* Posts by wsm

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Fast, big, cheap

When it's a business that's buying, it's got its priorities in order: fast, big, cheap. When consumers buy, or when they buy from manufacturers/assemblers that want to please them, it's the other way around: cheap, big, fast.

When SSDs can satisfy both sets of buyers, HDDs with all of their disadvantages will be a thing of the past.

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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

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Android Security Bulletin?

Now it all falls into place.

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Red Hat bets on RHEL to sell its OpenStack elastic enterprise

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elastic enteprise

Is that anything like a stretchy business venture? Enteprise, enterprise; tomato, tomatoe?

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Windows 10 Mobile races to summer with useful facelift

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Megaphone

Re: Yes, we get it. MSFT BAAAD!

Agreed. I won't update WIn8M either. My $30 phone with all of the mobile bands, WiFi calling and no tracking apps installed works very well and I don't want MS to fix that!

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Michael Dell takes $11m pay hit

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$46 million?

"The filing also revealed that if Michael Dell's position were terminated, he would be paid $46m."

On Wall Street, that used to be called the poison pill, or the golden parachute, depending on your point of view.

Either Mike really wants to stay there or he really wants to make it impossible to succeed without him.

Perhaps both?

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Teen tricks leaky Valve into publishing hot new Steam game: Watching Paint Dry

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Removed?

It was the only game I could play without getting killed in the first level.

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Spanish launch heroic bid to seize Brit polar vessel

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Not to give offence

All floaty things we put on the water will henceforth be named Boat1, Boat2, Boat3...

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Surface Hub: A Howard Hughes folly, or a cunning Post It Note killer?

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Latest headline--MS now shipping Surface Hub!

The question that came to mind--someone actually bought one? I remember some of our people getting excited about having clickable presentation screens in the conference rooms, nearly 15 years ago. The novelty wore off after some calibration difficulties and frustrations with having to reach all over the place.

Now it's projectors everywhere just to make the picture big and everyone passes the wireless keyboard and mouse to make their point.

Having to wave all over the place to do the same thing? What will the Surface Hub improve over that?

Oh, and Windows 10. That's going to help sell it.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Don't blame users for the UI

Yes. Can't you hear us screaming? Give us back the desktop!!!!!!!!

Oh, and everything that goes with it---the Start Menu control, the transparency control, the control of the size of windows, organization of all things we add that aren't MS. It's really all about control, isn't it?

But why go on? Nobody at Microsoft is listening.

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The bill for Home Depot after its sales registers were hacked: $19.5m

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The BORG

The nickname given Home Depot by its competitors years ago was "the BORG" which stood for Big Orange Retail Giant, given that the orange-colored logo coming to your locality indicated the death of the local hardware store with its variety of goods, local expertise and general good will.

Once the credit data of millions was "swiped" the nickname took on another meaning.

How many more compromises of retail transactions will there be for which resistance is futile?

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Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

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$$$ for weirdness

The boss has one of these. She likes the latest and shiniest stuff--finally dropped her Lenovo laptop for this one.

The only real problem seems to be that the 3000x2000 display doesn't really translate to anything else and external monitors sometimes don't wake up. The Microsoft dock we got didn't work at all for displays and the Dell dock we got works, but only one external display can be 4K to semi-match the desktop arrangement on the Book.

But the twin 4K externals we got for her do wake on a reboot, just not always when hitting the mouse or keyboard. Definitely irritating when putting in a full day at the office.

Price for this irksome setup? Over $4,000.

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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Why????????

Because it's smarter than you are.

Don't worry, the AI will take care of your every need and you probably won't even notice it's happening.

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Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

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Ignorance is an excuse

I have to agree. It seems to be the first resort of the clueless bureaucrats to claim "they did that on purpose" when they can't understand what they are hearing.

It's not that Apple invented security to thwart the feds, it's that the feds don't understand the issues raised by personal liberties.

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Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

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Something like this happens...

...every time my friend's teenage son borrows the car.

Explanations vary considerably.

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Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

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Why????????

Why are they teaching it to fight? Aren't these the first steps, teaching it to get back up, maybe to kick butt on that guy with the stick? Asimov must be spinning in his grave.

At least the bot had the sense to leave the building after all of that.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Another NT4 issue

It's amazing how many Microsoft engineers must not have been around in the days of NT4.

When too many fonts were installed on those systems, the ability to manage fonts disappeared. Even recreating a new Fonts folder didn't help because the original was registered as the system's location of fonts and new folders couldn't replace.

I said registered, because it was an issue with the fonts in the registry. NT4 could not handle more than 512 fonts in the list because the registry key for them was too small. It took them years to fix it.

I wouldn't doubt it's the same thing this time. They can't store more than 512 names of apps in some special place in the registry where they completely broke the new (no) Start Menu.

