* Posts by Paul Shirley

1762 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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meanwhile "wealthy white reactionists"

...loudly claim Indians can't decide their own future, deal with wealthy white activists or spot which of them might be telling porkies...

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

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Re: How many conclusions

" I guess he can't backtrack on the rest of the litigation's chances."

You forget SCO and their lawyers were caught telling different courts contradictory things. Sadly not caught by the courts though :(

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Re: Wasted talent

They bought into a bigger cut of the bazillions in a sure fire case, can't remember how they were paying for it. About 6 months later they noticed the impropriety of being parties to the case was being discussed too much in public and bought their way out of the deal with a fixed fee cap - $30mil+external costs to finish the case. I doubt BS&F were aware how dodgy the case was till they were firmly stuck with it.

The case isn't finished, the money's long gone and they're still compelled to follow SCO's bidding, regardless of it's sanity. BS&F are believed to have burnt through the fixed fee before the case even went to trial.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: I Wonder....

We don't live in a deep enough gravity well to confine the atmosphere enough to sustain fusion. The rest of the planet is waste material from stellar explosions and massively harder to ignite. The iron won't fuse at any temperature. Pretty safe from a runaway reactor...

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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Re: Teams that "can be fed with two pizzas"

And what happened to the draw full of takeaway menus and picking one at random? If you're stuck in the office at least go curry, with a side order of Chinese. Although my local does do a firey curry pizza...

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evangelism

DevOps is sounding more like religion with every self promotional article I see.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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According to the MS shilling scripts there are too few Linux users to notice if they complain!

When MS screw over their 'lots of users' they can't complain about the scale of the response... yet the weasels do, while ignoring the content of the complaints. When Canonical screw over that negligible (it's in the MS shilling pack so it must be true) Ubuntu user base, they get lots of complaints and eventually back down.

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Re: Is the End Nigh?

2:1 odds they'll "accidentaly" forget to turn off the forced upgrades but remember to demand a credit card payment to get past the boot menu.

Then they'll do what we all expect and extend the free upgrade offer before the law catches up with them bricking machines with win10 ransomware ;)

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Microsoft started actively blocking then resetting those keys months ago. Friends of Win10 never seen to notice the sleazy tricks though.

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The Windows update servers are riddled with bad drivers, it's no surprise so many upgrades fail. They don't seem to even test 64bit support on systems with 4Gb or more ram. Only 1 driver they installed caused instant kernel panics but that hardware is still unusable in win10. Just got lucky it doesn't crash till you try using it or I'd have had an unbootable pc to diagnose.

And they've been auto selecting the win10 upgrade for months...

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UK concerned over EU law plans on trade of data for digital content

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off topic: straight fruit&veg

The fun thing about straight <insert fruit or veg here> standards is most originated in the UK, the home of unnatural and stupid restrictions and were imposed on the rest of Europe as 'class A' when food classes were harmonised. The rest of Europe promptly ignored them unless they were sending defective crops (AKA straight ones) to the UK!

As usual the UK is wrong on this one.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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Re: No problem here

Yes, there's less ongoing need to have root BUT you still need to yank out all the crapware shipped with devices. Luckily unrooting is easy, so root, do the 1 off fixes, unroot, carry on as normal.

Personally I value having regular scheduled backups more than payment apps I never intend to use, too many app updates break them and reverting isn't an unrooted option.

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'International tax' needs reform. Google's chicken bill makes me chuckle – comms guy

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It''s only a 'sweetheart deal' iff they're paying substantially less than a court would force them to. Start by showing the workings where multinationals are breaking the law.

Since no one actually believes there's any law being broken we're left with moral outrage (and in the case of politicians there's precious little morality involved) but corporate entities don't really feel shame and shareholders are free to sue them if they act on it.

I'm morally outraged that yet again politicians would rather froth & foam about a broken system their predecessors created rather than actually fix their own mistakes. It's always someone else's responsibility when politicians and gov screw up.

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T-Mobile USA’s BingeOn is a smash hit. So what now?

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unfair hybrid charging

Of course "the people" jump on board free stuff. They always do and rarely consider the implications.

What this firmly establishes is the networks are grossly overcharging for data. Net neutrality means all data is the same, zero rated video means average prices are massively lower for some users than others.

