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Red Hat bets on 'Project Atomic' for its container-loaded server future

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no worse than the curse

of XML replacing simple text config files. UDEV also drives me crazy when hardware gets replaced after lightning strikes. Oh for the simple days when hardware just got probed at boot and config files could be read by humans. Sun beat RH there too. One distro has resisted the obstufication movement, SlackWare. Have to try it one day when the local excuse for a network gets above 8KB/sec again. NBN, the best ghost national network never built.

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Alas poor Sun, I knew him well Horatio

Sensible move by RH. Lets hope their hell desk support improves if my bitter experience is any guide so that the buyers will put hands in wallets instead of roll their own or buy Solaris.. Also shows Sun had an excellent concept and IMHO, a good implementation of containers. ZFS helped, but BTRFS seems a likely equivalent for Linux. Now lets see a resource and power use comparison after scaling for different chippery between AIX virtualisation, SPARC Solaris, X64 Solaris and linux distro of choice using containers for 1000 Apache instances serving 5000 static web pages each. Compare with VMs doing same. Or is this futile as ARM stuff beating everyone on efficient power use. Yes, Intel have some excellent power efficiencies coming, but is it being marketed in servers yet ?

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Live coverage: Blood Moon looms large for North, South America

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Re: me thinks dirty tricks are a foot

not thought of mooning 1 Infinite Loop then ?

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Re: rats, cloud

nah, cheesed off observers. Has been a mice autumn though. Been too wet for rats and red bellied blacks ate them anyway. Eaten the brown snakes too as I have seen none this year, which is a first. Mines the one with traps in the pocket

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Re: rats, cloud

SE Oz getting better sky. Cloud breaking up, some penumbral eclipse for kids to ignore observed. Now looks like a great last quarter, except it isn't.

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rats, cloud

5/8ths cloud in east in Eastern Oz as moon due to rise soon

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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oh good another way to be doomed

real soon now. It was getting quiet with Tony out of country. Methane, so flame so appropriate. I now await the "OMG, we're all gonna die" brigade procession. on what passes for media these days. Not knocking the research, just what may be extrapolated from it.

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Re: I have never written a line of COBOL..

splutter. They were that smart ?

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Re: COBOL and Reverse Polish notation (not really!)

@Fibbles; its called OpenCOBOL

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Re: Real Programmers *and* Mythical Man Month?

the fourth, or should that be the third is "The Psychology of Everyday Things" Should be mandatory reading for any UI designer. Trying to use some of these fondleslabs makes me wonder why I don't see more electronic devices smashed on pavement. But I digress. Anyone try Fujitsu Visual Cobol ? Pity it was not as easy to use as MicroFocus.. The idea of resurecting the Screen Painter was good, but the usual COBOL dialect differences made me drop it for Delphi. Now what happened to Kylix on Linux ? About time someone tried again.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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did he control for

A fundamentalist culturally mandated materialist based based belief system managing most schools having an influence ? Meanwhile, Dr S Jones, well put except for last assumption. The existence of forgeries is no proof the genuine does not exist.

Most of the "internet groups" I observe are just like small communities, especially the materialist ones. I might know, because unlike most commentards, I have lived in multiple small remote communities. Very few had decent coffee too.

In a cynical moment I question whether the USSA ever had much Christian influence after 1880. The rapid adoption of Darwinian derived politics and social practices suggests a Christian derived view of humanity was weak. Recent surveys( Barma et al) of religious adherents claims of belief were contradicted by their lack of knowledge of their belief systems tenets. Dropping the meaningless labels is merely honesty, not a drop in belief. That I could ascribe to internet use, as more people realise their doubt or disbelief is common.

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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

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Re: maybe

Disagree MoneyFish. Snapdragon and ARM processors use less power and get more grunt. Even Intel has made improvements. You miss a robots main energy requirement. Lifting itself requires for more energy than mere CPU cycles by orders of magnitude even if mostly constructed of carbon fiber. As for fantastic batteries now, I utterly disagree. Coming off a very low baseline, they have made major improvements. In terms of energy density and recharge rates battery storage is still magnitudes of order short of liquid hydrocarbons. Even flywheels are a long way short of hydrocarbons performance and much less portable.

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Re: maybe

Yeah Random. Love the idea of living in a microwave. Makes getting the hots for someone have a whole new meaning. Mines the plastic wrap one covered in tinfoil.

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Re: Enhance life?

