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Microsoft reissues Windows 8.1 Update for enterprise customers

Gordon 11

Re: Well that's all well and good, but...

... and from there there's no sign of the fabled 8.1 Update (1?) in Windows Update

It was there for me, although it was not set to be installed automatically - I had to select it manually.

Odd for something that is to shortly become a requirement.

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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

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All employees will have access to the same capabilities and tools,

Pen and paper allowed that.

What tying in to a proprietary product rather than a set of (open) document standards does is limit your capabilities to those that your selected vendor deigns to provide, and when (not if) your vendor's business plan means that it changes what it supplies, then you will suffer.

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Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

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That's a bug. not a feature...

“... it is safe to ignore these messages because Hyper-V protocols are implemented to be backward compatible ...”

So, the message is actually a bug, and should be fixed in the next patch update (tomorrow?).

Anyone taking bets on that happening?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Enter the metric pole?

Which brings us onto an acre - one furlong by one chain. The size of a footie pitch.

That's some weird footie pitch!

The size used to be 50 to 100 yards wide and 100 to 130 (150?) yards long, and it had to be longer than it was wide. (Pitches for international matches were more constrained). (It's now defined in metric, I think).

A 22 by 220 yard pitch would be the result of sticking two pitches together along the goal-line and only using up to the side-edge of the penalty area.

And even the minimum size pitch would be > 1 acre. A "normal" professional league one is around 1.8 acres.

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Re: Since when ...

The -ize spelling is a quirk of Oxford's style, having its origins in -ize predating -ise.

Stuff Oxford - it predates it as it originates from the Greek -izein, so is etymologically correct (or better) See Eric Partridge's "Usage and Abusage".

Meanwhile, what the hell is "scientifical method"? Scientific is already an adjective, so what does the extra "al" add?

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

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Study A, then comment on B?

The study looked only at the Indian Ocean.

So the comments about the Atlantic could all still be true.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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Re: I'd love to get a couple.

...specially designed for use in Android smartphones

So now they just need to persuade the 'phone manufacturers to provide µSD card slots.

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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Re: Every household?

I remember(?) receiving a leaflet about NHS data sharing some time last summer??

Does any-one know what this leaflet actually looks like?

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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FAIL

Planning, what planning?

“As long as there’s a plan in place, then one year of custom support is a good idea,” Foxall said

Wrong, Foxall: totally wrong!

If there were a plan in place then one year of custom support would never have been needed.

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Mozilla takes a page from Google with sync-friendly Firefox Accounts

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Re: A page from Google they can keep

What I would like to see is a sync feature that works on a LAN (e.g., for synchronising different desktop and personal devices) without third party intervention.

I have this set-up. using the documentation and code supplied by, let's see..., Mozilla!

https://docs.services.mozilla.com/howtos/run-sync.html

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: Excellent!

Finally, I have doubts about Maude's policy to use csv files for spreadsheets

It mentions *.ods for spreadsheets, so I doubt that csv files are meant for spreadsheets - it's meant for data. The idea being that if all you have is data then csv is sufficient.

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MP 'shocked' at failures 'at the top' of the BBC over epic DMI tech fail

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Re: How on earth...

Surely one does a pilot/proof of concept then build it up to a full system

That's technical thinking.

"Real Business Leader" thinking is to make your project as big as possible, so that you are seen as "Being Important". Then, once you have the budget you have to spend it. It may all fail, but in the meantime you'll have been paid a lot. And with good planning you'll have moved on to another "Big Project" before the failure is noticed, so won't get any (or not much) of the blame.

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

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Ordered by Cameron, the tosser who leaves his kids in the pub and drives off.

I sympathise with him for that. My wife once left our son in the butcher's (in his pushchair). Arrived with pushchair and two daughters attached - left with two daughters in hand. It's easily done. When you don't feel they are in danger you stop worrying.

But getting more back on thread (re: the rape seed oil above) my wife also mentions a car journey her friend had with her mum (aunt/gran?) on board. As they passed a field carpeted in a yellow flowering crop she piped up with,

"Look at that field of..." then paused, searching for the word...

"fuck".

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UK fondleslab surge slowing, says sales-sniffing specialist

Gordon 11

Re: Coming to their senses?

What 20 - 30 year old app are you running on a 32 bit machine?

Well, I have this one:

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root bin 262144 Jun 23 1993 latex

But that's now running on 64-bit systems. Does work, though.

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Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

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But is the fault with IE11?

More importantly, however, it's a bummer for Microsoft's Internet Explorer team, which has been touting IE11 as its best-performing and most standards-compliant browser to date.

That may well be the case.

Has anyone considered that the problem might be better seen as the MS web-site itself is producing such poor HTML that it confuses MS's own browser? No doubt because MS has been so used to writign MS-style HTML, and using tools that do the same.

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Gordon 11

A few of the websites saying to upgrade the browser are classing IE11 as IE7 or at least that's what the websites are saying I should upgrade from.

