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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: Super Fast Jellyfish Max height?

"(presumably because of the Northern deep-fried Mars bar diet)."

Arsehole - they are made in The Black Country. Its the Bathams Ales that causes the spread, and the pork scratchin's

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Re: Max height?

Of course depends what age of Morgan. I am 1m 96cm - none are comfortable for anything over say 2 hrs.

Anyhow they are shit. All of them.

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Re: Light Car Challenge

"So, no that I'm ready to get a new car, what can I buy that's under a tonne, exciting for less than 15k?"

Go and look at a Renault Club Sport, not the current but the one just gone - the final one with hydraulic power steering

1050 kilos with me and half a tank of gas. Weighed at my local Porsche/MOT garage.

Anything with electric power steering might be 'economical' but no feeling. Discussions with a steering engineer working on cars you might buy confirmed this.

Having owned every hot hatch from XR3 (note - no I) onwards I will say this was the best mix of abilities and speed.

Often used to head of to mid Wales and throw it around the moorland roads, using a couple of tanks of gas in the process, never failed to excite and always a better car than me!!

And yet we took it across Europe on tours of France and Spain, in relative comfort,

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Re: Narrow tyres and low power

Sounds like a typical member of the chain gang. Mad, bad and dangerous to know - but much smiling.

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Narrow tyres and low power

Are the recipe for fun. Also direct steering and stiff suspension. All of which is found in Frazer Nash or HRG. Both prove the value of utter simplicity and solid axles

If this simple car was fun, beg borrow or steal a drive in a mid 30s Frazer, and experience immediacy of response we have all forgotten about.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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@Khaptain

You view of the expat community is closed. What the other guy said is reasonable - its a way of finding out about the odd wrinkles in each location.

I have lived for over 6 months (if that counts as moving to another country) in 6 countries and speak 4 languages well - but I still would hook up with the non-indigenous groups to find out stuff they have taken years to find

It does not mean you have to spend any time with hem apart form the very odd meeting

I reckon your puritanism is getting in the way of sensible judgment.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: Homebrew Computer Club

"it weren't for Woz's passion for micro computing, as well as technical prowess" That

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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Re: Hmmmm

"They're still hoping to get more windows in to replace linux."

That is not what I hear from my MSFT contacts

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: Real mpg?

The mpg is nowhere near what they claim. The TwinAir was designed for low emissions rather than low mpg.

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Yes us poor EU people, with our taught suspension, decent brakes, accurate steering, much better interiors, more powerful engines and decent roads to use them on

Over the past 20+ years I have visited and hired cars of all types in all 4 corners of the US, and whilst they get better, they are still beige.

Couple of years a go, landed at LAX, hired a Hertz Mustang 500H, (black and gold thing) expecting something interesting. Took it my usual test route Laguna to Skyline drive. And laughed - Blancmange with throttle delay.

FIAT over Stelvio wins

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IT crisis looming: 'What if AWS goes pop, runs out of cash?'

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Re: They're not losing anything. At least not what the doomsdayers claim.

I'm with this analysis. I am amazed he can pull the 2billion figure out and say its is correct. I don't doubt they are running at an operating loss, but how much, what proportion of corporate turnover, what's the cash and so on are all ethereal in large companies.

Bezos also runs the company, afaik, so as not to state big profits

AWS might go tits, but this analysis has a low percentage chance of being correct.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Re: Unfortunately it starts early

I guess I am older than most on here and also as an ex-Boy Scout I have always been keen on cooking basic meals. Any suggestion that junk food or Gregs etc is cheap is a load of bollocks

In one period of my life when I was mega poor (well I was spending my money on rock climbing gear and travel beyond all else) I lived on chick pea soups and similar. I was fitter then than I am now and could lift my weight on two fingers.

So giving any quarter to some excuse that the poor misses the point that most people, I guess, do not know how to look after themselves.

I also volunteered for a few years (when I cared) for Shelter and again the expectations and knowledge of how to eat well was almost non existent.

This lovely lady used her skills to live on £10 a week

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/sep/11/jack-monroe-five-recipes-new-cookbook

Her food / recipes are better than any take away.

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Ab phab: Apple is Britain's coolest brand YET AGAIN

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Re: Only one one the list

DB5, like all XK Jaguars (the earlier the worse) are cool to look at but awful to drive. Look at the modern improvements that get added on - brakes, steering, ignitions, fuel injection etc.

