Re: The tables have turned
"but nonetheless showed (for the first time ?) that open source can have totally unbelievable security bugs"
I take it you've never been into that circle of hell known as Sendmail...
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"but nonetheless showed (for the first time ?) that open source can have totally unbelievable security bugs"
I take it you've never been into that circle of hell known as Sendmail...
"a nice full screen popup interrupted me with "Updates are needed" and only a "Get Updates" button."
I've noticed that too on the one Win10 box I have here. So while it's not exactly required to install the update, they sure make it look like you don't have any option. It's horribly annoying.
Personally, I don't see much major difference from Win 8.x. Sure, there's something they call the Start Menu, but, meh, with no tree structure like classic Windows, it's as useless as the Win 8 Start Screen, just smaller. So overall, just a big "Meh"...
" but I do wonder just how so many phone screens get damaged"
The ex-wife has caused the death of at least 3 of my mobiles in the past 12 years. All of them crushed, broken, smashed into tiny bits. I finally learned to just not answer when she called.
I can beat that: 386 SX 25MHz with 4MB RAM
4 megs? Weren't you lucky. I had a 386-25 SX with 1 meg, well 640K really, since a dude I knew said that should be enough for anybody. And that was a replacement for the old 4MHz ITT Xtra that I got second hand (MFM - FTW baby...).
When I got Windows 3.0 (a couple of years after 3.1 came out), I seem to remember adding another 2 megs at a cost of like $110. I think this was after one of the memory price crises' - can't remember if it was where Bush Sr smacked the Korean manufs for dumping, or if it was after a factory blowing up (or some such). I also ran the DOSSHELL (from DOS 4.0 or maybe 5.x, iirc) and honestly liked it better than Windows - was much faster.
But back to the OS2 topic - the question in my little non-OS/2 mind is - OS/2 was a really well thought-out, designed, and implemented OS that came from the Big Brains at IBM. And I think that's a big part of its reliability. Not to poor-mouth Arca Noae (whoever they are), but do they really think they are up to the task of updating an entire OS like OS/2 by late next year, and having it be as reliable as the original software that came from IBM? I admit, when I RTFA, I was a bit skeptical. Seems like updating OS/2 to current hardware would be a big task even for IBM itself. Or is Arca Noae a group of the old OS/2 folks from IBM?
"Nor is it clear why a few busy Office 365 customers necessitate such severe changes to the free offering for users in general."
Obviously, Microsoft ran out of the needed fairy dust and unicorn farts to make their "all you can eat for free" storage model work. But it's understandable they were caught out by this, since they weren't around back in 2000 when the initial Internet bubble went "pop". Those were the bad old days when Internet sites started to realize they needed to make a profit at some point, and they were spending a pantload of money on high-end server hardware and connectivity. Nope, Microsoft didn't live through any of that, so there's no way they could have known it wouldn't work this time either...
Thanks for that. That's what I figured, but wasn't sure.
On a completely unrelated note, I was at an airshow earlier this month and got to see (and touch, but. err, shhh...) an F-18 up close. I was amused that on the front of the airplane, at the very tip of the nose, is a phillips-head screw. Just struck me as funny that this big, death-dealing figher jet that costs millions of dollars is lead around by a phillips-head. Not an allen/hex, or a Torx, or something that requires a $5000 custom-made bit to remove. It's just a regular #2 phillips that looks like it came from Home Depot.
The B2 is considered "aging" now? Damn. Glad I'm not a plane or they'd already have me rusting in the Arizona desert...
"But your comment about Powershell not being more powerful than Bash is woefully misinformed. It is not only better designed and more self-consistent, but it has vastly more capabilities."
Really? Funny, after using Bash for 15 years and Powershell for 5 years, I still say Bash is better.
It's more consistent, more mature, and there is a much better chance of googling a "proper" and perhaps even an "elegant" way to perform a given task instead of the hackish nature that surrounds the Powershell documentation. It reminds me of classic VB in that respect - folks finding ways of making something work, but is it a good and proper way, or just a hack they stumbled upon that will disappear in the future?
Not to mention it has a better grasp (meaning not-iron-fisted) of variable scopes - for quick one-off admin tasks global variables are useful and are no problem in Bash, but it's a PITA to have to prefix every single occurrence with $global: in Powershell just because MS decreed that we must do that, and no escaping it.
