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Developers, developers, developers: How 'serverless' crowd dropped ops like it's hot

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Re: Cloud, REST, HTTP, PHP, trendy NoSQL DB de-jour, blah blah, whatever...

Furthermore, you *can* run your Oracle cluster in Amazon - it's called RDS for Oracle. Whether it's more cost-effective at terabyte size to have your own hardware + licencing + DR + sysadmin team, rather than using RDS, is something you'll have to evaluate for yourself.

It's not really a cluster. Not the way RAC is. RDS also has size limitation. You pay more for your licensing on AWS than you would on premises. Also, don't forget to factor in things like network traffic in your costing.

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IETF mulls adding geoblock info to 'Bradbury's code'

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Re: Geoblock is evil and dishonest

I also have Short Time on laserdisc. Now THERE is an obsolete format. I can't just buy a drive and rip it!

I still prefer LaserDisc to DVD. You can try to pry my CLD-D925 from my dead cold hands but odds are not good.

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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

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Re: @bombastic bob You're expecting sense?

And now you have systemd...

Not on BSD you don't.

If you have to use Linux you will need to tread more carefully. Luckily it can be excised in many cases and there is always Devuan to avoid it altogether.

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

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If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

Hey Mark,

You're in quite visible and public position. You say things, people will respond or comment. Newflash, we humans have a habit of not always agreeing with each other. If you can't stomach it when people disagree with you then you're in the wrong job and at the very least should perhaps stop opening your mouth in public.

Just out of sheer kindness I will not say what I think about you or your comments.

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SPARC will fly: Your cheat sheet for cocktail banter at Oracle's upcoming shindig

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Re: SPARC worlds fastest

Intel Xeon 8180 outperforms SPARC M7. Comfortably so.

Whoosh! Not everything is about sheer compute.

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Twitter reckons Trump's Nork-baiting tweet was 'newsworthy'

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Re: What is saddest thing is

Perhaps they COULD solve this whole problem by banning them both and making them actually talk to each other for a change.

Dunno, I think they should follow Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Two Tribes. I'm sure you all remember the Reagan vs Chernenko match in the video.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Re: How about...

Just stop serving UK customers. "Unfortunately due to poltical climate it is no longer viable to provide our services into the UK."

Of course there are ways around that but that is another matter entirely.

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Dell EMC refreshes its entry-level arrays

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Still looks like a good option for DR though, where performance won't matter that much

...unless you actually need to fail over to DR.

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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Re: Hmmm

I was thinking Ascension.

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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Re: Time matters

Probably way past time we 'forked' the internet anyway - it's become increasingly a shopping /TV channel with filled with propaganda and looney mainstream fringe junk myths, lies and idiocy instead of useful information of benefit to humanity.

Oh, and bring back Technocracy.

Oh we could just go back to gopher. Archie and veronica are dead, but Veronica-2 is probably still alive although haven't checked recently.

Yes, I still have gopher running.

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Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

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Re: Ha

Oh, and, of course, we know there's £350 million a week been found behind the same sofa that found extra money for Northern Ireland…

Oh you mean the £350 million* before rebate which is applied before any money leaves the treasury. And then you get back farming subsidies, investment in research etc.

*If I recall correctly the actual gross amount was fair bit less than £350 million anyway so even ignoring gross vs net, the number was inflated.

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UK's new Data Protection Bill will be 'liberal' not 'libertarian', says digi minister

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Re: RE: Sovereignty

I think you mean in addition to. Pretty sure the Great Firewall of Cheltenham will have straight feed into other five eyes.

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@wolfetone

I'm sure the "greater penalties" part will. Citizens will be breaking the rules afterall. I don't think I even need to quote the Cardinal.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: Smaller - tougher? - display please

Why we can't see a return to flip & slider phones is beyond me.

Good question. For some reason they don't want to offer them here.

Its not like they don't do some.

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Oracle to shutter most Euro hardware support teams

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Do Oracle's existing customers still have Oracle on their longer term road map?

If the answer is yes, then why?

Most likely yes.

It wouldn't surprise me of many SPARC/Solaris shops wouldn't have virtualised on LDOMs and containers. The T4 and T5 series have pretty nice support for virtualising Solaris environments in a resilient way.

