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Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children

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@DerekCurrie when was that then? Java came with the Yahoo toolbar as far back as the 90s!

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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

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Re: Google

I think you may not appreciate just how much power & cooling costs in a serious data centre. Every Watt you put in, you pay for, then you pay double to take it out again. Savings here add up VERY quickly.

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Drooping smartphone sales mean hard times ahead for Brit chipmaker

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Re: saturated market

MathS.

Anyway, every chipmaker is gambling on the "internet of things". That's what IPv6 is for, and that is where the growth is expected to come from.

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We gave SQL Server 2012 one year to prove itself: What happened?

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FAIL

"deep dive"

As an aside, I'll wager whoever coined the term "deep dive" wasn't actually a diver themselves. When you dive deep, you make a plan in advance, to the minute, and then you execute it. If you find the lost treasure of Blackbeard but you have hit the limit, then you execute your ascent plan, and come back tomorrow. Divers who don't do this end up becoming a permanent part of the site. It's a product evaluation; what's wrong with calling it that?

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The politics of the data centre

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FAIL

Yep what a surprise...

... Freeform Dynamics turn out to be pound-shop Gartner.

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FAIL

I am an Oracle DBA...

... And I have no problems whatsoever with virtualization, since VMware 5. Before that no chance, the hypervisors just weren't stable or manageable enough. Maybe it's not politics, maybe we do know what we're doing, and maybe this guy is selling snake-oil.

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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

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Re: The mystery of the mysterious operatives

Judging from the state of the cylinders they're obviously members of BSAC.

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

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FAIL

Re: I doubt it

Not to mention that all the kit in a DC is powered by sockets *inside the racks*.

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WTF?

Re: I doubt it

And no-one noticed the reboots in the syslog? No-one noticed the uptime looked a bit funny when they ran top (or equivalent)? No-one came in the next morning and wondered why their remote logins had dropped?

I call shenanigans.

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Oracle revs Database Appliance to X3-2 – and nearly to Exadata

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FAIL

... and randomly read for MVCC.

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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

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Re: He's quite right

I'm a diver, and diving kit is much cheaper on the Internet.

But you can't get your tank filled on the internet, and no local dive shop can survive on doing tank fills alone... For that reason I've no problem paying a little more.;

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Cameron to ink cyber deal with India, protect Brit outsourced data

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FAIL

Re: Right we get the point but

Don't you get it yet? Yes outsourcing IS cheaper... For the first quarter, or maybe the first year. Enough for whoever inked the deal to be hailed as a business genius and get his bonus and promotion. Then the wheels come off and you're over a barrel. Penny wise, pound foolish as they say.

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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FAIL

Yes, you would expect this from Ruby "rockstar ninjas" but not from Python users, who're supposed to be grown-ups.

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Earth-like planets abound in red dwarf systems

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Alien

Re: Entropy: Big Problem!

No, red light can barely make it to 10m. There's still a little blue light at 200m. Below that, it's dark. That's why the fish that live down there, the ones that even have eyes, also have bioluminescence.

(I'm a diver).

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

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Black Helicopters

Re: Chocolate Teapot

A carrier would have been damn useful for Libya, and may well yet be for Algeria.

Helicopter, because, y'know

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Twitter's real time data cruncher is made of people

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FAIL

I call shenanigans

Presumably Twitter pays salaries + benefits to get 24/7 sysadmin cover, working shifts, so that's not it.

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MEGAGRAPH: 1983's UK home computer chart toppers

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Happy

Speaking as El Reg's official Hoardiest Human...

... I have most of these, either in good working order, or being restored to such...

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Start the clock! Public sector web MUST be disabled-friendly by 2015

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Re: 100 meeeeellion?

Elderly counts in this context.

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The Lord of the Rings saga lies hidden deep in your Mac

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No...

... it's the config file for the Tolkein Ring network

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Raspberry Pi daddy: Stroke your hardware at night, land a job easy

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Stop

Re: Damn right

Doesn't that strike you as a little weird tho'? Can you imagine if the same applied to accountants and doctors?

