* Posts by TheVogon

1523 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out... should you do it?

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You will always be able to reinstall it - and you won't need the product key. The upgrade process records your hardware as licensed and future reinstalls will know it's the same hardware...

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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

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Re: A degree is not a vocational qualification

This probably has more to do with the general lack of social skills (and often the appearance!) of anyone that would want to do a degree in Computer Science...

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Microsoft and pals re-write arms control pact to save infosec industry

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Re: how do I get my country on the "no sale" list?

"aims to stop the sale of exploitation software to restricted regimes with poor human-rights records"

Won't the Americans and Israelis be a bit upset when they can't buy their favourite software?

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

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Re: Particularly on very high bandwidth / low latency connections like say 40 Gbit

"there's bugger all measurable difference in the IP stack between Windows and Linux performance on that (or any) kit

That's not my experience. Not a vast difference but at extreme bandwidth use, Windows Server is generally measurably faster and has lower CPU use.

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Re: Particularly on very high bandwidth / low latency connections like say 40 Gbit

"Yeah, because we all have sooo much experience of 40GB connections"

Just because you cant afford modern kit, doesn't mean everybody can't. A new blade chassis setup would likely be running 40gbit uplinks these days and 40 gbit cards in the blades themselves are not that expensive where required.

And there are cheaper ways to join the club if you can't afford new:

https://www.etb-tech.com/mellanox-m3601q-40gb-infiniband-switch.html

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Re: Took their time

"I always thought their stack was pretty rubbish"

It's generally the fastest. Particularly on very high bandwidth / low latency connections like say 40 Gbit or Mellanox.

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Re: Not holding my breath

"Unfortunately the great unwashed masses were not grateful for all of this effort, pointing out that in the real world of copying actual files, not only was Vista much slower than XP was (by orders of magnitude!), "

That was fixed long ago in SP1:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/markrussinovich/2008/02/04/inside-vista-sp1-file-copy-improvements/

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40 years ago today the US govt sent a taxpayer-funded robot to invade an alien hostile world

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Re: How appropriate

"40 years ago today the US govt sent a taxpayer-funded robot to invade an alien hostile world"

When I saw the headline, I thought they must be referring to Jimmy Carter...

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Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

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Re: How about "Shoot McShootFoot?'

"No, that one's been reserved by Slurp"

What has this got to do with Google??

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Re: Apparently he was allowed to continue his journey

"In the UK, the cops don't carry guns"

Yes they do. It's just that it is restricted to specialist highly trained officers - so they don't all carry guns. And they also tend to use standard issue NATO weapons and not cowboy pistols like the yanks.

"but airport security sure does."

No they don't in the UK. The only guys normally with guns at the airport are the Police.

Who look something like this:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01798/police_1798383a.jpg

or this:

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/7/3/1404375360548/British-armed-police-patr-014.jpg

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Re: I take objection to "Shooty McBangbang"

"Long story but whilst aiding a pair of US marines in Beirut in the eighties, they called a helicopter gunship in to take me out."

Remind me of a saying my dad told me that dates from WW2:

When the English shoot, the Germans duck.

When the Germans shoot, the English duck.

When the Americans shoot, everybody ducks...

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Torrent is a word, and you can't ban words, rules French court

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Re: That's still "sometimes".

"Sometimes means 'occasionally' or once in a while"

It also means 'in certain cases but not always'.

Anyway I'm dubious of your claim of 99.7% of traffic seeing as Linux versions etc. are commonly torrented. 99.7% of hosted files on some torrent hosts maybe. A citation is required...

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"Er no almost all of BitTorrent traffic is piracy some say upto 99.7% of it is."

That's still "sometimes".

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: I've said it before

"Finally the agency excoriates Windows 10 for its poor security. People can use a four-digit pin to log in and purchase apps"

But you can CHOOSE to do exactly the same on Android or IOS. This isn't a Windows security failing, it's a user choice.

"and the CNIL notes that there's no limit to the number of times a PIN can be tried"

Also the same as Android / IOS.

There are also security advantages to using a PIN - if you’re using a Microsoft account to log in to your device, you’re entering a password that can be used to gain access to every single aspect of your account, including other devices and web services.However, by setting up a PIN lock, you can unlock a single device without routinely using your account password.

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Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

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"since TPB and now KAT are taken offline!"

TPB is still up.

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VMware's past holds the key to the future of Microsoft's Azure Stack

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Re: Free like a puppy

"Virtual Machine Manager isn't free (or even cheap)."

