* Posts by dogged

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Microsoft open sources MSBuild, aims for cross-platform dev tools

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Visual Studio will never be a cross-platform IDE

Are you absolutely certain about that, Tim?

Given a decent implementation of WPF on OSX or $preferred_shell along with MSBuild and .NET Core, I really can't see why not.

It's not a money thing - VS Community is already free.

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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The shamrock isn't really a symbol of anything (except possibly the Trinity if you happen to be Sister Robbie Coltrane). The symbol for Ireland is the harp.

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Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

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you missed the real story

That being, the upgrade from Win7 is free regardless if whether the Win7 install is legit or pirated.

That's news. That means a billion or so Universal App customers.

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Healthy democracy

> A sign of a electorate happy with their life is one where many don't bother to vote as they don't see the need to get new policiticans in to change the system.

No, I'd say what we're currently looking at is a society where all the choices are the same and there is no way to make a meaningful choice so people don't even dignify the process by turning up to it.

Who can blame them?

Do you want rain or rain?

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Re: Here are my ideas to improve politics.

I was with you up until the House of Lords thing.

I quite liked the old hereditary peers. They weren't elected so weren't beholden to Paul Dacre or Rupert Murdoch, a lot of them were far too rich to be worried about bribes and cash-for-questions/access and they were, by and large interested tinkerers. Angus Hamilton used to build off-road cars and hardware encryption , for example. An awful lot of the Lords used to be in one business or another, usually at the "cottage industry" level.

On legislation affecting normal rights they were great. "Should we allow Government to spy on everyone? No. Should we make it illegal to own a dog that somebody might be frightened of? No. Is it right that people who don't buy a TV license go to jail? No". All good decisions by the _old_ Lords, all overturned by the Commons and the _new_ Lords, the unelected financial contributors to political parties that Tony Blair decided should be doing that job and rubber-stamping his every whim.

There really wasn't much wrong with the old system except if you're a Class Warfare type. There's a lot wrong with the new one.

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Re: Good

No, I won't be able to retire until I'm at least 70. My retirement was spent on bailing out banks, remember?

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Re: Good

Except we have an ageing population and old people already own all the property and get all electoral bribesbenefits and they all go out and vote for whoever's promising them more free shit. Young people are outnumbered. The Baby Boomers rule the world.

I'm 45. I've already seen this happen to my generation - the absolute worst bit being people saying "oh, we must be nice to them, they fought in the war!" when actually they just got wankered at Woodstock or the Isle of Wight - and it will happen to every following generation until those selfish old pricks finally die.

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Respect mah privacy! EU delegation begs US to play nice with data

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Meh

MEPs go on expenses-paid junket. Taxpayers pick up bill.

Film at 11.

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Microsoft scrambles to kill Live.fi man-in-the-middle diddle

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Re: Vikings? Sore losers? Nah.

yes because spoofing a certificate could easily allow the viking pirates to steal all of MS's money.

In your wet dreams.

"M$", wow, that's hilarious, is it 1994 again?

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Re: Relevance?

I followed the W7 links - am at work - got to the Standalone Updater, ran it, discovered the update wasd already installed. Checked update history and... it was installed on Sunday night.

So this is probably just the Reg's usual "hot off the presses but allowed to cool in order to comply with Health & Safety legislation" policy.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Don't stop there

frankly, most malware is less intrusive than Chrome.

No thanks.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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Re: oh lord... what?

what's the cut-off point?

If it's not 22 installs (not users, most workplaces have more installs than users because of servers (however limited, a fileserver is still a server as is a backup server), laptops, other mobile stuff..

Is it 10? What about 10 users? Should you be MacGuyvering your own patch solution for ten users? How about five? A lot of households have more than five..

There are a lot of companies out there with a fileserver, a backup server and potentially a print server and < 25 users. 25 being the "Essentials" seat limitation so it seemed appropriate.

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Peter Cushing enabled

I read your title wrong.

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Re: oh lord...

Considering that P2P code was first pushed in Win7 as Direct Cache, I suspect they've had plenty of time to refine it.

And even if they haven't, the fact that is not BitTorrent is actually a bonus. Not in a security-thorugh-obscurity sense but rather simply because it is not as familiar as a BT clone would be. For example, suppose it can only host files cleared by by the main MS servers and which conform to SHA checksum? Would that be hard? No. Would it involve lots of throwing data around? Not really.

In such a case, both client AND server are running security checks. Hard to corrupt, a system like that. Not impossible but very, very improbable.

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Re: oh lord...

brighter than you, from the looks of it. Let's actually apply some thought to this, shall we?

You have a small business with 20 desktops and two servers. You don't run WSUS because it's a bit beyond your pay grade and you don't really want the hassle of approving which updates go out. At the moment, you download 22 sets of full updates every month.

