* Posts by ShelLuser

2100 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010

White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

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Re: No passwords at all!

Well, one thing is for sure: the people behind this website are complete idiots. I don't mean any offense, I seriously dislike name calling, but this is just beyond broken. Apparently something broke and my IP got blocked on their website. Normally a 403 should be just that, right? 403: Forbidden, get lost!

Their 403 page does things a "little" differently. It shows that they're using IIS 7.5 and it shows me the exact physical location of their website. D:\web-sites\sites\hammersmithtoday. I didn't do anything other than check and apparently get blocked. But getting blocked also means that they give you some very peculiar debug information.

Proof of concept: http://imgur.com/XFl3H3Q

And this is why I call them idiots. I'm an IIS administrator myself (even though I personally prefer Mono) and I can tell you one thing: IIS does not share this kind of information by default. It's actually one of the things I like a lot about it: its sane defaults. By default IIS will only show debug information (and stack traces and such) to local sources, not remote visitors.

So obviously someone changed this behavior themselves (edited Web.config).

Even so, now I can see why no one bothered to attack the website so far. I mean, I don't think there's any challenge at all here.

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Debian founder Ian Murdock killed himself – SF medical examiner

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@AC

"because it helps them feel better, at least for a while"

And in that moment of reality they place their own problems above those of the others. It's not as if depressed people hold a patent on being unhappy.

Life means you have choices which you can make. And you can also chose not to drink and instead try to seek help. Yeah, and now things become blurred.

Friends abandoned you? That only tells me one thing: you never told them about who you really were so they only saw the bad side. And that is also why I saw what I said above: because I can recognize myself in that story as well. A lot of people (not all!) don't speak up, they don't try to get help, they just suffocate themselves in their own world without stopping to think for one second what their actions means for those around them.

You can't blame everything on "it made me do it", there must come a time where you need to accept the consequences of your own actions.

Yet this seems modern society right now: "Me, myself and I" and who cares about the rest. And when it involves a somewhat famous person: how dare you criticize them?

So please guys: the next time you're in a bar and this total *hat comes up to you and insults you and your girlfriend and then tries to start a fight: don't fight him off. He could be simply depressed and yeah: you try dealing with that.

Sounds bizarre? Try telling that to Ian's neighbors who had to rely on the police dozens of times.

Because THAT is what most people easily forget.

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Selfish

I can well understand that it's not easy if you suffer from depressions, and so it shouldn't come as a surprise that some people will try to drink it away.

But I do think that you're pretty selfish if you drink excessively whilst knowing that you'll end up being a total pain in the ass for your peers and surrounding. Sure, life can suck and as said I can well understand that's not always easy to cope. But that should be no excuse, what so ever, to get yourself into such states where you now start to make other peoples live miserable. Especially if you know that you can't handle it.

It is a tragedy, I definitely don't deny that, and this is even more so for his family and next of kin. But having said that I still stand by my opinion: if you drink while knowing that you'll end up terrorizing the people around you then you're a very selfish S.O.B. in my book, no matter who you are or what status you might have achieved.

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Win 10 Anniversary: 'We're beginning to check in final code' says Microsoft

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The danger of "Software as a Service"....

... is that you don't own said software to begin with. It's no longer a piece of code which you bought (in reality: licensed for usage) but it has now become something in the likes of television. Meaning that you have no more control over the thing you're using, because all you're doing is renting it.

And if you don't think that companies would do this: change aspects of something over time, then I suggest you take a close hard look at the PS3 and some of its games (though I'm sure the same can be said about the XBox I'm only using PS3 because I know this for a fact): stuff changes.

Even though I bought a PS3 to play with (so I was happy with the way the PS3 worked - at that time -) they continued to change stuff. Sometimes for the good, but more than often also bad stuff. Like getting a new option for some stupid commercial game ("sing a long") which you can never remove. You can remove the game trial, but that stupid icon always remains.

Lets talk games: I bought GTA V. And I play GTAO (Grand Theft Auto Online) which somewhat makes it a service. Well: one of the things I like doing are gang attacks. You drive around the city, see a red circle and once you step in it a fight can break out and dozens of baddies try to shoot you. Even after R* has abandoned GTA V on the PS3 they still kept changing stuff in GTAO: amongst which the removal of several (popular) gang attacks.

Gran Turismo 5. A racing game on the Playstation. Version 5 has been completely obsoleted so: no more online gameplay for me. They simply disabled the option, gone, p00f: "go buy the new version you cheapskate!".

If all of that can legally happen with stuff you actually bought, then one can only imagine what might go wrong with software you're going to rent. Lets not forget that this is Microsoft we're talking about. These are the "geniuses" which deemed it a good idea to remove the color from all icons in their developer suite (making it pretty much unusable). The same "geniuses" who figured that a developer suite should follow desktop standards, even though there's no saying that the program will actually be used on the same desktop OS.

If Windows 7 eventually does run out of support and no liable alternatives are present (I might consider going Apple though, anything is better than Win10 IMO) then I think I know what I'll do next: I'll probably convert to FreeBSD entirely, while making sure to keep VirtualBox around in which I'll be running my current Windows 7 environment.

