That's really funny. These Apple clowns build their shiny stuff on top of BSD, which SHOULD be seriously secure, but they go the Microsoft route, and assume that all their users are too stupid to use an OS with real security, so they cripple its innate security "for ease of use". Morons!
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Re: User Importance
We have "important" managers at work MUST have an iPad (must be the latest, most expensive variant), the most expensive Macbook, and an iPhone 7 (the most expensive version). What do they do with this expensive rubbish? Connect to an OpenChange Server for their email, browse the interweb, and play games.
Each of them has several thousand pounds-worth of Apple hardware that could trivially be replaced with a cheap tablet, cheap Android phone, and a third-hand ten-year-old desktop machine from the office pool running Ubuntu.
That's where your tax money is going - supporting idiots like that. I work at a Government department!
Re: They are a media company
4k STB which has probably just become 10% more expensive.
No it hasn't. The price from Taiwan has dropped by nearly 14%. The things cost almost nothing, and they're charging their customers £££ for them - they could go up by 200% and they'd still see a profit! All ISP services here in the UK are profiteering scams.
Re: Demonstrating yet again...
... the PICNIC fault - Problem In Chair, Not In Computer
Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'
Re: So, to sum up...
Marketing people are of course #1 on the list.
No - just above them should be "Project Managers". They are overpaid worthless parasites. They are the wasps of the engineering world - they have no reason to exist.
Hiding messages is easy....
Steganographic techniques, one-time encryptions (often based on "book codes"), and huge quantities of legitimately transmitted data will allow the unimpeded and undetectable transmission of secret messages.
The decryption software tools and the hardware available to the "authorities" guarantees that they won't ever find any useful data - except through ineptitude or sheer fluke. They will, however, spend inordinate amounts of our money on this worthless effort.
They'll also create lots of jobs for the otherwise useless "graduates" being turned out by British universities.
Re: How much do Geeks Earn...?
No - The old Morecambe and Wise gag was "What's a Greek Urn?"
Re: Although the burden of proof lies with Love
Obviously proving that you've forgotten passwords is difficult...
My run-in with Plod was made all the funnier because they'd never seen Linux before and made the assumption that I "must be hiding something" because I wasn't using Windoze or Apple. I steadfastly refused to provide passwords and pointed out that if their "computer specialists" were any good, they'd be in the machines in minutes.
When it got to Court, I demonstrated that the reason I used "something else" was to prevent any unauthorised access to my copyrighted work on my machines. I also demonstrated that breaking into a Windoze machine was trivially easy - which is why I won't use it.....
They were unable to gain access to my machines (except to a "Guest" account) and I refused to let them in. The Judge asked if there was anything that I didn't want revealed on my machines. I explained that there were details of my Bank Accounts, a lot of my work, and various private emails. The Judge asked if he could be allowed to have a private look at the contents - I acceded, on the understanding that it was restricted to him, in private. He had a quick look, concluded that there was nothing actionable on the machines and dismissed the case.
I received a settlement for unlawful detention and for the unlawful seizure of my gear - I don't need to work for a couple of years!
Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!
Under UK Consumer Law, no version of Windows has ever been "fit for purpose". This is just one of the ways you can get your money back from the Windoze Tax you're forced to pay if you want a modern machine.
I've just received refunds for 124 copies of Windoze 8 that were pre-installed on to my new office machines. I told HP that I didn't want Windoze, but they insisted that I couldn't have the computers unless I took their pre-loaded crapware. I have a favourable pricing deal with them, and the computer specification was just what we needed (as long as it has our corporate spin on Ubuntu on it), so buying from them was sensible....
We tested two of the batch of machines with the provided OS and software. Both failed in one way or another within the first 20 minutes, so the OS and software was obviously not "fit for purpose". HP didn't quibble - in fact, they agree with us, and refunded us over 40% of the purchase price of the machines on the understanding that we'd delete the contents of the hard drives and not register any of the pre-installed rubbish!
Strangely, HP are beginning to offer Ubuntu pre-installs again......
Re: Play services
You're almost certainly running some poorly written third-party crudware. You need to examine all you've loaded, find what's running all the time and delete or alter the permissions of that application so that it doesn't automatically put itself in the background at boot.
