* Posts by Pascal

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SQL Server 2005 end of life is coming, run to the hills...

Pascal

> "SQL instances will continue to run but specifically there will be no further security updates or “hot fixes”, potentially leaving customers with system vulnerability."

Truth be told, lack of security updates on a 11 years old database is not something that will worry a lot of people. It's not like we can expect another SQL Slammer any time soon, these systems now tend to be very well isolated, and in most case they can keep running worry-free for years. Other hotfixes to resolve bugs / issues could be a problem but you'd again expect that a 10+ years old system is "fit for purpose" and any kinks that matter to a specific customer have been worked out already or they would have migrated to something else.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Re: Backup verification matters

This is exactly the kind of assumption that leads to data loss.

Any kind of recovery plan needs to be tested on a regular basis, and that certainly includes backups. It's probably not necessary (nor practical) to test full site failover more than once a year, but proving that you can perform a full data restore from backups at least a few times a year should be a given.

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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Re: Certificate expired

It's not like most of the "big names" haven't messed up certificate renewals at some point, but from a crypto outfit on a mission to help secure keys, it made me smile to see the expired certificate :)

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Really?

But unless I read this wrong, the update being pushed is not Windows 10, it's a promo thing that will invite users to upgrade to Windows 10. So in that sense it's not really any more offensive than said app store upgrade.

I'm really looking forward to the shitstorm this is going to cause, ranging from the thousands of PCs that will be messed up by the update all the way to the unavoidable "Microsoft abuses monopoly again by not offering to install Linux the same way" articles :)

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

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Re: Use an OS that can be relied on when the mission is critical

If you run international competitions with "a" computer, you're just as guilty as that guy.

Whatever hardware or OS, if a mission-critical system depends on an improperly managed computer with no backup in case of failure, someone will end up looking like an idiot at some point.

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Pascal

"The laptop controlling the screen crashed right before the start of the game and upon re-start insisted on installing automatic Windows updates."

Windows won't "insist on installing updates" on boot unless the person responsible for that laptop had started updates earlier that required some work on boot, but had not actually rebooted.

I would hate to be the person responsible for that fuckup, especially if it's due to negligence!

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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It's never black or white.

Of course it's a Good Thing (tm) when tech CEO use their influence (economic or otherwise) to advance social issues.

But what about when their agenda does not align with what's good for the public?

Is Apple's influence such a good thing when thinking about corporate tax laws, the 100+ billion they're hiding in tax heavens?

Is Google's influence a good thing when the FTC basically states "they're worse than Microsoft ever was, but meh, who cares"?

I don't particularity like the 100 richest people in the world making most of the decisions for the other 7 billion, even if they occasionally happen to align with the common good. And I doubt that anyone here believes that most of these guy's real agendas are good for the masses.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: If you need to be seen, sidelights.

> I should point out that when they were off, they had actually been put into the OFF position inadvertantly. Because I was so used to them being on automatically, it took a while before I realised they were not on when they should have been.

My new car warns me for that. I have the usual ON / OFF / Auto choices, if I have them set to off while it's dark outside I'll get an initial verbal warning and an occasional full-screen notification in the dash. It does come in handy considering the automatic setting behaves well enough that I basically unlearned to turn on the lights by now. (At any rate, there's always enough minimal lights to be seen when the engine is running - in the "off" setting the headlights are actually bright enough to be seen even in sunlight).

I'm of the opinion that car should always light up a lot and not offer drivers much choice about it :)

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The storage is alive? Flash lives longer than expected – report

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"Has anyone done any costings of buying a few high reliability eMLC drives vs buying lots of cheap "desktop class" drives, and building a RAID array with lots of hot spares?"

I went through the exercise recently, for a fairly small database (a few TB) that gets massive amounts of I/O, mostly writes. With customer drives I estimated I'd reach the rated write capacity after ~6 months.

In the end however a fairly big showstopper was the fact that most drives would reach end of life at the same time. Either I'd simply retire the entire array after 5 months and cycle all drives (more maintenance than I care for), or just wait to hotswap all drives as they each failed, and pray that I wouldn't have enough concurrent failures to kill the RAID (which seemed like a real possibility if I evenly wore out all drives to their rated lifespan).

The risk just seemed to big.

