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EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper

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Re: AC Re: Too Funny HP and EMC

I knew a salesgrunts who, when he left Compaq, really burnt his bridges! Fast forward a year and the hp-Compaq 'merger' happened, much axing of overlapping sales teams, and he found himself managing his old Compaq manager. He said he was never happier getting up in the morning for the few weeks it took before his ex-boss left!

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VMware a positive or a negative?

If you're hp or Dell, then VMware could actually be a problem as it upsets your other virtualization partners (M$ and RedHat), and the storage side of EMC alone might not generate enough addition as opposed to overlap for hp. CISCO might have no qualms about VMware given they are highly reliant on it for their UCS offering, and their is almost no storage overlap for them, and it fills a big hole in their lineup. Personally, I think Larry still has too much control at Oracle and too much invested in Pillar to make an Oracle-EMC merger likely, though Hurd is probably already sharpening his axe at the thought.

But what about some other players? I can't see IBM being ignored by EMC. Could a smaller player like Lenovo or Fujitsu afford it?

Interesting times....

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Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

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Re: Graham Marsden @Matt Bryant - What a complete load of cobblers.

".....I am determined that they should be accountable for their actions....." As Keith Wallis was in a court of law, and the other officers involved got fired, which sounds like they were held to account.

"......that they should behave in a way that is compatible with Human Rights and Civil Liberties legislation......" So please do show how any of the actions carried out by the Met investigating this case was illegal under current UK laws. Oh, and please note that is UK law, not whatever fantasy liberal law you would like to have apply. I suggest you go do a lot more reading of the law before you try one of your usual fact-free responses.

".....but not by simply assuming everyone is guilty and grabbing as much information as they can in the vague hope that, somehow, they'll actually find something of use....." In this case they seem to have not grabbed anything and everything, but been very specific in targeting their coms with the journo at specific dates and times, probably based on the public articles printed by the Sun. Not at all sorry to disappoint you, but your paranoid desire for some 'Great Conspiracy Of Intrusion' is just male bovine manure.

"....You forgot to call me MarsBarBrain." Only because I now consider it unfair on the Mars confectionary company to link your pitiful mental state with their product. More appropriate soubriquets as to your limited mental capabilities would probably give El Mod an excuse to block the post.

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Re: Another Cluetard Re: Graham Marsden @Matt Bryant - What a complete load of cobblers.

"I worked as a policeman in two countries....." I call bullshit on the idea that was in the UK, especially given the accents popping up on your text, which means you actually know nothing about UK law, as proven below.

".....In both, this had to be within the law and, if it is not within the law, no matter how wonderful the investigation, the results are invalid and the police are liable to punishment....." Well that just shows you never policed in the UK, otherwise you would know that their actions were legal under RIPA.

".....The old saw was, better that a hundred guilty go free than one innocent be punished....." Which has nothing to do with gathering evidence to provide to the courts, which then makes judgement, as happened in this case with the conviction of Keith Wallis. Again, for a supposed ex-copper, you seem to know SFA about how the legal system works. Were you a 'policeman' in some Third World 'peoples republic'?

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Re: John Smith IQ of 19 Re: @Graham Marsden.

".....at least they people who pay him seem to....." Not at all sorry if it bruises your ego to be told, but non-one is being paid to laugh at your paranoid delusions as you are simply not important to anyone.

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Re: Paranoid Cluetard Re: What a complete load of cobblers.

"....basically, any form of "tapping", whether telephone, post or private, electronic means, should need authorisation....." The police requested the metadata, no 'tapping' involved.

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Re: Nonsensehorse Re: Hmmmm time for an u-turn

".....but i see matt bryant has adopted that tack, and it is therefore utterly wrong...." Really? Did I tell you I'm also really, really against taking high-dives off tower blocks? Enjoy!

/really need a 'whatever' icon for some posters.

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Re: Graham Marsden Re: @Matt Bryant - What a complete load of cobblers.

