* Posts by Mikel

1786 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: Raise your hand...

>receive HTTP data from the network into kernel space...

And then not range check it before using it. For Ned's sake! It is thirteen years since they promised to quit doing this stupid, freshman programmer level stuff. And now every public facing IIS website on Earth can be shutdown from anywhere on the planet, one compromised PC can hose your Intranet. Because their server OS doesn't validate network inputs directly in kernel space.

When will otherwise responsible organizations learn to stop trusting these people? This is not going to change, ever.

And apparently after failing for 13 straight years, this Scott Charney character is still there, in charge of not fixing it.

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IBM’s 700TB security threat database enters the cloud. Look to the heavens, hackers

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700 TB?

Maybe it's time to leave that Wintel legacy behind.

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Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

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exFAT is required for SD

That is the only serious patent - and the patent is for dual namespace for long filename and 8.3 filename. I.e. it goes back to DOS.

Chinese companies have taken to calling the expandable storage Trans Flash now, so no SD and no exFAT problems.

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Sinister lobby group (AT&T, Verizon among membership) sues FCC to kill net neut

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Edit para 6

Legislation -> litigation.

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HOVER ROCKET space station podule mission LIGHTNING HOLD DRAMA

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I musk be patient

It will go when it's time.

- impatient to see the reusable rocket era kick off.

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Linux 4.0 debuts with the usual no fanfare

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1.0 was special

It was a long march to 1.0, but he wanted to wait until he had a kernel he felt was stable and complete enough to be a released product.

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Cloudy McCloud Cloud HP just said public cloud 'makes no sense for us'

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News from the future

Bill Veghte inherits HP's profitless client PC unit. Immediately bets the farm on W10 to the exclusion of all else. W10 is as popular as Vista, running the company into the ground. Veghte returns to Redmond the conquering hero, dragging the corpse behind him. 95% of staff are made redundant on arrival. The acquisition is written down shortly thereafter.

It's like we've seen this movie before. Was Matt Damon in the first one?

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Re: HILF: The dumbest man in tech

Brought over by fellow Softie Bill Veghte, who I have been calling a Trojan Horse of the Elop school from day one.

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Gartner forecast dartboard falls off wall, lands in pile of crumpled dollars

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Quacks like a duck

“This is not a crash, even if it looks like one,”

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

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Re: I want to be self-sufficient amanfrommars2!

There should be plenty of room for housing in the hole left behind after we scoop the water out.

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

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This ended the scourge of illegal drugs forever

It was so successful the NSA had no choice but to emulate it.

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Microsoft goes cloud KERR-AZY, chops Windows Server to bits

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Hold the phone - stop the presses!

Microsoft did something praiseworthy. This, if it turns out not to be the dog's breakfast, was the right thing for once. They did some other thing in the late '90s, but it has been so long I forget what it was.

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Pro-tip: Steal a TARDIS to survive Windows Server preview death

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Delays

Surely they are just polishing the Cortana, Twitter, XBox and Facebook integration. Patience.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Caption 1: no stickers

Photo 2: sticker.

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Got an Android mobe with a virus? Congrats, you're The One Per Cent

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1% is great

Considering how open it is, how many people use dodgy software sources, 1% is pretty darned good. Stick with Google Play Store and you should be golden. This is why when looking for a tablet I say "No Play? No way!"

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Mozilla piles on China's SSL cert overlord: We don't trust you either

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They still have IE

Nobody who cares about security is using IE anyway, so they probably always will.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Re: hah hah

Steal? Dave Cutler stole NT from Digital. If you want to talk about OS stealing.

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New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans

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Chrome OS and Android are both Linux

Fancy operating environment shells over a hardened Linux core is what they are. A lot of people who use them scratch a hole in the veneer and expose the full power underneath.

With Microsoft going full out to win the profitless PC hardware market, their PC partners are well advised to read this list:

Lumia 1020

Lumia 1320

Lumia 1520

Lumia 520

Lumia 525

Lumia 526

Lumia 530

Lumia 530 Dual SIM

Lumia 535

Lumia 620

Lumia 625

Lumia 630

Lumia 630 Dual SIM

Lumia 635

Lumia 636

Lumia 638

Lumia 720

Lumia 730

Lumia 730 Dual SIM

Lumia 735

Lumia 810

Lumia 820

Lumia 822

Lumia 830

Lumia 920

Lumia 925

Lumia 928

Lumia ICON

Microsoft Lumia 430

Microsoft Lumia 435

Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM

Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV

Microsoft Lumia 532

Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM

Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM

Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

Those are the phones in testing for Windows 10. Do you see any non-Microsoft devices on that list? No. That is what happens when your software partner competes with you in hardware.

The RK3288 looks like an interesting device. Full 4K support, I see. That will be an impressive device for the cost and size. Can't wait to see the Steam Streamer version.

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Microsoft flings Office apps for Android slabs at world+dog

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Re: Work and excel installing on my Nexus 7 now...

>Worked fine with dropbox.It's a separate install, but I didn't have to log on with Excel, it used the word logon.

Oh oh. That is almost certainly a privacy or security fail.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 build list snowballs for Lumia mobes

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A lot of diversity

It is good to see third party OEM devices figure prominently in this early list as first class citizens. It should help allay concerns of some parties that competing with Microsoft on hardware when they are providing the software platform as well might be ill advised.

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Google-gate: 'Toothless' watchdog FTC nibbles furiously on journalists

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Google bashing

no substance

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Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

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Re: But why would they kill us?

We can - and would - turn it off. To a self-aware AI this is an existential threat problem with exactly one solution.

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Re: No wonder Apple won't talk to El Reg

He didn't make that $150M from Apple either. His Apple money is mostly gone. He did really well on FusionIO, and that was a Caching! long overdue.

