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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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Re: Women are discriminated against

In case you haven't noticed, women are not a minority group.

They are in IT.

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Google's Project Glass headman answers most pressing question: 'Why?'

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Re: The computer that 'lives on your head' will change mankind

So far, I'd rate it "almost but not quite entirely useless" (don't ask why I have one).

I have to say that many would have said the same about the first mobile phones: They were big, clunky, only worked in certain areas etc. Same with cars: They didn't go very fast, were very limited, heck a horse or horse-and-cart/carriage (or even walking) was a much more convenient way to travel.

I'm not saying that Glass will become as big as the mobile phone, but remember it is a very early example of technology. I don't doubt it is pretty crap as things stand, and most people shouldn't be interested in owning/using it, but that doesn't mean it will never succeed.

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Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?

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Re: but Apple will probably wait ..

Apple aren't particularly innovative and usually aren't first to market.

However what they did do that turned the entire phone industry on its head was to produced a polished product that brought together various innovations from elsewhere all in one package and create a well supported ecosystem for it all to work in.

This.

Apple do not "innovate" in terms of producing something entirely new. What they do is take something which already exists and make it "nicer".

MP3 players existed before the iPod, but the iPod was more consumer-friendly, easier to use, nicer looking...

Touch screen smart phones existed before the iPhone. Most of them sucked, some were OK, but the iPhone (in general) improved the usability for the general consumer.

Tablets existed before the iPad, but they hadn't been done for quite a while when the iPad came out. It brought up to date technology into the arena, along with what they had learned from the iPhone, and produced, again, and easier to use product.

That is what Apple do well. I hope they continue to do so.

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Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

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Re: Are you talking to me??

"What about German engineers then?"

They have the best sense of humour of all!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funnybot

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

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Re: Removal of features

"Was this using the official 3rd party sdk? I thought that hadn't been released yet."

There is an SDK, but it is clearly marked as being in beta:

"Warning: The current Google Cast SDK is a preview SDK intended for development and testing purposes only, not for production apps. Google may change this SDK significantly prior to the official release of the Google Cast SDK. We strongly recommend that you do not publicly distribute any application using this preview SDK, as this preview SDK will no longer be supported after the official SDK is released (which will cause applications based only on the preview SDK to break)."

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NSA coughs to 1000s of unlawful acts of snooping on US soil since 2008

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One rule for one...

'“We’re a human-run agency operating in a complex environment with a number of different regulatory regimes, so at times we find ourselves on the wrong side of the line,” a senior NSA official told the Post in an interview.'

I wonder how the courts would view it if a multinational company said, "We are a human-run company operating under several legal systems in different countries, so at times we find ourselves on the wrong side of the line".

Or a car driver said "I'm a human driver, driving on a lot of different roads with a lot of different speed limits, so at times I find myself driving too fast".

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Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

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Re: @ AC 1519h GMT - Question

'Saying Microsoft "did what people wanted" is like saying that a company selling whit shirts to a crowd demanding black is "Meeting demand" by selling blue.'

Actually, in this case I would say it's more like them continuing to make white shirts, but adding a tiny black square to them.

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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

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"The country hopes to ship enough panels worldwide to produce 22 to 23GW of solar energy this year"

I can just about accept it from most publications (although it still makes me shudder), but this is a techie site, so please could you stop mixing units!

Watts (and therefore GW etc.) are a unit of power, not energy!

(Yes, I know I've gone a bit Yahoo! there, but it really irks me!!)

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NORKS prepping glorious People's Smartmobe

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Re: "while strictly guaranteeing security"

Just like the NSA then?

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No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

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Happy Birthday Debian! Thanks for keeping my servers running rock solid for so many years. You have made me look good!

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Re: It's a slippery slope down that rabbithole

It's when you start compiling your own kernels because the ones in the distro are too bloated that you know you are hooked, and you will be spending long evenings ignoring your family while you find that perfect combination of options which will give you exactly what you need and no more...

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: fingerprint scanner?