You could try to load Windoze mobile on to your phone - it's unlikely to work (factory-installed phones don't work properly with Windoze mobile) and the "speed" would be laughable compared to Android.
Some of the alternative Android builds (like Cyanogen, for example) are truly fabulous. They make the phone behave as it should - fast and with great stability - and they make IOS and Windoze look like they're from 1995!
Re: The penguin struggles to reach 4% market share with a free product
I don't know where you get your numbers (remember - 87% of statistics are made up on the spot). You have to remember that the entire Internet runs on Linux - making Windows a poor proprietary client for a Unix world.
Windows will become ever more irrelevant and as Microsoft fail to meet the universal standards set by the web - or, worse yet, try to set their own - and governments and businesses are starting to see this.
The UK actually has rules in place to ensure that all government departments will use fully open standards and open sourced software in the next two years. This will be the beginning of the end for MS as other countries will also do the same.
Re: Perhaps ....
My slipstick is a nice "British Thornton" wooden one from the late 50s. I still use it most days.
Re: Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple.
name 6 dick moves from apple
Suing their main component supplier for "copyright infringement" thereby putting up the prices of their components to levels that made their products entirely uncompetitive. That silly lawsuit nearly killed them off. Samsung are still laughing about the massive price increases they've managed to impose on Apple - that they're forced to pay!
Another five would be trivial to list. Their ineptitude will ensure that they're unlikely to survive the next five years....
Re: don't run windows update until august 1
Don't forget, the Windows 7 EULA *NEVER* gave Microsoft permission to FORCE! UPGRADES! (or updates for that matter).
Actually, their EULA allows them to do anything they choose to your Windoze install. Read carefully - they retain ownership of the software. You're just leasing it!
Back-up...... and delete
The entire fix for this mess:
Remove the HDD from the afflicted machine, connect it to another machine with one of the numerous recovery Linux distros installed. Recover all the (l)user's files. Back them up to a couple of different media. Delete Windows and install from a Linux Mint DVD. Copy all the (l)user's files to the Home directory of their new system. Spend 10 minutes showing them how to log in, locate their files and configure their Email. Job done. No further "service calls" from "Microsoft" and a computer that runs as it should.
An Amazing Childhood Experience
I remember being taken to see that station during its construction. My Father's friend was one of the Project Engineers, so he was able to show us around. I still remember being awestruck at the sheer size of the artificial cavern that they had created!
Re: Not worth the risk
You're between a rock and a hard place: if you DO update Windoze as MS want you to, you're forced into the lunacy that is Win 10. If you DON'T update it, you're certain to fall victim to one of the growing multitude of exploits that cause so much trouble....
You really should upgrade to an operating system and software that Just Works™. It doesn't suffer from malware because of its permissions structure (something that MS just can't get right), and it makes full and proper use of your hardware, without all the wasted resources that Windoze demands for its "security" software. In the first instance, move to Linux Mint - it installs in 10 minutes, asks you for your name and chosen password and then you're away.
Make the move - you won't regret it!
Re: UI changes
Exactly. Everything "Just Works"™ with Linux. I have NEVER installed Windoze and had all the hardware work. Even worse, many of the drivers supplied by major manufacturers are unsigned, so Windoze whinges about them. Canon are particularly bad in this respect (and don't provide Linux drivers for their hardware........).
Windoze is now just an irrelevant, slow, buggy, unstable proprietary client for a Linux / Unix world.
SAM Broadcaster? Forget it.
We used SAM Broadcaster - briefly. We found that it was rather unstable on Windoze 7 (though it wasn't bad on XP), and would spontaneously crash, often requiring a complete reboot. When the Win 10 nagware started, it became completely unusable!
We made the biggest change possible - we moved to Ubuntu and "Rivendell" for our 24/7 streaming service. It took a little time to learn our way around the new OS and software, and to integrate it with our record library (which has always used Ubuntu).
We stream using Icecast, and the results are superb. Quality is high, stability is perfect and the "live" option works flawlessly for programmes with live presenters.
There was a fairly steep learning curve, and there were a few configuration niggles that were sorted out with the help of the very active Users' Group. We now use entirely FOSS software and operating systems throughout our studio centre - saving us a fortune in licensing and support costs!
