* Posts by W. Anderson

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Stupid project still propagandized

The fact that Tim Anderson would phrase SQLServer on Linux as ..."Some limitations but most things work" is poor recommendation for most all experienced Linux users who have for generations expected and received great performing SQL RDBMS that consistently outperformed Microsoft Windows and with SQLServer in every benchmark - Reliability, Scalability, Flexibility, Security, Return-on-Investment (ROI), and particularly "multi-platform" support - for Linux, UNIX, Mac OS X, BSD UNIX-like and even Windows.

Most senior technologists from several large technology firms, organizations and Database groups have commented to me that (paraphrasing) .."SQLServer on Linux is a complete waste of time since it does not compete well with stronger SQL databases, e.g. EnterpriseDB/PostgreSQL, and actually "does not run natively" under Linux for maximum configurability and performance.

How pathetic a situation is that for this "SQLServer on Linux" weird project, even for Microsoft Windows and applications users.

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Eugene Kaspersky is now personally defending your feet

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Kaspersky Mocking Windows protection

Nice socks gimmick by Eugene Kaspersky, "... who sadly wasn't present last night) said next year will feature lots of malware and business will be good."

He was not referring to Apple MacOS, Linux, ChromeOS, but Microsoft which every day seems to entangle their software into more and more malware, and is a total morass.

Good that at least Kaspersky, Sophos, Symantec and others can still enjoy significant income - from Microsoft software disaster, even though "PC" tales are tanking each and every year.

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Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

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Stupidity of Lenovo for *NIX consideration

Even after all the previous recent software disasters and now this from Microsoft server software, Lenovo remains abnormally committed to Microsoft - to the extreme degree of dissing configuration requests for Redhat or SuSE Enterprise Linux on their servers and being embroiled in dispute over Linux install on their Yoga tablet.

Any person, business, organization or government interested in deploying the far superior Linux or BSD UNIX-Like operating systems (OS) for their reliability, performance or security needs should never consider Lenovo, unless they too, are like Lenovo have Redmonds finger up their anus.

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Microsoft update servers left all Azure RHEL instances hackable

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Mirosoft shenanigans again

Microsoft supporters need to take note - seriously, that the vulnerabilities referenced are for Redhat Enterprise Servers running "under" Microsoft Azure Cloud Services, which do not exist in Amazon AWS or OpenStack Cloud Computing Services from Redhat. Oracle, AT&T, Cisco, Intel, IBM, Ericsson, Citrix, Fujitsu, HPE, NEC or any of the other one hundred plus largest Cloud computing services based on Redhat Linux.

There is no level of stupidity to which Microsoft clowns will not sink in attempting to make case for Microsoft, when even Microsoft has concluded and admitted "publicly" it's strong, albeit almost total dependence on Linux and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) for all it's networking infrastructure.

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

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Windows DB a waste of time on Linux

These actions from Microsoft - in porting, or rather running virtualized Windows based SQL Server on Linux do not answer some fundamental questions.

What are the Performance,Reliability, Scalability, Flexibility and especially Security functionality differences between running SQLServer on Linux versus running enterprise PostGreSQL as EnterpriseDB, OracleDB or IBM Enterprise Informix?

While these competitors all excel over SQLServer in categories mentioned above, only PostgreSQL/EnterpriseDB offers a significantly better Return on Investment (ROI) over SQLServer, both initially and in long term cost and support service outlays.

Besides which, all SQLServer competitors run on many more Operating Sytems and hardware platforms, including Linux and Windows than SQLServer ever will.

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Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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Re: You're seeing conspiracies where they don't exist

It appears that BinkyTheMagicPaperclip does not understand the English language, particularly in regard my comment.

IBM sold" many thousands" of their X86 servers with Redhat Enterprise Linux pre-installed, and that particular Server line had been "certified" for Linux support if purchaser wished ti deploy their own Linux via subscription, e.g. for SuSE Linux enterprise.

There are many large enterprises, and small ones that run "banks" of X86 servers - for Website hosting, Large database farms and for several other functions. Lenovo are in conspiracy with Microsoft to prevent this type deployment/purchase, since large sales volumes/$$$dollars are involved, which nullifies the excuse.

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Lenovo Redmond lapdog

Even 12 months ago several former IBM systems Integrators has issues with Lenovo on the x86 Server business they bought from Big Blue.

Every request for Redhat Enterprise Linux pre-install - a popular and almost standard fare for IBM, was turned down, with Lenovo even disavowing whether RH Linux was tested satisfactorily nor was certified on newly acquired X86 Server line.

