* Posts by Sandtitz

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Robot Overlords: Tween babysitting fodder with no in-jokes for the adults

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@Chris

Nothing wrong with Tripods, but I remember the TV series ending abruptly. I hope this one does better.

Based on IMDB ratings and user reviews I think I'll pass this one though.

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Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

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SAMDsung?

WTH? The ElReg author missed the most obvious play on words, SamDung.

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

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Re: There's no incentive for UberPOP to stop now...

Now that the Uber offices are raided there's a good chance that the local Uber bosses are heading for more fines (even personal) if they're found to be in contempt of the earlier court order.

Is that 100k the maximum permitted by Dutch law perhaps?

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Re: I like their complaint @cliff

"Entitled little pricks"

Of course. The people running Uber in Holland are Übermens.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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@jason 7

"Do people really upgrade their laptops every year or so?"

My boss has his laptop replaced at least once every year. No joke.

"I usually go 5+ years between mine."

Me too. It's usually a year old laptop from my boss.

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And the prize for LEAST SECURE BROWSER goes to ... Chrome!

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@eek

Isn't the point of installing Firefox or Chrome to make that the primary browser instead of IE?

Very likely with Firefox, not necessarily so with Chrome which is often installed along with Adobe Reader or Flash. Chrome imports bookmarks from IE/FF and makes itself the default browser.

...and that's why Chrome is the most popular browser.

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Lexmark splashes $1BEEEELION on Kofax

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Re: Hex mark...

So... why did the Lexmark let you down? Was it a $50 throw-away inkjet model or a $5000 MFP?

And please enlighten - which printers you would recommend?

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Microsoft gets data centres powered up for big UPS turn-off

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Re: not enough runtime

I want at least 10 minutes of run time at full load(with N+1 power)

So do everyone, but perhaps it could be done with a PSU fitted with batteries...

If the server is powered by -48VDC (or 380VDC?) I believe the power conversion to DC would require significantly less space and perhaps one or two DC battery cells could be squeezed into the PSU.

Since the Server power management logic is aware of power outages it could start throttling the CPUs and other m/b electronics, slow down fans, allowing higher temperature for the few minutes the server will have until the batteries are depleted. Naturally all the PSU slots should be filled.

The downside would be the need to replace the PSUs every few years, or at least have the batteries replaced.

I know next to nothing about electricity so feel free to shoot the idea down! Sounds a wee bit too fantastic and I've probably missed something, like the laws of thermodynamics or something... :-)

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Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

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Re: Fellow commentards - help needed pls...

Just use the built-in Windows Defender. It works and is very unobtrusive.

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HTC reveals recently embiggened Wang as thrusting new chief

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The gift that keeps on giving

Actually the headline was pretty weak when judged against these coffee-spilling pieces of brilliance:

"Acer pulls out Wang, thrusts its wealth at Ho"

"Acer kills CEO job before CEO starts: All goes Wong after Wang pull-out"

"Struggling Acer pulls out Wang too late, then calls Wong number"

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Pirate Party leads Icelandic voting intentions poll

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Re: Yarr! @Stupid AC

"However, Iceland has a population smaller than Stoke-on-Trent, and would not be in the list of the 20 largest UK towns."

Relevance? The whole UK is fly droppings when compared to China, but I'm still not touting Chinese political party system. (though I wouldn't glorify the UK parties either)

"It would seem that a manifesto of "stop telling me off for stealing" is not an inspiring vision for society, and in the end privacy is too important to be left to adolescents."

They have an English section in their website and their manifesto (not your imaginary one) states that "Pirates are not against copyright, but it is obvious that it needs to be updated."

Are posting AC because you just want to troll or are you just gormless?

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Re: Sir

"icon to represent children with Nukleer weapons"

Nukleer? It's 'nucular'. The three greatest US presidents (Carter, Clinton, W.Bush) have used it so it must be so.

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FCC to Verizon: Blocking 911 calls? That's a $3.4m paddlin'

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"You have selected regicide. If you know the name of the king or queen being murdered, press one."

