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Comment Re:I thought it was designed that way. (Score 1) 191

I've read all the comments on this thread (at time of posting) and this is the FIRST commenter that actually understands what the problem actually is.

For BB10 devices:

[BB10] <---> [Your-Exchange-Server-via-ActiveSync]

For nonBB10 devices with BES or BIS:

[BBxx] <---> [RIMs Email Proxies] <---> [Your Email Provider]

So, yes, if BB10s are sending email creds to RIM, then that's huge fuckup.

My guess is, someone forgot to comment out that lump of code when they switched to ActiveSync support.

-Jar

Comment Re:Nearly the entire globe- except not really (Score 2) 97

I'm pretty sure, that outside of the US, Joe Public doesn't even know WWVB exists, which is a shame as a single standard global time signal (back in the day) would have been kinda cool.

Here in the UK we have something similar (even runs on the same frequency):

http://www.npl.co.uk/science-technology/time-frequency/products-and-services/time/msf-radio-time-signal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_from_NPL

It's referred to as the 'Rugby clock'.

-Jar

Comment Re:This is mostly outdated service (Score 1) 280

You have no idea what you are talking about.

Technet has not been about the help pages for years - Technet was about providing legal software with keys for evaluation for as long as you kept your Technet sub going.

As other posters have said, 90-180 days is not enough to learn/evaluate platforms. I for one would not have learnt anything useful for Exchange 2010 if I had it running in sandbox lab with no real email flowing through it - I use it as my home email server, for 5 accounts. I migrated my previous Exchange 2003 installation into it, an arduous task that took weeks to complete correctly and I learnt SO much in the process - that's not something a dry lab environment could have provided. (and for those that say I'm falling foul of the T&Cs, I'm not - I don't class my home environment as a 'Production system'.)

Losing Technet for me is a big loss - my alternatives are MSDN (too expensive for non-contractor who likes to dabble/upskill), or the MS Partner programme (also fairly expensive and maybe not available to individuals). I might just say f*ck it, and migrate over to non MS software over the next few years, turning my back on 20+ years as an MS whore.

I think MS have lost the plot recently, and seem to be doing their best to alienate all their current userbase and developerbase.

-Jar

Comment Re:Surpassing Vista (Score 1) 285

I can third this.

My MAIN Machine (I use many, but the one that I sit in front of most), is a P4 3Ghz running XP SP3.

I code in .NET (2.0), I surf the web, I do email, I make ugly websites, and I play old games. I also intermittently play World of Warcraft on medium settings.

It does me. Every time it gets a bit slow I'll whine for a bit about getting an i5 or whatever, and then I just defrag the thing, and carry on...

I think support or no support, XP isn't going anywhere yet for a LOT of non-power users.

Comment Re:HD is not enough (Score 2) 104

OK, as a HEAVY Quake 1 and Quake 2 player and modder back in the day, I can say that with those engines at least, what you are describing is what you get when the FOV value is set too high. By default in id games, it's 90. A LOT of serious gamers up that to 120 or higher (so they can see more). As a result the fish-eye effect is enhanced and objects are stretched at the edge of the screen, and compressed in the centre.

In almost ALL games, FOV is user definable. A little bit of research at the time would have solved your issue completely.

-Jar

Comment Re:because desktop linux is a toy and novelty (Score 3, Interesting) 1215

You do if you pay for it. Trust me on this, I've got 18+ years of blue chip financial IT experience to back this up.
(My CV )

The proper support that Corporate IT get with MS is exactly the reason why Linux and Open Source/Free Office apps will never become de-facto on workplace desktops.

These days, all Corporate IT departments care about when choosing software from a new vendor, is how good the support is. If the support model isn't up to scratch then the tender will often go to an inferior solution that has better support (I've seen this way too many times...).

-Jar

Comment Re:because desktop linux is a toy and novelty (Score 0) 1215

... when they could have 97% of the functionality with free software...

Hmm... Lets say a medium/large business has a major problem with a financial add-on for Excel - it's causing Excel to crash or simply output rubbish numbers. They can pay for MS support, who will investigate within a specified time frame depending on the severity of the problem, and if it IS a problem with Excel MS will roll a special hotfix just to fix it and give it to the affected company. If other businesses encounter the same problem, this hotfix will be available for them also.

You DO NOT get that level of app support with free software, so the assumption that businesses will switch away from paid-for formally supported software is ridiculous.

-Jar

Comment Re:tinfoil wallets (Score 1) 193

I use an Oyster card on London public transport all the time, and I have NEVER had it trigger until I was physically wiping the big yellow sensor with my oyster card. Yes, there may have been problems when it first rolled out, but these days it's totally bedded in and a working technology.

Plus you save shedloads paying via Oyster, so it's silly not to.

-Jar

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