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Grumbling about wobbly Windows 10? Microsoft can't hear you over the clanging cash register

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Re: Conditioning.

"If there comes concrete evidence that a Windows Update broke something (like a a life-support machine)"

And medical and laboratory equipment is setup by default to not update

So if it did then it is clearly the fault of the manuf or the person installing it.

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Re: Conditioning.

@camehereforthis

Have one from me - succinctly put

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: Lets Get Real

"The UK does not have a statute of limitations for most criminal offences, although it does for minor offences like speeding."

Speeding does not constitute a criminal offence in UK law. The non payment of fines resulting from the offence can

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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: Microsoft use a lot of glue

The argument that because glue is used the aircraft are suddenly more disposable is facile

Simple fact is aircraft become more and more efficient every iteration, airlines will do whatever they can to gain a few extra nautical miles for the same poundage of fuel.

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Re: Microsoft use a lot of glue

You cant comment on quality because they use glue,

For many years now glue has been a major component on civil and military aircraft

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

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Re: A powerful sense of dread

Advanced technology PMSL

"They" are people who (in a forum which has nothing whatsoever to do with Linux), insist in posting about what version or mint (other Linux variants are available) they have.

And scared of Linux - I use both windows and Linux FYI - each as their place

(advance technology my rear).

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Re: A powerful sense of dread

"So no wonder I spend 80% of my computer time on my efficient little refurbed ThinkPad T450 running Linux Mint."

they just cant help themselves can they

yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Re: How can I put this?

"@StargateSg7

Are you BombasticsBobs evil twin?"

that's.... BombasticBob isn't it ? The evil part is the one who WRITES IN CAPS every few words

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It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

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Re: £150m deal was signed with Microsoft to update systems to Windows 10

"for THAT! MUCH! they could have RE!-WRITTEN! every windows-only application to RUN! ON! LINUX! and *THEN* switched EVERYTHING over to Linux, and would have had MONEY LEFT OVER afterwards."

Bob, that much money wouldn't have made an ounce of difference.

I work in a clinical environment, a lot of the laboratory instruments I support are old - but they still work.

The majority of them are XP, with a smattering of Win7, Win10, W95, WFWG, W98, DOS

to bring those up to modern standards would necessitate the purchase of brand new instruments, some costing northwards of £600K. The failure at the NHS IMHO was in not separating those devices with elderly O\S's into VLans and protecting them from the big wide world as we have done.

Its not just the cost of buying the things, its the qualification, training and everything else you need to add on to it as well.

And an FYI - out of nearly 1000 instruments, only 1 is Linux and we keep that well away from our networks, oh, there's an android one too but we don't talk about that

Actual history ....... not in a clinical environment.

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Re: £150m deal was signed with Microsoft to update systems to Windows 10

"So you call up scanner company and say "How much do you need from us to build a Linux version, or fix the windows version to run reliably under Wine" ?"

You try getting a GPIB card to run under wine

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Why even touch user folders?

"Instead of copying everyone's files to give to the NSA they accidentally cut them. The fix is identify which files are yours and give you a copy back.

</Smug penguin>"

To use a previous users post with a small modification:-

If this was a story about a failure at Linux then your post would have merit. As it is it's just infantile.

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30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black

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I was at Space Camp watching the first launch after the twin towers went down (couldn't get any closer), when the main engines ignited every cell in my body was instantly vibrating - that and the instant daylight it created were awe inspiring.

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Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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Re: 'Figuratively trace your digital steps and find what you were looking for'

"More like 'trace your digital steps and find what Microsoft was looking for'.... Tracking how you use your phone to try and stay relevant. Microsoft boss: 'Privacy is a human right' - My A$$!"

Tin hats available in aisle 2

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Re: "there isn’t a lot in it"

"Is your wife self-employed, a contractor or similar? Otherwise, why is it your problem?"

Agreed, in most companies letting the employees partner (or anyone outside the company) mess about with how the PC is set up is grounds for a disciplinary, in some companies switching off updates where a PC doesn't receive a security update could be construed as gross misconduct.

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Blueprint of modern construction can be found in a tech cluster... of 19th century England

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Re: And not that far away...

A friend of mine used to live in Glyndyfrdwy, used to love being over there and watching all the steam trains whiz past the bottom of his garden.

