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AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble

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Comcast is now in the mobile space,no surprise that AT&T wants to be in the cable space.

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Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

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People with power get really annoyed when they encounter any restrictions on the knowable. They are the Elites with The Right to Know All Things no matter the cost to others directly or incidental. It's no accident that this demand has been increasingly strident after a civil engineer took out the place where so much of the elites trappings of power were centered [World Trade Center]. We've spent trillions of money that doesn't exist to prevent the recurrance of such an attack. Whether that's possible or not.

I'm waiting for the next step after this, where it is not allowed to use additional encryption methods over and above that which normally is applied to a device. I use at least two here.

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Container ship loading plans are 'easily hackable'

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Re: some sort of a climax / monoculture / outsourcing

Kansas City would be far, far worse. Ask any aged network engineer why.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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Re: No thank you

Aside from use locally, i.e. CAD/CAM/CAxE (x is some engineering discipline), just allowing this field engineer to not have to climb into a vehicle, be it plane or truck, to work with technicians on-site is something worthwhile. Even better, this engineer who's now mostly a shut-in can actually work from home, sitting up or in laying in bed.

That represents real value, well over $1000, basically extending/adding new capabilities and I just happen to get a phone besides. I've not bought into Apple, yet, although I recommend them regularly to the clueless amongst my userbase. Personally and professionally this is fucking huge. Also saves me money.

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Weekend dealbook: Cavium to Marvell, Toshiba denies ASUS

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Not in discussion with any one company

Amazing/disgusting how well we're picking up on weasel words after the Snowden drop.

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Bugs

Linux is correct, all security problems are the result of bugs. When the system under examination, i.e. combination of hardware and software, behaves in a manner which is undefined, or out of specification to be exact, you have a bug in either your software, hardware, or God forbid the combination of the two. My job as a software and systems engineer was to make sure that I constrained the Hell out of the system so that misbehavior couldn't occur undetected.

Way back when I started as the librarian for the CompuServe Amiga Forums software libraries I was responsible for two things. One, let no virus through. Steve Tibbett's VirusX was usually good enough for that. The other was running the software on my systems with my development tools monitoring things as well. That would catch the cases where the programmer commited some sin of practice, or ommision for that matter. And, of course, I did the same for my work on either the Amiga or PC's at the shop. Didn't really need it but, just to be sure, I liked that kind of scrutiny of my work, too.

Thankfully, Linus is doing his job too.

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Crewless dinghy signs to UK Ship Register for Middle East mission

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Re: I'm going to suggest

I really hate saying this: Except if the US Navy is about.

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For goodness sake, stop the plod using facial recog, London mayor told

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Re: +++ Don't miss this important snippet from the letter +++

And when ads serve up a side of malware, what then? It's not just a privacy issue, handheld security and liability are involved as well.

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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

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Whose courts are allowed to apply their judgements on companies or citizens in another nation? ECJ? Canada? US? Russia? China? There are some 190+ countries out there and I know all too well that my country (US) seems to hold to the belief that our courts have worldwide jurisdiction while not affording that to other nations, so far. No one has come up with a good answer here.

Follow on is the requirement that data collected about citizens in, for instance, the EU, must remain in the the EU. Given how much time I afford to European sources I've collected at least incidental information about EU citizens, yet I live in the US. Should I allow access to this incidental data collection am I required to set up shop inside the EU, place this information in the EU and only the EU? Seems a silly question but this tests how far a court may reach. Does the 'Right to be Forgotten" apply worldwide to multinationals or to the rest of the planet in general. And how are you going to try to enforce that?

The only surprise so far is that the elites haven't tried to slip this legal power into the US. That's one fight I'd buy a truckload of popcorn in preparation.

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'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

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Re: Phlogiston / an hypothesis... was falisifeied.

One of the major problems with how science is done today across all the fields is that we need people conducting repeat experiments so we can assess the accuracy of the initial experiment. Unfortunately, this doesn't bring grant money when it should. Without the verifiable component, we end up with questionable research such as functional magnetic resonance imaging. That was a thang for quite a while before someone actually went and tried to replicate the experiments.

I don't want to think at all about my primary "science," economics.

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Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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Re: 113215,53 reporting in!

CIS 3.0. Ugh. I was one of the testers for that and recall having to jump in when you guys weren't up for supporting it.

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I used to talk to David Gerrold on a daily basis although he used a psuedonym at the time (for a couple of very good reasons). I was quite entranced by "Voyage of the Starwolf" and "When HARLIE was One: Release 2.0" at the time. His War Against the Ch'torr" series not so much.

