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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Re: It didn't mention Mac and Linux @AC

"Linux is insignificant on the business server side of things?"

No, but they are insignificant on the business client computer side of things.

This article is about XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 - they're all personal computer operating systems. I'm sorry for your confusion and knee-jerk reaction.

Bring on the downvotes!

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Intel disables hot new TSX tech in early Broadwells and Haswells

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Re: BIOS update ? @James 100

"except, having coughed up $$$$ for a high-end chip, you were then left with lousy performance on anything maths-heavy!"

Intel did have a free replacement program for the FDIV Pentiums (after people complained loudly) and the replacements cost Intel dearly, hundreds of millions or so.

The Intel CPU erratas are not rare at all, but most seem to be about "CPU locks under some offbeat scenarios" and are in general not a problem. But the FDIV produced unreliable FP calculations and it was really simple to reproduce too. Pentiums didn't support microcode updates so this couldn't have been fixed with a BIOS update anyway. (and 20 years ago getting a BIOS updates was way, way more cumbersome to get and program than today)

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing @John Crisp

"How do I print''

So, what do you say to the home user who didn't have a problem printing to the printer via USB or ethernet with his Linux/Windows box?

"See, the cheaper price for this chromebook allows you to invest in brand-spanking new CLOUD technology which your old printer didn't even support"

"Yes, Microsoft would love people to believe their way is the only way"

That applies to Google, Apple and many other vendors as well.

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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Re: POV porn

Forget porn.

This could have made Elysium and Cloverfield much more enjoyable, perhaps I could have even liked NYPD Blue back then as each episode would have been over in 5 minutes...

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Zero-day hits Symantec endpoint products

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Re: Symantec was always useless ... @Gis Bun

Google+ and Facebook suck - and I haven't used them.

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Ransomware attack hits Synology's NAS boxen

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Re: surely ...@sjaddy

"think they will ask for it in bitcoins - will be harder to track down"

Nonsense! Per the Bitcoin advocates everything is just fine and crooks refuse to use Bitcoins at all.

...Bitcoin works with an unprecedented level of transparency that most people are not used to dealing with. All Bitcoin transactions are public, traceable, and permanently stored in the Bitcoin network...

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Hey, big spender. Are you as secure as a whitebox vendor?

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@Tomato42

"That assumes you're using a real OS, not Windows. And since it's the suits that make the business plans, it has to be Windows compatible"

Cry me a river, you snob.

ILO, IPMI etc. are most definitely Windows compatible because Windows is the most popular OS of choice according to IDC.

They all support serial port redirection so yes, you can install your precious 'real OS' with it.

I'd never expose a server management interface to WAN without VPN/firewall. The vendors are against it too. They've all had vulnerabilities from authentication bypassing to full root access. Fully patched or not, there may well be another Heartbleed-like bug waiting and the question is which blackhatter knows it first, NSA or the Chinese?

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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Re: Which WinPhones will get 8.1?

Nokia has web page listing 520 and 920 (among many others) that will receive the update, and also the availability status per region/country/operator:

"Windows Phone 8 compatible phone models

Nokia Lumia 520, 520T, 521, 525, 526, 530, 530 Dual SIM, 620, 625, 630, 630 Dual SIM, 635, 720, 720T, 810, 820, 822, 920, 920T, 925, 925T, 928, 930, Icon, 1020, 1320 and 1520."

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CAPTCHA challenges you to copy pointillist painter Seurat's classic

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The next obvious steps in captcha town

"Please duplicate Madonna's Vogue gestures with your webcam"

"Please whistle Bohemian Rhapsody using your microphone"

"Give me your boots your clothes and your motorcycle"

Not to mention the TOS of sites will probably claim ownership of all your works.

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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Re: Here's more hoping...

I know Ridley did Blade Runner, but then again he also did Prometheus

Prometheus wasn't a bad film at all. Stop whining.

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What's inside AMD's life-support machine? A big pile o' PlayStation 4s and XBox Ones

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Re: Osborne effect

Yes it is.

The thing is - all the players (Intel, AMD etc) are announcing new products at least annually - if not new architectures, at least a bit faster CPUs and GPUs. That's not a secret. Fastest anything this year won't be fastest next year, and you can save your money for something better on a certain price point indefinitely.

People who need a new computer immediately will just buy whatever is on the market today.

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Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd

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@Trevor

The Seagate Blackarmor NAS series was utter garbage, Oracle-licensing-class bad!

