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3196 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

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Re: Chaos

"It is not hard, the EU has told Google that giving those apps for free is anticompetetive, so now they are asking money for them."

No, the issue was Google contractually preventing the removal of those apps or the installation of other products as a primary choice. This seems like a bit of a FU to the EU to me. And those tend to come with a very large bill attached.

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Re: Or the fourth option...

"What would the regulators do then?"

Nothing other than get the popcorn out.

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That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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Re: Really?

"Surface sales were up 16 per cent year-on-year, equating to $625m more than it sold in the prior year. El Reg estimates that Surface turned over $1bn a quarter."

So why on earth would they cancel a single device range that sells over $4 billion a year and growing?! Not happening imo.

Every CxO and senior manager wants a Surface these days. No one wants an Ipad anymore as they are largely seen as tools of those without a real job that just read emails.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: It's simply the Google's hate for "personal" devices.

"They got beat by Samsung as a single brand"

I think you mean beaten.

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Re: When you have the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

$1600?! I really can't see Slurp selling many of these at that price. You can get a decent proper computer like a Surface Pro for that sort of dosh.

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GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's

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Re: Google is headed for a Republican beatdown

I think they will find very soon that it stands for Google Does Pay Reparations. Those GDPR fines are coming...

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Google Cloud boss promises 'security built into every layer of the system' at UK shindig

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Re: Blah...

"The new location restriction policy will allow sysadmins to control who can create new resources, as well as locking down where they can be accessed from"

And how does that prevent trivial avoidance via proxies or VPNs?

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UK High Court blocks iPhone Safari privacy suit against Google

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Re: Next steps

I'm guessing that sales of popcorn have climbed in legal circles. And yachts.

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: Not a good look here.

"If it was just storing settings in os drive folders, no problem, even in Documents. I've got multiple apps storing log files in them, sometimes 100s of megabytes of them, thumbnails, temp files and all sorts of other non critical shit I don't need "

None of that gets put in My Documents though. It's all in various folders under AppData. Or under \ProgramData\

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Re: Not a good look here.

""Roaming" will get copied to other machines that the user logs into when on a domain that supports roaming profiles.

"Local" and "LocalLow" aren't copied to other machines and in many cases aren't backed up either. Eg these are where Temp really lives.

Thus Roaming is user-specific settings and data, and Local is settings and data specific to a particular machine and user - eg cache.

Plus there's appdata for machine-specific but not user specific settings & data.""

No, the above are subdirectories of AppData. And are not under "My Documents".

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Re: This is affecting the enthusiasts ...

Worked just fine for my family and I on 5 pretty varied systems so far.

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The fur is not gonna fly: Uncle Sam charges seven Russians with Fancy Bear hack sprees

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Re: Correction here

"Largely pointless, since they're never going to stand trial"

Unless they ever set foot outside of Russia of course...

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Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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"I think I'd load all that kit into a car and park it somewhere in the expectation that it would be found - and I'd run a second operation a lot more carefully in another location."

But probably not staying by it until caught. And probably not leaving embarrassing details of previous such attacks on the hardware in question.

It's been like something out of a Pink Panther cartoon. Incredible ineptitude.

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Google is still chasing the self-driving engineer that jumped ship to Uber

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Re: Spazturtle

"They taste good?"

The burgers themselves taste of nothing whatsoever

Try a bite of just the burger next time you are in an MDs and.see for yourself. The flavour is all from the sauce / bun / salad / gurkins etc

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AWS elbows Google Cloud aside in fight for SAP HANA customers

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Re: But Google has a better network...

"Google offers unmatched network performance due to the fact the majority of traffic is served directly to consumer networks."

Well yes, because almost no one on business networks uses them.

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Microsoft flings features at Teams to close the Slack gap

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Re: Impressive growth?

"Any app growing that speed is incredible."

It replaces Skype for Business, so they have millions of potential users waiting for it to reach feature parity. Which it now has.

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America cooks up its flavor of GDPR – and Google's over the moon

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US companies mostly have to abide by GDPR anyway. It wouldn't be much effort to have a proper US version.

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Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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"Microsoft has already announced that Office 2019 will not run on Windows 7 or 8.x"

Or on Windows 10 LTSB.