Re: Next on the list
Certainly not. Maplin seldom have actual stock of anything you might need in a hurry! I can get overnight delivery of components from (for example) Rapid Electronics in Colchester or even Tayda in Singapore far more cheaply than I can get anything from Maplin.
A couple of years ago, I needed to build - in a hurry - a couple of quite precise audio filters for a project. I decided to build the board on a Saturday, so hurried down to the Hammersmith branch of Maplin with a list of the parts I wanted, (mostly 2% polystyrene capacitors) complete with their part codes from their catalogue. I handed the list to to PFY behind the counter, and a few minutes later he handed me a paper bag and an invoice. I went to the till, settled the invoice and hurried home to build my circuit.
When I opened the paper bag, I found that instead of 2% polystyrene capacitors of 1n5, 1n8, 2n2 and so on, I'd received the same number of cheap polyester 4n7 capacitors - all the same value! I'd been charged the inflated prices for the 2% parts as well!
I phoned the branch up to complain, and was told that they no longer stocked the parts I'd ordered, so they'd substituted parts "that'll do the job"! That was the last time I bothered with Craplin!
Re: dropped off a *long* time ago
Right now in the UK, the same thing is happening (has happened) with Maplin. They started off as a small component retailer / mail order shop in Essex, selling components and kits to electronics enthusiasts. Years ago, I designed a couple of kits for them, and they paid quite generous royalties per unit sold.
Electronics construction is not as popular as it once was, and so Maplin "diversified" into all sorts of cheap electronic tat - sold at premium prices - in the mistaken belief that this would get customers into their shops again. They still can't see where they've got it wrong, trying to be Tandy. They've lost their core customers.
Their component prices are incredible: They charge the same for four cheap ¼W resistors as I pay for 200 of the same value from the Far East! Their range of parts has been radically reduced, and they seldom have actual physical stock of parts in their shops despite their computer system always insisting that they have lots in stock.....
Dick Smith - sadly - went exactly the same way as Maplin. I don't expect the English company to last much longer - they've already shut about a third of their branches - they're selling the wrong things at the wrong prices. Maplin are certain to suffer the same fate as Dick Smith!
Re: Missing the real point
You have PHB's that stick around for more than 4 years at a time!
You're like me - suffering from "Seagull Management"!
They fly in, squawk a lot, cr@p over everything, and fly out again!
Re: Microsoft Linux Container OS with NT kernel
Expect to see NT open-sourced
No chance. They really don't want to reveal the abysmal tangled spaghetti mess that is the NT kernel.
MS are just shifting their means of monetising their (abysmal) products: They make clear in their EULA that all you've bought is a "licence to use" their products - NOT the products themselves. They're clearly moving towards some "pay-per-use" model with remotely housed application servers. You can be sure that W10.5 will be (effectively) a thin client for their "App Store".....
Re: Lightning strikes are always fun
I remember a guy who used to work for me - back in the days when I ran a team of telephone engineers - who brought in a charred and generally crispy Line Card ftom a business telephone system. Attached to it was the usual red tag with a fault description of "F*c*ed by Lightning".
I explained that his fault description really wasn't appropriate and that it should say "destroyed by lightning - beyond economical repair". He duly changed the label.
Two days later, he was called back to the same customer's office, for the same kind of fault. This time the strike had been rather more powerful and had actually ripped the line card in half! This time, the red label tying the two pieces together read "Totally phuqued by lightning"!!
Re: MSDOS/Apple DOS prankage
Back in the days of pre-history, when terminal access to a computer was rare, we used to use "GE 635 BASIC PLUS". One of our guys wrote a neat little programme that emulated the "system screen", so "Library" commands would reply with the location of the nearest Public Library, "Run" would be met with "Please WALK in the corridors" and so on. Each command received a smart reply and did nothing. It frequently took users several minutes to realise that they were looking at the output from a programme, rather than at the actual system terminal output!
Re: Personally I prefer this
Problem is, what if that's your boss?
That's frequently the way. We've had malware brought on-site by people up to and including the Board. One clueless twerp brought three malicious payloads on to the network through his frequent surfing of "free" porn sites using Internet Explorer.
We now ban connection of anything "unapproved" on to the network on pain of instant dismissal. There is an "open" wi-fi for the (l)users if they're desperate to connect their personal gear to the interweb - this seems to satisfy them and has gone a long way to keeping our networks secure!
