* Posts by Lusty

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Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter

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Re: Doesn't everyone who works in storage know this?

"Significantly so; definitely worth optimizing for, especially with sequential I/O."

I'd disagree. It's a very small number of drives required to saturate the SAS connection, iSCSI/FC connection or even PCIE bus. Optimising for sequential IO by doing this doesn't buy enough difference unless you're really, really constrained by power, cooling and space. There is a lot of very sciencey sounding stuff about short stroking but a decent storage guy can easily design a better solution by other means.

What you're saying was true with ye olde large format drives, less so with 3.5" and almost irrelevant with 2.5" since the reduction in form factor has allowed number of drives to increase, power to decrease, and has meant there is considerably less difference between inner and outer tracks. Anyone who needs to write sequential that fast but has a requirement which has low enough capacity requirement to mean short stroking is viable should by now be using SSD arrays. Anyone needing the capacity to require large 3.5" drives can't afford to lose the space to short stroking.

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Re: Doesn't everyone who works in storage know this?

Short stroking is very outdated these days, and generally it's only the "traditional" vendors doing it because it makes them sound clever (they aren't). The real clever people have already switched to flash which is many thousands of times faster and offers true consistent low latency. Some vendors even support short stroking and long stroking on the same drive for different LUNs which offers essentially zero benefit.

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Re: Duh...

Actually I'd say we're at the point where that would be an easier problem to solve than increasing areal density further. If the max and average are that far apart then there is a significant amount of untapped storage capacity which is potentially a clever firmware upgrade away. something being hard doesn't make it impossible, and given how hard HDD manufacturers are finding shrinking the bits this seems the easy way out to me until they go flash.

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

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Re: It will have a START MENU!

Mine is a list, just that that list is displayed full screen with multiple columns. The old menu displayed columns too if you had too much crap in there. The old menu also used to generate a separate search window when you did a search, while the new one integrates search results from all available sources including the programs menu, but by any definition it's most definitely a menu.

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Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

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Re: worldwide IE still holds a dominant stake with a 58.49 per cent share..

Using full browser usage stats generated including all browsers on all devices and all operating systems in response to an article about desktop browsers on Windows desktop computers will obviously lead to differing results.

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Back dat app up: Microsoft opens Azure Backup to Windows PCs

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Re: Out of the topic

Agreed, between that and the skeleton on the front page this doesn't look like a SFW site at all today.

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Goes like the blazes: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 late 2014 edition

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Re: Wake me up...

"I agree that you shouldn't need to but, yeah, Microsoft... Woo"

So you're blaming Microsoft because your Android tablet doesn't come with a good mail client? All of the other tablet OS's come with a perfectly serviceable mail client out of the box, and Exchange 2013 has full mobile support on OWA which works perfectly. From what I can tell MS are doing quite well.

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Selling IPs?

I thought IANA owned the IP addresses, and when they are no longer required they return to the pool for reuse. There never used to be a concept of buying and selling in the system, and the addresses technically don't belong to uk.gov for them to sell. Must admit I'd quite like to see OFCOM sell them and then IANA simply recall the range as unused by the party they were assigned to :)

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Microsoft whips out real-time translator for Skype calls

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Re: English and Spanish only

I'd imagine it's learned on everyone with an Xbox or Windows phone, so probably yes. I suspect, however, this is yet another example of Microsoft creating something to support its 100,000 users in online meetings and reduce internal costs and someone said "hey, the public might like this too" so they're releasing it. Most of their server software seems to fit this category

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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Re: Yes !!!!!

"Do you really have a clue about the real world?"

Yes, I've been promoted many times in the real world for exactly this attitude. I spent many years on support in one form or another. Working as a consultant I've visited hundreds of different companies and have seen what does and does not work. I've also spoken to the managers and the helpdesk staff of these companies.

Although I understand ITIL, I'm not overly bothered whether it's used but logging tickets to show how busy you are is really basic stuff, and the negativity on this thread really highlights why this and SLAs are so important. If IT people acted in a more businesslike manner they'd be treated a lot better. As it stands, many CxO level people are pushing for public cloud services in an effort to clear out the negative IT staff who generally start the conversation with "it can't be done".

