* Posts by John Sanders

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

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Re: Real men use command line

>> That icon is intended to be a "smug face".

You mean this one?

It is the one I got when I RFA, and I thought the same as you.

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West's only rare earth mine closes. Yet Chinese monopoly fears are baseless

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"Monopoles"

>> Having a monopoly isn't all that useful a thing if, when you try to exercise your monopoly power, other people can come in and contest your monopoly.

Tell it to Microsoft, they haven't noticed.

>> Monopolies just don't matter as much as many people seem to think they do.

Tell it to Microsoft, they haven't noticed.

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AMD rattles Nvidia's cage with hardware-based GPU virtualization

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Critical question here...

Can this be used without VMWare, more specifically with KVM, Virtualbox under Linux?

Yes I'm thinking about running games on a VM.

If This is ESXi only, how well can you play over the Local LAN?

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Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor

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In the 80's

I loved every single movie he appeared in, he always made me laugh.

He's the sole reason I like Superman III.

That and the computer that makes a killer woman-robot, which is incidentally made/programmed by his character.

I had no idea he had a musician side.

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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

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I feel old

I miss the "meet a Russian bride" sites of old, at least you could see pictures of nice fake ladies for free...

I always wondered who was so stupid to get their real details in such a website, and somehow I suspected there were many more male people thinking that would work.

We men are a desperate bunch sometimes.

I have had some technical involvement with some dating websites over the years, my advice is: run, run far away from those sites, technically they are pure and utter S.H.I.T. all of them.

Can not say which ones for obvious reasons... but seriously never ever enter any real details on those type of sites.

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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Re: Small, thick phone

No, you insensitive clod, we the phone companies have decided you all want clones of the iphone.

Decent battery life you say?

How can you not understand that all you need is a hundred bundled social media apps and cloud backup.

And give us all your data (this is actually something we demand so we can start our own social something and be like farcebook or twatter and bundle even more social apps)

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Re: Nice one .....

Hey if Apple can do it why not somebody else/Samsung?

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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Rain is wet...

Roses are red.

Passwords are weak.

Slow summer day.

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Citrix really needs to get its act together, and soon

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I liked the old Citrix

Citrix metraframe/presentation server/xenapp or whatever it is called these days was a quite good application, plenty of companies I know would benefit from it if it was priced sensibly.

For some reason Citrix even tried to stop selling it.

XenServer is good as a poor's man vmware, decent management tools and documentation.

It will be sad to see them go.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Re: @Mark 85 The seem to be going in an unsavory direction...

"""So basically, Linux would be way better if it weren't for all those damned users wanting to..."""

Why are you damning people?

"""use their computers for anything remotely popular."""

Yes we're all fully aware that if you need to run an application or game that it is only available for windows you have to run windows. So? run windows, Linux or Mac or anything else is not for you.

"""Have you tried explaining to her that Linux allows her to do a bunch of stuff the average user has absolutely no interest in while losing highly desired abilities?"""

Please enlighten us as to what are those desired abilities that you speak about.

"""I'm not defending MS and their absolute shit new policy, but touting Linux as the fix to their corporate evil has been done to death and gets no further than it ever does, which is that even those with your expertise have windows machines running in their homes."""

Listen if you want to put Linux in front of the humongous Windows ecosystem of applications clearly you're doing it wrong, but once again this resumes on: Linux is not for you.

I will speak of my case, mostly because it is the one I know best. I'm willing to sacrifice convenience in exchange of "Knowing what the FCUK my computer is doing" because that for me is important, what I have found is that I'm not sacrificing that much, and in those occasions in which my employer demands that I run a Windows application I either use Wine or run a Windows VM in virtualbox.

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Re: The seem to be going in an unsavory direction...

I completely agree with you, it has been years since a windows patch came with anything more descriptive than: "This patch resolves a stability issue in windows"

This is not a new fact.

