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@DrewC

Hey, I actually like what El Reg uses for forum/commenting software. Definitely cleaner than the wretched hive that many "forums" use (I'm looking at you, CommunityServer!) and it has a unique feel to it. Maybe some linkage from related articles to related threads might help the forum usage? And probably adding some kind of tracking on "someone replied/commented on a thread I'm following"? I haven't used the forums much (besides article comments, that is) so I haven't really seen if these are actually implemented and I just haven't checked them out, though.

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Re: Oh look...

Fun fact: the comments section in the articles are already a thread in the forums, according to how the system treats comments.

Nah, I guess it is just Lewis going through an Orlowski phase. I do like some of his articles, though...

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Troll loses 'we own the Web' patent appeal

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Re: @Captain

You need to roll a D20 first to make sure you hit, then roll D12 for the damage from the alchemist's fire flask.

I rolled two 20s! Critical Hit!

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SIM crypto CRACKED by a SINGLE text, mobes stuffed with spyware

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Re: EFF built "deep crack" hardware DES cracker for $250k in 1998.

Indeed, anyone using DES after Deep Crack is an idiot. I also agree that 3DES is probably broken as well, after all it is only 3 chained DES engines, and there is probably a shortcut to cracking that by our favourite 3-letter agencies...

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Mobe SIM crypto hijack threatens millions: Here's HOW IT WORKS

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DES?

Oh please tell me those are 20th-century SIMs. Most people know DES is insecure, and the crypto community already suspected it since long before Deep Crack. Who would be so stupid to use that for anything sensitive?!?!

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Yes indeed

I think we call it PAM and has been available for quite some time.

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Indeed!

Yes, basically the only "Windows" that was actually a full blown OS was Windows NT. The Win 3.x stuff was running on top of DOS, 3.11 ran over 6.22 which oddly was incompatible with 3.1 and 6.2 (I had the latter versions of Windows and DOS). Basically DOS and Win3.x had some patchwork to run 32-bit stuff, but the OS was still DOS. It extended as well into Win9x, but DOS 7.0 was hidden away from most users' eyes so few non-tech people noticed it. It also had everything pancaked with Win9x layered over Win3.x layered over DOS. You could even see which layer blew up by looking at the error windows/messages:

  • Win9x style window: Win9x layer.
  • Win3.x style window: Usually a GPF or some GDI error. It meant the error comes from the 3.x layer.
  • BSOD: You hit something really low level, probably on the DOS layer. The whole screen was in text-only, DOS format.

The jump in Win2000 and WinXP to the NT kernel did wonders for Windows.

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Russian mobile operators say 'nyet!' to Apple, 'da!' to Samsung

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Re: Or

It may hasten the switch over from carrier supplied phones with subsidy to people buying their phones outright and not paying for it through the nose forever more in the form of a hiked up monthly charge.

That has always been the case in my country (Mexico), but mostly because most people here are on PAYG schemes. Probably the same reason why the iPhone isn't as hot as well; it's competing on full price, which it seems is the same as in Russia ($800+).

Few of us are on contracts, I am mostly because I actually use my phone to make calls and it is cheaper that way.

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Different countries, different markets

Indeed. That's why I was surprised that the iPhone wasn't a flop, given that during the first 4 years I had seen only three iPhones on the wild, vs. everyone carrying Blackberries, then switching to Android handsets. Even now, Blackberry still has a decent standing; last year it was somewhere around 30%. Nokia smartphones used to be the most used, but thanks to the Elopocalypse that is no longer the case.

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Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust

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Re: MSFT down 6% after hours

Now this is one company I'd like to see Icahn bring his claws into...

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Re: Has Redmond lost touch with consumers? YES!

Dear Mrs B, Can RICHTO/Vogon come out to play today? He's missing all the fun.

Oh, you had to chant the satanic spells and solve the Lament configuration, didn't you? He's come...

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Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

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Re: MiB?

Oh no, please no purism on the prefixes. Even my college math teacher has conceded that computer stuff will always be base-1024 because that's how computers count. Base-10 (and base 1000) are useful to us fleshy humans as it is what we're used to; base-1024 is useful for computery stuff as it is what computers are used to. 2^10, 2^20, 2^30 ... it is even metric even if it isn't base 10.

The ugly fallout on the KiB, MiB, GiB stuff is that now OSX is saddled with the base-1000 units and thus is lying to me whenever I ask how big a file is. At least the underlying OS does still count real bytes, albeit with the -iB suffix.

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Re: MiB?

