* Posts by John Sanders

1579 posts • joined 29 Sep 2006

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

John Sanders
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Re: Is there a petition to insist that we DON'T change the new £5 note?

@Tim Hughes

>> Because I would sign it in a flash. There is so much more important shit to be worrying about.

But, but, but... meh feelinz!

It is all about virtue signaling, never forget that, they need to show everybody how much better people they are than the rest of us.

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@Bronek Kozicki

>>120,000 vs 150,000 .... this is very depressing. Or alternatively, it may serve to demonstrate the power of mainstream media.

Do not worry mainstream media is going the way of the Dodo, their bias is not bias anymore, it is confirmed partisanship and activism.

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Vegetarians/Vegans.

Many are behaving in ways similar to cult members.

http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/001/067/240/4e2.jpg

Idiots.

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

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The future of the EU

""This might lead to a completely changed EU without so much top-down regulation, harmonization or political integration. Or, of course, it could lead to the disintegration of the EU.""

I'll have mi disintegration on toast please.

The EU is done, it is a matter of time, we indeed live in interesting times.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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This boils down to a single thing...

If you have many muslims in your country you live in a surveillance state.

And this is a massive slippery slope

When the next atrocity happens the government will claim they need even more powers to stop the next one.

Watch out what will happen in France in the next 4-6 years it is an indication of what happens in the rest of Europe.

http://mediamatters.org/video/2016/09/19/radio-host-mark-steyn-more-muslims-you-have-more-terrorism-you-have/213191

Before you jump on your chair, answer this, what problem is there that requires the government to spy on the entire population? The "cosa nostra"? The IRA? ETA? The Red Brigades? the Nazi party?

And then think about this, if next government is a despotic government they will have a fantastic infrastructure to use for repression of dissenting individuals. Consider before you dismiss all of this as nonsense that a non-despotic government has already been prosecuting people for posting the wrong opinion on social media...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3506275/Publicity-boss-asked-Muslim-woman-street-explain-Brussels-deluged-angry-hilarious-Tweets-reply.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailUK

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/16/man-arrested-facebook-posts-syrian-refugees-scotland

How long until we can not express the wrong thoughts in places like this?

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Re: Exchange?

Sendmail? in 2016? not funny even as trolling.

http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9781593270018.do

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Re: Interesting

The big problem I see with your vision (which I thought about too) is that these third party apps often require a windows client, or come with small tools that only run on windows.

Also if I deploy any app on this database and I go back to the vendor because I have a problem I guarantee you they will wash their hands saying they only support running the DB on windows.

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Re: Interesting

@Lost in Clouds of Data

Bigot: a person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions.

>> If you don't need Exchange, why would you run it?

Tell me "Lost in Clouds of Data" Why is Mage a bigot?

In my opinion the question is valid, no one has questioned neither "choice" nor the right of Microsoft to create and sell such product.

I personally think that MS can not be trusted to support such complex product properly long term based on their previous history of "Linux support"

Do you realise that if you want to operate in Linux space you're required to cope with the Kernel/Library ecosystem breakneck pace or be made obsolete in 1-2 years?

So enlighten me, why is Mage or any Linux user a bigot for asking a legitimate question?

For us serious Linux sysadmins who work with Linux on the datacentre alongside a hefty amount of Windows Kit, this is the equivalent of selling Samba for Windows... What problem does MS SQL solve on Linux?

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Re: Interesting

These are the exact same points all sane people are asking.

Why? Anyone who needs MSSQL is going to run it on Windows, there is no advantage to run it on Linux, unless this is they release it for free so Linux shops can use it for testing, but even then... no company would have a problem buying a license of both windows and MSSQL if there is a business case.

One can argue that it may run better on Linux, but I seriously doubt this is the case.

This like porting powershell, does not solve any problem on the Linux side.

I just do not understand the rationale for this, and when that happens with MS I normally remember the late admiral Ackbar: "It's a trap!"

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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This is probably...

The most serious WTF moment I had this year.

What the FCUK is this useful for?

The question is serious.

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Re: Trade War

""The US recognised this problem at the begging of the 1980s and tried unsuccessfully to turn it around.""

Really? they tried isn't so hard, they even got tired of so much effort.

Ah the naivety.

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Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

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Re: Goodbye Hackintosh?

