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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: boltar

>Guard pages around individual sensitive allocations, causing this memcpy() to trigger a fault?

Or something akin to what IBM S/370 mainframes do (S/360 maybe too but I've only experience of writing assembler on an S/370 running TPF) - the first byte of each core block (4k - yay!) has a block owner ID and any attempt to read or write to that byte by something that isn't the process owner triggers a fatal error..

Of course, all that means that your corewalker just has to avoid the first byte and it's safe but the principle can be extended.

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Qualcomm uncloaks new chips for 'ultimate connected mobile computing experiences'

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That word doesn't mean what you think it means..

And I'm referring to 'Ultimate'. Does this mean that the chipset cannot ever be beaten? No mobile processor from now on will be better?

Of course it doesn't.

Marketing - first up against the wall when the revolution comes!

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: XP Needs to Die

>Win 7 even introduced useful tweeks such as when you press F2 to

>change a file name the extension isn't selected.

You mean the same as the default for MacOS? Nice to see MS 'innovating'..

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?

>day my grandmother came back home, my hippie cousin gave her a homeopathic drink of dandelion >leaves and some other things. Two hours later,

Don't confuse herbalism with homeopathy... a large proportion of our pharmacopea is derived from compounds found in plants (asprin being a good example - it's a safer form of the compound found in willow bark).

Of course, the problems with herbalism are:

1. You don't have to be licensed to practice

2. The dosage in the mix will vary according to several factors (freshness, time in the lifecycle the plant was picked, how it was processed, the particular strain of the plant used etc etc)

And the combination of the two means it's pretty dangerous. Add in interactions between the drugs in the herbs and the drugs in the medicine and you have a recipe for bad things to happen

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Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?

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My mother was in a wheelchair caused by psoriatic arthritis. She was told after 20 years of failed treatments that she would never walk again, and she was literally left to waste away in a wheelchair and die. She turned to homeopathy, and now 10 years later, and double the weight she was in the wheelchair, walks several miles per day and is quite energetic and well known on the car-boot scene.

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Speaking as someone who has PSA (and it's not much fun) it varies immensely depending on your mental state. Since the placebo effect is a mental effect, it's entirely possible that her belief that the medication works did leave to an improvement - not because the homeopathy worked, but because she believed it would.

Me - I'll stick to my sulphasalazine and leflunomide - they have proper tested double-blind clinical trials that show they work. But then I'm the offspring of an industrial pharmacist and a nurse so (as far as the homeopaths are concerned) I'm already in the camp of evil (or science, as I'd prefer to call it).

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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

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Mushroom

Re: Like El Reg readers have never had that experience before.

>Sugar Free Gummi Bears

.. have the opposite effect on me. Like most sugar-free stuff :-(

Which is unfortunate with my newly-aquired sugar intolerance.

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Punch and Judy face Blofeld in LOHAN doomsday box test

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Pint

Punch and Judy?

Does that mean there is a Fish involved? Inquiring mind etc etc

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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Unhappy

Re: A translation

"When they kill innocent civilians it's abhorrent terrorism. When we kill innocent civilians it's entirely acceptable and justifiable collateral damage."

In a song I wrote many, many years ago:

Bombs in cars or bombs from the sky,

What's the difference when innocents die?

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Mushroom

Re: but side-cutters are STILL pliers

Burn the heretic!

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Re: Mission creep ?

>Meaning you get to play with parcel tape guns and staple guns

Hmm.. staple guns..

<Drifts off into memory, winces..>

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Barnes & Noble's Nook freed from Windows, WinPhone apps pledge

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"MS Reader was a pioneering effort but it was released years ahead of suitable hardware. By the time some good device were appearing Microsoft had lost interest and failed to form the right partnerships to push the LIT format."

Pioneering? Hardly. fbreader was around a good bit before MS Reader and could also be used as an offline web-reader..

I remember it well on my Nokia 770 tablet.

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

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Mushroom

Re: Sysadmins - the new buggy whip manufacturers

"Please, opensourceland, make a mail server that the boss can use with Outlook and not tell the difference, that I can get running without 10 years of linux and development experience, and I will happily put the time in to learn how to drive it."

They do - it's call Zimbra. OK - so not open-source any more but it doesn't involve the use of the Windows Spawn of Satan..

