* Posts by TonyJ

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: Haystacks

"I think it is about being able to monitor and control dissent in society. "

Not quite. More like:

I think it is about being able to monitor and control dissent information flow in society.

Namely being able to censor what the great unwashed public get to find out about our elected leaders.

Cos...think of how the expenses scandal unfolded...now think of the children and how we could've protected them from that awful mess if only they hadn't been exposed to the facts...

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Re: Known to Authorities.

And let's not forget that apparently TWO people he went to university with called a terrorist watchline to report his extremist views and behaviour.

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Re: Linux

"...Can it run generic Linux.."

The Register's version of "Can it run Crysis?"

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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I had a rather panicked neighbour...

...knock on my door as they'd fallen for this scam to the point of putting the remote control software on.

Luckily they hadn't done anything else and were waiting a call back.

When they called back I said to tell them they were handing the phone over to me.

"It's Vijay from Microsoft here...your friends PC is sending out lots of spam and other virus related stuff but I can help them to sort it out."

"Cool...what's your surname Vijay. I can look you in the Gal and we can do it on OCS, cos y'know I work for Microsoft* too and I wasn't aware of this service we offer...."

Click...

*I was actually working for them at the time over in Belgkum.

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IBM freezes contractor hires to keep full-time workers fully occupied

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Re: Yawn

Because it pretty much is. If they don't get their act together they will find they're way too far down the death spiral to pull out.

From all this news...might be there already.

However, speaking as a contractor, I can fully appreciate any company is going to favour permies over us. That's just common sense as long as it doesn't harm the project.

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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Re: Is it allowed ....

Q: What do having sex in a canoe and American "beer" have in common?

A: They're both f***ing close to water :)

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eBay denies claims it's failing to thwart 'systematic fraud'

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How do they get the money out though?

I mean, ultimately, it is paid into a bank account somewhere, surely?

So there must be a trail somewhere.

Or does my lack of criminal mindedness just bling me to it?

Edit: Ohhhh I get it now...they never withdraw the funds, they just spend them on other eBay items and have them shipped to some address that's not actually associated with them.

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Re: an easy fix for firefox

CCK2 - free addon for Firefox that allows you to develop a config.

Beat me to the punycode config setting though :)

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

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WTF?

Oh, Microsoft, WTF are you smoking?

You seem to be hell bent on destroying all support from your customers and whatever little good feeling you had left. If any, at this point.

I've spent almost all of my career around Windows and Citrix but I am watching both companies make what appear to be monumentally stupid decisions time after time after time.

We all get it - you want to push as many customers (feels more like victims the way you're going about it though, tbh) onto your shiny new platforms. You always did. But at least you gave us time and allowed us to make the choices as to what and when.

But here we are again - your Enterprise customers need stability. They need trust. They need to know that you won't keep trying to monetise their every frigging click.

I'm currently at one place that still uses Vista. Windows 10 is being slowly rolled out - with the emphasis on slowly - to make sure things like, oh you know, legacy applications still work.

It's getting harder and harder to justify your thinking. Scratch that - I don't even bother any more.

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Mozilla abandons experimental Aurora Firefox channel

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Re: You ever listen Mozilla?

"...IGNORE the Chrome Koolaid / spyware.

Stop frigging with the GUI. Put it back to matching the native GUI style chosen by user. Kill the Awesome bar. Why should I have to change About:config to stop it doing stupid guessing and searching?

Fix the bugs: Print Selection is still brain dead

Fix Privacy: Make 3rd party cookie disabled by default. Expose all the privacy settings in Preferences, not just page info. Forget about "Pocket" but have javascript whitelists and domain blacklists. Share less browser info..."

Agree with all of that.

And how about things like making it manageable in an Enterprise natively. Offer some support outside of forums. Some of us are forced by the old tech our customers use to deploy this.

Only in 52 did they start to actually use the Windows certificate store so every time a cert is rekeyed, for example, it's a goddamn repackage.

