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Windows Server 2012: Smarter, stronger, frustrating

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Where are the admin tools?!

I smell a little fail here.

While I applaud the course Microsoft is taking where they're basically stripping the GUI (or what's left of it anyway) from the server environment I get the feeling they're ignoring an important part of the process.

Say I grab Server 2012 and put it on my network which currents contains Win7 and WinXP clients and some older Win2k3 servers. So how exactly am I going to administrate this server, considering that there are new tools and scripts to be used ? (put differently and more ontopic: new roles to keep in mind, new specific admin features to use (which should be addressed within the MSC admin scripts), etc.).

Usually you'd get yourself 'RSAT' (Remote Server Administration Tools) which are a very fine collection of tools which you can use to administrate specific aspects of your server remotely. But guess what? When it comes to Server 2012 there is a RSAT version which specifically addresses this, but its only available for the customer preview of Windows 8.

The Windows 7 version of RSAT still sits on version 1.0 SP1, thus being able to administer server ranging from Win2k3 right to the current Server 2008 release.

Wouldn't it have made a /little/ more sense to release both the server and the admin tools at the same time, especially considering that the default installation behaviour is core mode?

Oh, and don't my word for it. Simply search MS download center for rsat yourself (link to MS download center).

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Old men who use computers less likely to get dementia

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In other news...

People who try to train their brains with puzzles and other trouble-solving issues are likely to keep clear as well.

Is this really the computer or the people who simply continue to actively use their brains (no pun intended) ?

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

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@h4rm0ny

Although I upvoted you because I agree; personal attacks should be left out of a good discussion, I do want to raise the awareness that personal attacks are also something used by Torvalds himself sometimes.

Lets take his criticism over the interface: "And I can get panel settings and enable auto-hide so that I don't need to look at that butt-ugly thing that has clearly been designed by some goth teenager that thinks that black is cool.". Or the simple fact that Mr. Torvalds considers the whole interface an 'unholy mess' "I have yet to meet anybody who likes the unholy mess that is gnome-3.".

Or what about: "If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it.".

I think some of that goes pretty border line too here and there. I mean; I can see why someone doesn't like Gnome, but to start attacking the whole interface and its developers merely because you don't like it seems a bit far fetched to me as well.

For example; I dislike Windows 8, I hate its new touch interface, but you won't see me state something that its developers or designers are idiots or dumb teenagers or such. What I /would/ state is that I think they were so obsessed with touch they forgot all about the desktop. But that's something completely different.

As for myself I don't care either way since my desktop sits on Windows 7. Even so; I can see why someone would be ubercritical towards Torvalds after having read all that.

Speaking of which; why do most people speak of Torvalds posts as "public Google+ posts" while you can't even read them without a Google+ account? Doesn't look very public to me.

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Thanks ever so much Java, for that biz-wide rootkit infection

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@Leona

Your information is dated. On Windows XP users ended up with an admin aka root account, but Vista and Win7 have changed that behaviour quite heavily.

And lets please also not forget that during the times of XP Linux distributions didn't enforce users to create an account for themselves yet.

Quite frankly I also can't believe that you're actually thinking that the capability of locally running code on Linux would be a lesser problem than running code on Windows. Because that is assuming that there are no local root exploits - what so ever - available on Linux right now. Can you be 100% positive of that? I don't think so...

Being able to run code locally, no matter what the platform is, is bad news. Whether this is on Windows, Linux, Mac or BSD*, the whole ordeal is bad and a huge security risk which needs to be addressed ASAP.

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Why not blame Oracle?

While the author puts the blame on Java as a whole I think its Oracle which really deserves a good portion of the blame.

After all; let us not forget that some exploit options were already known by them around last April this year. And it took them months before they actually fixed it (tried to at least).

So I think you're going a little bit too easy on them if you don't blame Oracle at all.

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@boltar

"So allowing a browser plugin to execute priviledged code from a non priviledged account ISN'T a problem with the OS?"

Well, that heavily depends.

