* Posts by TheVogon

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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

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Re: Revenue is not margin

"Amazon makes 25% net margins on AWS."

Amazon's annual and quarterly reports show large on-going losses on AWS. You could argue that this is due to massive on-going investment, but anything suggesting it's currently "profitable" is quite clearly not the case.

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TheVogon
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"Microsoft "intelligent cloud" does not equal cloud. It equals cloud plus Hyper V"

Hyper-V Server is a completely free product. Zero cost with all features enabled.

Microsoft's "intelligent cloud" in terms of reporting does NOT include on customer premise solutions.

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TheVogon
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Re: Rapidly changing (negative) dynamic for Microsoft

"but Amazon makes a ton of profit on AWS. It is their most profitable division."

Not sure where you get that from, but Amazon's financial results show AWS is a massive loss maker - and is the main reason they nearly never declare any profit.

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TheVogon
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Re: Rapidly changing (negative) dynamic for Microsoft

"The fact that Microsoft is feverishly attempting to integrate Redhat Enterprise Linux with Docker Containerization into Azure Cloud Computing"

Microsoft are making it so that it integrates with Windows server too. Don't forget Microsoft have had a container solution for many years via SoftGrid / App-V so have a lot of experience in this space.

Besides, Azure (Hyper-V) scales better and is more efficient than KVM, so it makes sense to run your Red Hat cloud on it too if you want Red Hat.

This is why Azure is growing market share faster than AWS, and Microsoft overtook Amazon in cloud revenue a few quarters back.

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Re: Office 365 stinks.

"In constant currency, Intelligent Cloud was up eight per cent"

8% a quarter is ~ 47% growth a year.. So still on target for $20 billion from cloud in 2 years.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Click here to view this title.

"I live in Poland so £5 will buy a barrel lol :) (of Vodka)"

No doubt with product labels in Braille, and also certified as a high performance motor fuel...

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Re: Hooray

"You really think EU is not owned by business?"

Nope - it's an improvement on the American model - instead it's owned by corrupt and unelected bureaucrats...

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Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox

TheVogon
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Re: Keep your e-mail seperate

" "I have supported 28 million email accounts and 80 million emails per day.""

And from 1 inbox too....

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

TheVogon
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Re: Bunch of tosspots

"is because societies have tended to function reasonably well and flourish under Christianity"

Society tends to function reasonably well and flourish in countries that have Rabies too...

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TheVogon
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Re: Finally, a GOOD religion

"I though Rastafari objected to "Rastafarianism" - on the basis that calling them an "ism" is calling them a cult"

Let's check - oh "Catholicism" - yep - no wonder they are upset !

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TheVogon
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Re: Finally, a GOOD religion

"In all seriousness, it's a spoof. I don't really see this as much different to any other "themed" wedding,"

Or much different to any other religion...

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TheVogon
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Re: Bunch of tosspots

"they jump on a trendy new, look at me I'm different, non-religion religion. aka cult"

They don't show any signs of going down the cult route just yet - for instance having someone who claims to represent their god on Earth. They can leave that to the catholic church...

And how would you define a "non-religion"? - what they claim to believe in is a lot more reasonable, possible and believable than most other religions that I can think of!

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Google found 760,935 compromised web sites in a year

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Re: 760,935 breaches Google detected

As usual it's nearly all OSS software holes being successfully attacked despite Microsoft IIS having a 32% market share of all web servers - as per Netcraft. (That's less than 1% behind the market leader - Apache).

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Oracle plans Exadata-as-a-service, in cloud or on-prem

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"MSFT is now giving away SQL licenses for free to any Oracle customer "

But you have to agree to pay maintenance so it's not entirely free. So Microsoft is getting an on-going revenue stream...

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Google broke its own cloud AGAIN, with TWO software bugs

TheVogon
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Re: Storing your Companys' commercial secrets on Google Cloud ...

Fortunately, only the tumbleweed rolling across their near empty cloud noticed the outage...

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BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

TheVogon
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Re: Couldn't agree more

"No it doesn't. I bought one, it sucked compared to the 1020 in many ways. Sure, unlike the 1020 it can take the photos fast from launch, but that's about it."

If you didn't upgrade the firmware it shipped with. When it was shipped there was already an upgrade that addressed the issues you mention. I have both (my kid now has the 1020) and the 950 photos are noticeably superior. The review of the 950 also points out how much better than the 1020 the 950 camera is due to the improved sensor, optics and flash.

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TheVogon
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Re: Couldn't agree more

"I have a Lumia 1020. Great phone, but now stuck on Win 8.1"

It runs Windows Mobile 10 just fine.

However if you want a replacement for the 1020, look at the 950 / 950 XL - It has one of the best cameras of any currently shipping mobile.

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How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

TheVogon
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Re: Allowing a VM to corrupt the host is a sin

"I mean really, so much of the hypervisor stuff is done in the hardware nowadays I'd think that someone was asleep at the wheel, a code kiddo, or a malicious agent. (Hmmmm.)"

