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Microsoft unwraps sysadmin-friendly Office 365 for biz update

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Re: Subscription...

Or subscriptions to listen to music. Oh wait.

Or here's a really crazy one... a subscription to read books and you have to keep taking them back. Hmm.

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NO SUBSCRIPTION

The other thing is, if you look around you'll find the subscription model is the one which is taking over - hosting, source control, storage, bug-tracking, music, netflix, yada yada. I agree that the idea of the office suite being an installed app is deeply ingrained so it feels weird but maybe that's where everything is going. Or maybe it's just this decade's trend and it will revert when we get bored of it.

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Re: The Preferred Business Model

>>Users have total control over where documents are stored, no cloud required

You already do.

>>No restriction on transferring licenses between users and machines

I guess the problem here is that it's much harder to enforce, and we all know how a single copy of Windows will get reinstalled everywhere given half the chance.

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Re: FFS

>>Why use Office 365 - which is a cloud service then?

So you can switch devices, hot-seat on any PC, etc? Store files in your own private cloud/whatever.

Regardless you miss the point - only a large business can have their own data centre. Small biz typically have a server in a basement somewhere and someone takes a USB disk home at the weekend :)

For them, cloud-based is way MORE secure than they can afford - typically they might not even have a full-time IT guy, just someone helping out.

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Pro Plus?!

OMG

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Nokia wants to build the Google of human behaviour - and share it

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Re: Are we sheep?

You might think you're pretty smart and nothing like a sheep/insect. But it's been well-known for decades that en masse, people act in ways that can be studied.

Do you really think it's going to be as simple as "oh you're near this bar, lets send you there like everyone else"? Such a system would in theory automatically avoid these kid of issues although it sounds an absolute nightmare to create.

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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Magic Touch tech which means you can fondle your slab while wearing gloves

That's what I want. I'm sick of tugging my thumb out of my glove to use my phone.

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

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Re: Only Microsoft...

MS would be well aware that businesses wouldn't suddenly jump to W8 because half of them haven't jumped to W7 yet. It's a pattern they know very well because it happens every time and forces them to support software 10 years after the consumer market has stopped using it.

If IE10 was W8 only, that would be another story.

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Re: Only Microsoft...

>>Umm, I'll go out on a limb and say planned and enforced obsolescence.

WinXP is about to lose any support or patches. Why would they waste time supporting it, or implicitly supporting it? Considering IE9 doesn't run on XP this is not even an argument, they clearly aren't going to re-support XP.

The argument is only if they should be supporting Vista. I note not one single person has complained about lack of IE10 in Vista which is probably why they aren't doing it... not even Windows users want Vista. No diehard XP users are going to upgrade to Vista when patches stop being released - they'll go to W7 if they can get a copy.

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Re: Only Microsoft...

You mean like how IE9/10 run on Windows desktop, phone and tablet which are essentially 3 separate OS?

What they're thinking (I suspect) is they want their new software to use the new OS features, rather than simply target everything at WinXP APIs.

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A bit dubious

I'm all for grabbing the new version and taking it for a spin... getting a bit disenchanted with Chrome and went off FF ages ago. IE9 is pretty good but still not as good as Chrome so I'd hope IE10 would be good.

BUT that "protracted development" makes me nervous it might not quite be there yet. Not that I use IE as my main browser just yet anyway so maybe I'll take the plunge as and when it wants to install.

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Outsourcing your own job much more common than first thought

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Re: employers are less than impressed

Because as a company owner yourself, you are well aware of the legal ramifications to the company and its clients? When your employer gets sued for $millions because the guy you hired unofficially was allowed to see sensitive data they promised their client would not go outside the building, you have insurance and legal protection to cover that?

You're just a wage slave totally ignorant to what goes on above you, which is precisely why it's dangerous if you blithely do things your own way. Shortcuts are called shortcuts for a reason.

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Re: Free market economy...

If the employee wants to do that, they should not be an employee. Be an entrepreneur and set a up a company selling the service.

An employee who does this has no protection if the people he hires screw his employer over. A service company has indemnity insurance, contracts with the sub-contractors, etc.

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Re: ummmm

>>It's a poor sword that doesn't point both ways.

A sword that points both ways would be useless. That's the whole point (!) of a sword, it has a good end and a bad end.

