* Posts by Sil

307 posts • joined 2 Jun 2010

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

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Only when I must

I'm using Linus on the desktop only when I must, such as when a piece of software isn't available on Windows yet.

What puts me off is - and I understand that other people will have an opposite view - is that nothing is standard, and you can't assume what works on a distri will work on another, from package manager to UI and so forth.

So when testing some open source software, you basically have to install a specific distro, a specific hypervisor, a specific container and on and on, unless you're willing to spend hours and hours adapting it, just for the fun of utilizing the distro you already installed.

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Google drops a zero-day on Microsoft: Web giant goes public with bug exploited by hackers

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Re: Google is as much nice with Microsoft...

Edge isn't affected on Windows 10 anniversary (more than 77% of Win10 installs)

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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

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Intel isn't responsible for the years of underwhelming -in spite of recurring hyperbolic marketing - AMD processors and GPU offerings.

Once again, it disappoints with high end GPUs, although it's successful in the medium category.

Let's hope the Zen processors are as good as AMD say they are, and let's hope the contract change with Global Foundries is positive for AMD.

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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Re: Wonder if they are any better at butchering stats?

I read it like this:

Of the people that fall for the tricks:

50 % are millenials

34 % are 35-54

17 % are 55+

Total: 101 %

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

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Re: Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Leaving the EU and reneging on the ECHR are two very distinct things.

The ECHR involves 47 countries, including Russia.

I don't think the UK will find many countries willing to even trade with it, or negociate with it on any matter of importance, should it not respect this fundamental international treaty.

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Facebook Yarn's for your JavaScript package

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Re: and.

'How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016' is so funny - or sad depending on your perspective.

I was wondering what all these Web engineers did, whereas we still have the same horrible web pages as 10 years ago, perhaps even worse with badly implemented infinite scrollling.

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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

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Re: Linux has facilitated the cituation he is lamenting about

I'm really not sure why Microsoft sometimes only go half the way.

Windows RT did work really well, and the experience on Office on a Surface 2 is pretty impressive for an ARM-based 2 Gb RAM tablet.

If Microsoft did not lock RT and enabled devs to recompile their apps easily, or offered some kind of x86 emulation or on the fly translation (like the Windows Ubuntu subsystem), maybe Windows on ARM would be a reality.

The same happened with Windows NT which used to be truly multiplatform. After having invested so much in hardware abstraction, why throw it away so fast ? I understand that the user base was much smaller than x86, but sometimes you just need to give it a little time. And Microsoft has/had the financial means to be patient.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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When you're incapable of finding the cause of a FalconX explosion with any level of certainty, planning to go to mars in 2022 seems such a joke. Just like thinking you can eradicate all illnesses with 3 bn by 2100.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

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And the value of products that are exhibited in stores is much less than the value of new unopened ones.

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iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

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Re: It isn't enough for the ARM to match i5 perofrmance

The PPC transition was not smooth at all and took years and all the loyalty of Apple's customers.

I highly doubt switching ARM for Intel is as easy as changing a compiler flag or offering a fat binary in the App Store, even if opting for very limited legacy support.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: What's the problem really?

Yes it matters a lot, don't think for a moment that location information is only useful to law enforcement agencies. There are so many ways in which location information can be abused and exploited to cause real damage.

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Re: Does the app...

In many countries MacDonald's is the fastest free Wi-Fi you can get on average.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Courage

I'm pretty sure if you asked Phil Schiller why The Register is still blacklisted, he would answer that's because Apple is courageous, The Register occupies too much precious room in San Francisco and it's time to move on.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Re: You missed a lot

Not sure why I'm getting thumbs down but here is another great feature:

* Continuum: wirelessly project a continuum-compatible Windows Phone on the screen of a PC and use its keyboard and mouse. Really useful for urgent tasks/emails without messing with the computer of a host.

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Sil

You missed a lot

You missed a lot of improvements. Here are the main non-mentioned ones:

* How could you not mention the fact that the back and forward buttons are at last fully functional, and one can right click them to wade through history. Probably the feature I missed more in Edge so far, after the tree-like favorites.

