Re: The problem is, usually Linus is right
Just got to your post, Bazza.
Have an upvote.
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Just got to your post, Bazza.
Have an upvote.
"...Re: The problem is, usually Linus is right
I think the point is that such behaviour is unnecessary and counter-productive at best..."
I happen to agree. It's one thing to be honest. Even brutally so, sometimes. It's another to shout and be abusive. That's the kind of behaviour that, say on the street, wouldn't be acceptable. Less so if alcohol were involved - that latter would generally be expected to lead to arrest.
Becasue they wanted to?
Or because they were told they wanted to?
I'm betting (b)
I'd agree. I imagine the conversation went something along the lines of "If you want to keep selling Windows here, you need to..."
I agree with all of that but there's one other point I would raise.
I spent 18 months working from home simply because the team I was a part of were so widely geographically spread that it made no sense to all try to get into the office.
The banter you get isn't just important for keeping in the loop - it's also important for your own sanity. Sure you can use instant messaging to ask a question but there's nothing that can replace just leaning over and asking a colleague. Or that walk to grab a coffee.
What gets overlooked - especially if, like me, you have an office in the garden, is that it can get very lonely. You do, genuinely start to get stir-crazy and I would advise anyone considering home working also considers the odd trip into the office.
That said, if you can get working from home time - grab it.
Or am I missing something?
"In other news this week, all animals take about 21 seconds to piss irrespective of their size." - not everyone, apparently <starting at penis telling it to hurry up he has work to do>
Your penis has work to do???
Hahaha...I guess one of them bought one of these things, hence our single downvote!
That or no sense of humour...
The update was delivered to each RT user in person, together with a fruit basket"
Both of them.
It's fucking Google, they can afford a code review or two.
They can also afford to sit down and think of an update mechanism for Android N that actually works.
But...but....everyone knows that the chocolatey company hires the best talent that individually know more than everyone else combined, ever! I mean...look at their recruiting video...what was it called now...? Had Vince somebody in...The Internship or something? </sarcasm>
"...Most Android users don't get security patches however long they wait...."
Beat me to it. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with 5.0 shoehorned onto it. As much as Apple can be castigated for, they do at least push out updates in a timely fashion.
It's time Google did the same for the underlying OS. Indeed, isn't it time we all had a simple, centralised, way to put a bare-bones OS on?
I've had both iPhones in the past an now Android - luckily I am a light-weight user so can hop between pretty much anything I fancy as long as it covers very basic bases.
Haven't had a chance to fully read the comments so apologies if I am repeating anyone.
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For Dynamic or Static IP, DNSExit can provide not only free tools to update the Dynamic aspect but for around US$20 a year, a backup MX/storage feature;
A lot of mail systems will bork at receiving mail from consumer IP addresses; Likewise a lot of ISP's like to close off known mail ports to force the use of business broadband.
Hope some of this is useful. :)
"...I once heard a story that during a previous server heist the thief actually went to the trouble of removing the server's hard drives and leaving them behind and thus reducing the urgency for the company to trace the thieves. - Not sure if this is an urban legend...
I have heard similar but ihot-plug, press-a-couple-of-buttons-and-pull-them-out HDD's have been around what? 20+ years? This isn't as unlikely as the days of taking the time to strip one down to remove them would be.
Speaking of 20+ years ago when I used to fix hardware for a living, we had a ProLiant 1500 tower come in all battered. Not only were these beasties quite large they were also heavy at (as I recall) around 45-55Kg.
The story I got from the customer was that one of their security guards caught a guy climbing down a drainpipe holding this thing under one arm and when challenged, he threw it at the guard and did a runner!
And here we go again. We're just numbers and pound signs and when they expose us to risk they laugh it off like it's no big deal.
I wonder how they'd feel if their board of directors had their personal and financial details stolen.
My lad had such a screen on his XBOne. From what he said he had been web browsing.
This is one of the [many] reasons I've always liked the AppSense product range.
