* Posts by AMBxx

1706 posts • joined 3 Jan 2014

Microsoft's Master Chief calls time on Cortana as a standalone AI platform

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Re: What a shame.

It seems to be the standard Microsoft approach to new products:

1) Release a buggy barely working release with some marketing

2) Fix the problems, release something good without any marketing.

3) Give up before it has time for any significant market share

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Re: Or maybe...

Just different hair, clothes and lighting.

Oddly, it's unusual to see two identical twins who don't dress the same, but I think that's just the 'rest of us' not understanding being one half of a pair of twins.

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Isn't this old news?

Variations of this story seem to crop up every year or so. Isn't it another of those things like teenagers starting school mid-morning that has a natural recurrence in news rooms?

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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Shame that Google's cars didn't do this when they took pictures of everything instead of just mapping wifi access points.

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked

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Re: No kidding

Before we Brits start feeling too superior - is there any evidence the statistics would be any different for the UK?

Make a SAP decision: Apply these security fixes if you're using German giant's software

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Merry Christmas from SAP

I received a notification from them on Christmas Day!

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Re: "in Australia, where the majority of fauna seem set on cleansing humans from the continent"

Statistically, adders are only dangerous if you're male and aged between 16 and 25. Most bites are between elbow and hand.

Once you reach 25, you have more sense than to try and pick one up.

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?

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Re: Look out

It does look like the health scandal of 2040 is in progress now.

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Re: John Grisham was 'ere

It's Christmas and I did say 'I may have some of the details wrong, while since I read the book'

I took the time to check Grisham's book was called the Business too!

Merry Christmas to all the miserable downvoters out there!

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John Grisham was 'ere

Tobacco companies always remind me of the John Grisham book 'The Firm'. There's a discussion in there about the company's patents. One of them is for a device to allow narcotics to be taken easily and in a packaged form (I may have some of the details wrong, while since I read the book). Just a shame that JG didn't coin a snappy name for the device like Vaper.

Corel – yeah, as in CorelDraw – looks in its Xmas stocking and discovers... Parallels

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Re: Not surprising

But I still miss InfoCentral.

What's this under the Christmas tree? A gift-wrapped Mellanox, for Microsoft? Say it ain't so

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Re: "Starboard Value has been screaming [..] to do something to boost its financial performance

Don't worry. At least they now have the certainty that Microsoft will screw up then shut down.

Newsflash: Twitter still toxic place for women, particular those of color, Amnesty study finds

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I didn't say it was good to do it, I was saying that it's an easy way to cause offence. That's why the insults target the easy stuff.

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If you want to insult someone, you say something you think they'll find insulting. Much easier to target insults by race or sex than something more sophisticated.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: I wonder if...

Would be a good way for some climate change group to get lots of publicity while 'saving the planet'. Naturally, they'd have flown in on Daddy's private jet.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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Re: Very, very nice

Yep. I'm on my first Android (Windows phone refugee). I have nothing by Apple in the house, but I'm contemplating iPhone next time just to get away from Android.

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Re: tfewster

I still don't see how detecting phishing sites is seen purely as a function of the browser. No end of 3rd party products do the same thing. Even my router has a paid for option that blocks stuff.

UK spam-texting tax consultancy slapped with £200k fine

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Next time

Put another 0 on the fine and make the directors criminally liable.

Other than that, well done.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Big Brother

It would be interesting to do a 1984 TV Series, but updated for current technology. Instead of a telescreen, we'd have one of the google or Amazon screens that are so widely used.

TV watching monitored. Websites/wikipedia edited as needed rather than going to all the fuss of changing paper. Books instead of being recalled just updated on your kindle.

For current life, all we'd really need to add are microphones to the current CCTV systems.

Scary part would be millenials not understanding what the fuss is about.

Then we could do Brave New World. Very similar parallels.

Microsoft to rule the biz chat roost – survey

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Re: None of the above.

>> Just create an IRC channel on EfNet or Freenode

That's handy. Next time a customer wants to start a Skype meeting, I'll send them the details.

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Re: None of the above.

Handy when you want to talk to yourself...

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: Does it despense vast amounts of bog rool??

From my student attempts at Barley Wine, also needs some air freshener.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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It's amazing to think there are only 12 months between Wolfenstein and Doom. I wish we could still see leaps like that.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: This sh*t again?

I'm a happy firefox user, but have to accept that it's in decline. I see plenty of companies that still use IE. I see plenty that have standardised on Chrome. I'm yet to see one that uses FireFox or Edge as the desktop standard.

It's the wobbly Microsoft service sweepstake! If you have 'Teams', you've won a lifetime Slack sub

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Re: Who would notice?

Definitely one of the worst User Interfaces of all time. Still not sure if it's possible to start a meeting immediately rather than have to muck about scheduling.

Other than the UI and reliability, it's great!!

GOPwned: Republicans fall victim to email hack

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Re: The Russians are Coming!!!

You make a good point in a poor way. I'm assuming that's the reason for so many down votes.

