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3000 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Re: No doubt....

"they'll put DRM on the chips which will detect pirate copies of Windows 10."

They don't need DRM on chips for that. They already detect pirate copies and it just displays an irritating warning.

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Re: Still at the FPGA stage after all these years?!?!?!?!???

"I half expect Windows to become confined to Microsoft hardware only, like Apple."

Windows has a fair history of cross platform CPU options although only x86 / x64 were a success. For instance Alpha, Mips, Arm, etc.

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Interesting. They are apparently ahead of rivals in quantum CPU technology too:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-28/microsoft-edges-closer-to-quantum-computer-based-on-elusive-particle

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AWS seeks ‘startup launch’ experience for end-user services

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Re: Just curious

I guess they are panicking as to getting anywhere in that space now that Citrix went with Azure.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Re: Lies, lies and statistics

"It's obviously no. It takes extreme effort to find a number or email address in Windows to call for support. "

On first page of search results:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-support-chat-phone-number

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Re: In the time it takes to update win-10-nic...

"The other factor to consider is that Windows Update locks you out of your PC with pointless full screen blerbs that tell you nothing useful. "

You do get the option for restart or restart and update these days. The are also plenty of options to defer if you are logged in and at the screen. And you can set active hours when updates wont install. However once pre-installed they will still prompt for a reboot during active hours which causes the common misconception that active hours isn't working. You can repeatedly defer the reboot.

"So you're sat there waiting for 15-30 minutes"

For build updates (~twice a year) it is installing a fresh copy of the OS, so yes it isn't as fast as a patch. However the range is more like 5 minutes (NVMe) to 30 minutes (laptop with spinning rust).

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Re: In the time it takes to update win-10-nic...

"That is hilarious - while you are of course wrong - Windows Update isn't fast at anything, and the installation requires 32GB of disk space and uses 20GB"

Installation actually requires a recommended minimum of 16GB for 32bit or 20GB for 64bit. Windows 10 itself uses about 10GB on a clean install. The main additional space eaters are page file, hibernation file and of course future Windows updates.

If you have a <= 32GB device then commonly you run out of space for major updates and it's majorly sucky that Windows doesn't have built in intelligence to deal with that.

Hopefully it helps a few people to know that disabling the Hibernation file on such a device will usually free up enough space to update. You can do this from the command line via POWERCFG /hibernate off

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Re: least complaint-generating Windows ever

"Lack of complaints may be caused the number of people (and companies) which upgrade as late as possible to avoid at least some problems."

If you read the linked blog, its been deployed to ~250 million devices, and the stats are based on that.

Companies do get up to 2 years from pre-release / 18 months from GA to remain supported. And builds will get fixes / security updates during that period.

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Re: least complaint-generating Windows ever

"That's because everyone downgrades to Win7."

Apparently circa 700 million users have not.

Windows 10 has better performance especially on crappy hardware and is way more secure, so If you want Windows why not just run a relevant app to disable the spyware if not happy with the built in options, and install a Windows 7 start menu app if you hate TIFKAM would seem to make more sense to me. Or don't use Windows.

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Re: good news

"Install Win 10 and defang its telemetry, possibly by blocking associated IPs at the router level?"

Or maybe just by using the simple built in options to disable the vast majority of it?

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Re: good news

"So, basically it collects all the data on the PC, hardware and installed software and checks to see if there are any "gotchas" and either does or does not give you the update. Where's the AI?"

Presumably mostly in sifting "all the data on the PC" times tens of millions and working out what the "gotchas" are.

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Re: Because

""because the download is at least four gigabytes"

It kind of makes you wonder.. 4 gigabyte update..."

The 64 bit update 1803 ESD / ISO download is about 2.9GB and 32 bit is 2.2GB containing all versions of Win10 except enterprise. For instance 64 bit US English:

http://fg.ds.b1.download.windowsupdate.com/c/Upgr/2018/03/17133.1.180323-1312.rs4_release_clientconsumer_ret_x64fre_en-us_8483d330ba2e42d8e0a2bdd377074358afb0c864.esd

And its a similar size for the update because major Windows 10 releases effectively install a fresh copy of the OS and then transfer your configuration and the fastest way to do that is from a complete OS image.