And then that means you have redeploy to users who have to have their FF profile blown away or they don't get the changes.

Make it possible to lock down elements like the developer tools. Your average Joe and Jill user don't need them.

You want more penetration? Stop ignoring the big potential customers - y'know, the SME's up.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: Won't miss it

Wouldn't argue with any of that.

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Re: Won't miss it

"...But I don't spend anywhere as much time keeping it up to date (unlike some Win VMs I still have)..."

Yeah but how much of that is because you rarely boot them?

My Windows machines patch with MS patches once a month - occasionally more often. The applications patch as and when.

It's not particularly onerous unless it's a (typically a VM) I haven't booted for weeks or occasionally months.

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Law Commission pulls back on official secrets laws plans after Reg exposes flawed report

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Thanks guys

It's easy sometimes to take the piss out of some of the things El Reg publishes (and let's face it, some are there for that very chortle) but thanks for pushing back on some of the shite that's out there.

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Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

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Re: Weird

"...What a n00b..."

And there's an example, in a nutshell. Albeit a fairly tame one.

You've only got to read the el reg forums to see examples of what he talks about. It always falls into broadly the same categories:

"Oh Micro$oft...haven't used their bloaty crap in 20 years but it's still bloaty crap"

Or

"Oh Linux...got a vuln...lolz"

Or anything in between, whether it's the OS or the Applications.

And yeah, on both sides of the court there needs to be some mental maturing taking place.

Ok. Pass the popcorn while I count the downvotes.

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: re: re: I'm confused now,

"...you're welcome..."

No you're not.

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Re: re: I'm confused now,

No

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

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This seems to be a bizarre way that Virgin work.

I popped my email into their "we will let you know when we are coming to your area" website as our estate was built after they initially ran their fibre so we lucked out.

That was three years ago.

18 months ago I got a "great news! we're coming to your area" email.

SInce then...nothing. I asked them on Twitter and was told to register my interest on the same website.

So "coming soon" seems to be their default operating model.

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Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

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Re: What is this long, angled, low friction thing I see before me?

Yes indeedy. I've said this many times - 1) Stop trying to make technology be the parent. I have two sons: one of almost 15 and one almost 9.

The 9yo rarely has unspupervised access to the internet and his games are age-proportional.

For the almost 15yo I am slightly less concerned because I have all of his passwords. He knows that I can, and do, randomly check what he's been up to.

That's the price he pays for the freedoms.

So....having got that first part of the argument out of the way (and here's a tip for the moronic parents and mumsnet types that believe this is necessary - put the computer/tablet etc where you can see it when it's in use) the second point, b) is, as others have called out - it's one step away from the Government saying things like "Oh expenses scandal? What expenses scandal? <click>"

Of course you can insert your own bit there for whatever they deem it necessary to "protect us from seeing".

We, as a nation, seem to be hell bent on sleep walking into 1984....it was a warning ffs not an instruction manual :(

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

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Re: je ne comprend pas

Some poor sap's on a downvoting frenzy again.

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Re: je ne comprend pas

"...01101001 01110100 00100111 01110011 00100000 01100001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01000110 01110010 01100101 01101110 01100011 01101000 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01101101 01100101.."

Stop that before you end up going back in time and trying to kill Fry!

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All comments deleted/rejected and closed...

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All comments deleted/rejected and closed...

This article - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/20/daniel_mahony_comug_gsm_gateway_bail_7_years/ - has had all the comments either rejected or deleted by a moderator...

Anyone have any idea why?

My own was just a simple question about the length of the bail - nothing out of the ordinary or inflammatory.

Seems a bit odd/heavy handed by El Reg.

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Cheap calls gateway operator has been on bail for 7 years

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FreeNAS sheds storage skin, tries on sexier hyperconverged garb

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Re: What's in a name?

Or, just maybe, you're overthinking it?

