* Posts by Ken 16

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: Stop and think a bit, please...

It's a VM so just bump up the disk allocation, migrate it to a new host, keep it running forever.

BTW: Is a VM a Device or a Node (cue Archimate digression)?

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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Meh

It sounds like a dead end to me.

One company, one proprietary product with a high price and a steep adoption curve. I'm sure it's wonderful for those who've made the investments involved but I can't see it breaking through to every office.

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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Windows

How many of those 4.5 million jobs were within Deloittes?

Anyway, I thought Facebook users were all retired?

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Re: @Dan Paul

Coventry

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Black Helicopters

More impressive still

if they ran the whole Sony hack from the North Korean servers

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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OPEC are subsidising the current crash in oil prices in order to kill the fracking industry and retain their dominant market position.

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MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get 'assistance' from data-slurp firms

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Where the people are personally known to each other, able to meet and talk in person and, perhaps, not as technically savvy as El Reg readers, there's no reason there would be any online evidence.

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Notebook news: Dell does density, but Lenovo's a lot lighter

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Re: Ye Olde Weights and Measures

Thanks, I have no clue what pounds, gills, furlongs translate to. In fact, I thought there only were three bears.

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

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Terminator

It needs legs to brace for recoil

especially with a gun in each hand...

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Like a Bristol 408 or a Facel Vega?

or indeed a bunch of US cars.

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If Europe is against US's Irish email grab, it must pipe up now

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It's already illegal for them to pass on personal sensitive data without the permission of the data owner or a warrant from an Irish court (or direction from the Minister of Justice, reviewed by a judge).

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: Major update cockup?

Don't tell him that he's in Europe, he'll get upset.

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Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland

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Paris Hilton

Does guessing someones password count as 'Hacking' now?

The 1991 act refers to damage to data. Opening a social media site using a password doesn't really hit that bar, even if the 'guess' is technically assisted.

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Software-defined everything: So, WHEN is the 'future'?

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Meh

awareness of security management

I would say this approach is limited by the lowest common denominator, usually the security and risk audit people, who take the most conservative approach to meeting decade old regulatory requirements. As with most things cloudy, SDDC is fine for Web 2.0 start-ups building to take advantage but less so for established businesses.

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Pirate

Having watched November Man and Non Stop on a recent flight

I think 'elderly Irishmen' should be rated.

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Social sniffer predicts which Nigerian prince has the best chance of scamming you

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Happy

Really cool!

I'll be fascinated as results emerge. This isn't sarcasm, the idiots evolve faster than the proofing and too much security effort is devoted to locking down networks rather than behaviors.

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Penguin porn? NO! Linux folk in #LCA2015 standoff

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Linux

probably little to do with penguins?

I refer my learned colleague to Rules 34 and 46.

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Microsoft tries to defend Irish servers from US g-men invasion, again

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Re: Good on Microsoft

AFAIK MS have 2 DC's in Ireland, not aware of any others in Europe but their Azure TOS say data will be held on customers primary and secondary sites _and_ a DR site, implying that is outside of EU.

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Re: Good on Microsoft

I'm sure that MS have a disaster recovery image of the data in question within US jurisdiction but, of course, the court didn't ask for that.

Why wouldn't the US cooperate if, for example, China wanted to subpoena data held in a US data centre by a Chinese citizen subject to prosecution?

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'Why do Register commentards get so frothy-mouthed?' Thus started WW3

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Holmes

have you thought about getting out more?

We've all THOUGHT about it...

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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Paris Hilton

american politics

*shrug*

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Government locked into £330m Oracle contract until 2016

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"save up to £600m per year in savings"

and instead they're spending it in spendings?

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Google? Microsoft? What the heck do they do in cloud?

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Re: The main problem with the cloud...

Thank you for this comment.

The other part of the equation, if you are that big company/startup with a product that's cloud-able and it takes off, graph at which point it makes sense to own your infrastructure vs rent it and subtract the purchasing lead times to figure out when to initiate your own data centre project. You will have designed the application so it can go hybrid cloud or in-house if required, won't you?

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Meh

I'm a big fan of WPS Office

Libreoffice is just a bit bloated for an SSD install.

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

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Re: Dear Stephen

Fry?

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: Water wastage? FFS!

perhaps if they were sterilised in alcohol?

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

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WTF?

"Intel integrated technology British predictive text company SwiftKey"?

I'm sure the man himself would have expressed the message more clearly and succinctly.

I'm still circling the sentence without divining meaning.

