* Posts by AMBxx

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Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

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Re: Take your money out now - Outsourced IT support for your bank will be a disaster

I don't think anything grates more than phone a UK company and the call being answered by someone with an Indian accent. Feel sorry for any Indian nationals who work in the UK - must get a hard time.

I refused an insurance quote once because the claims handlers were based overseas. I was told that my account could be marked to only talk to people in the UK. Still refused out of principle, but wonder if any of the banks are offering something similar? Maybe on their fee paying accounts?

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Re: A question

A friend of mine is a cardiologist. He did a paper a few years ago following up on the french paradox. My contribution was to hold a wine tasting at Brighton hospital (I worked in the wine trade at the time).

Stats at the time showed that morbidity of drinkers only exceeded that of abstainers once above 30 units per week. That is 30 units per week is just as good as not drinking at all.

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: I've said it before...

Yep. I have a Surface Pro. Works great as a tablet for games, browsing and the odd email. As soon as I need to do any real work, the keyboard is unfolded.

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Chrome in US

I thought the only reason Chromebooks were successful in the US was the way that Google have gamed the system providing IT to schools.

Elsewhere, they just don't exist (to my knowledge).

Apple have just run out of ideas. They dominate 2 markets, but small player elsewhere. In 10 years they'll be an interesting comparison to Microsofts drop since 2000ish.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Re: Loved to Death

I wasn't commenting on his supporters (neither was the OP), but on Trump and his entourage. Take a trip to Wikipedia - they have some pretty impressive alumni.

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How many Onedrive users run Linux?

I'm surprised they noticed. Given Linux users have such antipathy towards MS, surely they're all using Dropbox or one of the umpteen other services?

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Re: Loved to Death

Just because some disagrees with you politically, don't assume they're unintelligent or uneducated. That's always been the conceit of the left. It's also dangerous to underestimate those you oppose.

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New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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Re: Count me in

Do we give the OP the benefit of the doubt and assume he forgot the Joke icon?

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Google Spanner in the NewSQL works?

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Re: Relational DBs never went away.

You old fogey. Who cares if a transaction is durable any way :D Consistency is for wimps.

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How's that new Accounts system coming on?

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It's google

Just as people start to use it, they'll get bored and move onto something else.

Either that or it will be 'shared' data.

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

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Re: IZAL

Looks like you just missed it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/IZAL-MEDICATED-STRONG-TOILET-TISSUE-x/dp/B00FRK2RCC

Description says no longer manufactured.

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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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Bit confused

Let me boil the writer's argument down to one sentence: running Windows on ARM means that all servers will run Linux on ARM with non-Microsoft SERVER applications because Microsoft made such a mess of CLIENT applications Windows 8 for ARM?

MS are in a mess over all sorts of things, but I think they have a clearer view of what's going on than this author.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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Modern development

Crap documentation so forced to cut and paste from untrusted Internet source. No wonder we have bugs and security holes.

Not a criticism of MS, they're no worse than others in this regard.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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ME Hated?

Maybe my memory is hazey, but the only problem with ME is that it added so little to Windows 98 and was just MS gouging gullible users for another upgrade.

What have I forgotten?

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Azure storage browns out for eight hours, nobody notices

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Depends on how deep your pockets are. With Azure, you can have storage that is resilient to failure at various levels. You just have to decide how much you want to spend.

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Today's WWW is built on pillars of sand: Buggy, exploitable JavaScript libs are everywhere

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Re: Perhaps

It was just a joke, not an attempt to start a religious war!

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Meanwhile, back in the real world...

I was in an NHS hospital a couple of weeks ago. PC in the corner was XP with IE old. Data was being entered into an app running using Java plugin. I was just waiting for Flash to appear to complete the full set of security vulnerabilities.

Month previous, I was in the local private hospital. Still very sensibly using paper for all their records!

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Perhaps

If we just scrapped browser support for JavaScript, then created a plugin to enable rich content without the need to be downloading snippets of insecure script from untrustworthy sources.

We could call if Flash - saviour of the universe.

You heard it here first...

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Apple urged to legalize code injection: Let apps do JavaScript hot-fixes

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Re: OTOH

As it became easier to patch via the Internet, the quality of code dropped. It pains me to say it, but I agree with Apple on this one.

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Hyper-V guest escape, drive-by PDF pwnage, Office holes, SMB flaws – and more now patched

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Godwin's law?

Perhaps we should have a new version of Godwin's law - the number of posts on a Microsoft news story before Linux is mentioned?

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SAP pushes 25 patches and two patch patches

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Paid you annual maintenance fee?

If not, you can't download anything useful. Not even the security patches.

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Google Cloud to offer support as a service: Is accidental IT provider the new Microsoft?

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Must admit

I didn't realise Google offered Cloud services beyond APIs. Kudos for making a pricing model that's even more complicated than AWA and Azure combined.

Paris 'cos she can't work out how much a VM costs per month on Google cloud either.

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Vodafone to bring 2,100 customer service jobs in-house

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There's the small matter of the huge tax credit they have on the balance sheet. They'll go nowhere until they've used it all up.

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

Well said sir.

Teachers are mostly women, Opticians about 65%, Dentists 50%+, Doctors over 50% women in University at the moment.