Technically speaking Linux also allows execution of privileged code from a non-root account through the use of sudo. So the concept as a whole isn't bad perse. The real question is how its done. On Windows 7 (UAC) people are warned up front for both executing code from a web location as well as raising their privileges to the admin user.

If we're talking about a way to easily circumvent UAC so that code can be executed as administrator without so much as a warning then yes; that would be a major flaw. But not the concept by itself.

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@Colin

"java cannot be done secure".

You do realize that this crap only affects Java 7 and not the previous SE6 ?

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Windows 7 passes XP, Mac OS X passes Vista

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A tad obvious, still...

For the obvious part; it should be obvious. XP isn't being sold, Win7 on the other hand still is so it was only a matter of time before one would overtake the other.

Still, I think its well deserved and to me (for whatever that's worth) it shows that the market isn't stupid. When I bought my current desktop PC it came with Vista (Home-Premium) pre-installed. At first I used this for a games machine, after I got my PS3 I used it for dedicated 'Windows stuff'. Even later I actually started using it for my common desktop and for my hobby (synthesizer / DAW usage & synthesis study in general).

Fun part is that only /after/ I upgraded to Windows 7 professional I finally realized the major differences between Vista & 7. No kidding; on some aspects (multimedia for example) these are huge.

Quick example: I have my DAW ('sound software') setup to generate some percussion using samples, a bass line using a (software) synthesizer and some lead sounds using a so called "VST" (software synthesizer but this time a plugin, so 3rd party stuff). I also applied some sound effects to all three tracks. On tops all tracks some together on the 'master' where I applied a 'Compressor' sound effect to keep the overall volume a bit in check (meaning: making sure that I don't have too big extremes in volume).

Vista CPU load, with all my hardware attached (controllers, keyboard, USB soundcard): 70 - 90%.

Win7 CPU load (same as above): 10 - 20%.

When I was still using Vista I didn't consider upgrading, but after I had I was actually glad I did.

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Wireless Power breakthrough: Iron Man can lose the chest reactor

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BET?

Next you'll tell us they will make a larger version and call it the Broadcast Energy Transmitter (B.E.T.) and get some specialized military personnel guarding it. Which of course fails and the BET will get captured by a "ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world".

And before you know it G.I. Joe the movie (wikipedia link) suddenly isn't so much science fiction after all!

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Microsoft awards itself Google-esque power over Hotmail, SkyDrive etc

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No need to worry IMO.

Of course we should be weary when it comes to stuff like this, but the license agreement is IMO a lot better than others. And I also think people search too much into this.

First of all its important to determine who owns the material you upload. Microsoft is very specific here:

"Content includes anything you upload to, store on, or transmit through the services, such as data, documents, photos, video, music, email, and instant messages (“content”). Except for material that we license to you that may be incorporated into your own content (such as clip art), we do not claim ownership of the content you provide on the services. Your content remains your content, and you are responsible for it.".

Simply put; I always keep copyright on the contents I upload and store on MS' services. As such Microsoft simply cannot use such material for other purposes than those provided by the service I'm using. If they would they'd violate their own policy which grants me full ownership and copyright.

Then the dreaded paragraph mentioned by the article:

"When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services."

I hope we all /do/ realize that if Microsoft creates a backup of my material they're basically reproducing it. If Microsoft puts my material onto a backup service to make sure everything continues to work they're basically (re)distributing it. When I upload pictures and one of MS services changes the resolution from, say 2048x1536 to 1024x768 then they're changing the content.

What I also consider very reassuring is the section which explains the "Can Microsoft remove contents from the services":

"Yes. We may ask you to remove your content from the services if it violates this agreement or the law. Failure to comply may result in loss of access to, or cancellation of, the services or your Microsoft account. Additionally, Microsoft may remove your content without asking you if we determine it's in violation of this agreement or the law, or if we receive a notice of intellectual property infringement from a third party."

I don't see this as anything intrusive at all to be honest. All I'm seeing here is Microsoft covering themselves and rightfully so.

