* Posts by TonyJ

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Re: from three 'double u's to one single 'm'

I give up trying to type posts on my mobile. I just can't do it. Either I mess the word up or the autocorrect has a really good go. :(

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Re: from three 'double u's to one single 'm'

"...Because Dublin is a city.

/I'll grab my coat..."

I'll see your city and raise you a preisident... "dubble-yer".

<edit> I am not actually sure what a "presidtent" is. Some kind of camping accessory? Edited for my dire spelling.

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Re: Missing DevOps

"...From Spoonfetcher's Leeches ("The Little Suckers") to CMOT Dibbler's pies and sausage-inna-bun. Naked and shameless commercialism..."

Not to mention CMOT Dibbler's "things onnastick" e.g. Sausageonnastick.

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Game over for Xbox 360

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Re: Dear Microsoft...

Firstly I wouldn't touch Sony gear with a barge pole.

Secondly please...explain how the XB One is a disaster, let alone an "epic" one?

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Dear Microsoft...

So now you're retiring the 360, how about responding to the thousands of people on your forums that have been asking for the same kind of parental controls for the One since the day it launched!?

I generally trust my kids - and for goid reason - but they're kids. They'll occasionally try it on.

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Citrix's strong Q1

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Wonder how much cost has been saved by culling staff?

They fired entire departments such as some of their R&D. Wonder how much this contributed to their profit?

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123-reg still hasn't restored customers' websites after mass deletion VPS snafu

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Re: Hmm...

"...You're more temperate than I would be..."

Oh I wouldn't be, if I was one of the affected souls. I am just too cynical (experienced) to ever trust any company that hosts, well anything. Hosted myself or by third parties - if it's in any way important, it's backed up and stored off site in multiple locations.

Nor am I in any way supporting the 123 response, hence my comment about their duty of care...you cannot run a script that trashes your customers and then claim on the one hand you're not accountable whilst at the same time claiming you're playing the nice guy by trying to recover what you destroyed.

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Hmm...

Ok, it may not be a managed service and yes, even if it was, wherever possible the customers should have had their own backups but 123 have a duty of care here...it was their script that caused the problem therefore to crow about how much they're investing in recovering the data seems a wee bit disingenuous under the circumstances.

I would also be interested to know if there were warnings sent out that this work was going to take place and as such, that their customers should ensure they had a suitable backup just in case. Also missed sales opportunities..."Hey you have no backup...what if...? Why not pay us a little to help you here?..." etc. Of course, the cynics might say this would work to advertise exactly that.

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Badges for Commentards

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Just realised...

...I've crossed the 2,000 upvote line. Is that all that's required or are downvotes subtracted? :)

If it's all that's required...pretty please may I have my silver badge. I like meaningless trinkets like that ;-)

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Dell gives up on vWorkspace virtual desktops

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It wasn't a bad product

Worked with it, albeit briefly, early last year and it wasn't actually a bad product in and of itself.

But prior to actually working with it, I think I'd heard reference to it maybe once or twice before and that particular installation was the only one in the wild I'd ever come across, so niche product.

But then...VDI...meh.

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It really is time to sort out your professional indemnity insurance

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Re: Useless

"...and if you are negligent then PI insurance will not cover you..."

Really? What do you think the insurance is actually for then?

Why choose Hiscox professional indemnity insurance for business contractors?

Our policy provides cover for:

negligence or breach of duty of care – making a mistake in your work or giving bad advice

infringement of intellectual property rights – for example using content from a website or publication without permission

breach of confidence – sharing confidential or sensitive information without consent

defamation – making false or damaging claims about a person or organisation

civil liability – if a claim occurs because of your business activity for a client and we haven’t specifically excluded it, it’s covered.Matters not one jot either way.

Taken from here: https://www.hiscox.co.uk/business-insurance/professional-indemnity-insurance/sme-professional-insurance/business-contractors-cover-information/

Either way you try getting a contract without having it.

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Seriously?

I would actually say it is far from common...

As a contractor I have to provide proof of insurances prior to engagements. It also has to have minimum amounts of cover in there for both PL & PI.

This has been the defacto standard for as long as I can recall actually.

I also know from when I've done pre-sales work, part of the pack you present often (and I am again struggling to remember when it didn't) has to include the same.

Personally, I use and always have used, Hiscox. Not the cheapest (though not expensive either and they will often price match) but their cover is very comprehensive.

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SpaceX's awesome snaps

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Amazing pics

Like, I suspect, most people here, I love it when there's anything like this kind of [good] news. Somehow it feels like it's way past the time that we, as a race, should've been exploring space as much as we can and investing into the technologies that allow us to do it.