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Re: sometimes...

I would assume that the majority of people in management positions are educated people, yes, and that they got there by understanding how to play well with others. The ones with the personality disorder are usually in the basement under fluorescent lights dealing with IT issues rather than in the penthouse office looking at the view and calling IT...

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Re: sometimes...

"...it's OK to give shit "service".

It's my weapon against the "disrespectfully disorganised". You know, that senior manager that needs X by 6pm, and only bothers to call you at 5pm, even though it's been one of their "actions" from a meeting that took place 2 months ago."

No, it's not OK to give shit service, that just makes you shit at your job. Your job is to help the person with their IT. If you don't have SLAs in place to point at as the reason you can't help them in under an hour that is not their fault - you have essentially advertised an unlimited service to your users and they are using it. Why would they play within an imaginary set of rules they know nothing about?

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Re: Yes !!!!!

No, I'm not a manager. I am, however, a techie who has understood the business side of the equation and knows what the managers want.

From the managers perspective, you have the support phone which is connected to the support number that IT gave him. He calls the support number expecting one of two scenarios:

1. Answering machine message saying it's out of hours and to leave a message.

2. Someone answers in which case the support line is open for business. He logs a call and gets help.

If you answer the phone, the support line is open - this is your fault if you answer out of agreed SLA hours, not his. If you don't have an SLA then this is either your fault or your bosses fault and you should work to fix it - again this is not the fault of the manager and certainly doesn't make him rude for calling the number you gave him.

Since you are therefore being paid to answer the phone, then yes it certainly is your job to convey information as to what is and is not supported by your support line. If the manager, the CEO, or $DEITY calls up and asks for a burger you tell them you don't do burgers and the educated person on the other end of the line will likely never ask you for a burger again. If they ask for help with something you support then log a ticket first and then help them to the best of your ability or escalate it.

Because you logged a ticket first, the business can see how busy and overworked you are, so next time you ask for a pay review or extra staff they will listen because you have the numbers. If you fail to log a ticket each and every time you answer the telephone, guess whose fault it is that your career isn't going how you'd hoped?

I'm not sure how you have translated that into managers having bad manners, or being childish. They are using a service that their business pays for so they can use it. If I ask the canteen for lobster they don't freak out because all they do is chips and peas...

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Re: Yes !!!!!

And you think he's at fault? It is your job to stop that kind of nonsense, if you allow it to continue then it's your own fault. The correct response is that it's not something you support and therefore there will be no call logged - the conversation should be less than one minute. Managers are grownups believe it or not, and they will understand if you talk to them as such. If you treat them like toddlers why wouldn't they continue to interrupt your sleep when they need something - they know you'll answer them!

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No NAND's land: Flash will NOT take over the data centre

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Ah but

How much of the shipped disk capacity is RAID. Drives over 2TB shouldn't use RAID 5 or 10 for recoverability reasons so there has been a massive uptick in capacity sold just to cover this excess.

Similarly in the home scenario, quite a lot of people have recently started using RAID to protect their family photos in Synology type devices so there has been an explosion in shipped capacity.

Fast forward a year or two and people will start using flash for capacity at home as well as using RAID to protect that flash because it will be cheap enough to do so. The data centre will be a similar story as data stops being tiered to flash and starts being stored on flash.

This data set is also extremely skewed by Google, Facebook and Microsoft who have been and continue to build out their cloud infrastructure. Zuck is on record as saying he'll buy flash that has a write life of a handful of writes if the capacity is large enough instead of spinning disk just for the power savings and latency improvement on the image store.

Extrapolating figures based on current shipping volumes is a dangerous game, never more so than when nobody actually wants the old technology.

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Gigabit-over-copper VDSL successor G.fast signed off at last

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Re: Physics

Don't forget ADSL is also maintaining back compatibility with voice lines. I suspect that if we ditch the voice then bandwidth could increase a bit just by removing the microfilter gubbins.

