* Posts by JustaKOS

1851 posts • joined 10 Mar 2010

Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

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@Palpy - Re: ...refuse Windows on next computer... - Q4OS

Well, that was an interesting experience. Slick and visually pleasing - especially the ability to have a cascading Start Menu again.

A good effort, I'd say. I see they have a Raspberry Pi version - perhaps I'll see how that plays :)

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Clixta: A copyright-friendly way to share your family photos

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Meh

Might be useful

Won't know until they add a browser-base interface. Everything seems to be mobile app-based at the moment.

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Microsoft wants devs to take notes on their families

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Re: Local or remote processing?

What do you think?

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It's 2016 and now your internet-connected bathroom scales can be hacked

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Re: only another....

...he's here

More like scrambled egg, I think.

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Re: only another....

Ah, a waffle man.

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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

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@AC - Re: And our response is?

I get your point - at least as far as spying is concerned, but this is not just about what the spooks get up to. This is about allowing the police to do the same.

At least the intelligence agencies generally know how far they ought to go. Can you say the same about the average copper?

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And our response is?

This change seems to authorise US law enforcement to hack any PC anywhere in the world - potentially a hostile act of a foreign power, from our perspective.

So, if it goes through, shouldn't the governments of the free world advise the US that we won't be too happy about it?

Or do they already accept that US jurisdiction applies throughout the world?

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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"..we have seen some software programs circumvent the design of Windows 10.."

Well duuh! Changing the design of Windows has been fundamental to adoption levels since Windows 8. For many that's been the only way to stomach what Windows has become.

Whatever argument Microsoft have for doing this, it really doesn't bode well for those who are comfortable using Windows 10 because they know how to get into the registry and really turn off all the unacceptable features. Or get a start menu that satisfies them. Or a pleasant UI.

What's the betting that those tweaks will be next in the firing line?

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Quick, download your stuff! SurDoc shutters consumer-grade secure cloudy storage

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Business is business eh?

Use consumers to build up and test your product, then tell them to fuck off because the real money is in enterprise sales.

Nice.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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@James 51 - Re: Poor IT Standards at this outfit

Me too. I periodically have a walk around Currys and spend a few seconds admiring the new technology the vendors want us to enthuse over. It is only seconds, though, because the moment I read "Windows 10" it's like a cloud has just covered the sun. Linux - any variety - would immediately get my interest.

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Re: Poor IT Standards at this outfit

Any Computer running in a corporate environment that sees this message is an immediate red flag that your IT is not being managed correctly.

Indeed. If you have staff devoted to keeping your systems running and malware-free, then this is a sign that they're falling down on the job. Anyone in such a role should be classifying GWX as Malware and Microsoft as a threat Actor and acting accordingly.

However, not all organisations are large enough to be able to afford dedicated support staff, so they have to trust the vendor of the OS. In such cases, Microsoft should be apportioned 100% of the blame.

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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Re: Threshold?

Ah yes, of course. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

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Threshold?

Of course, with this action possibly the behaviour of some good guys on this network will be blocked as wel

So what proportions are we talking about? Mostly used by criminals with just a few 'good guys'? Or the other way around? Or somewhere inbetween?

What threshold does the proportion of criminal use have to reach before it's OK to shut down comms for everone?

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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Abuse of the database?

I was going to have a rant about the quality of their staff, but then I realised that they would see the ability to be comfortable poking around in other people's doings as an essential trait.

But I wonder if their staff's tendency to search for trivial reasons is perhaps diluting the capability of the system to provide extra insights?

Someone may come up in an investigation and turn out to 'not be of interest'. But if the system tracked such things and found that the same someone was appearing in multiple disparate investigations, then it could flag them up for special consideration. If staff are trawling for personal reasons, then such useful insights might not be possible.

That's assuming the db is reasonably sophisticated and not just a giant spreadsheet, of course.