There are a couple of things a fingerprint scanner has over other forms of security.

The first one is that it's much much less likely that someone will remove your finger to get into your phone than look over your shoulder while you type your PIN.

The second one is it's easier.

I had a Motorola Atrix, and I found the fingerprint scanner the best part of it. That one was buile into the power button. Unlocking with a fingerprint was no more difficult than having no lock, once you got the hang of it. PIN or password, or pattern unlock, all take more effort and more time to get into your phone.

I'd love to have that feature again. I wont be buying an iPhone to get it, though.

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Re: New iPhone?

It is. The new one will be improved perfection, but that won't make previous models any less perfect.

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

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"At the time of writing the first instalment of series 5b has about 30,000 seeders on the Canadian torrent tracker Isohunt."

To the best of my knowledge, Isohunt is not a torrent tracker. It is a search engine. They do not provide trackers of their own, just allow people to search torrents and view aggregated information from all the trackers they are on.

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2 in 5 top Brit biz bosses expect IT dept to drive 'technical innovation'

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Re: Coming from a different angle

"the top level is blocking innovation by making savings a priority"

Yep, I've seen that so many times. It's why I left my last job. Top brass blocked every proposal we put in front of them. One particular project (virtualising a load of under utilised servers which were costing a fortune in support contracts and were slowly dying) was on it's 5th iteration, each with lower costs, even though the first showed savings within 3 years. Didn't matter to the board.

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"Surely it's obvious that IT should be driving the innovation since they are the ones who understand technology."

Yes, but they are also the ones who often know the least about the actual business.

I think we moved in the right direction at my last job. We put together teams involving IT and a particular department. They helped enormously.

The main stumbling block before that was that we, in IT, didn't know what the depts needed, and the depts didn't know what we could do. By bringing us together, we could hear what was making life difficult for them, and suggest ways to improve things.

All too often, IT personnel keep themselves isolated from everyone else. This makes life easier, but unless you talk to those using the tech, you can't improve it for their benefit.

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"39 per cent place the responsibility for driving technological innovation with a company's IT team"

In other words "Hey! You! Go and innovate so we make more money!"

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Obama proposes four-point plan to investigate US data spooks

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Re: That makes two

"What Obama said is a lot of smoke and mirrors."

Or, in other words, "He's a politician".

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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Re: Hmm..

Yep. He's going to have to hope there are no BOFHs or PFYs on that list.

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'Look, give us Snowden' - this Friday's top US-Russia talks revealed

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Re: take him out

"Give it a little time. It takes a while to mount that sort of operation, especially in a police state."

But he left the United States!

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Re: take him out

No way, the American Government would never stoop to such...

Hey, guys, what's that red dot?

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

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Re: Personally

"*begins writing his own style guide*"

http://xkcd.com/927/

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Re: Or, Alternatively, the UPI Style Manual

"What goes into the file, however, should be plain old spaces -- however many you've agreed on with your editor."

So what happens when someone edits my code who wants 2 spaces instead of 4? Or 8? Or 5?

If they are left as tabs they can be adjusted by an individual's preference in their editor.

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Re: 4 SPACES?!

I completely agree, if for no other reason than it saves me 3 keystrokes (and saves 3 bytes of storage, of course...)

And why does an if need a block after it? for a single statement it is a complete waste, and looks messy!

Merkins have butchered the English language, now they are trying to do the same to C-style languages too!

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Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

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Re: So what?

We had a similar one.

We had a call from our ISP telling us we had breached our T&Cs so our connection would be cut (and that would include our website etc). A short conversation by my rather panicked boss later found they were referring to someone using our connection to download copyrighted material through Bittorrent. After we blocked it, they agreed not to cut us off.

It turned out it was an employee bringing in a personal laptop, connecting it to our visitors wifi and "forgetting" to disable their torrent client. The employee was sacked and our visitors wifi security policies tightened (or shall we say enforced).

