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3024 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype

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He's mad

He obviously hasn't a clue the Cloud is just other people's boxes since like the 1960s + leased lines. Or he owns a service provider!

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Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

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Re: Apple may be worth more than Switzerland

Ignoring any Intellectual property and designs, the tangible assets of Apple are tiny compared to Switzerland. How much production do they own?

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ASA raps 'F*CK YOU GOOGLE' vlogger + chums over VIDEO LICKFEST

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Re: Why are films not included in this ruling?

They should

There should be a list of companies on Films & TV series that have paid for advertisements. Or actually it should be banned. The Blue Peter extreme of blacking out the product names isn't needed.

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Alien

Elephant in the room

Yet another yucky North American product being foisted on us by cultural imperialism / Social marketing.

It's pretty horrid compared to proper British Bikkies.

Coca Cola

Levis (remember the pop song?)

McDonalds

KFC

Intel

Microsoft

Apple

Budweiser

Pumpkins for Halloween

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry juice

US Films

US TV serials

Marvel & DC comics

Maybe we will forgive them for Kraft Philadelphia cheese and Heinz tinned goods?

Yes, of course they are going to use YouTube, Twitter, Facebook as well as TV, Radio and Newspapers.

Icon because the USA calls Foreigners, Aliens.

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Floody hell! Brits cram Internet of Things into tight White Spaces

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Re: old telly frequencies

I know all about that ill-informed nonsense.

The Database doesn't work. That was mathematically proved in 1950s and demonstrated it more recently. "Listening" is even worse! Search "Hidden Transmitter Syndrome".

I've explained many times before WHY the whole concept is a fail unless EVERY TV & Tuner stick reports in real time to the internet what it's being used for.

Also it will not be policed. People will hack/disable database access, add high gain aerials and power amps (all done already on 446MHz and 2.4GHz).

The only workable solution is to never do it.

Many people in a service area of a Transmitter in reality have to use a different out of area transmitter.

Also relays / Fill in and Tropospheric conditions also make any database questionable.

Again and again it's proven this doesn't work! Try getting any GSM / 3G / Tetra / 4G operator to agree to anyone using their licensed channels on this basis. It's a deliberate attempt to treat TV as an unprotected secondary service.

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old telly frequencies

What a load of cobblers.

The frequencies are either used for Digital TV OR 800MHz LTE (soon 700 to 790MHz too).

"White space" is a fiction. Such use will interfere with Digital TV or LTE. This will be a disaster if it's allowed and sets us back to pre 1905 in Spectrum management and protection.

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BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

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The patent

Such an idea or a method to implement it should never have been allowed as a patent. It's a mathematical model.

If there is a patent involved on GSM / 3G / LTE (all of which do rate adaptation and management) it should be invalid too as this is a basic obvious concept since 1920s or earlier, with Shannon and Nyquist formalising the mathematics underpinning it in 1948.

Anyone can easily implement the software to do this.

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Whistling Google: PLEASE! Brussels can only hurt Europe, not us

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Thought Provoking

So what's the solution?

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IBM and Ericsson plot to deploy 5G. Never mind that it doesn't exist

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6GHz and above?

LTE femto cells for open plan offices.

They are nuts.

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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Re: Interesting, but...

Win 10.x Seem pointless.

After using Linux on servers since 1999, I'm finally running a 2nd laptop with Linux Mint + Wine.

So far old windows applications that won't work on Vista/Win7/Win8 are working on Wine and I'm using now many native Linux Applications.

Buying MS since 1982 ... no longer.

Using NT since 3.5 and Server 2003 was the last version I personally got. I have hated sorting out IT issues on Vista, Win 7 and Win 8. Reminded me of ME.

I've tried Red Hat, Suse, Plain Debian, Ubuntu etc over the years on laptops. I have a server with Debian and one with Ubuntu (! yes, but that's what the client wanted to test his server apps, which is odd as the test SW runs in a VM anyway).

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Full HD?

I have a 1920 x 1080 Telly to watch video.

In computer terms we had better than TV full HD over 12 years ago.

