* Posts by TheVogon

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: No Control of Updating

"Better check if you can boot your non-Windows OS."

No need to check, Microsoft mandated that being able disable secure boot is a requirement of it being able to run Windows (except for Windows RT).

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Re: No Control of Updating

"“I eat, breathe and sleep in what some would call old-school, on-premise domains."

All this works with both on premise and Azure AD just fine.

" Every time I go near something new from Microsoft now, its three, four or more stupid logins, with access credential demands and licence-trudging misery"

Not here - single sign-on works just fine and licensing is a simple yearly true up, and is never a front end user issue. Sounds like you need to get someone competent in Office 365 / AD involved?

"I'm staying with Windows 7 for the foreseeable future, and at least until MS comes back to its senses and allows us as users/power users/admins control of exactly what updates get onto a PC"

I think you are misinformed here - admins still have full control of this - assuming you are using the enterprise edition of Windows 10 - as you should be in any sort of business function. Users should never have control of this is a business imo (other than deferring reboots to a convenient time).

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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"Because I can tell you now that any company I suspect of using personalised targeted advertising at me is a company that will receive none of my cash."

I take it you don't use any of Google's services, websites, search engine or other products then?

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Re: Chrome runs on all the things

"everyone ends up rebuilding their Windows machine because it has become really slow and annoying."

No need to do that anymore. If your Windows 8 or 10 OS gets slowed down by cruftware, you can just 'refresh' the install to clear all the crap without a full reinstall:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/restore-refresh-reset-pc

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: Yeah...

"Right to privacy?"

What right to privacy? They were outside. You can potentially see someone outdoors from a plane, drone, neighbouring building, looking over a fence, etc. etc.

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Re: I sort of agree

"The main difference is that a clay is quite unlikely to suddenly change speed, direction or altitude"

Clays are very fast moving though. The average drone isn't usually too fast or random in it's flight (unless maybe the owner was expecting incoming fire!)....drones also often hover - making them even easier than a clay - particularly when the camera is in use....

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Re: I sort of agree

"it's one heck of a shot to knock down something from that distance with a single shell of No. 8 bird shot."

It really wouldn't. Normal range of a shotgun is about 40M for practical uses like killing things. At 80M the spread of shot would be pretty wide, so accuracy is not such an issue, but it would still be quite capable of causing damage. It probably only needs a single pellet to hit to take out a relatively fragile drone...

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Re: He should go free...

"That's the UK. or "Hobbiton" as it's know to the rest of the world."

"the rest of the world" meaning the colonies only? The average American's grasp of global geography presumably not able to differentiate between the UK and New Zealand...

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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

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"and now Windows server for free"

Errm no. They are giving customers a small amount of benefit back from the stupendously large extended support fees being charged for Server 2003.

Nothing is being given away for free here.

Microsoft are still charging vastly more than the value of any discounts in support fees if you keep Server 2003 after EOL.

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"If Microsoft, or indeed anyone else, could tell me what the appropriate replacement for 'Gateway for NFS' is, I'd be grateful."

The replacement is to migrate your legacy file systems to a Windows Server (or NAS) which can then provide both NFS and SMB sharing capabilities.

Or you can install Services for Network File System (NFS) on the Windows clients and access your old systems that way.

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Re: Got to stop those Linux/BSD migrations whatever the cost...

"Although they might find they can't even give away TIFKAM for free."

Fortunate then that Windows Server doesn't have a GUI unless you choose to add one.

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Never mind falling revenues, BT watchers, look at the footy offering

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Re: Really...

Apparently you need to have BT Internet service to take their TV! That's a show stopper for me.

The regulator should force Virgin, BT and Sky to unbundle their packages. For instance I'm forced to have a Virgin phone line (that really is virgin as it hasn't ever had a phone plugged into it!) because my TV would be more expensive without it - even if I don't use it!

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Your voter-trolling autodialer is illegal: The cringey moment the FCC spanks a congresscritter

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Re: The politicians may love them, but ...

"merits, competencies"

Many of their candidates don't have any. - remember that they elected Bush!

(Well actually they elected Gore if the intent of the voters in Florida had mattered...)

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Re: Tightwads

"funny how that works when there a few apps for users to leave open to drain the battery."

This was the case for both manufacturer testing without any apps running, and third party testing:

http://bgr.com/2014/08/25/android-vs-windows-phone-htc-one-m8/

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Re: Meep.

"Naturally I'm with Windows Phone, security by obscurity"

Security by lowest vulnerability count too versus Blackberry, Android or IOS.

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Re: Tightwads

Hopefully Microsoft will release a Windows Mobile installer for Android handsets via their work with Cyanogen, then at least there will be a more secure OS update option.

(From existing dual boot testing on the same hardware, we already know WM is faster and the battery lasts longer too.)

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Streaming games from Xbox One to PC works just fine at 1080p / 60fps too. Lag really isn't noticeable on a wired network at least. The Xbox One has full on chip hardware video encoders (unlike the PS4), so there is a minimal CPU / GFX / latency impact for streaming.

As the Xbox One is 4K capable in hardware, and as Microsoft are now apparently working on streaming from PC to Xbox One, hopefully greater than 1080p resolutions will be supported!

