* Posts by W. Anderson

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Year 2000 thinking brough forward

Simon Sharwood must be suffering from memory or intelligence dysfunction.

Almost every one of the approximate 14 plus people I know personally and dozens more who owned a then useless Netbook found glory by installing one of the low resources Linux distributions and more recently Android OS, for excellent results and satisfaction of redeemed productivity . That was many years ago and now Sharwood gets great idea of Windows 10 as solution for these Netbooks.

I have never seen such retarded and inconsequential tech journalism in more than 30 years.

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

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Re: Clearly The Law is a ass...

Commenter asdf is ignorant to the fact that references to many International court cases of US companies il-legal manoeuvres in Europe and elsewhere do reflect on the US "national" attitudes against other countries in a pejorative sense.

There are countless recorded cases of such nasty tactics. Take the case of European Union against Microsoft for illegal browser installation and preference, where the company was eventually fined over $1 Billion and "admitted" to wrongdoing, "after" their stupidity of getting the US State Department to unethically intervene - against International Trade regulations, which further pissed off EU.

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Microsoft vs US.gov, Internet of Stuff, etc: What's up with 2015's legal cloudy issues?

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Realized lmits to USA control in/of other jurisdictions

In regard comment by " Trigonoceps occipitalis", the position and/or actions of the US Security Council will have no real effect on Microsoft taking it's case to the United Nations (UN) International Court of Law, which can decide unequivocally that the USA has no authority what-so-ever to remove data from Microsoft servers in Ireland.

This legal process between International jurisdictions may even result in the Irish Government allowing Microsoft to transfer such data to Irish corporation with a Microsoft close affiliation, which would surely test the will of the USA government to it's outer limits of International influence and control.

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Windows 10 phones are not dead yet. Acer, Alcatel OneTouch just made some new ones

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Choice is good, even for dying breed

It is worthwhile that Microsoft Windows smartphone devotees have another choice for a platform that is in negative growth, but unfortunately for Microsoft supporters in Mobile sphere, the company will not be dominant as in 1990s and early 2000s, except in Desktop OS, with tens of millions of installations and users, but alas is also shrinking rapidly - about 43% in just last 2years according to IDC, Forrester and every other reputable and considered objective Market Research Firm and Mobile analysis institution in USA and Internationally.

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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

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off topic Trevor Pott

All the bluster you exhibit Trevor Pott, still does not articulate what are the proven "factual" technical charactistic you see Microsoft Windows as having over Linux, e.g. Redhat Enterprise Linux.

Crass distractions of comment do not make any difference to "credible" technical comparisons, and I truly believe that you have thus proven to be a Microsoft shill.

Kill the messenger when you cannot address the message! eh

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comments without any technical merit

Commentor "aitor 1" suffers from the same inability as Trevor Pott in not being able to articulate - technically - just what are the supposedly "inferior" ( and superior) qualities of Linux in comparison to Microsoft Windows in statement ..." Linux is in many ways inferior to windows and in many other ways superior,"

The Register is a technology blog, not a social media, and the article author and aitor 1 must make statements based on technically proven merit, otherwise the discussion/conversation degenerates into crass personal opinions only, many times ill-informed.

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glaring propaganda of promoting Microsoft article

It would be informative if the article author - Trevor Pott - would spell out cearly exactly what is the superior technology that Microsoft posesses in sentence -- ...."Will the superiority of its (Microsoft's) technology"...

Microsoft enjoys only about 10% of global Cloud Computing Services, compared to 28% for Amazon AWS and approximately 45% for various OpenStack Cloud based vendors - according to report by Synergy Resarch Group, whose results corrolate closely with other reputable findings. Azure Cloud services have become quite dependant on integrated Redhat and Ubuntu Linux Server solutions in order to run "Docker" Containerization and Hadoop Big Data Analytics that are mandated by it's customers. The company is also dependant completely on FreeBSD networking stack just to run it's networking infrastructure, and is basically non-competitive with Enterprise Linux which runs not only all USA and international banking and Financial Services firms, but NASA and aerospace industries science, research institutions and Top500 most powerful supercomputers on earth, as just a few examples

Google, Fcebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Android Mobile Operating System (OS) , ChromeOS, commercial Drones, Rasberry Pi, Apple – the list is endless, has no reliance on Microsoft technologies.

As Mr. Pott admitted in article, Microsoft is a no-show for competitiveness in any aspect of Social Media and Mobile computing, including Smartphones, tablets. Even Chromebooks are greatly outselling every make and model of Windows Laptops in last 3 years of Amazon end of year seasonal shopping.

If Pott is referring to the Desktop, which is dimishing rapidly then he also needs to explain technically just what is the superiority of Windows 8/10 over Apple OS X and Ubuntu/LinuxMint.

Trevor Pott has demonstrated that he is merely a Microsoft shill, promoting his heroine company to a modern audience that sees right through the hype and crass propaganda.

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Feeling abandoned by Adobe? Check out the video editing suites for penguins

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clarification

It is unclear whether the article auther is indicating that large Movie Studios are or are not using rendering farms run almost exclusively on Linux.

