* Posts by Mikel

2348 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

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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Microsoft offers admins free Win 10 upgrade lube

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Not trustworthy

The GWX app already does an evaluation of your app and driver readiness. It just always says "full speed ahead!" even if the machine won't boot afterwards, doesn't work with some of your devices, or pesky apps have to be deleted.

Why would this tool work any different? They either know how to determine if the PC can run their OS or they don't - and obviously the answer is the latter. And/or they lie, which is no better.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Supported lifetime defined

They will support it until they don't.

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Cyanogen Inc 'axes 20%' staff

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Re: Well shit

Samsung has a new kind of removable flash standard that isn't unnecessarily encumbered with Microsoft's patented -- and stupid -- ExFAT. So removable flash may finally be an option on the next Nexus.

I predict that once it comes out the Secure Digital group will drop the dumb requirement. There is no need for 2 billion Android devices based on Linux to require support for Microsoft DOS's brain damaged 8.3 character filenames.

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The music stopped when Microsoft bought them

Yeah, technically it was just a partnership. Whatever. Kiss of death.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Like everything else

Skype died the day they bought it.

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

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Somehow

The Microsoft implementation will work in a few hundred remote root vulnerabilities. Because they have no clue.

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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

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The power myth

For over a decade MSFT had lateral motion, but the forecast was always "to the moon!" based on their tyrant status. Your money had better returns stuffed in a mattress. It will be interesting to see if they can do that again now that their dominance of technology is broken. I think not.

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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

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We already covered this

SpaceX can land the boosters all on the same pad. Stacked vertically. Like Robin Hood.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Uh oh.

I've got a bad feeling about this. It's as if the ghosts of Sun and Novell were rattling their chains and muttering a warning too softly to hear.

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Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

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It was never your device

It's their device. They use it to get you to do what they want you to do. Its purpose is not to serve you.

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It's 2016 and Windows lets crims poison your printer drivers

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Re: Win10 fixed this for me

No drivers on Canon UK

They are still working on the British language support.

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Or just uninstall it

This works for Windows vulnerabilities as well.

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Apple crumbles: Mac sales slump while Dell, HP Inc, Lenovo shift PCs

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I was going to go with "Gartner analyst blames Microsoft for failing to stimulate the PC market in the Future-Past tense. For the seventh consecutive year."

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Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

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He is the 506th person to die in a police shooting this year in the Land of the FreeTM

30,000 Americans have been killed this year in traffic accidents, and 100,000 by medical error. Somehow nobody is sharpening the pitchforks and lighting the torches over that.

You have to look at the specifics in each incident, and clusters of incidents to see if there is wrongdoing on the part of the individuals and institutions involved. Policing can be nasty and dangerous work. They tend not to interact much with the top 99% of orderly and civilized people, and the bottom 1% can be random, unpredictable and dangerous.

I haven't looked at this one. No doubt someone will tell me he was on his way to choir practice from volunteering at a hospice.

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Microsoft COO jumps ship

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My understanding is that stack ranking ended with Ballmer. No idea what form of torture they replaced it with though.

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Debian founder Ian Murdock killed himself – SF medical examiner

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An excess of passion is often self destructive. It seemed to drive the creativity and work that made so much great stuff while he was able, but it was too much. He gave us a lot. Thanks, Ian.

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Detroit Rock(et Fiber) City: Startup brings 10Gb service to Motown

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Service

> I'd like to know how they can provide cost-effective competitive broadband AND that level of service AND still turn a profit.

Ooh ooh! I know this one!

It is not unprofitable to provide great bandwidth and stellar service at a reasonable price. It is quite lucrative. To the oligopoly that sells the only service you can get though, this is an unnecessary expense that reduces their absurd margins. It is cheaper to drive the other guy out of business, so that is what they do. Even if they have to buy a few state or local officials, get some laws passed, sue, organize an Astroturf rebellion, engage in negative marketing of the sort normally reserved for political office, it is still cheaper than providing good service at a fair rate.

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Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'

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The plan

The plan is never to coax less money from the same customer. Never.

As for the license, if you are doing something useful with Microsoft software you are almost certainly in violation of some clause of the license agreement. And likely not using it as intended as well.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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"Final push"

Not even close to the end here guys. As I have been telling you since this started, this is do or die time for Microsoft. Android has been taking over. Microsoft need to get a critical mass of people on to Windows 10 - and quick - or it's all over for them.

So no, this does not end in July. We have not seen the worst of it. Not even close.

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Cracking Android's full-disk encryption is easy on millions of phones – with a little patience

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The lock on the front door

It's not there to hold back a foreign invasion. It's there to discourage casual passers-by from raiding the refrigerator.

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Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

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Re: There's an old saying

> problem is that Microsoft has billions still to burn before they finally fold

They have amazing money burning skills though.

