* Posts by IGnatius T Foobar

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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

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Linux

The year of Linux everywhere except the desktop

We've been going at this for too long. The conventional wisdom was that unless Linux takes the desktop, Microsoft will leverage its monopoly to take everything else. Well guess what, kids -- here we are, literally DECADES later, and Windows still rules the desktop. But Linux has taken over literally EVERYTHING else. Linux dominates handheld devices like phones, embedded devices like set top boxes, network infrastructure, and even servers: no one uses Windows Server anymore except to run Microsoft's own server software.

The lesson learned here: if Linux hasn't taken the desktop by now, it probably never will; and if Windows hasn't taken "everything else" by now, it probably never will. The truth is that Microsoft is no longer the existential threat to everything that is not itself, as it was in the 1990's and 2000's. That mantle now belongs to Amazon and Facebook. As for me, this dyed-in-the-wool Penguinista who ran desktop Linux for 20 years has switched to Windows 10 (with Cortana disabled, of course). It's safe now, kids. Come on out.

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Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

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FAIL

Microsoft FAIL

Didn't "Windows RT" prove that the whole world is already in agreement that NOBODY wants an ARM-powered Windows machine?

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Hyperbole

President Trump (peace be upon him) doesn't actually think he can shut down TV stations, nor does he even want to. It's just hyperbole, and part of his style.

And not even needed, either. The anti-Trump hysteria coming from the Hitler-equivalent left and their left wing TV stations are making their ratings sink by themselves. Between the rape factory called Hollywood, the America-hate factory called the NFL, and all the other left wing enemies of civilization self destructing, it's no wonder the ratings are going down the toilet.

Millions of Americans have already "cut the cord" and more are going to.

Thank God for President Trump, finally a leader who represents the people and not special interests.

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IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

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FAIL

India Business Machines?

India Business Machines? Didn't they used to be a technology company or something?

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Resellers on Surface: Yeah, go ahead and kill it. What do we care...

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FAIL

Microsoft, get out of the tablet business.

Microsoft should just get out of the tablet business completely. 100% of Microsoft's "touch" interface is complete crap. Re-optimize Windows for use with a mouse and keyboard. Anyone who wants a tablet is going to buy one with iOS or Android anyway.

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Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack

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Linux

open source email and chat

Open source email and chat, integrated into the same groupware server? Citadel has done this for years. It's about time OX caught up.

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

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Re: Clusterfcuk

Disappointed in 2015, went back to a SUPERB WM.

Steve? Steve Ballmer? Is that you?

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Re: Andromeda

By all means use same underlying OS, such as drivers, filesystem and kernel, but only a moronic egotistical company inflicts SAME GUI on every device.

You mean like Linux with X11 on desktops and Linux with the Android UI on phones? Yup, it works great; millions of satisfied users confirm it :)

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Re: Microsoft is trying very hard to kill itself.

Microsoft may no longer be the powerful force that can turn the whole IT industry on its ear with a single announcement like back in the late 90s, but those products still generate gobs of cash and Microsoft doesn't even really need to do anything to improve them at this point.

And we like them that way. Microsoft is no longer an existential threat to everyone in the industry who is not Microsoft. Combine this with the fact that after a 20 year beta period, Windows is finally usable now, and a lot of us can finally be a bit more chill about these things.

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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"mobile" revenue

Also, Microsoft's "mobile" revenue will drop like a stone once their bogus patents expire and they have to stop extorting Android vendors.

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Oracle VP: 'We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always'

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JavaScript != Java

"We generally see Java and JavaScript at the top of the rankings," he said during his turn on stage.

That's a bit disingenuous. JavaScript and Java share zero except the characters j-a-v-a in their names.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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FAIL

Speaking of Gates FAILs...

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."

-- Bill Gates

(he spent his entire career denying it, but he really did say it.)

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Microsoft teases web-based Windows Server management console

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FAIL

Yet Another Microsoft Console

Great. Now we'll have to admin Windows boxen using the web based console AND the non web based console AND the Administrative Tools screens AND the Control Panel AND "Settings" and and and...

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Confirmed: Oracle laid off 964 people from former Sun building

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Linux

Solaris is the new Netware

Solaris is the new NetWare. Snoracle will move all of their value added stuff to Linux so no one has to use their unwanted proprietary operating system anymore.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

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Linux

Obvious outcome

I've said it before, and they're definitely moving in this direction: the obvious outcome of the WSL effort is for them to be able to run Linux-based Docker containers directly on Windows Server, without the need for a Linux VM helping out. They're getting there.