I attended presentations at IBM HQ in New york City where "executives" from Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), as well as Disney Studios (before purcgasing Lucas Film/ILM ) when they confirmed conclusively that "most all" (impression was that maybe 90% or more) of their video rendering farm work and video creation (modified Linux code to proprietary) was Linux based.

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Lenov-lol, a load of Tosh, and what the Dell? More bad holes found in PC makers' bloatware

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Will there ever be a reasonably secure Windows computer?

The really sad part about this security dilemma for consumers and business alike, is that the vulnerable 'bloatware' is being distributed through the manufacturers themselves, making it child's play for crackers to exploit all these machines.

Combine this blunder with standard broken security in Windows, including Windows 10 and the situation will be like NASA saying "Houston, We have a serious problem".

I also notice that every comment indicating alternative use of Linux brings several 'thumbs down' votes. Interesting how the simple-minded Microsofties on this form never address the 'real' problem of Windows' cronic vulnerabilities, including even through 3rd party (manufacturer) bloatware, but are quick to register negative votes on a Linux (substantially more secure and robust) OS alternative solution.

A naive, sick group, to say the least.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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The Windows (Stockholm) Syndrome.

It is difficulty to admit, but I have no sympathy for those that "voluntarily" use Windows, but suggest antacid for those forced into the act, and complete bewilderment at the naivete and stupidity of all persons, organizations, business and governments that pride themselves and relishment pain in having Microsoft Wndows cost them significant $$dollars to operate with great loss of productivity.

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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

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meaningless statistics

Microsoft already owns that title - about 20% growth of Tablet OS from 4% to 5% of overall marketshare. So What?

Apple iOS and Android combined have substantially smaller growth rate about 1.7%, but control between 93% and 94% of Mobile /tablet marketshare, and still growing.

What is the point, therefore of article on Microsoft's Tablet growth rate?

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Before dominance emphasized, now good rate of growth. What is the point?

The company doing research paper on Microsoft Tablet growth has not articulated any "real life" significance as it releated to sales/ profits, or on significant impact on growth of other tablet based systems powered by Apple iOS and Android.

Most all Microsoft supporters and media dupes never cease to emphasize the total dominance of Microsoft's PC desktop market share, regardless of pace of growth of any competing platform. Now that Microsoft is an also ran in Mobile computing, the only accolades given by Microsofties, including company propaganda arms like Strategy Analytics are on growth rate..

How does this unscientific statistic stack up against fact - for example, China - population 1.6 Billion people has banned Microsoft based end user technology going forward, which means hundreds of millions of Apple iOS/OS X, Android/ChromeOS and/or Linux based technology (Chinese government official OS standard) devices being sold and deployed.

I suspect a bad marketing attempt effort in this article.

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Superfish 2.0: Dell ships laptops, PCs with huge internet security hole

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Continuing saga of Microsoft software collapse

It never ceased to amaze me that the maladies associated with Windows systems continue to grow to astronomical proportions. First we have the major breaches at Target, Home Depot, TJX and other behemoth commercialUSA companies atributable to wWndows terminls or some innocuous Microsoft device. Now Superfish 2.0 is upon us, and combined with gross "ransomware" that threatens medical devices if patients don't pay up, and the predictions of dire consequences by Richard Clark, Federal Government Cyber Cazr under both Bush and Obama administrations, of relying on Microsoft weak software technologies has come home to roost.

Adding insult to innorance, a recent report indicates many USA corporations plan to move to Windows 10 by early 2017. If Microsoft is suddenly and unexpectedly pulling updates and fixes for Windows 10 just this past week, how bad will it become in 2017 and beyond?

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Why Microsoft's .NET Core is the future of its development platform

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Maybe too little too late

I applaud Microsoft's efforts to be more relevant by making their development software more appealing for the Cloud Computing/Containerization, Big Data Analytics, Mobile applications and Data Center operations, all areas where Linux and Apple in Mobile completely dominate at this time.

However .Net Core provides only a small and limited benefit to those who demand robust and truly complete “cross platform” development solutions, since the environment dtill depands to a substantial on Microsoft only applications like SQL Server, Sharepoint middleware, Hyper-V and other software that do not competently or adequately support Docker Containerization or platform agnostic Virtualization stacks that work more intuitively and adhesively together.

Unless and Until Microsoft's .Net core can compete effectively with Eclipse, Python, QT based and other robust, powerful and especially more secure and complete nulti-platform development ecosystems, Microsoft will only and continually play catchup.

Already Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) based Cloud Computing of Amazon AWS and various Openstack based services comprise combined 73 plus % sales versus about 12% for Microsoft Azure, and the Mobile scene is even more dispersed with Microsoft holding about 5% sales versus more than 93% for Apple iOS and Android/ChromeOS combined, and continues to grow.

Why would any level headed development project now base their effort on faultering technology base?

