* Posts by Steve Davies 3

3231 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Sharing your work cubicle with robots may not be such a bad thing

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At least the robot won't...

1) Leave used coffee cups around

2) Leave crumbs (or worse) in your keyboard

3) Replace your photos of family/dog/cat with their own

4) Move the mouse from the Lefthand side of the KB to the right. (For us lefties)

etc

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Not sure that I'd want to really share though.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: puzzled

A lot easier now that MS has changed the meaning of the RED-X on the 'do you want to install this pile of steaming dog turd now or later?' box.

People who are not given the choice of saying No, not now or ever may well suffer some financial loss when the plague called W10 infects their system.

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Sorry, you got it wrong

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Serious Q: Is W10 out of beta yet?

Should that not be

Serious Q: Is there any version of Windows that is truly out of beta?

I think the majority here know the answer.

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Let the lawsuits begin

Personally, I hope they get hit with a few hundred thousand of these cases next week.

Windows 10 is a virus and needs to be stomped out without delay.

I know that there are people how post here that are MS fans/shills/trolls but just think carefully for a moment.

If W10 can screw up someone business like this then how many others are there out there eh?

Remember that this user is not a techie like most of us. They are more like the 'bog standard user'. This sort of thing really should not happen in this day and age.,

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UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources

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With the £ sliding and the FTSE down

it won't be long before

- Petrol prices rise 10p/litre

- Inflation goes up

- Major employers relocate to the EU proper.

The vote leave will hit everyone in their pockets

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Thunder struck: Apple kills off display line

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Re: Another Apple rots

and how is that different from just about every other company?

Come on now, don't be bashful. Please tell us.

Peraps MS should kill the Surface Pro because it sells so few when compared to other devices on the market.

Besides these were never aimed at the mainstream in the first place. Not everything has to sell millions to be successful. We may never know how many of these Apple has sold.

As an aside, I use a 27in/4K Dell Monitor with my MBP. Got the colour gamut calibrated without issue.

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Vendors suspend tech orders as Brexit slaps Brit pound

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Uncertainty replaced by certainty

We have been told for years that the markets hate uncertainty.

Well we know the result and the markets crash.

Or is there some other 'uncertainty' we should be told about?

Hang the lot of them I say.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Re: Please...

The only alternative is May (shudder) but at least she isn't Boris (the spider)

I'll second the statements about Trump, Le Pen etc.

This won't end well.

or to use a well known phrase

Were Doomed I tell ye, Doomed!

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Israeli researcher fans fears: here's another way to cross the airgap

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Good luck detecting those fans

and their changes when inside a DC with literally hundreds of other fans of all different shapes and sizes all going full tilt.

you can hardly hear yourself think at times.

I guess the test rig was setup inside an an ANECHOIC CHAMBER and not in the real world.

Still it makes employment for some don't it...

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Back in '66

I was in a bar in Puerto Soller, Majorcia watching the final. Half the bar was German and half was English.

Not one German argued about the validity of the goal at the time.Mind you the 14in Black and White TV might have had something to do with it.

Got drunk for the first time that night along with the Germans and Brits. No trouble as eveyone agreed that it was a wonderbar match.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: Remember the days...

Mail Order from

Sarfend....

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Screwfix vs B&Q

In my locale, they are less than 400yds apart. Once upon a time, Screwfix were cheaper than B&Q but not it seems the other way around.

The only advantage of going to Screwfix is that the car park is easier to get in and out of.

Then there is the thrust by B&Q to get the trade customers. So we see that the 'trade' (Cough-cough) price is less than use mere average punters have to pay.

Just show them pretty well any business card and you get the trade price.

Why can't they have one price for everyone?

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Dell tempts hordes with MASSIVE DISCOUNTS on PCs

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Whooppeee Do a whole £0.99

discount.

Dell must be joking.

not even enough for a Pint.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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Re: E(USSR)

Nice comment about Pres Putin

LenIN

StalIN

PutIN

See the pattern?

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Vote Yes or

prepare to kneel down before Emperor Boris.

Seriously,

We are far better off inside the EU than out of it. IT is more than just the economics of who benefits most and all that.

I don't trust the BREXITeers one bit and that includes my local MP.

