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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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Re: @asdf The desktop deadend.

If you keep your /home in a separate partition/filesystem installing from scratch is piece of cake.

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VMware 5.5: Plenty that's new and exciting... but what about the obvious stuff?

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Re: Too feature rich?

"""I'm seeing a massive switch in customers not just going with Hyper-V at day one but also existing VMware customers moving to Hyper-V (2012 R2) which provides them with all the features they'll ever need at a great price point with imo a much simpler management interface."""

BullS**, BullS** and more BullS**.

VMWare can get to be a pain in the works, but it is reliable, the same can not be said about Hyper-V anyone doing large VM deployments knows this.

Lame astroturfing attempt

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: GNOME == Red Hat?

There is no problem whatsoever in linking Gnome. That is not the point.

The point is that a majority of users rejected it and after tiring of being ignored we all decided to left.

Not all of the recent work in Gnome is bad (Ie: decent scaling on High Res screens).

However in my opinion they can go S**** themselves big time as not only have they broke the Gnome desktop, they have promoted breaking apps and libraries widely used by other projects with no regrets.

This is from one of the Gnome developers:

"""I guess you have to decide if you are a GNOME app, an Ubuntu app, or an XFCE app unfortunately. I’m sorry that this is the case but it wasn’t GNOME’s fault that Ubuntu has started this fork. And I have no idea what XFCE is or does sorry."""

Read this article: http://igurublog.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/gnome-et-al-rotting-in-threes/

Gnome has been actively harming the OSS desktop for the last 3-5 years.

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Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

XFCE here, not perfect but very good, better IMHO than Gnome2 ever was.

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Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

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First hand experience here with Linux in Hyper-V

MS treats Linux guests like 3rd class citizens.

I still remember when the MS drivers for RH/CentOS 6 showed the hard drives twice, one with the wrong geometry and another with the right one.

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It is the Linux manufacturers that lag behind... (Bollocks)

Load of bullcrap.

MS has never produced a tar file that works (One that works reliably that is) with the latest version of the drivers, like others vendors do.

MS Treats any non MS product like second class citizens.

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I may say "nuke them from orbit". It's the only way to be sure.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: 1 in 10 reasons probably invalid, so all invalid?

"""The health aspect is just one of many reasons why one might buy organics"""

I dare you to buy and consume inorganic food.

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Don't look at Maria's SQL, look at MY SQL, pleads Oracle

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Re: comparison

You do not get it the performance gains are like the invisible guy in Mystery Men, they happen when absolutely nobody is looking.

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C'mon, Commvault: You have the tech to build VM mutants...

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I see this happening

With Linux VMs, with Windows not so much.

After all 30 years of obfuscation and intentional complexity will have to take a toll.

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Meet the man building an AI that mimics our neocortex – and could kill off neural networks

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Re: Pattern matching

Agreed.

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Re: Time gentlemen, please.

There is an ntp server in your head, the brain uses time in a similar way a board uses a clock, it is used to sync other parts of the brain.

It is well understood that the brain is kind of slow processing sensory input, and cheats using time to alter your perception.

Time is nothing but change from a state to another, anywhere in the universe and including your brain, so it is not difficult to imagine that the brain would exploit a mechanism it is intrinsically bonded to.

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Re: ai already exists

Chomskybot is that you?

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Re: Let a thousand flowers bloom

A neuron may use electricity but I'm sure it is not an electronic component, and does not produce bits.

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Re: Let a thousand flowers bloom

Listen if anyone were on the right track with understanding how the brain works by know we should have being able to understand how the nervous system of something much smaller and simpler works, lets say an ant.

Or a ladybug, or even an earthworm.

Nothing that we can fabricate or model now doesn't even compare to what the brain of humble caterpillar or a spider can achieve, let's not talk about a bird or a small mammal, and no, we're not talking about being self aware.

We're trying to understand the brain from the complete wrong angles, it is not so much about how it is cobbled together, but how does each cell know what it has to do from the moment the brain begins to form.

We do not have even the flimsiest idea on how does nature encodes information. We barely understand that there are instructions on the ADN, but all we do is the same we did with the atom, throw things on it to see what happens.

And for atoms at least we have some crazy theories.

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Re: The day AI works... @John Sanders

You do not get it either.

Try to think what would happen if you had a box you could communicate to and that you could explain some rules and educate it to do a job.

The machine will not replicate why would it do it?

Stop thinking on science fiction crap, invasion of the AI, Terminator, rise of the machines, etc.

Think how a thinking box would change society.

I only can find an use for such boxes: Replace people's jobs.

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Re: The day AI works...

You clearly do not get it.

No AI is going to take over, As soon as a machine can think "like a human", this is solve abstract problems, machines will replace people.

First on stupid tasks then on less stupid tasks.

Business will prefer to buy 20 thinking boxes than hiring a person.

For example call centre jobs will disappear overnight along with most cleric and administrative work.

Then we will have a civil war.

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The day AI works...

Boxes that can replace humans will sell, business will use those boxes to replace employees, the boxes will keep getting better and replacing more employees.

At that point there will be a civil war between people.