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Re: Cortana and Onedrive?

"If you like console gaming get a PS4."

If you want the best option for online / multiplayer console gaming though as many do, you need to get an Xbox One + Xbox Live.

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

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Re: Update Clash

"It's only going to get worse."

4 laptops, 2 tablets and a PC upgraded to Windows 10 here today - zero issues so far.

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Re: Compulsory updates? No, thanks.

"since once you can spoof an update"

Seeing as that would likely require breaking current asymmetric encryption techniques and spoofing SHA256 hashes to enable that it's not likely to happen in the short term...

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Re: Update Clash

"Automatically rolling out updates may seem like the answer but the practice is not without its problems"

Hence why they only get deployed to Windows Insiders to start with.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Re: don't forget the built-in adware and spyware

So just like Android / Chrome now then? Except I'm pretty sure that Microsoft ask permission first for anything involving personal info...

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Re: Meh!

The people who are getting Windows 10 updates right now are those that signed up to get alpha and beta code via the Windows Insider process.

i.e. they agreed to test potentially buggy software.

We therefore can't draw any conclusions as to what might be released to production Windows 10 systems from what such early test users see.

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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Re: What should Microsoft's enterprise clients do now?

"If you do it right, your employees will actually be much happier."

Presumably because no work will ever reach them.

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Re: Crippleware

"Windows Server editions below "Enterprise" have limits on the number of HyperV VMs you can run"

No they don't. See https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29189

Any install of Hyper-V supports up to 1,024 VMs per host (or up to 8,000 VMs per cluster)

"the number of RADIUS clients you have have"

Again - no - NPS is not scalability limited by version.

"Windows running on EC2 has a hard limit of 2 RDP sessions"

All Windows versions have a hard limit of 2 RDP sessions - unless you enable Remote Desktop Services.

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Re: What should Microsoft's enterprise clients do now?

"Windows -> Linux

Active Directory -> OpenLDAP + Samba

Exchange/Outlook -> Zimbra, Google docs, etc

Office -> LibreOffice

SharePoint -> Liferay, Alfresco, etc"

That's sounds like a great list of what to do if you want to make life hell for all your employees...

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"Windows Mobile 10 is already well polished even though its still in preview "

I'm a big fan of Windows Phone / Mobile - especially for business / enterprise use, but if you say it's well polished at the monent then I have to disagree. If you used it for 5 minutes you might think that, but if you use it as your primary phone for a substantial period then you woudl find that there are still many issues and shortcomings to be fixed.

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Re: Bi-polar OS 2.0

What you say about the current state of Windows Mobile 10 OS is true, but what you don't seem to make very clear is that it not even really a beta yet. I woudlnt recommend it for day to day use and neither do Microsoft. The Mobile version of Windows 10 isnt RTM until ~ October. So we have at least another 3 months or so before we should be making any conclusions as to the final product.

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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"Their implementation sucks, illustrated by the sort of problems you get when seeking to integrate with Libre/OpenOffice users"

The vast majority of those are problems with Open Office as per the numerous bug complaints in the forums. Microsoft have by far the best ODF implementation and by a long way the most capable Office products in Office 2013.

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Re: What's up DOC?

"The Gendarmerie did a full transition to Linux for their desktop environment in 2013"

I would imagine that their IT needs were extremely basic. Mostly filling in automated forms for instance. Open Source office software clearly doesnt cut it for any real business needs, or more companies would use it.

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Re: If you can't beat them...

"Microsoft Office handles a previous version of ODF, either 1.0 or 1.1, I forget which.

It does not support ODF 1.2 recently ratified as an ISO standard (although in very long term use):"

Nope, Office 2013+ fully supports ODF 1.2 in Excel, Word and Powerpoint, and Office 365 supported it since May 2015.

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"has recommended that French authorities ditch Microsoft Office tools in favour of the Open Document Format"

The best option for using the most recent version of ODF at the moment IS Microsoft Office. Also the first question it asks you when you launch Office 2010 is do you want to use ODF or XML formats.

This will likely be as successful as the French campaign not to use English words (not very)....

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Google gives away 100 PETABYTES of storage to irritate AWS

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Re: need more bandwidth

What this really means is that hardly anyone is using Google's cloud so they are throwing about ever increasing abouts of free stuff in the deperate but increasingly unlikely hope of replicating the sucess of AWS and Azure...

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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Re: The real culprit

"Their existence is proof of a failed security model, incapable of expressing a set of privileges for a process's execution."

This is indeed a significant architectural limitation - and a security risk as SUDO must always run initially as root / UID0.

Windows is a good example of an OS that does it right with fine grained ACLs (and auditing) capabilities built in from the ground up, and features like constrained delegation meaning an account can have just the admin rights it needs for each task. So for instance in Windows you can set seperate permissions and audit requirements for each and every config item. On *nix you can only do it per file.

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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Re: "At which point, believe it or not, the government will get less tax, not more"

"Yes. How much are you prepared to pay for your childrens education"

I already pay quite a lot.

"per mile rates for road usage"

Already pay that via fuel duty.

