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Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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Re: Android v. iOS

Apples and Oranges, really.

MrsPage has an iPad Pro, which is a lifeline for her poorly vision. So I have a little exposure to Apples fruitiness.

But - cost aside - I didn't want an iPhone. So Android was the only choice left. Although battery life isn't too bad.

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Re: Shame to see it end like this.

+1

I missed 10, but my previous company insisted that the only devices they'd support were Windows "for security", and I actually thought they were quite good.

Nothing could be worse that the chaos that is ****ing Android. Not only do various system settings jump around in between updates (or worse, just vanish) ... you have to deal with an internet of dickwads who insist on telling you that it works on their combination of handset, operator, and version of Android.

If you've only known Android, you've got a fairly low bar to vault. But if you've used other - decent OSes - then you just have to wince every few minutes.

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One UI to end gropes: Samsung facelift crowns your thumb the king

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Re: How about we acknowledge that big phones aren't as usable

The problem is as people get older, they'll find bigger screens easier - if not essential - to use.

My wife has MS, and fucked vision and tactile sense. She's pretty much what a Samsung user will be like in 10, 15 years.

So manufactures *either* ignore them, and wait for the revenues of mobile to drop as the monied pensioners are driven off, OR they start to think what is going to be needed for an older user base.

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin

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Is there any money left in the company to pay for it to sue itself?

Ron Decline ....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PQvMtNnmWY

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Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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One indisputable thing about Linux ...

It has none of these artificial "Home, Pro, Ultimate" distinctions needed by Windows to screw the end user with.

I have a few beefs with desktop Linux - mainly over the GUI experience. But at least the core is just the one version.

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Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

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If this is the same Dominic Raab

that didn't realise Great Britain was close to France, then anyone believing a word he says really needs to look at their choices in life.

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International politicos line up to get shot down by Facebook

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Now they know how it feels.

Nice to see these politicians getting a taste of their own medicine, for a change. Zuck is only doing to them what they do to their citizens.

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Oracle 'net-watcher agrees, China Telecom is a repeat offender for misdirecting traffic

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Perhaps, as Willy Wonka once noted

every time they Wing they get the Wong number ?

Already there ->

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Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Mary Anning

... Which is why my choice was Ada Lovelace. I just mentioned Mary Anning to show there is a wider choice than some thing.

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I think it's time for a woman ...

and I notice no one (including El Reg itself) appear to have thought of Mary Anning -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Anning 1799-1842 who predates Ada Lovelace (my choice) and by the very fact is unknown to commentards is deserving of a profile boost.

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Boom! Just like that the eSIM market emerges – and jolly useful it is too

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Re: It's nice to see a megacorporation use its leverage for good on occasion.

you forgot the words "their own" before "good". When you put it that way, it's not quite so "nice".

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US government charges two Chinese spies over jet engine blueprint theft

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Re: «The US Justice Department has charged two Chinese spies ... »

Does the so-called US «Justice Department» really believe it enjoys universal jurisdiction and can «charge» persons residing in foreign lands ?

Yes.

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Re: The US government should fund 'fake plans'

Who's to say they don't already ?

And at the same time, make sure that all the designs you are having problems with are the ones easiest to steal, and hope the enemy fixes your problems for you.

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We're Zuckers for a sequel: Brit MPs' battle to grill Facebook boss continues

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Nick Clegg ...

The idea of a Tory Home Secretary having to be nice to Nick Clegg warms my cockles. Especially if it evokes an "up yours ugly" response.

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Personally, I find it refreshingly honest.

Zuck couldn't give a shit. And Zuck isn't afraid to show the world he doesn't give a shit.

Surely it's a lot better than the faux deference folk are expected to show in these circuses ?

Anyway, I can't see the UK being a key market for Facebook the way things are going. They're much more interested in all the UK businesses quietly moving to Dublin.

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IBM struggles to sign up shipping carriers to blockchain supply chain platform – reports

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Re: Perhaps - just perhaps -

Would you mind enlightening us further about what you know and they don't?

