* Posts by Roland6

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New Outlook set for GA despite missing some key features

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The bug is in the client:

“ A major trouble spot is Exchange Server: Microsoft has not announced any plans to support it with new Outlook”

Current Outlook (2019/365 desktop install) has problems when you have both an on-prem Exchange server and a 365 tenancy.

Many have reported that Outlook had problems connecting with the pre-existing on-prem exchange server once the user had an “OnMicrosoft” account as Outlook tried to connect with a non-existing Exchange 365 server… Encountered this problem myself when working away from the office network on which the exchange server resided, so did a Google…

So it seems MS have no intention of fixing Outlook and the way it connects with a remote on-prem Exchange Server.

Smartphone is already many folks' only computer – say hi to optional desktop mode in Android 15 beta

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I think it failed because it wasn’t android and an app that could be installed on any phone. Additionally, Canonical seemed to prefer to demo it as an experiment rather than as a finished product.

But the real challenge wasn’t so much the desktop but the applications, effectively you needed both a phone document tool and a desktop tool on the same device. So the real challenge was marrying the two differing user interfaces and differing usage styles and requirements. I would hope this Android take on the problem is both more seamless and more widely adopted.

What is interesting, is that people will probably buy a phone that can be docked and used as a computer; although it probably won’t replace the business standard 15~16 inch laptop.

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> But the port on a phone is not really mechanically suited for the kind of movement you're likely to get in this kind of situation

I’ve used some of the magnetic usb-c connectors. However, the charging only ones have a more secure fit in the USB port than the full function ones, although on the laptop I note magnetic adaptor isn’t totally transparent and so transfer rates aren’t as high as with a direct cable connection.

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> Not all USB-C to HDMI dongles work

The devil is in the detail, both with respect to the signalling the dongle accepts as input from the USB and what it will output to the HDMI line, and then matching this to what your monitor will accept and what your computer actually sends…. The other fun with usb-c-to-HDMI is audio… Naturally this information isn’t always available. Finding adaptors that also support charging…

For general usage (ie. Place in the backpack) I use a powered USB-C hub that works with iMac and iPad devices, this requirement seems to avoid many of the not working HDMI connection head scratching.

Currently looking for an HDMI-to-USB dongle as camera has an HDMI output…

Former Autonomy CFO banned from chartered accounting group until 2038

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Re: That's a fairly high budget

>” the fact that a Member has been convicted of an offence before a Court outside the United Kingdom which would have constituted a criminal offence had the matter been prosecuted in the United Kingdom shall,”

I thought the whole reason Sushovan Hussain was in a US court was because what he and others at Autonomy did, did not constitute a criminal offence under UK law, hence why there was no UK criminal court case…

>” So what was there to investigate? £450,000 sounds like a lot when they are just agreeing with the findings of the US court.”

Someone else was picking up the bill, so all meetings were probably held at a central London hotel such as Claridges…

Users rage as Microsoft announces retirement of Office 365 connectors within Teams

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Re: Can't read the sodding article.

> As intrusive, constantly resizing bloody adverts make it impossible.

I don’t see these ad’s - using an un modified iPad to access ElReg, although the Windows box does run adblocking.

I wonder whether the ad load is related to where you located and device etc. being used.

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Re: Where's the Plan B for companies

> What MS giveth, MS can easily Taketh away.

Todays example: Microsoft killed my online life after I called Gaza

Given also Amazon’s long history of locking user accounts for no reason, it’s beginning to look like a full migration away from US corporations is going to be necessary, rather than just a move from Microsoft to open source.

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“…all connectors within all clouds will stop working.”

I presume “all clouds” includes home and personal 365 subscriptions (and others like education and Government clouds).

Whilst I get the focus of this report on the enterprise, it does look like MS are going to really upset their wider user base, who will have just used the provided connectors and webhooks, which given Power Automate is not included as part of Office 365 personal or family. It’s only included as part of Office 365 Business Basic and above, they are going to see things breaking…


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Re: You mean you don't ?

>” On all my kit, all our pc based accounts are configured to keep local copies - had it before where you couldn't access the data in the cloud”

Looks like I need to revisit the 365 configuration a client is using, as the users “on this pc” documents folder is mapped to OneDrive, so regularly open a local document only to be usable to save because it can’t get a cloud connection (plus regularly getting untrusted connection, because the certificate for some random service that underpins OneDrive/Sharepoint has expired (random because the certificate details bear no information that permits me to connect them to either a specific MS service or my tenancy….

So currently the only way to ensure a file really is local is the save it to Public Documents or a separate non OneDrive linked USB drive.

Intuit decimates staff, hopes to hire same number in AI refocus

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“ Republicans have vowed to defund the Direct File system.”

