* Posts by johnnyblaze

102 posts • joined 3 Mar 2017

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Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

johnnyblaze

I'm sorry, that's bull. If you look after your phone, whatever the model, it should last a long time and work reliably. Apple tried to enforce obscelesance in their products when they forced the slowdown of older phones (no matter how they spin it). iPhones generally don't las that long anyway, not because of iOS, but because they're so fragile. I can't remember the last iPhone I saw that didn't have a cracked/broken screen. Not to say other manufacturers don't have the similar issues, but none are as bad as the iPhone.

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Surface Book 2 afflicted by mystery Blue Screen Of Death errors

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Re: *FACEPALM*

MS have been pushing out duff updates to their own hardware for years. All the Surface range have been plagued with bad updates, firmware issues, compatability problems etc, all excreeted directly from Microsoft's own pig farm.

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OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

johnnyblaze

It does make me laugh. People falling over themselves to get locked into these 'broken' clouds, being sold it as the best thing ever. If sysadmins had this much downtime on their on-prem networks, they'd be hauled infront of the boss, yet once you're locked into the cloud, your stuck with it. How much money must companies be losing?

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1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

johnnyblaze

Well, whatever. That will be 1800 new, brainwashed believers, and 1800 new iPhones sold at the very least.

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Sage CEO: £60m says we can convert more folk to Business Cloud

johnnyblaze

Many stand by the opinion that the one and ONLY reason the cloud exists is to get hold of user data and drive/force customers to a subscription model, which boosts revenue massively for companies like Sage (well, that's their plan anyway). Everything else plays second fiddle. Once they have you, the idea being they can sell you more subscription 'services'. Revenue, revenue, revenue!

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Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked

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Re: Warm and fuzzy

There does seem to be a large number of them too - every other week almost.

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Sorry, but NASA says Mars signal wasn't Opportunity knocking

johnnyblaze

Why doesn't someone just go up there with some Pledge and give it a good dust off. Job done. All those NASA boffins couldn't plan for dust on the solar panels obviously!

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Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

johnnyblaze

I guess that's actually a joke? Windows 10 is always in beta, and anyone using it is an unpaid MS tester. There's no such thing as RTM now - it's always work in progress. Jeez.

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Finally upgraded

I bit the bullett and upgraded my Windows 7 PC at the weekend.... to Windows 8.1! With a 3rd party start menu replacement (Start8 in this case), it's actually very fast and stable, and not a forced upgrade in site. It will give me a few more years grace anyway - before that godawful Win10 looms (or wobbles by that time) onto the horizon for me!

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Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again

johnnyblaze

Not Windows 10

I suppose we should be grateful that, because of its age, the ISS isn't running Windows 10. Now that would be a scary proposition.

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Commvault revenues grow – but only just – as it switches to subscription pricing

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Terrible, just terrible.

Jesus H Christ. Is every single greedy vendor just switching to a subcription model to keep revenue figures up? What happened to buy once, pay 20% annaul maintenance to keep the product under support with the latest updates. Now, you pay 100% EVERY SINGLE YEAR, and the minute you stop paying, you lose access. Companies will literally go bankrupt eventually because of greed mentality. It's all the clouds fault. Never has there been a single, more focused attempt to fleece companies for all their worth by moving their 'services' to the cloud and moving everything to a subscription. I have nothing but contempt for this terrible path we're now all being forced towards.

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Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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Not rocket science

Apple are shipping less, or at least flat sales, but are increasing the average selling price, so revenues are up. Not rocket science. The fact they no longer want to report sales numbers, just revenue and profit says it all really. Hide the numbers, just report increased revenue to keep the market and share price happy. MS did that a long time ago, only releasing numbers when it suited them.

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Grumbling about wobbly Windows 10? Microsoft can't hear you over the clanging cash register

johnnyblaze

MS, another sh*t company who care little about their products and support, reaping huge profits AGAIN. Obviously the path Nadella is taking them down is working - everything going to the cloud, forcing companies to pay ever increasing year-on-year subscription costs which certainly helps revenue and looks good on the books. This is why the big megacorps are falling over themselves to offer everything as-a-service - you just keep paying over and over again for the same product, and if you stop paying, you lose access to the product. It's a form of enterprise blackmail with the companies running it holding all the cards.