End of Term - please empty your User Area. I wrote a little File Erase routine and fed it on paper tape to the Teletype. Upon prompt, I entered the requisite filename - a few seconds passed, and the "File Deleted" report came back.
Three times 'round, and the paper tape was starting to get tatty. I had dozens of files to delete: A quick re-write of the programme, to ignore EOF characters......
The DEC 10 never replied to confirm that the files were deleted..........
.....that Windoze is chock-full of spyware with all sorts of malicious functionality.
The Chinese aren't going to sanction anything that they can't thoroughly control!
Re: Windows 10 is the best MSFT OS yet
Windows 10 has performed extremely well
Ahh! You must be using the special "insider" version that's unavailable to the General Public. The rest of us had to put up with an unstable, inconsistent, unreliable mess.
Re: Where are the facts no one likes Win 10?
not isolating it from the internet at large
That's actually funny - the kiosk software I had to write was to actually provide (restricted) Internet access for casual users, so disconnection for the "internet at large" wasn't an option. Nor was an OS that would arbitrarily decide that it was "upgrade" time......
Re: Where are the facts no one likes Win 10?
For the average user, W10 is probably the only real solution at the moment, even with its faults, niggles, foibles and inbuilt telemetry. I'd say very few people on here are the average user.
Many of the readers may not be, but my Dad is pretty average as computer users go. His reasonably stable Windows 7 machine has been repeatedly wrecked by forced upgrades that he neither needs nor wants. Twice he's re-installed from his back-ups (OK - he's a bit less average in that he learned the hard way about backing stuff up when he lost half a book he was writing).
After the second failed Windows 10 "upgrade", he called and asked what could be done about it. I installed Mint 17.3 on his older machine and it took him about a day to adapt. I asked yesterday about reinstalling his newer machine with Windows (to get it working again), and he said "No - just put Mint on it like this one!".
He had resisted Linux for a long time - as he "knew" Windows - but the repeated foul-ups have finally alienated him. He's now recommending Mint to all his oldster friends on the obvious basis that it "Just Works"™.
Re: Don't blame users for the UI
Yes, XP -> Win7 did involve training.
Strangely, W7 -> KDE didn't require any significant training at all. We just relabelled "Writer" as "Word Processor" and so on. The users got over their Monday morning shock by lunchtime!
It was only a week or so later, when the users realised how little time log-in took and how some of the "extras" we'd given them worked, that the general uptake of the "new system" was fully approved. The company have saved a potload on licencing and now employ a (smaller) support desk staff who are clueful and useful.
There has also been a mass migration of laptops - including many personal ones - as the users realise just how well their gear is supposed to work!
Re: So f'kin annoying
The next time she complains about it, I'm buying her a Mac.
A quicker, cheaper and (probably) easier solution is the current iteration of Linux Mint. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the ease of installation and the quality of the OS and its applications when it's installed. Have fun!
I recently rebuilt a laptop for a blind friend of mine.
Me too. We tried Vinux and Sonar and she still has both installed because she can't (yet) decide which one suits her better. Vinux has a brilliant speech synthesiser and Sonar has every multimedia codec you could imagine - she still can't choose!
She ditched Windoze in 2005 for Knoppix with a built-in speech engine, and has used FOSS ever since.
Re: Finally confirmed my belief...
Most British Government departments are like that. They're entirely clueless and tied to MS by a very unfavourable contract that Tony Bliar signed (in return for a house in Belgravia - sue me if it's not true, Tone). They use Cap Gemini and Fujitsu etc. to "manage" their networks, and the level of service "enjoyed" by the users is truly abysmal.
Re: You have to wonder
Not any more. British governmental (emphasis on "mental") contracts have not had penalty clauses since these were dropped under Bliar's government. Procurement processes now just have to show that there have been two or three competing bids and that they have been "evaluated". The practical upshot is that the bidders will get together, agree amongst themselves who's going to get the contract, then two companies bid insanely high prices and the third bids a smaller, still inflated price and "wins" the contract.
It usually costs more to abandon a contract part way through than to let it finish then reject the result!
