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Permabit builds shrink-your-SAN dedupe box

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Shame..

I know a lot of SME's that would be interested in this, but at least 75% of them use iSCSI!

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Re: 16GB of RAM

I've tried this, the benchmarks are mind blowing, but in reality unless you leave your computer on for very long periods - don't bother!

RAPID is a temporary cache, you will see no performance increase on boot, and applications will only get cache'd on or after first start up. So unless you leave you PC on, the Cache will constantly be recreated.

Then as other have pointed out there is the issue of corruption after power loss, which is very real. before I brought my 750GB SSD, I attempted to use 2x1TB drives with a 128GB SSD to act as a cache using the very same software Samsung purchased and rebranded to RAPID. Every time the system crashed it kept corrupting, leaving the HDDs in an inconsistent state which corrupted the Windows installation, the only solution to fixing it was a complete re-install with the loss of everything. In the end I gave up and purchased a large enough SSD to get the performance I wanted.

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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Wonder if this would work with roller blades!

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Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

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In the late 90's I used to envy your connectivity in the states, Cable and ADSL was a wet dream for most wanna-be geeks in the UK. I honestly don't understand the full situation, but after everything I've read I think the FCC could take lessons from the UK and other EU models.

Since OFCOM (the UK's equivalent of the FCC) forced BT to separate infrastructure and customer operations, and allow competitors access to that infrastructure, it has meant other ISPs could compete and even install their own equipment in the BT exchanges, which was a driving factor for ADSL2+, and now they're fairly well advanced in rolling out VDSL/FTTC (Ironically, they missed my f*cking street!).

It still suck a$$ compared to some of the connectivity you hear about in Asia.. but thats life!

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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With suction so powereful..

It will clean out your wallet and bank account at point of purchase!

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

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Re: Oracle's acquisition of MySQL???

Sun hard 3 assets that were of value to Oracle -

MySQL

JAVA

Sun Hardware

If Sun did not own MySQL, you can bet your bottom dollar what Oracle would not have touched them with a barge pole. I think the Gent's real gripe is the development and release cycle has taken somewhat of a nose dive and they are not playing nice with others, fact is MySQL is no longer innovative, instead they are playing catch up with forks such as MariaDB.

A few months ago we made the decision to dump MySQL in favour of MariaDB, probably the best move we've in a while.

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AMD claims record with latest overclock-happy FX Series chips, again

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Re: Sadly...

3 years ago we purchased some Dell R715 servers with the AMD 16 Core Piledriver CPU's, the beasts still give our brand new Intel based servers a run for their money. Can't comment on the power usage though, I tend not to look to much at that ;)

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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We've been hacked.. Its the first thing people always scream.

But a large number of data breaches are inside jobs.. wouldn't surprise me if it was some System Admin just trying to get his rocks off and then decided to take a copy home with him! I've had this on our internal network, staff Sync up their phones and wham, suddenly they've dumped all their private pictures onto the network.. accessible to anybody with admin privileges.

But I'm a nice guy.. I warn staff when this happens. Right after I copy them off... for umm evidence!

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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You've missed the original posters point completely. All he's indicating is the speeds etc do not justify the price difference - which as some who owns both, I'd agree with. Whilst the i7 might be snappier, its negligible. A person would be better off investing the savings in more RAM, 2xSSD (in RAID) and better GFX card..

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Wearables market set to EXPLODE... Wait, is that a STRAP-ON chair?

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Looks more like a Ski Mojo

I ski with a few friends who get fatigued easily, so they use this - http://www.skiallday.co.uk/sm/

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BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE

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Re: Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell

Amazing thanks for the info Steve.. I'm unlikely to leave him in the corner as my dog has a habbit of chasing spider whilst trying to eat them. But I'll be more gentle next time.

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Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell

My girlfriend called me into the kitchen the other day and said "There is a massive spider", usually that means bigger than a money spider.. Not this time. Heres a photo of it, the light switch gives you an idea of how big it was -

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-jg6wARc6dCI/U-qKGSt2AAI/AAAAAAAACNE/u1sfsu9fMKs/w807-h454-no/DSC_0047.JPG

Whilst its not massive in comparison to some spiders, for the UK, this is probably the biggest spider I've ever seen inside a house.

