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Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Testing

And how exactly would the customers applications be tested to ensure that the patches work before they nuke the entire organisation ?

How would this fit into the broader change management plans that companies have for their important stuff ?

Looks like another half baked solution.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Nope, don't like it

Its now far too difficult to find any useful content.

Pictures are meaningless and now there are far more of them. If you need pictures, make them relevant to the story, not just something to break up the words. I can read more than 10 words without getting bored.

When browsing from a 4K screen and get very little content, its all whitespace, pictures and headings. The whitespace might be because I block all the adverts and other cruft from the old site.

Whats wrong with providing good content - its a tech site, we expect tech, not pictures unrelated to tech.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Already been fixed

Sacha Baron Cohen fixed this in “The Dictator” - call all of them Aladeen.

Its not difficult is it ?

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Microsoft's next Windows 10 release creeps closer with a cluster of builds

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Are they doing their build numbers in Octal ?

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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RFC's

So, which Internet RFC is this complying with ?

Google don't define the standards, they are supposed to follow them and if they want to do something thats different, put in a new RFC to get those who oversee the Internet to agree if its the right thing to do.

Otherwise, the browser is simply a non-compliant piece of software and people will avoid it.

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Everything DM gets direct message slap: Marketing biz cops £60k ICO fine

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23.6p

1.420,000 mails / £60,000 fine = 23.6p per mail.

Its hardly a deterrent is it ?

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Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

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Stick a pop-rivet into it, that'll seal up most of it.

If it won't go in, then you might have to drill the hole a little deeper to get it in.

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Google cracks down on dodgy tech support ads

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Are we there yet

So, in the constant race to the bottom, does it finally mean that they've reached the bottom of the barrel ?

The only problem is that the whole market is 150% convinced they are doing it right and nobody has noticed - or is prepared to consider the alternatives.

.. And they wonder why virtually everyone hates adverts.

Most are not wanted intrusions

Delays, delays, bandwidth costs ...

The gullible are taken in by the scamming t*ats with their professional looking adverts - viruses, IT support, pre paid funeral deals, cheap new ipad for only £19.99

The existing customers are paying for the adverts in their monthly costs / buy price

So, who actually gets anything out of adverts ? -- and at what cost to everyone else ?

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Intel Management Engine JTAG flaw proof-of-concept published

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Re: Shocking

There are plenty of systems shipped with a fully functional JTAG port, since its an integral part of the chip

Often the drive to reduce cost is the thing that removes the components on the PCB for it. Security doesn't factor into the discussion, since someone who wants an active JTAG will just solder in the missing components and make up the required cable - as can be seen by the variety of recovery or modification procedures for many of the home grade devices - routers, PC's, consoles, etc.

In many way, providing a hidden interface is a combination of security by obscurity; providing a support method to perform initial programming; a method to recover corrupted kit and to provide in the field upgrades.

This is no different to the routers that hide their serial console in one of the RJ45 connectors by placing extra traces on the PCB under the connector, so a suitably modified RJ45 gives both Ethernet and console access - ideal for manufacturing simplicity

The only way they would have found this is by examination of the PCB, so its the same old "with physical access, security is lost" mantra.

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No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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Obligatory Dilbert

Dilbert password policy

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Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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I suppose

The person who takes the job can quite literally say "I've got a shit job"

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IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND

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Been done before

Talky the Toaster from Red Dwarf - Does Anybody want any toast ?

I wonder how they will make fresh coffee at the point of dispensing, since as far as I know, it takes a big machine to make nice coffee, then what about all the add-on's that go into coffee these days, funny flavours, toppings and non-cow origin alternatives to milk.

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SUSE and Microsoft give enterprise Linux an Azure tune-up

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Re: Not that I'm one to support Microsoft...

@TheVogon

Are you saying that Azure connectivity does not follow recognised good practice regarding availability and failover ??

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Not that I'm one to support Microsoft...

But I think you'll find that its Vodafone that fessed up to the Gatwick issue.

It must be tough doing those resilient network link things - bleeding edge technology I tell you, after all its not like its been available for decades or anything like that.

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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SPOF

So if there is one Single Point of Failure thats been discovered, I wonder how many others are lurking waiting to be found.

