* Posts by IGnatius T Foobar

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Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

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Gooopoly

Google is putting an adblocker into Chrome in the hopes that people won't install AdBlockPlus ... and conveniently, Google's ad blocker will never block Google's own ads.

The new "Yes, be evil" Google is worth moving away from. After seven years of Chrome I've switched back to Firefox, and everyone else should too. Install AdBlockPlus and be in control of your own destiny.

By the way ... the majority of the most obnoxious ads are served by Facebook. If you're not a Facebook user (and really, no one should expose themselves to that toxicity) you can block all of their sites and domains in your hosts file, and get a much better browsing experience, especially on the sites that force you to turn off adblockers before you can view them.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

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Now get rid of Cortana

We don't like her, we don't want her, so please allow us to delete the stupid tart from our computers without having to do deep registry and filesystem hacking.

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Three become one: Dell EMC's VxBlock range is now a seriously big iron

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"Hyperconverged"

"Hyperconverged" is just a buzzword that means "buy everything from us."

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If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

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Re: "Well, people are also still using Outlook, I know, crazy!"

Zimbra has become a bloated mess, and an albatross around whichever company happens to own it at any given time. Citadel is a true open source alternative and people love it.

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EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband

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Good place for mesh

Out in the countryside would be a good place for a mesh network, if enough subscribers could be found.

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Jack in black: 12 years on, Twitter finally makes a profit from its firehose of memes and misery

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Thank you President Trump.

All this time, what Twitter really needed was a well-loved public figure like Donald Trump drawing people to the site. They'd better have a plan to stay afloat after he exits office on Jan 20 2025.

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No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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"Compatibility"

It's funny how people say that they can't use LibreOffice because it doesn't faithfully open MS Office documents 100% correctly 100% of the time ... when Micro$oft seems to be doing just fine with Office 365 on the web, which has the same problem. I daresay it might even be worse.

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Fella faked Cisco, Microsoft gear death – then sold replacement kit for millions, say Feds

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I once tried to convince a small firm that it would be much cheaper to buy their networking kit off the grey-market and buy double what they needed. That way they can have a fully configured device on standby should one of the primaries fail. This would be a)much cheaper and b)much quicker.

I've seen this done, and yes, it works. Unless you need absolutely top-shelf current gen kit, eBay can be your preferred channel partner. Just keep a fully configured spare on the shelf.

Obviously this only works if you have enough in-house talent to fix any issue less severe than a hardware failure. Some companies prefer to hire total noobs who only know how to call TAC when they forget the location of the power switch.

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PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

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More Gartner "predictions"

In case anyone hasn't figured it out by now, Gartner's only job is for people to pay them to say "current trends will continue" so that PHB's can have someone else to blame if current trends don't continue.

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Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server

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The problem with Mac OS Server...

The problem with Mac OS Server is that it doesn't contain systemd.

<< ducks >>

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

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Evil Empire

I guess the sun has set on the Microsoft Evil Empire, and it is now time for the Google Evil Empire ... but I have to say, the Facebook Evil Empire is MUCH more evil.

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Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Moore's Law

Although the sentiment of this article is worthwhile, we must remember that Moore's Law speaks of transistor count/density, not the actual speed of a computer.

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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ARM *and* x86?

All these posters suggesting that Apple build a machine with both ARM *and* x86 CPU on board reminds me of my Commodore 128, with both 6502 and Z-80 on board, and my Amiga, with the DOS-running Sidecar ... neither one gained too much traction in the real world.

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Not made by IBM

As you’d expect of such a student, Alvin “was prototyping a circuit I had put together on a bread board which was connected to a PC clone used by one of my Professors.”

And I thought by the 1990's we'd already stopped using the phrase "PC clone" ... as if IBM still led the way at that point.

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Two things will survive a nuclear holocaust: Cockroaches and crafty URLs like ғасеьоок.com

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Facebook FAIL

Based on the kind of hellhole the real Facebook has turned into, the site at ғасеьоок.com might actually be a big improvement.

