604 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013
Re: Why downgrade?
"Linux / PHP as a backend server for my apps, for security and simplicity"
LOL - Order of magnitude more security holes than Windows Server / .Net. PHP is the Emmental Cheese of middleware. Not to mention hideously complex and hard to manage across an enterprise in comparison.
If he admits that much, just imagine how bad it must be in reality!
Pretty much everyone is bailing from Blackberry phones, so it's just a matter of time until they sink imo...
"But the key the difference is that Dynamics is on-premises software"
Surely the US Dollar is in fact the most commonly used currency for illegal activities?
Can we ban that too please!
1. The product might be free, but paid support costs are generally higher. As is the TCO. For instance you can manage Office setting for tens of thousands of users centrally via Group Policy. For freeware office solutions, you generally have non enterprise ready solutions like local flat text config files.
2. You don't need to migrate Office file versions. It just works. With the freeware products you get all sorts of compatibility and editing problems.
3. Current versions of Windows outperform Linux on the same hardware (e.g. faster Open GL, faster copy of a large file - latest benchmarks of Ubuntu vs Windows 7)
4. You still have a risk of Malware and being hacked on Linux. Just look at where Linux is actually used like Android - 99.9% (actual figure) of mobile Malware is on Android. Or at Webservers - you are several times more likely to be hacked running a Linux based webserver than a Windows Server based one....
5. Office has supported ODF (and the far more commonly used OOXML) since Office 2010.
6. All Microsoft OS and Office code can be audited on request by government (or enterprise) type organisations.
Re: "...how good British cooking is. I just hope that at least they eat it and don't throw it away."
Not sure why that's funny. You can find an 'English Breakfast', 'Fish and Chips', a 'Sunday Roast' or a 'Christmans Dinner' for instance in pretty much any first world country and many of the rest...
Re: What's the point?
'Name ONE THING you can do with 10Gbit that you can't do with 1Gbit. '
Stream 10x as much 4K multi angle 3D porn.
Re: When some knob tells you using Linux in an enterprise is too risky
"Point them to this. A perfect example why propriety technology is too risky."
What is the example? This seems to me to show that proprietary software was a great choice as it is still working and being used and supported after 13 years! No similar aged enterprise Linux OS is still supported.
"You can make System Center + Puppet do what Autopilot does"
But no one in their right mind would want to when System Centre already does the workflow / automation and Powershell deals with any customisation - both of which are easier to use and less labour intensive tools than Puppet...
Well they have to do something to try and close the gap when the opposition is using EMC storage...!
"you should have done a full audit"
They are called 'audited accounts' for a reason - No one would normally complete another full audit prior to purchase. It would often takes months - it sounds like Autonomoy's accountants were likely also to blame..
Re: How much for 2TB?
Presumably they have found a way to optimise the data storage potential of armies of druming bunnies....
Re: Funny I recall an announcement about this *years* ago
It was back in 2002:
And it might not seem like it, but every year since then, Windows has had fewer total vulnerabilities that were on average fixed faster than competing OSs.
I'm sure we all agree that there is still room for improvement, but Microsoft are a leader in this space - several years ahead of Apple for instance...
Re: in practice...
Regarding d) - Microsoft Office products for students cost £1.25 a month. I know things can be tight as a student, but I'm sure even the poorest student can stretch to that:
Office might not do everything you want, but it certainly supports complex automated workflows and automated document generation.
It sound like you haven't used equation editor for a while - the latest 2013 version rocks.
You might also want to note this free Maths add-on: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36777
Re: in practice...
"I have written my entire DPhil thesis (309 pages final draft with supervisors) using libreoffice, xmgrace and latex"
So much like hard work. I just used Office Pro 2013. No need to script or fix anything....It just works.
Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'
Probably he used an Open Source parachute....
EE havn't sent out the update yet :-(
"because the courts in this country have "no jurisdiction" over the company"
Don't they sell stuff here? Not to mention have a physical presence?
How on earth they think that can fly?!
Re: Potential Legal Problems
"unless you define "secure" by "owning a gun"
Owning a gun doesnt make you secure. Quite the opposite in fact:
Re: RE: To put that in perspective, the whole Windows XP OS has only ...
"The statistics provided should NOT be used to compare the overall security of products against one another"
Comparing it against the same product (other versions of Java) shows that if anything, security is getting worse.
Comparing it to a whole OS that's 12 years old at least gives you a scale of reference of exactly how bad Java is!
"There are no unpatched Secunia advisories affecting this product, when all vendor patches are applied.. "
Because Oracle don't give advance notice of vulnerabilities and we don't have any unpatched zero days - this month at least....
"Of those 267 only 12 are issued by secunia"
Re: Already fixed
"OK, that one was only 12 years old."
