* Posts by Sandtitz

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Surface Studio 2: The Vulture rakes a talon over Microsoft's latest box of desktop delight

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Re: Hmmmmm!

"Citation needed."

https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-windows-annivesary-update-demands-at-least-2gb-memory/

Windows 10 (or Win8?) upped the CPU requirements somewhat. The CPU must include PAE, NX and SSE2 instructions, and the NX part rules out anything before Athlon 64 and Pentium 4 (Prescott revision).

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Re: Hmmmmm!

So that's why the recommended base specs for Windows 10 are identical to those of Windows 7, huh?

Win10 v1607 or something like that doubled the memory requirements to 2 gigs...

Now, hold on. This may shock you... Oracle allegedly juices its cloud sales with threats and shoddy on-prem support

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Re: I wish I could feel sorry for all those companies that bought the Big Red Story

"Most examples that I've seen involves large corporations with lots of C-suite decision makers that enjoy a bit of hobnobbing with the sales reps at fancy restaurants and glitzy venues."

Not very long ago most large companies wouldn't have bet their infrastructure on anything else than Oracle, DB2, MSSQL or other proven databases. The open source stacks were and are fine for many things, but didn't necessarily meet the requirements, such as resiliency, scaling, 24/7 support - or the company's chosen line of business software just supported specific database engines.

Oracle is a very succesful company because they have had a good product to sell.

"Like many other big iron and big software sellers, the product doesn't meet the hype."

How? Please elaborate.

"(Jealously holding on to my mainly open-source stack that can run rings around a similarly configured big C enterprise version.)"

In your basement Pentium3 w/ 256MB memory or scaled out to 10 racks in several locations?

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

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Re: people use windows server's DHCP ?

"many of our core services need something more than Windows servers, and we wanted more security, stable interoperability, and reliability... after doing a detailed investigation, we got an excellent high availability IP/DHCP/DNS solution"

Blah, blah, blah, and of course no mention what the better replacement product actually was. D'oh!

QNAP NAS user? You'd better check your hosts file for mystery anti-antivirus entries

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Re: windows 7 @ a_mu

"And just think, the host file is still on windows 7,"

Hosts is probably in every OS that supports IP protocol. Was there since MSDOS gained networking and still lurks in Win10 and Win Server.

Did you actually have a point?

OK, it's early 2019. Has Leeds Hospital finally managed to 'axe the fax'? Um, yes and no

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My solution

"significant number of faxes are being sent across internal departments."

Just configure the MFP to scan-to-ftp operation and send the scanned document via FTP to another printer.

Add each printer's FTP address to the LDAP.

Problem solved.

Oh dear! Amazon's facial recognition is racist and sexist – and there's a JLaw deep fake that will make you want to tear out your eyes

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Re: mashup

"The two must be outside my demographic"

Your loss. If you ever decide to start watching movies, Steve Buscemi has had several great roles in several great films such as Reservoir Dogs, Big Lebowski and Fargo.

The chips are down: Now Microsoft blames Intel CPU supply shortages for dips in Windows, Office sales

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Re: Intel CPU supply shortages

"Maybe AMD could help?"

I'm sure the Zen stuff is great on desktop or servers (I haven't seen any yet) but on laptops AMD still is trailing from what I've read on Notebookcheck and other review sites. And the driver support for the GPU is also (reportedly) poor.

I replaced my work laptop late last year and I contemplated on an AMD laptop but ended up with the HP 840 G5 (Intel) because an otherwise identical 745 G5 (AMD) had worse battery life. Perhaps the Zen /Vega graphics are way better but it was irrelevant as I don't game nor do graphical design.

The Intel CPU shortage is still on - we're waiting for a delayed batch of PC's - but Dell/HP/Lenovo are still not pushing AMD at all unless you're looking for consumer laptops. And not even then.

Raspberry Pi Foundation says its final farewells to 40nm with release of Compute Module 3+

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Re: What do you destroy

For dual channel and maximum perfomance, remember to populate 2 slots.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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They should spend time looking at crowds in major cities.

Perhaps you're onto something...

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far

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Re: As ever @Synkronicity

"Who are the owners of Linux, GPL, and GitLab and what are their goals? Now who owns GitHub and, together with LinkedIn, has exclusive access to a mother-lode of enterprise data and a history of abusing their market power?"

Easy there cowboy.

I was commenting on Cronus's comment: 'If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.' You seem to be reading something between the lines that just isn't there. If you feel my observation about being a product was wrong, just expose the falsity of it in your next reply.

By the way: GitLab Inc. is a multi-million dollar commercial entity, not just a lemonade stand. Their aim is to IPO in 2 years and get a $100M annual revenue before that to happen. Surprised?

