* Posts by Roland6

1892 posts • joined 23 Apr 2010

Legal eagles accuse Labour of data law breach over party purge

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Re: “is not funny or clever for people from other parties to try to cheat their way into our system”

@Mark 85

>were they really from other parties? Or were they people who didn't toe the party line 100% and questioned things?

We don't know and will probably never know for sure. I'm aware of one prominent columnist who makes appearances for another party, who has received voting papers...

However, in May 2015 the party had 194,000 members, since then they have added: 76,000+ new members plus 70,000+ voters who paid their £3 but aren't party members. Many of these, the media and other rumour mills, are saying will vote for Jeremy Corbyn; someone many in Labour are very worried (verging on paranoia) about the possibility of him winning as it could make the party unelectable, and you can begin to see why some are trying to push back against what could be a tidal wave. So far they have refused 3,000 of the new members, so the purge is unlikely to impact the final result.

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Password 'XXXXairocon' pops Wi-Fi routers from ASUS, ZTE and others

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Re: ASUS admin-via-telnet

I assume you used a second Internet connection to test the absence of Net-facing telnet et al?

The issue with the ZTE router was that the presence of Net-facing Telnet was not included in the user documentation.

My Huawei D100 by default allows internal LAN Telnet connections, but not WAN connections and there is no facility for changing these settings. However, it does give me control over whether the webserver can/cannot be directly accessed from the Internet.

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Re: That is a strong password

There is a good description of the exploit here [you will need to translate]: http://blog.alguien.site/2014/02/hackeando-el-router-zte-zxv10-w300-v21.html

Basically, by default the router allows access to its 'management' ports from the Internet. Fortunately it would seem the management ports are behind the firewall and hence by using firewall rules, you can prevent direct remote access.

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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Re: Use for NFC?

>they can steal the tag

Not so easy if it is under the skin...

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Re: The public accepted Windows 95

Re: Cherry cymotion master linux keyboard

These keyboards do seem to be long gone, however Cherry do offer a Tux engraved keycap (and others):

http://www.keyboardco.com/type/mechanical-keyboard-keycaps-and-keysets.asp

Although they are only available in Black.

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Re: The public accepted Windows 95

Re: "a key whose use is limited to one particular OS?"

This raises an interesting point. With the success of Windows and the release of the MS enhancement of a standard 101-key keyboard back in the late 90's. is that the majority of keyboards are now some variant on the MS 104-key "Windows" keyboard, complete with keys carrying the Windows logo - a registered trademark. I've yet to see a keyboard that has an OS independent legend for this key. Perhaps now is the time to promote such a legend and free vendors from paying MS for the use of their trademark...

Aside: In Mint does the "context menu" key still bring up the "right click" menu?

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Re: MOM + DAD

You reference the significant amount of pre-beta work was also a reason for the uptake; MS had invested heavily in UI/UX R&D - they badly needed to catch-up with Apple specifically, but Sun and others also had workstations with window-based UI's well established in the market.

MS have given no indication that the UI/UX of Win8 was based on anything more than some key people being obsessed by the untried ideas of a 'purist' design school. Additionally, it is obvious that these people had no experience of real experience of design school ideals coming face-to-face with normal daily life and toddlers...

Aside: It is interesting that MS are also a late entrant to the 'ecosystem'/closed garden marketplace, but this time around they haven't seemed to have spent so much on trying to get it right.

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Re: "TCP/IP didn't come about until 1983, & I don't recall what protocol the Alto used"

The physical network interface and signalling was: Alto Aloha Network protocol or "ALOHAnet" which was renamed "Ethernet".

The protocol suite being used over this was an early version of XNS, parts of which were subsequently integrated into the then emerging TCP/IP protocol suite and other office network offerings such as Novell NetWare, 3Com 3+Share, Ungermann-Bass Net/One, Banyan Vines and AppleNet/AppleTalk. The real strength of this protocol suite (compared to SNA, DECnet etc.) was it's focus on document processing within a single office (ie single physical network segment/subnet).

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

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Re: If it was truly firmware?

I have this group of EMC Vx arrays over here - lets see... 2400 spindles. You want to come update that firmware?