By using a trusted ownership model, it stops things being executed unless said file is owned by a named trusted owner. So even if a user is in a position to download something, they cannot by default run it.
This allows users the use of their personal webmail/email accounts and as long as the rule about non-admin account use is followed adds a pretty bullet-proof layer of security that pretty much works straight out of the box.
What's more, it's not just for Citrix/RDS and hasn't been for some time.
"That which is not strictly forbidden, is allowable. That which has already been given permission to do, cannot be taken back.
Otherwise you have no integrity or honor, ooops sorry slipped my mind that we were talking about double dealing, "indian giver", surrender monkey politicians that can't live by the deals they negotiate so they break them whenever they become "inconvenient"."
Hahahah...otherwise known as "welcome to politics"
Yes I keep having that trouble but with £5 notes. I've tried keying in the serial numbers but NOT ONE webtailer (is that a word?) will accept payment that way.
The difference being, I don't have bank notes in my wallet with instructions on them saying they can be used online. But I suppose it's easier to be sarcastic than find out further information, eh?
National book tokens...them's the beasties. Can be used online but only at Foyles when you do some digging.
You're obviously doing something right. I don't know how old your kids are but if they're hooked now they'll be hooked for the rest of their lives.
13 and 7. Both boys. The youngest loves to read. The eldest - it's a bit of a battle but one I think we are slowly winning.
Personally, I could easily imagine (and do) a life with no TV. But a life without books.... beyond comprehension. Although I confess to preferring the feel of a real book, I love the ease and simplicity of my kindle and the vast amount it can hold.
Getting tired of these muppets. First they sell or mishandle your data and then they sit back and claim it's not a breach and/or but nothing sensitive was misappropriated and/or... etc.
It's time the ICO grew a pair and hit them hard. It's also time where the companies in question were forced to provide credit monitoring subscriptions (and any necessary help) to anyone affected.
On a slightly related note my kids have been gathering up book tokens for a while. These are meant to be the 'universal' type that you can spend anywhere like WH Smiths or Waterstones. Which is true. Just don't expect to be able to spend them online... useful.
I remember when they were rebranding themselves as an infrastructure company, as one example.
Then there was the way they 'dropped' XenApp with the launch of XenDeskop 7.0 - only they didn't drop it, they just kind of hid it from sight.
And then they make some strange decisions - they spent all of that money for rights to XenServer and then did pretty much nothing with it. They removed or deprecated things like advanced storage features without any real warning. And yet they have some decent features when you consider the costs. Especially some of the tight integration with XD and XA.
Look at XenClient - this could have been a great product. I know some people fail to see a real use case, but I can see quite a few. Whatever your point of view, having a desktop/laptop bare metal hypervisor meant lots of separation. It could even be shoehorned onto a MacBook and that would've been a killer (if they could sort through licensing with Apple of course) for BYoD.
I've seen too many XenDesktop based VDI implementations that were done poorly to count.
I've seen too many XenApp implementations that weren't done particularly badly but went into environments that weren't designed for them and the contentions for resources killed Citrix. And as it was the thing users saw, then it was Citrix that got the blame.
I am a huge fan of using AppSense tools for things like managing profiles and enhancing security.
Personally I think that Citrix have an image problem that has been happening over a decade or more. Where do they position themselves in the enterprise any more? It's been a hard-sell for a while and with Microsoft and VMware snapping at their heels, it's only going to get harder.
Wouldn't she be in another hotel anyway?
"...Credit card details weren't leaked... They were stored elsewhere. It's now looking like nothing was actually ever taken,..."
Sorry but a lack of evidence != to evidence nothing happened/was compromised/stolen
With so many millions of potential victims I suspect it might be hard to pinpoint a single common location if they were used sparingly.
I have no proof either way ;)
This is exactly what I said, when their abhorrent fake certificates and data trawling was made public...just what were they baking into their hardware. Guess we have at least part of an answer.
"...Does it affect LibreSSL?
(Can this now become one of the 'obligatory', and 'standard', El Reg questions? You know, like, 'does it run Crysis?', and, 'can you put bacon with it?')..."
