* Posts by Dwarf

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World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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Re: Where do I sign up ?

Most will do it while-you-wait

So you are saying there is another group that will do it whilst you go off for a spot of lunch and a quick pint.

Presumably you don't feel a thing too - sounds like a real positive.

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Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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CIS Goodbye

Another technology era ends and a new one begins

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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AWS Security 101

1. Learn how the AWS IAM role based access works (its in the first chapters of the training for a reason)

2. Don't publish your keys on-line

They should engage with a security consultancy to get some advice on this.

Oh, hang on a mo ....

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Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

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Cost vs spec

Obviously the cost won’t be changed at all to cover the new necessary overhead.

I’ve got a better idea, up the spec with the same money (my money btw)..I don’t care about the colour or material as long as it’s durable and rough enough that it won’t slip out of your hands when you carry it.

I do care about getting the job done with the machine, how long it lasts, what OS and what ports it’s got, so I can connect it to other stuff.

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ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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Completely authentic

The original Sinclair machines were unreliable, they are just giving an authentic experience.

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Re: Idiots !

@AC.

I get your logic and indeed cloud done right and on the right systems where there is a demonstrable need is fine, but marketing a product with the word cloud in its description and not supporting it for a reasonable period (which BTW is 7 years in the UK if we use the returns policy on faulty goods as a reference.) then cloud services or anything else for that matter should offer the same or better services.

What we are seeing reported regularly in the press is all the pointless products collapsing in the steaming pile of poo that they are - due to reliability; security; performance issues or being dropped by the manufacturer. I fully expect more to follow in the coming year.

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Idiots !

I wonder if their marketing people are expecting previous customers to buy any successor products ?

I think that the expression "what goes around, comes around" is probably applicable at this point.

I also wonder how many cloud evangelists are now so happy with the cloud disabled bricks.

Perhaps the right course here is to send all the now defunct products back to their CEO at their home address, so that they can dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way and to show what customers think about the marketing and support strategy.

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AWS adopts home-brewed KVM as new hypervisor

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I hope their judgement wasn’t clouded in this decsision.

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Cash will be here long beyond when we all are

Banks (and governments - don’t forget the tax tracking...) may want it all electronic, but many offices have coffee shops that only take cash and are miles from town centres, roadside burger vans won’t have a reluable data connection if any connection and the risk all moves to them with cards.

I use cash a lot in many shops and trades. I can’t pay the window cleaner with a card (they don’t take it due to the monthly cost). I haven’t seen many down and outs that take cards (at least not in that way) either. Any replacement system has to work for everyone or they will create alternate economies.

What’s the exchange rate for a sheep these days ?

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HPE HQ to leave Palo Alto birthplace as it 'consolidates' offices

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A Sad day

Everything has got roots and when your root is gone, you are done for.

Works for trees

Works for Linux (UID and /)

Works for HPUX

Works for HP|HPE

But at least a line on a spreadsheet said they saved a few £, so that makes it all OK

(Even though the model was flawed, even though it didn't consider customers,even though the accountant couldn't count, etc)

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TalkTalk glitch causing mobiles and landlines to go off at the same time

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Always remember why its cheap ...

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Perl.... Arrggh

If Perl is so bad, then why did MS use so many concepts of it within PowerShell ?

Perl is a great tool. Like many, I have done really useful things with it, but I know it will take a bit of time to re-read what I meant in the old scripts if I ever go back to them.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: Speed Limit Signs

Surely no programmer would make such a simple mistake.

Didn't someone do the same on a registration plate too - seem to recall a pic on the Internet in distant memory

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Biz quadruples value overnight by adding 'Blockchain' to name

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Gravity

What goes up must come down.

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Fines for crossing roads while TXTing enacted in Honolulu

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@syntax

Sounds like an opportunity for selling services to those who must live as a mobile phone zombie.

Same logic can be applied for Mr and Mrs. - e.g. can you hold my phone for me please.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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Land of the free

So, now being happy is illegal in the US of A ??

Seems stupid, unless it was at 3am with lots of bass.

Screaming in a public place - must remember that if you are being mugged or worse -- sounds like the police will be immediately there.

