* Posts by Steve Davies 3

2131 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Never trust a developer who says 'I can fix this in a few minutes'

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Re: Trust

I had a problem described to me a few weeks ago.

After a few moments of thought I answered, "I know what the problem is and how to fix it. It will only take me a few minutes BUT, they way they are using the application is not covered in the signed off use cases and there is no specific test for this set of operations. That will take 2-3 weeks to draft, get approved and fully regression test the fix and get the customer to sign off on it".

The PM answered, "But I told the customer thay could have the fix tomorrow. It didn't sound that difficult to me."

The PM is a failed developer which says a lot really.

The moral is that changing one line of code may only take 10 mins but everything else could make the time to fix extend out for weeks if not months.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Don't you mean...

What Religon has done to the world?

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Samsung offers $90,000 if you can fix California's epic drought with tech

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El nino to the rescue?

don't Panic but it is the time for another El Nino event. This usually results in the wrong sort of water falling on California by the bucketload.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32704506

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Amazon, eBay and Oracle in dirty power SHAME

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Re: Really?

What about Hydro Leccy?

What about pump stored systems?

What about burning non fossil fuels (like the Drax Power station can) such as wood?

Just saying that renewable energy is not confined to Sun/Solar and Wind?

But it is Apple we are talking about so it is certainly the devil that is powering their DC's at night.

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Automation eases the pain of software patching

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Re: OK... teased us with the scenario and methods..

g) who to scream at when the patch fails to install (I'm looking at you here MS)

h) being able to roll one or more back. What ! It might go wrong?

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Gaze upon the desirable Son of Alpha: Samsung Galaxy A5

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Re: the competition from the more obscure Chinese OEMs is irrelevant

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With the majority of British buyers looking for monthly contract deals from a high street name they can pronounce, the competition from the more obscure Chinese OEMs is irrelevant.

how about this...

With the majority of British 'lemmintgs/muppets' sadly still looking for monthly contract deals from a high street name they can pronounce (what is Dixons etc called this week), the competition from the more obscure Chinese OEMs is irrelevant.

The reason for not being able to buy the chinese kit at your local emporium is down to cash. There is simply more money to be made from fleecing the illinformed and selling them something that might be crap but makes the retailer more money.

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Telstra builds trans-continental land bridge for data

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Re: Living in Perth....

Don't you use any AdBlocking?

Why do you need to load adverts from the other side of the planet?

Haven't they heard of Cloudfare and the like?

If the webdesigners in Oz are so lazy with their coding then they deserve to be blocked.

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Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

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All MS needs now is for a Distro to include this 'thing'

and the ranting, wailing and teeth gnashing that we have seen over systemd will seem rather insignificant.

All I know is that it ain't gonna get anywhere near my Linux servers. They will remain a MS tool/product free zone.

(Yes, I know that there is some code in the kernel that was submitted by MS)

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Spotify springs bloody leak as losses grow to $197m – report

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No wonder they are afraid of Apple

Their investors will be getting itchy feet.

Apple to buy Spotify? Nah. They don't need them, they bought Beats.

What surprises me is that Spotify didn't see Apple muscling in on their play when the Beats deal went through. They have had enough notice of the as yet unannounced Apple service.

A few too many PHB's in Spotify perhaps?

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No, really, that 12.9-inch MaxiPad is totally on the way now

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Can I do no 1's or is strictly for No 2's?

That's what maxipads are for aren't they?

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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Re: American priorities?

And the prize for getting to proper 'Boffin' status?

May I suggest the plastic pocket protector (gotta put all those pens somewhere haven't you?)

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Re: How about a Nicolas Cage marathon shitfest?

Nick Cage is No 2 on my avoid list just behind Adam Sandler.

Mr Cage (IMHO) can only play one part, himself and not that well.

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Anything with Adam Sandler in it

is on my do not watch list. I find him totally unfunny and 1000 on the cringe meter.

However, I would have put 'On golden Pond' as my 3rd movie. I have tried 4 times to watch it. Every time it sends me to sleep.

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Ericsson to Apple: Cough up for licences or stop selling iPhones, iPads and Watches

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Re: It it to do with the selling price I bet

FRAND means that you can't charge one company double or tripple what you charge another for the same thing.

If a FRAND Patent holder decides that their Licensee can pay a whole lot more because their use of their patent is bringing home lots of $$$$ then the Licensee is right to say nope. That is what the F (FAIR) stands for.

At the moment we don't know (and may never know) what the sticking points of the negociations were in this case. We shall just have to wait while the shysters (aka Lawyers) on both sides get in the ring and try to beat the hell out of the other side.