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'Hacked by China? Hack them back!' rages US Congress report

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implausible ideas from stupid legislators

While many of the details of the "counter cyber attacks" report are unknown it appears non-sensical on it's face.

First, the US government has stated quite clearly that many of the cyber attacks against American companies and other organizations "appear" to come from entities in China that "supposedly" have connections to Chinese government, so running off to attack Chinese government seems pre-mature without some concrete proof in an International Court of Law - not unlike Iraq invasion.

Secondly, the Edward Snowden US government documents revelations indicate that NSA and CIA planted spying and obstruction software in Cisco, Juniper and other Networking and Computing gear shipped to China and other foreign countries, so this "holier than Thou" attitude from US congress persons is stupid, most especially since they prevented the Chinese firm Huawei from doing any business with US government or government contractors, purely on "supposition" - and without any evidence what-so-ever that Huawei may have too cozy a relation with Chinese government.

Coincidently the UK, Australian, several European Union and other countries' governments are confident enough in Huawei business operational integrity to purchase hundreds of millions of Dollar/Euro of equipment over past 2 - 3 years.

The US and/or any national government has the ability to accuse and attack any other country at will, and even without empirical proof of that country's wrong doing against USA – again, perfect example - Iraq, but American law makers need to exercise substantially more intelligence and reason before going all stupid once again.

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Windows Server and System Centre 2016 get fourth previews

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pertinent details?

It would have been beneficial if Simon Sharwood had indicated principal differences - benefits, disadvantages, similarities - between Microsoft Hyper-V "containerization" and the wildly popular and successful "Docker" Containerization that every other Virtualization and Cloud Computing vendor is enthusiastically supporting.

It appears that most of the article is basically marketing propaganda from Microsoft, unstead of close, expert and semi-objective scrutiny.

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

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Re: Well that's a good solution

What is reported is that the communications between ISIS members and sympathizers is usually dome "unencrypted", not through Websites which serve more as propaganda yool.

Since the NSA and CIA cannot break extremely goo encrypton, then they would nt know what communications are ISIS based, or every other person for who encrypton is preferred.

Joe Barton is a Moron,and has little if any sound knowledge about encrypton and how nafarious use of the Internet works.

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Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan

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Re: Biggest problem with Windows phone continues to be mismanagement shocker?

The commenter 'Just Enough' has been living in the twilight zone, and has "just enough" knowledge and intelligence to probably get by with living.

If Microsoft Mobile sales are measured at approximately 5%, as compared to approximately 93% for Apple iOS and Android combined and growing - according to Gartnet, IDC, Forrester, and every reputable and credible Market Research firm in USA and Internationaly, how does this person make the connection from reality to their dream concept of Microsoft Mobile dominance. Like in many other areas of life, those persons with dysfunctional thinking and as slavish Microsoft supporters, will unfortunately never accept facts or reality on the ground.

Microsoft has adopted a customized Linux distribution for their networking infrastructure, and for supporting Hadoop in Big Data Analytics, as well as recently signed a significant agreement for supporting RedHat Enterprise Linux with Docker Containerization in Azure Cloud computing services, totally in response to "demand" from most of their Cloud customers.

The marketshare for Cloud Computing Services between Amazon AWS and various vendor OpenStack Cloud Computing Services stands at approximately 82%, partly for reasons stated above, with Microsoft Azure at around 10%. The only area where Microsoft still dominates is Desktop computing, and even that area is fading with more Android/ChromeOS and Apple OS X adoption than ever before.

It has become sickening to read the diatribe from Microsofties who think that Microsoft and Windows will return to some sort of world domination in all spheres on technology soon. Thy need to get a life and/or a psychiatrist.

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Microsoft Windows Mobile 10: Uphill battle with 'work in progress'

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Re: Improvement good, significant sales increase - bleak

The English have a colourful history of making poor decsions regarding technology in corporations, the most famous example is the hundreds of millions of pounds invested in BT when it went public, only to loss their shirts when it was revealed shortly thereafter that the company's technology was worse than antiquated, and upgrading to latest, most effective technology base would cost more than the company was worth.

Ayt least the UK government learned their lesson by adopting the ODF Document format and selecting LibreOffice over Microsoft Office, along with at least 20 other European Union countries and countless others around the world to save millions of pounds with significantly increased working efficiency and applications security in just a few short months.

I hope your company makes it to 2017, fighting against the mountain of Windows malware, ransomeware and vulnerabilities, that cost millions of pounds.

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Improvement good, significant sales increase - bleak

Even if Microsoft gets to apply more polish to Windows 10 Mobile, it is unlikely that much will change in the company's dismal position of garnering about 5% of the Mobile marketplace versus those of Apple iOS and Android that together control approximately 93%, and growing steadily - according to at least 5 reputable and credible USA and International Market Research firms, by 'sales statistics' which don't lie.

In South America, Africa, and especially India and China, Microsoft Mobile is faring very poorly (compared to both Apple and Android), including in attracting mobile Apps development, and Android has been adopted "officially" by several of the largest and most prestigeous Auto manufacturers for their Mobile platform, all of which collectively paints a bleak picture for Microsoft Mobile, except as a fringe technology

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Acer chief exec Stan Shih: Exiting the PC market? Not us!