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Pascal

"Still, if I was running a large server estate and was looking at putting SSDs in them, I would probably now think twice before forking out huge amounts of cash on eMLC kit and I would instead be looking at higher-end consumer drives."

I'm one of the people that recently thought long and hard about doing this - the premium for eMLC is just horrible, but in the end, we felt like we had no choice since this was for a mission critical database.

Comparing SSDs rated for 3 DWPD over 5 years to SSDs rated for ~300 total writes (which over the same 5 years amounts to just about .16 DWPD) does in the end justify the major price difference.

If all of a sudden we can expect much cheaper SSDs to have similar endurance (the results for the 840 Pro adds up to about the same 3 DWPD), it's definitely worth looking at again.

Of course right now it's just anecdotal evidence. Someone has the budget to burn through 1,000 of them and let me know how it goes?

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Re: The beginning of the end for Windows

Yeah, because in a theoretical future where even just 25% of workstations run (say, Linux), the NSA will just go "Oh well, we had a good run" and give up.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: Hidden TrueCrypt volumes

> For the benefit of the majority of El Reg, the UK is a small island nation to the right of you on a map just past the big bit of water.

I've looked up a map and can't find that place called "You".

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

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"Connected cars, for example, will need near-instant response times if they are to avoid accidents, said Rajeev Suri, speaking to media and analysts at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona."

Mr Suri: you are completely batshit insane if you think I'll ever drive a car that needs "near-instant response" from a cell phone uplink.

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

Pascal

Re: that's one way of looking at it, here's another

> I wonder how long until they end up like all monopolies, fat and lazy.

I say it happened at least 5 years ago and I believe this is a fair assessment, others will argue for 10 years.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Thumb Up

Re: Poor timing for this announcement

> And no doubt a bright blue LED to let you know when the light is turned off.

This amused me a lot more than it should have. Have an upvote.

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

Pascal

"If you are a data center power is your main cost.

For every watt you put into the HW you need 2-3 Watts of AC to get it out again."

Power is your main cost yes, but the numbers for modern data centers are nowhere as bad as that. PUEs in the 3-4 range are either small-scale in-house affairs or very old data centers.

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

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Re: I didn't have sound...

I'm guessing he lives in an area where snow is a super rare occurence - judging by all the stranded cars on a road that wouldn't slow normal traffic down where I live.

As was said, it's all in the tires!

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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Re: Queue this side @boltar

> I feel like I also see Android zealots, Linux zealots, Liberal Democrat zealots, anti-US zealots, Doctor Who zealots, GoPro zealots, north-of-the-river zealots, Sunderland FC zealots, vinyl record zealots, and a million other kinds, all the time.

And they're all crazy. Except for Doctor Who fans obviously.

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PwC: Forget margin, tech biz, HUSTLE for that SALE

Pascal

"yield maximum shareholder value"

I'd be hard pressed to come up with a shorter description of everything that is wrong with Wall Street types.

Forget about building a stable, profitable, long-term business. Just do the puffer fish: look big enough so your shareholders can get rich, screw the thousands of people you'll leave out of a job when it collapses later!

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Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

Pascal

Re: That does it!

hell, they should be forced to use Windows ME.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

Pascal

Re: I'm happy with the surface

FYI we bought a few Surface 1 Pros here in the first batch, they all have BitLocker enabled and none of them had issues with it. So at least in theory yours should work.

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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Re: It'll never replace Kickstarter potato salad in my heart...

Have an upvote for reminding me to follow up on the salad.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

Pascal

Re: WTF.....

> You tell me what "supported lifetime of the device" means and I'll stop ignoring the "at no cost" bit. Undefined words like that don't get added to statements by accident.

Jeebus the retardation level is strong on this topic, so much it hurts the brain.

1. Upgrading to Win10 from launch date to launch date + 1 year is free. If you upgrade during that time period, that is it, you now own Windows 10. The end.

2. For the supported lifetime of the device, you will ALSO get every following versions of windows for free.

True, "supported lifetime of the device" is very blurry but FFS, you are arguing about free upgrades to future versions after Win10, AND transforming this magically in your heads into "Windows 10 will deactivate at some magic date unless you provide a credit card number".

It boggles the mind.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: @ BasicChimpTheory

> Oddly enough, running commands is something the Windows shills usually insist is a negative Linux attribute.

