* Posts by Vince

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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As usual clickbait, inaccurate AND out of date.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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Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

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Re: Cloudy environments only?

It won't be open source.

"Or is it a proprietary software that requires internet access to phone home as per Windows 10, 8.1, 8.0 and 7.?."

Given that to "phone home" like those, they'd have to mandate phoning home, or indeed require internet access, no.

None of those OSes require internet access at all, not even to activate them.

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Worldpay outs self as provider of easy-to-crack payment services

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Re: PCI Compliance

If you're (unfortunate enough to be) a WorldPay customer, they have a scheme that they expect you to use (you can provide confirmation from another suitable body, but they then largely ignore you and just bill you as if you're not compliant for a few months whilst you get them to read a PDF), attesting your compliance.

That process (saferpayments) requires you to attest that the terminal THEY provide is compliant. Which it is it not possible to do. Except if you don't, you can't complete the attesting and thus get screwed for fees.

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Unbelievable. Meanwhile Small Businesses that I work with have to go through WorldPay's PCI compliance programmes where they make the costs and requirements utterly disproportionate to the risk and heck to any "old" equipment.

The hypocrisy in these things really grinds me gears.

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Between you, EE and the lamppost ... this UK cell network is knackered

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6 weeks... 6 weeks too long with EE

I joined "EE" on 2 year contract. I left after 6 weeks (4 weeks more than I wanted but it took that long for them to acknowledge my legal rights). Absolutely pathetic.

Data services frequently just stop passing packets.

Some non-HTTP/HTTPS services are either blocked or have some capping/issue maintaining throughput

Coverage is a joke - it's supposedly the largest 4G network but I found a lot of time was spent on 2G, and mostly 3G if not, and throughput again horrid. By chance, this was during a time where I was travelling around quite a bit so I got to experience this repeated horror a lot.

I'm used to getting in my car and streaming audio along my journey - as I always do on 3. It's quite rare for me to lose my stream, and there are some fairly long journeys now (2-3 hours) where I don't lose my stream once. With EE, I'd be lucky to get from one junction to a motorway to another.

Even when I forced my phone to only do 3G/4G so it could hold onto a weak 3G signal rather than drop down to 2G ... it didn't get much better.

As a result, I spent the majority of my time on EE using another of my 3 contracts to get things done, which I'd been sensible enough to retain.

I also experienced several service outages due to EE network issues in that time - given all the other issues, I didn't fancy spending the rest of a 2 year stint with such a woeful network, and ported back to 3. Haven't had an issue since then.

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Under-fire Apple backs down, crafts new iOS to kill security safeguard

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Incidentally, this can't be "integral" because the issue didn't exist until the last minor point release of iOS. If it was perfectly happy until then, I doubt it is integral.

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Microsoft axes ‘dozens’ more from former Nokia phone biz

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Re: I still don't know why

I believe they thought they were buying themselves into owning the only real vendor shipping Windows Phones to protect themselves against defection, and from there use it to make Windows Phone a big thing.

Unfortunately for them, and me as I stupidly gave them my hard earned for a 950xl and regret it, they've failed.

In my view, Windows Phone 8.1 was actually just fine, stable, reliable, features worked, it just needed newer faster hardware (easy), and further software enhancement.

Instead they replaced it with the unfinished, broken, badly thought out Windows 10 Mobile or whatever it's actually supposed to be called, and made a fledgling system utterly horrible, unreliable and frankly not fit for purpose. I'm through with Microsoft's bull when it comes to phones now, they've changed direction 3 times, and never stop when they find the right combo.

Windows Phone 7... binned so fast my hardware still looks minty fresh.

Windows Phone 8... actually works.... binned

Windows 10 Mobile.... er... yeah.... it'll be ready later, with forced updates... maybe...

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Three scoops 'most reliable network' crown, EE takes every other title

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"And much depends on what you value. If you find dropped calls disruptive, Three is the one to choose. If you use your mobile mostly for data, then it’s EE."

Um...

If I value a properly working service, three is my choice (and still is)

EE was my choice for 6 weeks. 4 weeks of which was arguing with them to give me my legal right to cancel as the service was cancelled both within the cooling off period and was demonstrably not fit for purpose.

Won't be making that mistake again, ported back to three, no further issues.

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Sir Michael Lyons tells .uk registry Nominet: Time to grow up

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Nominet long went out of favour in my books. The self-righteous attitude they display is not even thinly veiled anymore, and anyone who has to deal with them knows.

It's actually become pointless trying to respond to any "consultation" because they don't actually give a toss - just like this (and I imagine that also suits them just fine!). If you say you don't want what they suggest, they'll just ignore you, do it anyhow, or do it a different way so you can't object. Whilst the wording used by El Reg isn't of course what they actually said, it is I would wager pretty close to what they *actually* think internally.

There was a time where I felt that Nominet was acting in the interests of the membership and stakeholders as they put it, but in case it wasn't obvious from the above, no longer feel that way and indeed don't really promote Nominet controlled domains anymore.

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

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Re: Horsefeathers -- was it a DDOS or a failed upgrade?

Alister, those 172.16.0.0/12 addresses were not due to the faulty router handing out non-routable, but what happens if BT Wholesale can't reach your ISPs authentication platform (RADIUS etc), or if there's too much load.

