* Posts by localzuk

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NetApp nails 11PB Oz supercomputer storage deal

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Re: 2 million?

Question is, how much of it is real, physical, storage? How much is clever de-duplication or other wizardry etc...

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EU bods Oetti and Ansip: We must digitise EVERYTHING

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Re: here we go:

Lots of people do follow stores on Facebook. There's a local café that puts their daily specials on there and they've got a few thousand followers. So, you're arguing against something that already happens.

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Re: Again with the savings...

I dunno, £23 per person is quite a lot of money. £23 is enough to get me to and from work for 2 weeks.

I've bought things from across the EU, and postage has never been that slow. It nearly always is couriered and next day is quite normal.

Recourse if things go wrong - now that's something that needs sorting out. Just knowing who to contact and where would be a good thing.

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Re: here we go:

A green grocer could very easily make use of social media - advertise their daily offers etc...

Newsagents could run a classifieds page on social media, and again show what their business offers.

Farmers - they absolutely could be using big data, for analysing crop yields and the like, to adapt to changes in their land, if they monitored things like ground acidity, weather, pollution etc... Many larger farms already do use such services.

Butchers - just like the grocer really.

So, no they won't all use all those services, but they could all use some of them.

I know of a couple of pet shops who use social media very effectively, for example.

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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@JHC_97 - the world we live in now is not one driven by people with degrees only. It is one driven by ideas and skills. Companies want people who can develop quickly, who can adapt quickly and can keep up with the latest technologies.

Sure, if you're looking for employees to develop stuff for $random_bank, you're going to go for someone with a bunch of initials after their name, its a way of protecting yourself. If you're a start-up, you won't care - so long as they can produce what you want.

Going by paper skills is a poor way of finding staff. I have no paper degree, but I could run circles around a graduate in my field. Why? Experience.

I'd employ a plumber who could do the work - I'd not care if they were qualified or not, so long as they knew what they were doing.

The computing curriculum isn't about qualifying someone to be a coder anyway. It is about giving today's students a grounding in more than just PowerPoint and Excel. Its about getting them to understand the devices that they so easily interact with on a daily basis, to perhaps be able to work their way around a problem by themselves etc...

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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Seems good to me

A nice step in the right direction.

Next up, I want an easy to use monthly subscription option for channels I want to support - like Twitch TV's subscribers. Entirely voluntary, doesn't affect the content in any way, but allows you to easily show support to a channel. The Fan Funding/Tip Jar concept is a nice one, but they need an option for recurring payments, and also need to roll it out further afield than USA/Mexico/Japan/Australia.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: Streaming? more like Steaming

I use streaming almost exclusively as my source of music. However, I pay for it and I can pre-populate music to mobile devices for travel purposes. There's no need to be using mobile bandwidth for music!

It isn't an age thing - its a "thinking things through" thing.

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Their explanation of lossless on their site...

Is as nonsensical as the rest of the concept. Apparently, parts of music is "left out" to make an MP3 smaller. Weird.

We live in a world where people buy crap headphones because of the name, so people don't particularly care about audio fidelity. The only people who really care about it are those who spend a fortune on their HiFi systems - and they aren't really the sort to buy streaming media. They look for AAD CDs and, quite frankly, vinyl. Not a large enough market, I don't think, to sustain an entire streaming company.

That said, if they can really sell the "Jay Z" or whoever, names attached to it (like the crap headphones) then they may get the "idiot market" too...

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Christ on a fucking BIKE!

@NotArghGeeCee

I'm in total agreement. The comments on here are precisely what's wrong with the IT industry. The people making them are an embarrassment to our industry and, as you say, to our gender.

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Assange™ lawyers demand Swedish prosecution files or no London interview

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Not good

I have supported his quest for proper treatment, but this has no basis or need.

Why does he need access to these files before someone comes and talks to him? They wouldn't under our law in the UK either - you get access to the documents at the "you've been charged" stage before court dates.

This isn't a good move and he has lost my support with it.

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Adobe: Flash, pah. Look, we're doing just fine in the cloud, thank you

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Re: Paid?

As far as I can tell, there isn't a "free" subscription available at all. So, I would be assuming that they're all paid for subs.

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Re: In the UK Medical Doctors aren't Real Doctors!

You are trying to create a distinction as to what a "real doctor" is. I am trying to point out that your grounds for doing so are flawed - the term Doctor pre-dates its use in the medical profession.

