* Posts by Lorribot

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Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, predicts Eric Raymond

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Errm i don't think it has anything to do with the developers. It is more about the fact it was always licenced freely which allowed the curious to play and share and explore different avenues and versions. Open Source development is not always a good thing as there key services that are supported by one developer such as NTP or any of the myriad libraies used with Linux where there is little overview and some really crummy code.

It works well in the case of Chromium, Linux, MySQL and other large Open Source projects because of the support from large companies who provide funding and developer teams (Firefox would not exist without the big corps supporting Mozilla), having multiple teams developiing their own directions and needs and monitoring code of other teams does work, but these are few and far between.

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Edge? Pah, what about SQL moving to Linux a year ago?

First off, I think SQL being ported to Linux is far bigger than Edge which had pretty much already been done as part of Chomium.

If Windows were to be subsumed in to Linux as is stated I would see it more likely that Microsoft would do their own Distro of Linux with their own Desktop, as they have done with Chromium where they removed all the Google services and refernces and moved these to MS ones.

They are facing a big problem with their kernal, there is a lot of legacy nonesense in there. Moving to the Linux kernal and wrapping it in a Microsoft desktop with a built in emulation layer for "legacy" Apps in the same way Apple did when it changed from OS9 to OSX, would make some sense.

They have already done this to a lesser extent with Android with the MS Launcher you can get, they are limited to what they can do there by access to the Google Play Store which requires Google services to be installed. Being the dominant/monoploy phone OS and the way the iPhone litgation is going would MS support legal action to remove that requirement? And the an MS distro of Android with MS services wrapped up would be very appealing.

MS is all about selling services now, anything that advances that makes them money, owning the core desktop OS is not a thing for them anymore. Server OS is a little more complicated but needs a reduced feature set and can be a much simpler thing to support, you only have to look at the Nano edition to see where that can go. AD and such like are big things to move as well. But as I have said SQL is already over the fence.

The big thing to watch for would be a Linux version of Office, once that is in place an MS Linux desktop distro would not be far behind. The other biggie would be XBox moving over in the next version due around 2025-7.

Microsoft claims to love open source – this alleged leak of Windows XP code is probably not what it had in mind, tho

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OLne wonders what the source of this is. Some ex MS employee rediscovered it in a backup of a home computer somewhere? A tech looking at old tapes of stuff and as a Linux fanboi decided to release it?

If it was someone who had acces to current code and a grievance surely they would release that instead?

Yes there will be common code between this and Windows 10, particularly in the aged code around 8 and 16 bit support that is probably still in there. AN perhaps it is time for MS to do a proper clear out of the all the old detrius that even refernces anything less than 32 bit.

Can The Register run Crysis Remastered? Yes, but we don't see why you would want to

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A different PC perspective

"Blundering around at 30-40fps may be fantastic if you're used to consoles, but PC gamers are made of sterner stuff"

Err... no. Rich people are made of sterner stuff the rest of use buy cheaper hardware and try and get the best looking and consistantly over 30FPS on the paltry hardware we managed to sneak past teh missus and hope we dont run out of that 4/6GB graphics RAM.

But Crysis was only ever a so-so game that fed off the original Far Cry game that was actually ground breaking (unfortunately released at the same time as Halflife 2 so often gets ignored but really kickstarted the open world genre and do it your way, susequant FarCry's have been disapointing), I remember turning up tehsettings so i could swim under water and see all the fishes swimming around at 15 FPS on my underpowered setup, then re buying on steam for £2 several years later (had lost the DVD) so is could relive the wonder on ultra settings (reolutions are poor) at 60+ fps. Now I play Subnautica with fish all over the place.

Games shoudl only be revisited/remastered if the story will stand up to it, Crysis fails there as it was always about pushing the hardware and the graphics, if they had ported it to the current Crytek engine and updated the textures aznd environments etc to run at 4k it would be a thing, but a half baked remastered is somewhat pointless. Just play Crysis 3 for now and relesae a Crysis 4 if you can come up with a story.

Microsoft will release a web browser for Linux next month. Repeat, Microsoft will release a browser for Linux – and it uses Google's technology

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Re: "This means Linus Torvalds has definitely won, doesn't it?"