Amazing how that thing seems to have come down at an angle (assume it was windy from the white caps on the sea) and then straighten up at the last moment.

Congrats all round to Musk and SpaceX.

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Citrix asks you, yes you, to write its certification exams and courseware

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To a lesser extent...

...they've always done this.

Though they have their own, employed, authors in-house, Citrix have for many years invited individuals that they class as SME's (usually taken from the amount and quality of answers in their forums) to Florida for a week to work through the questions and improve them/contribute to them.

According to the email I got from Citrix, although they intend to continue this practice, they now understand that a) not everyone can or wants to take a week off to do this, b) not everyone can or wants to get to Florida and c) they're missing out a large talent pool because of this.

So it won't just be a case of allowing everyone under the sun to submit unverified questions.

Now as to the usefulness of these credentials...well that's a whole different story (my own experiences being - 54th CCEA...got access to a 'special' CCEA-only area of the Citrix website. The only content on it was a list of which exams you needed to pass CCEA!).

And, despite the fact I've worked with Citrix products since the mid '90's, since they sold out to VC's and ditched Mark Templeton, we're already seeing the death spiral...product design team, R&D teams either completely removed or cut to the bone. They were looking to offload the NetScaler product at one point (believe this is shelved as an idea for now),

The sad truth is, there's not much that XenApp does that RDSH cannot. VDI...well I've made my views clear on that many times.

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FBI: Er, no, we won't reveal how we unmask and torpedo Tor pedos

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Re: I am all for...

"...Not even say, murder? Or blowing up a bomb in Belgium that kills dozens of peoples. You're really saying that child absue (horrible although it is) is worse? I think you need to get a perspective here..."

Yes. Yes I am saying that.

Because, generally speaking, murder victims don't go on to commit murder and victims blown up in an act of terrorism don't generally go on to become terrorists. Yes these things can be life changing/ending/altering for the worse, but child abuse lasts a lifetime and there is plenty of evidence to show that abused kids tend towards becoming abusive adults. I would also suggest that there is far more abuse of children going on than acts of terrorism or murder. If there weren't we wouldn't have a need for charities like childine or require social workers.

So yeah - if we treat our children properly, and educate them, and give them the chances they need to succeed then we might just begin to stop the perpetuation of all sorts of violent behaviour down the line.

So let's look again at my sens of perspective over yours?

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Re: I am all for...

Two things here - if you see my original response I did say that as he is accused, he needs a fair trial and for that to take place his defence need full access to how the case was built against him.

You show a blindingly simplistic view. "...He is accused of no more than looking at pictures online..."

If there was no demand for this then these sites wouldn't exist. If these sites didn't exist, how many fewer children would suffer? By increasing the demand, even someone who "only" looks at pictures is perpetuating, therefore (perhaps indirectly) taking part in the continued abuse of children.

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Re: I am all for...

"...Have your downvote, sir. You are no better than the people you object to..."

Really?

You are seriously saying (anonymously, of course) that you believe that someone who has no feelings towards the continued wellbeing of someone who takes part in the sexual abuse of children once those predators have been through the due process of a fair and reasonable trial that leads to their conviction, is actually "no better" than said abusers of children?

You need to check your moral compass because it appears not to be working.

I can think of no crimes worse than ruining the future of a child, or indeed of harming a child in any way shape or form out of some malice or perversion.

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I am all for...

...hunting down and locking away paedophiles, but if you're doing just that - hunting them down, taking them to court with the full intention of locking them away for as long as possible where they will suffer at the hands of other prisoners* then you owe them the right to a fair, transparent and open trial.

You cannot simply say "we don't want to show how this works" because otherwise it could be something as ridiculous as anything from "we got their IP and MAC addresses therefore we can link that to a person" right up to the more useful "we can tell you the serial number of every identifiable component within the PC" or anything in between.

*Not that I have any moral objection to this.

The FBI need to tread very carefully here. Not only with the above, but also the sheer legality or otherwise of their actions.

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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

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Re: Other benefits

Sirius...most of these comments are true of any RDSH / VDI environment.

As a user, you should have transparency of upgrades, updates, hardware failure and backups. You may or may not be able to request upgrades in virtual hardware (typically VDI) but no reason you shouldn't be able to.

At the end of the day, all this is and all you are talking about is RDSH hosted by Amazon. Nothing more, nothing less.

In terms of the update issue, I would assume that what they mean is that you don't get access to things like WSUS/SCCM etc to manage your patching. It's Windows Update or nothing.

