* Posts by Candy

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Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN

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Coat

Badge + Bracelet != 2FA

Applying one factor twice isn't two factor authentication.

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Google App Engine Java sandbox is leaking, say researchers

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The biter bit.

So, if you don't respond quickly enough to satisfy a third party that you are taking action on a bug, the details get released. No negotiation.

Sound familiar, Google?

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

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Licensing audits

So, leaving aside the "FOSS Good, Everything Else Bad" drum beating for a moment: What I see here is that organisations can expect to be audited on their use of licenses every 4 or 5 years. (Oracle 25% in the last 20 months, MS 33%+ in the last 20 months.)

Bearing in mind that between these audits they effectively pay on an honesty basis, how is that unreasonable?

I've been through a few of these audits over the years. Yes, they are a pain. Yes, the tools provided are terrible, most especially the MAPS Suite. But the worst part by far is the arcane nature of the pricing and licensing itself. Oracle: I'm looking harder at you here. But not by much.

If the rules were clearer and simpler, there wouldn't be such large discrepancies following some of these audits. There's always going to be cases where incompetence or taking-the-piss lead to massive under reporting of licenses in use but mostly people want to pay what they are supposed to.

It needs to be easier to be honest...

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Satya Nadella, Year One: Has Microsoft's new CEO cut the mustard?

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Hololens: Longer than a year to develop.

Microsoft have said publicly this device is the result of a development strand that has been in progress for around five years. It grew as an offshoot of the original Kinect pitch which kicked off as a project around seven years ago.

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BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft

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Why back only one horse?

Leaving aside the fanboi v. fandroid vibe and the apparently flexible app capabilities and platform requirements for a moment.

Can anyone point me to the bit of the article that makes clear why MS shouldn't pursue revenues from both of the market leading mobile platforms? How does it actually benefit from dropping one of them?

I accept that it will make differing levels of revenue from each but that seems to be the only argument put forwards here. Why can't MS make money from both?

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Favicon

This update is much better. Especially the re(a)d links.

On browsers where I have a dark theme, the favicon is pretty much invisible. Perhaps a circle around the vulture and the edges transparent?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Images too big.

It's difficult to really assess the redesign when there's a fundamental flaw for me. I have to scroll down a whole page to see any text in any article. The images are massive. Thumbnails, please. Really. Please?

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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

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Oh, WOE is, er, them.

So they've invented a new kind of memory but what exactly defines 'write-once-erase'?

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Windows and Surface?

Consider me puzzled....

I know that both Surface and W8 are now 2 years old. But the article is anatomy of why Windows 8 hasn't blazed a trail through the heavens. Not much about Surface at all. Or RT.

So, in essence, this is yet another where MS went wrong with Windows 8.X article. Or did I miss something?

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Headmaster

Re: Size

"Did I read it wrong?" Yes, I think so. They are talking about "fusion reactors the size of a truck" where the reaction is "contained in a vessel the size of a business-jet engine". The one within the other.

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Kickstarter cup-rattling, light-dimming Internet of Stuff upstart takes on Sonos, Bose

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Paris Hilton

NSFW

Please ask Mrs Detail to leave his "below" alone...

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VMware announces compulsory bi-ennial VCP recertification

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As a contractor, the big change here is that I can finally see VCP as a viable certification route. Taking physically present courses (and paying for them) is a massively expensive way to extend your CV as an independent.

Finally, I can get certification for the expertise I've developed over the years without the whole thing seeming like a money pit.For reference, I have certs from several others including M$ and Cisco.

The value of these certs for me is as door-openers for interviews and, on that basis, it was previously difficult to justify any of the VMWare certs relative to extending the others.

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Home lab operators: Ditch your servers ... now!

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Labtop

I dismantled my physical lab last year and now run it all on the Windows 8.1 implementation of Hyper-V on a lappie. Much as in the article, it's good enough and, having installed a second large mSATA SSD for the lab VMs, I can continue to use the laptop as normal for day-to-day use.

With a slightly more modest rig (16Gb RAM), I can certainly spin up seven useful VMs running various Windows Server apps.

My lab isn't for constant 24/7 use. It's for standing up certification labs and sand-boxing solutions before chasing Ops for a grown-up environment.

Effectively, this is for free. And its good enough. This seems to be a theme recently...

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Surface Pro 2 dim screen of death snafu STILL happening after patch

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Feeling left out...

