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* Posts by Mikel

1480 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Suspicious haste

There must be something seriously wrong with the pre-update version.

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Active Desktop

They did this before in the IE4 era - Windows 95 Active Desktop. It didn't work out.

They did it again in Vista and 7 with Windows Desktop Gadgets

I guess they'll keep trying until they finally invent Athena Widgets from 1983.

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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AV for Android

Only the gullible think they need this, so it is the perfect app. Prove that it ever once let a virus get through :-)

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Intel promises 10Gb Ethernet with Thunderbolt 2.0

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10 gig

150MB/s seen clearly in the video is with overhead maybe 2 gigabits/s. Which is nice.

The component may have 10gbps bandwidth but desktops and laptops even with ssd don't have the storage bandwidth to sustain that.

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One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

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8.1

And of that only people who buy apps for TIFKAM. So, essentially nobody at all.

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Universal?

>Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows RT, and eventually even Xbox.

Ah, universal for the universe of the most recent fragment of the Microsoft Ecosystem, 19 months old and 200 million devices strong. Or about the last two months worth of Android devices or four months worth of Apple devices, for comparison. And of those Windows users, only the ones who get Apps in TIFKAM, which is essentially nobody. In the Everett-Wheeler hypothesis this is a tiny, closed, tightly curved recursive universe. It may still be in its "hot dense state" and may never achieve inflation.

Here I thought "Universal" might mean "runs on all versions of Microsoft OS". But of course that would be as silly as expecting "cross platform" to mean more than "runs on Windows 8 And 8.1".

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Bank-raid ZeuS malware waltzes around web with 'valid app signature'

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Whose signature?

Code signing requires that the authority who granted the certificate knows who signed the executable. Otherwise it wouldn't be a "signature" at all, would it? Should be easy to tell who from the key revocation announcement.

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Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

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Re: GPU Drivers

This is actually part of what I was talking about. I hear Imagination Technologies is coming around though, finally.

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Intel

It is good to see them leading with a choice of operating systems. Seems like we have had generations of gear designed to not run anything but Windows.

Now to get my hands on it and see if it's any good. Would be nice to replace these old, loud, hot PCs with something silent and power friendly.

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Intel's Shenzhen cash-splash signals mobile push

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Intel tablets

It would be nice to see Intel finally get some traction in the Android space. The chips make a fine platform for plain Linux as well. I would not mind a 14" HD Ubuntu tablet.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Security?

This is the company that brought you autorun.

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Intel's DIY MinnowBoard goes Max: More oomph for half the price

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Sweet stuff

I like to fiddle around with these little boards. The dual core core version would probably be best for me. Nice to see Intel venturing outside their comfort zone with Linux gear for the maker community.

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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Fix

echo "b" >> midgetjellowrestling.mp4

Then upload it again. A stray letter on the end won't harm the movie and it will change the hash.

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US Supreme Court Justices hear arguments in game-changing software IP case

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All software is math

Therefore it is not eligible for patent protection.

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New IPCC report: 8 ways climate change will throw world INTO PERIL

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Negative Nancy

Clearly the summary focuses on the negative aspects. Canada and Russia see net benefits. As in all things some lose, some win, it is best not to be poor or live in the desert. All of the "but for Man" scenarios fail to project the preindustrial trend to its icy conclusion.

It is interesting that the "observed" temperatures currently lie below the error bars of the most optimistic forecast. One would think that should moderate the tone somewhat, but it is not even mentioned.

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Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

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Re: Shame

@Robert Carnegie

Apparently the blogger in question was unwise enough to solicit comment on the leak from a Microsoft employee using the very same Hotmail account he had received the illicit materials on. I am not a Microsoft defender by any means, but this suggests that a broad sweep of Hotmail was not necessary.

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Oh darn

I was hoping they would stick to their guns on this one.

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BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10

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They hope to break even

They hope to break even before they run out of cash. That must be comforting.

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Hold on, everyone ... Prez Obama thinks he's cracked this NSA super-snooping problem

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If you believe that...

Bah! What's the use?

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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Re: Testing or Polishing?

You produce control systems. On Windows. And you think they are the only fail here? Did you consider your responsibility to your customers when you made that choice?