@ecofeco: Yes, Yes, YES! UI design has gone to the dogs and touch devices are the worst of all. Things appear and disappear without warning or apparent cause, no obvious way to see what is running and the newer "protections" to storage mean it is getting harder to lift photos off ones phone even. Bring back the VT100 or a PC at least. As a digression, I do not see the PC going away simply because in Oz at least, high data charges make always online unaffordable. Slow links make the Google et al free storage useless. Sneakerrnet and local compute and storage will remain, at least in non-urban areas.

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Re: It's already here (and has been for years)

Pete, partly true. Highly specialist robotic devices exist and all have one characteristic. Simplicity due to a single designed function. Wash clothes to standard spec with some measurement for soap and load, how dark ones toast is calcined, sweep the floor etc. I understand Trevor to be talking about generalised robotic help. There he is spot on.

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maybe

I like the thinking but think it flawed. Yes I am inconsistent. A decent robot butler/house keeper will need a reliable high capacity power source. Despite many predictions of decent batteries Real Soon Now these seem as far away as commercial nuclear fusion and receding at same rate. Anything tethered to a power socket will be of limited capability. A self plugging in unit with short term storage to let it change its power point might work, but a robot assistant should be able to go shopping with you. I am thinking of aged support here. No XP jokes please. Also artificial intelligence is also another one of those Real Soon Now things. Granted some improvements have been made in coding and more importantly, power drain, technology is a long way from an in house general purpose robot Asimov level. Self driving cars maybe.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: Do people on this forum even understand the issue?

err, no. Most of the influential ones dont stand for election. They get appointed. AFAIRC, some heads of the Fed.

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Re: Tyranny of majority ?

>> In a true democracy every law or policy is completely based on whatever the majority vote for with no compromises.

Says who ? Opinion or from a political theorist ? You seem to understand aspects of modern democracy that Edmund Burke would recognise then come out with that. As for your religious example, I suggest a bit of reading is in order. It depends on the world view of the dominant group. Some groups argue for human rights in legal systems, like the Franciscian monks defending American Indians from slavers, over 400 years ago. BTW, they won, not that it stopped the materialist perpetrators. Some groups do behave in an absolutist way as you describe, but not all. Out of curiosity, why do you consider materialist belief systems non-religious when they are merely non-theistic ?

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Re: From another angle

true since marriage reforms in last 40 years have made the marriage contract almost meaningless in law. Only contract that can be broken by either party without legal sanction in most jurisdictions.

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Re: Do people on this forum even understand the issue?

so hurting a larger class of citizens, such as the middle class and poor is also wrong ? So when is the campaign against Aynn Rands disciples beginning ?

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Titanfall, shoot-'em-up gamers, cloudy contracts and cattle

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well put Trevor

I agree with you but your suggestion for an alternative approach won't fly. It is so counter cultural, sadly. It is the same with outsourcing arguments. If one likes where they work and have some sense of company identification, it is a good bet that the servers will be in far better shape, funds permitting, than the SL measured merely adequate units from outsourcery suppliers. Probably cheaper too for big corporates that are well managed.

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

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Well said sir !

have a beer. Most enjoyable response

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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sounds familiar

not quite. Asimovs "The Robots of Dawn" where a whole planet cant stand each other in person and "meet" via viewing.. Viewing was a holodeck experience. This sounds like Step Two to such a misanthropic nightmare.

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Bulls hit city streets after alleged Samsung ad shoot hits the fan

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Stock photo ?

my coats the one with brown streaks and mud

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CSIRO breaks Australia into 90m x 90m grid to map soil carbon

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innovative ?

the word has become so debased as to mean "latest hot fad" or guess unfortunately. Only 30 cm deep ? One wonders how a country consisting mostly of SFA with trees that grow very deep roots and underground stashes of water and starch in very hard "soils" has been sampled enough to give any meaningful evaluation. Before the comments rise about the density of surface vegetation where some 4WD managed to get to, I suggest that a third of the landmass is never visited and from the air shows a vista of dull scrub No doubt the researchers tried hard to get some real data. My quibble is that unless it was well funded, enough ground truth checking cannot have been done. Well funded science in Oz is an oxymoron.

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Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

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even more pointless

Oz inhabitants can be kidnapped for 14 days without being able to notifying anyone. When thrown back on the street, it is illegal to tell anyone who kidnapped you or why. Just like the various 3rd world hell holes we go to war in. So it is just adding " give us your keys" to the other demands from the faceless process droids. It has become clear spooks and their sycophants are just fronts for USSA business glove puppets.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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Re: This again?

>> Maybe because *nix admins have yet to secure their servers? Not quite. Change control is still reviewing the change request as it is so unusual.

