* Posts by Robert Grant

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Turns out Elon can't control the weather – what a scrub: Rain, clouds delay historic manned SpaceX-NASA launch

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You have to launch when the Earth exists to achieve orbit. On an intergalactic scale that could be considered tricky timing.

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Re: not a fan of Musk

A trade we should take any day of the week.

Lawsuit klaxon: HP, HPE accused of coordinated plan to oust older staff in favor of cheaper, compliant youngsters

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Re: Inclusion? Sure.

I wouldn't be surprised if they think that. I've noticed a trend of film and TV appealing to younger audiences by making the younger person's decision be right, or have them have the last word, or if the older person is right, they're retiring and "past it", and the younger person uses the lesson to progress themselves.

Microsoft brings WinUI to desktop apps: It's a landmark for Windows development, but it has taken far too long

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Getting to be the same? MS are the past masters of this. Remember Kin? And Windows Mobile? And Windows RT? And <maximum example depth reached>.

To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

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We've become more aware, but the volume of legitimate emails has also increased a lot.

More automation to suddenly look like a jolly good idea as businesses struggle through coronavirus crisis, say analysts

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That just stretches the definition of automation into meaninglessness. If I replaced the on-screen chatbot with a text-to-speech and speech-to-text interface, the NLP and backend integrations would all remain. The only thing that would change would be the user interface.

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A chatbot is a UI technology, not an automation technology.

UK.gov splashes out on 40,000 new devices amid COVID-19-fuelled homeworking boom

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The MOD have McKinsey negotiating on their behalf.

Their shrewd negotiators, who all happen to have upcoming careers at Microsoft, managed to get it down to only £250 per head per year.

Microsoft announces official Windows package manager. 'Not a package manager' users snap back

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Apple forking LibreOffice (or donating loads of dev time to it) would be an interesting move.

Zoom continues its catch-up security sprint with new training, bug bounty tweaks and promise of crypto playbook

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All of which is grand until one remembers that Zoom had around ten million daily meeting participants in late 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic spiked numbers to around 200 million a day in March and around 300 million a day by April. And all those meetings took place without the security improvements mentioned above.

Do you say this every time any security fix is released for any software? "Microsoft fixed security flaw number 9000000008; let us mourn their 2 billion users who were using the software without it."

Microsoft aims to spread JAMstack through Azure App Service via GitHub and Visual Studio Code

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I can't wait for the moment when we have to decide between using Github and running in non-Azure.

Latest NHS IT revolution is failing to learn lessons from the last £10bn car crash

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Although the government said it had gained insight from the past, "the national bodies have not systematically recorded all the main lessons from digital implementation, for example in a central database that could be updated as new lessons are learned".

Sadly, the first lesson was "don't overcentralise", and so the database could not be procured. But if it had, I bet Capita would've got the gig.

Rust marks five years since its 1.0 release: The long and winding road actually works

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originally invented by Mozilla.

Can't just be "invented by Mozilla", can it, Microsoft?

Indonesia imposes 10% digital services tax

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Fair is only defined by the rules. Everything above that is charity, which is excellent, but generosity is not the same as fairness.

Everything OK with Microsoft? Windows giant admits it was 'on the wrong side of history' with regard to open source

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Now they've building more open source stuff themselves...but making it so it runs only on CosmosDB.

Openreach tells El Reg it'll kill off copper sales in 118 UK locations next year

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what was the right trigger-point for implementing stop-sell

The dumbest phrasings award goes to...

Author of infamous Google diversity manifesto drops lawsuit against web giant

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Re: Ran out of money...

Oh heh, I didn't even see that. Still got 7 brave downvotes for my trouble, I see!

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Re: Ran out of money...

Why a fascist?

Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps

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In an analysis on Thursday, Reincubate, a UK-based developer tools software biz, said that the inclusion of the ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION in the Android app is necessary for using Bluetooth. The iOS version, the company says, does not request location permissions.

This is the case, or at least was. We hit the same thing. Annoying.

HCL finishes its year with 15 percent growth, 100 million minutes-a-month Teams usage

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Re: Perhaps everyone else gets their "good" resources...

It's a lot cheaper to just pay for articles like this every so often than fix problems.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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What about:

  • The Usability Graveyard
  • Embrace™, Extend™, Extinguish™, Enterprise Edition™
  • God's Gift to Ransomware Writers

Or nice and simple and heartfelt:

  • The Anguish

There are too many! I think you need a list of them, and you use them at random from that list.

Uber, Lyft struck by sue-ball, no, sue-meteorite in California after insisting their apps' drivers aren't employees

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Re: Meanwhile (according to the BBC)...

They're land grabbing. Totally agree they're undercutting the competition, but that is different to not paying their workers enough.

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Re: Meanwhile (according to the BBC)...

At the end of February, Uber said it had approximately $10 Billion in cash.

But goddess forbid any of that go to their workers.

It does - they're burning through cash extremely fast.

Forever mothballed: In memoriam Apple Butterfly Keyboard (2015-2020)

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This problem reached a head in 2017, when former Outline journalist Casey Johnston penned a blog post describing her woes with Apple's latest in keyboard tech. The post, titled "The New Macbook Keyboard is Ruining My Life", catalogued Johnston's repeated visits to the Genius Bar, and described an epidemic of bust laptops that, at that point, Apple had failed to properly acknowledge.

If that's ruining your life, you have an incredible life.

AsSalt-ed at the weekend: Miscreants roast Ghost, LineageOS totters as Salt bug bites

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Why does anyone expose control servers like that on the public internet? Surely VPN or equivalent is required?

