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RIM stands, staggers, falls again

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Crash!

Having been mostly unaffected by the Blackberry disservice ... today, we've been hit. HARD.

Most of the day my BB icon has been showing ... but I haven't been able to actually SEND or RECEIVE messages. ARRRGH!!!

RIM, Fix This Thing! I can't get others to buy into BB if the damn thing loses connectivity while convincing new people! :P

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Sony network ransacked in huge brute-force attack

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Not a brute force attack

More likely someone nicked either a hashed pwd list, or applying the infamous Gizmodo list on the PSN. It is bound to end up scoring with people who use the same password for everything. That's the reason why I now use random passwords on most sites and keep said passwords on a Password Safe.

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Boffins fear killer gamma death blasts from space

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This sounds familiar

... isn't it the plot of "Inconstant Moon"? Half the planet gets fried, the other half suffers major cataclysms resulting from the frying of the other side. In the end, people in the "dark" half survive, though in small numbers, including the scientist that discovered it. Though the event in that one was a solar flare, not gamma radiation bursts.

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BlackBerry BBM, email offline AGAIN

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Meanwhile, in Latin America

Blackberries seem to be working just fine.

Except for some downtime around 00:00 GMT -0500, when I noticed that my BBM messages ceased to get sent, and my 3G indicator stopped showing the BB logo. However, even TCP-Direct stopped working, so I suspect it was a carrier-related hiccup, not a BB one. Didn't have a nearby WiFi to verify this...

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Virus infects killer US air drone fleet

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Firewalls

I assume they're talking about SIPRNet. If that's the case, then yes, it is completely separated from the "public" internet.

Then again, Manning was able to get stuff out of there via "sneakernet".

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Sony wants Ericsson's half of their mobile biz

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Telecom stuff

Ericsson does a lot more stuff than just cellphones. Telecom equipment is their specialty as well. They make a lot of money on that stuff :)

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Google breaks South African embargo on Dalai Lama

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SA is turning into a facepalm

This is the second time in this year that the SA Gov't acts pretty stupid in the int'l relationships dept. First was Libya, trying to push a Gaddafi-friendly "peace" proposal, second one would be this.

The ANC is turning into a big FAIL!

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'Silent majority' is content with elderly Java, says startup

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Part of that Silent Majority

Java EE is a pretty good stack for building true MVC / 3-Layer apps. Most of my Java stuff uses it, ever since college and it has resulted in an easy to extend model with a good security model. I probably owe JavaEE for knowing basic RBAC concepts, and LDAP.

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Users shut down Italian Wikipedia to protest Wiretapping Act

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It's much better

to strike down the law before it becomes law, instead of doing clever workarounds on said draconian laws. The latter course of action is commonplace in countries ruled by dictators, tyrants, or military juntas ... what does this say about Italy?

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What's not in the iPhone 4S ... and why

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Lack of SIM

To me, the lack of a SIM card is what makes CDMA a "shit" technology, as I haven't had to worry about handset auth since 2003. GSM was actually welcomed as 'freedom from telcos' because of the SIM card; this freedom was threathened by Apple and their "virtual SIM" thingy, thankfully it got blocked by the GSMA.

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iPhone 5: Apple 4S, pundits 0

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MSX

.. was pretty popular in Japan. In fact, the Metal Gear series was originally made for the MSX2.

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

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iDied

As a former Mac user (circa 1985-1998) and currently critical of the "walled garden" approach of the iUniverse, I still feel sad by the untimely death of Steve Jobs.

The man was able to pull Apple out of near bankruptcy, turned it into a very profitable company.

RIP Steve Jobs.

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Oracle previews Solaris 11, due in November

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Meh

I actually liked Larry trying to beat x86/64 to death. It's about time someone rids the computing world of this crappy architecture; RISC always had the upper hand but the dominance of the Wintel boxes killed most of the RISC chips.

Oh, and Carly killed PA-RISC. HP must be feeling stupid now that Oracle is actually improving Sun's hardware, while HP is stuck with a dying platform (Itanium) with no clear migration paths.

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Put down the Java manual

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Probably will still have good demand.