But most of all... Will Microsoft disclose my personal information to others? You know; like Google basically does; using my information to allow others to target me with specific advertising. Well, they won't:

"You consent and agree that Microsoft may access, disclose, or preserve information associated with your use of the services, including (without limitation) your personal information and content, or information that Microsoft acquires about you through your use of the services (such as IP address or other third-party information) when Microsoft forms a good faith belief that doing so is necessary (a) to comply with applicable law or to respond to legal process from competent authorities; (b) to enforce this agreement or protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers; or (c) to help prevent a loss of life or serious physical injury to anyone."

I actually applaud this. Especially section (c) is something I can fully support and I think it shows a little bit of the reasoning behind their policies that they explicitly included this section. They could have simply limited themselves with "We'll follow the law" but instead decide to go the extra mileage.

So quite frankly; I don't think its fair to compare these policies to those of Google.

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Pirate Bay founder arrested in Cambodia

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@tkioz

Who says he skipped because of the jailtime? I think its most likely that he skipped because of the fine of millions of dollars.

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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

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@AC

Agreed on the live tiles; in contrary to what the author claims these really have an added value. But obviously if you're not going to use applications which make good use of it you won't be able to see it.

WeatherMaster for example also allows you to pin your current GPS location to the start screen, which is how I use it. So even if I spent the night somewhere else; the next morning I can still see what kind of weather it is around me, merely by looking at my startscreen.

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Brummie plod cuffed in Facebook troll hunt

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@historymaker

"if the general population would find your actions funny - its trolling."

Odd comment for someone singling out the media and "non-internet users".

No, that's not trolling. Trolling is something often done so that most people don't notice that they're being provoked. And in general; when people find out that 'THBT' they usually do not consider it very funny. In most cases they get a little upset or annoyed because they wasted their time on some nobody nitwit while there were plenty of others more deserving of their time.

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@Tom38

Although I agree with you in general there /is/ a difference between simply being an annoying troll or by systematically abusing someone.

Having wasted quite a few years on IRC and Usenet myself (I date from the FidoNet ages) I do agree that in a lot of cases simply ignoring someone is the best thing to do. Still; another thing important aspect is that if you are going to 'hit' back you'd better make the first 'punch' count, or else... Which is exactly what seems to have happened here.

Sure; trolls like attention. But getting it outside virtual channels? I doubt it ;-)

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Oracle knew about critical Java flaws since April

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@AC

Here is the official product page for Java SE. Would you care to show us El Reg readers where Oracle has put up the option to get a support license for Java ?

Sorry to burst the obvious bubble right away: that "licensees" link doesn't provide support like this.

And yes; there is a commercial brand of Java (Java SE Advanced and/or Oracle Java Suite). Guess what? Those are mainly aimed at continuing to provide updates for versions which have been long time EOL'd (Java 1.4.2 and SE 5).

And well, licensing Java per processor only opens the cash register starting at E 5000,- / year. Very reasonable price indeed for your average smaller firm or hobbyist who only wants to keep up to date.

At those prices people are better of migrating to other solutions IMO.

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@Trevor

"Does anyone know a guy who knew a guy that Oracle cared about?"

Well, I know this guy who knew this bunch of sunny guys which Oracle really cared for leaving the company asap, does that count?

Oh wait a sec...

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Super-critical Java zero-day exploits TWO bugs

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Damn you Oracle...

Oracle has been the major force which made me seriously consider ditching Java. I already replaced MySQL with Postgres on all (2) office servers (internet servers running customer websites obviously can't be migrated "just like that") and I want to have as little to do with Oracle as possible.

And here we are... I recently 'upgraded' to version 7 to get to know it better. Put differently; even though I keep both JDK SE6 and SE7 on my Win7 PC I recently changed the path so that SE7 would come first. even though the SE6 JDK is favoured on my commandline (even on Windows with NetBeans available I like to play on the commandline too from time to time, backed up by Metapad).

Although I am using NoScript I'm seriously considering to 'switch' back to SE6 as the primary JDK and ignore SE7 for quite some time to come.

IMO Oracle, as always, does an excellent job in ruining the whole thing.

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Why Java would still stink even if it weren't security swiss cheese

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Got the same feeling about Delphi.