Little Englanders the lot of them. The world they want has long gone if it ever existed in the first place.

Don't worry, I've already voted so nothing anyone can say here can make me change my mind.

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Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

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Re: Software patents

And in the othetr El Reg post today on Fedora, it was explained that the patent on sub-pixel rendering is going to expire in 2018.

So he gets all the patentos on Blockchains. What then?

He either getas rich (paid for in Bitcoin) or the rest of the world invents another text that bypasses these patents.

Also as has been mentioned, a lot of Blockchain is already out in the open so unless his applications represent an improvement on them he won't get them granted.Does he have a big fund for his lawyers?

There was recent news that IBM and Intel have been working together on this stuff. Does he really want to take on them in a legal case?

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

But don't put it past the EU to get all sinffy about a leave vote and decide those agreements are null and void. What then eh?

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So where is the post to balance this out?

Remember

The grass is not always greener on the other side

and

Better the Devil you know than the devil you don't know..

Wanna got to spain/italy/greece on your hols? Better get used to paying £100 per person for your visa in future. Not possible? don't put it past the French especially to put all sorts of hurdles in the way of people/goods going through or over France.

Sadly, I get the feeling that we will vote to leave. BJ will become PM and what then? Depression more like.

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All this Brexit talk derailed UK tech spending, right? That's a big fat NOPE

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By 06:00 Friday

The queues of Remain supporters heading for France/Belguim/Holland/Germany/Denmark or Spain will be huge.

Then on Monday a vast raft of redundancies will be announced as firms relocate to Dublin/Frankfurt or justabout anywhere that is not in a 'We are gonna leave the EU, UK.'

Farage will be seen drinking a pint or three and gloating.

Boris will be asked to become the next PM.

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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

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Back in the Day

You heard about a gig on the Radio and queued up outside the venue to get tickets.

Tickets mostly went on sale less than 2 months before the gig.

you paid for your seat at the box office and some venues didn't accept anything but hard cash.. 1st come 1st served.

Sometimes, I wish for those days back and yes, I am over 60 but still go to gigs and really have having to buy tickets 6-9 months (or longer) in advance.

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Apple's 'lappable' iPad Pro concept is far from laughable

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Shock Horror - A positive review of an Apple 'thing'

on El Reg... wonders will never cease.

The review was good on detail and less of a press release. Can we keep on with articles like this please?

I own an iPad mini which does the job it was bought for. Isn't this the aim of just about any product we spash the cash for?

It might not be perfect for everything but for showing off my photos and reading e-Books is is better than anything I've used before and this includes Amazon Kindle-fire and a Samsung Tablet.

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Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

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Re: A broken watch tells the right time twice a day?

Sure, my first digital camera went through AA's as if they were going out of fashion.

My modern DSLR battery is good for around 1,000 shots. Possibly less if I'm doing a lot of birds in flight and using the lest to track them keeping them in focus.

But a replacement battery is pretty small. It easily fits into a pocket or a daysack.

I'm coming to the end of a 3 week trip in the USA. So far I've taken close on 4000 pictures (many 20 frame panoramas) and I've charged the battery four times.

Things have moved on since those early days.

So, back to the watch. My guess is that in 3-4 years, we may wonder what all the fuss was about. OTOH, we may well laugh and realise that wearable like this were a passing fad. Only time will tell.

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Safari 10 dumps Flash, Java, Silverlight, QuickTime in the trash

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Re: That is all well and good but...

So when I use Firefox on OSX why does nothing play? Safari is nowhere in sight.

Feeble excuse if you ask me,

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That is all well and good but...

Until the likes of the BBC and others too numerous to name get off their fat arses and nuke the need for flash from their end this bodge by Apple will still be needed.

As for Silverlight, the darn thing keeps appearing in the list of optional things to install/patch. MS could nuke it if they wanted but they can't be bovvered (like everything else it seems ATM).

I wanted to see how to remove haze from some photos. All the turorials demanded flash. So I had to listen to the sound description and try to work it out from there.

Can someone please stick a knife in Flash. I'll even buy them a few pints. I susprect that I would not be alone the day that 99.99% of the internet works without flash installed.

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Who shot JR (that great Dallas broadband)?

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Re: Get the facts!

