* Posts by Vince

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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"MS users are pretty much permanently on the lookout for alternatives to either fix things MS has borked, return functionality MS has removed in the name of "improvement" (especially in matters UI) or add functionality that MS cannot be bothered with"

I had no idea you'd been spying on my typical day. Although as I am still (and staying!) on Win 8, I guess you could actually spy on me with a webcam since it won't be randomly broken.

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And the torrent of bad updates continues. Automatic updates though are totally a good thing people... trust us... said Microsoft whilst simultaneously firing the quality assurance team.

Don't worry though, when the fix comes it will have taken ages to ensure the patch meets the highest standards...

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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

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Re: Change management 101

Microsoft?

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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I see articles like this now and just sigh.

Microsoft do not seem to test anything anymore, or think of anything outside a little Redmond bubble. I mean sure they've always had moments, like most software vendors, but it has become relentless.

Bug after bug, issue after issue.

Things that did work being removed for no good reason (looking at you Outlook 2016 half-removal of functionality for Exchange 2007 systems). Not really removed initially as it worked, but then broken completely intentionally a bit later.

Undercutting partners with inferior services (I'm looking at your Office 350), then trying to force partners to sell the solution customers actively want out of.

Nightmare.

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Three posts lacklustre results, angrily mutters over O2 merger rejection

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Re: You've not been looking at their "new tariffs" have you?

1) I don't think £36 for unlimited (as in truly) is that big a cost.

2) You pay list price? Mug!

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My problem with three is that they're too cheap.

The service is great, the approach to data is fine in my view, but they do make it a bit too cheap - especially on SIM only, so the ARPU is going to be pretty low.

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Microsoft takes five months to replace broken patch

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Re: This is why Windows is no longer viable.

"I think you raise some good points, but your dire predictions are not yet supported by either reality or common sense. If you propose viable and attractive alternatives to Windows, your opinions would have greater value."

Actually the reality is that Windows 10 is breaking things on a regular basis. Source: Our Helpdesk, call volumes.

Windows prior to 10 (exc Enterprise) have control to prevent these issues where businesses can balance risk vs updates. No more.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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No No No No No.

That is enough said.

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Heart Internet goes TITSUP again

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"Heart describes itself as "The UK's best web hosting backed by free 24 x 7 support"."

Self-Described and baseless claim (how is that validated precisely?)

Oh...

And they didn't say "best e-mail hosting" - just web hosting... so maybe they're the UK's worst e-mail hosting provider backed by free 24 x 7 support - although I imagine others will have views on who qualifies for the "worst" accolade.

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Glassdoor spaffs users' email addresses in bcc fail

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Re: Questions

I believe one (of many) reasons is that you need to be running Exchange 2013 as I don't think that feature arrived before then, so I guess most places can't that run in-house Exchange.

EDIT: Nope - actually turns out they rocked up in Exchange 2010 so for Exchange organisations I imagine more are on 2010 than 2013, so probably could use it.

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

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@Pen-y-gors Re: Some sympathy -but not a lot

"Having recently had a 5-day outage at the bods who do some of my hosting (how often do both drives in a RAID setup fail at the same time?"

When they're from the same batch, same make, same model, same usage pattern (RAID-1 would suggest exactly that by design)...

...quite often actually. One of the (many) reasons we mix drive models/batches/makes in RAID arrays

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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Re: Nationalization not needed.

I imagine that that FTTC you have in that rural location was paid for by a BDUK fund and thus not really by BT. They're just getting the lions share of the retail business because way too many people still think that you have to have BT as the provider. STILL.

However where there is competition BT find the money down the back of the sofa and pay for it direct.

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You mean like the sort of imbalance when BT Group own EE and Openreach and thus the cost to EE of those expensive fibre links to various base stations became cost + paper pushing only as they're only moving the rest of those costs on a balance sheet and not with real money.

Yeah, if only that sort of thing had been thought of when waving that deal through by the CMA.

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Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

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Re: Who in Their Right Mind.... @Avatar

Actually I quite liked Win RT - it worked perfectly well on my Yoga 11 - and my other half and I used it often. Unfortunately the hardware bit the dust - the storage chips blew and so that was that.

Had that not happened, early 2013 through to 2018 with "supported" status doesn't seem too bad really given the current throwaway hardware world we live in

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: Just a new type of

Could have waited until this year and indeed at least as recently as last week though my friend. Same offer being provided, and the storage allowances have remained as they were until now, so your free year would only just be starting. Which would be more smug.

The smuggest people don't use Office 365 to start with.

