* Posts by TheVogon

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Re: Microsoft can see and store everything

"The reason Microsoft wants us to get Windows 10 is to steal all our data and secrets. They also wish to sell our data to the world."

I think you are confusing Microsoft with Google.

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Re: Sharing Credentials is not PASSIVE, the user must chose to do it!

"Wifi Sense only shares credientials that YOU tell it to share on a per network basis. If you want your network to remain private, then dont share it!"

Quite - this is no different from telling your friends your WiFi passwords. Except that it's more secure in that it's harder for them to recover the actual password and tell a third party...and they can't access your LAN - only the internet.

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Re: Nothing new here

"802.1x can be configured to use different authentication methods, including some using passwords."

All of which can stil support NAC. No sane corporate would rely on password only except in a mode that can't be shared (for instance an 802.11x login via AD authentication can't be shared via WiFI Sense, and usually would also require certificate based NAC).

"And not every device supports WPA(2) Enterprise"

Then they wouldn't be able to connect to a secure corporate environment...

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Re: Nothing new here

"In theory, someone who wanted access to your company network could befriend an employee or two, and drive into the office car park to be in range, and then gain access to the corporate wireless network."

Only if you have incompetently configured corporate WiFi. A normal corporate WiFi setup would use 802.1X and you wouldnt even know a WiFi password to share.

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"So now all WiFi/router manufacturers should enable MAC filtering by default just to counter-act how loose MS is making security."

Great until Microsoft use random MACs like Apple do...

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Another day, ANOTHER Windows 10 build for us Insiders

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"Lazy buggers haven't update MSDN"

Probably they are all busy with that annual holiday they have in the US that celebrates colluding with the French and giving up speaking English...

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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Re: Microsoft big bang = big fail

"In my experience with windows 2012 servers on a virtual environment, it is bloody hard to make the time stay accurate +- a lot more than one lousy leap second!"

It's the same as under normal Windows exact that Hyper-V also gives you an additional option to set the time continuously on the VM from the host

"Especially if you have active directory which competes with a myriad of built in 'ms knows best' mechanisms all in competition to set the clock."

No, it's the exact same single method across all of Windows / AD - which is based on NTP 3 with some enhancements from NTP 4. It's not meant to be highly accurate

If you need really accurate time then NTP sucks. You might want to consider using PTP (Precision Time Protocol) - for which 3rd party implementation exist for Windows.

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

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"A day later, they release build 10159 with 300 fixes."

Presumably none of which were considered sgnificant enough to stop releasing a new alpha build...

"They must have known about these issues in order to fix them so quickly,"

There will likely still be thousands of improvements and fixes in progress at this stage in the build process. This will ramp down as they approach RTM.

"and at least some of them must have been significant enough to justify releasing another build so soon."

No, the justification for releasing a new build is not problems with the previous one, but that the new build is ready for testing with no show stopping issues...Going forwards we may well commonly see daily builds released to Fast Ring testers...

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

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Re: How Internet dependent has Windows become?

"It seems to me that Windows has become an OS that cannot be installed on a PC unless it has Internet access at the time of install - because half the OS must be downloaded and is not present on any installation media, and it requires the installer/user to enter an online account."

It seems you are wrong. The Windows 10 install works just fine with no internet access - and no online account will be required for the RTM version.

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Re: Hallelujah - File Explorer's file path limit is not 256 any more !

"Microsoft, that IS a significant known issue."

No, no it isn't. That path length is substantially more than required to give a seperate folder to every atom in the universe...

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Re: Jumping to an app starting with a specific letter.

"Microsoft is still tweaking the Start menu and in this build you can tap or click a letter to get an alphabet menu, so you can jump to apps beginning with a specific letter. It does not quite work, though: I tapped P in search of Paint, but it does not come up, since Paint is under Windows Accessories. I should have tapped W."

Rubbish - on Windows 10 build 10158, tap the Windows key, hit P, Paint is first app listed....Tested OK on 3 different installs of 10158...

