* Posts by David Austin

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Legend of Zelda cracked with 6502 assembly language glitch

David Austin
Unhappy

Did you have to use Iwata as the picture?

I'm going to be sad all day now - I miss that man so much.

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Bug in Microsoft's StorSimple arrays can kill backups

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Re: To state the obvious...

Going on the rather.. sparse... UI of Windows 8/10 File History, I can easily believe that Microsoft do not have a good idea of how much information is enough

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Sony levels up PlayStation 4

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Re: Blu Ray 4K

Seems a bit of a gamble on Sony's part: The xbox 360 S does support it, and the fact that the PS3 was a (Pretty good) Blu Ray Player in a lot of gaming households killed Microsoft and their HD-DVD Initiative.

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Blu Ray 4K

Is that supported? that would be a nice plus point...

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Public masturbation not a crime declares Italy’s top court

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Legislative Decree 8

How'd that one slip through? Either the lawmakers really don't read things they sign, or someone with a vested interest in public exhibitionisem has a lot of power: How sure are we Berlusconi's out of the political picture, still?

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Adobe reverses decision to kill NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux

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My Only worry with Flash...

..Is all the legacy content that's going to die with it when it's life support is finally taken away: Like it or Loath it, pretty much any Internet MultiMedia from the late 90's/Early 00's was built for it. Think how barren newgrounds will look on that day.

...Still that's something for the archivists to worry about: As a network administrator, that's a security headache I won't miss having.

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Pokémon-loving VXer targets Linux with 'Umbreon' rootkit

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Gotta Catch 'Em All!

Hand me my Master Ball - this looks like a tricky blighter to catch.

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

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Re: Has nobody considered...

I've seen Demolition Man: I know how this shit goes down.

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Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

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Re: I still remember the great Sophos cock-up of September 2012

Oh God: That was about six weeks of cleanup across the customer base. On the plus side, after a few (Strong and loud) words with my account manager, most of them didn't pay for Antivirus for three years after that, which is precisely how much most of them thought it was worth...

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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Go speak to an mom and pop Windows 8.x user that's happy that a) it looks and behaves superficially the same as Windows 7 & XP

But yeah, I'm with the power users with this one: for every cool feature in Windows 10, there seems to be a step back in another area.

Related: I'm I the only person missing Client side Volume Shadow Copy since Windows 7?

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Adobe stops software licence audits in Americas, Europe

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I'm not gonna rent software from Adobe

I don't care how good it is. After their AdobeID Hack (Complete with laughable Password encryption), various pushed out cloud upgrades that have broke badly - to the point one deleted user files (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35577498), and the general poor quality code and update systems for various products, I don't have any trust in them, and rewarding them with a monthly revenue stream regardless of how well they perform removes a lot of the incentive for them to get better.

Luckily, I'm in a software sector when I have the luxury of being able saying No to Adobe. Feel sorry for all the creative professionals they have by the balls: For everyone's sake, I hope (But don't expect) a credible competitor rises to keep them in check, run them out a bit, and well... kinda stop them from being dicks.

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Re: SAP!

Not idiots: Just Greedy.

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You’ve left too many VMs lying about. You’re a very naughty boy

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Re: aaah virtual server sprawl vs physical

At least in a physical environment, rogue developers have to stop eventually when co-workers and managers start tripping over boxes...

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

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Re: "DNS Issues"

I Dunnow man - I normally find "If In Doubt, blame DNS" A pretty good first troubleshooting step in Internet/Active Directory users.

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Re: 186K

Not folded: They've just got onto twitter for the first time since 2010 to update us: Looks like the issue at Telehouse North will take "Several Hours" to resolve.

https://twitter.com/186k

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186K

Anyone else with 186K?

All our customers using 186K went offline this morning, as did their website (www.186k.co.uk), and partner portal (http://www.dolphinmp.co.uk) and their partner support number (08701 222186), main number (08701 222 186), and support number (0872 232 1999) are all off.

Looks like they’re knocked 100% offline: At this point, don’t know it’s ISP Issues, or if they’ve folded

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

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Re: Passive?

Based on 30-pin and Lightning, we better hope any hostile aliens don't have a Belkin account manager.

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So. Farewell then, BlackBerry Classic. You were a classic ... of sorts

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The Best.

