* Posts by ps2os2

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Re: Are you my mummy?

The new Doctor is BORING. Time to regenerate and pick a Dr Who for the fans not for some unknown audience test subject matters.

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Compuware slurped by private equiteer for $2.5bn

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Compuware

Not a tear shed to them. They are bloated and it is surprising they lasted this long.

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Look out: The Far Eastern white-box boys are coming for EVERYONE

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Gartner

Gartner has been wrong so many times, why should we believe them this time?

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Re: BSOD

Won't the first nor the last until the sheeple move to LINUX.

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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

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1024 chickens

Now, how many Chicken Mac Nuggets come from 1024 Chickens

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Anecdote

To keep this short and to the point I have a disability that impairs by short term memory.

The hospital where I have all my testing done has now gone to a system which requires a 10 character password and upper/lower case and several numbers. I simply cannot remember this password. I told them so and it bounced off like teflon. I simply asked to have my record deleted and to mail me all information that they wanted to me to have. I have not heard from them since (other than my ID being deleted). I hope I am not missing any important information.

I suspect their system doesn't handle it well to have the ID deleted.

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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

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I would pay more just to stay away from MS (any product) , MS has proven with their software how unreliable they have been why pay them to gobble your data?

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What PC sales slump? That's ALL OVER, declares Gartner

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PC sales are up?

As long as there are XP licenses are available they are.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Lots of last-minuters out there.

One of our machines went belly up last week (XP). We went out and bought a new machine and a license for XP and reformatted the HD and installed XP.

MS is not going to tell us ho to run our business.

F*&^K off MS.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Facepalm

How do you think the TARDIS works?

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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IT Angle

Hot off the presses (or is it the Internet?) parts of the plane ere spotted in the Bermuda Triangle.

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Chicago cabs embroiled in debit-card breach claim mystery as bank tells folks: Pay by cash

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Re: Use cash in the US?

It's the same stuff that we use to pay off the politicians.

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

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Re: Someone really looked at the source code?

There is probably (at least on other platforms there is) a program that turns executables into source code. At least on one platform its called a disassembler. Even though you got the "source" it is terribly difficult (in most cases) to figure out exactly what the damn thing is doing let alone insert code. So in order to insert "hooks" you really have to know exactly what the input and the output(s) of the program to do anything sinister.

Having said the above MS would *HAVE* to give the NSA basic information about any module before any code could be inserted.

MS can also deny everything since they have the get out of jail free card as they have the "letter".

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From 0 to ERUPTION in 60 days: You thought that volcano was COLD?

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Re: It doesn't make you...

My minions are dressed in thousand island and they are tasty too.

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IT Angle

Re: Laser beams

How about a death star in stead. That will bake your peanut butter cookies.

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IBM's top brass forgo bonuses after drop in yearly profits

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Re: How about.....

Why not 10 percent?

Every year at the stockholders meeting IBM ask for complete autonomy in granting bonus money so why not 10 percent?

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One wonders if it includes the CEO. They tend to be exempt because of contracts etc...

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

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I will take his word at making the most money BUT.....

To hide the money from the taxman they then splurged quite a bit on NOKIA there by hiding the money from the US Tax man.

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

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Re: seriously though..

Isnt' ACME the same manufacturer for the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner show?

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Re: seriously though..

The NSA probably have multiple nuclear reactors in the same complex, who cares about some extra lightening bolts?

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Re: I know what's causing it

Filtered electricity ... have the tobacco companies approved?

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IBM gooses 'business class' mainframes with z12 engines

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FAIL

Re: Why?

MIPS = Meaningless indicator of processor speed.

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Who will Dr Who chew in 50th TV do before Matt Smith bids adieu?

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I am not amused by the current Mr Smith. I can only hope the next Dr Who will be more interesting.

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Big Blue cedes software and systems training biz to partners

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IBM has been changing its mind very few years on education.

The IBM ED centers have generally been top notched until the tried video (remote training). That fell on its face (I walked out of a class and so did others). AFter that they retrenched and went back to face to face teaching. Then IBM started sinking and now very few want to attend the classes.

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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

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Unhappy

Re: Coming to a wallet near you...

Why do you think that the big CC card companies are set up in Delaware or North Dakota (and other places).

