* Posts by Zippy's Sausage Factory

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Re: Why VB is better?

The only thing I've found easier in VB is writing interfaces to Sage Lone 50 and similar. Sage just likes the way VB handles memory better than the C# way of doing things.

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Windows

I used to be a VB head back in the VB 5 days. Then C# came along and I found it much easier to learn .Net and C# together rather than try and unlearn the VB I already knew. Now my VB knowledge has become my VBA knowledge instead and it's all happy.

Seriously though, are they planning to make VB 14 like Visual Perl? All this string interpolation nonsense...

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Monkey Dust is excellent. Got the first series on DVD and I keep moaning on their FB page about the lack of series 2 & 3 on DVD but no dice (so far)

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: version?

I saw an MSDN post that discussed that very issue. Apparently it will be Windows 10.0 and not Windows 6.4

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Coat

The numbering makes sense now...

Microsoft usually does a "bad release, good release" schedule. XP good, Vista bad. Win7 good, Win8 bad. So skipping 9 and going to 10 is to indicate that they've just skipped the good release this time...

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Re: Oooh... like...

I know. About the only thing the iPhone does that the Yota doesn't is FaceTime and iMessage. Well I never use iMessage, but I still could on the iPad. And probably I'll upgrade the iPad sometime next year anyway, whether I get a 6+ or not.

The only other thing I use is the health stuff... but I can always go back to my spreadsheets for that.

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Oooh... like...

Still hesitating over whether to get an iPhone 6+. Now I have another option. This needs SERIOUSLY thinking about.

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Pay with your credit card at station kiosk? 'Dare Devil' is targeting YOU

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Facepalm

I saw the self-service machines down at my local supermarket rebooting recently. They're all running Windows 2000.

This is why I always pay cash and keep the receipt.

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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Re: There's Lazarus

Yes, I love Lazarus. It's seriously nice to have something that just works. I spend the day job in Visual Studio for money, hobby stuff is done in Lazarus. It's much more fun :)

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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WTF?

Always found Chrome a bit hit and miss. One Mac, it's smooth as silk. The other it's never taken less than a minute to open a page. Oh, and the one where it works is the old, slow one with the smaller drive and less memory.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Probably not...

Sounds like PR puffery to me. I suspect that Android for business might take a hit from recent malware, but that ironically that level of publicity will only help. My guess is that in 2-3 years it'll be Android number 1, iOS 2, Blackberry 3. Whether Windows Phone is number 4 or not will probably depend on whether they're still bothering with it and I'm not entirely certain they won't have decided to just cut their losses and drop it altogether by then. (Incidentally, I do know a couple of companies use Windows Phone for business... they're migrating away to other platforms...)

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Re: The "Patriot Act" won't be allowed to die

I'd say the probability of Putin staging a march across Europe is minimal. He's an ex-KGB man and whatever else are his faults, from what I've seen of his speeches, I think he's well aware that the chances of that ending well are slim. They're probably about the same as Washington ordering a landing on European soil for exactly the same purpose. Well, slightly less, in my view.

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More Microsoft staffers shown the door in Round 3 of job cuts

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Re: No R&D?

Dedicated R&D department is what I meant. Not truly clear there, was I?

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WTF?

R&D cuts, labs gone, employees gone in droves... these are the actions of a company fighting for its financial life, not one with a healthy balance sheet like Microsoft's.

OK, Apple have never had an R&D department, true. But then Apple has a rather different corporate culture...

So what gives? Or is this just the typical MBA "know the cost of everything and the value of nothing" approach?

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Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash

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Re: Why Flash?

Silverlight has been pretty much on life support for years. They only really keep it going because the film studios like it and mandate it for Netflix, LoveFilm and so on. Ironically, it's not very good at video - but it is quite good at DRM.

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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The key quote about VbV:

"the scheme's only benefit is allowing banks to shift liability in the case of fraudulent payments"

That's 100% of the reason for moving to biometrics, right there. Remember how they originally put that into chip & pin before people moaned and they had to take it out?

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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I'd agree.

