* Posts by ShelLuser

2319 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Pint

It's funny how the governments works...

Actually it's not, it's very weird at times. Hypocrite even.

So back in the days Microsoft provided their browser with Windows and that was obviously "bad". Even though having this browser allowed you to immediately grab something else to install if you wanted to.

Nowadays Google is pushing hard for ChromeOS. An "operating system" which runs fully from the web. Of course you'll need Chrome in order to use all this.

Now, I realize that you can't fully compare these two examples one on one. But the bottom line is still that Google also provides many services which are only usable (sometimes just better usable) using Chrome instead of another browser. So how is that not "bad" considering the dominance which Google has these days?

0
0
ShelLuser
Silver badge

@Will

Well, one nice alternative to Chrome could be Opera. From what I can tell by reading some of the previous posts it seems less bloated than Chrome, it doesn't try to push things in your face (the browser interface is pretty slim, the only 2 visible clickable options are the Opera menu and the browser tab button).

The main reason I run Opera though is because I like a browser which isn't IE, FireFox or Chrome. Although, in all fairness, Opera is build upon Chromium so it obviously has some ties into Chrome.

0
1

Microsoft plans summer CRM war opener against Salesforce

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Windows

@AC

So much that!

I can't believe Microsoft, I honestly can't. I'm the kind of nut who doesn't have any social media accounts. The only ones I had access to were two commercial accounts (Twitter / Facebook) but that section of the business has long stopped and those accounts have been disabled / deleted and aren't used anymore.

The irony is that I have briefly considered getting a LinkedIn account. Never followed up on it, but I have seriously considered it considering the fact that I did enjoy and appreciate MSN back in the days and to some degree I can also appreciate and sometimes actually like some of Microsoft's services.

Well... Consider me cured now. Time to go over my Microsoft account again to verify all the privacy settings. Just in case...

1
0

Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Devil

@asdf

Well, have to agree with you regarding Linux and POSIX. However, it's not the end yet. Although you can't officially call it Unix (mostly due to licensing issues) I stil think its fair to say that the BSD variants remain in a position which places them very close to that of a true Unix environment. Most definitely closer than your average Linux distribution (<cough>, systemd, <cough>).

And when looking at my personal favorite, which happens to be FreeBSD, I think it becomes more obvious why a project as this has little chances (personal opinion though). You see: several things which made Solaris great have slowly but steadily also found their way into FreeBSD. ZFS? These days I can even boot from a ZFS filesystem. DTrace? Full support available in the kernel. Zones? Well, it's not fully comparable to Solaris' zones but FreeBSD's jails do provide a very solid way to implement virtualization.

If you then look at the OS history then I think it's fair to say that FreeBSD has a larger one in comparison to OmniOS, and it's roots are already fully tied into open source. Even more important: there's no company involved with the FreeBSD project which also rules out possible double agendas (think about commercial interests).

I'm sad to see Solaris fade away like this though, it's always been my favorite Unix operating system both professionally and personally, but yeah... We got Oracle to thank for that one.

19
0

Alert: If you're running SquirrelMail, Sendmail... why? And oh yeah, remote code vuln found

ShelLuser
Silver badge

@Doug

And by the tone of the whole article I also wonder if they really meant Sendmail the MTA or the sendmail executable.

2
0

Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Windows

@Bongo

"Bit of a sod for those forced to maintain XP machines due to third party application compatibility issues."

Yes and no. Of course it can be a drag, but there's also something people could have done about it for a long time already. Windows 7 Professional got shipped with "Windows XP mode", which is basically a virtual Windows XP version which you can run on top of Win7 through "Windows Virtual PC".

Although not as extensive as VirtualBox it has one very interesting feature: software integration / propagation. So: software which is installed within the virtual machine can also be added to the Windows 7 start menu. When clicked on it will run the VM in the background and only show the application with the same look and feel as the VM it's running in.

If you wanted to you could have gotten rid of XP a long time ago and have replaced it with Windows 7 + Windows XP.

2
0

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Facepalm

@Andy

"Apache is laughing at you right about now."

Since when did Apache turn into a Unix(-like) operating system?