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WLinux brings a custom Windows Subsystem for Linux experience to the Microsoft Store

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"Try as I might, I simply can't conceive of any circumstance when I would want to do this."

Then why comment ?

If something isn't for me I keep quiet - many out there will have a tinker with this, many wont.

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: designed entirely BY computer

Falklands seems like yesterday, 36 hour shifts converting Vulcans into flight refueling platforms

Still got my tie somewhere - I guess if my ex boss is alive he will still have his OBE

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Re: 777?

Never flew on a comet but I did a few times on the Nimrod variant which I worked on at BAe Woodford, such a shame to see them take chainsaws to them the other year - I fitted the flight refueling probe to many of them.

Dan Dare used to fly the first HS 748 for many years (G-ARAY).Gary was housed in the back sheds at Manchester airport.

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

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Re: Eroding end user choice and control

Again I see people bemoaning user choice being eroded - the simple fact is lots are still choosing Microsoft products - you cant argue for choice then whinge when people don't choose what you want them to.

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Re: Testing

"Using telemetry to see which users goof off all day on buzzfeed and flag them as the first to get the updates"

Tinfoil hats in aisle 2

Boring

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HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline

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"TV Licensing is run by Capita; 'nuff said."

And we are forced by our government to use them or face a fine !!!!

The joys of privatisation

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Re: Java

"I have found a link on the current status of Java dependency in LO and it seems very little"

"Very little" - so it does

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Re: There is no market for free software

"My apologies, it wasn't me last week but point taken. I will not even start on Linux v Windows, ever!"

wish the penguinistas would take that view

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Florida Man laundered money for Reveton ransomware. Then Microsoft hired him

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Re: Lost it

"Bashing Microsoft is never tedious, a lot of us can not get enough of it."

I'll change that to "Sad" then instead of tedious

some people should go out and get themselves a life

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Re: Lost it

"He would probably earned more money from Microsoft's criminal activities if he'd only waited."

Tedious

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: @Steve K

"+ Oric-1/Atmos"

still got my Oric 1 (it still works but I don't have a working tape player to load anything with), alas my Atmos disappeared long ago

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Re: Lots of companies run Linux including Google

"This isn't about what's best, it's about who has the biggest brown envelope fund."

accusing the public officials who made the decision of taking bribes there ????????

Citation (relevant to this) needed - or a retraction

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Re: Lots of companies run Linux including Google

I remember from years gone by

Linux aficionados saying it should be about choice

They chose - get over it

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All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

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"So... a Dyson?"

No more mains powered ones being made, imagine the number of recharges needed - impractical IMHO

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Re: Memories

I have 3 out there I have to look after, still going strong, hardest part if finding spares for the PC's

managed to virtualise some of the instruments that use Ethernet or USB connections, the ones with bespoke cards are the issue

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Re: Memories

"At least some of the Greybeards here, must remember the battles that arose from IRQ confilicts..."

remember them !!

I was having one with a Win98 install last year - a 15 year old GC (that's gas chromatograph) that only runs with software written for Win 98. The card causing me all the problems had memory settings set by dip switches on the board.

Hardest part wasn't getting it working, it was getting my brain remembering to remember what id not done in so many years.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: micro$oft despises me as much as I despise them, they despise all of us.

as soon as I see micro$oft I expect the ire rather than reasoned argument - and it comes

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"Try Linux. Once I did, I never looked back "

ARRGGGHHHHHHH

Was this article about Linux or MS?????

Once again it has been hijacked by the penguins

they are like some nasty disease, out they come again

WE KNOW - STFU!!!!

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NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry

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Re: Valuable comments

"The root problem is the ubiquitous use of Microsoft Windows in medical devices connected to the Internet."

Wrong !!!!

wouldn't matter what the product is (but get your Microsoft bash in anyway)- ALL medical products are exempted from updates regardless of the OS - a change to a simple DLL file (or similar) could change the way an algorithm works and could at worst case kill somebody.

ALL such devices should be off a network which has connections to the internet, USB ports should be locked down, and if sharing the same switches etc. locked down VLans should be used. 90% of the 1000 + PCs I look after are patched to the installation date and never updated afterwards - we keep them away from the wild for this very reason. Simple to say update the kit but when a replacement instrument can cost £600k +, and the one you have works perfectly well......

