* Posts by Tim 11

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Everything you need to know about HP's three-in-one x3 deals

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What's the point?

I'm mystified by this constant desire to consolidate all our devices into one all-encompassing hopeless compromise.

I own a big Dell laptop for work, a MacBook air for casual computing, a Nokia 105 for calls and text, a smartphone for those (rare) occasions when I need the internet on the move, and a Kindle for reading books. Each of these is better than any of the others for the thing I use it for (and I don't need a tablet because there's nothing they are good at).

Sure, it means I'm occasionally carrying 2 devices with me, but 90% of the time the only one I'm carrying weighs 70g and only needs to be charged once a fortnight.

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Is Google using YouTube to put one over on Samsung?

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Re: ...put "blocks" in inverted commas

I think should be "\"blocks\"" (or maybe ""blocks"" depending on context)

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Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

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Re: I take that as a rather good sign, overall

I think the issue is that if Amazon went tits up, a lot of people would get scared of cloud as a concept, even though Google or MS are much less likely to collapse.

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GDS shouting matches so severe team takes to talking by hand signals

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I can certainly see the value in this - it allows everyone to quickly express their opinions at the same time without interrupting the flow of the conversation. Based on my experience, even with only 4 or 5 people in the meeting it's quite possible for 2 to dominate (usually I'm one of them) leaving the others struggling to get a word in edgeways. hand signals would also help to subtlely shame those people who are dominating and get them to yield for a bit

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Dutch bicycle company pretends to be television company

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Re: Doesn’t always work

since we're having a pop at courier companies, my company recently had a parcel which was returned to the sender because they had tried to deliver it to us 3 times and nobody was in

on checking the details it transpired all 3 delivery attempts were within 5 minutes of each other

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Re: I'm not so pessimistic

@AMBxx - that's a really interesting point. I don't specifically enjoy driving, but like most people I think I'm a better driver than average. So a computer would have to be a lot better than average to convince me it was better than me :-)

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I'm not so pessimistic

I'm generally a pretty cynical person but I reckon once autonomous cars are shown to be substantially safer than a human driver (which won't be long, if it hasn't happened already), insurance companies will be happy to insure them and governments will come under increasing pressure to allow them.

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Bing maps has a killer feature compared to Google (for UK residents at least) - OS landranger and explorer maps for free. Not that I use it for anything else though

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Cyber-crime cost calculation studies are rubbish: ENISA

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what does "per company" mean?

Since the average (mean) company turnover in the UK is less than $1m (due to the fact that the vast majority of companies are very small), I suspect Chirgwin is somewhat misquoting the figures. Presumably they only apply to companies over a certain size?

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Microsoft grabs employment guns, aims at British sales units

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Re: Is that a leak-

Err, we're talking about 100 people here. big companies are restructuring all the time taking people on and laying them off - it's just business as usual.

I'm not saying there isn't a bigger story about MS, but I don't think you can say for sure this is a symptom of it.

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The dev-astating truth: What's left to develop? Send in the machines

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Is this article really saying anything?

If you define agile as "everything that happens from now on in software engineering" (which is what it seems the author is trying to do) then yes, by definition, nothing will come after it, just the same as MS is trying to do with Windows 10.

However, that doesn't mean things won't continue to progress. There will continue to be both evolution and revolution, as there will in all aspects of life, whatever terminology you use to define them.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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but once the brewing has completed, I don't see anything wrong with putting the milk in the pot before serving.

If I'm in one of those tea shops where you get a small cup and a pot of tea, I normally put both the milk and the sugar in the pot.

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Ditch your Macs, Dell tells EMC staff

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Re: apple only? (@Nate Amsden)

In my experience, IT pros will often choose a mac even if they need to use windows, so I wouldn't assume this is only OSX users.

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BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

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I was getting 10% packet loss pinging facebook. not sure how that works or if it was related but that's what I saw

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

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Re: Not holding my breath

Windows file copy is still completely f***ed up in one serious respect. drag a big file from one drive to another, then while it's copying, drag another file, then another. Windows attempts to copy all the files at the same time, interleaving the operations and causing disk contention and thrashing, when simply copying them in sequence would be (in my tests) up to 5 times quicker.

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

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"...customers whose own IT support is thin on the ground"

Good luck to them - you don't know the meaning of the words "support is thin on the ground" until you've tried office 365 support.

If you want sympathy from fellow disgruntled users, you'll get plenty of that, but expect things to work properly and you're in for a shock.

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Use Brexit to save smokers' lives and plug vaping, say peers

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yeah - who on earth would possibly bother making a product aimed at a market of only 50 million people.

