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The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware

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#Dell / Equallogic

Customer here. Want.

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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Only an IT department

would buy this overpriced guff. Anybody sane would but 3 regular laptops and bin the broken ones as and when they got wrecked. But IT Dept logic says you punish the company upfront with high priced unsexy bricks that you don't want them having due to remote worker support hell.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Meh

Spotify from line out PC to back of 20 year old amp and 35 year old speakers. Sorted. All this other stuff - poorer quality sound for big money? No thanks.

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Universal Discredit: Gov admits Treasury HASN'T signed off biz case

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Only asking

Do the Treasury actually have any power to sign off the business case? Or is this just a storm in a teacup being fanned by those against the scheme? In most businesses the finance team like to think they have final say on what gets spent, but as long as you don't go over budget in your own department they can simply don't. Is GB PLC any different?

Suspect the usual case of fluffing by those who don't want the cost of benefits to be transparent.

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Re: The kids will never believe it

I'm paid to turn up pretty much.

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Not just parents

Glad to see it is not just for parents. Round here i psend half my life covering for 'working from home parents' while I get shafted with manning the phones and dealing with all the random stuff that happens in the office. Curious why my time is less important because I'm not helping to further overpopulate the planet.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Misogynist bilge from the Reg

'Rich bitch'

Really? So female students who live in university accommodation and who have sex are bitches?

Well done taking us to the 1950s Reg.

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OpenStreetMap declared ready for paid use after satnav app debut

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OK but

I'm just back from hols in Spain and the number of times I got directed to turn down a one-way street using OSM data with Nav4Free was a bit scary. Good at the price though.

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

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Cisco win

The competition to win the worst product of the noughties. Expect no less from people who design a phone interface that needs 4 presses to get out of the current (directory) menu just to answer an incoming call.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

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I used Chromium rather than Chrome

but then the lack of media support drive me back to Chrome despite the worrysome Google/big-media hookup. Same logic applies to Mozilla right here. They have to do it whether they like it or not.

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Enterprise storage will die just like tape did, say chaps with graphs

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Latency

They cured that yet?

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Cisco kicks off security kit/software/cloud combo

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All with

a bypass-all rule at the top for the networking guys. Cos this stuff gets real irritating/limiting real quick.

When I see a networking setup where the Cisco guy eats their own dogfood, I'll be sold. Not happened yet.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Still beats the alternaives

Yeah, Win 8 sucks. Alternatives? Overpriced walled garden Orchard or endlessly installing iterations of C++ / C# / PERL libraries in polar fish-eating land.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: Shame, Mozilla!

So members of anti-firearm lobby should have their professional lives ruined too for proposing a change to a constitutionally protected rights?

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Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

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RIPA 2000 Part I

'The interception agencies do not engage in indiscriminate random mass intrusion by misusing their powers under RIPA 2000 Part I.'

What do they do it under then?

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: so NOT putting lots of chemicals in your body is NOT ok then?

Agree they may taste better and be fresher. But not all chemicals are bad for you.

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Vodafone to spend £100m on 150 new Brit phone shops

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Great news?

So. A shop whose very foundation business is getting muggs into 2 year contracts for non-essential toys they are too dumb to buy outright. This is good for the economy? Pull the other one DC.

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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Plenty of free advice sites

WebMD etc - never saw the need for NHS website.

Much better is stuff like being able to book appointments, get repeat prescriptions etc online, which our local GP's place have started doing in the past few months. Actually some real tangible usefulness.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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A few simple tests of usefulness

Nobody seems to ask basic questions like 'is the software / content' useful against the backdrop of the curriculum? Can it offset costs in other materials such as regular books? Can work produced on the tablet easily be transferred to the teacher? Is the device management / lockdown good? Eyestrain issues? Device reliability / cost? Can it even print?

i.e. still blinded by the hypegasm of -give them tech and grades will magically get better-

They'd be better just to copy the UK and make the exams easier every year.

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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2014

Curious to know what the year has to do with it other than a cheap dig?

It is 2014 and there are plenty of Android exploits out there too, but it isn't deemed worthy of hack journalist cheap shots like this.

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Interview: Cisco's security supremo on the Internet of Everything

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Whatever the problem is

Sticking an £350 (minimum) Cisco security product in front of a 150p appliance is not the answer you were looking for.

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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Re: how much!!!

The question is more likely to be what old -must have- software have they been lumbered with that simply won't run on something more modern. Or the supplier is holding them hostage to something that involves silly-moolah to upgrade - before the Cisco/Oracle/consultant types all take their pound of flesh.

Often crapware is foisted on the IT department.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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I made myself do a blind test of a bunch of songs

Ripped some stuff from CD to a bunch of formats, including FLAC.intermediary file.

Played them back randomly and marked them.

The best to my ears? Windows Media Audio (Variable Bit Rate). Better, to my ears than FLAC or WMA Lossless.

