* Posts by cmaurand

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

cmaurand

Re: Gouging

Of course, if they'd just deploy fiber to the curb, this wouldn't be an issue.

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Re: Perversely, I thought metering was sane.

Actually it's simple. I know quite a few people that have disconnected their cable for netflix and hulu plus. So the cable company is losing revenue (mainly because their prices are too high) and with netflix they don't have to watch commercials. So lot's of advertising revenue is lost, too. To that end the cable companies want to make up the loss of that revenue. They're cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

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Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

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AMD

Nobody's talking about AMD which has had a 16 Core Opteron server chip out there for quite a while running at 2.8 GHz as well. Intel is playing catch up.

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Yawn

Nice rehash of the press release.

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Government-built malware running out of control, F-Secure claims

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Symantec

doesn't stop anything new anyway so why worry?

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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger's DARKEST FEARS revealed

cmaurand

Core vs. Socket

Looks to me like they want to start licensing by the core and not the socket driving up licensing costs. That should get folks to look for alternatives even faster than now since VMWare is pretty pricy. It makes Hyper-V look much better if you're a microsoft house. It makes KVM look better if you're a Linux house. Of course, lest we forget, the hypervisor is a Linux flavor after all.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

cmaurand

It's quite nice actually

Seriously. It's no taller than a 12 meter yacht (typically 90 feet). 90 ft of draft is a bit much, but it looks like it would be very stable and a smooth ride. A nice design and it looks be a very elegant work platform.

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

cmaurand

I send text messages all over the world including places that put me right into the crosshairs of the NSA via facebook and skype. I hadn't even heard of what's app before facebook bought them, but to my knowledge young people were using what's app to get away from facebook. so if facebook now owns what's app, those users will go looking for something else that isn't going to give their data to the NSA in real time or target ads at them.

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

cmaurand

If you want dual boot

Install Win8 first then Linux. Grub will start Windows. Windows has always done a poor job of living cooperatively with other OS's.

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Oracle: We WON grey market software and Solaris support case

cmaurand
Linux

Good news for Microsoft

If I were Vines, I'd start flogging SQL Server and Great Plains. Say fine to Oracle and start moving my customers. I'd start finding ways to migrate customers away from Oracle which has to be the most over priced software I've ever come across.

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Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

cmaurand
Linux

Re: Feeling guilty? Bah!

Actually it's not. It's paid by the click.

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Fujitsu Technology Solutions CEO throws in the towel

cmaurand

Read, he was fired

wait, I think the term in the UK was that he was sacked. Sorry guys.

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Microsoft awards itself Google-esque power over Hotmail, SkyDrive etc

cmaurand
Linux

This is why you don't use the cloud

If your data is in the cloud, is it yours? Apparently not. There is no security or privacy in the cloud. Now can you imagine what they're doing with corporate data?

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

cmaurand
Linux

Re: You are kidding right? Or maybe you meant to use the joke icon?

Palm Pre and the iOS tablet had NFC before anyone.

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cmaurand
Linux

Re: You are kidding right? Or maybe you meant to use the joke icon?

The Palm Pre had multi-tasking and copy and paste (which iPhone/Pod/Pad didn't have as do all versions of Android.

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cmaurand
Linux

Re: Shocker

I'm not so sure that the original verdict in the case will stand. One of the issues that was won was that of touching an icon and having the phone do something. There's so much prior art for that, that I don't think it can stand. Even if the judge doesn't overturn some of the verdict for the jury not following instructions, the appeals court will probably overturn it. This isn't over by a long shot and I don't think that any kind of injunction will stand. I own a Galaxy SIII and the way it operates is much different than an iPhone. I wonder what would happen to the iPhone if Samsung suddenly cut off it's supply of chips.

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Firefox 14 encrypts Google search, but admen can still strip-search you

cmaurand
Linux

Install adblock-pluse

There is a google site where you can check what they have on you. they have a whole lot of nothing on me and I don't see piles of ads when I visit websites.

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Richard Branson gets nod to strap rocket on SpaceShipTwo

cmaurand
Linux

Re: Virgin on the silly

The only (and perhaps significant) difference is that SS2 now carries 6 passengers. Once that system is proven to work well, I wouldn't be surprised if Virgin Galactic got into the ISS resupply business too. To put less payload into SS2 and then boost it to the 200 mile orbit of ISS is not that much more of a stretch.

SS2 is a sub-orbital platform. It is not capable of high re-entry speeds without burning up. Getting it into orbit will require a lot more than it's got.

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

cmaurand
Linux

I don't think I'd want to spend my time

following a lorry down the highway. It's speed is too inconsistent which reduces fuel efficiency, and they're too slow.

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NHS car-crash spatters CSC accounts with red ink

cmaurand
Linux

Austerity

This is what austerity gets you when most of your business is based on government contracts and defense (defence for you Brits :-) ) contracts.