I've seen JavaScript code that checks versions lexically, rather than numerically. So it check for, say > "7". Which fails for 10 and 11 (the test should be > 7).

But that's an IE10 and-up issue, rather than IE11

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WTF is … MU-MIMO?

Gordon 11

Re: I love innovation

If your wifi only propagates next door rather than halfway down the street...

...then you have a problem when sitting in the garden (shed).

Not really an issue for those in apartment blocks, but it is an issue for others.

I'd like someone to come up with a small, portable (cheap) dual-band Wi-fi extender that could be placed in, say, a window that has a pointable, directional aerial so it can be used as a booster in such cases.

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Tiny, invisible EXTRATERRESTRIAL INVADERS appear at South Pole

Gordon 11

Re: WTF ???

A massive star collapsing into a black hole, or a star being swallowed by a galactic mass black hole should do the trick.

Although since both involve a strong gravitational field that the particle has to exit I always wonder what sort of energy it must have had when created and ejected!

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Microsoft zaps self in foot with WinPho/Office remote control app

Gordon 11

Just copying?

So a bit like LibreOffice Impress Remote?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.libreoffice.impressremote

which has been around for many months.

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3CX PBX for Windows: Everything you ever wanted from a phone system

Gordon 11
Headmaster

This restriction is configured because IIS versions installed on workstation operating systems can only serve up to 10 simultaneous HTTP requests

That should be "may only...".

I'm sure that the hardware of many MS workstations is more than capable of handling 10 simultaneous requests, but MS only allows you to have up to 10.

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Norks EXECUTE 80 for watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Gordon 11

Re: I read this and I think

These freedoms are my RIGHT, dammit

A right given by whom/what? You don't have any "rights" beyond those that others have found/battled (and, yes, died) to obtain for themselves and others, including you. There are no universal, invariant, absolute standards here.

And it's not luck either.

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XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

Gordon 11

Re: Disabled not bricked... but

they can kick you off your own hardware

No - they can kick you off their OS platform. You may own the hardware, but you do not own the software.

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Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

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FAIL

So it missed?

As we've noted, however, the locales mentioned above represent a jolly big chunk of Earth's surface.

But did not include the Atlantic, where the Falklands are.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

Gordon 11

Re: Guitar

Guitar big, 6 or 12 strings,

Or even bigger (well, longer neck) bass, which has 4, or 5.

Or 9 string guitars (top-3 doubled).

Or the double-necked one Jimmy Page had (Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck) that was 6+12, so 18.

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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I didn't realize AI had got that far!

If the suspect is an average home user then a specially trained PC would pay a visit..

No doubt Apple are training up iPads to do this, while MS are working on the Surface?

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Anonymous hacktivists' Million Mask March protest hits London

Gordon 11

Re: @Chamone IT

Then some guy builds a 4 bedroom house next door, which would also be valued at £10m

Why would it? What if it were purchased by two people in common? It could now have been sold for £20 million (what it is worth is a different matter).

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Gordon 11

Re: @AC 11:59

We've been given the right to choose between a douche and a turd.

It's democracy in action! Put your freedom to the test.

Actually the democracy part means that you can stand as a third option. No doubt your ideas will be perfect and everyone will vote for you. Then you have to implement them, and that's when reality will bite you.

The current system is far from perfect, but it has arisen through practice, not just some paper/mind-based theory.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

Gordon 11

Re: Excellent phone

the "OK Google" voice activation only works if the phone language is set to 'US English'.

Perhaps for UK English you have to say, "Excuse me, Google"

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Re: "90% of what's needed" external storage

Does it do USB OTG?

If so, could you use that for storage - at last temporarily?

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

Gordon 11

Re: controllable?

I'd rather live in a hotter world than one where nothing can live becuase of too many melt downs from nuclear plants...

Who said you'd be able to live in that "hotter world"? After all of the wars caused by lack of food/water as the climate changes, you may well be one of the majority who gets killed along the way.

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Gordon 11

Re: Marketing Change?

The problem is the term "Nuclear", It conjures up all sorts of bad imagery.

As in the nuclear family?

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

Gordon 11

Re: This is disturbing

From the online Oxford English dictionary

From practical experience.

I used to eat these frequently in the 60's (the Brain's factory that made them was just a mile or so away) and I have eaten them in the last few years too.

They were served up for dinner at Frenchay Hospital (2 years ago), and my Dad looked forward to them when they were on.

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

Gordon 11

Or uh just use wifi.

It's not just he middle of nowhere that has no Wifi.

There are many ways to avoid streaming an HD film in real time over a phone link.

Why not download things in advance onto your phone/slab and leave them there for a "rainy day"?

Or take a book...

