* Posts by boboM

21 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Aug 2014

Euro monopoly cops to probe Microsoft for slipping Teams into Office


Not if you're using your ((allegedly) illegally obtained) monopoly to force it down users' throats (allegedly)


Re: Surprised?

Exactly, they'll happily pay the fine as by that time the competition will be dead or so much market share will have been achieved that it is too late anyways. This used to be called racketeering.

Euro clouds lodge another complaint against Microsoft over anti-competitive licenses


Re: Plus ça change..

Finally a company with thinking people, done same at ours; Office is banned, only by great exception can users get Excel if they really need it. Everything else on Google apps/Gmail. It feels very liberating.


Re: Plus ça change..

of course not, they're still good ol' MS. Stop using any and all MS products FFS, every alternative is better and cheaper, it's just lazy IT.

Google advises Android users to be careful of Microsoft Teams if they want to call 911


MS slurping (again)?

Is this MS up to its old tricks again? Slurping users call data without their permission? Wouldn't that be shocking.

Microsoft hikes cost of licensing its software on rival public clouds, introduces Azure 'Dedicated' Hosts


Re: Is this anti competetive or what?

MS up to their usual tricks. Can’t compete on level playing field.

Following 'stellar' flat sales growth, operating profit dip, Oracle says it has 1,000 Autonomous Database customers


Re: Show me the beef

Micro$oft are doing that for exactly the same reason; to hide that it is bleeding money.

Note they only talk about market share or revenue growth; never margin or profit.

June 2018, and Windows Server can be pwned with a DNS request


yes, it used to, but these days Chrome blocks flash by default and only allows it with permission. At least Google is trying to keep things secure. Adding Flash by default these days (Edge) is just stupid. Flash is a security nightmare, always been. Still is.

Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...


Re: Still used on TV

it's sponsored. Apple did this quite successfully a while back, notice how many iMacs you see in shows. Think they even give it away.

Microsoft thought they could copy the trick, but luckily the public didn't buy their fugly software.

Google buffs Chrome Enterprise with new tub of PartnerShine™


ChromeOS can run Android apps


Some ChromeBooks CAN run Android Apps, possibly even the Office ones.

Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows


Revenue is not margin

Don't forget they are talking revenue here, not margin.

The margin on 'shrink-wrap' on premise was over 90%, in this cloud business they be lucky to make 3% if they're not losing money already.

They're up against Amazon, notorious for their loss leaders and wafer thin margins.

Even if they make their 'revenue' targets, MS will never again make the profits that they were used to. And rightly so, no more monopoly rents.

As their mobile endeavours show, they cannot compete on a level playing field. Trying to stay relevant is the game now.

It's great to watch.

Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC


same IDC?

Is this the same IDC that predicted a few years ago MS would be market leader by now??

Financial Conduct Authority wastes £3.2m on unnecessary Oracle licences


Re: PostgreSQL

It is, but they are unaware or too scared to make the decision as it often doesn't have the support / backup when something goes wrong.

Yes you can buy good support for open source, but this is government, they don't know / care / don't want to stick their neck out.

This is how outdated software like MS and Oracle stays in business.

Uber app expands in France despite govt opposition ... and laws


Typical French socialist style thinking: producer first, customer last.

Nobody in France seems to think about what customers want. They have the most arrogant, incompetent, unfriendly taxis I've ever seen.

Let the customer decide.

Thank F*ck we live in the UK.

Got a killer Microsoft or Oracle cloud deal? Start sweating


Switch to 'pure' cloud vendors like Salesforce and be done with all this nonsense.

Oracle is a bully and M$ senior staff should be in jail for their business practices.

Storm gathers around CDN Cloudflare after doxxing allegations, Pirate Bay deal


How can it be legal in the first place for ISPs to be made to block sites? Isn't this in direct contravention of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights? Freedom of reception of information.

I believe similar court orders in the Netherlands have been overturned on precisely these grounds.

Somebody should challenge these blocks.

Microsoft Swarms all over Docker Machines


Re: The story is a bit vague

They could easily give up on W.phone as it brought in close to zero revenue (and costs a lot). Technically they haven't given up on it and lazy IT staff are still pushing the useless phones onto unsuspecting corporate users.

Different story with Windows itself though, it is a main revenue driver after Office, so they can't just let it slide. But you are right, as usual they have painted themselves into a corner here and the usual fudge and PR will be served...

NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!


Welcome back

Well, welcome back Nokia,

This time you made the right OS choice, pity about the lost time.

Rather clever of you to sell the non-selling phones to MS and keep the Nokia name to yourself (well, soon anyway).

Might even consider buying a phone or tablet off you now that it is not polluted with Windows.

Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'


Why on earth...

... would you want a MS shitty OS underneath your linux instances?

Microsoft is like Ebola, you must avoid it completely to kill the infection. Leave a little bit and it will grow back into something nasty.

Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children



Are these the same people that predicted Windows Phone (spit) would have 30% market share by now??

Google beefs up Compute Engine, adds extra zone to US, Asia



The problem I found with Compute Engine is a total lack of support when you find an issue with it. We were noticing that paid clicks we got from Adwords were not always arriving at our site (could tell from Analytics). Turns out the site was regularly hanging and not responding.

After using the exact same build scripts on Amazon we found we were not having this problem. Either Compute Engine or Cloud DNS is having some serious network issues, and despite logging it on the 'official' StackOverflow channel all we got is a few 'try this, try that'; while it was fairly obvious to me tht there is a bug in their service.

So back to AWS we go... (and are having better response times)