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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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Really a cost saving?

Most routers ship with relatively low end hardware - a lower-end ARM or equivalent processor, a few megs of RAM, a little bit of FLASH and some radio gubbins. They don't need any more than that and do the job they're designed to do. Even if you punt the compute to the cloud, you still need a processor, some memory, some way to boot the device and some radio gubbins, even with software defined radio. You can pick up a DSL router with wifi (al be it, only 802.11g) even at PC World for less than £20 these days, so I don't get the argument of cost saving. At bulk, with no retail overheads, the cost must be far lower than that.

With ever increasing bandwidth, the processors are only going to need to get more powerful anyway to cope with squirting stuff at "the cloud". Plus, at least from my perspective when the cloud has a little lie down, it's still useful to be able to get IP addresses on my LAN segment, so for example I could view my IP webcam.

If ISPs want control over their CPE, the existing TR-069 should surely be enough, or if not, developed further to give them the extra features they do want.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Poor Bug Fixing

In my experience, this is quite common in regard to Google fixing bugs in their products. I've added my voice to reported problems in Chrome, Android, Mail amongst others, but because they're not security related or service affecting, they seemingly get ignored. I can only presume Big G don't task their developers with fixing problems, only inventing new things. And lets face it, fixing exiting broken code isn't as fun as contributing a new widget.

Plus, Google products seem to experience entropy worse than many other - they start off really usable, fast and lightweight, and gradually erode into a big brown dysfunctional mass.

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Reasons

Yum, for a couple of reasons.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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War of the Databases

"No-one would have believed in the early years of the 21st century that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of cyberspace. No-one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of an interest in their lives by people off this planet. And yet, across the gulf of cyberspace, minds immeasurably more vacuous to ours regarded this data with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us…”

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Seal

With wireless charging and wireless data, the unit could be sealed from all external influences. Bathtime iPhones?

Nb, I assume Friction and/or Ultrasonic welding are new inventions in the world of the patent office?

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Bender

I'm going to build my own gigamall, with blackjack, and hookers.

Ahh forget the gigamall.

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India’s Karbonn launches £26 Android phone

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Trickle Down

The specs sound like my Galaxy Ace of about 3 years ago, which came in at about £100 at the time. It was a miserable user experience, but if the chaps and chapesses out there can make it work for them, when why not.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Other ISPs

Interestingly, AAISP had DNS issues last week. The difference is, they don't force you to use their servers from a locked-down NTU, and their status pages are kept current and upto date.

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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Real World Practice

At least its prepping them for the real world of IT, where hours are spent on proposals, bids and strategy, only for it to become, at best shelfware and at worst disappear into a black hole with nary a thank you.

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

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Open your brain.

Who is the creator of this invention? Bin Dunbefore no doubt.

Still, between this and their fitness push at the moment, it's not increasing their wantability in this tent.

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Google offers $150 gift card for Chromebook Pixel data shutoff

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Double Accounting.

So presumably will get the money from the original Google deal, then win again from people picking up Verizon LTE services from this new Google deal? And also do some clever tax trickery to avoid paying tax.

N.b. are the Pixels locked to the network, or can you use another provider?

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Sacre BLEURGH: Google thinks London's Victoria station is on the PARIS Metro

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Up North

I've not donned my coat and headed oop north for some years, but it does remind me of the Newcastle Metro logo.

Also, Morrisons Supermarkets, but I don't think they do public transport to any great extent.

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

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Hello?

Hello IT, yes we have tried switching it off and back on again.

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Authorities swoop on illicit Wolverhampton SPAM FARM

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Re: sizeable fine?

What'll likely happen is that company declares itself insolvent, then another very similar sounding company operating out of the same premises pops up with a similar MO.

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Truphone debuts 66-country flat rate roaming deal

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Consider your Country List

This product is great, provided the execs stay in the Westernized Countries of the G20 and old Europe. Stray south of the Equator and/or head east from about Italy and the competitiveness rapidly falls away (excluding Australia). We do a lot of business in the Middle East and Africa where monopolies and duopolies, usually under the control of the dear leader mean that you're still knackered for international roaming unless you buy in-country sims.

