* Posts by Zippy's Sausage Factory

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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The only fly in the ointment I can see is if the OEMs decide to do something like complaining to the EU antitrust bodies - if MS control their own hardware and their own software on the Surface book, how can they get away with telling us we can't sell Android laptops?

Because don't tell me Android laptops wouldn't sell. You know they would. To be honest, I can see a use case for them replacing Windows laptops at a corporate level - there's enough office-like apps on Android the average management type wouldn't need much other than that.

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It's 2017 and someone's probably still using WINS naming. If so, stop

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Re: "I once had an argument with an MCSE who was adamant that..."

Hope it was before Windows 2000, because AD relies on DNS, not WINS....

Indeed it was, LDS. In fact, it was pre Windows 98.

And now I feel old.

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I once had an argument with an MCSE who was adamant that, come ten years time, the Internet would be using WINS naming exclusively, and that DNS would be totally gone because it was "obsolete".

This same MCSE, I should point out, once spent thirty minutes looking for the power switch on a server to switch it on.

I'd love to say it was already on, the VGA had fallen out or something like that, but no. He genuinely didn't recognise the same symbol that was on the front of his video recorder.

And people wonder why I never took any of the Microsoft exams...

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DIY music veteran SoundCloud flounders, lays off 40% of staff

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420 people?

Seriously?

How many of those were middle management, or low value sales people who only just bring in 4-5% above their salary per year, I wonder?

But really, 420 people? No wonder they're making a loss.

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Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on 3,000 global sales staff

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Re: Dumbasses!

Oh the updated Skype... No no no just no, it's wrong wrong wrong. Make Skype For Business work more like real Skype, not the other way round. It's not that hard. But no.

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I'm just imagining how the meeting to decide this went

"We need to sell more cloud, how do we do that?"

"We concentrate on sales"

"How?"

"By selling things"

"How do we sell more things?"

"We sack 3,000 sales staff?"

"Brilliant. Give this man a pay rise and an gold-plated MBA".

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In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

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Re: Well they already cut themselves off from a big portion of the "market"

For downloads, I'd agree. But actually, they're a streaming service, not a download service. Essentially it's like cable companies encrypting their content before it hits the set top box - they're trying to stop freeloaders piggybacking a free ride off people like myself who are paying for it.

And yes, I know, there is DRM on DVDs and BluRays. It's not very good and easy bypass tools are available, and some of the commercial DVDs I buy are unencrypted. Heck, ALL the vinyl I buy is unencrypted, but that doesn't mean I want to go back to vinyl for all my music needs (Id have trouble fitting a turntable and a dozen LPs into the iPod pocket in my coat, for example).

I think DRM for streaming is fine. For media I've purchased, not cool.

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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Let me guess...

"For Workstations" = "can run stuff not in the Windows store"

"For Advanced PCs" = "won't bomb out with a licence restriction if the PC has more than 2 cores or 8GB of memory"

everyone else = "guess what - Windows store only now, hahaha"

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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Why encrypt at all? There's so many channels of communication they can't monitor them all. All you need is a Flash movie on a page that provides a public chat box and doesn't store the history. Then just create a free chat site using that Flash movie open to the public, with standard chat topics - Marvel, Superman, Batman, Pokemon, Doctor Who - and allow people to create their own rooms. Now all you do is create one with a seemingly non suspicious name and use the "private chat" function. Done.

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Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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I actually still use CDE quite a lot, on a SUN workstation, even.

I'm sure they open sourced CDE a while ago. If I ever win EuroMillions I intend to quite and start rolling my own Linux distribution to answer silly questions like

- what does Linux using real CDE feel like?

- can a Linux distribution function without using any GNU software? (not because I have anything against gnu, just that I want to see if it can be done)

and finally, and most important

- do I actually have the patience to bother tinkering with all that stuff anyway?

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Plastic surgery patients face extortion in wake of clinic data breach

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Re: Why did they have that data?

Nude pics are standard. Basically covering themselves in case you sue them for a problem you already had, so you can't say "well I never had this big scar before I want a million Euros compensation and you to fix it" they can pull out a photo and go "yes but we took this before we started and you can clearly see that scar, so sorry mate, nice try but not gonna happen."

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Azure Portal rejects Firefox after certificate revocation SNAFU

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Not a good week for MSFT

So they broke Azure, and older OSes are easily crashed. The former may be accidental, but given the slow uptake of Windows 10 the latter smells fishy to me...

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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

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Re: Music to Microsoft's ears??

Good luck running the latest Call of Duty on a Surface...

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Cisco warns: Some products might have WannaCrypt vuln

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Last time I saw one of the tills in my local supermarket rebooting it was still Windows 2000.

Haven't shopped there in a while.

You can decide for yourself whether those two things are related, I couldn't possibly comment...

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Shadow Brokers resurface, offer to sell fresh 'wine of month' club exploits

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Re: Language analysis

It actually most reminds me of Pitr from User Friendly, to be honest. And even in the cartoon, his "Eastern European" accent is faked...

