* Posts by Dazed and Confused

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Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

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Re: s2n != OpenSSL

> Seriously its worth moving to BSD just for getting rid of OpenSSL (and systemd but I digress).

Just you wait, all the SSL functionality will soon be subsumed into systemd. Remember all of Unix's small is beautiful has be replaced only systemd will be allowed.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Re: Ignorance of the issue

Don't blame either the Germans of the Greeks, blame the loonies than lumped them in the same box. They just have different views on how money works. It isn't the case that one is necessarily good and the other bad, they are just different. Like whether you speak German or Greek.

Germany for fairly obvious reasons has a morbid fear of inflation. I won't call it paranoia given their history their fear is fully justified.

Many of the southern European cultures don't see inflation as such a bad thing.

In many ways inflation is a good thing for the younger generation and a bad thing for the older one. When I got my foot on the housing ladder back in the 80s you expected to spend every last penny you could lay your hands on to be able to climb onto the ladder. But you were confident that a couple of years down the line inflation would mean that the mortgage you were paying had become tolerable and a couple of years later OK. Anyone with saving however was in trouble because the value of those saving was being wiped out. OK that was alleviated to some extent by the ability to earn some interest.

Now we've put all the widely diverging cultures into one economic box. Those who'd always assumed they could just print more cash suddenly find they can't. Inflation isn't going to wipe out their debts and they've gone through a period where suddenly debt had looked easy, they could get as much as they wanted at what looked like absurdly low interest rates, but now instead of the loan amount having been whittled down to size they suddenly find that it needs to be repaid in full.

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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

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What do we need to game its search results?

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Re: But it's the system.

So what's the alternative, most companies try to expand, any company with only a single product is in a very shaking position.

Google aren't a charity. Whether we like it or not they are a successful company, they are good at search because they are successful as well as visa versa.

What would happen if companies which provide any sort of Internet search were banned from providing any other services. How far would you like to see this sort of law taken? "If you sell coffee you are banned from selling tea"?

Google have managed to get to a dominant position in the search market place despite the fact that every new PC sold these days is pre-installed using Bing as its search engine. Even if you go to the URL bar in IE and type in "www.google.com" it's doesn't go there, it does a Bing search for Google (BTW it doesn't do this for a lot of other URLs) yet even so millions of totally non technical users are managing to still get to use Google, presumably by choice.

How much do their competitors spend on advertising their search engines? And why is this advertising not working?

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Re: Google maps

Isn't this true of most SW? Every versions seems to be worse than the previous version, look at MS Office if you want an extreme example.

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Is that a FAT PIPE or are you just pleased to stream me? TERABIT fibre tested

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Yeah

Now when can I have one of these to my home?

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: Noise?

If you don't like the horrendous noise PCs make then might I suggest a Hush. Please sit down before looking at the price though. Beautifully built silent PCs (OK, with my ear pressed to mine I could here the head of the hard disk moving, I guess they make them with SSDs now do avoid that issue).

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Re: Must be a father who didn't get anything for fathers' day…

Fathers day is an invention of the greeting card industry to cover an otherwise quiet month.

K'ching

Oh and Mothering Sunday has nothing to do with being a mother.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Re: Hang on a mo

Mr/Mrs Music Industry. It's simple, if you want me to pay for your output I want to be able to use it the way I see fit. I don't steal content, I buy CDs, but it's often more convenient to listen to music as MP3s so I rip them (or buy them from Amazon who rip them for me - even more convenient).

Am I prepared to pay twice for the product? NO!

Before the advent of MP3 players I bought very few CDs, since I didn't find it a product too convenient to consume. Since buying my first MP3 player I've bought a couple of thousand CDs. If you stop me using the content like this I can stop buying. It's simple OK.

I'm OK with paying if you're OK with me listening to it the way that suits me.

If I can't there is no place in my life for your product.

Is that simple enough for you to get through your head?

