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Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

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NSS instantly springs to mind, with mod_nss. CyaSSL, PolarSSL (not for Apache, runs on Hiawatha).

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: Want to make it better?

Do you mean message tags (labels)? I think those are the bee's knees.

Folders are useless because you can only put a message in one folder. Tags allow you to give an email multiple categories if required, while still acting like folders in terms of viewing. You can filter messages using the labels as they're delivered to the inbox, and choose which will alert you to new messages (and which don't nag you).

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Re: Mediawiki - Semantic Mediawiki (SMW)

Oh no no no no no. A classic example of "if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail".

And delving into ITIL marlarkey when you want to get a simple incident management system up is really overkill. Sure, very useful in a larger environment, but then again, a decent incident management tool will slot in if you decide to go the ITIL route. ITIL didn't invent the concept of incident reporting - it just rebadged it and integrated into the other functions.

As for me, I vote for the Manage Engine or GPLI offerings.

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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What do you expect when you outsource social services?

So now the govt is slowly getting itself out of the business of providing actual social services - let's not get into the libertarian debate that SS isn't the business of govts (it is in the UK and other social democracies) - and outsourcing to private charities, this kind of thing is going to happen more and more frequently.

As much as people like to bitch about bureaucracy and red tape (sure, there can be way too much of the latter), the point of all these ministries and whatnot is to account - transparently - for public spending. You outsource it, you instantly lose any visibility or accountability.

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Brace for extra patches, Oracle tells Australian users

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ERP blarney

Blame the software vendors - if their products aren't flexible enough to accommodate a simple reporting change, then that's where the problem lies.

And shoehorning in "govt requirements" keeping Aussie orgs on an upgrade cycle? Like no business has wanted to change its reporting or implement a function that the software won't support without a patch. The only difference is that such a universal requirement *forces* the vendor to actually make the change.

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: Just a question: "utilize"?

Sorry, "administrate" is simply WRONG. Administrators *administer* things, IT system or not.

Anyone who uses it looks ignorant as hell, frankly.

As to "utilise", yup, 9 times out of 10, it's just management-wank-speak. I don't actually think I've seen it used accurately in an IT brief.

"Utilise" can also mean that you use something for a purpose it's not specifically designed for - you can use a screwdriver to turn a screw, or you can utilise a kitchen knife. Same concept as the "making useful" meaning described above.

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

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Re: Misleading

You get an upvote for "administering" your systems, not "administrating" them.

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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Re: no surprise here

So TURN IT OFF. Other than for RT devices, the MS implementation for Secure Boot specifies that there must be a mechanism to disable it (as well as customise it with your own keys, if desired).

It takes about 2 mins in the Win 8 GUI to find the setting and disable it.

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John Lewis unzips mega Oracle ERP package

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Re: 2018?

Have yet to see ONE instance where an ERP system can do a significant amount of what is required "out of the box". They may well exist, but not in any organisation I've worked for.

Because yes, in that instance, it would make sense. Implement your ERP to manage core processes, then incrementally bring in all those zillions of peripheral systems are used for one measly obscure function.

Personally, I still think a well-defined suite of nicely interlocking parts is usually easier to implement, even in the long run. You evaluate your processes and then implement a "best of breed" solution for each part, one by one, with an eye on which parts need to talk to each other. No-one's ever managed to explain to me why CRM and HR systems have to be tightly-integrated, for example (not that they are in SAP anyway). Then put in a nice simple data interchange process for the bits that do need to talk to each other.

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

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Re: We DID have an Ice Age

Dude, that is because ALL the ice is currently floating in your glass of water.

I haven't actually looked at the real science behind the rising sea levels theory - which seems pretty well-established - but simple logic and observation tells us that a lot of ice is sitting locked up in glaciers on LAND, or covering entire land masses like Greenland. So when all (most, some?) of THAT melts and enters the ocean, it seems to me it'd be just like going to the freezer and dumping another handful of ice in your glass.