How lame and Microsoft slavish is that?

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Facebook ads in race claim

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American idiocy on race

It has been shown - unequivocally - in several very credible, USA/International studies that the USA has progressed significantly less in racial "equality", not tolerance, than either Germany after Nazism or South Africa after Apartheid.

Before the loonies descend on the post, none of these studies, by US Universities, WHO, Social research institutions said that Germany, South Africa or any other country had racial nirvana, only that they had made more progress toward racial equality ideal.

The USA however, in on another planet - denial of facts, reality and a nut-case Presidential candidate.

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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

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What about Powr architecture

It would have been very interesting and informative to hear Linus Torvald's opinion about the IBM Powr CPU based architecture, especially because IBM has invested tens of hundreds of millions $$dollars in optimizing Linux for that architecture, which has been "openly" license to any organization/corporations and or governments - now dozens - without previous licensing/royalty restrictions.

Maybe Torvalds has very little direct hands-on experience with the Linux/Powr architecture, and therefore feels left out.

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

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Lenovo division of Microsoft

Lenovo have even proven deceitful in sales persons attitude and statements to me recently in regard installing 'Redhat Enterprise Linux' on one of their Servers, for which the Free/Open Source Software (OS) was readily available on same servers under IBM Server.

When I challenged this position through an IBM Partner/System Integrator, the company indicated allowing Linux install, but could not provide any credible Website link at that time, to confirm such OS support. Fellow small business consultants have indicated Lenovo being hostile and uncooperative to any Linux support on Lenovo/IBM x86 servers.

Ever since Lenovo acquired both the PC business and then X86 Server business from IBM, who always allowed and even supported Linux installs on their ThinkPad Notebooks, desktops and Servers, Lenovo has been accused by numerous long time systems Integrators of having Microsoft's finger up their rear end, which is why the company has been so acquiescent to Redmond.

When the Chinese government "mandated" Linux for all government computer systems procurement going forward in near future, Levono strongly protested and fought this decision in favour of and backed by Microsoft.

Levovo is nothing more than a crass Microsoft lackey.

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Microsoft's Service Fabric for Linux hits public preview

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Upside Down solution

Any knowledgeable business owner, meaning not those who know and accept only Microsoft speak or lame solutions, would be insane to chose Microsoft for hosting Linux based Cloud Services with Linux applications under Microsoft Azure Cloud services.

It has been reported dozens of times by eminent Linux and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) core developers and organizations that pure Linux/FOSS platforms supporting Windows client services performs significantly faster, more reliably and more securely than the lame concept of running Linux Operating System (OS) base and applications as guests on wobbly Microsoft foundation.

Dozens of credible, (reasonably) objective real world case studies and live projects in USA and several European and Asian nations clearly corroborate such findings.

There are however, probably many Microsoft loyal customers, who are disgruntled with their heroine's technology and are aware of benefits in FOSS, but are at least somewhat pacified by Microsoft second tier offerings.

The world is awash, mostly in USA, with Microsoft Stockholm Syndrome.

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Rackspace finds its $4.3bn sugar daddy

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Trojan Horse move?

Rumour - from fairly credible sources - has it that Apollo Global Resources has been funded by Microsoft to purchase Rackspace so that the resulting private firm can then be easily acquired by Redmond facility itself.

Would this deal then be a hoot and coup for Microsoft, converting and then incorporating all of Openstack into Azure, for Microsoft to better Amazon AWS.

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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

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Linux control to proprietary entities, particularly Microsoft

For those that do not attend katest LinuxCon and do not "know" the intimate history of Jim Zemlin and the Linux Foundation, little by little, even in Zemlin's comments at most recent event he is trying to wrest Linux copyright authority from all the Linux and GNU copyright stakeholders to hand on a plate to top technology firms, particularly Microsoft.

It has been reported on more than one occasion that several of largest proprietary companies "code contributors" to Linux want Linus Torvalds out of the way in regard control of kernel development, so that Linux foundation initially and then these commercial entities will ultimately gain ful control, especially as said before Microsoft that Zemlin basically worships.

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Windows Phone dives into irrelevant-like-BlackBerry territory

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Re: The quietOne

The statement that " .... MS JUST need to make the OS more reliable. " is stupid on it's face, because even if Microsoft improved Mobile 10 OS reliability 200%, the needle on the company's 0.6% USA and globql morketshare is unlikely to make any difference what-so-ever given Apple iOS and Android approximate combined 97% marketshare dominance.

