* Posts by Dwarf

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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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Rackspace starts renting its rack space

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Perhaps

They had too much free Rack Space ???

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Nominet throws out US corp's attempt to seize Brit domain names

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Re: Spending $40,000 on Lawyers Rather Than $40,000 to Buy the Stupid Domain

Sometimes when you gamble, you loose

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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This time it's networking problems for users still clinging to the venerable SMB1 protocol.

Surely you mean Vulnerable SMB1 protocol ??

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Sandwich Cream

So why aren't they renaming it to "Fish Finger Sandwich, Jacket Potato, Chips, Salad and Sandwich Cream" - If we really need instructions on what to apply it to.

The nanny state strikes again !

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A limp excuse of a salad

I've never seen a salad with just green leaves (*) and a tomato. Where are the spring onions, radishes, cucumber, mushroom, beansprouts and the dressing.

* What type of lettuce, any spinach, watercress.to liven it up a bit ?

This doesn't look like any salad I've seen !!

Should it also be smaller, since most are side salads for something more interesting such as a large juicy steak ?

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Plans for half of Europeans to get 100Mbps by 2020 ain't gonna happen – report

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Have you tried replacing your phone socket with one of the new ones that has the MK4 VDSL i-Plate function included ?

NTE5C socket with MK4 VDSL i-Plate

Back when I was on traditional ADSL, the old i-Plate made the line more stable and upped the speed by about 1Mbps.

Obviously not as good a full FTTC connection, but better than nothing and cheap to do.

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Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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Joke

Which subscription do you need to access this platform ?

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Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it

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Due diligence and accountability

Next time do it properly and listen to the technical staff

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Telemetry and compatibility

Any guesses how long it will be before there is embedded telemetry on by default and how long it will take until other OS's find themselves experiencing odd problems that don't get any priority for bug fixes.

Like many others here, will be moving to somewhere else.

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HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

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Or two separate paths that unknown to them converge 15 miles away.

That's called poor due diligence when selecting the network provider and placing the order.

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Single Points of Failure

You always need 2 or more paths to everything, that way things like this don't impact customers.

Don't they teach people this stuff any more ??

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'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

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Re: Hmm

Apart from when it deflates?

There was an operational backup for that too if I recall correctly.

BTW - glad you got the intended link to Otto / Airplane!

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Re: Hmm

Isn't this the fundamental problem of autonomous vehicles ?

They need things in particular places and do unexpected things when those are not present or are not sensed correctly by the array of sensors.

Compare that to a driver (of any skill level), they are trained to know the rules and if they get stuck, they will figure out what to do in that situation, acting on instinct, training, common sense or a self-preservation instinct. The computers in the car don't have any of those capabilities. I wonder if they can even determine if a sensor is returning questionable or inaccurate data.

I also think that calling something "autopilot" is a bit misleading, since we've all seen aeroplane films where the pop-up autopilot handles everything perfectly and nothing ever goes wrong.

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About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Windows Schrödinger edition

Is it alive or is it dead - you only know when you come to use it next time. Its a good job that the people attempting to use the machine don't depend on it for their livelihood or anything.

I'm so glad that I'm not playing this game any more, Penguins and Apples all the way

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Complete failure

Got two Pure radios about 10 years ago and got the kids a hi-fi's each for their rooms, could never get decent reception on DAB on any of them, even with external aerials so they generally stay turned off or tuned to FM where they work fine - in the odd case when they actually get switched on.

The whole thing is a complete failure, once again driven by commercial gain rather than what the consumer actually wants. Net result - several lost customers and two of the next generation that don't listen to the radio and instead use Spotify. OK, so we no longer get local news, but hey, thats life.

Agree with others that this should just be turned off - to make space for a better technology. IIRC, that was the whole reason why it had to happen in the first place.

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Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11

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Re: Glorious memories (pun intended)

The good old bubble memory board (bb0:) - just an early form of memory stick

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

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Re: "hints of new Windows interfaces"

On the positive side, at least they probably can't make it any worse than now..

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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Speed cameras

They user lasers don't they -- are they now illegal too ??

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Data centre down: Budget plane-ride mart Ryanair goes all in with AWS

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There's got to be a gag in here somewhere

Something about having their heads in the clouds or other such pun.