Try finding a commercial version of Linux still supported after 12 years...
Re: Because free software is SOOOOOO secure, many eyes and all that.
"Ah yes, Munich, that would be the one where Microsoft commissioned a TCO study that concluded it would have been cheaper to stick with Microsoft stuff, provided you didn't pay any license fees. Their figures were based on Munich paying $0 in CALs etc."
I guess you didnt understand what you were reading. There were 2 costs quoted. ~ €17 million to standardise on what Munich already had licenced and not include the cost of an upgrade (so no new license costs), and ~ €34 million to move to Windows 7 and associated toolset.
Re: I have looked
"Look at SELinux."
A bolt on to fix what many other OSs (even Windows) already have built in from the ground up...
"I don't call the Windows 8 tablets a "tablet" in the general sense.
A tablet computer to me should be a low cost device with an OS designed for mobile. In the case of Windows 8 it is a hybrid desktop/tablet OS on an expensive device."
You should look at devices like the Dell Venue Pro 8. Fairly cheap - but with a fully featured Windows 8.1 OS specifically designed for tablets that can run a proper version of Office...
Re: I feel it in the air
"there are probably many more examples."
Software / games / CDs / DVDs spring to mind...
Re: I wish we ran on RHEL (or any GNU/Linux for that matter)
"so they promote MS (to the point of telling everyone how Win 8 will eclipse Apple in all arenas)."
Looks like they were right then. Windows 8 overtook OS-X already, and Apple havn't even got a touch capability in a fully featured OS to compete with it...And Windows phone is consistently growing market share and already overtook IOS in a number of countries...
Re: Man in the middle?
"The NSA owns the telcos, they would simply add a key swap into the SMS software of the telcos and would have the first key exchange from day one."
To mitigate MITM attacks, you normally display a shared check code at both ends that can be validated on a call, or via an out of band method. See for instance http://zfoneproject.com/prod_zfone.html
Re: Computers are not that different
Ah - yes Coke's "Peckham Spring".....
As it's presumably lost on those from the colonies see http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/onlyfools/christmas/1992.shtml
Re: ahh the joys of console wars
"You have to feel sorry for Microsoft. Sales of its new, next-generation console, the Xbox One, have clearly so far failed to come close to those of Sony’s PlayStation 4"
Not sure why you would feel sorry for them though - sales are running at roughly twice those of Sony's PS4:
"While in some markets in Europe WP may have around 10%, worldwide it is still at the 4% mark,"
Windows Phone is growing rapidly pretty much everywhere - and is a also at over 10% in much of South America for instance...
"and this is with the cheap end of the market and subsidized by Microsoft with $1billion/year plus marketing help."
It doesn't really matter how they get there - they are clearly succeeding....competitors like Google, Samsung and Apple spend similar amounts on advertising too...And of course the Android market is also profitable for both Microsoft and Nokia due to their licensing agreements.
Re: "Anger hundreds of Chinese workers"
There were some angry Chinese workers because of false rumours that Vietnamese workers had received a payoff related to the transfer and that Microsoft planned to decrease pay.
Quickly proved false and shutdown by guaranteeing the same wages for a year (actually a decrease when you consider inflation!) and by hardline action (plenty more of you where those came from, etc...)
Re: A Chain is only as Strong as it's Weakest Link
"I could - at the moment, and not for much longer - be convinced VMware is more stable and secure."
I have not seen measures of stability, but ESX4 alone has had way more security holes than the whole Windows Server 2008 OS....Largely because of the Linux related parts like the console. I guess that's why VMWare moved to Powershell....
If you compare ESX4 to Hyper-V Server, ESX has a couple of orders of magnitude more security holes!
Re: Still $100 too much
"Android. Maemo, Meego, Jolla, Tizen, ..."
#1 is the only really useable OS there - and that's still a cut down - not a fully functional OS like RT. And it doesn't have a proper version of Office available except via the browser / Office 365. And is malware ridden. So thanks, but no thanks.
Whilst RT is inferior to normal Windows, its still far more functional than Maldroid or IOS...
Re: And still more enlightening than 'Christmas Markets'
Yes I do, pedant.
Re: @ AC 14:14
"Ah yes, a report from 2010 is conclusive evidence of Linux vs Windows today?"
The gap is even wider now - Linux vulnerabilities have stayed pretty constant whereas Windows vulnerabilities have steadily declined in number....
Re: Is it 1998 already
"Not exactly spreading - infects via php vuln, so it needs a running webserver to allow the infection, and then it tries to infect, using a binary from a single, known server, any other networked webserver using a small, motley collection of usernames/passwords."
Sounds like spreading to me
"After that where does it go ?"
To more similarly vulnerable devices presumably....
Then why bother posting it? Just makes you look like a pedantic twat....
