* Posts by Steve Davies 3

3521 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

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Re: How many

Yep. The three systems that got downgraded to W10 are all now running Linux.

No more Microsoft OS at all. The GWX debacle was the last straw.

Be gone Microsoft, be gone and don't come back or (see Icon)

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152k cameras in 990Gbps record-breaking dual DDoS

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Hands up...

all those who still think that in its current guise IoT is a good thing.

Come on now don't be shy. Let's be having you.

Yet all the kit makers wil lstill be flogging this as hard as they can

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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Re: When Trump wins

He might be as you say 'retarded' but people are gonig to vote for him in their millions.

his rhetoric has made them beleive that there is indeed a 'terrorist under every bed, on every sttreet corner etc' and that the 'Mexicans are going to invade next week'.

Repuplican voting friends of mine are going to go into the pollings station in november and vote for Hillary. They don't like her but at least they have the sense to know that DT will be bad for the USA.

Now if Hillary does get elected, one or two are expecting that the GOP controlled Senate and Congress to start impeachment proceedings before next April.

There truly is something rotten in the colonies.

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Intel, Lenovo officially gone to the dogs – with FIDO fingerprint logins

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Re: FFS

It is Lenovo's route as well. Given that some models of Yoga that won't boot anything but windows 10 due to the BIOS/UEFI not allowing the RAID config to be changed.

Quite why they need a RAID config on a single drive is beyond me.(could be mistaken though).

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Watch out, Openreach: CityFibre swallows Redcentric's network for £5m

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Re: Fighting over cities

so you want all those farmers who sell direct to the public to move into the Cities? (ok, so I'm being simplistic)

What happens to your organic lavender rub then?

I know some small businesses that work perfectly well running their business from out in the sticks. They adapt and eveolve their methods to cater for slow BB speeds.

One of these has been managing very well since that days of Dial-up/ Remember them? He never got more than 19.2Kbits from his home. That didn't stop him and not having 20Mbits now is not stopping him from making shed loads of money.

It can be done. People can adapt and innovate.

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Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

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Re: Wonderful

I'll raise your tanner to a Florin

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Windows printer bug fixed

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Re: Mountain tops? @itzman

Well said. People want to use their computers to do stuff.

IMHO, the OS is a tool that just needs to facilitate that operation. It does not need to be a nanny and try to help/get in the way. Oh how did we ever manage with good old Dos eh?

I have to conclude that your downvote was probably due to the fact that you mentioned Apple and didn't slag them off which seems to be the norm aroyund here these days. It does not matter that the news item we are discussing is about Microsoft. I know that this will gather even more downvotes for trying to inject a modicum of reason but that's life ain't it....

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R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

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The same goes for the Amazon Drones

They'll be target practice for the local scumbags.

After all in the USA there are apparently more guns in circulation than citizens.

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If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

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Old devices and methods

In my Computer Museum

I have the stack of cards that I wrote my first big program on sitting in my display cabinet. All 1467 punched cards plus the George III JCL.

Next to them is the punched tape that contains the source to me 1975 Degree project.

Finally there is a flyer for the rather special 32bit Mini that I worked on in the mid 1980's.

My grandkids shake their heads in disbelief when they hear about how we loaded a bootstrap into a PDP-11 through the front panel.

Things have come a long way in the past 45 years.

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Cisco preps the P45s for 500 unlucky UK staffers

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The 90 day dealine

for Wall St has a lot to answer for and in my mind, nothing positive.

Companies have to post increasing sales and profits (and decreasing expenses) every 90 days of Wall St starts selling the stock like crazy.

This makes company embark on a continual re-org in search of the holy grail, a year of positives in Growth of sales and profits and decreases in expenses, ie Staff Salaries.

Dell has the right idea. Now that it is private thay don't have to take part in the 90 day merrygoround.

I wish more companies would do this and stick a few big fingers up at the overpaid idiots on Wall St.

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Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements

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Soggy Bottoms and other stories

That do they know about them unless it is a place of their favourite off road course.

mind you, it would be fun to see JC (no not the bearded one up for election as some political leader ) getting his hands dirty for once.

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Woo hoo, UK.gov has unveiled yet another tech creche – for infosec

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Re: coalition government?

You obviously fail to get the joke about Bobby Ewing and the dream. You must not be old enough to remember 'Dallas' from the 1980's and 'Who shot JR?'.

