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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: Pixel wars

There are not loads more since that's the list of approved devices. My point was that this adds functionality while increasing pixel density just to make a number larger adds very little to the user experience. If you read back you'll notice that I did point out NFC was added to Android first and is still not in the iPhone. I also pointed out that unlike Bluetooth which has a huge list of uses people are asking for, NFC has yet to deliver a useful function. I'm sure Android itself adds great new features but the device manufacturers in that ecosystem choose to compete on pointless metrics and benchmarks rather than functionality and user requirements. It's nice that the Galaxy s5 and HTC one mate are twice as fast as last years models but as a user who wasn't experiencing performance issues last year and still not it won't change anything in my life. I used Bluetooth LE as an example because using heart monitors and other sensors through a phone does change my life, as did the camera improvements other than pixel count.

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Re: Pixel wars

New phones from a shop? Perhaps it's now changed but a month or two ago several vendors specifically said only a couple of Samsung handsets were supported. Perhaps you could name a couple of phones which have full support for Bluetooth 4LE fitness profiles such as heart rate straps or cadence and speed sensors - the people making the sensors don't seem to be able to when their potential customers ask, and you'd think they would be motivated to find a solution to sell products. Perhaps when you post you could use your user name rather than AC too to show a little confidence in your assertions?

Edit to add a link to http://www.bluetooth.com/Pages/Bluetooth-Smart-Devices-List.aspx which shows what devices have official support. There were more than I thought but considerably fewer than you suggest.

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Re: Pixel wars

And which currently shipping phone models include that software without cocking about with them? When I said support, I meant the phone, as it comes from the manufacturer. Other vendors quite rightly won't support a phone you have put different software on, and hence it appears to only be Samsung at the moment (according to the bluetooth device makers) supported for the third party hardware using Bluetooth 4.

As an aside, the iPhone 4S had this at launch in October 2011. Ignoring proper support for a moment, your comment about Android 4.3 puts you at the very earliest in late July 2013, probably later by the time it's tested and integrated with actual available phones. In the mean time, all of the Android handsets got larger memory, multi core CPUs, more storage, more megapixels yet didn't get noticably faster or produce better pictures. The iPhone 4S in the meantime continued to have sufficient performance and a good enough retina quality screen and camera for the user base who to this day find the phone adequate while also including support for this new useful technology. Samsung also added the shiny shiny NFC which has yet to see a real world use-case.

All I'm saying is that upping numbers without a good reason to do so is pointless unless you're also adding the other technology people will find useful. As I said earlier, my preference is to have the two tone flash, scratch resistant lens, Bluetooth 4 support and other tech rather than a faster processor which I would rarely notice. I don't run benchmarking software on my phone though so you should feel free to choose the bigger numbers if that's your use-case.

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Re: Pixel wars

Curious because several vendors are blaming the Bluetooth stack on Android for lack of support in their apps.

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Re: Pixel wars

"the view could also be taken that they simply rebadged the same tired old crap every year"

But they didn't. Just because you are unaware of the changes doesn't mean there weren't any. As I have said twice, they added Bluetooth 4LE support which still isn't in stock Android and only Samsung support and only on 2-3 of their high end models. There are various other improvements they made such as the two tone flash and saphire lens which also fixed genuine problems and which have also not been adopted by other manufacturers. They also added the thumb scanner which is now being badly copied by others. Each of these is a minor improvement, and not necessarily original but they did make a big difference to the usability and usefulness of the phone. My point was that other manufacturers increase clock speed, memory, megapixels and pixel density but the functionality and usefulness of the device has stayed pretty much static.

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Re: Pixel wars

"you realize it was apple that started the whole pixels per inch thing right? "retina" displays?"

Yes I do realise that. My point though, was that Apple changed to Retina because there was a need to change from the blocky old resolutions to something smoother, they then left it alone albeit with screen size increasing a little. Contrast that with the other manufacturers who made the change and are now needlessly increasing the numbers again and again. As another poster said, camera sensors over 5MP don't offer anything in terms of image quality yet compact camera makers and phone manufacturers have been increasing those too. Apple in their defence held off the camera sensor until they had a lens able to make a difference and instead added genuinely useful things like Bluetooth 4 support.

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Re: Pixel wars

Unfortunately this is the only way Samsung and the Android ecosystem compete. Apple and its fans are far less prone to the numbers (other than iPhone generations, where bigger is better!). Apple tend to only increase things when there is a genuine need or strong demand. An example is how long they held off increasing the screen sizes and memory. They worked out what you can store in 16GB or 32GB and decided it was generally unnecessary to go bigger, so instead put in proper Bluetooth 4 support on the iPhone 4S - something only 2-3 Android phones can do to this day despite their having bigger/better/more of the numbers people look at. As a consequence, there are loads of devices unsupported by most Android phone such as fitness sensors or home scales and people moaning on other vendors forums about lack of Android support.