Some larger projects covered by the Apache foundation may target Unix(-like) environments, but that doesn't mean that those Unix(-like) environments are also involved with those Apache projects as well.

8
1
ShelLuser
Silver badge
Thumb Up

My hats off to you guys!

Just mentioned for context: this isn't for me because I stopped using Linux a long time ago, slowly turned into a veteran FreeBSD user.

But that doesn't mean I can't appreciate and admire all the work and effort which must have gone into this. I love it! I read so many (bad) stories about systemd and having my roots fully tied into Unix as well as the Unix philosophy I don't think it should come as a surprise that I dislike systemd as well, even out on principle alone. In my opinion systemd is better described as usurpd, because that's all it does.

So yeah, I really admire the effort that must have gone into this and I really hope they can keep it up. Let the community decide what they want. And pardon me for laughing it up when it turns out that this will become more popular than other systemd affected environments ;)

11
1

Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

ShelLuser
Silver badge

So what about....

"United States attorney-general Jeff Sessions says the Trump administration will make it “a priority” to arrest leakers, including Julian Assange."

And what about all those people who were proven to break the law, conduct very dubious practices and all that?

5
0

Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

ShelLuser
Silver badge

So what's next?

I don't think it's a bad decision, but it does strike me as a bit odd. And I can't help wonder how long it will take before Ubuntu is going full speed ahead into Mono based development again. That would basically really set the clock back quite a few years.

2
0

Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

ShelLuser
Silver badge

@Lord

Well... Linux also has its issues depending on your distribution. I still recall upgrading from one Ubuntu LTS version to the other, it was a total nightmare because I was actually skipping 3 major releases at once and it didn't go smoothly.

But I do agree: this move is bound to push more people away from Windows. Once again Microsoft doesn't take note of the past. Because although not directly comparable I see direct comparisons with Firefox back in the days: one of the things which drove plenty of users mad was its almost constant stream of updates where tons of stuff changed.

And then there's the big one: what if you don't want a certain change. For example: I despised Windows 8 so I completely skipped it. With this new update model that would be completely impossible.

Replacing Windows with an open-source environment and using Wine for whatever Window needs you have is getting more tempting every month.

36
1

Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Trollface

Google's idea of freedom: "No one gets to have ads but us".

Yes, the title is a bit of a troll but think about it.

3
0

Online ad scam launders legions of pirates and pervs into 'legit' surfing

ShelLuser
Silver badge

@Mage

"Web advertising is broken because of how it's done with 3rd party sites and scripts instead of a simple banner image and link hosted on the viewed website. "

That's why I love it. A mere hostname in your javascript blacklist can sometimes do so much more than the most advanced adblocker.

As to Google not caring: they do, once it starts affecting their revenue.

0
0

Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

ShelLuser
Silver badge

Easily explained...

Security through obscurity. Because.. what could go wrong? ;)

5
0

Tesla hit by class action sueball over autopilot software updates

ShelLuser
Silver badge

I wish the old Top Gear was still around :(

I can only imagine them testing out these new features and telling us all about them and how they add up in comparison.

Personally I'd imagine them driving a Tesla with full speed into the 'Hammerhead', turning this feature on and then waiting for disaster to happen :) And although it might be a little unfair it would be highly entertaining :)

5
0

Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

ShelLuser
Silver badge

@Tony

Worse (theoretical) problem: How about cold blooded killers who just chop off someone's hand in order to gain access to their fingerprints so that they can clean out the creditcard?

Assuming they don't know already then they'll need you alive to obtain your PIN, which could give you some leverage.

0
0

Microsoft touts SQL Server 2017 as 'first RDBMS with built-in AI'

ShelLuser
Silver badge

Oh dear!

Build in AI huh?

"Alert: Your database has processed 1024 operations, 1024 operations should be enough for everybody, I'm going to shut down. Please turn me back on tomorrow, thx!".

Yeah... let's not do that :)

5
2

Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Pint

I'm a little in between with this...

Personally I can't help wonder if we're not talking about a bunch of people who saw their long aged software being used and then smelled easy money in the making. And I'm not too sure they have any legal grounds either, it's the same with music: after 30 years the copyrights basically drop and it becomes public domain; open for everyone to use. Even if you're using it to make money for yourself.

