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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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WTF?

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?

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30 years ago, at flip of a switch, the internet as we know it WAS BORN

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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 ;-)

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I tried to buy a satellite and all I got was this lousy $67,000

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Wrong approach?

"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?

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

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@DJ

Agreed.

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.

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Major new science: WOMEN MORE NUDE more OFTEN online

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@Risc OS

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.

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New WordPress vuln emerges

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Nonsense

"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?

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Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83

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2nd generation

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!

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Red-faced, sweating and still in your chair: Welcome to eSports

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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 :-)

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AWS’ gift to sysadmins: a cloudy command line

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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 ?

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El Reg man: Too bad, China - I was RIGHT about hoarding rare earths

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Uhm..

"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.

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Senator pushes data cap and ISP monitoring legislation

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Dangerous plan...

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 ?

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Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature

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@AC

"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.

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@Adrian

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

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End of days: Possessed POWERPOINT predicts Mayan Apocalypse

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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 ;-)

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Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei 'likes' Facebook despite ban

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Assumptions, assumptions...

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.

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Chinese spacecraft JUUUUST avoids smashing into Toutatis

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Joke

Nuking?

Funny guys those Romans, errrr, Americans....

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

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@Jason

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).

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UK cops: How we sniffed out convicted AnonOps admin 'Nerdo'

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@Gale

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.

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Dutch script kiddie pwns 20,000 Twitter profiles

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@diodesign

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...

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Microsoft: IE mouse tracking vuln no big deal. Sort of...

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@AC

"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>

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Police use 24/7 power grid recordings to spot doctored audio

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@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...".

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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!

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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@VBN

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.

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It pays to study the habits of your email users

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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.

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Microsoft Santa gifts you with 5 critical fixes in Xmas Patch Tuesday

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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.... :-(

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Goldman Sachs: Windows' true market share is just 20%

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@Trevor

"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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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

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@Fred

I did.

Guess I should also mention that I also got my smartphone this year ;-)

Even so; never on an ad. One time on a product in the super market, and a few times on a Windows Phone website to quickly navigate to an applications download page (initiate the download in your browser (while logged on), and find the results on your phone, pretty neat IMO).

However, I got my phone around March, this only lasted until... No longer than August. I didn't scan any QR code since then.

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

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@Bradley

Well, I'm in between. I don't agree with his statements about how bad Windows is but I still think Stallman is the kind of guy we really need.

I guess this is very hard for some people to grasp but I can actually respect a guys opinion and statements even if I don't fully agree with them. In this case especially since I wholeheartedly agree with a lot of other statements he's made.Take the rfid and radiation stuff.... Some people think he's going "cookoo" there but I think he has a HUGE point yet the people just won't see it.

No, Stallman is not entertaining. He's stirring the pot and that is exactly what we need right now. Sometimes you need to get someone to enforce you to come to your senses.

You like Windows? You like the way it all works; guess what: its not all that perfect as it seems to be. There are major issues. AHA; you like Linux? You like free and open source? Guess what: even THERE we have major issues rising. Its not the true savior perse.

And THAT is IMO why we need guys like Stallman.

(in case some nutjobs didn't notice: Ubuntu really is still Linux).

Windows user.. Because, well, in day to say work I am... All my servers which matter are Linux though, but.. oh well :)

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@AC

"it was Windows explorer who rushed to connect to Microsoft as soon as you were searching for files."

And is there any more proof than "he said so" ?

I searched Google and Bing for this because I'm honestly a bit baffled considering how Microsoft has covered these "phone home" options in every detail possible with their Windows Phone & Windows 8 platform (you need to consent before...).

But; I can't find anything.... Any URL or something which backs this whole thing up?

Because, with all due respect, but one single guy saying isn't quite enough for me.

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uhm...

"This is just like the first surveillance practice I learned about in Windows," Stallman says, recalling how a friend first noticed the Microsoft OS phoning home with search queries.

And what search queries would that be? Because if we're talking about that Windows desktop search application (which I never kept around) then the phone home aspect should hardly be a surprise considering this was mentioned just about everywhere in its (sparse) documentation.

Or are we talking about search queries which people do within the file explorer, which seems kinda odd to me?

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Microsoft Windows Server 2012: Why Bother?

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@RICHTO

I see you don't quite approach this from a business angle but merely comment as an individual. I say this because I do represent a (small) business and well... Your arguments are flawed, even though I actually agree with some of them. The problem however is the combination of them:

#1 Security - lower vulnerability counts, with fewer days at risk and fewer critical vulnerabilties that are on average fixed faster than any competing OS. Full support for secure boot.

However, when working with a server version which is still being supported and maintained, how would this be an argument for upgrading? Its like saying that the current servers are no good when it comes to security, and when looking at Server 2008 I really beg to differ. And its not as if patches for Server 2012 will be released any faster than 2008 or say 2003.

#2 TCO - lower cost of support / ownership in an enterprise compared to competing OSs for the vast majority of uses.

This I could actually agree with, to a certain extend. However, it has a small flaw in its reasoning; for the best performance you're better of not merely grabbing a Server 2012 version; you'd also be looking at a client OS upgrade. Not saying that Server 2012 can't cope with older clients like XP, Win 7 and so, but its not optimal.

