* Posts by simpfeld

72 posts • joined 24 Sep 2009


Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price


Re: Don't worry 7,

I don't think cygwin uses the POSIX in the NT kernel. They are like the opposite of Wine convert POSIX calls to Win32. The POSIX in most Windows releases is dreadful and not really used and barely worth talking about. Only recent developments with "Linux" on Windows 10 have improved matters.

Boffins debunk study claiming certain languages (cough, C, PHP, JS...) lead to more buggy code than others



I wonder how rust would do as the claim is it removes memory bounds issues.

Always wondered if this would just move the issues, a study like this might show if there is value to this approach. And if the rust OS redox is a sensible way for us to all go.

4G slowcoach Three plans network and IT overhaul to get foot in the door with 5G


Replace Home Broadband Unlikely

We hear this with every new technology from the mobile operators. We heard it with 3G, 4G and now 5G. I remember those 4G adverts about streaming movies to your phone, which you'd be insane to do on most data plans.

All of these (3G, 4G) were fast when few used them, now many are on them they can be pretty slow. When using 4G in central London it can be really painful with all those mobile devices in a small area.

Fundamentally Wireless is a shared medium, and cables aren't. 5G even with directional signalling just isn't going to compete with FTTP (which should *hopefully* be making progress by 5G launch/popularity). By this time mobile data requirements will have gone up plus video will be moving to 4K in houses. Do we really want to have all these homes using 4K and slowing our mobile experience down. No thanks.

They aren't actually competing technologies. The mantra I used to hear:

Wired when you can, wireless when you have to.

Still seems to hold true, use the correct one for the job. I'm always amused by people using WiFi to a TV right next to a router. Just run a cable for the TV and leave all that WiFi bandwidth for devices that actually need it phones, tablets, laptops etc.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE



It will probably be in EPEL but sadly that will mean no RH support if you find issues. That's a deal breaker for such a critical component in our organisation.

Worst. Birthday. Ever. IPv6's party falls flat


Re: Follow the $

Yeah that is really annoying. There is really no excuse not to statically allocate IPv6 prefixes to home users.

A quarter star to Sky and BT that at least to sticky allocation, you will always get the same one if you don't release it.

This is just ISP's desperate to hold onto the static allocation extra cash of IPv4 they have got used to with their small business/enterprise products.

Sadly the protocol designers in their ivory towers mostly seemed to assume getting static allocation. It does all work just isn't very clean if it changes. They obviously didn't see how money grabbing some ISP's can be.

An example of the hassle with this is for LAN servers that you'd like to be static. Even if you use private addresses (ULA) internally, I don't know of any host (OS) that you can say I want to statically allocate my ULA prefix but my global (Internet addresses) prefixes should be got from NDP (as it has to be as it can change, see money grabbing ISP). This means that my server coming up is now dependant on my NDP server(router) being up, not so great for reliability (or rebooting things when your router is down, or when everything is rebooting (after a power outage)).

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on


The Big Issue is Businesses

I have IPv6 at home but not at work. I think this is the big drag factor in IPv6 deployment. Businesses.

Apart from slow players (looking at you Virgin and TalkTalk) Home users are gradually getting there.

Business in general, sees no real reason to implement something when they have no issues accessing all the Internet on IPv4 and aren't short of addresses in the v4 private ranges. Not until there is *some* degradation in the IPv4 experience will we see adoption of IPv6.

IPv6 isn't perfect, far from it. But it is deployable and is better than IPv4, but humans tend to be awful at just getting on with something when it's obvious is needs to happen but not that it has to happen right now (e.g. global warming).

There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees


Amazed BT are still in business

To be honest I'm always amazed they are still in business at all. I mean I have dealt with some bad companies but BT take incompetence to new levels in my experience.

I have taken 4 months to arrange a paid engineer visit to a site to do some work. On both occasions, despite checking that all was well the week before, they failed to attend the site as arranged. I have had contracts set up by a BTLB for these visits, with other parts of BT telling me these contracts "weren't going anywhere in BT" as they are wrong (what a thing to say to a paying customer, you guys sort it out between you).

