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Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault

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Re: I've been sayin' it!

>Their desperate attempt to kill off the "third pillar" of that marketing malarkey - the third party service provider - will result in more companies getting bitten by this single-source cloud failure garbage.

It isn't even that sophisticated. The whole idea of the cloud is that you don't need to know about the underlying IT, which is simply untrue as DiData are pointing out. You have to know your applications and your infrastructure if you want it to function in a particular way.

That leaves the cloud useful for non-critical things but not the basis for your business. The bottom has fallen out of the IT industry because we've completed the computerisation/networking of business. There's little raw kit/software left to sell. Cloud is basically outsourcing and cloud companies are desperate for recurring revenue now no-one is placing big orders for new kit. Surprisingly for some, you can't do outsourcing without knowing what's going on with the infrastructure. There is no "inevitability" about outsourcing, despite what Turnbull says. Cloud is not "magic." The engineering is hard, which is why a simpler in-house solution may actually be more robust.

Personally I'm surprised that ISP's haven't stepped in to offer an in between solution. Put in a couple of good load-balancers and share them between customers. That would seem like a good idea to me - share the expensive bits but keep the server-side engineering simple.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Re: Hmm.

Any time you want to host a service, you'll run in security problems, especially if running cheap kit.

However, IPv6 does allow at least the possibility that you can set up a sensible firewall ruleset, partition your network for DMZs etc., on a residential system.

It doesn't solve the problem of poor security on a the end device of course. That's why we use VPNs.

I've noticed at least some progress already with wireless segregation being offered on lower-end devices.

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Turnbull: Box-huggers are holding back cloud

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>“box-huggers” who he felt protect their own services against the inappropriateness of cloud.

FTFY

And let's think about this for a moment... a single customer cloud. Some people call that a "data centre."

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Re: Gut ... er journalism?

It starts earlier than mothers chewing food for the babies - at birth IIRC.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: Good stuff.

Actually sugar is bad for you too. Apparently it messes with your body's ability to determine that you've eaten enough.

Those hip replacements talked about in the article - weakened bones break more easily to the point where the bone breaks causing the fall, not the fall breaking the bones. Bones of course are hard because of their calcium which can be leached by the body to counteract excessive acid in the digestive system caused (usually) by rich/acidic food, coffee, cream, cheese etc.

Health is a package, a lifestyle. Its best to not eat processed/concentrated food. The first things added in excess to packaged food tend to be salt, fat and sugar, all of which tend to be present in rather high quantities. If one is low, the others tend to go higher to compensate. The problem is the palette - we don't like eating simple but healthy food. Reduce the processing, reduce the human interference between pasture and plate, eat mostly plants, do some exercise and as a generalisation, you'll be much healthier. You'll still die of course, but you'll tend to be less sick along the way.

I think its a fairly sick mentality that suggests that getting people to die young before they become a financial burden on society is a good thing. We should be working for the good of the individual, not leaving them to die quickly by malnutrition, regardless of their income level.

Perhaps obesity on its own is too narrow a definition of what incurs health-costs, would it better please the ranters to widen it to "malnutrition"? It's still mostly the same thing but it might let the air out of their concern regarding sound-bite reports and politics.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: slow news day...

> Why The Register has to publish this stuff is beyond me.

Because comment pages have adverts too.

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Re: “...there is much more value end-to-end in a Microsoft solution.”

MS might be the favoured solution by business, but is business going to start buying phones for employees again - that's an extra $400-900 per employee, when a laptop can be had for the lower end of that and the top end is a macbook air. I don't think they will pay for that.

For business, the system needs to be locked down. No employee is going to pay for that. Are employees going to want to carry two smartphones?

Analysts - far too much time reading product information flyers and too little thought about usage.

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

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Re: So...

>You know what they say about people who assume...

Also... webmail? Yeuch! If you're going to do that sort of thing at least use google so you can use imap and easily create backups/archives.

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It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com

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Re: All this really shows is...

>Can't spare them right now. Trying to put together $7 billion to purchase "zz.com".

For the French market? <shrug>

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: Muscle, not fat

Technically true, but the #1 premature killer in West is heart disease. That's mostly not from being ultra muscley.

