* Posts by JimmyPage

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Oh for fucks sake

The problem with potholes in the UK is not because there's any lack of channels to report them. It's the fact that once reported, fuck all happens.

We had an ever growing crater in our road for 2 years - reported by every resident many times. It only got fixed when I enquired about purchasing the mineral rights.

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Nude celeb iCloud hack: Feds seize Chicago man's computers

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Re: Someone else?

There was a case in the UK a few years ago where plod kicked in a door based on an IP address.

Problem was they hadn't noticed the time zone offset, and got the wrong house.

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HMRC WLTM partner, GSOH, to help it escape the Aspire black hole

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Do I remember correctly

last time they were forced to pay firms to bid, because everyone knew the tender would go back to the incumbent, and weren't willing to waste money on a tender ?

If so, I'll start to put my bid in. I reckon I could come up with a figure for £50,000. Although with such low aspirations I'm unlikely to get it. Probably more likely if I asked £500,000

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Don't believe the hype: When that DATA seems just too good

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watching-fox-news-makes-you-less-informed-than-watching-no-news-at-all"

Kinda reminds me of Stewart Lees observation that 500 years ago, the man who read everything, would know everything. Whereas today, a man reading everything would know nothing. ("Toilet Book").

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EU-US safe harbour talks are lingering just outside port, says US

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Interesting

this story appears next to the HMRC/Google story

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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Re: Why not

The problem with that (and it's been tried) is it quickly becomes a mandate for said UK entity to treble it's prices - and not worry too much about things "working" since the customer (UK plc) can't go elsewhere.

Presumably you practice what you preach, so *you* only buy UK-sourced goods ?

Those of us old enough to remember British Leyland shudder in horror at the mantra "I'm backing Britain."

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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

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Is Flash not dead yet ?

Seriously ?

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WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

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Interesting development ....

not the TTIP bit. The crowdfunding of the $100,000.

Could we see the start of a more crowdfunded political system ? Where citizens engage with notes not votes ?

Could this be the end of party hegemony, where people can individually support points of view that when aggregated don't map to any single party ?

Speaking as someone who happily (and successfully) crowdfunded Richard Herring to produce 18 video podcast interviews with various comedians, I can see it gaining traction. For my £30, I get 18 HD podcasts - each at least an hour long, knowing that the only editor between the show and me is Herring. No TV execs. No sponsors. No plugs for latest books.

Let's put it this way, having read this article, I'd happily donate $20.

How long before governments the world round make it illegal to crowdfund for political purposes ? Probably with some draconian anti-terror laws ?

And what's the betting the UK will be the first.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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All of a sudden, my decision to learn Linux

a few years back looks less of a waste of time.

SSH - bring it on. Used it for years (and variants like X forwarding over it)

Headless servers - standard Linux setup.

But then I started on a ZX80, so command line interfaces never scared me.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Was it Ben Franklin

who commented that democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on lunch ?

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

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How could anyone believe there's any credibility in the rumour ...

Well, people believe in sky fairies granting wishes, which frankly takes more suspension of intelligence.

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Dutch efforts to decapitate Pirate Bay could end up before ECJ

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bear in mind not all torrents are copyright infringements

You know that.

I know that.

However, the vast majority of the Great Public that *think* they know "something about the internet" have already equated "torrent" with "dodgy". It's probably handled by the same part of the brain (or Daily Mail for folk that choose not to use theirs) which equates "nudity" with "sex".

However, the crackdown on TPB must be having some effect. It took me twice as long today to find the torrent I wanted, as it would have last year.

Yes that's right, all of 10 seconds (I type slowly).

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Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

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Re: Storing your passwords on the Internet

The problem with absolutes like that, is you can end up losing out moving forwards. It's not right. It's not fair. But shit happens.

If you accept (as I do) that the worst outcome possible is to have a single password you use everywhere, then the risk of storing them in a cloudy vault must be lower ? Maybe not much. But enough to justify the notion. Although I am well aware of the dichotomy of having a single password to access all your passwords ...

