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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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What's the market?

I think MS need to decide what market they are going after with their Surface products. Are they going after the tablet market (in which case, why does it need a keyboard or pen?) Or are they going after the laptop market (Why have a detachable keyboard)? Or somewhere in between (Ultrabook)?

It feels like MS are throwing different versions out to the market to see what will stick.

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Ming-Chi Kuo's is assuming that Apple have only recently started work on the iWatch. It could be (and has been rumoured for years) that Apple have been working on an iWatch for a while. In which case, one problem they could have been working on is how to produce it.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Not the first time

This isn't the first time that a (security) patch from Microsoft (or anyone else) has caused serious problems.

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Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

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Follow the money...

When will users of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, etc. learn? They are NOT the customer of these companies. They are assets to be used and sold. These companies want as much out of you as possible so they can sell more targeted (i.e. more expensive) adverts.

The real customers are the advertisers: The people with the money.

Once users start paying for their accounts, *then* they (might) have a reason to complain about their information being sold to all and sundry. But as Facebook proudly states on their home page "Free and always will be." the chances of that are close to zero.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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@ J.G.Harston Re: Resets?

I use a password manager to generate passwords and I couldn't understand why the Inland Revenue wouldn't accept my new password: It was complaining it was too weak.

After reducing the length and removing symbols the Inland Revenue finally accepted the password.

The Inland Revenue was rejecting my passwords because they were too strong, not because it was too weak!

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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It's a great system at work that allows valid evidence to be ignored.

Isn't the point here that the lawyer wants to check that the evidence is valid? After all, it's not as if evidence has ever been made up...

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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Because vigilantes are never wrong...

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

If IPv6 had been designed by engineers (rather than by theoreticians)

I wonder if it was more because it was designed by committee, rather than a few engineers pouring over code and packet dumps....

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Re: NAT is a kludge

Privacy and Security appear to be kludged afterthoughts on IP6.

On the privacy front, I can agree with you. Baking the device's MAC address into the IPv6 address isn't good for privacy.

As to security, if only they'd implemented something like IPSec natively into IPv6.... (Hint, they did...)

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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Maybe not untrue

The story is that mobile coverage is better than ever. That may be true, but what many of us complain about, though, is that it's still not good enough.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: let me guess...

Affirmative action/quotas to increase minority representation is, IMHO, just as bad as the discrimination that it's trying to counter.

For a long time I was of the opinion that "let the best person win" was the answer. Then it was pointed out to me that small details can skew who even applies for your jobs. For example, do you only advertise jobs in Guardian (Often seen as politically left-leaning)?

Then there's the general company attitude. Are people looked over for promotion because "they're not one of us" e.g. non white, heterosexual. (Look up the Macpherson report into the Met. Police)

What can the tech sector do to shake off it's image as the preserve of white males? I don't know. I hope someone cleverer than me has some answers. Diversity is good and should be embraced.

Disclaimer: I'm a white heterosexual male.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: So basiclly,

Whilst not exactly small in stature myself (ex No 8 forward) I pale into insignificance when compared to our friends (meh) in the US.

The BMI stats claim I'm obese. I went on a trip to America and discovered the real meaning of obese.

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NetScout sues Gartner over magic quadrant placement

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Re: Gartner says...

So the real source of anger about Gartner is that industry players pay attention to what Gartner says.

The only times I've seen Gartner's magic quadrants is in vendor marketing material. Does anyone actually make purchasing decisions based on these reports & analysis? Or are they just used by marketing bods?

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Re: Product to Service

Microsoft loses out in this situation inherently, because they don't have any popular products or services that Windows acts as a subsidy for.

Office? Exchange?

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

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Missing a vitial point

These alternative payment systems are popular because they are quick, cheap, and convenient

And not subject to state snooping.

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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Considering the political situation in the area, I think there is very definitely a public interest in knowing about arms export licenses to Iran in 2008.

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Tiny steps: HTTP 2.0 WG looks for consensus

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I understand the need for revising HTTP, but I'm going to miss the plain text protocol.

