If they are, they don't have many versions left to go.
Which, apparently, is a good thing.
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If they are, they don't have many versions left to go.
Which, apparently, is a good thing.
Or is this just another magnificent political example of "we're not guilty of what you said, but here's the money to bury it anyway" ?
I really would have liked a bit more of the forensic details on this one. I think I would be amazed as to how the guy actually realized there was a consation problem.
This story was worthy of a bit of the Columbo treatment - too bad it didn't get it.
How long will it be before companies start phoning Redmond offices to say "hey, cut the bullshit releases out - we are working here !".
Constant uproar in the IT area of a company will inevitably have consequences on revenue at some point. If these shenanigans continue, Microsoft just might find itself in legal hot water.
That involves digging, which is tiring and covers you in dirt.
Plus, the beancounters prefer spending money on fixing tomorrow than on digging today because digging is more expensive in the short run and nobody knows what the long run is anymore.
The optimal number is, of course, three because if one disagrees with the two others its results can be ignored in favor of the most common result.
Independantly of whatever argument there may be about using two, I think the point is that one of the three has gone bad, two are left and you need to have a spare. So they're shutting down the faulty one, keeping one as a spare and only using one gyro. When that one fails, the spare will pick up the job and Hubble will continue to be useful.
That's how I see it anyway.
Did you read the post before mine ?
Oh but you can believe it.
It's just that Zuckerberg doesn't give a shit.
Well whaddya know, there are kids that read El Reg.
I'm gonna have to pay more attention to my vocabulary now.
The only reason I keep it is because it is a required work tool, it's not because I like it. I don't, I hate the things. Every update changes something in the UI. Options move, some things are reset and there is never any warning or explanation. I hate it all.
Please explain why it was soooo necessary to move the Flashlight option from lower right to middle left ? It's nothing, but it is supremely annoying when you had the habit of going lower right.
Either you let me put it where I want, or you LEAVE IT WHERE IT IS. You are not "enhancing" the UI by changing stuff all the time, you're just making everything confusing and frustrating.
Including all machine interfaces, all MRI machines, all everything.
Simples ! Won't cost a thing, for sure.
Nobody knows how AI is done. We don't have AI, we have statistical analysis machines.
And The Economist : if you think a company cannot be held responsible for it's pseudo-AI, you are totally smoking something you shouldn't.
It's the companies' tool, if the company cannot manage it properly, it will be fined into oblivion. Or shut down.
But it will be held responsible.
Everything is wrong with Windows 1 0. An OS should not have ads, it should not do its own thing without your permission, it is there to do your stuff, not Microsoft's.
The fact that some people find it fast and responsive is like liking a drug lord because he doesn't shoot you.
It's in the telemetry. Remember the film Apollo 13 ? Some of the brightest minds on this planet planned that mission, and NASA has experience in determining what it needs to know in order to find out what goes wrong.
This is not your bullshit Windows telemetry, this stuff was set up by Engineers, with a capital 'E'. They'll figure out something, I'm pretty sure of that.
"the Army says it will be commissioning officers into is cyber security programs with the rank of colonel"
And now I can't help but picture a roomfull of PFYs with colonel shoulderboards. Feels like I'm looking at Major Valerian all over again, and that doesn't feel any more credible now than it did then. The Army should just stop with the grade nonsense, create a special designation/grade with the salary that will give them the required clout to get talent, and move on. These guys are hackers, colonels they are not and they never will be.
"The feed viewer has its own 'special' XML parser, distinct from the main Firefox one, and has not had a significant update in styling or functionality in the last seven years"
It's an RSS feed, it works fine and there is no need for updating the styling.
As for functionality, bloody hell why is it that everything has to get more functionality ? When it works, it's good enough - leave it alone. Adding more functionality is called feature creep and is a sickness that has killed many a product's usefullness. You don't add functionality for the sake of adding it, you add the functionality you need and you stop when you have what you need.
Somebody get a cluebat, I feel the need for some percussive education.