You must live in a cave somewhere, there numerous devices sold without Windows from all the major vendors.

https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/overview/cp/linuxsystems

https://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/search?text=Linux&fsid=9

You can also buy all the components yourself and install any OS you want and many system builders offer a choice of OS. There is no MS tax other than in your head.

Perhaps you should target your ire at the here and now Apple and Google taxes on things sold through their stores rather Microsoft for practices it engaged in 20 years ago and is no longer a thing.

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Re: "This means Linus Torvalds has definitely won, doesn't it?"

I think you have missed the point. Microsoft are a co contributor to Chromimum.They have their own agenda and may stop Google dominating the Open Source project as they do at the moment, as in we want this Google benefiting feature and you will all have it too.

Now on Linux you can chose between giving all your data to the Devil (all Chromimum based browsers except edge) or his brother (Microsoft New Edge) and use their associated services in the background or use Firefox. That is the choice.

There are no added extras it is otherwise the same bar Google services, but including all extensions which are now a case of pick your store.

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Re: "This means Linus Torvalds has definitely won, doesn't it?"

Errr. no it doesn't, it means Microsoft are playing a different game. They are selling services now, even the Xbox and game playing is a service from them, offered as a subscription service.

Windows is no longer offering any income from sales as such, it is like the hardware Apple sells, it is self sustaining but does not support the company, Azure and subscriptions for Office 365 do.

Edge with chormium does this as well, it provides users with an opportunity to use Microsoft's services in the background and thus allows them to slurp your data, they unpicked 30+ Google services from the browser before releasing it as Edge, something none of the other Chromium based browsers have been able to do. It would be interesting to see if MS offers 3rd parties a chice of Chromium browsers, one that uses Google and one that uses MS services, or even one with none, but I would assume that woudl break the browser.

Have no idea WTF is going on with the Oracle-Walmart TikTok deal? Don’t sweat it, here’s our latest rundown

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Muppetry

Just trying to work out which one of the muppets Trump is most like.

Ever found yourself praying to whatever deity runs Microsoft Teams? You're not alone

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Low knowledge/experience generally leads to low expectations and simple requirements, in that respect Teams did just work, so woudl prety much anything of teh same ilk. More Tech savvy users with higher expectations and requiremenst (like seeing more than 9 people at the same time) may well get lost trying to find a setting and then again when they have to remember where it was when they try to help others.

I started using teams in the last month coming fom a Hangouts (awful + Google), Slack (ok), Zoom (simple and does the job) and Teams is mediocre at best, the UI is weird and unintuitive and things have to be enabled in odd places before you go some where else to do things like see more than 9 people, video quality is poor and resource usage very high. teh whole thing feels like a devops beta thing that really needs a rewrite to scale up properly. trying to work out how to invite someone to call that didn't have teams failed and when finally found the button didn't do anything. Beta software by DevOps with no regression testing.

Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British

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Bet it won't understand Geordie.

Still, it is an ideal opportunity for Nicola to blame Boris for not taxing Amazon enough to do things properly or better still nationalise them and base them in Edinburgh *sigh, followed by bemused chuckle* and another reason why the Scots should be allowed to vote to leave the United Kingdon of England so she can do things properly.

Consolidating databases has significant storage benefits – and therefore everyone should be doing it

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De-instance rather than dedupe your data

I misread the intent of the title as basically stick all your data in one monolithic databse. This is madness and should not be done as it just creates a single point of failure for the company and becomes a nightmare to mange and maintain.

What you are intending is to single instance your data, ie only have one copy of your data in your environment. This is a very good thing as long as it is managed and distributed across several DBs, as it can make updating and maintaining a lot simpler. Just don't put it all in one DB because it won't end well.

Microsoft reveals slow, staccato, disruptive auto-patching service for some Windows VMs on Azure

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FFS patching is a sysadmins life get on with it.

If you find Windows patching onerous then I suggest you use Linux. If you are unable to then just design your systems to be failover tolerant and just manage it and quit your moaning. It's life just get on with it

If you choose Linux don't forget to keep up with the kernal patching, OS releases, plugin patching, application patching on that platform as well or just not bother and get what you deserve.

