* Posts by David Lewis 2

135 posts • joined 22 Aug 2012


Microsoft? More like: My software goes off... Azure AD, Outlook, Office.com, Teams, Authenticator, etc block unlucky folks from logging in

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Re: if only the internet was a distributed network

Next you'll be suggesting they test their updates before pushing them out!

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns

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Why not 737-666?

She was praised by the CEO and promoted. After her brother and mom died, she returned from compassionate leave. IBM laid her off

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That's just them applying their policy of "Continuous Improvement".

As we stand on the precipice of science fiction into science fact, people say: Hell yeah, I want to augment my eyesight!

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New Opportunity

Augmented humans will require a new funeral choice:



WEEE Recycling Skip* - probably mandatory

* Of course any "organic residue" will become Soylent Green!

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Yes, but No.

While the concept is not new in the realm of science fiction, has many possible benefits and is probably inevitable, I foresee a huge problem in a real world implementation.

With embedded augmented reality, this will just mean <$enter ad-flinger of choice> will be able to deliver advertisements directly to your retina.

Or is this a sales pitch by Kaspersky for a new opportunity for an ad-blocker?

iOS 14 suffers app preference amnesia: Rebooting an iThing resets browser, email client defaults back to Safari, Mail

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Re: So iOS is now better than Windows 10

All your preferences are belong to us.

Of course if you take this behaviour to its logical conclusion it will result in the complete removal of user preferences, after all, they obviously know what is best for us!

Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it's not to blame

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Re: In other news - Intel to blame for all Windows bugs

Yes, this. I'm glad someone else said this before I could.

Have one =>

You won't need .NET Standard... except when you do need it: Microsoft sets out latest in ever-changing story

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Just the one?

'Mindset reset' contributes to £1bn extra costs and another delay – 2 years this time – for Emergency Services Network

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Oi! We'll have none of that NIH rubbish around here.

Anyway how can we have a "World Beating" system if someone else is using it?

Nvidia to acquire Arm for $40bn, promises to keep its licensing business alive

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@Adair, you work for Gartners and I claim my £5.

IBM made ‘top-down’ efforts to fire older workers, says US employment discrimination watchdog

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Re: Oh no, not the meetings!

I'll bet the are given the "comfy chair"!

Accenture dares to enter site of US Air Force mega ERP-project disaster

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Did I miss something?

Final Project Update:

1. We have shifted your (non functional) ERP system into the cloud (AWS/Azure/Whatever).

2. We have carried out extensive testing of the new implementation and confirmed that it is exactly as non functional as the original.

3. Here is our bill.

Northrop Grumman wins $13.3bn contract with US Air Force to kick off Minuteman III ICBM replacement

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Re: Launching Minuteman missiles?

Alexa! Nuke {$CurrentMostNonFavoredNation}

Who needs a button?

Job planning, temp staffing: NHS England tosses out £30m for HR and people systems to support new ways of working

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That's their whole business model:

1. Win public sector project contract.

2. Completely fail to deliver.

3. Profit!

4. Go to step 1.

It has been working for them for years, why would they change now?

I won't be ignored: Google to banish caller roulette with Verified Calls

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Thanks for the Information!

1. STD Clinic requests Google to verify a call to John/Jane Doe.

2. Google verifies the call and hungrily slurps the data, fantasizes over the marketing opportunities and sells the info to Blackmail-r-Us Inc.

3. John/Jane Doe subsequently receives a "verified" call from Blackmail-r-Us Inc ... "does your husband/wife/partner know you have a STD?

4. Profit!

AI in the enterprise: Get ready for a whole new era of smart software fueled by mountains upon mountains of data

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The Computer Says No ...

... but we have no idea why!

UK Home Office seeks suppliers: £25m up for grabs to build database to keep track of crimelords' ill-gotten gains

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Re: I can do that!

Remember to ensure the only copy of the "database" is on a thumb drive that is easily "lost" when the evil crime lords offer you sufficient "inducement"!

The Honor MagicBook Pro looks nice, runs like a dream, and isn't too expensive either. What more could you want?

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Re: And the software?

Clutter free Windows 10 installation

Shirley an oxymoron if ever there was one?

So the question is, are you satisfied with just being monitored by Redmond?

When low-balled projects go bad: Scottish pensions agency starts £10m procurement to buy the system Capita could not

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And the winner is ...

Capita! Come on down!

Icon: I'm not sure it is though.

In the frame with the Great MS Bakeoff: Microsoft sets out plans for Windows windows

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Are you suggesting that new stuff is always better?

I don't see a career in marketing in your future!

Multiple customers knocked offline as firefighters tackle flames at Telstra's London Hosting Centre bit barn

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It's alright, only the "1" bits will be affected, the "0" bits aren't flammable. So only ~50% data loss! Easily recovered.

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

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Re: Cache at your peril

... an awful lot of proper multi user testing on a test system before doing it live.

No, they are just following the modern trend of using live users as their test environment.

Well if it is good enough for Microsoft ...

Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool

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... the regular reinstall of Windows to keep it running well...

Isn't that what today's Windows 10 Updates are for? Haven't we come a long way!

* For some obscure definition of "well" with which I am not familiar.

Alright! Who's stoked for Windows 10 20H2? Anyone? Well, it's ready for commercial pre-release validation anyway

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Re: Time for another 6 hours of lost computer time

I feel a slower release cycle would enable the vendor to get rid of more bugs BEFORE release, not after.

That could only work if they weren't using the end users as the QA department!

Many, many years ago, I remember someone defining the relative costs of bugs discovered during Design, Testing & Production. Presumably that knowledge has been forgotten, or perhaps it has been discarded as it is "old".