This new thing comes in and suddenly you download 22 sets of SHA hashes for comparisons (directly from MS and nobody's got a MITM attack going on that, not even the linux jihadis on the Reg's forums) and one set of updates. You just reduced bandwidth and probably patching time (because your SME net connection is always going to be slower than the Gigabit network you've got in the office) and everyone's a winner.

Or you have a network at home with one HTPC (always on for recording) and a bunch of laptops, meaning n+1 downloads just became 1 download. Why is this bad?

BUT ZOMG THEY WANTZ TO PATCH MY BOXEN FROM TEH INTARWEBZ well yes, they do. But the SHA hashes come directly from MS so you're definitely just getting the patches you need and not any extra nasties.

Are there any intelligent adults commenting on the Register?

Or even writing for the Register, Mr Sharwood? Seriously, wtf was that? It read like the Daily Mail on Romanians.

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IDC downgrades sales outlook for PCs AND tablets

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> a fair indication that Microsoft want everyone to be on some sort of 'Software Assurance' plan with an annual, or monthly, fee. What else would 'WAAS' be?

An attempt to reduce their support base by having run _one_ version of Windows.

And your Secure Boot FUD is littered everywhere and provably false. You keep posting it though.

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> 'Free update' does _NOT_ apply to businesses

Yes it does. It just doesn't apply to Enterprise editions. There are millions of SMEs out there running Win7Pro/premium who can upgrade for free.

Also, I don't believe you about "weasel words". I might if it were anyone but you but your antipathy toward Microsoft and insistence on making up lies to make them look bad - pointless, considering how much better they are at making themselves look bad than you are - is rather well documented. I can easily go find examples from these very forums if necessary.

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Re: HP and Dell can cancel Christmas due to poor Windows PC sales

I expect they're consoling themselves that Windows PC sales could fall by 99% and still exceed linux demand on the desktop.

Or Mac sales.

Sorry to pour cold water on your boner.

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I agree that business won't buy hardware but it might go for the OS for two reasons.

1. Free upgrade if you do it within one year of release, even from Win7

2. It's even lighter and considerably better optimized than Win7 so crusty hardware is likely to last even longer.

That means at almost no expense (install time, compatibility check) they can get money off the hardware bill for longer.

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We're not sure what it is, but we like it: Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

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But the rear door isn't a hatch.

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Not guilty by association

Same chassis maybe, but I find the RAV4 to be extremely capable off road provided you can actually drive a 4x4.

DISCLAIMER - grew up with Land Rovers and tractors.

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Siri, you're fired: Microsoft Cortana's elbows into iOS, Android

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Re: Windows fans need a reality check

I agree. And the larger dataset will improve results.

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Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

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Re: Roll eyes.

They might as well since they don't have any actual power.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Re: Not my writing, but quite appropriate

That actually made me cry fr the friend I've lost. Thank you or damn you.

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Re: @dogged - ONE IS SAD

> - Affordable Graham :-/

Hi. Bryan here. I remember you, and your dodgy website.

Early on when we started doing that stuff, before any Conventions happened at all, he used to just show up in pubs where some of us were meeting up. Sometimes there'd only be 7 or 8 people there and then suddenly there was a Hat that wasn't Alan Bellingham. Never bought a round.

Despite somebody once saying "who's round is it? Well, which one of us is a millionaire?"

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Re: ONE IS SAD

It's a good thing you're buying. As many, many afpers* will tell you, he never once bought a round.

*if you have to ask, you aren't one. You weren't there, man, you weren't...

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Re: Oookk. OOK.

or possibly

SQUEAK

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It's sad but also not sad

because of the Alzheimer's.

As it turned out, he never lost his marbles entirely and he didn't end up in a depressing hotel in Switzerland, far from a home that denies people their final release from pain and misery. He died in his own bed, with his family on a pleasant-ish* spring day in Wiltshire.

That's called "winning".

* ie - perfect for Terry.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: No, silly!

Three costs. They also now have to compensate all those broadcasters who already bought the full series of Top Gear from BBC Worldwide.

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Not quite like the BBC Micro

This doesn't cost the same as a small car.

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Google gives spit n' polish to world's most expensive Chromebook

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Re: preordered

the useless OS and the pathetic storage?

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Re: use the sd card for the os...

I think you mean they're not used in ChromeOS.

At this point it is traditional for a billion fanboys of various stripes to leap in declaring that if you cannot change the OS - even due to keyboard choices - then it is a piece of shit and probably evil and almost certainly tied to the NSA, typical Microsoft.

Oh wait.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Re: Clickbait

I didn't see a UKIP angle.

But then, I wasn't looking for one.

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Legalising London's bed-hopping economy is POINTLESS

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Hmmm.

I expect this will be clamped down on fairly quickly. Those laws will start being enforced.

Why?

Because of statistics. Among the population in general, around 2% are housing landlords. Among MPs, over 30% are housing landlords. Mainly in London. They buy the house, let it, expense the mortgage, nice little earner for our upstanding representatives.

More lets will reduce the rents and they won't want that.