And upgrading a whole park really puts dents in your TCO picture. Another very important TCO aspect is durability and reliability; you can't claim that Server 2012 has proven itself on these parts; it didn't. Couldn't have because its quite new.

Server 2003 and 2008 otoh. are server environments which have been out in the open for quite a while and really earned their marks (IMO). I can easily argue that $company could be better off upgrading from 2003 to 2008 because I have a very good idea what both can and cannot do. But with 2012 all you can do is follow doctrine; and that's not good enough.

#3 Functionality - The market leader in many respects.

"Results obtained in the past are no guarantee for the future.".

#4 Performance - Significantly outperforms other platforms in common uses - e.,g. worlds fastest fileserver.

Yet if you're not so much into the whole virtualization then the performance aspect can easily start to work against you, considering how this server version is fully aimed at supporting virtual instances.

Best tool for the job applies here, and although 2012 is a good product its simply not better than the previous versions by definition. I can come up with plenty of scenario's where a 2008 or maybe even 2003 server would be much better suited.

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Rare critical Word vuln is the star of December Patch Tuesday

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Which Word?

Would that be Word 2010 or Word 2012 ?

I know the latest Office isn't available through public channels yet but it is already out there, so I wouldn't be surprised to see such patches pop up as well.

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Google kills free version of Apps for business

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Office 365 isn't free but....

Its also fair to say that when you have a mere Microsoft ID (former hotmail / msn id) then you also get free access to their office web applications. Which include Word, Excel and OneNote. Also keep in mind that MS doesn't quite care if you represent an individual or a business.

Although I have no idea how these MS apps. fare in comparison to the Google variants I do think MS has one major advantage; the rather seemingless integration with Office 2010. I can open a Word document using the web apps. and if I want to can open Word (desktop version) straight from within the web app.

Just like I can save documents straight to my online storage (SkyDrive) from within my desktop applications.

Quite frankly I think this should be able to suit any small sized company. Although 365 provides more integration for multiple users, the applications themselves don't differ from the free variants. Either that or I totally missed it. The only thing you don't get for free is Outlook as a web app. Well, when compared to the desktop version its quite lacking anyway, so IMO no real loss there either.

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Windows Phone 8 must be Microsoft's priority one, two AND three

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MS seems to lack vision here...

When I read articles about a WP8 device you get all sorts of cool stories on "cool features" such as a larger screen, a wallet hub, NFC (communications & electronic payments) and of course VoIP through use of Skype.

It all sounds very nice, but being both a consumer and business user I'm kind of missing out on business like features. You know; I setup a task (todo) on my Windows Phone and can expect it to pop up in Outlook 2010 after both have synced with Hotmail ('outlook.com'). That feature is lacking.

Or what about the option that whenever I put any kind of Word document (which I made in Word 2010) on my SkyDrive I can actually edit it using my Windows Phone? That isn't fully supported as of yet; as soon as you use some specific Word features (like an index page for example) then you won't be able to edit it any longer on your Windows Phone.

Or what about being able to access password protected OneNote sections on both the Windows phone as well as the Office web applications? Can't be done as of yet; not even with the "new and enhanced" WP8 environment.

Sure; the geek and consumer in me likes the idea of playing with stuff such as NFC and such. But even though I consider it quite intriguing I don't consider it worth the hefty price of an upgrade. Because basically all you get is more of the same, there are some enhancements but not where it really matters.

IMO MS should have thought about that as well. So instead of blindly focussing their attention on WP8 they should also have kept an eye open for all the "common" features which actually matter a lot to a lot of users.

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MySQL founders launch MariaDB Foundation at Oracle

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Yet I can't help wonder...

What would happen if another multi billion competitor steps up with the request to buy all the rights to MariaDB for several thousands if not millions of dollars.

Would things go different this time?

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Microsoft’s so.cl network now open to all

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It doesn't work...

My main gripe with so.cl when I first tried it was a huge amount of info pollution. Dunno if they fixed that in between, but it got me pretty annoyed.

I searched for some topic and all of a sudden people started tagging / adding totally unrelated stuff to those topics. And of course without any way for me, the 'owner' of said search, to do anything about it. Or so it seemed.

It was very confusing, and I didn't quite enjoy the ride. One thing was fun though; a quick chat with someone else about a certain programming topic. But alas; that's not why I'd use a "social restricted search machine".

I do wonder; if its now "open" then why can't anyone simply start a search without logging in ? You know; to see what this is all about.

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Far Cry 3 game review

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What I fail to understand...

Is that most reviewers didn't spot a rather nasty bug in the game wrt. the somewhat lineair missions. When you accept a mission you need to get to the mission area. But if you happen to come across your opponents outside that area (or if you lure them there by sniping some of the cronies) then you're out of luck since your mission is almost certain likely to fail, even if you met all criteria (like stabbing your target): You were supposed to enter the mission area first and only /then/ start killing people.

Sorry, but that's such a major flaw that I can't believe no reviewer picked this up. I came across this only 3 - 4 hours in the game, and I'm not even a die hard gamer.

