* Posts by nematoad

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Amazon mobile strategy pivots with swipes at in-app buys, own hardware

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Thanks for the tip.

I have just taken a look at the fdroid web site and it might just be what I am looking for.

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Wot?

" ...predicted sales of the latter will dip by -8.0 per cent in 2015."

Now I am not a mathematician by any meaning of the word but looking at the statement here, if a value "dips" by a negative amount surely that means it will actually increase.

As I say I have no grasp of these things so please correct me if I am wrong.

As to the rest of the article as someone looking to avoid Googleplay, at all costs, on my new Android tablet I might actually have a look at this.

As it is the thing is totally useless. I am a newcomer to things Android and I had no idea how tightly they are tied to the mothership.

Ugh!

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Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

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Sigh.

"The team will October showcase the first albeit slow file system..."

Oh, is an "October showcase" anything like a Welsh Dresser, or is it just a clumsy phrase?

Honestly, I know El Reg is a tech site but please try and use the English language a little more gracefully.

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

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Thanks Win 95

I have never had any time for MS, but there is one thing that I have to thank them for.

When we rolled out Win 95 with the B.P. Common Operating Environment (COE) it meant that we no longer had to support DECNET and for that alone MS have my most sincere appreciation.

Oh, and the Edie Brickell video of course.

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

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Re: Grown out of work done at Google

"“the bcache codebase has been evolving/metastasizing..."

Aye, a poor choice of words, if he really wants this project to be taken seriously.

Is it just me or are Google metastasizing into the new Microsoft?

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Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

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Windows

Hah.

Well if anyone knows about being a monopolist it's Microsoft.

The biter has been bitten. Perhaps now MS knows how all the other companies damaged and destroyed by MS's monopolistic activities feel.

"... discriminating against Redmond because it's a small player in the market.

Delicious.

I reckon the hypocrisy shown by MS is breath taking.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

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Re: That was downvoted?

"It seems entirely sensible and reasonable."

Probably that's why.

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We're saving tax payers' money on Oracle licensing, honest, says Gov.uk

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Inquiry needed?

“We found ourselves in a situation where there wasn’t really anywhere else to go.” Kit Malthouse quote.

Ah, the monopolists' wet dream.

Could the Competition and Markets Authority not take a look?

If, as seems to be the case, Oracle really does have the government and other customers over a barrel and is abusing that position then surely a case can be made for an investigation into their behaviour.

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Capita: Listen up redundo staff, we know you're leaving but...

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Re: Ah yes.

"You were supposed to show them where the loos were..."

Well they did find themselves in the shit so I suppose they did listen to that part of our "handover".

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Ah yes.

Been there, done that.

When the outsourcing company I worked for lost the contract to manage the IT at a call centre run by a large financial company we were asked by the clients to do the same.

When we queried this with our managers we were told. "Show them where the loos are and leave it at that." So we did.

Result: I heard that the place was in uproar, our replacements had a very shaky grasp of the English language (they were shipped in from India) had little or no idea where anything was or what it did, thanks to our instructions on minimal help on the handover and generally were struggling to understand a system that we had developed over five years and that we had polished to a fine art. We did leave documentation on everything and a disaster recovery plan etc. but as I said they had trouble speaking English fluently so how they got on with the sometimes cryptic documentation, which was in places more of an aide-memoir than full specs, I don't know.

Last I heard they were out and a new lot of perms had been installed. I would have felt sorry for them but as I lost my job over it I could not quite bring myself to do so. Though the £16000 I got as a payoff did help a little.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: I'm losing track here..

"The peers writing the code are too often amatuers[sic] who have no concept of testing."

Ah, you mean people like Linus Torvalds?

Yeah, I know, he couldn't code his way out of a paper bag, or get it debugged.

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Re: Updated 10 machines so far.

"It's not difficult."

Yes, no thought or permission required.

What could go wrong with that scenario?

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

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"See my experience MUST apply to everyone and they are wrong if they say Linux is great."