BT seem to have only a few people that will take ownership of problems but would rather pass you to the next call centre.

The actual engineers we have seen have been very good (though near or past retirement age), you wonder if the recruitment drive is such a big deal as it looks like they need to replace *a lot* of ageing engineering staff. How many are new people adding to the pool?

They obsess about EE and BT sport whilst being unable to get the basics right.

I can understand domestic customers being lumbered or just having always been BT customers forever. But businesses, I can't understand why you would...Even for lines I'd rather get some other company to frontend Openreach and they can deal with BT.


Re: Hope BT Local Business are getting canned

Couldn't agree more. If you don't know the horror of this, a BTLB is a third party company that BT outsource some of their business customers account management to.

My experience is that they are really only interested in new sales (presumably all they get paid by BT for), so any issues with an existing contract (even a pretty hefty one) don't get actioned well. Seem keen to bug you for new work when the existing stuff isn't going well.

Someone in BT probably got paid a pile of cash to think up this broken BTLB scheme.

Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music


Worried about Digital download's future

I'm slightly concerned about the decline of digital downloads, I get the feeling these will disappear in time.

They seem like the best way to get music for me. Firstly, I can download in DRM free lossless formats (FLAC) and don't occupy any house space like a CD. The advantage over streaming services is that I own them and they can't be withdrawn at a whim e.g. by companies falling out with each other.

My second choice is second hand CD's. I only need to read once to rip and they can live in a cupboard. But CDs seem to be in the decline too.

To be honest I'm not bothered about the lossless format, it just means I can always get back to the raw audio to move to any future file formats without re-ripping, without artefacts of a sequence of lossless decodes/re-encodes would potentially introduce.

Why people like Vinyl is beyond me. Inconvenient, crackling and a self degrading format. Where they often have to make the lower frequencies mono to stop the stylus jumping out of the grove (and this is a frequency above your sub-woofer operates before anyone thinks this doesn't matter) and the quality gets worse the further into the disk you play. Liking vinyl hipster anti-science a bit like global warming denial. Only excuses for it is sentimental reasons, artwork appreciation and avoiding the loudness wars on some recordings (but then you should digitise immediately and never play it again!).

I wish there was a DRM digital download service for video, but that just doesn't seem to exists at all. Unless anyone knows better?

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone


Re: IPv6 in the DMZ

One of the big drivers has been US mobile companies. They run out of private 10.x space quickly, as 19 odd million isn't large in mobile subscriber numbers.

Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last


Re: "I'm not sure anyone can realistically replace the Linux kernel"

Your joking. In 2008 the Linux Foundation estimated (using other people's tool) the following "Additionally, it would take $1.4 billion to develop the Linux kernel alone. This paper outlines our technique and highlights the latest costs of developing Linux.".

The kernel at it's very basic isn't over hard (task switching, memory management etc). Making these efficient and reliable plus adding thousands of drivers is really hard.

Nothing lasts forever, But replacing a fully open project like Linux with a closed tossed over the wall Kernel isn't a big win surely!


Fuchia not such a dream future

An OS I can't contribute to that just gets tossed over the wall every so often. Also combined with the suggestion this will only install over network (with local device caching). Yeah a great win that!

I'm not sure anyone can realistically replace the Linux kernel (even with Google's resources) and provide the same level of functionality. For all Android's sins (and there are many), I can still get access to standard Linux things that are unlikely to be present in Fuchsia (iptables, monitoring tools, proc filesystem etc) some maybe, but certainly not all and not with the depth of functionality.

Also Linux will have much greater driver/filesystem support than Fuchia ever realistically could. This allows third parties to take Android AOSP sources and tune the kernel build for new hardware/filesystems.

As a recent Google ex-employee said, Google are now more interested in competing than brining new technology. This is likely the main motivation (to lock out Amazon and other vendors that use AOSP) from simply taking their OS (even though this was encouraged before they had market share).

This is unlikely to benefit end users...

