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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

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Time Warner Cable, the archetype of a poorly-run, dirt-cheap network of a profit-greedy company.....

...and that's what you get ^10 if they will be allowed to merge with Comcast, the worst of all.

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NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

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Mr Mayor, we MUST STOP THIS or NYC gets...

...even lower on the worldwide list - and it's already way-way down...

Outside of Manhattan it is essentially a SINGLE-PROVIDER TOWN, there is no choice almost everywhere in Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx, as well as Staten Island, thanks to the silent monopoly-agreement between Cablevision and Time Warner Cable - the two giants who do NOT enter each others' street are so arrogant that in parts of Brooklyn they serve every 2-3 blocks then let the other one take that slice of the cake, they so obviously chopped up the neighborhoods it is truly breathtaking...

...no wonder they are so arrogant: Sen "Wall St Chuck" Schumer (D-NY), living in one of these Brooklyn neighborhoods (the same one you and I live, Mr Mayor) actually sits on the "Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights" in the Senate and - icing on the cake - he is the brother of Robert Schumer, one of the the main lawyers working on the planned TWC-Comcast merger... little surprise that he praised this almost universally hated merger, right?

http://blog.littlesis.org/2014/02/17/schumer-reassures-new-york-about-comcast-time-warner-cable-deal-doesnt-mention-his-brother-was-the-dealmaker/

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: Because thats what sea life wants!

Someone is watching too much Russia Today or Chinese TV propaganda...

FYI the SSN22 threat was taken care of when Raytheon started shipping SeaRAM, its drop-in 11-missile upgrade for the Phalanx platform: http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/searam/

As for the old DF21 Aegis' RIM-161 (already deployed by USN and JMSDF) is capable to track and take down *hundreds* of incoming Chinese/Russian/etc ICBMs (and no enemy airplanes will fly anywhere near to any USN carrier strike group in combat, I guarantee that.)

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Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers

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The faster the parasites go extinct...

...the better for everyone.

Now let's move on and make a move on Government Sach's (et al) completely illegal HFT practices

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AMD slaps 'Radeon' label on Tosh flash: >Beard stroke< Hmm, cunning ...

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Re: OCZ!!!!!!

It was bought by Toshiba long time ago, stop with your inane nonsense.

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VMware hangs with the cool kids in the Containers gang

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Re: More like 2000

Well said except the Windows part: virtual apps etc are a still steaming pile of crap on Windows compared to other platforms, even today, not to mention MED-V deploys an entire XP image, APP-V is aiming streaming etc.

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Re: HUH??

Chroot is NOT a container - I suggest reading up on the subject: https://docker.com/whatisdocker/

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

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iBrator...

...is the right name.

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Violin strings up cheaper instrument: 17.5TB flash box for $100k + change

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Better cost a LOT less than $100k...

...or be a LOT faster than the numbers I've heard from them last year otherwise it's still the same story like with the 6200-series: expensive as hell yet less-than-impressive bandwidth for a all-flash unit.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: Good article.

"he rules are that something is not public domain unless the creator says otherwise.... Well? Who said otherwise, Jimmy?"

Uhh, hate to brake it to you but the law says otherwise - you got it exactly (ass-)backwards: UNLESS it's claimed by someone it is public domain BY DEFAULT.

"Who said otherwise, Jimmy?"

Umm, everybody, heyrick.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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I'm still confused: since when my tax dollars meant to be put to work for media companies...?

And how about literally LIMITING what someone can read/watch...?

To me the former is totally against any democratic setup, the latter is the square opposite of freedom, both regardless how all the media scumbags and their unabashed mouthpieces try to present it otherwise... (Hello, Mr Biden and your good friend, ex-Sen Dodd, now head of the MPAA - how are you two doing today, can any of you tell us who'll the MPAA arrest next time overseas, preferably in a local SWAT operation and what kind of utterly and laughably fake stats you will present against the resulting shitstorm?)

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata

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Most insane argument on ElReg in a loooong time...

...so let me get this straight: the AUS gov (you know, long considered to be the most servient one to foreign interests among any Western-style democracy) SHOULD retain metadata (=who called whom, when, where, how long, what kind of handsets etc.), of which they are the biggest USERS (=zero third-party interests to provide some protection from abusive overuse) because...

....just BECAUSE THEY already have DCs and THEY CAN?

Wow.

Just wow.

PS: I think someone really need to take his medication as the doctor prescribed it (or get off the payroll of certain government agencies.)

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

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You want to play hardball? Fine.

Well, then I will stop using it on my phone altogether, you arrogant twat...

