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Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

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Re: Don't Panic!

Embedded is a different matter.

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Re: Don't Panic!

@Nicho

The point is due diligence and risk assessment.

There is absolutely NO FUCKING WAY any company with an internet connection can get XP through any reasonable risk assessment after April 2014. It cannot be done.

Now assume that $BADGUYS do crack your beloved XP system and make off with %MONEYZ.

You have failed your risk assessment and are liable to the shareholders for the whole lot plus punitive damages.

Enjoy.

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Re: Don't Panic!

@Ivan 4

Yes, and all other OS too. Nothing is secure unless it's secured. As usual, to those who say that linux is secure I present exhibit A, Eadon's blog.

The problem with XP is that after it EOLs, it cannot be secured.

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> Don't you have to upgrade from 32bit XP to Vista-32 first, then 7-32, then is there a 32-bit 8?

No.

You can go straight from XP to 8 (and yes, there is an 8 32bit).

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Re: Don't Panic!

The problem lies in the shared codebase between XP, Vista, W7 and W8.x (and incidentally 2K but that's already officially dead).

Assume MS release a patch for a serious exploit which allows a remote user to take over the computer entirely without security prompting (bear with me, extreme examples are more fun).

The first thing your average malware writer is going to do is notice that this patch isn';t issued for XP because it's "dead" and then try the zploit against the nearest XP box. If it works, it's unpatchable (because dead) and all those machines in banks are open for the rape and pillage.

You can be as smug as you like about your XP install. If it's not kept in a cellar with no ethernet access, no mouse, keyboard or available ports and nobody allowed near the damn thing, it is absolutely not secure.

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You can upgrade if it's 32bit to 32bit or 64bit to 64bit but you can't cross the streams.

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Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

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Re: WP is approaching 12% market share

See also, OSX and linux on the desktop.

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Re: WP

>WP is very tough to hack because of the secure boot stuff that the freetards made so much fuss about...Now they can see that it delivers as claimed.

Wrong. SecureBoot requires a UEFI bootloader. WP is firmware, not UEFI.

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Re: WP

All minority systems have apparently greater security, mostly due to nobody bothering.

This is why Mac users think they're secure.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Re: You have to have a MS account to use it.

That's actually not true.

You have to have an MS account to use the MS services - just like you need a Google account to use their services - but you don't need one just to run the damn thing as a win8 tablet (which is what it is).

I presume Gavin didn't know this. It doesn't surprise me. As the Reg's "software guy", there's a lot he leaves out or just doesn't know.

This leads to outright falsehoods like this one propagated in his reviews.

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Re: I didn't read the entire article

> " The original Surface Pro only supported MS VPN connections, no 3rd party support at all (from what I read anyway)"

What were you reading, CultOfMac or a Gavin "I don't know how to long-press" Clarke article?

The original Surface Pro ran anything that would run on x86 or AMD64 Windows. You were lied to.

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Oh My GOD! Have the TORIES ERASED THE INTERNET?*

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No, somehow they forgot that little gem.

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Microsoft FIRES devs into the CLOUD with Visual Studio Online

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Re: @dogged

Not really. As many users skip an IDE edition as skip an OS edition.

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Re: @dogged

> We've all gotten by just fine without "visual debugging" (whatever the hell that is)

That's what I said until I looked at it.

I was wrong. You are wrong, too. Take a good look and then use it, then tell me you don't need it. Because you do.

"I know nothing of what I speak! Here is a fireball icon to show my rage!"

Typical.

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Re: Disturbing..

Seriously, 2013 offers tools like visual debugging and code peek and you're obsessing over colours?

What are you, a webmonkey?

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS, it’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

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Two wankers so far (and counting?)

Look it's very simple, you dim pricks. This is not a popularity contest. If my facts are wrong, downvote me and say so. If they are not but you're downvoting because "batman is teh gratist and must hav bin furst" then a) you're retarded and b) fucking say so.

My facts, however, are right. Deal with it.

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Downvoters - reasons for downvote or you're a wanker.

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Review issue -

AC1 was published in 2007, Arkham Asylum 2009. In AC1, combat was often criticized for being a matter of waiting and countering.

