* Posts by Denarius

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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it is a start

for once, good move Microsoft. What took so long ? You were faster to claim linux fees, Oh wait

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Woz moves to Oz

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Re: Ah Tassie...

Happy to leave. No work, foul damp climate inbetween droughts on east coast, sacred swamps and dull scrub soaked in drizzle and rain on west coast. Full of old crap cramped buildings. At least Hobart still looks like Hobart, not another dreary glass box clone of every city elsewhere. Only place in Oz where one gets claustrophobia, in the open. Narrowness of valleys only matched by narrowness of minds. Booze and food better on mainland if one is not into whiskey. Bass Strait Islands excepted. Ah, cheeses made with good milk and care. I suppose Woz will join the hordes of economically displaced Sydneysiders looking for a place you can afford to live without being a banking or real estate thug or drug lord.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Dunno about warming

dunno Harmony. Liquid hydrocarbons have a safe well established infrastructure in place, established stuffup/failure procedures and fixups. Hydrogen has to start from scratch and is hard to handle and transport in bulk. Liquid H2 is not nice to have around a hot environment, like Earth.

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Hurd'n'Catz leading Oracle to the cloud, but core biz still lags

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Well done headline

Good to see history remembered and punned on. Even better choice of image.

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

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this could be good to watch

deckchair and popcorn please !

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Does that incude the materialist religions ?

@Trev : just asking ?

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Huge ?

Nick, sources please. Crusades: run by the traders and money men (bankers) for the traders and bankers except for one. Inquisition: Depends on estimates. 25000 to 50,000. 50% of all accused were set free. Of those found guilty, penaties were light. They were harsh times. Secularcourts were worse. The Spanish Inquisition was also a case of an indebted king wasting those he owed money to.

Holocaust ? WTF ? Couple of your intellectual company behind that. No names because one is a secular saint despite his rampant racism, obvious in his book and the other would invoke Godwins Law, the response of the intellectually dishonest all too often. And no, I distrust the mad old men in Rome

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Re: How is the Bible still legal in Blighty

@Nick. What were you reading ? Sampson suicided to kill his mutilators. Story told as history, not example. Stories addressed to a group of disparate tribes 1700 or so years ago stumbling toward becoming a nation. So you want to abolish all history books then in case some-one gets naughty ideas ? As for the imprecatory psalms, all one can ask if you ever lose it yourself ? Some of those old songs are just that, people having a rant. After your wife and daughters have been raped and sons killed one might feel a bit annoyed. Those psalms are a bit like ElReg at times, except for some reason, too many critics seem to think early Iron Age stories are meant as doctrine. BTW, what people did Elijah bring genocide on ? The book I read indicated it was a small group of Israelites with a penchant for $deities with a taste for killing babies as well as risking animal to human disease transmission.

As for later posters ranting about religion, I point out the most enthusiastic killers have been variations of scientific atheism. Last century mostly, unlike stories from a less warlike time 2700 years ago. But I agree, banning the Bible would be useful. For one, it wont affect the professional religious who in in the West are mostly atheists insisting it is all lies any way, and once banned, people might even read it, not about it, thus getting it wrong. Or are you suggesting that any supernaturalism _only_ should be banned. Hmm, some religions have followers who might actually do something about that.

Finally I cynically point out that as practising christians are 2% or less, it may be other groups that complained. Feminists for instance, not usually noted for their devotion to old holy books. Assorted "Think of the Children" groups. Singling out a very small powerless minority suggests that catch all word vilification. Oh wait, that only applies to non-christians.

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GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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I like that phrase

"portable idiot lanterns" is new to me. Very apt without the Debian. Synonym for fondleslab. Something for next years Oxford English ?

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Re: I'm sure their real customers are keen to sling ads at kids

why not, junk food vendors do

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Re: Silicon Snake Oil

are you suggesting experts in education can read ? Shame on you for such a 19th century attitude !

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Wonderful, just great

some-one else shares my loathing of Xmas and its tedious, irritating cultural relics. Well done Simon. Most enjoyable, especially "truffle wombles". What is the origin of that pejorative ? I think I have met a few. Enough truffles grown locally, rhapsodised about by wannabe food critics/snobs.

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Taiwan: Top tech giants must stop playing fast and loose with privacy

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Phone makers too ?

Colour me unsurprised. Aren't we all product or suspected crims now, instead of customers and citizens ?

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Oh I dunno

Had fun with a recent insurance survey on my experience with their latest cold call, which was dropped on me despite being on Do Not Call register. When I responded "no" to the obligatory "Tell the staff if you do not want this called recorded" question sales droid hung up. Apparently the script says drop call. It will make no difference, but it was fun to tell them their cold call script writers logic needs work, aside from their history of not paying claims. Except for the occasional opportunity for messing with sales weasels heads, agree surveys are a waste of time, especially political party/pressure group ones.

