* Posts by Malcolm 1

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

Malcolm 1

Re: GPL?

Nope - the Windows Subsystem for Linux is entirely proprietary. Everything running in user space is unmodified from that which ships with Ubuntu.

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

Malcolm 1

Re: Boy....

Yes. If you're not building a Supercar it's probably best not to try to take the styling cues from one. "Noddy's first Ferrari" springs to mind somehow.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

Malcolm 1
Joke

Sounds like a bit of a "niche" market

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

Malcolm 1

Re: Obviously a definition of "new" that I was previously unaware of

Except Adaptive Brightness != Night Shift. If you'd said f.lux or Twilight you'd have been a bit nearer to the mark.

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Google Project Zero reverse-engineers Windows path hacks for better security

Malcolm 1

Re: Sniping apart..

I suspect most utilities will actually crash (although I've not tested this hypothesis). The other good ones are (non-ascii) unicode characters in paths or recursive junction points.

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Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

Malcolm 1

This is just referring to travel visas (ie for holiday or business), not H1-B working visas.

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LG’s modular G5 stunner shuns the Lego aesthetic

Malcolm 1

Forward compatibility?

Although some of these add ons look vaguely promising, what's the chances of them continuing to be compatible with future handsets? It's going to be tough enough building up a market for 3rd party add ons for such a relatively niche player, even tougher if you have to redesign it again 12 months time for the G6,7,8 etc and convince people to buy it again when they inevitably upgrade.

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LastPass in 2FA lock down after 'fessing up to phishing attack

Malcolm 1

Re: F**k LogMeIn

The potential for this sort issue to occur has existed forever, certainly long before the LMI takeover. The LastPass UI has always been a bit of a shonky mishmash of browser prompts that would lend themselves to spoofing. But then again, what other facilities are there for a browser plugin to display UI? I've always felt that Chrome should do a much better job of distinguishing "trusted" extension UI from general internet content. The only visible difference is the URL which is hardly obvious as this attack demonstrates.

I see no relevance to LMI takeover, apart from your obvious axe grinding. FWIW I prefer the refreshed UI.

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Microsoft wants you, yes you, to write bits of Windows 10. For free

Malcolm 1

Re: The other way round

I look forward to reading your thoughtful critique of their architecture and coding standards...

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

Malcolm 1

Re: Does it still hate the user?

It did the last time I tried it (last year I think). There's clearly a lot of great functionality in there but I can never get past the awkward and ugly UI reminiscent of 90's Windows shareware written with Borland OWL. Shame. If I had the time it would be an interesting project to try to "fix" the UI.

I have exactly the same issue with Inkscape (although all vector editing tools, regardless of provenance, seem to be either far too simple or have weird UI conventions).

Blender always did have an esoteric UI model, but it at least appeared to be well thought out and consistent. I've witnessed people with a high degree of proficiency in Blender and it all seems to make a lot of sense once you get up the learning curve.

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

Malcolm 1

Re: Ah joke wallpaper ...

What with Microsoft buying Sysinternals some years back it's available directly from Microsoft themselves: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897558.aspx

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Microsoft extends Internet Explorer 8 desktop lifeline to upgrade laggards

Malcolm 1

Is that even possible? It seems that someone might have got their version numbers muddled and it should have read Windows 7 with IE8. Which seems a more plausible combination for an upgrade-averse organisation.

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Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

Malcolm 1

AV has always been a potential risk

Outside the basic OS services, I would wager that there are very few other commonly installed applications with the system privileges enjoyed by a virus scanner - it has system hooks everywhere (almost by definition). It's also the first in the firing line for any code of dubious origin (also by definition).

Now you'd like to think that all AV products were crafted by the finest, most security aware development teams in the known universe, but the evidence often indicates otherwise. If I was a malware writer I think AV products would be very high up my hit list so this sort of attack seems entirely unsurprising.

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Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

Malcolm 1

Plug in alternative

I assume this is a rather cack handed solution to the problem that they can no longer rely on activeX or Java browser plugins to deliver auto detect the service tag. So some genius decided that a MitM attack would be a convenient cross-browser fix...

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£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns

Malcolm 1

Backing != Pre-ordering

While I can appreciate the disappointment, I'm continually surprised by the reaction of backers when a kickstarter project is unsuccessful. It is mentioned repeatedly when backing a project that backing is no guarantee of, well anything, really. If all goes well you might receive the promised product or service but it is an inherently risky proposition, especially with hardware where the complexities of product development and production seem to frequently trip up even the best intentioned projects.

