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1690 posts • joined 3 Jan 2014

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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I still don't see how detecting phishing sites is seen purely as a function of the browser. No end of 3rd party products do the same thing. Even my router has a paid for option that blocks stuff.

UK spam-texting tax consultancy slapped with £200k fine

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Next time

Put another 0 on the fine and make the directors criminally liable.

Other than that, well done.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Big Brother

It would be interesting to do a 1984 TV Series, but updated for current technology. Instead of a telescreen, we'd have one of the google or Amazon screens that are so widely used.

TV watching monitored. Websites/wikipedia edited as needed rather than going to all the fuss of changing paper. Books instead of being recalled just updated on your kindle.

For current life, all we'd really need to add are microphones to the current CCTV systems.

Scary part would be millenials not understanding what the fuss is about.

Then we could do Brave New World. Very similar parallels.

Microsoft to rule the biz chat roost – survey

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Re: None of the above.

>> Just create an IRC channel on EfNet or Freenode

That's handy. Next time a customer wants to start a Skype meeting, I'll send them the details.

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Re: None of the above.

Handy when you want to talk to yourself...

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: Does it despense vast amounts of bog rool??

From my student attempts at Barley Wine, also needs some air freshener.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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It's amazing to think there are only 12 months between Wolfenstein and Doom. I wish we could still see leaps like that.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: This sh*t again?

I'm a happy firefox user, but have to accept that it's in decline. I see plenty of companies that still use IE. I see plenty that have standardised on Chrome. I'm yet to see one that uses FireFox or Edge as the desktop standard.

It's the wobbly Microsoft service sweepstake! If you have 'Teams', you've won a lifetime Slack sub

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Re: Who would notice?

Definitely one of the worst User Interfaces of all time. Still not sure if it's possible to start a meeting immediately rather than have to muck about scheduling.

Other than the UI and reliability, it's great!!

GOPwned: Republicans fall victim to email hack

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Re: The Russians are Coming!!!

You make a good point in a poor way. I'm assuming that's the reason for so many down votes.

The Russians don't really care about the results of any election or referendum. They just want to stir up trouble. Sadly, they're doing a good job.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Don't worry. Looking at the #toosexyfortumblr on Twitter, it looks like it only blocks white flesh! You'll just need go multicultural.

Accenture in doghouse after NHSmail mass outage cuts off 1m+ UK health staff

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Re: £1.50 per month

>>> Also, just because *YOU* didn't experience an outage, doesn't mean it hasn't had a lot of them affecting a lot of people.

So anecdotes criticising MS are ok, but those saying that they're doing OK aren't?

In 3 years of Office 365 & Azure use, the only problem I've experienced was a shortage of capacity in Azure UK South when first opened. MS are far from perfect, but not as bleak as painted by Linux Mint users who dropped Windows 5 years ago.

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£1.50 per month

That's all it would cost to just use Office 365 Kiosk licences. I'm sure they'd get a bulk discount.

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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Re: I did use Edge...

By adverts, I think the OP is referring to all the crap displayed when you start the browser, not the adverts shown as part of web pages.

In terms of UI, there is one good bit - the scroll bars don't keep disappearing. If only that were true of the rest of Windows 10.

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Re: Begone foul beast :o)

It's strange to think back to IE4 and how well the UI worked (security is another matter). It also just looked a lot nicer than Netscape.

Then they stopped. Strange channels in IE5, then just tidying up.

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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They need to tell the truth in the adverts

Instead of showing casual games and cute stuff, they need to admit that the only current uses of VR/AR are in Business (well done Microsoft) and porn (not sure who's winning there).

OneDrive Skype integration goes live aaand... OneDrive falls over in Europe

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I'm wondering if there are two versions of Office 365. I've never had any problems with Exchange online of OneDrive. I'm using it via MS Action Pack so have an E3 subscription. Not sure if that makes a difference?

Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231

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Re: Norfolk

If she was related to all her colleagues (quite likely in Norfolk), was this still a crime?

Bedroom design outfit slapped with £160k fine for 1.6 million spam calls

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Re: Just the cost of doing business

10p per call. It used to cost that much just to make a call!

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

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Schrodingers Email?

My email appears to be working fine (O365), but I have no idea if anything is failing to arrive due to MS problems.

I've been waiting for a customer in Spain to reply since 11am. Not sure if MS problem, or just extended siesta.

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

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Automating the 7 boxes is just the start. My accountant says that transaction level will be next.

Frustratingly, I keep hearing people saying that the ONLY solution is to go cloud for accounts. I'm one of the few small businesses genuinely filing digitally and it saves me all of 30 seconds every quarter. No, I'm not using cloud software - I'd like my data to still be there even when I stop paying.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Horses for courses

I'm sure I'm not alone in using a proper PC for work (multiple screens and proper keyboard).

A convertible or laptop for proper email or a bit of Word when away from the desk.

A cheap tablet for browsing on the sofa.

Where I'm different is that I use my mobile phone for telephone calls!

A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing

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Re: E-mail Client

Mouseover can also be dangerous. With the daft idea of allowing unicode in urls, we now have the problem of multiple characters appearing directly. There are some scarily good paypal fake emails where the p is actually a russian character.

