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She's ignoring the real issue...
"That bullies can easily share compromising photos of their victims, and secretly explore X-rated corners of the web, is of particular concern: it puts parents and teachers in the dark on what their children are really up to and leaves the adults unable to teach effective sex education.".
And how does it happen that the bullies came into possession of such compromising pictures? I'd say because the, then, victim made those him- or herself and actually spread those amongst who (s)he thought to be friends.
So where were the parents in all this? In my opinion that is the real issue at hand; a lot of parents don't raise their children anymore but more than often make them fend for themselves. You shouldn't try to block everything which may harm a kid, that's frickin' impossible.
Instead you should actually try and talk to them and warn them about the dangers that lurk around. You should also be very careful how you bring it. Because well; if you start forbidding stuff then you can bet that your kids will try to try it anyway without your knowledge. The term "the forbidding fruit" didn't come out of thin air you know.
But if you instead explain what it is all about and most of all why you're warning them then chances are very high that your kids won't stumble into a mess they can hardly get themselves out of.
Sure; this is a lot more work than simply trying to make sure your kids won't come into contact with $adult_subject. But that's the cost you took upon yourself for becoming a parent. If you got kids you should live up to the responsibilities you chose for yourself.
And yes; there's also nothing wrong with letting a kid make a mistake from time to time. In general we learn from our mistakes and those lessons tend to stick a lot better. But as always; you can hardly apply this in general. Would you allow your kids to push their fingers into an outlet so they'll learn never to do that again?
I doubt such a lawsuit would work. After all; the server maybe in the possession of the school, but they didn't develop nor maintain the software which was used on it. And if you can't prove that there have been any prior issues where data got leaked or stolen you'll have a hard time proving identify theft.
Another point is that he also can't accuse the school of negligence. After all; the very moment he had reported the bug they started working on it right away and also checked their logs to see what happened and who and how the data got accessed. You can tell as much by their statements where they mentioned to have noticed him accessing that server section twice.
He played it pretty dumb...
First of all, as others already pointed out, he didn't got expelled from identifying the flaw. He got expelled for "allegedly trying to exploit the flaw", where his story obviously is that he only wanted to check if the flaw had been fixed.
But seriously, no personal offence intended, but I think he acted pretty stupid on several accounts. First the obvious part; after you identified a bug there are more ways to check if it was fixed. How about starting with using a little courtesy and asking the people involved? Then you could always jestingly ask: "So you wouldn't mind me trying it for myself?". Heck; if the whole story is true I bet they'd love him to check it out. Its simply the way he did it.
However, the biggest mistake was that he allowed himself to be bullied.
"If you don't sign this then we'll <insert legal threat here>".
The one and only right response at that moment is: "Ok, I will get my lawyer to look into that and we'll get back to you.". Because if you don't, as you can see here, you'll only tumble into the rabbit hole even deeper; and it doesn't even have to be the hole which the "bullies" dug for you.
Because right now he's also in violation of the agreement which he himself signed. Perhaps there's a way out of that mess, I dunno, but at this moment the only option he has left is to get a lawyer. And you can bet that it'll be a helluvalot more expensive than if he would have gotten a lawyer earlier on to look into the NDA and give some legal advice on that matter.
For a computer student I think he didn't play this very smart at all.
At least it's clean ;-)
As we can all see in this Youtube video the old classic beats the modern one in a straight on race.
Although I'm still not too sure if the driver in the 1989' version didn't ease on the throttle a little bit in anticipation of seeing the female host of the show wash the classic in her bikini.
What I also don't get: 8000 voters, how many of those voters has actually downloaded and tried said application? I doubt not that many considering how most votes went on outside electronic channels; I wouldn't be surprised if many of the voters did so because they simply followed the story that was being told to them.
I don't think this is justice or a justified action at all.
If a majority of the people who actually downloaded and used said app. felt insulted then yeah, by all means remove said app. and take action(s) against the author. But not because a bunch of over sensitive ignoranians demand it for reasons way beyond me.
There was a cheap upgrade?
Sorry; I never noticed. I was standing in the queue to grab Windows 7 now that its still available.
The secret to what?
A golden (unwritten but honoured) rule in (electronic) music: "Whatever works for me doesn't have to work for you, and vica versa".
Stuff like this is really totally meaningless IMO.
In fact; reminds me of GoDaddy when their CEO used his blog page to promote the exact same kind of stories; "The secret to his success", filled with a lot of cliches which by themselves hold more than enough truth, but... (see comment above..).
