* Posts by cmaurand

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Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

cmaurand

Re: 10203

Quattro Pro

Nearline disk drive demand dip dropkicks Seagate: How deep is the trough, how deep is the trough?

cmaurand

Re: SSDs are the default now

I would agree. I have no desire to purchase any more spinning drives. New servers get HDME SSD's. I haven't looked back. Spinning drives have too many moving parts to fail.

HDD's are dying. SSD's are ascending

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass

cmaurand

I see all your points, but ...

I have two solutions in place. I have a windows machine running virtualbox. commandline, folder sharing, gui, etc. I've been using it for years. so to multipass...yawn. The second solution is a small machine that is running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with KVM installed. I have Windows installed in a virtual machine for whatever I might need out of Windows. None of my old copies of Office will activate any longer, but OpenOffice and LibreOffice fill that void along with Thunderbird for email. I'm not in want. I have an app for my Canon DSLR which will only run on Windows or Mac so that's why the virtual. The only thing that doesn't work on Linux is Spectrum''s flash app that it uses for it's streaming service. I'm not missing anything there.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

cmaurand

Re: Google are cunts

If you're using Google's browser, they're getting your search data. You don't honestly think the browser is not sending your search data to Google do you? and what about DNS or HTTPS? Not only do they get your search data, they're going to get all your DNS data, too. You don't thing Google or Cloudflare are offering free public DNS for nothing do you? I won't even get into the fact that both of those services don't update when they should and have very high latency. Soon Google won't allow you to override the dns over https settings. I don't have any trouble with Firefox, though they signed on the the DNS or HTTPS, too. You can disable it. I run my own resolvers locally.

cmaurand

Re: Google are cunts

I have never been able to understand why the ad blockers ever blocked anything rather than redirecting the content to /dev/null. That way the upstream never knows if the ad gets shown or not. Then Google wouldn't be trying so hard to force feed us ads. Look for people to start running ad-blocking proxies. Yet another layer.

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption

cmaurand

This is about control

This is about control and making it easier for corporate and government tracking and getting records for DNS searches without actually raiding someone's machine. Nothing more. DNS over TLS is already defined and solves the problem. Thankfully, there are coming implementations of DNS resolvers other than Google's or Cloudflare's that will do this and changing your browser to user your own or a public one other than Google's or Cloudflare's. Call me paranoid, but I don't trust either company no matter what they say publicly.

The solution is trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. Moreover, Google and Cloudflare are going to send out normal un-encrypted udp requests to the root servers and then to the authoritative servers for any domain, then encrypt and return the results. the HTTPS protocol is slow and now we'll have yet another layer to add more latency.

cmaurand

This is all BS

Google and Cloudflare want your dns traffic. That's what this is about. A one stop shop to see what you're looking at and to send you a more targeted set of ads and propaganda. If you don't think that traffic won't be logged, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you in ... They are going to dcrypt that traffic and make normal DNS requests to authoritative DNS servers scattered throughout the world. This solves _nothing_. Google's DNS resolvers are slow and don't take updates very well, either. I've had them return incorrect information for hours even days after the TTL on a record had expired. I run my own hosting servers. The have TLS enabled and they can take requests over TCP. The main security problem that is not liked is that DNS traffic uses UDP and not TCP. UDP can be faked easily. simply moving to a TCP based model instead of a UDP based model. As Paul Vixie said, this problem has already been solved. It's up to each OS vendor's resolver to use the more secure protocol if it's available. At any rate, it's going to slow DNS to a crawl.

Just one Corretto, give it to me... AWS brews its own blend of Java with free long-term support

cmaurand

Re: Ahhh..... if we Italians...

C like names, too. C#

Microsoft's implemenation of Java.

Cheers

PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

cmaurand

I haven't bought an Intel CPU in over a decade. AMD has generally been a step ahead of Intel in terms of technology the entire time.

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

cmaurand

For HPink this is the cost of doing business. They made way more than 1.5m for what they did. Moreover they can write off the fine from their taxes. Some would say this was slap on the wrist. I think it was more like an itch on their little finger

New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

cmaurand

We hired the other guy

He was a better fit. It was between you and him. It was tough decision. Have you ever heard that? That's age discrimination. They said all the fright words to say it wasn't age discrimination. I'm 61 years old. I lost count of how many times I've heard that one.

Lately all I can get is helpdesk which pays squat and requires all sorts of knowledge. blecch. I've gone from CTO to peon in 20 years.

Google freezes Android P: Get your shoes on, tire-kicking devs

cmaurand

Just what I always wanted

Just what I always wanted: another update that will slow down my device even more and shorten its battery life by another helf.

Oy

ISP popped router ports, saving customers the trouble of making themselves hackable

cmaurand

Re: Only an id10t...

"Pray tell, how was this port opened in the first place and, more importantly, how did the ISP close it without a backdoor?"

if it's actual telco equipment, they can do it by SS7 out of band management.

