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Comment: Re: so BT sell Cellnet, then buy it back? (Score 5, Informative) 39 39

No. You're correct that post-sell off BT Cellnet became O2, but EE is a completely different network that was formed by the merger of the Orange and T-Mobile UK operations. BT was in discussions to buy back O2 but opted for EE instead so O2 will remain a separate operator.

Comment: Re:How is that different from F5? (Score 1) 120 120

They're two generations old.

The generation after that ran Linux (they dropped BSD) on a server motherboard and a Broadcom switchplane at the front to do the simple stuff.

I've not seen inside the latest generation but I'm told they use a completely custom-fabricated motherboard which integrates the two parts. These still run Linux. Both use SSL accelerator chips.

That said, the hardware is only a small part of what you're paying for, you're also paying for the TMOS operating system, administration interface, other software, support and testing. Obviously there is also some profit, as you can see from their accounts, but if people thought this was unreasonable they would buy an alternative - there are plenty out there.

It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Teen hacks $84 million porn filter in 30 minutes

An anonymous reader writes: Tom Wood, a Year 10 Australian student has cracked the federal government's $84-million Internet porn filter in just 30 minutes. He can deactivate the filter in several clicks in such a way that the software's icon is not deleted which will make his parents believe the filter is still working. Tom says it is a matter of time before some computer-savvy kid puts the bypass on the Internet for others to use.

365 Days of drinking Lo-Cal beer. = 1 Lite-year

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