* Posts by dogged

4992 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate

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Re: Wont't stop me hating on MSFT!

JJ has been surreptitiously mocking the usual linux trolls with this stuff for a while now.

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Nuisance call blocking firms fined £170,000 ... for making nuisance calls

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Re: The ICO won't see any money

> HMRC are too busy hassling IT contractors

In the spirit of off-topic irony, HMRC do not employ any IT contractors. Directly. They use CapGemini instead and CapGemini use literally hundreds of IT contractors to do work for HMRC*. Those contractors are well aware of HMRC's nefarious ambitions in their direction however, and are unlikely to just sit there and take it.

*Disclosure - I am currently one of them.

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Re: I wish O2'd stop calling me

For once, we agree completely.

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Top copper Lynne Owens to lead National Crime Agency

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Re: National Crime Agency

> Isn't that the what's commonly called the police force?

No, because there isn't a Police Force. There are many police forces with separate geographical boundaries and locations. This is a kind of whole country FBI-type thing. It's new. And probably unnecessary.

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Android on Windows is disruptive because neither Microsoft nor Google can stop it

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They'll stop it alright.

Assume MS do make a Surface Phone with an x86 chip in it. Win10 Desktop doesn't have a telephony stack so it won't run that. It'll run an x86 compiled version of Win10 Mobile which won't have a desktop and will only run stuff you install from the Windows Store.

Now, you might well get Win32 aspplications packaged and sandboxed as Store Apps (in fact, that's clearly the direction they're going in). DuOS might even be one of them although I doubt they'd get it past Redmond's approval system.

However, you really think a phone OS aimed at corporates with an emphasis on security is going to allow an application to download and install other applications from the Amazon app store, especially given the lax security of Android apps and tendency to demand access to absolutely everything?

I don't.

It won't happen.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Antivirus

It uninstalled NOD32 on my test machine. That was irritating but it didn't complain when I reinstalled it myself.

No privacy settings were altered.

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HPE to open private London drinking club

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Re: Ale or GTFO

Unless you work for HP it's of no interest to you because you're not invited.

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Re: alternative name

Or the "Hugely Pissed" but that probably would confuse the American who has to sign off on it.

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Spending Review: GDS gets £450m, Cabinet Office budget slashed

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Re: I smell a pork barrel. ..

It could be worse. I mean, there is scope for savings on this kind of thing even the holiest of holy cows.

By which I mean, why does each and every NHS Trust and each and every GP's surgery have its own IT infrastructure, support, purchasing, licensing etc etc? The reason the NHS is good value (and it is) is largely because of the Single Payer system for medical consumables. We don't have Pfizer ripping off each Trust individually for essential drugs, we make them offer a good price because of the size and exclusivity of the contract.

But we don't do that with IT suppliers. And we don't do that with hardware. And we don't do that with administration or all the other crap that gets in the way of patient care. We overspend by billions because it's done a stupid way in the name of wholly fake competition.

That needs stamping on.

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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Re: Surely a simple answer

Yeah, no. That's not how wifi sense works at all.

You're reaching now.

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Re: The Shape of things to come

> along with a number of commentards, I think that this was deliberate.

Of course you do. This surprises absolutely nobody.

Should anyone be surprised that you specifically are dumb or obsessed enough to think a company (any company at all) would deliberately set out to alter settings so that at some point in the future they might possibly be able to steal data from an apparently completely random and quite small subset of upgraders, then withdraw the update that could (in a handful of cases) cause the settings changes (that might or might not allow data to be stolen depending on applications used, presence of firewalls, whether the machine was even used or not), admit that they did it (claiming incompetence) and turn all the settings back again?

Given your posting history, I think not.

Seriously, you need to get out more. You're making David Icke look rational.

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Re: @Mark Allen - Surely a simple answer

> And, of course, they say, in big letters, "This program wants to access your System Restore data to return to your old settings. Please click here to approve this"...

In your world, I suppose they should say "this operating system needs to access your computer's memory. Please click to approve this" about 8 billion times per microsecond.

Seriously? You object to the system using System Restore to restore your system? Or you're just being a bloody idiot? Which is it?

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Science Museum trumpets Da Vinci expo

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WTF?

Re: Giordano Bruno's death was "a sad episode" says Rome....

Here is a definition of relevance. I hope you find it useful.

