* Posts by Steve Davies 3

5308 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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GitHub private repo's?

Therein lies a big problem.

Lots of us who had private repos have moved them from GitHub the moment that the MS takeover was announced.

Mine has gone. It had more than 400 files in it and not a bit of YAML in sight. No JSON either and just a few lines of XML.

A load of hot air if you ask me. I wonder how many of those YAML files were simply slightly modified copies of those publised on any of the more reputable code help sites such as StackOverflow?

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Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

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re: EU presence (or not)

It is likely that the WP has a UK or at least an Eu bureau which if true, means it does have a presence in the area covered by the GDPR

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Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: What about Windows 10 that Office is sitting on?

Didn't you know that Apple is persona non grata in these parts?

They are the company that everyone loves to hate simply because they are so successful.

From what Tim Cook has stated may times, they are small fry in the data slurp league when compared to MS, Google, Facebook and others but... he could be telling porkies. We simply don't know so we carry on with the guilty until proven beyond all doubt hate of Apple that is the norm and has been the case for years on this site.

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Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies

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Does it spy on me?

Of course it does. That's what IoT is all about.

Sill an answer waiting for a decent question

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US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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He America...

see that stable door you are trying to shut?

The horse that was in there has just disappeared over the horizon and there ain't nothing you can do to get it back

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Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Boffin

but...

Will it bork my system?

Are they really, really sure that all my data and applications (including config files) will be there after applying the update?

If the answers are not 10,000,000% yes then ... stay well clear for at least a month (or more)

Is it me or does MS seem to be more like a bunch of numpties rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic as if sinks between the waves? Nothing they do will stop the good ship Windows from sinking.

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Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Re: A paranoid mount option ?

The rubbish bin is far too good.

The best place is as a present to the PHB who made your life hell when you leave the job. If they... well, you know the rest.

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UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: headcode

Some trains especially those that ran on the old BR Southern Region used a two digit headcode to describe the train route. On the Brighton Line headcode 4 was London-Brighton while 5 was also London-Brighton but reserved for the Brighton Belle.

Since the late 1950's every train has had an identifier (or TIN, Train Identification Number). Old BR Diesel (and Electric) Locos used to display this on the front of the Loco. The first digit was for the train class. '1' was Express and so on.

The working timetable shows this Number. Passenger timetables generally don't show it.

For more infor, Wikipedia is your friend

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Train_reporting_number

{Any decent Gricer from the late 1960's would know many of the TIN's off by heart}

Now it is time for a Pint at the Railwaymens!

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Xiaomi anarchy in the UK: Chinese tat-flinger wants to slip its cheapo flagships in Brit pockets

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So....?

How much data will be phoned home to Bejing from these devices?

How long will they get updates for?

Price is not the only consideration these days.

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Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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Re: No value

I agree about new phones being too expensive.

What about a used one? All those FanBoi's who get a new phone every year have to see them. There are bargins to be had there. I got an 128Gb iPhone 7 for £300 six months ago.

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We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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Re: But I LIKE KDE!

Same here.

I fully expect that KDE will just move out of the main Repo's and into one of the secondary ones.

That's where many deprecated packages end up. They don't just disappear from the face of the planet.

anyway, the IBM takeover of RH hasn't completed yet so I don't think the conspiracy theories (either way) hold much water.

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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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The name 'Tesla' has been hijacked

When you ask someone what a Tesla is unless they are an old skool Electrical Engineer they might say 'oh, that's a funny car that runs on batteries'.

A child might ask 'are the batteries included'? (joke)

I wonder what Nikolai would have said about the design cues of a vehicle that bears his name?

Would he be into minimalism? (like the Model 3 interior)

nice piece though Dabbsy.

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'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

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ROFL!

Taking a page from Apple's playbook, Nadella was keen to highlight the efforts made by the Microsoft in privacy.

Words are cheap SATNAD. Now get rid of ALL that data slurp in Windows and let independent auditors examine it so that we can believe your words.

