* Posts by h4rm0ny

4617 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008

Middle Eastern Gauss malware could be state sponsored


Re: Palida Narrow?

"Get this on enough (uninfected) systems and pretty soon the significance of having it will be compromised."

I am failing to see why you would want to assist the spread of malware.


Re: Wouldn't it be funny...

The specific exploit that this uses according to Kapersky, is this one: Link

Note the date. This was patched in August 2010. What exactly is the solution to people who don't keep their software up to date?

Microsoft: It was never 'Metro,' it was always 'Modern UI'


Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"Well you would do. There's a lot more Microsoft stuff about."

No. I meant that I see a lot more bias against Windows than I do against Linux in any given story about either.


Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

Well as someone who generally likes the new stuff from Microsoft, I can give you countless examples of where simple factual corrections from me have been modded down heavily. Time and time again. Respectfully, if you think that Linux has as bias against it here as Windows, then I think you should try to conciously be more neutral for a week and see what you can spot against Windows. As a heavy user of both Linux and Windows, I am very sensitive to FUD against both, and I promise you I deal with a lot more directed against Windows than I do against Linux. Regarding the motivations of the downvoters, you say Linux users. I would more specifically say Andoid fans in general.


Re: Modern Scam they should call it instead...

"The number of clicks might be the same, but I bet scrolling through page after page of initially-unordered non-hierarchical tiles might take up a wee bit more time. You know, they put directories in MS-DOS 2.0 for a reason..."

No, there's very slittle scrolling through pages. I regularly use around twenty programs on Windows. That many tiles fits on my laptop screen even without have to reduce the double width tiles. On my 24" monitor on my desktop (where I actually use the twenty programs), it can put fifty tiles on there which is way more than I need so I don't have to scroll. Only very rarely do I need to expand out to the All Applications view and if I find I need to do that more than a couple of times for a program, I just pull it onto the main screen. In fact, the All Applications view isn't reached by "scrolling" which makes me wonder if you've actually used this.


Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"The DIFFERENCE would be that no-one is paying them"

I'm not being paid to post here either. I doubt any of the other people you consider to be "Microsoft Shills" are being paid to post.


Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"Mostly it's ignorant people but some of it is malicious - so don't whinge on about Windows getting a hard time - it all depends where you're standing."

The correct position, imo, is not to balance ignorant bias against one OS with ignorant bias against another OS, but to balance it with informative posts regardless of direction. The factionalism on these forums is insane. I know that I have corrected misinformation about Linux on several occasions, but I know that I far more often have to do it with Windows on these forums (and I have been modded down heavily on occasion even just for factual corrections when it comes to Windows.)

Your comment about someone "whinging on about Windows getting a hard time" is unfair, imo. Windows *does* get a much harder time here than other OS. It's a pathological hatred for many to the point that they appear to get genuinely angry at facts that undermine criticism. If you're against FUD, you should be against all of it. I.e. don't call someone "whinging" if they object to it just because it's FUD against a non-prefered OS. It's as much a valid complaint as when we get RICHTO here launching partisan attacks against Linux (and you'll find a number of posts from me correcting their slanders as well).


Re: Darwin prize - yes a repost but but I need to say it again..

"Well, obviously it looks like you have a requirement for a more traditional Desktop...

Me: That you disabled in the last Win8 release

Him: ........


I am literally using the Desktop in the latest release of Win8 right now.


"Don't forget that Microsoft comes up with new GUI toolkits about every 3 years. I would guess that Modern won't survive the test of time either, and after that the name will just sound silly."

Because we all find the term 'Modern Art' so confusing after forty years of it. ;)


Re: Modern Scam they should call it instead...

"Microsoft is going to see that reality is not their fantasy on crack at all. They seriously believe to be able to sell to everyone and force everyone to use such an unproductive childish interface"

I've actually done counts on the number of clicks and mouse movements I need to accomplish the same things in Windows 8 as in Windows 7. A few things take longer (turning on a VPN is an extra two clicks). More things are quicker. A lot of it is the same. So I see no evidence that it is "unproductive" As to "childish", I can only guess that you see large, easy to click on and read icons childish. That's a matter of taste but it's not any usability problem. Don't you think that calling for "tonnes of people" to be fired is a bit extreme? Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

Google to skew search results to punish PIRATES


Re: I was about to say...