It is easy to forget that many large corporations (telcos especially come to mind) have long history on Sun hardware and may have bespoke software written specifically for the platform with proven and predictable performance.

Of course it no doubt could be migrated, but why risk it. As I mentioned virtualisation options on later T-series enables sweating the assets lot better than some of the older hardware so migrating onto x86 for example may not yield such great savings.

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Re: In other words

If you have ANY Oracle Hardware in Europe then it is time to Sell, Sell, Sell, Sell.

You will be lucky to get any support in future.

There are no shortage on third parties offering hardware and software support for Sun^WOracle products.

I suspect many will heed your advice on selling out, which should yield plenty of perfectly serviceable kit/spares on fleabay.

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Bosch wants crowdsourced data for future connected cars

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Bosch have been making automotive electronic systems for donkeys years.

Yeah, I remeber playing around with D-Jetronic fuel injection in the 70s.

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David Potter rejoins 'New New Psion' as Hon.Chairman

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Re: Blackberry

I'd love to see this design using x86. Proper computer, none of this Android stuff.

It's Mediatek SoC (so ARM cores), dual boots into Debian or Android. So if if you boot into Debian you have pretty much a proper computer. For battery powered device, I think ARM is better choice than x86.

And no, I did not back it. I almost did, but wasn't prepared to gamble that amount of money. If it becomes a reality I'll probably by one once the bugs are ironed out and the price is somewhat reasonable.

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Confirmed: Oracle laid off 964 people from former Sun building

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Re: I need new glasses..

This isn't true. Mainframes have higher clock speeds than x86, but more importantly, they do more per clock tick than x86. When I was working on mainframe (some years ago now), I saw so many applications migrated onto x86 that then performed like a dog. The straight line performance of a x86 thread is nowhere near that of a mainframe thread.

And here is a good lesson for young 'uns. It is not all about clock speed.

I remember people frothing about how much faster x86 was compared to SPARC. When you actually built a x86 testbed to compare (yes, tested with both Solaris x86 and Linux) it ran like a dog. The x86 platform (yes this was long ago so even so called server platforms were not that much more advanced than desktops) just had nowhere near the I/O capability of the Sun box which run fine no matter (within reason) what you threw at it.

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Re: I need new glasses..

Do we want the world of operating systems to become the same? With all these operating systems being stopped, are we likely to end up in a world with only RedHat and Windows as the operating systems for companies?

No.

At least Poettering has not implemented some auto update, that cannot be disabled, into systemd...

On a more serious note, I agree. We need the variety and competition.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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What about an updated version of Psion's EPOC? :p Just joking... Symbian is all but forgotten nowadays, and it does not make sense in trying to upgrade/update it.

Perhaps my memories are too fond, but I don't agree that it wouldn't make sense to update it. It is/was bloody great OS for the purpose. It was lightweight and did what it needed to do quite well. Lets not forget that Psion 3 (and even 5 to some extent) ran very well on 2 AA batteries.

All the extras coming with "more full featured" OS will consume power.

I now wonder if there really is a market for a real reboot of any kind of old Psion (or whatever) hardware, but with touch-screen LCD (readable in sunlight) as well as long battery power. Should you need colour, just cast your screen to a compatible screen and continue working.

I'd say so. Monochrome is quite enough for normal PDA type tasks and terminal emulation. If you had colour capability to external screen either wirelessly or via HDMI then that could embiggen the market even more I guess.

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Re: Can we stop calling it a Psion please?

To be honest, I was very disappointed when that didn't really moved with the whole mobile phone shenanigans - I would have fought for a phone where you could cook up some simple OPL to make things happen for you (I think Apple is trying this with Swift, but it just doesn't compare).

You never had a Nokia Communicator then? OPL was one of the things I loved about it.

I really wish Nokia would get HMD to make a new one. Why yes, running Symbian of course.

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Re: Usefulness

he fact that the python community has coined the word pythonic when few other languages have coined anything similar is interesting from a social point of view but of no technical importance. I concur with the OP: Who cares whether it conforms to the "right" way of doing it.