I can accept flat rate pricing (with some conditions to make it fairer), I can grit my teeth and accept non discriminatory fixed rates for raw pipes. This hybrid crap is worse than both, unfair and removing any competitive pressure to just charge a fair profit margin equally across users.

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OnePlus ends rationing. You can now buy its phones just like that!

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It's worse than that, when they finally offered me the chance to buy one last year, there was an 8 week delivery time! Had a shiny new LG G2 delivered 3 days later.

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Re: Ahem.

In an early interview they stated they would spend 2 years building a reputation and fan base, then switch to a more commercial mode. So about right on the 2 years, not so right on the fan base and their reputation is going to take a lot of repairing.

A thinly disguised brand of Oppo that had little problem with making no money for a couple of years but that investment is looking pretty wasted to me.

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'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out

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Re: I've used non isolated OS before and mistakes bite hard

Even worse is when they just spray memory but don't crash. You might not even realise your data is corrupt for a very long time and finding those bugs a nightmare.

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Re: Hypervisors aren't inherently safe

""defence in depth" for Important Stuff"

Provided you remember to defend against the inevitable misjudgement of what is "Important Stuff" every time a dev builds something, repurposes something else or otherwise cocks up.

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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The "actual evidence on second hand smoking" that indirectly forced the pub smoking ban was staff blood tests regularly finding high enough levels of CO to threaten health. Doesnt matter if most exposure just leaves you stinking of smoke, some of it has more serious effects.

The pub trade got lucky, they were on the brink of a flood of lawsuits when the ban preempted the issue.

Most pub users I've talked to approve the ban anyway, including the smokers, who can still appreciate better air quality. Just a pity it took health scares to force action. Politicians and business don't have the balls to ban offensive practice's, they always need some health excuse to hide behind.

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Re: "guidelines don’t accurately reflect the numbers"

"two of those three have been responsible for more deaths and suffering"

Drinking beer instead of unsterilised water has saved countless lives for at least 7000 years so far.

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what they hoped no one noticed

I particularly enjoyed the meta-study they loudly claimed shows no statistically significant benefit to moderate drinking. The way they hoped no one would notice it also shows no statistically significant harm from moderate drinking!

They also hoped we wouldn't notice they say nothing about life expectancy, only cause of death. Long life gives cancer more chance to kill you, seems drinkers live long enough for that to replace some heart and stroke deaths.

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West Virginia mulls mother of all muni networks – effectively a state-wide, state-run ISP

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Re: Commie or common sense?

... And the nationalised railways stood out as the only one of them that cared for it's customers in any meaningful way, except it was the employees on the ground doing the caring because their jobs would be hell otherwise, not management or gov policy.

There are reasons to prefer nationalised industries (if run by competent staff instead of the idiots gov keep choosing) but caring about customers has rarely been an objective.

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IRS 'inadvertently' wiped hard drive Microsoft demanded in audit row

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Re: oh. him.

Sorry Lars, his firm lost 10's millions on the SCO affair.

Early in the case they bought into the scam to increase their take, later when it started falling apart they bought their way out of that by accepting a fixed fee cap to complete the case. The case isn't finished and costs exceeded the fee cap before it even reached trial.

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Re: oh. him.

Seeing the name my first thought was this was probably deliberate spoiliation. Hard to forget the dirt tricks in the sco case he lost so badly. Hope it goes as well for Boies this time.

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Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

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Re: the art of zen

The problem is 40% brings them near to where Intel started 2015, won't take long for Intel to pull away again. So AMD are still relying on higher core counts and most uses/users still don't benefit from that.

I have a suitable workflow with Visual C++ and massive compile jobs keeping all cores at 100%. My 8 core FX8370 OC'd to 4.5Ghz on all cores is still 10-20% slower than the stock mid range Intel quad cores others in the team are using.

I also won't be surprised if the 40% IPC hike is rather less for single thread performance, AMD are still trying to correct the performance problems their module architecture brought.

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

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Re: Standards

So time to get behind extending XMPP?

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Twitter goes titsup

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mostly working here

Only thing I noticed was some (not all) photos were blank, tweets arrived between 8&9am, feels like a few less than normal since then but planning tomorrow nights drinking unaffected so far ;)

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AMD accuses Intel of VW-like results fudging

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were the Zen benchmarks that disappointing?

