* Posts by Ken 16

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Are you a digital leader or a high-maintenance digital dunce?

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Re: "batting mobile out of the park"

I assume, since all the replies are taking the piss out of the phrase, that no one else knows what it means, in terms of the article, either?

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Ken 16
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WTF?

"batting mobile out of the park"

I'm not sure what that means, my first interpretation was that they have decided it's not worth pursuing but that doesn't seem to make sense in context. This is a real enquiry not meant sarcastically.

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Hacking Team mulled stopping Ethiopia sales – because of idiot g-men

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Politics

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Oracle to certify its database v.12c for Windows 10

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Re: Hold on a sec: "the 32-bit [...] versions of Windows 10"

To let it run on a €100 tablet with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage - before you start, in my day that was a very respectable mid range server specification!!!

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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What can you watch?

I find it hard already to justify the premium for Blueray (over DVD) at a theoretical 1080p HD, what can I buy that generates UHD output?

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Ubuntu phone on sale to world+dog ... but will it work on your network?

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Re: Americans ... don't be concerned... just step away from the phone...

I'd take Sailfish over Ubuntu too, and Blackberry BB10 over either but, as sales have proved, we're a minority.

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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no, that will be his son, Cyrus Vance III known as "Trey"

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Flame

"We support the privacy rights of individuals. But"

not really

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Illinois man steals vibrator, strips naked, attacks Obama

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Paris Hilton

Re: Re : retail value $48

You comment reminds me of the old Miami Vice TV show, I always wondered where Tubbs concealed that folding shotgun.

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Ken 16
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You know where to buy sex toys for £1? You must be popular with the ladies. I rely on Chinese websites for my discount distractions.

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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Someone has to really want to see a woman there

and have only anecdotal knowledge of their appearance, to be so excited.

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BOFH: Knitting bobble hats on the steps of the guillotine

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Re: Which just goes to show

Who's on the Tea committee?

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IBM splashes a BEEELLLLION dollars on med pics biz

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All your base

OK, IBM are buying up everyone's personal data and Google are making PC's and Operating Systems.

The end times are approaching (for somebody)

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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OpenVMS

A fundamentalist then?

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IBM and Apple sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g e-n-t-e-r-p-r-i-s-e b-u-y-e-r-s

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Shame the don't make their own laptops

Maybe they could partner with Lenovo, their X1 Carbon is a lot nicer than a McBook.

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Microsoft changes 'Outlook Web Access' to 'Outlook on the web'

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Don't devalue the brand

It's 'Outlook on the web' not 'Outlook on the Web'! *Hermione Granger voice*

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Mushroom

This is a Pot Noodle competitor isn't it?

People eating this would be having a protein shake or a pot noodle anyway, not a sit down meal.

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US taxmen won't say WHY they're probing Microsoft. So Redmond is suing the IRS

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Yeah, why didn't Google pay taxes in 1994-1998?

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Ken 16
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Re: Microsoft and the IRS

Maybe Microsoft could withdraw licencing for Windows and Office from the IRS, let them cope without Excel for a while?

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Re: Open Season

Do you mean shooting at them or (not sure how high they fly) running them down on horseback?

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Google adds Windows Server to Cloud Platform

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I have simpler goals

Which is to be design once then have my primary and secondary environments hosted on different vendors clouds so as to maintain system availability and contract negotiation leverage.

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Rise of the swimming machines: US sub launches and recovers a drone

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I thought Da's Boot

was a sequel to My Left Foot.

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You care about TIN? Why the Open Compute Project is irrelevant

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Pint

You type faster than me

Have a beer!

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Holmes

Efficiency vs Cost

An in house operation is never going to achieve the efficiencies of Google/Amazon etc but it may be able to provide core (steady load) processing at a lower cost. I think El Reg itself, in the past, has charted how cloud costs add up, to the point that a cloud solution is much more expensive for a known load than a dedicated set of servers. There is cost of management but the number of people with new skills needed to establish and run a cloud IAAS is maybe as high as for in house traditional workflows and they're harder to hire because they've got cloud on their CV. Cloud operators want to make money to invest in new server farms and they make it from their customers. It's got it's place but there's a reason people keep touting hybrid.

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It's official – HP really will get you a Windows 10 PC on July 29 (barely)

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What date can they get me SP1?

To fix the first day bugs?

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

It was, the postal districts were introduced under English rule at the same time as those in London and Belfast, etc.

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

Ireland jumped a few generations in technology and never really needed one.