...Mr Sugarhill - it's your call.

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Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?

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This is projectware...

...nothing else at this point. At least Blackberry realized - almost too late but at least they did it - it's the lesser of two evils to piggyback on another ecosystem for apps (ie Android.)

The Koreans probably realized that being this late to the party means that trying to do all the heavy lifting (ie fostering new OS ecosystem) alone is a herculean task even for the most established OS giants like MSFT, so it would definitely break the back of any newcomer OS, even if its sugar daddy (Samsung) is otherwise among the richest guys on the (mobile) block...

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Fares fair, says New York: Lyft finally gets in gear for the Big Apple

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TLC is...

...essentially a protection racket, a stupid medieval-age guild. I hope in 10 years they will disappear completely and this completely ridiculous, mafia-like taxi underworld disappears from here (NYC.)

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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Re: "Only one car maker builds truly attractive large saloons and that’s Jaguar"

Certainly not alone and - though this is more of a subjective matter - they don't even have a single "truly attractive large saloon" (sic!) unless you like ugly-as-hell rear designs like that of the XJ and Maserati/Aston-copying fronts...

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BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now

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"enterprise push email"

Push isn't much of a selling point unless you're in one of those niche business but then chances are you already have BES or another competing solution - however GOOD security is much more important now, post-Snowden.

Now that they have the all the cloud pieces in place BB should start offering hosted/cloud-based secure email service on their own, touting their end-to-end (within their domains, of course) AES256 etc encryption, providing VPN etc.

I understand this won't do anything for dubious local LAE access - hey, that's something Congress should fix - but at least it would offer *some* protection against the completely illegal attacks of the completely out-of-control, completely rotten UKUSA-based intelligence establishment.

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HP CEO Meg Whitman dons TRIPLE CROWN of POWER

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Re: Corporate governance—crowned

Huh, WTF? Normally I ignore stupid AC comments but this is such a nonsense I cannot...

...FWIW Mark Hurd was THE LAST BEST CHANCE for HP to stay relevant. The utterly stupid board, mostly lawyers and their ilks (eg Whitman was a rep) put in charge that glorified software sales guy who was fired from SAP and now they blame him...

...and pray that Whitman will make HP glorious. Good luck.

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'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website

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Err, sorry, correction: "FCC chairman and ex-cable top lobbyist and ex-telco top lobbyist"...

...Tom Wheeler, this paid Trojan Horse, put into this position by Obama, to satisfy his paymasters...

(He is the former President of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and former CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), the two most disgusting industry lobby groups when it comes to anything in telecommunication, making Tom Wheeler the probably the worst possible paid *&^%$ for this position at the main oversight & regulatory body of the industry.).

...carry on, please.

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Seagate finally digests EVault – 8 years after swallowing

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LTS2 is a weird product...

...with such basic features missing like deleting multiple files or a non-empty folder - how could they launch it like that, I don't understand.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Is it me or...

...is it indeed ugly as hell (or at least ridiculous-looking)...?

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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At this point why don't they just BUY/BUILD A NEW COUNTRY...

...somewhere else? You know, some place where weather is actually suitable for humans all year long and you can live without completely *&^%$ing up the climate with your emissions, energy needs etc?

Seriously, just BUY AN ISLAND and fill it up with your (tempting, luscious, alluring) camels, people then just KEEP MAKING IT BIGGER, build it out, under nice climate - it's a much better way to piss away large sums of money on stupid things!

Just think about it: you could still keep your old Dubai as your cash cow with its oil output and horrible living condition while enjoying the New Dubai Island with its filtered, neutralized populace - hey, you could even split your slave labor between them, only bringing the rape-worthy 'domestic help' and 'service industry' hands to your new place (even less possibility for an outsider to get wind of what's going on there) and keeping the industry laborers, normally held like animals in containers, in your Old Country... doesn't it sound great?

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Re: No worse than Las Vegas, surely?

No because in Vegas nobody wants to air condition the streets or entire neighborhoods.

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Snowden leaks latest: NSA, FBI g-men spied on Muslim-American chiefs

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Re: @Charles Manning

"The genes are equivalent, they don't acquire something special because a few generations of ancestors were slaves."

DougS, are seriously trying to argue with someone who clearly uses "gene pool" as an argument for different 'cultural background'...?

Just read his BS blurb about Obama again, he's the archetype of the fake-science racists, no point in arguing with him...

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Re: Muslim-Americans?

When the subject is about roots there are Jewish-American etc terms so it isn't really about any origin country. OTOH I agree, American Muslims is far more correct term but also far more vulnerable for abuse, from both sides.

