* Posts by DaLo

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

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Connected Cars

Connected cars, for example, will need near-instant response times if they are to avoid accidents. I would hope that connected cars are not reliant on an internet access connection to avoid accidents and are using a peer to peer real-time communication technology where intercar communication is needed.

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Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

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Re: Last minute revisions are just that...

"So, from 15 pages to upwards of 300..."

I think you may have mis-read that part?

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Mozilla mulls Superfish torpedo

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Re: Deeper problem

"The issue is there's no way to tell a "fake" certificate from a "trusted" one"

Your Browser or PC could tell by checking the signature of the certificate for a site from a known good, external source first and then comparing to the signature you are seeing. If they don't match then there is an issue.

Therefore the first visit to https://mybank.com comapres the digital signature to the signature seen by a trusted external host. If they match that signature is cached so the check isn't needed again for a set length of time, if it doesn't a warning is thrown.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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You seem to be misrembering Alistair. I was there supporting users of and using Quark in the early 2000s.

Quark 5 still did not have multiple undos, Quark was not releasing native OSX version. The CEO even had a rant about how dead the Mac Platform was.

The simple features that were available to users in Indesign that you had to jump through hoops for in Quark were numerous. As for PDF, I don't recall Adobe playing underhand with PDF and also I can't see it being much of an issue for the wider Graphics community. All printhouses had Quark anyway and it was very easy to create the separations required from it. No printhouse at the time required a PDF rather than a postscript or Quark file.

This article is very much how I remember it at the time http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/quarkxpress-the-demise-of-a-design-desk-darling/ especially the quote: "Quark repeatedly failed to make OS X-native versions of XPress—spanning versions 4.1, 5, and 6—but the company still asked for plenty of loot for the upgrades. With user frustration high with 2002’s Quark 5, CEO Fred Ebrahimi salted the wounds by taunting users to switch to Windows if they didn’t like it, saying, “The Macintosh platform is shrinking." Ebrahimi suggested that anyone dissatisfied with Quark's Mac commitment should "switch to something else.""

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"...it could be said that the once-universal page layout package of the 1980s and 1990s, QuarkXPress, wasn’t killed off by its direct competitor InDesign, but by Photoshop."

I don't think this is entirely accurate. QuarkXPress was ridiculously dominant at the time and the core printroom features were quite solid but as graphic design was now in the mainstream the usability of it was poor. Due to the verticals that Quark had penetrated from designer to printroom it needed much more than just a cheaper option to unseat it. Quark really felt like they had become lazy and complacent and even features like multiple undos were missing - in such a tinkering type of package like a desktop publisher you found you couldn't roll back unless you saved very regularly.

InDesign was a breath of fresh air and looked at it from the opposite end. It made things useful and simple for the user even though it wasn't quite as strong on the back end output. Once designers had used it for a little while they struggled to go back to Quark. Printers caught on and readily installed it and suddenly the vertical market for Quark was broken. They didn't react quick enough to the competition and didn't see it coming.

Quark killed off QuarkXpress themselves by becoming blazé and belligerent. Designers are difficult bunch to pull away from their favourite tools and never seemed to manage change well so to suggest their staple program "QuarkXpress" was not the best tool for the job and Indesign was better was not an easy task, especially with all the legacy artwork that would need changing and updating.

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: FOSS for all...

To be honest Phil, I don't think it would make any difference to the overall costs...

The license fees or proprietary nature are not the problem here. The costs are for consultancy, development and support. These are larger super-enterprisey projects with all the usual super-enterprisey costs.

The fact is there are few companies that can deliver the large contracts these departments think they want with all the vagueness of Government and are an approved supplier. The suppliers set themselves up for a ride on the gravy train when these contracts surface and that is what they get. Using FOSS would just move some of the money from the "licence cost" column into the "Open source advisor team" column.

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WhatDaHell, WhatsApp? Student claims 'stalker' tool shows security flaws

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Not really sure why they need any massive picture on the (any) story unless it is actually part of the news story. It's just a waste of space and bandwidth.