Looks like it was a typo, they turned it back into MB.

Good thing, I suspect the -bibyte stuff is being pushed by HDD manufacturers as that way they can keep on lying about HDD capacities. Sadly, OS X now uses funnybyte units, so I have to resort to df -h to know the true capacity of filesystems these days...

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Brazilians strip Amazon of brazen .amazon gTLD grab bid

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Re: Corporate Land Grab anyone?

Unfortunately, we have our own governments to blame on this. Stupid import restrictions are the ones that impose said restrictions against Amazon, not the other way round.

I used to be able to buy US games via Amazon (thus avoiding the horrible Spaniard-dubbed abominations they sell here) but the Mexican Government made it so that all packages with said games were blocked at the border, or have to pay a stupid amount of taxes. Thus Amazon called it quits and no longer sells US games outside the US.

If it wasn't for Steam and other game distributors that do allow me to buy the English versions of games online, I would've given up on PC/Mac games at all by now!

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@Grave

yeah except its called "amazonas" in those countries. sounds more like an extortion racket by a corrupt third world government

Yes, it's called Amazonas in both Spanish and Portuguese, but that doesn't mean you don't have a right to the English name, especially as it is the most used language on the 'net. Should the Russian Federation give up their right to .ru and be left only with the Cyrillic alphabet version of their ccTLD? Is Wales less entitled to .wales than .cymru? Should Mexico City have no rights to "Mexico City" because it's called "Ciudad de México" in Spanish?

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

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Wait

... they're disabling an emergency beacon? Really?

Given its function, it seems to be the kind of stuff you really want to have if the airplane ever crashes! Wouldn't it be better to fit a non-flamey version of the beacon instead of leaving the airplane beaconless?!?!

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Hackers crippled HALF of world's financial exchanges - report

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I think it's already true

Isn't that what those HFT trading bots basically do? They game the market to both give them more profit *and* screw over the other trading bots. And they're prone to being 0wned by fake news, as seen with the fake news about Obama being shot at.

It's kinda like BattleBots, but instead of bots trying to trash each other, these ones are trying to bankrupt each other.

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1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

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Re: The plot of this sounds suspiciously like that of 'Lifeforce'.

That particular movie was based on a novel called 'The Space Vampires'. But then the novel itself could be someone doing a Dracula and Quartermass crossover...

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Submarine cable capacity doubled with flick of switch

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So slow

Anyone remember the talk back in 2000-2001 about how the backbone networks & stuff had overbuilt and that we couldn't possibly use up all that bandwidth? All that dark fiber from telcos because it didn't have any use? I remember mentioning that the only reason they didn't really get used was because most of us were still stuck with dialup. And it seems I was proven right; as soon as broadband went ubiquitous, now all those "overcapacity" broadband stuff went saturated. And even now, I'm not sure if that dark fiber has been lit up, or if it remains dead in the water.

With these upgrades, we should be able to crank up backbone bandwidth worldwide, and telcos should stop trying to ram data caps against us...

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Re: Oh No!

With those phat pipes, practically all Asians are going to be LPBs!

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Ground control? My space helmet is FILLING WITH WATER!

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Good thing spacesuits don't recycle liquids

I'd rather not drink suspicious water if I were to have other fluids inside the suit...

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

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Re: Best El Reg headline EVAR.

I still remember the subheader for this article.

Crab Shack mock cock cop attack shock. Tee-hee....

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The last paragraph

A sexting app that self-destructs the sent pics after being watched. Why is EPIC asking for a review of this app? Hopefully it is to ensure if the pics are truly destroyed. Such an app should be pretty popular given that teens have been charged with child porn charges and put on the Sex Offender Registry for sexting!

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How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

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Re: Incredible..

I do know the meaning of ABEND, but I relate that more with mainframes than Novell.

Oh, I did manage a NetWare server & network ... and I was a teen back then! Stuck to NetWare 3, as upgrading to NetWare 4 was oh so very expensive! Even back then we knew that someone was eventually going to eat Novell's lunch, but back then we were thinking of Apple as System 7 already had file sharing for free. NT wasn't there yet, and OS/2 was ... ok, in some commercials. But I never got to see OS/2 in all its glory.

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Malware-flingers do it back-to-front : scaM snaps, spans Macs

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But then...

This means that the alert will show up before we actually execute the app. That is, the OS would show us the alert and we have to click Open to run it? (or nepO?)

If anyone gets a sdrawkcab message and clicks OK, they're asking for it. I'd be more worried on a trojan that wouldn't ask for permission...

