* Posts by Kevin Johnston

1443 posts • joined 6 May 2007


New Outlook feature: It freezes up when dealing with tables in emails

Kevin Johnston

Re: Tables?

My question would be why this is being embedded in the email body as a table and not sent as a simple attachment?

Very few 'pretty' emails make it through all the various transition layers without something going askew (why else would they always include that 'Read in Web Browser' button) so how about you take a chill pill and use old-skool methods which just work. Small block of text to explain what the mail is about and attachments to hold the crayon department presentations

UK blocks China from licensing Manchester Uni's robot vision tech

Kevin Johnston

So I presume if they cannot license it they will just use it without a license.

Cynical? Moi?

UK lays world's longest autonomous drone superhighway

Kevin Johnston

Re: (yet another) possible problem


Amazon sues 10,000 Facebook Group admins for offering fake reviews

Kevin Johnston

I see your thinking but then we would never get the viral hit that is the Three Wolves Moon T Shirt...


Dev's code manages to topple Microsoft's mighty SharePoint

Kevin Johnston

Re: Exchange

A number of mail platforms do allow you to configure pretty much everything you are asking for.

At risk of a million downvotes (and because it is what I support) I am going to say that even I could write the code in a Notes mailfile to make it behave that way.

The problem is that in almost every deployment, a mailfile/database is implemented out of the box and left to the user to customise thus limiting the options.

Kevin Johnston

Re: Exchange

I'm sorry but anyone who has managed Enterprise level mail systems will know that users start at the WTF level and then see how deep they can dig.

We had a team who insisted that they needed a new sub-folder for every day so they could easily find emails and another team who had to have the full company name of the sender as the sub-folder name, with sub-sub folders for the different offices of said company leading to paths such as Joe Soap Ltd/Joe Soap Ltd - Croydon Office/December 2000/Received. Doesn't take long to hit all manner of limits with those ideas

Being declared dead is automated, so why is resurrection such a nightmare?

Kevin Johnston

Don't forget that Charles II ordered Oliver Cromwell be dug up and then executed for Regicide. Did that change any death certificate or date of his death?

That emoji may not mean what you think it means

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Re: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


I think I need a shave

San Francisco cops want real-time access to private security cameras for surveillance

Kevin Johnston

Re: Do they not know how CCTV works?

I am probably mis-remembering but in Blade Runner they did this trick and even changed the PoV to see something not in the original image. Once that comes true we really are in a different world

South Korea's Kakao removes external payment method amid Google Play standoff

Kevin Johnston

The external link method is banned by Google who will drop the App from the store, the forced in-app routed payments is illegal but being contested. So the first is an insta-kill and the second is whoever has the deepest pockets wins

Meta accuses data scrapers of taking more than their share

Kevin Johnston

Such Honesty

I see a big future for Ateş with his ironically honest website MyStalk...the 'whatever-gen-we-are-up-to' tweenagers will find that hilarious and sign up immediately

Apple lets devs in South Korea switch payment providers – with a lot of legwork

Kevin Johnston

Re: So ....

Ah...the Law of Unintended Consequences...

But Mr Apple, we have your data showing these activities are only worth 4%....what are you doing for the other 26%

You need to RTFM, but feel free to use your brain too

Kevin Johnston

Re: Zero Knowledge

I worked in a flight simulator company for a while and they had won the contract for a C130 simulator. A lot of very detailed work goes into these and when the chief test pilot from Lockheed came over to check it people were understandably nervous.

He sat in the seat and ran through his checks but in almost no time he stood up and announced the overhead panel was incorrectly placed . Cue headless chickens as panic ensued until the drawings were produced which showed we had followed the Lockheed dimensions perfectly...if we had only known that when the real thing was built they move the panel a little to the left for some obscure reason and nobody had seen fit to update the drawings.

Samsung fined $14 million for misleading smartphone water resistance claims

Kevin Johnston

Re: I propose a new law

You say that as though it is a bad thing

HCL to end all support for old versions of Notes and Domino in 2024

Kevin Johnston

Re: "HCL promises upgrades are now easy"

The new features in V11 and more significantly V12 make the upgrade a no-brainer. The security improvements are dramatic with much stronger keys available and V12 is very much intended for cloud. HCL have even managed to get the web-browser based client working that IBM tried and failed with back in the V8.5 days so that removes the Notes client element which people always pointed to as showing how dated the product was.

