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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: Ah! - that'll be "Global Warming"....

"..Oh, wait....."

Until the latest warming figures?:

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2014/9

The first nine months of 2014 (January–September) tied with 1998 as the warmest such period on record, with a combined global land and ocean average surface temperature 0.68°C (1.22°F) above the 20th century average of 14.1°C (57.5°F). If 2014 maintains this temperature departure from average for the remainder of the year, it will be the warmest calendar year on record.

The past 12 months—October 2013–September 2014—was the warmest 12-month period among all months since records began in 1880, at 0.69°C (1.24°F) above the 20th century average. This breaks the previous record of +0.68°C (+1.22°F) set for the periods September 1998–August 1998, August 2009–July 2010; and September 2013–August 2014.

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Re: @Vogon

"Got a peer reviewed article on that? l'inq please."

http://www.pnas.org/content/111/34/12331

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Re: oracle@delphi.gr

"If you trace back from the present you will find that you can go back 18 years and find no warming."

Nope - we find a small increase. As per your graph.

"Go back 30 years and you will indeed find warming. But this is not my assertion."

So you admit that you make a meaningless assertion with cherry picked figures that don't reflect the longer term trend. Glad we cleared that up.

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Re: oracle@delphi.gr

"I repeat again. Global temps haven't increased in 18+ years despite CO2 climbing steadily."

You keep saying that - but it's demonstrably not true as a quick look at any long term temperature record demonstrates. 18 Years ago was an exceptionally warm El Nino year and taken in isolation you might conclude that there had been only a little warming between now and then (but not none at all), however when you look at a larger data set, the continuing trend is clear.

http://scienceblogs.com/significantfigures/index.php/2013/04/02/three-iconic-graphs-showing-the-climate-fix-were-in/

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/global/lo-hem/201408.gif

The extreme level of obtuseness required not to realise this from only the most basic of research tells me that either you are incredibly gullible, or you are trolling...

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"Sea-level rise is decelerating."

Between 1870 and 2004, global average sea levels rose a total of 195 mm, and 1.46 mm per year. From 1950 to 2009, measurements show an average annual rise in sea level of 1.7 ± 0.3 mm per year, with satellite data showing a rise of 3.3 ± 0.4 mm per year from 1993 to 2009.

"'Extreme' weather is not more common."

Climate scientists in Germany noticed that since 2000 there have been an “exceptional number of summer weather extremes, some causing massive damage to society”. So they examined the huge meanders in the high-level jet stream winds that dominate the weather at mid-latitudes, by analysing 35 years of wind data amassed from satellites, ships, weather stations and meteorological balloons. They found that blocking patterns, which occur when these meanders slow down, have happened far more frequently.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/11/extreme-weather-common-blocking-patterns

"Global temps have been flat for 18+ years."

Although the rate of increase in the globally and annually averaged temperature of the atmosphere near the surface has slowed since around 2000 compared to the rate of increase over the preceding three decades, near-surface warming of the atmosphere has continued. The 2000s were warmer than the 1990s, and the 2010s so far have been warmer than the 2000s, and upper ocean warming has accelerated.

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Re: Antactica is melting too

"CO2 is 0.4% of the atmosphere it has no effect on global temps get over it"

http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/last_400k_yrs.html

"How bout this simply experiment anyone can do "

Done properly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwtt51gvaJQ

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Re: Antactica is melting too

Perhaps you mean Precession...

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"As the scientists say, the more we know, the less we understand"

Meanwhile the sea levels keep rising, the extreme weather gets more common, and the average surface temperature of the planet keeps increasing...

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Re: Meanwhile, in earlier news ...

"... it very much looks as though the West Australian ice sheet"

Is that where they make Fosters Ice ?

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Re: Antactica is melting too

"You are really struggling to put the case forward that Antarctica is losing land ice aren't you?"

It's loosing ice mass according to the most accurate measurements that we have: http://www.sciencepoles.org/interview/putting-antarcticas-ice-mass-loss-into-perspective

CryoSat data shows that the Antarctic Ice Sheet has been losing, on average, 159 billion tons of ice every year for the past three years (once CryoSat passed its commissioning phase). This is twice previous estimates of ice loss from the Antarctic Ice Sheet that were made during the last decade.

"The fact that sea ice is increasing is because it is colder than it has been."

