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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

Maiakaat

The organization who paid for the report is reportedly nothing more than another copyright protection racket (possibly also in the act of protecting medical companies profits on occasion) and has very little to do with consumer protection, or citizens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Citizens_Alliance

It would be nice if you presented a vaguely balanced view for a change

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Re: Hmm

Copyright infringement is not theft, it is copyright infringement, and it certainly has nothing to do with robbing large container ships, and holding their crews for ransom money

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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

Maiakaat

"designed to align the team and their work with Mozilla’s main product groups"

Management and PR speak seems to have infected the world

“This allows each team to better sponsor research and innovation for their products. Within those teams, staff are creating faster, reacting more quickly to change and doing their best work.”

The bit at the end seems to violate English in principle with a vague attempt to embed a compliment into yet more management rubbish

http://cbsg.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/live

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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Re: competent IT Staff

I think what you are really looking for is people who are easier to manipulate and control, a company with an army of young people is often a sign of weak management, and the tone of the comment generally stinks.

By pushing graduates in a particular direction you are making it much harder for them to then take different paths at a later date - as we all know that the employment agents/agencies pigeonhole you based on your experience, so you have to work three times as hard to then move in the direction you originally wanted to go in. Do you tell them this?

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Re: Hmmm

Don't know what you do to keyboards, but I'd say that's the exception rather than the rule

Mechanical parts are usually a point of failure in electronics

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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Re: Looking at the over clocking...

This is rubbish, it's because of the thermal and power envelopes, which mean less cores in use can run faster, and having a lower base speed is much better on power consumption as much of the time a CPU is idle for most users and can comfortably do its job at well below 1Ghz

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Re: @Joerg

It's easier to look at the footprint of Chrome with a few tabs open, far more ludicrous than the OS

Supported RAM is already sky high though, if it's limited it is by the board vendors not the chipsets or CPU, Sandy Bridge can support something like 256GB per socket in a workstation, so it should comfortably be able to manage 128GB on a standard machine

Also you seem to forget that gamers and enthusiasts dramatically subsidize the R&D so we can get affordable technology, without those markets we'd be paying double or triple, just like GPU manufacturers offload the R&D cost onto the professional workstation markets which is only justifiable by a cartel of support limitations on consumer chipsets, and a few disabled features

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Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

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They might want to fix what looks like thread blocking on some large websites (Ebay and Guardian) which is much worse once you switch to Windows 8.1, on Windows 7 you usually see this as poor scrolling performance

It doesn't happen on any other browser

Then perhaps they can address why Chrome needs 500MB of ram to do nothing, and as much as 2GB for 10 to 20 tabs displaying pages which are probably about 1/500th the size in content

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

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Legal experts seem to be the most technically inept I have seen, and some are so arrogant they assume if they don't understand something it is because you are inept at communicating and not them.

Hopefully the problem will be solved in about 40 years when current 20-somethings reach positions of power.

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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Re: still deleting posts over at EE's online community

I have this too after having a good service with t-mobile, and having no need to take out anything new

I don't know what they have done to the company but certainly ethics and quality have been completely removed since shortly before the 4G thing in both aggressive sales to existing customers and any kind of customer service or complaints procedure

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It would be nice if they responded to a complaint, such as the monthly calls by a call centre they have passed everyone's number over to, with operators who lie and cheat to convince you to drop your broadband provider

Lie one: We will cover the cancellation fee

Correction: Up to £100

Lie two: There's loads of benefits

Correction: Nothing actually specified

Lie three: We'll call you back in 18 months

Correction: We'll call you back in 1 month and lie more

Lie four: Its faster

Correction: Cannot possibly know that - usually slower

Lie Five: It's cheaper

Correction: Cannot possibly know without asking - usually the same

Lie Six: You get a really good router

Correction: We use a custom premium router, and I very much doubt it even comes close to matching its performance