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Iconic Land Rover Defender may make a comeback by 2019

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Re: Belgian Guns

"...Yes; Fusil Automatique Leger IIRC.

And a much better firearm firing a much more effective round as well, but the fashionable thinking of the day thought it it had too long a barrel for the Battle Taxis of the time...

Not just too long but using a non standard round - 7.62mm vs the NATO standard 5.56mm. But it did pack one hell of a punch.

Also heavier and very prone to jamming unless you were meticulous with cleaning and turned the gas return pressure right up, at which point it kicked like a fucking mule.

And remember that a longer rifle takes longer to track across an arc to a target vs a shorter barrel albeit usually at the cost of longer range accuracy. But assault rifles are meant to be able to deliver rounds fast in a general direction and not necessarily with huge accuracy - it's enough to hit the target it doesn't usually matter where.

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Re: Needling me?

ffs...aeroplanes.

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Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

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Certificate store

52 can finally be configured to use the Windows certificate store. Not relevant for all, I know, but it's a royal pain in the arse trying to use FF in any kind of enterprise.

And yes...I've had the discussion MANY times about the fact this ain't an enterprise class product but it's "needed" here.

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Weird interview questions

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I've had a few odd ones over the years

Like the two guys who sat at opposite corners of a huge desk in the boardroom - so large I couldn't talk to both at once. They then proceeded to ask me questions in a very bad tempered fashion and even argue with one another.

Generally I'd just start to answer the question asked when the other would jump in.

In the end I got up, thanked them for wasting my time and left. Don't know if was meant as some kind of test but it was incredibly frustrating after the first five minutes.

Then there's the one where I'd had to take some hardcore painkillers after being driven into from behind at high speed - no wonder I didn't get offered that one. I was off my head and could barely remember my own name.

Had a couple of the unanswerable questions like above.

Had one where the guy seemed to take every pause for thought to mean I didn't know the answer and would move on.

Oh I once received a CV from a guy WhO hAd WrItEn every word in his CV in alternating upper and lower case.

One of my favourites had to be the interview I had where the entire thing centred around my scuba diving hobby. Not a single technical question was asked and the closing comment was how I seemed like I had just the right mix they were looking for and would be an asset to the team. I had a phone call from the agency before I even got to my car telling me I hadn't got it because the interviewer felt I wasn't technical enough!

Went for an technical architect role and when I'd done listening to what they wanted and pointed out it was clearly programme manager if not director level and I really wasn't suited to it, they then asked if they could complete the interview and see if I fit anything else. And then promptly interviewed for the very role I had already said I couldn't do and seemed surprised when I couldn't answer some of the questions.

Got asked what my ideal job would be in the future once when was still an electronics engineer. Back then R&D would've been my ideal and I said as much. Got rejected because they felt I was too aspirational for their company!

Fun fun fun.

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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

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Re: Bloody hell...

Every person in charge of this ballsup. Every coder. Every "tester" (that list is probably empty by the sound of things). Every single person that had any kind of sign off.

All of them to a person deserves being slapped with a charge of manslaughter.

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Anyone for Virtual Monkey Tennis? Telco tries to sell us on 5G

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And what's the point until the operators offer decent data linits? Here's a gig download speed...enjoy your 500MB limit...

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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"...Plus an air burst nuke might be a little over kill for the issue at hand..."

Yeah but..."We've solved the overcrowding issue..."

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"...How do the mobile phones they have smuggled in get charged?.."

Nokia 3310. Lasts for the entire duration of their stay... ;)

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Brit watchdog spanks Microsoft, Amazon, Apple into promising fairer cloud contracts

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Re: Now they need to haul Blinkbox over the coals...

"...After they arbitrarily removed PS3 support and then refused to refund me the £70 for the content I had bought through their service that I subsequently lost access to. After trawling through 10 pages of small print I finally discovered that they apparently retain the right to withdraw any services at any time they see fit.

Charlatans and wan*ers the lot of them..."

Take them to small claims court.