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Why Microsoft's .NET Core is the future of its development platform

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Re: A Little Late to the Party

Just bored with the name calling. It's pathetic.

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Re: A Little Late to the Party

Wait, hold on. I think I'm getting getting it - "Slurp" is "Microslurp" right? Instead of Microsoft?

OH MY FUCKING GOD THAT'S HILARIOUS YOU ARE SO CLEVER

And "Winblows" is like "Windows" but you call it that because, right, it "blows"?

YOU ARE A GENIUS!

Oh wait, not genius. Cretin. That was it.

Grow the fuck up.

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Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?

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Re: They already had multitasking

> But it can do two!

All TIFKAM apps are delivered windowed in Win10. It can do as many as you like (memory considerations aside. It seems to be lighter on memory than Win32 applications too though).

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Re: They already had multitasking

> Then it disappeared with TIFKAM.

No it didn't.

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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

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Re: What's so bad about Android?

Security. Malware. Endless repeating notifications. Apps that demand access to everything for no reason (a good example here is Google Clock which is an alarm clock created by Google that claims it needs access to your wifi settings and contacts list - what the actual fuck?!?).

Apps that don't close. Apps that autorun. Opaque settings. Lag. Battery life. Is that enough for you?

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This forum contains fanboys.

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Agreed. I've just trialled a Blackphone 2 for a month. I love everything about it except Android.

What a horrible, wasteful, battery-burner of an OS.

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Microsoft revamps its developer tools with a new cloud focus

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Re: Monthly sub

Better a couple of months of Enterprise than no months of Enterprise.

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Monthly sub

For once, not a terrible idea.

For example, say you need Coded UI tests written. Your Build server will happily run them with Pro but you need Enterprise to code the damn things. Buy it for a couple of months, then let it lapse. That's actually useful.

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Microsoft working hard to unify its code base, all the way down to the IoT

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Re: .NET developer

It does. My company (at the time) were writing live software with .NET beta. I think back now and it seemed so easy but dear Kibo, it was clunky and badly unfinished.

Still. Not everything changes. Windows Forms still suck buttock.

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Google wants to add 'not encrypted' warnings to Gmail

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> ...which will always be problematic in terms of trusting that server. So, what next? Blockchain...?

You'll rapidly run into size problems with a blockchain, of exactly the type that's causing issues in the BitCoin community right now.

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Re: Yeah, right.

> In short, PGP protects only one factor of comms, but there is much more to consider. Even making it easy to use will still give you only a fragment of what you need.

Moscow rules, old boy. You need a blind cut-out. In the cold war this was a person or a dead letter drop along with an entirely unrelated notification. Smiley's People uses a discarded cigarette packet containing a photo negative - carry no documents you cannot discard instantly without attracting notice - and yellow chalk elsewhere. Two unrelated elements.

The modern equivalent would be something along the lines of an anonymous single-use account with a provider both initial parties have agreed upon along with an entirely unrelated notification of significance only to the recipient. Something that indicates no connection between the two parties. Perhaps a comment or post on an open forum.

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Re: Yeah, right.

> In Bruce Schneier's blog, he references a study which basically says that PGP tools are still not suitable for general use for email encryption & authentication.

And I think that's where the OP is recommending that Google concentrate their efforts. The whole process is clunky at the moment. Surely somebody can come up with a user-friendly way?

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Microsoft creates its own movie moment with fancy privacy manifesto

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@Trevor

A little harsh. I only mentioned it because so many of the "Windows 10 rapes my privacy" crowd are also enthusiastic recommenders of Android. You must have noticed this yourself.

I think what is necessary in Win10 is some clear explanation from Microsoft. What data is collected? In what form is it collected? Is it anonymized? If so, how? Is it stored? Is it stored in encrypted format? What do potential advertisers get to see if any? How long is data stored for? Exactly what's it used for?

The keystrokes thing, for example. Suppose they're using it to build a better Autocarrot and chucking away all personal details etc. Is that evil? Not especially, since you actually can opt out of that. On a system with all options set to "don't tell MS anything" some data still goes to MS and that's concerning because I can't, despite trying for days off and on, figure out exactly what it is. So transparency about that is an essential requirement.

In terms of packets though, it's a fuckload less than Android spews at Google or a Chrome session phones home with.

So the original point still stands.

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Re: Huh?

How's Android working for you?

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Re: Dear MS. Fuck you.

> privacy raping

you have absolutely no idea what you're whining about.

