Ahhh a return to form for the BOFH...
220 posts • joined 9 Feb 2008
Exactly. From where I'm sitting, this guy and their partner just look equally rude and out of touch with appropriate behaviour.
Windows store is useless for education
I work for a college and we're looking to finalise our W10 image for a rollout over the summer break.
We have two "windows store" apps in the image, one of which is the calculator app now they've abandoned the old calculator app.
Most of the windows store posts I see from other Edu establishments on the likes of edugeek are all along the "how do I disable the #@!~%* store" line.
If Microsoft thinks education is keen to use the windows store then from where I'm standing they are in for a nasty surprise.
Re: Military-industrial 101
IIRC we had some considerable assistance from the Polish with that.
But not the Americans.
Re: It is not the backward, it is the forward bit which is the issue
If your network is small enough to be described as "my LAN" then its entirely possible that there are issues at large scale that you're not seeing on "my LAN", as Microsoft have quite a large, diverse and complex internal network.
It's also entirely possible that some of the coders at MS who worked on the network stack are idiots, in fairness.
My money's on a little of both.
Re: Push back and automate
For better or worse, usually worse, it's common practice in large chunks of uk education. I've been trying to move my place away from using initials as usernames for years because it doesn't scale. There _are_ collisions and people do want to change their username/initials when they get married or divorced or whatever and it causes bedlam in many systems that link to AD account by username string instead of guid.
Re: Obvious bull
Because you couldn't have possibly included (de)compression code for both algorithms in all versions of the OS, and you couldn't have possibly used an extra bit or byte in the volume descriptor or in the directory entries of files to signal which particular method was used to compress them.
And get more complaints about "Windows bloat"? Especially when there's more than one CPU instruction set involved. Windows NT supported x86, PowerPC and Alpha around the NT 3.51/NT4 days iirc, and developments of that system subsequently went to to Itanium, x86-64 and ARM (windows RT)
Re: Something seems odd about this as a security hole.
Yes you can create your own DC. But you can't run a DC on my domain without already having credentials that allow you to promote a server to a DC and if you have those credentials already then you already own the network and don't need help from this kind of attack.
Something seems odd about this as a security hole.
According to the write up here, you can get around JEA by having the machine you're attacking pull policies from a domain controller you control.
So for this to work you already need to be a domain admin on the domain concerned? If that's true, then sure it's a fault that needs fixing but I'm not convinced it's much of a security hole if you already need to be domain admin to use it. If I leave my car keys out in my house where anyone who lives here can take them, it might be something I need to stop doing if my kids become teenagers with a taste for joyriding, but it's not really a security issue with the car itself.
Re: January 1st?
Quite a few of us over the years. You probably like having electricity, entertainment, water, etc. on New Years day, for a start.
Re: Hey Microsoft, keep up the good work!
I actually like Windows 10 so have no problems with installing it on my work or home PCs...
But I'm appalled at these kinds of choices that Microsoft seem to be making. Trying to trick / force people into installing the upgrade is idiotic. People who want it most likely already have it, and those who do not (or _can_ not due to compatibility issue say) are not going to be happy to find it has sneaked onto their machine.
Same applies to the store.
Re: Be afraid!
A large part of their hopes from an improved bottom line from Windows 10 will come from moving everyone to the new platform and being able to do away with support for the older platforms.
As for the store, I've not seen a single Windows Store app that is actually any good. Microsoft's own attempts are anywhere between half-arsed and just plain terrible. Build a first-class system that will make people want to use it because of how well it meets their needs and watch the users and the money roll in of their own accord. It's not that difficult to figure that one out.
Re: Oh, the PFY
It was better than Windows 8, but lets not get carried away here.
Re: Do you get paid the same money as a professional?
Yes - you need to talk to people in _their_ language when you absolutely positively need to be sure they've understood your point.
As much as I'd personally like to see IE die out tomorrow, if you're childish enough to think its that simple then believe me, it's YOUR opinion that does not count.
Re: "the latest version of Firefox has some great tools for web developers"
I have to say PaleMoon has been working really well for me. I don't use that many FF plugins and the like, but the ones I do use have worked perfectly.
"who cares when a 1500-employee company is hit by a bug and calls Microsoft ? Certainly not the MS support department as all they'll say is please reboot all computers three times in 3 minute intervals and call us back"
Really? Last time I had to call them they said "We're ever so sorry sir, we'll get a patch sorted and out to you as soon as possible, should be end of this week. In the meantime we have a workaround which you can do yourself, or we can apply remotely if you wish."
Re: Stay with Win7
I'm actually using Windows 8 with StartIsBack. As long as you stay the hell out of metro then its not a bad set of improvements over Windows 7. We had no choice about upgrading at work because you can't (or couldn't at one point at least) use the remote admin tools for Windows 2012 without updating. There's no technical reason for this of course, it's just one more example of Microsoft trying to push 8 down everyone's throat.
