* Posts by W. Anderson

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

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

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

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

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Chinese influence peferred to American? Wow

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

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

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

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Wht is rationale for article?

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

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

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Azure gives AWS the blues again in Nasuni cloud storage poll

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

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stupid defense

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

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

Geez!

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Stupid article based on one Cloud customer storage preference

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geez!

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

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

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another option

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

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

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

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Dell dilemma - choice between Microsoft proprietary and true Open Standards

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

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

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South Korea to NUKE Microsoft ActiveX

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Korea without any vision

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

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

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

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

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

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major risks for Netsuite?

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

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

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

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Lenovo system update flaws plugged, security world not impressed

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Lenovo non-business mentality

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

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

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

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

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A Microsoft follow-on that rates secondarily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dubious (and unlikely) change of character

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

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

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

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Dubious and almost impossible change of character

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

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

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ONE BEELLION Windows 10 devices?! OH REALLY

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Dubious (and impossible) change of character

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

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

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

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Microsoft "proprietary" tools versus "Open" preferred tools

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

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

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

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Upgrading Windows programming with NIX concepts

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

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

My, how times have changed.

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Maybe money is not the cure for civilized education

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

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

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

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Maybe Nokia/Blackberry "enterprise" mobile solutions!

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

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

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Microsoft vs AWS: If you can't bark with the BIG DOGS get off the PORCH

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Re: Why does it matter?

Reply to: The Man who fell to Earth.

Obviously you have fallen to earth from a place where good knowledge of technology here on Earth is absent.

The jist of the article is competition between Amazon AWS and Microsof Azure Cloud Computing services, , so suggesion of not using either is a red herring and distraction away from the article comparison.

There "are" other choices than Amazon and Microsoft as clearly indicated in my comment, and several of the Openstack based alternatives - probably about 50% of marketshare overall, are available from Europe and orher jurisdictions not "legally" subject to US NSA dictates.

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propaganda journalism

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

In the above NY Times article of April 23, 2015 (yesterday), it is clear to see from the Synergy Research Group pie chart that:

(1) Amazon enjoys an approximate 28% of Cloud Services marketshare, with Microsoft at 10%.

(2) Most, if not all of the 43% "other" category, along with IBM at 7% and Rackspace at 3% - totaling approximately 53% is Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) "OpenStack" based Cloud technologies, including AT&T, Cisco, EMC, Juniper, Intel and especially Microsoft's most loyal dupes - Dell and HP.

See full list of Openstack users and member companies here:

http://www.openstack.org/foundation/companies/

That means Amazon AWS plus OpenStack based Cloud services represent about 81% marketshare (about 75% at minimum) versus 10% for Microsoft Azure Cloud services.

It thus becomes obvious that a lot of the tech punditry today is from technology non-expert shills pushing their beloved tech company's products and services, as has been proven unequivocally on several occasions in the case for Microsoft.

Crass partisanship and hero worship of specific technologies or companies based solely on ideology and technological ignorance is stupid and a waste of space in technology journalism.

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If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?

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Marketing and being established is king

The fact that Xen and KVM are not offered with nationally recognized professional support services and brands that are "perceived" to be on same level as VMWare solutions is probably one of the reasons that ESXi and VSphere remain dominant. Business owners only recognize technology from major marketing and propaganda programs.

In regard to Microsoft Hyper-V, the answer to question posed - "For that matter, why is Hyper-V – which is a perfectly capable and credible hypervisor – lagging so far behind ESXi?" has everything to do with the fact that Hyper-V is a Microsoft Windows Operating System (OS) ONLY based virtualization, and that in mid-range and high end virtualization and Cloud Comupting commercial environments, Window is a frog by comparison to Enterprise Linux and *NIX (some UNIX and BSD UNIX-like) - for robust Reliability, Flexibility, Scalability/Performance, and most "critically" enterprise class (or even desktop) strong Security.

The additional annual cost of "putting out security and reliability fires" constantly must therefore be also calculated into the overall Microsoft solution in such comparisons.

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White House cyber-general says US must be able to cyber-nuke the worst of the cyber-worst

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brave talk with muscle

All this bluster and bravado from Michael Daniels, President Obama's Cyber security advisor , about "global" Cyber security rules and standards means diddly-squat if other large and very powerful technology countries like China, Japan and Russia for example, do not agree or go along

with any "American" mandated policies, procdures or hollow threats.

