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Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS

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Re: Because they didn't believe in it

" you want how much for a server OS and how much for patch management? "

That's a lot cheaper on Windows than say with Red Hat. And much less likely to be successfully attacked as an internet facing server too.

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Re: The man from Munich

(After carefully hiding the ~ €30 million it actually cost to migrate ~ 80% of their users fully and to have to run 2 sets of infrastructure for the foreseeable future...)

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: Next up.....

The worlds most pointless and never to be won game of Whack-A-Mole continues....

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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

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Re: 2008 r2?!?

More to the point, why would anyone want to host anything with The Borg ?

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Re: 2008 R2?

It is Windows Server 2003 that has only slightly over a year of support left. And the latest version is 2012 R2.

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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

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"hannes.kuehnemund's blog is from .... 2008 ... 6 years old!"

So Windows Server could match Linux for performance 6 years ago as well as a decade ago. Your point is?

"As for SAP benchmarks ... the first link gives DB2 the upper hand (point taken), the second Oracle on Solaris (where is Matt Bryant when you need him)."

But beats Oracle on Linux hands down as was stated.

"Listen, when it comes to performance, real performance, you can forget Windows"

It's a better starting point than Linux these days. Especially for the really high bandwidth / low latency stuff like 40 Gbit Etherrnet and 56GBit Infiniband interconnects, etc. windows has the full capbilities to handle this sort of traffic directly built in - not as bolt on afterthoughts and customisations to the kernel like with Linux.

AIX? Pfft. Again - a dinosaur. No one cares how fast it is once they see the price tag of the hardware...

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Re: Some questions

"Is the insert performance achieved by reducing reliability?"

No.

"Is query performance better?"

Yes - see the presentation URL above.

"maintaining ACID compliance. Is this on the horizon for SQL Server?"

It supports sharding with full ACID compliance across up to 56 nodes.

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Re: But shoorli ... ?

The author has missed stacks of new features. For a real list, see here: http://www.slideshare.net/d501159/sql-server-2014-mission-critical-performance-level-300-deck

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: So what is going on?

"Why is there a need to have the functionality to allow an identification beacon on a civil aircraft be switched off in flight?"

To stop the latest Boeing aircraft incinerating their passengers apparently....

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Re: The Most Bonkers Explanation award goes to...

"What the hell does this mean?

And this:"

It means that she speaks American rather than English.

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Re: Fell for it!

It was clearly taken by aliens. Obviously it will take a while to anal probe 227 of them....

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OpenGL mobile graphics spec inches closer to desktop, laptop cousin

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Re: Comparison with DirectX?

They will still have to port to Direct-X for the Xbox and Xbox One - apparently the Xbox One will be able to support Direct-X 12 too - So I can't see that the use of Direct-X is going to decline much.

Especially as Microsoft have stated that one of the major objectives of Direct-X 12 is near to native performance and near direct access to the underlying hardware....

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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Re: "expansion of space briefly exceeded the speed of light "

"Space does not move. Space is the dimensions of the universe: length, breadth, height, time (plus the little squiggly ones). "

Space does effectively move - we know that the universe is expanding - and that we can see light from distances further away than we should be able to if space was not moving.

We also know that the Big Bang for instance exceeded the speed of light during it's initial expansion - that is only possible if space also moved.

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

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Re: "Get the facts"

"The escalating cost of XP prove the FUD."

What escalating costs would those be? You mean the deliberately exponentially escalating support charges for not upgrading from XP when the EOL date was known over half a decade ago? Because other than that, XP costs relatively peanuts to keep running.

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Takeaway order spewer Just Eat plans to raise £100 MEEELLION in IPO

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Re: No British food

"Were you expecting to be able to order a full english breakfast to your house? A sunday roast coming in those little foil packages?"

Yep - you can order both of those round here. No problem.

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Re: No British food

"What could be more British than Indian food?"

Fish and Chips, Fried Breakfasts, and Roast Dinners all spring to mind...

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Re: That looks as unappetising an investment...

I guess the Police arrived before he could get the employee on a Doner skewer....

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Re: MEEELLION!

Not as good as Hungry House - for which a 20% off for St Patricks Day voucher can be found on HUKD...

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Windows Phone beats BLACKBERRY in mobe OS popularity stakes

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"A what...? Can you be more vague...?"