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Big buildings like blocks of flats are way above Ethernet distance unless you go with fibre or add repeaters. Also, phone cables are already in - nobody likes to re-cable a building if they don't have to, especially a residential one where each property is owned by a different person.

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Post Office: Here's £100m, Computacenter. Now get us up to date, for pity's sake

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Tier 4

For the post office? What. the. F*%k. have the post office got on computers that needs a tier 4? Is it the secret location of all my lost mail?

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Orion hacker sends stowaway into SPAAAAACE

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hacking

Is this just a really long way to say SQL injection attack and inexperienced web author? Let's face it, getting a name into a list on a database which will be written to a chip isn't exactly a security threat to NASA compared to adding yourself to the list of astronauts going to the ISS for 6 months, or adding yourself to the door entry list for JPL.

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IBM Research wants laptop batteries to retire and slum it

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recycling at the end

My only worry would be how those people would then dispose of the batteries when they properly die. These batteries may cost more to recycle, and I agree with the reuse before recycle principal, but better to recycle them now than bury them after reuse. The recycling process works fine for these batteries, and many are reused as part of renewable energy projects anyway. It's nice to help out third world countries but realistically shipping the batteries half way around the world probably wouldn't be much more efficient than recycling them, especially given the sludge that container ships burn.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Re: Dumb TV please

The trouble is, the dumb versions are fugly so you end up buying the smart version regardless and making manufacturers think their pittiful interface is the reason you bought it. The results would be drastically different if the dumb and smart looked identical and the only difference was lack of "smart" and £50 off the price...

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Pay with your credit card at station kiosk? 'Dare Devil' is targeting YOU

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Re: What about using your card to validate a prior transaction?

Use a credit card, then there's very little risk to you. Use a debit card and your mileage will vary considerably

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"how were they able to browse on the kiosk in the first place?"

Most kiosks are just PCs with locked down configs, often just using a browser in kiosk mode instead of the normal shell so all it would take is not having the proxy/firewall stopping it and browsing would work fine.

Obviously on a well set up kiosk you couldn't browse, but kiosks are often implemented by first timers (as in first kiosk, not inexperienced staff) since it's not exactly the sort of thing you'd become an expert in and go consulting. Because of this it's likely many of them have "obvious" security holes. You're looking at this with 20:20 hindsight, but would you have thought of everything if you started fresh? Even with a thousand el reg vultures poring over your config?

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Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

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Bless Intel for trying

but every time Intel makes a new low power chip for smaller form factors the smaller form factor in every single case has gotten larger until it looks like a laptop. Look at what the MS surface did to tablet form factor (made it massive) and what the Atom did to Netbooks (made them massive).

I'm all for it of course, these people clearly want to look like they have a box of electronic crap on their face so this will help them in that regard :)

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

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Re: Not just IT

I never said women were brainwashed, I said all children are conditioned. You took that to mean that I thought girls where I clearly said boys and mud too.

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Re: I can't get excited about gender imbalance on this occasion

My comment about parents telling them they are pretty was a single example of the conditioning that all children are put through as they grow up. Look at any toy shop - there will be one aisle of "girls toys" and one of "boys toys" and that's a prime example of the change in young people. Yes, you can tell your little girl that she can do anything she likes, but give her an easy bake oven and a pram for her 6th birthday and her brother a console for his 7th and subliminally what did you actually tell her? Allow her brother to go out in the mud while she stays in playing with makeup and brushing her hair and you can tell her what you like but inside her head it's not that she can do anything. Even if you don't stop her going out and playing in the mud, what if all she has are those pretty dresses and her brother has ripped jeans - you think she's going to ruin a princess dress in the mud?

Add to this the various media pressures both sexes face and you end up with a society that genuinely believes women prefer "women jobs" because they are genetically programmed to be more caring.

