* Posts by Zippy's Sausage Factory

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The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

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Re: If this could be...

Yes please.

Is it just me or have they made a concerted effort to make Office 2016 more cluttered, less usable and far, far, far more buggy than usual?

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Re: [sigh]

"UI sucks" - exactly most people's experience with moving to Windows 10 from, well, almost anything really.

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Solaris 12 disappears from Oracle's roadmap

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The Windows 10 model?

You know, "this is the last version of Solaris, everything else will be an update to the existing version..."

People really seem to have forgotten what version numbers are actually FOR these days - they're to communicate that something significant has changed and this new version might break stuff...

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Admins rejoice. Microsoft brings Azure Automation to the UK

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Re: PS?

I find it impossible to imagine PowerShell being sexy in any way, shape or form.

Or, for that matter, usable, useful or very much used.

(And yes, I have used PowerShell quite extensively for the last few years, thanks. It's one of the worst things I've ever had the misfortune to deal with and makes Clippy look like an underrated masterpiece by comparison.)

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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Devil

I used to try to get them to talk me through getting them a remote connection on an OS/2 virtual machine - version 3, naturally, to keep up the pretence that I bought the computer from Escom the same day I bought my vinyl copy of Nevermind. Ah, good times...

Then I moved. I kinda miss the scammers :)

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Bring back River Sumida, that's what I say...

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The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

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Strict liability - thank you, that's what I was looking for.

And now you mention it I wonder how many fit ups have already happened? "Ah yes, that anti-police-corruption group that featured in the paper the other day? Turned out they all had the same half dozen child porn images on their laptops. Strange coincidence that..."

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So here's a thought - some ransomware puts child porn all over your laptop and will only delete it if you pay a small fortune in Bitcoin. So you take it into your local PC repair shop and they report you to the plod. Who's guilty here?

In the US, you'd say the virus writers.

In the UK, I think it's you. If I recall correctly. it's an absolute offence, meaning that the courts don't accept that there is any legitimate defence. Meaning your virus writer won't ever get caught?

Slightly worries me, that thought...

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Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

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Re: More lockin...

Really, the best thing MS could do would be to just simplify the whole lot

They never do, though really, do they? Which is pretty much the point I was trying to make (and also clearly failed to, judging by the reaction...)

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More lockin...

Depressing that they don't really understand that the attraction of the cloud generally is the "pay-as-you-go" methodology, and the reduction of costs and simplification of licensing.

Typical M$ though - "we're losing customers - make it more difficult for them to buy something, that will solve everything!"

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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I have to deal with Windows 10 at work and I'm allowed to use Classic Shell. Amazingly, on the CS menu you get a right mouse -> uninstall for all the apps MS doesn't want you to remove. Bye bye, Xbox, Candy Crush, MS Solitaire and anything else that annoys me...

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UKCloud: We ARE cheaper than Microsoft or AWS online storage

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Re: 1,000 TB

Just in case someone wanted to argue whether a petabyte was 1,000 or 1,024 TB I suppose...

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

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Joke

You're not a hipster unless you're still mourning OS/2.

But not version 4. That was too mainstream, obviously.

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Google's big Spanner in the works for price war against AWS

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Meh

Surely the reputational damage is already too great for Google to gain much headway here? Can there be any CIO that didn't use Picasa, Reader, Wave, Orkut or any one of the other zillion dead Google services that sees the words "Google cloud" and just has a slight nervous twitch and an instant thought of "how long before they shut that one down too"?

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Ransomware scum: 'I believe I'm a good fit. See attachments'

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People still accept MS formats in attachments?

I think I just spotted the problem there...

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Strong non-backdoored encryption is vital – but the Feds should totally be able to crack it, say House committees

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My bet is they'll bring back the idea of the Clipper chip...

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MPs suggest introducing web blocking to tackle suicide rates in UK

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Is it just me

or is the fact that the government's first response to any problem appears to be "we need to block some websites" frankly a bit disturbing? First they came for the porn. Then they came for the web forums...

(And yes, I appreciate there is a very real problem here that needs addressing. I'm just saying that the proposed solution here is nothing of the sort whatsoever)

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Brussels cunning plan to save the EU: No more Cookie Popups

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Re: Cookie law

And people wonder why I use StartPage...

