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Tick-like banking Trojan drills into Firefox, sucks out info

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Re: This is a MICROSOFT PROBLEM

Well, there is also an easy MS solution for it. MSIE has the 'InPrivate mode' which basically tells it not to load nor activate any extensions and it won't store any internet data (cookies, temporary files, etc.).

Bottom line; if you use this mode to do online banking then trojans like these stand no chance because they don't get activated in the first place.

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This is the reason...

Why having a challenge/response security is very important with online banking.

One of the banks which got involved into all this is the Rabobank in the Netherlands. That is; they got mentioned in the Dutch newspapers, but it was immediately stated that the same problems applied to others (ING for example).

However; Rabo generates a challenge based on the amount you're transferring. That challenge is then used to create (one or more) response value(s) which are then used to authorize the transfer. In other words: if you pay careful attention to what you're signing off to then you /will/ notice that something is going wrong.

Another issue to keep in mind: this is also a good reason to keep all your important software located on your C (Windows system drive), esp. when using Vista or Windows 7. For example; as can be read on the URL shown in the article; one of the locations this trojan tries to attack is %Program Files%\Mozilla FireFox\ (adding stuff like error.jar, components\nsLego.js, etc).

However; accessing %Program Files% on your system partition will require a raised environment (administrative access). On my Windows 7 this would trigger a password prompt, on others it would trigger an UAC confirmation. Either way; you would get alerted as to what is going on.

So my suggestion is; even if you have 2 partitions (system & data, a common way for Windows computers to be setup) then always try to install important software onto C and the rest onto other locations.

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Windows Server 8 beta ready for download

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Not even gonna bother with this one...

Even though I'm a sysadmin and quite frankly am both intrigued and fascinated with some of the stuff Microsoft has done on Windows administration. For example; I really enjoy working with stuff such as PowerShell. And don't cut MMC short; "remote desktop service management" on my Win7 workstation. I have both of my Win2k3 added in a group thus allowing me with one click of a mouse to check up on both servers (who are logged on, open sessions, etc.).

Win8 can't be run using MS' own virtual PC. SO I don't think this critter will fare any better. Oracle's VirtualBox did it, yet this evening I actually ran into a BSOD on Win7. The very /first/ time that has ever happened after running Win7 for roughly one year now. As such I won't be keeping it around.

To me Win8 server shows the same shortcomings as Win8 client; MS is fully staring themselves blind on a single goal or motivation and everything else has to make room for it, no matter the cost. Win8 client should be obvious; tables & touch. How the desktop users are to cope is totally unimportant (note; this is only how I perceived things).

Win8 server seems to have Unix and previous Novell servers in mind. CLI is the way to go. Now, I do agree that you can do a lot on the commandline, PowerShell is a very good example of that. But a CLI only gets you so far, esp. on a GUI based OS.

And that's even ignoring that PowerShell 2.0 does /not/ even allow you to edit files on a remote server. Its not supported, perhaps using an edlin-like client or "copy con" commands. But a full screen editor such a vi? Forget about it.

So quite frankly. I'm gonna read about this one, but am not gonna bother trying.

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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@Stim

Windows Live messenger for example. I often use this to keep in touch with friends and colleague's ('business partners') alike. VERY handy if you're coding something and want to discuss some stuff during the process (copy code snippet & paste in chat window).

While I'm working I get to see status updates appear when people sign in, with a mere right mouse click (on the icon obviously) I can check who's online and a mere mouse hoover is enough to set my status.

This has now moved into Metro. So now I have to /leave/ my code window (heck, I have to leave the whole desktop!) in order to do something as trivial as checking who's online.

That is supposed to be easier ?

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Re: Obvious really...

Metro by itself isn't that bad. The problem is that its being enforced upon us /and/ in combination that many desktop apps have been replaced with a metro variant. As such people have no choice but to leave the desktop to run certain apps.

With all the hassle that comes from it. I can't use a workplace where I can no longer easily see what time it is for example. On the desktop I always have my clock visible. On metro; forget about it. Its a combination of all those little annoyances which make windows 8 for a lot of business and professional users totally unworkable.

A lot of people don't use Windows primarily to "have fun". First its to get a job done, and if it can provide any fun aspects in between then that's a small bonus but nothing more than that.

IMO they should have split things up. Provide a "Windows Phone" (WP7), "Windows Mobile" (Metro powered Win8) and "Windows desktop" (Windows 8). Where the current win8 is the mobile version and the full Windows 8 has a normal start menu which can be used to bring us to the Metro environment.

Heck; for all I care they give us a choice; start menu or start screen.

But the consumer preview as I've used it is IMO simply unusable for any serious work. Too much distraction and way too much inconsistency.

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Re: Hot Areas

Some have but other don't. So if you hoover to the lower left corner you see a "metro preview" appear so you'll know that this will fire up Metro. But the rest doesn't have this. So upper left then the previously ran program appears (preview). And the other two corners will immediately show the controls for the active program.

