* Posts by Vince

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Windows Server 2019 Essentials incoming – but cheapo product's days are numbered

Vince

"Axing the Essentials line is a calculated risk for Microsoft. While its Office 365 product remains the clear market leader, small businesses may look to the likes of Google's G Suite in future. "

Huh? Server essentials has sod all to do with Office in any form, so ditching the Essentials Line won't have any difference in that respect.

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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Re: All these people agreeing with Verizon...

Just a point of clarification - the “wire pulling” bit of BT, by which I think you mean Openreach is not s different company. It’s also BT plc.

Legally separated operationally, but not independent, not a separate company etc

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Re: Windows 10 Home doesn't have the option of disabling the updates

"Can't you add..."

(a) No, because that's not the host name used for Windows Update

(b) No, because Windows has a hard coded list of locations including IP addresses to ensure malware can't so easily stop updates & to prevent hijacking that it uses as well as looking things up

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Clearly in this case the issue has nothing to do with printers, but just to remind El Reg of its own news articles, there have been issues with printers changing content...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/06/xerox_copier_flaw_means_dodgy_numbers_and_dangerous_designs/

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Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

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I’m pretty good at predicting accurately when it’s a good time to install updates.

So accurate in fact I’ve got a 100% success rate.

The problem with the new plan is that it doesn’t matter if I went to get a cuppa, or went away for the weekend, I might well have left the system on and in a particular state for a very good reason. There’s not a predictable “good time” for me, other than “when I am ready”.

I’m sure many others feel the same, but why Microsoft cannot just accept it and let us have more control is beyond me. Maybe come up with compelling features we want to install and not useless toot we couldn’t care less about and you’ll find more active updating being done.

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Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS

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Re: It isnt the encryption that is the problem

You can run 150 web sites off one IPv4 address with TLS. It's called SNI. It's been around for ages. Unless your devices are really old it'll just work.

That's how it is done.

That said, I don't agree with this move by Google. It's poorly considered and will mislead people again. The problem with "secure" is that it is not secure - it's just encrypted between you and the point it terminates at. The site could have a web page under HTTPS that is spewing out all your details openly - it's not in any way an indicator of secure.

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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Re: The elegant and slimmer fix

As the new macbook's don't have any illuminated logo...

I still prefer my MBP 2016 to anything anyone else makes.

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Re: At least it was better than...

I was given a copy of Windows ME by Microsoft when I attended some event back in the day. It is still, to this day, in the shrink wrap, unopened and unused.

I mean why would you use it when Windows 2000 rocked up.

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Every bloody gadget in the house is ringing. Thanks, EE

Vince

Not quite....

This adds the ability for my iPad (which is on o2 as it happens) to be able to make and receive calls to/from my EE number, even when my iPhone is not on, not connected, not on the same network.

So if you say had a BT Landline and called my mobile number, and I had run out of battery on my iPhone, but my iPad was still good, if it had connectivity (cellular - not needing to be EE... or wifi), my iPad would ring and I could take the call. For example on Saturday my iPhone was at home, I was 15 miles away and my iPad let me take a call from a non-facetime user.

You could previously do this but only if the iPhone was connected/nearby the iPad - so the scenario I describe didn't work.

However, a few clarifications...

EE web site suggests this works for texts - so far, it does not work independently of the iPhone - you could already, on watch and iPad send an SMS but it would relay via iCloud and send to the iPhone to send for you - likewise receiving it. This is STILL the case now - but it's implied in various places by EE that won't be the case - but neither my watch (cellular or wifi) or my iPad can relay or receive SMS if my iPhone is not on and connected - so nothing has changed in SMS terms[1]

[1] not to be confused with imessage which does work regardless but obviously is only of use if the other party is also an imessage user.

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Re: Dear Microsoft

Weirdly enough I recently did the same, between Microsoft having my data via LinkedIn and the same utter crap being received via LinkedIn and absolutely nothing useful in years, I decided it had to go.

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About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

Vince

Re: Not Avast Me Hearties!

Sample size of 1. Conclusive proof then.

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Look, we're doing stuff: Facebook suspends 200 super slurper apps

Vince

"Facebook failed to respond to The Register's repeated requests for clarification on how former users would be alerted to the potential misuse of data."

...well if Facebook acted as responsibly as they should then they wouldn't hold the data of former users in order to have any method years on to directly contact them...

...this privacy stuff is difficult right :-)

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Vince

Re: Oh well

Or more accurately...

AAISP provide a normal PSTN Line, but then add a feature to nobble its use. They also just happen to charge a bit less for said line, and choose to forgo higher margins others make.

However, other ISPs provide said PSTN line for £10 (like AAISP) but do let you use the phone line for voice calls - it's the same wholesale service, without the nobbling.