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

johnnyblaze

There are a million abbreviations and other ways of saying it, so it won't change much

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Volkswagen links arms with Microsoft for data-slurping cloud on Azure

johnnyblaze

OMG. Another reason *never* to buy a VW.

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Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Sorry, got to add iTunes to that list of dysfunctional crap software. It truly circles the drain, and would teach George Orwell a thing or two about draconian control!

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Cisco shift to recurring revenue gives 3.8 billion signs that it's working

johnnyblaze

HP house here. Good value, reliable kit. Lifetime warranty and barely any stupid 'extra' costs too worry about AND HP are standards compliant.

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johnnyblaze

So, Cisco essentially change their licensing model to squeeze extra cash out of (probably) very annoyyed customers, but hey, it looks great on Cisco's bottom line!

Cisco products are over-priced and not very flexible, and there are plenty of better alternatives out there. We are absolutely *not* a Cisco house, but are working very well thank you.

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Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama

johnnyblaze

Well, if you will put all your eggs in a fluffy thing somewhere out there that's actually just vapour and nothing solid, and expect 99.999% uptime like any decent on-prem datacenter can provide - good luck to you. The fixation with the cloud, and the funniest part - thinking it can actually save you money, will eventually blow up big time, but by that point, with companies facing multi-year lockins, and having already fired their on-prem IT staff and decommissioned their kit, it will all be too late for them.

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Apple cops to iPhone 8 production oops, offers to fix borked phones

johnnyblaze

Apple are so nice to their customers by offering this free repair - because they want their customers to stay loyal and ensure they cough up another grand when they release their next iPhone. Customer loyalty (or in Apple speak 'blind lemming syndrome') is very important to Apple, but their customers money is even more important. They'll do whatever it takes.

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

johnnyblaze

WoA will flop. Nobody asked for it, and it only suits MS as it will force people to their App Store and servces. x86 emulation is patchy at best and from all reports, very slow. Customers will just be very confused, and desptite the claimed battery life, no real world tests have lived up to the claims. These days, nobody is that far from a power point anyway.

One problem nobody seems to be look at though is for 'always on' 4G most will need to pay for yet another monthly data package, and with Windows hungry telemetry collection, you could eat through that data very quickly.

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HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

johnnyblaze

Seems like HTC have realised they can't compete at the premium end, so are looking at mid-range again, and I'll be honest, with that spec and that price, I would seriously consider it as my next phone. I'd probably replace the UI with Nova Launcher, but other than that, well done HTC.

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£1 in every fiver that UK biz, public sector spent on software in 2017 went to *drumroll* Microsoft

johnnyblaze

Not surprised with the MS money train. Our company paid MS £0.25m last year just for the privilege of running their software. We didn't do any major upgrades, or change anything, but their SA costs have skyrocketed as they try to push businesses to their cloud subscription services and O365 (and don't even talk to me about those).God-dam scheisters!

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Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

johnnyblaze

The Pixel's are good handsets, but they are just too expensive for what you get. For Google to kill the Nexus line then jump right in at the premium end of the market with HTC made devices was high risk and moderate madness. I still feel that Google should have kept Nexus at the mid-range (which were doing well, and had brand recognition), then start gently with the Pixel line, but maybe at the £5-600 mark and not >£700. The Pixels have two things going for them - the camera and the instant updates straight from Google, but they don't really have any other differentiators.

Also, there's no way I'd buy any phone with a notch - whatever it is. Just plain ugly.

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Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

johnnyblaze

Just why do scientists always think that elements for life on other planets has to consist of what we know about earth? Who'se to say life didn't evolve completely differently, with a different mixture of gases, and 'water' not as we know it. I can understand the habitable zone theory, but even then, couldn't life evolve to exist in much colder or hotter climates. It's a blinkered view, and proves it really is all theory and guesswork.

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You: 'Alexa, open Cortana.' Alexa: 'Who?'

johnnyblaze

Who actually asked for this? Litterally no one. You can bet that Amazon will only see this as another channel to their store, and to get Alexa on yet more devices - for pretty much nothing. Microsoft on the other hand are fighting to stay relevant, so they probably see it as an AI lifeline. In reality, MS are Amazon's bitch, and Amazon have MS bent over a table and are giving it the whole cowboy thing from behind.

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

johnnyblaze

Nice. I always wanted an 8-dimensional hypercube topology that provides a high bisection bandwidth myself. That will definately make things faster!

