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Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

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Re: Sodding Pace - now permanent shitlist members

"Good news for Humax I feel, as they are the only PVR manufacturer I have used who have NOT let me down."

Humax? Seriously?

I bought a 9200T a few years back. Aside from the software constantly hanging for 10 secs for no reason or even crashing entirely and requiring a hard reset, the cheapo HD died just after the warranty expired taking all my recorded programs with it. And even if you can put up with that it'll randomly "forget" to record programs.

Mind you , Humax are bad , but Sagemcom - now there's a whole other much deeper level of shite.

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Looks like DTV is going the way of DAB

More and more channels no one wants to watch pushed into less and less available bandwidth but as soon as anyone dares suggest the image/sound quality isn't as good as the powers that be would like to pretend you get slapped with the "Well its digital , so its better". Well no, its not necessarily. Frankly I'd rather listen to FM than most DAB stations and a good quality analogue PAL signal gives a better image than a highly compressed DVB stream which might as well be broadcast from Legoland with the amount of block artifacts that occur as soon as theres any movement. HDTV isn't much better either.

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Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command

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Re: So... this is PuTTY?

"Now, how's WinSock & POSIX coming along?"

Hold on, give them a chance - they've only just figured out how to do virtual desktops which apparently will be a Big Thing in Windows 10. Thats only about 25 years after they first appeared in an X Windows window manager.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Re: You can f****** keep them

"can't tell you how shit it is to go back to a 1 inch screen, no internet, 4 apps, 1 game"

So in other words you want a toy, not a phone. That sums up most smartphone users IMO.

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"the Razr sold 100,000,000 units."

Probably the majority now dumped in landfill when though no doubt most of them still worked. What a wasteful and frivolous society we live in. All this tech tossed out just so we can have new shiny inconsequential toys to play with.

(No, I don't own a smartphone).

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DAY ZERO, and COUNTING: EVIL 'UNICORN' all-Windows vuln - are YOU patched?

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Re: Hopeless...

"Essentially you are saying Dennis Ritchie was more intelligent than Einstein or Oppenheimer. Ritchie would laugh, but at least Oppenheimer would agree :-/"

I would certainly put Babbage and Alan Turing on a level with Oppenheimer and plenty of other physicists, even Steven Hawking. Einstein, like Newton was a once in a couple of centuries genius.

However you're conveniently conflating the difficulty of coming up with ultimately fairly simple equations with that of creating a highly complicated system. Apples and oranges.

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Re: Hopeless...

"No bugs are not an inevitable reality, even in team dev where they just cost money to remove."

In any suitably complex system written by humans bugs will occur. I'm afraid the engineering-a-bridge equivalence argument that people like to cite doesn't apply because the software logic in a large system can be exponentially more complex than the maths involved in making a bridge stay up plus a bridge doesn't reconfigure its parameters every nanosecond.

If you think bugs should not occur then I challenge you to write a million lines of code with ZERO bugs in it from day one.

"In my day an OS was written in assembler or CPL both of which would allow you to make real errors unless you knew what you were doing. So why are there more coding errors now than there were then?"

Perhaps because the programs do more than they did in your day. A microwave ovens microcontroller probably has more code on a per instruction basis than the largest batch programs of the 60s or 70s, never mind the multi million lines of code running a typical financial organisation.

"the vast majority of buggy code is in simple things that were broken from day one."

Except your conveniently forgetting that there may be literally thousands of these "simple things" in a complex system. Someone has to check them ALL in ALL scenarios to be 100% sure there are no bugs. Are you volunteering?

"More importantly should bad coders and businesses be held accountable for their business decisions? personally I think it is high time they were"

Thats right, nail the coders, not the management who insisted they got the code out the door by the end of the month regardless. But if you want to see the IT industry in the UK decimated and all the work head off abroad to countries with far laxer regulations, then sure, go for it.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: Cheap dig

"We lock up paedos because you cannot have consensual sex with someone unable to legally give that consent. "

In the UK. In the 21st century. Wasn't always so just as homosexuality wasn't always legal.

Sorry, what was the point you're trying to make because as far as I can see you failed miserably since you can't seem to differentiate between human sexuality and legal statutes.

"But it's been with us for pretty much all of recorded history,"

So has paedophilia. So has tuberculosis. And?

"Normal" is whatever the majority of people in a society consider to be so, not what a small minority wish it to be.

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Re: Cheap dig

"Judo is a sport, not a martial art. "

Boxing is just a "sport" , but I still wouldn't want to pick a fight with Mike Tyson.

Judo might not be as hardcore as some other martial arts but it is a martial art nonetheless whether you like it or not.

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Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

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Re: RB's real interest isn't space, that's just a bonus.

