* Posts by TheVogon

1488 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

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"Given the push to put Linux tools on Windows (and not use something like Cygwin) makes me wonder if WIndows 10 will, as some have already put it, turn into another distro."

The driver seems primarily to be to not have to use Linux on the desktop, so I doubt that.

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Re: symlink support for Linux subsystem

" I know that symlinks under Windows were always tricky"

In what way? - always worked just fine for me under say the Windows 7 Korn shell, or the Windows Command prompt.

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Re: Good

"know they were sharing their WiFi keys with people by default??"

You have to actively tick a box each time you add a network to share them - it's not by default.

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Re: Good

"actually came up with it and thought it was a good idea, obviously not even bothering do a cursory security audit"

It doesn't let you share keys on corporate type WiFi setups - only home / public ones. In general it's no big deal if someone can use your internet connection.

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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Re: Wonderful

"the Russians annexed land they loaned to Ukraine"

It was given, not loaned:

"the transfer of Crimea from the RSFSR to the UkrSSR was carried out in accordance with the 1936 Soviet constitution, which in Article 18 stipulated that “the territory of a Union Republic may not be altered without its consent.” The proceedings of the USSR Supreme Soviet Presidium meeting indicate that both the RSFSR and the UkrSSR had given their consent via their republic parliaments."

"the Russian Federation expressly accepted Ukraine’s 1991 borders both in the December 1991 Belovezhskaya Pushcha accords (the agreements that precipitated and codified the dissolution of the Soviet Union) and in the December 1994 Budapest Memorandum"

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Re: Two steps forward...

"I think Crimea is understandable, looking at recent history"

You mean that the world generally ignoring Israel's illegal occupations meant Russia thought they could get away with it too?

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Re: Two steps forward...

"That Russians will try to do exactly that and will just put more missiles, more expenses, etc"

Europe and the USA will win that battle. The Russian economy is screwed.

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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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Re: No, but seriously ...

"PS What did "RICHTO" mean?"

Nothing - some people assumed it referred to money so I changed it.

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Re: Stabbity stab stabbity stab.....

"Hopefully they will take Wintel with it."

Some Windows versions run on Arm too don't forget...

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Re: No, but seriously ...

"The thing is it is overkill, a read-only SD card slot that is only used to load the boostrap would achieve the same thing."

Your SD card could be malware infected when you obtained it. Secure Boot fixes that.

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Re: Secure Boot is Security Theatre

"If malware is in a position to modify the boot stack you are already owned."

Not with secure boot. If the malware tries to modify the boot stack, the PC wont boot, and you can then restore the boot stack to a known state. Malware cant persist.

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Re: Secure boot

"A recent Windows 7 update partially bricks computers that have an Asus motherboard fitted, it emerged this week."

Either it bricks them or it doesn't. Reading the article implies it does nothing of the sort. And it's not a Microsoft issue.

"Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch "

So actually it's more like "Asus Windows 7 PCs fail to boot due to UEFI bios glitch" - but I guess that wouldn't get as many clicks?

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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Re: The lock in Question

"Hmmm... strangely plausible... worked "helpdesk" for a while?"!

No one in a frontline helpdesk role would be calling MS Pro Support - it's a feature of 3rd / 4th line engineering type role. And yes for about a year, many years ago...

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Re: The lock in Question

"Why should license admin not be considered a support task?"

The service he was using is a consumer focused service. Enterprises usually use MAK keys and have no normal need to make such transfers. There IS a professional support option for license admin via the Microsoft Licensing Portal and associated services but again those are always fluently English speaking.

Anyway, personal license transfers are not in anyway part of Microsoft Professional Support (which is usually chargeable per incident).

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Re: Seriously!

"First of all, a machine cannot boot off a ReFS partirion, it also doesn't work with databases"

"Users do need to be mindful that ReFS in its current iteration is not meant to be a replacement for NTFS. Instead, it is a complimentary file system, designed to handle tasks where NTFS falls short, such as file and data archival servers."

"Later versions of ReFS may very well replace NTFS as the default Windows file system, but it isn’t going to happen soon. After all, it took NTFS 8 years from its introduction until it became the default file system for consumers in Windows XP"

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Re: Seriously!

"Databases? They go in a VM"

Not in any large environment. Or for anything that needs licensing from Oracle.You would normally have an SQL Server (and maybe Oracle) cluster that hosted multiple databases with appropriately sized hardware. There is no gain to be had from virtualising such an already shared platform.

"Get your databases on a proper DB server and thus on a proper OS!"

Yep, SQL Server is the easy choice. My condolences for those still stuck with Oracle.

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Re: The lock in Question

"My experiences with MS phone support have almost exclusively been transferred to the far east. Namely: every single time I want to exercise downgrade rights. That's two hours per bloody key, every time."

That's NOT professional support. That's license admin.

