* Posts by AMBxx

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Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

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Re: Computational Power, Battery Life: Pick one.

I'd just like a laptop with a super screen like this, but running a lower powered CPU. Most of the time, I just need to connect to a server. Laptop work is limited to browsing and email.

Chrome laptop would be fine if it could just run Windows app (that's not going to happen!)

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Re: Does it run...

If you don't leave your own home, chances are you've only seen laptops running Linux.

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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Re: The hole truth

It's Space 1999, just 18 years late.

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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I used to think that people that watched all the weather forecasts were a bit odd. They now seem quite reasonable compared to all the people getting constant weather updates via their phones.

PS Weather today is windy - all day, no need to check again.

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Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack

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WTF?

ability to have different accounts ?

So I merge stuff into multiple different accounts so I can keep it as separated as it was originally? That's a great leap forward, umm....

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Re: Am I alone in this?

Apparently so...

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Am I alone in this?

I like the separation of email, text, Slack etc etc. Means I can silo my communications between friends, business and specific customers. I certainly wouldn't want customers to know when I'm busy - my business is based around being available all the time.

First thing I do on a new phone is get rid of whatever overlay they've given me to combine everything (currently on BB so hub tweaked)

Perhaps the only time I'm happy with the current broken state of technology!

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Magic hash maths: Dedupe does not have to mean high compute. Wait, what?

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unique mathematical hash

I must be missing something here. Surely a hash can only be unique if it's the same size as the block of data? OK, you could reduce that with compression and encoding duplicates, but surely it's still too big to be useful?

Help me out - what am I missing?

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Fear the SAP-slap? Users can anonymously submit questions about licensing naughtiness

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Complex licensing

Maybe simplify the licence structure instead??

I only work with SAP BI, so not sure how the ERP stuff works. For indirect access - if you dump data into a spreadsheet, then work and distribute from that - does that count as indirect? Just how daft is it?

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BlackBerry's new Motion will move you neither to tears of joy nor sadness

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reasonably good at getting Android patches

Hmmm - just announced that nothing before the KeyOne is getting Nougat. Patches on my Priv end next year.

Just hoping MS finally get their act together, but their fabled 'Surface Phone' is starting to look like something that should grace Kick Starter.

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Re: USP

Yep, my wife is a dedicated blackberry user. Nothing to do with OS or being some sort for fan-girl. It's the only phone that still comes with a keyboard. Currently using a Priv and hasn't commented on the change from BB 10 to Android.

Where's the Blackberry user icon?

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Zuck shows Virtual Empathy by visiting Puerto Rico in VR

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Ultimate Virtue Signalling

Won't be long until you see virtue signalling articles in press/blogs on how someone was touched by the suffering etc etc etc.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Re: Digital UI

I've just switched from a Lumia 950XL to a Blackberry Priv. I have keys again. Proper typing!

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You've missed a step. Windows Phone 7 had also forced app developers to rewrite everything they'd written for 5 & 6!

As a lot of couriers were using Windows handhelds running Windows Phone 6, developers were then forced to rewrite, so went to Android instead.

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Microsoft to pay the most popular app developers

I'm sure I recall that happening (at least the offer to pay, nothing really happened)

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Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink

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Partly right. I've been using FireFox for years. Recent version was very flakey, so now using Edge. Recent updates have made it very usable.

Edge on Android will mean I can stop using LastPass and just rely on MS. Not sure that's a great idea, but more convenient.

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Oracle VP: 'We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always'

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Re: The next decade...

Requirements gathering before starting development? You'll be suggesting that we test before release next!

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

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Re: The insane thing about it is...

Exchange is way more than just email.

I've recently moved from Exchange in home office to Office 365. So pleased to get rid of the admin overhead of Exchange. Every upgrade of OS was fingers crossed and way too complicated.

Yes, Exchange is too complicated for an email solution, but if that's all you think it does, you're missing the point.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Joke

So many negative people on here.

Enough about pixie dust

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

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Re: Pollution impact

Given the subsidies likely to be involved, the vast majority of drivers will be paying for part of each one.

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Re: Popcorn

Dyson only really do the design in the UK. They'll make it wherever it works out best for them. Nothing wrong with this, just the modern way of doing business.

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Bing fling sting: Apple dumps Microsoft search engine for Google

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Linux

rolling out to all users over the course of the day

Nobody complaining about the OS provider changing their search engine without permission? Do you get a choice?

Penguin just because there are no ducks.

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Docs ran a simulation of what would happen if really nasty malware hit a city's hospitals. RIP :(

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WannaCry and NHS

Anyone know if there's been any reports on the number of deaths caused? I've seen plenty about not patching, but nothing about the actual impact.

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Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

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Dirty sleeve

I guess the question is, 'Do you frequently wipe one arm of your jacket with dirty hands?'

May get dirtier that a regular jacket.

Either way, it's a horrible idea. All these people with plenty of brains, but not enough common sense to use them for something useful.

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Compsci grads get the fattest pay cheques six months after uni – report

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6 months?

Why does earnings after 6 months matter? Loads of people take a year off after Uni. Would be better to measure after 5 years.