What I'm saying is lay off the "unfair workplace" nonsense and start a campaign to actively push parents to be gender neutral to fix the root cause and the rest will sort itself out. Give the boys makeup and get the girls playing on their skateboards and for the love of $deity, keep them away from comics and magazines and make sure there's an even split of movies and tv shows.

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Re: Not just IT

As I said above, you can't attract women into STEM subjects if everything leading up to that point was brainwashing to create a preference against such things. The commonly held belief that girls prefer pink is a prime example - surround someone young and impressionable in pink for 10 years and tell them they love it and they will likely prefer pink. Just as computers were considered "boys toys" in the 80s don't forget girls were being given easy bake ovens and baby dolls in pushchairs as "girls toys". The workplace is complete as far as gender equality is concerned, the next steps are society and parenting, and articles such as this one are just distracting from that truth.

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The problem has nothing to do with the IT industry. It's true that we get fewer women applying for roles, but it's certainly not the case anywhere I've worked that it's a male environment or misogynistic in any way (UK based). Perhaps it's different in your locale, but here the problem lies squarely with the 20 or so years leading up to entering the workforce. There is still far too much gender bias while growing up. Why do women wear dresses and men don't? It's because parents dress up little girls because they look pretty and then reinforce that by telling them how pretty they are. This and many, many examples like it lead to girls having different preferences than boys. Disney is a prime offender here, telling the little princess that her job is to find a prince. Fast forward to working age and it's no wonder that women don't fancy the lifestyle that goes with IT. Long hours in the deepest darkest corner of a building for low pay. Women have been brainwashed from birth to prefer caring work such as teaching and nursing while men were brainwashed to prefer power, challenge, difficult. There is no natural preference, so if your little girl decides not to get a job in IT it's your own fault, not the fault of the industry.

For the record, I know more women in IT than I do female lawyers, and I worked in the legal industry for many years.

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Sony cuff-puter to do one thing smartwatches can't: Give you DAYS of hot wrist action

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epaper

Weird, that description of balls spinning bears no resemblance to the manufacturer description of microbeads in a white liquid.

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Save Thanksgiving! Get your turkey to text you when it's done

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What on earth

Is an iPhone 3? Is it the iphone 2nd gen (3G) or iPhone 3rd gen (3GS)

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Everything your users ever need to know about BYOD

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Re: VDI is good for Bring Some Other Dude's Device*

" I've concerns about end users bringing home devices onto a network."

These concerns are down to your security configuration on your network. If you had enabled the Windows firewall on desktops like you were supposed to, and configured Direct Access, and enabled firewalls on your servers, and segregated your endpoint networks from your server networks using firewalls then you probably wouldn't be so worried. The corporate network is where the user is, if not you've either done it wrong or you're tied up in compliance which means you won't have a BYOD policy saying anything more than "no BYOD here pal".

A good modern network treats the endpoint network like the Internet, only possibly with web filtering to prevent porn in the workplace. If you genuinely are worried I assume you have NAP/NAC enabled to stop people plugging stuff in? And don't have any wireless networks? Ah I remember the 90s well :)

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Really?

This is the opposite of why BYOD catches on. People don't want your shitty windows desktop on their iPad, they want an iPad experience with a rewritten corporate app (OWA, Salesforce etc.) which either is an app or is a web interface. If you're thinking terminal services, VDI or the like then trust me when I say your users already hate you and it's the reason they will begin to create THEIR content outside of your network. Information workers are the ones creating the data, and if you make it hard for them to do so they will just cut you out of the loop, just like the CEO will when he goes for a full cloud strategy...

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HTML5 vs native: Harry Coder and the mudblood mobile app princes

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I'm all for page ranking using mobile

BUT the first thing I do when presented with a crippled mobile version of a website is look for the desktop site link. I completely agree that apps should be html based whether that be 5 or otherwise, but make sure that on my perfectly capable modern mobile browser with a large screen the very top link is desktop site so I can use that large screen and browser to its full potential.

So yes, use mobile as a page ranking, but possibly to lower those crappy mobile experiences...

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: collision detection systems can't currently see around corners

Agreed, the fact that so many people believe that there are unavoidable collisions just underlines how urgent it is to get the humans out of the driving seat!