Faster than reflection: Microsoft previews Source Generators for C#

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Re: Yeah...

Messy, untestable code is a problem regardless of whether it's C# or SQ

Sigh. Yes. But one of them is orders of magnitude more likely to produce it, given two equally skilled developers.

Travel advice for the week ahead is just: STOP

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Re: "What does digital signage show when humans aren't around?"

Why are you talking about lockdown?

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Re: "What does digital signage show when humans aren't around?"

Following on from the success of Windows for Warships, perhaps Windows for Dictatorships?

Microsoft admits pandemic caused Azure ‘constraints’ and backlog of customer quota requests

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Re: More to this than Teams

If it was only teams, how come customers are being told that they can’t start VM's that have nothing to do with Teams?

Because they're prioritising their Teams land grab over their customers.

And how come AWS can handle massive serge in Zoom usage, but Microsoft can’t handle teams?

Because AWS isn't punching above its weight. They make huge scalable platforms, not corporate solutions disguised as platforms.

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Re: Teams is apparently great now, or so the PR spin says

Good to know what MS are prioritising over customers' cloud environments.

Spyware slinger NSO to Facebook: Pretty funny you're suing us in California when we have no US presence and use no American IT services...

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“One of these assertions relates to QuadraNet, a California-based telecommunications company," NSO's spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "As we have argued to the court, neither NSO Group nor Q Cyber ever had a contractual arrangement with QuadraNet."

A statement defined almost entirely by what it does not say.

Atlassian to offensively price itself through the post-pandemic patch

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Re: I wanted to adopt their Hip chat server a few years back...

Having used old and new Confluence, new is so much nicer!

API hubs multiplying? SoftwareAG touts AppMesh control pane to wrangle service mesh mess

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Also

Isn't it "control plane", not "control pane"?

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I used to work for them!

Wow, a mention on El Reg. I bask in reflected glory.

Guess which cloud giant Zoom picked to handle millions more video calls? Bzzt, wrong answer: It's Oracle

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It's hard to replicate those features. Check out Slack's video.

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Zoom is popular, no doubt, though to say it is essential is perhaps a bit of a stretch. That would imply there are no alternatives. Yet alternatives – Cisco Webex, Skype for Business, Blue Jean, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, ezTalks Meetings, and StarLeaf – demonstrably exist.

Inane much?

Wall Street analyst worries iPhone is facing '2nd recession' after 2019 annus horribilis

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Re: Too bl**dy expensive now to upgrade every 2yrs

80% seems optimistic, even assuming the phone's kept in really good nick.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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Update!

I hear now they're replacing all spaces with tabs. But all IDE linters are being forced to make the tabs one space in width.

To be modern.

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since 2016 there's been an effort spearheaded by Tab Atkins Jr, a developer on the Google Chrome team, and Elika Etamad (@fantasai), a member of W3C CSS Working Group and a Mozilla contributor, to get rid of unnecessary commas in CSS code related to color

Really addressing the big problems there.

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra

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Re: The thing about a 1995 Nissan Micra is...

Also if you're in an accident you die outright. No pesky recuperation period!

Google Cloud CEO says Istio will be handed to a foundation. The Reg: But what about..? Google: That will be all.

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“CNFC was birthed at a time when people didn’t know Kubernetes,” she said. “We wanted to build an ecosystem and drive awareness around it. For Istio and Knative; they are already open source. It’s not about the foundation, it’s about how we engage with the community. We already have a lot of exposure and community engagement.”

This seems a bit of a foolish, marketing-biased perspective. Not surprising it turned out to be wrong.

IBM Watson GPU cloud cluster Brexits from London to Frankfurt – because GDPR

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Re: Pointless And Political

Cheering for your crappy side even though they're objectively worse is admirable when supporting a football team. And in pretty much no other circumstance.

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Re: Pointless And Political

My best guess from speaking to Brexit voters is the point of voting for Brexit is to feel that your side won.

GCC 10 gets security bug trap. And look what just fell into it: OpenSSL and a prod-of-death flaw in servers and apps

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Re: El Reg (or the readership) really has changed

Renowned author Dan Brown would be proud.

Magic Leap's staggering VR goggle technology just got even better!

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Re: MIF 2015

"Even"? None of their various paid entertainers was fooled, as the cheques all cleared :)

Microsoft 365 invites users to 'Ask Me Anything' – as long as it doesn't require a clued-up exec to deliver clear answers

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Re: @Christopher Reeve's Horse - There's just soo much churn

Activity is a wonderful substitute for achievement.

Google pre-pandemic: User-Agent strings are so 1990s. Time for a total makeover. Google mid-pandemic: Ah, we'll reschedule to 2021

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"If this change is implemented, then advertisers will no longer be able to verify their adverts were served to humans when displayed in this manner by publishers," wrote James Rosewell, CEO of mobile detection biz 51Degrees last week in a GitHub issues post for the UA-CH spec. "Advertisers will direct their advertising spend directly to publishers and platforms that can provide that verification."

They will if they use Adwords :D

Amazon assembles team of boffins, devs, project managers and more to figure out mass coronavirus testing

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Journalist in doesn't know the difference between money and net worth shocker

Bezos is putting his money where his mouth is (not that the world's richest man, valued at $139.4bn, worries about such things).

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position

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See also: Aliens, and Starcraft.

Grab your Bitcoin while you can because Purse.io is shutting up shop in June and you could lose the lot

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Pulse or Purse?

The article seems to switch between the two at random, even in the same sentence.

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