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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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You've got three days to patch Adobe Flash, Air, Reader

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Lol @ Adobe Reader

Unfortunately bundled with new computers and pumped out in group policies across the world.

Do yourself a favour... http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/free-pdf-reader.html

Using Firefox? about:config... pdfjs.disabled = TRUE will be good for you as well. I got fed up of it hosing my browser when loading any PDF larger than 5MB.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Re: Why trust any third party?

Better...

< /dev/urandom tr -dc _A-Z-a-z-0-9@\!\$ | head -c30

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Honeypot

Let's just slide these black boxes in behind our SSL offloaders/load balancers. 5 mins downtime will be fine.

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

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Encouraging piracy?

"You can download feature length films faster..."

So the primary economic benefit to the UK of super-fast broadband he's quoting is... the facilitation of piracy?

This comes directly from a govminster. Wonder what proxy he used to get around the ISP blocking? Someone better tell the City of London police immediately, an example needs to be made of these people!

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Freetard

I've not paid the film/music cartels a penny for over a decade. How? 2nd hand purchases thanks to everyones least favourite but monopolistic auction site, and amazon. Oh and google if you're struggling to find a decent proxy to get to those first two sites. You see ISPs have been ordered to block them due to encouraging and facilitating massive scale piracy, the buying and selling of 2nd hand media. Wha... wait, not blocked? I don't understand!

Catch me if you can, City of London police. BTW you can find me at your golf club. I've got a job for you. Payment in cash. And dinners. And how about a trip to Nottinghamshire.

Have the CoL police not got anything better to do, what with all those financial irregularities going on in their patch? What, solved and the perpetrators punished? Oh right, jolly good then, carry on.

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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OpenWRT

Call me once someone's done the hard work and got OpenWRT builds for some of these and I'll start listening.

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Tiny steps: HTTP 2.0 WG looks for consensus

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Re: Self-signed

True, was just on a ramble

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Self-signed

The requirement of SSL/TLS on HTTP 2 connections certainly will mean alot of people won't bother adopting it because of cert costs as you'd basically need a cert per vhost.

But the main benefits of HTTP 2 are performance and security. If you need the performance benefits of HTTP 2 then chances are you can afford to spring for a £7/year RapidSSL cert. Lil Bobby Website running his own little Wordpress, well he can carry on as he is. Lets face it, HTTP 1.1 won't going away for a long time.

From the ops side, SSL/TLS theoretically requires a dedicated IP address unless you use SNI. Since most browsers have supported SNI for years (FF since v3 or v4), IE on WinXP being the biggest group that doesn't, then this is no big deal. All that happens anyway is the user gets a cert warning and if they're using IE on Win XP they'll see alot of those and plenty of other warnings/broken sites around the place anyway. So that's pretty much a non-issue, using SNI reduces alot of complexity.

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What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

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lol @ Java

Imagine if Facebook had used Java, it wouldn't actually exist. Would be awesome.

Another day another "tail -f catalina.out", "java.lang.OutOfMemoryError" and "-Xms10000000000G"

"It's an enterprise language bro!" they say. Sigh.

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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Firebuggered?

Actually I've found Firebug has become almost unusable with the last few versions, taking 10s+ to show the panel. And since then I've discovered that the Firefox dev tools are perfectly adequate for my needs these days. I've also had a colour picker extension for a number of years.

The problem I see is that the browser is becoming lumbered with more and more tools that actually only enhance the experience for a small percent of its potential userbase. And all of those tools being built-in surely come with a performance or maintainability cost somewhere down the line.

Firefox's big benefit to me all those years ago was its extensibility and the fact that it wasn't tied in to doing a Windows Service Pack upgrade or some other insanity. Now they seem hell-bent on incorporating loads of code into the core which should be modular and stripped out as extensions: sync (weave), developer tools, PDF viewer (pdfjs). I'm not saying they're not worthy additions, well apart from the PDF viewer which got disabled* straight away as it kept barfing over relatively small ~10MB PDFs. But they are additions and should be official addons authored by the core development teams.

