* Posts by W. Anderson

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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

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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

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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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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

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de Icaza is unfortunately just a delusional Microsoft dupe

If Microsoft is a "different" company as stated by Miguel de Icaza - although the word different can have a thousand meanings, why then has not Microsoft withdrawn it spurious litigation threats against Linux for software Patent infringement, when the company has continuously refused to specify to the Free Software Foundation (fsf.org) and other institutions responsible for various Copyrights controlling Linux and GNU just exactly where the infringements lay??

Nationally and Internationally renowned entities like the Software Freedom Law Centre in USA and similar affiliated organizations on other continents have carefully analysed GNU/Linux code base and repeatedly found no infringements of Microsoft patents and copyrights what-so-ever, so de Icaza is just blowing smoke out of his anus, as usual.

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A potentially great FOSS development gone to waste

Commenter " Gnatius T Foobar" in inaccurate in stating that Miguel de Icaza created a schism between the Gnome and KDE development process, since it was De Icaza support for the Free/Open Source (FOSS) "model" which led him to initiate the Gnome desktop project, against which KDE, as a QT based project did not support such model at that time, but is now offered under a FOSS accepted license.

While De Icaza was fully supportive on "anything" Microsoft at the time - to an unhealthy, obsessive degree, and obviously still is, many of the most respected and prominent FOSS developers felt in early Mono days that his talent could have been significantly more productive and creative in working on any one of the many incredible other FOSS and/or similar projects to Gnome.

In the interview De Icaza mentioned what he deemed as "support" from Apple developers, although probable not so interpreted by most readers and those in the know, but said absolutely nothing of receiving any cooperation what-so-ever from corporate Google developers, about which he was also asked.

A telling omission

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: What else to expect from Microsoft

To: Doctor Syntax

The history of Microsoft's poor performance and poor reliability, and expecially poor security software should be enough for a "competent" tech decision maker in any firm - small or large to know that sales pitches have little value, only to gullible Microsoft worshippers.

There is a very wise saying that judgement should be made against past actions, not present rhetoric.

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What else to expect from Microsoft

Any company that is using Microsoft software for such an important application like TV Weather forecasting needs to be done in by this practice, just to 'metaphorically' knock them on the head about the disastrous reality of Microsoft software poor quality and behavior.

There are significantly better alternatives for such task, and even the US Weather Services and NASA use Linux for it's core data processing infrastructure, including graphical representation of Live data to end users.

Just last week several retail pharmacy operations in another country reported complete systems crashes on forced Windows 10 upgrades, since all the special pharmaceutical software APIs and drivers, as well as peripherals did not work at all. Similar incidents are reported weekly in Network operations for entities in USA and elsewhere.

These calamities are unfortunately the only way that Microsoft users, particularly in USA will (hopefully) realize the severe consequences of their poor choice in software technology use. I have no sympathy what-so-ever for their misfortunes in this area of technology adoption.

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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

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Rapidly changing (negative) dynamic for Microsoft

The fact that Microsoft is feverishly attempting to integrate Redhat Enterprise Linux with Docker Containerization into Azure Cloud Computing, and they still have great difficulty competing with Amazon AWS and myriad Openstack based Cloud services , example report here:

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/why-amazon-and-openstack-continue-to-thrive-in-a-complex-cloud-world.html

is evidence of Microsoft incapability to stay abreast of these strongly surging Cloud Computing Services, many of which offer alternatives to Office365 without fees or at very low rate.

This news, along with company's own report of very weak Windows Mobile sales - diminished to approximately 1% compared to Apple iOS and Android's combined 96% marketshare, has caused Microsoft market Capitalization to lose near 29% of it's value, and the many loyal Microsoft supporters on the Register, and ZDNet, still reside mentally in a delusion of their heroine regaining world domination like it did with PC desktops in 1990s.

Sad!

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Oof! Acer suffers 25 per cent hit to PC sales in turbulent Q1

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A sad time for Microsoft diehards

It is a matter "of record" that Desktop and Laptop" PC sales with Microsoft Windows has been in and by Gartner Report continues to decline, quarter after quarter and year over year.

The first commenter "Gis Bun", as a calculated Microsoft supporter denigrates Acer for crappy hardware and support - which is proven, but also for the vendor producing "Chromebricks", which can only be deciphered as his objection and hatred for any non-Windows computing device - Chromebooks, Android and/or Linux products.

Amazon and several large US systems integrators have reported that for past 2 end-of-year shopping seasons - Nov - Dec, 2014 and 2015, they sold "More CHROMEBOOKS than ALL Brands and Models of WINDOWS Computers COMBINED".

Gis Ban might not like to accept the truth, but there it is. He/She is probably a Donald Trump supporter, in a campaign where reality and facts have no meaning.

