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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

Just a geek

A thought just crossed my mind

If Microsoft cannot handle the DNS requests for No-ip can they not scale them out to Azure and if not, is Azure not fit for purpose?

This little cock up should come back and bite them hard.

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Still not working for me either.

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VMware to offer converged compute and storage hardware

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Trollface

Worst logo ever........

Seriously, it looks like VMWare are trying to give birth to something......

Oh maybe they are....

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Ignore the pie-in-the-sky storage roadmaps. This is what's REALLY afoot

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Fully agree with point 7. I really can't see the point of FCoE. If you want to chuck data down ethernet cables then you can go iSCSI and 10GBE. If you want FC then you can go pure FC. Having a middle ground with FCoE just seems like a solution to a problem that no one has.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

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WTF?

A shade over two years after Elop made huge swathes of ex-Symbian folk redundant following on from the burning platforms memo and decided that the way forward was Microsoft......

WTF as an icon because this is a WTF situation.

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Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

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The cloud is a wonderful resource but when you use it please do remember that it's someone elses hardware and the chances of that someone else caring as much about your data is pretty much zero. Even private cloud service providers will operate like that, after all, unused capacity is a loss of money to them so please do your due diligence and make sure that when the cloud platform falls over you have your own backup/DR/Replicas ready to go.

On another note 'The UK's 2e2 cloud service collapsed in February with users asked to pay up to $40,000 extra to get their data back.' - anyone have a link for that?

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

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WTF?

Re: Do what we want, not what we say

I would 'suck it up' if I wasn't paying tax on everything.

Get paid by work - it's taxed.

Put money into my savings account - it's taxed

Buy something at the shop - it's taxed

Order something online - it's taxed

Pay my bills - they are taxed

And my MP? Well, they are in various tax avoidance schemes and have expense funds to handle all that.

Something is very wrong somewhere.

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FAIL

So, According to our lords and masters we should boycott amazon because they use the law and tax loopholes to avoid tax?

Well, you know who else use the same loopholes? MP's.

So lets compare the two.

I can order goods from Amazon which arrive, normally on schedule. If something goes wrong I can speak to someone and they'll replace the goods with no fuss or argument. They also provide things like AWS.

My MP - A tax scrounging, expense stealing parasite that I am banned from speaking to.

Which one would I rather see avoid tax? Neither of them but for service Amazon wins out, therefore this bunch of MP's can go screw themselves rather than the electorate.

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EMC tries to snuff out SolidFire before tomorrow's XtremIO-gasm

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As one of the few people here who has installed a solidfire cluster my comment is that it's "not bad". It's an iSCSI only cluster than is all SSD and provides a max of 15,000 IOPS per volume. It has a few limitations at the moment but it's still quite new.

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Wanted: IT world domination. Can Spiceworks succeed?

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I hope spiceworks does succeed. It's the only place on the internet that I know of where multiple vendors and users can come together to share information. It's a fairly level playing field like that. It deserves to succeed.

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Microsoft CEO shortlist claim: It's just Elop, Bates, Mulally, Nadella and...

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Devil

Part of me would like to see Elop get it. It would be fun to see him break up the company and sell it to Apple..... ;)

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Nice job, technology. Now we have to work FIVE TIMES HARDER

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It's a shame that many companies still insist on daily attendance at the office. Even with high speed internet access and remote working there are many managers who think that 'work from home' means 'take a sneaky day off' and there is no tech to improve that trust.

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Flash cheaper than disk? 'Customers aren't buying that', says NetApp CEO

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We had a presentation of flashray and I was kinda left with a 'meh' impression and I think that Georgens is wrong with his 'you can't have idle data on flash' because with flash you may pay more per gb but you pay less in power, cooling and rack space.

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Skyera unveils rival-crushing 21PB-a-rack flash monster

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Happy

Re: Apart from the NSA...

640kb was referring to RAM, not storage.

Anyway, provide the storage and the users will eat it :)

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

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The Americans certainly haven't welcomed them and I was told by a meter reader that they have a habit of picking up every spike, especially those from older appliances which generate a voltage spike when turned on which leads to much higher bills.

I was 'surveyed' for one of these meters the other day and I'll be doing what I can to resist having it installed.

