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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

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It works, and works well.

We have set up two small companies using equipment from various used equipment resellers - our main supplier is one that gives employment to disabled people who refurbish or strip second hand equipment. In both cases costs were less than a quarter of new.

Yes, we do have a service contract with both companies but haven't seen any equipment problems in the three years they have been working.

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You! AT&T! The only thing 'unlimited' about you is your CHEEK, growl feds

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Re: Make them pay up

The only way a fine will work is if it is charged directly to the individual directors and managers - they would take notice if it came from their pockets. Also anyone being fined should not be able to hold a directorship or management position in that or a similar company for 10 years.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Re: The best weather forecasting...

I don't think a new computer is going to help much, just read the tail of woe over at Tallbloke's talkshop.

Met Office did not see the storm of 21st October 2014 coming

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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It is not just the terrorists that have one but the state also. All the airport security is brainwashing people into accepting a police state.

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

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@Johan Bastiaansen, If it's coming from Europe then the UK is paying for if from our taxes.

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You get what you pay for: Kingston's SSDNow V310 960GB whopper

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I fail to see why this, and any other, SSD drive should cost more than spinning rust. Spinning rust has precision engineering involved, SSDs on the other hand are all solid state and the price of memory is descending therefore the cost of these drives should be less than standard driver. Or it just a case of what is charged is what the manufacturer thinks fools will part with for the novelty value.

Before everyone starts saying 'but these drives are faster' - I know that but it does not justify the excessive markup over spinning rust drives especially since manufacturing costs are so much lower for SSds when you take the cost of components into consideration.

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China gets free pass from EU commish as telco probe dropped

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Re: Hmmm

Except for the cheap electricity - they have it, the EU does not.

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Keep a beady eye on your business's cloud service shopping

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“People can go to a site, sign up to the Ts and Cs and subscribe to services with a credit card, bypassing IT. It is a reality,”

If it is their credit card why should the company worry about the cost.

In my company there is no way that any one individual can charge anything to the company credit card. To do so the have to get a signed authorisation from their department head, then take it along to the chief bean counter who will do the paying.

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'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster

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Don't forget the 'go fast' stripes.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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Dan, it is just engineering using natural observed reactions - gravity - to get where it is.

By now - 10 years later - we should be capable of doing much more, like replacing this with a manned expedition that gets there much faster - a few months maybe. Unfortunately mankind, in general, has lost the vision of going into space and seeing other stars and planets and now indulges itself in navel gazing to the detriment of everyone.

Maybe the down votes were because of your dig at creationists but then you don't have to be a creationist to think that science is dogmatic - just consider the CAGW controversy.

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Windows XP refresh will DO NOTHING for lame PC market next year

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Re: Market Segmentation

Hear, hear.

A very good summing up of the real world situation.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Re: If in doubt, right-click.

And don't forget those of us that are left handed and have reversed the buttons actions.

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: who?

@intrigid, so no one of any real importance then.

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Mandiant to probe gaps in rusty unpatchable utility systems

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Methinks that Mandiant are talking out of their nether regions. All of the older systems I have seen are stand alone with no connection to a network at all and even if you have physical access you would have a hell of a lot of typing to do to input your malware - no usb, CD, etc.

Since this if from the company that sees 'reds under the bed' all the time I think a good shovel full of salt is required with each of their statements.

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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More to the point, what exactly are these patents? Microsoft are very reluctant to tell for some reason. Maybe they are afraid that they would be laughed out of court if they did disclose what they were because there is fare too much prior art.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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That is just what they are doing RIPping it to pieces.

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Re: There is only one way.

I have to ask why are people so brainwashed that if they see a link they have to click in it?

Although curiosity and/or greed play a part in it, I think the main reason is that people are so conditioned to click on links that they now do it without thinking.

A large part of the solution would be for people to have a fast Bayesian spam filter incorporated into their e-mail program (I don't know if that is possible with web based e-mail). We have a master filter on our incoming mail server and individual ones on every client and it is once in a blue moon that anyone sees a spam e-mail.

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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Re: Think of the Pig Filth as 'Chuck Yeager'

The Honourable Members of Parliament. Are there such personages?

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: Homemade firearms are an old tradition

Too true. Given a selection of steel water pipe, a handful of screw fittings, some piano wire, a few bits of thin steel plate and some hand tools you can easily end up with a working machine gun - they did it during the war with the sten gun.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Re: petrochemicals -- just, not fossil fuels @I ain't Spartacus

Sorry but windmills in the UK are producing 1.61GW (from an installed 8GW) of a 38.22GW demand (recorded at 16:09 on 01-10-2014 see http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ for all generation stats).

They don't cut it no matter how you slice and dice.

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Re: Making things simple

your neighbor's kid is welcome to have a go at hacking my wood pile.

What size axe do you recommend for that job?

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DOLPHINS SMELL MAGNETS – did we hear that right, boffins?

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Were the non magnetic barrels packed with material of the same capacity and density as the magnetic ones? If not were the dolphins attracted because their echo location indicated the magnetic barrels had something in them?

