* Posts by Zippy´s Sausage Factory

165 posts • joined 10 Aug 2018


Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Here's a test I could give them to do - open an Excel sheet I use a lot and update it. I had to open an Excel spreadsheet in Libre Office and then save it again so that Excel would open it without crashing.

And my employers still pay for MS Office. Sigh...

LibreOffice patches malicious code-execution bug, Apache OpenOffice – wait for it, wait for it – doesn't

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Re: Tried Libre about 3 weeks ago....

I'm forced by work to have Office 365 installed. I keep Libre around so I can actually get some work done. *sigh*

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'

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Has anyone been to the other one to check to see if there's a notice saying "closed - please use other entrance"?

Smaller tech firms just aren't ready for a no-deal Brexit, MPs told

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Re: Wrong way round

Up to a point, Lord Copper.

You're also assuming that said cloud services don't have any imports sourced outside the UK. Like energy - a lot of the raw materials are of course imported from elsewhere (gas from Russia, for example).

Also, if they use some white label services, say reselling particular pieces of software that have a monthly licence that's priced in Euros or dollars, that will impact on the bottom line too.

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs

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Good news...

...for Amazon web services and the minnows. (Oracle have a cloud service or something like that, right?)

Stop, collaborate, and listen: Microsoft Teams gets an Atlassian glisten

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Also, with Atlassian being Australian, and the recent Australian data security laws, I suspect Microsoft might be a teensy bit wary of putting themselves into that jurisdiction.

Although they could just buy them, move all the development staff to Redmond and close that department in Australia, I suppose.

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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Re: Remind me again why ...

As good as Office 263* is, there are other alternatives. Such as open source. But management don't like them because you stand or fall by how well you manage things. If you buy Microsoft, you have someone to sue if things go wrong. It's management by passing the buck.

* this was a typo but feels like it'll end up being a prescient prediction by the end of the year...

Data flows in a no-deal Brexit are a 'significant' concern – MPs

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Re: A cynic would say

I thought the "divorce bill" was stuff that came out of existing commitments and basically was payable over the next sixty years anyway...

French diplomat: Spies gonna spy – there aren't any magical cyberspace laws that can prevent it

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I think he's labouring under the belief that state-sponsored espionage against foreign nations will continue to be the largest sector.

I, however, disagree. I think many nations will find it difficult to resist the temptation to constantly surveill their own citizens, for whatever purpose (China just launched an app to "whistleblow on a debtor", for crying out loud), and cybercriminals will be ready to steal intellectual property or personal information for the highest bidder.

I think it's naive to assume state-sponsored espionage is actually going to even be relevant in a few years' time if online criminality continues growing at the rate it appears to be.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Why cue the lawyers?

This is a good point, especially since the change is being made to the open source version.

But I'm already on Pale Moon here anyway...

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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Re: Well that was an invisible problem

Should have had Token Ring :)

I'm sure I've had that. You can get pills for it at Boots...

Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

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Re: Such a thing doesn’t appear to have happened before

Well there's a bug in page numbering that appeared in Word 6 they still haven't fixed in Office 2016, but I suspect that's "longest running" rather than "biggest"...

Say GDP-aaaRrrgh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

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To be fair, similar legislation is probably coming in the USA sooner or later, depending on when the relevant senators / congress representatives* get their act together (I know at least one senator has proposed something similar to GDPR in the last few weeks)

* not sure if this is the right term?

At 900k lines of code, ONOS is getting heavy. Can it go on a diet?

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It's just Unix backwards.

I'm sure that's just a coincidence...

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: "our next generation machine learning model"

Visual Studio the world's best IDE? It's not even Microsoft's best IDE.

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Re: "our next generation machine learning model"

My instinct tells me that probably isn't how they've done it. Because that method sounds far too sane, far too sensible, and very unlikely to cause problems - none of which are qualities their updates have demonstrated in recent weeks.

Outlook Mobile heads to the White House, passes infosec clearance for federal sector

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Outlook, sadly, doesn't have any real competitors.

There just isn't anything on the desktop that does what Outlook does. And I hate that because I haven't yet seen any mail or calendar client that I don't find easier or more pleasant to use than Outlook. It's just foisted on people as the "well it comes with Office" option.