In terms of "Handset feel", the BlackBerry Bold 9900 was the best phone I ever owned: Light, but solid-feeling, with excellent keys, touch, and screen.

Was always held back a bit as a jack of all trade by the software: I always wished for one of those running stock Android... Guess that's a case of being careful what you wish for.

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Flash zero day phished phoolish Microsoft Office users

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If I had a genie...

My one wish would be to unmake Adobe. Completely. On a Quantum level.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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The trick is...

...To Pick the fights you have at least a small chance of winning.

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Adobe preps emergency Flash patch for bug hackers are exploiting

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Re: @El Reg

The HTML5 iPlay Beta is solid, just wish they'd hurry up and roll it out elsewhere on the site, the BBC news one being the main culprit.

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Ransomware now using disk-level encryption

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So Riddle me this...

How Come the RansomWare guys have got the hang of encryption, yet major High Street Chains/ISPs/Mobile Operators/Local Governments/Adobe Can't?

Just goes to show what a great motivator profit is, I guess...

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Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

David Austin

I Just don't care anymore.

Let it go Microsoft - the rest of us have.

Windows (Live) Messenger user that was forced to go onto Skype when they "merged" the platforms.

IM has always been a second class Citizen on the Skype Platform: It's 3 years after the Integration, and there's still a bunch of features not ported over: Custom Fonts, Tabbed conversation Interface Remote Assistance...

Up to now, my contact list has kept me suck with it, but something seems to have changed this year: Loads of people moving to different platforms, so I've jumped to the excellent Discord, along a bunch of other people, and we're not looking back.

So long Skype. It's been necessary.

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New Relic offers security researchers cred – not cash – for bug reports

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Bug Bounties

I thought the entire point of Bug Bounties was to make being a Whitehat more profitable than being a blackhat, thereby nudging the grayhats into doing the right thing(tm)

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Microsoft seeks Comcast subpoena to nab activation pirates

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Re: Was it malicious?

Guessing Microsoft have more evidence to say yes, their mass counterfitters, but 2000 activations over 5 years could be done by a small to mid sized repair shop in innocent circumstances: They rip the Windows/Office keys off the system before formatting and wiping the systems, then try to activate them. Not their fault if the home user got a knock off enterprise version of office and Windows Ultimate given to them by their teenage cousin who gave them a "Free Upgrade"....

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Google to snatch control of Android updates from mobe makers – analyst

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Needed, but not easy.

Well, SOMETHING needs to happen on the Android front, not just from a new features perspective (Which makes sense for Google to be keen on pushing), but from a security perspective too: There are so many manufacturer abandoned handsets out there, we've probably reached the tipping point where Android has lost it's "Heard Immunity" from having a high enough proportion of handsets up to date and secure, that the whole ecosystem benefits, even the phones that aren't up to date.

But if this is Google's end game, I can't see a quick and easy way of getting there: Yes, the carriers and manufactures have a vested interest in making handsets legacy as soon as the next year's model is out, but another big problem with getting updates out is the chipset makers not testing and releasing drivers that work with Android next. Google has the clout to make them, but that doesn't help the clusterfuck of Firmware and low level device issues.

Only reasonable way I can see this being fixed is for Google to Hypervisor and Abstract their way out of it: I can see Android Peppermint or Quesito ending up with a small bare metal host system that virtualises all the hardware and is the manufactures responsibility, with everything above that level in the guest system updatable by Google.

Heck, throw in a Microsoft OOBE style system so carriers can push their (needless) customisations onto people, and they may be able to fix the security mess without an open revolt from their hardware partners.

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Debian 6.0 about to take flying leap off long term support cliff

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Question

What is the oldest vendor supported operating system still out there?

Windows Vista comes out of support in April 2017 after a respectable 10 1/2 years, but it's beaten by Red Hat 4 in ELS (11 years and counting).

I'm suspecting there's another Linux build or a smaller *nic project that will have them both beaten, though.

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Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work

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At least it gets the right number eventually.

That makes it better than the old skool Pentium FDIV bug.

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In-flight 3G arrives, promises aerial internet at mobile roaming prices

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OK...

It's a nice technical solution, but to balance it out, I think the Air Marshall should be allowed to detail, with force if necessary, anyone they can hear talking from more than six rows away (The "Dom Jolly" Law)

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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Maybe Microsoft need a Status status page?