So summing up you hate Java because you were "abused" as a child into programming Java and now see only bad Java software around you. Well, I don't share your opinion -at all- because quite frankly Java is one of the few languages I still enjoy working with (note: I'm not a professional developer).

Even though I fear that Oracle doesn't bring it much good (Java 6 immune, Java 7 vulnerable to the latest exploits? go figure) I can't bring myself to ditch it. Heck; even though I kinda enjoy C# I feel that it doesn't manage to give me the same kind of continuity. I've been using NetBeans since version 4.1 (released May 2005) and even though there have been NetBeans versions which I didn't like (and skipped) the community has /always/ been very open minded towards criticism. I reported my share of bugs, I also saw most of this share of bugs vanish. Right now I'm on the latest version of NetBeans (7.2) and needless to say; but I like it.

Then again; I also like using UML's for my more complex programs (my UML tool of choice being Visual Paradigm UML) so maybe I'm just a bit twisted ;-)

Still, I can relate to your story to a certain degree. That's why you won't see me "attack" your opinion in any way. When I first started learning a programming language we worked with Turbo Pascal 6. Later I managed to get my hands on Borland Pascal 7 through "obscure channels" and up until now I've always enjoyed the language and the way it was build up (Turbo Vision to build GUI's in DOS; it was awesome!).

But for some reason I just couldn't bring myself around to liking Delphi. I don't know if its caused by playing with an older (maybe not fully matured) version, the changes in the language or the way their IDE used to work; I hated it. Still do to some degree. And just like you I can openly admit that there is no sane reason; no argumentable comments as to why I think it sucks. Its just that I got so used to TP6 that it felt as if the language was forced into some twisted OO (GUI-approaching) construction where it didn't really fit too well.

I've been following its development a little bit, todays options look quite impressive, but when I look at the current versions I see the entry fee starting at E 200,- which only gets you a limited version. I can pick up a decent Java IDE fully for free, I can even use the VP UML tool free of charge (non-commercial use only, as such I got myself a Modeler license).

So; you're not alone, sort off ;-)

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Ten movies inspired by video games

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Anything which went 'trio' ?

My stance is that if a movie is made from a videogame instead of the other way around then its usually best avoided although there are some exceptions.

But that left me wondering: any scenario known where a videogame 'spawned' a movie which in itself spawned a new videogame (or the other way around; movie to videogame to movie) ?

I'm sure Hollywood never came up with that scheme (yet). Hm, maybe I should have kept my mouth shut ;)

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Samsung to offer Apple Dock style Start Button in Windows? Really?

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Could be a devious scheme...

Think about it; Samsung scoring good with a new start menu (which could be a potential customer magnet) and so customers get used to an 'Apple alike' GUI and all the rest of the Win8 flaws. I think a start menu can bring back a lot of functionality, but with Aero and such out of the picture the desktop as a whole will never get the same functionality as Windows 7 had (unless this gap is also filled with this solution, I dunno).

But consider this: say the whole Win8 experience does leave people unsatisfied and looking for something else. What impact would it have to see an almost similar desktop environment on Macs? How much more persuasion would someone need when they learned that, say, MS Office also easily runs on Mac?

This could be a very devious scheme between Samsung and Apple; hitting the "mutual opponent" when its down. Who knows; could be worth a big chunk of 1 bn dollars.

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Microsoft gives Android punters some official SkyDrive love

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Could be expected.

You can say about MS what you want, they do treat Android quite seriously. And this isn't the first time they did something like this; the OneNote app. for mobile is also available on Android.

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Dr Who shoves BitTorrent in the Tardis

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Aren't you making enough already?

I can understand making a serie and then selling to several networks, that generates income. I can also see the networks putting the serie either primetime or a good time and infesting it with those annoying commercial breaks (which most people nowadays can skip easily thanks to modern VCR (-like) 's, but alas). I can see that.

Do note that the latter also gives us access to record said show. And to my knowledge nothing is legally preventing us from sharing such recordings with others. After all; basically anyone could have had access to the original airing.

