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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

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Re: From my perspective ...

In that case, neither has anyone else.

Including you.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Highly skilled techies in your office, then?

On topic, it must have a development name just as the javascript engine is called "Trident".

Personally, I'm wondering how long it'll last anyway, given the way things seem to be going. I mean, think about it - if Cortana works on Win9 desktops the same way it works on WP then most "applications" end up being an on-demand extension of the assistant. If you wanted to look something up, it'd be more likely to open a wikipedia app for you than en.wikipedia.org in IE. List of search items? They might be _powered_ by Bing but they'll show up in a Cortana return area (or on Windows, presumably sidebar).

It'll probably start eating up functionality that used to be confined to the Start menu, such as last 6 documents/whatever you worked on and THAT in turn means you no longer care about the application that opens your document, just about your document.

I guess what I'm getting at is that for a lot of people, the days of "Computer, do {instruction}" are almost upon us (and typing it in busy offices counts). So much so that it seems to me that individual applications are going to fade into the background. Especially browsers.

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BizTalk-as-a-Service dog wags Microsoft's on-premises tail

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Quicker on Cloud is really very simple.

It's the same reason that (historically) OSX has fewer driver issues than Windows.

There is only one set of standard hardware to address and the myriad config errors and idiosyncrasies of a billion admins (who set up live first time and then just tweaked it since 2003) do not exist.

I realize this does not fit with the prevailing worldview so you can go back to your regularly scheduled sneering now, but I felt it was important to explain this in case anyone out there is more interested in learning why things are as they are than in bitching about it.

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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

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iTunes is pretty much malware under Windows anyway.

It may well be lovely under OSX but the sheer awfulness of it under anything else has always been my main objection to owning an iThing.

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Visual Studio Online goes titsup as Microsoft wrestles with database

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Re: What Microsoft refuses to understand

> If you are providing critical infrastructure services to the public, you need to plan for failure and redundancy in order to provide 365x24 service

1. There is no such service.

2. ALM is nice but it's not critical. Even CI build servers off VSOnline are based in-(your)-house so you don't lose those either unless you fuck up. OH NOEZ, I MAY HAVE TO MERGE 67 CHECKINS AT ONCE WHEN IT COMES BACK UP...so what? And the PM can't see your burndown chart when he fancies a shuffle off the wrist? Wowie zowie, the world is ending.

Welcome to the internet, where mountains are made out of tiny molehills every day (but not reported if they're Google molehills).

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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Re: "Hairy Jedi snot."

Punk band, surely?

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Re: Local Confusion

I have just done likewise. Thanks for setting an example.

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Re: More people will boycott Electoral Register.

According to Private Eye, 2.5% of the population of the UK are private landlords but 25% of the population of the House of Commons are private landlords.

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Agreed. Scrap the open register and let 192.com go fish or pay people for being their product.

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

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Re: Today, smart phones and tablets........

It's always tomorrow.

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Redmond stall means IE Java axe won't swing till September

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Re: Vulnerabilities in old versions of Java?

Are you suggesting that there are not, in fact, vulnerabilities in old versions of Java?

And would you like to buy this bridge?

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Re: "go back to to cgi-bin and Geocities pages"

Video (and even Flash) are still "static pages". They load, you watch, there is no interaction. That's not what I was talking about at all.

It's so hard to explain things to first-line support staff...

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Are you familiar with an ActiveX control called XmlHttpRequest?

It was based on an interface called IXMLHTTPRequest that shipped in the MSXML library with IE5. Because it permitted the creation of dynamic calls to the server via Javascript (using what we now think of as the XHR API) it became extremely popular and the Gecko team created nsIXMLHttpRequest using the same API because of its utility. I believe it went live in 2000 in Mozilla.

By 2004, even Safari supported it. Why?

Because without it, there is no AJAX. All web pages are essentially static.

A lot of ActiveX components were a horrible mistake, granted. People make mistakes, companies make mistakes. As bad as Java applets? Yeah, probably. Not as bad as Active Desktop but definitely up there with applets. But it's important to remember that we got benefits from it too.

Unless you want to go back to to cgi-bin and Geocities pages.

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: It could be worse...

And I thought Stanley Unwin had died.

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Snowden leaks show that terrorists are JUST LIKE US

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Re: 50 mile radius

It's odd, isn't it?

One could make a case that a phone which travels around Britain a lot but never within a 50 mile radius of Cheltenham is actually far more noticeable as an anomaly than one which goes there just as often as it goes everywhere else.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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Re: Whatever the system.

It's the exact reverse of the central heating!

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Re: Dont' marketing people check their names?

Comment posted in response to first comment purely for visibility == downvote.

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Re: yeah but what about the jobs...?

Okay, so there'd still be prostitution.

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Re: yeah but what about the jobs...?

When everyone's job is automated away, we can probably be said to have achieved a post-scarcity condition where every demand can be instantly met at no cost.

In that condition, the notion of an economy is absurd.

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Re: How long this lesson will be remembered?

Visual Studio 6?

Seriously? You're complaining because a development tool issued in 1998 for the Win9x platform (which hasn't been supported since forever) is no longer supported? And you complain about the advice being to upgrade code produced in this sixteen year old environment?

Are you trolling?

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Re: "support websites that are coded using the competition's nonstandard features"

They're referring to sites coded with -webkit specific extensions.

Unless you regard webkit as "standard", they're right.

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Re: Of everything

Leaving only Gecko and Webkit because choice is bad?

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Re: I only wish....

Fixable.

