* Posts by TheVogon

2473 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Hackers in Arab world collaborate more than hoodie-clad Westerners

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Re: Allahu hackbar !

"BTW: Are hoodies still in?"

In circa 50% of the Arab world they are apparently!

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Re: Signed.

"Perhaps it's just an infinitely large ball ?"

Or maybe the shadow of a 4 dimensional football?

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RDX removable disk has ransomware protection begging to be bypassed

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Re: There was something newsworthy there

"You can bake a similar service using a locked-down stand alone Linux machine with cold-swappable drives for the cost of less than 3% of the cost of the SAN."

Yep but someone with local admin or remote RW access could still edit or delete that data. And you could delete the disk partition.

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Re: Ahh, it's application level granularity...

"Adding both problems and you can get any software to do anything."

I believe that hole (that potentially allowed you to take over the elevated privileges of say antivirus programs!) was fixed some time ago.

"if you allow Office full access, you can always use OLE Automation to open documents, encrypt them, and close them again, all with (moderately) easy to access and stable functions"

True, but corporates would normally only allow trusted signed or trusted location macros to run. Even for consumers Office defaults to disabling active content by default and warning you before enabling them.

However, If you have that level of access to Office and you ignore the warnings, malware could just as easily execute a script that encrypts everything of value outside of Office - not just documents. Which is why for all the attempted Office initiated attacks I have seen that's what they do...Also that makes it easier to install and trigger ransom demands.

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Re: Ahh, it's application level granularity...

"therefore it's software.

One obvious attack is attacking that software. Maybe if it crashes you get full access."

Agreed. But unless it's likely to be specifically targeted it's probably a good low end solution versus the outrageous cost of say Centera...

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Re: There was something newsworthy there

"But by parroting the press release you didn't really pull it apart."

Bit harsh - these are potentially useful for compliance requirements, legal hold copies, preventing data tampering, etc.

"At over 500 notes for 1 TB, you could buy ten 1TB HDDs, treat them as write once, pull from the rack and stick them on a shelf"

Have you looked at the cost of dedicated WORM arrays?! And what you propose is not quite the same though. When you plug them back in they could get corrupted if you were not aware of a nasty. Or someone could go edit the contents...

Also this includes white and black list capabilities which if actually secure is an unusual and potentially useful feature...

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Re: There was something newsworthy there

"Can't you con figure any SAN volume to be write once"

Not usually afaik except for specialist WORM products like EMC Centera, but you could configure a volume to be read only once it's written to. The problem there is that unless it's dedicated hardware that is locked down, someone could still go delete it, or configure it back to RW...

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Outage at EE wrecks voice calls across the UK

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Re: Update 16:30

""Traffic congestion has been reduced to enable the recovery to service of affected voice platforms. A controlled reintroduction of traffic is now in progress""

So sounds like something failed and the backup didn't work, or it didn't have sufficient capacity to cope with the load. Anyone know if it effected emergency calls? They could get a chunky fine if it did!

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"When I provided that they said as it was a short code I just needed to opt out. I didn't sign up to receive messages from that number or indeed any other number. As such the last thing I'm going to do is respond to a text from it. I did add it to my block list immediately though."

I had this happen to me for some chargeable fitness service. I never signed up but the registration was valid. You need to cancel it. You can do it by contacting the provider if you don't want to reply to the text. Otherwise you likely will be charged and it can be a PITA to get a refund. And if you blocked the number you wont see the likely now chargeable messages!

When I contacted the provider they were adamant I had visited a web page and confirmed a service, which I know I did not and no one else has access to my device. I believe the underlying cause was Malware in the Google Play Store called "ExpensiveWall" - likely on a wallpaper app I downloaded. Android is such an insecure pile of poo...

If this is likely what happened to you then please report it to https://psauthority.org.uk/for-consumers/making-an-enquiry as well as the vendor.

The vendor absolutely refused to acknowledge any possibility that someone had not signed up to the service...

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Russia to block access to cryptocurrency exchanges' websites – report

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Re: Banning it so it must be popular

"The Sandy Hook school shooting showed people why they need guns"

Erm, no. It showed why easy availability of guns results in the highest gun death rate of any industrialised country. And there have been several studies in the US that have found that owning a gun in your house significantly increases your chances of dying from a gun.

If you had say the UK model of everyone is potentially allowed a gun, but it takes several months to get a license, it requires at least 2 police visits to inspect your house and you gun safe, requires you and 2 character references to be interviewed and also a doctors report, and guns and ammo must be securely stored when not in use it would allow for legitimate use but massively cut down on availability.