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Re: As ever

"You pay for open source products by contributing to them. Unless, of course, you don't. In which case I guess you are indeed the product."

What is this, the Bizarro World??

I contribute zilch, nada, zip to Linux or the various FOSS software I use. I am not the product, those software products are products. How is that not obvious to you and your upvoters?

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Re: As ever

"If you're not paying for the product, you are the product."

As in Linux, GPL, GitLab?

Highly illogical, captain.

New Horizons probe reveals Ultima Thule is huge, spinning... chicken drumstick?

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Nah, it's just the first pass of a progressive JPEG.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Roman numerals @Sequin

To quote Asimov about Roman numerals:

"But why? Where's the need? To be sure, you will find Roman numerals on cornerstones and gravestones, on clockfaces and on some public buildings and documents, but it isn't used for any need at all. It is used for show, for status, for antique flavor, for a craving for some kind of phony classicism.

I dare say there are some sentimental fellows who feel that knowledge of the Roman numerals is a kind of gateway to history and culture; that scrapping them would be like knocking over what is left of the Parthenon, but I have no patience with such mawkishness. We might as well suggest that everyone who learns to drive a car be required to spend some time at the wheel of a Model-T Ford so he could get the flavor of early cardom."

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business

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Re: @vtcodger

"Replace "China" with "Japan" and that's pretty much word for word what American companies were saying in the 1960s and 1970s."

I'm aware of that.

You seem to imply that China produces better goods than the West World. Foxconn and others may produce some great gadgets, but they're just following Apple's and others' blueprints. What I'm thinking about Chinese manufacturing is the junk that fills AliExpress, everything from fake cosmetics to fake shipping containers, the melamine milk scandal and other faulty or dangerous goods.

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@TheSkunkyMonk

"China has got this one right, no one should patents on ideas/inventions and if someone can make something better then so be it!"

China doesn't make things better, they just make it cheaper than the competition, partly because of lower labor costs and a big internal market, but also because they don't spend on R&D.

"Specially with drugs and medical equipment absolute joke we allow companies to hold patents on cures and treatments and allow research to be done behind closed doors."

The cost of drug development is super expensive.

Medical equipment costs a lot, because they're specialty products, need many (local) certifications, and the companies producing them are not selling a several X-Ray machines, ultracentrifuges or electron microscopes in large quantities.

"If humanity ever wants to progress we are going to have to start being more open the idea of sharing our ideas/designs/inventions."

Homo homini lupus. Turning all mankind to work for the common good would be the ideal Star Trekkian future but that won't work by just abolishing patents or trade secrets.

Jingle bells, disk drives sell not so well from today. Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open array...

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Re: @Mr. Bombastic

"Sorry but I wouldn't touch that ADATA SSD with a barge pool let alone put it in a new computer"

Why?

Apart from Alistair's anecdote, I cannot find any reliabitility data concerning ADATA. I have a few in casual use and I haven't had any problems. They're not the most performant, but I can't spot any difference between them and say, Samsung 960 Evo models unless I run benchmarks. This, of course, is also anecdotal data.

If ADATA really is worse than the competition, I'd like some proper evidence. I've had firmware problems in SSD's from practically every manufacturer, even Intel has had terrible problems. I'm also used to updating HDD firmware, they're no exception...

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Re: @Mr. Bombastic

"I would think the reason should be obvious - you get more data space for the monetary outlay."

If that is the only metric. An SSD gets work done faster, and it consumes much less power when idle or in use - enabling a laptop to run longer on a battery. It also weights less and is silent.

"At the moment I can get a 1TB SSD for 400 euro and a 2TB spinning disk for 85 euro."

Please update your prices. At the moment I can actually buy a 2TB SSD for 280 eur, the ADATA SU800 2TB.

At the moment I can get a new 120 GB SSD for 25 eur. I can get a new 240GB SSD for 40 eur. The cheapest new hard drive, a WD or Seagate 2,5" 5400rpm 500GB costs about 45 eur. If you're specifying a new computer and 'money is of great concern', as you put it, then I'd go with a 120/240GB SSD.

But to each their own.

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@Mr. Bombastic

"This WOULD stimulate PC sales, thereby stimulating HARD DRIVE sales."

Absolute nonsense. But please explain why you're campaigning for the hard drive cause?

No not THAT kind of Office Wizard! Roll a diplomacy check to win the election: Vote tie resolved by a D20

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Re: Statistically speaking

"So brush up on your CHR, DEX and INT"

I've really tried to keep up with my Chutzpah, Moxie and Mechanical Aptitude - and I can proudly say my Connections is 18 (Linkedin). Does my paranoia show?

