* Posts by TonyJ

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

TonyJ

Meh

Traditionally in the past I've changed my laptop every couple of years or so. Primarily because of the amount of travel I do for work meaning they get battered and start to break. But also because I like shiny new tech every so often.

But like I've mentioned before on here, I bought a late-2011 15" MBP and with the DVD removed and the HDD in its place + and SSD and RAM upgrade it's still going strong. Best Windows laptop I've ever owned.

However, like I've also said here it'll most likely be the first and last one I ever own because I'm not a fan of how everything is soldered/epoxied to the point of being non-upgradable. Whatever the screen resolution.

All I seem to see from Apple lately is just more of the same and it's hard to justify (to myself) paying their prices for limited benefits (as perceived by me). Hell mine will still even perform fine for the odd bit of casual gaming.

I like the spec of Alienware but I've never been a fan of them in a corporate environment. Anyone know of any alternatives out there?

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Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

TonyJ

Re: Checks date...

Clearly I should've used a joke icon for some of the folks here...then again the voting system* is borked now and you get people hitting downvote on pretty much everything just for the sake of it.

*By which I mean some of the people using it, really.

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Checks date...

Nope...doesn't seem to be April 1st!

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

TonyJ

I bootcamp

I've said it here before but for me, my late 2011 MBP is the best Windows laptop I've ever owned to date. For clarity though, I did max out the RAM at 16GB and put in first a 512MB and more recently a 1TB SSD + 1TB spinner in the superdrive bay.

I tend to be quite hard on computers which includes lots of travelling and the usual bangs and knocks.

I also occasionally like to play the odd game such as (for example) Left4Dead 2 which I can't imagine would work so well in a virtual machine.

Whereas my friend, who has the same model, never boots to bootcamp - he's totally OSX and uses virtualisation for anything Windows.

The things that do hack me off more about it though: it's all but impossible to install an OS from USB/USB attached DVD so my Win 7 - 8.1 upgrade had to be just that: an in place upgrade and because Apple hide the embedded Intel GPU from bootcamp it has much poorer battery life and runs MUCH hotter than when booted into OSX.

Now having mostly extolled its virtues I cannot imagine buying a newer one...soldered RAM. Custom SSD (also soldered?), battery that's epoxied in...no thanks!

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

TonyJ

Re: Sad

Which soulless wretch downvoted this post?

There are some really nice people on el reg lately.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

TonyJ

Heart breaking

I, like I am sure, a lot of others here did, started reading his books from the very first time they appeared.

I loved his wit and the way he could spin a pun was quite literally second to none.

I looked forward to every one of his books and will genuinely miss his work.

RIP Sir Terry. You will be sadly missed

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

TonyJ

I'm shocked

Not by the numbers or anything but that the ICO actually _did_ something.

But I'm sure it'll be paltry now and business as usual within weeks.

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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Re: @ John 156 -- How did that actually work then?

Have an upvote...hate those "I am posting to say I have nothing to say, other (usually) than I know something that you don't!"

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Again!

When are we going to see some serious action dealt out to these companies who are meant to guard and protect our sensitive information? I mean genuinely punitive.

And as I've said before - ANY company where a data breach has occurred should be legally obliged to provide every customer present and past with a years worth of credit monitoring.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

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WTF?

Why the hell...

Would a car need to connect to the internet to determine if / how it is going to avoid an accident?

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

TonyJ

Assuming it's about the watch

This has passed me by. Whilst I can almost understand the usefulness of things like alerts you can glance at if your phone is in your pocket I absolutely don't get why anyone would buy a watch you have to recharge every xx days.

It's bad enough having to recharge my damn phone every day.

Each to their own but for me, personally, meh!

Jake...how many people who already wear a digital watch understand how they work? For that matter, how many actually understand how an analogue one does?

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

TonyJ

What else?

If they are sneaky enough to forge root certs at a software level, then what are they adding at a hardware level?

