373 posts • joined Tuesday 11th August 2009 06:36 GMT
Re: who cares ?
>But most of us need to run proper Office software that actually works
Exactly ! I mean, you could claim you want to run Exchange, the only "about average" piece of software that comes out of Redmond ... but Office ???? Where do you live ? Either you want to make decent stuff and have more money than sense you go for Indesign/Mac, or you go for Inkscape/<insertAnyOSHere>. If it is just daily stuff nobody special will see, you go with OpenOffice - note that you can turn OpenOffice stuff into crisp PDF's as well, Inkscape just makes a much better job.
Office ? in general is overblown bloatware !
Word => utter crap, Outlook => utterUtter crap, Excel =>crap, PowerPoint =>utterUtter crap
Excel cannot handle csv's properly, word cannot do text formatting correctly, PowerPoint does not support SVG, Outlook screws up multipart messages and uses a proprietary message format (who would endure that ?).
Basic features any software of its kind must excel at (pun intended).
Re: who cares ?
>Besides, all software has vulnerabilities. The only difference is that Microsoft vulnerabilities are more publicised.
How come, since openSource exposes them to everybody ? See that brush ?
>Perhaps this new type of attack is less aimed at personal machines but more likely to be corporate devices? Users on large networks probably leave their device switched on after logging off to allow remote program/patch updates to take place out of hours so RAM remains powered.
Where do you work ? Makes absolutely no sense to me !
1. So you log off, workstation stays powered on with logon screen -> You waste quite a bit of electrickery but since the full monty is still powered needless to single-out RAM
2. Sleeping workstation, RAM is powered, but does not allow patch installation ... unless you have wakeOnLAN (see option 3)
3. You might as well switch the bugger off, as modern systems WakeOnLAN when "powered off" (obviously, eth0 will use tiny bit of electrickery as long as power cord is connected)
And, the buggers will hijack your homepage, they are not that dumb.
A full 16 cleaners have down-voted poor Anon @11th November 2013 12:32 GMT
So down-voters, grab your broom and do you work !
I want an ElReg FuckUp icon
what is this?
So, Anonymous which, like al quaida, is a headless organization for the desperate has an Indonesian branch that decides to attack Australian companies for alleged misbehavior of the Australian government on one side and Anonymous Australia that is suggesting legit targets to their Indonesian counterparts on the other.
Now, how is this Anonymous attacking Anonymous ?????? there is no Anonymous, there are millions of Anonymous, some of which team up to fight for what they feel is a legit cause ... Anonymous Australia cannot attack Anonymous Indonesia ... for the simple fact that Anonymous is just a bunch of thousands/millions of DISTINCT hosts ..... Where is the elreg fuck up icon ?
BTW, have you hired the Daily Mail editor in chief or something ?????? I mean, seriously, you are trying headline over content ...
Who's Doc Who ?
I have the greatest trouble understanding the hype on elreg for the doc ... I remember back in my early teens being invited round to a mate to "watch THE sci-fi series" ... this was some 30 years ago ... and what I saw was poor excuse for drama, as in, the special effects looked like a rippoff of poor Ed Wood's - as in: "worse than star treck from 1960's".
I know it is both the crown jewel of British sci-fi and the mock of world ;-) Are you really so excited or is this all "piss-take of epic proportions" ? Where is the it angle to this ?
Re: Single Point of Failure
>My boss read in a magazine that everybody has to move to the cloud!
Same here ...
Sad, sad world ...
Re: Release procedures
Sure, but Google, Amazon, and Facebook don't have three big teams of office cleaners, the first tasked to write software, the second with system administration, and the third walks around Redmond campus with brooms ...
I wonder how many more single-point of failures they have architectured into this crapCloud™ - we already had the two certificate cock-up's.
BTW, I live in a place called "Cote d'Azure" ... nothing to do with Redmond Washing, though.
Daily Mail, source of all hoaxes
I knew this was fake the minute I saw Daily Mail as the prime source ...
Re: Ford Orion^H^H^H^H^H:= Cheap Crap
Ford has always made cheap, crap cars ... the only reason model T was so successful was because it was way cheaper than anything else on the market at the time.
Rick Belluzzo is my guy - I think he would kill off all software departments in Redmond after receiving cease and desist (even a fake) from the likes of HTC ...
Browser hijacking addons in installation packages, vulgarly called toolsbars, in fact turn the installation package into a trojan horse. I think we really need to get AV software to treat them accordingly ... when Oracle Java Windows installer will be flagged as a trojan horse, you will see how fast Larry will get off his arse ...
Who is Mike Shema ?
