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Microsoft: We're building ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

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Sounds familiar...

"We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one, single converged operating system for screens of all sizes."

You mean like wot Canonical have been laying the foundations on for a couple of years now - one kernel*, one application package, multiple interfaces based on screen type?

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Ubuntu-convergence-shown-with-the-same-app-running-on-a-phone-tablet-and-PC_id52554

Except MS will likely still require their 'cross platform apps' to have the code for three seperate actual applications (WinDesktop, WinARM, WinPhone) in one package and it'll just launch the binary for whatever version is flagged in the OS....

Steven R

*pick your architecture, obviously, but you get where I'm coming from

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: top tip

Except it's not a £1500 computer - it was three years ago.

Now it's a £500 laptop with £200 or so of bits thrown at it - that a new £500 laptop would also need to be comparable, and still wouldn't be objectively better when you consider build quality and overall design.

People are suggesting that used Apple gear is overpriced. It demonstrably is not when you look at the bigger picture of build quality, upgradability, resale value, performance, etc.

Steven R

PS: Comparing a car that gets 45mpg with a car that will likely never get more than 30mpg and usually gets worse, eats tyres, bushes and brakes due to weighing 75% more - now that was stupid. No-one considers getting a large, powerful, heavy car over a normal hatch without looking at...that's right, the bigger picture.

PPS: Am I turning into a fanboi or something? *breaks out the garlic and crucifixes, hangs off edges of monitor just in case*

PPPS: FWIW I'd be far happier if those 2011 MBPs were £250, believe me....!

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Re: top tip

Actually. the dual G5s are still pretty decent machines for non-crunch video editing, image fiddling, audio production and SOHO server duties - and people will pay for working ones for spares for their own machine as parts are getting harder to find (which is part of the reason G5 prices seem strangely high for old tech)

And pretty much anything (bar airs) from 2009 to 2012 is fairly upgradable with limited tools - so a second hand i5 Macbook Pro 2011 bought for £500 (they are out there - check eBay) with a current SSD and 8gb RAM slapped in it would make an extremely portable workstation and would likely be good for another 5+ years of hard work. Try saying that for any £500 windows laptop you can buy at the moment....

My own late 2008 Macbook with 8gb of RAM, 2.0ghz C2D and SSD 830 in it is still extremely usable for VMs, photo editing, etc - to the degree that I don't see me having to replace it till it literally goes up in smoke, which it shows no sign of doing.

There's often more to it than just the price when it comes to older Mac gear.

(and as I feel I have to point out when posting these things, I'm a fairly recent Apple user, but far from exclusive to it - the Macbook is my 'roving engineer' workhorse and is the only piece of Apple gear I own other than a ropey old iPod classic I made from two broken ones that lives in my car glovebox to feed my head unit. At home I run an A8-3870/16gb/SSD830/R9 280/Ubuntu workstation, a Nexus 4 for phoney stuff, and I fix Windows systems and networks for a living - and I've been doing that for fifteen years, so I'm far from biased. Or rich...)

That said, bricking systems with a firmware update? Oopsy Apple, oopsy indeed.

Steven R

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Are you implying...

I can't really justify 10Gb till I get a proper virtualisation environment set up - which needs money, which as noted, I ain't got at the moment - although hopefully an interview I have on Friday may help with that.

I suspect when SSD cost/capacity starts to get closer to spinning rust, we'll see consumer 10Gb gear drop like a stone in price as more SMBs start using it, chipsets design starts ramping up, volumes increase, etc.

Until then, I'll stick to CAT5e methinks. It's a tad more affordable and I don't need long runs...

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Re: Are you implying...

TBH it's a tickbox I'd like to enable to make myself seem more impressive than I actually am to people on the internet. :-)

I think what I mean in NIC teaming (IE getting 2/4GB links talking at the same time) so that iSCSI stuff has more bandwidth for VMing on a 'thin client' VMWare/KVM/Whatever server.

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Same for the DS214+

That's two seperate platforms (412 is Atom, 214 is Marvell Armada XP) so that covers most of their range, I think - most of them either run Armada XP of varying grades, or low end Intel platforms.

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Re: Are you implying...

Ben, I've got a pair of 2TB reds in my DS214+, they seem to work fine. Fine enough to delivery porn to my desktop at gigabit wire speeds, anyway, and that's good enough for me.

Performance on the DS214+ is fine for my current needs - I may upgrade from 2TB to 5/6TB later in the year, and then replace the NAS with something beefier (and sort out a link aggregating switch etc) - probably from Synology again - that supports SSD caching, and then I should be set until 10gbe becomes a desktop standard.

Mind you this is all dependant on me, you know, having money. Which is short at the moment...