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Loose wrists shake chips: Your wrist-job could be a PIN-snitch

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Would never be able to get me

For the simple fact that I stopped wearing watches ever since I got a cellphone which also displayed the time. And I should have done this much sooner too in my opinion. No weight on your wrists, no risk of it getting stuck somewhere (this is especially true when repairing / working on computers) and it also doesn't leave tan marks.

No more watches for me :)

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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There's always FreeBSD

Guess the topic says it all. The current version, 10.3, has no such issues as can be seen in the Hardware release notes. amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, powerpc and sparc64 are all supported.

Anyway, I think it's a dumb move and one only driven by money (Ubuntu is a semi-commercial distribution after all). It would be sad if this would set a trend, because one of the good things about the open source Unix-like environments has always been that they're not so resource hungry as some "other" operating systems are. And I also think it heavily takes the hobby aspect away; comparable to Sony which eventually removed the "Install other OS" feature from the PS3.

I also can help think that they might be underestimating how much older hardware people actually still use. But anyway, at this point there are still plenty of alternatives.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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@Preston

"But don't criticize MS for trying to make money."

For me the problem here is that they're trying to make money by ripping me off. My PC came pre-installed with Vista Home Premium and I upgraded it myself to Windows 7 Professional. Ergo: I bought a Windows version which was said to be supported until around 2018. And here we are, I got 2 more years worth of support to go yet Microsoft seems more busy trying to get me to upgrade to Windows 10 than providing me what I paid for.

I don't mind Microsoft trying to make money, but I do expect them to live up to what they promised me: Windows 7 support until 2018/2019. And a hidden, forced, upgrade to Windows 10 does not fall into this category.

This is basically Microsoft telling me: "Well, you paid for support until 2018 but we're not going to give that to you, because we think you should now use Windows 10 instead!".

Like I said: that's not simply trying to make money, that's basically ripping people off by not providing them the services they paid you for. And I specifically use the term "ripping off" because unless you know what the heck you're doing then there's no way to stop the Windows 10 monstrosity from taking over your computer. Unintended, unwanted, so basically a rip off.

So personally I think people have every right to be upset here.

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Pollster who called the EU referendum right: No late Leave swing after all

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No polls when the moment is there IMO

I think there should be a complete ban on polls during the week where an event is held, whether this is a vote or a referendum. The problem is that polls and preliminary counts can heavily influence the outcome which I don't consider to be quite fair.

Please note than I'm not taking any sides with this opinion, I don't care if the polls go in favor or against, that's also totally not the point here. But I do think it would be a lot better if we don't get any "predictions" which more than often don't even turn out to be accurate at all.

Let people make up their own mind instead.

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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To me Brexit mostly shows...

That a lot of politicians and upper managers who don't have any clue what's actually happening in the real world are now being thrown back into reality and now their virtual masks get torn off. In other words: now you can really see for yourself how little they actually know.

Theory is not always equal to reality.

Welcome... to the real world.

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Re: What a load of cobblers

Makes me wonder what they'll do if you don't have any social media accounts. I don't, never had and I have on intention of ever getting one.

Maybe they'll "persuade" you to start one so that they can keep taps on your vacation :P

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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@J.R.

Exactly.

Isn't it odd how us in Holland get the same "motivation speeches"? What could the Brexit mean for us: more costs, it'll be harder to go to England, it'll be much harder to get back, etc, etc.

Basically: "Gas prices in Holland will go up when the Brexit happens" a Dutch news article once claimed. To which I had an obvious question: "So if we don't get a Brexit would that be a guarantee that the prices will remain the same?".

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Microsoft releases cross-platform .NET Core 1.0 at Linux event

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@Krypty

Well, trust is one thing but I think there's even a more compelling reason: Mono. Mono and mod-mono have been around for ages now and although there are still a few quirks here and there it's pretty robust and stable in the overall.

So on one hand you have a similar (better known?) product which has already proven itself (and works very well with most popular webservers) while on the other you have this new and unknown product which might have plenty of bugs in it as well.

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Inside the World of the Dark DDoS

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Who to blame? Yourself!

I think the main cause for all this chaos is a very obvious but also often ignored one: ignorance. And sometimes even accompanied with total unwillingness to do something about it and to think about what you're doing. The "I don't need to worry about security because I use OpenBSD. On that subject: how do I install software again?". And I only mentioned OpenBSD because of its reputation for safety, you can basically swap it out for any other Unix-like operating system.

When people connect computers to the Internet they're more than often totally ignorant about the possible risks. Totally convinced that there's no need for all that because who would want to hack their computer, right? All they want is to run their own stuff and they don't need all the extra fuss.

Yet that is usually when the problems begin. Too many people don't realize that every single computer is a welcomed one because it only helps to expand the next botnet even further. And the worst part is obviously that most people don't realize what's going on until it is too late. Worse: with todays broadband providers and cheap bandwith it also wouldn't surprise me one bit that plenty of people even fail to realize the obvious when it is too late. Shrugging the extra bandwith away and thinking their services became more popular.

In my experience the excuses can vary from "I use a safe OS", to "My computer has a dynamic IP address, so I'm safe as long as I'm not hosting anything". Where the latter doesn't even know how to use netstat.

Want a secure Internet? Why not start small with going over your own stuff, instead of ignoring it while thinking "this would never happen to me".

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Thinking of using multiple clouds? Don't do it, stick with us says AWS CEO

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Of course a cloud provider would say this...

