* Posts by Mikel

1870 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Uber holds out hand, hails another $1bn – mostly from Microsoft

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Shopping list

Lilies for Uber.

We know how Microsoft partnerships go.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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Chrome runs on all the things

Android, Linux, Windows, Mac - Chrome is everywhere. Edge runs only on Windows, therefore it is useless for anybody who also uses something else and wants a consistent browser experience.

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

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A:

No.

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

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Called it

/self takes a bow

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Intel tests definition of insanity with (leaked) typoslab Skylake CPUs

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What is poor Intel to do? Allocation of platform support

Once upon a time Windows was 90% of the smart devices market and the argument was that Intel would allocate 90% of their software platform support to it because of market realities, not technical ones. "Pragmatic and hard numbers based" is an ironclad defense for any Intel proposal. Well this year less than 25% of smart devices will have Windows on and yet Intel is still allocating 90% of their platform support to it, defeaturing their hardware for competing OS platforms. Maybe they could reevaluate their position on this issue.

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Re: Maybe the wrong battleground

It is true that SOC vendors and peripherals makers collaborate using ARM, Linux and Android to rapidly iterate innovation in the simulator and prove it against a suite of millions of apps for several generations between actually etching chips. Ain't gonna get that from Intel.

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Intel and madness

So they will again sell these for the never popular Windows slab - 19 years failing. And pair it with the sort of low resolution display you can get on a $50 Android slate. And sell it in the $800 and up tab space that belongs to Apple. And of course all the other features will be wrong too.

I wouldn't mind it in a 9" QHD Ubuntu slate, at a price comparable to what I can already get. This will happen when pigs fly.

Edit: and before you pooh pooh the idea, at least it has the advantage of not already having been tried and failing miserably for long enough to barrel a good whiskey.

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

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The festival of horrors

Mark my words: the cacophony of shrieking that begins on launch day will be heard 'round the world. Failed updates, broken or missing drivers, lost data, broken apps, devices and apps misbehaving inexplicably, critical functions lost, businesses losing productivity during an aborted migration, security problems. Basically the works.

But "Great artists ship".

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Re: From one mistake to another...

@LawAbidingCitizen

Be careful. You may find yourself unable to use your software of choice on a Windows 10 laptop

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

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Re: Ballmer Worst CEO Ever

Did you see what Elop did to Nokia?

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Re: Bing?

Bing is part of the Online Services mentioned. Not counting aQuantive, $13 billion before they hid the bleeding.

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How to waste two years and lose $415m: Cisco's now-dead Whiptail deal

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The Register has asked Cisco for comment

Good luck with that.

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Q. How much did Google just spend applying political pressure in the US? A. $4.6 million

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Fit

Google is the world's second largest technology company in the world by market cap - after Apple. It is meet that they spend more to educate lawmakers and policy makers. Especially since their chief rival Microsoft spends several times more but launders it through Astroturf consumer and industry advocacy groups who don't report as part of the Microsoft total.

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The Lazarus Effect: Saved by Linux and Cash Converters

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Kali + Adobe + Java

A wonder it didn't collapse into an irony singularity.

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Norton for Windows 10 is NOT a box-borking beta, insists Symantec

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Re: Stick 'em on the compost heap with McAfee...

Agreed, but you know an anti malware product is no good when it can't even uninstall *itself*.

OTOH, rendering a Windows Box unbootable is the only way to secure it, so... Mission accomplished!

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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They are down 600m units a year. "Tie all the things!"

A shame looseness is what sells.

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Server storage slips on robes, grabs scythe, stalks legacy SANs

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Re: No spam

>Got it

Cool.

At the basic level it is just a bare bones computer case just like a bare bones PC Chassis, except for server motherboards and with room for 30, 45 or 60 drives. The open source design is from Backblaze (also no affiliation) who used it to hold their subscription based $5/month unlimited GB backup servers, and thought it would be neat to share the design.

The OEM and store is actually the fab shop Backblaze ordered their kit fabbed from. Their mission isn't to sell you storage servers, it's to sell bespoke sheet metal fabricated assemblies. They aren't a storage vendor; they're a tin bender. But Backblaze told people they had it made there and authorized them to make it for anybody who asked and mod it as much as they liked - and people asked so here it is.