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Ofcom fines TalkTalk AGAIN - a whopping £750k over 'abandoned calls' gaffe

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good on Ofcom. Next time make the fine higher.

Oh I'm so surprised. TalkTalk deserve this. I had one dealing with them a few years back where they took on my phone line without consent. The sales drone had forged my signature!

A few months back one of the TalkTalk sales drones knocked on my door and promised me that 'it is all different now'. It seems that OFCOM has proven that TalkTalk are as disgusting and shady as ever.

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Tech is the biggest problem facing archiving

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Flame

There are actually places that have older style drives to be able to recover data from those tapes sitting out at places like iron mountain at the moment. Of course, one issue here is that to recover data from 10 years ago - or more but it goes a lot further than just the tape drives.

so, once we've found the tape drive that we need we'd then need to find the tape(s) and hope they work.. hang on, how do we restore it? Ok, we need to build a server so we need the correct software - maybe even the patch version. Where do we get that? The supplier doesn't exist any more (or has been bought out). We've got the server backed up on tape but are now in a chicken and egg situation and even if we get the server back we may well need the domain as some backup products (netbackup for example) will use the domain SID to generate an encryption key.

You did keep the passwords for the domain somewhere safe didn't you and not just on the tape????

Long term archive presents a whole series of problems. Tape format and machines to read it are just one of those problems.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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Stop

It is... extremely badly drafted and almost certainly too absurd to be taken seriously.

Sounds like a lot of legislation that then becomes law.

this is a crazy thing to focus on though, if they haven't defined what pornography is it'll hit girlie mags and the chippendales.

I'll also add that there are other places where sex is banned - certain religious establishments for example and it's worked oh so well for them hasn't it?

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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FAIL

Re: Vote with the old wallet, theyll learn (probably)

One reason I'll never buy this game is the requirement to use someone else's server. What happens when EA decide to close the servers down? In five years time you'll own a game you can't play.

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Commvault disgorges ginormous flood of biz data-furtling software

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Alert

So when are netapp moving away from their snapmanager products and using simpanas? We all know it's coming and it was supposed to be announced in Feb but so far nothing.

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Microsoft's own code should prevent an Azure SSL fail: So what went wrong?

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Windows

Re: SysAdmins versus Ops versus Sec

Why mess around with a spreadsheet? Surely networking monitoring/syslog/SNMP must have the ability to say <8 weeks remaining on this cert and send out an alert/change an icon to yellow/something to draw attention to the issue?

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Apple: iOS 6.1 network overload caused by our Exchange SYNC OF DOOM

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Alert

"That flooded networks with packet traffic and burned through 3G mobile data allowances"

So does that make Apple liable for the expense? Could be an interesting court case.

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Microsoft! Bing! must! make! Yahoo! more! money! moans! Mayer!

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Meh

"

Yahoo!

Remind me what do they actually do ?"

And that is the big question. They are kinda search, kinda forums but don't have a focus anywhere. They need to pick a direction and a service then sell that. Right now they are doing several different things and all of them are terrible.

'Meh' Because that's exactly how I feel about yahoo.

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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having a home test lab is a great idea and a necessary expensive IMO. However, it would help if the vendors made 'it lab' license versions available otherwise you've either got trailware or borrowed licence keys.

Another thing vendors could do to help is to allow IT folk access to some of the simulators they have. Both Netapp and VNX have simulators but you already have to have a support contract which strikes me as slightly crazy.

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Axed staffers hijack HMV Twitter account: 'We're tweeting LIVE from HR'

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Megaphone

I liked the 'technically illegal unpaid intern bit'. Why highlight that now and not two years ago when it was actually happening?

It seems that she was ok with the HMV dodgy dealings when she had a job but as soon as she is under threat up goes all the accusations.

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Silly gits upload private crypto keys to public GitHub projects

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Management Pressure?

I don't think it's all idiots or people being careless, I think a lot of it is down to 'Get It Done' pressure that people are under these days. Management need something done urgently so sysadmins will often find ways around various blocks to get it done with good intentions to fix it later but, of course, later never comes and so this is what you have.

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Nokia axes 300 IT bods, outsources 820 to Tata, HCL

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Meh

James47 - Hah! I remember that and all the moaning about them on the internal facebook tool (socialcircle or socialjerk or something it was called).

