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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

Joe 35

Re: TBL is MS!

Copied fine on Firefox.

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John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

Joe 35

Re: So...

<<They took on someone from a company that spent 9 years on an ERP rollout and then decided to abandon it to conserve money. To run the ERP introduction.>>

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FWIW the ERP at BA was SAP. Which I presume didn't put SAP in a good place when the guy in charge of deciding which to buy at JL was the guy previously in charge at BA :-)

And, presumably having 9 years experience of how not to do it, he must have a "dont do that" list.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

Joe 35

Re: Sloppy research??

ll you need to do is set up the iPad as a new device and it's fully usable, but whatever was on before, is lost.

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As per another post, that is just plain wrong if "Find my iPad" is activated.

Once that is done its not useable without the original account and password.

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Crap hospital databases next goldmine for cyber-crooks, say Microsoft's botnet slayers

Joe 35

Its not just Microsoft at least that has some security

NHS are currently rewriting Spine using Riak as the underlying database. The section on security in the Riak manual can be paraphrased as "there isn't any, write it yourself".

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SpaceX set to try HOVER LANDING for re-usable rockets on March ISS mission

Joe 35

"We believe we have all the pieces to achieve a full recovery of the boost stage"

Ones *here", the other seventeen are between 250 to 500 metres over *there*, and *this* ones at the bottom of that smoking crater.

I wish them all the best.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

Joe 35

Re: iPhone 4S

The argument was regards the statement it was "impossible to replace" not quibbling over the price.

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NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

Joe 35

Anyone else find the word "collapse" at the bottom of that twitter post amusing?

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Joe 35

Re: Improved password change security!

I didn't have that problem, but it only asks you to type the new one in once. Insane.

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

Joe 35

Re: Public Records?

Being arrested does not mean the person is guilty, just that they have been arrested.

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Yes but the point is, the hashtag wasnt "driversarrested" or "driversaccused" it was "drinkdrivers" which implies guilt. Thats the point of the case.

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Target's database raided, 70 MILLION US shoppers at risk of ID theft

Joe 35
WTF?

Seriously ???

Staff at the US chain will now >>>>>call<<<< and email customers whose contact information was illegally harvested.

Whats that ,a quarter of the US population. I dont think they'll be calling.

In any case, doing so or even announcing they will be doing so, has created a new phishing threat.

"Hi I'm Joe Phisher from Target, I have your details here so you can verify its me, we just need to get your bank PIN so we can update our records..."

"oh yes I recall reading Target were phoning their customers phoning, so it must be you".

"and if you can give me your full bank details I'll be sure you get your $100 as compensation. We just need your banking passcode."

Dumb and dumber.

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BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

Joe 35

Is this a cunning way of getting lots of publicity?

Change the keys angled appearance on the production models so its no longer an obvious copy, and in the meantime the association between blackberry and this keyboard has been nicely entrenched, since "it must be good if bb are suing" ?

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'Shared databases are crap' Oracle reveals shared database management suite

Joe 35

Re: I dont get it...

I suspect Oracle would prefer you didnt because you would only be paying for one oracle instance, rather than a number of them, but its perfectly ok to do it..

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Oracle dont care how many instances you run, they charge on total cores or users.

EDIT: And I see I'm a bit late saying that as soemone else said it a week or more ago. Oh well.

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'Planned maintenance' CRIPPLES nearly HALF of all Salesforce instances in Europe, US

Joe 35

Presumably the outrage is because companies that host their own systems never have outages ?

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

Joe 35

Re: But slowly – over time

.... but they do gradually become vulnerable due to new bugs being discovered, which now wont be patched.

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

Joe 35
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Re: LOHAN contamination.

<<In fact a concentration in the upper atmosphere that is high enough to detect in a single sample drawer implies a concentration in space that satellite dust collection experiments would have found by now.>>

I suspect it implies a concentration thick enough you wouldn't be able to see the planets let alone the stars.

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Couchbase relaxes NoSQL derrière into mobile seats

Joe 35

oh dear ......