I seem to recall Amazon, Rackspace, etc. having to panic patch a similar hole in KVM not so long ago?

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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" trying to grab the error code on a Windows blue screen, which only flashes up for 500ms"

It's likely in the event log. Also the code is usually displayed for a few seconds as the OS will complete a crash dump before rebooting.

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Websites take control of USB devices: Googlers propose WebUSB API

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Re: Where to begin?

"1. I want drivers to install locally"

This - once and it's done. This is a solution without a problem...

And allowing websites to "control USB devices" sounds like an invitation for new types of viruses and spyware. As Google have a pretty awful security vulnerability record with Android and Chrome, it's hardly reassuring that this comes from them either.

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UK competition watchdog gripes to Brussels about Three-O2 merger

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Re: BT+EE

"Can someone explain why the BT merger with EE was considered acceptable but this is not?"

Because BT didn't own any other UK mobile networks?

However I would ask why the EE / T-Mobile merger was OK and this not....

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

TheVogon
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Re: How is this different?

"It won't spy on you and runs smoothly on much less powerful hardware."

Third party benchmarks at RTM showed that Windows 10 outperformed the latest Ubuntu in many common use scenarios on the same hardware...

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TheVogon
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Re: Hmm.

"Vulkan is coming. You won't need a proprietary driver soon".

PC gamers probably won't care by the time it arrives. Direct-X 12 is here with similar performance and feature benefits now.

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TheVogon
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Re: This isn't Nan friendly

"And fortunately Linux has AppArmour and SELinux (depending on distro) to do that too."

But that's a selection of Elastoplasts on top of a broken design, not a proper ACL model to start with...

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TheVogon
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Re: It will have the same limitations

"For starters, directly interfacing to block devices from the shell"

Yes it can. For instance https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/hh849882.aspx

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TheVogon
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"After years of never fully being able to kill a machine in the shell (hardware issues aside) I'll be able to experience under windows 10."

You have been able to do that from a command prompt for years. Try

Shutdown -f -r

Or if you really mean from the shell, you need:

Restart-Computer

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TheVogon
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Re: Stealing VMS

"Its a bit slow on spawning processes"

Which you need to do relatively rarely. However it's lightening fast at starting threads and fibres...

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TheVogon
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Re: It's just like...

"Hardly an impartial source of opinion are you?"

You must point out all the impartial posters on this thread that I am distracting you from? I must have missed them...

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TheVogon
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Re: It will have the same limitations

""Windows simply cannot do what Linux can do under the hood"

Such as?

"Windows doesn't need very much to be POSIX compliant, so they may well have added the missing bits."

Windows is already fully POSIX compliant with SUA etc installed - and has been for many years.

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TheVogon
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Re: It's just like...

"... putting lipstick on a pig."

Well, yes. The Windows 10 GUI is rather an improvement on Unity....

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TheVogon
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Re: This isn't Nan friendly

"The first time she tries "rm -rf /" I won't be responsible for my actions!"

Fortunately Windows has a proper ACL model that can deny even the "root" user from being able to delete critical files...

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TheVogon
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Re: Hell is indeed freezing over

Yep - just the new version of Services for Unix - which was able to run a *NIX shell and utilities on Windows since at least a decade ago, and was supported up to Windows 7. Move along, nothing to see here...

Although I suppose it's the only way we will ever see "the year of Linux on the desktop" - seeing as there are already over 275 million Windows 10 installs out there....

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Linux is so grown up, it's ready for marriage with containers

TheVogon
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"All Windows is expensive"

Well no - Windows is commonly the lowest TCO option for many corporate uses - and additionally you only need one set of support skills if you have uniform environment.

What would likely be more accurate is to say that virtualising much of his server estate would lower his on-going support and licensing costs...

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TheVogon
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"Hyper-V does look promising but the need to run WS20xx is a hurdle"

You don't need to run Windows Server. Running Hyper-V under Windows Server is optional. Hyper-V Server is a standalone hypervisor that runs with all features enabled without Windows Server.

However, even if you do choose to run it under Windows Server - it's not a hurdle at all. Especially as if like most companies - and as you mention - most of your servers already run Window Server.

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

TheVogon
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Re: Although 97% of desktop computer users prefer non-Apple OSs

"That must be why iOS and Android/Linux are only 98% of the smartphone market, which is 3 to 4 times the size of the PC market."

Actually according to Forrester, there are now over 2 billion PCs - which is somewhat more that the size of the Smartphone market (~1.8 billion). And >90% of those PCs run a version of Windows.

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Microsoft smells Musk, splashes on 'Mune' space program

TheVogon
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Re: April fool?

"But why “Mune”?"

See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3858372/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Maybe they are moving to the Moon for tax reasons?