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Seagate defrags 14% of workforce: 6,500 axed

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Re: Quality went to crap

Seagate Thin drives are based on the same model that the old Maxtor (remember them?) drives used. And were total rubbish then too.

However, I can't say I've much bad to say about WD drives generally, excluding the 2TB greens which were utter garbage and all epically failed. ALL of them.

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Re: Quality went to crap

The WD 8 second thing can be "fixed" by using the WDIDLE utility to turn it off (or make it longer).

The RED nas drives don't do that.

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Bulk Storage is still way way way cheaper on spinning drives right now.

Basic example;

£274.79 per terabyte (Crucal MX200 based) - as a middle of the road option.

£40 odd for a 1TB 7200rpm Drive with a terabyte.

Scale up to 6TB drives and the £24 per terabyte mark is common (in the non-server grade world as per the non-server grade SSD compared against).

£24 x 6 = £144.00

There is a long way to go before we'll see bulk storage move to SSD - as a good example of where spinning drives are going to last a good time yet.

However, I'm interested to know what sort of roles those Seagate people had - are these technical people? Sales people? Just how many people do you actually need to have drives made these days - isn't most of it robotic?

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Webpages, Word files, print servers menacing Windows PCs – yup, it's Patch Tuesday

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I think of that lot, the worst for me are:

(a) The flaw that somehow magically bypasses the encryption. um... sorry?

(b) The Print Spooler one - how does that still have such possible privileged access anyhow. The whole Windows Printing system is a mess.

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Pollster who called the EU referendum right: No late Leave swing after all

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Presumably not if it is a 24 hour clock.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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"Win 10 is touted as "The last Windows you'll ever buy"

"buy" being the operative word.

"Rent" however...

"Windows 10 is touted as the first windows you'll ultimately end up renting to keep using"

I'm sure they've watched how successful Adobe et al have been in getting people to pay every month for software they rarely get benefit of the updates of, and often don't use often enough to make the price worth it but still pay for...

That and it is working rather nicely for them already with Office 365... mugs.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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With the total absence of numbers in that article of any use, how do we know that was even a realistic 1000+ percentage markup supposedly made.

Was it a high end SD card or a low end and slow one?

Was it an encrypting one?

How big was it?

We don't know any of that so we can't judge if it was really 1000%+ overpriced.

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Plusnet speeds up, slows down

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So if you're a PlusNet customer on the 80/20 variant, presumably you still get that.

If you had the 40/20 capped variant you'll move to 55/10? Or you stay as you are?

And if you'd joined them more recently you get to go from 40/2 to 55/10.

Price increases aside (and boy are some of those price rises crazy - how much for call setup again?!) ... it's going to be a bit of a mixed bag if you're using them. Some lose, some win, almost all get a price increase...

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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

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Ah yes... the old second hand hard disc thing.

I guess that's why in our office we batch them up and then use our hefty crusher to totally destroy the drives. Not only does that avoid the data breach, it relieves the stress of one of our team. A win win.

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Apple to kill off Mac OS X?

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Re: Lame title

And ignoring that this was news to every other site a few weeks ago.

As usual clickbait, inaccurate AND out of date.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Ah yes, my Surface Pro 2 did this. When I say did, it's not that the issue is fixed, I just got fed up with all the other issues that has, and now it sits on my desk, plugged in, always on, and just shows me the status feed of our network and other basic tasks.

An expensive mistake and one I won't repeat, and as time has shown, is still a problem on the latest and greatest.

My Lenovo Yoga Pro 2, bought to replace said surface... yep that sleeps and resumes perfectly several times a day, every weekday and happily sleeps for s day or two at a time and resumes if I am away.

Fool me once Microsoft, shame on you.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: Shame

I agree with another poster.

I'm using Android primarily now - but I wish there was a better choice. Windows Phone 8.1 is fine, and my Lumia 1020 a lovely phone. But the app support gap... that's the problem.

Windows 10 on your phone is a hideous pile of tosh, and doesn't work well at all. It's completely undone the Windows Phone 8.1 benefits and slickness.

Meanwhile my other preferred choice, Blackberry has the same issue. They've done with the least worst compromise of Android + Blackberry extras (which is essentially what I think Nokia should have done years ago - eg Android + Nokia Software extras + quality hardware).

...The result? I'm using Android, but I don't really want to, but sod all else is a viable option.

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123-Reg has another PITSTOP

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Re: I love it when...

You reckon?

Nah, they keep using 123-REG and other el cheapo hosts and just moan a lot.

They hardly ever learn. Which is why 123-REG and all can offer a shite service and get away with it.

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IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage

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Re: never liked those brown envelopes

The post office is not part of Royal Mail anymore though. And there's no "Royal" in Post Office.

