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Visa fingers 'very rare' data centre switch glitch for payment meltdown

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Well trained staff

These days it is rare to have well trained staff that can take the decision to take out a router. Expensive, and risky for them in case they make a mistake.

And of course, partial failures are quite common.

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'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years

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Agree

Tell everyone to move the 10 base 2 cable.. one of the Ts must be the problem...

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Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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Antieconomical

If you intervene the medical industry so making scanners is antieconomical yeah, they wont have anything to sell, ane they might go under, but no scanners to be bought.

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Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

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Nothing wrong here

Just shorten these comments like this:

http://www.5z8.info/taliban-meetup_l1i6pi_racist-message-board

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Scrapping Brit cap on nurses, doctors means more room for IT folk

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Re: More job displacement, yay

Constant money salaries have dropped and the pressure on nurses and doctors has increased.

Therefore it is not a "skill shortage". Pay more and improve working conditions, and you will have no trouble hiring.

Same for IT.. there are plenty of people who decided to quit because conditions were harsh (not me!).

As for being a shortage.. well, I am quite skilled and got a new contract as my old one finished.. but the tests I had to pass were tough. What this tells me is that there is NO SHORTAGE. Otherwise they would not aim to hire the best, but whoever is available as was the case in 1999.

So stop importing ppl in IT, no shortage at all, they just want to lower our salaries.

Note: I am a bloody foreigner, and yes, me being here is good for the economy but also lowers the salary for other highly qualified IT ppl.

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Errr

Voting for leave means you are more interested in your personal goals that many other peoples goals.

While I would agree that voting for brexit does not mean you are a racist or a xenophone, racists and xenophobes mostly voted for brexit, and some of the most compelling reasons to vote for brexit were xenophobic (both truly good reasons and false ones).

While I disagree with you, well, yes, now we will have more leeway to make our own agreements. the problem is, we are not in a good place to negotiate, so chances are they wont be fair to us. We shall see.

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Xen Project patches Intel’s Lazy FPU flaw, VMware doesn't need to

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Well yes but

If you have to take down your big iron, you are out of business while you apply he patches..

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Its the Will of the People!!

Actually, there is no skills shortage.

Pay more and people WILL flock.

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Services

But then how do you propose to keep the roads, army and NHS? are you proposing we go back to the XIX century? poorhouses?

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Yet another Remoaner circle-jerk on El Reg.

Errr no.

There is quite some disagreement over Brexit in thereg and their commentards.

But there can be little discussion about this particular issue: we (as in the UK) demanded that non EU countries had to be barred from providing the essential works for the project, and that is not illogical.

Now we leave, and as we are no longer part of the EU, of course we got out of the project. Quite obvious.

I think we should get reimboursed, at least partly reimbursed, but who knows if we would get that or not... we have almost no leverage on the EU, and they have a lot on us.

As for our negotiating team.. well, they warned us about this, but we chose not to listen to experts, we were tired of "so called experts". Now we blame them when we dont have leverage, exactly as predicted.

you see, we kept moaning about rules, and imposing plenty of rules on the EU "or we leave", and they kept accepting as it was in their best interest to have us in the EU. Now that we have left, well, the damage is going to happen, so they no longer care much about us.

What do we offer them? banking and insurance, and associated services. Hardly anything that they cannot replicate.. and they can take it away from us with things like Tolbin tax.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

The EU can give access to the secure code to non eu, but will not give the keys to non eu military as they are a security risk with different goals. So not trustworthy in the long run.

Are we given access to the us scrambling/descrambling technology? I dont think so.. and we do want they want us to do..

Basically we have decided to get divorced, and now we are complaining that our ex would not give us the keys to the house in the beach.

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Re: Is this a form of sanctions against Russia?

Err, they detected and stopped plenty of cyberwarfare from the uk and the us.

I would say that is the problem for them.. they dont want their stuff being detected, and cannot force them to not detect their malware.

