* Posts by Steve Davies 3

5061 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Your parents love you, Cortana. That's why we bought you an upgrade

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Unhappy

You have to hand it to MS

They really do love to flog a dead horse don't they...

OTOH, they shoot horses don't they?

Perhaps (like Siri) Cortana needs to be taken out the back and put out of its misery.

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Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11

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PDP-11 Adventure

I'm sure the fortran source is out there somewhere...

So, what did PLUGGH do then?

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Can't wait

I've built two of the PDP-8 kits and had great fun with them.

I'll be ordering a couple of the kits as soon as Oscar opens the ordering.

Why? Well, I worked for Dec from 1979 to 1999. I have a MicroVax in my Garage so a PDP-11 would make the set. Same that the new one does not have a UniBus. I have an old prototype interface that I'd love to get working.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – by 144 years

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Re: It's completely irrelevant

I listen to a lot of pre 1972 recordings. Actually a lot of it is pre 1963.

There was a lot of great music produced and recorded before 1972. A lot of what I listen to is simply not on any download site but thanks to shops like 'Rough Trade Records' it isn't forgotten or lost.

Download it my ass but I'm obviously irrellevant as I'm a 'baby boomer'.

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You're toxic, I'm slippin' under: SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy

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Re: So they...

I'd just put the whole BOD in the stocks in Trafalgar Square for a month and let the public show their contempt for what they did. Far better (And a lot cheaper) than putting them in chokey unless it is a 12th Century rat infested, cockroach ridden, stinking dungeon.

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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Won't 'sub-judice' apply here?

In contrast, tax lawyer Catherine Robins of Pinsent Masons moaned: "It could be prejudicial to taxpayers if allegations of tax avoidance in HMRC's statement of case, which the tribunal may later decide are unfounded, are reported in the press before the case has been heard.

In criminal cases, there is a limit as to how much detail can be published by the media/broadcast etc. IANAL but won't these restrictions still apply?

The Media and others can see the documents but can't go around shouting about it until the case is decided?

Again, IANAL but it would be nice to know.

However, on the result of the case, BLOODY WELL DONE. Have a few (as it is Friday).

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Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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The 'pro-Apple' sites are reporting

That MS is aiming to go after the iPad business which seems to have turned a corner in recent months.

The rumours tend to point to a really cheap Surface at around the $329 for the cheapest iPad.

There can't be any margin in that for MS as they don't have the economies of scale that Apple clearly has in production.

It remains to be seen if this will work and MS will sell millions of cheap Surfaces.

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Brit IT contractor wins appeal against HMRC to pay £26k in back taxes

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Re: Hopefully they can make fairer rules and less of a crap-shoot

Don't forget to setup a 'workplace pension' for your company employees i.e. You.

That will reduce any corporation tax your company might be liable for but it is an expected expense for boy you (pre Income Tax) and for your company to show that you are operating your business properly.

IANAL not IANAA ( I am not an accountant)

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Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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FAIL

This story should be mandatory reading

for anyone even remotely considering any IoT that needs an internet or worse a cloud connection to work.

Then there are the insurance companies. Do they know that you have removed a BS approved lock and replaced it with some IoT thingy? My guess is that they would love to say 'Sorry, your insurance is no longer valid'.

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Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session

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Re: So in theory, they can grill him properly

And it will still taste rancid.

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Software development slow because 'Most of our ideas suck'

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Re: Do you know why?

Spot on.

Now it is all about getting to the end of the 'scrum' and putting what didn't get done into the next one or on the ever increasing list of Technical Debt (that never gets addressed naturally)[1]

It is all about never admitting that the design that was proposed and had accepted was shite, an evolutionary dead end, ran like a one legged dog, would not scale etc etc etc.

There is never time to go back to square one and take the learnings from what sucked and do it right.

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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FaceID vs TouchID

How does FaceID stand up when you are wearing... say a Crash Helmet or any other protective headgear?

I tried an iPhone X while wearing a bicycle helmet. Failed.

Removing a glove for TouchID is far better when it comes to 'Ease of Use'.