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Daring danger-drone dives into VOLCANIC eruption – what happens next has to be seen

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Are the local yoof

still annoying their elders in the John Frum cult by sandboarding down the volcano slopes leaving nice curves across the grey sand slopes ? Volcano was blowing big lumps into sky when I visited. One could see the lava elongating from rotation. Loud sound came from mere volcano, like a giant breathing slowly. No need for electronic noise. Pity I cant see video. Usual crappy 3G performance back to a data rate that would embarrass a 9.6KB modem. NBN, heard of it but don't believe in myths.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: Golden ear set again

@Elmer, yep old at 12. If you want real music, Saber Dance done by full symphony orchestra makes rock bands look feeble. As for class A amps, successor commentard is correct. Might be technically better, but how many mere consumers can tell ? Still have 2N3055s in junk box, along with OC45, OC74s and AO90. Nice to see Clive Sinclairs decades old idea of using short pulses to speakers returning. Seen circuits using timer chips to make an audio amp. Meanwhile, I will have to dig out that valve amp and radio from back of shed somewhere to see the glass bottles light up again

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Golden ear set again

O2 free copper, massive hot hot A class amps and unproven claims are back ? Ironic that a tinnitus sufferer is pushing sound quality way better than the level that someone with perfect hearing could detect distortion. Given the syncopated constipated noise flogged as music these days how does one tell when the distortion is not meant to be there ? Back to the Bach then. And MeatLoaf in ogg format.

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Is the government's NBN policy changing your vote? Greens Senator Scott Ludlam thinks so

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Re: Air head Greens.

never had to connect a suburb or data center have you ? In urban areas wireless cannot do bandwidth even with latest technologies delivering all they promise. I less dense areas and country I agree. Which is pretty much the NBN Co position. What is insane is the willful wasteful duplication of fixed infrastructure by the last 6 governments infatuated with the lies of free marketeers. Wasteful duplication in CBDs and a few cities and not enough in towns. Something the NBN also tries to fix over time. All of this shows the common disquiet at flogging off all of Telstra was correct. Selling the PHBs and marketeer organisation as done elsewhere not an issue. Flogging off the hardware was a big mistake as shown by plans to buy it back in far worse state.

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technological solutions ?

@AC Only if subsidised by taxes. Completely against the one known technology that will reduce CO2 emissions. Support high density housing as if that is energy efficient. On some secondary issues the greens individually make sense. NBN is a secondary issue. On the collective whole their policies are insane if one values freedom and an economy that works for the citizens. Not that any of the other parties are any better with the exception of Libs. Not aware they have any policies to speak of. Mere glove puppets of corporates Shortsighted corporates.

BTW, what is it with the new economy echoes ? Every countrys management in West is babbling about services/knowledge economy. Crowded market with race to bottom if thats the case. Rather have decent cars made locally, high quality food grown with trustable certifications and any other industry that uses local strengths.

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however

Ludlum is probably a bit right. There are a lot of SIFs who will vote on basis of Hot Topic De Jour or their favourite whine appeasers rather than on what is good for country.

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heimdall no

No point having a NBN when the greens want us to be subsistence agricultural peasants living in high density battery cages with the residual skools (sic, OK?) promulgating "Doom, doom, all humans fault" litanies of fear, fud and foulness. As for the major bought parties, bad clones of something incompetent copying the failing USS of A.

Minor parties are jokes/Single Issue Fanatics. Greens are the current instantiation of smart young things that will come to same fate as the last lot in the 1930s. Just a lot of dead bodies before we get there. Idealists, especially academic or worse, legal trained, are more deadly to a civilised society than mere corrupting cash. Not much option is there ? So I try to find the few candidates who have some tech understanding along with a grasp of what makes a society work. Do exist, but one has to avoid a lot of drones on the way. What bothers me is that once I was just a grumpy old $PERJORATIVE. Now I am finding company and a lot of political disquiet.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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an excuse

at last an excuse to go to the other end of planet that might be sufficient. Some of your writers have real flair and impressive knowledge. Pity I have courses that require my attendance. Anything planned for Antipodes in future ? Preferably not in that crowded traffic clogged hellhole Sydney.

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Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of success

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Inconceivable!

a CEO not smoking badly dried ego ? A CEO admitting things are bad and might get worse ? I would work for him as he has that rare thing in modern management, a grip on reality.

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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has an upside

handwritten documents are beginning to look more concise, private and timesaving, not to mention private. I think I will hunt up working typewriters for the office. Or become a hermit. This M$ change sounds like a nightmare for security in large multi-site Big Corp. Lets hope OpenOffice/LibreOffice do not copy this "feature"

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Ethernet boffins get ready to kick off 400G development

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eventually even load a rich content web site

without timeouts or growing old. May it be soon, title says it all

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Australian bureaucrats to journalist: 'Give us back our bits'

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Be kind

this is not a stupid request for bits to be returned in the IT sense. That poor clerk is a victim of decades of efficiency dividends. # AKA salami slicing to the yank managerial/HR droids. What is being asked for is a few USB sticks as DIMIA/DIAC/whatever its called this government is so broke they can't buy office supplies. Look for suits stealing biros in cafes, hotels and conferences. Oh, they do that anyway ?

