* Posts by Mikel

2479 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Wintel part deux? Microsoft Azure first for Intel Clear Linux

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Shakes head

Intel still doesn't get it.

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Square Kilometre Array precursor shrinks 5TB of data to 22MB – every second!

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Sparse arrays

Most of the picture is black.

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Phoney McPhoneface: The thrilling tale of ZTE's crowdsourced mobe

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Oh

Thought this was about the Windows Phone that only got a handful of backers.

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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He'll say the same about Windows 10 soon enough

All Windows vendors have the same cognitive delay. For them to realize a version of Windows is unfit for purpose it has to be unavailable for sale.

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Horses for courses

You do know that the purpose of the Foundation is education, right? Supplying your industrial controls development needs is an incidental sideline.

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Missing specs

One would think if the clocks are mentioned you might also mention that there are 4 cores, they're 64 bit, there's a better GPU. You know, for completeness.

But then comment posting on the forum is still hosed as well, so... Sigh. Your ad network or whatever appears to be locking the page until it completes a very slow media load on detection of a mobile browser. Which is counter to the general tech-savvy nature of the site. Aspiring to be the next Yahoo?

It's a proper PC on a SODIMM. What a wonderful world.

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FCC slams Verizon, AT&T over zero rating, gives T-Mobile US a hug

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Regulatory Capture

We have it. And not just in Telecom. Apparently appointing the fox to guard the henhouse is blatantly, unashamedly direct official policy now.

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Regular or premium? Intel pumps out Optane memory at CES

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Re: M.2 cache?

We've covered the small capacity. Now let's talk about the large chips.

Look at those beasts. They're huge! If this is what it takes for 32GB capacity, they're going to need 6 or 7 die shrinks before this can fit a marketable amount of capacity on that board. Might as well back RAM chips with capacitors or something.

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Add me to the chorus of WTF?

What is this, flash storage for ants?

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NASA eyes up supermassive black holes, neutron stars

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Congratulations

The first article I read on this today managed to say NASA planned a mission to !Go! to a black hole. So good catch avoiding that potato reportage quality.

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

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Re: I thought MS had stopped pushing updates for the ICE Windows XP systems

Everybody knows the OS isn't software.

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What's that surging down the Yangtze? It's a 3D NAND flash flood

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Incoming market glut of flash storage

That's good news for the consumer. And bad news for spinning rust.

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Elon burning to get Falcon back on the launchpad

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Back in business

I look forward to watching another flight next week.

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A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections

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Infosec

Oxymoron

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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IE share

Market share of IE is down by half this year. Is that mentioned?

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Google's latest legal opponents: Shooting victims' families – and a cheesed-off ex-manager

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Deep pockets bend spacetime

The tort lawyers cannot escape the cash horizon

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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New for Christmas next year

First quality submarine drones for the aquatic enthusiast. Made in Taiwan from a clever engineering design quite like that used by the US military. Fully autonomous. Lithium rechargable batteries, runs for days. HD webcam standard, optional sensor packages available.

Explore your underwater world without getting cold and wet. Only at finer department stores and online via Amazon.com.

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Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?

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Why?

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They've reached it: Crossroads' stock price crashes to just $0.25

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Violin on hard times too

Tough market for storage startups.

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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My comment from the Sun acquisition

Uncle Larry is not in the "giving stuff away" business.

You should've started migrating then, not now.

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

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Re: Up Yours: Priceless!

There's a mossy little two bedroom house in downtown Bellevue, Washington. The glass skyscraper is literally wrapped around it, towering over everything. With only a Northern frontage, sunlight has not struck that house since the tower was built.

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Infosec bods: This is a backdoor in Skype for Macs. Microsoft: No.

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Backdoor implies deliberate intent

Of course Microsoft would plead incompetence before malice.

But does it matter?

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Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

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https://youtu.be/eF4Hcr7XX3c

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

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It's a security update

Windows is more secure if it can't communicate over any networks.

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Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

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Doom

> And if you choose to do so, you'll be helping to chip away at Intel's domination of desktop CPU world and inject a little more competition and innovation into the market. ®

Or you could just get a Chromebook and an Android tablet. They work well with your phone, and inject even more competition and innovation into the market.

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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They lied

People in swing states lied to the pollsters. Deliberately. That is what went wrong. And that is the end of the utility of polling.