I wonder how much involvement the law enforcement agencies have with cloud password offerings. Not from a tinfoil hat perspective - quite the opposite. It's in their interests to ensure cloudy passwords stay safe. Imagine if Lastpass had a hack, and admitted that 100s of 1000s of users had their logins snaffled. How many court cases would be lost to the reasonable doubt when the defence claim their client didn't do it, as all their logins were stolen ......

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Google spins up 'FREE, unlimited' cloud photo storage 4 years before ad giant nixes it

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Am I the only one that wonders ...

what Google is laying itself open to here.

Hoover up a load of images from millions of random devices.

*Some* of them are going to contravene a law somewhere .....

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EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

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Oh dear

If the EU is as keen to keep the UK in as they say, they *really* aren't doing themselves any favours with stories like this.

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Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years

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Other than it being in MP3 or WMA I don't see how it's any more difficult than Android...?

Because it's *Windows* and therefore immediately unusable. Irrespective of reality.

Smartphones (and their associated OSes) are to [some] a little like cars and "trim kits" used to be in the 90s. Your Ford fanbois would sneer at the Peugot Playboys, and both would ROTFLMAO when a Golf Gayboy walked in.

and despite the fact that all cars have engines, gearlevers and pretty consistent instrumentation, the owner/driver of one would invariably "discover" that you had to do something "harder" in the other two marques.

Listen to a Linux v. Windows "debate". It's the same thing.

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Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

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Re: HERE app on my Windows Phone

I don't know. But I do know mine has "learnt" my routes. It now no longer corrects my shortcuts on/off the motorway.

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HERE app on my Windows Phone

is a perfect turn by turn sat-nav.

that's all.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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All these misty eyed posts

and no mention of the Harrier ?

Now *there* was a engineering marvel AND beauty.

And the mention of Concorde has to be a cue to comment that when there was some interchange between the Apollo and Concorde engineers, the Apollo engineers conceded the Concorde engineers had the real challenges. Including (but not limited to) how to slow supersonic air down to almost zero over the space of just over a metre. (Spolier alert - they did it).

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Re: Part of the UKs unique aviation heritage

You've missed the Concorde there - as impressive as any on your list, but civilian to boot!

Well reminded sir !

Last time I was there, an American visitor was describing some of the planes (and theatres of war) to his grandchildren, as with most USAians, he was blown away by the fact the whole museum was free.

Hence this shameless re-plug. Use it, or lose it.

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Part of the UKs unique aviation heritage

along with another epoch-defining machine: the English Electric Lightning - the plane the Yanks refused to believe existed.

There's a Vulcan, Lightning, and TSR2 (now *there* was a plane) all on display at RAF Cosford, if anyone is ever in the Midlands. If you want a cultured day out, you could go there, and return via the Roman town of Wroxeter.

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Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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Re: Subtle Alternative

That might work on TV. However in the real world, I suspect the sedative isn't instant, and there is a risk that between impact (*if* successful) and unconsciousness the cow may have managed to charge onto a busy road (the whole problem was the police couldn't close off all the roads the cow might stray onto).

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: @Jimmy2Cows

no problem. In fact it's an illustration of what is called "the bleedin' obvious".

So bleeding obvious that people being paid to see it, can't see it.

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Whoa, whoa, whoa ...

Part of the American dream is *private* ownership of goods. And they've gone to an awful lot of trouble to ensure what's mine, stays mine.

Somehow, if they didn't get Obamacare, I can't see them embracing sharing cars - it's waaaaaaaaaaay too socialist.

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'Logjam' crypto bug could be how the NSA cracked VPNs

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Re: What is unbelievable..

Actually it makes good sense.

By pushing for weaker crypto, the alphabet agencies are suggesting that current crypto is beyond them. Whereas I suspect, it isn't. Just they'd rather we didn't know.

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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

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There's the right answer, and the Microsoft answer

is what I was told 15 years ago, when looking into getting certed. Then I discovered that once you had your MCSE (IIRC) you'd be taking exams every 6 months, as they "retired" various qualifications.

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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

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It seems "Life on Mars"

was a documentary after all ...

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Ex 'Tech City' chief Shields appointed junior Fun minister for internet safety

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This was the bit I didn't like ..

quite aside from technical fripperies

A dual US-UK citizen

So she can **** up life for everyone else in the UK, then swan off back to the good ol' US of A ?

