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1653 posts • joined 3 Jan 2014

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.

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Alibaba pulls dust covers off its new London cloud presence

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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.

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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?

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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.

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UK.gov 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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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Re: Amazon’s sexist AI

Other problem is causality. Do people of certain backgrounds do badly because of their background or due to how they're treated by other employees who don't share their background?

I wrote a ML model for a customer as part of some personal training. For their recruitment, I could reduce the percentage of employees leaving in the first year by 50% with no false positives. If you could accept a few false positives, the percentage was way higher.

It was a purely black box approach (regression failed), so impossible to tell what was triggering the decision. Even I had enough sense to never use the model though as the inputs were religion, race, marital status, sex, age, smoking status (they were all we had).

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Microsoft reveals xlang: Cross-language, cross-compiler and coming to a platform near you

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Re: Only Microsoft can kill Windows (Win32)

Probably best to ignore this one too. There'll be something else arriving in a couple of years.

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World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing

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Re: Make UK resellers liable

Make it illegal to sell stuff without certification. Make the reseller legally responsible for confirming their products are certified. For ebay/Amazon make the site that hosts the sale responsible.

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Re: XM is an OEM company

Resellers don't have the ability or finance to do this. We have kite-marks for electrical goods, need a similar idea for anything internet connected. That way the vendor pays.

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: An untested fix to an untested feature

Microsoft need to dig out the old memo from the days of XP that led to MS focussing on code quality and security. I think it was lost just after Windows 7 along with the memo about UI design.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Calls and Email

Yep. I could cope with not being able to send email. Just reading would be enough. If I need to reply, I can use a tablet or something with a proper keyboard. I find it much easier to concentrate on what I'm writing if I can touch type.

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: Whoops.

When did Tom Baker have sex change?

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Re: Whoops.

Surprised it's not 99%+. I took a look as part of a social media course. Never used again. I think that Google will secretly be pleased to be able to shut it down.

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SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec

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Re: Wonder what Louis Rossmann thinks about Apple's dick move

Car manufacturers used to do exactly that. To maintain your warranty you had to have servicing done at a main dealer for the first few years. It's no longer allowed, but only because the law changed.

Didn't stop people buying cars, nor did one of the car makers break ranks to promote their flexibility.

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The only way is up, baby: IBM UK sales down, profit down, headcount down

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Re: Possibly unsurprising…

Depends upon your business and where it's heading. If you're in a downward spiral and all your customers and employees hate you, you might as well just maximise profit by cutting costs and screwing your customers and employees.

Oracle are pastmasters at this. IBM too. SAP are learing rapidly.

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Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android

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Re: Re-use; buy; build

Don't you just hate competition!

I've never heard of SideSync. It may be great, but they need to sort out their marketing.

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Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

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Newspapers making big deal of 1st woman for over 50 years

I hope this doesn't herald the start of 50:50 for nobel prizes.

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Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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Re: Sync

It was called XMarks. Hidden away, but worked well.

Sadly, LastPass bought it, then dropped it.

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Building your own PC for AI is 10x cheaper than renting out GPUs on cloud, apparently

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Re: The Cloud..

Cloud's great if you have a very variable workload. Imagine running an online retailer on a single rented server. You get a review in the Sunday Times and your website crashes. Lots of lost business. Cloud would be able to cope automatically.

Anything else it's just expensive.

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Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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Neo-colonialism? Surely the martians were already there?

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Microsoft tries a thinking cap on its cloud – voila, Dynamics 365 gets AI!

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Last thing CRM needs is more stuff

As a MS Partner, we get CRM as part of Action Pack. Too slow, too complex, too much. Now switching to cheapo CapsuleCRM. Will have to pay, but does what we need.

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Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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Um, digital signatures for the last 20 years?

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Re: Easy for internal

And who confirms receipt? How do you know there's paper? what happens when they move the printer?

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Re: Dangerous

Most hospitals won't even confirm receipt of a fax. If you're trying to refer a patient, that's dangerous.

Fax machines are kept in unmonitored rooms - that's dangerous.

Fax machine numbers change without notice - that's dangerous.

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: Definition of fake news

When will politicians learn that insulting people who voted for your opponent isn't the way to change minds.

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It also says a lot about the alternative and how desperate some people were.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: Emergency call

And don't forget, if it's been a long day, the battery's flat so it can't call any body.

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Re: redefining what a watch can do for you

>> Can I use it to tell the time?

Only for the first 18 hours apparently.

GPS reduces that to a mere 6 hours. Not unusual for me to use GPS for best part of 8 hours when hiking, think I'll stick to my trusty Samsung and Garmin.

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It's here! Qualcomm's new watch chip is finally here! Oh, uh, never mind

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Nobody cares

Android watch wear whatever is a horrid mess. It's the Windows Phone of watches. Should be taken round the back and shot.

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x86 marks the spot: Dell reports upswing, keeps mum on going public

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Refusing to comment

If they're about to go public, wouldn't it be illegal to tell anyone until the official announcement? Just guessing.

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Cloudera and MongoDB execs: Time is running out for legacy vendors

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Re: Strongly beholden to the millenial vibe

I did a job where we had to convert the SQL result to XML for transport, then back again to a usable result set. Effing stupid idea foisted on me by a CV stuffing project manager.

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Re: The SQL Empire Strikes Back

I spend most of my life querying SQL databases. I can't remember the last time anything new went to Oracle. If the database is application specific, it's normally MS SQL. If it's not, then it's MySQL or PostgreSQL depending upon the age of the application. I get the feeling that there's less MySQL these day too, possibly due to the Oracle ownership.

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Re: Christine Keeler moment?

Yes, remember now. It was the image of the chair that distracted me

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Christine Keeler moment?

They would say that wouldn't they.

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Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle

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Re: What a rubbish survey

It could also have been worded '2/3 of SIM only customers plan to change to a bundle', which would make bundles look really popular.

Like you say - crap stats.

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UK-based Veritas appliance support is being killed off

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FTFY

New teams in theUSA and India to handle customer cases

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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>> I do not need DropBox Plus, nor OneDrive.

Then don't buy it!

I use Office 365 extensively with OneDrive as part of MS Partner Pack. If I had to leave the Partner Program and drop back to a personal licence, I certainly would. Just a pain you can't increase the storage beyond 1TB.

This stuff isn't difficult. If you want it, buy it. If you don't, buy something else. Just stop shouting about your preference as if it's the only valid choice for everyone.

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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Re: "Now all Intel can do is watch from the sidelines"

ARM From China? I think you meant Japan. I'm pretty sure Softbank would sell if the price was right.

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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Re: The return of front page

Can we have the scrolling, animated text back?

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A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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Re: But we're taking about games here

Perhaps a better comparison would be the margins in retail stores?

Or for software sold through distribution?

Gross margins in both cases are normally higher than 30% even with the amount of competition on the high street.

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal: Directors quit, new sack effort started

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Legal expenses

Lots of people have successfully paid for legal expenses through crowd funding...

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?

Oddly, if you look at our history BEFORE we joined the EEC, it was a lot better. Jump Jet, Hovercraft, transistor etc etc.

Going forward, nobody can really know, but it's up to the likes of us.

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