I think the poster was a bit vague. It is in fact Nokia Windows Phones that have a 17% share of the UK enterprise market - as per the Mobile World Congress 2014. Not exactly shocking as WP has an 11% share of the European Market now:

http://www.nokiapoweruser.com/2014/02/24/kwps-january-report-windows-phone-at-10-in-eu-5-in-us-17-in-italy-ios-loses-everywhere/

"pushing security and Office immediately give you away, pal - nobody ever thinks of those two things when it comes to WinPho, that's for sure. :)"

They certainly do in the Enterprise market versus Blackberry. You give yourself away as clearly someone not senior enough to have been involved in such decision making processes...

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Tip toe through the cat crap

"Or, like me, you get a dog, in my case a border collie. He definitely keeps the cats away."

But then you have to deal with dog crap, which is a far worse problem.

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Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

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Re: Why downgrade?

"Linux / PHP as a backend server for my apps, for security and simplicity"

LOL - Order of magnitude more security holes than Windows Server / .Net. PHP is the Emmental Cheese of middleware. Not to mention hideously complex and hard to manage across an enterprise in comparison.

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Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of success

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Re: Inconceivable!

If he admits that much, just imagine how bad it must be in reality!

Pretty much everyone is bailing from Blackberry phones, so it's just a matter of time until they sink imo...

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Dell gambles solid server sales for NetSuite's riches

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"But the key the difference is that Dynamics is on-premises software"

Nope. http://www.informationweek.com/applications/microsoft-dynamics-apps-hit-azure-cloud/d/d-id/1110434

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Surely the US Dollar is in fact the most commonly used currency for illegal activities?

Can we ban that too please!

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Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

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Re: Lucky

1. The product might be free, but paid support costs are generally higher. As is the TCO. For instance you can manage Office setting for tens of thousands of users centrally via Group Policy. For freeware office solutions, you generally have non enterprise ready solutions like local flat text config files.

2. You don't need to migrate Office file versions. It just works. With the freeware products you get all sorts of compatibility and editing problems.

3. Current versions of Windows outperform Linux on the same hardware (e.g. faster Open GL, faster copy of a large file - latest benchmarks of Ubuntu vs Windows 7)

4. You still have a risk of Malware and being hacked on Linux. Just look at where Linux is actually used like Android - 99.9% (actual figure) of mobile Malware is on Android. Or at Webservers - you are several times more likely to be hacked running a Linux based webserver than a Windows Server based one....

5. Office has supported ODF (and the far more commonly used OOXML) since Office 2010.

6. All Microsoft OS and Office code can be audited on request by government (or enterprise) type organisations.

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Smart getaway drivers would yell at Officer Glasshole: 'SafeSearch off, Horse porn'

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Re: "...how good British cooking is. I just hope that at least they eat it and don't throw it away."

Not sure why that's funny. You can find an 'English Breakfast', 'Fish and Chips', a 'Sunday Roast' or a 'Christmans Dinner' for instance in pretty much any first world country and many of the rest...

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

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Re: What's the point?

'Name ONE THING you can do with 10Gbit that you can't do with 1Gbit. '

Stream 10x as much 4K multi angle 3D porn.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Re: When some knob tells you using Linux in an enterprise is too risky

"Point them to this. A perfect example why propriety technology is too risky."

What is the example? This seems to me to show that proprietary software was a great choice as it is still working and being used and supported after 13 years! No similar aged enterprise Linux OS is still supported.

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Inside Microsoft's Autopilot: Nadella's secret cloud weapon

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"You can make System Center + Puppet do what Autopilot does"

But no one in their right mind would want to when System Centre already does the workflow / automation and Powershell deals with any customisation - both of which are easier to use and less labour intensive tools than Puppet...

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NetApp lets virtual swingers swap hypervisor with no guilt

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Well they have to do something to try and close the gap when the opposition is using EMC storage...!

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HP: Autonomy overstated 2010 profits, cuts them by 81 PER CENT

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"you should have done a full audit"

They are called 'audited accounts' for a reason - No one would normally complete another full audit prior to purchase. It would often takes months - it sounds like Autonomoy's accountants were likely also to blame..

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Duracell powers into cloud storage market

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Re: How much for 2TB?

Presumably they have found a way to optimise the data storage potential of armies of druming bunnies....

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Microsoft to build 'transparency centres' for source code checks

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Re: Funny I recall an announcement about this *years* ago

It was back in 2002:

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2002/01/49826

And it might not seem like it, but every year since then, Windows has had fewer total vulnerabilities that were on average fixed faster than competing OSs.

I'm sure we all agree that there is still room for improvement, but Microsoft are a leader in this space - several years ahead of Apple for instance...

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: in practice...