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

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Kudos to the researcher(s)

For not spaffing it all over the internet before it was fixed.

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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EE Business

I moved from O2 to EE. Both on Business accounts.

I was genuinely nervous because their non business customer service gets a general hammering in online reviews.

However, the few bits I could find about their business side seemed to paint a different picture so I took a gamble.

It was also helped by the sharing package, the larger amount of data (1GB on 4G? Really, O2?) and their much better coverage in the areas I'd usually find myself in.

Four months on and so far I have no regrets.

None of them are perfect that is for sure but so far EE have been far from the worst and I've previously been with others such as T-Mobile (prior to being bought) and Voda

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

TonyJ

Re: There's a message on their contact us page:

Wasn't suggesting it wasn't too late - I've also asked to be removed - just pointing out that they've finally put something up. Albeit with no prominence - it's only when you go into their contact form page.

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There's a message on their contact us page:

"....We are aware of the claims made this morning regarding the security of customer data within our Apps. We can assure our customers that all password and payment information is and has always been safe. The security of your shopping experience at Moonpig is extremely important to us and we are investigating the detail behind today’s report as a priority. As a precaution, our Apps will be unavailable for a time whilst we conduct these investigations and we will work to resume a normal service as soon as possible. The desktop and mobile websites are unaffected..."

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

TonyJ

I backed the game

Personally, I wanted offline play. In the KS model they listed it as a feature that would be included.

I would have been ok - not overjoyed, but ok - with them removing it earlier on. Or at least explaining there were problems with getting it to work, earlier on. Or, at the end of the day, saying absolutely anything.

But no, they removed it and then tried to sneak it out in one of their email updates. I seem to recall that one of the explanations they gave on their forum was that there's simply too much universe data to hold locally. That it has to be held on large online servers (I have 2TB of stroage in my laptop alone so I'd love to know how much data they're talking). But it took you until four weeks or so before launch to realise this??

My personal problem with it is that they must have known for considerably longer than they tried to give the impression of and they sat on that information.

And that's the crux of it - they sat on it. When the time came that they had to tell people, they did it in a whisper, hoping it'd go unnoticed.

I haven't played the release. I probably won't, now. If you're happy with online only, DRM loaded games, then I'm genuinely happy for you. Me - not so much.

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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Re: Wandered into an alternative universe...

Especially ones that can be used one-handed.

I'll get my coat now...

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

TonyJ

Re: Still wondering why

Do you mind? I am originally from Yorkshire and the people there are...feck it you're right, they are different! :-)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

TonyJ

Someone

Is on a downvote binge...I got downvoted because I don't care about a persons sexuality?!? That's hilarious, if slightly sad.

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2014 and

This is still a newsworthy point?

I really couldn't give a rats arse about someone's sexuality.

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

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Re: Can someone tell me...

Thanks Tom & Mike. Nicely explained.

Have an upvote on me.

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Can someone tell me...

...why there are never colour photos sent back? I mean, I know NASA et al can colour them in afterwards in many cases but I was just curious if there's a technical reason they always seem to be monochrome?

Or is that the actual colour of the thing?

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VMware releases XenApp to Horizon porting tool

TonyJ

To be fair, it's a confusing area. I assumed they meant XenDesktop - Citrix' equivalent of Horizon (previously View) until the tool name itself contained XenApp.

You can published or stream XenApp apps into XenDesktop so maybe this is the bit they're going after?

And let's not forget that Citrix dropped (mostly) the XenApp name, integrating the product into XenDesktop and then subsequently re-introduced the XenApp name.

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

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Re: “There had not been a single case of a shark biting one of the old cables”.

How do you adjust the capacitance and inductance of a cable once it has been laid?

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iOS services intended solely for diagnostics: 'I don’t buy it for a minute'

TonyJ

Re: Oh come on

Except to outsource even that function to cameras.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

TonyJ

Revenue generator

They're a revenue generator. Full stop.

I was the 54th person to be Citrix Certified Enterprise Architect (CCEA) back in the day.