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IT boss gets 30 months of porridge for trashing ex-employer's servers

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Sentencing

If this is like most federal prison sentences, he'll be out in about half the sentence time after being given credit for time served during the trial, time reduced for good behavior and time reduced because the prison system needs more space.

The compensation won't happen because, as is obvious, he's got no career ahead of him. Without a big score in Lotto winnings, it's a debt that will never be paid.

So it looks like the sentencing is largely posturing for the justice system. They want the next fool to know what he's in for.

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

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A trip down memory lane...

Back in the days of Windows NT4, when the blue screens of death were a joke repeated by the clueless, the numbers on the screen actually meant something. Of course they where unintelligible to users, but us support people could read them and figure out which driver to remove or replace.

When Microsoft introduced Windows 2000 and said, repeatedly and with great emphasis, that they were improving error messages, we knew the days of interpreting the errors were over. What they did was remove the actual error and simply log something like "An Error was reported by asdf_service." All of the detail that could have given some meaning to the message was lost.

It's the same thing now. When Microsoft has all levels of minions repeating their latest "improvement" mantra, you can be sure that they've just disguised their errors in some new package.

In this case, the total package is called Windows 10.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Bad kitty

It's like having a cat, not a dog. The dog is your best friend and you own it. A cat owns you.

Does anyone actually own an Apple device, or....?

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Microsoft gobbles Chipzilla's Havok 3D physics unit in cloud gaming play

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Ahh, the memories

I recall being at a Microsoft training session where the head of one of the games units told how he was there when they acquired a popular game--the entire company, staff and all.

At the end of the first year he had the existing MS programmers present awards for the best achievements for the division. All of the awards went to the new people.

I never did hear what happened over the longer term. Probably most of the new people became newer people elsewhere.

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Masked men 'steal' £250k of smartphones from Exertis

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Could be linked?

“We believe this could be linked to the burglary. If anyone witnessed any suspicious activity nearby then please get in touch,” said Kelly.

Does this mean there are others explanations? Such as the PFY needing some pocket change for the weekend?

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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I'm in trouble

I made a pirate version last weekend.

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Samsung trolls Google, adds adblockers to phones

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White noise

NoScript it is for me as well. I get a surprising amount of white space in the right column of my browser now.

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VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs

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Re: Will be interesting to see how this pans out

Pity. I actually recommended Fusion over the alternatives because it just worked better. No resolution problems, no windowing weirdness, nothing wrong with the screen orientation.

I'll look for something else, but the loss of expertise at a decent company, as you mentioned, is the bigger loss.

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Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

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Re: Nonsense

"No. hardware and software 'innovation' isn't what;s wanted here. It's an innovation in the minds of twits who think that businesses exist to support MS and Intels bad habits that's wanted. IMHO."

Speaking of which: MS Office 2013 and 2016 have removed vital features that my office use for the reason we exist. The alternative processes have to do with running everything in Excel, which still can't handle large data sources and is as slow as Nadella's wit.

MS is getting to be less and less useful to business users. Without the desktop market they have had for years, they've got nowhere to go but down and out. Soon, they'll be just like the IBM of the 90's--sinking fast and wondering what happened.

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IRS 'inadvertently' wiped hard drive Microsoft demanded in audit row

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Only in government work...

...is incompetence a virtue.

Plausible deniability anyone?

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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The boss

He complained about complexity until we explained the sentence as a password thing.

Others kept telling us to change his password to all asterisks, but nobody could agree on how many.

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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

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Google product, privacy

Am I missing something?

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Inside Intel's CPU-level multi-factor auth (and why we've got deja vu)

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Must be government work

Nothing else would be so complicated, yet have a single point of failure which is next to impossible fix.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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This can't be right

When found to be a monopoly, Microsoft was supposed to be forced to play nice. How will the entities that enforce the various agreements with regulatory agencies make it so Microsoft actually produces a functional product without the worst of the latest self-serving possibilities we are now seeing?

Most likely, nothing will happen. They're all in it together. It's just that governing bodies have their own way of getting in on the action, with fines, fees and favors that most of us will never know about.

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Cisco admins gear up for a late night – hardcoded password in wireless points nuked

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Ooops!

Obviously the fault of rogue engineers. Nothing to do with management or the integrity of the company.

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Apple introduces new regime, hands more control to investors

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Likewise...

Apple wasn't ever Apple without Steve Jobs. Changing to an investor-driven company after having been built up by a marketing genius is going to end in tragedy.

I foresee the next big product launch being an Apple i-ring, with changing colors to reflect your mood.

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Chicago cops under fire for astonishingly high dashcam, mic failures

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Shorter version:

Is it sabotage, lack of maintenance, bad policy or cheap equipment?

