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* Posts by Mikel

1590 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Larger iPad could target big biz, save Apple from low-end scrum

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Abandonment issues

What with the way Windows Phone 7 was abandoned, and with a major Windows on the way, it might be best to avoid getting committed to any new Microsoft based hardware this holiday season. No way to tell if the relationship is reciprocal or desirable.

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Too slow with that iPhone refresh, Apple: Android is GOBBLING up US mobile market

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There is no room for a third OS

Android and iOS have 96% share and growing. There is just no room for a third ecosystem to grow.

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Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

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Majority

It is hard to argue with putting 85% of your effort into 85% of the market.

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That 8TB Seagate MONSTER? It's HERE... (You'll have to squint, 'cos there are no specs)

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Storinator

360 TB in 4U? Check!

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Leak: Intel readies next round of NUC

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Meanwhile...

In the US the totally awesome Nexus 7 2013 has been remaindered in advance of the release of something even more amazing.

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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Laugh if you want

When it comes to state information security, China doesn't fool around. They have compromised enough Windows boxes at NRC, Langley, NSA and other places to know better than to use it to hold their own secrets.

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Death by 1,000 cuts: Mainstream storage array suppliers are bleeding

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Re: Bring on the Storinator!

It is ~$7k sans drives. The drives are the other half of the $14K. Some assembly required - which is how enterprise SANs come normally anyway.

All the VSAN virtual appliances offer network striping and redundancy features. That is kind of the point after all. A 3-node site-redundant SAN can be had for under $50K.

HP's VSA will work with this, as will various open source solutions, which have specialist consultants offering support levels all the way up to "permanent onsite engineer".

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Bring on the Storinator!

Seriously - Google it. 180TB raw in 4U, good perf, price is under $14k with drives. Add some PCIe attached SSD and some 10Gbps ports, some virtual SAN software and it's off to the races.

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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A challenge

Clearing out tumbleweeds.

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NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids

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Bring on the Mandelbrots

Rendering Mandelbrots and maybe even the Mandelbulb should show off the performance available.

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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Re: basic premise faulty?

Having been a student of the art for some decades, I am willing to take Phil Zimmerman's word for this. The man was inventing personal encryption in an era when encryption science was considered WMD. Not figuratively - literally. There were export controls on PGP which led to its development being moved out of the US.

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Re: Product to Service

Not as suddenly as we went to the concept of paying for software. Believe it or not, once upon a time that you might charge money for that was absurd.

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Re: Best Browser

I was just explaining this to a nontechnical end user. The blue e is the tool included with Windows that pros use to install the software you need to access the Internet safely.

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Microsoft blasts sueball at Samsung over Android patent royalties

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Re: > Microsoft is about to discover that they are not the boss any more.

Considering how many Samsung parts are in those Lumias, Microsoft might think better of a vicious fight.

BTW, there is no profit in consumer Windows desktops and laptops. There hasn't been for years. Threatening to cut off that line of business when it makes no profit is a hollow threat.

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Microsoft is about to discover that they are not the boss any more.

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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First impression

$50k pledged? The war on drugs has failed.

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Comcast, Time Warner boost net speeds in Google Fiber city – COINCIDENCE?

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They had legislated competition away

Now it takes a company the size and weight of Google to force them to compete on speed and value.

BTW, Grant county in Washington state has had gigabit fiber to the home for 14 years through their power utility. They are very rural. In Seattle's King County though, you are out of luck.

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BlackBerry: We'll buy Angela Merkel's phone security company. HA!

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Many mourn the loss of RIM

Back in the day they were amazing. My right thumb may never recover from Blackberry thumb syndrome. But that was then and this is now.

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Beancounters tell NASA it's too poor to fly planned mega-rocket

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2017?

This thing is never going to fly.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Maybe we could get a consensus

The scientists keep saying that warming is causing extreme weather. But the warming paused 17 years ago. So, extreme weather is being caused by a change that isn't happening? What's up with that?

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Report: Google back in Europe's crosshairs over web domination claims

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ICOMP is Microsoft

This is skulduggery. Microsoft puppet groups will whine that people choose Google because it is good. Their own training materials and court documents show this. Google needs to be regulated to the point that it is not so good that it is everyone's first choice.

What if oatmeal vendors could get food regulators to ban bacon, or at least make it bitter? Bacon would then be less popular and oatmeal sales would soar. And pancakes.

This is not regulation for the benefit of the breakfaster. It is a war on bacon.

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Boffins fill a dome with 480 cameras for 3D motion capture

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I had thought of doing this some time ago

A natural first application: porn.

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

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Welcome to 2012

Or 1968. We have known for a long time there are caves on the moon, mars and every other terrestrial body. RAH did a couple books on this. Come October we will see ice caves on Ceres. That will be more interesting.

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

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John Gilmore

John Gilmore famously said that the Internet is designed to route around damage, and censorship is damage. Here is an Internet user interpreting a network congestion point as damage and routing around the damage using a VPN. These stories have been around for years and ultimately someone will come up with a distributed VPN router that will eliminate this problem for everyone all at once. For now though, as we often have had to do while we wait for these cures to come online, you can fix it yourself manually as this fellow has done.

