* Posts by W. Anderson

230 posts • joined 21 Feb 2008

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Sorry, admins: Microsoft says NO new Windows Server until 2016

W. Anderson

more FOSS adoption by Microsoft

What is so incredulous about the mindset of most Microsoft dupes is that they forever denigrate Linux, BSD, Darwin based Apple OS X and all other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technology with incoherent drivel criticisms, yet Microsoft marches on with recently announced support for another FOSS application - in Docker Containerization, to add to Hadoop and other Apache Big Date tools, FreeBSD Networking Stack, Akamai Linux for Windows desktop upgrades and several other world beating FOSS technologies, without which Microsoft would probably have to close shop in this modern Cloud and Mobile technology age.

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GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad

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Unfortunately the pulled Ad is in the crude Go-Daddy style of showing Hooters type clad young ladies in previous SuperBowl Ads, which is particularly weird for an supposedly credible Internet Services Provider (ISP) technology firm, and makes one perplexed as to why any person, small or large business or organization would wish to do business with a company that exhibits such crass, idiotic mentality.

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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Adobe greed and stupidity to blame

If Adobe had not been so arrogant and stupid about trying to "lock" all Web users into incessantly buggy and broken (proprietary) Flash software, and made Flash "genuinely" Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), it is quite possible and probable that the very innovative FOSS "Community" would have updated and revised Flash of today as a truly incredible software application.

The one baffling aspect of any discussion on Flash technology is why the Linux Foundation has welcomed Adobe into it's folds while at the very same time, Adobe had taken a poisonous view ant attutude toward FOSS and Linux in particular, in regard almost refusing to support the platform.

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Right, we've bagged IBM’s X86 server biz... now what? – Lenovo

W. Anderson

Lenovo's follow on of supporting only Microsoft Windows in it's new x86 Server and Storage line - like their desktop PC policy, is contrary to IBM's position of support for the popular and growing OS software foundations, like highly demand Suse and RedHat Enterprise Linux offerings, and will certainly put them at a distinct disadvantage for supporting more broadly preferred Amazon AWS or OpenStack Cloud Computing Services, Virtualization and Docker Containerization -all Linux based technologies - and in same proprietary box with the other "Me Too" Windows only back benchers.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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The fact that the "new" Spartan and Internet Ecplorer (IE) browsers still run on Windows OS base only puts them at a distinct disadvantage againct Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox which not only support latest Web/HTML standards and are substantially more reliable and secure, but are Multi-platform - supporting Apple iOS/OS X, Android, Windows, Linux and even Tizen and other Linux based mobile OS that are entering the marketplace. My Blackberry even supports Chromium.

Why on earth would any intelligent technology user want to retain the ultimate lock-in and unreliable/insecure Web tecnology from Microsoft? None!!

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

W. Anderson

It is unfortunate that so much of Internet/Web software and services were designed to work only on Flash. Hopefully implementations of HTML5 will progress quickly to provide a far superior and less disastrous bug-ridden solution than is Flash.

Adobe is idiotic in not Open Sourcing Flash many years ago, and it is mind-boggling that the Linux Foundation has accepted Adobe as a member/sponsor while the company refused to officially support all Free/Open Source Software (FOS) Operating Systems - Linux and BSDs..

Apple did the right thing. Abandon the crappy software all together.

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Top US privacy bod: EU should STOP appeasing whiny consumers

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There is no doubt that the US (government) approach of appeasing large corporations in regard to less protection of user data for their purely capitalistic gains, is generally quite the opposite as compared to the European Union position of more individual data protection in the interest of common sense and pragmatism. This differences illustrate personal quality of life issues between the two continents.

Everything done in USA is based on making maximum profit from data on citizens, even allowing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Website to provide private companies with individuals personal health records information for crass monitization and exploitation. (sic).

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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The article author needs to explain how he/she knows that the latest "planned" programs from Microsoft axtually "saved" Windows phone business from "continued" slide downwards, especially since no concrete - in reality - steps have been taken in that regard.

Even at recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Nevada - generally considered a bellweather of upcoming technology innovation, there were less than an handfull - probably one or two - of announced products and services that support the Windows mobile platform, out of thousands presented. How depressing is that for Microsoft support!!