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Re: Metro Controller gets rid of Metro easily enough

But without Metro you also lose the option to start any of your applications. Perhaps apart from skimming \Program Files yourself and making shortcuts for everything on your desktop.

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Why I think win8 is very poor...

Its simple really... I'm using Internet explorer to download a file, say an ISO file which contains a preview of a certain OS. Although my Internet connection is quite decent it will still take some time to grab 2Gb worth of data.

So first I visit El Reg and skim around, then I decide to play Spider Solitaire.

Note: while doing that I can - at all times - see the progress of my download. I don't want to play solitaire to win a dozen games or so, I want to kill time and as soon as my download is done then I'm through playing. This cannot be done on Windows 8 anymore. Whether you download using the "Metro IE" (which doesn't even have a start page anymore, very annoying and confusing at times) or the desktop IE... As soon as you start Solitaire (Metro) its full screen so you can no longer see what else is going on in your system. VERY annoying.

Another epic failure.. Say one of your metro apps goes haywire (which has happened two or three times now on my box) and your screen is locked. In regular Windows you can always hit control-shift-escape and the task manager comes up, maybe something is stalling? Or when all else fails: control-alt-delete and select the taskmanager. At the very least you get a new window from which can fix stuff (you can even start new programs and such from here).

Windows 8? When Metro locks up and you hit control-alt-delete you still have the option to start the task manager. Its just too bad that it starts up on the desktop "app" while you remain locked in Metro. So your only option is to log off and back on again.

I don't want this full screen nonsense, I want my Windows back so that I can see what the heck is going on in the background.

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Still not supporting own technology...

So I have the whole thing setup in Microsoft's virtual PC and guess what ?

HAL_INITIALISATION_ERROR.

/Exactly/ the same problem as the developer preview gave us. I consider this to be an epic failure; I mean what is /the/ first pick for Windows users when it comes to virtual machines and the likes?

And its not as if this stuff is anything arcane or something since other virtual environments have no problems at all with it.

Dumb move right there IMO.

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Preview on the preview...

I've turned into quite the Microsoftie over the last couple of months, right up to a point where my company has become an (not fully official as of yet) MS reseller. Quite frankly I grew quite the liking towards Windows 7 & Office 2010 (and some of the other products too) which is quite frankly one of the main reasons I decided to go for partner & reseller -ship (don't kid yourself; the other reason is obviously that I expect to make some income out of it).

Quite frankly I credit Microsoft for their courage, although I'm still not too sure if it isn't stupidity. I actually like Metro; on my upcoming Windows phone (which I expect to get in a week or two, even though I was and still am quite a critic on some points). But this ?

Anyway, its downloading and I'm quite anxious. Will this version be compatible with Windows' own Virtual PC or do I need to get Sun's Virtual box again ? Can I still hook into the OS using PowerShell or rpc (sc.exe) or has that changed? Do I need to create shortcuts to .cpl files on the desktop so that I can avoid Metro to get to the control panel or...

To quote Luke Skywalker... "I have a bad feeling about this..."

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Blighty's Post Office computer system goes titsup

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Just admit

That you installed the Windows 8 preview onto the wrong computer thus causing it to backfire! ;-)

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'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

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WTF?

What is it with Torvalds as of late ?

I'm not following everything he says and does to be honest, so my views on the matter maybe flawed as well. But more and more do I get the feeling that in Torvalds mind there is only one right solution and that's his solution. Everything else is basically inferior by default.

There is a big difference between stating your opinion or presenting it as if it is the one and only truth. Think about it.. Mac file system? "Utter crap" according to Torvalds. Gnome 3 ? An "unholy mess". Windows? 'Can't learn anything from that' (not an accurate quote), according to Torvalds.

While my opinion tends to overlap (I also don't think much of Gnome) I wouldn't call it bad per default. First it does its job and more importantly: there are plenty of people around who /do/ enjoy Gnome. I guess those are stupid idiots too then ?

Same applies to this rant. He has some interesting points but those are also easily reflected. And quite frankly I think his end conclusion is taking it WAAAY to far. Whatever happened to taking a like of LInux' key strengths; the amount of different distributions so that if you didn't like one you could always try another ?

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Microsoft's Azure cloud down and out for 8 hours

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They're finally becoming a /real/ cloud provider!

Yes, this is somewhat of a troll / joke but still...

Every major cloud provider has had some extreme outages. Amazon has been down and out for a few days, That UK clouding provider (can't remember the name) has had a downtime of more than 2 weeks. Google has had issues and got down for one day.

And now Microsoft's cloud suffers from the same. As such my conclusion: they're finally becoming a real provider to content with ;-)

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Microsoft tripped up by Blighty's techie skills gap

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I think...

