* Posts by Steve Davies 3

5369 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Oracle throws toys out pram again, tells US claims court: Competing for Pentagon cloud contract isn't fair!

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In other words

Please feel free to award the cloud contract to one company as long as that company is Oracle...

Hey Larry... That ain't gonna work.

Take your pick: Linux on Windows 10 hardware, or Windows 10 on Linux hardware

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re: those seeking only a $35 way of running Windows

That is about $3500 (note no decimal point) too much for me.

CentOS runs fine on my half dozen PI's. I don't see any reason to contaminate them with Windows.

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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Ivor the Engine (and Dragon) were better than anything before or since.

Better go, there's Jones the Post at the door.

It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on

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Windows patches

nothing new to see here. Business as usual and many sysadmins are going 'Facepalm' yet again.

BAU for those in Redmond.

Will these stick or will they have to be revoked because of some unforseen borking?

Popcorn... it is 'borkwatch' time again.

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Re: Um, guys, only 1 month left

Do you really, honestly think that there's a deal just waiting to be signed ?

Shouldn't that be

Do you really, honestly think that there's a viable or workable deal just waiting to be signed ?

Where are BoJo and Farage at the moment? They seem totally invisible recently.

Perhaps they are buying up as much gunpowder as they can lay their hands on as they want to take us back to 1605 as that is the sort of world I think that they are dreaming of.

King Bojo and Chancellor Farage perhaps?

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: Redmond

Pompey? sunk into the sea is more likely than burried under volcanic lava.

Pompey is an island for heavens sake...

and I'm just a few miles away in Havant at the moment...


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Re: bigly

of course it is a word. If El Trumpo says it, it is automatically included in Websters. The OED might take a little longer to bow down and pray to him. {visions of Emperor's new clothes for some reason}

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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Time to "Freeze" DCPW

out of our lives once and for all.

They really are a total waste of space these days. Quite why anyone still shops there is beyond me. It is places like this that really do nothing for the retail cause in this country.

El Reg eyes up Article 13 draft leak: Will new Euro law give Silicon Valley more power? Some lawyers think so

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Re: Copyright's a good idea *if* it's easily enforcable by individuals

For them it's all about the rat.

When was the last time Disney released a new work featuring said dead rat?

When was it eh? 20+ years ago?

cue tumbleweed blowing across DisneyLands the world over.

No matter, I never saw the point of MM. Now Tom and Jerry were a different matter entirely.

Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot

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Re: Again...

but why aren't businesses and individuals not sueing the bejesus off of Microsoft?

If this was any other company there would be a stream of lawsuits filling the courts. Just think of the sheer number of cases against Apple as an example.

Their {insert negative adjective of choice here} attitude will drive customers away.

The longer this goes on, the more people will leave their platform.

Is this all part of SatNat's grand plan to drive ordinary people (and SME's) away because they are not big revenue earners or what I really don't know.

Siri, how do you wipe that smug smile from Qualcomm's face? Apple wins patent skirmish with chip nemesis

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re: In short, it's a big, expensive mess

not as big or as expensive as the mess we will get into with No Deal on 29th March.

This one is a mere drop in the ocean.

Coat as I'm off through the snow to get some Milk. There is a cat rubbing my legs that it telling me that it needs some which is far more important than an Apple/QC patent suit.

Texas lawyer suing Apple over FaceTime bug claims it was used to snoop on a meeting

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Re: iPhone to use Windows OS next?

Didn't you get the iMessage? Windows on Phones is very DOA.

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Someone has filed suit against Apple?

Nothing new there then.

Just join the queue. It might be sometime. There is an awful lot of people ahead of you.

Smaller tech firms just aren't ready for a no-deal Brexit, MPs told

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Re: SMEs in other EU countries have the same problem


Look out for a lot of things to carry words like...

"Not For Sale or Use in the UK"

Another fine mess we have gotten ourselves into...

Where's Farage in all this? Sunning himeself on some tropical island (using his MEP salary perhaps)?

It was all going to be so easy wasn't it?

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Re: Ukraine is where it is at...

Maybe... until the Putin's heavies move in to take over the remainder of the country.

Now Comrade what were you thinking?

Nothing subversive I hope Comrade? There are a lot of newly refurbished Gulags in need of occupants.

Better go back to Bangalore/Kolkata/Mumbai/Chennai. At least we know their levels of incompetancy.

Iceland starts planning for new undersea internet cable to Europe

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re: Greenland isn't green

It is getting there with all this climate change.

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Re: The Internet treats Brexit as damage and routes around it

Just wait for Ireland to put a 10% surcharge per bit on the traffic post BREXIT. WTO Rules you know!

The same could apply for any UK-EU Data traffic. Some wags in London are already betting on this being imposed as even more punishment for wanting to leave the EU Titanic before it sinks.

Even Windows 10 can't save the PC market as chip shortages, Brexit uncertainties bite

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Re: Windows 10 can't save the PC market

To quote

Micro-shaft even DARED to admit their YUGE mistakes with 8 and 10

Sadly that is something they will never ever do.