Extrapolating "wishes" and hyperbole into false reality has been Microsoft's and the company's tech publishing propagandists smoke 'n mirrors tactics for too long, since few listen to this nonsence any longer.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

W. Anderson

The article writer is positing his Linux desktop proposition squarely at the USA experience, since several country governments, regions and cities in Europe and South America in particular, some in Asia and Africa are presently and have deployed Linux and BSD UNIX-like based desktops very successfully and productively for some time now.

It is important to state and keep perspective on this topic, unless one has a very Anglo-USA and myopic viewpoint.

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

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Those commenters supporting Microsoft on this issue have no proof (what-so-ever) that Microsoft did actually plan a fix for said bug on January 13th when stated, or that Microsoft did ask Google to delay information release.

Microsoft has a long and well documented history of lying and deceit about these type matters, and until the company can provide verified proof of good intentions in regard it's communications with Google or any oter strong competitor, I and most other intelligent and reasonable consumers (not Microsoft dupes and goof balls) should not make quick and probably false judgement against those entities that Microsoft virulently hates and considers "a cancer" for no logical or sane reasoning.

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Lenovo: We now OWN IBM's shrinking Euro server biz. It's OURS!

W. Anderson

Lenovo's x86 Server software policy tied inextricably to Microsoft may not serve them well in Europe where there is a significant push for and adoption rate of Linux and other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), and Microsoft will probably be reluctant to allow the company aly leeway in going off tract, or the software reservation.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Arrogance in play

Ms. Moussouris has no knowlede that the French Customs Agent exceeded their authority, and it's incredulous that many comments on this article chose to denigrate the French - in this instance, and many other non-USA or Non-British authorities about such national matters from perspective of gross arrogance and probable ignorance.

Any UK negative commerters on the French in this case need to understand clearly that Americans generally consider them to be just as doofus on matters of technology or government policy when US citizens face situations in UK they do not like or appreciate, and do not understand. That (false) superiority complex or "American Exceptionalism" mentality in play.

Such is the state of crass diplomatic attitudes, particularly emminating from those West of Atlantic Ocean, and between Canada and Mexico.

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Facebook privacy policy change leaves Dutch stomping feet

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US Companies privac and security antics

It would be prudent for Facebook to have the Irish PDA verify that it's new privacy policies do comply with that country's regulations, otherwise most astute world citizens could very well conclude that Facebook, and Google with their smoke 'n Mirrors tactics are attemptin to delude the EU citizens and authorities, much like they have done in USA for many years.

Unfortunately for these corporations, most other countries' citizens are not as gullible and naive as populace here in USA.

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Fadig Microsoft challenges

It is highly improbable that new Internet Explorer 12 (IE) can compete strongly with Chrome, or even Firefox browsers since both these 2 latter browsers are available for and run on a multidude (maybe ALL) of Desktop and Mobile devices, while IE is restricted to Windows based devices only - and to a miniscule mobile percentage - less than 4%, and losing Desktop adoption at rapid pace.

Was article written by a Microsoft shill?

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Sony FINGERS DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation's Xmas

W. Anderson

It seems that Sony is trampled upon every which way they turn.

Unfortunately for them, much of their calamatous situation is much deserved.

Black audiennces throughout the USA and internationally should completely boycott viewing any Sony entertainnment, articularly through the exposure of a baack TV show female lead o star receiving a substantially lower salary compared to her white co-star.

The company has committed many other asinine business and anti-social practices, but one of the more telling facts of the completely stupid thinking and attidues of Sony is found in a technology use and licensing case.

The Sony Playstation 4 uses as it's software base the FreeBSD UNIX/Like Operating System (OS) software - similar in functional concept to Apple OS X, Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux. Sony pays "Nada" - no fees or licensing cost for FreeBSD as its Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) but absolutely refuses to provide the APIs that allow FreeBSD based desktops OS to use Blu-Ray DVD player technology.

Sony uses the incredible FreeBSD, but won't let FreeBSD computers t use Blu-Ray DVd players.- -

How utterley selfish and totally greedy is that!!

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Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

W. Anderson

Limited and skewed perspectives expressed

Two pertinent perspectives missing from many of the comments to this article are:

(a) most assume that possible decision ramifications in this case will be restricted to Europe "only", and

(b) that European and other International jurisdictions are "easy pushovers" for complying with US Government "strong Arm" political/diplomatic tactics.

