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Oracle plans German DCs to soothe NSA-ruffled nerves

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Unless the DCs are owned and operated by a company with zero American legal attack surface, this means nothing. What a waste of money on Oracle's part.

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Re: i hate this man

"a large batch of kids in line after a long flight"

Know what I hate? Children on planes. I would easily pay double if only it meant that I was guaranteed a 2 foot thick soundproofed wall between me and any screeching larva. 5 hours from Houston to Edmonton with that howling larva of doom made me want to drive an ice pick into my own brain.

I still have flashbacks. Why the hell do people procreate, anyways? $deity what a pain in the ASCII...

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Genius

Except the Windows brand name is worth fuck all after repeated stabbing of it in the face with a rusty tractor.

Maybe they should call it Microsoft Steals Your Privacy And Streams It To Bing?

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Re: "mobile first, cloud first"

"Robbing you of your privacy first..."

That's Google motto, MS would infringe Google copyright on data stealing....

Since when has that stopped Microsoft? Besides, they rob you of your privacy every bit as much as Google. More, in fact, because Windows now ensures that even your searches on your local computer are streamed to Bing, attached to your Microsoft ID so that they can track you and the contents of the files on your local computer.

Google rob you of your privacy, but at least they're somewhat up front about it. Microsoft lie like a fucking rug about it, put millions into bashing Google about it, then do it twice as hard.

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Out of stealth, Saisei pitches IP flow controller

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I am intruiged. Must check them out.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: My cordless landline doesn't, and that's a phone.

"Can I be a pedant for just a moment?"

Nobody likes a pedant.

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Re: Spot on, ElReg.

"And avoid tight jeans so I can carry a phablet? Get lost."

No, avoid skinny jeans because hipsters are a plague that should be fired out of a cannon, into the sun.

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Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

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Re: artist's impression....

Um....I don't think Hadrosaurs had feathers? Fleshy "combs", yes...and possibly even juvenile down. But feathers? I'd love to see a link to hard evidence of this in Hadrosaurs.

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AW, SNAP, Oracle. You've shrivelled up poor Larry Ellison's package even more

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Re: Oh dear....

Yacht. Ellison has a fascination with them.

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Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

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Chutzpah

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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Re: Fake Investigations

Except Microsoft actually were abusing a monopoly...and continue to do so. Windows 8 was nothing more than a transparent attempt to leverage a desktop monopoly to create one in the smartphone space...to the detriment of everyone.

I have to see any evidence that Google are abusing their monopoly. For the record, keeping the really low-quality shite results from the sorts of spammy link farms that are bitching about this with Microsoft's money behind them out of my searches is exactly why I use Google. Because it keeps the trash out of sight.

That's not an abuse of monopoly; that's providing a quality service. And I'd gladly pay for that quality, when I look at what the alternatives are.

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Re: Gold standard available

"So Google aren't capable of making "I'm Feeling Lucky" as good as Google once made it?"

That's what the man said, and he's right.

The internet is a bigger place, and getting IFL right becomes an infinitely Hard problem as the cruft accumulates. Besides, your IFL "correct" is not mine. We're different. So yeah, that feature will get more and more useless, then be removed.

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Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

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Re: Kaboom?

Q_Q I are French and Dutch, with a strong ancestry from Quebec and France...

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My understanding is that the typical industry practice of reflow soldering basically can't work here. That means you either need an expensive (and apparently not very accurate) robot, or humans. I am sure some companies automated. Others apparently did choose the human route, as it was the only component that couldn't be reflow soldered. Never ask how the sausage is made. You will never like the answer.

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Re: Kaboom?

Ooooh, Canadians qualify?

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Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it

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Re: HP disagrees

Red Hat has the ability, but probably not the resources. HP has the resources, but suffers from "fucking retarded" syndrome, and hence doesn't have the ability.

Resources can be acquired. You can't cure stupid.

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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

"The fact I can stab you with a screwdriver or smash your head with a hammer doesn't make those things 'bad'."

No, but we sure as shit shouldn't give you tax breaks for doing so. We should hunt you down and put one in your head and two in your chest.

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

Religion tells you why, then murders you by torture, burning alive, beheading and being raped to death if you disagree or even show the vaguest hint of disrespecting the almighty $religious_leader currently trying to bamboozle the flock.

There's plenty of empirical evidence to that effect. There is no god. Cope.

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Staff unions call for removal of controversial UN patent agency chief

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I don't understand

I was under the impression that anyone and everyone who worked to enforce existing copyright and/or to maximize copyrights term lengths and reach were saintly, pure and divine. Anyone who questioned these perfect individuals was a "freetard" and thus should be stripped naked, bathed in acid, then set on fire.