Then you make not owning guns or ammo in accordance with a license a serious criminal offence (it's pretty much an automatic 5 years in prison in the UK), and your massive gun homicide problem will gradually go away...

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Re: Banning it so it must be popular

I'm sure I have seen how this goes before!

See https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hasbro-40509-Whac-A-Mole-Game/dp/B0001GDP00

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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Re: Thin margins are their own fault

"The original Surface was basically their attempt to copy the iPad, and it was a miserable failure. "

Not really - it's a rather different device - and among many other reasons, it was an attempt to head off the Ipad Pro - which has had terrible sales - far more companies are going for the Surface - so it seems they have largely succeeded!

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Re: Flat surface sales

"- Windows bootable USB sticks (who has a Windows USB stick ready when their PC gets corrupted or infected? Read-only or physically write-locked by default would safeguard against infection)"

You can easily make your own:

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209

With WIndows 10 you would normally have a recovery partition anyway, and a completely reset or a refreshed install takes only a few minutes.

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"are now completely screwing up, by late releasing the Xbox One X which is basically mostly expensive custom parts and high performing PC parts along with zero games that take full advantage of it."

Custom parts made in the millions become cheaper parts. And it's circa 1/3 the cost of a 6TFLOPs PC with an HD BluRay drive. Forza 7 takes full advantage of it as an obvious example, other optimised games are coming and many current games are being patched do do so.

Here is a good example of what it can do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kPSl2vyu2Y

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

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Re: Microsoft is trying very hard to kill itself.

"After what we've seen on the desktop, mobile and even server"

What have they screwed up on Server? Cant think of anything much there. it's been fast, stable, pretty secure versus the competition, and is secured / minimal / no GUI by default. All good things.

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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Re: People in glass houses.....

" have lost count how many times I've had to clean, repair or rebuild a Windows computer due to some sort of infection "

For Windows XP and 7 - sure.

A couple of the major advantages of Windows 10, is a) it's so far been a lot more resistant to infections than older versions and b) if the worst does happen then resetting it to a clean state it a matter of a few mouse clicks or a boot choice and few minutes wait plus a reboot...

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Re: People in glass houses.....

And don't use 'Virus Outbreak' aka 'MS Outlook'."

Mostly fair / sensible comments - particularly for Windows versions older than 10 - but just to note that Outlook has been one of the most secure options as an fully featured email and calendar client for many years now. It defaults to not previewing active content / blocks risky attachments, etc, etc. The days of Outlook being a security headache are long gone.

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Re: Blast from the past

"otherwise it will run fine even if you never even once connect it to the Internet."

You can activate it via a phone call anyway.

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Re: And from now on...

""First they came for the [Cathegory$]s , And I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a [Cathegory$],"

Is a "Cathegory" a violent Catholic?

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European Commission refers Ireland to court over failure to collect €13bn in tax from Apple

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Re: FEXIT

"What and go back to the traditional exports of potatoes and 1/3 of all people born there?"

Ah yes - back to the days of the traditional six course Irish dinner. 5 pints and a baked potato...

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Re: @AC - "state aid" for Apple

"but it isn't as if Apple came along with a couple hundred billion in the bank wanting the deal."

It's pretty much exactly like that.

"AFAIK it had something to do with Apple locating iMac manufacturing facilities in Cork which employ four or five thousand people."

So illegal state aid in return for an effective bribe.

"Unfortunately this sort of tax shopping happens all over."

And that's illegal in the EU if a deal is not available to all.

"That's basically the equivalent of ticketing me for texting while driving that occurred years before the law banning it was passed where I live."

No it was already illegal when it happened.

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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Re: Some would say...

"Microsoft has real commitment issues"

A justification for that might be that a new head (Nadella) can blame all the bad decisions on the previous incumbents and cut all the projects that are failures / money pits / a waste of resources without any baggage or embarrassment...

"that Microsoft trimming down its product line isn't a bad thing"

Agreed - any vendor trimming crappy also ran products is generally a good thing for the rest of their products.

Whilst obviously annoying for those that use any such products Microsoft's share price is likely at an all time high for good reasons. (The one thing that many people agree on that is critical for the future is cloud - and Microsoft overtook Amazon last quarter in cloud revenue, Windows 10 whilst much disliked is already on over 500 million desktops, and corporates are generally in the process of or planning to deploy it.)

The one mystery to me is that they are still releasing regular Windows Mobile builds. Is there a new killer mobile device range coming (and omg are they going to have to be good for anyone to even think about buying them) or is that going to be soon on the chop list?