Zen is due and AMD bring this up again? I wonder just how poorly the benchmarks came out.

If anyone needed reminding Zen is pure catchup (and not even expected to quite catch Intel) this is probably the proof, suddenly they have a desperate need to get compiler support parity to make Zen look OKish.

It's sad, looks like they've blown the high end completely. A new socket design means no cheap upgrade for us AMD fans and the cost of switching to Intel is suddenly easier to accept.

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Re: It's not just AMD saying there's a problem.

ksb1972 " I thought most people used something like Visual Studio to write Windows programs?"

Yes, but VC++ and presumably other MS compilers are always far behind in feature support. Want to use the half<->real SSE support in recent processors? Till this year only the XBox1 VC compiler supported them and even then you have to do it manually with your own feature detection. The Intel compiler does it all for you, at the cost of deliberately favouring Intel. I'm sure AMD would do the same given the chance. And it's wrong whoever does it.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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"Intel will just release 2 versions of their new CPU range"

? Looks more like the plan is to provide no driver or other software support for new silicon except for Win10. Which is basically no change from today, the CPU keeps working, just never notices new features.

They'll get away with neglecting legacy Windows to death. Apply it to Linux,BSD etc. and even the US regulators will reconsider breaking up Microsoft, then fining the parts till they can't afford to fsck with the market.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Re: This is a stupid move by M$

I'd quite like them to remember I paid for the Win8 copy it installed over, that had many years of support expected and expect them to treat Win8.2 as a fully paid for product. It's not a freebie.

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Re: Linux, Linux, Linux, Linux,

I revert Windows to an earlier state by restoring a drive image. Did you think it only works for Linux?

Of course thanks to the size of a Windows install, the bloat it accumulates and Microsoft's astonishing insistence on installing dev tools only on the system drive that now takes 50+ minutes. Also on the rare times I've had to blow away a Linux install, the user data and settings are still there afterwards because they didn't idiotically store them in the system drive like windows does.

So despite using the same imaging technique Linux does it better and faster!

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Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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Re: information conservation

"one and only one solution at a future specified time"

If you remove state that can only reduce the future outcomes. If that removal is deterministic then the future state is also predictable.

Yes, that breaks computing past states from today but our observed reality appears to have a preferred time direction, no one really knows why and we know the theories and math are incomplete.

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information conservation

If we can "see and manipulate" quantum fluctuations information is being (potentially randomly) injected into our universe continuously. So why do we assume it's being conserved? More precisely why do we assume it's being conserved in our view of reality?

Seems more likely we simply can't see enough of reality to understand what's happening yet.

I also question why losing information would affect determinism. If the loss process is deterministic it becomes a simpler but still deterministic ensemble, if random then we never had determinism.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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And to seal the deal Windows is capable of setting permissions even admin can't override. If they aren't already using that in windows update it's just a matter of time. Luckily Linux seems not to honour that crappery on files but removing Microsoft malware from the registry can be a problem.

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Mozilla tells Persona single sign-on to singularly sign off

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Re: Sign in using facebook

I signed up to the "I'm going to lie, lie, lie, semi consistently so I can remember the lies" policy. Lots of businesses think they know a lot about a fictional character I play on the net.

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Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work

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Re: Why keep reporting these stats

In my 'bubble' of home users most seem to have moved to Android or ios for daily use and their PC's are gathering dust between the rare uses. The students have MacBooks and iPads.

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Was Android moving to OpenJDK really a Google gift to devs?

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Re: oracle constrained by the GPL

The point is they can only dual licence the parts they own copyright to and they cannot revoke gpl licencing except for individual cases of infringing the gpl.

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oracle constrained by the GPL

Openjdk may not be quite so easy for Oracle to exploit because they're bound by the gpl on any external contributions. Without reimplementing everything themselves and somehow convincing the rest of the contributers to accept that, they can't simply force new licence terms without forking Java.

Any oem breaking the classpath licence deserves to be sued anyway but oracle probably have little scope to 'manufacture' infractions. Won't stop them trying. We're still pretty reliant on the courts deciding the fair use defence favourably and finally killing oracles case along with any future attacks they would inevitably make.

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Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

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how times change

£65? Just reminded my father that £20 on the even more disposable (but higher spec than [insert name here]) [insert other name] he was considering was a bit pointless without an internet connection or PC.

