* Posts by Mikel

2375 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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Re: No testing, Redmond?

They busted up the Trusted Computing group because an audit that uncovered a glitch. Apparently they had been let go in the 90's for getting in the way of a product launch, but due to an accounting glitch they were still getting paid. They were still in the org chart, but even the building they worked in had been torn down. Nobody has seen them since the launch of W98 SE and some may have passed. So they fixed the glitch.

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It's OK

You weren't using their software for anything important anyway, right?

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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It's amazing

Windows fans put up with all of this garbage.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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All Pop I stars have earthlike planets

It's a consequence of how stars form. There will be real estate everywhere.

Incidentally, Proxima b has been visited by tons of asteroids from the Earth and Mars. So it is even more likely to have life.

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Microsoft, Lenovo cross-licensing love-in: Android mobes knocked up with... Office apps

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Proof

Not enough people crave their products

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Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

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Kudos

Nicely done.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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Recycling this comment from the earlier article

Because "Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly." - Henry Spencer

"Do one thing well"

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Big data is hard.

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Re: Bing, Google, etc...

Bing Is Not Google. Come on now, it's right there in the name.

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Two-speed Android update risk: Mobes face months-long wait

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Re: The real take-away

Microsoft claimed - over and over - that "this time for real" they were taking care of updating phones with their new OS. That worked out great.

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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IE and Edge

"IE and Edge" is five different mutually incompatible browsers supported by four different mutually incompatible operating systems. And only one of two of those operating systems for each IE or Edge.

What I'm getting at is that it makes no more sense to add these numbers together to make a "share" than it does to arbitrarily add Opera and Firefox together. The different versions of IE ought to count as entirely different browsers, and separate entirely from Edge.

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Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out

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I remember this analysis from the SCO case.

There were never ending pundits to say the bad guy was going to win. That didn't work out.

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: Why is ssh built in?

Because "Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly." - Henry Spencer

"Do one thing well"

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Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

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Wait, what?

This was supposed to be an article about Intel and the words "Microsoft" and "Windows" occur nowhere in it. There must be some mistake.

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Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

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They will do fine

No doubt the product will be first rate and well received.

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Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

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Re: reliability eh?

> our control of our own systems.

Whose systems? It seems you and they are not in agreement on that.

It's their OS. They can make it do what they want it to do. They always could.

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How do you securely exchange encrypted-decrypted-recrypted data? Ask Microsoft

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Having seen their software development skill

I am not letting them anywhere any data of mine that needs encryption. The one thing they are trustworthy for is failed security.

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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The point

The point of Microsoft's Secure Boot is to protect their device from an errant user who would try to deprive them of its benefit by installing his own software.

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Say hello to Samsung and Netlist's flash-DRAM grenade: HybriDIMM

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Intel and memory standards

I still haven't forgiven them for that Rambus RIMM nonsense. Not sure I ever will.

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Mars' 'little green men' buried alive by merciless meteorites – new theory

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When we are living there

Digging down to the rich biome beneath the desert will be required for a number of human habitation reasons. We will find life. Unfortunately by then it will be difficult to tell if we brought it with us.

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Dear Imation. It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black

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Getting things under control

It takes a while for the fixes to show. I think they'll be OK.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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In completely unrelated news...

If you got suckered into W10 more than 10 days ago, you can forget about rolling back. They got you, they're keeping you.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3104927/microsoft-windows/microsoft-reduces-windows-10-roll-back-grace-period.html

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You Windows fans

You sure put up with a lot of garbage.

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You know what would really make your metamaterial pop? 6th century Japan tech

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At the large end of the scale

Space station

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Tablet sales remain bitter, but Nougat tipped to sweeten the market

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Re: I'm not surprised ...

@Gordon861

The 2013 Nexus 7 is still a darned fine tablet. I see it for hours a day. In terms of hours per dollar this thing has been wonderful! Not currently looking for a replacement on this one.

It was the 2012 model that had no legs, and the Nexus 10.

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Pokémon Go tragedy strikes

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Whatever this game is

It has been a help getting the kids outside for summer play.

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Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

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Almost seven years

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-iphone-funeral-2010-9

Since the funeral for iPhone, it will be seven years in a few days.

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Seagate joins hands with Intel, adds tasty IEEL to its pie and mash

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Intel and Linux

Linux owns HPC, and they use a lot of chips. It must drive the Intel folks crazy to know they can't engineer a reason to require Windows on there. Do the systems come with the TPM chip that only operates with Microsoft's encryption key? Of course they do. That must be the only bone they can throw to Redmond from there.

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Get yer gnashers round 64-layer 3D NAND, beam WDC and Toshiba

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These will be no thicker than the 256GB NAND stacks already shipping.

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They test each layer before they stack them, obviously. It's not like a monolithic processor where one bad transistor can ruin the whole thing.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

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For all the gloom

The stock had a nice bump, suggesting performance was better than expected. So at least the corporate privacy shield is still working, or leaks would have evened out the bump. I like to see the strong momentum through the emotional $100/share barrier.