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Could you help us all out by providing your email address?

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Re: n before g

All that horrible use of 'off of' instead of 'from' and you focus on a typo?

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

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Shame to see it end like this.

I went from WP 5 to 6 to 8 to 8.1 to 10. Apart from the 'app gap' 8.1 and 10 were great (especially 8.1). If only MS would just open source the OS, then maybe someone would pick it up. Sadly, I think MS would be embarassed by the code quality.

How one programmer's efforts to stop checking in buggy code changed the DevOps world

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'Unimpressed by Oracle'

Not sure if he's being incredibly diplomatic, sarcastic or master of the understatement!

Ex-Microsoft manager sues former coworkers and Windows giant over claims of sex assault, gender discrimination

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Re: Interesting post-employment ban

In the UK, it would be termed something along the lines of 'restraint of trade'. You can say that someone can't work for a competitor or customer for a short period of time, but nothing more than that. Difficult to enforce unless the person's in a senior position too.

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: Use cases

The modern equivalent of those shatterproof rulers that a generation of school children broke into two pieces by bending all the time.

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Re: Is this a joke? It must be a joke...


UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: "Why a copy of Office is needed on a PC tasked with showing line information is anyone’s guess"

You missed the bit about the 30,000 lines being undocumented and written by a temp who left 5 years ago. to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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Re: Awesome...

Whereas using electoral fraud as a means to get your candidate elected (Tower Hamlets), is more acceptable?

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Why

You can't take business waste to your local recycling centre, you have to pay. I work from home, but still remove all company related address labels before anything goes in the bin or for recycling. Otherwise there are some nasty fines.

Sadly, when the government introduces business charges for disposal of waste, they haven't got the sense to realise that it just increases fly tipping.

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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Re: A tiny step in the right direction

All new taxes tend to start low. Think about the tax on insurance policies, or even National Insurance.

Once they see what impact the 2% has, it will slowly increase.

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Sounds like all the people who have been complaining about multi-nationals not paying their fair share of tax are now complaining about the cost being passed to them personally.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Re: Who's gonna buy it?

They dodged the really difficult question - what to do when they find that the cameras are better at detecting paler people.

Alibaba pulls dust covers off its new London cloud presence

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Re: Just no

>>> You don't do much business in China then?

Um no. I have a company-wide block on .cn email. I've also blocked a whole load of Chinese IP ranges to avoid hacks. Same for Russia and a few other unsavoury countries.

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Just no

Cloud, China, uncertain pricing.

That certainly cuts down the list of likely customers. I guess some civil servant will be ready for a big Alibaba cloud project followed by a move to the private sector to work for Alibaba.

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: anti-crime

For an anti-crime, in the early days of home Internet, I had a firewall that would report the IP address of people supposedly trying to hack me. It was normally just that they had a badly configured PC or virus. If they were running Windows 9x, it was easy enough to browse their PC and leave messages on the Start menu about updating their security.

No idea if anyone ever read the messages though.

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: LLAMA is your friend.

The old Blackberries vibrated so loudly I didn't need a ringtone even if the phone was in a different room.

Maybe one day we'll have custom vibrations?

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

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Re: 128GB?

My SP4 Pro also has a Micro SD slot, so easy enough to move your documents to that. I assume the 5 & 6 have the same. to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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I've not seen a proper definition of porn either. How much nudity do you need, or is it just what they do? One man's sex-scene is another man's outrageous porn.

Are we saying the 18 rated violence is ok?

Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

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Re: I'm just wondering

Hopefully, they've made such a mess of the updates that the people at the top may take notice. It's worked before.

HP dangles subscription hardware at power users

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

Slightly different in the UK. We get a capital allowance which means you can claim the whole value against tax in year 1 while maintaining the balance sheet value of the asset with a balancing value.

There's a limit, but it's higher than most small businesses need to worry about.

For larger companies, it's still easier to slip a monthly fee of £150 through budget approvals than a one off very expensive laptop.

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: Last time

I have 3031. Please have another from me to help you catch up.

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Last time

Last time it was this bad was in the early days of XP/Windows 2000. Microsoft's solution then was to stop introducing new functionality outside of major releases. Worked a charm.

This time, I think they'll just double down and hope for the best.

The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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You're forgetting something

At the moment, Amazon Business is just awful. I signed up to it as we already have Prime and you can link your personal account to a Business account.

Payment by Invoice is a joke. You have to enter the invoice number as the payment reference. The invoice number is normally longer than the reference you're able to enter at the bank.

Credits aren't automatically allocated. You have to email Amazon telling them which invoice needs to be credited.

Any problems? Forget trying to call - straight though to India.

For a small business, you're much better of using the established resellers.

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Re: It smells a bit like Pocket

They say only 0.01% of sessions use RSS. What percentage use Pocket? Surely lower?

Amazon's sexist AI recruiter, Nvidia gets busy, Waymo cars rack up 10 million road miles

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Re: Add Sex and Race Normalization to the AI

Doesn't work. You then adjust for religion. Then social background. Then sexuality. Then education (those nasty private school-educated).

Eventually you get to the point where you might as well just draw them out of a hat.

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Re: AI Recruitment

You should try talking to some contractor agencies about jobs in IT. My dog could do a better job.

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