Originally they just sold the metal case and mounting hardware, but people asked for more convenience so they offer now the configurations that Backblaze has vetted as cost effective, performant and reliable for their use - which is a low bandwidth use, typically writing once ever from the Internet and reading almost never. Hence only 10Gbps NIC. Netflix uses these for their Openconnect CDN servers, which they provide for free to any ISP who asks, as it helps reduce Internet backbone usage (and hence the fees Netflix pays).

So it goes nicely on topic in an ElReg article about DIY Server NAS & SAN.

You can read more about the design decisions, status, components and such on their blog. Definitely a worthy read for anyone approaching the Deep Storage Cheap question. The Backblaze engineers are brilliant and adventurous, but also conservative and data based. In addition to this design they also publish definitive performance failure metrics analysis for their systems which is the most thorough independent data published by anyone except Google. You aren't going toget that data out of HP or Dell. https://www.backblaze.com/blog/storage-pod-4-5-tweaking-a-proven-design/

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Re: No spam

I'm not affiliated with the companies, I just like the products.

It's a box. You can put any hardware you want in the box. Got 100GbE CNAs? 12x EDR Infiniband? 128 GFC engineering samples magically appeared? If your software supports it knock yourself out.

For that stuff tho you would want to populate with all SSD and immense RAM so we are talking about a different use profile.

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Lest we forget

45 Drives.com

Where you can get a DIY server storage node that puts 480 TB in 4U, and you can customize it all you like. Many of the virtual SANs above, like HP's VSA, run on it under Linux. The hardware actually costs less than HP's software in that case.

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Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

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Off topic comment here

Facebook's market value is on course to surpass Microsoft's before the end of 2017. Maybe sooner.

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Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

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Re: Ready or not, here it comes

Many of the touted features will come later. Or never.

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Re: So on the 30th... @Borg.King

>If you're needing support, you better hope that (a) Microsoft have it documented, (b) the community knows the answer, or (c) you've paid your money for the extra help you'll need.

Or, ironically, you can Google it like always.

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Oracle slings 193 patches, nixes exploited Java zero day

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All patched up

Until next time. Have a good weekend and let's meet back here on Monday to start tackling the rest of it.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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You will get over it

When you are finally ready, rehab is right here: http://distrowatch.com

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@sweepstakes

I will take zero months - I.e. the initial upgrade installer borks a significant percentage of systems with install failure or missing drivers.

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Netflix profits plunge, but streamer still plans global domination

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Netflix charges too little

We use it a lot. The new original programming is nice. For more of that and some more new content we would gladly pay twice the current rate.

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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

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Continuum

One of the things that has made the smart phone popular is that it is not like a desktop PC with Windows. So desktop Windows on a phone is a natural fit. In bizarro world.

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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

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Re: Sensible

Oh yeah. Give everybody plenty of time to get their automatic update to W10 before back to school season hardware launch. That way new OS version compatibility won't be a sales driver and OEMs can launch their new designed-for W10 hardware competing not only with their cutthroat competitors, but their own installed base that already has it as well. Fabulous!

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What a mess

I bet hardware partners are really starting to feel the love now.

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Nokia will indeed be back 'making' phones – and it's far from a foolish move

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Analysts shortchange Android prospects

At over 1.2 billion units this year Android phones are 4 times PC units. This is not small potatoes. Nokia has a lot of brand value and design chops left. They would be insane not to get back into phones. They are probably designing the first units now.

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Arrgh! It's Device-a-pocalypse, Gartner yowls: 11 per cent drop foretold

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Lack of tablet innovation

Our Nexus 7s from 2013 are still going strong, and I don't see anything better in the market at twice the price. No wonder they were discontinued.

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Seagate bleeding sales as PC downturn starts to hit hard

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Everyone will be praying Windows 10 rights the wobbling PC ship

I have some bad news...

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Intel's tablet CPU share to DROP: analyst

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Wrong direction

Intel has spent Way too much effort trying to make Windows on a tablet be a thing. It is not going to be a thing, and it isn't in Intel's best interest to try to push this stone up the hill. Microsoft is not a loyal partner, and spending on this disproportionately to its promise is expending Intel capital for the benefit of Microsoft shareholders. That is not the purpose for that money.