Windows 10 is IMHO a solution for a problem that does only exists in the minds of the MS Drones in Redmond.

Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020

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Re: Must say it..

Apart from posting here that is...???

Arm wants to wrestle industry into a seat on the UK.gov's £70m hardware security train

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Isn't a good part of Softbank that owns ARM in turn owned by the Chinese and given the issues over other Chinese companies...???

I wish them well but I can't help but think that this money will have already been earmarked for the usual suspects who charge a lot and deliver very little if anything on time. I don't need to mention names as we all know of or have worked for them in the past.

Q. What connects the global financial crisis, Ursnif malware, and Coldplay's Viva la Vida?

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So it is Windows only then...

For the moment thet is.

MS seems to be wanting us to run their 'stuff' on Linux and MacOS these days so I guess it won't be long before their 'stuff' is a common attack vector to all popular OS's...

Things will get a lot worse.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

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Re: Some of us DON'T CARE if there are backdoors.....

All that just to say "Hello World" ????

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Glad I still use Firefox, the last browser that hasn't waved the white flag to Google

And how long does it take to change that to something like Startpage?

About 5 seconds.

Carry on there nothing new to report.

With this and the changes to stop you getting at the bootloader, Google is fast building its own walled garden that might even be worse than Apple's. {Shudder}

Hardworking Americans keep busy during the government shutdown driving up smut traffic

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I expect a lot of Gov employees

will be actively looking or have already found other jobs. They can't keep on waiting for Trump and Capitol Hill to settle their squabble.

but how will Mexico pay for that wall eh?


Microsoft's Master Chief calls time on Cortana as a standalone AI platform

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Re: Looking for the MS Phone replacement.

Don't forget the 2nd oldest profession (a.k.a. Pawn Brokers)

They are a great source of used iPhones. Makes them just about affordable to the masses.

The lighter side of HMRC: We want your money, but we also want to make you laugh

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Well, there is even a course and conference on writing excuses. Combined with a Carribean cruise I'm sure that HMRC will allow that as a business expense... (not)

The Writing Excuses Conference 2019


I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Re: Pussy Galore ?

He's probably not old enough to have seen her in all her glory on the big screen (As in 35mm projection at the Flea Pit down the road)...

Coat... Grey Raincoat with a turned up collar naturally.

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Conquest of Africa?

The Red Army is a bit late. The Chinese have bought just about everything worth buying on the continent already.

Children in Keyna are learning Mandarin in primary school now. Russian is nowhere to be seen Comrade.

Red Hat gets heebie-jeebies over MongoDB's T&Cs squeeze: NoSQL database dropped from RHEL 8B over license

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R.I.P MongoDB

It was nice knowing you.

I do understand why you had to change your license but what you have ended up with is a dogs breakfast that no one wants to agree to.

As one commentator (corevoid) has said here,

We certainly are not going to be handing out all of the automation code and internal platforms we have created, mostly for other systems, just to be within license for MongoDB.

That echoes the sentiments of a lot of people. This license is IMHO like putting a gun to your head and pulling the trigger.

Coat (black naturally) with a black tie in the pocket so that I can go to MongoDB's funeral.

Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft... Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm'kay?

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In other news...

Sales of Donald Trump face masks have increased by 100%.

Several states controlled by democrats will make wearing masks like this legal.

US Department of Defense to fling $1.76bn at Microsoft

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Re: That's actually quite insane

Spending all of that money just to get a legacy operating system to somehow work seems like a total waste to me.

That is very true...

But you have to accept that your suggestion requires a whole load of people to think outside the beltway(box) for more than half a nanosecond.

MS would never propose it in the first place. That would just be too radical and NIH for the Redmond Hipsters.

Besides once the DevOps and [insert current buzzword here] people got involved the small team of 20-30 would be 20-30,000. /s /s

Talk about beating heads against brick walls... Hard disk drive unit shipments slowly spinning down

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Re: Steep drop in prices for SSD


The 1TB SSD for around £150 seems to be a sweet spot at the moment.

Go above 1TB and you'd better have a deep, deep wallet.

Until a 4TB SSD is around £300 I'll stick with my 2TB sized bits of rotating rust.

My photo archive is over 2TB and I've already added 3GB this month.

Microsoft vows to destroy Office, er, offices: Campus to be demolished and rebuilt

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Re: MS Design and Tiles

IMHO, you can take all those tiles from Windows 10 and use them to tile the "Le Pissior" as that is about all they are fit for...

DXC Technology bids $2bn for Swiss big cheese Luxoft

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re: Luxoft employs 13,000 people

Luxoft employed 13,000 people

Before the deal closed. Now there is just 13 left.

There fixed it for you.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: xfer

I know how you feel.

You take copies of 'stuff' and over the years you have a whole stack of HDD's full of mostly junk but some hidden gems.

I spent 10 days before Crimble sorting my data out while I was housebound with a severely sprained ankle.