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Hire and hold IT staff in 2015: The Reg's how-to guide

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Odd

After 15 years of being told we techs were a high expense, had too expensive conditions, wanted costly training to do work with new kit and software etc it became easy to think IT techs were unwanted while the number of managers, release managers, change control and finance refusers continued to grow. So suddenly there is a place for local staff that actually do IT? No wonder I discourage kids from IT. The bulldust causes breathing difficulties. While the managerial classes continue to think of themselves as minor deities and depreciate technical skills it will only get worse in the IT coalface.

A digression: The way admin timewasting rules are invented to micromanage staff suggests to me the PHB group don't have enough to do and feel inadequate. So Northcote Parkinsons famous dictum comes into play. "Work expands to fill time available"

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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I hope this does not mean

more bot army C&C domains appearing quickly. More spam sources likewise. Have I missed other appropriate fears ? Or, are deckchairs and popcorn appropriate if one is in cloud and hosting businesses ?

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Serious question here

Lomax, please read post before fuming. I did not compare you assorted mass murderers. I compared your manner to that of half educated self-righteous juniors who were their own worst enemy. BTW, shouldn't you use troll icon more ? Enough, I tire of this, there is real work to do sinking carbon into soil which is probably more than you will ever do until buried. Sylviculture for those who have completed high school. On second thoughts, you will be probably chose to be cremated, thus demonstrating you don't believe your own doctrine either.

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conspiracy ?

never ascribe to conspiracy something that is more easily explained by stupidity as some wit put it. So how do you explain the dissident climate scientists like Hansens ex-boss who dare to doubt ? BTW, appeals to authority are also remind me of an Einstein response over the dozens of prewar German scientists who disbelieved general relativity (officially). "It only needed one to be right"

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Re: Science, bitches?

Lomax, Lomax, yep, beg the question and ad-hominem attack. We are so convinced now. Your own knowledge was delightfully shown by your alleged examples. One of which proved my point. An exercise for the reader to figure out which. :-) Oh, I also note that unsupportable claims are made, such as medieval warm period being only European local or more laughably, it did not exist. So climate science has little to do with meteorology ? That explains why one may be useful and the other is great for travel junkies in academia. As said before, history is not science. A discipline, yes. You can't rerun historical events with controlled changes. And so it is with historical weather. There may be explanations, one or two of which might be right. It still ain't science. BTW, the academics fixated on Aristotle wanted to suppress heliocentric model, even though it goes back to ancient Greeks. Church management only got involved as the two were closely linked at time while Galileo was good at alienating friends. Nothing has changed, science advances one funeral at a time.

Your hysterical dislike of common humanity is illuminating. Ever sought counselling for self-loathing? Finally, if you had done _any_ actual reading instead of inhaling cultural myths, you would have noticed that the Biblical Flood taught humans nothing. Once changes start costing money, human rational self interest will respond. It's the lack of rational self-interest in warmist claims and goals that encourages my disbelief. As I told my kids years ago, don't emote, I can't hear you. Persuade me.

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Re: Science, bitches?

the cool courageous AC. Maybe you should RTFA again. Thicker ice than assumed in models. Right ? An admission of insufficient data. All good and fairly written up. Given that a plausible explanation of the counter-intuitive increasing sea ice while Antarctic ice cap appears to be melting has been made, this article reports something that might, just might, reduce uncertainties in modelling, which is needed.

The validity of what is jokingly called climate science is still open to ridicule until it makes predictions that match reality over a decent time interval, say, 1500 years. This time frame is chosen because it seems to be the medium term climate variability in last 4000 years. Minoan, Roman and Medieval warm periods with cold spells in between. Given that Viking farms in Greenland are still mostly under ice we could have more warming to go through, even if the Russian meteorologists are right and the next cooling phase is near.

As for CO2 emission panic, I do not believe it for a simple reason. Greenies clearly don't believe their propaganda either. Nearly all their nostrums increase CO2 releases and don't help energy production much, if at all. Greenism has increased CO2 emissions, such as Germany burning more brown coal in old plants because their CO2 free nuclear plants terrify them, instead of the coal fumes. Same for Japan with its LPG imports. The CO2 reducing poster child, China, is investing in thorium and other advanced nuclear but this gets little press. If the warmists were serious, all conferences would be by video link, not expensive air trips to luxury resorts, old coal plants would be scrapped and twice as efficient new supercritical coal or gas plants built while some way of making cheap liquid transport fuels was worked out or decent batteries that can charge in 5 minutes or less and drive a 30 tonne truck for 500 km.