There's a genuine difference between "typing the first 2-3 letters of the app you want to run once you open the start menu" (which most users have been doing since the start menus have had a search/run box) and command-line management of a system.

"hit the start button, type WORD" is actually the quicker route but it's pretty dishonest to compare that to command-line management of OS features.

I like Powershell; I understand that most armchair admins only do it part-time and prefer point-and-click. I don't insult them and call them shills if they state that preference.

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Re: Nobody talks to Cortana

> The only times I talk to the computer are to hurl insults when it doesn't do what I want, I don't need a reply from it as well, that kind of escalation is only going to end in tears.

Hah, just had a vision of how many monitors I'd puch through if my computers talked back to me when I vent at them :)

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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"You must have one hell of a gigantic tablet, for 1080p tp make a difference"

Makes the same difference it does on the TV in your living room. The distance at which I watch a movie on a tablet (ex: on plane) makes it fill about the same percentage of my field of vision.

If your tablet supports 1080p resolution, why on earth would you accept an arbitrary 720p limit?

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

Pascal

How many DPI is that?

I don't see the exact screen dimension but a previous poster says 820 feet long...

That makes it roughly *1* DPI!

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Re: Bienvenue to Soviet Quebekistan (home of the "Gouvernemaman")

"Which is the exaggeration; the "Sustainable Development" part?"

Sadly no. It's an actual part of the current name.

We're also the world capital of "piss away smart energy choices and build more windmills instead".

We produce massive amounts of hydro power. Lately however, because hydro dams displaces some wildlife and annoys salmons (and is a political mess with native americans), we're instead building countless wind turbines that have a COST per kwh that is about 50% higher than actual electricity RETAIL prices in Quebec.

We do have massive peaks in the coldest days of winter (when it gets below -30). So we COULD use all that wind turbine power if it were available. But see, the problem is this: on these coldest winter days, it's actually never windy. These turbines are basically idling the only time of the year they'd be useful.

The rest of the time, they're basically just another way for politicos to buy votes in regions and grease some friendly palms.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

Pascal

Re: 2-factor?

I wondered the same thing, you have to remember the 2nd factor validation for a certain period at least (a few days / weeks) otherwise users will just turn it off. Typically systems will remember it per location (IP/Network), but then it's easy to emulate the same private network.

I'd then guess, actual public network? Some external check of the internet-facing IP the system NATs to, to ping some (Microsoft-provided) external resource. Then just force 2 factor if no network connection is available. There are certainly quite a few security concerns with that too, but most seem solvable at first glance.

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

Pascal

> The future for Microsoft and their ilk is most certainly not in selling software, but in selling services.

I believe that is exactly what he stated? You can't get much more service-y than subscription services to hosted & managed enterprise systems.

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

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Re: Read between the lines

> That is the general consensus among the professionals of this industry.

No, no it is not. "Forums that you visit" do not make "the industry", no matter how much you'd love it did. There is still a massive proportion of high end corporate IT running on Windows, and excluding these people from your so called "professionals of this industry" list is just childish / wishful thinking.

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

Pascal
Coat

> With Country, you walk the line.

With Pirate, you walk the plank!

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

Pascal

Re: Laser eavesdropping

I was gonna say "closing the blinds" defeat this easily, but I guess the damn things will vibrate too.

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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

Pascal

Re: References

Absolutely not. Any Visual Studio installer you get from an MSDN sub is a pre-keyed installer that uses a static activation key. That key is perpetual. I've renewed an MSDN sub since the early 2000s and I have many older VS installs that were installed with the original keys (on this system here, either installed directly or on VMs: 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013). When you renew MSDN you get a new set of keys, not "extensions" on old ones, and I've *never* had a VS (or any other software that comes with MSDN) ask for a new key, ever. I also manage subs for a team of a dozen people, and I guarantee that never happened to any of them either.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

Pascal

> Isn't that a bit like the pot calling the kettle black?

Only if the kettle has round corners.

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'Green' Apple: We've smudged a bit off our carbon footprint

Pascal
Black Helicopters

> Why focus on Apple. Pretty sure Google, Microsoft and others are all as bad.

I'd venture it's because none of those just published its "latest environmental impact report".

