* Posts by Mikel

1742 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

HP: Windows Server + OpenStack will lure biz bods from the Amazon

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It has finally happened

Microsoft Windows is a Linux app.

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Microsoft working on 'Nano' version of Windows Server for web-scale ops

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Wow

Some have been PXE booting diskless servers for decades now.

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Re: Opelika spent $7 million over 5 years for 30,000

@Craigness

Still sounds cheap. Especially compared to Comcast or TWC which not only costs more during the build out, but then the cost never goes down and the service level never needs to go up.

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Opelika spent $7 million over 5 years for 30,000

That is $4 per month per person to build out an essential service that will last 50 years or more.

Sounds like a heck of a good deal. Where can I get gigabit fiber for that?

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He's baaack: Microsoft's axeman Nadella to give Chinese staff the chop

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Made in Vietnam

Maybe somebody ought to check the working conditions in that one. For humanitarian reasons.

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Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

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What I posted in May here

Over before it began

The only thing better for the cable giants than a weak FCC rule is a completely muddled, unintelligible and unenforceable rule. That way they can do whatever they want for years and the courts will protect them.

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Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

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Apple has a cash hoard

It's big enough to buy control of Intel, AMD and HP, and colonize Mars. All at once, without borrowing any money.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: If there is to be any hope ...

Apple now has enough cash on hand to buy both Intel and AMD.

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HP cloud reorg shock: Ex-Eucalyptus boss Mårten Mickos backs off

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It can't be comfortable for a real nerd to be working in the corporate world of HP.

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Hellooo, NSA? The US State Department can't kick hackers out of its networks – report

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They use Windows

They are reinfected several times a second. They can't find the source because every device, server and user is the source. Even if they shut down the whole thing, wiped every device, every bit of data in the system, and reloaded their software from known good copies, it would still be hacked before the first useful work was done. There's probably backup hacks lodged in every printer, network switch and server firmware by now - just in case they decide to air gap the entire network. And if they wipe every piece, the replacements new from the factory will come with exploits preinstalled and the first one will propagate through the network contaminating everything again within seconds of being switched on. It is hopeless.

Sony has the same problem. Actually, everybody who uses Windows does.

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AT&T suddenly finds demand for 1Gbps fiber in Kansas City – just after Google arrived

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Hey AT&T, this is Comcast and Time Warner

You throw your hat in on our Google Fiber cities and we'll throw ours in on yours and maybe united we can make it unprofitable for them. We'll blanket the cities in advertising and lock everyone up in long contracts. Maybe they'll give up.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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4.5 billion

Of course if Musk makes his reusable rockets work and reduces launch costs by a factor of 100 as hoped, that would be only $45 million. Easily within reach. May it's time James Cameron considered shooting on location on Mars. For his movies that's just the catering budget.

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Google founders to offload $4 BEEELLION in shares

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Billionaires do financial management

Shocker!

Gates has been selling off Microsoft stock since the 80's, and will be fully divested this year. This is normal.

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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>meaning cyber-crooks have access to working exploits the minute Google's disclosure goes live.

Cyber crooks had access to the bug the day the offending error was published. Let us not forget that disclosure or not, the bug is there for anyone to exploit.

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Elon Musk: Hover rocket? Check. Hover ship? Check. Let's DO THIS

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Re: Soft land test

Where did you get the idea NASA is their only customer? On the 27th of this month they are scheduled to launch for Asia Broadcast Satellite. In Q2 one for SES World Skies. Orbcomm by midyear. Launches this year for Argentina and Turkmenistan.

Cite: http://spacexstats.com/upcoming.php

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Re: A Double Dose of Disruptive Technology

Reusable rockets are a big deal, but let's not go too far over the top. SpaceX has not even been in business 13 years, not 30-40, and this reusable rocket notion is a fairly recent development*. Once Musk proves it can be done others will have no choice but to start a crash program to reproduce his successes. The work is probably already begun.

* Pulp science fiction notwithstanding. It had been roundly dismissed as infeasible for so long that everyone had a good laugh when Musk said he would do it. Sheepish looks and cold lager all 'round.

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Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

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At a loss

To a six year old with a hammer, everything is a nail.

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Microsoft and Linux

Goes together like mustard and chocolate.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Re: Been nice knowing the RasPi

@James Hughes 1

Whatever they used to corrupt the president of the RPF was weapons grade stuff. He eagerly admits drinking the koolaid, and the announcement is a veritable catalog of Microsoft products and talking points. It is an ad. There is no way he could have personal knowledge of all that stuff already, yet he preaches it like it is the gospel. It's already over. RPi is already dead.

