* Posts by AMBxx

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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I guess that's why MS have introduced the Archival folder in the latest updates. Sort of deleted, but not. No use to me, but sounds like your user needs it.

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UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

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Re: But think of the children!!

Maybe, for once, we all just need to hope that Capita get the contract.

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Re: Yup drivers

Similar experience with a SP 4. Then went through the update problem where alternately, eith the Wifi or the sleep state would go wrong.

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Re: I would guess MS is to blame

Could it just be that Intel's documentation was wrong? MS assume a certain amount of heat needs to be lost, design for that, but then get overheating when the chips run hotter than claimed. Wouldn't affect larger designs.

Just a though, no evidence or opinion either way.

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Data viz biz Tableau forks out for natural language startup

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Who needs this?

I remember demoing natural language query stuff 15+ years ago. Wasn't useful or wanted then. Nothing much seems to have changed.

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Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

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Re: key and value

WinFS was too slow for the hardware available at the time. I think we've all forgotten just how ambitious MS were with Vista in the betas. All the good stuff was dropped, just leaving the stuff that should have been dropped.

They've been planning to move Exchange to SQL for years. As far as I know, it still hasn't happened, leaving us with the horrible ebd format.

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I upgrade my old ZX Spectrum from 16KB to 48KB. I think it was about £50. That's about £1.6m per GB.

(looking forward to some price comparisons from the 70s and earlier!)

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Re: 128TB ?

I remember a review in the Old PC Pro a few years ago. Along the lines that now SSD storage had dropped to £1 per GB, it was suitable for most PCs.

Fortunately, it's dropped a bit more since!

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

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Re: Happy Surface Pro 4 Owner here

I was always in the category of 'cheap disposable laptop buyer'. Then I had the chance to buy a SP4 Pro for £500 + VAT.

Now, I have to admit, I'd be tempted to pay full price. It really is a great piece of kit. Especially now Microsoft seem to have moved on from breaking wifi or sleep state with each update.

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It's 2017 and Hyper-V can be pwned by a guest app, Windows by a search query, Office by...

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Re: The Mythical Man Month - legit free download

I loved the passing reference to a friend working on 'Arpanet'. He througt it might be important!

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Britons ambivalent about driverless car tech, survey finds

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Re: Option to drive manually

They're still arguing about liability. Will probably be a temporary fudge between the government an insurance companies until it becomes clearer.

Some great philosophical arguments about who an autonomous car should kill in the event of an unavoidable accident though!

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Cruise control is great in roadworks, saves quite a few tickets. More usefully, I used to have a car with a speed limiter - I could set a maximum speed at any time, allowed me to control the speed through roadworks without exceeding the speed limit.

Self parking - nope. Had it, never used it. I think it's more useful with an automatic gearbox.

Self breaking - no chance - had a warning system that told me I should break. would forever go off for no reason. Certainly wouldn't trust on a motorway.

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Re: Integrated transport system

We can't even get luggage from A to B 100% of the time. You really want to risk all that?!

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Google diversity memo: Web giant repudiates staffer's screed for 'incorrect assumptions about gender'

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Original post deleted by the moderator - someone else lacking a sense of humour? (post wasn't mine btw)

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9.40 on a Monday morning and already 7 downvotes - don't these people have a sense of humour?

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Slacking off? ICO probe throws up concerns over instant messaging

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Re: Do these systems actually work ?

I have two customers insisting I use Slack. I now have two extra places I can go to view kitten videos.

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Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

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Re: What would a fair headline be?

I was really sad when my Lumia 950XL stopped working (made better by Amazon's refund policies), but as much as I'd have loved another, they're just no longer supported properly.

When I first reported the problem to Amazon, they referred me to Microsoft. Microsoft referred me to their online forums - this isn't support!

Now using a Blackberry Priv - I'm a sucker for lost causes. Blackberry have done a good job with a mediocre OS, but still not as good to use as Windows Phone (or whatever it's called this week).

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Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem

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My C# folders

Would be nice if OneDrive could cope with folders with # in the name. Every time I start a new install of Visual Studio, it creates a series of folders for C# solutions and projects. I then have to rename them all to stop the OneDrive errors.

Maybe in the Autumn update?

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Developing world hits 98.7 per cent mobile phone adoption

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Since the drop in copper prices, not such a big thing. It was only a few years ago that someone calculated that the scrap value of all BT's copper wire was greater than the stock market value of the company. Probably earmarked for paying the board a big bonus.

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Re: I've never carried more than one cell phone

Not just phones. I have 4 spare SIM cards - mixture of data for WiFi gizmo and different networks for holidays with no O2 signal.

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Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle

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Slack

Slack is the only thing I hate more than Skype. At least with Skype the history is visible to me and under my control. With Slack if you're access is revoked, everything is lost.

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You could just install it on your mobile phone.

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Azure security boss tells sysadmins to harden up and properly harden Windows Server

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We've come a long way though. Remember when IIS was introduced - it was enabled by default, with no security and a web interface for admin.

