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Episode 506 : The Times They Are A Changin’ (a tribute to Bob Dylan)

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Bonjour.
Oh tiens on a changé d’heure.

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Coldorak
2525 days ago
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Hahahaha
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Windows Server 2016 moving to per core, not per socket, licensing

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Windows Server 2016, not likely to arrive until the second half of next year, is going to shake up the way Microsoft licenses its server operating system, moving away from per socket licensing to per core. The change was first spotted by Wes Miller who is, for his sins, an expert on Microsoft licensing policies.

Windows Server 2012 introduced a great rationalization in the way Microsoft licensed its server operating system. The two main editions, Standard and Datacenter, had identical features, and differed only in terms of the number of virtual operating system instances they supported. Standard supported two VMs (in addition to the host OS); Datacenter was unlimited. Beyond that, they were identical. The licenses for both editions were sold in two socket units; one license was needed for each pair of sockets a system contained.

Windows Server 2016 makes that simple system less simple. First, it reinstates the functional differences between Standard and Datacenter editions. Datacenter will include additional storage replication capabilities, a new network stack with richer virtualization options, and shielded virtual machines that protect the content of a virtual machine from the administrator of the host operating system. These features won't be found in the Standard edition.

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Coldorak
3000 days ago
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Great, thanks MS, it'll cost more for us now :/
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Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is broken, and what you can do to fix it

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Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the current state of Apple's software quality. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with development knows that bugs are par for the course, and most people aren't bothered by small, day-to-day bugs that are fixed within a reasonable timeframe. Obviously, like everyone else, Apple's software has its share of those.

But there's another category of bug—glaring, perplexing bugs that couldn't possibly have escaped the attention of the software engineers in question, let alone the quality assurance department. Such issues exist, and sometimes they go unfixed for months. Or years. Or ever. Hopefully, the set of network issues with OS X 10.10 described below won't fall into this column, but they do raise an obvious question: why?

For 12 years, the mDNSResponder service managed a surprisingly large part of our Mac's networking, and it managed this task well. But as of OS X 10.10, the mDNSResponder has been replaced with discoveryd, which does the same thing. Mostly. Here are some strange networking problems we've observed since installing 10.10:

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Coldorak
3327 days ago
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Good to know!
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Father of the Year

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By Dooomcat
In an alternate galaxy far, far away... he could totally have been Father of the year.


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Coldorak
3564 days ago
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Great design!
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Smartwatches

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This is even better than my previous smartphone casemod: an old Western Electric Model 2500 desk phone handset complete with a frayed, torn-off cord dangling from it.
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Coldorak
3564 days ago
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Fantastique <3
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marcrichter
3563 days ago
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Pocket watch, anyone?
tbd
zippy72
3563 days ago
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alt-text: This is even better than my previous smartphone casemod: an old Western Electric Model 2500 desk phone handset complete with a frayed, torn-off cord dangling from it.
FourSquare, qv
Brstrk
3563 days ago
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Can I customize the flip open sound? I am so using the Star Trek communicator chirps.
rraszews
3564 days ago
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When my sister gave her old play kitchen set to her daughter, they had to cut the cord to the toy phone attached to the side, since my niece couldn't cope with the idea of a phone having a tether.
Columbia, MD
PaulPritchard
3564 days ago
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This almost makes a smartwatch worth buying.
Belgium
silberbaer
3563 days ago
...except you'd need to buy two.
PaulPritchard
3563 days ago
There's always a downside ;-)

Before the Internet

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We watched DAYTIME TV. Do you realize how soul-crushing it was? I'd rather eat an iPad than go back to watching daytime TV.
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Coldorak
3620 days ago
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So. True.
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b12
3614 days ago
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100% agree.
tedder
3619 days ago
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sick days = price is right
Uranus
veracity
3620 days ago
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Before the internet...
Sydney, Australia
llucax
3620 days ago
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Soul-crushing daytime TV
Berlin
minderella
3620 days ago
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I read so much. Volumes and volumes. Now I just play on my phone and read feeds.
JayM
3620 days ago
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Atlanta, GA
tante
3620 days ago
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Before the Internet
Berlin/Germany
lukeburrage
3620 days ago
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Alt text = "We watched DAYTIME TV. Do you realize how soul-crushing it was? I'd rather eat an iPad than go back to watching daytime TV."
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