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Looking forward to Solaris 11.next this year? Whomp-whomp. Check again in 2018

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Linux

Legacy platform

Like it or not, Solaris/SPARC is now a legacy platform. The only difference between it and HPUX/Itanium is that the latter is a few years ahead in its trip to the tarpits of doom.

It's a Linux world now, and Snoracle knows it.

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Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

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DACA bad. MAGA good.

Ignore the hate coming from the political left who assume everything President Trump does is racist. The man does not have a racist bone in his body. Look at the diversity of the people he is working with and for in Texas right now. He is a compassionate man who loves everyone.

President Trump is against *illegal immigration*, nothing more, nothing less. He doesn't care about a person's ethnicity, he cares about whether they are in the country legally or if they have committed the *crime* of crossing the border without permission.

Why does Big Tech have an opinion? Simple: they want cheap labor. Anyone who is employed in the United States (including *legal* immigrants) is opposed to loose enforcement of immigration law which allows Big Tech (and others) to have a cheap supply of what is basically slave labor instead of hiring American citizens at American wages.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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LBJ

Q: how many Windows Phone users does it take to change a light bulb?

A: both of them.

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Facebook may print money but thirsty Wall Street wants more

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Re: All that lovely advertising lucre

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the reason of Facebook's success was the data it gathers from third-party websites

That's why it's important to run a Facebook Blocker extension on your browser. Yes, there is such a thing, and yes, you need to be running it, to keep Facebook (who are LITERALLY Hitler) from following you around all over the web.

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Mobile revenue

Mobile now accounts for 87 per cent of Facebook revenue.

...because it's a lot harder to run ad blockers on mobile. Once that shoe drops, Facebook (who are literally Hitler) will have a lot less revenue.

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Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO

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Thumb Down

Trump haters are morons

President Trump (PBUH) is the single greatest leader the USA has had in decades. Anyone who hates him is either a communist or a moron. Period. End of discussion. Anyone who responds to this message agrees with me, regardless of what their response says.

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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military strategy

I think that very much depends on whether Trump decides the strategy or [...] one of his Generals.

If recent events are any indication, President Trump (PBUH) knows he needs to listen to the Generals when it comes to anything involving the military. From Syria to North Korea to Afghanistan right down to deciding whether to allow trans to serve, he seems to be perfectly willing to listen to what the Generals are recommending.

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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

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FAIL

That one machine

Every IT shop has "that one machine" somewhere that's got just the right version of OS, Browser, and Java to run so-and-so legacy app that needs a Java applet to run. Better snapshot that machine while it's still working, folks...

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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FAIL

Microsoft FAIL

Seriously, why bother with one of these things anyway? They're basically just overpriced status symbols. They're not very good at being a computer *or* a tablet and they run the same version of Windows as everything else. Just get an ultrabook from a reputable manufacturer; Intel has already done all of the enginnering and worked out the thermal tolerances etc.

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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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Are you listening, VMware?

Are you listening, VMware? That "web" client you have, which is written in Flash and is an inferior experience to the ancient Windoze-based client, needs to be overhauled and replaced with something usable.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Meh

ABM

Firefox is good, Chrome is good, basically anything that keeps Microsoft's browser share down in the non-threatening range is good.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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FAIL

Microsoft FAIL

Fine, axe the Paint program if you want, but give us the option to uninstall all of the other crapware that comes with Windoze 10. FFS Microsoft, I'm an IT guy; my work computer doesn't need all of your crappy Windoze Phone apps.

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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Good first step.

This is a good first step. Now please port Active Directory to Linux so we can get rid of those pesky Windows-based domain controllers.

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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

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India Business Machines?

Weren't they a tech company back in the 20th century?

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Azure Stack's debut ends the easy ride for AWS, VMware and hyperconverged boxen

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Anything but AWS

Seriously folks, Amazon is the Microsoft of the 21st Century. They are an existential threat to everyone who is not them. Avoid them at all costs.