There is good evidence from the reactions of many very large International organizations and companies, as well as governments that there is likely to be a great shift"away from" use of "US" owned and/or controlled Data Centers and ISPs, even in foreign locations.

If the US Congress revises Trade/Communications and International treaty laws (unilaterally) to allow demand of data from any entity in USA that communicates overseas, then everyone in the world must wait to see what such imperialistic moves might produce.

Most Americans unfortunately have a very limited worthwhile experience or good understanding of the "realities" that exist in 2014 - 2015 regarding their own country's practical and true (fact based) relationship to the rest of the globe, and make assumptions and decisions - many times erroneous - based solely on US media reports and 'bravado' rhetoric of their politicians/diplomats and talking heads as reported by said US media.

Reality could not be more different.

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Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

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anti-Google crazies coming out of the woodwork

Most of the commenters here arguing that Google is "automatically" guilty as per the Anti-Trust claim are blowing smoke out of their rear ends.

The plaintiffs have produced - according to the judge - absolutely no evidence what-so-ever by deposition from any Android "consumer" user that these users have no ability or wish to change their Search Engine.

My 14 years of age grand-daughter changed hers in about 30 seconds, without any instruction or advice from anyone.

It is clear that the nay-sayers against Google in this instance are decidedly Microsoft dupes. Not one of the approximately 35 persons using iPhones or new Blackberry smartphones with whom I have spoken hve any complaints about search engine option selection in Android.

I do not own or support Android smartphone. am tired of the constantant idiocy in The Register and ZDNet from Redmond loonies and their legal dupes.

You Microsoft a-holes are pathetic.

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Microsoft BEATS Apple, Google ... to accepting limited Bitcoin payments

W. Anderson

So What!

This announcement does not represent any "accomplishment" on part of Muicrosoft, and is quite laughable in technology news terms.

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Vendor lock-in is truly a TERRIBLE idea ... says, er, Microsoft

W. Anderson

The statement that John Gossman thinks "agility and portability are essential. You don't want to get locked in 'TOO MUCH' to a particular vendor, strategy, technology, whatever" does not indicate a sea change in attitudes and practices by (new) Microsof, since the two words "too much" are very telling in that what Microsoft thinks is "too much" cab be and is significantly different from the rest of technology industry, particularly the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) community and organizations to whom Microsoft remains extremelt antagonistic and predatory - willing to destroy.

A good command and understanding of the English language and subtle nuances of (double) speak is still required by readers of Microsoft propaganda.

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The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

W. Anderson

The pervasive and dominant practice in USA particularly of "shooting the messenger" without any intelligent, cohrent or factual addressing of "the messege" is alive and well in this article.

Such is the state of mentality in The USA that convoluted, non-sensical and wasteful time of such articles consume so much of technology discourse.

TheRegister and ZDNet really need to attract more competent journalism

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Docker part 4: Microsoft CAN'T ignore it. Aux armes, citoyens!

W. Anderson

It is quite probable that "any" Microsoft licensing or independent use of "Docker" technology will in the long run not be in compliance with the Docker APIs and protocols, and maybe even ignore and challenge the Docker Open Source Licensing model.

The Windows "Docker" technology is sure to subvert and crash any Linux Docker technology, een in a supposed "cooperative" Microsoft Azure Cloud environment, with the intention of pushing Linux VM clients over to Windows Server base.

This type subversive character is and has always been the mantra of Microsoft, whether Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer was at the helm. Whether such draconian and sabotage seeking personality will change under new stewardship is yet to be discovered.

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Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

W. Anderson

Trevor Pott needs to clarify - technically - when he claims that Virtuozzo is the "best" containerization, unless he is referring just to it's working in Microsoft Windows environment (supposedly) better than others.

I have implemented FreeBSD Jails containerization for several years, in various configurations - especially with individual ip addresses and Networking setups - with excellent results. Experience with Solaris "Containers" have similar results.

Maybe Mr. Pott has little or no "real world" experience with high level containeriztion outside his Microsoft PC playground.

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Windows 10: an improved Windows NT?