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Speaking in Tech: Comparing Apples to BlackBerrys and Cooks to Chens

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Speaking Arse... Misrepresenting the facts again...

Sara and co do seem to have completely mis-represented the Apple vs Blackberry issue.

The implied situation is that Apple does not provide any help to Governments, but the reality is that they do - they've provided the data from iCloud and so on - in fact where they have had the sensible technical ability to help - without introducing specific and custom backdoors, custom software or out of the norm methods they assist.

Blackberry is the same - where they have the means, they have provided assistance. Where they cannot (for example, a BES managed device) they cannot and do not provide help and there is nothing to suggest they've done anything else.

It would be nice if those peddling misinformation could actually get a grip on reality before commenting.

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Does anyone actually use Yahoo for searching... Richard81 asks...

Yeah...

All the people who use Windows 10 with forced Bing.

Since Yahoo's results are effectively Bing's results as the Yahoo search is powered by Bing...

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123-reg still hasn't restored customers' websites after mass deletion VPS snafu

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The lesson that should be learned there is that a backup that is not tested is no backup at all.

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Four hundred MILLION vulnerable Androids are out there

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Well in my case I have intentionally not upgraded.

My Z3 with 4.4.4 does all I want, and the UI is better than the later versions, I did try them but the new flashed the phone back.

I have several nexus 7 tablets also on a 4.x branch which are used to control my home, from heating to lighting and the TV etc etc - none rely on any cloud rubbish, all of which work just fine and thus I've no good reason to upgrade them further. The apps and services work, the OS is reliable and it's not broken.

Went would I risk breaking that?

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

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Re: Oh dear

I can't believe (well I can entirely believe) they didn't read the terms and conditions.

Clause 1.5 (not even buried anywhere):

"1.5 The "Back-ups" Add-on provided by 123-reg includes access and maintenance however Customers are solely responsible for ensuring that full backups have been made."

The good news is that even if 123-reg pay you, you'll get:

"9.1 THE TOTAL SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AVAILABLE TO YOU AS THE RESULT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT, NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY ACTION OR FAILURE TO ACT WHETHER INTENTIONAL OR OTHERWISE SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FEES PAID BY YOU TO 123-REG IN THE TWELVE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING ANY ALLEGATION OF THE AFOREMENTIONED ACTIONS. "

...so if you had one of those bargain £9.99 servers, you can expect £120.00 or so tops.

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UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

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Re: The National Enquirer of Technology

"Well, for a start for them NOT to delete EVERYTHING and maybe backups.. Unfortunately they have failed on both counts."

Does that agreement say they WILL back it up (I don't know, I'm not a customer). If it doesn't, then there's no point moaning, that's your problem.

"They don't back up the virtual machines"

See above.

"And many of the affected customers choose the budget option for a reason.. They are small companies with small margins keeping expenses down is important"

Sure, but then that's part of the calculation you make - there's a place for budget providers, and indeed budget customers, but normally, from experience, budget customers expect premium service, premium resilience and premium support. It's rarely possible to get incredibly low pricing and all of those.

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Re: The National Enquirer of Technology

I'm not defending 123-REG (and I'd never defend the customers daft enough to take service with these budget providers for anything vaguely important either)... but out of interest...

""won't say how quickly?"

What are you asking for? The number of KB/MB/GB a second being restored or the number of machines vs total or ???

"what percentage are likely to be restorable"

I haven't checked, but assuming backup is part of the agreement anything less than "all of it" means they've been in breach of contract. However, in terms of knowing this, this brings me to a pet niggle.

When something breaks, the first questions you get are:

"How long will it take to be fixed"

"What is wrong?"

"How long will it take"

"So when do you think it will be working again"

"Why can't you fix it sooner"

...essentially all silly questions. Normally the focus is on restoring service. Root Cause analysis is not going to happen at this stage, and often you won't know when something first goes wrong, you won't know thus what is wrong, and you won't know how long it will take either.

That said, the updates 123-REG have given are essentially just vague probably because they're a bit embarrassed, a little bit of PR management and a dash of disinterest.

What do you expect for "starting from £9.99 a month?

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Symantec cloud portal goes titsup after database crash

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I wouldn't worry, if you're moving to office 365 for some reason... this is just a 'business as usual' thing. Enjoy your future outages!

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HTC 10: Flagship goes full Google – but the hardware's top notch

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Re: I have a question....

I agree the Xperia has excellent battery life (I also use a BB Passport and Lumia 1020 for context), and my Z3 is very good too. The Xperia Z series do seem to be the best of a bunch at the moment although the Z3 is superior in a few ways to the Z5 (especially since I hate the new UI rubbish on Android 5 and above that they give you).

