* Posts by PushF12

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

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Boffin

Layers of security

Most of the known Tor busts involved a combination of Firefox bug and social engineering. (eg: The target ignored the download warning to watch a tempting porn file that caused the media player to phone home.)

Anybody doing enough business through Tor (or Bitcoin) to be noticed by the establishment should at least have a dedicated client computer and the wherewithal to piggyback on a public Internet connection.

Per usual, laziness and lack of discipline gets people busted.

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Multi-gig broadband spec passes interop test at Verizon

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Facepalm

ATM reincarnated

So, they care about traffic shaping, zero rating, and piggybacking cellphone traffic into residential DTEs.

Anything for the punters that will actually be buying the service?

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Open-source world resurrects Oracle-free Solaris project OmniOS

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Flame

Re: YAWN

Wow, many down-votes for a plain statement of fact.

The Illumos family is exemplar of platform fragmentation, and suffers from the same community defects as the BSD family.

Solaris lost the primary distinguishing part of its value-prop when Linux got ZFS. Linux already had alternatives for everything else in Solaris, like better raw performance, Crossbow networking, Zones paravirtualization, etc.

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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Windows

Perl? Yuck

$ date -d @1500000000

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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

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Holmes

Walmart understands the basics

Most executives couldn't tell you why Walmart is doing the right thing here. Seriously.

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Be our Guetzli, says Google, to make beastly JPEGs beautifully small

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Pint

Google Photos

Will they be using this codec to recode Google Photo libraries?

Props to Google for doing this kind of hard computer science.

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IBM staff petition for right not to work on Trump's pet projects

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Flame

Perhaps this is astroturfing in anticipation of Trump's promised crackdown on illegal H1 labor.

These people are hopelessly cucked if it is somehow an honest letter.

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

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Flame

Re: Fucking Politicians

This is worse than a tax because it targets only one business to feed some economic parasites.

This tariff is indistinguishable from protection money for a mobster.

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Amazon AWS: 'Hi there!' VMware: 'We submit. Please, save us'

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Windows

Are all the big cloud migrations complete?

The press release makes it sound like VMware is trying to get some short-term revenue in a space where they failed to compete from customers that still have brand loyalty.

This partnership is dangerous because Amazon watches everything that happens on their platforms; they are known to make moves on valuable things that are hosted by AWS.

Virtualization technology is mature and the particular flavor of it hasn't mattered for a few years, especially since containerization. I wonder how long VMware will be able to keep premium pricing vice the built-in solutions of Linux and Windows.

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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Gimp

Re: If you're worried about an evil device disguised as a charger,

Remember these commercials? https://youtu.be/v3AucZOsjZ4

After the frustrating mess of early USB, this Intel advertising campaign seemed tone deaf.

At a minimum, USB 1.0 needed standard mandatory device profiles for the things that regular users connected to a COM or LPT port in the early 1990s. Modem, printer, and disk were all notably lacking.

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Intel's latest diversity report shows numbers at a standstill

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Re: They dont exist

By preferring inflated (and sometimes totally bogus) foreign credentials, your employer contributed to the problem.

Take a chance on an American. Import labor won't be contributing to your social security or the society that your children will be living in.

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Canadian govt to cloud providers: Want our business? Stay local, eh

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Unhappy

Re: carry through

TLDR: The tax rates that you quote for Canada are dishonest and inaccurate.

Canada has additional tax burdens that never appear in such napkin calculations because they are disguised as mandatory service fees or are otherwise intentionally hidden. (eg: Fuel prices double when you cross the border from New York to Ontario, where it is effectively illegal to break out taxes as separate line items on fuel receipts. The provincial legislature made it illegal to break out the new carbon tax on electricity bills just this week.)

Regulatory capture, official graft, and payroll overheads are rampant problems for small businesses. Canada has nothing comparable to the American S-Corp or "at will" employer protections, and bureaucrats unapologetically pick winners through affirmative action programs. Americans at least pretend that their affirmative action programs are fair or compensatory.