Technology / business experts in several countries have speculated that the 10 designation of "new" NT based Windows has a great deal to do with satisfying the Chinese government and markets - about 500 million users - that this is a non-NSA subverted Operating System - in contrast to banned Windows 8, that will live up to a credible level of reliability and security.

It will be interesting to see if the Windows 10 for Desktops and Tablets will share the substantially improved "ResFS" File System used in Servers, but totally improbable - technically and practically - for implementation in Windows phones, in publicized campaign of “One Windows”.

However the 'tested' inferiority of ResFS in comparison to ZFS and btrfs File Systems used in *NIX Operating Systems won't change the dynamic of Windows Server not being competitive or a "viable" challenge in overall Cloud Computing, Virtualization with Containerization, and Social Media/Enterprise infrastructure and Networking implementations worldwide.

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Apple bitchslaps iPhone rival Xiaomi: World No 1? That's BIG TALK

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Asians have already proven bigger in sales

While the Apple executive is correct in stating that the task for becoming the No.2 smartphone maker internatinally is very difficult, the reality dictates that Americans always think they are the center of the universe, and have denial of the fact that Samsung, as a Korean, Non-American company overshadows Apples sales worldwide.

This therefore at least allows that a Chinese firm, with a potential market of 2 billions plus customers in Asia alone would completely surpass Apple and every other American company in Mobile, Social Media and possibly e-Commerce marketshare,

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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A crass and idiotic prpagandist for NSA

I wonder if this guy is still being paid by the US NSA Agebcy, but this time posing an an ex- employee, to serve only for false and misleading propaganda, which has shown to be obviously bulls**t.

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Re: Confused?, get educated

There are several GNU/Linux distributions without being encumbered with popular Software Patent/Copyright and Trademark restrictions, and many of these are going away with Internet/WWW standards for technologies like Adobe Flash and proprietary Video Streaming formats , etc are being replaced with "Standards based" HTML technologies.

Furthermore, China, like several other countries may not and probably do not accept or honour "software" patents" in operating systems and Internetworking technology considered bogus due to proven and established prior art, are, Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), and/or licensed for Free/Unrestricted use Much of the "Software" intellectual property claims serve only to control and maximize incomes from theuse of technology, mostly by draconian business practices of predominantly Western nations.

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Re: Good luck with that: Luck Not needed

The commenter "hammarbtyp" is either completely ignorant about Linux Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), and much modern day proprietary software development or he/she has to be one of the most stupid Microsoft shill to ever comment on technology media.

There are TENS of THOUSANDS of professional class applications that presently run on Linux. Let me provide "only one” perfect example - X-Tuple Postbooks accounting ERP/CRM, that is considered by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to offer greater features and flexibility, far superior Audit Control, more intuitive and easy-to-use and many other functions than Quickbooks - of any iteration. The icing on the cake is that Postbooks can read/write to QuickBooks file formats perfectly, thus making any transition from Quickbooks or other "US/Western" worshipped software a cake walk. Many other software applications popular on Windows and Apple mac OS X also currently run on Linux, just as Postbooks does.

it was and is predictable that those functional illiterate technology followers, primarily in USA and UK would go off a cliff of sanity, common sense and reason to make every type of asinine comment and statement, with NO basis in "FACT/TRUTH" on software technology that is fast replacing software from/only for Microsoft.

Such is state of idiocy amount the Redmond tech support base.

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Lenovo to finish $2.1bn IBM x86 server gobble in October

W. Anderson

While Lenovo may have come to dominate the quickly shrinking Desktop PC market, the company faces formidable challenges - as a Chinese company -attempting to provide critical Server data processing and data stores for US Enterprise, organizations and municipalities competing with US based HP and Dell.

Furthermore, the modern infrastructure technologies of Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Cocial Media and Mobile, Web presence are overwhelmingly Linux or BSD UNIX-like based and growing exponentially, which leave the Microsoft controlled and obedient Lenovo at a distinct disadvantage.

Cheap hardware and 20th Century software won't benefit Lenovo one iota in this new sphere.