Seagate has access to cheaper hard drives than all other competitors (excluding WD), so they could compete with price, but probably they'll trust on brand recognition...

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FireEye patches OS, torpedos Exploit-DB disclosure

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Re: If FireEye uses OpenSSL is not an IT security

So, uh, which security company does not rely on OpenSSL?

Microsoft?

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

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Useful toolbar?

Has there ever been a useful browser toolbar?

Google Toolbar was highly useful for IE users until up to IE6 because there was no built-in search box.

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Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

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Re: Fan Bingbing?

Really, someone wanders around planet Earth with the name Fan Bingbing?????

Yes.

What were his/her/its parents thinking?

They probably thought of giving her a "typical and good Chinese girl's name".

Or is it some odd effect of Equity demanding unique names for members?

What...? Do your siblings and parents share the same name with you?

What an ignoramus.

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Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

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Re: FUD

"...it won't be long before they also abandon support for Windows Server 2008"

2008 Server loses support in 2020 after 12 years. So it's only half-way into oblivion.

Now, which Linux would you suggest with the same or superior support lifecycle?

"I hope all of you sysadmins have your touchscreen servers ready."

Nah. In 2020, Server 2012 is probably superseded by 1 or 2 newer Windows releases with everything done with the Xbox controller and Kinect. :-)

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Re: Hardware support

"You would think that as single server hardware gets older and no longer supported (looking at you HP) that would be a big push to upgrade. After all, that's what is most likely to fail."

Does HP really offer worse HW support than the competition? The initial warranty for HP Proliants is 1-5 years and can be extended with a support agreement or annual care pack registration. A single failing HDD may be enough to offset the care pack costs for a year or two.

When it comes to servers I very rarely decommission one because it fails. Likely causes are lack of software support for the old OS (eg. 3rd party support for Win2000), expensive HW upgrades (check the availability and price of SCSI drives or ECC DDR1 for example), memory limits of 32-bit Windows, and obsolescence of the 3rd party software for which the server was dedicated.

Whether it is cost-effective to continue using say, 10-year-old server instead of replacing it with a faster and/or more energy-efficient model, or at least virtualising it is another thing.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: All too familiar

"Oh I recently changed it. It's Windows 8.1"

"No, dad. That's your Operating System. I'm trying to determine which version of Internet Explorer you have. So hold down the alt key..."

A more clever person could have deduced the IE version from the "Windows 8.1" clue.

Carry on.

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

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Re: A shining example

"But given the password quality"

10 alphanumeric characters could even mean it's a 64-bit WEP key!

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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

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I must confess...

I've been using Winrar beyond the eval. period...and approx 90% of my C-64 games were copies!

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32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

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@Alan

If you ask the official El Reg Supermicro champion (Trevor Pott), you'll find out that Supermicro HAD in the past an unstable IPMI implementation but it is now rock solid.

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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

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Re: Sony=Phoney

I take it you're a VAIO user?

VAIOs may have a wifi issue (that I was unaware of until your post) but unless that problem is the culprit for Sony's misfortunes - you don't have a point unless the CEO is micromanaging the laptop production. The head of VAIO division perhaps should roll if the debacle is due to poor QA or cutting costs for the sake of it.

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Researchers warn of preloaded spyware in Android handsets

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Re: Malwarebytes for Android free

Why yes, all the cheapskates who bought this Chinese knockoff should just download this AV software from the fake Play store and it'll magically purify the phone and remove the trojan embedded in the firmware.

Oh dear. Go peddle your non-solutions somewhere else.

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HP Simplivity buyout rumours: Could it be worth HALF a BILLION?

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Re: Ridiculous! - indeed...

EVERY ACQUISITION THEY MADE HAS FAILED!

Every? Please explain how Compaq, Lefthand, 3PAR and 3COM acquisition failed. Was buying EDS a failure too?

Yes, HP has made ludicrous, astoundingly monumental acquisition mistakes most notably with Palm and Autonomy.

There's a handy list of acquisitions by HP and I certainly can't recognize most of the companies HP has bought even recently.

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Google to let Chromebookers take video content OFFLINE

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Re: But no network shares @Craigness

"The last time I did any work where there was no internet connection was 2008. That was on a train, and trains now have wifi."

Good for you.

1. My home connection has had flaky moments at times. But perhaps I'm the only one...

2. Aeroplanes don't have wifi.

3. Commercial ferries may have but the connection is generally pitiful. See 4.

4. Maritime satcom in general is slow. And flaky.

5. Wifi isn't a problem in urban areas. At times I work in areas where all I have is GPRS or EDGE. Syncing anything through that these days is infuriating.