But to finish; I can also see producers putting the whole stuff on video and trying to sell it as boxed sets. And that's not even getting into the obvious commercial aspects; toys, and god knows what.

Isn't it enough already?

You're going to stream it right away; accessible for all (the whole world) or doing it the (IMO) lame way like South Park does it; one country gets to see it, other's don't (yet)? Really free as in "click here, watch and enjoy" or "click here, wait for $dozen_commercials to finish and then you get to see bits and pieces" ?

Even so... I don't think its going to stop anything.

Because being able to download also means being able to watch it when it best suits us; not when $people claim is the best time to watch.

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Visual Studio 2012: 50 Shades of Grey by Microsoft

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They've been there before.

The screenshot at the first page looks an awful lot like the default setup of Microsoft Expression Web 4 (and Expression Design). The first is a HTML editor / website designer, the latter a vector graphic based editor, I've been using both for quite some years now.

Personally I think they had the right idea, but like everything these days completely exaggerated the final designs. A dark themed colour does indeed bring more attention to your main code window, IMO its a given.

But the lack of colours is something I wouldn't be surprised to see getting people headaches in the longer run. Someone else already mentioned it but I can only reaffirm; its going to tax you a lot more to find out which option(s) you need, which options were selected and so on. However; if you're using the GUI, if you're using keyboard commands then this applies to a lesser degree.

So quite frankly I see a new fail here; making this IDE much harder to get used to than others. How is that going to bring in new developers ?

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Police mistake reveals plan for Assange's Embassy capture

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@Francis

"If any such extradition was requested by the US from Sweden, the UK must also give permission. So any idea that this is some weird conspiracy to allow the UK government to claim clean hands on the deal doesn't wash."

You miss the point there a little. Because the conspiracy theory is build around the US getting their hands on Assange /outside/ official channels.

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@Graham

I tend to agree with you on a few personality points but then again; point of the matter is also that most people know Assange based on what the media tells us. And hopefully we've all come to one realization: the media more than often doesn't give the full story.

But wrt. wikileaks and people going unnoticed. I think there's more to that story than what you're sharing here. If people are indeed in jail because of what they alledgidly did on wikileaks I think the least they'd want is recognition from wikileaks for their work.

Quite frankly I think most people who sent material to wikileaks would prefer to remain anonymous because in most cases messengers of malpractices will be shot. Here in Holland we now have a small riot over the 'VUMC' hospital where an international recognized lung specialist came forward and put some mal practices in the open, mal practices which could be - proven - and which showed that some doctors would actually put more priority on other interests than over the lives of their patients.

What do you think happened to this lung specialist, even though the things he showed could be proven and weren't even that much denied?

At this point he's at home and from the looks of it he won't invited back to this hospital. Even his whole staff is behind him and refuses to cooperate with some investigations.

So well... With examples such as these, and numerous available everywhere, I can fully understand why wikileaks wouldn't publicly give credit to the people providing the information. In 9 out of 10 cases that would work heavily against them.

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Hotel keycard firm issues fixes after Black Hat hacker breaks locks

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@NightFox

Quite frankly I think all this news changes all that much. I mean, statistically speaking; how high are the odds that someone would be able and breach the lock as well as goes after your room?

But even so; everytime I pick a hotel I always pick one which provides a safe in which I can put some of the stuff I need to keep safe. Because you can never be sure that nothing will happen; even hotel personal can sometimes commit foul play.

Speaking of those safes btw... Even hotels which had keycard locks still provided safes with a plain old fashion key. Coincidence?

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Nokia's WinPho 8 double date announced

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Very doubtfull developments

I have a Windows Phone (WP7.5) and quite frankly I like it. Its my first 'real' smartphone and although I'll be the first to admit that it has certain limitations it also has plenty of advantages (at least for me).

But there is something bothering me. WP7 as it is now not only has certain limitations in comparison to other phones; its functionality is also heavily depending on the country you're in. In some countries the so called "Bing services" will operate as expected, in others they don't (think "Local scout" (what is around you), speech recognition in other languages than English, the ability to look up sound phrases, etc.