"....you'd have been an even better Witch-Finder than Matthew Hopkins....." Wow, you really are determined to hate the police! You do realise that is what the police are supposed to do, investigate crimes and gather evidence so a court can establish guilt or innocence? Obviously not.

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Re: Graham. Mats den Re: "Putting aside the notion...

".....What about the notion that our Police are supposed to work in an open and transparent manner for *our* benefit to enforce the law, rather than acting as Judge and Jury behind closed doors in some sort of Star Chamber manner?...." In your rush to rant you obviously didn't take the time to read Mr Corfield's earlier rant (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/06/plebgate_metadata_sackings_reveal_dangerous_culture_impunity_heart_of_uk_police/) which included a link to the Daily Mail article regarding the trial of Keith Wallis, the 'Plebgate' Met officer convicted of misconduct after giving a false witness statement off the back of this investigation (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2553105/Police-officer-lied-witnessing-Plebgate-row-jailed-12-months.html). Haters gotta hate, I s'pose. Shame you and Mr Corfield can't even begin to question the Sun's journo's possible complicity in seeking to pervert the course of justice.

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Re: David Pollardd Re: It's not only whistleblowers who are investigated

"Dr Waney Squier....." Has nothing to do with the case in hand, which is how serving policemen deliberately conspired to pervert the course of justice, possibly with the knowledge and assistance of a journalist. Whether the journo was in on the act or not, the action of releasing their 'material' to the journo was a breach of police procedure, hence their subsequent dismissal. It's amazing that the same people that complained about journos hacking voicemail to get an inside line on a story are suddenly so set on protecting a journo that may have co-operated in another criminal act just so he could get a story. Oh, but then Milly Dowler wasn't a Tory. Says so much about the flexible morals of some of the posters here.

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Re: AC Re: Passive resistance

Yeah, that type of dumbness worked so well for Danielle Watts.

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What a complete load of cobblers.

".....given that the RIPA powers it uses for rifling through innocent people's communications metadata....." What 'innocents'? They were legally investigating a possible crime, by members of the Police force, not 'slurping' anything! Are you one of those overhyped handwringers that insists taking blood samples from suspected drunk drivers is 'assault'? I'm beginning to wonder what type of 'contacts' the author is trying to 'protect'.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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Re: James Micallef A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

"....If Israel was ever serious about peace it would never have built settlements in land that it knew it would have to give back as part of any peace agreement....." Once again, you fail at the first hurdle. Please do go show any agreement that Israel has signed that commits it to giving any land in the West Bank back. The whole borders question has been pushed down the road because the two sides are too far apart in their stated positions, the Arabs insisting on the 1967 ceasefire line as the basis for negotiations whilst knowing that is unacceptable to Israel on security grounds. Until final borders are agreed, which won't happen until the Fakestinians live up to their commitments to end terror attacks and incitement, all the land is still up for negotiation. And, seeing as Fakestinian actions consist of continual terror attacks and incitement, Israel is under no obligation to resume peace negotiations. Despite that, Israel has twice frozen all building in the West Bank as a precursor for talks only for the Fakestinians to waste their time.

"....Israel SAYS it's willing to have a 2-state solution, but only if it's allowed to annex parts of West Bank that it wants, and 'is willing' to give Palestine unwanted parts of it's territory in return. Wow, what generosity....." Apart from the fact that is what happens when one side wins a war (numerous wars caused by Arab aggression in this case). Go look at a map of Europe from 1914, then look at one for 1935, then another for 1946 - you might notice the Allies made a few changes. And seeing as the Fakestinians do not have a sovereign state of 'Palestine', there was NEVER a sovereign Fakestinian state for Israel to annex the land from.

".....My point is that Hamas have power only in Gaza...." And again you are wrong. HAMAS was voted for by the majority of the Fakestinians, in the West Bank and Gaza. Their current co-operation with the PNA is a sham with HAMAS running a complete shadow government in Gaza and refusing to hand any control to the PNA, whilst trying to do the same in the West Bank.