Compare this with any linux distribution changelog of any package:

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firefox (40.0+build4-0ubuntu0.14.04.4) trusty-security; urgency=medium

* Disable geo-specific search defaults, and clean up profiles that have

been inadvertently switched to the wrong search default (LP: #1485741)

- add debian/patches/disable-geo-specific-search-defaults-for-us.patch

- add debian/patches/cleanup-geo-specific-search-defaults.patch

- update debian/patches/series

-- Chris Coulson <chris.coulson@canonical.com> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:08:02 +0100

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Quite telling.

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Larry Page was held back by Google execs from flooding world with new dot-word domains

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Re: .xyz domain

The only reason it is not alphabet.com is because BMW who owns the domain doesn't want to sell it.

abc.xyz is an intelligent name that will be remembered as long as it continues to receive media exposure.

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Re: Not so good

"""We should be doing more than just trying to sustain our current position."""

I thought it was our position that allowed us to do more in the first place.

Or do you mean "improve our position even more" ?

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Intel workforce diversity report throws up a bunch of 'unknowns'

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Political correctness will be the death of us all.

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Spanish developers strike gold with ‘Mr Mayor’ dodgy dealings gaming app

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Pardon me?

What is that supposed to mean?

Do you realise that for the majority of the people in Spain Franco is a guy that has been buried for 39 years. I doubt Franco was alive when any of the developers were even aged 2.

Why would they make a game about corruption for a person that is dead when there are hundreds of corrupt officials in office in Spain right now, and from all parties?

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Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

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"""Like most industries, we have a case management system which the firm runs on. It needs an on site installation of office, not a hosted one. Office 365 is therefore pointless, as is google apps."""

Which can be resumed on: "Not all workloads are good for hosting them on the internet"

""AWS for a "cheap" server for a pilot project? Server 2012 comes with Hyper-V, letting us just fire up a virtual server. For free. Why pay for AWS?""

I see your point and I agree with you, any computer these days (even cheap laptops) can run at least one or two virtual machines.

The only reason for going to an external provider is when the company lacks the expertise or resources to connect a server to the internet, which is the case of most web servers.

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Re: Recipe for a coming disaster

"Trust me I'm a cloud provider."

I'm going to say just that in my next social event. LOL

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It is called managed hosting

"""Because by that time we'll be so used to the idea that we won't have a special name for it: in two years time it'll just be called a product."""

It has a name, it is called managed hosting (being physical or virtual) or managed service, it's been available and popular from many providers since the late 2000's.

What people are all excited is control panels and large suppliers like AWS, Google and MS.

And guess something, all those large hosting suppliers do not care a shit about you or your business.

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: Deniers?

Here I was...

Thinking that sunspots were being used to study the relationship between their presence and the amount of sun's activity through the decades.

Also I was thinking that all literature that I have read about the subject I have never found a single reference where anybody says: "climate change made by sunspots".

However I have managed to find "The sun drives most of the climate" and more sunspots mean more solar activity, hence the more sunspots the more of the sun's energy that reach us hence climatological impact changes.

Just saying.

I think the "believers" have been trying to rule out the influence of the sun in the climate since almost the beginning because their equations (Which simplify reality and only work if you massage the data) do not give that much importance to the sun.

The whole sunspots (and most of the man-made climate change stuff) thing reminds me of: "If...she...weighs the same as a duck......she's made of wood. a witch!!!!"

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Re: Sophisticated...

By having 2 factor authentication Bob should use a key of some sort besides his password.

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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Re: I really wish that were true...

Heck Oracle sues you even if you are a paying customer.

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Re: Java question...

""If they get rid of the Java APIs and call straight to the C APIs, then Oracle's complaint collapses.""

If I was Google I would have begun such move. ;-)

""If that sounds silly, well I think the whole thing is silly to begin with. Oracles case relies on a whole new theory of copyright.""

The whole thing plays like this: because you wrote your book in USA-English and I invented the UK-English language, I want all your money, because all that USA-English use around the world makes our UK-English sound silly and it is preventing the adoption and use of the English language.

