Re: Leaving out the elephant in the room...
This is Skype for Business aka Lync, not Skype.
2102 posts • joined 27 Nov 2009
This is Skype for Business aka Lync, not Skype.
There are enough cloud telephone exchange VOIP PBXs out there at the moment. No problems with EU in doing that.
We looked at it last year, but it worked out about 4 times more expensive per year than going with our exsiting telco and a local software VOIP-PBX!
Given that MS are opening co-hosted data centers in Germany to get around Safe Harbour - data stays in Europe and is under the care of local providers, MS and its employees have no direct access to the servers or data.
Wow, Godwin's Law in 2.
Is that a Birdie or an Eagle?
I think she should first learn about the basics of Mathematics, cryptography and freedom before spouting out such tosh!
"Paris must be a wake-up call," she thundered. "If they had any conscience at all, these great Western powerhouses of the 21st century would be joining the fight to preserve our way of life – not helping to facilitate Islamic State's way of death."
Erm I think they are fighting to preserve our way of life, by stopping us being illegally spied upon.
Hold the advertising network/platform financially responsible for all damages. They are facilitating the malware, so it is up to them to stop it and it is up to them to compensate those affected. They made the deal with the bad actor and took money to load the malware on unsuspecting visitors' PCs.
@AC no, the advertising platform is driving the getaway car. They are "moving" (facilitating) the malware from its secret hideout to the target.
@nijam but Uber are using these drivers, without checking the drivers are legally allowed to transport passengers. That is their problem, because they are putting their reputation and the lives and welfare of their customers at risk.
If you are injured in a crash and the Uber driver is not insured, he files bankruptcy and you can pay for your own medical expenses and compensate yourself for loss of income... It isn't Uber's problem, according to you.
The argument, they they are not a taxi company, they are a technology company is complete tosh. They are a taxi dispatcher that happens to use computers to dispatch the cars.
I guess Amazon isn't a retailer, because, you know, they use computers to sell things... But there again, so do most shops these days, as do many taxi companies.
Here in Germany, they are acting illegally, or at least encouraging their drivers to do so. In Germany you need insurance to drive a car. If you are using it commercially (private hire), you need a professional driving licence, if you don't have that, you can't get insurance for driving commercially - just your private insurance, which covers driving to your permanent place of work, plus private driving.
But most Uber drivers don't have the relevant driving licence (which is very different to a taxi medallion in the USA, this is purely the type of driving licence), which means they are driving on private insureance, which in turn means:
1) if they have an accident, the insurance won't pay, so they will be personally liable for all damages
2) if they have an accident, they will be prosecuted for driving without insurance
3) if they are stopped by the police, they will receive a fine and possibly lose their licence
But Uber claims this isn't their problem, because they are a startup and they are shaking up the industry!
Have a beer, sir!
Why overcomplicate it? At the price of a commercial passenger jet why not just put "scales" in the wheel assemblies? Trucks can do it so why not multi-million $$$ aircraft?
Because the scales need to be legally calibrated. If you thumb several tonnes over their load limit through them on landing, they aren't going to stay well calibrated for long.
Also an electronic scale has a legally set maximum number of weighing steps. If you are weighing in the gram area, then it won't be able to accurately read several hundred kilograms and if you are reading in the tonnes area, then changes of a few kilograms probably won't register either. Scales on the ramps would be more accurate and probably cheaper.
Oops, a typo... That SHOULDN'T be done on every take-off.
Agreed, we have been making touch friendly applications on Linux and Windows industrial terminals for over a decade. The underlying OS is irrelevant to making a touch friendly application, as long as it has a driver for a touch panel.
@Steve Todd, I'm not saying that the SP3 should be used over an iPad, I was just saying the points from Trevor are humbug.
I thought part of the pre-commissioning testing for a new plane type includes dragging its arse along the runway to ensure it doesn't break off or burst into flames.
That it should be done before every take-off is clear, but that they aren't designed to cope with the odd bang is also false.
1. Check, Surface Pro 3 should last the flight
2. Rich and vibrant, and no app store restrictions. Check, Surface Pro 3 passes here.
3. Check, no random reboots or lockups on my Surface Pro 3 in the last 12 months - and it goes weeks between planned reboots.
4. Check, standard USB interface, Bluetooth and Wifi, so an advantage over the iPad there, which would need a Lightning USB convertor - or for industry, both would need a Lightning / USB to RS232 converter.
5. I've been working with Windows, Mac OS and Linux since the mid 80s. Apart from the change to using a menu as opposed to rows of icons, Windows hasn't really changed that much that you need retraining - especially as we are talking about bespoke software here, so that would work the same regardless of the under operating system. Heck, with Windows you can boot directly into the application and not even see the Windows shell - in fact, you can set the application as the shell, so no chance of them playing games while they are waiting.
