* Posts by Mikel

2394 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

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Revisionism

Apple ultimately prevailed in their suit, over the look of the trashcan icon. And then the suit was settled with a secret pact that continues to this day.

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Windows Server 2016 will cost more on big servers, but discounts can be found

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Guaranteed

Whatever you're using it for is prohibited by the license.

Linux: still $0 per server, any number of processors or cores, any amount of RAM, any amount of storage, and client licenses are $0 too. All the features included at the same low $0. Use all you want. Clone and migrate your VMs with reckless abandon. And it's faster and more reliable, more secure, supports more devices, runs on more platforms, remains stable for a longer lifecycle, doesn't expire...

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

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SA and EA

Software Assurance, Enterprise Agreements and the like are the pinnacle of marketing achievement: money you convince people to pay you !not! for goods or services - heavens no! Selling actual goods and services is for the marketing novice, the software sales plebeians who trudge out to offices in person, in the rain. This is money they pay you -in perpetuity- for the special privilege of being in the exclusive club with the right to buy your most premium products. You make tens of billions a year just from this. And typically they come to you to beg for entry, and you have to tolerate their filthy presence only once.

Great work if you can get it.

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My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

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Shades of Sidekick

The data loss disaster reminds me of Sidekick.

Where is Roz Ho?

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

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Doublespeak

> Speaking to The Register today, a Lenovo spokesperson claimed the Chinese giant "does not intentionally block customers using other operating systems on its devices and is fully committed to providing Linux certifications and installation guidance on a wide range of products."

A wide range... but not specifically these offending ones.

> "Unsupported models will rely on Linux operating system vendors releasing new kernel and drivers to support features such as RAID on SSD," he added. "Unfortunately, I cannot confirm our relationship to the person at Best Buy."

Covered by the NDA. Can't say why we chose a controller that a Linux driver can't be made for. Ask the WinModem people why, if you can't figure it out on your own.

It's the non-denial denial. A confirmation that the story is true, pursed in such a way as to lead one to believe that it isn't. I have seen this sort of verbal footwork done much better.

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

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Not legit

Comcast and company have no legitimate business interest in preventing people from having a service they have no intention of selling them, ever.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Data everywhere

The author's complaint seems to be not that Google collects and uses this data, nor how, but that others aren't permitted to do so.

Put me down for "I trust Google." I completely approve of the transaction of exchanging my position data in return for the services that data sharing enables - with Google only. I don't trust carriers, cable companies nor governments with this data at all, so they can pound sand.

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Bug in Microsoft's StorSimple arrays can kill backups

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Microsoft knows how important backups are

As evidenced by this informative and relevant article:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/173470/Microsoft_Red_Faced_After_Massive_Sidekick_Data_Loss.html

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Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

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Solving the wrong problem

All antivirus is solving the wrong problem, attempting to recognize an infinite variety of patterns - which is, of course, impossible. The need for this arises because the operating system itself is laughably insecure and attempts to run everything from everywhere by default.

The correct solution to this problem is to use an operating system correctly designed and configured to not take candy from strangers. Then antivirus is not needed.

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Force the kids to use IE?

Counselling isn't cheap.

If you're going to handicap your kids that badly why not take away the PC all together? Once they learn to get along with only mobile devices they will be better prepared for the future anyway.

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Re: Think of the market share

Bill was Very supportive of a presidential candidate, who won. Immediately after the election the Justice department officials said president appointed became less interested in pressing the issue than their predecessors had been.

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Re: What does "Bing" mean?

Bing is a recursive backronym, like GNU stands for "GNU's Not Unix.". Bing stands for "Bing Is Not Google."

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New Microsoft Bug Bounty

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$500 per exploit?

Do they even have that much money?

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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"Runs Linux"

Isn't this just assumed by now? Linux runs on everything. To the Linux fan, the hardware world is a vast utopia.

Remember when hardware designers were desperate to prevent Linux from working with their gear? That was a long, long time ago.

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AT&T trash talks Google over Fiber fiasco: Leave ISP stuff to the experts

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I see that we are counting as proven historical context the unproven and unconfirmed reports of a Google Fiber pullback. Interesting.

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Intel's makeshift Kaby Lake Cores hope to lure punters from tired PCs

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No W7 or 8

Microsoft won't support legacy Windows on these chips. Only Windows 10.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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Red-faced?

To be red-faced they would have to have shame, which is contrary to the available evidence.

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Google breaks heart, White Knight falls off horse

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Re: "the large geographic area of the United States aggravates the capex costs."

> They exist, but I don't think they're at the terabit level just yet, which is what you'll need going forward (since it's the cities where all the broadband demand is). And that means new capex.

No. It happens that this is all single mode fiber of the sort that can now carry a terabit per strand. That is why they develop the optics for that fiber type. Back in the day it was laid the electronics were barely capable of a gigabit, but that was then - and they were looking to gross $2/MB (65336[64k bps]*60/8)/$ for long distance voice calls. That was the economics that made it worthwhile to bury all those thick bundles of fiber, and lend money to someone who was doing so. But the pace of progress in optics overtook the speed of cost recovery in long distance telephone service (mostly landline!) and the competition became who could drive whom out of business fastest. Suddenly lending the money became too big a risk and it all collapsed. But not before they buried the fiber, which was sold on the auction block in the bankruptcies at millicents on the dollar of the cost to buy and bury it.

But it -is- the terabit fiber, and the big cost isn't the electronics. It's getting the rights of way and burying the passive glass.

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I don't believe this report

Page is not this shortsighted. The report is not credible.