That is not the main reason why sea ice cover is increasing - although due to regional or wind based variation it might be a partial cause for a specific season - the primary cause is believed to be due to reduced water salinity from increased glacial melting.

"The Earth hasn't warmed for > 18 years and counting."

The earth is most definately still warming. Particularly the upper oceans.

"CO2 meanwhile continues to increase.

Ergo. No connection between CO2 and global temperature."

But the earth is still warming. And more than we thought: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2389.html

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: Sway.

"Microsoft has released a preview"

So not final then. So not even beta. So how is this news? Must be a slow day in Reg Central...

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No tiles, no NAP – next Windows for data centre looks promising

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Re: The tools to do our job

"Powershell's commands are much longer"

No they are not - they have abbreviations too if you don't like the plain English approach...

"It's also based around objects (so it has to be better), rather than text which is so easy to read/save it must be crap"

You can use text - maintaining readability - but giving you much more power and flexibility then a non object orientated script. For instance it supports Inheritance, Polymorphism, Encapsulation, Constructors with parameters, Notes – read-write variables, Methods – scriptblocks, Properties with Get scriptblocks and optional Set scriptblocks, Static and Private Notes and Methods, etc.

"Advanced line editing? pah, that's for wimps - powershell doesn't need that - it doesn't even need working tab completion"

You must have missed PowerShell ISE: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd315244.aspx

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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Re: I do wonder

"In this case the patent is for a hopeless kludge, desperately applied to try and keep relevant an appalling piece of software that was barely fit for purpose when it was first released."

I don't think much of Android either.

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Re: I do wonder

"How much would Samsung be paying Microsoft if Samsung was the US company, and Microsoft was Korean?"

The reason that Samsung pay Microsoft is that Microsoft spend a far higher percentage of revenue on R&D - and Microsoft accordingly have a much stronger patent portfolio.

Hence why Apple (a US company) have to pay Nokia (a non US company) similar patent fees....

"If you make an Android phone you have to pay Microsoft $3.29. If you make a Windows phone you have to pay Microsoft nothing at all."

And you also likely have to pay Nokia and Apple. But in this case Microsoft make more money overall - both from Bing search advert revenue - and from the Windows Store.

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Redmond flicks switch on Dropbox for VMs

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Re: Wait a minute ...

"Redmond flicks switch on Dropbox for VMs "

OneDrive for VMs surely ?!

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Particle that behaves like matter AND antimatter found: Majorana fermion

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Re: HA!

Isn't this what Neutrons are made from? Surely then we already knew it existed.

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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Re: 3,520 pints a day?

"Sadly, to get the same effect a human would have to down 2,000 litres of the stuff a day (3,520 pints) to ingest the amount of xanthohumol used in the study for the same period"

Presumably best to use American beer then...

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

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Re: The 'thought' process is easy to understand

"But even Microsoft don't use touch screens with Windows 8.1 or so I heard from an acquaintance who was visiting them"

Actually, having a touchscreen in Microsoft is apparently seen as a status symbol:

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/03/microsoft-will-mass-produce-its-big-ass-touchscreens/

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Re: Not surprising

"Who'd want a computer screen that is designed to be touched?"

Me - they work great with Windows 8. I have several touchscreen laptops / tablets - and a 23" touchscreen monitor on my main PC.

Not to mention Faux News: http://www.wpcentral.com/fox-news-adopts-windows-8-55inch-touchscreens-dwarf-humans

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Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

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Re: @TheVogon

"PS4 owners aren't pikey movie pirates, we don't care about Cinavia or MKV (both of which are synonymous with movie piracy)."

LOL - you complete idiot - you clearly have no clue whatsoever. The PS4 forums are full of people complaining about it. Just because you waste your money on the copyright cartels, don't assume everyone else does. Statistics show that you are in a minority.

"Keep on dreaming that PS4 sales are going to slow. The Xbone only worthwhile exclusive (Titanfail) turned out to be an overhyped dud."

Again you just show yourself to be an uninformed idiot. Titanfall has sold over 2 million copies globally. That's over 500,000 more than Infamous: Second Son - on the PS4

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Microsoft just released a media player for the Xbox One that plays pretty much anything (including MKVs!), supports DNLA media servers and is not Cinavia infected!

