* Posts by Jay 2

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

Yep, I recall at the time I was looking for a new PC, but MS and the all the hardware manufacturers had colluded and decided that Vista = new hardware all round. For example my perfectly good scanner that worked fine with XP would be deliberately not supported in Vista due to a lack of drivers.

So in the end I got myself a Mac and could still use my scanner. I too have not looked back. Every now an again I fire up Win10 in a VM to see what's going on, and am reminded that I made the right choice.

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'Do the DevOps?' No thanks! Not until a 'blameless post-mortem' really is one

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As a sys admin my biggest problem with devops is getting forced into supporting some convoluted buzzword-based crap that some devs have come up with, that pretty much ignores any conventional wisdom.

So we have Docker containers that are mimicing a proper server (when a virtual machine would be a better and easier option) using 2GB+ images. Pretty much the complete opposite of what a container should be...

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What will £450k buy you? A new CEO at Softcat

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Happy

Happy Softcat customer here. For me at least they put the Value Add into VAR. Our account manager is always fairly quick to respond and able to help withever strange pre/post-sales technical query I have. This is in sharp contrast to some other VARs who seemingly can't even correctly read the server specs I send them...

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TalkTalk glitch causing mobiles and landlines to go off at the same time

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Boom!

I first misread landline as landmine in the title. Still neither seems to be capable of doing voice communication in their current states.

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Web uni says it will get you a tech job or your money back. So our man Kieren signed up...

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Re: "...a good percentage of the population is not suited to programming..."

Once upon a time I thought I was a good programmer (on BASIC/COMAL), until I got to University and then had to learn a new language (Modula-2) and the concepts that went with it. And whilst I was getting to grips with that we also had to dabble in Ada, Lisp, C and some other stuff. My problem was that I couldn't adapt the concepts to the language spec easily.

Fortunately I got a lucky break along the way and became a sys admin. I do quite a lot of coding in shell scripts and little bits of Python/Perl where needs be, but would never consider myself to be a proper programmer.

When it comes to the more technical doing stuff bits in IT (be it hardware or software), I find that people generally have a knack and are interested or they aren't.

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Snap, crackle ... patch! Apple kicks out iOS 11.0.2 to tackle crappy calls, fix email glitches

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Still on 10, maybe I should wait until 11.0.3? I have to somewhat agree with the first post, there were quite a few people on the beta (I know of two). Though at times like this I do wonder how many people on the beta were active (bug reporting) participants and how many just wanted to play with the latest and greatest(ish).

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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd reads 'mean tweets' about his 2025 vision

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If Oracle are all about the cloud, maybe they can do something about the appaling state of their ULN repos for Oracle Linux. They're slower than a glacier and it takes minutes just to get a yum repolist all to complete (takes seconds on a similar RHN setup), so it's completely unusable. And the most insane bit? That's the stuff you pay for! The free repos on some other CDN are fine...

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Re: It's the singer, not the song

No, they also need a fairly decent car. Just look at Schumacher's near misses in the late 90s. I'm not the biggest fan of his, but he could really hustle a car when he needed to. One of best example was the 1996 Ferrari F310 which was a real disaster and he still managed to grab some wins in it. In fact I have heard that in his collection of F1 cars that he's driven, that one is noticably absent!

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Re: Results speak for themselves.

Well if you recall Vettel's last year at RedBull when the current engine formula was ushered in, he was beaten in the drivers championship by team mate Ricciado. After finding the previous few years' chassis/engine combo to his liking (for whatever reasons), the same could not be said for that final year. I also recall that was about the time Adrian Newey took a step back from the F1 car slightly to do a few other things.

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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Re: FlightControl

It would appear that EA (who now hold the rights to Flight Control) dropped it a few years back as they couldn't be bothered to support it any longer. They've already got your money, why do they care?

Annoying as it was also one of the first games I purchased too.

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Re: Ugh

Whilst checking though what apps are going to potentially stop working I noted that all my 2K games (CivRev, Pirates, Ace Patrol, AP: Pacific Skies) are in the list. Also annoyingly I found that EA dropped Flight Control some time back.

I guess as they've both already got my money, they don't care...

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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I belive Bond villan emulator Musk is a fan of Banks' sci-fi writings and has therefore named things accordingly in tribute/homage. Long may it continue!

