* Posts by TonyJ

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Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP

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Re: HP maybe the source, but Microsoft is still to blame

"...The outsourced kind who work in 'low cost' environments..."

Oh you mean the ones that HP were busy "best shoring" too a few years ago.

I shit you not, that's the phrase they were using. Without a trace of irony or humour.

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Re: God, Windows is such a mess, and then Microsoft let HP's finest loose on it...

Gah. Foot meet mouth

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Re: Results speak for themselves.

"...I believe that is being slightly unfair on Microsoft..."

Some very good points made - Ferrari in 2016 were paid around 3x that of Renault, including an additional $70m that no other team got due to being the "long standing team".

The graphic is here: http://damcdn.autosport.com/editorial/0c8e80ce668b13dee752e8fc724f51c9.jpg

With the full story behind it here: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/123649/formula-1-team-payments-for-2016-revealed

Also I believe there were actually power plant changes this season as well as the cars being bigger and faster - that is a lot for some teams to pay for and play catch up on and as you say it tends to lag a year anyway.

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Sexploitation gang thrown in clink for 171 years after 'hunting' kids online and luring them in front of webcams

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Re: The fiends

"...Windows 10 users too, no doubt..."

Not everything should be turned into a frigging war on OS choice dumbass.

How about some empathy for the victims? Or a bit of praise for once for how law enforcement handled it? Nah..f*ck that, lets flame the OS.

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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"..We have a website, it was designed and specified by an internal tech team. It is updated by the internal tech team and it draws in over 90% of our business (many millions per year). Even the 10% that it doesn't draw in is mainly displacement (and no sold by a 'sales person')

In fact I can think of loads of companies that don't requires sales people (at least no tin the traditional sense) to sell their products. This isn't even including the NGOs, schools, charities, and plenty of others that are a company without a product or service as such to sell..."

Name them. If you were so sure of yourself why hide behind anonymous commenting? Nope...thought not.

Even the public sector have sales.

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"...On the other hand, who can't get behind bad things happening to salesmen :).."

WTF are you smoking?

1 - Show me a company, any company, that doesn't rely on sales people to bring in revenue and keep you in a job.

2 - Having done only pre-sales, let me tell you that the 80's car salesmen days are for the huge majority, long gone.

3 - You show a complete and utter lack of understanding that sometimes, often in fact, these high earners in sales are on a pittance of a wage and may have worked for months or even years before they get a "big win"

4 - On what planet can it be right and proper to do this kind of practice? Would you like it? Nope...thought not

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Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

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Re: Double vacuum

Oxygen toxicity is all down to the ppo2 - partial pressure of oxygen.

It's important to understand this if you do technical diving as you tend to accelerate decompression with ever higher percentages of oxygen, up to 100%.

We generally accept that a ppo2 of 1.6 whilst stationary on decompression is safe.

At 1bar, ppo2 is .21 so you can use a bit of maths to calculate you cannot use 100% O2 safely below 6m.

Pure O2 of course is explosive in any manner of interesting ways, such as if it comes into contact with silicon hence the need for "O2 clean" diving kit.

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UK.gov cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

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Re: We apparently went from two A4 binders of tax law in 1997 to seventeen by 2005

Same as they introduced IR35 and taxes on dividends and, and, and...

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"And I'm guessing you get to define 'fairer'?"

Why?

Where did I suggest that?

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<sigh> Depressing reading.

You can't tax fairly as it'll put companies out of business plus who gets to determine fair yada yada.

It isn't fair that corporations avoid paying taxes.

I like the fact so many of you chose to ignore the fact I admitted up front I couldn't recall at which point in the cycle the taxes should be taken but hey ho, let's not let facts get in the way of a bit of Friday flaming, eh?

Did I, at any point, suggest I'd be the arbiter of what is or is not fair? Slunts.

Cake. Eat. Can't.

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"...Then you would be very hungry as retailers like Walmart make about 3-5% profit..."

False logic.

1 - what a USA retailer has to do with UK tax law...? And yes, I know they are the parent company of Asda, but still.