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MEPs vote to update 'cookie law' despite ad industry pressure

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Re: "Content that must be given away for nothing will ultimately end up being worth nothing."

@malle-herbert - I was about to post exactly the same thing !

Worth is very difficult to measure since there are lots of indirect channels between the publisher and the potential consumer.

Adverts being a good example. I don't need adverts for cars every day since I've already got two (his and hers). so don't expect me to want to buy another since yours has got glitter on it. I will pay someone at some point when I replace and old one with a newer model, but much of the decision is based on service and reliability, not how many adverts I've seen in the last 4 years. This is likely to p**s me off and make me not buy from you.

There's also a big difference between content and quality content. How many videos on YouTube are just re-posts of existing videos. how many click-bait windows exist on web sites.

If the result is that people think twice before spinning up a new web site to peddle junk content, then that;s got to be a good thing. Conversely, if people think that pay walled sites will result in lots of extra profit, then think again - until I can see that the content is worth it, the wallet stays closed.

As for those who want to try and monetise me or ignore my on-line preferences - which BTW must be opt-in for anything like tracking or analytics, location, etc and for which there will be a monthly fee payable to me for each type of use and recipient organisation, since the concept of payment for content thing runs both ways.

Oh and getting rid of the pointless cookie pop-up has to be a big plus. Nice idea, but a rubbish implementation that achieved nothing for the consumer.

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uBlock Origin ad-blocker knocked for blocking hack attack squawking

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No, just no.

We are told (but don’t believe) that only a small percentage of people install blockers, so it follows that there will still be plenty of sheeple out there who’s browsers will report back to the provider.

I see this as another telemetry mechanism, hence I I’ll block it, +1 for uBlock. I use it and it works very well.

As For assuming you can use my pc for your sites monitoring - no, it’s mine, I decide what it does and when, not you. If you want to do some monitoring of your web site, go and spin up a monitoring server somewhere in the cloud and fill your boots, don’t try and freeload off my pc’s CPU cycles.

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Here's a timeless headline: Adobe rushes out emergency Flash fix after hacker exploits bug

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Wow their first one - but at least they will have it fixed in a flash.

Seriously though, does anyone really still use Flash - now that virtually every system can support HTML5.

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

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@Alumoi,

You claim to know what I run - wow !

If you look at previous posts, you will find that I've been Windows free for several years. There are plenty of good alternatives in Linux and Apple land. The only windows I have are double-glazed.

People are voting with their feet and MS are still trying their hardest to lock people in.

Homework for Microsoft - Research how you measure customer satisfaction. As a tip - when you can't even give it away, then you've lost.

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Likewise, Microsoft says it will work with the agency to come with a solution, though Redmond also took issue with some of the DPA's findings.

Precisely how difficult is it to just turn it off / remove it from the OS / give the user the option to opt-in, rather than forcibly give them no real options to turn it off.

MS - do you really think we are that dumb ?

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: VR Glasses

Nokia bailed from the VR Biz last week citing slower than expected sales.

Ahh, the age old problem of the chasm between the marketing departments PowerPoint presentation and the real world

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Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages

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Testing a product works properly Isn't hard

Oh, I forgot, the got rid of those people didn't they.

Bring back the testers !

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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So the story is that ...

There is a disturbance in the force and a couple of people cried out in anger ?

Ain't that called every day life on the Internet ?

I wonder if the ticket companies have heard about that not so new elastic technology that can flex up and down based on demand and you only pay for what you use ?

Seems to be a perfect fit for a company who keep on selling places to watch new stories that are based on old stories that made a mint.

As to me and films - I can't remember the last time I want to a cinema, nor watched the TV because of all the adverts and in the case of the cinema, the unnecessarily loud volume.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: Rudd

So no acid to under 18's. but at 17 you can drive.

What happens when the old car that the 17 year old buys needs a new battery - will they be refused ?

What happens to the old battery ?

Do 17 year old's need yet another reason to have an unclean toilet if they can't buy bleach ?

I hear that people can get hurt by a brick when its thrown too - will those be next on the list ??

