* Posts by Vince

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Microsoft 365 invites users to 'Ask Me Anything' – as long as it doesn't require a clued-up exec to deliver clear answers

Vince

Surely the questions should have been:

1) Why is * 365 so unreliable?

2) Why is OneDrive and SharePoint so god damn bad still?

3) How do you make your Exchange so latent and break sync compared to on-prem run by others?

4) Why do you undercut your own partners on pricing for the Office part?

5) Why do you keep renaming the damn products confusing the hell out of people?

6) Why do you deliberately cripple the full no-sub office compared to the sub office given the cost?

7) Why do you still refuse to let small businesses use 365 office on RDS without the VL or Enterprise requirements?

There are doubtless more.

Go on, eat your fibre, new build contractors. It's free! OpenReach lowers limit for free FTTP connections

Vince

Re: Wow, what a pain

Well given Openreach only provides the circuit, but not the way for it to get to the internet, not the routing, peering, transit, support and so on, it isn't that amazing that the cost you have to pay is more than the Openreach cost.

In other news, when I buy bread, the cost is considerably more than the flour. Who would have thought it.

UK's North Midlands hospitals IT outage, day 2: All surgery and appointments cancelled

Vince

Re: Cisco?

In my head I'm imagining they use Meraki stuff owned by Cisco and something like the licenses expired as they did - at least last time I heard - stop working once the license expires.

Edge-lords crack down on trackers as Microsoft effortlessly kills off PBX phone system, and what's this? Windows Calculator on iOS?

Vince

Re: Fire Alarms

Quite possibly either by keeping a few analogue lines, or possibly by just having GSM based options put in - pretty damn common now.

Remember the Nominet £100m dot-uk windfall it claims doesn't exist? Well, it's already begun

Vince

Odd because if they had done it a couple weeks ago it would have cost them £0 because Nominet was offering free 1 year to registrars... hoping they'd do exactly this...

Hello Moto! UK Home Office shoves comms giant another £82m to stay on Emergency Services Network gig

Vince

Re: I think the phrase is...

I hate defending EE but from everything I've heard/been told, EE are waiting on Motorola to get the hell on with stuff...

Brit hosting provider tsoHost takes needleful of 'unauthorized code' to the servers, suffers week of outages

Vince

Re: Every cloud has a silver lining.

Hah, fat chance. People are remarkably slow to actually do anything once the fire has been put out.

Even though a few might shuffle things, the odds of it making a material difference is close to none.

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand

Vince

Re: So many storage questions

Or you could add more storage via the PCIe slots it has...

Apple reckons mystery new material will debug butterfly keyboard woes in latest MacBook Pros

Vince

Re: Blinkered

Funny because I've been typing for many years and I really like the design of the keyboard on the 12" MacBook (mine is thus the first generation butterfly) - I've had zero keyboard faults, and it's by far the keyboard I can type best on.

I've also got a 2018 Macbook Pro (15") which is 3rd gen butterfly I believe. It's not quite as nice - primarily because the keys are further apart on that larger device, but I still don't have any real issues.

The travel is a matter of preference, and I really don't experience the trauma that others do. Perhaps I'm more adaptable to different keyboards as a "professional keyboard nerd" that has to use lots of different computers in my day to day work... who knows.

Whilst it is clear there is a vocal minority that don't like these keyboards, Apple still sells several million laptops a quarter so it doesn't appear to be hurting sales that much.

Now if there is a keyboard to bitch about, that has to be the "magic keyboard" Apple sells - it is garbage. Why don't more people bitch about that??!

Cheapskate Brits appear to love their Poundland MVNOs as UK's big four snubbed in survey again

Vince

Precisely none of your calls or texts are "free" - you're paying £13/month.

Google Fiber experiment ends with Choc Factory paying Louisville $3.8m to clean up its mess

Vince

Rural does not mean poor internet access

I'm not sure your argument works.

I've got customers "in the sticks" (really in the sticks) with FTTP connected and fine at 330 meg. My office, in a City Centre, in a very popular area has no FTTC or FTTP at all, and we're only able to get ADSL2+ unless we pay for fibre ethernet ourselves. Being "in the sticks" is not always and is increasingly thanks to the gov funding projects not a problem - it's actually reversing the issue as FTTP is more effective to deploy in those rural areas with few properties than many FTTC cabs serving 1-2 premises. It can be the case that rural is worse, but it is also the case that it can be significantly better.

