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Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready

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Re: is this familar?

I've had a (very brief*) play with it and from what I can tell it (ie: docker) is like a combination of the old BSD jails and puppet.

Basically it is a bunch of tools for deploying containerised applications automagically.

* I don't have an application for it so I haven't actually used it in anger. I might set something up in the lab should I ever find a potential use for it.

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

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Re: bunch of tw@ts

I just got a love letter from my provider for an infringement described as "1983 - Eliminator / ZZ Top - Eliminator.flac"

Note the invalid forward slash in the alleged file name.

Also there was a url in the "complaint" to a helpful website at "secure.digitalrightscorp.com" where I could enter my credit card details to "settle the infringement". Nice little earner that.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Re: Please stop publishing this Frankfurt School Political Correctness nonsense already

"Seriously, this Marxist rubbish is getting so very old"

True that. I'm extremely sick of this shit. El Reg standards have slipped over the years. Try going back to mid noughties articles and note the difference.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

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"Why not make the tests more relevant rather than "harder." An example of this might be testing fundamental concepts and/or working on the problem solving capabilities of the individuals taking the tests, rather than their ability to regurgitate propaganda or memorize "the shortest number of clicks" to find the place where Microsoft has most recently moved the control panel items necessary for actually administering a PC?"

I was going to say much the same thing, now I don't need to. Have an upvote.

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Re: Colours?

"The ability to customise and pick a notification colour allowed me glance at my phone and immediately know what was waiting."

Well, that would be nice I guess.

Even better would not being a slave to my phone.

There was a time when people lived quite happily without mobile phones that constantly nagged them for their attention. Hard to believe I know.

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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XP

My old man has an XP laptop. He is one of those types who think "Windows" is what you open a Word document with. He hates the ribbon that he got when some well meaning person "upgraded his Windows" for example.

The laptop is nigh on 12 years old with a Celeron processor and something like 512Mb RAM so it won't run any post XP Microsoft OS which leaves me with the option of telling him to buy a new PC to just browse the internet with or sticking Linux on it for him.

To be quite honest, I haven't got the energy to do either considering his complete lack of computer competence and the chaos and confusion that will surely follow either option. The thought of dealing with that shitstorm is enough to drive me to drink.

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NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

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Re: Maybe meteor strikes are an issue, maybe not

Option A: We build massive arrays of nuclear missiles that we can maybe shoot into space to possibly destroy inbound meteors but none arrive. We waste so much money that the west becomes bankrupt and Africa slips further back towards the stoneage than they already are with no hope of joining the modern world at all. Meanwhile, Islamists rejoice.

Option B: We choose not to waste massive amounts of money on a futile nuclear anti-meteor arsenal because if a big enough meteor is aimed at us no amount of nuclear missiles will help us anyway.

I'm sorry I think I'll go with Option B.

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I disagree. If the data does not support their mantra they will simply adjust the data. These people have form doing that.

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"denialists"

Christoph, do you accept or deny that global temperatures have not risen in 17 years despite massive increases in CO2 output (coming mainly from India and China)

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Re: You mean you don't know?

""What happens if we clean up the environment and it not the cause of global warming? All we'd have then is no smog, non-polluting power and clean water."- Art Challenor"

This quote is based on the incorrect premise that CO2 is somehow "pollution" and "unclean", which it is not.

It also doesn't take into account the enormous social and wealth costs it imposes on billions of people via the ongoing campaign by the various activist greenscum groups around the world to revert the world to the stone age and destroy all human progress in the process.

Al Gore makes millions from this scam at the expense of people like me and you and you are happy for him to keep on doing so on the basis that it might possibly make some sort of positive difference to the world while totally ignoring the enormous consequences.

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Re: @Crazy guy

"Global warming is pretty much settled - it's happening"

Ummm, no, it hasn't happened for 17 years. That is not to say that it won't resume at some point but considering that CO2 output has been rising steadily during that same period then I think it is fair to say that C02 levels are not directly linked to temperature rises as the chicken-little brigade would have us think.