...that the lack of the start menu is a lack in functionality. And as such they're now pushing the start menu functionality onto other programs. Amongst which, you guessed it: Office.
Unfortunately that makes it extremely annoying to work with, for me that is. Its the simple things; whenever I start, say, Word I do so to start a new document. If I needed to start with another document (be this an old file or template) then I would have selected it from the jumplist (in the Win7 start menu).
This Word otoh. always starts with the "Recent files "tab"" (in the backstage view). And you can't get around it, which is /extremely/ annoying.
And don't get me started on the "touch simplified" menu's and such, that's a major annoyance in itself.
I really don't see the need to upgrade from 2010, IMO that still is the better version. Especially if you're on Windows 7.
I don't think its such great news, but then again I also don't live in the US.
To me this strongly looks like an issue of shoving away responsibilities. The administration can't (most likely won't / refuses) to make their own stand on a topic which has become a rather sensitive one. And many people getting involved with a topic automatically means many voters may form their opinion.
The reason I'm so cynical is because this means absolutely nothing by itself. They call out for a study; ok.. Who is going to be researching what exactly, how is the research going to be performed, -what- exactly is going to be researched?
Because in general a research is as good as the used methods and the (sometimes twisted) way the end results get interpretated. You can easily make a research which proves A look as if it fully proves B by merely presenting the results in a different manner.
I wouldn't be surprised if the administration eventually uses the results of the study to give the DA office a slap on the hands and then everyone can go on with their lives while in the end nothing has really changed. The major issue is that it really looked good and official on paper.
Its never the parents fault eh?
Now, I'm not claiming that trying to protect minors from more grown up subjects is a bad idea, absolutely not. But I am reaching a point where I'm getting a little fed up with the fact that its always the other people's problem and responsibility, NEVER of the kids or parents themselves.
I know this is not fully comparable but here in Holland its illegal for kids under the age of 16 to own alcoholic beverages. So far so good; I'd say that if you spot a kid drinking alcohol then he or she will get fined, most likely resulting in the parents (who are legally responsible for minors) to cough up some bucks.
But no; that's not the way we do it. We force supermarkets and other shops who sell alcohol to make sure that they don't sell it to minors. If they do they can be fined pretty hefty because this is obviously a very bad thing to do; shame on them! And the kids themselves who bought the alcohol? Well; that's usually way too much effort to bother with. Instead certainly agencies sometimes get a few minors to help them "protect the children" (or put differently: get minors to perform illegal actions by purchasing alcohol, then fining the supermarket for selling it to them).
As said before: having some kind of protection for those kids isn't a bad thing at all, but to fully and whole shove the responsibility onto other people is IMO. Whatever happened to taking responsibility for ones own actions?
Amazing; if you go to the playboy website then chances are high you'll get into contact with adult material. I think almost everyone who has an Internet connection knows that. So if you don't want your kids to get near that; why not block it or (*gasp*) actually talk to your kids about these subjects so you'll know they can deal with it.
But no; we'll just blame it on the others for not blocking it. That's much easier and better. As if those kids know that if you fill in 1960 as the year of birth you'll get access to adult contents no matter what.
The way I see this...
Now, I'm but an outsider mind you; in my country its not even legal to own a gun unless you have special permission to do so.
But I can't help get the idea that the only reason these muppets never blame gun related crimes on the people who commit them is because they might still be potential customers (yeah, I know how sick this can sound).
This is just so frickin' ridiculous. I guess its only a miracle that the hundreds (more likely thousands) of people who play or played Skyrim didn't start smithing their own swords and started on a killing spree of livestock and other people ("they were obviously bandits, my deadra told me so!").
I would imagine that if the branches to which the device was attached (or where it was hid) got cut down the machine would still drop, thus still generating the momentum required to "phone home".
And I highly doubt that loggers would be willing to invest in "tree studies". If the device can be hidden enough so it won't be easily noticeable when hanging in the tree I'd say its still mission well done.
So does it violate standards?
"On PCs, Microsoft's new phone OS shows up as a mounted device, allowing the user to manipulate files directly. But on Macs, no such file system support was provided.".
With "PCs" I assume the author meant "PCs running Windows" ?
I wonder if this is a fail on the part of Microsoft. If the phone supports the USB mass storage protocol then surely it would be possible for a Mac user to hook it up and gain access to it as well? Especially when you consider that this protocol is supported on all other major OS's ((Windows, Linux, BSD... ) so I think the fail is on Microsoft here.
"It's a great pity that the IPv6 developers chose a new mechanism that was unable to permit a phased change."