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Top EU court: Ryanair data barrel must be left unscraped

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"I wonder if this would not be the way for newspapers to prevent Google News from scraping "

It is as simple as writing two lines of text to a robots.txt file in the root of your website - it'll literally takes 1 minute to do.

User-agent: Googlebot-News

Disallow: /

Yes, yes I know what you're thinking "if it is that easy why is there such massive fuss and legislation being passed in various countries to stop Google's vicious news site from accessing all their lovely content?"

Why indeed? I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to ponder that one!

PS: if any new article website wants to pay me just 50% of their lawyers rate for trying to stop Google News I will do this change for them and stop the nasty Google News in it's tracks without risking a court appearance.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Re: misleading title?

I completely agree with you but Google did take Wave out of invitation beta and opened it up to everyone before shutting it down a few months later.

So I wouldn't definitely say that pulling something out of experimental means a whole lot either way, it was probably just to free up resources in X and see if a commercial department can make anything out of it.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Let's be fair here

Take a maglev train combine it with the cash tubes that you may see next to cash registers in some stores and you have some of the basic and proven principles for this venture.

I would expect by now, if they are considering the nausea of passengers while going around a corner they have decided that it is feasible from a technology perspective.

From a legislative, cost, time, rights perspective it may be a completely different matter. However if Musk reckons he can make something affordably, he does have some experience in that matter. As long as he and everyone else hasn't convinced themselves that all he touches turns to Gold.

In the end I would much prefer to see a billionaire spend his money on majorly outlandish projects that have a chance of success than either the Government wasting it, the billionaire squirreling it away and spending it on artwork, properties and small islands or the plans being shelved indefinitely because no-one had the balls to give it a go.

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Microsoft CAL licensing

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Re: Microsoft CAL licensing

You obviously didn't read the Microsoft post or maybe just have difficulty comprehending topics. Either way pointing out a ridiculous post by Microsoft's own licensing team is not moaning.

I know a lot more about Microsoft licensing than you appear to however that was not the point of the post - just read the article and the comments and then maybe you can actually add something useful to this thread?

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Re: Microsoft CAL licensing

I would say that no-one is paying for them, which is why that post is so ridiculous.

If that was an enforced claim then no-one at all would be able to use Microsoft as a Web Server outside of a brochureware site.

Also, you couldn't run a WiFi hotspot in a cafe if you just happened to be using your DHCP server on a Windows Server to allocate private IPs. It would bankrupt you.

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Microsoft CAL licensing

This article was written in March but I've only just seen it while searching for something else. http://blogs.technet.com/b/volume-licensing/archive/2014/03/10/licensing-how-to-when-do-i-need-a-client-access-license-cal.aspx.

This is written by Microsoft Licensing team and would be very troubling reading for anyone who uses device CALs, hosts a web server which allows user logins or uses MS Server for their DHCP service.

It states, I kid you not, that every device that gets a DHCP address from an MS server needs either a device CAL or the user needs a User CAL!. It also specifically states that a printer that is attached to the network and its users print via an MS print queue, have the drivers delivered by GPO and/or gets its IP from DHCP needs a device CAL unless every user of that printer has a user CAL.

It also states that if you host a website and the users log in (not to Active Directory, just log in to create to add something to their basket) then they each need an External Connector CAL!!! Yes, you have 50,000 visitors a year to your website logging in to buy something - that'll be a CAL for each of them.

Have they gone barmy? Surely a CAL should only be needed if that user or device needs authentication via Active Directory?

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Microsoft haved stated that you need a licence for every user that picks up a DHCP address from a Windows based DHCP server whether that user access the network or files on the server or not.

They have also said that every printer that is managed via windows needs a licence and also that if you have a website hosted on a Windows server that uses any kind of login (whether that login is linked to an Active directory or just your own SQLite user DB) you need a licence for every public person that accesses your site.

Yes, I am not making this up - if you use IIS and there is any form of login, you need a windows CAL for every visitor!

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/12/01/DaLo_Microsoft_CAL_licensing/

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Re: There is no requirement on digital content

@Mike Bell I don't have an iPhone to hand so couldn't check, just going by the story. However does it say this explicitly before you start the download? You have to be told this and agree to this specific term before the download starts, not just a catch-all ToC.