Mines the coat with the heat resisting hood and scorch marks

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NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online

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not unexpected

The same people own the US gov as all the other private companies spying. So they are just sharing the code to improve their intrusion on us all. And doing it very cleverly by making it look like niceness. But the code is still used to analyse, track and spy, as if search companies do not do enough of that already.

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Huawei's and ZTE's SDN embrace: soft power in vendor-land

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until it is approved by the NSA

the local OZ glove puppets and their equally supine tools, the assorted spook agencies will recommend against using either companies products until approved by their owners, the powers that rule Merkin Land. In the meantime, watching the feeble brains of the pollies warbling about how great free trade agreements are while simultaneously spouting FUD about Chinese made telco kit will be briefly entertaining. Especially if TalkBull continues his "No problems with offshore data storage" spiel. I am sure the PLA tiger teams will love to help analyse Oz metadata for terrorists. All for free except our pollies will insist we pay again for being spied on.

I used to think this talk was tin hat stuff, but now I feel reality has copied paranoid conspiracy fantasies.

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Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault

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so the point of cloud is ?

I thought that was one of the marketing weasels main selling points, how the Cloud is robust and fault tolerant. CEO must be yank trained; he customer is always wrong.

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Re: I've been sayin' it!

agreed, but are you trying for FOTW ?

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We come bearing caviar: ISS 'nauts arrive at station in SPAAACE

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nerd nirvana

real coffee at last. I wonder what roast and origin? Might need peruvian and dark roast as I believe low gravity tend to cause taste insensitivity.

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100 IT workers face the axe at CSIRO

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Re: Why doesn't the government...

because it has yet to sell CSIRO to someone who appreciates research. Someone like a foreign patent troll who knows who to fund discretely. We are a colon (sic) after all and should be glad to bless our betters.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: It leaves you wanting more.

@Terry, correct. In logic it is known as the infinite regression error. Like turtles all the way down. Changing the location of lifes origin in a materialist world view changes nothing.

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Re: Because then we're probably not alone

ho-hum, another materialist using time as a magic black box pronouncement. As most religions have no real concept of creation outside of Christianity and Judaism, they will be unaffected. Most official christian denominations are atheist in world view with a religious language veneer. The old men in Rome have fully accepted biological materialism only a decade or two after protestants rolled over. As in Darwins time they will fall over themselves to agree with whatever is culturally accepted.

Back in the real world, organic molecules are a long way from anything describable as a protein, let alone life. Since the past is not "scientifically" evaluable, agnosticism on the subject is appropriate. It is probable that Earth is the only place with life based on what is _known_, not speculated. That might change if someone builds a Heim drive or close analogue. The projected successors to Webb might not have the ability to analyse small rocky world atmospheres.

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'Pirate block' proposal back on Oz agenda

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usual traditional pollies and bureacrats

Only try ideas been tested anywhere else that have failed. Make sure they don't work by trying it in Oz. We do better stuffups with a straight face than any other western "democracy" About time to remove all foreign born or educated pollies and clerks with big salaries and give some jobs to Australians, not colonial crawlers from Sydney and Toorak.

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The optic NERVE of it: Intel declares WAR on InfiniBand

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so where is the cheap optical NIC

Intel announced it was working on 3 years ago ? Not that those of us out of CBDs would ever need one. Big Swamps wet string suffices.

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CSIRO carves out another 75 jobs

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SOP

whenever any Oz pollie says < insert name> is priority, expect cuts next month. Continuing the destruction of Oz secondary and tertiary industries so we revert to the corporate agribusiness with remote landlords and mining pit of the past is, for some reason (do not mention treason), an unspoken goal of federal governments since Fraser got thrown out. Perhaps we should just outsource our pollies. Might be cheaper and more competent. Might remove the burden of political party funding bodies as social parasites.

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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Re: What's a female BOFH?

A variant of Dominatrix, except not interested in getting the client any release. I don't want to know. Whats the icon for fear ?

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yes, yes, YES!!

Sorry Alastair, couldn't help it with exclamation marks. The remote possibility of the BOFH breeding. I won't sleep for weeks. That consultant rings so true to life in so many companies I have lurked in. Congratulations Simon, an excellent mid-weekend read.

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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Amazing evolution

can explain anything

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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waiting, waiting

for some self loathing human hating clod to whine about leaving junk lying around in the pristine cosmos like they have about Moon relics from Apollo, or is only Oz that has this kind of compulsive whiners ? Meanwhile, well done to ESA boffins of all skills.

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

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worth planning orbiters?

time for orbiter and maybe atmospheric probes if something worth seeing can happen. Neptune also looks very different to other gas giants. A close look at Tirton might be instructive too. Nitrogen geysers spraying into space so material sampling is possible. Hang on, another couple of self created wars to blow debt on first.