It would seem from the downvotes that some people either rushed to judgement or their irony detector is malfunctioning.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Re: Must be a myth

"All of our laptops and PCs updated without a glitch. Must be a myth."

"All of our laptops and PCs updated without a glitch. Must be a fluke."

There fixed that for you.

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Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

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Re: Recipe for a coming disaster

Agreed, it's just giving up watching your servers and instead having to watch the people watching your servers.

"Trust me I'm a cloud provider."

Yes, in your dreams.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: Gray hairs

"Tomorrow will be the proof of the pudding but so far theres no issues that i know of. I hope it stays that way..."

Good luck and I hope that you get through this mess without too much trouble. Whatever they are paying you is probably not enough.

You know I used to miss working in support when I first retired, after this I'm just glad that I am out of the firing line.

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Wot.

" You actually think throwing a whole different OS at them is going to help anyone other than the administrators?"

Oh you mean like Windows 8 for example?

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A gift horse?

These companies should not complain. After all this is a "Free" download and they should never look a gift horse in the mouth.

So what if your business is knocked off-line by this benign DDoS, you should just be grateful and take what you are given,

/sarcasm

What a crock of shit.

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Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

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Re: Disgracefull!

"We designed Windows 10 as a service"

Then if this is true it's a piss poor one.

"Give me my money back!"

Oops, maybe that's why it's "free" at the moment.

"You get what you pay for, etc."

Note: This does not apply to users of Linux.

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

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Snap

Yep, got both the Ofcom one and the Accumentia one. I seem to get a lot of this sort of stuff lately but why I got the Ofcom one is a mystery to me, I am not nor have I ever been a radio ham.

It makes me really glad I run Linux.

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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Re: sacked

"You will rue the day that your employer lost business because some "user" was prevented from doing her job by your deliberate action."

You might rue it a damn sight more if some numpty introduces something onto the system which then causes an security breach.

In such as case as has been discussed the person doing unauthorised modifications to the company property has most likely broken terms of either their employment or the acceptable use policy. So any IT person defending the integrity of the company's data and systems is doing their job, the user is not by monkeying around with things that do not concern them, are not in their job specs or have the knowledge to do without great risk.

Personally I got no satisfaction from keeping the users in line but did from knowing that I may have stopped some disaster happening.

OK, maybe I did enjoy cracking the whip a little, but only if the user was really stroppy and determined that their way was best and damn company policy.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: Linux

If you don't like the UI, there is as always in Linux, an alternative.

Try Linux Mint, all the Ubuntu goodness without the frustrations of Unity.

Check out Distrowatch to see how popular Mint is.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: Cars

"... my car alwas has the steering wheel and peddles in the same place each time..."

Oh, what's it selling in the same place?

It couldn't be a dictionary.

I think you meant to say "pedals".

From dictionary.com:

verb (used with object), peddled, peddling.

1. to carry (small articles, goods, wares, etc.) from place to place for sale at retail; hawk.

2. to deal out, distribute, or dispense, especially in small quantities:

to peddle radical ideas.

3. to sell (drugs) illicitly.

verb (used without object), peddled, peddling.

4. to go from place to place with goods, wares, etc., for sale at retail.

5. to occupy oneself with trifles; trifle.

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Flippin' heck, meet the Internet of Things wallpaper

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Does not compute

"Many engineers work under classic assumption that future is going to be white and shiny and invisible."

OK, white and shiny I can imagine. But white shiny and invisible?

Surely if it was invisible you wouldn't be able to tell if it was either white or shiny, could you?

Maybe it's just marketeer speak but I reckon he should stick to the day job and let "creatives" do the marketing spiel for him.

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Ofcom wants to ease the pain of switching mobile networks. Good luck

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Of course.

“Consumers should be able to switch their mobile providers with minimum hassle to take advantage of the best deals on the market," said Sharon White

All fine and dandy, if you have a choice of coverage. Here we don't, it's EE or nothing. Now I have to say that EE have not let us down, so far, but if they were to screw up in some spectacular way and we wanted to move, we couldn't. We're stuck. So no matter how easy the transfer was, without competition it would be a meaningless gesture.

