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Former Intel love rat Krzanich finds his calling, lands at biz that sells tech to car dealers

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Car dealers, yea, now there's a market sector with tumbling sales figure- good luck with that Brian ;-)

Super Cali goes ballistic, net neutrality hopeless? Even Ajit Pai's gloating is something quite atrocious

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Best headline ever- I'll be humming that puppy all day now.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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This can only end badly for Redhat.

HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

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Re: EU red tape bonfire

Ah, the great "bonfire of red tape"... yes, yes, we look forward to having the workers rights revoked, pesky things, everyone should be given the privilege of zero hours contract and no holiday ¬_¬

When should I run backup, robot overlord? Autonomous Hadoop and NoSQL backup is now a thing

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"backup run failed" has kept many a BOFH in a job. As to how it learnes, well there is only one way, you manually run the back and over time it works out how long it will take and extrapolate forward.... basically the same thing a good Backup Operator would do (or a bad one wouldn't do).

Microsoft Azure gains Availability Zones and Immutable Blobs

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Time limited immutable data storage, seems a little oxymoron ¬_¬

FCC's 5G masterstroke little more than big biz cash giveaway – expert

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Wow, sounds like the oldest telco excuse in the world has been rolled out yet again (can't roll out POTS, can't roll out 2-4G, can't rollout internet, because it costs too much.. unless you live in the Metro).

Why waste away in a cubicle when you could be a goddamn infosec neuromancer on £50k*?

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When I did my CISSP exam (many moons ago), there was a guy who came in and did the exam in less than 2 hours, rumor had it he had just read the book(s) and sat the exam. I've certainly met plenty of Microsoft and Cisco certified people who have never even seen a live network before they earned their merit badge. Maybe 'Mr Robot' does exist, if so, 50K seems a pretty decent starting figure for such talent.

It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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Follow da money

Nokia was 80% of the sales of Windows Phone. But Nokia really wanted to go Android with the new Lumia, so MS risked losing that and their share of the smart phone market, so they had to buy Nokia; they didn't have to screw it up so royally.

Nokia reported a 17 percent drop in full-year net sales in 2013 to 12.7 billion euros ($17.3 billion). However, net sales came in at 3.5 billion euros in the fourth quarter, up 18 percent on the same quarter a year before. Profits were made by year end ($585 million profit in Q4 on $10.73 billion in revenue), coming after 18 months of loss- overall sales figures had been declining since 2011.

Microsoft had been have a rough time aboard the good ship Windows (inc Mobile), with leaks everywhere below the sales water line. Nokia's raft was seriously burnt on sales\ profits, and alas, they made the choice to jump ship to M$ completely.

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Nokia was 80% of the sales of Windows Phone. But Nokia really wanted to go Android with the new Lumia, so MS risked losing that and their share of the smart phone market, so they had to buy Nokia; they didn't have to screw it up so royally.

Nokia reported a 17 percent drop in full-year net sales in 2013 to 12.7 billion euros ($17.3 billion). However, net sales came in at 3.5 billion euros in the fourth quarter, up 18 percent on the same quarter a year before. Profits were made by year end ($585 million profit in Q4 on $10.73 billion in revenue), coming after 18 months of loss- overall sales figures had been declining since 2011.

Microsoft had been have a rough time aboard the good ship Windows (inc Mobile), with leaks everywhere below the sales water line. Nokia's raft was seriously burnt on sales\ profits, and alas, they made the choice to jump ship to M$ completely.

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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AMD have been quiet through all this ¬_¬

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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I would think Google's answer would be- "cash or cheque?"

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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Will BS for cash

Nothing to see here, no really, nothing... please gives us money anyway!

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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When I worked for M$, BillG came to visit (waaaay back), and guess what? He stopped for chats, photos and joshing. Good to see BigBlue still has a bug up its derrière- some things never change.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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a fool and his money...

... are soon parted. Expect a lot of redundancies to make up for this loss.

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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If only MS ...

If only MS actually warns you before doing the major updates, you know, maybe "please temporarily uninstall your AV Product". So far MS updates has killed my system 3 times, to say I have a robust backup regime would be an understatement! I assume MS update will kill the system at some point and backup accordingly.

I also find that MS treats restores in a very iffy manner now, and this is recent (2018) not sure if there is some hidden blocks written or something to do with blocking hijack software, but something under the hood has changed and my original method of having a backup SSD with the LNG image (boot from LNG and restore borked disk) no longer works properly, so now I'm reduced to USB boot disk for the restore of borked... oh MS, why do you keep screwing things up?

Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

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Re: Intel's would still be the longest-surviving Mac instruction set

I'm sure some young Apple Exec thought this would be a bold new idea- make our own CPUs! Then in 20 years time some other Exec will suggest they outsource to Intel- the circle of life continues and compiler compiles more buggy code.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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Happens all the time

I remember being called to a data centre in Scotland, for a large bank based there (hint), to investigate why the AAA system wasn't working reliably. Walked into their DC and it was so hot I had to take my jacket and tie off just to walk around... kind of obvious what the problem was. This state of affairs had also been created by the "cost savings".

Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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LOL- the fools

As someone working for another national company that did this, I can say that service has plummeted and costs has risen indirectly. What I mean is that the powers-that-be thought the outsource was all encompassing (cap on costs), but guess what, it's not. And boy are the outsourcers taking in the extra money in the form of "not in the contract" response.

Congratulations Beeb Management, you've just lit the fuse on your own demise, but you don't care, because you're going to award yourselves big fat bonus for being "clever".

Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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It seems the Universe does have a sense of humour.

USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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Re: Irrational

They are solid and battle hardend, but they are very old now.

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I seem to remember that F-35B are about as buggy as Windows 10, requiring a great many updates. Ah well, we only need a few to see off the Icelandic gunboats come Brexit.

Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Already USA knows more personal stuff about me than my home country i.e. UK doesn’t have my finger prints, but USA does. This is getting ridiculous.

The can put this on the holiday brochure- "Come to USA, where you'll be made to feel about as welcome as fart in space suit".

Oracle crashes AWS and Azure UK cloud data centre party

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If Oracle are offering a cloud based database platform via Exadata, then it makes perfect sense to build this service (as an Oracle strategic direction).

Weird interview questions

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The other side

As an IT Manager I interview a reasonable amount, I try to keep the questions open or practical. I had one interviewee whose answer to every technical question was "I'd Google it". It's not a bad answer, but it was the only given to several questions designed to show me how much he knew (or didn’t know). Anyway, after the 3rd repeat answer I did ask him the obvious question- "what would you do if the company internet went down?" to which the answer came "I'd Google it". Suffice as to say he didn't get the job.

Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

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Oh dear

A fool and his money are soon parted. In decade's time they will look back on the billion and think of it as the happy, carefree times. Never seen a SAP project that didn't come in a 2-3 times initial costs.

Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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Mulit-boot woes

I run Win7 + Win7 multi-boot disk using Paragon as my backup and mulit-boot. Upgraded one of the Win7 to Win10 without issue (2011 bios). Tested Paragon and mulit-boot still worked. Ran the Win10 clean up, still good, left it 5 days to make sure nothing weird fails. Then Multi-boot stops working at start up.... then Win10 refuses to run Paragon Backup - not an error, Win10 says I'm not allowed to run it any more (full stop). I de-installed Paragon from Win10 (the only option that still works for that proggie), then I use Paragon Emergency boot disk to re-activate the other Win7 partition whaich also has Paragon, which then allows me to re-install the multi-boot options to the mbr.

In summary: Win10 decided it didn't like Paragon. What annoyed me was there was no prior warning, it deliberately stopped the proggie from working many days after upgrade. That is a damn worrying situation to be in, what if it wasn't a utility, what if it was something really important?

FOURTH bank hit by SWIFT hackers

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Still smaller than mine ;-)

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Holmes

Follow the money

If someone shoots you with a Glock, you don't say it was Austria that must have done it ¬_¬

As the only two recovered transfers were both from 'a bloke in China' one might assume the Chinese are at it? Yet the finger is pointed at Norks simply because it utilised some of their code from the Sony Job (like the Italian Job, but with less European flair and Michael Caine). And the Sony Job was also mix of code from different sources. Stop looking at re-used code that anyone in Black Market can get and follow the money.

Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

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Holmes

Vision: Is knowing when to change, not necessarily how

Oracle's problem is that is has, and continues to be, very hostile to any environment that is not on-premis i.e. ask Oracle about a license for a virtual environment and then go have a stiff drink while you recover. As such Oracle continues to be in denial about Cloud\ virtual stuff, maybe if it keeps the doors closed and curtain drawn that bad thing will go away?

IBM: LOL, really, "...ass with both hands" is a phrase that springs to mind. Their standard approach to any sitruation is buy a company, eat some of the assets, then forget they even own an office full of talents, thus leaving it on the shelf to be closed out at a later date (because they forgot what they had).

Microsoft: I'm surprised the boys from Redmond got with the program so quickly and are doing it so well, not AWS well, but certainly well enough. They are beginning to utilise a key adavantage- licenses. If you can't get a much cheaper solution off Azure for Microsoft products, then something isn't right. This also fits in with MS long held dream of everyone renting their software ( ala Adobe ). Subscription' is the key: MS needs to stop porting their their insanley complicated licensing into Cloud, and just focus on how insanley cheap it could be for users to join on a monthly sub basis.

AWS continues to make me go WOW! And it can only get better.