In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies

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Re: How quickly they forget @Shadow Systems again

"Go read the policy."

I've read the policy, and your 'MS: the company that hoovers up your every keystroke' is a false statement. The MS Privacy Statement in that old page predates Windows 10 and was for the beta versions ("Insider") and I'm sure the data slurp was turned to 11 to get more input for it.

The page does not exist anymore and the current Privacy Statement is not exclusive to Windows, it's for their other products as well, Azure, Bing etc.

"MS: the company that hoovers up your every keystroke, file accessed"

MS published a tool some time ago for users to check what telemetry data is sent to them. I certainly didn't see anything of interest nor any snippets of text I've typed. Yes, I remember the keylogger brouhaha couple years ago, but I don't think anyone showed how their input/messages/files was sent for MS to ogle - I'm sure if it did happen then someone would have shown the evidence already. After all, there are plenty of able people with an axe to grind.

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Re: How quickly they forget @Shadow Systems

"MS: the company that hoovers up your every keystroke, file accessed, archived file stored on any connected (local/cloud/network) drive, how often you run every program, how many times you run them, every website you browse (and can MITM intercept everything you do via that supposedly secure VPN)"

You've learned well from the best - MS was master of FUD.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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Re: Quite

"Mind, the things are equally happy to send your scans by (unsecured, in my experience) email."

I haven't seen a new MFP in eons that didn't support TLS encryption in email transport.

Fax certainly isn't secure, since the low bitrate traffic can be intercepted and replayed on another fax at the telco. Caller ID spoofing is also easy to do.

Just sayin'...

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Let him rot.

"Accused of rape, skipped bail, scarpered to an embassy. Just follow the law."

How do you feel about Snowden? He'd probably be convicted of treason, yet most people are delighted for him to be at large.

"I suspect Trump has a pardon for him in any case"

Why would he pardon him? Assange has been so much demonized in Fox and other US media that pardoning him would be politically very stupid, even from Trump.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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Re: Bu**eration!

I (kinda) see a point in making ever faster wheel driven cars, but why don't they go for full monty and just clip the wings and affix proper wheels to an SR-71 or Saturn V or whatever is available?

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Firefly?

Sure. But I'm still waiting for season four of Robin of Sherwood. And season 3 for Tripods. Perhaps even another season for the Tales of the Gold Monkey.

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Re: Reminds me of a Doctor Who Christmas epsiode

"And I underline publishers, it's not the authors that reap the benefits"

Well, they certainly won't benefit from Youtube according to the article.

Do you think Napster was in the right side of law since they just made a nice P2P platform for everyone to publish their songs? Napster didn't upload any of the music. Does Youtube really differ from Napster?

Why is my Windows 10 preview build ticking? Microsoft reminds users that previews have timebombs

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Re: Also in this build...

"I regularly remove Candy Crush (and the ten million assorted other abominations MS force feed hapless users) from new PCs only to see it "....Installing" in the start menu a second or two later."

That's because the bundled versions on the OS media are out of date and the Store app checks for updates immediately when the computer is online. The updates are added to the download queue. The removed apps will bounce back once the update is downloaded.

Either pause and and cancel the App updates, disable automatic App updates, or disconnect the computer until you've uninstalled the apps.

Also, disable the "occasionally show suggestions on start menu" setting.

HTH.

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

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Re: Sic transit gloria mundi @ThatOne

"Thus effectively killing the last remains of human presence in space"

Not at all. There are 'remains'. And more are to come.

Wiki: Ashes of Clyde Tombaugh are travelling within New Horizons towards interstellar space and a small capsule of Eugene Shoemaker's ashes are in the Moon, probably buried.

TalkTalk hackhack duoduo thrownthrown in the coolercooler: 'Talented' pair sentenced for ransacking ISP

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Di-do'h

"Any room in there for Dido as well ?"

Not exactly my cup of tea, but I don't think her music was that bad.

Microsoft Surface kicks dust in face of Apple iPad Pro in Q3

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Re: Doubt it

"No other manufacturer has an inherent interest in making sure "alternative" OSes don't run properly. The rest of them just want to sell hardware."

Sony? Apple?

How easy is it to install Linux on Chromebooks? Crouton/Crostini are more like the WSL approach on Windows.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: Hostage situations...

"What would you've done if you get a 911 call regarding a hostile hostage situation, you go out to try to defuse that situation."

Um, call back the phone or the home landline for confirmation?! Since the alleged shooter called 911 (multiple times) there's a pretty good chance he would answer´if it was real.