Either way shut up and get on with it.

When Huawei leaves, the UK doesn't lead in 5G, says new report commissioned by... er... Huawei

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3G was important, 4G meh, ok, 5G really not seeing a compelling reason or any real usage outside of major cities as it's still difficult to get 4G in rural areas where 5G (assume reasonable data costs) could fill the gap for broadband, but more likely to get FTTP from BT before Vodafone erect 5G out this way.

So really could not care at all as it more case of the mobile phone industry's equivilent of the Ford Edsel.

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan

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Remember Inmos?

Remember every company and asset this country has had that we have sold to other countries state owned companies? Airports, Airlines, Utilities. Remember when we had a successful car industry before the government got involved, did Rover ever buy a car company abroad in all its acquisitions or mergers?

Its all foriegn owned now.

We have more offshore wind turbines than any other country in the world yet none are made in the UK and very few are owned or managed by UK companies.

Successive governments have no idea what they are doing, they have missed every opportunity to grow businesses in this country and would be the last ones I would want to invest in our companies and then interfere and destroy them.

They need to focus on ensuring we have a business environment where funding to expand overseas is easy to get so our companies grow to $1tn and not be limited by this country and just grow big enough to be ought by a US/German/Japanese/Chinese etc company. It is a mentality thing not a state aid thing.

Why cloud costs get out of control: Too much lift and shift, and pricing that is 'screwy and broken'

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In non-cloud based organisations the infrastructure teams are often seen a wastrels always asking for more money for more storage and compute to support ever increasing requirements. The application teams have no link to those cost and no motivation to limit systems, system growth or dispose of old systems in a timely manner. Infrastructure teams a pretty bad at managing those teams, they techies so no real surprise.

Moving to cloud means systems have an ongoing cost which is easy to apply to a team, Finance can then see who are the real wastrels, if they can understand what is actually being used by whom. This is especially useful for unstructured data where individual departments can be charged for the storage and these teams then have a motivation to managee this. However if Finance do not take the opportunity to change thier charging model and just charge the Infrastructure team they miss out any real benefits of cloud and cost will just escalate with no real restrictions.

Microsoft: We're getting rid of Flash by the end of the year - except you can still use it

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It not just Intranet, there is a whole raft of management interfaces for firewalls, storages systems and other behind teh scenes stuff that needs to be updated to most recent versions to be able to mange those systems. Unfortunately for many those upgardes may require hardware replacement as teh the systems are no longer supported.

Yes, its shit but it is real life for many sysadmins, not the idealised world we all wished we lived in.

Hidden Linux kernel security fixes spotted before release – by using developer chatter as a side channel

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Linux is often touted as the most secure general OS, speed that fixes and patches are develope by unpaid developers doing it ffor the love, with public reviews of said code so anyone can pick holes. Implied is that all Linux distros are treated teh same

The reality is somewhat different, there is a backdoor for unreviewed code from a small number of developers, Patches are not always speedily developed and those that could be interested (nation state or larger criminal gangs) can ascertain details of known vulnerbilites due to the open source nature of teh patching process.

Also not all distributions are equal when it comes to patching, like mobile phone you may be at the mercy of the distro maintainer and the 3rd party that used that distro in their appliance to provide eth security fixes.

Its a wake up call that Linux is not just one thing, it is not secure, and it isa vastly more complicated thing to manage than many would lead you to believe. The days of Linux being and install and forget OS are long gone, its not up there with monthly patching but it presents a more complex problem for those sys admins that live on the front line and have to deal with reality of vast ranges of devices and OSes not just that one.

At work we have around 70 odd Linux servers and appliances running around 15 different flavours of Linux and no managemet tools to maintain them, these are all key things like security boxes, loadbalancers, network management etc. We have 700 windows boxes and one tool that manages the 3 flavours of OS beings used.

