* Posts by Ken 16

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

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Facepalm

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

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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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Paris Hilton

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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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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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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Have it all: BlackBerry to port crown jewels to iPhone, Android

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Re: Should have made Android handsets in the first place

Only if they can reproduce the BB10 UI

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

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How many clones?

How many little Boys from Blenheim can the 1922 committee clone from that?

I assume the toil, tears & sweat will reach the podium in the near future.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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I'm a big fan of WPS Office

As the only office suite which runs on Linux and which successfully interprets MS Word formatting, comments and changes.

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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Big Brother

or maybe Benny Hill is still on TV there?

And those are the risks you take coming to the decadent West.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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"Your plastic pal who's fun2bwith"

Marvin, according to the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.

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Swedish National Font marches to the sound of whalesong

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Re: Words on flags ...

It's a bit insensitive of you to be annoyed at people in distress. It's a cry for help really.

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Are virtualisation and the cloud SNUFFING OUT traditional backup software?

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Holmes

How do you recover?

Where do you recover to?

How long does data recovery take?

How do your staff access?

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Google can't win

Yes, they smell of pee too.

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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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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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