Also when this was introduced users were reporting that they could get a no quibble refund within 14 days even on apps that they had downloaded and played. The app also didn't auto-delete, it was just removed from "my purchases".

It may be that they are working on the explicit confirmation part but are allowing 14 day refunds up until then.

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There is no requirement on digital content

The strange thing is that there is no requirement of 14 days to refund a digital content delivery once the product has started to be downloaded or streamed as long as a few simple terms are met.

Therefore as soon as a user buys an app, ebook or streaming movie, as long as they were told that the download would start instantly and therefore they lose their 14 day window, when purchasing there is no obligation to allow a 14 day refund window.

If you can purchase an e-book without immediately downloading or reading it then you get 14 days, but as soon as you start reading it or downloading it your refund window ceases to exist.

I think Apple have misread the rules, or are being ridiculously generous (I would be surprised if it was the latter).

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Oracle, the King of Cloud? Maybe in Ellison's world

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Re: Grow the cloud, ignore the rest

Yes, not only is it more difficult to get out but at least with an onsite system you can create your own tool to migrate data. You can also do this where your cloud acts just as a data store. However once your only access to the application is a web front end you may find that it is impossible to retrieve the underlying data (some of which you may be required to retain for x years for compliance purposes).

Therefore you may find that legally it is impossible to stop using your cloud service and the only way to get out of it is to phoenix the company and start again - quite a dramatic move.

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Google vows: Earth will VANISH in 2015

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Re: Rather evil, if you ask me

Hmm, show me one developer who hadn't heard that NPAPI had been deprecated and was becoming obsolete in the near future.

It's been well over a year since Google announced it was being killed off in Chrome. Devs might have been waiting for a new API - they'll probably get one as part of an update to the Maps API, but I don't think anyone was under any illusion that the existing API was going to be a single NPAPI hold-out while the main architecture was killed off around it.

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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@Khaptain Re: Talking of plain English

"The watch strap/buckle would rub/click/clank on the desk, catch on the mousepad ( if anyone still remembers what they are) and generally be a damned nuisance."

[talking about why to use it on the right wrist on the left] "I feel that certain tasks are much easier "the other way round"."

These two statements seem to show an inconsistency.

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Brits conned out of nearly £24m in phone scams IN ONE YEAR

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ORLY, DCI Stokes?

"DCI Perry Stokes, head of specialist policing unit the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU), warned people that they always needed to be on their guard when asked for financial details on the phone.

“The bank or the police will never tell you to take such actions, so if you’re asked it can only be a criminal attack..."

Complete rubbish. Still, today, some banks will ring you up and start the conversation with "I just need to ask you some security questions before we start..."

DCI Stokes needs to be speaking to the banks to stop this practice as they can't tell someone to never answer any financial or security questions to unknown callers when the banks themselves ask those very questions.

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

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Re: Not surprising...

Also be aware that you can buy a Server from one of the big name brands and get their ROK version of Windows Server. This is essentially an OEM version but you can buy it with the hardware and not pre-installed. This can also be downgraded and you can get the media for the downgraded version direct from the manufacturer.

You also have the opportunity to buy multiple ROK licenses and over-licence a sever; Why would you do this?

Well consider this scenario. You have your aging 2003 servers and the hardware should probably get a refresh and you fancy incorporating a bit of redundancy. You have 5 servers currently. You could go out and buy 2 x new servers with SMB specs to replace them all. Buy 3 x ROK for each which will give you 6 VM licences on each for your required server version (2008R2 for instance).

You now have the ability to run up to 6 servers virtually on each server with no further cost. You might normally run 3 on one and 2 on the other but if one host fails you can switch them all over to one host (even keeping the extra VMs dormant on one machine). You can fire up test versions of any server to test out new upgrades, security patches, configurations etc. You could even try out server 2012 in core mode as a test server to see if you can manage it fully remotely and not need to touch the GUI (which would be the recommended option for any 2012 install, imo)

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: I seem to remember

"... in some depth"

Aha, I see what you did there, very well played.

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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There isn't a projector on it, that is a different model.