One of the possible reasons is a change in motivation. I never got into IT because "it pays well" but because I honestly think its a fascinating world. And that fascination goes /way/ beyond something as trivial as a choice of operating systems. Because all of them have interesting aspects (or plain out key strengths!) which can make working with them quite an interesting experience.

Do keep in mind that I reflect on this from a technical perspective; /not/ that of the end user who will happily start to panic as soon as their mouse suddenly stops responding... (I don't care if this is X or Windows).

That background has gotten me knowledge on stuff such as setting up a VPN connection between peers and then using GRE packets to tunnel all your data across it. Or knowledge as to why ksh doesn't fully supersede sh (Solaris/Linux). Simple stuff such as using ssh as a tunnel: "cat $file | ssh user@host "dd of=/location/file"". Or what about Windows? Nothing to learn eh; checking up if SpamAssasin is still running on my server, all I need is a mere prompt (on my box): "sc \\magi query spamd". But it also fuels interest in new technologies, such as PowerShell... Getting the latest 5 entries in the system eventlog on a remote server?

All I need is a mere PS prompt: "invoke-command -computername magi -credential sysop -scriptblock { get-eventlog -logname system -newest 5 }"

...btw; renaming the administrator (or guest) account on Windows is yet another insight which I got out of sheer curiosity and which can be quite useful.

Generalizing here: Take a new (modern) graduate with "extensive Linux knowledge". Most often he hardly has the amount of experience as your average Linux hacker with no "IT education" but 4 years worth of hacking experience.

What's that? Breaking into banks and defacing official websites doesn't count for IT experience? Well, if that's your thought then you've just proven my point for me. Look it up ;-)

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Microsoft 'fesses credit cards exposed by Indian store hack

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@Lee

You're right, but there is one unwritten company "law" which is even more important: never /ever/ attack colleagues / co-workers in public. Because that will make the whole company look bad. So if this branch said that there was nothing wrong; why would HQ (Redmond) question that ?

Although this is about Microsoft as a company I just can't help wonder if the main cause of the problem wasn't with the Indian branch itself.

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Forced by who ?

"In time honoured fashion, however, Redmond has now been forced to admit that this prognosis may have been a little over-hasty, and optimistic, according to Wall Street Journal India blogger and Microsoft customer, Amit Agarwal."

Would it also be possible that the Indian branch tried to keep things covered up and that Redmond has now forced them to put the cards on the table?

That scenario sounds much more likely to me, yet the article is a bit vague there. As such; "forced by who?".

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IT staffers on ragged edge of burnout and cynicism

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The keyword is preparation

Preparing for what might inevitably happen someday. That can go a very long way and its been my experience that a lot of people don't take the time for this. This used used to include me too b.t.w...

For example, if you're in a stressful situation where 10+ customers mail you to report e-mail problems its usually better to try and come up with a scheme which answer ('addresses') their complaints (even if it is an automated response) than to think "ok, got it. just hang on, I'm working on it fast as I can!" because then you can rest assured that they'll eventually going to call you.

Which means that you have to pause your work, so it will take longer before things get fixed, so the risk that more customers are going to call in due to the time the problems last also increases.

I know this sounds all too easy and obvious, just wait until you actually live such a situation. Then its much more tempting to pick up the problems and go go go instead of taking some time first to look into the most efficient way to deal with the problem and its possible side effects (especially these!).

And as said; in my experience most people tend not to do this because "time is money". Yet investing time is sometimes the best way to save lots of it in the longer run.

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Windows Phone armed with 'military-grade' email upgrade

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I'd be more impressed...

...If US companies were allowed to export decent encryption methods. But as far as I know they're not, as seems to be indicated in this article as well. 192-bit AES ? GPG can do better than that!

Heck, I'll see your GPG and "raise" with the more ontopic Outlook 2010 which by default provides an SHA256 hash algorithm and 256bit AES encryption algorithm.

How does lowering the encryption algorithm (in comparison with default Outlook 2010) weigh up against "enterprise security" on the Windows Phone ?

I have full confidence that Microsoft will eventually patch this whole security model up and provide a very decent solution. The main problem is that they should have thought about this up front IMO.

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Sony PlayStation Vita

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1.3 MP ?

I have no comments on the Vita itself but IMO the 1.3MP camera is very poor. I don't say that because of the specs, but because it seems all Sony has done is make their camera smaller and not better.

For my old PSP (3000) I have a 'snap on' camera which you can attach to the top. It can then be used to make photo's and stuff as Skype. Its a 1.3MP camera as well, so I would have expected a little better after 2.5 years.

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Galaxy is teeming with homeless planets

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Nibiru related theory?

It is a very interesting theory but in the end I get the idea its nothing more but a wild educated guess. After all; we also used to have the idea that a solar system would only consist of one star with a few planets, but in the mean time we've also witnesses systems which had 2 stars.

