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5322 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks

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re: You could have finder

There are alternatives to Finder such as 'Commander One' but Windows Explorer is so embedded into the whole OS replacing it is next to impossible.

Besides if this was easy I'm sure that MS would go out of its way to make it impossible or at least very difficult to do. (just my opinion though)

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Qualcomm axes staff, winds down data center processor efforts ... while China takes the blueprints and runs

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Still, they got one over on Apple

In China and in relation to resizing a photo on an iDevice. Apparently Tim Cook and Co violated a QC Patent in IOS 11. I guess that the order making QC tell patent licencees exactly what patents they are actually licensing has something to do with this.

Also AFAIK, it only applies in China to phones running IOS 11 and is an injunction banning the import of infringing phones. Still, how this can be inforced when all those iDevices are made in China...? {Mind boggles on that point}

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Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Maybe its time for Microsofties to study programming?

Now Microsoft probably has scores of youngsters who are certainly very Agile,

Agile at putting everything but the simlest problem on the Technical Debt list marked as 'THTF' (To Hard To Fix) and then forgetting about them.

As a Software Developer, I'd be ashamed to admit that I had ever worked for MS on Windows 10.

There we were thinking the Visa was as bad as it could get as far a MS Operating Systems went. My how wrong we were.

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Here's the list of space orgs big and small sparring to send next NASA gear to the Moon

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Joke

It all comes down to which one has the best 'backlot'

stage to show the landings in full 8K TV to the drug addled public in the USA.

No need to actually go to the moon. The Apollo missions didn't land there so why change it now?

Whichever company builds the most realistic Moonscape will win the contract. NASA simply does not have the money to do anything these days.

{see icon}

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Deck the halls with ... oh, no. DXC tells staff they may not have a job in the New Year

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Outsourcing Giant?

They are well on their way to become a Minnow if they keep shedding staff like this.

I full expect that many existing customers are jumping ship when their contracts come up for renewal simply because there are not enough DXC staff left to offer even a partial service.

I really do pity anyone left.

Don't forget to pay the leccy bill when the last one of you leaves...

On second thoughts don't, just leave.

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OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Sigh!

Another Day

Another MS Outage

How long will it last?

As we fondly remember the past

When rebooting the fileserver

took only a minute or two

but now oh, what are we to do?

while we wait and wait

to learn our fate

while MS just laughs

all the way to the bank.

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Question: How fast is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update rolling out? Answer: Not very

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If you start with the premise...

That ALL windows updates will bork your computer and proceed from there... then you are on the right track IMHO.

The story of the Tortoise and the Hare should be on people's minds when they decide to let the updater loose. It is not only the 'early bird that catches the worm' that wins the race especially if the worm is full of poison.

you have been warned!

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Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

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When....?

when will heads roll at MS?

when will MS admit that their systems are shite?

when will MS start paying compensation to customers who are crippled by this sort of thing which seems to be getting more and more frequent?

and

When will customers start realising that MS is playing fast and loose with their companies data and possibly the future of the company and give them the really big finger...?

Sadly, the answer to all of the above is never.

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Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Ah Yes, the WTO

The very organisation that El Trumpo wants to destroy.

Frying pan meet fire?

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Grandmaster flash Samsung dominated SSD market in 3Q2018

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There is a solution... well several actually

You could nuke windows update and only let it loose at certain times of the week.

Or you could nuke windows itself.

Microsoft do seem to have lost what little OS design and development skills they once had since SatNad took control and 'let go' a whole raft of people.

downloading a file should not screw up an i5 based system if the OS can do basic pre-emptive multi-tasking. That is pretty basic OS design. It is almost as if they have reverted back to the sort of Multi-Tasking that was in use circa 1985 when things like the VAX 11/780 (11/782) got a second CPU but the OS could not take full advantage of it until major upgrade of the OS came out.

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Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment

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MS : From bad to worse to pathetic

This has gone way beyond a joke now. Their cockups are causing people all over the place to spend hours (often uselessly) fixing their problems and MS does not care one little bit.

If this was Apple their stock price would have dropped by 5% at least but as this is MS people who decide these sort of things just shrug their shoulders and give them the benefit if the doubt yet again.