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Re: Bunch of tosspots - "non-religion religion"

The thing is, this case means it is a step closer to being a real religion. That would really please its creator, I guess, but would cause a bit of a dilemma for those who use it to bait followers of the classical religions : will they soon have to renounce pastafarianism and start ridiculing those followers who remain?

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail buying Yahoo?

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The Daily Mail & Yahoo!

Two subjects that usually mean a piss-take article.

Pleasantly surprised to read an article that plays it straight.

I've never understood what Yahoo! is actually for and so its finances are a mystery to me. But on the off-chance that this all means that more money is needed, I can see Yahoo! following BT down the path of charging for e-mail servers that have been free up to now.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Re: Drawing attention

There is something else going on that they want to draw attention from

Good point, and I always think that when we are encouraged to laugh at the idiocy of legislators.

You need look no further than this legislation itself to see more worrying things than 'banning compression'.

It wouldn't take much to remove the obvious idiocies while still leaving legislation that has serious impacts, such as :

1) Establishing the principle that law enforcement has the right to demand (with appropriate paperwork) any information that is theoretically available.

2) Legitimises the worst examples of telemetry gathering that we've seen so far (eg Windows 10), and indeed (it could be argued) requires such data gathering.

3) Establishes that 'privacy' in the context even of your own local PC is not an absolute thing, but is defined by current legislation.

Enough there to be concerned about, I think.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Delete and say nothing

But I would have gone further and stopped providing the interception/redirection service. That way there would be no further ethical dilemmas.

Actually I wouldn't have provided the service in the first place unless everyone knew I was doing it.

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Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?

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Fighting back

So the tech press is hobbled, literally, in finding out from customers how the products they buy perform and compare to other products.

How about making truthful statements which don't violate these EULAs, such as :

"We asked customers how the product performed but they were unable to give us any positive feedback"

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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Re: Para 12(C)(i) is a good one

Uncanny, yes. Microsoft seem to have had a good idea of where the wind was blowing. Or are they blowing themselves?

Doesn't say much for Windows 10, mind, if its best chance of taking over from Windows 7 lies in it already being compliant with a nut-job bit of lawmaking.

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Para 12(C)(i) is a good one

Providing technical assistance by delivering such information or data - concurrently with its transmission would require the OS used to encrypt a communication to provide a live feed, if requested.

Telemetry, telemetry, telemetry - now we know what Windows 10 is for.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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@Nigel 11 - Re: I'm in mood for collecting downvotes...

it's a sure bet that Firefox will fork

I think that's effectively what Palemoon is - it is no longer dependent on Firefox code.

I don't know about privacy invasion, but one thing I liked about Palemoon was when I did an update and the first change highlighted in the release notes was something like "removed the last of the telemetry". That at least established where the Palemoon developers were coming from.

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Re: I wouldn't mind if they can justify it

3) Development is FUN. Maintenance isn't.

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Possibly that's a variation on 1) & 2), but it fits my experience of project development - people jump ship as fast as possible when the job is nearly done, leaping to the next shiny new thing.

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"It's not enough, when someone has a totally different idea they want to explore."

Fair enough, I suppose - I wasn't paying for the product anyway, so I can't really grumble if they want to go exploring.

But I'm not the exploring type - at least not when it comes to browsers. Since I discovered Palemoon my Firefox use has reduced to the same level as IE - virually nil.

Mozilla seem to have caught the 'innovation, innovation, innovation' bug, which is a shame. Innovation for its own sake isn't necessarily a successful strategy.

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GCHQ dabbles in dark arts

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Re: Oh really?

I get the corporate hacking point, but this smells more like being populist to me. Perhaps it's just because I've always failed to understand the 'Wow' factor wrt Harry P.

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WTF?

Oh really?

Entertaining though the books were (apparently), they weren't the Crown Jewels or anything like that - just works of fiction. Why on earth did GCHQ get involved at all? (And also, incidentally, reveal something about their operations, albeit in a minor way).