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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I can't keep up with traffic unless Queens Of The Stone Age - Go With The Flow is playing.

Truth be told, it actually makes me overtake everything in sight, but it's better than holding people up, eh?

Steven 'Steering Wheel Drum Solo' R

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'We screwed up' sighs Sony bigwig after gaming portals collapse in DNS cock-up riddle

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Re: Typical twitters

Bugger me, Ed - I'd love to claim that was a hyper-meta reference to internet buffoonery, but - whisper it - I simply had a brainfart.

Oopsy!

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Re: The three things the Internet is good for

And ordering takeaway without having to speak to anyone - that has to be a form of evolution in it's own right, right there.

Flying cars, my friends, are surely only just around the corner.

Steven R

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Re: Typical twitters

There are only two things the internet is good for. Porn and ill informed supposition.

And poor grammer - as I think ill informed supposition is actually tautological to an extent.

Anything else is hearsay, rumour, or heresy. No, not hearsay, heresy.

Steven R

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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"Go go Gadget fingers!"

....and that was number 452 out of 999 innapropriate things to say to a first date.

Number 454: "I've got three bags of quicklime and a shovel in the car, if the waiter takes too long with your order. Just sayin' like."

Steven 'The Love Guru' R.

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Redmond may buy security company it says is wrong about AD flaw

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Re: Or upgrade

Maventi, don't be silly, a wizard will do it for you at no cost and it will all just work by magic.

Steven 'not sarcastic in the slightest' R.

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Re: Or upgrade

Guess what, you fucking numpty - most SMBs have one or two Window servers and little more, and that still requires downtime when you have to upgrade a server to 2012 to improve the AD level because most of them don't have a seperate server to host their data/exchange/AD environments because they can't afford to have 2 servers + hot spare. This is true of most SMB environments where no amount of telling them will encourage them to spend more than £3000 on critical infrastructure because IT is a cost centre as far as they are concerned. They'd rather spend that money on staff, office chairs, transport budget etc as they tend not to have money leaking out of their rectums.

And oddly, most clients don't believe that $$$/PA for SA is worth it when they'll likely upgrade their OS when they replace the server(s). Because they can't afford to just throw money at the OS whenever MS have decided they can't be arsed to fix an actual problem.

Pull your head out of your arse AC, you stink of fetid shit, and everyone knows it but you. When you don't have a minimum five figure IT budget per year, this stuff matters.

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Re: Or upgrade

Yup, because software assurance is free. Fuckwit.

And as for AD upgrades not requiring downtime - that's a dubious statement at best. Especially in the SoHo-SMB space where you're unlikely to have multiple servers to balance out the load while the operating system upgrade is ongoing - and that's after you've moved any data shares, exchange, etc off the server(s) you need to upgrade. Because new servers aren't free either.

Typical MS (as it's pretty much established that AC is a shill - or just utterly deluded) - absolutely no concern for anyone but the enterprise.

Steven R

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Re: Or upgrade

Yup, I'll just run that Server2012 upgrade for my clients for free. Oh, hold on, Server 2012 *costs money*. As does my time, and the companies downtime while I do it.

Moron.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Chewie back?

Because waving your arms around and having gargling noises dubbed over you takes true dedication to the thespian arts than only a few, the rarest of the rare, the finest actors known to man can manage?

Or they could just get any tall guy who can follow directions, you know.

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

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Re: Try driving from LA to SF without a pit stop

Yup, a 150-200 mile range is about what I get out of my Puma if I utterly hammer it - more like 300 if I pootle along at 70-80 (km/h, officer).

A range like that on a moderate cruise is fine for most I'd say - enough to get a few days use out of it for the average joe. Not enough for a rep, but then nothing electric ever will be till they perfect the 15min-300mile top up.

Steven R

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WiGag war: Tiny low-power chip promises mobes 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi

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Pff..

"It's a tradeoff between cost and performance in the early stages of the market," he said. "You remember when 802.11n came out the first products were simple 2x2 antenna systems."

Most non-premium consumer gear is still barely that...

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Re: Dammit Lester!

Lyndon, I'm an upvote whore, I'll take them from anyone, even GHCQ.

On the subject of things that make you poo in extremis, I recently discovered that crushed chillis, while an excellent way to make almost anything utterly delicous, are rather like a good whiskey - not to be enjoyed too much on a worknight.

That day at work after that four cheese and a fistful of chilli dinner was an excrutiating one.

I'm 32, I should know these things by now...

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Re: Dammit Lester!

"I want a shrimp taco now......why doesn't the UK understand the importance of mexican food?"

In the UK, we have laxatives.

(apologies)

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Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

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Because the Nokia staffers might have differing opinions to the incumbent MS staff, and so must be sacrificed for The Greater Good.

"The Greater Good!"