Maybe Ofcom should think about making transfers possible before they think about making them easy?

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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?

OK off-topic I know, but surely the animal pictured in the heading is a prairie-dog not a mole.

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Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch

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Re: Why on earth?

"Wut? Wikipedia, the fount of all knowledge, says a cricket is an insect and an insect in any book I know is a bug, so WTF?"

Pedant alert.

All bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs.

From knowyourinsects.org:

Many true bugs, such as stink bugs, have spear-like mouthparts that pierce into a plant so that the insect can suck up the plant juices.

So there you have it.

Isn't it telling that this thread shows more interest in the taxonomy of insects than the fact that Canonical have issued a patch covering a serious fault in their distro?

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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... you need something like a computer to stabilize the car and improve its fuel efficiency"

Stabilise the car? Hold on, this isn't a fly-by-wire fighter jet you know. Those are deliberately made unstable so as to increase their manouverability and cannot, in most cases, be flown without a computer intermediary.

But a car? That should be stable, have all wheels firmly connected to the ground and be able to go around corners in safety. Unless of course it's a Reliant Robin.

As to fuel efficiency, I don't know, that must surely depend on the driving style of the driver and road conditions. Maybe an engine ECU will help but fuel efficiency must be seen as a moving target.

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Glad to be in the slow lane.

I adore my 1998 Mini Cooper S and having seen all this about "connected cars" and "infotainment" (ugh) as vectors for hacking has made me love it even more.

The thing I enjoy most about it is the fact that it's all about the driving. Fast responsive steering, excellent performance ( I still don't know how fast it goes as the speedo only goes up to 110 mph) and the sheer joy of the handling. So to see worries that the brakes, accelerator, airbag etc. could be tampered with in more modern cars does mean that I am grateful that I have a simple, uncomplicated little car instead of one of these "travelling computers" that seem to be in vogue at the moment.

OK, a Mini is not for everyone but I do think that the marketeers at the car makers have got too strong a hold on things and are pushing "shiny" at the expense of safety. Too many features, not enough thinking things through.

It may be a bad thing when a PC or laptop gets hacked but at least in most cases it won't be travelling down the motorway at 70mph when it does.

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NHS England backs down over another data extraction scheme

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Gah!

"We are now looking to work with GP surgeries directly to support them in collecting the information needed about appointments."

What possible interest is there to anyone in that other than me and the doctor's surgery? I mean it's an arrangement between me and them.

It could be as others have said to gather data on how many appointments have been missed, but surely they could just ask the surgery "How many patients didn't turn up?" No need to ferret around with my data, identifiable or not .

Oh, and lastly: "De-identfied".

Using that sort of portmanteau word should be made an offence. Use "anonymise" if you must, though even that is a bloody ugly sin against the English language.

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Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

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Re: Can't blame Sad Nad for this...

"Maybe Nad is just there to cop the flack."

If you are going to use a colloquialism please get it right.

It should be:

"Maybe Nad is just there to cop the flak."

A war-time expression used to describe Axis anti-aircraft fire. From the German word "Fliegerabwehrkanone"

From Wiktionary:

Noun

Fliegerabwehrkanone

anti-aircraft gun (literally "Aeroplane Defence Cannon"); abbreviated as flak...

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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Re: Scotland?

Not just Scotland. Anywhere outside of what appears to be the tunnel vision of these researchers.

"Our cities will be much better to live in, our suburbs will be much better to live in."

And it's not just graffiti covering road signs, trees and bushes do as well, I don't suppose that has occurred to them. Then there's the concealed entrances to farms and the like, usually full of a whopping great tractor and trailer just pulling out into the main road.

So, all right for townies, maybe not for the rest of us.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Re: Yes

" In contrast the second one seems to be responsible for many projects which try to solve a rather trivial problem in such a complex way, it's hard to maintain the code."

Ah, much like systemd then?

