* Posts by TheVogon

930 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

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

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"Does anyone have the skinny on whether W10 Pro will have the option to take the updates monthly rather than on a rolling basis?"

No it won't.

"And IIRC eligible Retail versions of Windows will become effectively tied to the device they reside on when they are upgraded"

Yes just like they are now with the existing key.

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"you will have todo all permissions file by file, which is rubbish if you do the same on the windows folder"

No - no you don't. Just because you don't understand it doesn't make it broken. If you screwed up the permissions on your Windows folder, run this from an elevated Command Prompt:

secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose

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"folder security permissions not inheriting on child folders and files is still probably broken like in windows 7"

This has never been broken as far as I know. You realise inherritance can be deliberately disabled? I suspect the actual problem is somewhere between your chair and keyboard...

"administrators group overrides authenticated users, and users,"

No, it can coexist as a separate permission. It doesnt override anything.

"you should`nt need one or the other or both"

Yes you should for a secure system. Admin / root rights should always require a different account from your normal use.

"take a new install, and program files, add administrators to the audio and ownership, and then administrators group to all child objects,"

Works fine for me. Adminstrators group has access to the Program Files folder by default though so you wouldn't need to add it unless you already screwed something up...

"and all permission will be broke in windows 7"

I assume you mean broken. Broke as an adjective only means out of money!

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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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Microsoft to offer (very) limited support for Linux on Azure

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Actually the latest figures from Forbes show that Windows Server has a 75% market share of the business world...

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Re: Hell just froze over

That's more support on the end of a phone than you get from most Linux distros...

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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"In my humble experience an in-place OS upgrade or "repair" is usually a waste of time, even for most home users who are not counting time as cost."

Recent versions of Windows do deal with in place upgrades far batter than older ones, and accumulated "cruft" is mostly dumped in a windows.old folder that can later be deleted after the migration. However, yes clean install is preferable where possible.

"But Win10 is going to be mess"

Build 10166 is already close to production ready from my testing - and it's rumoured RTM is going to be around build 10240 so I can't see why it would be 'a mess'.

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Microsoft kills TWO Hacking Team vulns: NOT the worst in this Patch Tues either

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"Running as much code as possible with full kernel privileges: is it still a good idea? Discuss."

So you mean like a monolithic kernel (as in Linux) does?

(As opposed to the hybrid microkernel in Windows)

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"Great, means our VMs will be screwed for the rest of the week!"

You can decide to control the patch deployment and not just let it auto install!

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Re: Tell me about it...

I'm glad Microsoft patched these nasty zero day ones just before Windows 2003 R2 went end of life....

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Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

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Re: Microsoft were betting on Intel reaching 10nm sooner, for 'Phone' use.

"Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile is for ARM only."

Nope. Windows Mobile 10 fully supports Intel too, such as the upcoming X3 SoFIA chipset....

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Re: So on the 30th...

"Windows Mobile 10. So that the code name for Windows 10 SP1?"

To a degree, yes. What will be released as Windows Mobile 10 will effectively be an updated release of Windows 10.

The majority of work still needed (speaking as someone currently testing Windows Mobile build 10166) is on the mobile specific stuff and core apps, but I'm sure the core OS will updated too as the RTM is allegedly somewhat later in Q4...

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Re: So on the 30th...

Microsoft already said they will be focusing on finishing Windows Mobile 10..

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Thank god for that. No more numpties running spam bots because they decided to turn off updates.

The technically competent will still be able to control such things if they really want to by disabling the service, etc. so I can't see a down side here.

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Google adds Windows Server to Cloud Platform

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"therefore going where its customers are by adding support for Windows Server 2008 and 2012"

Finally. They might actually sell some services into the enterprise now then rather than being a niche player miles behind Amazon and Microsoft.

What I still want is a "universal" console that I can setup up my desired cloud supplier list / availability / performance on and it will move those VMs around between various suppliers as transparently as possible to deliver on-going best price performance for the desired availability.....I have seen things that come close, but have yet to find a commercially viable solution.

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Rackspace to resell and support Microsoft's Azure

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""Oh didn't you read your email? Microsoft do that sometimes because they dont cluster their hosts in the cloud""

Correct, so you build resilience without relying on local clustering.

See https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/FailSafe

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Re: Well, okay...

"China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America"

Makes sense seeing as they own much of it. Might as well make it easier to visit their investment...

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Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

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Re: To everyone who's about to comment:

"Scientists are marvelling at a lemur with testicles so large that were a human chap to carry equivalent plums in his trouser department, they'd be the size of a couple of grapefruit."

What a load of bollocks. They obviously havnt seen http://assets.noisey.com/content-images/contentimage/no-slug/b6afea3169d545ae15a1d6aaeb718044.jpg (NSFW)

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David Beckham fakes bewilderment to flog mobiles to Yanks. Fakes?

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Re: Beckham who?

"In the US, probably 10% of the people know who David Beckham is."

I suspect it's a bit higher than that. He is the planet's most famous sportman - and played for a US football team.. Mind you, wasn't there a National Geographic survey that found that over 20% of Americans couldnt identify the USA on an Atlas?

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Re: If I was that rich...

"In the States, however, Golden Balls is a dashing, intelligent Englishman"

It's all relative...

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Re: I would be jealous of him.

"But at least I don't have to fuck Victoria."

"talk to" surely?

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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Re: Is it an indication...

A rather wider ranging report in Science by "Twenty-two world-leading marine scientists" says:

"Scientists have warned that marine life will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions are drastically cut.

Writing in Science, experts say the oceans are heating, losing oxygen and becoming more acidic because of CO2.

They warn that the 2C maximum temperature rise for climate change agreed by governments will not prevent dramatic impacts on ocean systems.

And they say the range of options is dwindling as the cost of those options is skyrocketing.

Twenty-two world-leading marine scientists have collaborated in the synthesis report in a special section of Science journal. They say the oceans are at parlous risk from the combination of threats related to CO2.

They believe politicians trying to solve climate change have paid far too little attention to the impacts of climate change on the oceans.

It is clear, they say, that CO2 from burning fossil fuels is changing the chemistry of the seas faster than at any time since a cataclysmic natural event known as the Great Dying 250 million years ago. "

See http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33369024

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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

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"There are fundamental issues with IPv6 which is why adoption is so slow"

As in the IPSEC encryption is rather good and the NSA doesn't like it...

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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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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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