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Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup

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Re: More ports is still the wrong answer

@Lost all faith...

Netflix is a third of prime time backbone traffic and absurdly redundant. In other cases where there is also huge redundant traffic like ad networks and YouTube yes, a cache server benefits all netizens and is the right thing to do from a technology standpoint. None other both has as much traffic and is as redundant as Netflix. The content is huge and static - you get the same movie as everybody else. This makes the argument strongest for doing this with Netflix.

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More ports is still the wrong answer

ISPs should just take the cache servers Netflix offers for free and they won't need the ports because an episode of 'Orange Is The New Black" will then be shipped across the Internet backbone to their network only once instead of hundreds of thousands of times. This will help prevent the redundant copies from clogging an already burdened network and improve service for all since those redundant copies are a huge share of all background traffic now and for strict engineering purposes are entirely unnecessary. It will also improve the available quality resolutions and latency to their customers.

Level 3 wants them to add ports because they get paid to carry that redundant traffic.

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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Leaks

As much as this classified data is leaking from the military industrial and espionage complex, they may as well arrange for hosting it on Archive.org directly.

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Ah

That would be the Everett-Wheeeeeeler manifold universes hypothesis.

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Google Glass HOLED: Techno-specs' inventor jets off to Amazon

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Jets?

Amazon's Seattle offices are just a few blocks north of Google's. It's more of a stroll than a jet trip actually.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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86% Opportunity

At WPC they are making a big deal of their 86% opportunity: their software is NOT on 86% of the devices shipping today. Since the day they signed the DOS deal with IBM they have never had more market share to gain. Woohoo! New worlds to conquer for their new Alexander.

In other words they are standing on the dock with their floppy disk in their hand watching HMS Mobile Opportunity sail away.

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Re: No Thanks

You bought the wrong device. My Nexus 7s have even higher rez, go all day and all night. And they were cheap.

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

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Try fermented chicken livers.

It is more tempting bait.

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Forget the mobile patent wars – these web giants have patented your DATA CENTER

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No worries

The US supreme court is about to hold that software is not patentable subject matter. That will solve this whole problem.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Short timer

What the company really needs right now is a long series of short term visionaries to repurpose the whole organization, downsize confuse and demoralize the employees before being forcefully ejected, in turns. If Microsoft could work in some boardroom scandal shenanigans as well, that would be great. They've announced own-brand servers and storage, so that should just about do it for hardware partner support. Maybe they could attack software defined networking so as to enrage all three of the server room's Holy Trinity.

We haven't seen what Stephen Elop can do at the helm yet. That should be fabulous.

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Re: Installed office 2013 today

Thanks for taking one for the team.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Gartner

This is a serious pullback from Gartner's prior report. Remember that last year Gartner swore the PC would have a tiny sliver of growth. But then in January the dire news: down over 9 percent.

You may expect them to post a similar update six months hence. The macro issue of Windows 8, combined with an imminent release of Windows 9 is going to have consumers putting off their purchases until they see if the new one is also a stinker.

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But WE want to rule the Internet of STUFF – Intel, Dell, Samsung & chums

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Neither

I'll take whatever Google comes up with.

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RM: Killing our PC unit hit our top line, but our bottom line is pert

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Quit the unprofitable business.

PCs aren't a profitable business.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: Never launch

Thanks. I was looking for that. Each time we get a new president he retasks NASA. That is why this never works.

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Never launch

No chance this ever sees flight.

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Intel told to PUT A SOC IN IT: Fill our kit with chips, says Panasonic

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HM

That 64bit Tetra K1 at 15nm, and 8GB of Samsung's 3D RAM stacked on top, and 128GB of fast attached SSD on top of that, please.

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BlackBerry knocks Google's KNOX LOCK PICK for Android

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John J. Legere's influence

Trash talking CEOs might become the new "thing". I'm all for it. IT could use more sauce.

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Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

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There is a lot more of this going on than you think

Many other vendors are doing the same thing. This is not to excuse Cisco. It is just to point out that these multibillion dollar corporations take the same shortcuts as the greasy neckbeard at your local mom & pop IT shop. Paying the "big vendor converged infrastructure" premium is not going to protect you from this.

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

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The scale of it

250 different -types- of botnet comprises only 25% of the malicious activity Microsoft is tracking. And one botnet of one type can consist of tens of millions of machines. How many Windows boxes are compromised? All of them?

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You WON'T spend as much on IT in 2014 as we thought - Gartner

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There is a sea change going on

Between virtualization on the server side and new mobile devices on the client side, the upheaval is going to be huge.

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Charging ports are vulnerable

They can be broken, corroded, shorted. Wireless is a nice option to have. Can't say how many Android tabs my kids have gone through on this issue.

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Re: Interesting phone but not original

Availability. For as well as you can get them they might as well have called that the Oppo Can't Find 7.

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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

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Thanks for the memories

We will hold on to them here so you don't misplace them.

Best wishes.

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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battery?

The battery on these things must be amazing.

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Intel teams with Micron on next-gen many-core Xeon Phi with 3D DRAM

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Watts

Hopefully they can get the watts down on these.

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