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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Re: HealthKit

Ah that brings me back to my childhood... I loved spending weekends assembling their kits. They made a much more beneficial impact on humanity than Apple can ever hope for (Mostly because the Steves developed their talents to the damn things).

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WebMD

Why is that blight still around? It does nothing but waste doctor's time trying to convince people that something is just a rash or simple injury that will go away in a day or two rather than some serious or really obscure disease.

Now that they have an app, queue the horde of people swamping hospitals freaking out because they exercised and the WebMD is telling them they have an elevated heart (Which is made worse y panicking about it, preventing it from returning to normal....)

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PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

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Re: phrasing

For me, its a bit ambiguous in that is it an *additional* 150% or 150% of what was seen last year. EG if 2013 saw 1000 requests, did they see 2500 or 1500?

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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Re: In God's Name

I always thought that fighting in the name of your god is huge insult to that god, like they are too weak and cowardly to do it themselves.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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Re: Kerching!

Yes, because typing 'java minecraft.jar' is some real elite hacking...

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

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"So who *was* it made by? I happily pay a premium for domestic appliances that last a very long time."

A couple different brands: mostly Bosch and Siemens, but other times it'll be a Maytag or other brands that aren't selling well (but their cheaper counterparts are).

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A buddy of mine runs an appliance store chain and does demonstrations where he'll drill a hole in the door of a washer, put a rope through it and tie it the other end to his truck in order to drag the washer a couple hundred meters. After which he'll patch the hole with some duct tape, plug it in and run the damn thing (He sells quite a lot of profit those days, more than enough to make up for the cost of the now-damaged washer).

The washer was made by neither Samsung nor LG, in case anyone is wondering.

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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@ Mr C Hill / @ Ol'Peculier

Let me re-phrase: the professional photographers I've worked with.

They tend to be on the younger side and have developed their skills when cards started becoming really cheap where a card that'd last you a whole shoot would cost about $15-20.

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Professional photographers will typically use a fresh card every shoot and never delete anything off of it. Cards are so cheap that they either just swallow the cost of new cards or charge them to the client. The card would then be set to read-only and kept in a file box somewhere for the remainder of time (mostly as a secondary back-up). That and professional photographers will carry two cameras anyway to prevent data loss form corrupted cards and a whole host of other potential issues.

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CryptoLocker-style ransomware booms 700 PER CENT this year

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Re: We need a good backup solution - so back off

I assume by 'one brand of software' you are trying to say 'Windows'. But there is no reason why a Crypt-locker variant couldn't be made for Linux, OS-X, Android, iOS, etc.

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We need a good backup solution

These thing would be ineffective if proper backup systems were in place. The bigger problem is that all current backup solutions are crap for consumers. Maybe something for cloud-storage providers to offer now that 1 TB is becoming the norm.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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Re: Why no tracking device?

My thinking is that Governments are run by people; people are idiots; therefore governments are idiots.

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Re: Really?

"I'm no conspiracy factualist but how come every large "terror" event in either the US or UK in the last ten years has been either during or right after a "drill""

Drills happen all the time, the chance of a drill occurring within a week of a significant event is near 100%.

Being 'known' by an intelligence agency is nothing significant, it only means that they got on a list or two for one reason or another (Usually really simple stuff like buying fertilizer with a high nitrogen content; looking up weapons and explosives online; or sometimes just reading middle-eastern news sources).

As for 'a mate was recruited'; the intelligence agencies will buy lists of people who have taken cryptography or information security classes and send them a generic letter/email/phone call and ask them to apply.

The threat level was raised due to the anniversary of Sept 11.

Airports don't give out replacement suitcases, but some airlines do. The suitcase used for the drill was probably given a tag by that airline, but was missing proper passenger info and thus ended up in the airline's 'lost and found'.

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Why no tracking device?

If I was in charge of any amount of explosives, let alone 230 Grams of the stuff, I would require it be equipped with a GPS+Sat transponder anytime it left my sight. They have devices like that in the goddamn SkyMall catalog FFS...

There really is no excuse for things like this. Although every time I see something like this, it reinforces my beliefs that government conspiracies are complete malarkey (If they fuck up this badly on a drill, how badly would they be in trying to pull of a major operation)

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Re: So...