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coalition government?

Did the General Election of 2015 not happen then?

Perhaps it didn't and the BREXIT vote was all a dream... and my name is Bobby Ewing

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

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Re: There are other servers?

Ah, the crop of Servers from the Redmond Estate...

1) vintage 2003 was quite rough around the edges but most la robust performer.

2) The 2008 (R2) Crop was the best by a long way.

3) 2012 was to many, a big dissappointment. The Vintners seemed to get confused between the Desktop and Server for the non core brand. The result is a mixed up mess of white space and strange flavours.

{see icon}

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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Non Functioning Touchpad?

Obviously MS expects you to use the touchscreen ...

oh wait...

MS Fails again big time. Yes the mainstream press ignores it.

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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VM junk mail

make very good firelighters. I have a pile of around 40 of the things ready for the winter.

Hey, they are free so stop whining

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They are a media company

So what Import costs?

Is this the costs of some crap US Relaity TV show or something physical. If the latter then what?

I'm sure the readership here would like to know.

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TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

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Re: All hail the new Golden Don!

Nah, it will 'El Presidente Trumpo' for me. After all, he is acting more and more like a dictator (south american type) every day.

He is totally delusional if he really things that the Mexican Government will pay for his Great Wall. They won't.

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Apple guilty in iPhone ringtone patent rip-off battle with Sony, Nokia

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but...

This is Apple we are talking about here.

Some will say that it should have been 0 patents ruled invalid or dropped even if the patents were crap anyway.

Some of these patents were blindingly obvious and IMHO in the class where they simply added 'on a mobile device' to an existing patents claims.

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Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report

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Re: I'd hate to be the first driver to crash an Apple F1 car.

And if you were in a Tesla you would not be holding the steering wheel at all.

Better to hold it wrong than not to hold it at all.

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: weapons?

The designers obviously watched those episodes of Thunderbirds/Capt'n Scarlett/Space 1999 where weapons 'magically' appeared out of the Hull/wings etc and were remotely controlled.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Ejection Seat blues

The old and venerable Phantom F4 had a radar screen that was right over the navigators knees.

I remember being told that several USMC crew had ejected sans legs before they got the mechanism that moves the display out of the way a few mSecs before the ejection took place.

Quite a thought for someone on their first day at work aged 15.

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Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

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Re: Musk is a Salesman.

Sigh...

Snake Oil salesmen were purveuors of magic potions that promised to cure every disease known to man.

I don't trust him simply because he has far too many fingers in too many pies for him to concentrate on making Tesla the best. Sure they are innovating but he keeps on making promises he can't keep.

Calling the 'driver assistant', Autopilot was a mistake. Anyone involved with Aircraft autopilots will tell you that.

I don't see any evidence that the software has been developed and tested to the same standards as Flight Critical software. If I ever drove a Tesla, I would not engage Autopilot until it gets a lot better and the code is certified as being tested to Flight Critical standards. That alone would defer an awful lot of lawsuits.

So in my opinion, he is a snake oil salesman.

Naturally I could be wrong but so far I see lots of promises from Tesla and lots of money being lost.

When the model 3 is delivered for £30K on time I might revise my opinion of him.

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Musk is a Salesman.

and purveyor of Snake Oil.

Do I really need to say anything else?

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1TB SanDisk flash cam card

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Don't keep us in suspense

How Much?

One arm or two legs?

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Brits: Can banks do biometric security? We'd trust them before the government

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Most banks are crap at this

I was looking at this site only yesterday.

http://www.knowyourmobile.com/mobile-phones/apple-iphone-6/22699/uks-best-and-worst-banking-apps-iphone-2016

RBS/NatWest comes out top simply because they have implemented Apple TouchId very well.

There are some good apps but don't implement biometric/fingerprinting.

The worst? HBOS.

Entering all sorts of codes and passwords and pass phrases on smartphone is a faff of the biggest order.

I don't know about really how secure AndroidPay is but by all reports the Apple implementation is very secure.

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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Re: So, any suggestions for alternatives?

Add to that,

- Multi-platform to include iOS and MacOS (yes there are users out there)

It seems that microsoft is up to its old tricks. Recent Skype releases have seen valued functionality removed which I know is pissing off the user base in my contacts list.

If the non 'Skype for Business' customer base jump ship then frankly, I don't think that would MS care at all. Getting an even tighter stranglehold on business users seem to be their 'Plan A'.