The levels of denial of fact, mental dysfunction and oblivion of though amoung Microsoft faithful seem to know no bounds.

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GOP senators push FCC to kill support for local broadband

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The sickness of political puppets

The many tens of millions of American citizens who are ambivalent and ignorant about this ongoing fight by the large telecoms/Internet backbone carriers to have free rein over charging what "they" decide for Internet access and transmission services will rue the day they do not strongly and vocally, and legislatively support the current FCC ruling - ad infinitum - limiting the excessive greed demonstrated by these crass organizations.

Every other developed nation (and some less developed), repeat every one knows the critical importance of equal, fair and freedom of access to the Internet, in that these countries have permanently mandated by law such freedoms.

Not so in the USA, where every aspect of life is left to commercial , capitalistic decisions and gains. it is most likely that the money grubbers will prevail, probably sooner rather than later, particularly with the backing of dozens or even hundreds of Congressional politicians in their pockets.

At that point, the whole country's educational system loses, other than filthy rich institutions, along with populace and every community organization as well as all small business.

So much for the "greatest" political mantra being spouted incessantly at each recent US Presidential party convention. A sad and nauseating reality.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Telcos try to kill net neutrality

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quite ominous results eventually

The many tens of millions of American citizens who are ambivalent and ignorant about this ongoing fight by the large telecoms/Internet backbone carriers to have free rein over charging what "they" decide for Internet access and transmissions will rue the day they do not strongly and vocally, and legislatively support the current FCC ruling limiting the excessive greed demonstrated by these crass organixations.

Every other developed nation (and some less developed), repeat every one knows the critical importance of equal, fair and freedom of access to the Internet, in that these countries have mandated by law such freedoms.

Not so in the USA, where every aspect of life is left to commercial , capitalistic decisions and gains. it is most likely that the money grubbers will prevail, probably sooner rather than later, particularly with the backing of dozens or even hundreds of Congressional politicians in their pockets.

At that point, the whole country educational system loses, other than filthy rich institutions, along with populace and every community organization as well as small business.

So much for the "greatest" political mantra being spouted incessantly at each recent US Presidential party convention.

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Ditch your Macs, Dell tells EMC staff

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Dell's Microsoft dilemma

No matter the power of Dells being offered to EMC staff, these alternative computing devices cannot honestly be considered as " nice replacement kit" when they still run Microsoft Windows operating System (OS) software, which is probably the reason these EMC folk chose Apple in first place.

The fact that Dell has placed it's complete being and soul in the hands of Microsoft, for Server OS, Mobile (Wow!) and most likely storage software shows that they have no regard for the most advanced, efficient/high performance , reliable and secure EMC solutions based on Linux, and for Apple iOS/Android Mobile platforms.

Denial is not a river in Egypt, it is the disconnect from reality being exhibited by Dell in their servile relations with Redmond.

Sad and sic.

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Systemax flogs German sub to CANCOM

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Assinine business plan for many years

For many years I was a regular Mail-order customer of Systemex's retail unit - Tigerdirect, for various hardware but discontinued using the company as a viable source, particularly Servers and networking equipment due to their rabbit faith of only supporting and selling Microsoft Windows and networking. when the world was moving to more mobile (Apple iOS and Android) and Linux for advanced servers and networking.

If Microsoft was financially supporting the depressed PC marketplace at Tigerdirect/Systemex (proven in many FTC reports) , then the company was negligent, in not adopting popular mobile technology mentioned above - representing about 95% of all mobile, and/or not contracting "perpetual" support from Microsoft - even to the death of PC generation.

Entities that enter into these convoluted marriages with Microsoft never learn, even after losing their shirt, pants and shoes, while Microsoft pushes on.

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We ain't in 1996 anymore, Dorothy: SQL Server 2016 proves it

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Microsoft cheap propanda article

This article possesses no technical information or detail as to how "new" SQLServer offers superior or even equivalent functionality including for Cloud Computing, compared to prominent databases of Oracle, Google Cloud/SpammerDB, MariaDB, latest PostgreSQL/EnterpriseDB or even advanced NoSQL object/cum relational databases and others.

Is this reason Microsoft is partially porting SQLServer to Linux. so that the "close integration" of Redhat Enterprise Linux and FreeBSD, into Azure Cloud Computing Services - official and public announcements, so that SQLServer will offer at least some measure of viable SQL database choice?

To-date SQLServer does not process the massive amounts of "spatial data" - as in NASA/weather forecasting , a standard capability of PostgreSQL/EnterpriseDB.