If the scenario of 2 stars is possible, then it wouldn't surprise me if it would also be possible for 2 solar systems to "intermingle" with each other. In other words; sharing a part of space. I'm not familiar with the full math equations here, but it is possible for an object to escape gravitational forces by sheer momentum. And if this would happen in the far outer regions of a solar system then the effect could be so minimal that such a situation could be sustained for a long time.

Still, if this theory does turn out to hold truth then it would be a boon for the Nibiru theorists. As such I also can't help wonder if this new theory is related to it.

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Leap-day Visual Studio beta provokes 'passionate' response

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Change for the sake of change?

I have to wonder.. Because when it comes to layout there really isn't much to discuss when done right. After all; specific window / panel placements should be customizable anyway so that you can expect certain panels and information where /you/ want it, not where it was intended to be.

So with that in mind I can't help think if they removed the colors solely to apply some visual differences to the IDE or perhaps to spark reactions so that they can measure the popularity of the environment....

And quite frankly I don't think having a 'dull' environment would be a problem; the problem will be to recognize the options you have available. When I look at VS C# Express the icons to run or debug the project look very similar. The main difference is the color and a small (white) 'trail' behind the run icon ("start without debugging"). However, if you take away the color differences then it becomes quite hard to keep 'm apart.

Now, for veteran programmers this may be a non-issue because most will know F5 vs. ctrl-F5 after a while. But what about people who just started with this, or if it concerns options you don't use that often ?

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Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft

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Re: Yawn

"will anyone notice or care when Microsoft's take on these apps gets to the iPad?"

Well, the author sure makes an excellent example of your statement. Because while he claims there will be no way that Office is ever going to be supported on Android Microsoft has proven otherwise:

http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-onenote/archive/2012/02/07/onenote-mobile-for-android-is-now-available-worldwide.aspx

OneNote, an office application to store notes and basically any kind of information you want, has been released on Android earlier this month. Now, I realize that this isn't "Office" as a whole, but surely it does go right against the made statements that MS will "never support Android".

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The author overlooks stuff...

"The one platform Microsoft is not rumoured to be supporting anytime soon is Google's Android, just as Office-on-Linux remains a chimera."

Do you know the one Office (2010) program I actually use on a daily basis, on both my main PC as well as my XP laptop (which runs Office 2003) ? OneNote. OneNote can be invaluable for storing any kind of information, from passwords to foto's to text snippets and even spoken word. And once you have a few pictures in it you can even make OneNote search for text on those as well. And while its online counterpart (webapp) can't do all of this, it does get you a good way into accessing your notes and information online.

Guess what? Mobile OneNote has also been released for Android a few weeks ago:

http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-onenote/archive/2012/02/07/onenote-mobile-for-android-is-now-available-worldwide.aspx

So what's this about not supporting Android any time soon ?

You're also overlooking the obvious issues here.. Sure, mobile Office on iPads could mean that some people maybe tempted to switch. But with mobile Windows 8 coming around its also not too unlikely that many people may switch to that platform as well.

You seem to think that switching only goes one way; away from Microsoft. Bzzzt. There are also plenty of people who discover some of the advantages which MS Office holds. The world isn't that black / white you know.

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Oracle extends Linux support to 10 years

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Oracle vs. Red Hat?

Now, I'm very biased here mind you but the way I see it its "Friendly enterprise vs. draconian enterprise".

To me it seems RH knows where its roots lie and seems to respect that. While their main distros were fun they also weren't too special IMO. As such it seems to me as if RH focused on key strengths, as any company should do. The result should be obvious. But what I can then respect is that they also allowed others (CentOS) to utilize the whole open source aspect as well; so basically allowing them to use RH and give it away for 'free'. Quite frankly; thanks to CentOS I came into contact with RHEL (most of my linux servers run CentOS) and I have to say that I quite like the environment.

Still, this is something I don't see Oracle do anytime soon. I'm convinced that their first reaction to a move like CentOS' would be "We'll sue!!".

To me Oracle is the kind of company which knows how to charge big time for average services. Its probably a good player if you want to pay off your responsibilities, but if you'd like a little more quality coming out of it then I don't think this is the right place to be.

I mean; there is more to enterprise than long support terms alone.

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Court rejects Tesla’s latest libel spat with Top Gear

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Some companies are stupid...

Its the one thing companies usually never think about when they lend a product to a reviewer: what if the reviewer doesn't end up with a positive but a negative opinion on the product ?

I've seen this happening myself one time.. I'm not a professional reviewer, but I do like to write (PS3) game reviews every now and then which usually received quite some positive feedback. However; I've always been positive /and/ negative alike. Some Sony employee's have approached me in the past asking if I could review a certain game (low to midrange). Which by itself is cool, sure, but I still let them know that I could not guarantee that my review would be a positive one. That's not how I work, I write what I see and I'm not the kind of guy who will make things nicer than they are (or what I think it to be).