You obviously have a lot of reading to catch up on, I suggest you start here: http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_article=2831&x_context=9999

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Re: Jamal Micaleff A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

".....any threats to Israel from the West Bank can be dealt with without installing settlements there...." There is no such sovereign state as 'Palestine', all the land on the West Bank short of Jordan is up for grabs by negotiation. Which means, by your statement, all Palestinian Arab building work in the West Bank is also 'settlement building' and must stop until a final set of borders have been agreed. By legal definition, Israel not 'occupying' anywhere as the international law on occupation refers to one sovereign state occupying the land of another, and the only sovereign state involved is Israel. The Fakestinians could have had their sovereign state in 1948 but they stupidly preferred invading that of the Jews to accepting the UN Partition Plan.

".....such threats are threats to some of Israel's population, NOT existential threats to the state of Israel...." All UN nations have the right to protect their citizens from external aggression. They do not have to wait until the threat is one to the existence of the entire country. Once again, you fail to understand international law.

"....Calling people 'funny' names by twisting their real names is teh behaviour of an immature 8-year old boy...." Your whining is exactly what I'd expect from uneducated child.

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Re: James Micallef Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

"....no knowledge of history is any help at all to resolve the situation...." More like you prefer to ignore history as it allows the Palestinians to paint themselves as victims. The Palestinians put themselves where they are, especially in Gaza, and their continued support of HAMAS says they are the ones not willing to give peace a chance.

".....It chose to exit Gaza because it was more trouble than it was worth, has a pretty successful blockade going there, and every few years flattens everything and anything that got through the blockade anyway......" Israel pulled out but left the crossings open to those that wanted to work in Israel. They left the settlements with acres of agricultural land and miles of greenhouses. The majority of Gazans with jobs actually worked in Israel, many in the joint Israeli-PNA campus at Erez. The first thing HAMAS did, before the Israelis pulled out, was attack the Erez campus and threaten any Gazan that worked in Israel, forcing many of them to become suicide bombers. HAMAS trashed the agricultural land and left the greenhouses to rot. Israel imposed the blockade because of repeated attempts at terror attacks from Gaza. HAMAS had no intention of making things better for the Gazans, quite the opposite. HAMAS deliberately killed all co-operation with the Israelis, both economic and political, because they have one stated aim - the destruction of Israel. And that is not history, that is HAMAS's current stance and single goal. Your denial of that simple fact is truly too obtuse for words.

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Re: h4m0ny Re: This will end up being ignored/forgotten

"Hamas did signal they would accept a two state solution and peace with Israel some years back...." Bullshit. HAMAS deliberately had so many conditions on their two-state option it would have meant the end of the Jewish state and the erasure of Israel. It was the equivalent of the Israelis saying they'd have a two state solution with two Jewish states and no Palestinians. HAMAS has never had any intention of ever letting Israel exist as a Jewish state.

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Re: AC Re: Good for them.

".....2) Continue donating foreign aid to the Palestinians but subtract 50 million USD every time a rocket is fired into Israeli territitory...." The US and EU already tried that, but it is being undermined by countries like Qatar who are sending 100s of millions of dollars to HAMAS. The UN is further hamstrung by Islamic countries such as Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc., etc., who only pay lip service to the right of Israel to exist.

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Re: James Micallef Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

".....Thing is, no knowledge of history is any help at all to resolve the situation without acknowledging the present....." And you can't hope to understand the present (as you obviously do not) without studying how we got where we are. The present state is that Israel is willing to talk peace and discuss the two state solution, but groups like HAMAS do not want to accept the idea of any Jewish state.

".....But there is NO existential threat to Israel....." Apart from technically still being at war with the Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, you mean? Then there is HAMAS and Hezbollah, both of which have the stated aim of eradicating Israel, plus the dozens of nutty Islamic terror groups (AQ, IS, Islamic Jihad, etc.) that just want to kill Jews.

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Re: AC Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

"....Did we flatten the Republic of Ireland in response to their attacks?" The Israelis could have flattened Gaza but did not, they instead chose to send troops in to find and dismantle HAMAS's rockets and tunnels. But, GCHQ did use exactly the same techniques against the Irish as Unit 8200 does against the Palestinians, to allow MI5 and MI6 to recruit or blackmail informers into giving up IRA terrorists.