And I don't see you saying that the flow of money from employer to employee being one directional is a bad thing.

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@Steven Roper

I don't know what kind of weird entitlement utopia you live in, but here in the real world a company is not a person. A company hires you to do a job so they can make profit, not so they can help the employment figures. They can choose who to pay to do the work because it's their company, and they are the decision makers.

Or to make it simple for you... employERs do the hiring, employEEs do not.

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Re: Right of substitution

No, they won't. Many will but it's normally not something you could enforce. IR35 is based on the reality of your working relationship, not what the contract says... if your contract says "contractor will not be subject to direct control" or "contractor is not obligated to accept work" (the other 2 pillars of the IR35 core test) but your client approves your holidays and expects you to be there 9-5 every day unless they give permission, you still fail.

Come join our community http://forums.contractoruk.com/accounting-legal/

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Re: Isn't that the definition of freelance?

>>in the UK, if you can't subcontract your contract then you're usually considered an employee

No you're not. IR35 is normally measured on several factors. Lacking the ability to substitute does not indicate anything. In fact while most contractors have contracts which say "the contractor can provide a substitute" this is subject to the client's approval and is hardly ever used.

Come and find out more http://forums.contractoruk.com/accounting-legal/

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That Firefox OS mobe: The sorta phone left behind after a mugging

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Re: even I recognise that a new OS entering the market can only be a good thing

>>@JDX: You're a Windows Phone fanboi, we get it

Come back when you can make an argument rather than just insult people for upvotes. If a fanboi is someone who thinks WP is roughly on a par with Android and iOS then sure I'm a fanboi.

HTML5 is not the answer. It lacks many essential features and requires developing in a horrific toolset. That's WHY everyone writes apps for multiple platforms in the first place, not for fun. Maybe in 5 years your point will be valid.

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even I recognise that a new OS entering the market can only be a good thing

Why? If we have only one dominant player or even 2, then more competition can be good. If we already have 4 (iOS, Android, WP, BB) then we have competition and differentiation already. A slew of similar competing nix-based OS does not seem to do anything but fragment the ecosystem, especially the nix part of it.

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Re: Graph with *3* lines on it

WP has something new to offer was I think the point - a massive company backing it. Whereas all the other new platforms are just rip-off of Android. Android does things just fine already...

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Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

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Re: Why not just build a solar panel that covers half the world....

We talk of Nuclear as being a clean sustainable power source but surely the one thing it is not is sustainable. Even coal and oil are continually being regenerated (slowly) but the very nature of radioactive material means it is always downhill... supernova creates heavy elements which accrete to a planet and then you have a fixed time span until the radiation is all gone... even if we don't use it it's disappearing (even more slowly)

Are there any sums on how much useful material we have?

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build a 150 million km pipe and suck the heat right out of the sun...

You don't need a pipe, the vacuum of space works quite well.

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Re: Makes no sense to me

You can make a convincing hand-waving argument either way, there are two many hard facts which make an intuitive answer very hard. We need proper empirical or theoretical work - build a scale model or simulate it on a nice super-computer.

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Re: Makes no sense to me

Simply using the argument "taking energy MUST reduce the wind" isn't enough. You have to show how much. Is it like me diluting the ocean by running my garden house onto the beach, or something reasonable? We have several Km of atmosphere, how much difference does clogging up the bottom 30m make?

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Re: This should not be a surprise.

Let me get this perfectly clear so there's no doubt.

Collecting energy caused by the sun causing air currents to move around is a hopelessly indirect method of harnessing the sun's energy.

Collecting energy caused by the sun's light being collected by forests growing over hundreds of years which then die and rot and over millions of years are converted into coal/oil which we expend tremendous effort digging up and treating and transporting all around the world, and then burn, is sensible and efficient.

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Re: I'm shocked, shocked...

Hmm, obviously the moment science appears which supports a cynical viewpoint it's taken as gospel truth? Hardly a scientific approach.

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You mean like the real scientists who disagree with them?

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Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook

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Re: Intel HD graphics

Sorry Jason but you're wrong. Modern onboard graphics are a huge leap forward from the i945 chepsets or whatever we used to have. It won't run a brand new game like your gaming rig but duh.

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Q: Do people really "lounge around and watch movies" on a tablet?

Is that even a serious question?

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Price?

No mention I could see in the article.

