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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

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Virtualisation

Many organisations will have migrated away from 2003/2003 R2 already as part of larger virtualisation schemes, as hardware consolidation became a big thing after 2003 appeared.

I know my setup is pretty small, but if you look at it as an example, we migrated from 12 2003 R2 boxes to 2 2012 servers last year. Sure, there was a bit of fiddling in between with a couple of 2008 R2 boxes around, but the bulk of the migration was 2003->2012.

Many organisations that I know of dived in earlier than we did too, and went from 2003 on lots of physical severs to 2008 or 2008 R2 on a much smaller hardware estate.

So, I doubt there's *that* many 2003 era servers still running to be honest.

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Re: @ Don Jefe

Seems some of the people commenting are still mixing up a decline in manufacturing with a reduction in manufacturing employees. We manufacture more now than ever before. We build more cars here now than every before. Sure, the companies aren't UK owned any more but we still do the work.

Also, @Don Jefe - your anecdote about not being able to buy advanced manufacturing equipment from the UK makes no sense, in a wider look at the sector as a whole. The UK also doesn't manufacture cheap t-shirts. So what? We do manufacture many other things. We manufacture heavy plant machinery (a heck of a lot of it) for example. We manufacture satellites! We manufacture nuclear reactors! Boilers. Cars. Pharmaceuticals. Aircraft parts. The list goes on...

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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Make a difference? Sure. Become a millionaire? Probably not

I definitely agree that I feel I can change the business practices of my organisation, and already have, many times, saving quite significant chunks of money. I also believe that if I try, I could expand some of that outside of my individual organisation and improve other similar organisations. (I work in a non-profit sector).

However, I doubt it'd earn me enough to become a millionaire. I wouldn't complain if I did though.

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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Waiting for the corporate bailout

When the corporations bail out the government and take over... Then we only have to wait a few decades until time travel comes in handball form...

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Re: Why would they do this?

That's not how their business model works though - they don't make devices and sell them at cost + a fixed profit margin. No, they sell them at whatever price they want to sell them at, with their brand accounting for a nice chunk of the price.

So, they'd have to actually devalue their existing markets in order to create any value in a new market.

It wouldn't make any sense.

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Why would they do this?

Why would Apple do this? Their entire business model is to get you to buy into the Apple ecosystem. Having a device that behaves as a tablet and a laptop would mean they lose sales in both their tablet and laptop divisions. Why sell a single $1000 device, when they can sell 2 devices for $1600?

Not to mention, I simply can't see a 'pretty' way to produce such a hybrid device. Sure the Surface looks good, in an industrial kinda way, but Apple devices are a head and shoulders ahead in terms of looks. Apple won't go producing some ugly mongrel.

Not sure about the CPU talk though. It really depends if they want to upset their developers again.

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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

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Those prices?

Highly unlikely they are paying those prices for the service. Large customers get a better deal.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Correlation/Causation?

From this article, it screams a typical example of lack of proof of causation, but that there is merely correlation between the 2 things. Does internet access drive reduction in religious beliefs? I fear the only way to figure that out would be an in depth study of internet users and their religious beliefs over time.

Otherwise, its basically guesswork.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: coding @AC 2014-5-5 SometimeOrOtherPerhapsElRegCanRestoreTimestampsPlease

@BlueGreen

You're right, I did ignore your larger point - as it was nonsense. Not to mention your claim that it is your language is demonstrably false.

Every language has rules. Without those rules, you don't have an effective or usable language. Yes, there are limits to what every day people need to know to use the language but people still understand the rules, generally. Its why we teach them in school.

Your basic understanding of English does appear to be lacking - to the extent where your message is warped and difficult to understand.

Think of it this way - web browsers use formal specifications in order to interpret web pages. However, they have an issue when they come across a web page which doesn't comply with those rules. So, they then have to basically guess what to do. You then end up with the things like the Internet Explorer box model problem, or you end up with a completely malformed page displayed to the user.