The main problem, as I see it, is that if you move everything within the services of a single cloud provider then you're automatically a lot less flexible than if you keep your setup spread around a bit. It might be a little more expensive but if one cloud provider suddenly runs into problem (which has happened plenty of times in the past) then you can still rely on the other. So you could even consider the extra costs as some kind of insurance.

And if your setup is spread then it also becomes (a bit) easier to switch providers if you want or need to, because only a smaller portion of your infrastructure would need to be reconfigured.

There's more to this story than ease of use alone in my opinion.

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Assumptions, assumptions...

In general, for the IT industry this is not good - the question is how it unfolds and how the industry can recover its position."

So it is not good, but also remains to be seen how things unfold. But if it's not clear how things unfold then how can you already conclude that it's not good?

I'm getting a little tired of all the negative propaganda. "It's not good at all, but we don't know what's going to happen". Yeah, and if the economy does veer up and becomes stronger again, then what are those guys going to say?

I'm not claiming that it is going to be great (I simply don't know, even though I personally believe that it's going to be) but what's with all the negativity? Sore losers perhaps?

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Dutch court says BREIN should get e-book uploaders' names

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BREIN

BREIN, which is Dutch for "Brain" if you hadn't guessed, isn't really fixing anything. Look at Pirate Bay, that was their crown jewel, the one thing they stood up for. Even took rides back and forth to Sweden to put the pressure on (all paid for by the Dutch taxpayers). And the end result? Well, the Pirate Bay still exists.

SO what do you do when you can't regulate the bad guys? Simple: then you try to "do what's best" and censor them; you force several ISP's to block the Pirate Bay because "Pirate bay is bad, mkay?". Of course who cares that you're now plain out censoring innocent bystanders. And well: that pesky law which actually allows Dutch citizens to freely download contents is best ignored as well.

A blockade which has since then been removed as well I might add. I'm connected through one of the ISP's which took it to court (and initially lost) but right now I can once again access the Pirate Bay without any problems at all. Another "victory" for BREIN (and I can only shudder at the thought of how much tax money got wasted over this one).

BREIN is only here for one thing: their own survival and their own income. It is an organisation which has people on the payroll afterall, which automatically means one thing: revenue is most important to them. Without revenue no options of profit and without profit no company survives.

It's always the #1 thing puzzling me: BREIN demands financial settlements, but where's that money going?

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77 per cent ignore company social media policies

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Breaks can help, IF your mindset is ok

I'm a systems administrator and I used to follow a very specific and personal regulation: during the Friday I would keep a window open where I was logged onto an IRC network. The whole day... Of course it also helped that I was logged onto my own server, which also functioned as the IRC server. So there was no risk what so ever that the company IP could leak out or get abused.

And it can definitely help you take your mind of things, but the most important part: the person who does this needs to be able to handle the distractions. All my friends in the #linux channel knew that Fridays, during the day, I could go AFK any second. Because obviously work comes first. And as long as you stick to that mindset then there's nothing wrong with spouting a few comments right after you set a new server to work on updates, or right after you fixed Ms. Jones permissions on the server so that she can work on her Word document again ("I'll promise not to click "protect" a next time").

But yeah: don't give me this educational nonsense. It's entertaining, it's relaxing, but it's not educational all the time. It can be, sure, I've also had good moments when I discussed Linux kernel settings with some friends, which suddenly gave me new ideas to optimize stuff for our company server.

Here's the thing: what works for me doesn't have to work for you. I also know plenty of people who'd get stuck in IRC all day long and wouldn't get any work done. So a company has to start somewhere, especially bigger ones.

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

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Predator and prey perhaps?

Obviously not all dinosaurs were carnivores but I think it's safe to assume that most mammals must have been sitting lower on the food chain. Well, it's commonly known that predators keep other species in check, which in their turn often give birth to more siblings in order to increase their chances of survival.

Take the predator out of such an equation and you'll risk overpopulation because the hunted species can now reproduce pretty much unlimitedly, something which has happened quite a few times when people decided to remove a certain animal or place another outside of its natural habitat.

So I can't help wonder if the same could have applied here as well. With the removal of a lot of predators the mammals could much more easily reproduce and survive.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Copying a client list is a stupid thing to do...

There's much more at stake here than merely the protection of personal data. Sure; as a sales person or whatever you may have kept a personal relationship with your clients. But never forget that you were also representing a company and offered specific services which your client(s) liked. You were a big part of it, sure, but it didn't fully evolve around you but what you had to offer them. Also: without the company you worked for you would most likely never have met your clients in the first place, so is that data really yours to take? I beg to differ.

And that's what some people don't really get. I've experienced this situation myself a few times where a contact person switched jobs and then suddenly contacted me again and yeah, he had good news: he could offer better services. Cautious as I always am I listened to him, learned that he had switched jobs and then it was time for me to play the devils advocate. What the <censored> was he thinking? Sure I liked to keep in touch with my contact person, but my primary concern was what the company he represented had to offer me.

I did not like it one single bit and have contacted both his previous employer as well as the new company he was representing and made it very clear that if they pulled a stunt like that again then I would file an official complaint, at the very least for spamming and intrusion, and I demanded that my contact info was to be removed from their database(s).

