* Posts by Wayland

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University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

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Why did they shut down the coal mines, why did they sell all our gold in a fire sale, why did we join the EU? Interdependence! As a nation we are weaker when we give away our power. The University is weaker when they forget their hard won knowledge.If the UK wants to integrate with the global system it has to become weaker.

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Re: Single point of failure

Maybe that's the point of doing it, to maintain the ability to run an email server. The correct term is Technology, which is a concatenation of Technical Knowledge. Handing this over to Microsoft represents the loss of knowledge, which for a University is an admission of failure.

Having said that, Universities have already failed and should be dissolved along with the BBC. So looking at the bigger picture this is good news as it means the full demise of Cambridge Uni will follow.

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

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Re: "Windows 10 succeeded in putting the company's desktop operating system back on track"

Comparing installing Windows 7 and Windows 10, 10 is a lot easier. Better driver support and the resulting hard drive is portable between computers. Windows 7 usually blue screens when moved.

I don't think those are fundamental Windows 7 problems since drivers can be slip-streamed into the ISO, I did one for RYZEN. The tying to hardware I think is an anti-piracy feature.

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Re: In summary

Windows 8 was for the phone and the touch screen. In that respect it was quite good but stupid for a desktop computer. It makes your arm ache keep touching a PC screen and leave finger prints.

Cortana is a very good idea for a phone. A phone is supposed to be an audio device so talking to it makes a lot of sense. Especially if you need to use a computer when driving.

Good concepts. However having retreated from those markets also not being a good idea to convert a desktop operating system to a mobile device they should be concentrating on making the desktop experience better.

There are plenty of ways the desktop could be improved.

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That sounds like something my mother in law would need help with. I remember when I first set up her computer and was asking her about all the things she needed installed and told her we need to talk about spam. After I told her about spam she said she did not want spam on her computer.

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Windows 10 LTSB

You need to get hold of the Long Term Support Base version of Windows 10.

I find people hate it because they miss Cortana, Kandy Krush, the App Store, adverts and news items about the Kardashians on the start menu and regular update that make them wait.

Be aware that it won't play X-Box games and many Microsoft games won't work.

However it's great for Valve Steam and pretty much anything Windows 7 can do.

Microsoft unshackles WSL2 Linux kernel from Windows 10 image for future fettling via Windows Update

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Re: It's not an OS

I think you're being pedantic. The point he is making is that running an OS is not the purpose of a computer but the main reason for choosing Windows 10 is it's quite a good games platform but not much good for anything else.

Gamers really don't care what's actually on their computers because they can easily wipe it and start again. Their game accounts remain online. If Valve ever made a completely game compatible OS gamers would simply Wipe Windows next time it broke and install SteamOS.

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Re: It's not an OS

Memory allocation and pointers is what makes C programs crash.

I remember writing embedded C code that ran on hardware with no OS. The C compiler had no malloc() or memory allocation.The programs were so much more reliable than anything written in C for the PC. No memory leaks.

If RUST makes sure you can't make those memory mistakes then operating systems will become far more reliable.

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Re: It's not an OS

OS/2 was very smooth for running multiple DOS windows doing various hardware related things.

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Re: re: speedy Linux updates

Windows 10 is very similar to Linux Mint but you'd need a jolly good reason to switch to it. It's constantly in BETA and requiring massive time consuming updates that are apt to arrive at the wrong time or if you've not used your computer for 3 days. The updates themselves are hard to manage and could mean you need to re-install your entire system.

If you feel you are technically competent to live with these problems you will be rewarded with very good compatibility with earlier Windows programs going right back to the start of Windows. There is also a thriving games market on this platform but most of those games work just as well on Windows 7.

I would not recommend Windows 10 to your nan or mother or anyone not competent with computers. Hopefully one day Windows 10 will leave BETA and be ready for general commercial use. It does look promising and could one day be a really top notch OS. Fingers crossed.

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Just turn the computer off. Half the time it's fine. The other half of the time you have to reformat and start again.

UK.gov announces review – not proper inquiry – into Fujitsu and Post Office's Horizon IT scandal

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Re: Zuckerburg could not have written it better

You can't have all these 'failings' by accident. Claiming there is nothing wrong with the system is an admission that it is designed and intended to defraud, possibly to land sub-postmasters in prison. Agenda-21, sustainable development, shut down rural post offices. This would explain why Fujitsu have been so bold, because they knew the Government had their back. Nothing is this bad by accident.

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Why would they get jail time? It sounds like they did their parts well and should be rewarded for their bravery. There are other British institutions they can sabotage, I expect many of them will get appointed. Yes the enemy is within.

