* Posts by Cavehomme_

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HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

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Unhappy

Why all the hate?

I've been using Outlook for nearly 19 years and prior to that Notes. When I moved job and transferred from Notes to Outlook, I could not believe how poor Outlook was, not much better than Outlook Express yet with those awful .pst files and profiles that always became quickly corrupted. Not much better these days in terms of functionality nor stability..

Hope HCL can bring Notes up to date and finally give us a real alternative to the Outlook monopoly. While they are at it, would be great if they could brack Lotus Office too!

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Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Defer 365

I've got all my Win 10 machines to defer all version updates by 365 days, should be enough to fox most bugs by then. Security updates are delayed by 1 week. Fingers crossed.

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

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FAIL

Re: Have to agree....

- No fingerprint ID

- No headphone socket

- ridiculous notch

- glass back, making it very fragile

- no longer the SE or 4" option who prefer to carry a phone in our pockets, and have something bigger in our trousers taking up more space.

- No longer a phone on the range retailing at £300 or less (SE)

That's just the phones! Another long list of where Macbooks have gone wrong.

Tim Nice But Dim is not the right man to lead the company. He's also let the arrogant tosser St Ives and Dame Burberry turn the company into producing impractical devices for shiny fashion victims in the consumer sector.

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Re: Ethical or accidental?

I think you are on the right track with this argument. Apple make devices and the OS is simply what enabled it to work and host Apps upon. If it breaks, then you take it back to manufacturer, same as any other household product. If you start to disasemble your TV or use another repairer, your warranty is invalid, why should Apple be any different in this respect?

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I have exactly the same comment about Apple being the regretable choice after Windows Phone demise. Still, iPhones are more secure and good quality and well supported compared to Android which I've also used for a decade.

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Here are another 45,000 reasons to patch Windows systems against old NSA exploits

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Re: Is anyone using UPnP anyway?

Utter nonsense, configuration of a router requires significant technical knowledge that most people do not possess nor will they possess. To do it properly needs a lot of wider IT related knowledge too. It’s for manufacturers to be more responsible AND accountable.

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Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch, finance VP Stephen Chamberlain charged with fraud in US

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What’s the bloody point of internal and external audit???!!!

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Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Just wait until after Brexit and a trade deal with China, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Re: Too slim

Missing an SD card slot too.

All in all, still not good enough. Sigh.

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Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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Who is in charge?

St Ives and Ms Burberry have surely lost the plot.

The big question is, will Dim Tim But Nice realise that the Chief Designer and CVO (Chief Vanity Officer) have royally fecked up on many fronts and the company is going TITSUP as a consequence?

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Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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The beginning of the end...

...goodbye MS, you’ve shot yourselves in your feet. Muppets.

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Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: UK contributions

The idea was that it’s better to reach out help bring the destitute former Communist countries up to a much higher standard, rather than left them fester in misery.

Meanwhile doing that was a pretty good insurance policy to avoid another destructive war in Europe since we’re all in the EU club.

The cost of mutual help is far less than fighting wars and rebuilding from them, that’s just in economic terms, but what about the human benefits.

Unfortunately sociopathic Brexteers can’t fathom this apparently.

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Re: What scenario?

When Corbyn becomes PM?!

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10 year moratorium?

Yes, there WAS one agreed for Poland’s and Baltic States entry which Germany and other countries kept to but for which a certain country negotiated yet another get out clause; guess who?!

Yep, Britain!

We invited them in straight away! Ireland too. It was good for business, remember?! Sod the other impacts.

We’ve had so many get out clauses, we’ve done excellently out of the EU, now we’re throwing it all away.

Collective insanity.

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Ah, yet another Cakeist!

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Re: It'll be like decimalisation all over again, but spelt decimation due to a shortage of letters.

“We're a tiny little island with the 5th largest economy on the planet.”

Mainly thanks to the EU free trade zone.

Before we joined, the UK had become an economic basket case, on the verge of seeking an IMF bailout. Then we joined the EC and it’s transformed our country for the better.

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New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches

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It’s a great pity that Thunderbird is not being improved and that LibreOffice still isn’t good enough as an MS Office replacement for most professionals/ business users.

The open source community needs to centre around a concerted push to push MS Office out of the way for good.

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Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you're visiting

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No Script = No Internet

“su - differentuser

export DISPLAY=localhost:0”

Yep, you’ll get far with Jo Public with that workaround. Easier still, break their internet experience for them by using NoScript with no exclusions.

Everyone who doesn’t frig around with IT, ie the 99%, have no option but to rely upon their security software to do the job.

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If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Agile? You surely mean Fragile?