There's nothing that Microsoft now do that other people aren't doing - often better and/or cheaper. Sure, they're sitting on a big cash pile right now, but that's dangerous in that it breeds complacency. And Nadella doesn't seem to be sure what Microsoft is supposed to actually be doing, which is worrying.

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Are open Wi-Fi network bods liable for users' copyright badness?

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Joke

So if the cafe are liable, and I get run over, could I sue Toyota* for providing the tools for the driver to hit me?

* or Volvo, Nissan, etc...

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BlackBerry chief vows: We'll focus on 'core devices' and on, er, NOT LOSING MONEY

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Re: What's the need they're trying to fill?

People still run Office? Why?

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

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Re: Still more

Good point. In actual number terms, the least popular iOS ever is 1.0. It may have had 100% share at one point, but even the devices that used to run it will have been upgraded since then. There's probably three or four left with it on. Compared to how many million iOS 8?

So yeah... maths fail

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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Re: My father

You can pick up the most recent releases for pennies and they work fine on Vista (even 64-bit Win 7). My copy came as a freebie from myoffers.co.uk, although they are a weird prize site that I don't recommend trying if you're not already on it.

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Unhappy

I always wondered whether IBM bought Lotus just as a favour to Microsoft. Certainly their total lack of marketing and support for the thing doomed it to obscurity pretty much from day one of the acquisition.

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

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The key we've got. The media? Not so much.

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Linux

My girlfriend's computer borked because of this. Blue screen loop. Nasty. In the end, tried to reinstall from my Win 8 Pro image, which is the only one we have (recovery disks? Only pirates want those, surely?). MS wanted to charge us 166€ just to get a licence key that would probably have borked again. So she's running kubuntu now.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Facepalm

If he thinks there's a 'front door' that can't be exploited by criminals, perhaps he should consider replacing all the computers at the FBI with paper and pen? Because if there's a 'front door' police can use, you can be sure criminals will work out how to use it too.

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The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event

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Devil

The very rock yawns in anticipation of your next fascinating move...

To quote Dungeon Keeper. Icon is the nearest thing I could find to a horned reaper...

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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FAIL

I think we now have to change the phrase 'Death By PowerPoint' to 'Death By Sway'.

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Devil

Am I the only person in the world who went "ooh, cute idea, never seen that done before." Then listened to it and thought "meh, not bad.I'll keep it around for a change now and then."

Seriously... it's just a freebie. And if Apple want to give me free albums, paid for out of the huge amount of money I've spent with them over the years, then fine. Let's look on the bright side though - it could have been Coldplay. Or Take That.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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WFMU is way ahead of the game here

They have apps for their radio outside their boradcast area. Archives of shows, too. And it all scrobbles to last.fm. They've already been my favourite radio station for the last few years, and I now so rarely listen to the BBC that aside from The Archers I wouldn't miss it if it shut down.

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Chinese govt?

Google public DNS was used widely in a few recent protests, even graffitied onto walls to tell people how to get round local censorship. So I was just wondering... what with Hong Kong and Taiwan... just maybe they were trying to knock down something outside the Great Firewall of China?

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New UK.gov DATA SLURPING diplomat to push US telcos to share more subscriber info

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Re: I can almost hear America's reply already...

Didn't work with the Extradition Act though. Britain didn't get the quid pro quo in exchange. Likely that the same would happen again - UK gives carte blanche to the USA to do what it likes, gets nothing in return. Always happens with law enforcement matters.

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WTF?

I can almost hear America's reply already...

The polite version is pretty much going to be "nope, never going to happen, how dare you ask for this information about US citizens".

I can imagine the American media having a field day on this one.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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This should be a career-ending move.

Just saying.

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LTE's backers vow to KILL OFF WI-FI and BLUETOOTH

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Devil

So LTE would appear to be a powerplay by Qualcomm, then?

Qualcomm essentially wants to replace everything everyone else owns with something they own. Which would make them the tollbooth troll of the internet, mobile, wifi and emergency communications.

Welcome to the new monopoly overlords...