* Also, Edge has received additional power saving improvements, nothing to sneeze at for the people on the go.

* More compliant, extended accessibility features.

* Website notifications

* Forward & Backward with touch (finger swipe)

* Additional dev options in about:flags, and tcp fastopen

* Ink: there is a new, very practical virtual ruler.

* DLP: Windows Information Protection to separate personal & corporate data & prevent blacklisted apps to access corporate data through policies.

* New Windows Store with many much needed improvements and additional monetizations possibilities, mostly for game editors.

* Windows Hello biometric security extended to apps and Web sites.

* Integration with Phones, send SMS from PC

* Much needed improvements in Settings

* Taskbar improvements

* Notification improvements

* Huge amount of features in the anniversary update for Xbox One, including language-region independence, enhancements to the Windows Store, Cortana, Background Music, and more.

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Bought a GTX 970? Congrats, Nvidia owes you thirty bucks

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Re: Typical Nvidia

That's unfortunately the norm in the US, where justice values quick agreements over long battles, and let corporations get away with no recognition of guilt.

See all settlements with GM, banks, and so forth.

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Ditch your Macs, Dell tells EMC staff

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Re: Dude!!

Seems like a perfectly valid and understandable business decision to me.

I'm sure GM honchos are cordially invited not to drive their Porsche Cayenne to meetings with partners.

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Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies

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Re: About bloody time!

Instead of spending so much time looking for security bugs in third party products, Google could begin by looking for vulnerabilities in its own products. It could also fix security bugs in older versions of Android, since it is well aware of the fragmentation of the ecosystem.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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How are QR code or most smartphone payment systems any better than a credit card ? QR code is unsafe, and like URL shorteners a great way to lead to malware.

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Windows Phone users beg Pokémon Go creators for attention

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Re: Windows Phone?

What's that had almost 15 % market share in some European Markets before MS did nothing, budgeted 0 € advertising, and delivered W10 very late.

So not that far from iOS.

Since then it's halving every year congrats MSFT in helping your customer base.

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I signed in solidarity, although I couldn't care less for the game.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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Micromanagement at its best, or how to demotivate workers on issues with no importance whatsoever.

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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Dubious & pseudo sciences do not make sound foundations for sciences.

The problem is compounded by the fact that the population at large doesn't understand basic mathematics and arithmetic, so it's very easy to make people believe anything under the veneer of science.

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Facebook crushes Belgian attempt to ban tracking of non-users

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Re: Facebook is becoming a farce

Unfortunately, I must use it from time to time as it has been adopted in my extended family and by many friends as the information sharing method.

I use it as little as possible, e.g. very rarely. I'm looking forward to the day a new social network that respects privacy doesn't do advertising and get paid with an affordable-by-most subscription crushes FB. Not holding my breath though.

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Retarded

Such a retarded argument. It may not have juridiction on Facebook's perverted ways outside Belgium, but it sure has a say over what's happening in Belgium.

If an American company with headquarters in Dublin kills Belgians with poisoned cookies, would the court declare itself incompetent ?

To think Facebook just launched a huge PR campaign publicized by thousands of blogs and media organisations affirming it has 'Values' and no, its feed ranking isn't evil.

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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Hillary Clinton has a remarkable history of opinion & vote U-turns after receiving sizable contributions.

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NVMe SSDs tormented for months in some kind of sick review game

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Re: Hardware RAID couldn't compete?

It's probably true of hardware raid too.

Driving a dozen high performance NVMe drives in Raid 5 ou 6 would require some serious computing & i/o capabilities.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Another option for customers

People seem to see way too much in this new.

If Microsoft is introducing modules in FreeBSD, could it be that it just wants to ensure that FreeBSD works well in Azure ?

Could it be that it took an interest in FreeBSD because its customers or potential customers were asking for it in Azure?

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: If proof is needed...

It's more of a proof to never buy a Samsung computer, since it won't invest a penny in the lifecycle of its products.

