant every year I had to fill in a self-assessment. The frustrating bit is, that even though my main employment was paid through PAYE and so all tax was deducted automatically and was known to HMRC, I still had tot declare that on the self-assessment as well. Pretty much every year I had to tweak the assessment as I'd put the wrong figure in the wrong box and be told I owed £2000 tax for the year despite not actually making any additional income.

The safest bet would be register as self employed. As Dave said, there are some benefits if you can be bothered to work them out. You can claim back the tax on purchases made for the running of your business (so if you work from home you can actually claim back the tax on a new computer used for your business etc). It's just a case of being super organised and keeping track of all expenses and receipts etc, so at the end of the year you have a relatively painless self assessment. The assessment will only make you pay tax on what you legally are meant to pay. If you don't claim any expenses and don't make any money in a year, all it will cost you is an hour or two filling in the form once a year.
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General Discussion / Re: Jeremy Hunt: We would regret no-deal Brexit for generations
« Last post by zpyder on September 28, 2018, 22:35:10 PM »

Problem is they told us how great it was going to be, how getting a deal would be the easiest ever. We can take back control of our borders and stop migration from the EU.
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Don't tell me you actually believed them?

The one good thing that has come from Brexit is it's shown how pathetic nearly all politicians are. The MPs that campaigned to leave will and are blaming all of brexits failings on the PM, and I'm sure any successes will be claimed by them too. If somehow the campaign for a second referendum is successful, if the vote is "actually, I think we'll stay in the EU" the brexit campaigners will say that was the plan all along, make brexit so bad it doesn't happen.

Here in NZ there's a growing anti-establishment movement over the use of a poison called 1080 in controlling the pest rodents in the countryside, that eat all the native birds (Kiwis etc). It's scary as we can see parallels in the style of the campaign along with the brexit campaign. People are getting sucked in through the echo chamber of social media and "alternative facts". Seriously, people think 1080 is bad simply because they keep seeing spraypainted signs saying "Ban 1080". They don't do their own research or critical thinking into why it's used over other methods.

It's to the extent I think there should be a referendum on whether it should still be used, but that learning from Brexit, if there were to be a referendum they should present the options fully action planned and costed out. EG, "Continue using for 10 years at this cost using these methods" or "Stop using it, use these methods at this cost...". So then at least when the Kiwis go extinct in the wild, the blame can't be passed back to the department of conservation...
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