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Sharing Economy latest: Women's BREAST MILK is the new 'liquid GOLD' of the internet

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Side effects

> it may be advisable to procure the co-operation of your wife/girlfriend/other trusted female friend to source what you are looking for, rather than purchase on-line.

The problem with this approach is :

a) The long lead time, this doesn't gel with a want it now society

b and most importantly) the side (or waste) product of the manufacturing process.

This waste product normally consumes all available production, damages the production equipment and consumes all other resources you thought you had.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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How can you trust...

"should be considered compromised"

Even if you've got the source code how can you trust:

The FW on your box?

The boot strap

The compiler? Dennis Richie demonstrated decades ago how to propagate viruses through the compiler by making the compiler recognise when it is recompiling itself and then inserting the virus. You can then remove this hack from the compiler source code and it will continue to propagate through every subsequent version of the compiler built by itself or it's descendants.

How do you trust the CPU? or any of the other HW.

Remember it isn't paranoia if the world is out to get you.

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Go fac' yourselves: US privacy bods walk out of visage recog talks

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to promote better and more personalised service levels

Of course they could always just employ staff who give a s*it and who take the trouble to know their customers and treat everyone as important anyway.

Even that can freak people out. Last year I was staying in a hotel and one evening in the executive lounge a lady walked in and the receptionist smiled at her and said "Good evening Mrs ..., I think your husband is sitting around to the left" When she'd found her husband she was freaking out, "how does she know my name?" and the husband was explaining that they'd come in the night before and had their room key checked for entry, of course the receptionist would remember, and that she'd probably remember if you came back next year too and she'd remember what you like to drink, that's her job.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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Re: A sort of tearing noise

A mate of mine is battling with Vodabill over excess usage charges because they are trying to force an update onto his phone which doesn't fit on the phone, so it downloads till it runs out of space, aborts and then restarts and downloads all over again. KerChing KerChing KerChing and there isn't even a setting to say that you don't want the Vodadumb bloatwear on the phone, so there is no way to turn it off and stop it happening except by pulling the SIM card out of the phone.

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'Right to be forgotten' applies WORLDWIDE, thunders Parisian court

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Re: apart from the normal

> If there was something about me that was linked internationally I would probably be ticked off since I am

So if you ran a business and a Chinese court ordered something about your company to be de-listed globally would you be happy to accept that? Or perhaps some hard line XYZ country that believes what you say is morally reprehensible according to their deeply held doctrine, do you believe they should be able to have you de-listed?

I bet you don't.

If the French court doesn't want their citizens to see this data they should force French ISPs to block access to google.com, then see how long they remain having that legal facility.

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Google – you DO control your search results, thunders Canadian court

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De-indexing is not the same as removing

Surely the courts should be going after the website and getting that shutdown. A search engine is just an index, the offending material is still out there.

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Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

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Wage inflation

Reminds me that years ago I did some training for an Indian out sourcing company. I commented that the company I was working for was moving more and more stuff to Bangalore, the guys laughed and said they could do Birmingham cheaper than Bangalore. There will always be somewhere cheaper.

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Vintage Ask toolbar is malware – and we'll kill Jeeves, says Microsoft

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Re: strange...

Because they're evil?

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Re: Woop, woop

Now we just need to stop the default IE setting in W8.1 from thinking that anything you type into the URL bar is supposed to be a bing search. Type www.google.co.uk and you get Bing (OK, searching for Google, but it's still bing), if that isn't Malware I don't know what is.

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Use snooped data in court? Nah, says UK.gov - folk might be cleared

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Re: Local Council Bin Inspectors

You mean you don't tweet the fact every time you put the wrong thing in the wrong bin?

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: Hmm let's think about this...

I'm not so sure about the Welsh hillsides, I don't know them quite as well, But if you take sheep farming off the Lakeland hills you will totally destroy the environment we all love so much. It ain't natural. They look like because of the sheep. Oh the hills would still be there, but the flora would change for ever. It was for this reason that the Cumbrian hill sheep were saved from the foot and mouth cull.

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Re: piggies are at their best when they're sliced and smoked.