And because Outlook doesn't really have competitors, they can use it to lock people into Exchange email...

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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Access 97

Access 97 still works fine in my Windows 2000 virtual machine.

Although to be fair, I only keep it around for nostalgia purposes, and in case I come across some old files I can't open any other way.

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February

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Watson was always a gift to someone else's marketing department - "Why settle for Watson when you can call on Holmes?"

I'm guessing nobody dared run it though...

Huawei's horror show 2019 continues as Taiwanese research institute joins banhammer club

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Re: 8-|

I suspect the Chinese government will get around to that soon enough...

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

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Re: How about some grace time after expiry?

But after a while, you stop being able to use the domain - because it's lapsed. So there's no website or email associated with it.

Assuming that that didn't happen for the first 30 days, that gives them at least 6 weeks to wise up.

And if they didn't feel the need to pay another £60, I have to question whether it was actually THAT important to their business anyway?

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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Re: @doublelayer -- A simple idea

And isn't Amazon's web front end pure C++ that dates back to the mid 90s or something like that?

I mean, I remember writing C++ for the web in the mid 90s and it was not a lot of fun...

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Operational Incompetence

It's quite probable that they had them on an automatic renewal scheme I suppose.

Although, having worked for local government in the UK, it's equally possible that you need to get the paperwork going up through the chain in advance, get the money signed off by a committee, and THEN renew. By corporate credit card. Which is kept locked in the boss's office...

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe

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I'm now imagining Robert Culp watching the news and furtively trying to feed a Motorola RAZR into a shredder...

(Becuase the RAZR somehow suits the 1970s aesthetic, and Robert Culp because he was in "Death Lands A Hand", which I regard as THE classic Columbo - especially when it comes to incriminating yourself by disposing of the evidence...)

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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I have to confess I did once consider buying one of those "32Gb SSD tablet-PC things". Only because it was a cute gold colour and looked like it might run Ubuntu quite happily. But then I already have three laptops so it would have been a bit superfluous...

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible

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Re: the monitor is nice

Nice widescreen GPFs. Huge, wall spanning "Excel has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down" dialog boxes.

(Guess what I have nightmares about?...)

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far

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This is a move to tempt Atlassian customers away, obviously. Those that aren't already twitchy about the new "we can make your devs put security holes in your software and not tell you" law in Australia already...

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Which idiot designed UEFI?

Seriously, the idea of updating the boot sequence of a computer that easily should have died out some time in the mid 80s.

We need a more secure alternative to UEFI, and we need it now. The idea that an OS can blithely write to non-volatile areas without special permissions should be verboten.

I'd be in favour of a hardware switch that you have to hold down to change a single byte of the BIOS, personally. After that, the OS and every other program should see that area of memory as read only. No more storing Windows keys in there or any other nonsense like that. The boot sequence is too important to be fiddled with.

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

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Oh noes!

Wait until the phisher pholk discover ROT-13...

Seriously, though, allowing HTML in emails? We're all doomed...

Corel – yeah, as in CorelDraw – looks in its Xmas stocking and discovers... Parallels

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Re: History, history

They made WordStar for DOS? I've only ever seen the CP/M version in the wild...

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Re: Is the business plan

I paid for WinRar. From the other comments it seems like this was the more sensible option.

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Re: Parallels bought 2X

VirtualBox has a similar "Seamless Mode" as well.

It does. I've used it as well. It was an experience to forget.

(Maybe it's better now, IDK...)

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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I tend to disdain anyone who has a PA, but PA's themselves are very useful people to be friends with.

All to often it ends up being the PA that does the actual work that the manager gets paid for, which makes me wonder if the existence of the PA isn't just an example of the Peter Principle in action...

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Re: Reminds me of...

Ah, "On Error Resume Next". That takes me back. Not necessarily in a good way, though, it has to be said...

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Well this will give Theresa May another excuse to delay the Brexit vote - emergency legislation to ban drones!

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: Facebook's shadow profile.

And what exactly they achieve ?

Sell the information on you. And it's who they are selling it to, and what those people want to use it for, that ought to worry you. Advertising is just a sideline - it's the restaurant that nobody ever eats in that acts as a front for the money-laundering racket...

