* Posts by Mark 110

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Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

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Re: Big up Tech and then screw Tech contractors - illogical dear Chancellor

Theres barely any benefit tax wise to contracting anyway unless you go with one of the dodgy schemes you get a call about occasionally. Not paying NI is about it. Oh and claiming back work work related expenses as tax exempt but thats not much.

I would be pissed if it got worse I admit.

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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Re: anarchic, fragmented, insecure, with a user base that lags far behind the latest code.

@Shad - No tablet here. My Lenovo Yoga can act like one if you fold it over but my use cases have been limited to proof reading documents. I've never see the need for one - my phone does what I might use a tablet for (email / web).

I genuinely do use an A4 pad for office stuff that I see people taking twice as long to do with a tablet.

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Re: What fragmentation?

The two have different approaches to screwing you:

Apple - proprietary hardware, cables, sockets, services. You pay more for the same technology and then pay more again for Apple compatible stuff.

Google - cheap, cheerful but needs a bit more work and you get a data slurp you might not like (I don't mind as long as I know what it is)

By the way - pedantry "Sure, Android is so huge now, it's not easy for Google to manage, but the whole fragmentation thing has been blown out of the water." You meant "blown out of proportion". </pedant>

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Re: 18 months

Some apps do it. Depends where the settings are stored - device or cloud. You always have to re authenticate which is a good thing (if a bit of a faff).

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Re: "One OS to rule them all"

They would just be forced to offer you a choice when you set up your new phone of default search, default maps, etc. Everyone would just pick the best one, the one they are used to, anyway.

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Re: anarchic, fragmented, insecure, with a user base that lags far behind the latest code.

Shadmeister - you're a genius. I feel like an f_ing idiot with my A4 pad now :-(

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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Re: Reminder of Acorn Advert

In name maybe. Their technology, and probably some of their share value - can't be arsed to research - lives on as Arm Holdings. That phone you have - its an Acorn!!

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As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

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Re: Congratulations!!!

Short term bottom-line. Legitimate advertisers need to trust the revenue model and if they know its open to fraud they won't trust it. Medium to long term the big money advertisers might consider other options. This would hit googles bottom line.

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Nathan Barley blamed for global GDP slump

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Re: Productivity?

Not sure the blaming for not working hard enough thing is right. If we were doubling the price of everything we sell for the same labour then productivity wouldn't be an issue. Its a much more complicated issue than your example.

Much of productivity is not about how 'hard' people work, but about how 'well' they work. Example: I am working on some service management tooling at the moment. Process maturity stuff, getting people off spreadsheets for managing software licenses and hardware stocks and the like and into a proper tool - make their lives easier . . . more productive. Lots of other stuff - more self help for end users, save them sitting in a queue on the phone to the helpdesk for stuff they could fix in 3 minute.s themselves. Those things once done will improve the productivity of the organisation.

<Rant on> however my f_ing productivity is being blown out of the water by the f_ing shite bug ridden piece of shit Service Management tool I am stuck with which refuses to do any f_ing thing I ask without throwing an ODBC error and crapping out. Or other random obscure behaviour. GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

My productivity is shot to fuck at the moment - working same hard as always.

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Germany slaps ban on kids' smartwatches for being 'secret spyware'

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Re: Good news, bad reporting

We had this conversation end of last week I believe. This is tabloid news not tech news. Vulture is first with tech news and recycles techy tabloid news for me because I don't read tabloids (though I still read the Grauniad despite its descent towards being a tabloid).

Though I missed this in the Guardian - busy weekend.

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Who has 2,000 tickets to the gun show? Cisco's HCIA platform HyperFlex

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Vendors will always discount a big client. Vendors will always discount new products. When I was at Unilever and they were migrating their entire SAP estate off Oracle DB onto IBM DB2, which grapevine said was pretty much free in comparison, there was an IBM account manager onsite as his full time job.

You don't get momentum without selling it at a loss til you get established and benefit from economies of scale. If anyone can afford to take short term losses then Cisco can.

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It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

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Re: https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/policies/report-spam-form

And its not spam. Its fraud. Where's the 'report fraudulent adverts' link?

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Re: Bing

Sometimes its alright. Its the default in work. Its not what I'd choose but Google is no longer the Google I would choose since they started making ads look like results.