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UK Home Office slurps 1,500 schoolkids' records per month

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I think the "for illegal immigrants" bit is unneccessary

"Wants to create a ' hostile environment ' " sounds about right to me...

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Infosec bods: This is a backdoor in Skype for Macs. Microsoft: No.

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Trollface

In other words "dodgy old API that's already discontinued found to be dodgy".

And that's what passes for cutting-edge security research, folks...

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Fatal flaw found in PricewaterhouseCoopers SAP security software

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PWC didn't think this through...

...because if they can do that, then SAP can do exactly the same to them...

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Microsoft says LinkedIn will make Trump, Brexit, voters feel great again

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I notice that...

There's no mention of preventing LinkedIn becoming available only as part of an Office 365 subscription (and not a Home or Student edition, either). Which is something the cynical side of me kind of expects to happen sooner or later...

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Can you imagine Facebook, Apple, Google or other big companies liking this?

No, neither can I. Especially if people start asking them on social media whether they've made changes to accommodate the law...

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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Depends when it was in my view

If it was when he was 18 and he's now 35, then it's probably irrelevant.

If it was last week, on the other hand...

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Interesting

The fact that SQL now runs outside of Windows suggests to me that the Windows server market is dying and MS are trying to stay in the database game.

I could be wrong, of course, but everything I've seen the last couple of years suggests to me that MS are preparing for a scenario where they don't make operating systems any more. (Maybe the MBAs have crunched the numbers and reckon that if everyone ran Linux they'd make more money?)

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Good luck finding a PC with more than 2GB RAM these days

Seriously, going into Worten they're nearly all 2GB. Literally one that was 2GB that I saw.

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Happy days for second-hand smartphone sales

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@Dropbear - Blackberry Privs looked good to me. Alas I'd already tied myself into the iPhone walled garden when it came out...

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

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Re: Not likely

Cadbury's is owned by Mondelez and if you scan recent news, they have already said they will be doing the same v soon.

Sorry about that.

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Why Oracle's Larry Ellison shelled out $9bn for NetSuite

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Oracle must stop NetSuite growing too much?

Doubtful. I'd be surprised if it's not NetSuite's growth potential Oracle really wanted, to be honest. If it cannibalises existing products that's not such a bad thing from Big Red's point of view - it keeps them migrating to SalesForce or someone else and keeps the money going into Big Red's pockets and not someone else's...

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'F*cking crap' aside, Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.9 is coming along nicely

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Re: Linus Torvalds

Oh good. Because now I'm going to be hearing Peter Capaldi every time I read a Linus Torvalds quote. And when I finally get around* to watching his episodes of the eponymously-titled time travel soap, he's going to be Dr Who as well.

* Maybe never. We're doing a fill watch through and right now we're halfway through Jon Pertwee. Plus we'll have to double back and fill in Power of the Daleks some time soon as well...

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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There's one bit of good news though

There's a lot more people with dual citizenship in the UK now because of a potential Brexit. And I think over the next year the rest will get there - Irish mainly, but other countries. Wasn't there a rumour Farage had applied for dual German* citizenship recently?

* his wife is German, not trying to start any conspiracy theories

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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If it has a 3.5mm headphone jack

Then it just might be my next phone...

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Google drops a zero-day on Microsoft: Web giant goes public with bug exploited by hackers

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There are bugs in Word 2016 that have been around since version 2.0c.

So... good luck with that.

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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Reading this made me think of the setup screens for VB5: "Run code on a user's browser - with no user intervention".

Because yeah, there's no possible way that could ever cause an issue, right?

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App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

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Re: Why is android singled out (again)?

Because it's much easier to get hold of a cheap victim Android device and it doesn't hurt the wallet so much if you totally destroy it in the course of testing?

I suppose that means they're using one of Android's key selling points against itself, then. Hmm...

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Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

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FAIL

o rly?

I'd like to see the US defense people's faces while reading that. I suspect they have a rather different view of the US-UK relationship on cyber security than the British government and it's along the lines of "someone attacks the USA, the UK must defend us. Someone attacks the UK... you're on your own"

(For sceptics, I'd like to point out that there is "form" for this - witness the treaty that led to the Extradition Act 2003, which means that the burden of proof for US law enforcement is substantially lower when extraditing from the UK than vice versa - US lawmakers didn't ratify the changes to US law, so they don't have to uphold their part of the bargain, but the UK does.)

