* Posts by Mikel

1898 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

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Is it time to give up Windows yet?

Everyone has to hit their personal limit of how much of this they will tolerate before they will install Linux or get a Mac.

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US mulls unprecedented Chinese sanctions in wake of hacks – report

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Blaming China

It is not the fault of the government of China that the American government has so much high value data, and "secures" it with Windows. We might as well leave our wealth on the lawn with a sign requesting the burglars feed the cat while we're away on holiday.

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Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

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Windows isn't done until [x] won't run

The joy of being a Windows developer is that if you are successful, Microsoft will modify Windows so it won't run, and then steal your users with their clone app.

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Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

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Cancel Christmas again

No end in sight.

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Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

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@Pascal

IBM no longer makes PCs. They sold that business to Lenovo.

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A billion in three years

Meanwhile, Android should have moved five billion more units by then, on top of the 2.5 billion sold in the last two years - and be in the hands of almost every human.

Their plan is to fail.

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Windows 10 Mobile ought to be a hoot

I can see it taking the world by storm, knocking the iPhone from the number 2 spot and trending to best Android soon after.

Hahahaha

Maybe on the Microsoft campus. But nowhere else.

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Windows 10 keeps Microsoft's odd desktop-as-a-service rules

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Re: LTSP

@Trevor

You're using it wrong.

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LTSP

Meanwhile, The Linux Terminal Server Project marks 16 years of providing DaaS on shared hardware for the low low price of nothing per seat.

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Win8 inventory glut? Yep, it's all Microsoft's fault, says HP

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An OS people don't want, or an OS people don't want

The choice is clear: No. Just... No.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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It is none of your business what their computer is doing behind the scenes

Be grateful they let you use it at all.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Tobacco taxes are addictive

I hear they are harder to kick than heroin.

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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It is difficult

It is difficult to overestimate the acts of stupidity average people are capable of.

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Windows Server 2016 Preview 3 brings containers at last

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Go

At last Microsoft has invented containers

Now they can become popular!

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

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Whose PC again?

Apparently if you run their OS they can tell you what programs you can use, what music and videos you can store and play, what devices you can plug into it. They can change the OS features with an update at any time. All the info in it belongs to them to monitor, audit, copy, delete or share. So it isn't your PC. It's theirs.

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Windows 10 PC sales boost? Don't hold your breath, say analysts

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The last Windows ever

Let us hope they keep their promise.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Redmond's not been super-responsive of late.

I imagine they will be very busy for the next few years.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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Oft overlooked

With the eye on entertainment these are aimed at, it is often overlooked that the 55" are exactly the same as four 1080p monitors. They really make your spreadsheets pop, it's enough desktop space for developers to have all their tools open, you can work on photos with a better eye for details and the big picture.

If you will remember when we went to larger screens and higher resolutions years ago, going back felt like building a ship in a bottle, or watching a game through a knothole in the fence. So too this.

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How many pre-loaded Win 10 PCs did disties have 7 days after release?

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Speculation

What if Microsoft released a new Windows, and nobody cared?

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

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It puts Cortana in the box

It puts Cortana in the box or else it gets the hose again.

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

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Misread that

"How is Microsoft dying?"

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Samsung says micro-sats could blanket the world with Internet

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Radio is so 20th century

They want lasers

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

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So buy your Nexus from Google

Build LMY48I. My Nexus 5 is already patched OTA. Problem solved.

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Oracle pulls CSO's BONKERS anti-bug bounty and infosec rant

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Make that

Oracle's former CSO.

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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Dependencies

If Uncle Larry prevails in this API nonsense under the current eternal copyright regime, Java belongs to AT&T as a derivative of C, and Oracle's database belongs to IBM (SQL). Maybe it were wiser to just walk away.

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Re: Java question...

@AC

Google doesn't use Microsoft ware for security reasons.

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Re: Java question...

All it takes to cook this goose:

Reorder the arguments for the function calls. Rename the functions and macros. Add random arguments like "Larry factor" and "Sun version". Create new names and values for the constants. Reorganize the data structures. And such. Make a new virtual machine that uses this API. Call it "AJA" (Ain't Java Anymore, pronounced "aha" or "ha-ha".). For memetic purposes, poke fun at Oracle at every possible place in every change - rename max() to NULmax() (Not Uncle Larry's max()) for example.

And then provide a cross compiler. Better yet, a translator that converts from apk to AJA. Automatically convert all the Play Store apps. Gamify the programmer retraining.

And then create an nonprofit foundation that independently releases an open source AJA compiler that does things the old way for the programmers who can't adapt. Publish it out of someplace that doesn't have insane copyrights. Bind it into Android Studio as a one button plugin or skin install.

Done and sorted. Should only take a few weeks.

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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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