Unsurprisingly enough the request was cancelled ;-)

But honestly I think that's the main problem; some companies are all too happy to lend their products to reviewers and have it turn up on TV but will hardly - ever - think about the consequences..

And others like Tesla seem too stupid to realize that their lawsuits are WAY more damaging than the Top Gear episode itself. When I saw it for the first time I have to admit that my first reaction was "Whoah!?" because usually the crew isn't that critical. But then I also quickly learned that T.G. is critical by default when it comes to "environmental stuff".

Something Tesla could have known up front as well... Every time the lawsuit comes into the news I'm sure there will be more people going to look for this episode (easily found on the Top Gear website!) and will make others like me clearly remember the negative comments regarding the Roadster again.

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Will Windows 8 sticker shock leave Microsoft unstuck?

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@Ru

"Neither Windows nor Microsoft is associated with positive customer experiences, and yet MS remain determined to brand everything Windows Windows Windows."

From my experiences I came to conclude that MS keeps a rather short termed memory. They do respect standards (especially their own) but when it comes to Windows history...

My take on consumer experiences would be the success which Windows 7 was. Of course, within comparison, but when looking at Vista then 7 was a huge advantage. Fun thing is that even critics are often lenient towards 7 and have a tendency to label it "decent".

So who knows; maybe MS thinks that this alone will provide enough leverage to get people moving into 8....

Still, like 'm or not; if there's one thing MS is pretty good at its turning something sh*t into something quite useful again. They've shown this time and time again when they had released a piece of software which was initially "so so" or plain out bad, yet (much) later releases would often show an (IMO) remarkable comeback.

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@Charles

"For all the negative press techies put on the Windows name, in the eyes of the average Joe, it's either Windows or Mac when it comes to computers"

I tend to agree, yet I also believe that this aspect is also one of the aspects which fuels the attention for tablets. In a way a tablet is a nice way out of the current market. (stereotyping:) "No buggy Windows and no overpriced Mac, simply something which /works/!".

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Apache releases first upgrade to HTTP Server in six years

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No matter how much others you'll try...

Chances are high that you'll always find your way towards Apache.

What I came to love and respect from Apache is its ease of use and its versatility. What may look like a boring and tedious way to configure your webserver (editing one or more plain text config files) is actually the most flexible way to do this. Esp. when you're operating with multiple websites.

Think about it; a nice "IIS like" wizard can be very helpful, sure. But how much fun is it going to be if you end up having to supply the exact same information again and again while you could as easily have performed a copy/paste with a text editor (and make the required changes afterwards, thus leaving the parts which are equal) ?

I started out with Apache myself, then I grew a liking towards Sun's JavaONE webserver (webserver with an 'embedded' Java engine, based on Netscape's iPlanet server). It was fun, I still hold it in high esteem but no longer use it. Supported both web interface as well as config files. But as soon as you started to edit stuff manually it quickly became tedious. No fun having to deal with XML in vi IMO.

Alas, I played a while with Apache on Windows, added Tomcat to the mix but that one's just not for me. And here Apache shows you just how extensive it can be; right now I'm experimenting with ASP out of all things. Apache has me covered there as well! Full front end server and all ASP snippets are easily proxied onto a backend IIS Express server.

IMO Apache is truly and by far one of the best webservers out there, and not just for Linux / Unix machines. Even on Windows it does a very impressive and remarkable job IMO.

The main difference is "apachectl configtest / apachectl graceful" vs. "httpd -t" / "httpd -k restart".

Well, and me starting metapad instead of vi :-)

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Ten... sub-£100 mono laser printers

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Amazed with Samsung!

Now, its not a 100 pound printer, slightly more expensive, but 1.5 / 2 years ago I got myself a multi-purpose Samsung SCX-4623 printer (laserprinter, scanner, copier and fax). First because I could get it fairly cheap, and second because this one fully supported networking.

Linux (CUPS) has always given me nothing but trouble with this one, but on Windows everything just works great. Quite frankly, its been almost 2 years now and its still going strong. Its very easy for a small office to have such a critter ready for work, but without the need to put it on your desk or table. It simply sits in the further side of the room.

Before I had this one I always figured Samsung to be good for phones, but that's it. Well, I had to re-adjust that idea a little ;-)

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Microsoft denies report of Office coming to iPad

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@All names

They got that covered already; either with 'Office 365' or their free Office webapps.

Every Hotmail ("Windows Live") user has free access to the common web applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) while Office 365 is said to provide more enhanced versions (I'm not talking from experience here, only what I read).

So basically if people would want to have Office on their iPad they can using these tools.

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Microsoft claims Google bypassed its browser privacy too

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IMO 2 are to blame, but....