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CenturyLink said to have pondered Rackspace buy

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From Innovation to stone age operation

While it has been a struggle for RackSpace to compete effectively against the behemoths of Amazon, Google, RedHat, Microsoft and a few others in the commercial Cloud Services space, their acquisition by Centurylink would be a total disaster for their Openstack infrastructure venture, since Centurylink is purely a telecomm dinosaur with little or no understanding , fundamental knowledge or experience, and particularly no appreciation or respect  what-so-ever for Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) concept, development model or licensing, even in business.

Centurylink is ambivalent and resistant to even providing services to business clients running Linux or BSD UNIX-like OS, or Mozilla Firefox browsers to web services access. Very recently, a potential customer for their "Small Business” packaged services learned that Website development from the company was Microsoft ASP.Net based, with no provision for any of the more popular and robust Drupal Apache/PHP/mySQL or Python based Web Content Management (WCMS) solutions. Thjs type draconian mentality is fraught throughout the company.

Much like HP botched their WebOS purchase technology ventures, Centurylink is likely to drive Rackspace culture and innovation into oblivion.

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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

W. Anderson

Hat's off to John Oliver

If John Oliver's TV segment on "Net Neutrality" and the exposed background of Tom Wheeler, chairman of FCC did in fact bring about enough awareness of the potential calamity of eliminating Net Neutrality,and thus proactive national comment, then my hat is off in praise to John Oliver.

Very many experts on telecommunications and data communications who are not engaged by the large companies involved in the matter, has postulated that one of the best solutions to protect Net Neutrality is for all ISPs to be classified as Common Carriers as noted by early commenter, and thus regulated to prevent as much skulduggery as possible, .

I suspect though that these behemoths of Comcast, Verizon , Time Warner Cable and others will find other ways to manipulate the US congress politicians in their pockets, for overcoming any hazards to their continued dominance.

No matter any tactical changes in Internet governance here in America, the USA will remain behind other developed countries in providing efficient and reasonably cost use of Internet for their citizenry, due primarily to excessive greed, corruption and oppressive behavior of monopoly corporations that is an integral part of the national fabric.

A baby devouring Dingo cannot become a cuddly Cocker Spaniel.

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Not so ESXi? Open sourcery could help VMware win... virtually

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Comparing an Open source VMWare to others is not analogous.

The fact that VMWare is so well established and enjoys significant reliability and scalability capabilities as well as a sizable and strong third party applications and support base is a plus if EMC open source ESXi and or even VSphere,

The only difference then is the cost of implementation compared to present pricing structure.

it is not like Xen or KVM which started out Open Source - which inherently means substantial and immature code base/changes, small community and weal professional support organizations - then tried to grow applications and support from scratch.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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some identified factors for WWW calamity

It is unfortunate that World Wide Web use (WWW) has devolved for many crass and draconian purposes, but one aspect of this saga is the degree to which, especially here in USA the Internet/WWW hs been handed (almost) full control to greedy, unimaginative and devious corporations by inept political oligarchy.

The other "elephant in the room" so to speak, of the intense and serious frailties of the WWW not being discussed seriously and with a commitment for resolve is the world wide dominant use of Microsoft technologies that have no history of expertise in these type networking technologies or good knowledge and acceptance of foundation software on which the Internet/WWW is powered.

Richard Clark, US Federal Government CyberCzar and cabinet member under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama (for first term) stated quite poignantly and dramatically that one of the most serious threats to US Cyber security and the well being of the Internet/WWW as a whole, was the pervasive but extremely poor quality, spotty reliability and (especially) horrid security of Microsoft software technologies.

Fortunately for many other countries, particularly those in G20 nations and other (economically viable) upcoming countries, their governments are securing a certain minimum of "Net neutrality", national safeguards of fitness and reasonable costs for access by the entire population as well as for business, organizations and education systems.

Most are also focusing on adherence to "Open" International and Internet/WWW protocols and Standards - away from the prohibitively limiting and expensive proprietary and "Patent Troll" infested technologies popular here in West - USA and UK particularly.

These steps by intelligent and insightful societies may be the only hope for saving Internet/WWW from implosion at hands of avaricious corporate masters and their political stooges.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

W. Anderson

Rupert Murdock's Media empire spied on the text medssages of a dead girl's cell phone, just to post sensationalist story in one of his gossip rags. At no time di he publicly denigrate such heinous behavior, or even to a degree that he spews hate on Google.