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Re: Muslim-Americans?

"Alternatively, it could be read to suggest that Muslim-Americans are, you know, not quite real Americans."

Total nonsense - it's a very common thing here and I never met anyone who wouldn't be proud of her/his ancestry, who would be offended by hearing, say, 'Irish-American', would take it as a pejorative.

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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Re: thought I'd counter the inevitable outright negativity

"And yes, although you can sideload apps from the Play Store, it's really pretty hit and miss how well they will work."

Well, you can consider that issue solved - Amazon recently inked a deal with Blackberry and its App Store coming to all BB10 device: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2014/06/amazon-appstore

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Re: It could be their best chance for a solid return...

"BlackBerry doesn't have to put out a product that's "as good as" the competition at this point."

Actually BB10's communication management is FAR BETTER than anything else out there.

"Windows Phone's UI is genuinely quite different from Android/iOS and very good for the simple/integrated organizer tasks."

WP UI is genuinely different, even got some stuff better than Android but for high-frequency communication it's the most annoying PoC right after iOS (which is far the worst offender), the whole tiles etc is absolutely useless when it comes to a constant, integrated communication system that BB10 is focusing on.

"I've used BB10 and it has a few novel ideas but it doesn't feel like anything that couldn't be done in an Android skin. "

Oh pleahhse. Clearly you have never used one for more than a quick test in a store or you seriously have no clue what you're talking about - BB10's unified "Hub" is far ahead of anything Android ever managed to produce with its fragmented, multiple-app communication management (despite even stealing almost everything from WebOS without any problem) and iOS is the worst on the market.

"I personally believe that BlackBerry should have released the interface as an Android skin instead of a full OS. "

Yeah, that's the typical clueless armchair CEO idiocy, completely missing the main point (unified communication) behind BB10.

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It could be their best chance for a solid return...

...to the market - as a matter of fact the touch-sensitive physical keyboard is certainly far more inventive than anything Apple or the Android camp so far managed to pull up when it comes to text entry and I also like the idea of a large, high-resolution (1440x1440) screen that's NOT as tall as my Xperia Z Ultra, not to mention that anytime I tried a BB10 phone I've never seen the signature multitasking issues I always seen on iOS or Android (limited multitasking, sluggishness, randomly putting apps to sleep, triggering a loss of entered text/content etc etc)... it's taking forever, for sure, but the new CEO is far the best bet I've seen from RIM to return Blackberry to the black permanently. No it won't ever be as big as it was but it still could be a solid smaller player, with its advanced products - integrating Amazon's Android app store was a long-missing, logical step, now updating the hardware to current standards is the next... let's see the price tag and how it all get tied together in 10.3 (and presumably in BES12.)

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Re: More BS from RIM

Ouch. You do understand the concept of resolution vs pixel size, right?

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Prepare yourself for PlayStation pr0n: Sony shows off PS 4 beta-fest

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Re: All really good stuff.

Playstation Now is very impressive, I agree, the latency, responsiveness, everything - too bad majority of those PS3 games just look awful after a PS4 game. :)

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Re: All really good stuff.

Huh, 99%, seriously? Of what? The ENTIRE media center package is still missing: no streaming movies, no DLNA support, no network file browsing, no Flash Player in browser, no MP3 streaming etc etc.

Sony needs to put a LOT OF WORK into PS4 to make it into a formidable media player box - it's a very nice gaming console package, I agree and it's good that they have shipped with Amazon, Netflix etc streaming services apps but that's it - the PS4 as it is today is a VERY far cry from being a game changer in the living room, for sure. (And I can give you more examples of awkward features: to switch from decoded sound channels to bitstreaming you have to quit playback, go to Settings, then into Sound, change the format, wait until your AVR picks it up etc, then go back? It should've been exposed in the API to 3rd party apps from the beginning so it would be right in the playback menu everywhere, not to mention all apps are still developed by Sony so it's even more of a sore point...)

PS: I agree though that the DualShock is an utter PoC media remote - for starter only thumb buttons should be active, everything else should be inactive because during almost EVERY movie we watch on Amazon we accidentally stop or quit when we simply move the remote on the couch...

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THE GERMANS ARE CLOUDING: New AWS cloud region spotted

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That's actually not true - I think it's moreup to the individual provider, in this case Amazon... IANAL but there's no "super-world-authority" here, it's more about rather different legal reads of a murky situation, none tested in court so far AFAIK.

