* Posts by W. Anderson

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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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New twist in telco giants' fight to destroy the FCC's net neutrality

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That these draconian Telcos would spend tens of millions of dollars fighting regulations that are determined beneficial to continued efficient Internet use and prevent - at least to sme degree- the stratification of data services according to wealth of subscribers shows the level to which many American corporations will descend in the name and pursuit of excessive greed.

Between the money waster in this effort, combined the exorbitant $$billions inmoney invested in political party jockeying, the whole USA health care industry, transportation infrastructure and education systems could have been adequately funded.

Welcome to USA - the land of Greed and Excesses and Waste, that results in stupidity.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Ballmer insight

Steve Ballmer has, on his own and with Bill Gates made several critical blunders in shepparding Microsoft into 21st century.

While the company has grown, particularly in profitability under his tenure, that advantage should not be attributed to Ballmer but instead to the very shrewd and intuitive contract agreements Gates made with hardware manufacturers (OEMs) that effectively tied their financial obligation to Microsoft for every “computer manufactured” irregardless of quantity sold. This resulted in, for example, a large corporation purchasing 20,000 computer units “without” an Operating System (OS) installed, but for which the OEM still had to pay Microsoft for 20,000 copies of Windows (multiplied by) times Windows OEM price.

The principle reasons for Microsoft decline under Ballmer in minds of most technology and business related experts, stems from (a) Ballmer and Gates discounting early on the importance of the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW) ,which was quickly emerging as critical and defacto technology in early 2000s for all electronic communications, and for which Microsoft had little or no expertise, or worthwhile experience on global level.

The second (b), and related (to first) reason for the difficulties now facing Microsoft was that the company was never a truly innovative tchnology entity, which gleaned it's software products and services for other creators and developers, sometimes by litigation that other entity could not challenge financially and/or by secunding technology through cooperative projects that Microsot controlled.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, even with a smart leader like Satya Nadela , it is already too late for Microsoft to be a leader or dominate in areas such as Mobile – smartphones, tablets , social networking services, mass geographically distributed data centers for Mobile services, mostly run on Lunux, advanced Virtualization and Cloud Computing Services with "must-have" “Containerization” technology.

Steve Ballmer was basically an ineffective, loud anf bullying type leader who has no place in new technology age.

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Ballmer's lack of vision and capabilities

It is not well known that one of the reasons Microsoft did so well under Steve Ballmer with substantial profits up to mid 2000s, was the brilliant contract Gates and Ballmer extracted from Hardware OEM that mandated these manufacturers paid Microsoft a Windows toyalty for every computer made, irrespective if a large customer placed an order from OEM for 20,000 units without any OS installed. This dominant advantage had nothing what-so-ever to do with any creative technology or innovation, which are the most critical capabilities to carry a corporation forward into the 21st century.

With the explosive growth and dominance of the Internet and Web technologies like Mobile - smartphones and Tablets, social media services, mass, geogrpahically distributed server farms running primarily Linux, Virtualization, Cloud Computing and especially "comtainerization" - all areas where Microsoft was left flat-footed, Steve Ballmer was without any vision from a company that could only control by litigation and secunding other technologies. and not from any innovative and great new technologies. Bill Gates and Ballmer even poo-pooed the Internet and the Web at a time their use was expanding exponentially all around Microsoft.

Fortunately the European Union was astute enough to firmly halt Microsoft in anti-trust successes against the company's relentless, oppression stance against all competitors, the stupidity of which can be solely attributed to Ballmers over-sized arrogance and stupidity.

Those who closely follow and have extensive experience and and expertise in technology are fully aware of the paper dragon Microsoft was becoming.

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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same ole' Microsoft shenanigans

Most every comment extolling the benefits for French, UK or several other European Governments for (some already) adopting Open Standards based ODT Document format, have a considerable amount of down votes, but there are no comments directly and/or logically and technically defending the Microsoft OOXML formats.