But apart from that; FC3 is a very cool and awesome shooter. I LOVE how you can run into all sorts of problems. Like, for example, you're ready to "storm" a base after doing remote scouting and all of a sudden find a huge tiger standing a few meters away from you. "uh oh". And by the time you killed it you can be sure that you alerted the entire base of your presence :-)

Awesome game, but a little bit too much hyped for my liking.

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@Pascal

Well, in this case I think its an honest review; but you're right. There's always a catch. My take is simple; when you first play a game its easy to get overwhelmed; so much new stuff, so much beauty, so much diversity (in comparison to the previous version) and so you're left a little bit in awe.

Then you start working on your review because well; modern reviews need to get released as soon as possible. Not after the reviewer got, say, a week or so to really dive into the game and get a full impression of it. Gotta beat or at least keep up with the competition...

Its the main reason why I think a lot reviewers suck by definition; they review stuff as soon as its out, but then never take the time to pick it up again later and do, say, a "Game xxx revisited" to look at it once more but this time after a longer period. For example a month or two. Enough time to have also experienced the bad stuff.

But that's what user reviews are for; IMO they're always better than commercial funded ones,

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And so El Reg costs me money ;)

I kinda forgot it was out and with the holiday season up so close I kinda figured what the heck. Thanks for the review; IMO it summed up the game pretty nicely. And I also like how some points are also picked up on other reviews while you lot also picked up some specifics..

The only thing I hope for is that this game doesn't fall into the "level up trap"; Assasins Creed Brotherhood is a very good example of that "flaw" (well, not really a flaw but....). In AC-B you need to destroy Borgia towers. But the fun part is that you can start doing that really soon in the game, at a point where some of the stronger enemies aren't yet introduced. I guess the designers meant for you to follow the tutorial (-like) missions, but if you started exploring instead you could unlock a lot of stuff. When I entered the first dungeon of the sons of Romulus I had already destroyed all but 3 or 4 Borgia towers.

And when the stronger enemies eventually appeared I had already massed a nice group of assassins to meet them :-)

But, can't wait to give this a spin tomorrow evening. I really liked FC2, even with the repetitive scenes, because of what it allowed you to do. And it seems they kept a lot of the good parts (charge in guns blazing or fight from the shadows) and added lots of better graphics and AI.

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Re: Dont give a damn

I kept my PS3 and what do you know? At times it even manages to keep my gf entertained :-)

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Sex offender wins case against Facebook vigilantism

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@AC

You seem to ignore the fact here that Facebook is not only used in the US but dozens of other countries around the world too. So solely comparing this to the situation of a single country, whether that's the US or any other, is simply misplaced.

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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@Swedish Chef

"...for UFOs to land or something. Girlfriend has suggested that if that place exists, we go there on the 21st to watch the doomsdayers gather. This could be entertaining!"

Your gf is right. However, you can forget about gathering there because the local mayor is apparently not a doomsday thinker either and has already ordered that the village is to be closed during those days; surrounded by a cordon of police to keep all the rif raf out.

So I doubt it'll be worth the effort to go and look.

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@dotdavid

"But why then did they keep January 2013 onwards?"

Because it would cost them more programming hours to remove all that and still keep a working calendar ;)

No; I'm not a doomsday thinker.

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Register readers mostly too ashamed to cop to hideous hoard horrors

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Just admit it Reg...

You guys are just jealous that you don't have a huge collection of old awesomeness to boast with ;-)

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The Lord of the Rings saga lies hidden deep in your Mac

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@NoneSuch

Windows 8 can do this too?! ;-)

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Japanese firm offers 4-tonne GIANT MECHs for just $1.3m

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Gotta love...

How in some of the other video's the Kuratas is driving through town and you see some people hardly taking notice to it. They almost seem to think "and there goes the weekly robot, good, now I can cross the street".

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Monty on broken MySQL promises: Oracle's going to fork it up

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@CadentOrange

True...

If only most webapps would have been written a lot better.. I'd rather have seen a global PHP SQL "layer" where the admin gets to chose the eventual backend which provides the database functionality than the specific per-engine support we have now.

Because then I would have replaced MySQL on all my webserver months ago, yet I can't.

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Microsoft STALKS YOU even more than supermarkets do, says dev

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Re: Behavioural Adverts?

+1 here as well.

Its truly amazing how fast the service provided by AdBlock updates. I recently got confronted with a company which had completely redesigned its website and as a result most of the contents got lost. As it turned out; AdBlock was blocking this.

So; after trying to determine what exactly was causing this (and failing) I prepared to send feedback. "Please wait while we're updating all subscriptions to make sure...". Page reload and wham. Working.

And I just updated no longer than a week ago ;-)

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Microsoft's promises slow upgrade for loyal Phone 7 customers

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@AC

Actually that's not the problem...

I never put too much trust in a company, only the functionality of what they deliver and the agreement under which they operate. That's why I made sure that the phone as I got it met all my requirements, I would like more functionality but I don't need it.

Main point is: if Microsoft keeps this up they're never going to get a foothold in the mobile market. Ever. And that kinda bugs me at time because they have much more potential than this. Even if it sometimes blows up in their face during launch :-)

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