"Who in their right mind is going to click on a link in something that they can't read?"

Quite a few people if you preface the link with "Free Phone/tits/games/celebrity tits/money/sluts."

Now if someone were to come up with a game where you win money, women, new phones, or pictures of nude celebrities by navigating a pixellated bird between obstacles, we're all screwed...

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

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Re: Celine Dion?

"Anon for obvious reasons :)"

Doesn't matter, the CIA/MI6 know who you are anyway and have put you on all their watch-lists...

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SAN-free, NAS-free? Scottish PHDs lift kilt on how they'll pull storage out of the aether

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Compliance issues

So what will happen when a regulatory agency comes by for a quick audit and asks: so where is your information physically stored? I've been asked that a couple times from the German Works Council; my company has dedicated servers and encrypted network links and we still hear 'Gutentag' coming from our colons a month later... I'd hate to find out what would happen if that same data resided on a laptop that was later taken with a sales guy to China.

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Fedora gets new partition manager

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Re: Is there an option to have more than one partition?

"What distro is that?"

The one that rhymes with Dead Rat...

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Is there an option to have more than one partition?

I am tired of cleaning up Linux boxes that have crashed because the disks fill up due to /etc, /home, /opt, and /tmp being on the same damn partition. I've had to clean up numerous servers that have refused to boot under their own power because some application lost its mind and started cramming endless streams of stuff into /opt/application and now the kernel can't write to /var/log. OR the countless desktops that the users filled /home and now most of their applications won't even bother starting up.

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Nude celeb pics wrongly blamed for DDOS at New Zealand's largest ISP

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"Point to Google's DNS servers"

And give them even more data to sink their claws into? Hell no!

This is why I set up my own DNS server that pulls root.zone from http://www.internic.net/zones/ and just connects to the zone masters directly, doesn't even need to bother the root servers. It cuts out the need for quite a few steps and tends to give much faster responses, no more ISP page redirects, no tracking, and best of all, I can completely ignore the new gTLDs.

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Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

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Many were made and several are already in Museums (There are two or three in the Smithsonian, one has a hand-made case)

Besides, its not like Woz can't just whip out the ole soldering iron and make another; the technology isn't lost, the Apple 1 didn't use any custom parts, and when the device was made isn't so important for a museum, just the historical significance of the original device.

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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

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WTF?

Wait, what?

I am failing to see the connection between a comedian making a statement on Net Neutrality and that comedian being the primary force behind the policy change... I would think that all the other campaigning by the EFF, Open Rights Group and countless other organizations did many orders of magnitude more to pressure the FCC. So either Hastings wants to suck up to John Oliver (Oh and piss off everyone that actually did work towards this) or he is one hell of a deluded man.

Ironically the only way to see John Oliver's show is to pay out the nose to a cable/SatTV company to get HBO....

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: It's FAR too early to judge

So Apple TCO is really just an idiot tax.

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Re: When a design is essentially perfect why change it?

So sharp corners near the trackpad on and easily bent pieces near the ports on MacBooks is 'Perfect Design'? And why are they still using soft, easily scratched and warped Alumin(i)um? Everyone else has gone to sturdier and lighter Magnesium and Carbon alloys for their systems.

And why does everything have to be plain silver? Does Johnny have some kind of fetish for a plastic white Apple logo in the middle of a field of nothing but boring, plain matte silver? Did Rainbow Bright touch him in his no-no area when he was a kid?

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Re: It's FAR too early to judge

"Apple gear is as overpriced as you think when you start looking at a TCO"

That same logic is how I ended up looking after a bunch of stupidly expensive Oracle machines that have so far cost the company millions more per year than MS-SQL boxes they replaced...

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Huge difference between an iThing and a Rolex

In reality it isn't that Apple devices are luxury good, scarce Apple products are. All Apple products depreciate rapidly starting from the day of launch; owning an iPhone the day after it is launched is a huge deal, where buying that same thing two months later is nothing to write home about, and don't even get me started on the previous model.