Lie Seven: We're calling to see if you are getting the most from your contract

Correction: Were calling to see if we can charge you more or sell you something else we don't reduce contracts even if it is clear you should and are eligible

Lack of information points:

Fibre, 4G? Who knows

Fair use policy? Who knows

Limits? Who knows

The best bit is that call centre then tries to sell you a contract on a different network on a different call once they have your details, will put the phone down if you ask them to remove you, or lie and never remove you

I'm thinking of cancelling my contract just to get someone on the other end who I can actually get to listen about the conduct of their contracted sales centres

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Pull up! Pull up! Pull up! Ding ... HP ends eleven-quarter sales nosedive

Maiakaat

Destroying a perfectly good x86 business in the pursuit of bigger margins from software is going to destroy the company, and the race to the bottom in the consumer line of machines seems to be completely destroying their hardware BIS too.

The board and their decisions are an embarrasment

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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

Maiakaat

What about new support for remaining C++11/C++14 features?

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Samsung supplier halts assembly line amid child-labor probe

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I'm sorry but China Labor Watch sound like a bunch of idiots now, Samsung have stopped production at the factory, as they should and now it is their fault that workers (many of whom are probably underage) have lost their jobs.

I hate that China has such poor protection, and the way globalization is used as an excuse to cut jobs and avoid fair pay and conditions, but what did they expect to happen.

So what should they do, say its OK to the company? No, the company should be closed down, Samsung are not responsible for workers who happily worked while knowing kids were working along side them. If those workers have no protection then the issue is with China itself

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

Maiakaat

Retaining staff is easy, just pay them more as their experience grows rather than undervaluing them

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Whenever they say can't get the staff substitute with can't get the staff at crap wages

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

Maiakaat

One thing that continues to bother me is that an abnormal number of subscribers seem to think the router and hub are part of the same combined package and there is no other way, and thus think the connection from an ISP is rubbish when the router is even worse than the other providers. There isn't many ISP's who don't offer the ability to use a different router, and most of those that do lock to a type of device can be bypassed by a router that does spoofing.

It is amazing how many people switch rather than plug in a slightly better router first going from a first rate provider (when it is all working) to an inferior one.

And as for faults, virtually all ISP's rely on BT for that too, who always take ages and charge high fees to the ISP if it's not a real fault, hence the challenge of getting an engineer out from your ISP

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Re: There's only really two kinds of people doing VPN...

I think most ISP go for something < £20 (probably about £10 after bulk savings and other ways to get money back from tax and things), there is no way any home router delivered here was worth more than £30, and none of them usually make the top 10 trusted brands any more

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

Maiakaat

This is the first time plusnet have pissed me off.

First I haven't been guilty of having any of the problems plusnet talk about with rogue DNS

Second, the plusnet router, like the Be router is a bag of f*cking shit, it is horrendous, 10 minutes to boot, no Gbe lan, restarts or hangs as much as three times a day, obscure featureless GUI, so those of us with some infrastructure to support will always go to Draytek/Cisco enterprise class devices, and to criticise customers, many of whom just want a reliable connection, and who chose carefully spending £150 or more is a joke, especially as in almost all cases the problems stop, immediately.

Third, Plusnet DO have a DNS problem, very occasionally DNS lookups will fail, and this is f*ck all to do with having a hacked router, I haven't seen it in a few months, but they did have a dodgy DNS, which exploded with crystal clear clarity a month or so ago, so stop bu**sh*tting, you'll get a lot more respect and a lot more customers, as the service is very good

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Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

Maiakaat

Re: Your numbers are gone

If you compare bitcoin to a fiat currency -where it too has no real value, and then consider that the currency is printed out of thin air, digital currencies neither have more or less legitimacy than the dollar/euro

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

Maiakaat

Would rather have 4g than have talk talk as one commenter has said, how about getting yourself a new router (or move) then you might not have any problems