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

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Learn to share

We teach children to learn to share from an early age. I'm guessing that those trying to enforce such silly claims must be those that struggled with the concept from an early age.

Otherwise, presumably Pantone or the children's TV programme "Rainbow" own all the colours and nobody else can use any - including black and white, at which point, all forms of communication becomes impossible. What happens if someone makes a claim for BLACK text.

For extra fun we could add colour attributes and font attributes to the DNS system, so that companies have to register all the 16 million colours of each DNS name to protect the various types of serif and sans-serif fonts that matches their corporate identity.

Alternately, we can all just use a little bit of common sense.

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

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Priorities

Its good news - that MS are actually acknowledging more common file formats, however I can't see anyone really using Notepad what with the superior better alternatives of Notepad++ and Atom.

It also says something more worrying - all the outstanding defects in Windows 10 are lower priority than this one - so adding the flag to turn off slurp is clearly not a priority.

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

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Experiences

Had enough of those on recent years with Microsoft and generally they have been bad, so don't expect to see me as a customer for a very long time - if at all.

Remembering who's in control of their equipment and what they want it to do would be a good starting point.

Oh and forget the cloudy pay-per-month-through-the-teeth sales model and slurping of MY data too. If anyone is going to capitalise on that data, then its going to be me.

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Brit healthcare system inks Windows 10 install pact with Microsoft

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Re: More complicated than that

Fixing this complicated problem involves a process called planning and testing.

There also needs to be a conversation with suppliers about their technology roadmap, since if they are not keeping up with the technologies on which they depend for their product, then they will find future sales difficult. Who would buy a product that hasn’t supported a couple of OS versions ?

Note that this is a product neutral problem - it doesn’t matter what the underlying stack is, it’s about the basic viability of selling products.

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Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

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Goodbye

Adverts = deinstall

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Highway to the auto-zone: Cisco is catching up to Brocade in Fibre Channel speed race

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Automatic zoning

What could possibly go wrong ?

Security, oh, yes,we’ve heard about that too.

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PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

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Completely bonkers

The iso images are available for free download, since this was an effort by the manufacturers to lower their cost in the cutthroat PC markets of yesteryear. How in any way can someone downloading these images for the machines they were intended for be in any way illegal ?

How can they be fakes any more than the ones that anyone else downloads for the purpose of reinstalling. I thought that the licence key was the bit that really mattered

The real point here is that MS are trying to get sales of new machines. When will they realise that the right thing to do is to maximise the useful life of the machines, since not everyone needs a top spec machine. They should be happy that people are still using Windows.

You have to wonder if this is another attempt to push sales of Windows 10 by sending perfectly serviceable but older machines to the scrap pile for purely business reasons. Stuff the planet, at least we are making a tidy profit.

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You say Halo and I say goodbye: Microsoft has a word with unauthorised mod devs

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Finally

Microsoft have something that people seem to like and they try to shut it down...

Try open sourcing Windows and see how much better it will be with 3rd party mods.

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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

"Windows as a service". What an oxymoron.

A Service usually implies that something works and is usable - think about the phone, water or electricity services, etc.

Windows seems to spend most of its time being patched, rebooting and sulking when the next Bi-Weekly / Quarterly / Ten past 2 on Thursday afternoon update hits the street followed by the whats broken this time debugging. This is not a service, its a self inflicted denial of service.

When users can control what gets installed and when, then the business processes for which the machine was purchased take rightful priority.

The current approach is a bit like buying a car that is constantly in the garage for repairs. Most people would call that a Lemon. Perhaps that's what the next version of Windows should be call - Windows 10, Lemon edition.

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Re: Have they turned off the slupring yet

@G2

That's a no then ...

They worked it out fine with binary - on and off, a bit complicated for computers to handle, but I'm sure the team working on quantum computers, voice activation and machine learning will eventually get to the idea of an on and off switch that defaults to off..

If they want help, I can arrange connect some piece of soft flesh up to a mains switch and explain the concept to them.

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Have they turned off the slupring yet

If not, then its still not coming anywhere near any of my machines.

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It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive

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If only

If only we could come up with a way of increasing capacity before or during times when more people may want / need to use the service.

We could coin an expression - perhaps elasticity.

It may even be possible to get someone else to provide that compute on demand as you use it, so you don't need to have lots of kit lying around doing nothing for the rest of the year.