The part which bothers me is where MS apparently couldn't manage (?) the gaps were quickly filled up by other companies in the form of apps. Nothing wrong with that of course, but it does raise the question if MS will ever fill in those gaps themselves.

When looking at WP8 we get stories of a dozen new features, stuff like e-pay and being able to quickly pass information between phones and such. Strange in itself since bluetooth has always been a good protocol for that yet MS totally ignored that part (it seems it was only added to support headpieces and hardly anything else. I couldn't even get my laserkeyboard to work).

But that does raise the question: will all those features be available on all platforms in all countries, or are they going to try and pull the same stunt: promising features, adding small print that "it may not be available" to end up with something which only seems to work in the States and hardly anywhere else (at least in the beginning) ?

But just as important: what about all those promised features on WP7? Cool that, say, local scout now also works in Germany and the UK, what about France, Spain, Denmark or my home country of Holland? Will those ever get added or can we totally forget about all that because WP8 is what matters now?

Considering that WP8 uses the same Bing services as WP7.... Maybe this is now "good enough" because of all the new features in WP8 ?

Quite frankly I would be very careful with all the promises made by MS. While what they say maybe fully true; they seem to have a very nasty tendency these days to make things sound much better then they actually are.

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Has cash corrupted open source?

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There is much more to it

A part which I'm completely missing out on in the article is advertisement. Its not uncommon for certain companies to maintain commercial based open source projects without having any means to make a profit from it. If they can keep things break even then its a win-win situation for them.

Because on the other hand; the bigger the project, the better known it can become which automatically also brings more attention to the company at hand.

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Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

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He's right!

Ever since I used Hotmail (free e-mail service) and some of GoDaddy's free services I kept getting these urges to vote for Obama. And I don't even live in the US!

I'm so grateful that I finally know who to blame for all this. So; are we now also allowed to sue these political influencing factors? I could always use some extra cash, errrr; I'm all out to pursue the truth ;-)

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Password hints easily snaffled from Windows PCs

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@Graham

Yeah, that'd be stupid. I simply use: "My password is NOT 12345".

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Superworm Crisis eats Macs, VMware and - shock - Windows

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@AC

I think most *nix related channels have had such experiences. Even so, I found that using addresses such as 127.10.45.65 proofed to be way more effective than the "easily recognizable" default address.

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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

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@Eddy

Some stuff seems hardwired into the system. Well, that is; maybe you can configure it but I haven't found that yet.

So; insert an audio CD and the Metro cd player will pop up.

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@AC

Cool, nice to see they're still in business. This sure brings back memories!

I've used Stardocks object desktop (iirc) on OS/2 for years. Not so much because the default was lacking or something, but because their software really enhanced the options. Good to see they now turned their attention to Windows.

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NASA: WE'VE FOUND Four-toed NON-HUMAN FOOTPRINTS

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One won't do

As others have comment already; for all we know this could be due to erosion or other effects.

FootprintS are just that; several nearly identical prints which clearly indicate the presence of a being capable of motion. Yet this article only talks about one specific feature which could be explained as a "3 toed footprint" but IMO several other explanations are also quite valid as long as its only one print.

Find an actual trail and then you have something solid to base your current conclusions on.

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Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

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@Tom

Actually, I'm pretty curious how they're going to revive them again.

Because in the last 'full' Dalek episode (Victory of the Daleks iirc) they basically "fell" out of time and in the end returned to their own timeline but this time in full strength. To my understanding this own timeline was within the timewar.

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Dell expects slow Windows 8 demand in enterprise

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@AC

That's not what the release candidate currently shows us.

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TIFKAM

"Dell said that the release of Windows Server 2012 would give a boost to the second half of the company's year and it was "feeling good" about the new OS."

Does Dell already know that TIFKAM is also present on Server 2012 ? ;-)

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Sony PlayStation Vita sales crawl

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Too many too quickly?

Its not that long ago since the previous PSP slimline was introduced which, despite the 'lack' of the UMD drive, still ticked at a reasonable price. I think its not that remarkable that if you launch such devices with little time in between that the sales won't catch on right away.