It is also noted that no author was indicated for the aticle. A sick and crass propaganda move.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Stupid thinking similar to Donald Drump

This idea from MP Adrea Leadsom can be rightly categorized s completely daft.

First of all, how are tens of millions of Websites on thousands of topics/genres, new, changed and/or updated daily going to be monitored and rated.

Furthermore the British Film Board, nor any other entity in the UK (or elsewhere) has the know-how or expertise to rate Websites for example - on climate change, Astronomy (NASA), technology in it's myriad categories, Sports related Websites, healthcare websites, and so on.

It looks like the Uk is getting politicians just as balmy as US Donald Trump.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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perpetual catch for Apple

It is a matter of record that Apple attempted to 'license' the ZFS File System from Oracle Corp., but could not legally meet the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) licensing terms and conditions.

Any bets that the new APFS File System will (try) cloning many of the features and functionality of ZFS, btrfs and maybe venerable XFS File Systems that are compulsory for supporting fast Internet traffic, security checking, advanced encryption, live snapshots, etc., but without functionality for massive data centre support, Cloud Computing, Docker and Jails type Containerization/virtualization and other traits of enterprise and high end scientifc computing for which Apple has absolutely no interest or competence.

Maybe Apple should license their new File System to Microsoft which cannot seem to create a viable File system to save it's life. They too, are attempting, with very limited good results to emulate advanced File System noted above, which is possibly reason Microsoft integrated Linux and FreeBSS into their Cloud Computing and other technologies, maybe for access to the superior File Systems.

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Oh, Red Hat. Contain yourself and your 'new innovations' talk

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Once it was Microsoft "only" announcements and propaganda

Is Chris Mellor that concerned because all this innovation and advanced technology announcements, particularly regarding Cloud Computing is from Redhat and not Microsoft, the darling and heroine of many The Register pundits.

What is so ironic is that a significant amount of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), including RedHat Enterprise, Ubuntu and Debian Linux, as well as FreeBSD, Apache Hadoop, Spark and other indispensable FOSS is now being closely integrated into most Microsoft technologies, especially Cloud Computing services.

It was only a short time ago that Steve Ballmer and Bil Gates declared that Linux was Communist, a cancer, that the GPL- under which Linux is licensed is stupid, and that most other innovative FOSS software was crap and could never compete with Windows and rest of Microsoft's portfolio, that the company now "dubiously" embraces.

A sea change in technology progress.

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Dell close to selling software division for $2bn – reports

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Dell's confused state of mind

Dell's success is due almost entirely to their Desktop and laptop sales with Microsoft Window. They also experienced a blip with small server sales with Windows, but now that these 2 categories are on down swing. along with that of Lenovo for same reasons, which all other periphery business cannot make up for in such negative trends.

Two possible reasons can be pointed to as reasons for this dilemma. Dell was never a networking or enterprise service company at heart, and recent. rapid global technology moves to Mobile computing – where Dell is non-existent - and Cloud Domputing/Docker virtualization/containerization amoung other related developments has caught the company out completely, with outdated networking architectures (no software Defined Networking) and partnering with Microsoft exclusively for Cloud Computing/virtualization when Amazon AWS and Openstack based products were eating Microsoft's lunch.

The other significant reason is technology industry, enterprise and governments adoption of Linux for all infrastructure requirements against the Windows preferred and pushed from Dell.

A recent very credible study of technology needs going forward showed that 85% of the Fortune 1000 corporations, US government departments and especially international governments declared their intent of making Linux and other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) the foundation of their technology use.

Dell and Quest software division has very little experience and no expertise in non-Microsoft technologies, and SonicWall was initially a Linux structured product, so it makes perfect sense for the company to ditch these technologies.

The really difficult choice comes however, when Dell's Microsoft obligations and commitments, not to mention their inseparable bonding, come in direct conflict to strongly competitive solutions from EMC and especially VMWare that Microsoft has been furiously attempting to destroy for several years.

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Confirmed: Dell software sell-off

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Dell- caught between Microsoft rock and tech reality hard place

Dell's success is due almost entirely to their Desktop and laptop sales with Microsoft Window. They also experienced a blip with small server sales with Windows, but now that these 2 categories are on down swing. along with that of Lenovo for same reasons, which all other periphery business cannot make up for in such negative trends.

Two possible reasons can be pointed to as reasons for this dilemma. Dell was never a networking or enterprise service company at heart, and recent. rapid global technology moves to Mobile computing – where Dell is non-existent - and Cloud Domputing/Docker virtualization/containerization amoung other related developments has caught the company out completely, with outdated networking architectures (no software Defined Networking) and partnering with Microsoft exclusively for Cloud Computing/virtualization when Amazon AWS and Openstack based products were eating Microsoft's lunch.