With the new Fisher Price version I noticed massive memory ballooning happening after a few days of leaving the browser open. I keep my machine on all the time with roughly the same profile of tabs/windows open and was finding that with v29 after a few days it was chomping 2GB+ memory and almost unusable until I re-opened. Switched back to v28 and not had a single occurrence of that in 3+ weeks now. Not particularly scientific but there was definitely something bad happening there.

* about:config > pdfjs.disabled = true. You're welcome :)

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Memory growth in v29+ on Win 7

I tend to leave my machine on during the week and FF is always open overnight. I upgraded to v29 "fisher price" and found that after 2-3 days of being open, memory would gradually balloon to 1.5GB+ and never be released, leading to massive swapping and an ususable browser. I'd never noticed this with v28 with a broadly identical set of tabs and use pattern.

Reverted to 28 and that problem's not happened in 3+ weeks. Not particularly scientific but there's definitely something in it.

I honestly don't understand why they spent so much time modifying the UI to apparently try and save 1-2px of screen real estate. IMO they pretty much nailed it with the old UI.

On another note, anyone use Firebug? I used to but it seems basically unusable these days, taking about 10s to display the window, since maybe v24+ or so. The built-in developer tools do the same job but just wondered if anyone else has noticed this with Firebug? Might kill that extension off.

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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Yet

No... must... not... rant.... here goes...

And yet ministers have the audacity to whinge that they should have a bigger cut of tax revenue from individuals and corporates participating in perfectly legal tax avoidance schemes?

Yeah I mean we'd all like a bit more money all of the time, humans are greedy. Especially all the chubby little eunuchs that waddle about inside Westminster.

But I would also defend the right to anyone big or small to abide by the law and pay their legal minimum amount of tax, like I do and probably 100% of UK tax payers. Presumably Theresa May wasn't making additional voluntary tax contributions while she was burping "morally repugnant" at anything that moved. (Though it was quite amazing to hear that she and likely most other politicians consider themselves our moral superiors/guardians - by definition that's impossible!)

So in conclusion, there's no way I feel our public agencies should have access to more dosh until they prove that they won't just waste it on beer, hookers, botched IT projects, limpics, and a marginally faster train set that will cost 4x as much to ride on.

Phew!

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Rendition

Get rendered to diego garcia, they "lose" the records quickly enough then.

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Vote?

So did anyone vote for this?

Ah, golf club democracy dear boy.

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'I don't want to go on the cart' ... OpenSSL revived with survival roadmap

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DogeSSL?

amaze much secure wow http://www.libressl.org

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Half a meellion euros stolen in week-long bank smash 'n' grab

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Bitcoi... eh?

And this is the problem with dodgy cryptocurrencies. People setting up "banks" promising the security of a bank with the security budget and expertise of a packet of peanuts.

Wait, what, this isn't...? Oh.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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Fix

Not promising to sort out Tone's botched regime change in the Middle East then?

On topic, yes they'll pause it. Then resume it. Called something like Universal Cloud Credit Big Data Reboot Beta Internet Of Things, specced by the same unqualified moronic civil serfs, needing another £Xbn in project managers, project manager managers, and contractors familiar with FlapsDB or some other NoSQL startup database currently trending on GitHub.

The colour of a governing party might change and lurch 1 degree to the left but sadly that's no guarantee of competence. I've seen this film before and it's sh*t.

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32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

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Eh?

Management stuff on the same switch/LAN as normal traffic? And exposed to the internet?

That sounds more like 32,000 sackings to me!

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US marshals leak list of possible Bitcoin buyers

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Guilty?

A genuine question...

Can they sell off someone's assets before they've got a conviction, or even a trial?

Or is probably guilty now officially good enough in the eyes of the law?

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Morally repugnant

Legal? Sure, just make the laws to fit.

Morally repugnant? Most definitely!

I notice the self-appointed guardians of citizens' morality aren't blurting about the morality of this one. It's quite astounding that any politician could ever consider themselves morally superior or even morally equal to a normal human being. Scumbags.

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VMware: Amazon's cloud calculator a load of flatulant FUD

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FUD

Wow, I didn't realise that data transfer, rack space, power usage and IP addresses are included with the VMware license costs. Very nice of them to cover those costs as they tend to be significant. I'll be speaking to our VMware partner immediately, as we're definitely paying for that.