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@jhudsy

"CO2 has been pretty much confirmed as the cause of AGW."

Fact ONE: CO2 levels have risen at rates that often exceed what most of the climate models used to calculate our impending demise in the first place

Fact TWO: The world has not warmed one bit during the last 15-17 years while that was happening

Yet somehow, this is apparently proof positive that CO2 causes global warming.

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

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"legitimate subdomains resolve as expected"

So, how does that work then? How does my noip client update my IP? I'm pretty sure Microshit haven't implemented the "dynamic" part of the noip service.

MS need to be taken behind the shed and shot (NADT). The world would be a better place without them.

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

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"Leaving aside the rights and wrongs of being given custody of the DNS, how the fuck have they managed to take custody so that they can filter out the 'bad' but fail to make sure their servers will stand up to the load so the 'good' is unaffected?"

I doubt it's a problem of their systems not scaling, it is more likely that when they seized the domains they simply plonked them on their own dns servers. There is no way they would have also implemented the backend infrastructure required to allow the noip DDNS client to "phone home" and update their A records.

Effectively, they hamfistedly converted all the "dynamic" addresses to static ones (based on their last known IP address) and then wondered why nothing worked. duh

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I don't even USE Microsoft crap and STILL they manage to create a nightmare for me. I only just signed up for a noip sub domain after ill advisedly changing ISP's and neglecting to check that I could get a static IP. My bad, I should have done my homwork so I sucked it up and setup dynamic dns.

TWO DAYS LATER MICROSOFT YANKS THE FUCKING DOMAIN

H8 H8 H8 H8

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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No

Just no, and not just because it is uglier than those first gen digital watches that were all the rage for about 5 minutes in the early 80's either.

A watch that needs constant attention (recharging) who would want that?

Also, I still have to cart my phone around anyway?

What need are these so-called "smart watches" meant to address?

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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

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Good Grief

Shouldn't this have an "Advertisment" disclaimer in the corner somewhere?

Microsoft has become a hardware company. There is now a range of devices, from phones to phablets to tablets and tablets that verge on laptops, being made by Microsoft. How did that happen

Microsoft sent in the trojan horse to wreck Nokia and then bought the smoldering remains with petty cash once the smoke had settled, that's how it happened. Do try and keep up.

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If you like slipping your hand into Puppets, look for these certified types

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Re: The future of Sysadmining.

Puppet doesn't have gui (that I know of) it is essentially a centralised bunch of scripts that hosts on your network pull down and configure themselves with.

That is an overly simplistic description of course but it will do.

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

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Re: Could the NSA bribe ARM??

"Could the NSA bribe ARM?"

ARM don't make chips, they licence the design. Anybody can purchase a license and then chop and change things around to their hearts desire, including adding or removing any backdoors that may or may not be required in their particular application.

Thusly, I think that if the entire Russian government is driving this project then two things can be safely assumed:

1) Any NSA back doors that might have been (improbably) included in the ARM reference design are removed immediately.

2) New back doors to enable the Russian Gov to spy on their citizenry will be added post haste.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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"must go and tell 1/3 of the coders in my office that they now exist."

I would bet dollars to donuts that every one of those females is Indian. I don't say that in a disparaging way either, it's just that I have never seen a white female coder. Ever. I don't know why Indian women are apt to have a go where white women (apparently) fear to tread. Must be a cultural thing.

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NSW budget calls for lower GST threshold on imports

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NSW budget calls for lower GST threshold on imports

Thereby proving that politicians are a bunch of clueless morons (as if there ever was any doubt)

At $1000, there is $100 GST applicable. How much does it cost the customs dept to collect that $100 on goods that enter Australia?