If all web designers and web browser makers followed the specifications properly, that would never happen and everyone would get to see what the designer intended without interpretation. The same concept applies to the English (and other) languages. Without following the rules, people have to engage in a lot of guesswork to figure out what you're saying and often, those guesses end up warping the message.

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Re: coding @AC 2014-5-5 SometimeOrOtherPerhapsElRegCanRestoreTimestampsPlease

"The spelling of english uncapitalised is by choice"

Sorry, what? You don't get to choose. English is a pro-noun, so it is capitalised. Simple as that. What next? Do we just use random case in words? eNGliSh?

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Re: RT?

For this sort of requirements list, RT would be my suggestion too. Massively customisable to do exactly what you want it to.

I currently use Spiceworks at my place of work, but it is incredibly inflexible and I'm starting to get annoyed with it.

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Right, Turkey – elections are over. You can use Twitter again

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Re: What is the fuss?

The fuss is quite simply explained as this - this was a poor attempt by Erdogen to control speech during an election period without legal basis. The courts have stated the ban was illegal.

In the UK, any such ban requires parliamentary or judicial oversight. No-one in government can simply go and block a site when they feel like it.

It used to be the same in the USA too, until they started letting agencies steal domain names from suspected copyright infringers.

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

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Re: Whining

I'm afraid that's progress though isn't it? If we're going to live in a capitalist society, we have to expect that things can and will change rapidly at any point.

If people want to live in a place their whole lives, the only real way of doing that is by owning it. Or by living in a rent controlled domicile. You can't expect to live in a normal rented place you're entire life anywhere really. All it takes is the old owner to sell up to someone wanting to build a new place, or change it in some way.

You also can't isolate the tech sector for this sort of thing, it has happened continually for hundreds of years. Cities grow because public tastes and trends change.

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Whining

I'm of the mind that "gentrification" is nonsense. People are moving to the area, and bringing money with them. This means new services will appear, it means improvements to the city through higher tax income. It means reduced crime (going by other areas).

It isn't some form of giant conspiracy. If you want that good life too? Get trained, get working. Cities do not just sit still. If you sit still, you end up like Detroit. I'm pretty sure Detroit would love some tech "gentrification"...

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Re: Multinationals

Greenpeace have multiple arms to their organisation (like many charities). Greenpeace Environment Trust is a registered charity in the UK.

Greenpeace Ltd is a company that engages in lobbying and direct action. Many of these activities would excluse the charity wing from having its status.

You'll find similar arrangements with most large charities.

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What companies can and can't do...

"Therefore a better target for Greenpeace's bright green ire could be the tech goliaths responsible for the countless watt-chomping desktops and laptops used across the world. Or, you know, those huge fields of factories in the Middle Kingdom and elsewhere."

The problem with that thought is that a company like Apple can control the way it powers and cools its data centres. Its a relatively "easy" thing to do. Compared to changing the way components in desktops and laptops consume power. Power consumption in CPUs and the like is usually a trade-off between performance and power consumption. Things are improving all the time. Intel can't control the power supplied to customers...

Also, one thing I'd love to know is an equivalent of total cost of ownership, but for green-ness. Its all well and good focusing on the ongoing power usage of a data-centre but what about all that energy needed to build the place, to manufacture the servers, to manufacture the backup systems and the cooling. We certainly don't want to be encouraging companies to go throwing servers away, thereby increasing their footprint.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Damaging?

Fantasy and fiction are damaging? Better stop them reading the Bible then...

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: So, OKCupid is entitled to their views

@JDX - "Not the same thing. He is personally against gay marriage. They are using their company product and brand to advertise their views. How would you feel if Firefox took a public "anti gay" stance?"

Sorry, so you're saying they can't use their own products and services to meet their own business aims? (To match people together, whatever their sexual orientation)

How is it not the same thing? The bloke they're complaining about publicised an opinion that goes against their values, both personally and professionally. They publicised their own opinion and asked you to change your behaviour, or click the link at the bottom to continue as normal.