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Re: Schadenfreude

Linux is missing so many opportunities to eat into Windows because the distro communities are so utterly divided. Ubuntu tried but failed to become the distro of choice.

Mint is the best contender but until hoardes of developers from other distros jump ship and support Mint to become good enough to become a powerful enough contender then it will continue to struggle.

I won’t even get into the issue of different desktops with Gnome, K, Mate, Cinamon, etc

Then we need to address applications. Even Libreoffice is regrettably not good enough yet to replace the ubiquitous MS Office for most people. Until Mint becomes the main distro, the likes of Adobe, SAP, and thousands of others will not invest their dollars into producing and maintaining a Linux version. They need a winner to risk their efforts on.

Then there’s the basics of printing and scanning which are still woeful.

Graphic drivers, sleeping, hiberbating, touchscreens, WiFi are all serious issues or shortcomings I’ve faced with Mint and others.

We need the community to finally stop masturbating on their own fantasies and instead join together in a creative orgy of cooperation on one distro to finally push Windows aside forever.

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That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

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Re: If only...

Agree with all you say, except fingerprint recognition, that, for me, is a great feature...not so Face ID.

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Users are locked in and they can't go anywhere

"Shareholders will force them to choose 2, the users are locked in and they can't go anywhere"

I don't believe so. The consumer market can walk away to re-use their PC for many more years with Linux Mint, or walk away to Apple or get a Chromebook. Most consumers are happy not to use a PC anyway, prefering their phones and tablets / pads.

That leaves it to the corporate market to decde which way it will go. With more and more software being delivered as a service, there's less need to worry about the OS. When the OS borks and is more and more unreliable, businesses will also walk sooner or later.

I've put up with MS for 30 years, they revolutionised home and business computing whether we like them or not, it's a fact. But the pain now is getting worse, with Fragile used for developing the OS and beggar all testing in-house, plus all the worries about trying to keep safe from malware too, it's a big headache. I expect to cut free finally from Windows in 2019 and use Linux Mint and OSX.

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In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

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Get real

Mobile networks are by their very nature constrained. Regardless, data volumes pumped through them double every year as content providers entice us with more and more attractive content and mobile phone makers move from producing phones to very powerful computing devices with great video processing and gorgeous screens.

As our collective data use doubles every year, are we prepared to effectively pay much more for our data each year? Of course not, but there’s only a certain rate that infrastructure can grow in capacity and there will inevitably be rationing when we overload it.

I have no connections to any network provider whatsoever. Sure, some of them will screw their customers but generally they do have a huge problem to try and manage.

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iPhone XR guts reveal sizzle of the XS without the excessive price tag

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SE

Yep, we need an SE2 but i cannot see Ms Burberry and St Ives allowing such a cheap phone again in their pseuds portfolio. I’m going to buy another SE brand new for merely a couple of hundred quid while stocks last.

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Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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Malware?

Download and run the free Emsisoft Emergency Kit and see if you have malware.

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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MS really need to produce a genuine Pro / enterprise version for business users and a "Home" version for, well, home users. Yes, it's déja vue, but it's the only way forwards, to segregate these different groups properly.

As a Pro user I don't need Candy Crush or 3D Paint crap FFS!!! I do need my Snipping Tool and Paintbrush, not removed nor "upgraded", I'll be the judge of what I need thank you MS. I use these tools several times a week, I need them.

Same with Office 365, it's now become full of candy crap, stuff moving about or new style every few months. It's impossible to work in a predictable manner. Sticking the consumer market under Office 365 is sheer madness, MS really need to go back to producing an updated suite of MS Works, make it availble online, a nice and simple yet effective consumer solution, this time with file types COMPATIBLE with Office.

All this "one size fits all" trend is utter nonsense and will piss off BOTH Pros and consumers! Horses for courses FFS!

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Re: dun

+10 votes from me.

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(Fr)Agile

"you can't rely solely on insiders to do the testing"

I can't see anyone proposing that. It needs both an inside testing department for the OS plus the external volunteers.

Getting the OS right surely has to be fundamental, it's the building block of everything else. Using Agile on the OS is completely irresponsible, might as well rename it to Fragile for such a critical purpose.

The Cost Accountants are ruining everything with their short-sighted, one-sided approach. I bet they'd soon change their tune if their Excel sheets were so full of bugs that their formulae and numbers were all wrong or crashed.

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That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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Re: Is there anything wrong with Windows 10?

"And you get your pick when it comes to updates?"

With Win 10 Pro, the answer is YES. You can defer feature updates by a year and other updates by a few weeks, enough time for any issues to be ironed out.

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Mozilla grants distrusted Symantec certs a stay of execution, claims many sites yet to make switch

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Re: Who, and how much?