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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Re: Delay by design

Oh yes. Walk into Monument and follow the signs to the Northern line (and proibably DLR) and you'll end up going all over the place through a warren of tunnels and it will take you a good few minutes. However a more direct route is to walk down to the Eastbound Disctrict/Circle platform then proceed to the Northern line.

Obviously they don't want the corridor that links the N and D/C lines to become completly clogged, but the official route is somewhat round the houses.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Re: Did He Have An Option ???

That sort of reference is pretty standard nowadays, and is carefully worded so that the company doesn't get into any (further) legal problems. I'm not a great fan of it myself, but remember this sort of thing is drafted by HR who you must always remember are looking after the company's interests and not yours.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Ah, I think I'll blame the MBA for this disaaster then. She should have stuck to business stuff, and left the IT procurement to someone who doesn't think that Windows on device A means Windows on device B because they're both Windows.

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Singapore court awards $2.9m over bad job reference

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Same here, makes things a lot easier (on both sides) as it doesn't go into detail.

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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Damn fine coffee...

Hmm, it would appear that I haven't done many of the things that I should have done before watching the new series of Twin Peaks, no wonder I have no idea WTF is going on half the time!

Admittedly I haven't watched the first two series since they came out, but I'm somewhat sure they didn't used to be a strange as the current one (quirky yes, but not so downright WTF).

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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For me, I would expect the following:

Sausages, bacon, eggs (fried or scrambled), beans, grilled tomato, some buttered toast and a cuppa, the availability of both tomato and brown sauce

Optional extras that I wouldn't say no to, but are not essential:

Black pudding, mushrooms, hash browns, fried bread, orange juice

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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Re: I'm waiting...

With aplogies to Toni Basil et al

Hey Siri, you're so fine / You're so find you blow my mind / Hey Siri etc...

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

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Re: A Stonking Year???

I loved that game, even if I was rubbish at it! I recall the only time I managed to win was when I led the enemy on a magical mystery tour and their supply line ran out.

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Second one this month: Another code bootcamp decamps to graveyard

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Re: Who didn't see this coming?

Agreed. The best IT bods I've worked with are people who like messing around with that sort of thing. On the other hand there are people who have drifted into IT for one reason or another and have no real passion for such things and it shows.

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Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

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Re: "I am prepared to trust the security forces."

Or something like Buttle/Tuttle/whatever. And then before said mistake has been noticed/rectified they're bound to find something of interest to them to not make it a wasted visit and keep those arrest/convictoin stats up.

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Russian hackers and Britney Spears in one story. Are you OK, Reg?

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Paris Hilton

What's the Britney angle?

Obviously a few Britney fans lurking in the El Reg comments. Maybe a change to the Paris icon is required?

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Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

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Re: Ohmigosh I am such a marketing sucker

For my sins I do have a few bits of Bose kit, all of which I quite like. The Wave CD is still going strong after 18 years, though to be honest it's only used as a glorified alarm clock nowdays. Though I've recently attached my old AirPort Express to it so that it can do a bit more.

Though a few years back I did try some of their new (at the time) in-ear cans, but to be honest compared to my UE with custom tips they weren't very good.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Re: Isn't restore 101

Agreed. Though it looks like after the power off whoops event, someone thought that just switching on the power again without any full-on checks of all the various power bits and everything connected with it was a good idea...

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: Ah but,

Yes, before you know it said system will want to start integrating itself with things like stearing and braking...

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

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Re: Brazil ? Or 1960s Britain ?

On similar lines, some classic Peter Sellers; Balham - Gateway to the South

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

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Re: There is a simple solution

Agreed. We seem to have sunk to a level where to get some sort of response from many companies you have to publicly shame them on social media for them to actually take action. Quite annoying.

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Machine 1, Man 0: AlphaGo slams world's best Go player in the first round

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Yes I recall when Deep Blue was winning against humans one of the higher-ups involved with it dismissed thoughts of us being crushed by computers (or whatever) due to the fact that aside from doing one thing extremely well they were "as thick as two short planks".

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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Re: Willow

This sort of thing annoys me more at home than at the cinema. Basically many films now have a volume range of too fucking quiet at one end, too fucking loud at the other and pretty much sod-all in-between. So you have to turn up the volume to hear WTF some acting type is mumbling and then there's bound to be some loud action-oriented event which will then cause the increased volume from your TV/receiver to deafen you and make your house fall down.