The state laws are extremely friendly towards companies over consumers. .. I think AMEX moved to UTAH at least for their IT although some of it is in FLorida. UT and other states are notoriously anti consumer. That is why you would never want to move there. About 30 years ago AMEX moved their IT to Utah and there was a flood in market place of IT pros who knew better than to move there.

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Lenovo: Windows 8 is so good, everyone wants Windows 7

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FAIL

Windows 8

I have had three friend buy computers in the last month. 2 came windows 8 and 1 with windows 7. The windows 8 people just plain hate windows 8 and want to know how they can go back, FAST!.

MS just simply blew it face it.

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1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug

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Alert

Re: Windows XP Upgrade

MS doesn't really support their OS's anyway.

The big issue is OEM and if they are going to continue offering software that runs on XP.

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Australia cuts Microsoft bill by AU$100m

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FAIL

Re: Free Is Good

And you think MS is any better?

I think you have misplaced 20 or years of MS exposure.

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Commentards Ahoy! How about a Petabyte of storage?

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WTF?

Weight is one thing how about power consumption won't you need you own nuclear power plant to power it?

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YES! It's the TARDIS PC!

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Flame

Dr Who PC?

Well if it was really the TARDIS it certainly wouldn't run windows.

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Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review

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jobs not paid for

I do not know about the UK but in the states we have courts just for these types of cases. Each state has a maximum (usually 5,000 US) and lawyers (unless one of the parties is one) aren't permitted just the two litigants. Very informal. and the parties get to do a show and tell about their positions and a judge decides it. Small filling fee and in case you win the other party has to pay. Works reasonably well.

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Disney plans three Lucasfilm flicks EVERY YEAR

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Flame

Re: Watered down?

Worse?? How about Thelma and Louise do Darth ... (or Chubaka?)

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Judge denies move to ban ad-skipping DVR

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Devil

Skipping ads

I have a DVR and I never watch a show "live". When I watch a show and an comes on I have developed a fast forward flick of the finger.

I still get stuck occaisionally watching the last 5 seconds of a commercial. You know I feel BETTER!

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Mighty quake shook ENTIRE PLANET, broke tectonic plate

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Meh

Re: Broken plates

Only if its new China:)

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Ballmer: Win8 'certainly surpasses' Win95 in importance

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Win/lose

The main issue is that the consumer will be sold a bill of goods (screwed) and from little I have heard the lose2012 version will be available as landfill.

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CRACK made by quakes FOUND ON MOON

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IT Angle

Moon Quakes

OHOH... since we may have people on the mood permanently if Gingrich wins we better get AID money set aside for the soon to happen moon quakes. Maybe it would be cheaper to charge it to his Tiffany account?

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Will Apple set up shop in Walmart warehouses?

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Apple in Sams?

Who knows maybe Apple will force these huge discount places to pay their employee's at least minimum wage. In case you didn't know WALMART (and other) sub contract out these place huge place to companies to get around the minimum wages . Bah humbug Avoid these places.

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ALIEN ARTIFACTS can best be FOUND ON MOON

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FAIL

Lunar Desk?

Is that similar to a cloud desk only really far out (near the mens room)?

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EFF appeal win reopens NSA dragnet spying case

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Unhappy

The more interesting aspect is that now the courts have acknowledged that telco companies have immunity in this. I knew FISA was bad and this is just the tip of the iceberg. I suspect that NSA (amongst others) have their finger print (now blank) all over the telco systems in America, perhaps in foreign lands as well (England perhaps). The Brits (if it ever found out) will have their undies in a bunch.

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Anonymous shuts down hidden child abuse hub

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Alien

Shutting down child porn sites

This is one of those stories about whether the glass is half full or half empty and both sides have their points. Maybe the best option would have to sent the information gathered to INTERPOL and let them sort out where to bust the ring. Perhaps a country whose laws could accommodate the irregularities of the evidence, I don't know.

Maybe it would be called shopping of place to file criminal charges so that the most "damage" could be done. I do not know I am not a lawyer but I believe there are countries that do not put well lets say to fine a point of how evidence is gotten.

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IBM fails to keep Oz harassment case under wraps

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Meh

OZ harassment case against IBM

The only material question is if IBM did fire the guy and why.

