* Posts by joed

770 posts • joined 13 Jun 2013


Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions


only fools pay

It's safe to assume that businesses participating in Home Use program have already assigned e3 license to employees. This entitles to bunch of installs across devices of users' choice. Let's call it sideloading (someone paid for it so freeloading it is not). Keep files locally and Office is Office. For honest folks or these that simply don't trust MS, there are open source options. And obviously old versions of MSO (regardless of their license status). Absolutely no reason for consumers to fill up MS coffers.

Here we go: Uncle Sam launches antitrust probe into *cough* Facebook, Google *cough* Amazon *splutter* Twitter...


has MS funded this antitrust probe?

or Uncle Sam somehow mixed up MS with Twitter. An innocent mistake obviously.

Hope to keep your H-1B visa? Don't become a QA analyst. Uncle Sam's not buying it: Techie's new job role rejected


Re: Not *entirely* unreasonable?

Really no need for racism to impact wait times for Indian nationals. You start will limited pool, split between regions/countries and, with huge number of people from India entering the line, you get 12 years wait time. For better or worse, US can't just let global population move in all at once (at least until "American dream" is all gone).

Wholesome: Waste heat from coal power station turned data centre to help grow veggies


dumping heat into the lake is not so great

once you consider environmental impact. They should rather reuse all the hot water within/nearby their facility.

Google digs deep behind back of multicoloured chaise longue, finds a spare $2.6bn to slurp analytics house Looker


inflation of "investments" money

2.6bn $ is a lot for a startup that's "burnedamassed $280.5m in funding".

Banhammer Republic: Trump declares national emergency, starts ball rolling to boot Huawei out of ALL US networks


Re: Huawei + China Vs Cisco Systems + United States of America

"Don't Cisco have a back door into their kit which will allow American authorities to access the infrastructure its placed into?" - Cisco likes to have it both ways. I don't think their contribution to Great Firewall is by accident. And with number of bugs their kit does not require any covert back doors.

Have you always wanted an algorithm that can search like Bing? Well, if you change your mind, one's on GitHub now


Re: I gave up on Bing when I tried search Microsoft's own website with it

Nobody should be subjected to Bing search algorithm. All of MS search "engines" (web, sharepoint, store, windows) may as well be replaced with dice. Results would not become any more random.

Free online tax filing? Yeah, that'll soon be illegal thanks to rare US Congressional unity


It's not just paying fee for something that should have already been covered by taxed we pay. It's sharing financial data with these greedy a..holes at tax prep behemoths that irks me. The reason I've been filling up paper forms for years as the problem is not new but has just extended into foreseeable future (and similarly to Micky mouse copyright "initiative" should be labelled with the name of major backers). I can only see time when they block states from providing the service (similarly to telcos blocking municipalities from providing basic Internet access).

If anyone needed another proof that our 2 party system is just a smokescreen, there it is.

Two Arkansas dipsticks nicked after allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing bulletproof vests


do what was the brand and model of that quality vest

just asking;)

The HeirPod? Samsung Galaxy Buds teardown finds tiny wireless cans 'surprisingly repairable'


Re: Why bother?

"it seems nobody has quite nailed this form factor with the possible exception of Apple" - sure, if one like the looks of retro teen with cigarette over ear(s). The reason Apple's device performs so well (likely with exception to job #1 that is the sound quality) is its form factor (allowing for better antenna placement), separate BT radio per each earbud and increased power levels at which they operate. Unfortunately none of these is free - they are pricey, look stupid, are likely prone to falling (depending on activity user participated in) and built in battery life is only acceptable.

BTW, Samsung's design looks like a copy of original Jabra Elite Sport. These has proved great (as far as BT can deliver), especially for the refurbished price I've got them for.

Alphabet snoop: If you're OK with Google-spawned Chronicle, hold on, hold on, dipping into your intranet traffic, wait, wait


If only they cared as much for privacy. Current trend of "security" taking precedence over privacy of users is troubling. Very much like all the policies enacted in name of protecting children, preventing terrorism, piracy etc.

Lenovo kicks down door of MWC, dumps a stack of sexy new ThinkPads


Re: Gained?

in other words, t490 has lost removable battery. Hopefully both RAM and SSD have not been soldered to MB yet.

BTW, if Lenovo's ability to deliver its current product on time would be better than promise of new models.

LG's new gesture UI for mobes, while technically interesting, is still a little hand-wavy at the mo


Re: Gestures

Opera browser also tried this years ago and it did not catch on - nobody really cared to learn to cast spells when simpler "digital" interface accomplished most common actions without 2-nd guessing oneself. Similarly with iOS gestures - Apple keeps subjecting users to less predictable outcomes of more and more complex UI (but sometimes comes to senses and drops force touch).

Slow Ring Windows 10 fragged by anti-cheat software in the games you're playing at work, says Insiders supremo


Re: A LOT of you apparently play games at work!

Ability to join insider program (or even install a game) on a work computer does not sound plausible. OTOH, "fanboys" and geeks are far more likely to participate (on their personal systems) and just as likely to play some games (thus supplying MS plenty of data on this particular subject). Because of this MS' excuses don't hold water. I'd rather say that they'd rummaged through the telemetry looking for something else before actually using it to spot bugs. Prior issues seem to confirm this.