Given what we already know about the efficiency of government operations I would say that it would just about be the break even point. If these clowns want to start putting their hand in my pocket to grab $1.90 every time I buy a DVD off Amazon it is going to cost them much more in administration costs than they can ever hope to collect.

And when Amazon start packaging stuff in plain packaging how are those officers going to know which item that arrives on our shores is taxable? Are they going to start opening every package that arrives from overseas and look inside for an invoice?

It is a ludicrous idea.

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Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

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@BlueGreen

Dude, your White Knight reflex is in hyper-drive. Maybe you should wind it back a bit eh?

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

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Re: So much to do, so little time...

"Start an AI project that is intended to run continuously and last 100 years, using the most powerful hardware available"

Great idea! We could call it "Deep Thought" and it could tell us the answer to The Great Question.

Might need more than a 100 years to run tho . .

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207 thousand lights-out boxes are STILL hackable

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contained next to no documentation pointing users to ways to improve their security postures

hehe

He says that like it's a bad thing.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

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What they want: "ISPs to act swiftly and adopt IPv6 without any further delay"

What will happen: "ISPs act swiftly to deploy lots of NAT "routers" and start handing out 10.0.0.0/8 addresses to their customers"

Of course many ISPs are already doing this, especially on mobile networks.

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Re: Good point

"should easily be able to set up a bank/investment company where we could all enjoy exactly the same freedom"

Actually, anybody can already do what google does, or variations thereof.

The problem is that avoiding taxes is quite expensive in and of itself. Therefore the amount of tax you avoid paying has to exceed the costs of putting everything in place to be worth it.

For most people it isn't.

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Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

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I never understood the appeal of WAMP

I mean, if you want to run Windows then that is fine, but why not just use IIS as well and be done with it?

If you want to run apache + mysql + php then why not host that on Linux?

After all it's not like the Windows versions of AMP have the nice gui based administration tools that are so beloved by Windows admins. You still have to edit the same configuration files on both platforms.

It makes no sense to me.

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Re: If history repeats, we can expect Windows Phone to top the charts in about 2030. ®

"Good point, I don't see either how IIS is not all that bad."

I don't think IIS is all that bad, but the real question is why would you use it when there are free alternatives that are at least as good, and arguably better?

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Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor

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Don't Really Understand The Concept of Docker.

Is it like the venerable Solaris Containers or BSD jails?

An article that explains how it is different to virtualisation and/or jails would be nice.

Oh bugger it, I know how to use Google.

It appears that it is like an old fashioned container with a bunch of automation tools included. Or something. Doesn't sound too revolutionary but it is interesting none-the-less. Might have to fire up a server and try it out.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

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Breaking News

Alienware to release Windows PC. Comes with Steam pre-installed.

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

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Re: What a load of bollocks

Trevor says: "Dude, you're completely full of shit"

My response is, well, that is possible I reckon. So?

More from Trevor: "Women" aren't a homogenous group"

Ah yes, the infamous "not all women" fallacy, I've never dealt with that before.

I don't know why it is that you consider an opinion that essentially states that women have different motivations/interests than men is the equivalent of "steaming misogyny" but whatever.

Each to his own etc,

Keep morale high Trevor.

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Re: What a load of bollocks

Mr Potts said: "Women love tech"

My response is that that may be so, but they don't give a shit about understanding how it works.

Mr Potts again: "Now, give the average non-introverted lady a chance to use proper high tech in a social setting and she's all over it"

See my comment above.

The truth is that human beings are evolutionary creatures. Men have evolved to take risks (hunting, warfare) and women have evolved to seek security (align herself with the strongest warrior/hunter in order to secure the survival of herself and her offspring).

No amount of feminist indoctrination is going to change that fact. Casting yourself in the role of White Knight and rushing to the defence of da wimmins won't change it either.

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What a load of bollocks

FACT: Women are risk averse and prefer to follow the path that promises the most security.

FACT: Women are just not that interested in "computers" or tech in general.