Pertinent to the story, infrastructure providers like Bell Canada make AT&T seem inexpensive and competent. Front Street is pretty much the only data center on the east side of the country that is open to the public and that would be recognized by foreigners as enterprise class.

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Router hackers reach for the fork: LEDE splits from OpenWRT

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Headmaster

git pull requests

OpenWrt uses an archaic listserv and goofy patch management system that excludes GMail and Outlook users, and they are snotty about new contributions

LEDE will prevail if they accept regular git pull requests and do some basic community management.

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Google yanks Chrome support for Windows XP, at long last

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Windows

Performance on XP was already unusably poor...

Chrome relies on hardware acceleration for a good user experience, but many drivers and interfaces for Windows XP are internally blacklisted. (eg: Every WHQL-signed driver ever published by Intel for logo hardware of the XP and Vista eras.)

Google is quick to drop offerings that still work well and that people actually use, so there must have been some other important reason to force XP build discipline onto the Chrome team.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Stop

Re: The Nokiazation of Mozilla

Mozilla might already be dead, and this news is just an early public report of its decomposition.

Just like how RIM died a few years ago, but the BlackBerry brand was grafted onto an Android product only recently.

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Riddle me this: What grows as it shrinks? Answer: LTO tape

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Paris Hilton

"Compressed" capacity shipped?

Copypasta from the LTO marketing wonk makes Paris Hilton sad.

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Lost in the obits: Intel's Andy Grove's great warning to Silicon Valley

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Childcatcher

And zero lobbying was done

Groves recognized this economy-destroying problem, but did nothing to fix it despite being in a unique position to do so.

Quite the opposite indeed. Intel became an enthusiastic part of the corporatist government complex that created it.

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Canonical accused of violating GPL with ZFS-in-Ubuntu 16.04 plan

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Headmaster

Oracle/Canonical licensing deal

Has nobody here ever done business with Oracle or Canonical?

An exclusive licensing deal for ZFS was probably signed a year ago.

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Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

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Childcatcher

Re: Conceal minor offenses after 10 years

The Canadian system is subverted by private HR services that keep permanent copies of those records.

Any public accusation is enough to disenfranchise a person, but your landlord might not know about, or be able to afford, access to these databases.

Americans have a similar problem with automated matching of arrest booking photographs. Police contact records are forever.

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Mozilla confirms its Firefox OS phones are dead

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Thumb Up

Re: Allow the apps to run in both mobile and desktop

If the early Netscape browsers had a client-side certificate feature, then the web today might be a place with single sign on.

When the feature did appear, the already established certificate vendors tried to monetize it, which caused early adopters to reject it. Generating another username and password pair are zero cost.

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IETF's older white men urged to tone it down

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Big Brother

Who is John Galt?

Smart productive characters arguing rudely about systems architecture could be a modern reboot of the Fountainhead.

Ayn Rand predicted this behavior and its consequences. Her writing gives many people the same bad aftertaste as the Idiocracy movie, but she wasn't wrong.

Eric S Raymond proposes a solution in his recent essay entitled "Why Hackers Must Eject the SJWs".

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VMware lawsuit fallout causes funding issues for GPL lobby group

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Holmes

Re: Please help Conservancy !

Was this consequence really a surprise?

Corporations don't donate, they only invest, and thus expect a quid pro quo for all lobbying money.

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

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Boffin

LTSB

The LTSB builds of Windows 10 don't have metro/tifkam apps, and regular users aren't able to (easily) install them.

Microsoft responded to the complaining and stripped it all out. It feels like a service pack on Windows 7.

Dunno why LTSB hasn't gotten more attention. Works great on netbooks and embedded-ish hardware, short of the enterprise licensing.

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Intel workforce diversity report throws up a bunch of 'unknowns'

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Childcatcher

Re: Wonder how much longer this will be a problem

The 35-45 age range for sunsetting white men is more written policy than a secret. (It would be fair to include asian males in this discussion, but the western world cares about them even less.)

The diversity output of schools is still too low to satisfy strategic goals, so in addition to hiring discrimination, the ratios are being forcibly changed by terminations and selective layoffs.