But even before such universal moves, The USA must contend with it's exorbitant national appetite and dependence on software technologies that are globally deemed and have proven unequivocally to be absurdly insecure and unreliable to an extreme degree. The treasure trove of Cyber intrusions against US companies in recent years - for Home Depot, Marshalls, Neiman Marcus, UPS, US Government departments and countess others can be attributed primarily to weaknesses and poorly designed infrastructure of Microsoft Windows software, to the tune of trillions of dollars of economic losses for US economy.

President Obama and his "Cyber" team are ill informed as the depth of this problem for the country, especially since the might and political influence of Microsoft prevents their true learning experience and any pertinent knowledge gained to any relevant level, and the administration is too cozy with Silicon Valley behemoths as to alloy any objective and abstract evaluations that make sense.

Great concept of international Cyber security cooperation and standards, but still a naive pipe dream, particularly given the revelations of USA NSA unscrupulous Cyber snooping on "close allies and their heads of state" and on millions of innocent citizens and children in non-threatening, developed democratic countries as well.

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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

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via additional choices are good

Since Samsung has seen fit to pre-install Microsoft mobile apps that I detest and that cannot be removed, I will most certainly look closely at new Huawei P8 smartphone as alternative to Samsung S6 for purchase soon.

Samsung and other Mobile behemoths, most from West must realize that viable choices could and should blunt their domination, ofter oppressively and draconian of mobile marketplace, providing at least some level of fair trade options.

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Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

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One can only hope that significant proportion of Windows 10 development focuses strongly on making the Operating System (OS) substantially more secure and reliable than previous versions, which have shown Windows to be very poor by comparison to Apple Mac OS X, desktop oriented Android and Linux - in reliability, scalability and adequate OS security.

It is incredulous that in 2015, Windows is the only mainstream OS requiring momentous install of anti-malware bloatware in order to just work at all. Every non-Microsoft supported, paid-for or endorsed reasonaby objective study has shown this Windows security malady to be the case

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Windows Phone 10: Less stuff that does more – plus IE-killer Project Spartan

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Fluff and Gee-Whiz distractions

With all the articles on new aesthetic features of Windows 10, why does Microsoft not place considerably more emphasis on required significant improvements to Windows in "security", reliabiliy and adherence to Open, Internet and International standards as a priority rather than piece-meal reactionary approach.

Today, April 18th 2015, Windows Operating Systems (OS) are the only mainstream OS that cannot work without substantial anti-virus/trojan/worm bloatware that provide only about 60 percent improvement in keepin out malware.

The venerable NTFS file system still has no "viable" replacement - ReSFS remain experimental in capability - that is comparable to any worthwhile degree for robustness, functionality and scalability to ZFS, XFS or btrfs file systems on *NIX that are esential for any level of reliable computing in 21st century.

Gee-Whiz!! visual fluff just wont cut it.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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no such thing as Internet scrub

The idea by Senator Feinstein, and indeep various other US politicians and most of the US population that documents and data can be fully and permanently "scrubbed" from the Internet has the tell-tale signs of severe ignorance and arrogance by Americans that they can now control every aspect of what transpires on the Internet throughout planet Earth.

If ever the USA, or any other "western" power were to attempt such a mistaken action, it is likely that China would certainly create a separate Internet infrastructure for their own use, and probably get cooperation and support from Russia, many other Asian and mid-East countries as well from Africa. These entities probably won't care that the Internet as we know it would be permanently fragments, as long as it and their countries were not fully controlled by the "West".

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EMC and Cloudera withdraw from Indiana big data event

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Hopefully hundreds of national and International entities will boycott Indiana

While the article did indicate the costs dollarwise to both EMC and Cloudera of pulling out of Indiana technology services event, the point of principle surely is more important than that of some sacrifice in lost money outlay.

Undoubtably, many national USA and international business and organizations will continue to eagerly do business in Indiana, purely for crass "Capitalism" as the ultimate "American Way", than any human rights or human dignity position, and irregardless of the significant attack to the "so-called" principles of "Justice for All" and equality that USA relentless spews on the rest of the world.

Even in last few years American blacks and others from Latin America, Caribbean, Africa and even those non-Caucasian citizens of Canada visiting USA have voiced their strong objections of bad and blatant discrimination treatment in Indiana and other Southern and mid-Western States - to no avail, all at the hands of so-called Christian conservatives whose religious beliefs do not accept blacks, Native Americans, Latinos and Asians as “equal” human beings and citizens deserving of same civil protections, and especially in regard rejecting any social interactions with whites.