2 - Let's just take food since you brought it up. In the race to bottom, we've seen the introduction of some of the least healthy foodstuffs I can remember in my lifetime. You can have cheap, convenient or healthy but not all three and rarely any combination of two where one is healthy.

3 - Staying with food, we're terribly, terribly wasteful - see here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/10/uk-throwing-away-13bn-of-food-each-year-latest-figures-show

13bn of food thrown away whilst we have families who work needing to attend food banks.

4 - At what point does enough become too much? How can it be right that some of these large companies would prefer to put employees on zero-hours contracts to maximise profits? Profits that are then offset against loopholes to minimise taxes that directly impacts everyone?

So tell me again how you can equate fairer tax to going hungry...

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This! Have an upvote!

I read somewhere, some time ago that if everyone who earned over £x,000 paid tax at 22% and corporations were taxed at 22% of all sales* and that both these stupid loopholes and our ridiculous tax laws** were abolished then the government would bring in something like double what they were at the time.

In essence, simplify it and make it fairer.

*It was a fair while ago so I am vague from memory if it was sales, revenue, profit, turnover etc but it did make sense at the time.

**Two examples - we apparently went from two A4 binders of tax law in 1997 to seventeen by 2005. We even have several pages prescribing what makes a boot as opposed to a shoe because boots, being classed as PPE aren't subject to VAT whereas shoes (even steel toecapped ones) are not PPE therefore are subject to VAT...now isn't that bonkers?

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Re: HR Fail

I'm in that age bracket that started working when we had personnel departments but saw the change over to HR departments.

I have fond memories of those personnel peeps - they usually had the best interests of the staff at the company at their hearts.

Whereas HR departments seem to solely exist to ensure that a company can get away with the absolute bare minimum and treat their staff like cattle.

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Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

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Re: Does it still have 2D FLATSO, SPYWARE, ADWARE ???

I have laptops here at home with both Pro and Enterprise on.

I allow them to get updates automatically, 'cos they're connected to the web (yes, not directly but still).

Honestly, I don't recognise this reboot, update, reboot, update...cycle.

Once a month I get a bunch of updates. My machines either reboot at 3am give or take or I can do it manually. Yeah if there's been a bunch of updates, it can be a bit of a PITA waiting for the whole boot cycle to finish but it does it once and then on wtih working.

Some updates - defender, for example, don't need reboots at all.

Just updated a Debian desktop I have in a VM and a Kali install on another laptop and both required reboots - granted they were much faster, but they still needed reboots.

Honestly a reboot once a month that takes a bit longer is hardly a royal PITA to most people.

And frankly, given the shite I've had to dig neighbours out of in the past because they'd either turned off updates or had a hooky copy of say XP that didn't get them, I'd say any home system shouldn't have the option to defer or turn off updates.

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Manchester firm shut down for pretending to be Google

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Re: Rampant in the US

..."How come, if the NSA, GCHQ etc are able to monitor all phone calls in the world, nobody can shut these people down?..."

For the very same reason German U-boat "wolf packs" were allowed to continue to target merchant shipping during WWII, after the British cracked the codes used by Enigma - once you reveal your hand, you're holding no cards.

By not getting involved in the petty low-end criminality, it still makes the world uncertain of what the various agencies around the world are, or are not, capable of.

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Re: Who hasn't written "malware" code?

"... for normal output (like 'dir')..."

Wouldn't that be *. (or *Cat if I recall the full command)?

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Re: The men all say it's a foot long.

"...she got it instantly..."

Fnarr, fnarr!!!

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Teen who texted boyfriend to kill himself gets 15 months jail

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Re: Did you forget to add a message?

@ Threlkeld

"In the UK and Republic of Ireland, the Samaritans maintain a free-to-call helpline number on 116 123. Hotlines in other countries can be found here." (with a link)

It's good for people to understand and to know that someone, somewhere will listen and not judge. They do a tremendous thing for a lot of people.

@ Anonymous Coward

"Who would want to sit and listen to these people? That takes a particular form of bravery and compassion."

