* Posts by K

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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Re: El-Reg

YES!

El-reg, can we have a PFY one aswell please...

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El-Reg

Please can I request a Polo Shirt with a massive BoFH emblem embroided into the back :) .. I intend to make it compulsory uniform for my team!

Maybe not the uniform, but I'd definitely buy one, and I'm sure others will.

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

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we had a Mitel 3300 phone system with External HotDesk licences.

Being a call center our PBX is business critical, but manufacturers just take the piss, you need a licence for a phone, another for the user, another for each SIP trunk...

... buy a decent Asterisk based PBX and you'll never have to worry about licensing.

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FalconStor blows clouds into FreeStor software rewrite

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Holmes

FreeStor will be available for purchase

Now that's an oxymoron..

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Pint

This has "dual" PSU's and supports USB 3... what do you think?

Yep, HP Microserver ;) I have one sitting under my desk, still the best available, and a side benefit it makes an awesome foot rest.

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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Re: GPS maps are not the same

"the update frequency was terrible"

Sounds like modern day OTA for phone firmware upgrade.. ba dum tsh

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The joy of six: VMware ecstatic after finally emitting new vSphere

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Re: just in time

Sadly I have to agree.

Whilst there are some rather cool features, from a business perspective they are of little interest to us, VMWare appears to have forgotten their core SME customers in this release, or at least in this announcement. I was hoping for some more value added components, especially since I'm about to splurge large sums of money on new licensing - Maybe there will be some news in the coming days :)

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Curved screens... says it all ready

The mobile industry is stagnant and short of ideas, its pretty much reminds of the mid-tier Laptop market, nearly every device is the same spec, very little to differentiate them.. I have a 2 year old Sony Z Ultra, with a 6.5" 1080p screen, 64Gb and runs Lollipop like a dream, runs all the latest and greatest games. There is virtually nothing new they can offer.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: ya right

Got to love British politics, our choices are

A) Get raped in taxes by Labour

B) Have our freedoms stripped by Conservatives

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Either way we're being robbed.

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Sony grovels, offers freebies after PlayStation network spent Xmas TITSUP

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Re: They're still a bunch of dicks even when they act kind

"Also, there is the fear that making the games the same price or cheaper than disc based versions will hurt the brick & mortar stores."

From a customer perspective whether this is Sony/Microsoft price policy is largely irrelevant, its just part of the supply chain. But customers do understand that whilst purchasing a physical product they have an asset they could sell on, additionally there are media and production costs which a customer will understand - when it comes to buying an electronic only product, there is absolutely no resell value in it, and the only cost to the store is bandwidth. So customers expect that to be cheaper.

I'm not aware of the commercials Sony operates on with the studios. But this is the a similar argument to books. eBooks are predominantly cheaper and co-exist with brick-n-mortar stores, there have been a few casualties, but that is evolution weeding out the old.

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Re: They're still a bunch of dicks even when they act kind

There is very little I would actually buy from the P$4 or the M$ Xbox stores.. They want £55 for GTA5 - You can get if from eBay for £35 (for the PS4), likewise once its released for a PC, you'll be able to get it online for £25-30.

I'm really a bit gutted the Steam Machine has not materialised yet, whilst its not everybody's cup of tea, I do think it would force both Sony and Microsoft to take a reality check.

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Whew, US cellcos... Better find a new revenue stream, QUICK

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Re: Should have invested in the good times...

Well its free really is it, you've still got the BBC Tax, sorry I meant TV Licence ..

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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Re: K to conduct a little research on her husband...

Oversight is primarily meant to provide a deterrence, through people knowing that their actions will be audited, that clearly is not deterring enough (Given the gravity on the data being dealt with). What happened next, the people got a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again.

Also they've detected 1 or 2 cases, Wow the NSA chucked a "bone" to the public to show they're not perfect, but they do a reasonable job. The NSA has thousands of employees, this would be just the tip of the iceberg - What would be more interesting to know is how many cases that

a) Get swept under the rug by colleagues and immediate line managers

b) Get reported under misdemeanors

c) Go completely unnoticed

I don't think the worst of the NSA or any of the security services, I have respect for the job they do - But the people who work there are not super-human, they don't suddenly ascend above normal impulses to take advantage of tools given to them. Its like giving the bank vault keys to a bank robber, then telling him not to take anything..

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Terminator

to conduct a little research on her husband...