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Story withdrawn

cmaurand
Linux

Re: @this old fairy-tale, A Non e-mouse

It's a little harder to break into Linux and actually do anything. Most daemons run with reduced permissions and root access by SSH is disabled generally. Regular users can compile and run things, but SELinux and AppArmor really do lock things down. Good passwords or, even better, security keys on SSH are a better option. communications are encrypted so it's hard to spy on that. POSIX is not a bad thing and neither are file permissions (something Windows doesn't do well and is part of it's problem.) Relying on the experts is generally not a good idea. I've seen computers get infected even with anti-virus. And I've had linux servers hacked when they became out of date. It's also why I've stopped using RootHat. Windows has ActiveX which is it's problem. ActiveX has more security holes than a piece of swiss cheese. Keep your machine up to date.

you talk about getting rid of bash, but you don't say anything about not installing powershell. Windows also has a posix layer. BSD doesn't have the vulnerabilities that OSX has because Apple broke the Posix security model which is how it got infected.

The Unix security model is well proven in the 50 years that it's been around.

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Betting on Box in a SkyDrive and Google Drive world

cmaurand
Linux

Why would I

want to trust my data to a data mining company? Google is a data mining company and so is Microsoft. I don't know about dropbox. Plus, if your data is in the 'cloud,' is it really yours? The folks who had legitimate data on MegaUpload are bumming right now because they lost a ton of data when the service was shutdown by law enforcement.

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Analysts see no Oracle hardware-biz recovery on horizon

cmaurand
Linux

Oracle didn't buy Sun for the hardware business

They'll probably let the hardware business die on the vine. All the best engineers have left the company. Oracle is not known for treating their employees very well. Their management style is as arrogant as Larry Ellison. Oracle bought Sun to get control of Java and MySQL. MySQL was eating Oracle's lunch.

If you're a very large financial institution or you the need for very large databases. Oracle is where it's at. It's very, very pricy, but is very, very good at handling large amounts of data.

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Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft

cmaurand
Linux

Re: Re: "Windows is dead."

Your desktop will be dead when you don't need it to produce code for the ipad or you don't need to do real work. iPads/Android/fondle-slab-of-your-choice are media consumption devices. I still write web services and other goodies. a tablet won't cut it for that kind of work. If you're doing publishing projects, working with graphics or actually producing content instead of consuming it, your PC will be around for quite a while.

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Dimension Data takes on all cloud comers

cmaurand
Linux

If it's not on premises that you own or lease or in a datacenter that you lease on your equipment, it's in the public cloud. If your data is on a public server, is it yours?

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Halliburton latest biz to dump BlackBerry for iPhone

cmaurand
Linux

You're blinded by FUD. The iPhone will sync up with exchange by ActiveSync over https. it's as secure as you will get at the moment. It also makes it so that your phone doesn't actually have to talk to RIM and Haliburton has better control over it's email. Even better is that it doesn't have to worry about the Indian government.

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Google limits Android support for CDMA phones

cmaurand
Linux

I would add that US Cellular to that list of CDMA providers. My CDMA Palm Pre has a SIM. In fact all the phones that I've ever had (had Nextel before Sprint) all had SIM's. The US Network is headed for LTE. How long that takes for that to happen in rural states with low population states like Maine where I live, remains to be seen. The big population centers and the US midwest where it's easy to do get it first.

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Huawei-Symantec sneaks out of US back door

cmaurand
Linux

It's a matter of security. any technology given to a chinese company is effectively giving that technology to the chinese government which isn't exactly a friend to the west. Remember, the chinese still have nukes pointed at you. They're doing nothing to reign in North Korea and Iran and they just vetoed a security council resolution that would have stopped the genocide in Syria.

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Power7 chips going for a song in Big Blue January sale

cmaurand
Linux

iSeries, too

the iSeries machines are also based on Power7 chips.

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Apple land-grabs fuel cells for mobiles

cmaurand

MIT has prior art

MIT has already built a fuel cell to power a laptop. I'll be that they've already patented the technology. They're probably already working on something smaller. Apple won't be able to get this patented.

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Flooded fabs to ship 48m fewer disks in Q4

cmaurand
Linux

Its probably good for SSD manufacturers

Which are largely in China.

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C and Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie reported dead

cmaurand

And Plan9

He also developed the Plan9 operating system.

Requiem Aeterna, dmr, et lux perpetua.

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DfE probed over Gmail use for official business

cmaurand
Linux

Let's see

not using DfE or conservative.com accounts means that he has something to hide. Only takes email from people he knows on gmail means he doesn't have an open mind and is paranoid. I never use my gmail account except for testing other email accounts. If he wasn't in Britain, I'd say he was a member of the US Congress.

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cmaurand
Linux

Re: Compliance?

Google archives everything and they'll give up both ends of the conversation to the government for the asking.