It was a bloody tough cert to get, made even more so by questions on products that were no longer in support.

At the end of it, I got a badge, a certificate that looked like it'd been printed on an original HP DeskJet printer and was on paper so thin you could see right through it.

But delight of delights I got access to a CCEA-only website. Which consisted solely of a list of exams required to become CCEA accredited.

At the same time I was working towards my MCSE in Windows 2000, having passed the Windows NT networking essentials exam.

It didn't take me long to realise that these things exist for one purpose - to generate revenue for the vendor. By making it a pre-requisite to have x numbers of y certifications they guarantee that partners will cough up to have them.

I've been in the position where, at the annual renewal people (including me) were being asked to sit down over a week and take numerous exams to qualify because we were the ones they thought had the better chance of passing. Try getting on a course any time in the year otherwise and you had zero chance.

So my last MCSE was in Windows 2003 and I seem to recall it was a single exam. I am yet to find a scenario where my experience combined with the companies I've contracted to (MS, HP, Siemens, etc etc) in addition to the kind of projects I've been involved in hasn't been enough.

I _have_ been queried on why I never bothered to become, for example, PRINCE2 or TOGAF certified and my answer is always the same: I don't need the certification to be able to converse with a PM and since I am not a PM I don't need PRINCE2 and I would prefer a common sense model that has proven to work.

And traditionally I am shy of hiring someone with multiple certs - particularly from multiple vendors - for one, it shows a general lack of specialisation and two when do they have time to fit their day job in??.

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ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

TonyJ

One rule for the US of A and one for everyone else

Bullies all round. Big companies using lawyers and ridiculous laws* to force smaller and innovative companies out of business and to avoid paying taxes.

Rules and laws that seemingly get made up in real time by judges depending on god alone knows what criteria?

Love how the Americans seem to believe that they have a god given right to interfere with every last corner of the world and yet don't want a level playing field for businesses. Or governments.

Trying not to make this _too much_ of a foaming-at-the-mouth rant but that's made my blood boil.

*I don't blame the companies directly for some of the laws, however, I suspect that big business has a hand in an awful lot of them that give them an advantage of some/any kind.

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Apple OS X Yosemite 4 TIMES more popular than Mavericks

TonyJ

I am curious - and this is in no way a flame but genuine curiosity - what makes an OS feel 'unloved'?

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

TonyJ

Re: "David Brabham, co-author of the original BBC Elite"

Thanks for that correction. I'd love to blame autocorrect etc but it was a simple case of fingers and brain not working in concert :)

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TonyJ

Worth adding...

...although I'm sure the fans will already know - Frontier Developments is headed up by David Brabham, co-author of the original BBC Elite.

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

TonyJ

As others have said,

The ISE isn't all that bad.

Or take a look at Sapien Powershell Studio. http://www.sapien.com/software/powershell_studio

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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

TonyJ

Again...?

What is it with Barclays and removing I.T. staff?

They did a similar thing many years ago early into my career. I still remember driving 2 1/2 hours to one of their remote sites, waiting around 1 1/2 hours for someone to find a code to get into the server room so I could diagnose why a server hadn't rebooted (remember this is pre-lights our remote control days).

One floppy disk ejected later and the server booted.

A server down for almost half a day because there was no one around to eject a disk.

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Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

TonyJ

I'm impressed

I could just about still do the electronics side of things despite it being more years than I like to admit since working in that field.

When it comes to actually programming things - well I haven't done that for even longer and I wasn't that hot at it to begin with.

And let's face it, when you're 'tinkering' you're using 90+% of knowledge that's out there and applying it. In fact, when you're engineering you're using other people's knowledge as building blocks for your own.

I can't remember the last time I heard of an engineer coming up with something completely unknown before. Scientists in R&D that may be working with engineers (and vice versa), yes but not engineers.

Happy to be proven wrong on that, by the way.

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

TonyJ

OTRS

I also second OTRS.