6. The last radical change to Windows was in 1995.
7. We are talking corporate devices here. WSUS (and similar tools) have been around for over a decade that allow you to control the roll-out of updates to corporate devices, so you test them on a select few devices, before rolling them out at your schedule to the rest of the fleet.
8. So, that discounts iOS, Android, OS X and Windows. Better use a custom Linux distribution.
The list you have given doesn't really stop the choice of any modern operating system. iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, MacOS or BSD would fulfil all of your requirements there. Some would be better suited than others, but the points in your list would be fulfilled by all of them.
Maybe they should just employ bush pilots, who fly by feel and don't rely on jiggery pockery to tell them when to pull back on the yoke...
You know, like real pilots have done for decades.
If you rely on a machine telling you when to pull back, you lose the "feel" for what is right and wrong with the thing - this applies to other area.
Also, why are they entering the data? Data entry is always prone to error. Don't the airports have temperature guages? And weight - you weigh in each piece of baggage and you know how much fuel has been filled in. You know the empty weight of the aircraft. Those three can be calculated automatically. Add an industrial scale on the boarding ramp and you have a fairly accurate and automatic weight calculation, with no room for typos. The flight crew would just need to double check the values.
'Although if they select that that 747 is actually a Cessna, you would still end up with the wrong take-off weight... :-S
I thought it was real names on Facebook... So a cop using a fake name made friends with somebody using a fake name... :-S
I guess it is only if the names aren't "normal" that they are banned,
I'm lucky, here in Germany. The local telco laid fibre in our small town several years ago. I am currently on 35mbps, although I could pay extra for 50 or 100mbps, but even with streaming HD films from Amazon Prime the 35mbps is usually fast enough.
In May I re-ripped all of my CDs and storing them in the cloud, plus our streaming and normal activities pushed our volume up around the 700GB mark. I think on average though it is much more around the 400 - 500GB mark.
Even 10 years ago, when I was living in Bavaria with a 2mbps line, I was getting through 150 - 200GB a month, doing testing for the pre-release builds of SUSE.
Gift is German for poison... Works for me, sitting here in Lower Saxony.
That is too technical for thieves over here, in Germany. They just fill the ATMs up with gas and let them blow up, then they run off with the money...
Somewhere around 70 attacks this year, I think (report on German TV on Wednesday).
They are now starting to upgrade the machines with dye packets, to colour the money in the event of an explosion...
I've worked on dozens of successful projects over the years... :-S
Guess I must be "one of the lucky few" then, according to the author of the report.
Agreed AC. And the latest beta release is a lot more stable and having battery life that lasts more than a day is a relief.
Interestingly, the new Audible App and the latest build have improved beyond recognition. On 8.1 Audible could take up to 1 minute to become responsive. On Windows 10 it was similar. With the latest build and the latest version of the App, it is down to under 5 seconds on my 1020. A very welcome improvement, as this is probably one of my most used apps.
So far I've been very impressed with the latest build. The only negative I've found so far is that the the "U" and the "S" keys don't work in the URL box in Edge... :-S Using any other text box works fine.
My 1020 has gone from 12 - 14 hours battery life with the previous build to 36 hours average with the new build.
Digressing from the subject a little, I was watching Tatort last night (German TV police procedure series), where there was a man with Asperger's with OCD who was counting things. At one point he was walking along and started counting out 8, 16... And I started saying 32, 64, 128 a fraction of a second before he did. It freaked the hell out of my wife! :-D
Many of the traits you describe seem to apply to me. I've often wondered if I am not on the borderline, but I've never had it checked out.
@Dave 126 for me it is the convenience of just having one device. Full stop, end of story. If I am working at my desk and go out, I grab the Surface and all of the data is there already, nothing to sync, no app incompatibilities etc. And when I get back, I plug it back into the dock and carry on. My notes from the trip are in OneNote in one window on one screen and I type up my report on the other.
Simple, no fuss, no muss, no problems with syncing data before starting to work. No worrying about not having the relevant app installed on one device or another.
I am running Windows 8 on my Surface Pro 3 with 2 external displays and I have nearly a dozen windows open and visible... In fact its multi-monitor support is better than Windows 7.
Yes, when I am on the move and using it in tablet mode, I have mainly full screen apps running.
That said, most "average" users that I have met have always used 1 application full screen in Widnows...
The Fisher Price look-and-feel was Windows XP. I much prefer the flatter, cleaner look of Windows 8 and 10. I also prefer them to XP and 7 in general use.
Having been through iOS and Android, I am very happy with Windows 10 Mobile on my Lumia 1020.
The same for Windows 8 and 10 on the desktop/lap. I went through Windows from version 2 on and used Linux as my main workstation from 2002 through to 2007 and an iMac after that and at the moment, I prefer 10 to all the others - I still use a Mac irregularly and I still use Linux on a daily basis.