My mum. She did it for quite some time, especially over Christmas. And yes, it takes a tremendous amount of mental courage to do it.

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Re: Jump! Jump! Jump!

"...That being said she was also a minor at the time and provably not at all responsible, yet responsible for his death..."

Sorry but at 15 years old she was plenty mature enough to understand her actions.

She wanted the attention and sympathy after the event.

Cold, calculated and with full intent and understanding.

Vile creature. He needed help not pushing over the edge like that.

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Microsoft breaks Office 365 sign-in pages ahead of surprise update

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Re: Unique Identifier

Apparently it's because we were allowed to sign up to O365 & Outlook.com or some such craziness.

It bugs me too, to be honest "Is this work or personal".

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This surf-and-turf robot swims using ribbon-like fins. And it's floated for US Navy approval

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Re: They remind me of...

"...Spanish Dancer flatworms..."

Are truly stunning little beasties.

I've only ever seen two of them, both in the Red Sea and both at night.

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How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

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Re: bob

"...Hadn't seen panopticlick before - had to allow scripts several times and it still didn't complete the fingerprint section..."

Got this as my result:

"Yes! You have strong protection against Web tracking, though your software isn’t checking for Do Not Track policies."

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Re: Standardisation is always welcome

CD /Windows

Works

CD /

Works.

Ok the path you go to will show \ but nothing stopping you using /

Oldest Windows OS I currently have access to is Windows Server 2008 SP2 and it works there, too.

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OnePlus cash equals 5: Rebel flagship joins upmarket Android crew

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"...I've got the barclaycard app on my OP5 and it works OK with 2 sims in..."

Perhaps Barclays have finally got around to understanding that dual SIM phones are a thing.

I'd be interested to know how long you've had it for though...mine would work for weeks on end then suddenly throw me to the new device registration screen.

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By the way...if you have the Barclays mobile app don't go putting a second SIM in. They don't support it and after a week or so will revert to requiring you to re-register.

Took me a while to get to the bottom of that one on my OP2.

Don't know if that's still the case but worth bearing in mind.

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I had a OPO & OP2

In fairness the OPO only remained in my hands long enough to list it on eBay as I'd had to replace my phone between ordering and delivery and it took many weeks.

The OP2...it started off as a decent phone. One of the reasons I purchased it was the promised regular security updates but they were few and far between coming roughly every 4 months.

No...my view of OP is that they're a massively successful marketing machine that just happens to produce a few phones.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: Now just notepad, and we can write off builtin apps completely. @me

Let it go, 45RPM - these fora do seem to attract Mr/Miss/<insert your own title> Angry.

I got downvoted for pointing out that LIbreOffice now includes the option to have a ribbon bar.

I can only assume that, despite the fact I was simply pointing out an actual, factual, truth, that the ones who are still (ten years+) down the line foaming at the mouth of the temerity of MS to have added it with the release of Office 2007 - usually the same ones espousing the virtues of choice - hadn't noticed and will now have to turn that anger onto LibreOffice.

Me, personally, could see it actually helping the adoption of LibreOffice as I said earlier.

Anyway...let 'em vent and downvote mate. Life's too short.

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Re: @TonyJ -- The end

You know that LibreOffice 5.3 has the option of a Ribbon Bar, don't you??

"...And you know that it's optional, don't you??.."

Let me add emphasis seeing as you clearly missed the word OPTION.

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Re: The end

"...I can't believe anyone spent time creating that, but vive la differance, I guess..."

I can. If you take users of MS Office now - ones that have used it for the last decade (or longer in many cases) and plump any version prior to 2007 in front of them and they would ask where anything was.

I've tried it.

Other comments along the lines of being ugly are also mentioned.

If you want LibreOffice to really be taken up then it has to be compatible with* and even mirror newer versions of MS Office.

*Yeah I know...even MS can't guarantee compatibility at times.

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Re: The end

Haha some of you need lives or at the very least to chill out more.

Downvotes for point out a fact.

Hilarious.

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"...Mental note: before drinking the koolaid, save all the gadgets especially snipping tool...