At least I got paid off by Nokia a year ago, rather that than getting shifted sideways into HCL. I feel for those left behind.

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Nokia to align IT function with its business focus

which with Nokia seems to be 'outsource it! outsource it!!'

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Vodafone goes titsup for BlackBerrys in mobile data outage

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FAIL

A single router is responsible for that much of a problem? what happened to eliminating single points of failure?

Blackberry, O2, Blackberry again........ not good.

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Build a BONKERS test lab: Everything you need before you deploy

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Happy

Talking of the HP Microservers this is my set up:

5 N40L's - two with 8GB running FreeNAS for replicated storage, three with 16GB (Yes, it's possible http://n40l.wikia.com/wiki/Memory) running VMWare ESX. All have three NICs and they plug into a managed gig switch.

So costs?

5 N40L's with the cashback = £500. Lets say £600 including delivery.

RAM - 4 x 4GB = £105.58

RAM - 6 x 8GB = £312

FreeNAS hard drives = 10 x 2TB = £1600 (7.1tb usable per NAS box if you use RAID5).

10 Intel CT Nics = £423.6

Netgear Gigabit managed switch GS748T = £297.58

Total = £3338.76 not including money back from selling the old RAM on ebay.

The article says the total was $7965 which works out to £4901.77 and I'd say that the N40L route is a better route because of the options for different configurations, scenarios, etc.

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Help-desk hell

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FAIL

Re: Virgin Media Drone

Oh I can beat that with a BT internet drone.

I was having issues sending email did a few checks to find that the BT SMTP server wasn't accepting traffic on port 25 like it normally does so I phone up the disservice desk to tell them that the SMTP server is out of action. The drone refuses to listen without going through the script then she decides that she can help me if she can take remote control of the PC.

So, as I had nothing better to do I let her take remote control of my PC.

She clicks on Start -> Run -> CMD -> IPCONFIG

up comes my IP address 172.16.1.X

She says....... 'Oh that's your problem Sir, BT use 192.168.Y.Z IP ranges. You are not connected to the internet'.

Even when I pointed out that I must be connected to the internet thanks to the powers of a NATTed router and how could she be accessing my PC if I wasn't she wasn't having any of it and insisted that I needed to change my IP address to a valid one.........

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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WTF?

It's scary how uneducated and easily lead some youth appear to be in this day. We've had so many 'end of the world' predictions that it would be comical if people weren't actually taken in.

those peddling such schemes should be arrested or something. they are evil, manipulative so and so's preying on the weak minded in much the same way as any other confidence trickster.

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Files aren’t property, says US government

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Alert

So if files are not property of the owner does that mean that all US govt files are also not property of the US Govt? If so, doesn't that mean that they should all be freely accessible?

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Google whips away card, leaves just clouds in your Wallet

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'there will be a monthly charge of $2 in order to bleed out remaining credit (or encourage users to spend it)'

Err why not refund whats unspent at the end of Jan 2013 or something? I don't know how many people use this system but even a few thousand x $2 x y months could be quite a tidy sum.

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Apple's iCloud goes titsup, email evaporates for unlucky 1%

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Users affected 1.1% - sounds really harmless doesn't it? Apple really should list geographical locations and/or actual numbers. They are using stats to hide real figures.

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McAfee splats bug that knocked punters offline

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Unhappy

Ah good glad that one is fixed. I mean, it's only the fourth (or more?) times that McAfee have released an update thats broken a PC. Anyone recall the definition file that required an engine upgrade? If you didn't upgrade the engine the definition file would trash McAfee and cause PC problems.

Or the Engine update that tanked the PC

or the definition update that broke the application

and so on. McAfee are a joke now.

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O2 dropped the ball in Olympic cycle race Twitter fiasco

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FAIL

I had train delays in Stratford a week prior to the Olympics and you'd think that just a week before the big event I'd be able to get a mobile signal to call my wife and tell her? Nope. Not a thing. I had to walk away from Stratford before I picked a signal up so O2 not having the capacity over at box hill doesn't surprise me. If they are asking people to stop using services then they have failed as mobile carrier network.