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DAY ZERO, and COUNTING: EVIL 'UNICORN' all-Windows vuln - are YOU patched?

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Re: So, where are the patches?

on Win95, not needed. Run Win98Lite script which rips out exploder, Outlook lite and other odds and ends so Win95 could stay up for days with a whole 50 MB of disk space freed up. . Install earlier LavaSoft firewall and use old Netscape or firefox for simple web browsing. Or one could flash up and old PC with the QNX demo web browser 1.44 Mb floppy. How many holes in QNX so far ? Suggesting Win95, even in jest to avoid ancient bugs. Perhaps I need help. So far have not re-installed a Linux 2.2 kernel at least.

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Samsung: Every breath you take, every step you make, we'll be watching

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a definite maybe

if one is not well or in heavy training. Tried a pulse and oxygen saturation monitoring kit for a high altitude flight a couple of years back. Any take off is always a bit stressful. Even experienced competition pilots feel it. The frequent squeals from heart rate monitor made me tear it off and once I am aviating, I do not play with cockpit distractions that should just work. Again, where does data go and how is that verified ? At home the firewall and proxy logs can tell me heaps but on a phone ? Now there is an app waiting to be coded. Traffic analyser and firewall for smart phone so you can see who is snooping.

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ITU thought bubble ponders mass mobe-tracking to kill fake IT

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has the ITU

hired some copper PHBs lately ? Or do its lowerarchy attend the same country clubs as the PHBs from the spook TLAs ? IOT was always about snooping, just for different reasons. How much longer before not being an obedient consumer becomes a crime ? See ElReg a year ago for Frog simple lifestyle citizens who were suspicious for not having mobiles. That the hamlet they lurked in had no coverage was not something the plods considered.

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Amazon: DROP DATABASE Oracle; INSERT our new fast cheap MySQL clone

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good luck to them

if you trust your telco performance, local and not so local backhoes and can afford a big pipe. Oh, and class of data might matter too. OTOH, Oracle are a trifle expensive. My recent work experience suggested Oracle DBAs were not impressed by support services and pricing to say the least. Always wondered why the Oracle compatibilty mode of Postgress was not used more to break the lock-in. Is Postgress performance too slow, because my limited experience suggests it performs very well. Regardless, Amazon are providing an alternative for some market segments which is A Good Thing.

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729 teraflops, 71,000-core Super cost just US$5,500 to build

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Re: I don'know, wha'd you wanna do tonight?

might have been a slow day. NSA might be running short of crypto to crack Amazon might have broken even that day at least, but it does suggest a lot of capacity is lying around. Just seems odd that after a career watching batch operation being derided by client server real time interactive enthusiasts that a solid batch job situation outside a bank is reported.

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Wow, at last!

something that can run M$ Office at a reasonable speed with their new Skype/Lync app. Nuff /bin/sed

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Elon Musk and ex-Google man mull flinging 700 internet satellites into orbit

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Re: I wonder if any will make it to launch?

thanks Henry. I thought this was so familiar and you rattled off the details. And results. OTOH, Musk has a track record, so it may come off. If so, it might mean the telcos will begin to be nice to their customers a bit more, especially on data charges.

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BOFH: SOOO... You want to sell us some antivirus software?

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linux & virii

Run Clam on the Debian box because it mounts M$ OS partitions. Also, there are browser based attacks that hit most OS. Some chance of notification may help. I have amused myself when really bored by booting Linux and scanning my NT and FAT32 partitions and noting what is found lurking in the $DISK$\System Volume Information or a temp dir fifty directories down somewhere. Rebooting to windows and running one of the more recommended AV products which rarely spot the same suspect binary. So this BOFH is reality, not satire. None the less, a beer to Simon, because his monologue was well expressed. What I loathe about these free products is how, despite BigSwamps attempts to prevent infection by throttling the network, I still get massive download size claims for a mere 200 MB binary. In contrast, usable freebies like VLC updates are about the size stated on tin.

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Canonical pushes LXD, its new mysterious drug for Linux containers

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Sounds like cloning Solaris containers

If I read article correctly, a Solaris container type of OS instance was described. Whether a sparse instance or a full copy via a snapshot filesystem was not clear. If it works as well as Solaris containers it is a good way to go. A Linux application container has its uses, but sometime users want the whole experience. Developer for instance.

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Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS

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have to launch in a really remote area

or the spectators will be doing a day of the triffids grope. The back scatter of a high powered laser pointing skywards would scar a retina really easily. One way to remove starlings though

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Multi Jet Fusion: THAT's HP's promised 3D printer, not crazy 'leccy invention

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really now

they expect to be still operating in 2016 ? Will have downsized themselves to a Korean chabol for a dime by then.

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