Many readers may not know that Microsoft was a very active participant in the early stages of ODT development, but "bailed out" at last minute when they realized that the project was very near to a successful completion, and quickly reverted to an ad-hoc, convoluted proprietary XML offering as an "open standard" (sic) and "better alternative" to ODF.

This reality should be enough to show the deceitfulness of Microsoft in attempting to destroy any truly innovative, Open and Internet Standards initiative.

Makes one wonder about the mentality of those loyally and slavishly supporting Microsoft shenanigans and crappy softare.

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Silicon Valley sides with Samsung in anti-Apple patent war

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The whole US software patent industry, including the asinine actions of US Patent and Trademark Office in allowing ridiculous and dubious patents has come back to bite USA in the ass.

Hopefully other developed nations that are growing their technology prowess will avoid this type catastrophe all together. Maybe they will surpass USA in many areas of technology innovation for which the developers are loathe to register or sell in USA.

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Microsoft to offer (very) limited support for Linux on Azure

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Re: It can go both ways

Since every "Stock Exchange", most all banks and Financial Services Firms rely on Linux/BSD UNIX0Like and soe legacy UNIX for the infrastructure, as well as every Internet Carrier and Services provider - Google, Facebook, Twitter, linked-In, eBay, Netflix, AT&T, Amazon, and dozens of the other largest technology usage companies in USA except Microsoft, the 5% figure for Linux server infrastructure is false, especially when the following tech companies have stated deploying significantly more NIX than Windows - IBM, Oracle, Cisco, etc.

In europe most of the 27 countries in the European Union as well as Russia have "standardized" on NIX - in Government, Education, NGOs with business not far behind.

China has blacklisted Windows, and use Linux for all new implementations.with most chinese corporations following closely behind via government mandate.

Even Walmart, Target, TJM are following the Linux path with Openstack, especially for Cloud Computing services so the commenters info appears quite bogus.

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Re: Hell just froze over

I "do" know that Microsoft's contributions to FreeBSD project is "precisely" because Microsoft uses the FeeBSD Networking stack - for "all" it's networking functionality, since the company' own network stack development efforts have failed miserable at every attempt, and supporting the continued innovation and improvements of FreeBSD netwroking is in their own interest.

The OpenBSD donation or contribution is "strictly" for OpenSSH, which OpenBSD developed and "fully" controls, and since, like all UNIX/Linux and UNIX-like operating systems (including Apple Mac OS X), Microsoft depends on continued development, improvement and maintenance of OpenSSH, such money outlay is wise and prudent.

I trust this clarafication is acceptable to "technologically and factually ignorant" Microsofties who may falsely interpret that these BSD entities "need or rely on" Microsoft to any degree what-so-ever.

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Microsoft's Trojan Linux support in Azure

It is my clear understanding in direct comments from companies like RedHat, IBM, Oracle Corp, BMC and even Cisco and many others that the primary and probably only reason Microsoft provides any interoperation for Linux in it's Azue Cloud Computing services is because of overwhelming and strong customer "demand".

Nothing that Microsoft has ever done, including it's announcement of “very limited “support for Linux indicate a "cooperative" effort that would allow Linux VMs in Azure to function efficiently, reliably and with good performance, especially superior to Azure Windows server solutions.

Why does not Microsoft support RedHat Enterprise Linux, instead of CentOS which is a "community based" derivitave of RedHat without direct enterprise support that Microsoft's enterprise customers would expect?

And if problems with integration of Linux working inside Azure do occure, which is inevitable given Microsoft's adversarial position and actions toward Linux, even until now, why would this stated policy in article ..."the company welcomes Linux virtual machines to Azure but if something goes awry will only tell you if Azure is to blame." …. not lead to practice of Microsoft eternally blaming "any problems" on the Linux factor of integration and not on Azure?