6. My PHB hates my cellular roaming costs.

But the foremost practical reason why I couldn't work with a Chromebook is that I need configuration/diagnostics software that isn't available for anything else but Windows.

"If you want books, music, videos etc offline then a Chromebook will suffice."

So everything I throw at VLC works with Chromebook too? Good to hear.

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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Re: The perfect game

Nethack > Boulder Dash > Civ 1 > the rest.

There.

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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Re: At what point will they...@AC

"People who know how to calculate lifetime costs of kit love them too."

Care to elaborate?

The kit is great, too bad that OS isn't supported for very long. For Long Term Support you'd actually have to install Windows or Linux on the damn thing!

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Samsung, with this new 3D NAND SSD, you're really spoiling us ... or perhaps a rival?

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Re: As a 1TB flash drive .... @Pott

Agreed. WD *raptors are useless - does WD actually still sell them? Small in size yet SSD prices... Not to mention the noise.

I'm no fan of WD and their firmware but you can point practically at any Solid Rust vendor and scream bloody murder because the firmware had bugs. Several Intel SSD's identified themselves as 8 MB models and all data was lost.

Crucial SSD's crashed after 5184(!) hours of usage. Time to market is important but so is QA too!

And I've personally seen several Kingston HyperX drives to brick themselves and not show up in BIOS anymore.

I've been trusting Samsung for a year or so for now with their 840 models and they seem to be on par with spinning rust.

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Re: Its not suprising.. @Daniel B

When MS was strong-arming OEMs to sell only Win8 boxes

When was this?

I've installed numerous HP's since Windows 8 was released and all those computers with the Windows 8 Pro badge have come with Windows 7 Pro pre-installed.

Sounds to me you're talking of consumer PC's (Where Windows 8 prevails) and that doesn't compute with your Fortune 500 "experience".

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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Re: Like or not, a Pro machine by the (ancient) book. @Mr Beggaley

"There are 15-inch and 14-inch versions too, the former available with a 3200 x 1800-pixel option [...]"

>Why the hell isn't the 17" model available with that resolution?

That resolution is called QHD+ and no display manufacturer offers that in 17" format. Thus HP and others can't offer it either.

Are there 17" displays with anything higher than even FHD? Apple had a 17 incher 1920x1200 a couple years ago and that's it I'm afraid. 17" is too much of a niche and a small run of very high res displays would be very expensive to do.

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What's that crunching noise? Lenovo running over rivals' bones

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@CBMVic20

They also made my Thinkpad Tablet which sported a locked bootloader and is thus restricted to Android 4.0.3 and isn't upgradeable to Cyanogen because of this Secureboot malarkey. Lenovo refuses to hand over the keys to this somewhat obsolete hardware.

Oh, and the microUSB port is prone to failure due to poor construction. As it's the only (reasonable) way to charge the tablet it looks definitely like this was my last Lenovo mobile product for a looong time.

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Sonos turns up volume, slips out new Wi-Fi speaker control app

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Re: Musaic - coming soon

How exactly is that vaporware better than Sonos?

If you can't back up that statement, pls take your advertisements elsewhere.

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Nintendo says sorry, but there will be NO gay marriage in Tomodachi Life ... EVER

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Re: Who?

I'll boycott the game if I can't get married in it in Jim Jones' Peoples Temple!

I see lots of Kool-Aid drinkers here...

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Voters pick luminous tech spacesuit as NASA's off-world fashion statement

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Re: Awful

The Sun.

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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

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Re: Riiiight @AC

Dear AC,

you're right, my example was invalid. Here's the corrected version:

"I'm not getting updates for my WinXP/RHEL. Mind you I'm not paying MS/RH for support, but surely they should release all those patches gratis for everyone + dog, since they're gonna produce the patches anyway! Whaa?!"

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Re: Riiiight

"Fedora 12 and RHEL 6 are basically the same thing. So Redhat is writing the patches for RHEL 6 which also apply to Fedora but are choosing not to release them. wha?"

See what I did there?

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Re: Already migrating clients off 2003

"Gone are the days that 4Gb ram was enough. Now 16Gb is considered the starting point, and EEC is not exactly cheap (at a small business level)"

Yes, well, gone are the days when you could run the company NT Server with a 486 and 32MB. (And I hope that good ol' 4GB was ECC as well.)