Richto was my previous name on here - changed because of confusion it was some sort of boast about wealth - not a new account
"Yes, because IIS exploits are of course largely theoretical..."
IIS has a very good security record - one of the more secure platforms....current versions (IIS 8 / 8.5) have zero known vulnerabilities I believe....and before that you have to go back years to find anything that affected a default installation of an IIS webserver...
As per website defacement statistics - you are several times more likely to be hacked running say Linux....
"Strange, I thought officially the PS3 has outsold the XBOX 360 in the UK...."
Nope - the Xbox 360 has even outsold the Wii in the UK - it's the UK's top selling console last generation console..
"The GA of Traffic Manager sees Microsoft overtake Google and lag behind Amazon in terms of features as Azure doesn't – yet – offer multi-region load balancing"
Yes it does - as your own article makes clear:
"Your applications can run in the same data center, or be distributed across different regions across the world," Scott Guthrie wrote in a blog post on Thursday."
Re: A Sham just like the Xbox360 launch?
I was at the actual Xbox 360 launch event in the Mojave Desert, and the only Microsoft employees there were running the show....
Seeing as the Xbox One Pre-Orders sold out months before it went on sale, those in the queues would have been purchasers...
'I had to sign an NDA not to talk about it' - lol to supposedly queue at a launch - that was already a sell out? I call Bullshit.
Re: Ah, but why did they sell the dumb phones?
"Nokia’s smartphone strategy was unaffordable"
Erm - but Nokia were on target to make a profit on that business this quarter?
Windows Phone now has nearly 12% market share in the EU top 5 including the UK....
Re: Hang on i thought it was 8GB GDDR5 RAM?
"and 2GB of DDR3"
No - 2Gb of DDR3...
"Also doesn't this all add up to 6GB of RAM?"
No - see above...
Re: Hardware non-issues
"Back in the real world, the failure rate in context is 0.4%, which is pretty good for a new product launch."
It is much higher than that. Sony are of course only counting fault calls they receive directly. Not the many more items being returned via retailers that havn't hit them yet...
Plus loads of consoles will be unopened until Christmas...
Re: I'm in
"Indeed, BeOS (the company) was destroyed by MS OEM licencing that forbade OEMS from dual booting multiple operating systems."
Microsoft always allowed you to choose once from multiple preinstalled OSs. What they didn't allow you to do was boot Windows via a 3rd party boot loader or dual boot Windows. Which for support and security reasons makes sense - as well of course of locking out the competition from a co-existence embrace and replace strategy...
Re: I recall the 90's
"allows fiendish wags to easily empty your wallet"
Surely that was always a fundamental feature of Apple products?
"Wrong. SecureBoot requires a UEFI bootloader. WP is firmware, not UEFI."
Windows Phone architecture uses a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design provided by SoC vendors. The SoC vendor and device manufactures provide the pre-UEFI boot loaders and the UEFI environment. The UEFI environment implements the UEFI secure boot standard that is described in section 27 of the UEFI Specification (http://www.uefi.org/specs). This standard describes a process by which all UEFI drivers and applications are validated against keys provisioned into a UEFI runtime variable before they are executed.
The UEFI and Windows document (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en- us/windows/hardware/gg463149.aspx) on MSDN describes the advantages of using UEFI and how UEFI is supported by desktop versions of the Windows operating system. Although the document focuses on UEFI and Windows, most of the information in the document also applies to Windows Phone.
Microsoft provides the Windows Phone boot manager in the UEFI environment. After the pre-UEFI and UEFI components complete their boot processes, the Windows Phone boot manager takes over to complete the Windows Phone 8 boot process so that the user can start using the smartphone. All code in the Windows Phone operating system is signed by Microsoft, including OEM drivers and applications. Also, applications that are added after manufacturing, or installed from the Windows Phone Store or a private enterprise store must be properly signed to execute
Re: The PS3 was and still is a top-notch product
"Whilst it's true that the Xbox One is struggling to achieve 720p 60FPS, all the PS4 release multiplatform titles handle 1080p 60FPS without trouble,."
Not true - BF4 is upscaled on the PS4 - and looks worse than on the Xbox One as the PS4 upscales in software, whereas the Xbox One does it in hardware....And Watch Dogs only runs at 30fps on the PS4...
Forza 5 is 60fps / 1080p on the Xbox One - so it's possible to do - the Xbox One has advanced compressed texture tiling technology and a 200GBps on chip cache that the PS4 doesn't - that will take developers a while to learn to use....
The PS4 is a games only crippled PC - no CD, no MP3, no DNLA, etc, etc. I can't see why anyone would buy one versus a PC.
The Xbox One at least does a lot more that you can't currently do on a PC with Kinect and the HDMI input capability...
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