Another good example is the camera - Apple ignored the megapixels and added a better flash, a better non scratch lens etc.

I agree that Apple should also be increasing the other numbers in what is a premium phone but if it's a choice between genuine enhancements and simple number boasts I'll take the functionality every time.

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Multi-hypervisor workload ... what? Just think of it as a virtual MAGIC CARPET

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Sounds a lot like the NetApp project shift which has been available for a couple of years in their SAN products. It's also now the basis for one of Microsoft's MATs for converting from VMware to Hyper-V

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE2JCkVgv38‎

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IANszL-PuLY

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Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances

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Re: Nice improvement, but ...

I agree it's a nice to have, but having one or two larger boxes increases the cost significantly more than just buying the hardware. The people swapping out components will have instruction sheets for example on the standard model in their floors of the data centre (or in their "appliances" in the Azure cloud). New spares would need adding to the stores, possibly then requiring a new store. New drivers, firmware and images would also be needed. I'd have thought each model introduced globally will cost many millions in total, making it hard to justify on the off chance someone will require a large vm or two.

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Re: Nice improvement, but ...

"Dell sell a machine with 6TB of RAM, why can you only rent one with a 24th of that?"

Simple economics. Almost nobody needs a machine that size, and those who genuinely do probably don't want it in the cloud. Those same people who need that memory footprint will also be spending most of their time trying to distribute the workload to avoid a bottleneck too.

It's cheaper for a cloud provider to buy commodity parts, so probably 2 socket boxes and even then they probably only fill them to 512GB memory because that's about as high as the vCPU/pCPU ratio will allow them to push in normal workloads.

Cloud isn't about what's possible, it's about mass production. Ford don't make a car that can beat a McLaren but McLaren cars are desirable by a few and affordable by fewer. Ford could probably make something to compete but it's not their business model.

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Violin plays storage world like a fiddle, 140 characters at a time

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So that's probably a processor refresh with associated PCI bandwidth improvement then. Internally there isn't a lot to block throughput in a Violin so these are the only real bottlenecks.

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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

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Our corporate 365 sub has this so it's certainly not home only!

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I'm curious how much they are also losing for the home licences for all those employees. With Office365 giving 5 desktop/laptop and 5 mobile/tablets per licence I can't see many people splurging on home licensing in the future.

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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Monitors

They are upgrading to 10Gb and think it will replace monitor cables and allow daisy chaining them just as Apple are allegedly looking at a double Thunderbolt to even support their next display on its own.

I don't want a connector being released next year to be designed for stuff I bought last year, I want it to be designed for things I don't have yet, like a 4k monitor which I would hope become more standard and need more bandwidth. Apple aren't perfect but the PC industry seems determined to prevent progress, and after the 10 year set back of "hi def" screens I think we need to shout loudly at them now that display port is a fine standard for monitors.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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For $63Bn

For $63Bn you'd think this analyst would get off his ass and try selling them himself rather than telling one of the most successful companies in the world how to run their business. I'm guessing he doesn't make $63Bn for making stuff up at the moment?

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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Re: Capacity

You don't seem to understand it though since you're insisting that some space is missing:

"I dont see the problem with stating the actual average formatted size instead of the unobtainable. If only 5.5TB is ever usable its classed as a 5.5TB drive."

I have said several times that a 6TB drive gives you 6TB of USABLE space. You seem to be ignoring the i in the binary measurements.

"I didnt mind when the amounts were within reason but give it a few years and you'll be looking at 20% or more of stated capacity."

As I said, the stated capacity is EXACTLY the usable capacity with no losses whatsoever.

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Re: Capacity

"Yes but how long until they release say a 8TB drive...but it actually only has purely 7TB available?"

They never will, drive manufacturers have always supplied the capacity stated. As I said, a 6TB drive gives you 6TB or 5.46 TiB of capacity. An 8TB drive will supply 8TB or 7.28TiB of capacity.

They aren't getting away with anything, they do tell you what it is, and it's not their fault you don't understand. They are using standard SI units quite correctly :)

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Re: Capacity

Aw bless you AC. No, that was exactly my point, formatting losses are what people call the non existent capacity difference when they don't understand the difference between TB and TiB. The numbers I posted actually represent the same capacity in different units (one 1024 based binary and one 1000 based decimal). OSX actually correctly displays using the decimal units while Windows uses binary measurement but wrongly uses decimal notation.