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EU-US Privacy Shield not up to snuff, data tap should be turned off – MEPs

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Disagree

You have to give your trade partners time to comply. Going into a trade war is bad for everyone, and some times it is more beneficial for you to have a slightly unfair agreement than no agreement at all.

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Re: Anybody still have sympathy for those that use fb?

Some friends of mine were stupid enough to publish their political tendices quizz on facebook.

what else can I say?

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: If only I could pay

Yep, if you pay your data will still be taken/stolen.

I would gladly pay a premium to have quality content.

But, and this is a big thing, there are some conditions for that.

First, I want privacy. And it is quite complicated.. how are they going to track my article consumption if I am not tracked?

Second, while I would agree with micropayments, history tells me that "micro" gets to be confused with "mini" then just "payments". If you dont agree, just look at DLCs.

Companies that think it is ok to be paid 0.07$ per article read though intrusive ads, believe 2$ is a fair price for the same article without ads. Madness.

So I would say that a "premium" subscription would be the best thing. Of course, the problem is that then several competing "subscription networks" would arise, and the internet would get fragmented.

Don't believe me? look at netflix and all netflix clones. I want to pay to watch content, and do pay for not one, but two three content providers.. and it is at the very least "annoying" that I would have to pay at least 6 subscriptions to watch decent stuff. And the more people pay, instead of becoming cheaper, it becomes more fragmented and therefore more expensive for the user.

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BT announces Gavin Patterson to become ex-CEO

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Something is wrong.

If you decide to fire your CEO and at the same time he gets a bonus, something is wrong, both things should not happen at the same time.

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Re: More inclusive?

It is the same sad thing as deciding that all races, creeds, etc have to be represented in a movie.

Well, if the movie is supposed to happen in China, most people in the movie, unless there is a very good explanation, should be chinese. Same for the us.. most people should be american.

If a minority is 10% of the population, parity in numbers is discrimination. Or you can come up with a good movie and try to be inclusive and thats it, do not force/reqrite characters, etc.

Going back to the egg.. it is NOT more inclusive. Non vegans will NOT be represented by that salad.. and they are a majority. So it is not more inclusive..

My guess is that they are so focused on discriminating people while claiming to be doing it for equality that they lost it.

Note: I feel that I have to qualify my post, as otherwise ppl will make assumptions. I am not a racist (not but..), and dont think discrimination is a good thing. First of all, because I have suffered it first hand in the UK, and second hand though my wife, as she is both american and jew (and boy they hate both in Spain).

I believe in equality, and discriminating majorities is not going to get equality. Of course, people with disabilities have to be helped, that is another matter.

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In World Cup Russia, our Wi-Fi networks will log on to you!

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Re: 50%

Nothing to be seen citizen, move along.

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Great time to shift bytes: International bandwidth prices are in free fall

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Re: Meanwhile...

Well, yes, but eyes have a limited, quite clear limit.

I would say the limit is 8K HDR 3D at 120fps. And of course, more bitrate will always help.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: How can it possibly be worth that much?

they do charge money for private repositories, etc.

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TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters

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weight

That is why you should measure the weight of the letters.

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Platinum partner had 'affair' with my wife – then Oracle screwed me, ex-sales boss claims

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Re: Employment law, huh!

More like his boss got the call from the customer, and decided to sack him, alledgeing whatever to HR.

that HR did not check is the big mistake here.

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ISP popped router ports, saving customers the trouble of making themselves hackable

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Re: Only an id10t...

Worse still, packets to that port should be filtered at network level unless they come from their router management team. Otherwise there is a window of opportunity to pawn, and scripts WILL get them.

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FPGAs for AI? GPUs and CPUs are the future, shrugs drone biz Insitu

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Not an expert on AI

As the title says, Not an expert on AI.

That being said, a FPGA, or better still, a custom chip will be an order of magnitude more efficient at crunching the algorithm than a GPU. The problem is.. it is kind of fixed on what it does.. and if you start making it more general purpose, then it is better to stick with the GPU.

