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3139 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Re: Condeco

"So you're telling me the big companies need special software to book meeting rooms?"

Yep.

"They dont have some sort of electronic calendar?"

Sure - they all use Outlook, but they need a system that also allows for updating the display panel outside each meeting room and allows confirmation and amending bookings from there. Also they commonly need to allow for certain meeting rooms to have booking approvers. They need to allow for catering to be ordered, and a cost code supplied. They need something that can request guest names and notify reception. etc. etc. Condeco does all of that and lots more.

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Re: Mainstream cloud and systems seen as suspect in the German public sector

"Windows 10 or Office 2016 might take weeks of negotiation to get approval. Linux is seem as the clean, cloud free and free to use solution."

The primary reason they ditched Linux in Munich was that the users hated it.

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Re: Surprise may be coming

"the cloudy o365 if far inferior to vanilla desktop versions for 90+% of the average workday."

It's almost the exact same software. Just licenced per user instead of per device.

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: Of course they're still spending...

"We don’t believe that Amazon Web Services has any database technology that comes close to the capabilities of the Oracle database"

Capabilities to extract money from prisoners presumably

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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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Re: scanning directly into OneDrive via the device’s camera

Why is that any worse than one drive just uploading your photos?

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Microsoft celebrates a bumper financial year ... by making stuff pricier

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Re: "It's a trap" - Admiral Ackbar was/is right!

"Lock in is about making it difficult to move because of ... the cost"

And subscription makes it cheaper to migrate as you don't have to write off an investment in licenses. So as I said, that specific aspect is the opposite of a lock in.

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Re: "It's a trap" - Admiral Ackbar was/is right!

"Micro-shaft's strategy seems all about "the trap" and/or "the lock-in". It's followed up by subscription pricing, where you must pay annually for 'whatever' rather than one-time only."

But subscription pricing is the opposite of lock in. You can scale it up and down on demand and if you don't need it anymore you can stop paying with no loss of upfront investment.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: From experience...

"16% have their heels firmly planted"

Only because the damn thing wont install or they are out of diskspace, etc.

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This is the contract you've been looking for: Pentagon releases JEDI bids

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Re: Security?

"might be tempted to clone a HDD"

Which presumably would be encrypted.

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: Vogon

"such as the NHS promise"

There was no promise. All was stated was that we send 350 million a week to the EU (which is true) and the question was asked why not spend it on the NHS instead?

That there would be many other costs to be met on leaving the EU is not in question and I think the vast majority of voters would have realised that.

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Re: I'm surprised it hasn't already happened.

"The Poll Tax was abolished, because of those 'yobs'."

No it was mostly abolished because the difficulty of getting people to pay it. The proles simply avoided registering.

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Re: I was pro-remain, but this really is "Project Fear" at work.

"Then why the F*&K do they keep voting torys into power"

Because the alternative is far worse!

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Re: Vogon

"Unless your particular democracy uses FPTP"

Those are still individual elections where the majority of voters wins.

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"especially when one of the key demands of the Indian government is that we take MORE migrants in exchange for improved trade deals?"

Easy. Go for the UAE / Bermuda model where you never get residency rights and have to leave as soon as you don't have a job that is sponsoring you.

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Re: eh?

"a number of sectors could be very severely impacted including transport, food and beverage service, construction, health care, and agriculture."

You mean they will have to pay market wages for a change to attract employees? Shocking!

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"one that avoided the tendency to shift employment to the cheapest location."

Instead of which it moved the cheapest (often illegal) resources to the location and undercut the indigenous population.

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Re: Vogon

"It wasn't an election, if it were, we would get a chance to vote again in a couple of years..."

Maybe you will. But just like any other election that will be after the vote from the previous election has been implemented.

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Re: eh?

"Not in Scotland and Northern Ireland and any kind of hard Brexit will facilitate losing both."