Nothing like nailing your colours to the mast. Yet suspect many sheep will still vote for them…

RADIUS networking protocol blasted into submission through MD5-based flaw

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Re: So this has to be an insider attack

> so would usually be an extra bit of kit installed in a network link.

Potentially a compromised router that is running some botnet client…

Microsoft hits snooze again on security certificate renewal

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Re: Funnily enough

Interestingly, the certificate expired warnings I’m seeing from my 365 sessions are for LetsEncrypt issued certificates…but not for my domain…

Critical Windows licensing bugs – plus two others under attack – top Patch Tuesday

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Android updates… could do better

Whilst MS is getting the headlines, the Andriod security fixes are troubling, because of the hit-and-miss nature of the Andriod ecosystem.

It would seem the only platforms currently guaranteed to receive Android updates (until 2030) are Google Pixel phones….

The time surely has come for the Android eco system to move towards an MS style service, where as part of the Android licence they guarantee both the timely provision of updates and that updates will be provided for 5+ years (ie. My 2020 phone should still be getting updates and they should be happening more than once in a blue moon).

UK minister recalls two planning decisions which blocked datacenter investment

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Re: UK's planning depts are useless and badly in need of reform

>” Starmer's cabinet and approach to leading policy has the makings of a really, really good government.”

Well from the announcements made so far, it’s as conflicted as previous administrations: saying it wants to devolve more to local government whilst also making more central dictates on housing, wind farms, data centres…

So yet to see any change from the Tories….

Microsoft tells yet more customers their emails have been stolen

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Look at it from their angle: they are short of budget(*) therefore the best way to secure more budget is to point the finger at a believable suspect.

(*) where short can mean less budget and qudos than they would like.

Windows Notepad gets spell check. Only took 41 years

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They are…

There really isn’t a reason to have a generic language spell checker in Notepad, as if you need to be writing that much text, use WordPad or Works (going back a few years) or Word.

This seems much like the start of a repeat of the Windows mail/outlook express/outlook desktop/outlook web … where MS will enhance products to the point where they now “compete” and so need to be rationalised by discontinuing products.

So this is yet another example of MS making changes for the sake of change rather than because it is actually beneficial to the user.

Labour wins race to lead UK, but few would envy the load in its tech in-tray

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Re: @jospanner

>” Asking departments to piss away less money than before while the gov still spends more is not the gov spending less.”

Got where you are coming from.

Whilst the Tories claim to want a small public sector/“state”, they actually want a large amount of public money/corporate welfare to give to their mates… so the downward pressure on departmental spend is deliberate and provides opportunities to claim the departments are poorly run etc. and so make the private sector more attractive.

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Re: @jospanner

>"You can search the text to see it mentions "austerity" 14 times, so yes the article is talking about austerity."

The Paul Krugman article does mention "austerity", however its focus is on "financial austerity" ie. the government maintaining a reducing cap on expenditure so that in real-terms les gets spent year-on-year even though the raw (unadjusted for inflation) numbers increase. This resulting in for example NHS nurses being paid circa 30% less in real terms in 2023 than they were being paid in 2010, but still permitted the Tories to crow that they were spending more on the NHS than Labour. So simply counting the number of times the word "austerity" occurs isn't particularly helpful.

The question is whether this financial austerity actually resulted in the increased unemployment style of austerity.

Personally, I would put little weight on Osborne's comments; he still believes in Neo-Liberalism, even though the pivotal paper he bases his thinking on has been shown to have misrepresented data through an elementary spreadsheet error and so the claimed link between low debt and a strong economy doesn't exist.

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Re: Foundations of Geopolitics

>"And the UK is in a bit of a mess, and has rejected one government to replace it with a new one lead by a Prime Minister who's never really demonstrated any leadership."

Just like many previous occupiers of No. 10, regardless of party affiliation, which isn't really any different to many board rooms...

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Re: Politicians come and politicians go

> Speed much more importantly equals capacity

A motorway with vehicles travelling at 2mph has a higher capacity than the same section with vehicles travelling at 70mph…However, the optimal capacity is 55 mph, even though generally you can travel at 70.

> Also, it only became a vanity project because it was quite literally abused to print money for rich Tory mates.

It was originally conceived to make New Labour look “with it”, hence why it was only London - Birmingham, subsequent efforts were made to turn it into something useful, it was at this point “capacity” was seized on. There were also the conflicts, the trackbed being one and probably the biggest contributor to the “overspend”, the decision to run 400 km/h trains requests a vastly more expensive alignment and trackbed than that required for 300 km/h (HS1/Eurotunnel) or 201 km/h (west coast mainline).

Another conflict was the cost/price, the politicians sold it as being a showcase of British engineering (and thus encouraged ideas of 400 km/h etc) yet wanted it built (just like they did with the channel tunnel and HS1) at bargain basement prices, hence minimum use of tunnels and a route that avoided expensive land purchase etc.

