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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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My essentials...

7zip, Notepad++, VLC, Irfanview and SumatraPDF

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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1366x768

1366x768 was truly horrible. Over 10 years ago I had an old Asus which had 1680x1050 and it was awesome. Ever since then trying to find something that wasn't 1366x768 at my "disposable" price point of £500-£700 has been basically impossible. I tend not to spend much more than that on a laptop since they get well-travelled and tend to die after a couple of years of airports and events.

Recently bought a unit from PCspecialist.co.uk for £550 and it's been doing the job nicely for a few months now. Didn't have to fork out for a Windows that I'm never going to use either.

I'll say thank you to Apple for giving other manufacturers a kick up the a*se with regards to building laptops with higher resolution screens.

I love being able to cram more windows, text, web pages etc onto a single screen view. I don't want higher resolution bouncy icons that end up being the same physical size on the 15" panel though, I think the marketing term for that is HIDPIDIIPIDDIIDPPI or something.

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Bittorrent wants to sink Dropbox with Sync 2.0

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Open

I really like BT Sync. It works really well for syncing 50GB design files around a team of 10 remote workers, with a backup server also receiving all the data. I also use it for syncing personal stuff between a few different devices.

But I am also wary of the fact that it's not open source. I'd chip in to a kickstarter for a completely open source equivalent. Don't have the time to do anything about it myself though.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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I wouldn't be surprised if they are actually using their own software to power their cloud. Would MS be that insane? A gigantic AD/Group Policy/DNS/Exchange infrastructure? What could go wrong!

They should probably think about setting up isolated availability zones.

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

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EVERYONE BE AFRAID...

EVERYONE BE AFRAID... WE WILL PROTECT YOU!

Oh actually, no we won't. We can't really. Sort yourselves out, especially you city bankers, you're very important to us. Peons and the hoi polloi, not so much. We don't need to spend all that tax dosh on offence/defence and anti-terror after all! But we'll keep the budget thx.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Doubt it

Surely being an MP is classed as "unskilled labour", given that you don't need academic or vocational qualifications, or even to know vaguely what you're talking about as a cabinet minister, in order to apply to be one. That's why the pay is so sh*t. Oh wait...

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Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder

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Loss of service

I've lost service with Fasthosts many times with many clients, permanently, and always with great success!

They are one of those shoddy companies that really should have gone out of business by now. Hopefully it won't be too much longer.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

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Have an upvote for name-checking Xilo.

Moved to them just after Be started pushing people to Sky, and couldn't be happier. Was using O2 Wholesale through Xilo so basically the same connection as I had on Be. Then O2 Wholesale was sold off so migrates to TalkTalk Wholesale and still happy. Central London and no FTTC when all that happened, so sticking with FTTE (fibre to the exchange (ADSL)).

Xilo are just resellers but their customer service is outstanding... Just like Be.

Plus all the net nanny stuff like Camron's national censorship filter and blocking of the obvious t*rrent trackers is disabled.

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Microsoft's Lync becomes 'Skype for Business'

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Good news!

This is good news. I really like using desktop applications that have adverts pumped into them.

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Virgin?

The clue is in their name.

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We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

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ldn

I might have been more tempted if it was shorter like .ldn. Also I couldn't register my name or where I lived because they were premium. Some availability checkers said available (123-reg... Urrrrg) but always checking with the registry resulted in "premium". Forget it.

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Re: Eh?

Woah, I have truly incurred the wrath of Taylor Swift's fanbase here on LeReg!

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Eh?

"Rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free."

I agree with Taylor Swift (whatever one of those is). I would like to see her music be infinitely valuable, by being so rare that it doesn't actually exist outside of her tiny little mind.

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Canonical pushes LXD, its new mysterious drug for Linux containers

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CoreOS

I really fancy giving CoreOS a spin if I ever get any time... https://coreos.com

That is all.

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UK.gov mulls what to do about digital currencies

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I can haz refund?

Yeah because the regulation of traditional "physical" currencies is ever so effective in stopping organised crimnals, terrierits and pedifiles. Noone has ever committed massive scale fraud or other financial crimes since regulation of the financial services industry has been around either.

I presume I can claim a refund for someone deciding to waste my tax money on this inquest/consultation/quango or whatever these gatherings of chubby UKgov blazer-wearing eunuchs are called these days?

I despair at the people who make these decisions. I despair even more at the people who just nod their heads in total gormless agreement.