I know that this is sacrilege, and here at El'Reg probably counts as heresy, but...

Now until recently I'd have agreed with you totally.

But have you tasted the sausages from my local little piggy farm?

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New US bill aims to zap patent trolls with transparency demands

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Bet it won't apply

To M$

The bill stipulates that claims must detail not just which patents are being infringed, but how.

I can't see them being forced to say which patents Linux infringes as how/why, it's much more profitable to just make threats when you know your legal budget it bigger than theirs.

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Wikileaks publishes TiSA: A secret trade pact between US, Europe and others for big biz pals

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Re: Three words...

...Content Distribution Network. Companies do go to great lengths to keep the data close to the users more likely to request it.

That's only because they've been told they can't sue god over the latency problem.

No matter how much to spend on buying bandwidth, it still takes best part of 100ms to cross the pond.

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Dutch efforts to decapitate Pirate Bay could end up before ECJ

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Re: Easy Peasy...

Well given the Euro courts attitude to Google and the right to be forgotten they'll probably rule that PB by telling people where to find the information are breaking the law, but that the site actually hosting the illegal content are not infringing anything.

But on the other hand, since they think Google is the Internet, they'll probably just fine Google instead.

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Fedora 22: Don't be glum about the demise of Yum – this is a welcome update

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Sod what people need,

> decided you didn't really need.

Like there is no option in the GUI to just have a plain background. These people have clearly never remotely managed a system. The color options all have a subtle and stupidly large noise bitmap. Plain colour background might be dull dull dull'sville but they go at a sensible speed.

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Brexit-fearing Vodafone: Of course we’ll make money from 4G

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Increase in traffic != increase in revenue

The difficulty the operators face isn't in getting customers to use more bandwidth, it is with persuading us to cough up any more dosh for it.

My kids will use any number of Gigs of data they're allowed. Youtube has a lot to answer for :-)

Fortunately 3 offer an all you can eat data option at a reasonable price. So guess who's getting the business. Before that the boys were both on T-mobile which had a parent friendly capped usage. I'd much rather not let the kids have unlimited data, but I'm scared of bill shock.

So I have no intention of paying more. The network that can supply with what I need for the best price is going to get the business. Will they use more? YES, will I pay for it? NO

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Why does the boot not lock?

Because many people have no idea where the mechanical lock for their boot is. It's not unknown for you to need to remove the rear number plate to find the keyhole.

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

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Re: Can only imagine how Samsung, LG et al feel about this

Since this only applies to new phones (Android, iThing or whatever) retro will become very chic.

I wonder what this will do for the second hand market.

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

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Re: "...inventing products that people love, which is hard to put a price on"

> Yet they seem to manage to find a price, each and every time, and quite a high one, too.

But as cosmetic, handbag, fashion etc. companies have proved time and time again. The more money you charge the more your customers love you.

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Re: WTF?

If it had been emailed directly to El'Reg is would have made the headlines on the BBC's news page.

Apple contact The Register!

in other breaking news hell has frozen over, Russia have agreed to hand over...

now back to our main story. Apple have...

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Viagra makes it HARD for malaria, bug-boffins discover

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The good news is

That you're safe from the risk of malaria, the bad news if that you're going to have to do the whole business trip with a erection.

Do we also get protection from harassment suits?

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Re: A good secondary use

> it was the supply for his whole party for two months.

Sounds like one hell of a party.

Where do we get invites?

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'Right to be forgotten' festers as ICO and Google come to blows

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Re: Dr Fun, Jan 1996

Well good luck to the legal world trying to censor Usenet.

Usenet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "pollsters become just another obstacle to dodge."

It's a good idea to give the drunks a wide berth but you can happily take the piss out of pollsters and the million and one marketing zeebs that life throws in your path.

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Ericsson to Apple: Cough up for licences or stop selling iPhones, iPads and Watches

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Re: Pricing transparency

> I think a patented technology is only included in a (3GPP) standard if the patent owner agrees to FRAND licensing. Given the potential amount of money that you can raise due to the sheer volumes involved then I believe most companies will want to license FRAND; it's a cash cow.