Now, I do agree that the company in question seems a bit weird, blaming stuff on someone who has long left, but I also think it's fair to note that we're probably not talking about a multi billion company either. So I can imagine that mistakes can be made, or that they make stupid remarks because they're not sure how to handle the situation.

And that's the other side of the medal: if you get into these kinds of things you should be prepared. Study this, do your homework and if you do get called out have your statements ready so that you at least leave a solid impression instead of that of a bunch of goofballs.

1
23

Debian bins keys assigned to arrested Russian contributor

ShelLuser
Silver badge

@potemkine

Better Siberia than Guantanomo IMO.

4
5

Code-sharing leads to widespread bug sharing that black-hats can track

ShelLuser
Silver badge

Duh!

"Developers' enthusiasm for sharing code saves their colleagues' time, but also means they share security bugs they haven't noticed. And that means a smart attacker could follow who's shared what with whom to trawl the Web for vulnerabilities."

So researches have looked into this and came to conclude what most of us already knew for nearly 10 years now? Some slow researches those are...

I know of a solution though: hold people accountable for the stuff they post.

I've seen this so many times: a person has a somewhat common problem and someone else presents a small piece of code as the solution. Unfortunately that code comes close but doesn't quite solve the issue just yet. But despite that you'll see dozens of people copying and spreading it as if this solution was their own. For the simple reason that they have no clue what. so. ever. what they're doing nor copying yet hope to become more popular for sharing the solution to an infamous issue.

So yeah: hold people accountable. Post bad code? The kind of stuff you could have known doesn't work by simply trying? Bzzzt., penalty time.

I think some copy cats would be quickly gone

2
4

'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

Just wondering...

Wasn't voting often done in an electronic way, which included using the Internet to share the results? Interesting...

1
0

Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Coat

It's much worse...

"And yet, if the last decades of open-source software have taught us anything, it is that simple availability does not incentivise investigation."

You don't have to look at open source for that, just look at much more substantial examples. How about projects which are basically build upon pseudo science and which can be proven to be bollocks by merely applying some simple mathematics on them.

For example: a project which will allegedly solve the worlds water scarcity by extracting it out of the air. People made a project, a nice presentation with featured unrealistic claims ("it'll easily extract 40liters of water per day") and as a result they managed to gain a lot of funding, including government funding. Even though it can be proven that the whole concept is flawed and won't work.

Project even made the news and hardly any reported bothered to also look at this from a scientific perspective or to get someone to do that for him.

This is about something in plain sight, fully out in the open, yet people still manage to allow themselves to be conned by it.

So then someone things that algorithms need to be more transparent? Uhm, right...

0
0

Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

ShelLuser
Silver badge

So, uhm...

"The researchers account for the 2017 internet: they look at what browser extensions people have and what social media services they are logged into."

This seems more like a (well known) social media issue than something related to ad blockers. I'd thought it was common knowledge by now that if you visit a website you're often also downloading 3rd party contents, which allows said 3rd party to perform a bit of tracking. Especially when it's being used on multiple places (such as social media like buttons, Google Analytics javascript, etc.).

It's for that reason why I use both an Ad blocker but also the StopSocial plugin; a small plugin which prevents my browser from contacting any social media website whenever I'm on a website other than the social media site itself. Next using a reference blocker (NoRef) also does miracles.

The only risk is that some websites might break (sometimes they rely on references) but that's easily fixed with setting up a (small) whitelist.

Happy tracking that :)

12
0

Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

ShelLuser
Silver badge
FAIL

Buytaert opened pandora's box, and doesn't know how to close it...

I've been following this for a while now because I too became highly upset. The sheer display of hypocrisy really got under my skin a bit. Basically: I believe that the Drupal management is plain out lying through their teeth.

They keep saying that Larry was not expelled because of his sexual preferences while also sharing that part of the information they based their decision on was obtained through "unethical ways", that Larry did not violate the Drupal code of conduct, and that they cannot disclose the full reason why Larry got expelled, not even to Larry himself. Yeah, sounds very trustworthy to me indeed.