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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I see what you did there

However the Democratic party are more like the Conservatives, and the Republicans are UKIP. They don't really have an equivalent to the Lib Dems as far as I've seen...

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Sealed the deal for me.

Lib Dems get my vote this election. Again.

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

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Re: Depending on Microsoft..

There's not much for LInux or macOS by comparison because Windows is currently the big dog in the corporate kennel. There's almost nothing for OS/2 because there's not enough users to make writing ransomware for them profitable, but if people suddently switched to OS/2 as a desktop OS (well, eCS then - the modern equivalent thereof) you can bet there suddenly would be a great deal of ransomware available for it.

It no longer matters what it's running - routers, cameras, baby monitors, routers, interactive toys, smart headphones - if it has some kind of OS on it, someone will be trying to hack it, usually for profit. And will probably succeed.

This isn't going to be the last of its kind, it's probably just the beginning of a long spate of nastier attacks. Will there ever be a malware attack using zero-day for Windows 10 that makes this look like a walk in the park? Probably - I wouldn't want to bet against it, at any rate.

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Dell EMC's Azure Stack: Get thee behind me, Microsoft subscriptions

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Hmm

For buying the hardware and running it on our dime we are to get slightly lower prices for our on-premises instances. Anyone willing to give odds on just how much lower?

However much lower it is, I'm guessing it'll be 10% higher than "public" cloud as soon as they feel they can get way with it.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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There's a load of YouTube videos of people setting up scammers along these lines, but this is one that I would like to see.

I now kind of want to set up a VM with OS/2 Warp 4, stick VNC on it, sit back and wait for a phone call just to see what happens when they try to get their heads round that :)

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Mozilla takes a turn slapping Symantec's certification SNAFU

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Re: Mozilla tells Symantec it should follow Google's advice

---and this is why I use Pale Moon. Have an upvote.

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Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'

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Sounds like a plausible theory to me.

Wonder if that company has started emailing Plutus' contractors yet? Hmm...

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

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Well, that's the end for Desktop Windows

Windows 10 S only supports the app store, so that means everyone writing desktop Windows suddenly will lose market share. Let me guess - Windows 10 S machines will be cheaper than full fat Windows 10 machines? And then what happens to the developers?

To me, this feels like a disaster waiting to happen. In fact, I can't help thinking this is the sort of thing entire books will be written about in a few years: "(Un)Securing The Future: How Microsoft Blew A Multi-Billion Dollar Business"

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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

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So someone encourages their users to use a different method of doing stuff, then turns off the old way of doing things because users aren't using it any more.

Hmmm... couldn't this have easily gone the other way if they'd put the ftp link at the top and the word "recommended" against it, then hidden the http links smaller and lower down. Of course it could. It's simply Debian trying to only have one way of doing things rather than two.

I must put something in my calendar to download the lot in October and stuff it on the Internet Archive in their "ftp mirrors" collection (an absolute treasure trove of weird and wonderful stuff, well worth a browse)

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Peace in our time! Symantec says it can end Google cert spat

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No.

I think this should be it for Symantec. They've flouted the rules too often and too long.

I personally don't trust them. In fact, I haven't trusted ANY Symantec product for a good few years now - and even that last holdout was Ghost, and they killed that rather than put the effort in to make it work properly.

Nope. Actions have consequences. Hold the line, Google.

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Microsoft plans summer CRM war opener against Salesforce

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Let me guess

...there will be no way to opt out of this either.

I suspect employers will soon start putting clauses in their contracts that employees must delete their LinkedIn accounts...

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Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

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I never knew it existed.

Damn, why do I never find out about things like this in time?

See, now I want to start playing with it, to bring back my Sun days (while probably squandering a few Sundays, tinkering... I'll get me coat)

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Qualcomm's Windows-capable silicon will land later rather than sooner

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Any strategy whose only chance at success relies on flawless execution and perfect timing is doomed from the start.

One side of the equation is Microsoft, remember - a company with the attention span of an excited toddler, who loves hanging onto their old, broken toys, hates change and enjoys bullying the other kids at playgroup until their toys are broken and nobody wants to play with them any more.

So yeah, can't see this being anything other than a 100% success*.

* this may be a lie.

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What a To-Do! Microsoft snuffs out Wunderlist

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Microsoft's strategy these days seems to be to just bun stuff down while building new stuff somewhere else.

So while hardcore Wunderlist users mosey on somewhere else (Todoist, maybe), MS have probably lost a good set of paying customers there.

And as for Outlook's tasks being useful, that would require joined-up cross-department thinking. Microsoft's never been good at that. Internecine civil war, on the other hand, THAT is something it knows how to do...

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Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from JS Fetch requests

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If you read MSDN blogs then this sort of attitude seems endemic to Microsoft: if it doesn't cause Microsoft employees a problem, then any reason they can find not to deal with the problem will do.

"It's not a problem because you can only cause it if something else happens first"

"It's not a problem because that's how it's designed, even though it violates the specification, because it needs to be compatible with Excel 3.0 or whatever"

"It's not a problem because it's already on our fix list".

Microsoft: the customer is never right.

