* Posts by Pascal Monett

3904 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

Will flash save the data centre? Don't spread your wings yet, Vultan

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Re: [..] will likely reach $/TB price parity with ...

It will, undoubtedly.

The question is when ?

And if the world's production capacity is but 12% of the world's needs, the answer is : not soon.

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Re: if his handlers sit on him long enough

Handlers ?

HANDLERS ??

NO ONE CAN HANDLE DONALD TRUMP !!

Most people can barely stand him.

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That would be one point in favor of Trump then : nobody blows harder than him.

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Sysadmin jailed for a decade after slurping US military docs

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Re: DMCA ?

The military hardly needs to bring in copyright charges when they have the major charge of treason.

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Nothing in the article says that Synology's encryption was insecure. It just states that the disk was encrypted.

Now, given the situation (post-Snowden the brass probably went ballistic), I'm pretty sure that disk was hustled to whatever NSA center they had available and decrypted in record time - National Security and all that - but that doesn't mean that the NSA didn't have to work at it a bit.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: A new and very long era of Windows abuse will begin

Don't think so.

The big problem that Microsoft has now is that its every misstep will be crucified in the media. Microsoft is not the powerhouse it used to be. Billions in the bank no longer guarantee user compliance.

Windows 95 was a turd, Windows XP was better, and XP SP3 was just about acceptable. In those days, the Internet reared its ugly head and when Vista rolled around, despite all the programmed hype that was Microsoft SOP, it was decried, pilloried and ridiculed and did not take off.

That is something that Microsoft had never before experienced ; rejection. Every single OS edition, every attempt, every tool had, previously, been kept or retired at the whim of Redmond HQ. For the first time in history, a Microsoft OS had been crucified BY THE USERS and Microsoft had been forced to accept its defeat.

I am convinced that historians will peg that as the point at which Microsoft has begun its march into irrelevance.

Meanwhile, Window 1 0 is attempting to save Redmond's bacon by adopting the Internet to an extent that is unheard-of in Redmond-land. Microsoft's marketing department is probably feeling a permanent high with all the potential (read, skewering user's wallets potential), but the Internet is here now, and Microsoft does not control it. Users will decide whether or not Win 1 0 is worth it, and Microsoft can bleat all it wants about Win 1 0 "features", if users don't accept them, 1 0 will fail.

And that will be a much more devastating failure in Microsoft's OS history, because its entire future is hinging on this moment.

I don't know which way this will go, but I'm not sure even Microsoft's legendary PR department will be able to save its bacon this time.

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Re: I'm hoping some kind soul...

Well I'm hoping that sheeple people won't throw themselves upon the spear that is Windows 1 0 and will have enough sense to retain their intellectual faculties - and privacy - intact.

Yeah. And I also hope I'll win the lottery some day.

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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"soy protein, carbohydrates, and other nutrient-rich ingredients"

Nutrient-rich ingredients my ass. That slop doesn't fill a working man's stomach.

Give me a steak with potatoes any day. And if you don't know how to cook that, you deserve all the slop you get.

Cooking. It's what elevated us from the caveman. Let's not forget that important point of evolution, shall we ?

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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Re: I'll accept limited snooping if it means I can sleep safe and bomb free

One of your own said it better than I ever will be able to :

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety"

But hey, personal comfort is more important than freedom, eh ?

Don't worry, you're getting exactly what you deserve.

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Chilling indeed

This is not about Soviet Russia, nor Nazi Germany.

This happened in a country priding itself in being a beacon of civilization, a bastion of good education. In the end, totalitarianism starts with well-intentioned people who are given too much leeway to decide what can be done about something.

It is frightening to think that the courage that these three people demonstrated would never had been known if the true nature of State Security went its logical course : a bullet in the head in some dark, bricked basement. All in the name of National Security, of course.

The watchers need to be watched a lot better.

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Re: Meh.

Yes, there are people who give up their personal life to corporations, however there is an enormous difference : they do it by their own choice.

They use their freedom to conduct their lives as they see fit. Misguidedly, perhaps, but it is their freedom to do so.

Comparing that silliness, which is and always has been public knowledge, with the Stasi-like efforts of paranoid "security" organisations that slurp everything without consent and are one step away from blindfolding and shooting behind the shed anyone who has the courage to speak up is utterly ridiculous.

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Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

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Swarm intelligence ?

As much as I would really like being notified of traffic jams along my route, I cannot help but remember that there is only one thing that swarms - stinging insects.

I wonder how this will bite us down the road. We already know that OnStar uploads user driving habits whether the user agrees or not - how much more will this system slurp ?

It is supposed to be "open and independant", how does that translate into respecting privacy ?

Is it even possible to respect one's privacy when basically broadcasting one's position continuously ?