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Re: Compuserve

From what they've said, we get to keep using CISMail for now. I'll check that when the time comes. I've even got AIM addresses that log into CompuServe.

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Re: Quarter Century

There were a hell of a lot of people, even back in the '80's, on CompuServe then but we were not on the Internet. [Frankly no clue about the Duke of Edinburgh.] We were on CompuServe's minicomputers (which later was transferred to super-hefty, networked PC's and broke a bunch of software). If you wanted the Internet, you had to GO INTERNET which dropped you into a screen with a flashing cursor and not a clue about what to do now. I had to dig up Unix man pages to know how to do anything from there. Usually just Gopher and logging remotely into my SAS and SPSS accounts for all my mathematical and statistical modeling courses at UCR.

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Quarter Century

I started on CompuServe back in '87 when my feet were firmly planted on terra firma. Two years later I became a SysOp, four fora initially, which lasted until 2005. Practically lived on the service whenever I wasn't working or traveling for one reason or another. I was picked up by other fora and helped in various capacities. Back when the web was shiny and new, I created and maintained fora web pages and helped in creating the eventual permanent template. I still wince looking at it but must admit it's much better than Geocities or AOL ever was. End of an era, literally, for me. I'll have to drop in and thank the crew that've been keeping the lights on for the last decade or so.

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Twitter: Finally, there's an affordable way to pay us actual money

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It took a while to sink in but repeated experiences with Microsoft stabbing anybody within reach in the back finally convinced me of one thing. Corporations will lie, cheat, and steal whenever they think they can get away with it. As a former partner, beta-tester, and developer, if Twitter thinks I'll come to this party after they've done the dagger in back transplant, they have another think coming. That's despite it being the only social media I'd use.

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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Re: Techie dummy?

DXC = Developer-cross-Clowns?

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You, Google. Get in here and explain all this personal data slurping – Missouri AG subpoena

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Re: About time google got their act together and...

They did. One need only track the shuffling between Google and the Obama administration to see that there were many bought and sold. Happened with Congressional staffs, too. Which makes sense when you match progressive politics and progressive tendencies between all of them.

Every one who isn't on Thiel's or Bannon's Christmas card list might consider bunkering down right about now.

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Now, now, Qualcomm... Don't play hard to get, grins Broadcom

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Qualcomm might be right.

Interesting timing now that Qualcomm is positioned to enter the server market with power-efficient designs as that's a major component of TCO. Pricing is what I'm waiting to see, as I'm sure the ISP's are waiting to test, those of them that haven't already.

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Re: Sigh

What phone? I wouldn't mind, as a previous poster stated, having some of these around. Amazon, Google, et al. are not my threat model.* It's just about perfect for shut-ins such as myself. Others, not so much unless you are deep into whichever ecosystem's clutches and all that. Hell, even the supermarkets have woken up and started to smell the tea/coffee. They're getting into delivery as well and just love inhabiting my inbox.

* I'd probably need to lock it from my credit cards though. Way too much computer hardware are the ads de jour here.

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Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

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Re: Funny how

Microsoft had (has?) a variant of Windows Server for HPC. A few places played around with it but it seems to have gone nowhere since.

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ARM emulator in a VM? Yup, done. Ready to roll, no config required

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This. This could be fun. For Intel you are into pretty exotic hardware and software since the basic wells have already been tapped. Here you have some space to play in. All the better that I have a RasPi doing a whole lot of nothing, at the moment. And other architectures are in the playing field? Nice.

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You wanted robo-butlers. Instead, you're getting robo-BOFHs

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OTOH

When I automated, yes there was an AI component, the maintenance for FM secure radios at my command, 4 people ended up being able to maintain the same number of vehicle and handheld radios as if we deployed 18 people. Major plus with the Bureau of Personnel when they came out to evaluate our effectiveness. The big plus for the people was engaging with clients and tweaking the radios to maximum performance. Which just happened to match their psych profiles, but I didn't discuss that.

Later on, they added CBP & ICE to their portfolio for support which I'd rather didn't happen. You can never tell where your code will end up.

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System Center's first semi-annual release debuts

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Re: Please

System Center Evaluations::Try "Windows Insiders can now register their domain and control Insider Preview Build settings using group policies for their entire organization."

Ummm....

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WikiLeaks drama alert: CIA forged digital certs imitating Kaspersky Lab

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Re: down the rabbit hole stuff

Political-economy is my fave social science and, yes, I don't break it down into the categories/fields. It's all the same from different perspectives. Sorry, I digress. Governments have never had scruples. Ever. It's a shame that so much of the history and analysis of past events are analyzed by the winners. What's worrying is that our present President lacks them entirely. Previous Presidents did have stopping lines. For another example, Teddy Roosevelt.