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Re: Thin Clients - Still Rubbish

"...Thin Client systems have always been expensive (lots of server side kit needed), done wrong (X-Windows) and the clients have always been as least as expensive as a standalone PC. Add to this Microsoft's stupid Windows desktop licencing (hence the use of Windows Server for this) - it is really a limited use case to either protect data, provide access to legacy software, or work around some stupid application licence..."

Actually there are good use cases for thin client solutions, for example, ones in high security environments where you don't want the sensitive data actually leaving the data centre.

Or cases where you're shifting large amounts of data around - if it doesn't have to leave your (usually) fast internal server network, you get much better performance than say copying down to a local HDD.

I realise that there are ways to make these things easier without thin client environments. I also realise that unless you stop email, printing, copy and paste, etc, or even ban mobile phones then there are always ways to get some of the information out of the system.

Thin client devices are an oddity in that to get anything like decent performance, you're spending as much, if not more than, a decent spec desktop, and you're tending to add in yet another layer of management requirements, but they have one major advantage over PC's in that when they are rebooted, none of the data is retained locally so for bank tellers etc, they are ideal.

Again, mixing up VDI and RDSH somewhat, but I do agree that MS could simplify their licensing (but if they did, they'd probably make less money as this is one area where confusion abounds, so companies tend to over-buy just to be sure they're covered).

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Well I didn't initially want to get onto my usual VDI is a solution looking for a problem, as this is RDSH not VDI, but I've been a long term detractor of VDI. It just takes the complexity of managing a traditional desktop environment and adds in the complexity and cost of the VDI components with all of the additional costs of high speed storage and/or other third party, expensive, add-ons.

Also the pricing is off the charts! I can buy a higher spec desktop for about half that these days and use it thick or connect to RDSH. And where the USP? You don't even get any systems management thrown in??

Just another expensive solution looking for a problem to solve. In house RDSH or traditional thick desktop would be cheaper and easier to support. What is this race to the cloud for absolutely everything? It suits some things well such as email but for things like this?

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One thing...

"...Amazon has done a good job in configuring Server 2008 R2 as if it were Windows 7;..."

It really isn't difficult to do this! Anyone even half proficient with RDSH or Citrix could do it trivially.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

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Re: Just had a handle of my boss' S7 today

"...Re: Just had a handle of my boss' S7 today

But Samsung's are also very easy to root and put Cyanogenmod on, meaning fast security updates for a long period of time.

It's far from ideal but it's better than nothing..."

Yes. You can but you really shouldn't have to. At least not when it comes to security updates.

Nor, personally do I want to have to. Granted my use case is possibly unusual for most here on El Reg but I just want a phone that works, and does the few limited functions I desire.

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Just had a handle of my boss' S7 today

And as you'd expect from Samsung it's genuinely a lovely bit of kit. The screen is extremely bright and vibrant and the curve is actually stunning in real life. It's bloody quick too.

But, also being Samsung, despite being a flagship you can almost certainly kiss goodbye to even security updates very, very, quickly and that's an awful lot of money to shell out to have what is a forced - and a short - obsolescence built in.

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Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

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Re: But the program is error free!

..."I think he had a lucky escape..."

My thoughts exactly. What an arsehole boss.

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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"...RSS Mornington Crescent

I wonder how many readers still haven't a clue?..."

Depends which rules they're using... :)

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Titanic's Revenge

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Middle-aged US bloke pleads guilty to iCloud celeb nude photo hack

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Re: Fishy

"....Fishy

So, he managed to get the private email addresses (not PR managed ones) of all these celebs and they all responded to the phishing emails? Wasn't there talk of an iCloud backdoor that was firmly shut soon after this happened? Seems some kind of deal has been made to cover that up..."

That was my first thought too - so many celebs' private email addresses and they all responded to phishing emails from addresses formed like tech_support107@gmail.com according to (I think it was) the BBC website.

Of the two things there (I can see _some_ of them being dumb enough or out of touch with reality enough to respond to such emails) that he somehow had access to all their personal email addresses is somewhat suspect.

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Re: Middle aged?

..."Middle aged?

Is 36 middle aged note? Ye gods I most be an antique then!..."

WHAT??!?!? SPEAK UP!!!! NEARLY TEN PAST THREE!!

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Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

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Re: FFS MS...

"....eh?? Windows tablets date back to the early 2000's..."

I'm referring to over-inflating the prices beyond what you'd reasonably expect to pay for the hardware.

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FFS MS...

...will you stop trying to copy Apple already?

(In this case I am talking elevated prices)

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Hotel light control hack illuminates lamentable state of IoT security

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Re: Let there be light!

"...Let there be light!

Well, the guy's name was Jesus!..."

