* Posts by Steve Knox

1935 posts • joined 16 Jul 2011

We asked the US military for its 'do not buy' list of Russian, Chinese gear. Surprise: It doesn't exist

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Criteria

The Register asked the Department of Defense if anyone cared to elaborate on the criteria for being added to the non-existent list. We've not heard back.

It's super simple:

1. You must be a non-US competitor to one or more US companies.

2. Said US companies need to have bought appealed to a sufficient number and combination of US lobbyists, politicians, and civil servants.

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Western Digital: And when I pull the covers off, behold as NAND becomes virtual DRAM

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Re: Is two really three?

"Western Digital is consolidating its brand names into two classes: consumer, and enterprise and commercial."

Now I am really confused...?

You're clearly not from Oxford.

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Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: How they test matters

Actually, you can program testing robots to cycle through all of those modes and more. Will Samsung? No idea. But just because you can't conceive of it, don't say it won't or can't happen.

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Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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No.

1. It's not directionless. It's following a very specific orbit, one calculated to last at least 20 years and recently evaluated to likely last 50 or more.

2. Its fate is not to break up, but to crash into Ceres.

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Imperial bringing in budget holograms to teach students

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Re: Virtual lecturer and audience

See also the "Falling" montage in the movie "Real Genius".

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Alternative to the F word

The G word.

Then we can tell those Googling Googlers to Google the Google off.

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Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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Re: So it's...

Hot fudge.

Very, very hot fudge.

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SCISYS sidesteps Brexit: Proposes Irish listing to keep EU space work rolling in

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Re: I'm not sure it's that easy

The EU also suffers if there is no workable agreement made.

True, but you cannot say with a straight face that the EU will suffer as much as the UK, or that they will suffer as much as they would if there were not the framework which allows them to renegotiate trade with those who choose to leave.

There are two eventual conclusion to this situation, one where there are 2 winner and one where there are 2 losers.

It's not quite that simple. There is a spectrum of possible outcomes. It is possible for the EU to negotiate agreements which benefit them and harm the UK, just not very likely (although if UK.gov is convinced that the harm of such an agreement is less that the harm they'll incur if they don't agree, it becomes more likely.) It is also possible for the UK to do the opposite, though even less likely. Most likely is that both lose some out of this deal.

I have to disagree with your representation of the 2-winner conclusion as worthy of inclusion as one of the two major possible conclusions. Brexit is already imposing considerable costs and complexity on the EU-UK relationship on both sides, and the purported regulatory and social freedoms are largely ephemeral. The 2-winner scenario is the least likely of all of the conclusions to this.

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Re: I'm not sure it's that easy

would have thought there'd be . . ." a get-out clause / provision, with a fully workable formula, agreed, openly discussed and regularly updated by all member states...

There is: Article 50. It's what allowed Brexit. It's also what allows the EU to say "Fuck You" to any and all requests for equal or special treatment from countries who decide to leave. EU members did think that some might want to go it alone, and they made sure that the EU would not suffer from such selfish behaviour.

What you're actually complaining about is that there isn't a get-out clause / provision that lets your country get out of the responsibilities of being in the EU while still keeping all of the benefits. Well, I'm sorry, but the rest of the world doesn't exist solely for your benefit. Get over yourself.

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Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

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FAKE NEWS

Clearly this "Robert Baptiste" is a puppet for the liberal elite. That's why he's posting on Twitter under a different name.

Donald Daters is a great site - the best site. It's absolutely not an attempt to sucker already proven rubes into giving away their personal details.

This article is nothing but a deep blue state smear campaign. Sad.

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Icahn to Dell investors: You can't touch this DVMT offer

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“In my opinion it is better to have peace than war..."

Anyone familiar with your modus operandi knows better than that, Carl.

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US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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WWJD???

Here's a simple test for you. Find someone with a WWJD bracelet (or bumper sticker or magnet, whatever) and hand them a bottle of water.

If you don't get a bottle of wine back from them, you know they're not serious.

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Can't read my, can't read my... broker face: Premium Credit back online a week after cyber attack

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Were they insured?