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Chinese Apple suppliers face toxic heavy metal water pollution charges

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'"If you're severely exceeding emissions standards, then we will punish you," Chinese environmental regulator Ding Yudong told The Wall Street Journal'

But if you're just exceeding them a little, that's OK.

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World's FIRST TALKING SPACE ROBO-CHUM BLASTS OFF to the ISS

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Noooo!

Do you know how many wires/shiney things there are on the ISS? Neither do I, but I suspect a lot, all of which would become toys/things to destroy for the cat.

Cats are evil. Sending one to the ISS would be the one of fastest ways to ensure the demise of all inhabitants.

(Can you tell I'm not a cat person?)

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Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect

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I REALLY hope that post was in jest. It looks like it, but you can never be sure...

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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Re: 37%

"Still see a hell of a lot of XP machines in for repair and I'd say 90% of them are at least a couple of months behind on updates, if not more."

If your customers are anything like the people I deal with (mostly relatives and friends, mostly non-tachies who don't change the auto update settings) that's because they broke a couple of months ago or more, and they had another working machine to be getting on with, making fixing it a low priority.

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Re: Shame their first recourse was "the law"

Reminds me of a South Park episode (as does everything at the moment)

TOUR GUIDE: We have to accept people for who they are and what they like to do. Hey! What the hell are you doing?

SMOKER: Oh I was just uh-

TOUR GUIDE: There's no smoking in the museum!

SMOKER: But I'm not in the museum.

TOUR GUIDE: Get out of here, you filthy smoker!

KYLE'S FATHER: Yeah, dirty lungs!

....

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Re: Shame their first recourse was "the law"

"I had an interview for a US owned company* that included tobacco testing in their contract. Positive and you are disciplined. They only hired non-smokers."

Surely that is discrimination....

.... Oh wait, I forgot. Smokers are one of the few minorities you are allowed, nay, encouraged to discriminate against.

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Now while I am dead against the (generally American, but increasingly the rest of the world's) problem of "sue first", I do agree with the principals involved here.

Many on here will be salaried. In most salaried positions, you will do some overtime without expecting payment. For extended periods, you may expect some time off in lieu. But then, you are likely in a reasonably well paid job, and this behaviour is expected.

For those who are hourly paid, especially on lower rates, there is an expectation that you are paid for all the time that you are doing something mandated by your employer. Others have already mentioned that this is a legal requirement in the US. As these searches were a requirement, I do believe they should be paid for that time.

In addition, there are no details, but it is possible that they tried to reach an agreement with their employers first. If so, the legal system exists for these cases. If not, I have to ask (as should the court): Why not?

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

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Re: Android is no threat

"Windows is a lot more secure than Linux these days... And security is built in from the ground up"

Where to begin?

Only my opinion, but if you take a default Windows installation compared to a default Linux installation, I cannot see Windows (any version) being more secure (in any sense of the word). The same is true for well set-up instances of each. The only way I can see Windows being more secure than Linux is comparing a well set up, corporate Windows system with a default, run-of-the-mill consumer Linux system.

And don't get me started on "from the ground up". Security has always been an afterthought on MS systems. It has been central to the design philosophy of Linus (and Unix in general) since day one.

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Re: Android is no threat

"For Android to succeed in the enterprise they would need to build on something more secure than Linux imo. It's too much of a Swiss Cheese liability."

Well, I have to say that it is not the most secure OS in the world (although it's one of the better ones), but I would love to hear what you would say was better. Lets see what are the options?

Solaris/Some other proprietary Unix? It would be very difficult to port to ARM processors, given the closed nature.

FreeBSD? Yes, that's an option. Good solid product with good security features.

Windo.... Sorry, I just can't bring myself to finish that. The least secure modern OS in existence.

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Re: The next 24 months is Microsoft's true window of vulnerability.

@AC:

"To be fair, it's by far the best solution on the market - with a wonderfully integrated stack from top to bottom - and a massively lower TCO than any other solution that provides similar functionality..."

and your next 2 posts.