Just because you found a new job doesn't mean that I have to like the new company you represent.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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@AC

I have to agree, but for a different reason: "Don't shoot the messenger".

Sueing Google, Twitter and Facebook is the easy and cheap way out, leaving the real culprits untouched. If I post something obnoxious through one of those sites (which I can't anyway because I don't have social media counts) then who's to blame? Them or me?

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Admins in outcry as Microsoft fix borks Group Policy

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Didn't bother me at all ;)

Ok, I'll admit up front: this is a little bit of a troll post but still meant somewhat seriously. You can check my past posts for that ;)

Ever since Microsoft has EOL'd 2k3 server and chopped TechNet my company decided that there wasn't enough budget to warrant an extra license merely for testing. It simply went outside of the budget (can't blame 'm). We moved to FreeBSD with Samba, Apache, PostgreSQL and Mono (mod-mono) and never looked back. In all honesty: this isn't enterprise sized we're talking about, but still big enough.

As said, we never looked back. The only patching we're doing is using portsnap :)

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Apple nominated for Internet Hero of the Year, Donald Trump for Villain

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@doug

Fully agreed with you. Personally I don't really like Apple, in my opinion their products are sometimes overpriced and they also perform a shady business when it comes to warranties (read: deliberately ignoring Dutch law for example) but this issue definitely gains them a lot of my respect.

"The fact that another way was found to access the data on that particular phone, and that supporting their users was also acting in their own corporate interest doesn't change that."

Well, it has been a while (and I'm too lazy to look it up) but if memory serves me right it was actually also partly because of the feds themselves that they couldn't get more data from that phone. They turned the whole thing off even though it was still set to perform automated backups. One more cycle and they could have gotten more from it as well (once again: I can't rule out the option that I'm mixing up facts here).

"I think almost everyone would acknowledge that Apple took a risk with their position, as the FBI carefully chose that case to push all the right buttons in the average person's mind to make them look bad for refusing to help in the way the FBI was asking."

Hypocrisy at its finest IMO, especially if you keep in mind that Apple had complied to all other wishes from the Feds, even having no problem with giving them access to previously mentioned backups. Apple stood up for the rights (and privacy) of its customers which is something you can only respect.

Still... Even though I'm happy with the turn out I also can't help wonder what would have happened if this had been taken to court. Would be funny if the legal system would have ruled against the prying of the Feds (which I think would have been quite likely) :)

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This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

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This is what happens...

... if you let people make laws about topics they hardly know anything about. Then you get stuff which sounds perfectly reasonable in theory, but as soon as its being put to the test then the whole thing comes crumbling down.

To me this is no different from politicians which make certain laws which contains so many errors and technicalities that a lawyer can easily rip it to shreds.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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@djstardust

"Sad world when money can buy personal details for who knows what reason."

Just wondering: do you happen to have a Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account by any chance? Because if the issue of buying personal details bothers you then trust me when I say that LinkedIn isn't your only problem here. Major difference is that this got fully open in the news, and that those other companies tend to keep a little more quiet about it. But don't think for one second that the data you provide those three companies with also stays with those three companies.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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Re: Do I really want Microsoft to have full access to my professional history?

Now, you shouldn't trust multi-million cooperation because first and foremost things evolve around their revenue and nothing else. But... I also think it's fair to say that out of all the companies out there Microsoft has proven themselves to be more caring about the individual users privacy than others. Well, at least that's the impression I've been getting.

Just read their several user agreements. Heck, lets take a very easy example: my Windows phone. Every time I used a certain feature for the first time (keyboard, speech recognition, e-mail, etc.) I got asked if I would allow Microsoft access to some data for "improvements". You know, the commonly used "phone home" feedback. I even skipped a few because I was not in the mood for those questions because I wanted to get some work done.

Each and every time the option turned out to be opt-in. It was disabled by default and the question was basically if I'd allow them to activate it. Most phones have all this stuff turned on by default, making it opt-out.

Microsoft has done some severely stupid and intrusive things, I'm not denying any of that, but in this current situation (also looking at the several end user agreements) I'd sooner trust Microsoft with more personal data than, say, Google (even though, in all honesty, Google also never makes a secret out of it that they want to make money from using your data).

Of course anything can change.

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: Eh?

"I see no synergy here."

I do, sort off. You see, before we had Microsoft accounts which granted you access to their services we had MSN. Microsoft Network. It was basically rolled into Hotmail but in the end it was still MSN, and much more than a media site alone. It was a social media network on its own, but without the more intruding stuff which you had in areas such as Twitter and Facebook. In fact: this was the only social media network I somewhat used. Heck; together with MSN Messenger things simply worked.

Well, we all know what happened next. They bought Skype and that was suppose to replace MSN Messenger, the whole MSN network also got dumped in favour of Microsoft accounts and that was basically it. Skype would replace some of the functionality (I never liked Skype though) and using outlook.com you could "somewhat" use social-media alike stuff.

So here we are. Instead of expanding on something they already had and trying to perfect it they dumped it in favour of stuff which a lot of people never cared for. And now they're trying to re-invent the wheel using LinkedIn. Of course at a time where lots of people have given up on this as well.

I have to give Microsoft some credit: if anyone can make something out of the mess which is LinkedIn right now it's Microsoft in my opinion. They certainly have the potential. Only problem: will anyone actually care?