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Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation

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Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy

And if you're the only business supplying that item in that location? There's enough trouble with religious bigot pharmacists refusing to supply "morning after" contraceptives in so-called more "evolved" locations (Australia, NZ, most recently).

Sure, you may be able to obtain the item elsewhere, if it's not time-critical like the morning-after pill. But why should anyone - colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, whatever - be econonomically and time-penalised compared to their neighbour?

Yeah, I don't like serving people with WWJD and religious trinkets dangling all over themselves, because I know what they nearly all think about my "lifestyle". But the social contract is that we deal/trade with each other until such time as someone goes out of their way to disadvantage us.

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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Re: So it's her fault

So if you loathe it so much, why not get LibreOffice? At least that has more recent features than Office 2000, reads its formats, and does cool extra stuff like outputting PDFs natively.

If you've got things like comments and track-changes embedded in your docs, I suppose that's not a good solution, but as an Office 2000 replacement, LibreOffice seems fine on basic principles.

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Hear that, Sigourney? Common names 'may not constitute personal data'

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Re: Paranoia?

I had this argument with bank when they insisted I start using my (previously never used) first name on my bank account when I made the mistake of showing them my passport once for ID rather than my driver's licence. Pointing out to them I'd had my account for over 20 years in my preferred name (my second legal name) made no difference. Saying that all my tax records were in my preferred name was just as successful.

It doesn't matter that the law of the land says that you can call yourself Mickey Mouse if you like, without the intention to defraud. A bank can have whatever *policy* they choose in terms of what name they insist you use on your account. The bank's policy had "changed after 9/11 to stop money laundering" (what relevance that had to NZ escaped me).

So I closed my account that that bank, walked down the road to another bank and opened an account there using just my driver's licence as ID.

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Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

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Who's using SAP cloud?

That's a serious question - no-one I know of in this town (in Oz) is.

And if you are, what for? Anything other than HR?

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New Zealand

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I'm not sure if I should be here...

...since I'm currently working in Oz.

Ah well, good to keep an eye on what's going on at home, so I avoid the "wrong" body shops/employers when I get back.

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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

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Re: did he damage the roof of the building

You really have no idea, do you?

# 5 - clinical depression, organic cause (i.e. brain chemistry)

# 6 - clinical depression, due to stress, bullying, etc etc

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

What are you expressing yourself "in opposition to"? This isn't a stupid debate on the merits of Samba as a replacement for a Windows domain controller - this is about some poor b@stard that probably took his own life.

If you think that's funny, you've got a f#cked-up sense of humor. If you think it's "fake bullshit" that people are expressing sympathies, you're just f#cked up.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Sad, sad, sad.

Oh shut up. This anti-social history bandwagon you're apparently on has absolutely nothing to do with this moron acting like a complete c*ck.

Actually, the people story is part of the story of the technology. The technology should not be made subordinate to the people story, no, but how many books/articles have you read about the development of transistors and the IC that don't mention Shockley, Kilby, Noyce et al?

So yeah, not everyone who worked with the technology was a straight white man. Get over it and focus on the real issue here - yes, the potential "dumbing down" of the exhibits, but in this instance it's primarily about management who don't have a clue about what visitors are there for.

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'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers

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Re: But but...

Read the caption. That's a pic of test heatwave *forecast* system that the BOM is developing. That's not the actual map of the heatwave.

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Kiwi inventor's court win rains on Apple's parade

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Re: A victory for common sense and the little man....

For now....

Just wait until our lovely govt (and Labour was no better) passes the TPP. It's just bend over and spread 'em for US corporations after that.

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SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

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Re: shrug

Yup, if you want whoever does security in your environment - or worse, the legal team - to have the ability to muck around with your personal phone, you're a mug.

I'm also in the IT team, and I will continue to keep my personal devices air-gapped, thanks very much.

Managing iPhones and BYOD in general is a full-time job for two people in my organisation. That's the equivalent of 1/5 of the infrastructure team that manages ALL the server platforms (hundreds of servers). A ridiculous situation.