Do you have it fully backed up as HDD firmware updates in my experience tend to be destructive... Hence I see no real reason to have a simple way of updating such critical firmware.

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Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

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Re: So...

...they are being fined for not being precog enough?

Yes they failed to learn from HH2G and borrow Doc Brown's DeLorean, travelled forward in time to discover if a candidate did anything to invalidate their security clearance, return to the present day and refuse to grant that candidate a security clearance...

By the way that's not a coat, but a towel!

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Manhattan-sized iceberg splits from glacier – and spotted FROM SPACE

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A God's idea of a joke?

So there is a massive supply of (frozen) fresh water available in Greenland, getting dumped into the Atlantic ocean [big hand wave of simplification] and California has a severe long-term water shortage...

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: 2 Years

"2 Years of skipped patches, updates, and basic maintenance skipped ... is the worst I've seen. Most the Windows 7 computers had never had updates run, ever. Same with a bunch of the 2008 servers. The Exchange server had one patch level, maybe.

Everything worked, somehow, and of all things backups worked."

What I find interesting from some of the comments is how so many so called professionals have swallowed the idea (or is it an urban myth?) that systems need to be constantly patched just to work, they don't! In fact they can be very very stable, hence why it is normal practise to disable auto-updates on a server and only install them as part of scheduled maintenance. The problem in many smaller companies is that without a well staffed professional IT function scheduled maintenance gets pushed onto the back burner and forgotten.

What is particularly interesting is that of the examples written about here is that none had a malware problem worth commenting upon that was attributable to the absence of patches...

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Re: I don't think he handled this job at all correctly

@Alan Brown

"you have no idea of how many hours he had allocated to this task, or of what budget was assigned."

No, but we do know his timebox was 1 month with no opportunity for extension and from Bill's complaint about having to be the last one out each evening, it would be reasonable to assume he was expecting the job to be traditional office hours. Hence with incomplete information Bill, on his first day, decides to start a rather large systems update, with no regard for how long it might actually take or contingency for when things take a lot longer or go wrong, as they typically do when you have more than a couple of months/years worth of updates to apply.

"In general if you drift into the role via "I know a bit, shall I take a look?", it's expected to be done around your normal work for no extra pay - AND obtaining any budget for hardware is diificult-to-impossible."

I would agree, Bill (and I suspect others would also) misunderstand that "take a look" does not mean "fix it", it actually means spend 15 minutes taking a look and report back on what you've found. So for example having discovered that the WSUS box had a list of 25,000 patches awaiting approval or declination BEFORE it would download them, rather than simply log his findings and ask why this might be so and determine if this was having any impact on the live systems (by impact I mean included in these patches are fixes to problems that were currently having to be manually worked around). Adopting this approach, it is obvious that the only problem (listed in the article) that really demanded Bill to take action was the poorly implemented back-up that was filling up the Exchange Server file system; which as many know will cause Exchange problems and give grief to its users...

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Re: I don't think he handled this job at all correctly

I think the reason for him not doing this job correctly was because: Bill was also a cowboy.

Yes his predecessor made mistakes and most importantly omitted to leave behind key passwords, but from the evidence presented in the article, Bill started many of the fires he then had to fight, yes the place might of been a tinderbox, but Bill chose to light the match.

As others have noted Bill's role was to provide one month's support cover, handover to someone else and walkout himself. In this situation Bill should of focused on 'fixing' problems as reported and creating a "welcome pack" and a systems update/refresh plan for his successor; who may in the future return the favour and offer Bill an assignment or recommendation.

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Win8 inventory glut? Yep, it's all Microsoft's fault, says HP

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" why didn't everyone wind down supply of Windows 8 machines? "

Because August~September is the time for "Back to School" and "Off to College/University" sales; there is only so much winding down of supply you can do in the highly competitive retail channel before you risk having an empty channel and missing the sales boat.

What is interesting, is comparing the W8 and W10 retail launches. It is clear with W10 MS have lost the additional benefits of third-party advertising, which may mean that normal members of the public buying "Back to school" PC's etc. may be totally unaware of the existence of W10...

