* Posts by Timmy B

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Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell on the future of C#

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Re: Functions returning multiple values.

"Functions returning multiple values ?!? Can somebody just kill me now?.... "

Indeed. Why not have the function return a struct or class instance. I don't get why you would want two variables out like this. I suppose if you really wanted to push it you could argue a very minor memory benefit and speed difference. But if you're going that route lets forget OOP entirely.

GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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Did anybody read the full paper?

I simply don't have time at the moment but would be interested in doing so if it covered things such as cross-pollination, affect on local food chain, affects on pollinators.I don't care if they are just safe for people I want to know if it addressed (local would be most interesting) ecology as a whole. If it does then I'll try and make the effort to read it all.

Cheers.

Microsoft sets Feb 2017 date to kill last SHA-1 zombies

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

"I think it's really cute how they keep up this pretence of security, when the entire operating system is a piece of surveillance apparatus.".....

Anybody that goes online at any time has no basis to complain about surveillance. If anyone with the staff and budget of a nation state wants to watch you then they will.

Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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Re: Outlook RT

The 8.1 update for RT did deliver about 95% of Outlook 2013 - some of the integration features didn't work but then they didn't work with the rest of Office 2013 RT.

I loved my RT tablet. It performed well, was incredibly stable too. But no apps was what killed it. If MS unlocked it and allowed 3rd Party desktop ARM apps then it may have worked better.

Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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I am amazed...

That everyone complains about MS gathering data through Win 10 and then happily uses chrome and google. MS are the inferior cousins to google when it comes to data slurping....

Three to chop off £3bn of its network in bid to woo EU over O2 merger

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Re: That pledge on prices...

I totally agree. Three's One Plan was excellent and I swapped to a similar one a while ago. The seem to be gradually offering less and less for more and more money. As I can get a heavily discounted EE contract because I am a BT customer they are looking like a very appealing prospect when my contract runs out in a couple of months. Unless three can offer me a bargain like they did last time - though this is very unlikely as the manager of the local three shop told me they have very limited leeway on contracts.

Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

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"I've installed (and then removed) Windows 10 about 15 times since last July"

I have to ask.... How come? Did you accidently install it?

Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Interesting - Just hope the dates match up.

Bristol sell but don't service - That's according to the bloke in Cribbs anyway.

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Re: Interesting - Just hope the dates match up.

"But it doesn't need service as much as a traditional car!"

It does - it still has wheels and breaks, etc. Just the same as a normal car. We still service our leaf every year.

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Interesting - Just hope the dates match up.

We knew this was on the horizon a year ago and the end of 2017 date too. We timed the three year PCP on our Leaf to coincide with it. Tesla has two issues, though: 1. Their only major pro is that they have better range that other EVs. 2. They have a pitiful servicing network. I live in the South West of England and if I were to buy one I'd have to travel to London to get it serviced!! If the next generation Leaf has a 200 mile realistic range then I can see the cheapy Tesla struggling.

Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

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Re: It didn't happen to me

"Your "I'm alright Jack, so everyone else should be too, unless they're stupid" attitude is fundamentally flawed."

I see your point in some cases. In those cases I think that automatic updates are a great solution. The compromise will be that occasionally there is down time. But there is an option to delay reboots in pretty much any Windows update.

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Re: It didn't happen to me

"How on earth are you supposed to run a business when some of the kit randomly goes on strike ?"

You don't. You have proper update systems in place to stop it happening. I am in an office with 18 Windows and 2 Apple PCs and this doesn't happen here. Why? Because they are all configured correctly. The issue here isn't Windows but the IT department behind that persons company,

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Re: As many PC users think IE is the Internet...

"There hasn't been a monopoly on the desktop since Apple went Intel. No-one is stopping you driving a Ford Cortina or a Sierra, but Ford quite sensibly won't sell you one and your safety will be compromised by modern standards. It's a Mondeo v5 or nothing (from Ford)."

What if Ford were taking in your V4 Mondeo and giving you a V5 for free but asking you to have a big sign printed on the side or the car and your house saying "I love ford"?

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Re: As many PC users think IE is the Internet...

"One cannot have a free market with a monopolist."

Surely - in an admittedly over simplistic view - a monopoly is sometimes going to be the end of a free market if a free market is many people starting with similar products? All partakers in a capitalist free market desire to be monopolies don't they, if they want to make more money than others and have more customers?

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Re: As many PC users think IE is the Internet...