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Re: Please Reg keep your technical standards

It is the remote executable that allows you to run the privilege escalation and install the rootkit. Privilege escalation kits are a dime a dozen. Without a remote executable the gate is locked. So yes, this is what allows a machine to be owned.

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Re: 2014

Trustworthy Computing. 2002. Guess who.

If you can't figure out how to safely parse a text file in your own proprietary format in 12 years it is time to give up.

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Re: FFS!

You don't want to know.

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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Just a few more years and that desktop PC will be something really special.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Needed software

All that stuff is available for Linux, even antivirus which is shoes for snakes. If you go there you may as well install Linux Genuine Advantage for your activation and license control needs.

Seriously though, if they are that innocent then putting an XP skin on your preferred Linux is the way to go.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: People have bought these tablets, they just don't know it

I have bought this one on purpose. It is not as bad as everyone is making it out to be. About in line with my PC from 2000. Comes with a full k-12 curriculum, Google Play and another app store, some educational games and a hosted browser. I imagine the hosted browser works better in-country where latency is lower.

It is all in English, oddly enough. It is not going to replace my Nexus 7, but it will do for the kids. I use it for a Chromecast remote and a test platform for my Android apps.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Re: When will the next name change be?

$500,000? If they spent so little I would be truly shocked.

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Re: Money well spent

Bob, how could any enterprise cloud vendor predict such an unlikely confluence of events as leap day occurring on February 29th? You might as well expect them to anticipate their SSL certificates expiring. This is way out there type unpredictable stuff. Acts of God and whatnot.

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HP exec: 'It's our GOD-GIVEN right' to rule the world of biz fondleslabs

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Leading with Windows tablets again

And they say Apple has a reality distortion field.

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Entry-level HP SAN array stoops to conquer small biz bods

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Foreboding

Implies "requires IE8 running as Admin on Windows 7".

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NAS and SAN

Traditionally NAS is file based storage, like Windows and NFS file shares. SAN is block based storage - network attached disks, not folders. Of late they are tending to merge, with one device providing both.

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

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Re: Fees for requiring unneeded trips

By taking the free boxes the ISP also saves millions against their own internal network costs, and makes their customers perception of the quality of their service go up. Against this power and cooling are nothing. Why Netflix and not some other? Netflix is 1/3rd of peak network traffic. Where else are you going to get these returns

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Fees for requiring unneeded trips

"As we all know, there is no free lunch, and there’s also no cost-free delivery of streaming movies. Someone has to pay that cost," Cicconi said. "Mr Hastings’ arrogant proposition is that everyone else should pay but Netflix.

The remarkable thing here is that Comcast and AT&T are generating the requirement for this traffic. When you and your 500 neighbors all gorge on the new season of "House of Cards" in HD, it only needs to be sent to each network the first time, and cached for everyone else. It doesn't change from your house to your neighbor's house. You could all be watching the same copy, rather than downloading it from Netflix separately. Netflix has these cache boxes, and provides them to the ISPs for free. But AT&T and Comcast refuse to take them, instead insisting that Netflix stream each copy separately from Amazon's datacenters - multiplying by thousands the bandwidth unnecessarily. This is as bad - worse - than streaming video, pictures, audio over the Internet in uncompressed formats, consuming bandwidth unnecessarily. It is the ISP creating this need by insisting on doing this the worst possible technical way.

So no, nobody needs to pay that cost. It is an unnecessary cost. AT&T and Comcast insist on creating this need for bandwidth to their network that does not have to exist. They do this to drive up the cost of Netflix, drive down the quality because Netflix competes with their cable TV. It is pure unrepentant greed.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Netflix quality

If you have Chromecast and the right ISP in the US, the difference in quality can be remarkable. Chromecast can use the new VP8 encoding, which saves a lot of bandwidth or ups quality, depending.

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Re: Next stop...

Our kids like to sit around with their tablets and take turns throwing funny YouTube videos to it.

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

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At least they know they're looking for something

They don't know what it is, but at least knowing you're looking is a start.

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Microsoft alters Hotmail policy amid blogger inbox probe outcry

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Re: You should assume all providers will do this

Ah the everybody else woulda defense. Except that this thing is so abhorrent that it demands deliberate intent. It needs volition. It needs a desire to be evil.

