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Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

Tim 11

Twitter

"users took to Twitter to complain"

Aah the irony of it. Use the one service that is designed to splatter out every message to everyone

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Re: Amazing!

Pah - stop being so negative. If something _can_ be changed, it _should_ be changed - that's the new Microsoft paradigm

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: Rust would help, but there's a reason it's not used there

according to wikipedia "Performance of safe code is expected to be ... comparable to C++ code that manually takes precautions comparable to what the Rust language mandates"

If it has met those objectives, then it seems to me you'd have to have a pretty compelling reason not to use Rust

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Amazon carefully stitches up Heartbleed OpenSSL hole

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Re: This didn't occur to me immediately

True, but it only affects the client if you connect to a compromised server. So any attacker would have to have either compromised the server or lure you to a fake server, in which case this vulnerability is probably the least of your problems.

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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Supertanker

I'm not sure Molyneux intended to make this point but let's not forget that supertankers go down too, and when they do it's with disastrous results partly because the impact itself is bigger and partly because people refused to believe it would ever happen. I know far more people who've been made redundant from big firms than small ones.

This doesn't seem to apply to the banking system (for reasons which are incomprehensible to me) but for other large institutions the apparent safety may be a mirage. Comparisons between MS and Titanic anyone?

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Why is this news ?

Exactly, I don't understand why this app is different from any of the other un-removable crapware that comes with every phone.

Anyone with an S4 should think yourself lucky you don't have a Sony Xperia mini pro. Mine became unusable because the on-board storage is 100% full of manatory updates to un-removable applications.

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Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

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Angel

Where's zuckerberg?

how can zuckerberg possibly missing from this list? He's the new messiah - everyone knows it. it must be true, hollywood told me so.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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it's a megablast

First time I played this game I couldn't believe it when I heard the song - the _actual_ chart song megablast - coming out of the speakers with the game noises. I really thought games couldn't get any better

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iOS 7's weak random number generator stuns kernel security – claim

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Is this random number generator actually used in security applications?

There's an inference in the tone of the article that this "early_random" PRNG is used for cypto/security purposes but it isn't actually stated anywhere.

From my understanding, cryptographically secure random numbers in IOS are generated using SecRandomCopyBytes which is a different mechanism and uses entropy from the microphone, wi fi, accelerometer etc.

if all you can do by cracking early_random is cheat in some games, this isn't really all that newsworthy

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Dell thuds down low-cost lap workstation for cheap frugal creatives or engineers

Tim 11

16GB RAM enough for s/w developers?

Software developers working on enterprise server apps often want need to run the server in a VM.

When you're trying to integrate some J2EE monstrosity with SharePoint bloatware and need to run it all on the laptop, 16GB RAM doesn't cut it.

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Forget unified communications, we want universal comms, Microsoft insists

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A whole conference on lync??

That must be like going to a meeting of the Robert Mugabe fan club!

I tried it a couple of weeks ago. Like SharePoint, it might be OK when it's finished but it's impossible to tell at the moment because it's not even beta-quality.

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

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Everyone can't gain market share every year

Why does our economic system seem to be predicated on the impossible vision that consumers have to buy things at a constantly accelerating rate so that all suppliers can sell more and more of everything every year?

Personally I'm happy with my existing broadband, my existing telly, my existing laptop (and until I was forced to upgrade to windows 8, I was happy with my existing version of windows too)

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Flappy Bird becomes massively multiplayer PHOENIX

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8 !!

right back to work now

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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the seem to have missed out 99% of the population

According to the list on the ABC news page, "male" and "female" seem to be missing

Or maybe I'm in a minority nowadays

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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What will they actually get for the $200m?

If the windows team won't be releasing any updates or security patches, what do you actually get for your $200-per-pc extended support? a shoulder to cry on and some help to fix your newly infected PCs?

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Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie

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pointless

"Woo Hoo" I thought - "A phone you can fold in half to make it smaller and protect the screen when it's in your pocket". But of course no, it's just a phone that is slightly curved but you can bend it flat if you want to.

I already have a flat phone - why the hell would i want to buy a curved phone just to bend it flat?

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Happy

Unfair criticism

There seems to be a lot of bad feeling in el reg towards Microsoft, and digging out some irrelevant ex-staffer to have a pop at Nadella before he's even started seems a bit harsh.

Good for you I say - I've had 20 years of being messed around by Microsoft and their shit software. I don't care who's in charge, I just want to beat them with a big stick!

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Office 365 Microsoft's fastest growing business, ever - Microsoft

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re: fuck off

The thing is, office 365 isn't just cloud. it could be simply renting your copy of MS word instead of buying it.

MS have simply done their usual clever trick of renaming all their existing offerings to the new name and claiming huge uptake of the new product, when it's mostly people just using the same technology they had before but under a new name.