I'm looking forward to further strong performance in the next two quarters. Back to school is a great time for them on the PC, and of course going into the holidays with a new model iPhone is always a slam dunk. With W10 killing the Wintel PC market, Apple PC should do really well even with Chromebooks taking an ever larger share of Education. Something creative with iPad would be bonus. Of course a totally new product category from Apple is overdue, and their gnomes have been slaving away on some things, but it's impossible to tell when those will hatch. They're ready when they're ready.

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Microsoft offers admins free Win 10 upgrade lube

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Not trustworthy

The GWX app already does an evaluation of your app and driver readiness. It just always says "full speed ahead!" even if the machine won't boot afterwards, doesn't work with some of your devices, or pesky apps have to be deleted.

Why would this tool work any different? They either know how to determine if the PC can run their OS or they don't - and obviously the answer is the latter. And/or they lie, which is no better.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Supported lifetime defined

They will support it until they don't.

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Cyanogen Inc 'axes 20%' staff

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Re: Well shit

Samsung has a new kind of removable flash standard that isn't unnecessarily encumbered with Microsoft's patented -- and stupid -- ExFAT. So removable flash may finally be an option on the next Nexus.

I predict that once it comes out the Secure Digital group will drop the dumb requirement. There is no need for 2 billion Android devices based on Linux to require support for Microsoft DOS's brain damaged 8.3 character filenames.

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The music stopped when Microsoft bought them

Yeah, technically it was just a partnership. Whatever. Kiss of death.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Like everything else

Skype died the day they bought it.

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

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Somehow

The Microsoft implementation will work in a few hundred remote root vulnerabilities. Because they have no clue.

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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

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The power myth

For over a decade MSFT had lateral motion, but the forecast was always "to the moon!" based on their tyrant status. Your money had better returns stuffed in a mattress. It will be interesting to see if they can do that again now that their dominance of technology is broken. I think not.

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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

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We already covered this

SpaceX can land the boosters all on the same pad. Stacked vertically. Like Robin Hood.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Uh oh.

I've got a bad feeling about this. It's as if the ghosts of Sun and Novell were rattling their chains and muttering a warning too softly to hear.

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Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

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It was never your device

It's their device. They use it to get you to do what they want you to do. Its purpose is not to serve you.

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It's 2016 and Windows lets crims poison your printer drivers

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Re: Win10 fixed this for me

No drivers on Canon UK

They are still working on the British language support.

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Or just uninstall it

This works for Windows vulnerabilities as well.

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Apple crumbles: Mac sales slump while Dell, HP Inc, Lenovo shift PCs

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I was going to go with "Gartner analyst blames Microsoft for failing to stimulate the PC market in the Future-Past tense. For the seventh consecutive year."

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Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

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He is the 506th person to die in a police shooting this year in the Land of the FreeTM

30,000 Americans have been killed this year in traffic accidents, and 100,000 by medical error. Somehow nobody is sharpening the pitchforks and lighting the torches over that.

You have to look at the specifics in each incident, and clusters of incidents to see if there is wrongdoing on the part of the individuals and institutions involved. Policing can be nasty and dangerous work. They tend not to interact much with the top 99% of orderly and civilized people, and the bottom 1% can be random, unpredictable and dangerous.

I haven't looked at this one. No doubt someone will tell me he was on his way to choir practice from volunteering at a hospice.

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Microsoft COO jumps ship

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My understanding is that stack ranking ended with Ballmer. No idea what form of torture they replaced it with though.

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Debian founder Ian Murdock killed himself – SF medical examiner

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An excess of passion is often self destructive. It seemed to drive the creativity and work that made so much great stuff while he was able, but it was too much. He gave us a lot. Thanks, Ian.

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Detroit Rock(et Fiber) City: Startup brings 10Gb service to Motown

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Service

> I'd like to know how they can provide cost-effective competitive broadband AND that level of service AND still turn a profit.

Ooh ooh! I know this one!

It is not unprofitable to provide great bandwidth and stellar service at a reasonable price. It is quite lucrative. To the oligopoly that sells the only service you can get though, this is an unnecessary expense that reduces their absurd margins. It is cheaper to drive the other guy out of business, so that is what they do. Even if they have to buy a few state or local officials, get some laws passed, sue, organize an Astroturf rebellion, engage in negative marketing of the sort normally reserved for political office, it is still cheaper than providing good service at a fair rate.

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Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'

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The plan

The plan is never to coax less money from the same customer. Never.

As for the license, if you are doing something useful with Microsoft software you are almost certainly in violation of some clause of the license agreement. And likely not using it as intended as well.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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"Final push"

Not even close to the end here guys. As I have been telling you since this started, this is do or die time for Microsoft. Android has been taking over. Microsoft need to get a critical mass of people on to Windows 10 - and quick - or it's all over for them.

So no, this does not end in July. We have not seen the worst of it. Not even close.

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