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Transportation FAIL

Cities don't need driverless cars because they already have public transportation systems. It's the outskirts, the suburbs and countryside, that would have any use for autonomous vehicles ... and that's several orders of magnitude more kilometers to retrofit with machine-friendly, human-hostile road infrastructure.

(I also have to call into question whether anyone actually *wants* driverless cars, other than the companies flogging them.)

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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Obligatory

All of the obvious comments about a hot sausage pizza are included herein by reference.

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Boeing

No problem ... Boeing aircraft are better anyway.

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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Blame Bill Gates

It's pretty simple, really. Gates-era Microsoft created all of these tech wars, and now that Gates has retired from technology (and is screwing up other things), everyone is getting along.

No, this is not tongue in cheek. It's true.

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VMware: New year, new job – you're fired

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Silicon Valley sucks

This is the type of nonsense that goes on all over Silicon Valley. California can't possibly fall into the ocean soon enough.

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No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

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Start with the biggest problem

The biggest problem is that the *people* are already being turned into automatons by Facebook. Shut down Facebook and everything else fixes itself.

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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Microsoft FAIL

The job of an operating system is to launch programs and then GET OUT OF THE WAY. We don't WANT all that other crap.

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If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers

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Atari tried this decades ago

Atari tried this decades ago.

[ http://www.atarimuseum.com/videogames/consoles/2600/mindlink.html ]

It turned out most of the action was controlled by wiggling your eyebrows. I suppose wiggling your ears may have done something too. In the end it didn't really go anywhere.

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Novell got it right

Apparently, the folks at Novell got it right ... every program that ran on Netware was basically just a kernel extension. No userland to switch back and forth to. *grin*

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Time's up: Grace period for Germany's internet hate speech law ends

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An inconvenient truth

One cannot argue with the facts. When a particular demographic is provably responsible for the vast majority of a particular type of crime, calling it out as such is, quite simply, speaking the truth.

Also there is no such thing as "hate speech". That is a moniker coined by the enemies of civilization to justify limiting free speech.

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UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

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Big taxes for facebook google twitter

Here in the US the big tech firms such as Facebook have a tendency to rapid-fire publish a lot of rhetoric from the far-left hate group called "the democratic party". They should be fined billions for that.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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Microsoft FAIL

So for 3,000 you can buy the new Surface Book, or TWO good-quality ultrabooks.

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Want one ... but will it sell?

I can't think of any Penguinista who wouldn't want one of these. But will it sell in the mass market? For now, I'm looking forward to buying one on the cheap after it fails. But I hope I'm wrong!

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Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

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Tax cuts for everyone

The political left describes *any* GOP tax reform as "tax cuts for the rich" regardless of what the bill actually says. They don't even read it. They just start spouting that same tired old line. The new bill could cut taxes to zero for anyone making less than a million dollars a year, and they'd *still* call it "tax cuts for the rich." The political left are the modern day successors of Joeseph Goebbels -- they repeat a lie often enough for it to be perceived as the truth.

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Facebook: Who needs millennials? The cops love us more than ever!

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Can't wait for Facebook to die.

I am looking forward to the decline, and hopefully complete failure, of Facebook. Facebook is a cancer on the Internet, and like any cancer, it should be eradicated.

Yes, it's snooping on you. All the time. Even if you aren't a member. EVERYONE should block FB cookies. Or if you do insist on using FB, then install "Facebook Blocker" extension which prevents Facebook content and cookies from appearing on non-Facebook sites.

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Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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RIP free speech

Of course, over in ultra-liberal Silicon Valley, the definition of "white supremacist" is anyone who doesn't follow along with forced multiculturalism and surrendering all power and sovreignty to the globalist elite. *Real* white supremacists are statistically so insignificant they don't really appear on Twitter's radar.

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BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates

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old Android OS not as big a deal anymore

Having an older version of the Android OS is not as big a deal as it used to be. Now that the Chocolate Factory has moved a lot more of its value chain out of Android proper and up into Google Play Services, they can update a lot more of it remotely, even on devices that have been abandoned by their manufacturers.

iFanbois like to talk about Android "fragmentation" but I have yet to see something that won't run on my four year old device.

