* Posts by John Sanders

1467 posts • joined 29 Sep 2006

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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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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Well this only means one thing

No Oculus for me.

No sir.

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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We at Microsoft

Just realised that we were probing and analysing everybody anyway, so why not making everybody our bitc... We mean 'special'.

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Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves

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Re: No one said it was easy but...

I do the same you do at home, but small scale.

With a single £50 ITX motherboard, single ATX motherboard, 16GB RAM and Debian.

4 x 4TB Drives, 2 RAID10 using MDADM, LVM ext4 and xfs volumes.

I have done horrible things to the set-up in the quest for science, while the server run every single conceivable service under the sun, including VMs.

It is not very fast, but it is not slow either, I know companies with older kit that have much more problems and way less functionality.

It is really good for the price.

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Re: what he said

Best NFS head ever is a Linux server (either physical or virtual) where the storage is presented from a LUN on a SAN.

Not because a Linux box is not going to give you a headache every now and then (Linux diehard here) it is because the Linux box gives you flexibility and troubleshooting ability beyond any proprietary solution.

For the file-system you can mix and match.

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Re: Anyone can build something small

Although at the SMB level it is perfectly possible.

I have seen a couple of large GPFS deployments in action, and it can replace a lot of things. If only IBM wasn't that greedy.

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Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers

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Re: Sounds a bit like Crouton?

I have been saying for a long time that APKs will become the path for commercial software into Linux.

Sooner or later.

Windows will get them too, and so do Macs, (even before Linux)

Why do you think MS is trying to fence the PC market?

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

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Headmaster

It used to be called

Lost revenue.

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

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Intriguing...

"perhaps even open source the Linux subsystem (that would be nice)."

To do what with it exactly?

Where can you run this code... on Linux??? On Reactos?

To submit patches to MS? how? where? github?

What does this accomplish?

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Microsoft bods tell El Reg: We've re-pivoted open-source .NET Core

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Re: Don't trust them

You will spend a year learning this, some stuff will be implemented somewhere, MS will not maintain the product and will keep it around like a Zombie to kill it 2-3 years later.

In the mean time just to ease the pain they will recommend that you deploy your code in Windows where it will magically work just fine.

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Re: Is it just me?

Marketing dept:

- Quick, get us a smiley tech guy!

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Spaniard live streams 195km/h burn-up

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WTF is periscope?

Another pile of nonsense like Twatter, Farcebook, Linkedpin, mysplace, yarhoo I guess.

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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They can advertise all the Futurama they want to me

More Futurama please!

(There is an ad for Futurama in the middle of the image)

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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Re: Just a question:

* drag and drop - NO

* the taskbar, the toolbar - NO

* ClearType - NO

* scroll-wheel mice - NO

* SideWinder Dual Strike, SideWinder Freestyle Pro (not successful, but definitely original) - NO

* Surface (the original one, not the laptop) - NO

* DirectX - NO

NO, stop confusing MS version of a product with the product's idea.

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Re: This is why I've still not bought a personal/home O365 sub.

Have a look at LibreOffice, much better fork of OpenOffice.

Almost inmediatelly after Oracle acquired SUN, OpenOffice was forked into LibreOffice and currently is more advanced than OpenOffice, better maintained and receives updates and fixes continuously.

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Re: What!!!

I once worked on an ISP where 2 really ancient postfix boxes dealt with 10+ million emails a week.

They hardly gave us any problems ever.

The exchange servers... these were a whole different story.

Exchange is widely used because of the AD+exchange+outlook combination.

At the time the companies producing alternatives were greedy and did try for decades to charge 110% of what MS charges for Exchange. Had they set-up for more realistic prices, MS would had have a lot of competition and the groupware and messaging market would be lots more healthier.

Nowadays MS using Office365 can undercut anyone with their cloud shenanigans, so no serious alternatives to Exchange are being developed any more.

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Re: The lock in Question

Enough about the systemd crap please, learn how it works and then compare to systemv.

And if you do not understand why grub has a large configuration file that you should not be touching (/etc/default/grub is where you change stuff) you strike me as someone who doesn't read any documents, not just the instruction manuals but also the release notes.

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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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What a nice os...

What a nice OS you got there... it would be a shame if something happened to it...

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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Re: May I humbly offer the following advice

Why people keep bending unconditionally to MS is one of the greatest mysteries of our time.

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BT Sport takes Elemental step of software encoding

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Translation to plain english:

""The chief problem with dedicated hardware is that it is cast in stone, so that even if it out performs generic processors at the time of implementation, it tends to get left behind after a few years and then needs renewal at cost.

The software approach allows successive generations of commodity hardware to be slipped in and deliver incremental improvements in performance and functionality, getting away from the big-bang approach which has characterized TV through all its history.

The software approach allows the broadcasting industry to join enterprise IT in being able to enjoy the benefits of Moore’s Law.""