Surely this is all a misunderstanding and the head of WIPO is, in fact, currently under assault by a pack of vicious, lying freetards aiming to malign his reputation. It's the only explanation that makes sense...

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Return journey

Because there's no reason to. Anything we want to learn about the moon we can do with a rover or a satellite. And there isn't much we care about up there. There's Silicon, Nickel, Iron and fuck all else. We've got lots of both here.

Remember: when Theia hit Earth, both bodies liquified and all the interesting bits sunk to Earth's core. Some return to the surface from time to time, but the cost of finding and extracting the pitiful few resources the moon has to offer are so astronomically high, you might as well try catching Apophis when it swings by next and pull the goodies out of that candy surprise. There's more of them per volume, and they aren't such a pain to get at.

There's no point putting much in the way of people up there, because the Moon's got a big gravity well, and pitiful resources. You want to explore/colonize/etc? Try Vesta or Ceres. All the resources you could want, all the volatiles you need. Bonus: not much of a gravity well so leaving and going to points more interesting is easy.

Build yourself a nice whirly ship for gravity. Mine resources as you expend them. Travel from rock to rock and consume the volatiles. Don't bother trying to make perfectly closed ecosystems; consume resources and spread across the stars like a plague. That's the human way.

There's nothing to consume on the moon but a few paltry dregs that make living in the Sahara look easy.

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Reg readers respond: Yes, it's time for Comment of the Week

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Re: Sir

We'll add it to your tab.

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"You have kids?"

Nyet. The reference was more "how I was raised" than "how I raise in-house larva". I am, however, owned by several pets. Many of which apparently are quite popular picks by subeds for the pictures of various articles...

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In that case, we'd have to expand the first layer options to include "To complain about incestuous recursion in the selection of "Comment of the Week" comments, please press 4".

So much work maintaining an imaginary IVR!

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Re: How could anybody be fearful of terrorism?

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Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?

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“Exhilarating and entertaining driving experiences.”

"Benefits:" Underwriters: Risk management

Translated: "none of your accident claims will ever be approved again, your premiums will be punitive and we have the "data" to prove it. Objective analysis legislation is never going to pass, we promise you."

Sounds exhilarating and entertaining for those who own insurance companies...

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

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Re: The 'thought' process is easy to understand

"yes they dont have desktop monitors with touch but it is quite obvious that is not the intended use of a desktop monitor."

Then why the fuck did they try to force a touch OS onto the world's desktop users? Please provide me your officially sanctioned Microsoft PR answer for that.

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Re: The 'thought' process is easy to understand

"The plan was to require third party developers to convert their software to a touch interface so the same software would work well on a tablet and a desktop."

While I happen to agree, the problem is proving it. This is clear abuse. It is a blatant attempt to utilize a monopoly in one area to create a monopoly in another. I didn't work, but that doesn't make it any less illegal.

If it could be proven...

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@JeffyPoooh

You will pry my IBM Model M from my cold, dead hands.

You want to replace a truly tactile keyboard that, when I am really getting my writing on, sounds like a world war one battlefield with some touchscreen monstrosity? Heathen! The chiclet keyboards on notebooks are bad enough; I need to feel where the keys are, damn it!

Touchscreen input is for people who don't have any real work to do.

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

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Re: Window Cleaner's Windows Monologue

"This article reads like the Windows monologue. I really feel sorry for you, really, but you should just do that thing I have been telling you to do for the past 14 years, switch to Linux."

The apps suck.

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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

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Re: Is it so confusing?

The Microsoft brand has value. And a "Microsoft Lumia 890" may be a phone that sells, and sells well.

The Windows brand, OTOH, has a negative value. A "Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone" will not sell.

Microsoft does not yet remotely understand what they've done to the Windows brand. Until they understand the dept of their mistakes, they'll keep repeating them, and ruining other aspects of their business via contamination.

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

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"Care to explain why if "black hole" is mentioned the reference is to the situation at or outside the event horizon and never inside? So, if as in this article, I read the term "supermassive black hole" should I assume that the event horizon is "supermassive" and not the things within it? I had thought the event horizon was merely a boundary condition: one way light is trapped (well, except for Scarlet Pimpernelling across the boundary), the other way it isn't. Doesn't sound like it should have much weight to me."

Let me put it to you this way, and see if it makes more sense to you:

A balack hole forms from ultradense material collapsing to the point that it is so dense that an event horizon forms; a radius inside which even light can't escape. At the point of collapse, physics changes. Light cannot escape. Anything falling inwards towards the singularity takes an infinite amount of time to do so. So the singularity itself should theoretically never increase in size.