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EU plans for blockchain 'observatory' raise concerns, says expert

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Feels like Yes Minister

Meetings to discuss the agenda for forming a committee to look into whether there should be an inquiry into whether a formal panel to investigate the subject is necessary...

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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Re: No Windows Phone Version?

@BaronMatrix "I just got the Crapators Update on my laptop and the UI STILL looks like Win3.1"

If Win 10 looked more like Win3.1, it would probably be an improvement...

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Re: Microsoft does not care

It's just a matter of time before enterprises start wising up and moving to Libre or Open Office, and the only real showstopper is Outlook/Exchange which doesn't (yet) have a feelalike open source alternative.

As for me, despite having Office 365 I recently installed LibreOffice so I could get some work done - Excel 2016 is horrifically bug ridden, keeps freezing, crashing or just stops updating the screen.

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No, Microsoft is not 'killing Windows 10 Mobile'

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Re: Not strictly true....

It has HP written on it. In my experience, that's not something that screams "this is reliable technology".

Says he who once opened a fairly new printer to load some paper in it and almost got hit in the eye by a flying spring.

I won't mention how many friends have missing keys on their HPs, or the number of HP printers I personally have binned over the years. But let's say that it's somewhere in the region of 100%, whereas other models is still lagging at 0%, despite some of these devices being older (and less gently treated).

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: This goes to show one thing

@Voland's right hand - except that Cornwall and Devon are traditional Lib Dem heartlands, and could quite poossibly revert to LD in this election having gone Tory at the last one.

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

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Re: Agile Expertise?

I always thought that one of the key goals of agile is to be able to cope with clients who continually try to change the specs and architecture. Although to be fair, hiding under the desk with some painkillers and a bottle of gin are also a possible (if shorter term) solution...

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Sounds like what I have said for a while...

The "strategy boutiques" saw "agile" becoming popular and they now use it as a buzzword.

These days, I put it in my "considered harmful" bucket, along with GOTO, teaching people to program using BASIC, and "upgrading" to Office 2016*.

* Excel, in particular.

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Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms

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Cutting costs generally means cutting corners.

Cutting corners generally means getting stuff wrong.

Who knew?

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McAfee is McAfee again, promises security with kum ba yah

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Meh

I notice no mention of something along the lines of "we're going to start building stuff people actually want to buy again, rather than just getting foisted upon them by corporate suits whose bonus depends entirely on their ability to cut a deal to save 50 cents per seat for the whole company"

Is it me, or am I starting to get cynical these days?

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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Any more than it is necessary to attach a Word document to say "Yes I'll be at the pub".

Can someone please teach that to Outlook?

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BIG open-source love Microsoft and Google? You still won't catch AWS

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That does remind me

Of "Leaderboard" on the C64. Much as I wanted to know how it was done, I used to enjoy turning on autofire on the joystick while I went for a bath and see how many strokes it took on the course. I think the record was over a thousand (1,238 if I remember right)

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So Google and Microsoft talk about it, but AWS actually does it?

Sounds about par for the course

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Re: perhaps itself encrypted with a key known only to law enforcement

@Androgynous Cupboard

You're assuming that the generated "plaintext" private key is always held securely, and I'm not sure that's the case. The insertion of malware onto the generator platform would be the obvious attack surface, and once this was done the automatic "slurping" of all private keys becomes a trivial matter. (Got any "kompromat" on any WhatsApp employees? Just send them a USB stick...)

Naturally, while domestic law enforcement might play by the rules, I very much doubt foreign intelligence agencies, hacker collectives or criminal enterprises would have much incentive to do the same.

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Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

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Re: Rule #1 for the user-facing components development

Which is why I've had bosses ask why I don't want an upgrade to my development machine.

"But this is one of the oldest machines in the company? Why?"

"Because if it doesn't work well on here, it's not fast enough. And I don't like writing slow code..."

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Re: The solution -

I am wondering if Munroe got the inspiration from the first "Real Programmers" rant: Real Programmers don't use Pascal

Or The Story of Mel?

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Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

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Re: Rules

Does the first rule of C++ club multiply inherit from the 2nd and the 4th rules of C++ club?

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Eschew obfuscation

Sounds like the name of a modern death metal track. Seriously, seems bands have a competition among themselves to see how many polysyllabic words they can use per album that haven't been cited since the 1600s.

I blame Slayer*

Joke alert because ... er... this isn't a very serious post?

* last time I looked up abascinate, "Reign In Blood" is cited from 1986 as the first usage for about 300 years, the show offs...

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

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Re: Anyone

Although pre-decimalistion, ten bob was ten shillings (20 shillings to the £). And used to be a note, before it was a coin... (I still have a lot of ten shilling coins in my collection, but no notes, alas...)

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Interesting

MSFT has been pushing "don't use user agent sniffing" in their web development guidelines for years. Shows that their own devs don't actually bother reading their own guidelines.

Actually, Office 2016 has so many bug reversions, I'm wondering whether they didn't just try and cut costs by giving all the dev work on it to interns, but maybe I'm just being cynical...

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