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The storage is alive? Flash lives longer than expected – report

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Delving into Office 2016: Microsoft goes public with new preview

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Re: I wonder if...

"...they will get rid of the one activation, one install rule"

Which rule is that? I've activated the OEM licenses multiple times.

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Microsoft shows off South Korean PC-on-a-stick

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Re: why not Windows 10?

I thought Windows 10 was going to compress the system files and reduce the footprint. Why put Win 8.1 on this stick (other than Win 10 not being ready by May)?

The footprint is already reduced with Win8.1 IF the vendor has used the WIMBoot OS installation method.

Also, the Win10 is still in beta stage.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Apple Internet Recovery

If there's no recovery image then it sounds like something like this on later iMacs.

The system sounds more like WIMBoot, which was introduced a year ago with the Windows 8.1 Update 1.

There is the base installation and all the changes are written elsewhere as "copy-on-write". Just like making VM snapshots. If the snapshot is deleted the computer will revert (reset) to the base installation.

I think MS is perfectly evil enough to store OEMs' bloatware on their update servers and reinstall it.

The OS X recovery from internet is a superb feature.

MS can't offer it since it requires firmware support and a boot medium would be needed, packed with a lot of LAN/WLAN/WAN drivers.

Microsoft has offered Windows ISO downloads and those of course have been generic and pure from OEM evils.

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Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

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Re: Library

Take a pick:

a) the library has zero budget to buy new computers, but they're covered by the expensive-as-hell MS custom support plan since they're required to maintain the computers.

b) the municipality IT admins have notified their bosses multiple times for several years now.

c) the computers are 233MHz Pentium II models with 64M of memory. Not replaced with new ones since nobody seems to use them anyway

d) the systems are behind NAT, they're locked down and are running Chrome, FF or some other supported browser.

e) the systems are locked down and can be used only to search and browse the library resources.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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Re: Could be useful... if under control

> And is there anything to prevent a hack/hijack from changing that setting to "PCs on the Internet”?

Any settings can be changed if malware is run with elevated rights, that's not exclusively a Windows feature...

Windows Update packages are signed by MS and presumably the hashes are also checked before installation. The delivery system sounds vaguely like Bittorrent which is commonly used to download distros (and nothing else, honest!) and I have no such security issues with the Bittorrent protocol.

In the end this "PCs on the internet" setting won't probably bring any benefit to most end users since the Windows Update is quite speedy. I certainly hope there is some sort of mechanism to protect users with slow upload speeds and/or metered usage. The "PCs on my local network" setting may be of great benefit to people with multiple computers and slow/metered download connections

> Given MS history of having a totally secure OS, I'm doubtful.

Hopefully no-one is expecting Win10 or its successors to be 'totally secure OS'.

Hopefully no-one is expecting any other OS to be 'totally secure OS' either!

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Doh! iTunes store goes down AFTER Apple Watch launch

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Re: LOL

Any person caught wearing an Apple Watch will look like them.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Mutt mistake

“Rover” guided users through Bob's features in ways that the video hopefully shows were clearly re-used once Clippy appeared in the Office suite.

Rover the Useless Pooch was featured in Windows XP search window.

Office 97 had altogether different flea bag: Power Pup, The Caped Mongrel.

Both equally useless, but the Office assistants were WAY more infuriating.

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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Luddite?

"I don't do Facebook/Twit/G+/Linkedin. At times I post on ElReg forums. I don't know what that makes me."

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Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

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Re: At least on a Windows PC... @arctic_haze

I did the same and upgraded from Java 8.31 to 8.40. No crapware was offered nor installed.

Perhaps you're just having technical difficulties.

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Office for Mac 2016 Preview: This letter will self-destruct in 60 days

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Re: I'm puzzled

I thought every Mac that running Mavericks is eligible and able to run Yosemite as well?

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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Re: Part of HP Bloatware

"Something that just plays the stream you are interested in. Perversely, the MacOS BD player is a better option in this regard. Ripping the content away from the context of the rest of the disk is also a good option."