On the other side, an old Rolex is just as valuable of a status symbol as one that was made today, and if its in very good condition, even more valuable. A well taken care-of watch would show that not only did you have enough money to buy it in the first place, but that you've also maintained enough wealth to get it properly maintained.

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New Lumia mobes nudge Microkia ever closer to biz customers

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"Microsoft has deprecated Exchange as a PIM."

That was a huge mistake, at least if they could have relegated it to being an add-on module.

The ideal solution would have been to create a product to handle all employee-generated data that would replace the PIM in Exchange as well as handle documents and settings. Essentially make a private version of the account syncing services that are now part of Windows Live and OneDrive.

Done right, it would sync data between the employee's documents folder and their phone while providing the company a method to track where that data is stored, where its been sent, and the ability to delete that data if required (assuming it stays within company-controlled assets); it would also allow an employee to report a lost or stolen phone to the company, the company would then remote-wipe it, the employee would then receive a new phone with all their documents, apps, and settings already in place.

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Shitty what? Almost half of MPs have never heard of Tech City

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48% of 105 MPs, does not compute.

48% is 50.4 MPs, so unless they've cut on in half... I'm assuming that they mean either 50 or 51 MPs (Using either number would have been easier, shorter and clearer, but whatever). So they must be rounding like idiots.

Or maybe they are counting one as the half-wit that they are...

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Cyber-hoodlum tripped, fell, landed in Obama's Healthcare.gov server

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Re: They've got their heads in the sand..

"The entire IT security industry has been joking about it since it went up!"

It was actually up long enough for someone to attack it?

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Sex is great in books, lousy in apps, says Apple

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“a living document that will evolve as we are presented with new Apps and situations”

To me, that's code for "We'll make arbitrary changes to it so that we can get rid of people we don't like"

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Not even CRIMINALS want your tablets, Blighty - but if that's an iPhone you're waving...

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It might make me look like a yuppie...

... but I've taken the tack of using a Bluetooth headset to operate my phone while the phone itself is either secured in my laptop bag or in a buttoned pocket of my suit jacket. I've never lost a phone, but I have lost a few headsets; but losing a $30-40 headset is a far better option than losing my phone filled with company secrets and personal information.

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Re: Lots of stats, but...

I would imagine that the thieves' ethnicities would be in similar proportion to those of the population at large.

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Dropbox cuts cloud storage prices $10 per terabyte, matching Google and Microsoft

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@Charlie Clark Re: Don't shoot the messenger!

Does it work offline?

Yes, and selecting what is and isn't can be configured on a per-file and per-machine basis

Can you mount it as a file system and, therefore, encrypt it yourself?

Not directly, but you can create one or more VHD files and store them on there and mount them on your machine and use whatever file system you want.

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"1 TB (1,000 GB)"

Either they were a hard disk manufacturer in a past life or they don't know what a Terabyte really is. Given their definition, do they mean:

1,000,000,000,000 Bytes (IE 1 TB = 1000 GB, 1 GB = 1000 MB, etc)

Or

1,073,741,824,000 Bytes? (IE 1TB = 1000 GB, 1 GB = 1024 MB, etc)

Anyone who does the former should be fired...

out of a cannon....

into a brick wall.

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

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Re: Get used to it. It's the future.

I've found that, in government, the people who want the job the most are the last people that should have it...

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HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers

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File a ticket through the warranty checker, rather than calling them up. I've had HP send me a replacement switch next-day by filing a ticket through there (It was a used switch I bought off of eBay and they still honored the Warranty). All I own from HP now is just a pair of ProCurve switches and DL 320 G5.

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Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch

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Re: How about an update for the BSOD?

There is a registry setting you can fiddle with to change the colors of both the text and background for blue-screens. I'm not posting it because changing it causes some really weird stuff to happen when an error is encountered (It'll actually cause additional blue-screens).

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Galileo! Galileo. Galileo! Galileo frigged-LEO: Easy come, easy go. Little high, little low

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Not surprising since they accelerated the lunch schedules

It does bring a certain phrase to mind, I can't remember it at the moment, but it had something to do with 'haste' and 'waste'...

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Amazon Twitch snatch catches Google the gobbler off guard

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WTF?

In what universe is this worth nearly a billion freakin' dollars?