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Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

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Short sighted idiocy...

Too many people think that once Britain steps out of the Eurozone then international trading will collapse, treaties won't work, they won't be able to run commercial airliners, etc, etc.

Such a load of bollocks.

Before we had this EU monstrosity (personal opinion) the individual countries were quite capable of setting up trade agreements and such amongst themselves. And take the United Nations, that council also exists without creating any physical links between all the seating countries.

I can appreciate that some people might oppose the idea of a Brexit, just like I expect them to respect my opinion that a Brexit is most likely going to stimulate Britain's economy quite severely (just look at all the stuff you don't have to be paying for anymore, such as the Ukraine fundings).

However, I do think you shouldn't portrait a false information based on fear, just like you also shouldn't make things look too optimistic than they are either. I can definitely agree that a Brexit might hold some negative consequences also, and I'm also not suggesting that Britain will immediately head into a new golden age.

But it's not as if a Brexit will mean the end of the world and civilisation as you knew it.

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Microsoft thinks it's fixed Windows Server mess its last fix 'fixed'

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I might be inclined to help, but...

Here's my personal gripe with the whole thing: when the customers complain about issues which really matter a lot to them yet don't really fit into Microsoft's plans (think about the colour removal in Visual Studio) then they more than often get the silent treatment and nothing happens.

But when Microsoft needs us then all of a sudden user input has become important to them?

Not only doesn't that inspire confidence, it also gives me a sense of hypocrisy at work.

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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

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@naive

I agree about the open source comment (see my comment further below) but your argumentation is flawed nonetheless:

"The world should really move on to OpenSource for this kind of stuff, in the end many eyes see more."

Actually they don't, not per definition. Think about the Debian OpenSSL disaster; the package maintainer had altered the source code. Not just that; he had altered the very engine of OpenSSL itself. Yet it took the Debian community approx. 3 years before the problem was discovered and fixed. Causing a major uproar because all keys and certificates which were created with this OpenSSL version were vulnerable.

Never underestimate how easy it is to overlook the obvious.

Still, I do agree with you but for different reasons. Open source usually has no commercial interests attached to their products. If they screw up then that's that: they screwed up and will admit to that. An example can be seen above. Yet you never know with companies such as these. Because they also got a reputation to keep in mind and will also want to secure their revenue. Trust me: their revenue has a much higher priority than doing the right thing in admitting that they've been breached.

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This is why I prefer open source (VNC)

No, I'm not your average fanboy who is now going to whine (without bread) how perfect the whole thing is.

The culprit is commercial interests. Of course TV wouldn't admit if they've been hacked; it would be bad publicity which could cost them money. So... And this isn't something reserved for TV, its the same with most commercial software (companies) out there. As such: when it comes to issues as these I'll take OSS any time.

I have to be honest: I'm biased because I dislike the TV usage policy. Its free for non-commercial use but companies have to pay dearly. So what happens? Customers could more or less "force" you into using TV because that's what they like, some may even not understand why you refuse because they overlook the fact that TV is not free.

And there's more. VNC isn't depending on anything but the users own knowledge. I don't need a remote (3rd party) server which needs to have access. Granted: using VNC can be more difficult because you'll need IP addresses and such, but there is a way to overcome all that: the listening viewer.

My customers have VNC server installed (not active all the time) and it's even shielded by their firewall. When I need to connect to them I ask them to "attach listening viewer", iow: connect their server to my client. Sure, it's harder to set up (I needed to add DNS names and such) but also more secure.

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Minecraft marketing mods miff Mojang

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Hypocrisy?

I get the strong impression that Mojang are slowly turning into a bunch of hypocrites where commercial use of their product is concerned. Worse yet: I also don't think that's their intention, but the way they act and make it sound does fuel this opinion only more.

In this new update they state: "We want to empower our community to make money from their creativity, but we’re not happy when the selling of an unrelated product becomes the purpose of a Minecraft mod or server.".

All fine and well, but that's not something you said 2 years ago (and which comment has never been changed): "Over the past week there’s been lots of discussion about Minecraft servers and your right to monetise them. Legally, you are not allowed to make money from our products. There has been one exception to this rule so far - Minecraft videos. We’re about to make a second exception - Minecraft servers.". See their article here about server monetisation.

And now they're suddenly saying that we should be able to make money from our creativity? Then I start to wonder what kind of creativity they're talking about, because it doesn't seem to apply to mods (Minecraft "plugins"), in-game structures or basically anything related to Minecraft. Because their official stance (see their EULA) has always been: Essentially the simple rule is do not make commercial use of anything we've made unless we've specifically said it's okay. Oh and if the law expressly allows it, such as under a "fair use" or fair dealing" doctrine then that's ok too - but only to the extent that the law applicable to you says so.

Right, lets look at their opinion on people making mods ('plugins'), it's from that same EULA: "Any Mods you create for the Game from scratch belong to you (including pre-run Mods and in-memory Mods) and you can do whatever you want with them, as long as you don't sell them for money / try to make money from them and so long as you don't distribute Modded Versions of the Game.".

So summing up: their current article says that they want to empower the Minecraft community to make money from their creativity but their EULA says you can't make money from mods, in-game structures, or anything related to Minecraft. I consider that a clear display of hypocrisy, because eventually they don't want anyone to make money from using their game while they now imply that they do allow for that.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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@ac

Finally someone who got it... So much that. Apps and features. Mostly decent apps.

