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20 posts • joined 4 Jul 2014

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest

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Polite request

Please, please PLEASE Mozilla

Don't bugger Thunderbird up.

It's multiplatform, handles multiple accounts and just works. Works for three generations of my family too with little support required from yours truly, the de facto IT support.

And its got nothing to do with Microsoft, Google or Apple.

And it has a useful system of extensions.

I hate using Outlook. Have to in the day job. It works, but it's not a patch on Thunderbird.

One-time Brexit Secretary David Davis demands Mike Lynch's extradition to US be halted

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Refuse to hand over documents

Lynch needn't worry. He can refuse to disclose any document which proves his guilt and refuse to allow anyone to testify against him. Or don't they apply that law to everyone?

So yes, the asymmetry of the extradition law scares the hell out of me.

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

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I'd like to give you more than one upvote for the landfill aspects.

We need an icon for resource waste on this scale

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+1 for Windows

I have more sympathy for Microsoft calling EOL on Windows 7 than on Sonos damaging a "simple" speaker. Never thought I would have to say that - see icon.

My speakers are connected with bellwire.

ICANN finally reveals who’s behind purchase of .org: It’s ███████ and ██████ – you don't need to know any more

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Black Helicopters

Stop worrying

I found the article a bit complicated with so many companies involved, each seemingly buying the other. I suspect they don't understand it themselves if they can't even name their directors! They must be a bit simple.

I was reassured to note that the director of compliance is involved, so I suggest you all stop worrying and do something more productive.

Remember the Dutch kid who stuck his finger in a dam to save the village? Here's the IT equivalent

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Stupid lights

Just built a new home PC - last one died after 10 years. I find everything now has stupid RGB lights if you are not careful. The beautiful case from Darkbase has a beautiful 2cm well lit power button that I am not likely to hit in error. At least not when looking what I am doing and it does need a 4s press as a delaying mechanism. Next to it are two diddly little buttons, one for reset, with no delay, and one for changing the colour of the stupid lights.

I can't decide if Darkbase's engineers are idiots, or just really hate people who put stupid lights everywhere in their beautiful case.

A stranger's TV went on spending spree with my Amazon account – and web giant did nothing about it for months

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Re: Amazon takes security seriously. As in my case.

Terminating the employment would be appropriate. Terminating the employee seems a little on the harsh side.

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Re: Giant Shortcoming in Amazon Customer Services?

I also prefer to shop elsewhere unless Amazon is the only source - but that's about ethics and convenience. The limited amount of shopping I do on Amazon presumably poses the same security risks as if I made multiple purchases daily, in the context of this story.

Whatever faults there are in the OP's story, the fact that account owners cannot see and delete all the connected devices is clearly a security risk.

The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows

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Pass the barge pole

So now my "free - as in beer" AND "free - as in speech" operating system can be used within the costly, controlled world of MS. AND they want to dictate which version of kernel I use. I do sometimes have to use the MS system to communicate with the NHS, but it's restricted to one of my computers. I dual boot and keep the two separate.

In the long term, perhaps MS wants to become a services company and stop making operating systems. If this is a step to replacing Windows with Linux then I might be interested. Seems a long shot though.

Amazon Prime Air flight crashes in Texas after 6,000ft nosedive

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Re: We all thought the same!

Thinking it does not mean that you have to post it. Clearly inappropriate. Get a brain filter.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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AI or AI?

I am always amused by the abbreviation AI for artificial intelligence because it is also used for artificial insemination. Only one of these technologies will leave you right royally screwed.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Same price as Dell?

On Amazon (only for price comparison purposes) seems same price as for equivalent Dell XPS 13 touch version. Dell is 100g lighter. There are multiple options for both so comparison is a bit hit and miss.

My deliberately non-touchscreen Dell XPS 13 claims a battery life of 22hrs and is probably near that for simple browsing and word processing. It dual boots Windows and Linux. It has a fingerprint plus power button that allows one touch entry, but only in Windows. It's pure USB C, done properly I think. USB-A adaptor in pack.

