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Canonical, AMD, team up with OpenStack-in-a-rack

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"Ubunut-powered Hadoop"

Ubunut - I like it, has a nice ring to it.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Maybe . . . .

. . . they will pay in Linden dollars.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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Re: NaCl sounds a bit dodgy to me...

I'm glad I'm not alone thinking tabletop seasoning every time I see that.

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Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook

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This sounds like clippy . . .

. . brought into the 21st century and likely to annoy just as many now as it did then.

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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

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With you there Tim

10 or 15 years ago many company accountants would have had to record all IT spend as an asset otherwise they wouldn't get approval and the balance sheet would look crap. Then it was written down at 10 to 25% a year so never hit zero (really - I had many computers in skips which still had a value).

Yet the day it got installed it became essentially worthless (in the sense you couldn't sell it for anything like the same money). Part of this comes from the habit of dealing with machinery and cars etc of course, which do retain a value for longer.

These days we don't captitalise anything IT - written off as expenditure on day one, and we buy in smaller chunks (rolling replacement) exactly as you say.

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Russia: SEXY LIZARDS which landed FROM SPACE are all DEAD

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Re: Geckos! Frozen Geckos!

"he hasn't even peeled them!!"

. . or taken the bones out.

(Well they wouldn't be crunchy).

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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"hard core of folks"

e.g.

1. lazy

2. cheap

3. poor

4. ignorant

5. CBA

any more?

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IBM: OK, Watson, you've won Jeopardy. Now, CURE CANCER

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"..research paper is published nearly every 30 seconds.."

And most are kept closely guarded within the academic community so the rest of us can't read them anyway.

I understand some of why that is so, but I don't like it.

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Honey, I shrunk the workstation … into a Chromebook

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Re: opengl over X?

But the way Google do it makes it accessible to folk without an IT department to set it up for them. There are a lot of small businesses who may find this useful. Just my 2p.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: Bing Orgasm

Bingo - I think you may have something there.

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

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Re: Would be even better

Linux runs fine on my Z570, but support for different graphics cards may be patchy. (Got such a good deal at the time I didn't care that the windows tax was applied)

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Sir, sir, my cloud ate my homework: Google touts grading tool to teachers

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Re: think about the children...

"can't afford computers"

Its ok - they can use the local library.

Which will be closing next year.

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/library-service-facing-savage-cuts-7491375

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

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Re: Really?

"relatively simple NFC"

Is that why it's rubbish and insecure?

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: No they don't

@Alan Brown

"won't change temperature"

I beg to differ - but maybe not a lot at 8 to 10A.

The plug certainly will change temperature, mainly due to the fuselink and I^2R. The socket will depend more on the wiring size perhaps.

I have run 13A plugs at 16A on test and they get HOT. Much more and they fail of course.

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Re: No they don't

"only talking 2kVA"

That is quite a lot of power - the average UK 230V 13A plug will get warm running that for more than a few minutes. Even if the finished unit gets down to only 5% losses (quite a challenge), thats 100W heater sitting on your lap.

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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This above all :-

"The cloud has to be cheaper than 5 year refresh cycles for the commercial midmarket and 10 year refresh cycles for the smallest businesses."

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Surely the important thing here . . .

. . is that yet again beer provided the answer.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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This new stuff looks boring

Needs a LOT more knobs to tweak, flashing lights etc.

An app on a smartphone just doesn't cut it.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: I liked the Windows 2000 interface... @CAPS LOCK

@Nigel 11 "There's no good equivalent of Autocad on Linux"

Yes there is :- Bricscad

But I agree with your sentiment - alternatives can be hard to find.

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"Power Users ... who are accustomed to multi-tasking between different apps"

I guess that means I am promoted!

It was a surprise to see Microsoft adopting so many of the changes intoduced by Unity/Ubuntu etc in recent years. And making all the same mistakes.

Also avoiding 1000, waiting for 1001 (maybe).

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Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

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Hardware support

You would think that as single server hardware gets older and no longer supported (looking at you HP) that would be a big push to upgrade. After all, that's what is most likely to fail.

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Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

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Re: Now maybe all those Brazilians will learn the lesson I learned

Sounds like you should have been listening to RMS -:)

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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

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"highest moisture-and-dust-resistance score attainable"

That would be IP68 then (continuous immersion).

IP67 is rated for temporary immersion (up to 1m deep for up to 30 mins).

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

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Re: It would help an awful ****ing lot

"mother's maiden name"

Standard reply:- "Smith" then see what happens.