And why wouldn't it? As other already mentioned; DNS can use both A and AAAA for the same site; thus leaving it up to the user to, well, use either one.
If any the only thing I think you can blame the "IPv6 lobby" for is that they've been playing "Cry Wolf" for too long. You know; predict the end of the Internet due to running out on IPv4 addresses after which nothing happened. And not once, not twice but at least four times in a row. That was a very good way to lose a lot of credibility really fast.
They should never have made it as dramatic as they did, then people may have taken them a lot more serious than now. Good luck presenting IPv6 implementation plans to the upper brass now: "But haven't we heard those doom stories for the last 10 years now? And everything just kept running, so why should we bother with all this when everything works just fine?".
"Before the usual AC trolls come out calling me a fanboi or whatever, it might be worth pointing out that all the series players - Amazon, IBM, Google, FB, Twitter and so on, they all use Linux / open source solutions."
Actually, although the foundation of what they use is indeed the Linux kernel many of those vendors have put a whole team of programmers to work in order to shape their Linux environment to match their specific needs. That is something many people forget to mention: while those companies may use a Linux solution its not Linux as we commonly know it. Most of them don't simply download a distribution and rely on whatever that manufacturer provides for support.
Which is something most companies do tend to do; they pick up an existing environment where the goal is to get to the result as optimal (or as easy) as possible. Once a product isn't supported any longer they usually move on to the next supported version.
And this is automatically also an argument as to why Linux isn't the best solution by definition.
When looking at such environments: Windows Server 2003 was released around 2006 and support stops around 2015. That's 9 years worth of (continuous) support. You can see Microsoft's own comment on that here.
Around that time (2005) Debian 3.1 'Sarge' was released. Its security updates stopped around 2008, that's merely 3 years. Read about that here.
Sometimes one needs the robustness of Linux, at other times the extensive support of Microsoft is in favour. That's the way the real world works.
Hardly advantages, in fact...
I wonder if the author has actually used any of the stuff he mentions himself.
First PowerShell; going from 2 to 3 isn't an upgrade, its a fscking downgrade. Because Microsoft has released an incomplete product. The reasoning behind it was good: make sudden components more modular and as such allow for more differences. For example; the (excellent) help section now has options to comply with the systems UICulture. Or put in normal words: localized systems will now have the option to get localized help.
And because PowerShell 3 now keeps an online help repository it makes it really easy to distribute new updates to the help section(s) and provide new translated help sections.
Only one small problem.... Microsoft never thought about what would happen if a localized system (say nl-NL) only had the default (en-US) help section because the translations weren't available yet. Worse: they also never stopped to think if users actually wanted to get localized help or a whole environment for that matter. When using the help command I can't specify a language for example...
Resulting in, you guessed it, a totally broken PowerShell experience. The only way to fix things is to manually copy "localized directories" yourself. So copying "en-US" to "nl-NL" every time a change is done. And that's only talking about the help system, don't get me started here...
IIS8? This is Microsoft we're talking about, do you really think that they'll keep that locked into Server 2012? Give it a rest and when all the bugs have been found and removed it'll become available for other platforms as well. You see; Microsoft has realized that in order to get their IIS more out on the Internet they need to make it more appealing. One option to do this is providing free (!) versions which anyone can use, something totally unheard of some years ago.
So... Patience, it'll come.
As for the rest of the features (Hyper, iSCSI, SMB); all very good new developments I'm sure, but do those really justify a whole new server?
I wouldn't be surprised if some companies would get into 2012 because they have to (EOL of the old server) but it also wouldn't surprise me if other companies would skip this line entirely, just like they're seem to do with Windows 8. The Metro tie-in will certainly influence those kind of decisions IMO.
But how long will it last ?
The PS3 has several advantages over the competition in my opinion; for starters you can buy a game and then play it online with your friends without any extra charge. You do need a PSN account obviously (Playstation Network) but all that takes is a registration. Next we have the obvious stuff such as bluray player (but then again; those have become much more common these days) and the option to use it as media player (but even that is a bit limited when compared to dedicated media players).
And although a new model has been released ("slimline") this doesn't mean that owners of a previous ("thick") model suddenly need to upgrade or something. Quite the contrary; when looking at recent developments such as the Move you'll notice that it works on all PS3's.
But there is also a downside to all this. Sony preserves the right to change your system environment, sometimes in such ways that they add forms of advertisement, which can sometimes be very annoying. Right now my PS3 has an icon "Sing star" or something sitting at the top of the games list and you can't get rid of this. Because its not a real game; its an icon which only starts the installer which will then get said game online and set it up for you. They're trying to get you to install & play this game. However; I despise games like that and as such am very unhappy to see such a useless and annoying icon always sitting at the top of my games list without any option on my part to get rid of it.