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Equifax Q3 results: Not as bad as you might have hoped – hack only cost biz about $87m

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By my calculation they've so far spent 3.2% of turnover so almost in line with the proposed penalty under the GDPR. It seems that bothers them hardly at all.

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How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized fones, forever

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Re: iPad Mini Cellular

I don't have a phone but I do depend on my 10.6" Fusion5 tablet for exactly the same reasons. Usually use it in portrait mode but for the odd site (looking at you NextPlatform) landscape is perfect. Technically, if I've a useful WiFi nearby, I could conceivably make a phone call, although why would I?

I've recommended Apple to more than a few people who were best suited to their ecosystem. Despite a significant amount of money spend on Android apps, I can actually see buying an iPad Mini myself. Take a long while to save up the cash though.

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Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400

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One qualifier

With respect to CloudFlare, Prince did have to qualify that they use Go quite a bit and it's only in beta for ARM. The rest of their requirements compile well enough. Optimization for the compilers being a work in progress but acceptable enough.

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We're not saying Uncle Sam has lost control on Twitter, but US Embassy in Riyadh just did a shout out for oatmeal

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Re: It beggars belief...

Unless it's on Twitter and the company is SanDisk, in which case they'll be talking to you in minutes, even without the @. Seen it several times now where they jump in even when not addressed directly. Amazing although the technology is out there for any one else to use.

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Scientists think they've found primordial goop whence life first sprang

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Re: Barley

Yep, beer and bread and it's those that were used by by women to kick off the whole agricultural revolution.

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Who's that cuddling up in the container... *squints* Wow you're getting along well

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Re: Reassurance

How about discussing the potential secure capabilities of cloud compared to individual firm's potential secure capabilities. We have no clue about the actual facts on the ground with respect to cloud. None of the cloud firms, huge and small, are giving us any numbers to work with We already have the facts with respect to individual firm's actual performance and it's damned grim.

This is much like the situation comparing up-time between cloud and actual firm performance data. At least there, given outage data, we can compare internal practice results against cloud. You have a yard stick. Funny actually that we have solid numbers for cloud here and very little to work with at the firm level across entire industries. The reverse of above.

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: "when Sauron was mortal "

True. As the owners of the source material they must have got a fair chunk of that 3 billion. + hobbit money

You've obviously never encountered Hollywood accounting! They completely outdo the Mob when it comes to laundering and hiding money. And they do it in full view which beats anything read in the Panama and Paradise Papers.

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Silicon Valley giants tap escape on fight against web sex trafficking law

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Re: History is about to repeat itself and it's not very well thought out this time either.

I think Ambrose Bierce or Mark Twain, perhaps both, have you on the TM. Be that as it may, with Backpage and others making this information available the police have at least a peek in the door so they can take effective action. The operative word being effective. Also piecemeal, it's true. When this legislation goes into effect, watch the complaints about "going dark" rear again.

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It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

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Nameless

The write-up is excellent! Well worth the read for anyone operating at the hardware-software interface coal-face.

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Google, Twitter gleefully spew Texas shooter fake news into netizens' eyes

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Re: The weak of mind believe this stuff

Magic's First Law: People either believe something is true because they want it to be true or because they are afraid it might be true.

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I've never seen any of the various ads, articles, etc. here and I believe I'm in the US. My profiles with the services (Google, FaceBitch, Twitter) may have a lot to do with that. Seems I'm a pure hardware guy. Who woulda thunk that?

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Red Hatters intro Ceph 3: OpenStacked, object-stored, containertastic filer blockhead

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I took the GP to be one of those wild, crazy things you hear someone have at doing for whatever reason. I'm aware of exactly what kind of beast Ceph is, having four servers stacked around me it was a possible here. I just don't have the requirement. Plain BSD ZFS is my resilient system/weapon of choice.

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That's actually an interesting question, thinking about it. Have the hardware stacked around me, don't have the requirement for Ceph. Does this fall into the category "mega-kludge"?

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Firefox bookmark saving add-on gives users that sync-ing feeling

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Re: I have never seen the point

Same. I squirrel away copies all over my various devices, external array, and cloud storage providers along with selected versions of my PasswordSafe files.

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Off-brand tablets look done, but big players are growing

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Re: I want to buy a quality android tablet at a fair price

Just added a third Fusion5 here and the two qualities that the previous Fusion5 108 lacked, decent screen and sound, have been fixed. Good sound & 1080p on the 10.6" screen. Allwinner octo-core, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage with, yes, a uSD slot, uUSB for charging or data, separate charger that I usually use, host controller full USB port, and mHDMI that works great even on the previous model as I'd feed it to my displays. $135.