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Gartner: Brexit cluster-fsck has ballsed up our spending forecast

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Brexit

Wherever we end up (and let's face it, nobody really knows, no matter what they say) , I'm pretty sure it'll have been worth it just to see all our "authority figures" running round panicking and trying to blame everyone else for things that are just to go wrong.

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Microsoft releases cross-platform .NET Core 1.0 at Linux event

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Don't forget system.web.dll

In addition to not including web forms, I presume that .Net core it doesn't include system.web, which you almost certainly depend on unless you've been very careful to avoid it

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Presumably the supposed "synergy" is harvesting personal data - to what end I'm not entirely sure but it seems to be the fashion nowadays. Still, considering MS's recent performance (technical and business), I can't imaging they will actually be able to achieve this.

The only real beneficiaries of this deal are LinkedIn shareholders though there will be some small benefit for those of us who find LinkedIn irritating, as it gradually declines and MS eventually declares it to have been "superceded" by something utterly unrelated like WCF or Surface.

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Mars One puts 100 Red Planet corpses colonists through fresh tests

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selection criteria

"knowledge, clarity of communication, and their ability to handle conflict" - Yup you've pretty much summed up the typical reality show contestant. This thing is sure to fly.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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Re: cambam boards [sic]

Normally I would report a genuine typo using the "tips and corrections" link. Unfortunately this mistake would seem to indicate that the author of the article is just playing buzzword bingo and has no idea what he's talking about.

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Smartphone sales falling

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"halved its forecast for worldwide sales of smartphones"

not really - it sounds like it's halved its forecast for the *increase* in worldwide sales of smartphones, which is a very different thing

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US 5th graders have a pop at paper plane record

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"another 100 to 150 grams of helium"

hmm just try weighing that out on the kitchen scales ;-)

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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

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the link about salting is from 2006. presumably they have fixed this now in which case the hashed passwords are useless?

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Learn a scripting language and play nicely: How to get a DevOps job

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Re: Not asking much then?

" Isn't there some kind of axiom about "Jack of all trades"? "

yes there is but in my experience it's almost universally false in computing. Someone who can turn their hand to many different things is usually better at any one of them than someone who can only do that one thing.

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Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

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Re: Oi!

What I find interesting is quite how un-political most of the debates are. There's strong arguments both for and against from people at both ends of the political spectrum and everywhere in between. I find it great to be able to openly discuss the pros and cons without having to worry about offending anyone's political sensibilities.

The people who are coming off worse IMHO are those who seem to think the answer is obvious and doesn't warrant any discussion (i.e. most of the political establishment)

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Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head

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Heresy

How dare anyone imply that there's any value in legacy code, or that old systems worked as well as new ones. Everything should be written in javascript these days, should only work on tablets, and a new version should be released every 3 minutes.

As far as I'm concerned, any app that didn't get borked by the removal of left-pad from NPM last week has no place in the modern world.

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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Immature product

I agree with the comments about OSX devices having a long service life, but those are basically mature and stable products.

The apple watch is basically a first generation very immature product and, if the whole smart watch concept is viable at all, developments need to be so rapid that the current product is a laughing stock within a 1-2 year time frame.

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ESET blocks news sites

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Re: Just reboot

I suspect the reboot was a red herring. I had the symptoms between about 11:45 and 12:00 today after which they went away, and my last signature update was showing as 9:45 throughout the whole period.

I assume that it's doing some check against a blacklist which is more "live" than the virus signature updates.

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Legal right to 10Mbps broadband is 'not enough', thunders KCOM chief

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10Mb would be a great start

Yes, more than 10Mb is lovely if you really want to watch several movies at once but for access to essential services, and even for casual streaming, 10Mb is mostly perfectly acceptable, and I predict that situation won't have changed significantly by 2020.

The big problem at the moment is that a small but significant percentage of the population does not have access to broadband that's good enough for accessing government services, banking, online shopping/price comparison etc. Bringing these people online is higher priority than striving to reduce the time it takes for the average connection to download a movie from 10 to 5 minutes.

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Microsoft adds OneDrive to bug bounty program

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Re: Pity it's only bugs

Damn shame - at $15k a time, I could retire on the bugs I've found in OneDrive (and probably afford to buy MS outright if you included the abortion known as OneDrive for Business)

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Domino's trials trundling four-wheeled pizza delivery bot

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Re: Not wanting to state the obvious...

I suspect the conversation went something like this:

"have you seen the amount of free publicity Amazon got from their pie-in-the-sky delivery drone videos.?"

"yeah let's get us some of that"

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

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another desktop linux

Woo hoo - finally someone's really committed to making a usable linux for the desktop aimed at non-techie users.