No action taken by Google or any other Internet entity have or can reach such a despicable low as that.

Kudos to Rupert Murdock for being the scumbag that he is. If Comcast or Mr. Murdock are allowed to purchase Time Warner Cable (TWC) - which already scores a "fail" (F-) on quality of Service meter, then TWC customers who do not vigorously and insistently fight these draconian behemoths potential purchasers deserve the idiotic treatment they will receive.

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Dell slaps Intel Haswell brawn in monster Precision workstations

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Dell Workstations: Like Ferraris running 10 Octane Gas

Dell Workstations can have all the "hardware" horsepower in the world, but by not offering - on equal conditios - GNU-Linux or FreeBSD (*NIX) as proven superior Operating Systems (OS) compared to lame Windows 8, these Workstation units remain a poor value.

The same reasons that make *NIX the only credible choices for Super Computers use (approximately 498 of Top 500 most powerful Super Computers on earth) - extreme high end graphics, unrivaled computational capabilities, speed and network thruput, also make the *NIX OS better selections for Dell's Workstations.

Dell has made exponentially bad decisions of not producing any Android Tablets or Linux based Notebooks or Desktops as "Standard Offerings", and only provdes pre-installed Linux servers under substantial pressure and duress (and ridicously higher costs). These policies and practices do not bode well for a progressive and prosperous Dell, unless Microsoft will compensate the company "fully" for all lost *NIX revenue due to these draconian business practices.

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Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

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Another Trojan Horse effort by Microsoft

Warm welcomes to Microsoft joining the OpenGL project, as reported by Khronos Group may well prove to be premature and grossly naive, as Microsoft is unlikely to participate honestly in OpenGL graphics development by contributing anything that is not to Microsoft code benefits "only" and to exclusion and detriment of all other development efforts in the project. It is even possible that they could secund the technology outright without any license, patent or contract adherence, since any litigation against them by the Group for illegal actions would take many years and hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees to settle, which no small organization like Khronos can afford.

For 14 years Microsoft has been harshly antagonistic and vitriolic towards the OpenGL technology project and now they want to be equally participating (and non-contributing) pals! How simple minded and stupid can many in the technology industry be? Do they not remember Microsoft's antics with the Open Document Format Organization that they joined and almost immediately attempted to subvert and sabotage the project?

Analogy: A rabies infected snake cannot become a cuddly bunny rabbit.

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Dell blind loyalty to Redmond as usual

Ever since Chromebooks became available and started to gain substantial sales volumes in Education and corporate marketplace, certain article writers of Microsoft bent, and very loyal Microsoft commenters on The Register and ZDNet in particular, both groups of whom are technologically ignorant and incapable of understanding the targeted demographics usage of Chromebooks, have been making incessantly stupid and vitriolic comments on Chromebook technology, in most cases without any "fact based" input.

The Gartner Group, ADR , Forrester and every technology industry expert market research firm report substantiating this trend of significant Chromebook adoption has been denigrated by these doofus shills of Redmond.

Much like the quick abandonment of OEM Ubuntu Linux installs on several of their desktop and laptop models, it is not surprising, and indeed quite predictable that Dell would continue this ass about actions of totally ignoring Chromebooks with advancing technologies not controlled by their masters in Redmond. As sad tale of the extreme extent of subservience.

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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potentially serious disruption and chaos

While the effects of a comprehensive boycott of "Western", meaning US technologies by China and Russia are unclear, many in the West would be naive and ignorant to assume that a great deal of the best technologies are actually under the ownership or control of Western powers.

For example, in software the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) products of PostgreSQL, NoSQL, MySQL, Ingres Databases, Apache and nginx HTTP/proxy servers, Firefox and Chromium web browsers, FOSS Groupware, collaboration, Office Suites, Graphics, Animation and professional CADD, Networking stacks, and many more world class software technologies are accessible to the two and any other entities.

Even the fairly excellent Sparc and MIPS CPU Chip designs, which are licensed to Fujitsu and other Asian nations are obtainable by China and Russia, and they can just as well develop to the Open Hardware specifications put forth by Facebook, Twitter and other top US technology firms.