FTTC has been great with a decent router 45/11 on a 40/10 capable line, some niggling DNS issues at the back end of last year, but very minor, hopefully they have been pushed into sorting this out if it is still a problem for some

I long for the day when people making purchase decisions on routers at ISP's actually know what they are buying

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A Year of Code timeline: History of a HYPEGASM

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Re: Sounds like a great conspiracy theory, but...

really it's just political friends with their noses in the trough under the guise of helping kids to "code"

She could have taken a "1 day" course in her first few weeks in the job, is this is how serious she takes the desired outcomes? or is it rather just millions for the smart arsehole's who've engineered masses of future public contracts with the promise of a bit of positive PR from the PR government (over those who have the experience to deliver but didn't drift in the right circles)

That positive PR may cost software engineers already lacking value and respect by trying to reduce software development to a bit of web UI programming at most, and is likely to do nothing to advance software development beyond placing a sticking plaster over the mess of IT the curriculum.

I can see it now; finance directors around the country wondering why they are paying £30k a year for programmers after helping their 8 year old make a jquery textbox fade in and out, and halving the time allowed to complete the next milestone

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

Maiakaat

Looking at it, I can't help feeling whoever designed it did a design (physically) on a par with dirt cheap Chinese imports directly exported to buyers over Ebay from Hong Kong, rather than the ones that are designed and manufactured for vendors, by reputable Chinese companies

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HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules

Maiakaat

Re: @Lusty

What you've just done is demonstrated a complete lack of understanding on the rights and expectations under UK and EU law

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Maiakaat

To those who don't get why its a problem, lets be clear, no other hardware provider of servers with any significant market share does this, or has ever done this in my 10 years with hardware, and no consumer provider of hardware has done this for as long as I've been using the internet.

I think the EU expects that hardware should function for 5 years, which is how Apple got caught with failing devices or batteries or something after 12 months a few years back.

No company is going to plan to deploy a server for less than 3 years outside of the city, so the 12 month argument is rubbish, and as for disks, before SSD's came out they were all competing to offer a 3 or 5 year warranty.

HP offer 3 years as standard for servers, and even with a 12 month Dell warranty, the EU would protect you from design problems resulting in early failures (within 2 years) and provide reasonable expectation of functional support for its lifetime, which for HP is about three years, but for IBM it is five or more I think.

They have killed the 2nd hand server market for HP servers and effectively alienated every company and hobbyist who wants to get as much value for money as possible...

by running a new server for 5 years or more -with reasonable expectation that it will boot and provide expected performance with a new SSD-Caching RAID card three years down the line, wont overheat because it's running a firmware version HP shipped with a cooling glitch, and won't have anomalies accepting new iLO serials.

All examples of HP firmware failings

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Boffin talks WATER on MARS: Granted, no 'smoking gun', but all clues flow there...

Maiakaat

Re: it could be because the observations were made in the afternoons, missing morning moisture.

I don't think MRO was sent up with an arsenal of rocket propelled umbrellas and a precision targeting system

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

Maiakaat

I suspect your mother never uses the internet then, we replaced it within 2 weeks due to awful performance, awful features, awful specs, crashed several times a day under moderate traffic gradually getting wrose, took 10 minutes to connect to infinity after regular disconnects.

The BT Modem on the other hand is rock solid (which is connected to a Vigor 2830N I think and well worth the money)

I read an interview with an exec going on about how great it was that they found a £40 router with IPv6, which in 2013 is really not very impressive when coupled with a bizarre interface, a 100Mbps network and wireless G only, along with numerous other obscure or missing features, so I have no idea who chose the router or why, but I expect BT Home hubs are a bucket load better.

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Silk Road 2.0 busted! At least two arrests as federal crackdown begins

Maiakaat

Re: It's all good

I think you're overreacting a bit

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Deep beneath MELTING ANTARCTIC ice: A huge active VOLCANO

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Re: Incorrect...