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Drupalgeddon megaflaw raises questions over CMS bods' crisis mgmt

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Re: Horrendous!

Yes it did take that long.

The original security advisory was posted on the 15th Oct. The next followup announcement informing you that you need to patch within 7 hours or restore from backup, came on the 29th Oct... https://www.drupal.org/PSA-2014-003

Is it just me that finds it insane that it takes 2 weeks to provide that followup advice through the official channels?

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Horrendous!

I don't really understand why it took until the 29th to advise users that they should probably restore from backups. We have backups of course but each day that goes by makes restoring from a backup almost exponentially less feasable.

People who are active in the community and spend all day in #drupal on IRC might stay on top of the aftermath of something like this. But I don't think most users of Drupal employ full-time babysitters for their CMS. Many Drupal site administrators are probably not the most technical either, it's a point-n-click application, so why bother employing a sysadmin when we can pay for Jonny Wordpress to have a morning of Drupal training and a book to not read.

At best Jonny Wordpress might subscribe to the security announcement feeds or mailing lists. Perhaps even these... https://www.drupal.org/security/rss.xml and https://www.drupal.org/security/psa/rss.xml

In which case he would have no idea of the total sh*tstorm that's rained down in the intervening 2 weeks.

SQL injection is horrendous and especially bad news where so much of a site's structure and config is stored in the database. And even worse when the bug has been present for the 3+ years since the release of Drupal 7.

I've always thought Drupal was a total dog of a CMS. Unfortunately though it's the easiest dog there is for fudging custom applications without too much actual development experience required.

Typically I see 200+ DB queries to load a page, 4k+ in some cases with a totally cold cache. And people wonder why their Drupal sites have such poor performance! The best way to use Drupal is to not use Drupal at all, and I'm not just being an arse by saying that, i mean just use it as a glorified static HTML generator and cache the result in Varnish/nginx.

IMO if you need 300 modules and blobs of code to get a thing to do what you want, you should probably be doing it yourself anyway.

Lol, I suppose the old witty IRC reply to questions/requests for help does apply in this case... Not happy? Ask for a refund*

* I'm not slating open source in the slightest so pls don't downvote. Anyone who works with open source projects will have seen someone reply with that at some stage.

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LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 – dual SSD sizzler

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Hurm

So for people editing 4K video this device is good for about 20secs of footage then?

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DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned

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Re: Ouch

And actually reading this https://www.drupal.org/project/drupalgeddon what's insane is that the advice to "restore from backups from before 15 October 2014" was given on the 20th Oct. Probably not that feasable for busy news sites.

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Ouch

I assume this bug has been hanging around since Drupal 7 release in 2011? In that case it would be safer to assume that every Drupal site has been hacked well before this patch was released.

Surprising there's an SQL injection vuln since the database is so central to Drupal operation. You would think they would be far more aware, especially given the way they make so many APIs and hooks available to module developers. I've seen Drupal sites doing 300+ DB queries to load a single page (4k+ in one case with a completely cold Drupal cache)! And people wonder why their Drupal sites are so slow!

Drupal's a total dog of a CMS, but it's the best dog there is for customisation. Although if you need to bolt on 200+ modules to achieve your basic requirements, I would say you're better off doing it from the ground up anyway.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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We do not negotiate with terrorists

No we just bend over. And over time, we become them.

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HP releases OpenStack cloud

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Proprietary

I've seen this film before and it's rubbish. Take an open source project, wrap it in proprietary gubbins, sell it to clueless C*Os, then it falls behind the upstream project after 6 months, vendor updates dry up as the departments get "re-focused", then in 18 months' time community support and documentation no longer applies to you and you can't upgrade to the upstream community project.

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Mozilla hopes to challenge Raspbian as RPi OS of choice

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Re: selling point

Switch SD cards? Noobs multi-boot will fix that, though still need to reboot.

Or just buy a Pi to dedicate to OpenELEC

For a small, low-power desktop take a look at the new Zotac Pico wotsit. Seems quite good, though Win8+Bing and about 5x the cost of a Pi. But definitely more usable as a full desktop.

I really like the idea of being able to deploy the Pi (or an HDMI TV stick) as a thin client which could fire up a VPN connection automatically and launch a remote desktop session.

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Levitating house?

So when an earthquake hits is the copper surface underneath also going to have an electro-magnetic layer underneath that? And the copper surface underneath that and ... etc

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Maglev

In the 80s I was promised maglev trains. When will we get some?