Stuff breaks, but what's the point of having a status page if it doesn't actually tell you the current status.

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Apple supremo Tim Cook rules out OS X fondleslab, iOS merger

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Mostly Agree, but...

Microsoft aptly proved with Windows 8 that a unified ecosystem - let alone an interface - for a Phone, Tablet, and a desktop is not easy to get right.

Their Windows 10 idea of the same Dev tools and binaries that adapt to the environment they're running on (Continuum) seems a better approach.

I think Apple's way of doing it (Write the best desktop software, and the best mobile software you can) is a better idea still: Although the gap between what we use a tablet and what we use a computer for is closing all the time, they're sufficiently different still to make a unified system a little awkward - I can see them merging some point waaaay down the line, but here in 2015, it seems a lot of pain for not much gain.

What may be beneficial (And correct me if it's already there and I missed it) is an end-user ready Emulation or shimmy to allow you to iOS Apps on OSX - yes, most people won't have a touchscreen, but I can think of quite a few apps and games where the iOS Version would be a great fit for the desktop environment, and it a nice way to get more value out of your apps, and possibly a few easy sales for the developers.

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

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OK, then...

I'm as happy as anyone to give Microsoft Flack for some of the insane things they've done over the years, but Outlook is probably my favourite program, and certainly my most important: Since the 2003 version with the preview re-design and the improved search, it's been my Day-to-day life organiser with Emails, Contacts, and calendars.

When it comes to upgrade time, I consider it to be a Microsoft Outlook license, rather than a Microsoft Office license - 2013 was worth the cost for Attachment Reminder alone...

But I'm not averse to change: One thing I've never managed to find when in Linux Land is a suitable replacement for Outlook: Lots of OK email clients, but few that do contacts and calendars, and almost none that play well with Activesync. I'm sure there must be ones out there: Anyone in the El-Reg Hive Mind care to recommend them to avoid any future "Nasty Surprises"...

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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

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Seems impractical...

At bare minimum you'll need somewhere to stash house keys and ID, and plausibly Wallet (For Bus/Car Park), Car Keys or Bike gear, a snack depending on shift length, and a phone (Presumably of the i variety to show suitable amounts of employee loyalty)

If Apple aren't providing a secure place to store those items outside their security perimeter, I think you could reasonably argue that a bag of some description is necessary...

I wouldn't have thought it would be worth the Bad PR and miser attitude Apple will get for this, over paying their staff an extra 30 mins wherever they need to do a bag search.

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Android Security: How's BlackBerry going to fix it?

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Points for trying.

It's a nice idea, and I hope it works. The idea is very tempting - Android for Enterprise (A title I'm not aware that any handset or manufacturer can legitimately claim at the moment) Is sounding pretty good.

Dunnow if its possible or feasible, but good on them for trying.

Besides the software, I've always had a soft spot for android hardware: The blackberry Bold 9900 is probably my favourite handset in terms of hand feel and using as an actual phone, even if it was closer to a feature phone than a smartphone thanks to BBOS 7. I remember thinking "Man, if only this ran Android..."

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Fixing Windows 10: New build tweaks Edge, sucks in Skype

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Not bad

The last two build feel more what the initial production version should have been.

The only glaring issue that still seems to lurk around is Edge locking up 50% of the time if you try to directly run a program or open the downloads folder. Can't believe they let the RTM ship with that showstopper.

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HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

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Surfaces:

Really nice kit.. Horrible, horrible ecosystem.

To get a warranty sorted on a batch back in December took three weeks of back and forth with Microsoft, the reseller partner, and the channel partner. And when we came to use said warranty last week, it took Microsoft 2 hours of back and forth to figure out what kind of warranty we had and how to deal with it.

It's probably a bad deal for Dell, but from my chair here, Microsoft Surface Pro with a Dell ProSupport warranty sounds like sweet bliss that will get a bunch of users off my back.

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IoT baby monitors STILL revealing live streams of sleeping kids

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Re: The illusion of safety

Nononono Nope.

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Re: And that's how you make good publicity for yourself

Agreed - I was disappointed to see Philip's name in the list, as I'd expect better from them, but their pro-active response put a lot of that confidence back.