If its an Aston, and you want to develop arm muscles, its the Ulster. But give me a Frazer Nash any day, cool to the cognoscenti.

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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

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Microfocus has no where else to grow. COBOL sales are static and mature.

I disagree. From above statement, I have had to get acquainted with COBOL for reason of ERP systems - and the sales wonks have sold a lot of new deals. Not iPhone6 territory but MF will be happy. Also the annual license costs must be keeping someone in Moet.

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Re: This announcement worries me

Strange comment, and I do not see where your worry comes from. MicroFocus is a conservative customer with a very nice cashflow from an extremely stable customer base. They will not have done this move for some mad hedge fund idea of strip and sale. I suspect they do want their own OS to go alongside COBOL so they have a nice packaged deal for them many many customers.

I inherited with horror 43 customers using COBOL as the result of a merger, and the aged workforce that looked after them. Its turned out to be dead easy to manage - very stable systems and by removing the Zimmers they stay working 18hrs a day.

COBOL and *ix from the same supplier looks like a great proposition to me.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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If you are in Redmond

Hire a car and go to the museum. His selection of items is great and they all work. And the people who work there know a great deal.

Small compared to say the USAF in Dayton but a real gem

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Re: Picking the nit...

Panthers

Also their fuel tanks blew up from a side it. Something the Russians soon exploited

Also their transmissions broke (something of a German speciality)

Whatever is said about German vs. Russian tanks - the deciding factor is - who's was in front of the Reichstag on May 2nd 1945?

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Bugger missed this

One thing it is, narrow.

Which means it can get up old mule tracks common in European mountains which very few other 4x4 can start on

I borrowed one to haul climbing and camping gear up to a Spanish mountain hut. No problems, someone with a 4x4 Transit got jammed in between the walls. I have no idea what happened as I just drove through the fields and off.

Great cars. Mk1 and 2 rotted though

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Dumping gear in the public cloud: It's about ease of use, stupid

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Re: Cloud

"But does any company put core compute into the cloud ?"

I agree with M.B. says and I will add, geographical spread

Lets say you have shipping in Singapore, sales offices in Sydney, Munich, and Dayton, Ohio (eeeuughh!) and accounts in Luxembourg and you have to tie that lot together.

A global cloud provider is giving you the links, the fail over and the servers in one package.

And yes this is core like nowt else

Sort of related. When hurricane Katrina hit my team was involved in helping some customers get started again, that changed a lot of minds for the customers, they never wanted their own kit in one location again. They wanted to be able to ship the employees across country and start again in a hotel room. Soon after they have found them again.

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Re: How many ?

Somewhat challengely put, I can see you are in management.

So tell me one thing - are you running in normal mode your systems at 100% capacity that you need add more systems at peak load ?

Sort of, they will be running above 50% I guess, and yes load at all tiers of the application will go up, asymmetrically of course because it depends on which of the examples I have given.

How about databases?

We will do that depending on the task and the architecture of the application,and add more stuff to existing db servers

Are you also spawning new instances just for peak load ?

Well peak, mmmm, depends what you mean. Some of the above examples do not arrive at a pointy peak as characterised by the Matterhorn shape. Many are more Aconcagua in form. So we will add to respond to expected loads and try and add quickly if odd stuff is detected. Sometimes the extra is left in place for days as the demand goes on and on.

I am interested in what answers you were expecting? Do these match with your experience in managing variable loads?

All the above is helped by having your software designed at least in part to be able all these shenanigans to happen.

The ERP system I am referring to is stateless and asynchronous and so can scale up and out without batting an eyelid.

Please answer, as I have spent time writing this and I had paint to watch dry

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Re: How many ?

"many industries require burstable systems."

Would you mind name at least 5 ?

What confronts me and my team are:

Time and expense systems - at end of month everyone logs on to do all the work they should have done in the month

ERP systems when doing end of month reporting, or trying new cube/datamart based data analysis

And separately ERP systems when people do very large MRP roll ups

Transactional web sites when the company is offering sudden discounts or at the end of bidding by subcontractors. These aren't general public facing

Less so as this can be predicted - mathematical modelling of business processes and trying different parameter sets.

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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Re: Rugged?

"The most bizarre repair was somebody who drove a forklift directly into the touchscreen and pushed it almost through the back of the casing! :-O"

I am indirectly involved in big touch screens - sorta 500cm x 300cm x200cm - at the edges of their solid stainless cab. And I am told more than the odd one gets this treatment. Why?