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Re: AC Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

"Israel made war on the UK for some years BEFORE it was formed after WW2....." The British were stuck in the middle after taking up responsibility for the region after defeating Ottoman Turkey in WW1. Between the declaration of the Mandate and the British pull out in 1948, they were routinely attacked by both Jewish and Arab terrorists.

"......They were the original terrorists in the region." Rubbish. The first recorded terror event in the region under the Mandate was the attack on Jewish farms at Tel Hai in French-controlled Upper Gallilee on 1st March 1920, by Arab villagers taking a break from fighting the Franco-Syrian War to get in a little ethnic cleansing by murdering Jews. The Battle of Tel Hai (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tel_Hai) is considered the start of the Arab-Israeli conflict and shows a simple and oft repeated pattern - armed Arabs, encouraged by their religious leaders and Arab nationalists, made an unprovoked attack on the Jews. The Jews at Tel Hai had actually been neutral and stayed out if the fighting between the Arabs and the French. The Battle of Tel Hai was followed by a second act of Islamic terror, the riots in Jerusalem (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1920_Palestine_riots) a few weeks later. The first attacks recorded on British forces in Mandate Palestine were by Arabs during the May 1921 Jaffa riots (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_riots). Attacks on the British by Jews only became more common than attacks by Arabs after the British arrested many of the Arab leaders in 1928.

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Re: AC Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

"Frankly i think every jew & every palistinean want each other dead....." So you missed the bit about how this is Israeli reservists refusing to spy on 'innocent Palestinians' in order for them to be blackmailed into spying on Fatah, Islamic Jihad, HAMAS, Black September, etc., etc.? You also missed the reason for their objection - the majority of such spies end up being summarily executed by Fatah, Islamic Jihad, HAMAS, etc., etc.. That's because the informers are very useful in identifying the terror leaders and facilitating Israeli targeted assassinations, which is why HAMAS and chums always make such public executions of anyone even suspected of being an informer - they don't mind martyring their civilians as human shields, but they really don't like their leaders getting chopped.

".....where will this end?" It could have ended in 1948 if the Arabs had not been greedy and so dead set against there being any Jewish state. Since, the Palestinians have artfully thrown away every chance at peace. The Egyptians learned, the Jordanians learned, but too many Palestinians have not. As Golda Meir put it, this conflict will only end when all the Arabs learn to love their children more than they hate the Jews. HAMAS, elected by the majority of Palestinians, including those in the West Bank, obviously still prefer 'opening the gates to Hell' and herding their own people through said gates.

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Re: h4rm0ny Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

".....your own arguments are tired and have been refuted more times than I can remember....." So hard for you to remember that you fail to actually refute any of them.

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Re: AC Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

".....and all that time, Israel expands, and consumes, and expands, and kills, and expands, and colonises...." Yeah, like when they gave back the Sinai to Egypt in return for peace, exited Southern Lebanon, and exited Gaza, you mean? Maybe you should have actually read some of those history books you mentioned.

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Re: Jamal Micaleff Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

".....AKA West Bank ....." And, in your alternate universe, there are no HAMAS members (including suicide bomber recruiters) in the West Bank, nor other terrorists (the whole PLO beng made up of terror groups) that have previously mounted terror attacks against Israeli civilians.

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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Re: Purple-Stater Re: Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

".....and the media went well out of their way to avoid the T-word." It's not the press that have issues describing lone terrorists as terrorists, the US administration seem to prefer just about any alternative (insanity, jealousy, drugs, pre-traumatic stress) to actually calling a spade a spade. A perfect example is the Fort Hood massacre by Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who justified his actions as 'defending Muslims' based on the Islamist propaganda he had been reading on the Web, yet the official description of the massacre is 'workplace violence'! Indeed, the US government and press seem to go out of their way to avoid calling acts of terror in the US as just that.

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Some posters here need to re-do Basic Comprehension 101.