It lies in proof of stake vs. proof of work

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EU Android latest: Critics diss Google's money-spinning 'cure'

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Windows Phone

er, the lack of apps for WP wasn't due to dodgy practices by MS, unless you count successive incompatible versions of the platform pissing off even their most loyal developers.

Apples, oranges.

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AI can predict the structure of chemical compounds thousands of times faster than quantum chemistry

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Not really AI though, is it ?

Just a very niche expert system.

If it was "AI" it wouldn't need programming. You'd just tell it what to do.

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Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet

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Re: That's if he knows what the "id" needed is.

Whenever you experience problems with accounts that "won't work" it's worth checking to see if you've got some form of 2FA enabled. I certainly know Google have some shitty code which 2FA "breaks" by refusing to acknowledge a valid login if 2FA is enable on an account.

Turn it off, try logging in again, do what you have to do, then re-enable.

Not many people know this. Or if they do, they're keeping it secret.

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Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Downvoted ..

I agree as a basic courtesy he should be nice to his hosts. However, I remain to be convinced they are sheltering him from anyone or thing apart from a UK prison sentence for skipping bail.

I wish people would stop with this James-Bond fantasy that he's somehow "marked". He's not, and (controversially ?) he never was. In fact, it's arguable that the only reason he is STILL holed up, is because he knows when he finally comes out, all the worshippers of St. Julian will see the feet of clay, as no one in the US gives a toss.

"Julian .. who ?"

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Re: More a "Communication Breakdown"

As we've descended into Led Zep references, it's worth noting from their catalogue ...

"Ten Years Gone",

"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"

"Hots On For Nowhere"

And ones that Assange should really learn by heart:

"Friends", and "Thank You"

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: Replace outlook!

Thunderbird is shit - I've had to switch to Evolution.

Sorry, but T-Bird seems to struggle with odd little things - the Lightning extension for calendars in particular.

There is - and always has been - a Linux-shaped hole in the desktop OS space, just ready for the first company to actually seriously build a looks-like-Windows, acts-like-Windows distro. But for some reason (which suggests the free market is shit) they simply haven't.

Part of the problem is the Linux' desktop strengths - diversity of apps, customisable beyond belief to name two - are actually what scares the horses. Imagine trying to deliver a Linux desktop in a non-trivial (>20) user space.

If someone could come up with a straightforward Linux desktop, with a settled GUI, and a Windows approach to installation and operation, and a bombproof email/calendar program (not "app") that could connect to Exchange if needed, and that could run click-for-click versions of Word/Excel/Powerpoint, then you'd probably be able to put it on 80% of the corporate desktops and few would notice.

The fact that no one seems to have worked that out yet - and been willing to back it with cash - suggests it's not something that interests the Linux community.

The closest we've probably got is Mint. Which still needs some techie smarts to get around. Even then we hit snags like the Evolution calendar widget (which provides an Outlook feature) won't work on Cinnamon. (Guess what the default Window Manager is ?). True, you can switch to GNOME to have a working widget. At which point you've proved the Windows fanbois point.

All of that said, it's curious that when it comes to computers, an awful lot of megacorps really have backed a single horse, which means they are incredibly vulnerable to any flaws in that landscape. Surely for the sake of resilience, there should be a driver to run different desktops ?

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Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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Bold claim ....

"...without that geomagnetic field there would be no life on the Earth's surface."

No life ? At all ?

I'm betting that quote came from someone who isn't a scientist and who doesn't play one on TV.

I'd have felt more comfortable with the more accurate (and wordy) "...the earths geomagnetic field has been shown to play a significant part in the development of life on Earth."

We have no idea what would have happened (or not happened) if it wasn't there. If science teaches us nothing else, it's that life seems to occur wherever you look for it.

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FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...

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Re: Why do you have an Android phone if you don't want a Google account?

As my bro keeps nagging me ... Lineage ?

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Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Alternatively - as a weapon ...