All these stupid acts of Christian interpretation are tolerated and de-facto legal in more than 25 States, now confirmed by new law that clearly extend dubious and possibly hostile discrimination to those "apparently" perceided as gay.

How sick must the USA become mentally and socially before the country descends into total dysfunction.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Re: "This is why this law is needed": industry move out of Indiana

In USA and Indiana, when business applies for license to serve "the Public", it undertakes the responsibility to abide by and honour that license conditions.

If the business owner really feels obliged not to serve Gays or blacks for example according to their religion, they have no right for acquiring such "Public Service License"

They can always start a religious "retreat" with food service and other services for non-gays, non-blacks and any other despised persons according to their religion.

Do that instead.

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industry move out of Indiana

One of the most potent challenges to the idiotic law recently passed in Indiana would be for very large independent shareholders of Subaru Automotive, maunfactured in that State to threaten or actually sue Subaru for remaining there with harsh treatment and detrimental effects on company's gay employees in public services.

Only with this type potential strong action, of Subaru or other large manufacturer moving completely out of Indiana to jurisdiction like Mexico and devastate economy of the state, will Indiana and all the other homophobic and hateful states realize their stupidity.

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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finally some justice

It is hoped that the plaintiffs in UK are successful in obtaining hundreds of millions of pounds in compensations from Google, as this is the "only" type of deterent that large oppressive technology companies like Google, Microsoft and others, even Apple to understand and which is effective in getting them to stand down from illegal, unethical and draconian actions.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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States as pawns of Telcos

I suspect the Tennessee State Attorney General and State Legislators have an alternative political agenda, directed by Comcast.

What would be the State's position if Chattanooga allowed the "private" Google to setup the City and surronding areas broadband with 70% less costs than would go to Comcast?

Unfortunately many of these states are completely in pocket of Telcos like Compcast, Verizon and AT&T, and are willing to allow these telecomms/Internet services monopolies to milk the State dry for the personal financial enrichment of ruling politicians.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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This action bt Telcos is not unexpected.

What is so obvious is that is most other developed nations, Net Neutrality type regulations have actually helped these jurisdictions operate more freely, and Internet access quality and rates for business, government and citizens are better than in USA - by every measure, which is supposedly the "Greatest Nation on Earth" (sic).

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Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

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Chilean subservience to Imperial Greed is assured

There is also no proof that Microsoft did not pay-off Chilean politicians to oppose the bill, on threat of funding their opposition and wrecking Chile's economy, much like the NRA Gun Lobby bought and subjected politicians to oppose "sensible" Gun registration regulations here in USA.

Equal consideration for Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) as viable alternative to proprietary software in quality, reliability, security and Rerturn-on-Investment (ROI) should "never" be a political football.

For Chileans to fall prey to the Mafioso style blackmail and intimidation tactics used substantially in Italy and here in USA, means that country is signing it's economic independence death certificate.

Previously there was Monsanto, US Based Tobacco companies and now draconian, bullying tactics fron technology corporations. South and Central America is further reduced to backward banana republics, controlled by money and subservience to greedy, oppressive "Capitalistic" behemoths.

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VMware wants amicable end to 'meritless' Linux-lifting lawsuit

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VMWare will probabl lose their false defence

What is so sad and sickening about one aspect of this VMWare lawsuit is that several Microsoft worshipping idiots have contacted me refering to the inevitability of GPL and FOSS goin down the tube - so to speak - which would be a signiicant benefit to Microsoft in their tiny little dysfunctional minds.

Why has FOSS technolog in business cretaed such antagonistic and draconian positions and behavior from many people? I am fully aware of the heights to which Microsoft itself went in early 2000s to denigrate and disparage Linux and FOSS, een resorting to outrageous lies and false representations in their rhetoric in print, TV and on Internet.

I just did not expect millions of Microsoft worshippers to take such balone to heart still in 2015.

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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no factual support or reason fo this article

The article author has a very skewed and bias view - in favour of the large Internet infrastructure carriers, who have shown and been proven over and over again to be oppressive, deceitful, conduct "illegal" activities, and many other actions that so far cannot be attributed to Google, Facebook, Twotter - at least no where near level of carrier bullies behavior.