Microsoft isn't responsible to develop all drivers for all materials, and if a PC makers refuse to invest in the maintenance of their drivers and applications, they sure should choose standard components from company that have an history of maintaining their drivers.

Kind of reminds me when ATI never updated their graphic drivers, condemning their customers to super bad performance and compatibility issues, when NVIDIA did the opposite.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Very sad

Windows Phone 7.5 was the best version imo, but even windows 10 mobile isn't bad.

My biggest gripe is not being able to restore a backup on demand, and a restore that doesn't work most of the time, because it doesn't know it should upgrade 8.1 to 10 first, then start the restore process.

Apart from that I still intend to use my my Lumia 930 as long as battery will allow, as it is a darn good phone and I do not need snapchat or any other similar piece of crap.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Very likely Intel's fault

While I clearly agree Microsoft should own up to non working products and reimburse customers who use the sleep mode, it seems very likely that the problem originates in Intel's faulty 6th generation components.

MSFT will remember for a long time what it's like to use brand new silicon.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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The very high price of loyalty

Count me among the people that think Microsoft could hardly have done worse than it did with its Nokia acquisition.

It should have immediately sold all factories while they were worth something and made a pact with the acquirer to order x million phones a year.

It would have been much less costly.

Still, one has to admire Microsoft for having purchased Nokia, knowing full well how it would all end. Let's remember Microsoft was under no contractual obligation to do so.

Most people were against the purchase, and I have no doubt there were no excel spreadsheet scenarios with rosy profit forecasts when the decision was taken.

It could have let Nokia fire tens of thousand of employees and go broke.

It could have lent Nokia a few billion dollars to survive a few years, knowing full well it would never get the money back.

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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I would argue this isn't the most brilliant move of Intel, which needs every friend it has.

Intel can dream of drones and Curie-powered fashion, but the processor is what brings food to the table.

The more mobile processors become powerful, the more they will look like classic processors.

So unless it thinks Core processors will soon be energy efficient to be used in phones, it lets a potential market go away, making the ARM company more powerful by the day.

A dangerous situation when ARM wants to eat your datacenter business too, and where Google, Facebook & co have a deep financial interest in diversifying their datacenter purchases.

Windows may not be the ecosystem it used to be, but where will Intel go without Windows ?

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Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

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Re: Because they are dying and know it.

As ridiculous as people that would have you believe Apple is doomed with only 10 billion in quarterly profits.

Yes Microsoft is downsizing, but its adapting pretty well to changes, and it's developing technologies and businesses that should have a bright future.

The quasi -monopoly of Google in digital advertising is fantastic for its shareholders, but it can't last forever.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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No choice

The FBI had no choice but to search for information on this phone to conduct its exhaustive investigation.

Image if they just threw it away, it fell into the hands of a media organization that cracked it and found vital information on the San Bernardino Shooting. Would you be one of the people criticizing the FBI and asking for resignations ?

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Google cloud TITSUP

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It apparently affected Discord.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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One has to wonder what Firefox does with the yearly hundreds of million dollar it gets, except specializing in failed projects such a Firefox OS.

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WordPress pushes free default SSL for hosted sites

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TheReg Mistaken ?

I think you are mistaken.

The SSL applies to all WorPress custom domain sites hosted by WordPress.com, not all sites using WordPress elsewhere. And to my knowledge most of the WordPress sites aren't hosted on WordPress.com, but self hosted, or at an ISP.

Unless I'm wrong, this means a much much lower percentage than 26 % of Interest is affected by the announcement.

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Linux is so grown up, it's ready for marriage with containers

Sil

No free lunch

You paint a very incomplete picture of virtualization.

You describe VMs' failings but totally forget to mention those of containers, and its impact on security and reliability.

Containers are not the new VM. Sometimes they are more appropriate, sometimes they aren't.

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

Sil

As we've seen countless times in the biggest scandals of our time, one of the most difficult task is to correctly and timely manage full/very potent rights for admins of all kinds and other high level employees.

Otherwise you end up with yet another Panama or Wikileak.

Also, for SMBs at least, you must have clear policies and handling of tape backups, who brings them to the bank or other safe place, how you store them in at least two geographically distant places etc.

