* Posts by John Sanders

1511 posts • joined 29 Sep 2006

BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

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Re: Some sympathy -but not a lot

I would not go with a very large company unless they have something I strictly require.

There are plenty of competent small-medium sized ISPs in the UK.

Just my 2 pence.

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Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

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Re: What first amendment?

>> That's why people worry about the bad guys making dirty bombs

They worry because they do not understand how it works or how pointless the endeavour is.

Say make a dirty bomb out of cyanide, lead, mercury, botulinum, I would be more scared about that than some low grade radioactive actinides.

At most a "radioactive" dirty bomb would cause about the same body-count as a regular bomb because of the conventional explosive, it will contaminate a reduced area, and will be easy to clean (I say easy, not cheap) because the radioactive particles are... well... easy to detect. Some people may die months or years later due to the exposure, but it will not be for example 9/11 levels of damage by a long long shot.

Too much effort for the same reward as a conventional bomb.

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Hail torrents

Cut one head and two will take its place...

Hail hidr... torrents!

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Re: Big content: 3

>> Problem is Big Content has the stupid on their side.

I do agree with you, but the stupid watch less and less new content because they have realised it is all garbage lately.

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ASUS first Asian PC maker to warn of price hikes... in 2.5 months

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Re: The Brexiteers were

>>> morons.

>>> Fixed that for you.

Leftist snowflake types always project upon others the qualities and attitudes they most despise without looking at a mirror first, or have any form of introspection.

Grow up and present convincing arguments like an adult.

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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>>BT's spokesperson told us: “We are disappointed to be criticised for having invested more than £1bn a year in infrastructure when the UK was emerging from recession and rival companies invested little.

I am disappointed with BT because:

* They force expensive line rentals. (Which they hike up every now and then)

* When they made fibre available in my neighborhood they only made available 20 fibre connections for 100 states.

* They are lowering everybody's upstream unless you go for a more expensive package.

Etc.

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If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

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Re: The IOT Support model is already there

>> As a result, I will not be partaking in this madness. ergo, my Fridge will never be conneted to anything other that the 230V S supply.

AMEN BROTHER!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3RjP6_TV0E

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Re: re: Neoc: No, no, nope.

That's what the VPN/SSH/secure portal is for dear.

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Re: Oh for Goodness Sake

Perhaps having 2 VLANs, one that can get out to the interwebs for computers, and another that can not can be helpful here.

Or do like me, do not connect anything non easily auditable/upgradeable to the interwebs. job done.

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EU waves antitrust claims in Google's face, snarls 'You want some?'

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Google must be stopped

If only there was a way to choose what websites you want to visit, I don't know like a universal resource locator bar, you know a text field at the top of the browser, I could type something like www.anothersearchenginewithacatchyname.com and not use google.

Aaaah a man can dream...

But in case I can not, the t**ts in Brussels will look for us and purge evil google from the interwebs.

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VirtualBox 5.1 debuts

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DX11/DX12

Non-trivial to achieve, at least not until the FOSS stack (Mesa) is OGL 4.5 compliant (They are very close)

If my memory serves me right lots of code for the DX9 video driver VBox uses came from Wine, and Wine is busy implementing DX10/11 right now.

So it will be a while for that to happen.

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

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Re: The Question Remains....

>>> ACLs are fine for a few machines, now go and manage a few hundred geographically dispersed systems...

No one has said that ACLs is how you manage a few hundred geographically dispersed systems.

>>> There are reasons why tools such as SCCM and AD exist; Systems configuration and management tools also exist for Unix/Linux - I used one back in circa 1989 for the management of 6000+ systems.

No one is saying there is no reason for these to exist, or that they are not justified, although Linux exists since the early nineties (1991).

>>> The real issue with Unix/Linux is that you generally have to go and look for these tools, rather than simply browse the MS resources. Plus the Unix/Linux tools cost compared to the MS management tools due to then not being cross-subsidised from the sales of other products.

The issue you are referring to is that you use an operating system called "Windows" which is produced by a company called "Microsoft", and are arguing that you like the Windows + Microsoft tools to manage workstations better than the equivalent tools on the Linux ecosystem, tools that you're unaware of or have never used.

I'm not going to argue that, I will simply note again some details most Windows chaps ignore.

In a Linux environment it is not a problem to have a designated server running some kind of service taking control of other machines, down to any level of detail you need. Making a computer do something remotely is as native to Linux as it is to click on the start menu in Windows.