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Re: Now's the best time to buy HP

Whilst the UI and some other technical features of Win10 may be a tiny change on Win8.1 (making it correct to regard Win10 as Win8.1 SP2); the EULA and computing paradigm it embraces and foists on users isn't, and in this respect MS quite correctly gave it a new version number. So you would be extremely foolish to treat it as simply a service pack.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Re: stop the CIO from deploying Win10 enterprise-wide

I would seriously question the sanity of a CIO who wished to deploy Win10 now, particularly if they have only recently completed a desktop refresh; unless some a business profit centre can provide a business justification and rationale for the spend.

Yes have it on the roadmap and evaluate it, but I see no reason to deploy it anytime before WS2016 has been released to market.

I would use the issues with Win8 and Win10 as a justification to fund an IT project to explore the viability of alternatives.

However, if the CIO has been visited by top MS exec's then it is probably time to either look for another job or accept your fate.

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Re: @Mark 85 The seem to be going in an unsavory direction...

@h4rm0ny - I agree things accumulate.

Remember many enterprises have only recently upgraded from XP to 7, along with an associated server upgrade. So Win10 coming hot on the heels of Win8 and 8.1, will being giving these people cause for concern; because it is clear, MS has no intention of giving us the stability we enjoyed with XP/2003.

So, as I observed a few years back, the refresh of Win7 et al in circa 2020 is for MS to loose; something they currently seem determined to do. So it seems we need to follow the other part of my observation and invest in creating enterprise grade non-MS solutions for this developing market...

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Re: Trust nothing? Too late for that!

>There's a Win 3.1 VM to download.

Shame it's not WfWG and includes Office 4.3...

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

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Re: Insanity

@Ivan 4 - I noticed when I wrote the comment that Carbon and CO2 are different and that in putting CO2 underground we would also effectively be taking some Oxygen out of circulation - which doesn't seem such a good idea. When in fact we actually want to take the Carbon out of the atmosphere - ie. convert CO2 back to Carbon compounds and Oxgen; something plants do very well, particularly those species that existed when the oil and coal deposits were originally laid down...

I think as you imply people are getting to fixated on rising levels of CO2, hence simple ideas based on the removal of atmospheric CO2 and storing it deep underground have a logic to them; however this misses the point that the cause of the problem is the combustion of hydrocarbons. So in answer to your question, currently it doesn't seem like it will be diamonds forever but nano tubes are a possibility.

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Re: Insanity

Not so insane when you think about it. The gas and oil that is extracted contains carbon that will mostly be burnt to produce CO2. So effectively the process is simply putting some of that carbon back into the ground. Hopefully, we extract more energy from the entire process than is consumed by running the process.

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UK politicos easily pwned on insecure Wi-Fi networks

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Re: There are ways of mitigating some of this - for example, a low cost Android device

@Robert Knight - Seems that I need to do some updating on losingthewires new products.

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

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Re: Update?

" have started upgrading kit at work, 40+ devices, mix of laptops and desktops, mostly < 1 year old"

Why the rush? These systems were obviously running an OS that MS will be supporting until at least 2020 and that all business applications work with these systems. So this sounds like an attention seeking activity on your part, rather than a business decision.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: "Bank of America have already announced that they are deploying Windows 10. That's potentially about 230K users."

Given that MS have yet to release Win10 Enterprise, this sounds like a company who's senior management has been strong-armed by MS senior management into believing how wonderful MS is and how they just must deploy Win10 (are they still on XP and been considering OSX or Linux?); suspect MS has also got them to fund a bunch of people to work at MS on Win10 Enterprise...

MS has form in convincing the senior exec's particularly CIO's et al that helping MS is more important than looking after the needs of their own business.

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Re: Redmond's not been super-responsive of late.

"MS can already revoke *any* copy of Windows from XP/2003 onwards"

The could, but then with XP/2003 they would be in breech of the EULA...

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Windows 10 PC sales boost? Don't hold your breath, say analysts

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"The first consideration is how suppliers were stung over Windows 8.x"

It is interesting seeing the current Currys/PCworld campaign for back-to-school/college sales and their focus is on the laptop not the OS. I suspect in part because they are also selling Macbooks...

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More UK broadband for bumpkins, but have-nots still ain’t happy

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Re: No pat on the back here

But why not up it to your MP, write to the local rag, your councillor, and the chamber of commerce.

Been there and got the t-shirt!

