* Posts by Zippy's Sausage Factory

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Can you imagine Facebook, Apple, Google or other big companies liking this?

No, neither can I. Especially if people start asking them on social media whether they've made changes to accommodate the law...

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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Depends when it was in my view

If it was when he was 18 and he's now 35, then it's probably irrelevant.

If it was last week, on the other hand...

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Interesting

The fact that SQL now runs outside of Windows suggests to me that the Windows server market is dying and MS are trying to stay in the database game.

I could be wrong, of course, but everything I've seen the last couple of years suggests to me that MS are preparing for a scenario where they don't make operating systems any more. (Maybe the MBAs have crunched the numbers and reckon that if everyone ran Linux they'd make more money?)

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Good luck finding a PC with more than 2GB RAM these days

Seriously, going into Worten they're nearly all 2GB. Literally one that was 2GB that I saw.

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Happy days for second-hand smartphone sales

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@Dropbear - Blackberry Privs looked good to me. Alas I'd already tied myself into the iPhone walled garden when it came out...

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

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Re: Not likely

Cadbury's is owned by Mondelez and if you scan recent news, they have already said they will be doing the same v soon.

Sorry about that.

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Why Oracle's Larry Ellison shelled out $9bn for NetSuite

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Oracle must stop NetSuite growing too much?

Doubtful. I'd be surprised if it's not NetSuite's growth potential Oracle really wanted, to be honest. If it cannibalises existing products that's not such a bad thing from Big Red's point of view - it keeps them migrating to SalesForce or someone else and keeps the money going into Big Red's pockets and not someone else's...

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'F*cking crap' aside, Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.9 is coming along nicely

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Re: Linus Torvalds

Oh good. Because now I'm going to be hearing Peter Capaldi every time I read a Linus Torvalds quote. And when I finally get around* to watching his episodes of the eponymously-titled time travel soap, he's going to be Dr Who as well.

* Maybe never. We're doing a fill watch through and right now we're halfway through Jon Pertwee. Plus we'll have to double back and fill in Power of the Daleks some time soon as well...

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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There's one bit of good news though

There's a lot more people with dual citizenship in the UK now because of a potential Brexit. And I think over the next year the rest will get there - Irish mainly, but other countries. Wasn't there a rumour Farage had applied for dual German* citizenship recently?

* his wife is German, not trying to start any conspiracy theories

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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If it has a 3.5mm headphone jack

Then it just might be my next phone...

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Google drops a zero-day on Microsoft: Web giant goes public with bug exploited by hackers

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There are bugs in Word 2016 that have been around since version 2.0c.

So... good luck with that.

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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Facepalm

Reading this made me think of the setup screens for VB5: "Run code on a user's browser - with no user intervention".

Because yeah, there's no possible way that could ever cause an issue, right?

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App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

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Re: Why is android singled out (again)?

Because it's much easier to get hold of a cheap victim Android device and it doesn't hurt the wallet so much if you totally destroy it in the course of testing?

I suppose that means they're using one of Android's key selling points against itself, then. Hmm...

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Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

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FAIL

o rly?

I'd like to see the US defense people's faces while reading that. I suspect they have a rather different view of the US-UK relationship on cyber security than the British government and it's along the lines of "someone attacks the USA, the UK must defend us. Someone attacks the UK... you're on your own"

(For sceptics, I'd like to point out that there is "form" for this - witness the treaty that led to the Extradition Act 2003, which means that the burden of proof for US law enforcement is substantially lower when extraditing from the UK than vice versa - US lawmakers didn't ratify the changes to US law, so they don't have to uphold their part of the bargain, but the UK does.)

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When Capita job ads go BAD

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Also that job ad was illegal

Under UK law, the job title "architect" may ONLY be used be a member of the RICS.

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Copyright zealots FAST to pursue 'far greater' fines for historic piracy

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What's that sound?

It's the sound of businesses slowly, but surely, starting to evaluate open source solutions for their business instead... (well, if they've got any sense they are, that is)

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

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The financial sector is essentially composed of traders. Traders who don't want to lose funds for the pension funds, hedge funds and other investors who depend on them for their financial futures.

So with the idea that losing their clients' money generally isn't the best strategy for staying in business, they look at the pound and look at Brexit and don't like what they see. So they sell pounds and invest in currencies that they have more confidence in as having a stable and prosperous future, like the US dollar or the Euro.

This isn't some conspiracy, it's simply risk management.

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Yahoo! halts! email! forwarding! to! outside! email! addresses!

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They don't know what they're doing

That's the impression I get.

Maybe they did, once.