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Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests

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"you might think that's goodnight for virtualisation"

In your wet dream!! ...

Containers and Virtulisation might be the same species, but they are different breeds.. Your comparing a race horse vs a shire horse. They exist for different purposes, the reason I run VMWare is because it turns the tin into a Mongrel, i.e. so it can have a bit of everything.. The reason I run containers, well actually I'm still trying to figure that out!

The chances of Containers replacing Virtualisation are ZERO, ZILCH, NIL, NULL, SWEET FA.... Its elementary my dear el-reg hack.

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

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Re: So they are

My bad, I missed the MKV mention and my knowledge of codecs is limited to "WTF.. why won't it play?!". So thanks for pointing those bits out :)

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So they are

Still limited and most importantly missing mkv etc.. so essentially there is no difference to the 360..

The best thing I ever did was ditch my PS3 and 360 in favour of a gaming PC and Couch Master for the lounge.. Its not for everybody, but its worked out a dam site cheaper on Games and I'm able to watch anything I like :)

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Dell slaps Intel Haswell brawn in monster Precision workstations

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Rules of thumb for you -

1) Use Dell's website for finding hardware

2) Never buy anything from Dells website, call them and demand a discount, I frequently get 30-40% off my purchases

3) If you need services, see section 2. Dell has a massive list of solutions and services. But their website is not the place to find them, you'll often find them elsewhere, such as www.dellups.com/ (and yes, WTF!!)

But figure Dell out and you'll be surprised, they can deliver mostly a good 1 stop shop :)

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Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?

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Everytime time Gartner comes up with hyperbole like this, or somebody quotes a Gartner report, a cat video gets uploaded to the internet.

Please Gartner, think of the poor kittens.. stop this abuse, cease this madness, help clear the internet of all these cat videos!

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On test: Samsung 845DC EVO 3-bit Toggle MLC and 845DC PRO 3D V-NAND SSDs

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Awesome drives..

After having 2 smaller SanDisk SDD's fail on me (in RAID) and no success with the comsumer SSD caching solutions (they all suck!), I bit the bullet and brought a large 750GB 840 EVO - I'd highly recommend it, they are amazing drives, my PC boots in about 6 seconds and the management software is really clean and effective.

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

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Re: Do you think they care?

"They already have all the blueprints of the chips, so short-term problems for them are zero."

You obviously don't know your history. The USSR stole blue prints for a lot of western technologies, but everything they copied was inferior and they could not keep pace, its one of the many reasons the USSR collapsed.

Having the blue prints is one thing, having the FAB's, infrastructure and intellects to build from them is another. The likes of Intel, IBM and AMD spend billions on research and developing tools to create smaller and faster infrastructure, which in turn requires other highly specialized tools and high skilled individuals to operate - Where do you propose Russia will get these from.

Fact is, we live in an integrated world, which requires global cooperation. No one country can afford to be completely isolationist, if they are, then they end up losing what the others have to offer. Whilst there has been major headlines about sanctions, such spats between countries are nothing new, a few years ago they were called trade embargo's, quotas and import duties!

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Leaked docs reveal power of malware-for-government product 'FinFisher'

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Re: So quite a lot of AV not very good?

Nope not surprised, firewalls that support DPI will require this. But this is an exception and not a norm (obviously depending on sector).

@roo, quaint indeed and probably naive ;)

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Re: So quite a lot of AV not very good?

I've little experience of implementing deep packet inspection, but if I wrote the software, I send it out via 443 with the traffic SSL encrypted and rely upon the volume of legitimate traffic to shroud it. Detecting this on a business network would be incredibly difficult, on a home network it might be more probable, but it would require either the use of a Nextgen Firewall or suitable traffic analyzer, even then it would be like finding a need in a haystack.

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Elite Systems promises to order ZX Spectrum revival in two weeks

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Re: Can't beat the original

Jetpac, those were the days.

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Veeam's vigorous voyage vindicates virty servers' backup virtues

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Re: why

It could have been a shrewd move. But then this probably came down to 2 factors

1) EMC offers its own range of products, such as Avamar, so why would they have 2 products that compete with each other?

2) This would have raised concerns at companies who produce similar products, who VMWare relies upon to provide a software eco-system for the vSphere platform..