"having fresh water tankered in"

I already pay the water company for that based on what I use.

"emptying your cesspit"

See the above - I already pay based on water usage - except we have sewers down South.

"personal bodyguards (no Police if you don't pay)"

We already have private security patrols where I live.

"And don't forget to make sure your fire insurance is paid and up to date"

It is.

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Re: Annoys me sooo much

"I pay myself a 'normal' wage and pay employers NI and tax etc"

Then you need a decent accountant. You absolutely shouldn't be doing that unless you want to give more of your money to the government...

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"Try being a public sector IT worker!"

Try not being one then. In my experience of government employees, you can quickly tell why many of them haven't succeeded in getting a job in the real world. If that's not you then leave...

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Re: "At which point, believe it or not, the government will get less tax, not more"

"I guess the Tories will just have to cut even more public services "

Great, I would rather choose to buy services I need rather than be forced to pay for those I don't.

"and sell off the NHS even faster"

Just to point out that the last Labour government privatised approx. 10 times the value of NHS services that the Conservative ever have.

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Re: Annoys me sooo much

"they have to pay not only income tax and employees' NI but also employers' NI"

Not unless they have a useless accountant. They should not normally be paying ANY of the above as a contractor. They should be paying corporation tax and dividend tax only.

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". I'm a contractor, and think the modest tax increase is not unreasonable."

+1

Especially as at the same time they are making life increasingly uncomfortable for scroungers that don't want to work, and those that are unreasonably subsidised by the state by being in social housing when they could afford commercial rents, or have extra rooms that they don't need.

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

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"Why doesn't PAM (http://www.linux-pam.org/whatispam.html) qualify in your estimation ?"

Because apparently it doesn't prevent thousands of authentication attempts happening against privileged accounts on a default install of any Linux that has Open SSH enabled.

Also a quick read of the RFC that you link to (which you apparently didn't) implies that PAM does not deal at all with unified lockout and password policies, etc - and is just an API that sits between the code that does and other applications.

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Re: @The Vogon OpenSSH

"on the other - badly written OS pawned by displaying text"

Which if you read the details at least requires end user interaction.

The Open SSL exploit originally used by Slapper and the password issue above could be used to attack *NIX systems with no user interaction.

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"the material difference is that an MS font rendering vuln gives root to the attacker whereas vulns such as Heartbleed compromise user processes"

Linux has had plenty of remote vulnerabilities that either give root directly or can be combined with numerous privilege escalation vulnerabilities to get root. For instance the original Slapper Worm - which spread via Open SSL!

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I note that as well as the previously mentioned Open SSL remote get root exploits used by Slapper, today we find that Open SSH can allow 10,000 logon attempts per 2 minutes!!

It's a shame Linux doesn't have sensible and modular architecture that can control authentication centrally and not allow an application to compromise something so basic as account lockouts!

See http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/07/bug-in-widely-used-openssh-opens-servers-to-password-cracking/

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"Closed source development hides faults so that the customers don't get scared off. "

Thanks to Open SSL etc, we know that the quality of Open Source code is often awful with zero proper security reviews in 18+ years...so being in public view doesn't mean anything is secure.

"that should tell you all you need to know about the accuracy of vulnerability counts for closed source."

It doesn't tell me anything about vulnerability counts for Microsoft OSs. However (seeing as Linux isn't really used on the desktop), try comparing defacement via remote exploit rates for internet facing webserver OSs, or malware levels on mobile phone OSs then...

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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"anthropogenic, rather than anthropomorphic"

Yes - ooops.

"There's a great deal of scientific uncertainty about (a) how much"

True, and over what timescale - but there is no uncertainty that things are already changing due to AGW, and that the predicted results mostly are not going to be good. At a minimum the sea level rise we already know is going to happen due to AGW is going to cause massive issues even at the most conservative estimates of eventual magnitude.

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Re: Arctic sea ice extent for June 2015 was the third lowest in the satellite record.

"You realize that the two reports are measuring two different things, right?

Sea ice extent vs Sea ice thickness

Which one is more important?"

Likely extent as a smaller ice extent impacts how much of the ocean surface is less reflective and will absorb more heat from the sun.

However the sea ice isn't what we really need to worry about as it is floating and when it melts doesn't cause sea level rise. The real issue is the ice shelves and glaciers - some of which do seem to be melting - and even if we stopped emitting CO2 tomorrow will likely already cause an eventual rise in sea level of several metres.

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"Clear evidence that Al Gore was right"

At least in regards to Anthropomorphic Global Warming, that hasn't been in any credible scientific doubt for at least a decade now.

"and government energy policies are having the required effect"

If the desired policy is to put heads in the sand and pretend it isn't happening, and the required effect being larger short term corporate profits then yes.

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

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Re: Asking nicely always works wonders

""Using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), our team has now successfully removed the all posts related to this incident as well as all Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about our users published online,""

And the copies located on servers outside of the colonies where DMCA notices are just something to laugh at?

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Re: Are there enough people?

I have both and I hardly ever use the PS4. Xbox online gaming is simply a much better experience.

Also it's a DNLA movie player for my NAS, and isn't infected with Cinavia.

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