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Government-built malware running out of control, F-Secure claims

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sounds too familiar/Oblig reference

Government project for "safety" that goes rogue and attacks all and sundry ? An IT version of Terminator ? I suggest yesterdays article is as scary. All that professionally written intrusion code in the wild, training the next batch of crims.

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Re: Balancing Imbalance

Indeed, a country that is not friendly to life with many other ways to die for the unprepared or unlucky. One can freeze or die of heat stress plus thirst in central deserts, get buried in snow and not be found for years, get run flat by NT road trains or ram assorted wildlife on not so remote roads. Some truly nasty spiders and vegetation that has given the world 1080 and other lethal poisons. The giant nettle tree, nice soft leaf, just right for a quick dump cleanup along a Cape York track followed by anal pain unimaginable. Daintree Rainforest has trees with fruit/seeds that even cassowary wont touch. Hmm, another bird you don' t want to meet. Many areas have ferns with nuts containing neurotoxins. Tasmanias horizontal scrub that lets you blindly step off cliffs. Deadly insects and spiders or just cause lots of pain. If we are not in drought, its only because the floods washed the dust down river and bogged the beer truck. Earthquakes are not strong compared to the Shaky Isles, but all the more unexpected. Only disaster we might have to import aside from pom and yank political advisors and CEOs is avalanches. And what is the Aussie response ? Invent even more lethal wild life. Hoop snakes and drop bears. And make movies about mass murderers of backpackers.

Aussies, we know how to suffer (a bit) As for being wiped out, most likely to be done by some imported expert releasing yet another damn pest, such as a heat tolerant carnivorous giant flying cane toad/tiger hybrid to destroy the chronic problem of gnat infestations. I will take it any day over some hell hole where the cops and self defense leagues shoot first, the local crackpots get elected then start shooting, you can't breathe the air or everyone is obsessing over magic dirt locations and killing each other over it. Apathy has an upside !

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Ford to dump Microsoft's 'aggravating' in-car tech for ... BlackBerry?

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Re: is Touch UI only good for specialist small devices ?

@AC good point. The hybrid control devices like Altair have both interfaces and seem easier to use. I know that the touch only interface of a WinCE device or Android running flight management software is irritating. Touch only interface is difficult and distracting. I wont go into UI design. The dedicated glass cockpit devices seem to have both type of interface, but I can't check that. This is an issue that is generating much discussion among instructors about the safety implications of additional pilot distractions, and rightly so. Additionally, touch can't work well in turbulence or the rough tracks that are becoming the norm for country roads. We glider pilots spend a lot of time in both circumstances, especially in Oz where we have had a fantastic season this year.

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is Touch UI only good for specialist small devices ?

even PCs have dedicated function keys. I have begun to hate tablets/phablets because of the touch interface. eg entering none trivial passwords is hard. In cars, dedicated knobs/buttons or switches have a lot to recommend them. As for entertainment systems, perhaps more people could learn to enjoy silence. Allows better concentration in high workload conditions. On long trips simple audio is sufficient in front, and multimedia players exist for back seats.

As for QNX, good move. It just works.

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Aaah-CHOOO! Brit boffins say WiFi can 'sneeze' malware

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say it again

bring back the VT100 and paper based notebook And yes, I know the VT100 can be sort of trojanned, but it wont spread. Where is the old geezer icon ?

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Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations stall again

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thank you

a bit of good news for once

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AWA calls in administrators

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last one out

turn off the lights and say goodbye Australia. Agribusiness managers and mine supervisors don't count as citizens. The only question left is where do the expat kiwis go when the West Island ceases to exist except as a mine tailings dump. The Ozzies will have been sold as dog food long before.

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

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WGA ?

full software list back to Redmond, every day. No, thats not data collection. Earlier commentard correct, trust is now so eroded no-one except fanbois believe anything from anyone. This could be interesting if advertising effectiveness falls.

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Q: Just why are AT&T, banks snubbing kit from Cisco & co? A: Control

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Re: A problem in the making...

@K haven't worked for a big multinational in colonies, or anywhere else have you ? Seen exactly that scenario multiple times involving very competent staff. As for Big Co (tm) comoditisation is a threat to all of them. Also a challenge for the customers as others have stated. Just don't expect intelligent responses to be the norm.

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