Once that becomes well known it will likely make quite a dent in the sales of PS4s. Not a good week for Sony.

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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Re: Microssoft obviously missed a track

"As the PS4 version of Minecraft was released last week. You would have thought they would have rushed the buy through and then canned it."

Microsoft have already launched their secret weapon for the Xbox One to attack the PS4.

The Xbox One now has a DNLA media player that plays all common formats including DIVX / AAC and MKVs - and does NOT include Cinavia malware! So presumably the same will follow for Windows at some point.

Full list of supported formats:

3GP audio, 3GP video, 3GP2, AAC, ADTS, animated GIF, .asf, AVI DivX, DV AVI, AVI uncompressed, AVI Xvid, BMP, JPEG, GIF, H.264 AVC, M-JPEG, .mkv, .mov, MP3, MPEG-PS, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 HD, MPEG-2 TS, H.264, MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4 SP, PNG, TIFF, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, WMA Pro, WMA Voice, WMV, WMV HD.

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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"How likely is it that Huawei are worried by Microsoft owning Nokia"

Zero likely seeing as Microsoft do not own Nokia and have no known plans to do so. My Nokia shares are doing quite well :-).

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Re: Re "odd list"

""Virgin blocks flange" would be up there with the greatest newspaper headlines of all time. How about it Murdoch/Sun?"

Virgin Cock Block, surely.....

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

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Re: Yawn

"Having issues playing audio is beyond stupid."

The audio works fine - that's utter bollocks. The music app was lacking a few features for a while and was a bit laggy to navigate, but that has already been fixed.

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Re: Not sure I agree with the author

"I just got a Lumia 930,"

Me too. Orange / silver metal.

"On the looks front even he conceded that the 930 has it hands down."

And on the camera, screen and microphones too (4 microphone HAAC Dolby recording!)

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

"It's no surprise that Outlook doesn't play nice with third party servers"

Outlook plays fine with third party mail servers. It would be commercial suicide if a 3rd party mail server did not play fine with Outlook considering it has a 90%+ share of the mail client market.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

"And IPv6 works very well for the places it was designed: Academia, test labs and enterprises with more money than small nations."

So just like where IP v4 came from then...

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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"that didn't change the fact that they were deliberately targeting civilians in a terror campaign. Hamas is no different"

Hamas is different - Hamas don't have precision guided weapons that the Israelis do, so are not able to differentiate. And they are in a concentration camp / prison with 1.8 people locked up inside.

Hamas much prefer to attack Israeli armed forces that civlians. If you look at the recent Gaza statistics, Hamas killed over 96% Israeli soldiers.

How much worse by your own standards than Hamas must be the Israelis - who do have precision wepaons - yet have killed over 80% civilians? The Israelis are cowards who would rather just bomb innocent peopel than fight Hamas directly on the ground.

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

"because many software companies can't be bothered to produce Linux versions."

You mean because there is no demand / market and people tend to expect everything for free on an Open Source platform.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: ITV Doesn't Own STV!

"with Darling pressuring Salmond on the question of what currency Scotland would use if it gained independence. "

http://lowres.cartoonstock.com/politics-scottish_independence-scotland_referendum-groats-hikers-hikes-jlun676_low.jpg

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Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations

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Re: Typical Microsoft struggle

". First line of support always answer "upgrade everything to the latest versions of everything "

Microsoft first line might tell you to upgrade to the latest patch version / update / service pack of everything if your product is still in support. They don't nomally suggest moving to a complete new version unless the product you are using is out of support / end of life.

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Re: Typical Microsoft struggle

"I've experienced issues with SSO that even Microsoft could not fix. To this day, I still get multiple authentication challenges from Lync and Outlook, some of them are fake, some of them are real, depending on which network I connect to, all this for a +20K machine domain"

Then your configuration is not correct. I could fix that for you for £ large number a day ;-). Most likely your certificates are not created or published correctly somewhere. First step is to hold down CTRL key, right click on the tray icon for Outlook, select 'Test E-Mail AutoConfiguration' and check the results, then for Lync do the same, but choose 'Configuration Information' and check through everything...

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Re: Skipping versions?