Since our gov wants to spend £40bn of our money to buy us all a new high speed train set (that noone has actually asked for (democracy dear boy)) to drain the North 15-20% faster, then I at least want it to be interesting and not some Victorian throwback by the time it's completed in 2040.

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

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Money

"Amazon outbid Google and gTLD powerhouse Donuts to pay $2.2m for the rights to sell dot-spot addresses"

Rights to sell? Or rights to stop anyone else selling?

Why? No idea. Maybe just to annoy Google by setting up .blog.spot

But I wonder what proportion of these extra TLDs will ever be publicly available. Donuts seem to sell alot of theirs but as a private company setup solely to do this, it makes sense. In order to apply for one of these you should have to make registrations publicly available within a year, that would stop big corporates from polluting the internet with .canon .google .sony etc.

So what happens to all the money ICANN are presumably grabbing from this? Filling a US.gov budget defecit no doubt, before ICANN is spun off to "neutral" ownership.

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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dot whatever

At least ICANN won't go short of money after all those applicants for sponsored TLDs each paid $250k!

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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No propulsion?

No propulsion? Surely there would need to be some sort of thrusters to correct its trajectory within space?

Otherwise once it picks up some decent speed it's going to be slingshotting unpredictably around the galaxy using gravity of the nearest stars/planets. Sounds like a prototype for an Infinite Improbability Drive to me!

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GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’

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Consultation period!

We've taken on board your views and have decided to ignore them and do whatever we want anyway.

That pretty much covers the attitudes of all Govs, red or blue. Doesn't seem like democracy's working, best to ignore it.

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'Dropbox passwords' for sale are all EXPIRED: Bitcoin buyers beware

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Joke

7 million accounts?

I find that very hard to believe.

Unless it's 1000 users all signing up for multiple accounts to get more than the default ~2MB of space.

Joke icon but seriously bro, 2GB for free accounts?

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Re: Rose tinting?

Internet != www

I would have thought the stats they get from all the f*ckzillions of DNS lookups they handle would actually be pretty valuable. Not all wgets/mail clients/daemons and whatever other internet-aware processes (lots and lots and lots!) that do DNS lookups have JS enabled. GA just gets you data from web browsers.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: Nice, but why...

This is exactly the reason the first thing I do is dump the manufacturer's Android and stick on CyanogenMod. It means I get total consistency across devices, rather than some options on one and other options on another.

Hopefully manufacturers (+ operators) are starting to realise that their "value added" sh*t is actually costing them a huge amount of good favour and potentially money.

This looks great... a worthy replacement for my 7" Ainol Fire (snigger)

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Web Devs: Learn to build high performance websites to banish autumn blues

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Web devs? Azure? .Net?

You guys made me lol real hard lolololol :D

Wait, this is serious?

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Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

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D-Link

Belkin vs D-Link, undecided which is worse after all these years. So I tend to avoid both.

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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Re: Humm

On a partial note, I went into a phone franchise retail branch the other day and was amazed at how many Sony phone models were available, must have been 20+ different models on display. No wonder they're losing money hand over fist.

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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I agree

I agree. The Wilson Doctrine needs to be repealed. It's not really appropriate for MPs to enjoy the presumption of innocence when I, as their employer, do not.

What is this National Crime Agency anyway? A UK equivalent of the FBI? Either way it's an incredible statement by a government to admit that the police is no longer fit for the purpose of solving crimes. I guess the role of the police is now officially restricted to just beating up students and ethnic minorities.

Anyway. I'll leave my front door open, take all my money in a bag to the treasury and collect my new national workslave number and uniform.

"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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No words

Give people an inch and they'll take a mile.

Want to search my house? Warrant. Want my voicemail? Warrant. Want my e-mail/browser history? Warrant. The process is supposed to be awkward, expensive, time-consuming to cut out trivial use and ensure it's only used when necessary.

A rubber stamp that any old jobsworth civil servant peon can obtain is not fair. Yet MPs are covered by the Wilson doctrine, so we have no way of knowing what they're up to on our time. Frightening.

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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Awesome

I bought a 240GB Samsung 840 Pro about 18 months ago and the thing made such a difference to my old laptop. Saw a deal on an OCZ 100GB drive for £40 and went for it, sold the Samsung for close to the £160 I paid for it. Laptop was pretty old and just couldn't hit the throughput that the Samsung needed. I hardly ever keep any data on my laptop and still manage to dual-boot Win7 and Xubuntu in the 100GB.