Now stick it in the pile with all the others and wake me up in 5 years if there's any more than a few techies using it ("0.2 probability" as Gartner would say)

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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Re: Office nasty

in the old days when the monitor power was daisy-chained out of the back of the PC, I connected a novell netware server to the output power socket on my colleague's PC, and connected his monitor power and VGA to the output of the netware box. when he turned the PC on, the monitor turned on and he saw netware booting up.

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

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Re: Errrrrrmmmmmm...

Surely if there's any reluctance in user takeup, all they have to do is integrate messenger into the normal FB application (which in my experience can't be uninstalled on android), then users will have the simple option of either having messenger or not having a smartphone.

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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Re: Performance...

For me, the performance difference is real because the startup time of Libre office is much longer than MS office.

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Chat messages in Skype for Windows are bang out of order – so here's how to 'fix' it for now

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Re: How?

The problem isn't quite as simple as that.

In Skype there is no central server through which all messages pass, so no authoritative source of "system time". Individual users' devices may vary in their current time setting by several minutes. Also the order in which messages are received is not necessarily the order in which they were sent because the network is slow and unreliable.

However, I'm not defending the fact that it used to get it "right" (or at least better than it does now) so there has undoubtedly been a regression of functionality.

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Re: Skype sponsored content

agree - I think skype usability peaked around version 5 (in the golden days of windows 7 and server 2008, before everything MS did was shit)

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Re: Protip

Does this really work? sounds like a valuable tip we should know about

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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I'm not looking forward to my next phone and that's a great cause for optimism in my book. The fact that the phone market is maturing is a good thing. It means we'll get more reliable and stable platforms, better usability and fewer dead ends.

But most importantly, we can get on with our lives in the real world using the phone as a means-to-an-end rather than the phone itself being the object of our attention.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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The good old days

When I go out for a walk or cycle, I'm pretty sure nobody gives a shit where I've been or how fast I was going, and I certainly don't want to be fiddling with gadgets all the way round. I thought the point was to get out and enjoy the countryside and have a rest from technology?

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Microsoft mandates browser-extension defence to malvertising

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Didn't understand a word of that

Maybe I'm being dumb, but I thought an advert was just an HTML element on a web page (possibly an iframe) which is served from a web server. It's no different technically from any other content. What has this got to do with browser extensions?

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

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I'm currently the proud owner of a 4 year old dell precision M6600 and a 5 year old macbook air 11. Both used very intensively and both are in just about perfect condition, though the macbook does have a small dent where I knocked it off a table onto the floor (this would probably have killed a plastic cased HDD laptop).

I agree with AD though - the construction on cheaper products is crap. there was a time when you knew your laptop would be outdated in a year so there was no need to bother buying something well built, but nowadays it's worth the money to get something that will last

have just bought an HP envy 13 which looks superficially as well built as a macbook but only cost £600. if I get 5 years out of that, it'll be a bargain.

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Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

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Re: Anyone remember Frontpage?

The apparent quote "aren't enough developers" isn't actually a quote from the story; the story actually says "aren't enough skilled developers".

In my experience there are plenty of insufficiently skilled developers (many of them "trained, experienced and idle" to quote yourself) but there is most definitely a skill shortage in the industry despite good pay rates. I have personally never met a truly talented IT person of the type I recruit (developer or otherwise) who left the IT field to do something else more profitable.

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Looking at those adverts...

...reminds me how glad I am that I don't live in the US

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

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Isn't this obvious?

Just turn on your GPS and leave it in the same place. Subsequent location readings will differ from each other by some error margin and thus it will think it has moved (i.e. that your speed is non zero)

Now imagine you're moving very slowly compared to the error margin and you can see that it will think you're moving much faster than you actually are.

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Tim Cook: UK crypto backdoors would lead to 'dire consequences'

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the bleedin' obvious

what's sad is that it's newsworthy when someone has to say this.

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Oracle's Hurd mentality: We (and one other) will own all of cloud by 2025

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The same strategy as microsoft.

step 1: redefine <<latest buzz word>> to be whatever we're already doing

step 2: claim we are 100% compatible with <<latest buzz word>>

I'd be interested to know what percentage of LOC has been changed to meet this "98% redone" claim. I'm guessing it's way less than 1%, and all the rest is creative accounting.

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Oracle, SAP, IBM: They're rubbish and charge you billions for Excel, says man

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exponential growth in one year?

I think you need more than two data points to claim exponential growth.

And with debt of £200k per employee or £2,000 per customer, I'd agree the jury is still out on the business model.

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