Enterprises or any entity, large or small that fully understands the tremendous benefits of and prefers Linux in a Cloud Computing environment - for numerous credible technical and business good reasons, choose Microsoft as the Cloud Provider in first place, with the exception of a contractual agreement with Microsoft from which the customer cannot extricate themselves?

Any other reasoning would indicate confused, convoluted thinking!

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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another consideration for unsatisfactory Windows 10 upgrade.

The article writer did not offer the alternative of reverting back to Windows 7 (or possibly 8/8.1) should any hardware vendor legitimate driver issue blow up the whole Windows 10 upgrade process.

Purchasing new windows 10 pre-installed computers should not be the only choice under such circumstances.

The other consideration for Windows business computer users not mentioned in the article is migration to business class Linux Operating System (OS) software, which in 2015 can run most standard and even many custom Windows applications in a Virtual Machine (VM), e.g. VMware, at native speed with exact same functionality, reliability and compatibility as on original Windows, and the computers generally run faster than with Windows install in most cases.

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

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Some common sense and investigation to prevent no options

It is understandable that one of the most practical and critical considerations in upgrading from Windows 2003 based solutions - to where? - is determined by horizontal and most times vertical or industry specific aplications that are either not available on Windows 2012 64bit or other operating System (OS).

There should be no sympathy however for those Windows 2003 users who did not understand clearly some time ago that the OS is 32bit only, rife for hacker intrusions with weak security mechanisms and restricts them completely to Microsoft Windows ecosystem only.

Most, if not all should have more thououghly researched alternative but equal quality and value applications (they do exist in many if not most cases!) that are OS "platform agnostic", so that the viability of switching to a GNU/linux version, for example, would not require significant hardware systems upgrade, and inter-operating with the entire Microsoft and Windows ecosystem is left in place.

Virtualization of Windows 32bit software under Linux KVM, Xen or free! VShpere -”included” in CentOS 64bit business configurations serves just as efficiently as native windows 32Bit.

The costs of upgrading under this scenario is generally a fraction - as great as 1/4 of total costs, including support services, of staying with costly Microsoft Windows lock-in.

Hopefully many of these Microsoft bling users will learn lessons of sensible modern day technology use, especially in business - "vendor lock-in is a catastrophic dead-end", particularly to a technology base that has proven inferior to most of the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) world class solutions today that provide multiple services and support providers of same or better quality and with greater expertise than dominant behemoths of yester-year.

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Microsoft tries to paint VMware azure with disaster recovery detour

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kill Microsoft competition by Open sourcing VMWare

VMWare should offer their vCloud air with RedHat, Suse Linux or BSD Based Operating systems solution for "almost free" for a period to compete with Microsoft Azure offerings.

VMWare would also need to heavily publicize the significant advantages of their Linux/UNIX-like based Cloud solution in reliability, scalability, performance, Return-on-Investemt and particularly security of anything from Microsoft.

The company cannot otherwise compete with Microsoft with it's hundreds of gold partners, tech media shills and direct links/influence to corporate America they - VMware - do not have.

The last alternative plan would be to make all VMWare software Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) under license that dis-allows Microsoft from stealing any code without revealing all of their own code.

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WD silently murders Arkeia backupware

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Does there still exist "Free/open Source Software (FOSS) versions of Arkeia?

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The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

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Microsoft coulda, woulda, shoulda

Even after several years Microsoft supporters on this and other Redmond worshipping user forums still do not understand that their “anecdotal” experience, even if proven true does not translate into real world mobile and general technology use and preferences.

Approximately 6 months back IBM announced an $3 billion agreement with Apple to bring their tablets and smartphones into major enterprise as a result of several credible and indepth studies showing strong preferences for Apple products "if" configured more efficiently for corporate use and with superior security functionality, areas of IBM strength.