It'll do everything you need and then some - including some great reporting.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

TonyJ
Pint

:-)

Made me chuckle, Dabbsy. Just what the Dr. ordered on a Fri lunchtime.

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Boss at 'Microsoft' scam support biz told to cough £000s in comp

TonyJ

Re: Shocking

Agreed. What they did was fraud, plain and simple.

The leniency shown will just tell others it's a reasonable business model.

I'm just surprised he ran it out of the UK.

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Plod foils drone drug drop down under

TonyJ

Re: "A man, a woman, a quadracopter and a bag of illicit drugs"

Nah...not enough f***ing snakes for that ;-)

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Samsung chairman wins £500m legal fight with brother

TonyJ

Sad...

When families lose sight of things. Even sadder that yet again, only the lawyers come out on top.

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

TonyJ

My personal favourite

Was the one I got that had been personally approved after their face to face meeting by 'primary minister gordon blair'.

Late last year.

Should've kept it - it was genuinely funny.

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CCTV warning notices NOT compliant with data protection laws – ICO

TonyJ

Re: utter crap

Agreed. Our local council did a similar thing - from 50p per hour, to 70. Then less than a year later to 80. Shopping visitors dropped so over that following Christmas, they made it £1 all day and had a record Christmas.

When charges we're reintroduced they were £1 an hour. All within less than two years. I think it's about £1.20 now - I don't go there very often. I don't mind paying to park, per se, but when the spaces are inevitably so narrow that passengers have to get out before you are fully in the space, and my car is inevitably damaged by other car doors, and the council won't accept any liability but expect us to have had a near 300% price rise in such a short period of time, it galls me.

When did it become legal to use ANPR for this purpose too? Surely that's some kind of breach of privacy? I remember a few years ago a bloke successfully sued a credit card company for sending him a statement when he'd opted out of paper and his wife read it. Upon realising he'd been having an affair she filed for divorce. Could a similar thing happen with this? Or is it like software EULA's where by using the car park, you explicitly agree to all the terms and conditions?

I agree though - it's greed that drives most of the decisions, and car owners are an easy target.

I've said before on reg forums - bin the parts of the DVLA handling excise duty. Bin excise duty. Add 5p per litre onto fuel and include third party insurance in that. You save on bureaucracy. No one can dodge paying as it becomes pay-as-you-go. No one can drive uninsured and it's fairer because the more you use the roads, the bigger the share you pay. And then use some of it to repair our crumbling, third world roads.

Sorry...pet hate. Off the soap box now.

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CEO Marissa Mayer puts on brave face as Yahoo! shows another loss

TonyJ

Re: Yahoo?

Quite. But my own initial reaction to Yahoo! stories is more "but...what do they actually _do_ that makes them money?"

Maybe I should Google them* and stop being a lazy arse. :-)

*See what I did there?

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

TonyJ

Have to agree with many points

The rootkit; the DRM, the way they used to (still? haven't bought anything Sony for years) profiteer by requiring additional items to use the piece of kit you'd just bought - my wife bought me a PS2. We'd just moved into our new house and money was incredibly tight. She'd saved a long time to get it me for that Christmas.

I remember being so annoyed at Sony because there were no memory modules - you had to buy one! Ok it didn't stop you playing the racing game that someone else had bought me but you just couldn't save your progress...

The tax avoidance - "No Mr Tax men of the world...the PS3 is a computer - look it has an option to turn it into one...no it isn't a games console that should attract higher rates of tax"

The way they went after Geohot (might have that name slightly wrong) - you know, things like insisting the hearings were held in an entirely different state of the U.S. to ensure they got a favourable judge. The way they froze assets (seem to recall at one point they at least tried or threatened to have his parents' assets frozen).

Did they make great kit? Yeah in the 80's they did. Do they now? I have no idea, personally, and no wish to find out. Have they ever had good customer service?