The other significant reason is technology industry, enterprise and governments adoption of Linux for all infrastructure requirements against the Windows preferred and pushed from Dell.

A recent very credible study of technology needs going forward showed that 85% of the Fortune 1000 corporations, US government departments and especially international governments declared their intent of making Linux and other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) the foundation of their technology use.

Dell and Quest software division has very little experience and no expertise in non-Microsoft technologies, and SonicWall was initially a Linux structured product, so it makes perfect sense for the company to ditch these technologies.

The really difficult choice comes however, when Dell's Microsoft obligations and commitments, not to mention their inseparable bonding, come in direct conflict to strongly competitive solutions from EMC and especially VMWare that Microsoft has been furiously attempting to destroy for several years.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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encryption technologies now moreinternally developed

There are many aspects of John Brennan's testimony, and the technical background to encryption that need to clarified in more detail to know the veracity of his claims, since I am aware of world class encryption technology not developed in USA or owned/controlled by US entity, and there are dominant Operating Systems (OS) and Networking software - not from Microsoft or US companies that included capability for extremely strong encryption for data transmission and storage.

Unfortunately in 2016, the technology environment for security, especially regarding encryption has substantially more internationally development and innovation base, so there very little "fact" than can be attributed to Mr. Brennan's wishful thinking.

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Cisco is to spend $10m on infosec scholarships to 'widen talent pool'

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basic technology education needs substantial improvement first

A recent critical report from the (USA/International) Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) found that computer science education and training in USA are sub-standard in quality curriculum and results for preparing those targeting careers in technology field.

These 10,000 scholarships offered by Cisco for Cyber Security training would therefore have to be set on foundation that is significantly more substantive in curriculum content and testing results that meet the expectation and requirement the technology industry indicates as mandatory.

There should not be a world of difference in quality of technology education between that which is offered by MIT, Stanford and UCB - as only 3 examples, and popular but weak training programs provided by hundreds if not thousands of Community and 4 year colleges, as well as prohibitively expensive technology training institutes proliferating the national landscape.

The USA is already falling behind. Poor quality education does not help.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Products and services moved to Microsoft preferred use again

In the same way that Microsoft screwed effective use of Skype and Hotmail by Linux users, offering sub-par and/or broken products as compared to services for Windows users, one can expect that any Linked-In user - in Linux/FreeBSD only end-user and Server environments like myself wil be eventually, if not almost immediately blocked out.

Are there any other professional contact/collaboration organizations out there where subscribers are not jerked around by large corporate marketing interest only?

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Re: Microsost Azure cloud services now more UNIX/Linux (*NIX) than Windows.

ZFS and btrfs file systems for FreeBSD and linux respectively - world better in performance, reliability than Microsoft ResFS file system. Docker "only came to Windows" as native technology in last 10 months, and docker developers themselves state that containerization works significantly better on Linux base than Windows base. Cloud and networking Administration tools for UNIX/Linux do not work well or at all under Microsoft;s tools or Active directory and specific docker container admin tools.

Check CoreOS business , a major core contributor to Docker for details on how lame Docker is on Windows, or check information sources from Cisco.

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Re: Microsost Azure cloud services now more UNIX/Linux (*NIX) than Windows.

Commenter "azaks" is totally ignorant about many of the technical configurations and uses of non-Microsoft Os inside Azure.

Active Directory, Docker and the NIX Virtualization generally work poorly as a subsystem under Azure, and many other critical NIX Cloud administration functionality does not work at all under Azure.

If a corporation, government agency or other entity wishes to run FreeBSD based work loads in a Cloud environment, those not Microsoft contract obligated will chose more "reliable", "significantly more secure" and better priced Cloud solutions on Redhat similar robust Openstack based cloud computing services than on Azure, especially for advanced File management and Docker containerization, only 2 examples of required technologies not available from Microsoft.

Who wants a convoluted Microsoft spaghetti meshup solution for Cloud other than clients with Microsoft hands on purse strings..

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FreeBSD is same, no matter how uSed, except in Microsoft FreeBSD which should not be allowed to be called FreeBSD or any other Open Sourced licensed operating system (OS).

Microsoft is mess, except to all blind, deaf, dump (unfortunately not mute) and stupid loyalists.