Next they also started a campaign (it's how I call it) to apply changes to the whole process. Basically making it so that the decision to expel someone is not solely made by Buytaert. Although an admirable effort it does come across as odd that this only happened after the whole incident started escalating. And the most important aspect is that this doesn't change anything to the current situation.

All people asked for was transparency. If that would have been given, then I doubt this would have escalated as much as it has. Yet this is what you get when you're not being honest (or: if you send out that strong impression) while the community you're part of keeps asking for that one simple thing: be honest and transparent about it.

Instead they got a fake apology. Buytaert apologized, not for the expelling but "for causing grief and uncertainty, especially to those in the BDSM and kink communities who felt targeted by the turmoil. This incident was about specific actions of a single member of our community. This was never meant to be about sexual practices or kinks, so it pains me that I unintentionally hurt you. I do support you and respect you as a key part of our community."

Of course only after the escalation. Initially he stated: "I cannot in good faith support someone who actively promotes a philosophy that is contrary to this (= equality). The Gorean philosophy promoted by Larry is based on the principle that women are evolutionarily predisposed to serve men and that the natural order is for men to dominate and lead.".

So what is it? And also interesting: what about all those (adult) women who knowingly and willingly participate in all this as well?

Not to mention the fact that Larry didn't promote anything, something which becomes painfully obvious when you read the dozens of comments on those blog posts: many people, including women, had no idea at all. Even (male & female) developers who had closely worked with Larry. How do you rhyme that with "actively promoting"? It just doesn't add up!

My take: they opened Pandora's box, got surprised by the massive backlash and are now doing everything in their power to apply damage control. While in the end not resolving anything at all, merely changing statements, changing opinions and throwing up a gigantic smokescreen.

I've said this on several places as well: it's the kind of reaction you'd expect from a multi-billion IT company caught with their pants down. NOT from a so called honest, inviting and transparent open source community project.

13
0

Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Joke

@Tom

"Dick move Microsoft, dick move."

As well in bird culture I can imagine! Errr, never mind, I've been watching too much Rick and Morty as of late. As you were ;)

3
5

No more IP addresses for countries that shut down internet access

ShelLuser
Silver badge

Yet as always...

It will be the people, the general populace, who gets to suffer from all this. "Sorry, no internet for you peasants, only for us government big shots. And don' blame us: they're <points at Afrinic> refusing to give them to you.".

3
4

Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Facepalm

I'm getting tired of people constantly playing the victim role...

People leave their wifi open and get upset because other people start using it. Of course it's those other people who are to blame, right?

Other people leave their phone set to automatic wifi search and get upset when other other people start (ab)using this. Of course it's those other other people who are to blame, right?

Other other people leave their voice dictation on and get upset when other other other people actually say something to which the system responds. Of course it's those other other other people who are to blame, right?

Other other other people install a wireless gizmo, don't bother to set (or change) any passwords and find their network getting hijacked. Of course it's those other, other, other OTHER people who are to blame, right?

Well... In the last example I tend to fully agree, but in all fairness you could have done a better job as well in securing your stuff. Comparable to leaving your front door fully open and then get upset that some people simply walk in. Sure, you got a good reason to be upset, but you should also have realized that there was something you could have done to prevent it from happening in the first place.

And I see the same thing happening here...

8
14

Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

ShelLuser
Silver badge

@Kain

Not sure if they have network cables that long ;)

9
0

As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

ShelLuser
Silver badge

And it's back up it seems.

Just tried ba.com and wham.

2
0

Solaris admins! Look out – working remote root exploit leaked in Shadow Brokers dump

ShelLuser
Silver badge

I wonder...

If the Oracle team is going to provide any solutions they're developing for free or if they'll be charging a lot of money for it. Because that's the kind of thing I'd expect Oracle to do in all honesty.

Oh well...

root@macron:/etc/defaults# rpcinfo

rpcinfo: can't contact rpcbind: RPC: Port mapper failure - RPC: Success

... at least my FreeBSD box is safe because it's not using anything RPC related.

1
0

Finally a reason not to bother with IPv6: Uh, security concerns...?

ShelLuser
Silver badge

I think bollocks...