First Google is obviously at fault here for violating standards. As many others already said; the times of "do no evil" are long behind us; now all that's left is hollow marketing talk.

However; IMO one has to wonder as well why MS allowed this to happen in the first place? If you require a code and the code turns out to be invalid doesn't it sound a bit peculiar to accept it anyway? Worse; provide "admin like" access on top of that ?

Still; the main blame sits with Google here IMO. Think about it this way: Would you have believed Microsoft if they claimed that you could no longer access Google's website with MSIE due to a code violation at the hands of Google themselves?

More importantly: could that have triggered a move from MSIE to Chrome because "At least Chrome allows me to access Google's websites without hassle" ?

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Google plots Chrome web password maker

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pwgen ?

Finally, about time. As people mentioned, its most likely going to be a locked-in feature, but still a useful one IMO.

Its the one thing I never could understand with Firefox and derivatives.. they already had a password vault, why could we never export said data and why hasn't anyone come up with the idea of adding some kind of pwgen program ?

Since the browser is open the whole time the plugin would have plenty of time to build its random pool, thus being able to come up with decent passwords. The ability to both generate and store these could have been a very helpful combination.

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Boy died after satnav fault delays ambulance

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There is probably some truth here...

Yet its most likely not SatNav which is to blame, but the operators of said ambulance.

Note; I'm not saying they are to blame, only that its possible. Here in Holland we've had a few of these issues as well. Yet that turned out to be a combination; some ambulances weren't using the most up to date maps, as such some streets and locations couldn't be easily dealt with. In those cases I'd say the ambulances (at least the people maintaining them) are to blame.

However, if that's the case here as well is something I obviously don't know.

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Brazilians unveil Microsoft SkyDrive's secret – revealing pics

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Clunky perhaps, but usable

SkyDrive might be a little hard to use when all you have is the browser. But as someone above also mentioned; you can easily install Windows Live Mesh and have that synchronize a directory on your computer onto SkyDrive. That makes its use a lot more pleasant.

Another thing to keep in mind is that some MS software already provides native support for SkyDrive. Office 2010 for example can also save file directly onto SkyDrive. The Windows phone has also been setup with SkyDrive in mind. So IMO its only logical that eventually some sort of desktop client should show up.

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How Google and Apple exposed their Achilles heels this week

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Archilles heels?

These aren't archilles heels, these were plain out mistakes. And some dumb ones too IMO.

An archilles heel is something you have to cope with because in the end there's nothing you can do about it, apart from applying extra protection of some sort. But nonetheless the weak spot remains, and it can totally break you.

A mistake otoh should be both avoidable and fixable. With regards to the Google wallet; IMO it is a major design flaw to tie a virtual wallet to a phone instead of the account being used. How hard is it to imagine that phones might get lost someday?

As to Apple... Same applies; if any its a rather poorly chosen revenue expectation. But hardly something which can make or break the entire company and it seems to me as if Apple immediately fixed their mistake, at least tried to.

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PlayStation Vita OS in your phone and telly - Sony's saviour?

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(too?) High quality hardware...

Approx. 3.5 years ago I moved from the rural city of Amersfoort to the wonderful town of Wageningen. It was then and there that I decided that I wanted to get a games console. Funny enough my main motivation was to use it as a media / Bluray player with 'enhanced' capabilities (playing games). I got lucky and could get myself a "media kit deal" which consisted of a bundle with PS3 & PSEye and to pick up the PSP with a big discount in the same purchase.

Up until now I still consider this purchase to be the best electronic device I've got so far.

It. just. works. ! Eventually I got more games, so 80Gb wasn't enough anymore. Guess what? /Without/ revoking warranty you can easily replace the HD (I now have 500Gb). Sony eventually introduced 'Move'. Since I already had the PSEye all I needed were the controllers. New technology on an "old" machine (by then the PS3 Slim had also been released). And it kept on working without me requiring to purchase upgrades or whatever. That feat is IMO impressive.

Of course the downside to all of this should be obvious... Vita is out yet I see no reason to replace my older PSP. Instead I got myself some larger memory sticks so that I could easily store purchases from the store. Large downloads aren't a problem either; I simply buy on the PS3, then transfer onto the PSP.

SO quite frankly; perhaps they sold too high quality hardware?

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Ten... digital adult toys

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Commision?

Apart from the obvious question which has been asked above already I wonder... If we click those "Buy from Amazon" links, does that give El Reg a nice commision? ;-)

This looks more like an ad. than anything else. Since we're on an odd level anyway I have to ask: why didn't you guys lend this to some female co-workers and had them write a review? :-)

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Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

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Back to basics?

Or totally out of inspiration? Perhaps they fired the only guy who was capable to come up with new logo design every time ?

I know I've become quite the critic when it comes to Windows 8 but here I simply see yet another fail. Ever since 3.1 the logo has always been RGB-Y, its very distinguishable and plain out recognizable. Even computer illiterates will pick the logo up as being Windows.