Why does get-mailbox support the -filter switch, but get-msoluser doesn't? That doesn't seem terribly consistent and is a PITA at times when dealing with Office365 users.
Why is it such a bitch to escape all the switches to a call to "icacls /grant"? Why does it take 5-10 lines of "native" Powershell code to do the same thing as a single call to icacls? There's granularity, and then there's being a total pain in the ass (to the point where it's easier to put the icacls call in a BATCH FILE and call that from powershell).
And why, why, why can't csv-import have enough sense to skip blank lines in an input file?
So yes, on paper, Powershell should be the cat's meow. But down in the nuts-n-bolts, it just isn't. Like most MS products, it's a decent attempt, and nothing more. Bash is still better in my book.
"Think a toolset like BASH but far more powerful and secure with fully OO features, so no parsing text files any more and worrying about text formatting , etc, etc."
LOL. If you think Powershell is more powerfull than BASH, you need to have another think. Although I will concede that I am inferring BASH is on a mostly-proper *nix system like Linux or the BSDs with all the attendant utilities. I would imagine BASH on a Windows box would be about as useless as Powershell on a Linux box.
Don't get me wrong, Powershell is a great step-up from DOS batch files in most instances, but a BASH-killer it ain't. As to text-parsing, eh, last time I checked, import-csv still had annoyances with blank lines in the input file.
this explains why LOHAN hasn't gotten clearance yet - the two "toy" dudes at the FAA have been busy worrying about drone regulations, not ballockets.
Maybe future generations will finally see LOHAN blast off. Right about the time everyone gets their own private spaceship.
Oh, god, not THAT "c" word...
"All I said was `that piece of c******r was good enough for Jehovah`"
"10 inch c******r"
I'm a USian. What's a 10 inch c*****r ? I can't think of any bad words that start with C and end with R. (but I'm always willing to learn new ones).
"Leave one in the house, or wherever, labelled 'do not plug in'!"
Sounds like a good start to a lovely round of Office Hijinks.
"Cortana apparently has new features..."
I'm guessing "turning the fucking thing off" isn't one of them? Seriously, why does MS make that such a bitch to do? Why do we need voice search on a PC that doesn't even have a microphone?
Maybe it's warning us to stop taking pictures of its lawn. After all, it moved 400+ million miles away so it could be escape Google's StreetView car.
So, eh, legitimate question here. I see these are on Ebay for $180 (for us USians), and judging by this review, they look like decent devices. So is it possible to buy one of these and never connect it to a phone network? Will the device have fits (or not work at all) if I don't provide it with a SIM card? $180 for a little pocket computer with no data bill sounds like a deal - something I could take around at work to check access point strength, telnet into switches/etc (no serial is a bummer, though). But would it actually work?
"But then; if it hadn't been this it would have been something else. Those seeking to find fault will always find one"
You know, if they had done something smart like given us the classic nested Start menu back, I think most of us would be more forgiving of the stuff like Cortana or the OneDrive issue or the horse-shit like non-removable XBox stuff (really, WTF???). But no, they couldn't do that. With all the programmers in the world, they couldn't figure out how to re-write the simple old Start menu from 1995. So those of us who skipped Windows 8 because of the crap Start screen, are really wondering where we're supposed to land now that Win10 is turning out to be crap too. Mac is OK, but it's no Windows. And as much as I appreciate Linux on my servers, it's even worse than Mac at doing the desktop stuff ( IMHO, of course. YMMV)
I installed Win10 on a test machine yesterday. Other than a lot of weird, new services running for no reason, it didn't look much different than Win8. Think I'll stick to my hacked-up Server2012 desktop for now.
errrr, what? I said I wanted ONE, as a collector's item (which, admittedly, I didn't say in my original post). Not 500,000.
And, in general, no, I don't give a flying fuck, especially not when asked if I give a flying fuck.
but knowing these cars are intentionally giving the finger to the government makes me want one.
I've kept this link in my bookmarks for a few years, waiting for just the right time to tell the Missus I'm wanting to spend $300 for an uber-nerd clock...
I was gonna downvote you, then realized, shit, you're right. Unless you're in an IT-centric industry, nobody cares what your IT dept. says. We've finally become the "computer janitors" of the company. I mean, we spend part of the day cleaning Windows, right?