Let me rephrase the question:

What Blu-ray playback software would you recommend for the IT-declined people with their 'HP Laptops'?

PowerDVD and such don't require ripping or searching for the correct stream file. HP pays something for the these programs so that people would be able to easily watch films. If HP was to replace it with another BD playback software what would you recommend? It doesn't have to be a free solution, but it should be easy to use for all those masses who buy computers from supermarkets.

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Re: Part of HP Bloatware

"I removed PowerDVD from my wife's HP laptop the other day."

What Blu-ray playback software would you recommend then?

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Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

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Re: I don't really like Apple/iOs @ThomH

"On malware/viruses: I don't believe Windows has a significant security problem, it just doesn't have a gatekeeper. The benefit is your freedom to download a greater diversity of apps, the detriment is that you have to look out for yourself. Nowhere near every app with a problem has been some dodgy hack from a Russian warez site but you can be confident that Dropbox, Facebook, Desert Golfing, etc, when downloaded from Google or Amazon or equivalent, are safe."

See what I did there?

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Acer enters Windows Phone fray with cheap Liquid M220 mobe

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Re: Backing the underdog

"Xiaomi seems to be doing quite well with Android."

What is your definition of 'doing quite well'?

Wasn't there some news a couple months ago that Xiaomi is selling devices practically at cost with a minuscule profit (couch change), and that only Apple and Samsung make real profit with Android phones.

Had Nokia turned to Android they would have battled with Samsung. Could there have been really space for both of them to do high-end phones or would they both have endured a long battle with altogether less profit than what Samsung now makes since they would be having lower prices and/or even higher spec'd phones?

The Nokia organization was top heavy and reacted slowly to market changes anyway even if the engineers had brilliance. The company was doomed long before Elop developed his coup de grace.

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"I know this is an entry level device, but those are pretty lousy specs these days. I hope it at least has an SD card slot."

It is entry level, no question. The specs are quite similar to Lumia 520 - released almost 2 years ago. That model is still very usable.

The lack of an SD card slot may not matter since photos can be automatically uploaded to Onedrive. Of course one cannot install too many big games or apps or the world map, but how big of a problem that is to people who are buying a basic phone for €79?

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Seagate NAS owners: hide it behind a firewall. Fast.

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Re: You put your NAS on the internet?

Not putting the NAS on internet doesn't solve the problem though it helps a bit.

These device are likely on the corporate LAN and are thus vulnerable to malicious users. Patching is still needed.

This isn't the first poorly programmed NAS line from Seagate. The previous Blackarmor NAS line was garbage as well.

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'The troll stats saddened me as a human, but didn't surprise me as a boffin'

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"Yes. Mostly because nobody uses Microsoft's browser any more."

I certainly don't use IE and most of El Reg hacks and audience probably don't either but its 2nd place behind Chrome doesn't look threatened at all as Firefox usage is slipping.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Farewell

"Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human."

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Re: Aw crude

Honestly, microsoft should figure out a way to mandate that OEMs (or would it be some legal/licensing issue?) ship with clean windows installs

That'll never happen since Microsoft would really need to remove the Office trial version as well. And all those preloaded Metro apps as well (mail, news, weather etc)

Microsoft has the Signature program for OEMs that features clean installs. Never seen one myself.

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Re: novatech @linicks

I wouldn't buy any of those bare bone laptops from them.

The 14" Ultrabooks and the "Everyday" models are all 1366x768 and can't be customized.

The 15 inch "Pro" laptops sport the same resolution - you need a 17" display to get FHD.

Only the "High Performance" category has Full HD on some models and that's it.

Configuring a model to match Lenovo W540 for example will get a cheaper price but those Lenovos have a 3-year onsite warranty and they also weight a lot less.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: I think you'll find this is actually...

There's plenty of other examples as well: LOTR series, Return of the Jedi, Batman, Spiderman, Forrest Hump...

Makes the Greek economy look legit.