Then there was SQL Server listening on Port 80.

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Microsoft previews Azure Container Instances – with per-second billing

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Re: Dumb question maybe?

I didn't mean as an alternative to a vm, but as an alternative to all the other Azure options.

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Dumb question maybe?

What would you run on a container in Azure that couldn't be provided by one of their existing services?

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Tired: Java. Desired: Node.js. Retired: The suggestion a JavaScript runtime is bonkers

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8 million Node.js instances online at the moment

Is it just me, or is that a trivial number?

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AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m

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separate maths co-processor

I'm sure there was a socket next to the CPU for that. Seems very primitive by today's standards.

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486SX 25

I bet you wish you'd spent the extra on the DX. But hey, who needs to do floating point arithmetic

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Re: Has it been that long..

Don't forget - it's no longer possible to heat a small house just by using an AMD CPU in your PC.

Still amazes me that my AMD Six Core CPU runs at 3.3GHz without any fans (OK the heatsink is the size of a small car).

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Re: Why wait?

O2's Business Web site too. I can't get an invoice without using a browser that supports Flash!

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Paint has its uses

Wait until they try to replace Notepad!

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Google isn't neglecting the web the way Microsoft did with IE

Microsoft only stopped innovating when they had total domincance. IE4 was far ahead of the competition. IE5 sealed the market share. Then they just stopped.

Netscape 4/5 were bloated and ugly. IE4 was beautiful in comparison.

Yes, they abused standards terribly, but they took 90%+ market share first. Google aren't there yet.

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Alphabet takes Euro antitrust fine in stride, spooks investors with rising Google ad costs

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Re: Google Ads Not Seen By These Eyes

Online Ads? Are they still a thing? Adblock and Duckduckgo.

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Virgin Mobile has in-continent data roaming problems – peeved customers

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Sounds like a cunning plan

How much has this saved Virgin?

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

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compare strings directly in C# instead of having to use .equals().

That's one of the things I really don't like about C#. It never seems to know whether a string is an object or not.

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Mozilla hoping to open source voice samples for future AI devs

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Dear Mozilla

Stop mucking about with the latest trend and concentrate on making Firefox as good as Chrome.

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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

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Re: Other than failing, what do the following have in common

It would be more interesting to see a list of successful women...

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Other than failing, what do the following have in common

Ginni Rometty

Carly Fiorina

Marissa Mayer

Meg Whitman

Plenty of successful women CEOs in other industries, wtf happens when they enter IT?

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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We already know.

Not as much as we think we do. The flavours in vaping are governed by food legislation. That means their effect when heated hasn't always been tested. There's already been the case of the caramel flavour that's carcinogenic when heated and inhaled, but perfectly safe when flavouring food.

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Android-ocalypse postponed: Jide withdraws Remix OS from consumer frontline

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Re: Expensive PC...

They're very cheap if Google help you fiddle central government spending. Hence the 50% of the market in the US.

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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C90 cassette, as that medium was the dominant way of storing Speccy programs and data

C90 was a pain - took too long to find the start of the program and wasn't reliable enough.

Soon switched to C15 - normally enough for one program on each side.

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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Re: "paying out the nose"

Give the American a break - he makes a half decent joke then received a barrage of down-votes.

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€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

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Re: There is quite a bit of that floating around Eastern Europe

I was in a wine cellar in Austria about 20 years ago. The owner's grandparents had sealed off one end of the cellar at the outbreak of war. Nobody knows what's in there and nobody was planning to open it.

I couldn't have lasted a week without drilling a hole and taking a look.

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PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

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trying to find where things were relocated to by Microsoft (networking, printers, ...)

2 dozen machines and you install printer drivers from the PC? Might want to take a look at using Domain Policy.

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Re: How much influence did Microsoft have in this?

Take another look at the stats - Apple's market share has dropped too. Admitedly, Apple's sales are cyclical based around the release of new models, but still surprised to see a drop.

I think 2 things are happening - not much is changing in workplace software to drive new desktops so they're being used for much longer than in the past. On top of that, there's a move for more use of mobiles for email and browsing.

Remember when we used to keep the PC in the spare room?

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Dell gives world its first wireless-charging laptop if you buy $580 extra kit

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Re: I've never understood this

There was a prototype train on display in York Railway Museum a few years ago. One of the features was the wireless charger built into the table top.

I guess the problem is choosing a standard that will last as long as your typical train carriage. Back then, it was only suggested for a phone. You'd probably needs something more powerful for a laptop.

Back to the idea of better seats...

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Re: Regardless of the price, the idea is good

Most laptops now have power for 5+ hours. That's a very long train ride.

I'd rather the train company spent the money on better seats.

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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Admit it

Come on Michael (the author), just admit that you're trolling the anti-MS brigade.

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JavaScript spec gets strung out on padding

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Re: broken by design?

The sample output is in Courier. Emojis?!

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Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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Re: Trojan Horse

I suspect the tactic will work though. If your CEO asks your CTO for reassurance, would the CTO really risk sticking with Kaspersky?

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