I would not find it strange for Skype for Windows to soon be bundled up in Office 365. No free and available for all versions at all. It does not fit in their need to monetise everything. I would not be surprised that 'Free' was redacted from all Dictionaries in Redmond.

There is certainly room for an alternative. One wonders if the people in the UK might pick up their toys and start an alternative.

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Lauri Love extradition A-OK

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Re: Why is it...

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Most American don't even know where Britain lies

Wrong (well almost)

They love the Royal Family. well, if the mags at the supermarket checkouts are to be believed.

Many seem to think that we all live in a 'Downton' like environment.

When asked where I come from some seem to think that Hampshire (UK) is somehow the same as New Hampshire(USA). Having lived in the latter it pains me to correct them.

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iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

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Re: CDMA isn't dying

You are correct but the percentage of CDMA phones in use is dropping simply because that CDMA is really only used in North America.

It really is time for CDMA (the radio bits) to die a death. AFAIK, bit of CDMA technology is in use in LTE.

As for 5G... It was on the news recently that the EU (sans the UK thanks to Brexit) wants 5G networks by 2020.

http://metro.co.uk/2016/09/15/eu-promises-free-wifi-and-5g-for-everyone-thanks-brexit-6130494/

I guess we will be stuck on 3G for the next 30 years.

What about 4G you might ask? It is patchy at best and some networks are totally shite with it. There is no financial incentive to build out 4G let alone add 5G. Jusy my impression.

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

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Paris Hilton

The US constitution is wrong

when it says,

We, the People....

It should now read

We, the Mega Corps ....

Paris because even she'd know that this is wrong.

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Azure is on fire, your DNS is terrified

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Re: The cloud strikes again

2. You're a large company and you love OPEX over CAPEX.

And that means SFA if your biz can't take any orders for days or weeks.

As CFO, you will soon be out on your ear (like everone else as the biz goes TITSUP).

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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Exactly...

I'd like someone to explain how a TomTom device that has a GPS receiver can display Ads?

One poster said that some TomToms have a 3g modem inside.

Simple question then

Who pays the 3G bill? I certainly don't and would never do so.

And

Why do I need to connect my TomTom to my PC in order to update the maps if it has 3g capabiity?

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The old tin box to the rescue

Simples...

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Double-dipping malware steals iOS creds and roots Android

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Re: A silly question...

It is not a silly question. It is one that I've often asked myself when these vunerabilities are exposed.

Apparently, the majority of PC users still use IE because it say Internet in its name.

One not dumb person told me only a couple of years ago, 'IE, it is the Internet isn't it?'.

After a 'doh!' moment I corrected him and spent the next day and a half removing all the malware etc from his PC. He now runs firefox with all the usual plugins.

The wiser user (viz, most of us here) have consigned IE (and edge) to the wastebasket/trashcan of history so that Adbolockers, noScript and Flashblockers etc are the norm.

But those left behind using IE are pretty well wide open to attack and from the latest stats, that is the majority of Users.

Sadly, YMMV applies in a big way.

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Good luck squeezing saturated market, Euro mobe firms, say Orange, Telefonica

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Re: Theres plenty of room...

Ah, the LSWR Mainline 'No Spots'....

Just consider the time that you are travelling from Woking to around Raynes Park some 'me' time and use it for contemplation or meditation. That 15-20 minutes of mental rest can help you through the day or evening ahead.

I've got it even worse than you as I'm down the Alton siding and from Ash Vale to Brookwood is one great 'Not Spot'.

As for your £50/month truly unlimited idea. I'd look at something costing about half that.

Do you realy want to pay £600/year or the price on a new iPhone 7 just to 'stay connected' while on the go?

How much bandwidth do you actually need eh? Not want but really and absolutely need.

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Using a thing made by Microsoft, Apple or Adobe? It probably needs a patch today

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Re: brilliant idea MS

Don't worry, Slitherlight is still there as an optional update that keeps on being offered even if you have hid it 100 times.

Go on, you know you want it... :)

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Researcher reports XSS hole in Google France

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Re: "Cupertino slings quick fix."

You must be new here. A article isn't complere unless there is an Apple angle to fling into the mix.

Something must have moved the Chocolate Factory and put into 'Infinite loop'. After all, Apple will soon be moving to their spaceship and blasting off.