"pennies is what the artist gets paid in the best of cases, after all"

And everyone else involved in producing that product? So someone pirates, e.g. the film 21 Jump Street. A product that involves unnumbered special effects people, actors, camera and lighting crews, technical people working on all the fiddly aspects of editing and adjusting the resulting film for colour, sound-balance in 5.1; and then all the subsidiary people who support them with deliveries, cleaning, catering, transport, accommodation, paperwork, security... All of this is paid for up front by investors who calculate whether they can afford to do this based on future sales both box office and DVD / legal downloads.

But go ahead and justify piracy with "the artist only make pennies". It makes no sense when you examine it, it's just a post-fact justification meant to convince that the profit from a movie or an album isn't going to the people you think deserve it and thus it's ethical to take It without paying.


Re: Find content from legitimate sources...

"If the f*cking copyright holders want people to go for legit sources, don't f*cking region code! Simple as that!"

So should the BBC not be putting any of their content online, or should we British be subsidizing the entire rest of the world with our licence fees?


Re: Hang on!

"Or are people convinced that Facebook and Google ARE the Internet?"

I think they are. I had a family member round last week using their laptop once. They opened Firefox, it defaulted to that Firefox Google home page and they'd type, e.g. Hotmail into it and then click on the resulting link. When they wanted to go somewhere else, they'd type Google into the address bar and when it came up they'd type the name of the next site they wanted into Google (e.g. BBC iplayer) and click on the resulting link. Every time. Never mind that all these things were in their address history and would come up the moment you typed a few bits of the name into it.


Re: Google to alter search results to hide PIRATES

"I honestly think this move will benefit people who do want to violate IP. Google was shining a light on it in such a way it made it easy for people with the IT skills of politicians to see how many sites were offering copyright infringing content."

If all else is equal, that will probably be true. But it does change how easy it is to find new sources of pirated material. If copyright owners can shut sites down fast enough, hiding their replacements will slow uptake of the new sources. The more piracy requires special effort or a knowledge of where to go to get the material, the more it will be reduced.

I'm actually surprised by Google for this, but good for them for doing something.

AntiLeaks group claim responsibility for WikiLeaks attacks


"New Breed of Terrorist"

Yeah, right. A terrorist is one that tries to terrify a population as a means of coercion to get what they want. "A new breed of..." is the sort of term you'd get in a Hollywood movie to signify something greater / more terrifying. But when I compare Julian Assange with the IRA... Yeah, I'm just not seeing this.

Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy


Just remember, you may not change the mind of the person you are arguing with, but you may change the minds of those listening to you both.


Do you really have to call them environmentalists?

It's obnoxious the way some people have tried to claim the word when there are many of us out here who actively work to protect the environment but happen to be, for example, pro-nuclear.

There's an Old Guard that have a lock on the top of the environmental movement. There's no way any pro-Nuclear argument will ever get past the people at the top of Friends of the Earth, for example, no matter how much sense it makes. But where do the rest of us environmentally minded people go when we're put off from all the main environmental movements because of the closed-minded people at the top.

Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8


Re: "50% boot times over Win7"

"And that's an objective decision."

Well it's not really answering the poster's question though, is it? You didn't give an objective reason why to dislike Windows 8, you gave a reason why the the very much faster boot time is something you personally don't care about. Note the "you personally" in there. That makes it a subjective opinion, not an objective one.

So you say you personally don't care about one of the advantages in Windws 8. That's hardly answering the poster's question of how Windows 8 is so objectively bad.


Re: So

"Far too much confusion for the average joe to deal with. EPIC FAIL"

The "average joe" typically doesn't think much about different GUIs or APIs and they especially don't spend a lot of time thinking "the name of this OS overlaps with the name of this API, I'm so confused.". They just grab a program, install it and expect it to run. Which it will because Win8 is backwards compatible with Windows 7.