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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How many iPhone 4 (not s) are left in circulation?

I'd guess a few. And they've just been stranded on iOS 7. So maybe the lower takeup is actually just down to the fact that iOS 8 supports fewer devices than iOS 7? Or would sales have negated that effect? Hmm...

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Facebook: Ha! Like we'd STOP trickcyclists messing with your MIND

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Megaphone

What they really meant...

"Facebook really cares about our revenue stream, and thoughtlessly allowing researchers to do what they liked clearly undermined the trust our advertisers place in us. So in order to ensure that we keep our hooks in all you gullible sheeples, we've added an extra tickbox researchers have to fill in that says 'I am not a psychopath'.

"Now that's enough complaining, children. Go back to Farmville, squandering your precious information and sharing baby pictures so we can advertise worthless tat to you, you dim-witted sheep."

There. I fixed their press release.

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EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else

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WTF?

Unhappy competing phone makers. Like Microsoft and Apple. Kind of makes me feel that the whole thing is basically using (or misusing) EU competition law to try and damage a rival. Which makes the fact that in Microsoft's case, they earn a royalty per Android device, particularly galling.

Not that I'm pro Google (I never use their search engine and I have more Apple than non-Apple devices these days), but hey...

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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Windows

Re: what else lurks

...and what is lurking supposedly more safe closed source code, like Windows, that we don't know about - and probably are never going to find out about, either?

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One sixth of the ENTIRE PLANET will buy a new smartphone this year

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A friend of mine just bought a "Cubot One" off Amazon - loves it. Seriously nice looking, well put together phone, just over a hundred quid. And these guys are not the only ones making phones like that by any stretch of the imagination. I do seriously have to wonder how long the likes of Apple and Samsung can charge small fortunes for their kit when stuff like that is around...

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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What's particularly annoying is that none of this Internet stuff actually helps real, actual, physical security. More likely, the information is fed directly to American companies to try and shaft the very partners that gave them the information in the first place.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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Re: Yes we know you...

So many times I read these forums and someone just said exactly what I was about to say...

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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FAIL

Re: Nokie bring two things to the party

But this is Microsoft. It'll go the same way as Danger/Kin - everything not invented at Redmond will be junked, every engineer who hasn't been at MS for at least five years will not be trusted.

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

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Black Helicopters

Tom Baker was the first doctor I ever saw, but I'm not a fan. I'd rate him just below Colin Baker, but above McCoy (although McCoy's main problem was that ridiculous costume). Of the modern ones, I think Ecclestone is the best, followed by Smith, then Tennant, personally. Which makes Tennant the fourth best because...

For me Troughton was the best, and I say that having only recently seen some Troughtons. His performance as the doctor is birlliantly subversive - for example the lovely sardonic "I love to watch experts at work, don't you?" in Tomb Of The Cybermen, when the "archaeologists" are clearly about as useful as a chocolate fireguard (at being archaeologists, anyway...)

(Black helicopter - as used in the recently recovered "Enemy Of The World", of course...)

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Ten top stories from Classic Doctor Who

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A good list, but I'm sorry, I think Enemy Of The World should be on there. A ho-hum story when only heard, and the weakest episode was the only survivor until recently, but the recent recovery of it reveals it as being one of the best ever.

Much as I love The Robots Of Death, I think I'd happily lose that one in favour of Enemy. In fact, quite probably any of the other nine actually.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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Trollface

Makes me glad I'm a Libre Office fan :)

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

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Re: RIM has nothing MS wants

I think the point was that they used to have something MS wants very much for its phone business: enterprise customers. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed.

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Megaphone

Exchange is an awful product that should be universally banned. The sooner it dies, the better,

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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FAIL

To me, it looks like they took iOS 6 outside and gave it a good, hard beating with the ugly stick. I mean, it's hideous. Having spent three hours desperately trying to download it so I could play with AirDrop, I almost immediately reverted the iPhone to iOS 6.1.4. And that's where it's going to stay. Next phone will be an Android if they continue with this hideousness.

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