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: Infrastructure readiness?

"Is the, particularly UK, broadband infrastructure going to have the capacity to upgrade all the qualifying Win 7 and the relatively few Win 8.1 machines to Windows 10?"

Probably. Microsoft has some neat peer to peer technology in that space:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/antonyleather/2015/03/16/windows-10-to-use-bittorrent-style-p2p-to-deliver-updates/

Presumably they have learnt something from the speed at which their latest ISOs are pirated....

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: I'm actually curious

"Considering that the EU is supposed to be a free trade area"

Gibraltar isn't part of the EU customs union. Just like the Spanish equivalents - the Balearics...

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Re: "Not til we have some planes to go on them..."

"A single type 45 destroyer such as HMS Dauntless could shoot down the whole Argentine air force in under a day."

How do they defend against Exocets, etc. these days?

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Re: Argies are too late @Flocke Kroes

"they want to be part of the UK (which they are)."

No, the Falklands is NOT part of the UK. Just like Jersey, etc are also not part of the UK.

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Re: Occupational Therapy For The Mediocre

If the Argentinians want the Falklands "back" - (British ownership of which actually predates the existence of Argentina) - then the Welsh would like Patagonia back please!

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US FINNISHes Nokia-AlcaLu acquisition waiting period

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"Nokia has never been successful in N. America "

Nokia ARE successful in North America. They have made substantial LTE network sales in the last couple of years.

http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/nokias-sales-jump-q4-thanks-booming-north-american-networks-biz/2015-01-29

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Banking trojan besieges Bundestag … for the second time

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Re: Actually

"Just off the top of my head, this would be trivial to circumvent by encrypting the content and sending on port 221."

Why would anyone have port 221 open on a firewall?

"How would you distinguish this from normal SSL traffic?"

By the port number?

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There's a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, but you can't upgrade to it

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Re: Uh huh...

"At date with release about a month away"

? October / November is a fair bit longer than a month away...

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Re: "fair use rights s"?

"Anyway, there's nothing in the article that suggests that Greenwald's blog is covered by any UK jurisdiction."

I can read it in the UK, therefore it's covered by UK law regardless of where the content is actually hosted. There have been lots of previous UK defamation, etc. cases versus non UK parties to back that up.

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Re: More a case of what can we distract everyone with

"when China takes over the US"

They already own much of it.

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Re: Prudish much?

Just remember why VHS succeeded... I think we can conclude that Oculus will likely be the new Betamax!

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: So Download Festival are trying to go bankrupt?

"The RFID system was only announced *after* the tickets had already gone on sale.

I'm more than a little ticked off about it all."

I think you might need to encourage lots of your fellow festival goers to go play with a Tesla Coil. That should do the job....

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

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Re: If it was truly firmware?

"I have this group of EMC Vx arrays over here - lets see... 2400 spindles. You want to come update that firmware?"

If you have a support contract, just phone EMC support, they will connect at an agreed time and update your firmware. It can all be done online.

Or if you don't have full support then doing it yourself is easy. See https://community.emc.com/docs/DOC-40251 for how long it takes...

(As someone experienced with Vmax and VNX)

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

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Re: Oh god

"tell the mad bitch to go away"

Fleecing the gullible without even requiring a religious context suggests a sane person to me...

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

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Re: Have you tested this theory?

"Increasing the pressure will decrease d"

No - no it wont. Capacitors for power supplies are generally solid or liquid filled, so not compressible except at extreme pressures. Merely immersing them in low levels of liquid is going to make no measurable difference

"have not tested there components"

their

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Re: Minor problem

"Most capacitor designs are intended for operation in air at ambient pressure. Dipping capacitors into liquid coolant really screws that up."

It takes about 10 metres depth of water density coolant to add 1 atmosphere of pressure - so unless you are thinking of James Bond movies style nuclear reactor cooling tanks, that's really not an issue at all...