Lot of people claim that product X or Y is better than Notes but none of them can do all the stuff that Notes still can and by the time you have rolled out the 7 or 8 products to pick up all the stuff you used to do in Notes you find yourself paying out treble the cost for license and hardware if not more.

Meh, not the first time that a good sales team has caused people to abandon what is a more effective offering (no, Exchange cannot do everything Notes can...never could and never will even in it's O365 clothing)

Microsoft pulls Windows 10/11 installation websites in Russia

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I resisted for all of 20 seconds

So by blocking the use of Windows that will remove a huge source of frustration when people instead use a simpler and more stable product?

No more fossil fuel or nukes? In the future we will generate power with magic dust

Kevin Johnston

Re: History repeats itself...

Why yes, and had I read to the end of the comments before typing I would not have looked quite so foolish

Kevin Johnston

Re: Calling Rodney McKay

Alas for Mr McKay, this was pre-dated by Isaac Asimov's book The Gods Themselves (1972?) which has transfer of energy between Universes as the central theme

Microsoft delays next Exchange Server release to 2025

Kevin Johnston

Re: Very ,very interesting!

You say that but is that really the case? I know that every get a fit of the giggles when Notes is mentioned but that is a very different platform now than the late 90's version everyone thinks of plus you have people like Google and Co with products which could all too easily be put into play as a small footprint system which would suit a lot of smaller companies whoc do not want to have to pay for the whole MS Catalogue just to be able to use mail, spreadsheets and word processing.

I know this has had more false dawns than the Linux Year of the Desktop but even a stopped clock is right twice a day and it just needs some Finance Director to decide a 90% match delivered now cheaply is better than a 103% Vapourware match at bitcoin prices for companies to shed the MS blinkers in much the same way they did with Big Blue a generation ago.

Kevin Johnston

Oh Really?

"For the next version of Exchange, Microsoft suggests "you may not have to acquire new hardware or move mailboxes"...

Haven't they been promising that since V5.5 back in the late 1990's?

Engineer sues Amazon for not covering work-from-home internet, electricity bills

Kevin Johnston

Oh dear God yes. At one place I worked the tea/coffee machines were free (that was actually an appropriate price based on quality) but in a random discussion someone mentioned this could be classed as a benefit in kind and taxed.

One of the team then decided to contact HMRC to check on this and was shocked when we suggested he was a pillock. Fortunately HMRC never took it any further so he lived to be a plonker on other days.

Spam is back with a vengeance. Luckily we can't read any of it

Kevin Johnston

Any non-Korean that claims to like Kimchi should be immediately expelled from the conversation...128,526 varieties that all taste like acidic sh**

Yes, I have tried the real thing in Seoul and Inchon. Several times actually as initially I could not believe people would sell stuff like that as food but clearly they can and do

IBM-powered Mayflower robo-ship once again tries to cross Atlantic

Kevin Johnston

Re: Just maybe

It is looking for the lost shaker of salt enroute to Margaritaville

Ad-tech firms grab email addresses from forms before they're even submitted

Kevin Johnston

Re: Unique emails

Quite agree, it is one of the reasons I have continued to host my own mail rather than relying on my ISP provided solution or something like Hotmail/Yahoo/Outlook.com It allows me complete control over the mail and freedom in which email addresses to put in as much detail as need to track who is selling on my accounts (or possibly being scraped by ne'er-do-wells)

Microsoft tests ‘Suggested Actions’ in Windows 11. Insiders: Can we turn it off?

Kevin Johnston

Seems to be the right timing, Win10 was almost becoming usable so time to bring out the 'WTF' next version

Microsoft partners balk at new licensing scheme, dent growth

Kevin Johnston

Let me see now

Do I want to pay a one of cost of $1,000 per license and then have a small support cost every year of, say, $20 per license or would I rather pay a much smaller $80 per month for the rest of my life?