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'The internet is slow'... How to keep users happy, get more work done

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Re: What a wonderful world you live in...

One of the banes of my life as a sysadmin is people asking for stuff/permissions/etc without even bothering to check if they already have it or not. A plague on their houses!

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Re: Actions == consequences

Ah I see, I didn't know that rather important bit of info. In that case, he better start researching how friendly the Oz government want to be with the US...

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Actions == consequences

Well I'd like to think as soon as he steps foot outside the embassy we'll nick him for bail jumping.

At that point it wouldn't suprise me if Trump (after a quick win, and smarting about the release of Chelsea Manning) decides to put in an extradition request. After all it may have been Manning who aquired the data, but it was the Assange-led Wikileaks that gave it a wider audience.

And then all the self-publicising idot may end up where he was trying to avoid in the first place, deep in the US legal system. All that because he wasn't very sensible when it came to use of what's in his trousers.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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WTF?

Pure hipster wankery

I could hardly believe my eyes when I read "force users to revert back to old habits (eg the touch interface)". If it's one thing I can't stand it's jumped up UI/wizards/etc that will force you to do something its way or some bastardisation of not-at-all/as inconviniently as possible. See the fuckup that was Windows 8's TIFKAM for another example.

Surely Samsung, as a TOUCH SCREEN PHONE, the user may expect to be able to do what they require via the fucking great big touch screen that is touted as one of the main USPs of the phone in that it is big and doesn't have those pesky bezels to get in the way. If I'm going to talk in the presence of a phone it's beacuse I'm making a phone call, not talking to the sodding device itself.

This sort of thing is pure hipster wankery that comes when someone doesn't remember that just because you can do something, it doesn't mean that you should!

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: So what about the battery

Some years ago I recall noticing at LHR tube that my lock was missing and in my bag found a note from TSA that said something along the lines of "It's your fault we broke into your bag to have a look and if there's any loss or damage it's your fault, so fuck you there's nothing you can do about it".

I had a small last laugh/cuckle as the iPad box was empty (contents in my hand luggage), so they couldn't steal it.

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

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Re: CentOS + Cinnamon

Yes, if you want bleeding edge (and potentially re-installing a new release every 9 months or so) then you could do worse than Fedora. But for something a lot more stable (and behind the times), then you could go with CentOS. Both assuming you're happy with the RadHat (RPM) branch of things.

As a sys admin I spend most of my day on the command line of RHEL/CentOS, fending off devs who want the latest and greatest version of something or other that invariably isn't in our repos and will probably cause some dependancy nightmare.

Every so often at home I usually download the latest Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Fedora into VMs to have a quick play and see what's going on. The last time out I preferred Linux Mint, but now that Ubuntu has dropped Unity I'll have to take another look.

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Rule one of tea club

Hang on, was that a cup of tea with milk in it where the teabag is still present? What sort of philistine are you?

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Flatpak and Snaps aren't destined for graveyard of failed Linux tech yet

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Given the lack of understanding by most devs where I work that the latest bleeding edge stuff they claim they need usually won't run on the old/boring/stable (and without loads of dependancy problems!) enterprise Linux we have, this sort of thing may be a good thing.

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European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

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Re: pre loaded

I did briefly look at buying a (dedicated) Kodi box, mainly to stream from my NAS, not for all the dodgy stuff. I decided against it in the end as many reviews were quite hit and miss and I wasn't convinced about the offered hardware and more importantly the OS on top.

So in the end I plumped for an Amazon Fire TV box and sideloaded Kodi on myself. I'd like to think that Amazon will do a slightly better job of keeping FireOS up to date than whatver the dedicated Kodi boxes run. In a slight belt-and-braces approach I also sideloaded Kodi on my new smart TV last weekend. I'm a bit more concerned on how much effort Sony will put into keeping that Android setup supported though.

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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

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Re: Filezilla

Another Filezilla user here. Very handy for moving stuff to/from desktop to build/jumphost servers. we still use FTP a fair bit internally, though we also have a fair amount of HTTP/wget too. Also lurking is some SFTP, but I don't find it the easiest thing to set up (and quickly get working) on some of out Linux kit.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Meh

I agree. Just got a new Sony 43" 4K over the weekend, and I find its user interface less than good. Took me while to hunt down where the main settings were (brightness, contrast, colour etc). In fact as it's a "smart" TV running Android then it needed loads of questions answering when I first switched it on before it got anywhere near to doing what a TV should do.