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All better now. Rest easy.

They're going to employ a former federal judge and some outside counsel to officially rubber stamp their future Hotmail account snooping. That is so reassuring. For a moment there I was afraid they might just not do it any more. This is SO much better. Does the Mailbox plundering team have an official name yet? May I suggest "Global Mail Account Investigation Legal Team", or "GMAIL Team" for short?

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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Brilliant

Let the whole world know you are snooping their Hotmail just to jail the one employee who got the info out before the other twenty. Spend six months paying astroturfers to pretend you were the wronged party and acted within the TOS, as if that makes it all better now. I can't wait to hear Frank Shaw's spin on this.

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It is all better now

Microsoft has assured us that they promise to employ a former judge and outside counsel for the purpose of rubber-stamping their Hotmail snooping. So. No worries.

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Intel details four new 'enthusiast' processors for Haswell, Broadwell

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Sweet stuff

Hopefully this will bring down the price on mainstream CPUs. No way am I in the market for a $1000 chip.

The customer for these is going to have a GPU. Are they still bonding their high end graphics to the highest end CPUs that won't be using it at all and holding their midrange chips that would actually use it to the lower spec graphics? That was always counterintuitive to me.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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Re: "detected"

"Discovered" might be the word. This is the the first paper claiming an observation of gravity waves at five sigmas, which is the level required to use the word discovery in that field. There are many other implicit findings as well.

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More detail

If you are interested in the topography of gravity waves let me suggest this primer.

http://background.uchicago.edu/~whu/polar/webversion/node6.html

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Re: "detected"

I'm going to go ahead and speculate now that we are never going to directly observe a gravity wave. It is just too weak.

The scales - both large and small - are mind boggling. The discussion is at the level of planck lengths and planck time. We're talking about a time when the granularity of dimensionality itself leaves fingerprints.

You know the observable universe is big and heavy - hundreds of billions of galaxies a hundred billion lightyears across. Imagine you had two of them right next to each other. They would affect each other by gravity, right - at least at the edges? Now shrink the pair so small that trillions of the pair lined up would not span the width of a single proton and they're still right next to each other so the gravity is so much more intense by proximity. One of these is our observable universe, and one of these is a mass that has now fallen outside our "light cone". Now move the second one 16 degrees across what will someday be our sky in 1x10^-44th of a second. That is the scale of gravity wave we're talking about. Entire observable universes worth of energy density swinging whole degrees across the sky because at a scale that small, that is the indivisible increment of a meaningful distance.

It is horrifyingly beautiful.

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Awesome discovery

Pints all around!

Here is an explanatory pic.

http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn25235/dn25235-1_1200.jpg

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WebEx gets shiny Chromebook look

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Microsoft is The Borg and don't you forget it

Borg Bill is an icon of our era.

As for Cisco embracing Chromebook, why not? Everybody else wants to hitch themselves to this success train. Except, of course, The Borg.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Universes beyond number

Well, 20 or so at least. Our visible universe is one of many such of course, or it would be different around the edges than in the middle. How many is an interesting question to ponder over a pint.

Say you go instantly to a galaxy on our horizon, then as far again, in an instant. This is a whole other visible universe on the edge of ours. It has the same cosmic background radiation, the same physical laws, the same structure from gross to fine.

Is it part of the same overarching Universe? Between the two there is no edge, no way to Balkanize them such that here one ends and another begins. To call them different universes makes as much sense as discriminating between the visible universe centered on London and the one centered on Beijing.

In the end it's all a matter of perspective. We are each the center of our own visible universe, sharing by proximity some part with each other in aggregate a greater whole.

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Satya Nadella's first act may be to launch Office for iPad

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Office for iPad

How about no? A new WinRT tablet maybe?

I'm thinking a Metro skin for iPad that keys into all of Microsoft's cloud suite. Office364 and Bing, IE and Outlook.com signin, XBox Live, DirectX and cloud hosted desktop all integrated into one glorious app that iFans have been craving [sic]. Naturally paid for to be preinstalled in glorious partnership with Apple.

The synergies. They are blinding.

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