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NetApp cyclists part from storage firm... go to Bora Bora

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Re: NetApp did actually ride the 2014 Tour de France

"Victories 5

Seconds 10

Thirds 14

Discovered Doping incident 0"

There, fixed that for you :)

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Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

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Re: Biased?

Microsoft tests have not been multi choice all the way through for several years. May be time to update your qualifications if you ever had any. They now include quite a few simulations where you actually have to set something up or correct something in the interface without help files etc. if a few more sys admins did these tests I'd probably see a lot fewer systems with major problems, and that goes for Linux as well as Microsoft stuff.

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Don't like droopy results, NetApp? Develop server-side SAN

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Re: NetApp customers

I can do both myself since I know how it works and have a partner account to look up pricing :)

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Re: NetApp customers

Not sure why you think the Azure/AWS stuff doesn't work. It's ideal for replicating data to be consumed within the cloud either on dedicated hardware with solid sovereignty for important or large workloads or on a software defined SAN with cloudy sovereignty for smaller workloads. It's also ideal for cloud migrations alongside project shift to reduce downtime during the move since you can mirror data disks to the cloud ahead of time.

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Re: Doesn't surprise me...

You're clearly missing the point of NetApp. They do actually have a VSA appliance, as well as one for the public cloud, it's just that those of us who understand the value in NetApp never use them. Your HP VSA will definitely not have similar performance to the NetApp hardware solution for a start, but it also won't be able to cover you for backup purposes in quite the same way, so on your bill you will also need to pay for some kind of backup media be it d2d or tape libraries as well as a software suite to go with it. You also need to add to that mix the extra effort required to manage that backup solution and the extra bandwidth required to stream those backups around the place not to mention the strain on your virtual hosts in performing the backups. You're also missing the business benefits such as instant recovery of large data sets such as Echange databases, sql databases and the end user recoverable file data which can drastically reduce service desk calls and hence staffing.

I too get the money for services when selling NetApp, but it's because I justify my time by properly explaining performance and business benefits which the StoreVirtual cannot compete with.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Re: Value for money?

"As an aside, I'm lost for words that Windows cannot scale the UI properly on screens,"

Windows scales identically to the Mac on my rMBP. The difference here is sitting between screen and chair, rather than on the disk. Windows does indeed look awful if you just switch to native retina resolution without setting it up for hi res viewing although I suspect that the person claiming to have issues was trying to make a point against the iMac rather than saying anything useful. I'd like to think anyone who actually has a 4k screen would know how to set their display properties correctly...

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Re: 4k video editing

You're ignoring the fact that this won't be worthless in a years time. If you want to swap out your computer then it's no more effort to swap out the screen at the same time, so sell this and get the new model. The Apple backup regime makes this extremely simple, and their resale value is second to none.

The real bonus here is that real professionals don't have time to fart about with drivers and upgrades. If your time is valuable it's much better to replace the whole caboodle and carry on working so component upgrades are less likely the further up the tree you go, especially given that for professional use as a tool, £2k is really not that much money!

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Samsung's flagging phone fortunes hit profits hard

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Analysts

Does this mean the analysts will finally stop telling Apple to release cheap phones? Seems to me that at least part of the issue is the many people with crappy Samsungs telling everyone who will listen how bad their Samsung is. With the all or nothing approach everyone gets the top experience so there are fewer as reports. The high end Samsungs are generally good but they are sabotaging their own market with the cheaper models

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: a study from Canadian health researchers

"It could indeed appear so to someone with little knowledge of statistics or of the concept of prior plausibility."

That's kind of my point though, I do know enough about statistics to know that this is no more meaningful than saying that male drivers "statistically" have more accidents. There are so many variables being completely ignored that the results are meaningless and potentially misleading until they actually demonstrate cause and effect. In the case of the male drivers, they also happen to statistically drive far more miles, statistically when they are more tired such as a long commute than women who are statistically less likely to be working, and if they are then statistically less likely to be dragging their ass all over the country.

