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Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

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Re: A place in history

"...Wish I could upvote this more than once. You've nailed the problem with the entire US space program. On second thought, it's not just the space program but just about every facet of life today..."

Not just the space programme, as you say. Not sure what happened but the general populous went from revering scientists and engineers to footballers, pop "stars" and people who apparently are famous for just being in the public eye.

And, as a kid, if you have an interest in things like science and maths, you're a weirdo and a geek.

Sad.

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Re: Thanks El Reg...

I agree Jake, given I've an email response having me for letting them know add hasn't been seen. Oh well :)

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Thanks El Reg...

...I tip you off to a story you haven't covered and two hours later you write about it without even a nod.

Cheers.

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OnePlus 6 smartphone flash override demoed

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"...

Is that a vulnerability? I'd pay extra for it..."

I must admit my very first skim read, I thought it was a new feature.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: If it was only security patches

"...> What's with all the school-yard style, silly little insults, random capitalisation and total lack of coherence?

Completely guessing, but it may be medical related. A relative has early stage Alzheimers and now writes similarly..."

Nah. Just likes the attention - even negative.

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Re: "some people rely on their computers"

"...A plane only takes about 5 seconds to come down from kilometers up to a couple meters below ground level..."

Aeroplanes don't fall out of the sky like that. Even unpowered they will glide. For that kind of descent you'd need to be in a powered dive.

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Re: "... lose a 500,000 word manuscript"

"...Windows is Coming..."

He took a [Windows] patch to the knee....

I'll get my coat.

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This HTC U12+ review page is left intentionally blank

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Agreed - nothing wrong with an "as-is" review, replete with the necessary warnings that it's in a pre-release state.

Since they felt it was good enough to send, warts and all, then they should be prepared to have it reviewed.

And as pointed out, use the review for feedback.

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Bad news, mobile operators: Unlicensed IoT tech rocketing ahead of NB-IoT and LTE-M – report

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"...whereas private networks using standards such as Sigfox and its LoRaWAN competitor use unlicensed spectrum, relying on the low probability of interference to maintain quality of service..."

Surely that's a flawed model, and the more that these services are used, the greater the likelihood that there will be interference and reduction in quality?

Of course, it's perfectly possible I am missing something there.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Re: we will lose the trust of developers for a generation

"...What trust? lol

Does anybody still trust Microsoft? I mean, users and developers alike?!..."

I've mentioned before but back around 2001/2 I was stood waiting to go into a meeting room at the place I worked.

I noticed on the filing cabinet beside me there was a small gold sticker - only about 1/4" by 1" in size with quite tiny text.

When I got close enough to read the text it said "Trust Microsoft? How can you possibly trust a company that if left alone in a room with the truth would cause a matter/anti-matter explosion"

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1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

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Re: Another false claim...

"...Another false claim...

... prepared to bet my life that there's quite a few people who feel more for those customers than he does. Quite a few of us here, for starters..."

Indeed - he hasn't had to sit an watch his money being stolen from his account whilst being left on hold to the fraud team like this poor guy: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44243768

Perhaps if he were made to personally compensate them, things would be significantly different. As well as then he really would share/feel the pain.

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Hey, Mac fanbois: Got $600,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Splash out on this rare Apple I

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I'm all for history but in this case, a fool and their money springs to mind.

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Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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Re: Erm....

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Erm....

Thats a lot of agro when a HD goes pop!..."

Nope. They'll do what they do now - ignore it, or if it's one of a multitude of failures, turn off the machine, then the rack until such a time as they swap the whole rack (pod?) out.

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"..Which subscription do you need to access this platform ?.."

SEA3, SEA5... I'll get my coat now.

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Re: 20 years??

build gear for the French navy so the should be used to things sinking...

Sorry...a bit old hat, but couldn't resist :)

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Even with square miles of the things, I can't actually see much heating.

Locally to them, perhaps, but not on any large scale.

Perhaps some environmental scientists could comment?

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Fish will love them.

Wherever you have anything sunk, you will get a lovely ecology grow up over a surprisingly short period of time.

Dive any wreck and you generally get loads to look at. But along with that, you also tend to get fishermen and with fishermen come the many hazards such as mono-filament.

But ecologically I don't see any harm to the immediate environment when they're down there but what happens come decommission time? They just going to rip that ecology apart or leave them there? If the latter, how will they manage potentially hazardous materials leaching out when the pressure vessel ultimately succumbs to salt water?

An awful lot of questions remain, I feel.

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RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

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Re: Reminds me a bit of those drones in "They live"...