"Oh, will you stop that??"

Steven R

(possilble double post, can't edit my previous version with poor speelung...

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Its a shame really

And the trailers. Don't forget the twenty minutes of trailers.

I went to the cinema for the first time in a decade to see The Hobbit with some friends (they're major geeks, but I thought I'd tag along). After about ten minutes of pish, I nearly walked out.

I eventually stuck around and the whole experience (once I got past my existing issues with anxiety etc...) was a bit lacklustre. Don't think I'll bother again, frankly. If I want to spend money to be made uncomfortable, there are far better ways of doing it.

Steven R

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Re: London Pride soars to 28,000m

Pride is perfectly drinkable, but I must admit a preference for the delicious rocket fuel that is Riggwelter.

I could drink that stuff all night if it didn't make me fall over so quickly. For drinking all night, Brakspear BItter is ideal - tasty, but mild. You can do seven pints in three hours and still walk home on it.

Ah, ale, how I love thee.

*necks old speckled hen from the can*

Steven R

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Faulty logic

Good point in all fairness, but the overblown way in which she makes it, throwing other accusations around is childish and stupid. That's not sexist, that's objective assessment.

If she wants to be taken seriously (which presumably, being a feminist and given the subject matter, she would) then she might want to work on her presentation and argument skills. She could be male, female, black, white, whatever - the comment comes across as being from a gobby kid, shouting out anything to get attention - the irony being it doesn't *require* that sort of behaviour as the point is already perfectly valid and worthy of debate/questioning/attention.

Again, all IMHO, etc.

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Faulty logic

"My hypothesis was correct: the reason I cannot use the word clit is because Apple is so entrenched with sexism and misogyny, and frankly, is terrified of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure."

No, it just means their horrible prudes with misguided (probably lawyer backed) policies on allowing words to be cut into the devices that will be on public show. I'm not sure how not allowing the word clit to be inscribed immediately means that they fear womens bodies.

I mean, she has a pretty good point about the rather strange lack of equality on this (even if it is a bit niche), but fuck me, lose the jingoism, it makes you look like you have a mental age of twelve, which is no way to get your argument across.

All IMHO of course.

Steven "I don't fear womens bodies and sexuality, I'm just fat and ugly and don't get any" R.

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Re: "Adobe Flash Player was the most insecure program installed on UK computer users PCs"

"YouTube still requires Flash even if you have a HTML5 capable browser... Does anyone know why?"

You answer your own question with this:

" But many of the websites hosting games force you to use Flash, and with all the popup ads to dodgy Ad brokers,"

Implementing inline ads (and, additionally, encryption on streams for DRM) is tricky with HTML5 video, and the DRM part is poltically sensitive as they 'need' proprietary stuff in there which (rightly) sticks in the craw of the open source peeps - Mozilla, IIRC, eventually capitualated, but large chunks of the Linux world can't include that sort of thing by default.

In short it's all down to those slimy cunts in marketing and advertising - as it usually is. Come the revolution, and all that.

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It's more like Alien Vs Predator - no matter who wins, we lose.

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It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod

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Re: Major downside

Evil Auditor, just admit that you left me out of the BCC when the meeting was arranged.

I'm off to find me a floozy.

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Re: If only

Sounds like a great idea, but if the meeting is going very slowly, you jerking in your chair, shouting "FUUUCK" and dribbling slightly every ten minutes might make you a subject of suspicion.

It would, at the very least, make it more interesting for everyone else, though!

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Re: Major downside

I work in IT, I'm legally not allowed to have a missus.

Hold on....eh? What's that you say...When the hell did that change? When were you all going to tell me? THAT'S NOT FUNNY*.

Steven "certifiably single" R.

*I knew I nicked that from somewhere - futurama clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgwlJIo0In0&feature=kp

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Major downside

If it's a saturday morning, you forget to reset the devices alarm, sleep through the initial warnings and are.....exercising your wrist...(don't look at me like that, you all do it)...

Well. some might enjoy it, but I think I'll stick to paying by the quarter hour for that stuff where I can have a safe word.

Computers don't have safe words....

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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

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"Mr MKBHD writes that he is "pumped" for the release of the iPhone 6, which we're hoping means he will be more ambitious in his choice of weaponry for the next video."

I immediately misread that as hoping he wasn't getting too enthusiastic* about the prospect of getting one.

My mind is broken today, I think.

Steven R

*I meant wanking himself into a sweaty lather. Enjoy that lunchtime mental image, everyone.

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Wireless-controlled contraception implant is coming, says MIT

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"Ooh, baby, your TripleDesmond encryption is so hot. No, seriously darling, I can smell burning, I think the heatsink broke..."

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Re: Power

Kinetic action, like those wristwatches, was considered but quickly dropped for obvious reasons.