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Blasphemy! Finns trample over Windows Phone home screen

Tim 11

that screenshot - are you serious???

An interface that looks like Windows 3.1 would have if it only supported 2 colours and 256x512 resolution!

It's not surprising nobody wants it!

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

Tim 11

dark colours anyone?

the basic problem with any wall projection is that the darkest colour it can project is, well, white

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Snapchat: In 'theory' you could hack... Oh CRAP is that 4.6 MILLION users' details?

Tim 11

useful stuff

What would I give to have the email address and phone number of everyone who uses shapchat? Hmm, about £0.00

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Resellers, distributors - your countdown to oblivion starts NOW

Tim 11
Trollface

as Basil Fawlty would say...

quote unquote

Can't we get you on Mastermind? Next contestant: Mr. Tim Worstall. Specialist subject - the bleeding obvious.

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Microsoft's cloudy chief: Azure reliability knocks your own kit for six

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...not just a service for customers, but used extensively by Microsoft itself

Isn't that a bit ironic. People are scared of cloud specifically because it's NOT IN HOUSE - they lose control of the servers, data etc.

Of course MS would use azure because it IS IN HOUSE for them. Would they run their infrastructure on google or amazon? no. then why would they expect anyone who's not Microsoft to run their infrastructure on Azure.

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

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I'm with the beasties on this one

If GoldieBlox had behaved in any reasonable manner, I'm sure the BBs would have been much more receptive to an amiable solution, but for them to file a pre-emptive lawsuit was cynical and appalling. Take 'em for every penny you can boys.

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UNSTOPPABLE data GROWTH in storage has ... er, stopped

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growth in sales is not the same a growth in storage

as a very rough approximation, storage is the integral of disk sales over time, so if sales go down it doesn't mean storage is going down, it just means it's decelerating (not going up as fast as it was).

Moreover as the article pointed out, there are other significant factors like reducing cost of storage and improved efficiency which would allow total storage use to accelerate even if disk sales go down (and yes I know old disks get thrown away but I suspect even that isn't enough to counteract the other factors)

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

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Experience is overrated

what counts mostly in computing is ability, not experience. I will agree that all other things being equal a wide range of experience is a plus, but counting the number of years' experience in a particular subject area is very overrated.

I'm sure we've all met with people who've been doing the same job for 20 years but still don't really have a clue, whereas a keen newbie with talent can pick things up quickly and learn on the job and overtake their "superiors" within a few months. I'd choose a fresh grad who knew how to program over a "lifer" who'd lost all drive any day.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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This could actually be a good thing

computers have suffered for so long from the problem that any old idiot with a laptop had the tools to create content, hence most software and most web sites are crap - the software equivalent of a movie filmed on a mobile phone.

by finally giving dumb users a content consumption device instead of a content creation device, we might finally get to have the people who know what they're doing creating the real content and software, while slab-fondlers can concentrate on tweets and facebook posts that nobody reads.

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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

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payback time

Governments have been spying on us poor citizens for years. Now finally it will be easy for the common man to snoop on the private lives of MPs

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What lies beneath Microsoft's Cloud OS?

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all well and good in theory

but it's exactly the fragility you experienced that is the problem with Microsoft - "black box" installers that sometimes work but often don't; incomprehensible error messages; the fact that things often inexplicably work the second or third time. They failed to make SharePoint reliable in the enterprise so they've abandoned it, and it took them 20 years to get windows right. How long (if ever) it will take to get WASWS right is still very much open to question.

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

Tim 11

these look somehow familiar...

ah yes, they all look exactly the same as my 4 year old MacBook air :-)

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We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

Tim 11

"a digital archive of rarely accessed but useful, static information."

2 out of 3 ain't bad :-P

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

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the crazy thing is

it's only about 2 years ago they decided to dedicate a vast amount of resources to invent the third platform. I wish I could afford to waste $10Bn (or whatever it cost) doing something utterly stupid and then still get a massive payout when I finally got kicked out of the company

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BOFH: One flew over the PFY's nest

Tim 11

are "me too" posts allowed in this particular instance?

best one for years :-)

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Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer

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but which parts are they actually using?

One of the nice things (for the supplier) about bundling all your apps up into one umbrella brand is that you can announce that customer is has signed up for your latest all-singing all-dancing cloud offering when all they're actually going to use is office on the desktop (which they were already paying for) and a bit of webmail.

All conjecture of course!

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Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

Tim 11

RE: MS just don't know what to say to sell Windows 8

"...a modern OS like Windows 8.1".

Not _actually_ Windows 8.1 but _like_ it -- in other words, Windows 7.

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Spies and crooks RAVAGE Microsoft's unpatched 0-day HOLE

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Re: Due Diligence

Yeah we should all move to Google docs - no way anyone else could interfere with our files then is there?