4 to 6 millions citizen with same viewpoints, supported by most "all" other networking companies, including Google, Facebook, Netflix, etc can' be that wrong.

Bwsides which, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T et al, can just as easily setup similar services in competition to Google and Facebook any time they wish. In fact they aleady have.

This article is therefore a scare tactic or just another crass attempt to grab more readers.

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Google gives spit n' polish to world's most expensive Chromebook

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Finally, an excellent, indisputable challenger to MacBook Pro/Air and Surface Pro 3

Google has mad it diffiult for mere peons like myself who cannot afford or justify purchase of this very good machine.

What is most tempting however is fact that Linus Torvalds used an Original Chromebook Pixel modified to support Gentoo Linux, on which ChromeOS is based. With that type combination on new model, neither the top MacBook Pro/Air nor Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (still runs Swiss cheese security and broken Windows OS) even comes close.

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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

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Civility and some honesty from Microsoft. What gives?

Crappy excuses have taken a turn to more nuanced admissions from Microsoft.

No more denial rants and competitor dissing like those from Steve Ballmer?

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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Re: Heads will roll?

If commenter jojack is like most citizens, especially those in Western countries, he will probably have forotten about the Superfish debacle in a few months - a symptom of Attention Deficit Syndrome (ADS) suffered by hundreds of millions - and would probably run to purchase next new Gee-Whiz! Lenovo introduced with some supposedly unusual feature.

I have witnessed this malady many times with all types and categories of technology clients over past twenty plus years.

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EU governments are CRAP at cloud, moans Brussels' infosec watchdog

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Not developed here (in EU) problem?

The results of this report are baffling, particularly because a great deal or most of the best Cloud Services technologies - like OpenStack, Cloudstack, Docker Containerization, etc, including Cloud Management and Operating Sstem infrastructure software like Linux is Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) which would not place any burden on the European Union in regards to costs or quick adoption and mastering of these great and innovative (Internationally developed) technologies.

Maybe it's the language barrier for non-English speaking countries! :(

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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same 'ole Southern states policies

It is unsurprising and somewhat ironic that North Carolina and Tennessee congresspersons would take position and actions as stated here - in article: "".. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and House rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) proposed legislation to Congress on Friday to undo the FCC's decision. “It is disturbing, yet not surprising, that the FCC and Chairman [Tom] Wheeler are attempting to deny the sovereign right of states to make their own laws,” said Senator Tillis." - as these same type sentiments were expressed in full and strong support for retaining slavery in those same states.

It seems the USA has made very little progress toward policies and laws that are to the betterment of society overall, and instead cling to practices that benefit (includin financially) only the few - slave owners then for free labour and greedy Internet carriers now.

The fact that Western developed nations and others in Asia and elsewhere are ahead of USA in quality high speed, unrestricted Internet access are reasonable rates due to their early adoption of core "Net Neutrality regulations, should give Americans pause in supporting and remaining dupes for these goliath, predatory and greedy Internet "carrier" Services providers.

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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How quickly the public will forget

Of one thing Lenovo and most other companies, technology or otherwise is "full aware of", consimers and even business in USA, UK and other jurisdictions suffer from a severe case of Attention Deficit Sndrome (ADS) and will quickly have forgotten the 'Superfish' scandal, when Windows 10 is released for consumption.

The the company can then proceed to install or allow installation of "even more" and dangerous bloatware. Go Lenono! Stick it to them.

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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draconian, greedy monopolies should be a thing of the past

Those citizens, community organizations, Internet "content" providers and others who resist monopolistic gouging of the public by greedy, draconian Internet Iinfrastructure carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and others are intimately familiar with the "core issues" contained in this ruling.

This type ruling in favour of eliminating pay-more-for-already-paid-service speaks to lack of same in the past that produced a poor rating for USA internet users value as compared to other Western developed and some Asian nations, who are speeding ahead of USA in this area of unfettered Internet access with reasonable rates for any quality of Internet access

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Youtube not idiot viewing, article author statement is.

There are many organizations, institutions ans school systems for whom Youtube in an indispensible resource for publishing their content to a very wide audience. Even many technology or educational instructional videos are available only on Youtube.