Therefore the "exclusivity" of better Office 2016 or even Office 365 working on Microsoft mobile products shows to offer no discernable benefit. Furthermore, most all the European Union 27 countries, China and other Asian nation business behemoths, as well as South American countries are moving steadily but surely to Android or similar Linux and 'true' Open Standards based mobile technologies has a significant part to play in governments, corporations and community choices for mobile solutions, now that much of the world is inter-connected and growing more-so.

Mr. Nadella is doing his best to salvage the serious negative effects in the short-sightedness of Steve Ballmer and upgrade the very old 20th century technologies underpining most of Microsoft software products. Whether he will succeed is another topic of tech guessing.

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Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

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Women in particular are proven better at science and technology than men.

These study results should not surise anyone, except commenter who ignorangly and sarcastically refers to Wimbleton player equal winnings as some sort of argument against the facts of the study.

A significant proportion of Americans are always attacking any credible study who shows continual crude and vile racial and gender bias, even in clear situations like those examined.

One can only hope that the propaganda mantras incessantly spewed on the world like USA being "Greatest Nation on Earth", and "Liberty and Justice for All" can finally b laid to rest as without any merit, and those noted real problems of society addressed in a sensible, determined and serious manner.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Meh

Can't be any worse than Windows team efforts until very recently.

It cannot be any worse that the blank heads "designing" , or in reality modifying Windows till now, since little improvement has been made since Dec VMS base was used for Windows NT.

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Phew! Brits escape Azure price hikes as rest of world bears the brunt

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Europeans and Aussies should drop Azure Cloud anyway

It would be idiotic for European and Australian Microsoft Azure customers to remain with the service if UK is getting a pass for price hikes, for no aparent good reason. In fact, it is idiotic for Cloud Computing Services users in these areas to subscribe to Azure in first place when "proven" far superior, significantly more reliable, secure and competitively priced alternatives are available in Open Stack based Cloud Services from European and Australian technology companies.

The Brits will most likely not escape Azure price hikes in near future, when the high costs of upgrading Azure by Microsoft to near standards and quality of Amazon AWS and Open Stack Cloud Computing Services will cause the company to raise the bar on customer ££ outlay.

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The Great Windows Server 2003 migration: Where do we go from here?

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Re: A very narrow, shallow and poor case for Windows retention

He has to be if dissing UNIX/BSD/Linux (NIX) solutions as a viable alternative for Windows 2003 migration "without" one shred of credible and fact based technical or case study references.

Companies such as IBM, Oracle, Cisco, Netflix, Disney Pictures, Boeing and RedHat - even NASA and most topt universities in USA and Internationally have documented many real world instances of such (Win - NIX) migrations for clients - large AND small with truly spectacular results, most particularly in sgnificantly increased reliability, security and unmatched Return on Investment (ROI).

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A very narrow, shallow and poor case for Windows retention

The article writer makes no case for remaining on Windows Server, except vague derogatory comments about Linux, BSD not being worth the effort.

Active Directory integration is a no-issue in 2015 for NIX (UNIX/BSD/Linux) servers and administration and the topic of Windows Server - ever Server 2012 R2 having a poor record of security and robust reliability as compared to NIX is never memtioned.

Furthermore advanced storage technologies like "containerization", very high level virtualization, Big Data analytics, dominant and “best of Breed Web development technologies and other required functions standard in NIX are completely absent from Microsoft products and services.

I therefore suspect article writer is either a Microsoft software partner, Microsoft solution provider or supporter with little or no professional/expert knowledge or experience on NIX, or lastly a possible paid propagandist for continued Microsoft adoption – in other words a pathetic shill.

Any truly technology solution professional/expert with credible experience in both NIX and Microsoft sfield would know immediately the path taken by most Cloud Services vendors, Financial Services, Banks and Stock Exchanges - USA and International, the vast majority of Networking/Web and Cloud vendors prefer and do adopt NIX solutions over Microsoft for good and successful reasons.

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Network Solutions' 30-day refund has a catch: It'll keep up to 30%

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Why did not the FCC force Network Solutions to "refund" excess partof refund fee.