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Windows PC delusional players

It is my clear understanding from published statements of Samsung that they exited the "PC" marketplace 2 years ago. If the article author knows differently he needs to clarify this.

Acer, along with ASUS and other smaller manufacturers who are beholden to Microsoft for building Windows "PC systems, are delusional and need to seek professional psychological counseling for their addiction to the failing Windows PC sphere.

Acer, in particular were supposedly doing very well with their ChromeBooks sales, but reduced or shuttered this line in order to bring out new Windows 10 notebooks.

Windows mobile accounts for approximately 5% of the total mobile marketplace, compared to Aple iOS and Android/ChromeOS that occupies about 93%, and still growing gbloally. Wndows mobile and PC sales are stagnant at best.

How much more self destructive can these guys get?

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

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Re: continued Open Source Adoption

The cost savings to Munich have been substantial and officially announced.

Munich started the formal upgrade for all the City's approximately 18,000 desktops and 9,000 servers around November 2013. The preceeding 8 - 9 years of preparation was consumed not by the problems of the OS and Officesuite switch, but by the convoluted Windows desktop operations that existed with Windows XP home and XP Professional installations in about 273 different configurations, update programs and patch management systems, not to mention similarly chaotic situation with myriad versions and setups for Microsoft Office. The City technology team indicated that any upgrade/switch scenario - whether to Linux or Windows 7/8 would have required the same extended lead time to get the change operation viable.

In April 2014, with only about 60 percent of the desktop switches complete - without training programs, the City indicated saving approximate equivalent 14 million USdollars, and possibly 35 plus million dollars saving if current switch had no serious problems, which it dd not.

Those dollar s aving numbers are considerable, with all of it going to the City of Munich, and most likely to other programs it operates.

Even Microsoft's contrary contention report?, put forth by HP Germany of greater saving via Windows 7 upgrade - without any calculation of the more than 15,000 new computers required to run Windows 7, proved by independent audits to be phony to it's core.

The UK government are well aware of the “facts” concerning switch to FOSS – in this case LibreOffice – in more efficient and cost effect operations amoung several other European Union (EU) Countries as well as governments in other continents.

Unfortunately the Microsoft dupes here in USA and few in Europe cannot and never do provide any factual evidence to support their slavish thinking or positions on technology tissues that do not favour their heroine in Redmond, Washington State, USA.

A sad, sick minded group of people!

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What is so disheartening about the false and idiotic rhetoric responses on this forum from delusional Microsofties, is that no amount of reality and "facts" concerning the documented widespread international and successful adoption (from several governments' authorities) of "native" ODF Document Format Office Suites like LibreOffice, and other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies (including Linux), these slavish Microsoft supporters will continue to quote "bogus", unsubstantiated and "proven" false claims otherwise, and believe in a real Tinkerbell from Peter Pan fairy tale.

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continued Open Source Adoption

In my comment to an article about 1 month ago, confirming the continued and rapid adoption of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS, particularly Liux, even on Desktops amoung most of European Union, India, China, Russia, South America and other jurisdictions, many Microsoft defenders derided my comment with one stating quite belligerently that Munich Germany was reverting back to Windows Desktops with Office from failed Linux and LobreOffice, which the Munich City administrator clarified as totally false.

While the UK government is adopting LibreOffice over Microsoft Office, including Office365 subscription services, such adoption along with millions of other countries ODF/LibreOffice official document standards leaves Microsoft only with US dominance to satisfy their American fan club.

The sad aspect of such slavish thinking on part of Microsofties, is that their heroine has not only adopted Linux and FreeBSD networking infrastructure, the company is also deploying Hadoop Big Data Analytics "ON" Linux in it's Azure Cloud Services. How demeaning is that.

ref: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2994969/linux/who-cares-about-hadoop-on-linux-microsoft-yes-really.html

With this revelation, and fact that Microsoft is supporting Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) OpenSSH in PowerShell/Windows Server 2012, and in many other areas of their technology operations, against which the company was unable to develop competitive products, it becomes clear that FOSS represents the present and future of Networking, Data Center infrastructure, Social Media, Cloud Computing and even Mobile technologies, and Linux (with Desktops) in rest of the world, leaving little space for reason or Microsoft suporters to smile about.

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European Parliament votes to grant Snowden protection from US

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It is a matter of "fact" that the revelations from Edward Snowden leaked US government documents has shown that the US government acted "illegally" and in a draconian fashion in spying and collecting communications data on tens of milions of Americans as well as "world" citizens (meaning several other countries on the planet Earth), including emails of 'verified' as those of children.

This action by Snoden constitutes a Whistle-Blower status, and for Hillary Clinton and many other American politicians to say he would have been successful in reporting these incredible abuses to his superiors, or in calling him a traitor is grossly naive, ignorant and simple-minded.

I sincerely hope that any European Union country, or any other in South America or Asian country who would grant Snowden asylum without possible extradition to USA is courageous to stand firmly against American bullying and oppressive actions.