Chances are they wouldn't even turn up.

We took a national furniture chain to court for my wife's lost earnings after they failed to deliver on four separate occasions - they arranged to deliver then simply failed to show. We cancelled the order and I asked them to refund the time my wife took off from work+stress.

They refused claiming they had a clause claiming deliveries were on a best efforts basis...

So we took 'em to court. They failed to show for mediation and then out of the blue I received a letter of apology with a cheque for the full amount.

As others have said - just because they claim it's in their T's and C's doesn't trump consumer law.

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Re: Marissa Mayer

One can only assume, given how clueless you are, you must be a senior manager in IBM!

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Re: ""Never trust a salemen, Why? because it saves time later""

"...Smart managers start with a problem they want to solve, not a new piece of shiny they want to buy..."

This!

This has always been part of my approach to interviewing consultant level staff.

First off for anything technical, ask what they feel strongest in - that way you avoid asking questions on their weakest subject by accident. And if they're crap at that, chances are they suck at everything else, too.

I would expect anyone at that level to be able to sketch me out a quick back of the napkin design on a chosen bit of tech. The next question can be the toughest though..."Ok...so now pretend I am the FD of a company...tell me _why_ I should buy that..."

I'm looking for the ones who can say you shouldn't or asking me what I hope to achieve or...what are the problems we are having and let's approach it from that perspective rather than selling shiny.

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Motivational speaker in the slammer after HPE applies for court order

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Re: Hmm....

"...Are HP at all capable of any kind of due diligence?"

No! it would seem to be part of the culture, see this link: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/08/14/hp_recovers_1_8m/ (source: linked in the comments of the ARSTechnica article Justicesays references in their comment here).

Reading between the lines of the 2003 article, it would seem that even having determined the order was fraudulent, HP still shipped kit, invoiced, received payment and then claimed they had been had!

LOL...it was a rhetorical question!

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Hmm....

Are HP at all capable of any kind of due diligence?

Next up, someone sold them a bridge...

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Sad but no surprise...

1) Government/MoD project overrunning

2) Politician failing to answer a directly asked question.

For both of these, though it's sad/frustrating/anger-inducing* it's hardly unexpected.

*Delete any or none as appropriate.

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How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all

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Um...so Lexmark's long term plan...

...is to prevent their customers from being able to source cheaper consumables such that they can lock their customers into much higher prices.

At which point, presumably, most of those consumers will give Lexmark two fingers and move to an alternative printer manufacturer who doesn't (currently) do that.

Driving down their sales.

Great long term survival plan.

How does it go then, Lexmark? Piss off your customers, drive down sales, PROFIT!!!! ???

I mean I imagine just the threat of this would make customers run to alternatives.

Hmm yeah I just remembered my old man bought a Lexmark some years ago. Crap quality, ludicrously expensive inks that (at the time) there were no third party options for. Hmm...

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Re: Hmmm....iPhone 1.0

"...The original iPhone definitely has a proximity sensor. It is possible that your wife's phone was faulty or there was a software issue...."

Have an upvote - hers definitely never worked (and at the time I didn't even know it was supposed to be there), so yeah, probably faulty. I'd just assumed it didn't have one.

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Hmmm....iPhone 1.0

I actually got one of these for my wife.

It was awful. It almost felt like a beta product (and these are just a few of things I still remember):

It had no kind of face sensor so it was common for the user to disconnect mid-call via their chin or cheek;

It's autocorrect functions were terrible - tiny little words above the word in question and even tinier x to close the option;

Inability to forward messages;

No email support;

No apps.

I think it's reasonably fair to say that it was the app store that really allowed the iPhone to become so successful, combined with the then Apple aura and mystique that Jobs was bringing to their products.

As to who invented this bit or that bit - I suggest you could pull most products released in the last 10-20 years and have the same kind of arguments.

But poor show on the beeb for their lack of fact checking on this one.

