* Posts by Mark Dempster

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Re: Stazi

Nobody but TORY MPs

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Re: Should work well

Well, the FIRST version of SQL Server was a rebadged Sybase - I ran that on OS/2 & the NT 3.1 a long, long time ago - but they rewrote it from scratch soon afterwards

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Capita STILL hasn't delivered usable Army recruitment IT system

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Re: So long as Capita provides continuing Financial Support to the Tories ...

>So how does that explain the fat, easy money years they enjoyed under the governance of Blair and Brown?<

It's fairly easy to argue that Blair was really in the wrong party, and successfully transformed the Labour party into a 'softer' version of the Tories - so their policies continued. Corbyn is struggling to put that right due to resistance from MPs parachuted into position by Blair.

I think Brown's heart was in the right place, but once in the top job he had his hands too full dealing with the world crash to make any impact on anything else.

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Chinese 'nauts blast off for month-long space station scouting mission

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UK

>@esme - well official UK government policy is that our space programme is strictly an unmanned one. So we're just not in that race at all (rightly or wrongly - discuss!)<

That used to be the case, but the UK actually paid for Tim Peake - so he became the first Brit who didn't need to change nationality to go into space

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Universal Basic Income

I think a few people are missing the point about basic income. The idea is that it's set at a level that means no-one HAS to work if they don't want to; their basic needs are covered. Much like (in theory, if not in practice) unemployment benefit, etc. It also removes the need for the welfare system as it is now, as we all get it (I imagine the severely .disabled might need additional help, but it does come down to what level the UBI is set at)

A certain proportion of the population will still want to work, to top up their income so that they can have whatever luxuries they'd like. Or just for their own personal satisfaction. Increasingly, though, full-time employment won't be needed (or, indeed, available) - so larger numbers of people might work a few hours each.

It's getting toward the nirvana promised in Star Trek, without all the whizzing around space. It's a great idea in theory, but might be very difficult to transition to. The countries that are planning to experiment with it will be very much worth watching.

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Re: Automation hasn't happened so quickly as now and not everyone's cut out to be a rocket scientist

Unemployment is only under 5% if you:

1. Sanction large numbers of welfare claimants for very dubious reasons, thus taking them off the unemployment statistics

2. Force people to go self-employed, with no guarantee of any income

3. Force others onto zero hour contracts - where they may have earned NOTHING this week, but aren't allowed to claim benefits. They may have a clause in that contract that forbids them from working elsewhere, as it limits their availability for work. And if they resign from the job they have 'made themselves unemployed' and so can't claim anything either

THIS is why food banks are everywhere these days. In what is supposedly the 5th richest nation in the world.

Not to mention all the long-term sick who have to be assessed on a regular basis for their ability to work. Do you have any idea how many people (it's in the thousands) have died within weeks of being pronounced fit to work?

But no, you carry on believing that we have near full employment if that makes you feel better...

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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I think you need to do a bit more reading up on the subject. Each of the current class of submarine carries 92 independently-targetted warheads - seems to negate your 'we dont even have that many nukes so what use are they really' comment...

There's no way that ANY defensive missile system or jet fighter will take out an ICBM - they travel way too high & too fast - I think you're assuming they're something closer to cruise missiles. And the individual warheads would be even harder to target.

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Re: "operating system updates end up disabling the framework"

Sage isn't an MS product. It's well-enough established in the UK that you'd think one of them would have tested it, though...

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'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)

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That pianist also omitted to say that having long fingers is a clear advantage. Without them your ability to play some chords is quite restricted.

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

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Re: Running a Windows Server?

How big is your environment? Because I don't really see a viable alternative to Active Directory & GroupPolicy for managing anything really big. Netware's NDS (or whatever the latest name for it is) would have been capable at one time, but no longer has any vendor support that I can see. Open Directory is a toy in comparison. Seriously, what else is there?

And moving your Exchange or whatever to Azure may move the boxes out of your building, but they're still running on Windows.

