* Posts by Phil_Evans

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Cortana Android beta goes public

Phil_Evans

The long night of the living dead

MSFT can not be discouraged from these 'must have' ideas. 'Me-too' is the only motto they stand by nowadays. So Cortana will follow a growing line of useless implements that everyone has already been using for some time. Like Bing. Like Zune. Like Windows Phone. Like MSN (although that was once very popular), like the 'Surface'.

All these items have made barely a dent in the share of other things/devices in the market. Yes, some of them are very good, but they are ostensibly re-invented wheels.

Of course, things people really want like good Office on Android, Skype for business and Sharepoint that works have all only really just reached the market.

What next - a new Facebook?

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Microsoft kicks off 'Windows as a service' with new Insider build

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Re: Compressing and decompressing pages

Squicky? Why...you mean (egad)...

Monitoring tools will bark at ballooned address spaces being used by these 'compressed memory' processed?

The same for the additional Swap (sorry paging file) being used to orchestrate it?

VMware and other virty 'dynamic resource features will get into race conditions?

That BSODs may be making a comeback where there's no address space left to un-compress?

Clustering will get fecked up?

...or was it something else entirely?

(if this ever makes it to WinServ).

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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I'd say it already is/has. It's just that a generation has swallowed the idea of putting their thoughts, feelings, bank cards, fetishes, desires, photos, location tracking, purchases, bank accounts and government-related data on their front doorsteps in a box with a rusty lid. How well we handle that will show quite how fundamentally intelligent we are as a species.

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Re: Moral Readjustment

"Time to change our culture so people don't feel they have to resort to deceit to get what they really want."

Good luck with that :-)

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Dell, Google dangle Chromebooks over IT bosses sick of Windows

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the alterntive to...

"A central console allows administrators to control the rollout of operating system updates, security protocols, passwords, and user interface changes on a company-wide, workgroup, or individual basis."

If I just swallow the hook on that one for now - The Windows world of fat clients and apps has made an entire industry out of something called 'SCCM' (it's version of the above, sort of). It makes a Quantum computer model looks straightforward and has become a behemoth monster as MSFT plug any bit of hybrid cloud into it. Something like the above that managed all those shitty bits like Citrix and profiles would be a boon.

But I don't believe it anyway. Managing a corporate estate of 75K Chromebooks would be a lot more complex than that. And that's the winning ticket to shoo-off Windows.

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

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Re: The shell is not the OS

You're absolutely right about the shell and the eyeballs. Unfortunately you are utterly missing the point that it is in the kernel and core subsystems that MSFT fails with Windows. Ever wondered why the same issues affect EVERY version of windows when a critical patch is applied?

Look, the whole shooting match was kidnapped from DEC in the early ninetees, then messed with further by Dave Cutler and Mark Russinovitch but ultimately hacked by children at MSFT and called 'NT'. They progressively turned a lot of functions inside out (eg, putting display drivers in the kernel address spaces) and other faux-paxs. It's because of all that chicanery that holes still keep apprearing in the core of the OS - no-one really knows that they didn't know what they were doing.

'NIX holes appear as NEW vulnerabilities and in the case of LINUX, engineered by people with personal reputations to keep up. MAC used to be the same too until recently, but then that's UNIX too.

The shell is just a playground - on that you're right. But as for 'hard' info for techies, and I mean TECHIES, good luck / break-your-own.

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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Stupid animals.

Sharks being farmed in Mississipi. Oh really?

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Citrix warns that Windows 10's Edge browser borks Receiver

Phil_Evans

Amen

Weeell, shit! So at the very end of one of the longest advents in IT history, Citrix sees an issue. Of course they've known about it for ages, so why talk about it now?

FirstIy reckon O365 must be causing more pain to them in the last couple of years than the threat of any new OS shenanigans, so maybe the excuse here is one of distraction. As thick/thin client relevancy wanes in the cloud world, so Citrix's raison d'etre dissolves too.

Then there's Win 10's new APK/windows Store/whateva package delivery with Intune/store/finger that (at least tries to believe that) devices are agnostic. Of course it's yet to work properly, but it has probably focused Citrix's attention back on the importance of IE and other browsers working properly for revenue.

And then, as indicated in this thread, there's pig-ignorance and complacency. Much like inventing Windows 8, but lessons are hard to learn when you're that big.