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Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

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Re: Having seen the latest NHS IT Software in action

Some fair points...right up until this dick comment: "...They get all uppitty if you say 'I told you all that last week. She hasn't grown a pair of wings since..."

It's you and your mum. You know one another intimately. The poor frontline staff see possibly hundreds or more people through their doors on a weekly basis.

You'd be pretty pissed off if they assumed to know your mothers' medical history and then harmed her.

You cannot blame someone for doing their job in the best way possible. Especially when they're being forced to use crappy systems and software to boot.

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Forget aircraft – now cretins are laser-blinding ferry boat crewmen

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Re: 15 days jail time ?

Assault? Attempted murder, surely? What if he'd caused it to hit another vessel or object and it'd sunk with lives lost?

What the fuck is wrong with these bottom-feeding, scum-sucking, algae-eaters that they feel the need to do this??

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New US rules on 'vehicle-to-vehicle' communications under consultation

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Imagine the fun...

...the script kiddies will have with this one?

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

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BT Hubs...

...generally just seem to suck.

I have BT Business Infinity Fibre. Simply because I was pretty much holding down the refresh button 4 years ago to get news of when fibre would be available in my area and BT were, at the time, the only provider (side laugh - my "technical" neighbour seeing the van asked if I had a phone problem...when I explained I was having fibre installed he said I was mistaken as it wasn't available...).

Anyway the BT Business Hub 3 was truly awful.

The wireless was quite simply the poorest quality I've ever come across, so that was turned off almost on the first day.

Alas because of the oddity of how BT did (still do?) their static IP allocation, until the start of this year there was no real option to change it for the PPoE part so it ultimately had to hang around. Until I put in Sophos UTM (second side note - free home version for up to 50 end points).

Best thing I ever did - immediate uplift of around 20% performance and it's consistent.

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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I have all three - Netflix, Sky and Amazon. I got Amazon Prime for the deliveries initially but now with TV and music, it's frankly superb.

Some of the content on their is absolutely first rate (take a look at Halt and Catch Fire, for example).

I am seriously considering dropping Sky completely. Yes, there are a few series on there that I'd personally miss seeing at release but from memory, I believe most of them are available on one or the other shortly afterwards anyway.

I have the Amazon & Netflix apps burned into the 4k, 40" Hisense Smart TV that was less than £250 from...yep...Amazon and a Fire TV box downstairs.

The box, in particular is just a beautiful user experience. I do look forwards to the day they put full blown Alexa on there instead of just using it for searching media. And that's a great thing about the Fire TV box - when you search, it searches across everything. Something on say, Netflix AND Amazon? You'll see it on both. Something on one or the other - it'll find it.

Yeah I seriously question why I stick with Sky right now and their massively overinflated prices.

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Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

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Yeah I bought a second hand Lenovo X1 Carbon from FleaBay for the wife.

It came with a pre-installed copy of Windows 10 with no Lenovo crud (or drivers).

Once I'd got the drivers on, it's a really rather nice little machine. Fast, light, long battery life, quiet and nice to look at / hold.

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Re: new entry level laptops

Yeah but a quick check of Dell's own refurb site shows no 13" laptops for less than around £500...and I think that's what folks here are complaining about: that sweet spot of portability, battery life and performance for when you're travelling.

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

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Embrace...

...what's next? I forget.

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

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Which version of Exchange do they run?

Because MS introduced Mailtips in 2007 which, if enabled and done correctly* would warn people that they're about to send an email to everyone/recipients that are on the list outside of their organisation/to a large number of recipients etc etc etc

*Yes...I know that's a rarity for many places, not just public sector.

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Samsung sets fire to $9m by throwing it at Tizen devs

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Re: Good heavens, at THAT price

The problem is though, that would potentially harm the sales of their overpriced units.

I can only imagine that there's a fairly huge markup on a £500-£800+ premium phone and very little on a £50 throwaway device and when you're shipping 350 million a quarter, that's a significant profit margin.

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