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Mt Gox's Mark Karpeles arrested in Japan

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In other words, he is hardly innocent

Nice read, that link. I always thought Karpeles was incompetent, now I know he is also prone to criminal behavior. Mixing one's personal money with customer money is a total no-no in any business.

Hell, even the Mafia doesn't do that.

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Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

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He "might not react politely"

Isn't that his normal condition ?

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New twist in telco giants' fight to destroy the FCC's net neutrality

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Take their infrastructure ?

You mean dig up all the cables ?

Not going to happen. At most they'll scrap the routing equipment and burn the documentation - making it a nightmare for anyone trying to guess which patch goes where.

Digging up the cables means getting work permits to disrupt traffic and so on, paying workers the time taken to do it, and then what ? Selling the cable for scrap ?

Nah, it'll cost less to just abandon everything.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Re: Bloat? What bloat?

That happened AFTER they got a stranglehold on the market.

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Bitdefender feeling a bit tender: Hackers enter anti-distemper vendor

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"a single application was concerned – a component of the public cloud"

Great news. I hope this will focus companies on the fact that the Cloud is simply not to be trusted for anything that is critical to the business.

The Cloud is like gambling : play with what you can afford to lose.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: another crap article saying arbitrary things and baseless assumptions

We'll see how baseless they are in 12 months.

I'm betting that Microsoft is not only going to go full-on pay-to-play with Windows 10 functionality, but it is also going to screw up the updating in a major way in less than 6 months. Facebook has demonstrated that people are willing to give in to micropayments for a stupid game, I'm convinced that Microsoft is going to take this idea to the next level.

Place your bets, people.

Meanwhile, I'll be using Win 7/64 until I retire. Then it'll be Steam OS and some flavor of Linux.

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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Don't think so

In a properly-run business, it is no business of a user to upgrade his PC.

Despite all the BYOD malarky, users are not the owners of their work PC and thus do not have the authority to install whatever they want, much less update them.

Of course, we're talking about companies that have the means to a professional IT department along with the procedures, applications and red tape that goes with it. In those environments, this whole article is a no-go because the network is locked down properly and Group Policies make tinkering all but impossible. SMBs are generally "every man for himself" anyways, but in that case you don't have an IT guy with the knowledge to keep users from buggering up their systems (and barely the time to correct the issues that do arise - if the technical competence is there).

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Google to French data cops: Dot-com RTBF? Baiser ma DERRIERE

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"[..] it is not the law globally"

What cheek.

So basically Google now thinks that it can do whatever it wants anywhere as long as it is not against "global law".

Care to explain that to the Chinese government ?

Oh, of course not. Try pulling that off in Beijing and you can say goodbye to your Chinese customers for a good, long while. So you only do it where you're confident that your customers will not be subject to such sanctions, smirking all the way.

Assholes.

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Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

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Whatever

Flash has had its day.

I'm happy to know that somebody thinks Adobe is doing a good job. Must be nice for the Adobe team.

The rest of us see that since 2010 there is constantly a truckload of instances where Flash is an active threat to security. If Flash was an employee, he'd be fired already, even if he helps old ladies cross the street.

Flash is on the way out, HTML5 it will be. For the good of everyone. So get with the program, Cisco.

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Alien dwarf 'star' flashes her dazzling brown rear at stunned space boffins

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Hang on,

We can actually spot auroras on spatial masses light-years away now ?

<speechless>

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Will the PC glory days ever return, WD asks as its finances slip

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Re: They probably now have their Linux and will move to *BSD

No they don't. The people who care about their data are the ones burning it on optical disks. The clueless are the ones putting it on an external spinning rust drive and find out the hard way that after a while, their drive (and data) is dead.

Linux ? Please.

And cloud services to store their data ? Are_ you _ mad, or just _ totally _ off _ your _ rocker ?

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Chinese hackers behind OPM megabreach also pwned United Airlines

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Wait a minute

"The Chinese government and the personnel in its institutions never engage in any form of cyberattack. We firmly oppose and combat any forms of cyberattacks"

How can you combat something as technical as cyberattacks if you never engage in it ?

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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I'm sorry, are you expecting people to be intelligent and actually remember something from 15 years ago when they aren't capable of remembering all the lies from the previous political candidate's tenure not six months ago ?

Not gonna happen, m'lord.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: am not supposed to be able to view things that appear in biology textbooks

Well there's your problem my good man ! Why are these reprehensible appendices appearing in biology textbooks ?

Think of the children ! Let us remove any and all references to them. For the good of the children, of course.

It worked so well for the Prohibition, right ?

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This is TRUE science: Harvard boffins fire up sizzling BACON LASER

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Impossible !

That would be The End Of The World As We Know It (TM).

