* Posts by Trevor_Pott

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Nokia offers up 10 Gbps HFC demo

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Re: "Symmetrical"

Short version: with the broke-ass end user connections they offer to individuals and SMBs, it isn't!

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Re: "Symmetrical"

100Mbit up. You're high fucking larious.

Look, I want 25 Mbit symmetrical. Soothing our telcos won't offer even for those residences that have fibre to the home. The best we can get is from the cable provider: 10 Mbit up for $150 a month, and you'll only get better than 8 Mbit of that every third Tuesday after sacrificing a goat and standing on one foot for an hour.

If you want more than 10 Mbit up you have to jump waaaaaaaaaay up. Quad bonded (2x DSL and 2x DOCSIS) from a third party provider can get you 15 Mbit up, but the line rental to the third party is $300 a month; to stay in business they have to charge over $500 a month, and they can't get faster than a theoretical 40 Mbit (in practice about 20 Mbit) up, because 4 devices is the max a residence can have with out current wiring structure.

So then we're on to "if you have fibre connected to the residence and want a commercial package". First off, most of the providers will flat out refuse to sell you business fibre packages to a residence even if you happen to have FTTH. If you do manage to sweet talk a third party provider into doing it (be prepared for killer latency on that!) you're talking starting at about $1800 a month for 50 Mbit up. If you kiss a lot of toads.

What's the use case? Working from home mostly. Some hobbyist stuff. Almost all related to video. Pushing videos up to Youtube for clients. Working on files between individuals who all work from home. Backing up your SMB's files to a cloud provider. Pushing images to your VPS. Video conferencing.

Upstream matters. I don't give a rat's ass about 1Gbit. But we're so far from even 50 Mbit here that it's stupid. I probably won't see 100Mbit up for residential users for less than an inflation-adjusted $500 a month in my lifetime. And that's a goddamned crime.

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"Symmetrical"

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Not within my lifetime. Technology be damned. Canadian telcos are butts.

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EMC Unity or VNX3? You tell me

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I think the bigger issue is that Unity promises to be "good enough" at the right price to appeal to the mass market. Undercutting Tintri, Tegile and others for a lot of use cases.

Also: don't underestimate retooling the UI, both GUI and CLI. Ease of use is king: if EMC have solved that, they go a very long way towards damaging the competition.

Unity starts at the right price to make me, as an SMB admin, sit up and take notice. My midmarket customers certainly are talking. The pressure is on now for Tintri and the like to evolve. EMC have changed the rules and nobody gets to be a one-trick pony anymore if they want to survive.

Interesting times ahead. And at this price point, arrays aren't yet dead.

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One (storage) protocol to rule them all?

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FCoTR is the future.

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

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Re: You seem to have forgotten

LTSB: for the privileged few only!

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"But is [Windows 10] worse than"

"cancer" Debatable, but probably not. I dislike chemo intensely.

"the Coming of the Beast" \m/ I'm mostly on The Beast's side, so yes, Win 10 is WAY worse.

"the End of Days" if the world ended we wouldn't have to use Win 10, so yeah, Win 10 is worse.

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Re: Here's the Windows 10 future I see ... it will be used to download Android desktop

Remix OS is the ****ing future.

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Dell opens Oracle exit route for SAP data shops

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Re: PostgreSQL noted as vial alternative for Oracle

If the application (I.E. SAP) runs on Postgres, what do I care if it isn't like for like feature parity with Oracle? Postgres has some features Oracle doesn't too.

It's the application that matters, not putting your genitals in Oracle's vice.

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Re: Out of the Pot and into the Frying Pan!

"Oracle Database is the #1 database and roughly 4/5 SAP customers run Oracle DB, so clearly theres a reason why"

Plenty of reasons why. Lies. Damn lies. Threats. Bribes. Historical "that's how it was always done". Consultants who only know Oracle. Kickbacks to incentivize getting Oracle in the door. You name it! Lots of reasons!

Of course, once Oracle is the DB in play, the company's genitals are in Oracle's vice and all Oracle will ever do is squeeze.

Oracle: every time you think there can't be a company worse than Microsoft, Oracle proves you wrong.

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Guilty! Trump delivers orange justice to Amazon

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Re: Channel The Apprentice?

Trump got a majority vote out of what...12 contenders? And has, IRRC, the highest unfavorable rating of any party nominee ever, even within the party that he is supposedly representing.

