Hence the euphemism "having a quick Barclays"
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And this is what that message invoked in my head:
"Thank you for failing to complete your transaction with us.
"As a gesture of goodwill, you will only be charged 50% of the normal transaction fee for this failed transaction.
"Have a good day, and we hope to rob you mercilessly again some time soon."
Microsoft brings WinUI to desktop apps: It's a landmark for Windows development, but it has taken far too long
Yay, just what we didn't want - yet another way to develop desktop apps with that fugly flat look that Microsoft will decide to delete and rewrite in a couple of years anyway.
This is why people are getting wary of Google - that feeling of the rug being pulled underneath them every five minutes. It's getting to be the same from Micros~1.
One of the main reasons for using a limited company is literally to limit your exposure to legal issues. For example, if your agency messes up, doesn't get paid by the client and decides to sue you for the money, you simply declare your company bankrupt and open a new one. If you're self employed, you just sell your house and car, declare bankruptcy and go live under a bridge.
No, this didn't happen to me, but someone I know.
Project Reunion: Microsoft's attempt to tear down all those barriers it's built for Windows developers over the years
Re: So let me get this straight
They really do seem to be wanting to alienate all their customers. I kind of imagine Micros~1 product development discussions going like this:
"Are people buying this?"
"Do they... like it?"
"They... seem to."
"Then burn it down! Build something new and incomprehensible in its place! Burn it all down!"
Re: One song is too much
I believe the response expected when someone sings it badly at a football match is to chant back at them "You'll never walk... again"
However working in IT and never having actually been to a football match I cannot personally verify this and therefore it remains an urban legend.
Still, did you see that ludicrous display? I mean, the thing about Arsenal is they always try and walk it in...
Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution
Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style
Microsoft! Please, put down the rebrandogun. No one else needs to get hurt... But it's too late for Visual Studio Online
Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial
Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink
Re: "Word 2010 users should upgrade to LibreOffice."
But I bet my Excel 2019 outperforms your Excel 2010 in terms number of crashes per day, strange decisions around how undo works, and how long bugs are still around that got reported when Windows 3.11 was the new kid on the block.
I admit, all of those are bad things, but hey...
Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS
Exactly what I was thinking - it wasn't broken, so why do we need a new standard? Surely only a loony would believe that comma separated values apparently can only handle three items, no more, no less, and are incapable of going past 255 it would seem.
I thought the idea of CSS and high level languages was to make it easier for humans to do this stuff, not harder. It appears I was wrong.
I'm glad it's not just me that feels that way.
It's not just Windows either, iOS is a horrible soup of evil these days. Every time I see someone on a movie with an iPhone with a pre-iOS-7 interface I almost want to cry. iOS 6 was so nice.
These nasty flat interfaces really need to go. What evil scum decided we can't have nice interfaces any more?
Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more
Microsoft 365 invites users to 'Ask Me Anything' – as long as it doesn't require a clued-up exec to deliver clear answers
Baby, I swear it's déjà vu: TalkTalk customers unable to opt out of ISP's ad-jacking DNS – just like six years ago
I eventually ended up as a TalkTalk customer after they bought Tiscali, after that bought WorldOnline. I never really noticed this because I always used Google's Public DNS. Mainly because, at the time I did it, the DNS servers of whatever-it-was-called-at-the-time was up and down more often than a drunken fiddler's elbow during a lockin.
That said, I can't really say I'm surprised by TalkTalk being shady. I seem to recall this DNS hijacking was actually inherited, probably from Tiscali, which was very fond of doing shady things like that.
Google calls a halt on Chrome 82, but the version 83 beta has arrived early – so it's coding and bug finding time ahead
April 2020 and – rest assured – your Windows PC can still be pwned by something so innocuous as an unruly font
From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard
Tribunal halts all Information Commissioner's Office cases because UK data watchdog can't print or organise PDFs
Did I read that right?
If I read it right, the fusty antiquated tribunal system asked the ICO - the watchdog in charge of regulating electronic use of data - to produce electronic bundles - PDFs and the like, a nearly ubiquitous option these days. And they couldn't.
I can't get my head around the fact that the ICO are supposed to be the technology people here, and they're not up to the level of the court system, which everyone thinks is stuck in the 19th century. The people in charge of regulating the use of computerised data couldn't actually produce computerised evidence.
The mind boggles. I can't even think of a decent metaphor for it. The best I've got is Microsoft making the next version of Office 365 only run on a Commodore PET.
Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all
Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again
Just forget it
Literally. Switch off DAB, totally. Don't even bother.
Let FM radio continue to broadcast - it's still around in most countries in Europe, it'll be around in most other countries forever, to be fair.
However digital radio is already being supplanted by Internet radio. We don't need another digital device doing radio when the phone can do Spotify and a gazillion internet radio stations (including the wonderful Arctic Outpost AM1270), and we don't need to upgrade our car radios every five minutes either thanks, so if I were in charge I'd just shut down all the DAB stations and say "no, sorry, FM, MW and LW will carry on, but we're giving up on digital radio because it's a total and utter waste of everyone's time".
Flame icon because reading this back it seems the closest. (Maybe we need an "honestly why are they bothering" icon?)
ZX Spectrum prototype ROM is now available for download courtesy of boffins at the UK's Centre for Computing History
His comment about preservation is quite true. If I go to a museum to see the one and only prototype of the Spectrum, I'm not too bothered whether it works - its value as a artefact is the key thing. I'd want to see the original prototype, as it looked, with all its original components. Whereas if I want one for myself, I probably wouldn't care too much about the actual model so long as I can switch it on, use it and tinker with it (although I doubt I'd want a 16K one).
It's a bit like going to a museum to see an amphora they've dug up from ancient Rome. I'm quite happy to see a replica next to it, but leave the original as the bits and pieces you dug out of the supermarket car park, please?
Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change
Extensions are hidden by default?
That'll please a lot of people. Such as malware writers, crypto mining junkware developers, password thieves, spyware purveyors...
"I can't see any possible downside to this, whatsoever. Nothing could possibly go wrong." - the same people who thought ActiveX was a good idea, probably.
Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots
We checked in with the new Windows 10X build, and let's just say getting this ready for late 2020 will be a challenge
Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web
Capita hops on UK's years-late, billions-over-budget Emergency Services Network to keep legacy system alive
Given how long it takes to do this sort of thing, I expect it to be announced as mission accomplished and fully operational the day before a different vendor announces they're turning off the lights on their 4G service because nobody uses it any more.
(Can we have a world-weary cynicism icon please? I seem to need one these days.)
'Up to 300' UK heads to roll at Brit IT services firm Allvotec, with 200 jobs offshored to Bulgaria in cost-cutting drive
AI startup accuses Facebook of stealing code designed to speed up machine learning models on ordinary CPUs
Secret-sharing app Whisper shared secrets like last known location and actual password tokens in exposed database
Google: You know we said that Chrome tracker contained no personally identifiable info? Yeah, about that...
If Google can use it track you, so can your ISP. Or anyone doing a man-in-the-middle attach, like SuperFish* or some nonsense like that
Just a thought - I wonder if this was one of the tools they used to bust people who used TOR recently?
* that thing Lenovo used to load on ThinkPads that was super buggy and they wouldn't let you remove it, that's the one I'm thinking of anyway.