* Posts by sabroni

1611 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Microsoft plays whack-a-mole with Windows 10 bugs – with just TWO days left on the clock

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Re: Epic or epoch?

Is it really surprising that targeting a single device is easier than targeting all pcs made in the last 5 years and a load of tablets?

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Re: Hooray for publishing security flaws

Yeah, i'd be so much safer if i didn't know about this. They can't hack my car if i don't know there's a flaw!!

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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@Frumious Bandersnatch

Thanks for an informative and balanced post! Just what the OP required!!

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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Re:why not let the government do the same?

Because they fuck it up and end up paying more for less?

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Re: -webkit- prefixes in Edge

Yeah, but that's Google stinking up the web with non-standard markup and therefore ok. Totally different to the IE specific stuff that we all loathe.

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Re: Not everyone likes Chrome.

No, some of us like to be able to control when an app updates itself, something Chrome makes very awkward.

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Re: Forking ridiculous

Without multiple rendering engines the html5 standards would just become "what webkit does". Multiple engines following the same standards should keep the standards clear and sensible.

I'm not too keen on Google taking over where IE6 left off....

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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Re: could hardly be easier on WP

Well they could make it so the option is always there, rather than it appearing after you've enabled it in an app. Or they could take you to the settings screen to switch it on, thereby informing you of where it is.

Both of those would make it clearer, if not easier...

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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

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Re: Me: I'll stick with a well researched article

Cool, link me up!

But srsly, reading the wikipedia mod discussions about this is better than any article. Where else exactly would the journos research?

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

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Re: not sure why we need to impose an arbitrary time limit of 1 month though?

The one month thing is fundamental to the discussion. It's imposed by MS ending support for 2003. If you don't understand that why are you commenting?

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Re: Trying to get passed your condescending tone

He's not giving you his condescending tone, get past it and move on.

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Re: anyone who has painted themselves into such a corner should be prevented from working in IT

Irrelevant straw man. Trevor isn't recommending you wait until your platform only has a month to go, he's saying that when someone who is already in that situation comes to you and says "What should I do" the answer isn't "Switch to a different platform".

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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Re: airgapped

Sweet, always room for a new fart euphemism!

Sorry, I just airgapped....

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Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

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Re: Googleapis.com

Not really the same thing though is it. Windows is platform for rich client apps, a browser is the platform for a web app. The interface between me and the platform is strictly defined and controlled and that's how I communicate with it. More to the point (about shipping code) I don't ship Windows with my rich client apps and I don't ship a browser with my web apps.

So what are you saying? Google will keep the scripts updated in line with browser updates that break compatibility with older browser versions? That would actually be useful, though not breaking compatibility would be more useful. I'm still going to have to retest and potentially reship my app. I'd just do that with the latest library scripts.

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Re: Also avoids some maintenance hassle.

Adding in untested updates saves maintenance hassle? I disagree. If you trust Google to never make a mistake then you're naive. But more importantly, if the script actually has problems in areas you use then you'll have worked round them. A fix to the underlying problem could break your work round. If the script has problems in areas you don't use why do you need the updates? You won't use them.

So logically it's just for performance. There are much better ways of improving performance that don't involve trusting a third party with the core functionality of your app.

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Googleapis.com

If I was shipping a new build of an app I wouldn't include some untested third party binaries. You can't guarantee the performance of your code if you include random untested bits.

So why do people link to Googleapis.com to get jquery or whatever instead of taking a known version and hosting it locally?

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Re: one of the last examples of actual journalism

Private Eye FTW.

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Re: If I had his cash and influence I'd be suing for libel.

But he's not. Because he knows if anyone's digs they'll find out he's over firmly denied it?

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Re: Ooh, a bit of a quandry here...

Go to the wikipedia edits for his page and read the discussions. Make up your own mind.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: No muss, no fuss. It just works.

Linux on the Desktop "just works"? For you maybe. All you've really said there is "I understand the things I use all the time and thus can easily get them working to my satisfaction."

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Re: The BBC sure "forgot" John Lydon told them about Jimmy Saville in 1978.

"I've heard some rumours". That's not telling them about Jimmy Saville.

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Google IS listening: Binary blob banished from Chromium build

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Re: Listening?

Chrome hasn't changed. Chromium has.

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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Re: No Worries...

What's more irritating is that, despite the masculinist vibe of the OP there is a point to be made here. Apparently women do get lesser sentences for similar crimes: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2144002"

A single paper doesn't constitute irrefutable evidence by any standards, but it is certainly worth considering.