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NoSQL's CAP theorem busters: We don't drop ACID

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Angel

"we are more software engineers than DBAs"

Which begs the question what is a DBA? I'll tell you: it's not the guy who knows SQL. It's not even the guy who knows a particular vendor's product. The DBA is the guy who takes personal responsibility for the integrity and availability of your organization's data, and gets called at 3am if there is a problem - and fixes it before business opens. If you think you don't need a DBA, then your business is exposed to a risk that may be difficult to recover from.

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Android-loving suits boot BlackBerrys into 3rd place in the office

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Boffin

Re: BYOD Policy

The headlong rush into "The Cloud" suggests the mainframe-lovers were right all along.

Maybe organisations should listen to their IT departments...

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

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Boffin

Re: Fresh Darth of Bespin.

"What is the point of attacking a fixed line defensive position on a snow covered planet by landing slow moving walking(!) tanks miles away from the enemy?"

To be fair that one is explained in the movie - they had to attack under the energy shield the rebels were projecting above their base.

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Walmart workers filmed playing iPad frisbee

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FAIL

Re: Upvoted

Corporate greed? Or greed of consumers shopping around for the lowest price and free shipping?

We have seen the enemy, and he is us.

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Facebook's IPO was a disaster? RUBBISH, you FOOLS

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Genius

Say what you like about Zuck, Facebook's IPO was textbook. Maximum capital raised for the firm, minimum fees paid to investment bankers. Of course everyone who invested lost their shirts but hey, they're grown ups, they knew the risks.

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Habitable HEAVY GRAVITY WORLD found just 42 light-years away

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Boffin

Re: EE 'Doc' Smith? Larry Niven?

Right. Your mass goes up as a cube but the cross section of your bones goes up as a square, as you get bigger.

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HP deed-poll drama: MORE new names for storage kiddies

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Stop

Dear God HP

Please just stop. In fact you should have stopped at AutoRaid.

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How IT bosses turned the tables on our cushy consultancy gigs

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Meh

Layoffs

Getting laid off from a big company is never personal, not for an ordinary worker. The share price drops and the CEO needs to be seen to be "doing something", so he decides to make "savings". The CFO will also be involved, and also the head of HR to make sure it's plausible (e.g. if all your COBOL programmers happen to be women, then laying them all off could be misconstrued). All this is happening at a level well above which anyone knows or cares about individual workers. The decide that the site at X is to close, or division Y is going to be sold, or that activity Z is going to be outsourced, and everyone who happens to work in it just gets thrown out with the bathwater.

But there's only so much you can outsource to India before the Indians realize that they can actually run the whole business and start appointing their own CEOs.... Cold comfort to all the workers, since the CEO will have made sure he'll be taken care of no matter what.

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Gavel fails to fall for Apple 1

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Unhappy

Re: Too right, typical Apple

In both price and performance, Commodore and Atari were superior to Apple all throughout the 80s. C64/800XL vs Apple II, and then ST/Amiga vs Macintosh, it was no contest. Arguably Workbench was much more usable than the contemporary MacOS too (i.e. the Mac didn't get multitasking until 6 OS versions later) and in colour too, so the famed Apple "design" doesn't really get a look-in either.

Apple gets to write history however as it is the last man standing from that era.

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Hackers leak 120,000 student records in raid on world's top unis

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IT Angle

Re: a protest against tuition fees that doesnt work

This is actually how the Sorbonne in Paris works. You only need to be enrolled to sit the exams.

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Graun Aid: Don't They Know It's Christmas 2.0?

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FAIL

Re: Gnat's organ

Nothing was handed to anyone. That mind-boggling sum was the loan guarantees, which were never called upon and have now expired. The actual cash cost of the bank bailout was around £60Bn, the cost of acquiring the majority of RBS. To put that into perspective, it's around the same amount England spends on bailing out Scotland every year anyway. And if Millipede can keep his trap shut for a few minutes, that will eventually be sold at a profit to the taxpayer.