After all, if most other developed nations are American patsies and dupes, then the world is lost anyway.

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Re: Linux

I suspect commenter David136 is one of those persons who would praise Microsoft for selling Dog Poop as an upgrade accessoy for Windows computers.

No amount of "reality" and "facts" will sink into the skull of this moron, even with documented and official announcements from more than 20 countries in the European Union (EU), as well as declarations from China, India, Russia, many countries in Central and South America and even Afica, on their success and ongoing swith to Linux "from" Windows.

Ony the American Microsoft worshiping die-hards - mostly called idiot dupes - are left dribbling in their puke from crashes, security breaches of Windows. Good lck with that.

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Nazi tactics should not be allowed with forced Windows 10 download

I have Linux dual-booted on my Windows 7 Laptop - by "choice", with Windows partition re-configured to 1/3 hard drive space, and Linux with remaining 2/3. Should Microsoft force download and install of Windows 10 on my computer, it will automatically erase all vestiges of my Linux installation, with applications and data fikes as well.

This type draconian and dictatorial action is not acceptable, even while I accept an "option" of downloading Windows 7 security and system file updates and fixes, since I purchased this Laptop with Windows 7 and may wish to keep this Operating System (OS) as adjunct to Linux for as long as desired.

Furthermore, Windows 10 may not allow Linux dual-boot, and thus making Laptop mostly unusable, partiularly for my purposes.

While Microsoft defenders and minions on TheRegister may not care, they are expressing great naivete and ignorance in agreement with oppressive actions that are an anathema to modern, free society.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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idiotic Microsoft defense in down votes

It is impossible to understand the mentality of persons voting "down" on comments like that of "InLog" with comment titled "wsusoffline - win" which made it clear that forced Windows 10 upgrade "DID NOT WORK" with his commercial engineering software.

Others expressed exasperation with Windows 10 serious hardware incompatibility they experienced, yet the idiot Microsoft defenders still chose to vote comments down for no logical or sane reason, other than the comment was not kind to Microsoft, even if fair and factual.

Such stupidity codifies observation that very many commenters and/or readers on TheRegister forums go to extraordinary lenths to defend, suport and praise Microsoft without any sensible, judicious or "fact backed" reasoning.

This lunacy makes it impossible for there to be enlightening and informative discourse on TheRegister forums, particularly for stories that show negative light on anything Microsoft.

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Cisco: The day of PCs is passing, cloud storage will dominate by 2019

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Cisco upsetting Microsoft peons.

The Microsofties on this TheRegister forum will go bonkers in decrying Cisco for stating the obvious on the decline of "PCs", which is the "only" area of technology that Microsoft dominates in 2015.

In data centers, Social Media, Mobile devices, Super Computing and Scientific research, Networking and Cloud Computing, the company is playing catchup without any technological innovation to show in these areas, and worst yet, having to license and use Linux, Hadoop, Apache, PHP Scripting, FreeBSD Networking Stack and other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) that the company just recently decried as communist, incompetent, geeky and every other pejorative term available.

To see Microsoft eat humble pie, while also slipping into technological irrelevance is a strange sight to behold.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Windows users have no grounds for complaints

Microsoft Windows users have no justification for the "torch and pitchfork" stance in regard to Microsoft's automated and user unapproved - possibly unwanted - upgrades of Windows 10.

These computer users were not forced to adopt and use Windows 7 or 8x, and therefore should have no complaints against the policies and practices of Microsoft, even when most of them are draconian, that users have obediently swallowed "hook line and sinker" over the years.

Get a life, by either changing to another desktop/laptop or tablet Operating system (OS) and possibly hardware, or shut up and take your (distasteful) medicine from Microsoft.

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Dell-EMC merger could leave Lenovo out in the cold – analysts

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Lenovo struggle to enter enterprise computing

Lenovo is unfortunately in a difficult decision position regarding Storage, that as credible market research and experts in that space show has become stagnant, so a buyout is not logical at this time.

As a result of Lenovo's tie-in almost exclusively to Microsoft's technologies - Windows Server, Hyper-V and Azure, it is also unlikely that the company get's good traction in Cloud Computing, Website Services, Social Media infrastructure and large Data Center business, all of which are overwhelmingly dominated by Linux and other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) that Lenovo cannot adopt against their strict commitment and obligations to Microsoft based solutions only.

Maybe getting involved in the Corporate business end of technology, which is ostensibly quite different from the declining "PC sales" market, and without any experience or in-house technological innovation in those areas, was not a feasible idea or wise move.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Whitman slams EMC/Dell deal

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The VMWare portion ofDell/ EMC merger is a non-go for Microsoft.

DougS and the other yokels on TheRegister forums who are quick to defend Microsoft and it's slavish partners like Dell never explain - if Dell is not a Microsoft minion, why does the company not manufacture any "non-Windows" products that are significant sales channels in the technology marketplace? ChromeBooks, Android tablets and/or smartphones sales, when combines with those of Apple constitute approximately 93% of the Mobile ecosystem (compared to Microsoft Windows measly 4% -5 %) that is overwhelming the Windows Desktop PC and mobile market.