I also didn't realise that VMware also include the ability to migrate VMs to other locations/datacentres within a matter of minutes.

Mind you I would always argue with VMware's use of "cloud" in their marketing guff (in fact most uses of the word "cloud" in marketing guff). In this specific guff they refer to a 5 host "cluster", all connected to the same network, in the same datacentre, and in the same country. That doesn't sound much like a cloud in my book - that's just some servers in colo.

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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

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Oyster in taxis?

So this is just an oystaaar card added to taxis? wow. amaze.

Though did I read somewhere (here on Reg probably) that the Oyster tech/license costs TfL a fair amount, that's why they're desperate to try and replace it with a new bonking card tech?

I've heard they're already planning to call it the "Scampi" card, which I think is fantastic.

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AWS breaks silence over Truecrypt's role in data import/export

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Better than nothing

This is just for when you ship physical media to bulk import into S3. It's optional to protect the data in transit. If some random postman grabs your HDD then I think it's unlikely they'll be able to decrypt your TrueCrypt volume. Surely still a much better option than no encryption at all.

Out of genuine interest, do MS or Google's clouds offer import of encrypted data when you ship bulk data?

Even better would be to encrypt it yourself then wrap it in Truecrypt, at least that would delay anyone wanting to have a nose at your private data before it's dumped onto, a, gasp, public, cloud. Oh.

I'd also much prefer to use something that's open source (apart from the Win binaries) and auditable rather than something who's sourcecode will probably never see the light of day.

You've got to worry who's doing the audit though. I mean, who's really doing the audit?

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207 thousand lights-out boxes are STILL hackable

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Open to the internet?

Management stuff going into the same switch/LAN? Ooof. Left open to the internet? Wow, someone should get sacked for that.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Sums up

Totally sums up politics in this country. No long term plan, no constructive discussion, just relentless bickering between opposition and government. A new bunch come in and immediately start undoing everything done before, just because they were Red and we are Blue.

And who loses? Everyone! Well apart from the blazer brigade of UK.gov middle management and upwards. Don't forget, we're all in this together private supper club what what!

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Five eyes spies good for us: Tony Abbott

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Good for us?

Presumably by "us" he means the usual group of bozos that comprise the political/beauracratic classes, blazer wearing eunuchs and their prep school corporate CEO chums. Or actually, the US.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Good but sort Cinnamon Desktop grid

Mint user for 18 months or so here and it works pretty well with my nasty AMD Turion Neo laptop chipset. Suspend/resume sometimes bombs, bluetooth doesn't turn off and wifi just stops requiring a reboot but no issues that are frequent enough or nightmareish enough to use anything else.

Wish they'd implement a proper icon grid on the Cinnamon Desktop though... https://github.com/linuxmint/nemo/issues/108

I ended up with icons all over hell before switching to XFCE.

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

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Cloud != Cloud

If it's all in one datacentre, attached to one network, in one country, it's not a cloud. Just a bunch of dedicated servers with a nice fat cloud(TM) price markup.

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

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Reset

Sounds like it was the meat they employed to blame for this one, compromised accounts. Aren't they regulated as a bank these days? Or does that just apply to their Paypal racket?

I might switch to LastPass. Keep complex passwords all in a centralised web-based service... What could go wrong!

Also what happened to loading a public/private key pair into your browser and authing that way? All your details encrypted with your private key but stored on whoever's servers. Sounds a bit better than the current shambles to me. I remember it was all the rage with HSBC business banking 15 years ago or so, albeit with a hilariously complicated implementation.

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Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

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Adobe ID?

Finally got around to hashing the passwords of Adobe ID accounts - turns out they've ballsed that up as well. My faith in anything Adobe does vanished a long long time ago.

So the word "cloud" in Creative Cloud actually just means, license activation/DRM?

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AWS brings Workspaces to Australia at a premium price

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Hello HTML 4.0!

Just saying a little hello to the default HTML table styling there, great to see you, it's been a long time!