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Utah faints: Google Fiber to lay cable in thrilling Salt Lake City

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Re: Just worked it out.

Personalized adverts for stuff I might actually be interested in sponsoring services I actually want is WAY preferable to the old way. The old way was mounting a shredder to the mailbox, droning through undirected advertising of such low interest they had to make it up in volume - to the ruination of anything it sponsored. Five nines of waste, burning my time with so much uninteresting crud that if there had been a gem amongst the dross I'd have never seen it.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Well that was clear as mud

Communications must not be Microsoft's strong point.

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Google and Obama: You’re too close for comfort

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What horror

Google let people find cheap medicine, opposed SOPA, supported network neutrality, told sites if they didn't want to show up in Google's search results they didn't have to. What jerks.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: Once upon a time...

>Not too bad an outcome

Doesn't undo that the genesis of IE was hosing the inventors of the browser out of their just reward. Karma, baby.

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Once upon a time...

The code boffins from NCSA monetized their inventions by founding a company called Spyglass and licensing the Mosaic code to it. After Bill Gates realized The Road Ahead required he take ownership of the web, Microsoft licensed this code from Spyglass to make IE, spinning a tale of global domination and untold wealth at a cut of the gross.

The deal done, Microsoft turned on their heel and gave it away, resulting in a gross of $0, and a Spyglass Inc share of that gross of $0.

Said boffins were quite upset about this Unexpected Financial Injustice Administered and, after suing, jumped ship to Netscape where they spent the remainder of their careers doing battle with IE.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyglass,_Inc.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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Makes a dreamy monitor

Not as interesting in my mind for watching the babble box but the spreadsheets, database forms and code windows are amazing.

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Re: Is LG a good brand?

LG made my Nexus 5. As far as I am concerned this closes the question. It is undeniably awesome.

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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What this means

We can look forward to hearing from Rob Enderle again.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Still Gigabytes

This is not slim.

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AMD, ARM, Imagination, Samsung alliance publish official shared GPU-CPU blueprints

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Memory maps for all the things

This is long overdue. Or seriously retro. Depending on your point of view.

But promoting the GPU and other elements to memory coherent with the CPU will usher in a new era of heterogeneous computing. Hopefully the security issues were dealt with.

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Re: So the FCC set up a fight between ...

/Brandon 2

On Google's private network they design the hardware all the way down to the switch ASIC and laser PHY. It isn't even Ethernet, properly speaking. So... No FCC stickers in there. On the consumer devices, particularly radios, yes.

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Cyanogen said to be hoovering up cash, but NOT from Microsoft

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Obviously

Microsoft direct ownership would prevent the effectiveness of the disruption. Naturally this means Cyanogen must be made a puppet with longer strings - Microsoft's interest laundered through multiple opaque investment groups. They're evil, not stupid.

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Gamers! Ransomware will scramble your save files unless you cough up $1,000

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A careful analysis

>It attempts to infect Windows PCs by exploiting a vulnerability ...

Ah. More exciting opportunities for adventure in Windows land. It seems every day brings several more.

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IDC downgrades sales outlook for PCs AND tablets

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HP and Dell can cancel Christmas due to poor Windows PC sales

What is that, five years running? Six? They may soon forget what holiday sales booms were.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

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Windows is such an adventure

Why have something boring when you can get exciting monthly updates?

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Ah, the joys of Windows

They never end.

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Microsoft chucks patent sueball at Kyocera over Android phones

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Re: 1997

Patents prevent progress. This is well proven

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Proof Microsoft is not reformed

They should be ashamed of themselves. But at least he's we have proof that the bad old days are not over.

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Will NASA's Dawn spot ALIEN LIFE on asteroid belt dwarf world Ceres?

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Re: And a 66 megapixel camera

I didn't know this.

The final survey images should be wonderful then. I liked the pics from 40,000 km above. 400 km should be amazing.

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Ceres is a jewel of the sky

Planetary Resources talks about mining asteroids. This one is the mother lode. 2.8 million square kilometers of surface area covered in high grade platinum group metals ore, endless water, 0.03 G surface gravity, immense caves for habitation, premade steam volcano to drive a turbine. As Dawn gets closer we will see much more.

It is a far better habitat for a colony than Mars. A bit far - twice as far as Mars - but Musk is sorting out the quick and inexpensive trip.

Whoever winds up owning this thing will have more wealth than anybody ever before.

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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Probably enterprise gear pricing

But the cost of SSD continues to go down and the density up. At some point spinning rust will die.

Which reminds me - I have a use for some of those mechanical parts. Off to the tech salvage store!

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HP: Windows Server + OpenStack will lure biz bods from the Amazon

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It has finally happened

Microsoft Windows is a Linux app.

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Microsoft working on 'Nano' version of Windows Server for web-scale ops

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Wow

Some have been PXE booting diskless servers for decades now.

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Re: Opelika spent $7 million over 5 years for 30,000

@Craigness

Still sounds cheap. Especially compared to Comcast or TWC which not only costs more during the build out, but then the cost never goes down and the service level never needs to go up.

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Opelika spent $7 million over 5 years for 30,000

That is $4 per month per person to build out an essential service that will last 50 years or more.

Sounds like a heck of a good deal. Where can I get gigabit fiber for that?

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He's baaack: Microsoft's axeman Nadella to give Chinese staff the chop

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Made in Vietnam

Maybe somebody ought to check the working conditions in that one. For humanitarian reasons.

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Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

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What I posted in May here

Over before it began

The only thing better for the cable giants than a weak FCC rule is a completely muddled, unintelligible and unenforceable rule. That way they can do whatever they want for years and the courts will protect them.

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