Modernizr.load({

test: Modernizr.inputtypes.number,

nope: "js/jquery-ui.custom.js",

callback: function() {

$("input[type=number]").spinner();

}

});

There ya go.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Disbelief

"Pavarotti is at the Comedy Store right now..."

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing

> So you are saying you can join Windows 8.1 with Bing to a domain? Pull the other one.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/cc835245.aspx

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Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing

We have one at work for assessment. The "heavily poisoned search returns" don't exist because the OEM has to supply the machine with Bing as the search engine but the user (and the Group Policy admin) can set whatever search engine they like as default. Sorry to disappoint you.

The rest of the damn thing is comparable to a Chromebook except it has a 500GB hybrid drive which fails to be painfully slow and can actually store data.

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Wait, Gartner seriously believe that massive retooling and provision of always-on internet connections will somehow work out cheaper than buying an equally-shit Windows laptop that costs the same and requires no retooling or cellular data?

And people pay them for this insight?

Who? And do those people eat with corks on their forks?

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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Re: Press 1 for English, 2 if you are in a fatal accident...

>"This is the wrong number. You may want to dial 357."

Or 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3

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Yosemite Siri? Apple might plonk chatty assistant on your desktop - report

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Patent?

I wonder if it'll see a challenge any time soon.

possibly by Microsoft.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: Scarcely relevant musing

This just occurred to me -

> Does anyone know why 99% of the UK population pronounce latte as "lah-tay"?

I think it's because most people are bloody ignorant and being coffee related, they try to pronounce it in a pseudo-French way.

La maggioranza dei britannici non parla italiano.

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Re: Scarcely relevant musing

> So you pronouce pâté as pate?

Personally, I pronounce it as "paste". The circumflex denotes a missing "s" anyway and it's not like we don't have a perfectly decent English word to use.

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Re: Decent morning beverage?

Our local Costa even serves caffe corretto, albeit with amaretto rather than grappà.

It'll do.

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Re: Twitter driving Twitter-addicts to suicide?

A prerequisite of jokes is that somebody other than the originator should find them funny.

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Digital dongle transforms European XBOXen into tellies

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Well, we ditched Sky a year ago, relying instead on Netflix on the 360 and Freeview. The issue is that the Freeview receiver is built directly into the telly, meaning the XBone's clever overlay/passthrough thing doesn't work (because there is no "signal out" from the TV set).

With one of these, you don't need Sky or any kind of STB. I suspect that's the whole point.

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Microsoft OneDrive tip-off leads to arrest over child abuse images

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Re: Google copying

> This is the Microsoft that were caught red handed copying Google's actual search results. It's well documented, look it up.

Hold on a second, are you repeating Bob Vistakin's eternal lies on this topic? It's extremely well-documented. As being a fraud, perpetrated by Google engineers to game a Bing toolbar in exactly the same way that one could, if one were of a mind (or being paid sufficiently), game a Google toolbar.

Look it up before repeating propaganda which has already been thoroughly Snoped.

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Re: Google copying

Everyone's catching illegal child porn on their servers. Good that they're catching it.

Shut up about copying - if this is the kind of copying you object to, I wonder what you keep in DropBox.

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China rips Apple out of govt IT mail-order catalogue – report

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Re: Delicate balance

Apple can't afford to lose China as a manufacturing base.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: ITV Doesn't Own STV!

> STV pay ITV for content

Do you think ITV will ever actually supply any?

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What's the point of the Internet of Things?

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Cheer up, Trev.

The central locking house would be an absolute boon for everyone.

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I sympathize regarding your pork pie pie issue but tell your girlfriend she's mental, will you?

I've worked as a chef and fridges have very sensible rules. All the raw meat goes in the bottom (actually, it SHOULD go in a separate fridge but most households do not have this capacity) because you don't want blood dripped on the rest of your stuff. Fruit and salad goes on top, dairy on second shelf, cold meats (and pies) on shelf three.

Bottles go in the door. if you have a bottle rack in your fridge, take it out because all it does is waste space.

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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

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Re: Air Jesus?

None of you read Transmetropolitan.

I'm disappointed but not all that surprised.

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Air Jesus?

"I am so unbelievably bored that I will buy your ridiculous shoesphone...."

(restore my faith, commentards. Go on.)

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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

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heh

"Refactoring means features which improve the structure of the code without changing its output."

You put that line in especially for VB developers, right?

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: I think...

I'm not a climatologist but I am something of an expert on computer activity models, having worked with them for the last 20 years.

As such, I am qualified to give the opinion that every single climate model published to date has been horrendously half-baked junk and incapable of providing any basis for projection.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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That tumblr post is a really quite in-depth and well-reasoned review.

I admit to being surprised.

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Re: I object

He was amazing on Boston Legal.

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

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Re: Story behind Seattle layoffs

But also apparently is wholly invented.

[citation provided]

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@chekri

There is a problem with shifting Windows Phones on very low cost hardware, and it's innate to the OS.

That problem is, WP makes it very difficult to pirate your apps. There are whole markets (especially the Indian subcontinent, China and some of South America) where better than half of the app "market" is filled by piracy.

That's the only reason why Android will continue to own those markets. It's not about Google Play, it's not about what's "better". It's about whether the phone is the only investment or whether it's an ongoing cost.

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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

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Re: POS

Hahahahaha, I get it! We're all supposed to laugh at the Asian man's funny name! Ahahahaha! What a hilarious joker you are!

And clearly not racist at all.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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> Content unavailable. Error code: BOYCOTT

Stays at the wicket for years at a time doing absolutely nothing.

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