My neighbouring village's Parish council managed to get to a village meeting a few months back: a BT representative, their (Conservative) MP, their (Conservative) County Councillor and a rep from the regional quango set up to administer BDUK across the county. BT said it was uneconomic for them to cable up the village and the others simply wrung their hands and offered their commiserations as there was nothing they could do since BT was the quango's contracted delivery contractor...

Additionally, BT didn't divulge any information that might be useful to getting local support ie. routing of cables, numbers of cabinets, numbers of residential and business phone/broadband subscribers per cabinet, installation costs.

The irritation is that BT have done the neighbouring villages because they are on different exchanges and have ducted cables, whereas this village, due to the age of installation is catered for by telephone poles and a rather long line from the 'nearest' town that existed way back when BT's predecessor first installed the lines...

What I've noticed from BDUK is that BT (and the contracting quango's) are wedded to a simple upgrade of the PSTN from copper to fibre, but still largely cable based and constrained to the existing topology that has it's roots in the Victorian era. Try and suggest doing something obvious with current technologies eg. WISPs, line of sight links etc. or even connect to a different (newer) exchange and you simply loose the BT guys and their sponsors.

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How many pre-loaded Win 10 PCs did disties have 7 days after release?

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Re: I still want to see the enterprise edition

That will be the RDS desktop on WS2016R2 ...

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Keep up, boyos! 20k Win XP PCs still in use by NHS in Wales

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Re: XP > 10

XP short for Windows 10 Pro !!!

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: Makes me glad

"If win10 manages to install itself, can I roll back to win7 or (god help me) 8"

Yes, provided you do it within the 30 day grace period the licence should be transferred back.

I noticed that the current version of WebUser ( http://www.webuser.co.uk/issue-376-out-weds-29-july ) is advising on it's front cover not to upgrade! However, inside it does include information about how to go about the rollback, although I would expect the information is also out on the web.

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Well currently an XP system with Windows Update enabled hasn't shown any sign of GWX or Win10, but then this may change if MS decides Win10 shows signs of failing to overtake XP's market share...

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I wonder whether having current "Software Assurance" on the licence plays a part.

(I've noted with one client that all their systems are now running Office 2013, even though we install 2010 on all the laptops...)

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"And it’s all happening despite Microsoft promising – here – that it wouldn’t."

A song for MS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDc_5zpBj7s

(Lyric's here for those without sound or on low speed connections: http://www.directlyrics.com/meghan-trainor-lips-are-moving-lyrics.html)

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Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

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The Win10 response to everything...

"Defending Windows 10 and Microsoft, a spokesperson told us: “We will continue to roll out new Windows 10 Family features over time. We designed Windows 10 as a service, and we’ll keep listening to our customers. If there are ways to make improvements, we will do so.” "

Get the impression this is MS's standard response to any criticism of Win10. It also in time will enable them to also say, when they roll out some new (poorly thought-out) feature, that they've been listening to their users...

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Re: I have an alternative

Agree, I much prefer solutions that are Internet connection-based rather than device and/or user based, that way I automatically control what my kid's friends can access whilst at my house. From my experience the issue (particularly with young boy's) isn't what they get up to on their own (mainly Minecraft games/videos etc.), but what happens when they are with friends and wish to impress each other when in the safety of a bedroom...

Girl's on the other hand seem to need guidance in the 'safe' use of social media - something none of the parental control tools can do.

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Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July

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Re: Here's one possiblity...

>The only box I'm holding off on for the moment is my gaming rig.

So that statement "not one of them has had a single problem" isn't exactly the whole truth... The only reason in your circumstances not to update the gaming rig is because You know there will be problems...

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Re: Counting Insiders?

>"While we now have more than 14 million devices running Windows 10,...."

I doubt the stats counters can tell the difference between a true Joe Public machine and a bank of VM's using spare capacity on Azure...

Not saying this is so, but to me it does seem that this is one occasion that MS will want to ensure a positive story, and as we've seen the record companies did at times manipulate the Charts...

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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Re: I started reading this article..

>And my first thought was, does this idiot give his staff Admin rights to their PC?

Does GWX require the user to have admin rights to do it's stuff?

I suspect that one additional key policy change is to disable "all users can install Windows updates".

