* Posts by Lusty

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

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Re: Shock, surprise .. NOT!

"Most women just aren't interested"

Weird then, how the number of women interested is rising as the apparent opportunities rise and as workplaces become more equalised. Perhaps what you mean is most women don't want to work in an all male environment where sexist comments are rife? Perhaps you also think blacks are also genetically not interested because they don't want to work in all white environments where racism is common? There are plenty of women, gays, blacks etc. interested, and constantly telling them that they are incapable, genetically predisposed to not want this, not physically able, or any other crap you care to come up with is likely more of a reason why there is an imbalance. Females do things in developing countries because males in developing countries force them to. Here in the rest of the world we have education to try to allow freedom for everyone. Females may be genetically programmed to be different from males, but that certainly doesn't mean we shouldn't hire them.

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Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

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8 is a lucky number to them so that makes sense. Never occurred to me that it would be different elsewhere!

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Indeed, Apple seem to choose prices based on aesthetics of the number rather than any connection to the priciest cost. Even when they reduce prices they always land on X99. Cunningly in the US the price is a rounded number before tax, and in the UK it's a rounded number after tax. They aren't the only ones obviously, but this makes it clear that reduction at manufacture won't necessarily change retail. But as I said above, they do reduce prices all the time, no idea why I was downvoted, it's a fairly straightforward fact to verify. Presumably someone who thinks Apple is still overpriced, but I fail to see why I should be held responsible for that!

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Apple have consistently been lowering most prices for the last 10 years from what I've seen. They certainly never enter the cheap zone, but prices have definitely gone down overall.

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Nutanix did build 'Acropolis' hypervisor, wants you to bury it

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Re: Lulz

Customer luck stories you mean. Enterprise storage is about the long term not just implementations that sound cool on paper. AC you're presumably an employee so biased but I've yet to meet anyone with experience who wasn't concerned by the trade off between latency and data consistency in this solution for any real data driven workload. Also the performance figures based on cache performance is a major concern for people doing real work too

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Re: Dinosaur alert!

Not dinosaurs, no. Just people with genuine enterprise experience who can see through the marketing to the problems that are ahead. There is no free lunch, and I can take you through the maths of how, when and why your solution will fail. Even the Nutanix techies will admit it performs like crap when set to certain workloads if you ask the right questions. Just a hint though, as you're obviously new, the guy who comes to you to sell a Nutanix is not a techie...they are all locked up in the call centre away from customers.

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AAaaargggg!

I tried to read the whole article I really did but my BRAIN nearly EXPLODED with all the marketing crap spewing at me.

So they've invented a hypervisor, which is actually KVM.

The hypervisor is app centric, instead of VMs it actually houses the OS, containers, software and drivers that make up the app. Or FSCHKING VMS as we call them.

All of this, just as the rest of the industry is on the cusp of SaaS for pretty much everything, negating the need for these marketeers.

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Nutanix: We're not a storage company, but, er, watch out, NetApp

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This marketecture is amazing!

Slightly more proprietary standard hardware, where do I sign up?

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Apple preps summer bonking bonanza for Brits

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Problems

It'll be interesting to see if we have the same issues here as the US has had. I suspect that many of their issues were due to both chip and pin and contactless being deployed as new technologies. Since we've had both for many years we should in theory see fewer problems as it's a more tried and tested system here.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Listening

"After the years of the Sinofsky rampage, which via Windows 8 forced drastic changes on to users, Microsoft felt it needed to be more of a listening company. "

Don't worry about research, the story is fine with make believe. Windows 7 and Windows 8 were based almost entirely on feedback from the customer experience program. The reason many geeks think MS wasn't listening is because geeks are the ones who always tick the opt out box for this. Telemetry told MS what people were clicking on and when, hence removal of a load of stuff in the start menu for Windows 7. It then told them that after clicking start, users almost never clicked on something other than the menu, hence the decision to make the menu full screen and get more results visible in searches.

MS have been listening for years, and they have publicly explained this in every release since XP.

