* Posts by Lusty

1436 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

Lusty

Re: Unstable operation coming soon...

“Changing this will make illicit or ham-fisted operations much harder to stop”

You’ve completely misunderstood everything about this. Literally nobody is saying ICANN shouldn’t collect and store the information. They should and they will, just like Nominet do. For official purposes the information can still be requested through proper channels. The only difference is that our details won’t be available for anyone to access. They should never have been in the first place, and this case shows why GDPR is so important given how hard people are trying to keep doing things they shouldn’t have done in the first place. It’s always harder to get privacy back than to never let it go.

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Hawaii Live-Go! Microsoft launches Honolulu admin tool for cloud and on-prem

Lusty

Say what now?

"A web-based system (you'll need either Edge or Chrome)"

So which is it? A web based system, or a system that uses technology only Edge and Chrome provide?

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HMRC delays digi tax plans amid Brexit customs woes

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Re: I hope that HMRC...

"It is odds on that any IT system implimented will fail miserably for the first 6 months"

Yes, you'd think so wouldn't you. But then anyone who has done a tax return for the last few years has had the opposite experience. HMRC actually seem borderline competent with their IT systems and these are improving all the time with no noticable (to me) outages or issues. I might have just got lucky, but HMRC seem to have been pretty good.

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No password? No worries! Two new standards aim to make logins an API experience

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Handy

So there'll be a centralised list of all the places I have accounts? Sounds like this might benefit...not the user.

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Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

Lusty

Re: If roles were reversed, would USA give EU more time?

“They have already made it a law that any data stored in an Irish server falls under the jurisdiction of the American government ”

Dude, the CLOUD act is only like two pages. Give reading a try just this once. It says nothing like what you suggest and in fact the Irish government needs to be involved in the process if the data doesn’t clearly belong to a US citizen.

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Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

Lusty

Re: NEWSFLASH

"Person A - A male doctor who works 48 hours a week.

Person B - A female receptionist who works 36 hours a week."

The calculation will certainly be for a male doctor on £47k doing a 48h week and comparing him to a caterer being paid £9/hour. In this case the doc earns £20.39/hour.

In reality that doctor will work 90 hours/week with no overtime pay £10.87/hour. That doctor will also be paying off £50k of student debt and will have worked for 7 years fewer due to education. I'm not saying that the doctor won't end up more wealthy, but we're not comparing eggs with eggs here. Salary and hourly will never be comparable. Did the "high paid IT staff" calculation involve the hours we all put in at home reading and training while not at work? Doubt it.

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Microsoft reinvents Massive Arrays of Idle Disks for Azure, 'cos IBM tape ain't enough

Lusty

Re: Speed?

"However, IME, the life of hard disks which are constantly spun up and down will be short, nasty and brutish"

I'd imagine that the global cloud provider, Microsoft, has more data on what does and doesn't hurt a disk than you do so they've probably thought about all that in quite some depth. Google did a study a while ago and concluded that none of those things hurt disks (heat, vibration, cycles, etc.) and it's down to luck and bad batches how long they last. That's partly why firmware updates so often trigger SMART alerts - they see a bad batch and proactively fail the drives.

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World celebrates, cyber-snoops cry as TLS 1.3 internet crypto approved

Lusty

This isn’t progress

Adding TLS 1.3 doesn’t make anything more secure. Disabling 1.2 (and earlier) might. History shows that admins never disable old insecure stuff and it’s left for a vendor security update to take care of.

Older encryption algorithms could be disabled on 1.2 so the point in the article about older encryption would be meaningless if admins did their jobs effectively. Humans just aren’t built that way though :)

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Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

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Facepalm

Re: Oh dear

"Any chance of fixing Skype, Office and you know ..... Windows 10 before wasting time and money on shit like this?"

Don't panic, I hear MS will be hiring a second developer any day now so they'll be able to run more than one project at a time

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Microsoft's Teams lights solitary candle, hipsters don't notice

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"I cannot see the supreme court telling USian 3 letter agencies to forget about obtaining digital data, which will be what this boils down to."

Nope not at all, this boils down to telling them to use existing international treaties to obtain data in any form. Microsoft are fighting this case because as a case law it would give the US carte blanche access to any data without redress and effectively end US tech companies, especially those in the cloud space. Microsoft would prefer to keep its customers in other countries.

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Lusty

Re: Text

@teknopaul you can opt out of mails on those groups quite easily actually, and you can do so while remaining in the group so will still have full access to the content if you so wish.

You can also easily remove yourself from these AAD groups and leave the team completely. There's nothing stopping an admin scripting it to add you back in, but your dumb admin is not Microsoft's fault!