Yeah, XP is what drove me to Linux and OS X. I hated it. I kept an old machine running in the corner for when I needed MS Office document compatibility, but generally used my Linux workstation as my main machine for years, then an iMac in 2007.
It was 7 that got me back to using Windows as my main system.
Still waiting to be allowed to upgrade my Surface Pro 3 to W10. The IT department is saying they will probably get around to installing the updated TrendMicro AV software sometime early next year... That is the only piece of software stopping an upgrade,
AFAIK, the engines are made at one plant for all models / brands that use that type of engine and they are then shipped to the relevant plants.
It doesn't make sense to have half a dozen small plants turning out the same engine, just because it is for a different brand.
Given that the original announcement said that Audis were affected (and Skoda and Seat), it isn't really a surprise, no. The article headline sounded more like click bait.
Or abusers ruining it for the rest... Although they are hoisted by their own petard, such a service really isn't designed with storing rips of DVDs in mind... When it was announced, I had a feeling it was going to end badly, because you just knew somebody was going to take them literally.
I would struggle to fill half of the 1TB that is offered to me by the service.
I had a flickering screen on my Surface PRo 3 when it came out. It wasn't as bad as this, but for some reason it was set to 59Hz refresh rate. Setting it to 60Hz cleared the problem.
Which is why such a commission is needed, but as was pointed out, the industry is changing fast and such commissions are always slow.
That was the problem with the Microsoft story over a decade ago. By the time they got around to doing anything, the market had changed and much of the punishment was irrelevant - by then Firefox had grabbed a substantial share of the market and Chrome and Safari were also there, but MS had to offer the browser ballot, even when their market share had dropped from over 95% to around 50%. All the browser ballot did was annoy users and show how slow and out of touch the monopoly commission was.
The browser ballot would have been the right punishment in 2001, but it was silly by the time it was implemented and in 2014 it was irrelevant.
They need to move quickly in the internet age, they can't procrastinate for half a decade, either they need to react swiftly and decisively or they need to steer clear. As a consumer, I'd like them to react swiftly and either slam the brakes on these organisations quickly or clear them. Having these cases hanging around for half a decade just says that they are out of touch.
The problem is, Google is now so big, you can't get into search, by the time you've built up a decent search engine, you will have gone bust, because you cannot get the traffic away from the major players.
But that isn't where the problem lies, the problem is that Google doesn't just do advertising, I mean search, it also does operating systems, content and services and the argument is that it uses it sway in the search market to push people into using those services.
I can't say I've seen much evidence of this, apart from video results being mainly for YouTube. But it is a question that needs to be cleared up and in this day and age, it needs to be cleared up quickly, not dragged out for half a decade.
Are they guilty of abusing their position? Maybe. But procrastinating over it for years on end isn't going to help one way or another.
My first thought was, but the EU is currently tightening up their DP rules... Then I read it again and, yes, I think she means that the EU are going in the wrong direction. Democratic laws don't work in a non-democratic, capitalism driven world.
Maybe they should implement a few rules for the politicians:
1. Accepting a bribe is a criminal offense
2. Attempting to bribe a politician is a criminal offense.
That would change the whole lobbying system and should put pro- and contra- on a more even footing, poor consumer/citizens' rights groups would have a more equal say than big business. If it just comes down to who has the best argument and not who can buy the best laws.
What other decision could they have expected? Or didn't they know the case was happening?
Given that a lot of the US press reporting on this don't even seem to know what Safe Harbor is, saying that it is disgraceful that the EU have invalidated it and that it will make it harder for Europeans to do business within EU borders as well, it probably did surprise some, but for any sane person, it shouldn't have come as a surprise; I am not sure that anyone outside of Data Protection Officers in companies in Europe have ever even read up about Safe Harbor...
It certainly surprises US companies when potential European customers question them over their policies. They seem to take it on blind faith that Safe Harbor will protect them from the NSA, the US Justice Department, FISA etc.
Yeah, Safe Harbor has been known to be a joke in the industry for years. I spoke to one cloud provider in the US back in 2011.
"What about the Patriot Act?"
"Oh, we have Safe Harbor."
"Yes, but the Patriot Act overrides Safe Harbor, so if they turn up with a FISA Court letter, you still have to break European law and hand over the data."
"But, Safe Harbor!"
It was shocking that an American company had less of an idea about how their own "laws" worked, let alone the relevant EU laws, where they were doing business, than a European trying to ensure that his company wouldn't be prosecuted in Europe, in the event that the data was moved to the USA and they had to hand it over without an EU warrant...
exactly. The companies wouldn't just have to move their data outside of the USA and over to Europe, they would also need to re-incorporate themselves overseas and they would need to close all offices and data centers in the USA and move all of their staff over seas. Only then would they be in the clear.
