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CityFibre snaps up Entanet for £29m and plans to raise £185m

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Re: Are Cityfibre any good?

If it's *really* important to you, register a company. Pay it with your own money, and have it pay for the broadband.

Bit of a faff having to submit accounts and all, so it may not be worth your while, but I don't know how desperate you are. :-/

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Are Cityfibre any good?

Honest question, because they'll be rolling right past our door, and a few hundred Mb/sec connectivity would be really useful for certain things.

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

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Re: Will she do the housework?

Now I can't shake the notion of banging a Roomba...

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Holy crap - I saw it!!

Am I going to catch Teh Gay now?? Seriously, I don't have good enough taste in clothing.

Didn't this bums-to-the-wall mentality disappear after leaving school?

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

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Re: 1,097m (3,599ft)

"Don't worry, Texas doesn't have any real mountains to speak of."

Steepest bit of Texas I was was the on-ramp onto the I610...

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SpaceX halts Intelsat 35e launch twice in a row

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Better safe than sorry

I'd rather they stalled the launch a couple of times than send it on a Long March into the sea.

Dear Americans - if you launch on the 4th of July, is it mandatory to fill the thing with fireworks too?

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

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Re: All cash, all the time

Swipe & get?

These days with contactless it's "tap & get". I miss the old knuckle-scraper and signing the carbons when using a credit card. I was at a petrol station a couple of weeks ago whose card machine had broken, and had to actually *sign* a slip. It was glorious!

Not sure how far I agree with you, but there is a kernel of truth there - you thought much more about spending money when there was a ceremony to it. Now it's just too easy.

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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

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Re: AES was not cracked, cut the click bait

"If there's someone who can get within a couple of meters of one's infrastructure then you've already got a problem."

You could very easily be in a shared data hall in a commercial datacentre. If security is paramount them you'll have a separate room or a cage, but most companies don't need the scale to run their own buildings. That leaves you open to others in the same room getting pretty close to your kit.

However, given the nature of this attack, in a noisy server room you'll be bloody lucky to discern a single signal. For now.

Maybe that's a justification for blade servers - pack the components tighter to blend the EM noise.

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In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

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Re: Software licensing costs will make this a winner

SPLA licensing on Microsoft is per-core. For example, if you license Windows it's for a minimum of 8 cores per machine, then increasing 2 at a time. Hence, it may be cheaper to buy, and faster than the Xeon part, but if it costs twice as much each month to run software on it then it's hobbled before you start.

This licensing model has hurt AMD in the past for server CPUs. Great to see some competition though, and anyone licensing per socket is golden.

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Lenovo re-launches data centre range with two new ThinkThing lines

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Lenovo can spin on it

We had to reapply the thermal paste on about 80% of the CPUs we checked because it was only covering 1/4-1/2 of the CPU. That was after the warranty service guy fixed one by applying so much it was like he'd tried to putty an old window frame. Oh, after we waited 10 days on a 4-hour warranty.

Fuck them. By this point, I'd rather have Packard Bell, AST, Gateway 2000 or one of the other old stalwarts from years ago.

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It's 2017 and someone's probably still using WINS naming. If so, stop

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He didn't say he was using it.

He just said that since Microsoft are still supplying it (just checked on Server 2016) then they should be supporting it. If they didn't want to support it they should have retired it for the anachronism that it is.

Can't remember the last time I used it, but it's still there...

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HPE to staff: 'We are permanently clipping your costs'

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"Each of us needs to play a role by spending HPE's money like it's our own"

Cue dozens of HPE staffers splashing out expenses on new tellies for their homes. I mean, I'd spend my own money on myself and those close to me...

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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Re: Windows 98

"after a while we got them connected with Econet and then were were able to access the single Winchester disk."

Not when some numpty accidentally(?) plugged an Econet cable over the video out (composite, not TV or RGB) and shorted the pins...

No clock

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Don't know why the downvote(s)...