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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Thank you I wasn't aware that catscan had been resurrected. I was very sad when the original site closed due to hippy nobbers saying it was cruel!

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Docker death blow to PaaS? The fat lady isn’t singing just yet folks

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PaaS

I get the feeling you don't understand what PaaS is. Containers can be used to provide IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions, the difference is which components the vendor manages and which components the customer manages, and these have literally nothing to do with the virtualisation layer. O365 is SaaS because you buy a mailbox, Web Apps are PaaS because you get a web server where MS manages the IIS instance as well as the OS, VMs are usually IaaS because after initial deployment you manage everything other than the virtualisation layer. Docker, VMware, Xen are all irrelevant to this conversation and vice versa.

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Microsoft is BEATING Amazon's cloud revenues. Er, how?

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"I can think of lots of well known third party companies who run their operations entirely on Amazon. I can't think of any who do the same with Microsoft Azure."

Lotus F1 and the Olympics are the two that immediately come to mind from events I've been to but I'm sure there are others.

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Also if you compare revenue it's entirely likely that the highest priced service will win. Ultimately adoption is more important. Either way, AWS and Azure are the only horses in this particular race right now. We could use a third runner for competition but nobody else seems close and VMware seem uninterested in offering a real cloud for some reason and are concentrating on managed hosting with the word cloud in the name.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Re: Zap, darling...

They probably do know better than you. It's quite likely that apps run in a much less efficient way to the watch face, and so a watch app would kill the power in a few hours because you'd always need to have an app running. The standard watch faces probably aren't normal apps and almost certainly have power saving built in.

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Re: Face it

Why would you want to tell everyone you had an iWatch? Surely it would be a better boast if you had an Apple Watch?

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If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?

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Re: Why Hyper-V is a non-starter in all situations

You have yet to learn your lessons by the look of it. That's generally the attitude of small environment admins who are king of their world, or BOFHs as we call them. Real admins do their job and keep things up to date with proper change control and testing to ensure platform stability AND SECURITY. Just because it didn't crash doesn't mean it isn't vulnerable, and there have been numerous stability and security issues with VMware 5.x, along with patches which have added functionality such as Windows 2012 support. Of course, you probably still run Windows Server 2003 so that wouldn't bother you, because that's also "stable".

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Re: Why Hyper-V is a non-starter in all situations

"This 10 minute example includes updating security patches via RPM."

A properly configured Hyper-v deployment patches before deploying to the hardware or virtual machine using offline servicing on the image. The administrator doesn't need to do anything, and the new deployment is immediately secure wi the latest patches. So yes, 10 minutes seems like an age when you're used to instant.

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Re: Why Hyper-V is a non-starter in all situations

"Having an uptime of 5 years does not mean that "security patching and maintenance" has not been done."

He was talking about VMware, so yes it does mean no patching or maintenance. It's also very hard to update your firmware without downtime on the box. The smart people design so that components can be taken offline without service downtime. This involves redundancy, clustering, load balancing etc. and is the only way to create a resilient service. Having a massive uptime on a single box is a sign of a naive administrator who will eventually come unstuck and cause massive issues for the company.

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Re: Admin tools, management tools, monitoring tools, APIs, instrumentation and documentation

AWS is a direct competitor as far as I'm concerned and the tools there make VMware look over complicated.

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Re: How far out can you depend on Microsoft?

"they've never done anything "Metro interface on Windows 2012 server" stupid."

Moving TO Flash when world+dog was going HTML5 for the web interface must surely count? Metro at least had good reasoning behind the decision if you care to read the dev blogs.

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Re: Why Hyper-V is a non-starter in all situations

Lol if you think Puppet comes close to Windows management functionality you know even less than I thought about securing and managing enterprise Windows environments. Server 2003 had more advanced functionality and Windows has moved ahead significantly since then.

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Re: Why Hyper-V is a non-starter in all situations

10 minutes is a long time. Policy in AD allows machines to be secure as soon as they boot after install including setting appropriate firewall rules for the intended role. Other solutions are gradually copying this kind of stuff but the MS implementation is second to none for large networks. Sadly most people assume it's insecure rather than doing the necessary research.