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A proper inquiry could put the heroes who sabotaged the post office in serious jeopardy. I can't see that happening.

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It's a plan so evil that the government must be backing the criminals otherwise the Judicial System would have dealt with them long ago.

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Re: 3.

Just following orders is a poor defence when you know what you're doing is wrong. Yes someone else might do it but then they will be the one in the wrong, not you.

An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher

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Dune policy on electronics

In Frank Herbert's Dune complex electronics are outlawed. You can have a simple electric device but the sorts of problems we are having with certificates and hackers would be impossible. Why does your fridge need to connect to the Internet? Why does the video player need to encrypt video?

OK Windows 10, we get it: You really do not want us to install this unsigned application. But 7 steps borders on ridiculous

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How do you get your users to do that?

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Re: Developers!

There are many versions of Windows 10 out there. Windows behaviour can change overnight without you doing anything. You simply don't know what a particular user will have to do to install a program. It sounds like you were lucky.

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Re: Developers!

It's not about whether a computer savvy person can get the program installed, it about whether I can get a 70 year old book keeper who hates computers to install the program over an email.

If I send her a link and say, install that, she'd do it if it was two clicks but she'd never manage the process that you now have to go through.

Let's face it, the only reason most of us use Windows is for the sake of the users we support. If we were not supporting others then we'd all be on Linux and run the odd Windows only program in a VM when we had to. As Microsoft makes Windows less and less viable for the ordinary user we may as well move them to Linux too.

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Re: @MatthewSt - Colin Wilson 2 - Apple have got this right!

A slave and proud of it!

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Re: I will decide what I run on my computer thank you very much.

When you do eventually boot Windows there will be an hour of updates when you don't get sufficent performance from the computer to play your game.

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Re: Hanlon's razor

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity

Adequately Explained is a rather subjective term. If that thing helps towards an agenda then attribute it to that agenda. Even outright stupidity may have been tolerated because it contributes towards an agenda.

The whole thing with viruses means the OS needs regular updates which mean MS have regular access to everyone's computers. Some updates maybe upgrades but generally over time your computer gets slower due to updates. The reason people allow this to happen is viruses.

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Re: Hanlon's razor

Windows 10 is much easier to install on modern hardware than Windows 7 and an installed drive is portable across hardware. However Windows 7 is much more resilient to abuse than Windows 10. If you upset Windows 7 it will right itself. If you do the same thing in Windows 10 it might right itself but is just as likely to spiral into an unbootable system.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens

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Re: Change Apple to Boeing or Airbus

Planes don't fall out of the sky because the parts are counterfeit, they fall if the parts fail. Products should be correctly branded and serial numbered. Aircraft mechanics can then select parts based on official approval of that part.

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Re: It all depends on how the repairs were sold!

Apple are using a law intended to stop fake goods in order to prevent repairs. No one getting their phone repaired by a non-Apple repair place cares if the parts are Apple branded. They care that the repair is effective.

Apple are stupid to try and prevent repairs because people become reliant on these gadgets and they won't buy Apple again if Apple deliberately let them down.

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Re: Worse than expected, but that's just a detail @AC

There are also compatible parts sold and Apple don't like that either. If it's genuine and has no Apple logo then that's one crime, if it's genuine and does have an Apple logo then that's another crime, if it's a compatible part with the makers logo then that's another crime. Plus Apple will go out of their way to detect non Apple parts and make the phone fail months after a successful repair.

If you like Apple products then enjoy the status of spending a lot of money. People will respect the fact you paid a lot more for something just like they respect Rolls Royce owners because the car costs a lot more than it's worth. It shows you have massive wealth and that's a good thing. Don't cheap out by having it repaired unless the repair is three times the cost of a new Apple. No one respects someone with a 6 months old Apple product, it means you don't have the money for the latest one.

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Re: Worse than expected, but that's just a detail @AC

People get a lot of respect from other people envious of the fact they can just throw money away on Apple products. The thing is those cheap people who can't afford the best would never buy Apple even if they had the money, it would feel wrong to them. Buying Apple is like spending £10,000 on a handbag of similar quality to a £200 bag. It means you are a far better person in every way.

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Re: The law would appear to be an ass ...

The repairer is not trying to sell the parts on the basis of the brand. He is simply offering to make the phone work by replacing broken parts with working parts. Who makes the parts does not matter to the phone user as long as he gets a good result at a price he is happy with. what Apple are doing is lawfair. They are attempting to prevent their phones from being repaired without actually admitting that's what they are doing. Apple do sell parts that they will allow you to use but there are a some problems, they are funny about who they will sell them to, they are very expensive and actual availability is poor.