Also, it would not be unknown for a patent holder to jack up the license fees on a patent that is about to expire.

It is also interesting that ther case is here in the EU and not in East Texas. It sounds to me that they really don''t want victory in court but a settlement.

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A world of conferences beckons for the Apple sysadmin

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Eh?

don't Apple devices 'Just work'? Why do they need administering? Surely they are perfection already?

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Would you trust your DNA with APPLE? HealthKit lined up as genome data trafficker

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Re: The only DNA of mine

Then it's off to Chokey for you then.

Your DNA can be analysed and extracted even from the ashes (according to C.S.I....) and the simple act of trying to set fire to the Church of Jobs will ensure that you never see the light of day outside Jail for a very long time.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Re: Answer: The hosts file.

and just how are the majority of windows users going to find it let alone know how to change it properly?

Will they even know what IP's/URL's to alias to 127.0.0.1 in the first place?

The hosts file is fine for us experts/geeks/etc but for the average Wayne or Sharon? forget it.

Personally, this Browser is a non starter apart from the one use which is to act as a downloader for other browsers that can block Adverts.

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Oculus Rift VR bucket will be seen on noggins near you in 2016

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Re: Look on the bright side

You won't see people walking down the street wearing one

You hope you won't see people walking down the street wearing one. Everyone else will be ROFL'ing.

There fixed it for you.

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DEFCON 23 to host Internet of Things slaughterfest

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Re: Fancy Bosch Oven

I was considering getting a bosch Oven last year. The John Lewis salesman said that a lot of customers were returning them. He didn't go into the reasons. The clocks might be the reason why.

In the end I went for a J-L own brand. Even setting the clock on that is a bit of PITA. Sometimes the UI designers (yeah right) for this type of device need to be taken outside and given a good kicking.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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FAIL

They arer Wearing it wrong

or

"If someone can make it go wrong then they will"

and the US version

"If someone can make it go wrong then they will and sue the makers to cover up their own stupidity."

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Microsoft enlists fat-piper Equinix to pump Office 365

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Too much Azure?

Azure this,

Azure that.

It seems to me that the 'Azure' brand is being attached to far too many things of dubious benefit.

Too much Blue methinks.

How long before MS becomes shirt sponsor at Chelsea or will the fat lady carry on singing the blues?

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Don't Forget....

Other engineering feats designed by Mr Brunel

1) the GWR bridge over the thames at Maidenhead. Many respected engineers thought that it would fall down

2) Box Tunnel on the GWR. The sun is reported to rise and shine through the tunnel on Brunel's Birthday.

3) The GWR itself. Railway Locos at the time (circa 1840) were not very powerful. The London & Birmingham Railway had to haul its trains up the incline when leaving Euston. Brunel engineered the GWR to have very little in the way of gradients. That and the large boilers that were possible with the broad gauge (7ft 1/4in) allowed the GWR to run trains at speeds that other railways could only dream about.

IMHO, Brunel was one of, if not the greatest Enginner in thr world. Railways, Bridges, Tunnels and even Ships. A true genius.

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Hyper-convergence? I believe – just not like this

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In plain (jargon and buzzword) english please?

Is it

1) Some gobbledegook cobbled up by a bunch of drinken marketing bods at some conference in Vegas?

2) Resillient Storage for Clouds (buzzword heaven)

3) something else entirely.

That's probably five years and a dozen pieces of buzzword bingo from now, but it's quite clear on the horizon.

From where I sit, the horizon is 'Obscured by Clouds' and these words come to mind

And no one showed us to the land

And no one knows the where's or why's

But something stirs and something tries

And starts to climb towards the light

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Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

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Re: Windows 7 is popular because it is easy to pirate

You can download an ISO for Windows Server 2012** with a 6 month trial license.

Far longer than the lifespan of a Mayfly.

** Add something like StartMenu (+ QuickLaunch) and it is usable.

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Intellectual property laws in China, India are flawed, claims US govt without irony

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don't forget all those

lovely H1B Visa's and all the IP that those with one get access to.

The US, famous for closing the stable door after the horse has disappeared over the Horizon.

US == UnServiceable

USA== UnServiceable Again

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Why should I learn by ORAL tradition? Where's the DOCUMENTATION?

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Re: The only thing better than a weird CMS ...

Open Source is all well and good (I use it a lot myself). However you do run the risk of a good proportion of the developers having a big tiff over some bit of trivial functionality and the best ones throwing their toys out of that particular pram and moving onto the next 'best thing since sliced bread'.

Yes you have the sources.