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Re: Why Hyper-V is a non-starter in all situations

So you don't patch your VMware boxes then? My Hyper-v implementations have all been very stable, but then I understand the difference between the hypervisor and the management partition. I also understand how to secure Windows, which these days is a hell of a lot easier than securing any other OS on the market free or otherwise.

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Rackspace in Crawley: This is a local data centre for local people

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If only there were some way to obfuscate your data so that when your cloud provider sends it to the authorities it's unreadable...oh yes, encryption. If a UK based company holds the encryption keys on their own premises then the U.S. authorities can't force them to hand them over because the UK company isn't subject to American laws. Yes, the data will be handed over, but it won't be readable so who cares?

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Excessively fat virtual worlds – come on, it's your guilty secret

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Re: Don't forget

A few years out of date more often than not means a 4Ghz processor core which runs threads faster than all but two of the current Xeon range (when single core running under Turbo boost). This is why many apps run slower virtualised because most apps are single thread due to poor design.

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Cracking article, more of this type of stuff please Reg.

When a vendor asks for 16 cores and 32GB memory, ask them to provide permon logs from another similarly sized customer install. It's not the vendors responsibility to correctly size your solution, and it's not their job to ask the right questions but they should be able to justify what they are asking for as a minimum.

Another issue not addressed in the article is that of IT staff generally not knowing enough about computers to make these decisions. The difference between free and available memory in Windows is something almost everyone seems to struggle with even though it's a very simple concept.

Many also don't know the extra memory requirements for 10GbE networking either, despite it being stated clearly in hardware vendor documentation (HP Quickspecs certainly mention this more than once).

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VMware fires Photon torpedo – a homegrown Linux for microservices

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Look at this lovely wheel we've invented...

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Questionable ads

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"This, I assume, is not the kind of respectable advert you want on your site?"

They can't hear you, they are too busy counting money ;)

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comments moderation or censorship?

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I thought it was well known that El Reg delete comments they don't like. It's in the Ts and Cs after all, along with their policy of publishing literally any story if it gets delivered in a wheelbarrow full of cash. There's no standards around here, only the moneys!

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Citrix reveals direction for cloudified XenApp, XenDesktop

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Excellent

Thank goodness that they haven't spent the last 20 years telling people to put the desktop (WinFrame, MetaFrame, XenApp) next to the data (i.e. in the corporate data centre) to make the network efficient..oh wait...arse. Perhaps a new name, yes a rename will sort this...

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HGST says its NVMe flash card will manage 750,000 IOPS

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Very cool

Trouble is you'd need something that produces that much random IO either within the server or on 4 10GbE links to take advantage of this properly so it seems a bit niche. No more niche than a lot of current high end hardware mind you, servers seem to be big enough these days for most normal purposes. I guess animation and CGI maybe would use this? Very busy non distributed databases? I'd love to hear what everyone else can think of that needs 750k IOPS in a single system.

The evil that is VDI will of course use every IO it can get its grubby mitts on, but I shan't count that because those IOs should be in the ruddy end point ;)

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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"you'll probably have to top the thing up with charge during the day."

Curious, none of the reviews have said this. Do you have some new use-case for yours that will drain the battery faster than normal people?

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

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Re: Since those chips are already made in China...

I was thinking that. You can only export them once they are actually in America, surely.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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If you receive broadcasts on it, yes you do. If not then you don't need one. Simples.

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Re: Get a grip!

"Would you feel the same way about, say , a front door lock that appears secure because it appears to require a key then you discover that using a certain sequence of knocks, you can open it?

It's the same principle, appearing to be secure."

No, it's more like a small padlock on a bedroom door, behind a very secure front door and alarm system. Nobody can get into the house without authorisation but once inside security doesn't need to be as tight because you already trust them enough to let them in. Your house guest is unlikely to sit there and break the padlock or try to pick the lock because you're there with them. When you're not home they can't get in because they don't have keys to the house.