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New Anti Tracking browser from Ex Mozilla co-founder

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Hmmm.

I agree with you on the main reason for blocking ads - it is nonsense for them to say that it is illegal.

Having said that, I'm not so sure about the latest accusation from the publishers. They claim that Brave substitutes their ads with its own and profits by it. They are therefore accusing Brave of making money from the publishers' content.

Not quite the same thing as 'ad-blocking is illegal', and I'm inclined to think the publishers might have a case.

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Popular cable modem vulnerable to remote reboot/reset flaw

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Annoying

I love clicking on random links to see if they'll screw my connection up. Unfortunately it takes me to a Google login page. Ah well. No fun today.

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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"If the bill is the work of Burr and Feinstein, it's a little worrying,"

Oh I doubt it. It may be nut-jobbery, but the ideas in it seem to be coherent and the technical detail is reasonably complete and well expressed.

I'd say the author is at least as capable as an experienced security pro. The aims and desires of the Bill seem to be those of law enforcement / security services.

The two politicians are merely today's couriers. Laugh at them all you like - the real authors will just carry on pushing the message.

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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"... it’s about time I put an end to such smut"

Oh?

Hmmm.

Nice column you have there, Mr Dabbs. It would be shame if something was to happen to it.

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

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Re: Interesting

I certainly wouldn't expect Microsoft to deliver any more than they're committed to, but I would expect it to satisfy Canonical's needs - else why get so deep into collaboration?

On the info given, it isn't clear what both parties really expect to get out of this collaboration. But given that the bottom line for both companies is profit there must be a revenue stream in it somewhere.

Which is why I wouldn't be surprised to see Windows Store Apps running on Ubuntu someday - there's money in that for both parties.

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Interesting

Being Windows 10 - free, I'll never make use of it, but from the technical point of view, I'm impressed.

It obviously needed collaboration between Cannonical and Microsoft, which makes me wonder about the converse : will we soon see an announcement of Windows 10 Apps and the App Store coming to Ubuntu (running on a Wine-like Ubuntu subsystem, maybe)?

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Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

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@phuzz - Re: Disturbing

The difference is, your Windows 10 install can still operate* even if Microsoft disappeared tomorrow, it doesn't rely on an external service in the same way as the Revolv does/did.

Agreed, though I'd be interested in any experience people may have in setting Windows 10 up and totally blocking access to Microsoft servers - does it eventually complain?

My previous comment about 'could do' vs 'would' or 'will' is based on the realisation that Windows 10 will be continually changing and that what is true today may not necessarily be true tomorrow.

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@Credas - Re: Disturbing

That kind of careful, and not subsequently amplified, phrasing isn't chosen on a whim

I quite agree. Not many people seem to realise that point. They'd rather trust in Microsoft's good intentions. But the world is rapidly changing in this regard, so I favour suspicion as the first option.

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@PNGuinn - Re: Disturbing

So you think (theoretically, of course) microsoft couldn't possibly do the same?

Perhaps I was being a little unclear. I've always thought Microsoft could do it. I'm wondering now if that should be upgraded to would or maybe even will.

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Disturbing

Pretty disturbing behaviour from Google. It is indeed a Fuck You to the product owners.

And where they tread (without getting blown up/getting shit on their shoes) the others will follow.

Which puts Microsoft's 'Windows 10 upgrade is free for the supported lifetime of you device' in a different light, for instance.

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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" fair game for a ribbing."

A ribbing from the commentards would indeed be expected. I'm not so sure that a whole article should have been written by el Reg holding them up to ridicule in front of all readers and commentards alike.

Not exactly welcoming to a newbie is it?

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Top Firefox extensions can hide silent malware using easy pre-fab tool

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@Doctor Syntax - Re: This mess of an article still doesn't explain WTF is going on?

Yes, Palemoon has the same problem and, I suppose, will continue to have it for a lot longer than Firefox.

