* Posts by TheVogon

1006 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: @JEDIDIAH - A solution for the wrong problem

"Because Gnu/Linux is a lot better operating system than Windows"

Not when it comes to having optimal performance graphics drivers apparently. Direct-X 12 has widened the gap recently as well. So if you want the optimal high end gaming platform, Windows 10 is the only option - for now at least.

"Linux is like a good scalpel"

Like a good scalpel that can only be used via a robot that only accepts instructions via complex and obscure text files...

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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Re: remotes

"ODF was invented in Libre/Openoffice"

Nope, OpenDocument is not the same as the older OpenOffice.org XML format and these formats are not directly compatible. ODF was actually developed by OASIS.

"It's MS'es implementation of it which is flakey."

Nope - MS have by far the best ODF implementation that is currently available - and it fully support the latest ODF version - even in Office 365. If you look through LO support forums and bug trackers you will see that there are loads of issues with it's implementation of ODF. For instance crashes saving a file that can be opened / saved in other Office packages.

Just a few examples:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice/+bug/1292360

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice/+bug/1412448

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice/+bug/1072033

Also there are vast numbers of bugs when handling MS Office formats - that most businesses rely on.

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Re: remotes

"But for 99% of users it is perfectly adequate"

In any sort of normal work environment, I think you mean more like for 9.9% of users it is perfectly adequate.....

For starters there is no VBA support, very flaky ODF support, loads more bugs, it is much slower, and is missing lots of features and integration options compared to MS Office.

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Re: Oracle is only part of the problem

"They probably get less customers "

You mean fewer: e.g. Are you one of the less intelligent posters or one of the few intelligent posters?

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

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Android - shortly to become the world's largest ever bot net!

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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I'm sure Kaspersky will happily let him download their product instead...

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Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

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"the US has two separate opportunities to get a copy of ever incoming and outgoing email."

It's at least 3 goes. Don't forget we also give them a direct slurp feed of all our telecoms and satellite links.

Probably our secret services want them to have a copy anyway so that they can "keep an eye" on things by proxy without breaking any British laws...Much like the Americans do with their citizens via GCHQ.

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"You can host Exchange 365 on a private box (real or virtual or cloudy)"

There is no such thing as "Exchange 365".

Office 365 which we are talking about here does not have a private hosting option.

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

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Re: How much airspace above your house is considered property?

"In the US, the limit is about 4-500 feet"

Nope - in the US it's 83 feet.

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Re: He should go free...

"Gun restrictions are enacted by States, not by "America"."

Clearly that's part of your gun problem then. You won't ever get rid of them and return to a civilised situation without proper universal control of guns.

See http://www.humanosphere.org/science/2014/03/visualizing-gun-deaths-comparing-the-u-s-to-rest-of-the-world/ for some illustrations of just how far behind the rest of the civilised world the USA is.

Here in the UK you can have guns, but they have to be licenced, registered and stored in a locked steel cabinet when not in use, and the Police visit and check all registered guns are all accounted for and securely stored at least once a year...

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Re: Yeah...

"Photographing someone on their private property, from within the property boundaries and without permission"

The drone was apparently ~ 30m above the property, so not on the property, or within any conventional boundaries, so unless it was restricted airspace presumably it was perfectly legal.

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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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Austria joins the long list of Pirate Bay access deniers after court order

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Re: Whack-A-Mole

"You don't even need to do that much. The old .se domain redirects automatically to one of the new ones anyway."

But several UK ISPs do block the HTTP address. For instance if you try on Virgin Media without an SSL connection you will get a blocked page....

You will note that that even if a redirect does work, it will usually switch you to an HTTPS connection for this reason.

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"trying to stop copyright theft "

There is no such thing as "copyright theft". Theft permanently deprives somebody of their property. Copyright infringement duplicates an original of something leaving the original unmodified.

If not clear, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeTybKL1pM4

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Re: ISPs to pay costs???

Many of these sites are supposed to be blocked in the UK too.

They work just fine though when you use the HTTPS address like https://thepiratebay.vg/ or https://kat.cr/ or https://popcorntime.io/ - laughable whack-a-mole fail.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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"Google has never received a penny from me. Is that difficult to understand?"

Well yes, as even visiting Google.co.uk will give them revenue from your activity. Whilst it's possible you have never done that, it doesn't seem likely or credible...

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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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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: Hardly surprising

"Its the closest some of those nerdboys have ever come to sex."

There is a Linux version of Cortana now?

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Re: Streaming high-end games to rendered on XBox One to laptops and tablets

"Why not just import the XBox One libraries into Windows 10 so you can run the games natively on you PC"

Mostly to prevent piracy I expect, but also there is quite a lot of custom on chip hardware in the Xbox One so it might not be that easy.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: neatly summarised in one image

"Where is it stated that the BitLocker recovery key is stored online ?"

See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/bitlocker-recovery-keys-faq

For non domain joined PCs using a Microsoft account, the BitLocker recovery key is stored online in OneDrive, which for most users is likely a good thing as encryption is now enabled by default.

"if somehow those keys were hacked and extracted - seems to be a high security risk."

Well they would also need physical access to your device to use them. And as a non Domain joined user then probably you wouldn't have required a PIN or enabled 2 factor authentication - so if they have your Microsoft account, they could login to your device anyway...

However if you have something that you really want to protect from the NSA, law enforcement, foreign governments, etc, then the keys can easily be viewed and deleted here:

https://onedrive.live.com/recoverykey

"Does everyone get an online account automatically with Windows 10 ?."

Nope - you can choose to use a local account or a domain account only if you want to.

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" Microsoft uses SQL."

They also use NoSQL - just Bing DocumentDB....

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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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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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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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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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