I used Pale Moon for a while but had some problems with some work sites. Also rther concerned that it was an effort, at the time, of just one man...and perhaps his dog too. That's too risky for me, so I moved. Tried Waterfox, but not for me.

I've gone back to FF and I've settled into the new version, not sure what the hoo-ha is all about, other than some add-on developers and their users screaming blue murder. The new FF is a lot safer than the old one, yet still more flexible than Chrome, altough Chrome is more secure with it's sandboxing. I use Chrome for work and financial sites and FF for the rest.

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Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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"Apple can probably see some recovery on their PC market share."

Not until Ms Burberry and St Ives stop dicking around with shiny toys for consumers and fashion victims and get back to finally producing some decent kit for pro users.

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WTF?

Feared the worst

Shutting down last night I realised too late that the update to Win 10 1803 had slipped in to my HP laptop and I feared the worst today when I switched in on. However, so far, so good.

I already had a 4 day delay on "quality updates" ROFL...

...but now upped it to 7 days.

"Feature updates" (ROFL hyterically...) are set on a maximum 365 days delay.

That Linux Mint install is looking more tempting by the day.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Go

Period...or Punkt

“If anyone wants to talk to me, they can give me a call. Other forms of communication, for example email or social media, are available when I choose to use them – and via a linked device that allows me to use them more effectively.”

Petter Neby, founder of Punkt.

Perfect. Thank you. Period...or Punkt!

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: "The guy who wrote the update"

"In Agile, you do your own QA. Seems to be working well."

In fact so well, I now call it Fragile.

Agile is fine for fluffy end-user stuff and business reporting, not operating systems and really important stuff.

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Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android

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NSA OS

Eventually there will only be one OS, or beggar all difference between them, called NSA OS.

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VirusTotal slips on biz suit, says Google's daddy will help the search for nasties

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Re: owned by google

Privacy started to be eroded with the advent of Google. Other companies then jumped onto that bandwagon.

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Apple's dark-horse macOS Mojave is out (and it's already pwned)

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Care anymore?

We professionals no longer care since Ms Burberry and Sir Ivefeckedupapple turned the Apple Pro range, and beyond, into products to appeal to fashion victim consumers and those keeping up with the fickle nouveau riche friends, colleagues and family.

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Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active

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FAIL

Unemployment scheme

Since Skype was taken over by MS it’s become a scheme to keep their devs working and off the streets as they make completely superfluous changes and gradually wreck what was once a great product.

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No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

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Jackanory

Yeah, right, pull the other one.

A pedo is repulsive, but EVACUATING the WHOLE facility, choppers (of the aerial kind) flying in, houses evacuated, Post Office closed down...all for TWO fucking weeks!?

That, and half a dozen other similar telescopes around the globe taken offline the the same day.

Where's Bombastic Bob when we really need him?

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NSS Labs sues antivirus toolmakers, claims they quietly conspire to evade performance tests

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Testing Labs

"Other security testing labs are available with other examples including AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST, and SE Labs, among others. "

Don't ignore UK based MRG Effitas, they seem to be more comprehensive than the others you listed.

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It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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MS are the scapegoat?

I knew Nokia was losing the plot before any MS involvement. The superb hardware of the E71 and E72 was equipped with a highly confusing OS and functions scattered all over the place. Syncing with PC often failed. Some email accounts simply did not work. Then contacting customer service, well, their arrogance and unhelpfulness was staggering.

It’s arrogant and indeed even clueless to suggest that their own OS’ were good and simple enough for the average user to become world leading in the way that iOS and Anroid became. Windows Mobile was way beter as wwere later incarnations, yet they failed for other reasons, so it’s not just about the OS either.

Now HMD are doing well because they’ve resolve the issues by coming at the problem in a different way. I wish them luck. Their phones look decent and I think they will do well.

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Exactly this.

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'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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Re: "'We take the protection of [insert the usual sht here] 'very seriously'"

Easyjet are far worse with their refunds and compensation.

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Not so much changing their tune as enabling autotune: Facebook, Twitter bigwigs nod and smile to US senators

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Re: "put a monetary value on the data that they hold on individuals."

I don’t like what FB and Google get up to in terms of privacy, however, your argument does not really stack up. They are providing services for free. The costs of doing so are huge, so they offset that by selling our data. That’s the deal that we have signed up to. Their other trawling via analytics etc is a different matter, but the basic deal that they offer is what it is. I have no illusions about that and that’s why I pay for most of my email and storage services and why I don’t use Facebook.

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Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype's forest of features

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Re: FaceTime

WhatsApp is multi platform unlike Facetime

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WhatsApp is replacing Skype rapidly. Simpler interface and does the basics well for personal use.

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