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Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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Joke

Ports a plenty?

Wot! No UWD SCSI or Parallel printer port?

What are Apple thinking of eh?

{see Icon}

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US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

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Have an upvote

For mentioning "FARTUS"

Well done!

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Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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Come El Reg we know you want to say it...

It has gone a bit TITSUP

Not unusual these days sadly.

I wonder when people will wake up and realise the size of the barrel that MS has them draped over?

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Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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Linux on the new MacBook Air

Give it a few weeks or so I'm sure that at least one Linux Distro will work just fine on the new laptop.

The same goes with Windows 10 but I don't know why anyone would do that (sic).

My 2012 15in MBP runs CentOS 7 very nicely.

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Budget 2018: Landlords could be forced to grant access for full-fibre connections

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Force landlords?

Oh well, that's another £100/month on the rent then /sic

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Britain's rail ticket-booking systems go TITSUP*

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Re: As bad as the trains themselves

Don't forget that this is the time of the year when actually getting trains to stop is sometimes problematical but to leaves on the line.

Rocks and a hard place perhaps?

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From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret

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Re: Not really, mk II

Ah, the USofA, the land of the Free ...

Q: Have you got a permit for that?

A: A permit for what?

Q: To be free naturally.

A: Eh?

Q: Freedom costs money so where's yours eh?

I managed 2 years in the USA before throwing in the towel and coming back to blighty.

Permits for this, permits for just about everything. Madness.

/s /s /s

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Re: Hollywood : They still make money.

that's where you are wrong.

According to Hollywood accounting rules very few or even NO films released by Hollywood make money. Yet the studio moguls still have their private jets and mansions in Bel-Air...?

Even the Harry Potter franchise while amongst the biggest grossing movies of all time didn't make much (if any) profit simply due to the way the accounts are put together.

Yes, us mortals know they make money but officially they don't.

"Buddy, can you spare a dime?"

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Belgium: Oi, Brits, explain why Belgacom hack IPs pointed at you and your GCHQ

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Re: Belgian terrorists

British Intelligence is the only such service in Europe not tarnished by association with the Gestapo or KGB.

ROFL.... Seriously ROFL...

I guess you are not old enough to remember Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and the other KGB spies that worked for British Intelligence...

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Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Re: Everything Search

It will only be standard if a few things happen

1) MS Buy the thing

2) And they don't crap all over it and make a mere shadow of what it did before.

And the chances of that happening is less than me winning the EuroMillions lottery tonight and as I don't play it, the anwser is obvious.

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Re: Great new search feature!

I expect that not only does it index your entire HDD (taking a mere 10 hours during which your PC is too slow to be used), but it saves the index to "the cloud" so it is never lost.

Why?

This is so that the NSA and GCHQ can know about all those dodgy files you have on your PC.

Honestly, uploading to the cloud is a dumbass move of the highest magnitude.

I wonder how many people realise that this is happening to their data?

My guess is very, very few.

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Exactly

Certain phrases keep popping into my mind.

"Could not organise a piss up in a brewery"

"Another fine mess you got us into!"

"I can't beleive it!"

Perhaps by the time the next major update they will have fixed the problems but then it will probably be the same old shit over again...

MS Continious Updates === Continious agony for us users.

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Tech world mulls threat as new round of US China trade tariffs looms

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Just you wait...

The US Customs people will soon start opening up all the bits of kit suppsedly made in say Mexico or Germany and if they find one component with a 'Made in China' sticker on it, then they'll impose the 10% or whatever the tariff is on the whole thing and not just on one component.

I see need for facilities in say Vietnam where goods made in china arrive at one end and emerge at the other with a variety of origin stickers on them (Malaysia, Indonesia, India etc) just to get around the Trump Trade War which he can't win.

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BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets

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Re: MK Roundabout?

Don't forget the Concrete Cows.

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Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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FAIL

another coat of Lip Stick

on the MS Pig.

It is still a Pig though.