1977 was a little early for anyone to get fibre as a backbone but your sentiment was well meant.

My issue with Google is their need to be fed data about virtually everyone.

Does Google Fibre slurp your data back to the Chocolate Factory or are they playing a clean game and not sucking your data from under you so that it can be used in their AI, to improve your life with Adverts etc?

It would be nice to know that side of the coin.

Is it a choice between 100Mbits and data sucking (with Google) or 20Mbits and ISP Data Neutrality with AT&T/Comcast etc?

I'm not a US resident so it does not matter to me which wat round it is but it would be nice to know.

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Apple struggles with the idea of intelligent life outside Cupertino

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Control Freakery?

Is it not better for you, the individual for the AI to reside on YOUR device than back at the Mothership where the data can be slurped and used for all manner of reasons, viz Advertising and Tracking?

If Apple deciding to keep Siri local you your iDevice is an example of control freakery then frankly, I'm all for it.

They IMHO have a different and better approach to Google/MS/Amazon. And frankly, given the slurping tendencies of the competition, I'm with Apple on this one.

Personally, I would not be seen dead talking to an AI but that is just the luddite in me. Or? Perhaps I don't want to broadcast that I'm looking for [redacted] to the people around me. I certainly don't want my searched to result in product recommendations. I'm sure it won't be long before there are divorces filed where the 'dodgy' searched are cited as reasons for getting unhitched.

IMHO, Apple are being refreshingly different here. Good on them I say.

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control Fearkery?

Is it not better for you, the individual for the AI to reside on YOUR device than back at the Mothership where the data can be slurped and used for all manner of reasons, viz Advertising and Tracking?

If Apple deciding to keep Siri local you your iDevice is an example of control freakery then frankly, I'm all for it.

They IMHO have a different and better approach to Google/MS/Amazon. And frankly, given the slurping tendencies of the competition, I'm with Apple on this one.

Personally, I would not be seen dead talking to an AI but that is just the luddite in me. Or? Perhaps I don't want to broadcast that I'm looking for [redacted] to the people around me. I certainly don't want my searched to result in product recommendations. I'm sure it won't be long before there are divorces filed where the 'dodgy' searched are cited as reasons for getting unhitched.

IMHO, Apple are being refreshingly different here. Good on them I say.

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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

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Re: Our long nightmare is not over

Oh, you mean the monthly Patch Tuesday files that MS dish out? Aren't these 'specially crafted'. Crafted to get you to install W10 that is. According to many in these parts W10 is nothing more than malware anyway.

I passed close to Area 51 yesterday hence the Icon.

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Apple nominated for Internet Hero of the Year, Donald Trump for Villain

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Re: Apple supported the privacy of its users from government spying

and given Google incessant need for your data and with Microsoft wanting to get their slice of the pie, even if you hate Apple, you should at least give them a bit of kudos for not being the same as the other two.

They are trying to be different when it comes to user data security. MS had a chance but with W10 Adds on the lock screen and not the LinkIn data slurp I see them as being no better than Google.

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Cork data centre will offer super-speedy US to Europe data times

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Re: Confused (again)

The locals will direct the invaders to say... Morans and give them Guinnes and Smoked Salmon.

Then the marines will be asked, 'Now fellas, do you really want to invade us now? Another pint for our new American friends'.

The invasion will fail miserably and the marines will apparently disappear into a peat bog but turn up tending bar in Dublin.

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Re: But *why* 320 km from a nuclear installation ?

Don't forget all the Radioactive substances at the Lawrence-livermore site. Connected to SF via the BART.

Personally, the whole of the Bay IT Industry area could disappear in a giant quake for all I care (people excepted).

Google is even closer to the San-Andreas than Apple is.

Drove through there yeterday. Lots of carparks on the freeways and hardly a Hybrid/Leccy vehicle in site apart from the Prius. I see more in the US than here... The only leccy car was a Chevy Volt with a vanity place 'GASGONE'.

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TalkTalk says 8-month app outage lasting 'bit longer than we hoped'

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Facepalm

Advertising a service that does not exist?

Time for a complaint to the ASA then?

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Latest Windows 10 build loves up cloud, banishes 'strange grey bar'

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How many average users will use this stuff?