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Re: A bit of a windfall for Slipstream

'That there is what we call "slander".'

No, that what we call "libel"

Slander is defamation by spoken word.

Libel is defamation by Written word.

They may have spoken it originally but this is printed.

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Evil NSA runs on saintly Linux, Apache, MySQL

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Re: No need for that

To borrow a classification from a site I've forgotten the name of.

"Insightful"

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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Re: Peelian principles

Don't worry, there still is "policing by consent".

The only trouble is the only consent now needed is that of the Home Secretary, and what a beacon of openness and light she is.

See also:

Snoopers Charter

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BZZZT! NHS e-Referral system flatlines again

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"The entire trust now has Chrome installed for anything that requires a modern browser.

Are you telling me that despite all my efforts to avoid feeding the Google machine with any of my personal data these idiots are spaffing my most sensitive data to the beast of Mountain View?

OK , I might not be in the area concerned but given the level of competence locally I am not reassured that the same thing is not happening here.

This lot need a swift kick up the arse if they can't do better than this. Apalling.

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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Re: Subway devs employ security by design

"Security is fine where appropriate, and banks should definitely do this stuff, but ordering a sandwich just doesn't justify this."

Oh and what happens if a person uses the same password on a lot of site, trivial or not. You lose one, you lose the lot.

"The weakest link" and all that.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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" I mean there's 2 North American States,"

No, there are three. United States of America, Canada and Mexico. St. Pierre et Miquelon could be considered to qualify but as they are self-governing parts of France probably do not.

Just because Mexico is Spanish speaking does not make it a Middle or South American state.

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Re: Catch 222

"According to these cretins, you automatically accept the ToCs by visiting the site..."

What's a Table of Contents got to do with anything on this thread?

Could you possibly mean T&C (Terms and Conditions) or ToS (Terms of Service) ?

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Re: "...mockery..."

"Pfft. I can drive for two days from my home town in Queensland and I'm still in Queensland. Bigger place."

I could drive for two days in the UK.

It's not how big a place you live in that counts, it's how fast you drive

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Re: Mate is yur mate.

" Although I do have a couple of original EEEPC 701s under the sofa, which I always intended to put another distro on, just might get around to it now."

Yes do.

Crunchbang works well on a 701. I did upgrade to 1GB as I found 512MB made it a bit slow but otherwise it does all I ask of it. Which isn't a lot given the 7" screen but it's handy to take away on holiday.

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Hacking Team: Oh great, good job, guys ... now the TERRORISTS have our zero-day exploits

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Re: "its programmers are "working around the clock" on a fix"

"its programmers are "working around the clock" on a fix"

Should be:

"its PR is "working around the clock" on a fix"

The shit has hit the fan, it's too late for anything other than damage limitation.

Oh, and good luck with that, I reckon it might be quite a job.

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" I want to say they're not that stupid or ignorant but obviously they were."

Why would you not describe them as they are? Not only that they have been acting in ways that are devious, underhand and mercenary. They obviously have no ethical standards at all and are solely concerned with making as much money as possible.

These character are the "enemy within". The scum of the earth and to start whining, about how their incompetence has made the world a more dangerous place defies belief.

So not only stupid or ignorant but hypocrites and liars as well.

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Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

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Don't worry, be happy.

To all those worried about the mania that seems to be gripping Mozilla I have only one word to say:

Palemoon

It is to Firefox what Linux Mint is to Ubuntu. What the original should still be but isn't and look how it's worked out for Mint.

Top of the Distrowatch polls for years now.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Cor.

Phew, what a mess.

It looks to me as if MS have decided to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. Having said that, habitual users of Windows may find it less confusing than I did just by looking at the screen shots and reading the description. I haven't used Windows since Win98SE.

I find myself in the unusual position of agreeing with Andrew Orlowski on one point. I cannot see how MS can have this all tidied up by the 29th, maybe the upgrade really is "free" because it's a beta release and MS know it.

Good luck and may the force be with you, you might need it.

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