"It's worrying that there's an error in there at all given the strict standards that such software is supposed to be written to"

Don't automatically assume its a software failure. Hardware failures or errors can cause similar problems.

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Re: Not Necessarily the Engine

If you look at the photos just after the malfunction the aircraft is clearly facing backwards. My guess is an airframe or control issue - nothing to do with the rocket. Though of course that won't stop all the I-told-you-so types making hay.

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Programming Office 365: Hands On with Microsoft's new APIs

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Re: Ah, the old MS Solution

" can only agree with the "JSON is for confused freshman who think everything needs to look like a JavaScript structure and have never had to deal with 'enterprisey' problems". Avoid like the plague."

Actually its more a case of using C-family langauge style blocks which is a lot more intuitive, neater and more compact than XML which frankly is a dogs dinner lashup made up from cast offs off HTML and is virtually unreadable.

I speak as someone with 25 years professional coding (C/C++, assembler) experience , not as a freshman. XML is a hideous joke - I'll take JSON any day thanks.

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CDSL?

"OData has its own XML schema definition language, called Common Schema Definition Language (CSDL), "

Oh god, yet another bloody config language. Just what the world needs.

Not.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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"has there ever been an arcade title quite as brutal?"

Yes - Williams Defender. Probably still the hardest and fastest shoot-em-up ever created.

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Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is

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Re: It's not that difficult..

"I always take the approach that anything is possible, given enough time and money. Sometimes the timescales or budget limit what can be achieved."

Ok Mr Amazing - go figure out how to write a low level device driver in javascript then let us know how you did it so we can all genuflect at your awesomeness.

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Re: Resupply

"But how long can they hold out re-reading old copys of the Daily Mail?"

Don't worry - they gave them a paper that prints the same old biased naive lefty rubbish every single day so they'll only ever require 1 copy and can just insert different names for people or corporations that the Guardian staff think are this weeks enemies of the revolution and so get the latest stories!

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Re: Russian conspiracy?

"r is Vladimir having some fun at Orbitals expense "

Nah , just some indian engineers deciding to celibrate Diwali in a spectacular fashion.

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Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

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"Finally something that looks worth a visit to a big screen cinema."

Don't get too excited - a film needs more than just flashy special effects - no matter how physically accurate - to make it half decent. The track record of hollyword sci fi films scripts isn't exactly outstanding.

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Re: That reminds me...

"I had a screensaver a bit like that on Windows 95...It simulated a system where all information was lost without the possibility to transmit that information back into the universe"

Screensaver? I think you'll find that was the operating system itself!

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: you can barely turn the undriven wheels by hand

"There are a couple of designs for electrical generation using turbocharger housings - and spinning at 15-25,000 RPM means the entire alternator can be a heck of a lot lighter/simpler."

Nice idea - if your car spends most of its life on the highway. In traffic jams with the engine idling you'll soon find the battery going flat however as the turbo/alternator pack sits there doing virtually nothing.

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Re: A light foot and wheel geometry works wonders

>Also ensure that the wheels are running in a straight line on the straight and that the geometry is >equal on the curves, correct tyre pressures also.

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>I get 25mpg from my 5litre V10 Touareg at 130kph and that weighs 2.85 tonnes!

I would suggest a better way to get better mpg is not drive around in a pointless 2.85 ton tank with the aerodynamics of a barn door and buy a normal car instead. An added bonus is people then won't think you're trying to compensate for a problem in the trouser department.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Re: William Donelson

"PS: If you're upset about these latest revelations of his private life,"

Replace "upset" with "couldn't give a rats arse" and you'd be spot on.

No one cares about this self important narcissistic prick other than the US security services and standard issue anti-establishment teenage blowhards. Everyone else just gets on with their lives.

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Beardie Branson backs Blockchain's Bitcoin bandwagon

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I wonder...

... if when all the bitcoins are "created" in however many decades that will be, whether the value will collapse because its now almost useless as a currency, or , whether it will acrue in value because it will be seen as a rare resource like gold.

Of course that all depends on something even more cryptic and sophisticated that catches the eye of millenials, paranoids and criminals not coming along in the meantime.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Tired old racial angle

"He's disgruntled because he's repeatedly wrote shoddy code and he was called out on it."

Yup. And the only way he can see to get a good shot in is to wheel in the old racial angle as what, a trump card? It just makes him look like an idiot. So what if most core devs are white and middle class, its not like there's some racist exclusion policy. What does he want - affirmative fucking action?? Does he think non white non middle class people might like his POS systemd more? What a dick.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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Re: User Interface

"you can start jobs on remote computers without first "shelling" into those"

Err, guess what - rsh has been able to do that since 1983 though ssh has taken over the job in the last 10 years. Or did you think unix admins always had to log in first then type the command manually?