I started off being cautiously optimistic this could be a cool device but it just ended up sounding shit, not something that should be sporting the Vaio brand at all.

Is the crap design to distract you from W8's own faults? ;)

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Apple to cough up $100m after kids rinse parents' credit cards on apps

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Re: It is all so very simple.

Easy to say that but if you have a family PC 1) is not possible. Some of us object to buying multiple PCs.

You perhaps forget kids have been doing this for decades... it used to be ordering over the phone with daddy's card and putting on a deep voice.

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Since the move to iOS 6 app updates no longer require a password

Are you certain because I know I have iOS6 but I haven't recollected it. Unless the absense of the problem wasn't noticeable of course.

And being asked when you are paying is fine... though "are you sure" might be better than "enter your password AGAIN"... but for free stuff it gets wearing.

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>>How many times a day do you buy or update apps??

Some days, several times - I might download a dozen apps looking for the best one. Having to re-enter my password 10 times in a row is a PITA.

Obviously when MS do it with UAC it's crap. But if Apple do it - with a really ugly popup - it's stupid to suggest otherwise.

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I was just thinking the same - every new app or app update requires a password, even free ones. I never did an in-app purchase but had assumed they were the same.

Or can you turn off the password check?

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Google+ goes single sign-in, exec roasts Zuck's 'frictionless sharing'

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Re: Still enforcing "real names"?

Pretty atrocious to suggest we should have some sort of accountability for our actions. I think it's an assault on our freedom I can't use my handle on my passport.

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Re: Fixed it for you

You stick to 400 accounts and passwords then. I'll get on with using my PC to make my life more rather than less easy.

Trust me, your life (data) is far less interesting than you imagine it to be.

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Woah they didn't already have this? Like it or loath it, this is one of FB's biggest strengths.

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Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

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Which post are YOU responding to?

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You don't mean creationist, you mean young-earth creationist. They're a pretty small minority so why the rush to bring them into a serious story?

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Gravity is also a theory. What's your point?

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North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some

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Re: Daily Mail

Never mind the DM, what exactly does this have to do with World IT?

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5 part series "Let us trim our hair in accordance with Socialist lifestyle"

Where can I get the boxset? It has to be better than the last series of Lost.

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Barnes & Noble to sling their Nook - report

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Re: What a Ballmer! MSFT owns 17% of Nook

Don't Amazon sell more Kindle e-books to people running non-Kindle hardware?

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Hands-on with Ubuntu's rudimentary phone and tablet OS

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Re: GUI for wimps, Give me the Command line Phone

A phone which is command-line only would be awesome :)

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Cheap iPhone mini 'makes sense' for world domination

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Re: iPhone for the masses - long term suicide for the Apple brand

Not if they only sell it in emerging markets.

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Re: Good idea....

>>Yes, they already sell a smaller cheaper phone - the IPhone 4

Now go back and read the article. The whole point is people see it as a stigma to buy an old model. By re-packaging a 4/3S as a new model for emerging markets, this stigma is avoided.

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Razzie voters drive stake through Twilight

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Re: probably closer to the actual public's view of the commercial film scene

>>Don't confuse 'commercial success' with 'being a good film

OK then base it on DVD sales, which will typically be much more biased to people who saw the film and still wanted to buy it :)

IMDB is probably the best bet - the Razzies are deliberately set up to mock and criticise and as such will get a very non-typical demographic... cynical sarcastic fault-picking types.

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Dell takes aim at iPad, uncloaks enterprise-level Win8 tablet

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Dell has updated its Windows 8 tablet line

I genuinely hadn't realised Dell already entered the tablet market!

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Best Buy takes axe to touchy Windows 8 PCs - lops $100 off price

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Re: Customers are happier with Win8 touch-

Are you really too stupid to understand that if something new turns up which people aren't aware of or don't understand, it may not sell even if it's better?

The phrase "barrier to entry" is the issue here. And no I'm not saying Win8 is better or touch-PCs are better. But people have preconceptions or sheer lack of knowledge - the idea of a tablet PC seemed daft pre-iPad.

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Success for Einhorn: Judge blocks vote on Apple's Proposal 2

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Re: @ThomH: Aren't they?

>>If they're shareholders, they kinda are owed a payout, aren't they?

If they'd sold at $700 they would have one. Like I should've done!

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