The problem is, the US companies have to stop transferring data immediately, or they put their customers at risk.
If they are caught moving data out of the EU, it is the owners of the data (private citizens who trusted their contact data to GMail, Outlook.com, iCloud etc. or European businesses using cloud services) who will pay. They have a care of duty to ensure the data is held within EU data protection regulations. If their cloud hosting provider suddenly exports that data out of the EU without the backing of Safe Harbor, then they face fines and / or imprisonment.
The cloud providers will also face prosecution, but they are big corporations outside the EU, but their customers are within the EU.
Most users don't even know you can access the router. They plug it in, it sucks down the configuration from the ISP and "just works".
The problem isn't the companies involved. it is US law and its steam rolling of people's rights.
The data from the EU can only be handed over to the US Government if they have a valid EU warrant. And that is what the US agreed to, before they enacted the Patriot Act and nowadays say "ah, well, the data is on US soil, so we can ignore those pesky EU people and their silly data protection laws, just give us the data or face fines and imprisonment."
Under those circumstances, there isn't much a US company can do. Until the US Government and the US Justice agree that data held under Safe Harbor is actually safe, there isn't much any company can do.
It is always a a Bratwurst because they a fried, Bratwurst literally means "fried sausage" and isn't a specific sausage, but a category. Knackwurst wouldn't really come into this category. But within the "Bratwurst" category, there is a lot of leeway.
In the North, they tend to be pale fried sausage (as per the photos in the article), in the South they tend to be red sausages, with the option of pale if you want. Each region has its own version of what a typical Bratwurst should be and each Metzger (butcher) has his own recipe.
I prefer the Zigeuner Wurst, which is, again, a Bratwurst but this time a spicy paprika sauce. The traditional Bratwurst is also very good, you get it on a bit of cardboard and the end of the cardboard sheet is torn off and bent into a "U" form, so that you can hold the sausage while you eat it. It is served with a dollop of mustard and a slice of baguette.
Interestingly, given the German's penchant for sausage, the number one fast food over here is the Turkish Döner Kebap.
The data protection authorities, at least in Germany, does have clout.
And as a business, if you use a cloud service and they illegally move the data outside the EU borders, then the data protection authorities can prosecute - because the Safe Harbor is now nullified and the cloud providers cannot guarantee that they won't hand over the data to the US Government if requested to.
Various EU courts have already ruled on what can be used to identify people and IP addresses are enough to identify a person, usually. Especially if they have a time stamp, because even with a leased IP, the provider has to hold records for a set period about which IP was assigned to what address at what time.
As AC said, with the caveat that most of the data is anonymous, so they can transfer it willy-nilly, because it cannot be traced back to a specific machine or a specific person.
Things like Cortana or web search lists, which are linked to the user, will have to stay in the EU.
But their services customers (Office 365, Skype for Business etc.) are often on Android for mobile devices and have a Windows desktop / notebook / 2-in-1 etc. So if their customers are using Android handsets, they need to have their apps on Android as well.
I hope they stick with Windows handsets, I'm on the waiting list for the 950. I have been through iOS and Android and I much prefer Windows Phone 8 / Windows 10 Mobile (I have the preview on my 1020). My family independently came to Windows Phone, my wife had my old iPhone and when she dropped it, she said she didn't want another one, so bought a 620 and now a 630. The kids were on Android and both saw the 630 and went straight out and bought themselves one.
One daughter is a Mac user, but she is sticking with WP8, she likes the iPhone but isn't willing to spend over 800€ for a phone and finds the Lumia is fine for what she needs.
To be honest, they don't care about which OS is better or which has the most apps, they are using the one they feel most comfortable with. They probably couldn't even tell you what OS or what version they are running, just that they like it.
Deutsche Telekom has a large number of data centers and provides a wide variety of cloud services and cloud computing.
There are also some large independent cloud providers in Europe as well.
As it is mostly software, no problems, you can't patent software...
Or the cloud companies could start selling their technology to European companies to run independent cloud services in Europe, with a no competition clause for US territories.
With Safe Harbor and the current case against Microsoft having to hand over data from a European subsidiary to the US Justice Department, the US Government seems to be doing everything in its power to sabotage the US Internet industry, at least internationally.
I don't have Flash installed and I run NoScript and only allow the main domain I'm visiting to run scripts. The advertising sites are blocked from running scripts. They can serve me static images and text if they want, but not nothing interactive.
The biggest problem is the bandwidth. I think the advertising shouldn't add more than about 30% to the volume of traffic being loaded from a page. The problem is, it is often 300-400%... And then you have all those damned libraries that are linked to and add yet more MBs to the "bill", just for a couple of hundred bytes in one function!