Because more than three quarters of the population can be replaced overnight with machines, and that is just what we need, more unnocupied people...

Having said that I do not think anyone is in the right track here, the brain exploits and relies in life's way of encoding information, and we understand that even less than the brain.

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Entry-level HP SAN array stoops to conquer small biz bods

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Not bad

But for dirty cheap nothing beats an off the shelf couple of servers, some hard drives and nearly any *NIX.

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

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Re: as one of those unicorns

Dear coffee trader,

You just wait until the current price-throat cutting competition dries up, and you see your fees sky-rocket.

Then you will try to go back to a less cloudy model, but you will find out that you can not hire a sysadmin, because you can not find one.

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VMware drops vSphere 5.5 Update 1 into sysadmins' laps

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Re: Requires Adobe Flash?

They should have never abandoned the old QT management interface.

And they should return to it.

The .net based one is shit, the flash based one is bloody shit.

I will always fail to understand the fixation with stupid run-times when deploying sophisticated c++ software.

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If you don't GRIP it tightly, lonely enterprise cloud will WANDER

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You said it right

More cloud bollocks.

It's the raise of stupidity.

Users are too stupid to use the company's FTP/SFTP server but know how to use dropbox.

Users are too stupid to know how to copy and paste files on a windows share, but are clever enough to share company documents on Google Docs.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: Sounds about right

I was so sick of having to deal with the computers of relatives that I decided that I will only help them if they want assistance to install/use Linux.

Nothing MS does or produce is even remotely interesting.

Linux may not be for everybody, but what I'm sure of is that MS is not for me, the overwhelming feeling of not being able to tell what the F*** the computer is doing is too much to bear.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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Re: IS MICROSOFT AN INNOVATOR?

"""So what you're saying is that the market had a choice between the Amiga and MS-DOS, and it picked MS-DOS."""

Not many people at the time understood what it mean to have a graphical environment, audio, multitasking and other things we take now for granted.

Commodore was the first one that did not understand this. The Amiga was way ahead at the time, but sadly in the wrong hands.

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The times where you had to pay...

To boot a computer are over.

The funny part is that they brought this over themselves.

It is said that sometimes one meets his fate on the path he took to avoid it.

This can not be more true of MS.

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

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So, this is what...

...is preventing them from releasing Fallout 4!

Really...

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Inquietante testimonio gráfico: Electrosonda orgásmica anal aplicada… ¡a un TORO!

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Mi no entiende...

Por que estamos publicando articulos en Español?

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China in the grip of a 'NUCLEAR WINTER': Smog threat to crops

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Re: Sharing the Blame

"""A lot of China’s industry is exported to the rest of the world where we low prices are so important that we don’t care who suffers and how."""

And why should we care? Do not get me wrong, it doesn't make anybody happy to learn that other people is suffering, but how the heck do you think that we're responsible?

Because we have good living standards and they don't?

Ask yourself this question before you make us all guilty of something we have no part with.

So why do they not have good living standards? Answer: Because they live under a Communist-dictatorship state where people are told what to do and their lives are planned by the state who has no regards for anybody else but themselves.

"""It is absurd to think that importing goods from overseas more cheaply than manufacturing them locally is not a distortion of reality. In this case, it is achieved by poor wages and working conditions, unreliable quality control, and a disregard for the environment."""

And how are we responsible for this? Because when we go to the shops we buy something that we can afford and interest us? Do not make me laugh.

"""The medium to long term consequences may well include higher prices as manufacturing and food production in China gets trickier."""

Yes because you can only make things cheap in China, and the rest of the world has forgotten how to make stuff.

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VMware hyper-converge means WE don't NEED no STEENKIN' OS...

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Come on!

"""All the OS in the VM needs to do is act as a hypervisor interface layer. We don’t really need no stinking Windows or any other OS in the virtual machines.""""

Linux containers

Because we do not need another OS when we have a perfectly working open source one.

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How Facebook flipped the data centre hardware market

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Re: here is what nobody likes about servers

1) That is not always true.

2) That is not always true.

3) I agree with this.

4) That is not always true.

5) This is how computing works.

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Not surprised OCP is taking over

When things like remote management access cards are charged an arm and a leg by the big vendors, and most bioses are buggy as hell, hardware quality is going downhill, etc.

Ditto for the stupid software restrictions (IE: VPN licensing) on networking hardware.

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Microsoft claims x86 hypervisor market lead

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Best Hyper-V feature

Its the marketing behind it.

I will not recommend anybody doing anything serious (large scale) with Hyper-V, it does way too many odd things when the clusters get large, and becomes flaky very quickly.

Hyper-V is just good for running a few windows VMs on a server to try to isolate stuff and minimize server count.

But that is about it.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Re: How about

Office 365 is not browser based!

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Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children

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About children playing outside...

When I was a kid I used to live in the countryside, I could play outside, there were plenty of areas to play outside.

My children live on a city, the only time they play outside is when we accompany them. They're too small to wander around in a big city full of cars. Besides, it is illegal to leave small children unattended.