What I also don't like is that functionality can also change and not always for the better. When this 'change thing' started (somewhere last year, or the year before) Sony 'copied' the trophy list icon (where all 'achievements' are being kept) and put another copy in the games list, just as they did with their online store. It took getting used to, but allright then. Not that I would get that to persuade me to buy more games anyway....
In the mean time they finally made the system more modular. There are options on your system screen which you can now more easily view in-game. Amongst which; the trophy list.
And just after they implemented all those changes they suddenly decided that us players don't need easy access to our trophies and as such removed the icon from the games list entirely. Now its only sitting at its original location; the PSN menu. But that means quite a bit of navigating if all you want is checking your trophies while playing a game... Those are not the kind of changes in favour of the players.. But players are still somewhat forced into all this, because if you don't upgrade your firmware because you don't agree with all those changes then you'll also lose your option to play your games online.
So yeah... I can see how Sony can get the upper hand, but the way they're going now I honestly wonder how long it'll last. Not if they keep this up I think.. That song star nonsense has already made me evaluate where I stand now on gaming and how much I really do online, any more drastic changes and I might even get provoked into "stalling": Keep a recent firmware, don't play online and consider another console for online experiences.
We'll see where its heading...
One essential flaw with this reasoning...
A protest, done decently, is based on a two way communication; the protest group makes their opinion heard (which obviously opposes another opinion) but normally (should) always allows the opposition to make their voice heard as well. When done right a protest may end in a debate which might eventually help to bring both parties together.
DDoS on the other hand does not allow for such situations considering how it totally renders the website of the opposition useless. In my opinion its hardly a form of protest but instead takes more the form of total oppression: "We don't like what your website has to say so we're taking it out completely".
It doesn't matter on which "side" you are; fact remains that one party totally takes away the voice (or online capabilities) of the other.
And although I agree that it may fall within the definition of a protest ("A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.") one should have at least a some bit of common sense to realize that you can't use that to justify every take of action; there are limits.
To add to your list (and the feature which bothers me the most): Windows Phone 7 integration.
There is a Skype client on Windows Phone but it hardly matches the functionality of the Messaging hub; the latter remains active whereas the first is merely an app. which can only run as long as the phone isn't in a locked state.
And given the fact that Microsoft is fully betting on WP8 (and Windows 8 in general) I somewhat doubt that us WP7 users will keep the same functionality as we have now. Which I think is a total shame; instant messaging is often much easier (and cheaper!) than having to resort to text (SMS) messages. A contact simply types in a message using MSN on his PC and I receive it on my phone; no extra costs.
In all fairness; Microsoft could come up with something new to surprise the WP7 users before the 15th of March, but given the fact that they still haven't managed to provide full synchronization between Outlook and a Windows Phone (think todo items for example) I wouldn't keep my hopes up.
Lack of vision and feeling the heat...
I think that best sums up the current situation. Microsoft has crown jewels in their possession (IMO that is) but seems to totally and completely lack the skills to promote and exploit these.
Not that surprising I think considering that in the past Microsoft never had to; whatever they said or did happened. But times have changed. And if there's one thing I learned from having to deal with enterprise environments; implementing a certain change can take major efforts. And then I'm not even talking about the change itself; but to suggest, promote, explain said change. In other words; getting people's attention.
But even if you can get people's attention then it still depends on the upper brass if new company courses will actually be seriously investigated. And when looking at the (relatively recent) past; why should they?
I also get the feeling that the company culture is involved with "follow the leader" no matter what. I completely agree with the author; Microsoft should have investigated and expanded their Office line for example. They already have their Office environment available on Apple (afaik) so why not take it from there and expand? Actually trying to open new markets. But that's not happening; instead they devise a new magic keyword, 'touch' in this case, and after that everything needs to follow up on that.
It goes right up to a point where solid products (once again, IMO that is) get heavily disabled where functionality is concerned. I tried previews of the upcoming Office version and quite frankly I'm no believer, even though I heavily favour their Office 2010 product line. The problem; the whole thing seems to evolve around touch; simpler GUI's, controls which are easier to 'touch'.
All fine and well; but what about "touchless" people?
Microsoft is reaching a point where they should think more about what their customers want instead of fully going for what they want and think to be best. Taking away all colour from their Visual Studio went relatively well in the end; but the way this is going I foresee a situation where people may actually dish VS entirely should they pull stunts like that again in the future.