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We wrap our claws around latest pre-Build Windows 10 preview

TheVogon
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Re: Bad version

"I had to roll my insider preview back as the graphics locked up or the login screen hung."

Check you are running the current BIOS and latest OEM drivers...fine here.

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TheVogon
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Re: I wonder if the Edge update fixes the inprivate not being private issue

"I have noticed that Edge has a problem with it's inprivate feature not working.

Namely it remembers URL's from previous inprivate sessions and shares them with the normal edge sessions"

Yes that was fixed on Insider builds a while back.

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Ubuntu

I see Windows 10 is going to support running Ubuntu. That is the after all the only way we we will ever get to see the year of the Linux desktop...

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

TheVogon
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Re: have BOTH their cake and eat it.

"I dont think it is the Year Of Linux on the Desktop yet."

It might be this year. Well sort of - Microsoft apparently plan to support Ubuntu running under Windows 10!

I think the idea is that developers can easily access their legacy text based *NIX command line tools that work well for say AWS and that some prefer over the more modern object orientated Powershell in Windows...The ultimate objective presumably being more Windows boxes and fewer *NIX boxes.

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Get lost, Windows 10 and Phone fans: No maps HERE on Microsoft's OS

TheVogon
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Re: Burning platform

"LOL, so you "don't use Flash or Java" but you use MS Office with its macro problems? "

Macros are disabled by default in Office. Also our Group policy only allows signed and trusted macros to run.

"become far less platform dependent as such documents render equally well on OSX and Linux"

MS Office works just fine on OS-X. Pretty much no one uses Linux on the desktop so it's an irrelevance. However Office 365 web access works just fine on Linux.

"There's also the fact that ODF is a mature, organically developed document standard as opposed to MSOOXML "

Lucky then that MS Office provides more advanced and less buggy support for it than LibreOffice does...

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TheVogon
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Re: Let's face it...

"just that MS licence a cut down version for their own use on Windows."

You have that the wrong way round. Here Maps is a cut down version of the Maps app that Microsoft now supply. Which is presumably why Here Maps is being discontinued.

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TheVogon
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Re: Burning platform

"As an office system, LibreOffice has pretty much everything there to walk all over anything that Microsoft Office can do"

If you mean MS Office from 20 years ago maybe. To suggest it's an equivalent is simply not the case.

Also LibreOffice requires Java installed which is an absolute no along with Flash on any of my PCs.

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Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

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Re: looks much cheaper

"Microsoft's Surface Book is the most expensive laptop you can get, short of ordering a 24-carat custom gold plated jobbie."

I guess you haven't heard of Alienware? Fully loaded, those laptops can cost over £3K.

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TheVogon
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Re: The Dance while you wait to get permission to remove a drive/device

"Its probably the cryptolocker virus hard at work on the USB drive, we're talking Windows after all."

You know there is a native Linux version and a Linux NAS version of Cryptolocker? And that unlike the Windows versions, those don't require user interaction to spread?

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TheVogon
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Re: Break a Surface Book and see...

"seeing how easy it is to repair"

It's very easy - just fill in the warranty form on the Microsoft support website and ship it off via the supplied label....

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'Millions' of Android mobes vulnerable to new Stagefright exploit

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"because they seek to associate Microsoft with "security" (which is why they're insulting)"

FYI - there has been zero malware, and zero critical vulnerabilities across all versions of Windows Phone to date.

Iphones are nearly as bad as Android too - see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/16/acedeceiver_ios_malware/

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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Re: Blocking the blockers is trivial

"the ads get served async from the server from the content server"

Which will show on the advert network as zero page views then. Or maybe one view when you make the copy....Or do you actually think they would trust website owners to tell them how many times the advert was viewed?!

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Linux fans may be in for disappointment with SQL Server 2016 port

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Re: Perfectly understandable

"You do know that idea came from Unix in the first place, right?"

But not from Linux, which has a big capability gap here.

"Even the most cursory reading of the man page would show you that's total cobblers."

Even the slightest technical knowledge about SUDO would tell you that's EXACTLY how it works so you clearly don't understand the subject matter - /usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 - the next time you run SUDO, type echo $UID

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TheVogon
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Re: Microsoft seeks naive and ignorant Linux user

"Even with Oracle database products, Microsoft ensures that it cannot perform on Windows as it does on Linux"

That's historically got a lot more to do with Oracle's use of crapware like Java, Oracle's poor adoption of threading and users not implementing Oracle recommended settings than anything deliberate by Microsoft. From Windows Server 2008 and Oracle 11g R2 onwards these issues are largely fixed provided you follow the Oracle recommendations - and you now get similar performance on Windows Server versus Linux for the same hardware.

See http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/dotnet/tech-info/ow2010-windowsdb-performance-177304.pdf

"superiority of database systems like PostgreSQL "

PostgreSQL has had more security holes, has far fewer features, and has way lower benchmark performance - so not quite sure how that's superior?

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