The Xperia's do seem to go under the radar for some reason.

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BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

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Re: Couldn't agree more

"However if you want a replacement for the 1020, look at the 950 / 950 XL - It has one of the best cameras of any currently shipping mobile."

No it doesn't. I bought one, it sucked compared to the 1020 in many ways. Sure, unlike the 1020 it can take the photos fast from launch, but that's about it.

Focus - all over the shot, won't maintain a stable focus

Rubbish if it's bright outside

Rubbish if it's dark outside

Rubbish if you're inside generally except perfectly lit conditions

Colours not even close to reality (either over saturated or hugely under exposed)

Strange digital noise issues on detailed photos when you look at the detail.

I did a whole load of fairly scientific side by side identical condition testing to make sure I wasn't being unfair, and the conclusion was that the 950XL is only better when you have perfect conditions. If you take a lot of photos in variable conditions, such as low light, or extremely bright outdoor conditions, it's garbage. It went on ebay and I'm back to the 1020 without any issues.

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Re: Couldn't agree more

I also have a Lumia 1020 - and "stuck on 8.1" is my preference. I bought a Lumia 950XL to replace it, and that went on ebay after a few weeks because the camera sucks on it, the OS is a total mess and utterly unreliable and so on. You can shortly get Windows 10 on your 1020 if you're somehow mental. Personally I'll be keeping my 1020 for the foreseeable.

I also use a Blackberry Passport. If BB release a decent with keyboard and not the flip out/pull out type ones aka the Priv, I might be interested if I have to live with some other OS I want a keyboard.

If that fails, I think I might just give up, go back to a dumb phone, and then just do e-mail etc when I have a laptop to hand.

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BMW complies with GPL by handing over i3 car code

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Re: ReL or are told not to escalate things

"you do realise that what your company is doing here is against the law"

Yes, but if you had a rule that says when a customer says that, you need to escalate, you'd also need a shedload more people to escalate to as in my experience, claiming something is illegal is one of the first misfires of a typical complaint that will ultimately and typically be the "customers" fault in reality.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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"In reality, Windows 10 today is nothing like as bad as its reputation."

Well no... it's far worse.

Judging by the number of people who call up and have to bring computers into us to sort out whatever Windows 10 has completely broken and ruined that previously worked fine, and that's after they've had whatever the initial "upgrade" that was half-forced on them broke.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

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Changing phones to USB-C is pretty annoying really, and I'm not too impressed with the change.

Had USB-C connectors been available years ago when we standardised (apart from Apple of course) on the Micro-USB thing then sure because it is nicer having a reversible connector and USB-C is a better overall option, but given most of us just charge our phones with them, the rest of it is wasted.

...and most of us charge phones at night, so it really doesn't matter how long it takes to charge.

Having owned one phone with USB-C (now on ebay), I can safely say it was irritating beyond belief.

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Get lost, Windows 10 and Phone fans: No maps HERE on Microsoft's OS

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Re: Just the dregs left now

Apparently that is not true.

Some rep said it on the forums, but Spotify has since come out and said they're not dropping support for it at all

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Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

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Re: Windows on Linux next?

weird because I measure my Windows, Domain Joined, Group Policied boot up time in seconds...

What are you on about?

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Re: Windows on Linux next?

Ask the IT people to do things properly and fix that then.

Your problem has sod all to do with how good or bad Windows is, and everything to do with how badly configured your admins have implemented Group Policy.

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EE-gad! Orange webmail cut off in Blighty outage

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"Matters could get even more complicated soon, as BT has agreed to buy EE in a £12.5bn deal."

..."has completed the purchase of"

Do keep up el reg.

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UK Ministry of Justice secure email system browns out

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Re: POP3

POP-3 encrypted or not, what's the security it provides...

...the message is downloaded to the users computer.

Where (trust me) they insist on weak passwords, have no encryption on laptops, connect to any and every wifi setup going, no VPN, no attempt at security.

I totally fail to understand what security facility this setup is actually providing

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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Re: It seems Linux lacks a feature these so-called power users are finding they need.

...and the cause of those bluescreens will have been almost certainly problems with third party software and drivers, but not windows itself. Proper *windows* caused BSOD's are really quite rare.

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Cloud sellers who acted on Heartbleed sink when it comes to DROWN

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I'm not sure the downattack site was even accurate to begin with.

It told me that some of our IPs/servers were vulnerable. But we haven't supported or allowed SSLv2 for years.

...a couple of days after it appeared on BBC, checked again and we had supposedly now fixed it, but it was never "not fixed"

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