Java landed me most of my well paid jobs. The thing that is actually helping us Java devs to keep getting decent salaries is the fact that shitty languages are still luring the sheep, who will ditch Java for something awful like Visual Basic, something interesting but rarely used in the business sector (Ruby! PHP!), something useless outside of web2.0 sites (JavaScript) or the Apple-centric Objective-C.

By the time these guys find out they went to a saturated market, or one that is slowly dying (VB), the Java devs have taken all the good jobs.

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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@Steven Gray

""...when you got home you had... oh that's right, two batteries to charge sequentially"

You seem to have missed the "went out hiking 92 miles" part. I think there's no way he was going to be able to charge his phone at all, given the lack of power outlets during said 92-mile hike.

I remember having two batteries for my Fujitsu Lifebook 280Dx; thanks to this, I was able to cope with a long flight running on both batteries. :)

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Sony: all new PS3 titles will require PSN Pass for online play

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Already happening

Dead Space 2 has the "online pass" thingy. According to this article, it isn't "all ps3 games" though, it is all Sony published games. Still shitty of them to do this...

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Bad substitute

MS pimps off their users by charging for online play, overcharging for HDDs and locking out third-party HDDs (Sony lets you stick any HDD on your PS3). If you really want to stick it to the man ... switch your PS3 for a PC, not an Xbox.

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'Boss from hell' knuckle-rapped for 'firing contests'

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Betting on who's going to get sacked is definitely a hostile environment. You're encouraging your workers to sabotage their target coworker so that you earn your measly $10.

I wouldn't quit, I would sue that jackass for as much as the law would allow me... and I would win!

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Super Mario jumps on domain squatter

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They do make money

Parked domains will usually have some kind of advertising, which will tran$late into $$$ to the domain's owner.

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Microsoft's Roslyn invites VB to Windows 8 party

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Meh

Oh dear no. VB.NET was kept because of VB6ers whining at MS. Of course, they "fixed" the language, throwing away all the crap and hacking it so it would mostly match C#'s syntax. And C# is basically a pirated Java version which added nifty things that Java lacked, but then tied the whole thing to the MS stack.

Fortunately, the new wave of programmers have a true programming language background, which means C-like languages, that is C/C++/Java/C#; that and having C# being easy to make GUI apps for Windows meant VB wasn't the only easy path for Win32 apps and thus VB is finally dying off. But at least what passes for VB.NET these days is infinitely better than VB6.

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VB must die

VB "classic" was a pile of steaming doo-doo. It infected a whole generation of devs with sloppy syntax and bad coding practices (ON ERROR RESUME NEXT). IIRC, MS was going to kill VB and go for C# as a forced replacement for VB, but the VB dudes didn't want to move.

So then Microsoft did something awesome; they left "VB" but actually made it so that VB.NET is actually C# with enforced syntactic sugar. Fortunately, the new generations have mostly gone C# or Java; others with PHP, Ruby, some go C++ but the trend does seem to be that most people are finally putting VB out to pasture.

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Human 'alarm clock' enzyme discovered

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Now all I need

... is for boffins to design a way for me to get JARID1a at the exact time I have to wake up.

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Oracle revs up Sparc, speeds up roadmap

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HP

It seems that what I had been saying for years has finally been proven right: HP fucked up abandoning PA-RISC and betting on Intel's Itanium. But then I think that one can be chalked to Carly's Follies...

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T-Mobile: Samsung ban really not in the public interest

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At least Verizon does. So it isn't like this is all about selling knockoffs, they actually are concerned on this.

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Firefox devs mull dumping Java to stop BEAST attacks

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FAIL

Err... Java isn't Javascript.

NoScript blocks JavaSCRIPT.

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Stupid

It isn't like Java is the multi-platform ActiveX; Java has its own security sandbox, unlike ActiveX. The real problem is the cypher protocol implementation; people should be already implementing/migrating to TLS 1.2 already.

If Mozilla were truly worried about Security, they would be disabling *Javascript*, of course.

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MySQL.com breach leaves visitors exposed to malware

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Bobby Tables

I think I know who paid a visit to the MySQL site then...

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4G or 'faux G', it's a mealy-mouthed marketing mishmash

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Iusacell, I'm looking at you!

Mexico's Iusacell carrier is outright lying, boasting its 4G network. Except they are a CDMA carrier (thus no 4G there) which has deployed a parallel GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ network. The HSPA+ part is what they call "4G".