Therefore it is rational and understandable, given Microsoft's $4 plus billion investment in Dell that the VMWare portion of EMC acquisition - that competes aggressively and dominates Virtualization space over Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization, presents a conundrum for Dell as Microsoft's concubine.

Dell even antagonizes and strongly discourages Linux implementations on their Server system, other than very profitable agreements with companies like Oracle, whose enterprise customers Dell cannot afford to anger. The vast majority of Social Media infrastructure and Cloud Computing Services in USA and Internationally are Linux based (read every, repeat every Gartner, Forrester, IDC and other credible reports on this issue), so Dell has proven to be a Microsoft dupe.

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Dell & Microsoft - they are already together

To commenter "DougS"

Anti-trust. Clearly spelled out in Dell "privatization" move, by Federal Trade commission and US Department of Justice.

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One critical point of the Dell/EMC merger not mentioned by Whitman is the VMWare component - worth $30 plus billion dollars by most credible estimates - and an entity that competes 'tooth and nail' with Microsoft Virtualization and Cloud Offerings.

Just how Dell - as a purported concubine of Microsoft (Microsoft has more than $4 billion stake and significant influence and some control in Dell), will handle this dilemma is anyone's guess. I suspect that Microsoft may 'force' Dell to sell off VMWare or sell VmWare to them (Microsoft) for peanuts, so that Microsoft can force feed all their Virtualization and Cloud Computing clients (VMWare users) a diet that is considerably more expensive and provides significant indigestion.

Either way, Dell is unlikely to be the winner, with most current VMWare clients hosted on UNIX/Linux foundation, which is a No-No to Microsoft, who will almost guarantee considerably poor performance and reliabiliy of Microsoft- VMWare on UNIX/Linux than on Windows.

If owned by Microsoft, all software and contract license fees of VMWare are sure to double and triple compared to similar services of native Microsoft. Dell, as owner of VMWare may be forced by Microsoft to escalate all VMWare client fees and services.

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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

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typical American arrogance and stupidity

American technology companies are naive and arrogant to think that they can subvert the ruling of a European Court of Justice, just because of some clause inked with customers, as if this overrides International governments' regulations.

If Microsoft, Salesforce and or any other behemoth US corporations snub their noses at other countries - bodies like European Union law, they should be denied business entry into that jurisdiction. Period.

This crass and bullying attiude is no different from US State Department telling the European Union that because the US Justice Department did not impose severe penalties on Microsoft for severe business technology infrations, then the EU therefore cannot impose "their own" laws and rulings on Microsoft operations in “their” space.

Arrogance and stupidity are hallmarks of many USA corporations, even many millions of citizens, and they will learn - sometimes the hard way, that they do not govern or control the rest of the world - all other countries on the planet.

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Obama brain trust sidesteps mandatory hackers' backdoor idea

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voting for Whom! Therein lies the conundrum

The USA has reached a decidedly dark period when most of the politicians and their faithful supporters represent the most idiotic, stupid residents in this country in 21st century.

With a significant proportion of the electorate denying Climate Change overall, Evolution and almost as many that still believe in September 2015 that President Obama is a Muslim, born in Kenya, it is no wonder that a critical USA/International study, supported by OCED was published recently which showed that "adult" Americans scored substantially below their peers in developed nations in Math, Reading and Comprehension as well as Problem Solving/Analytical Skills, even for non-complicated issues.

How are these millions of morons expected to vote intelligently! and for sensible political representatives - if they exist - on a matter as complicated as National Security policies and practices.

Keep dreaming.

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back door concept a stupid idea

What most USA government authorities and technology pundits fail to grasp is that a significant proportion of best Internet networking and software protocols and applications are "not" developed" here in USA and are actually Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), not owner or controlled by any Government, corporations or other proprietary entities and therefore are out of reach of NSA for implanting "back doors" in their operation.

This is good for everyone, as the NSA planted back doors in Cisco routers, for example, have allows the crackers (bad guys!) the exact same access to this networking equipment.

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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

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A skewed view of only Microsoft OS software

It makes just as much sense if this Asus Zenbook UX305 were available with Ubuntu or Suse professional Linux desktop/notebook Operating System (OS) - as only 2 good examples, as well as for Windows 10.

Unfortunately many article writers on TheRegister suffer from a mental Microsoft slavishness, and most times fail to see the known and proven benefits and advantages of any other technology than that from Redmond.

No matter how appealing the Zenboox UX35 with Windows 10 may appear, it cannot be reasonably or technically compared to similar Apple (OS) products precisely because of the Windows 10 OS weaknesses, that has no performance, feature and especially security capabilities that are equivalent in direct comparison to OS X/iOS or even Uuntu Linux and other Linux based OS..

It is ridiculous that in year 2015, a mainstream desktop/Notebook and/or Mobile OS will not function at all without significant malware protection bloatware, which offers only partial protection at best.