Trump is a RINO. He brought forth a damned near total showing from a niche of the party. Normally, they don't vote much. They don't participate much at all. But this time, it was the reverse: the bulk of the Republican voters stayed away because they didn't find a candidate they liked. Instead of voting against the other candidates by picking the least horrible, they just didn't vote.

So the fringe of the party got to make noise. And the more noise they made the more of them turned out to vote. The more of them that turned out to vote the more noise was made. The more noise was made the more that loop reinforced...and the more mainstream republicans simply stayed home.

THAT is real world politics. It's called "tyranny of the minority". You are witnessing it in action in the republican primaries right now.

All that is needed for evil to win is that good, moderate or "meh he's kind of okay" men (and women) do nothing. Trump is the candidate that apathy wrought.

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Re: Channel The Apprentice?

"The Republicans haven't got a hope in hell of winning the Presidency with anyone else but Trump."

Trump's a RINO, so they wouldn't be winning the presidency with Trump.

"If they try to stab him in the back at the convention, their true colours will be revealed and it'll most likely be the end of the GOP."

About fucking time.

Maybe if the republicans disband then two parties will form in it's wake: a truly centrist party that would siphon off a bunch of moderates from the democrats and rule in an open-minded, rational, evidence-based and logically consistent manner...and the batshit-crazy xenophobic conservative side will have their own party.

Then the US can have "crazy people on the right you avoid because they are dangerous and irrational", "the party that actually can run things without ruining things" and "crazy people on the left who you avoid because they are dangerous and irrational".

Right now, you just have two crazy right wing parties and Bernie Sanders. Sadly, he lost.

More's the pity. For all our sakes, everywhere in the world.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

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Human? I think not.

Simon, meet Tay 2.0. Tay 2.0, go fuck yourself, Nazi princess.

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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"disparity of income doesn't cause crime."

Bullshit. Our society functions only because everyone agrees to play by the rules. Why would anyone agree to play by the rules if the rules say that you can't get enough food/water/shelter/clothing/health care/education/honest work?

The only incentive for the poor to obey the laws of society is the threat of force. Once you impoverish an individual - let alone a group! - enough, they have nothing to lose (because they're dead either way) and so the threat of force is meaningless.

Income disparity doesn't just lead to crime, it leads to revolution. The totality of human history is that tale told over and over and over and over and over and over and over...

May all those that weren't able to learn from it be first against the wall when the proles rise up.

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Re: Nothing to hide : Nothing to fear

"A policeman is a civilian, you inbred streak of piss!"

Civilians don't own attack helicopters and APCs. Police forces do.

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United Nations orders plan for tackling online terror propaganda

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Re: If censorship is the answer...

"Some people are going to believe whatever they read, no matter how "hateful" or ludicrous it is"

See: Trump voters.

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We're calling it: World hits peak Namey McNameface

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$X Mc$X$Y predates "Boaty McBoatface" by at least my entire lifetime, so I'm pretty sure it is not going away any time soon.

Reality McAUUUGHSPACEPANDAS

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Google kneecaps payday loan ads

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Re: Shame not illegal on TV adverts too

I had to use a payday loan once. I had just moved out of my folks' place and gotten my first apartment. The management company hit me with a bunch of fees that basically amounted to an entire paycheck's worth of cash that was demanded now. Couldn't get an overdraft at the bank, VISA was full, so off to the payday loan I went.

IIRC, I paid them $10 in admin fees (fixed regardless of size of loan) and $15 in interest on a $700 loan for 30 days, which I found perfectly acceptable for "oh shit" style loans. That said, I'd have preferred just having an overdraft with the bank, as it took about two hours of waiting in line to get the payday loan.

Today, the bank happily gives me an overdraft, which they gleefully ding me $15 for if I go even $0.01 into. Mind you, that's $15 a month on that overdraft whether it is $0.01 or $1000. So best be in for $1000 if you're in for a penny!

The whole loan industry is weird. Fortunately, Canada, at least, seems to have done a modestly good job in cleaning it up. At least when compared to all the madmen you folks are talking about...

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Storage startups: Everyone's throwing money at you...

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Don't fsck with the fish.