What we need is a large business to issue a profit warning or worse due to thee issues caused by the frankly shoddy stuff that MS calls software they shove over the wall with them saying 'there you go' while they run for the hills.

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Merry Christmas, you filthy directors: ICO granted powers to fine bosses for spam calls

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Mushroom

Then there are the scammers

who call you up with an American accent 'This is a call from the Internet Service Provider....'

Then there are the slimeballs who pretend that they are

'The Official Call Blocking Service'

Then there are the scumbags who call pretending to be from BT and say 'your line has been compromised...' even though your service is not provided by BT.

Then there are the [redacted] who call with a strong Indian accent claiming to be called John (other lies are also available) and ...

Etc ...

Etc...

etc ...

When will OfCom and ICO prove that they are not just a bunch of nerdwanglers and grow some balls and stop these calls?

You could make all phone providers include a call blocker for free. That would be a start

Oh, and make the NHS stop blocking numbers on outbound calls. Use a central switchboard number and don't let them get away with 'for reasons of data security' as an excuse.

Yes, I did get out of bed on the wrong side today and would like to Nuke both OfCom and ICO and start again with people and terms of reference that have some teeth

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TalkTalk's £1.5bn 3-million home fibre broadband hopes on ice for now

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How much is being spent?

to move their HQ to the 'centre of the media universe' from London?

It seems that Salford Keys is where you have to be based these days.

Will this move make them suck less as a provider?

Answers on a pinhead in 40pt Garamond Bold please.

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Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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GitHub private repo's?

Therein lies a big problem.

Lots of us who had private repos have moved them from GitHub the moment that the MS takeover was announced.

Mine has gone. It had more than 400 files in it and not a bit of YAML in sight. No JSON either and just a few lines of XML.

A load of hot air if you ask me. I wonder how many of those YAML files were simply slightly modified copies of those publised on any of the more reputable code help sites such as StackOverflow?

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Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

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re: EU presence (or not)

It is likely that the WP has a UK or at least an Eu bureau which if true, means it does have a presence in the area covered by the GDPR

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Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: What about Windows 10 that Office is sitting on?

Didn't you know that Apple is persona non grata in these parts?

They are the company that everyone loves to hate simply because they are so successful.

From what Tim Cook has stated may times, they are small fry in the data slurp league when compared to MS, Google, Facebook and others but... he could be telling porkies. We simply don't know so we carry on with the guilty until proven beyond all doubt hate of Apple that is the norm and has been the case for years on this site.

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Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies

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Does it spy on me?

Of course it does. That's what IoT is all about.

Sill an answer waiting for a decent question

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US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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He America...

see that stable door you are trying to shut?

The horse that was in there has just disappeared over the horizon and there ain't nothing you can do to get it back

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Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Boffin

but...

Will it bork my system?

Are they really, really sure that all my data and applications (including config files) will be there after applying the update?

If the answers are not 10,000,000% yes then ... stay well clear for at least a month (or more)

Is it me or does MS seem to be more like a bunch of numpties rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic as if sinks between the waves? Nothing they do will stop the good ship Windows from sinking.

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Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Re: A paranoid mount option ?

The rubbish bin is far too good.

The best place is as a present to the PHB who made your life hell when you leave the job. If they... well, you know the rest.

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UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: headcode

Some trains especially those that ran on the old BR Southern Region used a two digit headcode to describe the train route. On the Brighton Line headcode 4 was London-Brighton while 5 was also London-Brighton but reserved for the Brighton Belle.

Since the late 1950's every train has had an identifier (or TIN, Train Identification Number). Old BR Diesel (and Electric) Locos used to display this on the front of the Loco. The first digit was for the train class. '1' was Express and so on.

The working timetable shows this Number. Passenger timetables generally don't show it.

For more infor, Wikipedia is your friend

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Train_reporting_number

{Any decent Gricer from the late 1960's would know many of the TIN's off by heart}

Now it is time for a Pint at the Railwaymens!

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Xiaomi anarchy in the UK: Chinese tat-flinger wants to slip its cheapo flagships in Brit pockets

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So....?