And arrogance should not detract from fact that Huawei and ZTE of China possess very elaborate and sophisticated Networking technologies, already implemented worldwide

Boycots of US technologies will certainly not put these 2 countries in any position of equivalence in technological prowess with the West, but is guaranteed to cause significant chaos, especially if they develop their own Internetworking protocols contrary to current standards, and adopted by dozens of other Asian, African and South American countries.

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

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unrealistic expectations for tec reliability from commercial media firms

Many world citizens assume that large and recognizable corporations like Adobe will surely employ the best Cyber Security and reliability technologies available. This is certainly no so, since Adobe has no history or experience what-so-ever in Internet networking, Computer security, high availabiliy and reliability and therefore probably give less priotity to such matters which are then automatically reflected in whatever technology reliability and security solutions is engaged.

Don't forget, Adobe is a retail grapgics technology firm, nothing more, irrespective of their wealth. Examine their rens od dozens of Adobe Flash fixes just in the past two to three years.

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Tough public stance masks a noticeable loss of control and income

Much as Munich, Germany and Tolouse, France and several other European cities and countries that have or ae moving to Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) - whether ODF document format, Linux Operating System (OS), other FOSS Software or any combination thereof, it has been proven unequivocally that there are not only substantial $$$$-savings over being tied to Microsoft technologies, but considerable added flexibility, scalability and freedom to adapt FOSS to heir specific needs.

The UK Government now has a great deal more opportunity to move whole sections of government to Linux OS if desired, without severe headaches experienced in whole Applications/OS move at once.

If most of the European Union - 27 countries representing 400 plus million citizens - are slowly moving away from Microsoft homogeny, which they certainly are (translated as verified factual), then Microsoft should be concerned, even their UK and US club club minions will act tough in tech media, as if all is rosy.

While Microsoft may not lose any sleep over the matter, as intimated by one Microsoft loyalist, it did cause Steve Ballmer to make several trips to UK in an attempt to initially threaten against not sticking with MS Office, and then his making MS retention offerings that were obviously hollow and false.

A telling example of loss of control and income for Microsoft is State in India that is replacing more than 90 percent of it's Windows XP government and education computer systems with Linux computers. Indian media estimate that figure at about half million computers and counting. Similar actions are taking place in Brazil and other South American and Central American countries.

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

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More proof of large, greedy corporate dominance

It is not surprising that Verizon would stoop to such low level of integrity in throttling service to Netflix customers jusst to suit their commercial gains for charging extra for bandwidth which should be minimal.

However it still remains for all the companies serviced by Netflix like Level 3, Nederkorn's ISP and others which have their customers severely negatively impacted by Netflix's actions will band together and post a strong, formal objection to the FCC, probably out of fear of retaliation by Verizon and it's status of preference and special positive treatment by FCC oligarth obedient board.

A sad state of affairs in USA, whose citizens are already receiving 2nd class Internet access at higher rates than most of the other G20 and developned nations.

So much for the "Land of the Free", the "Greatest Nation n Earth", "American Exceptionalisn" and other crass slogans constantly spewed by draconian, greedy corporations and an ignorant, naive public.

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Amazon Zocalo rocks Box, socks DropBox, clocks Google Docs

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insulting reference to Amazon as Microsoft-like in this reference

In stating that " Bezos behemoth has taken a shine to what one of its customers has been doing – a rather Microsoft-ish approach from the olden days", article writers Mellor and Clark make a poor distinction between Amazon entering the user friendly storage space as they have, and Microsoft actions in the past, which were effectively to "partner" with small technology companies and then to suddenly "extricate" that small company's technology for themselves as claimed and broadly reported during that time period, even by unimpeachable technology media sources.

Amazon did not have any similar type "business arrangement or senior partnership" with Box or DropBox, who were merely customers on AWS.

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Cloudera, MapR, IBM, and Intel bet on Spark as the new heart of Hadoop

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Hive and Spark for Microsoft Hadoop?

When Microsoft adopts Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies that they do not and cannot control – only because these FOSS solutions are far superior to their own inhouse development projects, it is always interesting to observe how they utilize and implement these FOSS tools, particularly since projects like Hive and Spark are not developed in a Microsoft software environment, and in most cases Apache FOSS applications run substantially more effectively and faster on a FOSS Operating System (OS) and database foundation.