Commercial enterprises in the USA - particularly, have no respect for honest business practices and only act legally when "nailed to the wall" with significant fines that are payable immediately, rather than when their objection court cases end in average 3 - 4 year period.

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Docker and chums unveil standards org for software containers

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inclusion of FreeBSd and Solaris containerization?

Will this standards organization include container technology standards from FreeBSD with it's "Jails" containerization technology and Solaris with it's "Containers" technology? Or is this Standards body restricted to Linux based containerization?

While many Linux, and especially Windows background technologists are ignorant or dismissive of non-Linux technologies, the FReeBSD Jails containerization in specific, is popular and widespread amoung the many major networking corporations - Fujitsu and Juniper Networks for example, as well as in numerous university and NGO institutions using *BSD based networking and containerization technology.

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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

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There should be no tears for Stephen Elop, since, as was poignantly predicted, he received gobs of money even while running Nokia into the ground so that Microsoft could purchase the company (the division that mattered) for a song.

One commenter indicating that Elop was a "good manager" is certainly brain dead, since under Elop's tenure, Nokia went from marginally profitable to a complete financial basket case. All the while Elop is laughing all the way from his Nokia destruction plan bank account, probably to some beach .

I sincerely hope that credible and innovative Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) commercial ventures avoids Elop like the plague, since he is sure to get paid tens, if not hundreds of $$millions again by Microsoft to ruin any FOSS company's prospects, for his former heroine's benefit

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Windows Server 2016 to inherit Azure's load balancer, data plane

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Maybe Microsoft could inherit some quality and reliability

Too bad Windows Server 2016 or any Server version could not inherit an enterprise grade file system, like ZFS or btrfs from Nix community, to provide Microsoft with more competitive and worthwhile products.

Not only is Hyper-V inferior to VMWare, but the Azure Cloud Computing services reliability is abysmal and lack any form of 'Docker' type containerization that is critical to modern Cloud Computing functions and efficiency.

Maybe Microsoft could "buy" the Free/Open Source Software ecosystem to get great quality technology. :(

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China's hackers stole files on 4 MEELLION US govt staff? Bu shi, says China

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One pertinent contributor to the weaknesses of UK government infrastructure has been it overarching reliance and fondness for technology almost exclusively from Microsoft - until very recently - which has never been an advanced or formidable networking or technology security expert company - by any means.

While it may be near impossible to "totally" secure any national government (or enterprise) IT infrastructure, placing all one's bets on crappy 20th century technology in year 2015 and beyong is ridiculous, and maybe now the UK government will come from under the skirt of US technology dependance.

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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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While I have very little or no experience of consequence in the graphics arts field, I appreciate the clarity and coherence of your article in describing the progress made with Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) applications like Inkscape and GIMP, particularly since I provide consulting services in FOSS technology and related business services to small business and organizations for over past 15 years, many times to those using graphics arts in their operations.

I am encouraged, and hope that more FOSS users participate in helping these graphics and other applications reach even higher level of and professionalism.

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Europe targeted as Alibaba's cloudy world domination plans take shape

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Chinese influence peferred to American? Wow

Technologists with European and Asian corporations have intimatd moves to Ali Baba and other non-USA Cloud Computing vendors primaril bcause of what these corporations consider draconian intrusion into their networks and business operations b US government NSA intrusions and spying.

Strange how many international corporations trust Chinese technolog firms, even those with possible ties to "Communist" Government more than American technology possible control.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

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Wht is rationale for article?

This should not be a story of any consequence, since (a) the product will not be released for some time, and there are similar products due to be released in late 2015/earl 2016. (b) Most - probably about 85% - of Linux use is in enterprise, government and Internet/Cloud Computing anf massive super computer infrastructure and there are other products being developed at this time that "do" dsupport Apple OS X and GNU/Linux.