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MOOCROSOFT tosses seven proper tech courses online at edX

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> If you're a professional developer, it's a piece of piss learning a new language - just open notepad++ in one screen, and google on the other.

But that won't get me a potentially useless certificate.

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> The jury's largely out on employer and headhunter attitudes to this kind of achievement.

Tell you what. Let's find out. As a deve/architect these days, I haven't done any Powershell and the gap in my knowledge is bugging me. I'll do the Powershell course and put it on my CV and see if it gets noticed. $90 should be an affordable tax write-off, especially when converted to proper Sterling monies.

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Hurry up and just SLAP GOOGLE, MEPs fume at EU commish

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Re: Wrong

I didn't know Peter Mandelson posted here.

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I guarantee 100% of those MEPs have received something from Google - search results.

What do you think they've received from Microsoft?

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Re: What?

> you get lumbered with all the tedious EU trade harmonisation regulations, but with zero say in them.

So? we don't actually get any say in them anyway. At least that way we'd stop actively paying for bureaucrats to invent ever more tedious trade regulations.

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Re: What?

@nematoad -

Poor research, I suppose. Yes, the kind of arrangement Iceland and Norway have. An open, single market. No legal authorities. No MEPs. No commissioners. No representation on the Council of Ministers. No nett contribution. No CAP. No CFP.

And, you know, so what if the EU does stupid things to itself from then on? Not our problem.

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The single most anti-EU politician I remember (including Nigel Farage!) was the late Tony Benn. And he was very definitely a lefty. He was also appalled by the EU's corruption and lack of democratic accountability.

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> MEPs backed him despite having no say whatsoever in resolving EU antitrust cases

MEPs have no say in pretty much everything of importance. The whole system is horribly broken from the point of view of democracy and accountability.

And that, as an aside, is why I favour leaving the EU and striving for the kind of arrangement some of the Nordic countries have going. Open trade area, absolutely nothing else. Because the EU is a democracy in the same way that Google does no evil.

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Out with the old: the end of Microsoft support can be your storage opportunity

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wat

The bit that confuses me is where you say the upgrader will need some help.

No they won't. All those .mdf files are backed up (they are, right?) so you rip out the old server, take a hammer ot the spinning rust, fire up the new server and restore the .mdf files.

You now have a later version of SQL Server. Go you.

Yes, it may take a little fiddling to recreate a cluster or a fast-cache environment but the database? That's easy.

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PayPal pays $60m for Israeli predictive security start-up

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Not really. The USA has been (on aggregate) the single largest sponsor of terrorism in the world since the 1950s. Cubans, IRA, Contras, Mujahideen, thousands of others.

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Consumers beware! Ofcom's seen a scary new mobe nasty: APPS

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Re: Protect and Survive for phones

I'll wait for the Raymond Briggs cartoon.

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Re: Sorry about this but...

internet pronunciation of "fracas"?

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Ban Minecraft? That's jive, Turkey!

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Re: Turkey is a corrupt, filthy, backward shithole

I love Turkey and the Turks are a very welcoming, friendly, generous people. With great food, secular attitudes and a determination to see the bright side of everything.

I don't know where you went. Must have been a UKIP fact-finding trip.

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Re: it encourages the raising of pigs for food

> And, if you think about it, cows give meat and skins, chickens give meat and feathers, whereas pigs only give meat.

o rly

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Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface Dublin Rape Crisis Centre site

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Re: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

@Jim 69 - some things should make you angry. The fact that the country I lived in and loved does this kind of horrible thing is a good reason to be angry and foam-flecked.

Go to Holyhead some time where the ferry lands in the UK. You see girls arriving in tears and girls leaving in tears. Sent away from their homes and their families in order to prevent them losing their lives, dreams and ambitions via a heart-breaking (but beneficial) operation, denied even the opportunity for their mam to hold their hand. It's wrong. Not the abortions, those are absolutely right if those girls are to stand any chance at living the life they choose.

But the policy on contraception and abortion in the RoI, which is criminal. It's an attitude ISIS would be bang alongside. Couple that with the abuses of the Catholic church, the corruption in Irish politics, the disastrous entry into the Euro....

As stated, my ma's Irish. I lived there for years. I even remember a few words of Irish from school (which is a few more than most Irish people do) . I just can't help but think, on reflection, that if the British government hadn't delayed the Home Rule Act due to WWI, the country would be in a lot better shape.

Oh sure, Ireland would be whining about independence just like Scotland does and pretending to be oppressed but we'd have avoided the terrorism and deaths, the tacit collaboration with the Nazis, the Euro, much of the poverty and a whole lot of paedophile priests.

And the policy on women's rights and reproductive health would not be made by allegedly celibate men who wear dresses.

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Vodafone: Can't make calls on our network? Use Wi-Fi

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O2 offers TuGo, which is app-based VoIP

I think you mean "O2 offers TuGo, which is great if you want it to take half an hour just to type a text that will then refuse to send anyway". As for call quality... there is no call quality.

TuGo is, basically, non-functional.

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