However the highest efficiency future datacentre designs generate power directly in the rack - e.g. from gas catalyst fuel cells, etc. - and these systems are already at the correct voltage - so minimal power supply electronics are required...

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/critical-environment/microsoft-our-in-rack-data-center-fuel-cell-concept-works/84945.fullarticle

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Re: Growing up is tough

""A gui as one of the default options is absolutely required for the SMB Space", says one user in the comments here.""

I'm sure even SMBs can learn one command line entry to install the GUI...This is a non issue

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Re: How many of you Windows user will be...

"To be fair I'm pretty sure it's a major deal for Microsoft and shareholders are going to take some convincing."

It really isn't. Consumer OS sales are worth much less than business ones - and most are heavily subsidised OEM versions anyway. Microsoft will likely only need to sell a single Office 365 or OneDrive subscription, a few Windows Store apps, or have you use Bing (even via Cortana) for a few years on each PC to make more money than a home license would have cost...

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Re: How many of you Windows user will be...

Not really free. You already paid for it with your Windows 7 or 8 license. Even so, at first glance it seems quite generous of Microsoft not to charge extra for a new version.

However - it's actually a very astute business plan - consumer OS licensing revenue is not as important as it used to be. Microsoft want to get the Windows App Store on your desktop and sell you Office 365, OneDrive, Xbox Music / Video and get you using Cortana (and therefore Bing), etc. etc!

If it gets me a "free" OS upgrade though, then it works for me...

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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"simply because it doesn't exist - there is no credible science to show that it exists"

97% of climate scientists and the overwhelming majority of scientific papers on the subject would disagree with you.

"Warmist predictions have been wrong the whole of my life and they continue to be wrong year after year"

Well no, it is certainly getting warmer unless you cherry pick specific time ranges of sub 20 years. The ice keeps melting. Sea levels keep rising. Temperature records keep getting broken. We are currently on target to beat 2014 - which was the warmest on record as defined by NOAA, UK Met Office and several others. Some previously forecast possibilities might have not yet occurred, but there a) no scientific doubt that the planet is warming at a historically very fast rate, and b) no scientific doubt that manmade emissions of CO2 are at least significantly to blame and highly likely are the primary cause.

"Show me anything that credibly even approaches real scientific consensus on the issue"

That say every scientific representative to the UN from every single country on the planet agrees with points a) and b) above?

"No significant change at all in fact"

Actually lots of significant change. For instance the Arctic has warmed by several degrees. Major permanent ice sheets have thinned significantly. Vast areas of permafrost are starting to thaw. Many glaciers have retreated, etc. etc.

Bearing in mind that all of the above has overwhelming observable evidence, I can only assume you are trolling - or are very outdated or poorly informed in your information - your position isn't even remotely supportable, and hasn't been for at least a decade.

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Why does Uber keep its drivers' pay so low? Ex-CFO: 'Cos we can'

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Re: Ah, yes. "Capitalism"

"their enormous net worth will more than cover your medical bills"

What medical bills? Health care is free in all civilised first world countries...

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Re: Two year mandatory EU warranty

In the UK you typically have rights under law equivalent to a 5 year warranty.

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MS Azure Stack. It's like Azure Pack but with even more cloudiness

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Quite correct, but many of us have Windows OSs that are already individually licenced, or legacy *NIX OSs that we want to virtualise...

And even if you to buy need DataCentre Edition licences, it still makes more sense to run Hyper-V Server for reasons b) and c).

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Powered by Windows Server?

Shame then if there is no option to use Hyper-V Server which is a) completely free for all Hyper-V features, b) has a smaller attack surface, and c) requires less patching / fewer reboots.

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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Re: Am I the only one

"want to watch City v United 3pm on a Saturday? Go the game. Can't? MediumWave radio it is!"

ALL Premier League matches are televised. Just not in the UK...

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Get ready: 'Critical' Adobe Reader patches coming on Tuesday 12 May

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"does anybody know the difference between "pre-announced plans" as the article states, and the good old fashioned "announced plans"?"