Professional support is accessible here if you don't have a subscription / other support options:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/gp/offerprophone?wa=wsignin1.0

In many Microsoft support calls over a number of years I have never had anyone who didn't speak English fluently.

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Re: The lock in Question

""2) per call support costs."

The prices are per incident, not per call.

What competing products do you use where you get free phone support?"

It IS free if it's found to be a fault or bug in Microsoft software - the incident is credited back.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

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Re: Who cares

"Butthurt of Mint evangelists to follow in 3..2..1"

Now that's a collective noun I hadn't heard before. This sort of nerd-ville springs to mind:

https://gallery.confuzzled.org.uk/main.php?g2_itemId=57338&g2_imageViewsIndex=1

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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"I found out after I'd upgraded that it was temporary free licence and they considered a change of motherboard a different PC and that the license wasn't transferable."

So exactly the same as most people's existing OEM license that came with their PC then.

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Re: People will do what they did before

"Most will get an Open Source hypervisor (Xen or KVM)"

KVMs market share is about 1%.

"Some will get a Microsoft hypervisor."

Hyper-V has over 30% market share.

"Microsoft isn't top dog on servers or endpoints."

According to Forbes, Microsoft have about 75% market share for servers.

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Restaurant booked, flowers ordered ... Microsoft has a hot date for SQL Server 2016

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Re: Who'd want SQL server

"http://www.pg-versus-ms.com/"

That page supports what I said about Postgres performance sucking. In between lots of largely uninformed rants that are basically moans that MS SQL does certain things in a different way that he clearly doesn't understand - for instance "I don't know how easy MS SQL Server is to update".

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Re: Microsoft Lifetime Software Assurance

"You can recover from microsoft and its suppliers only direct damages up to u.S. $5.00"

So $5 more than if you used Postgres?

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Re: Who'd want SQL server

"So you request benchmarks yet provide anecdotal evidence? Remind me not to hire you for advice."

An example of the many similar comments I see, and of my experience:

http://www.postgresql.org/message-id/60zlrwuyqb.fsf@dba2.int.libertyrms.com

Postgres is generally way way slower than MS SQL server and whilst SQL Server has no difficulties at all handling vast databases with 100s of TB, Postgres runs into multiple scalability issues at anything over modest sizing.

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Re: Who'd want SQL server

"when PostgreSQL is faster"

Do fee free to post some recognised benchmarks to back that up? In all recent examples I have seen, SQL Server was much faster.

"better"

How so? Vastly smaller feature set, much less support from other products, and more security vulnerabilities don't exactly seem like that to me...

"and available for free?"

If your time, cost of additional hardware for required similar performance, and security and system capabilities have no value to you - and you don't need support?

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Yay! It's International Patch Your Scary OpenSSL Bugs Day!

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Re: To those screaming about OpenSSL again

"And how often does Microsoft patch their version?"

Not as often as OpenSSL!

"Are you sure that the dozen or so MS lawye^wcoders are up to the same standard as the hundreds of eyeballs looking at OpenSSL"

Microsoft source code is available to organisations for inspection / analysis too.

These "hundreds of eyeballs" looking at OSS don't seem to actually make much difference - if in fact more then the odd security researcher even bother looking. Some of the recent and very big OSS holes in Bash and Open SSL were 2 decades old...

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Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane

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Re: The kind of idiot who does that on a plane...

"Determine the MAC address, look up the OUI, use WiFi tool on another mobile to look at signal strength.. could figure out which part of the plane it's in, and which type of device it's likely on."

That's the 2 hour delay explained then. By which time the perpetrator had no doubt simply turned off his hotspot...

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Opower, my power: Oracle spends $532m to get some utilities cloud, er, power

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Re: Oracle's buying an IoT Cloud

"because most enterprise IT people I know are avoiding Oracle as much as they can these days"

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AWS outgrows its own resource numbering scheme

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Re: Mathematics

"Why limit the length at all?"

Because of potential buffer overflow vulnerabilities? Database schema requirements? Software tool support? That they are not likely to need more possible resource labels than there are particles in the universe?

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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

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Re: Revenue is not margin

"Amazon makes 25% net margins on AWS."

Amazon's annual and quarterly reports show large on-going losses on AWS. You could argue that this is due to massive on-going investment, but anything suggesting it's currently "profitable" is quite clearly not the case.

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"Microsoft "intelligent cloud" does not equal cloud. It equals cloud plus Hyper V"

Hyper-V Server is a completely free product. Zero cost with all features enabled.

Microsoft's "intelligent cloud" in terms of reporting does NOT include on customer premise solutions.

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Re: Rapidly changing (negative) dynamic for Microsoft

"but Amazon makes a ton of profit on AWS. It is their most profitable division."

Not sure where you get that from, but Amazon's financial results show AWS is a massive loss maker - and is the main reason they nearly never declare any profit.