>[...] Mavericks includes a new iCloud Keychain that can store all website usernames, passwords, credit card numbers and Wi-Fi network information, and keeps the data up to date across a user's Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads. While we're told the data is encrypted using the AES256 algorithm, security researchers including Mike Shema, director of engineering at cloud security firm Qualys, expressed mixed feelings about the password management feature: it helps people juggle their login credentials, but ultimately users are in the hands of software developers.[...]
Mike Shema pretends to be a security researcher and has "mixed" feelings over a company storing passwords (including credentials for banking websites) in the cloud ? We really need to find him another job, I think the job market for cleaners will soon be filled with former IT "pros" when security experts join the ranks of Windows email@example.com.
Then again, I would not let a "current or former" Windows admin into my office with or without broom, never !
Now, think they also store "credit card information", this is beyond words - the guy who thought this "sync everything to iCloud" up is an idiot, no ifs, buts or maybes !
Please note that I use a card reader to access my bank account, however, time to put Linux on My MacBook Pro ...
Sorry, I misread your comment (you use Mac iso Windows) and failed to edit in time ... which version of inkscape have you tested ? Recent inkscape versions do not need X11 ... at least not on Mavricks on my 2011 17" Mac book pro ;-).
maybe it does, but I prefer not to have to use a ancient X11 interface from the 1990s to design them on my mac thanks very much.
You are using a dm from the 80's, how is that any better ?
Windows is a 64 bit hack atop a 32 bit extension and a graphical shell on top of a 16 bit patch to an 8 bit operating system originally coded for a 4 bit microprocessor, written by a 2 bit company, that can't stand 1 bit of competition.
Ohhh, sorry .. I forgot, "recent" (as in less than a year old) versions of your favorite dm can be 0wn3d by an an app with specially-crafted "icon" property, how f'ed up is that ? No, you do not even have to open said file, simply display the folder it resides in ... which may be some file share.... ROFL
This is why Firefox sucks
Why can it not download the latest version of the plugin automatically and install it for me, this used to work in Mozilla 1.7, iirc .... nooooo, lets moan at the user, train him/her to simply click "Allow" and move on .... how hard can it be to download the flash plugin and put it into ~/.mozilla/plugins ? Should be just as easy for Java except on Windows as you do want to install the trojan with careful reading as you want to avoid the piece of crap it tries to force down your throat, I think it was "ask" toolbar last time I tried.
And the "we'll just disable all Java" fiasco really was brain-dead - the guy who took that call should be hanged.
I already got two popups for Java plugin, one from Firefox and one from the Java plugin - no I do not want to disable either because it is actually pretty handy for testing purposes, which may be why they do that in the first place ... devs != users.
Could they not just have a Firefox setting: "I know what I am doing so cut the crap" hidden deep down in about:config.
The other thing with browsers that drives me nuts, well on Windows at least, is the toolbar/search provider hijacking bullshit. How hard can it be to just have a button like chrome does to reset everything to default? I mean, shit, I hate having to go through "about:config" all the bloody time - is there some easier way ? In 99.99% of cases, you choose your search provider the first 5 minutes you use the program if it is not the default one (google).
Man, the other day I had a Windows laptop for repair that had a total of 11 toolbars ... can you imagine on a 15" screen ? Not much real-estate to navigate the intertubes. Note that I have to wander through the registry to fix some of this shit ... I used to use Ad-Aware, but since the scammers/spammers bought it, I do all by hand. I use VBS and cmd.exe to find root kits (Simply have them both print out the directory structure of drive c:, then you diff the files).
1. HP, Acer etc sue the CD/DVD/BluRay makers for price-fixing
2. CD/DVD/BluRay makers pay a huge fine to the suing companies and hike up the prices of their CD/DVD/BluRay players to compensate for the heavy fines ...
3. we foot the bill, as usual.
Re: Ribboned for your pleasure
Apple sucks on this, but they are certainly not the only suckers in town ... these are just some sample MS cockups:
Windows 8 - exactly the same bullshit: treating a desktop like a tablet.
Or specific MS Office bullshit:
Ok, grab Office 2003 powerpoint and move a callout around (by clicking in the bubble), notice how the callout sticks to the position it is pointing to, this is great. Resize the callout, it still points to the object it is supposed to ... now try the same in Office 2010 ... yeah, the callout no longer points at the same position when you resize or move it - this drives ppl nuts.
Word formatting is getting worse with each new release. Especially when you are working with lists - how often do you copy-paste shit around to get a proper list in Word 2010 ? Thank god they added the same "feature" to powerpoint.
