* Posts by TheVogon

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Why does Uber keep its drivers' pay so low? Ex-CFO: 'Cos we can'

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Re: Ah, yes. "Capitalism"

"their enormous net worth will more than cover your medical bills"

What medical bills? Health care is free in all civilised first world countries...

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Re: Two year mandatory EU warranty

In the UK you typically have rights under law equivalent to a 5 year warranty.

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MS Azure Stack. It's like Azure Pack but with even more cloudiness

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Quite correct, but many of us have Windows OSs that are already individually licenced, or legacy *NIX OSs that we want to virtualise...

And even if you to buy need DataCentre Edition licences, it still makes more sense to run Hyper-V Server for reasons b) and c).

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Powered by Windows Server?

Shame then if there is no option to use Hyper-V Server which is a) completely free for all Hyper-V features, b) has a smaller attack surface, and c) requires less patching / fewer reboots.

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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Re: Am I the only one

"want to watch City v United 3pm on a Saturday? Go the game. Can't? MediumWave radio it is!"

ALL Premier League matches are televised. Just not in the UK...

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Get ready: 'Critical' Adobe Reader patches coming on Tuesday 12 May

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"does anybody know the difference between "pre-announced plans" as the article states, and the good old fashioned "announced plans"?"

"Pre-announced" generally means that you give an outline warning in advance of the details.

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Choc Factory finds 84,000 ad injectors targeting Chrome

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Re: Picture Grr!

Glad I use IE + a Tracking Protection List to block this sort of crap.

Cant see that this is particularly news worthy for a browser like Chrome that's basically adware by design though.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Re: Answer: The hosts file.

"Answer: The hosts file. "

That can only block whole sites, and not intelligently match urls....Not an effective filtering method for many sites that host both content and adverts.

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"Unfortunately, that will leave Edge users with virtually no ability to adjust the browser's behavior or add new features. (We're looking at you, AdBlock.) The new browser supports neither ActiveX controls nor Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), which developers could use to extend Internet Explorer with plugins and add-on toolbars, respectively."

But no one needs to use any of these things to block adverts in IE. It has great built in advert filtering which can use the same blocking list as Adblock via the "Tracking Protection" feature. As far as I can see this will still be supported in Microsoft Edge as it does not seem to be on the list of removed features.

See http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Browser/TrackingProtectionLists/

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Yow! It's the HOT NEW 'Collections' from Google! Oh wait ... it's a Google+ thing

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Re: Not dead (yet?)

"There are lots of makers and open source communities taking to G+"

So presumably of no interest for normal people with a life then...

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Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

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Re: Dunno, have they fixed outlook?

"it seems that outlook 2010 really doesn't like it when you get mailboxes in the 5+ Gb area."

Nope that's fine. Default limit is 50GB. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/982577

If you have with 5GB mailboxes then the issue probably isn't directly caused by Outlook. So your Office staff might well be right. (Assuming you have deployed all "recommended" Office updates from Windows Update of course...)

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: Another New 'Feature'

"And now we know what sort of person pays attention to browser benchmarks."

The sort of person that makes the decision what someone like you gets on their corporate desktop...

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Re: Another New 'Feature'

Just seen the benchmarks. Edge is faster than any other browser and it isn't even out of beta yet!

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Marvell: We don't want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it's way too much

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Re: Patents: Sought by the Wright brothers while Europe built planes

""!The corporate ownership of the US is so successful that for instance over half of Americans still don't acknowledge that Global Warming is real " ... one track mind hey? and tunnel vision for good effect."

This is actually true. The majority of Americans are just as ignorant regarding the facts of anthropomorphic global warming as they are on say geography:

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/06/37-of-americans-cant-find-america-on-a-map-2676508.html

LOL @ "Despite Americans’ seemingly underdeveloped sense of their own geography, history and domestic policy, they did score high points on the issue of patriotism, calling America .....“a place to definitely explore when I finally get my passport” (22 percent).”"

Also see http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/05/0502_060502_geography.html

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Re: Hmm something fishy about Sturgeon

"If you ask the average Spaniard here 'Where is Scotland?'"

And if you ask the average Scotsman about NATO, they think you are referring to one of their alcoholic friends who lost a foot due to diabetes...

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Re: Oil based economy?

"Scotland contributes 9.6% of UK tax revenue "

Isn't that counting oil and gas? Which Scotland doesn't actually produce - it just happens to be offshore. And of course is now much lower in revenue. And much of the receipts of which would be tied up paying off your share of the national debt. GERS has estimated Scotland's share of debt would be £92 billion which is 62% of estimated GDP.