On the other side of that there is "space" (and that's not really the correct term, since physics basically stops on the other side of an event horizon) that exists between the edge of the singularity and the "surface" of the black hole (which, as far as we know is actually at this point a dimensionless gravitational anomaly in the fabric of space/time.)

It is this "space" between the edge of the event horizon and the "surface" of the black hole that fills up with new matter and becomes heavy, as that matter can never actually "hit" the black hole. (Infinite time, and all).

Hope that helps some...

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"Black holes aren't infinitely dense -- they have size."

Black holes have event horizons. That's not the same thing as having size. As far as we know, they're point singularities.

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A black hole would have to either be pretty dang close or spectacularly enormous - or both - for the GRB to nuke us. I'm pretty sure even if Andromeda were pointed right, it's too far away. GRBs aren't coherent, and even a laser would lose cohesion over those distances.

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Snowden's NSA leaks have galvanised the storage world

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“And second, who would really give a damn about what we hold on our disks anyway? Sure, there may be personal, identifiable information on there but the NSA won’t really care about that, and if there are credit card details, then both we and the cloud provider would need to be demonstrably PCI DSS compliant anyway.”

--Quocirca analyst Clive Longbottom.

Have added Clive Longbottom to my list of "utterly worthless self important asshats who absolutely will never understand security or privacy".

Why is it Americans and Brits never seem able to grok privacy? Something cultural? Are they all Clockwork Oranged at birth? Inquiring minds want to know...

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Who's that at the door, storage box flingers? It's the hard drive makers. No, they are not smiling

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Re: Storage software

Maxta makes damned good storage software. Nexenta seems to be doing well. Caringo make fantastic object storage software. Permabit are the software blue crystals that make storage work....

Storage is software. Where the bits reside is increasingly just a function of maths to determine how many IOPS you want at what latency.

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"Seagate acquires LaCie and sells its range of desktop and rack-mount storage systems."

This isn't going from gunsmith to arms dealer. it's going to from gunsmith to suicidal crazy person. La Cie storage is horrible. Abominable on indescribable levels. Wretched, untrustworthy, failure-ridden, pap that makes Microsoft Licensing look a technological humanitarian-of-the-year candidate.

Usage of La Cie storage products will impart at least a MegaSony of failure to your business. Touting La Cie as a threat to anyone except the dumb bastard that bought it is an indication that madness has descended upon you, sir.

Other than that minor oversight, however, the article is good, logical and makes sense.

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You - vendor. Pin your ears back, I've got some things to tell you

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Heathen.

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We lift the lid on Intel's Pro 2500 SSD. Shock, horror: It doesn't use its own NAND chips

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If it would take you decades, if not centuries to write 30TB+ to the local disk in your PC, why aren't you just using a consumer drive? That's what they're for. "Business" drive implies that it is built for more rugged stuff.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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"My interest here is constructive debate and a welcoming tone, not winning a pissing match."

I call bullshit. If you were interested in anything other than a pissing match you wouldn't be in every Microsoft thread about Metro pissing up a wall against the overwhelming tide of dissenters. But you are there, like clockwork.

"For reference, the parts that I disliked in your post were two - firstly, online threats to people are silly and remain silly. "

My comment was thus:

h4rm0ny: the internet champion of "fuck democracy, choice, or anyone else but me. The rest of the world should be forced to used things the way I like them, and given no alternative option!"

But other than that, he's really a great guy.

You then proceeded to lose your shit. I told you that you're a poopie head and I want to kick you in the shins. I see no threats.

"The second thing, and the reason you got such a strong response is because you stated I had said the Start Screen was better "because I said so"."

It doesn't matter what your reasons are to say the start menu shouldn't return. You could have a million reasons why it's better. There's a overwhelming response from more than just "commenters on the internet" calling for the return of the Start Menu.

If the powers that be said "Red, Amber, Green" needed to be replaced by "Orange, Green, Violet", the people rebelled en masse and you stood on the corner with charts in your hand screaming into the void at anyone who would listen, you would still be basically saying "because I said so".

The point is that by standing there with your charts in the face of the mob you are quite obviously ignoring and/or invalidating the feelings and opinions of others. One might even accuse you of cheery picking to support your preconcieved ideas. The end result either way is the same.

When there is a binary option "this or that", by all means have a grand old debate as to why. When there is zero need to constrain the option to "or", choose "and" and move the fuck on. Everyone can be happy, and we can all make our own choices about what's "better", and why.