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: Pretty meaningless metric

They're not going to take their company away just because they're made to pay more personal income tax; they exist to make money, and if there's money here they will exploit it.

And as others have said, what's unfair about them contributing a percentage of the money they earn in this country back into it? We do.

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Beardy Branson bangs birds on Boeing

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Re: Prelude to Space

No, in the early days of the space race (when the UK was still involved) we did tend to launch from Australia. Lots of empty space in the middle. Same reason we tested our nukes there....

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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Re: Political Slant

And any PLC has a legal duty to the shareholders to return as much profit as possible to the shareholders. The CEO could be jailed in extreme circumstances for not doing so. Which is why there is no investment & services are run into the ground despite ever-rising ticket prices.

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Re: Political Slant

The unions are the only protection some people have against being treated like Sports Direct zero-hour victims, so think again.

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Re: Privatise the railways ?

Err... they ARE privatised. That'[s the problem. Renationalisation, so that service takes precedence over profit, is the answer.

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Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

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Re: Roundabouts...

There are quite a few roundabouts in Gloucestershire that have traffic lights on them. The worst ones are those that have lights immediately after the exit - so that if they turn red, only one car can come off the roundabout onto the desired road. Anyone else wanting to come off at that junction has no choice but to stop while on the roundabout, immediately jamming it for everyone else.

I'd like to have a word with whatever idiot came up with that idea...

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: OK Jeremy--renationalization--what then?

Plenty of evidence, actually, yes. As will always be the case with a private company whose reisone d'etre is to return profit to its shareholders.

Evidence that nationalisation will work can be found in the privatised railways that failed & had to be temprarily renationalised before being sold off again - performance & satisfaction went up, and much more money was returned to the treasury. It's a win/win.

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It was made clear at the time that there were spaces in 1st class - but Corbyn chose not to upgrade (because most people can't afford to, and the taxpayer is paying for it).

There were clearly no seats available, despite Virgin's claims, because Corbyn joined several other people already sitting on the floor.

45 minutes into the journey a family did get an upgrade to 1st class, enabling Corbyn to take one of their seats.

All of this is easily verifiable, as other commuters have corroborated it. It also tallies with what Corbyn said at the time.

The dodgy part comes when you watch the video footage that Virgin released. Look closely at things like camera number, carriage ID, time, etc & you'll see that the footage has not been presented in the right order or from the relevant times in all cases. Put simply, it's faked.

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Re: Stop whining...

He reserved a seat on the previous train, but missed it becasue he was talking to the public

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Mark Dempster

Re: The 'two wrongs make a right' argument.

It was made clear at the time that there were spaces in 1st class - but Corbyn chose not to upgrade (because most people can't afford to, and the taxpayer is paying for it).

There were clearly no seats available, despite Virgin's claims, because Corbyn joined several other people already sitting on the floor.

45 minutes into the journey a family did get an upgrade to 1st class, enabling Corbyn to take one of their seats.

All of this is easily verifiable, as other commuters have corroborated it. It also tallies with what Corbyn said at the time.

The dodgy part comes when you watch the video footage that Virgin released. Look closely at things like camera number, carriage ID, time, etc & you'll see that the footage has not been presented in the right order or from the relevant times in all cases. Put simply, it's faked.

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Re: The 'two wrongs make a right' argument.

He did reserve a seat, but missed his train while talking to the public & had to get this one.

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Re: Cant see where he lied

The other way around, it now seems.

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Re: Cant see where he lied

The brick thing has also been comprehensively debunked. There is NO evidence that Corbyn supporters were involved, and the broken window wasn't even in the MP's (Angela Eagle) office - it was in a stairwell shared with 7 other offices. Most likely either plain vandalism or a botched break-in.

But then, Eagle does have a lot of form for lying recently... most notably for claiming to have experienced homophobic abuse at her constituency meeting, which it's been proved she hadn't even attended.

