* Posts by AMBxx

1594 posts • joined 3 Jan 2014

Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed

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Re: 70 updates with no restart?! What magic is this?

My windows 10 PC wants to restart.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Is the little hole back?

If we're going to have a stylus, are we also going to get the little hole to reset the phone rather than remembering some combination of buttons.

I still miss my 02 XDA running Windows 6.

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>>>A lot of couriers don't have a stylus when they want you to sign their machine

That's because they've lost it. Same thing will happen to the stylus that comes with the Note.

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Have the businesses forgotten that the Internet was created by academics

Don't let the US military hear you talk like that. ARPANET.

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Re: Is correlation causation....?

Interesting chart in The Times this morning. Units of alcohol went up to 70 per week. No wonder civil servants get so little done!

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Oooooh! Fashion! Yes, 1m-plus accounts on clothes, trinket websites exposed by lax security

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Re: I think...

It's to send you a voucher on your birthday. As far as Google and any other nosy site is concerned, I was born in 1899.

I get some very odd emails.

Need a grumpy old man icon...

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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Re: ...citing the Windrush scandal as justification.

Surely it would have just led to the earlier expulsion of lots of people?

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Do Optane's prospects look DIMM? Chip chap has questions for Intel

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Re: i've been waiting for this since the first experimental Dimm loaded scsi SSDs

>> BSODs gonna be a pain though.

We could have a little hole on the side of the device to poke a small pen into. Naturally, the first product will be from Apple who will claim to have invented the idea.

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Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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Re: Wouldn't it be nice ..

Sounds like you're describing my Lumia 520. The right size, micro SD, head phone jack, flat back, good shape to hold, removable battery.

Every so often, I take it out of the drawer to recharge and think about what might have been if MS hadn't completely screwed things up.

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Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room

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Surface hub

I had a play with a Surface Hub at a customer site a few months back. Nice piece of kit, but £20k?

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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Can't you just send the wife out to do the shopping?!

All my best

Sid the sexist.

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Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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Re: Shed computer

Problem with older monitors is they don't tend to have HMDI.

I had a Lumia 950 XL - did the same as DEX, but with Windows Phone. I have the unopened converter box (freebie) in a cupboard. Always seemed like a good idea except for the lack of support for anything other then HDMI.

Hopeless as a portable solution too - by the time you carried all the necessary cables, it was easier to just carry a small laptop.

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Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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I appear to be on version 12, but as I never use it, no reason I should understand wtf is going on.

Surely all this is going to get binned now MS Teams is free? I'm sure they could hack a consumer version out of Teams.

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Azure certifications are awful, Microsoft admits, so it has made new ones

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Re: Not just Azure

I sort of half agree. I'd like to be able to get the powershell script from a ui - so when creating a new user, I have the option to spit out the script to use next time. You can do it in SQL Server, not sure why you can't in the Windows UI.

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Re: Certifications, pah !

Depends upon the level of certification. Yes, for higher level stuff, but for most of these exams, there's no need for much more than multiple choice to prove familiarity with the material and concepts.

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Not just Azure

Years ago, I had to become MS certified. Had a choice of anything SQL or Windows Server related. I took the Windows 2000 course. The exam was trivial, but the content covered was an excellent foundation course on general OS stuff - networks, RAID etc. It's all come in really useful over the years.

Last year, I looked at finally updating to Windows Server 2016. Massive text book containing nothing more than vast quantities of Powershell commands to be memorised. Unless you're doing nothing but windows admin all day every day, you don't use this stuff often enough for it to be useful.

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Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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McDonalds?

Am I the only one who had an image of those plastic overlays you see (used to see?) in fast food places?

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: Windows 8

No hotpoints = no way to do anything!

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Re: Not since 1998...

Most current problems seem to be caused by dodgy graphics drivers. I guess we could blame that on MS for not isolating the drivers properly...

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Windows 8

Each time I forget just how bad Windows 8 was, I get to work on a customer's Server 2012 server. Even worse than Windows 8 - try and hover at a screen edge in a maximised RDP session!

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Re: Not since 1998...

I have multiple PCs, plus other installs on HyperV. Some homebrew PCs, Dell Laptops, a Surface Pro 4 and a Surface 3.

Runs for weeks at a time. Only time I reboot is to complete update installation. Sounds like you have a problem beyond the OS.

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AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

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One day..

They'll release a fully working model that does everything they claim.

Nurse!

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Happy 10th birthday, Evernote: You have survived Google and Microsoft. For your next challenge...

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InfoCentral

Please can I have InfoCentral back? I use OneNote, but even with Outlook/Exchange integration it's no where near as powerful as InfoCentral was 20 years ago.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Re: So it's just the (none pro) Surface 3 with slightly better processor?

Depends upon your use case. My wife uses a Surface 3 (old, not pro) as she needs a smallish device that can print and fit in her instrument case (optician stuff). Mostly used as a tablet to read text books, but also needs to type to send emails.

This looks ideal if her Surface 3 dies.

On the other hand, it's no good to me at all. I work at a desk with 3 monitors and a proper keyboard. Just because it doesn't work for me doesn't mean there's no use for anyone else.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Re: What can you trust?

I trusted the solicitor when I last updated my will. Side letter with all the usernames, passwords and account details of all our financial stuff. To be given to my wife should I die.

The solicitor very helpfully photocopied it and sent a copy in the post.