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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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Re: An event horizon for economists?

Nah. Just too many 'safe-pair-of-hands' middle managers. Who will only buy ripoff Cisco and HP kit because they like crawling handcuffed into sacks to take a kicking. Buying commodity stuff without outrageously overpriced warranties or useless support contracts is a no-no. Safe is expensive.

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Nostalgia trip

All this talk of dirigibles largely appeals to the sci-fi fan's love of steampunk stuff. Not so sure these things are so appealing when we take our polished brass rose-tinted monocles off.

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

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Re: Dear Householder ...

More frustrating still is that when you already have the package, they give it away for half price to new subscribers. Existing subscribers, stuff you.

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Re: Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet?

Thanks. The single most useful post I've ever read in The Reg :)

Suspect it own't get honoured, but worth a punt. Wonder if the local curry houses can get prosecuted?

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France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages

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Renault

Next time Renault break a law, I'm expecting stickers across the steering wheel notifying us.

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Drunk

with power.

While I don't agree with google's actions, forcing them to display the ruling on the homepage is feels lscarily like an abuse of power. Bureaucrat willy-waving.

Presumably the French require petty thieves to walk down the street with placards round their neck detailing their crimes? if not, what is the logical difference here?

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

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Enjoyed very much

Surprised the PFY killed off the opportunity for amusement at the expense of others so quickly though.

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Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

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Trouble is

The people making the decisions on this sort of kit have qualifications starting with CC. No blue cable means no buy-in.

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Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

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Devil

Just say

...to Dell with it all.

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Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

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Does it automatically add...

...the endless list of hidden costs. If it doesn't - a waste of time.

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Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

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Dell's end of year coming up

Should make for some good discounts.

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

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More tools for blocking junk

As an end user I find an ever increasing need to remove stuff web developers are putting in. Endless tweaking of Adblock, Ghostery et al. to remove ads, social media slide in bars, EU cookie directive acknowledgements, newsletter sign-up popups, endless share/like widgets.

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Very few decent games for linux on Steam

So i don't see why I should even remotely consider this platform.

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

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Silly money

For that you can buy an low end PC (mini-itx Atom thing or whatever) and stick a wifi card in it. Much more flexible,. much less cash.

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Munich signs off on Open Source project

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And then

An excel spreadsheet full of macros comes in by email to the senior auditor.

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Euro judge flings out Cisco beefs against Microsoft-Skype deal

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Pot

Meet kettle.

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FCC greenlights Verizon buyout of Vodafone

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Someone got bought

Monopoly money

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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security groups and policies

PICNIC

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I want to play with VMs

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Depends

If you just want to try out various operating systems, set up test environments and the like, VMWare Player or VirtualBox running on windows are fine. Both have been rock stable too so the only real pain is the overhead of the background OS. They also give you familiar easy ways to access the filesystems behind the scenes, make backups and so on. i.e. for most home use, fine.

Want to step it up a bit - basix ESXi or HyperV are both free (I think...) but both more difficult to use and (esp. ESXi) create some hardware restrictions, quirks like access to VMFS etc. Only really for businesses or people who want to geek-out a bit.

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Dropbox dropouts and biz rebels: Stay in control ... inhale your own cloud

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Professionals are the problem

The problem with company supplied systems is that some kind of auditor or 'security professional' will get involved. Meaning you're going to need some kind of onerous PITA multi-factor authentication, a nasty frontend that is heavily locked down, and timeouts and security dialogues and frequent complex password changes.

That is why users like Dropbox.

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HEADS UP, text-flinging drivers! A cop in a huge SUV is snooping on you

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Motorbikes

Bikes would be a better way to do it. Filter between lanes and catch them at it. Sadly since the laws appeared in the UK, in an attempt not to be seen texting, people are now looking down at the concealed phone - as well as not concentrating.

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Cisco's reverse mentoring plan helps middle-aged managers grok Gen Y

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Anyone else remember Infosec a few years back?

The drab grey Cisco stand with a frikkin' juggler? This is the same.

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3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

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Motorbike fairing

The only plastic thing I've ever broken worth much.

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Riverbed: Market for optimising WAN is pale, sick. Let's switch to LiC

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Nothing new to sell?

Rebadge!

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Pre-ducted skirting board

For the money spent of the wireless speakers you could get pre-grooved skirting boards that could hide all your cables.

And they can look good too, not just plastic tat.

For example.http://www.wood-floor.co.uk/accessories_doors/skirting.shtml

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Acer's new Haswell all-flash Chromebooks sip power for less than $200

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Chromebooks keep getting better

The only thing making me waver is Google's tendency to take the axe to products or change T+Cs at short notice leaving users in the lurch. If linux is a possible plan-B parachute in case of Google changeomania I might risk it as a replacement for my elderly netbook..

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