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Re: No Worries...

You poor old downtrodden male you.... Cry me a fucking river.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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re: Price-per-page is a lot fairer for everybody.

Then apply it to every book.

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Re: We're all big Led Zep fans here on The Reg forums.

That's fighting talk where I come from!

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Re: I see nothing wrong with this.

What's wrong with it is that it's not for all books by all authors. It's also more penny pinching from an organisation that really doesn't need to, not for the relatively small amounts this will save them.

But then it's their service so it's their rules. No doubt "we can change this whenever we feel like it" was in the massive Ts&Cs doc that everyone skipped....

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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Re: So the problem seems to be that....

People trust the open source lines because they can read them. They don't trust the stealth listening blob because they can't read it. It's not tricky.

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Redmond: IE Win 8.1 defence destroying hack ain't worth patch, natch

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@ h4rm0ny

Thanks, now I understand! Your post makes much more sense than the article!

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Re: Yet everyone uses 32-bit IE for plug-in compatibility.

No, not everyone uses 32-bit IE for plug-in compatibility. If you reined in the hyperbole a bit you might have a point about a substantial group of users. Or you could just be bitching about something that effects you and your mates. Who knows?

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: what is the THIS that you want teaching?

How computers work, as opposed to how to use them.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

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Re: So unfair!

Yeah, a whole 10% too! Hopefully a quick swim in his room full of gold coins will ease the pain.....

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Google endures wobbly Wednesday in the cloud

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Re: Why izzat?

Because it scales massively, replicates in multiple geographic locations and when things go wrong the provider fixes it rather than you having to do it?

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: Read the whole thing

What makes you think he's lying? Because he believes in something you don't? That's not what lying means.

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Spittle-flecked invective?

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Re: Excel is never the answer

What the name of the spreadsheet app in Windows Office?

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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And the difference between that and extortion is that you're a good guy?

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Re: Delaying publication does not really improve security.

But neither does exposing updates too soon. You don't have to be smart enough to find a vulnerability if you can see what's changed in the latest patch and work back from there. And while some bugs are just simple errors that can be easily fixed others require core components to be redesigned and rewritten. Applying the same time scale to all vulnerabilities shows a lack of understanding of software development.

So it's a balancing act, allowing the vendor time to fix things in a timely manner is fine. Waiting six months seems a too generous to me though....

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Apple seeks fawning 'journalists' for in-house 'news' self pluggery

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Rory Cellan-Jones.com

as they hilariously call him on PM!

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Re: Private Eye is left wing?

You weren't reading it during the last Labour government then...?

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Re: It's perfect for touchscreen devices like tablets and phones

Indeed, you wonder how users of Windows Phones (both of them, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!) would get on with desktop Skype. How well does it work without a keyboard and mouse?

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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

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re: Why bother trying to help Microsoft to make their product better and more like Linux

How is that relevant?

Don't you mean "Why bother to help Microsoft make it easier to manage Linux on Azure?"

My guess would be that you would help them because it would make Linux a more attractive option on Azure, meaning less people using Windows?

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Re: Redmond roll their own Linux Distro.

Isn't that specifically why the license is like it is, so anyone can use it?

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Re: Tell us why we should spend time learning your system

I thought the request was for you to tell them about your system?

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Time to face the Apple Music: Spotify looks worried, and rightly so

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Re: Muppet.

Ooh, name calling? Sounds like I touched a nerve!

"I can name many artists I like, although I doubt you have heard of them." Isn't that a quote from the article I linked to?

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Re: certainly not interested in paying not to listen to that crap.

That's you that is

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Meh

I'm in non way inconvenienced by the status quo

so I'm fine with it.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: providing the world's population with the protein it needs to survive.

Meat isn't the most efficient way of utilising land to produce protein for humans. Even given the need to eat multiple vegetable protein sources in one meal to get a balance doesn't make meat more efficient.

There's no real reason a car needs leather as any part of it, other than the fact people like it.

Vegans aren't all mental. The production of cows milk is arguably much crueller than meat production.

Must be nightmare deciding who to deride the most, the freaky vegans or the mental e-car drivers...

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NY, Connecticut investigate Apple for Music service violations

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re: In the 1990's, I used to have a 486 recording the audio output of VH-1 and VIVA....

... on a rolling loop just in case a decent song came on.

Well don't leave us hanging! Has one come on yet?

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