We are heading straight into another dot-com bust like we did a few short years ago: A bunch of web properties that are insanely over-valued without actually producing a single cent in direct profit, rather they are relying on advertising dollars for all their income.

The problem with relying on advertising revenue is that each company involved must be able to make some kind of profit:

*Amazon must receive that $970 Million + operating costs + some amount of profit for the advertising agency running their account

*The advertising agency must now be collect what they are paying Amazon + operating costs to run the infrastructure + staffing costs + their own share of profit

*In the end, the companies buying advertising space must now collectively earn that $970 Mil, plus the profits and operating costs of both Amazon and the advertising agency *AND* profit for themselves.

This house-of-cards-resting-on-a-souffle level of instability is why I sold all of my tech stocks and bought shares in the old, stable businesses (GE, 3M, Siemens, etc.). I may not be making much money, but at least I'll still have some when this tech bubble bursts.

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Sony's 'Lizard Squad' battered PlayStation Network staggers to feet

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Why?

Does anyone know why they are doing this? And why they think this will do anything other than put them in jail and/or annoy a bunch a people (who will forget in a month or two anyway)?

Seriously, when was the last time a company got hit with a DDoS attack acquiesced to the attack's demands?

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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Re: "Linux development has had very little and look at it now."

You mean struggling to gain acceptance when there is no company supporting it?

Its no coincidence that the two most-deployed distros are Red Hat and Ubuntu*, both supported by companies selling support and pushing some of that money into supporting development (Servers, testing resources, CDs/DVDs, expertise, etc). The truth is that money is needed for anything to happen on a decent scale, volunteers and donations will only get you so far (Just look at the various *BSDs).

*And their descendents that directly benefit from the company's work (CentOS and Fedora for Red Hat; and the various '-buntu's)

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Re: Short Development?

In that case, their best option might be to eschew x86 and build a new hardware platform. The loongson chips seem to be a good candidate, or maybe something from the ARM family. Going for a state-controlled platform would greatly reduce the number of drivers needed.

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Cyber spies whip out 'Machete', stride towards Latin America

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"Hot brazilian XXX.rar"

What kind of idiot downloads and opens a file purporting to contain porn without knowing anything about the content (EG, number/gender/orientation/age of the subjects, acts being performed, etc.). You could very well end up with something quite disturbing and/or illegal, or maybe Vin Diesel getting his body waxed.

Doubly so when you consider the shear wealth of such media available out there for free, and even if you wanted such media offline, there are plenty of add-ons to download the video files from those sites.

As for a copy of 'The Art of War', there are so many copies available on the internet for free and in any language or format you'd want. You can find copies for free on Google Books, Wikimedia/wikibooks, the Gutenberg Project and many other locations. Hell, I've seen free copies online in Klingon and another was in Japanese comic-book format.

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

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A mouse that gves you dozens of ways to interact with the machine

But you still have to hold down a key on the keyboard to right-click...

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Face-recog tech spots US fugitive wanted for 14 years ... from a photo

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What a horrible monster!

Teaching American "English" to citizens of other countries like that...

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

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Re: Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth

Far enough out and we can get the year to be 420 days long; then we'd no longer have leap years, each day would fall on the same day of the week every year and all 12 months would be exactly 35 days.

The only problem is all the immature idiots that would laugh at the number...

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AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

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Re: "That instruction set has been traditionally profitable but still a curse around Intel's neck"

Well, not just Intel. The entire computing industry has been struggling under x86 since its inception; a horrible compromise of making a simple, yet powerful machine that a home user can work with. I predict that we'll be suffering under it for many years to come because of the extreme momentum it has.

ARM is doing a good job of replacing x86, but it'll be a long, brutal battle.

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Why compare it to a Xeon?

A fair comparison would have been to the Atom C2758; 8-Cores @ 2.4 GHz, 20 W and competing in the same space (low-power server chips)

And if space is a concern, SuperMicro managed to cram 112 of the bastards into 6U box: (http://www.supermicro.com/products/MicroBlade/)

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

More important things, like figuring out something to do, other than sit on their thumbs, when Google's cloud goes down or they don't have an internet connection.

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