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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T34, IS2 vs Tiger any Panter any

"Accordingly, the Germans created the Tiger and Panther series, which dominated battlefields for the rest of the war"

Not so. On paper maybe, but in the mud and dust of Belarus and the east German plain they looked good in the German cinemas but failed consistently. Mechanical breakdowns, way to expensive to make and almost impossible to repair in the field.

As Clausewitz said 'fog of war' albeit about something else - the Germans designed something to fit their mad ideals not the real stuff on the ground.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: Exact Change

The hegemony of the Oyster card extends beyond Zone 6!

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Spanish struggle to control spelling of 'WhatsApp'

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Universidad de Salamanca

she say El Internet.

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wasap

Was the way I heard it said first - before I had heard it in English. I back worked it to WhatsApp to my Spanish yoof and since then the ones I know say Whatsapp - they pretty well all speak English anyhow.

The gender of Internet I shall submit to Salamanca for a ruling, back in a mo.

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

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Dennis was given a lighter charge because the judge considered him “very much less intelligent”.

Which was the comment of the very biased* Old Bailey of the first trail.

And those of us around at the time found it was one part of the summing up we kinda agreed with

Dennis spent his time and money trying to re-write history over his involvement in School Kids Oz, (I am a proud owner of a copy) and I have watched as he got adsorbed by the establishment he claims to have antagonised

Richard Neville, with Anderson, the real smarts behind Oz wrote some telling stuff about Dennis in Hippie Hippie Shake, IIRC. Mostly about how he scuttled away as soon as he could.

Not a fan.

* other words could be used but this post would not get allowed if used.

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For one night only – Ibsen classic gets the Dolby Atmos treatment

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Atmosphere in an Ibsen play - what?

I though the point of Ibsen was there is no atmosphere - its a record of stultified time passing.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Re: Tents

Another thumbs up for Force 10. Mine spent may a year as base camp in some part of the Alps. Faded like hell, but still OK. My wife loaned it to the daughter of a friend. Said bint left it in a field at some festival. Much wailing and crying. Arse.

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London Tech Week: All for the luvvies and the joke's on you, taxpayers

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Re: The next big thing

Bang on on the garage thing

Shoreditch is just useful for concentrating all the beard wearing hipsters so we South of the river don't have to suffer them too much.

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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

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Re: Need more business app support

Webex is there and no Tripcase. but I buzz around the world with the BA, American airlines an Marriott applications on my corp. 635. I don't like the integrated apps, if I am booking a BA flight, I want to do it with BA. You mileage may vary

Our corp choice is Windows through out and whilst a number of my fellow brilliantined zoot suited manager sluts cried when the iPhones were taken off them, it's ceased to be topic of conversation.

I see no reason contra WP, just as I see no pushing reason pro WP

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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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Re: Combo Upate

TOM38 - oh get you using a big word and trying to put someone down. Maybe the geezer knows Latin or pretty well any South European language and then he doesn't need to follow your advice - just uses logic. Nitwit.

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

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Re: Gordon 10

"They went into battle with about a hundred rounds."

No space for that amount. The inside is really cramped. Yes experienced crews did overload the compartment but IIRC the stored was about 30, lying around was about 18 and stuck where the wireless operator sat about 10. But they know if they were hit there was no second chance

But as you say 40 rounds for an 85mm gun, laughable. There was no chance of replacing them as they advanced the workshops were often 100s of Kms behind. They just kept firing and the ZIS just threw in more shells.

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Re: YAAC

@Matt Bryant - Again I agree, but I would add that we must understand what the Russians in the East were doing. On the 22nd of June Operation Bagration started. Quoted by most 2nd WW specific historians as the single biggest operation in WW2 (and thus history) and the single biggest contribution to the destruction of the German army.

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Re: Gordon 10

@Matt Bryant

Great post and from the evidence I have read in German and English pretty well spot on. The Jumo had a realistic in service life of 10 to 12 hours. If they had used the energy and scare materials making lots of Panthers and dumping the Tiger the war might have finished on the right side of the Oder. But if you have a manic as a leader and you follow him rationale goes out f the window.

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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Re: Noboby uses Bing for a good reason

"OS maps were available on WP Bing maps,"

Agree with all your comments on the Ordnance.