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Will Yelp help 'Yahoo!' compete with Google? Search us...

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I have only one thing to say:

DuckDuckGo!

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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

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Big Brother

>> females may smoothen the talk a bit, allowing a consensus to be reached.

>AKA - "The Thatcher effect"

AKA - when I want your opinion I'll give it to you..

(Spitting Image - ah, where are you now!)

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Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

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Re: I wonder

>Stars may be unlikely to collide but they do risk being slung out

>of the galaxy and losing the protection against cosmic rays which

>the galaxy's magnetic field

But at least it takes them out of the Slow Zone and into the Zone of Thought..

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Deepness_in_the_Sky)

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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Unhappy

Marvin mode

<Sounds ghastly>

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: Yes I predict it will be exactly as terrible as Y2K!

>Sorry to hear you had such a boring Y2K. Where I worked, programs

>were actually fixed, and vendor patches applied. Not a sticker in sight.

Likewise. And then the next set of vendor patches applied as the previous set had broken another facet of y2k compatibility..

I'm looking at you Microsoft! Strangely enough, all the unix machines we were patching were much less hassle!

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Robot army to police football World Cup

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Mushroom

One hopes..

>first remote-controlled robot to enter the stricken Fukushima nuclear facility

.. that it's the same robot being used in Brazil!

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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"unprecedented customization opportunities,"

ie "We'll put so much tat on it that it'll run about as fast as Windows Vista on a 486.."

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

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Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

>Can I have a computerless car, please? Also, no complicated electronics.

Points at 1966 Morris Minor on drive. No electronics *at* all. Electrics, yes. Electronics.. no.

And a nice bloke wot does when things go wrong. Me - I just herd things that go beep.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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Black Helicopters

Re: "a small doohickey comprising 32KB of battery-backed RAM to hold the firmware ..."

>good old-fashioned EPROMs (the UV-erasable kind)

Which (cough) allegedly worked fine for using in various sideways ROM boards on the BBC. Or so I'm told..

EPROM blower? What EPROM blower?

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Hear that, Sigourney? Common names 'may not constitute personal data'

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Re: Maybe I'm just too old...

>...but you say "Sigourney" and I think "cast iron bitch with a pulse rifle".

And a nice line in personal exoskeletons..

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code

>The danger is that the VPs and managers of the future will think they can "code" because they did

>some parrot-fashion HTML and Scratch lessons at primary school.

When I was at primary school HTML didn't exist. Neither did home computers. Even HTMLs daddy (SGML) wasn't defined until 1986 (by which time I'd almost done^Wfailed my A levels..)

Kids today eh?

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

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Re: I'm waiting for a character update ....

>a bottle and a half of wine (or corresponding amount of concentrate) every day. That is alcoholism level

>consumption by any standard.

Not in the Georgian era.. I seem to recall that a gentleman of the era would routinely get through 2-3 bottles of wine a day.

Strangely enough, I appear to have just bought two Georgian-pattern high-capacity glasses. Hic haec hoc!

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Fedora 20 Heisenbug makes ARM chips 'a primary architecture'

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So now all we need..

Is someone producing low-cost ARM-based servers that can be easily scaled (so I can afford a baby one at home and work can afford a rack-full).

Then I can ditch the expensive and noisy Dell 2950 I have at home and put in some nice quiet ARM servers to suit all my virtualisation needs,,

Well - one can dream!

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Why did Nokia bosses wait so long to pop THAT Lumia tab?

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"The Nokia 770 Internet tablet is a wireless Internet appliance"

I have one (and the 800 that came after it).

Nice devices (for their time) but I really, really wouldn't call them a tablet! I mostly used mine as an ebook reader (with fbreader) or as a GPS device with NavMan.

Good for the time, but nowhere in the same league as a proper tablet.

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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Re: Cultural

>why Israel isn't in both NATO and the European Common Market

You think they would trust either? Or want to be in either?

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BT Mobile inks network deal with EE, dumps Vodafone

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Unhappy

>EE has been moping up the MVNOs

Mopping Shirley?

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BlackBerry ripped itself apart wooing CIOs AND iPhone fanbois - insiders

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Re: maybe one day

>Worked for the Spartans.

For a limited amount of time..

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Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

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Re: Will they still be around next year?