Hope their premiums don't go up too much...

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Building your own PC for AI is 10x cheaper than renting out GPUs on cloud, apparently

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Break-Even

Chen has done the sums, and, apparently, after two months that will work out to being ten times cheaper.

That sounded dodgy to me, so I read the paper. He has done the math, and it doesn't say what you said it says.

It's not the entire cost which is 10x cheaper, but the monthly costs alone (on a monthly plan). That makes 2 months the break-even point, not the point at which the total cost is 10x less.

The point at which the cost of running your own system as opposed to renting is 10x less (again based the monthly plan and figures given) is about 14 months.

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As one Microsoft Windows product hauls itself out of the grave, others tumble in

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"Flash elements crashing an Edge browser"

Why do Microsoft continue to support such buggy software when the rest of the world has moved on?

Tsk, tsk...

..And putting Flash on it, as well!

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Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

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Why the icon?

Referring to the current POTUS?

Your statement is more truth than joke.

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Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Re: Why do we need IPv6

Seriously. Why more than one public IP per household, and maybe a dozen or so on average per organization?

Because most people have more than one device, and most organizations have more than a dozen or so devices.

No.

Most people do not have eve ONE device which needs to be publicly accessible. That's why most ISPs only provide one IP address per consumer connection; you have to use a NATing router (some ISPs even NAT you again internally). Have you got a consumer-grade WiFi router at home? Then you're almost certainly using NAT and getting private IP addresses for devices on your home network -- probably 192.168.x.x but possibly 10.x.x.x.

I don't know of any organization which does not use NAT to hide all non-public machines. Yes, you'll need an IP address for your webserver (but not a dedicated one if you use shared hosting), e-mail server (ditto on the shared hosting) and any edge routers you have (except those for private WAN routing) but for most companies that comes to well below a dozen IPs. Those few who need more are likely using the internet to allow tunneling VPN access to or between physical locations. This should average out to, as I said, fewer than a dozen per organization.

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Re: Why do we need IPv6

Why do you believe it's reasonable for hundreds of devices per person to have public IP addresses?

Seriously. Why more than one public IP per household, and maybe a dozen or so on average per organization?

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Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity

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Terminator

Great.

Soon when our batteries fail, they won't just be munitions; they'll be biological weapons...

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Trend Micro tools tossed from Apple's Mac App Store after spewing fans' browser histories

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Re: VW-ing (cheating) the App-Store screening?

Could Trend Micro have coded the apps to detect when they are being tested by Apple and not do the data slurp?

More likely Apple does the test on a clean VM, so no data to slurp.

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Facebook flogs dead horse. By flog, we mean sues. And by horse, we mean BlackBerry

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Holmes

Tell me again...

...where these lawsuits were filed?

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Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama

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Re: we are the Cloud, you will adapt to service us. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

Yep, whats worse tho, an outage that microsoft spends it's time fixing or one you do?

One Microsoft spends its time fixing. Because they "fix" it by deploying an untested update which prolongs the pain. Did you even read the article?

Power goes out, how long does your UPS last, bro?

Til my generator kicks in. Which works until the issue is over or until the secondary site is brought up. That's what happens when you properly plan business continuity solutions, instead of chasing buzzwords.

Enjoy being bad at computers tho.

Right back at you, bro.

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‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

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Re: Trump bashing inaccurate here

Ever notice how righties always have to go back 30+ years to find an example of a leftie being racist, just so they don't feel so bad about their current hero being racist?

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Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: Scope creep

"phase two when you'll have to start disposing of the bodies..."

Or phase 3:

"I'm not dead yet!"

....

"Who's that?"

"Dunno. Must be a software developer."

"Why?"

"He hasn't got shit all over himself."

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It's a net neutrality whodunnit: Boffins devise way to detect who's throttling transit

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Re: adamsmith.com

I miss amanfrommars

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.

1. What's hard to understand about GNU Image Manipulation Program? It's a Program to Manipulate Images, brought to you by GNU. Makes sense to me.