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Tim 11

37% ???

surely someone on websense has done their maths wrong

If I read their site correctly, the problem affects all versions of Windows and Office except for the 2% which have the combination of office 2010 + (server 2003 or xp), so that would be 5+30+41+14-2 = 88%

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Will small biz get a bite of mega UK.gov IT pie? Yes: if it can pass the bulls**t sniff test

Tim 11

Not entirely true

"As everyone who has ever run a successful project knows, the first thing to do is to get the specifications right."

True to an extent but as everyone who has run a successful project also knows, users rarely know what they want before they start the project. If your definition of successful is delivering the project and getting paid, it's fine to try and set the requirements in stone before you start. If you want a system which is actually useful you have to be prepared to refine the requirements as you go along - that's what agile is all about,

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Linus Torvalds seeks REDEMPTION for every coded SIN

Tim 11
Happy

bigger is better

If linux is going to compete with other software in any serious way the version numbers need to get much bigger quickly - everyone knows higher version numbers are better. Chrome browser was only released a couple of years ago and that's on about version 30 already. Windows 2000 was almost exactly 250 times better than windows 8. LT should take advantage of this and leapfrog everyone else to bring out linux version 3000

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

Tim 11

I can't see it catching on

I'm lucky enough to work for a small tech company where everyone is their own IT support, but if other areas of tech support (e.g. internet providers, phone companies etc) are anything to go by, it's easier to employ 100 useless-but-polite people who have no idea what you're talking about and just serve to give you the run-around than to employ a single person who actually might solve the problem. I don't like it but that's the world we live in.

Whenever I report a problem, I try to give exactly the kind of information I would ask my customers to give me, but usually I find the person I'm talking to has no understanding of what I'm trying to achieve and no skills, training, aptitude or interest in interpreting my input or resolving the problem.

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RUMBLINGS: Apple pondering 'Touch Cover keyboard' for iPads

Tim 11

Thin end of the wedge

soon someone will discover that if you put the battery in the keyboard, the screen can hinge up naturally without needing a silly cardboard/leather stand. then we'll almost be back to the ultrabook/netbook

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No plans for Friday night? There's a pile o' Windows Server ISOs feeling lonely

Tim 11

Is this piece an advert?

It doesn't seem to contain any editorial content, just stuff that could be gleaned from Microsoft's web site

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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too many platforms

One thing that will certainly come back to bite MS their decision to "unify" on 3 separate (and mostly incompatible) platforms rather than just two. None of their tablet stuff can work on phablets

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

Tim 11

UTF-8 IS unicode

I know you said you were refusing to be rigorous in use of the correct terminology but side effect of this is that the title of your article is completely wrong. you're complaining about UTF-16 and if you use UTF8 you are also using unicode

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Instagram: You'll LOVE our 'enjoyable' new feature. Yes, it's adverts

Tim 11

"sustainable" business model

the only sustainable business model for instagram is to sell the company for enough dosh you can sustain yourself indefinitely on the proceeds. shame someone else already thought of that

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Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death - report

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Re:Better to have no gadgets during take off

as far as i'm concerned there is no difference between reading a book on a dead tree and a kindle, and for the most part that includes electrical emissions as well (assuming you've got a proper e-reader with a passive screen as opposed to the "poor man's ipad" type)

I don't even bother trying to explain to the stewardess that my kindle can't be turned off; I just put it in the seat pocket until she's gone past.

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Asus NV550JV 15.6in full HD notebook - the one we didn't have to send back

Tim 11

B&O speakers???

I hope their laptops are better than their supposed hi-fi. I think I'd rather have B&Q speakers :-)

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Microsoft to execs: Please don't leave us. Here, have some shares

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Re: uh

In fact, the share price rise directly caused by the departure of monkey boy will probably add more on to the worth of their existing share options than they'll get in new ones

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Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

Tim 11

nothing wrong with digital watches

Although uptake of the first ever digital watches (and the latest smart watches) was/is doubtless based partly on fashion, I think Dabbs has got it completely arse about face with regards to digital watches in general.

I have always worn a digital watch, they're cheap, reliable, more accurate than analog, easier to use, and have the option of various features should you choose. The fact that analog watches are the norm nowadays has more to do with fashion than practicality. about the only advantage of analog watches is that you can get a self-winding mechanism and not have to go through the inconvenience of changing the battery once every 5 years.

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Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

Tim 11

This could be the best thing MS has done all year

Not that that's much of an achievement mind you :-)

But Nokia is still a good corporate brand. If the combination of MS and Nokia can produce the kind of handsets and tablets that enterprises want and have them seamlessly integrated with windows apps, domains, group policy, and that kind of stuff, they could quite easily become the default choice for enterprises if not consumers.

Compared to recent MS screw-ups, this one looks eminently sensible for both organizations

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