Um, sorry, but the wheel is a thousands-of-years-old design, where's the problem ?
If it was a 50-year-old rocket, yeah, I could see the issue.
Designs do not grow old, they get replaced by better designs.
SpaceX et al are apparently in the process of doing that, but the Russkies have a design that works now. They might just have to tweak it, but with its track record, I'm not sure that's a very good idea.
He works in IT, he's a fucking engineer, and still he buys into this IoT "smart" lock shit ?
I think his education is now being perfected. Never too late I guess.
Just one question : are you ever going to buy Microsoft again ?
They're already not doing their job.
If I agree with you completely on the headphones, I cannot help but disagree on the mouse.
Cordless mouse have come a long way in the past decade. They are very reliable, and working with a cord attached is something I simply cannot do anymore on a daily basis.
In my Logitech G602 I put two AAA batteries and they last me for three or four days of daily use, plus gaming evenings. Not too shabby.
That said, I have a respectable amount of rechargeable batteries and yes, I admit that I have a set in the charger once a week.
Next to my Samsung Galaxy A3, you'll excuse me if I find that peanuts as far as hassle goes . . .
"This group eschews custom malware and uses living off the land (LotL) tactics and publicly available hack tools to carry out activities that bear all the hallmarks of a cyber espionage campaign," Symantec claimed.
"The most interesting aspect of Gallmaker’s approach is that the group doesn’t use malware in its operations. Rather, the attack activity we observed is carried out exclusively using LotL tactics and publicly available hack tools."
The second paragraph is just a re-ordering of the words in the first with a bit of added fluff. No new meaning can be inferred, nothing more can be learned.
It is a waste of time and of space. Enough with that already.
Are they TRYING to make things easier for hackers ?
Nobody thought this through at all. Nobody wondered what could happen if "none of the above" was selected across the board, and obviously nobody tested the final result beyond making sure it didn't crash on first try.
There certainly are a few more niggles I could have, but the big one is allowing another email address. For frak's sake, nobody does that. There is no reason to, you already have the subscribers' address.
Shame on you guys. You should have demanded ten times that at least.
The state of our engineers' knowledge is flirting dangerously with appalling. If you don't know the value of what you've got, how can you do treason properly ?
I've been wondering how people can honestly put their crown jewel data into someone else's server, and now I think I get it :
1) Make sure technical network expertise gets rare by making training more expensive
2) Complicate everything by introducing new technology and make sure to constantly repeat that it is important
3) Companies go to The Cloud en masse
4) Profit !
I literally choke on the things. I hate them with a passion. And now they do tea bags of it ?
Let me show you where you can put your tea bags . .
I second that. I like that phone, and I decide that is the kind of phone I want when I retire and can finally ditch the shitty "smartphone" stuff.
That moment happened to me a few years ago, when, as a consultant, I responded to a call from a university.
As I reached the double glass door entrance, a student on the other side noticed me coming and casually reached for the door, holding it open for me. What floored me was just how automatic and casual the gesture was, as if it was a given that that was what he had to do. Some people would call it education.
I call it my "now you're old" moment.
Absolutely agree. This has been tried before, as has already been noted here, and it never took off.
It won't now either because people do like to show off, but on their own terms. They post their lives on Facebook because when they're not on the computer, it does not affect them. This is invasive and forces them to be their show-off selves when they're not ready.
You can take a phone call when you're naked, no problem. With this, you're liable to get a bad surprise when you answer and find that your wife is looking at you wondering why the hell you're in the nude at 3 in the afternoon.
"If this were a bug in Facebook . . "
You know things are bad if you have to use Facebook as a positive reference.
Nothing is eternal and all that, but here's hoping that Hubble can yet be useful for some more years.
""The statement is typical PR, and as such of no value," he said.
[..] Intel has made a concerted effort to pay more attention to security or at least to talk about it more."
Oh, so you consider that Intel talking more about security is not PR ?