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

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Cost a pretty penny

That fireproof gas (tm) ain't cheap to replace

I bet the maintenance folk needed some new trousers too.

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Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'

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Never understood why ..

The underlying technology choice from something that most people don't use these days (SMS text) still dictates the message size.

Files aren't limited by disk block size

data transfers over IP aren't dictated by the size of a packet

Even SMS messages can be more than an old style SMS message

Letters in envelopes aren't limited by the number of words on a single A4 page

So why oh why should twatter still care about an old technology message size.

Surely if they can join together two payloads, then they can repeat that several more times.

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Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

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Seek and destroy - build a better drone that is given a target and just homes in on it to take it out.

Could even go retro and go for the Maximilian character from The Black Hole

And for bonus points, make the same thing work on those Asian Hornets !!

I've not worked out yet how to overcome the fact that the target drone is only 50ft from the nearest plane, but that's another issue.

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Don’t fear the software shopkeeper: T&Cs banning bad reviews aren’t legal in America

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Caveat Emptor

Who realistically buys anything that is based solely on the manufacturers statement of how perfect their product is ?

After all, these statements are made up by their marketing departments who are so far away from reality and unfortunately too far away from a ticket on the B ark

Independent reviews are good as long as they are truly unbiased and based on fact that others can independently verify (i.e. by repeating the tests themself).

Personally, I won't buy something until I've read a number of reviews and extract the common thread from them.

I agree with @JimC that those who post fake reviews for personal gain should feel some pain, but in the modern world where common sense has been removed and things are solely based on the accountants "lowest cost option" the companies set themselves up for this sort of situation, so its mostly their own fault.

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NBD: Adobe just dumped its private PGP key on the internet

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Adobe and Security seems to be two words that never go well together.

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

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I'd guess Its probably because of all the downtime required to apply those essential updates when it decides the time is right. There is probably an issue relating to patchy wifi coverage that makes that voice assistant thing decide it can't do what you want as it can't talk to the mothership.

Go,

Go,

Left a bit

Stop !

Stop !

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Veritas considers 'restructuring' another two offices, with 350+ pink slips possible

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I wonder what their backup plan is if things go wrong with the corporate change ?

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Chrome to label FTP sites insecure

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FTP, rats and cockroaches

All 3 still be around at the end of civilization.

No amount of trying to kill them off seems to work.

I fail to see why an anonymous FTP site is any less secure than an unauthenticated http or https site. Its not as if the credential used to log in is any use to anyone - username anonymous, password - supposedly and e-mail address or spam@spam.com in many cases.

Obviously its very different if ftp is used for supposedly secure information due to the cleartext nature of it, but just moaning about the file transfer mechanism of something that is probably equally insecure end-to-end probably won't do much good either. In my experience, most most ftp's are system to system and they will look at response messages and nobody will look at it whilst its still working. The second group are managers - who will by definition never log into an ftp server to see the "problem" either.

This will achieve nothing.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

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Until you can work out what off means

Then you can **** off with your unwanted spying - irrespective of how good or bad the rest of the product is.

This applies to all users, not just those with the deeper pockets who you want to annoy the least.

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Apple's adoption of Qi signals the end of the wireless charging wars

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Witeless charging - how novel

So novel in fact that my toothbrush has done it for about a decade

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D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws

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Re: Are any routers any good?

Look on the open source router sites and get a list - dd-wrt, openwrt / lede, they all list their supported routers and the hardware specs for each model

The difference is that the better ones will cost more than £30 / $40 / are not given away free by your ISP. Asus and Netgear are worth a look.

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

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Important facts please

Do the new models have a 3.5mm headphone socket ??

If not, don't expect to sell me one.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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Clouding the situation

Just what everyone needs - more confusion on exactly where the data lives and when and what sort of data fits today's valid file type sieve.

Or is this an admission that the great cloudy thing isn't working out in practice the way that the marketing people thought it would, since little details like the technicalities make it something quite different.

Next up - more fun trying to explain to users where their data is at any given time and why its not where they thought they put it.

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我的天啊! China gives Weibo users a week to use their real names

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How do you find your contacts when everyone changes their name to the new pseudonyms of Wei Zhang or Fang Wang ?

