* Posts by AMBxx

1506 posts • joined 3 Jan 2014

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Re: It's the same story...

To those not involved in networking it still feels like a solution looking for a problem. I have my fixed IPv4 address, the rest of you can go swing.

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HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

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Re: 'make it fair for both parties.'

>> Do away with Limited Companies?

You're joking?! When Public Sector drones put their houses on the line for the mistakes they make, maybe I'll consider doing the same.

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I'm more concerned about getting caught in the cross-fire. My work is about as far outside IR35 as it's possible to be - mutiple customers every month, flexible working arrangements, most of my customers haven't even met me, no direction or control etc etc.

However, given the odd letters I received from my public sector customers when the new laws were introduced, I'm concerned about how some companies may clamp down completely on external consultants like me 'just to be on the safe side'.

I agree that 'something' needs to be done, it's just that everything HMRC see to do is too heavy-handed.

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People like convenience more than privacy – so no, blockchain will not 'decentralise the web'

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Re: Historic revisionism

Yahoo! was important back then too. Not so much a search engine as a hand-maintained directory.

These youngsters should get their history right.

I seem to recall Compuserve being a parallel system with no Internet access. That was added relatively late when they became little more than a dial-up ISP.

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Surface Hub 2: Microsoft's pricey whiteboard gets a sequel

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Re: They're good... but...

World cup?

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Google shoots Chrome 66's silencer after developer backlash

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Re: My browser already has this feature

Sound on my laptop is always turned off too. Main PC works through a HiFi Amp that's turned off unless I want to hear something.

Crazy world we live in.

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Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard

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Re: I don't live in western Europe

>>> won't be with anything on the market or likely to be on the market in the foreseeable future.

I'm waiting for the next Windows phone too!

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UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

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Re: Oh this will be fun....

Worse than that, they can't even write the security software properly. Look at the problems with keyless entry.

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Re: bricklaying

Most cars (all?) have either red or amber warning lights to notify the driver of problems. If it's red, you stop immediately. If amber, you follow some form of guidance. Would be easy enough for the software updates to have a warning light. Easy enough to prove a car has been notified of a critical update, just need to light an amber light to tell the driver to update next time they stop. Perhaps a graded system of how long they are allowed to drive until the light turns red.

Another road-related icon --------->

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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Re: but just like vi you know that notepad and wordpad will always be there.

I'd have hoped MS had better things to worry about than a trivial text editor for which there are an infinite number of free, better alternatives.

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UK's Royal Navy buys £13m mine-blasting robot boat

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Re: Where do we vote for the name?

Upvote for Fred Dibnah.

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Where do we vote for the name?

Isn't this a new tradition? MineyMcMinesweeper

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Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)

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Paris Hilton

Re: WTF?

Wouldn't it be great to do an equivalent spoof with outrageously sexist women stereotypes. Perhaps linked to skirt length or neckline?

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Microsoft vows to bridge phones to PCs, and this time it means it. Honest.

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Um

I use Onedrive for files - they're available across all devices.

I use VOIP for calls and can answer on mobile. If I had a need for phone calls on my PC, I could find a softphone easy enough.

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Adobe, 'hyper personalisation' and your privacy

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Joke

demotionalise

WTF does demotionalise mean? You sell experiences don't you?

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Re: "People are buying experiences, not products"

Sadly, I upgraded Photoshop Elements. Now wtf are my layers? Dumbed down so much I might as well use MS Photos to edit my pictures.

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Arista: Sales up, profit up, share price down

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Re: Shares down?

No, it just means expectations have dropped.

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Re: Shares down?

Share prices will go down with good results if the results were less good that expected.

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Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle

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Angel

Answer me this

Why is there no crowd funding thing for a new Sinclair C5?

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Twitter signs for Google cloud at list price of about $10m a month

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Password storage

Is this so they can store unencrypted passwords in the cloud?

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Whoa, Gartner drops a truth bomb: Blockchain is overhyped and top IT bods don't want it

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Re: XML

I think I worked with the same Program Manager at some point. Our data was in a regular SQL database, but had to be converted to XML for transport to a reporting solution that then had to convert it back to a regular result set.

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Re: Compare Bezos to Reinhold Würth

Those nasty capitalist like Joseph Rowntree who paid his workers well and built great houses in York.

Then there's the beautiful town of Bournville. Plus Port Sunlight (named after the soap). etc etc

You need to learn more facts and read less propaganda.

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Apple and The Notched One: It can't hide the X-sized iPhone let-down

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Re: Grew revenue...

When there's an article about Android phones, he probably rants about how crap and insecure the OS is.

I just miss my Windows phone (don't want walled garden, don't like my current Android, don't seem to have any other options). The market really needs some serious competition, but MS blew it.

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Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

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Re: Diversity in action ...

You need to check your facts. We import gas from all over, very littel from Russia. It's the rest of Europe that has a gas problem.

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NetHack to drop support for floppy disks, Amiga, 16-bit DOS and OS/2

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Re: Bastards

Not such a good start:

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/ \

/ REST \

/ IN \

/ PEACE \

/ \

| XX|

| 79 Au |

| killed by a |

| jackal |

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| 2018 |

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_________)/\\_//(\/(/\)/\//\/|_)_______

Goodbye XX the Ranger...