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Who needs Post-it notes? Just do what the NHS does - force users to change password every 3 months so they pick a simple password and stick the month number on the end. Password1 is accepted to make it extra easy to hack an NHS email account.

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iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

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Surely just mid-range outsells top of the range?

Is this like BMW complaining that they sell more 1 Series than 9 Series?

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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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It will be interesting to see if the multiple, specialised devices idea takes off. Personally, I like the idea of a very small clamshell phone (think old Nokia) with a second, potentially linked device with keyboard etc. My BB Priv is too big as a phone, but too small for real work. Combination of devices without carrying a laptop could work.

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Demo version?

Do Dell do demo versions of their laptops for resellers/partners? I was able to get a MS SP4 with i7 for £500 as it's classed as a demo. Sadly, it looks like MS have tightened up their systems since then.

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Re: He was the top salesman in the group

If you're customers perceive you as safe and boring, surely you should see that as a positive and employ people who are also perceived as safe and boring. If I'm looking for someone to provide a reliable service with the minimum of fuss, I'll go for safe and boring every time.

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Micro Focus offloads Linux-wrangler SUSE for a cool $2.5bn

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Paris Hilton

Underpant Gnomes

1. Sell software available free elsewhere

2. Um,

3. Profit!

Come on - even Paris understands the business model!

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HMRC told AGAIN to toughen up on VAT-dodging online traders

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Re: How hard can it be?

Tricky bit is filtering out all the people who sell their stuff second-hand on Amazon or Ebay.

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Re: Amazon, eBay and the rest

Annoyingly, Amazon know which of their traders are VAT registered. If you use a business account, you have the option to filter them all out.

Not only do the VAT-dodgers undercut UK businesses illegally, it's also a problem when you buy something for business expecting to reclaim the VAT and find the seller isn't registered.

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HP Ink's UK profits tumble nearly 85% – of course Brexit to blame

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isn't quite sure why admin expenses soared to £16.8m

Do management bonuses count as admin expenses? You have to reward people for reducing costs by cutting headcount you know.

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Ready, get Sets... no? App-grouping whizzery for Windows 10 killed

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Re: Why tabs?

Oooh - Microsoft Binder returns?

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More tabs?

I think I've reached peak tab. I have a tab for each remote desktop connection. Within a RDP session, I may have Visual Studio running - it shows my documents as multible tabs. I can even have multiple groups of tabs. then the browser bits and tool thing are split using tabs.

When I use SAP BI, it even has multiple tabs for the simplest of tool bars.

ENOUGH!

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Relive your misspent, 8-bit youth on the BBC's reopened Micro archive

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Re: Ah...

And software mostly worked as it was difficult to issue updates.

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Veritas to put biz tech support on the slow boat to India – insiders

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Open source AV?

Time for a new AV? Any open source options available?

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SUSE Linux Enterprise turns 15: Look, Ma! A common code base

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Re: How about Windows skipping 'Windows 9'?

The problem wasn't the number 9. It was the German 'Nein' that was an obvious joke.

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My parents ran a hotel in Wales when I was in my teens. Room 13 was difficult to book. Changed the room numbering to exclude 13, problem over.

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Painful truth: DNS, CDNs and CAs are Achilles' Heel for top websites

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Re: The resilient distributed nature of the Internet?

Maybe we should all take some responsibility for our own stuff. I use OpenDNS instead of ISP's DNS service. I'm never affected by DNS outages as an errors just lead to the use of a cached entry. No idea if there are any negatives, but it's worked for me so far.

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Re: Raining CloudFog

His comment wasn't specifically about cloud - it's something he just copies into every thread that has the vaguest connection to 3rd party services.

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Amazon tweaks its word processor for easier online Office edits

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Re: Seems pricey....

It could be an interesting development for light users though. Imagine if Amazon wrapped this into Prime. It's not for me, but I can see my aged parents and in-laws using it.

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Re: Well I for one shall be ditching MS Office 2016

Nope, Office 365 also allows on-prem installs. To the end user, there is no difference other than the presence of the Office 365 logo in some of the settings.

On my E3 licence: From the Office website, you are allowed to install on 5 PCs. If you want to install on a 6th, you have to disable the installation on one of the existing. The dialing home the OP mentions is checking that the PC still has a valid licence.

I agree that it happens more often than appears necessary, but it doesn't mean it never needs to check.

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Not convinced

Given that Amazon recently dropped the support for storing your music on their servers as part of prime, I'm not sure I'd trust them with another GB of my data.

Personally, if I didn't want to use MS, I'd just use dropbox and one of the umpteen freebies out there for editing.

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Re: Well I for one shall be ditching MS Office 2016

Office 365 has to check that it's still licenced. By allowing you to have multiple installations, there has to be some way for MS to enforce it.

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Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check

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Would be a great way to infect lots of people

Publish an article on el-reg that links to a webpage that then infects vulnerable devices on your network.

Genius.

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Teradata lobs sueball at SAP, alleges HANA based on its 'trade secrets'

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Um

HANA is meant to be a lot more than just a database. App server and pixie dust too.

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revenues of $2.3m, and net loss of $67m

Ouch - SAP won't need to delay things for very long before Teradata just go bust at that rate.

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Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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Re: MTBF vs Blast Radius

>> Compliance with local legislation, such as GDPR

There are no end of centre to choose from. Even in the UK there are 3.

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