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

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unsettling precedent

The bluster by those in US Congress that the NSA and US (tech) companies must retaliate against Chinese hackers is just that, since it is almost a given that such action will/is taking place.

The danger becomes US attacks against Chinese "companies" (as stated in article) without exemplary proof that the "deserved" targets are Chinese companies and/or Central government, since a serious and damaging international Cyber War is sure to erupt.

It is unlikely that much of the International world, including US close friend nations and Democracies will agree with any such retaliation without been shown this "unquestioned proof", particularly since the US NSA has (and still is?) engaged in Cyber intrusions on most other nations, even in circumstances that are universally felt could have been for Industrial espionage only.

The US government - politicians - needs to be acutely aware of the diseased wasp that comes back to bite USA in the ass.

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Privacy, net neutrality, security, encryption ... Europe tells Obama, US Congress to back off

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clearer factual viewpoint

One point to note - by US readers - in this tit-for-tat involving conflicting views between the USA and European Union (EU) on Privacy, Encryption, Net-Neutrality, etc is that dominant technology at the heart of these issues and GAFA base is "not" American created or controlled, but rather a significant percentage of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) that is developed by peoples and entities around the world, which put the EU on no less a footing for their own technology hedges than most Americans might think, their being "Greatest country in the World". (sic).

Much of the rhetoric in USA (or USA controlled/ strongly influenced) media has decidedly focused on prognostications from US politicians, President Obama and Silicon Valley, with very little or no viewpoints or feed back (this being one exception) provided from EU interests, such as Siemens, Ericsson, Deutsche Telecom and the like.

Beware a US false sense of superiority or greater intelligence, know-how.

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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No wonder most voters have low opinions of politicians

Feinstein, Burr and other numb-skulls and their technology advisors on the hill have not stopped to think about and understand clearly that much of the most widely used and best (software) technology used today is not even American developed, and comes from various non-commercial, non-government control entities around the world, so the Congress has no influence or authority over such matters.

Even hardware, and particularly Internet/computer Networking is moving to "Software Defined Network" (SDN) model, that makes the purpose of this Bill doubly unworkable and stupid.

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

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Re: woe is Microsoft!

Commenter 1Rafayal indicates that my comment is not worth responding to. Is it notation that senior technology professionals and experts from many of the largest (and larger than Microsoft) technology companies are"publicly" bewildered at the confused Microsoft practices, with Ubuntu Linux integrated into Windows 10? The same Linux that Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer denigrated as communist, a farce, used by geeks and high school students - and that now has gone on to "control" Super Computing and Scientific Computing, most all Social Media - Facebook, Google, Twitter, Android, ChromeOS Mobile Computing, enterprise infrastructure and Data Center/Virtualization/Cloud Computing with Docker?

When ever someone points out major technological short comings on Microsoft, or facts of the company's diminished position in Mobile, enterprise computing and Web technologies, the Microsoft diehards rush to give factual information thumbs down, but never give technically verified responses to the contrary.

Such idealogical positions have become tiresome and stupid, much like the idiotic support of political candidates that have no capability of telling the truth, or supporting with facts the outrageous claims they constantly make.

So much for reduced intelligence in the technology using public in USA

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woe is Microsoft!

Microsoft has not clearly and intelligently explained what are the technical advantages of porting Ubuntu Linux into Windows VM infrastructure.

Fortunately most seasoned and competent developers targeting the Linux application ecosystem are not going to resort to such down-graded convoluted processes as envisioned by Microsoft for few developers who still worship Microsoft Windows as holy grail.

These developments of many Microsoft Windows applications being ported to Linux, or bringing Linux with applications into Windows is the most delusional policies and practices of Microsoft in it's history, as publicly commented by senior technology professionals and experts from 9 of 10 other largest technology corporations in USA and Internationally.

A sad sight to see, especially for Microsoft dupes.

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Google, Rackspace to together unfurl DIY Power9 server designs

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Re: Excellent competitive choice is always a good thing

Commenter LDS makes innocuous comparisons in reference to my comment on Powr9 Chipsets. Intel completely controlled the chip industry "world-wide, forcing AMD to a weak, inferior position along the way. That is, until ARM holdings came along and licensed their mobile chip "designs" to everyone, giving all mobile product manufacturers a chance to compete, which they did vis-a-vis Intel. The Powr chip business is now shared by manufacturers around the globe in similar opportunity stance.

Google is a services monopoly, like Microsoft was, and still is in PC Desktop software to a fading degree. However many industries and countries "chose" to allow Google and Facebook this controlling position. Not so in China, where Baidu and Sina Weibo are very large, even in size comparison to Google and Facebook - considering population size. In USA and other Western countries, Microsoft is gaining share as search competitor.

There your argument is like comparing apples to soil in which fruit grows. A poor analogy regarding

Chipsets.