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Re: RAID

The problem here is that you'd then need to transfer the data over Ethernet or more likely the WAN which would take even longer. If your second NAS is local then there is far more benefit to be had with RAID 60 than with RAID 51 (effectively what you suggested with rsync). Realistically you'd need to do some maths to work out how long each recovery will take but once NAS 1 fails you'd be right back in the situation of having a RAID 5 array waiting to die - almost certainly using disks from the same batch as the failed ones, and Google's study into disk failures suggested that batch number was a bigger influence on failure than heat, humidity, vibration, or any other traditional ally recognised cause of failure, with those others being statistically insignificant.

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Capacity

At 5.46 TiB there are bound to be loads of amateur nerds moaning about "formatting losses" on these 6TB drives :) Still, over 5 TiB in a single case is pretty cool nonetheless.

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Re: I want a 3TB MacBook or Windows notebook now. At once! This instant!

Well you're SOL with a MacBook since they all use PCI flash now as far as I can tell, a form factor which isn't even big enough to fit the platter in :)

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Intel promises 10Gb Ethernet with Thunderbolt 2.0

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Re: 10 gig

MacBook Pro does. It has PCI flash rather than SSD and in my tests managed 4153MB or 33224Mb sustained transfer speed over 5 minutes with a large test file to ensure the result wasn't due to cache. Granted you'll be hard pressed to find a Windows laptop which doesn't use cheaper SSD connected to slow SATA but Apple really shine here even if they do use their own connector.

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LaCie bigs up 2big, 5big, 8big... WHOMP: Lands big data on your desk

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Re: amateur option but...

That's the one. One of our guys said the probability of successfully reading and rebuilding the data set is around 90% if you do the maths for a RAID 5 array of >2TB disks. Most vendors have therefore dropped support for RAID 5 on these disks, even to the point of making some customers re-stripe the arrays.

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I very much doubt that transient video editing will use massive slow SATA disk as the bandwidth isn't very high. I could be wrong as I'm not really close to that market, but a recent customer was talking about large arrays of SSD for video editing since the advent of 4k and 8k.

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I'm amazed they support RAID 5 for large drives, nobody else in the industry does any more for drives greater than 2TB due to the probability of data loss.

couldn't see any link with big data other than the strap line either, and it's a bit of a pet peeve when people use it to just mean large capacity which has nothing to do with big data...

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Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

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So why wouldn't the tools be available as a package to update for Red Hat? Surely if VMM tells you the tools are not up to date there should be a link to the package containing said tools. That's nothing to do with Red Hat since it's Microsoft's package!

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Looks to me like they are saying the team writing the linux tools are not keeping up with the Hyper-V guys. Since it's MS writing these tools they could quite easily update all of the tools each time Hyper-V changes surely?

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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

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Re: Ermm...

Or even Microsoft, who actually sell screens of this size with multitouch for I think 20 points. They have a demo unit at TVP in Reading and it's pretty cool

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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Re: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

England quite often get to the final or the semi final on their own, but in true British style we then lose at the last minute.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Mine boots just as quickly from the 5400 rpm laptop drive actually. If you investigate how Windows does this you'd see it has very little to do with IOPS - they are doing a single sequential read for the boot code and applications all the way up to log in, and that is what gives it the speed.

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Blimey, all those downvotes just for mentioning XPs poor screen scaling support. Lucky I didn't mention the shitty search indexing, poor security model, lack of IPv6, ancient task manager, no built in hypervisor, proper flash disk support, lack of real x64 support or the massive list of other things XP can't do that Windows 8.1 can do very well indeed. Oh, and booting almost instantly from cold. That's one of my favourites :)

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"can you really convince yourself that Windows 8.1 is better than XP"

Yes, yes I can. Try them both on a 13" retina display for instance and XP will show one of its many failings.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: Boffins

"no actual carbon in the atmosphere. Some CO2"

CO2 contains actual carbon believe it or not. Using this for creating wonder materials would leave oxygens. Trees do this, wood being their wonder material...

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Re: Boffins

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If boffins were clever they would see a link between wonder materials (graphene, nanotubes) and excess carbon and sort out the two birds, one stone thing. Seriously, how hard can it be to suck carbon from the atmosphere and make a nanotube or two (billion)?

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: Someone must be blind to think thats a Window 7 Start Menu

"Context switching is a bad thing for concentration and part of the reason for overlays is to let you retain your visual reference and enable your brain to focus on a limited subset of information delta"

Blimey, do you find it hard to concentrate when you enter the menus on your phone too? What you're actually saying is that you're finding it hard to adapt to a new design and you're using "science" based on the previous design to justify it.User interface rules are mostly nonsense made up to justify design choices, ask anyone involved in early interface design!

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Re: Someone must be blind to think thats a Window 7 Start Menu

@Asok Asus it's not universally loathed, I very much like it and know lots of other who do too. My first thought on seeing this picture was actually "why would I want a smaller start screen?". Once I click that start button my task is to find something and launch it, so having any screen space not dedicated to that task just seems wasteful.