Get a hold of Greenshot for that. You won't look back.

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Re: The end

"...AND it WORKS BETTER because there's no GOSH DARNED FORNICATING FECAL-FACED DUCK-COITUS PILE OF EXCREMENT RIBBON BAR on it!!!.."

You know that LibreOffice 5.3 has the option of a Ribbon Bar, don't you??

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Re: Crowdsource hit

"...Yeah, I really miss the times when you could make jokes and parodies on the internet without the secret police breaking down your door in the middle of the night...."

On the one hand I am in total agreement but that Lord or whatever he was actually put a statement onto (I believe it was) FB offering 5 grand for someone to run over a person he took a dislike to.

Imagine if you saw that about yourself. I think you'd be understandably upset and nervous and that's kinda beyond a joke.

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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"...A bomb or similar problem on a Hyperloop would probably be as devastating to the vehicle as one on a plane, and even more so to the support infrastructure, so I presume the "29 minute" journey will have 2 hours of security theatre and 30 minutes wait in baggage claim added to it? An ordinary high-speed train would probably be faster overall..."

Hmm you are probably spot on there. Traditionally, bombs in tunnels aren't that effective at causing major damage to the infrastructure - the blast basically passes outwards along the tunnel but with these presumably being closed-in segments that would no longer be true.

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"...and yet both promises I feel will be broken..."

To be fair...I suspect it will be your football team that break the promise first. Well, every time.

Forever.

:)

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Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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You learn very quickly on CCR diving equipment that it's not a good idea to eat spicy food prior to the dive.

Or belch. You're breathing that same gas for the duration of the dive...:)

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Re: Hypoxia?

"...Well from dive training we had ANOXIA which is a lack of oxygen and HYPOXIA which is excessive oxygen..."

Try again.

Hypoxia - lack of oxygen in the blood supply and tissues. Also anoxia but that's generally considered a severe form of hypoxia

Hyeroxia - excess of oxygen in the blood supply and tissues

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Re: Why oxygen generators?

Well it depends on how they supply the pilots oxygen.

If it's a closed loop system then that will mean the gas they breathe out is cycled back through the loop, scrubbed of CO2 and analysed. If there's a requirement to top up the O2, then the required amount to keep the gas breathable will be added.

If it's not a closed loop, then the gas they breathe out is just vented away but I'd suspect it's not open as this would mean over 90% of the oxygen breathed in by the pilot would be wasted on exhale. Plus it's presumably closed due to things like the cockpit being sealed.

A closed loop also has the advantages that a) that 90+% of O2 isn't wasted - it's recycled round the loop and b) any O2 tanks will be smaller than otherwise needed.

I am coming at this from the perspective of a hypoxic trained closed circuit rebreather technical diver. With a pair of 3l cylinders (one for O2 and one for a diluent mix) I could potentially get around 6 hours underwater - I say potentially because various things alter that such as how long the scrubber material can last when removing the CO2, how warm or cold the water is etc etc. But compare that to diving on "open circuit" with 2 x 12l cylinders - they'd tend to last me for an hour of diving.

Also even as a diver you are trained to spot hypoxia, CO and CO2 buildup, Nitrogen Narcosis etc etc so I'm amazed that these pilots aren't being thoroughly schooled in this!

Oh and just an edit: the rate at which an individual metabolises O2 doesn't change between any changes in atmospheric pressure so no matter how high you climb or how deep you go, you will still burn O2 at the same rate.

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Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

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Re: "The potential downside of not getting this right is very serious,"

"...I am still wondering why I am being called a "Re-moaner"..."

Probably because the majority of vocal remainers were adamant that another referendum should be taken (presumably over and over ad infitium) until they got the result they wanted. Despite democracy not working like that

"...I guess this is the adult equivalent of being laughed at for being in the A-Stream at school by the idiots in the lower streams.

It seems this country STILL laughs at people with more intelligence than them (I was going to say higher education)...."

Also notable that the remainers seem to take on a very patronising "we know better" argument biased towards the whole "If you voted to leave you are a) a moron of massive proportions and/or b) a massive xenophobic racist".