Curiosity and taking advantage is part of human nature, its a drug, and this type of data is the ultimate virtual "crack". The first time an analyst does a personal-related search, its curiosity. But by then its too late and the person is hooked.

Whats even more worrying though, this often (though unintentionally) creates a vicious cycle, leading from curiosity to paranoia, they then try to use this as a tool to control a person or circumstances.

Oversight cannot work - whilst this type of power is accessible to humans, it will always be abused...

Terminator, maybe the machines might be the least evil option!

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PlayStation clambers back online days after DDoS attack PARALYSED network

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Execuse me Sony.. cough up some compensation please!

My subscription is meant to provide access for a number of days, also your failing to meet a reasonable SLA.. So I'd like those lost days re-added to my account please, and a little extra as a goodwill gesture in the form of decent free games.

Thanks..

Now thats dealt with, lets discuss actual compensation for mental distress, loss of earning, personal anguish due to my kids not being to play their PS4... ;D

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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"they could also be a security risk"

Oh so its safer to use a shared WIFI connection rather that your own dedicated hotspot..

The only counter this is somebody spoofing a hotel SSID, but if your silly enough to use public WIFI without a Firewall or VPN, then you will soon learn your lesson :)

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Stop Xiaomi, oh stop Xiaomi: Samsung to debut Tizen mobe in India in January

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Re: How Ubuntu competes

"but it rides on the back of Debian with over 37500 packages"

Good luck with that.. As a Linux admin and developer, I scream from the roof tops how good Linux is and how it excels as a server OS, but there are reason its had very limited desktop success.

80% of those packages will be server applications, a further 10% will be console only, then the final 10% might be GUI, most of which were designed in 2000-2005 and in desperate need of a makeover, they will also be completely unuseable on a phone-sized screen.

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Re: Will wait for...

Would love to see it myself, but odds are it will be a very niche product. Android and iOS have armies of developers writing apps for them, I just don't see how Ubuntu would hope to compete.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

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Re: A s*#t storm compared to the s*#t typhoon coming with Star Citizen

lmfao .. I'm looking forward to that one. I know so many people who have brought into it (far more than brought Elite) wholesale and they're already living, breathing and shitting it.

That that will be spectacular.

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VMware exiting 2014 with a bang and a security whimper

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VMWare is getting old..

And going through the mid-life crisis, they seem to think a funky name will make them look cool again.

Our Infrastructure is purely vSphere based, and I'm a big fan, but I'm really underwhelmed by their recent offerings. At least Microsoft adds truly value tools and enhancements with each release. With VMWare I've seen nothing in the past 3 years that has made me say "WOW". Lets face it -

Log Insight - A glorified syslog collection tool, which a hefty price tag. There are dozen of other tools that are either free (graylog2, Fluentd etc), or commercial tools that offer full SIEM.

vCenter Operation Management - A bloated piece of junk, that requires 2 seperate VMs, each consumes 8GB RAM minimum. When deployed its proves very unstable and the VMs crash out frequently. I've seen half a dozen occurrences where it freaks out due to some DNS issue and ceases to work, the only way to fix it is have VMWare.

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Pirate Bay towed to oldpiratebay.org

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Region locking is only 50% of the issue, manufacturers need to realise they can't block grey-imports and cherry pick prices, if they want to play in the global market them they need to allow prices to be set by the same market.

At the moment suppliers who import from other markets are often targeted by the manufacturers, this often results in either the supplier being sued or having sactions where the manufacturer refuses to sell products to them.

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

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Have an upvote for mentioning about firmware updates. But I'd disagree on the support front, Netgear have been quite good with this, I've seen upgrades 2-3 years after I brought the equipment.. though finding the firmware can be a little tricky.

One interesting question off the back of this is educating users to life expectancy and maintenance of equipment, older generations pride themselves on "looking" after stuff and use it until its given up the ghost. Whilst this is good from a resource usage perspective, most of them will not be aware of the pitfalls.. i.e. the risks!

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

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Paris Hilton

Well stated and couldn't agree more. Such attacks have no finesse and little skill attached to them, their only purpose is to create as much disruption and inconvenience as possible, i hope they get the book library chucked at them!

Paris.. cause like her, they will be going down..

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Azure has put new life into Active Directory

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Re: Call me a sceptic

Velv, did you read the article? or my comment properly? Cause clearly you missed we used centralised administration when I stated "I would not link our Internal AD to it"

And for skeptics, consider this - this is effectively outsourcing not just a business system, but a fundamental platform that provides entry mechanisms to everything else. Where an outage could have serious consequences for every company and body that uses it, and judging by Microsoft's (and Amazons) track record in outages is guaranteed to happen. But the ramifications of this won't just be looking somebody out of some hosted Exchange or Office platform. It will shut out access to 3rd party systems and potentially internal systems.