If you can force the bean counters to do some real accounting then a perpetual license is a no-brainer as if revenue gets tight you can stop the annual support and just stay on the version you have got used to using rather than pay an escalating support cost which means the software is continually updating and you never know where the button has moved to. Worst case, if revenues get tight you lose the software and possibly your data too if it was sat in the cloud

Google snubs South Korea's app store payments law

Kevin Johnston

Re: Google and law

You missed a step although it could be a variant of 3b

Require all companies who have local revenues over xMillion to have an in-country executive who is PERSONALLY liable for any infractions. When that person is jailed the company must stand up the next patsy.

Google opens Play Store to third party payment systems – starting with Spotify

Kevin Johnston

Re: Ok google.

Came in here to say basically the same. There are basdically two options here, the Apple walled garden or the Google fenced playground and currently there is one payment method for each.

Your only choice is which device you want since that determines which garden you are playing in.

HP finance manager went on $5m personal spending spree with company card

Kevin Johnston

Re: Never embezzle more than your salary

If you are in Government then it IS your salary...at least that seems to be the way it worked for the last 20-30 years

Proprietary neural tech you had surgically implanted? Parts shortage

Kevin Johnston

Re: Mia Culpa

Ah - I know this one....Your Navigation system is alerting you to traffic information on a nearby road (change of delay or some such).

If you are not on the Nav screen all you get is an anonymous Ping

IT advice fuelled by beer is the best IT advice of all, right?

Kevin Johnston

Re: Good will visit - lost good will

I was working in Amsterdam supporting a Senior Engineer who was also acting as Project Manager for the installation of some big systems. A couple of weeks after we had got started there had been a few issues which we had managed to work through and all was still on schedule (a minor miracle in itself) so the evening drink sessions started. A few days later the atmosphere was very frosty as it seems the Senior engineer had rather more than intended and had begun conversing in Dutch which was a shock to the customer who had been reverting to Dutch in meetings for secrecy.

A tale of two dishwashers: Buy one, buy it again, and again

Kevin Johnston

Re: Bought a shed

and of course a small shed to store all the stuff in that had been going into the large shed until you put the other shed into it

This one is small...the other one is faaaar away

Journalist won't be prosecuted for pressing 'view source'

Kevin Johnston

Re: There’s more than what meets the eye

What chance to remove the bad when it is the politicians who choose which candidates you are allowed to share your votes among?

While you have the freedom to vote for any of the candidates in your area, those are the only people who have any chance of being elected and even countries which allow a 'write-in' candidate will go with the official candidates 99/100 times (probably orders higher).

BOFH: The Geek's Countergambit – outwitted at an electronics store

Kevin Johnston

Awesome staff

So does he try to recruit them or does he consider them a worthy adversary and recommend them to all his company's problem children?

UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok

Kevin Johnston

Re: Absolutely brilliant idea!!

Lovely comment about the difference between social media and real life from an episode of NCIS

Nobody ever posts their B sides

Update 'designed to improve user experience' takes down the Microsoft 365 Admin Portal

Kevin Johnston

Re: Why...

Plus, since the idiom of 'Nobody got fired for buying IBM' when south Microsoft was the next safe bet for Management with much the same results

Kevin Johnston

Re: 3 9s....

I still favour the report that the number part of Microsoft's xx365 products is actually in Octal which equates to a decimal 245 days allowing them decimal 120 days outage per year.

Running Windows 10? Microsoft is preparing to fire up the update engines

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Re: Last update wrecked so much

Have to agree. We have two Win10 devices here and since the latest upgrade they have shown 80-100% usage on CPU/Mem/Disc for long periods making them unusable.

Since one of them was a clean build two years ago with only MS software such as Office and Teams plus Firefox browser I can be fairly sure this is not legacy software killing it and Resource Manager points the finger at things such as MS Anti-malware and 'system interrupts' using all the Disc/CPU resources. Curiously, I can resolve the anti-malware hogging by excluding the Windows folder but that still leaves many other MS tasks/services overloading the system.

HMRC tool for measuring IR35 status is so great, employers are ditching it in their droves

Kevin Johnston

Re: Horribly broken - not by accident

The reason they were liable is that amazing structure by which errors in tax liability are the fault of the person who HMRC say owes the tax even if they have done exactly what an HMRC Tax Inspector told them.