But not any more.

RIP, Yahoo.

You were quite good once.

Not as good as Altavista or Google... Or Lycos... Or Webcrawler... But not too bad.

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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I don't want to agree with Trump but in this (isolated) case he's right.

There may be no hackers, true - it could be an insider leaking to WikiLeaks. We don't know that, WikiLeaks won't tell us (obviously).

Even if there are "hackers", are they Russian? Do we have proof of that? We didn't see much proof that North Korea "hacked" Sony as I recall...

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

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I stopped buying HP printers years ago

When I opened the front tray to change the ink cartridge on one for the first time and a load of springs fell out.

I'm pretty sure that wasn't meant to happen as the printer stopped working after that. It was only two months old, as well.

(Before you ask, I did get a refund thanks, and instead bought a Canon MFC which was built like a tank and lasted five or six years with no problems whatsoever. It probably still works - my ex has it now.)

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Sage has been like this since forever...

I remember years ago it used to be you couldn't even have Sage on a network share unless it was Novell.

Honestly why people continue to use Sage for anything, ever, I have no idea.

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Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

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Well, mine's no longer in there.

Ubuntu + Cinnamon + Virtual Box. Not that I have Windows in a VBox yet, just OS/2 4 (more useful than Windows 10, anyway...)

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

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Re: >Silly us: we blew a Christmas On-Call story months before the day.

I can never remember which undead monster we're supposed to be worshipping.

Christmas is the one where we celebrate how the Easter bunny brought Frankenstein's monster back to life in order to put him on top of the bonfire on November 5th.

I think.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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I find the adblocker blockers more annoying than the ads, usually

Most of the time I get an aggressive "turn off your adblocker" message when I don't have an adblocker installed.

So I go to a browser that does have one installed and - guess what - site works fine.

I'm of the opinion that adblocker-blockers are probably going to end up costing sites more money than they lose through ad blockers anyway. Although that would be exceptionally difficult to quantify accurately, of course...

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If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

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Fired?

Let's face it, by the sound of it this system was probably written some time in the 60s. In COBOL. The guy who wrote it probably has long retired, if not already being dead.

Remember, in the 60s they expected these systems to be replaced within ten years. Hence the millennium bug...

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

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Police get it Monday, criminals get it Tuesday

He really doesn't understand what he's talking about, does he?

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My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

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That migration to SQL Server's working really well then...

"We're Microsoft, we eat our own dog food".

Great. If I want an RDBMS, I'd prefer the caviar one rather than one that the company's own employees openly refer to as "dog food".

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Microsoft snubs alert over Exchange hole

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Um, spoofing a web server?

I think "domain web server" is the ambiguity here.

As I read it, I think MS are assuming that the means you need to hack the Active Directory server to make it happen. (At that point, you already have bigger problems than password snooping).

I read it as "a web server in the same domain". Which could possibly be spoofed (and I'm sure that's easier than hacking the Active Directory server), and is probably going to go a long way towards hacking your Active Directory server.

Still, a typical Microsoft response: we're right, you're wrong, now shut up.

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Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait

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I like to imagine Powershell

as a small, long-nosed, deformed pale creature, sitting all alone in a corner muttering to itself:

"No one like Powershell. Powershell so lonely. Why Powershell exist?"

Which is far more entertaining than trying to have to use it, which is like being repeatedly tested by an over officious teacher whose favourite trick is to lean as close to you as possible and every time you answer just shout "WRONG" as loudly as possible right in your ear...

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

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@Jeremy3

Negotiations can't start until Britain triggers article 50 and may not even start until the two years are up depending how you interpret EU law.

For "non EU goods" to be sold in the UK and the EU, they need to abide by both UK and EU law. The restrictions of having a more specific UK set of laws that aren't harmonised with the EU means that there will be a higher bar to entry into this market for UK companies.

In terms of how "larger more established companies" do business, some Japanese companies have in fact been looking into this very thing. Which is why they've threatened to move their European HQs out of the UK if it leaves the EU.

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"Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup"

That's the first thing I've heard about Brexit that I'd regard as a positive that might actually be true...

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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Re: Machine Operating System

!BOOT?

Anybody ever write a virus for one then? :)

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Double-negative tweet could be Microsoft Surface Phone hint

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Um...

Didn't Intel give up on mobile x86 chips already? I'm guessing that if there is going to be a Surface phone running on Intel chips, it's going to have more to do with the recent ARM licensing deal Intel did with them...

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Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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Just.... no

I've had an iphone 3, 4, 4s, 5 and now 6+. But give me back my headphone socket or I go Android for my next phone.