I'll miss being able to test the MacOS built-in VPN client, I guess we'll have to stop supporting Macs.

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Re: cue...

""Sometimes this might actually be a good thing. The hackers are getting smarter and smarter and IMHO it is beholden to the likes of Apple, Google and Microsoft to try to keep one step ahead of them.""

Doing so at the expense of sacrificing control over one's own computer is not how to keep a steep ahead of "them hackers", quite the contrary.

The hackers are not that smart, you're confusing the fact that there is a lot of clever people part of the hive-mind (interwebs) with all hackers being that smart.

Usually the vast majority of hacks are either bad defaults, laziness, sheer incompetence or user error.

Good luck fixing those with double root and a complicated permission-policy model, these have been proven time and time again to prevent hacking.

Complexity... complexity is not going away, it is increasing...

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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""this is a huge part of why all but the most stubborn of the womenfolk refuse to work with us.""

At this point is when I realized the article is not only bullshit but horseshit too.

Please do not waste our time with manure.

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""Gentlemen of IT, I think it's time we talked. I hate people who use spaces to indent their code instead of tabs.""

We have a name for people who use tabs for indenting: HERETICS!!!!

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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Re: Like the alleged 'shooter' at the Trump rally

Trump will fire him.

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Linux in 2016 catches up to Solaris from 2004

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Re: True but

"""whether the edifice will collapse under its own weight on those somewhat shaky foundations."""

Remember, Linux wasn't meant to be big.

As hardware evolves so will Linux, video in Linux was traditionally a walking disaster, nowadays it is far from perfect, but in the space of a year it now allows one to play games at 1920x1080 with moderate fps on any recent card, I predict 120fps next year instead of the 40fps we have now.

Linux has a tendency to snowball every now and then, suddenly some sub-system out of the blue gets much better.

This is a tendency on most open source software, it's the power of having the source code.

The code for Solaris... well, we do not have it, Larry does.

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Re: GNU utils

Judging by the number of down-votes I'd adventure to say; Mission accomplished.

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Re: GNU utils

""if they decide the gnu toolchain is better that bundled with the OS, that should not reflect on the OS itself.""

I understand what you say, however the OS is both kernel drivers and system libraries plus user-space tools.

One can't say the GNU tools aren't a large part of any of the shelve Linux OS, this gets to the point to make the distinction pointless to most people. The fact that the GNU tools are built around posix and can be ported to any posix compliant OS does not detract from this. You will struggle to find a Linux OS distro without the GNU tools, while the other way around is common.

That's why Stallman insists on calling it GNU/Linux

Just a thought, not trying to be polemic.

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Re: GNU utils

I dunno... Troll face not a clue as to the comment being a joke?

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I'm wondering...

"Linux in 2016 catches up to Solaris from 2004"

Shouldn't the question be:

Has Solaris 2004 catched up with Linux yet?

Last time I checked one had to install all the GNU utils and Gnome on Solaris if the experience was to be decent.

Penguins, penguins everywhere, the penguins are coming! the penguins are coming!

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Put Firefox DE and Chromium in blender. Devs... Is it pure Blisk?

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Do you want Firefox to perform better?

In Linux at least, Firefox will halt your desktop to a crawl unless you use the "suspend tab" extension

http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_suspendtab.html.en

Use that extension wisely and be amazed at the difference it makes.

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Linux Foundation whacks open JavaScript projects umbrella

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How about making it use more than one CPU core....

I'm looking at you FF/IE/Chromes of the world.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

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Re: Everything they're doing would be fine

Give me a version of VLC that can interact with a VR Headset so I can have my home cinema, and 5 mins later I'm buying a headset.

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‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins

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Re: Wrong

>> "A qwerty phone? really? Who uses this stuff?"

Me if blackberry made anything affordable.

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Let's Encrypt won its Comodo trademark battle – but now fan tools must rename

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Re: Thumbs up for LetsEncrypt

>>considering it was entirely artificial and concocted by the latter as nothing more than a cynical spoiler motivated by greed.

Well so far most commercial CA's have enjoyed a free money-printing machine, they weren't going to take this lightly.

I have been using my own CA for ~15 years now, "as I trust myself", never gave a penny to the likes of Comodo, Verisign, Symantec et all.

I'm really glad about the whole let's encrypt enterprise, the entire commercial CA model is a scam of planetary proportions.