Re: attack vector
Has your "anti-virus" ever done anything useful? The answer is certainly "No" - AV products don't and can't work. This is the dreadful truth that the AV industry tries to hide from the suckers who buy their rubbish.
It takes minutes to write a piece of malicious code. It can be unique and can have an unusual method of promulgation. There is NO AV product that has ever been made that can prevent an infection from a "new" piece of malware. It's only possible that it can be detected once it has become widespread - the AV Vendors still rely on "signatures" - their "heuristics" are complete nonsense.
The number of compromised Windoze machines is truly staggering. The prevalence of DDOS attacks shows a small part of those legions. Now it's possible (relatively easily) to abuse Apple phones....
The only real protection is a properly hardened OS with a rigorous permissions structure and education - the biggest common vulnerability is the stupid, wilfully ignorant user......
Re: Perfectly understandable
JJ - how wrong can you be?
All the biggest commercial websites on the planet - and the companies or organisations behind them - use nothing but Linux. If it's good enough for Governments, Amazon, Google, IBM and every other major corporation you can name, your protestations are simply silly.
The big data things that I do using Linux servers and Linux clients just aren't possible with Microsoft products - and everything I have to do HAS to be scalable. MS are several years behind the curve, and drop further behind with every piece of shiny nonsense they release. They simply haven't got a clue.
Hubris always gets you in the end.....
Ha Ha Ha Ha.......
These clueless snake-oil salesmen didn't realise that their systems had been compromised for almost 24 hours. They stored user names, passwords and Credit Card details as plain text. What part of "totally, criminally incompetent" don't they accept?
Dazzz may be right - their (l)users may well sue them. You can be sure that they'll go out of business well before the writ lands on their doormat!
Re: TP Link
I've used to C8 and several others of that range, and found that they're all good quality, well constructed, reasonably priced and perform well. The web interface is a bit clunky, but no worse than Netgear or Linksys. They perform just like the other brands but are 20 - 50 % cheaper.
Re: But it's my router, I've bought it
Unfortunately not. You should conform to the frequency and bandwidth rules to prevent interference to other users. Power is less of an issue as receiver sensitivity is actually more important.
Re: As many PC users think IE is the Internet...
The clueless majority believe that "Windows is essential to computers" and "Windows came free with my computer".
Sadly, like Socialism, such fundamental stupidity is difficult to eradicate. No amount of explaining, cajoling, educating and malware infestations will change this in the near future. When MS engage the second part of their new "business model" - charging per use for software and charging per day for their "operating system" - a few people will start to realise that they've been taken.
It really is going to be fun when MS start charging.....
Re: Oh dear, It would appear that nobody is doing any thinking.
MS will just laugh at any anti-trust suits brought against them. They have (effectively) unlimited funds and all sorts of malicious sanctions that they can apply!
Re: Do bears shit in the woods?
MS' new business model is to rent software to end users from "the cloud". The "free give-away" Windoze 10 is to get the end users dependent and then start charging per use for software - this will be wonderful for business users: their "rental" charges will be gigantic.
This has been MS' policy for the last 20 years - it's just now that there's sufficient connectivity to make it feasible.
There has never been a better time to migrate away from proprietary software and "Operating Systems"!
....birdsh¹t to me!
Re: A role for the ISP's here?
Certainly not! ISPs should interfere with data as little as possible. The governmental snooping act will fail. "Phorm" only have their claws stuck into users stupid enough to connect through Virgin (On The Ridiculous).
Re: teaching computing to kiddies.
It shows the kiddies that Windows is just a poor proprietary client for a Unix / Linux world. It also amply demonstrates that there are real alternatives these days.
Re: I have a retina iMac
I'm smug but am I safe?
Not if you're smug!
However, you are an iMug for paying outrageous money for cheap commodity hardware with an expensive badge stuck on.
As we've said for the last 10 years (or more) - it's going to be the "Year of the Linux Desktop" Maybe this time we're right!
MS no longer have a viable business product.
Re: Migrated from Google to it's own
The migration is nothing to do with it. They have sold email addresses of their customers since before they were Virgin Media. Friends of mine have recently been receiving spam ostensibly from my old Blueyonder email address - that hasn't been active for almost 10 years.
VM are one of the most disreputable showers I've ever had the misfortune to deal with. They believe that "Ethics" is a county near London.