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Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint - survey

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"Microsoft's default Team-thingy is these days."

Git in VSTS and I believe Git is also encouraged in TFS too. "Teams" is an office product and offers no source control but can host a tab showing your VSTS/TFS site which itself houses a Git repo.

Also still offers the MS version control for those who want it.

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

Lusty

Re: Ducks

"Or you could not click install"

Incorrect. You have to click "later" and then "remind me later" EVERY FUCKING DAY on an Apple device.

On Apple desktop/laptops you have no button for don't install, so have to click the update notification which then loads the updater and then you can click later. EVERY FUCKING DAY.

Not updating an Apple device leads to constant harrassment until you cave in and they "upgrade" you to the new slower version of the software. This leads to frustration about performance which eventually leads to a new device. You're then left with the choice between abusive Apple and evil Google for your new device. Oh well, at least Android devices never get updates...

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You can resurrect any deleted GitHub account name. And this is why we have trust issues

Lusty

@anon

Lol are you saying npm never has issues? Like the global news story about left-pad breaking the Internet linked to in the story?

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South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media

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@Lee D

"As such, I don't see that it's worth spending that amount of money on"

Pennies, you mean? It's about £7k to scan 200 cameras for the 74500 people at the millennium stadium. How much for 200 officers eyes for the event?

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/cognitive-services/face-api/

I'm not saying I'm in favour or against the scanning, but however you look at it this stuff is cheap!

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Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush

Lusty

Re: I despair

To be fair, this isn't the first connected toothbrush. I've had an Oral-B with Bluetooth for years which allows custom brushing plans and connects to a phone to get various data in/out and to your dentist. Never had firmware or compatibility issues and it works stand alone so that wouldn't be an issue anyway.

It hasn't really offered any value over a non-connected toothbrush though. I only got it because it was bundled with 3 years worth of heads, making it cheaper than the cheap version in a TCO comparison.

Now that I've written that down I'm more concerned with the fact that a TCO is necessary for such an item these days than I am with RoTM or plastic waste...

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And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

Lusty

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/compliance/integrity

Report it. Microsoft have a portal specifically set up to let you do so. MS is not OK with corruption so if you have info send it in.

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The hounds of storage track converged and hyperconverged beasts

Lusty

Azure Stack

Is Azure Stack part of this category? Seems to be the same concept, just with a bit more polish and would be nice to see how traditional HC solutions will fare against it. Being the same companies selling the tin though we may never get a good picture of that.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

Lusty

Battery

Weird that this laptop review didn't mention the (up to) 17 hour battery life. I regularly get that sort of time out of mine despite lots of video etc. Just the screen alone will do about 7 hours. This leads to the new problem of being surprised when it needs charging :)

I definitely like the reversed screen mode for watching movies in hotels - something real world users of these will do a LOT. It's also great for video chat, and the pen allows remote white boarding sessions that other laptops don't. I can also whiteboard in a room with only a projector/screen using this.

It's also cool that writing on the screen is just like writing on paper, but the notes get indexed whether you ink2text it or not. £100 for the pen though feels like madness.

I definitely don't love the weight. This is a beast of a machine for travelling and it's pretty bulky. This is a definite trade-off with the battery life and power of the thing.

Would I have paid £3k of my money for this? Probably not, it's definitely a work machine rather than a personal machine. The Surface Laptop though, there's a pretty machine designed for home use and it's much cheaper! Comparing to my Macbook pro build quality is similar and I get the advantage of having all the keys on the keyboard.

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That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

Lusty

Re: That probably explains..

"Why not a battery that is user replaceable?"

Why would that make any difference? Apple would charge the exact same amount for a user replaceable battery as they do for the replacement service (which only takes an hour in store). All that would change is your phone would have a removable back, which as I recall would regularly break on most phone models leading to your battery ending up on the floor.

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Autsch! Germany slaps Facebook in its abusive little face for 'limitlessly amassing data'

Lusty

Re: a summary of all possible ways to stop information being collected...

Both of you should give up reading el Reg, you're just not technical enough!

Yes, by default Garmin explain how to use their excellent web service to get the most out of the device. It's the easiest thing to do and the thing that 99% of normal users are looking to do.

No, you don't need an account and you don't need to upload data. As I said, you're free to copy files from the device manually. It doesn't copy the files to local disk for you because there's no point and most people don't want their drives filling up with files they don't need. You are free to do so though they are in the /Garmin/Activities folder, and the .fit format is industry standard and works with most software and services. Similarly to update you can download firmward free from the web and drop it into one of the folders on the device. That's all the software does anyway! No virtual machines needed, no account cleanup needed.