If it was for harassment then its important to the accuser.

To be fair to IBM (at least in the US) the people are really protected well from these types of people who shouldn't ever have gotten promoted to a supervisory position in the first place.

One word to the correct people the guy would have been either gone the same day or soon their after. If its a close call then the guy (or woman) would have been moved out of the direct line of supervision quickly.

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Man charged in nude celebrity hacking case

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IT Angle

Number of Years

Prosecutors in the US like to trot out the numbers like 121 as a bargaining chip.

Even if convicted he will probably do less than 5 and more like 2 or 3 years.

The big numbers is pure bluff and is rarely if ever charged (and received). Its a scare tactic to the defendant so that they will plead to a lesser charge. Although it really comes down if its a federal case and the crime involved. There (depending on the crime) are mandatory sentencing numbers. Even then its up to the judge (in most case but not always). Of course if the judge is up for election and he wants to appear law and order type he will hand out the stiffest sentences he can possibly allowed to.

Its a flaw in the US system that some judges have to run for election. and have to prove they are "tough on crime" (usually in Texas or Arizona & Oklahoma) You know the type of states that can't wait to execute the criminals like the governor of texas who is proud that he sent over 160 men to death.

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Teradata adds hardware compression to data warehouses

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FAIL

Compressed data on drives

This is an area where companies have to be extremely careful as if the company that is compressing the data goes bankrupt the data could be gone forever and the government would not be very happy about that. The various government agencies that have rules could put the company that is an innocent bystander out of business over a dispute or financial or any other type of mis-management. To me this is a big red flag say stay away from such an situation.

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EMC exec flames El Reg

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FAIL

Can He Behoove his hooves?

He might want to go to a professional behoover and have the illness looked after.

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Microsoft cloud evaporated by one busted file

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re Exterminate! EXTERMINATE!

Well Its partially human.... The so called file should have a parser to catch errors before they sent out to various other servers no?

That should eliminate any human issue. No whether there is a check at each server to check for validation issues is another possibility. Its called check and recheck and then do a checksum.

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Blue Screen of Death gets makeover for Windows 8

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BSOD

Other OS's have something similar and indeed its not nice.

IBM (mainframes) at least when this it happens it tells you why and where to find (which manual) is the the wait state code and usually a smallish paragraph on what to do. At least with IBM you need to take a memory dump and restart the system (most often). What is different in most cases from MS is at least 90+ percent of the time IBM will at a later time help you diagnose the problem and most of the time supply either a fix so it won't happen again or with at least enough information that you can figure out why it happened (and it great detail). MS is just Tough S**** reboot and cross your fingers it doesn't happen again. No Problem determination aids no nothing. SO much for MS having reliable systems. In other words you are on your own, go scratch.

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Can clouds ever be fully secure?

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FAIL

clouds and Security

Security is an OXYMORON when it comes to any Windows OS.

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Who the hell cares about five nines anymore?

ps2os2
FAIL

5 9's

Well what can you do when you can't meet the 5 9's ?

Say it really isn't needed.

Like a lot of non IT people they do not have a slightist idea why they pay a night staff for. Where I work we come close at 4 9's . Night time is when all the batch work is done and there is a lot of it. One key thing that everyone forgets are backups. If you don't backup your data you are going to be in a lot of legal hassles the kind that the justice department (amoungst others) will shut your company down in record time. Do not ever try and argue with a FBI or SEC investigator they will have you in handcuffs faster than you can dial a lawyer. Oh yes and you must service your equipment and that is done usually at night when it has the least impact. Can you shut down a system while someone replaces say a disk drive or say a motherboard? Can you all say NO?

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Mystery railway buys 80 terabytes of Flash

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Joke

80 TB Flash

Well you know the Swiss would never buy something that has holes in it ...

Really sounds like the brits to me.

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Apple rumor mill predicts 'all new Mac'

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Yawn, Wake me up next year

Who cares what Apple may or may not announce. I am not an Apple fan boy like the other hordes.

Apple is on a downward spiral after they decided to go INTEL.

I did not follow that nor will I follow anything new put out by Apple.

They had a solid product and they deserted their base so now who cares anymore?

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