Could have bought 2 of them with some credit for double the party fun. Next year i fully expect usable phones will be given away with cereal.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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Re: "Aye, well, we had it tough -- had to compile from raw gravel"

You've not lived till you've built a new machine definition for gcc, built and debugged a cross compiler with it on DOS, written libc from scratch to avoid GPL issues and created a CD filesystem driver + tools to build the CD's, all with a few weeks experience with gcc or C... then finally got started on the actually porting PC C++ to a games console Sega abandoned shortly after!

You middle aged folk had it easy ;)

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AMD to nibble the ankles of Nvidia this summer with 14nm FinFET GPUs

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power consumption

Hard to believe 14nm finfet won't make a difference to power use but AMD have failed to deliver promised power improvements for so many years now I'm struggling to believe it will actually happen. I fear I'll be struggling on with my old GPU for a considerable time.

If forced to upgrade for work I'm likely to end up back on nVidia despite their shitty attitude to bug fixes (both hardware and drivers) and the many times they just disable broken features instead of fixing them. My power bill will thank me and i won't need AC to run the PC full speed next summer.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Re: Page and Worstall "moved on" in the Autumn, right?

The Dude: "Seeing the register bend over for this scam is a serious disappointment"

Remind me what the IT angle was on his sermons from the mount?

Or why, if there was some tech aspect to the sermon at all, it was acceptable for his beliefs to always override honest, accurate critical reporting? Although it was always entertaining tracking down real expert commentary when he used to spout BS about naval affairs ;)

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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

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Re: I think Steve Ballmer should shut up

MS were never in a believable position to dominate mobile because at the time they needed to act they already had a successful smart mobile product with WinCE (albeit just a big fish in a tiny pond). They were incapable of reacting quickly enough, too much invested in CE and an ongoing unwillingness to break with Windows limiting their choices.

All these years on MS remain hobbled by their fixation on building devices that support Windows and it's ecosystem before making devices that support their customers needs.

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Re: mad, really mad

Ballmer would seem ideally qualified to question the figures given how much massaging of them happening under his (mis)rule.

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Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds

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@bobgameon

"Windows 10 enterprise adoption already stands at 11%"

I think you forget we know enterprise licences come with downgrade rights (usually used) or that we noticed Microsoft booking win8 upgrade options as actually sales for as long as the law allowed.

In Microsoft's version of Hollywood accounting license sales!=adoption. Or sales.

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@kryptylomese:"Windows 7 was liked by gamers"

Win7 was loved by gamers for 2 reasons:

1: MS withheld DX10 from XP and DX10 brought significant improvements to game rendering, small improvements to rendering speed. Driver support was also focussed on it rather than XP so of course gamers flocked to where the new shinies were.

2: Finally we had a 64bit OS that didn't mean abandoning waste swathes of existing software, unlike the incompatible disaster XP64 was. Machines finally able to use more than 3.5Gb of installed RAM and very occasionally the performance bump of 64bit game builds.

The rest of it, not so much loved as damned with faint 'it's less buggy' praise.

If you've been paying attention MS are trying the same thing with DX12 on Win10 right now, to lure the gamers onto their unloved platform.

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Re: @MikeHuk

I also signed onto the insider thing near the start. What quickly became obvious is insider is primarily about building a community of win 10 supporters first, debugging and improving it second. The pre Xmas emails from Gabe pretty much admitted it. It's succeeded in creating enough less than critical support to wonder just how much the echo chamber is still leading development astray.

It certainly caused enough eager cheerleaders to pop up and site confusion anywhere windows is discussed.

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Re: Squeeky Wheel

Meanwhile out there in the real "real world" ordinary folk find Win10 doesn't work on the phones and tablets they actually own and use and don't care what it's like on the PCs they are buying fewer of and using less often. Windows is slowly sliding into irrelevance outside the business world.

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Microsoft halts downloads of new PowerShell power-up

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Re: Too big to fail?

The code isn't necessarily unused, a frightening amount of it duplicates past ms errors that we poor devs had to code around or against. Bugs they can't remove without breaking an unknown number of apps.

Unix got it right by minimising the api surface into small testable chunks for small separated tools. Then Linus buggered it up into a monolithic kernel in Linux, just not quite as badly as windows.

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