Actively warning youngsters that STEM fields are poisoned is the only decent thing to do. Any student smart enough to be competent in STEM can succeed in a regulated trade or protected profession. Remind their parents how "worker shortage" stories coming through the TV are paid content.

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Ubuntu phone on sale to world+dog ... but will it work on your network?

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Unhappy

Ubuntu Phone is already dead in North America

No-contract carriers in North America often use the AWS radio bands, which means that Ubuntu Phone is incompatible with networks that are used by people in North America that can take a risk on a new product.

Everybody else is in a 2-year hardware subsidy contract, where costs effectively increase by 20% while using a non-carrier phone.

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Lights out for Ada Initiative – women's group closing shop

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Holmes

Re: Unfortunately doomed to fail

> How is it that the medical profession managed to transition well, but others have not?

Medicine is tightly regulated. The professional colleges control labor supply and enforce quota according to social policy.

STEM education was changed in the 1990s to accommodate and encourage female students, but the effort is wasted by a structural oversupply of labor.

> Perhaps engineering needs to look at what they did.

Form a strong professional association that self-regulates in ways to ensure that an engineering job is comfortable and lucrative for an entire career?

A doctor's income only goes up with age and experience. The salary of an average STEM worker peaks within five years, and the harder disciplines have a career half-life of less than fifteen years.

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Intel TOCK BLOCK: 10nm Cannonlake delayed to 2017, bonus 14nm Kaby Lake to '16

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Boffin

Re: Patterning, overlay and EUV

Somebody at El Reg should apply some editing grease to this comment and post it as guest article.

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PushF12
Holmes

AMD tripped and fell

Intel is taking an engineering breather, and might take higher margins, because AMD lost its CPU roadmap and is withdrawing from the PC market.

Expect schedules to slide until 64-bit ARM alternatives begin eating into Intel's server market revenues (or they feel some other competitive pressure).

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Rackspace to resell and support Microsoft's Azure

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Terminator

Microsoft doesn't have partners, it has victims

Microsoft drains Rackspace customers into Azure, rewards a few Rackspace executives with sinecure, and lets the husk of another 'partner' wither on the midden.

Logitech is my favorite example this kind of victimization. History and experience suggests that affected Rackspace personnel have a few years to find alternate employment.

Only IT departments want hybrid cloud solutions because it keeps some of their function internal and because they usually understand outsourcing risks. All other stakeholders in large corporations want the near-term capital, cost, and staff reductions that complete externalization brings.

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Cloud storage is a three-way race with no contenders

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Meh

Re: Competition

Today $60/year buys a terabyte of consumer storage from the big vendors, plus Amazon and Microsoft are already offering 'unlimited' subscriptions in some markets. Consumers will expect new competition to enter at this price point.

The smaller players are still alive, but an oligopoly is discernible. Computing businesses are now more about capitalization and less about technology.

The consolidation will be good for buyers in the coming decade, but very bad for all other commercial stakeholders.

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Oi! 'Hands off America's Wi-Fi spectrum' yells, er, the cable lobby

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Alien

Because it overlaps with cable deployment plans.

The landline monopolies only care about this because they paid the FCC for short-haul wireless privileges and don't want competing LTE solutions to get a free ride or be competitively inexpensive.

The American Baby Bells (and their cousin Bell Canada) intend to replace rotting copper infrastructure with short-haul wireless. AT&T is already advertising the next phase of their U-Verse Wireless program in test markets.

FCC recently decided that 911 requirements on POTS will be derated to let this happen, which was a major regulatory milestone. Legacy customers may be forced off their landline the next time it breaks if LTE short-haul is available.

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git commit -m 'Add $200m to GitHub, tweak valuation to $2bn'

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Flame

Re: Devs, prepare to abandon ship.

Become? Github is already exercising editorial control over content and recently deployed a DMCA robot to make takedowns easier.

People unfortunate enough offend SJWs or be noticed by the politburo also risk bannination or public humiliation. Github is a safe place.

The debacle of io.js forking from node.js is an example that El Reg covered.