You have presented an opinion as fact. Personally, I don't consider O365 the best solution on the market. I find it a jarring experience, difficult to administer, and unreliable. Unfortunately the CEO is completely sold on it and won't hear a bad word...

I have to say you come across as an MS salesman, especially as you hide as an AC. You may not be. Maybe you just really like MS products, which is a perfectly valid point of view, though not one I share.

When it comes to office suites, the only thing I see in favour of MS is that people already know it. That does not make it a better product, it just means that it will take some time to learn a different one.

Given the amount of time it takes to learn where the hell MS have put everything in a new version of MS Office, I would say it makes no difference.

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Re: The next 24 months is Microsoft's true window of vulnerability.

"I suspect that Excel is Microsoft's killer app."

I have to agree here. The number of custom, macro-ridden spreadsheets used in my previous place of employment was immense. It would have taken far too much time and resources to move those over to another spreadsheet package, let alone the amount of retraining required.

The other killer feature keeping Windows alive is old, proprietary software. Again, at my previous employer, there were many old pieces of software, many of which interfaced with old hardware, which cannot be upgraded. Often, the original supplier is no longer in business, or will not upgrade it without significant capex. A company often will not do this while the old stuff still "works". We still had many machines running Windows 95, as hardware XYZ did not have drivers for later OSes.

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Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

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Re: Analogy overload

"You're not married, are you?"

No, not until February.

As to your point: Yes, she does watch a bucket load of manure. I, however, always have the option of leaving the room. I'll go read a book, do some work on my bike, or even use a TV in another room.

OK, I do put up with watching some TV I would rather not with her, but she does the same, so I can't really complain.

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Re: Analogy overload

"Christ, I might be tempted to give 'em a fiver if they make the existing stuff go away for a couple of hours a day."

Give me a fiver and I'll tell you how to make it go away.

(Hint: it's called a power button. DAMN! I'll never get my fiver now!)

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Plods probe death threat tweets to MP - but WHO will rid us of terrible trolls?

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Re: special privileges

"I'd say they are not - but public figures (such as MPs...) tend to attract most abuse, it seems simply because they're well known arseholes."

There, fixed it for you.

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

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I must say I found it pretty clear. Although it was a few years ago, before Facebook, it was clearly stated that you must not discuss the case with anyone and must not research it outside the courtroom.

These two were idiots. Unfortunately, you don't have to show a minimum level of intelligence to be a juror.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Re: Money to burn

"Well you clearly do, otherwise you wouldn't have bought a 50" plasma TV. It must have cost a fair amount at the time."

Actually, no. I got it a couple of weeks ago from a relative who didn't want it any more for the princely sum of... £50. OK, the sound doesn't work, but as we have a surround receiver (another second hand unit, before you ask, also costing around £50) that doesn't bother me.

Honestly, we had wanted a TV around that size for ages but couldn't justify the cost.

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"People with super old tvs may want to invest these $35 bucks directly in a new tv."

Yeah, because I can get a new TV for £35, can't I.

Seriously, I have 2 very good (if older) TVs: a 37" LCD and a 50" plasma. If I was to replace these with non-smart brand new equivalents, I would be looking at (IIRC) over £700. Add smartness, and you would be adding at least £100 to the price of each.

Instead, I could get a chromecast for each for well under £100 (or Pi and accessories).

Some people seem to believe that everyone has money to burn!

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Re: Miracast

I have to say I was shocked when I found out that the chromecast would not support miracast. It would seem to be such an obvious feature for the device, and surely wouldn't have cost much more to add (assuming the wireless chippery supports wifi direct, it would "just" need certification and a bit of software)

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What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

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Re: Fall of the Roman Empire

I thought it was because they hadn't invented the semi-colon.

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"Studying Networks is the best thing I could have done for my career as it opens up a whole new world of troubleshooting and helps you to make sense of everything else. Put that together with some decent Linux/Windows knowledge, the ability to get your hands dirty and build a PC from parts, an inquisitive mind and you're golden."