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Horrid checkbox download bundlers drop patch-frozen Chrome

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Re: Microsoft Online Reputation Management are hard at work today....

Hey fanboy.

This article is about badness in installers used by end-users. It is not an OS advocacy article or an opportunity for you to be smug. Discuss the problem as it applies to end-users or fuck off.

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Identifying terrorists: Let's find a value for needle in haystack

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But the real question is not about about the capabilities - vile as they are. It's about the fact that the Bill seeks to make knowledge of those capabilities illegal and therefore, there never can or will be discussion of them.

Nobody's going to take this one to the ECHR because it will be illegal for them to admit to knowing what they know.

[citation provided]

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BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

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> if the privacy issues on Win 10 PC are anything to go by, I would steer way clear of it if I had a requirement for professional grade communications.

The article said almost nothing at all about the Priv's security features or propensity for data-leakage. All we know is that it's running BB apps on the horrendously leaky Android.

I would have appreciated more information.

DISCLAIMER - Blackphone 2 owner, which is a genuinely hardened Android. That the Reg hasn't reviewed. I wonder why not?

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Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders

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Re: Your files are still here

Because 73TB is reasonable.

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'T-shaped' developers are the new normal

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Re: Is this a preview of the Pageless (and Worstall-less) era of ElReg?

> More trolling, dogged...

I pass no comment on the Reg. I'm still here, after all.

Ars Technica is often worth reading. Saying so doesn't mean that I'm saying anything else isn't worth reading.

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Re: Work like a ninja"

> do not be seen

How Not To Be Seen

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Opera Jon's sparkling Vivaldi proves the browser isn't dead

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"which is a skin around Chromium"

sorry to tell you this, but so is Vivaldi. With added javascript badness.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Pro: Halloween Horror for PC makers next year

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Re: Oh FFS

> Win10 Enterprise does not have mandatory upgrades.

There, now you can downvote a simple statement of fact again, fanboy.

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Re: Oh FFS

Win10 Enterprise does not have mandatory upgrades.

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Re: So what about the Windows 10 data slurp ?

Corporates who aren't switching off all telemetry are not worthy of the name.

If you're an admin and you leave all that userland stuff running, you should be fired. If you don't know how because "ew Windows 10 oh noez I'm never installing it the Register said it would steal my bank account details" then you're incompetent and you should be fired and sued.

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Not "supporting multiple OS's is expensive" then.

Just evil.

Okay. That makes absolute sense.

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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> Beats the shit that's beaten into Microsoft software people "Make money at all cost! Make money at all cost!"

Oh, do you work for them?

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UK SMEs with weak security risk procurement exclusion – survey

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Re: Sauce for the goose...

Nah, Enormo-Corps are fine. Naturally.

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

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Re: The Joys of the Internet

> I have my own server in a foreign country, so if they want to view my emails etc... They have to first get a judge in said country to agree and then go to the owner of the service to get my data and that would be me

I don't think you understand. If they want to read your emails they will arrest you, seize all your stuff, read any emails you have already downloaded. If those emails are encrypted, you will be waterboarded or beaten with a rubber hose until you divulge the passcode. You will divulge the passcode, and anything else they want too.

Don't think laws and technology make you safe. They don't. And torture works on everyone eventually.

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I trust the massive corporations to want to make money.

In this case, that's all the trust that's required.

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Dev to Mozilla: Please dump ancient Windows install processes

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> It's 2015 and the closest we've got to a trustworthy software installation method on Windows is "install KDE for Windows and hope that the package you want is in a repository"

Not exactly. I know this won't be well-received around here but there is an alternative and it's "install from the Windows Store".

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

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I'm pretty sure people don't buy them for the UI design either.

I bought a BlackPhone 2. The security software is excellent. Most android apps seem better than WP apps. The hardware is lovely. The "user experience" of Android itself should be taken outside and shot.

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Re: Dear Matias,

It could always "work" just like Android - i am currently using an Android phone - ie, be an absolute and total mess based on Windows 3.1 Program Manager.

"Android Designer". Yeah, and my 2 year old son is classical artist.

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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Re: Someone mis-read

> Watch out for the fun definition of 'journalist' too. Because they get special treatment.

Do you have a link to this definition?

And is that the usual special treatment with the length of rubber hose and the seized laptop?

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

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The problem with CiF is that so many of the columnists are running out of things to have a feminist perspective about.

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