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Skype founders planning non-drone robodelivery fleet. Repeat, not drones

Malcolm 1

Did they not see what happened to hitchBot?

And that wasn't even carrying valuable goods....

hitchBot decapitated

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I survived a head-on crash with driverless cars – and dummies

Malcolm 1

Also I think the other problem with handing over to human control is that the human in question may not have driven anything for weeks or months under normal circumstances. Despite driving regularly for nearly 20 years, I still notice a feeling of unfamiliarity back in the driving seat after I've taken a long holiday or been commuting on the bicycle for a few weeks. Muscle memory and driving instinct kicks in fairly rapidly, but it's not a great time to be dealing with challenging driving conditions.

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Google publishes crypto mandate for Android 6.0

Malcolm 1

How do I tell if my device supports hardware AES encryption?

I have a Sony Xperia Z3 compact, but I can't find anywhere if it has the requisite hardware AES support enabled - anyone got any ideas?

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

Malcolm 1

Radiation is safe for wildlife...

...or at least less damaging than humans.

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Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

Malcolm 1

Chrome 64bit

The Chrome issue seems to be fixed in the Chrome Beta channel as of yesterday, so if you don't want to stray too far from the stable build that's now an option. To be fair to Microsoft in this particular instance the issue is very much with Chrome relying on the instruction layout of a particular part of the kernel never changing which is somewhat dubious from a coding perspective (although potentially justifiable from a security standpoint).

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Citrix warns that Windows 10's Edge browser borks Receiver

Malcolm 1

It should probably be noted...

...that the receiver software itself works fine. So you could just run that directly and add your Citrix account manually (the first time). After that, just launch the receiver or an appropriate shortcut, no need to involve a browser at all is there?

(I should probably mention that my experience with Citrix is as a user, rather than an admin, so I guess there could be some circumstances where this isn't appropriate, but it works fine for me).

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

Malcolm 1

Re: Rebooting after updates

Interesting theory, but probably wrong. Windows can quite happily achieve what you describe by renaming the original file but retaining the handle. The most plausible reason is that you might have API versioning problems between different applications (or even the same application which late links to dlls as required, although should be mitigated by the SxS cache these days): See this article by Raymond Chen: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2008.11.windowsconfidential.aspx

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

Malcolm 1

Why do we still have overscan? It sort of made sense in the analogue era but with a digital source and display I can't see the need for it at all - doesn't it just make everything a bit fuzzy?

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

Malcolm 1

Re: Does Adobe sit on its hands and wait for people to report vulnerabilities before it fixes them?

Do you reckon they've even stumped up for any static analysis tools yet?

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Malcolm 1

IE11 has flash built in (or at least the "metro" version does, can't remember about the desktop version off the top of my head). So your machine isn't quite as clean as you might imagine.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

Malcolm 1

Re: Bizarre And Inexplicable Opinion.

With a decent set of headphones I can easily distinguish between 320kbs MP3 and 16bit FLAC (ie CD quality). But under most listening circumstances I agree with you. Certainly anything beyond 16bit FLAC is completely pointless in my opinion. I still have a Spotify account though, mainly for discovery of new tunes.

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Microsoft says its latest, dodgy Windows 10 build is good for (almost) everyone

Malcolm 1

Re: I remember times when we were waiting for a new Windows version

The current Windows 10 build is much improved from a week or so back. The main problem I have now is that the power features (sleep mainly) seem to be very flaky. I have had a couple of BSODs for the first time in years though!

I tried Office 2016 yesterday - couldn't even get it to launch reliably - Access Violation on startup for all apps. Reverted to Office 2013 quite rapidly.

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HTC reflects on Champions League iPhone cock-up

Malcolm 1

Re: Happens all the time

Do Samsung actually make anything comparable to a Panasonic Toughbook?

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

Malcolm 1

Re: Secret Technology

It's required to prevent the aeroplane floating off into space, obviously.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

Malcolm 1

I don't think that's true - they've deprecated pluggable protocols which allowed you to render bespoke protocols in the browser, but I don't think there's been any mention of deprecating custom protocol handlers. Doesn't everyone use tortoise svn anyway?

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Android finally shows up for work, app in hand

Malcolm 1

Re: The Missing Piece

I'm sure you used to be able to do this on Nokias of yore with a single SIM card. I wonder if it will return as a feature with VoLTE given that is essentially ip based anyway?

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

Malcolm 1

As a regular user of both a washing machine and an iron, I concur fully. I can't remember the last time I needed to change the washing machine from the 30­­°C "synthetics" programme, or the iron from 2 dots+auto steam.