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Microsoft's Service Fabric for Linux hits public preview

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Coat

Fabric?

Would that be a nice hardwearing Tweed or some pretty Gingham?

Mines the one made of Waxed Cotton with a silk tie in the pocket.

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Bad news: MySQL can dish out root access to cunning miscreants

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Re: As always...

Come on then, you know you want to...

Tell us what OS has proper permission systems?

I think that there might be several. Z/OS and VMS are two that come to mind.

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HP doorsteps Apple shoppers at the altar of dreams

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The problem with the HP kit no matter how good it is, is...

Windows 10.

The kit might be nice and shiny but it is forever blighted by the POS (Piece of Spyware) that is Windows 10.

A very few might see beyond Metro and simply install Linux but for the majority, it is Windows 10 or ... Back to the land of fruit.

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Phones exploding in kids' hands, shares tanking – but it's not all good news at Samsung

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Still plugging the Galaxy 7 - Edge

The huge electronic billboard alongside the M25 near Heathrow T5 was proclaiming earlier today#

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge - Redefining that a phone can do (or words to that effect)

Why has Samsung not pulled all advertising for their flagship devices until this calms down is a bit beyond me.

Then they can come back and tout the new Note 7 as 'improved'.

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HP Inc dumps Salesforce, adopts Microsoft's cloudy CRM

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Coming soon (well in a year or so)

Microsoft buys HPE (or what little there is left of it by then)

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HP Ink buys Samsung's printer business for a BILLION dollars

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Re: I feel a disturbance in the force @psychonaut

HP has had the Universal PS/PCL drivers for over a decade or so, supporting laser printers dating back to 90s.

Better download them quick before they get removed in the inevitable cull of operations.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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More on MS Copy

Has anyone noticed that they copy the last selected folder first.

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Re: Microsoft - Messing around with time

They already do just that....

Ever seen the time estimates for a copy operation?

One second it is showing 3 days and the next 2 minutes then 30 secs later it is 1 day. If that ain't messing with time then....

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

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They'll probably give it to

some upcoming american (wannabe) star who'll make a complete pigs ear of speaking proper English (even Mr Connery made it sound gorgeous).

Then they'll give up after one film that bombs at the box office.

Then they'll offer it to Idris.

That the movie biz folks.

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Just not cricket: Microsoft's big data Googly called No Ball

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Just goes to show...

That not everything can be solved purely by a computer.

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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BSOD = Bloody Stupid/silly Operational Display

Then the CISCO Phone makes perfect sense.

As for the netowrk link.... did the developers not stop to think that telling the world that the network link had gone away was not a good idea? And decent system (end-to-end) should be anlt to handle that sort of thing gracefully. surely there is a better solution here oh, I don't know.... Telling the people watching that the device is temporarily out of service sorta like ATM's do (or should do).

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PCI Council wants upgradeable credit card readers ... next year

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Re: Costs are about to go up significantly.

Making the units tamper proof is a good move. Making them sealed units that are swappable seems to be the way to go. No in-situ firmware upgrades, just swap the old one out for a replacement and ship the old one back to the supplier who will refurb it and upgrade the firmware. An secure process to bring them online again is probably the missing link

There is technology available to make this secure but any thing that is done is still vunerable to Insiders.

The Hardware Security modules that are used to generate PINS etc are already designed to be tamper proof yet are able to have the keys updated if proper procedure is followed. These devices are kept in very secure places so tampering is generally not a problem.

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Double-negative tweet could be Microsoft Surface Phone hint

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Re: Meh indeed

MS as a company have no strategy whatsoever.

IMHO, you are very wrong.

No 1 is to get every biz hooked on Office 365/cloud. Then they can hike their prices at will even if the end users are using a non MS OS.

No 2 is to price everything on a per core basis

No 3 is to ??????? er .... perhaps ... no ....

Ok so their mobile plans are well, a bit crap.

They are advertising the hell out of the Surface with their 'Can't do that on a Mac' ads. This means they ain't gonna kill it tomorrow.

There is room for a phone but really what would a surface phone do that other devices on the market can't already do very well.

So is there a market for a surface phone outside those who already use winphones?

If there is a market then how big is it?

There is no way in hell that they will even sell as many Surface Phones in a year that Apple will sell this month alone.

So why bother?

Bit of a shame really. The market could do with a strong 3rd party to keep Android and Apple on their toes.

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