* Posts by Alister

3335 posts • joined 19 May 2010

Microsoft's dodgy new Exchange 2010 update breaks Outlook clients

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Re: Linux v Windows updates


I agree, Microsoft Updates are a pain in the ass, and various other orifices of your choice. And, as the story is about one that completely screws Exchange clients, it's yet another triumph for Microsoft...

However, posting sudo apt-get update and should be running Linux is not really helpful.

I administer both Linux and Microsoft servers, and much prefer the Linux ones, I spend a lot less time having to manage them, but for a business use, there is still no realistic open source alternative to Microsoft AD and Exchange which can be deployed without an awful lot of customising and fiddling about - which are just not viable for an SME. Especially since the majority of users want Windows desktops so they can run Project, Visio, and all the other loveliness.

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Re: Linux v Windows updates

Thus speaketh the last Vista user... Never heard of Open Xchange then?

Seriously? The best you can come up with is a crappy web-based option?

Go back under your bridge.

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Re: Linux v Windows updates

Hmm, can I run Exchange server on Mint? Oh, no, I can't. DUH.


Run Windows update

Upgrade ActiveX

Re-run Windows update

This just shows you haven't used any Windows operating system since XP / 2003

Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

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Re: Sometime I wonder...

Panic not, I can confirm that for a large number of websites, if you browse them, you can see the hits in the weblogs straight away, so they're not caching everything.

'Identity skills shortage' will be problematic for Verify ID. (So not the TECH FAILS, then?)

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What on earth are the "identity skills" which we appear to be short of?

Does it just mean that the average civil service drone has no personality?

Or perhaps, not enough people trained in fingerprint recognition?

Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Why don't they make it boomerang shaped, then it would come straight back...

It wouldn't suit "latest-greatest" Fanboi though - you would never be able to throw it away...

EE's not-spot-busting small cell trial delights Cumbrian villagers

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What’s the opposite of a NIMBY?

How about IMBYP...

In My Back Yard, Please!

US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

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What possible excuse have they got for holding the verification codes and card numbers in a database, and in plain text too?

Do you not have PCI-DSS or equivalent in America?

Brits conned out of nearly £24m in phone scams in one year

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Re: ORLY, DCI Stokes?

Plastic Crime Unit

Playmobil or...

Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

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Re: Why call it a 500 though?

And who the hell really needs 9 ratios in a gearbox?

Um, something the size of a tank??

Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: What?

Well that's because a Raspberry Pi doesn't have a pastry base or a pastry lid, so is disqualified completely...

Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Re: The Problem with Lightsabres, is...


to "twat" someone, in British slang, is to hit them, very hard. It's also used to convey a lack of sobriety, vis "I got totally twatted last night"... It's a useful word, in all sorts of ways.

Dropbox sees rival file-piles merely as dots in rearview mirror

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I'd just like to say, your sub-head on this article made me laugh out loud, brilliant!

It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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From the TV coverage I've seen, half the problem seemed to be caused by gangs of press photographers and TV crews blocking access to the stores.

It's almost like this was a carefully orchestrated event for the media...

Customers RAGE after Webfusion goes TITSUP

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Nice to see you expanded the acronym correctly this time... :)

Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

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Re: I'm living in a future world


Ah, Mr Pott, sorry to bother you, but you seem to be using combustion of carbon-based materials in the presence of oxygen to produce heat and light, which is in direct contravention of USPTO-2986564-F.

NHS and POLICE non-emergency services GO DARK after Voda switch failure - source

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Auto-failover is all very well, but if you can't trust it (and I've had various vendor's examples fail on me) then you might as well not bother, and just have a manual process instead.

Frankly even with active/active stuff, I tend to make sure I'm alerted just to check it did actually swap properly...

Yes I know, I'm paranoid...

Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Blimey, I feel like I've fallen back through time and I'm reading a PC mag from the mid-nineties...

Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU

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“Our remit does not include dealing with complaints from organisations which have had search results to their websites removed from a search engine,” an Irish DPA spokeswoman told El Reg last month.

Ah good, so no legal redress at all then, if my website is suddenly removed from the search rankings.

Nice to see there's a proper "due process" in place...

Whistling Google: PLEASE! Brussels can only hurt Europe, not us

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Re: As long as Google de-facto controls "access" to the Internet...

The _only_ Google service I use is gmail...

Are you sure?

Do you block scripts on every website that you visit?

If not, you've probably been contributing to Google Analytics for a long time

Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Is this strictly film, or does TV count?

I notice people mentioning Daleks (which are definitely not Robots) but what about Kryten from Red Dwarf?

NASA revisits Europa with modern image-processing software

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subjecting it to “modern image processing techniques”

Photoshop clone brush...

UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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It would never have happened in my day, Strowger woudn't crash after an update :)

Renewable energy 'simply won't work': Top Google engineers

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Re: three "disasters" so far - Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima

Fukushima was NOT a nuclear "disaster" it was a severe natural disaster which impacted an otherwise safe nuclear power plant.

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Re: I seem to remember


Yes but your anecdotal evidence doesn't translate well to most use cases. You couldn't power any useful industrial plant with what you do, and most people don't have the luxury of being able to install a heat pump and PV panels. The only way your solution would work country wide would be if nearly all roofing and spare ground in the UK was to be covered in PV panels, and that's not going to be acceptable to most people.

Human DNA 'will be found on moon' – Brian Cox

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Re: Remember me..