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

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Alert

POSReady 2009 got these security updates

Windows XP editions that are still supported got the Internet Explorer, Windows Media, and KMD patches.

This means that Windows XP editions for consumers are now wide open to exploit by script kiddies. If they can connect to an affected computer or phish it in any way, then they can pwn it.

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Microsoft makes Skype beach body ready with web browser beta release

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Alien

Microsoft supports Linux better than Google

Skype for Linux is top-notch for closed proprietary software. In a bizzaro twist, Microsoft is starting to provide better applications for Linux than Google.

Google put their choice GChat, GTalk, and GVoice products into a blender and got the pink slime named Hangouts.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Terminator

Fear, angst, and a reminder of Novell

Windows Server 2016 deprecates the Desktop/GUI as a core system component. Microsoft is fully committed to a future in cloud computing (and IoT), and its reduced interest in the SMB space is starting to show.

Totally expected, but it will upset people that are inattentive, stuck in the SMB space, or just too tired to retread themselves for yet another run on the carousel of IT employment.

The squawks of indignation and dismay coming from small IT departments today sound much like they did twenty years ago when the Novell platform was in decline. PowerShell is a new shibboleth.

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Google to axe TXT reminders for Calendar events

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Unhappy

I still miss GOOG-411

Google is large enough to have peering agreements with all major carriers, which means they pay nearly zero for SMS. The electricity to run the servers and networks costs more.

The undertaker is just digging a new hole in the Google Product Graveyard.

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Your metadata and the cost of collecting it belong on your phone and internet bill

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Thumb Up

A Good Thing, despite the politics

"The tactic certainly helped to make the tax a stinker and therefore contributed to the last Federal government's electoral demise."

Transparency is always a good thing and should happen more often because it keeps people aware and interested. It reminds people that they are being used like, well, taxpayers.

In some American jurisdictions, things like "garbage pickup", "public library services", and "road painting" appear as line items on municipal tax statements. An electric bill might have ten such things showing where the money goes.

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Foxconn joins the Cyanogen investment party

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Google in crisis

If the Foxconn (or Samsung) consortium use it in just one product family, then CyanogenMod could easily become larger than WinPhone.

Just a tease that this might happen was enough to attract venture capital. This is the opportunity that the Canonical Ubuntu Phone was hoping to get.

The bigger issue is that Google is having a design, quality, and leadership crisis involving Android that is motivating partners (and Microsoft) to fork the platform.

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Microsoft adds Azure VM controls to Virtual Machine Manager

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Meh

> When will that occur? What will the revenue fallout of that look like?

The revenue fallout already looks like the PC market implosion, except that Microsoft is large and diverse enough to slosh the books around so that it isn't obvious. Intel already restructured their accounting in the same way to mask underperforming divisions.

More than 30% of all ODM output is purchased by the large cloud vendors. Anybody still doing premise installations is a small customer in comparison.

> But the existing strategy of herding customers towards the cloud had led to some pretty bitter alienation and it is starting to show in revenue.

You have this backwards. Customers stampeded toward the cloud and left Microsoft standing in the field.

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SAN upstart Coraid AXING staff, struggling to survive – sources

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CoRaid abandoned engineering before SATA was a thing

The first CoRaid product was a physical ATA-to-Ethernet bridge that connected a cheap commodity disk to a 10Mbps ethernet port. The idea was that a good ethernet switch could be used to build a middling SAN that would cost at least 90% less than any solution involving Fiber Channel.

Back when disks had ribbon cables and companies had dedicated storage teams, our SAN Department was upset because the CoRaid solution was both excellent and disruptively inexpensive. At the time, the notion that ethernet technology could eclipse either SCSI performance or FC fabrics was novel.

After getting their AoE driver into the Linux kernel, near the time when libata was superseding libide, CoRaid pivoted into the software defined storage market. They probably did this to get an easier margin, but this space was soon overrun by OpenZFS appliances.

Afterwards, CoRaid lacked a differentiator because the AoE hardware was never updated for SATA, and because ZFS+iSCSI performance caught up through things like multi-core CPUs and offload engines on mid-range ethernet adapters.