The benefits of Brexit just keep coming! Both Scotland and Northern Ireland are a drain on the rest of the country. Scotland for instance has a larger budget deficit than Greece.

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Re: eh?

"Unless you're stockpiling champagne now"

No need. Thanks to AGW, Kent now makes some of the best sparkling wine in Europe.

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Re: Vogon

"Hardly a majority of any sort."

It was a majority of voters just like wins any other democratic election. If you dont vote, your opinion doesnt count.

And if the rest had voted it would have been an even larger majority for Brexit.

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Re: "Where is the evidence to suggest that would happen?"

"there is going to be a LOT less enthusiasm for looking the other way while they raise money and buy guns in the U.S."

Yes, all those buckets 'for the cause' every St Patrick's day disappeared rather rapidly when they found out what comes around goes around on 11/9.

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"17.5m v 16m is not exactly a majority anyone should be celebrating"

Just about everyone I know did.

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Re: eh?

"According to WTO rules, goods must be checked at ports of entry and tariffs must be applied"

That doesnt mean you have to physically inspect every shipment. Just like now.

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Re: eh?

The only civil unrest will be if the celebration parties get out of hand. This is exactly what the majority of voters voted for.

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Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

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"And they do lose an hour out of their morning or afternoon when Windows 10 decides to update, often unexpectedly."

They do get the option to refuse the install repeatedly until a time of their choosing. Or if they don't it's because that is corporate policy.

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

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Re: "SSDs fail at an alarming rate in space"

Several hundred Samsung 840 Pros deployed here in desktops. Zero failures over several years.

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Oracle Database 18: Now in downloadable Linux flavour

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Re: Long live Windows production servers

"What is really choice about Windows production servers is requiring an antivirus program that somehow gets its its new definitions stuffed up and voila you have a hung 2gig Symantec process you can't kill because it has its hooks deep into the OS"

That's not a problem with Windows that a problem with your AV vendor / your testing and rollout process.

For reference installing say an Oracle RAC server cluster to a running state on Windows Server is an order of magnitude faster and simpler than on Linux.

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Re: Unknown reasons?

Thank you god for SQL Server AAG that means I no longer need anything Oracle.

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In Microsoft land, cloud comes to you! Office 365 stuff to be bled into on-prem Office 2019 Server

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Re: So...????

"those Office 2019 installations will also need Windows 10"

No LTSB support though. It won't run on that at all. But seeing as LTSB is specifically not for standard desktops that run MS Office that shouldn't be a problem for anyone that listened!

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Intel Xeon workhorses boot evil maids out of the hotel: USB-based spying thwarted by fix

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Re: and in other news

"since that maid can just as well replace the mainboard."

But then the system wouldn't boot as your encryption keys for Secure Boot are in the TPM.

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Quantum, Linux and Dynamics: That's the week at Microsoft, not a '70s prog rock band

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Re: Powershell on Linux

"vSphere never used bash."

Yes it did and still does. They used to call it the ESXi shell. Now it is called the vcsa Bash shell. It's disabled by default, because you would normally use Powershell remoting.

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Google's Alphabet hit by Europe's other GDPR: Global Domination = Profit Reduction

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Re: Oh, we "customers" or "products" always pay

"Companies never actually pay these little skims on their cost of doing business, costs are all pass-through, historically"

They are made to pay in the EU at least. And cry me a river that advertisers will have to pay more for Google's Spyware as a Service output.

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Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year

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Re: Lets get real

"all with many nines reliability"

I'm not sure 3 is "many". But otherwise correct.

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Re: Loads of Money

"Can't for the life of me understand why"

Lowest TCO for most use cases, lowest risk, largest application and integration choice.

"but at least it isn't Amazon and especially Oracle."

Or Google.

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Re: Rebirth of the phoenix

"Sounds like they will soon be giving AWS a run for their money"

Microsoft's cloud division revenue run rate exceeded AWS's revenue over a year ago now and is still growing faster.