Just blindly say "FRAND" is what I think will go away, they'll want legally binding definitions as part of the standard. Since the standard is probably written by the current players I guess it will be in their interest to set these values high enough to keep out the new comers who aren't contributing to the patent pool.

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Pricing transparency

I think the whole idea of FRAND was born when all the phone companies were holding part of the jigsaw, when it came to the patent pool.

Then along came Apple who didn't hold any useful telecoms or radio patents and gate crashed the party. To make matters worse Apple started to get tough about non technical patents, such as round corners (before the usual culprit says that's a design patent, I know but don't see why the hell you think that makes the slightest difference to the argument), bouncing menu or whether the third pixel on the 2nd row is allowed to be blue on Tuesdays.

I can't see any of the companies agreeing to FRAND their patents in future.

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Re: or is Apple denying that the patents apply?

No Apple is asserting that Ericsson are holding it wrong. You're only suppose to hold patents in the direction that benefits Apple. Surely everyone knows that.

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Intel raises memory deflector shields in Xeon E7 processor refresh

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Re: FX602P

What I want to know is just where my 602 has got too. I bought one (and the tape interface and the printer) when they came out, as a replacement for my 502. But somehow the 602 has gone missing over the years. My 502 came back to me a few years back as my father no longer feels the need for one.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re Quite

> "Quite. This is not specific to any specific watch brand "

The Apple watch could well be worse than most others since it is going to be an active heat source and therefore cause more sweat to build up.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Wow

Microsoft are announcing that they are trying to get to where Red Hat were in about 1998.

Are we supposed to be impressed?

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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Re: Just add capacitors

> Not once the EU has enacted its planned

Any attempt to ban 3KW Kettles isn't just likely to result in votes for UKIP it's likely to result in all out war. Having to wait that long for a cup of tea is a clear an unequivocal breach of human rights.

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

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Zero or more "f"s followed my "ck" surely this should return more than 616 hits?

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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Additional instructions are printed on the reverse of the band ...

Is it just me or does this say something about the target market?

Reminds me of the Douglas Adams story about instructions on a packet of toothpicks.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: and the reality is......

and the press in extremely favourable

Just means "Have you seen how much MS advertising spend is going to be"

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Infosec bods can now sniff out the NSA's Quantum Insert hacks

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Latency

Also using a content delivery network (CDN) that offers low latency can make it very difficult for the QI packet to win the race with the real server," he said.

Does this explain why every time I read articles like this the latency on my link jumps up. Do they need to make O*&^%$£"!h insert a 10ms delay in the normal delivery to give them room to squeeze in their chicanery?

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: So....

> Your average punter has no idea what a browser is, let alone that Google isn't "The Internet".

True, but when the average punter goes and buys a PC then it comes with IE installed and nothing else and IE is pre-programmed to use Bing. So you could argue that Bing has a monopoly position. But somehow the average punter manages to change things so that they choose to use Google.

MS have spent gigabucks in advertise Bing, but the average punter is still refusing to use it.

Google don't have a monopoly, Google have a product that people are choosing to use.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Come on guys

Can any of you claim that there has never been an occasion when you wouldn't have cheerfully taken your computer outside and put it out of your misery?

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: So the kids have learned more than ...

> The suppliers (Apple, et al) made a profit!!!! Surely that counts....

Only before the lawyers got involved.

Rule 1 of life, once the lawyers are involved only the lawyers make a profit.

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So the kids have learned more than ...

The suppliers

Looks like a good result for the education system to me

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: fewer context switches.

Well you still need a state save and restore whether you're switching from usermode to another usermode or switching from usermode to kernel mode. But if you're going to apply that argument why bother have a OS in the first place, just run everything bare arsed on the CPU?

The idea of, well at least 1 idea of, having an OS is that bugs in something as externally attackable as a web server can't bring down the whole system.

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