Of course, the few users who have HSPA+ capable, or even UMTS handsets feel the speed... because nobody's using the network yet. FAIL

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Samsung-Apple patent lawsuit tally hits 21, and counting

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So did most Blackberries, and my SonyEriccson (which predates the iPhone). Prior art should nullify this stupid patent.

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HP dumps Apotheker for Whitman

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They used to have awesome workstations and servers as well (HP9000). I believe Carly axed PA-RISC and went for the shItanium...

At least they still have calculators...

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Memo to open source moralists: Put a sock in it

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The problem with RMS...

The problem with RMS is that his ideals aren't just working in the English language. Free means both "free as in freedom" and "free as in no cost", so Free Software is usually interpreted as $0 software. Ironically, your RedHat exapmle is one that got slammed back when RedHat decided to go pay-only and turn the free RHL into Fedora... and it was slammed because they weren't giving RHEL for free.

Then there's the GNU/Linux debacle, which really puts off anyone outside the FOSS/FLOSS community. It's the IT version of Political Correctness gone mad:

A: I'm checking this cool OS called Linux

B: HERETIC! IT IS CALLED GNU/LINUX!

A: Err.. Okay, so this Linux..

B: GNOOOOOO LEEEENOOOKS! JOO SAY IT GNOO SLASH LINUX!

A: Um... Fuck it, if every Linux user is as demented as you, I'd rather suffer Windows.

Oh, and some people started using the unambiguous Spanish word "libre" instead of free; RMS still won't use Libre Software because he insists on using Free. This puritanism on terminology might be huting FOSS more than MS FUD.

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Virtual and real worlds collide in gamers' minds

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Fallout 3, indeed.

My stepson started having the "response menu" effect after 3 weeks playing Fallout 3. I also had a similar effect, and the fact that I put a Pip-Boy theme on my BlackBerry didn't help...

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Why was Duke Nukem Forever s**t?

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That was the problem!

"Was pretty much just Halo with a sense of humour."

Halo was shit; it has a stupidd 2 weapon limit and a crappy regen health system that either made it too easy or too hard, coupled with oh so very lineal level syndrome. These are the things that I most hate about Halo... And were the things that DNF had. :(

Having Duke being so awesome and then limiting him to 2 weapons is shitty. Duke3d's defining feature was more or less the same one with Crusader No Regret: the zillion weapong you could use to kill bad guys in veery creative ways.

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Netflix: How to completely screw up

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Not that bad though.

Mexico also got Netflix last Monday. While their initial catalog did suck donkey balls, it seems to be getting decent additions daily. Where they are full of fail is on languages; some movies have only Spanish dub (ugh!), others have weird choices like English audio with FORCED Brazilian Portuguese subs (huh? Mexico doesn't even speak Portuguese!) So they really have to fix stuff like that. Oh, HD works on my 3Mbps DSL, and the Latin American Netflix service has no DVD rental stuff. Maybe the LatAm subscribers will offset the US defectors?

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Easy fix

Use a PS3 or a Wii as your client for a Silverlight-free experience :)

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Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites

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Er...

Java != JavaScript.

That said, the JS piece is needed because it is a chosen-plaintext attack. It basically exploits the broken IV implementation used for TLSv1.0 to defeat CBC, so the JS thingy is needed...

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AGREE

Yes, JavaScript is a pest. Unfortunately, all that weird AJAXy stuff means that browsers can't just get rid of it, and all this Web 2.0 crap is further extending JS use. Unfortunately, other client-side web code solutions have failed to get off the ground (Java Applets, JavaFX) or are even worse in the security dept (ActiveX) so it seems we're stuck with it.

Then you've got Apple toting the "HTML5" banner, and it's going to be harder to get rid of JS...

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How gizmo maker's hack outflanked copyright trolls

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There are quite a few.

CoS is well known for bullying critics with "copyright infringement" lawsuits, which is why Anonymous came to be well.. Anonymous.

Anyone pimping off dead author's works is potentially one of these; the one that screwed over The Verve for "Bittersweet Symphony" being one of them (the Rolling Stones are still alive, but the one with the rights who sued isn't one of 'em)

It might also apply to anyone holding copyrights for works not made by them; they can and will do things against the spirit of the original author.

