* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

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Typo of the week?

"the source code for the entirety of Debian is about 270GB. And that contains a vast suite of applications: everything from EDA tools to several office suits to multiple browsers to compilers to FPS games."

I'd love to be able to modify the behaviour of certain office suits.

Where do I get the sources?

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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"Has anyone ever bought anything on the strength of a web advert? I know that I haven't."

The one exception is special offers when I'm already looking at the website concerned. A good offer, when displayed on the landing page, will attract my attention, but that is something the suppliers can do themselves.

Suppliers really don't need Google for that.

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"Now if google have this information will they not also need the sellers database of transaction codes to identify which item you bought?"

I can't see any seller who is clued up giving their databases away.

On the other hand, Google have managed to get Google Maps used by many places where >95% of their customers know exactly where the place is, so maybe.

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Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

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Re: Estimations

"The overall figure was £1m out from the sum of the subheadings. Rounding errors!"

One of the golden rules of doing presentations is to keep away from arithmetic, as someone in the audience will check it, and holler if it's wrong.

If you really have to include arithmetic, get someone else to check it before the presentation.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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http://dilbert.com/strip/1999-05-10

Love the punchline on that one.

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WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

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Re: Remember the Millenium Bug?

"Have to disagree there. It was mostly because way too many people seriously over-hyped the actual risks and made it look like the end of the world while those risks were in fact minimal if not non-existent."

You clearly didn't see some of the crap that happened when we tested for Y2K issues.

With some systems it was just cosmetic, with others it was disastrous.

And then there were the problems unearthed by doing a proper systems audit, which were nothing to do with Y2K, but were problems just waiting to happen. We came across quite a lot of those.

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Ur dumped lol: Folk may be able to leave mobile contracts via text

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If you can sign up online, you should be able to cancel online.

This.

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Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

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Re: Wasn't "But we had to have SMB for our internal shares on the network" the NHS problem?

"I think sysadmins don't like to do port scans from outside their network as the can't see the point looking for something they know isn't there."

Most plain ordinary sysadmins probably have a clause in their contract that they won't do something like that unless they have specific permission in writing from their security bods to do so.

I know I've had contracts that say that, and I believe I’m far from alone.

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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Re: I prefer being cryptic about something only I know

"What dad used to call his first car with its number".

Beware that old photo surfacing online.

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Re: "detect if anyone is anyone"

"Oddly enough "anyone" isn't in the OED."

It's in the macOS Dikshunry, which I thought was based on the OED.

Its entry contains this note on usage:

usage: The two-word form any one is not the same as the one-word form anyone and the two forms cannot be used interchangeably. Any one means ‘any single (person or thing)’, as in: not more than twelve new members are admitted in any one year.

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Yo, patch that because scum still wanna exploit WannaCrypt-linked vuln

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Is Windows Home Server 2011 one of the culprits?

"Rapid7 have some nice graphs showing what and where. It seems that Server 2008 R2 (with only service pack 1) accounts for about half of all directly connected Windows boxes."

The setup of Windows Home Server 2011, (a hobbled version of Server 2008 R2) recommended opening up UPnP on your router.

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Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

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Re: We chose not to open the PDF file

"Microsoft, the company that made letters and numbers dangerous"

They also gave us widespread use of the Arial font by dint of defaulting to the first font alphabetically.

It was a pleasant change from the previous choices of Times New Roman or Courier, but gave us a font in which capital I, lowercase L and the numeral 1 all look the same.

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

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Re: Latent product defect??

"Seeing as it no longer printed out on the box like it was with Win3.x, and Win9x"

If it was sold in a box big enough for that there'd be complaints about excessive packaging.

That raises an interesting point. Apple and other EULAs are available to peruse online.

When I tried to compare the Windows 7 and Windows 8 EULAs, the only place I could find the relevant text was on systems with those products already installed.

Apple and others also allow you to print EULAs and save them to disk as part of an installation, so that you can see what they contain at your leisure. It's a more transparent process.

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Re: Fixed your car analogy

"I would argue that something found 15 years later is not egregious. Especially as it's probably the result of numerous supported and unsupported components and work over time. Even for more modern cars that is not only beyond the 'manufacturer lifecycle' but likely also beyond the expected life of the machine."

As I recall from a project long, long ago, airbag component data had to be kept for 14 years.

Edit: I see that Patched Out in this comment has had a recall for a defective airbag on his 14 year old car.

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Re: Plenty of blame to go around

"Car analogy: Vehicles are sold with a serious brake fault. Instead of a recall customers are told "you can only get them fixed if you have a maintenance agreement".