To be fair, I think credit there goes to his dad for that statement. 6,000 years ago or something?

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Staff 'fury' as penny pinching IBM offers legal minimum redundo payoffs

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Re: Owners matter too

"...Owners matter too

As a shareholder, I'd be pissed off if IBM offered anything more than the statutory minimum..."

Don't worry Mr typical-nasty-comment-made-anonymously...the way IBM are heading, they are already in the death spiral. Enjoy your dividends whilst you can, because I predict it's not going to be much longer before IBM can no longer fund any.

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Re: The smarts saw this coming years ago

I think it's a little harsh to call them deadwood. There's this funny thing with IBM'ers - an awful lot of them cannot see or envisage a life outside of IBM, so the idea of leaving voluntarily just doesn't enter into their minds.

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

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Re: I've had a rather productive weekend.

"....An article on your experiences with a Hackintosh would be most welcome.

How about it? Or are El-Reg journo's trying to get back into Apple's good books these days?..."

Unlikely, given that it's a direct breach of all of Apple's EULA T's & C's.

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Re: The Terrible...

"...Not because Outlook is any good, it's not. It's horrible..."

Why? Why, exactly is Outlook horrible? Or, like many often do on here, are you remembering back to the likes of Outlook 97 which was pretty grim?

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Re: The Terrible...

Hard not to agree with you, Bazza.

Fair play to MS with 8/8.1 - they tried something new. Although the counter-argument to that is if they'd listened all the way through their various beta testing they'd have heard loud and clear that in general, people don't want their laptop or desktop to look, feel and behave like their phone.

Windows 7 was actually a good release. It ran on relatively modest hardware and included some nice tricks that even made it feel quicker than previous OS's even if it wasn't. But more than that, it cleaned up on the horrors that they'd inflicted with Vista and the crappy "Vista ready" programme whereby PC's that clearly weren't capable of running it anything like well were deemed suitable.

Windows 10... I do have it on my personal laptop and I can't say I mind it all that much but it does have quirks and oddities but I do prefer 7. And that, to me, in and of itself is a worry as I've always enjoyed getting and playing with the latest OS...10, though, was more of an Ok, pop it on then if you have it as an option, otherwise pop 7 on.

But fundamentally it's not the way the OS looks or behaves that is caning MS here, it's the insidious tracking they've built into it and the way they refuse to come clean and tell people exactly how to turn everything off or what, exactly, they're tracking to begin with. And that, more than any nag screens or other 'issues' is why it's got such low market penetration. Trust. Lack of.

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Heartless hackers break into Florida cancer clinic network – 2.2 million records exposed

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Scumbags

That is all.

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SQL Server for Linux: A sign of Microsoft's weakness. Sort of

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"...The only surprise for me is that it's SQL Server going to Linux first. I honestly thought they'd port the cash cow that is Office to Linux desktops first..."

I'm with you on that. It seems to me that they're trying to penetrate a market (like they did with phones) that is already saturated with enough products across the whole spectrum of lousy to brilliant in a sphere they're not really trusted, so whilst the server market for Linux might be a bigger cow for them to suckle from, I'd suggest it's going to be a tough fight to get to the teat. And on top of that, they're not the big boys in this playground and can't give things away to decimate the competition.

Even if all they started with was Outlook, I think they'd get more uptake.

I'll be watching this with interest.

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Re: .NET stored procedure

"....Hope you failed your degree..."

And let's follow the trend of personal attacks/uncalled for nastiness being posted anonymously.

You're not so much a prick as an entire cactus.

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McAfee gaffe a quick AV kill for enterprising staff

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Re: responsibility

"...Or, depressingly often, the software company considers running without admin rights an "unsupported configuration" and won't troubleshoot problems if you set it up that way..."

I must confess that isn't a problem I've ever encountered despite vendor support occasionally being involved. Of course, I'd be happy to show them that changing to an admin account makes no difference and it would always be a test anyway in case anything was missed in the original admin-removal process.

It was always the same with Citrix - does the problem occur using RDP? Yes - most likely (not always) not a Citrix issue. No - most likely (not always) a Citrix issue.

I'm intrigued by the downvotes - not that I'm unhappy but I'd love to know the counter arguments of my points? Or was this a case of the same laziness?

One other thing I've noticed lately - there seems to be a lowering of basic troubleshooting and support skills. Some of it may be down to not having to wrangle with software to the level we used to even only ten years ago, but a significant portion simply seems to be a general lack of understanding. Worrying, really.

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Re: responsibility

I hear this time and time again (still) - particularly about Citrix..."but the software needs admin rights"

And my answer is always the same - "No it doesn't".