They are handheld devices, sure, but these devices have to be bought full price. Phones otoh. are often picked up with a nice discount thanks to the provider where people get them from.

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'SEX and the FEMALE BRAIN are CONNECTED' - shock discovery

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Obviously...

I mean, where else would the comment "Not today honey, I've got a bit of a headache...." have come from? ;-)

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Darksiders II

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Not too sure myself

I sort of liked Darksiders I, even though it was kind of linear and eventually started to feel a bit repetitive. But the whole idea and story was kind of intriguing nonetheless. I eventually started to lose interest a bit when all of a sudden the game went from 'all fighting' to 'all puzzling' which felt a bit out of place. After a pause I picked up where I left off and notice that some fights also became a little more tactical, which was fun in itself (like first getting portals opened up, then using said portals to move behind a boss and get him).

But I'm not too sure of number II. The story starts to feel a bit enforced to me. I mean; you're playing Death; a biblical figure which is supposed to be pretty much invincible. Yet you need to build up your powers (makes one wonder how he ever would have been able to perform the Apocalypse) and most of all; you can die? The situation somewhat made sense with War given that he was accused and bereft of his powers. But here we're talking about a powerful being coming straight from his normal place of residence. Who still needs to "level up" and all, which somewhat dents the idea of dealing with one of the powerful riders of the apocalypse.

Don't get me wrong; I can see it has all the potential of being a great game by itself. But apart from gameplay I also like the storyline to make at least some kind of sense.

A bit comparable to Fallout for example. In both games (3 & New Vegas) you also start off with hardly anything and need to build up, but it gets explained through the storyline. In the first one you actually need to build up your life, in the second game you've just been shot and need to go from a simple courier job to a wasteland survivalist. It adds up more IMO.

Some games such as Infamous go even further; in the first game you start from scratch. In the second game you already have most of your powers and need to extend to them. That makes a lot more sense storywise than "ok, version 2: time to start all over again".

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Sacrebleu! Googleplex insists Bush is still le président américain

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Now lets be fair here...

You can't blame Bush for paying Google up front for 4 terms so that they would keep his name in their system. He was simply a bit too eager. Besides; how was he supposed to know he would only last 2 terms? ;-)

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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@Graham

You make a valid point IMO, except for one thing...

If the show would have changed the approach from "source code with a virus" to "windows executable with a virus" then I'm pretty sure no one would have considered it a problem anymore. Even though the situation would basically have been completely the same: "$kid downloading and using stuff she doesn't understand thus getting her laptop infected with a virus".

But because she picked up an open source program in order to use (parts?) of its source code it suddenly became a problem.

I honestly don't understand the commotion. Because its a given fact that if you visit certain technical fora (for example Slashdot; "news for nerds...") a lot of people will favour open source software over closed source. So how strange is it that a TV producer picked this up, and chose an "open source approach" within the context of a nerdy character?

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Who says he attacked open source?

I think you guys are seeing waaay too much in this. Worse; you're looking at it from the wrong angle too IMO.

We all know what "open source" means, right (to be honest I'm starting to have some doubts)?

And hopefully we also know that there are plenty of people out there who "program" by merely grabbing bits and pieces of existing code and string these together. Of course in the end claiming that they wrote the entire program (always amazing; one program and a dozen different coding styles). I've seen this happening just way too many times myself. Doesn't matter if this concerns Java or Max (multimedia programming language) or C#...

SO quite frankly, all I see here is the 'nerd kid' berating the other kid for /using/ open source code which apparently had some virus sitting in it. In my opinion he only "attacked" the other kid for doing something utterly stupid such as using source code without even understanding what it does. Thus overlooking that it actually contained a virus.

Its not something totally impossible, its based on stuff which happens all the time (see above wrt people 'using' pre-made code), and of course you'd need open source to get access to the actual source code.

Sorry, but I don't see this as an attack on open source code in any way.

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

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@h4rm0ny

I think you're missing my point a little.