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65 patches later and Java STILL breaks stuff

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I can sympathise with the third pary tools which are broken by the Oracle update. But the spec (and JDK compilers) have always enforced the superclass constructor must be the first call. The third party tools are broken by generating incorrect Java byte code and should be fixed.

Of course we then get into the whole realm of what's the true specification: What's written or what's implemented?

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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Theory & Practise

In theory, this sounds like a good idea.

In practise, we all know what a pig's ear the government IT contractors will make of it and the massive scope creep that will inevitably occur. (And the silk purse the contractors will make themselves in the process)

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: No files ?

The Word document is just the infection route. Once the payload is in the Registry, no file is needed as the payload is run directly from the Registry.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

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Re: Impressive and I'd expected it to be *much* colder

My thoughts exactly. We've recorded lower temperatures on the third rock from the Sun (~-90C). So it's interesting that this object, receiving a tenth of the solar radiation, is warmer.

Oh, and a nice cold beer for the boffins involved.

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Operators get the FEAR as Ofcom proposes 275% hike in mobile spectrum fees

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Holmes

I am so confused here, I just don't know who to hate the most: OFCOM or the operators.

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House of the rising SAN: Cisco plonks physical 16Gbit/s kit on the table

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Press release?

Am I being a grumpy old git, or does this article largely sound like a copy 'n' paste job from a press release?

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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Watching TV

I remember as a kid, sat at home with the parents actually watching TV.

Nowadays, I have a TV on just as background noise. I rarely sit down and devote 100% of my attention at the screen.

Why? I don't think there's only one reason. It's probably a mixture of things: YouTube/et al (Watched a couple of great videos on Graham's number last night), lots of repeats, too many "celebrity" shows, general dumbing down of content.

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Re: Screw +1 and +24

Not sure if you've noticed, but the +1 & +24 channels are compressed even more than the original channels, so use less bandwidth.

(This doesn't mean I disagree with getting rid of them, though!)

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Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

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CPU

If they have a proven secure Microkernel, I assume they've proved that their hardware (including CPU) are all secure too.

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Verizon to limit unlimited 4G plans

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Shock horror!

A company offers an unlimited product, then has to back-track when it finds some people are using so much of the unlimited product it's affecting all it's other customers.

Don't these companies ever learn by their mistakes? If you offer an unlimited service/product, some customers will try and use as much as possible of it.

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Beancounters tell NASA it's too poor to fly planned mega-rocket

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Re: On Mars, on time, on budget.

You don't mention the type on landing on Mars ;-)

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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They also refuse to use indicators, as the constant flashing of the bulbs reduces the life of the bulb and indicator unit.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: Incorrect

The study was testing the effectiveness of Paracetamol for back pain, NOT painkillers in general.

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It always amazes me how people put up with crap office chairs (and hence employers get away with supplying crap office chairs!)

Standard office chairs are terrible and just encourage bad posture. I always fight to have a good office chair. As geeks, we may want to have the latest computer/monitor/software, but the first thing we should fight for is decent office furniture: Desk and chair. They'll make you a more efficient employee way more than the latest tech.

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All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on

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Re: 4G?

Even decent 2G GSM coverage would do!

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Where to put the intelligence

If memory serves, when they were designing the early mobile phone networks, they put a lot of the control of cell handover into the mobile phone itself. This was because working out which cell was best for the handset was hard for the network to figure out, whereas the handset could tell much easier.

It seems like they're coming across the same problem with spectrum sharing: It's hard for the network to know what's best for the handset at it's current location.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

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Re: Certs aren't all bad

@Hans 1 Certifications are for incompetents looking for a salary increase/new job, so they have a place.

It depends on how the tests are structured. If they're multiple guess^H choice, then the "knowledge" gained probably isn't that great. If the exams are practicals, then you *have* to know your stuff.

Jay 2 mentioned the RedHat exams, and I've heard that the Cisco CCIE exams are tough practical exams too. Those are the qualifications that are worth something.