HMRC are somehow immune from being at fault unless a court says so and they strecth that immunity as far as it will go as they need to try to reach that magic tax income figure which is less connected to reality every year.

Offering Patreon subs in sterling or euros means you can be sued under GDPR, says Court of Appeal

Kevin Johnston

Would those acorns be the whole atom or just one electron?

Wi-Fi not working? It's time to consult the lovely people on those fine Linux forums

Kevin Johnston

Soooo many examples I could offer here

When I left school and chose Electrical Engineering as my speciality I got some advice from my Dad which has been priceless (when I remembered it)

If something has stopped working then put a piece of paper on your desk (a coffee mug would do if no paper available) and explain to it every step you have taken which led you to your current state. At some point in the story you will identify the bit where you turned off or unplugged something or where you caught your foot on a cable and amazingly that is exactly why it all stopped working.

The trick is to remember to do this before you call for assistance from a PFY who will see your failure as another example of senility

Dutch nuclear authority bans anti-5G pendants that could hurt their owners via – you guessed it – radiation

Kevin Johnston


Try viewing the old Mythbuster shows....they did exactly this using a pig's stomach and eventually got the explosion they were trying for but only by using compressed air at ridiculous volumes.

Using Pop Rocks or Mentos/Diet Coke or even bicarb and vinegar they could not create enough pressure as presumably there is a pressure level at which these reactions cannot take place.

The ideal sat-nav is one that stops the car, winds down the window, and asks directions

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More to the point, becuase you have reduced the number of controls to those immediately under your thumbs that will incerease distracted driving rather than reduce it as you need to navigate through menus to find the bit you want to change and then make the change...that will be a few seconds when your eyes are looking at thinsg inside the car rather than outside.

There was a judge who made a very good comment about speed cameras causing people to spend too much time watching their speedo instead of the road and this would be worse as it would kick in every time you wanted to alter the heating/wipers/radio/lights...great idea that

Why machine-learning chatbots find it difficult to respond to idioms, metaphors, rhetorical questions, sarcasm

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Every group of children develop their own meanings for words (or even new words) to show they are part of the in-crowd and to avoid being understood by their parents who are just old people who don't understand the challenges of being a teenager etc etc.

From that start point what chance does any 'AI' have as the meaning of a phrase will differ depending on which street you live on never mind which country you live in and by the time these phrases have reached TV where researchers might discover them they will have morphed multiple times diametrically and in shades to ensure that old people (those over 20) are too embarrassed to try to use them in case they get it wrong

Real-time crowdsourced fact checking not really that effective, study says

Kevin Johnston

I thought the IQ of a crowd was average IQ multiplied by the inverse square of the number of people in it?

Remember when you thought fax machines were dead-matter teleporters? Ah, just me, then

Kevin Johnston

International faxing

Was working on a project in Canada that was going better than expected (ahead of schedule and no errors - no, honestly) and to thank us the Project manager faxed us some money but we couldn't use it as it was sterling and not Canadian dollars...such a shame

Facebook's greatest misses: The five nastiest bits from recent leaks

Kevin Johnston

Re: "to paint a false picture of our company"

It is easy to have Industry leading programs when the industry is 'Facebook Inc revenue protection Industries'. That is one of those smokescreen phrases like 'Up to 100%' and 'small portion of our users'

Tesla slams into reverse, pulls latest beta of Full Self-Driving software from participating car owners

Kevin Johnston

Re: This statement needs soem clarification...

What's wrong with having a man with a red flag walking in front, it could even have a big T on it to show brand awareness

Nobody cares about DAB radio – so let's force it onto smart speakers, suggests UK govt review

Kevin Johnston

Re: unloved radio tech

I would have to dispute your 59% DAB as that is actually 33% DAB and 26% 'Other digital formats'. While the total digital share is beating the Analogue, the 'Other digital formats' are more likely to take a slice out of the DAB share than the AM/FM share which could soon leave DAB in third place.

YouTubers fell for shady 'sponsors' who seized, then sold, accounts

Kevin Johnston

Re: What's the business model?

Does your stroller not have integrated minigun pods to protect your little darlings from the nasty world? Why will you not think of the children and the greater good?



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