It really is as simple as that. Trying to sheet the blame onto nasty men and their evil "business environment" is so mind numbingly stupid that it would take a gibbering feminist to come up with the idea.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Anybody who gives a flying fuck what the collective festering cesspit that is the "twittersphere" thinks needs to re-evaluate their priorities.

Basically, if you are not upsetting that mass of drooling luvvies and assorted grief-mongers then you are not trying hard enough.

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Net neut supporters CRASH FCC WEBSITE with message deluge

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Re: I hope they listen...

" I mean, toading to the monied interests is nothing if all your services suddenly get slammed in a popular protest. This wasn't even an intentional DoS attack: "

This is all well and good, until the vested interests explain to the FCC that this is what happens when you allow the great unwashed to have da fast internets and it wouldn't have happened if all the peons were all stuck on a trickle feed unless they stumped up the $$$ for a premium service.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Re: Sounds mint

"Another reason to go with LMDE where you get supposedly eternal updates "

Yeah I'm on LMDE and it is perfectly functional and stable but updates are virtually non-existant. I'd like to think that all the faffing around at Ubuntu HQ, moving ubuntu furter away from "standard" distros (dropping systemd for upstart etc) would encourage the Mint guys to choose a camp and put their efforts there. As things stand LMDE seems to be very much the unloved cousin while Clem and co spend all their time trying to follow the leader whith Ubuntu changing the rules every release.

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Could a 'Zunewatch' be Microsoft's next hardware foray?

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WTF?

Commentards excel at being

well, retarded.

So some guy comes along and says he gets good value from his zune. Whatever, each to his own etc.

Yet three people appear to be compelled by that statement to downvote his post because?

Well, who can say?

I am often accused of being a MS H8ter, which is not entirely unfounded, but I still fail to see how some dude claiming he gets use out of his Zune is worthy of 3 downvotes.

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Re: Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

OK, if those figures are actually correct (you failed to provide sources for those figures btw) then I will be happy to acknowledge that the next big thing will be everybody wanting to wear so-called smartwatches.

Personally I don't see it happening but then it's not like I am infallible after all.

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Re: Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

"A watch is notification device, after all. Currently only for time and date (and in some cases, pressure) but you look at your watch to get information very quickly"

Yet, as my completely unscientific study showed, most people don't wear wristwatches today.

Irrespective of what you have personally attached to your extremities I invite you to take a personal survey of the people around you and determine how many of them are in the habit of wearing a wristwatch.

The result you find may surprise you.

"What about driving? I get a call, I'm driving"

I don't know about you, but my phone is paired via BT to my cars head unit and when I receive a call I simply need to press the "phone" button on my dashboard and I can commence the call hands free and without risking incarceration. It even mutes the Doobie Brothers album that I am listening to for me in order to facilitate the call.

There is no need to send an "I am driving, bugger off" hang up message at all and it is all quite legal.

Of course YMMV.

"Are you one of those people who don't wear a watch and can't imagine why anyone else would? "

Well, as I said, I have never worn a watch, and it is quite true that, as you suggest, I can't really imagine why one would.

But nonetheless I did perform an impromptu survey and discovered that most other people today, apparently, don't wear a watch either.

Obviously you do wear a watch. Nothing is wrong with that of course. But just because you like to wear a watch it does not automatically follow that everybody else does too.

As far as I can tell, the only way these so called smart watches will catch on will because of the "non watch" functionality that they probably will provide.

Functionality such as fitness monitoring.

Which reminds me, the other thing I noticed during my impromptu study is that there were more people wearing some sort of "fitness" related wrist device that counts steps taken and calories burnt (without any sort of time/phone functionality, or even user interface, it was all done on the phone it was paired to) than there were people wearing traditional time keeping watches.

And for the record, Samsung are indeed struggling to sell their so-called "smart watches"

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Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

Nobody is buying the Samsung watches, because, well, why would you really?