I concur. Bunch of elitist bullshit really.

Perl: TIMTOWTDI

Python: There should be one — and preferably only one — obvious way to do it.

No wonder I prefer perl where what matters is that the task gets done, rather than getting hung up on how exactly.

As for whitespaces...yeah it worked for COBOL but at least there was a reason (punch cards) for it and AFAIK no modern compiler actually insists on that any more.

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

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Re: Oracle cares about one thing only...

Solaris to FreeBSD sure sounds better than my future which will be HP-UX (hate company but love the OS, never crashes ever) to RHEL...

Given a choice, I would definitely opt for FreeBSD instead of RHEL as well. Good network stack (although Linux is getting there), Dtrace, ZFS (yes yes, I know you can run ZFS on Linux but..) and quite crucially no Poettering's wonderful creations.

And being BSD its almost like going back home to SunOS (no, SunOS 5 and later (ie. Solaris) do not count).

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: As any good medical professional will tell you

Well, they tend to be labeled as Exabyte 8mm drives, so, no problem, just that you have to know the cross-reference.

I have to disagree. I never had any issues with 8mm Exabytes. Always were very reliable with old SunOS 4 boxen. If you had said DDS then that would be entirely different matter and I would wholeheartedly agree.

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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ctOS

Perhaps they should stop trying to make Watchdogs a reality.

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Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams

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Re: RIP SPARC

There was a time when I'd have sold my soul for a SPARC-powered Sun laptop.

I would've loved a Tadpole SPARCbook but my soul was not worth enough. When Sun first released Solaris for x86, I no longer really had any real need (apart from preferring SPARC to x86) for SPARC based laptop.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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Re: Just another attempt

Unsecured routers expose you machine to everyone else on it by default.

So do secured ones. Whether you're running open, unencrypted or WEP/WPA secured one has nothing to do with whether wireless devices see each other.

Of course any half decent AP has an option for running in isolated mode but that is a completely different matter and usually needs to be specifically switched on.

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: I guess I know what architectures to avoid...

I still have stack of various 3Com Etherlink III (3C509) cards as they were very well supported by just about anything and performed pretty well.

You can also do stuff with them and a PIC18F452 :-)

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A LANnister always pays his subnets: Cisco hires Game of Thrones' Tyrion

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Re: Rusty armor, that

That's pretty crap, although a Cisco Catalyst 5000 nearly set fire to our datacentre many years ago.

I've seen some RAID boxen behave in that manner. Quite spectacularly so in fact.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Re: Your high horse is getting tired...

When it hit that limit... everything stopped until we could free up some space and get it limping along again.

Sound better than dbm on 32-bit Solaris just wrapped around, once file size hit 2GB, and began overwriting itself.

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UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

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Re: Don't worry, it will all work out in the end.

By 2025 the main parties will be canvassing support for rejoining the EU to put an end to the Brexit fiasco. No doubt it will be under worse terms that we enjoy today.

Wouldn't surprise me. Incredibly daft though, since UK currently enjoys concessions beyond that of any other member and certainly would not get those again.

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Re: Well said

They would rather we all fail so they can say I told you so, rather than working together to make us the great nation, outside of europe, that we can become.

Make Britain great again?

Now where have I heard something similar....

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: Poor Design

Cars are like that now that the designers of the monstrosity of 50's are all gone and the industry has had a re-think.

You say that like it's a good thing.

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Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

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Bait and switch

So, get a whole lot of new customers signed up on a promise of unlimited and then dump the plan. And while not technically not forcing change of plan on those customers, they are still enforcing same throttling.

Isn't that effectively bait and switch?

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: Remember those days when you'd go on a course...

Remember the days when software came with a printed manual?

Yes.

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Re: No wireless charging? No sale.

But if I buy two VHS recorders I could just remember to record the programs, then watch them upstairs or downstairs without having to give Rupert Murdoch and Rebeka Brooks any money. That seems to be the only solution :)

What about MythTV? One decent PC (wtih tuners) to record on and then scatter some Pi's or something around where needed.

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The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu

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Re: Multithreaded programming is easy, Multithreaded coding is not.