XKCD HDTV

I'm not ever buying a laptop to more than very occasionally watch Video. I want one to create and edit content.

anything by 1200 pixels high is superior. 1080 isn't quite enough for A4 page in Wordprocessor or PDF, though a 1920 x 1080 screen able to swivel to portrait mode might be acceptable.

1920 x 1440 would make more sense for a laptop. Apart from recent "retina" laptops there has been almost no screen improvements in 12 years on Laptops.

Most are shiny too. Causes eye strain due to moving reflections if people moving behind you. Again, we had pixel perfect ultra sharp 1600 x 1200 15" LCDs more than 12 years ago with almost zero reflection.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Selfishness

So ... if we want more health care and much longer than average life span, we should encourage OTHER people to binge drink, smoke 40 a day, take no exercise and live on an excess amount of convenience food, sweets, soft drinks and takeouts?

Then there will be more money for our pension, no waiting list for hip replacements etc.

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Re: I was surprised they didn't do this before...

But XP is a finished version of 2K

Server 2003 is the Server version of XP

So logical that they are 5.0 5.1 and 5.1

Vista was new level of Stupid, so 6.0

Win7 should have been a free upgrade to Vista users, it's fixed version of Vista so 6.1 is logical, Win 7 is a lie as a name. It's a fixed version of Win 6.

Win8 though ?? The numbering suggests only a GUI level Change.

Look at version numbers of Word and Office for Windows since Word 2.0 ! Massive jumps.

Why has Apple OS 10 stayed at 10 since introduction? Are they really only incremental changes in last 15 years? I don't think so. I think they liked the Roman Numeral X

Was there really 9 versions of Mac OS before they scrapped it and ported Next's flavour of BSD?

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Re: Hmm. IP6

Except IP6 will not solve it

The companies marketing Internet of Things only care about Shiny and not Security.

Web [In]Security cameras.

Analogue and Digital Wireless Alarms.

I'll stick to coax baseband video for Cameras and 4 core cable with tamper connection for all alarm sensors.

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Pirate

Pirate copies?

Well, yes, they come with bundled Free extras:

El Reg Reports on Doctored Apps

No, these are not ones "snipped" so they don't breed.

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See ...

Take note UKIP, the EU cares about the Children.

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Slapnav: Looking for KINKY dark matter? Switch on the GPS!

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Re: Sorry, but....

483,000 mph = 772,800 km / h very approx.

Compare UK and other Country Speed limits.

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Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

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Future?

What about proper HD 1920 x 1080 on all channels rather than 544 x 576 and 1440 x 1080?

What about if real 3D is invented rather than fake Sterescopic?

What about Portable or Transportable TV?

IPTV only works for more than about 1% of viewers if it's Broadcast anyway... It's complementary to DTT, never a replacement. Mobile Phone IPTV is a complete non-starter unless it's Broadcast in disguise (which would likely be paytv only).

This is a stupid money grab by regulator. Also will not have decent mast density and coverage. Smaller cells (= More capacity) with x5 as many masts for 900MHz and above is a FAR better Mobile Solution.

Development of TV crippled.

The "Digital Dividend"? = Money for Regulator and lower costs for Mobile Operators with no significant increase in Rural coverage or performance. Nothing else for public.

What if TV channels started producing decent content?

Mobile is getting priority purely due to "captured" Regulator and periodic Licence fee cash boosts to Treasury (which comes from Mobile customers).

There should be a single Wholesale infrastructure with free licence and money to Treasury from the VAT etc of the Services.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: Solve this the same way companies do

A non-profit Trust or Foundation...

I must investigate ...

Of course if the Foundation decides to keep your blogs running, and their designated writer really feels a connection to you it brings a new dimension to a Ghost Writer producing content for a Blog.

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Re: Attach account details to your Will in dead tree format

Yes, don't "die". Make sure your executor or someone will get a notebook with every online detail. They then can be you for as long as needed ...

Use your real identity* only when absolutely legally required to**. Note T&C claiming you have to use a real name etc may not be legally enforceable, esp. in UK where you can effectively legally change your name to anything as long as fraud isn't involved.

Any email relies on an ISP account or Hosting etc, the accounts should be arranged to be paid for by someone as long as needed.