"So, between using a remote GUI admin interface and scripting, Windows Server is very well covered."

Please explain how executables that don't support .NET objects can be pipelined together in powershell or in fact have anything useful done with them at all.

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Re: User Interface

" it's rather like a UNIX shell but much more powerful and secure with lots of more advanced features."

Really? Get back to us when it can do full system job control. And I don't just mean silly cmdlets - I mean full blown standalone daemon processes/services control preferably wiith a readable syntax.

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"New components for our software-defined networking stack"?

Err, when was the last time a networking stack was defined in hardware other than at the base frame transmission level?

I smell buzzword bullshit.

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

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Re: glad to stay away

"Never liked the idea of working for a big company."

You'll probably change your mind when you want some decent money. Apple might not pay well but the majority of big companies do - far better than some hipster startup. Sure, you might get lucky in a startup with share options and end up a m/billionaire, but for every person that happens to there are a thousand who can just about pay the rent. Its all very well spending the day sitting on bean bags and having fun playing pool - but at some point you're going to need a proper salary for a house/kid/car etc.

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: How to check?

"Thank god we got rid of our few remaining legacy systems and moved all our Linux boxes to Windows Server 2012 R2 after the recent OpenSSL mess."

Yeah , well done you. Now you only have to worry about this teeny tiny list of exploits for WS2012:

http://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-26/product_id-23546/year-2013/Microsoft-Windows-Server-2012.html

I'm spotting some severity 10s there and quite a few 9's.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Re: Maids a milking

"I dislike both Apple and microsoft, but I have to say that Microsoft does know how to write software which does not break."

Right.

And in the rest of the news - bears prefer lavender scented flushing toilets and the pope turns out to be a muslim!

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ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

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Re: At last

This whole "internet of things" nonsense is just a load of marketing BS driven by companies looking for any edge to sell their tat to some gullible geeks. An oven that you can talk to might be cool if you're a 15 year old boy, but most adults are quite capable of turning a dial. Same with the whole fridge-that-can-tell-you-when-you've-run-out-of-milk idiocy. Guess what - I can open the door and see for myself! Amazing!

Its the usual story of it can be done but nobody asking if it should - just like touchscreens in cars. useful for some things but not others. I particularly DON'T want to navigate a number of menus to turn on the feckin heater or switch radio channels when I'm doing 70mph when I can do the same with a button and don't even have to look!

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Apple: Beats Music is safe with us. Just like your selfies in iCloud

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Re: I'm sure they'll keep Dre

"And i suppose some wretched heroin addict strumming a tuneless dirge on a guitar and whining into a microphone about how his life is shit is similarly aspirational to "Da Ghetto Yoof" as you so eloquently put it?"

No, thats for middle class wannabes. But at least indie rockers as a rule arn't pathetic inadequates with cartoon jewellry who can barely speak their own language never mind a foreign one and advocate beating up women or promote violence and guns.

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I'm sure they'll keep Dre

They need some bell end rapper because shouting violent misogynistic bullshit over a beat, and not being quite literate enough to spell your own name properly is what Da Ghetto Yoof aspire to. U2 doesn't quite cut it down in da hood.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: "80 million people in Britain"

"And I'm pretty sure I've paid more taxes than you, sunshine"

I wouldn't lay money on that.

"So enough of your daily-mail knee-jerk fuckwittery please."

Predictable lefty response number 2 (after "you're a raaacissst naa naa!"). How utterly pathetic.

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Re: "80 million people in Britain"

"ts the bleedin immigrants innit! Taking our jobs, NHS"

I realise you're being sarcastic, but go into many london hospitals and you'll be lucky to hear a british accent amongst the patients. You think they've all paid their dues in taxes?

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Re: Yeah...

"... but remember the universe was created for the sole exclusive use of man, according to some nomadic desert dwelling gents."

Pity Harry Potter wasn't written 2000 years ago. Never mind Mary, I'll worship Hermione thanks. Though I'm not sure a glasses wearing kid fits the prophet mold but then neither really does a ranting carpenters son or a bigamous paedo so beggars etc....

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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@Amorous Cowherder

"Oh for the late Iain McNaught Davis, he'd have us all programming again in a jiffy!"

Indeed. Though I think the article was a bit hard on Click. They do cover some pretty meaty topics occasionally. At any rate, its far superior to the Gadget Show which seems to be aimed at whacked out 15 year olds with a 60 second attention span and presented by a bunch of sad Kidults - especially Jason Bradbury with his "zany skater geek" persona. Which is bit pathetic for a man pushing 50.

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Re: I'm all for teaching children how to program...

"it's an essential part of being a politically mature member of society as more and more issues are related to data processing...."