People want Android tablets and devices. 1.7 billion of them this year alone. Intel needs to quit treating Android like it's a temporary fad or a niche market, with second class gimped platforms that are basically defeatured Windows devices, if they want to move volume.

Christmas is coming, so they had best step lively. It only comes once a year.

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Microsoft giving up on phones? Naaahh ... Windows 10 Mobile lumbers toward release

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An ElReg classic

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/01/06/microsofts_masterplan_to_screw_phone/

When this is how you behave it is easy to see why nobody trusts you. Also, leaving the ground littered with the dried husks of failed partnerships is not helpful.

http://www.asymco.com/2011/02/11/in-memoriam-microsofts-previous-strategic-mobile-partners/

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PC sales go OFF A CLIFF to under 300 million a year

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Gartner Prognostication

>Gartner's blaming Windows 10 for the slowdown: the firm reckons buyers are holding on to their cash before the OS drops, in order to buy machines with Microsoft's new baby pre-installed.

Guess again. People are finally giving up on the PC. The daily malware, monthly patch debacle, difficulty of use just are too much hassle now that they see easier, smoother alternatives. Putting up with that mess isn't worth it anymore just to save that 10 year old copy of Quicken.

Besides, there are better ways to "upgrade" your PC. Attach a 4K TV as a display, swap out the HDD for a SSD instead and you get many times the bang for the buck.

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What? EMEA PC sales dropped by HOW much?

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The declines continue

Don't expect the situation to improve in the coming year. The PC is a dead parrot.

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Hacking Team: Oh great, good job, guys ... now the TERRORISTS have our zero-day exploits

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Oh gee

This is only one of hundreds of different hacking kits available. Face it: you're hacked.

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KILL FLASH WITH FIRE until a patch comes: Hacking Team exploit is in the wild

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Ok

Who was still using Flash?

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

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Re: wait for it...

The May patch batch was 1GB, compressed. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/12/enjoying_the_spring_microsoft_has_13_ways_to_fix_that/

It is doubtful this will come to that.

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Google's Cardboard cutout VR headgear given away GRATIS by OnePlus ... SELLS OUT

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Would like a couple

One for the phone and one for the tablet. Just to try it out. No need to go full oculus just to test this out

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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The corals in the Great Barrier Reef are 150 million years old

The current ice age is only 3 million years old. Somehow these corals have adapted to 150 meter swings in sea level, diverse thermal gradients. They are in no danger.

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HP's split surgeon Bill Veghte splits from HP

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Curious

I had figured him for the role of leading HP's post-split PC division to an acquisition by Microsoft.

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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This is a good mission for them

No sarcasm intended - I like it. This guy is starting to impress me, and I am not swift to praise anything Microsoft does.

Of course if Sauron directed the Nazgul: "Go out and upgrade the world", the results are still predictably not rainbow butterfly unicorn kittens.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Re: Guessing games

>They don't know where they're going.

Everything is changing so fast, it's hard for anybody to even know where we are.

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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There are only two viable phone ecosystems: Apple and Android. They are 96% of the market. Apple doesn't sell an affordable phone, therefore Android wins "poor man's phone" by default. Since Apple also doesn't do a lot of other things, Android also gets "keyboard phone", " removable battery phone", "SD card Phone", " Broad selection phone ", " Keyboard slider phone", "Projector phone", and about a thousand other categories Apple decides not to compete in.

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Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

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I for one am interested to see if Nokia can still pull off some high quality design that serves to create good demand. If they manage it, that will put paid to the myth they had no choice but to drink the Windows Phone poison.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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People aren't holding out for Windows 10. They're giving up on the PC. That clunky old dinosaur is dead. The corpse will quit twitching in a bit.

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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

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Re: Given the €18.8m payout to Elop when Nokia sold to Microsoft

His ex wife got half.

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Feature-rich work in progress: Windows Mobile 10 build 10136

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Say what you want about Sinofsky. At least he could ship product.

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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

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Do their deployment and management tools even work now?

Last time I saw them they were a torturous exercise in self flagellation.

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