Come on now hands up there. No not you experts who lurk around this place but the 'Joe/Jolene average user'.

Well? I don't see many out there.

Sure this will be of use to enterprise users but for the average home user? Nope.

Do they eve know or care about all this cloudy containery stuff? Somehow I doubt it.

As has been said,

Still won't install it EVER ok.

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Bing web searches may reveal you have cancer (so, er, don't use Bing?)

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US Drug market

Have you ever seen US TV?

It is full of adverts for all sorts of drugs. Some have really serious side effects but that have to tell you in the adverts about ALL of them so the voice runs at about 500 word/min.

Becuse Healthcare in the USA is really, really, really big business with billions and billions of USD at stake, even a bit of extra data about increasing (or decreasing) levels of a particular disease could be worth a huge amount of money to Big Pharma.

Sadly the error range in this study makes it as accurate as me putting £10 on the 16:30 at Haydock and expecting my choice of old nag to win.

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Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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As seen in semi rural Northern California

Which is where I am at the present

Checks (us spelling) rule Ok.

Where the locals use them there will be a need for a local bank.

In fact the small town I'm in right now (06:11 in the morning) has two right on main st.

There is a general store, a blacksmiths (makes fancy doodads and does not shoe horses), a Barbers shop etc etc.

There is even a Victorian Hotel right across the street from the Saloon (Over 21's only) and a theatre.

Wallmart? Dollar General?

Oh, they are 15 miles away along with BigK and Safeway.

The view of the people here is that the people in the cities need to get out more often and see the world as it really is.

This place is close to 300miles from the ethereal if not downright unreal world of silicon valley and could not be a more different place. There is even a place that is a Radio Shack agency.

Why?

If the locals are strong enough then their town won't become a WalMart Ghost town. Remember thart Walmart are shutting lots of rural stores. What then for the locals? Will Amazon fill the breach? Out here? Are you kidding. It will cost them billions just to setup the infrastructure to rival that of the supermarkets.

It seems most people here are for Hilary but there is one 'Trump' poster right across the street from where I'm typing this.

If you mention 'Salesforce' around here the answer will be 'Oh, that's Hank', not some app on a mobile device. Cellphone signal here is 1 bar on AT&T. T-Mobile is non existent.

IMHO, this article is another pure clickbait flimsy.

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

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FAIL

And still people want to use this POS?

After all their previous issues with networking going back to Windows 3.0/3.1 I am actually saddened that MS puts out software that behaves like this.

It is almost as if the droids in Redmond are deliberately ignoring the fact that most of the world is not on 100Mbit Connections (not ASDL either).

So come you MS fanbois, defend this?

My decision to never use W10 that I made lst October seems to be even wiser every day.

IMHO, it is a POS and not fit to wipe yor arse when doing No 2's.

Sadly, MS won't do anything to fix the problems. They are in 'la-la-la-la-la-can't here you land' at the moment.

Such a shame. They could have made a really good OS instead... they failed, miserably (IMHO)

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FBI tries again to get warrantless access to your browser history

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and in other news,

it was reported that there has been a noticeable rise in people browsing the internet from Live CD/DVD distros and VM that are overwritten once it is shutdown.

Good luck to the FBI getting access to those browser histories.

So be careful what you wish for.

I wouldn't put it past one or two browser makers to make 'clear ALL Histories' the default.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Tidal?

You could put floating waterwheels on many rivers.

These are anchored but can rise or fall with river levels.

These would use the flow of water to turn the wheels. As the majority of rivers flows 24/7/52 then there is always a flow of power.

These could be placed under bridges (where the water speeds up) or at the sides in multiples

It wouldn't take an enginnering genius to get a design that could be mass produced thus lowering the cost.

Ok, so it might not be in the mega or goga watt range but as the tesco advert says

'Every little helps'.

Just think what a thousand of these on the River Thames/Severn/Trent might produce?

Maintenance? just lift them out of the water, replace with another one and cart the old one off to a base for work.

But hey, I'm just dreaming. The planners would put a stop to this sort of thing in an instant.

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Rogue Somerset vulture lands at Royal Navy airbase

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Happy

Vultures eat dead things

They don't kill their lunch. They rely on others to do it. Much like the hacks that hover around here

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Three Four top Cisco execs leave after being made 'advisors'

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FAIL

Dell really is becoming a ...

four letter word.

mind you the recent goings on at HPE are not much better.