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Scale Computing goes flashy mutant with its nodes

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I am currently in the process of testing one of these clusters for a client. While a full review will appear later, the short version is: crafted from pure joy. Scale has created a better (for my use cases, anyways) approach to hybrid storage than anyone else I've played with so far. I can't wait to see the results of all the testing rounds.

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

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Re: What!!!

Exchange is a hell of a lot more than just e-mail. And the fact that you are making a comparison between Exchange and Postfix tells me that you are choosing to ignore that very critical aspect.

Also: a single server with 2 mailboxes handling 10M+ emails a week is easy. A mail cluster that is geodistributed across the planet handling 1B+ emails a week across 250,000 mailboxes with ingress and egress clusters that stretch across continents is something else entirely.

Postfix is a goddamned child's toy compared to Exchange.

(Though Postfix is the mail server I most commonly deploy. It's a very well built child's toy.)

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Re: The lock in Question

systemd is more than a replacement for systemv. And that's the whole fucking problem.

That, and binary logs. Fuck binary logs.

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"You" aren't really an individual. You aren't a single layer of consciousness. Hell, "you" aren't even a collection of cells with the same DNA: you're mostly scaffolding that supports a diverse colony of different bacteria.

Your primary consciousness - the particular set of neural impulses that likes to believe it is the individual known as "you" - represents a tiny fraction of your body's total neural output. Your endocrine system has more active neurons going about operating in an automatic fashion than the neurons responsible for "higher thought".

Even then, your "higher thought" is massively influenced and regulated by non neural impulses (for example: hormone levels) many of which don't originate in your brain. Those non-neural signalling mechanisms are the result of the endocrine system, the spine, your non-brain internal organs as well as your bacterial and viral populations.

"You" are an emergent property of a vast electochemical system composed of numerous discrete entities. Remove any one and the whole can change in dramatically, or fail altogether.

The concept you have of yourself as an individual is nothing more than the flawed product of ego.

So now let's discuss grammar of corporations...

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Re: In plenty of good company

Many vendors aren't trustworthy. Microsoft is particularly untrustworthy because they repeatedly demonstrate that they don't care about trust.

Look, everyone screws up. Most vendors, when they do so, they work to rebuild trust. Microsoft hasn't, doesn't and for my money never will. So for me, they are the poster child for this discussion.

They are emphatically not the only vendor that needs keeping an eye on.

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Re: You're Wrong

1) You are wrong: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/25/microsoft_emails_end_to_massive_cloud_storage/ <-- So sorry the facts don't support you!

2) Where did I argue Oracle and SAP don't have vendor lock-in? Where did I argue that only Microsoft have vendor lockin? Making stuff up?

3) Again, you're just rolling out random vendors. Just because the other kids at school set people on fire just to watch them burn doesn't make it okay that you do so. It doesn't matter what Apple or Google or any other vendor do. They will be analysed on their own merits. What matters, when considering Microsoft, is what Microsoft does, how it does it, and who it ignores when it does so.

4) I appeal to morals because morals are important. If the individuals and businesses you have don't have morals they can't be trusted. That isn't emotional. That's rational, pragmatic and logical. You wouldn't trust Frank Underwood to do anything he said. Why would you trust Microsoft?

Reputation and integrity matter. A lot more than your factless yet slavish devotion. Reputation and integrity - also known as morals - are the diagnostic indicators of how likely the vendor in question is to screw you.

Microsoft doesn't believe in the importance of trust. Clearly that has now trickled down to its fanpeople.

Charming.

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Re: Seriously!

In the 2012 iteration? Files. I've found it a lot less butts than NTFS for large numbers of files.

The 2016 iteration has come a long way. Most notably in the advanced made for hosting VHDs. ReFS + Hyper-V is actually a decent combination. You know, if you use Hyper-V.

Also: Databases? They go in a VM. Preferably a Linux VM. ReFS should only really rear its head as a place to put files you need to share via SMB or as an underlying store for Hyper-V VMs.

Outside of that, Windows should really only be used inside VMs for legacy workloads that can't yet be migrated off. Those shouldn't be too complex or demanding. Some might be, I grant you, but most workloads can talk to files hosted on a network share or to a database hosted in another VM. Windows is for applications made by developers from the past. Nothing more.

Get your databases on a proper DB server and thus on a proper OS!

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Bullshit. Outright bullshit.