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Re: What this story really means

"Because WSUS is a crock of shit that downloads the whole universe, "

It only downloads what you tell it to - which is pretty granular by product and OS.

"depriving you of your internet connection for a week"

It only downloads it once. Better than multiple clients all downloading the same thing.

"and then stubbornly refuses to make any of the updates available to your clients"

Works just fine in everywhere I ever used it. You do have to use group policy to point your clients at it and set an update policy.

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Re: In the time it takes to update win-10-nic...

"in the time it would take me to update win-10-nic (from start of downloads to final reboot), I could"

Seeing as that's a 7GB download for 11.1 I call bs. Windows 10 is faster at installing too.

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Re: good news

Surprising that the article doesn't actually mention the main content of the Microsoft blog post that it links to. That Microsoft is using AI to deploy Windows 10 updates:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to be a key area of investment for Microsoft, and we’re pleased to announce that for the first time we’ve leveraged AI at scale to greatly improve the quality and reliability of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update rollout. Our AI approach intelligently selects devices that our feedback data indicate would have a great update experience and offers the April 2018 Update to these devices first. As our rollout progresses, we continuously collect update experience data and retrain our models to learn which devices will have a positive update experience, and where we may need to wait until we have higher confidence in a great experience. Our overall rollout objective is for a safe and reliable update, which means we only go as fast as is safe.

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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"So Tech guy is talking about Office 365"

He is talking about the web apps that hardly anyone uses. The vast majority of Office 365 users have a local Office 365 full package install.

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Re: AI requires an Internet connection

"offline Office is what we need."

Like Office Pro Plus 2019?

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mark the life of Slack for Windows Phone

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We already moved to Teams anyway.

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CIOs planning to snub Oracle for other cloudy vendors – analyst

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Re: Audits and Cloud Tax

"I don't know why anyone would move to MS SQL."

Well compared to Oracle, better security, lower cost of ownership, ease of development and far better integration would be significant reasons to move.

"Azure is a complete rip off too."

Compared to what? It's usually marginally cheaper than AWS for generally better performance.

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Re: Audits and Cloud Tax

"That PostgreSQL is used at all by yourselves just goes to show it's making inroads all over the place."

It isn't used by us. We ditched Oracle and have moved to AAG on SQL Server. However I have worked places where it is used, and it's generally niches where developers could do their own thing. Hardly anyone uses it in prod instead of Oracle or SQL Server. Market share is tiny, and few vendor systems support it.

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Re: How odd

"According to the latest gartner magic quadrant, azure has 4 billion run rate and AWS has 20 Billion. Ms dominating email in the cloud, but not much else."

Those figures are a bit out of date:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bobevans1/2018/04/27/microsoft-tops-amazon-in-q1-cloud-revenue-6-0-billion-to-5-44-billion-ibm-third-at-4-2-billion/

Azure is also consistently growing twice as fast as AWS. Microsoft have a lot more in cloud than just Azure - O365 for a start. They beat AWS in total cloud revenue over a year ago now.

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Re: Audits and Cloud Tax

"PostgreSQL for the heavy lifting and spatial databases, and SS for the sleepy databases where the app can use whatever platform."

Usually the other way round in enterprises. Postgres for the small developer driven stuff and SQL Server for the large mission critical stuff where performance and enterpeise support matters. All our trading platforms run on SQL Server as the underlying store.

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Re: How odd

"In contrast, 27 per cent chose Microsoft and 12 per cent opted for Oracle CTO Larry Ellison's cloudy nemesis Amazon."

Yep, it's the general consensus that after overtaking AWS in total cloud revenue run rate a year ago Microsoft will pretty soon overtake them in individual aspects like PAAS and SAAS too.