I also remember being in the Sony store in town. A guy had dropped off a camcorder that wasn't working properly. Apparently, despite chasing he was getting conflicting info and told different prices. So he popped in to get it back - he complained to the manager there. Quite politely I have to say. He was annoyed that, despite having warned them, his camcorder was still in bits in their workshop.

On leaving, the manager turned to another member of staff and said, out loud "what a miserable c*nt".

Now I have another vague memory - not sure if this is planted :-) but didn't Samsung OEM TFT display panels for Sony for quite some time?

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Citrix soothes frustrated Mac fanbois with Windows VDI tech

TonyJ

Hmmm

Why they couldn't get XenClient - a bare metal client hypervisor - to run properly is anyone's guess.

They came close with v5 - just a few missing bits like wifi support missing. Personally I'd much prefer to be able run without an OS stealing my resources. And ok you are getting some bolt-on management and control but beyond that it is basically another version of what Parallels, Oracle and VMware have been offering for years.

Sorry Citrix, but on this one...meh

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

TonyJ

Cowherder...I have a little Acer tablet I picked up a few weeks ago with Windows 8.1 on it.

Well it shipped with 8.0 but after going through the ridiculous process of installing half a gig of updates, it eventually allowed me to upgrade to 8.1 and as mentioned in a Reg article a while ago, gave me an additional 5GB of free space on the flash post-upgrade.

Anyway, I digress, slightly.

I chose this particular tablet because of two reasons: first was price. It was sub <£230 quid inc VAT at the time.

But the other was, being an Atom based tablet and therefore running 'proper' Windows and not that abortion that is R/T it was compatible with the apps I need but in this case particularly, the software I need for my [scuba] dive computer.

That means now, I can sling a small device that has run for around 7hours of constant light use, in my bag when I go diving and get instant feedback from the computer.

And when I go to Egypt in a couple of months, I'm not taking a much pricier and heavier laptop.

I've always thought Win 8.x would be a better touch-experience than a desktop experience and I was right - I actually like using the thing.

It does what I would like it to do and does it well, unlike the iPad I gave the wife after a few hours and the kids' Galaxy Tabs. (Before the rabid downvoters...note I said it does what _I_ want...YMMV)

Still wouldn't fancy 8.1 on a traditional desktop/laptop device yet though.

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US Department of Justice details Kim Dotcom evidence

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Devil

Tapeador...

Your arguments and methods of putting them forwards (i.e. unrelated ranting that seem to be there for the pure reason of getting responses...aka trolling) feel somewhat familiar...

Do you, perhaps, go by the name Eadon?

All we need from you are a couple of anti-MS comments scattering around, whatever the topic.

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Re: I'm curious...

Thanks Trevor - that is exactly what I meant. It'd be fine for them to say "Accused of the crime of conspiring..." but they don't appear to be saying that do they?

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I'm curious...

Can he not claim, given the use of such words as "conspiracy" that he cannot possibly be given a fair trial? That the outcome of any such trial is already tainted by the way information is being presented to the public and reporters?

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

TonyJ
WTF?

I genuinely do not understand...

...what drives these malicious little snotrags to put information out that they know will cause damage to someones devices.

Scumbags.

That is all.

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Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

TonyJ

Re: So to the downvoters of testing...

I didn't say it _was_ a Windows update but I was making a point that I presume all the people who are too time/budget/whatever excuse constrained to test updates that have, in the past, been known to cause issues occasionally also don't bother to test their Windows updates. Or their application updates.

Yes, for remote working/home working staff it makes sense if you're not using something like an always on VPN/DirectAccess solution to allow their systems to autoupdate and then there are times where you have to weigh up the impact of a zero day exploit / piece of malware etc and the damage it would cause over the potential instability a remediating patch or update would potentially cause if it's installed, but most of the time there is zero excuse for what is effectively laziness.

And yes I agree that the vendor should have caught it but they didn't and the IT staff should have therefore had policies in place that caught it before it became such a huge issue.

Christ - would you just roll out a brand new application suite without any testing?

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