""Tunnel-based IPv6 transition mechanisms could allow the setup of egress communication channels over an IPv4-only or dual-stack network while evading detection by a network intrusion detection system,""

So what exactly is stopping this detection system from unpacking the traffic and checking the real contents, also considering the fact that we're talking plain tunneling / encapsulating here and not so much encryption?

Back in the days we used to tunnel our IPSec data across GRE, but check the contents and you could see exactly what was underneath: encrypted data.

In this scenario you can rule out the encryption so... what gives?

6
4

Payday lender Wonga admits to data breach

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Good for them to come clean!

Yeah, it's oh so easy to mock and make fun of someone but I think it's good for them to come clean about the whole incident. For the record: I didn't know about Wong or what they do but from visiting the website I got the overall impression.

But let's not assume too much. Where there's money there are people trying to obtain that money for themselves, so obviously there are forces at work here. I wouldn't be too hasty to blame the whole thing on cheap labor. Thing is: banks I don't trust too much because they more or less get their money handed to them yet still ask for more.

But companies like these are a bit different. They also take risks (to some extend).

One thing though:

"The FAQ offers contradictory advice on the incident, offering assurances that “We believe that your account is secure and you do not need to take any action" but also says “if you are concerned you should change your account password."

No it doesn't. The first is not an advice but an opinion: they believe that... Yet if you do feel concerned then you should change your password, which is always a good thing to do every once in a while.

0
0

Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Pint

People like that...

Are in my opinion a danger to our rights for free speech.

Sure, we have a right to free speech. But that doesn't automatically imply that you can blabber your mouth just anywhere you like.

0
0

Reversible head transplants coming back to Windows Server 2016

ShelLuser
Silver badge

Let me fix that for you...

"the reason for the feature's removal was “one of those challenging functional trade-offs that sometimes need to be made during product development.”".

Actually I think you meant to say: "The reason for the removal was because we think change sells, and if the change is disliked enough we can even sell the solution again with the next release, both options somewhat guarantee next release sales".

And this is why I only rely on open Unix-like environments for my servers.

1
0

Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Facepalm

Reality check time?

I sometimes wonder if schools actually still teach physics these days or if that's all turned into "let's learn how to turn on the computer and ask our questions on Google", haven't these guys ever used their brains? Or studied on what they're trying to do?

Almost every year there's a World Solar challenge held in Australia and the idea is to build a solar powered car which will take the contestants around the continent. Here are some of the highlights of 2015, notice anything peculiar?

If you look closely you'll notice that most cars are literally packed with solar panels and batteries, often hardly providing any room for the driver. We're talking Australia where the sun is almost literally burning, it's hot there. Yet even here do you come across cars which despite all the batteries, despite the massive solar panels (which are state of the art, when a country participates you can bet that they got some solid government backup) and despite the seering sun cars still manage to fail due to lack of power.

And these are merely cars which are very aerodynamic (as you can see), and build solely for the race itself. Their only obstacle is (air) friction, and their challenge is power consumption.

Think about what would happen if they had to bring passengers along....

Think about what would happen if these had to become trucks to actually transport goods around the continent.

And then think about the challenge of defying gravity.

So yeah, time for a reality check I think...

15
4

Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

ShelLuser
Silver badge

Re: Solution

Get a juicy enough machine, install Linux, install VirtualBox and then run Windows inside it.

4
0
ShelLuser
Silver badge
Windows

@cb7

"But we seem to bash MS more for this slurping than the others. I wonder why?

Well, I wouldn't be surprised if one part of that would be the fact that this slurping was pushed down people's throat. We all know about big brother Google but you can protect yourself and not use their services, you can block google-analytics.com in your browser, you can block pretty much everything else from Google in your browser. All it takes is a little googling (bad pun, I know ;)).

Speaking of which: you might also want to use a search engine like Duck Duck Go.

But Windows 10 got forced on people, and there are plenty who would rather use Windows 7 but don't know how or simply can't (think about a machine with a pre-installed OS which didn't include installation media and the owner also never made any copies).

So then comes Microsoft along, dumps Windows 10 on that "because" and then tells the owner: "Oh right, we'll be keeping an eye on you from now on".

Obviously people will get more upset about that.