Headless chickens seem to come to mind.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Calling in Debts

That would I am sure trigger the rest of the world to call in all the debt that the US owes.

How much is that again?

How much does it rise every second?

Now that would trigger a 20+ year depression all over the world.

Maybe that's what President Trump wants to do? (Just a thought)

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Microsoft thinks it's fixed Windows Server mess its last fix 'fixed'

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'Not sure if the bugs are fixed'?

Not News. This is SOP for the folks from Redmond.

Had an interesting chat with a recent MS ex-employee in a bar in Portland, Oregon last night.

He was not surprised with the recent W10 'upgrade' being forced on users.

He's now working for a Linux only shop. No need to say any more really.

I bought him a pint of a farily decent local brew hence the icon.

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Software snafu let EU citizens get referendum vote, says Electoral Commission

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Re: damn

You mean dupliate the situation in the USA where Pres Obama (Dem) can't get the bills passed because the republicans control both the house and the senate?

8 years of virtual political deadlock.

And you want that?

Please god no. It would be like a Government having no overall majority and forever facing votes of no confidence.

{Posted while travelling in Oregon.}

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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Re: Don't use Microsoft products ....

Sadly, the Windows EULA absolves Microsoft from being liable for ANY damages caused by the operation of their Operating System.

This may be only correct for the USofA. I'd love to see it challenged in a court though.

At the very least MS should cough up for this org's Satellite charges but I wouldn't get my hopes too high.

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Re: According to Mr. Orlowski

Perhaps the passing of time has clouded peoples memories.

If you cast your mind back to the SCO vs IBM case, a lot of it centred around the alledged copying of 'errno.h'.

The Judge ruled that this file was generic (or words that I can't remember) and did not violate copyright.

errno.h is a standard file in every Unix and Linux distro. It has been there for decades.

To use the definitions contained in that file is not a violation of copyright (well, the SCO Lawyers still seem to think so after 13+ years) so I'd go with the jury on the use of a published API but not the code behind it.

IMHO, it is ok to take a published API and reverse engineer what it behind it. As long as you don't peek at the original sources then you are ok. This is how the various 'clean-room' Java JVM's got developed.

If my recollection of the SCO events is wrong then sorry. The gory details are available of www.groklaw.net.

Where are you PJ, just when we need your dissecttion of the Oracle and Google Lawyers statements and truths and definite untruths?

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Well said!

Herr Mueller had to admit that he was paid by Microsoft to 'do stuff'.

This was covered on Groklaw in gory detail.

My first question to Mr 'Foss Patents' would be...

Ok, Florian who is paying you at the moment?

IF he does not answer then you can infer whatever you like.

As for me? Where's that 40,000ft barge pole.

Same on you El Reg for posting this diatribe unchallenged.

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Windows 7, Server 2008 'Convenience' update is anything but – it breaks VMware networking

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Deliberate perhaps?

After all, they have their own VM system.

Remember the old mantra

"The day isn't done until Notes won't run".

Just wondering....

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

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Re: Even Worse

and if this was an Apple device, a 100 Class Action lawsuits would have been filed, News of the issue would be on the TV and Radio news and the share price would take a hammering and senior execs hauled up before politicians to explain their inaction.

But it isn't so MS has decided that like the wartime slogan said

Keep Calm,

Carry On.

Nothing to report. Not news. etc

And then next quarter, we see Surface sales tank. What then Mr SatNad?

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Feds raid dental flaws dad

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Re: That old chestnut

Common sense does not enter into US Law Enforcement/Prosecutors' minds when deciding to take on a case. You break the law and you go to jail for the max time possible. That is their No 1 position.

I'd go as far as to say, that it is surgically removed when they sign up.

It remains to be seen if the Feds go after the company OR that the company is sued into oblivion by a class action suit from the people who's records were left exposed.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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The MS Seminal moment

will go down in History. Future MBA Classes will study the repeated footgun that MS is doing to itself.

Perhaps it is time for MS to be put down. After all, 'They shoot horses don't they?'

Or just Nuke Redmond (my Dr Strangelove moment)

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