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Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois

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Microsoft FAIL

How many failures is it going to take before Microsoft realizes that absolutely nobody wants Windows Phone? The demand for Windows is on regular computers. Everyone wants Windows to return to the days when it was optimized for real computers with real keyboards and real mice ... you know, the devices that actually run Windows in real life.

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Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

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FOX News not included in the deal

FOX News is not included in the deal, nor are several other television channels. This keeps the centrist news channel out of the hands of ultra-left-wing Disney.

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IBM reminds staff not to break customers in pre-Xmas fix-this-now rush

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Important message from IBM upper management!

"Merry Christmas. We're sacking you next week. In the meantime, please don't break any customer stuff, kthxbye"

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Seagate: Happy Xmas, staff – thanks for everyth... um, you 500. Can we have a word?

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SSD

It makes sense that as the world moves from spinning discs to SSD, the market leaders may change. The future of storage belongs to whoever can churn out the most reliable semiconductors at the lowest price. Look for companies like SanDisk to become the Seagates of the 21st Century.

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Pickaxe chops cable, KOs UKFast data centre

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N+1 redundancy

Apparently this data center didn't have enough redundancy. A proper carrier-class data center is going to be fed from more than one mains supply, entering the building in different locations. Those mains supplies will then lead to separate UPS plants, separate PDU's, and finally to each critical piece of IT gear via A/B power supplies in each rack.

Any data center that has a single point of failure *anywhere* is not a data center in which one should run mission-critical workloads.

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Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

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all Microsoft stores are losing money

These stores are just a "meeee tooooo" play by micro$oft. They aren't actually making any money. What are you going to go in there and buy? A windows phone? A broken Surface? The stores are a loss leader to keep micro$oft relevant in the eyes of consumers.

The truth is that to most consumers, micro$oft is the company that makes Windows, Office, and Xbox, and they're not really much of an interesting consumer brand.

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IBM to expunge over 500 people in latest redundo round

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I hope I live to see this happen to Microsoft

So far, Microsoft has followed perfectly in IBM's footsteps. I hope I live to see the day Microsoft experiences the kind of death spiral IBM is now in.

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India Business Machines?

Weren't they some sort of technology company back in the 20th century?

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Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

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Microsoft FAIL

So ... Qualcomm and Microsoft have invented the Chromebook. Except this one doesn't run Chrome natively. Epic fail.

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

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Microsoft FAIL

Haven't we already established, over and over again, that ABSOLUTELY NOBODY wants Windows on any non-Intel device.

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Seems appropriate

I have no love for either of these companies, but it is ridiculous that they've banned each other's media on their respective devices. Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft are all globalist scum, but if you want any technology at all in your home, you basically have to decide whose ecosystem you want to have, otherwise you're buying four of everything. In my home we've gone Google so we have ChromeCast on every screen. And for that, we can't watch Amazon Prime Video on the telly. I'm not buying FireSticks just for that!

So yeah, these guys need to have a truce or something.

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Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

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It's so easy!

COBOL has syntax so easy to understand that even a manager can read it. Low level programmers will be a thing of the past.

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The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

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Death

I don't want to kill myself. I want Facebook to die.

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Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ♫

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India Business Machines?

India Business Machines, the former technology company?

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Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

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Re: Advantages

Until we've got small nuclear reactors that are capable of making the electricity to efficiently propel the plane through the air, I expect that pure mechanical systems (like turbofans) are better than hybrid electrical ones.

You're correct, of course, but the same people who hate hydrocarbon fuels also hate nuclear fuels because they labor under the mistaken assumption that wind and solar are scalable, and will fight/tax everything else until they get their way.

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Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

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Give us what we REALLY want!

Give us what we REALLY want: the ability to TURN CORTANA OFF COMPLETELY.

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DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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Defining /32 routes isn’t exactly rocket science, however I’d expect that they defined something like a /28

If they are announcing it from lots of different places around the world, likely in an anycast configuration, they would have to use 9.9.9.0/24

Almost no networks allow anything smaller than a /24 in their BGP tables

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DNS

So whose DNS do you trust? Obviously not Google.

If you care enough about having "pure" DNS, it really isn't all that hard to run your own DNS server.

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