Good riddance, hopefully to a very expensive layer of badly maintained complexity.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Because in 2 years' time when you may be looking at a new device, the OS will not be supported. Here are some other great reasons you should upgrade:

1) Graphics for a new PC or your favourite soundcard and other (then deemed to be :-) ) 'legacy devices' will not work properly.

2) The platform will be un-supported and all your mates will be ragging you endlessly for lugging around a laptop.

3) You will have a virtual desktop for work since you can't be trusted with all your fiddling

4) You will be on the same OS as your Dad (See 2) )

5) Windows 10 is higher than Windows 7 and that in itself makes it better

6) Someone ate your cheese

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Don't suit up: Microsoft drops dress code for Android visitors

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And they are...?

"...developers would have no incentive to develop functionality for Microsoft services such as Cortana or One Drive"

Well, there hasn't been any danger of exactly that happening anyway, without this news.

If MSFT are playing footsie in a hope of widening appeal to 'droid devs and users, then that's just a tease, coz we all know that Windows phone is shite anyway. If it's actually early foreplay before submitting to the whiles of an Android-only app-i-verse then maybe there's 'potential' (as Julia Roberts once intimated to Richard Gere).

Maybe it's just an affair and we can all ignore it.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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And what does the past tell you?

That's a rather one-dimensional perspective. What about the cost? If we had spend but a fraction in recent years of the sum of UK 'research and build', we would have a proportionate share of fossil/renewable/fissile energy supply. And so make an easy transition to the least impactful supply overall. Instead, we under-estimate the cost of ownership of Nuclear as nations, but the private sector loves the dollar signs - so it happens. Renewables don't happen because no-one is interested in making a big enough investment in the technology as a whole. Renewables have the lowest cost of ownership.

ps: It costs 3 times more to de-commission a 'nuke' than it does to build it in the first place.

I'll get my fracking banner...

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Microsoft enlists fat-piper Equinix to pump Office 365

Phil_Evans
Angel

Lipstick on the pig

I don't remember reading the numerous outage 'the dog ate our homework' excuses put out as 'service updates' by MSFT that network infrastructure was in any way to blame for the bigger outages.

This is interesting but expensive flag waving that implies that we should take some assurance by Microsoft shoring up something they have no hand in (at least not now that they've outsourced it). If the network is so bomb-proof through this love in, then the room for excuses just got a bit smaller really.

I doubt whether Equinix will figure in SLAs for Azure other than 'the xxx team are working on it'. So a bit of a gun to the head if you ask me.

But nobody did. :-)

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Microsoft is BEATING Amazon's cloud revenues. Er, how?

Phil_Evans

Aerm, yes. All those powerful SaaS solutions that nobody wants, ok with the exception of Exchange maybe. Sharepoint only survives becuase its effectiveky the only PaaS olution for the Windiws stac. The rest are a pile of poo. The figures are just a jenga block of skus that Microsift has sold with cloud attach. And azure AD, that looks similarly dodgy at scale.

Lets compare apples with apples. That's another story, too.

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Azure Fabric Service is Microsoft's answer to 'microservices' app dev

Phil_Evans

Building another bridge over the river

Yes, it's me-too, catch-up stuff we expect from Redmond. But the perspective that having a me-too engine for PaaS puts you in the club of the entitled is a short-sighted one. Microsoft's neglect/indifference towards the likes of New Relic, Chef and Puppet mean that they have a bunch of mature middleware to drive the Docker and CoreOS incumbents, together with emerging support for Azure. Microsoft on the other hand have 'System Center' which still maintains that the very idea of managing a cloud infrastructure is a pretty cool thing. Yes it manages Azure (and notionally AWS), but it's code base is entirely Windows-based with highly simplistic 'UNIX-sysadmin' type APIs.

Sorry if it's over-geeked, but I guess my comment should be 'but no-one asked for it and even if they did, couldn't manage it'. A bit like Betamax, I guess.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

Phil_Evans

Yes, No

A sign I think of the simplest possible denominator arrived at from too many, poorly connected and direction-less 'stakeholders' homogenising a solution that meets tiniest parts of everyone's agenda. A complicated way maybe of agreeing that we see the Beeb as a solution without a problem in this area.

I would say, derived by young Auntie minds that don't want to offend the digitally stupid (if there are any) and regarding anything more ambitious as patronising (or more likely beyond their own capacities). Docker, Quantum Machines, Bio-comp, IOT could be some of the more dry matters on the agenda. Less of Stephen Fry's angst of Twitter and Grannies with Oculus rifts.