I wonder if they have heard of cloud or AWS ??

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Former DXC UK chief Wilson lands at Micro Focus

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Obviously they must feel at home in that situation.

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European Space Agency squirts a code update at Mars Express orbiter

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Re: Quality Control

Fully agree, Microsoft don't test anything, they rely on the users to be their beta testers.

As they are doing an upgrade, I wonder if anyone has considered other features ?

They already have telemetry, but I wonder if they will add a pointless app store and enforce the use of a second rate browser and a gaming console for not apparent reason too.

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Ariane 5 primed for second launch of year after trajectory cockup

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Re: Reusable?

Not at all, bringing your transport back to where you started is very common, it happens on most cars, bikes, planes. Why should rockets be any different ?

Additionally, less junk left flying around in space for the next mission to crash into.

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Shhh! Don’t tell KillBots the UN’s about to debate which ones to ban

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ssh root@terminator

kill -9 1

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Shaking up the Nad Men: Microsoft splits up into 'cloud' and 'edge'

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How to further alienate your customers

So with a choice of Client, Cloud and AI, where is all the traditional on-premise portfolio ?

Are you moving out of this market or are you saying that its all got to private cloud, which could be massive over complication for many businesses.

Many customers don't want or cant use your cloud or anyone else's. If you are closing that door, then watch the customers flee in droves to alternatives.

If your road map doesn't include your customers requirements, then don't be surprised if your customers road maps doesn't include Microsoft.

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UK smut overlord declares age checks should protect users' privates

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Double standards

The same government mandates sex education in schools at a younger and younger ages with all sorts of groups trying to push their agenda on what they think is normal.

Yet as parents its not the sort of thing that you can go into much detail about without falling foul of the thought police about the moral rights and wrongs and potentially even child protection, so we have to give them some fairly generic guidance at the appropriate times, for example buying them a box of condoms at 16 for example when they probably wouldn't want to go into a shop and get their own, or talking about "more normal" activities and eluding to some of the less normal activities, then leave it for them to find out about it on their own, since they will develop their own preferences like we all have.

If they decide that the Internet is the place to learn - since this is also what is drilled into them through school and college, then its hardly surprising that they will stumble onto such sites. Finding about some of the edgier topics and realising this is not as common or just making a decision "I don't want to do that" is a lot easier there than when they get into a bad situation when they are out on their own and the other person says this is absolutely normal, and afterwards they have nobody to talk to about it.

The harder access is made for 16-18 year old's, the more that people will be there to exploit them, which is exactly what we don't want to happen.

But then again - Governments and joined up thinking rarely goes hand in hand.

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NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

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They came from outer space

This research is hardly going to result in a new set of space films - attack of the 40 foot mushrooms and the like, but you have to wonder what happens if you add a little water to mars - would you get a food source or is it that this is just ordinary mushrooms from earth that have snuck into the labs and in which case, what else has snuck out ?

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Corking story: Idiotic smart wine bottle idea falls over, passes out

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Cartridges

I buy my wine and beer in cartridges. In the layman's vernacular, we call these "bottles"

They even have small scrolls of dead tree stuck to the front with strange hieroglyphs that describe the contents. Best of all, they work in power cuts and need nothing more than an opener and piece of blown glass to allow you to consume them.

Seriously - why add technology to something that doesn't benefit from it in any way. Idiots !

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Hip hop-eration: Hopless Franken-beer will bring you hoppiness

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Pint

Don't care

You can keep it, I'll stick to the real thing.

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UK's London Gatwick Airport boasts of driverless vehicle trial

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The mind boggles

Putting a higher risk (ie relatively untested) autonomous system into a high risk environment. What could possibly go wrong ?

I wonder if the software is designed to consider things not on the same plane (horizontal plane, not thing with wings). Yes, planes have autopilots, but I bet they go through a heck of a lot more testing and far more rigorous testing than a constantly in development autonomous car

How would they interact with the guys on the ground with their semaphores and with the fire service in emergency cases ??

Perhaps its time to maintain a list of airports to avoid.

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FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables

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Re: Teamwork, compilers and statistics

It would be ironic if you couldn't spot the irony in the previous statement.

Of course its made up on the spot, that was the whole point.

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