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Re: You kill our right to repair, we'll stop buying your over priced tat.

I actually do that to people who ask me if I fix Apple products.

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Re: If Apple had their way then any scratch would require the owner to buy a new unit.

Lenovo products are very much designed for long life and easy repair. If you're gonna use something for business then you need to be able to keep it running and not have it die on you leaving you stranded.

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Re: Worse than expected, but that's just a detail

The iPhone does not belong to you. You are simply the registered keeper responsible for funding it and keeping it running. Currently you are free to dispose of it yourself but expect that to change soon too. Apple will contract you to dispose of the phone with them for an additional fee. If you lose the phone you will have to pay an environmental fine.

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

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Practical test

So they sent test patterns obviously so they could check it for errors.

It would be nice to leave it in situ hooked into a normal router so it actually does useful work.

The headline speed is impressive but simply making it compatible with existing gear will bring it to market.

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: Publish Elsewhere?

Obviously that sounds like a sensible idea but if your main publishing spot is via Google then you risk losing that. If Google realises your App is available from your website they could easily ban it from their store and even get the OS to flag it as a virus.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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'Far Right' is one of the insults they throw.

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Re: And the moral of this story is ...

You'd hand over all your customer data to the police if they just wanted to see your porn?

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Re: And the moral of this story is ...

Most people don't have much to do with the police but anyone who has interacted with them is likely to know how bad they can be.

Video game cloud streaming shaken up as Nvidia loses more big names, Microsoft readies its market killer

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He must mean millisecond.

WiFi adds 2 to 5ms and sometimes 100ms spikes. That's on top of a good 20ms Internet ping.

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Re: Compared to a PC

If there is room and power enough for a graphics card then any PC can game as well as streamed games. It would be silly not to fit such a card. However not all hardware can be upgraded enough to game but if it can run the streaming service then it can.

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Re: Gotta go fast!

It has it's place and can help many people play games on lesser hardware. Ultimately people will bite the bullet and upgrade their gaming hardware. As long as they can smoothly switch between platforms for games they have bought I see no downside to having this in the mix.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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Herd Immunity

Herd Immunity is how we usually handle viruses. When I heard Boris announce this I was pleased. It makes sense for the country to develop immunity that way as there is no vaccine. In fact there has never been a vaccine to Coronavirus, there is no reason to think it can be done with COVID-19. Lockdown and wait for a vaccine is a terrible plan as is becoming obvious. Empty hospitals mean people are not being treating, assuming the NHS is mostly good then this policy is mostly bad. Clearly by the empty state of the hospitals the problem of COVID is less important than the other things hospitals do.

Sunday: Australia is shocked UK would consider tracking mobile data to beat pandemic. Monday: Australia to deploy drone intimidation squads

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2 metres you mean.

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Re: drones or just radio controlled toys?

Perhaps a Spitfire with tiny machine guns.

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Re: And still

Drone tracking looks more impressive in the same way as a loo roll shortage looks more impressive than a shortage of paracetamol.

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Re: First a slingshot & some water balloons...

Annoying machines that people hate tend to get smashed up. Since a drone can't be made of steel plate if it's to fly then they will have to have them shoot back.

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You don't need to be ashamed of suggesting they might chip everyone to make sure we've all had our vaccination. They do this for pets.

The cunning part is how they get us to demand that it's done.

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The Daily Mail show lots of photos of perfectly good food piled high in bins with the story being about panic buyers throwing away unwanted food. It was obviously a setup because some of the food was tinned. There is no reason anyone would got to the effort of chucking out tinned food in the middle of a crisis.

However it had the desired effect The readers went nuts raging at the hoarders and panic buyers. It would be a tiny step to get people dobbing in hoarders. They are already dobbin in people who leave their house too often.

Cloudflare is over the moon because its pro-privacy 1.1.1.1 DNS service got a clean bill of health from everyone's favorite auditor – KPMG

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Re: 8.8.4.4

Sometimes being overlooked makes 8.8.4.4 better because less load on it.

Planet Computers has really let things slide: Firm's third real-keyboard gizmo boasts 5G, Android 10, Linux support

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Re: Head office?

Why does he have "DO NOT DEVELOP MY APP"

tattooed on his forehead?

HPE fixes another SAS SSD death bug: This time, drives will conk out after 40,000 hours of operation

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Re: HPE MTBF

We don't have 12 years left, more like 3, so why bother? Maybe TPTB have had to put back the end of the world, too ambitious.

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