* Posts by aks

187 posts • joined 16 May 2015


Surface Studio 2: The Vulture rakes a talon over Microsoft's latest box of desktop delight

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Re: Hmmmmm!

The question then becomes: Who created the screen used in the Surface Studio 2?

Samsung seem to be involved but Wikipedia says it's developed in-house.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Re: cat_mara

AC: I'm surprise you didn't state that eveything is an Object

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Re: I'm hoping UX/responsive design is a phase

The light grey on a white background paradigm seems to have spread from Apple.

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Re: Do what Microsoft used to do...

Better than that is to actually use the software/website/app for real rather than rely on theory.

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Re: It's not just designers

I found that working in last-ditch support helped to develop robust software.

I'd recommend a time away from development for all developers. It's the equivalent to working your way up from the bottom so you knew how each layer works, not just in theory.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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Re: Backups?

I remember writing the software for this in 1975 for a mainframe, using GDG (generation data groups). Grandfather, father, son.

Why you no rissen?

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Offsite backups

Where are they?

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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Them's the rules. You follow the rules they set, not the rules you think they should be applying.

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We also rarely get paid at the end of the month. 90 days anyone:?

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the taxpayer (you) always pays. who else is there?

Things that make you go .hm... Has a piece of the internet just sunk into the ocean? It appears so

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Re: .UK or .GB??

Vehicle registration plates were first used back in 1903

GB = Great Britain

UK = United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

GB and IRL for Ireland were the original designations.

Expanding GB to cover Northern Ireland has been argued over since Irish independence. It's still a sensitive topic.

Car racing was originally banned in GB but permitted in IRL. The first car races were therefore held in Ireland, which is why British racing cars were green.

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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Re: Why does he want five-year-old kit back?

I've got backups, picture and music on my external drive. Some of it goes back 20 years.

My 3TB backup recently died and I'm having it professionally recovered. That will teach me to backup my backup.

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They could even return the PC's with bitwise copies and keep the originals.

They'd be unwise to return the equipment after placing anything of their own on it.

Of course, they make have destroyed or damaged it in the meantime. That would be even more embarassing.

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Since the police can make a byte-for-byte copy of the disks, their only reason for holding on to the hardware is to deny him access to his own equipment.

If he doesn't have lega aid then representing himself is the only method available to him.

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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Re: 4k for a fridge?

"I'll speak to my friend the toaster for you. It may need to speak to the breadmaker first to check the supply chain."

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They do. It's called Trading Standards. Maybe the complainant didn't contact them.

Q. China just landed on its far side, the US woz there 50 years ago – now Europe wants to mine it? A. It's the Moon

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I assume they'll use the same rules as are in place for Antarctica.

Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good

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Re: Daniel Belin is right

Which they "stole" from Xerox.

Apple also forced software to be patentable (in the USA) and even look-and-feel.

It all reminds me of the Java wars.

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...

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Re: So I gather

If you switch to using an image of a face rather than an image of a fingerprint, how does that change the probablility of being sued?

Just a scam to get money when there's no actual damage or even risk of damage.

Golly 4G whizz: Vodafone caught using a cheeky bit of Three UK's spectrum

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If the fine was £10m the regulator would probably go for it. Many fines seem to be designed to fill the coffers rather than achieve the declared purpose, certainly not recompense Three.

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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They have souls?!!

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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Re: Well that took long enough.

These are funds for France, not the EU. I doubt whether a French company will ever be prosecuted.

Expect much more of this. Massive fines are designed to fill the coffers of the state, not to recompense the victims. Many countries are now using this for revenue, especially the USA.

Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides

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By removing the requirement to put a date on copyrighted material, it becomes onerous to discover exactly when a such copyright expires. The ability to extend copyright also pushes the boundary further into the future. It seems like the plan of copyright holders is to keep extending it indefinitely.

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Re: Fair Use

As far as I remember, using up to 5 seconds of a piece of music is regardes as fair use. Beyond that, payment is required. That covers small sections of music in radio or TV programs.

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Re: But does YouTube really hate it?

It also generates lots of jobs for lawers and bureaucrats.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Re: html in email...

Apple style seems to be the worst but others are copying it. Tiny pale text. I simple do a Select All of the page which inverts it or makes it white text on a blue background.

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

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Re: Seems legit

But I assume you are prevented from joining your private equipment to the network.

That is equivalent to bringing your own books to work.

I also assume you are prevented from joining memory sticks to your office equipment. Remember the days when floppy disks were the way in for malware?

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid

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Re: How about some grace time after expiry?

Sloppy admin gets results, just not the result you wanted.

It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos

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Re: At least SpaceX didn't bin them a week before Christmas

Having been made redundant four times in my career, twice by the same company, it all depends on the state of the local economy.

In the USA it's controlled at the State level rather than Federal. In some locations there are plenty of alternative companies to apply to. In others there are none which need your specific skill-set which is why it's useful to have a portfolio of skills.

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass

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Re: How is alphagoog off the hook here?