Back in 1991 (or so), Dr. Dobbs presented a nice approach to handling concurrency that more people should read. It's a crying shame they didn't just open source all articles when they shut down.

I'll second that. I grew up with Dr. Dobbs Journal. I remeber lounging around with stacks of Journals, coffee and full ashtrays. It had some great columns and articles.

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Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

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Re: Deflation

"Who really needs a 2048 bedroom house?"

But they're really small bedrooms.

And they collapse after being used few times.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: You Kids Today With Your Blueteeth

When I was your age, all we had was X10, and we were glad to have it!

What do you you mean had?

Still works great within the inherent limitations of its communications technology. Doesn't need someone's cloud either.

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

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Re: Bonkers

Luddite stick-in-the-muds hung up on ten year old UI changes are a cancer that Mozilla needs to cut out of its user base

What is so wrong with giving users a choice? Not everyone likes same UI. If I wanted something that looked like Chrome I'd install the cancer that is Chrome. I don't.

Don't assume everyone likes same thing as you.

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Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

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Re: I'd like something similar, but for local network requests

It'd also be nice is something like .lan was protected so that DNS servers can only respond with a private IP to a request, and do not forward the DNS request to an external DNS server if no match is found.

If your DNS server is authoritative for that zone, it shouldn't be queried at externat DNS servers (provided you have your clients configured to use your own DNS server of course).

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Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

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Re: I keep dreaming of building a Pi HPC...

Certainly not, but dancing boards is an awesome improvement over the Connection Machine's 64K CPU LEDs!

Sorry, but I have to disagree.

There are two things that have not been bettered yet, one is CM-5's LEDs and the other is Cray-2's FluorinertTM waterfall.

Achtung! Alles turisten und nonteknischen lookenpeepers! Das komputermaschine ist nicht für der gefingerpoken und mittengraben! Oderwise ist easy to schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparksen. Ist nicht für gewerken bei dummkopfen. Der rubbernecken sightseeren keepen das cottonpicken händer in das pockets muss. Zo relaxen und watschen der blinkenlichten.

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If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

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Re: Oh crap.

Thanks a bunch.

That reminded of INS' OSPF Song

Young man, are you tired of rip, young man..

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Re: Email does have to get upgraded

Having said that, I am slightly nostalgic for the days of X.400/500. I still have a copy of the Chadwick book somewhere.

I just had a flashback of ALL-IN-1, DEC MAILworks and DEC Mailbus.

I need one, no wait, quite a few of these -->

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Seriously, I'd quite like to be able to send an email to my bank, lawyer or family without my ISP being able to read it. I don't think that's much to ask.

PGP

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Re: There is nothing wrong with SMTP ...

... when used properly. Likewise, I still use FTP and telnet and several other protocols that kids today probably don't know exist. They all still have their place, quietly doing the job they were designed to do.

No there isn't. I still run a gopher server for example. Yes I could convert or wrap it around http, but why would I when it works fine as it is.

There is no need to go all Poettering on SMTP, it works fine.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Re: Standardisation is always welcome

Also, from an ergonomic point of view putting the separator on a shifted key is irritating in an otherwise case-agnostic filesystem. I believe in some keyboards it actually is on an AltGr key, which is even worse.

For us using non-US keyboard yes. Annoying. Of course in murika that was not such an issue.

For similar reasons I used to opt for UNIX-layout on Sun keyboards even here in the old world. It was easy enough to get the odd characters required on this side of the pond using Compose key anyway.

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Meg Whitman OUT at HP ...Inc

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Re: The real problem here

...IMHO is the market expectation that mature compaies will continue to grow at the same rate as saplings.

That's corporate greed for you. And as another commentard pointed out, the only realistic way to achieve that is by aggressive acquisitions.

There was a time when companies were fairly happy when they were enough in the black that they could invest some back into the business with some leftover for dividends. As long as the bottom line was black, employees enjoyed fairly reasonable job security unlike today when even when companies are making profits and growin, heads must roll to reduce cost and produce better numbers for the Street.

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Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

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Re: If you want good trains

Is that you, Clarkson?

No. Clarkson does trains. Kind of. Although the inspector wasn't that impressed with his Sports Train based on a XJ-S.

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