Hot NAND: Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster


"Encryption eats a lot of CPU cycles, which have become a concern after Spectre/Meltdown, and the stability of sw based encryption is shaky at best."

With LUKS on most CPU's the encryption has very little overhead at it uses the AES instructions in the CPU (so basically it is done in hardware).

One set of benchmarks I saw has the encrypted disks as faster than non-encrypted. Last time I read it it was thought this might just be to do with newer more optimal code in the LUKS code...but I'll take that with a pinch of salt.


I think realistically it is likely in the 5% region of CPU overhead.

TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps


And given TalkTalk still can't even do IPv6, should we trust them to deliver 1Gb without CGNAT!

Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)


Re: Exchange-only lines?

"Why they couldn't just put a rack in the exchange, and call it a cabinet, and mount the equipment there, I don't know. However, I did end up with 70Mbs actually delivered, so happy enough with the solution."

I wondered this and looked it up. It took me a while to find the answer. Apparently they aren't allowed to, as they think VDSL in the Exchange would interfere with the in Exchange plain old ADSL (RF leakage etc).

Makes you think the better solution would just be to get everyone over VDSL and ditch old ADSL completely (certainly for that Exchange) and if people don't want VDSL speeds just put them on a slower contract at the same price.

PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too


Bash is superior but isn't supposed to be as feature rich as PS

So many people here are posting things BASH can't do but PS can. But BASH wins on simplicity to do relatively simple things. PS syntax like most MS things is flabby and non-obvious.

Lesson one any Unix admin learns, is know when your task is too big for the shell and time to switch to back in the day Perl now Python et al.

Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price


Re: Also

And also. I worry more about UK (through the US too) government spying on me then kicking my door in for a thought crime e.g. porn age verification, looking into restricting encryption on the road to building our Orwellian society.

The Chinese government can't kick my door in!

To be honest the Kaspersky, are probably suffering from the same protectionism in the US.

UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour


There is a good video the Open Rights Group have from a conference.


At 14:12 and 16:20 even more so show there is virtually no research been done on this at all! So not an evidence based policy at all.

I always think this is being done to placate the blue rinse brigade in the Tory party that find this new newfangled Internet a scary place.

This video also talks about how bad the schemes being prepared really are.

CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper


Darn it

I was looking at them as a further backup of a home server. Sadly lots of people are unhappy as their recommended replacement (Carbonite) doesn't have a Linux client (which I believe lots of users used to backup a home NAS). Neither does Backblaze.

Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL


RH looking at a different solution "Stratis"

Asking about this elsewhere it looks like Red Hat are doing work on the "Stratis Storage Project" .

This seems to be a bit of a management system that will allow you to emulate pretty much all features of an next generation file system using existing layers (LVM, MD , XFS). But adding things like block level checksumming to MD/LVM to allow the equivalent of individual file check sums. The argument seemed to be to, building this in a single layers like BTRFS and ZFS is too hard. The layering allows you to make the programming/debugging more manageable. I guess the key would be communication between layers, bad block checksum tells XFS the file is corrupt etc.

Details here:



They also seem to have some interest in "BcacheFS". A "Bcachefs" developer says there are fundamental issues with the BTRFS design:

"btrfs, which was supposed to be Linux's next generation COW filesystem - Linux's answer to zfs. Unfortunately, too much code was written too quickly without focusing on getting the core design correct first, and now it has too many design mistakes baked into the on disk format and an enormous, messy codebase "


Not sure the truth of this, I don't know enough about it.

Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1


SMB1 only

Wow SMB1 ripped out.

Lets rip out NetBIOS over TCP/IP and run SMB over so called directly hosted port 445 (goodbye WINS)

But better still disable, NTLMv1 and NTLMv2 and just do Kerberos only. NTLM is arguably a much bigger problem than SMB1.

Then we can start talking about how you are addressing security issues!

Does it take a widely exploited flaw before MS disables some of this old crap. Flaws in NTLMv1 and v2 have been widely discussed in hacker conferences for years.

DUP site crashes after UK general election


DUP not good on Cloud solutions?

Or never expected to need a scalable website?