Seriously.

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Apple killed OS X today and binned its $10,000 BlingWatch too

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Re: Sorry pedants, your time has come to an end.

Me and a friend had a pact to always pronounce it "Oh-Ess Ex" just to annoy pedants.

One of our less successful pedant trolls, but it kept us amused...

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Adobe reverses decision to kill NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux

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Anyone else get this mental image?

I have a mental image of someone repeatedly hitting a zombie with a shovel saying "why... won't... you... die?"

Probably Shaun of the Dead, but maybe not. I probably watch too many zombie movies (or not enough, take your pick).

Skull and crossbones because there's no brains icon...

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OpenBSD 6.0 lands

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Does anyone know

If there's a decent VAX editor around? Or should I have a crack at writing one (I've always fancied writing an emulator, truth to tell, but everything's already been done so well it seems pointless...)

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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Re: Missing the bigger picture...

And there aren't similar rulings the EU instituted against EU companies then?

If the US government start crying that US companies should be able to flout rules that EU companies cannot, I suspect that will pretty much be considered the opening salvo in a rather long and unpleasant trade war.

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Didn't some German car companies get stung for billions a few years back?

I'm sure I recall that the US government pushed hard for this to happen under the auspices of illegal state aid? Even if not, it's happened to Spanish football clubs - even the Lloyds bailout had to be structured VERY carefully to avoid it being illegal state aid.

Given that these sorts of issues have happened a lot (the Spanish football clubs lost, incidentally) I can't help but feel that if I were an Apple shareholder, I'd be calling for Tim Cook to be fired right now - for incompetence in allowing what was clearly an illegal tax avoidance scam to go ahead in the first place.

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Dropbox: Leaked DB of 68 million account passwords is real

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Good luck compromising my Dropbox

Given that I deleted it when they appointed noted privacy campaigner and pacifist Condoleeza Rice to the board...

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Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

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Re: Socialism?

Thus proving that nobody actually understands what socialism is, we just misunderstand it in different ways...

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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Just put us all out of our misery, MSFT...

Just kill PowerShell. Take it out back and put it out of its misery. Then adopt bash instead.

That way everyone will be much happier...

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Re: An easy fix ...

It predates Lotus 1-2-3. I remember using it in CalcStar on CP/M 2.2 back in the 80s.

Ah, happy days... :)

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Re: My pet gripe is

I'm guessing the problem the OP is having here is other people. Namely that there is a specific need to format the dates and times in this format. The fact that Excel doesn't contain the format with seconds means people are using the format that contains only minutes and then there are support calls when they don't understand why the data doesn't look right.

In other words, Excel is making people take a shortcut down the wrong route.

(As an aside, if I had all the money I've seen wasted thanks to Excel diverted to my bank account, I'd be able to own my own private island, which I could fly to and from every day in a helicopter made of solid gold piloted by a hired supermodel.)

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Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?

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iPhone 7?

Can't imagine Apple haven't looked at this and gone "handover... why exactly did we just leave it there?"

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Re: Replace tape

I finished reading this and got three comments further down until I realised I wasn't paying any attention and just thinking about Susanna Hoffs.

Saddo that I am, I was actually thinking "I know that name from somewhere, who is she?"

Ah yes, Bangles. My one chance to see them we got lost - wandering around Hyde Park with "Walk Like An Egyptian" blaring out...

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Yecch.

Having had the misfortune of having had to work with PowerShell, I'd prefer their bash for Windows get prime slot, and PowerShell be taken out behind the shed and dealt with in much the same way as Old Yeller.

Really, it's just one of those hellish products that sounded like a really good idea until you saw how genuinely awful it was to work with.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Er...

People do know that we're only WTO members by virtue of our EU membership, right? Once we leave, we're no longer members.

Basically, we'd have to negotiate to join the WTO in order to get people to play by WTO rules. And all it takes is one veto to make sure it doesn't happen. I'm sure the corporations are drooling over the concessions that they can get from the UK in exchange for no veto: selloff of the NHS to US health care companies, all GMO agriculture, relaxation of gun laws...

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Hey, turn down that radio, it's alien season and we're hunting aliens

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Re: Certainly there's no intelligent life between 103 and 108 MHz

BBC Radio 4 is also available on long wave, at lower frequency, with more cricket. Some would argue that this increases the IQ of the station considerably...

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Re: its not just in public sector :)

Only sugar made with sugar cane is approved by the Vegetarian society (traditional refining processes for sugar beet use animal products). So if this was a veggie product that needed the logo for marketing, I can see this would be a problem.

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