* Posts by bobsmith2016

46 posts • joined 23 Feb 2016

From Accompli to Microsoft to Google: G Suite chief Javier Soltero chases the 'complete collaborative experience'


They're both pretty decent suites

Except for Sharepoint. I mean, why would you do that to people?

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds


I used to work in a school which used usb touch screens. Every so often I'd get a paniced call, 'my mouse is stuck'.

Raised a laugh from the kids when I strolled over to the screen and removed whatever was leaned against it.

Here's a headline we never thought we'd write 20 years ago: Microsoft readies antivirus for Linux, Android


Re: Whatever they do...

Leave my coffee out of this.

Thought you'd addressed those data-leaking Spectre holes on Linux? Guess again. The patches aren't perfect


Re: OY! 'Nuff o' this shite!

Abacuses and Punch Cards?!? You were lucky. We had to count on't fingers.

Official: Apple debugs MacBook Air of sucky Butterfly keyboard


Re: "That's one hell of a profit margin"

To be fair that's not far from the truth.

Hardware wise they are a foxconn reseller.

Sofware wise they've put a nice skin on UNIX.

No disrespect meant. Dell and HP do a similar thing on the hardware side. Microsoft has stolen (or bought) shamelessly from others on the software side.

BOFH: Gosh, IPv5? Why didn't I think of that? Say, how do you like the new windows in here? Take a look. Closer...


Just what I needed with my morning coffee.

Apple drops a bomb on long-life HTTPS certificates: Safari to snub new security certs valid for more than 13 months


'or risk breaking pages on a billion-plus devices and computers'

To be fair, a substantial chunk of those users will be using another browser, so probably not thatbig an impact.

Google Chrome to block file downloads – from .exe to .txt – over HTTP by default this year. And we're OK with this


Re: Not as disruptive as it sounds

As a former school it tech, I don't think the 'giving an iPad /chrome book to every student' is that common. Because of the expense, and the fact that young people are careless (break shit) and that parents of poorer kids can be tempted to sell them just for the cash.

Bigger risk is if it breaks a teacher's commonly used website resources. Teachers are not always the most technology savvy. And most schools don't have a technical person on site, especially primaries. So if a website stops working for a teacher, and they can't work out the way around, it can leave teachers and pupils in a poorer position.

And if you turn to your left, you can see the walls of Amazon Web Services' vast server farm. And next to it, a gift shop and visitor center


Re: No-one mentions AWS

Never. But if it was financially worthwhile, I probably would.


Re: No-one mentions AWS

Question, when was the last time you volunteered to pay more tax than you legally had to pay?

Clunk, whirr, buzz, whine. Shared office space can be a riot and sounds like one too


Several members of staff had DVD-R drives, God knows why.

Unfortunately it one of those things that, like printers, you can't completely do without. Occasionally it's the only thing that does the trick.

'Supporting Internet Explorer is hell': Web developers identify top needs – new survey


Why wasn't IE killed with fire years ago?

Das Reboot: Uni forces 38,000 students, staff to queue, show their papers for password reset following 'cyber attack'


Re: Education institutions are an IT nightmare - so possibly done this way as pay back...

"It's called being green."

Yes, some education staff are kind of Naive, to put it politely.

You'll never get Huawei with this, FCC tells US telcos: Buy Chinese kit and you won't see another dime from us


I know it's sarcasm, but that's why most countries have mixed economies.

Eg Business run most of the time, but the government steps in for things that are necessary, but not necessarily commercially viable. (E.G road/power infrastructure (not mentioning the NHS, coz I don't want to start an argument)).

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train


Vomit Comet

Always understood that technically the Vomit Comet is the last metro home from Liverpool Street to Shenfield.

Here we go again: US govt tells Facebook to kill end-to-end encryption for the sake of the children


"none of us would accept the proposition that grown-ups should be permitted to mingle in closed rooms with children they don’t know*

We do, every year. It's called the first day of term.

Google touts managed Linux, gets cosy with Dell in Chromebook Enterprise push


Re: Two words

You're probably right. But for the sake of fairness, Microsoft snaffles your data as well.