Re: Finally it's official!

"The Windows 8 user interface isn't very usable on desktops."

I have been using it fine on my multi-monitor Desktop set up for the past month. I've had very little trouble. I've checked how many keystrokes and mouse clicks it takes to do something in Windows 8 as it does to do in Windows 7. A few rare instances take longer, e.g. starting a VPN (two extra clicks), more take less and most are around the same as I'm accustomed to just hitting the Windows Key and typing the first character or two of the program I want to launch which is the same on both.

My Start screen easily holds about fifty different default programmes which is far more than even I need, so that's actually better. A hierarchical menu is not the best approach when you have space for all the things you'd want at the top level and an easy way of identifying which are which (colours, images, etc.).

Why are some so determined to hate? If you can objectively show that it takes the same or fewer clicks to do something on average, what is the problem?

Microsoft opens app store for Office 2013


Re: web applications that are hosted within Word, Excel, and the other Office component,

"Especially if the IT department has blocked Internet access."

There's no intrinsic need to connect to the Internet with these. They're applications that can be hosted within Office that can use HTML5 and a JavaScript API. They can still be entirely local.


Re: Do other than sales and marketing types use Office?

"Yet more from you? Obvious Microsoft shill. Do fuck off and let us enjoy our moaning that something else is about to be monetized."

Sorry. My bad.


Re: Do other than sales and marketing types use Office?

Yes. Most of the corporate world uses Office. You can do a huge amount more with Office than you can with Google Apps, both in terms of pure functionality and in terms of locking down data, rolling it out and maintaining it.

Particularly those that do not want to hand all their data over to a company that has a business model based around data mining and selling you to advertisers. Take a look at the file permissions system in Server 2012. It's not exclusive to Office, but it will give you an idea of the sort of thing that appeals to many big businesses in having an MS infrastructure. You can DRM files to be accessible only by certain machines, user accounts, geographical locations or when on a particular VPN. It can even run regular expressions on documents so that any spreadsheet with a Social Security Number or a document with a particular keyword gets automatically locked down. And that integrates with SharePoint which integrates with Office 2013. I'm not really an expert in Office - there are a lot of other use-cases - but this is one that I care about which would not be possible so far as I know with Google Apps. (aside from my preferring the interface in Office 2013).


Re: web applications that are hosted within Word, Excel, and the other Office component,

"What could possibly go wrong?"

Less than it used to. Would you rather great chunks of dubious third-party VBA code that have wide-ranging access running under your user account, or would you prefer sand-boxed plug-in web-applications that observe things like the same-origin policy, have a unified approach to installing and uninstalling all apps, no ability (or need) to install or modify DLLs, managed interaction with the user's UI rather than throwing up Modal windows wherever it wants. In fact, a unified GUI system for all applications based on HTML5 and JQuery. It's nice stuff. Even isolated for performance purposes so that it can't just run away with your system resources anymore. Seriously, the neophobia around here is getting out of control.


Re: The era of commercialisation hath begun...

"I mean; Office 2010. I fire up Word, and I want to start a new document, say a contract. I simply select new document, go to the templates section and from there I can search a whole collection of templates straight from office.com"

I'm not sure how you're finding that to be different in Office 2013. I have the preview running on Windows 8 and the first thing that happens when I start Word is I get a large page of templates with big colourful previews so I can see what they look like. On the left is a list of my recent documents and a link to browse for other documents. Additionally, along the top is a search box to search through online templates and a menu offering further categories such as Letters, Labels, Cards...

So it sounds like you actually still have everything you just asked about right on the opening screen for Word. None of this has suddenly shifted to being a pay model in Office 2013.

"I hope we do realize the risk here... Its not unimaginable that Microsoft will simply provide less software and features themselves, and let the gaps be filled in by (paying!) 3rd parties. So effectively getting customers to pay more while they actually get less."