This is what Flashpoint looked at - ".....information available via jihadi online social media...." - which is like trying to analyse the CIA's internal coms by looking at Twitter. The real AQ goons do not use the jihadi social media for anything other than pushing propaganda. This is acknowledged by Flashpoint in the article - ".....Flashpoint adds a caveat to its conclusions by noting that a definitive answer to the question of whether terrorist organizations have truly adapted their behaviour in the wake of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks would only be possible with access to "classified information or other credible sources that reveal the inner workings of terrorist organisations"....." In short, Flashpoint admitted they were basing their conclusion on gossip rather than real intelligence, but so many gullible fools swallowed it because it aligns with what their socio-political outlook/blinkers make them want to baaaaah-lieve.

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Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate

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'Nice' cubicle walls....

.....but can you actually push a thumb-tack into them? That is usually a far more important consideration for the average cubicle prisoner - can I pin up my internal phone list / vi editor commands cheat sheet / amusing pic of kittens - than arty-farty design considerations. Did any of these designers actually bother to talk to the people that might end up using their product? The Vitra Workbay looks positively claustrophobic, like you wouldn't have enough room to push your chair back to get up without having to crab out from under the desk - major design failure! And - seriously - the W chair!?!? It looks like a very crap version of the American highschool chair-desks.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Ho-hum.

So, Bing was right (yay!) and we didn't get rid of the Scots (boo!). I see Salmond is trying to save face by shrieking about 'special treatment promised' when he should be resigning.

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"Scotland would probably ally with France....." Just as Spain has an issue with an independent Scotland due to the Catalan issue, France has a similar issue due to Corsican nationalists. Spain has already come out and openly said it would not be supportive of a Scottish entry to the EU, so banking on French support may be just another of Salmond's pipe dreams.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Re: Voland Re: Sympathies to Oracle

"Engineering will still report to Larry....." Larry is not an engineer. Being generous, you could call him a software tech sales at best.

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Re: AC Re: Somewhat confused...

"......Elison reports to the CEOs who report to... Elison....." Larry is too big an ego to have it any other way. The idea of two CEOs simply smacks of indecision - 'I want to keep you both, I just don't trust either of you to run the company alone.'

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: Stevie Re: what about all the tanks from the uk and ussr or dont they count ?

".....The history of the British Cruiser Tank is perhaps suitable fodder for a Dad's Army reboot but one doesn't hold them up in polite tank conversation unless one is playing for laughs....." A common misconception. The British cruiser tanks at the start of the War were as good as the Panzer III and had a superior gun, and much better than the most numerous German tanks, the Panzer I and II. In the Western Desert, the British cruisers were always superior to the Italian tanks and only really outmatched when the Panzer III 'Specials' arrived in late 1941, by which time the Yanks already had the Grant in production for us. The Germans knew this, the majority of British cruisers destroyed in North Africa after late 1941 were due to German anti-tank guns, not the Panzers. The main problem with British tanks was the awful design committees that delayed the introduction if the 6pdr-armed tanks in the post-Dunkirk panic, otherwise we would have had the 6pdr-armed Cromwell in time and numbers for el Alamein, a tank that was a match for the Panzer IV 'Specials'. Continued fudging with designs like the TOGs tanks didn't help, nor did the silly restrictions on balanced and not geared elevating systems which meant British turrets effectively had less room for the gun. But the British cruiser designs matured into the Comet, a far better tank than the Sherman, and finally into the excellent Centurion, a tank which was so good it was later chosen over all American types by the Israelis.

The Sherman was probably the best all-rounder in the 1942-43 period but was starting to be outmatched thereafter, but the American designers shortsightedly sat on their hands in the belief the Sherman was good enough to win the War, leading to the delays in better designs like the M26 Pershing. One question often ignored is why the British didn't pursue the Canadian Ram tank design as this was better than the Grant and available with the 6pdr before the Sherman arrived.