Damn, I wanted to be the first

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Twitter-mad twits trade 14 million shares in BANKRUPT zombie biz

Maiakaat

It could also be a very effective scam (buy and then sell as Twitter shares for 1000 times the value)

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Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

Maiakaat

Element 119 is the item popular in UFOlogy, and only one with a very large nucleus, all these elements produced in labs are very light variations, and you need to remember this when talking about the decay and usability of a heavy element created in a lab.

There are a number of scientists who believe in the possibility of more stable elements, but they would have to be forged in some very specific environments, usefulness of them? who knows

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Nominet sacks freshly-hired exec implicated in hospital 'cover-up' scandal

Maiakaat

I'm sure she has a successful career option in HR ahead of her, making sure management are protected and employees are left as the scapegoats

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CLOUD TO SUCK UP ALL YOUR CASH: Govts around world slash IT spending

Maiakaat

Re: For the low low price of $1295!

ACM are making huge strides here, with a code of conduct, huge investment in real research and a program to develop their professional support, hopefully towards something which might resemble this in the future.

The membership is around £170 and for that you get access to a huge research library and a magazine that more closely addresses technical aspects of IT than any other industry magazine I have seen.

They outclass the BCS by a long long way, and are probably the closest we have to a genuine body of people who actually have technical skills, rather than spouting marketing waffle and charging a fortune for the reports.

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BSkyB-owned BE slams into traffic pile-up over 'unlimited' broadband lie

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Re: Good company though

"Paying for the 2.5Mbps upload never worked, the modem would re-sync down, even though the trigger for the resync seemed to be a dropout on the upload (even though the upload speed without the high speed download never had any problems)"

That should read that changing the upload affected the unchanged download sync (which dropped out), even though it didn't drop out at that speed with the slower upload sync, something that seems to indicate a fault of some sort

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Big Brother

Re: Good company though

Say goodbye to that now you with Sky, they'll push traffic onto Be's network from the massively oversubscribed Sky line and service will plummet.

Also if you've not used 150GB a month then you haven't got anywhere near hammering a broadband connection, I expect a fair few more letters and emails will be going out now the media industry are in charge.

Also Be delayed rollout of Fibre by 2 years on everybody else, took something like a year to fix the backbone connection onto the iPlayer getting overused (which still has problems from time to time)

Like many independent ISP's they degrade, and they are about to degrade a lot faster, I wouldn't let Sky anywhere near our home, and especially not near the internet connection.

Paying for the 2.5Mbps upload never worked, the modem would re-sync down, even though the trigger for the resync seemed to be a dropout on the upload (even though the upload speed without the high speed download never had any problems)

I switched to BT subsidiary plusnet for reasonable priced unlimited Fibre (including a genuine assurance from the docs that 300GB is not going to get throttled or punished), what is more the Fibre with its 8 times faster upload, and no definite cap (unlike BT), and no massive price (unlike the other performance provider at around £50)

Be did a good job for us all in all, we never got letters about the usage, but seriously, it's time to switch, very good ISP's never get better, and the Be you know and love died about 2 years ago when they stopped planning ahead and decided to cash in, Sky will destroy them (what's left of them after the subscriber exodus that has already happened)

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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

Maiakaat
Coat

Do the same for the Pro and upgrade the screen to ultra high res as an option and I can see with some further revisions of Windows 8 they would start selling.

I know this wont be popular

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Ed Miliband brands Google's UK tax avoidance 'WRONG'

Maiakaat

Re: What a brave and principled politician

I think claiming training costs is better than not training at all, which is a fundamental problem with modern capitalism, (as long as the training is training, that the company does lose money, rather than get trainees to do work for little pay and then claim tax rebates/reductions - as in the current exploitation of the terrible apprenticeships scheme launched by this government)

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

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Alien

Re: XBox One vs PS4

It's not that straight forward, developer knowledge and deployment on the platform is significantly more important for the first half of a console cycle, and who wants Sony with their even more arcane repeated violations of customer rights in the name of IP and copyright protection.