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Re: Cant see where he lied

It was made clear at the time that there were spaces in 1st class - but Corbyn chose not to upgrade (because most people can't afford to, and the taxpayer is paying for it).

There were clearly no seats available, despite Virgin's claims, because Corbyn joined several other people already sitting on the floor.

45 minutes into the journey a family did get an upgrade to 1st class, enabling Corbyn to take one of their seats.

All of this is easily verifiable, as other commuters have corroborated it. It also tallies with what Corbyn said at the time.

The dodgy part comes when you watch the video footage that Virgin released. Look closely at things like camera number, carriage ID, time, etc & you'll see that the footage has not been presented in the right order or from the relevant times in all cases. Put simply, it's faked.

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Yellow 'sunglasses'

Yellow lenses actually do work, as our eyes perceive greater levels of contrast. They're often used by people shooting in poor light. It's also why we have yellow streetlights (and other countries have yellow headlights).

Not sure that they can be classed as sunglasses, though.

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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Re: just goes to show how little ...

There may be a link, but probably not a strong one. The main cause of the rise in deaths from cancer is that we're not dying from something else first as much as we used to.

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Re: just goes to show how little ...

Quite a few in Japan in 1945... and more than you'd expect during the fire-fighting operation at Chernobyl. A few crew members on the first USSR nuclear sub. Probably a lot more cases than that, but I'm about to go to lunch so you can google them yourself.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: MS has hardly been able to give away 10

Actually, it WAS available to Win7 users. Nothing earlier, though

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Salesforce bins all Android phones bar Nexii and Galaxies

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Re: This is probably about the OS

I don't think there ever was a PC standard set; clone vendors just tried to make their products as similar as possible while making them cheaper/superior in some way. Reviews of early PCs always included tests of IBM-compatibility, such as whether Lotus 123 ran without problems.

IBM did try to introduce a standard later, the MCA (Micro-Channel Architecture) on the PS/2 range. They charged too much for the licensing though, so nobody really bought into it - even though it was great for the day.

I think I'm showing my age...

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

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Mac presence

With a claim like that, I'm guessing yoiu're based in the US? In the UK (and Europe as a whole, I think) Apple have a very small installed base compared to Windows; I don't think I've seen one in a business that's not in the creative sector(and even THAT is due to inertia - with the same software available for Windows it really is a case of user attitude rather than necessity)

OSX just doesn't play nicely with the software you want to use in business. If there was an attempt to offer a substantially better AD implementation then maybe it would stand a chance, but Apple just aren't interested in the business sector - which is why they haven't mad a proper server in years (a Mac Mini with attached storage is NOT a server)

And Macs DO NOT last longer, either; I'd say in my own company we have slightly more hardware failures on the Macs than we do PCs; but we have 6-7 times more PCs! Add to that the need for creative teams to always be on very reent releases of software, and the replacement cycle is also much shorter

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Re: Iran, North Korea. Can you blame them?

I completely agree. I'm also curious as to what sanctions we can impose on a nation that we have virtually no contact with?

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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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Re: Post-war 90/10 story

You're forgetting that a HUGE amount of money was spent straight after the war (by a Labour government) on nationalising industries, creating the welfare state, setting up the NHS, etc. And while none of these systems is perfect, you won't find a better health & welfare system that's free at the point of access anywhere in the world.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Re: @Dan Paul

>Yes I have seen the Imitation Game. It's a film isn't it. A work of entertainment ?<

Yes, it was. And rather a good one as it happens, but that's not relevant here. What IS relevant is that the decision to allow many attacks to take place anyway DID happen; probably the worst example being the firebombing of Coventry,

Not that it means that that's what happened in the Sony case, but you can't just dismiss the other guy's poinit because he mentioned the film rather than the wartime government policy

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: They arent a serious party..

>I would infer from the view you express that you're a UKIP supporter or at the very least sympathetic to them. You therefore probably agree with Nigel Farrage's recently expressed view that people working in the NHS should be tested to ensure that they speak English well.<

Well I'm certainly not a UKIP supporter; for the record, my political views are rather to the left of any of the mainstream parties. However the ability to speak English to a reasonable level of proficiency seems like a basic requirement in any role where miscommunication can have major consequences. What's racist about that?