Microsoft didn't listen to the feedback provided during the Windows Insider program. Which you'd know if you had actually participated. There was lots and lots of feedback provided on how to make Windows 10 not suck and they ignored it all, producing the turd that we got stuck with.

Microsoft decided what Windows 8 was going to be and they shoved it down our throats. They failed to sell it, and only after a truly abysmal failure did they relent and put a start button on Windows 8.1.

When that didn't placate the masses they announced that Windows 10 would have a start menu, but proceeded to then butcher the start menu completely, even before the insider program took off. They then ignored what the Windows Insiders had to say about the start menu and did whatever the fuck they felt like, resulting in the festering shitpile that we ended up with.

Here now, a year after release, they are doing the next "milestone" version with yet another major tweak to their deranged bullshit "start menu" and they still haven't produced anything resembling a useful UI.

Microsoft has been told repeatedly what the people want. To wit: "Windows 7 with feature (not UI!) enhancements, no spying, and full control over our own operating system. And no subscription fee."

Microsoft just don't fucking care.

It's their way or...actually, it's just their way. They don't listen to anyone. Sometimes they pretend to, with great fanfare and much bullshit, but after all is said and done all that anyone gets is a series of blogs detailing exactly why they aren't listening to any of the feedback they oh so carefully collected and why they are going to do exactly what they planned on from the very beginning anyways.

Microsoft are utterly incapable of listening to their customers, their partners, their developer community or even their own staff. Your world is whatever a Microsoft VP decides it is and you will fucking like it.

Nice bunch of people to do business with. Really makes me feel they're trustworthy. Really makes me think of them as a platform and a vendor I'm ready to commit millions upon millions of dollars to in the long term.

Really, just a nice bunch of people.

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Re: Just a quibble

If you shoot at the king then you must kill the king. Do not uselessly fail a pole at them.

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Re: Seriously!

Uh...ReFS? Have you seen the version of ReFS available in Server 2016? It is not to be sneered at.

And patent trolling isn't a technological argument. It is a sociopolitical one.

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Re: What!!!

All these are pretty hard to replace, and are versatile, capable and at the cutting edge:

Azure Active Directory / Classic Active Directory

Azure Stack

Visual Studio

SQL server

Exchange <-- a miserable pig, but less of a horrifying cluster**** than any other mail server at enterprise scale!

Dynamics

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Not exactly at the cutting edge of anything, but much beloved by me:

Windows XP

Windows 7

Server 2008 R2

Server 2012 R2 <-- Well, okay, the UI is ass covered in more ass, but much of the OS was good

Small Business Server (R.I.P old friend.)

Office 2003 and Office 2010 (With UBitMenu)

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Re: The lock in Question

My experiences with MS phone support have almost exclusively been transferred to the far east. Namely: every single time I want to exercise downgrade rights. That's two hours per bloody key, every time.

Similarly, Office 365 support is always front-ended by admittedly quite friendly folks with accents that I sadly have trouble understanding, and who seem to have trouble understanding me. We talk enough to exchange e-mails, and then things proceed forward, albeit very, very slowly. The same issues occur with MSDN and Microsoft Network support, especially when it is something like "your billing doesn't understand the fact that I am part of two separate organizations and my Action Pack won't let me renew". Etc.

The only time I can remember ever having gotten someone who spoke an English dialect from one of the Five Eyes countries was when I called in for LCS support, shortly after the acquisition.

MS support might eventually solve many of the problems presented to them, but I cannot say I've had good luck actually communicating with them, nor have they been particularly expeditious. That said, they're huge, and it could just be luck of the draw with me...

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Re: Insert comma here...

Missing comma I think

I think you're right. Have asked people with superpowers to correct. Hurrah and cheering!

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If I am parsing Past Trevor correctly it is closer to

"Unfortunately, as clients get close to the point in their business cycle when they buy new hardware and/or software, I am often asked to help them understand what Microsoft's products and services currently are, what the licensing is like and - most importantly - what Microsoft's plans are for the future.

This includes having to assess the risks of staying with Microsoft as well as moving away from Microsoft, for new and existing workloads. Bearing in mind factors that go beyond just immediate technological considerations, such as long term concerns regarding licensing models, service existence, data sovereignty, ability to run workloads locally, lock-in, likelihood to want to move away from Microsoft at the next refresh, and whether it is better to eat the costs of moving now or defer them until later."