Uncle Sam to its friends around the world: You can buy technology the easy way, or the Huawei


Re: very odd

The idea of sovereignty had been put to rest long time ago, but until recently we've maintained pretenses with regard to the idea of free market. I can only bet that OECD will support redefined terms.

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage


Re: Kill Windows 10 version of Start Menu

"Press start button.

Ignore start menu.

type name of application, or service etc required."

sure, it's just surprising how badly it works at times (plus Cortana creep). It requires keyboard use - not always handy. Current Start menu is just badly designed and functionally is inferior to Windows 7's (that also offered option to search in it for those that preferred it).

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)


Re: Firefox

Have they indeed removed smart bookmarks/rss support in 64.x? Really a deal breaker for me.

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures


Re: Good for Charlemont!

As much as I'd like to stick it to Comcast (and since all I can do is to limit my spend, I've done so), as much I dislike the tendency of (local) governments to levy taxes for things that are not exactly necessity (yep, broadband is nice to have but not really necessity). Here neither Comcast should get 400k$ nor the town should spend 1.4m$ out of someone's else pocket. All that should be done is to truly open the market instead of the usual granting concession to one big player (like Comcast). If someone likes to live off the grid (where nobody in their right mind would run data link) it is his/her choice but he/she can't have it both ways at the expense of the crowded quarters inhabitants (which had to compromise elsewhere to have easy access to "civilization"). And the percentage of voting public here indicates that either few was aware of the vote, had no time to go to pols (and soon will have less as the extra tax will have to paid and earned somehow) or is just disillusioned that their vote mattered (one way or another) - all of this possibilities are troubling but the norm for US.

Probably not in line with sentiment of the forum but I've grown tired of paying for pipe dreams (even these promising shiny new tech) while even the basic needs are barely take care of. Unfortunately this is not limited to government and it gets nearly impossible to avoid this inflation of obligations.

Whatchu got for us this week, Microsoft? Skype, Powerpoint tweaks and – oh – another foldable


Re: Skype 7 is still working

For now it's "still working" but it keeps nagging about impending doom.

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google


fences has surely worked for rabbits

US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan


Re: Friends

By all accounts we can still buy them. For now.

Spectrum-starved Wi-Fi vendors look at DSRC band, sharpen knives


Re: They'll be plenty

while it sounds like a great idea, deriding the car off the radio bits is not an easy thing. Not even in fairly crude today's implementations

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one


Re: Overpriced

I guess one could argue about the difference between just overpriced and over-engineered (to justifying ridiculous price). It's amazing that some otherwise reasonable people support with their (though more often busniness' they worked for money) money gizmos that offered no functional advantage over quality kit that's while 2mm thicker (and sometimes not even this), is upgrade-able and repairable (if only to the advantage of the 2nd hand buyer). I guess only disposal fees will make this crap less desirable (where no demand for used model will have the original buyer actually pay for offloading the bricked device).

And this soldered SSD is just the nail in the coffin. Surely you'd not like anything bad to happen to your data (so pay up for OneDrive).

HP dangles subscription hardware at power users


Re: RE: leasing hardware

Someone else who also gets it is the regular taxpayer. He/She gets to cover the difference for creative accounting of corporations.

Also the customer gets to pay for always new toys - similarly to car leases, service "deals" encourage getting more than really needed, as most lessees can't see past monthly payment. Hopefully the option of just buying the stuff won't be discontinued by rent seeking vendors.

BTW, expecting that suddenly all problems are resolved immediately just because one pays monthly is fallacy. Not only cost skyrocket with such expectations but also not every employee wanted/could have his workstation just dropped into box and replaced with new one with no transition period (or just honest attempt at restoring "old" system). This works in emergency but few really like it.

In the end only corps win.

Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast


OTOH, the utility pole infrastructure (as pictured) does not need a hurricane to fall apart every few seasons. Only to be stubbornly replaced with even lower quality sticks (them trees are not what they'd used to be). All because constant fixing the crap is supposedly cheaper than doing it right.

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure


GCHQ asks vendors not to make IoT too secure

and have a backdoor in place for the good guys

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream


Re: Rigorously Tested

"And reported...But not listened to..." - and now they have bullet proof excuse


On the bright side

you'll no longer hear the Cortana creep when setting up new box. This is not a bug, this is a feature

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE


Re: Not a good look here.

OTOH, having some of app data files in "my documents" is not such a bad thing once you realize that some of software settings is as valuable as the files one creates using the software. The annoying part is how some of apps mix the intent of Roaming and Local data folders. Add registry entries to the mix and the lack of consistency makes for really messy transitions between machines/systems. Still, I'd rather take care of of this myself than have a cloud service provider do it out "goodness" of their heart (or more likely just an interest of every aspect of my offline activities).