Possibly so, but such an app should be restricted by the operating system. If that causes the app to fail to function usefully then the app needs to be re-engineered to understand that it's in a locked-down mode.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Re: Great for this Engineer

Exactly. Chartered Accountant has legal status (Certified Accountant in the USA).

If you want to stake your claim to qualified status in any career, simply trying to hijack a standard term and make it imply qualifications doesn't hack it. BEng after your name says something about your academic abilities. Why not use that, if you've earned it.

The same argument exists regarding the term architect. I know highly skilled Software Architects (I've even been handed the title on occasion). I started before it became an academic study, but regard myself as a highly skilled professional.

Adding Professional to any subsidiary label simply says that you get paid for doing this work, rather than saying anything about your off-the-job training. I've rarely had any but have a long track record of achievement.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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Re: Yes

Somebody seems to be downvoting everything in sight. Weird.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: WTF?

Microsoft have handled this in a cack-handed way but it looks like they're exploring the concept of Office 365 for free (with ads). This business model certainly seems to work for Google, Facebook, etc.

The target markets they mentioned are presumably places where few users are actually paying for the current product.

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

Ooo, naughty people. Must get spanked. Fancy not aligning your wheelie bins. Hope the colours are in spectrum order.

Persuading world+dog to love Microsoft's AI assistant a step too far for Acompli founder

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Re: Pretty obvious

Cortana is on Windows 10 Mobile and can't be disabled. Shame they don't sell phones any more. I have one and it works extremely well, with monthly updates of the OS.

That said, I'm still mostly using Windows 7 on PC's but Cortana has now intruded itself into Skype. At least there's a way do refuse its Suggestions.

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Re: @Alain - Integration

When was the last time you used yours?

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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It reminds me of when a friend asked me to look at his Windows PC to find out why is was dog slow plus other oddities.

As I would normally do, run antimalware, run chkdsk, run Disk Cleanup.

Oops. he kept his important files in the Recycle Bin on the basis that nobody would look for them there.

We managed to recover some files using undelete tools.

I got blamed, of course.

'Blockchain SAVED my Quango'

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Quote of the day

“unlikely to have provided benefits and value for money envisaged at the outset.”

or in simple English

"i've been suckered"

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Re: Copyright blockchain?

I ran across a suggestion that Blockchain could be used for land registration. That would fit the high-value low transaction model.

European Union divided over tax on digital tech giants as some member states refuse free money

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Revenue (a.k.a. turnover) is already taxed. It's called VAT.

None of this grandstanding considers the obvious counter-strategies the digital companies will adopt.

All companies with shareholders are duty-bound to minimise their costs. One of the ways to do this is to use the existing laws in legal ways.

Until the OECD including Brussels and Washington can agree on a new taxation strategy there will be no real change.

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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You don't think the companys will trim their profit margin, do you?

Everybody is paying VAT on purchases, so it's not as if the purchasers are buying stuff tax free.

The UK won't get this tax to fly until the OECD creates a level playing field. Now that the USA has reduced its headline corporation tax, there's a chance for this to happen.

Shareholders will be the ones paying any new tax, significant numbers of which are pension funds.

There is no money tree. Ultimately, it's us who pay for all government spending.

With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships

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Re: No headphone jack

It's one more hole in the case.

Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet

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Re: Files are not testimony

In all cases, the accused is being forced to assist the accuser.

This is the underlying basis of the fifth amendment.

That's utterly different from searching a residence.

The basis of this particular case revolves around whether the authorities are looking for specific evidence that they have good reason to believe is present on the device or whether they're simply conducting a fishing expedition seeing what they can find.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Re: I want to move away

My son, and a friend who manages 3 TLD's himself always recommends Blacknight dot com. They're based in Ireland but handle most domains.

Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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I've always imagined the Earth's crust and plate tectonics like a very slowly moving pot of porridge. The "soft" core might be imagined as a soggy lump.

SCISYS sidesteps Brexit: Proposes Irish listing to keep EU space work rolling in

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Move head office to Dundalk (south). Only 14 miles to Newry (north). Wonderful countryside and coast nearby. Trains to Dublin or Belfast. Drive to Dublin Airport in 45 minutes.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: I Will Fucking Murder Mail

Surely, that's an Adobe issue.

I keep a clean desktop without icons and with a solid-colour background. My annoyance is apps and updates that plant an icon on my desktop that I then need to remove.

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I've used every version of Windows since 3.0, DOS before that and Mainframe since 1967, etc. Windows 7 edged out Windows 2000 (didn't like XP) and Windows 10 can be tamed without much effort.

I'd like to drop Xbox but only Cortana annoys me. Telemetry doesn't worry me too much as the UK is such a surveilance state already that nobody has any secrets any more. The ad-flingers don't impact me much as I de-personalise Firefox and don't actually *see* the ads anyway.

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Re: Deinstall parts of W10?

All safe in your bunker under the Rocky Mountains? ;)

Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on

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Re: Re. Icebreaker

More than a few hours, if the ice crust is as thick as projected. The same concept was suggested as a way to go deep into the Earth. Pressure is another major issue.


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