But then again who did?

HPE to staff: 'We are permanently clipping your costs'


Was the HP HPE split worth it?

As soon as they split I had a phone call from sales people from both HP and HPE. They seemed to not totally know which piece controlled which product lines if they were a bit obscure (presumably this is clearer now).

This split just seemed to lead to needing to duplicate staff in many functions for the two new companies. Driving up costs.

I don't have enough experience of these new companies but have end customers seen a massive benefit to these new businesses being more "focused"?

Call me cynic, but the main benefit of the split would seem to be an exec who probably got a massive bonus for this business "innovation". Or maybe execs getting promoted as there are now two sets of senior exec positions to fill! And associated costs

Happy to be told otherwise by people who know more.....

Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1


"$MFT requires SYSTEM level access", no it works with an unprivileged user.


So easy to trigger

I found the fastest way on Windows 7 was to open a cmd window and type

start c:\$MFT\123

Then I can't open another file on the system and pretty much everything locks up.

To remotely exploit you would seem to need the root of a drive shared or a domain account that can open admin shares:

start \\machine\c$\$MFT\123

Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months


BBC Store Awful Execution

A good idea to make the archive available but awful execution.

Not providing apps on common TV platforms isn't great.

People who like archive material like to own this stuff in case it goes away, this was DRM'd to hell. Now this is going away, you will lose access to your archive! Great!

This guy wrote a good breakdown of all the faults:


It was also overpriced, one example he gives:

The Good Life, complete: Amazon: 17 pounds. BBC Store: 36 pounds.

Also people into archive TV want some guarantees about the material. They want it in the original format, not some low bandwidth with dodgy resolution with the interlacing removed esp given the cost of this material.

Will the BBC learn from the cost issues, the DRM issues, the poor resolution. Probably not as MBA's and media studies students who work there don't get taught this stuff!

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped


Re: Good link - but . . .

If you read further though it says "There are rarely, if ever, any ultrasonic frequencies for vinyl" "cutting equipment typically includes a low-pass filter to avoid overheating the cutting head with ultrasonic frequencies, however the commonly found audio information up to 23-24 kHz is still present at significant amplitude on vinyl records.".

The validity of this audio "data" is still very disputed (often thought to be mainly distortion).

The question can this be reproduced on my speakers and can I hear any of this? I don't believe anyone has shown the ability to hear this.

I ran a test here as a quick test: http://www.audiocheck.net/audiotests_frequencycheckhigh.php

I can hear 16 kHz on my office equipment maybe my equipment but well below Nyquist at CD sampling rates (20 kHz is usual).

Going on about high frequencies mainly looks like grasping at straws with Vinyl. I'm happy to lose this for the ability to lose things I definitely can hear clicks, noise. And the worst of the worst often to master vinyl low frequencies have to be in mono (before you say it, above the frequency of your mono sub-woofer, so yes you are losing something).

The valid reasons to like Vinyl are artwork, you like the sound (but lets face facts it's a distortion you like, plain and simple) and (the only valid sound one) to avoid the loudness war on certain recordings. Though your best bet to preserve this would be to rip the record first time to FLAC and never play it again. This will always sound better than the original vinyl played many times. Sample it to capture the above 20K stuff if you must.

The thing that annoys me about vinyl enthusiasts is it's just anti-science. Crap like double-blind experiments doesn't apply to audio! The ultrasonics add a feel (without any evidence or proof). I'm afraid this sort of thinking leads to global warming denial, vaccines cause autism, the size of an inauguration crowds etc

But back to audio. If you put an analogue signal into a ADC and back out to DAC it will be identical (not just similar but identical) if it's in the sampled Nyquist range (forgetting about the inaudible noise floor). No analogue medium can do this or get near to this. The maths is very well understood.

The talk reference on hydrogenaud.io is really good about the myths about digital audio. He demos the above. https://xiph.org/video/vid2.shtml

MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech


MP3 'died' and nobody noticed

I rip to FLAC, for the very simple reason that if I ever want to re-encode to a newer format I don't have to pull out the CD's again.