I clearly remember a "compression" tool kicking about, back in the day, that would simply hide the file on your hard disc and leave a pointer to it. Totally bloody useless, and I knew a few folk (definitely older than 10, and computer-literate enough to know better) who believed they'd just packed loads of DooM WADs onto a floppy.

Wasn't part of Windows (it was a 3rd-party practical joke), but it was out there.

Edit: I also remember reports of people "compressing" all their files to floppy and then finding a hidden folder full of "crap" on their C: drive, deleting it, and losing the lot...

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India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

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Re: Not really heavy is it?

"so don't bring up Energia"

Didn't Buran have a payload capacity of ~30T? And Energia put the orbiter up, so surely that would have to have (a) a payload significantly greater than 30T to LEO, and (b) actually have put it up there for Buran to have been whizzing about for hours.

That's my understanding, but I could be wrong. Anyone able to confirm?

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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

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In Kerbal rocketry...

...those explosions are called "staging".

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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

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Re: Shiny things make everything better

I'm so sorry.

I'll be laying hints to replace my Surface Pro 3 with a proper laptop. Probably the biggest use I found for the stylus was to draw dicks onto screenshots to emphasise a point. And the AAAA battery the thing takes was a pig to buy when it ran flat.

"Detachable tablets – think Surface Pros, iPad Pros and other typoslabs – will lead the charge" - Ha! Only by laying the groundwork for another hardware refresh ASAP.

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Japanese lab's 'value-aware' SSDs last longer, recognise images faster

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When there's a market that demands reliability

At the moment, the SSD manufacturers seems to be falling over themselves to satisfy the two main drivers in the marketplace - speed and price. Sacrifice one of those for longevity.

As soon as the market demands it (ie is prepared to stump up cold, hard cash for it), the manufacturers will rush headlong into that too.

For now, though, most users seem satisfied that they can get 100x the IOPS out of an SSD than they could on a spinner, and let RAID deal with the drive failures. Hell, it could currently be significantly cheaper to have some bod tour the DC every day swapping out failed SSDs than to try to engineer more longevity into them.

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Capita payments service Pay360 goes TITSUP

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"We are working hard to restore these services as quickly as possible."

...but the flights from India are pricey, so it'll be a while before we get staff into the DC...

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Capita something something... Something something titsup.

I mean, seriously, do these guys get anything right?

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Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

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DAMMIT!!

How can I sate my consumerism whilst making a token gesture to shedding flab now??

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'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

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Re: Not a biometric ID thing then

"arse-prints could be unique identifiers"

So that Christmas party when the copier glass got cracked wasn't really hijinks? It was somebody trying to login to release their prints? Well that's disappointing...

What about the arseprints on the boardroom table?

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Ransomware hits Australian hospitals after botched patch

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Re: Well duh

Thumbs up for the bloody exceptions. Bah.

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Pioneer Kodi plug-in unplugs

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Kodi devs must be happy

They seem to have been rather pissed off with these streaming boxes for some time, having to field / deflect support requests constantly. At least now they can just shout "trading standards" and get back to what they came for in the first place.

Also, I never liked the name Kodi, and always preferred XBMC. And sometime think that even that was too much and it should have been left as XBMP... So? I'm grisly.

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Re: Non issue

"I still make money from photos I shot 8 years ago on one of my early DSLRs I had at the time. I created the work, I put my hard earned knowledge into it so surely I deserve to still be paid for it?"

Yep. And we're talking about 50 years after a TV show has aired, or 70 years after the death of certain individuals for a movie.

Nobody is trying to change the copyright laws here, and frankly if you can't extract the monetary value of your work within 50 years then you must be working on cold fusion.

Now go forth and sell your works with joy. And remuneration!

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New York Attorney General settles with Bluetooth lock maker over insecurity claims

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Re: The Just Use A Stick

"I think situation #1 is the one you need to worry about."

That's a problem that's been solved, solved well, and solved in a pretty foolproof fashion. Google/Bing/DuckDuckGo/Altavista for "multi lock hasp".

Then you put *your own* lock on, and others can lock it too if several people are working in that area. I'd much rather have one of these than a Bluetooth anything protecting my safety.