No. No one actually knows what the ultimate outcome will be.

Some things will hurt. No doubt about it. How much? No one can say, yet, but there's bound to be a LOT of pain.

Some things will be better off. What things and how much? No one actually knows yet but probably not as much as exit voters hope.

Bit of advice - step down from your ivory tower of thinking you know best and that you are more intelligent than everyone else and look around. And just perhaps, try to see what caused that anger in the majority.

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Re: Conjours up the image ...

"...A picture of Theresa May smiling beautifically..."

Oh ffs! Did you have to?

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1984

One step closer.

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Re: Only a British would use a ZX spectrum for music...

"..Only a British would use a ZX spectrum for music..."

"Only a British"? WTF kind of language is that??

Try "Only a British group" or "Only a Briton" or even "Only a Brit".

Gotta love Simplified English (aka 'Murkan English)

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PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

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Re: Microsoft learned their lession?

"...They are here to stay like that infernal ribbon..."

You do realise it's been TEN YEARS since MS introduced that infernal ribbon? Time to get over it maybe?

If you reallllly don't want it, you can always (and yeah you probably do) use Libre Office.

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Re: 2007?

And that's the other good point - sling a relatively cheap SSD into an older machine and it'll feel brand new again, adding years of longevity.

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Re: In my neck of the woods

You could well be right there. I bought a custom laptop two years ago from PC Specialist in the UK.

According to a promo vid they had on their site recently, they alone ship around 4,000 units a month. I know this is small fry compared to the big boys out there but that's one custom build just in the UK, so globally it must be big numbers.

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Re: How much influence did Microsoft have in this?

"...I think 2 things are happening - not much is changing in workplace software to drive new desktops so they're being used for much longer than in the past. On top of that, there's a move for more use of mobiles for email and browsing...

Couldn't agree more.

In the corp world, more and more back end systems are being ported to have a browser-accessible front end instead of a traditional fat client which also adds up to needing a less powerful day-to-day machine.

I'm seeing places that feel no need to upgrade their hardware after 5 years let alone 3 any more.

And in the consumer world, who wants to turn even a laptop on and wait for it to boot, login etc just to browse a bit of web or do a bit of online banking when their phone or tablet is instant / always on and can do just the same job?

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Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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Re: "whom do you trust?"

"...Well, given UK and USA intelligence are far more likely to be spying on me than the Russians, and that I'd be far more concerned about UK police battering my door in if I said or did something the UK government doesn't approve of than a police force on the other side of the world that doesn't give a shit about me, the logical answer would be Kaspersky.

Not that anyone has ever given any evidence of collusion as far as I can see and Kaspersky would have a lot to lose if they did..."

Totally agree.

Also anyone else remember that Kaspersky have a habit of blowing the whistle on such things...wasn't it them that alerted the world to the equation group?

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Judge used personal email to send out details of sensitive case

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Re: This is a worry

"...The fact that the article references sensitive personal data indicates that this judgment could be a family court judgment..."

Your investigative powers are astounding given the very first line of the article was this:

Concerns have been raised over a judge's use of his personal email address to send out a ruling in a family court case, which contained sensitive personal information.

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"...I've see this type of thing happen a lot when people add their personal email accounts to their work Outlook profiles. They then send a work email straight after looking at their personal inbox and don't realise it'll be sent from that account. Not saying that's what's happened here, but it wouldn't surprise me..."

That was my immediate assumption as well.

Having all of your email accounts in one place can be handy but with that comes the chance you could send the wrong thing, to the wrong person(s) from the wrong account.

Another place to take care too, being the autocomplete feature for mail addresses. You need to be sure you're sending that wholly work-inappropriate joke to the correct person(s)

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Is this a hotdog? What it takes for an AI to answer that might surprise you

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Missing "not"?

"...First things first: all AI jobs are equal, and the skills you need as an AI practitioner will vary depending on role..."

Shouldn't that read First things first: not all AI jobs are equal, and the skills you need as an AI practitioner will vary depending on role.

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