Giffgaff goody-baddy-bag billing faff: Ofcom fines operator £1.4m for overcharging folks by almost £3m


So 2.6 million got overcharged by £2.8 million.

So just over a pound each? Or is my maths funky?

Now that's just offal: Heap of pig guts hog road after truck spills load in Kansas City


Police cutbacks... Can't be helped.


Pun police here. The author is under arrest.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks


Re: They won't apply to sites on which porn makes up a third or less of the content

There's a cableporn sub on Reddit. If that doesn't get you going, nothing will

Blinking internets, Batman! O2 trials 5G over lightbulbs


Re: But...

It's still a private thing with the lights on. Unless you're inviting people in/leaving the curtains open.

Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless


"acts of God"

Being pedantic here, but please don't use "acts of God".

Gives undue succour to people who believe in nonsense. Natural Disasters, or a similar synonym is perfectly good.

Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025


"Without infrastructure competition, the existing provider has poor incentives to build new fibre networks, as this undermines its existing copper based services."

Except that there is competition. Virgin Media, Hyperoptic and some others that I may be unaware of have built (or inherited) their own infrastructure. Issue is that It only makes sense for them to build out in densely populated areas. Can't make enough ROI for more sparsely populated areas.

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying


Incompetent Over-Promoted Wanker Tells Me How To Do My Job Wednesday.

I work in education. This happens most days.

HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition


Because in some parts of the UK, it's the only practical thing to do. Fibre layers should be taking precautions of course, but sometimes there's no other option.


There's an old, crap, networking joke, along the lines of 'Always keep some fibre on you. That way if you're ever lost or stranded, at some point a digger will come along to break it.'

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years


But copyright holders – typically large corporations – don't want the -cost- of having to actively assert their rights...


TalkTalk ups the (dis)satisfaction ante as UK folk wake up to borked email


Obligatory IETF link


MPs petition for legally binding target of 95% 4G coverage across UK


Re: The one issues could be...

Would it make sense for an independent mast provider to provide coverage in those 'hard to reach' areas and then charge the other networks for access?

Or am I missing something/ being thick?

Southend Airport tests drone detection system


Re: “We do not have any outstanding issues ..."

As an Essex boy, I can tell you they're much classier than Basildon types. They drink Fosters rather than White Lightning for starters...


Re: A relatively quiet hub ..

I was going to say. Gatwick and Stansted are a similar distance from central London to Southend (according to Google Maps), and no-one seems to have an issue calling them 'London' airports.

I couldn't give a Greek clock about your IoT fertility tracker


'Faithful admirers of my long-standing column will immediately recognise a sexual double-entendre when they read one.'

I see what you did there.

Tim Berners-Lee says regulation of the web may be needed


Whatever regulations there are/will be. Be very careful about how they are written and subsequently enforced. Law of unintended outcomes, etc

Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor


Re: Hand it back?

'and a beer tap loaded craft beer that gets unlocked at 11 am every weekday. 'How on earth do you get any work done?

Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio


'Pastor Grand-Champ spout his dangerous message to the world.'

So trying to persuade people that fairy stories are real isn't dangerous?

Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal


Anyone know if it will get wireless charging in the UK?

I want it hot and wet – preferably with Wi-Fi


If you're around London Bridge/Borough Market or Covent Garden, Monmouth coffee is really good.

Definitly a bit hipstery, but coffee is excellent.

Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables


Your stepdaughter wants to suffocate David Attenborough?

Cops break up German sausage fight between pair of Neubrandenburgers


Go to your room!! And don't come back until you've had a good think about what you've just said.

Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'


'Yes, it is Friday.'

And thank f*ck for that.

Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence


'poultry magnanimity'

I see what you did there!!

RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth


Re: The soundtrack of my youth

It is Friday so time to raise a glass to those who have made so much enjoyable music (pre (c)Rap etc).

There's an awful lot of excellent rap out there. Roots, Tribe Called Quest and Black Star just for starters.

Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent


'To do that they need information. It's a sliding scale, you just need to figure out between yourselves how much information you want vs how risk averse you are.'

In a nation of 300 million? Good luck getting consensus on that.


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