8
0
ShelLuser
Silver badge

@AC

"I just wish I could completely turn off Google Analytics and avoid being treated like Alphabet's guinea pig."

You can. Step one is not to use Chrome or something build on Chromium. Step 2 is to add the google-analytics.com domain to a Javascript blacklist (most browsers have that). While you're at it you might want to add googleadservices.com as well.

That completely stops your browser from running any kind of Google Analytics mess.

7
1

Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

ShelLuser
Silver badge

An open source projects needs to be good, not sell good....

I believe that one of the main problems of todays market are the open source projects which have a company behind them. The problem should be obvious: a company, per definition, has a completely different agenda than those involved with an average open source project.

A company needs to generate revenue and in order to do that they need to sell something.

But an open source project is usually driven by passion; people who believe in the project and who want to make the best out of it. This often works as expected, but as soon as something clashes with the main goal, the revenue, then you'll soon learn where the true priorities lie. I think a good example is Drupal which removed a well respected developer from their project for reasons which have never been fully explained, but the general believe is that it was because of his private life and how people in general might feel about that. In other words: people could become upset about what this developer does in his free time, and that could affect revenue. As such he had to go.

This situation is different, yet comparable. "One GUI to rule them all" is a good marketing phrase: it sells, and if it sells it might generate revenue and thus is then bound to become a key target. So you'd run into 'talking reason' vs. 'talking revenue'. Guess which wins? So now it has been deemed unprofitable, so obviously it had to go. Bye Unity, you're fired. That's pure company talk for you.

When there's a company involved with an open source project then there's always a double agenda. And in my opinion that generates a very toxic and unhealthy environment where open source ethics are concerned. Because open source is not about revenue perse. And it's that key aspect which made it such a strong force to be reckoned with.

1
1

Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Pint

Don't mind me, just fantasizing...

I know it's impossible and won't happen, but... Can you imagine what could happen if Cassini would break through the atmosphere, only to suddenly spot images of what appears to be a whole city down there, populated by who knows what? Closely followed of course by a visit from the galactic federation to Earth so that they can complaint about us littering their science station outpost :)

Oh well... a man can dream, right?

2
0

WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

Populist government comments...

It's plain out a fantasy that using weakened encryption... You know what? Lets just to the chase: that giving the government full access to our day to day Internet presence will change much or even helps to stop terrorism.

Because: who's going to monitor all that data? And even if you do manage to monitor all the available data, and perhaps also automatically look for keywords do you really think that those will be used when people know they're being monitored? Do these guys have any idea how easy it is to simply substitute words and phrases so that you're uttering totally harmless things yet with a whole different underlying meaning?

It used to be the number one hobby for some of my friends and me in the 80's (we were 14 - 18) back when we were very busy swapping Commodore 64 games around. Because you also often read stories about copy parties which got raided by the police and all. Of course not realizing that those were parties where people sold cracked software for hard cash whereas we simply copied and swapped whatever we could find.

Even so... We could talk for quite a while on the phone about homework, while in fact we were talking about removing a nasty copyright protection :)

Quite frankly I think Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex, first season totally nailed this problem of data amounts. At one time they were hot on the trail of the Laughing Man and at even played "Big Brother": relaying and analyzing all the data accessible to them from the Net in order to try and find a trace. As a result several AI's crashed at the result of the sheer amount of data they had to process and it became immediately clear that they could only keep it up for so long....

Even though that was total fantasy of course I still think it does a good job on showing the actual problem with all this.

1
0

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

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Mushroom

IBM was its own worst enemy

It's been a while but back in the days I was a serious OS/2 advocate. Look, if you even get other people to end up trying out OS/2 because they became sick and tired of Windows 3.11 often bodging up and not being able to network properly then yeah...

But IBM more than often didn't even seem to care all that much. Looking back I think it was a bit the same as the stories we get to hear about Microsoft now: how divisions in the company do different things, don't always work together and in some rare cases even compete. Even at the expense of customers if they have to!

But IBM... I enrolled in the OS/2 support program (I seriously don't remember how I pulled this off anymore, I think I asked (and got) permission from my work to look into all this and also use their name) which ended up with IBM sending me several beta versions of OS/2 products. Including several OS/2 server environments. It was awesome. OS/2 server (a green covered double CD, that much I remember) was basically OS/2 with additional user management and network configuration settings.