However, be prepared for users to complain when 'Windows' forces an update when they are doing something important.

As I've noted elsewhere Windows, including 10 does not include functionality to fully preserve a user's state, install updates and restore state. [Aside: Yes I know other OS's don't do this, but my point isn't to promote the competition, but to note that Windows (and other end user OS's) could be much, much better if MS could be bothered to focus on real issues rather than fiddling with pixels and bling.]

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Re: The IT Union

"We're back to mainframe days."

Nothing wrong about that, 80% of IT is probably pure utility, namely there to support core business processes that have changed very little in decades - Finance departments are still doing double entry bookkeeping...

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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Re: No new power infrastructure is needed...this really isn't that complicated

"The desalination plants wouldn't be directly powered by solar or wind" Doug S

Actually, a desalination plant is an ideal candidate to be directly connected to solar and/or wind turbines, because once you've established a reserve and have a reasonably good weather forecast model, it doesn't really matter when the plant runs and the rate at which it runs at, just as long as it runs some of the time.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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And the IQ of the author is?

"Given the complexity of navigating Windows though, basing Start menu navigation on search is not a bad idea."

I'd love to know what the author finds so difficult about Start menu navigation; it's been consistent across several versions of Windows since W95 (which simply described the Win3 desktop in menu form).

The complexity of navigating recent versions of Windows is wholly down to the incompetence of developers, especially at MS...

Any one know if the Windows Style Guide has been updated?

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Re: Just one thing left to make it good

You kids and your love for traversing menus, Is it really that hard to open cmd and type "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe"?

Yes! Especially if you're running a 32-bit version of Windows...

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: No Control of Updating

>MS seem to consider my PC as their advertising space

They started doing that when they released Office Starter...

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Re: the 640k quote

> the transition to 32 bits was slow and painful.

We shouldn't forget that MS had to release a patch for XP because it used the 640K "DOS space" to hold the current desktop (wallpaper, icons etc.)

Wouldn't be surprised if some of this code still exists in Win10...

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Re: wtf do you do with all the icons!

>... Display them in a carousel

That would be a useful UI feature, can't possibly implement that, although the major OS vendors could implement a variant that is not as useful. Which reminds me of all the UI innovations over the years that the major vendors have ignored. For example MS with Win8 walked away from the 3D UI concepts publicized in the Windows Longhorn development project (2000~2004 - not to be confused with the Windows build called "Longhorn" that was released as Vista in 2007) and nailed their UI firmly to a 2D single application world; and did it in a way that wasn't particularly helpful...

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Re: Meh!

>We therefore can't draw any conclusions as to what might be released to production Windows 10 systems from what such early test users see.

We can, because MS have to have released software to "the channel", so that they can actually sell Win 10 systems on the day. So we can be confident that Build 10240 is apart from some cosmetic version number changes, the "Release to Manufacturing" version of Win10.

What is open to question is what will be in the first "Release to Market" update. Given the number of major bugs discovered and the amount of dev work reportedly still in progress, I would not be surprised to find that the first update is a 3.5GB image download ie. a completely new build, that completely replaces Build 10240...

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

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Re: Nvidia at fault?

I would agree Nvidia aren't blameless - on the information we have available and my experience:

On an old XP system, I've had to disable Nvidia update checking, as Nvidia GeForce Experience insists there is a newer driver version, but the version it wants to install isn't compatible with XP (I know because the solution was to totally uninstall Nvidia in Windows safe mode and reinstall the XP compatible driver from the Nvidia website).

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Re: Who intentionally sends MMS messages these days?

Re: What else?

CEX are reporting good business in old Symbian Nokia's...

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Re: Who intentionally sends MMS messages these days?

>On some networks you can't received MMS without first sending one

But don't applications such as Hangouts, Viber et al allow the sending of MMS messages via a different route ie not through the telco's messaging centre?

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Re: Workarounds

That workaround might block one attack vector, but note the vulnerability is in Stagefright - Android's media playback engine. Hence I wonder whether the attack merely needs to get the user to run a suitability crafted video using a viewer that uses Stagefright. The use of MMS is obviously concerning because of the various under the hood (ie. not visible to user and out of user's control) actions that can be automatically triggered via MMS.

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