A small disc close to the sun could effectively create a permanent eclipse. Admittedly a weapon that shits on you as well as the same time as your enemy isn't necessarily a breakthrough. But it seems to be the way the world is going ....

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: Another question...

And there you have it. The entire "I'm sooooooooooooooooooo scared of the nasty US" sob story that some people have fallen for is a load of bollocks.

Bear in mind that if he had been extradited from the UK to Sweden, he would have been protected from the further extradition to the US he so claims to fear by both Swedish *and* UK law. Double bubble.

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RE:It is disgusting that Assange is held, without trial

Oh do fuck off.

Assange has only himself to blame. And to try and pretend he is equivalent to the real victims of terror states, and arbitrary imprisonment is an insult to them.

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UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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Estonia ?

Didn't one of the smaller former soviet countries manage to introduce a digital citizens ID which worked and didn't cost too much ?

Mind you, they did have a president who got stuff ... El Reg reported on it years ago (Googles) ....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Residency_of_Estonia

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Maybe they could get the fucking basics right, first ?

Before this wankfest of hipster shite, why not work on stocking your stores with the shit you are supposed to sell ? Because the past few months have seen us missing at least one if not two items that are on our list. Last weeks being "12 eggs". Oh, yes you had eggs in 6s. Eggs in all sorts of boxes. But 12 large eggs in one box ? May as well have asked for an elephant ear in a bun.

(We just happen to use Sainsburys, as trialling Tesco, Morrisons, and Waitrose demonstrated you can't get a rizla paper between them for anything.)

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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"A good state"

weasel words. Not "get your files back", but "a good state".

It's a little like being told your house is going back to a "good state" after a burglary. No, you won't get your shit back. But it will smell of pine.

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China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts

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"Government approved" OSs ?

This discussion does drift into the idea of governments mandating OSs to use, and throwing those that don't into the big house.

Would be frightening easy to achieve a stready stream of "paedophiles ... blah blah ... nothing to hide ... blah blah ... muslimic terrorists ... blah blah" and your own Mum would be turning you in. After all, the average user wouldn't have a clue and is quite happy with Windows/Android/iOS.

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Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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Brief memory ...

RS-232 (C)

Even Spitting Image did a song about it ....

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US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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WTF?

Ring ring. Ring ring.

I think the 1950s are calling ....

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Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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Surely, as IT professionals, we shoud be relaxed ?

Speaking for myself, I can remember working on a CRM system of some 2 million records. Somewhere a new marketing director entered the scene, and decided that the metric of c. 90% accuracy wasn't good enough. (1 in 10 records had something wrong ... misspelling, old phone no/email, etc).

Cue a massive drive to get it updated and improved over the slack summer period (loads of outcalls).

After 6 weeks, we were pulling in about 94% accuracy.

After 26 weeks, we were back to around 90%.

Imagine the scope for inaccuracy in a project this big ? And whilst on the one hand, that's scary, on the other, it's a synonym for "reasonable doubt".

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Brit startup plans fusion-powered missions to the stars

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Was he an AI expert last week

And a blockchain one the week before ?

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Health insurer Bupa fined £175k after staffer tried to sell customer data on dark web souk

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Oh FFS !!!!!

The staffer was one of 20 users with unfettered access to search, view and download data onto personal drives from SWAN

Well, that's 20 too many.

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'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

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installed a jamming device ????

Er, isn't that illegal under UK law ? Or does it only jam *inside* the embassy ?

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Scrapping UK visa cap on nurses, doctors opened Britain's doors to IT workers

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Re: UK IT shortage

Don't be silly.

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Re: our NHS will be short staffed

Our NHS is short staffed.

FTFY.

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Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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One word missing from the entire article.

And that's "patient".

As an NHS patient, I'd rather have the option to have EVERYTHING emailed to me, (would certainly help when they misplace my records) way before this tomfoolery.

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Re: the news media's 'millenial' bashing wholesale.

Shame you didn't bother to stop and process what the poster was saying. It wasn't a value judgement (although it says a lot about you that you read it as such).