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Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

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Time will tell

The new approach seems interesting, but only time and more hands-on experience will tell if it's better than the status quo.

My doubt concerns the devices as part as user rights giver. Devices can be easily hacked, and when you have hundreds if not thousands of different kinds of devices, how can you be sure you are on top of security ? This is also relevant if you need to give external partners access ton in-house IT resources.

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Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

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Of course Intel must worry: datacenter processors is the fastest growing segment and responsible for big profits. With Google seemingly ready to increase its laughingly small number of GCP regions, it's bound to purchase processors by the hundreds of thousand.

Unless Intel someday makes strides in IoT / Wearables / the next hyped market, it will be highly dependent on the datacenter unit to bring sales and profits.

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Holding out for a Jobs: Tim Cook still auditioning for position of Apple god

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Nobody needs a smartwatch

While arguably most people need or could benefit from a smartphone, most people do not need smartwatches at all, a mix of gadget and fashion accessory.

This won't change until a battery revolution happens, that could enable smartwatches to do interesting things for a long enough period without recharging.

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Ad giant Google thinks its cloud biz could be bigger than its adverts

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Google's announcement underlines what we have known for years: while Amazon is the cloud's big daddy, Amazon is a company with a very very low profitability and limited financial means.

It won't be able to respond in kind every time big pocketed Google, Microsoft or IBM announce huge investments.

Hence, if AWS is as profitable as the new Amazon reporting says it is, it should be incorporated in its own company, totally independent of the rest of Amazon. This would enable it to borrow more and cheaper, or profit from a higher capitalization to grow externally on the cheap.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Do you even remember Vista ?

There were reasons people didn't like it, like an astoundingly lengthened boot time to minutes an a total lack of responsiveness in typical configurations.

Windows 10 is no Vista. Most people have a pretty good experience with it. It's probably too successful to have a positive influence on the market, because why change an old computer if it works well with Windows 10 ?

If the PC market doesn't progress as much as expected, the fault lay solely on the PC makers. They don't advertise or demonstrate how recent PCs are thousand times better than old ones. They still offer PCs with crap configurations such as no SSD or only 2 GB of RAM of retardedly bad screens.

Once again, they show their total lack of innovation. Windows 10 has very interesting features to offer, such as Windows Hello authentification. Where are the new PCs with integrated RealSense cameras ?

Cortana is available on the PC. Where are the mic optimizations for an optimal experience ?

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Google reveals rapid cloud expansion

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That seems enough to you because you aren't in Africa, South America or other parts of the world without cloud regions. If you are in China, you can't use any provider you want.

Latency is a requirement, but there are other considerations such as laws and regulations, availability of partners, redundancy in multiple parts of the world, and so forth.

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Also Azure has 22 regions and 5 in the works.

Some, like Germany, are quite interesting as they are aimed towards customers that must meet strict regulations.

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Top rocket exec quits after telling the truth about SpaceX price war

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If insiders can't speak candidly without fearing being recorded and their opinions aired in public, they won't share anymore and we'll enter a great era of ignorance and politically correct B.S.

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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

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Re: Amazon is the Walmart of the IT world

Walmart is no Amazon, but you shouldn't underestimate it, even in the e-commerce space.

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IMO, Microsoft is tremendously undervalued in the cloud space, and still seen as an AWS-Mee-too trying to defend its software business.

The pace of innovation of Azure, the willingness to work with competitors services, softwares, programming langages and platforms are often ignored or minimized. Arguably, it has an open source stack (.NET) that no one can rival and that will, sooner than later, cause a lot of pain to Java even and especially in the enterprise space, because Oracle did nothing interesting with Java.

So yes, AWS is the king, and sure, Microsoft can still improve its offerings in many ways. Nobody will be fired for signing with AWS, but some may regret ignoring the Redmond giant in the future.

Also for all the brilliance of Amazon, it isn't a strong company financially. It hasn't by far the deep pockets of Microsoft, Oracle or IBM for acquisitions or other investments. Ideally, AWS should become independent from Amazon.

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