Therefore what is the article purpose, except strong probability of article writer being a Microsoft dupe, eagerly putting forth Redmond propaganda?

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Azure gives AWS the blues again in Nasuni cloud storage poll

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Why is there an article on Microsoft as choice over Amazon based on one, repeat one (1) anecdotal reference?

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stupid defense

Let Amazon and Microsoft get a credible third party expert entity to "prove" the report is bogus.

Accepting such ridiculous assertion from them is like asking the ISIS jihadists if they kill innocent people.

Geez!

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Stupid article based on one Cloud customer storage preference

This is type story gives un-knowledgeable technology readers the whachy impression that :

(a) there are only 2 Cloud Computing vendors on earth - Amazon and Microsoft,

(b) that Microsoft is "very competitive" with Amazon in being number one or two huncho in Cloud Services.

(c) No other Cloud Computing Services exist to the same large, enterprise level for competition and consideration for enterprise storage as a vendor, particularly the "collective group" of IBM, Oracle, Cisco, HP, Dell and others offering a full and equal functional and professional range of services in OpenStack based Cloud Computing Services, and that occupy about 48% of the entire Cloud Computing Market, compared to approximately 28% for Amazon and 10% for Microsoft.''

Re: Synergy Research Group report in recent NY Time story here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/technology/amazon-reports-big-profits-in-its-cloud-computing-business.html?_r=1

Geez!

Many technology writers need an education in Math, realistic reporting that is not based on one anecdotal incident of technology business preference, and whether they maybe a Microsoft propaganda shill.

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There's a BIG problem with Microsoft's VDI rules

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another option

Uncomplicated, technically superior answer to mulitude of Citrix/Microsoft solutionsfor desktop access - use Linux or ChromeOS/Android based solution.

Licensing and Cost factors alone, apart for technolog edge mage these considerations better.

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Dell: Good servers and PCs, but for storage ... oh dear

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Dell dilemma - choice between Microsoft proprietary and true Open Standards

Dell has a good reputation for good value servers and reasonably priced and performance storage, but with EMC and others moving most if not eventually all of their storage solutions to Open Standards based " and "Software Defined Network"- like (non-proprietary) Open Daylight foundation and Free/Open Sourc Software (FOSS), it will become inceasinly difficult for Dell to make great sales and adoption progress due to their being bound at the hip to Microsoft and it's rigidly proprietary Server Operating Systems (OS), Storage and non-ISO Networking protocols.

This is especially poignant in era of Cloud Computing with FOSS Containerization and virtualization, and international governments, corporations and societies standarzing on non-proprietary technology solutions.

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South Korea to NUKE Microsoft ActiveX

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Korea without any vision

The South Koreans, like many other governments and much of USA was enamored with Microsoft and willing to pay any price for it's proprietary technology, which was better quality in the 1990s than that of competitors.

However when it became abundantly clear in all areas of expert technolog in twenty first century that the way forward was undoubtly with Open, Internet Standards and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) like GNU/Linux, BSD Networking Stack , platform agnostic browsers and all the other incredible technologies that were not only far superior in Quality/Reliability, Flexibility, Scalability and robust Security, but offered a better value/Return on Investment (ROI).

The only holdouts today are the Microsoft supporting die-hards and obedient minions like parts of India, and Korea with Active-X and Windows XP use to last minute. Fortunately for many other jurisdictions around the world that were not and are not Microsoft worshippers unable to wean themselves from the dazzle of Redmond, the moves to Open Internet Standards and FOSS have proven immeasurably beneficial in saving hundreds of millions, even billions of equivalent in dollars in best technologies adoption while also reaping stupendous benefits of incredibly higher quality technolog solutions.

Microsoft is not responsible, nor should they be for the blind willingly being led into a sink hole.

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NetSuite's leap over to Azure cloud - a shot to the pills for AWS?

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major risks for Netsuite?