Facial ID as a way of getting into a phone is not the best solution for everyone.

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US senators ask FTC to investigate Google's Location imbroglio

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Re: Its the lowest-hanging-fruit that always 'does you in'

Don't use a phone with anything supplied by Google on it.

Oh wait, that means Apple. I'd better wash my mouth out with RDF Soap.

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Boffins build smallest drone to fly itself with AI

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Re: Death by Amazon

as they present so much scope for naughtiness.

Yep, on the former council estate near me, they delight in shooting (not with guns I hasten to add) the things down. I predict that 'Drone Shooting' may well replace 'Clay Pigeon (Trap to you Americans)' in the Olympics.

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Oculus Go: Capable kit, if the warnings don't put you off

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So... in essense...

my effusive 15-year-old never expressed any interest in returning to the virtual world.

Here today, gone tomorrow.

and/or

A flash in the pan

and/or

A solution waiting for a question

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Hey cool, you went serverless. Now you just have to worry about all those stale functions

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Every cloud (sic) has a silver lining???

I can't for the life of me fathom out the silver thing from Serverless. Someone somewhere has to maintain the infrastructure theses FARTS run on (Functions As a Real Time Service) exist on.

Then there are those who have been taught that any function with more than eight lines of actual code is too big and needs to be sub-functioned. I wonder what the gazillion functions in their applications run like in a serverless environment?

I am so glad that I'm out of this development makarkey. It sounds like it is all going down the buzzword pan.

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Boffins urge Google to drop military deal after Googlers storm out over AI-based super-drones

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He Google, don't be evil

A bit late for that but actions can speak louder than words.

Over to you Google...

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German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way

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Re: Wandering around Ikea

For my sins in life the Devil will sentence me to an eternity of forever shopping around Ikea.

Think of it the easy way out. The hard way would be to spend an eternity trapped inside an Amazon Warehouse.

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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Re: Digital Railway (Yes, really)

Have an upvote for mentioning Roger Ford and Modern Railways.

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RE: Class 142/144

Ah, the Leyland busses on rails.

They'll be gone soon as they don't comply with Disability Regulations.

Sad really, because the seats on those Class 7** and 8** trains are about as comfortable as a plank of wood[1]. Be careful what you wish for,

[1] The original Liverpool and Manchester Railway carriages had planks of wood in open trucks for passengers to sit on. Looks like we are going back to 1830.

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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Re: Vinyl tinted glasses

And if you happen to scratch said bit of Vinyl, you end up with a 'Communication Breakdown' reprise.

The sad thing is that with the increasing 'phonification' of GUI's, a single swipe in the wrong direction will be enough to send the thing off playing 'When the Levee Breaks'.

I blame MS and to some extent Apple for this.

And don't even get me started on 'Hey Alexa, play "Bring it on Home"'

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UK government's cloud spending hits saturation: Love of Microsoft endures

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Mushroom

Re: Cloud themselves

It isn't a stupid idea. It is one full of common sense and therein lies the problem. Governments the world over are distrustful of common sense and much prefer the 'snake oil' aka Data Nirvana as promised by MS.

I'm sure this won't end well (see Icon)

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Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you

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Where does it hurt?

Everywhere so I decided, 'To hell with this game of soldiers' and gave up developing for Windows.

Regained my sanity after a few months..

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Re: SMF?

Remember who 'owns' SMF... namely Oracle. They may well have made it impossible for anyone to adopt.

That stance is not unknown now is it...?

as for systemd, I have bit my teeth and learned to tolerate it. I'll never be as comfortable with it as I was with the old init system but I did start running into issues especially with shutdown syncing with it on some complex systems.

Still not sure if systemd is the right way forward even after four years.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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and in other news...

Internal Stats in IBM showed a 1000% increase in Virtual machines in all areas.

We had this policy for a brief period at one company I worked for. A VM was used to copy 'stuff' to USB sticks and then overwritten with a pristine copy of the VM.