I can tell you've come straight from "Comment Is Free"...

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Democratic congresswomen 'less feminine in appearance' than Republicans

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Devil

Re: "Attention all women...

Oh please, call it "telegenic" for example and it applies to both sexes. Tony Bliar being a classic example, people voted for him "because he has a nice smile" and completely ignored any of his policies (if they were voting for his policies, they'd have voted Tory).

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Ten external battery packs

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Re: I feel lost

I've a Duracell portable charger, which can recharge my BlackBerry from flat to about 2/3s. Depending on what I am doing (e.g. email only on 2G vs frequent web use on 3G) that is between 1-2 days use.

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The Jupiter Ace is 30

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Re: Childhood 2.0

Have you seen the FIGnition? https://sites.google.com/site/libby8dev/fignition/

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Haynes Build Your Own Computer book review

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FAIL

Not really building a computer, is it?

Anyone can slot together generic components to make a generic Wintel PC. Like making an Airfix model is "building your own plane".

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Banking IT cowboys 'need whipping into shape by watchdog'

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FAIL

And while I am here...

... What makes anyone think government IT is any better?

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FAIL

Intellect?

Wait, who? The what assocation? Never heard of 'em. What are they selling?

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Dennis Ritchie: The C man who booted Unix

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Facepalm

Lawyers

And Al Gore

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Agency sends contractors' day rates to 800 RBS staff

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Contractors

And they'll all be paying themselves dividends, screwing the taxpayer even further.

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Essex police charge BlackBerry user over inciting violent disorder

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Almost

You pay about a fiver a month and get unlimited messages to any other BB, it also has group chat. Jay Z was rapping about his BB in at least 2003, possibly earlier.

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UK's first Stealth fighter in successful catapult test

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WTF?

Cheaper...

... Than the Eurofighter isn't saying much!

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Galileo 'can deploy 24 satellites with existing funding'

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FAIL

AND

What is this "encrypted government only" lark? If I'm paying for it I bloody well want full use of it.

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Microsoft waves CentOS club at Red Hat

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WTF?

SCO

When MS sold Xenix back in the 80s, the terms of the deal were that MS couldn't develop another Unix themselves.

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FAIL

NTFS

NTFS is light years ahead of ext-whatever, and nothing to do with FAT.

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Facebook simulated entire data center prior to launch

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FAIL

Nonsense

So precious snowflake developers will tell you, but it's nonsense, no amount of hardware will make O(n^2) into O(n).

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Halifax cuts investment accounts off from the web until April 2012

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FAIL

ISAs

"Normal people" have ISAs, y'know.

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Oracle to HP: 'Liar, liar, pants on fire'

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Unhappy

SPARC

They did support SPARC tentatively, but endianness issues in the HAL meant it could never be made to perform and it died a quiet death. Had it running on an UltraSPARC 1/143 at one point.

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Linux

x86

That doesn't mean anything; it is only very recently that Oracle themselves have started supporting Solaris x86/x64 properly, it used to lag so far behind the SPARC version for feature releases and bugfixes that no-one would ever gamble their business on it.

I'd go so far as to say Red Hat's entire business is based on exploiting this issue, since they were for a long time the only viable way to run Oracle on commodity hardware.

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Amazon killer erupts from Icelandic volcanos

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FAIL

Eve

If hosting in Iceland makes sense why is Eve hosted in London?

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Hackers mock North Korea heir-apparent birthday boy

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FAIL

Umm

That's a pretty big leap to make. The Norks have been raised since birth to believe that conditions in the rest of the world are even worse and only the Dear Leader is keeping the forces of evil at bay. It's not that they're gullible, or even brainwashed, they've literally never been allowed to see anything else. Would they fight? Absolutely they would. The Warsaw Pact never did because the Soviets couldn't keep Western media products out, so the ordinary people got a hint of the truth about the West. The Norks need a few years of Baywatch and Friends to soften them up...

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