* Posts by Phil_Evans

100 posts • joined 11 Aug 2011

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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'

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Batman in the frame to take on Steve Jobs

Phil_Evans

How right you are

Even though you're a spoiler there, it's a cert that this will be:

1) A painful rendition of (another) marketing genius taunted by his ego

2) An overplay of his (sad) demise

3) Product placement Nirvana

4) Un-mentioning of all the other clever people in his success

5) and yes, vacuous, poorly backed, forgotten quickly but available on Netflix now.

I liked Kingpin myself.

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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Re: Hmmmm....

Excatly. It's a zero-sum argument that sees Microsoft wanting desperately not to continue to be seen as the 'last team player to be picked'. Again.

And I hate to think of how Windows is going to manage the address spaces for containers in the same way it's struggled for years with JVMs. The architecture will have to be a bolt-on methinks.

So another blade in an already large Swiss Army knife.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

Phil_Evans

Re: Get the butter

Ocean's Eleven Director Steven Soderbergh is on the other line - he wants to sue for plagarism.

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Re: What...the...fuck....

Yes and outside the f$cked up world of app/web/cool 2.0 you would be right. But in the hyperspace reality of tech-world, this is quite normal. It's *so* laissez-fair that I guess if you show enough front, you get away with it.

And you're probably right anyway - the programme itself is probably fluff, but it does give desperate managers a further stick, sorry, carrot to use in '360s' and Performance reviews. "Ms J S Node, have you thought about the benefits of delaying motherhood to a point where people will confuse you as grandparents of your children?'

Truth is stranger than fiction. And becoming more disturbingly so in this case.

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Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER

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Adverse Camber ahead...

"and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team has indicated that responsive images support is on their roadmap as well." This is politburo speak for 'we don't have an answer - yet - but now you've mentioned it, what a fab idea'. More evidence that the 'roadmap' for IE, so closely tracking the 'Surface' of another dimension is at best erratic and missed the whole multi-device idea.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Am I missing a trick?

Does the study take account of any signal contention? I swear that as the massed ranks of the One Direction fan club board the train, my healthy five bars of signal evaporates magically. Or would another Hogwarts metaphor apply here too?

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Given the Borg-like logic of Microsoft, merely the mention of Chrome will relegate the comment to the bin. IE precedes Bing by many many years yet it still goes on like a Celine Dion performance at Vegas. People tried Bing, hated it, laughted at it and these days largely ignore it. but with IE, MSFT is in some weird self-inflicting Monkey trap. Chrome is just sooooo much nicer and faster to use for so many people.

I expect though, that ceding to a foreign browser somehow makes people less tied in the desktop flavour underneath. And there lies the rub. Expect IE to continue to contribute strongly to the demise of the (consumer) Windows Desktop and the infanticide of Surface and it's siblings.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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And that's the key point- they rolled over because it's simple deception. There's no need to dive into the tech-obfuscation given by the Marriot group in their statement, but I do love the 'insidious cyber-attack' reference. Perhaps we should learn just how good their internal net would be against similar vulns. And what's said in the disclaimer section about such nightmarish things if read the terms of use.

It's simple highway robbery - your IP address or read a book.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

Phil_Evans

Re: A suggestion for MS

I suggest you may have missed a point:

4) They manage to wrestle folks away from Windows 7

As of now, MSFT's active code base is supported (in various cocktails) from XP, through vista, Win7, Win8 and soon Win10. Not mention the server derivatives too.

People have obviously decided that even if looks are different, Win8 smells like a leap to a new vista. they have defined their buying behaviours on mobile by ignoring Surface and Phone. Why produce more answers when people have stopped asking the questions?

Pah.

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Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

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Re: Roughest Beta release I've seen but was able to get it useable

Did you compose this in Nano? Gedit is now available on most distros, I'm told.

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: WHY WHY WHY WHY !!!!!!

"If BT pays fibre to every house as a general infrastructure upgrade it has to pay for it and recover the costs over 20 years."

Well guess what they've been doing with copper for the last 40 years? Making a loss?

Clever wiring work in the street means not having to build new ducts or trenches if you're stripping out. Per-capita cost is going to be far less than Virgin is spending at the moment (they DO have to dig the trench and put in the furniture).

Digging holes: Let's not forget that the STATE put in the massive copper infrastructure and since 198-something, BT has been milking it whilst selling us services atop that we have little option over.

'Line Rental' : If it's a 'service' then you would expect investment to be costed into that rental to give you the 'service' that post-Edwardians expect.

ISDN-2: When you pick a horse, be willing to buy a new one. Huge costs have been backing up in exchange architecture that seemed cool even after it was defunct. The rest of civilisation went ADSL.

Reflects our international stereotype quite well. Used to be clever, chose the tweed jacket, still wearing it.

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Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

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OMG it's the Matrix V.wrong!!

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

Phil_Evans

"That is the sound of inevitability...'