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Microsoft won't patch Edge browser content security bypass

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Re: never learnt from the directX times

Someone doesn't know their activex from their directx. Who cares? MS bad!! Bad MS!!!

That's because like most Microsoft technologies, it's an ex-technology.

Its hard to keep up with that they killed off this week - either by dropping the technology or doing stupid things to it in the name of "innovation" or "cloud" or whatever the unicorn is that their strategy says they are chasing this week.

Customers - yep, many of them are ex too.

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Arcserve left headless as CEO Mike Crest splits for pastures greener

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If only they had a backup, then things would be lot simpler ...

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Increase the revs to full power !

So, we've found their weakness and it seems simple to exploit, make the blades out of meta, turn up the revs l and go find the hornets.

Generally this is no different to what they do to male chicks in the chicken farms, so I'm sure it won't upset any of the insectists (assuming that's the equivalent of an environmentalist for bugs).

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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The Great A'Tuin just shed a tear.

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If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016

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Re: What;s not to like?

Seems that the down voter prefers something different - cat pics perhaps ?

Here - have an up vote to offset it.

I regularly put links in spreadsheets - links to information sources etc.

It would be nice if Excel could figure out that there can be more than one thing in a cell. It can do it with colour and all sorts of fancy type conversion, but not a couple of lines of text that contains two hyperlinks that should be clickable like every other place on the Internet. To excel, its all just text.

How 1990's and typically Microsoft

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Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

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Normal differences, nothing to see here.

People need to realise that we are all different and driven by different things - we don't all get along with the people we co-exist with, its called "normal life". You make your choices, I make mine. I might not agree with you, but I'll probably respect that you think differently to me (unless you try and convince me that you are right and I'm wrong)

Sometimes we will agree, other times we don't. If we get along, I might have a beer or share a meal with you. If I don't, then don't be offended if I don't send you a Christmas card - irrespective of your religion or inside leg measurement or colour of the laces on your flip flops.

I fail to see what this has to do with "can we all write code for a common outcome". Why not argue about something more constructive - do the curly brackets go on the same line, or the one below, what is the capitalisation scheme for variables and what colour should the variables be.

Seriously though - grow up, quit whining, write some code or shut up - pick any one of the four.

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Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet

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I feel the need to raise a change request

I wonder how much fun we can have with this within corporate change systems

Scope

External change - Internet reboot

(I know, but its more accurate than many changes I've seen go through)

Detail

Following the request from many users across multiple companies to "Reboot the Internet" when they can't get to their favourite cat pictures site, ICANN has decided to reboot the name servers that hold the Internet together for the first time in history, this will cause a rolling reboot of the whole Internet aligned to each time zone.

Risk

Everything breaks, the Internet won't work, Facebook will not work, outbreaks of work will occur.

Rollback

None - break out the paper and pencils and revert to the old ways of working

Demonstration of Pre-Prod testing

None - there is no Pre-prod Internet, it was de-scoped as it cost too much.

It's got to be worth a try ..

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Diablo Technologies sheds three execs

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Coat

Volatile times at a non-volatile storage provider.

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Kaspersky axes antitrust complaints against Microsoft after Windows giant vows to play nice

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Microsoft still at their usual tricks then

Nothing changed in decades, think this fell into the Extinguish box of their normal Embrace, Extend, Extinguish strategy

Well done Kaspersky for the temporary win on the common sense. Just don't bet on it not happening "accidentally" again with another update in a couple of months time.

Think we all know that MS don't deserve any trust in this regard based on their continuous behaviour like this over many years.

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Manchester firm shut down for pretending to be Google

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Re: Write the app, somebody ...

Already been done and works very well on Asterisk

Google for "Hello this is Lenny"

Some recordings of the results are available on YouTube and on Reddit, Some keep the marketing people on-line for about 45 minutes

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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More proof that Microsoft are still smoking their funny stuff and believing that they understand what the users want.

Its a bit odd that with all the customer feedback, the have still not worked out what people really want.

Something that works like Windows 7, Isn't constantly changing "just because Windows", has no telemetry and doesn't need any form of subscription service.

Its not that hard MS.

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