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"Truth is, everybody knows Microsoft's software is complete crap,"

It's just that it's still mostly way better than the competition....

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

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"The note about dirty shutdowns indicates that there was no communication between the cooling system and the servers."

Quite probably so. The failsafe is that the servers will shutdown at a critical temperature - which is a likely better solution in most cases as stuff that doesn't get too hot won't shut down.

To shut a massive cloud system down cleanly in a hurry is simply not likely to be possible in a period under tens of minutes anyway so likely that's another reason why they don't do that.

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Re: The insane thing about it is...

"It went downhill with Exchange 2010 and higher, which is a pity."

Nope, the newer 2010, 2013 and 2016 versions are very good and there are many design, scalability, resilience, maintenance and functionality improvements. 2007 was very flaky and scalability limited in comparison.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

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"MCSE is easy anways"

Not so much anymore. They have changed the exams to defeat dumps. Questions are randomly constructed from different scenarios, names, etc and it's near impossible to use a dump to help pass. You now actually have to understand the material in real depth!

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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Re: Finally an F-35 article that represents it properly

"More or less every first world country can easily build drones to obsolete the F-35 completely."

Drones can relatively easily be jammed though. Particularly on longer range missions and by especially by superpowers that can potentially send jamming signals from satellite as well as ground / air.

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Re: Finally an F-35 article that represents it properly

"The F-35 program has been wildly successful to date."

Presumably it has been if you define success as extracting large amounts of money from governments...

Good quotes might be "The program is the most expensive military weapons system in history" and "By 2014, the program was "$163 billion over budget seven years behind schedule", and "by 2017 the program was expected over its lifetime (until 2070) to cost $406.5 billion for acquisition of the jets and $1.1 trillion for operations and maintenance", and "A number of design deficiencies were alleged, such as carrying a small internal payload, inferior performance to the aircraft being replaced particularly the F-16, and the lack of safety in relying on a single engine, and flaws were noted such as vulnerability of the fuel tank to fire and the propensity for transonic roll-off (TRO or "wing drop")."

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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

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"I did wonder what Tony Blair was up to these days."

It can't be worse than "middle east peace envoy" ! What a great job he did of that....

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HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

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"and that none of its source left the building. The Russian researchers found no "backdoor vulnerabilities," "

At least not until they viewed the copy they had downloaded / videoed / recorded, etc for later perusal....

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Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

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Let's hope that they already have "Guntree.uk" and the many other possible combinations registered and ready to go.

It's ridiculous to suggest that anyone would confuse a business that sells guns with one that doesn't. Alternatively there is always PieceBay, PrayPal, etc. etc to be had....

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JS code at the network edge. Oh, you're still here and not running, screaming? Read on

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Re: MITM for hire..

So we can now generate Bitcoins on both the client and server at the same time?

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Re: Where's the vital geek question?

"Can we enter this for a useless use of cat award?"

Surely more like a Simon Bond cat award?

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Re: It's not that simple

"Could we gift Wales to them? "

Firstly we need Argentina to give them Patagonia back!

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There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

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Or www.lcn.com

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SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?

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Re: Why would you ever want to run SQL Server on Linux?

"I think the real point is not to lose customers who are going cloudy by prefer Amazon to being locked in to Azure"

For most uses AWS is far more of a lockin than Azure. For instance if you write for Amazon's DB you can't run it anywhere else!

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Re: Why would you ever want to run SQL Server on Linux?

"Perhaps on the same hardware SQL Server + Translation Layer + Linux will be faster than SQL Server + Windows 10 but it's in Microsoft's best interests to make sure this isn't true."

That seems unlikely as Windows Server generally outperforms Linux on the same hardware in benchmarks.

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Cops shut 28k sites flogging knock-off footie kits and other tat

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I suspect it was 28k urls and rather fewer sites....

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HPE sharpening the axe for 5,000 heads – report

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Re: @AC "your apps aren't special"

"HP-UX probably carries no more legacy old school code than Windows does, or even Linux for that matter."

Well it has had way fewer security vulnerabilities than say Solaris or Linux!

I'm sure the majority of people running "midrange" systems would love to move to Wintel / Lintel, but often the cost, effort and perceived risk is lower to sit on what they have and pay the support fees than to rewrite and migrate. I can't see many people choosing HP-UX in greenfield, but then I would say the same of Solaris and AIX. The main use cases are very large single system image and applications that are designed to scale up and not scale out. I would hope that everyone these days is writing for scale out when possible, but sometimes that's not an option...