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Re: Good work MS

Re: ANDRIOD

Astroturfers are not allowed to use the actual name of the product they are bashing, as in increases the notoriety of the product. In the case of Android it is a little absurd, but that is what this is about. And no, it is not going to stop. Rules are rules.

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Carmakers DEFLATED by AIRBAG FLAW as US watchdog recalls TWO MEELLION vehicles

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Ow

It turns out that making devices that are designed to blow up in your face without killing you is really hard.

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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Re: It just doesn't matter

@Charles 9

>You can't remote desktop without a desktop, and the software selection in Windows is still much superior to any other platform in certain markets such as games.

I don't think this is going to matter to the billions of people who have never seen a desktop or video game. Or at least not seen one as advanced as you can get on the cheapest Android tablet. In much of the world they are dealing with late 90's hardware and XP at best. Apps and performance, display and responsiveness are not as good as you can get on a $25 Android tablet. India alone is going to give away one billion of these tablets to students in the next ten years. Probably sooner.

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Re: It just doesn't matter

iOS and Android devices already do all those things. They have for years. My Android devices support wireless remote displays through Chromecast or Miricast, Bluetooth mouse and keyboard (I prefer the Model M which is USB only). Also wired HDMI, USB inspection cameras, GPIO devices and more. It can be the brain of a drone or satellite, a FullHD video recorder or editor, and remote desktop to any sort of desktop or server device I like.

What do you mean by "come back"? Most of these people will have never been to Windows-land in the first place.

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It just doesn't matter

Three years from now Microsoft may have gotten 300 million people to try Windows 10 and will doubtless be deprecating it for whatever they call Windows 11. It will have its challenges and triumphs, its controversies and surprises. Microsoft will declare victory after a week and again periodically thereafter. It will generate Microsoft a lot of money.

In that three years one billion iOS devices and 7 billion Android devices will have been sold. Together more than one for every living human. All people everywhere will be abundantly aware they don't need Windows, and will be delighted and amazed, enabled and empowered by the myriad devices that just work together without fiddling, without antivirus, without ActiveX, DirectX and Active Directory, without BHOs, GPOs, registry tweaks, activation servers, Microsoft online accounts, IE and Bing, without waiting breathlessly for Microsoft to decide whether they get the next version free or not. Together, but not the same. And the 2.5 billion devices that have already been sold that don't use their ware will mostly still be working too, like the 2013 Nexus 7 I am writing this on.

The era when Microsoft owned the technology industry is long over.

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Re: Sounds like a winner to me

>Thus businesses get to hire people who can use computers,

There is quite a whole world of computer using that ain't got any Microsoft in it. And for 30 years I've enjoyed watching folks like you try to pretend it doesn't exist. Now your difficulty is much higher: even Microsoft is making their software for non-Windows platforms like iOS and Android, building their cloud for Linux, and so on.

Android moved a billion phones last year. It runs computers. IOS, OS X, Linux, Android... They run the world now. Windows is a dim and tiny corner of the computer using realm. And getting less every year. What little of it there is is fragmented across four mutually incompatible major versions, so it doesn't even have the power of numbers it might have.

After Windows 10 increases the number of mutually incompatible versions by one we will all have a good laugh. By the time they can try again, we may have forgotten how much influence Microsoft used to have in technology.

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Microsoft Outlook comes to Android, iOS: MS email now a bit less painful on mobile

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Re: Convenient timing

You expected O365 to improve your Android experience? Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the owner of the service.

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Intel brings Broadwell to businesses with 5th-gen Core chips with vPro

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But what does it do for you?

I'm afraid processors for desktop PCs had far surpassed my needs 15 years ago, and I've accumulated no new needs for them since that would require more performance. These new pocket things are nice though.

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Microsoft 'showers gold' on anti-Google Cyanogen and its Android alternative

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Spending more time with family

The Microsoft exec who thought this up and leaked it will soon have more time to prune his rhodies. This is old Ballmer Microsoft, not new Nadella Microsoft.

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

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Next Landing attempt is February 9

If it launches on time. For a newish space company they have a rather full dance card.

http://spacexstats.com/upcoming.php

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FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

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Muni broadband

Also, suitable accommodations should be found for every cable executive above "junior vice president". Someplace cruel and inhumane, like the American Idol studio audience.

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SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

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Landing a rocket on its jet is impossible.