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Hacker Hammond's laptop protected by pet password

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Re: Good Grief

It doesn't matter how strong your Register password is - even if it's 200 random characters long, it's as unsafe as everyone else's until the web techs running this site work out how to implement SSL and Situation Publishing can afford the $150 for an SSL certificate.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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" If another network has coverage and your customers can use that, the incentive goes away"

Apart from the fact that you (as an MNO) will have to pay for each of your customers to use that other provider. So you either decide to provide a mast, pay the upfront costs but save the regular subscriber access costs to a third party (whilst also getting income form another MNOs customers) or you just settle with paying the regular costs to give your subscribers access.

If Vodafone only have 2,000 subscribers in an area (out of 8,000 total mobile users) and decide that providing a mast is not economical then they might actually decide to provide one if they also have access to a fee from all the other 6,000 users as well. Therefore it might provide an incentive for new masts in more rural areas as you can make some money out of them, rather than it being just a capital outlay.

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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Re: so once again

Is there a walled garden for OS X? I've always bought Creative Suite direct from Adobe.

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Re: OK so let me get this straight..

"I interpreted the article to mean that it may have got into the Apple ecosystem via jailbroken phones"

From the article: "WireLurker was used to trojanise (infect) 467 OS X applications on the Maiyadi App Store"

keywords: OS X applications

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Re: OK so let me get this straight..

From the first paragraph of the article:

"The largest-scale attack of its kind on OSX devices, believed the first to maliciously target non-jailbroken iPhones"

Keywords: OSX devices, non-jailbroken iPhones

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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If someone invests time, money and resources into trying something amazing that has sound theory then even if they fail it is still an advancement and good for society. That theory can be scrubbed out and we can move on (with their money at least being invested back in "the economy").

This applies to all things like space flight, self driving cars and concept devices.

However those that sit on a theory and don't proceed due to risk aversion, cost worries or general apathy don't really help anyone, they might even restrict anyone else from pursuing it.

Maybe the risk will pay off and make a fortune, however it is better a private, rich individual take that risk than the government squandering billions.

With Elon Musk , the jury is still out on whether electric cars can actually have as much market penetration as he hopes and become the primary vehicle power source of the near future. It is great that someone it ploughing lots of money into it to really try it out and try to prove the sceptics wrong. If he fails then most can be satisfied that it wasn't through a lack of trying.

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Who wants to be A MILLIONAIRE? Not so fast, Visa tells wannabe pay-by-bonk thieves

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Re: Same old response

They would have to state that clearly with every card sent out and probably provide the secure wallet or shield as well.

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Unless you have an amazing knowledge, aim and a *very* small nail you are also going to disable the standard chip functionality at the same time?

You could cut the antennae with a scalpel though.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: you can barely turn the undriven wheels by hand

It's surprising how many people think a car gets better MPG when going downhill if they go into neutral!

Leave any modern car in high gear with your foot off the accelerator and it will consume no fuel, in neutral it will need to maintain the engine idling.

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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If you are using IIS you can disable SSL 3.0 (only negatively affects IE 6 users) using registry scripts/powershell. The site below (no affiliation) has a number of powershell scripts (very easy to see the registry keys from them if you want to use the registry or GPO) that can disable SSL 3.0 as well as securing up SSL for a range of issues.

https://rootisthelimit.com/securing-ssl-configuration-in-iis/

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'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: bankruptcy

Not really. Once a company goes into administration the administrators will look to get the greatest value for the creditors in the short term (i.e. no 5 year plans here). Once they go into administration it will be a case of selling it off for a fraction of the worth or asset stripping.

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£150m, three years... TWO base stations. Gov.uk? You guessed it

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Re: Operators - Pah.

Yes, and would it have been that difficult to go to the site with a sim from each of th eoperators and just had a look whether there was a signal or not - *before* negotiating leases etc.

Probably about 3 days work if that, I would have done it over a week for £100k to save them some cash.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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Re: All aboard the redundancy train...again

In the short term it should create jobs rather than make staff redundant.

It is mergers that usually wipe out a large number of staff. A good merger should reduce costs as you don't need two separate departments like finance and don't need double the assets like buildings etc. So some of your fixed costs and operating expenditure is shared over two companies.