MS is reaching a point where they can no longer afford to tick off people with dumb changes like that.
And this is happening on all fronts; from Office to development environments right to operating systems.
If they don't wise up then things can go worse for them, and such developments go much quicker than most people expect.
"The key problem is that outside of the hardware design, you do not know know that the Lumia range are Nokia made. Take the screen out of the chassis and there is little difference between them and a Samsung Ativ or HTC because there is no flexibility in the WP design language."
That is not entirely true. There are very specific differences between a Nokia and a Samsung phone. First there's obviously specific software which is provided by the manufacturer, but this can also find its way into specific OS changes.
For example; my Samsung (WP7) phone has the option to automatically block anonymous incoming calls, a feature I heavily use. Another feature is the option to turn of the vibration the very moment you press on either the back or search buttons at the bottom. Or one to automatically change the screen brightness depending on surrounding light sources.
All of those are specific Samsung features, which you won't find on a Nokia or HTC.
That's of course assuming they didn't automate the whole process, which I think they did.
So this is probably an issue a single setting being overlooked. As such: a display of incompetence.
Who cares about Google?
Yeah, I need more fluent Google access for movies on my WinPhone, that's the real deal breaker. The fact that you still can't do something as trivial as syncing todo items between your phone and Outlook is obviously totally unimportant.
What have those MS guys been smoking?
Its the Internet, but not as we know it...
I think the story headline holds true for most El Reg readers but unfortunately don't think it holds true for the "Internet masses".
For me the Internet "essence" (to give it a name) has always been the fascination for that "awesome global network". And all CLI mind you. In the beginning it was using telnet to gain access to "digital cities" which were somewhat fun. Mostly Gopher based stuff, but still..
Later it was using Windows' netsock and Netscape (the other alternative 'Mosaic' wasn't that much fun). For me all using Win/OS2 and later (when I finally understood more about the way it worked) I even got OS/2 online. That was really nice.
But for me the real fun started when I finally got a good grasp of this "Unix" thing; I got sent out to a Sun Solaris course (which was the first Unix environment I fully learned, understood and grasped) and it didn't take me long to figure out that "Internet == Unix".
So when I started using Linux (ironically I only started using it to keep my Solaris knowledge fresh, man, did that take a change!) I also soon started messing with Linux to get my Internet access going at home. And that's where the real fun began.
For my parents the Internet started when I used to spent hours in the evening online (all using dial-up) but because I was using Linux I simply "shared" my connection with them as well. That was nice!
And then eventually we got ADSL, I "hacked" the modem / router to do bridging so that it wasn't the modem but my Linux box which would get the public IP address, that eventually led to hosting some websites on my own PC, setting up a FreeS/WAN IP/SEC network with some of my IRC friends (Epic / Splitfire script FTW for me). That led to learning how DNS /really/ worked (root zones) and all of a sudden I could wake up on a nice Saturday morning, get an e-mail telling me about this new cool thing called "irssi" and would simply go to (iirc, its been years): 10.2.1.1 which put me on a US Linux box hosted by a good friend of mine :-)
I honestly don't remember the domain names we came up with. Something ending in ".irc" that's for sure 8-)
"If we have this vpn thing, why not try setup a tunnel to get lan data across? You know; GRE packets or some other global unused protocol"
Some friends even routed their netbios data over it (I didn't use Windows at all back then) so they could simply copy/paste stuff to each other.
That is Internet for me. But for the common masses? I don't think so...
And can you really blame them? Back then we hacked Linux to copy/paste our X509 keys, passwords, etc. all to setup the VPN. Nowadays I have a DrayTek modem/router on both my end as well as my parents end (both online using cable) and setting up the VPN only requires a few mouse clicks and some common understanding of what you're doing.
Opening up Netbios used to be some iptables hacking now its merely enabling an option.
How many people use Linux to really "hack" and setup a cool global network of their own using the Internet? Without using some kind of wizard I mean ;-)
"An honest gentleman had offered us capacity on two of his FM satellites, it's not internet access but it's something."
I can't help wonder why they didn't start here. Everyone could have told them that trying to purchase a satellite was going to be near impossible. Considering that people in South Africa do have access to satellites and such, why not start there?
Even worse; sometimes the virus scanner can be an even bigger problem than the threat its supposed to stop. When I started doing more company stuff on my PC (self employed) I decided that since I liked Avast up to that point that I should simply show some support and apply for a one year subscription.