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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Re: But what does the scammers EULA say?

If ANY software company had to accept responsibility for bugs in theire products - particularly financial responsibility - then pretty soon you'd find there weren't any software companies around any more....

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

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Re: All this flighting???

So Amazon have never had an outage? Or they have, but not told you what happened?

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UK.gov biz dept: Yoof APPRENTICE? Get a degree while YOU'RE HIRED

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Re: Who cares?!

>Does IT actually want people with degrees anyway? I don't think so.<

Sounds like someone who doesn't have one....;-)

Seriously, IT degrees will only ever produce a graduate with out-of-date skills. However it does produce people with skills in critical thinking, research abillities, etc, that ARE an asset to the business and who can easily update their skills on the job.

Personally I got my academic qualifications (2 HNDs & a BSc) on a day-release basis from my employers (local government & NHS) which I found to be a good way of formalising my practical experience. That was quite a few years ago though, when the public sector offered perks like that to offset the lower-than-private-sector salaries.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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>It'd be cheaper, fairer, faster, and all round better, if we just abolish all benefits other than OAP, and give people larger tax free allowances - that way all work pays, and not working ceases to be a lifestyle choice.

People could then buy their own short term unemployment insurance from the private sector (as those of us with any assets must) to cover any transient unemployment.<

And presumably workhouses / prisons for those who chose to buy food instead of such insurance, etc.... you're obviously someone who's never been under financial pressure. I'm all in favour of stopping those who chose not to work from claiming benefits, but I'm a staunch supporter of the welfare state for those in genuine need. Unfortunately, those people often don't get enough help.

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Ministry of Justice IT bods to strike over outsourcing fears

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Re: Just strike on principle!

>Stike now and strike hard...outsourcing is the reason why so many government IT projects all blow up anyway. Continuing to do the same thing you have always done,the same way; and expecting better results is the very definition of insanity. (or stupidity). Speed does not equal efficiency, especially when you do the wrong thing faster.

Outsourcing should be illegal, everywhere!<

I agree, and I work for an outsourcing company!

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Indie record labels to haul YouTube before the European Commission

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Re: Old school here

Radio is ok if you don't mind being force-fed the latest playlist of heavily-promoted Simon Cowell rubbish, or the so-called 'classic' tracks from bands long gone.

If you're interested in anything else, radio is worse than useless.

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DARPA hands IBM £3.4m to develop SELF DESTRUCTING CHIPS

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Mobile Phones

Let's hope they reintroduce the ban on using mobile phones on an aircraft before one plummets out of the sky with fried electronics.....

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When Symantec's away... 28-year-old Asigra becomes 'overnight' cloud backup success

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'serious businesses'?

>We have over 1000 people in 350 businesses (FCA regulated and HM Government included) across four continents using our Cloud based Accounting and Business solution. Most definitely serious businesses!<

That's fewer than 3 people per business... those people might be serious about their business, but I don't think it's what the previous poster meant by 'serious businesses'.

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Fat-walleted execs? Nope, it's a corporate tax swerve that REALLY ticks Brits off

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>Avoidance is escaping unnecessary burdens. How can it be unethical if you realise you are overpaying, and work out a way to avoid that overpayment? How is it ethical to bully people (or, yes, corporations) into paying tax that they don't legally owe?<

They're only 'overpaying' based on the fact they they've found ways to avoid paying the full amount. If there were no loopholes then you'd have no argument. None of us like paying tax, but most of us realise it's there for the benefit of the country as a whole; avoiding a fair contribution is simply immoral.

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

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Virtually unused at my school...