Regarding d) - Microsoft Office products for students cost £1.25 a month. I know things can be tight as a student, but I'm sure even the poorest student can stretch to that:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-office-365-university-2013-FX102918415.aspx

Office might not do everything you want, but it certainly supports complex automated workflows and automated document generation.

It sound like you haven't used equation editor for a while - the latest 2013 version rocks.

You might also want to note this free Maths add-on: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36777

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Re: in practice...

"I have written my entire DPhil thesis (309 pages final draft with supervisors) using libreoffice, xmgrace and latex"

So much like hard work. I just used Office Pro 2013. No need to script or fix anything....It just works.

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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

Probably he used an Open Source parachute....

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Nokia Lumia update spreads Black death

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EE havn't sent out the update yet :-(

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High Court derails Google defence in Safari browser stalker cookie brouhaha

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"because the courts in this country have "no jurisdiction" over the company"

Don't they sell stuff here? Not to mention have a physical presence?

How on earth they think that can fly?!

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PGP wiz Phil Zimmermann and pals tout anti-snoop mobe – the Blackphone

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Re: Potential Legal Problems

"unless you define "secure" by "owning a gun"

Owning a gun doesnt make you secure. Quite the opposite in fact:

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/160/10/929.full

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Knox vuln is Android not us, says Samsung

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Re: RE: To put that in perspective, the whole Windows XP OS has only ...

"The statistics provided should NOT be used to compare the overall security of products against one another"

Comparing it against the same product (other versions of Java) shows that if anything, security is getting worse.

Comparing it to a whole OS that's 12 years old at least gives you a scale of reference of exactly how bad Java is!

"There are no unpatched Secunia advisories affecting this product, when all vendor patches are applied.. "

Because Oracle don't give advance notice of vulnerabilities and we don't have any unpatched zero days - this month at least....

"Of those 267 only 12 are issued by secunia"

Erm, no.

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

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Re: Already fixed

"OK, that one was only 12 years old."

Try finding a commercial version of Linux still supported after 12 years...

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Re: Because free software is SOOOOOO secure, many eyes and all that.

"Ah yes, Munich, that would be the one where Microsoft commissioned a TCO study that concluded it would have been cheaper to stick with Microsoft stuff, provided you didn't pay any license fees. Their figures were based on Munich paying $0 in CALs etc."

I guess you didnt understand what you were reading. There were 2 costs quoted. ~ €17 million to standardise on what Munich already had licenced and not include the cost of an upgrade (so no new license costs), and ~ €34 million to move to Windows 7 and associated toolset.

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Re: I have looked

"Look at SELinux."

A bolt on to fix what many other OSs (even Windows) already have built in from the ground up...

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HP: We're axing 29,000 workers? Add another 5,000 to that

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"I don't call the Windows 8 tablets a "tablet" in the general sense.

A tablet computer to me should be a low cost device with an OS designed for mobile. In the case of Windows 8 it is a hybrid desktop/tablet OS on an expensive device."

You should look at devices like the Dell Venue Pro 8. Fairly cheap - but with a fully featured Windows 8.1 OS specifically designed for tablets that can run a proper version of Office...

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Re: I feel it in the air

"there are probably many more examples."

Software / games / CDs / DVDs spring to mind...

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Red Hat's pockets bulging on strong Linux, JBoss sales

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Re: I wish we ran on RHEL (or any GNU/Linux for that matter)

"so they promote MS (to the point of telling everyone how Win 8 will eclipse Apple in all arenas)."

Looks like they were right then. Windows 8 overtook OS-X already, and Apple havn't even got a touch capability in a fully featured OS to compete with it...And Windows phone is consistently growing market share and already overtook IOS in a number of countries...

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CyanogenMod Android firmware gains built-in SMS encryption

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Re: Man in the middle?

"The NSA owns the telcos, they would simply add a key swap into the SMS software of the telcos and would have the first key exchange from day one."

To mitigate MITM attacks, you normally display a shared check code at both ends that can be validated on a call, or via an out of band method. See for instance http://zfoneproject.com/prod_zfone.html

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Ford says Microsoft CEO target Mulally not going anywhere

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Re: Computers are not that different

"There's Desani"

Ah - yes Coke's "Peckham Spring".....

As it's presumably lost on those from the colonies see http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/onlyfools/christmas/1992.shtml

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Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

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Re: ahh the joys of console wars

"You have to feel sorry for Microsoft. Sales of its new, next-generation console, the Xbox One, have clearly so far failed to come close to those of Sony’s PlayStation 4"

Not sure why you would feel sorry for them though - sales are running at roughly twice those of Sony's PS4:

http://blog.infoscout.co/black-friday-console-war/

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