But I suspect it's actually the Beeb setting their own rather esoteric and largely irrelevant agenda that estimates we all think in Fisher-Price blocks of logic and need to be preached to accordingly.

Good article.

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Don't use Charlie Hebdo to justify Big Brother data-slurp – Data protection MEP

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Nothing to see here. This is old news with new legs - the UK govt had this at the heart of bids to various consortia who were chasing the E-borders contracts up to 10 years ago. At that time, consultants 'imagined' of intelligent gates at airports that would look for matches in travel 'manifests' created when people booked their travel though a regulated travel agent (so a fail with the 'regulated' for anyone who didn't want to be 'regulated').

The idea being that between boarding pass swipe and 'wheels up' on the plane, the local authorities would have the opportunity to call back a plane from push-back, taxi or take-off pattern and collar the suspects. Failing that, the Interkops could warn the destination endpoint of the arrival of shady said individual and so present them back to the authorities.

Of course, that's come to nothing owing to the massive costs, but still send the heart a-flutter when there's a disturbance in the force like said events in Paris this week. And it would have helped if the ID of the lucky lady that got away was tagged to such a system.

Time (and probably omore after that) will tell...

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

Phil_Evans

Best interests?

From said article: MSFT: "Specifically, we asked Google to work with us to protect customers by withholding details...".

So just like a 'free gift', I guess we are going to soon see a prOXYMORON server from Redmond soon where the interests of users can be better 'determined' by a NAT (Nefarious Attribution Table) component. Users' security interests can then be determined by another, more responsible middle-man. The proxymoron server would provide an IIS (Interests Intervention Server) connection on the user's behalf, blocking access to any malicious HTTP (Honest Totally Transparent Perspective) page that might be out there waiting to pollute your little Orwellian existence. Th entire Browsing experience would be seamless to the user.

Or they could just say they have a problem and admit it, together with an idea of when they can be arsed to fix it.

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‘Get off of my Cloud’ Verizon tells users ahead of 48-hour maintenance outage

Phil_Evans

Pie in the Sky

It's a big slice of the window to be eating in one go, but I guess if most of their revenue comes from contracts that allow this window, so be it. Heaven forbid that in the same SLA cycle they get an un-scheduled outage or need to apply another similar schedule.

Think of all those monitoring systems at Clients' on-site premises, busy polling stuff that's not there and flooding their helpdesks. Ew.

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Google Cloud gets 'snappy' with Ubuntu Core support

Phil_Evans

A latter Day Medusa?

"It also remains available on Azure and as a KVM virtual machine image for trying out locally."

So now Hypervisor (ok, over cloud hypervisor) AND!! Container host cluster strip

Just to keep the OAPs happy, I guess. MSFT better get a move on and trim a now rather fat -looking Red Dog (Server Core) OS into more svelte shape.

Ouch.

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

Phil_Evans

Control your media better.

The hard-pressed Movie Industry should make more of an effort to protect it's investments in the first place. Instead of plying wares on every available format, why not up-scale cinemas to stream content to screens just like the rest of us plebs? Why not just ditch formats that are so easily copied and prevent the revenue loss in the first place? Make content available exclusively as streams?

Oh, what was that? Most of your revenues are made on formats that are easily ripped, then posted to pirate streaming sites? Well, stop doing it then :-)

TV production is streets ahead of this, albeit with proprietary players but at least their production is protected better and then typically released on viewer ratings when broadcast saturation has been reached.

It's a decrepit old man (industry) shouting at the world. It (Sony, et al) needs new tricks.

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

Phil_Evans

Re: Still too big

Yes, who is JSON, anyway?

Actually the fundamental lingua franca of Cloud apps...somewhat important, wouldn't you think?

Or do we all go back to MySQL stacks running Apache with HTTP -1 ?

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

Phil_Evans

Re: Other people's pressures/expectations

..is a perfect example of the deeper issue.

That guy felt neglected. He was uncomfortable with neglect / had ADHD. And it personifies someone so unfamiliar with the reality around him that he is unable to deal with it.

My mobiles/devices are either off or ignored when it's my downtime. Even when it's my 'up-time', quality and priority of communication needs to be more important than quantity. I'm sure it won't be long now until we have a Top-Gear style bragging board in the office to see who 'has the most email in their inbox'. It's a badge of honour/envy for any youngster to aspire to...'LOOK at how busy/popular/important I am!'.