And now that everyone knows that this specific logo represents Windows you're going to change it into something which is so plain that its not even remotely fun to look at ?

otoh; maybe its a change for the best after all. Should Win8 indeed turn out into a disappointment (which I personally think is going to happen) then maybe some people won't associate it with Microsoft Windows due to the changed logo ;-)

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Anonymous knocks FTC site offline

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Victory?

No victory.. Begun, the acta wars have...

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Former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz shows his caring side

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@FatsBrannigan

Now.. I'll admit up front; I'm an ex Sun fan & customer (thus biased). But having said that....

While what you say is true wrt free software there's more to it IMO. Because there is one thing Sun didn't have going right and that was marketing. Some of their software products were plain out amazing! (IMO of course). I actively used Sun Java webserver; it could compete with Apache, it had a pretty cool web interface for configuration while /also/ fully supporting CLI. Best of both worlds. And obviously; a Java engine.

Sun Java System Web proxy server ? I could even make it pre-cache websites (in the morning) of which it had noticed that they were heavily visited. Even Squid never had this feature! And believe me; due to the dynamic (flexible) nature of the setup it managed to catch a lot of data while still making sure it would remain up to date.

"Free software". Sure.. You're right. But you're ignoring the fact that even despite these (IMO) extensive features most people didn't know this stuff even existed. Sun wasn't very good at marketing (IMO) so what's the next alternative ?

In the end your best bet is to appeal to home / hobby users and try to get those to learn about your stuff. And the best way to do that is presenting freebies. Sometimes the opinion or preference of a home / hobby user can go in deep and different ways. And lets be fair; its not as if this marketing scheme is something only modern companies have come up with...

WordPerfect, back in the "good ole 5.1 days". Where you had to cough an amount of money for a single wordprocessor which would now easily buy you MS Office Professional Plus (which isn't cheap!). Guess what? Employee's of a company which was using WordPerfect were allowed to copy the software and use it at home. No matter if it was for work, private or fun. If your boss had WP you could copy & use it without violating licenses.

Its not as if Sun went crazy here...

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New Mac OS X: Mountain Lion roars at unauthorised apps

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@AC

"Oh yeah sure then when the preview of the next OS rolls around and apple say "you know what our anonymous statistics showed only 1% of users unticked the box, so we removed it and made the OS even more like iOS""

"...so we removed it and made the OS even more /secure/".

There, couldn't help fix this for you ;-)

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Google befriends Microsoft with WinDroid tablets

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Another option...

Apart from the questions raised above I also wonder if it would be possible that neither Google nor Microsoft realizes the impact of made decisions. Google overlooking Windows 8 and Microsoft overlooking both Android 5 and this particular dual-existence feature.

Could be fun, because if this scenario holds truth then I think its safe to assume that the moment either company realizes all this they'll be running to their lawyers. There's got to be a patent violation or two to be found in there.... Katschjing!

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Symantec sues rivals in backup patents spat

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Articles like these...

Make me really happy not to live and work in the States.

Once these companies are done destroying the competition then what's next? Could it be possible that... "Wow, that small consultancy firm provides restoration solutions for its customers. I bet the bastard is restoring that data onto new hardware, probably stuff he sold himself. We'll sue!".

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Cisco complains to the EU about Microsoft/Skype deal

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money, money, money, money....

I bet that if MS would move some towards Cisco then everything will be water under the bridge, eh?

Amazing how people hold the Digium issue against MS suddenly. Yes; I cannot understand why you don't want a 3rd party to sell your intellectual property to its own customers while it got access to the source for /free/ in the first place. Especially put within the context that you (the current owner) are /also/ trying to make an income out of it.

Sure; whatever Digium gave away for free could be missed. Key issue here is that their main interest wasn't with that but with the selling stuff.

Realize that in the end businesses thrive on revenue and sales. NOT by good impressions alone.

Further more; I think its absurd to start wondering if MS is going to "kill" Skype. People asked the same question when MS took over Hotmail and look at it today; still available for free, still without demans to sign away your freedom ("we can use the e-mails global contents for ...") and still free of charge without getting invaded with a shitload of ads.

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Microsoft CFO bullish in Windows convergence and comms plans

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Break the cycle!

The problem as I see it is that MS doesn't keep up with the market as they should. Times have changed. Not only do we have Linux, we now also have entirely other systems (tablets for example) which make it easier for people to ditch Windows and "move on".

Another problem; when MS finally realizes that they missed an opportunity this aspect becomes key, no matter what. The ends don't justify the means!

But most of all MS needs to break the cycle of "bad - good - bad - good". Desperately (!!) IMO. Its still on today. Windows Phone: It has potential. If you use your phone as a tool and not as a means you don't care that "you can browse Internet by going into "programs -> Swipe to 2nd page -> Start "Browser" and then hit "OK"". What you want is to pick up the phone, click "Internet" (or any other easily recognizable option) and you're online.