Who wants a watch with a 2 day battery life? How will you use it as a phone? If it needs to be paired to a smartphone then what is in fact the point of it? You may as well just use the phone.

In fact, just the other day I made a point to note whether the people I came across were wearing a watch and I was shocked to see that almost nobody was.

Ten years ago that would have been unheard of.

Apparently, people these days are just not in the habit of having a watch strapped to their wrist like they did in the past. I know I haven't worn a watch my entire life, and I am no spring chicken I assure you.

However, if all these companies want to compete with each other on who can be the biggest failure making smart watches for people who mostly don't wear watches then who am I to say otherwise?

Carry on!

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

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Re: What's wrong with these people?

"Fuck the controller. Where's Half-Life 3?"

I will be shocked, I say SHOCKED, if HL3 isn't the Steambox's key launch title.

It will need one of those after all.

In fact I will be surprised if SB + HL3 are not bundled at launch.

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Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

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Re: All well and fine, but...

"Grab yourself an SSH tunnel and enjoy"

I am in Australia and I have a US based Linode VM on which I have indeed configured an ssh tunnel that I have already used to do proof of concept tests to stream from netflix and once I proved that I could do it I wondered "why the hell should I jump through hoops like this?" and cancelled my subscription before the "honeymoon period" expired.

Right now I am watching George Clooney ham his way through "Three Kings" which I obtained through <ahem> "alternate channels" and all I can say is thank god I didn't pay for this uninspired crap.

Of course, as always, YMMV

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"I'm kind of confused by an article like this. Yes physical media is on the decline with cloud storage and online streaming increasing but the author doesn't seem to have a very good grip on interpreting real world issues."

Well, to be fair, Mr Chirgwin is an AGW true believer so he is not particularly adept at interpreting real world issues. Fantasy disaster scenarios are more his thang.

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Yes, I am going to ditch my stuff and stream online with all the costs and impracticalities that involves all in order to save the planet from . . . . what exactly?

Byte me.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Paris Hilton

Somebody needed to do a study to figure this out?

Rebelling against daddy is the usual reason.

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

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"Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity"

Clearly, they have a lot of catching up to do if they want to be as profitable and successful as companies like, say Ford Motors and HP.

Those two bastions of corporate diversity and political correctness are prime examples of how corporate innovation and profitablity is hugely improved by assembling vast HR departments that are dedicated to cataloging their employees by race, colour, gender and sexual alignment and then ensuring that all catagories are equally represented on the payroll*.

Actual ability is not important of course

This is clearly the best way to ensure immense profits and only a heteronormative white male rascist, sexist, homophobe would suggest otherwise.

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* white males excluded of course

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

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Re: Analyst = STUPID

"because half of Mac laptop buyers want to run Windows apps at least once in a while"

Well, that may or may not be true, but it is also true that MS are currently working really hard to merge all their Windows lines to a point where it doesn't matter what type of Windows you have your code will run on it.

What is the figure MS put out a week or two back? I think they said that 80% of code can be cross platform compatible right now. Of course that does not mean that things are currently quite like that in reality, but if MS are successful in that endeavor then there is no reason that an ARM sporting Mac couldn't run Windows RT (or its successor) instead.

Personally I doubt that MS will succeed with their One Ring strategy but stranger things have happened.

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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"the less likely they were to trust scientists as a source of information about environmental issues."

Yeah, right. Plenty of scientists don't ride the Global Warming bandwagon. For the ones who do, this whole thing has become a religious crusade.

17 years without warming while CO2 levels have continued to rise is all the proof I need that the computer models predicting catasrophic runaway temperatures that were used to kick this nonsense off in the 1990's are not worth a lick of spittle.

Besides, when you get Prince Charles batting for your team you know you are on a hiding to nothing

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Microsoft started herding IT pros to Azure at TechEd 2014

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azure azure azure

azure azure azure

Hold on, didn't MS just rebrand azure to become "Microsoft Cloud"

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