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IEEE signs off on 400 Gb/s Ethernet development

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Re: Sod that...

@Christian Berger, Fast Ethernet is slower than gigabit Ethernet, I think you probably meant connected via 10GbE?

Either way, video is predominantly going to be coming over the Internet in the coming years so 1GbE is more than adequate internally for everyone other than those same bunch who insist on using CD or FLAC while all the normals go and use MP3 and streaming services. I expect I'll be down voted for saying that but lets face it, society usually votes for easy and cheap over better and pricier.

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Don't tase me Pro: WD brings out Thunderbolt external drive

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Re: Still no faster than USB3.0

@ac but USB 2 was and still is capable of sustaining its 480Mb/s throughput with that higher CPU usage. The point here is that the DISKS are completely unable to produce sufficient throughput to even half fill a USB 3 connection, even when using striping. If the disks are unable to saturate a USB 3 then why would TB be faster unless WD are lying or have a crappy USB 3 controller which is only running a quarter of real USB 3 speeds.

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Re: Twice as fast as USB 3.0

Yes it is, but not because TB is faster than USB 3, it's because TB is faster than USB 2. The discussion above is due to WD claiming that TB is faster than USB 3 when there are only 2 drives attached.

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Re: Twice as fast as USB 3.0

No, it makes no difference which TB version you have, two spinning SATA disks will always be the same speed on USB 3, TB and TB2 because they are simply incapable of using all of the bandwidth. If there were SSDs in there then we'd see a difference, but they aren't SSDs.

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Re: Still no faster than USB3.0

@Tom Welsh, how do you suppose they are doing that then, magic? This device uses standard disks, and so provides the SAME throughput as standard disks which currently is a little over 100MB/s for sequential reads. Putting two of them in and striping doubles that to the figures in the article, again only for sequential data. As long as the connection is capable of at least that throughput then that's how fast your disks will go. In your case, if a USB 3 device is giving you 30MB/s maximum then your port is actually a USB 2 port, not a USB 3. The clue is that your data rate matches USB 2 throughput. If you're getting the same on a TB interface then you've done something drastically wrong, or are doing random writes which are much slower.

The point Fenton and I were making is that USB 3 can handle around 500MB/s so for WD to claim that TB is twice as fast is either marketing bullcrap or their USB 3 controller is a POS. Either way WD look stupid.

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So WD...

...care to explain why your USB 3 is so slow? There is no reason why the TB version should make the disks perform better, and all the speeds listed are well within USB speed capability so unless their USB 3 actually uses a USB 2 chip I fail to see why there would be a difference in sustained performance.

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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

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Do Samsung have another range of tablets with high def screens? 1280 x 800 seems a little low these days for a high end manufacturer.

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VMware reveals more VSAN nodes

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"At a glance, the cost of a new, fully-populated, disk drawer is not far from the cost of a new VSAN node. And the latter is a server you can use for other stuff at a price almost certainly rather lower than the new wave of hybrid server/storage kit."

But the former offers a raft of SAN features not present in a VSAN so what's your point? The main advantage of VSAN is hyper scale, and even then it's not really better or cheaper than a FlexPod type solution.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Unconstitutional

I think you'll find that we don't have a constitution here and there are several places in our law which stop contract terms overriding general law. Employment law for instance overrides any jibber jabber an employer may add to a contract regardless how well written it may be.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: Are you insane?

"Actually people would stop using the newer systems after Windows XP was open sourced. After all open sourcing would mean that it's going to get a thorough cleanup while still making it compatible."

Rubbish, the first 10 years of effort would be retrofitting some kind of skinning, then the community would start work on four hundred Notepad replacements...

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Atlantis: That whole storage HOLY GRAIL thing? We've only gone and DONE IT

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Disk space is a totally different concept to capacity on disk. Using deduplication and compression can give almost unlimited disk space in a well set up VDI environment while capacity on disk will remain constant.

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

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Seems in line with my experience on EE, Vodafone and O2. Vodafone seems to offer good speed if you can get a signal although this is likely down to lower contention. EE seems to always have a signal but that signal is a little slower unless you're on 4G and O2 is average all around

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Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

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Re: Prior Art

You think Apple file patents because they invented stuff? Of course they don't! I think it's obvious to most people that these days Apple have a department whose sole purpose is to mess with Samsung. This is a good example, the next Note will have a feather tipped stylus with interchangeable doodads and Apple will never let this see the light of day in their own products.

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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

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Yeah, because the hospitals have installed all of the patches they already have....riiight.

And if one of the patches breaks a clinical app which "requires" XP, does the app vendor get copies of the patches for testing or will they need their own agreement?

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