You can put bacon with anything! and it both works and immediately improves it!
They were doing pretty much the same thing, if I recall although they never actually brought a case to court and that's what ultimately cost them their business model.
I even got a letter from them once. Hilariously, it complained I'd downloaded something I hadn't. I threw it, and the other one they later sent straight into the bin.
I have one of these things, though rarely used. It is not from the same batch, but my son complained that when he used it, it was getting extremely hot. Since then it's remained pretty much unused and I suspect will do so until we are certain it's only limited to the one batch.
I've used this before. Offered for free, by Bluecoat and it works really rather well.
Although I prefer a "computer in the same room as me" approach, as others have said there are times when I need to pop out of said room.
"There's more and more muck emerging re ongoing child abuse in or near Westminster.
Today Ted Heath's name is back in the picture, indirectly. In his case and many much more recent ones, did the cops not know (in which case...) or did they not care because [?] (in which case...) or were they saving the information for a more important purpose (in which case...).
Yes I'm angry."
This...this is one of the main types of reason I am and always have been dead set against any country wide "think of the children porn filter"...
No way we'd get to hear about such things when governments can (and will) flick a switch at the drop of a hat and censor anything that they deem not to be in the public interest. It's why they fought so hard against the FOI requests about expenses.
"...What MS is saying is that you can have a free-update from your W7 Pro but only to something you don't really want. If you want W10 Pro you've got to buy it again. This is MS. Did you really think they'd changed their spots?..
Where did you get the idea that if you have Win 7 pro you cannot get Win 10 Pro?
From Edition -------------------- > To Edition
Windows 7 Starter -------------------- > Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Home Basic -------------------- > Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Home Premium -------------------- > Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Professional -------------------- > Windows 10 Pro
Windows 7 Ultimate -------------------- > Windows 10 Pro
I can see both sides of the argument to a very great extent.
There's an often overlooked concept that permies tend to get wrong and that is that as a contractor, I don't work for the company whose site I am currently sat at, I work for a limited company that just happens to be mine. My personal employment contract, however, is with this limited company.
So in the same way if you had staff from, say, Microsoft or HP on site, you wouldn't expect those staff to be asking your manager to approve their holidays. As a courtesy, on long engagements, they would be expected to inform someone, of course.
Also, in the same way that the business-to-business contract of engagement can be terminated by either party, exactly the same is true of the business-to-business agreement between my limited company, the agency whom I work through and the end customer. You wouldn't lose any sleep at their loss but you can usually understand that they (the company they work for) are being paid because there's usually a combination of skills they cannot easily fulfill themselves and extra risk that they will be canned - as with contractors.
And yet, it's inevitable that in many cases, the people on site expect to have the right to approve or otherwise things like working hours, holiday entitlement etc etc.
Ok, so having said that, there's no way I'd ever get my company and by association myself involved in such a scheme. My own stance has always been to avoid anything that looks in any way like it's exploiting some kind of short term loophole. Ultimately, it inevitably means I pay more taxes than if I were to use them, but so be it.
And I get at least one email a day inviting me to maximise my earning so I can take home more (usually between 85 and 95% of turnover)...they go straight into my junk... indeed, I get this from "Hannah" at firstname.lastname@example.org several times a week:
"....As a Contractor, did you know that operating as a Limited Company could give you returns of up to 90%?
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However...I don't believe the fault lies with the contractors entirely as emails like that can be tempting to some, or even the accountancy firms that cook such schemes up but mostly with the government.
Our tax laws are far too complex to be workable. Did you know, for example, that VAT is payable on adult shoes? It isn't payable on childrens shoes nor work boots. So...there is an entire section of the VAT guidelines that defines exactly what a boot is. (I will caveat that it's been a few years since I was looking at this so it _might_ have changed in the meantime).
There's also a blunderbuss approach here - rather than fight the big boys who are in cahoots with the very big accountancy firms who are, in turn, in bed with the government and get tied up in court for years, they shoot a broadside at smaller entities who cannot afford a long fight and are more likely to roll over.