That may happen, but the point is that there is no evidence of it and no change toward it in 2013. The introduction of an Office store is a good thing. Firstly, it provides a central way for makers of Office plugins to market and sell their goods, encouraging developers to produce them, especially small developers who would struggle to self-market and sell add-ons and greater ability to know they wont get ripped off. Secondly, it provides greater security for us the user because we have a central system where we can see add-ons are signed and see reviews on it, we can be sure if it is updated we know about and get that update, we can search for what we need in a central place. Basically, win-win for developers and users.

Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think


Re: Vermin

Sonic deterrants are not only completely useless against animals, they are also extremely annoying to those of us humans who can hear them.

Microsoft and NYPD install big data crime-fighting system


Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

"Ooh, look you've read Watchmen. The point of the phrase is that it's targeted at vigilantes, police, by definition, are watched by the state."

Actually, the latin is attributed to Juvenal and traditionally always been about political corruption - i.e. who shall make sure the the police obey the law? You've almost entirely inverted the original intent by saying it refers to vigilantes. The film Watchmen might (don't know) but the latin quote isn't from there unless they repeated it.


Re: A reprieve of sorts

At least it's not Google. The police would just have to look for anyone whose targeted ads were knives and balaclavas.

Valve opens Steam store to non-gaming software



"Well at least they might make some money out of this instead of wasting resources porting stuff to Linux that no one but a tiny herd of nerds will ever use..."

Are you the new BIG DUMB GUY? You showed up about a month ago and almost every post you make is a put down of Linux. They're not even supported or show any great knowledge of Linux. You're such an obvious troll just trying to stoke up anger and create rifts between users of different operating systems. I mean are you hoping that someone will think you're a MS employee or something and storm Redmond? You read like an eight year old in your slavish and ill-informed bias.

And I'm a well-noted Windows-fan in these parts! But you know, an actual one who respects the amount of work that goes into any modern OS, not an idiot troll trying to stir up factionalism. Just sit down and shut up.

French minister: 3 strikes anti-piracy rule a 'waste of money'


Re: Against human rights.

"You can and you should."

No, you shouldn't. Or have you just completely thrown out that punishment should be proportionate to the crime? Someone pirates goods, then a proportionate punishment is to charge them for the cost of what they have stolen, plus a fine so that there is a discincentive to just stealing whatever it is you would buy otherwise. If people distribute your goods, then a greater punishment is likely appropriate. But cutting them off from social interaction for piracy, making it difficult for them to work or participate in education? How is that an approrpriate response?


Against human rights.

You can punish people for piracy, but you can't cut off Internet access as a punishment. Ignoring the issue of that being near unenforceable outside of prison, it is fundamentally wrong. So much of learning, cultural interaction and communication with friends, family, work has moved onto the Internet now, that you'd effectively be branding a big "PARIAH" sign onto the person. You'd be making it hard for them work, to interact with others.... They wouldn't even be able to use most modern phones!

Microsoft offers alternative Lync-like web chat spec to W3C


Re: What Opera said...

OOXML is a monster-bastard of a specification though. (As is ODF). OOXML spec runs to well over ten thousand pages (iirc). This draft comes to (I am guestimating from a scrolling web-page without page breaks), about twenty pages? The latter is obviously going to be orders of magnitude easier to conform to by any party. I can't see any reason why it would be a problem. And it's not like MS would have any unilateral power to change an accepted spec any more than anyone else would.

"MS learned a long time ago that if you have the wherewithal you can ram through your chosen option regardless of whether it is the best choice for the wider community."

This is why I posted links to the specifications - so that people could form judgements based on technical merit, which is after all what matters. I presume that given the spec would be equally implementable by all, that you would want the one that is best technically to be adopted. So basically, have you looked through them yet?

Or alternately, you're reassured by W3C's long history of consistency, never having partial specifications and developing standards long before industry gives up and just starts doing its own thing in frustration. ;)


Re: Hold fire on the hate....