TRANSLATION: We have decided to use FFMPEG for encoding using servers like everybody else has been doing now for a couple of years.

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The 4 stages of All-Flash storage: Denial, anger, bargaining... and integration

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Re: Of course most of us will wind up all-flash

Whatever solution wins will be the most open/standard and the one that requires re-writing the least software.

Anything else is just proprietary crap.

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Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you'll scream

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Re: That's the unix way of doing things..

I was about to write a lengthy response, but as I'm not as idle as I wanted I'll just say; NO, you do not understand why the insistence on using separate commands and processing text streams via pipes.

I will give you a simple example of imagemagick in action, using pipes and text:

qrencode -t PNG -o - "${1:-Empty data!}" | display &

There you go my on-the-fly QR code generator and viewer, courtesy of the 70s

Imagemagick was created circa 1991, qrencode 2006

That my friend is not a religion, it is just practical, I made something to fit my needs with a single line of code, I can quickly generate a QR code and display it on screen to pass data to my phone.

Joining two applications without having to do anything special is part of how Unix stuff works.

One does not need to even think hard to come with little bits like these, they just come naturally.

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Re: Who's using ImageMagick on the server?

In my experience it is not that popular, php.gd on the other hand is.

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Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

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Re: Good thinking that tool

Amen brother!

I think this is for the best of Thunderbird, at some point Firefox will completely sink and finally rest at the bottom of the Mariana trench, so for Thunderbird is better to get of the Firetanic now that's still okay-sh.

I hope the Document Foundation is who ends maintain it, I'm willing to make a considerable money donation towards fixing the font issues that have plagued the HTML editor for the last 10 years, or the lack of official tray icon in Linux, or the enormous memory consumption, or the archive function breaking if you try to archive more than 200 messages, or the filters breaking when a message is both moved and mark as read... etc.

And have no doubt besides its defects I love Thunderbird.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Clearly...

""Running a datacentre on Linux means that the admins are forever having to check each and every kernel, library and application update to see if there's any important security patches they must adopt, and do a ton of regression testing every single time. That's not productive.""

You haven't run many datacentres on Linux.

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Re: I would have expected...

These days RadeonSI works more than well, AMD is abandoning fglrx for the new AMDGPU PRO driver, RadeonSI is more than ready, and AMDGPU PRO is expected soon (1-2 months)

So not a biggie.

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Re: One experience - some good some bad

Advice is to leave the servers alone up until a couple of weeks/month after release, they tend to iron out all these issues in ~2 weeks after release.

In my case I always upgrade servers once the x.1 is released, I do it for everything Centos, RH, Debian and of course Ubuntu.

Upgrading on the first couple of weeks is always risky no matter the Distro, upon release they are more concerned from getting it out of the door on time than anything else, so they focus on the installation issues for launch and the upgrade issues they work it on later once people begin reporting issues.

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Re: The past is un-dead

""(or link to long-obsolete info without checking whether it's still relevant) seems to have become normal behaviour.""

Yep, that's gamification of forums and tech sites for you.

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Re: I'd love to upgrade

Oh wait is systemd, and it happens to be documented, how convenient!:

https://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/Debugging/

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Systemd#Boot_Kernel_Command_Line

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_debug_Systemd_problems

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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

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Re: Rapidly changing (negative) dynamic for Microsoft

The issue with Microsoft and anything they do lately, outside windows that is, is that suddenly they face themselves against a world that builds clever stuff based on aggregation of different open parts and protocols.

And MS is well... MS and they can only thrive if they are the only ones with the keys to the kingdom, the corporate back deals and the pressure to the OEMs.

Now they face a little dilema, if they keep maintaining Windows as their closed garden, more and more people on time will move more and more infrastructure to open standards.

That's why they have embarked in this my little pony PR adventure of vomiting rainbows over anything Linux, claiming to suddenly be an OSS company that curiously does not ship, and does not intend to ship any flagship product as OSS.

They are doing this in an attempt to blend themselves in, so people think Azure vs Google vs AWS is apples to apples.

Yet at the same time they make grandiose plans to convert Linux customers into Windows customers.

Anyway, MS like Amazon and Google do not make as much money as everybody thinks, and the lack of proper figures from most of them leads me to think that there are losses "somewhere in the clouds".

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: New???

Nothing stops you from running btrfs on top of mdadm and get solid RAID5 functionality.

That is how I have been building btrfs pools for a long time and had very little issues.

Having said that, zfs is great.

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Re: Priorities?

TROLL

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Re: Priorities?

Oh for FCUK sake!!!!

systemd-timesyncd is a daemon that has been added for synchronizing the system clock across the network. It implements an SNTP client. In contrast to NTP implementations such as chrony or the NTP reference server this only implements a client side, and does not bother with the full NTP complexity, focusing only on querying time from one remote server and synchronizing the local clock to it.

Do you guys bother to read any documentation ever? What are you point and click sysadmins?

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Re: Priorities?