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Go ahead, stage a hackathon. But pray it doesn't work too well

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The point?

Something something hackathon... Something something complete.

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Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

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Re: Mouse sperm creates pups?

I thought they'd be "kittens" like with rats. Oh well, shows you how little I know. Did they get little space helmets?

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Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

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Re: "We have to acknowledge threats will get in."

No, the door is there, it's just WiFi-enabled, so anyone waving around a copy of nmap can get in.

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Cloud giants 'ran out' of fast GPUs for AI boffins

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Scale to meet demand?

"...as AI development ramps up, hosting providers must scale to meet demand"

But the demand isn't there 95% of the time. You can't possibly accommodate every last spike in activity and still run a business. Not without it costing more than keeping the system internal to the researchers.

Bottom line, if it's a critical computing resource, make sure *you* can turn the taps on and off.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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The problem...

You see, the problem I have with that is that Facebook make enough money every second to choke a donkey, so why should it be a voluntary effort to moderate for them? It's like Rupert Murdoch asking for home help to cook and clean... I'd rather people with time to donate did something for those with less.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Share and enjoy!

> Hopefully from a robotic point of view flying a plane is mechanically no harder than opening a door.

So long as you get those left-side diodes replaced under warranty.

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Russian RATs bite Handbrake OSX download mirror

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Malware? On a Mac?

But people keep telling me that Macs don't get these kinds of problems.

And I keep telling them straight back that writing malware solely for a Mac is like making Bride and Bride wedding cakes. It's a pretty limited market, for the effort you need to put in.

I suppose it's a sign of Apple's success that people are bothering with malware for them...

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UK.gov job ads entice IT bods with promise they will be OUTSIDE IR35

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Re: What?

"What on earth do they pay people actually doing difficult dev work?"

Or even the difficult sysadmin job of trying to get the devs to understand that the users do not have and will not get admin permissions. Ever. And that it's reckless for devs to demand 1GbE as a *minimum spec* for a client/server application. I know that Gigabit is relatively trivial these days, but to throw hands up in the air when I say it's only 100Mb in areas?

Anyway, that's my rant about devs and the insinuation that they're the only ones doing a difficult job. Usual caveats that there are also good devs and there are also shit sysadmins, and that when they're together the devs are entitled to hold the cattle prod. I will be the arbitrator of whe is being good and who is shit. All decisions are final. This promotion does not affect your statutory rights. Can I get on with drinking my tea yet?

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I just...

If there is one body in the country that should be whiter than white with the rules, it's the Government. This strikes me that they're exploiting loopholes in their own legislation to get the staff in place. Which basically implies "do what I say, not what I do".

Hypocritical bastards.

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SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

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Re: Cooling should be cheaper

Cooling isn't easy - you have no medium to vent the heat into. You have to radiate it.

This is not my day-job, but my understanding it that it basically has to run like a fridge, pumping the heat into a thermal medium fluid which becomes surprisingly hot. This is used to heat a radiator, which releases the heat into space. There's no convection or conduction of heat outside the spacecraft. Your cooling limit is defined by the area of radiator you can build and the heat you can get it up to.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

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Re: Dr Hugh Lewis...

Came here to say just that - I'm desperately glad that I'm not alone!

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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

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His in-laws?

Well that'll make the marriage awkward... :-/

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Is that a Veeam in HPE's eye? IT giant may gobble backup biz

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Re: Huh?

That's not how much they'd _make_ in the next two years - that's the revenue. There's a big difference between revenue and profit. If their margin is (say) 30% then you're looking at 4-5 years. Even then, that's selling it off pretty cheap in my eyes. Especially when you consider that it's only 1.5-2 Instagrams...

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BT splurges £1.2bn on securing Champions League rights, Sky heads for an early bath

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Re: OTT, it's the future lads.

Is it just me who detests seeing "Kodi" and "pirate" glued together every time like this? Kodi is a very capable media player in its own right, which just happens to have some streaming plugins which can be used to violate copyright.

Sort of like assuming Windows, Linux and MacOS are all for pirates because you can get a BitTorrent client...