For me these days for small / medium / DB as a service feature rich databases it would be SQL server as primary choice where I needed enterprise support / scalability and failover fault tolerance - and only if I absolutely had to have RAC (live cluster failover with zero downtime) then I would reluctantly choose Oracle too.

If my needs were less enterprisey or I had specific use requirements (for example web / digital not based on .Net) then many other choices are available - PostGres, MongoDB, MySQL etc. A few choices I would be very reluctant to use are Amazon Dynamo DB and Redhshift, Google Datastore, and Azure Cosmos DB and Document DB - because what happens if you want to run on premise? Move to another cloud? At least if you run managed versions of any of the other choices above you can still move relatively easily....If you are locked in then your provider might one day turn into the next Oracle and sweat their prisoners! Yes a specific product is still a lock in ,but at least if it's not in the cloud you can choose if you pay for support and choose what platform to run it on...

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Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

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Re: A binary future for the Microsoft shop

"Is you RETURN button broke ?"

How can a return button be out of money? Or did you mean broken?

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Re: LCN is independent, Kualo too

"I can recommend LCN for domains"

I can second that. Cheap, stable, decent management tools on the website and fast service on the one occasion I needed a question answered.

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"We're talking £12 unless you click a button. Hardly worth getting your tits in a twist."

Per domain. So could be quite expensive for some...

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Re: Unsolicited Goods Act 1971

"Only if you can prove they were meant for you as a speculative sale. The law allows for errors and mistakes"

So if you receive a parcel addressed to you with goods, but no indication of who it's from you just have to keep them for 60 days?

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"So what happens when a .org.uk and .co.uk both want the same .uk? Or a .ac.uk or .gov.uk etc etc etc?"

For now it's existing .co.uk owners that gets first call on the corresponding .uk - and they are reserved for a while.

Going forwards I imagine it will be the same as happens now with .com. First to register will get it initially, and if other parties want it then the one with the most money or a valid trademark claim generally ends up with it.

I expect s.co.uk and f.co.uk etc. are worth rather more now!

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Re: Little to do with automatic renewal

"True on the face of it and taken by itself; except that you'll lose everybody who has grown used to typing in .co.uk for the last two decades"

If you just switched it over with an existing commercial site that relies on search engines / shortcuts / consumer memory, yes sure that wouldn't be good. But no one sane would do that - you would likely forward the old address to the new address and over time potentially transition to .uk once your traffic figures to the old site drop to tiny. 2 Years is probably enough for most sites to transition - if you actually care about the cost of registering both versions.

For corporate / personal - you can just choose to transition at your convenience - and going forward I would have thought for new sites the shorter url version would be commonly preferred. However that's just based on my preference...

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Re: Down with this sort of thing

""Here, we've reserved you some products you didn't ask for and will charge your card details you gave us for a totally different purchase automatically unless you tell us not to!" - is this even legal?"

It's not legal / enforceable as I understand it - unless there are very specific terms in your contract allowing for this - which seems unlikely. I'm sure they will be aware that it's potentially naughty, so I would hope that if you complained about any resulting charges - even a long time afterwards they would refund them without issue. They likely have taken a calculated risk to make a lot more via inertia of those that keep them, or don't notice!

I don't really have an issue with them registering the domains automatically, but then automatically renewing them at a cost is definitely not OK without specific permission.

As it's a technology company someone there must have read this article - if they were not asked for comment - and I would expect an innocent mistake to be immediately reacted to with an apology / comment, and corrective action taken. Therefore as it currently stands it appears intended. If I were a customer it would likely make me consider if I wanted to remain one,

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"But the .co has a specific purpose, it tells us that the site is intended for commerce (as with .com)."

That was it's intended purpose for sure. But it's often used for other things and it's scarcely necessary.

I suspect in the long term the convenience from say "Tesco.uk" versus "Tesco.co.uk" will win out for general use - but of course large brands will still register both.

As to my own .co.uk I use them to access my nas and Exchange server, so .uk is an instant win of 3 fewer characters to type in on the rare occasional I'm not using an app or a shortcut!

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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Whatever they do, it will be cracked within days.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Re: Seen in the wild!

"The pinnacle though is that Edge is wholeheartedly aimed at end, home users and not business or enterprise users. It's barely compatible with SharePoint"

You likely need to apply cumulative updates to your SharePoint server to support Edge!

" Edge is thoroughly uncontrollable using group policy"

See https://colinfordblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/gpos_1703_rtm_vs_1607_oct17_v2.xlsx

And remove the filter on column D to see all of them. What's missing that you need?

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