We have in most respects got a national operator - eg Openreach - but actually that's not all that helpful because as they have zero competition in many areas they are frequently lacking in service delivery and inefficiency. It's noticeable when you find there is competition that they magically do a better job...

That marketing email database that exposed 809 million contact records? Maybe make that two-BILLION-plus?

Vince

Re: Pawned - or not.

Yeah I'd agree - our company domain listing from HIBP has an awful lot of never-existed aliases and some that are blatantly never going to exist and aren't even a good effort.

It is interesting though that some are either guesses at possible aliases for staff that really do work for the company even though we've never set those aliases up and have no intention of doing so. Presumably someone once guessed at addresses, then got breached and those not-actually-true addresses got added to the growing list of nonsense.

It's a hard drive ahead: Seagate hits the density problem with HAMR, WD infects MAMR with shingles

Vince

Not really - they still provide far greater capacity to price - and many of us care about capacity, not speed of access.

Microsoft flings the Windows Calculator source at GitHub

Vince

Re: Is this a boiling frog experiment ?

At the very least, have other people developing it to reduce how much they spend on development...

Welcome to the sunlit uplands of HTTP/2, where a naughty request can send Microsoft's IIS into a spin

Vince

"and reboot"

Actually no - a reboot OR just restart IIS - let's not make it out that it needs a reboot when it does not.

Remember Misco? Staff win protective award at employment tribunal

Vince

Re: Administrators

The insolvency/admin firms charge incredibly high rates and extract all the remaining money out of the business. Most if it goes to them (£1.1m in this case), and the £600,000 left went (shared out) to anyone who could make a claim - creditors generally get a few pence in the pound (if that).

These firms have "charge out" rates of £80 for something like an administrator/office junior type per hour, and then end up in £400-£800 per hour for the "senior" people. It's a nonsense.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

Vince

Also, but not mentioned in the article....

If the user was "roaming" the traffic goes back to the home network, as does the check to allow roaming, voice access, etc etc and SMS.. so as O2 was not suffering "no signal" that would help in zero way.

Accenture in doghouse after NHSmail mass outage cuts off 1m+ UK health staff

Vince

Re: £1.50 per month

Ignoring the infamous reliability issue of Office 365, there's more to NHSMail than the Kiosk license you refer to provides.

Also, just because *YOU* didn't experience an outage, doesn't mean it hasn't had a lot of them affecting a lot of people.

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

Vince

How about getting rid of Minecraft and the various Candy Crush Soda Saga Gibbon Badger Super Soaker 104?

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

Vince

10 does help improve support revenues mind...

The only upside of Windows 10 is that it is actively helping increase the amount of work It support people get - which is ultimately more paid work.

That's it.

It's the first partner friendly move they've made, but I don't think it was intentional...

Windows Server 2019 Essentials incoming – but cheapo product's days are numbered

Vince

"Axing the Essentials line is a calculated risk for Microsoft. While its Office 365 product remains the clear market leader, small businesses may look to the likes of Google's G Suite in future. "

Huh? Server essentials has sod all to do with Office in any form, so ditching the Essentials Line won't have any difference in that respect.

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

Vince

Re: All these people agreeing with Verizon...

Just a point of clarification - the “wire pulling” bit of BT, by which I think you mean Openreach is not s different company. It’s also BT plc.

Legally separated operationally, but not independent, not a separate company etc

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

Vince

Re: Windows 10 Home doesn't have the option of disabling the updates

"Can't you add..."

(a) No, because that's not the host name used for Windows Update

(b) No, because Windows has a hard coded list of locations including IP addresses to ensure malware can't so easily stop updates & to prevent hijacking that it uses as well as looking things up

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

Vince

Clearly in this case the issue has nothing to do with printers, but just to remind El Reg of its own news articles, there have been issues with printers changing content...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/06/xerox_copier_flaw_means_dodgy_numbers_and_dangerous_designs/

Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

Vince

I’m pretty good at predicting accurately when it’s a good time to install updates.

So accurate in fact I’ve got a 100% success rate.

The problem with the new plan is that it doesn’t matter if I went to get a cuppa, or went away for the weekend, I might well have left the system on and in a particular state for a very good reason. There’s not a predictable “good time” for me, other than “when I am ready”.

I’m sure many others feel the same, but why Microsoft cannot just accept it and let us have more control is beyond me. Maybe come up with compelling features we want to install and not useless toot we couldn’t care less about and you’ll find more active updating being done.

Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS

Vince

Re: It isnt the encryption that is the problem

You can run 150 web sites off one IPv4 address with TLS. It's called SNI. It's been around for ages. Unless your devices are really old it'll just work.

That's how it is done.

That said, I don't agree with this move by Google. It's poorly considered and will mislead people again. The problem with "secure" is that it is not secure - it's just encrypted between you and the point it terminates at. The site could have a web page under HTTPS that is spewing out all your details openly - it's not in any way an indicator of secure.

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

Vince

Re: The elegant and slimmer fix

As the new macbook's don't have any illuminated logo...

I still prefer my MBP 2016 to anything anyone else makes.

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

Vince

Re: At least it was better than...

I was given a copy of Windows ME by Microsoft when I attended some event back in the day. It is still, to this day, in the shrink wrap, unopened and unused.

I mean why would you use it when Windows 2000 rocked up.

Every bloody gadget in the house is ringing. Thanks, EE

Vince

Not quite....

This adds the ability for my iPad (which is on o2 as it happens) to be able to make and receive calls to/from my EE number, even when my iPhone is not on, not connected, not on the same network.

So if you say had a BT Landline and called my mobile number, and I had run out of battery on my iPhone, but my iPad was still good, if it had connectivity (cellular - not needing to be EE... or wifi), my iPad would ring and I could take the call. For example on Saturday my iPhone was at home, I was 15 miles away and my iPad let me take a call from a non-facetime user.

You could previously do this but only if the iPhone was connected/nearby the iPad - so the scenario I describe didn't work.

However, a few clarifications...

EE web site suggests this works for texts - so far, it does not work independently of the iPhone - you could already, on watch and iPad send an SMS but it would relay via iCloud and send to the iPhone to send for you - likewise receiving it. This is STILL the case now - but it's implied in various places by EE that won't be the case - but neither my watch (cellular or wifi) or my iPad can relay or receive SMS if my iPhone is not on and connected - so nothing has changed in SMS terms[1]

[1] not to be confused with imessage which does work regardless but obviously is only of use if the other party is also an imessage user.

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

Vince

Re: Dear Microsoft

Weirdly enough I recently did the same, between Microsoft having my data via LinkedIn and the same utter crap being received via LinkedIn and absolutely nothing useful in years, I decided it had to go.

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

Vince

Re: Not Avast Me Hearties!

Sample size of 1. Conclusive proof then.

Look, we're doing stuff: Facebook suspends 200 super slurper apps

Vince

"Facebook failed to respond to The Register's repeated requests for clarification on how former users would be alerted to the potential misuse of data."

...well if Facebook acted as responsibly as they should then they wouldn't hold the data of former users in order to have any method years on to directly contact them...

...this privacy stuff is difficult right :-)

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Vince

Re: Oh well

Or more accurately...

AAISP provide a normal PSTN Line, but then add a feature to nobble its use. They also just happen to charge a bit less for said line, and choose to forgo higher margins others make.

However, other ISPs provide said PSTN line for £10 (like AAISP) but do let you use the phone line for voice calls - it's the same wholesale service, without the nobbling.

In the case of AAISP you are paying for a line you can't use for voice but it's an ordinary line, they have no special sauce.

Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

Vince

Maybe he should have checked first?

You clearly don't understand (a) the nature of live TV, and (b) what the grid walk is...

It's not exactly the sort of thing that is scripted in advance...

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

Vince

Re: Sorry, I still don't get it...

I believe, but may be wrong, that the entry to (before the pit officially starts and speed restrictions apply) and exit of, is outside the restrictions so time can be gained in that area?

Is it possibly also a shorter distance to travel?

Vodafone is UK's mobile ping king

Vince

...but the reality (for me at least) is that three works in places nobody else do and frankly, for most uses, it's always more than fast enough for what you ACTUALLY are doing.

Leading by example: UK.gov's secure server setup is patchy at best

Vince

Re: Try checking the banks first

When you say "council tax" has been on hold for like 10 years, what precisely do you mean, because mine has gone up by about 4% every single year, and this year is no exception.

UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

Vince

YMMV of course, but my experience is entirely different. In fact in our office, the vast majority of the staff use 3.

Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

Vince

Re: Who uses a landline in this day and age?

Providing they get 3G or 4G signal, the voice call quality on a mobile is miles ahead of a landline.

Vince

Given Sky are only paying for the 40 hours fix time, the problem there is how much Sky are prepared to pay to have faults fixed faster. For once not really Openreach to blame.

Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

Vince

Yes, and I find the 12" Macbook version of the keyboard is a total delight to use, and the one on my 15" Macbook Pro less so - because the keys are spaced apart more. If it had the same more compact design as I do on the 12" device I'd be very happy.

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

Vince

I haven't read the entire comments posted thus far, but seriously, yet again your piece has obvious lack of research issues.

Easiest example: "Being Apple, of course, there's no option to reduce the refresh rate (it's a dazzling 120hz) or lower the screen res."

...no they don't, because it isn't always at 120Hz, it's entirely dynamic so there is no need to "manage" the refresh, because Apple does it already.

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

Vince

Avoid Windows 10 and also Office 2019? Fine by me.

Windows 10 already pushed me to the alternative OS choices, so not having to consider any further expenditure on the non-Win 10 machines I still have, forcing me to abandon MS entirely is really no great problem anymore.

Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple's password protection in macOS can be thwarted

Vince

Re: So how does one lock a Mac when stepping away?

Yep you and me both - I setup a hot corner - and I have added lock screen to the not so good touch bar - but as I generally avoid using it, I never actually use that method.

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

Vince

Re: Who didn't see this coming?

Add me to that list. CS4 was my last. Was going to get CS6 and then they yelled Cloud Cloud Cloud was about to be forced on us, so I decided against it.

I use Affinity Photo in place of Photoshop and it is very credible and well priced. I also have the iPad version and it’s also fabulous. All for less than the Adobe “Photography” subscription.

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Vince

Re: How convenient

"Nope - it's going to have to be a nice new AMD-based MacBook Pro for me, paid for by Intel"

Do you know something we don't about Apple's plans, because last I looked there was no AMD based MacBook Pro, and I doubt there will be.

TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

Vince

Utter twaddle. Sky has not, and does not throttle VPN traffic. Or indeed any other traffic.

Apple sprays down bug-ridden iOS 11 with more fixes

Vince

Re: Does IoS stand for

Well as the iPad doesn't include a calculator out of the box (still no idea why, although given current issues it might not be so bad) it could explain a lot!

Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

Vince

Re: €49.3m for Windows 10

The issue with your calculations is that you’re looking at “retail” pricing, they’ll end up with volume licensing which is more expensive, and comes with different license terms which will be better for them.

They’re probably having Software Assurance too, which adds among other things Software updates (new versions), particularly useful for Office less so than Windows these days (Windows is now even more complex when it comes to updates than it once was on enterprise and volume license).

Those costs don’t thus look utterly ridiculous to me, and I suspect despite all the moaning that the simple benefit of being able to use off the shelf software will help too. Whilst I’m no longer a Microsoft supporter, there is something to be said for having something you can just expect software to exist for and work with, and frankly the Issue with Linux on the desktop remains as it was before.

You can tell us there’s wine and a package for everything but it’s both not always the answer, is a pain in the backside with more complex proprietary software and quickly outweighs the savings from the desktop OS cost.

And before the running Linux at home lot wake up, there is a huge difference in what a large scale company or organisation needs and uses to your home setup. Councils need to massive ranges of functions ... anything from bin collection to running properties, street cleaning to heating pools in leisure centres and thus the software they need is considerably vast. Factor in too they are often the (unwilling) recipients of other people’s systems - for example in a building they might take on there could well be some existing building management system, it’ll be proprietary and they’re not going to rip that out and replace it just to use Linux when you can spend throwaway money on a Windows box.

There’s absolutely a place for Linux and the landscape shows it’s widely used in server farms, appliances, mobile etc etc and a fine job it does too, but honestly as a desktop it’s miles off being doable for everyone, and whilst I would love there to be a better choice and more competition in a meaningful way there isn’t and I suspect there won’t be anytime soon.

And finally.., in the previous post about this someone was banging on about how all these apps should be web based, please, use common sense. Not everything is suitable for a browser environment and there will be huge numbers of existing systems that would be very costly to replace - again it’s trivial to support as is but very costly to change.

Given Munich run a large Windows estate anyhow they’re supporting 2 different and often incompatible systems, it must be a real pain in the ass right now, so moving to “all windows” is the path of least resistance.

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

Vince

@Phil O'Sophical

"Which is strictly forbidden by my company's IT policy, so if that is the only way to make it work it would be the end of company-provided Android phones"

And I guess you won't be getting iOS devices either then, since you have to use the Apple Push Notification service as far as I know for everything like this. Indeed my basic understanding is that this is the ONLY option with Apple.

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