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Programming Office 365: Hands On with Microsoft's new APIs

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not just the APIs

It's not just the APIs. we've been trying to use office 365 for internal document management for a few months and it's as flaky as hell, with frequent "service unavailable" messages.

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Bad dog: Redmond's new IE tool KILLS POODLE with one shot

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Microsoft's own servers

I think you've missed the point here.

Assuming Microsoft's own servers haven't been compromised, counting the number of people who connect with SSL3 is only counting those incapable of better security (basically IE6 users). The point of the poodle vulnerability is that anyone capable of downgrading to SSL3 (i.e. the vast majority of people) is vulnerable even if they use a higher security by default.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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UAT

If your users aren't motivated to get their hands on the software and try it out, maybe you're making the same mistake 95% of IT operations do. It's your job to supply what the user wants so that it will make his job easier, not try to foist stuff on him just because it suits your own purposes.

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

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Thus it ever was

Like it or not, most brilliant products (brilliant ideas even) come out of a relatively small number of often very intelligent and highly motivated individuals being completely obsessed with it and working their ass off to the exclusion of everything else. A larger team of people just "doing their 9-to-5" just doesn't seem to have the commitment and innovation required to push the boundaries.

The challenge for us as a society is to reward and leverage these type of people so they can produce their best but still value those who want a more relaxed work/life balance, not to judge between the two.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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Re: User Interface

don't hold your breath. I presume using anything other than touch-screen to manage the server will be considered "legacy".

don't you just love trying to hold the mouse over the exact right pixel to get the start screen to show up using server 2012 over RDP?

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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deliberate misinformation

Since 8.1 is an automatic upgrade from 8, and you are counting the two separately, it would be pretty much inconceivable for windows 8 market share to be increasing.

You might as well run the headline "google loses browser wars, chrome version 32 market share less than IE9"

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Vodafone to stock BlackBerry Passport – on sale tomorrow

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Re: £530...

yes but don't all phones have a completely fictitious RRP nowadays? £530 is less than the list price for the cheapest iPhone 6. As with all phones in the UK the actual price will depend on what contract deal you do.

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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not the BDOD

I don't wish to appear pedantic, but "BSOD" is usually used to refer to the stop screen in windows NT4 or it's successors, which is terminal and requires a reboot.

The screen in the screenshot allows the user to press escape to return to Windows and, as far as I can remember, a similar screen can be invoked in Windows 3.1 at any time using control-alt-del, so it's more like a system-modal dialog.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Re: um

> Anything less than *** with more than 50 reviews should be removed immediately; simple uat...

And how exactly would a new app ever get on the store in the first place if it needs 50 reviews first?

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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Re: Shops?

Last time I was in an EE shop (my 4th visit to try and get a PAC code, but that's another story). there were a queue of people (all with complaints) and 3 staff, all the staff were on hold to the customer services line trying to resolve complaints so nobody could attend to the queue. Is that really any way to run a business?

I'm never going back to EE as long as I live, and I strongly advise anyone else never to touch them. I should probably put "YMMV" but from discussions I've had with colleagues this is a universal finding.

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

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Is it really that important

"The browser is one of Microsoft’s premier pieces of software – a piece of code as important to Microsoft in terms of brand as its presence among developers building for the web and Windows and netizens consuming it."

it it really though? sometimes I have problems with a web site in chrome so I just switch to FF or IE to view it. Since all browsers are basically the same nowadays I don't see why we should be fanatical about having a favourite browser like we used to. And that's from someone who works in IT - I reckon for most users if you switched them to a different browser with the same home page they wouldn't even notice the difference.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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wrong on two counts

I have no reason to question the author's knowledge on the history of computing (I didn't study the article too closely) but he makes two fundamental misjudgements about the nature of people.

Firstly, many (and an increasing number of) computer attacks do/will not arise from a lack of hardware/operating system protection; they come from things like social engineering attacks - fooling the naive user into doing something they don't understand.