This routine changes (protected) system files. A routine running with system credentials specifically aimed at maintaining the hosts file. That's a huge risk; because if that routine gets compromised (and IMO that's only a matter of time) how long before malware will start changing hosts so that "www.microsoft.com" points to some malware website, or worse? Without the users realizing this of course. Also the fact that it chooses to bypass settings such as setting the file up with r/o.

Although current malware (Win7 / Vista) could attack the hosts file as well, there is no guarantee that they can succeed. Either due to privileges or the fact that the file can be protected.

And sure; Win defender can be turned off, but how many end users would do that? Heck; how many would realize the potential risk this gets them?

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Win8 no longer honours hosts file?

And in other news it turns out that you can no longer rely on the hosts file in Windows 8 to keep you safe from bad websites. If you add sites such as facebook.com or ad.doubleclick.net then these will be automatically removed from the file for you.

After all; everyone needs to see those adds, right ?

Original story was found here (ghacks.net link).

If Windows can automatically remove entries from this file (which is also heavily used by adware removal programs such as Spybot) then this routine can also be abused by hackers to re-instate some of their web sources.

Another brilliant addition in reducing Windows functionality and making it less secure in the process.

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@Richard

"He is wrong, forcing it down their throats would just make them hate it more."

While I agree with your story and conclusion I disagree that this also reflects on TIFKAM; its not the enforcement part which makes people dislike TIFKAM with a passion. In fact; the method of enforcing stuff has always been the way Microsoft worked. Even the start menu was basically enforced upon us at one time.

Of course with the minor exception that if people wanted to they could still fire up 'progman.exe' and return to the previous interface of icons and groups. But even so; they couldn't easily work their way around the start menu. With normal usage they'd need to use it to start the shutdown process..

The problem with TIFKAM is merely that instead of enhancing functionality and workflow it actually hinders it when used on the desktop. That is the big deal.

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Maybe not so bad afterall?

Now, I'm pure speculating here mind you...

When looking at the Visual Studio website it obviously announces the availability of version 2012 quite strongly, of course this is fully tied into TIFKAM (look further up this thread). But the VS 2010 section is also still available (microsoft.com link). Better yet; I can even buy VS 2010 if I want to, right now from Microsoft. Usually those older versions tend to disappear rather quickly as far as I know.

So now I'm wondering: how likely is it that Microsoft is going to keep both Window environments around; both Windows 7 /and/ Windows 8 ? Maybe using Windows 8 as a new product specifically aimed at touch and 7 as the Windows we all know and love ;-)

Its not as if they didn't go here before. I still recall a time where we had both Windows NT and Windows 98, which eventually "merged" into Windows XP.

Quite frankly if Microsoft would come up with such a strategy, and I don't even care if it would be a "fallback" or "exit" strategy, I think the whole Windows 8 "ordeal" could be much less intrusive than I have assumed it to be so far.

I know its much too early to speculate, but alas.

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Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

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@AC

"2. & 3. How can country make a binding statement that he won't be extradited until such a request comes along? Saying you will never extradite is giving him free hand to break every US law there is."

Since when does US law apply in non-US countries?

Besides; Its not as if the rest of the world doesn't have any laws which prevent its citizens from 'attacking' other countries. For example; would Assange use his laptop to start breaking into the computer systems of the Pentagon then that would also be a violation against Swiss law for which he can be prosecuted as well.

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WikiLeaks haters launch DDoS assault on Russia Today

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@Miek

"Hackers are not responsible for DDOS attacks, skiddies are. I wish journalists would learn the meaning of the word "Hack".".

Although I agree with you and obviously realize that El Reg is basically a technical based news site I'm actually glad they report this in the way they do.

Because lets be realistic here: this is how the rest of the world will pick up this news. Instead of fighting it I'd suggest to keep this in the back of your head instead for when you may encounter such issues in real life. Instead of correcting $colleague hear him out and play along; that will get you much more in the overall.

Just my 2 cents though.

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British boffin builds cool maser after argument with wife

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@tkioz

After a heated argument with my gf (figuring anyone could do this) I'm just left a little antagonized. I knew it couldn't be this easy, so now I want one too.

Not having the intention to hurt said gf I'm now looking for volunteers. You sound eager enough ;-)

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