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The FreeBSD networking stack has been the 'default' infrastructure networking for Microsoft for many years. Think about it, while SMB is Windows only, TCP/IP, NFS, and other networking protocols and technologies are "Internet" (built on UNIX) technologies which rule the world.

Many Microsoft supporters in USA and elsewhere 'refused' to accept this fact - even as confirmed by Microsoft itself, and only accept pure Microsoft only innovative (yuk) and developed technology, even as such MS technology is broken and/or does not work at all.

Such is the mentality of Microsoft dupes, gladly eating pure MS crap.

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Re: MS Linux?

Commenter "mark M" unfortunately represents the many dozens or even hundreds of severely ignorant comments on TheRegister and other tech forum about Linux, FreeBSD and other Free/open Source Software (FOSS) over past several years.

Most of these false and illogical comments come from Microsoft shills and dupes who accept any position and - genuine MS only - product out of Redmond, no matter how unreliable, insecure and and convoluted the result.

The USA and international catastrophe of Microsoft offerings have cost the global economies Trillions of $dollars of losses. None of the Microsoft supporting idiots consider this "fact" at all.

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Microsost Azure cloud services now more UNIX/Linux (*NIX) than Windows.

If Microsoft Windows is so 'wonderful' or even very good, as incessantly claimed over years by Microsoft dupes, why has the company developed, first it's own "GNU/Linux as previously officially reported and now FreeBSD - to run inside Microsoft Azure Cloud no less, as a UNIX-like 'on top of' Windows to support who??

Furthermore the BSD license copyright of FreeBSD would allow Microsoft to fully use and deploy FreeBSD _/"without"/_ having to "_/fork" /_the operating system (OS) at all. Sick approach!

There are not millions of FreeBSD server workloads that "need" support under Azure, since this and Linux/Azure combinations are overly complex and error prone solutions to problems for which there are significantly better solutions - NIX only - than do not include Windows and Azure at all.

This convoluted technology approach makes no sense, especially as publicly expressed by highest regarded technology experts in many of largest technology entities - corporations, academia and research institutions in USA and Internationally.

Most knowledgeable (meaning not limited to Microsoft only) expert technologists will probably puke on hearing the usual diarrhea of the mouth from Redmond slavish minions.

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Latest Windows 10 build loves up cloud, banishes 'strange grey bar'

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Why not pick Docker on UNIX/Linux base to begin with?

Since Docker Containerization has become almost indespensible in the Cloud Computing arena, Why would any knowledgeable Cloud purchaser go with Microsoft when most all of the Docker development community indicate significant performance and reliability advantages of Docker under Linux and UNIX-like operating systems" (OS) clouds than on Hyper-V, or Azure.

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Gates to let someone smarter on these issues handle his philanthropy

There are so many aspects of this story which begs further questions. Like where are the African farmers going to get money for chicken feed? If cor, then Gates should provide corn crops to each farmer. And if crops are provided, where are the farmers going to get water for irrigating corn or any other crop.

Will these chicken retain levels of health under stewartship of saif farmers, in order to sell at good price or to eat?

I sometime think Bill Gates should go back to technology and give authority of his philanthropy to his wife or someone else.

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: VR

The description of need for VR on this and other forums as expressed by many windows 10 supporters as erectile dysfunction compensation is apropos.

It certainly could be used in many other cases of Windows losing it's virility.

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'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body

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unfortunate but real legacy of race oppression

It is to be expected that any societies born of racial oppression and separation, no matter how much it might fight to leave it's past behind, cannot escape the dark side of the human character, and race/ethnicity will continue to play a significant part in the painful struggle at least for the next 2 - 3 hundreds years, if not longer or at all.

Even the ever 'claiming' greatness and equality of the United States seem to be imploding under the weight of 250 plus years of the heinous soul of racial superiority.

The histories and consequences of imperialism and Apartheid cast long shadows.

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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Swiss cheese of Operating System software

Just today, ZDNet had an article directly comparing Mac OS X with Windows 10. Unfortunately the article authors chose to focus on superfluous criteria such as "popularity" of OS, "installed base" - by numbers and very innocuous concepts of ease of use and preference, purely personal choice criteria.

Instead the facts of this TheRegister article should have been an important consideration, along with elements of Reliability, Flexibility/Scalability, Return-on-Investment (ROI), performance and critically Very Good Security - the topic of this article.

A few years back IBM did a detailed study on the total costs - initially and long term (1 year) of a name brand Windows PC costing $500.00 from Retailer. At end of the year, the overall costs rose to more than $1400.00 given the costs of Operating System (OS) regular as well as malware removal/re-install of OS and applications, and the value of "lost productivity" of not having designated user doing meaningful work, other than challenging Tech Support/Help Desk almost every day.