"A doctor can have entire day or entire weeks of data right on the device," Yaseen says."

"and lose it, to be found in a wide variety of locations" I say.

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

Joe 35

"Or have all of your phone activity analyzed and data-mined."

So your contention is, that's not already happening anyway ?

:-)

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

Joe 35

NOot true that only Apple asks for this

You wrote "and was told by her bank that they had never heard of private companies asking for this information."

This is not at all unusual for many third party online travel companies. (Usually, the ones with the worst reputations.)

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Trust the cloud with my PRECIOUS? You gotta be joking

Joe 35
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Re: Access speed has only been mentioned once so far.

Haha, Someone asked me if I could help them upload their music and photo collection to a cloudy service recently. We decided not to bother when it transpired it would take over a week of non-stop data transfer to upload it all.

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Whats the issue? Its not necessary to wait and watch whilst it uploads!

And once its up there, incremental updates will take minutes to hours, but again that requires no watching

I think my photo/music took 2 weeks to upload. I guess it would take a few days to get it all back from the cloud, should I need to (its also stored on a connected hourly backup disk, plus a "disconnected" local USB drive (connected and backed up to every few weeks, but disconnected when not in use in case of malware or idiot user error) but that would be acceptable for what would be some kind of significant disaster like fire or flood.

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Twenty years of text messages: We've reached Peak SMS

Joe 35

Re: Pseudo-SMS

Fraid not, this happened to a friend of mine recently, got rid of his iPhone but messages sent by colleagues still went to a non existent iMessage account.

I dont know how you tell Apple you are no longer using your iPhone and get them to stop? Perhaps after a few days when they stop being received they do it automagically?

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Surface more profitable than iPad

Joe 35
FAIL

Re: Same as Apple

If there is ZERO profitability, which is what you seem to be asking for, the company selling the product wont be around very long, wont be able to provide updates, support, enhancements, new products, etc etc. How is it working out getting updates and add ons and bug fixes and new apps for those who bought WebOS tablets?

Now, this is not to say a product can't be overpriced, of course it can (though that's mostly a subjective assessment), but to assert as you do that "products with low or zero profit" are what is required, is ludicrous. If a company is selling products at "low or zero profit" its failed for that product and whats more, will fail as a company if it keeps on doing that.

I also see no evidence that Apple fans are praising the company for having high profits, unless by that you mean, people who are fans of the company from a stock price POV, eg Apple Investors. Thats entirely separate to fans of the products.

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Apple scrambled to hire iOS 6 maps engineers DAYS before launch

Joe 35
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Re: Tim Cook fail

but no way he releases a half baked maps service before its ready.

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hah !!! Steve's companies had multiple half baked products, people only remember the ones that worked. Newton, Lisa, neXt, Mobile Me etc. No one who recalls Newton's handwriting recognition (or more accurately, non-recognition) would ever start a comment with " no way he releases a half baked .."

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Windows Phone 8 stands a chance as Apple, Android dither

Joe 35
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"unexpectedly competitive"

How would you know this, since there is no pricing announced by any UK or US network (AFAIK) ?

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Samsung to offer Apple Dock style Start Button in Windows? Really?

Joe 35

Re: Eh?

Indeed, it would seem the dock was appropriated from Acorn or ARM in any case.

Good outline here http://www.dailytech.com/Analysis+Samsung+Copies+Apples+Launcher+A+Dubious+Claim+at+Best/article25544.htm

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Microsoft to announce new Office version on Monday

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Re: Near-beer. "Small gains in productivity in the office"

On the basis of your examples,presumably all Word users should migrate to Vi as that would tremendously increase their productivity?

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CANNIBAL! Apple's 7.85in iPad will EAT 9.7in iPad sales

Joe 35
WTF?

" thing that Apple don't make,"

"Hey, you know that thing that Apple don't make, yeah, well I want sales predictions for it."

So you don't think that before a company makes a new product they get sales predictions for it then?

Your position would be, presumably, they make stuff at random, then see how its selling?