In the case of AAISP you are paying for a line you can't use for voice but it's an ordinary line, they have no special sauce.

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

Vince

Maybe he should have checked first?

You clearly don't understand (a) the nature of live TV, and (b) what the grid walk is...

It's not exactly the sort of thing that is scripted in advance...

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: Sorry, I still don't get it...

I believe, but may be wrong, that the entry to (before the pit officially starts and speed restrictions apply) and exit of, is outside the restrictions so time can be gained in that area?

Is it possibly also a shorter distance to travel?

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Vodafone is UK's mobile ping king

Vince

...but the reality (for me at least) is that three works in places nobody else do and frankly, for most uses, it's always more than fast enough for what you ACTUALLY are doing.

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Leading by example: UK.gov's secure server setup is patchy at best

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Re: Try checking the banks first

When you say "council tax" has been on hold for like 10 years, what precisely do you mean, because mine has gone up by about 4% every single year, and this year is no exception.

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UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

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YMMV of course, but my experience is entirely different. In fact in our office, the vast majority of the staff use 3.

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Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

Vince

Re: Who uses a landline in this day and age?

Providing they get 3G or 4G signal, the voice call quality on a mobile is miles ahead of a landline.

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Vince

Given Sky are only paying for the 40 hours fix time, the problem there is how much Sky are prepared to pay to have faults fixed faster. For once not really Openreach to blame.

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Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

Vince

Yes, and I find the 12" Macbook version of the keyboard is a total delight to use, and the one on my 15" Macbook Pro less so - because the keys are spaced apart more. If it had the same more compact design as I do on the 12" device I'd be very happy.

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

Vince

I haven't read the entire comments posted thus far, but seriously, yet again your piece has obvious lack of research issues.

Easiest example: "Being Apple, of course, there's no option to reduce the refresh rate (it's a dazzling 120hz) or lower the screen res."

...no they don't, because it isn't always at 120Hz, it's entirely dynamic so there is no need to "manage" the refresh, because Apple does it already.

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No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

Vince

Avoid Windows 10 and also Office 2019? Fine by me.

Windows 10 already pushed me to the alternative OS choices, so not having to consider any further expenditure on the non-Win 10 machines I still have, forcing me to abandon MS entirely is really no great problem anymore.

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple's password protection in macOS can be thwarted

Vince

Re: So how does one lock a Mac when stepping away?

Yep you and me both - I setup a hot corner - and I have added lock screen to the not so good touch bar - but as I generally avoid using it, I never actually use that method.

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

Vince

Re: Who didn't see this coming?

Add me to that list. CS4 was my last. Was going to get CS6 and then they yelled Cloud Cloud Cloud was about to be forced on us, so I decided against it.

I use Affinity Photo in place of Photoshop and it is very credible and well priced. I also have the iPad version and it’s also fabulous. All for less than the Adobe “Photography” subscription.

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Vince

Re: How convenient

"Nope - it's going to have to be a nice new AMD-based MacBook Pro for me, paid for by Intel"

Do you know something we don't about Apple's plans, because last I looked there was no AMD based MacBook Pro, and I doubt there will be.

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TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

Vince

Utter twaddle. Sky has not, and does not throttle VPN traffic. Or indeed any other traffic.

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Apple sprays down bug-ridden iOS 11 with more fixes

Vince

Re: Does IoS stand for

Well as the iPad doesn't include a calculator out of the box (still no idea why, although given current issues it might not be so bad) it could explain a lot!

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

Vince

Re: €49.3m for Windows 10

The issue with your calculations is that you’re looking at “retail” pricing, they’ll end up with volume licensing which is more expensive, and comes with different license terms which will be better for them.

They’re probably having Software Assurance too, which adds among other things Software updates (new versions), particularly useful for Office less so than Windows these days (Windows is now even more complex when it comes to updates than it once was on enterprise and volume license).

Those costs don’t thus look utterly ridiculous to me, and I suspect despite all the moaning that the simple benefit of being able to use off the shelf software will help too. Whilst I’m no longer a Microsoft supporter, there is something to be said for having something you can just expect software to exist for and work with, and frankly the Issue with Linux on the desktop remains as it was before.

You can tell us there’s wine and a package for everything but it’s both not always the answer, is a pain in the backside with more complex proprietary software and quickly outweighs the savings from the desktop OS cost.

And before the running Linux at home lot wake up, there is a huge difference in what a large scale company or organisation needs and uses to your home setup. Councils need to massive ranges of functions ... anything from bin collection to running properties, street cleaning to heating pools in leisure centres and thus the software they need is considerably vast. Factor in too they are often the (unwilling) recipients of other people’s systems - for example in a building they might take on there could well be some existing building management system, it’ll be proprietary and they’re not going to rip that out and replace it just to use Linux when you can spend throwaway money on a Windows box.