In case you hadn't noticed, the furor over Metro had as much - or more - to do with its imposition by fiat.. You are standing on the corner, charts in hand saying "why does anyone care about emotions, I have graphs!" A doesn't come without B in these sorts of scenarios, and demanding that everyone abandon their feelings on the topic in order to talk about your graphs is going to make them want to kick you in the shins.

"You didn't do that. You went from my saying "I could do without the Start Menu back, I wish MS would stick to their vision for once" to calling me the "Champion of Fuck Everyone Else" and issuing threats. "

No, I didn't. I called you the champion of fuck everyone else, and said that otherwise you're a really nice guy. A single, snide one-liner. You rose to the bait and told me to let the hate flow. So I told you I would dearly love to kick you in the shins.

In case you aren't aware, shin kicking is an actual thing. The expression "I want to kick you in the shins" is an expression of disgust with the individual, typically with very childish overtones. Think "you, me, by the bike racks after school," but with more of an apathetic "I don't actually want to fight that person, I just want them to stop being stupid and go away."

If you feel that's a threat, that's your boo-hoo. A desire to kick you in the shins isn't a threat any more than sticking out my tongue and saying "neener neener". With about as much serious involved and about the right level of childish tone.

"What response did you expect if not a rebuttal?"

Well, if you had been anyone other than a crazy person on the internet I would have expected you to say "no you're a stupid poopie head", probably with a wry smile, and followed by "and your mother smelt like eldeberries!"

At the very least, that is exactly how most people I spend any time with would respond. They would take my commend as a mostly good-natured ribbing, poke me right back in my eye and move on. You're the one that took a throw-away snark to heart and decided it needed a serious response. I simply responded to you in kind.

"All I wrote in my initial response was a criticism of your aggressive turning of things personal. Which I think is reasonable enough."

This isn't debate club. This isn't drawn charts at dawn. This is a forum. There's logic. There's humour. There's emotion. There's snark and sarcasm and wit (both failed and actual). There are personal remarks - both small and large - and when you write a commented filled with your personal opinion and your personal feelings aimed at invalidating the opinions and feelings of others, you shouldn't be shocked is someone snarks your way.

There was nothing aggressive whatsoever about what I said in my first comment. I have no idea how you even read aggression into that. Dismissal? Sure. Exasperation? Maybe a twinge. But we're not even up to antipathy, let alone aggression in that comment.

"But making things personal and threatening is absurdly hostile "

Making things "personal" to the tune of "a small snark" is not remotely hostile. (Unless you have some sort of bizzare social anxiety, in which case any social conflict that is directed at you would cause your adrenaline to spike.)

In addition, saying "I want to kick you in the shins" is not threatening. Having a desire and seeing it fulfilled are totally different things, especially when the "desire" is a matter of common parlance or "slang".

For example: I desire to have a gigantic rock from space hurtle down upon the Microsoft Licensing building, with all the little worker bees still inside. I would laugh, and cheer, and roast marshmallows upon the fire. That doesn't mean I am going to cause a rock from space to fall on them.

Similarly, I'd love to kick you in the shins. That doesn't mean I will, or would if we were face to face. (Though in all honesty that is only because it is illegal.) It does, however, mean that in my minds eye, I am absolutely kicking you in the shins. Mental catharsis.

And I really do think that you should know that. Why? Because if you are aware of the antipathy you generate - as well as the how and the why - you are more fully equipped to make choices about language, tone, and other forms of social engagement. It informs my future interactions with you.

As for me, well, I'm perfectly aware of the antipathy my comments generate. (Most of the time, anyways.) That's sort of the point in making them. To illicit a result.

The purpose of the first "snarky" comment was to inform you that your comments had been interpreted as devaluing all those of us who still want the street lights to be "red, amber, green". It was to inform you that I, personally, don't appreciate that...and to give others a vehicle to demonstrate agreement - or disagreement - with that viewpoint by up/downvoting.

The purpose of the rest of the comments was to attempt to drive home that A) you don't seem to be getting it and B) There is no room for "drawn charts at dawn" debate about this topic. None. The issue moved on well past any technical merit and is one of powers and principalities; of the rights of the customer versus those of the corporation. It is an issue of choice, politics, philosophy and individual relevance.

Even if we were all robots, able to discuss such an emotive topic with nothing but charts and statistics, you won't win your point. You place different levels of value on different things. You are highly dismissive of items that matter to others, but not to you. (For example, I do remember a previous thread where you were quite dismissive of the fact that I need to see the underlying windows while I select my applications, hence why a non-full-screen application selector was important.)

That's why this isn't a charts-at-dawn topic. It is about individual needs and preference. And about the fact that humans are diverse; our cognition is not universal. We think differently, interpret the world differently, have different skills and strengths and flaws.