"Intel integrated technology British predictive text company SwiftKey, which contacted the chip giant after reading about its plans to develop the new system. "

Is integrated the verb there?

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While the web stares at cat pics, the glue of the internet is being shifted from US govt control

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Headmaster

Who is this public who may comment?

Perhaps a link in the article to facilitate commentard feedback?

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Meh

9/12

ie: I got the ones requiring knowledge about american people wrong.

I would expect from the title that the quiz be a bit more technical.

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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Tough on The Sun

Tough on the causes of The Sun.

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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Facepalm

It's a real disease with doctors and medicine and everything!

It's my cross to bear.

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Everything your users ever need to know about BYOD

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VDI is good for Bring Some Other Dude's Device*

When there's an environment where a lot of business partners and sub contractors are working on site, each with their own corporate standard and secured laptop, VDI gives a nice abstraction layer for shared working. I've concerns about end users bringing home devices onto a network.

(*aka 'Be SOD'd' - copyright pending)

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

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Facepalm

Where do you start?

Don't start! Silly policy to save money now and spend more later.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Pint

portable Sauna Heater?

Finnish, smoky?

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BlackBerry comeback: BES12 server revealed – it will manage ALL THE THINGS

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I've a z10

After about 4 years of Android, I'm very impressed. All the Android apps I need work and everything out of the box is seamless. The build quality is good and I love the OS. I'm not sure I'm ready to go to a physical qwerty keyboard though and I'm certain I don't want a bigger screen, if I have to change it will be to a Sony z3 compact.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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Re: I'm waiting for BBC to follow suit

would they collect the bins too?

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Can you choose your carrier when a carrier owns the data centre?

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move your last sentence to the top of the article

It will save people a lot of time.

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

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WTF?

"They're proprietary. There's a high level of lock-in."

Who else is offering this? What's the migration path from Aurora to, say, PostgreSQL?

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RBS's Ulster Bank whacked with enormous IT cock-up fine

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Re: About £4.60 per customer affected

Yes, hardly an incentive not to fail again. Enormous is overstating it.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Well said, sir!

I am neither a Windows nor Linux sysadmin though I have, reluctantly, administrated servers for both. My Linux knowledge is weak, self taught, based on extensive use of G**gle and memories of my formal training in Sun Solaris and IBM AIX. I am a hack. I recognise this in myself but bemoan it when people who profess to administer Linux for a living have less knowledge on how the things work. When I meet a really good Linux sysadmin I am agog. They are not cheap but they are worthwhile. On the other hand, Windows seems pretty idiot proof to install, security harden and operate.

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Ireland's data cops: Yes, we probed LinkedIn. Don't ask what we found

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Fair enough

I'd rather a security auditor worked with the customer to fix the holes rather than chase publicity by exposing them.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Tech giants who encrypt comms are wittingly aiding their entire user customer base*,

* a tiny proportion of whom may later commit acts of terrorism

There, fixed it.

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First space Hasselblad goes under the hammer

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a bargain

I can't afford to spend that on what's basically a souvenir either but imagine you had Vasco de Gamo's sextant for sale, with documents of sale and unimpeachible authenticity? Your grandchildren would thank you for buying this.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

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Good luck buying an Android with only a 4' screen

I'm trying to replace my Sony Xperia Ray with something similar and can't find much under 4.5" these days.

For an office suite, try WPS Office. I find it works well on Android (Linux, Windows too) and it integrates with a range of cloud storage providers, so you can keep your work stuff on one, your finance on another, pictures of kittens on a 3rd, etc.

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BOFH: Stop your tiers – when it comes to storage, LESS is MORE

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accurate

"But as data gets larger, backups get larger and take more time."

"It doesn't and they don't," I say. "As time goes on, disk speeds increase – which is where we're backing up our data. And data isn't really increasing all that much anyway."

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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Boffin

Did the research subjects have to pay for the phone call?

I can imagine some female research assistants on the end of a premium rate line. Self funding science.

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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Twitter is so 2011

Maybe she's realised the social media thing won't last.

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Looking for a job in Europe? Experienced IT staff needed in UK, Italy and Germany

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Is the UK in Europe these days?

I can never keep up.

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Big Azure? Microsoft and IBM ink deal on business cloud

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cut and paste from a press release?

"Windows Sever is without doubt a corporate IT operating system standard while SQL Server one of Microsoft’s products growing at an insatiable rate."

I don't disagree with the message, it's the 'without doubt' and 'insatiable' words which I don't think mean what you think they mean.

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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Devil

Rufus said that

but it wasn't the best quote from the film, though possibly one of the cleanest...

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