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"Lync, Microsoft’s enterprise-focused communications suite brought its parent company $1 billion in revenue during its 2013 fiscal year....Lync grew 30% in the fiscal fourth quarter,"

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Probably more to do with the fact that they massively increased the price rather than it selling like hot cakes..

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Roll up, roll up: Cash, Bitcoin and booze offered for iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner hack

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>Additionally the scanner doesn't store data that can be used to map the print. It is stored in a hashed form.

This is really, really not a new idea - a company I worked for had this in their fingerprint scanners ten years ago..

It has several advantages (can't reconstruct the fingerprint from the hash, takes up less storage than a fingerprint image etc etc) but does require more CPU (or dedicated chippery) to make it work properly.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: Ballmer shmallmer

>Powershell

AKA - 'badly done attempt to copy unix CLI that uses an utterly inconsistent set of random mandatory capitalisation in the parameters'..

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Re: Pretty much says it all

re: OCS/Lync

We were looking at (and had funding ready!) for a company-wide Lync rollout. Which stopped dead in its tracks and the money got spent elsewhere.

Why?

Two things: license costs - the license changes between OCS and Lync were huge (for us anyway) and the fact that 90% of the Lync functionality was available via a (much cheaper) addon to our new VOIP system.

MS' arcane, confusing and (increasingly) expensive licensing structures are starting to be a major source of concern to us - whereas 2 years ago those licensing costs would have been just about acceptable, now they are starting to be a major component of the cost of projects. And given that MS has changed the rules on us three times in the last 12 months, license cost fatigue is starting to set in.

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Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....

>As several other comments have said here, Microsoft should have made 2 different versions of the Win8 >OS: business (Explorer UI) and consumer (touch UI). Microsoft may not like hearing that, but it's the truth.

There is another factor - MS succeeded in the 90's and early 2000's because of another factor - getting students to use their products. This has a cascade in that (when those students go into business), they will inevitably push for the tools they are familiar with. Whilst students don't necessarily initially have the traction to change toolsets, over time those students *do* gain those capabilities.

So the MS long-term plan goes as follows:

1. Accustom the future product decision-makers to our technologies

2. Wait for a while

3. Profit!

Unfortunately for MS, this hasn't worked for a while now. Students (especially CS students) have little exposure to the MS stack (other than maybe their laptops) - they are far more likely to be using open-source tools like Eclipse than VS (free innit!)

In the corporate setting, things like AD are still some of the best tools around. But we are increasingly putting in linux-based appliances that interface with AD rather than MS products - it's not hard to see a future where AD is the lone MS product installed with a whole series of non-MS products interfacing with it.

And that future probably worries MS more than losing a consumer market where they have never been profitable.

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Bloke leaks '1000s' of Twitter login tokens, says he can hack ANY twit

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Re: I don't even use twitter but...

>Pretty much everything the Egyptians ever wrote on Papyrus has been lost through decay or fire.

And the best medium? Clay tablets (as long as they don't get too wet) - especially as building fires just bake them harder whereas stone tends to shatter.

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Microsoft pulls faulty Exchange 2013 patch HOURS after release

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Oracle and Microsoft..

.. the perfect storm of incapacity..

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No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

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Linux

Re: Gosh, this takes me back...

Started with Slackware (kernel 0.99pl14 no less! - all those floppies..)

Flirted briefly with Redhat

Moved to Mandrake

Stayed (briefly) with Mandriva

Flirted with openSuSE

Moved to Ubuntu

Discovered Proxmox

Moved to CentOS

Still using Astaro Security Linux..

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Re: It's a slippery slope down that rabbithole

>You might even start growing a beard ;)

Hmm..

Started with pre-v1 Slakware (check)

Likes CLI (check)

Has beard (check)

Has a server at home with multiple VMs (check)

Haz cats (check)

Is there any hope for me?

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Did a bunch of bankers fax a stranger's sensitive privates to YOU?

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Lets not forget..

The complete farce that was the NHSNet (run by BT). In a previous life I had to deal with them when asking for filtering changes on our 3rd-party NHSNet connection.

They required you to email back a signed form.. I offered to fax it to them and discovered that they didn't have a fax machine (and got told that they couldn't accept it by fax anyway since "that wasn't a legal method")..