We have been told this so many times. It is exciting to see it being done. No doubt everybody in the business is working on it now too.

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Developers, developers, developers! But WILL they support Windows 10?

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Re: Real programmers ...

There is no reason not to separate the logic and data processing from the presentation through the standard protocols that make up the Web. The protocols and browsers are rich enough for your UI, and doing this makes your app more portable.

As for this "Holographic UI" nonsense, it's been done. Does no one remember Microsoft's VRML? I seem to remember a file manager with a Doom UI back in the day. Hit the file with a shotgun to delete, or something like that.

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Google signs up Sprint and T-Mobile to sell its cellphone plans – report

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OK Google

Shut up and take my money!

It would be a pleasure to have Google be my cellular provider, doing VOIP where there is WiFi, falling over to a MVNO network at need.

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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No doubt survey tools will be onboard.

Advanced mass , temperature and neutron emissions measurements will be made. It is maddening to have to wait, but that is the nature of exploration.

I am betting on liquid water near the metallic core, heated by fission and insulated by 200 kilometers of ice. And ice. A thin coating of concrete. And many, many caves where asteroids pierced the concrete and the sun excavated a nice hidey hole for a colony.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Good Enough Computing

It seems Microsoft has decided we reached good enough computing on a low end laptop in 2007. That means a high end desktop from 2003 should be good to go. And frankly, that has been my experience with Linux.

Remember to blow the dust out now and then.

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Google: What this planet needs is INTERNET FROM SPAAACE

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Google and SpaceX united

What an amazing place the future will be.

Completely unrelated: Microsoft spends half a billion dollars to get talking heads and American football coaches to pretend to use their tablet.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: Thermometers - Dani Elder

>As far as "hottest year on record", looking at air temperature alone is idiotic. The oceans have 5000 times the thermal mass of the atmosphere, and melting ice absorbs as much energy as raising liquid water 80C.

Ah, yes. Did you know how much energy it takes to raise sea level 120 meters by melting ice? 16 Yottajoules. This happened about 2,000 years ago. That is a lotta Joules. 32,000 times the world annual energy usage.

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Thermometers

Were all the thermometers used calibrated to 0.01 degree?

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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So cool

Can't wait to see the next attempt in a few weeks. Once they get it dialled in these missions will turn boring soon enough.

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Medic! Intel can't stanch bleeding from mobile chip biz

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Re: Android

The NFL is using Wintel tablets and we know precisely what it takes to get them to do it. Four hundred million dollars.

http://www.maximumpc.com/nfL_announcers_slip_400_million_surface_deal_calls_microsofts_tablets_ipads_2014

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If at first your mobile platform doesn't succeed, put Windows on the next iteration again. And again. And again, for 20 years.

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Dell muscles into all-flash for small biz with $35k 4TB array

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Eight years

Did noone mention to Mike the rate of change in flash technology these days?

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Global PC market's not dead, it's just resting – Gartner

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Lost money on every one

Well, Lenovo eked out a pittance. And Apple did really well. But other than that..

Let's not forget that the whole evolution in Windows PCs holds no profit.

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Bah

>"Several times, either because they forgot or they had a technical problem, they connected directly—and we could see them," he said.

Or that is what the foreign hacker who compromised a PC in North Korea for just this purpose wanted you to see.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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Darn

Was hoping for a perfect landing. Oh well. Next time. Still an amazing feat to come so tantalizingly close.

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So: Will we get net neutrality? El Reg decodes FCC boss Tom Wheeler

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Re: eat this

It is not a testbed. It is muni gigabit fiber available to every home served by the power utility district. It was a project of the county to leverage a surplus of revenue to fund IP based metering, and the ISP part was just synergy. You are talking out of a lack of knowledge.

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The rule will be muddled and unenforceable

This is just what the cable companies want. They will sue anyway. You could build them a tap straight from the federal reserve and they would sue saying it wasn't wide enough.

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Re: eat this

Dense areas like Ephrata, WA, where they have had gigabit fiber to the home since 2000 through the local power muni. It covers the whole rural county 3/4ths the size of Los Angeles county. Population: 91,000 for the whole county.

Come again?

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Intel touts tardy Broadwell Core CPUs for laptops, PCs

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Cherry Trail

Oh wonderful. A new chip to put Tablet Windows on, for the 20th annual Windows Tablet Failure Festival.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Unspeakably dumb

I'm not a fan of iStuff, but this is stupid. It will go nowhere.

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