They encourage me to write short, however. Sorry if it didn't parse quite right. That Past Trevor guy; not always the best at things...

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29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

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Re: The El Reg article quotes from an article in 'The Conversation' ...

I was curious if there was any differentiation between digital and analog mobile phones, i.e. frequencies, wattage, etc.

Frequencies are different all over Australia both geocraphically and temporally. That said, from a physics standpoint both the frequencies in use (waaaaaaaaaaaay the heck lower than ionizing radiation) and the wattages in use (the most powerful might heat up your ear a little) are so close as to be irrelevant.

There is no mechanism by which the radiation emitted from a cell phone can cause cancer. Full stop.

Cell phones themselves may contain carcinogens, just like any plastic covered electronics, but I don't of too many people that go around eating their cell phones. And that isn't likely to give you brain cancer, per se.

I took a gander at the report itself and from I can see the epidemiology work is spot on. Unless you happen to be one of those people who are immune to scientific evidence in your decision-making, this really should put to bed the rank insanity that is the "non-ionizing radiation causes brain cancer" crusade.

Sadly, a significant portion of the population is immune to scientific evidence. Tragically, we do not yet posses the technology to ship them all to Mars.

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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Re: I have to run Windows 7

So what are you going to trust now?

Nothing. BSD maybe. But I wouldn't use BSD on an endpoint.

OS/X? Like Apple never jerked anyone around?

Getting punched in the gut is better than getting punched in the dick, so Apple's still a better choice than Microsoft.

Or Linux, because Linus has such immense respect for computer professionals.

Being ineffectively kicked in the shins is better than being punched in the dick, so Linux is a way better choice than Microsoft.

Just because other vendors abuse you doesn't mean you should voluntarily choose the abuser that spends their time punching you in the dick and telling you it's your own fault.

Walk away and preserve some semblance of dignity, eh?

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Re: People will do what they did before

You're only partly right. Most people absolutely get their operating system at the time of purchase. So when people buy a new endpoint:

Most will get an Android-based operating system.

Many will get an Apple operating system.

Some will get a Microsoft operating system.

Almost none will get a non-Android Linux operating system.

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When people buy a new server:

Most will get an Open Source hypervisor (Xen or KVM)

Many will get VMware as the hypervisor.

Some will get a Microsoft hypervisor.

Even fewer will get Linux on metal to run Oracle databases.

Very few will get a mainframe or run a metal OS for non-Oracle purposes.

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Microsoft isn't top dog on servers or endpoints.

Thank Jibbers. It's about fucking time.

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US data suggests Windows 10 adoption in business is slowing

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Re: Not necessarily

"Don't forget, you don't get a forced upgrade screen for Windows Enterprse Edition either,"

Don't forget, you're an asshole if you think that's an acceptable "solution".

Cheers,

Someone who works with individuals and companies too small to Enterprise Edition/Microsoft would you like to spend 6 months arguing about your licensing "position"/PAY MORE NOW FOR A SUBSCRIPTION "Software Assurance" THAT YOU DON'T WANT OR NEED.

P.S. And they STILL don't let Enterprise Edition "customers" turn off spying. So paying them more STILL doesn't get you control over your own OS.

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You're only young but you're going to die: Farewell, all-flash startups

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Re: Tintri

HAHAHAHAHAHA Netapp.

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Ford Googles self-drivers

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Warning lights that a car is currently driven by a meatbag seem very sensible. After all, they're far worse drivers than robots.

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Good!

The day petrolheads are limited in their recklessness to racetracks and manual hiway reservations the better life is for the rest of us. Commutes will be safer, with the ability to get things done during the dead hours of travel and without having to be crammed into crowded public transit with a ****ing broom.

Bring on the door-to-door robots that remove the tedium of travel, I say!

And crucify the asshole recently found to be going 140kph through a school zone at 7:30am on a school day. It takes a human to achieve that level of douchebaggery.

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FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

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Re: Well...

"The responsible Agency should keep an eye -now and then, depending of activity level- on anybody who is educated in Chemistry of Explosives, just in case."

That's ludicrous. Unless the person has done something suspicious they should absolutely not have their privacy invaded by the state. That is what the presumption of innocence is all about!

Getting an education is not suspicious, what the fuck horrible backwards-ass society do you live in?

I hope everyone who thinks like you moves to an island somewhere and dies of sheer stupidity.