I'll grant you the slomo on the final kill but AC's combat predates AAs by two years. Your plagiarism allegation is misplaced.

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Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer

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Re: Ah, Notes.

And now there's nobody that will touch it.

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New Internet Explorer chief is man behind Windows Phone reboot

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Re: Good.

> You can't install a different one so you are out of luck. No Firefox to make IE look bad and force an upgrade.

Yes, but that doesn't make IE bad. It just means you can't replace it.

Same way you can't replace Safari on iOS.

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Microsoft's EAT-your-OWN-YOUNG management system AXED

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Re: Finally...

This is all your work, then. You personally made this change in a company that you hate and criticize at every opportunity.

Yeahright.

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XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

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Again with the PS4 ad?

Is it editorial policy that every story concerning the XBone must contain a (free?) ad in the copy for the PS4?

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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it has the why fyes and the three gees, apparently.

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Re: Wait...

Is that the hissy fit where the Reg took the piss out of the way Dead Steve said "Jaguar" (ie jag-WAH) and Apple refused to ever speak to the Reg again?

You mean that hissy fit, right?

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Calling all PSYCHICS and ball-gazers: Can YOU predict a Microsoft strategy?

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Re: Avoid the long, cold swim ...

Bears and penguins never coexist.

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Touchyfeely

They're touch-firsting Office, if that's a word.

I don't know if you've seen OneNote MX but it's a rather clever way to produce most of the functionality of Office on a touchscreen.

The issue, as ever, is probably macros. And I think they've got a possible solution for that, currently prototyped in the form of that web-based WP8 app writer. Making it backward compatible against VBA will be quite a trick but doable.

Other than that, there's the integration of RT, WP and XBox (which should arguably have been done when they first headed for metro) and churning out RT productivity apps.

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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

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@Psyx

As a reenactment archer - heavy war bow, 210lb - I can assure you that I can teach anyone to be reasonably competent with a crossbow in under ten minutes.

The longbow? Not so much. You do need strength but much more technique. And actually putting an arrow where you want it to be is not trivial. One of the questions I'm most frequently asked is "how do you aim?"

The answer is that I don't. I don't even think about it. I nock, draw, loose, the arrow goes where I wanted it to go. That stuff is learned over years.

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Re: An oldie, but a goodie

On the subject of crossbows - and I realize I'm off topic here but I feel a rant coming on -

This guy is a massive dickwad. He sees crossbows as empowering the peasantry? In fact, they achieved the exact opposite. The crossbow disarmed peasants, put skilled archers out of work and fixed powere even more firmly in the hands of feudal lords.

As the author states, any bellend can be reasonably certain of hitting their target with a crossbow. This means you can round a bunch of brainless thugs and use them rather than pay money for soldiers who've spent years learning how to shoot properly with a longbow. Nice, right? Suddenly the people are free?

Not exactly. Think it through.

Compared to a longbow - which is, when all is said and done, a stick - the crossbow is a fiendishly complicated bit of machinery. You need to make steel arms for it. You need a rolling or winding trrigger. You need a cocking mechanism that can actually bend those steel arms without shattering them or ruining them. You need some seriously hardcore cable to be able to cope with the release strain.

What a crossbow actually is, is "seriously fucking expensive".

And any cretin can use one. But only the nobles can afford one.

So you get rid of your skilled retainers, hire a bunch of thugs, issue them with crossbows for the duration of any time spent in missile combat and then collect them all up again afterwards. Nobody else has one. Nobody else can afford one. You can easily make them illegal in your demesne and have your thugs with your crossbows kill anyone who bought their own.

Or anyone who has a longbow because hey, outnumbered!

The crossbow was not an instrument of anyone's freedom but an iron boot on the neck of the peasantry.

I am unwilling to read this pdf any further because Chuck Hammill is clearly an idiot.

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Re: "We have seen chat among terrorist groups...

And clearly, they're not fixing the right things or MI6 wouldn't have seen it.

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While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough

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Short of Lord Reith rising from his grave and striking Paul Dacre dead during an edition of Strictly Come Dancing (Judgement Day edition),

PLEASE let this happen.