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Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

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Re: "evaluating the insurance risks for buildings"

Thus ensuring software does all the thinking and relegating a human being to be more than an autonomous body for the software.

And they say mobiles are bad for your brains...

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IBM lifts lid, unleashes Linux-based x86 killer on unsuspecting world

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Re: Real time trading and some scientific modelling maybe

Essentially relegated to the status of glorified micro-controller that doesn't run as hot as a x86, because exotic things can't match the rhythm of the x86 industry.

Eventually if ARM is not stupid and keeps up they will erode into the PowerPC niche of moderately powerful CPU that doesn't get too hot.

This is an old story.

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Re: Awesome

Always used them to make notes about erratas:

Page 35 where it says "rsync -aviw ...." they mean "rsync -aviW..."

And so on, in the book where the fault is found I write an asterisk + E next to the piece "*E"

Simples.

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Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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Re: Will audio quality get better?

>>YOU STILL HAVE TO HAVE ANALOGUE TO DRIVE THE EARPHONE COILS!

>>This is daft. The only advantage whatsoever of ditching an analogue jack is to Apple.

Spot on, this only benefits Apple, now if you want to produce iPhorno headphones you need to cash Apple a license.

And I'm waiting to hear people that the last security update for iOS has killed their unlicensed headphones.

But, who cares, whoever buys Apple stuff deserves the Apple treatment.

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Re: the SD slot

>>>Costs. pure and simple. Mechanical trays cost money and are a PITA when it comes to reliability.

This, this here, one of the most moronic arguments ever.

Samsung saving .50p on a mechanical connector saves nothing to you or to Samsung.

Shall I remind you that you are who pays for the phone?

This is the same logic that drive moronic decisions at companies, my favorite is the moron at Commodore who removed one serial line from the motherboard of the C64 to save a few pennies, destroying the speed of the serial bus in the process.

And so on.

The customer pays for the product, and no one buys a product >100 pounds because it is .50p cheaper!

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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This is what comes to mind...

Couldn't have happened to a nicer company (Facebook)

I laughed when I saw the tip falling down and exploding on a second explosion.

And I laughed because all these things represent is money and not loss of life, so yes, it is the moral thing to laugh.

The payload was a satellite for Farcebook to bring internet to remote regions of Africa, the same regions where people does not have electricity much less a computer, and smartphones are used as torches to illuminate the hut at night, so yeah liberal progressive logic blew with the rocket, hence why I'm enjoying myself.

If anything I'm sorry for Musk and not "Farceberg", I'm a fan of Space X and I wish they produce the best space rockets ever.

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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This is all politics

""and warning Ireland that the EU was seeking to expand its powers over national governments.""

True.

""Cook comes across as much as a politician would""

True as well, see: http://fortune.com/2016/08/24/apple-tim-cook-fundraiser-clinton/

It is all politics; from my point of view: fcuk Apple and fcuk the EU.

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Is VMware starting to mean 'legacy'? Down and out in Las Vegas

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Re: More hype than reality ... in operations

>> "the ability to just dump containerised applications on top of he hypervisor"

You mean the OS.

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Re: More hype than reality ... in operations

Containers fit very well with the workload of I have an unattended compiler server-chain that produces a bottled application+filesystem at the other end each time anyone makes a commit to git.

Anything outside that model and containers quickly become a chore.

Sure, you can replace a container with another when upgrading and that is nice, troubleshooting the containers, making non-trivial changes to the container, changing the compiler chain... that's another story, and it is the same with any complex system.

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Some would say that this is an oversimplification

But this proves that there are two standards, one for us and another for the very rich who can afford these tricks, then they use the profits to rig the game even more in their favour by buying themselves political favours (H-1B visas, shhhhhh)

http://fortune.com/2016/08/24/apple-tim-cook-fundraiser-clinton/

"And fuck you common people, we know better than you, we're royalty".

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Microsoft baits new vSphere-to-Hyper-V switch offer

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Slowing down development of vSphere

"virtualisation isn't a growth business any more and is gently slowing vSphere development"

One wonders if the real reason has more to do with not much to copy-paste over from kernel.org these days, currently kernel.org is not undergoing any significant architecture changes and they are embarked in a "just refining stuff" phase for the time being.