How many dual-national congressmen (*excluding* Israeli) ?

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Polygraph.com owner pleads guilty to helping others beat lie detector

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I'm surprised he wasn't defended by a consortium

of snake oil ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H polygraph manufacturers.

Surely all this case has done, is enshrine in law that polygraphs are fallible and can be beated.

Who'd waste time with one now ?

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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I would suggest that for the cast majority of pirates

it's a case of "can't" (as in there is no mechanism to) pay, won't pay.

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Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

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"...rather than use my decision"

"to possibly damage the party's chances in the election, I decided to sit back, and watch them do it all by themselves"

is possibly closer to the truth,

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Pi based kid-nerdifier Kano buried under freak cash avalanche

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Re: Radionics`- Phillips

My memory wins:

http://www.hansotten.com/index.php?page=x40

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Radionics`

fond memories of learning electronics, aged 8 from a Radionics kit, made by Phillips. Got me an A/O and O level in electronics years before they were on the syllabus

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Zuck'ed up: Facebook opens up free internet in India – but bans HTTPS

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Yahoo, Compuserve, AltaVista

but no mention of AOL ?

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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"It can't have been me, I was out of the country"

was Mr. Shapps defence on radio, last week. I had to pull over to roll on the floor.

It summed up everything that is wrong with politicians and technology.

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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There is a joke there ... somewhere

about FB users and (trails off) ....

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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And be warned .. (@Jonathan 27)

I agree. However, Google aren't much better.

I recently had cause to install an SMS blocking app on my wifes phone. I duly scoured the Play store (which is painful enough) and located several "SMS blockers". However (get this) none of them actually block SMSs. One or two actually tell you this, but most don't (read the reviews).

Turns out Google reconfigured Android between Jellybean and Kitkat and dropped the ability to block SMSs (something my Windows Phone does natively). I have a memory from trying to configure a previous device for bluetooth TTS/STT that similar tricks have been pulled in the past.

And the quality (of lack thereof) of "Apps*" in the Play store ....

*I say "Apps" because in a recent adventure to recover some deleted SMSs, I discovered quite a few "Apps" are just manuals you download telling you how to recover SMSs (which is a lost cause on an unrooted phone, and risky on a rooted one).

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Free markets aren't rubbish – in fact, they solve our rubbish woes

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rare to see a discarded drink container anywhere

doubt you'd have the same result in blighty. Went for a walk in the park last week. Came across two patches where people had been drinking. I knew this, because they'd left their cans on the grass. I wouldn't mind so much, but one was about 5 metres from a bin, and there are bins at every exit.

Although generally opposed to the death penalty, I believe no good case has been made for not stringing up people who show so little respect for their - and others - environment; that they pollute it.

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Re: supermarket pricing

is a not-so-subtle form of idiot tax.

Many moons ago, when our lad was proudly learning maths, we were shopping, and he noticed that it was cheaper to buy 2x24 Weetabix, than the 1x48 packet (special offer). Over £1 saving. He saw a lady go to pick up the 48 pack, and proudly explained she could save a pound by buying 2 24s.

She gave a confused look, and said "but I want 48" ... he tried to explain that 2x24 was 48, but got a scowl as the lady repeated "but I want 48" and huffed off.

Still happens now. I guarantee you can go into any of the big 4 supermarkets, and find the same.

My recent favourite was 600g jars of mayonnaise priced the same as the 400g jars. Next to each other (Sainsburys). Or 500g tubs of marge less than half the price of the 1Kg tub ....

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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GUIs can be great ...

Ongoing argument with my penguin mad brother over preferring GUIs - in *some* situations.

Because a good GUI can help a great deal towards presenting a quick logical overview of what on earth it is you are doing. You can grey out controls, or link them so that you know selecting an option requires addition parameters. You can also ensure mutually exclusive commands can never be issued. And you can provide tooltips to assist in more obscure or lesser used options. Best of all you tend to work in generics, rather than specifics - you want the outcome to be "Delete temporary files on completion" - or is it -B ? -D ? --delete-temp-files-on-exit ? --cleanup ?