I linked to the drafts below - you sound like someone who will understand the details in them. But I think anyone with a reasonably good IT background can get a feel from both of them. Compare equivalent snippets of the security handling between the two documents:

Draft X

interface CertificateInformation {

static CertificateInformation getLocalCertificate ();

readonly attribute ArrayBuffer certificate;

readonly attribute DOMString subject;

readonly attribute CertificateFingerprints fingerprint;


dictionary SrtpSecurityDescription {

DOMString encrypt = "AES-CM";

boolean encryptRtp = true;

boolean encryptRtcp = true;

unsigned short keystreamPrefix = 0;

DOMString authenticate = "HMAC-SHA1";

unsigned short n_a = 160;

unsigned short n_tag = 80;

DOMString keyDerivation = "AES-CM";

unsigned long keyDerivationInterval = 0;

ArrayBuffer key;

ArrayBuffer salt;

unsigned long? windowSizeHint;

unsigned long long rtpPacketCount = 281474976710656;

unsigned long long rtcpPacketCount = 2147483648;

ArrayBuffer? mki;


Applications that establish peer-to-peer transports require that the IP addresses of a peer are signaled to the remote peer. This can pose a privacy exposure even though an IP address can only be loosely correlated with a person. For instance, it is possible to use IP addresses to determine the physical location of a person.

In some applications, establishing a peer-to-peer transport occurs prior to establishing user consent for the session. This can be necessary to remove the delays associated with transport setup that might otherwise occur after session acceptance. Exposing IP address information prior to acceptance provides the initiator of the session a way to collect the IP address of even an unwilling peer.

Applications are encouraged to only signal relay ports prior to gaining explicit consent from users.

End Draft X

Draft Y

To Do: Discuss privacy aspects of this from a finger printing point of view - it's probably around as bad as access to a canvas :-)

End Draft Y

The second one simply doesn't have a lot of what the first example has. It shuffles the whole area off elsewhere as far as I can see - and holes in a specification lead to fragmentation.


What Opera said...

"We look forward to assessing it on its technical merits."

Whichever is the best protocol wins, imo. It's not as if any of us already have existing VoIP built into our web-browsers already and would have to shift.

The two current specifications are here so people can make informed judgements rather than knee-jerk.

MS Design

RTC Draft

If we go with something inadequate at this stage, it will lead to far greater fragmentation down the road if people have to produce their own work-arounds or alternates.

Doctor Who to unwrap new sidekick in Christmas TV special


Re: Daleks?

"How is it down to budget? They've already made a whole bunch of Tellytubby Daleks"

They made five - one of each colour. They had to destroy two of them to create the stone Daleks in Pandorica Opens / Big Bang which leaves four. I presume they have more of the old ones. That's all I know anyway - I just read a news story saying that with how tight the budgets are in the BBC now, they had to go back to the old ones if they wanted to do them again any time soon.


Re: Daleks?

No - it's a bad thing. I liked the big colourful Daleks.

But apparently the decision was more to do with budget than anything else. Personally I'm just saddened to see them back. I like the Daleks, but under RTD they just got silly. One Dalek was a deadly threat. Then you got five Daleks and they were more easily dealt with. Then you got hundreds of Daleks and they were barely a threat. Then you got millions of Daleks and they were dispatched by the thousand. The more Daleks you got, the less deadly they became.

I'll retract my opinion if they actually become scary again, but I fear more RTD-style "Daleks are scary because I tell you they are, even though they never achieve anything".

Apple: Samsung was in 'crisis' over our iPhone awesomeness


Re: Conflation

Those are interesting images. The packaging certainly looks very similar to Apples. But then Apple's design motif is very minimalist. It's a white box with a picture of the product on the front. If Apple had a swirly circle and line design and Samsung did the same, it would be easy to sue. But it's a white box - can you really patent minimalism? And it's just packaging. Are Apple really able to sue because the box that the device comes in is similar? Are they arguing that the box is a significant part of the purchasing decision? Similarly, the advert looks very similar, but it's again minimalist, no different to any number of perfume ads or other products. And again, are they suing over the product being similar or for doing similar marketing material?