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Phobos Lab

Dark. Scary. Even more as I was playing alone at my dad's home office, at night, in the dark. Having my dad suddenly appear behind the PC scared the shit out of me!

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Re: Descent @diodesign

Oh yes, I can't forget that game. I had the Mac version, which had a special CD soundtrack. Sadly, I lost that CD and the soundtrack's forever lost. :(

Yes, the maps were dizzytastic but hell, it was truly the first game that had 360 degree 3D. I'd think it would do wonders as an Ender's Game training sim: truly good Descent players understood that there's no up or down!

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Half-Life

Indeed, Unreal didn't really appeal to me, and IIRC it was buggy as hell when it came out. I already had Quake2 in my wish list, so I bought that instead. I did get to play Unreal at a friend's house, but we both agreed that it wasn't just there for us, and of course the multiplayer sucked.

Half-Life, however, was a much better experience. I didn't get to play it 'till 2000 though, and it was still an awesome game by then. Definitely kicked Unreal's socks, both in single player and multi. Hell, it spawned Counter-Strike which spun off into its own game! The other mod I've seen evolve into a full-blown game is Team Fortress.

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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Re: Acer

My last Acer laptop is a huge (dis)incentive for not buying another Acer lappy ever. And that was two years ago.

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Re: but mid/low end systems won't be able to cut it.

How can angry birds and jewel drop etc tax any remotely modern machine?

They're talking about real games, not the stuff you play while riding the subway.

TBH, I do like some of the casual games like Plants vs. Zombies, but the rumors of casual gaming displacing hardcore gaming are way too exaggerated. There's no way the Call of Battlefield Halo crowd are going to switch to Candy Crush for all their gaming needs.

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US public sector shuns public clouds

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Not surprised

Really, the US Government (or any country's government) shouldn't be trusting in any kind of private cloud solution and/or colocation. They have the money to host it themselves, and they should be hosting it themselves. It's their responsibility!

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: Windows struggles in Boot Camp

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Re: Why would you want to use Windows 8 on a Macbook Air?

Also if it is so worthless why has the author of this article gone to the hassle of installing in on a Macbook?

You'll notice that the author installed Windows 7. The 8.1 preview was mostly to test if it could be installed as well, but the main test was on Windows 7.

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Unmasked: Euro ISPs raided in downloads strangle probe

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Re: wtf

not being funny here but they are the isp's own networks and right or wrong they can do what the fuck they like with them. Am I the only one that understands capitalism

But you don't understand peering agreements, it seems. Once you enter one, you're legally obligated by contract to honor whatever you agreed to. In peering agreements, it is to free-flow the packet deliveries.

Not sure what kind of tree hugging liberal world you think we all live in, it's all about money.

I smell a conservatard.

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Evidence

The raids are to gather evidence that the Cogent-to-enduser streams are being throttled, while the ISP-to-enduser streams aren't. If there's a significant difference, Cogent has a case.

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Chinese police probe iPhone user's death by electrocution

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Ow.

One report said she was in the bath (steamy bathroom?).

That would make it less of a "dangerous charger used!" and more of a Darwin Awards winner.

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Security bods boycott DEF CON over closed door for feds

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They've clarified they aren't banning feds.

In fact, they were asked about this stance by an actual Fed who mentioned he mostly goes on his dime and not in official status. So the clarification is aimed at these people as well.

Indeed, the DEFCON conference has usually been a nice neutral ground for hackers and Feds (insert your favorite three-letter agency here), and it will be quite different if absolutely no Feds are there!

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Internet overlords deny Google's 'dotless' domains dream

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Re: Oh please... this is a 10+ year old rehash of AOL era technology

Not quite that. In fact as the IETF and IAB dudes have pointed out, it won't work as advertised. DNS resolution can indeed search for TLDs ... but the first thing it'll do when presented with a dotless query is to search for $DOTLESS_FQDN.my.default.search.domain.com and return that if it finds it. If you really want to search for a TLD on DNS, the correct way to do this is by appending a dot on the search. So for http://search to work, you'd actually need to type http://search./ for it to work unambiguously!

AOL had its closed wall garden to implement keywords, the overall internet is not the same.

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Analyst: Tests showing Intel smartphones beating ARM were rigged

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Heh.

The whole benchmark looked fishy since it came out, so it is no big surprise that the benchmark had been gamed to favor Intel.

Please, keep that garbage arch out of our mobile devices, its already doing enough damage on the regular PC market, thank you very much.