However, I do like Linux, so --->

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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My first thought

Have Microsoft detailed their policy on signing enterprise software specifically:

1) How long the process will take ?

A 24-hour turnaround would be acceptable. However I suspect there will be all sorts of hurdles to jump over that means an organisation needs to have a definite timeline to fit into migration/deployment projects.

2) Cost ?

AND

3) Support lifecycle

because once you have Device Guard in your organisation, it would be a little unfortunate if Microsoft suddenly stopped offering to sign Enterprise software, or decided that it would charge $10,000 per executable.

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Facebook invents Caller ID ... say Hello to today's staggering technology

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er .... is it just me ?

My (Windows) phone does this *already*. Without Facebook. Not that I was that impressed with the feature seeing as all my phones going back to at least 2009 (Nokia 5800) have also had this feature.

Maybe Facebook could work on a "feature" so that if the person being called is busy, the person calling hears some sort of "busy tone" to let them know to try again later.

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Ever tried the "I feel lucky" button?

No.

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

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Surely one of the problems ...

is Microsofts total and utter lack of any track record in backing their OWN products. Their attempts at the mobile market is littered with the corpses of abandoned operating systems.

And all the apps that ran on them.

Much as I like Windows Phone (I do) I can't blame anybody for not wanting to waste their efforts on providing an app which might not last till the end of the year.

The most annoying thing, is Google are pretty much the same. I hope anybody pre-KitKat isn't too dependent on SMS blocking, since it's just disappeared with KitKat. Leading to loads of "SMS blocking apps" in the Play Store which don't - not that you'd know from the description.

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GDS monopoly leaves UK.gov at risk of IT cock-ups, warns report

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Whatever happened to the free market ?

Just asking.

Also, why is there an almost religious belief that .gov systems have to be "bespoke" ? It's attitudes like that which allowed Capita to bill Birmingham City Council £1.2 *million* a year to run a bespoke (and utterly crap) glorified CMS that is www.birmingham.gov.uk.

Because, like Russian homosexuals, there are no OSS projects that would have done the job.

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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

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Own goal for Amazon

one of Amazons selling points (for me) is the fact that a lot of things they sell have a body of genuine reviews behind them. It's not scientific, but looking at my looked at list and purchases, I'd wager that I've bought more because of good reviews than not bought because of bad reviews.

(Bearing in mind that sometimes it's not a "bad" review, just one which highlights a products particular suitability for a specific job. I may still buy *another* product from Amazon.)

If the words starts getting out that Amazon reviews are (or can be) stacked, then they will lose one of their key selling points for me - and my wife.

Be curious to see how Amazon proceed here. Up until now, they have hardly put a foot wrong (in my opinion) since 1997 when I started using them.

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That's right: FBI agents can't pretend to be ISP repairmen to search homes without a warrant

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They should move to the UK

evidence rarely - if ever - gets thrown out, no matter how dishonestly it was obtained.

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Googley TENTACLES reach towards YOUR email

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Isn't there a rival product

called "Oasis" ?

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Re: @Joe Harrison - + sign "not valid" everywhere :(

what would they make of this - valid - email address ?

"()<>[]:,;@\\\"!#$%&'*+-/=?^_`{}| ~.a"@example.org

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Boost your attachment size with this one weird trick

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Re: No, never increase attachment size limits

Not really sure why someone felt you deserved a downvote, but I'll go on record and back you up ...

Attachments are fine if they're KISS compatible. But as teams grow, spread, homework, and take on long running projects, using attachments to exchange information becomes increasingly problematic. I am sure if I called for a show of hands, there will be a number of El Reggers who have encountered problems caused by team members faithfully updating and circulating an out of date document because they didn't receive/notice/start with the latest copy. Or because the copy they *should* have got was quietly killed by their spam filter (maybe it was a spreadsheet that looked a bit PCI uncompliant)

Just wait till that document is part of a tender and the client sees the last-but-one version rather than the current one.

Another "fun" issue is when the team resides in different companies with different email systems (and policies) so some peoples emails are killed (see above)

Heck, even dropbox is better than that.

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