The details of this article should once-and-for-all put to rest the argument and noise from Microsoft shills that their beloved OS in the great performer or has value always claimed.

I personally prefer an established GNU/Linux distribution that has not only proven unequivocally more reliable, powerful especially more secure than any iteration of Windows -, but has been/is being adopted in moat European Union countries, the US Pentagon, many US and International technology Universities, NASA and EU space Agencies, The US department of Energy research laboratories (11 in all) and dozens more governments, national education systems, technology organizations, the USA and international financial/Banking sectors, and more.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Senseless remininscing

i don't understand the purpose of such a long excruciating article on what might have been with Microsoft Mobile effort. All the marketing and hype at the time surely was enough to wear our ear out for next decade on the topic. Reliving this development is just as senseless as American reminiscing about the country "may have won" the Vietnam war.

It is also notable that the Microsofties on theRegister relentlessly state their believed importance to Windows smartphone, as an alternative to the Apple iOS and Android duopoly that they feel is bad for consumers. Where were these idiots when Microsoft was the only game in town for PC operating Systems (OS) as Apple Mac OS X and other viable alternatives were ridiculed as "unnecessary".

Microsoft Mobile is effectively dead. Please bury the blasted phone line for the sake and sanity of all.

This is May, 2016, time to move on.

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Lenovo: Markets for our products 'will remain challenging'

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Lenovo lost in history of PC domination

Similar news of severe downturn in PC sales have been reported recently by HP, Dell and others, yet fervent Microsoft supporters on TheRegister never seem to accept the reality of this major shift, and continue to express, even more forcefully and vocally the idea that Microsoft PC business will return to it's former glory and even notion that Windows smartphone and general Mobile sales will eventually dominate, coming from approximately 4% overall compared to about 93% for Apple and Android mobile sales, and still growing rapidly, especially on international stage.

Lenovo's X86 server sales have stalled somewhat, since the massive sales growth in that sector is taken by Chinese white box manufacturers with hundreds of thousands of bare bones units shipped regularly to Google, Amazon, Facebook and other behemoths, who use their own Linux Operating System (OS) software distributions, leaving US hardware and Microsoft out in the cold.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: anecdotal stories of personal Lumina smartphones is not the critical topic

The reason you "claim" for Microsoft being a no-show in IoT spectrum are of no consequence if the company is/has lost out almost compltely, which very negatively affect it's potential for viability in future.

Results, and the effects of better (significantly more adopted) technology are only elements for reality in technology business in 2016 and beyond, no excuses.

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anecdotal stories of personal Lumina smartphones is not the critical topic

With this catastrophic loss and downgrade of Microsoft's Mobile business, it is astounding that the Microsoft dupes on this The Register thread chose instead to lament their beloved Lumina smartphone upgrade woes - ad nauseam, and not discuss the implication for Microsoft of a future where Apple iOS and Android control most if not all of the Mobile spectrum, including "enterprise and Government" mobile needs, Media, education and the exploding Internet of Things (IoT) with every appliance, automobile and home devic eis linked to Mobile Internet.

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Citrix dodges death, returns with bigger XenServer and NetScaler

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Citrix and Microsoft struggling together

By Citrix typing their carriage to a slowly mobile and slightly lame Microsoft horse, they risk becoming stagnant as the Enterprise and data centre spheres of technology move rapidly into the Linux based Cloud and Big Data areas.

Just very recently it was credibly reported that Microsoft's Azure Cloud and Office 365 business had slowed significantl, with Amazon and OpenStack based Cloud Computing Services overwhelming adoption, as well as in Internet/Website deployments and large Data Centers.

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

W. Anderson

Re: They are not comparable. Say Whaaat!

The fact that the whole article and results posted by Garnter, also corroborated by several other credible Market Research Firms like Forrester, etc, cover the "SMARTPHONE" operating systems - Windows Mobile and Android, then commenter " naive" is just as idiotic as jb99 in their attempted rebuttal to the article facts.

Furthermore, there are reportedly more than 850,000 Apps for Android, most of which will be available soon for ChromeBooks and other Linux-based computing devices in very near future - source Google - , as "native" Apps/Applications, not Web only, such as Microsoft Office/ Office365 and hundreds of others for productivity and business.

Why are so many Windows slavish people on The Register forums that have no mental connection to reality or facts? While they may elicit some sympathy from the general Windows using public, they really need to seek counselling to get a new life in reality.