Have an upvote! Watched this again a few weeks ago.

It was a mate put me onto it a good twenty years ago - we used to deathmatch Duke Nukem 3D over a serial cable with back-to-back PC's and when Duke muttered the immortal line about coming here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and being all out of bubblegum, my mate told me it'd come from this film

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US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin

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"...WTF if the US of A$$ takes back control then the rest of the world should come up with an alternative and make them use a slow, NSA/CIA controlled, ISP throttled gateway to join the new and secure free system..."

As much as I like the sentiment, it's somewhat naive to believe that there is a free and secure internet anywhere.

Look at recent legislation here in the good ol' UK for one shining example...

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Amazon scam trio primed for prison stretch after million-dollar fraud

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Re: "Amazon returns is superb"

I bought a couple of 2.5" SATA disks from Amazon to pop into my lab server at home.

Now despite them being identical (but newer) to one that was already in, and put into genuine HP gen8 carriers, the server still thought they were in an overheat situation and ramped all of the fans up to 100%. It sounded like it was trying to take off.

I got in touch with Amazon and outlined the issue to ask if I could swap for another manufacturer, fully expecting to be told no as it wasn't really an issue with the disks themselves so imagine my surprise when I was offered a full refund and told to keep the originals!

Two disk carriers later and they were perfectly good external disks. Two compatible disks from Amazon followed quickly as well.

Not massively high ticket-value items (about 30 quid each from memory) but still amazed they'd do that.

Say what you want about Amazon (and there's plenty to say, one way or another) but they know how to keep customers.

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HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

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Re: A common problem

I've honestly lost count of how many DC's have single suppliers and/or single points of failure.

I remember one company I worked for, now gone, that boasted how one of theirs had redundant-everything, including power and fibre.

However, both power and data were from a single provider. Both came into the DC together down the same routes.

I know of at least one large gov department could be shut down just by digging a trench outside their office. All of their redundant network lines go down the same physical route, side-by-side until they branch off in opposite directions as well.

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Thanks for the chuckle there...I've not heard that one before and it tickled me...have an upvote :)

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New Windows Servers are like buses: None for ages, then two at once!

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Re: In-place upgrade?

"... if we are being forced onto this 18 month inplace malarky..."

Nope - get the LTSR version. Can't imagine why anyone would put their server estate on a sill short-term rolling upgrade path.

Don't see MS seeing many non-LTSR versions installed.

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"...Seriously, who would do an in-place upgrade of a DC?..."

Unfortunately, there are places where that kind of thing is considered normal, regardless of any argument.

Sad, but true.

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In place upgrades are sometimes a must

Like most, I always prefer to do a completely fresh install over any kind of in-place upgrade.

But sometimes the customer gets the say and don't want to go down that route, despite all the best arguments otherwise. Usually for silly reasons like legacy software where they've misplaced the install media etc.

But to then say that it could trash domain controllers...is...well it's typical MS lately, to be fair.

Of course, things like this are exactly why we have Technet so we can try it in our lab first...oh...yeah....

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Amazon and Netflix join Hollywood to lob sueball at 'Kodi' service SetTV

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Re: They're not suing Kodi

Thing is, I can just about understand non-IT journalists jumping on a headline, hopping over to, say eBay and seeing all those adverts for "fully loaded" Kodi boxes and thereby putting two and two together to get five.

The don't do any due diligence to determine that, actually, there is no such thing as a "fully loaded Kodi box" and that what are being sold, as said above, are OEM boxes with a version of Android and Kodi pre-installed.

Some of them, to be fair (although not many from what I see) come with just a base copy of Kodi and none of the crud, but clearly most don't.

However...for a supposed tech journalist on a site like El Reg to get it so blatantly wrong just shows lazy bias for reasons we can only assume at.

The rest of us here, at least, can understand the disconnect between these kind of robbing low life's and what Kodi actually is, does and stands for. Just a shame so many others don't

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Re: Shame they couldn't have joined together ...

If you have an android get a FireTV box (not stick- not enough grunt)

Get Apps2Fire.

You can now send any android app on your phone to the FireTV.

I have the official Netflix app, Prime TV and a few others as well as plex, kodi and even Sky go.

All on one box.

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Re: Seems to me

2 owns territory (Las Malvinas The Falkand Islands, etc.) vital to the project

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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@Andrew... the shoes etc were known about, for sure. What has become apparent, (from listening to the radio yesterday) is just how much core and spinal strength is required and what damage can be caused.