One day, the CEO's PC died and had to be recovered using a 'forbidden' USB stick. Then it hit home (the CEO was an Accountant) that the policy was silly and was recscinded but warnings were put in place about copying company confidential files to non approved devices.

Sounds like IBM really is in its death throws when silly policies like this are implimented. The PHB's seem to be going out of their way to make it impossible for their staff to do their jobs so that... they'll quit.

Everyones a winner then!!!!!!

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Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

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Re: Solving Polynomials on a VAX

Ah yes, the POLY instruction.

It could be interrupted (by Hardware level interrupts) at (from memory) six different points in its execution.

Needless to say that it was used only by the more masochist programmer.

My favourite PDP-11 Instruction was RLB (Rotate Left Byte).

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Re: Docs arriving on a Pallet

Shudder.... That reminds me so much of the VMS V5.0 release. AFAIK, almost every printer in Ireland was used to print the damm things.

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Re: Re-Education

2000 pages and 4 volumes?

I lean back in my office chair and look lovingly at the 3/8ths of an inch thick 'tome' that details the PDP-11 Instruction Set.

Sigh. I really am getting old and need to give up this sofware development malarkey.

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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Oblig

"and now for something completely different!" (not)

I really enjoyed Spamalot and so did the audience if the smiling happy faces were anything to go by.

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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Re: Microsoft will truly endorse Linux...

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Webapps != full MS Office. It's like Google Apps - a half arsed cut down product.

Which ironically is probably what at least 90% of Orifice users need from a functionality POV. The rest is just "meh" and "so what".

Hey MS, how about releasing a version of Office with the functionality and appearance of Office 2003 that includes all the patches but not all that gancy gizmo's in Excell or the Ribbon?

I'm sure that it would sell very well even at half the price of Office 365.

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Broadcom's Arm server chip lives – as Cavium's two-socket ThunderX2

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Of course Microsoft loves this

Why not when they can charge per core for windows licenses????

Oh, don't forget all those lovely CALS that they'll sell as well.

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Arista: Sales up, profit up, share price down

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Shares down?

Ah yes, they must make something. Wall St only loves the FANG stocks when it comes to tech. Everything else is just an annotance or a chance for some shorting.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: "Winnix"

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I have a long list of Hardware that Linux has destroyed, all since rise of Ubuntu,

Ubuntu <> Linux <> Ubuntu

There are plenty of other Linux Distro's that even have a 10 year support cycle. Ubuntu is not the only game in town and has not been for a long, long time.

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Re: and it comes

The questions are...

Do they deserve all the downvotes?

Does Nanny SatNad really know best for each and every one of us?

etc

etc

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and he might think so but those at the coal face who have to fight their madness on a daily basis really do know better.

A lot of that angst gets translated into people using anything but windows at home. I got fed up with the fight almost 10 years (for personal use) ago and have never looked back.

I still shudder as I remember my last W10 work system that got borked by a crap update. I just hauled up the white flag and installed CentOS on the device and then relegated W10 to a VM. Said VM hardly gets used these days. I've moved on but MS hasn't.

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Re: Why is the udate free?

Because if the charged for it the number of class action lawsuits filed would exceed even the vast number of suits filed against Apple.

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'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite

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Paris Hilton

Re: Last we would hear of it

I think I can guarantee that this is the last we will hear about it, and that the government will fight tooth and nail to avoid any internal findings being published....

Unless... as the error took place when El Gordo was PM then some PPS might decide that some political mileage could be gained by discrediting Labour. No change there then???

Paris as one would hope that she gets her checkups on time

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

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re: If you're still doing it when you're 40, you're probably a barrister.

Or any brand of politician.

As some parts of the country are going to the polls tomorrow, I won't say which party this little tale applies to.

I have a postal vote. Here it is a two donkey race, Tory vs Lab. I voted and duly sent it off.

Last friday, one of the two candidates came knocking at my door. He was told that I'd already voted and he thanked me for voting (most don't) and duly noted it on his list of electors. Yet one of his 'friends' came calling on Sunday right in the middle of the Countryfile weather forecast. He was told politely that I'd already told the candidate that I'd voted. Then last night, repeat. Same party, different worker.