If you really want a truth here: I loathe the charts-at-dawn mentality of Microsoft. The concept that everything can be quantified by looking at data. The idea that we are, all of us, best served by designing software that fits a statistics curve.

Everyone is different...and we are all of us on the edges of quite a few curves. You can't design software - especially interfaces - by looking at numbers. Emotions matter. Convention, upbringing, social constructs, disabilities, cognitive variation, lapses in memory, consistency, repetition, exposure therapy...all of it matters.

We're talking about something as fundamental, as ingrained, as cultural and embedded in our childhoods and muscle memory as "red, amber, green"...and you are dismissive and derisory towards the feelings, opinions and desires of the overwhelming majority.

...just like Microsoft.

Now, given that people aren't robots, and that the overwhelming majority of our species doesn't have aspergers, I want you to contemplate the depth and impact of saying "I wish Microsoft didn't bring back the Start Menu, grew some balls, and stood up to the majority of our species who use computers and wanted the old interface back." Please, try to understand the arrogance of statement, the casual dismissal of virtually everyone reading these forums and the blatant consignment to irrelevance of the essential humanity of all us people...in the face of your interpretation of which charts where most important.

Perhaps, now that I've blown 1700+ words on this, you'll understand why a single snarky comment about your is far from "hostile".

Cheers, and beers.

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What's this 'pay as you go' cloud crap? Dunno about you, but my apps don't work that way

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Re: Bandwidth and Storage

Is what you do running a traditional x86 workload that needs to remain idle 24/7, even when not in use? Then you have provisioned that for 24/7, even though you may only use.

Or have you - as the article suggested - rewritten everything from the ground up to be a burstable application. In that case you pay a very small base idle fee and burst up as you need it.

If you have a traditional application you are paying for what you provision, not what you use. If you have a burstable app, then when you do is abnormal; it represents a tiny fraction of deployed applications in the world today.

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Re: Let's separate fact from fiction...

1) Paragraphs, for the love of $deity, paragraphs.

2) There are tens of thousands of "experts" telling companies to move "everything" into the cloud. Youer personal experts may or may not be telling people to do that, but Amazon, Microsoft and hundreds of startups absolutely are.

3) Prices may come down. Services don't obey moore's law.

4) I am reporting the cumulative opinions and experience of well over 2000 people I've talked to about this subject in the past two years.

5) You are attempting to counter what you perceive to be anecdotal experience by holding up your own anecdotal experience to be superior.

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Re: Great article

Why thank you! "blunt and simplistic" were what I was going for! There's a whole internet full of people who will tell you what you want to hear. I try hard to tell you instead what I actually see. :)

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Re: Is this even controversial?

You presume a lot when you say that IT personnel - rather than the systems they maintain - are the true assets of a company. In some cases, yes, they are. In others, they're a liability. In still other cases one good accountant might be worth an entire IT department,

Company morale and unit cohesion are important. To put it bluntly, many - if not most - IT folks have trouble with that. It's been that way for ages. The difference is now you can replace them not with some folks with bad accents...but with subscription services provided with SLAs and guarantees.

That's pretty attractive to a lot of people.

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Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables

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But why would the NSA need to tap an underwater cable for that? Presumably NZ would allow them to do so and they could tap on land. You tap underwater only when you want to keep your activities hidden.

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I suggested ULF not for slurping, but for issuing change commands to the widget in the water.

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"It seems that you are arguing a different point, which is that the NSA could well tap undersea fibre for the purpose of spying on other governments."

Yup. I'm not arguing for or against the NSA tapping the specific NSA cable in question. I have no idea if they've done that. And I don't know why they wouldn't just tap the US end of the damned thing and be done with it.

I am arguing that the idea of tapping an undersea cable - if it was determined that there was a practicable need - is not outrageous. That's all.

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For NZ <--> US, they probably would do exactly that. For EU <--> Africa? Probably not. I feasibility and likelihood of cable taps would - to me at least - depend on which cables we're talking about.

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Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

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Re: No hardware, no docs

Got to agree. Huawei just doesn't have enough technical marketing or product management occurring. They also have zero community management and near-zero engagement with bloggers, media and other thought leaders.

They need both to have good documentation and marketing in English and a seed program that gets units into the hands of well known reviewers so that those people can start putting the gear to the test and saying "yeah, this is good enough for tier 1".

They'll get there, eventually.

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Trevor_Pott
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"CISCO's home voip phones are also shit - doesn't mean you shouldn't buy their enterprise grade switches"

No, I think "priced in $virgins" and "pre-pwned by the NSA" are good enough reasons not to buy Cisco.

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