That is what MS managed to deliver IMO. Only problem; they left too much out so that the first 'winphone experience' was plain out bad. Your own ringtones? Not possible. Using your phone for several programs at once; not possible. Sure; Mango came along, but its the first impression which counts the most!!

Here in Holland we've had 2 "official" introductions of the Windows Phone. First "Sorry, no Dutch yet" and second: "Dutch! but sorry; not special Bing features yet".

After a 'failed' first release a majority of people will no longer care. That is lost revenue. Sure; you may win them back eventually, but at what marketing costs ?

MS needs to get their act together IMO. And although I'll honestly admit that I grew a liking towards certain MS products (Win7 / Office 2010) I'm convinced that in the end we will all profit here, even if you don't like MS. We already lost Sun as a competitor; the less competitors we have left, the more easy it becomes for "others" to dictate the market.

At the time of writing I'll take Microsoft over Oracle any day of the week.

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Hey Commentards! This pre-populated 'reply to' is for you

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Re: Very good, now do it properly

10 print $replyTitle

20 goto 10

Private sub problemReport()

result = MsgBox("We're sorry, something went wrong with the website!", vbOKOnly, "Problem on website detected")

End sub

How about this one, it has everything. A buggy title report as well as a friendly warning to the unwary user.

Of course it doesn't fully work, but that's for the next programmer to worry about ;-P

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Did you even expect people to comment?

First thing which surprised me was that all the comments were fully across the screen. Then I noticed that the ads and everything else is gone from the right side of the screen.

Is it possible that El Reg considered this news so important that they figured no one would read it ?

Well, 2 pages worth of replies with lost advertisement revenue will show 'm!

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LibreOffice debugs and buffs up to v.3.5

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Finally some good progress

Now, even though I 'ditched' when OpenOffice went kablam I still like to keep an eye open for OSS developments and quite frankly I think this is a very good step in the right direction!

IMO the main problem with OpenOffice vs. MS Office (2010) has always been lack of progress on the part of OO. If you look at MS Office 2003 and compare that to the 2010 version its quite a difference (and I'm not referring to the GUI). If you do the same with OO you'll also pick up several differences, sure, but hardly as extensive.

I'm curious to see if (when?) LibreOffice will get "import pasting" on their Sheet application. Its one of those options which are hard to spot, but once you do its hard to miss out on.. Basically it allows you to import data from the clipboard and set it up. So say you have some CSV data in the clipboard you can add these into the sheet and have all values immediately separated.

A very handy option if you deal with some data which you picked up on a website or out of PuTTY.

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Cloudy bigshots eclipse open source

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Very narrow minded article IMO

The author has several good points. But whats with this cloud fascination? Customers who are currently using the cloud couldn't care less. Whether their stuff sits in the cloud or on a single server; as long as it works they're happy. That has absolutely /nothing/ to do with cloud nor open source. The cloud became popular because it was cheaper to use than regular hosting solutions.

You can't use "cloud" as a general entity anymore. I have a dozen virtual servers thus I'm using "the cloud" they say. A friend of mine got website hosting, thus he has webspace with a database to use. Guess what; he's also using "the cloud", or so they say.

How come that I have to perform maintenance and he doesn't? Didn't we both use "the cloud', or so you (dear author) tried to make us believe ?

"Open source has largely been a boon to developers, to vendors."

Nonsense. With this sentence you totally ignore the effects which open source and OSS in general have had on the market.

Back in the day, as an end user, I had to pay (from mind) approx. E 500,- to E 600,- to get my hands on a legit version of Microsoft Office. Keep in mind: that was it; full Office, no more, no less!

Nowadays? I can pick up a full Office for approx. E 120,- now, if I want a little more (say Outlook) I pay no more than approx. E 300,-. And that's not all; if I agree with MS' policy and get myself a Windows Live ID then I'll even get 25Gb online storage, Office webapps and means for (small) collaborating services in the same deal!

Do you /really/ think this would have been possible when solutions such as Star Office, Open Office and Libre Office ("open source software") weren't around? And that's just one example!

What have you been smoking lately? ;-)

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21st Century Sex: the shape of things to come

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Amazing how times can change...

I don't quite care for this topic but....

Seeing Fonda aka Barbarella in the excessive machine again after so many years I can't help wonder how things have slid down a bit and how much used we've become to so many things we never talked about in public 'back in the days'.

For better or worse is something I really don't know nor really care about. IMO its for the better; having these topics more easily discussed will only help parents to better inform their children.

Still, its amazing. I still recall seeing Barbarella the first time and the impact it left. But now its hardly as "excessive" (lame pun ;-)) as it was back then.

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