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It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia

johnnyblaze

I had the original Nokia 'Matrix' phone many years ago. It was generally a pretty good device, and looked cool, but I can vouch that I too was deeply disappointed it didn't have the spring release on the keyboard cover. It never looked quite the same as the movie when you had to manually pull the cover down!

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Microsoft adds subscriptions for SQL and Windows Servers

johnnyblaze

I don't think it takes a genius to realise that nobody saves money moving to the cloud. Initial sign-up incentives and cloud license bundles are offset by other costs that will eat up any savings you thought you'd make, and often in the end cost you more. Cloud is about lock-in, then selling you other services on top. Once they've got you, they've got you, and it's very difficult to get out.

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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

johnnyblaze

MS hardware is a shit-show. Just look at Surface, a 'premium' brand that's so buggy and unreliable some owners are on their 2nd or 3rd replacement. MS therefore, can't even get their own hardware and software working properly, and yet still think their important enough that they can create a whole new market for a product that nobody is even asking for. It wouldn't surprise me if MS pull out of hardware altogether - it's certainly not a fit fot SatNad's cloud ambitions.

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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

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Re: @Dan 55

LTSB runs Office fine thank you very much. No app store, no Cortana, no Edge, no live tiles. Halleluja!

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Re: Edge aka Trident 12. No thanks.

If you're using Windows 10, don't worry, Microsoft are monetizing you, and collecting reams of your info from deep within the OS. You can sleep well at night knowing this now!

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Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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Re: MTBF vs Blast Radius

I highly question that comment. Sure, cloud providers have distributed networks with umpteen layers of protection and resiliance, but when they go down, and they do very regularly, they go down spectacularly and take down thousands of customers. On prem solutions may seem 'old hat' now, but a well designed system can be rock solid and reliable, and I'd take a good one over cloud any day of the week.

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Facebook's new data centre cooling system takes the heat like Zuck in front of Congress

johnnyblaze

Very impressive, but I doubt even this could cool all the hot air that comes out of Zuck's mouth. That slimy little weasel could take down any industrial cooling solution!

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Dual-screen laptops debut at Asus' Computex chat

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Pointless

Manufacturers are getting real desperate aren't they as the scrabble to create something consumers want but never asked for.

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Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

johnnyblaze

A mess

Windows 10 is a mess. Plain and simple. It breaks as much as it fixes, adds features nobody asked for and get's more and more intrusive and collects more and more telemetry data. Every major release is plagued with bugs because MS have no internal QA testing process worth a sod. You spend a large percetange of your time with a Windows 10 box just patching a rebooting - it's almost continuous. You don't use a Win10 PC anymore for anything productive, you just watch it reboot.

I just find it amusing as well that so many things in Win10 now just beg you to use MS services, or Edge, or Bing. Latest one I saw when I was forced to use Edge before downloading Chrome 'Why search over there (Google), when you can search here (Bing)'. It's just laughable!

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Microsoft and boffins cook up hardware-secured database

johnnyblaze

Flaws

If it was devised by humans (and Microsoft in this case), it will have flaws, security holes and other bugs (alongside Microsoft's telemetry collection, which will be set to FULL by default!)

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Why not NONE?

Basically, if MS in any way valued the security and confidentiality of the people who use their software, they would provide a NONE option, and would also make all settings opt-in rather than opt-out. But, the only thing they value is the data they collect, and the more of it the better. MS are truly pond-slime these days, and probably at least as untrustworthy as Facebook (and I personally think Zuckerberg should be expelled from humanity and cast away on a space rock)

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Your parents love you, Cortana. That's why we bought you an upgrade

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Die bitch

These days, if you've already suffered through the awful Cortana assistend Win10 installer that just drives you nuts, you probably already want to kill her by the time the installation has finished - it is THAT annoying.

It does make you wonder how many more billions MS will throw at Cortana before conceding defeat though - she deserves to die a death by a thousand cuts.

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Oculus Go: Capable kit, if the warnings don't put you off

johnnyblaze

You hit the nail. VR is all great... for about 30 minutes, then you wonder why you bothered, and never touch it again. Glad I only spent a few quid on the Google cardboard when I did. That was enough for me.