With the additional problem that a number of my early 90's CD's have degraded to now having some tracks unplayable, the FLACs have preserved my collection.


It was quite well noticed

Stories in everywhere about Fedora agreeing to add this into the distro now it's expired.

Also stories of MP3 decoding being open in December.

Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales


Re: Quick question

I have a Moto 360 Smartwatch, given to me as a present a couple of years ago. Not the latest thing by any means.

Is it vital? No

Is it useful? Yeah sometimes.

Is it essential? No

Would I replace it when it breaks.....not sure yet.

It's main handy things:

When a text or email comes in, I can see who it is and the first few lines. I can then decide if I want to pull out my phone to read the full thing. Useful at work, especially in meetings.

The watch vibrates and shows me when a calendar event is coming up. I wouldn't always get these reminders as sometimes don't carry my phone (or if I laid it down).

Controlling music playback when the phone is in my pocket or rucksack.

I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd


Mobile Networks

Not just home ISP's are slow on this one. Do any of the mobile networks offer IPv6 ? I think maybe EE? But the two I've checked Vodafone and Three don't (and as always for mobile operators are Carrier Grade NAT).

I did work on IPv6 for home use. Once you get used to the notation, the longer addresses. Get your head around that a machine is very likely now to have multiple addresses: a GUA (global i.e. Internet routable address), a ULA address (routable but equivalent of the 192. or 10. private addresses for internal use) and the Link-Local address (for use on a single network segment). Use ULA for all your internal comms (and get internal IPv6 DNS of these ULA's running for sanity). Most services seem to work fine.

Just complicated by my ISP doing dynamic IPv6 addressing, with the huge address space it offers looks a bit petty.

Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done


Re: NAT is a problem

Yes there is IPv6 NPT (Network Prefix Translation) that is a way mapping of an internal address space to an external address space, by just changing the prefix. This is pretty good, as it maps preserves IPv6's end to end connectivity (it's a one to one address mapping, much better that IPv4 NAT). I get the feeling corporates may well look to use this, rather than public IP addresses internally (especially as it allows you to easily have multi ISP's outbound for resilience).

I believe there is also further (and not as clean) IPv6 NAT6, but I think this is still a mapping of address to address not a different port on a different address but a non-static mapping...but could be wrong on that. Someone else can probably clarify.

I was looking at the NAT6 on OpenWRT is? Whether this is NPT or a fuller NAT6..isn't clear to me yet. Still learning.


GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail


It's too easy to blame the sysadmin

I'm sure they'll get all the stick, there are certainly failings

But management often tends to not be so interested in DR, until something like this happens. Especially in companies who are running to just keep up with constrained resources.

I have seen many times IT depts wanting to test DR, and management will not provide resourcing (equipment and/or staffing) to test this. Also they won't take any interruption to production systems to test a DR solution.

Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout


Re: My Personal IPv6 Beef

I see all that, yes. the question was:

"But I have servers so I'd like to statically set them v6/v4, but I don't think I can statically set the v6 ULA and leave the v6 Global routable dynamic."

These require outbound Internet services for these servers. Internal LAN servers getting stuff of the Internet (e.g. update servers, virus scanner updates etc).


My Personal IPv6 Beef

I'm playing around with IPv6 just now. The somewhat laudable aim of IPv6 is every device should have a unique global address. Fine, NAT is less than ideal as it make protocols more complex and the Internet less end to end.

But smaller ISP users (despite IPv6's massive address space) still give out very dynamic IPv6 addresses, even though they often give out a large '/56'. Just as dynamic as their v4's. The solution from the standards is requesting a private allocation, you can carry ISP to ISP. Good luck doing that if you are not a huge corp, I'm sure BT home broadband will happily add a global routing entry for you. But I doubt this will even be possible if you are a medium to large company going through an ISP switch.

Okay so I can't live in the ivory tower that protocol designers do, I can't change ISPs and keep my addresses. So the solution is to use ULA (private IPv6 addresses) for internal comms. But I have servers so I'd like to statically set them v6/v4, but I don't think I can statically set the v6 ULA and leave the v6 Global routable dynamic.