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise

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year three Oracle licensing

So you have it on your Phone, we wrote an app that works on your telly and your IoT fridge, also you kids have phones, a laptop and tablets and you might run it on those as well so that means you owe us $300 per month (just $1 per virtual core). If you uninstall it you still have to pay as we won't let you delete your account and you might want to reinistate it at some point in the future.

What do you mean you didn't read the EULA before clicking on OK?

Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles

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Google is the largest beneficiary of advertising spend in the world

Google has the largest install base of Operating system in the world that limits all user to its choosen rendering engine so controls what they see

Google has the large browser market share which is betwenn 80 and 100% on nearly all platforms

Am I the only one that sees the conflict of interest here?

A few years ago another company was in the same situation with out the advertising and no way to really make money from their position like Google do and yet they were hammered every year with government inquiries and monoplistic litigation and yet Google just gets away with it year in year out with endless protectionist US governments that have no desire to do anything and a EU that so busy destroying itself that its doest care about its citizens any more.

Apple hits back at Epic, says Fortnite crew wants a 'free ride' on fees: Let the app store death match commence

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Apple denying they have a monopoly is a bit disingenious. There is no mechanism to install Apps on to Apple devices other than from the App store.There is no alternative method to purchase apps other than through Apple. That is pretty much a monopolistic business model.

You can buy Xbox and Playstation games from many different retailers as you can with Windows and also directfrom teh developers.Yes there are fees for Xbox and PS (games are often $/£10 more than PC.

Apple and Google both provide a single point of entry in to their devices and charge 30% of sales for the privilege and don't actually provide much of anything other than the money the give builders for their ivory towers.

If Microsoft had been doing this for Windows back in 2000s they would hammered big time but they have been allowed to get away with it for years.

What legacy is IBM really shooting for? Cheating its own salespeople out of millions? Here we go again, allegedly

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Re: Corporate Arrogance

It is not Trumps fault but he is the embodiment of the arrogance and greed of these companies and the way US comapnies have evolved to satisfy investors rather than any higher ideals they may start with..

They care little for staff or customers as they know it can be hard to move away, especially with software, but ultimately the market will see the less nimble die, IBM is stuck in rut and has been papering over the cracks for years, selling its organs to pay for its investors habits, its just taking a long time for it to die.

US is littered with these sorts of companies Oracle, Google, Appple, Adobe etc. All start of with good intentions but fall to the corporate money men once they dominate. Some fall back, change direction only to rise and start the cycle again such as Microsoft, others fail and are are bought or merge like the US car industry, DEC, Compaq.

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US mega corps have forgotten about their customers

IBM is a wanning star. they have rediculous licencing requirements and software that is just awful to even install let alone use, their support is woeful and their engineers are at a bear minimum in competance. They have sold off all teh bits of teh business that they could and now are left with services that are run on a shoestring budget to maximise returns to investors. They rely on long term support contracts for over expensive products that have no new sales.It treats its staff and customers with a disdain bordering on the arogant expectation that they should be greatful they have a device with IBM on it.

Any business thinking of buying IBM should just walk away to anywhere else (except Oracle).

IBM will likely crash and die in the next 5-10 years and the IP will bought by Oracle or Huwawi. Oracle will keep going but is spiralling down the same rabbit hole of oblivion.

We've come to wish you an unhappy birthday: Microsoft to yank services from Internet Explorer, kill off Legacy Edge by 2021

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Re: Who said Microsoft was a software company?

Sounds like, Google, Apple and Facebook to me. Add fleecing everyone along the way as well.

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How can you ignore Google, they have 50% of worlds advertising bugets, 95% of the browser market and 90% of the phone OS market.

Microsoft are an inconsequential Data Center opporator by comparission that has a side line in Desktop OSes, whose installed base is being shrunk by said advertiser and other companies that have better creamed off large percentages of other people's (app developers and retail companies) hard earned money.

Well, what are we waiting for? Three weeks later, Windows Embedded Standard 7 still didn't have the answer

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So this is a primary fail of thsome reboot process followed by and fail of any use to ring to the service desk to report a fault.. This is obvciously a problem with implementation rather than inherant issue in Windows itself. All OS do stupid things in a many different situations (trying to get Macs working consistantly in an enterprise envirioment is a juggling act).