HS2 became expensive because they under estimated the cost of having people working in poorly accessible locations, with modern levels of health and safety and creature comforts.

> This country HAS to get over itself if there is to be any kind of meaningful progress, especially in the planning permission department.

The real issue is daft speculative planning applications, which give a false impression that it is the planners who are holding stuff up.

For example, near me a planning application for 5000 homes was turned down because the developer expected the council to compulsory purchase the pre-existing homes built on the land the developer wanted to use for access…

Currently got a “solar park” application in progress. The developer is majoring on the greenwash, ignoring the facts from their own brochure show the business park will be a significant net energy consumer ie. Their wind farm and solar farm elements are purely to earn them (to owners and operators) revenue from grid,payments/tax breaks.

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Re: IR35

> It makes government projects artificially more expensive and of poor quality.

Whilst I get the more expensive, the link to poor quality is not so direct.

I suspect the reason why HMRC are using SAP is because of the doctrine of “buy don’t build” handed down from the politicians, hence why SAP had to be so highly customised. I think the use of major SI’s doesn’t automatically mean use a COTS product, just that many will be more comfortable using a COTS package and customising it.

HMRC really need to be looking to replace SAP with open source and in-house development/customisation.

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Re: Letter from the colonies

> I think I’ll stay well away.

Got a nice bolt hole in Provence?

Icon: best on offer: over large wine glass…

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> I also think it was somewhat mean that Sunak got re-elected

Possibly, but it does mean the other 120 Conservative MPs have to get their act together and publicly and actively initiate a leadership contest…

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> If you think that Reform are comparable to the right wing of the Conservative Party

Didn’t say that, although given some in the Conservative Party either joined Reform or wanted the Conservative Party to adopt some Reform policies, would suggest some degree of overlap with the extreme right within the Conservative Party. Remember the Conservatives in the main will do whatever to gain and keep power, so I can see the right of the Conservatives seeing how well Reform are doing, deciding to jump ship…

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From various protests against planning applications, many are actually Tory voters…

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Re: @jospanner

You do realise the south east Asia economic boom was largely funded by Japan? So a large part of the Japanese “debt” is investment in south East Asian assets…

If the UK were to build/purchase a nuclear power station (circa £40bn), it would be recorded in the accounts as an addition to the national debt.

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So the Tory approach to “investment” where you give money to your mates (or in this specific example giving it to Norway) is much better for the UK economy than directly investing in the economy? Which begs the obvious question: after 45 years of Tory economic policy why is the UK in such a piss poor state economically and lacking in essential infrastructure…

As for Norways predicament, well it’s very similar to several Middle Eastern OPEC members…

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Re: Foundations of Geopolitics

> The US has more to gain from the breakup of the EU than Russia.

Possibly, in the very short term.

Remember part of the Russian desire for eastern Ukraine is to take over a major producer of grain to the world…

Similarly, I suspect Russia’s oil and gas reserves will still be significant when the US are struggling…

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Re: Foundations of Geopolitics

It is t just “Europe”, it is the UK, remember Thatcher preferred to buy and thus increase our dependence on the US than maintain a (or build a “world class”) UK defence industry…

Looks like the UK needs to get closer to France, who have maintained so level of independence from the US…

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“ That isn't true. Some of the world's richest (and/or fastest growing) economies rely almost entirely on exporting services.”

Clearly the UK doesn’t intend being one of these, otherwise it would be have and be taking actions to make it easier to export services, which does impact the macroeconomic effects you are going on about…

>” As far as Brexit goes, the one trade benefit of leaving the EU is the ability to drop tariffs”

Tariff aren’t the only barrier, we’ve seen this with the massive increase in paperwork needed to trade with the EEA (that is both EEA businesses selling to the Uk and UK businesses selling to the EEA).

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No the point you made was about what Norway could and could not do with the wealth it has accumulated. I simply pointed out that a significant proportion of that wealth arises from the UK purchasing Norwegian North Sea gas…

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Leaving the EU hasn’t made it any easier selling UK IT services (ie. uk nationals paying UK taxes etc.) into other countries…

Remember Thatcher’s whole point of forming the common market/EEA was to make it easier for UK businesses to trade with its immediate neighbours…

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Re: Politicians come and politicians go

> HS2 was doomed because

It was a project founded on political vanity. If it had started from a different place, like how do we address the issues with the WCML, it would have looked very different and had a different cost profile.

HS2 killed itself in part by wanting to be super fast (400km/h) rather than just fast (201km/h).