An SSD has been the best computing upgrade purchase I have ever made by a big distance.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

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Re: Toss...

^ This!

Or high speed train sets. Or underwater nuclear death cocks. Or sports days regenerating depressing areas of London into depressing gigantic retail opportunities, encompassing modern lifestyles in the heart of one of London's most vibrant... F*ck off!

Something's wrong with democracy when so much money appears to be spent at the whim of a select group of blazer tossers.

Basically more money for London, lucky lucky London. And I live in it. Honestly the investment gap between London and everywhere else seems embarassing.

£3bn could have made a decent dent on a nationwide FTTB/P roll-out. InnovateUK my arse.

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UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares

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US-UK cyber innovation summit

"US-UK cyber innovation summit"

It's not called "The 5 Eyes" by any chance is it?

I also note that it's US-UK and not UK-US. Yet another ever so special mono-directional special relationship?

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Bank IT bod accused of stealing $40 MEEELLION from employer

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Bitcoi... oh!

I knew these new fangled crypto currencies would never work out when compared to good old fashioned super-regulated cash stored in super-secure banks. Oh...

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Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach

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IRC

If you don't use IRC then you or your employer is using the wrong software. Or you're just a lowly 3rd line M$ peon, lol smily face

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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2%? Optimistic!

I presume these savings are also assuming that both energy usage and prices stay constant. I don't know about anyone else but each generation of electrical goods and gadgets that I end up with need more power and more frequent charging.

Presumably we all get a refund when this doesn't work out and the poorly qualified civil servants have to personally foot the bill.

Since when does a government do anything to save anyone any money, ever. There must be something else to this.

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Troll or thief? User claims Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto dox sabotage

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scree shots

"scree shots"

Like proper rough hardcore dirty filth?

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We lift the lid on Intel's Pro 2500 SSD. Shock, horror: It doesn't use its own NAND chips

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Wow!

"a 4GB image took 36 seconds at 101GB/s."

Pics or it didn't happen.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Charge for iplayer

I own a TV, pay the license and hardly ever watch it live. That's my problem to worry about. The fact that the BBC has to try to appeal to everyone is its biggest curse, especially when 80% of the population they have to target are absolute morons. It would be impossible for >50% of license fee payers to like >50% of the content. I like bits of their TV, their childrens programming doesn't have adverts for yet moar toys every 5 minutes and their websites are usually better than their competitors. MSN, Sky(Fox)News? Really?

When I look at the listings of what's available on the basic Sky package then it's crazy to think that so many people stump up a minimum of £240 per year.

Some of the BBC spending decisions are quite bizarre though. I don't mind F1 and the BBC coverage was excellent, but spending such a large chunk of dosh for the TV rights of such a commercially-orientated sport is bonkers.

What is exasperating is the number of people in this comments section who seem to be whingeing about the quality of BBC content being the reason they don't own a TV... but are quite happy to burp and fart in front of an iplayer. That loophole should be closed.

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Microsoft, eBay apps open to man-in-the-middle diddle

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US CERT

When he says "If an attacker is interested in performing MITM attacks, they're already doing it", presumably he's including the NSA in with "attackers".

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Fujitsu, Intel tilt at hyperscale storage with Ceph-powered arrays

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Urrrg.

Urg. Vendor re-packing of open source projects... we all know how this ends up.

3 years down the road, hardly any updates, 2 major versions behind the community, loads of annoying bugs that VendorX hasn't backported and almost certainly won't.

So you roll a proper deployment of the open source shiny yourself, turns out it's cheaper and better supported by the community. Win!

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Next blockbuster you watch could be rendered on Google: Star Trek fx biz Zync gobbled

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Amazon

Sounds like an effort to try and get near Amazon's Elastic Transcoder service that's been around for quite a while now. Up until now MS and Google's public cloud offerings have only been attacking Amazon on price of storage and compute, with everyone seemingly ignoring the vast breadth of Amazon's other cloud service offerings. Still got quite a way to go to match Amazon when you compare all the other stuff they have tucked up their skirt.

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Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

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Distros

"At launch, enrollees can take the certification exams on their choice of three Linux distributions, including CentOS, OpenSuse, and Ubuntu. Neither Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) nor derivatives like Fedora are included in the program so far."

Erm, isn't CentOS built from RHEL sources bro? With all the RedHat trademarks/logos swapped out, it's basically bug-for-bug identical. So a RHEL derivative is in fact available?

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