US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time


Re: Yep

I don't know that it worked. My old flip phone with PASG "plan" and messaging disabled by TM (excluding these sent by them) have not shown any. Ruckus at the office was much lesser than expected. I've switched mine to airplane mode but turned it back on early enough for retries to get through. Nothing. Not that I cared much for any such notification.

Microsoft has a digital coworker it wants in your business: Cortana


but does it finally react

to f.. off Cortana the way we all expected her to?

So far it's been the case or pitifully broken AI.

Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move


Re: I'm not sure I see the business synergies between Adobe and Marketo....

I can see the synergy - easier to deal/block one big scummy domain than whole bunch of obscure ones. I've yet to see Adobe fonts number of sites try to sneak.

What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers


Re: 2FA

It was also fairly easy to avoid by using Apple pay.

Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money


Re: No mystery

but at least lobbying is not corruption /s

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back



Pointless waste of energy and release of greenhouse gases. Just another proof that with money and power one can - literally - get away with murder (of those poor bastards that won't be able to afford to move above the rising tide).

Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world


I'm not sure about Siri wannabe but 19H1 sounds like some flu virus strain. Very much in line with Windows' behavior of late.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design



I can hardly see a difference and really had to go for trouble of testing it, as rss feed in live bookmarks toolbar in firefox is all that I ever see. Plain text on plain background - no change is good change;)

Guys, you need to sit down and have a chat: Skype rolls out SMS a week after Microsoft


Re: Eh?


"SMS messages are essentially at no additional cost"?

Maybe something has change since, but there's definitely a reason I'd disabled SMS on my account. While outgoing messages were overpriced, the incoming spam could run multiple the normal monthly bill (and as opposed to call one can't just deny incoming message). Unless you considered the "unlimited messaging included" as no additional cost (I bet there's extra line on the bill) the cell service in the US is objectively substandard and SMS message pricing is another ripoff on top of already inflated service plan costs.

Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon


Re: Meet the Fockers

Ribbon may suck but rendering everything (including text) in some shade of gray (the newer the version the worse it got) is the worst offense of MS' UX team. I don't know how they come up with their design cues and what kind of users they survey, but surely all that forced telemetry proved of little use (unless they'll just dox us in the future).

Apple to require privacy policy on all apps


Re: 4 Lane Privacy Highway

"What you're seeing here is the difference between a services company, e.g." - so where does the MS stand? They charge you for OS and snoop regardless of the upfront revenue. Double dipping?

Apple pushes new iOS 12 beta build to silence notification spam


Now if only turning off BlueTooth meant really turning it off. Sticking to 10.

Huawei's Alexa-powered AI Cube wants to squat in your living room too


double whammy

Now both Amazon and Huawei get to eavesdrop. And suckers will pay for it. Makes sense.

Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all


Re: Ambitious

I'd add one more thing to the definition of broadband availability - cost. I couldn't care less that 25Mbps is easily available in my area if it's only available bundled with TV and even more useless VoIP crap (increasing already from already overpriced 50$ to 100$+ ripoff per month). I can bet that 1Gbps can be had almost everywhere if cost was not an issue but if the service is not affordable for majority of residents it's not much different from not available.

I've settled at 3.7Mbps exactly for this reason.

Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November


I don't think that any 3 letter agency cared for your disk encryption when files are stored in DB. Now, having these files encrypted before the upload could possibly get their attention. No idea why DB would care for the encrypted file system though - the app handles whatever OS provided and shouldn't depend on underlying FS (as long as some minimum requirements are met).

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing


Re: Twice as good

I believe that MS was signing some Linux distros so if Google lets Windows run, Linux is right next

Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it


Re: Open justice should mean open decisions

What justice? It's just a law. By lawyers and for lawyers.


You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands


Out of pure spite to my "free market" cable provider

years ago I've switched to Economy Internet (they'd started to jack up prices while using moronic excuses for doing so). It hurts, but it hurts them as well (they get less than prior to starting the stupid game). I'm no netflix user and have no intent to sign up for any cloud service (that required subscription and was bandwidth intense) so it's not too bad for single household. Recently I looked into their current offer (guest at home) and while the initial rate for next tier up wasn't too bad, required bundles (I have no fricking need for any of added services and costs) cut my search short. To be honest, an idea of contacting support and going through the ordeal I had to go through to settle on my current plan is probably the best reason to avoid any changes.

Lose, lose is sometimes the only winning strategy.

Better late than never: nbn™ DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade starts


I bet they'll get no change in performance (unless they paid extra) and will complain about the cost of having to purchase new modem (I did when I was forced onto 3.0). Some of new technologies are just an excuse for inflating the price of the service.

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears


Re: No brainer

I'd think that retail store costs are much higher so 30% markup would be quite justified (though unlikely for all merchandise sold). I'm not quite sure that Google deserved the same cut but at least they develop Android and distribute platform for free (sure, they also skim user data). Apple simply does not deserve 30% as users of their toys already paid premium that covers all development cost and maintenance of the marketplace.

Accounting software biz Intuit flogging bit barn to throw its lot in with AWS


"it expects to recoup some of those losses through tax rebates"

So basically financial gimmicks on the backs of taxpayers (that had already been blocked from direct filing with IRS - by Intuit and alike).



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