N.b, El Reg really should have a product placement icon for articles like this.

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EE boffin: 5G will be the LAST WORD in mobe tech – literally

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The future...

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson IBM*

*" 76% of all quotes found on the internet are made up." - Abraham Lincoln.

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Panda-monium as Google updates key search algorithm

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Murka!

Wonder if this is behind the recent rash of results that are America centric, despite using google.co.uk as my search engine. Not just me either, a few people have mentioned it to me. Although its not irritating enough to make us Bing.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Source Data

Whilst the Traveline data is good for routes, it sucks monkey nuts at interconnects. I just calculated a route from a Midland Metro stop just outside Wolverhampton to Birmingham Airport. Now, there are two real public transport options for this route (excluding buses)...

1) Take the Midland Metro to Birmingham City Centre, walk across town to New Street, then take the train to the Airport.

2) Take the Midland Metro to Wolverhampton, walk to the train station, take the train to the Airport.

For the latter, it tells me to take the Metro into Wolverhampton, wait 10mins for a bus, spend 15mins doing a tour of Wolverhampton shitty centre, then walk from the bus stop to the train station, before continuing the journey on a proper train.

Now, anyone that knows Wolverhampton will tell you the walk from the Metro to the train station is 5-10mins, depending on how briskly you're perambulating.

I guess that leaves me with two suppositions - a) their interconnection data is crap, or b) their data takes account of local crime stats and is keen for you to avoid roaming the streets.

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Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

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Re: Spam

Fairly easy to remove the flow of 'legitimate spam' - just add a rule to your mail client that looks for the word 'unsubscribe' in an email and if it finds a hit, mark it as read and move it into your spam folder. Its there if you need to refer to it, but extracts it from the eye-line.

Not sure it may of helped in this case, but does help strip out that cruft that fills most peoples mailboxes.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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8.1 Useable

I was an 8.1 neigh-sayer until I installed it onto my machine as another OS, and I have to say, its okay. I did have to take a deep breath, leave my Windows perceptions at the door and use it for 4 or 5 hours to learn 'the new way' but actually, its usable and functional. Its still a bit off-putting when some apps load to the desktop, and others load into Metro, but once you learn that Alt+Tab is your friend and the split screen thing can let you see the apps side-by-side it's actually perfectly functional.

From my multi-boot, Win7, Win8, ChromeOS and Debian laptop, Windows 8 ends up being the OS of choice most of the time.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Danger Will Robinson

Some of the instructions on this article feel a little close to the limit of legality with regard to licencing. I hope El Reg's lawyers have reviewed this article before it went to press.

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

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FTLOG

For those commentards reporting that they've got great coverage or piss-poor coverage, PLEASE install one of the survey apps if you've got a capable smart phone and add the details to the maps. The more current data, the better these maps become.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Token

If you'd like to post a token to my home or work address, I can consume my pint from here AND limit the carbon impact of having to travel beyond the gates of Nodnol. One of those bluey/green or orangy/brown ones will be perfect, although a purply/blue or red one would be equally well received.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Family Guy

I'll be interested to see what happens to Family Guy - it appears that it's not allowed on iPlayer, so I assume Auntie will either punt it onto BBC Two or give up the rights to it.

There's very little else on BBC Three I watch; Russell Howard's Good News and Bluestone 42 are really the other exceptions. And I'm in their target audience range. BBC Four however has some very good content, provided you enjoy being educated rather than being exposed to real life or actor peoples shouting at each other.

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New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

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Expensive

That's an expensive router. Say £200 all in for a mini-itx pc with memory, hdd, case and PSU plus an installation of pfSense and you're away. The only issue you may have is needing to have a gateway modem (£20 TP-Link DSL modem for me) if your fixed line provider doesn't have ethernet presentation.