A quick chat around the office and we're feeling somewhat neglected. Not only are our three Surface Pro 2 users all unaffected by the issue reported, they aren't being hounded by either of the iPad owners.

What should we do to get our piece of this action?

We do make the Blackberry user sit in a draught, though.

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BEAM ME UP... twice: No local storage on Transporter Sync

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Re: What does it do then?

You connect your existing external USB storage to the Sync.

The issue is that it was originally marketed as being identical to the original Transporter but without internal storage. The website has changed now to subtly indicate the lack of Library compatibility.

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Bjork, 500+ novelist pals ask UN for 1 bill of digital rights to RULE 'EM ALL

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Writers, huh?

Have we really arrived at the point where, from a list of 501 writers, Cory Doctorow is one of the three worthy of individual mention?

Shoot me now...

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Keeping warm in winter the el Reg way: Setting a NAS box ON FIRE

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This article (and others like it) are a major factor in my remaining a regular Reg reader. Well done.

Damn. Does that make me part of an identifiable demographic?

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

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My Little Pony...

The ever-amusing My Little Pony Abattoir. Funny when it was on The Young Ones 30 years ago. Still funny now. :)

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

Candy

This is a change that I'm all for. I hope that they really do make a stand on this rather than grabbing a few headlines and then quietly letting it drop.

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SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets

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SD Card slot

Finally, a decent WinPho device (the 1520) with decent MicroSD support. Hurrah.

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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Re: Windows RT

"They" aren't. _Nokia_ (not yet owned by MS) are evolving their product line up from WinPho to an RT device. Irrespective of your opinion of the merits of RT and WinPho, it's a logical choice for Nokia at this point.

For them it makes a lot of sense: Got a Lumia? Want a tablet to go with that? Here you go...

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LIVE, my beauty, LIVE! Nokia revives dead phone with LIGHTNING powered Frankencharger

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Weird Science

I wonder how many (if any) of these wonderful side projects will survive the journey to the centre of the Borg?

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In case of LOHAN flight emergency, gobble THIS Iridium-Arduino sandwich

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Problems with REHAB? Simple: Remote Emergency Launch Activating Panic Sensitive Equipment.

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Google's Street View cars venture inside TARDIS

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Marvellous.

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'Clippy' coup felled by Microsoft twitterati

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Isn't it time to reboot the oh-so-far-ahead-of-it's-time-and-that's-why-it-failed Salmon Days? Or, perhaps, more than a decade on, at least make the existing vids available for download.

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'Weev' appeals AT&T iPad hack conviction

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Coat

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has teamed up with law professor Orin Kerr, internet attorney and EFF fellow Marcia Hofmann, and Weev's trial lawyers Tor Ekeland and Mark Jaffe in filing an appeal with the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals."

One can only assume that Larry Lessig was not available...

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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Mushroom

I, for one, have just had a "free and frank exchange of views" with my Microsoft TAM. She definitely understands that we are not happy.

Whether that will register anywhere within MS, I doubt. But I feel a helluva lot better for having got it all off my chest...

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Can Jonny Ive's new 'iOS Vista' SAVE the BBC's £100m BRAIN? Yes!

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Re: At least get his name right

Abnormal message content due to Missing Point error. Please recalibrate for satire and retry.

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'Fastest storage in the WORLD' plugged into mighty boffinry Cray

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Trollface

MTBF

The cynic in me wonders how the failure rates across those twenty thousand drives will stack up against what is "expected." Thinking about it, I don't think I've ever seen figures like that released...

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Report says #Facebook #to #adopt #hashtags

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You say that like drivel is in short supply on twitter. Or social media in general...

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

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Prevented millions from accessing their accounts?

I had no idea that their customers were such night owls. More likely that thousands were affected by the outage, no?

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Game over for Atari? One life left as biz files for bankruptcy protection

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Steam Debacle

This would explain the recent conversations amongst BOFHs of a certain age yesterday. Their beloved Baldur's Gate has (it appears) been re-released on Steam in a new version supporting modern windows boxes.

Sadly, it appears to be a Steaming Turd of the First Order. I did hear one of them ask: "Why on earth has Atari rushed this out in such a bad state." They did seem happy enough to wait for the patch that will fix the game's complete inability to even launch. Given the filing from Atari, something tells me they'll be a long time waiting...

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EU antitrust chief growls at Google, hopes to avoid sanctions

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QOTW

"You can ... think, well, this European authority, the commission, has received a gift from the American authorities, given that now every result they will get will be much better than the conclusions of the FTC."