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Microsoft glues Windows 8, Windows Phone programming programs

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Re: What a rush

> Microsoft should be offering free accounts to get developers.

Because malware developers are developers too!

And so are the people who write fart apps, right?

It's funny how nobody complains about Apple charging for dev licenses. Or the fact that you need to buy a Mac to write iOS apps.

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Re: MS should open development to more tools

Er.. all the VS Express editions are free.

Where's the problem?

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen's money man wants Redmond to break up

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Re: Oh dear

> The Apple II was a home computer.

Yeah, if your home was worth a million quid, maybe.

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Re: It would be good for the industry

The phones are good. Just because some stupid people get so attached to a phone OS that they can't stand the idea of competition does not mean that the rest of the world is quite so dim.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: "90% of what's needed"

Hmm. You can turn all that off (I do).

But then again, if the data's going anywhere, why is it better to give it to Eric Schmidt?

Also, the 620 has a microSD slot.

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Re: "90% of what's needed"

I wonder what it does that, for example, a £120 Lumia 620 won't do, beyond tell Google everything you do, everywhere you go, everything you read, everything you watch etc.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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Re: ryanair

I'm sorry, I couldn't read some of your post.

Did you mean "cunts"?

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Re: Humph!

During the height of the "knifecrime" government distraction - I mean, hysteria - I was asked for ID in Tesco for buying some serving spoons, because knifecrime!

a) I'm 43 (and I look it)

b) They're fucking spoons.

At that point, I decided expecting anything other than a particularly petty police state was folly.

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Microsoft's Windows Azure Plan B: A hard drive, a courier and a data-centre monkey

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"Obsticle"

Seriously, did I just read that? In a sub-headline?

What the hell is wrong with your spellcheck?

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'Last EVER REAL Nokia' phone heads for Verizon, leaky pic-spurt reveals

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Because they have to. Nokia retain the rights to the name.

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Google Nexus 5: So easy to fix, it's practically a DIY kit - except for ONE thing

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Really?

That one flaw aside however Google and LG should be rather pleased with iFixit's eight-out-of-ten score.

Unless I've read it wrong, that flaw means "if you break the screen, you have to buy a new phone".

Pretty certain that cracked screens are the single most common issue with smartphones.

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

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Re: This will either save PC gaming or kill it.

@lurker - then it better be preinstalled, or again, the average console user will never know it's even possible.

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Re: This will either save PC gaming or kill it.

If the media facilities involve a reboot to $different_os and XBMC or something similar, those media facilities will never be used by the majority of console owners.

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The Schmidt hits the Man: NSA spying on Google servers? 'OUTRAGEOUS!'

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By who's definition of "wrong"?

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> Google are an ad company, they're not likely to mistakenly identify you as a terrorist, kick down your door and ship you to a black pit somewhere. The US government may.

"Items which may interest you -

Ski Masks sale reductions!

Enriched uranium blowout!

From Google Maps -

Inside the Pentagon!"

Could be fun.

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Happiness-challenged BlackBerry dumps CEO, gives up on sale

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Re: Chen, don't let me down.

It's not a war, AC. Or a race. We all benefit from competition in the marketplace and I for one hope BB do turn it around.

Also, that kind of triumphalist idiocy makes you sound like a fandroid.

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Microsoft buys all electricity from Texas wind farm

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Re: Inevitable question

Yes, nobody should build anything.

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Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

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Re: a lot of companies have had a lot of success rolling out iPads

[citation needed]

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Another 5 years on Nokia's patent CHAIN GANG for Samsung

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Are you suggesting that Nokia's patents are of the fatuous "rounded corners" style, AC?

Do you suggest that Nokia did in fact not do the R&D necessary for much of modern cellular telephony?

Or is it simply that they are collecting a license fee from Samsung and have a connection to Microsoft that's got your ringpiece itchy?

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Last call for Microsoft TechDays Online

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Obvious troll is a) obvious and b) wrong about .net

b) leads one to suspect Eadon, who repeatedly lied about .net's longevity. Oh well.

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