Excel still cannot open CSV files, you have to import them ... or do a "sed 's/,/\t/g'" ... because MS somehow thinks that comma-separated values means tab-separated values ... ;-) Ok, this has not changed, but still sucks golf balls through garden hoses...
The Mac versions of office no longer support VBA, because the blokes who wrote the unmaintainable innards of the vba runtime on Mac had already retired. The Mac version cannot correctly display Windows Office documents and vice versa. MS cannot even get Office right on Mac and Windows ... ouch.
Thank god I use OpenOffice ... one document displays exactly the same across the following OS's:
Linux, FreeBSD (all BSD's in fact), Windows, Mac OS, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX ... export to PDF goes lightning fast and comes bundled, native SVG support - MS Office sucks, period.
The Kriegsmarine knew and were changing the codes every so often, its the Heer (Wehrmacht and Waffen SS) and Luftwaffe that did not believe the Kriegsmarine ... So it was not all that great a secret ... now they did not know how the Brits did it and that was probably why they did not upgrade the system altogether ...
That or maybe Canaris ... who happened to belong to the Kriegsmarine ....
And, it is was NOT wrong to break the Enigma code, it saved many lives ... it is wrong, however, to spy on ALL citizens and, worse even, share that data with third parties (some of which are privately held/quoted companies). It is bad to kill innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan for the sake of it or torture prisoners etc. This is why these things come to light, because it is obviously BAD - that is what the idea of "whistle-blower" is all about ... shit, guyz, come on ...
Re: It just goes to show....
> and other more easily addressed things (Smoking).
I followed and agree except that sentence fragment ... you must be American, or never heard of the prohibition ? Like all drugs, it is not easy to address ...
Do you also fall for Microsoft FUD like that ?
The diff in size is marginal, so is the weight ... you are saying that 3 mm extra width, length and height make a difference! Now, this coating is plastic, so not heavy.
I had the same battery in my Ti powerbook for 6 years, still had over 2 hours of charge, which for the time was more than any new Dell I could get new - it got stolen, some bloke broke into my house to pinch not the telly, not the digicam, no, a 6 year old powerbook .... Apple know how to build proper battery management ... but that is not the point, totally agree that batteries should be replaceable.
Re: It dissuaded me
Same here ... utter retarded ...
One thing the guyz in Cupertino have forgotten is that a big part of their customer base is composed of successful and highly trained IT guyz - these they have lost with this move.
And as for Surface (1&2), they are crap for other reasons ...
I guess I will have to go the Hackintosh route ... this is ridiculous because European Union is considering legislation to fight planned obsolescence.
The sad part is that this comes from the company who was the first, to my knowledge, to have dismantle instructions in the manual of a laptop. No warranty-voiding screws ....
Re: And Laws of the USA/Europe are going to prevent this?
"We here in the USA have done quite a bit already."
As a nation, Usians generate more waste than any other nation in the world with 4.5 pounds (2.04 kg) of municipal solid waste (MSW) per person per day, fifty five percent of which is contributed as residential garbage.
As a nation, Usians consume 25% of yearly oil production.
You have not even started, sorry ....
Why would one want Adobe source code ? Probably because it is THE BEST collection of worst coding practices.
Always, always wait for SP1 ...
Seriously, I like garage band back in the day when I had a Mac ... Logic pro looks impressive, especially compared to Ableton Live, $200 and unlimited tracks, Live ... I wonder if you can use the same virtual instruments ...
Re: "This post best viewed in Netscape Navigator..."
IE has 13% browser market share, I am 100% sure MS is doing this to try and fend off google users to bing and MS solutions ... problem is, this time they are 5 years late ...
Re: @ Tom 13
>The button forces IE to emulate IE 7 (which is useless, in my opinion - it should emulate IE 6).
I should emulate Firefox or Chrome ... IE6/IE7/IE8/IE9/IE10/IE11 still have lousy SVG support and lack xpath support .... in one word: useless.
Quite - Windows has better gaming graphics performance and is faster at copying large files around like ISO images.
Absolute, utter, bulllshit ... Windows has some benefits over Linux, but IO performance is not one of them ... Linux is even faster in SMB/CIFS than Windows server - so, shut up.
No, can't say I do. Windows reboots can be postponed and the message box dialog closed....
You forgot to mention "Windows reboots can be postponed TWICE" after that, Windows reboots without further notice ...
Windows, the OS for idiots
Re: Windows just works ....
One cleaner already down-voted me ... go on, lets count the idiots on el reg.
Re: Possible work around??
Why bother .... Debian is your friend.
Re: Darn it; I gotta re-install EVERYTHING.
Great way to treat Alpha testers ... ;-)
Windows just works ....