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Report says Microsoft has divided CEO list into possibles and probables

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Are you in fact serious?

What "successes" did Elop achieve at Nokia? He (deliberately?) nearly ran it into the ground before the miracle Microsoft buyout.

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Microsoft squashes Exchange Server bug

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More fodder

...for the gripes about the "support" Exchange is currently offering for on-premises installs, and their constant screwups of Exch 2K13 updates.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2013/11/13/exchange-server-the-road-ahead.aspx

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

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Yeah, she's in the top dozen world architects, easily. Personally, I think of her as the architectural version of Helmut Newton (photographer) - ostentatious, glossy and completely soulless.

Most of her stuff tends towards the pointier end of the scale, but some more blobular shapes are happening lately.

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Revealed: How Microsoft DNS went titsup globally on Xbox One launch day

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Re: Maybe they should use LDAP instead...

What does DNS - name resolution for internetworked hosts, if you've forgotten - have to do with LDAP?

If you are using LDAP for authorisation, authentication or directory services and If your name resolution isn't working, you're not going to reach your LDAP hosts either with DNS down. Unless you've hard coded the IPs.

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Indy devs to AOL: Save Winamp, or at least make it open source

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best ever built?

It was fine in its day, but eh, much prefer Media Monkey these days for music. Foobar 2000 is decent too.

Media Player Classic for light video playback.

VLC is still going strong if you need the kitchen sink approach.

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

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Re: Users...

Unless they are directly handing me cash for a pre-agreed service or good, then they are not "customers", they are "staff". We are all staff of the same organisation.

And yes, external customers who purchase services from the organisation I work for are also "customers'. Of the organisation, not me personally.

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I am a recovering Superwoman wannabee

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Re: Lifestyle choice

And just how many blokes have you voiced this opinion to? You know, all those dads in the office who have their super-privileged jobs - how much less crap do they receive if they work ridiculous hours and neglect the family.

And "the starving children in Africa would be grateful for your leftovers" is an argument that wears off when you're about 12, I reckon. We're not talking global inequity here - we are talking about the differences between colleagues sitting right next to each other.

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If you're working those hours, more fool you. Unless of course this is a 2-month roll-out, and you're having a month's break afterwards.

I'm not married, hah, nor do I or will I have kids.

But my life is not about "putting the infrastructure first". Yeah, the weeks I'm on call, I'm on call. If there's a project getting close to deadline, I'll put some extra hours in. But if your systems are so unstable, or you have so little backup, or it's one crisis-deliver-NOW project after another, that you are getting called every night or you're not leaving until late o'clock, you don't have too far to look around to see where the problem is.

I'm female, I'm a sysadmin, I couldn't give one toss about family obligations (they are not gender-dependent and I wish more people realised that), and yet I still want a life outside the server room.

You don't get any greater rewards or sufficient recognition for working ridiculous hours constantly, other than a bit more cash in your pay-packet, Perhaps. If you never get the time to spend and enjoy it, what's the point?

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Amazingly, I've gotten through a 15 year career so far, working with scores of men, and not once have I needed to take out a sexual harassment complaint.

Then again, I've been fortunate enough to work with guys with a modicum of respect, not dickwads who insist on making "funny" jokes or sending crass pics around. Or worse.

If you're genuinely guilty of none of the above, no inappropriate remarks, touching, jokes, etc, then yeah, there is the rare female dickwad as well.

Although I am extremely curious as to what this "good communication protocol" is, and why you felt you needed to go out of your way to establish one with the (sole?) female you worked with.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

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... And nearly half the men

Can we leave out the shock-horror gender-based crap for this one?

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What a twit: Obama aide FIRED for anonymous gov-bashing tweets

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Re: Parody

Actually, it's not just the Brits who send up political figures - have you seen American "roasts"? They do it to their FACES.

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Re: Parody

Oh FFS. Obama isn't a "Kenyan", birther.