Now, as you say, if we had the old 2.5" series on the WP wouldn't that be spiffing?

And even better we could have Series 1 OS on the phone. Double spiffing!!

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Failover in FOUR SECONDS? HP's SAP-specific iron hits the streets

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Re: how on earth did it come to this?

You forgot the /s

To run a major ERP system with hundred level BOMs and create MRP work tos for multiple workcentres with stock pulls from multiple warehouse is a tad more difficult than you outline

Whilst no fan of SAP, most of the stories against them originate in failed implementations which mostly is nothing to do with their software; its the people working around it.

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

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Re: Congrats

And Chapettes

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

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Re: There's also some handy android apps

"Mind you I can't honestly recommend travelling to Banbury just to use a barcode scanner on a ticket barrier."

I'm down wid dat dude.

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Re: Good Thing (TM)

"Yes, in the UK we get to pay hefty subsidies, and inflated ticket prices. And still have rubbish trains."

I disagree, but its almost impossible to answer the subsidies issue. There are no clear published numbers of direct and even more difficult indirect funding and add to the picture the money the Brit Rail Cos return to the Gov but reading the German, French and Spanish press you get the impression the Govt funding is very good

On fares, you will be surprised in comparison to our close European neighbours

Take a look

http://www.seat61.com/uk-europe-train-fares-comparison.html#.U33pKz9OWM8

Of course in places further East, ie Slovak Republic, Hungary and Mother Russia the fares by iron horse are pence.

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Re: Good Thing (TM)

"Or, short form - "privatisation". Thanks for that one, Tony Blair."

Enlighten me - how did Tony Blair have anything to do with that?

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Re: Good Thing (TM)

"The German train service makes the free Deutsche Bahn app (every train in Europe, every bus in Germany, and the app's available in English and Kraut)."

Its called subsidies

And the trains and bus - well in London and environs are not bad. Full, yes - but not bad.

And if the DBB were so great how come the app doesn't cover Chiltern which they own?

The day I can book at Moor Street for Madrid and get a through return I will rejoice.

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SouthWest trains Twitter does it for me

Their service tells you what's going on without you having to do anything

Also Twit them and they will turn on heating, aircon or whatever is necessary.

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Re: There's also some handy android apps

"I use the Chiltern App" Me too - appears to do everything I want.

But why do they not accept the lovely barcode tickets at other places than the lovely Marylebone

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

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Re: The tank used for the illustration ...

Yes, the ISU 122 built on a KV1 chassis. Strictly a tank destroyer. But found a niece use in the Battle for Berlin. The infantry would ask then to blow a hole through a row of houses so they could avoid the dangerous street.

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'I run my business from my phone' says Benioff as Salesforce shovels $93m into the furnace

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1.23 billion, only!

Wow, I thought they were bigger than that. Thus now I understand the slowness to develop and low prices they charge.

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'Microsoft Research slides' show touch-enabled Office - report

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Re: and also

I use Excel on my WinP quite successfully

I create spreadsheets on the PC, save them to OneDrive and then in meeting display them on the screen through PhotoBeamer. Instant corrections and changes

All works rather well.

Its all about using the appropriate tool at the appropriate time.

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Microsoft: Take a seat over there, SAP, on the AZURE CLOUD

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Interesting figures

These appear much much better than our tests - for competitive purposes.

I shall have the testing staff flogged and sold into slavery forthwith

Normally I would want to know how much got posted per screen - along the idea of how many order lines per order (I know its not an SOP system) but the data shifting there is good whatever.

Of course we can't believe any of this - its on Microsoft Azure and its Microsoft software and thus just can't work.

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Dynamics scalable

mmm our testing shows not so much. But I keep an open mind.

To use Azure to max benefit you need async top to bottom of your software design and statelessness at each boundary between scale out 'layers'

Then Azure's tech and payment structures really run well.

The difficulty as far as I can see is how companies with so much invested in many 1000s of person years of programing are going to re-engineer for the Azure (or any other VM role based) structure.

This SAP movement will be interesting to watch, and check if they change the structures

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Job for IT generalist ...

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Re: So what _can_ you do?

I back up what the spectacularly refined chap says. Any CV has to have solid evidence of what you have achieved or done - must explain responsibilities and have numerical evidence. A list of things you know is useless

HR reject CVs if there is no sign of achievement before they send them to me as they know they will be binned.

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