Since Microsoft has adopted Hadoop as "their" standard Big Data Processing framework, will the company be updating to use Hive and Spark enabled Hadoop, and can these new Hadoop add-ons even run in a Microsoft environment?

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Microsoft's Online Exchange fixed after going titsup for NINE HOURS

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Continuation of poor reliability

What is so poignant about this story report is that just recently, a Microsoft Partner was attempting to pursuade a large European company office in USA to swich to Office 365 from the solid performance and reliable Zimbra Groupware SaaS service enjoyed satisfactorily for many years.

In past two years Microsoft's Cloud Services and software have proven substantially more fragile and insecure than competitor products and services, and demonstates the overall sub-standard quality of Microsoft offerings. US entities that continue to naively subscribe to Microsoft fare because it is an admired American icon will be severely burdened with second class technology for many years to come.

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Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

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Re: Could the NSA bribe ARM??

This commenter is obviously ignorant about and/or unaware that these Russian companies will be building their own Arm-based design reference Chipsets, so the only NSA spying functionality will be by Russian government mandate. The USA, nor British Arm Holding have any control what-so-ever over that process.

Every day I read another article about developments with technology that basically report the quickly diminishing influence and control that was once exerted as dominant by Western technology , business corporations and governments.

The Europeans (particularly Eastern European countries), Chinese and other Asians nations, South American Countries are adopting non-State owner or controlled Linux Operating System (OS) and several other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies that are currently at the epicenter of technology innovation and advancement.

What are the Western (colonial) powers to do?

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

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Pie in the Sky thinking

Microsoft is continuing down the path of confused strategy and execution, particilarly if listening to the dysfunctional rhetoric of "loyal" Windows phone purchasers, who are obviously suffering from a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome.

This is evident by Microsoft's statement with loyalists' agreement in thinking that Cortana will be so great on Windows mobile devices that iOS and Android smartphone and tablet users will "switch" to make Windows Mobile larger than competition - i.e. switching out or reversing approx. 4% for Microsoft sales to 94% by their competition. Such stupid and sick thinking is why Microsoft is continuously flailing.

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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

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For several years now many technologists, market research firms and millions of technology users have stated basically and almost exactly what Simon Rockman indicates in this article - that consumers are less averse to changes, especially in Graphical User Interface (GUI) design and general software organization and use against what was proclaimed ad nauseam by Microsoft and their loyal minion armies in disputing Linux based computers as easy to use and viable alternative to Windows XP/Windows 7/8.1 computer systems.

I wonder if Mr. Rockman was making such statements that are contray to what he is writing here.

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Apple settles ebook price-fixing damages lawsuit with US states

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It is unfortunate that Apple has taken such a draconian and hostile position of not admitting guilt or being willing to pay fines even when their guilt has been proven unequivocally.

This is a dangerous and counter productive policy, and can only lead to a situation when a successful plaintif does not accept "out of court" settlement, and nails the firm to the wall for tens of billions of $$dollars as well as gaining Court Order stopping distribution and sales of Apple's flagship products.

Only then will they realize that their insane attitudes and positions have come ack to seriously and infectiously bite them in the ass.

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Intel pleads for €1bn EU fine to be overturned, is DENIED

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Re: @P010nium "They paid it when........."

The "car dealership" analogy is quite flawed, and the ombudsman did "not" agree with Intel plea.

I suspect that there are Intel minions commenting in tech press as well as those loyal in supporting Microsoft. Could this also be a US and UK anti-European (continent) sentiment as well?

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Dell exec: HP's 'Machine OS' is a 'laughable' idea

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Expected response from Microsoft minions Dell and The Register.

It is not surprising that the article author noted "El Reg is of the same opinion as Dell", basically meaning that like Dell, the Register is quite skeptical of success in any Operating System (OS) Software other than Microsoft Windows - to which both entities are wedded at the neck - one by proxy and the other by marketing income.

Similar skepticism was also expressed about the newly introduced Apple iOS and Android Mobile OS in their ability to succeed. Look at Mobile OS landscape now!

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HP targets supercomputers with Project Apollo

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What OS for Apollo

It would have boon considerate if the article indicated what Operating System (OS) Software HP was running on these Apollo SuperComputers.

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