Yet the funniest thing: IBM couldn't care less about your test results. At one time I got an invitation to go to IBM in the Netherlands for an OS/2 server demonstration which would also showcase some of their latest product (I recall being showed a very lightweight laptop). At arrival you had to search for the entrance and where it all was, because any announcements or directions were no where to be found on site.

I bought OS/2 3.0 Warp and the 4.0 Merlin and it always worked like a charm. I seriously liked OS/2 much better than anything else. So when I had the opportunity to buy a PC through my work it was obvious what I would need to get, right? An IBM Aptiva. That would be an ultimate, the thing to get for OS/2. Because obviously an IBM OS will definitely run on IBM hardware, right?

Context: this was at the prime of my OS/2 endeavors. I could optimize and write a config.sys file from mind if I had to, I knew what drivers to use, which to skip, what each command did. Memory optimization? Easy. Bootstrapping a *single* floppy disk to get an OS/2 commandline? Hard, yet not impossible (try it, you'd normally get multiple disks to boot with).

It took me one whole weekend, dozens of phonecalls to the IBM support line, and the conclusion was simple: IBM did not care about OS/2 for their own hardware. And with that I mean not at all. It did not work, no matter what I tried. Even they told me that this wasn't going to work. Compaq out of all brands did care. Compaq, the brand which tried extremely hard to appeal to the general customer by making their hardware "easy" to use and also "easy" to customize (comparable to Dell a bit) didn't only target Microsoft and Windows. Noooo.... When I eventually ditched my IBM I got myself a Compaq and I also purchased an extra set of drivers and installation media (3 boxes of 3.5 floppy disks, approx. 37 in total) and guess what? Next to a full Windows 3.11 installation plus a different program manager and dozens of drivers it also included several disks with OS/2 drivers. I removed Windows and installed OS/2 that very same evening.

Compaq... which often advertised that they made Windows easier. And also delivered OS/2 drivers for their harware...

IBM, which made OS/2 also made hardware, never even bothered to provide OS/2 drivers for their own PC's. Not even if you asked them.

Does that look like a company which cared?

IBM was its own enemy sometimes.

17
0

Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

ShelLuser
Silver badge

@Will

Muppet is too friendly.

Morons like that also ruin it for the serious IT staffers, because there will be employers who may start worrying about all this. The classic "can you really trust the IT department?" and that could have its affect an plenty of others.

9
0

Microsoft taking CodePlex behind the shed and shooting it by Christmas

ShelLuser
Silver badge
FAIL

@Mage

"Win10 isn't popular in terms of "liked", but unlike codeplex it's unavoidable."

I'm still running Windows 7, so how did that happen?

And when support for Windows 7 eventually drops I can move to Linux, BSD, or even get myself an Apple. So, uhm, unavoidable how?

3
5

Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

ShelLuser
Silver badge

Brilliant

This was a good one and I fully support the idea!

Please blurr out more stories about stuff I don't like reading about anyway, it makes the world a better place :)

1
0

BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Mushroom

El Reg is awesome!

I want to thank the Register team for bringing this to the attention of the people outside of the Drupal communities. Because it seems to me that this outside media attention is definitely starting quite an uproar and in my opinion rightfully so.

Personally I am somewhat surprised in how a so called "free" and "open" community as Drupal claims to be is now desperately trying their best at damage control. Yet not the kind one would expect from an open source project, no, the kind you'd expect from a big IT company which only sees a danger to their revenue and couldn't care less about the rest.

Maybe I'm ranting, I can't rule that out, but how else do you explain official comments which basically don't go much deeper then Stay for community. I quote (I kid you not!): "This seems like the perfect time for a singing, dancing, spandexed pageant about the Drupal community.".

And the worst part: "Do you think Larry was punished for thoughtcrime? Pitch in and help build a system where the next Larry can’t be treated that way. Do you think Dries and the DA deserve our trust in their decision? Join up and help make sure the next iteration preserves the strength of independent leadership.".