The Russians don't really care about the results of any election or referendum. They just want to stir up trouble. Sadly, they're doing a good job.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Don't worry. Looking at the #toosexyfortumblr on Twitter, it looks like it only blocks white flesh! You'll just need go multicultural.

Accenture in doghouse after NHSmail mass outage cuts off 1m+ UK health staff

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Re: £1.50 per month

>>> Also, just because *YOU* didn't experience an outage, doesn't mean it hasn't had a lot of them affecting a lot of people.

So anecdotes criticising MS are ok, but those saying that they're doing OK aren't?

In 3 years of Office 365 & Azure use, the only problem I've experienced was a shortage of capacity in Azure UK South when first opened. MS are far from perfect, but not as bleak as painted by Linux Mint users who dropped Windows 5 years ago.

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£1.50 per month

That's all it would cost to just use Office 365 Kiosk licences. I'm sure they'd get a bulk discount.

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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Re: I did use Edge...

By adverts, I think the OP is referring to all the crap displayed when you start the browser, not the adverts shown as part of web pages.

In terms of UI, there is one good bit - the scroll bars don't keep disappearing. If only that were true of the rest of Windows 10.

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Re: Begone foul beast :o)

It's strange to think back to IE4 and how well the UI worked (security is another matter). It also just looked a lot nicer than Netscape.

Then they stopped. Strange channels in IE5, then just tidying up.

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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They need to tell the truth in the adverts

Instead of showing casual games and cute stuff, they need to admit that the only current uses of VR/AR are in Business (well done Microsoft) and porn (not sure who's winning there).

OneDrive Skype integration goes live aaand... OneDrive falls over in Europe

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I'm wondering if there are two versions of Office 365. I've never had any problems with Exchange online of OneDrive. I'm using it via MS Action Pack so have an E3 subscription. Not sure if that makes a difference?

Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231

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Re: Norfolk

If she was related to all her colleagues (quite likely in Norfolk), was this still a crime?

Bedroom design outfit slapped with £160k fine for 1.6 million spam calls

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Re: Just the cost of doing business

10p per call. It used to cost that much just to make a call!

Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

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Schrodingers Email?

My email appears to be working fine (O365), but I have no idea if anything is failing to arrive due to MS problems.

I've been waiting for a customer in Spain to reply since 11am. Not sure if MS problem, or just extended siesta.

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

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Automating the 7 boxes is just the start. My accountant says that transaction level will be next.

Frustratingly, I keep hearing people saying that the ONLY solution is to go cloud for accounts. I'm one of the few small businesses genuinely filing digitally and it saves me all of 30 seconds every quarter. No, I'm not using cloud software - I'd like my data to still be there even when I stop paying.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Horses for courses

I'm sure I'm not alone in using a proper PC for work (multiple screens and proper keyboard).

A convertible or laptop for proper email or a bit of Word when away from the desk.

A cheap tablet for browsing on the sofa.

Where I'm different is that I use my mobile phone for telephone calls!

A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing

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Re: E-mail Client

Mouseover can also be dangerous. With the daft idea of allowing unicode in urls, we now have the problem of multiple characters appearing directly. There are some scarily good paypal fake emails where the p is actually a russian character.

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Could you help us all out by providing your email address?

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Re: n before g

All that horrible use of 'off of' instead of 'from' and you focus on a typo?

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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Shame to see it end like this.

I went from WP 5 to 6 to 8 to 8.1 to 10. Apart from the 'app gap' 8.1 and 10 were great (especially 8.1). If only MS would just open source the OS, then maybe someone would pick it up. Sadly, I think MS would be embarassed by the code quality.

How one programmer's efforts to stop checking in buggy code changed the DevOps world

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'Unimpressed by Oracle'

Not sure if he's being incredibly diplomatic, sarcastic or master of the understatement!

Ex-Microsoft manager sues former coworkers and Windows giant over claims of sex assault, gender discrimination

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Re: Interesting post-employment ban

In the UK, it would be termed something along the lines of 'restraint of trade'. You can say that someone can't work for a competitor or customer for a short period of time, but nothing more than that. Difficult to enforce unless the person's in a senior position too.

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: Use cases

The modern equivalent of those shatterproof rulers that a generation of school children broke into two pieces by bending all the time.

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Re: Is this a joke? It must be a joke...


UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: "Why a copy of Office is needed on a PC tasked with showing line information is anyone’s guess"

You missed the bit about the 30,000 lines being undocumented and written by a temp who left 5 years ago.

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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Re: Awesome...

Whereas using electoral fraud as a means to get your candidate elected (Tower Hamlets), is more acceptable?

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Why

You can't take business waste to your local recycling centre, you have to pay. I work from home, but still remove all company related address labels before anything goes in the bin or for recycling. Otherwise there are some nasty fines.

Sadly, when the government introduces business charges for disposal of waste, they haven't got the sense to realise that it just increases fly tipping.

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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Re: A tiny step in the right direction

All new taxes tend to start low. Think about the tax on insurance policies, or even National Insurance.

Once they see what impact the 2% has, it will slowly increase.

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