Once we as humans have stable, decent "AI", then we will see AI coprocessors designed specifically for the task at hand, but probably not before as the cost of design+tape+productions is just too great for things not done in big numbers.

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Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

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Re: Oh Lord

The average driver knows almost nothing about the innards of the car.

So for example if the accel pedal gets stuck (the carpet in some models tends to get stuck) they are able to overheat the brakes. They are THAT incompetent.

So I dont trust Wetware 1.0

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Xiaomi the way: Hyped Chinese giant begins its battle for Britain

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Spain

It is not that people are less concerned about brands in Spain.

The situation is more complicated than that for Xiaomi.

People in spain have lower salaries than in the UK, and while groceries and rent are cheaper, electronics are more expensive.

Xiaomi has a very dedicated fan base in Spain, and was a big seller way before Xiaomi came to Spain "officially". One of the top sellers, with forums dedicated to the scene, etc. most just came direct from China, with some low quality resellers.

Now they are selling in Spain big time, and the reasons are clear:

-Better band for the buck. WAY better.

-Top of the line phones are trully top: ceramic phones, noch free full fron screen,etc

-Middle range phones are great, with great battery and quite cheap

-Cheap range is quite good.

-they all have the appearance of great support. They support phones 1/2 years more than Samsung, add cheaper price, long (albeit slow) support and nice phones.. no wonder they sell well.

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Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

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I disagree

When I download an app, I decide to download that app, and the agreemen, if any, is between me and the developer. I am not the one to decide if there are ads or not, and if they are targeted or not.

So yeah, I have to give informed consent.

Also, if I have to agree to provide my personal info in order to get the app or for it to work, and that information is not needed for the app, then that consent is void.

At no point I have a contract with google, they are a mediator.

Another thing is that Google itself should be considered a data controller as they do store that info, and they are also probably breaking the law, but this does not remove the onus from the app writers/owners.

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Re: AD Vampires

Not only that, but consent cannot be mandatory or no service unless it is needed to provide the service.

So to show me a map you do not need to know my age, etc.

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No way

Product placement is horrible, as it destroys/damages the content.

I still remember Samsung doing this on CSI. Focus on brand in whatever then pan to the action. It sucks.

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Consent

I have read both guidelines and law (had to)

You cannot require consent unless you need it for the service, as in "actually needing it", not "this is needed for me to get money/call an API that needs it to monetize".

So yeah, I fully agree with the article.

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UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

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Re: You can marry at 16...

During WWII, many states 18 year old soldiers went to war to kill people yet they could not drink alcohol. You know, bad for their development..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._history_of_alcohol_minimum_purchase_age_by_state

Also, if you are from alaska you can marry at 14

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_marriage_in_the_United_States .. and 12/14 in Massachusetts...

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Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers

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Re: And how...

Good luck buying a house.. and I rather doubt they will comply.

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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Nope

The 5 1/4" power connector you cannot connect it the wrong way.. the 3 1/2" you can with quite some persuasion required.

Thankfully we no longer have to deal with those faulty devices.

https://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/30/business/toshiba-faces-1-billion-bill-over-a-lawsuit.html

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Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?

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Re: Rather than big tech 'blabbing n slurping' even more

One problem is that closing an email account can be worse than keeping it.. as if someone hijacks it, they WILL impersonate you with an account known to be yours!

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Virgin Media to chop 800 jobs in Wales call centre

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Re: @ Simon 4

FTTH is normal in Spain, and the CPE is as the name implies inside the customers house, they DO have fiber.

Most ppl then connect a CAT6 or CAT6a cable to have 1 Gigabit connections to the router.

Example: (Spanish)

https://ayuda.orange.es/particulares/adsl-y-fibra/configuracion-e-instalacion/2148-todo-lo-que-debes-saber-sobre-tu-router-livebox-fibra

What is weird is to use coax in a country as humid as the UK. My Virgin line already needed to be fixed as the connector got corroded in the cabinet. It is as expensive or more expensive than fiber, gets corroded, and is way slower.