Wow.... Really. You complain about socialism being stupid and then complain about MS wanting to charge daily for use of their OS. What is it? You like the free market or you don't. You hate Socialism or don't? I really hope you don't use any type of Linux - one of the most socialist things in IT!

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I'll jump in before everybody starts to state the obvious....

This update is clearly designed to take over your PC and force a downgrade to Windows 10 whilst stealing all your personal information, sending all your money to a Nigerian generals bank account, and removing all the left socks from your drier.

Oh, it'll also lock your Windows installation into read-only mode until you commit to paying M$ $17.99 (plus taxes) a month for the next 25 years.

Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

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Three things and then.....

SQL Server

Visual Studio

PSP

I'd say Delphi but I don't mind Lazarus at all.

Put all three on Linux and I really would have to consider what I use... Oh - make printing better that'll help.

Windows 10 claimed another point of desktop share in February

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Re: Unwabnted black sheep

You have kind of proved the point about it being forced haven't you? If it was forced then it is forced really really poorly. If it takes 3 years to get 50% share how is that forced?

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Re: 1% rise is a jump?

Yes but if you look for a fairly fixed 1% increase in Linux usage you have to compare 2015 back to 2010. So Linux has increased 1% in five years. Windows 10 seems to be doing that every month....

Though the interesting thing I found is that overall Windows, Mac and Linux percentage of share doesn't really alter that much so I thing we're more in a state of balance. Me - I'd rather see a more equal split as I think a diverse, competing but compatible OS ecosystem would be nice. I'd like the chance to take a Linux app I like and *easily* install it on Windows, or a Mac, etc.

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Re: Forced upgrades distort stats

Exactly.

If it was forced then why aren't all Windows 7 and 8 PCs now running 10? Or 50% or 25%?

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Re: Forced upgrades distort stats

If you stopped it then it's not forced. All of the pcs I have updated I specifically chose to update. The way people are acting and speaking you'd think that they just turned on their pcs and "wallop" there's windows 10.

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Re: Forced upgrades distort stats

It is NOT a forced upgrade. If somebody asks you if you want some free cake then it's not forced cake. You don't have to take it. Equally is somebody offers to punch you in the face for free it's not a forced beating. You can reject it.

Every time somebody says this I ask for a concrete example of somebody having Windows 10 installed without their permission. It may be permission out of stupidity - clicking on a button where you don't read the details - but that's still permission.

<sigh>

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Re: Whaaatt?

Sorry but that doesn't work. If the only available data was for internet activity going into and out of my house then it would all be Windows 10. But just my house isn't a sensible measure to use so anybody using it would be daft. GIGO.........

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Whaaatt?

That's an odd way of looking at it. Just traffic to US government web sites? Not really a lot of interest to the rest of the world. Also the drops seem to be roughly the same across all versions of Windows with 7 having possibly the largest drop. Seems like a bit of a non-story really.

Official: Toshiba pulls out of European consumer PC market

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Re: Ah, well

Just a couple of questions - why not Dell? I tried them after a long break and was very pleased with both sales and after sales. The laptop is great too. Also why not Lenovo? I have a 3 year old yoga 13 that's still going strong and we're all issued lenovos here at work and the last batch of 14 has been very good. I've just ordered SWMBO an E560 from lenovo and the only issue is that it's at the long end of the delivery window but still within what they said.

HP on the other hand - My dad ignored me and bought one - nothing but trouble!

Standing desks have no effect on productivity, boffins find

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Re: Not Your Average Office Environment

I agree. Also they only covered just one type of environment. Surely a good study would have included call centres but also a wide range of environments. I do note - having a brief flick through the paper that although there isn't much of a difference pretty much every area saw a very small change in favor of standing desks. I am about to replace the desks in my home office with sit/stand ones as it gives me the choice.

Don't take a Leaf out of this book: Nissan electric car app has ZERO authentication

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Mirrors pretty much what I was about to say about our Leaf. They are great to drive, aren't they?

Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent

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Re: Thanks Bill

You care what he says - if you didn't then apathy would have lead you to not read the story and not post about it. You may not like about it but you do care about it.

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Re: Really?

I suppose all they would need to do if they really wanted is to pay some engineers from Apple to take up new contracts with the NSA or similar. If they haven't already - it seems like the simplest way to me.

D&D geeks were right – their old rule books ARE worth something now

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I have a few off the list.