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: What date is good for you?

Linux makes for a slow desktop (graphics still laggy unless you happen to have just the right video card with the OEM driver).

I can't ever see Overwatch, or any PC game, getting ported to Linux world.

In short, Linux could make a case for business desktop, but a gaming desktop-nope.

Oracle laying off its Java evangelists? Er, no comment, says Oracle

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Although lay-offs are never nice for those involved, "Evangelists" are not essential, they mostly turn up to meetings\ give presentations on "how good" the technology is. It was a cushy job while it lasted.

HPE smashes champers bottle on side of punter engagement centre

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zzzzz

I almost got excited about this news story, almost ¬_¬

Microsoft sinks to new depths with underwater data centre experiment

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Engineer to site time

Can't wait to see how fast HPE get a man out there to replace another dead SIMM ¬_¬

SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?

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Cloud as a Bureau?

So all we need a is a dumb terminal to run things (plus TBOFH): the crunching, the software, the backups etc can all be done inside the cloud nebula. Sounds like the Bureau days will be returning :-)

US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Someone put the sharp things away, he may hurt himself.

Thought you were safe from the Fortinet SSH backdoor? Think again

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Ah, the irony of having to put a firewall in front of your firewall to protect it- nice one Fortinet ;-)

India may have binned Facebook's freebies on net neutrality grounds

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I see a large business flaw in FB's Free Basics idea: If the Z-man wants to give free Facebook to the poor (what a nice man), all he is doing is gathering eyeballs for his Ads. But if those eyeballs are so poor they NEED free basics, then it doesn't make for a great target Market for the Ads. And why would anyone pay for an Ad, only to find that people eyeballing it can't afford the product\ service?

Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

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Anyone remember that David Cameron's former director of strategy Steve Hilton is married to Google's head of comms Rachel Whetstone,. Now we can see where this has led. I'll have a pint of Old Crony please.

The only way is down for NetApp, HPE and IBM storage – study

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With the trend to put the storage spend out in the Cloud, the only question worth asking is who supplies the Cloud bunnies with their storage?

Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

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Have they tried turning it off and back on again?

Dell and EMC customers happy about prospect of Dell/EMC merger

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So, before you could buy storage from EMC, Servers from Dell, Virtuals from VMware. After the merger you can buy storage from EMC, Servers from Dell, Virtuals from VMware. All three worked together before, all three still work together - although EMC\ VMware never technically worked as well as it should have.

The point of merger is what? A cynic might say that Michael Dell bought EMC\ VMware to ensure the DELL name continues into the virtual world (let's face it, the jewel in the crown is VMware).

RSA asks for plaintext Twitter passwords on conference reg page

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Doah!

Either idiots are attending the Conf, or RSA is trying to prove a point about how easy it is to get passwords through simple social engineering techniques (from idiots that go to Conferences).

Sigh ... c'est la vie: France mulls mandatory encryption backdoors

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Surprised they even asked

During the 80s/90s I use to put a lot of WAN links into France, and every time we had to, by French law, turn the WAN encryption down to a level that the French spook service could de-crypt- we couldn't use the strongest encryption then available.

Juniper nets US Air Force network upgrade

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Let's hope they fix

Really, December's backdoor revelations should have got them booted straight out the tender, not win it.

Bash, smash, trash Flash – earn $100k cash

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Someone call time

How long is this going to keep being "fixed". Abode needs to deep-6 this security sieve, the only people who like Flash (and Reader for that matter) are the hackers.

Rubrik's cube: Storage firm founder drenches us in upstart Kool-Aid

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Very late to market

Rubrik's are trying to do what Veeam already does (and does well). NetApp does all of this in-storage.

These guys are late and desperately trying to look like they have brought something new to the party- they haven't.

Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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Re: Asking for it, they were

I think they found the dark side when the lights went out ;-)

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Re: opps

Unless your job 9-5, Mon-Fri, 365d is bypassing UPS, you can't accurately predict. These types of change are unique (well how many times are you going to do this change in your environment?) and therefore stats on outcome will be none existent.

The question isn't one of risk if the poop might hit the fan, it's one of impact if it does. And for every person involved in the change who says "no worries", add another 5% to the risk rating, because everyone should be very worried with this type of change.

ULLtraDIMM dam plus inventory oops smacks SanDisk’s Q4 growth

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What he really means?

Ah, the joys of management speak-

“Our inventory levels were extremely lean exiting the third quarter and were anticipated to become even leaner throughout the fourth quarter." - This means they didn't have enough stock, and will have even less stock in 2015.

"We overestimated our ability to service our customers’ demand variability with our low levels of inventory, creating supply shortfalls in certain products.” - This means we didn't have enough product to sell.

Summary: We didn't have enough product to meet demand last year and we are going to have even less this year. Expect another drop in profits.

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