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Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Re: Binding Protocol?

But, as you know, the moment you die you are branded a terrorist/militant.

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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Re: White Hysteria?

I am also slighty discriminated, for not being born in the UK.. and yep, I am white.

Also, I dont want positive discrimination, I just dont want discrimination.

Give a good, paid by the state education to everyone, and then just hire on talent.

I am ok with that.

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Positive discrimantion

It is quite clear: discrimination is bad, if you think that discriminating is good, they you probably are a bigot.

Positive discrimination is the effect for the people NOT being discriminated. If you discriminate black people, it is positive por whites, etc etc.

So no, I am completely against it. I do remind ppl here that I am a foreigner in the UK, and have to live with discrimination (not terrible, but there). I would no like other ppl being discriminated so I get a job, it is WRONG, and I will need one soon...

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Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console

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Re: Nostalgia ain't what I thought it would be

The high score? just below "Error checking TLS connection: Host is not running"

I guess it is how many dockers are under your command...

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NASA demos little nuclear power plant to help find little green men

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Re: Weight?

So way worse that solar panels + ancillaries for orbit arround the earth.. but also way more compact and with less chances of being damaged my micrometeorites. Also depends way less on gyroscopes and reaction wheels + RCS, so less fuel needed.

I guess they will use this for deep space probes? like old RTGs ?

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Virtual desktops won’t save cash in clouds or on-prem. So why care?

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Agree

It is licenses what kills VDIs etc.

The technolgy was there more than a decade ago.. I would say it worked ok 15-16 years ago.

But you can't run anything that uses anything other than named users or floating licenses.

So no microsoft products, even if you CAN get a perfect windows vdi.

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Publishers tell Google: We're not your consent lackeys

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Re: I am Shocked I Tell You.......

You cannot ask for information that you are not going to need for a specific purpose that is revealed to the customer.

Not only that, but you must need that piece of data, and be able to justify it.

If the service does not require that piece of data and you require it, then there is no valid consent.

So yes, the big slurp is illegal.

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DRAM makers sued (yet again) for 'fixing prices' (yet again) of chips

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Re: Yes, it is what OPEC do

The UK is not part of OPEC.

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Windrush immigration papers scandal: What it didn't teach UK.gov about data compliance

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Me

I would expect that.. precisely becuase I saw what was being done, when the uk government said "hey, yes, you have permanent residency, dont rush in asking for paperwork, not needed" I thought, great, I need to get the paperwork and as for a british passport, if I don't want to be thrown out in my 70s..

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Re: Not just immigrants

I love the uk, but it seems to be one the best countries at using the manual called "1984".

Our emails are stored and scanned, so are our searches and DNS requests, SMS, etc.

Plenty of cameras.

If we accept this, at the very least we should get id cards and have less hassle.

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IBM Australia to end on-shore software support

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Re: If this is software post-sales support, I don't fully understand.

And by support you mean confusing replies?

offsite support ussually means "I want to connect to the machine and play with it", at least in my experience, and I understand the reasons behind that, they cannot divine the problems,

Many companies and org have spent good money making sure the servers are not accesible from outside, so quite logically are unhappy with people from china connecting. Or from elsewhere.

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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No account

On monday, for a short span of time, I could see my accounts. Seemed my personal and shared accounts were kinda mixed.

On tuesday, no access.

On wednesday night , I did not have an account!!

Now I have an account again... the system is sloooow and my salary is not there.. colleages with other banks already have the money. It is no problem for me.. but WTF.

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UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

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Re: Damage Control

In this case the poor peon in Lima, Peru.

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Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

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Support

The reason I abandoned microsoft mobile is that they have been chaging their mind (And APIs) with every version. That is a nightmare to support, and lost trust a decade ago.

Removing spyke for business is stupid in my book.. I just dont understand it, they should just take the OS to the back and put it out of its misery.

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It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files

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bug

It is clearly a bug. If not, a horrible design.

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