".....the Sherman that sat so high it was hard to get hull down in fighting terrain...." Er, you must have missed the bit about the Panther being almost a foot taller than a Sherman. One good point of the Sherman design was that the turret was actually very small, even in the later 76mm variants, which meant that when it could get hull-down it exposed a smaller target than the Panther or Tiger.

"....I might mention the doctrinal idea common to all German WWII designs that the Commander should be a commander and not a loader or gunner....." That wasn't solely German doctrine, it was the same for the Brits and the Yanks. A lot of German tank doctrine was actually pinched from the work of the British, especially Fuller's mechanized division.

".....It was the shocked reaction to the BT-type tanks...." The BTs were simply Russian developments of the American Christie tank and the British Vickers Six-Tonner. The Christie was also the basis for the British cruiser tanks from the MkIII onwards. Part of the reason the T-34 got stuck with a two-man turret was because of the smaller turret ring caused by the width restriction forced by Christie's high-speed suspension design.

".....adding improvised armour like the popular sandbag/concrete/battlefield-junk glacis caused the tranny to fry out prematurely....." Hmmm, seeing as the Sherman had special variants with considerably heavier loads than sandbags and no record of such transmission failures I can find, I'd have to call that one a myth.

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Re: Picking the nit...

"Panther IVs were the workhorse of the German army through the middle of the war and an adaptable capable vehicle....." Yes and no. It was never intended to be the main tank-fighting tank, that role was given to the MkIII with it's 50mm gun, but that was outgunned by the Grant, T-34 and then the Sherman. The problem was the MkIII's turret could not take a bigger gun. The MkIV had been designed as a support tank with a 75mm howitzer, but it could take the longer 75mm anti-tank gun and so was intended to be a stop-gap until the Panzer V Panther with its extra-long 75mm gun was available in enough numbers. That never happened because the Panther program was behind schedule and production was never sufficient to meet demand. The MkIV actually had thinner armour than the late versions of the MkIII it replaced but could not be given thicker armour due to weight restrictions. But the MkIV was reasonably quick and cheap to produce and a reasonable match for the Allied tanks, so desperate production continued alongside the Panther.

"....Every man and his dog claimed to be fighting Tiger tanks when most of the time it would be Panzer IV or Panthers...." One of my relatives was in the Western Desert and faced MkIVs in the Crusader tanks. His opinion of the post-D-day 'Tigers everywhere' reports was that only the green units that had not seen a German tank before made that error, not experienced tankers like the Desert Rats. He also put it down to an Amercian desire for bragging rights, where every tank knocked out by the Yanks 'just had to be a Tiger'.

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Re: Michael Hoffmann Re: Picking the nit...

Yes, Allen bought the wrong tank! (The one in the headline pic is an Ausf G from the Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster, Germany, not the one at the Littlefield Collection.) The Littlefield Collection has a much deadlier Panzer V Panther, a tank which actually did scare Allied tank crews, whereas the Mk IV was matched by the Sherman, the T-34, the Cromwell and Churchill tanks. Still, it would be good to see one restored to mobile condition rather than just static displays in museums.

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Re: Neil Barnes Re: It's *got* a big engine.

"What it's lacking is wings." The early versions of the Mk IV had the Me321 glider, but I think that maxed out at 24 tons.

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No biggie: EMC's XtremIO firmware upgrade 'will wipe data'

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Re: virtualgeek Re: What did you just say about vSAN 2.0?

"....It's a joke to anyone on here that claims they are beautiful and flawless (30 seconds and google "disruptive" + "vendor name" - I'm not going to wade in the muck by posting links like that for every of the vendors piling on here) - so I'd encourage all vendors to have a little humility. Customers don't like people who go negative......" MAJOR FAIL! Actually, what us customers really hate is when a vendor tries to excuse their failing by pointing fingers and saying 'but look, vendor X has bugs too'. Seriously, when the system is down at 2am on a Sunday, I really couldn't give a deep-fried shit if anyone else I don't know using a different vendor's kit may be having an issue, I just want you to fix the issue that your kit does have and is losing me production time and profits. Do you really think any of the customers facing this destructive upgrade with XtremIO are going to be cheered up by you FUDing NetApp or anyone else?