The reverse happens in a split and also each separate company will look to grow, possibly with new acquisitions, etc.

However, I would be surprised if the HP PC & Printer division lasts more than a few years so the redundancies might come anyway as someone else swallows them up or asset strips them.

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Re: Splitting is the wrong thing to do

But if almost no-one has an HP tablet and noone would be prepared to buy an HP tablet with the extra cost of iLO built-in then the company would have to buy them.

In that case you might as well just use Knox or MDM or the Apple BYOD tech and can lock down the workplace side themselves.

The enterprise and SMEs are the few remaining places where PCs are not going to go anywhere for a while so they might have been sensible to keep a pro range in the Enterprise sector. I think a natural expansion would've been into telecoms - IP desk phones and IP PBX systems along with video and audio conferencing an meetings. Consider the business as a whole and aim to fill it with kit which has added value when it is all from the HP (not from a user perspective, I hate lock-in but from their perspective)

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So HP Enterprise will now look focus on high-value service contracts, government projects and other such enterprisey stuff to realise their higher-than-inflation and higher-than-analyst-prediction quarterly growth figures. Eventually selling off their standard Proliant range server division (Hypervisors killing the lower end server market) and leaving their customers will increasing services costs or cast into the ether.

The new consumer division will wallow in a sink-or-swim (probably sink due to fewer people using printers and fewer using PCs) turmoil as the try to monetise every new hype that raises its head before being swallowed by Lenovo for a few bucks.

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Re: good

And this will make the drivers better, how?

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Harvey's law

Just to clarify - I wasn't stating that it was therefore legal or okay to do, it was specifically in response to interfering/jamming a radio signal, which may be the same to a lay person but might not be the same to an expert. Could a WiFi user who uses their hotspot the same channel and maximum permitted power as their neighbour be accused of signal interference - not while the device is operating as intended I would presume?

Whether it was legal or not, or more specifically under which law it would be prosecuted is still unknown as the hotel chain in question decided to pay to not find out and the FCC decided to accept the payment and not pursue it (If someone settles with a patent troll out of court doesn't mean they are guilty or the patent is valid, just that it is the most commercially attractive option).

However I would suggest that they could be prosecuted under laws relating to computer misuse/DoS/hacking/data interception etc rather than radio signal interference.

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Re: Harvey's law

They weren't interferring with the radio signal, they were doing it on the data layer.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: The road tax won't go...yet

"You know the electric and hybrid cars pay £0 VED, right?"

Today, while they are a niche, they do.

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Google wants to KILL apps with the 'Physical Web'

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Re: Have objects automatically sling ads at us?

But that is only if you choose to interact with that URL or use an App that sends all the details off to a server.

As it stated it would work more like QR codes, these are advertising themselves to you all around the place but it is only if you choose to use an app to read them to see the information they contain. The app you use to read them could be a passive barcode reader or it could be one which analyses what you look at.

If you actually visit the URL then they will know that you have, but this would be the same if you typed in a URL on the front of the vending machine.

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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One of the 1st lines in the article...

"Google to remove links to defamatory information from its search results globally."

.co.uk is not a global domain it is a regional domain. The headline states "Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom". The global dotcom is .com.

Otherwise they would've asked Google to remove it from their global dotcom and every one of their regional domains. Unless you can translate the ruling better then I don't think they did.

Even if they are, you take out the biggest search engine then work down.

Yes, that's what I said they would have to do, ridiculous isn't it (that will involve an awful lot of court cases and a lot of wasted court time)?

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It's a bit different to pirated content in this context though. Movies, music etc are hosted by thousands of sites and a peer-to-peer network. I would presume this content is on one site (or maybe a couple). If it was on many sites or likely to be moved around as soon as one site closed down (as with pirated content) then ordering a link to be removed would be a never ending recursive process anyway.

I would presume a defamatory case could only be heard on and ruled on if the defendant could be traced and have a right to defend themselves.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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I would guess the rolling upgrade does the same thing but automated - bit like CAU with powershell automation. Otherwise it wouldn't be advertised just for Clusters but include single Hyper-V hosts.

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