According to the BBC as a percentage of the UK, Scotland contributes 8.2% in taxes (excluding North Sea oil and gas revenue), but receives 9.3% of government spending.

Also Scotland has among the shortest life expectancies in Western Europe - meaning that your future social and healthcare costs would be huge.

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Microsoft: Office 365 IT admins get free device-wrangling controls

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No wonder Blackberry's share price plummeted over 7% yesterday. Microsoft have completely stuck it to them with this - providing for "free" what is now Blackberry's core revenue model...

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Re: Ixquick does not record it's users' IP addresses at all, so I ...

"DuckDuckGo is a winner, too."

Which is basically Bing with a wrapper...

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Re: I'm still as confused....

"They can do this as the result of a court order as in this case"

No they can't. EU law takes precedence:

http://www.informationweek.com/regulations/datacell-wins-wikileaks-donation-case/d/d-id/1109688?

http://www.thisdayinwikileaks.org/category/datacell

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Microsoft gets data centres powered up for big UPS turn-off

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Re: not enough runtime

"AC is, I believe, more efficient to transport around a building."

So you don't transfer it around the building:

http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/210641/FCDC-TechReport.pdf

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"But the problem with fuel cells is they have to be run through Uninterruptible Power Supply units (UPSs) – and these cost big money and take up a lot of space."

Utter rubbish: http://www.bloomenergy.com/fuel-cell/mission-critical-data-center/

"A data centre powered by Bloom Energy eliminates the need for traditional backup equipment like diesel generators, UPS, batteries, and complex switchgear"

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Windows 10 apps to rule them all – phones, slabs and PCs: Microsoft pulls out 'universal' tool

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".Net projects written in [...] JavaScript

wait, what?"

.Net supports multiple languages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:.NET_programming_languages

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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"The authorities say the compensation will in part pay for the time spent going through their systems to change the passwords"

But they should be doing that regularly anyway!

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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Re: HDR?

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/lgs-oled-hdr-tv-shines-brighter/

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

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Re: Less is more, not

"she couldn't proceed as IE 11 was "unsupported"."

Next time, just press F12 for developer mode, choose the Emulation tab, and then select what version of IE (or other browser!) you want it to pretend to be.

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Patch Flash now: Google Project Zero, Intel and pals school Adobe on security 101

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The latest is 17.0.0.134

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Redmond's Patch Tuesday to kill off the Windows FREAK show

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"all with error code 80090017 sad day?"

This means you have a corrupt Windows Update database or install. See https://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

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France enacts law to block terror and child sexual abuse sites

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Re: Bet they will be as efficient as UK gov

"which will explain why sites are blocked, and offering information about remedies "

I'm sure Google / Bing will offer legions of proxies as a remedy.

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Assommer une taupe ?

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CZjb9ReW5c

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: Surface 2 with Win 8 RT-edition

"The primary annoyance is not being able to install an ad-blocker, thus making it less than useful for consuming ad-supported content (e.g. YouTube)."

IE's built in advert blocking works just fine. No need to use a third party product. I use the same block list as AdAware, plus the one that blocks Google.

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LOOK OUT - it's a GOOBER! Google's über-Uber robo apptaxi ploy

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Presumably these will the privacy equivalent of using Google Chrome and The Borg will target all of your personal information to make the most money possible out of you.

I for one expect to soon see lines of 'Borg-Mobiles' outside every strip club and whorehouse in town - so that Google can fully monetise targeting punters with adverts for one handed viewing material....

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: Begun the Ad Wars have

"And right there your plan falls apart for probably %80+ of the people visiting this site.

Current Internet Explorer PC desktop market share is about 58%, and probably higher for this site as many users will be using corporate desktops: http://www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=0&qpcustomd=0

"Open IE for anything but the intranet? Haha good one."

The last 3 major versions of IE have all been faster (on the SunSpider benchmark) than the current release of Chrome at the time of release and have also had far fewer security vulnerabilities over time than Chrome. And more importantly to me, they don't report your browsing habits back to The Borg like Chrome does. Oh - and as above Ad Blocking is built in (and is extremely fast).