I vaguely recall reading somewhere that one year, a prominent lord, paid less than £15k in taxes despite earning hundreds of millions from his various interests.
Companies do have a legal duty to minimise their costs and maximise their profit for their shareholders and that includes taxes but there needs to be a shift from both sides to make the whole thing fairer.
"We're gonna need
a bigger shark.."
Oh great. The newest arms race.
Bigger shark...bigger boat...even bigger shark...warship...where will it end??
Adblock, noscript/ublock, ghostery, no flash etc all spring to mind.
But even then it can be tricky to get into a site for full functionality with all of the above - not so much an issue if it's for personal use but even some corporate sites become largely none functioning sometimes and unfortunately there's no useful (read supported by the client/site) alternative.
Seriously? Thumbs down for this? Was your newsagent out of copies of the Daily Mail or something?
"...I tried wireless for a year replacing every charger with wireless, after a year I had to admit to myself it was just a gimmick. It takes longer to charge the phone when doing it wireless, you have to get the phone aligned perfectly and it heats up (which won't be good with this snapdragon processor). Lets face it, it takes 2 seconds to plug it in for better results...
I agree with all of those points, but I added a third party charging inductor to my Note 3 and use it at work. Means I can have everything for my laptop plugged permanently into a USB hub and reduce the mash of connections plugged in and out every day, but also that I can just lay my phone down during the day and if I am called and need privacy, can wander easily.
None of which is essential, I agree, but I was / am a bugger for forgetting to plug the charging lead in.
Can't see anywhere in the article which LTE/4G bands it uses.
The One had limited appeal over here due to not supporting all UK bands. Particularly, if I recall, band 20 was missing. I don't know if they ever got around to making a Europe specific version.
Although a quick look at the specs of the 2 reveals them:
GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
"..Religion is not "bunkus", it is a necessary tool in the construction of a society that is not based on you-got-what-I-want-give-it-or-I-kill-you..."
<cough> ISIL, the crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, burning or drowning 'witches' <cough>
Yeah. That religion sure is useful for all the world peace we now have.
Yes, I have a mortgage you simpering douchebag. I worked for a very LONG time before I saved enough to afford one. Unlike you Mr. Grasshopper who apparently wasted every dollar you ever made."
I think, perhaps, you may have misconstrued the meaning...I took the comment to be jokey/sarcasm but fair in relation to how hard it is for people to get a mortgage these days. Indeed I fear for my kids and how they're going to manage to get onto the property ladder. Guess it'll be with my and their mum's help.
Here in the UK it seems there are more and more blocks to being able to make that first step and with house prices constantly moving upwards for the most part, and faster than wage rises...well...
Of course I could have misunderstood.
"...You didn't expect him to stop just because he'd retired from politics did you?..."
Mind you, do insidious cretins like that ever truly retire? I always suspect they have their fists firmly up the puppets that come behind them.
"..Governments pass laws to allow corporations to avoid tax.
Corporations lobby/pay governments..."
It amazes me that people get so blindly hot-headed about legal loopholes that corporations then "exploit".
Here's the problem - if a government (any government) makes tax laws that are so incredibly complex but full of loopholes, then massive corporations who can afford to pay the large accountancy firms (who themselves contract to said governments to advise and assist in the making of these laws and loopholes) will exploit them. More than that, corporations are not individuals and have a legal duty to maximise profits for shareholders meaning that they have to exploit whatever loopholes they can.
And I use the term 'loophole' loosely here as more often than not, it'd probably be more accurate to call them something like 'purposefully constructed mechanisms'.
Governments are then left going after the small businesses and individuals - who more often than not don't have the financial ability to fight their governments in court and will so just pay up - to make up the missing revenue.
I'd like to believe that tax laws could be simplified but honestly I don't know how feasible this is.
Mostly though the accountancy firms, politicians and corporations all have their snouts in the same troughs, feeding greedily from the same gravy train. (Apologies for the mixed metaphors).