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Sally Ride, trailblazing Shuttle astronaut, dies at 61

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Unhappy

She had no role in the design of the robot arm. That was built in canada and it was Julie Payette that had most invovlement.

Sally rides death is another terrible blow to the shuttle programme which itself is now dead.

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Fear not, Linux admins: There are TOOLS to help you

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I like webmin

It's handy for the initial config of a linux box and for getting an overview. For the low level stuff then I agree that cli is better.

I also tend to turn off the linux firewall though because these are internal boxes so don't need a firewall. Oddly enough, the only linux box with the firewall on is the one in the testlab as thats mimicing a live environment that uses hardware firewalls.

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Up the ZIL LANE to the Beach Volleyball changing rooms with BONG!

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Alert

This article -> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2176371/London-2012-Olympics-Ministers-ordered-use-public-transport-chauffeured-cars.html?ito=feeds-newsxml <- Says that MPs have been told to use public transport - if so, just what are the Zil lanes for?

The DM article adds 'But furious MPs have said they would rather watch the Games on TV than cram onto the underground or buses, which would leave them too grumpy to schmooze their guests.'

Now, who can say 'Out of touch fat cats'?

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AWS says disk is to cloud as tape is to disk

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Isn't the answer tiered storage then? SSD for cache for frequently accessed data, SAS then SATA with auto-tiering to handle it all?

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E-Cat pitching cold fusion to Australians

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Trollface

I agree with keep following it. Always good when a scam is exposed.

"However, the E-Cat has been a hit among green energy enthusiasts as a "save the world" technology."

Proof that the green energy lot really are as stupid as they look.

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Olympics security cockup down to software errors - report

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Facepalm

"the security firm offered to fulfill the contract at a price 25% less than that of competitors"

With 25% less staff? I wonder if that was planned from the start.... Certainly agree with the above comments about G4S blaming technology. If the tech was such an issue why wasn't it picked up when the first 1,000/2,000 were recruited?

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O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters

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Flame

The O2 situation seems to be getting worse. There is still an outage, calls are being dropped rather than going to voicemail. The O2 website is titsup.com and the call centre staff went home at 8pm (And it costs 5p per min to call them).

Meanwhile on Twitter the O2 account says 'Engineers are working hard to fix it' but there is no ETA. We are not some 10 hours into the outage. At this point they should have an idea of the root cause and an ETA.

Heads need to roll and there needs to be an investigation.

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Unhappy

On O2 or rather not on O2 this evening as I have no connection at all. The O2 website just tries to sell stuff rather than having an update there so you have to go to 'http://status.o2.co.uk/' which might or might not work depending on how busy the server is.

Clicking on 'Contact Us' gives this:

'Knowledge Server is temporarily busy. Please try again.'

If the measure of a company is in how well than handle an outage then O2 have a lot of work to do for the next time.

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Behind every great athlete is a nervous network engineer

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Time to move the paralympics?

If countries have the paralympics before the main event rather than after it'll be a good test of security, systems and infrastruture.

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BT broadband packs up again - second big outage in a fortnight

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Unhappy

Had an outage in Maidstone a few weeks back - one that was never listed on BT really crap status page and often in the evenings the system creaks to a halt. Maybe time for a new vendor as it seems that BT isn't keeping pace with the requirements of the users?

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Microsoft silently kills silent, automatic Skype install via Updates

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FAIL

A repeat of Windows Update Mistakes from years back

which the security/WSUS teams spent a considerable amount of time fixing. This comment on the technet forum seems to sum it up:

'This is now a confirmed issue, and since remediated by expiring the Skype update. In short, the Skype team screwed up the package. The really sad part is that apparently nobody actually tested the package against a machine that did not already have Skype installed.'

How did the Skype team get an update package into the main distribution channel without the updates team being able to test/see the results of a test plan. Bad, bad practice all round.

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Major London problem hits BT broadband across southeast

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FAIL

BT seriously need to sort out their outage reporting process. Kent was listed as one place as affected by one tool but not another and for most of yeterday evening broadband was slower than dial up.

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Nokia Lumia 900 WinPho 7 smartphone

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bigger screen but I see that the text still doesn't fit - the 's' on 'Games' still goes off the right hand side.

I know its 'design' and 'chic' but I just find it ugly and broken.

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