And then it started; they introduced their "Internet security suite" and I got a free upgrade. It could scan my e-mail, web traffic, the system itself and all through separate engines. So far, so good. Since I don't use torrents / peer to peer stuff on this PC I could turn that down, messenger and such; same deal.
However; I soon started noticing that whenever I did a global update on some in-house software (which basically opens 20 - 30 simultaneous network connections for a moment and passes a few kB's of data) then my PC would freeze. Completely. Only after a while it would become responsive again.
You never guess what it was; Avast. And not even because it thought that I had some sort of virus; because their firewall was plain out crapware: it simply couldn't cope with a simultaneous 30 peer data stream, instead it sucked up all the resources it needed to cope.
Right now I use MS security essentials, the PC gets a full scan every once in a week and that's the end of it.
I think you might want to socialize with other sysadmins then :-)
I'll admit; my desktop also features a female figure (Motoko Kusanagi, the protagonist of Ghost in the Shell / GiTS SAC) but simply her head and left shoulder (so you can see her 'rank' of major) and that's it.
Not all of us sysadmins want to watch skin shots the whole day long.
"cache files are by default publicly downloadable, and the key values / file name of the database cache items are easily predictable.
Yeah, its extremely easy to predict, for example, "dbcache/4/0/1/41194874842fc66679f745de0b453110", everyone knows this is where.... Well, I guess I'm stupid ;)
This file dates from today, but so does "dbcache/a/9/c/a9cfb6fa4674e52b4b5f1dd4f52d218d". How is that easily predictable for anyone who hasn't dived into the codebase of w3-totalcache?
My father had watched the Thunderbirds and during my teens we watched several episodes together. It was ok, but very dated from a 80s perspective so to say. Now I'm just happy that I got my dose of Thunderbirds.
But speaking of marionettes and such; does the name "Star Fleet" ring any bells? And no; this has nothing to do with Star Trek (this series was around way before that), this is all about X-Bomber; the space ship constructed in secret on moon base and the last line of defence between Earth and the alien invaders of the Imperial Alliance.
A puppet series which ran for approx. 25 episodes, obviously inspired by series such as Thunderbirds.
So yeah; the legacy which was left us maybe even greater than you imagine!
About that e-sport stuff...
I don't care about the competitive side of the matter but being the sceptic that I am I have to admit that "e-sport" can be very fun and very addictive.
Some time ago I got myself a Playstation move and ended up getting the game "Racket sports". That eventually resulted in me buying another Move controller so that the gf and me could play games such as virtual tennis together. Well, it can really be a lot of fun, either playing solo or together (together is much more fun obviously).
Even more; after a good tennis match (10 - 20 sets or so, dunno from mind) you can really feel your arm muscles from having tried to smash all the time. The fun thing is; you don't /have/ to, you can easily make fast swings from the wrist. But you somehow automatically start to move wildly around...
I've been quite the critic on this part but once I gave it a try myself I was hooked, set and sinked :-)
This isn't new...
Those Linux CLI tools have existed for years now. Maybe it wasn't official back then but the Amazon site did mention their existence and where to get them (not GIT, that I'm quite sure off).
So I don't quite understand how this is all of a sudden news ?
"Failed for the reason we'd expect from communist state: its officials don't understand free market economics."
I think you're missing some of the global picture here. If this were true then how come that China is one of the largest fund suppliers for the US? When looking at the US national debt you'll notice that China sits very high on that list, and quite frankly I don't believe that China has supplied those funds and bonds simply from the bottom of their hearts.
Personally I think they understand all too well how Western economics works and are very carefully exploiting it to some extend. After all, money is power, that's the way it goes over here. And amazingly enough; it seems a lot of that is also sitting with the Chinese.
I don't think this issue is as black and white as you portrait it.
Allowing 3rd parties to monitor bandwith only brings you one step closer to monitoring contents.
IMO this shouldn't be something the government is to be involved with. If consumers feel they're paying too much for their ISP's services then what's stopping them from going to another ?
"Would I trust my important work to something written by Microsoft?"
I don't see why not, just do make sure its not a v1.0 product, otherwise chances are high you'll end up screwed.
That movie always reminds me... If MS (or Ballmer for that matter) should uberly fail at one time he can always consider a carreer as a manager for a "professional" wrestler ;-)
I can see him now on Raw or Smackdown :P
Well, no ;-)
"If someone emails you a .ppt slideshow titled Will the world end in 2012?, give it a wide berth unless the world really does end today and you're feeling wild.".
Well, with all due respect El Reg but should the world does end (which I kinda doubt) then I can think of a whole lot more wild things to do then opening a Microsoft PowerPoint file...