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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Co-Op bank were one of the last holdouts for OS/2. Doesn't say much for IBM that a customer of that long standing ends up suing them. Alternatively, doesn't say much for the Co-Op bank that they appointed Andy Flowers as their CEO either...

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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One div?

The netizen, Joshua Bakita, gave as "just one example" the appearance of a seemingly useless empty HTML div tag in YouTube videos that had the effect of slowing down the Edge browser. According to the intern, that tag caused "our hardware acceleration fast-path to bail" with the result that the browser's speed advantage over Google's Chrome disappeared.

Yeah... I'm guessing that this is a bug in Edge. It seems both sides forgot to go into Postel mode - "be conservative in what you send, be liberal in what you accept*".

* or words to that effect, anyway: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robustness_principle

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

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Some people have to use these tools for work and need a version of Office that actually works. Good luck with say your accounts department trying to make to with "Sheets" lol.

Sheets is Google, Calc is LibreOffice. You've... never actually used LibreOffice, have you?

The big advantage of LibreOffice Calc is that it will open spreadsheets from SharePoint, which Excel frequently refuses to do because the total path length is greater than 218 characters. This, incidentally, has been a problem with Excel since 2010 and Microsoft keep ignoring it.

This is why I swear at Excel and by Calc, even for work.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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I read that as "update 1984" in the same way as "update 1809". No doubt that's a horror that still awaits us...

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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"I think there are advantages of a universally acclaimed digital ID system which nowhere in the world has yet"

Not particularly. Other countries that have ID cards seem to get along fine without one, so why exactly does the UK need one - unless they want to install a Chinese-style "social credit" system?

Cambridge Analytica's administrators misled judge, High Court told

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It's beginning to look a lot like Fraudmas...

Seriously, it's starting to look to me like CA was put into receivership to try and wriggle out of legal complications, rather than because it ran out of money.

Actually, I'm lying. It's always looked like that to me...

Google: I don't know why you say Allo, I say goodbye

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The time is getting shorter...

I'm now waiting for the press release that says "Google NewStuff, due to be released tomorrow, will be discontinued today. 'We're proud to be a company that kills off things that aren't working, even when we haven't released them yet'..."

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: This will save Edge

That's because Safari, unlike Edge, can sometimes be useful.

Not often, I'll give you that. But every so often there's a site that makes everything else go "wibble"...

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Why not just kill it?

I'm serious.

The only good reason for Edge was that it levers the rendering engine built into Windows. It's not perfect, but it does an OK job.

Without Edge, no reason for Flash to come so heavily pre-installed that removing it causes Windows Update to have a hissy fit.

And let's face it, if they're using the Chrome rendering engine under the hood then... what's the point of Edge even existing at all? If it's just a wrapper round Chrome, why not just pre-install Chrome and be done with it?

It's December 2018, and a rogue application can still tell your Apple Mac: I'm your El Capitan now

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Re: arbitrary remote code execution via a malicious web page

Or, as it's known in Windows-land, Active X...

Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc... BINGO!

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A load of Word plugins are ActiveX these days. As are a lot of Excel and Outlook ones. The "social connector" they bundle with Outlook that snoops someone's LinkedIn profile and annoys you with it is an ActiveX plugin.

It's a technology they should have taken out and shot, years ago.

Ooo shiny! First Visual Studio 2019 sneak peek here in time for Chrimbo

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Re: My eyes!

There is a "theme editor" plugin, but it's rock hard to use. I basically go for the light theme and then hunt down offensive colours, myself.

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Start page

That's always been there, as long as I can remember - right back to VS 2005 I think.

I actually use it quite a lot. The only real different I can see is that they've finally realised that everyone just turns the "Visual Studio News" RSS feed off and have removed it altogether and then made the open buttons nice and big.

Now if only they would give us the option to only show solutions when you open something inside a solution, and not add every project you touch into that most-recently-used list, THAT would be a blessing!

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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When new powers are introduced, unless penalties are for misuse of those powers are introduced at the same time, they will always be abused.

As I always say, you should never never give the government any powers a rabbi wouldn't be comfortable giving to Hitler.


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