(* Not to be confused with ability to have an online visible name different from signup name)

(**Possibly only if the online Account needs a Credit Card.)

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: Panspermia

No need for Pansperia.

Requiring it is a "Turtles all the way down" syndrome.

Pansperia may or not be true. Suitable or unsuitable Organic Molecules can't prove or disprove the idea.

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Apple slapped in YET ANOTHER patent battle

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Re: GSM?

More likely stupid US Patents ignoring prior art that shouldn't have been granted.

Or possibly not.

Paging predates not just GSM but even Analogue Cellular phones.

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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Briefcase

Years of hiding it on installs and telling people not to use it.

People thought it was a sort of folder just to put stuff in, even on only ONE computer!

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Northern Ireland website leaves front door open, spills users' data

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Irish Government?

It's Shirley a UK website?

Or is it part Irish Funded?

N.I. in Island of Ireland, but still in UK.

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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

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Paris Hilton

Re: And thats the end of the fitness tracker market then

Oh I don't know.

Look how many people use Chrome, iOS, don't block 3rd party sites using a browser plug-in, use a "points" Store Loyalty card, Android phone registered to their Google account (I never buy ANYTHING off Playstore, nor enable Mobile data or WiFi, perversely I use it as a phone, MP3 player, camera, jotter only connecting via USB storage mode).

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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

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Fluid analogue Computer

Can we have an article on the Water sloshing Economics Analogue computer?

Wonderful boffinry.

I think this an Analogue Computer, but you can of course make Digital Computers with Cogwheels etc. Relays are easy if somewhat slow to build a digital computer (See Zuse Z1)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z1_(computer)

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Kindle, meet my partner. Darling, play nice with Kindle, please

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Re: "Mary Berry's Baking Bible"

If it's anything like Nanny Ogg's cookbook they'd not mention it anyway ...

Strangely I typed the second o as a c (but spotted it)

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

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Re: Further shopping tips

From good to less good:

Credit Card

Pay Pal on eBay

Pay Pal elsewhere

IBAN (but IBAN is free in Euro area)

Charge Card

Bad to less bad:

Cash (Never do it) or Cheque to bearer/cash

PO, / wire money such as Western Union (Never do it) or Bank Draft

Cheque

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No Tokens

Gift tokens / vouchers (even iTunes or Amazon) may be worthless by the time the recipient tries to redeem them.

OK we don't expect iTunes or Amazon to die this Jan - March

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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Re: Sad, y'know?

Ban Twitter and Facebook and the Internet would be a more wholesome place?

(Did I hear someone complain about porn? It's not a Internet phenomenon and unlike Twitter isn't used by BBC instead of Journalism. It's been much the same for thousands of years).

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Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

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Re: Biased?

GCSE needs a HUGE more expertise to pass.

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MCSE & MCP

Marketing inspired garbage that has little to do with the real world. Needs only ability to learn a simple Marketing script. No indication of real world sysadmin ability.

I passed at least four MS Exams, with no training course, so speak from experience.

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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Re: Those "6 months" are your advantage to make money, eejit.

They used resistive to get resolution. The low resolution capacitive existed at least late 1980s. The "holy grail" was handwriting and annotation. Because only BUSINESS users could afford the data.

Apple did deals for cheap data contracts.

They used 1980s gesture ideas from a bought in company (Fingerworks?) married to a cut down OSX to make iOS. The first iPhone was Samsung 6400 series ARM and commodity hardware. 8 years is 8 years WATCHING till they could do a phone by only some GUI development and commodity HW.

Ives then slaps it into a Dieter Rams inspired box that Braun would have done in 1959 if smart phones had existed.

Then MARKETING plus the first attractive for CONSUMER contracts.

The whole Jony Ive story is a fairy tale.

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Apple is not out to make money

What is he on?

Does he believe this stuff?

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: Vinyl introduces a lot of failings

44.1KHz isn't a problem. Actually today with oversampling and then DSP you can extend the response of real analogue content closer to the 22.05KHz limit. Almost no-one can hear the difference between 192kHz sampling where content is limited to 16kHz and limited to 24kHz on 48K playback.