I don't understand attacking Microsoft on the XBox, it's where they have really excelled, supporting smaller and larger developers on the platform, unlike Sony initially, and it's clear the games are going to be made, so why does launch titles really matter for the long term success of the console? I guess you need some momentum, but it's not a make or break issue any-more as long as some big titles come within the next 4 months, and others are planned for release shortly after.

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Foxconn still flogging iWorkers, but more lightly

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Black Helicopters

And certainly nothing to do with neo-liberal capitalism

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Coat

"An insight into the nature of Chinese Communism can also be found in the report's “notable increases in the participation of workers in union committees and a corresponding decline in management participation in such committees”. And there we were thinking that a Communist country would have lots of workers on union committees! Silly us."

And there I was thinking a) that communism is largely miss-implemented, and abused (see Orwell and Animal Farm), that the socialist aspect of communism is largely not implemented (China is now a capitalist country anyway), with gains taken by those who hold the means of production, and not by the workforce, worker rights have virtually nothing to do with classic communism.

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Hunt: I'll barcode sick Brits and rip up NHS's paper prescriptions

Maiakaat

What it translates to is lots more money from healthcare software providers for all the pharmacists that need to upgrade the systems which interact with the NHS system at a huge cost (or pay massive sums of money -even larger sums of money) to get their own past the QA processes needed for interacting with the NHS system.

A silent way to further milk the healthcare system of money, only deferring the costs to pharmacies (many smaller ones which will then end up closing)

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Platform clouds: The hot battle for developers' hearts and minds

Maiakaat

Re: Development Tools for the next quarter century...?

Python

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Pirate Party wins seats in Icelandic election

Maiakaat
FAIL

The register's persistent right wing rhetoric is beginning to really piss me off, once apon a time it was a tech magazine that presented balanced-ish tech news, not one more rag full of spin to add to the existing pile of right wing shit to help pretend this is how most of the population thinks in the west to push people rightwards.

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Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

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FAIL

Wow the test heavily distorts the results, and it could be more indirect with less leading questions

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Are you being robbed of sleep by badly designed servers?

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Thumb Down

Well then they are ripping you off, I put together number of these servers with battery backed raid and all can be done for under £250 if you know how to bargain hunt (I did say auction). Of course if you go to a fixed price reseller who might say send soliciting emails to non tech savvy businesses, you might pay over £1000 for a G5 server kitted out with stuff.

The most powerful a DL385 G5 with 2 VT-x capable quad core CPU's, 16GB of ram, a VT1000 quad port network card, a P212 with 512MB BBWC and a P400 with the same, 4 10K 300GB SAS disks, an additional single boot disk for the hypervisor, this cost about £450 a year ago.

The cheapest DL140 chassis without disks I saw sell, had 2 Xeon 5160's and was £50, I've picked up a working P400 from the US for £12, you can even cut costs on the batteries replacing the cell and keeping the management electronics if you really want to.

The only think you need to be careful with is the disks, I've had 1 fail in 18 months from about 15, but I also learnt fast not to buy disks from people with ratings of under 50, and check every disk (3 Ebay cases issuing a refund), as some sellers sell working disks which fail on a full scan (this happened twice)

I've also had one dodgy server which went very cheaply, which I didn't check until it was too late, and all the signs were there that it was bad before I completed the transaction, along with a £12 replacement fan board expense.

Of course, the electricity is another matter.

If you care about the cost of an enterprise iLO license and are using multiple machines, then you can save a bucket load more money than that by buying pre-built usually lightly used entry level servers, replacing the disk infrastructure with something more capable, to build a small datacentre. Now though I expect something with full virtualization support (the i7 Xeons or AMD's not quite equivalents) would be a better target, at probably less than a white box.

