* Posts by Why Not?

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Jacking up firearms fees will cost SMEs £3.5 MILLION. Thanks, Plod

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A gun is an optional and somewhat dangerous (in the wrong hands) item.

I have no objection to charging £50 a year more, especially as its still less than my VED.

Sorry about the costs of providing a secure place to store it and a regular inspection to prove its not lying around on the table and the owner isn't a nutter but I actually would like those checks made.

You don't seem to have many sympathisers.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Mushroom

Re: Dopp

looks like others have beaten me to it.

The interface comments are so true, sadly HP seems to be the best of a very bad bunch.

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Re: Purchasing live in a different universe

: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

both makes sense.

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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Blade runner the RED edition (old folks and strongmen still have mortgages & alimony to pay)

Maybe we can get Arnie & Sly into it somehow.

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Re: "Always leave them wanting more"

I thought that was the whole point that Rachel was a new model that had a normal human lifespan so Deckard could fall in love with her without the 'Highlander' syndrome and her implanted memories cushioned her from insanity..

from Wiki

The theatrical cut's voice-over ending said that as an experimental replicant Rachael didn't have the pre-determined four-year lifespan, but the Director's Cut left that ambiguous.

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Re: Apple TV

I too loved Tirk's comment but I upvoted Frank as the man made a valid point quite well.

Tirk got an up arrow too.

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Facepalm

Re: Because no one lives outside the USA

but a very common perception for Americans.

They were astounded some countries don't use a 'zip code'.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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Re: a murderer, a Nazi, a Ku Klux Klan sympathiser,

one wonders whose Missus he shagged? etc.

someone really hates him. That kind of hate takes a lot of energy. Surprised Plod hasn't got involved.

not very nice for him.

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Re: A bit strange...

Agree not sure why credit agencies get away with defaming some people without evidence or penalty.

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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Re: "Not available in your country. Sorry."

I for one welcome our septic overlords.

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

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Re: A missed opportunity

The problem here is that the supermarket disregarding planning permission just points out that they are creating jobs and suddenly planning problems seem to go away.

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Labour outsources digital policy, Tories turn up to finish it

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oh goody more cheap ICTs not paying UK tax.

pity conlib did nothing about it either.

No wonder tax take is falling.

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Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone

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Re: "Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie"

It was good for email, not so much for web (developer tools and having to restart all the time put paid to that)

problem was it stopped developing and Exchange / outlook overtook it.

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Indian government flings ONE HUNDRED BILLION rupees at startups

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Re: Here's hoping ...

Get a rape alarm and a towel!

If you don't have the time to play the 'how do you install a windows trojan on Linux' game (you can drag that out for hours), then tell them nicely 1-2 times to go away then place the rape alarm next to the phone cover with towel and pull the pin to set it off.

strangely they seem to have stopped ringing me.

Seriously though the startup fund is great idea (if they can keep it out of the hands of corrupt officials). They will have the same issue as the Chinese that no one will trust their software to not have something unpleasant in it, the Indian government needs to have an effective cybercrime division.

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

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Re: Missed some

I think you will find he is talking about the pedestrian and their friends walking 4 abreast on the shared cyclepath. The picture of the bicycle on the pavement is a bit of a clue.

Or the pedestrian or car that sees you coming and pulls / walks out in front of you.

I love the cars that overtake you then turn left. I really enjoy tapping the rear screen and watch them panic.

of course as we don't pay for the roads etc!

I like decent dynamo lights with stand time and a USB charger for my phone / GPS.

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Ministry of Justice IT bods to strike over outsourcing fears

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you know there are Silos of waste but outsourcing is probably not the answer.

Its a bit like realising the house is untidy so you sell it for £1 to someone who says they will tidy it up so you can live in it.

a few months later you are living in the Garage which is still a tip and the house has been sold.

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Re: Just strike on principle!

You do know Labour closed more pits than Thatcher don't you?

You know most remaining pits are automated now because its cheaper and much safer? A few million quid of machinery is cheaper financially and morally than workers that strike and contract breathing problems. Arthur and co wouldn't modernise or accept job losses.

Of course we could have kept the pits open and subsidised heavily so we were vaguely competitive with German open cast mines but there was no money left.

Do you also write outraged on behalf of quill pen makers, lion tamers and chimney sweeps who suffered the same sort of fate when the world changed?

Now what Maggie and the prime ministers that followed (and those that preceded her and closed pits ) should done was to create replacement jobs in the area.

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Seedy hacker steals 1300 Monsanto client and staff records

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Re: Obvious

possibly wrong but my understanding is once you have used the GM seed its difficult to eradicate and grow crops using another seed. Partially due to the level of pesticides you used and the likelihood of remaining seeds.

So as a farmer you are hooked.

Fear of GM is fairly common otherwise Monsanto shouldn't be so dismissive of it:

http://monsantoblog.com/2009/04/13/gmo-vegetables-animal-dna/

So its not animal DNA, just bacteria DNA they use.

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Teardowns confirm $1,500 Google Glass hardware is DIRT CHEAP

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Re: To be fair...

Of course that is why the customs teams & trading standards have such difficulty identifying good fakes.

