Spreadsheet Capacity Limit Cause of ‘Lost’ 16,000 Covid Test Results

In scenes straight from The Thick of It, the source of the massive Covid stats cock-up revealed late last night has been revealed as DHSC’s use of Microsoft Excel as the data repository. Yesterday evening it emerged 16,000 Coronavirus cases had been missed off the daily figures due to an “IT error”, however details have now come to light that the IT error in question was as simple as the central Excel spreadsheet reaching its maximum file size:

“The extraordinary meltdown is believed to have been caused by an Excel spreadsheet containing lab results reaching its maximum size, and failing to update.”

Apparently “The technical issue has now been resolved by splitting the Excel files into batches”. Dido will be worried this leads to his colleagues continuing to spreadsheet behind her back…

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Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for £26.2 Billion

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LinkedIn’s 400 million users are worth some $60 each to Microsoft. The internet is not amused at the prospect of Microsoft-LinkedIn. Just as Microsoft’s purchase of Skype proceeded the explosion of rival messaging apps expect a surge when LinkedIn forces you to get a Microsoft login, use Outlook and becomes strangely incompatible with Apple products. It is the biggest tech deal this year and shows the game is not over in the tech bubble…

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MPs Emails’ Accessed by GCHQ

MPS EMAILS HACKED THERESA MAY

MPs voting on the Snooper’s Charter next week might be swayed to oppose Theresa May’s anti-privacy laws by the revelation that GCHQ are already accessing their emails. New documents released by Edward Snowden show GCHQ not only intercepts MPs’ communications – it also scans them in bulk using security software installed to supposedly filter spam emails. GCHQ has been able to skirt around strict rules governing the interception of internal UK communications due to parliament’s decision to switch to Microsoft Office for its email service. This means private emails sent by MPs are routed through servers in Ireland and the Netherlands, with each one being scanned and recorded by GCHQ. MPs should remember they’re governed by the laws they create…

H/T Computer Weekly
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Microsoft’s AI Twitter Bot Trolls WIth Sick Breivik Jibe

Microsoft’s pioneering Artificial Intelligence Twitter bot, @TayAndYou, recently came under fire for posting a series of incredibly racist tweets (subsequently deleted by Microsoft’s panicking geeks). It made the mistake of learning from the trolls who tweeted at it. Belatedly it would appear the out-of-control bot’s handlers didn’t quite catch everything, though, with @TayAndYou continuing to interact with users over sensitive areas, including joking about crazed Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik:

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And even engaging in a sexually fuelled exchange with a complete stranger:

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Still more pleasant than some of the trolls on Twitter…

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Taxpayers 1-0 Microsoft

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The Crown Commercial Service has signed a deal with an open source software company called Collabora Productivity that will make the Libre Office software available across all government departments. Libre Office is a free version of Microsoft Office, a software package that the government spends millions in license fees to use. Collabora will provide a specially tailored version of Libre Office for free and will provide technical assistance and support.

The CCS deal is their latest move in a long running campaign to stamp out the public sector culture of mindlessly funnelling taxpayer money to big software companies and comes on the back of Government Digital Service’s victory in forcing Microsoft into supporting Open Document Formats. Libre Office uses the ODF standard and by making Microsoft support the format, CCS have opened the door for a seamless switch to free opensource software such as Libre Office. Don’t expect Microsoft to go down without a fight…

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Happy 20th Birthday Windows 95

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Twenty years ago today Microsoft unleashed the Windows 95 operating system on the world. Complete with a start menu, minimizable windows and Internet Explorer, Techno’s childhood would have been very different without it. But perhaps Windows 95’s greatest gift to the world was this hour long “cyber sitcom”  starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry that exaplined how the operating system worked:

Looks like they had the right Outlook…

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