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Cloud sales shift as enormo Microsoft reorg continues – sources

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FAIL

Following in IBM's footsteps ... again

Microsoft has always followed in IBM's footsteps ... from behemoth to monopoly to not-cool-anymore to a services company ... this "reorg" simply means that they're going to move most of their workforce to India, just like former tech company IBM.

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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

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FAIL

Anyone but Amazon

AWS is too much power concentrated in one space. We don't like monopolies. We don't like companies that become so big and central that they become an existential threat to everyone else. It took decades to get out from under Microsoft's thumb. Now Amazon? Please, run your software literally anywhere else. How about a smaller cloud provider who will actually answer the phone when you need help?

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Re: Carbon

global warming would be a non-problem (and let's just ignore the denialists)

That's like saying "we are assuming the Earth is flat, because it is (and let's just ignore the denialists)"

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FAIL

Another taxpayer-funded Ponzi scheme

Thanks Elon, now go get it funded without spending taxpayer dollars.

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Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

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FAIL

Disney FAIL

Ok Disney, copy-protect the merch, and use the increased revenue to hire back your American IT bods.

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Facebook tried teaching bots art of negotiation – so the AI learned to lie

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FAIL

Facebook

It shouldn't take much of an effort to build a bot more intelligent than the average Facebook user.

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

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FAIL

Microsoft FAIL

So all these new features are for Windows Phone, and nothing for the 99.9999999% of Windows users who aren't running it on a phone. FAIL.

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

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IT Angle

What's the IT angle here?

I can read about politics anywhere. Come on El Reg, post some IT-related stories.

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Amazon pulls snouts from all-you-can-eat cloud storage buffet

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Archival grade media

If all you need is archival grade storage, M-DISC drives and media may be the answer. Supposedly they last 1000 years (as opposed to regular DVD-R's which you're lucky if you get 1000 days).

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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Windows Desktop 2016

Server 2016 seems to make a quite nice workstation. It looks exactly like Windows 10 but it doesn't have that saucy tart Cortana always in your face.

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Obama's intel chief says Russia totally tried to swing it for Trump

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There you have it.

1. Obama ALWAYS LIES

2. Obama staffer said that Trump has ties with Russia

3. Therefore, Trump does not have ties with Russia.

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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Betteridge's Law

I hereby officially invoke Betteridge's Law of Headlines.

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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Amazonopoly

I truly and sincerely hope that Jeff Bezos is killed in a parachuting accident.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Three phase UPS are common in data centers.

Even if such beasties are no longer common, I would have thought that someone the size of BA would have some legacy kit using three-phase.

Total bollocks. The kind of UPS that are installed in even the most modestly sized data centers have three phase inputs and three phase outputs.

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FAIL

This is 100% the fault of outsourcing.

Outsourcing is 100% to blame. The outsourcing firm should be sacked, and the person who decided to use the outsourcing firm should be sacked, drawn, and quartered.

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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Stop

Layers upon layers of ad blockers...

Most of us will just keep using ABP on top of whatever Google puts in the browser. And hopefully Google's tech will appear in the Android version of Chrome, where it's substantially more difficult to install a third party blocker.

Everyone should have the following Chrome extensions installed:

Adblock Plus

Clickbait Killer

FacebookBlocker

Remove ZergNet

Removes Taboola

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The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

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Linux on Windows

I am convinced that Microsoft's medium-term objective with running Linux on Windows (the whole "ubuntu bash on windows 10" thing) isn't to make life easy for web developers, but to run Linux-based Docker containers natively on Windows Server, without the need for a "helper VM" like they do now.

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IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

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India Business Machines?

Didn't they used to be a technology company?

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.Science and .study: Domains of the bookish? More like domains of the JERKS!

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Unhappy

Block all email from vanity TLD's

Spam got so bad that I ended up just blocking all email from vanity TLD's.

blacklist_from *.info

blacklist_from *.work

blacklist_from *.ninja

blacklist_from *.science

blacklist_from *.rocks

blacklist_from *.space

blacklist_from *.top

blacklist_from *.win

blacklist_from *.stream

blacklist_from *.website

blacklist_from *.bid

blacklist_from *.download

blacklist_from *.today

blacklist_from *.date

blacklist_from *.trade

blacklist_from *.party

blacklist_from *.webcam

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Sorry Google, it's boring old workloads that are pumping up AWS and Azure, not sexy AI

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Meh

Amazonopoly

Amazon is becoming a monopoly and should be broken up.

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