I think memory is if not cheap, at least affordable. 16GB of ECC (2x8GB) memory costs around £150 in the UK. That memory plugs straight into (e.g.) a modern HP Gen8 server.

When you contrast that with the cost of man-hours needed to install a new server+Exchange and transfer the existing data + possibly reconfigure all the clients, the cost of memory is insignificant.

If your definition of SMB is something to the tune of less than 25 users without SysOp, I'd forget owning the Exchange and would go for Office 365 subscription or similar.

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

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Re: @Rockstar

I'd actually like to have a finger-pointing Nelson to replace the fail icon. It would convey my (and others') feeling of schadenfreude so much better.

How about it?

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@Rockstar

<Nelson>HA! HA!</Nelson>

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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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Nice to see that the Antivirus software MS is peddling is finally reaching maturity - are there AV products that haven't ever caused Windows to become unbootable?

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Re: @Sandtitz Some nice ideas @poopypants again @Trevor

"my usage of lolcats-like meme grammar didn't spell it out clearly"

Oh, I thought you had a stroke or something. Speak l33t next time, I'm not familiar with your lolicon mutterings... :-)

"How is the average user...supposed to update if the store download is borked?"

Oh that...I don't know. How does an average user fix any other borked OS?

I gave a 'HTH' answer to poopypants. I'm not living in la-la land and expect your dad and his granny to have any knowledge of computers, but I expect El Reg forum users to at least know what .iso file is and does.

Satisfied?

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Re: @Sandtitz Some nice ideas @poopypants again @Trevor

The link I gave has a link to a Microsoft page where one can download the 8.1 ISO and upgrade 8.0 with it.

I have done 8.0 -> 8.1 update with that ISO (USB stick actually, nimbler), as well as clean OEM installations of 8.1.

Satisfied?

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Re: @Sandtitz Some nice ideas @poopypants again

Sorry to hear about your problems.

My 8.1 doesn't have USB/keyboard/mouse problems and neither have I witnessed such problems in other computers either. Perhaps the problem lies within specific hardware/drivers?

Try upgrading your Win8 with these instructions. Perhaps the 8.1 update will fix your borked Store too?

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Re: Some nice ideas @poopypants

Yes, let's hope they do. Let's hope all the other OS manufacturers fix their shit too.

Other people can google for "<random OS> problem" also.

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Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**

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Re: 10 years+ later @Tom 7

"Somewhere I have an old 50Mhz 486 with a gig of ram in it."

Fantastic story, but I'm confident that there has never ever been a 486 system with support for that much RAM. The top-end 486 systems (that I know of) had support for maybe 256MB and even that would have been ludicrously expensive way back then (1993ish?), and still very expensive even in 1998.

- The bandwidth of the 486 memory system (assuming FPM mem) is well over 100MB/s and the latency in that 486 memory is thousands of times lower than on hard drives. Not that big of a deal and compares to these in-memory SQL systems that are popping up these days (HANA, SQL et al.) - very quick and very expensive.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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@Lapun

"http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/oosa/en/SpaceLaw/gares/html/gares_34_0068.html

Article 11:2

The moon is not subject to national appropriation by any claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means."

Yes, and Russia signed a treaty 20 years ago to honor the independence and territory of Ukraine. Big deal. There's some similarities with a certain Munich Agreement, wouldn't you say?

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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Re: The MS plan advances...

This MS plan sounds exactly what Google is already offering.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: One Question

If you're running Office 2007 or 2010 you'll get automatic updates through Windows Update.

Same goes with SQL Server, Visual Studio and so on.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: Snared on a thin thread... @Dr

will the 8.1 iso available via Microsoft Store include it by default pretty soon?

I don't know.

If so could you download the 8.1 iso from the store, use a generic 8.1 key to install it and then use an original key to authenticate? Updating numerous pc's at a fraction of the bandwidth...

I've made my own Win8.1 USB installation media with these instructions. The USB stick works with Win8 licensed computers (with the Win8 license burned into BIOS) and with OEM installations as well.

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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

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Re: Won't affect El Reg though!

There's lot more than a few SSL secured websites. Many hardware firewalls use OpenSSL libraries. Many installation are old enough to contain the older, secure OpenSSL libraries but that's not the case everywhere. I'm personally waiting for Watchguard to come up with their patches.

The problem with small businesses (without IT admins) is that they may have a firewall which was installed by a 3rd party and never updated again. Same with secured websites too, no doubt.

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