The author mentions stuff such as: "Play to DLNA was included on those launch devices, but there was no clipboard. Businesses wouldn’t get VPN or S/MIME support until three years later." but really, who cared about that? Those launch devices couldn't even decently store appointments, and todo lists were non existent. Synchronizing with Outlook? Difficult.

Then after the first update we finally got the option to better synchronize data, everything except todo lists. That has never worked on WP7; synchronizing them with Outlook. I eventually resorted to using OneNote, which "worked" but obviously was hardly as useful as Outlook (in Outlook on my desktop I could get reminders about todo's, but not when they were stored somewhere in Onenote).

SO yah, the author starts talking about VPN's and stuff, the problem was really much more simple than that. The launch devices simply lacked decent applications and support for common business tasks.

And just for the record: this comment comes from a fan. I got myself a WP7.5 device, eventually upgraded to 7.6 (iirc) and even to this date I actually like it. It does what I need from it, I learned to work around the mishaps, so yah. But I'll also be the first to admit that it had fail written all over it.

Next: Windows 8. That was a sure way to make people outright hate metro. But, that was metro on the desktop. Now, try presenting those people with a phone and then tell them that it runs metro as well. Do you honestly believe they'll even bother to try? Of course not, not with Win8 fresh in mind.

I honestly believe that WP could have worked, it could have build a good market share. But it had one major enemy. Not Nokia, not Google, none of those... No: Microsoft.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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@VinceH

"Yes, it says it "helps users understand" their options - and not that it "takes away users' options and shafts them from behind when they're not expecting it""

And it has done just that. The problem here is simply that you fail to understand that you don't have multiple options, there's only 1 intended: install Windows 10. That is your option, and once the install has finished you'd understand as much.

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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

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@Version

I downvoted you also, but for completely different reasons...

A lot, if not most, governments have been privatizing several of their activities and let commercial companies deal with the aftermath. So basically; things which used to be provided by the government (and paid for from our tax money) now turned into a commercial undertaking and we had to pay for their services.

With one small detail: the amount of taxes people got to pay basically remained the same. Effectively meaning that we started paying the same amount of taxes while the government suddenly did much less for us in return than they used to.

And this happened in several European countries.

So yah, there's a little more to that story than simply "I pay taxes to help the government help me".

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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There's one small problem though...

We can send in issues using the feedback hub, only usable on Windows 10. So what happens to those brave insiders who wish to remain on Windows 7 and still send in feedback about Win10? ;)

Now, this comment isn't fully honest because there are more ways to do that. But it always struck me as a little odd that they narrowed it down so much.

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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

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@Dave

"just lots of people trying to connect with me so that they can try to sell me stuff"

Which could just as easily originate from a bunch of spam drones. In other words: compromised accounts from people who thought just like you and also didn't see the need to apply better security.

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Norton bans kernel.org

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Perfect example...

...why you shouldn't let others run your browser. In many cases black / white -lists are only hurting your options, nothing more or less.

And just to explain how utterly ridiculous this is: kernel.org doesn't even run advertisements (#1 source of virusses and other nasty malware).

Still.. I wonder if their javacode code has anything to do with this. Opera (developer mode) spots a lot of javascript code from an "unknown domain".

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Bold stance: Microsoft says terrorism is bad

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There is a problem with this...

Trying to hide the truth that there are dangerous radical minded people out there does not make it go away. And even though I have no love lost for groups such as IS and other ones I do believe in free speech. Here's the culprit: if you think highly of free speech and the freedom to express oneselves then you should keep in mind that this includes both sides of the medal: topics and ideas you might agree with just as much as the opposite: stuff you totally oppose.

And on that subject: let them express themselves, it would also act as a good source of information for us; a reminder as to why these people should be considered dangerous.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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This is awesome!

I'm a vivid FreeBSD user and as you may or may not know ZFS support has been part of that OS for quite some time. I love it. I lived the launch of ZFS on Solaris, and it was highly anticipated. Heck, us Solaris fans started being a little disappointed because several exciting features (ZFS, zones and BrandZ (virtual machines)) didn't make it into the first release of Solaris 10 but got added later on.

And ZFS has come along way since then. It's highly useful because it allows you to completely share your valuable disk space while still allowing for filesystem separation (you know: /var vs. /usr for example). And the best part: although you'll get the most out of ZFS when you set up a mirror it is not a direct requirement. You can easily use ZFS using a single hdd as well.

So with that congratulations to Ubuntu! I think this is very good news for Linux. ZFS is pretty exciting and it's a good thing that Linux users get to enjoy it also.

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Europe's digi-boss tells YouTube to cough up proper music royalties

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Let me translate this for you...

I'll bet some of you lucky folks don't speak "European" so yeah: $overpaid_politician discovers new ways to generate revenue and tries to go for it.

Because that's the main issue with these kinda of deals: the royalties hardly ever find their way to the artists themselves. And in some ways its plain out hypocritical too. In Holland we have to pay extra taxes on "data carriers" (think CDR's, DVDR's, blank VHS tapes, etc.) to compensate all those poor artists. But in return we also have the right to make a reserve copy of every media carrier which we buy (CDs, DVDs, etc.). Just too bad that many copyright protection schemes prevent this from happening. And of course there's no way to demand such a copy either.