My school purchased one of these to use alongside our 3 Commodore Pets and ZX81. Unfortunately the matrhs teacher in charge of computing (a friend & I took over teaching the Computer Studies course from him!) was completely unable to understand the machine, and so banned everyone except one pupil who'd recently transferred from an other school & had used the 380z before, from using it! So he got the most powerful machine in the building to himself & the entire rest of the school shared 3 Pets and an ZX81....

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Microsoft says axed certificates were FAILING its software biz

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Re: Let me see if I understand this

I was very surprised to find that ITIL was taken & marked on paper too, being a British Computer Society exam

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VMware plans courseware on smartmobes for Asian sysadmins

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Am I reading this right?

Are VMware actually expecting people to take their certifications based on a short smartphone-delivered piece of 'training', having never touched the product itself?

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

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The REAL reason that NT killed Netware...

...was that it was so easy to run it without buying expensive licences. Netware user counts were strictly controlled by licenses installed from floppy (similar to the CALs that SBS used to use), and if you had a 50 user licence then the 51st person would be refused login. With NT, on the other hand, you could buy the basic 5-user package and run as many users as your hardware could handle. Made it much cheaper if you didn't mind the illegality of it, and back then most companies didn't. I've always thought that it was a deliberate MS ploy to remove Netware market share even at the expense of licensing revenue.

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Man the floodgates! David Cameron takes to Twitter

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Re: Benefits keep going up.

>You can see spending accelerating under the last government and dropping back to 1988 levels in 2012 (we have a way to go until the pre boom levels of 1997).<

You seem to have fallen for the traditional right-wing trap of thinking that all government spending is wrong. Many people including myself think that a high level of spending (on the 'right' things) is much to be preferred.

>Disability benefits have risen from £26 Billion in 2007 to 32 Billion in 2012 which seems a little quick. if you think Britain has got 20% sicker in 5 years then fine, if not then checking if people are swinging the lead or suppliers aren't ripping us seems a sensible move. Its probably being done badly , most government initiatives are.<

I don't remember the date that it changed, but when the previous government put a 6 month limit on basic unemployment benefit it forced a lot of people who couldn't find work that paid a living wage into claiming that they were disabled. The policy did what it was cynically intended to do (lower official unemployment figures) but did nothing to solve the underlying problem.

>Note tax credits nearly doubled over a similar period.<

Probably because most of the 'new, private sector' jobs that the current government is relying on to bring us out of recession are part-time ones that no-one can survive on - and which don't bring in the tax/NI that the government needs to pay for things. It's a vicious circle created by morons who think that an entire country can be run on the same basis as a small business.

>and all those vicious NHS cuts have resulted in a 20% rise in NHS costs,<

Cuts usually do result in higher costs elsewhere, but it's OK because that money goes to outside ' business consultants' rather than being spent on those depressing unwell plebs....

>Look at the other figures for expenditure, note everything peaked in 2010 despite the fact we knew the bubble was bursting.<

And yet borrowing has increased enormously under the Tories - how do you reconcile that?

>Call Me Dave is not a great world leader but compared to the alternatives he is probably the only choice for the squeezed middle.<

Sounds like you're suffering from Stokholm Syndrome to me.

>Can you imagine the two Ed's in charge?<

Yes, I can. And I think their sympathies for the less wealthy would have resulted in a much less unpleasant situation right now.

> Why not get Nick Leeson to run the economy, oh sorry their party did deregulate so he could break the bank.<

Hmmm... I'd be very surprised if he wasn't a Tory supporter, wouldn't you? And the Tories had consistently argued that there was still too much red tape, and that deregulation didn't go far enough.

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Dredd movie review

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Where's Walter?

I can't even imagine a Dredd without Walter the robot playing a major part.... ;-)

Yes, it IS a long time since I read a comic. But I am a grown-up.

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Office 365 turns Lotus eater

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Unhappy

Yep, the company I worked for a few years back migrated from Exchange to Domino. They were US-owned, though (where Lotus is much more common) and we were in bed with IBM for all hardware from PCs to mainframes, so that might explain it.

I still hate Domino/Notes, though....

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