All OSes are way too complicated for the task they need to support, MS enterprises offering need to be much slimmed down and focused, but it is coded by humans to be be the one true OS, like Android that was cosded to destroy Microsoft in the Phone market and now they are trying to fix all the bad and just make it work code which will never end like windows with its legacy support.

Greatest crossover of all time: Microsoft, Samsung preview Android on Windows via Your Phone app

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No support in your phone for iPhones yet, or nothing of any use at all. Seems like Microsoft have more hate for Apple than Google.

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Re: Do not like

So what you are saying is you are fed up with an OS that is at a technical level Windows 95 (plug and prey) and now want Windows 10 level of just works, but with all the 25billlion apps in the Google store that you only use 5 of and Google to log every mouse click and word you say.

That might be a while and you may need to buy at least three ore tablets before you get there, because, you know, Android really is just for Christmas and new jsut works Android will not be supported on last years kit.

As the world descends into madness, it's good to see some things never change: Monthly Android patches

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Remember your money is important to us, but you information security is worthless.

Android the OS that keeps updating now/next week/next month/quartely/maybe if you are lucky/never again*.

*Delete as appropriate

Imagine if Windows (the last ubiquitous OS) allowed hardware suppliers to customise the OS so that patches would have to be released by them?

I know Google are redesigning the OS so it done properly rather the quick and dirty destroy MS and rule the world effort they did first time but that new OS will not be on 95% of existing hardware as non of teh manufactures will support it or distribute it. Google need to step up here and do something like offer an vanilla version that will work on older hardware, its not like there is a vast range of drivers like Windows supports natively (probably more windows printer drivers than there is Android drivers in total).

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 is not a bad OS

Pretty much all of that applies equally to Android and iOS and to certain extent MacOS.

You have to have a Google or an Apple account to use these devices andif you use Chrome on Linux the telemetry and snooping is far more than on WIndows and you can't stop it at all, or any of the updates they push out, randomly turning stuff off or breaking websites that used to work because they deem them bad or binning your favourite app because they can't be bothered, everyone is more than willing to share their lives with everyone other than Microsoft who will take your info and sell it back to you.

Seems there is a lot of double standards going on or just selective memories.

It's a Meow-nixed system, I know this: Purr-fect storm of 3,000+ insecure databases – and a data-wiping bot

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Probably a good social responsible action by the Bot owner, wiping the data and stopping it from being stolen by someone nasty.

I say give them a medal.

If the DB owners don't have backups or suffer as a consequence then that is theor fault for not using basic security which should a functional requirement of every project and should be tested after every code release to make sure nothing has been left open.

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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My understanding of US law is that if you manufacture a gun you can't be done for murder if some uses that gun to kill someone (other laws around gun manufacture may apply). However it seems tha the DMCA would turn that on its head and say someone how provided code ( as was published above in the article) could be liablefor someone else using it to bypass a paywall. On this basis anyone that manufactures or sells a crowbar that is used to break in to a house could be done for breaking and entering.

I am afraid America appers to heading in to a world of stupidity and nonesensical law making *has been for a awhile) because most law makers don't understand technology or how to apply existing laws to it.

Frankly the more I learn about the governance layer in the US the more it seems to be destroying itself and dragging the country down with it. China and Russia have pwnd the US and its once great companies so many times it can't belong before they either up sticks and move elsewhere or just wither and die.

One good natural disatser and ....oh we have one.

AMD pushes 64-core 4.2GHz Ryzen Threadripper Pro workstation processors

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At a rough guess the to end 64 core TRs will sell at around £3k per processor at least, if the can sell 1 million of them that is around £3bn, All in the workstation market could be as much £5-7bn a year to AMD. who would not be interested in that kind of cash flow?

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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its all about life cycle management, the bit no one cares about in a project.

This is classic IT project management where the user experience for signing up is simple and integrated and seemingly all one thing, the user experience for unregistering is fractured go to 10 different websites to unregister everything and by the way we won't tell where to go you have to guess.