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@1980s coder

"Exactly what does anyone gain using this app?"

They get exactly what it says on the tin. The app encrypts data. You claim to understand the concepts so I find it unusual that you're so confused on the matter, and I'm sorry to say coming across as a bit of an ass in this instance.

Wikipedia defines encryption as "the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read it". Now, the phone itself is protected and fully encrypted (admittedly I don't know much about Android and your fancy removable SD cards...) such that someone stealing my phone cannot access the fully encrypted drive at all. I'm confident that my data is properly encrypted from that perspective.

So, this app then has nothing to do with properly encrypting the whole file, since that's already done at another layer. It has everything to do with authorising users on your device but not to that data. For instance, letting your current squeeze look something up on Google while also having pictures of a previous squeeze present and inaccessible from the phone.

I have to say that in this instance, the methods of the app appear to be completely appropriate for the requirements. They certainly should have been upfront about their methods and let people choose between battery life and protection but good design for mobile has to be appropriate design to minimise things like power draw.

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BBC waves £230m of feepayers' dosh at tech backbone deal

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eh?

Doesn't the supplier normally tell the customer what the price will be? Surely they are putting themselves in a poor negotiating position by stating a price up front.

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Samsung's bend blame blast: We DEMAND a Galaxy S6 Edge do-over

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Re: "You mean the watch pocket?"

@Jedit, I doubt you'll have much luck with a condom sticking out of your jeans either. It's still a watch pocket regardless of Levis trying to market it otherwise. In the intervening years they have been perfect for Zippos too, but I wouldn't call it a lighter pocket.

If you think that a condom in on of these pockets will be fit for purpose by the end of a good night out (let alone a few good nights out which they would last for a normal human male then you must have a very large family or very swift bedding skills :)

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Re: Glass is not meant to be bendy

"condom pocket"

You mean the watch pocket?

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Aluminum bendy battery is boffins' answer to EXPLODING Li-ion menace

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Re: For once the news on the battery front may actually lead to something.

"Have you SEEN the energy density of a Duracell AA?"

Funny you should say that. A couple of months ago I bought an original Gameboy and I'm still on the original set of Duracells I put in on day of delivery. I've played it a lot in the mean time and they show no signs of dying.

I remember in the 90s I'd get a few hours, hot batteries and dissapointment and ended up always tethered to the wall. This direct comparison was a great example of progress to me.

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Re: For once the news on the battery front may actually lead to something.

"Even if the shortfall in voltage compared with Li-ion batteries proves a tough nut to crack"

At this point it may be easier to change the requirement for higher voltage. Chip voltages have been dropping gradually, and seem only to be as high as they are for legacy reasons a lot of the time. I think it was Google who pioneered the idea of removing all but the 5v connection from power supplies which increased efficiency compared to the old multi voltage ones. I wouldn't be surprised if it's just the screen backlight that needs higher voltage these days to avoid the wires overheating with current.

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CoreOS bags $12m, touts Tectonic – a DIY Google cloud for big biz

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Re: @1980's ... Yeah but you have to like the name...

"Tectonic ... try and copyright it. :-P"

Why would there be an issue copyrighting the word Tectonic in the specific realm of IT unless it's already taken? Or have I missed something funny?

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While you're right that there are fewer systems to manage and patch, you're wrong to think that normal enterprises want this. Change control means that anyone without an army of coders writing bespoke software for all the company workloads will want to patch each workload individually in a controlled manner to reduce business risk. This works for Google because they have numbers on their side, so each hardware image probably does only run one workload but maybe 50 instances of it. They would have sufficient hardware to allow failure of many hardware servers though so patching may not be an issue. They also have robust procedures for managing those changes while most enterprises do not, and backing out is often chaos.

The technology here and in virtualisation may be based on old technology but there are a significant number of new tricks which those old platforms can't do. There are also a number of things which make working with them unpleasant compared to the newer copies with updated tool sets.