"...My cards have zero liability to me, as well. But it won't stop a bank cancelling the card when fraudulent use is detected, requiring you to get a replacement..."
I moved from Smile to Barclays a few years ago (primarily because Smile were incapable of providing anything like real time transactions and on the odd occasion I had to phone rather than use the web portal, they'd made it almost impossible to get through to a person to speak to).
Last year someone managed to charge a load of transactions for what appeared to be office supplies and printing services.
Since I occasionally do buy such things, the fraud went unnoticed by the bank but I spotted it the next day on the banking app.
One phone call later, a trip to the local branch at lunch time and I had the money back in my account, the original card cancelled and a replacement in my hand. All I had to do was sign a document to say the transactions were outside of my knowledge, consent and control.
All very painless.
I've never even visited Reddit to be honest, but surely there is a huge difference between discussing something along those lines openly (I have desires to xxxxxx but have never acted on them and it's a lonely place to be, kind of things) and actually encouraging others to commit such acts or admitting to them etc?
"...Australia wins on the poisonous spider competition..."
Australia wins on the "everything and anything trying to kill you" competition.
I refer to the old joke about the boffins doing the longest, largest study ever undertaken with regards to dangerous flora and fauna in Australia.
After many years, they finally reported that the only thing harmless to humans there are some of the sheep.
"You can't really compare OSX as a single entity against multiple versions of Windows - OSX comes in new versions too at reasonably predictable intervals. I know the upgrading of it is a lot nicer, and most Apple users shell out for new versions fairly quickly as (a) they can generally afford to and (b) the upgrades tend to be trouble free and add something worthwhile, even if they are smaller in scope than new major versions of Windows."
You make a good point about the versions, but OSX upgrades have been free for some time now.
And I'm yet to see an upgrade yet that doesn't break some third party app or utility.
Loved seeing her fly even if it was mostly at air shows. Certainly one of the most recognisable and striking shapes of any aircraft.
In my youth, as a member of the Air Training Corps, I got to marshal a Victor which included a visit into the cockpit. Oh, happy memories. :)
"The real problem here...
...is simply that the users have an expectation of unlimited capacity and seemingly no way of determining what needs to be stored, and what should be discarded.
I dread to think what their homes are like."
Physical objects != Data
Equating data in a world where the likes of Google, Microsoft, Dropbox et al all give away GB of free storage to how people hold onto and store physical objects is not really comparable.
Combine that with the message people have been fed over the years to backup, backup, backup and I can see easily why the same pieces of information - photos, documents, etc are kept ad infinitum. Especially where there is no direct cost to the individual storing it.
"..Having owned 7 different Subarus, I agree that they are superb cars, particularly the Legacy/Outback."
"..every few years you get a massive catastrophic failure of the engine or transmission that costs an absolute fortune to fix."
Sorry but we have different definitions of superb...something that has a catastrophic, potentially multi-thousands to repair, failure every few years? If nothing else, I want the new vehicle I've bought to be reliable enough that it won't cost me thousands.
I have an L200 specifically to hold all my diving kit and to be able to haul it all cross country when we're cave diving. It has a [mostly] traditional selectable 2wd/2wd/low ratio/locking diffs selector.
Mitsubishi replaced the first one I'd bought because it was so unreliable but the replacement is much better so far.
One of the many reasons I chose it - it has a 5 year, 100,000 mile warranty.
I'll tell you in a few years how reliable this one's been :)
"Btw, we get almost 48+ mpg on the motorway at 80+ :) "
In the interests of legality and for any old bill reading, I presume that is kmh not mph ;-)
"But Outlook? Why hasn't someone come up with a suitable alternative ? Or have they? How hard can it be?"
Because until fairly recently, MS wouldn't give any information away on their MAPI protocols.
I don't always agree with you, Dogged. But. Spot on. Upvote from me.
"...If the device is running Linux then it is a computer which is being used as a device.
There YOU go - Fixed that for you...."
I am sure, the average person using a set top box, or router fully understands that. Anything to get the year of Linux, eh?