Seemed a statement of fact to me. Millenials are growing into a world where they won't be able to buy houses (not their fault). They are therefore deciding to spend their money as they see fit, rather than in the manner to which the previous generations would have understood. Again, no judgement.

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Security vs. convenience

It's possible to devise a chip that can fry it's own circuits - say if the wrong passcode is entered (or entered twice ...)

The reason such chips haven't been developed is because despite offering Hollywood-blockbuster levels of security, the first time one ACTUALLY fried itself, and some moronic user puts on their Daily Mail sadface with a headline about how they "lost" £1,500 simply because the entered the wrong passcode (or their darling brat did) and it's game over. So no point in spending a kings ransom on the R&D only to be told that HP/Dell can't sell a machine with such a feature.

Those with long enough memories might recall the "scandal" in the 80s of the pisspoor security around cars - bent twig and you're in. After taking repeated pastings, the manufacturers delivered some pretty good security. Of course the first headline was "man stung for £1,500 after losing his key". Security vs. convenience. Guess which won ??????

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Er ... weren't the 90s-noughties browser wars fought over this shit ?

And MS lost ?

Certainly for personal computing needs these days, MS really aren't in that strong a position. No one *needs* Windows that much. (Moribund workplaces don't count).

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Expanding Right To Be Forgotten slippery slope to global censorship, warn free speech fans

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Google split ?

I wonder if there's a solution in separating Google the search engine, from Google the ad-slinger ?

Ad-slinging requires the Googly goodness which fucks around with the nature and order of results returned. There's no question that Google have had their sticky little fingers in the pot, and can hardly claim "wot, me guv ?" when told that if they can manipulate those search results, then they can jolly well manipulate these search results.

However, if a search engine is just returning a list of what's there - warts and all - then it has a pretty good defence of being a common carrier. Unless we are going to start reindexing dead-tree archives ?

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Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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Re: Women-give-better-directions-than-men

O'Reilly ?

From bitter experience, women are very good at adding all sorts of irrelevant details to the directions ... I mean "carry on until you get to the A454, turn left, 500 yards, your're there" is succinct. You don't need to know about any roundabouts, superstores, churches, or other landmarks on the way.

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Vodafone hounds Czech customers for bills after they were brute-forced with Voda-issued PINs

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3 strikes and you're out ?

Sorry, unless it's involved some very sophisticated playing with spacetime, WTF don't sites just lock an account after 3 incorrect tries ?

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Could you hack your bosses without hesitation, repetition or deviation? AI says: No

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Re: Career progression

It has been a source of puzzlement for years - no, decades, why IT workers with admin prvileges are so reluctant to use these for their own benefit.

Well, firstly, it's a pretty crap setup if "admin" access is a synonym for "access all areas" for a single person, unless it's a small outfit. In which case there's probably other mechanisms in place (like working next to your boss). Even going back 10 years when I was sysadmin for a small business, there were things I didn't have access to (the directors email, for one).

And even if you had genuine God access, the question is how to use it "to your own benefit" ? Because if you could devise a way to do so - and make it undetectable then (a) what are you doing being a sysadmin, and (b) well .... how do we know it hasn't happened ?

Finally, it's a hard enough life getting the systems to do whatever nonsense the business is crying out for today, let alone getting it to do something off piste.

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Windows Server 2019 Essentials incoming – but cheapo product's days are numbered

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Re: I'd like to find a usable replacement for Exchange

https://www.linux.com/learn/microsoft-exchange-alternatives-linux

as a starting point.

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Is Cloud computing Smart Meters for IT ?

Once you've put all your eggs into the cloud basket, how long before "demand management" becomes a thing ? You want to use CPU cycles at peak times ? Then pay a premium rate for it.

No pay, no play.

On a slightly different tack, how essential is *Windows* server? I'm pretty sure I could easily run a SME on some carefully configured Linux servers.

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HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline

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redirecting HTTP to HTTPS

Isn't this the sort of thing a first year Comp Sci graduate used to be able to do ?

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