Thank goodness this release wasn't changing much, right ?
Didn't you get the memo ?
If you keep your backups on the same computer, You Are Doin' It Wrong (TM).
Was established by Sir Mortimer Lefancy in 1867, based on approved journalistic reviews of the time. We make it evolve continuously, once per geological epoch.
Come on guys, if you can't be bothered to Google, don't go pulling a "we value our customer's privacy" shit.
You didn't, and you don't have a clue.
The facts seem to say otherwise.
And I'm not talking about what companies say :
Fact #1 : Bloomberg says an FBI investigation is/was underway
Fact #2 : the FBI denies any investigation
This may be the Trump era of politics, but if the FBI unequivocally denies that there is an investigation, I believe the FBI.
So either Bloomberg reporters decided to try and cook up a story, which does indeed seem out of character to say the least, or somebody conned Bloomberg into publishing this story.
Conspiracy theorists, start your engines !
I envy you guys :)
What kind of shoulder-mounted cannon is that ?
Does it have auto-fire ?
High compensation ? What on earth for ? It's just a frakkin' drone.
Keep it away from places it's not supposed to be, end of.
I have popcorn ready for the impending reports of idiots getting their kit shot to pieces next to an airport or prison.
Be careful though, microquasars always play for keeps, and you don't get to argue.
I am actively trying to wean myself Windows, because 7 is the last Windows I will ever have.
I am not yet strong enough to replace my Win7 machine yet, because it is my gaming rig and I'm sorry, but very few of the games I play run on Linux. And don't tell me about Wine, if I'm leaving Windows, I don't want a nicotine patch. I want to quit cold turkey, no messing around.
The good news is that Steam is doing a bang-up job of getting Linux games into the mix. I'm basically counting on that for my retirement.
Win7 will have to hold until then.
Absolutely not. Microsoft needs to stay the course and hold fast.
It's the only way users will get sufficiently fed up with Windows and move to Linux once and for all.
Then we will finally have world peace.
Due to the fact that my wife and daughter are fanatical XMas enthusiasts, I have ruthlessly enforced my own policy in the house - with success - so that, from January to the end of October, the official name is The Holiday That Shall Not Be Named.
Because if I didn't, I'd be hearing XMas carols in June. In my own house. Just. No.
I like XMas very much ; in December.
ONLY in December.
You learn the damndest things.
The same ones that argue that encryption should come with backdoors ?
I have a password manager for my home PC - it's a text file. It is there for my convenience, given that nobody but me uses my PC.
Because it is a text file, I think it will fly under the radar if ever my machine is hacked. I imagine hackers are looking for programs in memory, not all the text files on disk (besides, this one is on the NAS, so if I'm not connected, it's game over for finding that).
The sheer amount of innuendo almost made me dizzy. Way to go, Dabbs !
My wife is an elementary school teacher here in France. If you think the Education Nationale has on-call IT techs for hardware issues, I have news for you my friend.
Nobody cares about the equipment, nobody knows why the WiFi isn't working and if a reboot doesn't do the trick, the computers stay unused until such time as I walk in to check what is (or isn't) going on. If I get the things working again, everyone will be happy until it all goes pear-shaped again a few weeks later.
The younger, new teacher generation isn't all that better because now they've grown up on mobile and skipped the formative years of faffing around on school equipment or a home PC.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel : my wife is planning on retiring in four years. So I have at most four more years of school IT support to bear, and then I'll be done with it.
I've had National Geographic posters on my bedroom walls during all my childhood. The solar system, of course, but also one great map of the local galactic cluster, going from our solar system to the local cluster in a reverse zoom effect.
I always thought the Great Red Spot was eternal and lo, it is shrinking.
I've always thought Saturn and its rings to be eternal and lo, it is draining.
Nothing is eternal, even if the timeframes are measured in millennia instead of years. It is awesome, but sometimes a bit sad. One day, our descendants will look at Saturn they'll just see a second Jupiter.
It's good to be alive now.
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