LDS knows nothing about my position on Linux or any other software or technology. The fact, not my

opinion remains - Linux has outgrown and outperformed Microsoft Windows in "every sphere of technology" on this planet, with exception of PC Desktop software, and Apple in smartphones. Go cry to Microsoft.

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Excellent competitive choice is always a good thing

The concept and reality of a Power based Open Computer design server, like ARM based servers is a good alternative to Intel's "controlled" homogony, much as Linux and BSD Unix-like Operating System (OS) software - Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), has completely removed the Microsoft dominance and control in software, except in Desktop PCs of course, which is fast a dying breed over time.

Such independence from USA corporate control will allow many countries to move forward with technology development and use, feeling more confident that, (a) - they may be able to better resist USA NSA illegal snooping for no other reasons than stupidity and proven industrial espionage, and (b) expand local technological prowess that once demanded hundreds of billions of $$dollars that the economies of these countries could not afford.

Hurray for additional good and competitive choice, which makes the world a better place -at least in one respect

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FreeBSD 10.3 lands

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Re: Developed from Unix?

The University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and a few other research schools and institutions received UNIX from AT&T for research and Computer Science (CS) software development purposes up to early 1980s. After a while the University CS students and professors began to "re-design" -

without copying - many of faulty aspects of UNIX, eventually creating a "completely new "UNIX-like Operating System (OS), which could not be called UNIX since that trademark and copyright belonged to AT&T.

When AT&T, the creators of UNIX became an independent commercial company way back in 1984, they wanted the University to pay them for the technology learned from the UNIX experiment, which the University refused.

A federal court case of AT&T versus UCB concluded that UCB "owned" their UNIX-like OS - which did not infringe the AT&T UNIX patents, but could not call it UNIX proper.

Sun used UCB code to create SunOS as a commercial OS and various forks of UCB were developed under a BSD Open Source Software License with base of UCB code called BSD - for Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), thus FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD. and more recently DragonFly BSD.

The BSDs have evolved and improved significantly since those early day, with imput and contribution of code from Sun Microsystems and others, to become today - in 2016, one of the most "robust" and secure OS available period. Many large corporations, universities and Research Institutions still rely on BSD for all their heavy lifting, and FreeBSD was the original base of software that became Apple Mac OS X. FreeBSD in it's more pure code, is the OS for Sony Playstation 4.

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Re: FreeBSD was created

Unfortunately your reasoned information or logic will not be ingested by the majority of those commenting idiotically on this article, either in their complaints about GPL or BSD licence in bubble of ignorance, or the real differences of usage generally between BSD and Linux. The Desktop GUI, whether Gnome or KDE for Linux/BSD or windows 7/8/10 Interface has no reference to article content.

It is sad that in 2016, it appears that a significantly larger proportion of the populace using computer technology are more ignorant about the technical aspects of computer Operating Systems (OS) then in 1980s and 1990s when it was essential for one to have fundamental understanding of desktop and server OS.

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sounds from the ignorant camps

As a *BSD and GNU/Linux user and professional technologist for more than 18 years, my experience with both operating systems (OS) ecosystems have given me a very clear perspective of both the purely technical attributes and the philosophical sides of the software environments.

Any competent technologist with substantial experience in either of these OS software, particularly in a server or network scenario - i.e. with use of Command Line and Shell Scripts, would not be completely baffled as if one coming from the lowest-common-denominator of technical reasoning and understanding Microsoft Windows environment, or - as one commenter stated - the modern dumbed-down for Windows users Linux desktop offerings, like Zorin Linux as the perfect example.

Not that Zorin, Linuxmint or any of the other "Windows attracting" Linux distributions should not exist as an excellent escape opportunity from Windows idiocy, or be different from *BSD, Suse or RedHat server OS, but desktop computer use is significantly different from Server, Network or other development, enterprise OS software use, and should not be compared as such.

Why else would Microsoft port BASH shell into their Windows "Powershell" UNIX-like tool - greater efficiency.

I do suspect that many recent Linux desktop users are dissatisfied Windows users, masking their basic UNIX/Linux (NIX) OS ignorance by attempting to sound technically apt.

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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

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Re: This is actually largely irrelevant

Those commenting in support of SQLServer on Linux "supposedly" due to lack of excellent databases that run in both environments, like latest PostgreSQL 9.4 - that is competitive in all the advanced features and functionality with SQLServer 2016, and even has large scale commercial support from companies like EnterpriseDB, investors of which include IBM and RedHat, amoung others.

The evidence is in recent case studies where PostgreSQL successfully replaced sophisticated Oracle Database solutions in several Fortune 500 corporations and large engineering and other business industries, in a reasonable time with greater efficiency and ease, and with considerably savings overall.

The reality of PostgreSQL being equal to or superior in competitiveness to SQLServer is always refuted by delusional Microsoft loyal dupes.

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