I shoulda finished my welding degree...
"A huge array of compact floursecent lights could be a great low-efficiency heater."
Reminds me of my younger days as the maintenance helper at the local Sears and Roebuck's. There was no "heater" in the store's HVAC unit, all heat was supplied by the hundred or so fluorescent lighting fixtures in the drop ceiling, which, as normal, was also the return air duct. There was a chiller, though, that ran all year long, maintaining the temperature by removing more or less of the heat the lights radiated into area above the drop ceiling.
I thought a butterfly flapping its wings was how we wrote computer programs. Or am I doing it wrong?
"Windows 7 users can't access the Store or run its universal apps, and the appearance of compelling Store apps would be a strong incentive to upgrade."
As would the appearance of unicorns.
Neither is likely to appear, though.
No coleslaw at a barbecue? but it's good on barbecue...
Wow, Windows 11, 12, and 13 must have really sucked to have a billion people sticking with Windows 10.
@ Yugguy : Sorry I can only give you one upvote, I'd give you my whole day's quota if El Reg would let me.
"Microsoft is keen to help pay them [customers] to move. They want shot of it – they are committed to getting Microsoft customers off an unsupported version of Windows. "
But when I installed these Windows 2003 servers in 2003, Microsoft assured me it was the bestest, most reliablest, securest, awesomest Windows that could be had and that none of my children or my children's children would ever get cancer or grow old. Now it's something they "want shot of" ? I've been lied to...plain and simple.
"You mean you have to pay to eat that shit?"
They don't have to force me to, I do it gladly.
It can also be found in powdered form for cooking (not to reconstitute and drink). As good as actual buttermilk in most recipes, IMHO.
Amen. Gravy is simple - fresh grease, flour, milk, salt, pepper. The difficulty is in adding the milk to the roux without it going lumpy. Any meat (preferably what you cooked to make the grease) should be added AFTER the gravy has been put on the biscuits. I like Tennessee Pride sausage myself, especially the "Hot" version.
I'm Southern (Georgian), but admit to being a heretic - I like to top my gravy and biscuits with grits. And then drizzle honey over it. No, I don't plan to live past 50, thanks for asking...
Mmm, now I'm craving Cracker-Barrel. Over-medium eggs, bacon, grits, gravy and biscuits. Mmmmmmm. But payday isn't until Thursday. Thanks Lester...
My ex-wife used to make something similar. I still make it from time to time.
Boil egg noodles as per directions
during the last 3-4 minutes for the noodles, add frozen green peas (can also add some ham, chopped into small cubes).
drain and add butter (a tablespoon or two) and stir to coat everything with butter
season with black pepper, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese
A variant is to add sliced yellow squash when adding the noodles. Double yums, if you like squash.
"That 'doughnut' will be revealed to be a bowl of petunias."
I figured it to be the location of the death-ray dish that the Plutonians will use to extract their revenge for being demoted from Planet status.
"We’ll bring business customers the best management, security and productivity experiences they need; value phone buyers the communications services they want; and Windows fans the flagship devices they’ll love."
So, converting this to normal Nadella-speak, their phone strategy is "Business first, Value first, Flagship first".
I saw the headline and thought "holy shit, that thing must be huge to be so heavy."
You've managed to use a break-in on government servers as an sweet-sounding, almost-believable reason to allow the government to spy on the populace at large. Sweet. Chip, chip, chip away at the laws that protect the people from the government, err, I mean the laws that prevent the government from protecting the people. Why would anyone ever have written such laws anyway? Didn't those old people with their funny wigs realize we urgently need to be protected from "bad people"? I mean, sure, maybe 200+ years ago the "bad people" were the folks who were governing, but not nowadays, right? No, we, the people, trust that you guys whom we elected and sent to Washington are straight-up doing the bestest, most honorablest job you can at making sure you continue to run the country just like the Founding Fathers planned. They just never planned for Internets or terrists or nukiller bombs, since they had never seen such things, so you have to tweak things a bit, maybe pervert an ideal or two, to keep the laws updated to the latest fads.