I'm just surprised that Wales has not been caught in the monkey-trap sooner. A Think-tanker's delight in a world of puff, Wikipedia is held up as an example of constructivism and education, enlightenment, even.

So as in recent years Wales has been crabbing into shot on more of the world's broadcast media, we have to assume that all this rumpus is merely the man saying 'enough' against the machine that has become his nemesis.

I admire his resolve in keeping it at arm's length for so long.

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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'Apple does not limit the number of password entry attempts users could can make when attempting to access their iCloud accounts'

Well that's a red rag to a bull then.

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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Then let's mention it...

'The Hackney Cabs vs Uber dispute was presented as one of the stick-in-the-mud Luddites trying to fight change. And yes, the Hackney carriage end of the market is uniquely privileged by regulatory mandate. But the reality that Uber is simply a cheap taxi company that doesn't bother with the whole "get a licence from the pesky municipal authorities" thing seems to have been overlooked, and should be mentioned.'

My Desk would give an edit to include 'corrupt, morally-bankrupt, screwed-down-tighter-than-a-snare-drum' characteristics that personify the typical Black Cabbie that I have encountered over the years. I've been Shanghai-d in Sarf London, bollocked for living too close to Heathrow and worse.

The trouble of with the Cabbies is entitlement. Generally the savvy ex-union shop stewart who laughs down his sleeve at the posh pricks. Armed with 'The knowlege' that nobody has needed since the advent of sat-nav. Squirting as much fuel through the injectors to make the meter work harder, idling to compensate. Who do you know who drives like this?

That 'license' bears some similarities to 007's in the respect of making a killing whilst barely containing contempt for passengers. It may be the same with Private cabs, but at least it's caveat emptor when you book one of those. The same for Uber as far as I'm concerned. If you're happy to roll with the blows, it's Uber every time for a cheap ride.

If you want to pay pay a exorbitant tariff whilst getting Rodgered by the cabbie's driving, get a black cab. That sounds pretty disruptive to me.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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More subtly - There's nothing new here

Yes, this concept that you pay for what you get has been around for years now and yes, you buy the 'version' you want to use (Like Office 20xx) and, well, use it without further concern.

What this article touches on nicely is the wonderful world of the commercial datacenter (read cloud) that has cottoned onto the idea of measuring what you are using. I see a growing facility with all wares where you can use pretty much what you like, so long as you pay for it. This is the meter of things with mobile phones today. You can call your Granny in Tihuana from Marrakech if you really want to and talk all day. You would then, of course be bankrupt and facing debt orders for the rest of your life, subject to credit worthiness in the first place.

So it will become(I believe a lot sooner than we think) in the world of software. AWS/Azure/other Cloud infra already allow you to ramp up as much virtual kit as you want/are allowed to do. There's no 'purchase' involved. No cost of ownership/capital shenanigans. And Office 365 and the ilk will be paid-as-consumed.

For hardware, well, that's disappearing and let's face it, slabs are absolutely devoid of installed functionality unless you're hooked up to Google on 'droid or Appstore on iOS.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Blame Hound

I feel really quite sorry for Tim Berners Lee. Mention anything remotely connected with the WWW and up his name pops like a willing dog.

Personally I blame the guys n gals (whoever they are...) who developed all that XML that presented, represented and stored all the guff. Or the idea that TCP/IP would be encapsulated into GSM comms, or the idiots that gave us IRC.

I am a Luddite of course, but unlike Zuck, Schmuck and co, Berners-Lee only created a framework. A fool with a tool is still a fool ('in petulans') and every market-maker knew this. Was it MIT who put an entire catalogue of learning online and nobody even remembers that it's there?

Earlier posters have it bang-on, Maslow's 'needs' do apply, but I'm not exactly sure if they are needs or actually desires. The moron contemplation that 'it's me and my mates' on the internet prevails and so long as there are cretins to spout, there are cretins who want to hear it. A bit like going to the footie. Berners-Lee should be congratulated for his efforts but also take it upon himself not to step forwards when the words 'WWW' really mean 'the internet'.

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VMware vaporises vCHS hybrid cloud service

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Happy

Any comments on the Semantics of tumble-weed?

Sirs?

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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Bang on. It's MSFT caught between the bases here. Where the Surface started as a (rather unwise) pee-ing contest with Apple's iPad, this new Surface shows an army in full retreat. The failure of the app store and the platform generally for Devs just underlines that the (new) Windows consumer (user) is now all but extinct. 'Droid and iOS have seen to that and a windows tablet for my kids would be the equivalent of your Uncle bombing the party.

Since this is a Cnut-esque device manifesto (all users catered for, one device) it will charm the idealists that follow the Microsoft platform as Winbois. For the people putting their hand in their pocket, it will largely go un-noticed.

The keyboard-and-tab fudge with a pen just reminds me of those Toshiba Portege slabs that ran Windows Tablet edition so many years ago.

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