If Firefox had a public opinion on something, I would accept that they're welcome to hold their views and it would help me decide which product to use. For example, I shop at more ethical shops - because the businesses engage in practices based on shared morals...

Not to mention, some people seem to think that it is actually acceptable to hold the view that a section of our society should have less rights than another, based on arbitrary details set out in an old book. What if we go and swap anti-gay views for anti-black views? Or anti-women views? Suddenly, it is pretty darn bad to have those views. Why is it acceptable to some of you to hold anti-gay views? It certainly isn't to me.

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Re: Rehabilitation

I find it extremely odd that OKCupid is being held to a different standard than any other organisation. The company decided to have a collective opinion - one that fits with their business model.

It seems here that some people are advocating the idea that businesses and their owners should not be allowed to use their business to express their views.

Also odd is the fact that people are attacking OKCupid for expressing that view, calmly and quietly, with an option to completely ignore it and continue using their services, but are failing to understand that they are fully entitled to do whatever the hell they want with their own services.

Its basically one view vs another, and that's about it. Looks like quite a few people don't understand the concept of free speech.

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Re: Rehabilitation

Its McCarthyism to have a view, inform others of that view, and ask them to change their behaviour?

Pretty sure it almost matches what the bloke they don't like did too...

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Re: Product != CEO

"Not just that. Every person is entitled to his views provided that they are not _FORCED_ on the other (and especially on his employees). "

So, OKCupid is entitled to their views and they're not *forcing* them on anyone, just asking people to change behaviour.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: There is no such thing as 'EU Law'

If a country fails to enact a directive, they can be taken to court and fined for it.

So, the outcome of this is that you're simply arguing semantics. Directive vs Law.

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

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Re: Comedy gold

Its quite funny that you see the USO as a monopoly when it is actually a cost to BT...

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Re: Comedy gold

Why isolate fixed telephone lines as the metric? Is there some magical difference between fixed and mobile telephony other than one being a cable and one being a tower?

Also, of course you're going to find the occasional area, usually isolated and rural, which still has BT only for fixed line services - no other company thinks they'll make any money there, so why would they invest? If BT hadn't been in that monopoly position, its quite possible they'd have no fixed line service at all!

In that area you linked to, they have potentially at least 3 different methods of getting internet connectivity also...

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Re: Comedy gold

They certainly aren't a monopoly now... People can get telephone services from a long list of suppliers (including mobile telephony), internet services from plenty also. You don't have to have ADSL for internet, you can have satellite, mobile or cable in some areas.

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Re: Comedy gold

You don't understand the concept of a monopoly. BT were a monopoly, for everywhere except Hull, where Hull Corporation/Hull City Council were the monopoly, as they bought out the infrastructure there rather than being absorbed into the Post Office.

Just because BT didn't have the entire country, doesn't mean they weren't a monopoly - customers in the BT network could only go to BT for service.

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ISP provided routers

Seem to be nearly always useless. I've had routers from at least 4 ISPs now, and every single one failed miserably. Orange's old wedge thing - crashed constantly. BT's original homehub - try doing anything with P2P and it basically stopped working, Virgin's 'SuperHub' - couldn't handle 3 people in a house using it so had to switch to modem mode and put my own in, and the new HomeHub - again, seems to crash all the time.

My solution for this? My trusty little Zyxel router. Just keeps on ticking.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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British Military?

Everyone seems to be joking about British culture, but there's plenty of scope for culturally British games.

Look at GTA London...

More seriously, there are bucket loads of FPS games that focus on US military tactics and structures, which is very different to the British military.

So, I can see this being a good incentive for some British fun!

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Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

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Re: Another shiny HTC, another poor camera

Have you used the camera on the HTC One? Its pretty darn good! A huge improvement over the Desire HD (I've had both).

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Re: Are they going to bother to advertise it like Samsung will the GS5?

This is their main problem - they don't have the funds to compete with marketing. Samsung's marketing budget for 2014 was $14bn! That's more than HTC's entire revenue. OK, that won't all be spent on phones, but it shows the difference between the companies.