The raw materials are similar, moulds are fairly cheap, cost of cheap plastic versus expensive plastic are only a few pence so if you are worried about being caught you might pay more for top quality fakes.

As per the article the frames were costed conservatively at $20 and top quality, so any glasses are probably a similar cost, To then cost new plastic glasses at £450 (as I was quoted for my last pair) seems like a generous mark up.

Its not like bespoke items its fairly easy to make good fakes of mass produced goods if you have a big enough market.

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Ex-Sony, Pearson chiefs tipped to oversee BBC. So that's all good, then

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Iplayer - rootkit edition soon?

I want someone effective regardless of their chromosomes.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

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Joke

They got her BANG to Rights?

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Pirate

Bring the water closer, make us thirsty.

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Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

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whilst I think cutting frontline trading standards is a very bad idea as there are a lot of aldulterated goods and dangerous fakes that need to be policed, the sale of Dodgy DVD's and under licensing seems to be something of a civil matter.

If M$ software is being under licensed they and Fast can afford to counter it with a civil case.

I only ever seem to get phone calls trying to sell me seminars and software licensing tools from FAST, this is despite working for a Global company with very tight control on licensing.

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We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

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Re: Expensive Downgrade

windows 7 + visual studio + sql server 2008 runs fine on 64GB.

cut down on your porn collection!

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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FAIL

sorry incomplete

no mention how the Kardassians or Bieber uses them.

It was like a Daily mail article without the house price.

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Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

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The extending battery life I suspect is talking about service life as well, it will last longer in service as you aren't thrashing it. You are also using both power sources in their sweet spot. I assume there are some electronics built in to manage the draw on both. If you decrease the amount of aggressive discharge from the lion cell then you decrease the heating and the likelihood of the battery becoming a bomb.

From the description they aren't losing a great deal of space for the capacitor.

I think the truth will be in the discharge not the heating..

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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

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Re: Better is the enemy of good enough

A point I obviously didn't address fully enough in my post then?

I suggest you join the business you would fit right in.

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Better is the enemy of good enough

I see so many business units that have a 'special way, that is so complicated you couldn't possibly understand it' of dealing with customers in basic tasks.

When you peel the onion, they aren't doing anything special that can't be done by the major ERP's / MRPs much better and with more standard add ons.Maybe they have one or two quirks used by 1% of the customers but these have very little effect on the bottom line or the potential to do so.

The real benefit is when you improve their process and make sure they serve their customers better.

And if you have thousands of sites it makes sense that every major tool is the same and supported by a Vendor or preferably multiple competing vendors rather than Dave from accounts.

Now there are some real niche tools that can affect the bottom line. An ex employee -> contractor wrote a tool that allowed us to report on customer units and charge a good whack for it. Now those are worth doing. However ordering, building, buying & invoicing its best to get off the shelf.

The problem is getting it across to the single business unit that they are 0.05% of the the profit so spending 10% of IT's time to increase their profit by 1% is a waste of time.

Sorry in biggish companies standardisation is the way forward.Now getting it right is more challenging and requires clever and motivated people, most of those left years ago when the accountants took over.

Also the business never appreciated the benefits of the one off's or the advice from IT as one guy said when I said - that is bad idea because of business reason X,Y & Z the order came down from on high 'just do it'. You guessed it XY&Z bit us in the rear. There followed a long weekend producing my original suggested solution and was greeted with 'well at least IT got it right at last'. Guess who got the payrise?

But if you do it with standard tools then you have to do it well, that means lightening fast networks, great support & applications that work properly, the funding for those is stored with the Unicorns.

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Want to remotely control a car? $20 in parts, some oily fingers, and you're in command

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Disabling alarm, creating a near undetectable crash for insurance fraud, disabling alarm, planned carjack etc.

plenty of possible uses.

it should be locked down but it costs a few pence per car to do that.

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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

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Re: End of the world

Hopefully it was for the PHB bean counter who recommended the cuts and has been asked to clear his/her desk.

we can but hope.

can we expect it to finally come out that the support is done in 'Bongo Bongo land'?

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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Re: GP's Opening Hours

well how did the public know that at the time?

As has been seen the level of incompetence and illegal actions within stafford etc it was entirely reasonable that one should suspect they were wrong.

we can all be experts in hindsight.

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Re: GP's Opening Hours

The chat will probably be like the MMR chat where the "Care Professional" nearly laughed at our concerns despite it being published in every national newspaper.

As someone said above you will be canvassed again & again until you give the right answer.

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Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

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Mobile detectors

As pointed out efficient mobile detectors are dirt cheap to make. You commission some from a supplier and turn the cells over when the alarm goes off.

Not sure with a femtocell you can force phones on it?

like the idea of the IMSI catcher and banning the phones.

It is actually against the rules to have a mobile in Prison isn't it?

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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Coat

Surely they would be better going back to the Glory days of 3.1/4.0? That was windows New Technology.

Maybe they can make this Windows 'Tiles Technology' =Win TT?

Modern Technology = Win 'MT'

or

Windows Tile Features = WTF?