Only the software industry can get away with this."

s/serious brake fault/cheating on diesel emissions tests/

Judge orders Volkswagen to pay a $2.8-billion U.S. criminal penalty for cheating on diesel emissions tests

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'Jaff' argh snakes: 5m emails/hour ransomware floods inboxes

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"Most MCSE/MCP courses are useless. I was an MCP with over 80% score in four MCSEs. They are rubbish. Microsoft marketing."

They are Microsoft Marketing.

There, FTFY.

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Dude hit with $300K bill for faking his hours, hacking boss's website

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Re: Security Specialists hacked by security guard

"managed to lose all their own financial data in a server meltdown recently, despite backups being one of the services they offered.

I once saw an typewritten invoice for just over a million quid, from a company whose success was based on selling word processing and invoicing systems.

(It's entirely possible that their own invoicing systems couldn't cope with a single invoice that large)

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Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

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This Holiday

“Our partners plan to market and sell these controllers on retail shelves this holiday,” says Myerson.

Translation needed.

Does he mean "Next Christmas"?

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: Fly via Canada?

"Or Thule could offer a special 747 roof box !"

A quick mod of the AWACS housing might do the trick.

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It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

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Re: @AC re: dogs.

"What's the atmospheric re-entry speed of a dog?"

African or European?

Anecdotal evidence only. My Labrador* was a lot faster into the water than next door's Rhodesian Ridgeback.

* Yes, I know that Labradors originated from over the pond, but they were bred into their present form over here.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Re: Well one of the features of Windows used to be...

"Eh, I think that you'll find that Display Postscript was developed by Adobe and NeXT. Before Quartz."

Display Postscript was once upon a time used by VMS, but disappeared from the product when the licence with Adobe expired.

VMS had lost the battle for the workstation market by then, but Display Postscript was missed by those of us who still found it useful.

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Fortran greybeards: Get your walking frames and shuffle over to NASA

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"The code's in Fortran – Modern Fortran, to be exact."

If it's modern Fortran, I suggest a rewrite in Fortran 77, which can be faster* than the new stuff. A lot of Fortran 77 is apparently still about for performance reasons.

* Obviously depends on the particular problem being solved.

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Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?

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"We had to be content with contests measured against the black tarred wall above the school's urinals."

A pub I used to frequent had a realistic image of a housefly stuck on the bottom of each urinal.

Apparently giving you something to aim at works well.

Variations on this theme include a replica of a footie goal, complete with ball, especially during Euro and World Championships.

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Re: Bog Design

" Who washes their hands but then can't be bothered to dry them?"

Me when there are no working dryers and the towels are filthy.

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Re: Hyped up nonsense...

"Can anyone tell me why a keyboard is a necessity for an Android device?"

It's a lot easier to enter a wodge of text for me. I'm the customer, why shouldn't I have the choice?

"And all this talk of the keyboard being a trackpad is just the same trackball nonsense the company used in earlier devices."

It's not nonsense. I often hit something unintentionally when scrolling on a touchscreen. The ability to use the keyboard to scroll avoids that completely.

I have a BB Passport and my above points reflect my experience with it.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: It is not that clearcut

"Bonus points for implementing a device that sits between your VT102 keyboard (VT52 acceptable; VT220 is right out)...

You do realise that the VT52 keyboard was part of the main unit? (see pic at top RHS)

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

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Re: Dear gods...

"They don't want the power to do something in multiple different ways, they want it to work in one way, reliably, every time they do it""

Memories of a Windows Server 2008 course. According to the lecturer there were "Two ways to do everything" and he was only talking about the GUI.

And don't get me started on the never ending reboots.

I'm one of "most users". You've just described why I don't use Windows.

Resounding ditto, but I'll add that financially it was not unlike being a blackmail victim. There was always some demand or other on my wallet.

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

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Re: Nation state grade

"I'm loving seeing the "nation-state grade software" phrase thrown around. "

I think it's meant to indicate that huge bucket loads of money are available to buy the expertise and support it with loads of hardware.

In reality,

a) government pay scales are simply not that good

b) truly bright developers will choose to work in industry sectors involving something more constructive.

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Re: Ah Hell NO!

"The worst thing is that thanks to this my volume of SPAM just went up two orders of magnitude."

I've noticed an uptick in the level of spam here.

FWIW, "SPAM" is the trademark for the meat product which comes in tins, "spam" is the stuff that comes by email.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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"That was a clanger."

Obligatory fake moon landing page

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Re: Feedback

"Algorithm - a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations".

I once had some university professor ask me what algorithms I was using on my current project, which was a simple data transfer from one system to another.

No calculations or problem-solving as far as I could see, it was simply shifting data from A to B.

As such, I didn't understand the question.

I suppose it did demonstrate that I wasn't used to obfuscating stuff by the use of academic language...

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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Will they be thin?