If Mazda offer teh ability to sign up in car it shoudl take responsibility of end of life and at least notify you that you need to deregister or better still allow you to do it in car. Yes TomTom messed up but Mazda need to step and manage the whole process end to end not just the bits it wants to do.

Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost

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There are reasons

Zoom is used a lot because it is relatively easy to use, not perfect but works for most people. Teams is a pain in the arse to set up and use and does weird stuff that gets in teh way and forces itself on you by starting up everytime you boot up which just annoying.

Zoom wins because it is less anoying. Not because it has good features. Perhaps Microsoft should focus on making its products less annoying to the majority of its customers, you would have thought it would have learnt that from Windows 8. Apparently not.

£40m wasna enough for ink and toner cartridges in public sector, says Scottish government

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So why do people print stuff out still?

No really, surely the Scottish Public sector has better things to spend that money on? Bet they have managed not print anything in the last couple of months without any problems.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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What a surpirse. It's muppetry.

The Governement missed the DAB boat 20 years ago by allowing new cars to still have analog receivers fitted, if they had made DAB radios compulsory then they would likely be up around the 80% take up mark by now. Typical governement didn't realise 80% of people listen to radios in their cars so that should have been targetted especially as you are looking at a 20 year life cycle for most cars thes days. The fact that you can still buy a new car with an analogue only radio today means we will still have analog radio in 20 years time.

As for quality, as someone who has normal to tone deaf hearing, hearing I can't tell the difference with the compression its all just sound (some may think i am blessed) to me, i only listen to Radio 4 and speech is probably not affected so much as music.

Features vs compatibility: Google Chrome team promises more 'rigour', but what does that mean?

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Google, like Microsoft before it, has its own requirements from the browser and thus its own development agenda.

It has shown it cares little for standards unless supporting these enhances itself in someway. Its main aim is domininate and control or destroy any opposition.

However there some that are not rolling over and dying and some that have become the spy in the camp. An enemy within.

KarlKarl, there 300 browsers, but only 5 engines of any signifcance

Gecko (Mozilla), Blink (Chromium), Webkit (Safari, a fork of KHTML), Trident (IE) and EdgeHTML (MS edge)

Trident and EdgeHTML have effectively ceased development, which leaves three.

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

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Why does Apple not take 30% of O365 subs?

If Apple can justify charging Hey then they should also take 30% of Microsofts O365 licencing for Excel, word and co.

Can't see the difference myself, oh wait Microsoft is massive and very rich with very good lawyers and can't be bullied, Hey is a tiny minnow and easy to pwn

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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Two questions

Ask yourself two questions

How ready is your company to deal with one let alone two attacks?

How luck do you feel today?

If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?

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"AOSMark's scoreboard of Android manufacturers by updates served" which complete excludes teh one manufacturer that beats Google.

Also no idea how Samsung managed to score so highly compared to Nokia.

Seems to me teh table is a bad bit of statistics.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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Apples % take on sales is extortionate. Far higher than any retailer. Lets be clear on this, they provide nothing for this fee other than access to their customers which is a closed environment that makes it effectively makes their position monopolistic.

Unfortunately no laws on monopolies ever considered this situation.

Google and Apple's stranglehold on the Mobile device markets really needs to be challenged as it is not good for the customers.

It looks like you want to browse the internet with Chrome. Would you like help? Maybe try Edge? Please?

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Vivaldi is a Chromium based browser like all the others, thats why you can use extensions from the Chrome store. Firefox, Old edge and IE are pretty much the only non Chromium based browsers you can get.

I do wonder how long MS will put up with Chromium once Google start really embeding their stuff in it and MS have to re-engineer every release to stop it using Google services.

Readers of a certain age will remember GPRS: Old insecure tech from turn of millennium still haunts 5G networks

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The reality of putting making things easy for teh customer and short term simplicity over long term security. Oh idiot 5G developers that didn't realise that they woudl have to interact with other Gs.

This should have all been sorted for 4G and there should be no old 2G or 3G around any more and the Government or OFCOM should be sorting this mess out. The statem "In short, 5G security protections only work when 5G is running alone, and we're not likely to get standalone 5G for several years." is so laughable, 2G will still be there in 10 years because the carriers have no reaso to get rid of it and every reason to keep it, especially in rural areas where coverage is poor.