Of course you'll have to ASSUME that ANYBODY walking out of the door is part of the hostile party and if said person do things quite contrary to your orders (dropping hands when ordered to place his/her hands up)

I'd be pretty dazed if I walked out of the house and suddenly cops were all around shouting orders and lots of lights. Hands dropping due to confusion - quite possible. Finch flinched and that was it.

Just makes me wonder why the cop who shot him (with a rifle and looking through the scope) had to aim for his chest - the bullet went through his heart according to autopsy. Why don't they aim for feet just to incapacitate? The cops were behind cars and any wild shooter from that distance would have zero chance to hit anyone if he managed to pull a pistol from his pocket.

The local paper has a report with multiple poor quality bodycam videos (due to night time?). The officers' reports vary and some didn't regard him a threat and thought he was going to pull his pants up. Not all officers even had their bodycams turned on.

That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

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"I'm pissed off with Microsoft for dropping it. They may not have had as much initial success with it as they liked but it is a solid OS and ceding the market entirely to Google and Apple is a huge mistake."

MS ceded the market to Google and Apple not because they wanted, but because they were too late in the market, and the poor management and poor technical decisions bungled it afterwards. Not gaining developer love had some part in their undoing as well.

MS could only have had a better chance with underhanded tactics, like hampering O365/Exchange connectivity from non-Windows devices. Similarly, Google didn't code a Youtube app for WinPhone (perfectly excusable), but Google did have a hissy fit when MS made their own Youtube app and blocked access. Well documented on El Reg site.

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Re: Meh, all part of a grand plan @Joe W

They want to make people move from that platform...

Why? MS has committed to maintain Win10 Phone until 12/2019. I'm not seeing MS gaining or losing anything even if people keep using the service until then. After that it is not Microsoft's problem, even if people continue to use phones that are not up-to-date. People still use pre-5S iPhones, Gingerbread Androids, and older Nokias happily even if they're considered obsolete by many.

Two fool for school: Headmaster, vice principal busted for mining crypto-coins in dorms, classrooms

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I once had a small biomedical client whose fully incompetent IT guy used to run Seti@Home in every workstation and server. Some workstations were overclocked, of course.

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!

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Re: I really don't care that much about upgradability....

But I DO care about getting my data back after the damn thing dies!

Of course. Just resort to your hourly backups.

But you're right, the Mac Mini could have easily housed an M2 slot for replaceable SSD. The reason for the soldering is not space saving, but because Apple can price gouge the hell out of initial buyers: the 2TB SSD upgrade costs an eye-watering / ludicrous £1440/$1600 whereas we PC users can just buy one of those state-of-the-art 2TB Samsung 970 Evo NVMe drives for less than £500. (or a £100 cheaper 2TB Intel 660P)

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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Re: Few comments

Remember the story of the XP-controlled six-figure lathe?

Just last week I hunted high and low for < 32GB IDE hard drives because a customer had one of those 6-figure CNC machines with a DOS controller and the old drive was dying. The 200-500GB drives I had didn't work and didn't have a jumper for 32GB compatibility...

Found a working 6.4GB Quantum Fireball. Phew! Cloning all the 50 megabytes took perhaps 10 seconds.

Upset fat iOS gobbles up so much storage? Too bad, so sad, says judge: Apple lawsuit axed

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Re: It's marketing lies allowed to become reality.

"You buy a HDD advertised as 4Tb"

That would make it a 500 GB drive.

Creative Labs marketed the original SB AWE32 sound card as having "4 Mbit memory on board, upgradeable to 28Mbytes". Some end users were perplexed because they expected it to have 4 megabytes, not 512KB.

Marketing lies, I agree.

Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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Re: It's an Apple move

I Am Rich. Best app I ever bought.

Uncle Sam, D-Link told to battle in court over claims of shoddy device security: Judge snubs summary judgment bids

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Re: D-link products are a bit shit. News at 11.

"Normally the only time you buy D-link is when it's a very lightly re-branded piece of kit that's known to be decent, and that if it features firmware, can be updated directly from the manufacturer."

Actually, I could buy only D-Link products that are dumb and non-configurable: PoE injectors, transceivers, antennas etc. Even L2 switches when latency, buffers etc are of no importance.

Of course, I could just as well procure even cheaper brands for those operations. TP-Link comes to mind...

US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations

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@Michael Habel

"Sadly you are talking to a bunch of npc remoaners here"

I don't understand how you see the commenters here as non-player-characters. Are you a solipsist?

...and do you actually have a stance on this proposed law?

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: Telling me!

"1. Awful confusing UX - damn, just trying to do a screenshot of part of the screen requires a 'Snipping' app with a 1980s UX."