Resilient platform design isn't difficult or new, so its worrying that this made it through design, design review, network 3rd party assurance (their design and review processes), implementation and testing. The obvious question here - where's the governance and who's going to get the chop because it was not sufficient ?

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Windows 10 Linux Distribution Overload? We have just the thing

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Virtually nobody cares

In the world of Virtualisation and Clouds, there is no need to run both layers on one OS with all the gotchas and things that don't quite work right with the mapping from one OS dialect to the other. If you want formal vendor support for the apps you try and run on top of this, then you can forget that too, so ts not a viable option for most medium to larger organisations who care about things like being in support.

It would be hard for someone such as MS to argue that "this must run locally" given their push for everything to be cloudy and its the same argument on Linux and on-prem Windows machines, where a remote daemon has been the norm for decades - ssh, web services, e-mail,CIFS, NFS, database engines, etc, so as long as you have your client and can connect to the remote server, who (other than the DR team and security team) cares where it actually lives ?. This is after all just traditional client/server architecture.

This is where the crux of the problem is - needing a dual tool sets for managing a multi-vendor environments, so either run the openly available native tools on your chosen desktop OS and run another as a VM / VDI on some virtual / cloudy infrastructure and get the best of both worlds with no compatibility issues whilst remaining inside of vendor support for the important line of business apps.

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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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Give it another crack

@0laf

Its difficult to define "use it properly" given that there is such a choice of packages and alternative ways you might choose to do things, but at its core its still Linux, so why not give it another go and be pleasantly surprised ?

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HPE flies low-energy Eagle into National Renewable Energy Lab's data centre

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I wonder how they will build the 8 dimensional hypercube in our 3D world ?

Is this marketing just up-selling things for the engineers to deliver the detail on again ?

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Plain English

There is a campaign in the UK called the "Plain English Campaign" that is "Fighting for crystal clear communication since 1979"

It sounds like the big corporate need to get involved with them and those that don't must have their senior managers sent to the local paintball park with no padding and they must fund free paint balls and

entry for anyone that feels aggrieved by their actions *.

Hopefully the combination of these two actions will result in people starting to listen and more importantly understand what consumers think of corporates that ignore customers.

* Other countries may decide to swap the forfeit for something more popular in the local area.

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Surprised the sockets on different phases were close enough together to connect the servers like that. I thought there were rules about spacing. A server installation I visited once had the cabinets on different phases far enough apart so you could not touch 2 at the same time.

So you've not worked on larger data centre kit that requires a 3 phase feed then ?

Blade chassis, disk arrays, high end server platforms etc.

There is absolutely no issue with having the phases close to each other. The problem is about appropriate training for the people working in the data centre. A suitably motivated person who want to go would have no problems finding a couple of IEC extension cables and two screwdrivers to jam into the sockets if they really wanted to go that way.

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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and when they do detect RDP or VNC.. what then ?

There are a bunch of reasons that people may legitimately be running these services. Would they then be refused Internet banking because of that ?

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Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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Muppets

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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And in a statement issued today, a spokesperson reiterated this, saying that Amazon had "spent hundreds of million of dollars on Oracle technology" over the years.

Isn't that the whole reason this is happening - they got fed up of getting screwed.

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Brit comms providers told: You must tell people when their cheap contract's about to end

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I've got an idea

How about they just offer the best offer for the longer term and save everyone the faffing around.

This is a completely artificial market.

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Span hits F#, LinkedIn gets mumbly, and UWP (yes, it's still clinging on) furnished with new toys

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Fluent

Am I the only one who thinks efflouent when I read this ?

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Openreach annual review: Eat fibre and be merry, we fixed the faults before you called

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Pint

It went on to congratulate itself for doing what many hardworking Reg readers do every day and "fixing faults before our [CP customers] even reported them to us".

The unsung hero's of all companies, this reminds me of a Microsoft conference a number of years ago, where they observed

When did you last get into a lift with someone from management and they said "Thanks, unnamed IT guy, I could print today"

Beer because its Friday and the unsung hero's could probably do with a couple of these.