If you wish to diminish the use of the term Doctor for PhDs, then you should more rightly do so for its use in the medical profession, based on its historic use. Before medical doctors were referred to as doctors, they were referred to as physicians. It is MD's who have appropriated the term.

However, both ways of using the term are used consistently world wide. A doctor can be an MD or a PhD. So, the idea that one or the other is a "real" doctor is nonsensical to say the least.

Also, my use of colloquialism wasn't itself colloquial. You seem to be struggling with the English language a bit.

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Re: In the UK Medical Doctors aren't Real Doctors!

@david 12 - you might want to look into the history of the term "Doctor", as it is from the Latin "to teach", in relation to teaching in a university. It had no relation to medicine at all.

The use of "Doctor" for medical professionals is closer to a colloquialism than any other definition, as medical doctors already have possible titles available, per their profession: Physician and Surgeon.

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

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Re: They *are* just trying to keep us safe

@Joey M0usepad

You seem to think its about specific laws. It isn't, its about legislative creep. This stuff is in addition to all the other attacks on civil liberties. It all piles up, and suddenly you realise you're living in a police state. Just look through all the laws of the last 10 years and you'll find an alarming number which take away tiny bits of freedom here and there, but overall it adds up to a much larger issue.

Safeguards *could* be put in place, but they very rarely are, and when they are they are so weak or are ignored so as to make them pointless. Just look at the spying stuff. We had a court rule what GCHQ had been doing was illegal, but since people now knew about it, it no longer was. We have laws all over the place with "safeguards" but the safeguards are never as strong as the laws they are there to control. It barely takes any effort to change them.

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Re: Future, what future - They *are* just trying to keep us safe

@Joey M0usepad

Quite simply put - corruption. Sure, those technologies aren't an issue on their own, but when they're used in a blanket way, it doesn't take much effort to screw someone over with them. I've been on the receiving end of police lying about me, and of a concerted political campaign to clamp down on a peaceful protest. It resulted in my having to drop out of university, and my life taking a massively different direction - and that was relatively minor stuff they lied about.

On top of that, our movement saw the government make laws specifically to make what we were doing illegal. That being protesting. Injunctions were issued, new laws brought in. Its now illegal to contact 2 people in a business to complain about their business practices if the first one tells you not to call again - ie. you are harassing a business.

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Crap employers banned from enforcing backdoor crim records checks

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Re: And how many people...

I don't know about you, but if a company did that to me I wouldn't want to work for them anyway!!

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HP Services engineer dispatch tool 'broken', say engineers

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Indeed. Down here, 3G signal is a luxury. On most of the roads around here, any signal is a luxury!

So, something needs to change in the UK to deal with this sort of system!

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HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

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Re: Few changes but...

Precisely. Its a good looking, sturdy phone. I've had my M7 for 2 years and have dropped it numerous times, onto concrete too, and its only signs of wear are a small scratch on the glass, and a few tiny scratches on the back. Why spend all that time changing everything if what they've got is already pretty darn good?

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Good timing

That'll do me nicely, as my contract is up! Running the M7 at the moment and the M9 seems like a good replacement! :D

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

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Re: @localzuk - Give them a bit of time

Top broadcasters have thousands of subscribers on Twitch. Smaller ones can have dozens or hundreds. I voluntarily sub to 4 channels each month, as they provide hours of entertainment so why shouldn't they get some reward for it?

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Give them a bit of time

Youtube has had tremendous growth over the last few years. That growth costs a fortune in equipment and bandwidth. But growth can't go on forever.

So, with them introducing things like subscription services and the like, I can see it becoming profitable very soon.

I'm quite surprised that they haven't created a system like Twitch TV's subscriptions - ie. people can voluntarily pay a monthly sub, part of which goes to Twitch and part goes to the broadcaster. Offer silly perks, like special emotes and access to "sub only" pages and people do pay up. The content still remains free, but there's a nice steady stream of income.

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

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Re: Content and Style

@benched42 - really? Got Word 2013 open here and Word 97-2003 .doc is a save option? And our old office 97-2003 documents all work fine still...

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Re: Content and Style

Oh no, 680 MB. How terrible. It'll never fit on my 4TB hard disk.

Sorry for the sarcasm, but in the modern world of computing, 680MB is not something to worry about. I install productivity software here, specific to education, that hits about 15GB in total. Yes, its huge for what it does, but our users want/need it, therefore we install it and live with that.