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cmaurand
Linux

"Nope the reason this happned is that becuase labour installed so many of their people in the civil service, that if the government used the internal email system, they might as well just CC labour into every email they produce."

Not likely.

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VMware 'to work with just five storage companies'

cmaurand
Linux

EMC was Clairion before it was EMC which was Data General's storage arm. This is looking like the old glass house days, which is why we took computing out of the glass house with the PC. Things are coming full circle.

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cmaurand
Linux

re: correction

No VMWare is choosing winners and losers rather than coming up with an open API. There are superior products out there than what the bigboys are producing. They are freezing out the people that really do the innovative stuff which is the little guy. It opens the door to other folks like Xen and even...Microsoft.

VMWare is making a mistake.

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Red Hat beta revs KVM hypervisor to 3.0

cmaurand
Linux

Enterprise IPA

based on LDAP and Kerberos, which would be the same two packages that Active Directory is based on plus BIND

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Samsung says Apple lifted iPad from Kubrick's 2001

cmaurand
Linux

Oh please

You're all forgetting about the stack of tablets sitting on Jean Luc Picards desk STNG. They tossed them around like nothing.

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PC mountain accumulates in Blighty

cmaurand
Linux

You're surprised?

With business virtualizing all of those desktops, you're surprised that PC sales are down? You'll sell lots of monitors and thin clients in the short run and lots of nothing (for hardware) in the long run. You'll still sell machines for developers, servers and tablets. I can VPN in, and jump on my virtual desktop from my iPad/Galaxy/Touchpad. Even better, I can do that from the cafe or a bench in the park.

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Octocore AMD Bulldozers exposed by Turks

cmaurand
Linux

They work for me

I've been using AMD chips for over a decade. My current set up is a 6 cord machine and I've been seriously happy with it. It does everything I ask including running a copy of VMWare server. and I don't notice that its there when I'm running videos while doing development work.

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Diary of a cameraman at the last shuttle launch

cmaurand
Linux

fast?

It goes supersonic in 10 seconds. It accelerates to 17,500 between 5 and 10 minutes. Nice work.

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The shuttle brought about the USSR's final collapse

The Russians came to the table and opened the iron curtain after a shuttle snagged a satellite from orbit and brought it back for repair and relaunch. The upshot of that is that it made it possible for the US to go into orbit, snag someone else's satellite and bring it back.

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Dealers' outrage at Microsoft Office 365 cloud-sales plans

cmaurand
Linux

and the client loses their data

"We lose control of the client." And the client loses control of their data. Once on the public cloud, who owns the data. I'll bet microsoft does and the they'll be indexing it all (read rifling through it all.) advantage microsoft.

So not going to the public cloud.

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Xeon E7 servers run with the big dogs

cmaurand
Linux

Hampered by architecture

the RISC machines you all are talking about have a different architecture than the x86 platform and that's where they gain their performance advantage. That's why you get IBM iSeries, or a Sun or an HP box. Sure RISC chips perform their instructions faster than CISC, but they have to perform more of them to get the same job done. So in raw processing power as the cores scale up, the advantage of RISC goes away. x86 boxes are catching up and fast. The only problem with all these cores is that the cores are slower.

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Time to say goodbye to Risc / Itanium Unix?

cmaurand
Linux

But you shouldn't run a database in a virtualised environment

Databases are I/O heavy. Even Microsoft's SQL Server bypasses Windows HAL and writes directly to hardware for performance reasons. Moving that to a Virtual environment is just dumb. I work for a company that has done that and there are myriad of problems that go along with it. Build a big honking server and put your databases on it. You can virtualize the rest of your kit. Much less expensive to do it that way and you won't have the inherent performance problems that come with trying virtualise everything to a shared environment.

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cmaurand
Linux

Its not DOS

Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/2008 all have their roots in OS/2 not DOS. You're booting OS/2 there (you could really see it in NT 3.5) with broken security.

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Cisco trims bloat

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Linux

Cisco

I don't know. Their equipment doesn't generally perform as well as the competition and is way overpriced; especially for small businesses. I work for a company that recently replaced a supermicro server running vyatta (total cost $650.00) with uptime that ran for 630 days (until a power failure lasted longer than the battery) and 3 D-Link unmanaged switches with a cisco 2921 and a 3650 (cost: thousands) and that old system worked just as well if not better than the new one. With Cisco you're buying a name. The equipment? not that good.

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Seagate triples up heads/platter ratio

cmaurand
Linux

I don't know what the fuss is about

HD's are going to be replaced by SSD's. That's all there is to it. No moving parts, lower failure rate. The mechanical drive will be a thing of the past...soon.

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Google's 'clean' Linux headers: Are they really that dirty?

cmaurand
Linux

Microsoft did do that

Where do you think their dns server and Active Directory came from? Its all ported Open Source software. it started out as Bind, OpenLDAP and Kerberos. You don't think they wrote that code from scratch do you?

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