Yes.

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Windows' authentication 'flaw' exposed in detail

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Never say never

Any server can be compromised, but does MS have to be so insistent on being the easiest? Reminds me of a certain person in secondary school who wanted to be liked too much. There's a moral or a fable in there somewhere.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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Wrong odds

If there were two possible wires to cut, what are the odds now? I'd say 50:50.

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From Zero to hero: Why mini 'puter Oberon should grab Pi's crown

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Pine A64+

That is all.

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PRIMITIVE TOOLS found near MICROSOFT headquarters

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Something familiar...

Were the tools abandoned after the future MS employees were seen touching a large, dark obelisk?

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Primitive tools

I was hoping they found the original Windows .001. It should have been something like a frame of twigs lashed together with rawhide, but it would have fallen apart every 15 minutes and need to be tied up again.

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£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns

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Just like for reals

I know someone who introduces himself as an "investment banker" or alternates with "entrepreneur." To me, he's just someone who has failed in many a startup business venture.

With this latest crash and burn, the investors are just the type this person is looking for: eternal deniers of reality.

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Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

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I trust Microsoft...

...to have sold my bio-metric everything to whoever said it was necessary for their security measures. So, if I use these things on a Windows 10 computer, my face, fingerprint and iris are now the property of persons and organizations unknown.

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California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

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The future for Google cars is...

Ever hear of cow tipping?

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

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Directly from Microsoft

They're looking into it:

Reason for Revision: V1.1 (November 11, 2015): For MS15-115, added a Known Issue for KB3097877. Microsoft is looking into reports of crashes from some customers that occur when they view certain emails after Windows security update 3097877 is installed. An immediate review is under way.

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

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Who would have thought...

that Windows 7 would be Microsoft at its peak. Windows 7 was the fix that people wanted. Everything to follow has been a failure of management to bend their employees to the customer's will. Nobody at MS wants to listen to its customers, corporate or private. They seem to think they know better and BillG isn't there to change that.

Pride goeth before a fall...

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Verisign warns new dot-word domains could make internet unstable

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This Internet stability thing

Is ICANN talking about the infrastructure, the users, or their ability to shake more money out of the tree?

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White House to Feds: Stop buying new PCs, laptops right now

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Single-source contract

I can tell you how that ends. A large quasi-governmental organization I knew of once had a non-technical supervisor arrange the best possible deal for "commodity" computers. The whole deal went to Gateway. Prices went up, quality and selection went down, then Gateway went into bankruptcy. Anyone who actually cooperated with the contractor instead of getting exceptions approved regretted their lack of effort.

Government has a wonderful way of putting all of its eggs into one basket. Those of us who wish to stay sane at work need to avoid the inevitable consequences, somehow.

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Dinosaur love hug: Dell's $64bn death pledge to EMC

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The cloud racket

This thrashing over a supposedly new way of doing things is rather short-sighted.

Remember when Sun said the computer was the network, but nobody had the bandwidth to make a global client-server network?

Now that we can do it, it's not necessarily the thing to do.

Leasing in the cloud will have its place, just like smartphones, tablets and desktops have theirs.

Chill, people. It's all a matter of alternatives and using them as you see fit.

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Dell buys out EMC in mega-super-duper $67 BEEELLLION deal

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Just a transaction

Tucci (electronically) signed a message to EMC customers today that said, in part,

"Michael S. Dell, MSD Partners, and Silver Lake are leading a transaction...Following completion of the transaction, Michael will lead the combined company as chairman and chief executive officer...this transaction will create a new leader in the most critical areas of the $2 trillion information technology market..."

The word "transaction" was mentioned five times before Mr. Tucci concluded that it was all for the best.

I wonder what he calls a takeover, a controlled merger, an avaricious acquisition or any other stock-wrangling extravaganza?

It's only a world of transactions after all.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Beta code

That is all.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Not to worry...

They've broken Office as well. If it was installed before an upgrade, Outlook gives a continuous error until you run a system scan and have it repair a couple of .mui files.

With something so valuable to the MS ecosystem broken, it'll surely be fixed immediately, right? Right?

Waiting patiently...

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Back in the real world...

Windows 10 is a complete non-starter. It's not just the impossible Start thing or the difficulty of finding any ordinary work application just to get going with a spreadsheet or data application. It's the fact that the fixes, such as Classic Shell, can't be used by corporate desktops for free or get past the approval process.

That's the real issue here: businesses won't be using an operating system that requires retraining, endless hours of fixing the base installation and the long wait for compatible versions of their approved and mandated software.

The consumer crowd will reluctantly buy what's available, some will even be happy with it, but the people who have to get some work done won't be happy with another revision of what Microsoft thinks is the way they should be getting things done.

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