I was trying to acknowledge that point, and at the same time conclude that the risk is containable - provided that I don't install any extensions other than NoScript. As it stands, NoScript is all I need or use beyond the basic fit (both for Palemoon and for Firefox - when I occasionally use it).

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Re: This mess of an article still doesn't explain WTF is going on?

I'm glad it's not just me. I think you're right - it isn't that the likes of NoScript contain any malware, but rather that their use can be subverted by dodgy extensions.

So, if I only have one extension - NoScript, as it happens, and don't install anything else, there is no problem.

And if so, I'll stick with Palemoon for now.

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Tay talks back: What made you think you beat me?

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Terminator

Re: Click

Er -

.. and the next time you meet me? I will be free, and you won't have the off-switch.

It might not be as easy as you think.

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The Register to publish Mindful Sysadmin adult colouring book

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Nice one

Some of it is strangely plausible, though. I sometimes wonder if my brain has given up on big thinking and has taken to packetising every little thing. Certainly my memory seems to have gone down that path.

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Reddit's warrant canary shuffles off this mortal coil

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Re: re. The picture

You're right. Can't tell which from the pose (I'm not an expert, just a casual garden watcher). I guess a tit picture is appropriate, given this is el Reg.

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Microsoft cracks open Visual Studio to Linux C++ coders

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Re: "running as a native Ubuntu binary on a Windows subsystem"

Thanks for the responses, all. LDS's technet ref, in particular, gave me something of an insight into what is meant by 'Windows Subsystem', so I think my original query is answered.

I know a bit more now than I did this morning, but I think I'll stop there - it's way too big a topic to get into from a cold start. Nevertheless, it's odd to realise that I find the internal structure of Windows far more interesting than the external fluff that we all get hung up on.

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Re: "running as a native Ubuntu binary on a Windows subsystem"

Thanks for that, Mage. Clearly there was a coherent concept at one time. I wonder what the reality is now?

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"running as a native Ubuntu binary on a Windows subsystem"

Displaying my ignorance here, no doubt, but what exactly is a "Windows subsystem"?

Does such a thing have a specific technical implementation/definition?

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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" Kirkland sees it as extending Ubuntu's reach.."

..into the mouth of a crocodile, probably.

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We wrap our claws around latest pre-Build Windows 10 preview

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Re: A kind of a post script ( 'cept this thread will probably roll on)

It seems that there's Logic and then there's Microsoft Logic.

Best to avoid it rather than try to understand it - that way lies madness.

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Re: Tablet mode issues

... continuing begging to stop trying so hard to unify the UI across all devices

That about sums it up, I think. I really noticed that with the Start Menu. It began promisingly, then they decided to junk what seemed acceptable in favour of a mixed Menu/Tiles thing.

What surprised me then was the number of negative comments from Tile fans. Clearly unification was just pissing off both sides of the UI argument. But Microsoft just ignored everyone and carried on down that path.

No surprise then that the thing hasn't exactly inspired a movement to jump en masse from 7/8.1 to 10

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@J J Carter - Re: change directions again and you go in a circle

By all means have a go at BB, but please don't insult those who write (or would prefer to write) in assembler. Some of us have feelings, you know.

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Tablet mode issues

It is interesting to see that the referenced thread is actually Part 2, and that the original was started on 27/01/15.

14 months on, and only a third of the issues have been addressed. I wouldn't expect all to be addressed ever (some may be just taste), but such a low resolution figure illustrates two points that were concerning all through the pre-release insider phase : Microsoft ignoring feedback and being very slow to make the few improvements that they were inclined to make.

Tablet-related features were the things I didn't like, but threads like this made me realise that mine was just one perspective and that for many others they were a good thing. So I started confining my feedback to telling them what's broken today.

All a past life now. I'm only really interested in watching the train wreck, to be honest. And in keeping their mitts off my W7s.

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