"Pre-announced" generally means that you give an outline warning in advance of the details.

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Choc Factory finds 84,000 ad injectors targeting Chrome

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Re: Picture Grr!

Glad I use IE + a Tracking Protection List to block this sort of crap.

Cant see that this is particularly news worthy for a browser like Chrome that's basically adware by design though.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Re: Answer: The hosts file.

"Answer: The hosts file. "

That can only block whole sites, and not intelligently match urls....Not an effective filtering method for many sites that host both content and adverts.

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"Unfortunately, that will leave Edge users with virtually no ability to adjust the browser's behavior or add new features. (We're looking at you, AdBlock.) The new browser supports neither ActiveX controls nor Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), which developers could use to extend Internet Explorer with plugins and add-on toolbars, respectively."

But no one needs to use any of these things to block adverts in IE. It has great built in advert filtering which can use the same blocking list as Adblock via the "Tracking Protection" feature. As far as I can see this will still be supported in Microsoft Edge as it does not seem to be on the list of removed features.

See http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Browser/TrackingProtectionLists/

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Yow! It's the HOT NEW 'Collections' from Google! Oh wait ... it's a Google+ thing

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Re: Not dead (yet?)

"There are lots of makers and open source communities taking to G+"

So presumably of no interest for normal people with a life then...

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Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

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Re: Dunno, have they fixed outlook?

"it seems that outlook 2010 really doesn't like it when you get mailboxes in the 5+ Gb area."

Nope that's fine. Default limit is 50GB. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/982577

If you have with 5GB mailboxes then the issue probably isn't directly caused by Outlook. So your Office staff might well be right. (Assuming you have deployed all "recommended" Office updates from Windows Update of course...)

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: Another New 'Feature'

"And now we know what sort of person pays attention to browser benchmarks."

The sort of person that makes the decision what someone like you gets on their corporate desktop...

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Re: Another New 'Feature'

Just seen the benchmarks. Edge is faster than any other browser and it isn't even out of beta yet!

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Marvell: We don't want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it's way too much

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Re: Patents: Sought by the Wright brothers while Europe built planes

""!The corporate ownership of the US is so successful that for instance over half of Americans still don't acknowledge that Global Warming is real " ... one track mind hey? and tunnel vision for good effect."

This is actually true. The majority of Americans are just as ignorant regarding the facts of anthropomorphic global warming as they are on say geography:

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/06/37-of-americans-cant-find-america-on-a-map-2676508.html

LOL @ "Despite Americans’ seemingly underdeveloped sense of their own geography, history and domestic policy, they did score high points on the issue of patriotism, calling America .....“a place to definitely explore when I finally get my passport” (22 percent).”"

Also see http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/05/0502_060502_geography.html

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Re: Hmm something fishy about Sturgeon

"If you ask the average Spaniard here 'Where is Scotland?'"

And if you ask the average Scotsman about NATO, they think you are referring to one of their alcoholic friends who lost a foot due to diabetes...

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Microsoft: Office 365 IT admins get free device-wrangling controls

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No wonder Blackberry's share price plummeted over 7% yesterday. Microsoft have completely stuck it to them with this - providing for "free" what is now Blackberry's core revenue model...

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Re: Ixquick does not record it's users' IP addresses at all, so I ...

"DuckDuckGo is a winner, too."

Which is basically Bing with a wrapper...

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Re: I'm still as confused....

"They can do this as the result of a court order as in this case"

No they can't. EU law takes precedence:

http://www.informationweek.com/regulations/datacell-wins-wikileaks-donation-case/d/d-id/1109688?

http://www.thisdayinwikileaks.org/category/datacell

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Microsoft gets data centres powered up for big UPS turn-off

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Re: not enough runtime

"AC is, I believe, more efficient to transport around a building."

So you don't transfer it around the building:

http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/210641/FCDC-TechReport.pdf

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