Netsuite still exhibits the dysfunctional thinking that was present when the financial subscription service was owned by Oracle with Larry Ellison at the helm.

With other viable alternatives to Amazon AWS, Netsuite could have considered and chosen one of the far more robust, flexible and substantially more secure OpenStack based alternatives, from RackSpace for example, than Microsoft Azure, which makes many tchnologists wonder if this deal was the result of another "Microsoft will pay all costs" arranement that the company engaged in over the past several years, only to have paid for partner abandon Microsoft's services after disastrous experience, much like what happen in partnetship Microsoft had with the London Stock Exchange and credibly rumoured National Stock Exchange of India at Mumbai.

Projects financed by Microsoft at "their expense" prove that Free can be a disaster for the customer if world class, robust and secure technolog is not part of the equation.

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Lenovo system update flaws plugged, security world not impressed

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Lenovo non-business mentality

In light of Lenovo's recent purchase of IBM X86 "Server" business for sales and services to small business and organizations, and it's Superfish Desktop PC debacle, it is incredulous that Lenovo has also refused to sell and support their newly purchased server line with RedHat or any Enterprise Linux or BSD based infrastructure OS software that underpins the established, proven, more secure and stable server OS software demanded nationally and globally, in a genuine effort to gain back some sense of competence in and seriousness about business computing.

Professional technology associates have indicated learning that Lenovo is so beholden to Adware companies and Microdoft for Windows in lock-down long term contracts, that tthe company will unlikely be able to address the reliability, security and modern corporate technology requirements for Cloud Computing Services with Containeration and enterprise Mobile computing integration with Apple iOS, Android and to lesser degree Blackberry connction that is in high demand, for years to come.

Almost every "consumer grade and mentality" technology company has been unable to understand, much less adapt to modern business technology needs successfully. It appears Lenovo is following in the footsteps of Sony Corporation.

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

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A Microsoft follow-on that rates secondarily

The 'concept ' of a Windows 'nano-Server' for advanced Cloud Computing is solid, as already proven by slimmed down, single purpose CoreOS, RedHat Atomic Host and Ubuntu Snappy.

But there are at least 2 critical technical considerations that must be addressed - completely and truthfully by Microsoft, which determines whether Nano-Server is a dud or an alternative - although far inferior - choice against Linux and BSD UNIX-like Cloud Computing Server configurations.

One is the Windows ResFS file system that is woefully inadequate and weak in performance and scalability compared to ZFS and btrfs file systems in NIX (UNIX and/or Linux), and indispensible for high performance Cloud Computing according to several "real world" case studies and evaluations performed by entities like Oracle, IBM, NEC, HP, Boeing, Ericsson, AT&T and many others for large scale Cloud Computing environments.

The second concern relates to the exploding use and requirement for "Containerization" functionality, now deemed critical in all Cloud Computing technology, with popular and highly demanded Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) based Docker containerization in particular, developed with and for NIX environments that Microsoft is "bolting on" or "retro-fitting" to their Azure Cloud Computing solution with mixed results at best, since the licensing and copyright for Docker does not permit the type of "proprietary" integration with Windows that Microsoft would prefer.

While it is possible to run Linux and UNIX Docker containers "within" Azure Cloud services, this is calculated as a convoluted approach, much as it is building a brick house on a sand foundation. A powerful and robust Cloud Computing solution built on NIX with 'native" Docker, Rocket or BSD Jails Containers is technically superior and considerably more sensible that disjointed Microsoft offerings.

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

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Dubious (and unlikely) change of character

It would be ludicrous for any ernest professional developers  - not already loyal Microsofties - to take Microsoft seriously regarding "universality" of their new App development program when the company has always, repeat always had a "for Windows only" hard line, draconian policy for software development, and even punished any Windows developers defectors - attempting such platform agnostic development.

Now they "love" every App platform? Nonsense.   Not even desperation will persuade the company to think clearly and act sensibly. A snake will never become a vegetarian.