I know Clive SInclair and Amstrad and lets face it even Apple (remember Lisa?) tried that in the early days, but they just don't do that kind of stuff any more as it didnt work (just like those products in fact )

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Big layoff (singular) at Oracle on Thursday

Joe 35
WTF?

How on earth ..

... did stored comments between two execs at Oracle, get into HP's documents?

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Megaupload case near collapse: report

Joe 35
WTF?

the games for Windows were far better than those for the Mac

iOS != Mac

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G-Cloud boss begs UK.gov wonks: 'Speak out against s**t IT'

Joe 35

"I find it difficult to imagine how anybody came to that decision"

"Over the years some departments have outsourced their IT strategy. I find it difficult to imagine how anybody came to that decision"

Ooh, they want to have their cake AND eat it too ?

Once they outsource, either traditionally or especially to "the cloud" then IMO they lose the right to set IT strategy, thats for the sourcer to decide, they have to be able to decide the best way to fulfill governments requirements without interference, or they just get teh worst of all worlds.

Whats the point in outsourcing, if you want to decide how its all done in detail ? Do it yourself in that case.

If you lease a car for 5 years (outsource) or rent one for a week (cloud) in neither case do you direct how the manufacturer builds it, or what components it uses. You may choose or reject a renter if you dont like the cars they have, but you don't rent from hertz but insist they have to supply a Ford but with Honda brakes.

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Death Star dinosaur aliens could rule galaxy

Joe 35
FAIL

Re: Why somewhere else?

"The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old and the Universe is nearly 14 billion years old. This means that there was up to 9 billion years for life to evolve elsewhere before the Earth even existed."

sorry, your maths is wrong because in this case 9 is not the answer, it took billions of years for the elements upon which "life as we know it (Jim)" to be created in early generation stars, and then spread around the universe and then conglomerated to form planets.

So probably much closer to 3 or 4 billion at most.

And at fairly low speeds, that material then needs to get to another planet, and then fluke into some situation where the DNA could actually do something - odds for example of a bit of chicken aka dinosaur DNA doing anything are roughly zero. Maybe a bacteria but then, you have to give it another 3 billion years to evolve to dinosaur alien overlord type of life (it took several billion years for life here to spew enough waste product (oxygen) for large life forms to be able to exist.)

So all in all, not much time at all and certainly not 9 billion years.

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Mobile operators mourn death of embedded 4G

Joe 35

Presumably the the two paragraphs were thought to be so so good, it was felt necessary to repeat them?

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Writers' alliance throws the book at Apple 'piracy'

Joe 35

Re: In other trades...

"In other trades where you receive goods that turn out to be stolen and then make money selling them on, isn't that being called a "fence?""

Not where you unknowingly did that, no it's not.

Did you have any other questions?

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Microsoft accused of leaking RDP attack code

Joe 35
FAIL

Re: "Confidential Inform,ation is to be protected"

"It is used in hospitals. And airports."

Look up "irony"

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Four Romanians charged with hacking 150 Subway shops

Joe 35

Sounds just like something out of "Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground" by Kevin Poulsen - companies using cheap SIs to install systems with no thought to security.

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Judge kneecaps Oracle's $1.3bn triumph over SAP

Joe 35
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Talking of stupidity ...

what do you mean by ."..especially with their attitude toward Open Office" - thats nothing to do with Oracle any more !

Re moving everything to SAP, have you ever heard the expression "cutting off your nose to spite your face" ?

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Nokia posts massive loss, blames 'ambiguity'

Joe 35
WTF?

Nope, not unheard of at all

"Announce a new strategy & then wait for more than a year to execute on it: unheard of, pitiful."

Not unheard of, this exact thing happened maybe 30 years ago when Osborne announced a new better portable PC and their business promptly died as everyone waited for the new model and stopped buying the existing ones.

Whats pitiful is, even with such a classic lesson from history, these morons went down the same path but with an even longer wait!

Lynch him for stupidity, by all means.

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Asteroid hunter achieves Vesta orbit

Joe 35
Stop

"What astronauts"

Read the story more carefully.