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MIT launches campus lunch bug bounty

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Please find bugs. Please do not do anything which may lead to finding bugs.

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Microsoft to hike certification exam prices

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Re: And exactly what...

Depends on how they submit it and what their background looks like.

If someone submits a resume to me to be a virtual admin and they have 10 years of systems administration under their belt, a blog with some intelligent things, demonstrates they participate in user groups and a Twitter that's followed by half the vExperts, you know what...I'm probably going to hire that guy. Certification or no certification.

Who the person is matters way more than the letters they throw at you.

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Dell looking at higher debt mountain to buy EMC

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Re: Gutted for Compellent

Gotta say I agree. Compellent is bloody brilliant. Can't say I'd like to see VNX replacing it any time soon...

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Stalled cloud growth, software flatlining, hated Lumias unsold... It's all fine, says Microsoft CEO

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Re: Bankruptcy?

Yes. Bankruptcy. For an entity Microsoft's size that would probably take 30-40 years to play out. But to presume that is simply can't is the province of faith and a determination not to learn from history.

Microsoft isn't going under tomorrow, but I said nothing of immediacy in any of my posts here.

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SCO hung around for a long time too. What's your point?

Yahoo. Sun. Novell. On and on. Netapp will take a long time to shrivel and die too, but ineptitude is caustic, contagious...and fatal.

The two ways to kill a company are to allow your customers to walk away from you or for you to walk away from your customers. Deciding that trust is irrelevant and that you will gladly dispense with it in order to meet arbitrary and irrelevant adoption metrics absolutely is walking away from your customers. Spending billions on a market segment and remaining less than a joke is your customers walking away from you.

Tick, tock. There's time left on that clock...

...but how much?

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I wonder what will come first: bankruptcy or a realization that obtaining and retaining the trust of your customers, partners, developers and staff is vital to the long term functioning of a business?

Oh, I forgot, they're Microsoft. They don't need trust. They abuse dominant market positions.

...but for how long, I wonder?

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Translated: BlackBerry CEO John Chen on cops-snooping-on-BBM

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Re: So, what are YOU doing to protect yourself?

"You know for a fact if you heard that you were sitting on top of a dirty bomb you would want the FBI to find it any way possible."

Entirely untrue. I would rather that I and everyone I care about die than that my government or any of my government's allies circumvent the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or the national-level rights and freedoms documents of our nations.

Some things, you die for. The ideals of liberty, freedom and the universal application of the rule of law are among them. Nobody, not cops, governments nor corporations can ever be allowed to be above the law. And yes, if we have to lose a city or two every generation that is entirely, 100% worth it.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Not against scary boogymen terrorists, but against authoritarians and fearmongers who crave power and use fear to obtain it, suppression of dissent to keep it.

Learn from the past. Je me souviens. Do not let the horrors of our ancestors be replayed so that you can have the illusion of security.

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Saw-inspired horror slowly deletes your PC's files as you scramble to pay the ransom

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Re: Without the in-your-face dramatics

It's not evil when corporations or governments do it.

Now back to work, prole!

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Re: Finally, a GOOD religion

First off, I'm a Crabstian, not a Pastafarian. Secondly, I most Rastas I know are not only chill with Pastafarianism, they'll don the colander and salt the water with the rest of us. And yes, I can be Crabstian and celebrate Pastafarian traditions with all mirth and ceremony just as the Rastas can do so. Pastafarians encourage such inclusion.

And if there are Rastas who truly have a problem with the term "Pastafarianism" I honestly and heartily encourage them to head on over to Venganza.org and raise the issue. There is a really good chance that the Pastafarians there will discuss the issue seriously and with sincere and honest consideration for the feelings of the Rastas and may well attempt to change the term to "Pastians" or somesuch.

The key here is that Pastafarianism, as a term, was never designed to "make fun of" Rastafarianism or Rastas in any way. And I am pretty sure that Rastas know that.

It's the angry white protestants who are getting all falsely upset on behalf of the Rastas - who are perfectly capable of raising issues on their own without white folk having to do it for them, if they actually happen to care about a topic - who are the xenophobes. It's all about deflection and poisoning the well, not about actually giving a damn about the Rastas, or peaceful coexistence.

Maybe, one day, when everyone can learn to stop taking themselves so goddamned seriously, we have have nice things.

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