It might be that he asked to see a quicker ROI. But that's it. This is a big investment long-term revenue stream, and a good performing investment.

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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Re: No testing, Redmond?

They busted up the Trusted Computing group because an audit that uncovered a glitch. Apparently they had been let go in the 90's for getting in the way of a product launch, but due to an accounting glitch they were still getting paid. They were still in the org chart, but even the building they worked in had been torn down. Nobody has seen them since the launch of W98 SE and some may have passed. So they fixed the glitch.

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It's OK

You weren't using their software for anything important anyway, right?

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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It's amazing

Windows fans put up with all of this garbage.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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All Pop I stars have earthlike planets

It's a consequence of how stars form. There will be real estate everywhere.

Incidentally, Proxima b has been visited by tons of asteroids from the Earth and Mars. So it is even more likely to have life.

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Microsoft, Lenovo cross-licensing love-in: Android mobes knocked up with... Office apps

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Proof

Not enough people crave their products

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Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

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Kudos

Nicely done.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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Recycling this comment from the earlier article

Because "Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly." - Henry Spencer

"Do one thing well"

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Big data is hard.

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Re: Bing, Google, etc...

Bing Is Not Google. Come on now, it's right there in the name.

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Two-speed Android update risk: Mobes face months-long wait

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Re: The real take-away

Microsoft claimed - over and over - that "this time for real" they were taking care of updating phones with their new OS. That worked out great.

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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IE and Edge

"IE and Edge" is five different mutually incompatible browsers supported by four different mutually incompatible operating systems. And only one of two of those operating systems for each IE or Edge.

What I'm getting at is that it makes no more sense to add these numbers together to make a "share" than it does to arbitrarily add Opera and Firefox together. The different versions of IE ought to count as entirely different browsers, and separate entirely from Edge.

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Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out

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I remember this analysis from the SCO case.

There were never ending pundits to say the bad guy was going to win. That didn't work out.

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: Why is ssh built in?

Because "Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly." - Henry Spencer

"Do one thing well"

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Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

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Wait, what?

This was supposed to be an article about Intel and the words "Microsoft" and "Windows" occur nowhere in it. There must be some mistake.

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Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

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They will do fine

No doubt the product will be first rate and well received.

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Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

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Re: reliability eh?

> our control of our own systems.

Whose systems? It seems you and they are not in agreement on that.

It's their OS. They can make it do what they want it to do. They always could.

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How do you securely exchange encrypted-decrypted-recrypted data? Ask Microsoft

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Having seen their software development skill

I am not letting them anywhere any data of mine that needs encryption. The one thing they are trustworthy for is failed security.

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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The point

The point of Microsoft's Secure Boot is to protect their device from an errant user who would try to deprive them of its benefit by installing his own software.

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Say hello to Samsung and Netlist's flash-DRAM grenade: HybriDIMM

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Intel and memory standards

I still haven't forgiven them for that Rambus RIMM nonsense. Not sure I ever will.

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Mars' 'little green men' buried alive by merciless meteorites – new theory

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When we are living there

Digging down to the rich biome beneath the desert will be required for a number of human habitation reasons. We will find life. Unfortunately by then it will be difficult to tell if we brought it with us.

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Dear Imation. It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black

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Getting things under control

It takes a while for the fixes to show. I think they'll be OK.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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In completely unrelated news...

If you got suckered into W10 more than 10 days ago, you can forget about rolling back. They got you, they're keeping you.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3104927/microsoft-windows/microsoft-reduces-windows-10-roll-back-grace-period.html

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You Windows fans

You sure put up with a lot of garbage.

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You know what would really make your metamaterial pop? 6th century Japan tech

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At the large end of the scale

Space station

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Tablet sales remain bitter, but Nougat tipped to sweeten the market

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Re: I'm not surprised ...

@Gordon861

The 2013 Nexus 7 is still a darned fine tablet. I see it for hours a day. In terms of hours per dollar this thing has been wonderful! Not currently looking for a replacement on this one.

It was the 2012 model that had no legs, and the Nexus 10.

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Pokémon Go tragedy strikes

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Whatever this game is

It has been a help getting the kids outside for summer play.

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Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

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Almost seven years

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-iphone-funeral-2010-9

Since the funeral for iPhone, it will be seven years in a few days.

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Seagate joins hands with Intel, adds tasty IEEL to its pie and mash

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Intel and Linux

Linux owns HPC, and they use a lot of chips. It must drive the Intel folks crazy to know they can't engineer a reason to require Windows on there. Do the systems come with the TPM chip that only operates with Microsoft's encryption key? Of course they do. That must be the only bone they can throw to Redmond from there.

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Get yer gnashers round 64-layer 3D NAND, beam WDC and Toshiba

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These will be no thicker than the 256GB NAND stacks already shipping.

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They test each layer before they stack them, obviously. It's not like a monolithic processor where one bad transistor can ruin the whole thing.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

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For all the gloom

The stock had a nice bump, suggesting performance was better than expected. So at least the corporate privacy shield is still working, or leaks would have evened out the bump. I like to see the strong momentum through the emotional $100/share barrier.

I'm looking forward to further strong performance in the next two quarters. Back to school is a great time for them on the PC, and of course going into the holidays with a new model iPhone is always a slam dunk. With W10 killing the Wintel PC market, Apple PC should do really well even with Chromebooks taking an ever larger share of Education. Something creative with iPad would be bonus. Of course a totally new product category from Apple is overdue, and their gnomes have been slaving away on some things, but it's impossible to tell when those will hatch. They're ready when they're ready.

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