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HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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Re: Next:

"more chance of the Daleks climbing stairs ........................."

See http://www.themindrobber.co.uk/new-doctor-who-dalek/dvd647-.jpg

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Bug? Feature? Power users baffled as BitLocker update switch-off continues

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Re: Not worth the font.

"Companies will decrypt bitlocker encrypted drives for $."

Not without the keys they wont. Read what it actually says

"This only applies in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 on SafeGuard BitLocker Client 7.0 and SafeGuard BitLocker Client"

"as long as we provide the password or 48-digit recovery key."

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DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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Re: IoT?

"Unfortunately that doesn't really solve anything. The DNS requests will still go through the ISP router and be blocked or redirect there. "

Simply not true. Using your own router after the ISP one does allow you to control DNS resolvers, and you could use DNSSEC to prevent tampering if you had any remaining concerns.

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

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Re: our NHS will be short staffed

"Presumably there would be conversion courses to allow American doctors to learn British physiology ?"

Yep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLi55MV04a8

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Re: Where's your sense of balance?

"And address the reasons why people don't train to do these jobs, or stay in their careers."

Paying market rates automatically fixes that. Supply rises to reach demand as pay rises until it does.

e.g. Not enough people with a certain skill? Market rates will rise. More people will then train in that skill until an equilibrium is reached.

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Re: What's that sound ? Brexiteers expoding.

"it's also fun to remind Brexiteers that "it was never about immigration" too."

Yes it was. Everyone I know that voted for Brexit including me voted to get control of immigration including from poor countries in the EU.

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Re: Where's your sense of balance?

It's about time this was stopped. Make them pay market rates instead of being able to import cheap third world labour to fill these roles.

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Microsoft adds Windows module support to PowerShell Core while Amazon unleashes it on Lambda

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Re: ...but can it do a decent 'tail' command?

Get-Content ./log.txt -Tail 10

gets the last 10 lines of the file

Get-Content ./log.txt -Wait -Tail 10

gets the last 10 lines of the file and waits for more

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Re: How come they can't learn bash, perl ?

"How come they can't just learn bash, perl? "

They could but Powershell is a more powerful and advanced solution in pretty much every regard. And it's way easier to learn

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Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Re: Testing

"And how exactly would the customers applications be tested to ensure that the patches work before they nuke the entire organisation ?"

Presumably the same way it is now. By deploying to test systems first.

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

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Re: Dear Microsoft -- You Did It To Yourself!!!

"And yet we have IE-specific apps that won't run in Edge no matter what we do."

See the comment above. Use Enterprise Mode to automatically launch them in IE.

"After the last Win10 update came down the wire even IE would just sit there sullenly refusing to pick them up"

So they used to work but now dont. Probably related to a security lockdown, which can generally be removed with the right policy setting. Suggest pressing F12 to enter dev mode, selecting the network tab, pressing the play button to start it analysing and then typing in the URL. That should show you where it's going wrong.

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Re: Dear Microsoft -- You Did It To Yourself!!!

"Entire organizations have web applications that only work on that perverted browser and can't use Edge."

Edge has a setting called 'Enterprise Mode" that automatically switches to IE on websites of choice so yes they can. It's one of the major reasons enterprises dont use say Chrome on Windows 10.

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Microsoft tells volume customers they can stay on Windows 7... for a bit longer... for a fee

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Re: Microsoft is giving people some extra time...

"And FreeIPA is the Linux counterpart to AD."

Except it's a bolt together of components from multiple companies, and doesn't provide basic AD functionality like Group Policy, Authorization, Conditional Access, Trusts or Federation.

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"Moved back to windows 7 for gaming from 10. Better fps."

Only if you don't have a Direct-X 12 GPU. Plenty of benchmarks showing that Windows 10 is faster for recent games / GPUs. That's why most Steam users are on Windows 10.

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Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

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Re: If ever there was a time...

"you've got a gas boiler for say £3,000 installed"

I paid £2000 for a 130KW boiler AND a Megaflow tank installed to heat / provide hot water for a large house so sounds like you are being ripped off!

Hometree will install a gas boiler for £10 a month.

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Re: If ever there was a time...