What HTC really need to do is get the carriers pushing their products better. Give better kick-backs to them for selling the phones or something!

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Re: Wheres the proper keyboard?

Why comment about a phone with a touchscreen and a good camera if those aren't things you want or need?

The reason the phones with keyboards have disappeared? They don't sell in enough numbers to make their development worth it. They're a niche product, and for HTC, who are are struggling, they aren't going to waste time producing something with a tiny potential market.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Re: Erm... really?

@TheFatMan

Sure, at the moment they get the rice. But when they run out again after a few days? Do they spend the rest of their lives living purely off hand outs? Would *you* want to live like that? Or would you want the cause of their hunger to be resolved and not have to take handouts?

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Re: Erm... really?

Its quite surprising that so many supposedly intelligent people (I generally think of the readers of this site as intelligent) don't understand the links between global warming, the middle east situation, social justice and hunger.

Does Oxfam really need to just be sending bags of rice to people, and not campaigning and working to prevent the problems that cause hunger in the first place?

Why do places suffer with famine? Lack of food? Not really, no. There's plenty of food to go around. Usually, its some form of social injustice - such as war, discrimination, social inequality etc...

Sticking a plaster on a severed limb never really helps. Nor does shipping bags of rice to hungry people.

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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I shall take this opportunity to tell @Lost all faith that they are wrong.

Its "may not have happened" not "may not of happened".

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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Re: Awful lot of misogynists here

I have a view of equal opportunities but not equal staffing. Everyone should have equal opportunities to do anything they want. They shouldn't be discriminated against for any reason like gender, age, disability, race or whatever.

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Awful lot of misogynists here

The comments above typify the male dominated IT industry. Its pathetic. A woman makes a complaint, and everyone instantly comes and attacks her for it. Its like you're 12!

How about waiting for the investigation to be completed before deciding that this is just a case of her being over sensitive or whatever other pathetic attacks you can think up?

Not to mention, the attacks because she aired it all on Twitter. Where else could she go with this problem? Her account of the issues says that the company wasn't paying any attention/didn't care. There aren't industrial tribunals like we have in the UK. Her only outlet was to tell people what happens there and leave, or to go through the courts - which would most likely end up bankrupting her and turn even more people against her as she'd be attacking an "open source company".

No, what it seems like to me is that a pile of the commenters here think such things as sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour should be brushed under the carpet nice and quietly. Which is absolute nonsense.

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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You're a few years behind. The USB Battery Charging Specification Revision 1.2 allows for 5A. However, that doesn't affect standard downstream ports which are limited to 150mA (USB1), 500mA (USB2), 900mA (USB3.0) or 2A-5A at 5/12/20V (USB3.1).

The USB-C connector is a connector, not a standard, so it doesn't define currents and voltages.

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They don't handle data. And having them means having 2 connectors, which affects the internals of a phone quite considerably - ie. the phones become larger to support more connectors.

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eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

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Icahn is a short-termist

His investment plans are always in the 'smash and grab' style of finance. He wants to make a quick buck, and doesn't care if the company fails after that. Long term investments? Pah. Who needs em?

Its a moronic method of working in any industry, especially online retail.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: www = internet

Its an extension of the "Word is my PC" users who try to open every file in Word and get all flustered when you explain that a photograph isn't a Word document. Usually ends with them saying "I've never had to do that before!"

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Parliament network prang: 'Supplier done it', no Office 365 yet

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Re: Office 365 you say ?

Outside the NSA's grasp? How cute.

I believe the locations in the EU where Office 365 is hosted are Ireland and Netherlands.

However, the NSA have reach simply because Microsoft is a US company.

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Re: Huh?

Yeah, politicians would never want to watch internet video. There's no news videos, no politics videos, no corporate announcement videos on the internet... *rolleyes*

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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Re: Just a minute

A counter to this thought - can you tell me what *can't* be done on that setup? :)

Businesses want to make money as best they can, so in most cases, if you can justify why XYZ setup is 50% more efficient, the boss will sign off on it. Why wouldn't they?