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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

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Higgs boson even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson - boffins

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If there is more than one Higgs boson . . .

. . . then the first one should be called Peter.

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How Microsoft's cloud aims to cover the world

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Re: what is the meaning of cloud?

Whilst I agree with Sgt. Pinback here in many ways, what else is MS going to sell but but re-badged "technology" invented by others? Where is the innovation?

When I was a lad an Azure sky contained very wispy insubstantial clouds with a lot of blue.

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

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Re: my 2 cents

"don't seem to be any visionaries left"

I see your pessimism and raise you:- skylon.

http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/space_skylon.html

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Surely the only legitimate reason . . .

. . . for joining such networks is to claim your favourite username. After that direct all mail to null and be bothered no more. After all, you never know what may be useful in the future.

My kids tell me facebook is dead already (they haven't quite reached Linkedin). Bit harsh maybe, but kids are fickle. Good job for the investors that another batch of innocent kids will be along in a minute.

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Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

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Re: Office 365...

If a few million invested $20 each in Libre Office . . .

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A future queen, the spy chief behind the Iraq 'dodgy dossier' – and a war base rendezvous

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Re: . .... ..--..

Yes but for most folk it's a boring subject anyway. --... ...-- -.. . --. ....- ..- ..-. --..

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Re: Sounds like Paypal....

and they already have 99% of the infrastructure, links to existing banks and customer awareness (n.b. I didn't say "trust").

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WORLD CUP SHOCK: England declared winner in 2-1 defeat to Italy

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#thereferee'sawanker

Would be truncated methinks - no punctuation allowed. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Security stock slinger Symantec speeds up with latest Backup Exec

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"It's always been an SMB product"

In which case surely the three most important attributes are reliability, reliability and reliability. Speed not so.

I dumped it 2 years ago. No regrets.

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Microsoft boffins: Now even LAWYERS can grok Bing code's privacy compliance

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Grok?

Is that word not copyrighted?

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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Re: You Couldn't Make it Up

Just lie like everyone else - how are they going to check?

Then when they get hacked it doesn't matter.

It is also nice to get birthday wishes every month.

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What's that crunching noise? Lenovo running over rivals' bones

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Re: @CBMVic20

"upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows 8"

Nice - nearly missed that.

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

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Got 3 in our house already

They may not replace a full desktop/laptop, but they have great battery life, run silent and cool and have a keyboard attached which is better than poking a screen for most office type tasks (e.g. students).

If it breaks it won't break the bank and your data is most likely elsewhere so can be taken out and about with less worry. I also run crouton for fun.

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Self-proclaimed LulzSec leader to be tried in July

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site comment

Not many going to see this as it doesn't seem to be linked on website.

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

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Re: Why Windows in the first place?

"why Windows"

Because like most businesses they have other priorities, are not techies and the free/cheap alternatives are not advertised.

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Oracle tries to get $1.3bn verdict against SAP reinstated

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Re: So if SAP are not due the hypothetical cost of each lost license

Because you and me are saps.

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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Re: For the Good of Mankind

Hi Rosie,

I would be willing to join you in the control group using white wine instead.

With fizz of course.

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Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

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Re: The amusing part?

I don't understand how a simple single user operating system upgrade got to be a 2GB download, let alone 30? It's as if nothing is re-used/common with no consideration to bandwidth at all.

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

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Re: If it's really 2015 @The Axe

"ghastly, ignorant, rubber faced twerp " is surely the phrase of the day.

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Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

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In case you missed it elsewhere . . .

. . this was operation spudnik.

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

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Perhaps they were trying a new immigration test

If you waited quietly in line for hours you were clearly qualified to enter the UK. Anyone complaining please leave now.

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The quid-a-day nosh challenge: Anyone fancy this fungus I found?

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You have worn me down

I sent a payment. Now get back to rocket science please.

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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Testing

This is why testing is such a large part of any engineering/new product. There is no substitute after you have finished playing with calculations and simulations.

I also note the lack of emphasis on checklists up to now.

Per ardua ad astra as proper pilots would say.

Good luck with the big one. Beer already cold.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Confused?

I certainly am.

Unless the reporting is completely wrong, this sounds like the best way to tick off your customers I have ever heard.

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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Re: Our last XP machine was, pretty much literally, taken behind the shed yesterday.

"Why would I want to use a computer which is arguably less powerful than my phone?"

Maybe because it's all you need for the job?

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