But each to his own ;-)
Its easy to mock this, criticize this, etc. It gets a bit silly (IMO) if you don't know the 'other' side of the story.
For all we know he's checking the whole thing out as an evaluation of the mentioned ban. I dunno, it sure wouldn't surprise me tbh.
I'm getting a little tired of this continuous "evil country" kind of thing; Iran, China, etc. All "evil". And only because we don't agree with the way they run their country just like they don't agree with our view of the world. I thought that we were the civilized side though; the ones who could reason like "live and let live".
When it comes to evil or not I think the population to be the only party capable to address that issue. So far a lot of Iranian people I came across with (in the good old days on CeBIT for example; when it was much bigger than it was now) they wouldn't dream of defecting and not ever going back to Iran.
Also a one-sided story, sure, but if the population /really/ set their minds on something they can enforce a change. Look at Egypt (though the results may not be what people expected), or look at former Eastern Germany.
So instead of approaching this move with lots of disdain and mockery, why not simply try to be positive and agree that we don't agree.
Funny guys those Romans, errrr, Americans....
Most likely you guys are using ttf fonts ?
I was trying MS Expression Design and also noticed everything simply worked, then fired up Gimp and even there everything works (though I don't like the way the Gimp requires you to type the name o/t font first) then I checked my font library.
'tis all ttf (true type; ttf) which is different from the mentioned fonts like opentype (otf), and the mentioned postscript type (pfb).
Encryption is one option, but I think the most obvious one is getting on a network which fully hides your hostmasks. It doesn't fully say but if I read the article right they didn't even have this kind of protection, which would be kind of amateurish when right.
Totally offtopic but considering how you Reg folks don't post that often...
Just wanted to say that the badge system implementation looks more impressive to me. I know plenty of web forums where the staff always gets the full load of "achievements" because well, they're the staff.
So seeing a bronze badge behind your name tells me that you guys like to play by the same rules you laid out, which IMO is recommendable. Just saying.
And now back to our regular program...
"Please warn me when Microsoft will be able to distribute a fix in less than 24 hours"
The DigiNotar incident for example? Where a CA, actively used by our Dutch government no less, was discovered to be overrun by kiddies and their root certificates completely overrun. All thanks to high tech security such as outdated virus scanners (when any were present) and unsupported OS's. Yeah, our government are zmartz pplz when it comes to IT "zecurity".
Microsoft was ready to revoke the certs ASAP, it would have been pretty near 24Hr response. But only to be thwarted by our government to delay the update for 1 - 2 weeks because those idiots feared that their websites might otherwise stop working.
<sneer>Who cares about the population now at risk of running into legit looking fraud sites? Not our Dutch government; no, its their sites which are much more important </sneer>
@2nd AC :-)
You're right about the frequency being usually the same as the one on the grid. However... Did you know that I have several electrical appliances which I can use both in Europe as well in the US ?
Honestly; its not as dramatic as you make it. Most certainly not a totally impossible scenario.
In fact; this could easily be another interesting excuse for a court: "But I use EU appliances from a friend...".
Its even easier than Audacity
This is so dumb its not even funny.
"No your honour, I used this sound recorder optimized for voice dictation. I don't know why the police claims its false; all I did was click this "band filter" * switch here to get a better quality...".
* Every decent audio recorder which also provides support for better voice recordings knows a simple filtering technique such as "band pass filtering". Without going into too much detail this kind of filter picks up a specific range of the audio spectrum and, well, filters everything else out. My 'fail' comes from the mere fact that Its quite common to use band pass; so basically meaning filtering out low frequencies to get rid of unwanted noise, and filter out high frequencies to get rid of unwanted hisses and such. All at the same time.
In general the human voice sits between 80Hz and 1.2kHz (roughly). So a bandpass of, say, 150Hz to 2.5kHz wouldn't be an exception.
Happy rumble hunting!
For me the annoyance (dislike) is caused because it takes much more time and effort to do the things I want (and need) than it takes me on Win7.
I'm an admin and thus often need to check up on servers and stuff. Mostly Linux (webmin / PuTTY) but also several Windows servers. So, lets start the day lazy and check any incoming eventlogs using MMC instead of PowerShell (typing). I click start, hover over to 'Management tools' (or close enough, I'm on a Dutch version of Windows) and there I find the event logs. Now I right click and use "Run as administrator". I need to because I'm logged on as a regular user, otherwise I won't be able to access the Security logs.
Guess what? You can't do this so easily from within the Win8 void. Not without polluting your desktop.