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Tobacco field bacteria offers hope for buzz-kill smoking therapy

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Re: Fingers crossed

""but for some reason they seem to be demonised rather than viewed as a device with a useful part to play in stopping smoking.""

Because of ignorance my friend, pure and sheer ignorance.

E-cigs may not be completely harmless, something that it is not completely know yet, but all evidence points in the direction that they cause very little harm.

E-cigs allow the user to regulate-calibrate the nicotine dosage (when using a proper device, not the toy ones that look like cigarettes) in such an effective manner that the majority of smokers after a while do not want to go back to cigarettes. It takes a while to get used to it (like everything requires some practice), but once you get used to the system and learn how to mix the liquid:

Suddenly one does not stink, can use it indoors (One's home), a noticeable recovery in taste capability, less irritation in the mouth throat, lots less coughs, and after a while you begin experiencing better lung capacity, all while still getting a satisfactory "smoking experience".

And yes you still have a nicotine addiction problem to deal with, but suddenly you have a much healthy way of coping with it, and it doesn't taste like dirty cardboard.

On top of that a lot of people are finding that stopping from e-cigs is way easier than with normal cigarettes, perhaps those extra chemicals the tobacco companies put in cigarettes to enhance nicotine absorption in the lungs also make more difficult to quit (who knew)

Tobacco companies do not want to lose their captive customers, the young do not find vaping attractive or fascinating like they do with smoking, and governments fear what they can not tax.

It is a complex theme, and I think the big public is being robbed of the debate (like with anything controversial these days).

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

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Re: The only way to not be ridiculed...

You sir win at the interwebs today!

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Re: Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

"""I think its the other way around. Its a working technology that no one wants to take seriously."""

Yeah, because those things, you know, grow under a rock all you have to do is go get them.

Yeah, the past 20 years of miniaturization and latests advancements on led screen technology have happened because "technology"

Come on, getting VR right is hard and it just wasn't possible on a prototype-consumer scale up until 3-4 years back.

Getting it production-ready plus write all these software who's going to run on it is free and happens because "reasons", and if it doesn't happen sooner is because the world is evil and that's why I can't have nice toys.

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Fork off! FFmpeg project leader quits, says he's had enough with these forking AV libraries

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Re: That's Open Source For You...

>> Get my two (CRT/LCD) monitors to work as a shared desktop or be able to set up a new box, drop in a wireless card/dongle and and have it just 'work' without having to spend hours looking around the web to get a fix,

This is a bit odd, as an example I did set up a scraps PC with two old nvidia cards (NV40) (whatever I found in the storage room) and four monitors not long ago, the critter is even running OpenGL applications using the 4 screens simultaneously.

I did use Ubuntu 14.04 and although I had to tamper with the xorg config it was because of my own choosing (old school) rather than lack of GUI tools.

That PC is also connected to the network via wireless for convenience, and it uses a £10 edimax usb dongle

So I find strange that since 2000 you haven't managed to have a desktop spawning two monitors.

I'm not saying you could not have issues or a weird piece of hardware that is problematic or unsupported.

These days hardware issues with Linux tend more in line with: "Game X with Graphics card Y does not perform as well as the windows version" or things like closed wireless card with poor driver support loses connection.

I normally avoid those issues following the recipe: "Doesn't work with Linux, no buy"

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Common tactic

"""Over the years, Microsoft has recruited heavily from Stardock to beef up its own UI development teams (for the Longhorn/Vista compositor, for example), apparently having forgotten how Windows works. ®"""

This is a common tactic with large companies, rather than train someone to be an expert on a field poach someone from another company who has become an expert in the field and knows your product from A to Z.

They have done the same with the security software they bundle with windows and many other components over the years.

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Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

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Re: Flash deserves to die

Exactly what I have been thinking since it was created.

It is a closed spec, it deserves all that is coming for it.

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Think beyond the Beeb: Gov consultation is crucial for free telly

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Re: happy to pay the license fee

Yes, there are no other news broadcasting in the States other than Fox.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_over-the-air_television_networks

And obviously Fox has henchmen in every household pointing a gun at people's head so they do not change the channel.