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Microsoft: You want on-prem wares, UK.gov? We'll make you pay

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£1200 pa per laptop?!

I'd love to see a breakdown of those costs to be honest! Costs here are closer to £250 per laptop per year, and we're a full Microsoft house.

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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I don't actually get that attitude to be honest. Mac OS has many of its own problems which can and will slow you down.

My workflow simply has very little interaction with TIFKAM, and it is still possible to install a third party start menu if you *really* need it. Maybe its down to my never actively looking for and clicking icons - I always just press the Windows key and start typing the name of what I want - same as I did in Windows 7.

To me though, faster IO drives a real increase in productivity due to reduced processing times for various tasks that swap to disk etc...

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Windows 8/8.1, quite simply, is much faster than Windows 7. Disk IO is a good chunk quicker on its own.

So, as much as Windows 8's TIFKAM interface is infuriating, the core of the OS is pretty good.

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Debian on track to prove binaries' origins

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Re: What a complete joke

If you really want to check things like that, you have to check it yourself. The old adage "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't force it to drink" comes to mind.

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Microsoft to store deleted Exchange Online mails FOREVER

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Re: Yeah, no.

What part of "unless you set up a policy to bin them" is causing you trouble?

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Re: Some employers in the states have document retention policies

Not sure you understand the system. You can restore emails in Office 365 at the click of a few buttons. The system is already there, and people use it daily. All Microsoft have done is change from 90 days to infinite for the ability to go and find and restore those emails.

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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I don't understand the plan

Why did it require everyone to move to one monolithic system?

Why instead didn't it simply involve a new "style" framework being created, dictating page layouts, language choices, design ideals etc... which other departments then would've had to implement around their existing content?

Doing it the way they did might work for a small business which merges with another small business, but doing it with a government, with hundreds of different departments and functions, with global reach, stakeholders in every sector of the population both internal to the country and external? That, quite frankly, is ridiculous.

I simply can't see what the advantage ever would've been?

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Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery

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Re: Surely you aren't serious?

Battery storage for homes is a great idea. Where I live, we use very little electricity, making a monthly bill about £25. With a battery like this, and a move to economy 7 or installing some solar panels, we could drop that bill down to £10 or less.

Imagine it this way - every house in the country has a home battery capable of storing enough power for a day's usage - blips in the power grid would be less of a worry. Load balancing and capacity on the grid would be simpler and the cost of power in general could drop.

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Proposed US law could deal knockout blow to FBI in overseas cloud privacy ding-dongs

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Re: I had no clue..

The EU hasn't been silent. They are currently engaged in a thorough analysis of the problem, and whether the US SafeHarbor agreement is worth the paper its written on.

The main issue is that the EU bureaucracy works so incredibly slowly.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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Will always be a job for IT people

As new systems come into existence, those systems will need managing, configuring, debugging, etc...

Automation is all well and good, but it won't be perfect. No technology is perfect - it was invented by humans, and we certainly aren't perfect. So, those "non-perfect" times will require people with knowledge and experience to fix the stuff.

That said, just like any other industry, the number of people needed may well change over time. Where it'd take a team of 10 to manage a company's IT before, it might only take 5 in the future. That's progress for you. Lots of people lost jobs from the farming industry when tractors appeared...

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ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

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Re: Question

That kinda renders pointless having something as inviolable as the Constitution. What's the point in it if a bunch of judges, who are appointed by politicians, get to overrule it?

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Question

I thought the US constitution was the highest law in the land? Does it not "trump" other laws?

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French plod can BAN access to any website – NO court order needed

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Re: Re. Surpise, surprise

What? How does this have any relation to the article here?

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Re: Not so bad really

Who gave those random employees the right to make decisions about what content could be seen by the population of France? Were they elected? Is there a sensible way to appeal such a block? Is there a process to ensure the sites being blocked are only those which are illegal? Lots of problems with it.

Saying "not so bad" is kinda dumb.

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Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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Re: One teensy question

We already pay yearly for Windows, Office, SQL Server and SCCM here, under the OVS-ES education subscription scheme.

So, "Windows as a Service" is pretty much what I've got already, and have had for a decade.

Only difference that I can see is that the upgrade stages (ie. going from one version to another) will be less a major headache to do the deployment!