What do all these careers have in common? Excellent opportunities for flexible working and/or holidays during school holidays. Women are making very sensible choices regarding careers. Perhaps IT with long hours and firm deadlines isn't so good if you plan on raising your own children rather than having the state do all your childcare? Sadly the women doing the bleating are in high paying jobs and can afford to employ someone to look after their kids (typically another woman on minimum wage).

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passed over for promotion by men half their age

Replacing sexism with ageism?

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Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain

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Cure advert from Blackberry

Nope - their marketing department is far too dumb to take advantage of stuff like this.

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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Re: It only makes it easier to crack...

Why not just have an increasing delay between logon attempts?

Car radio I had years ago started with a 5 second delay after the first attempt. Then just kept doubling. Doesn't matter how much CPU you throw at a problem if there's a 24 hour delay between attempts.

Password124 wouldn't be so bad then!

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Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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Re: Facebook's 1,871 billion active users.

Just claim to be French - they use the comma where everyone else uses the full-stop in numbers.

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Re: Microsoft has a problem with word of mouth

Seems as though the only way they can get publicity is to close something!

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Oops! 185,000-plus Wi-Fi cameras on the web with insecure admin panels

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I have a pair of the D-Link cameras that are now known to be insecure. No internet access to them, or from them. They send emails to me of any images. If I need to see what's happening, I just VPN to the network.

Problem is that 99% of the population just view it as 'just a camera' and don't think about security.

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Look! Up in the sky! Is it a drone? Is it a car? It's both, crossed with Uber

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IoT

Perhaps we could have IoT transport - drones descend from the sky and pick you up with little hooks. Charged by the kilo as bigger people need more drones.

Time to head for kickstarter?

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Self-employed bear the brunt of Spring Budget with additional National Insurance contributions

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Re: Here's a thought

Don't believe that these new taxes will increase revenues either. Since the dividend tax, I've been living on savings from my ISA and just paying directly into a pension. Cut my tax bill by about £20k instead of the governments expected increase of £5k.

No chancellor seems to believe that changing taxes on income changes behaviour.

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After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

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Visual Interdev

Thanks for the memory, forgotten all about that one.

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

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Re: Answer

Given that the BBC knew that they were investigating illegal material, they should have taken advice from the police before starting?

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Shopping for PCs? Ding, dong, the Dock is dead in 2017's new models

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Re: Shamefaced admission

Would be interesting if AMD went down a route similar to ARM and just did the design.

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Put down the coffee, stop slacking your app chaps or whatever – and patch Wordpress

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Seems painless enough

Just updated. Took no time at all and everything seems to be working.

Still find it hard to believe that Wordpress is so full of holes.

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UK's Virgin Media subscribers suffer fresh email blocking misery

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Re: Smart Hosts people.

It's only simple if you're running your own email server. I use MX Guarddog for something similar. For most home users (those typically using ISP email services), it's no use at all as you have no control over DNS.

Before everyone rushes off to install their own email server, check you can change your reverse DNS as some people are using that to check email source too.

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URGH – bitter taste! Sage hikes One SaaS price 50 per cent

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Re: 50% more for "new features"

Looks like they've been reading Microsoft's CRM licence.

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Re: Desktop Accounts Software

Intuit QuickBooks, but they're pushing everyone towards cloud and the dreaded monthly fees. Not sure what I'll need to move to in the future, but at least I'll always be able to refer to my older accounts without paying a monthly fee just to look.

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Desktop Accounts Software

I upgrade our accounts software every 5 years. Desktop only. Not going cloud - no control over pricing and changing supplier is a nightmare.

That is all.

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Microsoft wants you to plan a new generation of legacy systems

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It's cloud innit? There really aren't any servers, just fluffy PowerPoint presentations.

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

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Re: Really smart meter?

Cold water only

I asked a plumber about this. The reasoning is that a modern machine uses very little water. By the time the hot water reaches the machine, the machine has enough water with the cold that was already in the pipes.

No idea how true that is, just what the plumber said.

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Re: Really smart meter?

Lovely idea to schedule stuff overnight until the houses start burning.

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Re: It would be interesting to know how customers' annual savings are calculated

Worse than guessed - they decide what the number needs to be and work backwards from there.

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Capita owned?

'nuff said.

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$310m AWS S3-izure: Why everyone put their eggs in one region

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Re: A third option

Would be interesting to have an article comparing how AWS & Azure would need to be configured. I use Azure for a lot of storage of installation files. Availability isn't a major concern as never urgent, but when setting up the storage you specify the level of redundancy and it's priced accordingly.

That ranges from just local redundancy through geo-redundancy. Somewhere in the middle, you can have read-only redundancy. Seems like a good setup, but would be interesting to see what Amazon offer in comparison.

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

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Holding post

For all the Linux bores, just downvote this, then reply. Makes it easier to read the other, relevant comments.

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Samsung phones, Apple's iPhones are 'overpriced', says top Huawei exec

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WTF?

reduced the wattage or the current

OR?

So they're adjusting resistance and voltage too?

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Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

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Paris Hilton

As there's not even a proper prototype yet, I think you may end up with the Gemini being a smartphone screen connecting to a bluetooth screen in a clever wallet.

Or am I missing the point of crowdfunding?

Paris 'cos even she won't be investing until she see a proper prototype.

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