* Posts by Phil Kingston

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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Another Microsoft US-only product/release/service/device/reward program. I know they *are* a US company but their international efforts are pretty poor.

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Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

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Re: Give people goals, and they'll try to game it.

They might not directly benefit. But they'd be less likely to be sacked for poor performance.

What I found interesting is that of the team of 5, only 1 remains in their post. If those who left before their disciplinary or were sacked have any doubts about who dobbed them in, they probably don't have to look far.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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Re: They have to be joking

There are some (niche) interesting use cases - architects and construction professionals being able to explore spaces, remote operation of machinery e.g. mining.

In the home though, can only think of games and "adult" entertainment.

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IBM makes meek apology for Oz #CensusFail, offers no fail detail

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Even if I tried for 24 hours straight I doubt I could come up with a more meaningless, waste of time, factless statement.

That's clearly been through multiple teams of lawyers before being let out.

Respect for IBM was already shot to pieces, this statement makes it worse.

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IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM

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I'd have hoped a leader would be concerned with informing his populace when the compulsory system will be back online and fit for purpose. Not trying to play the aggressive bully-boy with his mentions of rolling heads etc.

That said, heads must roll for this clusterf.

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Australia's privacy watchdog launches '#Censusfail' probe

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"The Register has asked the ABS how it can demonstrate no data was exfiltrated during the attacks, but has yet to receive a response"

They can't even demonstrate there was an attack(s)...

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#Censusfail aftermath: Here's what's happening inside Australia's board rooms this morning

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One hopes IBM's contract included some kind of refund for delivery failure so my tax dollars haven't just disappeared into their cloud.

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Australian national census fails in the IBM cloud

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Their Contact Us page seemed to fair better.

I used it to tell them that I tried to comply, they failed and they can stick any resultant attempt at issuing a fine into IBM's hole.

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Huawei P9 Plus: Leica-toting flagship gets a big brother

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Re: Twin lenses?

Iirc, one lens/sensor combo is monochrome only. Software uses that image to improve contrast/detail taken from the main lens. Not for stereoscopy.

Rumoured an iPhone 7 Pro will have a similar setup.

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

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Re: Microsoft is now in total control

Tbh, the only one of those I can see impacting anyone is 3. And that'd only impact support staff trying to fix an issue.

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Because the alternative would be a *shudder* Apple device.

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Re: Mansfield bars???

I guess that's the same rule book that covers being in control of your vehicle.

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Telstra's head of ops drops after network flops

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"has come to the realisation, with help or alone, that Telstra needs new leadership"

That's my phrase of the month now. Delicately put.

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We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

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Re: MH370 and MH17 were organised by the same people

"The fact that a Ukrainian or Polish pilot may have pulled the trigger is immaterial"

And wrong. Everyone knows Elvis did it.

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WA government still hopeless at infosec

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Not hopeless, we've just got to Wait Awhile

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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To be fair, the people involved in posting to their social media accounts are probably either too young, too coked, too technologically imparied (or a combination of all three) to have intentionally misled.

Another company comes a cropper for not having proper social media controls in place. Too caught up in the coolness of it all.

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Dolphin fans freak, blast browser's bumbling bundles of bloatware

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On the plus side...

...at least people are starting to take notice of apps that (try to) install unwanted crap and not just dumbly letting them install what they want.

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ZTE Axon 7: A surprise flagship contender

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Re: Little to dislike.. except for the non removable battery

I've still yet (in 15 years of smartphone ownership) to feel the need for a removable battery. Nor have i ever seen anyone make use of the feature.

I'm sure there are niche users who do use that feature though. But I can see why manufacturers prefer a smaller, easier to manufacture, better-looking device over a seldom-used feature.

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Evernote riles freetards with two-device limit

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Ain't nuttin for free.

But I think they've pitched too high with the prices. Comparing to Office 365 (with OneNote (and handily MS recently-released Evernote to OneNote importer)) I'd be signing up to Office 365 if I wasn't already.

Edit: Just realised you don't need Office to (currently) have OneNote for free.

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Queensland creep cops charged with snooping through police records

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It's OK though, all that metadata that your tax dollars are/will be paying ISPs to retain on your habits and will be available to many thousands of civil servants and their subcontractors without a warrant is perfectly safe. It won't be mis-used or accessed unnecessarily.

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Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

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Surely they didn't

...think it was OK to install remote access software on customer's PCs, fix something, then fail to uninstall it?

Their lawyers gonna be busy.

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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Re: Nice phone if you can get it repaired

Problem with that is that they'd have to know exactly which ones were nicked (and in retail, you never ever trust a stock list someone else made) and any sort of remote bricking for possible stolen units would harm only the current holder of the device - cue class actions for the manufacturer intentionally disabling a handset the current owner purchased for just $50 and didn't have any inkling was stolen, honest.

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Re: Speaking as a consumer ...

So be prepared to pay more for it - if the bundling of bloat helps subsidise the handset cost, then the cost will only increase if you want a clean device.

Or, you could search around for a clean device - there's plenty to choose from. An almost limitless variations if you're prepared to stick a 3rd party ROM on there.

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Microsoft's mobile device management meltdown

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Why the fuss?