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Sounds to me like your buying the wrong brand, HP have had basic Lights out via WebApp for nearly a decade at least as standard even on the lowly DL140 G3 (G5) servers we have, which set you back under £100 on Ebay at auction, and can be fitted with decent memory and raid (a DL160/DL360 G5) provides the disk performance by default usually for a little more, and 6 2.5" bays.

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Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp

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FAIL

I can't help but feel any lack of acceptance is down to the fact that she hasn't demonstrated any competence as a developer, and that is far more important than your gender.

I actually found that her using the term nerd insulting, it rubs me the wrong way in the severest of ways, as it undermines my ability as a developer to imply that are marketing and media professional see's herself as having the same technical skills as a software engineer or physicist, it reminds me of the Facebook I f*cking love science group, and the BBC article framing her contribution for female scientists, when it has f*ck all to do with science, and there are thousands of women and men who deserve a BBC article far more than that.

The worst aspect of this is that it undermines the real battle in cultures that genuinely do have serious issues, not just in IT, but in any profession.

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Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices

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Childcatcher

The main issue preventing transfer of manufacturing to the US/EU is the way China taxes exports of rare earths. Destroying pay and conditions in the US (and now the UK) is not going to bring about any significant improvement in manufacturing that relies upon these materials until this sourcing problem is resolved.

Apple should have cancelled the contract with the Company that charges fee's, not just had a word with them, frankly it disgusts me.

The people that think it's OK to work at 14, sorry, but an education is important, not just basic skills, but advanced or trade skills, people who have degrees cannot even get jobs in the UK, frankly that families feel the need to forge documents is a disaster, education is the biggest regret of adults, and these kids are probably being robbed of choice through financial pressures on the family, it is not OK.

And it is exploitation, as you can pay kids in the UK (16 year olds, yes they are kids) half the wage of a 25 year old (even with our minimum wage structure)

And 60 hour weeks, what is the point of living, it's not like these jobs are skilled and enjoyable

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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

Maiakaat

Re: Caps and throttling

I'm glad I didn't go with BT as i didn't trust them, although Plusnet is owned by BT. FTTC has lived up to its reputation for us, the enhanced upload is more important than the extra download

They do offer a premium option too for an extra £5 where you can increase the priority of your P2P and unidentified connections over other users (I expect the unlimited users get priority over budget users too)

I cap torrent downloads at around 1.5MBps down and 100MBps up as courtesy and only run them now and then every few days. Be were very good with torrents (our usage with them was 150-300GB a month)

Eclipse (3 years ago) were terrible, and Sky have recently admitted that they have capacity problems that are affecting some users quite seriously.

Plusnet are the first to offer an unlimited relatively unthrottled connection over fibre for under £30 which I think is really impressive (as long as it stays OK while the contract is running I'm happy)

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Maiakaat

I haven't seen many places where the service was so poor, the worst was an 8MB line connected over BT to a virgin non-cable service in Coventry, which frequently dropped out or paused, which is really surprising.

We are 1.5 miles from the exchange and still managed 13Mbps on copper with a faulty line of some sort which stopped the 2Mbps upload working.

Contention I thought was governed by the ISP (as you can have 50:1 or 20:1) where does this take effect? how does LLU based services change this type of issue? (honest questions, I don't know) I guess if this is down to a large distance from the cabinet, a cabinet a long way away from the exchange, or a really poor cabinet line it would cause these types of problem, but I really thought such severe problems were limited to more rural areas, and a few patches here and there.

Some of these might be resolved in the above cases by new cabinets or FTTC as it is rolled out more.

I still think a number of popular ISP's and the chosen packages are a major factor in a significant percentage of cases. There is BT broadband or sky broadband in just about every house/flat here, although it's low density buildings (in sim city terms)

I guess I can only go on my experience and generally I have not seen an 8Mbps line transmit at less than 4Mbps in most cases.

The engineer that fitted the openreach modem did say it was the fastest connection he had seen, but I didn't take it seriously given the Virgin and BT both have 80Mbps+ services in theory

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