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Re: They are not comparable? Say Whaat!

Since the article is exclusively about "smartphones" and since there is a Windows smartphone Operating System (OS) that serves the same function as Android for smartphones, then jb99 is either a complete ignoramus or a completely idiotic Windows shill or both.

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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

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Virtualized or Containrized software solution alternatives?

A lot of this "customizable" server acquisition is already available in a different but more flexible and less convoluted form - Servers with Docker or BSD "applications specific" Containers, for which separate memory , storage capacity, even ip addresses and networking configurations can be allocated. Even the networking component is now custom configurable in form of Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Since several applications and vertical software vendors provide these " containerized" solution, it is difficulty to see the needs for a hardware only approach.

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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

W. Anderson

The topic is dramatic PC sales declines

It is noticeable that all the comments by PC Gamer systems DIY-ers, nor wishes that Gartner should die, has no relevance what-so-ever to the "fact" that PC sales have experienced dramatic loses for over 5 years now, and Gartner is only one of several Tech research firms to report " the exact same" results.

All the gaming PC building in the world will not reverse such substantive PC sales declines, and trashing Gartner - and therefore all those credible firms/organizations with same report - is infantile, and shows that Windows anal supporters just don't deal with reality.

Get a new life!

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Whatever the reason, PC sales are declining rapidly

Even as Doctor Syntax states - "the PCs they have are still working and fit for purpose " - which is true to a point, does not explain clearly the precipitous drop in PC shipments each year over the past 5 years, in regards concrete and fact-based reason(s).

Unfortunately this news, while not being new, is very depressing to many Microsoft loyalists, who continually rant on TheRegister and other USA tech media that the venerable PC market, aka Windows PC market, will return to it's former glory, even if only in their own minds.

Recently Dell reported substantial drop and loses in PC sales, and HP has effectively transitioned to "enterprise and corporate" data centre focus. The only profitable PC vendor, which also has fading Windows PC sales, is Lenovo with good sales in China, a country that had mandated future computing platforms for all government, education and banking/related financial institutes be based on GNU/Linux Operating System (OS), which does not help Microsoft at all.

The most powerful Super Computer on earth, for third straight year is not a IBM or Cray product out of USA, but a Chinese built Linux based computer, and the Chinese have thus proven and been adequately convinced that Windows based technology - even in PCs - is a trend of the past.

The arc of the technological universe has swung away from tech behemoths of old, to new gladiators using mostly Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) based technology and innovation absent from PC vendors.

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Dell opens Oracle exit route for SAP data shops

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PostgreSQL noted as vial alternative for Oracle

In a recent article on TheRegister about Microsoft promoting it's SQLServer database as a replacement for Oracle solutions, I mentioned that PostgreSQL, via commercial EnterpriseDB might be a better alternative because PostgreSQL has proven unequivocally to be as powerful, reliable and secure for s Oracle implementations, even more so than for SQLServer, the PL/SQL language has strong synergy and similarities to to Oracle SQL syntax , and EnterpriseDB had developed an efficient,very cost effective and comprehensive 'migration toolset' that significantly reduced the pain and process of porting, as compared to the extremely lengthy, costly and difficult migration of moving to SQLServer.

Several Microsoft loyalists on the forum immediately went beserk, denouncing PostgreSQL as toy database (with no supportable, factual evidence) simply because the application is Free/Open Source (FOSS), but now Dell is providing full support to PostgreSQL as Oracle alternative as evidence of such value.

So much for the ideological idiocy of Microsoft supporters.

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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Science fiction story of Microsoft Mobile dominance

The "impression" from Andrew Orlowski in this article is that if Intel had not dropped it's mobile Atom Chip project, then Microsoft was on a path to significantly expand it's Windows mobile base in competition to that from ARM.

Since ARM based mobile computing, involving Apple, Samsung and all the other hardware and software OEMs account for approximately 96% versus about 2% (and declining) for Microsoft in the entire Mobile market, just how would Microsoft mobile with "continued" Intel Atom chip base ever gain any traction beyond a very small niche market?

I am aware of the many efforts of Microsoft, as an extremely wealthy corporation pouring good money after bad projects in the past, but such improbable rise from the ashes in mobile competitiveness is delusional thinking on any level.

Microsoft's "Mobile First and Cloud First" mantra is faltering badly, being overwhelmed by Linux and other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies, on any CPU Chip base, with the company having no alternative approach except embedding Linux, Hadoop, Docker Containers and other premier FOSS into their solutions, creating a Frankenstein hybrid solution with no advantage what-so-ever.

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