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

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Used to have an OWL

There's a sensor to clip onto the cable and a remote display to show you how much electricity is used. It was good for a few weeks to determine where my costs were going, but after that it turned into a way of telling when the oven was pre-heated...

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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@tr1ck5t3r

Really? :-/

Okay, two points for rebuttal here - one, orbital LASER platforms are a bit shit. The effort they take to launch and to refuel is utterly astonishing. And no, solar-powered ones aren't really going to hack it. Have a look at a BBC (Horizon?) documentary called "The Road to Ruin" from about 1983 - it's mentioned in there.

Secondly, radiation is subject to the inverse-square law, so being inside the Chernobyl reactor, within a metre of a broken fuel rod, is significantly more hazardous than being 150 million km from the sun. Of course, Chernobyl is now knocking on for 30 years ago, so reduction due to half-lives etc, but still a serious issue.

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

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Cue the Aerobie stories

I lost one in the North Sea on a lovely day a few years back. Wasn't even mine :(

I was decent enough to replace it at the soonest opportunity, but it somewhat spoiled the fun we were having. They don't half go when you get the hang of throwing them (but obviously not good enough to control them!)

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The Dread Server BlackBerry Enterprise is no more

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Re: Pirate Dave Not too fearful

@ Matt Bryant

Yes, its own dedicated server made problems nicely contained and isolated. However, with the people I worked for at the time, if the BES was off then it was wailing and gnashing of teeth. Seriously, everything else could have been gold-plated and diamond-encrusted. Every sandwich could have been server with an extra eclair. Every coffee with a free blowjob. But if the BES were off, the world was ending and it was my personal problem to deal with it.

Frankly, the rest of the network could have been on fire, but so long as the BES was up, these narcissistic dicks didn't mind.

(Our BESs were pretty rock-solid, but fuck them anyway for the bad memories.)

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SpaceX delays manned Dragon capsule launch

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Corporate liability?

I suspect there's a lot of (justifiable) health & safety going on here.

It's one thing to start shoving humans onto the top of an occasionally-exploding missile when you're a government, they're military, and you've got a cold war going on; and another completely when you're a company, they're civilians, and it's a product development flight.

Well, not really, but legally. I'm sure the poor sod in the can feels much the same either way.

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Micron wheels out 'highest density' SATA SSD on the market

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Very nice, bus no SAS?

At these speeds / densities / prices I'd have expected dual-port SAS. Maybe that's just me being greedy.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Handing over house keys

It's nothing like handing over the house keys and inviting a rummage. It's more like handing over the documents on a keyring which *happens* to have the house keys attached, and the dealer driving over there for a rummage.

Ever so slightly different.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: Science? What happened to "hypothesis" vs "theory"?

> I still think that the "all came of nothing" claim is just a convenience and a way of avoiding to admit that we have no clue.

Meanwhile, I consider it a tantalising, but otherwise irrelevant, distraction. A barrier beyond which we cannot possibly see. We don't have a clue, and we can never have a clue. So what's the point in worrying about it?

What was "here" "beforehand"? Could be anything. Another universe, noise and light, or just turtle-porn all the way down...

We're on a hard disc that got reformatted >13Bn years ago. Good luck finding your old files from before the reinstall... (Maybe we should be scouring the universe for bad sectors that have been mapped out beforehand.)

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Scotland's Skyscanner sold to Chinese rival Ctrip in £1.4bn deal

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Re: "maintain operations independently of Ctrip"

"Thus grow overly-large monolithic shoddy companies with market-distorting power that provide little-to-no market/social/customer benefit."

Wow - that's a mouthful when "bank" would do!

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VMware joins Brexploitation gang, double digit price hike in the offing

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Re: KVM

My excuse is Veeam. Doesn't cover KVM yet, but people keep asking. They've not committed, but on their forums Veeam have suggested that with the meteoric rise in popularity of KVM they'll likely be looking at it in 2018.

Used KVM plenty of times in small environments, but for work I wouldn't want to go without my backup crutch!

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