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Exploding 'laptop batt' IN SPAAACE! Speeding lithium spaffed by nova

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So, how much lithium then ?

A billionth of the mass of our Sun is what ? Instead of "2,000 billion billion billion kilograms", we end up with 2,000 billion billion kilograms, or 2 billion billion tons, or 4.7619e+17 KiloJubs.

Any way you look at it, it's one heck of a lot of batteries.

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Top German data cop slaps down Facebook's real name policy

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Interesting

And, in hindsight, obvious.

Of course this is a copyright issue, should have thought of that. Everything finely tailored to maximize the company's revenue stream.

I hate Facebook with a passion, but you gotta admit, for a privacy-invading application, it is one fine package. And the cherry on the top is that it is the users who voluntarily part with their own privacy.

Superbly done.

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A third of workers admit they'd leak sensitive biz data for peanuts

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Some people really are idiots

Selling company data for 100 quid ? When you risk prison and a lifetime black mark on your CV that will prevent you from ever getting work anywhere again ?

Please people, be reasonable. You agree to risk your employable future for money, fine, that is your right. But risk for something worthwhile.

Something like €20 million. That should be enough to see you through the lengthy legal process and have something to retire with afterwords.

Because you won't work again anyway, right ?

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Call it Cupboards then !

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Re: wonder if his words will come to haunt him

I totally agree.

The one thing business want above all is stability. Patching is already a nightmare to do in a managed fashion, and now MS wants to go in and basically say : you're entire user base is going to change at least every 8 months ?

Oh sure, I read the part where businesses can pay extra for not having the latest Angry Birds demo package installed on their users' PCs. Does anyone really think MS has the required professionalism to not cock this up big time ?

I'm stocking up on popcorn, I'm telling you. Buy stock now.

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

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Damn right. I don't care if people think that "consumer desktops don't need the speed" - I want that speed along with its reliability.

I have 2 120GB SSDs on my main rig right now - I am ready and willing to replace them with similar-sized SSDs based on this new tech in the blink of an eye.

I have a 4-slot NAS with 4 3TB disks in it, and I am positively drooling at the idea of replacing them with 3TB disks with this tech - of course, that's not going to happen next year, but it will.

Ah, technology is marvelous.

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Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

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He didn't say it was.

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Facebook pumps up ENTIRELY SELFLESS, altruistic Internet.org

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"and it’s working," it said altruistically

It is ! Look, we're making millions out of it with our ad impressions !

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Chat about Safe Harbour all you like, the NSA's still the stumbling block

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"a legally enforceable but voluntary code of conduct"

There's one thing in that sentence that does not go with other.

Kind of like saying stopping at a red light is voluntary, yet legally enforceable.

It's either legally enforceable, or it is voluntary. Can't be both.

Unless, of course, it is like the "volontaire désigné d'office*", the old joke in the French army.

*translates into the designated volunteer

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LinkedIn users rebel after personal data siphon crimped

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"there are people who will occasionally misuse the online space"

Wrong. There are many people who will continually misuse the online space, and there are enough of them that you should never take any message at face value.

Thank God that all this is just for Internet activity. If I had to police my real life relations like I do my Internet communication I think I'd either go mad, ballistic or become a paranoid superspy.

Possibly all three.

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Sysadmins: Your great power brings the chance to RUIN security

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So, basically you're saying that Infosec briefings should be done down at the pub ?

Where can I sign up ?

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Wi-Fi 'reflector' hooks you up at 0.1 per cent of current power budget

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Science is just awesome

This is a great incremental progress that will bring benefits to all electronic communications devices much sooner than those instantly-rechargeable carbon nanotube batteries we've been hearing about for the past 15 years without seeing so much as a shadow in the stores.

Given the length of time I take between changing phones, there's a good chance my next will have this tech and I'll be able to have it on WiFi all day long without needing to put it on sector all day as well.

And anything that reduces power consumption should be greeted with open arms anyway.

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Secretive trade pact the TTIP: Death of the web – or a brave new horizon?

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Well, objectively speaking, no trade pact can be enforced without it becoming public.

When it does become public, the Public to which it applies will be able to review it and notify their representatives that they do not agree. If popular opinion is sufficient, the pact will be struck down.

The real issue is that the secrecy of the negotiations means that all the work to straighten things out will have to be done after the fact instead of before its implementation, which obviously means taking time and judiciary resources that would have been better employed elsewhere.

Personally, I can't say that the secrecy of the negotiations bother me. It's much more the fact that the result will be imposed without so much as a "by your leave".

If, however, the deal was written up and then democratically voted on for its acceptance, then it would be all right - for the People. For the multinationals, that would be something entirely different though.

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Ahem, FCC, who do you think you are? The FTC?