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"CIOs are planning to cut their spending with Big Red"

Since forever. Oracle doesnt have customers, it has prisoners.

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Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more

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Re: Treasury notes

"Chinese could imaginably ruin American economy by flooding the interest rates market with Treasury notes, which would push the yields up. It would cost them an arm and leg"

And America could simply say devalue the US Dollar by a factor of ten making that that debt worth much less.

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UN's freedom of expression top dog slams European copyright plans

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Re: Or to put it another way

"Big advertising (my sponsors) think that it will be too much hassle to try and stop theft, so we should make it legal. Big advertising (my sponsors) think that it will be too much hassle to try and stop theft, so we should make it legal."

Well, firstly copyright infringement is not theft. See here for the difference:

https://youtu.be/IeTybKL1pM4

And secondly its already illegal. This is purely about who has liability for enforcement. And as soon as you make it the companies that are basically jusr pipes to content, then loads of unrelated stuff is going to get censored by special interest groups, governments, etc or simply as collateral damage.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: Lots of comments about Google Maps,,,,

"won't the BASIC needs of many (most?) smartphone users be met?"

Well no because you have to root the phone to do that and many apps like banking and Samsung pay will then no longer work. For most users to be happy there should be a requirement that all crapware can be uninstalled not just Google's.

Unfortunately that's not the focus here and Google will likely be forced to allow OEMs to install what they like, and make Google apps optional. What this will almost certainly mean is instead of just Google's crapware, you will get a whole selection of crud from anyone that will pay for it. Rather like a Dell PC!

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Re: Pipe dream

"To be fair to Google, it's the third party ad companies that are by far the worst."

Which Google permits by preventing easy and effective advert blocking on Android. For instance https://block-this.com/ was removed from the Play store.

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Re: Pipe dream

"Google docs: Use another program. Microsoft has this one they've made in a bunch of different ways. They don't have to track you, because you pay for it. It's called office."

Actually if a web crapp will do then the Microsoft cutdown versions are free!

https://products.office.com/en-US/office-online/documents-spreadsheets-presentations-office-online

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Re: Banks

"Why would you want to detect rooting ?"

Because it usually means apps from outside the PlayStore can be installed. Which are more commonly full of malware.

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Re: I'm uncertain...

"but for a start don't use bing. It's called bing FFS! https://duckduckgo.com/?q=alternative+search+engines&t=canonical&ia=web"

But quite amusingly you point at DDG - which sources a lot of it's search data from Bing!

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Re: I'm uncertain...

"Basically, this is a very good thing. BUT...I quite like gmail. And the calendar is quite handy."

But you can't properly sync your phone calendar or contacts with Outlook which is what many people actually want because of Google's crappy rules, so that will be another thing forcing this open will hopefully fix.

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"But someone has to build the damn thing – and it's going to be a mammoth task."

And Google will likely be told by the EU to a) do exactly that, and / or b) let anyone else who wants to do that have access to GMS APIs too.

It will undoubtedly mean that we get vast amounts of other vendor crapware on new phones instead of The Borg's, but at least we will probably have a choice of alternatives to install.

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Office 365 celebrates National Beer Day by popping out for a pint

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MO141957 - Office 365 application connectivity issues

Status:

Service degradation

User impact:

Users may experience intermittent connectivity issues when accessing the service with the Outlook client and other apps.

Latest message:

Title: Office 365 application connectivity issues

User Impact: Users experienced intermittent connectivity issues when accessing the service with the Outlook client and other apps.

More info: Our monitoring indicates that web clients and mobile applications were not impacted by this issue. Word, Excel, and Power Point documents may have been affected by this issue if they're hosted on OneDrive for Business and were being opened from the associated client.

Final status: We reconfigured the way active service usage is balanced across the infrastructure and monitored service health to confirm impact remediation.

Scope of impact: This issue could have potentially affected any of your users intermittently if they were routed through the affected infrastructure.