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WinPhone community descends into CANNIBALISM and WOE

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Sad Microsoft and it's dupe millions

What is dificult for any reasonable person to understand, is that if "Microsoft created an astonishingly good (mobile) platform", why then are Apple iOS and Android platforms gaining even more ground in the USA and global mobile marketshare, which six months ago stood at approximately 93% for iOS & Android combination and about 4% for Microsoft mobile that was slowly decreasing - accotding to "every" reputable and respected technology market research entity.

It is therefore understandable that Microsoft mobile fans and loyal followers might turn on each other if they remain mired in delusional reality and do not accept fact that Microsoft in new Mobile and Internet age remains a second tier company, devoid of any innovation or original creativity that mobile customer desire.

All the baseless (of fact) vitriol they spewed incessantly at every Microsoft competitor, particularly technologies based on Linux and UNIX, with which they cannot compete, has come back to bite them in the rectum.

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Dell CEO: Very few will survive the PC bloodbath

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Much talk of a fading technology platform

Dell's Euro head ad Michael Dell are attempting to put a good spin on their prospect for survival in the Post-PC technology landscape of tomorrow - by the current but getting old definition of PC (Persnal Computer) in sales, with no regard for how a PC will be defined - whether Tablets, Chromebook type notebooks will be the new definition of PC in future or not.

Since Dell, Microsoft and HP to name just three dinosaurs have very little presence in the Tablet, burgeoning Chromebook notebook category or PC capability Smartphone markets, I suggest that Dell especially, realize and acknowledge that the Apple and Android/Linux mobile ecosystems have eaten their lunch, with a significant proportion of the PC usage moving to mobile devices. IBM's and Apple's cooperative investment of 3 plus $billion in Enterprise end user coputing that is in very high demand should be an indicator.

The almost permanent tethering of Dell to Microsoft Windows only will continue a failed policy and results. Maybe Microsoft's injection of 4 $billion into privatized Dell was not such a great benefit after all.

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Windows 10 grabbed about five per cent market share in August

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So What!

There is always a talk about the overwhelming marketshare of Windows on the Desktop - which is in decline - as compared to Linux, but absolute silence and being dumb, deaf and confused on any topic of Windows Mobile marketshare - smartphones, tablets and notebooks when compared to the "overwhelming" dominance of Apple and Android in these mobile categories.

Professional and productive Desktop Linux use in USA and particularly in Europe, Asia and South America is quite satisfactory since there is fortunately significantly more "inherent" security, reliability and performance in popular Linux that is proven, more than any iteration of Microsoft Windows. In fact Windows 7, 8/8x and Windows 10 have drawn several features and functions from Linux that were available in most Linux distributions for more than 10 years.

While Windows 10 may have gained approximately 5% of the Windows desktops so far, it is very unlikely, albeit almost impossible for Microsoft to gain the 3 plus billion Windows 10 installs in 3 year period as ultimate goal. One notable reason is ban on Windows in Russia (population approx.25 million) and substantially in China - population 1.3 billion.

Already all Windows mobile, including Surface Pro 3 sales have declines recently while Apple and especially Chinese based Android devices, FirefoxOS (Linux based) devices have substantially increased their marketshare again this summer.

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Hands on with Windows Server 2016 Containers

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Microsoft adherence to Docker "Open Standards" protocols?

It is unfortunate that the Windows Docker Containerization will follow the Docker API, but br made "proprietary" in not being able to intergrate or be interactice with Docker Containers from Linux.

Will the Microsoft Docker Containers have same features and functionality as those in Linux Docker and BSD Container technologies? Will Microsoft docker containers preempt Docker develoers from using any relevant technology tools - as is possible in Linux Docker development, to only those specific Microsoft only tools?

In part, this is a return to making Open Standards technologies proprietary and fixed only to software from commercial by companies like Microsoft in a crass attempt to "force" users into their IT "lock-in", as usual.

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

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Draconian actions as usual - from Redmond

Commenter "Cairo" is obviously very ignorant about privacy settings in Windows 10. Most of the default settings, established by Microsoft "cannot", repeat "cannot" be turned off by customers, and some are very intrusive on private personal information. Eye-candy and cosmetics settings are not Privacy Settings.

I suggest that all the idiotic Microsoft apologists bone up on "facts" of Windows 10 Privacy, and spend more time advising their heroine to significantly stiffen the security vulnerabilities of the OS - Yes! several have been shown and verified by security researchers - , which to-date remain considerably behind those of Linux - Ubuntu or other mobile releases (not Android which uses only the Linux kernel), as a worthwhile standard to shoot for.

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Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

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same tight shoe on other foot

The same dumb s#%t that Microsoft is railing against in regard to actions of InterDigital is exactly the same behavior of Microsoft, Apple, Sony and other stake-holders of "Rockstar" real "Patent Troll" scumbags. No difference.