But that is just me :-P

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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Re: They are quick to shutter services

>> Otherwise folks, use at your own risk with wearing a full Hazmat suit and a 40ft barge pole.

No one other than testimonials will use PowerMeh! in Linux because there is no god-damn point to it in the first place!

This is like trying to come out with a device for voice communication over wires with a limit of 100m and call it "talkphone" when the world already has "telephones" that go over any distance and can even be wireless.

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Wintards thing everything must work like it does in Windows...

No, and a thousand times NO!

In a Unix box (not just Linux) the distinction between the shell and the utilities is: NONE. (The system's design makes automation-shell functionality an inherent quality of the OS)

The integration is provided by the environment itself, there is no requirement for a program to do anything to be integrated in the shell, and the shell doesn't need to do anything special to interact with a program and automate things.

To achieve object-level functionality as you do in PowerMeh! all that is required is to have something in the environment that the shell can use and there you go.

We call that Perl/PHP/Python.

I haven't bothered to check PowerMeh! for Linux, but if MS have done things correctly in the Unix style I should be able to leverage PowerMeh! and .net scripting from bash or ksh without having to do anything special.

However I seriously doubt that a lot (Microsoft doing things correctly) every piece of Unix related stuff that I have seen from Microsoft was a pile of crap.

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When Microsoft's world and the real world interact...

It is not even that, PowerShell solved (more or less badly and for the second time [wscript anyone]) an issue that existed in the Windows side of things.

PowerShell does not solve any problem in Linux, this is not a question of PowerShell being better or worse, PowerShell does not provide anything on Linux that's not there already in a better more refined fashion.

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Whatever you do, don't run fsck. (It installs Windows 10)

You sir won the interwebs today, have a pint on my behalf!

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: Have you used Powershell?

>>> When Powershell first emerged in Exchange 2007, I didn't like it. It was new, it was wordy, it was different. Why do I need to learn something new? Then I started to use it more and began to realise how powerful it is.

Are you for real? are you serious?

Of course powershell is da bomb in Windows, its fossil terminal and batch prior to powershell were utter crap.

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Re: Just another part of their move to the cloud.

>>I supported Hyper-V at my last job and personally watched the cluster fail about 2-3 times per month, usually caused by running updates.

I used to work on a very large Hyper-V cluster which used to have all sort of failures several times per week, usually caused by god knows what...

One of the worst experiences ever with a software product, even the Windows guys were left scarred.

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Re: Yecch.

>> So this is actually rational. Amazing as that is. This allows people to run MS stuff on top of a real operating system.

Like... what, what exactly?

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Re: Yecch.

>>>Shame that us mere plebs (who can't legally buy enterprise edition) can't stop W10 patches from being rolled out and crapping all over your system.

If only... there was... another...

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Re: Why is ssh built in?

On an imaginary version of Windows this object-oriented interface is robust and works well, but in the best version of Windows yet, this is not the case.

ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

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Re: "On Linux we’re just another shell"

You're in for a nasty surprise, what makes you think that it does integrate well in Linux? This was designed in a Microsoft centric way.

To control an application from powershell you require to have an interface with it provided by the company who made the software.

Also, I wonder what type of Linux sysadmin is going to deploy this on a Linux server to do anything just because someone feels comfortable with powershell syntax.

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Why?

Why, just why?

This is of no use to Windows people, they do not use Linux, this is of no use to Linux people, we already have a number of decent functioning shells that cover many use cases.

We have a number of scripting languages that we can combine flawlessly with these shells.

Why? What problem does this solve?

I'm sure there is a psychopathic reason for all of Microsoft's Linux love and this has a dark purpose.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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This is the future...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22KZBhrksbk

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Microsoft bins Azure RemoteApp, says go with Citrix instead

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Citrix ICA

Was always great, and almost the only product that mattered on the Citrix product porfolio, hence why Citrix neglected it lately (At some point they though on discontinuing it due to MS RemoteApp pressure)

I have fond memories of setting Citrix server farms.

I never understood why Citrix kept changing the name, WinFrame, MetaFrame, Presentation Server, then XenApp.

Funny how over the years everybody kept calling it just Citrix.

I think what MS has done here is to cede Citrix the Remote application side of their Azure operation, in exchange Citrix is to finish the screwing of Xen (the virtual platform)

I foresee that Citrix will get rid of Xen in 3...2...1...

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