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Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

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Re: re: and securely connects to an Azure-hosted backend.

"Does MS think we are blathering idiots...?"

many do

tinfoil hats 2 for one in aisle 2

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'Disappearing' data under ZFS on Linux sparks small swift tweak

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Re: Some multi-billion dollar corporations.....

"Some multi-billion dollar corporations can't even fixed severe security issues that puts millions of users at risk within 90 days...."

and that's relevant to this post how ???????????????

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Agreed TonyJ

naff all to do with MS but the self defensive remark to start with.

Mind you, posts about Microsoft have nothing to do with Linux but it doesn't shut them up

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Re: All code is written by offshore idiots to the lowest price

talk about copy and paste

pasted entire comment from another thread

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2018/04/05/netus_eeg_vulnerabilities/

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Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

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whilst companies are run by .......

accountants \ idiots \ both (delete as applicable), they will still continue to farm out data storage into the "Cloud".

Its bout time companies realise that saving a few quid today could cost them heavily in the future.

Bring it all back in house, then you only have yourself to blame - data is often the life blood of a company, its too valuable to let someone else have control over it.

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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Re: Violation of national sovereignty

"Can we pass a law in Westminster saying that our citizens can help themselves in US shops? Or that a speed limit of 70 mph applies on US motorways to English people?"

I think we should

the US embassy in London refused to pay the congestion charge on the grounds of diplomatic immunity, but UK embassy staff in the US don't have that luxury as they have to pass through toll booths.

Data held in servers in the EU should be subject to EU law only - but in reality we know that the US will never respect that nor any other laws that they don't pass.

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Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

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The do the training out of normal hours (don't want to scare the other shoppers when some person from the casualties union appears in full makeup http://www.casualtiesunion.org.uk/ )

you can bet your life though all parties know in advance and they have people on standby in case things go awry

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Re: What? More Windows 10 bumf?

Linux has something worse

whining penguins (they will make more noise than even the noisiest of case fans)

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Re: Fucking idiots

Have a pint OffBeatMammal

exactly my point on here, Microsoft does it - out come the penguins on a rant

anyone else does it - silence

and yes, no year of Linux on the desktop - thank goodness - Id hate to have to consult the whining masses when I have a tricky issue, esp. one that involves integration in a Microsoft environment

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Windows 10 S to become a 'mode', not a discrete product

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Re: @John Brown - @wallaby - Passed through the BS -> English translator

"As for what you call rounded IT experience with these devices, you must be joking."

this is my point, regardless of how bad something is \ you may think it is, kids should be exposed to the whole range of computing experiences (my only caveat there is the price of Apple products and the limited budgets of many schools) .

My main issue with these forums is that the (currently) most ubiquitous platform (namely any Microsoft platform) is frequently derided here and according to a lot of the whiners should be eradicated.

There is a frequent cry that business etc. should be allowed to choose something other than Microsoft, and you know what - they have chosen. You may not like their choice but they have the right to make it, you may say its putting money into the pockets of the behemoth that Microsoft became, but they chose it - the simple thing is the vast majority of people don't want a kit of parts they have to sling together themselves, they want a pc they can switch on, do what they need to do and in that process never once resort to having to type unless its a message to someone or a line in a search engine.

There is a place for all O\S's out there, when you call for people to choose and they choose the one you don't like, respect their decision - and stop whining.

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Re: ... Microsoft Store ...

"It'll be the "year of Linux on the desktop" any day now."

You missed the icon

added it for you

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Re: Passed through the BS -> English translator

"You should use Linux as an option ......."

And turn our children into a generation of whiners...... god forbid

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Re: ... Microsoft Store ...

"I got myself a Ticket to Ride at the Linux Store, they call it FOSS."

Oh FFS, they cant help themselves can they

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Oh honey! Oxfordshire abuzz with reports of a MEEELLION bees stolen

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they should bee-hive themselves

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Re: Nice idea, but...

"just keep the glass tilter"

for hand pulled cask !!!!!!!

glass should be vertical at all times, sparkler (or not - for the heathen southern jessies) should be firmly against the bottom of the glass in the centre. Every cask is different requiring a different pull technique.

If I were drinking lager and someone poured me a glass with a head that big in the clip I'd be sending it back for a top up

(former winner of numerous CAMRA awards).

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