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Re: One teensy question

Proper management of updates by you as a user is important. Updates don't get deployed to my work network until I've tested them. There's no mechanism for them to be deployed by end users either, so the idea of a machine randomly updating seems a little odd - as it just sounds like a lack of management to me.

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

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The whole point - encourage new businesses

Thing is, the whole point of providing cheap, fast internet is to allow small businesses to start up and grow. I know in some areas you can get 100Mbps symmetric leased lines for, what, £4k pa, but those costs are very variable. Where I am, those prices jump up to £12.7k pa, and 12 months ago they would've been £19k pa.

Saying to a startup "pay ££££" is not exactly encouraging them is it? Saying "move to somewhere cheaper" is also not very encouraging - they might be based where the talent is. They might be based where their partners are etc...

No, what they actually need is access to cheap, fast, internet connectivity. Subsidies may be necessary to kick-start the availability in the area, but the outcome will be greater tax income for the government and improvements in the local and national economies.

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German 700MHz auction signals start of Euro spectrum flogoffs

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Re: Now I have to explain to my bosses...

Fair enough. 24Mhz of frequency is a fair old chunk to need for wireless mics!

It does mean that your equipment will be about 10 or so years old by the time the changes happen in the UK then. Not a bad lifetime for wireless gear to be honest! I wish our Sennheiser mics would last that long.

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Re: Now I have to explain to my bosses...

Why did you buy 700Mhz mics 2 years ago? The industry has been going on about it since at least 2010.

Also, Sennheiser will usually change the frequency bands for you for a fee.

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

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Re: Ted Cruz

@Big John - ah, so you ask for evidence and when it is presented (along with how to get more), you're not happy due to it coming from left leaning sites. What evidence would be good for you?

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US DoJ okays IEEE's patent troll BAN-HAMMER

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The trolls want to have their cake and eat it too

If they want their patented technology to become part of an IEEE standard then they, of course, will have to comply with IEEE rules. If they don't want to comply with those rules, then they are free to not include their technology in the standard.

Why should they be able to be a part of a standard and still act like dicks to anyone who then has the audacity to want to use the standard?

Those companies are free to try and create their own competing standard, and free to manufacture their own equipment that uses it. But then, that wouldn't work with their trolling business model would it? They don't actually want to do any work with their patents.

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Sorry, admins: Microsoft says NO new Windows Server until 2016

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Re: Windows? As a *server*???

Really? In 2015, you are shocked that Windows Server is popular? When you run a Windows network, the most efficient way of managing them is via, shock horror, a Windows Server.

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Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

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Time to develop tiny anti-air missiles

A micro-iron dome is needed I think. Combine it with radar sensitive enough to pick out birds from the air, and a deep learning network for target analysis and you might be able to stop drones. Either that or just get some farmers with shotguns on the lawn.

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Re: How much C4

As you can program drones to fly paths, so they don't need someone remotely controlling them, jamming would potentially be useless.

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'Linus Torvalds is UNFIT for the WORKPLACE!' And you've given the world what, exactly?

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Funny

People complain about Linus and his personality, but seem to forget how successful he is and his management has been. As far as I can tell, the Linux kernel hasn't been forked by upset contributors to a different project, and gained the same level of use as the original... Why? The whole point of open source is that if you don't like something, you're free to grab the code and do it your way instead.

The reason is simple - he might be rude, but he gets the job done.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Odd article

Consumers don't generally buy PCs because a new OS is out. They buy a new computer because they want or need one.

It isn't like the introduction of a new technology (eg. when iPads appeared). It isn't an additional device.

Businesses have a fixed rollout time usually, so new OS vs old OS isn't a discussion that's made for existing kit usually. They usually just replace PCs at the end of their planned lives, and prior to that the new OS is tested etc... The problem they have faced though, is compatibility - existing programs ceasing to work in the new version, so that caused them to hold back on the entire project.

If Windows 10 can run everything that Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 can, then there is less of a hurdle to overcome to encourage an upgrade.

We won't be upgrading to Windows 10 in our school until the next replacement cycle anyway, as there's simply no need to disturb our stable network!

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CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

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Re: Policy

Indeed. If I went around doing this sort of thing here, I'd be up in front of a disciplinary panel pretty darn quick and out the door shortly afterwards.

I technically, have access to the entire organisation's documents and work etc... But if I go accessing them, I'd be abusing my position of trust.

That's what the CIA did here - they abused a position of trust.

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