CoRaid is a business study in how one good idea can carry a company for more than a decade through more than $100M in investment despite mediocre executive management.

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BlackBerry Enterprise chief: Yes, we did leave users behind

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Boffin

Re: They're still in deep trouble

Blackberry/RIM opens their infrastructure to spooks when pressure is applied. Most recently to the government of India, but the leaks suggest that backend access is available to every established interest that cares to have it.

Secure telephone networks do not exist for the regular end-user, so this isn't something that Blackberry/RIM can sell to people that actually care about security.

The sales pitch about having a "global network" can be translated into analyst-speak as "Blackberry/RIM is a legacy hosted services provider unsuccessfully trying to leverage obsolete capital assets in a decentralized service market".

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Kids! Kids!

Good point. Red Hat wants to bundle ZFS on Linux with RHEL -- and then sell all of the enterprise stuff that runs on ZFS -- and this is one way that they can do it.

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Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

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And...

5) Docker disintermediates distribution people and packaging subsystems.

Software built for Docker runs on many Linux platforms with a reduced overhead investment in any particular Linux distribution. Many engineering teams have a DEB guy or a RPM guy, which is a payroll slot that can be recovered for primary development.

Ever had an upstream package maintainer refuse to fix a bug in one of your dependencies because "reasons" or put their hand out when you ask for a distro package to be updated? Many expensively uncooperative middlemen can now be removed from your engineering lifecycle.

This is why CoreOS is a thing and why Microsoft is eagerly interested in supporting this technology. Docker has the potential to greatly reduce the value and competitive advantage that companies like Canonical and RedHat provide in the Linux ecosystem.

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Battle of the Linux clouds! Linode DOUBLES RAM to take on Digital Ocean

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Linode and Amazon

Before this price change, Amazon EC2 instances could breakeven against Linode only if you used less than a few hundred megabytes of traffic each month. Linode now provides much more computing per dollar, but they have much less service granularity, and only recently began to provide post-paid billing.

Linode is a good vendor that has the right price and service levels for small and medium sized business. I hope they survive the cloud price wars.

// The basic $20 package at Linode buys 8 cores (one with priority), 2GB memory, 48GB SDD storage, and 3TB traffic. In comparison, the m1.small instance at EC2 costs $32.21 by itself plus traffic, and 3TB of outbound traffic cost $367.

// The only way to make it comparable is to pre-pay for a year to get a 60% reserved instance discount. And the t1.micro doesn't count for comparison because it basically runs as a background idle process on leftover EC2 resources, if any.)

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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Pint

The desktop deadend.

Trusty is the first Ubuntu LTS release where Canonical gave up on the desktop and the home user. For example...

Ubuntu ONE discontinued. UDS permanently cancelled. The desktop teams defunded or terminated. A notable lack of infighting over the default multimedia stack. Shorter release cycles. Giving up on community recruiting and outreach. Etc, etc.

I hope they put the daft Unity project rest -- because there will never be a profitable 4th place in the mobile platform market -- and find a comfortable place to settle down beside RedHat.

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Rackspace refuses to enlist in cloud's latest price cutting war

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Meh

Rackspace is probably screwed

And so is anybody that runs a business that depends on capital investment in computer equipment. Getting "premium service" is exactly the opposite of what a competent IT team wants -- it usually means vendor lock-in and another IT weenie in the decision pipeline.

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft buy such a large percentage of server hardware directly from the ODMs that they are suffocating the OEMs too. Apple is doing the same thing on the consumer side.

What we're seeing here is the proper commoditization of computing and the formation of a modern Standard Oil.

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Happy new year: Nimbus Data lets go of a dozen staffers in the US

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Branded server vendors: Who ate our lunch?

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Re: And now in English please?

"ODM" means the people that are actually making the computers. The major brands outsourced manufacturing to Asia years ago.

This will eventually happen to every company that outsourced. Overseas partners will eventually sell direct to your customers and cut you out of the deal.

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VMware squeezes customers for stellar quarter

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Meh

Looks like the layoffs helped too

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/29/vmware_q4_2012_numbers_layoffs/

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