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Re: Begun the Ad Wars have

No need to use something like Ad Block on IE. Ad blocking is built in:

• Open IE11 in Modern or Desktop mode

• Bring up the Charms bar (swipe from the right)

• Tap 'Settings'

• Select 'Privacy'

• Tap 'Add Tracking Protection Lists' and select an appropriate block list. EasyList Standard is the same list that powers the Adblock Plus plugin. Recommended also is 'Stop Google Tracking,' which gets around Google's circumventing of IE's privacy preferences.

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Google boffins PROVE security warnings don't ... LOOK! A funny cat!

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Re: POPUP ALERT!

Always good to start a story with nice pussy shot.

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NXP flings sueball at Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

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Re: Going for Chip company

"“It's interesting that they're going for a chip company and not a product manufacturer.”

Well firstly Microsoft have one of the largest relevant patent collections on the planet, so NXP would risk being spanked into orbit by return fire, and secondly Microsoft don't so far even use Bluetooth or NFC on the Xbox one AFAIK so any 'damages' would likely be minimal.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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"Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10"

That's probably what Service Pack 1 (or whatever they decide to call the first major point release) will fix! Disagree on the ugly though - I think it looks pretty cool already.

Microsoft's recent OSs have all been useable and very stable out of the door, but there are always plenty of things to improve, clean up and optimise later...

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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Re: Wasn't Flash supposed to be history by now?

"Microaoft doesn't even manage to reach circular orbit around this kind of deadline."

You must have missed:

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/2755801

Less than 24 hours from vulnerability to shipped patch.

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"Flash seems like the most bug-ridden and damaged piece of software still in use today."

You must have not yet experienced the wonders of Java then...

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: Truely holographic?

I predict that this will be big for interactive porn....!

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: I don't get Cortana either!

"Cortana will need to know the person talking to her/it is the right person "

In an office you generally use a headset / microphone for Lync, etc anyway.

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Re: Nobody talks to Cortana

"This means Microsoft needs to get business users upgrading again – 85 per cent of installations run Windows 7 or earlier – but without unnecessarily pissing off the minority who are happy with the 8.x Sinofsky’d Windows 8.0/8.1 design.

Microsoft is going to do this by writing off next year’s Windows upgrade revenue. "

Rubbish - this has nothing to do with business users. They generally pay maintenance and can upgrade for free anyway. And this offer doesn't even apply to business versions!

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: Oh no!!!

"Modern Apps is that they start so damn slowly in comparison to far more feature rich desktop applications "

Install this

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2913270 and this http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=42642

Then from an Elevated command prompt, run this:

WSRESET

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powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.XML

and your issue should be resolved...

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"In terms of RAM, the limit is actually 8EiB. The top half of the address space is kernel space "

Kernels can use RAM too...the limit is 16EiB.

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Re: WTF.....

"Microsoft will continue to keep it current"

So Windows 11 is free too?

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Re: COULD BE LETHAL

"a free *UPGRADE* for an OS they're likely to abandon after <3 years?"

Windows XP was supported for about 14 years. And still is if you want to pay. I can't see the supported life for Windows 10 being anything under a decade.

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"Microsoft’s decision to give its next version of Windows as a free upgrade for 12 months"

It's apparently a chargeable upgrade with an up to one year evaluation period. After that you presumably must pay....

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: Well

"Please stop the bull crap. All ice core "measurements" are completely suspect. The other gasses that would provide the real proportion data are all more permeable than CO2. IE most everything else leaked away besides the CO2."

These measurements are extremely widely accepted - and we now have multiple concurring measurements from different locations. What real proportion data? All gases tend to be permeable! What has 'leaked away' that would change these measurements? You are spouting fluent effluent.

If you actually had any knowledge of what you are trying to disparage, you would understand that no other gases are directly involved in the measurement other than CO2 and that the temperature at the time the ice was deposited can be measured by comparing the ratio of isotopes in the water.

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Re: Well

Of somewhat more importance that which specific year is hotter - the actual effects of the ongoing temperature increases. Here is more evidence that it's actually worse than we thought:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/15/3611941/sea-level-rise-on-the-rise/

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Re: Well

"Out of interest TheVogon, what do you do for a living?"

Build intergalactic highways and hyperspace bypasses...

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Co2-temperature-plot.svg

(Actually this one goes back 800,000 years! Note where the current CO2 level of 400ppm is - the Earth hasn't seen levels that high for about 20 million years!)

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Re: Well

"If you look at the last 1000 million years, there is no correlation between co2 and higher temperature."

We only have records going back about 600,000 years (from ice cores). Which in fact show a very close correlation.

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