Accenture scores £20m contract extension with UK pensions department: Competition? We've heard of it

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Re: One wonders

Given that this is DWP how can these "legacy" systems not have a retirement plan? It is obviously time they were "pensioned off"!

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update

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Re: Obviously was not tested

Of course it was tested ... that's what users are for!

Icon > I'm not really sure it is. This seems to be a modern trend.

Robust Rust trust discussed after Moz cuts leave folks nonplussed: Foundation mulled for coding language

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Re: Foundation and Umpire

Does that mean Rust 2.0 will be Second Foundation?

Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops

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Re: Self help AI

... although the sentences made grammatical sense, the writing lacked any substance ...

So was it a bad AI or a Politician?

And it's off! NASA launches nuke-powered, laser-shooting, tank Perseverance to Mars to search for signs of life

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P.S. I am currently designing a talking toaster with on the edge AI. Any suggestions?

Yes. Take great care with the diodes down the left side!

Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

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Re: Non-binary

Binary is just 0 or 1. By definition it can't have Decimal places.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Re: Win10 is Not Fit For Purpose.

... Can the general public turn the telemetry completely off? ...

This, 100x this, but you forgot to add " and have it stay off through subsequent updates!

I would like to move from W7, but I have no interest in playing whack-a-mole with W10 "Surveillance-as-a-Service".

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Re: Win10 is Not Fit For Purpose.

... the public is not MSHQ's beta testers, we're not the QA department ...

You might think that, but that is exactly how Microsoft sees them.

USA seeks Moon and Mars nuke power plant designs ready to fly in 2027

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Re: What are they going to do with the heat?

No, at 2 metre Social Distancing restrictions, that is a BIG sofa!

Better get Grandpa off Windows 7 because zero-day bug in Zoom allows remote code execution on vintage OS

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Hang On A Minute!

" ... products or services that are marketed or targeted with the express purpose of tracking or monitoring another person or their activities ..."

Does that include Gmail?

The passing of information to the intended recipient is purely incidental to its Primary function.

The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry

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What could possibly go wrong.

I suppose that means to prepare for a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in Coventry.

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks

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Re: Sympathies to the employee but

I would have been doing something profitable from my laptop if it had been me.

Sadly no. That would have been Computer Misuse and grounds for dismissal.

'Direct from the software vendor': UK.gov goes window-shopping for standard ERP in £400m spree

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Re: Prediction ...

@Ian, I find you optimism deeply disturbing.

It looks like you want a storage appliance for your data centre. Maybe you'd prefer a smart card reader?

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Re: Bit like Amazon at the moment

No, no, no.

The LI algorithms are working exactly as intended.

Since you didn't get the job you applied for, it has determined you can't be suitable for any other similar jobs. It therefore filters them out and only shows you completely unrelated jobs.

Obvious really.

But yes, I agree, the Amazon search functionality is dire.

Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?

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Re: Dedicated device

But in Government Dreamland it will be...

Tiny, Permanent & Surgically Implanted.

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Yeah, Right!

If people didn't trust a government-backed app for fear that data harvested from it could WILL be abused for other purposes...


'Anything' related to remote working is a winner for Euro disties, but classic enterprise hardware? That's another story

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Re: But if there is ever an end to this...

Sadly probably true.

However this predictable response, by some levels of Manglement, might be offset when the Bean Counters realise the potential savings to be made by reducing all that city centre office space that they haven't actually needed!

Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules

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So what we have here is a politician saying "Trust me" ...

Nothing he says is in any way binding on what HMRC decides to do unless of course he is going to put it in written legislation.

No, I thought not.

UK Home Office: We will register thousands of deactivated firearms with no database

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Re: Sounds like a job for...

And if they use Gmail ... It's in the Cloud, no infrastructure required!

Google's joins Gang of Four to guard Play Store apps from malware, and maybe not fail so much

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Re: Apostrophes are a satiricist's best friend

Google's "Leaky Cauldron"?

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers

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Summary: The software was not fit for purpose and should never have been in use on the public roads.

It looks like they are using the modern trend of "testing in production". The problem is when one of these "we didn't think of that" scenarios happens, someone could die.

And please can we stop using AI (Artificial Intelligence) when we really mean ML (Machine Learning). Intelligent it wasn't.

Some assembly required as Dream Chaser mini-shuttle's empty husk arrives in Colorado

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Lazy Editing!

"Up to 5,500kg (12,000 pounds or 5.4 imperial tons) of payload will be lugged to orbit by the spacecraft, which measures just over 9 metres (30ft) in length, 4.5 metres (15ft) wide and just under 2 metres high (6ft)."

Can we have that in El-Reg approved units please?

We need citizen devs, cries Microsoft – but pricey new licensing plans for PowerApps might put paid to that

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Re: Excel

Senior Citizen Developers use Access!

GDS, what is it good for? According to a UK parliamentary committee: 'Increasingly unclear'

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I just barfed!

"The government must re-address its approach to digitisation quickly if it wants to retain public trust and its envied position on the world stage."

That boat sailed a long time ago.

Only a politician could utter such a statement with a straight face and possibly believe it.

Internet imbeciles, aka British ISP lobbyists, backtrack on dubbing Mozilla a villain for DNS-over-HTTPS support

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Big Brother

Re: The post was popped online anonymously by some coward


We know your real name is Lord Lucan.

We know where you live.

We know who you associate with.

We know if you put the wrong sort of waste in your recycling bin.

We are watching you.

Have a nice day!

Toodle Pip, GCHQ Welsh Ambulance Service

Not all heroes wear capes: Contractor grills DXC globo veep on pay rises, offshoring, and cuts to healthcare help

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Modern Business Definitions:

Short Term Planning: This Quarter.

Strategic Planning: Next Quarter.



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