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

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Dubious and almost impossible change of character

It would be ludicrous for any ernest professional developers - not already loyal Microsofties - to take Microsoft seriously regarding "universality" of their new App development program when the company has always, repeat always had a "for Windows only" hard line, draconian policy for software development, and even punished any Windows developers defectors - attempting such platform agnostic development.

Now they "love" every App platform? Nonsense. Not even desperation will persuade the company to think clearly and act sensibly. A snake will never become a vegetarian and stop eating animals.

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ONE BEELLION Windows 10 devices?! OH REALLY

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Dubious (and impossible) change of character

It would be ludicrous for any ernest professional developers - not already loyal Microsofties - to take Microsoft seriously regarding "universality" of their new App development program when the company has always, repeat always had a "for Windows only" hard line, draconian policy for software development, and even punished any Windows developers defectors - attempting such platform agnostic development.

Now they "love" every App platform? Nonsense. Not even desperation will persuade the company to think clearly and act sensibly. A snake will never become a vegetarian and stop eating small animals.

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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

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Microsoft "proprietary" tools versus "Open" preferred tools

It appears the bull dung from Microsoft in it's propaganda campaign to appear "platform agnostic" knows no end, and even dupes many developers who have little expert kowledge of Microsoft software development products and services as compared to, for example, th very popular and preferred Eclipse, Python or Ruby Free/Open Source Softare (FOSS) development languages, that do not integrate well with a Microsoft Visual Studio .Net environment except via using a kludge fit from Active State Komodo, commissioned by Microsoft. The similar state exists for QT5, and ISO C++, not Microsoft's non-compliant language suite.

Since any of the above unemcumbered multi-platform tool sets cover development for Linux, UNIX, BSD UNIX-like, Android, iOS as well as Windows, who would any intelligent and experienced developer select tools meant to work only well on Windows?

The company's efforts at universality ultimately show as little more than usual Smoke 'n Mirrors gimmicks.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Upgrading Windows programming with NIX concepts

For more than a decade, most Microsoft Windows users who were totally ignorant about the power and productivity of the Command Line Interface (CLI) and BASH/other Shell scripting tools in *NIX Operating Systems (OS), condemned the non_Windows OS as "stone age" and unsophisticated, not knowing that a significant amount of administrative work and systems configurations were virtually impossible to perform "efficiently and quickly" via any Windows GUI, especially on Windows Servers, Networking operations and for many qpplications progrmming projects in PC desktop envionments.

Most of my Microsoft Windows severe critics from 8 - 10 years back are "now" mentally blank about their earlier views while they take to (painfully) learning and understanding the inevitably of Windows Powershell in modern technology.

My, how times have changed.

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Maybe money is not the cure for civilized education

The USA is getting some competition from an unlikely source -Spain, on the percentages of it's population that have whacky ideas such as in science - astromony and evolution, and in other areas.

Apparently the Spaniards spends proportionately less on public education than does USA, but gets no better results as far as educating it's citizens in areas of academia that are factual and proven. Or is that USA spends considerably more on education and it's citizes are just as ignorant as those in Spain.

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Nokia on phone return mutterings: They LIIED. We won't be BAAACK

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Maybe Nokia/Blackberry "enterprise" mobile solutions!

Considering the volatility of "consumer" based mobile electronics tmarketplace today, especially in regard constant demand for "Gee-Whiz" non-sensical features, overwhelming technical support and underappreciated infrastructure and low profit margins, it makes sense for Nokia to avoid any product or service designed for the "consumer" market all together.

The company maybe interested however in the corporate and government mobile electronics ecosystem requirements, since neither Apple, Android or Microsoft products - as primarily consumer products vendors - can fit the bill satisfactorily. Maybe Nokia can sell mobile technologies or enter into a cooperative arrangement with Blackberry to provide greatly superior (especially more secure) mobile products and services to this professional marketplace.

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