Lest we forget, the purpose of social media (to bring my argument into this century) is to promote exactly as many conversations as can be consumed. I don't know that anyone has been any more deterministic in its design than that, really.

Just hit the power button - it's your time - use it.

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Docker part 4: Microsoft CAN'T ignore it. Aux armes, citoyens!

Phil_Evans

History repeating?

was this not the promised land that VMware and Hyper-V were supposed to deliver? Well-behaved stacks on well-partitioned resources? And then the monkeys got in and made it all 'dynamic' and 'resource-balanced' or other such lies.

The fact that great chunks of Windows just stares agog at you (or a process) repeatedly and un-predictably means that this will probably be Microsoft simply kicking the can further down the road. What's the point in having a neat pile of cards (Docker) on top of a Jenga stack (Hyper-Xen-Ware thing) where the OS is getting back closer to the hardware it used to create such mischief with?

Now, were MSFT to (re)write (another) (failed) (attempt at) (a derivative of) Windows to simply run Docker, then hey, I'm listening. Otherwise, I have to serve a banqueted party with a Swiss Army knife.

But agree that it will take years for any of the existing investments to expire and that same time for alliances to form.

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

Phil_Evans

It's here already!

SatNav, social media, 'the' media, price-comaprison sites, ratings. All required by teens who have now lost the basics of direction, conversation and decision making. What's that? They already had?

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Docker, Part 2: Whoa! Spontaneous industry standard! How did they do THAT?

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Under-played, or future reading?

Great series, narrowing the gaps between what I think I know and mea culpa non-scooby.

I wonder if you're likely to talk more about why Microsoft is such a 'Yes Man/thing' in the pre-flight phase? I see the business model of a host of hosters dissolving readily under Docker's arguments since the whole 'host' thing become a bit of an irrelevance. Given that Azure now runs (almost) any flavour of 'app' that the hipsters desire, the need for the shiny expensive Azure stack itself seems redundant in the end. Same for AWS' Windows tie-up?

For Linux-hosters, this is but a consideration of consolidation, surely?

There may still seem a gap between what I think I know and....etc.

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Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then

Phil_Evans

We've Bing here before

Didn't the EU commission try to de-construct computing before by aiming their ire at the world's most popular web browser (as was then)? Then towards breaking up the company that owned the desktop?

It could be argued that Microsoft as the incumbent stifled the innovation of future browsers, but then again it didn't seem to help OR hinder Mozilla or Google in creating theirs.

Microsoft could have owned the search engine market at exactly the time that Google was getting started. as could Alta Vista, Compuserve, and a host of other carpet slippers at the time.

Given that most search engines are now buried in apps and federations, I don't see really what's to be achieved by attacking Google in this particular fashion. But then I am a capitalist.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

Phil_Evans

Re: At

..born out of the idiom of the Holywood blockbuster mould.

Remember this is a British invention so better categorised as an Ealing Farce...maybe something from Blake's 7 would be more fitting. Or maybe a skit on the cup of tea in the Hitchhikers guide maybe.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

Phil_Evans

It was them, sir!

Isn't it, though? A report that labours on the shortcomings, laziness, bureaucracy and incompetence of Inspector Gadget. A clear trail of missed opportunities that are painted as 'would not have prevented'...', um, ah.yer but no but, IT WAS THEM!! The organisation (Facebook in all but name) that shifts Petabytes of drooling and cretinous opinion on an open data network! *They* should have done our jobs. THEY could have prevented Rigby's death by telling us things.

I just can't find the words to describe my incredulity. Like they couldn't describe the characteristics of a duck when they see one.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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And another, it's owned by Microsoft. The company with enough Cnutish (for it is he) bullshit hubris to throw the stuff together 'as a service'. In case there's any confusion, 'service' can be quantified as follows:

1) Mobile telecoms " fuck-em! Oh and get them to pay, too"

2) Banking "fu...etc"

3) Software...ad nauseum, etc.

'Service' means 'that which you will accept for payment', not 'value for money'

Bring back OS/2

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PHONDLESLAB-ULOUS: Motorola Moto X Android phablet

Phil_Evans

Howww much?

Let me get this right - £420=good value. In 12 months it will be a free handset on contracts like just about everything. A sofa from Lewis's to the same value will still be comfortable after 3 times' that time, a decent push-bike about the same, or a pair (or two at a push) of Oliver Sweeney's.