I realise you want to look like smart paranoid techies beating the system but even a small amount of research would have delivered these answers so as it is you look like failed techies trying to be clever "the system" in this instance doesn't exist.

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Lusty

Re: a summary of all possible ways to stop information being collected...

"the application will not download locally"

Actually all Garmin devices like the FR30 act as USB storage precisely so you can upload fit files without Connect. You're then free to use the data as you wish in any app or cloud service or you can write your own using their SDK. This is not a case of data slurping at all. Polar on the other hand stopped allowing local file copy years ago and are starting to turn off older cloud services so as to make older devices stop working.

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European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

Lusty

I take it E-Bay will be subject to the same laws as shops going forwards then, even when it's a shop I'm buying from? Great news, one throat to choke!

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Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

Lusty

Re: Would be interested to see...

Yes, local buffers will do that. Nothing to do with the connection, of course, but you knew that because you're a proper techie using proper techie tools...

Half your latency is probably happening before the packet hits the wire while it sits in a fifo queue.

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

Lusty

Re: "binge watch TV shows for 12 hours straight"

"Apparently you've never flown over an ocean"

Apparently it's a while since you have. Modern planes have entertainment systems with similar content to Netflix or Prime so you can watch what you want when you want and won't run out of movies or shows unless you're delayed by a month or so. Why would I want to drag my own screen on board, and why would I want to subject my seat-neighbor to a screen without a privacy shield and keep them awake? Seriously, try a modern plane, they really are quite good.

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Yahoo! Groups! Go! TITSUP! for! Days!

Lusty

Freetards

How much have these poor users spent on support over the years only to be abandoned?

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Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

Lusty

"Royal Navy go from one balls up to another"

She's still under command and not aground, it's not a "balls up" situation. In fact, I see no reason for any day shapes to be displayed on her return journey ;)

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

Lusty

Re: Woah

You must have learned on very early versions. It hasn't really changed in over 20 years other than moving buttons to more accessible places.

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For goodness sake, stop the plod using facial recog, London mayor told

Lusty

Re: Well,

No, the Met are one of the many bodies listed as excluded from privacy and data protection laws so they are violating nothing but ethics.

The problem here is that we keep excluding all of the worst offenders from our most important laws.

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Connected and self-driving cars are being sent to Coventry

Lusty

Re: Coventry just as good...

Liability has been sorted on this side of the pond actually. Driverless cars were heavily debated in parliament this year.

Also, there's no such thing as an unavoidable accident between two cars. It's that kind of thinking that makes me want these sooner rather than later so we can get human drivers off the road. Humans always ignore the third option when considering whether the driver or pedestrian should die. Option 3 = drive slower! Machines don't consider "late for work" in their calculations...

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

Lusty

Re: Crap like this...

"The big advantage with Sonos WAS the multiroom synchronised sound. "

There, fixed that for you. That's not been a USP for years, and frankly the way Sonos abuse your wifi network is archaic. They don't even support devices on differing SSIDs on the same network!

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Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms

Lusty

"If you choose not to provide the functional data, you won't be able to receive software updates," the Sonos spokesperson explained. "It's not like if you don't accept it, we'd be shutting down your device or intentionally bricking it."

Uurm, why has my Sonos system just stopped working then? Can't get past the update screen!

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Big iron storage supplier Infinidat blags more o' that sweet VC cash

Lusty

What's this all got to do with Big Iron?

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

Lusty

Re: > hear about ... problem ... didn't affect anyone

Yep, here you go. Full list of all Azure issues. Nothing to do with publicity or cover ups, its responsibility and trust.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/status/history/

https://status.aws.amazon.com/

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Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

Lusty

Re: If only it had...

"I can see a model were people have a good, well made dumb phone for voice and a phablet/tablet for everything else."

Not going to happen. People just don't use voice enough to justify a second device these days.

Also, all the people wanging on about battery life - the iPhone 7 has a 14 hour talk time and the S8 20 hours compared to the 6.5 quoted here. It only has a long battery life IF YOU DON'T USE IT FOR VOICE! and voice is its only feature...

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Compsci grads get the fattest pay cheques six months after uni – report

Lusty

Re: Value for Money?

maybe those children know what median means so don't read pointless articles lacking information on the web so much and can therefore spend time working :)

for all we know all of them could earn this, or some may be earning £200k

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

Lusty

Re: Who

Not sure I see a scenario for an inevitable crash with autonomous vehicles. A human would probably have to go out of their way to make that happen. Generally the computer will slow to suit conditions and then stop if anything approaching a bad situation occurs.