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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

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Full and incremental backups

Usually you do a Full backup and then incremental ones during the week. That's why you don't have to backup Terabytes upon Terabytes of data. Of course, you should also have another team restoring said backups on the DR platform, which serves as both DR readiness and testing that the backup media is actually working.

Ah, the woes of a certain company that found out their backups were worthless the day their Server went down...

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Swollen cloud could burst at any time, splatter us with FAIL – anxious tech biz

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But that's the problem...

'Cloud' is in fact vague, and remains mostly a buzzword in IT. What is 'the Cloud'? VPS? Externally hosted webapps that do a mediocre job of emulating MS Office? Outsourcing email to Gmail? Just the 'Cloud Storage' part?

The thing is that everyone's pushing one thing or another as 'on the Cloud' and the concerns about security and reliability are pretty much valid. Some of the cloudy solutions are indeed good for the SME sector, as you get fat data pipes on your VPS for less $$$ than deploying the full solution on site. But dumping all the operational stuff on the cloud? That would be bad, as the SME doesn't have a fat internet pipe and needs to go to the cloud to get all their data.

So yes, the cloud has a place, but first you need to know what exactly do you want to put there, and do it responsibly.

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Microsoft biz heads slash makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

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They're trying to pull an Apple, it seems

By saying that they are 'listening' customer feedback, then ignoring it and doing what they wanted to anyway. That's why Metro is still there, annoying users in Win8.1.

But Apple had Jobs and the RDF, Microsoft not only lacks that but they're generally seen as the uncool guy. Even IBM can be seen as the cool guy these days, but that's because they changed a lot in the last 15 years or so.

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Icahn offers to sweeten his Dell deal with warrants

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Hopefully

Stockholders should be ignoring this bastard. Sure his offer is a no-brainer ... as in only those with no brains would want it.

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Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

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Etimologies

hehe. In Spanish, computers are female (La Computadora) though sometimes they have it as a male (El Computador). Spaniards have male sorting machines (El Ordenador), haven't seen them use that word as a female though.

(BTW, the 'sorting machine' variation was inherited from French, wonder what gender they use for ordinateur?)

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'Clippy' coup felled by Microsoft twitterati

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Re: Fringe Case

Clippy was indeed useful, mostly to search or learn about features you didn't know Office had. Back in '97, this included the (sadly excised) option of saving versions of a Word document. You could have "version1", "version2" and current versions of your files in one place. And the animations triggered when you did certain activities (saving, sending email, printing) were funny.

What really made Clippy annoying was that the "HEEEY IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE WRITING A LETTER!!!" helpfulness couldn't be disabled; you either closed the whole agent away, or had it there ready to annoy you. Had MS put an option to have Clippy not intrude like it did, it might have had a better reception.

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He's alive!

I thought the BOFH's Alter Ego from Salmon Days had turned him into a bike or something...

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

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DEFCON

The DEFCON "ban" on Feds (they'll probably still go, but this time they won't be as welcome as on previous events) is particularly damning. Last year, the NSA Director actually went to DEFCON gave a keynote, something that was seen as positive by both the NSA and DEFCON organizers and attendees. It meant that finally the top spooks were seeing hackers as an asset instead of "pesky problems", which used to be the situation for past administrations.

But current revelations have made the very people that could really help the NSA uncomfortable. So while the "ban" on Feds doesn't mean they aren't going, it is a relevant message from the hacking community.

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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

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El Cheapo Windows Server

I remember once monkeying around with Windows Server 2003 SBS. Wasn't it mostly a cheap package with WS2003, with added Exchange and easier wizards for setting up stuff? It did seem to be nice if you had n00b IT folks who didn't know how to set up a full blown Windows Server, but I remember just going for the full WS2003 Standard edition. Of course, my employer back then had licenses for both products so the cost issue wasn't a problem.

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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Re: Already exists

Both companies already sell digital copy games on the current gen consoles: PS3 and XB360. Both have the non-transferable licenses, but at least you know what you're getting when you buy the online games.

XBone was forcing gamers to only have the stupid digital scheme. We already have the best of both worlds!

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hahaha

I'm split. One part of me wants this to be heard, because a DRM-riddled XBoxOne will sink faster than the HMS Victoria. On the other side, it sets a bad precedent in the gaming industry, something for which the consumer should have zero tolerance. The fact that 8000 people are asking to get reamed with this awful scheme proves that at least someone will buy into such an awful scheme.

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HP admits to backdoors in storage products

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Re: Complex passwords?

I'm guessing it is more along the lines of "hewlettpackard" or "icarlyfiorina"

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