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BT demands end to Ofcom wholesale broadband subsidies for BSkyB, TalkTalk

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Re: If you think it's unfair, split the company

I agree, BT Group has such a split personality when it comes to Openreach and their Ofcom excuses.

Spin off Openreach into an independent entity then BT Group, et al can compete on more level terms.

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Pork time! £350m in Health Service mail-etcetera cloud deals up for grabs

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A vision

I see Office 365 in their future....

I'm not even related to Septic Peg either.

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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Sideloading and Rooting

This marls an interesting and obviously controversial tangent for Nokia, but I think its a good thing, particularly for the lower end of the market. My concern is that their 'apk' store will be as mediocre as many others that try to compete with the play store, to limited success. I'll watch with interest as to whether the play store can be easily side-loaded, and also if rooting and romming become an option. It'll be nice to have a cheap, but quality brand in the Android space to compete with the Asian megacorps and no-name outfits trying to float their elcheapo turds at this end of the market, but only if a full range of apps is available.

I also fear that Microsoft will kill or sell the X range all too quickly once their feet are properly under the table at Espoo.

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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FRY

Perhaps this should be called a 'Fry-Moment' but "few applications drain a mobile device's battery more rapidly than contacting satellites." is just wrong when spoken about in reference to GPS. Receivers listen passively to satellite signals, they don't contact them. I thought everyone in El Reg knew this by now? Or that just Microsoft redefining the standard again?

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Comprehensive security in the home

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Thinking outside the box

Doesn't answer your original question about specific packages directly, but a good solution to home filtering on 'every' device is to have a proxy server sat between your devices and the internet.

I use pfSense (firewall), with Squid (proxy), ClamAV (AV-Filter) and DansGuardian (Dodgy site filter) which protects any device on my network, whether it has AV installed or not. The machine it runs on cost about £75 from ebay, and costs about £10 a month in electricity costs. Following some instructions on the net, it took me about 2hrs to get it all setup and working.

For my actual machines, I use Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows), ClamAV (Linux), and Avast (Linux), which seem to work quite well and have done an excellent job at keeping nasties away, and cover me when I'm off my own grid.

I've also heard good things about k9webprotection as a filtering web server, but that only does web filtering and is an install on every machine too.

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Forget unified communications, we want universal comms, Microsoft insists

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Re: If only...

I find the 2013 client reasonably snappy on Windows 7 and 8.1.

Strangely, I don't quite understand why an instant messaging client is a 300mb+ install.

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

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Re: Instant Erase

I'm thinking that it may be a tiny physical 'hammer' that creates a micro-vibration and causes all of the heads to smash instantly into the platters, thereby eliminating your data immediately.

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THOUSANDS of Tesco.com logins and passwords leaked online

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CrapTastic

Just changed my password for Tesco as a matter of course.

Passwords can only be between 6 and 10 characters, and doesn't seem to support complex characters, only Upper, lower and numerical.

What year is this, 2002?

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Grimly determined Cisco reports weak earnings

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I can only assume the 'new economies' don't believe in the "nobody got sacked for buying Cisco" mantra that seems inescapable here in the UK. Whilst Cisco make some great core-networking gear, a lot of their other stuff has a perception of looking too proprietary, less functional (or conversely overly complex) and far far more expensive than their competitors. Plus they've really struggled to market themselves as agile vendors with lots of new idea's which is fine for big enterprise customers, but don't necessarily highlight their capabilities with start-ups and round 1 VCs.

They could have done so much more with Linksys as a Baby Cisco, but alas, the super-tanker is not for turning.

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Microsoft gets with the times, builds two-factor authentication into Office 365

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2FO

I don't mind 2FA when its relatively seamless like the Google Authenticator offering, especially as lots of websites now use this as an option, and the codes can be generated within a single app for these multiple sites.

I hope the 365 2FA works better than the two-phase authentication on the Xbox 360 platform which won't send me a text message to my UK mobile number (well, it apparently does, but disappears into the ether). I can cancel out of it, but every time I start the Xbox, install the latest patches, reboot, install the game updates and log into Live, I have to bin off several messages before it lets me log into the account.