More of an annoyance is that Sony seemingly no longer provide proper full manuals either in dead tree form or via PDF. You're now expected to go to some website (which you can print off, which looks shite) to figure out all the advanced features. And more annoyingly some of them are stunningly generic and don't explicitally mention the model of TV.

That aside I do quite like it. I wasn't intending to use its smart features (as I have SkyHD, Amazon Fire TV, PS4 to do that sort of thing and stream from NAS), but was fairly impressed with the fact it'll run Kodi and VLC as well as BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Amazon Video etc.

The catch is now that I have a 4K TV, a 4K source and 4K friendly HDMI cables, they all talk to a receiver which isn't 4K. So that will have to be replaced...

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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Re: IT Error?

GIGO = Garbage In, Garbage Out. I put it down to duff (human supplied?) data somewhere and the computer just doing its normal thing.

Meanwhile, to err is human but to really mess things up, it takes a computer.

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Re: Program for a puppet

My main problem with that film is that it gives the impression that the drug completely surpresses all emotions etc. And I recall that because of that some bits of the plot didn't make much sense. But in some cast/crew chat they refined that to be that it mostly surpresses emotions etc. That made a lot more sense, but they didn't make it at all obvious in the film.

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Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

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Re: It was designed to fail

Agreed. I recall running Solaris 7 (I think) on x86 and it was OK (not fantastic or anything). But sometime after that the x86 offering went away and came back a year or so later with a slightly different name and some associated Sun x86 hardware.

At this point I noted that Sun had at least two big problems. One was that people who were burnt on them withdrawing Solaris on x86 for whatever reason would think twice. The other was that their own x86 hardware was a lot more expensive than other 1/2U offerings from other manufacturers. And (at the time) on the horizon was something called Linux...

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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Re: Introductory

For the lot doing MSc it would depend on what they're actually doing. Whilst I was doing my BSc we shared lectures with some MSc who were effectively on a 1 year IT conversion course. As a result they were significantly less experienced than us. In hindsight maybe we shouldn't have been so harsh on them. Though I'm sure for many a HR department an MSc would trump a BSc...

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

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Re: Dear gods...

Have you started looking at your migrations to RHEL 7 yet? :)

In some cases we had to purchase extended support for 5.x servers as there was no way they could be moved. However we put in a pretty big effort to get (mostly) everything onto 6.8, but I'm not looking forward to have to get it all to 7 in a few years...

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Tesla hit by class action sueball over autopilot software updates

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I really wish Tesla hadn't called some feature or another "autopilot". It gives off all the wrong ideas about what it actually does.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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Re: What's so wrong with a Ferrari engine in a metro?

I seem to recall a Vauxhall Nova (beloved of many a Max Power reader) having a rather larger engine dropped in it without any major tweaks to structural integrity or the brakes. Apparently its chassis was a bit wonky after some use of the new setup.

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Flaws found in Linksys routers that could be used to create a botnet

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Don't hold your breath

From previous experience, Linksys' pace of firmware releases are slower than glacial and are as frequent as hen's teeth. And when they do it'll be for something really important, like a logo change on an admin webpage.. http://cache-www.belkin.com/support/dl/Linksys%20X3500%201.0.01.006%20Release%20Note.txt

Mind you, that seems to be par for the course for most manufacturers of 'leccy-using kit nowadays.

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

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FAIL

Twice as good? Maybe significantly slower!

Not entirely on-topic, but Oracle really do need to spash some cash on hardware to support their own services. I've recently started using Oracle Linux and attached a server to their Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), basically their version of RedHat's RHN/RHSM. In short any interaction with the ULN repos takes an ice age and is completely unusable. As an example, a yum repolist all took almost 30 minutes(!). On a comparable RHEL server talking to RHN/RHSM the same command takes upto 30 seconds.

The reason for this is that Oracle host ULN on their own hardware/network, which is obviously not fit for purpose. More so, when you consider that you have to pay for a licence/subscription/support to access ULN. Ironically the bulk of Oracle Linux is freely available (and at no cost) and is availble at yum.oracle.com which is hosted by Akamai and is fast enough to be usable.

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