Likewise, your entrusting the keys to your entire corporate infrastructure to a company who has been told that they have to provide US Law enforcement access to servers which are stored in an entirely separate sovereign country, which the US expects to take precedent over local law...

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Pirate

Call me a sceptic

Breaking news - Azure outage takes 70% of corporations offline.

Breaking news - Azure worm cascades to 99% of Windows Servers through bug in sync mechanisms.

Breaking news - NSA asks US Court to force Microsoft to give remote access to AAD connected devices

Breaking news... Linux-users are pissings themselves with laughter! chanting "told ya so.. told ya so!"

I'm pretty certain we'll use utilise this for something in the distant future, but I would not link this to our internal A/D.

BTW nice review, thanks Trevor :)

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The SILO SPRAWL: So just how much virtualising software lipstick does it need?

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Devil

Re: Congratulations

Sorry.. when I read "heterogeneous data storage silos" my built in BoFH bullshit generator went into overdrive.

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Coat

The more hybrid and heterogeneous data storage silos we have

will allow us to synergize and diversify, to ensure alignment with globalisation and generation X. This will lead to organic growth setting a milestone and allow us to Push the envelope. We'll Leverage this with a Holistic Approach causing Disruptive innovation and Outside the box growth leading to a Paradigm shift!!!

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Do you spend ages wasting time because of a bulging rack?

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Saved £250k ..

But spanked £300k on the new array!

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NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online

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Big Brother

A proverb comes to mind ..

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts..

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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Re: Glass, hmm..

Agreed.. also the leg pulley was doing most of the work.. if you want to give a convincing demonstration it should be on a concrete surface, with the person literally hanging from it..

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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LOL

http://www.zdnet.com/2014-the-year-the-cloud-killed-the-datacenter-7000035676/

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

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Re: *MY* network? Not really.

" I am really just custodian of it for the people who matter. The security changes I'm implementing are done with the consent of my users"

Give that Ninny a prize!

You've hit the nail on the head, the key here is custodian, guardian and sentinel..

The company I work for started off with just 3-4 of us, I was the original back-end developer and systems administrator, ultimately sole responsibility for all infrastructure was my responsibility, including all changes and purchases, so being naive, it was my network.

But as time has rolled on the company has increased to 120 staff, the infrastructure is still my responsibility, but I "matured" and realised it wasn't mine, I simply had oversight of it, and it was even more difficult to reliquish some of that responsibility and trust others with it, but now I have a team of Administrators and sharing this responsibility is the best thing I could have done...

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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Because I am ..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs5RV4GW01U

Now girls, form an orderly queue..

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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Re: Still wondering why

Possibly an unintended bonus.. Even some Tor websites are hosted on shared servers, my guess is they made a grab for the servers IP address / range.

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Veeam varies virty voyage with free endpoint backup tool

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Re: way to go!

Unitrends Certified Recovery Suite.. I won't disclose exactly how much we paid, but it was less than £10k and it gave us full unrestricted licensing for 12 ESXi Hosts for UVB and ReliableDR, delivering it 50% cheaper than Veeam Enterprise (which also included quite a hefty discount)

If your looking for Backup, give them a call. If budget is tight, tell them exactly what your looking to do, be honest about your budget and they'll make it work. Not to toot Unitrends horn too much, but they honestly look after their customers - twice now I've been in a position of needing a backup solution with unrealistically small budgets, but they made it work.

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Re: way to go!

It is a good product, but I dropped them due to their price - We went another direction when we had to increase licensing as I would not pay what they were asking for. The new product we took has been rock solid, likewise we also got a full DR suite that offers features similar to SRM, yet it still came in at 50% of the price..

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Gimp

"Homosexuality is evil and perverse"

But without evil, there can be no good... so therefore, evil is good!

.. now live and let live!

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

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The store check-out experience

Clerk: Sir, that will be $845.34

Customer: Which app do I need to download to make payment?

Then the experience really shines.. as you wait 15 minutes for the App to download on a 2G connection, or spend 15 minutes trying to connect to the stores flakey "free WIFI".

Makes me wonder what happened to the promise of modern technology bringing convenience to our lives!