The 44.1 and 48k chosen to make life easier for analogue anti-aliasing filters. But now with 192KHz sampling only a simpler filter is need and DSP can raise the limit from 12khHz / 14kHz (analogue anti-aliasing) to close half the storage/broadcast sample rate. Then the playback DAC interpolates and uses higher rate play back to allow simpler and better low pass analogue filters on analogue out.

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Daft compared to CDs

The biggest problem though is bad mixing. Too much compression and processing and yet decent digital formats and FM don't need it as much as vinyl.

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Amazon buries the hatchet, not Hachette, in ebook price brouhaha

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Alert

did not disclose terms of the deal

So how do we know if it's good for authors.

Without paying creators properly, eventually we will end up with only self published video, music, words and the good stuff will be hidden under heaps of dross and garbage.

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

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Re: cordless kettles

There could be a docking standard. How does ISS work?

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Re: Dock?

And the Dock can play back video or show web on the TV.

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cordless kettles

They are DOCKED kettles. None are really cordless.

Professional Mobile radio and DECT phones have used easy to drop in DOCKs, identical concept to a Cordless Kettle (none are wireless).

Wireless, which is usually nearly no contact inductive (none in production use Radio), charging is just stupid gimmick for fashonista technophiles that like stuff like DAB radio or "Home Theatre" using stupid plastic speakers barely better than a 1960s pocket Hong Kong radio.

Just design decent docks, that have HDMI, USB (host & slave), Stereo Line out and mic in sockets, in similar style to a DECT phone dock.

Forget the pointless "wireless" charger mats!

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Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

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Re: Don't Make Me Laugh

Oh no.

Keep your laws on your own Shores, USA,

Lets just fine the USA and USA companies for breaking OUR laws here.

I don't want a "New World Order" World Government run by USA. They have too much influence. An absolutely pernicious argument by Google given that USA is ultimately run for and by Big Business.

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Redmond aims to outshine Eclipse with FREE Visual Studio

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Does it need a Cloud?

Or can you develop non-cloudy apps with no connection at all after installing?

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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Wonderful

Great.

Now if I can only figure out a Jump Drive we can explore other star systems

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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Interesting

Mainly because I don't much like Java dev on Eclipse or anything else.

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RBS's Ulster Bank whacked with enormous IT cock-up fine

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IT and Banks

Surely a core necessity, effectively money apart from actual cash is digital, (SO, DD, IBAN, Debit Cards etc), so outsourcing IT is bonkers.

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FALL of the MACHINES: How to KILL the Google KARATE BOT, by our expert

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Vulnerable even if batteries

IED, RPG?

Possibly even a shotgun.

Possibly not moving with your body in a strange aspect with Insulated suit? (Though you'll soon get too hot... Gel freezer packs in the backpack heated up by your suit?)

I'm sure I'll figure a countermeasure.

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Groupon flees from army of angry GNOMES: Trademark bid for 'Gnome' tab scrapped

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You need random names like XKCD now

Except that's gone.

All the nice fruit, plants and cute animals are gone already. As well as several attempts at letters of the alphabet.

Though a lot of them are out of business (Tangerine, Tulip, Apricot). Cherry still make switches I think.

Somehow too a Troll's Slab doesn't sound as nice as a Gnome's Tablet. (But don't tell the Trolltech founders I said that)

"Elven Crystal"?

Actually "Gnome" is pretty daft name for a Desktop. If it was me in charge I'd licence them the name at so much upfront and then 0.5% per tablet sale list price. Then get a better name for the Desktop. (Frames was gone even before Windows).

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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Re: Was the research sponsored by.. (build an even larger collider)

I was waiting for that punch line ( build an even larger collider)

It will give the answer 42

Then they will want an even bigger one. I don't mind. Though I suspect the Overlords are guinea pigs, not mice. Not smelly and not widdling over everything.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Re: is it really easier to find people with Windows skills

It's easy to find people with poor Windows skills that blindly follow MS Marketing / MCSE advice rather than best practice.

All good Windows Sysadmins I ever knew last 15 years were also expert in Linux.

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