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Don't be stiffed by spies, stand up to Uncle Sam with your proud d**k pics – says Snowden

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Re: And the followup question should have been

@OzBob, the answer in your example is that the parent is the bad one who needs to be monitored. Perverts don't just randomly email pictures to random email addresses, the 13YO would have to be somewhere for this to happen, and what happens next is down to education and good parenting. I would be unconcerned at a 13YO seeing nudity of any gender since nudity is natural. I would be incredibly concerned if they continued talking to a stranger who sent them such pictures unsolicited in an unrelated forum. It is not the job of the state to protect and educate your children from things like this and it's demonstrably unfeasible for them to do so without massive privacy invasion which, to me at least, is less acceptable than preventing the crimes. Pre-crime never works.

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: DAB...

"Extremely unlikely. Broadcast is free, data is expensive."

Broadcast is most certainly not free, it's quite expensive actually what with all those towering transmitters and massive power and distribution requirements.

Data is relatively expensive right now, but then we're only half way through the revolution right now. 12 years ago most people used modems for access, 12 years in the future I would expect gigabit links to the home, and content cached at every provider so data services will be cheaper than broadcast at that point. Besides, with ultra high def we may get to the point where there isn't sufficient bandwidth for broadcast of a useful number of channels.

Even now, though, broadcast is taking a backseat. Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Sky, catch up TV services are rapidly becoming the primary way people watch TV content (here in the UK at least). Even my mum uses streaming services rather than broadcast. For some reason, America appears surprised by the idea of content not over cable, with Apple TV being branded a revolution so perhaps the next 12 years will see everywhere else catching up.

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Re: DAB...

I don't think sound quality will drive any new sales. The vast majority of radio listening is background noise. Most of those interested in quality either buy music or already have DAB. I especially liked the quote "Mediatique, who produced the figures, think that by 2027 there will be 69 million DAB sets around". The idea that radios will still be a thing in 12 years amuses me. 12 years ago we didn't even have smartphones or proper mobile Internet, both of which are now ubiquitous. In 12 years time is be surprised if broadcast isn't dying off rapidly to free up spectrum for whatever next next next gen devices we have.

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Re: Just give us the numbers

Knowing the numbers will only tell you what everyone already knows - the benefit is not cost based. Sure, a few people will save a few quid, but most won't. The other benefits are currently not quantifiable, as the article stated, and so even with the numbers we wouldn't be able to have a sensible discussion because half the people think energy consumption would drop and the other half don't, just like in the climate debate.

Handing over the report would definitely fan the flames of people who don't think that smart meters will help reduce energy consumption and therefore carbon emissions etc. so I don't think they should hand it over. If they do, the newspapers will publish the numbers, enrage the uneducated masses and the money will definitely have been wasted. If we do nothing, then worst case is everyone gets a replacement meter which can be read remotely which would at the very least improve the archaic system we have now where once a quarter I have to let two men into my house to avoid getting estimated (read imaginary massive numbers) bills.

I'm not necessarily in favour of these meters, but the content of the article was enough to convince me that we shouldn't stop them at this point - someone clearly has an agenda in stopping them.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Re: It's not expensive

"Then my summer working outside in the sunshine is a reality."

+1, someone needs to make a machine which works nicely in the sunshine. Perhaps instead of a black plastic case that bakes in the sunshine, a solar panel would be a good option. I'd happily buy a second laptop purely for garden use. For work the screen doesn't even have to be fast at updating, Word docs are still Word docs with a bit of lag :)

This machine also has to be tested against beer, gin, tonic and ketchup of course :)

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One day all this could be yours: Be Facebook, without being Facebook

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So, we're saying HP's Moonshot is a great technology while also saying that proprietary complex hardware is not good in this situation. Hardly a clear message unless I've missed something and other vendors are producing identical kit to what at first glimpse appears to be the very epitome of proprietary complexity. You can't have it both ways unless you have motherboard designers on staff, you can either have the slotty tech like blades or Moonshot, or you can have white box simplicity.

What many people miss though, is that those simple white boxes don't come with firmware and driver management so unless you also have an army of coders who can automate updates this is a step in the wrong direction too.

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