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Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

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Oh wow

Like we wouldn't anyway.

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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Re: This is probably...

MJF covers "all things Microsoft". All the action is in mobile these days, and she would like to stay relevant, but Microsoft is dead in mobile. So rumors like this give her hope. That is what it's good for. She thinks it might bring Microsoft Windows to mobile.

It won't. Emulation is slow. It's not gonna happen. She fell for this once before, when reporting on the release of the original ARM based Surface.

How you bring Windows to the mobile ARM platform is simple: you don't ever stop developing it for multiple platforms. Unfortunately for Microsoft, they crossed that bridge and burned it over 20 years ago.

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Office Depot halts PC Health Checks amid bogus infection claims

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Great!

Now let's look at Firestone auto maintenance chain. They rob people in the same way.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Re: About time

Where have I read this before?

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

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Apparently Microsoft is a top Linux vendor. Who knew?

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Re: Great news!

"Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect." - Linus

Bonus: "If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won." - Linus

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Nice site

Too hilly for a solar roadway. If there are some lava tubes nearby, those might do for a base though. Gotta start somewhere.

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The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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This is a huge setback

... for the copyright maximalists and their war on the Commons. Just the copyright part of this treaty was grand theft of public property on a global scale.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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Re: Like the alleged 'shooter' at the Trump rally

Use of the office to meddle in the election is just cause for termination.

But everybody knows the FBI is Republican and the CIA is Democrat. The NSA won't say who they're rooting for.

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Look out, SpaceX et al – China's Long March-5 rocket blasts off

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Re: Impressive but...

SpaceX hasn't reflown a rocket yet. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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Software licencing gets easier in the cloud? Not if your name is Microsoft

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May now play more

The plan is never to get less money out of the same customer. Never.

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Uncle Sam launches open source trove of government code

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It's a start

I imagine there is far too much to browse tonight. Some of the NASA stuff looks interesting.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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What about mobile?

In Q2 Microsoft's phones are no longer called out by name in Strategy Analytics' report. They are grouped in "other", and all of "other" sold 0.3%.

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Re: "printer manufacturers"

>" (2) most HP models with PCL support work fine"

HP buys companies from time to time, occasionally even printer companies. To my understanding only these recent acquisitions lack Linux printer support, and only for a short time. In servers (Compaq) and printers HP Linux support has always been leading, not following. It is their consumer and client tat that seems willing to require the Beast.

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Mobile beats desktop traffic

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An important milestone

The transition to mobile is here. Surprised it took so long.

The pee sea can't dry fast enough to suit me.

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

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Downgrade rights

I remember these from the Vista campaign. They kept trying to convince the world Vista was going gangbusters because they had sold a lot of licenses. But usage wasn't showing up because everyone was using their "downgrade".

It's all the same to their bottom line though. They still got the money.

At this time however it looks like that "1 billion installs" target for Windows 10 is far away indeed. Developers can take their sweet time moving over.

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

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It's OK. No big deal. Nothing to see here.

You weren't using Windows for anything important, were you?

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Nymaim malware got a major 'upgrade', says Verint

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Re: Macros

Macros in the original sense were great. Making them Turing Complete was the mistake.

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ARM draws new Mali GPUs

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Awesomesauce

A billion Vulcan devices shipping next year? Devs better skill up.

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Everything you need to know about HP's three-in-one x3 deals

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It's for Enterprise

In this case, "Enterprise" is defined as "Idiots spending way too much of somebody else's money on technology they're not personally going to have to use." Microsoft's ideal market - a field where the end user already knows he's a victim of procurement even before delivery, and must trudge on making the most of it because every month the rent comes due.

Because nobody sane would spend this much of their own money, or choose this.

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Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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It is good to see times have changed

Once upon a time their response would have been: "So?"

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Only 4GB RAM?

What is this? Memory for ants?

And disk... So slow.

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Exit through the Gift Shop? US copyright chief was assigned to shop till, tweeting

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Re: No mystery here.

Perhaps examination of her emails revealed that they didn't want her to send any more of them in her official capacity. Probably for her own good.

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Ah there it is

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/10/newly-released-documents-show-hollywood-influenced-copyright-offices-comments-set

She lied to Congress on the set top box thing, on behalf of the MPAA.

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