* Posts by AMBxx

1721 posts • joined 3 Jan 2014

Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

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Re: Ha, it comes to something when the Post-it is superior to software...

You could get around the problem of webcams by placing the post-its in your FiloFax.

The 1980s had the answers to so many modern problems ;)

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: Walkman

Most of mine were C30 - ideal for ripping ZX Spectrum games.

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Re: Hmmm...

Isn't part mp3 compression involve removing the very high notes? Exactly the bit us oldies can't hear.

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Re: Hmmm...

I still have a few mp3 files that were ripped from the original viny nearly 20 years ago. There's something very soothing about the tap-tap at the start and end of an album.

No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too

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Re: Hancock's half hour

Email works well enough in private health. When WPA need to send something confidential, I just receive a notification email. Then I login to their site to retrieve the document. It's annoying to go through two steps when it's something trivial, but reassuring when it's something more private.

Problem will be passwords etc for the old and infirm. There are still plenty of people with no Internet access and they tend to be old and ill.

Ask your data anything, says data viz biz Tableau as it flings 'patent-pending' tech at natural language tool

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Re: Not quite sure what the patent is for?

I can beat you by a year - Seagate Software had an integration with Dragon Dictate in 98.

As ever, we just keep reinventing the wheel - not exactly the first time I've heard the phrase 'Data Democratisation' either.

Cue images of icebergs.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Re: Remember Y2K?

Yet it's still widely reported that Y2K was some sort of myth rather than a period in which lots of people worked really hard (and made pots of money).

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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Re: Simples

Too true.

One of my public sector customers recently decided I was inside IR 35 (I do about 10 days per year for them). I went through their list of reasons, every one was either wrong or irrelevant. I'm dreading this hitting the private sector - I'm as far outside IR35 as you can get, but worried about the cross-fire.

Even Windows 10 can't save the PC market as chip shortages, Brexit uncertainties bite

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Brexit uncertainties?

Maybe the author didn't read his own article? Not sure if this is confirmation bias, or just us arrogant Brits thinking that the whole world's economy revolves around us!

Apple: Good news, everyone – sales are less bad than we thought. Not amazing but not bad. $84bn is $84bn, tho

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Once upon a time

Vodafone and the other mobile providers used to be considered 'growth stocks'. Now they're just valued as utilities as we have market saturation and there's nothing much for them to do other than more of the same.

How long until Apple are similarly revalued?

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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Re: Remind me again why ...

It's also more reliable for a small company than having your own server. For on-prem, you can easily lose a whole day trying to fix something trivial.

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Re: I must be in a time warp

It was you that broke it!

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'

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It's all my fault

I bought BlackBerry just before they stopped.

Then I bought MS, we know how that ended up.

I only had to moot the idea of switching from Android to Apple and this happened.

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

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You choose whether or not to have cancer treatment when you take out the policy.

I have cover from WPA that includes cancer. I chose not to include dentistry or eyes - my choice.

The NHS is very good at some things, ok at other, and dreadful on a few things (cancer especially).

Anecdotes about 'my care was wonderful' or 'my care was awful' don't help. At some point, we'll hopefully be able to discuss what the NHS should or shouldn't be doing and improve things. Sadly that moment is a long way away

Microsoft delivers a second preview of Visual Studio 2019 (a Redmond thing we actually like)

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On my wish list

I just have 2 requests:

1) Start in less than 2 minutes

2) Not have daily updates of all sorts of things I've never heard of

I'm just a simple C# developer.

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!

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