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The Flash lives up to its name with a fast-paced pilot full of potential

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Trollface

I love Sky and the UK TV industry in general, they are on another level

Really upping their game in the past few years, now over 90% of what they air is

1) Something that has already been "available" online for 3-4 weeks

2) Reality TV that portrays dregs as role models, or gives untalented has-been's another 5 minutes of fame

3) Top gear repeats

Which encouraged me to to have my Sky and Freeview disconnected, in the 3 years since then I have saved about £1800...

So, I love the UK TV industry and want to say, thank you for being so shite, thank you for ensuring I finally got off my fat ass to get a life (and it was fat!) and thank you for ensuring I have enough money to have an extra holiday each year, god bless you!

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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"was seriously hampering the efforts of cops"

Amazing, intention to encrypt by default was only recently announced, its not even present in 99% of android and older devices.. and its hampering efforts!

Aha, yeah, aha, hmmmm, aha... no actually I stopped listening when you started talking sh*t!

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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Devil

And here I was preparing for a massive round of patching..

Where all it requires (initially at least) is ticking of a couple of checkboxes on our Load Balancers to disable SSL3!

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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Re: What's the hold up?

Brilliant!! Brought a smile to my face on this dreary Tuesday afternoon :D

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Cloud to kill off legacy apps, says Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes

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I'd now like to see El-Reg offer the opposing view..

An interesting interview, very much skewed to large Enterprises, little relevance to most SME's. I'd really like to see El-Reg interview somebody without a financially vested interested.

As has been pointed out elsewhere in discussions of similar articles, Cloud has its uses, I've employed it at my company for archiving - but I would never use it for business critical needs, simply because there is not enough accountability or support. My servers are located in a Data Center, by simply picking up the phone I can talk to the person and engineers running the Data Center and NOC.

It was only 3-4 years ago the evangelists were screaming in fanfare that it would be the death of onsite servers. That obviously has not materialized, now they are saying they'll meet onsite servers "halfway" with hybrid cloud.. I'll call "bullshit" to this as well, again it has it uses, but I know very few companies who have a WAN connection fast enough to shift Virtual Machines across the internet at a speed that would be considered "useful".

As for OpenStack, personally I hope it has a good future, VMWare's monopoly means prices are artificially inflated, and the budget I've requested to increase our licensing for 2015 made the Finance team cry! But its far to complex at present, which a large management overhead and not enough support for different hardware vendors.

Perhaps the hybrid cloud will come to full fruition, but not until 1Gb and 10G connections are cost effective for SME's.

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Microsoft: Yeah, about that 50% post-Christmas customer price hike...

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Re: Fuck you, Microsoft

"And what VOIP solution is the favourite of the masses? Lync."

God I hope not! Considered Lync for my current place of work, but been warned off it by so many people who have implemented it and come to regret it.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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@dan1980

"I was the only person in IT in an office of around 40 people, 95% of whom were women (just one other guy)."

And I'll ask the question on everybody's lips..

Was it difficult? .. and for anybody waiting for that over question, don't be so rude!

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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"isn't anyone worried about the battery in a phone that isn't protecting it from stress?"

Why are people not worried about electrical cable which only has a 1mm plastic coating to protect them from shock?

Because If you treat it respectfully, its is safe and sufficient..

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PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

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Agreed

I've been pestering my company's ISP for the past 3 years, they still show no sign of rolling it out, but then they have no qualms in bitching each time I ask for a new /24..

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Bubble 2.0? Moneybags VC Andreessen warns profit-free startups: 'You will be VAPORIZED'

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VC's should take their own advise...

And stop lending money to poor investments..

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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Re: I've said it before...

@JustEnough - "And then the next step would be one game trying to prioritise its mining ahead of another game. Or even disabling each other."

You automatically assume the mining would be occurring for the duration the PC is switched on..Why? Do you allow apps or websites to display ads on your phone even when they are not active?

No you don't, it would be unacceptable. Likewise so would this running the mining 24/7. The model could possible consist of a minimum CPU allocated over to this whilst the game is running. With an 8 core CPU, running most game CPU usage sits at < 20%.. so giving over an extra 5-10% to this is nothing

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I've said it before...

And I'll say it again - I'll happily contribute CPU and GPU time in return for a decent game, its Win-Win. The fact that its taken the "dark-side" to lead the way, just shows again how out of touch and behind the times (in my humble opinion) the industry really is!!

So Mr Games Industry.. Drop the f*cking stupid micro payments, slap in some code to mine some currency on idle CPU and get with the future!

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