Which leaves us with the question why we're paying all that extra tax for in the first place?

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Saw-inspired horror slowly deletes your PC's files as you scramble to pay the ransom

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What's more shocking though...

Is that a lot of those ransomware viruses get spread through none other than advertisements. Obviously compromised advertisement sources, but none the less: the culprit didn't have much chance on clients which used an AdBlocker of some sorts. And it makes perfect sense too: if you manage to compromise such an ad source then you'll automatically target several websites at once. Win-win.

This happened a few weeks ago in Holland where dozens of very well known newspaper and media sites turned out to be the (temporary) distributors of such a notorious ransomware virus. And to add insult to injury some of those sites even used "adblock warnings". You know: you enter the site and you're alerted that you're using an ad blocker and are also requested to turn it off.

So basically, during the time of the virus, the sites themselves helped to actively spread it. Provided someone actually followed up on the "adblock disable advice" of course.

Which is why I think that ad blockers should be considered security software: worthy extensions of virus scanners and other tools to block nasty things from happening on your PC. Ask yourself this: what's more worth to you: the security of your computer or the revenue of a 3rd party? The problem should be obvious: you may consider said 3rd party as a trusted source, but even if you do you'll have no way of knowing where all the advertisements will be coming from.

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Embrace, extend – and kill. Microsoft discontinues RoboVM

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@Herby

You say Microsoft doesn't care, so I think you failed to read this snippet: "In addition, Xamarin/Microsoft is offering full refunds to existing customers as well as free subscriptions to either Xamarin Test Cloud or HockeyApp.".

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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He did the right thing IMO

Its a hornets nest. Another problem is that you don't know if his e-mail would have been appreciated or could be filed as sexual harassment. One way or the other erotics has no place in the office, so this is definitely the best way to go: remove it, the guy will probably have gotten the hint and yeah...

Then again: maybe because the e-mail got deleted the guy felt rejected by the woman and so he left the company? ;)

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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@John

Well... I remember a Dutch TV show (talkshow) which featured a highly intellectual guy (I don't fully recall the context) and Miss Holland (don't know which year). They started talking somewhat casually and then the host mentioned how this could be perfect: if they had a child then it would probably be beautiful and highly intelligent. So in other words perfect.

So the professor looks up, grins, and says to the host: "Or the child could get my looks and her brains" after which the whole audience had to laugh it out ;)

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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I can't believe...

When looking back then I can't believe that I actually applied for the "Windows 10 insiders program" (before its launch) because I figured it would be a good thing to keep up with current developments. Now you actually have to take plenty of effort in order NOT to upgrade.

Clear signs that Microsoft is slowly but steadily totally loosing it.

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Microsoft traps and tortures poor little AI in soulless Minecraft world

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Re: Virtual world, with AI slaves bound to pointless tasks.

The singularity will occur in Minecraft.....and it will be angry.

Now all we can do is hope that it won't be a creeper, because that would have quite some impact ;)

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Polite, helpful? Stop it at once in the name of security

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Easily turned around...

"Politeness is your enemy."

No, its not. Lack of education and instructions is. Making people fully aware why keeping the door open even for a colleague could be a bad thing. Many IT guys keep up an unhealthy attitude regarding their policies and users and would easily answer questions about them like: "Because we say so!". Yeah, that's a sure way to motivate your users to help you do your job. Not!

If you keep creating an "us vs. them" environment then it's in my opinion inevitable that there will be plenty of users who won't take you seriously or would rather ignore you than pay any attention to what you say to them (because all you'd say is that you know best anyway).

On top of that: weakest link anyone? If opening the door for someone else could indeed be that big of a disaster then I think you have a serious issue with single point of failure.

Helpfulness is also your enemy.

Depends. In the above scenario I'd say trying to help your users to understand instead of creating an environment as "We know best" could actually have some good results. Here's not saying that it would apply all the time, but usually these bigger issues start small.

And you're also ignoring other underlying issues here. When people feel the need to be extra helpful towards their users then isn't it possible that they realize that some procedures are actually doing more harm than good?

For example: requiring that people use an 8 digit password with all sorts of extra's to make sure it's hard to crack. Yeah, obviously some won't be able to remember that and will write it down. And sure it gets taped to the computer so that they don't risk of loosing it.

As an IT guy I can see the horror in that scenario. But as someone who can also place themselves in the role of the end user I understand perfectly well why someone would do that.

Here's another question for you: how likely is it that people would try to crack user passwords from their own terminals, especially considering that there's often a lock out threshold? Also: if the password is easy to remember then there's less chance that the user would write it down. The main area where this could become a problem is if the data got intercepted somehow or if people tried to bruteforce the actual password database. Yet that part often doesn't get as much attention than the user passwords.

I'm not making this up... plenty of organizations, where Sony is the most obvious example, had very specific polities for user passwords to make sure things were safe. Only to end up getting stored in a plain text file.

Translated: users need to remember a 10 digit password, while the servers are all open and permanently logged onto as root or administrator, simply because the server room door is locked and only a select few have the key. Sure. So basically the single point of failure has now become 1 simple, yet physical, door. Some call that security, I call that false hope and, as mentioned, a severe single point of failure.