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Bad block size choice = bad design.

Simple as that. Every UNIX system I have ever implemented, I have made a point of getting the application people to state what block size they wanted and put it in writing, because changing block size later means recreating the file system = downtime and overtime = a budget-owner looking for a scapegoat. If any application developer said 'we'll we want to start with a 4k block, but we might want 8k in future', I'd point him to the budget-owner and tell him to justify the additional costs and downtime to the budget-owner. I would definitely not be so stupid as to let a system go into production with the potential trouble just ignored.

It seems bizarre that the XtremIO developers could have had compression on the roadmap and not have foreseen this problem earlier, which begs the question did EMC keep schtum, sold the product as having a 'non-disruptive upgrade capability' and yet knew this problem was coming? If I was an XtremIO customer (thankfully, I'm not) I'd be asking EMC just how long they have known this problem was coming and then looking back for the dates the EMC's (and/or partners') salesgrunts were making promises of said non-disruptive upgrades.

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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

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Re: BoringGreen Re: Thanks for the neocon talking points, El Reg! @Destroy All Monsters @Tom Welsh

You are Caroline Lucas, MP (Green), and I claim my prize! I did have an amusing little proof to go with that assertion but El Mod's sense of humour deficit struck again.

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Re: BoringGreen Re: Thanks for the neocon talking points, El Reg! @Destroy All Monsters @Tom Welsh

"....I was the press contact for an independent science organisation, get involved in politics...." Ah, that does explain a lot.

".....issues raised about injustices in gaza....." Yeah, I just bet those 'issues' weren't about HAMAS summarily executing Gazans as 'Israeli spies', or their deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians. Mind you, it is amusing to see you getting all 'righteous' about Pootie - I would have though he was your poster child? Or is his 'Soviet 2.0' not acceptable to the old 'fellow travelers'?

".....what do you do to make the world a better place?" OMG, the ego! You very obviously are (only) suited to a career in politics.

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Re: Ledswinger Re: Sanctions against@ IAS

Oh dear, facts seem to upset El Mod again! Here's a few links to help Ledswinger fill in the gaps in his knowledge.

".......As far as I can see NOBODY in Afghanisatan....." You mean apart from the Norther Alliance, who were fighting the Taliban, and represented the majority of Afghans? http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Alliance

"......or Iraq....." You could start with the Marsh Arabs - http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsh_Arabs - and a large chunk of the majority Shia Iraqis - http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmjq9bCbcNw - and the Kurds - http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_Kurds.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: Dan Paul Re: Scottish Politicians warn Telcos that Hefty Bills could lead to.....

".....then the threat of nationalization of their assets is what they should face, not unlike the fate the postal service is threatened with in Scotland. Same thing should apply to uncooperative anti-independence businesses elsewhere....." Ah, the Mugabe Economic Theorem, well-known (NOT!) for its attractiveness to foreign investors.

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Re: dogged Re: Pax681 BTW

"Actually, there is....." To be more exact, there is no sovereign Scottish bank, managed by the Scottish government, with the legal ability to print money or set Scottish national interest rates. Should the post-independence ascots carry on using Pounds Sterling then they will be beholden to the Bank of England, and if they use Euros the they will be beholden to the EU.

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Re: Pax681 Re: BTW

"....bank note printing....." The banknotes are underwritten by the Bank of England seeing as there is no such thing as the Bank of Scotland. After independence they become nothing more than worthless coloured paper.

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Re: Pax681 Re: Interesting interpretation of the source that......

".....Scotland has the largest oil reserves in Europe(with just North Sea oil)... it's not just in the North Sea either......" The distribution of North Sea oil fields depends on an act of UK Parliament that decided, as an act of generosity, that the sea boundary between England and Scotland would be along the 55th parallel (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1999/1126/contents/made). This was a Labour bribe because they knew that without Scottish Labour MPs they cannot control enough seats in the UK a Parliament. This gives Scotland the majority of existing oil fields in production, a fudge that saved Scottish blushes and allows them to repeat tripe about not being a net drain on UK resources. However, the UK Parliament can rescind that act any time they like (such as just before Scottish independence), whereupon the sea boundary would revert to the UN's conventions, which dictate that the boundary would project into the North Sea at an angle matching that of the border, which then gives England the majority of the existing fields. That is important because only the developed fields are guaranteed and immediate income.