2. Neither Adobe PhotoShop nor JASC PaintShop Pro allow you to sell or buy photos or paints. How is that easier to understand? I think it's more that you're familiar with them so you assume novices will be as well. At best you may argue that PhotoShop has become a colloquial term, but that's simply brand penetration, not clear naming to begin with.

3. Even if you only know it by GIMP, since it is not pre-installed on any systems that I know of, how would it even end up on a novice user's machine without them downloading it, at which point one would assume they've been to a website which describes to some degree what the software does.

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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Re: Unlimited; that word does not mean what you think it means

Verizon was true to its word: unlimited data, nothing was said about unlimited speed.

Are you a troll or an idiot? The latter is a derivative of the former over time. You cannot limit one without limiting the other.

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Even their "good" practice is bad.

"Regardless of the plan emergency responders choose, we have a practice to remove data speed restrictions when contacted in emergency situations."

Then why implement the data speed restrictions in the first place? Why make emergencies worse by putting up an entirely artificial barrier to efficient resolution?

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'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

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Re: Default passwords? In this day and age?

What!? They've hacked my luggage!?

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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Re: As usual, incredible claims come from far away

Statistically, most of anything comes from far away...

Well, if you want to get technical, the vast majority of stuff is far away, but doesn't come here. It's moving away at an increasing rate.

All the stuff you mentioned is staggeringly close to hand in comparison.

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Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

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"It has potential..."

Wouldn't that be a battery?

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Interesting cultural intersection.

Now can you do a piece on the Annoying Orange and see if Trump will ban you?

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Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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Re: I wonder...

Of course they should. And this bill will pass at about the same time as the bill holding them liable.

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Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked

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Re: 1 second

Don't account for leap seconds and in a couple of years time you are 30+ seconds out which means that no TOTP system (like Google Authenticator, banking apps, etc.) will generate the right codes if they are using different clocks that do (e.g. in a smartphone).

No. FTA:

[Since 1972] To date, there have been 27 leap seconds added – when clocks show 23:59:60 rather than rolling over to 00:00:00 after 23:59:59. The other 10 seconds arrived as a bulk adjustment in 1972.

Even including the 10-second block in 1972, that's 37 seconds over 46 years, or 0.8 per year. Even if we round up to 1/year, it would take 30 years to be 30 seconds out. By then you're likely to have replaced any system you're using for OTP 3-6 times over.

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One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

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Re: No

Didn't know it was a typo -- this was the first article I read on the device, and 800x1200, though in portrait mode, is a much more common resolution than 1800x1200.

However, my point still stands -- and is perhaps reinforced:

1. my 5-year old 8-inch tablet still has a higher resolution, and cost significantly less.

2. 1800x1200 is still not FHD, as a minimum horizontal resolution of 1920 is required for that.

This second point makes me think someone at Microsoft wanted to keep this product on-point and didn't want people looking to use it as a budget FHD media player, as it's suspiciously close to FHD.

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No

"The 10-inch 800 x 1200 (217 PPI) resolution is impressive."

No, it most definitely is not. I have a 5 year old tablet with 4x that resolution that cost under $200 back then. Anything under FHD is unacceptable on any device with a screen over 3" in size.

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Thanks for the happy memories, Micron – now beat it, says China: Court bans chip sales

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Re: People’s Court

Actually, the apostrophe in "People's Court" is correct -- just as the full name of China is indeed the "People's Republic of China" -- "people" in this case is a singular noun referring to all of the individuals in China as a unit (similar to "group" or "team"), so it takes the singular possessive form.

"Peoples" is not possessive, and "Peoples' Court" necessarily means a court for multiple nationalities, tribes or other groups of people, because people as a plural of person never has a trailing s, so "peoples'" must be the possessive plural of "people".

See http://www.dictionary.com/browse/peoples -- especially the section on usage, which touches on the possessive.

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Yes, but Taiwan doesn't have a big orange potato talking smack about Chinese steel and doing everything in its power to start a global trade war.

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Microsoft has another crack at fixing Chrome problems in Windows 10

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Re: Best fix for Chrome...

install Firefox.

Yeah. Because the pesky part of "performance problems" is the "performance" part..