Climate change may kill people in the future. Heart disease is killing a lot of people right now and will continue doing so in the future, so despite the rubbish method of reaching the conclusion, the conclusion is probably correct.

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

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Re: See ...

The question is, why are we relying on Europe to protect the little man from Global Corp? Far better to organise politically locally and get the local laws changed. The EU may have some good laws but it is far less controllable by us. If we don't like something then we'd have to persuade the Germans and French that its a bad idea too. If you can't be bothered with UK politics, there's no reason to think you'll be bothered to act on European-level politics as that goes sour.

I'd hazard a guess that UKIP don't want out of Europe, but they do want to be out of the quest for "ever closer [political] union" because it undermines the value of UK politics. Its a bit like asking Westminster to take more powers off County and Borough councils because you don't like some of the local by-laws. Its a bad idea. You may get rid of a couple of things you don't like, but you're just giving away self-determination in return for a few legal baubles.

If you want to change things, get out there and organise. Don't think that being part of a larger voting area is going to make politicians more responsive to you - the truth is quite the opposite.

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Re: It should of course be:

>"Can I have...?"

"May I have...?"

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Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'

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Re: Who benefits financially and materially*

Indeed. Fines should be taken from directors packages.

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

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Re: Totally clueless

Terrorism was always around - we even have an annual celebration of the capture of a terrorist in 1605. Its a small issue not worth the time and resources devoted to combating it. More to the point, we're sick of the government removing freedoms, privacy and generally making life hard to combat an almost non-existent threat.

The stupidity of the police making a fuss around terrorist-inspired cyber attacks, as though the banks didn't already have cyber-defences in place, is palpable. The internet doesn't care about motivations and I doubt the Syrians are high on the list of potential internet-based troublemakers.

Quite frankly the banks have done far more to damage UK society than IS ever will. They've certainly cost us a lot more. Our own government has done far more to remove our rights and destroy our privacy than IS could ever dream of. They've killed more of our people by sending them to fight terrorism than the terrorists ever had. With the way things are going in Iraq, Saddam is looking rather like the least-worst option, which we knew before we went in there, because in 1929 our own military noted that the place was ungovernable, but history was ignored and has thus been repeated.

Thatcher got slammed by the Left for warmongering in the South Atlantic, but there was never a chance of the disaster Labour jumped for and the Coalition has meekly followed. Our politicians appear to be blind to the evil that they do and they dance as if controlled by an unseen puppet-master bent on wreaking havoc at home and abroad. They continually seek distraction of the populace from the disaster of the economy and they do it by spending vast amounts of cash on war. Its stupid, dangerous and downright evil.

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Re: "push back and take action now before it happens"

>What if I don't have a religion?

Doesn't matter, your government worships National Security on your behalf.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Re: And...

The question is, why was google stripping SSL for BT? Google already has your search data.

Was there a deal between BT and Google? Is BT under political pressure to arrange things to allow dragnet surveillance?

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Smartphone chip champ Qualcomm says it's ARMed for server wars

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Re: It would be good to see their weight thrown in

Better yet, go smaller and stack more on a card. 8G RAM, no GPU and iscsi disk would be my take on it. Make them small enough to not worry about ditching machine virtualisation and allow them to be powered on and off quickly.

First things first though - we need a common architecture to do uefi's/PCIe bus function.

Then we need a desktop version with GPU. Perhaps some monitors with USB3 interfaces you could plug a stick straight into to give KVM+USB capabilities.

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Apple Fanboi? Stand by to get Beats Music LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: You'll NEVER FORGET about Dr Dre NOW

>Exactly... and what is "Beats"...?

Red root vegetables which are surprisingly sweet, though often pickled (yeuch).

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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 nice idea but Apple, etc. probably have T&Cs which block that,

I wonder if that's possible? Doesn't a corporation "have all the rights of a natural person"?

Copy the MP3's off disk (you're not using just a hobbled phone are you?) or better, buy the CD.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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Re: And instead you recommend

The proper way would be load-balancing.

Public-facing web systems are a little unique - most systems do not have very variable usage rates - but let's go with that.

Assuming you are using virtualisation (and you trust it!) you spread the load thinly across lots of servers, then a spike in demand for one application hits lots of servers a little.