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Sony's 4King with us now: Xperia Z5 mobe has UltraHD screen, cam

David Austin
Unhappy

Kazuo Hirai is looking old..

Wasn't ready for that photo - He seems to have aged very quickly since moving from Head of PlayStation to Head of Sony, much like Iwata did when moving from Lead developer at HAL to CEO of Nintendo.

And now I'm thinking about the fact Iwata's gone, I'm gonna go be sad for the rest of the day.

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Ebuyer MD Carlisle exits following board level bust up

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Re: never use eBuyer again

To be fair, most other companies customer service policies pale in comparison to Amazon. Yes, I know all the unscrupulous ways they treat suppliers and employees, but with their "Customer is King" Mentality, and keen pricing double punch it's sometimes very hard not to ignore it - call it convenient evil, I guess....

As for eBuyer: Apart from possibly one flagship "store" winch is more showroom/demo/customer smoozing, why on earth would they want to step into the still warm shoes of Comet on the high street? eBuyer, Scan, and Amazon are a big reason why physical electrical good stores are having such a tough time...

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Re: The old ones are the good ones!

For a less Official and Jokey answer, Look to the build numbers:

Windows Vista: 6000

Windows 7: 7601

Windows 8.0: 9200

Windows 8.1: 9600

Windows 10: 10240

The real question is where did Windows 8 go, which is interesting on both a technical and philosophical level.

Supposedly the real reason there was no Windows 9 was for compatibility: lots of older/badly designed programs would assume Windows 9 = Windows 9x, and set themselves up for DOS instead of NT Windows - head that a lot, but don't know how true it is.

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

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Obligatory XKCD Link

https://xkcd.com/927/

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

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Re: What Next?

I did some contract work at a chicken farm: To get in there required a "Poop Stick" test to check for salmonella, stripping off for a chemical shower, then putting company issued (And pool) Underwear on, then donning a disposable boiler suit.

Needless to say, after the first time, I always sent the office junior up for that job.

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Windows Server 2016 Preview 3 brings containers at last

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The Right Tool for The Right Job

They'll be times when Linux is the right tool, other times where WinServer is the more obvious choice, and probably a few where it'll be a mix of the two, and having a unified way to manage them will make your life easier.

And whichever you pick, you'll have more tools in the arsenal to achieve what you want. Sounds like a Win-Win to me.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Security Flack

I Feel that Ashley Madison have/are getting off way to lightly for their frankly terrible security practices - everyone's focusing on the scandal of the data, or the ethics of the hackers.

While both of those are interesting points, few are calling Ashley Madison's lax security, which we can do now even without more tech details; not deleting/archiving records, storing credit card details in non-reversable form, and definitely not PCI Compliance.

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Sony PC owners to get Windows 10 upgrade as early Christmas present

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Oh Vaio...

It's always been their achilles heel: They make nicely designed, solidly built (If a tad expensive) kit, then use so many custom Sony Apps, OS customisations, and weird drivers that it's almost not Windows any more.

Any other brand, you'd nuke windows and put a vanilla copy on, but with VAIO's, you'd just end up with a dozen unknown drivers for Sony buttons, memory sticks, phone/PS connectors, and lord knows what else.

Had a fun one a few years ago where you could not unset Google Chrome as the default browser, even if you uninstalled it.

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Has Microsoft saved the Apple Watch with Outlook improvement?

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Better than native?

Not a big iOS user, but some clients are;

From the people that have tried it out, what's the Pro/Cons using the Outlook app over using the native apple client hooked up via activesync when talking to an Exchange (Online) mailbox?

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Silicon-happy ARM engorges its profits by a third – so its shares dip

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*Rubs temples*

When did Moore's law start applying to profits?

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Adobe names ex Microsoft and Oracle bod as cloudy pipe CTO

David Austin

Dear Adobe

Just Stop. Please.

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Re: still riddled with Flash badness though

Including Flash with Internet Explorer 11 was Windows 8's biggest of many sins in my eyes.

We're just at the point where binning it is a viable option, and Microsoft make it the flash and PDF Support the only "plugin" available in Edge.

Too late to do much about it now, But I'd really urge Microsoft to ship Windows 10 with the plugin off by default, rather than on by default...

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