The idea that anyone would need to insert a smartphone into this procedure is frankly laughable.

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John Lewis stakes £100,000 on building a working tech creche

Malcolm 1

Re: I like the sofa thing

I think ikea have something like that. You put the brochure on the floor to provide a datum and your phone then displays the sofa in situ AR-style.

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

Malcolm 1

UF675V

4K OLED with no "smart" features - LG has just piqued my interest.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

Malcolm 1

Re: Maybe this have something to do with the negligently ///bendable/// case.

This was an iPhone 5C - the bendable one was the iPhone 6

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

Malcolm 1

Re: Pfft! Looks can be deceptive...

Wow - that's an amazing achievement. I remember some attempt at a multi-tasking environment on the CPC in the mid 90s but I can't remember what it was called - it didn't look anywhere near as advanced as that though.

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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off

Malcolm 1

Re: Prices

I'm most worried about the whole line rental rip off element. I don't have a home phone, so being forced to pay a significant sum for pointless land line features I will never use could grate. Just give me an internet only land line with an appropriate discount please.

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

Malcolm 1

Re: Not using Chrome as the Android default browser...

WebView pre-dates Chrome on Android by several years. In very recent versions of Android (just Lollipop I think), Chrome has now replaced the WebView component, but this change has not been applied retrospectively.

As you point out, increasing numbers of Android components are being moved out of the core OS and into "Google Play Services" allowing Google to push updates and fixes to older OS versions without involving the carriers, but this is a gradual process over several OS releases.

Which is not to defend Google's actions in this situation, but at least they seem to have identified the underlying problem and are moving to address it (albeit slowly). I'm guessing that some people at Google have been getting something of an education over recent years in the difficulties of supporting a mass market operating system running on diverse hardware supported (or not) via various OEMs.

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Developers, developers, developers! But WILL they support Windows 10?

Malcolm 1

Multiple Windows

Web apps, Universal apps, Store apps - while they clearly have some benefits, the massive sticking point for complex applications is the fact that they are restricted to a single window (I guess you can do multiple browser windows for web apps, but it's far from a seamless experience). Being able to spawn multiple viewports or panels is a massive boon for any complex application which doesn't revolve around editing a single image or document, it also makes it much easier to make full use of multiple monitors in a sensible way.

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

Malcolm 1

Should have waited for the USB type-C connector which can route video over the usb cable. I suppose DisplayLink would work too if you had a compatible monitor.

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

Malcolm 1

Timezones

This is almost as annoying as internationally relevant announcement websites (such as the MS one here) which state the time in local format, so everyone else has to work out exactly what time 9am PST actually means.

Doesn't seem beyond the wit of a multinational software company to implement some time localisation features on their page (or even just a countdown).

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

Malcolm 1

The reason given by a member of the Bloodhound team was that Cosworth backed out because they needed to cut back on non revenue generating projects, presumably due to financial pressures.

The less rarified jag engine is also far less likely to cause problems than the cosworth f1 exotica.

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Office MACROS PERIL! Age-old VBScript tactic is BACK in biz attack

Malcolm 1

Re: Office

Since office 2007, macro-enabled documents have a different file extension (eg .xlsm rather than .xlsx) so it is much easier to filter macro enabled files.

So to answer your question: .xlsx, .docx etc formats are all "safe"

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Malcolm 1

Advertisers dream?

Given the problems with adverts pushing the perceived audio levels to gain attention, imagine what marketeers would do with this technology. Washing so white it sears the brand name on your retina?

Apart from that it sounds quite tasty though.

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

Malcolm 1

Re: Intel inside?

He's had intel stickers on his chair for a long time

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

Malcolm 1

Multitasking on a tablet is still a pain

In my experience development tends to involve quite a bit of flipping about between IDE, browser, other applications. I've not tried anything more than simple text editing on a tablet, but I suspect the small screen size and the whole single-app-at-a-time thing would drive me barmy. Picked up Microsoft Surface Pro in John Lewis for the first time the other day though - that does have some appeal, although I'd need a dock and a big monitor or two at home and work though.

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Ha ha, fooled you! Shares tumble over G4S fake website profit warning

Malcolm 1

Re: https

Indeed. Although a few more incidents with adverse stock price impact might pique their interest slightly.

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Malcolm 1

https

Of course, if all websites employed secure HTTP and Extended Validation Certificates this would be rather more difficult.

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

Malcolm 1

wtf is Palaeopiezometry?

A google search only produces results about the "failed palaeopiezometrist Bob Ward"!

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