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New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

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Re: There is no hope!

Is there anyone in the top three sections of the EU that has?

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You like jumping out of planes? Try the new GoPro 4. Short walks? There's a Hero instead

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Re: Windows control app support still missing?

And while they are at it why not one for OS/2 and Linux?

I think you have missed the point, Android and IOS are the main OSs for smart phones and tablets. These cameras are not the sort of things that you control from your PC.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Next Windows name is.........

Doesn't the name 'windows blinds' belong to Stardock?

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Like your mom said ...

@Craigness, are you saying that the is a streaming service that has such things as the Beethoven Symphonies played by, for example, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra?

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Re: have an upvote

Hear. Hear.

Has there been any real music - I don't mean noise - produced since then?

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: Moon is a harsh mistress

7.5 If you have the nuclear waste up there just send it on its way to the sun - no need for storage.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: Bannas are fruit too.

You know it is a feature not a bug in the design, after all it is just conforming to the owner's preferred carrying place.

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Re: Non US Cloud partners

The simple answer is to provide your own cloud, hosted on your own servers in your own server room.

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

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Re: That huge march in the US had effect.

Did anyone calculate the carbon footprint of all those that travelled to those marches in their SUVs, private jets and so on? Talk about hypocrites!!

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Re: Crap rebuttal, as you would know if it had happened to you @Thought About IT

It appears that you have it arse about face, it is the AGW supporters that have no hard data - they rely on computer generated models that deviate so far from actual real world measurements that border on the 'think of a number' type of data usage, it is pathetic. Whereas, on the other hand the AGW opponents use the real world data to show that the AGW supporters are acting just like religious adherents.

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Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay

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Re: The 'Jack Boot' is on the other foot now!

ThomH, what is this right-wing dictatorship that you mention? It was the National Socialists that were in power and there is no way they were right-wing.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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If that is the case then Apple should be afraid because all they have to increase sales is a fading image of Jobs to keep the fans coming back for more and that will soon end as well.

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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

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All I can say is thank goodness for the Bayesian spam filter that we use here. In the last three years there has been only one legitimate e-mail that got caught in with the several hundred a day spams we get.

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Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet

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Re: Same problem in North America

It is exactly the same here in France. Next to no problems around Europe but trying to get through the supposed fat pipes to anywhere else...

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Speaking in Tech: 'I'm an Apple guy and I COULD CARE LESS about the iWatch'

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If you could care less how much do you actually care?

I couldn't care less about the strange American distortion of the English language. I think it has something to do with their education system or maybe lack thereof.

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One sixth of the ENTIRE PLANET will buy a new smartphone this year

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Re: Shhhhh

Likewise my very old Nokia 1600 still makes phone calls in areas where newer phones can't.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

h4rm0ny, you may be an engineer but historian you are not. You should read a little history of the area in question before glibly saying everything has been 'refuted more times than I can remember' and ask exactly what was the political affiliation of those doing the refuting and what axe did they have to grind.

Now the down votes will start for the simple reason most people don't like their political shortcomings being exposed.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Re: Reminds me of Maplins

They shot themselves when they stopped selling in europe. Sales went down and they started stocking crap products to try and make up the shortfall.

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

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Re: Ought to be so easy...

It is not just Uber. In the UK taxi drivers from one of the Indian sub continental countries regularly refuse to have dogs in their cabs and nothing is ever done about it because of their ethnicity.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: Smart meters?

How true. It will be the only way that they can keep the lights on for some people in the winter when there is little or no sun and wind and the STORE diesel generators haven't cut in or run up to speed.

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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WibbleMe, if you don't understand English then the career path may be very short. It is you're (short for you are) not your (as in belonging to you).

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If your kid blew $$$s on in-app tat, Google has a slice of $19m+ for you

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And you didn't watch them then more fool you.

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I do wonder what the parents were doing while their kids were using the cards. For a start how did the kids get hold of the necessary card information in the first place and secondly why didn't the parents do something about it before large amounts of money were transferred?

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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

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Now we know...

... why Apple were in such a hurry to file for a patent on side screens since the Galaxy Note Edge will, most probably, be considered to contravene said patent.

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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Light dawns

Now that Samsung has shown off its Galaxy Note Edge with a screen that wraps over the side if the unit Apple's reason for applying for this patent becomes clear.

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Look out: The Far Eastern white-box boys are coming for EVERYONE

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“Selling technology to enterprises is a face to face [process] by the vendor or channel partner and to do that you need local relationships,”

Not if I can help it. Like karlp, I to have found 'the channel' to be something to be avoided at all costs - I have yet to find anyone from there that is helpful or useful, they have something to sell and couldn't care less if it meets our requirements.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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Diddums

Aw diddums is the BPI finding it hard the rule the internet? It appears that the have found the usual clueless politician that they can manipulate to help them.

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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The buggy whip makers will go down fighting to the end or should I say the taxi cartels are feeling the heat.

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