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Sony bosses will return bonuses as firm preps for BILLIONS in losses

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Re: No focussing on the customer then?

+1 one for the dumb TV! Raspberry Pi+OpenELEC or some other HTPC works much better than a world of proprietary iPlayer/Facebook/YouTube apps that magically stop working once the replacement model is announced.

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Australia targets software maintenance costs with Drupal plan

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Re: Crap performance

Oh I wouldn't say that at all. Check out http://www.whitehouse.gov a busy site running Drupal. But they're running all requests through a Varnish cache so Drupal itself doesn't ever have to do much.

I like Drupal's flexibility* but expect to put in some work and get some dedicated infrastructure if you're going to be busy.

* though overall it's my least favourite because of the low performance baseline. All CMSs I've ever worked with are basically rubbish and the only way to get what you really want with excellent performance is to go custom and do it yourself.

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Re: Crap performance

We did loads of performance testing with JMeter and AB when migrating stuff to a shared Drupal/Aegir platform. We had a jungle of sites all running different CMSs (custom/Joomla/Wordpress/Typo3) and each of those were able to easily handle at least 50x more requests per second than out of the box Drupal.

Once we added Drupal caching backed by memcached and APC, then that brought Drupal up to and slightly exceeding the performance levels of our existing CMSs. Until we added APC/memcached to our existing CMSs that is, then Drupal was playing catch-up again.

Honestly, Drupal is an absolute slug and not for the feint hearted.

We still chose it as dealing with one horrible beast of a CMS is easier than dealing with 5+ horrible but much less-beastly CMSs. And once you've got a caching proxy layer then Drupal becomes irrelevant apart from for content editors.

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Crap performance

With the immense flexibility that Drupal offers, especially when using multi-site platforms with something like Aegir, comes terrible performance. I mean truly unimagineably terrible performance on a scale I've only ever witnessed with Java monsters like Alfresco.

In my experience the only way to get even passable performance out of Drupal, is to not use Drupal at all! I'm not being a smart-arse. By that I mean cache the b*****ks off it, using nginx or Varnish as a caching reverse proxy so most front-end requests never actually hit Drupal. For it to even work for a small number of users you'll definitely need Drupal's caching, APC and memcached. Oh and get your databases on flash storage/SSD as Drupal eats DB i/o.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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No Thunderbolt = No sale!

Oh, actually I got that wrong. What I meant was I couldn't give a t*ss about Thunderbolt*

Could probably be quite a cost-effective little mining machine.

*I was vaguely interested when Thunderbolt was going to be optical and potentially be a cost-effective way of pumping digital a/v around large convention centre halls. But it turns out it's just a faster version of USB (which I wouldn't really need), with another different a/v connection built-in, much higher licensing costs, and very few peripherals.

Surprising that Intel's not blowing its own Thunderbolt trumpet with this unit though.

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Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

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MICROSD

JUST PUT MICROSD SLOTS BACK INTO ALL PHONES AGAIN YOU TOTAL IDIOTS!

WORRIED ABOUT PEOPLE TAKING THE CARD OUT WHILE THE DEVICE IS IN USE? PUT IT UNDER THE BATTERY.

THEN I WOULDN'T HAVE TO PUT UP WITH...

1) HORRIBLE MTP TRANSFER

2) THE CONSTANT RISK THAT ANDROID MIGHT BRICK ON MY DEVICE AND I HAVE TO RE-FLASH, LOSING THE CONTENTS OF THE INTERNAL MEMORY.

I SUPPOSE THEY EXPECT ME TO USE CLOUD STORAGE INSTEAD, BUT HOW DOES THAT WORK ON A PLANE/TUBE/IN ANOTHER COUNTRY.

BUT THE MOST INFURIATING THING IS THAT MOST INTERNAL MEMORY IN PHONES IS JUST A SOLDERED IN MICROSD SLOT/CARD ANYWAY!

Sorry about the shouting but it's just incredibly annoying that it seems most smartphones now don't seem to have MicroSD slots.

I bought an 8GB Moto G. Great phone but only 5GB is actually usable by the user, even then there's a bunch of Google bloat on there taking another 500MB

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