Tired of hearing your FUD about windows just working ....
The other day, I had to fix a computer that had a broken HDD, the HDD was completely screwed, not even readable with testdisk.
I got a new HDD and looked under that laptop and saw a sticker with a Windows 7 pro key ... I downloaded the legit iso for Windows 7 pro (digital river) and installed it ... after installation, the graphics was 800x600, no network card, no wifi, no sound ... completely unusable computer ... I boot into Linux, go to the HP site (because the linux livecd installed wifi drivers) and downloaded all the drivers for windows ... which I then installed .... Note that my HP wireless printer worked from the livecd without rebooting 2 times to install a 150mb+ of driver ....
So, again, please, those people who back the crooks in Redmond, please LEAVE the IT industry, you are making fools out of yourselves ...please, fuck off or die. Cleaner is a job for you.
Re: Can't Install if your Users or Program Files are on a different partition!
You did not know quick launch ...
Re: So bloody predictable.....
I have ardour with a Prodipe keyboard and an AVID Mbox sound card ... tried to install Protools on Windows 7, it complained about some drive label being too long, and the sound card made fuzzy noises (as in guitar distortion) ... tried it on Mac OS X (with case-sensitive file system) and I got the same fuzzy noises ... installing just the driver for the sound card worked fine, though (without pro-tools). I could not get the keyboard to work with anything else than the software provided on the CD on Windows... on Mac OS X it went like a charm ... but as I said, the sound driver was borked.
I contacted Protools about it and after some weeks gave up ... I went through some howto's on the web for Linux & ardour and have not looked back ... it works.
When it comes to games, I totally agree ... I refuse to use wine, too much dicking around ... I tried crossover, doesn't work - no direct3d support and again, I refuse to dick around - I am too old for that ... I am not into computer games, this was for the kids (probably the reason why I lacked motivation to hack it together).
Last system I had Windows on reported the following error:
Windows has been stopped to prevent further damage to your computer, or something like that .... so I installed Linux.
It will unpack the compressed data into a temp folder, then it will create a virtual root somewhere where it will copy all the crap a second time ... that is easily 3.5+7+7 Gb ... so there you go ...
I have been trying to tell them since 2003, it is futile, seriously ...
Re: 3.5GB for an OS? Get real!
It only got worse after that ...
Don't get me started on browser search provider and home page hijacking or toolbar hell ... I mean, seriously, even Java Runtime Environment on Windows is a trojan.
A piece of software that by default installs another, unrelated, piece of software by default is a trojan, by my standards at least.
Honestly, you get all you deserve....
Seriously, the other day I was chatting with someone who was using citrix and had a Java version on it from early 2010 ... I did not dare ask what the version of the acrobat plugin was, but that is just asking for trouble ... when I now see what you poor souls have to endure to keep your system up-to-date, I cannot withhold my smile.
Using Windows? Deserve all you get ... sorry. Absolutely no empathy, get your act together. It has been time to switch to Linux since Windows XP first came out, with Vista it was long overdue, needless to say that with Windows 8, you are beyond help.
2 reboots to install a printer driver, come on guyz, how fucked up is that ? Why do I have to unplug the USB device to install it ???? Windows is for idiots.
So, would all those who back the crooks in Redmond please leave the IT industry, you are ridiculously making fools out of yourselves. Cleaner is a job for you.
Weird, the best hackers (in the noble sense of the word) I know run Mac OS X ... I run Linux, so no fanboyism on my part - don't get me wrong ... At the company I work for, you choose your hw/OS - in fact, you have a budget. Sad thing is, though, that since we only work with big businesses and want to keep hardware consistent, if you choose Linux, you pay the Windows tax ...
others have questioned how private companies involved with the system
One thing to do: "Opt out"
How is this possible ? How can NHS IT outsource even parts of this system ? Sounds like the French car registration office who is happy to "sell" your details to private companies so they can spam you with ads for garages and shit - you can "opt out". I would be happy to opt in if I get the registration free of charge ... Noooo, same incredibly high price for everybody.
Never trust a privately held company with your medical data ... then again, we have to, when we want additional "social security" (aka private social security).
I hate this world ...
@300 it would sell like hot buns ...
Re: Good business strategy ..
They need to price 5C half of the price of a 5S, max, for it to sell ... I think they thought they wanted to hike up the price of the 5S and wanted a phone that would match the price-point of the previous high-end models ... Good news for Apple, ppl are buying the more expensive model - exactly what they want ... Now that is good business sense ... squeeze those dollars out of us.
Thing is, the business tactic worked better than anticipated, so now they have to shift manufacturing capability from 5C to 5S - better situation than expected.
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