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Microsoft exams are far too much "tell us how Microsoft views the world"

All vendor courses and exams I've been on have been like this. I've generally been fortunate and had honest trainers who say "The vendor says X, but in the real world it's Y."

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In test for SQL certifications we ask you to actually create an SQL query

Really? It's taken them this long to come up with this ground breaking idea?

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Twitter hints at messaging moves

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Didn't Facebook try to get everyone to use its service for messaging by giving all users an email address? How well did this take off with its end users...?

Hint: It didn't. They dropped the service a while ago.

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Cisco relaunches Developer Network

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Support, support, support

The number 1 problem with Cisco's DevNet is support.

The developer forums are like a barren wasteland with people asking questions and no-one providing answers. No Cisco employees hang out there and few other people are able to answer questions. (Contrast this to the main support forums with plenty of helpful people and Cisco employees)

You can log a support call with Cisco: Providing you pony up $2,000 for the entry level developer support. When you do manage to pry the credit card out of the boss's hand and log a support call, they're not fast at getting back to you. It feels like the support engineers know no more than the customer.

Their API documentation isn't bad - except for the documents that require over 2GB of free RAM to open.

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Kill queues for fast data centres: MIT boffins

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Re: There is a reason that competent USENET programmers ...

"Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them."

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Circuit switched data

This all sounds suspiciously like circuit switched data to me. I thought Ethernet was to replace circuit switched data as it was simpler & cheaper?

I wonder how long it is before they decide to use 53 byte packets ;-)

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LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs

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Re: Portability is the problem

The Insane Coding blog recently had an article on the difficulties of dealing with randomness in *nix.

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5 seconds of fame

From the release notes of the very first portable version of LibreSSL:

"This is intended as an initial release to allow the community to start using and providing feedback"

I think this corner case bug is more feedback on a .0 release of a piece of software rather than a massive security scare.

At least the LibreSSL people took the bug report and fixed it within a reasonable time frame.

Remember people: Writing security & cryptographic code is hard. Very hard.

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

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The 13 TeV setup will ... collect as much as 150 times as much data as the previous 8 TeV configuration.

Why will the 13TeV setup collect more data? Are the detectors upgraded? Will it run longer than the 8TeV setup did?

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Microsoft, Google et al form club to push 25/50 Gbps Ethernet

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Why?

10 & 40Gb/s are already in the market. The 25Gigabit alliance website doesn't really say much (Other than a press release)

Not sure how far off 100Gb/s is.

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London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks

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Vulnerable individual is a generic term to mean not just an under-18, but someone (possibly over 18) with learning difficulties.

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

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Grumpy old git

Is it me, or does most of this just sound gimmicky, designed for those with more money than sense?

I can't see that any of these "toys" are going to make you a better/faster/safer cyclist. About the only useful gadget is a cycle computer for monitoring basics like distance, speed, climbs, etc.

Bah humbug.

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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

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WTF?

Facebook has doubtless built a rig tuned to Instagram's needs, so it is probably not reasonable to draw a conclusion that AWS can't keep up with the house of Zuckerberg's data centre skills.

Er, no. Facebook has an infrastructure and software stack tuned it's particular workload. Amazon is just providing generic compute (& storage) infrastructure.

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

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Reinventing the wheel

Those of us with long enough memories will remember that one of the reasons Firefox was forked from the Mozilla browser, was that Mozilla was based off the large behemoth that was Netscape Communicator. Firefox's claim was that it was lean and fast: All extraneous features were stripped out.

How long before they add an IMAP/POP email client inside Firefox and complete the circle?

"Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes"

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Google mulls splashing MEEELLIONS on laying fat pipe in watery depths

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How much of this is for Google to guarantee bandwidth, and how much to make it harder for the spooks to intercept the data?

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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Re: Nightmare

I believe that in the early days the regulations said each operator had to run their own network. I believe it was to encourage service differentiation and competition. It's only recently that things like mast sharing (and then network sharing) has been allowed.

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