Facebook caught up in court battle with Amazon and pals over 'ageist job ads' that targeted young

cmaurand

Not actually. What I really wish that I'd done was gone to school for something like heavy equipment repair. Those folks are always in demand. Now I'm an unemployed IT worker only a few years from retirement who probably won't be able to land anything but a helpdesk job or something in retail because I'm over 50

Unclip your pager and bag from your belt: We need to make room for a battery-powered 1TB HD

cmaurand

A spinning drive in something portable that's going to get bumped around...really? What year is this?

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

cmaurand

Re: PC Updated itself last night

I installed ubuntu mate. It's a better mint than mint. Use the btrfs filesystem. It does subvolumes, snapshots and snapshots can be stored externally. I've tried them all.

Look at btrbackup. It does a lot of what a Datto appliances does.

cmaurand

Re: PC Updated itself last night

The only thing that doesn't work so far is the spectrum streaming service which still uses flash and the drm piece on Linux doesn't work. Netflix works in Firefox as do most remote control clients.

cmaurand

Re: PC Updated itself last night

That's why I switched to Linux several months ago. Couldn't take windows updating itsepf after I completely disabled automatic updating (disabled the Windows update service after setting everything to manual updating) updates...or so I thought.

Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps

cmaurand

Yawn

Is there anything new on the market? This is so meh.

US Congress quietly slips cloud-spying powers into page 2,201 of spending mega-bill

cmaurand

If I'm a foreign country or the EU, I'd tell the us to pound sand it they attempt to serve the subpoena.

Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel

cmaurand

Re: Encryption?

The NSA is already intercepting all traffic. Unencrypted just makes it interesting for them. If I send a message with a link and an interactive SIP connection, the carrier may not be able to disclose data, but the person initiating the SIP session gets a lot of data if the connection completes. What could go wrong? Now I have a constant unencrypted sip connection to my phone and the microphone is listening all the time. Seriously, this thing stinks in a whole bunch of levels.

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

cmaurand

Re: Obama

Private health insurance is a drag on the US economy. A universal healthcare system is where we're going to end up and Mr. Trump set that in motion by undermining the ACA, which sort of needed to be undone. Without the public option (Meidcare buy in) to create competition in markets where there is none, the ACA will never work.

cmaurand

Re: Obama

Health insurance is the problem, not the solution

cmaurand

Re: Obama

History Lesson: Nixon actually undermined US negotiations which would have ended the war in 1968 or 69, but instead managed to extend the war until 1973 wasting talent and treasure all to get elected. All in violation of laws that prohibit private parties from negotiating on behalf of the government. In fact they announced a peace plan just prior to the 1972 election which cemented his victory. And Hubert Humphrey was like Hillary. Not a good candidate.

A candidate needs charisma. Hillary and Hubert had none.

cmaurand

Re: Of course they'll come back

President Obama's math and demographics people were internal to their operation. They didn't leak the information to a hired 3rd party. They just used Facebook's and Twitter's internal targeting tools. President Obama's team didn't generate a surreptitious app to mine the data.

Facebook screwed up big time.

Cambridge Analytica and it's parent company are dead. They announced they're closing the doors. They talked about changing the name (according to the statement), but decided that the damage to the organization was just too great. Read customers are leaving in droves.

18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE

cmaurand

Re: Do 3 button mice work on it?

I haven't had any trouble with mice on Ubuntu. It just works.

NASA on SpaceX's 2015 big boom: Bargain bin steel liberated your pressure vessel

cmaurand

Nobody should be flying rockets any longer. the technology is over 100 years old. We can't do any better than this?

Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

cmaurand

Slack?

What's that? Yawn

Why two scale-out NAS, IBM? One's a pickup, the other's a juggernaut

cmaurand

SMB and Microsoft

We should remember that IBM wrote SMB and that Microsoft screwed it up, but became the 800 lb gorilla that everyone had to go figure out what they did. It was originally called NetBIOS over IP, then Microsoft made changes and called it NetBEUI. Both are SMB.

Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

cmaurand

Seriously?

The first amendment not withstanding, but why is it that this person wants to foist his beliefs on me? If he doesn't like porn, he doesn't have to look at it.

Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

cmaurand

Re: Wow. Stripping the active layer off 64 chips and stacking them together..

The holes are etched, not drilled.

Boeing borgs robot aeronautics biz Aurora Flight Sciences

cmaurand

Re: Pah! Easy...

Actually, yes. Really easy. Computers have been landing aircraft for a long time. I was on a Lufthansa flight back in 2000 that landed by itself and it was smooth as silk. It's driving it after it's on the ground and bringing it to a stop in a crosswind that's the really hard part.

This is still decades away. There isn't an AI in the world that would be able to make the decisions that Scully did to put that airliner in the Hudson River thereby saving everyone on board. Water landings rarely go well as it is.

Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

cmaurand

Pretty crappy performance numbers. Then again it's a spinning drive. The days of the spinning drive are numbered and the flash manufacturers are gouging the market. It cost's about $10.00 in parts and labor to put an SSD together (and that's being generous). I'm assuming the flash costs dollars and not pennies. No moving parts. It's just a matter of time before the spinning drive goes the way of the dinosaur.

Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

cmaurand

Re: I don't know about lynx and w3m

You might try Vivaldi

Google Spanner in the NewSQL works?

cmaurand

You still want to be careful of writes to both masters. You can get data conflicts very easily. You'll need some sort of arbiter.

It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

cmaurand

Re: Interesting times

Actually, it did support 32 bit applications. Microsoft kept changed something in windows in the way it handled 32 bit applications, IBM adjusted, then Microsoft came out with Win32s, IBM adjusted, Microsoft changed it again (something about the way windows does things in memory) and IBM gave up on trying to keep up with Microsoft's changes.

Canonical preps security lifeboat, yells: Ubuntu 12.04 hold-outs, get in

cmaurand

Re: On the plus side

I've tried upgrades of 3 12.04 machines. 1 was successful. 1 thinks it's 14.04, but the upgrade failed and I have one that all of the libraries and files for 14.04 installed, but it thinks it's 12.04. Upgrading is not all that painless. Both of those machines do not behave very well as guests. They're both about to be wiped.

GoDaddy CEO says US is 'tech illiterate' (so, yeah, don't shut off that cheap H-1B supply)

cmaurand

There's not enough _young_ talent. There's lots of us more "senior" folks around who've been doing the job for a long time, but hey, you thought we were too expensive. But, hey, we write great code for kicks, now. In the meantime, companies import cheap talent (cheaper than they can get in a domestic recent college graduate) and put us out of work. I have no sympathy for them.

Pence v Clinton: Both used private email for work, one hacked, one accused of hypocrisy

cmaurand

Indiana

Sorry for the correction. Governor of Indiana. Indianapolis is a city with an interesting speedway.

ISC squishes BIND packet-of-death bugs

cmaurand

This is why I've been running powerdns and powerdns recursor for about a decade.

Bad news, fandroids: Mobile banking malware now encrypts files

cmaurand

Re: You say...

I haven't had any trouble denying permissions to apps. They ask you when you install them and you have a combo box (drop down menu) for each permission where you can accept or deny.

Google: We look forward to running non-Intel processors in our cloud

cmaurand

Re: Blast from the past

IPMI, anyone? Lights out card. Still takes a keyboard, mouse and monitor to set up. after that no KVM needed.

Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

cmaurand

It knackers all sorts of things

The anniversary edition knackered more than just sage. I have problems with a few things and it's slower.

Whomp, there it is: Seagate demos Kinetic disk drive

cmaurand

Re: I mst be missing something...

So where is the table that contains all the ID"s kept: on a local harddrive? That's the bit nobody in any article that I've read is talking about. I get the whole key/value bit, but that information has to be stored in a non-volatile environment somewhere.

Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

cmaurand

"Microsoft reckons it needs to rebuild Skype to improve call quality: once traffic has reached the Microsoft cloud, Redmond shuffles the bits between ingress and egress. To that extent, it can control call quality – but the user experience will still depend far more on their broadband connection, their ISP, and so on."

And how much bandwidth Microsoft has to throw at the millions of streams. Looks like I'm going to have to start looking for an alternative to Skype.

Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

cmaurand

Even if I see an add, I won't click on it. so all they are is annoying little things on any page that I see. I won't even look at them. On the TV Ads that show up before a video, I mute the sound and minimize the window for however long the ad runs and then I restart the video. So to the advertisers, you're no more than an annoyance and I'm not looking anyway. You're better off doing product placement.

Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

cmaurand

Re: Extensive delay in return of computers is SOP by PC Plod. Usually the items are also broken...

It was already encrypted before anyone showed up at his door. There's probably physical copies of things hidden somewhere offsite, too.

Telia engineer error to blame for massive net outage

cmaurand

One fat fingered mistake and the world goes to hell. That's the problem with commandline thinking in the Cisco/Juniper world. Too easy to make a typo on the commandline and sink a bunch of ships.

Confirmed: Dell software sell-off

cmaurand

If Dell thought there was any growth or profit there, they wouldn't be selling it off. The statements from Dell, Francisco Partners and Elliot Management are all spin.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

cmaurand

Windows has always not slept well

Why should windows 10 be any different from any other version of windows? I have a full blown laptop that overheats in the bag. My laptop doesn't come back from long periods of sleep, either. It's just windows. Win XP, Win 7 and Win 8 & 8.1 all had the problem.

the thing is completely solid state. It takes, what, 10 seconds to boot up? Save your work, shut it down and save yourself the headache.

If you want a device that reliably sleeps, look to and Android or iOS device.

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