A Moto attracts sniggers, not swooners.

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

Phil_Evans

Highly amusing

I noted that the article is without a breath of humour, but the irony conveyed is deafening. I haven't laughed so much in ages. So it goes...

1) We've done it, good.

2) Oh, someone else has too

3) Oh, it's us

4) Let's toss a coin

5) Let's do it again

Breathtaking and uncanny.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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<insert name here> Carrier booster

Surely with their heritage, it must be a 3/4G booster-box that doesn't zap you if you get too close? "Nokia to end the no-spot debacle worldwide..." ?

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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ISPs?

where do people sit on the obligations of ISPs on this? Always very quiet when it comes to finger pointing, should it not be they who should be given a bit more stick in the *propogation* of terrorist material?

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

Phil_Evans

Don't Panic!

Of course. Before I get trumped on the opportunity - The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy MUST be the most important work ever (if you consider the breadth (time-space continuum) of the subject). And it was available on an e-reader before anything else too, making it hip too!

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Microsoft's Lync becomes 'Skype for Business'

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Cannon and Ball

"Skype is undoubtedly a bigger brand than Lync"

Yes, I remember the cringe-worthy pair, Ant & Dec being the latter day Saints of said cause: "after they were famous".

So kill a brand that has outed more PBXs than anything else and replace it with a kid's toy. Great.

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

Phil_Evans

Blue Sky thinking

The last platform that MSFT has to defend the mountain of blamanche that is their mobile/device strategy is probably Azure. It gets little or no press yet is functionally the logical road ahead for the legion of Windows Servers out there today in biz land. Ultimately, the same infrastructure supports 'productivity' if the same is actually data and I/O

Whilst scampering around trying to out-cool the rest of the hipsters, Nadella would do well to nod to this from time to time.

It's also quite good. In an non-emotionally appealing way.

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

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You haven't accounted for being a clod, limey, brit, idiot. (that's all of us who end up paying nowhere near US retail price equivalent in the UK). Eg today:

iPad2 USD starting price= $499 = £313.75

iPad2 GBP starting price = £399 = $634.46

'go figure'

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

Phil_Evans

Re: Hackery

More to the point - was the comment accurate? Who would choose to associate a serious cause like Palestinian freedom with this ADHT-ridden posse?

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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No, I don't think you have. Do telecomms providers walk away from infrastructure under new regulation? No=BT. Is there elasticity of demand in high tech markets? Yes. Will the Mobile operators throw their hands in the air or merely (and collusively) notch up call rates to compensate.

This market is stagnant with little innovation, having become value-subtract data carriers. It needs a good poke in the eye.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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A 'little surveillance' gives you (I warrant) enough trust to walk outside your front door in the morning and face the world without undue terror (to cite a misnomer). A 'little surveillance' is what we as complicit citizens allow our governments to undertake in making us feel safe (like CCTV).

when you walk through said door, unless you quickly jump under a rock and stay there all day, your movements 'can' be known. I don't understand why so many netizens see things any differently...like expecting to police a society where everyone wears masks....I know, lulsec idiots and all that.

Saying 'I want to be anonymous' is a overarching proviso towards anonymising behaviour. From that standpoint, crime and corruption are but eventualities.

When I see a copper, I don't try to hide or run away covering my face since:

1) I've done nothing wrong (that I know of)

2) I trust them (within tolerances) to protect my interests. And my pancreas. You get it.

This idiot (for there are plenty about) is scar-showing to the media that he's a bruiser. Nothing more.

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Secrets in Seattle: Apple opening base on Microsoft's doorstep

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"It is also notorious for being dull enough to put a man to sleep, yet stimulating enough to prevent Tom Hanks from getting 40 winks"

That's most of Washington State ticked off then. I spent 9/11 camped high up in the Westin towers in Seattle and I protest muchly! If you count the city limit hinterlands of Bellvue and Redmond as dull, you'd be right. Downtown Seattle of a night sings to the tune of Blue Martinis and Tranny bars such as Polyesters, Cigars-a-gogo and more. With a local ethnicity of no particular bent, mostly coffee-coloured or Canuck, it's a real hoot. If you want to talk dull, think LA, New York or maybe Sioux Falls.

And I'm a Brit.

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'National roaming' law: Stubborn UK operators to be FORCED to share

Phil_Evans

Re: Excellent if it happens...