So my preference, and I'd imagine when the real world internal networks get to IPv6, is to just use ULA internally and use NPT (Network Prefix Translation) to connect to the Internet. Now NPT is much better than NAT at it's a one to one mapping of IPv6 external to IPv6 internal addresses (no port translation stuff of IPv4 NAT, every internal IPv6 maps to a unique external IPv6).

But if you set ULA only on interfaces (all I'm told) will use IPv4 for Internet connectivity. So the only way around this is to pick an out of standard ULA (that is just unallocated space in IPv6) and it should work. But now I've broken one of the nice things of ULA if I do it properly, namely if you go to one of the randomisers to allocate the address, you should in future be able to plug any two ULA networks together and the addresses shouldn't collide (as the space is so huge). And I'm non-standard.

Maybe I'm missing something, but I think we are yet to see IPv6 deployment bodging that will make it practical for the real world (like NAT was for IPv4).

Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update


Re: Go ahead

To connect to a Skype for business aka Lynx server on Linux is possible. There is a commercial program called "Sky" formally Wync that works well. Pretty much full functionality, join meetings desktop sharing etc

Mythbuntu busted as last two devs working on media centre distro quit


Less Broadcast TV Use

I'm guessing the loss in popularity of Mythbuntu maybe simply a result of people using broadcast TV less frequently.

I for example planned to build a Myth box at one point, but pretty much survive now with a Kodi for local video content and a Roku for streaming services (iPlayer, 4oD, Amazon, Google etc etc).

It's now rare that we record anything on our Satellite box, we tend to just use the catch up services. So I no longer feel the Myth box would be used or necessary for us.

There is absolutely a use case for a full Myth/Media Centre system, but less people may need this type of solution than before.

Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6


Re: Try getting IPv6 from any major ISP's.

Sky Broadband are fully IPv6 enabled

BT Infinity seems for my connection to always be giving out IPv6.

Every UK mobile network.

These all seem to work well from the testing I've done.

These seem pretty major.

And all seem to work well from the testing I've done and is largely transparent to end (home) users.

It is finally apparently beginning to ramp up, the google stats look healthier now.


But it's going to still be slow for full adoption.

Oracle tweaks exchange rate, hikes up database prices in UK


Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire

"already switching from Oracle to less expensive options, including Microsoft’s SQL Server"

If MS ever reach anywhere near Oracle's market share expect their usual "boil the frog" price increase model. I'd have thought switch to someone else, and I mean anyone else but MS.

GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate


We aren't against strong crypto but...

..we invented public key crypto, a technology that enabled so many things in the modern world. Yet we didn't tell anyone, that would have allowed potential security gains for UK citizens and potentially have given economic benefits to UK industry.

Sounds like the don't care very much about the security of UK citizens data, they just want in.

Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux


Can we trust MS with supporting non-Windows Software

Some of us were burned when MS released IE on Solaris and HP-UX with the claim that we could run the same browser on all our platforms (remember Netscape charged for company use of their browser at this time). When they took the market, the releases of Unix version abruptly stopped, not even security updates.

The news that Skype is getting no love for the Linux client the other week, is the same old story.

And the statement that we "Love Linux" from the Azure team doesn't chime with this.

Now you may say that MS is a big company that Skype has nothing to do with the server division. Very true. But the Skype situation will frighten the horses with long term Linux support of MS products. So you'd think the word would go out from on high, if they are serious.

Samsung is now shipping a 15TB whopper of an SSD. Farewell, spinning rust


Re: Finally...

Do you mean ZX Microdrive ? Or when Sinclair was proposing doing Wafer Scale Integration (shipping a whole silicon wafer of chips as one device for storage)?

Or maybe Wafer Scale Integration was what the ZX Microdrive was supposed to be (before it became a loop of video tape)? And you remember more than I do ?

Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service


What happened to "Both Microsoft and I love Linux"

What happened to we are a new Microsoft, what happened to:

"Both Microsoft and I love Linux, and just days after Valentine's Day, I am ecstatic to showcase this love with several new announcements to provide you with even more open choice and flexibility for your cloud deployments on Azure," said Corey Sanders, director of program management on Azure.

Now I know MS is a big company, but if you are serious about Azure and you don't want to frighten the Azure Linux horses, you shouldn't do this. The word should go out company wide.

It just makes us think you might drop our Linux support on Azure when it suits you! I already was concerned about this and you are just confirming my fears.

And it makes you looks like slimly expedient eels.

Flash flushed as Google orders almost all ads to adopt HTML5


Flash Web sites Hall of Shame

Is there one out there, that anyone knows of?

Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'


Re: Hmm, the usual comments.

So world class that it seems to have produced virtually nothing that they have made any money from!

All I can think of off hand, is the Kinect, and Xbox in general hasn't really made any money.

We buy the best people to stifle their creativity, as we can't risk cannibalising our legacy software.

All I can say is Poor Sods! Remember what happened to Nokia.

Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience


Re: Telemetry Plan

Really, ripping a CD/DVD I own for my own personal use is theft in your eyes. Who is losing out exactly?

The government legislated to make this legal in 2014, even they saw this as acceptable use. Sadly was overturned by the high court.

I can't see why anyone wouldn't see this as acceptable, at the very least morally. You'd have to be some nasty blinkered shrill for the industry. Amazon autorip CD's you purchase for you so you can download them as mp3's. I don't see the difference with ripping your own CD's you just happened to buy, probably more expensively from someone else!

A number of my older CD's are now degrading (CD rot) and will soon be unplayable, only the RIP's will be playable. I suppose you think I should be forced to re-buy just cause they were made badly.


Telemetry Plan

How long until the telemetry in Windows reports you for not using a non-official RIP of a CD/DVD etc Or running software to facilitate this (Exact Audio Copy etc) and you just get sent the bill.

Even if MS don't want, the media industry might sue to get access to this information now it's available to MS.

As with governments, people do get the Operating Systems they deserve. This is what people get for not caring about privacy and surveillance etc, whether by the state or corporations.

Windows' authentication 'flaw' exposed in detail


Nothing to see here

Basically if you have superuser access to a machine you can nick another users credentials, well big woop. I can criticise Windows more than the next man but any system can steal credentials if you are superuser (e.g on Unix steal tgt from /tmp or memory, or on another auth system, straight from memory)

Then if you are superuser you can pretend to be a DC (KDC). Also no huge surprise there. Best practice on a MIT KDC was to put on a single function box, either with no remote access or at least not authenticated by Kerberos to try to reduce this risk. But on all modern Directory services being an integrated solutions (combined with LDAP, DNS etc is more important and makes life easier but does increase your attack surface.

Add to this a healthy dose of don't use ntlm and rc4 (who knew). Probably best to turn off all ntlm and just use Kerberos in AD in pure AES, though this hasn't been the easiest thing to do in AD (MS should have ditched ntlm fully years ago and Still haven't and is still crap even v2).

No criticism of the original paper just the slightly alarmist tone of this article.

Per-core licences coming to Windows Server and System Center 2016


Turn up the heat a little bit....

the customer being boiled like a frog won't shift.

Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10


Worse than Google

A lot of people dismiss this as just being like what Android does. I think what W10 is substantially worse.

1/ With Android they "only" log my activity when I interact with Google. I can avoid this, or at least I know when (using maps, Google Now, gmail etc). I can use my own mail services, Firefox, etc W10 logs *everything* , i've tried that experiment of watching it phone home when firing up the calculator.

2/ MS are moving to uninstall software automatically. Google have never done this.

3/ Even if I don't like this level of containment of Google I can replace their Android with Cyanogenmod. Even though a bit of a faff, there is no option to do this with W10.

4/ This is my PC, was an open device, I've come to expect this. I expect more from this than my phone or tablet. This makes W10 so much worse.

How long until media companies etc ask for undesirable programs to be removed or at least who has them so they can sue people?

2/ if


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