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Amazon's anti-iPad arises 'in October'

Joe 35

Sure it happened ..

... and Amazon have (a) pledged VERY publicly it was their mistake to do that (even though in fact they were selling the book (unknowingly) illegally, that's why it was withdrawn) and that they wouldn't do it again even in such circumstances.

Now the OP may not believe them, but they have said it, very clearly and unequivocally.

Any OS writer or book reader app *could* withdraw any book they wanted. If "could" is sucha concern, well don't buy an iPad, dont buy an Android, don't buy any third party book reading app, all of those *could * do whatever they wanted with a book you bought.

Or you could believe that some individuals and even corporations can make a mistake, and actually learn from that, and you stop cutting off your nose to spite your face for the sake of what might happen in some set of highly unlikely hypothetical circumstances. Its not even as if, in the case of 1984, you could never read that book again.

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Joe 35

"if Amazon's new tablet is going to use color e-ink"

It won't.

eInk is for eReaders, the refresh rate is nowhere near what you'd need for a generic tablet and nor is the range of colours.

Colour eInk will undoubtedly come on a future Kindle, Amazon have said so, its just a matter of when it reaches the right price point.

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Pacific rare-earth discovery: Actually just gigatonnes of dirt

Joe 35
WTF?

"if, with enough money, as stated, it is possible ..."

"....why the negative, long-winded article?"

For the bleedin' obvious reason you'd spend more money extracting the metals, than they are worth, DUH !

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Mac OS X 10.6.8 hails from Paleolithic era

Joe 35

Incremental update always works for me

Have never used the combo.

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Dell's dedupe story still unfolding

Joe 35
Stop

Fine for 99.999% of the time,and then ..

.... WHEN this stuff goes wrong, your data is well and truly hosed. Off to the backup so you can download an identically corrupted set of backup blocks ?

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New Mac scareware variant installs without password

Joe 35
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"There is always some button"

Nope, that the issue, there isn't ALWAYS "some button". Google "drive by installs"

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Apple admits scareware problem, at last

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"Apple OTOH actively discourage their users from installing AV software"

Obviously not enough in that case, because that's what these prats thought they were installing !

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Joe 35

" I do like how if a MS Windows based machine gets malware ..."

... its down to a problem with the underlying operating system, yet if a Mac gets beasties then it is all, 100% the users fault."

Yes, that would be because thats the case.

I a large proportion of the time, it IS split between the MS WIndows platform and the user, whilst in the Macs case it is ALWAYS the users fault.

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Joe 35
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"proves that other platforms are not immune to malicious software"

That should read "proves that idiot / naive* users are not immune from installing malware whatever platform they are on"

* delete as applicable. Preferably literally.

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HTC's UK repair centre suffering long delays, confusion

Joe 35
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Celerity

Celerity - a perfectly cromulent word

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Deleting 'innocent' DNA will cost £5m

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Missing the point ..

... only the most god-awful fucked up DB should make it that expensive to delete data, even if you have to wipe all the backup tapes and create new ones.

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Europe confirms raids on ebook publishers

Joe 35
FAIL

Fail on your fail

You said "it's heavily subsided hardware designed to make Amazon A LOT of money in the long-run from overpriced ebooks."

No, " it's heavily subsided hardware designed to make Amazon A LOT of money in the long-run from CHEAP ebooks."

Amazon at one stage actually refused to sell these overpriced books , which the publishers wont allow them to discount as a condition of sale. Check out the pricing differences between books where "the publisher has set the price" and ones where this isnt so. Its marked.

The publishers havent learned the lesson of the music industry. Eventually the pirates will teach them and hopefully quicker than the EU which will likely come up with a recommendation in about 2025.

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Apple clips publishers' wings

Joe 35
Stop

You missed out the bit where apple says....

... if you didn't buy the content through us you cannot access it.

That is, if what Sony says is correct"Apple.....is telling Sony that it “can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, >>>>>>>>or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the App Store." <<<<<<<<

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