AD is nothing but LDAP+Kerberos, DNS and DHCP in pre-configured form (yes and the GPOS and another myriad of components that do not work as well as most people think), any Linux person worth its salt is capable of setting these up and tailor them. Whether it is easier to do in Windows with MS's tools, or if there are enough Linux people out there to do that customisation in Linux, is part of another discussion.

Once the time is right and demand is there, Linux distros will provide easy point and click tools to leverage those services in a palatable form (add water and stir) to Windows sysadmins IE: IPA.

The biggest challenge Windows sysadmins face when setting up infrastructure is their lack of knowledge to separate services into components, and distinguish when an issue is platform or protocol specific, plus an annoying insistence on doing everything the MS way (which is usually the worst way even in Windows).

Example; I have seen people join Linux web-servers to AD and painstakingly modify Apache to run under the domain account, something that may have some purpose in Windows, but doesn't serve much purpose at all in Linux. I could go on and on.

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The new MS

>> And at that point you realise that MS have engineering their offerings and policies with the effect that you have to pay them a monthly fee to be able to control your own PCs.

But... But.. But it is all rainbows coming out of the mouth of Nadella, the new MS and all.

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Re: What I want to know...

>> Surely subscriptions cannot work in all situations?

Congratulations on the purchase of your secured boot new PC, you have 30 days to comply, we mean to activate your Windows subscription, we mean license, if you fail to comply, we mean activate your license your OS will be able to use only 2GB of RAM and you will be subjected to ADs, also your shiny new 3D card will run at half the speed, we mean won't perform at full speed.

And so on, if I can imagine it, the new MS can imagine it too, years in advance.

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Re: The Question Remains....

""you would pay literally any money to get anything even remotely comparable to SCCM or AD on your Windows-disabled PCs. And you will fail, because there's no such product.""

No, all you need to do is focus on "what I need these workstations to do", not on what AD or SCCM can do.

See the issue is that you know how to use SCCM and AD, but nothing else, SCCM and AD make sense to you, but anything else you come across you instinctively just run a checklist comparison and of course on Windows any MS solution wins.

You remind me of someone I had to show that you can have ACLs on Linux that behave like on Windows, not twice but four times, and his argument in the end was that it wasn't as sophisticated as on Windows. The point that you could achieve exactly the same functionality was of no value to him.

Think that perhaps your issue is that you do not know how to do something in Linux (and any other platform) and not necessarily that Linux can't do that.

The only area where Linux lacks is if you are locked-in With a MS only technology, office documents, Exchange PIM (for email Exchange is a bad joke) or Windows-only applications.

One thing that I find funny is when people confuse what you can do with Shell scripts in Linux with what's possible on Windows (even with powershell) and conclude that because you have to write scripts the platform is of lesser value (tip is totally the contrary).

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Re: And so it begins

>>Hell, I'd even offer to pay it out of my pocket is I was given choice between Windows and Mac/Linux.

No, you wont.

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Re: you pay 7 bucks for a coffee?

>> By the way that's exactly same accountant that can easily quantify loss of productivity from switching to new "free" piece of junk and I can safely guarantee you that it will be few orders of magnitude more than $7.

I know quite a few competent accountants who had a look at Calc and their opinion is that they could work with it just fine, most of the "real" problems nowadays steam from having to make small changes here and there as some functions do not work exactly the same.

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Re: you pay 7 bucks for a coffee?

If you refuse to learn, test, and re-test yes the cost wills bite back in your ass and rip it off.

A competent migration will look at these issues and if required keep a number of workstations running windows, or wine, or VMs or whatever is required to keep the business working.

Linux is not Windows, if you have to learn anything at all that is the most important thing you are going to learn.

If you insist on Linux being 1:1 with Windows you are in for disappointment and failure, it does not work like that.

Linux is in what "I call the creeping in" phase, it is steadily replacing boxes here and there, first is an email relay, then is a proxy, the terminal server (text terminal server), the router is running Linux, minor databases are running now on MySQL/Postgress, random appliance runs Linux (or BSD), etc.

It is a matter of time...

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Re: Really?

This:

"This 'gives rise to a new Utopianism' that mistakenly treats human nature as something that can be engineered and corrected by instruction from their enlightened betters"

Perfect definition of Marxist ideology int he 21st century.

And yes the Left is corrosive to everything it touches.

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Re: Left-wing ideologues.

I had no idea you could argue with a tabloid, I tried to but the pages just stare back at me and say nothing.

Jokes aside, there is plenty of brainwashing for the masses everywhere, however the control of academia that the left exerts is to me much worrying than the tabloids.

I have had to undo serious de-programming on my children over the years.