If these are as skinny as their other products, they'll need pedals to supplement the lack of battery power.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Re: But the real issue is

"the look on the face of the disappointed child who thinks it's an egg of solid chocolate."

Greatly alleviated if said egg contains Smarties, as I recall.

Ooh, a childhood memory of Thornton's Easter Eggs has just surfaced. Now they were a treat. Complete with your name in icing on the outside.

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

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Blocking at the firewall, then?

Shiny new firewall winging it's way to me after Easter.

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Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

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Re: Daft thing is ...

"Depends on the phone, I guess. Some have IP67 ingress protection, which will keep rain out just fine."

Is IP67 the next thing after IPv6?

Is there a corollary that IPv6 is leaky?

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Re: Daft thing is ...

"Despite the posters comment about clocks everywhere, it's surprising how often I need to know the time and there no damn clock anywhere in sight."

I've had periods when l've managed quite nicely without a watch.

Electronic displays at bus stops and bus/train ticket machines, and ATMs are a common source of time where I live, not forgetting electronic parking meters in many places.

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

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Re: Soft target?

"Even if it meant missing out on a deal you need to research on the spot to find out if it's legit or not? There ARE times when you just can't wait (you snooze, you lose)."

Hmm. What deal is so special that you can't wait until you get home to research it?

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Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms

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one in three major UK companies...

Only one in three?

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WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

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Re: Attribution is a myth

"745e034ad95227b200de4b5e9b09d78ae64e4b3ad3b359d62bc9d89efead

(OK, that's actually from /dev/random. Of course, I _would_ say that...)"

If you are a player in the spying game, can you be 100% certain that your /dev/random hasn't been compromised?

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: IBM sheds more workers – this time, tech sales

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Re: Incredible Boneheaded Move

"That requires some experienced sales teams who can make the TCO argument convincingly."

It's not just the TCO argument that these guys can provide, but the ability to maintain a relationship with the customer for the year or more it takes to close such a large sale.

"So now IBM is throwing out these experienced sales people and replacing them with people who probably only know how to sell you a Xeon running Linux."

And the latter type either don't understand amount of time required to make those high value sales or are not allowed to invest that time in a single customer. If they don't meet their short term (e.g. quarterly) targets they are out of the door long before the above year or more is up.

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UK gov draws driverless car test zone around M40 corridor

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Re: "that buyers of driverless cars"

"And have to use their SatNav to get to Tesco even though it is 400yds down the road and can be clearly seen before they start."

Last year I had the dubious pleasure of travelling with what I loosely call a colleague[1] who drove entirely by SatNav, deliberately ignoring road signs which were quite clear.

He totally missed some roadworks diversion signs and was completely baffled when the road turned into a building site.

[1] He was from HR and a definite candidate for Ark B.

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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"nobody uses bitcoin"

You do now.

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Forget robot overlords, humankind will get finished off by IoT

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King's English

"[1] One never knows when Queen's English might become King's English."

Will I have to learn about carbuncles and do my O-level English again?

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Why would you want pizza?"

I can understand genuine Italian pizza, in Italy, but why would anyone in their right mind want the poor imitation we all too often get elswehere?

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Re: Robots won't kill off humankind.

"The real threat is not the Evil Robots - it's the brainless, burbling marketing-droids: the Cloud-wallahs, the IoT-mongers, the SaaS-pushers with their fixed grins, zealots' eyes and empty, ringing braincases. And their sinister, pin-eyed financial backers."

When you put it like that, hacking these things using BOFH principles could become a very enjoyable sport.

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Re: Pavements

"Frankly I'm astounded that the pavements are in a good enough condition to permit the plucky little delivery-bot to progress"

Most disappointing Christmas present ever: a pair of roller skates rendered useless by the state of our local pavements.

How good are these robot things at climbing kerbs?

Somone somewhere hasn't thought this through.

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Blimey, did you know? It's World Backup Day. But... surely every day is world backup day?

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Re: Production data in test/dev?

"Also, let devs erase or corrupt your backups..."

One that hit the headlines (you would recognise the name) circa 2000.

A copy of production data was used for testing but it wasn't firewalled off, and stale data went into the production system...

I gather it took some unravelling.

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WONTFIX: No patch for Windows Server 2003 IIS critical bug – Microsoft

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Re: re: I think you'll find that's what we do :-)

"anything relying on WebDAV should have been replaced once or twice in that 14+ year period to address existing security issues..."

Not running MS platforms here, but there have been various security patches for WebDAV much more recently than 14 years ago.

Searching for "webdav security issues" brings up quite a few.

E.g. MS Security bulletin for WebDAV, February 2016

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker uses the Microsoft Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) client to send specifically crafted input to a serve

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