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> What has actually made Norway rich is the economic activity surrounding resource extraction, not selling the resources themselves

Norway has done very well out of selling (North sea) resources to the UK…

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I suggest you try and run a UK based IT consultancy/systems integration company that sells into the EU…

By leaving the EEA, the UK chose to permit the EU to impose WTO tariffs on UK sales to the EU, rather than the more favourable EEA/EU tariffs…

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> Five more years of Sunak would have been a disaster

Sunak would of been replaced within a year or so of the GE…

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> The Tories are centrist

Only one of the factions that form the Tory party can be called centrist. Hopefully, with Reform’s assistance, the Tory party will splinter into the three broad groupings it consists of.

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> Still odd how Europe is taking a very long overdue move away from the left

But is it really a move away from “the left”

The UK result is very clear: the public including Tory voters had lost confidence in the party that had seemingly been in government since forever. (It is worth noting prior to Blair there had only effectively been three majority Labour governments).

Looking at Europe, we see much of the same loss in confidence, just that with PR etc. minority government has been more normal, so there isn’t one party you can really point to, therefore I suggest the seemingly only way to protest and (hopefully) get a government that will change the status quo, is to vote against the establishment, which has been predominantly left leaning; a situation that would seem to favour the more right wing parties…

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Re: Party in charge is irrelevant

It was okay for Cameron to not have a plan for Brexit, his mistake was not having a plan if the result was “Leave”; wishing to leave the EU is different to actually leaving the EU, even though Brexiteers conflagrated the two.

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Re: Foundations of Geopolitics

> The UK is still in NATO

And Trump is threatening to withdraw from NATO, without the US standing behind the UK and France, there is no NATO worth talking about; a state of affairs that would suit Putin…

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>” It would probably be better to work on boosting trade with Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries instead.”

If you had kept up, you would know that ship had sailed some years back…

Although, those former colonies who are interested eg. USA, Oz, India, are only interested in enhancing their exports (of goods and services/people) to the UK…

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> “Some of the world's richest (and/or fastest growing) economies rely almost entirely on exporting services.

As far as Brexit goes, the one trade benefit of leaving the EU is the ability to drop tariffs”

The trouble is the tariffs than be dropped are those that raise the prices of foreign goods being purchased in the UK; Brexit had the effect of raising barriers and tariffs on the services we sell to others, such as financial services - the mainstay of the UK economy, and any in-person services such as operating a European centre of excellence in say AI from the UK…

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Four self inflicted wounds, you are forgetting Thatcher selling everything off and then not investing the North Sea revenues like Norway did…

So the current mess actually stretches back circa 45 years…

'One Less Car' Uber bets a grand you'll ditch your wheels

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Re: Sounds good to me

> but at short notice, or during 'unsociable hours', it can be unrealistic.

Where “unsociable hours” really means any time the office is closed ie.outside of 8am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to noon Saturday….

So to collect a vehicle generally means making arrangements to leave work early or be in late….

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Re: No.

There is an addition. When away it doesn’t matter if I stay late or another day, as it doesn’t have to be returned by a specific date and time (with a full tank of fuel).

I have also been in the position where I have turned up to collect my car, only to be told they have no cars due to extensions, late returns…

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Re: The fly in this ointment is...

> does owning a capable vehicle actually make economic sense?

This is just one of the factors. There is the related question: can I actually hire/rent a capable vehicle?

Try hiring a car that has:

a towbar - used regularly for the bike carrier and a couple of times a year for the trailer

A roof rack/box

Doesn’t prohibit pets

Can be taken to Europe.

The trouble is that many things are fine for those with simple lives, step out of line…

Paessler pulls subscription licensing switcheroo on PRTG Network Monitor

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Re: "3,000 of the 10,000 largest VMware customers"

Suspect many of the 3000, have only signed to cover the next ~3 years, to cover the migration to an alternative platform…

Australia to build Top Secret cloud in AWS for military and spooky users

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Re: Edit

Suspect the “interoperability” is just a euphemism for shared platform, ie. All data is in the same DBMS the view just restricts what any one entity can access….

Vodafone, VMO2 shuffle spectrum to woo watchdog amid merger moves

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Will MergeCo have more than 25% of total spectrum?

If Ofcom are consistent with previous decisions, concerning the UK market needing 4 operators, it needs to ensure no one operator has more than 25% of the spectrum or reduce MergeCo to a carrier with no retail operation ie. It has to sell to end users via independent MVNOs which it does not have a shareholding in. If it thinks the market requires three operators (sorry alts, no room for you) then the maximum spectrum MergeCo can have is 33%….

To allow MergeCo to retain in any form over 34% and a retail operationmeans Ofcom believes there is only really room in the UK market for a duopoly…

Despite OS shields up, half of America opts for third-party antivirus – just in case

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Re: Tired

Also we probably need to move with the times and be less US-Europe focused and consider products like Quick Heal (HQ India), which has been scoring well in detection and protection tests.