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Re: Indifference ... Complacency or what...

Yeah - not pleased with their solution. I would have dedicated link for reporting scam adverts that go straight to a dedicated team.

Not like they can't afford it.

Just looking on Google - they don't seem to have a reporting mechanism either. Hmmmm.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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Re: Fools and their money...

Agree completely el kabong. Its just a phone.

My reasons for never touching an apple thing ever again started in about 2003 (give or take a couple of years). I wanted to watch a quicktime video so downloaded the quicktime player from Apple which cunningly forced on me iTunes. I hadn't asked for that. Didn't want it. My MP3 collection was carefully curated. Suddenly Apple wanted to take over - and did a bit of damage to my metadata.

F_ckers. It wasn't straight forward to uninstall either. Like those search bars that just won't go away and have to be hacked out of the registry. I'm still pissed off about it now. They can go screw if they ever think they will get a single pence from me.

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OnePlus 5T is like the little sister you always feared was the favourite

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Re: Fingerprint sensor on the rear

You could just set that Smart unlock thingy so it will automatically unlock when its connected to your cars bluetooth?

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Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

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Agree. So how on earth has the price gone UP since this clusterfuck?

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UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

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Re: Quick....

I worked (for Centrica Energy - Service Transition) on that Centrica Data centre migration and transformation programme, from T-Systems to HP hosting back in 2011. Massive contract. That's an enormous loss.

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Fear not, driverless car devs, UK.gov won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

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Re: Easy I suppose

I would just slam on and hope not to hit either. Hopefully the software would do the same. On any roads where there's likely to be a cyclist and an old lady with a shopping trolley, at the same time, I'm likely to be doing under 30 and my car has proved it will stop in about 10yds at that speed.

If there's an old lady wandering out into higher speed traffic then that's her problem.

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Surely if you put the computer in control then you were driving?

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Its the car owners self driving software.

They bought it and used it. Of course they are objectively liable. They may have recourse to further sue the supplier of the car but that shouldn't be the victims problem. The victim needs to be compensated by the owner of the car that hit them. Its not the victims fault the car owner bought crap software.

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Sorry - that's how the law works usually.

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Re: Fair enough, but...

"" It would be a bit harsh requiring your kid to need insurance to cycle around a residential estate with their mates."

Why?"

Because that would make the world a bit shitter than it already is. I used to play football in the road. If a car came we'd pick the jumpers (goal posts) up. Let the car past then carry on. When the fuck did car drivers get to demand that resiential streets were theirs and theirs alone.

No wonder there's an obesity crisis when its not safe (because of self obsessed idiots who want to be be able to drive around residential estates at 30-40 miles an hour) to let your kids out to play in the street. Go f yourself with something embedded with nails.

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Software can be fixed.

Apparently brains can't be.

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Re: While were at it....

"The biggest nause when riding a cycle in a town is the ignorant drivers that don't leave enough space for a cycle to pass on the inside when they're stationary and puking out fumes. So the cyclist has to cut outside of that car in the centre of the road, then cut back in front to get to the inside lane if the next car hasn't blocked it."

Sorry - had to downvote you there. Undertaking is bad. Its not your space. You want to overtakie you go around. Thats why, as I said in an earlier post, cyclists need better training. You either go around or you wait. Otherwise you are in danger of hurting yourself.

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Re: Fair enough, but...

I think you will find that already exists, the legislation. Just needs enforcing.

As for requiring them (of which I am one) to have insurance. It doesn't seem to stop car drivers (of which I am also one) behaving like nutters. Its not entirely a bad idea though. Maybe you need insurance to ride on A roads where risks are higher because of higher speeds. It would be a bit harsh requiring your kid to need insurance to cycle around a residential estate with their mates.

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I am a cyclist and a driver.

If the tech works I would trust autonomous vehicles much more than the meat driven ones when I'm cycling. Not sure what they are moaning about. Most cycle deaths would be avoided by either:

a. Car drivers being a bit more aware and in less of a hurry

b. Cyclists being better trained to not do silly things like enter HGV blindspots, undertake, ignore traffic controls. A lot need to be trained to control their road space a bit better as well, and do basic maintenance like pump their tyres up hard enough they can cycle in a straight line.

I would be in favour of compulsory cycle training before you can go out in traffic.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Outrageous!!