Mines the one with the Win7 CDs in it. Microsoft normally get it right on the odd version (NT4 & win 95 being the exceptions)

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It's the dream: Bill Gates chucks cash at WEE-IN-YOUR-PHONE project

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Re: p-Dock for i-Devices

has to be iWee shirley?

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Through-wall tracking of humans using Wi-Fi: Now more accurate, low power

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single person or multi player?

They seemed to avoid talking about sensing multiple people. Will the cat jumping about turn the lights out?

Kinnect does all of this apart from going through "walls" or as in the demo stud partitions.

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Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

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Still has a way to go to catch up with the last lot!

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/18/nhs-records-system-10bn

I laugh at your sub beelion bar tab, real idiots spaff £10Billion.

But it does seem if they are just collecting data and processing it externally £10 million would have been more than enough. Can't we buy one that works off the shelf?

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World-leading IT expert? We'll fast-track you into Blighty, promises PM

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Re: IR35 closing one man consultancies through fear and uncertainty

You might want to check out what "Umbrella Companies" do for a living. Check the Annals of the PCG for cases they lost and talk to a few ex contractors. Oh look a handy list and look the Tories were going to abolish it.

http://www.contractorcalculator.co.uk/ir35_history.aspx

It was part of my decision to close, shortly after a bunch of nice ICT chaps turned up at 30% of the cost we were. (We weren't actually charging a lot, much less than a backbencher's salary).

Of course despite being a tax avoider I was still paying more tax than the ICT chaps were earning.

So now you know someone!

IR35 - It's not the tax, its the uncertainty.

The VISAs were another problem which of course force down the tax take.

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Mushroom

Dear Dave

You know we have so many imported "IT experts" the wages have dropped significantly in the UK?

Combine that with IR35 closing one man consultancies through fear and uncertainty.

Only hiring large bodyshops stuffed with offshore and imported labour for government contracts.

Selling off every organisation to foreign buyers who then offshore IT.

So not sure what these experts are going to do except work in Starbucks?

Anyway if they are any good why would they start an IT business in the UK, you would be better off in Eastern Europe.

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Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

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Gimp

Secondly, Star Wars is famously set “a long time ago in a Galaxy far, far, away”. If Vader truly did use an iOS device in that distant locale and time, Apple's various patent lawsuits against Samsung and others just got a whole lot harder to prosecute successfully.

No far from it, by exposing it was a long time ago then they have established that no 'prior art' from Samsung can exist. Now they will have to reveal that Apple are really a descendent of an evil Galactic Empire but all except Fanbois won't bat an Eyelid.

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MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

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Mushroom

Re: Do what we want, not what we say

Indeed if only they had been in power 10 years ago when all this wholesale tax avoidance really took off they could have nipped it in the bud. Instead of waiting until the bust they fuelled and watching every large UK based tax paying firm fold because their competitors didn't pay VAT or Corporation tax or if Bodyshopping income tax or NI.

I mean the workers party allowing wholesale sale of the Tax offices to a tax haven or sending out search parties to get cheap workers to gerrymander would be unthinkable.

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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would help if you were Bipolar

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Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

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Oh yes, 'Windows Tiles for Focus Groups' as an ATM.

I can see lots of vandalised ATMs.

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BOFH: GOATSE? No, I said goat fetis... you know what, forget it

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Coffee/keyboard

Nicely done

"Although thinking about it now I apologise for using the words 'got off' when talking about your goat fetish. That was inappropriate."

Keep it up!

Bravo

Encore

etc!!!!

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Boffins build R2-WEE-2: The urine-powered robot with a human-like heart

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Coat

Has to be done!

“I, for one, welcome our new urine drinking overlords”

Cool edit features (if you are quick off the mark) thanks!

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The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

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Re: AhIm

Let me guess you renamed 'Chairman' to be 'Chair' or 'Chairperson' in your business?

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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Usual government tosh.

There is a deposit scheme Landlords have to use. Its Government mandated and provided by the usual suspects.

https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit-protection

If both the Landlord and the Tennant have to register with this and be verified (proper certificates, insurance, ID etc ) just like the DVLA do with cars and you extend it to hold deposits half the fraud, non compliance and identity issues associated with renting would disappear. The minimal fees required for this would be worth it for tenants and landlords.

Renting or subletting without using the deposit scheme would be illegal.

of course its easier to make the landlords take the blame for poor immigration control.

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Apple patents technology to STALK YOU in your own HOME

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Homeeasy have light socket receivers (no wiring) and battery powered PIR.

http://www.homeeasy.eu/Receivers/

Phillips & co are doing similar.

Plenty of tools to run on raspberry pi to do this.

have fun.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

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Re: Proprietary garbage

They probably do write for SIP etc but Skype had too much market share to ignore.

Microsoft seem to have pulled the rug from under their feet with no way to replace the functionality their customers have now.

If M$ had said in 2 years the API will be deprecated ,

it will be replaced by URIs,

please work with us to make URIs a suitable replacement,

APIs will be retired in 4 years.

Then there would be no problem.

Its M$ targeting their feet again.

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

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Re: I do like how...

That's internship for you!

Prepares you for the reality of work life.

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