Yes and having now established both a pecking order and 'get awf my land' agreements with each other, it's time to remember that customer service thing in the back of the wardrobe. Time comes when the investor party comes to an end and it's time to start serving breakfast again.

Funny that when a market gets saturated, nicking each other's customers seems to comes well down in the list below screwing said customer. Or nospot wannabe customer. Or whatever.

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Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

Phil_Evans

Bezo's Bozos,

Matters not a jot really, fewer and fewer people buy PCs for home use now anyway. If they do, they're familiar with the fact that a climbdown from the latest WinVer only lasts a while. Win8 now has a start menu option/skin, drama over, move along.

For biz, it's entirely different and that's why Win7 Pro continues as an option to ship. Like my gaff, many BIG orgs are (in the good cases) in the middle of rolling Win7 from XP owing to the delays over the last (Vista) debacle. I would expect that when Win10 addresses the challenges (ie, looks and feels like what people wanted in the first place), we will be in the same position all over again.

And so the party goes on...

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

Phil_Evans

<sigh>

He must be thinking something like "I worked hard, studied some of the classics, went to the debate team, loved, lost, wrote some poetry, admired art. I helped build the pinnacle of technology for the masses, I lead virtually a nation of talented people and the biggest splash I've made to date is about my sexual preference". I say never underestimate the stupidity of a fool with a tool (like Twitter). Carry on.

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

Phil_Evans

Mind you're Bs and Qs ?

This is great news. Jobs shortage or no, I would be deliriously happy to be stranded in the power tools section of my hardware store whilst an e-gopher retrieved what I wanted from a shelf in the depths of 'plumbing'. Most efficient warehouses use this tech today, so why not in a store?

As for the 'eye contact and empathy' comments, I for one won't miss trying to force those herculanian tasks on most of the 19-yr old dudes and dudesses I try to engage with in such places.

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FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

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Akin Descriptor, no?

"mice are nocturnal animals covered in fur and not usually exposed to much sunlight"

young men have furry 'beards' (mostly), are largely nocturnal and therefore unless walking around in the nip are also not exposed to much sunlight. I want to believe!

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Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings

Phil_Evans

Re: Ubuntu is past its "useful" point

Lost interest in the desktop when Unity came along, however have found it to be a rock Solid HOST OS to run my virtual guests.

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Microsoft: Cloud-o-bile still only small slice of softening revenue pie

Phil_Evans

Re: hmmmm

I suspect you are right, Drone 7-of-whatever (it's probably not 9 I guess?)

PCs are dead. Ok, we're still kicking the corpse, but anything other than a cheap laptop doesn't sell any more unless you're an iMac-hipster needing to impress the girlfriend. So 'fat' Office is dead too I guess.

Tabs and Xboxes are toys until there is a compelling form-factor that out-lasts the current (yet dying) excitement that is the iPad/pod/slate/surface/slab. Both are seen as 'entertainment' devices meaning they are plugging the use cases for the sofa and home cinema/gaming.

For Microsoft to be diversified across all of these clearly isn't working and I see the cuts in the rot continuing. Now, becoming a main-line cloud player - that's different. Azure and cloud growth has gone from 'cool' to mainline and the growth figures are stupendous.

Re-imagining the dev and infra platforms for Windows (that is agnostic to the client) is a winning bet I think. The numbers hint at it at the very least.

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Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

Phil_Evans

Re: And with that a thousand smartphone backlights just went out...

In the world of the 'ever-new' wet dream, Nokia is a backwards 'legacy' device maker of things that are now completely useless. That's pretty much what you will hear from the MSFT execs when they pin their names to this.

Reality is that the Nokia brand is responsible for keeping a large part of the non-smartphone world communicating. A rock-solid (if ugly) operating system that underpins millions of service contracts. That we have blithely tried to copy with a brick called the NOKIA 130 and flog it instead. But let's ignore that. Let's pin our hopes on a market where there has been no real penetration of our OS. Let's pretend that the kids love it (a kid is younger than 35, right?). Let's kill the brand that has the most value.

Like a suicidal dope smoker, they just can't resist the last toke before they hit the ground.

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

Phil_Evans

Re: I did appear to be affected overnight...

Given that ElReg obviously put the intern on copy, mis-spelled places and all that, were you relating to "Hey, Preston! My average....etc" or am I too far west/south/soft/etc?

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