But you don't have to use it. You can manage everything from the command line like KVM (via PowerShell). Or you can use third party products.

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You are comparing hypervisor host licences with Windows OS licences. Not the same thing at all. VMware charges for the fully featured vSphere hypervisor product. Microsoft doesn't - it's hypervisor is totally free with all features enabled in Hyper-V Server.

We don't know what the license model with Azure stack will be yet. but likely the hypervisor will remain free.

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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Re: Article picture

Should have just added a pirate flag to this:

http://www.charterworld.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/USCG-Eagle-Photo-Credit-United-States-Coast-Guard-650x436.jpg

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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

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Re: The writing should be on the wall

"That drop in revenue would have sent any other companies share price tumbling"

They never made any profit to speak of on Mobile though, so it's of little consequence.

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Jeremy Corbyn: My part in his glorious socialist triumph

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Re: @TheVogon

"Yes because when the Tories got in, there was no Debt and then they crashed the economy....you utter fuckwit!"

On which planet is that? On this one the budget deficit has been cut by 2/3 and the UK economy has outperformed almost everyone of our peers since the Conservatives were elected.

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Re: Buy to let

"the deliberate lack of social housing and the fact that 40% of the council houses sold off are now in the hands of private landlords,"

Great. They should all be sold off and the money spent on reducing the national debt, or infrastructure investment.

"It's a national disgrace."

No it isn't. It's not the governments job to provide housing. The tax payer shouldn't be paying for any housing except in an emergency. The welfare state is meant to be a safety net, not a hammock.

Want a house? Get qualifications and a job...

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Windows Server-as-a-service: Microsoft lays out Server 2016's future

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Re: So a major price increase then...

"What you say might be true for Windows but it is not true for Linux."

Well yes, Linux vendors still charge per CPU socket, but that might change tomorrow. I doubt enterprise Linux will ever be cheaper to license / support than Windows Server except in very niche applications.

For instance see https://www.redhat.com/wapps/store/catalog.html

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Re: So a major price increase then...

"Not to worry, the Azure version will be just slightly cheaper (at first). The job's not done until it doesn't run - in your datacenter."

Azure Stack will run in your datcentre though.

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Cryptocat dev reckons WhatsApp is blocking calls to Saudi numbers

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Re: Morals issue?

"This sounds stupid I know but the Saudis make Baptists look like party animals."

You obvious haven't been there much. Or out in the expensive parts of London during Ramadan. When they think no one is looking, the Saudis make party animals look like Baptists...

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It's 2016 and Windows lets crims poison your printer drivers

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Re: Software contains bugs

"Win10 has supposedly been re-written from the ground up."

Says who? Even Microsoft don't claim that.

What Microsoft actually said was "This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.”

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Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

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The IOS issue has now been fixed apparently.

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Re: Pig in a Pokémon

Presumably if you use Google for anything, you have little problem with corporate access to all your personal data and emails anyway?

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Parties

On the subject of party leaders, it's time for anyone who doesn't live off benefits to invest £3 so you can vote to keep Corbyn as leader and ensure Labour remain unelectable...Best 3 quid I ever spent.

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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Re: Space to spare

"a complete fucking waste of money."

Gordon Brown subsidising "Greece without the sun" ...

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Oracle says it is 'committed' to Java EE 8 – amid claims it quietly axed future development

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Is that "committed" like they are to Itanium?

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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Re: Delusions of Competence

"He's a yank, their beer just makes you sick without the joys of being drink."

Drinking English beer turns it into American beer....

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: Games

"Plus what happens when DirectX 12 comes along, which is exclusive to Windows 10?"

It's already been here for quite some time now. Hitman, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Ashes of the Singularity, and Gears of War were some of the first DX12 games, and it's also been rolled out to the Xbox One - so many games are being written with DX12 as the native target.

Vulcan will be an afterthought for most gamers - DX12 is the primary requirement for the foreseeable future.

"All your games so far run on Windows 7. But if Microsoft makes any headway with DirectX 12, you'll soon be forced to install Windows 10."

There are already an increasing number of Windows 10 only games. See http://www.cinemablend.com/games/See-What-Games-Exclusive-Xbox-One-Windows-10-Year-109267.html

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Re: "No, No, No. Let me resign..."

"Brave Sir Nigel ran away!"

Or he is freeing himself up for the task of joining the Brexit negotiation team.

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UN council: Seriously, nations, stop switching off the damn internet

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Re: World to UN:

"You and whose army?"

NATO probably. Give it a few more years and everything in Europe bordering Russia will probably be a member...