How much data will be phoned home to Bejing from these devices?

How long will they get updates for?

Price is not the only consideration these days.

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Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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Re: No value

I agree about new phones being too expensive.

What about a used one? All those FanBoi's who get a new phone every year have to see them. There are bargins to be had there. I got an 128Gb iPhone 7 for £300 six months ago.

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We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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Re: But I LIKE KDE!

Same here.

I fully expect that KDE will just move out of the main Repo's and into one of the secondary ones.

That's where many deprecated packages end up. They don't just disappear from the face of the planet.

anyway, the IBM takeover of RH hasn't completed yet so I don't think the conspiracy theories (either way) hold much water.

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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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The name 'Tesla' has been hijacked

When you ask someone what a Tesla is unless they are an old skool Electrical Engineer they might say 'oh, that's a funny car that runs on batteries'.

A child might ask 'are the batteries included'? (joke)

I wonder what Nikolai would have said about the design cues of a vehicle that bears his name?

Would he be into minimalism? (like the Model 3 interior)

nice piece though Dabbsy.

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'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

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ROFL!

Taking a page from Apple's playbook, Nadella was keen to highlight the efforts made by the Microsoft in privacy.

Words are cheap SATNAD. Now get rid of ALL that data slurp in Windows and let independent auditors examine it so that we can believe your words.

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Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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Joke

Ports a plenty?

Wot! No UWD SCSI or Parallel printer port?

What are Apple thinking of eh?

{see Icon}

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US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

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Have an upvote

For mentioning "FARTUS"

Well done!

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Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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Come El Reg we know you want to say it...

It has gone a bit TITSUP

Not unusual these days sadly.

I wonder when people will wake up and realise the size of the barrel that MS has them draped over?

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Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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Linux on the new MacBook Air

Give it a few weeks or so I'm sure that at least one Linux Distro will work just fine on the new laptop.

The same goes with Windows 10 but I don't know why anyone would do that (sic).

My 2012 15in MBP runs CentOS 7 very nicely.

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Budget 2018: Landlords could be forced to grant access for full-fibre connections

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Unhappy

Force landlords?

Oh well, that's another £100/month on the rent then /sic

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Britain's rail ticket-booking systems go TITSUP*

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Re: As bad as the trains themselves

Don't forget that this is the time of the year when actually getting trains to stop is sometimes problematical but to leaves on the line.

Rocks and a hard place perhaps?

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From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret

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Re: Not really, mk II

Ah, the USofA, the land of the Free ...

Q: Have you got a permit for that?

A: A permit for what?

Q: To be free naturally.

A: Eh?

Q: Freedom costs money so where's yours eh?

I managed 2 years in the USA before throwing in the towel and coming back to blighty.

Permits for this, permits for just about everything. Madness.

/s /s /s

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Re: Hollywood : They still make money.

that's where you are wrong.

According to Hollywood accounting rules very few or even NO films released by Hollywood make money. Yet the studio moguls still have their private jets and mansions in Bel-Air...?

Even the Harry Potter franchise while amongst the biggest grossing movies of all time didn't make much (if any) profit simply due to the way the accounts are put together.

Yes, us mortals know they make money but officially they don't.

"Buddy, can you spare a dime?"

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Belgium: Oi, Brits, explain why Belgacom hack IPs pointed at you and your GCHQ

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Re: Belgian terrorists

British Intelligence is the only such service in Europe not tarnished by association with the Gestapo or KGB.

ROFL.... Seriously ROFL...

I guess you are not old enough to remember Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and the other KGB spies that worked for British Intelligence...

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Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Re: Everything Search

It will only be standard if a few things happen

1) MS Buy the thing

2) And they don't crap all over it and make a mere shadow of what it did before.

And the chances of that happening is less than me winning the EuroMillions lottery tonight and as I don't play it, the anwser is obvious.

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Re: Great new search feature!

I expect that not only does it index your entire HDD (taking a mere 10 hours during which your PC is too slow to be used), but it saves the index to "the cloud" so it is never lost.

Why?

This is so that the NSA and GCHQ can know about all those dodgy files you have on your PC.