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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@MR W B Jones - try a different launcher. I find either Nova Prime or even Microsoft Launcher to be superior to the Samsung one, but there are plenty of others you could also try.

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Re: Facebook firewalled?

@Kreton...ditto. And even though I have a phone with BTU firmware and no facebook app, it threw up a surprising number of hits for facebook...all of them blocked.

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GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide

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Re: I'm wary of geeks bearing gifts

"...When Sony dominated the market they used to be standards-avoiding bastards who forced you to buy their $200 Sony peripherals instead of $20 generic jobs..."

This is one of a few reasons I will never buy Sony again if I can help it.

My wife and I had recently moved into our new house and she'd saved money to buy me a PS2 for Christmas.

Having just moved, and being fairly young, as you can imagine money wasn't exactly something we were awash with so to find out that I couldn't save my game unless I bought an expensive and proprietary storage card was a kick in the nuts.

Then there was the time I'd bought a second hand 8mm camcorder that failed. I took it into the local Sony repair centre where it languished for weeks and weeks and upon calling once a week, I'd be told different things. One day they forgot to put me on hold and I heard the guy I was speaking to say to his boss "i'ts that moaning c**t asking about his f***ing camcorder again...what bulls**t do I give him this time?" Needless to say my complaint was listened to at that point.

And of course, there are the things they've done since that don't directly impact me but are still disgusting behaviour...no we don't have to pay the additional tax on our PS3's m'lud as look - that little tick box means a version of Linux can go on and make it a general purpose computer...fast forward and if you want to be able to play online you need to accept this update that turns that functionality off.

Then there's the whole way they treated Geohot and his family.

The root kit.

The way they mishandled the major breach some years ago on PSNet or whatever it is called.

And so on.

Not a company I'd be particularly sad to see go, to be honest.

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Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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Lost GoPro

End of the last dive of a weekend of what we think would've been some fabulous footage.

We'd just been down to around 45m on a submarine wreck in near perfect condition (it'd been purposefully sunk there to test the UK submarine detection system) and in near idyllic dive conditions.

At the surface, waiting for the dive boat to collect us, I poked my head underwater to see the gopro gently disappearing. Of course I made a grab for it, as you tend to for these sort of things but a) it was by now way too far away and b) a fully inflated wing (buoyancy device) is designed to keep you on the surface so I was going nowhere.

Shame, that one. :(

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Re: GDPR

"...All working now? Crisis in the future? Nah, it's all working now, we'll deal with it later..."

On the plus side this attitude keeps me in work.

On the down side, the number of times I'm faced with legacy systems that were pushed to be dealt with in the future....and now is the future and the options are slim to none, is increasingly frustrating.

But then again...I like to eat :)

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LG chairman Koo Bon-moo dies, aged 73

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One of the first CD Writers I used was a Goldstar.

Worked well at 1 and so-so at 2 speed. 4 speed never wrote reliably.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: We need some ...

Some of the signs I've seen over the years:

Warning whomever is self pleasuring themselves AND leaving behind their magazines that they WILL be caught and severely dealt with;

Warning males that the female toilets are for females only;

A reminder that the urinals aren't meant for shitting in;

A reminder explaining that it's unhygienic to leave your number two on the window shelf...now bearing in mind that said windows were about 8 feet off the ground, it was presumably also a falling risk!

And not in the bathroom, but in the kitchen area, a sign asking people to use the microwave to boil milk, not the kettle.

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Boffins build smallest drone to fly itself with AI

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Re: The UK is not geographically well positioned from a renewable energy perspective.

"...Have you tried to generate power from rain?..."

Manchester would generate more energy than the sun! :)

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Re: re: Dodgy Geezer

"...generating less than 200Mw for nearly 24 hours.."

What is a Mw? Presumably you mean a MW, given the SI unit for Watts is, erm W not w

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"..'Non-fossil' Renewable power sources are very poor. They deliver low amounts of power, which is easily disrupted. No engineer in their senses would use them - unless it was to obtain subsidies from a government bemused by Greens..."

o'rly?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40198567

I also bought into solar power for my home. It made a big difference to our electricity bill due to the wife being at home and doing things like washing and ironing etc with plenty of sunlight to help power things.

You really should try and educate yourself a bit more before you spout such crud.

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Wonder if it could run powered by a small solar panel or if the weight of even that would be too much?

Good work shrinking everything into it though, for sure.

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John McAfee ‘goes underground’ in motorcade to flee SEC

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No, sometimes little parts of Bob's weird rants make sense..