So now I've had my coffee, I checked the stuff and need to write my weekly report on performed server updates. I click start, I hover over Word, wait for my jumplist to appear and at the top sits a pinned template: "xxxx server reports". I click it and I immediately get a new document setup by my template.
Can't do that within the void, you need desktop taskbar pollution to pull this off.
Last week I've done more with remote server management (RDP), setting up an automatically updating Excel sheet on server statistics /and/ brushing up some (minor) logo's with Gimp. As a result Excel, Gimp & Remote desktop connection sit in my "often used programs" list. Next week I'll be doing more document writing, bookkeeping and doing some hobby-based program design in C#. SO by that time you can be sure that "Minipak", "VS Express C#" and "Visual Paradigm for UML" will have replaced the previous three options (maybe apart from remote desktop connection).
You don't get this kind of automated control within Win8. If you want to have your environment adapt to the way you work you'll just have to manually add and remove tiles from the void, or do some daily or weekly icon maintenance on your desktop.
Why would I bother with all the extra hassle when Windows 7 does it all out of the box ?
Probably needless to say but I don't use a touch screen nor do I have any desire to get one for my desktop environment. Another reason why I don't see any advantages.
Got pleasantly surprised...
I've been using Outlook for most of the past year (both business / consumer usage) and I have to say that my opinion on the many features which I used to deem "useless for what I do" has changed dramatically over the past months. Needless to say that the business aspect is a big part of this; saving time is a good thing for me.
I've become somewhat of an in-between type of guy. I collect a fair amount of e-mails but Outlook makes sure that the e-mail piles don't get too big.
But I've become pleased with the option to tag messages. Basically all incoming messages get tagged (categorized) except mails from sources from which I receive less interesting stuff. Newsletters, updates, some mailinglists, etc. Those are kept for approx. 3 - 4 months then get automatically removed. The nice thing is that this happens while those messages basically sit in my main inbox; I don't have to specifically separate them or so nor do I have to worry about other stuff getting removed too (which happens if you remove based on date).
But what I consider to be nice is that you can mix your archiving or cleaning strategies. Other folders (think logwatch or software update messages) simply get purged after a few months. While others get automatically archived, sometimes also based on a category but usually based on their timestamp (meaning: their messages get copied to a somewhat static PST file).
So while I have to wade through quite a large amount of e-mails it doesn't grow over my head.
Needless to say; setting the whole scheme up took its time of course, but now that things are working as they should the whole thing actually manages to save me time & disk- / mailbox space.
Unfortunately it doesn't only fix stuff...
Together with the patches they also rolled out their Windows Management Framework, also known as PowerShell 3.0, for Windows 7.
That by itself is of course good news; a new version of PowerShell can be quite useful since it introduces several new features and makes other aspects easier to use, also for new users.
UNFORTUNATELY.... PowerShell is like Unix in some way; you really need the manual or help section around to use as quick reference. 2.0 did a pretty good job IMO because a default help screen gives you a good information overview while commandline parameters allow you to get everything (-Detailed) or simply a bunch of examples (-Examples).
PowerShell 3 otoh now introduces localized help screens. So; say you're on a Dutch version of Windows, then your "UICulture" will be set to "nl-NL", thus making PowerShell look for the help section in the "nl-NL" directory (found in the PowerShell system directory).
Just too bad there there currently is no such thing as a localized Dutch help section. And to make matters worse; PowerShell also does not provide any features what so ever to tell its help system (the "Get-Help" cmdlet) not to look in "nl-NL" but use the default (and in my case preferred) en-US instead.
So the only way to overcome this is either manually copying your help stuff from one locale directory into the other, or device a work around (script) which temporarily hacks your UICulture settings (which is kinda flakey).
Everything seems to be going to pieces with Windows as of late, totally unsatisfying. And PowerShell used to be so good.... :-(
"You lack imagination and an understanding of how to make technology work for you instead of simply doing whatever the most recent whitepaper you read tells you to do."
Nah... When it comes to business use, which is what wombat was aiming at IMO, its not an issue of imagination and/or understanding. Its about time. Time = Money. If people can get $stuff done in 3 hours using Microsoft products (no matter the reasoning behind it) then that'll be preferred over $other_technology.
Then, with more mature businesses, people will also look at continuity. Though not always. A quick solution is preferred; but it also needs to continue working for a good amount of time (usually).
So if $stuff can be done by introducing $other_technology yet only a select few within the company understand $other_technology it can quickly become a serious liability. Because; what'll happen if said select few for whatever reason are suddenly no longer available?
There's much more to this topic than mere understanding and the will to do stuff.
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