There’s absolutely a place for Linux and the landscape shows it’s widely used in server farms, appliances, mobile etc etc and a fine job it does too, but honestly as a desktop it’s miles off being doable for everyone, and whilst I would love there to be a better choice and more competition in a meaningful way there isn’t and I suspect there won’t be anytime soon.

And finally.., in the previous post about this someone was banging on about how all these apps should be web based, please, use common sense. Not everything is suitable for a browser environment and there will be huge numbers of existing systems that would be very costly to replace - again it’s trivial to support as is but very costly to change.

Given Munich run a large Windows estate anyhow they’re supporting 2 different and often incompatible systems, it must be a real pain in the ass right now, so moving to “all windows” is the path of least resistance.

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

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@Phil O'Sophical

"Which is strictly forbidden by my company's IT policy, so if that is the only way to make it work it would be the end of company-provided Android phones"

And I guess you won't be getting iOS devices either then, since you have to use the Apple Push Notification service as far as I know for everything like this. Indeed my basic understanding is that this is the ONLY option with Apple.

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

Vince

Re: Whot ?

Your colleagues using OS-X (it's called macOS now btw) will be using the terrible version of Office for Mac which is utter garbage and is nothing like (in many ways) office on windows.

I use Parallels + Office from Windows on my Mac because the Mac version is totally horrific

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BT agrees to cream off less profit from landline-only customers

Vince

Re: IIRC

Sorry TechnicalBen, the cost of the wholesale line rental from Openreach has not increased.

It's purely a Retail game - BT Consumer puts up pricing, everyone else does by whatever they do less a few pence and claim they're cheaper than BT etc etc.

It's all ultimately subsidising the knock down pricing on broadband, but by putting it on landline rental, nobody can really do much about that and so everyone takes it up the rear.

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Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

Vince

Re: Microsoft FAIL

No, and had the SSD chip not blown up on the Lenovo Yoga 11 thing that ran RT (it wasn't just the Surface), the machine would still be in use today.

Instead, I moved to a MacBook 12".

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Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

Vince

Used to use Misco in an old job, never the cheapest. But we had a "Premier" account. This mostly translated to ... free shipping (as long as you reminded your account manager EVERY time), additional phone calls to make you buy stuff, and promises of freebies you never got...

On the flip side, it was an acceptable supplier and they also sold stuff like chairs I was able to sign off without having to go and ask since it came from an IT supplier so was within my signing rights, hence good chairs for everyone in my office.

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

Vince

Re: Isn't it obvious

@Naselus

Well "low margin" has nothing to do with "high price"

You can sell something for £20,000 and if it costs you £19,999 it's low margin. If it costs you £1,000 to make, it's high margin.

It's not clear to me what sort of margin on a unit sale of a typical surface there would be, but I imagine it is still loss making.

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Huge Apple news confirmed. Software deal with Accenture is official

Vince

Re: Mfg of highest priced x86 based tablet on planet hook up with one of worlds biggest con-sultants

The deal was with Apple, not Microsoft. Apple don’t make any x86 tablets.

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CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

Vince

This statement that you have until October 2018 is not true in the majority of cases - it all depends when your subscription currently ends. Some people will have just over 60 days and that's it.

Moving to the CrashPlan Business option isn't that great if you use other functionality such as Friend or Other Computer backup as well - because that's not in that version, nor if you have over 5TB of storage as you'll have to send the data again.

Moving to Backblaze also doesn't work for quite a few use cases that crop up - that'd include me as Backblaze doesn't offer very long retention times for previous versions, does not allow computer to computer backup, does not allow install on a Server OS (which is great if you happen to have one personally), and many other things.

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Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

Vince

Another step closer to removing the "not for profit" status. Closer all the time.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

Vince

Re: "Most people won't pay for content..."

I don’t even think it’s as complex as people only read it because it’s “free” as in money vs explicit payment eg “paywall”.

I suspect a further major contribution is that many other sites generally have the same content in a slightly different form (although not even that sometimes) so why would I pay site A to read content I can also read on site B, C, and D.

If you’ve ever used a news aggregation app you soon realise they’re not useful because you get every article 10 times... and not in a way where you are getting substantially different views or angles on a piece.

So really, why would I pay?