Only when small companies like InterDigital take the greedy and draconian behemoths to the cleaners in patent licensing - probably to tine of hundreds of $$billions - will the government - Congress - and technology industry attempt sincerely to pre-empt Software Patents from stifling true technology innovation. Until such time much of the the very creative tech innovation will take place outside USA and may or may not be availablee on these shores.

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Mozilla-Microsoft spat latest: Firefox yanks Cortana away from Bing

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Open Source looking more effective and ethical every day

I commend Mozills for allowing Firef0x to prevent subversive actions by Microsoft in swapping a Windows 10 previous Search Engine for Bing/Cortana.

These type shenanigans have been taking place with Microsoft, Apple and Google for years, all to the detriment of user Freedom! in technology use.

Fortunately, for most of the other switcheroos that Microsft constantly pulls, my default use of tightly configured Arch Linux has eliminated any concerns about Redmond trickery.

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Oracle brews PERPETUAL, all-you-can-eat database licence

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correction to anonymous coward

To: anonymous Coward - responding to my remarks on PostgreSQL as a viable replacement for expensive Oracle database solutions, please refer to this article from EnterpriseDB (who employ core PostgreSQL developers) at:

http://www.enterprisedb.com/Postgres-Relational-Databases-Support-NoSQL-Unstructured-Data

There are also other technical documents indicating support for 'unstructured data' - similarly to functionality in most No-DQL databases, in PostgreSQL since release version 9.2.

MySQL GPL version is Free - as in Freedom, even when used with 'proprietary' applications. The commercial (paid for) release supports Oracle transaction engine, and offers 'commercial' technical support services, as well as certain proprietary utility functionality and "up to date" bug fixes that Oracle provie for FOSS version at much later date.

Finally, Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems 'primarily' to gain control of Java from strong influences of IBM and other competitors in the Java ecosystem. Sun's FOSS software policies which did have "some" negative effect on company's finances - which were mostly poor business practices, but had very little or nothing to do with main reason for Oracle purchase.

Please get "factual" information on technology issues 'before' posting - and especially anonmously.

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greed and draconian practices

Even with "perpetual all-you-can-eat Database" subscriptions, Oracle solutions will still be an order of magnitude more costly and convoluted that modern, powerful and equally scalable solutions based on products like Postgresql object/relational RDMS, and with world class expertise and support from solution providers such as RedHat, IBM and EnterpriseDB, Fujitsu and many more.

Many expert technologists and business visionaries were correct in their assessment that it was a severe misfortune for all great technology when Oracle purchased Sun Microsystem and the plethora of fantastic Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) software included in the transaction, that Oracle is attempting miserably to make fully proprietary - like Java, MySQL, VirtualBox and other aplications.

Crass greed combined with draconian proprietary software - even most that are inferior to better FOSS, are badly hurting all technology development, particularly here in USA.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Mediocrity and poor secutiy are Windows middle names

There are no Windows 7,8 or Windows 10 users who have a legitimate reason to complain about computer and Internet user privacy - at all.

It has become tiresome to an extreme to hear constant moaning and complaining from Windows users, who all the while are kissing Microsoft's anus for crap software they are receiving as simple-minded, slavish minions.

The article author's reverting to Apple Mac Pro was wise although late, or he could have moved some time ago to one of the world class GNU/Linux distributions, even for running some Windows specific applications via VMWare Virtuaualization. Fortunately companies like Valve with their Steam game engine have moved to porting more than 1300 "games" to Linux environment as of July, 2015. Others are apparently following suit.

There should be no sympathy for the Windows supporters mired in everlasting whining, mental confusion and mediocre technology.

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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common sense attitude in tech use at last

At last the UK Government is using common sense and intelligence, in first adopting Open Document Format (ODF) standard for full compatibility with and to replace Microsoft Office lockin and costs, and now (rightly) kicking ridiculously priced and cumbersome Oracle technology to the curb.

Fortunately for them, the very latest Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) PostgreSQL database suite of applications offer probably about 90% plus of the functionality of top Oracle products, and the similarities in admin and configuration language tools make it significantly easier to migrate with minimum of pain. Such an adoption of PostgreSQL would also allow the UK government to customize the applications specifically the the needs of government agencies without any significant pounds outlay to Larry Ellison and Co.

It is about time the UK stop mindlessly following much of the fading USA technology dominance.

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Be safe: The Great Windows Server 2003 Migration

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significantly better migration choices

If one of the principle goals and mandates of a successful "migration" away from now un-supported and un-patched Windows 2003 Server is "..... with better security in mind. ..." according to the article, then Microsoft Windows 2003 users – for both small business or enterprise departments, needs to strongly consider a RedHat , Suse or similar world class Enterprise Linux solution that can nowdays, with integration of excellent Virtualization and Cloud Computing Services provide a significantly “more secure, more reliable and substantially less costly migration solution” than going to in-flux Windows 2012 Server.

Every "credible" and realistic case study has shown this NIX solution to be superior, particularly given the many "hidden costs" associated with Windows solution that are not truthfully accounted for or assessed by Microsoft solution providers - probably to mitigate the extremely high (total ROI) costs involved.

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