"TheVogon: Multiple DCs is rather an unlikely scenario when you only have a single server - indeed, as I recall it was *prohibited* on the small business SKUs originally"

If you ONLY have a single server, then you have no services to protect against authentication failure if that single server is down, and you would have to rely on restore from backup or a reinstall if you have a complete failure. An additional domain controller server with SBS has always been supported - ever since Windows NT. See http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2007/10/04/debunking-the-myth-about-additional-domain-controllers-replica-dcs-in-an-sbs-domain.aspx - and has the follwing potential benefits:

•Redundancy:

◦If the Small Business Server cannot be contacted but another DC is available users can still authenticate.

◦If DNS is also installed and the zone for the internal domain is being replicated to all DCs/DNS servers, redundancy will be provided for local and public DNS namespace queries.

•Disaster recovery:

◦It is not necessary to rebuild your entire Active Directory domain if the Small Business Server crashes and you don’t have a good system state backup.

•Improved user experience:

◦If additional DCs are placed at remote sites and also made Global Catalog Servers, remote users can logon more quickly and reliably, and locate objects in the domain more quickly.

"let's make that new platform Google Apps"

You get what you pay for. If you want cloud, Office 365 is a better product in pretty much every way.

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"as running the two domain controllers in the same domain is just the kind of thing that can be necessary during a migration"

Running at least 2 domain controllers for each domain is always a requirement, unless you like living dangerously.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: Oh dear

Here is an classic example of British TV content that America has yet to get near to in terms of originality, talent and humour:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CZjb9ReW5c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCQa4iFmkW4&list=PLApR4y9irxGQobb7Ao9SvaiBhgRTYzGLn

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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Re: Lumia 930 - not very luminous.

"Tiles, in any case, are a casualty of the Windows Phone 8.1 makeover and have been deprecated."

Erm no - no they havnt.

"The 920 and 1020 each had unique imaging capabilities – with the 920, wobble-free video and decent low-light photography, with the more-talked-about-than-bought 1020, lossless 2.5x zoom. The 930 doesn't"

Yes it does - 20 megapixel sensor, hardware stabilisation, etc - it sits in between those 2 in terms of capabilities.

Just got back from my local EE shop and picked up one in Orange with the "£130" wireless starter pack for £359 all in on PAYG (inc £10 compulsory SIM credit).

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Re: Are you sure about that?

"Not on the 930 there isn't."

Correct - just checked mine. Although my you would want to on a 1080p 5" display is beyond me...

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

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Re: Microsoft caught Nokia virus

"You know the end is approaching "

You know Microsoft's share price hit the highest its been in well over a decade yesterday?

"Microsoft bought around $2,5B of running costs from Nokia - in form of salaries"

The Nokia mobile division generates revenue also. They were close to break even under Nokia, and considering the stellar YoY growth of Nokia Lumia sales should be profit making by next quarter's results.

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: Something wrong

Just ordered one with an orange cover from Clove - £430 inc the '£130 worth' of early adopter starter pack - seems to be the best price.

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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

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Re: And that's cuttin' me own throat!

Presumably they can start listing French book on Amazon.co.uk at heavily discounted prices.

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

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Re: Bloakey1

"I have their plans for invading Mars!!!!"

I didn't know they had found oil on Mars?

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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

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Re: Quite.

I'm waiting for my Lumia 930 and my Surface 3.

The Windows eco-system is a long way ahead of Apple and Google's offerings these days - especially when you consider the online services.

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

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Re: Tbit of free cloud storage. So what?

So Google takes a while to scan your data for advert relevant content then...

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Re: 2Gb file?

"The inability to backup PSTs to MS's solution (OneDrive) means that such files must be either backed-up locally* or else not at all."

OneDrive isn't meant for backups. This is the Microsoft online backup option: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/backup/

COMPRESSED DATA STORED PER MONTH - PRICE

First 5 GB / Month - Free

Greater than 5 GB / Month - £0.18 per GB per month

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Cisco open-sources experimental cipher

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Re: Unfortunately

And what was wrong with IPSEC?

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'Most sophisticated DDoS' ever strikes Hong Kong democracy poll

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Re: "Security outfit"

"If the Chinese government wants to shutdown something in Hong Kong it has other options"

But they wouldn't be deniable like this one...

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D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

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Re: A bicycle with a Ferrari exterior?

"And what problems are they solving?"

How to spy on more aspects of your life at once and target appropriate adverts presumably. What else would The Borg be doing?.

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