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Re: Rapidly changing (negative) dynamic for Microsoft

"The fact that Microsoft is feverishly attempting to integrate Redhat Enterprise Linux with Docker Containerization into Azure Cloud Computing"

Microsoft are making it so that it integrates with Windows server too. Don't forget Microsoft have had a container solution for many years via SoftGrid / App-V so have a lot of experience in this space.

Besides, Azure (Hyper-V) scales better and is more efficient than KVM, so it makes sense to run your Red Hat cloud on it too if you want Red Hat.

This is why Azure is growing market share faster than AWS, and Microsoft overtook Amazon in cloud revenue a few quarters back.

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Re: Office 365 stinks.

"In constant currency, Intelligent Cloud was up eight per cent"

8% a quarter is ~ 47% growth a year.. So still on target for $20 billion from cloud in 2 years.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Click here to view this title.

"I live in Poland so £5 will buy a barrel lol :) (of Vodka)"

No doubt with product labels in Braille, and also certified as a high performance motor fuel...

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Re: Hooray

"You really think EU is not owned by business?"

Nope - it's an improvement on the American model - instead it's owned by corrupt and unelected bureaucrats...

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Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox

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Re: Keep your e-mail seperate

" "I have supported 28 million email accounts and 80 million emails per day.""

And from 1 inbox too....

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Re: Bunch of tosspots

"is because societies have tended to function reasonably well and flourish under Christianity"

Society tends to function reasonably well and flourish in countries that have Rabies too...

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Re: Finally, a GOOD religion

"I though Rastafari objected to "Rastafarianism" - on the basis that calling them an "ism" is calling them a cult"

Let's check - oh "Catholicism" - yep - no wonder they are upset !

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Re: Finally, a GOOD religion

"In all seriousness, it's a spoof. I don't really see this as much different to any other "themed" wedding,"

Or much different to any other religion...

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Re: Bunch of tosspots

"they jump on a trendy new, look at me I'm different, non-religion religion. aka cult"

They don't show any signs of going down the cult route just yet - for instance having someone who claims to represent their god on Earth. They can leave that to the catholic church...

And how would you define a "non-religion"? - what they claim to believe in is a lot more reasonable, possible and believable than most other religions that I can think of!

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Google found 760,935 compromised web sites in a year

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Re: 760,935 breaches Google detected

As usual it's nearly all OSS software holes being successfully attacked despite Microsoft IIS having a 32% market share of all web servers - as per Netcraft. (That's less than 1% behind the market leader - Apache).

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Oracle plans Exadata-as-a-service, in cloud or on-prem

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"MSFT is now giving away SQL licenses for free to any Oracle customer "

But you have to agree to pay maintenance so it's not entirely free. So Microsoft is getting an on-going revenue stream...

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Google broke its own cloud AGAIN, with TWO software bugs

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Re: Storing your Companys' commercial secrets on Google Cloud ...

Fortunately, only the tumbleweed rolling across their near empty cloud noticed the outage...

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BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

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Re: Couldn't agree more

"No it doesn't. I bought one, it sucked compared to the 1020 in many ways. Sure, unlike the 1020 it can take the photos fast from launch, but that's about it."

If you didn't upgrade the firmware it shipped with. When it was shipped there was already an upgrade that addressed the issues you mention. I have both (my kid now has the 1020) and the 950 photos are noticeably superior. The review of the 950 also points out how much better than the 1020 the 950 camera is due to the improved sensor, optics and flash.

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Re: Couldn't agree more

"I have a Lumia 1020. Great phone, but now stuck on Win 8.1"

It runs Windows Mobile 10 just fine.

However if you want a replacement for the 1020, look at the 950 / 950 XL - It has one of the best cameras of any currently shipping mobile.

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How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

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Re: Allowing a VM to corrupt the host is a sin

"I mean really, so much of the hypervisor stuff is done in the hardware nowadays I'd think that someone was asleep at the wheel, a code kiddo, or a malicious agent. (Hmmmm.)"

I seem to recall Amazon, Rackspace, etc. having to panic patch a similar hole in KVM not so long ago?

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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" trying to grab the error code on a Windows blue screen, which only flashes up for 500ms"

It's likely in the event log. Also the code is usually displayed for a few seconds as the OS will complete a crash dump before rebooting.

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Websites take control of USB devices: Googlers propose WebUSB API

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Re: Where to begin?

"1. I want drivers to install locally"

This - once and it's done. This is a solution without a problem...

And allowing websites to "control USB devices" sounds like an invitation for new types of viruses and spyware. As Google have a pretty awful security vulnerability record with Android and Chrome, it's hardly reassuring that this comes from them either.

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UK competition watchdog gripes to Brussels about Three-O2 merger

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Re: BT+EE

"Can someone explain why the BT merger with EE was considered acceptable but this is not?"

Because BT didn't own any other UK mobile networks?

However I would ask why the EE / T-Mobile merger was OK and this not....

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