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Re: What are the El Reg units for SD card costs then?

"Uh, the UK is still part of Europe :)"

We still have UK versus European pallet sizes for instance...

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Take that, Mom! Turns out Super Mario Bros was all about solving complex math problems

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Re: All things are...

If you want a laugh try asking an American to pronounce the following:

Lithium, Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Barium, Aluminium....

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Google enlists Microsoft VoIP partner to unseat Office 365+Skype

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Re: Between the lines

"Only if you are a stuck with Windows. With anything else, SfB is a royal PITA"

The market share of any other OS on the enterprise desktop is close to zero.

If you want to go down the path no one else uses, expect to be having to fight your way through...

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Re: Between the lines

"I still have never met happy users of Skype for business. Only people regretting it or wanting move away."

Quite the reverse here, and one of my previous job titles was head of UC for a Telco across multiple platforms (Cisco, Lync, Avaya).

Especially for those who have used Cisco's conglomerated mess previously - Lync / Skype is a far better integrated product...

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Re: Google is failing because it is rubbish

"The management are pushing Google at work"

I have seen several adverts for resources for migrations from Google Apps to O365, but none the other way. Good luck with that!

Having used and been involved in implementations of both; Google Apps just isn't in the same league - and in a number of ways isn't as good or as complete an enterprise grade solution. Hence why Microsoft are wiping the floor with them.

Also O365 is far cheaper - Google Apps is £80 a year for the fully featured version versus £60 a year for O365 Enterprise E1 which is roughly the equivalent package from Microsoft.

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Re: Wait, what?

For $35 + $12 a month you can get Office 365 E5 + PSTN which includes a local copy of a full version of MS Office and imo is a far more complete and enterprise grade solution.

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

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Re: 13.1 W.

"Not realistically an AA cell. That's 10 amps at 1.3V"

Or 3.54 Amps at 3.7 Volts as per say a Lithium AA (14500) cell.... Pushing the limits but quite possible.

But actually it says 0.7W for an AA - so that's less than 200mA on a Lithium AA cell...

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Re: CAC40 and DAX dropping substantially more than the FTSE

"Well duh, yes, because FTSE companies are priced in pounds sterling"

Well, Duh, FTSE companies are mostly not listed on the DAX or CAC....

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"If a racist like Farage"

Can't recall him ever making a negative comment on race - perhaps you could enlighten us?

LOL at the CAC40 and DAX dropping substantially more than the FTSE. That tells you who our freedom really hurts....

All we need now to rub it in is to win the Euros....

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Re: RE: Nigel Farage...

"Farage will now have to find a job, and it might shock him to find out he'll have to turn up to get paid.!"

Unlike most of his peers in politics, Farage already has an employment history in a real job....

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Re: We all know what happened

"Well the financial experts will have decamped to Frankfurt"

I'm guessing you havn't been to Frankfurt. It's not exactly an attractive location for someone well paid to chose to locate themselves... The risk of that happening is pretty close to zero.

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Opera cries foul over Microsoft Edge power-slurping claims

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"Opera already has the edge on Edge regarding HTML5 speed tests."

"Already" being since when for a browser that's 21 years old? Edge has been faster in every benchmark I have seen since Windows 10 went RTM.

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Re: Adblocker Quibble

"Okay, let's re-run the test with Edge's native ad blocker on as well"

"Tracking Protection Lists" is the native IE advert blocker and it's not available on Edge yet. Microsoft were conducting an entirely fair test - each browser was rendering the same content.

However Edge add-ons are now available including Adblock and Adblock Pro - and I suspect that using those Edge would still beat Opera...

"and specifically multiple active page / tab performance is more important"

Edge was the fastest browser at time of launch. I haven't seen any more recent benchmarks though.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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Re: Bananas argument

"Arguments about bananas. "

Arguments about Banana Boats are more pertinent to todays vote imo.

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Mobile phone app replaces Congressional TV as Democrats stage sit-in

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Re: Unsafe Space

"And you would disarm every law-abiding citizen in the face of such savagery."

Absolutely. Like most civilised countries already do. Gun owners are many times more likely to use the gun in a crime or have it used on them by a criminal than to ever use it in self defence.

As America already has more guns than people and firearms related deaths are still stratospheric, clearly having more guns doesn't stop gun deaths. Quite the reverse in fact.

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Dutch court says BREIN should get e-book uploaders' names

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"users would simply change their handles if they thought BREIN was close to catching them"

Or maybe they just used an open WiFi access point.

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