What do you mean you have not downloaded them and put them into local escrow?.....

What do you mean that the product web site has gone?

So by all means use Open Source but be aware of the risks associated with it and take steps to mitigate them especially if it is some widget that your whole IT build procedure depends upon.

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Re: Training? Chance would be a fine thing.

Training during paid employment? What's that?

Oh yes, I did have some once circa, 1992 or thereabouts.

Us Grumpy's don't get training. Our final role is to GIVE training to young upstarts who after reading their 'Idiots guide to XXXXX' think that they know all about XXXXX.

Then we get our P45's and are put out to grass.

A few months later we are back because our replacments screwed up the implementation of XXXXX.

The pay is better this time around.

Anyone would think that we gave the upstarts 'Duff Gen' in the first place.... (Honest guv, we didn't)

Coat because the new management are looking for more IT cost reductions. Time to think about getting my Leathers out and heading for the IOM and the TT.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Telling words

We need them to think that we’re trying to build a product that is for them

Do they think we were born yesterday?

They know full well what W7 users want. Thousands of forum posts since W8 was released has told them loud and clear.

Will they listen? That is the question.

The releases so far have (IMHO) been very mixed. More of a case of 'now you see it, now you don't'

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ZuckerBorg assimilates Microsoft boffins into potentially world-threatening FART

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Re: "FART"? really?

Nah, they are all just a bunch of boring old FARTS.

Time for a pint or two.

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iOS and Android apps on Windows 10: How is this supposed to work?

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Develop for iOS without needing a Mac?

Perhaps this might do the job?

http://www.embarcadero.com/products/rad-studio/whats-new

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

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Re: Interesting times.

Had to do a 'collect' from Dixons-PC-World-Whateveritiscalledtoday today. While the staff struggled to find the order I had a wander around. The Apple counter was busy but Surface display was blowing tumbleweed. None of the devices were actually turned on.

After deciding that I really didn't want to spend more than a grand on a 4K TV with crappy colour rendition I collected the order and left.

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Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

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Re: BAD IDEA UNLESS

If you rely on the firewall in the device provided by your ISP/Cable Company then IMHO you are just asking to get hacked.

You should run your own firewall, one that you can trust INSIDE your network.

The idea proposed in this article is IMHO total lunacy.

Putting a server in your modem is hust what the spooks want. The spy on your network with HMG approval.

Having it 50% in the the ISP's cloud is also a bad idea. Guess who's bandwith + upload/download quota this is going to come out of? It won't be a freebie from the ISP and that's for sure.

The use of the cloud is also how the spooks will get theit hands on everything that goes on in your network hence the need for at least one more firewall so that what happens inside it is not going to get leeched out into the big bad world.

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Apple Watch WRISTJOB SHORTAGE: It's down to BAD VIBES

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Apple product/software/anything is a POS

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Apple has not returned The Register's requests for comment at this time.

Can we make that the standard demplate for all articles about Apple in the future?

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

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Unhappy

Extend?

all apps need to be signed by Microsoft

lots of lovely jubbly heading to Redmond for doing SFA.

Who cares is Windows revenues are down the crapper when their Antroid tihes and App signing fees will keep then in the black for years.

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This is Spartan? No, it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

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Childcatcher

Edge?

Oh yes. MS getting on the 'Edge' bandwagon then? Will is be as useless as the Samsung Edge? (a solution waiting for a question IMHO)

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Facepalm

What can go wrong?

Well lets take this for one.

There is a well known village in Kent that has frankly shitty UK Mobile reception. On the otherhand the french networks are loud and clear. So you have a prang and the car connects to Orange FR and sends it details off.

The french emergency people fire up their Pompiers et Sapiers vehicles only to find their way blocked by 1) striking dockers at Calais

2) La Manche.

Repeat for any prang close to a border with another country.

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UK's annual PCB waste = 81 HMS Belfasts, says National Physical Lab

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Paris Hilton

Re: Displacement is not weight of the vessel.

I see what you did there!

mixed units of weight in the same paragraph.

2000 tons and 8,000,000 pounds

Over here in Blighty, we don't use millions of LB's. that stupidity is reserved from them there colonials out to the west.

Paric because she hates putting on a even a few avp ounces.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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The Apple Watch?

Oh, that's so last second {to the tune of that equally crappy moneysupermarket advert with Sharon O}

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Best Buy bites down hard on Apple Pay fruity bonking deal

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Re: MCX/CurrentC

Apple Pay shows up...

And creates a simple and elegant solution but this is Apple we are talking about. So it is Doomed, Doomed I tell ye.