Of course, MS don't want you to stay out of metro so you have to work at it, and if you stay out of metro then windows 8 is not much more than service pack 2 for Windows 7. But I'm comfortable with that.
Re: I don't like....
You're right. She should help the people who want to sweep things like this under the carpet. That's clearly the way to force them to change.
Being treated with equality (note the different) does not equate to treating everyone the same. It means treating everyone with the same level of respect, opportunity, etc. I don't know why this is difficult to grasp.
For example, while you may be treating everyone on your team equally if you buy them all a bacon butty for breakfast every day, by doing so you are not treating any Jewish, Muslim or vegetablist members of your team with respect. It's a trivial example but I hope it helps illustrate the point.
Re: I suspect...
Indeed, as much as I heartily detest Windows 8 to the point where after trying my best with it for about 9 months I've just re-installed 7 on my home machine, I can't say I've seen _any_ microsoft operating system take a cavalier approach to user data.
Re: Run As Administrator
Unless the only things you do besides browse the web and edit documents/pictures _are_ admin tasks then you're either talking bollocks or doing it wrong.
So you don't want to pay anyone anything for it and people who can't give you it for free are "hipster dickheads".
At no point in any of that does it occur to you that maybe it's *you* that are not worth the hassle does it?
Re: No - Kill The XBOX ONE with FIRE - don't reward DRM + Spying
And Sony couldn't change their minds about DRM too?
If you're going to worry and refuse to buy a modern console over what might happen then the only logical outcome is to keep your money in your pocket. Actually not a bad thing.
It *is* impressive, imho and there's some clever stuff being done by people who are 'hacking' the kinect tech into other things.
But as a console add-on, it solves a problem that no one appears to actually have. If I want to take exercise then I'd rather do so outside in the fresh air. If I want to dance I'd rather go to a nightclub (not that i want to do either, these days, but still...).
Re: Love it
I'm sure he'll be along as soon as he's worked out that Sinclair sold the spectrum without open-sourcing the rom contents.
Re: Skipping a version
In Peter48's defence he was replying to someone who had specifically mentioned skipping every other version.
Something I personally would have checked for before racing to call him not very bright, because y'know, now you don't look very bright.
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
THEN they discover they've bought into proprietary DRM-saturated Hell.
Oh no, my device is working exactly as described. What kind of hell is this I find myself in.
-- said by no one, ever.
I can't help thinking that the majority of people who buy into a [closed / walled garden / DRM-saturated hell] type device will be perfectly happy with it. It's only us techies who expect to root our devices who might be unhappy, or those who are miss-sold devices on a false basis who will be unhappy.
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
Oh I see what you did there. How... clever... of you.
I've got a Kindle and I'm perfectly comfortable with the decision to purchase it, thank you. I'm considering trading up to a 'paperwhite' or Fire HD model too. Much like the iDevice (yep, own them too), I'm far too busy enjoying the fact that it works very well for its intended purpose to even notice the spluttering about "lock in" from people like yourself.
You and I are both happy with our choices, and there's nothing wrong with that. However, your need to characterise people who disagree with you as having "devolved" in some way says a lot more about you than it does about 'us'...
Re: "...the watchdog believes punters will expect "moderate restrictions"..."
Exactly. I've got no problems with services that are 'limited' or 'restricted' but I think that products should be described accurately. This is further proof that the ASA don't know their ass from their elbow.
Not to be harsh or anything but welcome to the real world.
Companies exist to further their interests, and those of their owners and shareholders. Not yours as a customer. Not mine as a customer. Their own. Always have. **We're their customers, not their friends**.
With free products like those from Google, where do you stand? Are those freebies the sprat to catch a mackeral, essentially a loss leader? Are they a way of gathering users and turning data on those users into something that can be sold to other businesses? Where do products like reader stand in this?
This is why I've always been so suspicious of the Google "Don't be evil" thing, because sooner or later that was always going to be overtaken by "sorry, but there's profit to be had".
People sneer at Apple and Microsoft, but at least they've always been relatively honest and up front about the relationship. If we give them money, they'll give us hardware and software and services. At least with those guys you always knew where you stood.
"Disney Research – yes, such a thing exists – has been working on a project called Revel that sends an electric current through your body to your fingertips"
I'm pretty sure another el reg columnist has had working prototypes of this for some time now. Paging Mr Travaglia to the Mickey-Mouse shaped courtesy phone!
"Unless of course their live chat staff are completely inconsistent in the way they handle customer requests."
You're saying that the live chat staff don't know what they're doing. As they work for EA what do you think the chances are? I'll take that bet.
Re: ..verry funny article...