Amazon's take was always rather practical than principled - Vogel (CTO) is saying for several years now that customers in non-US DCs worried about possible access should simply encrypt their data, pure and simple. He's right, there's nothing better protection than using your own, very strong crypto and not giving the keys to anyone. :)

OTOH Rackspace, with DCs in the US, UK, AU and Hong-Kong, clearly spills out that if they receive any US law enforcement agency request (court order, NSL, FISA court order, anything) targeting non-US data then they require US LEA to contact its counterpart LEA or a court in the target country and have them submit a request (or joint request, not exactly clear to me.)

Their SVP&General Counsel made it pretty clear on various pages: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/your-data-is-your-data-period/

https://community.rackspace.com/general/f/34/p/791/1347#1347

Also: http://www.rackspace.com.au/about/patriot-act

Now with UK and AU both being parties to the Five Eyes it does nto mean much of a protection but what happens in Hong-Kong is anyone's guess... one thing is sure if I'd have to chose I'd rather have the NSA going through my mp3s instead of the PLA's intelligence brigade.:)

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Free Red Hat clone CentOS-7 is full of Linux Container love

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The Docker image is...

...the last beta image but it's already working fine which is awesome (shameless plug: see szlevi.com for a newb guide to quickly get it up and running.)

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German spy agency staffer spied for NSA during gov probe into NSA spying – report

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And Gen Alexander's Frankenzilla aka the NSA is just running amok, spiralling out of control...

...and the proud father and his ilks are is still enjoying retirement, promotion etc instead of a nasty federal investigation for lying to Congress, knowingly and continuously violating constitutional limits etc. Somehow nothing happens.

Pure insanity.

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Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

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Re: Willing to Pay the Price?

"All you need to do is head to your nearest US embassy, Mr. Snowden."

You are confused. He didn't say he's insane and he WANTS to rot in jail without even a chance for a proper trial.

"You may aspire to the moral high ground when you hold others to the rule of law, but you cede that high ground when you yourself avoid that same rule of law."

Except that's utter BS and we all know that - due to the distorted preference in US law he CANNOT EVEN CONTEST statements made by prosecution against him, cannot use evidence, nothing. You know, TOTALLY UNLIKE under your so-called "RULE OF LAW", that does NOT apply to his case.

In short please, shut it if you clearly don't know what you are talking about.,

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Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

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Re: Don't believe everything you read. OTOH...

"Russia's hands-on approach to engineering gave them superb rocket engines and before that, made the Rolls Royce jet engine as good as anything the USA had."

First they were mostly good at stealing/copying designs from the west but even their later, rightfully claimed own successes ended with the death of Korolyov - after he died the entire Soviet space/rocket program collapsed, it became a complete mess, led by a bureaucrat called Mishin, an incompetent alcoholic (a very typical, common Russian problem.)

They never caught up with the Americans and they soon (~15-20 years) ran out of money to even run their dictatorship and most likely they will never recover again.

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Re: It was just the question of time after the NSA revelations...

Well, that'd be the mission and now that the essentially Tea Party-run right is literally trying to defund the NSA I don't think there's much political danger in reigning in (yes, I know the romney-an habit of sudden 180 as soon as Obama supports something they wanted but that's the corrupt, cantorian establishment crooks, not the TP fundies playbook.)

It's not that anyone should defund the NSA, of course - that's just classic TP-style stupidity, nothing else. We DO need SIGINT and we should be sharing info with allies, that's not even a question. But this absolutely orwellian, not only warrantless but SUSPICIONLESS en masse, totally ILLEGAL recording of everyone's communication on the planet should be stopped immediately (including that cynical-primitive circumvention of the laws when 'you record my citizens and I record yours then we share the info' etc.)

Since unfortunately Obama proved to be far less firm (should I say capable?) operator than I expected him back in 2008 so you might be right - but I doubt he has anything to do with any leaks or alikes.

He clearly has no Clinton-sized balls nor the necessary executive experience - just look at issues he could have pushed on under executive power (immigration, FCC etc) but he never even attempted it -, so I doubt he would be actively trying to do such things... using them, sure, he's timid/controlled enough to exploit these things as you said but that's about it. He's not a stupid guy and he is a constitutional lawyer by training so he knows very well it's clearly illegal what they are doing but as most Dems he's probably terrified of looking weak on security so he rather sacrifices everything else even though he's an outgoing POTUS. It's first and foremost lack of political balls or rather spine, let's admit it, nothing else.

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It was just the question of time after the NSA revelations...

...I was wondering what's taking so long for all the

Another perfect example the incredible, insane damage Gen Alexander and his rotten operation did to our business as well as to the world order altogether, in order to gain NOTHING useful.