Multitasks like a beast which is a good thing as that's the absolute minimum requirement to keep my (in)sanity normalized. Very fluid response bouncing from app to app. I think that's everything. Oh, it has updates. Now that's everything. Company manufactures their product in Texas, FWIW.

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'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

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Re: Hyperbole for Hypervisors

I know that's meant as a joke, see icon, but at the rate things are advancing these days in the tensions between nation states and corporations, give it a short bit of time. We'll get there, just watch.

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Re: "I see a number of layers added to running an application"

I've seen this cycle, jumping up and down on the layers to collapse them, in hardware and software several times, in order to simplify things. Then we start building up layers of abstractions to simplify things anew. Rinse, lather, repeat.

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Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

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Re: Surprised

Shipboard RADAR in our case and thankfully, I never had to go hands-on with the stuff. We had enough other RADAR techs to cover the odd times when they needed repair. I had enough on my plate, as is, and that's one of the rare times I wasn't trying to add skills.

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OpenStack says its work is largely done. Now your hard work can fill in the blanks

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WTF?

IBM Private Cloud

FWIW, IBM announced their Private Cloud play and, curiously enough, it doesn't involve using any of their hardware or cloud products to get there. They'd really, really like it you did but VMWare, OpenStack, other clouds and bare-metal have equal weight.

Poking around on this it's mostly design patterns with a guide, their calling it an advocate, to get you from your people having not a clue to somewhere near or on target. This is one I'm really going to have to go deeper on. Of course, IBM being IBM, one of the design patterns is taking your beastly legacy applications and stuffing them in containers.

Disclaimer: No relationship with IBM for years, was a developer and repaired ThinkPads. Just thought this is on topic for this article. Ref: https://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/products/ibm-cloud-private/?S_PKG=&cm_mmc=Search_Google-_-Cloud_Hybrid+Cloud+-+Management-_-WW_US-_-ibm+cloud+private_Exact_&cm_mmca1=000020LH&cm_mmca2=10005438&cm_mmca7=9009551&cm_mmca8=kwd-345660191025&cm_mmca9=d2190907-d5b3-404d-847f-a6d53527e312&cm_mmca10=229529844641&cm_mmca11=e&mkwid=d2190907-d5b3-404d-847f-a6d53527e312|1150|357509&cvosrc=ppc.google.ibm%20cloud%20private&cvo_campaign=000020LH&cvo_crid=229529844641&Matchtype=e

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MIT boffins hope to speed up analytics with GitHub-style platform

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Looks like fun

This should prove useful just as design patterns have helped with developing software. It should also reduce mistakes in selecting characteristics* of interest before feeding the beasts.

* - Must we constantly change the nomenclature. This is my bloody (and it was often that metaphorically speaking) field! After I left the Navy, having spent a lot of time in modeling and analysis work which wasn't even my primary job. For decades we've talked about characteristics of the data collected and characterizing the data. Sheesh! /rant

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IBM FlashSystem chief architect Andy Walls is a two-pools kind of guy

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I'd add that such a scenario would cause latency issues due to traffic confliction. I've certainly seen that all too many times where someone is trying to cheap out and dragging performance down, sometimes even down to unusability. I don't think that will be a huge issue here but, speaking as a washed up engineer, don't fuck this up. Not at that price point.

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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

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Re: "....Guess I'll have to buy the 'White Album' again"

Once MS switched to pretty much stealing all that of MS Partners business leaving crumbs on the table, we now have the Microsoft Partner Full-time Employment program. Thank you, Satya!

Like Marvin in Die Hard 2, I don't want to have anything to do with cleaning up this mess.

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Only good guys would use an automated GPU-powered password-cracker ... right?

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Simplifies things

Already have the capability but I do like how it simplifies the setup and tear down. Docker is a plus. bhyve next?

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Cryptocurrency-crafting creeps crept crafty code into Google App Store

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Aside from saying everyone just allows all, I completely agree with the rest of that. There are a few obsessive-compulsive, paranoid, control freaks wandering the planet that don't which is why when Microsoft tried to slip in their tracking features here they were DOA. I especially like the faking feature which has been done before in other circumstances and should be a must feature. I don't see that happening but I do dream of that and a few more bits of camouflage that you find in the likes of TOR. TPTB won't let that happen as the first to be blinded will be the governments.

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Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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Ransomware

So you could easily end up with the circumstance where ransomware encrypts your plaintext that you are required to have to appease the authorities. Talk about Vandals at the gate. A real growth industry here enabled by government.

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