On the plus side, they do seem to be trying to get their man/woman/other elected but the local organisation seems brain dead when it comes to communicating with each other.

PPE grads take note. You have an effing brain so use it.

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Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

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Holmes

For the majority of people

This is still an answer waiting for a viable question.

Sherlock because he could always see beyond the end of his nose (except when he couldn't naturally)

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Headmaster

Re: Still don't understand why they keep wanting to get rid of things which work well,

You really need to go and sit on the naughty step. Nanny Microsoft will be along shortly to correct your evil ways.

MS knows what you want before you do. That's why all this new crap (that will never get used) is there. It allows them to proudly say "We have introduced all these wonderful features".

Headmaster Icon naturally.

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Brit healthcare system inks Windows 10 install pact with Microsoft

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Re: upgrade' the PC's to run ChromeOS

So.... where are all the myriad of VB6/VB-Net applications going to run then?

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Google founder Sergey Brin promises to protect humanity from AI

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Re: But ...

Like Bezos and the Zuck, every word that they utter is akin to saying,

"The Sun rises in the West, believe me people, I know that it is true."

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Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, oi oi oi! Tech zillionaire Ray's backdoor crypto for the Feds is Clipper chip v2

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Re: Sharepoint out of a black cauldron

Sharepoint is still a black hole. Put something in and two days later it is gone with no trace.

The URL that you carefully cut and pasted is worthless.

This is what happened to me at not one, not two but at three companies. The thing that was common was that the systems were all setup by MS themselves.

At another company, Sharepoint was setup by someone else and it all worked perfectly.

Could it be that MS don't know how to setup their own dog food?

It would not surprise me one little bit.

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Paperback writer? Microsoft slaps patents on book-style gadgetry with flexible display

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Holmes

Re: Life Cycle

IMHO, this is not about producing a product but more about the Patents. This could stop the likes of ASUS, Samsung, Amazon and even Apple from producing foldable products without getting the inevitable suit for patent violation filed (in East Texas natutally).

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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Re: Death of SystemD

May well come about the time Ubuntu gets to the "Zany Zuck" release.

By that time, a lot of people (none here I might add) will be wondering what all the fuss was about.

Such is life.

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Openreach and BT better watch out for... CityFibre after surprise £537m takeover deal

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Re: Sigh .....

Except that when they were owned by 'us' under the guise of the PO the network was starved of investment and almost run into the ground.

The starving of investment was down to government policy. The same applied to all other nationalised industries. The GPO (like BR etc) could not borrow even 1p without permission from the treasury mandarins.

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Re: But But..... Openreach is not BT

Perhaps the owner of Fulham Football Club has mistaken Wembley for BT?

I'm sure he'd get a better reaction to taking over BT than he got for wanting to buy a stadium.

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Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

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Films that send you to sleep

Not to worry, she's experienced worse. Her idea of the ultimate life-wasting movie is Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, an opinion that I like to point out to her is tainted by her admission that she fell asleep in the cinema

If you want to fall asleep watching a film, then may I humbly suggest 'On Golden Pond'. Five times I've started to watch it only for fall asleep after 20-30 minutes.

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Programmers! Close the StackOverflow tabs. This AI robot will write your source code for you

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Re: MBAs will love it.

Not the MBA's.... but the PHB's. They'll fire all the developers and sit in their Ivory (fake naturally) towers and command the AI to make them great again.

Shades of Emperors new Clothes perhaps.

It won't end well.

Oh wait...

Perhaps this is what happened with the TSB migration?????

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'Alexa, listen in on my every word and send it all to a shady developer'

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The real reason is...

that Bezos and his crew want it all for themselves and won't share it without lots of filthy lucre coming their way.

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Avengers: Infinity War: More Marvel-ous moolah for comic film-erverse, probably

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Re: Must be my age

Mrs Peel or Purdy? either will do nicely.

But please not more of this weak Hollywood crap. Please stop this stupidity. The law of Diminsihing Returns (Exponential) is there for everyone to see.

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