Gosh... (facepalm)

Well, probably you are talking about a very old problem in the Selinux policies of fedora version 16 or something like that, and it was a Selinux caused problem that prevented messages going into the Journal.

You could do this: StandardOutput=syslog+console and StandardError=syslog+console on your system unit

The systemd.exec(5) man page explains the options you can set to control your daemon logging:

StandardOutput= controls the redirection of stdout. Value can be one of inherit, null, tty, journal, syslog, kmsg, journal+console, syslog+console, kmsg+console or socket

StandardError= controls the redirection of stderr. Values are the same as above with a slight difference for inherit explained in the man page.

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Re: Priorities?

"The Unix approach of doing one thing and doing it well"

You do realise that many things like SystemV do more than one thing and not very well?

Are you confusing the forest for the trees?

I have been using Systemd for two years now and found it superior in every way to SystemV/Upstart (which is what RH/CentOS/Ubuntu were using before)

This comes from someone who was very skeptic at the beginning, I started using it reluctantly (was forced) just to realize that not only it is good, but bloody well designed.

It is perfect? Probably not, but trust me it is way better than SystemV at managing services and dependencies between services.

Most of the extra functionality is optional, you use it if you want it, pure and simple.

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Re: Priorities?

Why does everybody keep saying it is a massive binary:

ls -lh /lib/systemd/

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1.5M Jan 27 15:23 systemd

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 15K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-ac-power

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 51K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-activate

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 91K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-backlight

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 47K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-binfmt

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 99K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-bootchart

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 352K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-bus-proxyd

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 264K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-cgroups-agent

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 87K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-cryptsetup

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 292K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-fsck

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 71K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-fsckd

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 31K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-hibernate-resume

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 328K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-hostnamed

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 272K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-initctl

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 299K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-journald

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 336K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-localed

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 612K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-logind

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 39K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-machine-id-commit

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 51K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-modules-load

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 736K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-networkd

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 123K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-networkd-wait-online

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 35K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-quotacheck

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 35K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-random-seed

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 51K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-remount-fs

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 31K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-reply-password

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 508K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-resolved

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 308K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-resolve-host

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 71K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-rfkill

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 135K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-shutdown

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 71K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-sleep

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 91K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-socket-proxyd

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 51K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-sysctl

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1.3K Jan 18 20:54 systemd-sysv-install

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 332K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-timedated

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 135K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-timesyncd

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 431K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-udevd

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 272K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-update-utmp

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 31K Jan 27 15:23 systemd-user-sessions

Stop talking about something you haven't used or know much about.

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Re: Priorities?

Regarding systemd

Please stop saying that the init part comes with ntp or a word processor.

Systemd is made of many parts, they are inter-related but the init process does not have an ntp client built-in, the ntp functionality is provided by a module that you can or can not use depending on your needs.

Please make the effort to learn about systemd and stop spreading FUD.

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

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>> The company has since revealed that fault affected 67 servers out of 115,000.

Hmm it seems included in these 67 was the server farm that does the cheap VPS.

The remaining 114933 servers were either other systems or "dedicated" I guess.

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Elemental

Backups you say?

Nah, the cloud never fails... duh!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to write some more CRON jobs...

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UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

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Re: that's not even a Cloud issue, it's a hosting one,

Thank you!

I have been saying for years that "cloud" is just managed hosting with an orchestration panel at best, and a shoddy virtualization platform at it worst.

Hosting, hosting never changes.

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Misco: We're moving to the cloud after yesterday's bit barn meltdown

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Re: Datacentre - or Broom closet?

You're not too far from reality... only half a notch.

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

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Re: Because you're wrong - that's not the future

I'm with you in which this is a solved problem.

Unfortunately until it is legally sanction this is a hobby solution that you can only use at home.

I worked for a company once where they requested Apple permission to run OS X on vmware, they offered apple to buy 4 physical macs to keep 2 of each in two separate data centres, the Macs will be there but turned off as the Mac servers needed to be virtualized.

Apple said... thanks but no.

My company at the time said, OK, we're removing Apple products off our server state, and in 2-3 years we'll remove any apple product from our offices.

And Apple more than anyone knows this.

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Re: Thinkpad... ...ARM apps

Related to your "sight"

I have predicted for many years now that at some point a piece of software will sooner or later allow plain .apk files to run on Linux, thus solving the commercial app problem on Linux once and for all.

Windows will try to avoid doing the same for as long as MS can, but eventually it will happen on Windows too... then MacOS... then...

Universal Apps as an open standard.

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

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They had their opportunity...

Both Adobe and Macromedia.

I they had published flash as an open source player, they would own the interwebs.

But alas they were short-sighted, like many other (Blackberry comes to mind not releasing an Android phone 2 years earlier) they tried to choose fast and painless at an ATM but what they got instead was a suicide booth's "Slow and painful".

Microsoft is telling them: "You're dead, have a nice day"

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

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Re: What ?

You won the beer today!

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