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CommVault cooks up sueball-dodging data-sifting cloudy archive shifter

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Given how well their email archiver worked in v9 ... can't wait. No, really.

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Bigger, fiddly to manage: The second coming of Windows Server 2012

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Re: "Most" enterprises "want" hybrid cloud??

Yes, with MS holding their hands every step of the way, I'm sure. And at "mate's rates".

With a well-connected internet backbone in the US, it makes sense. For those of us using a couple of tin cans and some string in the nether regions of the world, not so much for business-critical stuff, thanks.

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"Most" enterprises "want" hybrid cloud??

OK, you've just described an example of a smallish business (@ 50 users) being *forced* to hybrid cloud for their email (although I would personally recommend it myself these days for places with decent internet links and where email is not business-critical).

I don't know of many large businesses - i.e. thousands of users - using cloud for anything important (again, any Office 365).

So what is this "most enterprises" wanting hybrid based on? Numbers please?

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

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Re: @AC

Great, racism combined with ignorance in one amazing paragraph. Looks like the US black helicopter brigade are among us.

Actually, I don't know how you jump to "liberal regulators", since a large part of the damage leading up to the GFC was caused by Bush II and his puppeteers (don't worry, I know that Clinton had a role to play too... but not nearly as much as Bush I and II).

I have read many many many books about the causes and lead up to the GFC and not one of them cite regulators "forcing" banks to create and sell sub-prime mortgagers. No, the not-so-liberal regulators were decimated and made toothless and were asleep on the watch. That is, of what was there to be watched still after so much deregulation.

All the CDOs and synthetic CDOs and so on were invented by mathematicians and bankers who thought they were smarter than everyone else. Sure, they geared themselves to make very high profits from imaginary money, forgetting that it was *people* whose money they were "leveraging", and those people do not behave rationally all the time, despite the fairy tales of classic economists. High gearing means a high level of catastrophe once the house of cards starts to fall down.

So forget your racist/classist conspiracy theories - which hardly relate to the UK economy thatwas hit even harder. Get the facts right.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

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Re: 12mm better

You're assuming that both the chassis material and the battery density are identical to your Xperia. I'm sure they aren't.

As for your comparisons to notepads and whatever in **1988**, I don't think anyone is making the phones *thicker* these days.

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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Re: If you've got to do all this work to change your OS..

Oh, god, the effort contained in setting up Samba to replicate an AD makes no sense at all. Buy the Windows Server licence, slap it on, install AD services/DNS, DONE. For that purpose, it *is* easier to set up.

And then suggesting you go through the PITA process of setting up Kerberos on top of it and then configuring all your clients? Uh, you already did that when you installed your domain controller and joined the workstations to the domain.

Look, I think Linux is great (I wouldn't run web services or email gateways on Windows) but for a tightly-controlled enterprise environment with more than a few dozen workstations where you're running business-critical Windows apps, you need to get real. if you think Kingston Office good enough for, say, a legal firm where macros and templates are crucial, you're having a laff (and it doesn't support ODF, WTF?). And this is not to mention the specialised apps running on Windows - if you think Air Traffic Control systems aren't running on Windows, have another think.

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Re: Luwak coffee - a question

Regarding the logic of what you say, it's obvious you're not a vegan - "absolutely not" is correct. Honey from bees is not permitted either by strict vegans.

Add to that the fact that the beasts are now mostly farmed to produce the "processed" beans - including feeding the coffee berries all the time, when it isn't their natural eating pattern - and it's double-fail.

I'm not a vegan, but at least I've spent some time understanding their principles rather than coming out with some half-baked "logic" out of my own arse. So to speak.

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Zuck off, Zuck: Brit duo's JustDelete.Me nukes clingy web accounts

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Re: Its not just deleting that proves difficult.

Which is why - in 2013 - I don't understand why many women change their names when they get married.

Fair enough if you can't stand your birth name and do the whole deed poll hassle - you should be able to easily change your ID in that instance - but for marriage?