You should run for President, Mr. Burr. Or perhaps Emperor. I'm sure you would win.
will be Psy's remake of the classic "I shot the Sheriff", but now with funky dance moves and an accompanying YouTube video on disabling Smart Sheriff.
The Korean kids will love it.
Nice links. Then I found http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_nautical_terms and lost about 30 minutes of my life.
On the other hand, now I can't WAIT for September 19th. :)
"I suggest that they create a similar scheme, allowing people to opt in to being spied on?"
We used to have one - it was called "Innocent until proven guilty". If you didn't break any laws, the gubermint (probably) didn't give a shit about you. You opted-in when you broke a law. Simples, no?
It's OK for NASA to tie 4 tons of metal to a balloon and let it menace the ENTIRE world from 100,000 feet up, but the SPB can't launch a freaking toy rocket in the middle of the New Mexico desert? Makes no sense...
We had a Barracuda email scanner when we had on-site email, and it was a nice little unit. Did a fair job of scanning email, and only locked-up maybe twice a year (usually when our Internet connection went down and the outgoing queue filled the drive up). Annual maintenance was very reasonable, too. We let the maintenance expire last year when we moved to Office365, so it doesn't scan emails anymore, but I still use it as my internal mail relay for logs and messages from my servers and such. Works a treat for that.
I had looked at their firewalls a year or two ago, and they had some really neat features (at the time). Didn't buy though, as I got straddles with a pair of Sonicwalls instead. :(
Err, are there any?
Or are "Happy Google+ users" one of those mystical legends like Bigfoot and the Yeti?
Yeah, just watch out for the icacls command - I wrote an all-in-one create-user script last year, and after an hour or so of aggravation, I gave up trying to escape the colons and parenthesis and just stuck it in a batch file that I called from the create-user script. There are "native" ACL commands in Powershell that are powerful, but they are even uglier than a batch file and take too much coding - or at least it seemed like a lot of code just to replicate the functionality of a single line call to
"icacls %2 /grant %1:(oi)(ci)(M,DC)"
If it isn't making the job easier, why use it?
"stuff like rename that zip file with the prefix 20150428 is a right PITA with batch files."
Yes, but the newer versions of the SET command can do that kind of stuff fairly easily (for some values of "easily"), it's just dog-ugly syntax and a real "WTF?" moment a year or two later without comments explaining it.
One of the things I miss most frequently in PS are the switches to the DIR command.
those are mighty handy at times. I seem to recall they can be sort of emulated with scripting in your profile, but it would have been nice if MS had added them by default.
To each his own, I guess.
I never cared for VB script. For places where I could have used it, I'd usually go into VB6 instead. Always seemed easier to just copy an EXE around to various machines than deal with the scripting engines.
Ehhh, I still use copy con when I'm creating small test files. Old habits die hard.
And actually, on several of my 2012 servers, I use batch files for backup jobs (along with an rsync client). Easier, more comprehensible that Powershell, IMHO. And more straight-forward. Put too many powershell one-liners in a script, and a year later I'm like "what the fuck did I do here?" Only time that happens in a batch file is if I try to get really fancy with a FOR command.
Powershell has some uses, although after 4 years of using it, I really think it's main strengths are dealing with "new" Windows or Office365 features that are Powershell enabled. For stuff like that (especially dealing with O365, and to a lesser extent, AD), some of it is much, much easier to do in Powershell than in a GU, webpage, or a batch file. But many times it's easier to do something using a simple batch file and an executable utility rather than try to figure out the arcanum to invoke it in Powershell (or worse, have to drop to the underlying .NET stuff).
And the key to keeping your sanity is to remember Powershell is a SCRIPTING language, not a PROGRAMMING language, even though MS tried really, really hard to make it look like programming.
"Are they what we used to call 'smilies' back in my day??"
Hell, we used to call them punctuation... ;)
I'm not into the ink life, but is that tat meant to be a "welcome" or a "warning" to visitors? I mean, geez, think about seeing that for the first time at the end of a night of boozing...gives "going down" a whole new meaning...
if something similar could be done using VMWare instead of Hyper-V. That could be very interesting, and remove at least a smidgen of the taint from the whole thing being a MS product. Plus, perhaps a real security-focused company could write the code that runs in the Device Guard VM - we know MS isn't traditionally too good at the security part (otherwise we wouldn't need Device Guard...).