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Ten years after the Twin Towers: What's the Reg angle?

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Yup....

About less than a week after 9/11, most of us got a chain mail stating all the "niceties" the US has done in the last 60-100 years, and the death toll from many of their interventions in other countries. It ended up saying "6000? That was cheap!" or something like that.

Most Latin Americans, and keen historians will know that Sept. 11 has been an infamous date loooong before the WTC attack. It is the date of the (allegedly CIA-backed) Chilean coup that brought Pinochet to power. Some of the ha-ha-but-serious jokes actually mentioned that there was a good chance that Chileans would end up being the ones responsible for 9/11!

Flames, 'coz that's how the Twin Towers went out, along with a lot of our liberties.

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9/11: The day we lost our privacy and power

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Bruce Schneier sees the future

Anyone remember the "Applied Cryptography" book? That one was published long before 9/11. I remember reading it some time around 2002, and ran into the following sentence:

"Imagine that a big terrorism attack were to happen in New York. How many liberties would be sacrificed after that?" (paraphrasing, can't remember the actual sentence and I don't have the book anymore). Reading this when something like that had happened, and seeing that the author was right about that made me really sad.

Then again, RIPA's "gimme your crypto keys" clause was passed before 9/11, so maybe the whole event only accelerated the inevitable...

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

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Nice!

Now, can you pleeease fix the mobile version? I can no longer select any icons on the mobile comments section.

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Nike auctions Back to the Future trainers

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shoes?

Screw the shoes, I want the DeLorean!

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Apple finally purges Mac OS of disgraced DigiNotar certs

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You do got a point there...

Anyone can simply remove DigiNotar's CA from the Root Certificate store; not just in desktop OSes either. My BB can perfectly delete root CA certs as well. Are the iOS devices able to do this, or is this another of those cases there "Apple knows better" trumps security issues???

If the latter, Apple is fully responsible for this blunder, because the user can't distrust DigiNotar. BTW, I didn't find ay diginotar root certs on my BB...

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ChaCha promises answers-by-SMS for free, sort of

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Also as funny...

Search what "chacha" means in Mexican Spanish...

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Google tells Iranians: Change your Gmail password

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Kinda fake

IIRC the 'hackers' actually forged their own certs using DigiNotar's CA, isn't this the case? There were no clueless DigiNotar dudes actually giving away www.google.com certs. The forged certs would probably fail an OCSP check, so they're "fake" for all purposes.

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British warming to NUKES after Fukushima meltdown

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Not that wrong though.

We're stuck with wasted fuel rods because we aren't reprocessing 'em. Anyway, nuclear/fission is really intended as a stopgap measure; the one thing that will actually give us unlimited power is fusion. Nuclear will last long enough for fusion to be viable... but the same idiots mindlessly campaigning against nuclear are also going against Fusion. Even though Fusion is actually *safe*.

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Why modern music sounds rubbish

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@Dagg, Dolby NR

"most cassettes were played on sh*t boom boxes..."

That's why Dolby Noise Reduction was invented. Amp up the trebles while recording, then lower the trebles during playback, so the cassette's "shhhhhh" sound is lowered. Even if your cassette player didn't have Dolby support, you could get the same effect by lowering the treble setting. :)

Mine's the one with the Walkman...

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Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA

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Businesses

They keep MS and Adobe afloat because they get audited every now and then. If people didn't have pirated MS warez, they would've gone down the Linux path, thus depriving MS from adopters, which will in turn recommend whatever they use at their workplaces.

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French bloke fined for failing to shag missus

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Marriage and sex

You can still say no during marriage, but say no too many times and it's grounds for divorce, sometimes even annulation. Some immigrant jackass got himself deported in the US because of this; he married a fat chick (to get legal migration status, it seems) but delayed *any* kind of sex for years before she filed for divorce.

Sounds about right; if you aren't getting any sex, why keep the marriage? And 21 years w/o shagging???

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Microsoft: Our clouds are cheaper than VMware clouds

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Right on!

Having had to work with Hyper-V, I can attest that it is a shit product. Its failover capabilities don't work as expected, and the underlying Windows OS is a liability. The one virtualized datacenter I managed was already creaking by the time I left, and they were already thinking about switching over to VMware. Oh, they also had XenServer in the mix, which never failed them...

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