Jut this week I was able to view the performances of various singing groups that I liked from the past - 1970s through 1990s - on Youtube, which would have been otherwise impossible, so the article author's characterization of Youtube as an "idiot viewing platform" really indicates how idiotic he/she really is.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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crocadile tears

Companies like Apple only consider, or say they consider steps to "fix" the broken software patent system in USA, only now that they have been the victim. Up to this point Apple, IBM, Microsoft and othes were quite happy and driven to support "RockStar" Patent Trolling company that they established in attempt to extort tens of billions of $$$dollars from Google or stop Google dead in it's tracks.

Such supposed chane of heart and/or bigoted position should make most technology users cringe in their skins.

Unless and until "software" patents are eliminated or vastly restricted, the USA will suffer significantly due to penalty of these ridiculous patents on small inovative entities not being able to compete with the oppressive behemoths. Apple is now reaping what it has sewn.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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"Presently", the customization that Motorola offers for it's smartphones is limited to choices of back cover colour and material type - silver metal or colour plastic for bezel. Such sensible options in no way diminishes the quality of value for Motorola smartphones, as perople like my wife - who was a Corporate Interior Designer and exceled in Graphic Arts as a hobby, prefer these Artistic choices.

One commenter has link to Video where Steve Jobs dismissed the Android based 7" tablets, only to produce them later. What is ironic about the non-sensical view taken by Jon Ivy and by Jobs - re preferable tablet size is his reference to Microsoft Windows as an "Open Platform" because of multiple manufacturer support which is ridiculous, since Apple iOS and OS X as well as Windows are strictly "proprietary" and not open in any sense.

Unfortunately these technology icons continually insult people's intelligence by making stuoid statements in support of theie myopic and financially beneficial viewpoints.

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IBM drops patent bomb on Priceline.com

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What most commenters here miss is the whole insane and idiotic issue of software patents in the first place, grantedin most instances based on logical actions rather some innovative way of process.

One of the most prominent and respected Intellectual Property Attorneys in USA - covering Trademarks, Patents and Copyright indicated - with full support of large swarthwes of colleagues - that the issuance of software patents in USA - which are being reviewed or blocked completely in other developed nations, is so ludicrous by an inept US Patent Office that is is theoratically legal for an applicant to apply for patent on how human beings and mammals breathe, thus subjecting any and all persons in USA to patent proyalty payments for breathing.

Note that USA patent office accepst patent applications , not based of firsrt creator/developer, but first entity to apply for patent, irregardless of any assocoation to patent in question.

This is description - to an extreme - of the stupidity of software patents, which will negatively affect techology software innovation in USA, and to advantage of software development in other compeeting jurisdictions.

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Let freedom RING! Americans can now legally liberate phones from axis of network evil

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some positive changes

The only downside to these news laws affect Carriers in USA, like AT&T previously being the only source for "new" Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone that I can now use (properly unlocked) on T-Mobile.

Cudos to President Obama and those legislators that heeded the mass opbections to draconian regulations that hurt consumers.

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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Microsoft square peg in Round hole technology world

It is incredulous for Microsoft and it's supported development community to believe that developers for Free/ Open source Software (FOSS) tools in Java, OpenStack Cloud Computing, KDV/Xen Virtualization, Apache Hadoop big data analytics and other development like Docker Containerization will want to transition to Windows development platform when every one of these FOSS projects senior development managers have stated quite unambiguously that their software is developed and runs more reliably, more efficiently - faster, more scalable and flexible, with far less bugs and base OS security vulnerabilities on Linux or BSD UNIX-like than any Microsoft foundation development environment.

I applaud Microsoft CEO Mr. Nardella on his aims of embracing the FOSS” type” development model, probably through his many years experience as a true technologist, but the Microsoft hegemony of software development has always been very strictly proprietary and non-compliant to Open, International standards, and it would take years without any guarantee of success to amalgamate the Microsoft kludge systems to new standard of (true - as defined by fsf) FOSS development.

All that stale Microsoft baggage just won't fit in.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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I wish Ubuntu Smartphones and parent Ununtu much success in it's iintroduction of Ubuntu One devices. This represents a refreshing and technically innovative alternative to the Android and Apple iOS homogony that controls the marketplace. Microsoft Windows smartphones are "verified" as losing marketshare, and the proprietary Windows development tools of yesteryear are past their prime of relevance.

Any Ubuntu smartphone with similar hardware specifications as Motorola Moto-X 2nd generation in competitive price range will guarantee sale to me and 3 other family members.

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