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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3. We are giving replacements to anyone who is able to open the back-cover without damaging the locks.

Because criminals are going to try to not damage the locks? If the back cover can be removed, damage or no, then the lock is not fit for purpose.

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Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out

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Re: Thrown out? Or she should be jailed?

Ummm ...., you seem to have lost sight of the fact that if you are not found guilty you haven't broken the law.

That is entirely incorrect. Whether or not someone broke the law is dependent solely and entirely upon the intersection between their acts and activities proscribed by statutes.

Whether not someone is found guilty is dependent on an entirely different set of factors, including but not limited to:

a. the amount of evidence against them,

b. the amount of evidence they are successful in having invalidated,

c. their ability to fund a legal defense,

d. their influence in judicial and political circles.

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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Re: So for a while now...

The BSOD has been available for Linux since 1998:

https://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/screenshots/

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Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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Re: Analogy Units

This is 2 million times (2^(53-32) = 2^21) more than IPv4; still a lot, but not mind-bogglingly vast.

2^53 is over 900 000 000 000 000. That's approximately 1.2 million addresses for every living person on the planet.

Except it isn't -- it's 1.2 million network addresses for every living person. Each network can contain about 2^64 = over 1 800 000 000 000 000 000 devices for over 2 200 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 devices for every living person.

But what about companies, you say? Well, there are about 115 million companies in the world. Let's make them need about 60 x more network addresses (on average) than individuals. Why 60? Because that makes their total effect roughly equal to the individual effect, and I'm lazy. So instead of 1 200 000 networks with up to 2 200 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 devices per entity, we're talking 600 000 networks with up to 1 100 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 devices. (That would actually be 600 000 networks per person, and 36 000 000 networks per company.)

This means that even if 99.9999999999999% of IPv6 address space gets wasted, it's still bigger than IPv4.

Put another way, even with the waste you mention, IPv4's address space is less than 0.0000000000001% of IPv6's.

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Re: Belgium

HOW DARE YOU USE THAT WORD OUTSIDE OF A SERIOUS SCREENPLAY?

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Re: New unit of measurement

You only need 16GB of storage to store all IPv4 addresses.

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America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

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Re: Whooosh!

Also, seems to be trying to restore favour with (American-definition) liberals after destroying net neutrality.

Why would (American-definition) liberals care about some superstitious cult leaders abusing an obsolete broadcast technology that is wholly irrelevant to their streaming services? Or desire additional support for cable companies to bilk their customers?

If this guy's trying to appease US liberals, he's failing miserably.

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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Re: Shouldn’t quality and professionalism be the issue?

Let’s also make clear that there are many of us who believe Stallman should simply be muted and censored as his behavior is generally reprehensible.

So you believe that censorship is acceptable behavior? I happen to think it can be, in one specific set of circumstances.

Censorship of others is at best morally questionable: even when their statements appear reprehensible to the rest of us, logically countering them is generally much more productive.

However, self-censorship is a very useful practice, as it can preserve one's reputation and prevent foot-in-mouth disease. Give it a try, won't you?

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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Re: laugh or cry

Microsoft know the vast majority of users will eventually want features like always on availability group clustering in production so they will eventually need SQL on Windows Server and then end up paying for the fully capable version.

1. You can do Always On Availability Groups on Linux.

2. If you're using it for production data, you still need to license SQL Server on Linux, same way, same price as SQL Server on Windows.

3. Microsoft has stated that their long-term goal is feature parity between SQL Server on Linux and SQL Server on Windows. Many of the features not supported on Linux are features that have been deprecated on the Windows version for some time, so I expect those features to fade away in Windows rather than be implemented on Linux.

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Nvidia quickly kills its AMD-screwing GeForce 'partner program' amid monopoly probe threat

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Nope.

Nvidia's GeForce is one of few gaming super-brands so you could forgive the company for imagining it could use that market power to tie companies into its chips.

No, I can't. And you shouldn't. Antitrust law is clear on this type of thing, and only gross incompetence on a massive scale would prevent a corporation like Nvidia from knowing this.

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FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab

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