Possibly the best example is drink driving - this study is akin to saying that 30% of accidents involved drunk drivers therefore driving sober is more risky. You can't just use statistics in isolation, and if you knew as much as you imply that you do then you wouldn't have responded to my comment the way you did.

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a study from Canadian health researchers

Why are they calling themselves researchers? It would appear on the surface that they asked a statistically quite small group of people some questions and then inferred some "results". They then made up some gibberish to justify a potential cause/effect. This is not science. They could just as easily have been asking who liked chips and come up with a similar bias for cancer (yes, this happens a lot too). Until every single person on the planet has everything they do recorded and every health issue recorded this kind of statistical "study" is just a waste of money. It will take the IBMs, Googles or Apples of the world to use big data techniques on all available data to come up with anything even remotely useful out of statistics.

Until that day, your best bet to avoid cancer is to eat healthily and do plenty of exercise while being vigilant about your own health. If you can, then sure have as much sex as you like but can we stop paying these "researchers" to tell us sex is a good thing?

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Storage array giants can use Azure to evacuate their back ends

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Thanks AC, that makes much more sense. I was wondering how it sucked the data out of a NetApp to send to the cloud without being insanely inefficient. Even using the new NetApp in the cloud I couldn't work out how I'd get the VMs to boot on Azure since they wouldn't be on bootable storage. With your comment though, this now reads as MS released a reasonably priced SRM killer which works with cloud too :)

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Microsoft unwraps new auto data-protection in Office 365 tools

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Ahh clippy...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gS0vZFPnksk

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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Re: Glass half empty?

"The reason I bring this up is that I suspect this also occurred to Apple users in the past and is going to get more prevalent unless Apple drives a User Privacy Interface Standard that all Mac and iThing applications should (must?) adhere to."

They do have a privacy standard with quite a good web page explaining it. Apple users expect that their information should be available on all of their devices (magically) and that if they lose their device a backup can be restored (magically) without that data being snooped, sold or other things not of benefit to the user. With a single iPhone there is enough free cloud capacity that backups happen with no issue, I only needed to pay once I had two phones and an iPad but I was happy to do so since I had previously lost a phone on a night out, the replacement had my half written drunken text message restored before I left the Apple store. I expect Apple to not interfere or use the data being synced and stored, and the privacy policy backs this.

As I said, Google are just as open with their policy, but their policy is to make as much money from your data as they can in return for lower device and subscription costs. I'm fine with paying massively over the odds for cloud storage and upgrade options on hardware, and I'm glad at least one company gives me the option to just pay them for the service I want.

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Glass half empty?

Surely this could just as easily be written as Apple backing up your work by default for you, for free. This is just how the Apple ecosystem is designed - if it's easier for the user, or if the user gets some benefit then it's on by default. The difference between the Apple cloud and the Google cloud is that the Apple one is paid for by the users through higher device prices and higher subscription costs. The Google one is paid for by whoring out your information to all and sundry. The Apple privacy statement says they won't share your stuff, Google says they absolulu share everything you give them. Except it's not sharing, it's selling and it's not you giving it's them taking.

Why do I trust Apple? Because I paid Apple for the products, people didn't pay Apple for me to take the products (lookin' at you Google and Facebook...)

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Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

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Re: Thinness.

I'm led to believe that NZ is a pretty different market than the rest of the globe for this kind of thing though. Something about shipping costs vs volumes.

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Re: This is one issue that the EU could for once be useful on.

The EU are the ones who started it with the WEEE directive, why would they strive to make things less recyclable? These things are not allowed to go to landfill anymore, and you'd be surprised how little rubbish in the UK actually does go anywhere near landfill now with the various recycling schemes in place. I found that there's even a scheme to turn plastic into diesel the other day, and all those nasty batteries get frozen and smashed for recycling, but to get at them it's easier to melt some glue than have an army of slaves undoing screws. Sadly iFixit have a fairly simple view of the world and a single point to make over and over again so purposefully ignore these facts.

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