And they charge you a Fox tax if you wan to watch any other channel... oh wait, no that's the BBC.

You probably are one of these types who only agrees with diversity of opinions as long as they match your own, or possibly think that people is stupid to reason on their own, and need to be steered towards the right ideas and way of thinking that you approve of.

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Re: The simplest solution would be abolish license fee monopoly

IMHO: There is no need for public (state owned) broadcasting and the public should not be forced to pay for it indiscriminately.

The public should pay for those things they consider are worth paying for.

If the BBC wants to be a broadcaster they should go commercial, add a scrambler to their schemes, and get people to subscribe to their channels. If people massively opt-out it is because it is not worth it, on the contrary if it is "that good" people will subscribe in droves isn't?

In my particular case I do not want to watch TV (Any TV) I do not posses any means of watching TV except for the computers, so my firewall blocks all the BBC's IP space.

I do not care what they do with the BBC, but at the very least I want the opportunity to remain a non-paying non-TV watching person, I do not need TV to live.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: I wish politicians would learn...

See, Dave is an ignorant with regards to the internet.

We know he is an ignorant because we know how the internet works.

Now think this: (and not only this affects dear Dave but all politicians)

Each time you happen to know about a particular field and you listen to a politician, you realise the man is an ignorant or a t*at.

This happens all the time, and this is how politics is done in the 21 century by professional politicians.

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BT broadband in broad-based brownout and TITSUP incidents

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BT and SMTP

Fix your bloody SMTP issues BT!!!

host mx.bt.lon5.cpcloud.co.uk[65.20.0.49] just doesn't work.

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Google, Adobe barricade Flash against hacker hordes – we peek inside

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Adobe had a chance to fix flash and take over the world.

That chance was open-sourcing the interpreter, or at the very least publishing the spec.

If you want something to become universal on the Internet, it has to be based on an open standard.

Had it been the case Flash would have been fixed a billion years ago, or at the very least it would have been made fast.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: I went and saw if there was anything about WSUS and Windows 10

"""WILL EXPLODE IN MASSIVE FIREBALLS"""

And now a commercial message:

Massive fireballs are sponsored by the government of Iran.

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I used to be like you

"""as the resident family-and-friends go-to IT guy I can't help feeling I'm going to be very busy in the coming weeks."""

I was the same, except one day I said, no, I will not fix your computer for free unless you install Linux. If you want Windows support it is £35 per hour.

People stopped bothering me.

The few who agreed to have Linux have my total support, once I installed their computers they hardly have to call me, just the odd question every now and then, and updating once a year if required.

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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

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Pardon me?

"""The other thing that matters is rapid application development. In our case, we take a Lumia device, you power up Azure App Services, and out come Universal Apps that automate workflows. I think that's unbeatable in terms of a value proposition."""

Look at all this code, it writes itself, look how it automates the work-flow itself and gives value itself.

Wait what?

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Satoru Iwata, Nintendo chieftain and gamer titan, dies aged 55

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Unhappy

Rest in peace

Sad to go at that age, thanks for all the good moments Mr Iwata.

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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If I start...

If I start a news website: Can I have some money from all British households?

If I start an online streaming business: Can I have some money from all British households?

Because competing in the marketplace is hard you know, so if I can leverage some money via lawful coercion is great.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: So...

>>Someone call Microsoft, Quick!

>>We found the guy they're marketing too!

There you go, coffee all over the screen again.

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Seriously, who actually uses a start menu

People who do not know how what may be installed in the computer, or people who do not know that the system settings can be accessed via: compmgmt.cpl

And so on.

This stupidity of typing the first few letters of something works very well when you know what you are looking for.

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Bloodthirsty Microsoft prepares for imminent 'major' job cuts

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Short Sighted

When you are a company the size of MS with virtually unlimited money income. (MS is still a monopoly)

You can afford to lose a lot buying other companies:

You are sufficiently big and have enough employees and subsidiaries to make something clever and worthwhile with regards to taxation and regulations.