I started with almost 40TB of data. That is now 6TB including 2.3TB of Photographs[1]. There were backups of projects that I worked on in the early 1990's... Oh the memories...

Still some way to go but I now have a pile of empty HDD's. Half of them will go to recycling once I've done a security wipe. That will make it a lot less tempting.

[1] The new Camera that 'her indoors' gave me for Crimble/Birthday will really eat up storage as it has a 48M Pixel sensor... Perhaps I should think again about donating those HDD's?

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Re: Recycle Bin

Yep the save for later folder until... Windows decides that it is already too full and starts deleting the oldest files to make room for the new ones.

Yep, this got me a few years ago. Thankfully, my paranoia had made me take a full backup of the system first.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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I was with you until No 13

I recently started to listen to Vinyl again and realised how crap most CD's are.

I'd like to add

14) Windows 10

15) Using any Amazon service or store be it online or physical especially the ones with no staff.


16) Giving Social Media the big finger.

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Re: Observation

This reminds me of the US Numberplate sized sticker that I got while on a trip to Boston in the mid 1980's.

"To Err is Human... To really foul things up requires a computer..."

Still as true (if not truer) today as it was then

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Re: Wait, what?

Any system administrator who does this should be fired for gross negligence.

How about

Any system administrator who does this other than in a disposable VM on a firewalled machine in the basement and inside a faraday caged room labelled 'here be dragons' should be fired for gross negligence.

That seems better... :)

Chip-for-tat escalates: Qualcomm's billion-Euro bond to block Apple iPhone sales in Germany

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Don't worry QC

Apple will soon be going belly up and you can return to business as normal and double dipping your dwindling number of customers. /s

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Re: It'll never happen...

This is the same old RyanAir. Their first answer is always NO. As is the second, NO. Eventually they might say ...'well we can change it but it will cost you...' with a cost that is probably more than what you paid for the flight in the first place.

I agree that the ICO should give them a huge fine just to make an example of them.

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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why not take the Blue Peter way out?

and prepare it all beforehand so that come 01:00 tomorrow and you return from the Pub/Club/Embankment all you need to do is whack the curry and rice in the microwave and nuke it for 2-3 minutes?

Then you can settle down with a nice curry with that last pint of Sussex Bitter and welcome in the new year.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: No gumption

Crawley is indeed next to LGW BUT there is at the present time a decent gap between the houses and the airport perimiter. I grew up next to the airport in Povey Cross which is just to the north of the Airport.

At the SW end of the runway there are fields and scattered houses plus a small factory (Roband Electronics)

There is plenty of space IMHO to shoot not only the drone but to do it without endangering human life or property unless it is one or two cars at the off airport car park that is near the far end of the runway.

IMHO, this is just a dry run for bigger drone events close to specific targets. I'm sure that it won't be long before waves of drones carrying explosives are sent over prime targets. HMG needs to get tough with these people. Throw the book at them.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: Don't they do risk management any more?

There probably is a risk assesment in place but for just one isolated incident. This seems to be a whole lot worse.

It will also be putting ideas into people who will be getting Drones for Crimble.

We've had drones hovering outside of people's bedroom windows where I live. One was downed with a BB gun. The owner never bothered to claim the wreckage. It was burnt on a local bonfire last November (the battery was removed first).

Surprisingly, there have been no more incidents.

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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it all seemed a bit (Fr)agile to me

I'll get me coat.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Google is Evil

Just like Microsoft

Just like Amazon

Just like Apple

Just like Twitter

Just like Facebook

Just like...

Is any company in this day and age not evil data slurping standards bending barstewards?

{probably not}

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

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Re: Enterprise...

There is no such thing as a free lunch in the MS dictionary. Beware the Ides of Redmond.

Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks

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re: You could have finder

There are alternatives to Finder such as 'Commander One' but Windows Explorer is so embedded into the whole OS replacing it is next to impossible.

Besides if this was easy I'm sure that MS would go out of its way to make it impossible or at least very difficult to do. (just my opinion though)

Qualcomm axes staff, winds down data center processor efforts ... while China takes the blueprints and runs

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Still, they got one over on Apple

In China and in relation to resizing a photo on an iDevice. Apparently Tim Cook and Co violated a QC Patent in IOS 11. I guess that the order making QC tell patent licencees exactly what patents they are actually licensing has something to do with this.

Also AFAIK, it only applies in China to phones running IOS 11 and is an injunction banning the import of infringing phones. Still, how this can be inforced when all those iDevices are made in China...? {Mind boggles on that point}

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Maybe its time for Microsofties to study programming?

Now Microsoft probably has scores of youngsters who are certainly very Agile,

Agile at putting everything but the simlest problem on the Technical Debt list marked as 'THTF' (To Hard To Fix) and then forgetting about them.

As a Software Developer, I'd be ashamed to admit that I had ever worked for MS on Windows 10.

There we were thinking the Visa was as bad as it could get as far a MS Operating Systems went. My how wrong we were.

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