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Brit chip design company Imagination Tech sold to China-linked private equity

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Directors should resign

They allowed their company to become dependent upon one large customer. This should have been ringing alarm bells long ago. Typical that none of the investment houses monitoring the stock shouted a warning either (unless I missed something).

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GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

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But

Love the idea, but then I liked Windows Phone - same problem too - lack of apps will stop this gaining many users.

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Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

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Apple user turns phone off?

Isn't that man bites dog?

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Since <CTL><ALT><DEL> forced a reboot

I'd always assumed that it was awkward to prevent accidental reboot too.

Some keyboards have a single button for sleep and that's just annoying.

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Apprenticeship

IT seems like an obvious choice for the new apprenticeship schemes.

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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Re: What the CONTEXT analyst (& the article) skipped over

Not because of Brext, DESPITE.

Get with the programme.

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@UncleNick

You clearly don't understand. Everything bad that's happened in the past year is because of Brexit. Everything good is either despite Brexit or because Brexit hasn't happened yet.

You need to spend at least 2 hours per day watching the BBC to understand this. Alternatively,30 minutes reading the FT would suffice.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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And misquotes

Even Paris would read the original before deriding with a misquote.

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Dear Microsoft

Stop pissing about with the latest fad and concentrate on making Windows 10 better and Azure more reliable. At the same time, kill Cortana and get Windows Phone updated.

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Microsoft teases web-based Windows Server management console

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GUI good

I know that 'real pros' like command line tools, but for rarely used features, a GUI avoids mistakes and saves a lot of time searching for the correct PowerShell incantation.

Good to see MS using their Blades stuff again.

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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

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Simplify?

Maybe they'll view it as an opportunity to simplify our ridiculously complex tax system?

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Re: Seen in the wild!

I recently switched to Edge as Firefox was spending half its day 'not responding'. Adblock, Ghostery and Lastpass all available. Lack of Xmarks is a shame.

Happy user. Just hoping the favourites really have been fixed in the next update.

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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

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Re: Too simple ?

Even easier - if Amazon is selling it, they're responsible for charging (and paying to govt) the VAT. It would be a problem for a small minority of sellers, but there are very few private sellers on Amazon any more.

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Re: Re peterm3: VAT lost to HMRC and lost to the UK

Not as a business purchases. Amazon is a nightmare - two sellers, identical prices, but no way to determine if either is VAT registered. The seller is taking extra profit.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: Watch cellular??

I was thinking the same thing. I have a backup phone (Lumia 520) that takes a different size SIM to most modern phones. Means mucking about with adaptors if I need to use it. The idea of having 2 phones with the same number looks great.

Maybe the forced connection between the two is the price of having a 2nd SIM on the same number?

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Re: FaceID

I had face recognition on my Lumia 950XL. Worked well enough, but you just look really stupid starting at your phone to unlock. Much easier to just use a PIN (or finger print, though not sure I truest that).

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Mostly idle at work? Microsoft Azure has some bursty VMs it'd love to sell you

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Help from MS please

I run a website on a small Azure VM (budget comes from my MS Action Pack sub). It costs about £40 per month, but isn't especially busy. Would be good to have some sort of advisory tool to examine past workload and advise on whether or not a current VM is suitable for this new bursty stuff.

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David Potter rejoins 'New New Psion' as Hon.Chairman

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Blackberry

"Reintroducing a physical keyboard effectively liberates the high resolution screen by maximising the display viewing area, providing an unrivalled user experience,"

Sounds like my BB Priv!!

I'd love to see this design using x86. Proper computer, none of this Android stuff.

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BlackBerry admits: We could do better at patching

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Re: I have a DTEK60

I tried a DTEK60 before buying a Priv. I think I had a duff DTEK as the call quality was just awful. With the news that neither is getting future updates, I'm just glad I saved the money.

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Re: Ah well

Apple seem to do a remarkably good job at supporting old hardware. MS manage well with PCs (let's not mention their phones).

What is it with Android that gives them such a short lifespan?

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Ah well

I just bough a Priv for just £250. Disappointed it won't be getting updates, but still a nice phone for the time being - it takes the pile of poo known as Android and makes a reasonable attempt to fix it.

Perhaps Blackberry should have focussed more on keeping the complexity of patching down rather than complaining about it being difficult?

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Re: @Ledswinger "Its an excellent idea......"

Sort of idea suggested by people who work in public sector or who have jobs unaffected by such things as profit.

My business has 2 revenue streams - software reselling and consultancy. On software, I make between 10% and 15%. Consulting is 100% (it's only my time). A turnover tax would hit the software side disproportionately - I'd just stop reselling software.

Net result - less tax for government, less profit for me, more software sales going direct, customers get poorer advice. Everyone loses.

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Google to kill Symantec certs in Chrome 66, due in early 2018

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Old certs surely?

The certificates will be 2 years old by the time Google block them. I can only buy certificates that last up to 3 years, so surely most will have expired by the time they're blocked.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Facial recognition

Don't get too excited. I had it on my sadly departed 950XL. It worked well enough, you just look stupid holding your phone up to your face to unlock it. Much easier just to use a PIN (I've not tried fingerprint).

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HSBC biz banking crypto: The case of the vanishing green padlock and... what domain are we on again?

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My keypad needs replacing (flat battery). I've been trying to get through on the phone all week. Shit bank,

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