".....There is oil and gas off the West coast and the claim at Rockall too." The sea off the West Coast is subject to claim from Northern Ireland, which would be able to grab a chunk as part of the UK's exclusive zone. As for Rockall, it is British territory and could be removed from Scottish control and given to Northern Ireland before Scottish independence. The 1972 Rockall Act put it under Invernesshire but it is 230 miles from the nearest bit of Scotland and so could be split off and retained as part of the rUK by a new Act. At which point you can kiss goodbye to the oil and gas below Helen's Reef. Indeed, should the UK go far enough as to build a permanent building on Rockall, say a lighthouse with one member of staff, and then the UK can extend the economic exclusion zone from the current 12 miles out to 200 miles to the north-east and south-west, and to a midpoint 115 miles south-east towards Scotland, at which point you can kiss goodbye to even more oil and gas. A lot of Salmond's fudged figures depend not only on the most unrealistic of outcomes from any negotiations but also on some very unrealistic returns on oil development.

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Re: beanbasher Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.

".....we'll give the nukes back the hard way." LOL, good luck getting hold of the firing codes, let alone the knowledge of how to operate them!

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Re: Rampant Spaniel Re: @Matt Bryant

".....We would have to think of an environmentally responsible way to dispose of the surplus....." We could be really evil and tell the Scots that one of our conditions for removing Trident from Faslane is they to have to take our excess politicians. And that colossal waste of oxygen George Galloway, naturally, because as a Scot he would be ineligible to stand for an English seat in Parliament. Ooh, it's worth telling the Scots to vote yes just to get rid of that loon.

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Re: Rampant Spaniel Re: If they say yes...

".....The border would be fun however, the usa, Canada and Mexico have a lot of fun with spectrum at the borders....." I used to visit an office in Northern Ireland which was a few miles from the border with Eire. If you had a Vodafone mobile and wandered down to the southern end of their offices you would suddenly flip to Vodafone Ireland and get charged for roaming. It was quite fun explaining to Finance that, no, we hadn't gone on a jolly south of the border, no matter what our phone bills said.

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Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

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Re: Brett Waever Re: What tosh

".....The French would never have bombed a ship in our harbour without tacit permission from the USA....." Have you ever actually met a Fwench diplomat or officer in their military from the 'Eighties? To find anyone less likely to toe Uncle Sam's preferred line you'd probably have to have gone to Havana!

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Yawn, Wikileaks, we already knew about FinFisher. But these software binaries...

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Re: ACTA @Matt Bryant

".....To be in force ACTA needs to be ratified by at least six signatories. So far only Japan has ratified." The EU has signed but not ratified the Agreement due to internal grumbling, but has also not made any move towards an Article 41 Withdrawal required to exit the Agreement. Ratification is proceeding in the rest of the World, meaning it is only a matter of time until ACTA is enacted, at which point the EU, having not come up with an alternative, will probably have to comply. Until then, there is existing German copyright and piracy legislation FinFisher can apply in Germany.

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Re: BoringGreen Destroyed @Matt Bryant

".... Are you saying, quite simply, that "the blackmail and imprisonment of human rights activists" by the users of FinFishers's products is irrelevant?....." Yes, because those actions are not FinFishers but those of the end use customers. You don't sue the axe maker when an axe murderer goes on a rampage, as you should have realised when the ridiculous suits against Caterpillar (for supplying Israel with bulldozers) were thrown out of court (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/sep/19/usa.israel). FinFisher could also wheel out customers that would testify to the 'good' done with the products, such as catching Iranian-funded Shia terrorists that planned bombing sprees in Bahrain (http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/72266).

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