MacOS on Arm talk intensifies: Just weeks from now, Apple to serve up quarantini with Kalamata golive, reportedly

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reality of corporate IT

"The corporate cool kids all run macOS, the hipsters all run macOS, the server rooms all run Linux, those just want to get stuff done use Chrome."

The corporate bigwigs and graphics people want expensive Macs despite teh software they use running on windows without any issues and the minions make do with cheap Windows boxes.

Most LOB apps are still Windows only and we have a Purchase Ledger system based on Silverlight which is IE only, so we have a direct app server runing IE for eth Mac users. 98% of our servers run Windows.

In corporate environment Windows devices are far simpler to manage, maintain, Control and secure. MacOS is a finikerty beast that causes issues and does strange things. Macs only work in a corporate environment due to the workarounds and fixes that are being done daily by your invisible IT support team that "no one knows why we pay them so much".

As for Chrome I can't think of a more insecure (it sends all your data to a someone else, surely that is the definition of insecure) browser that eats all the resources on your computer.

$5bn+ sueball bounces into Google's court over claims it continues to track netizens in 'private browsing mode'

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Its your choice

If you worry about privacy at all don't use Google anything.

If you don't care then have at whatever you want. Just don't whinge about it later and be aware google makes a lot of money from you and doesn't pay you a penny for it.

After all the excitement of Windows 10 2004, Insider builds go back to square one

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Re: Going back to square 1?

Other OSes are freely (or very costly) available, some of which slurp less, some slurp more. Some look like various versions of Windows from 3.1 to Windows 7. Some will even make a stab at looking like DOS if you want to go that far.

Take your pick, I am sure you can find one that fufils your needs. You could even install a copy of Windows 7.

If you really hate windows 10 make the break to something else. No one is forcing you to stay.

REvil ransomware gang publishes 'Elexon staff's passports' after UK electrical middleman shrugs off attack

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Rebuild and move on.

"Companies with usable backups may still be willing to pay to prevent their data being published and, even if they are not, the data may be sold to competitors or sold and traded with other criminals."

And if you give these low lives a large wedge you think they won't sell your stolen data any way? Because they are in some way honerable?

No point paying. Tighten security. rebuild your servers. Sacrifice the boardmember who didn't want to fund the extra security to the GDPR gods and move on.

The Register calls for aid, and Microsoft's Rohan Kumar will answer... our questions about SQL Edge and Azure Synapse

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So we centralise in the cloud, then decentralise to the edge... then back to the DC. Then the edge. Then back to cloud.......

Does this run on Cisco edge switches?

Can I run my Data Warehouse on it. Will my half arse 3rd party developer (MS Gold Partner) of my LOB support this? No?

So its just another fancy piece of shit with a poncy name that only 1% of the real world will actually use.

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything

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So someone who buys in to Google and its ecosystem in a big way does not like a phone without the Google fix. Big surprise.

Would be interesting to see what an iPhone user thinks of an Android phone without added Google. Yes teh store is an irritation but to be honest that is minor thing and fixable, the App owners don't even need to re-write their apps to work with it, if Huwawi can get some traction in its own market it will happen as who can afford to ignore such a big market, then you will have a credible competitor to Googles control of Android and somewhere for the Google haters to go that is not Apple.

I daresay a Linage port will also turn up soon enough.

The one good thing Trump is good at is shooting himself in the foot.

Tales from the crypt-oh: Nvidia accused of concealing $1bn in coin-mining GPU sales as gaming revenue

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South Sea Buble?

Investors looking to cover up their own lazyness. How the hell would Nvidia know what their customers where using the cards for? Do Tescos know what their customers cook with the chicken breast they sell them or B&Q know what their customers paint with the Dulux they buy?

Dumb arse lazy people looking to recover losses from their own stupidity of investing in a company and market they know nothing about that over inflated teh price in the first place.

South Sea Bubble and DotCom bubble spring to mind, you got burnt because you didn't understand what wasd driving the market.

Tough get over it and move on to your next fragile investment suckers.

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