There it is. Right there.

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Peugeot 508 RXH estate car review

Candy

Here's a question...

Can it tow? And if so, how much?

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

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Happy

Hilarious but...

...wasn't this supposed to go out as a Bong article?

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RIM retracts denial on consumer devices: Pulls out, spins in circle

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Last paragraph...

Genius.

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American pies are cooling on the windowsill ahead of Pi Day

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Coat

Appropriate Music

Surely the music from the Pimania game should be put forwards as the official theme? Remember that? From the other side of the cassette the game loaded from.

They don't write 'em like that any more...

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Untangling the question of antimatter mass

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Mushroom

Never mind the physics...

They're building an antimatter beam.

Let's address the most important question first: Will we need to upgrade the mounting points on our sharks?

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The Sons of Khan and the Pascal Spring

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Coat

The Great Prophet

Well, she would say that, wouldn't she?

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Dragonriders of Pern author Anne McCaffrey dies

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A real loss.

My first reaction to the news was: Oh, no more stories for young girls with the ponies replaced by fluffy dragons. But a quick look at the bookshelf was a pleasant reminder of what an entertaining and varied author she really was. Starting off with Restoree as a first novel was impressive all on its own. But then the Ship Who... and Crystal series really brought it home to me. While I may not be much of a Pern fan, she certainly knew how to tell a good tale. Get Off The Unicorn remains one of my favourite collections of short stories, serves as the source for several longer works and has one of the best tales about naming a book to boot...

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BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

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Happy

He's back

And he's on form. Absolutely the best BofH instalment in, er, ages. Ages and ages...

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WorldTradeCenter.com on the block

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If there was only one WTC...

...this might be interesting or exploitative. And I'm sure in any US-centric view-of-the-world context, it's both.

But there are many World Trade Centres across the globe and I'm sure one of them will be only to happy to pick up the .com name for a suitably large sum. My money would be on Dubai...

That the seller chooses to donate an undisclosed portion of the proceeds to charity? Who cares...

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LG debuts eye-tracking no-specs 3D screen

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Facepalm

There's no reason why the technology can't be adapted to large TVs

...unless you don't want to watch alone. A monitor can quite reasonably expect a sum total of one concurrent user.

A large panel TV using this optimisation for multiple viewers? Hmmm...

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Nokia 'thinnest smartphone ever' slips out

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WTF?

Thinnest? Really?!

At a reported 10mm, it's a definite also-ran. Both the Samsung Infuse 4G, Optimus Black, Samsung Galaxy S II and even the iPhone 4 are around 9mm. And NEC's Medias should weigh in at around 7.5mm.

Strange claim to make then. So, what did I miss?

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Danish embassy issues MARMITE WAFFLE

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Happy

Cold, dead hands, eh?

The eugenics advocate in me wants to be thankful that this aberrant portion of the gene pool is autonomously volunteering to be removed.

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Windows on the Desktop? There's a group policy for that

Candy

An invaluable tool

Once you are managing more than a couple of thousand Windows desktops, Group Policy is one of the key tools to keep them, well, manageable. Beyond about ten thousand, it's indispensible even if you end up needing third party tools to administer it effectively.

All as long as AD replication is in a good state, of course.

Yes, it can be unpopular with users but that is largely due to combinations of ill-conceived policies and poorly advertised/managed changes. GPOs just make it easy to implement these and (mostly) just as easy to roll back.

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Reg ed rattles the Red-Headed League

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Red haired racism?

Since when has Ginger-baiting been on a par with racism?

Is it now race, caste creed and hair colour which must be held apart from all comment?

Formerly ginger, now grey. A silver surfer, part of the grey vote, etc, etc. Not offended by that, either. I'm also quite short. Should I be deeply offended by any reference to that, too?

Although for those who are ginger and needy, it must be nice to have something to blame their social inadequacy on...

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Here's the crack about Infosmack

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How unique?

Very unique.

And a fine addition to the Reg line up. :)

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Ofcom okays Derren Brown psychic-baiting

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FAIL

Commentard Fail

Medium != Seer. Though I'll grant that both are frauds, they're differently dishonest.

Gentlemen, the coat rack is over yonder...

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Investors fight to buy secret special-offer Facebook equity

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Microsoft not doing too badly from this either...

Remeber when MS sank $240m into Facebook. This latest investment by Sachs more than triples the value of that initial stake. Seems like there's no shortage of buyers, either.

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