I don't play Xbox much anymore.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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The symbol

Just as in the same way that + has come to mean 'has a record function', perhaps there needs to be a 'catchup via the internet' symbol, for example Φ. So if you have a freeview Φ or freesat Φ you know that you can use it to iPlayer or 4player or STV player to your hearts content.

The complete renaming of platforms with similar functions only serves to confuse and scare the general populous.

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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"It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub"

The only thing I know about audiophilia is that you can't please any of them, any of the time.

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Amateurs find the 'HOLY GRAIL' supernova – right on our doorstep

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The Phone Call....

Hello, IT? This is God calling.

I divided by zero again.

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EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

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Stards

I was quite interested in Sky's broadband as a secondary service to my main AAISP, but was put off because it seems they don't like you using your own router, and don't support bridged mode on their router. There are apparently ways around it, but it looked like a proper pain in the rear, so have given it a miss. I currently use a TP-Link router running OpenWRT bridging to a pfSense firewall. I trust community code more than a narrow team of developers with their employers interests at heart.

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Google cleared to land in private terminal at Silicon Valley airport

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Mystery...

I don't understand why they need six private jets to conduct their business? Why don't they just use Hangouts?

Or don't they want their 'wheel greasing' pay-offs to international politico's and persons of power to be on the record?

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Torvalds: Linux devs may 'cry into our lonely beers' at Christmas

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A Christmas Tale

And lo, it did come to pass, that Linus came upon an inn, alone and in need of a power socket. And Linus did imbibe some refreshing beverages and reviewed some code, until it came to pass that he was able to perform a stable release, not entirely unlike that which was foretold 2013 years ago (depending on when your epoch is defined). And it was great and good and at least three wise men did install it upon their system.

Falala la la, la la la laaa.

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Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

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SIM Cards & Numbers

"consider a SIM for the same network. It may be a little easier for them simply to swap the number to the new SIM."

This may vary between networks, but recent experience suggests this isn't the case for T-Mobile (not sure about EE) and Three. With those networks, I've actually had to PAC my numbers out to a third party network (A PAYG sim will do) and then back in again as apparently they don't have the systems to move numbers internally.

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

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Namco Ridge Racer

I still remember an installation of Namco's Ridge Racer in a Blackpool Arcade, except they had a "real" car and a projector out in front. Proper 3D graphics and realistic control, but as a youf you could only really afford one go because I'm sure it was about £5 a pop.

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Re: Such memories.....

Ahh Afterburner with the moveable cabinet that rotated to 'some degrees' beyond horizontal

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How the UK's national memory lives in a ROBOT in Kew

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Microfilm

A warehouse full of microfilm, plus some instructions on building a reader seems to my little head to be the best 'backup' strategy of still being able to read a document even if 'digital' file formats change. Ultimately if future generations can manage to build a microscope/magnifying glass and a light source, the data should be reconstructible.

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Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN

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@Chris

Except all Linux engineers worth their salt only install a bare minimum system to start with and then add the packages afterwards that are required to perform the functions they need.

Anyone who installs X and OpenOffice by default on a server needs to be taken out and publicly flogged.

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Priorities

Its not the iconography of the puppies that worries me, its the increasing size of the cardboard inner which riles me; the rolls look the same from the outside, but you get less for your money. Bar stewards.

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Microsoft expands Dublin bit barn to slurp Euro-Data

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PUE

I'm not overly surprised about Microsoft's PUE which from what I've seen is what you can expect from a well designed 'off the shelf' build-out. Every behind the scenes video I've ever seen suggests Microsoft using such hardware, unlike big G and Facebook who roll their own, with the latter releasing their designs under the opencompute project/brand.

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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

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Re: idiots... what better time to develop a self hosted open source solution...

MMmm yes, because government IT projects have an excellent history of finishing on time and within budget.

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