Honestly, uploading to the cloud is a dumbass move of the highest magnitude.

I wonder how many people realise that this is happening to their data?

My guess is very, very few.

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Exactly

Certain phrases keep popping into my mind.

"Could not organise a piss up in a brewery"

"Another fine mess you got us into!"

"I can't beleive it!"

Perhaps by the time the next major update they will have fixed the problems but then it will probably be the same old shit over again...

MS Continious Updates === Continious agony for us users.

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Tech world mulls threat as new round of US China trade tariffs looms

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Just you wait...

The US Customs people will soon start opening up all the bits of kit suppsedly made in say Mexico or Germany and if they find one component with a 'Made in China' sticker on it, then they'll impose the 10% or whatever the tariff is on the whole thing and not just on one component.

I see need for facilities in say Vietnam where goods made in china arrive at one end and emerge at the other with a variety of origin stickers on them (Malaysia, Indonesia, India etc) just to get around the Trump Trade War which he can't win.

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BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets

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Re: MK Roundabout?

Don't forget the Concrete Cows.

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Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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FAIL

another coat of Lip Stick

on the MS Pig.

It is still a Pig though.

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Call me PC if you will

coworkers? What's wrong with colleague? At least the latter does not have the word 'cow' in it when spelt without the hyphen?

All rather sad really.

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Re: Im sure theres only one reason why a tourist would visit that town...

What about the people who live in Sussex? or Essex or any of the US States that have a Sussex County or Middlesex County or Essex County?

What about "Lower Bottom" and "Upper Bottom"

The landscape of the British Isles is littered with names that the Puritans of Google would find offensive.

Going all Puritan on us does not stop your constant need to get information on each and everyone of us.

Are you going to become the 21st Century WitchFinder General then?

Another reason to give Google the Finger? Yep.

WTF Icon naturally.

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Pull request accepted: You want to buy GitHub, Microsoft? Go for it – EU

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Re: Doesn't mean they don't shoot themselves in the foot

Or alternatively,

Another nail in the coffin of GitHub.

and other phrases.

It would be nice to come back to this story in say three years and revisit it and compare it to what MS has done to GitHub in the meantime.

Perhaps they'll just kill it and rename Sharepoint - GitHub V2.0 (shudder)

Coat it a copy of my code on Paper Tape in the pocket.

{I found the paper tape copy of my degree project code from 7BPC (before the PC era) a couple of months ago}

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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Let this be a lesson

for anyone even daring to think about using IoT for this sort of thing.

All it needs is a heavy footed JCB operator and you are locked out of your home possibly for days.

All your data could be gone forever.

As I've said before, in the main, IoT is an answer waiting for a sensible question.

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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Re: Same old same old.

I was in general agreement with your post until...

Just try adding a new package - download this, edit that, compile the other, add new libraries to satisfy installation criteria, fix conflicts and maybe - just maybe - after a full day of effort and Googling user forums that shiny new app will work.

I have not had to do that(make, make install etc) for years. Modern package managers handle the adding of dependencies for you.

Perhaps you need to get out of your basement a little more (to use a US put down)?

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Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

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We do know some things for sure...

1) It will be late

2) It won't work

3) It won't do the job it was designed to do because of feature creep

4) HMRC/IR-35 will make all the above triply so because they can. "We can't get the staff..."

5) All the above will be true even is Crapita are not involved.

And Finally (unless you know otherwise)

6) The Minister who kick this off will not be around long enough to have to stand up in Parliament to explain why it has gone so badly wrong. This applies to both main political parties btw.

Business as usual then... :)

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HP dangles subscription hardware at power users

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Re: Does not take long to buy the hardware ...

The problem with car leases is the pitiful annual mileage allowance in the lease. I've seen a BMW M3 with a 5K per year mileage.

I'm sure that it won't be long before leasing a PC will come with a limit on the number of hours a year I can be in use and that the leasing company will mandate that it's recording app is always running.

The leasing game is only a winner for the leasing companies. For everyone else? It is IMHO a mugs game.

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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Re: Shut it down

Perfectly true and very well said. Have an upvote.

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