Would this headstone be made of black non-reflective material, and sort of rectangular, with dimensions in the precise ratio of 1 : 4 : 9?


Oh, okay then, as you were...

Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Seriously! $12M to move from one domain to another?

I'd do it for them for 20 grand...

The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Re: Horses for courses

Being half Scot, I see echoes of the Saltire in that bold cross pattern slashed across the nose,

Well It looks to me like a Klingon battle weapon...

No, I'm not Klingon...

Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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I can't wait to hear of the first user who decides to plug in the phone's charging lead, and then tries to go round a sharp bend...

Rosetta probot drilling denied: Philae has its 'leg in the air'

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After such a complex and magnificently executed journey, it's a great shame that the outcome was not as envisaged.

Just a side thought though, as the harpoons and thruster didn't fire, and they haven't yet used the drills on the landing pads (as I understand it) shouldn't that mean that they have more battery power left than originally planned for?

We don't NEED NO STEENKIN' DRONE RULES, peers told

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Wow, a Minister of State with some common sense...

Whatever next?

German spies want millions of Euros to buy zero-day code holes

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So, the German spooks are wanting to spend £300M for an STI?

Surely there are streets in Berlin where you can pick one up cheaper than that?

BrowserStack HACK ATTACK: Service still suspended after rogue email

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There are two different things to triage here - the system and the perception of the service

You still don't seem to understand what triage means.

Triage means assigning priorities to multiple things in the most effective manner, so yes you have two things, as you say: the (broken) system, and your users' perception.

So you assign a priority to each:

1/ fix the broken system

2/ manage users perceptions.

That is Triage.

I actually agree that maybe whilst the technical guys deal with the problem, some of the management and sales types could do a bit of communication. But, as others have said, if there is no information, how do you disseminate it?

Which is worse from a user perspective? No information from the company, or a tweet saying "Everything's broken and we don't know why yet"?

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Re: Triage

a few reassuring words on social media would go a long way to triaging the damage


I don't think Triage means what you think it means...

Just FYI:

Triage (verb) the determination of priorities for action in an emergency.

Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

Maybe it's beyond the UK networks though. They manage to do it fairly easily in other countries.

It depends where the masts are though, I'm sure you'll agree. If you start with a wooded hilltop, then fine, you build a pretend tree - and I've seen some and they're quite good, but if you have a bare hillside, with nothing but a few rock outcrops and maybe some heather, there's nothing there that you can disguise a mast as, that won't look out of place.

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Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

The BBC reported in April of this year that around 25% of Scotland barely gets a 2G signal.

Whilst this is true, and I have some sympathy for the residents, the geographical constraints mean that the only viable alternative is that nearly every hill top gets decorated with a phone mast. Is that really what people in the area, as well as visiting tourists, want to see?

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Re: Grammar

There should be a comma after the "Oh" and a semicolon (instead of the comma) after "UK.gov", then a fullstop at the end of the sentence.

No, because then you've changed the meaning of the paragraph. As it stands, it is fine, in my view. It is two separate sentences, the first a question, the second a rhetorical question used as a statement, and addressed specifically to UK.gov.

National roaming plan?

Oh UK.gov, you've got to be joking!

Brussels' transport chief demands a single European sky to end 'air traffic gridlock'

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The EU's transport commissioner, Violeta Bulc, said during a speech in Rome, Italy on Friday

Are we really considered that thick nowadays that we need to be told which country Rome is in?


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Might I suggest, robot civil servants, and robot MPs, that should use up most of the 33% and leave the rest of us alone.

Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Alexa - Get my goat.


Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Re: Me neither.

WTF is a looser?

Do you perhaps mean loser??

Hungary PM ditches internet tax plans after mass protests

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If the people not only dislike something but also consider it unreasonable then it should not be done,” Orban said on Radio Kossuth.

There are a couple of Western "democracies" I can think of who should learn from this...

Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Maybe all those commentards who yesterday were posting "iYawn" and "Why is this news" on Reg's story about this should take note.

Unfortunately, although I agree it shouldn't be newsworthy when someone mentions their sexual orientation, this is the reality: a large part of the world's population are still bigoted homophobes.

So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

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I don't know why we assume fish and other species have less mental processing ability.

Visual acuity is surely the absolute overriding method of self preservation from predators, particularly for fish, and therefore evolutionary pressure would obviously mean that fish nowadays are very good at it.

This is not, however, what I would call a convincing yard stick for measuring "intelligence", which to me is more about abstract thought.


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Dr Karen Lips.

Is that her married name, I wonder?

Seth Rogen bags Woz role in Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic

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How many bio-pics do we really need of the same person?

He's not (despite El-Reg's editorial team) a saint, or a famous general or politician, he didn't (despite popular perception) invent anything, he was just a successful business man, occasionally. He was also spectacularly unsuccessful on occasion.

Free government-penned crypto can swipe identities

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did unadvisable things with RSA encryption

The word is "inadvisable", you don't have to invent new ones.

The ULTIMATE CRUELTY: Sandworm uses PowerPoint against Swiss bank customers

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Oh My Gods, NO!

Not Power Point!

It should be banned by the Geneva Convention as a "cruel and unusual punishment"

Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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..."If the number of meetings during the day impacts sleep quality".

I should say so!

How can I get any sleep if you keep waking me up to go to meetings!

Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

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Re: Yuk

It can be the only reason for their inability to use them when wildly veering across 3 lanes to get where they want to be 15 seconds ahead of the pack!

Maybe they're trying to set the temperature on their touch screens??

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