The point is that if you *have* to spend five minutes on google to figure out how to do basic tasks because the interface is so user-hostile, then that's a problem.
Re: Windows RT has not exactly been a resounding success...
The domain thing surprised the heck out of me. Microsoft are playing catch-up and by throwing away domain membership and the manageability that comes with it, they're throwing away one of the areas where they hold an advantage with business and education customers. This product was designed to fail.
Re: despite Microsoft offering customers deep discounts on Windows 8 upgrades
Yes, this is clearly the first time in the history of computing that a TLA has been recycled so it's perfectly reasonable to jump into the stance you've picked with both feet </sarcasm>
Re: How is PC world still in business?
They're better than Maplins, but then that's like winning an award for being more truthful than a politician.
Some say he really is that daft
Others, that his brand of rhetoric is part of a carefully crafted image to keep people talking about him.
All I know is, he's in the headlines again.
Re: Time to think beyond Desktop OS
I can't hear your claim of "subscription doesn't work" over the noise of the millions of people yelling "Shut up and take my money" at Apple.
OK they don't call it a "subscription" and it doesn't "expire" if you stop paying, but look at Mac OSX and its pattern of yearly updates at minimal cost. Apple have the majority of their users upgrading to the latest versions of their new releases very quickly after it comes out.
Open "sauce" eh? *not sure if trolling or just demented*
Equally, what's the "betting" that there's an open source project *somewhere* that contains code taken from Microsoft, if you want to look hard enough? Or from another Open Source project, but without proper attributation or respect for the licence attatched to the original code? It's easy - and rather pointless -to just throw gossip around without actually identifying anything, isn't it.
Re: surprised at the use of iPhones.
Why wouldn't they? If the iPhone does what they need then why not standardise on it?
There's a certain benefit from standardising on *anything* that does the job, and it may be they got a good deal on the iphone for buying in bulk, or that certain apps they needed were available / easier to develop in house for the iphone, or they did a study and determined that training costs would be less for that platform than others they looked at.
It's painfully obvious you've never managed a large fleet of devices of any kind if you think this was down to a "fanboi in the purchasing department".
I've had my doubts, but this sounds like a good application of it.
I think that at least 50% of the benefits mentioned are simply from getting up to date kit of /any/ sort into the hands of the field engineers though, but as someone who does a bit of scrabbling around in network cabinets I can certainly agree that a tablet form factor for an on-screen checklist, diagram or whatever is A Good Thing.
Linksys were never good
I do like the idea of this "strategic entanglement" though. Someone obviously heard the old adage about how you don't make an eagle by stapling two turkeys together and obviously thought: "OK. So what about 3 turkeys"
Microsoft need to look inside themselves for this one
The OEMs are far from blameless in the way some of them build crap hardware that does no favours to the people trying to use it, but Windows 8 has plenty of problems of its own. It doesn't need help from the OEMs to suck - it already sucks enough to pull a bowling ball through a small straw by itself.
There's some very good "under-the-bonnet" work that's gone into windows 8 but it's all overshadowed by some frankly bizarre interface decisions. Even if you like metro (I'm sure someone must, somewhere) then you must still be frustrated by the inconsistent mess that's resulted by crashing that interface into the windows 7 one.
There's nothing wrong with change, even radical change, but the change needs to be a marked improvement on what it is replacing... and that's simply not the case here. I'll respect even a failed attempt at change for the better because at least it's an attempt and improving something, but Windows 8 feels a lot like change for the sake of change.
Re: How bad can it be?
Re: Is it just my imagination
I dunno, for me Skype has always seemed like sucky software since day one, so if you want to tell me it's awful, I won't argue with you at all, but I'd be hard pressed to say it's degraded. when it scraped the bottom of the barrel on day one.
Considering they actually mention the hunting thing that you claim they don't talk about, perhaps we should ask if you read the articles on the register before 'reviewing' them in the comments.
I think one simple rule works well
Whatever side of the interview table you're sitting on, remember that an interview should be a two way process. The candidate is interviewing the employer as well as the employer interviewing the candidate.
I think that's a good rule... if an employer resents you "interviewing" them then walk away if you can... you're just trying to figure out if you and they will be a good fit, which is beneficial to you both, and if they resent that then it's never going to be a good place to work. If you're the interviewer and a candidate shows no interest in the job then either they didn't want to be there in the first place or you've already failed their interview... and either way it's probably not worth doing anything other than ending the interview as gracefully as possible for both parties.
Re: A PR failure?
There's at least two issues here
Firstly consent - things like this simply should be opt in.
Then there's what you're opting in to - the Amazon search Lens gives poor results because they don't share *enough* information with Amazon to get decent recommendations back for the user.
So what they've ended up with is the worst of both worlds. Even if the only issue you think is important is "helping Ubuntu via Amazon's donations" then the fact is that they've cocked that up.