You spend a lot of money in exchange of a brand and a customer base and to lesser extend expertise, the customer base specially if the brand is strong is worth potentially way more than what you paid for the sum of the entire company you are buying. You have the new customer's base full attention, the best marketing ever.

If you succeed in conquering another large market and get entrenched, the benefits usually dwarf the costs. And you look mightier than ever.

Also with MS there is the "prepotency" factor.

MS is used to everybody being afraid of them and to use and abuse their power to further their goals.

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

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Re: One million new lines...

Yes you can using KVM.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: How much control/flexibility over the free W10 download?

Pristine state at the time of the backup,

Now go back to install all those patches that came in between the time you took the snapshot and the time where you had to restore it.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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Shut up and take my money!!!!

Shut up and take my money!!!!

http://cdn.business2community.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/shut-up-and-take-my-money-9299-2560x16001.jpg

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: Foregone Conclusion

"""The interface design behind Windows Phone was a great idea"""

Only if you plan to offer a different for the sake of being different interface, and do not plan to offer much in terms of interface functionality.

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Seriously?

"""Also exiting the business is ex-Nokia-CEO-turned-executive-vice-president devices group Stephen Elop. He had run the phone hardware division since April 2014.

He joins 18,000 who Nadella has pink-slipped since becoming Microsoft CEO.""

The FCUK he's getting the same compensation as those other low rank guys.

The "he joins" hurts my eyes.

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Cisco in single SSH key security stuff-up

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Re: Suggestion

Cisco does nothing special.

However it does a few things well, the hardware is stable, (and so is IOS for the most part), they have good documentation, and has lots and lots of features that are/may come in handy, also there is plenty of documentation online, and the method of configuration is pretty much a de-facto standard in the industry. Their switches are bread and butter and an expectation on any large environment.

ISP's do not love Cisco, people who only know Cisco do.

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Vegan eats BeEf, gets hooked

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Re: It would be nice if banks were made aware

* Take an old PC, format it with Linux (xubuntu, Mint, Debian, whatever works for you), keep it on the side only for banking.

* Buy a small cheap pc you can keep on the side, use it only for banking.

* Boot off a Linux Live USB or CD, use it for banking.

* Keep a VM running Linux just for banking.

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: Ooops, pet peeve triggered

"""To this day I remain mystified by games forcing the player to replay known parts over and over as some sort of punishment for failure."""

I found an explanation for this.

There are two types of human beings, one type which are really good at hand-to-eye coordination and quick memorization of routine movements.

And the rest of us.

The gaming experience of the time were the Arcade machines, which where in turn designed for the first type of human being. This was done obviously to get as many quarters as possible.

Developers making games for computers "at the time" though that unless a game was hard it was no fun, and that it would be over too soon, they had to match the experience of the arcades.

Some developers used that to hide the fact that some games were indeed too short, or too shitty.

A trend that began to set the tide backwards is that at some point more people began playing games using trainers so they could see the art than people who was having fun playing the game.

Also as the novelty of the new awesome quality wore off people became more savvy on which games to spend the money on, suddenly there were new genres, FPS, RTS, RPGs, point and click adventures, gameplay forever diverged from the Arcade style of games which stopped being the major source of inspiration.

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Docker and Microsoft unite Windows and Linux in the cloud

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Hmmm

How does this work....?

I know how the containers are supposed to work, what I want to know is:

Is this just containerization for .net based code? this is: as long as the application has been developed on .net can be pushed either to a Linux or a Windows box?

Or in the other hand if the Windows containers are windows native code and the Linux ones are native Linux code and the only thing in common is the management tools and infrastructure?

Details for god sake, details!!!

I'm sick of marketingcrap and people on a stage delivering FCUK presentations.

They keep you wondering what the FCUK are they talking about for months to no end and once you look at the stuff is just pure anticlimax.

MS is so uninteresting these days.

And the MS HEARTS Linux is just plain psychopathy.

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