Gome on Google get your finger out and show us how an Ad-festered data leeching wallet can work.

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Google exec and avid climber dies on Mount Everest

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Spare a thought for the Nepali people

For a good number of them what little they had has been destroyed.

The Gurkha Community here in the UK are already organising some relief efforts. Some of them have families close to the epicentre of the quake. Some of my neighbours are Gurkha's.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: Tax assets instead of profits

1%? What planet are you living on?

What is the current interest rate paid to savers? 1-2% (2% if you are lucky)

So taking 1% of that away will decrease the rate paid to savers by 1%. Some accounts already offer less than 1% rate before tax.

What happens then sunshine?

Perhaps I'd be better off drawing all my retirement savings out as cash and putting it under the mattress? I'd probably get a better return anyway.

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Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year

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Just another excuse

to hike their prices to pay for Larry's new Island.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Supply and demand

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It is a huge pain getting all you old data onto a new machine, and making sure that the software you need

A problem that some other Operating Systems have largely solved but with Windows everything is so tied together and mixed up.

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Don't worry MS Shareholders - we have a cunning plan!

Dear MS Shareholder,

We are trully sorry for these very dissappoining results. Don't worry as we have a plan to increase our revenues and profits again.

As you may know, we have already announced price rises for MS-Sharepoint, MS-Exchange and other server related products. Today, we announce that these price rises will be imposed as of today and will increase by 10% accross the board.

We are confident that the extra revenues will return our profitability to previous levels within the next reporting period.

Yours

Sataya, Captain of the good ship Titanic (a.k.a Microsoft)

See Icon but is it really that far fetched?

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Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

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2nd Class?

3rd Class or Steerage if you ask me. (wasn't is 2nd class that got abolished in the early days of BR?)

Normal mobile coverage on trains is more of a problem than the article makes out.

1) Still lots of NOT SPOTS even within 40 miles of The house of fools (Westminster)

2) What about those NOT SPOTS called tunnels?

Coming into Kings Cross you travel through Gaswork Tunnel. Just when lots of cattle (sorry passengers) want to make calls they can't. The same applies in many cities. Brum (New St), Edinburgh, Glasgow (Queen St) etc etc.

A mega Aerial won't solve that little problem not will it?

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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FOSS is the Devil in the Microsoft World

despite their overtures towards it.

FOSS can't be controlled in the same was other vendors can.

Microsoft do look at the environment that Apple have created for the iPhone/iPad/iPod and want to copy it. But even Apple has developer access. If they didn't then how would the gazillion apps for the iPhone etc be created.

As a developer, the first thing I'll do is work out how to bypass this. I have apps that will never get signed my Microsoft. I'm certainly not going to pay them a fee for developing programs for my own use. I know that I'm not alone there.

If you can't bypass the signing then MS will be signing (sic) their own death warrant.

Even on Crapple MacBook etc systems, I can code an application and run it without signing.

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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Re: To be fair...

US Officialdom does not have a sense of humour. They ALL have it surgically removed when signing up for their job.

So don't even try to make a jobe with them. It will fall flat on its face and could even lead to more charges against you.

This is how a simple traffic stop could end up in you being killed for no good reason.

"He argued with me by saying that he wasn't doing 37 in a 35 zone. So I took that as resisting arrest. When he didn't stop talking I shot the perp."

"Well Bubba, that looks like another star for your patrol car door. That is a good kill."

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Don't worry, Apple hypegasms haven't gone in the WRISTJOB ERA

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Re: Apple Stores ?

A worse experience?

Try going into a Microsoft Store and finding that that staff outnumber the customers 15:1

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Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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Coming soon....

Dear Customer/Sucker,

We notice that you are making calls from your movile device that are outside the scope of your calling plan. From the 1st of the next month you will be unable to continue this activity within your current plan.

We recommend that you upgrade to the 'Super Expensive VOIP - 48 month Plan[1]' without delay.

Yours

Suckers Only Mobile Company plc

[1] To exit from this plan before the 48 month contract has expired an exit fee equal to Six Months rental will be levied.

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AssangeTM ♥s dictator Kim Jong-un say Sony Pictures' lawyers

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Remember SCO?

David Boise was involved with that case as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Boies

And in particular

- Boies was retained by the SCO Group, during the SCO-Linux controversies, in their pursuit of alleged infringement of their rights to the Unix intellectual properties.

- Boies was the lead counsel for Oracle Corporation in its lawsuit against Google on the use of Java (programming language) technology in the Android (operating system). The case decided that Google did not infringe on Oracle's patents.

Great track record Sir!

you really must be worth your $1000/hour

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