Rather than not authenticate you, so your router tries immediately again, they effectively throttle by accepting the login (regardless), issue a 172 address, and you can get to a BT Wholesale page that basically says something like this if you accept the DHCPd addresses and DNS. It disconnects you a bit later so you can try again.

This essentially helps them manage the surge in login demands, but is nothing to do with the original fault.

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Windows Mobile users suffer backup super-slurp as Redmond forgets Wi-Fi switch

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Re: re: client whose internet connectivity is 0.5 meg

You clearly haven't used Windows 10. You cannot "disable" updates on Windows 10 Professional. You can merely "defer" them.

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"Microsoft is telling Windows 10 mobile users to shut off automatic updates, because a bug is demolishing people's data allowances."

Ha, if only they'd wake up and realise that the same approach of "being able to turn off updates" is sensible in normal Windows land. We have a client whose internet connectivity is 0.5 meg at most, and ignoring all the other reasons to avoid 10, having an OS where forced updates can't be disabled makes it impossible to consider on that factor alone. And no, it's not feasible or cost effective to roll out domains, wsus and license pro/enterprise versions - especially when the only benefit would be for Microsoft.

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Lincolnshire council IT ransomware flingers asked for ... £350

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What a load of rubbish. I imagine all that's happened here is that someone opened an attachment with a cryptolocker type of variant.

It then sat there encrypting the stuff on the local drive, then carried on through the various network mapped drives. Because that's what it does. Perhaps more than one user did this, and so it took less time than it might on its own from a single machine.

Either way, the non-targeted ransom, the descriptions given after you remove the bull suggest nothing more sinister than that. Yet more reasons why people should start taking security seriously. And that doesn't mean installing Norton, or Sophos or whatever your preferred flavour of useless anti-malware is.

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Ofcom's head is dead against Three and O2's merger

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Maybe not, but it does give EE a huge advantage. Imagine not having to actually pay for all that backhaul anymore across the country. Because essentially that's the gift EE now has.

It's not even like the tails/last mile has to be paid for really, because Openreach is still ultimately part of BT plc, and therefore it's just internal movement on an accounts system, and not real money being spent.

That this was allowed is a huge problem for Vodafone, 3 and O2 because they don't have that advantage.

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HSBC online services still offline following 'attack' on bank

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Re: Dear HMRC ...

We can blame you.

Choose a better accountant.

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Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses

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Nonsense, there are no defects in Apple products.

You're clicking it wrong!

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Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

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Re: "growth in services revenue"

Huh? Blackberry do not spy on you. If you are talking about the reported dutch "entry" into a Blackberry I understand it was actually a physical attack on the not-confirmed device and not a Blackberry "spying" incident. I think sir might be confusing things to make himself sound clever.

In other news... certainly on 9.2.1 with an iPod, which frankly would be the most obvious device to push Apple Music on, it asked once, I said sod off, it's not bothered me again. It does seem to be really keen on asking for your Apple ID password for every minor event now, but certainly hasn't asked about Apple Music.

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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

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Re: I feel their pain (the engineers actually)

Funny you should mention the testing.

It is the view of everyone in my office that Microsoft has got shot of the entire QA team because they never used to be this bad - sure the odd slip up, but every month now there is some major problem with a patch for some product and a lot of them are fairly obvious scenarios to test for.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: I just don't get the Windows 10 hate

Have I used it? Yes.

Have I used every previous version? Yes

Do I like Windows 8.1 a lot? Yes

Is Windows 10 utterly terrible? Yes, and remember, I *like* the previous versions, so I am not the anti-change sort.

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Re: The more they push

You've hit the nail on the head.

I'm very much a Microsoft / Windows person. Actually, I *was*.

Windows 10 is utterly atrocious in my view, and I'm not at all happy with it on the test systems I've been experiencing it on, and I have thus zero intention of moving off Windows 8.0/8.1 (and yes I like Windows 8 series!). The Windows 10 nonsense and the more aggressive "you will have 10, oh yes you will, we will force it down your throats" approach on the older versions has really annoyed me.

Beyond that, the Win 10 Mobile experience really sucks. It's not even close to being finished, and the volume of problems, limitations and bugs in it are astounding. That's all before you get as far as the pretty considerable "app gap" problems in that platform.

Accordingly, despite running a business that supports Windows, despite having an extensive amount of Microsoft technology in my home, I've actually started buying and looking at alternatives. The straw has very much been found that broke this camels back.

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Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

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Well yes, Windows 10 really does suck. In every way.

I'm not upgrading my desktops or laptops anytime soon.

I've made a serious error getting a Lumia 950xl because the hardware's fine, but the software absolutely smacks and I am looking to send it back as not fit for purpose.

I also wondered why I was having so much trouble finding apps (especially since it all works fine in Windows Phone 8.1 on my older Lumia).

Another Microsoft own goal. All the potential, but the worst execution imaginable.

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Thousands fled TalkTalk after gigantic hack, confirm researchers

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What What load of cobbler this article is.

"confirms" is in fact "suspects" at best.

They have no information on how many customers TalkTalk have or indeed haven't lost.

I doubt they've lost that many customers.

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