Finally, VMWare has track record of making buying out irrelevant companies, I don't pretend to understand their logic, but they tend to realise it was a poor mistake and the spin it out. Personally I'm just waiting for them to open source their logging solution ;)

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You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

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Atom based..

So how hard will it be to put Windows on it? and Dual boot?

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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Re: Best f**in 'buds on the F**in West F** coast,? Bos gonna sue your ass mf**ker

And let me guess - being a ghetto gang-dduuhh, you stole a pair, an thay wur wik-ed?

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Termination charges drop smacks Vodafone and EE in the WALLET

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Re: EE

Get your phones through CPW or Phones4u, that way they are unlocked and the only bloatware is the default stuff from the Manufacturers.. but like you I root it, which removes the crap and allows you to install decent ad blockers.

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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

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Re: don't matter one jot

Tip - Encrypt it before you upload it!

I'm not a fan of most Cloud, but I do use Glacier for backup, but all content is encrypted client side before it is uploaded.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Boring

"I run windows Vista, it cost me £200 .. do I upgrade to win 7 for probably about £100, or pay what's likely to be about £200"

Since you still run Vista, I'll make a few assumptions and guess your PC is just an appliance/tool, rather than used for gaming or a hobby. So your PC is working but possible showing its age?

If that is the case, wait for Windows 9, then buy yourself a new PC with an OEM version of Windows installed! You'll be able to pick up a reasonable system for £300-400.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

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Re: Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI

A/C you miss the point, El Reg states

"Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI if they want to carry its new Android Silver brand"

So your happy with every phone having the same UI, the only choice you get in the plastic case it comes in?

The reason android has been so successful is because its flexible and adaptable. Personally I happily run with vanilla Android, but I also like having other options available to me!

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Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI

Customisation is one of the primary means that manufacturers use to set their devices apart, also consumers like having that choice.

Nice move Google - Now watch the manufacturers grab their coats and run for the exit, switching the lights off as they leave.

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

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Re: Nice

Agreed - Though getting an unexpected thank you is always nice :)

IT works in the "shadows" (aka back room), as somebody once said, if the job is done properly, nobody knows about it. Most people only give thought to IT when things go wrong, not when that same IT team is working through out the night to ensure their work does not impact the commercial operations.

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"you had to print out licenses for soldiers" ..

Captain to his squad: Sorry guys, we don't have enough licences, we'll be sued if we issue you with the armor and guns.. Just hold this replica and shout BANG BANG BANG

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Microsoft challenges US gov over attempts to search overseas data

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Data hosted in Ireland

Surely this falls under the EU Data Protection directive - Whilst I commend Viviane Reding for taking on the mobile operators, I would now like to see those feisty teeth sunk into this.. Swiftly followed by the middle finger salute to Uncle Sam!

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Chrome OS leaks data to Google before switching on a VPN, says GCHQ

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It also, handily, identifies "significant risks" in the operating systems.

Roughly translated - "Now that we have finished raping your network .. here is how we did it.."

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Ofcom's campaign against termination rates continues

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Re: Noooo!

Nah.. It would have happened already as cost of calling mobiles has been dropping year on year for the past 4 years, the rates we paid during this time are approx -

2010 - 7.8p

2012 - 3.2p

2013 - 1.5p

That not to say there has not been an increase, but phone-mageddon is unlikely.

The cost of landline calls had dropped slightly during in this period, unfortunately I never paid much attention to these, but probably from about 1.2ppm to 0.5ppm.

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VMware kills control freak protector, says 'big plans' for HA afoot

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Recent releases have focussed ... “monster VMs”

This is my main issue with VMWare these days... going for the big fish and paying little attention to its SME customers.

I wish VMWare would concentrate on making cost of their tools more affordable for SME's, I have 2 vSphere Essential Plus licences, but we have now outgrown these. To upgrade to the full VMWare suite is going to cost us in the region of £10-12k.

I love VMWare, it has given us a rock solid virtualisation platform, but from a cost perspective Hyper-V is currently looking extremely enticing, and the functionality gap is fairly narrow these days (for an SME's requirements anyway).

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: TRAITORS

Luke 11, What is your problem? Is your cushy job at GCHQ now under threat ..

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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Just for Men?