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Call me PC if you will

coworkers? What's wrong with colleague? At least the latter does not have the word 'cow' in it when spelt without the hyphen?

All rather sad really.

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Re: Im sure theres only one reason why a tourist would visit that town...

What about the people who live in Sussex? or Essex or any of the US States that have a Sussex County or Middlesex County or Essex County?

What about "Lower Bottom" and "Upper Bottom"

The landscape of the British Isles is littered with names that the Puritans of Google would find offensive.

Going all Puritan on us does not stop your constant need to get information on each and everyone of us.

Are you going to become the 21st Century WitchFinder General then?

Another reason to give Google the Finger? Yep.

WTF Icon naturally.

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Pull request accepted: You want to buy GitHub, Microsoft? Go for it – EU

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Re: Doesn't mean they don't shoot themselves in the foot

Or alternatively,

Another nail in the coffin of GitHub.

and other phrases.

It would be nice to come back to this story in say three years and revisit it and compare it to what MS has done to GitHub in the meantime.

Perhaps they'll just kill it and rename Sharepoint - GitHub V2.0 (shudder)

Coat it a copy of my code on Paper Tape in the pocket.

{I found the paper tape copy of my degree project code from 7BPC (before the PC era) a couple of months ago}

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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Let this be a lesson

for anyone even daring to think about using IoT for this sort of thing.

All it needs is a heavy footed JCB operator and you are locked out of your home possibly for days.

All your data could be gone forever.

As I've said before, in the main, IoT is an answer waiting for a sensible question.

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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Re: Same old same old.

I was in general agreement with your post until...

Just try adding a new package - download this, edit that, compile the other, add new libraries to satisfy installation criteria, fix conflicts and maybe - just maybe - after a full day of effort and Googling user forums that shiny new app will work.

I have not had to do that(make, make install etc) for years. Modern package managers handle the adding of dependencies for you.

Perhaps you need to get out of your basement a little more (to use a US put down)?

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Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

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We do know some things for sure...

1) It will be late

2) It won't work

3) It won't do the job it was designed to do because of feature creep

4) HMRC/IR-35 will make all the above triply so because they can. "We can't get the staff..."

5) All the above will be true even is Crapita are not involved.

And Finally (unless you know otherwise)

6) The Minister who kick this off will not be around long enough to have to stand up in Parliament to explain why it has gone so badly wrong. This applies to both main political parties btw.

Business as usual then... :)

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HP dangles subscription hardware at power users

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Re: Does not take long to buy the hardware ...

The problem with car leases is the pitiful annual mileage allowance in the lease. I've seen a BMW M3 with a 5K per year mileage.

I'm sure that it won't be long before leasing a PC will come with a limit on the number of hours a year I can be in use and that the leasing company will mandate that it's recording app is always running.

The leasing game is only a winner for the leasing companies. For everyone else? It is IMHO a mugs game.

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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Re: Shut it down

Perfectly true and very well said. Have an upvote.

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Cabinet Office: Forget about Verify – look at our 3,000 designers (and 56 meetups)

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Alien

What a load of Cobblers

When do they get time to do any real work?

It is any surprise that every Government IT project is horribly late, over budget and bears little resemblance to what was agreed in the first place.

It is almost if the whole thing was coded by committee.

OR

Is the new Software Designer supposed to be like the one in the Picture? Or is a Beard, a bow-tie and full sleeve tat's de-rigeur for developers working in the black hole of Shoreditch these days? What good ever came out of there?

Cynical? Yeah and it is Monday and I have had my Coffee (not from any chain outlet of coloured warm water I might add)

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That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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re: Gartner Report

Gartner report on what their customer for the report wants. If MS commissioned the report then it would come out as positive towards MS.

Many of us have been reading Gartner and IDC reports for years. The operation is always done with a huge pinch of salt. I personally look for who commissioned the report first. Just so I know what sort os slant it will have. Some companies never use the likes of Gartner or IDC. Guess which ones usually come out bottom... Go on guess... It isn't hard... /s /s /s

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Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Re: Cool story bro...