So basically, how I perceive this, is them saying "whatever you might think be sure to stay and/or join the community". Let's stop caring about Larry and instead put your effort into trying to prevent this from happening to the next Larry! And if you try hard enough then who knows: maybe you can be in the spotlight to play the role as the next Larry.

I think people seem to forget there's a whole company behind Drupal. And companies don't care about communities, companies care about revenue. And let's be honest: this backlash can have its affect on that, and that will scare them to no end.

Moments like these I am a very proud Register reader. Biting the hand that feeds IT.

Once again: thanks Reg for posting and informing us about this while also making sure we go to see both sides of this story so that we could make up our own mind.

7
0
ShelLuser
Silver badge
Pint

@Paul

Very well said, and don't forget feminists. I don't want to stir up a fire here but the extremists within those areas also have a tendency of proclaiming their believes as "right" and everyone who disagrees with them and speaks up is per definition guilty of harassment (at least that's the impression I constantly get).

Still... Salem... Not so much, I think this is more about a growing display of intolerance for other people's believes which we're seeing, and it's something which somewhat worries me from time to time.

Many people will agree that the dictators of the past (the likes of Stalin, Hitler, Hoessein) are bad news, yet many will easily stoop to their habits for themselves. I'm not talking genocide and all that monstrosity of course, but about spreading a sheer display of intolerance for any other opinion but your own.

Makes you wonder what's next. Hmm, people who play Minecraft should obviously be considered as very childish for playing such a weird retro-like game. Obviously you can't have those around within "serious" software projects which "matter".

How about El Reg readers? "Biting the hand that feeds IT"? Those sound very intolerant, maybe we should ban those from any "serious" projects as well.

I'm not using Drupal myself, but if I was then this display of intolerance would definitely be reason enough for me to dump it for something else.

40
6

Time to make up: Realtime collaboration comes to Excel

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Windows

Hardly new...

This was already possible with Office 2010 right after Microsoft launched SkyDrive (now OneDrive).

And I'm not just saying mind you, check this MSDN article from 2013. This involves Team Foundation, but even so that was still a way to perform team edits on Office documents.

Or what about this Office support article on co-authoring?

I quote: "When you're using Office and your document is on SharePoint or OneDrive, when everyone is done, you have a finished document, there's no need to copy and reformat.". As said: I've been using this with Office 2010 for years now.

1
0

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Windows

@ABC ;-)

"Hang on! Ads in Explorer?"

I was wondering about that myself as well. And it seems Microsoft even tries to add insult to injury because how do you combine that with this one: "Privacy and Windows 10 is a hot topic."?

Doesn't one, by definition, rule out the other here?

Anyway, thanks El Reg for a really nice insight article. I still don't like the very flat and dull looking interface, especially not when compared to my trusty rich looking Windows 7. I still don't understand why people would go along with that.

I mean... We've had years worth of development with graphic cards (GPU) and accelerators and all that. And what do you get with Windows 10? A flat, dull, colorless interface which sometimes makes me think back about Windows 2.0.

Even Windows 3.1 / 3.11 was better looking (in comparison), they really worked hard on some of the icons and some were honestly small pieces of art. This became especially true when the real fans started to release icon libraries of their own.

But now? I still have zero motivation to upgrade, and it's not because I'm unwilling to try something new but because the whole thing looks so horribly unappealing to me.

38
2

Microsoft wants screaming Windows fans, not just users

ShelLuser
Silver badge
Windows

Uhm, right.... suuure.

"Mehdi says the Windows Insider program now has over ten million participants."

Quantity doesn't make quality. I mean, there are also thousands (most likely more!) of Windows 10 users out there who would rather get Windows 7 back yet don't know how to do that (sometimes that would be impossible for them, think about laptops with a pre-installed Windows without physical installation media).

And are you sure that all the users who got forcefully upgraded to Windows 10 didn't automatically become a member of this insider program as well? Because I remember reading those stories about that automatically installed Windows 10 user hub software which could be used to provide 'much required feedback'.

Most importantly the Insider program, with very low application requirements, is also a sure way to get your hands on previews, aka free software. People looking for freebies don't necessarily meet the criteria for being a fan.

The fact that Microsoft seems to believe this is only a sign for me that they've become delusional.

18
3

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017