Secondly, we are now in 2014 yet still a large proportion of the worlds population does not have access to drinking water, and any relatively rich nation spends a large proportion of its wealth on going to war (and inventing machines to kill people). Over half the world's population still believes in God for f***s sake. Humanity is simply not rational nor capable of acting in the best interests of the whole world.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

one nice trick is to have a space at the end of the password - even if someone finds it written down or sees the plain text on your screen they're unlikely to be able to use it :-D

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Re: @ J.G.Harston Resets?

the worst offender I've found here is fasthosts (this was a few years ago and I wouldn't be surprised if they've fixed it now). The "change password" form allowed me to set a password with punctuation characters, but the login form did not allow me to log in using such a password - D'oh!

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Re: Who trusts a third party with their authentication?

so I presume you either just write all your passwords down on sticky notes, or you've written your own encryption software? compared to those alternatives, I'd take a third party solution any time

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Keep Calm - you don't need network access to use lastpass

if the lastpass server is down, the client just opens the local copy of the data - network connection is only needed to sync.

this isn't really that big a deal

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Pleased to meet you. I'm Joe Bloggs, MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champ

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In general, I'd agree about letters after your name but I must admit, seeing MVP does make me sit up and listen

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Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!

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Re: I can see how that would work...

Agreed - the point of contract staff is that you use them for as long as you need them - not a day more and not a day less. An arbitrary limit makes no sense whatsoever and will just encourage departments to game the system, generating waste.

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NO TIME to read Facebook? Delegate the task to your FUTURE SELF

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What I really want...

Is some kind of bot that just reads all those thousands of "unmissable" FaceBook posts for me and likes them on my behalf, then I don't need to log on at all

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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Re: Hmm Hang on.

You can get windows in <20GB but only if you don't run any updates. It's only 9 months since I reinstalled windows from scratch and my windows directory is up at 35GB. And unlike XP there's no way to trim out the junk.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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There's not much wrong with windows

If you exclude the Windows 8 UI for obvious reasons, the Windows (desktop + server) platform is really not at all bad for people who are sat at a desk while they work - and that is a hell of a lot of people. The reason people aren't buying laptops any more is simply because there is no compelling reason to change them, not because they're using them less. This might be a problem for MS shareholders, but it's not per se a problem for the users, or even the software vendors.

What is a problem for the users is the fact that MS are getting ever more desperate in chasing the mobile market, leading to stupid design decisions, which is having the side effect of making the windows desktop less usable and cannibalising what would otherwise be a pretty stable market.

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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

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Windows 8 *PRO*

When even a 7 inch tablet runs pro, surely windows RT is dead now?

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

Tim 11

my own festival survival kit

- 24 pack of stella

- wad of cash (a lot less than most of these gadgets cost)

- Nokia 6100 (10 day battery life)

sorted :-)

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Facebook goes TITSUP across WORLD! Who will look at your cousin's baby NOW?

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What about people using FB to log into other apps?

The more serious point here is that people often use FB to log into other applications which are actually useful (maybe even apps they use for work). Ironically, FB being down could actually have a negative impact on some people's productivity.

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

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solving the wrong problem

transport security isn't the big problem with email - it's identity.

when every email has to be "signed" with the sender's credit card, and the recipient gets a "this is spam" button which donates $1 from the sender to charity, then we might have the makings of a sensible email mechanism.

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Failover in FOUR SECONDS? HP's SAP-specific iron hits the streets

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Trollface

how on earth did it come to this?

needing all this state-of-the-art computing resource just to figure out a few people's time-sheets and expenses forms

<insert obligatory comparison with the amount of processing power required to execute a moon landing>

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The British are coming! The British are coming! And they're buying Surface fondleslabs

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blackberry playbook anyone?

MS are discounting the hell out of the surface RT to get rid of them because the OS is dead in the water. The surface pro is just another touch-screen wintel box.

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

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haha - facebook

hmm I remember facebook ... from 2010. is it still going?

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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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?

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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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