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Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

Lusty

Thanks to the Internet US English is the global standard now so we'll have to get used to it. Until Chinese kills off English of course following the revolution.

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Lusty

Re: Double vacuum

"I'm trying to think of a situation where the pressure increases inside a space suit."

fffffaaaaarrrtttts iiiinnnn sssspppppaaaaaaaaaaaacccceee!!!!

seriously though, the regulator could freeze and freeflow, that could be an issue of more than "double vacuum" proportions

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Lusty

Re: Double vacuum

How do you know you know what he means, he's talking gibberish! My best guess is he means 2 bar pressure but he could mean he tested with a Hoover and a Dyson for all we know! If the astronauts used pure Oxygen it might only need testing to 1 bar for "double vacuum" although I think pure O2 is frowned upon nowadays.

Or perhaps it's like a double rainbow and there's a Youtube clip...

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

Lusty

Re: Proof of click?

On your own mobile device? You did. It's your responsibility to control access to your device and it's reasonable to assume you do that from a legal point of view. There are many ways to control access including passwords, PINs, fingerprints etc. not to mention the fact that you'd need to have accessed the app store with your personal account to get to this stage...

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Lusty

Re: Alternately

"Well you seem to have AN electronic version, but unless you have some sort of physical proof that it was the one I agreed to, then I don't see how it can be valid."

You clicked on a certain date. They have the code for the page on that given day in their backup and archival system. Not hard to prove what you saw electronically at all. The web server would even be able to show what files you were served and when.

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NetApp, you went all-flash, never go all-fla... Hey, wait. It's working

Lusty

"None of these guys have a clear coherent hybrid cloud storage"

Unless you count Azure Stack. They have that. Sorry NetApp you were great for a while but I've no idea how you'll survive this next bit!

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Ancient IETF 'teapot' gag preserved for posterity as a standard

Lusty

Re: As mentioned elsewhere

Surely the commit for that change had a user associated? Let's revoke that joyless persons access to the Internet! Also, undo the code change and start a joy war in open source :)

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Place your bets: How long will 1TFLOPS HPE box last in space without proper rad hardening

Lusty

"Perhaps eventually involving having two less-than-reliable conventional processors operating in lock-step"

Can't vote with two systems, you'd never know which had an error because you wouldn't know the right answer. Use three and the two matching answers can be used. It's different to a normal cluster where you're only detecting failure since here you're also detecting subtle errors.

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Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

Lusty

Re: Is localhost even needed?

"localhost as a name, and it's associated IP addresses, is not just an understood convention, it's built-in to implementations"

built in to SOME implementations, yes. That's the problem.

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Lusty

Re: Is localhost even needed?

" resolution before external networking is even up"

You have no reliable way to determine that localhost is pointing at your local machine so that's not a valid use-case actually. You should be asking the machine what addresses it has available and using one of those, not assuming that some magical keyword has been implemented. Sometimes it hasn't, sometimes a different one is used. The number of people who assume (wrongly) that 127.0.0.1 will be available is evidence to this!

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Lusty

Re: Is localhost even needed?

"OK, for starters, how about where the machine doesn't have a properly configured name"

LOL that's kind of the point I was making. You're basing things on an assumption that localhost is configured properly rather than JUST CHECKING THE FACTS. Lazy lazy lazy and it will lead you into trouble sooner or later.

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Lusty

Is localhost even needed?

I can't think of a single use-case where we wouldn't be better off using the machines real name or IP. Making a special exception for "localhost" promotes various bad practices in software which generally end up as security issues down the line. Surely using a call to ask the name (or IP) of the host you're running on, and then using that name (or IP) is more reliable in every use-case than hoping that "localhost" is configured to resolve properly. Sure, we could set localhost to always resolve to 127.0.0.1, but the loopback address may not always be 127.0.0.1, it might be 127.3.4.11!

Assumptions are never a good thing in computing, and localhost always breeds assumption about the world around you. I notice the article was also assuming localhost was the tld, but more often than not localdomain is also appended. Then we have the issue of 30 machines all being called localhost on the local network so if we use a DNS server to resolve, we have no idea which machine will be connected to - we can't assume the hosts file is correctly configured either, that's just asking for trouble!

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

Lusty

Re: Proper Full English

"Only in America, perhaps. Here in Britain, it's a choice between Tetleys, PG Tips, or supermarket own brand, well boiled, and three sugars... Builder's Tea, that's what you need"

All of which are...English Breakfast Tea. It's a blend of tea, not a marketing term.

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