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

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Is it because they are....

...massively incompetent, money-grabbing bastards with little to no interest in providing a service worth a spark, let alone a light?

Just a thought, mind.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Re: What's to look forward to?

People liked Microsoft in the past?

I thought we just put up with them because we had little or no choice?

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: It's a long story.

Depending on the client, I can do this, and get them to battle for my attention.

"Yeah, I might be in your office, but Janets offering me an irish coffee if I fix her email first. Up the ante, Dave. Up the ante. You have Magnum Classics in the freezer? That escalated quickly!"

Obviously not for all of them - some customers just want stuff fixed. Others have a more...laid back approach!

It's all part of the wonderful excuse of a job that is customer service.

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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Re: It simply doesn't work on Windows 8

Virtualisation is your friend, chum.

Either Virtualbox using the XP license from your old machine (cheeky, but will install it) or if the version of Windows 8 your using supports it, Virtual XP mode (which comes with it's own license).

As long as you keep the virtual machine off the network and away from dodgy file sources, you can apply filters to allow the virtual machine to talk to the hardware the host machine is connected to.

Done this a few times in cases where the user genuinely had a need (IE old XP machine died, was being used to control a laser-cutter for shaping perspex signs, bought from china, no NT6+ support, etc, replacement tool would cost £5k....).

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

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Re: Damnit.

...but not sad enough to not buy a Radeon R9 280 for £150 - new!

It was the wine that made me do that....

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Damnit.

See, I see articles like this, and my current box (A8-3870k, 16gb RAM, 7770 2gb, 256gb SSD830) feels slow and pedestrian.

I then start doing shopping lists to update it to an i5, or maybe something Kaveri based.

I then look at my bank balance and it makes me sad.

Bastards.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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So, sort of like a large scale version of Van Eck phreaking?

Yes, I read Neal Stephenson and that's where I first came across it...I thought it was fictional, but apparently proof of concepts have been done.

Every day is a school day, eh?

Steven R

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Dating app Tinder faces sexual harassment suit from ex-exec co-founder

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Re: What we really need

There is one.

It's a little FB apps that lists everyone on your FB contacts who likes NIckleback.

HTH

Steven R

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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I must admit, I fail to use the MAN pages far too often - I had to set up a SAMBA shared to mount on a CentOS4 (yes, 4) server last year, and after struggling to find coherent docco that was relevant on the interwebs (most results were for much newer releases) I ended up firing up man for fstab and samba/SMB (or whatever the commands were on that version - I forget now as it was a one off job) and found what I needed in there. You know, an hour later...!

But your footnote was *exactly* what I was getting at - googling cleverly is one thing. Interpreting those results and finding the relevant information is utterly, utterly key. One mans fix is another mans instigation of a major systems failure....

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BlartVersenwaldIII, that sounds like fun, but I think I'd like have to have access to google to help me with some of those.

Much as though it's obviously verboten in an actual exam instance, 90% of the time you're trying to fix a system in the real world, you're going to want to fall back on documentation, other users experience, etc.

There will be rare times when its not possible to get internet access, but in the real world, interpreting search results on technical queries could, arguably, be as important as any part of the preceding education process IMHO.

Access to that sort of information is a tool, much like fstab or grep - how you use it shows your level of proficiency; you can work out peoples technical nouse by how they use internet search results to aid their troubleshooting process IME.

Not really a specific comment on the article/thread, just something that came to mind. Be interested to see what others think.

Steven R

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Remaining Snowden docs will be released to avert 'unspecified US war' – ‪Cryptome‬

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Re: Inept

I think the issue is more finding a hosting provider who has enough grunt to handle attacks, enough control over the platform to allow the client to implement strong security (everything up to the edge hardware), and enough moral fibre (or however you want to phrase it - madness, heroics, etc) to agree to risk charges of assisting treason (if US based) or the weight of the US administration falling on them (if non-US) should it turn out to be something genuinely heavyweight that turns the tables - it could be enough to take a hosting business completely off the net if their DC is raided and their hardware taken away.

There's more to hosting potentially dodgy/compromising security info than just paying someone to host a blade server with your data on it - this stuff is a massive hot potato these days.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Re: don't get it

Anonymous Cow Heard - I'd imagine he got five thumbs down for not reading the bloody article.

"There are no buttons on the outside of the case, available in black or white, which LG says is dust-proof and waterproof to a depth of 1 metre (IP67 rating)."

Which clearly states the information he was looking for.

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Today in IT news: iPad Fleshlight a reality

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Re: What's next ?

Pretty sure that's already been done over SMS and bluetooth...

I'm not even joking.

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An Apple fanbois dream come true!

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(that was worth it, downvotes or not!)

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