FTFY

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Are StargatSG7 and BoB one and the same?? Same odd way of capitalising random words etc.

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Ex-CIA man fingered as prime suspect in Vault 7 spy tool manuals leak

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Can just imagine the conversation "So...confess to the leak and you can spend your long time locked away in a comparatively easy jail. Or...we get you on the child abuse images and you go into a high security jail in the general population shared with all of the child-abuser-hating gang members, murderers and the like...how long d'you think a convicted paedophile would last there, eh?"

Like others have pointed out - these cases are so murky we'll never really know the truth of it, I guess.

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Pentagon on military data-nomming JEDI cloud mind trick: There can be only one (vendor)

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Re: I love confused links ...

....Though it could explain where the Norks got their plans ....."

Thought they got them from the Russians? Who got also give them from to the White House?

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Citrix snuffs Xen and NetScaler brands

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At the same time, XenServer pushed VMware pretty hard for a free hypervisor, back in the day. They chucked in live migration between hosts, which everyone else wanted you to pay for, and you could remove snapshots without powering down the VM, which also kept it well clear of the bottom-end of the market.

The problem I had with it is that it nevery actually removed those snapshots. The disk image ended up as some ugly Logical Volume chain, and once you hit 255 snapshots the whole damn thing stopped. The VM would still run (slowly), but it wouldn't snapshot again.

And there are those who'd say "don't use snapshots for backups", but I had a very good system running based around Bacula, which did both file-level and VM-level backups. Wasn't the nicest for restoring, but it was cheap!

You make a fair point - with VMware's price gouging, XenServer was a viable alternative, even if you went down the paid route: I forget the exact pricing but certainly <10k got you most of the way to a VMware platform.

It just so often felt less intuitive than the competition.

Also...no problem with snapshot-based backups. The problem is when people take a snapshot thinking that that itself is a backup solution. Then another and so on, not realising they're now just writing to difference disks, and burning through their storage.

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Re: Blame the software not the user...

"...Ah another Citrix dinosaur. This argument was ok in 2001 (when Citrix and your skills were relevant) , now we have #dontblamethevictim. If Citrix doesn’t work, then it doesn’t work. Stop blaming anyone other than the software vendor...."

Lol...sure ok.

I'm so happy you know enough about me to know my full skillset.

Citrix is amongst them for sure. It's why I'm currently leading the refresh of a legacy system for c21,000 users to bring them bang up to date. Guess there are some companies didn't get your memo.

I'd love some [proper] citations please. "If Citrix doesn't work....". That's like saying if anything doesn't work, it MUST be the fault of whatever it is and that nothing else can be to blame. #Narrowmindedlknowitall

Also if you took the time to read my posts, I've always stood by the main problem being the people doing the implementation and the support that are usually the problem. Sure, the wraparound tech needs to be up to the job, but done properly there are ways to work around those limitations.

And, if you cared to read said earlier posts around Citrix, you'd see that I haven't always said they get it right - I've consistently, for example, said I see no large scale use cases for their VDI product, XenDesktop (as was), or for that matter any vendor's VDI.

Morons like you, that seem to be able to grossly generalise and still show themselves as no-nothing idiots with facts based around something they might have seen/known almost twenty years ago make me smile.

But hey...don't let facts hold you back.

Thanks for the chuckle, anyway.

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@Leigh...quite correct: https://www.cnet.com/news/citrix-to-buy-virtualization-company-xensource-for-500-million/

XenServer always felt like one of their weaker products and I always wondered if it was down to the way they'd bought some of the IP.

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"... Software, not so much. They've been lucky that nobody could be arsed to properly challenge them all these years...."

As I've already posted on here, that's a crock of shit.

When done properly by people that understand the technology, Citrix can be a rock-solid environment. When thrown in half-assed, and managed like a traditional server estate with no care or thought to how it functions then you have issues.

I suspect that the people like you, that complain it's poor fall into the category of "it's just another Windows server". Or, and I feel sorry for you if this is the case, you've been forced to use a system thrown in like the above and have a poor perception of it.

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So what's new?

WinFrame -> MetaFrame -> Presentation Server -> XenApp

And that's just for one product line.

Nfuse -> NFuse Entperise -> Web Interface -> StoreFront

For another.

Just two examples.

I wish they'd concentrate on what they're good at rather than this constant re-branding exercise they never seem to finish.

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Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

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Re: Sense of humor

"..At least now we know what the Canadian equivalent to "Here, hold my beer!" is..."

Presumably, in this case at least, it's "Here, hold my bear..."

Come on...it is a Friday afternoon...

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