Speaking of an arrogant, insubordinate scumbag running amok with his ilks: how are they still NOT under investigation for breaking the law, not being charged for lying to Congress but enjoying their retirement, promotion, life etc...?

I said it long time ago, right away when first stories surfaced, well before Snowden and I still believe it: this issue will never go away until they are willing to fix it. If you keep trying to sweep under the rug, if you refuse to face the music & try the perpetrators, you're not willing to clean the pipes at all the three-letter agencies then it will cost you dearly, Dems, for LONG YEARS, mark my words. And no, Obama's current laughably insincere, fake attempt won't fool anyone.

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YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

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Re: Net neutrality

Yes, I'm getting this feeling of a two-faced sneaky BSing company ever since Schmidt was removed from his CEO positions and Page took over... it's not necessarily him but definitely the changes he made, for sure, that changed Google so much (I opted out of almost everything sans the most basic set of their services and I only keep them reluctantly now as they seem to be the least evil of all big guns.)

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YT is a bunch of arrogant googlers...

...and I try to avoid it for a long time now - other than occasional watching of retro-stuff (eg search terms like "full movie" or "historic footage" w/ year) or occasional cartoons for the kids I pretty much stopped using it, there are loads of much better sites out there to discover new music.

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Dell inks OEM deal with Nutanix to build mutant server, storage, networking beasts

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Re: Couple of things

I think what he's trying to convey is the idea of Dell dislodging those $25-$50k FC arrays with these converged (buzz! buzz!) solutions glued together by Nutanix but I might be off as well, it's not the clearest wording, for sure...

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Will SanDisk move into enterprise kit after its Fusion-io slurp?

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FIO supplies everyone...

...and as a matter of fact their two reference build for ION are based on one Dell and one HP server so I don't see why would be HP considered any way special.

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BlackBerry inks deal with Amazon to get Android apps on its mobes

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Re: Amazon Prime services on BB10 perhaps?

Err, hate to be the one to break it to you as long as you have Flash it already works on any Android device...

BTW if that'd be true their phone would flop immediately. :)

My point was more about Prime Music, to be honest, see simultaneous unlimited music streaming announcement from T-Mobile.

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Amazon Prime services on BB10 perhaps?

That would be a smart move from BB if while getting out of media sales they would simultaneously introduce the best flat-fee premium services aka Amazon Prime services (at least in NA, where Amazon just added Prime Music to its unlimited streaming portfolio) - Amazon would love the extra sales and they don't need much, just make sure their Android clients work on BB10 just fine...

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T-Mobile boss: 'High and mighty' Verizon and AT&T are 'raping you for every penny you have'

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Amazon's Prime Music, Google's PLay Music, Sony's Music Unlimited, Grooveshark, Soundcloud...

...and a load of others are still metered, it's a good start but there are a lot more to add if they are serious.

Also that "Rhapsody unRadio is free to those who have signed up to T-Mobile's unlimited data plans" is not exactly true - it does not include anyone with 'unlimited' data plan nor w/ 1-3-5GB 4G LTE plans added, it is only free for subs with 'unlimited' data plan with "Unlimited 4G LTE" package added (most expensive data plan.)

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'I'm for free speech!' brave Boris bellows, bewildered by 'right to be forgotten' bluster

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Re: How much 'free speech' does he want?

As much as his case officers (=big business, corporate entities and their ilks) want...

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Re: Boffins disagreeing with each other?

"you are an evil denier and are to be lumped in with flat-earthers and inbred hillbillies."

Actually clearly, he is one dumb denier, who started out by citing literally the most basic non-debated part of the issue as something in question...

...classic case of a clueless mouthpiece trying to sound off 'reasonably' but ends up flat on his face.

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Quick as a flash: SanDisk gobbles Fusion-io for an Instagram (that's $1.1bn)

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As far as ioControl goes...

...with its current ~$100k SPX-bundle pricing all they need is a refresh w/ bigger drives (4TB? 5TB?) and the all-new 3rd gen flash cards in the backend (as well as bundled additional FIO cards, they obviously should be 3rd gen as well) and maintain or perhaps lower its price tag a bit and they are good for the rest of the year or even further.

On the long run it's a tough question, I noticed that the website is now sopmewhat hazy about ION as cards+sw vs ION as cards+sw+ioControl-like appliance... I 'd just keep ION as a custom solution and add a new, all-flash option to ioControl (they can leverage their existing inventory of gen2 cards, perhaps doubling the 10Gb ports on the back?); nevertheless I think ioControl should get a NAS option at some point but getting it done properly (eg certified SMB3.0-level) is a pretty serious task, just ask Tegile about it...

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