One problem comes when you haven't got free software and you have to pay for all those instances. Another problem comes when you try to buy two huge stonking servers which have expensive engineering and little excess capacity. Go cheap and simple on the servers and get a couple of decent load-balancers. Hardware is relatively cheap, its proprietary licensing which normally kills this model. I'd rather invest in expensive *nix admins and extra hardware than software licenses.

What you really want to do is to cloud burst. You run your normal maximum capacity in-house and use the cloud only when you get an unexpected spike.

Apart from that, the standard disclaimer applies - you will pay for what you use one way or another. I'd keep mission-critical things in-house where I control the risk/reward trade-offs.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Re: How many DPI is that?

>That makes it roughly *1* DPI!

And yet, still perfectly readable.

In yer eye "retina-resolution" phones!

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Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash

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Re: Security?

On the basis that no-one could be that bad at coding video codecs when its your main job, I suspect the frequent updates are a marketing ploy.

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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>Filibusters are just plain wrong... it is no way to run a democracy

Which is ok, because America isn't a democracy, its a republic.

The problem is that the people's representatives don't represent the people, they represent the people who fund them because the constituencies tend to vote for whoever puts on the most expensive advertising campaign. Plus, by the time a candidate is elected, they have sold out to so many interests, nothing new can happen. While people are still relatively wealthy, I suspect there will be little impetus for them to tear themselves away from the goggle-box and organise enough to swing the voting system.

If we were in France we might expect a revolution, followed by some croissants and a siesta. Bringing back the phrase, "no taxation without representation" might also be appropriate.

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Re: Please hold...

I thought the article did explain at least one republican's issue with the bill: it really didn't do what it was purported to do.

Now, whether killing the bill was the appropriate or a sincere response or not is another matter.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Unfair Contract Terms

It does seem a little more pointed than a simple NDA.

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

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Re: Secret mode?

As opposed to "evolution did it"?

I fail to see much difference between "god did it" and "it was random stuff we don't understand.". Advanced tech and magic comparisons spring to mind.

Isn't pansperia just an admission that the maths for evolution on earth doesn't work?

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Feds to auction off second tranche of Silk Road Bitcoins worth $19 MEEELLION

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Who says crime doesn't pay?

Apparently, its quite lucrative for law enforcement.

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The optic NERVE of it: Intel declares WAR on InfiniBand

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Can we now have a proper external graphics card?

I take it this puts the final nail in the idea of optical thunderbolt.

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Sony SPILLS GUTS on OTT service, so far for PlayStations only

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Re: Low bandwidth?

Low, unreliable bandwidth?

There's an app for that. *cough*torrent*cough*

I've found Mythtv has revolutionised my TV viewing. I record what I want to see and now I watch a whole lot less. Not even free content of dubious origin tempts me.

Interesting, the ability to skip adverts has resulted in lower TV consumption.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Re: Half of all McDonald's US touch purchase transactions are now made using Apple Pay

+1 for cards.

Even thinner than an iphone! (that may seem magical, but its true!)

Designed to bend without breaking

You can keep it in your shoe

Includes, "You're not holding it right" orientation feature.

Outperforms the iphone in drop-tests

Cheaper

Its Platinum (or so it says)

Available with any phone - such as a Nokia 3610i

Can continue making phone calls while paying for stuff

Also works at non-pay-by-bonk outlets

Can be used for transactions over $100 (Useful in a place which serves food)

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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There you are!

Searching...

Are you still there?

Critical Error.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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My internet connection goes offline when it rains (thanks Telstra)

Now I won't be able to play indoors either?

Frequent updates for games in need of patches - there's an app for that (Steam).

Or rsync - that works too.

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

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Re: Xerox, anyone?

Publishers are always saying that the cost is not in the paper printing.

So I propose that you always get a paper book along with any ebook which has DRM.

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EVERYTHING needs crypto says Internet Architecture Board

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>Just use IPSec.

Says the person who's never had to do multi-vendor IPSEC inter-operability?

The major vendors use slight differences in implementation to make sure you don't stray from the fold.

The IAB is also internet focussed. What happens when you've got multiple 10G or 40G NICs in a box on your LAN. Do you still want to encrypt everything?

I'm all for encrypting internet traffic, but lots of people use internet protocols on the local lan where encryption can cause problems (e..g for troubleshooting), especially IPSEC tunnels.