Not everything is a conspiracy.

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

Pascal
Meh

Re: Why is security still an afterthought?

> "Everyone trusted everyone else"

> I really think we did for a while. What happened?

The Internet, I believe...

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Crooks use Synology NAS boxen to mine Dogecoin, yells Dell

Pascal

Re: Surprise!

lol our anonymous coward is true to form :)

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/03/12/bb10_dated_crypto/

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/04/14/australian_bank_in_huge_heartbleed_blog_fail/

and so on!

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

Pascal

Re: It's just what changed from the 7 SDK to the 8 SDK.

This reminds me of a "Consultant" that was hired by management to do a code review on a C++ project, and his report started with "There are memory leak in the application, I did a count of NEW and DELETE statements, and there are less DELETEs than NEWs".

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Pascal

Disingenuous (sp?) "security bod"

While I agree with the basic sentiment expressed (adding security tools like new checked functions should be done in all currently supported operating systems), there's still a big difference between not "patching" Windows 7 (i.e. finding a bug, but not correcting it) and not adding new features (that makes programmers' jobs easier).

Try it with "Microsoft not adding TIFKAM to Windows 7!" and see if these guys are taken seriously :)

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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

Pascal

Re: Gnu/Linux?

> I agree that you'll never prevent a user from clicking "OK" to install malware but there must be something fundamentally "safer" about Unix/BSD/Linux systems.

Of course there is: people that use them tend to be technical-minded people.

As for me, my team manages IT for a herd of sales drones. When the occasional email virii gets past all the protections and reaches their inbox, we *always* get tech support calls from them ranging from "Can you send someone to type in an admin password, so I can track this package delivery?" to "My package delivery tracking program won't run on my tablet".

People keep saying it's the size of the target (i.e. so many more Windows desktop installs than Linux), but the truth is, it's just as much the technical skills of the average user.

Give Linux to my sales drone and they'll bring you back trojan-ridden devices, even if they have to learn to make wine work.

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EMC ships '17PB' of biz flash, brags it's NAND numero uno ... That's cute, grins HDS

Pascal
Joke

Re: 17TB ??

Hmm, I bought about 12 TB of flash storage from EMC in that very same quarter. I think I'll start asking for some kind of preferential treatment seeing how I account for over 2/3 of their flash business :)

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Microsoft's Azure cloud goes a bit wobbly in West Europe

Pascal

Re: I wonder if it's down to their love of complexity @John P

"gmail works fine without it"

What are you talking about, gmail.com is very, very heavily loaded up with js.

This is the exact origin of the browser/scripting engines arms race of the last few years. Chrome was created so it could run more complex script-based apps faster.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

Pascal

Re: Oculus Rift!

You mean Face Rift?

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Pascal

Re: Laptop resolutions...

> 95% of Windows applications display incorrectly on high resolution panels:

huh? I've had a 2560 x 1600 display for ... ~5 years now? And I only vaguely remember *one* piece of software that had button layout issues at that resolution. And maybe 3-4 games over the years that just did not offer the resolution in full-screen mode (but worked right at 1920x1200).

If by 95% you meant "less than 0.0095%", sure, I'm with you.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

Pascal

> Alberta's laws are not all that different, and we have one of the most powerful economies in the world. :)

The oil does help a bit :)

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AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

Pascal

Re: Idiots

> "That's why we have TCP and IP."

Ok, you owe me a keyboard.

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Beware Abe Lincoln-looking code pros trying to sell you on LOBDOPs

Pascal

Re: Is there anything left for the NSA to hack ?

> Oh, and when are they going to slot the "cloud" word in there ? I couldn't find it anywhere in the article.

Nah, these conferences are where they come up with next year's buzzwords, not rehash last year's.

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Belgian judge mulled BANNING APPLE (actually, its website) in Euro warranty row

Pascal

Apple covering you breaking your iphone for 1 year still does not count as offering the minimum warranty that EU law requires (2 years).

So instead of straight up stating that their products have a 2 years warranty (and still make it "1 year if you break it" if they want), they instead went the sleazy way of saying "if you ask about the 2 years warranty, sure, we'll honor it". Basically hoping they still get to con people into buying new kit because the Apple warranty is over, unless the customer mentions the 2 years thing. Sleazy is sleazy.

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