You're wrong there, buddy.

Snipping Tool is going to be deprecated soon, though it's still there. There are other ways of taking screenshots in Windows.

PrintScreen button takes a full screen screenshot and places it on clipboard.

Alt+PrtScrn copies the active window to clipboard.

Win+PrtScrn takes full screen screenshot and saves it automatically in the documents folder.

Win+Shift+S gives you a built-in snipping tool without a UI - the result goes to clipboard.

"2. Slows down a lot, despite having 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, i7 8th gen etc etc. (And it's not HP's fault."

Slows down how? HP preloads several, rather useless programs in their computers, I wouldn't give HP a free pass that quickly.

"3. Windows keep vanishing across my monitors. 4. Crashes constantly, requiring a re-start. Etc."

Vanishes? I don't understand your problem.

Windows crashes *very* rarely and you can usually point the crashes on either bad hardware or some bad drivers. Windows crashes ("BSOD") produce crash dumps which can be deciphered (to a degree) with the Blue Screen Viewer. I'd also check HP's support pages for your laptop.

Of course, you're free to try Linux on that laptop and see if works better...

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Re: Now it all makes sense.

If Microsoft want proof their imbelicity hasn't gone unnoticed than I suggest they ask why HP's state of the art zBook x2 Tablet PCis ships with Windows 10 1703, with Windows Update tuned off as default behaviour.

The reason for Win10 1703 is simply because the Zbook X2 G4 was released after 1703 but before 1709 came out, and HP sticks to their original preload image no matter how long they sell the model.

FWIW, HP hasn't turned Windows Update off because Win10 doesn't allow that. And even if they managed that, they'd just gain more liabilities and some lawyer-speak from MS.

So, about that Google tax on Android makers in the EU – report pegs it at up to $40 per phone

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Re: Somehow I think the EU is going to reject this "remedy"

"The things that they are charging $40 for include YouTube and Google Maps. You can provide an equivalent API, but good luck providing equivalent data behind the API."

Youtube works quite well on my Firefox Focus, just like I use Youtube via a web browser on my PC.

Google Maps, do they allow offline maps these days? I'm pretty happy with the competition: HERE WeGo has the stupidest name ever but that and say, Maps.me work pretty well.

I certainly have no problems having a Google-free phone.

Facebook mass hack last month was so totally overblown – only 30 million people affected

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The only solution

If Google is shutting down G+ because 500K user accounts have been at risk, although nothing probably happened - shouldn't FB shut down their platform immediately because of this 30M user accounts' verified hackjob?

Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'

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Re: @Flatpackhamster @Paul

"1) It is for crappy media or Linux ISOs and I always do a separate sha256 checksum test on those."

How many times have your BT downloads had wrong checksum? (not that I have anything against checksum checking)

BT is fine for many types of software delivery. Each BT piece is hashed, so chance of delivering malformed files is rather minuscule. I've personally used P2P since Napster. The total ingress data is in terabyte range yet I can't remember malformed files getting through the clients.

Also, MS patches are signed, what makes you think Windows - or any OS - doesn't validate the updates first?

2) I can tun my BT client on and off with ease and in an obvious place, and not magically find that I have seeded many GB of OS image over some fee-paying or bandwidth restricted network route.

The setting to turn this off lies obviously within the Windows Update settings. Besides turning on/off, you can configure it to work only within your local network. If you have multiple computers the bandwidth savings can be tremendous.

But all this you knew already.

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@Flatpackhamster

"Pretty sure that with Windows 10 you can download from other users instead of Microsoft's servers. I always turn that feature off when I set up a computer for a client, it scares the bejasus out of me."

Do you feel the same about BitTorrent?

Intel boss admits chips in short supply, lobs cash into the quagmire

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"Meltdown, Spectre (all variants), and people are still buying this half-arsed crap in droves?"

Yes.

"Bullpats. Artificial scarcity disguised as capacity issues in an attempt to protect the cash cow from a well-deserved rogering by the silicon buying public."

No. If Intel can't or won't produce enough processors, the OEMs still need to sell *something* so the OEMs will go for the alternatives. The big cash cows are the very expensive Xeons after all, but the supply problems include relatively inexpensive i5 / i7 models. Since AMD finallty has very competitive processors, why would Intel risk losing desktop/laptop market to AMD?

HPE has already put up a notice that some Xeon models have supply problems so HPE is recommending AMD EPYC servers as solution. Hardly something Intel wants to hear, don'tcha think?

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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"It also says a lot about the alternative and how desperate some people were."

"Also gullible."

No, it's just a case of the Marching Morons.

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