The cable interfaces are ridiculous to sue over. USB is a standard interface. Are Samsung expected to stick spikes on the plug or something to make it look different? The speaker looks like a rip-off.

Taken individually, none of these convince me. Taken in aggregate it builds to a picture of some influence, but that influence seems to be mainly in the area of packaging and marketing, rather than the actual device. I wasn't aware that Apple were suing over similar marketing rather than purely about the device. I think it's a pretty weak basis for a claim by Apple and I'm not really convinced suiing has an ethical basis here as I'm not 100% convinced that similarity of packaging or ads are a legitimate basis.

Microsoft's Office 2013 app-maker cloud drenches developers


Re: @h4rm0ny

"You speak of sandboxing as if it is a good thing. It can be; but sandboxing Office apps. takes away a major functionality aspect."

Well, I think you have taken my term sandboxed in too strong a way. You should really go and read the blog post in the article and the link from there to the developers' guide for this which gives a lot more detail than I can here. The runtime is sandboxed. So it can't go running away with your processor, can't muck around with other processes or use any old DLL however it likes as VBA apps could. The application can only (so far as I understand it) communicate with Office via a Javascript API they have written. But I think that's less limiting than you realise. Regarding your specific example:

"For example; in my Office 2010 I have a lot of address information stored in Outlook. Whenever I need to write a letter I use a Word template (VBA) which then accesses the address list in Outlook to retrieve the contact information I need"

From my reading of this, there's no reason you can't do this. I think you are thinking that an app gets embedded in a document or spreadsheet and is then sandboxed within and thus cannot get the information from Outlook's address book into your Word template. Correct?

What you (or a developer creating such an App) would do, would be create a "manifest" file, which is a description of the application in terms of what it can and cannot do, and when you installed the application, you'd be able to review these permissions and check they were what you wanted the App to have access to. The Manifest file also shows when and where the application shows up. So you could make it an App inside Outlook if you wanted (or in Word if you preferred), and when you ran it, assuming it had the right set of permissions, it would be fine to read addresses from Outlook, find the appropriate template and create your letters. You might find this interesting as it goes into how the permissions break down. Check out the diagram about 3/4 the way down. As you can see it's possible to give or withhold permissions in a far more sophisticated and elegant way than was possible with chunks of VBA or DLLs. That page is specific to Outlook but it will give you a good idea.

"And there's plenty more where that came from. Searching OneNote information and being able to setup stats in an Excel sheet. Going through all the Word documents marked as "bill" on my system from Excel, when identified it grabs information from the document such as payments and tax and such. All data is then put into a graph which helps me keep an (easy) overview of company revenue."

There's nothing in there that I think shouldn't be just as possible with the new system. But you'll be able to lock it down in ways that you cannot with VBA. When I mentioned sandboxing, I was primarily talking about a sandboxed runtime, though of course it also sandboxes what data sources it can communicate with based on the manifest file. E.g. if when you install it the manifest file says it can only talk to server.mycompany.com, then that's all it can talk to. It can't go off and talk to server.myrival.com.

"Office was build for interaction... If they need to sandbox the whole thing online then my conclusion would be that MS Office wasn't build for this."

Honestly, I think you should probably take a few hours to read through some of how Office 2013 and Win8 are set up for development. You obviously have a lot of experience and can put together a good argument. But I genuinely think you haven't actually read through these documents as you have some significant misconceptions about some of these things. Don't rely on El Reg for detailed analysis of this stuff, judge it for yourself!


Well it's sandboxed code which is more than can be said for plugging most VBA applications into your system. The "Cloud" can also be your own servers. I don't imagine many big companies will be using SkyDrive for their storage. The Javascript is because you can use HTML5 + JQuery for the UI which is probably nicer and easier to develop with than all those VB-style forms. There's a lot more expertise floating around for GUI design in web applications than there is in VBA. It's probably less likely to be exploitable for malware / spyware as you suggest because unlike some VBA-based plugin you install, this doesn't need to install or modify DLLs or other system files. It's a lot more than "post a form using HTML GET from my spreadsheet."

Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot


Re: Whatever is bad for Microsoft is good for everyone else.

Richto - you keep posting these sorts of comments. Linux is an impressively secure operating system. I don't know whether it is slightly better or slightly worse than Windows 7, but last time I checked they were comparable. Most security failures result from user behaviour or bad configuration, not failures in the software. And that is true of both Windows and Linux. Windows 7 is a good operating system. So is 8 in my opinion. I'm very enthusiastic about both. But lets also have a little respect for Linux. It is perfectly allowable that both can be good. Operating Systems are not football teams.


Re: They're going to cost too much

"So I think Microsoft could be in trouble. The high end tablet is desirable but too expensive. The low end tablet is gimped and probably expensive too."

I'm probably going to buy one (you can probably guess that from my enthusiastic posts ;), but I've been putting off buying a new machine for a while (trying to land on the right side of the next technology push). If you consider it more costly than it is worth for you, it may still be a good thing because it will almost certainly encourage other manufacturers to produce similar machines that are cheaper. I think MS are making this as a reference machine for others to follow.


Re: Whilst one can of course have various opinions about both the new os and............

Acer have the most to worry about. You don't see Toshiba or Lenovo getting all panicky about a new entrant to the market.


Re: "we may sell a few million, I don't know how many"

"Dear God Almighty. A multi-billion dollar corporate CEO actually dares to come out with a statement like that? Can you ever imagine Gates, Jobs or anyone else saying such a crass thing?"

Sounds pretty much perfect as a threat, to be honest. If the other manufacturers don't start producing better quality products, they'll just order another million. And they'll keep doing it until better quality hardware for Win8 appears. In this scenario you don't want to give a hard number, you want to keep it open ended as all good threats should be.


Re: Let them riot

The following quote from Acer made me laugh: "It is not something you are good at, so please think twice"

Acer wouldn't object if the Surface was a worse product than their own. They're more concerned about it being better. Statements from MS about "we might sell a few million" and that they'll only be selling them directly, not through the "channel" begin to point more strongly toward the Surface being a tool to make manufacturers up their game, rather than an actual plan to enter the hardware market in a large capacity. I'm well in favour of that - if MS can get the others to up their game, that's a great thing, imo.

Why women won't apply for IT jobs


Re: seen job adds lately ?

"Dear women, if you really do want a career in IT, and if people like me really do make the industry so women-unfriendly, feel free to push your way through ... IT is a ruthless industry, no matter who you are; the weak and fickle need not apply."

It is better to choose people on the basis of their technical ability than their ability to deal with aggressive people because their technical ability is ultimately what you want from them. If you find that the environment makes something unrelated to technical ability a factor - e.g. ability to put up with prejudice, then better to change the environment so that it is no longer a factor. Do you really think it is efficient to filter out technically gifted applicants because they don't want to put up with sexual inequality or prejudice?


Re: I must of missed

"If women want to work in IT there is nothing stopping them and if there is and it is nothing to do with ability to do the job then that needs to be addressed "

There is certainly something. The farther East you go (India, Eastern Europe), the more sex ratios in IT balance out. In India, programmers are apparently around 50:50 in balance of the sexes. Which pretty much rules out biological differences and puts the blame on culture.

Microsoft upping Office 365 fees for resellers AGAIN


Re: Would *anybody* trust their business to the cloud ?

Not me. I will be using Office 2013, but I'll be setting up our own Server 2012 for our "cloud". We'll get the same benefits but all data will be under our control and in Europe.

AMD borrows $300m to fill war chest


It doesn't make sense. But our financial markets are obsessed with immediate payout based on changes in value, rather than actual value.

France's biggest Apple reseller shuts up shop


Re: "Pomme de discorde".

That was the first thing that I thought of when I saw the name. I wonder if they have 23 members and I wonder exactly what sort of revenge they might take?

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