And they sell pork - insulting Jews and Muslims.

And beef - insulting Hindus.

What has the world come too . . .

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: "When it's political, technology cannot do anything."

Agree with all the above comments about 800 apps not being that surprising. I'm currently working for a Housing Association (think the equivalent of the councils social housing division and maybe some of their 'care & support' and we have catalogued 300 odd applications (I don't know how many are thick Windows client off the top of my head).

Everything from desktop office software, environmental noise software, other environmental software (air, water quality for example), the stuff that manages access to buildings, lifting gear service compliance management software, gas compliance, electrical compliance, asbestos compliance, everything else compliance, new build project software, repairs and maintenance management (about 6 of these), a number of customer service apps (CRM), the usual HR suite, the usual finance suite, the usual IT management suite, telephony systems, CCTV systems, cashless payment systems, the usual marketing stuff, I could go on and on and on. I've never (well, very brief stint at Cheshire County Council years ago) worked in this industry before and its been an education. Theres loads of duplication and failure to use things to their potential I agree. There's a 5 year plan to sort that out.

Anyway - I audited this stuff and theres not a single Linux thick client app for any of the thick client stuff. Except perhaps some of the IT systems management software (just starting to audit this).

Why? Theres no demand. People expect a Windows client so thats what gets developed. You want a Linux version then you pay to get it developed. And then you pay for the business readiness for the switch over. And then you pay for the user training. And then you pay the ongoing maintenace/dev costs for something you could have bought a Windows version off the shelf.

And then you have to have every single one of these apps ready to go for when you switch peoples desktops over to Linux.

We're locked in. Unless every app runs in the cloud and you use it via a browser. Just have to suck that one up.

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Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a HACK, claims angry upstart

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Re: Piece of p**s to think up a new crypto currency.

The Cyprus problem was not about being able to get your money. It was about being able to get your money out of Cypriot banks right then. Sensible governance to prevent a run on the banks. When there's a danger or a run escalating governments will always do this. You can still get your money . . . you just have to wait til everyone stops panicking.

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Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

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First I'd heard of it!!

Chill.

The Reg is often first with tech news - very first, and very critical. Not so much with rehashing tabloid stuff thats worth rehashing. I don't read tabloids so please, Vulture, keep rehashing the stuff that might be interesting.

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280 MEEELLION in Ethereum

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Re: A tragedy? @ Richard Boyce

Real currencies are guaranteed by governments. Who through good governance try and keep the value of them fairly predictable. Governments do things like insure your savings so if your bank goes bust you don't lose your money.

If a government starts to guarantee virtual currencies then problems like this story won't be a big issue.

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Oh dear

I feel a snigger coming on. Imagine the Bitcoin price will halve tomorrow. Risk and all that.

Silly buggers trusting this shit.

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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

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WTF Cloud got to do with it?

I can see that putting it in the cloud loses you access if te Internet falls over. But the internet doesn't have to fall over.

Back in my Telewest days we, in response to failures by people ike Level 3, put in resilient links with different providers, through different geographic touchpoints. It wasn't perfect but we could keep soomething going if Level 3 or Telecity went down when previously we just had to look at the queue on the phones and shrug.

Hopefully thhings are less reliant on the two of tem since the old days.

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AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

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"> world of warcraft

> gaming

lol. you tried Myst?"

Two things:

1. WoW was the first big team sports game played by pro teeams trying to beat it. Belittiling it because it got a bit shit and fell behind (which I assume is your take) is just being silly.

2. If you need a graphics card (Gaming rig really as its the package) to really perform then a MMORPG is where you test it. Blizzard cut raids to 25 people from 40 because very few peoples hardware could handle it, and my experience of taking part in a city raid where about 500 of us horde hit an Alliance city gave me frame rates of about 1ps on very high end hardware.

AFAIK Myst doesn't demand the card can draw the actions of 500+ people on screen all at the same time.

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Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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A☐ just don't know what A☐ should think. Surely there must be a way A☐ can find out what A☐ should do with my malfunctioning A☐thingy.

A☐ think standards may be slipping. A☐ don't think this would have happened in Jobs day.

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For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

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Re: I was using FaceId (or whatever)

Expandable memory iis very very sensible. Not essential. But sensible.