Well done for getting it to work.

However given the complaints about updates removing manually loaded drivers esp Display Drivers I'd be prepared to repeat the operation each and every time that MS issues even the smallest security patch.

Such is the way with the redomnd control freaks these days. 'Do it our way and when we say or not at all'.

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Re: Counting is not so easy.

Another problem is that distros in general don't instantly update a package the moment its dev releases the update.

That's NOT a problem. Given the issues that the last Windows 10 update had, (and still might have... who really knows eh?) NOT being on the bleeding edge of the release wave is a good thing IMHO.

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UK High Court blocks iPhone Safari privacy suit against Google

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Re: How much?

Not four times the average income.

According to the ONS

The average UK annual salary or monthly wage of full-time employees differs drastically across industries. According to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), average gross annual earnings for full-time employees was £27,600 in 2015, which was a 1.6% increase from the previous year.

but I get your point.

However it is like US District Attournies standing in front of the Court House and saying, "We will be pushing for the Maxmimum Sentence of Life without Parole" and hours later the defendant walking away with 5 years probation and the same DA saying that we got a 'good result'

£50K is a barganing position.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: A Drone with a bomb attached

Oh, you must mean those Amazon delivery drones that will probably drop their packages on the address without detecting who or what is below...

[see icon]

As all the phone lines to the properties in my area are run overhead for the last 50/100 ft I wonder if those drones and their operators will be liable for the costs to fix the lines that that will inevitably run into?

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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The MAGA angle

2% off Apple's share price isn't just loose change down the back of the sofa, it will have made people panic and the 'drip drip' of anti Chinese manufacturing news could eventually force a rethink by some major players which could have severe implications for the Chinese economy.

Which is exactly what El Trumpo wants is it not?

Quite where they are going to find all the workers needed when say Apple brings their iDevice production to the USA is another matter entirely. Perhaps all those Coal Miners who have been led up the garden path by Trump and his 'Good Clean Coal' promise when mines and coal fired power plants have been closing at a faster rate than before he got the nuclear button codes.

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It is interesting in several ways

firstly all these MoBo's were taken out of use or never got into front line service several years ago yet the Apple and Amazon stock price dropped.

Their current results won't be affected by this so why?

Bloomberg has been running a lot of attacks on other tech companies this year. Their principle target has been Tesla.

Now for the conspiracy theory.

APPL and TSLA are two of the most heavily shorted stocks on Wall St.

Shorters bet on stock falls.

So the shorters buy options on the target stock(s)

Their golfing/sailing/frat buddies release a story about something that happened years ago

The target stocks drop

The shorters sell the options before the end of the settlement period.

The shorters make money, sorry, make that LOADSAMONEY.

If only life was that simple eh?

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Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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I blame the lack of testing

What? They didn't test it before release?

Coat with a full hip flask in the pocket. It is going to be a long weekend/week/month for people in support.

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Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff

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Wow!

An article by Mr O on Apple that does not use derogatory terms like 'Foxconn rebadger'!

I hope that this is a sign of things to come?... Or maybe not.

I've yet to put Mojave on my MBP so this article was very timely. I'll probably skip updating it until 10.14.1 is out and a few more of the rough edges are ironed out.

Thanks for a decent review Mr O.

much appreciated.

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Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android

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WTF?

The end of the world has just got that bit closer

MicroSoft getting all cuddly with Google? A WTF moment if ever there was one.

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UK's Openreach sends full fibre to Coventry

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Re: Trenching

ROFL for that. All the lines in my area arrive at the premises via an overhead line from a nearby pole. Remember those things? Long bits of wood sunk into the ground. None of that new fangled stuff in trenches here. :) :) /s

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Location, location, location... technologies under the microscope

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Re: CCTV and other news

In other news, sales of Ski Masks, Donald Trump masks and Nicabs have risen by 10,000%.

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