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When Capita job ads go BAD

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Also that job ad was illegal

Under UK law, the job title "architect" may ONLY be used be a member of the RICS.

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Copyright zealots FAST to pursue 'far greater' fines for historic piracy

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What's that sound?

It's the sound of businesses slowly, but surely, starting to evaluate open source solutions for their business instead... (well, if they've got any sense they are, that is)

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

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The financial sector is essentially composed of traders. Traders who don't want to lose funds for the pension funds, hedge funds and other investors who depend on them for their financial futures.

So with the idea that losing their clients' money generally isn't the best strategy for staying in business, they look at the pound and look at Brexit and don't like what they see. So they sell pounds and invest in currencies that they have more confidence in as having a stable and prosperous future, like the US dollar or the Euro.

This isn't some conspiracy, it's simply risk management.

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Yahoo! halts! email! forwarding! to! outside! email! addresses!

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They don't know what they're doing

That's the impression I get.

Maybe they did, once.

But not any more.

RIP, Yahoo.

You were quite good once.

Not as good as Altavista or Google... Or Lycos... Or Webcrawler... But not too bad.

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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I don't want to agree with Trump but in this (isolated) case he's right.

There may be no hackers, true - it could be an insider leaking to WikiLeaks. We don't know that, WikiLeaks won't tell us (obviously).

Even if there are "hackers", are they Russian? Do we have proof of that? We didn't see much proof that North Korea "hacked" Sony as I recall...

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

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I stopped buying HP printers years ago

When I opened the front tray to change the ink cartridge on one for the first time and a load of springs fell out.

I'm pretty sure that wasn't meant to happen as the printer stopped working after that. It was only two months old, as well.

(Before you ask, I did get a refund thanks, and instead bought a Canon MFC which was built like a tank and lasted five or six years with no problems whatsoever. It probably still works - my ex has it now.)

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Sage has been like this since forever...

I remember years ago it used to be you couldn't even have Sage on a network share unless it was Novell.

Honestly why people continue to use Sage for anything, ever, I have no idea.

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Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

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Well, mine's no longer in there.

Ubuntu + Cinnamon + Virtual Box. Not that I have Windows in a VBox yet, just OS/2 4 (more useful than Windows 10, anyway...)

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

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Re: >Silly us: we blew a Christmas On-Call story months before the day.

I can never remember which undead monster we're supposed to be worshipping.

Christmas is the one where we celebrate how the Easter bunny brought Frankenstein's monster back to life in order to put him on top of the bonfire on November 5th.

I think.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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I find the adblocker blockers more annoying than the ads, usually

Most of the time I get an aggressive "turn off your adblocker" message when I don't have an adblocker installed.

So I go to a browser that does have one installed and - guess what - site works fine.

I'm of the opinion that adblocker-blockers are probably going to end up costing sites more money than they lose through ad blockers anyway. Although that would be exceptionally difficult to quantify accurately, of course...

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If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

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Fired?

Let's face it, by the sound of it this system was probably written some time in the 60s. In COBOL. The guy who wrote it probably has long retired, if not already being dead.

Remember, in the 60s they expected these systems to be replaced within ten years. Hence the millennium bug...

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

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Police get it Monday, criminals get it Tuesday

He really doesn't understand what he's talking about, does he?

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My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

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That migration to SQL Server's working really well then...

"We're Microsoft, we eat our own dog food".

Great. If I want an RDBMS, I'd prefer the caviar one rather than one that the company's own employees openly refer to as "dog food".

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Microsoft snubs alert over Exchange hole

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FAIL

Um, spoofing a web server?

I think "domain web server" is the ambiguity here.

As I read it, I think MS are assuming that the means you need to hack the Active Directory server to make it happen. (At that point, you already have bigger problems than password snooping).

I read it as "a web server in the same domain". Which could possibly be spoofed (and I'm sure that's easier than hacking the Active Directory server), and is probably going to go a long way towards hacking your Active Directory server.

Still, a typical Microsoft response: we're right, you're wrong, now shut up.

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