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

Vince

The watch is much more useful than I anticipated actually... some of the bits I like/use:

1. Unlocking my Macbook/MacBook Pro without password faff.

2. Better than getting phone out to pay for stuff (I almost exclusively pay via Apple Pay)

3. Run/Walk tracking

4. General exercise data as background to get an idea of daily burn

5. Silencing all the devices that ring every time someone phones with a quick face cover

6. Provides navigation when walking so no need to get phone out (handy when hands are full)

7. Quick check to see if a notification is worth getting phone out or not

8. Handy to send a text when driving as speech works remarkably well (non-Siri dictation)

9. Music remote (although could be a lot better and work with stuff other than built in music)

10. Can leave phone on charge and still get messages etc

Things that aren’t so good:

1. Using it for phone calls, you both look stupid and it doesn’t work very well

2. App support is pretty low and those that exist are way too slow to load

3. Wish it could be told not to alert when driving (phone knows so wish watch could know)

4. The breathe thing, turned off but seems totally pointless and irritating

5. Having to fully reset the watch which takes ages if you change iPhone is just stupid

6. Honeycomb UI is actually pretty lame

7. Watch constantly lights up when driving as can’t tell between looking at it and turning the wheel

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Vince

Re: I'm sure Apple engineers read The Register...

I agree about:

2. Mail message bodies not downloaded for random reasons.

3. Broken text selection in Safari.

5. Inability to reliable distinguish between bring up control panel gesture and text entry when a keyboard is on screen.

6. Once a piece of text is highlighted in pink, it's very difficult to get rid of the highlight without highlighting something else or losing the selected text.

8. Badly designed and rendered UI in Messages. The new functionality is horribly bolted on.

9. Synchronising 'spinner' often remains on screen even when synchronisation isn't happening.

10. Deeply unreliable WiFi synchronisation with iTunes.

11. Random failure with personal hotspot connection.

13. Automatic redirection to public WiFi networks even if you've set the phone to never join networks without asking.

15. Apps that no longer synchronise across devices; have to download them everywhere separately

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Openreach pegs full fibre overhaul anywhere between £3bn and £6bn

Vince

Re: BT in the countryside

@anonymous

Yeah, you say that people in the countryside are hard done by connectivity wise.

Meanwhile, in the country proper, a long way from anyone else, we have a customer with FTTP at a rather nice 330 meg (well it’ll do).

Meanwhile in our city centre location, guess who didn’t enable our cabinet for fibre... and didn’t roll out FTTP either,,,,

It’s not as simple as urban vs rural at all.

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Brace yourselves, Virgin Media prices are going up AGAIN, people

Vince

Re: VM not letting you have broadband sans the phone line

The sales/customer service team at virgin are fobbing you off. They both offer broadband without a phone line, and even sell it as a thing to start with, but also have zero technical reason for you to need one to begin with.

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Vince

Re: Virgin Static IP

Virgin does not offer a static IP on a residential connection, however they're "sticky" in that unless your modem is offline for quite some time, you will almost certainly get reallocated the same one again on reconnect for many weeks/months or more - but it's subject to change "without notice" because it was never a static IP.

You also can't do anything like reverse DNS etc.

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

Vince

Re: Microsoft 365?

Yeah so the problem you're missing is that Office 365/Microsoft 365/BOPS/Exchange Online/whatever we called it now is often down for smaller subsets of customers rather than giant cluster-**** outages, and they don't get shown on the global data and status.

There are issues very regularly, with everything from provisioning users to missing calendars and everything in-between.

You might not notice all of them as they don't affect everyone, or you don't use that feature/service/function and so on but they're there - it's notorious for random mini outages

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Months late, unaudited: ZX Spectrum reboot firm files accounts

Vince

Re: Accounts?

They look perfectly ok to me!

And for the benefit of The Reg, they’ll not be audited because they’re under the threshold where auditing is required, and like any other business in such a position you don’t get them audited if it isn’t required, there’s no benefit, just a massive cost.

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Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

Vince

Re: UK and no Cloud?

Yeah ONLY Microsoft.

If you ignore the recent issues Amazon Web Services had with its capacity and pretend it hasn't happened to them.

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

Vince

Re: So?

In my case, the Windows 10 shenannigans, the multiple changes in direction for Windows Phone/Windows Mobile that have resulted in total destruction of market share and app support, and the "you will rent this software" approach have actually lost my business and I'm switching our entire business to macOS and the Apple ecosystem for everything else too. Thus far, life is considerably better.

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BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

Vince

Of course once those millions of calls stop happening, BT will simply raise line rental pricing to compensate for the loss of call revenue (and everyone else will follow as usual).

The net result will be us paying for those calls with money rather than time.

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US ATM fraud surges despite EMV

Vince

Re: Almost no US ATMs use EMV

Almost every transaction I do on a daily basis is Apple Pay or Android Pay. As more places accept over 30 quid or so, the few I don't use it with will evaporate.

I don't even take my card with me most of the time anymore. I also used contactless for everything I could until Apple Pay and Android Pay rocked up.

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