And believe that you don't have to have it now just because you feel like it - use some restraint.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

Gordon 11

The real reason for Skype URIs only

From the Skype desktop programming interface page:

Currently, Skype URIs do not interact with the Linux desktop client, Skype for Linux Version 4.0.

so a little irony in that page being served by Apache running on a Ubuntu server.

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Nice job, technology. Now we have to work FIVE TIMES HARDER

Gordon 11

a 480 per cent rise in "ICT-related labour productivity"

Does that mean that there is now ~6 times as much done using ICT (hardly surprising, given how much has moved to using ICT) or that an ICT task that used to take x time now takes ~0.17x time?

Given that a lot of "ICT-related" tasks are writing documents (with the bizarrely named "productivity suites") and reading them I can't see how that can have been speeded up, given that the rate-limiting factor in both is the human.

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Deploying Turing to see if we have free will

Gordon 11

Re: quantum non-determinism

I assume that if the universe is non-deterministic at the quantum level, then we have free will

No - that just makes things non-deterministic.

Free will means that what you think/choose can affect the outcome. So, if you believe in multi-verses, the version of you that thought "yes" goes off down one path while the version that thought "no" goes off down another. But they can't contact each other, so can never detect this.

Which is part of the problem. Whether you do or do not have free will won't affect what you actually do as it can't be detected since to do so means you have to predict the future, then change it, at which point did you change things, or was your prediction wrong? Just like Gődel's theorem says, some things are unprovable...accept it and get on with life.

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'Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination'

Gordon 11
Devil

More dour proficies

iWatch won't just be a totally unnecessary bit of kit that links up to your other iStuff, but will instead be a fruity overlord over the entire home.

So will it let you choose ring tones?

Or will it just have one ring to rule them all?

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Behold, the MONSTER-CLAWED critter and its terrifying SPIDER BRAIN

Gordon 11

The massively clawed beast is an example of a megacheiran, an extinct group of creatures

Is it just co-incidence that this story is in the middle of the Microsoft Windows 8.1 rollout ones?.

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

Gordon 11

Re: Britons will be disturbed...

Why would Britons be disturbed by the use of a surname as a first name? Many British people sport such names - Bamber Gascoigne, for example.

And, indeed, me. Popularized after Khartoum.

Mind you, given the "Beautiful" and "Greatness" - how many US citizens have now been named "Posh"? We need to know....

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PLEASE let us build Fruit Loop Central, Apple begs Cupertino City

Gordon 11

Re: Asda v Apple planning applications

The lack of sharp angles

But it has to have rounded corners!

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The legacy IE survivor's guide: Firefox, Chrome... more IE?

Gordon 11

Re: Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO)

IE6 based solutions have worked here without out issue

People around here used to give that excuse. Then other people started using iPads, iPhones, and Firefox......

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Gordon 11

Re: Rose tinted spectacles

On IE and Firefox it works as expected.

Actually, on IE and Firefox it works as you wish it to. For a Chrome or Safari users it presumably does not work as expected.

Is there a documented standard that says what should happen?

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Gordon 11

Re: Dear Business

Now you know why the open-source community has been banging on about open standards.

New product's Marketing team arrives with Glossy Brochure over Big Lunch. It can do everything - product sold.

Tech bods point out that it is full of non-standard components - told to implement what has been purchased.

For the parts that work, the purchasing team takes the plaudits.

For those that fail, the tech bods take the blame.

[It's the same, the whole world over....]

So I have no sympathy with any company caught up with Windows XP or IE6. They dug the hole - now see what the bottom of a hole looks like.

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

Gordon 11

Re: "...help customers to consider environmental concerns..."

So far there is a choice of 2 mopeds, and yes they have pedals to go up hills again, just like in the old days

Which part of moped didn't you understand?

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Brew me up, bro: 11-year-old plans to make BEER IN SPACE

Gordon 11

But will it be real Beer - or foreign Lager

Basically, will it be top- or bottom-fermented?

Does the concept apply in zero-G?

Will we need a new word for "throughout-fermented" brews?

Most importantly, who gets to taste it?

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

Gordon 11

Re: There's UTF-8 and utf8 in Perl

Don't let it put you off. Unicode in Perl more or less "just works".

Agreed. I wrote a script recently then, at the end, remembered that some bits of the data would be coming in with things like (un)"intelligent quotes". I set about looking at what I'd need to do, only to discover that it was all being handled correctly without me having to do anything special at all.

There is a great number of modules in Perl which do "what you need".

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30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

Gordon 11

Re: The Soviets claimed the flight was a spying mission, but it was ... off course

... and the usual human problem of complacent trust in the computers made error fatal.

Given the original story behind this thread, not so usual. Thankfully.

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Gordon 11

Re: Don't fret

Simply aserting that the best position is in the middle of two extremes does not make it so.

But, given two wrong extremes, the best position to take would be somewhere between them.

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Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!

Gordon 11

...Hummingbird is like Python...

Oh god, no! You mean we'll have to indent things to make it look just how Google thinks it should!

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