I began tampering with computers and playing video-games when I was 13, they were hard as hell compared to today's video-games and computers, and I did spend as much time as I could with the computer from then onwards.

My kids spend their indoors time either playing with toys or playing with a couple of video games on the big TV, and the older one is learning how to write on the computer, and how to draw on it.

Once they are 12-13 I will teach them how to program with the lowest level language I can.

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Inside Microsoft's Autopilot: Nadella's secret cloud weapon

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Lets see...

Big company with lots of resources builds big expensive system that generates lots of revenue, and has a DevOps system to take care of the mundane tasks so you do not require so many bodies to administer the big expensive system.

As being an in-house system is not available for customer purchase, but "Mike Neil", manager who has never had seen such a large system in detail anywhere else was impressed, "its magical" he said.

Well I find hard to believe that MS has produced anything that resembles 100% "reliable" never fails type of software. Considering that their flagship product doesn't have a stellar record on that field.

Is it possible that they have a wonderful management system for their cloud platform? Sure, like the one Google uses, the one Amazon uses, and so on and so on.

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Nvidia slips love letter to open source driver devs

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The anger at binary drivers

It is not about the binary drivers, no one cares about their precious binary drivers, IMHO they can stick them up where they store their stools.

What they get angry about is that Nvidia doesn't release the specs of the cards so the open source developers can get on with developing open source drivers.

It is not going to cost them much, and they will not be revealing any "trade secrets", "secret sauce" or whatever.

Nvidia is either retarded or on MS's pocket or both.

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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Save microsoft? From what exactly?

Yeah,

Somebody answer me that question.

Save Microsoft from what exactly?

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Re: I don't understand

Let me explain.

Gates never left, he got less involved (but not that much)

What Gates may do now is stop delegating certain tasks and getting his hands dirty again.

MS is what it is thanks to Ballmer & Gates, once those two are really gone (When they die) MS will wither away (proper, not as it is nowadays with the phone debacle).

Gates's brilliance was to understand when the PC was a nascent industry "what he was selling", "to whom he was selling it".

He understood sooner than anybody that hardware doesn't matter (as long as it works) what matters is software, even nowadays most people in the IT industry do not get it.

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

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What a mess

Really, what a mess, and on top of that the Suspicions around the deal with Samsung.

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Speedball 2 one of the finest games ever made

Together with the chaos engine.

Sick of breaking joysticks I invested a little fortune on this for my Amiga:

http://www.javipas.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/telemachprofessional.jpg

Yes It is a Spanish Joystick from the 90s

Anything else in the market was a toy.

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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

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Really...

"""An innovation of that sort"""

I'm interpreting this as some kind of sarcasm. Like most of the time I read the word innovation applied to IT

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Microsoft slices Azure prices just days after Amazon's cloud shave

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Re: "far more expensive than on-premises kit maintained by a knowledgeable sysadmin."

"""...does that include the salary of the knowledgeable sysadmin?"""

What sysadmin? that one who will work for as long as required to deal with your problem?

Or the one you do not know and keeps writing on your support ticket that two days later and 3 different people looking at the problem they still haven't figured out what's wrong with the set-up?

Something people miss is that with IAAS you still need sysadmins, all you are getting rid of is datacentre costs, but unless you use very simplistic/generic services the ISP is not going to help you with "your stuff" that your run on their servers.

Amazon is well known for telling large customers to fcuk-off when customers boogie them with support tickets.

Now when it comes to SAAS and Microsoft wait a few years and tell me if the prices still go down.

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Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

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Re: Let me point the obvious:

"""The point is..."""

How long have you been here sir?

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Re: @dropbear

"""So you're saying a reasonable level of secured comms should only be available to the techo-elite who have the time, background and understanding to manage it all themselves?"""

Yes, after all the unwashed masses are raving to store their data on Office365 or Dropbox.

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Let me point the obvious:

Suppose that I can not copy and paste, but I can see the message, If I can see the message I can transcribe it.

Then following this to its logical conclusion to protect a secret message, we need to stop sending it.

There fixed it for you.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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Meh!

Meh!

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

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Re: the people will not notice thing...

"""One of the wonders made possible by the internet is that the several million [Insert Evil Telco] subscribers who had their Netflix blocked or degraded find out pretty quickly that *only* [Insert Evil Telco] is doing it. Especially with Neutrality activists on the alert. So it's every implausible that [Insert Evil Telco] could get away with it. Word gets around."""

And one of the wonders of companies operating on the same sector to have under the table agreements.

They do it all the time, on every industry.

Remember certain 'recent' financial scandal about the banks fixing rate prices?

There is nothing that would prevent two ISPs in a given zone from having an agreement to screw a third party.

Hey it is not personal, it is just business.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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@Yugguy

My sentiment!

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"""Techies just like being angry about change"""

One can drive a car with a joystick, handicapped people do, and there is an argument that the joystick makes manoeuvring quite precise, more so than the steering wheel.

However I dare you to drive a car with a joystick, I have no doubts you will manage to do it quite well once you get the hook of it, but you will be wondering... why? why? why the hell did they do that.

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Re: Sinner

Me personally I'm waiting for the Office 365 fallout.

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