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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Re: Who has paid for the survey?

Does any Linux distro come without a browser? Should we factor in Firefox CVEs? Over 100 vulns in 2014.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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Re: Just take off...

"At least with Lenovo you just need to install their 'System Update' utility which will detect your hardware and download all the relevant drivers (especially useful when there are 2 or 3 different cardreader/audio/etc used in a given model) and deselect what you don't want. Pity the other manufacturers don't have something similar."

Uh, no. The other manufacturers do have something similar.

HP Support Assistant works with all their laptops and desktops. The HP Softpaq Download Manager is a very similar tool though a bit more "pro".

Samsung - Samsung SW Update

Fujitsu - Deskupdate

Dell - Client System Update App

ASUS - Live Update

All of these of course require some sort of network connectivity so a (W)LAN driver may be needed first. Of all the mentioned utilites the Lenovo System Update is easily the best solution, since it usually Just Works, whereas the others may sometimes miss some drivers for some reason.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Quiet news day?

You cannot say anything nice about Microsoft products without downvotes from Linux/iOS users. TFTFY.

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Give us a week to GUT Superfish, begs Lenovo CTO

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Re: I still dont get it.

"I'm aware that it has a higher resolution screen...blah blah...military toughness...blah blah...but still, its outlandishly expensive!"

I'm sorry but your post is full of FAIL.

You compare two mightily different laptops together and wonder why the higher-spec business model costs more than the consumer model. That Lenovo model you linked to is not even the current model.

Do you really not understand that for some people price is not the first or only factor when buying something? Why would you spend £700 on an ASUS when you can get an authentic Asus EeeBook X205TA for £175?

Are you driving a Lada? I hear it looks seats as many as the Jags and Mercs and has four wheels as well.

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TrueCrypt + Norton AV = BSOD, wail disgruntled users

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Re: Norton/Symantec Defined Bloatware

because Microsoft could care less about security in those days.

Windows 95 was a product of its time.

MS couldn't just come up with an OS that didn't have the backward compatibility for DOS applications. Since DOS was single-user without any security considerations, Windows 9x was pretty much the same.

If MS had just pushed their existing, more secure NT systems to the general public ('AOL users'), OS/2 could actually have been a contender since it was about as backward compatible with existing software. NT required 2-3 times more memory than OS/2 or Win95.

In retrospect, Win9x was a stopgap solution to get developers to create native Windows software and it paid off. Windows 3 already had its share of productivity software but no games to speak of. After a couple of DirectX revisions the games also moved to Windows platform.

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Re: "Who uses Norton?" @Peter2

"And 7zip's LZMA format blows RAR out of the water in compression sizes, absurdly so"

I disagree with the 'absurdly' part in your post.

I happen to have the free SpagoBI 5.1 installation package (1,5 gigs, 40k files of mostly jar files and js/html/gif etc) on this laptop I'm writing you, I decided to put your claim to test. (an i7-4600U with an SSD)

The ZIP file is 865M and took 3:43 to compress

The RAR5 file is 316M and took 5:35 to compress (512M dictionary)

The 7Z files is 304M and took 14:28 to compress (512M dictionary)

I couldn't select a bigger dictionary since my laptop had just 6 GB free.

The bottom line is that it wasn't an absurd victory.

"when you get to very large numbers of slightly similar files since it deduplicates."

Deduplication or "solid compression" was first practised by RAR in the early 90s, so it's nothing new. Tar+Compress/Gzip/Bzip2 does basically the same but since tar doesn't try to lump similar files sequently, and the 'dictionary sizes' in Bzip2 is small the compression doesn't get to anywhere same levels as RAR or 7zip.

This is all academic of course since RAR and 7Z aren't natively supported in Windows or OSX.

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"Who uses Norton?"

Well, Sam uses it.

Several clueless home users renew their Norton subscriptions without blinking but has anyone ever seen a bought and registered WinZip? I certainly haven't.