"Then there's the fact that gas supplies are finite, and are increasing in cost as supplies deplete"

See https://www.flogas.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions/how-long-will-natural-gas-reserves-last

"Proven and probable reserves are sufficient for about 200 years consumption at current rates."

So not a problem unless you drive a Delorian.

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Re: If ever there was a time...

"That's a generalization"

Hence the wording "about"

"If you don't use a lot of hot water, the cost of simply having a gas supply can outweigh the savings"

Having a gas supply costs next to nothing. 25p a day is a typical standing charge for low use, or less than £2 a week. It is unlikely that many residents would find using electricity cheaper for hot water versus a high efficiency on demand boiler.

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Re: If ever there was a time...

"... to be grateful that I live in a flat with no gas appliances... this is it."

You are glad you use electricity for hot water?! The lifetime cost is about 3 times higher than gas.

I have an electric water heater in an outbuilding and it draws ~ 11KW to be able to run a bath or a shower at a reasonable rate.

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Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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Why are they not downloading the code and running a local copy?

It seems unnecessarily risky to me to run it from a remote source that you have no control over.

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Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon

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Re: UI revamp

"I needed a Microsoft account to activate my Office 2016"

I purchased a MAK key for Office 2016 on eBay. Worked just fine. No Microsoft account required to activate. (Although some purchase formats require Microsoft account to convert a voucher to get the license key.)

(Microsoft cant stop people reselling licences under EU law.)

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Re: UI revamp

"Outlook 2016 and later requires an Office 365 account"

Nope. Office 2016 still accepts MAK keys. No need for O365.

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DraftKings rides to court, asks to unmask 10 DDoS suspects

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Re: SHOULD they be allowed to ?

"they have IP's of those involved"

They apparently have the IPs of some systems that sent DDOS traffic. I'm not clear why they think that those would belong to whoever controlled the attack. That seems extremely unlikely.

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Welcome! Mimecast finds interesting door policies on email filters

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Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud

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Shit happens...

I bet they would have saved more by moving to anything not made by Oracle.

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No do-overs! Appeals court won’t hear $8.8bn Oracle v Google rehash

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"Um, wouldn't being a "patent troll" imply use of patents somewhere in the case?"

And being a troll would require Oracle to be an NPE. Whereas Oracle do in fact sell Java based products.

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Yep I guess Larry will be going yacht shopping again.

Now we can grab the popcorn waiting for the GDPR fines to roll in. On top of the existing EU ones.

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Whoa, AWS, don't slip off your cloudy perch. Google and Microsoft are coming up to help

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Re: Azure may win despite shortcomings

"This is despite the devs telling management that AWS is a far better fit from a technical point of view."

Azure is a way better technical solution and far easier to integrate and manage from an Infrastructure point of view and cloud infrastructure services are generally considered an infrastructure decision, not a development one.

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"According to Gartner."

A large chunk of Microsoft's cloud revenue is from O365, Xbox Live, dynamics online, visual studio online, etc. Not just Azure. In Azure (PaaS and IaaS) Azure is consistently growing ~ twice as fast as AWS and significantly more Companies are planning to move to it as cloud platform of choice.

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"That does not mirror what I see in the industry. Except their forced cloud365 offerings nobody seems to even remotely consider them as a platform to use."

Way more CTOs are planning to use Azure than any other cloud platform. And I guess you are not aware that Microsoft's cloud division overtook AWS in revenue over a year ago now? And are growing much faster.

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Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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"Windows 10 ignores host file blocking of Microsoft metric sites, which is why nobody could block Microsoft monitoring and updates."

Windows 10 has perfectly capable inbuilt firewall service that will happily block all of those.

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"You know, that 'Microsoft Logon' that they strongarm* you into using, "

My Windows 10 seems to work just fine with a local user account and password only. Using a Microsoft ID / the Windows Store is optional.

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You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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Re: Hope they fail and fall flat on their arses

"I have looked at the fee for a normal user and its £7.90 ($10.20) a month. "

It's £59 a year for a normal user or £69 for a family subscription with up to 5 users.

"In 2008 I bought the Office products for £70 and its done me 10 years."

Well its about £120 to buy it outright these days. You still have that choice.

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