The onus is on you to show that you can do your job much better with a different setup.

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Budgets? Legal requirements? etc...

So many reasons for it to be honest. But I'm going to go for a couple of them.

1. Budget - IT budgets in many businesses and institutions are well below what they should be for best productivity. Looking at my own place of work compared to my home rig. My own rig cost me around £2500 if you include mobile devices and the like. The budget here for staff workstations and devices? £1100 each. There isn't any more money. Ok, the server backend and the like probably adds some more to it but that is there due to necessity - things like backup and licensing which lead me on to the other point...

2. Legal requirements - Here, we have regulations that require us to keep things for many years for audit purposes, for FOI purposes, for DPA reasons etc... We also have a need for continuity, so backups have to be thorough, and things like redundancy of key systems. These things cost money, and therefore that money can't be spent on client side systems. If you lose your MBA, you've lost any work you've got on it that you've not synced (try doing that with a normal home internet connection and videos). Lose a work desktop, in any sensible business, you won't lose any work at all.

The issue generally isn't the fault of businesses - its the fault of suppliers making things very expensive or difficult to integrate into existing systems. I'd *love* to have a proper 'cloud' based system which worked across all devices and to allow staff here freedom to choose and use their own devices but we can't afford it, and after having given staff rights to do more with their machines for a few years, we can't trust our staff to comply with the law properly so we have to do it for them.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Re: Roll those eyes

Thing is, if everyone had them, it wouldn't be a big issue - a van would be loaded up with new stuff every day to do a round (kinda like, I dunno, a milk float) and dropped off every day. The delivery costs would be minimal.

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FCA drafts new rules to protect crowdfunders' lenders

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Re: Loan based crowdfunding sites?

Really? You'll find that most dictionaries list irony and sarcasm as synonyms... But then, you're getting into the realm of ''pointless arguments about what irony is"... And I shall be following The Oatmeal's advice on it - I'm going to do something more interesting.

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Re: Loan based crowdfunding sites?

Not sure this is the place to explain irony. But I will, in this case. "What's one of those then?" is irony - as I already know, and the actual intention is not to get a direct answer to that question. I'm using the question ironically to mean "the article isn't very good at defining them". Literary irony is basically sarcasm.

Maybe I'm not using irony entirely correctly though... As I suppose it isn't a direct opposite meaning, but I've always taken literal irony to mean "the use of language so as to mean something other than the literal meaning".

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Re: Loan based crowdfunding sites?

OK. Some people don't understand the point of my post so I shall explain it.

Loan based crowd sourcing sites are not the norm. They aren't the 'usual' way of doing things when crowd sourcing and as such they are relatively unknown. Therefore, it was use of irony in order to imply that maybe the article should have given examples of what they are for the casual reader who hasn't the foggiest idea what a 'loan based crowd sourcing site' actually is. A blurb explanation is ok, but people won't think its relevant to them or will think sites like Kickstarter are affected by this news.

But then, it kinda takes something away from the post if you have to explain the irony.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Missed the point?

Why are the EU trying to make out that ICT is a 'cool' industry? Most of the time it definitely isn't.

Sitting and staring at a screen for 10 hours trying to find the misplaced period in your code is as far from cool as you can get.

What it can be is fun, yes but more realistically it is more often interesting, its challenging, and can be well paid (but it isn't as well paid as it used to be).

Why aren't they promoting it on its actual strengths? Rather than trying to make out that women only go into jobs if they're fun or cool?

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Who loves office space? Dell does: Virtualization to banish workstations from under desks

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Re: Oddly content free

That's the thing though isn't it? Your network infrastructure should be built to provide the services you need to use. If your commodity network doesn't perform suitably, it needs upgrading to something that does.

RDP can cope with that, if you use the latest version with RemoteFX etc... But there are other options such as Citrix ICA.

Your best bet is to see a system in action. It can work, but it certainly isn't cheap to buy. It could, in the right circumstances, reduce TCO though.

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