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Microsoft's swipe'n'swirl pic passwords LESS secure than PINs, warn researchers

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Fine for home devices, not for the enterprise

It's not rocket science. This will be great for personal devices. It should be disabled with prejudice on enterprise devices.

These "the sky is falling" security analysts need to get to grips with the idea of different risk profiles for different users and use-cases. SOME password is better than none at all, and how many people are wandering around with no security at all on their devices?

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Re: It works like this...

Thank god for a proper comment without the rabid fanboism from the Linux contingent (yeah, yeah, I run Mint on my home desktop and am a RHCE).

That's the thing, though - in an enterprise environment, there really is no replacement for AD + Exchange + desktop management.

The big thing in the enterprise is managing thousands of desktops and thousands of user accounts accessing hundreds of resources - mailboxes, files, devices, apps, etc etc. How do you manage that in Linux-land for the typical userbase?

Sure, for less than a hundred users, baking your own in Linux-land may well make better sense now. But I don't see it for the big enterprises, unless they have extremely minimal software requirements.

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Hey, you know Android apps can 'access ALL' of your Google account?

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Black Helicopters

Re: Google

There are plenty of ROMs you can get without GApps installed. If you want to add a new app, you have to do it the hard way, but not having the Google stuff is fairly straightforward if you're happy to flash a ROM.

Or, get a Chinese No-Name phone that isn't compatible with the "Play" store. Definitely a few of those around as well.

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Queensland bans IBM from future work

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Re: the lesson from this...

Uh, wasn't it actually IBM managing the project in this instance? Sure, they were *engaged* by the QLD govt, but it looks like IBM were project leads and managing subcontractors.

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Headmaster

Re: the ’umble apostrophe

OMG, thank you for summarising how it came about! I had a feeling it was something about the Germanic plural change, but never did quite put it together that way.

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SimCity 4

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Boffin

Re: I miss this!

...or use the "WinXP mode" virtual machine to run them on your Win 7 device, if the XP compatibility mode doesn't work

Seriously, if your machine has enough horsepower to run Win 7 plus modern games, why on earth go through the hassle of building a physical box for playing retro games? Unless you need some 3D acceleration, of course. And then VMWare or VirtualBox will give you 3D acceleration through Direct 3D.

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Headmaster

Re: Where the "report errors" link gone

There's something about "have the reigns" in there as well (can't be bothered finding the actual sentence).

It's REINS, in that context. REIGNS is what the queen does, and it's a VERB, not a noun that you can "have" or "hold".

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On International Woman's Day we remember Grace Hopper

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Mushroom

Re: "insisting on special treatment"

Some feminists argue quite vociferously against AA.

Some acknowledge that even given equivalent skills and qualifications, there are plenty of places that will hire men first, with such excuses as "team fit" and so on. Most AA schemes are about ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL, give women a fair shake (and are designed for environments which are still dominated by men for no good reason).

"Hopper did more than most to beat chauvinism in our industry, not by protesting or insisting on special

treatment, but by getting out there and doing the job better than anyone else"

So why should women have to be so much better to be considered for this kind of thing? It's that whole narrative about "exceptional" women breaking the bounds that gets up my nose.

I'm a good sysadmin, but I don't pretend to be a guru. And nor should I have to for my mid-range job. And yet I'm the only female systems administrator (I'm not talking DBAs or developers) I've encountered in any organisation I've ever worked in (except one, in one other job), in 15 years of IT. That's really appalling if you think about it.

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Google+ goes single sign-in, exec roasts Zuck's 'frictionless sharing'

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Devil

Re: Still enforcing "real names"?

I use Gmail, but I was deeply bothered by the lastest set of nags on YouTube to provide a profile (in the last couple of months). I had to go through a number of steps to INSIST I wanted to keep my current handle with relatively anonymous information. Since I signed up with YouTube years before they got bought by Google, it's even more irksome.

Definitely seems like a slippery slope at present. Look at Google Play - I enjoy my Android, and I used to leave reviews of apps regularly. Not any more since their latest change enforcing a G+ profile.

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