You died in The Dungeons of Doom on dungeon level 2 with 162 points,

and 79 pieces of gold, after 731 moves.

You were level 1 with a maximum of 15 hit points when you died.

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Bastards

Downloaded for first time this morning. Now I'm hooked.

So many commands though!

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Eurocrats double down on .eu Brexit boot-out

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Or they realised that very few of them are actually being used rather than just being registered to stop squatters.

Even EU fanbois at the BBC have a redirect to co.uk.

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Springwatch: Windows 10 spotters May have to wait a few more weeks

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WTF?

So the change from Win 7 to Mint was less than the change from Win 7 to Win 10?

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Mushroom

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

No doubt you also complained when dragged from XP to Windows 7.

Stuff changes, get over it.

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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None of the arrivals before about 1962 had papers any way - they came later. They weren't immigrants as such either. As residents in the British Empire, they had a right to settle in any other part of the Empire.

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And

'Must expel these people because the home office say so'

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Bargain-happy Brits snub big four mobile network operators

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A lot of this is down to expectations. For my 'emergency' mobile and car tracker, I use GiffGaff. £10 credit lasts a couple of years. I rarely use either, so am happy with the service I receive.

My business mobile is through O2. I hated O2's customer service, so now work through a reseller - they're great. IF there's a problem though, I get shouty as I'm expecting good service on an important service.

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Windows 10 Springwatch: See the majestic Microsoft in its natural habitat, fixing stuff the last patch broke

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Re: In the old days

It doesn't seem that long ago that introducing IIS as a very insecure update made MS decide to only introduce new features in new releases. Life was so much simpler after that.

I guess the Windows 10 folk are too young to remember.

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In the old days

Once upon a time, software updates were viewed with excitement as to what new features might be available.

Now we just hope nothing's been too badly broken.

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Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

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Re: RE "Microsoft’s advice for effected users [both of them, LOL - Ed]"

Is the downvote for WM or Yammer? I'd love to know. I was a big fan of WM and only switched when my 950XL died. Yammer comes as part of O365 and I have no idea why I'd want it.

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Re: RE "Microsoft’s advice for effected users [both of them, LOL - Ed]"

2 users of Windows Mobile? That's 2 more than use Yammer.

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Re: win10

>>> Pretty sure Google haven't, they are in compliance with their privacy policy Got anything to back that up?

Yep - there was a bug in the way Apple enforced privacy in Safari. Google used it to track people who had specifically said that they didn't want to be tracked.

Other than that, most websites have a google tracker watching you. I don't remember giving my permission. Might not be illegal, but should be.

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SAP 404s sap.com blog post that said it's fallen behind on SaaS subs

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Holmes

What's the problem?

Not sure why SAP are so bothered - seems like a very well written, well reasoned document.

Are we sure it wasn't HCL that pulled it as it doesn't agree with their official position?

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Capita reports pre-tax LOSS of £515m for 2017

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WTF?

Due diligence

If any government department takes out a new contract with Capita, surely it means that due diligence has not been done.

I'm sure they're all still queuing up though.

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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

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Re: Ah no wonder Capita's bloody Sales People havent got back to us

Not sure of your details, but what did you expect and why haven't you found a new supplier?

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What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

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Re: Conscription ?

They're in Israel ffs - what do you think their racial/religions diversity is going to look like?

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NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry

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Re: Kick me whilst I'm down

Imagine how bad this would have been if there had been enough money to make the NHS fully digital?

Sounds like a really good argument for paper records and disconnected machines.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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PET

Really childish, but french for fart.

I remember visiting a french winery with a couple of french salemen. They struggled to keep a straight face while the owner was talking about the advantages of their new PET bottles.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: If anyone knows of any other solutions, please reply.

Android? Is that on account of not receiving any updates after the first 12 months?

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Re: broadly akin to open-source software?

The other problem is that people don't use it on their main work PC. That means that compatibility problems are missed as most people are just dabbling.

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SAP okays Java EE being Eclipsed, six months after Oracle's announcement

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>> SAP’s not wedded to Java forever

As a SAP BI Partner, I can't see any way that SAP could remove Java without a complete rewrite of 90% of their product line. Yes, it could happen, but not any time soon.

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Boring as she goes at Sage? Oh no, no, no! Shares slide as sales slip below forecasts

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Re: Maybe ...

Are there any that handle filing VAT electronically (soon to be a legal requirement). How about the rest of the shitty tax laws on the way. The government appear to be forcing us all into cloud account packages.

I'm hanging on to my local install of QuickBooks for as long as possible. Then I'll probably just retire.

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Aw, all grown up: Mozilla moves WebAssembly into sparsely furnished Studio apartment

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Re: May be a real step towards better web applications, fingers crossed

Or a step back to the bad old days of ActiveX.

Time will tell.

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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Don't they have barbers/hairdressers in the first class lounge? Makes much more sense as you can use the time waiting to get a haircut, then freshen up on landing with a free shower.

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Stop

"posh" stuff in Business & First Class was wasted on me.

What's wrong with free food and drink?

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