I have to agree.

When I was younger, my friends and I wished to create a network between our PCs in order to play multiplayer games. We failed, initially, due to a complete lack of understanding of event the basics of IP. The next day I visited the local library and took out a book on networking. At about 2 and a half inches thick (and weighing, so it felt, more than I did) it was not an easy read, but it covered everything above the physical layer of ethernet through to IP, TCP and UDP and some higher level protocols.

I won't pretend I can remember even half of it, and I am no network genius, but it gave me a good foundation of knowledge. I find it hard to understand that some IT techs don't have a clue about these matters. Networks are so fundamental to everything we do.

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AMD lifts the veil on Opteron, ARM chip plans for 2014

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Re: Good to hear

"Microsoft support. Yeh... I know.. we all hate Microsoft, but to be fair, unless Microsoft throws some server and data center love at ARM, there's little hope for this being a really useful technology outside of corner cases."

As others have said, I don't think this is a large issue. I think you over-estimate MS in the server market.

Yes, there are a lot of MS servers out there. But there are many more Unix based systems. If companies can migrate their Unix/Linux boxes on to ARM hardware for less money and less power consumption at the same performance, why would they care about MS support?

As this happens, MS may see a migration of customers over to Unix/Linux systems. That is the point where they would start putting effort into an ARM Windows Server. It is always the case: MS is behind the curve. It's understandable. They only want to invest in stuff which will make them money, so they wait a bit to see how successful something is before they commit to it.

In truth, MS's commitment to ARM servers is unimportant at this point. It will become more important as the platform develops and the market grows (if it does), but MS wont let a profitable market segment go unloved for long.

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BSkyB-owned BE slams into traffic pile-up over 'unlimited' broadband lie

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Re: ASA is a waste of space

'So a few numpty customers who know that "unlimited" doesn't mean unlimited go running to the ASA and make a complaint'

Or maybe a few people, sick of seeing ISPs misleading their customers, complain to try to get "unlimited" to mean unlimited.

It's all well and goof to say that they 'know that "unlimited" doesn't mean unlimited', but it SHOULD mean unlimited. If it is not unlimited, it should not be advertised as "unlimited".

'It's better to teach people to understand what advertising is than the punish the miscreants after the fact which requires constant monitoring by interfering busybodies.'

Or it's better to make sure that advertisers don't lie to their (potential) customers!

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Re: Good company though

"That should read that changing the upload affected the unchanged download sync"

I may be off here, but you seem to be saying that when you had annex M (2.5Mb upload) enabled, your router synced at a lower downstream rate.

If that's the case then it's to be expected. IIRC the higher upload speed is gained by taking some "tones" used for download and using them for upload. Unless you already easily sync at the top rate, it will reduce your downstream sync rate.

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Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

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"Tablets are also in used on the ISS, but they are not as useful as here on Earth since, according to NASA, the accelerometers don't work in zero G."

Surely the accelerometers do work in "zero G". They do exactly what they were designed to do.

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

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"Contrast this with the lot of the creator, who makes the stuff that Justified Bloke downloads for free. 80 per cent of musicians in the UK earn less than £10,000 a year, while 95 per cent of songwriters and composers earn less than £15,000 in royalty income."

This is where the problem lies.

I don't download much music for free. I have bought the vast majority of what I want, and there is very little out there now that I would want to buy.

However, while I may download a new track from a big artist (mainly because it's what other people want to hear at parties or similar but I would not want to listen to myself), I would never pirate a track from a smaller, unsigned artist/band. These are the people who drag that figure down: The ones who go out playing gigs at pubs every weekend and scrape a crust, probably having to do another job as well to keep their heads above the water. They sell their CDs at gigs, and I will buy them.

If you excluded these from the income figure (and there are a huge number of them), the figure would be much higher than you are suggesting, much higher than the income of those who are downloading the music.

As always, there is a South Park episode which describes this perfectly: Series 7 Episode 9 - Christian Rock Hard.

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