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"the [..] system of approving rules and then not letting anyone [..] see them for 30 days"

It is high time we get used to the fact that the Internet is a global resource and any decision that pertains to it must be available globally as well, without hindrance or delays.

Take all the time you need to make the decision, by all means, but once made, that decision should be public immediately, no later, and the implementation date (after the publication date, obviously) clear and available.

It's like traffic regulations. No one would think of changing the regulations that concern hundreds of millions of people every day without warning them in advance, right ?

Well the Internet concerns BILLIONS of people every day. You damn well better warn them in advance and not hide anything from them.

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Re: any competent programmer

That's about as useful as saying that gangrene can be taken care of by any competent surgeon.

Sure it can. You know how many competent surgeons, exactly ?

The scale of this issue is such that EVERYONE needs a solution, not just the competent programmers.

If solutions were only made for competent programmers, the IT industry would have been dead in the water 20 years ago.

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How much ?

Let me see, a vector that is present on every single Android phone in the market, cannot be stopped and can barely be contained, with the end game being complete control of all data on the phone for a billion potential users ?

I'd say one million US dollars would not be much compared to the cost of the PR disaster if this weakness had been discovered by malware users and exploited.

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Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

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I think you missed the part where it was said that it will no longer be REQUIRED to have a G+ account in order to comment on YouTube, or do other googley stuff.

One day, long ago, I had an account on YouTube and I saw a vid that I really felt like responding to. Went to the comment section and got blocked by this Google+ nonsense. Never went back.

Now that I know that Google is going to be removing the forced G+ login, I just might feel like going back to my fav vids in YouTube and putting a comment on them. When they actually get around to relaxing that G+ requirement, that is.

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Re: I wonder how many of those have actually used it seriously for an extended period?

I think that is the whole point : nobody did.

Not in any real numbers, that is. And most people did not like being forced to create an account to do the OTHER things they wanted to do.

Forcing people to do something always initiates a negative emotional reaction in people.

Google+ should have been entirely opt-in, with benefits to those who opted in as far as managing their other Google stuff is concerned, but zero consequence for those who did not opt-in. That way, Google would have attracted buzz and people who actually wanted to find out what it was and how it worked. The experience would have been positive.

Instead, Google ran roughshod over people's personal choice, basically blackmailing them into signing up, which ensured that most users were put off by the whole thing and never set foot in + land.

A lesson harshly learned, for sure, but deserved nonetheless.

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Hawking, Musk, Woz (and Riley): ROBOTS will KILL US ALL

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Hawking is smart.

Compared to him, the rest are just famous.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Re: dealing with waste from nuclear power

New reactor designs are slated to totally eliminate waste storage by milking existing nuclear waste for all it's got.

And Fusion will complete the solution.

We just have to decide to do it, instead of wasting resources on buddy-financing wind or solar programs that are, apparently, supported by the Mafia.

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Re: From one mistake to another...

"I guess I will wait several months to upgrade"

I will not change my OS until the hardware doesn't accept Win7/64 anymore.

Windows 1 0 does not bring any useful security items to the table, enforces radical change in my habits, ties me to the effin' Cloud which I do NOT accept, expects me to rent my applications and forces a godawful Store on me that I have not had to cope with since I started my computing experience in 1986.

In other words, Personal Computing has disappeared with Windows 1 0.

Well I am of the opinion that it is MY hardware, and MY computer to use as I damn well please. Windows 7 does that for me. The day my hardware dies and I have to change OS, if Microsoft wants to be on the list of candidates, it had damn well better have an OS that gives me the same options I have now, otherwise it'll be some flavor of Linux.

I don't WANT to choose Linux, but if Microsoft thinks it can push me into a corner, well I have news for it : it won't.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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But that is the whole problem : Microsoft's core business is disappearing. Windows is being replaced by something else everywhere that matters (iPhone and Android, and virtually no tablets on the market have Windows), and the upcoming generation is growing up without looking at the Microsoft logo.

Office is disappearing because Google Docs, which explains Office 365 which only has a chance because everyone is used to Office. Except that governments the world over, thanks to Snowden, are starting to push for Open Standards, in other words ODF.

ODF is the death knell of Microsoft. If Microsoft cannot hold its customers to Office format, then any office suite will do - and Libre Office is free and Open Source.

Microsoft HAS to find another way to remain relevant. Cue The-Interface-That-Used-To-Be-Called-Metro and all the hoopla around the App Store. Microsoft will not change that because it cannot. It has to look like Android because otherwise it is doomed.

Although some will argue that it is doomed anyway.

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Re: to succeed big, you have to be prepared to fail big

Well if that is true, then Ballmer is by far the greatest entrepreneur ever.

Sounds like a Charlie Brown argument to me.

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