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In Microsoft land, cloud comes to you! Office 365 stuff to be bled into on-prem Office 2019 Server

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The business takes priority

The thing they are not getting is that people deploy all these systems so that they can get some real work done within their business and any time spent faffing about with IT is generally an overhead cost rather than a profit centre.

Changing IT systems generally involves a lot of testing and impacts on other connected systems, which is why people try to leave systems alone for as long as possible.

The "benefits" of an always-up-to-date (based on the suppliers view of whats important), may be very nice in theory, but we've all seen what happens with Windows 10 with its constant patches and updates - none of that delivers any value to the bottom line of the company in >90% of cases - the last 10% being when a required feature unblocks something that is actually needed by the business, not the vast majority of change which has no value - changing the IU, adding xbox gaming, dumping some other apps that you thought might be handy etc.

Now add in all those companies who have security or regulatory requirements that are not compatible with cloud.

None of this is rocket science, just deliver the products that customers actually want, rather than doing change for change's sake and generally making it more difficult to use the products due to licencing changes or other artificial barriers that just try and force your viewpoint without understanding the customers need.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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But you could issue commands to the VM hypervisor by prefixing your input with a special character, the default being a hashtag #.

Its not a hashtag, its a hash. A hash was around well before someone added bit to it for some social media platform.

Incidentally, since we call it a hash in the UK, but the Americans call it a pound and the social media companies are US based, why don't they call it a poundtag ?

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Accounting software biz Intuit flogging bit barn to throw its lot in with AWS

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They seem to be going Intuit in a big way.

I just hope that they have not clouded their judgement.

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Azure running out of internets in UK South, starts rationing VMs

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Wasn't one of the benefits of cloud supposed to be that you don't have to worry about capacity management any more ?

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Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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Re: When will they wake up

Perhaps the downvoters would state their position rather than just downvote and walk away.

Of course, this is assuming its not the standard 3 MS accounts that downvote anything said against the corporate Borg collective, rather than listening to ex-customer viewpoints and assimilating that information.

Doesn't bother me either way ... My views are my views, you won't change them, except by changing your position on how you deal with potential customers..

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When will they wake up

If you have to force your users to use your latest product, then you are doing it wrong.

Conversely, if you made a product that people liked and did what they, the customer wanted (note not what YOU wanted), then they would be biting your hand off for it and would have already walked away from the older products.

Your business model is not working - Skype, Windows 10, etc - if you ignore the customer feedback then your numbers will continue to dwindle as people go to other products where they don't have this unnecessary inconvenience .

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Broken aluminium oxide wires

They will replace it with a copper cable if you keep pestering them, my parents had the same and eventually, after a couple of years of constant faults being reported, they decided to replace the wire. Its been in for a couple of years now with no problems since the replacement. You just need to stick to your guns.

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Fibre is Fibre

Like the ingredients on the side of the tin, it should be clear what we are getting for our money. This also helps the layman to compare two services and see if they are really an apples for apples before they choose the cheapest one (as always happens)

FTTC is a good start, FTTP is definitely the longer-term technology, but still leaves the problem of emergency calls and actually pulling in the replacement fibre, so both products have a place.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Dead giveaway

It should be a dead giveaway that they are doing it wrong when they have to turn the volume up to maximum to hear the phone when its flat to their face like they are trying to eat the phone.

I told a chap in the office to turn it down the other day, when he was sat opposite me on max volume holding a conf. call for a while. I pointed out where the mic and speaker was and why its traditional to hold it flat to your face.

The response - I keep getting new phones as the speaker keeps breaking.Well, there's a surprise when you run it flat out on calls rather than holding it in the expected manner.

Perhaps phones should come with an instruction manual or "how to hold your phone" poster.

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NAND the beat goes on: Samsung to fling out 96-layer 3D NAND chip

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Exponential development

Its amazing how far Flash memory has moved on in a relatively short period of time. FLASH was always the second-rate cousin to EPROM back in the late 80's, but now who still uses EPROM now ?

Its getting hard to count how many different FLASH related technologies have been created, but the positive impact on so many technology products shows what a great enabler it is - from a performance, maintainability and innovation perspective..

Long may the development and innovation continue !!

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Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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Ummm

How do emergency calls work over a fibre link when something like a power cut happens at the house ?