Not it isn't, anymore than understanding how a steam engine worked was an essential part of being a member of victorian society. People being able to use tools is what matters, not being able to explain their workings or construct them which always has been and always will be the preserve of specialists. Twas ever thus even back in the days of flint knapping.

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Re: "Coding" may not result...

"Especially since the age group you really want to enthuse turn into raging balls of hormones (girls first, then boys) with primarily only the other gender** on the mind,"

Oddly enough , teenagers can and do do more than just chase the opposite sex. I learnt to code when I was a teenager and probably so did a large proportion of people on this site. Its not teenagers per-se that are the problem but the current moronic dumbed down celebrity culture where the only qualification that seems to be needed to get on in life is a look-at-me haircut and the ability to hold a mic and not fall over for 3 minutes.

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Re: Let's try to see if coding works @ El Reg

Newflash - cutting and pasting random kernel code doesn't make you look like a genius. An idiot maybe...

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Re: Awww, the good old days...

"Gone are the days when I would download a new distro about every other week and try it out"

I think the only reason people did that is that up until maybe 5 years ago there was a real improvement on the previous/other distro versions. Ie better OS perfomance/facilities and/or a better front end. These days Linux is pretty mature even on the desktop and any changes are simply small incremental changes that really don't warrant the pain of a re-install especialy since updating individual components is usually a fairly painless process (gcc excepted).

I'm currently running Slackware 14.0 from 2012 on my laptop (and that was only to update a Slackware 11 install) and I have no intention of even thinking about an update for another couple of years because It Just Works. It does everything I need and has never had any kind of fault. Why would I?

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"The third is a generational thing, in two parts. Simply put, most new developers Don't Know C."

So learn it then. Its not hard especially if you already know Java or C#. And the sort of people who say "but, like, pointers sooo are hard" really shouldn't be doing programming in the first place and should go off and do an arts degree.

"but our languages of choice these days are more likely to be Java/C# or Javascript or Python or Ruby or whatever."

No offence, but Python, javascript, ruby and similar scripting languages are training languages. They're the 21st century equivalent of QuickBasic. They do the job - up to a point. But eventually you need to take the training wheels off and learn a proper language that has full access to (almost) all OS resources. ie C/C++/C# or Java and gives you total programming freedom on the platform.

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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Re: Video... not more video....

"n my experience the vast majority of "informational" videos can be summed up in one short paragraph with no loss of meaning."

Most BBC science programs fall into that category. They take something that could be explained in 3 minutes on a whiteboard and stretch it into hour long programs usually consisting mostly of the presenter looking thoughtfully into the distance on a mountain top while some portentious music plays or them striding purposefully to or from camera or the we've-run-out-of-ideas favourite - some naff "sciency" graphics the intern knocked up with Maya or Blender when bored with a voiceover takes a minute to say a single sentence.

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Wall Street's internet darlings require an endless supply of idiots

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Kickstarter is just a way of seperating idiots from their money

Its no different to gambling, except that at least with gambling you have a fixed odds of getting something back.

There are too many stupid people in the world with too much disposable cash. IMO its a public service taking that cash off them and giving it to people who can do something useful with it. Even if that is just buying a ferrari and disappearing.

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VMware hangs with the cool kids in the Containers gang

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Re: Wheel re-invention

"where does this article talk about windows?"

Did you actually read the article? Its about VMWare of whom 99% of their clients are Windows users. Probably the only reason you mentioned Docker is for advertising so back to Marketing school for you troll.

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Re: Wheel re-invention

"Container = Application running in isolated space = have these people not come across a mainframe??"

Never mind mainframe - its happened in Unix for years too.

Basically with anything related to virtualisation, if it hasn't happened to Windows, it hasn't happened. How people can talk about Windows being a serious server OS even now, never mind back in the days of NT and blue screens is beyond me , but there you go, you can't educate point and click monkeys.

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Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

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Re: I want to go back

"Why did Sun have to get bought by Oracle?"

Because even when the writing was on the wall in 10 foot high flashing neon lights , McNealy and pals still thought people would pay 5 digit prices for their unix workstations and low end servers when x86 + linux/windows had already eaten their lunch and was on to desert. They just about managed to keep making money at the high end but not enough not to need rescuing

Its a shame because Sun desktop workstations were fantastic pieces of kit back in the day and if Sun had charged sensible prices they could have easily competed with Macs & PCs for graphics intensive apps. But pay 10K for the same sort of performance you could get for 3K with x86 or PowerPC Mac? No one is that stupid.

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Re: RE: Microsoft paying

"Ever tried reading any of their install scripts?"

Never mind reading them - even trying to use them can be an utter pain if the system doesn't have EXACTLY what the script is expecting in EXACTLY the right place. I'm pretty sure they give the install script writing job to the interns because I simply don't believe they've been written by professionals since they are so utterly appalling.

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