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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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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

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amaze. wow. much users. a bit scare

That's a decent number of users suddenly having access to 50GB mailboxes. But if Microsoft can't handle Exchange/AD then no one can. No pressure then!

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'Yahoo! Breaks! Every! Mailing! List! In! The! World!' says email guru

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Re: What legit email admin ...

"... doesn't bounce toys like yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc. in the first place?"

One who perhaps has to deal with proper business-critical mail servers that live in the actual real world of e-mail?

Go ahead and live in your own e-mail cave. It doesn't sound like many people need to contact you anyway*. Burrrn!

*Apologies, smiley face, I couldn't resist

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Running OpenSSL? Patch now to fix CRITICAL bug

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Patched

Patched within a few hours of announcement, nice.

It's frightening when you think of how long it takes proprietary software vendors to acknowledge and fix bugs. Let alone how many undiscovered and undisclosed/exploited bugs must exist in proprietary software.

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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Shame

It's a shame that the infrastructure that results from this won't end up being owned by the taxpayer. A government funded proper FTTP roll-out, fair enough BT doing the build, then any from a wide range of comms provider can pay to provide service to customers.

It's not like trains where privatisation just results in local monopolies rather than national monopolies. With this there would be no physical or technical barrier preventing a whole host of comms providers from running services to customers in the same town/street. Plus the taxpayer gets to make money back over the long-term and ends up owning a decent blob of national infrastructure. Plus it would give Ofcom something to do.

It seems like a bunch of public money given to a private company to build themselves a nice expensive train set that we'll only be allowed to play with at weekends. And at a price we're powerless to ever argue against.

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

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Rubbish

Wow this tactic reminds me of the early days of domains, where nearly all registrars had fees for any single conceivably action.

These guys are complete jokers, on the same level as UKReg/Fasthosts. Most companies I've worked for have had an account and I always push for a switch.

Not to mention the control panel looks like it's not changed since 1998 and feels like a bunch of cobbled together CGI scripts and Apache Server Side Includes. Don't even think about managing more than 5 domains with it.

I actually hate the way that the contact details and owner information for UK domains has to now be managed at the registry rather than the registrar as well. Want to change the ownership information? That'll be £10+VAT to Nominet.

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Don't look at Maria's SQL, look at MY SQL, pleads Oracle

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Yep, ditch Wordpress.

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ICO plugs XSS vuln in its website. Only took watchdog FIVE YEARS

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Turning circle of a...

Turning circle of a... gov department.

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Forkin' 'L! Facebook, Google and friends create WebScaleSQL from MySQL 5.6

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Much scale, wow, big data, so hip

Funny as you see all these startups using FlapsDB (or some other NoSQL database trending on GitHub) because traditional RDBMS just can't operate at the scale they need. Are you sure about that? Facebook, Twitter, now that's scale.

Or maybe using NoSQL just increases their chances of getting their grubby hipster hands some Silicon Valley dosh, because like Big Data Cloud Internet Of Things is like so hot right now.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Pirate

Never

I'm still a while away from entering old-fart territory but I don't listen to modern mainsteam music. Even if I did, I would never buy it at new price from an actual shoppe.

For over 10 years now I've been buying (and selling) CDs/DVDs almost exclusively from 2nd hand sellers on ebay, discogs, Amazon marketplace. If I remember correctly, buying 2nd hand is piracy in the eyes of UK law just as much as downloading. And until the City of London Police* start seizing ebay/amazon etc domains then their persuit of download sites comes across to me as farcical.

The stuff I collect is more niche (70s/80s soul, rare groove, disco etc). Or modern electronic from specialist online download sites (traxsource.com or direct from artist/label).

* It appears that the City of London Police are the UK's copyright enforcement agency these days. I can only assume their charter must have been officially amended at some golf club somewhere. Either that or they've solved all their other crimes, all those financial irregularities we keep hearing about at city firms.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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LibreOffice, ImgBurn, 7-Zip, Notepad++, SumatraPDF, CutePDF writer, Pidgin, IrfanView, GIMP, Inkscape, FileZilla, WinSCP, Audacity, VLC

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Re: PDF

+1 for SumatraPDF. Used to deploy FoxIt but it became bloated adware.

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Re: OpenOffice?

OpenOffice is gone. I've used both, alot, and the first year of LibreOffice saw more improvement than the previous 3-4 years of OpenOffice.

So another +1 to LibreOffice

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Google grabs Gmail-using HTTPS refuseniks and coats them with SSL

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Cryptic

I'm assuming the phone calls coming in from the NSA/GCHQ to ask for any of their users' sh*t will be encrypted as well? Because I'm fine with that. Not.

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Facebook hacks out PHP alternative

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Re: Good

I honestly can't think of too many alternative languages that are as mature and would be able to operate at the same scale on the same hardware investment though.

ASP.NET? Java/Scala?

Python and Ruby possibly but nowhere near as battle tested at scale as PHP. Especially since with HipHop it's effectively just running C/C++. Good luck to them I say for pushing the limits and feeding that back.

Perl, they could use Perl.

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Doesn't sound like PHP's fault to me. Sounds like you should actually be angry at your boss for buying a crap software developer/crap human.

The problem with PHP is that most developers started off as website designers who then followed some Wordpress plugin tutorials. It's easy to weed out the flakes.

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Tech giants KNEW about PRISM, web snooping, claims top NSA lawyer

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Yes. Er no

Yes Mr NSA, they were fully aware. They were also fully aware of the court order you gave them from your secret military court telling them to keep it buttoned or else.

"If you have to go back to court every time you look at the information in your custody, you can imagine that would be quite burdensome". Yes Mr NSA, that's literally the entire point of judicial oversight.

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Microsoft closing in on Apache's web server crown

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LOL

I don't believe these stats because, well, it's rubbish. I hardly ever see IIS in the wild these days.

And personally, I wouldn't even trust it to run a domain parking page, which seems to account for most of the IIS market last time I looked.

One thing that may add an element of truth is people starting to use Azure's cloud object storage service, whatever that's called, and adding DNS records to it.

What everyone doesn't realise is that the Azure cloud is probably running haproxy, nginx, Apache just with the Server HTTP header changed to appear as IIS. I joke of course but the thought of Microsoft trusting their own software to handle the business-critical applications of paying customers has put me right off my breakfast.

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Yeah pretty much, noone runs IIS for anything serious. I only ever see it used for small AD auth endpoints.

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Cloud buyers: Why it makes sense to think local

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cloud != cloud

Most smaller/local providers offering "cloud" are basically giving you a few Dell PowerEdge nodes, in the same country, in a single datacentre, the same datacentre as all their other stuff, the same network as all their other stuff, and in the same racks as all their other stuff.

Just because the ESX nodes have been configured as a "cluster" that doesn't make it a cloud. That's just some dedicated servers with a "mission critical" premium added to the pricing. In those cases, you're better doing it yourself and spreading the risk around multiple DCs.

Proper cloud to me is the abstraction of resources through APIs and geographic redundancy.

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Hey, Nimbus Data. What you doin' with those 4TB flash slabs? Making a 96TB box? We KNEW it!

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16/8/4/2 Git/sec

How do you quantify that in Olympic swimming pools? A bonkers unit of measurement even by El Reg standards!

Pedantic, moi?

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Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

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amaze. wow.

much fisheye!

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