Start time: Friday, June 15, 2018, at 12:40 PM UTC

End time: Friday, June 15, 2018, at 3:50 PM UTC

Preliminary root cause: A configuration issue caused active service usage to become unbalanced within the infrastructure.

Next steps:

- We're analyzing performance data and trends on the affected systems to help prevent this problem from happening again.

This is the final update for the event.

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Re: About Time MS were taken to task

"Then again, poor Redmond has to put up with piss poor Windows Update behavior"

For CBB that enterprises use you get 18 months from GA or 2 years from first release to update before you are out of support. Hardly unreasonable.

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Re: About Time MS were taken to task

"It clearly isn't available 365 days a year"

The SLA is 99.9%. So about 8 hours unplanned downtime a year or you get service credits. Evaluated on a monthly basis.

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Re: We're all good!

No packet loss for us in the UK via Megaport directly to O365 via Linx so suspect the issue was external to MS

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

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"And why on earth would the EU and USA sign tariff-free trade deals when you've essentially become a tax haven?"

Because a trade deal gives them some leverage on how that tax haven is accessible by their citizens.

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Re: easy come, easy go

"Gallileo, Gallileo"

In other news the UK will now be charging a £1 billion a year rental fee for the pretty much essential Gallileo uplink facilities in the Falklands and Ascension isles.

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Re: Brexit Schmexit and other Perverse Costly Abominations

"Gaelic is hardly dead or useless in Ireland or Scotland, despite 200+ years of draconian politically-driven attempts to eliminate it"

It is versus English. And pretty much anything else is more useful to learn even just inside the UK such as French, Spanish or German. Anyway there is nothing to stop someone choosing to learn Gaelic. The republicans wanted to force it on everyone which is never going to happen.

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Re: Brexit Schmexit and other Perverse Costly Abominations

"are allowed to continue drawing their benefits cheques for work they were elected to try and do at Stormont, but which they haven't signed in for for well over a year now"

That's mostly the fault of the republicans though, with never going to be acceptable policies like insisting on brits having to learn a near dead and close to useless foreign language in schools. And it was the republicans that broke up the assembly in the first place.

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Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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Re: Another Useless Change

"collaboratively working on a long document involves spending a at least 1 of every 5 minutes watching the modern spinning hourglass thing.

I have a Core i7 with 32 GB ram, twin SSD's and a Geforce 1080 card, not a slow machine, this is coupled with a >200mb cable broadband connection "

It's pretty near instant here with some very large and complex documents and spreadsheets on an ancient laptop. You have installed the full office 365 local client, right?

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Re: Why do I smell...

"if it isn't broke, don't fix it!"

if it isn't broken.

broke as an adjective ONLY means out of money.

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Cloud-in-a-box? Bo-ring! How about cloud-in-a-tank?

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Re: Hypervisor?

"why use Azure and not just HyperV (or VMWare) and avoid some added complexity?"

Because Azure stack runs pretty much any of the services on Azure too - it's not just a hypervisor. It's the only vendor with a true hybrid cloud option. So it's just load a container / configured image and go.

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Aladdin

"Yeah, seems to have been fixed already by Google..."

At least until it indexes this article anyway!

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Re: I may be mistaken but...

"The liability of a search engine proprietor, like Google, may well turn more on whether the search engine proprietor is able to bring itself within the defence of innocent dissemination"

At least until he told them about it and asked them to remove it presumably ?

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Rackspace starts renting its rack space

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"Now server kit is shrinking in size, power efficeient and requires less cooling"

Actually it's more commonly increasing in power density and requires more cooling per rack!

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Trademark holders must pay for UK web blocking orders – Supreme Court

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Re: Good decision

Good, good. Takes it off our bill. And makes the copyright cartels Pay Per Violation (PPV - now there is an acronym they should be familiar with!) that they want to block.

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AT&T gets clearance to devour Time Warner for $85 BEEEELION

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"Had failed to show how the combined tv and telco giants would substantially harm competition in the US market."

Presumably because there isn't any to harm.

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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Wo.men maybe?

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