It means the base price of the phone doesn't need to accomodate the memory requirements of all users. I for example carry 100Gb of music around on my phone. So I stick a big SD card in to hold that music. My girlfriend who has the same model doesn't so she doesn't.

As for holding that stufff in the cloud. Not much good if you are on a train in the UK and can't listen to anything because theres no mobile connectivity for at least 50% of your journey (and don't f'ing get me started on the supposedly wonderful train WiFi).

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Dashboard pushers: Dark here in containerised server land, innit sysadmins?

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Log Aggregation - dashboards / reporting / alerting

Isn't this much what Splunk does as well. The machine learning bit might be new but its much the same thing isn't it?

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Giza geezers' muon-geyser visor reveals Great Pyramid's hidden void surpriser

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I am hoping its the Stargate chamber.

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Teradata lights candles, turns on TAP, runs itself soothing analytics bath

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Re: Oh dear

The problems weren't at Unilever. I think I said I had little knowledge of how that (Unlilever) went from a business point of view. It was a different one of your clients in the North West of England that have actually cited internally that they need to make better purchasing decisions - their Teradata purchase being the example (that coming from the CIO).

I watched them burn a few hundred thousand pounds on your consultants and their own staff working on the project to get the hardware they had bought doing something. In the end they just canned the whole thing.

And as I said. Not entirely Teradatas problem - client had problems too. But if I were you I wouldn't want many similar customer experiences. Don't let your sales guys flog people stuff they haven't a clue how to use.

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Picture this if you will: Facebook trousers $77,794. Every. Minute.

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Why?

"People simply spend hours on Facebook every day, and fleeting seconds elsewhere"

As opposed to me. I spend fleeting seconds on Facebook and hours on El Reg. Maybe we should get a VultureBook going . . .

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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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Re: Network shares etc?

Thanks - been meaning to google how to stop Grub doing that to me :-)

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Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

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Re: I think Britain should dump Trident in favor of Tomahawk cruise missiles

I love a Good Yes Prime Minister quote. That episode is very much worth a rewatch when Trident comes up.

Might do it now actually.

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HTC U11: U-hoo. Look over here! Two new phones! We're Not Actually Dead

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My HTC U11 is by far the best phone I have owned. Highly recommended though a bit pricey.

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IBM's containerised Cloud Private's out in the open

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- What will it be renamed to in 2018?

Tivoli Something Blah

(Though they seem to have dropped branding everything Tivoli of late)

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So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

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Interesting stuff

Most interesting is why everyone is being so coy about letting us know what the content of the dodgy ads was. Bizarre. Especially in the American system which usually is quite open about whats going on in comparison to the UK.

Can we have the details please . .

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P.S. Theres a bad sentence in the article "on nothing by Kremlin-devised myths and urban legends" - should be 'but' not 'by'. </pedant>

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My #95Theses of #Digital

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Daleks!!

Daleks aren't robots so the Asimov analogy got my back up. Or they weren't originally anyway - times change. Originally they were life support vehicles for the survivors of Skaro iirc.

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Anyway - #12 If you want to get VCs interested call it AI even though its got the intelligence of Texas Instruments calculator from 1977.

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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

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It's not actually a bad idea if its done well. But 300 seats???? Nah. A small business with <50 seats maybe. Theres plenty of businesses like that running off a NAS box some local support contractor set up for them to do file and email - this would give them device management, cloudy file and patching as well.

It would need a very IT competent business manager to tend the thing though and I sense they would soon find it became a fulltime job. Especially if they tried it with 300 seats.

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Open source, says me: Alibaba chucks MariaDB a $27m funding round

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Branding

They really need to do something with that 'Alibaba' name. For me its just got too many negative connotations around less than honest traders in middle eastern bazaars. I'm not even sure where in western culture I get that from.

And yeah I know that's a racial stereotype but its one that exists so the branding always makes me not want to look.

Edit: Just read up. So its from Alibaba and the 40 thieves. And whilst in the story Alibaba isn't a thief my brain seems to associate the word with thieves. Oh well.

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Google Drive ate our homework! Doc block blamed on code blunder

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Re: Misreading the problem

"The problem is a 3rd party reading what they have no business accessing."

Nah the problem is the Daily Mail in insisting it must be read!!

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Re: GDoc sync

Upvoted you cause I nearly gave up on it too. They fixed it though. Haven't had any issues in a year or two.

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