All you need is Sysinternals' process monitor (and this dates back to when they came as filemon and regmon) and filter on the executable of the app(s) for access denied's.

I have never yet found a piece of software that requires elevated rights that cannot be 'fixed' in this way but people are too lazy to put the effort in or too uneducated about the tools available.

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North Dorset Council hit by ransomware, flips the bird at miscreants

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Re: AppSense

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Surely you can do this with a well setup Windows security policy rather than having to use third party software?..."

Sort of but then you're managing dozens or more of program hashes (for dependent executables and binaries too) or you revert to executable names as updates will alter the hashes and then users can simply rename files.

I should really caveat that - it's been several years since I looked into it on a purely Windows based offering. AppSense just works. And can log.

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AppSense

This is exactly one of the reasons I love AppSense Application Manager and it's trusted user model.

Your average joe/jane user cannot launch any untrusted executable.

Worth every penny in the long run.

And no - I am in no way affiliated with them.

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Vendor rep 'Stinky Sam' told to wash and brush teeth or lose job

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"...Well, that was a let down..."

Hard not agree... the story just fizzled and faded.

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Re: Inherited Wealth

Wow sandlewould. Just had a quick glance through your posts and...well you don't half talk some shit, eh?

Climate change is bull; anyone who doesn't agree with your socio-eco-policitcal views is a liberal pansy etc etc etc and most of your responses to whatever post you feel the need to troll tend to be argumentative and personal attacks...stay classy.

I have a lovely bridge for you to buy but something tells me you're probably happy with the one you're clearly already living under waiting for goats to come along.

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Official: Toshiba pulls out of European consumer PC market

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Unhappy

Upsetting news

I used to repair Toshiba (among others) laptops back in the mid-late '90s.

They were the ones that set the standard of quality, customer service and support back then. The build quality was supreme. Mind you, this was when a colour laptop was multiples of thousands of pounds.

They weren't short of having the odd bit of fun, either.

Pre-internet days, they sent out TNS bulletins to qualified repair engineers. One April we received one announcing the left handed laptop.

http://hoaxes.org/af_database/permalink/left_handed_toshiba is the best link I could find.

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Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

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Re: Trump?

Did you even read what was written? Any of it? Nope..thought not.

I'm not saying I think any prez should interfere.

Sounds like it.

What I am saying is that prematurely blaming Trump when he isn't even in office is stupid. Blaming Obama would make more sense, but that's not to say I think he should interfere.

As others have pointed out, no one is blaming Trump. The comment was that people like him - you in this case - seem to think it's perfectly fine to attack those in a less privileged position than themselves

rather than consider the reason the unfortunate soul is in that position to begin with

To the best of my knowledge there is no time machine that Trump can use to fly back from the future to cause current woes.

Dick comment.

As for Ms whiny pants....why does she choose to live in expensive SF area when she only has the capability to earn a paltry $1500? Perhaps she should move to somewhere where someone that generates as little value as she does can afford to live.

Not knowing the geography of the area or at which point rents become affordable to her, or the kind of area it would be, I suspect it's probably because it would be either a dangerous area to exist and/or take far too long and cost far too much to travel.

Another case in point of you being a dick again with the personal attack.

If we give people like her handouts then it can only come from one place: jacking up national debt and robbing unborn children even worse than now. A kid born today in the US owes about USD60k (doubled under Obama) before (s)he has a first suck on a breast.

Live within your means... not just the entitled little Ms, but also governments and nations.

And...again...you clearly didn't read the article, did you?

Not once was there any suggestion of giving anyone state handouts. The point was that a billion dollar value company chooses to have it's office in a ridiculously expensive location yet pay its staff the legal minimum wage whilst understanding that their staff most likely cannot afford to live there.

The point being made was that just perhaps Yelp should stop being greedy and selfish and pay a reasonable wage to live on like many of the other tech companies.

In most cases, I hope people never fall on hard times. In your case I believe it would teach you a little humility and understanding because you are one cold hearted, selfish son of a bitch. And yeah - in that respect, you're just like Trump.

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Between you, EE and the lamppost ... this UK cell network is knackered

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Re: To EE customers - it could be worse

"...That is day in, day out for FIVE YEARS...."

Why not ask them for a boost box (femtocell) to send the signal down your broadband? They work rather well, although I moved from O2 a long time ago because they never seemed to have a good signal anyway.

But I'm more curious, if they're so shite, why you're with them after five years?

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Google to snatch control of Android updates from mobe makers – analyst

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"...About bloody time..."

Couldn't agree more.

Pain in arse when manufacturers (I'm looking at you here, Samsung) don't update with even security patches so soon after they release a handset.

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