I'd try to scan them but I am NOT cutting them up!!!! not for a few quid. They have loads of notes and memories written all over them anyway. I can even remember the day I went to the shop and my dad bought me the D&D basic box set and a few years later the main books for AD&D. I still have my 5th edition TnT stuff too - my introduction to role playing in 1981 when I was only 10!!!

Microsoft Office 365: You don't need 27 floppies, but there is desktop friction

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Got you. Not hat experience of managing them. 365 is really easy, though.

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Re: 2013 / 2016 / 365 for small businesses

Some of that is rubbish - I don't have time to read it all but in another tab in this browser I have my 365 information open and it clearly shows the names of the PCs that I have it installed on.

No idea what you're ranting on about.

Bats and badgers hold up Apple’s Irish data centre plans

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I've eaten a few "weird" things including badger, hedgehog, squirrel and others. Badger is the worst of the lot. Though following on from a conversation at work I do have to say I don't at all mind earthworms (once did in a wild food stir-fry with foraged greens and roast beech mast).

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On another note....

I just noticed I got a bronze badgey..... Don't I feel all importanty.....

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Re: Don't underestimate the tenacity of these nut jobs!

One field of flowers can be far more than that. It could be the location of an important species, part of a corridor for the movement of other species, all sorts of things. A bypass - that serves only the interests of people just wanting to get to places faster isn't as important at all. We will always have bypasses but, sadly, we may not always have fields of flowers,

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noooo...

Smoked Badger Ham is not nice. Badger very slow cooked in red wine is better. But overall it's not great at all.

I'd have thought that with all their money they could build something like this underground and then plant a forest on top and encourage ecology.

Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Windows 10 key logger

Do you have anything to document this? As I've said before I keep seeing people post this stuff but nobody seems to be able to back it up.

BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

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Re: 'Faulty Router'

Generally our home hub is pretty ok. I would update it to something better but the OH may have to deal with issue when I am off in the woods and getting BT to sort it is always going to be easier.

Facebook kills 'Parse' mobile dev platform

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Missing answers...

I wanted to answer "Meh" or "I couldn't care less" to both.

Built-in LG smartphone app created data hack risk

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Grrr - so far I've been really happy with my G3

I've got all the smart notice stuff turned off and a different launcher running so I suppose I may be ok. Looks like I may have to CyanogenMod it to be sure. Thankfully LG and three in cooperation seem to be getting updates out for this on a regular basis. OH has an OEM version of the same phone - it'll be interesting to see when the fix comes out for that.

Dfletcher - what do you do to yours? I'm finding the build quality on mine to be fine.

Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

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Another example of brain atrophy...

People should just think before they act. After all the stupid fundamentalist nutcases are really going to have an IT shop and call it ISIS aren't they? Aren't they??? Think people! Think!!! Please.....

I join you in your sigh ac......

Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

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Re: A great idea actually - if implemented right.

"I'm living abroad at the moment but here the badges have got photos on them so it's easy to see if the disabled person is using them or not. Is that not the case in the UK?"

They do but the excuse often given is "I've just dropped them off" or "I'm waiting for them to come back".

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A great idea actually - if implemented right.

If they actually use this to stop misuse of disabled spaces then this is great. I look after two elderly disabled relatives with very limited mobility and depend on these spaces at hospitals, doctors, etc. I have often had to get people to move from spaces who had no right to be there.

Though the biggest misuse is a relative using a blue badge when the person that it is for is not with them. I don't see how this can be stopped as they blue badge will be in date and on display and the car will be in a disabled space.

Why can't people just be decent and realise that some people depend on these places and if you don't depend on them don't use them?

Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Pint

Re: 4G - Not so bad here

Good Old Ted (sigh). I learned so much from him. He will be missed.

Pint - for obvious reasons...

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Re: 4G - Not so bad here

Why the down votey? A bit mean of you....

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Re: 4G - Not so bad here

"Yeah getting 4G at home and work is awesome. But id like to see it work inbetween."

I have it kind of easy in that respect as I work from home part of the time and my commute never takes more than 10 mins even when I don't.

I do spend a lot of my time in the woods and wilds (I teach outdoor living skills) and there is often no signal at all.

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4G - Not so bad here

I get 4G both at work and at home on both EE and Three. EE at work giving me a rather splendid 96meg. My house is right on the edge of a town way down in Zummerzet so that's not too bad at all.

I'd like to like VR but it makes me ill.....

Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

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Re: windows store is horible

I have filters for price, genre, rating, etc. Though this is on Win8.1 on a PC. I'll have to look at the phone one to remember but I had no problems downloading all the apps I wanted when I last looked.

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