It is sad that the first serious dad conversation I had to have with a 12 year old boy is to explain what propaganda is.

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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Re: If It's Chinese, It Must Be A Scam <--Come On China! Grow Up!

What are you talking about? that would mean they have to spend more money upping the quality of their products meaning they can't undercut their western competition anymore for free.

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Re: There oughta be a law!

We invite you to pay more taxes as you seem to love politicians doing whatever they want with your money.

After all they know what they are doing and you obviously not.

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Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'

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Re: 360-degree view

That's the new Microsoft, that was the plan all along.

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Re: Re:No Danger Will Robinson, No Danger!

>>What exactly is the problem?

Your computer is technically not yours any more.

That my dear friend is the issue, and it is a big one.

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Re: Arrrggghh!

Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this license agreement.

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700,000 Muslim Match dating site private messages leaked online

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Re: So the top passwords were....?

>>Every religion and every racial group contains the same percentage of potential terrorists.

Bollocks and you know it.

>>Its not religion, or race that causes terrorism, its social attitudes.

It is called ideology, there fixed it for you.

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: London Falling

We need the common market, but not only we but all of Europe, and that's it, no more mega-european-government elite serving shenanigans.

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Re: " with a third of its staff in the UK from overseas"

"Priti Patel" does not get it, does he?

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Re: " with a third of its staff in the UK from overseas"

That's what this is about.

Big business love a servile and desperate underclass who will work for slavery wages, no matter the long term social cost to the host country.

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Re: Really?

Spot on! we live in 2016 not 1980, does Spain want to lose the UK as a customer for their produce? does Italy? This is just an example though it is the same with the rest of the EU.

I'm sure that the EU will implode sooner or later (it happens to any entity that tries to plan the economy) and when that happens there will be a new agreement to go back to some form of the old common market, which the EU should have always been and nothing else.

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Re: Really?

I remember reading in 1992 that the UK was "doomed! doomed I say!" for not getting the Euro. The UK was to go down in flames within 2-3 years. It was all over the press at the time.

So no, the earth will still spin and the UK will do fine without Europe, the UK is not great because of the EU, it is great because the people in it is great, it is their hard work that make the UK possible, not some self serving bureaucratic monster in Brussels.

Freedom has a cost and it is always scary at first, but surely pays lots of big dividends, a life of servitude is a life where you can not decide what's best for you.

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Docker taps unikernel brains to emit OS X, Windows public betas

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Wondering how long...

Will it take for MS to start messing up things.

This "container thing" is technically "let's bypass Windows".

If you write a Linux application and it can run anywhere regardless of the OS, why do you want to pay MS?

Just thinking.

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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Re: "..had to teach a person.. " "..remain available for consultation... "

>> Should this happen to you it's time for the scorched earth protocol.

I disagree with this, time to become stupid, socially inept, get ill, forget things, recommend books... etc.

If I had to teach something I would just teach specifics but won't teach how to think or approach problems.

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Re: Outsourced onshoring - racism ?

It is not called racism, it is called Slavery Wages.

hard to compete with that.

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Correction!

"we're only here to save you from climate FARCE and nonexistingRIGHT-WING-terrorists."

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Please....

>> The kids are clever about using those gadgets, no doubt at all, but coding? I don't think so.

No, they goddamn aren't.

The use them as toys and complain to dad when something does not work as expected, any attempts to try to show them how anything works is met with a "meh".

A tablet uses so many abstractions as to not need to know how a file system works or what a file is any more.

Do not confuse kids learning how to have fun quickly with a device with understanding the devices themselves.

Next time you see a 12-15 year old using a computer, pretend you know nothing and then ask them to do anything simple.

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Microsoft releases open source bug-bomb in the rambling house of C

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You can have both

Security and speed, C more than anything else makes it possible, If you're good that is.

I'm not claiming I'm good, but I know people who are and they produce incredible code, robust and fast, believe it or not there are several projects out there with incredible good tracks of security and they all use C.

The issue is that while you can learn C in 21 days, you need 10 years to be a mediocre developer.

And this doesn't help an industry that loves to sell the next best fad again and again, as quickly as possible.

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: An Untimely Conjunction

No,

MS is trying to get as much people on board windows 10 as they can because they want to turn the PC into a closed platform.

(Whispering voice) Windows application store, stoooore, stoooore.... secure boot, boooot, booot.... Telemetry....Teleeeeeeemetry... Teleeeeeemetry....

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Re: And no. Microsoft not guilty.

OEMs have for years accepted that MS owned the PC space and bended over to whatever MS demanded, that if they weren't outright in bed with the "MS industry shenanigans" while feeling special about it.