Are we all supposed to have an array of lead acid batteries in our hall to cope for this event ?

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Slow-mo Tintri train-crash continues: Firm shuts up shop across Europe

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Re: https://www.gov.uk/your-rights-if-your-employer-is-insolvent

If you go this route, go with your eyes open. Don't expect to get much out, since its all based on on whats left in the pot after various groups have taken their bit out first.

I've been through this once. You do a pile of paperwork and don't end up with a lot to show for it at the end. Yes the forms may say you are owed loads, but that won't generally end up in your bank for the reason stated above..

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Absolutely... fabless: Marvell swallows a large dose of Cavium

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Would have preferred it the other way around

I've had a lot of good experience with Cavium cards over the years, however my experiences with Marvell over the same time have not been so good.

Lets hope that the Cavium engineering, quality and testing teams moves to Marvell !!

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Relive your misspent, 8-bit youth on the BBC's reopened Micro archive

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Re: Coding inspiration

Wasn't Elite written directly in Assembler, in which case, you already have 90% of the the source code :-)

OK, there may be a few labels and the comments missing, but that's not hard to figure out when you start reading the code and work out what it does.

Not that I'll ever admit to doing my fair share of reverse engineering on things to figure out how they work and to tweak them to do something slightly different.

For those who've not seen it, x64dbg is worth a look.

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USB-C for Surface owners arrives in form of a massive dongle

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Re: Batman

Yep, but its the same on the phone, laptop or tablets, form over function.

Take for example Apple - On Macbooks, thou shalt have UCB-C, but on the phone, its got to be lightning, then they don't even make an adapter to plug in your headphones on Lightning to the Mac, hence forcing people to use an array of adapters or go to their fancy bluetooth headphones - that use yet another cable to go from Lightning to UCB C to charge. Then you hit the lack of sockets problem and have to get yet another adapter to increase port count or put back the connectors that should have been there in the first place. The net effect is that the machine looks a mess on the desk, not an art form. Design fail !!

At least on older style Laptops there was PCMCIA / CardBus to allow you to plug in virtually everything.

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Batman

Why do I increasingly feel like modern day version of Batman with a ruck sack (utility belt) full of little adaptors and dongles to make the simple things I want to interface with talk to my nice new shiny machine.

How about making the machine a little bit bigger and stuffing all the hardware in the box, so I don't need to worry in the first place.

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Microsoft open-sources UI Recorder tool for Windows 10 developers

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How will this work

Given the constant changes to the UI with each version ?

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Do NetAdmins like snacks? Asking cos here's a dish of tasty network news nibbles

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Does QUIC even have an RFC to its name yet ??

I can see anyone wanting to deploy something that has not been through the usual proposal, review and approval processes to iron out any issues in it.

Wikipedia claims that IETF are engaged - see IETF Link

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Zamak 3

But Zinc's melting point is below that of aluminium, The only positive of this is that the Zinc fumes will be quite bad for you. Not that aluminium fumes are good for you either, but its a relative thing,

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CIOs planning to snub Oracle for other cloudy vendors – analyst

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How odd

You crap on your customers and they walk away.

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Does this mean ...

That all backups, music sync and other operations that use the lightning port must complete within an hour too ?

Could be a problem for backups, restores of content to new phones etc.

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Creepy software knows what you are about to do... to that poor salad

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Lettuce, knife, tomato. Hold the sandwich cream - If we believe the last couple of weeks news articles

Think most could write that software without AI being necessary

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Contain yourselves: Kubernetes for Azure unleashed on world+dog

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The service, now available in 10 regions, joins the Google Kubernetes Service (GKS) and Amazon's Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) as a way of allowing developers to deploy, scale and manage container applications on their respective vendor's cloud.

So, last to the party again.

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Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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This thinking is in line with Microsoft’s current enthusiasm for minimising user distractions.

So this presumably means an end to rotating tiles, adverts, self-reinstalling games, forced patches with the inevitable reboots and other such cruft that has crept into the OS

I’m also not buying the “muscle memory” on the ribbon, the only reaction I get to it is a complete dislike of it and frustration of having to try and find the meaningless hieroglyph buried somewhere in the bar. Use words, we moved on from hieroglyphs thousands of years ago.

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