And a huge amount of that legendary cash pile is foreign cash locally borrowed against to get around the tax law. But to pay the debt they have to pay the tax. So it's a lot less than it looks.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Margin is an odd measure

How is this margin calculated? Do they know how much the supplier paid?

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Intel mulls sale of Intel Security – reports

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It was a sad day when Intel bought McAfee

It was solid evidence the MBAs had gone soft in the head. If your endpoints and network are running a secure OS and apps then you don't need the product. And if they're not, nothing will save them so the product is worthless.

In the meantime having a major asset that relies on the prominence of the fading Windows platform and propping it up at All cost is a conflict of interest for a chip maker that helped kill their mobile opportunities.

Of course when the founder himself crowed relief that they were relieving him of the burden of sharing his good name with that garbage - that might have been a clue.

Good to see them getting shut of it.

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Dev boss: What will Microsoft do with Windows 10 Mobile? Surprise – it's for work!

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Declare victory now

They're going to declare victory and rejoice in their triumph over whatever challenges they have overcome, by defining the goal as what happened. Might as well do it now, get it over with and move on before they burn another $10B on this pyre.

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Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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16 bits? Nicely done!

I would have gone for 8. Lazy me.

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Raspberry Pi 3 tops SBC poll for self-brew hackers and Linux folk

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Been meaning to get me a few.

Want to do a few maker projects. Garden control with automatic sensor driven watering, misting, and Internet monitoring via periodic picture email and on-demand live streaming for example. Maybe archiving periodic pics so I can make an annual time lapse movie.

They seem to have cured the stock-out problems with this model.

As for the gnarly circuit board, a broad variety of cases are available.

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Musk's Tesla to buy Musk's SolarCity for US$2.8 billion

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Synergy. We has it.

In an IT merger there is always talk of synergy. Here we have it. Solar homes with solar powered batteries that power your life, and your car. Everything in your personal life powered by fusion. Guilt free, CO2 free, even the factory that makes your stuff powered by solar energy. But not the "living in a yurt" "Mother Earth News" self-deprivation kind of life - the rip your face off four wheel traction limited acceleration kind of life. The kind of life that's worth earning a boatload of money to pay for.

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The deal will close

And the next day Musk will ask the Street for more money. And they will give it. At the last possible second.

Man this kid has got a brass pair. He's not happy unless he's dancing on the razor's edge of failure. I can't wait to see what he can do with my little bit of spare money.

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Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

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Re: This is why AMD and NVidia are making ARM chips

There were two companies working on ARM servers a few years ago. HP and AMD were designated to take them out behind the barn and do the unpleasant needful.

I said at the time that it wouldn't work. Progress can be delayed but not prevented.

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

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Re: A dog isn't just for Christmas...

Animals that eat other animals rather than plants - particularly feral ones - tend to be a more risky disease vector.

We eat pork and pigs are omnivorous, and chickens are fed meat meal also, but in agriculture great care is taken to preventing introduction of disease in animal feed. Not so with feral pets.

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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Cherry picking

No doubt their billions of data points told them which notebook, and specifically what to test.

Of course since I don't have anything left that could run Windows, nor especially Windows 10, and If I had I wouldn't, we don't even get anywhere near the browser selection question. But in the bizarre alternate reality where that might be a choice, "not theirs".

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Intel-supported Open HPC stack to land in Q4

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Sweating a little

Now that China topped the list with homegrown chips.

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Out of gas

When the satellite operators are being charged extra not seeing their reusable rocket rebate, this sort of thing may become less common. Some won't care. They will load the thing to the gunnels and then some to keep their bird aloft as long as possible and with as much capability as possible.

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Net neutrality victory: DC court backs full rules

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A long as we give them money

They will continue to use it to fight for their interests and against ours.

So stop giving them your money. You are not stupid.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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Re: Hmm...

Three months. No doubt the irreconcilable differences have already begun on first contact between the actual teams, not the executives.

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Re: The destruction of value is astounding

Theoretically.

That is enough money to wire much of the US with gigabit fiber.

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The destruction of value is astounding

Mind boggling. Imagine what useful things they might have done with that money.

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Finding new work

Presumably the LinkedIn team knows how to use their own product. Which is good, because they need to.

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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

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(June) (GWX)

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: $26B????

They are going to have to onshore foreign cash and take the tax hit, so more like $40B.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress

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An oldie but goodie

The First Honest Cable Company. https://youtu.be/0ilMx7k7mso

At work you will want the headphones.

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Verizon: We're sick of waiting for the FCC, so here's our 'net neutrality'

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They lie

No matter what. They haven't got the truth in them to give.

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Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

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Hopes Intel Skylake CPUs, Windows 10 will draw in punters

Mr. Dell, you might want to sit down. I have some bad news...

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Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

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Dark money OMG

The number two privately held US corporation is in the top five for lobbying? You don't say.

The way their arch nemesis Microsoft throws political money around they had well better spend even more. If they don't want their products banned, that is.

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