Now they reap what they sow.

I'm waiting for the day when the whole world wakes up and realises that MS has only MS's interest in sight, partnering with them is a death sentence sooner or later because if they can use your corpse to further their objectives they'll murder you for it.

You being a paying customer or a partner that brings lots of money makes no difference.

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Relevance of the PC platform

>>>I'll be the first to ridicule MSFT for their ham fisted attempts to innovate, but I >>>don't really think anyone was going to keep the PC platform relevant.

The relevance of the PC platform remains the same as it has been the last 30 years.

It is the most relevant computing form in the planet, do this mental exercise, picture companies without PCs, see, not only the world's economy runs on PCs (servers included) but PCs make possible the rest of the computing platforms, can you imagine game development without a PC? Architecture without AutoCAD? Photography without PS, the internet without PCs? have you tried to write a mobile application without a PC?

Now what people want to say is that market sales of PCs is are not that relevant any more as they have reached plateau while other platforms enjoy sales growth.

News about the death of PCs were typed on the very same PC where they will be written within the next god knows how many years to come.

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Re: You could say

That has a very easy explanation.

Windows has no value on itself it is a very limited bloated OS, its only value comes from the large ecosystem of proprietary applications one can run on it.

If you port Windows to ARM devices (or anything non x86) you have no applications other than MS, and sorry but running IIS or MSSQL on a Pi is not only complicated, it is also stupid.

Enter Linux and free software, once you port Linux and the GNU userland to a given platform you can re-compile mostly every application in the Linux ecosystem in a relative short period of time, and have not only an OS but an entire catalogue of applications for free, both in human freedom and monetary freedom.

Applications that are happy for the most part to run on little power and limited memory.

Running Apache and MySQL on a Pi gives surprisingly good results, which is why many people is intrigued about the idea of ARM servers.

If you want further proof MS's own ARM devices tanked almost immediately.

I did not run windows because I loved it, I needed to run windows because my applications ran on Windows.

These days Wine runs some of the Windows apps I need (fewer and fewer) and whatever doesn't run in Wine I run on a VM.

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Re: I wouldn't blame Windows 10

Makes one wonder how stupid some people in the PC industry is, as you say the real issue is that except for very few operations that normal people hardly do (Heavy video editing, video compression, 3D rendering, big data, etc) computers have been fast enough for everybody in the last 5-6 years.

I can imagine them looking out of the "window" hoping someone comes to rescue them.

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UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft

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Of course!

Its so simple, if there are no guns no one can kill anybody... why no one ever thought of that.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/30/oklahoma-beheading/16482769/

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Cisco warns IPv6 ping-of-death vuln is everyone's problem

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Why I'm not surprised...?

Stupidly complicated protocol... stupid bugs.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: Probably cheaper

Sendo is the reason they failed this time, and the reason they will keep failing in the mobile market.

TL/DR, Those in the know understand.

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Lost containers tell no tales. Time to worry

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Re: dev0ps

No one is saying containers are a bad thing.

Just not the cure for cancer many people insist they are.

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Re: Ah, DevOps

I for once advocate the F****ing developers admitting they know shit about the platform they are developing for and speaking to the sysadmins who 150% of the time all they want is to help.

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Re: Ah, DevOps

You won the interwebs beer today mate.

People who "Love" to deploy containers are these who do not know how to administer a server and who do not take time to learn how to integrate stuff.

It takes me the same time to deploy a container from scratch (without using a 3rd party image hosted by someone else as a base) as to build a complete server, with one big difference, the server is easier to troubleshoot and administer.

All this DevOPS business leads to what I call "Impossible jobs" where you're required to know so many different fashion of the week techniques as to make it impossible to go through an interview.

The only development shops who are using this shit in an effective manner are these who had a decently designed application and good procedures from the beginning. Or they have a server fleet with some decently-thought out orchestration system.

Anyone trying to build a large code-base of anything mission-critical with no proper planning, and churning out code to customers every 5 mins... well, good luck.

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

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Re: What we need

Can we have decent printing and modern bookmarks too please?

No one seems interested in those these days.

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

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What do people say in situations like this...

Ah yes;

Good riddance!

I said this a long time ago, and I will say it again, MS threatened the carriers with Exchange and Skype, the carriers have killed MS Phone.

MS is a 800 pounds gorilla, the carriers; Godzilla, they fulminated them with their radioactive beam ray ray, then eat their charred remains as a snack.

Ballmer: "Skype is happening whether you like it or not"

Carriers: "Is that so..."

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