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Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you

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bull

Here we go again then! MS are trying to co-erce developers once again to start actually writing stuff for Windows, rather than where the action actually is - Android and iOS. I'm sure Nadella has preached that 'we want you to love Windows again' mantra many times before. What they just don't understand is that Windows is far from #1 in the world now. People who use it mainly just sit in a browser, or write letters. They don't need all the AI crap, or features MS keep shovelling in, but they don't actually need Windows to run a browser, and when they realise that, Windows will slide very quickly into a death spiral.

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Qualcomm, Microsoft drag apps for Win-10-on-Arm into 64-bit world

johnnyblaze

Dumb

Win10-on-ARM is DoA anyway. Just consider it RTv2. This is MS thinking, "we fucked up mobile and lost all consumer confidence, but trust us with our wonderful 'always on' Windows 10 PC's running on ARM". This is just going to confuse so many people, but in reality this is just MS's next step do dumb down Windows, take control of everything, force people to the app store and make 'S mode' the default. Just watch!

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BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

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Utterly painful

I actually get the sweats if I ever have to go near the HP/IBM or Citrix support sites. It is litterally one of the most painful processes known to man. You go round and round in circles, and just when you think you've got somewhere, you're either kicked out, asked for information you don't have or lose the will to live.

Dell aren't actually that bad comparatively, but they recently changed their online server configurator tool from one that worked to one that was designed by monkeys. I complained loudly to our account manager (and he said others have too), but nothing's changed.

I also can't believe HPE require you to have a CarePack to download critical ProLiant updates. These are critical for people whove PAID MONEY for your kit. The least you can do is let them have them. I can understand if you want help from their support team (I use the term 'help' losely), but just let me download the damn updates!

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LG's flagship arrives with <checks script> ... G7 what now?

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Another notch!

Really. What with the f**kin notch LG? WHAT'S WITH THE F**KIN NOTCH! Apple release a stupidly expensive phone with a stupid notch that everyone laughed at, now other vendors are copying it. That is just so dumb, and they don't need to do this. It's makes other vendors look like they have no ideas left, but hey - Apple are doing it and can sell £1000 phones to their plainly gullible/mad/rich customers, so let's do it as well. Stupid. Just stupid.

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

johnnyblaze

We currently have a /21 public range, and we're probably using less than 5% of the address. I occasionally get companies ring asking if we have any address space for sale. I guess those calls could get more commonplace now!

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Windows Admin Center: Vulture gets claws on browser-based server admin

johnnyblaze

They should have called it 'Windows Administration Network Center' - WANC for short.

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OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

johnnyblaze

Sensationalist headlines. Nothing to see here. Move along. I wonder if the CTS Labs 'research' was funded by Intel? It was very AMD focussed. Keep buying those Ryzens and EPYC's - they're great CPU's.

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Former Google X bloke's startup unveils 'self flying' electric air taxi

johnnyblaze

Not yet.

Until they can have truly autonomous flying cars where you don't need a pilots license, or to register a flight plan, don't cost stupid money or have to use a runway these will always stay in the R&D phase.

There will also have to be big changes to the way aircraft/flying vehicles are regulated and controlled, and that will take years and years. I think realistically, we're looking beyond 2030, maybe even 2040 until personal flying vehicles become even remotely viable.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

johnnyblaze

Pointless

AR/MR are destined for the consumer trash pile. There's nothing there that excites the average buyer. Annoying, cumbersome, expensive headsets that require tethering to powerful PC's, limited software, poor support and general overall lack of direction means there's so little interest, I give it 12 months before vendors start throwing in the towel. Only professional 'niche' markets will make any use of the tech, but it will still be limited.

VR is the realm of gamers. Full, immersive gameplay with high quality visuals and 360deg sound is an expensive proposition, and in all honesty still a few years away, but that's the only area that stands any chance. Gamers tend to spend a lot of money on their rigs and are the only ones who *may* keep the tech afloat.

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London Mayor calls for social networks and sharing economy to stop harming society

johnnyblaze

Delusional

Sounds like a lovely warm comment from the London Mayor, but does he really think mega-corps in a capitalist society will suddenly change their ways and do things for the greater good rather than cold, hard cash? Yeah right, tell their shareholders or the city that, and watch shares tumble. I can tell you which would win.

Not that I disagree with the comments of course - it makes sense. Social media is tearing society apart, and having a terribly negative effect especially on the young, but he's just delusional I'm afraid.

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