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Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

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"Over-reliance on economic theory. If a ruble is worth what Stalin says it is"

No, because then it doesnt function as currency in a normal market economy. It's effectively a scrip from a truck system of payment.

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Re: Devaluation of the Ruble

"That's the ruble that Comrade Lenin specified the value of?"

He controlled the official foreign exchange rates and many prices. No one given a choice stuck to the official exchange rates. Or the Rouble for that matter.

The point was that the devaluation effect does not require consumer knowledge that additional currency has been issued.

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"Wouldn't that only happen if people knew? I mean, print a run for the government, print some duplicates for you..."

No, it it's basic economics that printing more currency will devalue it:

https://www.economicshelp.org/blog/634/economics/the-problem-with-printing-money/

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"Who's to say they didn't do the same for banknotes?"

No one. But it would have devalued the currency exactly the same.

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Re: lowest common denominator

"I prefer Google Apps to MS-Office"

If your requirements are so limited that you can use Google Apps then Microsoft do free Web Craps too: https://products.office.com/en-gb/office-online/documents-spreadsheets-presentations-office-online

"I'd greatly prefer if my kids' school switched to G-Suite"

Yes but most parents want their kids to have skills they are actually likely to use in the workplace.

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Re: lowest common denominator

"And yet I can still see three mac's within line of sight. --->"

They were probably bought under the aesthetic furniture budget.

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Azure running out of internets in UK South, starts rationing VMs

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Re: Its not so grim up here

"We got space and comms, and cooling will generally be easier, and staff generally cheaper"

And given a few more decades of AGW, might even be pleasant to visit!.

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Azure promises to keep your backups safe and snug for up to 10 years

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I think you are confusing Microsoft with Google.

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Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

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Re: It's actually used a lot

"Try that with Outlook, Thunderbird, Eudora..."

It's easy to do that on Outlook at least.

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Re: The way things are going with Office 36x (where x >>> 0)

"We're currently handling about 35 different companies (/O's) and 100+ mail domains aggregated into a single Domino domain. It's actually rather easy to manage all things aside in compared to what would need to be done in Microsoft world."

Not true for at least a decade. Exchange is specifically built to support multiple tenants. You can easily run it as a shared hosted service with multiple tenants that are utterly unaware of each other.

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Re: The way things are going with Office 36x (where x >>> 0)

"Microsoft is very committed to O365, and that means that future versions of Exchange will both lag behind in features"

Seeing as they are based on the same core application servers, no it doesn't.

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Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview

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Re: Wow, that's appealing

"Soon to be known as the Expensive Decade of Hell."

For those that ignored Microsoft's comments that the LTSB was not for standard desktops (defined as anything that runs MS Office) anyway.

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Re: tried and tested windows update

"Compared to setting up a .deb repo and creating debs which is a sinch and pretty solid tech."

Versus simply clicking on an update button?

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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Re: And so began the climate wars..

"Nope, based on assumptions wrt the potential effects of elevated CO2. Which is the crux of the ECS debate"

It's not an assumption that increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere will increase the temperature. It's a scientific fact that is not disputed by a single recognised scientific institution on the planet. The first paper on CO2 increases causing global warming was published in 1896.

"ie if CO2=X then how much warming?""

Like the IPCCs climate projections of CO2 level over time versus temperature you mean? That higher atmospheric CO2 will heat the planet is not in any scientific doubt whatsoever.

"Climate scientists use a 30yr interval to describe climates"

No they don't. There is no fixed interval.

Things have change in the decade since your article was published. For an accurate comparison, see:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jun/25/30-years-later-deniers-are-still-lying-about-hansens-amazing-global-warming-prediction

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"I've seen the code that comprises the computer models used to make predictions and it is complete and utter crap that I would fail big time if it came to me for code review. "

You don't need to look at the projections of the future. Just look at recent history - www.woodfortrees.org

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