As far as I know, Dell kit does not phone home. Not in Linux anyway.

So not clear what the excitement is yet?

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Re: However, we can report that Ubuntu runs an absolute treat on a Dell XPS.

Dell sell both Windows and Linux versions of their XPS laptops. I bought the Windows version and put Suse linux on as well. The only thing that doesn't work on the laptop in Linux is the fingerprint reader. I won't put it in the skip yet. The docking station is a PITA about turning the laptop on all the time. Dell seem very reluctant to support dual boot though. Minus one point to them. Still not going anywhere near a Mac!

Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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The NHS does not really use Windows

@Dinsdale247. Much of the NHS is run using applications that look like text terminals. Whether they are browser based or some other kludge. If they don't need special Java or browser versions they could just as easily run on Linux. Many of these machines only do one job (reception in outpatients for instance).

For other systems, the changes in UI in different versions of Windows / Outlook / Office - and we have a horrible mixture - are no worse than changing to LibreOffice and your favourite flavour of Linux.

There are some very bright, highly motivated people in the NHS. I'm sure they could cope with a sensible staged transfer to Linux. It would be a huge project so of course there would be a cost and some cockups on the way. I think the end result would be better.

We could start with the government observing its own standards. We are meant to be using documents in OpenDocument or PDF formats only!

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The root cause of these issues is therefore purchasers buying poor software

I run a diagnostic lab in the NHS. Win 7 and up since you ask.

My employer has had some software in the past that required particular versions of IE or Java - these have been applications by big corporations that span multiple trusts. Applications like purchasing etc.

Which government department thinks this was a good idea? The advantages of standards based software over schneaky API use have been apparent for decades

Appointments on hold as (computer) virus wreaks havoc with NHS trust systems

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Did you miss something

... Goole NHS Trust on 31st October? Not 1st April??

I work in a hospital. With a fantastic IT department (I'm not in it). But hospitals are chaotic, complex places unlike most IT companies. How many of your colleagues would you trust to make stuff happen quickly if you were ill ....

And if you think the NHS is poor at data security, my bank makes it damn near impossible to log on, but they sent me important financial papers in plain email. The twit on the phone promised it would be encrypted. The figures were wrong and the next twit offered to email again, but at least the 2nd twit knew it was not encrypted and agreed to send by snail mail

And a little red devil for season's cheer.

Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?

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Suggestion for worse use

Scrapping the barrel, but has El Reg considered blockchain for managing subscribers?

What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

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Signal for me

Open source, recommended by Snowden. Works a treat.

On the downside it doesn't look as pretty as WhatsZuck and the Cool Young Things of my acquaintance resent my making them use it - but I'm the boss ...

Docs need to do remote consultations – report

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"Clinician" is correct. Sadly. Referrals to my hospital department are sometimes made by nurses and physios with posh titles who don't know their pubo-rectalis from their olecranon.

Sometimes nurses have more common sense than doctors though - it's best not to be ill.

Some of my job can be done remotely, but best if I have close working relationship with people at the other end, not random people in different continents. For the rest I actually need to lay hands on the sickness units - or patients as the more old fashioned would say.

NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

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50% FOSS

I'm an NHS hospital doctor. My specialist work uses custom software on Windoze PCs with extra knobs on (literally) - ultimately supplied by faceless US companies who may well have heard of Europe. That work is probably locked into Microsoft for years.

The rest of the time I use email, word processors, simple spreadsheets and networked database applications of various sorts supplied by the hospital - all of that could be done on a linux platform. Moving from old versions of Microsoft Office to LibreOffice would be much easier than moving to Microsoft's latest versions with their changing interfaces and bloated features. It might also stop the overworked, idiotic spreadsheets that come my way. Of course we could start with LibreOffice on Windows, which works just fine. And its native format, ODF is apparently what the UK Gov wants. I have not seen any manifestation of that desire yet. Even US Corps might have to take notice of that.


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