Of course it's the users who get the most blame.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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Microsoft's major mistake is a simple one...

For the record: even though I'm a vivid and enthusiastic Unix administrator (quite the passionate one at that) I also appreciate and value all the things which you can do in Windows. Although the target audience maybe the illiterate end user there's also a lot of stuff going on underneath the GUI and there's plenty of tinkering and discovering to do.

Please note that I'm not claiming that Windows is without any flaws or issues. But I do think some people don't give it the credit which it deserves. There's a very solid infrastructure underneath (MMC anyone?) and there's plenty of stuff which you can do on the commandline. Starting/stopping a Windows service? No, I don't use services.exe or services.msc for that. I more than often use sc.exe instead (just start it, you'll see what I mean).

But what Microsoft needs to really get into its thick skull is that this isn't the 80's anymore. The market is no longer something you can dictate by throwing (sometimes): horrid stuff at it and expecting people to buy i(n)t(o) anyway because they don't have a choice. Thanks to the power of the Internet; the power of social media and the massive share of knowledge people do have a choice. Worse yet (worse for the vendors): they now also realize as much, or can easily find out with a few mouse clicks.

Yet here we are.. It seems to me that the only thing Microsoft has "learned" from the Windows 8 drama is that this freedom of choice is what got their OS the downfall so what is the logical step to take? Apparently not making your choice of option as appealing as possible, but instead trying to take away that choice of freedom.

Like I mentioned above: this isn't the 80's anymore! I've seen people who were very happy with WIndows 7, even Windows 8, and completely freaked out when Windows 10 happened. Merely because they felt oppressed. They didn't got any choice in the matter, "Big brother" was running their PC and that was a clear sign to them that it was time to try this "Linux thing" and get rid of Windows completely (true story). And the worst part: even though I actually admire Windows and how far Microsoft has come so far I really can't blame those guys. Worse yet: I think they're completely right too.

I'm pretty sure that there are plenty of manages and beancounters and others who actually have studied all this and they know what's good for Microsoft. Bollocks!

PowerShell. That was good for Microsoft, because it actually managed to get talked about on Unix fora where even Unix fanboys (you know, the "I hate Windows because... you can't open it") had to admit that PowerShell "wasn't all that bad".

Mono. That was also good for Microsoft because plenty of players could respect the fact that Microsoft allowed a bunch of fans to hack into their crown jewels (pun intended) and provide .NET on other platforms. Many people enjoy mod-mono (yours truly included) but not only that: got a nice taste of what working with a Microsoft standard was all about.

But everytime Microsoft has something good they feel the need to enforce other stuff on us. Visual Basic 6 anyone? It's EOL is waay behind us, Microsoft opted and pushed heavily on .NET but a large group of programmers remained who won't let VB die out like that. Because VB can get you places where other languages can't, not that easily anyway. Only now has Microsoft finally realized the obvious and they're actually adding the VB dll's to later versions of Windows so that code can run without the missing DLL messages.

So yeah. Microsoft's mistake is that they don't try to appeal to the masses. And when something good hits them then it seems they're even too stupid to realize it. Give people what they want, not what you think they need. What people need is getting what they want. And when done right then giving them what they want could even be good for you Microsoft.

But if you keep this up then I honestly fear for the worst. It would be well deserved, but not something I'd enjoy. Because the less players we have on the IT market the more vulnerable us consumers become to getting even more crap pushed down our throats. Because then we won't have as many choices as we do now.

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Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

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@AC

Well, I consider myself a Windows (7) fan but even I don't appreciate all this. Here's my problem: I paid solid money for Windows 7 (my PC got shipped with Home Premium, I upgraded it manually to Professional), and when I bought it I was told that it would be supported until 2018 at least.

So what I want is my moneys worth: support until its EOL. And that doesn't include a forced (and hidden) upgrade to Windows 10 just because they claim it is better. I know it's not.

My problem: If Microsoft is already so untrustworthy that they'll try to sneak their way out of providing me the experience I paid for, then what guarantees do I have that this won't happen more often in the future? Especially considering how much Win10 relies on Microsoft (app store anyone?).

If they push any further then I might even go as far as to consider Apple. I still think their products are overpriced, but as far as I know they don't try to force upgrades down your throat like this. And most of the software I use professionally has versions available for both Win and Mac.

Better thread lightly Microsoft. Because I'm pretty sure that if I start to toy with the whole idea then there are bound to be many others like me. And that would get you the exact opposite of what you're trying to achieve here...

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Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

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The more he talks, the more credibility he loses...

If there's one thing becoming obvious now it should be the issue of Ballmer talking the talk which is "best for business". Heck, I don't care if he dislikes or hates Linux; we're all entitled to our own opinion. Even nutjobs like Steve Ballmer. But at least try to ensure that it doesn't cloud your business issues.

Like when some Microsoft devs. demonstrated how they expanded on virtualisation which allowed Windows Server to natively run Linux. This isn't an issue of being in favor or either OS, it's merely looking at the effort people put in to make this work. Yet here we have Ballmer who couldn't share his disdain for Linux again with commenting that it "looked ugly" to him. Must have been fun for those developers; getting their work "praised" like that.

So yeah; now that Microsoft is operating more on the Linux area all of a sudden it's becoming "different". Such a transparent fail...

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