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NSA security award winner calls for hearings into agency's conduct

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Devil

>Google is opt-in. People use it for personal\business benefit and advantage.

Oh - the optimism of the young..

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

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It's all in the brand..

As other have said, Microsoft/Steve B seem obsessed about 'the brand' - hence you get Windows RT (can't run regular Windows stuff), Windows Phone 8 (can't run regular Windows stuff) and regular Windows (15 flavours, prices variable depending on how much Microsoft think they can charge you) which can run some stuff but not others (and in a corporate context have gradually shifted the licensing goals - the result of which is that we are actively thinking of migrating our in-house SQL Server stuff to postgres running under Linux (CentOS 6.4 most likely)).

The *Brand* ruled everything. And everything had to be tied in to what the Marketing types had assumed would make positive brand associations (ignoring the fact that, for a lot of people, MS Windows isn't a positive brand association at all).

So you have an artificial tying of everything to the Windows brand, creating confusion and uncertainty. Apple got round that by *not* selling the iPhone as "OS X for Phones" (packaged it as something new even though it shares a good deal with OS X), Google got round it by not selling Android as "Linux for Phones". They both had a clue.

Microsoft? Not so much.

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Microsoft pledges Linux boost for Windows Server and Center R2 duo

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Re: No Linux SysAdmin will buy into this rubbish

>I think you've missed the point. Hyper-v is a hypervisor, it's also free. You don't need to install Windows in >order to use Hyper-v, although you can run it on top of a Windows

Hyper-V is part of Windows Server. You require Windows Server on the host in order to run Hyper-V.

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Re: @AC 15:26GMT - Microsoft FAIL

>Except hyper-v is free, support costs, just like Linux. If you think you're not locked in to RedHat because you >can go to CentOS or SuSE, think again.

Hyper-V is free *if* you already have Windows Server..

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>Oh and Hyper-v is free, no licence required.

Provided you have already bought Windows Server.. and all the many and various CALs that Microsoft deems it essential that you need before you can actually use it..

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100-metre asteroid 2013 NE19 zipped past Earth today

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Happy

Re: Who cares

>The odds of being eaten by a lion as you walk down Main Street are a billion to one - but once is quite >enough.

Remember - you don't have to outrun the dragon, you just have to outrun the halfling that's between you and the dragon..

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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Re: Grr...

>For all Microsoft's many - many, many, many (many!) - sins...they make some of the best technology on the >planet.

Correction - they take other peoples ideas, tweak them enough to be incompatible then use them to dominate.

Example? Active Directory - at it's heart it's kerberos with enough MS extensions and tweaks to make it incompatible. Sure - the toolset surrounding AD is nice, but the basic technology and design certainly doesn't come from MS.

SMB? - Came from IBM and ended up with MS because of the various OS/2 collaborations.

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Re: Allow me to reciprocate (@ AC 2nd July 2013 08:21 GMT)

>As opposed to paying through the nose for -often- substandard software, and spending months of your life >trying to understand MS product's license terms or trying to get help from MS 'support' (for lack of a better >term).

And my particular hate - CALs. You buy the server product, you buy then desktop product. You then have to buy another imaginary license (or more than one depending on the 'features' you want - often optimised to make sure that the most like feature sets are spread out between standard and enterprise CALs) to actually enable you to use that shiny new server feature that you thought you had already bought..

Or as I call it - making you way three times for the same thing.

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Google 'DOES DO EVIL', thunders British politician

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Re: An open letter

>So when does marketing become sales ?

Marketing are the people who hold the customers down while Sales screws them..

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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Re: Is Tim London based?

There are a hell of a lot of jobs outside London (horrible place - I grew up there and have no intention of ever living there again!)..

Even in the public sector, the idea that you must be based in London is fading fast - MOD has (largely) moved to Bristol, DVLA is (and always was) in Wales..

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Kobo strikes new match against Kindle: The Aura HD e-reader

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Re: Resolution is less important than screen size

>Yabbut... the current glo fits nicely in the back pocket of my jeans. The new size is a touch big for that... the >bezel does seem proportionally larger than on the glo.

Just out of interest - how many ereaders do you get through? Frankly, fairly fragile electronics like e-ink screens don't belong in jeans pockets of any type..

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