In the scheme of things, the impact of a few hours of not being able to deploy new policies or change existing ones isn't a serious issue. Is it?

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AWS Sydney's outage shows the value of a walk in the cloud

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I always used to get nervous when I saw road works near the office during a period of inner-city regeneration - they'd be forever cutting cables.

And there's only so much you can (economically) do to have a resilient set-up - that office had redundant fibres out the building, down distinct conduits in opposite directions down the street. Sadly, they converged in one exchange. Which, when a bad flood meant cars were floating around it and smashing into its walls, didn't help much. C'est la vie.

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'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

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"When a new security threat is detected we will patch (via over the air) the system as soon as possible"

...until we go broke and leave customers with a locked-down device that can't and won't receive any updates.

That's how I read that anyway.

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One espresso is not theft, Oz judge rules, it's part of civilization

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I've seen an interesting comment elsewhere on this - along the lines of: are they to be denied tap water? And would use of the toilets constitute trespass?

Thankfully, common sense has prevailed. And I hope the crazy ass manager is a suitable laughing stock/has been brought down a peg or two.

That said, I suspect there's a back story that's not being revealed.

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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Re: It's the MS Signature Editions that are truely scary.

I tend to just unzip the exe of those hateful driver installers and drag out the driver files.

But users shouldn't have to do that.

The more the manufacturers are called out on all theie crap, the better.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Wow.

I'd have not left that Microsoft store until they'd handed over a (shown-working) new unit.

That support story is horrific.

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Vish Nandlall exits Telstra CTO role

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Hmmm. They only started checking the CV after 21 months? And after several well-published outages?

In my experience, the HR drones only start going back through CVs when asked to because someone's looking for a good reason to unburden themselves of a troublesome employee. Or to let them carry the can.

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Telstra's confession to DNS-messin' explains broadband borkage

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Might be a good year to be in the change management training/simulation/lab-building/kit-supplying/report-writing sector.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Still,

I might be able to pick up a few 950's in the bargain bin soon.

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

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And Space scrolls down.

At least for the moment. Until Google decide that's too confusing as well.

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Re: Finally!

Not sure it was so dumb.

But I am sure I'm going to have some pain convincing some of my users that the "better" replacement is to press ALT+Left Arrow. At. The. Same. Time.

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As an avid Backspace user, I'll be sad to see this function go.

Never had an issue losing form data with it either.

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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

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Re: Modular

Yep, very much so. But the marketing dudes need to keep inventing new terms like "composable" and getting their interns to run up some funky new PowerPoints and sales material so as we think we're getting something newer and shinier.

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Telstra's horror run continues with TITSUPs on three networks

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It used to be that if you wanted reliability and coverage you paid the bit more and went Telstra.

Seems to be becoming apparent they weren't using that money to invest in a continuous improvement of technology. Still, I guess the shareholders were pleased to get some dividends.

Telstra's reputation is currently where Vodafail's was a couple of years back. Anecdotally there's a lot of individuals and businesses questioning why they're paying a premium for a non-premium network now. H2's gonna be churntastic.

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Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

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Re: Loyalty cards?

If they're just barcode ones, there's plenty of apps to help you store them all on your phone.

Dependent on your screen and the scanner type, they don't always scan, but the assistant can just type the number in for you and you still get your points. Without a separate wallet to remember on shopping trips.

Personally, I use one called mobile-pocket as it seemed to be the only one that worked reliably and had an easy backup/restore to survive ROM/device changes without having to scan all the cards in again.

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Re: Excellent news

Yep. If it makes the coffee queue in front of me move quicker, I'm all for it.

Initial purchase of a prepaid card can be done anonymously for those who fancy it.

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Raspberry Pi Zero gains a camera connector

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Re: expensive

Yep, a second NIC and I'd be all over trying one as a firewall.

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Google tries social again

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Re: Google should concede they can't do everything

Google's track record of failure, or at least of closed-down products, is pretty long - several dozen IIRC.

I fear this one will go the same way as buzz, wave, plus and all the others.

They definitely do seem to have this desire to keep straying from their core business and hoping something sticks. Social search history ain't gonna be it though.

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Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

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Re: Dell - Really !!!!!

I'd hope the Enterprise services and hardware bits of Dell are at arm's length from their consumer laptops then.

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Roll your own Office Online

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Priced sensibly, I can see that carving a sizable niche.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Their "engineers" might be better utilised correcting the pricing on their website.

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Microsoft sets Feb 2017 date to kill last SHA-1 zombies

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

If I used Windows...

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Get out much?

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Government tips last dollars into NBN

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Re: Greed and Corruption

Whilst nbn may be a continuing shambles (and who saw that coming!?!), surely the last thing we need is another few million chucked at a toothless, pointless Royal Commission?

With the number of Royal Commissions being called for/set-up, I'm surprised there's anyone available to participate on them. I keep expecting my cat to be called up to sit on the commission.

Whilst the aim was ambitious and laudable, the politics at play in such a large project were always going to screw it over.

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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Perhaps they, I dunno, thought it better to get an injured person and themselves away from an obviously dangerous situation?

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Kaspersky cracks CryptXXX, throws lifeline to ransomware victims

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Not *that* John Snow, surely?

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Duct tape old mattresses to the front of trams.

Job done.

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