A stupid of observation, but Craig Federighi looks like the guy from the Just for Men ad's ;)

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Re: Its not suprising..(Just use Classic Shell!)

Dan Paul, its a good suggestion and great for home, but gone are the days where IT teams could roll out experimental features ;) if it breaks and causes problems on even a dozen PCs then it would cause a crisis within the company. Its one of the reasons IT departments stick to best-practice with tried-and-tested.

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Re: Its not suprising..

"People like you like to conflate the so-called problem to validate your own opinion"

Thats right - People like me, who are paid to deliver such decisions, more commonly known as professionals. I pitty which ever company hires you as a PFY wanna-be, now go un-jam that printer!!

(/me preps the cattle prod!)

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Its not suprising..

I was quite excited a few months back when el-reg showed the photo on Windows with the Start Menu back. But as it stands, I have 100+ people at my company who use Windows 7 everyday, all these people want and need is the tools to do their job. If I rolled out Windows 8 on our network it would

a) Cause panic because people will freak out as they can't find what they need

b) Cause a revolt when people demand Windows 7 back

c) Make my life incredibly difficult dealing with the above and having to train them on the changes

So, Windows 8+ will not see the light of day on our network until Microsoft delivers experience and usability that is consistent with Windows 7.

I was talking to a Microsoft rep a couple of days ago about upgrading, he tried convincing me that Microsoft make it painless by offering lots of onsite and online training. He did not comprehend that if staff have to go through this, it brings disruption to staff, the business and at the end of the day will hit the companies profits.

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Loved-up shared storage silos in SHOCK SPLIT!

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Exactly where we have ended up..

This reflects our experience and is exactly where we have arrived. Our stack looks like this

ESXi Hosts

Hybrid iSCSI SAN

Disk to Disk Backup with Deduplication

Disk to Cloud Backup for archiving (Documents, call recordings etc to Glacier)

Disk to Tape Backup for DR (Virtual Machine images etc)

Coming up with a strategy for Cloud Backup was quite difficult for us, in the end we decided it only had 1 benefit which is long term storage of cold data at a reasonable price. Cost wise, we have been very pleasantly surprised, we uploaded about 3TB of data (consisting of around 700k files) and the total for the month was about £20.. I would never use this for DR purposes, as we calculated this would cost a small fortune to recovery a large volume of data in a short period.

"Suppliers like Nasuni say the cloud can be used for primary storage with local caching appliances."

Maybe for the "junk" fileshares where all the crap accumulates - but unless they have a 100% uptime grantee and compensation scheme to cover company costs and lost revenue, forget it!

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Tens of thousands of 'Watch Dogs' pirates ENSLAVED by Bitcoin botmaster

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Publishers missing a trick?

I'd gladly had over 5% of my GPU and CPU for a free game ;)

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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

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Cool article..

El Reg should put together a communal list of these types of tools and recommendations .. Spiceworks is great, but El Reg is better ;)

2 Tools I can't live without

Microsoft RDCM - Brilliant Remote Desktop Manager, I've tried a lot of 3rd party tools, but they are all really slow.

SecureCRT and SecureFX - Excellent tools for working with Linux boxes and managing Shell sessions.

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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Re: Pricey and f*ck ugly..

Your are correct to highlight the screen. But the comment your responding is trying to point out the sum value of the parts does not justify the actual cost. It is a rather simplistic argument as this is a specialist laptop, but that comes down to personal opinion and whether something if practical use.

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US giant NBC 'leaks' PRIVATE Amazon keys in Github Glenn gaffe

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Umm

"Cloud-based tools are a fantastic way for an organisation of any size to reduce the cost and admin of all kinds of internal and external software platforms,"

Is this a story? Or a promo?

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Cloud computing aka 'The future is trying to KILL YOU'

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Common sense at last :) very nice breakdown and couldn't agree more..

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Re: A shame

What cooling are you using on this?

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Battered Cisco weathers another stormy quarter

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No turnaround in sight for weak sales in emerging markets..

"Emerging markets", well what do they expect.. Of course they will show Cisco the middle finger when Cisco are probably asking for 20% of GDP for a few Routers and Switches ;)

Personally, I'd show Cisco the middle finger even if they offered the kit for free!

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Portable toilet mistaken for killer Nork drone

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Incoming...

Oh... SH*T!

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