We went from manual sorting using postal workers to electronic sorting with OCR.

The step where postcodes were useful, sequential electromechanical sorting (This letter means it's in Glasgow, this one means it goes to the centre, this number means it goes to this office, this letter mean it's assigned to this route etc) just got skipped.

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

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Holmes

Re: Love the gadgets but...

I've spent a (very) little money on a cradle for my phone, a mini HDMI to VGA adapter and a 1 > 4 way micro USB to USB female charging/OTG adapter. That means a very old monitor, keyboard and mouse available to me when I want to fire up Citrix to the office or edit a document.

I am the sort of grumpy old techie who may try adding a Hercules emulator to that mix.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras brings the EU to its knees

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Re: Many TRILLIONS of market losses from a $300B debt

A) That's the only reason people were watching the stream.

B) Websites go up, websites go down, it's not much of a story without context.

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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There's no cure...

to quote Game of Thrones

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Trollface

How many officers were involved?

And did they spend much time in the tank itself?

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Yikes! Facebook will run on TELEPATHY, thinks Zuck, in Q&A

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Big Brother

We can send rich full thoughts to each other

It's just we can't receive them.

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BlackBerry boss vows to keep making phones

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I'm sticking with my z10 for now and I'd like to replace it with the same (OS/size/resolution/replaceable battery/build quality) but better (battery life/processor/RAM).

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: People you may know, or know of, or something

While not disagreeing with your sentiment, in the interest of accuracy, it requests people provide their contact lists via a web authentication with their email provider, using the APIs from MS, Google, etc. LinkedIn itself doesn't learn your password.

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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

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Yes, I love the BB10 OS after years of every flavour of android, custom ROMs and launchers...it's smooth and easy.

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Libre Office comes to Android

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Meh

WPS/Kingsoft office already works well

It's nice that they're developing Libreoffice but wait til it works for the announcements.

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Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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Childcatcher

Boy band?

I've been insulting U2 since 1981 and I never really thought of them in that way.

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

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Re: All will be well then...

They'll probably lease the F-35's for an annual fee and keep them in service as long as the B-52's, that'll allow the politicians to keep that promise and Lockheed Martin to make their profits.

One last Carrier will be preserved with F-35's as a museum and it's antiquated systems will be all that keep it safe from the Drone attack so that it can lead humanity to a new home...oh wait, that's just a TV programme.

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

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Let the man talk

He's invented a marketing term 'Toxic IT' which can underpin a business case for transferring working IT systems to a virtual environment giving work for infrastructure people, application developers doing compatibility work, hordes of test teams...

OK, you'll wind up paying more for a system i partition on an AIX server than to keep your AS/400 running and your old backup tapes won't work, plus you need to upgrade versions of every piece of software and any savings will be passed to your hosting environment and reflected (slightly) in next years contract renegotiation BUT it's in a good cause.

Next week...LIMPET IT (TM pending) when you've stuck all your old IT in VMs and now they're so non-standard that no cloud provider can host them.

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Devil

Re: "legitimate medical practitioners"

They didn't go to Evil School for 7 years to be called 'Mister'

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PernixData chap: We are to storage as Alfred Nobel was to dynamite

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Re: "...as Alfred Nobel was to dynamite"

No, just making loads of money and using it all to endow scientific and humanitarian research, obviously.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Alien

Even seen how much an Oysterquartz.goes for?

"gathering dust quickly as technology marches on, when the battery falters, etc. With your Rolex, there's always another mug"

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Holmes

Hear him! Hear him!

Waistcoats are essential and indeed I choose my phones on the basis that they fit into my waistcoat watch pocket or the ticket pocket on my jacket.

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World’s oldest IT dining society breaks into the House of Lords

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Holmes

Damn good show.

All good IT decisions are made over a liquid lunch, time UK Government IT policy was set the same way.

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Headmaster

Re: ha

HTC isn't from THAT China.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Holmes

upvote for the ChapHop reference,

even though I'm a Mr B. partisan my own self.

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Snowden, NSA spying, hard drive malware ... what we need is a UN privacy watchdog!

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Gis a job?

I can do that.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Prestwick, naturally

Already cleared by NASA for Shuttle recovery, it's stupidly long and pretty isolated (but with rail links for bringing in the heavy bits.

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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New Yacht?

One up on Larry Ellison...

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Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

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Holmes

Doomed, but I want one

Because of it's swipe UI, I see the Jolla Tablet as the logical successor to my Blackberry Playbook. I am however a tragically limited market. (Parse that how you will)

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