I've got a little network based TV tuner. Do I want all the MPEG streams encrypted? No. It isn't required and its way too much complexity for the job.

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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What are the infection rates for desktop linux users?

I know, there aren't many of us, but what's the percentage?

Is it less than 0.5%?

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World leaders rubber-stamp tax recoup effort at G20 gabfest

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But I thought western free-market democracies were all in favour of competition!

What? No? We should have one law, one finance system for everyone? You'll be needing our one-size-fits-all one-world government then!

Don't worry, we already have a president and you won't have to pay a thing in taxes because its all funded by corporate donations. The rest of you who live in the third world outside America are welcome do that voting thing you seem to enjoy sometimes. It won't change anything, but it doesn't change anything in America either, so you aren't really missing out.

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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

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What were they thinking?

We'll definitely be out of business if we don't get a deal, we might be out of business if we do.

It looks like they ran out of cash before development was complete and had to take anything they could get.

I still don't think its that smart of Apple though. Pushing your suppliers to bankruptcy isn't a recipe for success. What happens if they start doing the sapphire thing and then have to stop because production has disappeared?

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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

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>Any company with a US legal attack surface great than "nonexistent" simply cannot be trusted. Ever.

Any such company obviously is in league with terrorists and should be hacked forthwith.

Oh, hallo Iceland!

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: eh???

I think the point has been missed. MS' problem is that it has lost mind-share in terms of being the only option. They are buying the bottom of the market so that "windows is everywhere." It doesn't really matter that its rubbish, they just need a presence and to be seen to there. Even if no-one buys that particular tablet, being seen in the shops has value for MS. I'd be surprised if there weren't "co-marketing funds" in play.

Its a bit like people who start out buying a cheap old ford car and as they get older and richer they move up the range. They are unlikely to switch to another brand.

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

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Re: Biased?

>Read private eyes 'dumb Britain' series.

Its a US company - even at university the multiple choice is pretty "dumb" with the correct answer being the one phrased exactly as the professor's textbook phrases it.

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Re: I suppose sending a 5 year old out to work on computers ...

>is better than sending them up Chimneys.

I dunno. I saw a film about a lady called "Mary" and the kids she looked after and her friend who was a chimney sweep. They seemed to be having a whale of a time.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Re: Sell tickets

>I'd love to try one of them huge Roman crossbow things.

I was going to suggest bows, but I thought that might bring back painful memories....

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Wrong again!

We like our internet ungoverned.

The more I see of .gov the less I want to see it expand.

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Apple expands mobile device management program beyond USA

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> [Apple] just made its wares more attractive to lots more businesses.

... and a whole lot less desirable to individuals.

So if they aren't BYOD, the question is, apart from being exec toys, are they cost-saving or productivity enhancing?

My guess is neither. The vast majority of people still need a PC.

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Most convincing PHISHING pages hoodwink nearly half of you – Google

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Re: Hardly surprising

You think the fb "logout" button does something other than stop your name from being displayed?

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Re: Do they check if the data is legitimate?

+1 for outliers

I managed to keep Windows Support on the line for 40 minutes until they were threatening my children with untold peril.

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Don't like droopy results, NetApp? Develop server-side SAN

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Re: NetApp customers

Indeed. They seem addicted to "enterprise" pricing. $7k/Tb? Nah, I just think we'll buy a stack of disks and leave them in the cupboard for hotplug DAS systems. No expensive 40G switches (which become a bottleneck) required for that either.

I wonder if that's the reason they are losing out to server-side SAN?

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America, here's what the FCC's Rosenworcel REALLY thinks about your broadband

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A more pertinent question

Why are schools requiring the use of a computer and the internet that forces people into junk-food joints?

I managed to do Computer Science A-levels with five computers in the entire school. Unless you can explain to me how cutting and pasting from wikipedia improves children's cognitive abilities you can gerrof my lawn!

At least with encyclopedias a "cut and paste" meant you actually had to write things out, which aids the memory process in itself. Schools now seem to be so focussed on presentation, that they are willing to sacrifice the learning process which requires students to do some work, not just fiddle with layout and delete the hyperlinks from the footnotes.

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Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

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Re: You're not joking: the Privacy Basics site IS insulting.

You know you aren't supposed to click through, right?

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