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This one weird script continually crashes Android email

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Re: " clock ticking on Google"

"Google can wash their hands of it all they want, but if this became a widespread thing affecting millions of Android users they aren't going to care whether it is on their OEM or on Google."

I'm not disagreeing with you. IANAL, but since Google provides free updates they are most likely legally "off the hook".

The IT declined masses don't know what Android is. Even if their current Android device was made useless by this malformed email bug, maybe they would boycott the manufacturer and change to Samsung/Sony/HTC/LG/whatever and the new phone would have a newer OS and woulnd't crash like "that piece of crap Samsung that crashed constantly" or whatever.

This is an issue with the Android ecosystem that OEMs are responsible for pushing updates - and have to go through the carriers as well, unlike Apple and Microsoft, who push updates without the carriers having any say.

Are you certain about WP?

Microsoft has a web page that lists the latest updates for all WP8 models in Europe. Take a look at the UK - starting with the 520 model all 5 carriers listed have the Denim update, except 3 UK only having the Cyan. The 620 has the Denim with 3 carriers, two carriers only have Denim. And this isn't limited to UK.

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" clock ticking on Google"

The thing is Google can was their hands of it since they have apparently fixed it in 4.4.x and 5.0, and they can just point at the device manufacturers who have no incentive to update their old devices.

I have at work two nice Android gadgets that didn't receive updates beyond 4.0.x IIRC: The Thinkpad Tablet and the pretty expensive Panasonic Toughpad. And because they have a locked bootloader I can't install a vanilla Android - they're as insecure as Windows XP these days. Should have bought the Windows 8 version of the Toughpad - free updates until 2023 (or whatever Windows 10 will bring if available)

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Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

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Re: Over a barrel.

So it's maybe $600 with a Windows 2003 server (minus the potential discounts the article mentions)

What's the going price for extended support for RHEL, SLES?

Are they offering any custom services beyond their original lifecycle programs for RHEL3 or SLES9?

Just asking.

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BLAME ENGINEERS: Workstation sales soar by 8.9 per cent a year

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Re: So where's the laptop

there's no such laptop. It's easy to spec things that are not available.

When laptops start to take 64GB you'll be needing 128GB? And in Apple Air-esque form factor too.

Consider the Eurocom Panther 5SE. It packs up to 12 core Xeons and 4 SSDs, though Complement the basic FullHD display with a USB powered Displaylink monitor for "easy" portability.

You'll still be limited to the paltry 32 gigs on memory but the GPU memory (16GB) can be utilized as a RAM disk.

Then again you could just scotch tape an UPS into a Proliant and carry that too.

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

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Re: Unfixable on server 2003

"This stinks of the w2k scenario where m$ wouldn't supply (iirc) dx9 which was about the era I got out of windoze in favour of unix."

W2K received DX9 and DX9 updates until 2010. Of the post Win3.1 versions only Windows 95 was limited to DX8 (because Win95 lost support before DX9), and NT4 was limited to DX3 - probably because at the time all the games were for 99% DOS and the rest for Win95 (or 3.1), and NT wasn't sold for consumer use.

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Re: "unfixable on Server 2003."

Same happened with NT4. Support ended in 2004 but the MS03-010 bug was found over a year earlier.

"The architectural limitations of Windows NT 4.0 do not support the changes that would be required to remove this vulnerability."

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Please link to your numbers @Flocke

"Last time I saw Microsoft's numbers, Microsoft scored 52/year (patch Tuesday) and the Linux numbers included every package multiplied by the number of distributions. I admit that was a long time ago and things have changed - these days Microsoft do not update every Tuesday."

"Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt"

Patch Tuesday is so named because the patches are usually delivered on the second Tuesday of every month. That's about 12 "Patch Tuesdays" per year. Not 52.

Since the Patch Tuesday was established in 2003, it may be better if you refrain commenting on things you apparently have little knowledge of.

Linux kernel apparently had 133 publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in 2014.

Windows 7 apparently had 37 vulnerabilities in 2014

These are not "MS numbers", and don't include the different packages.

Feel free to point the errors in this post.

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