Bets on how many large corporates and public sector orgs are not going to patch this before the new year?
169 posts • joined 29 Jul 2011
On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE
It is worth mentioning the windows mixed reality headsets here now they seem to be gaining traction a bit more. We picked up a Lenovo Explorer for £149 recently and there is actually a whole lot you can do with it on a modest spec PC. Compared to the Gear on an S7 it lacks Netflix but has decent support on Steam and you can even play Skyrim on it pretty well.
I doubt the figures are anywhere near that. Everywhere I’ve worked has had at least a few machines that only get patched every 6 months or so due to it needing to be up 24/7. Sounds terrible bt you can’t blame the techies who maintain it, it’s always a lack of quality project management at the beginning that fails to consider it. Microsoft could do a lot to improve the patching experience by not requiring a reboot each time, that’d speed up server patching.
I wouldn’t let them into my whole house but Doesn’t anyone have a porch anymore that soolves this? I don’t have too much of an issue with this service as I would just let them into my porch but not my entire house and have a good old fashioned key lock on the second door. Then if the driver really does like nicking stuff he will be delighted to find some grubby wellingtons and some shopping bags, perhaps even a bit of newspaper!
Re: Why don't I just mosey on down and rob the bank @ x 7
They spend a lot more per head on health over in the US yet health coverage is not universal even with Obamacare so it depends if your priority is you (I'm assuming you'd earn enough to be able to afford healthcare) or if you feel everyone should get a level of care. If we funded the NHS as well as Americans pay for their system wyoud also probably find you'd get the same level of care they do but covering the whole population!
This situation is exactly why I sync all of my data between two different hosts and with two different suppliers. I then have a load of FTP space where the VMs are archived just in case. It is a pain to set up and is not fun to pay for, but it protects me against other peoples negligence or going bust, major outages etc. You really must only trust yourself if something is so critical to your business because although it is their fault it is your problem to deal with your customers and they will be asking you why you didn't keep a backup.
Re: Pay for updates?
That is just an accounting side benefit, Apple have much more of an interest in keeping those legacy devices up to date as it means they can flog those users other services, Android manufacturers have no such motivation. If Android developers have factored in the cost of OS updates why don't you see those updates? I don't want to pay for OS updates but you also can't expect a manufacturer on tiny margins to update their devices beyond a minimum unless there is a financial motivation to do so, remember most handsets are not flagships.
I don't know why the manufacturers don't come together and agree to charge for upgrades / updates, that way it covers their Dev work and they have an incentive to keep the devices up to date for as long as possible. I would gladly pay something like £1/month to receive official, timely updates rather than have to hack around with custom roms and I am sure a lot of non techies and businesses would too.
I have only 1 box running Squeeze left and have greatly appreciated the LTS effort for it. It has meant I had much less of a migration headache than in previous cycles where you had to upgrade everything within a year. I know I could have popped over to the CentOS circles for longer support (and to be fair I have no problem with using either), the reason I historically stayed away from CentOS was RedHat always seemed to feel quite negative about CentOS until they took the project under their wing. With Jessie upgrades not going as smoothly as previous upgrades though now might be my time to migrate.
Yes blame it on IT, more likely it was a user in the schools admissions department making sure the software works without thinking of the consequences. IT departments are not babysitters, people should take some responsibility for their own actions or next year the users will be complaining IT are too restrictive in what they allow! Can't win!
Now if they could not change my sales rep every 3 months that would be nice! Having to explain my situation and requirements each time and have them talk quite frankly a load of bull each time is something that really grinds with me. I used to have a great Rep, one that wouldn't try and rip me off and used to just give me the kit I asked for at decent prices. Now its all about 'solution' consultants and experts trying to sell me extras I frankly don't need.
Apologies for the rant, I now feel better. As for the server no doubt I will be seeing one very soon.
Who buys servers with so few cores?
Other than tiny outfits I'd imagine most people are going to have more than 8 cores on new kit once the Xeon E5 V4 stuff comes out. Even now I just slip into this category as most of our dual CPU kit is Dual 12 core E5-2690 v3 based. Just as well 2012R2 is supported for a good long time!
I really really hope it is this chappie just so TalkTalk can stop it with the sophisticated attack rubbish they keep churning out and get their just desserts. My guess though is he was just the one who decided it would be funny to send the ransom email and actually knows nothing about the real attack.
Looking forward to finding out why they still have my details on record 2 years after ordering a contract. They is 0 reason for my bank details to be stored for that long and shows a serious lack of thought about security. I am also looking forward to them sucking it up and ensuring everyone's banks are contacted on their behalf and free fraud monitoring services for all former customers. You can bet I am a former customer by the way.
Re: Am I the only person...
You are not the only one. People seem to forget that despite it being far cheaper than Virgin or Sky you also don't have endless adverts and you get radio too. I'd support something that made people who stream only pay a bit in but really we do have great value. Netflix is the only real competition and as yet it isn't as good.
It actually surprises me MS are going to push another Server OS on us so soon. Makes choosing a 'standard' OS rather challenging. We have just stuck to the R2 releases as they have always sat 4 or more years from each other as we don't like to have too mixed environments. Also doesn't seem like it will have been very long for those on the non-R2 cycle since 2012 was released.
At least RT owners will get security updates and what not for 7/8 more years which is more than Playbook owners will be getting. It might not be that much comfort consderin the App store will still be terrible but it is something! If all you want is a web browser then it is almost certainly better than having an Android tablet too from a security standpoint.
Seems to me that the only real solution is to have more consolidation between the different markets, perhaps Virgin, Sky, 3, O2 and Talktalk should start talking to each other about it. Virgin with its fixed line with 3 or O2 perhaps or Sky with its TV with O2 or 3, even talktalk with its landline bedding with 3. I have to say I don't think Talktalk taking Blinkbox from Tesco will really give it enough.
Did someone look at the design of the theinquirer.net and go "We can go one better than that!" because that is how it feels - all red and white and too much spaaaaaaaaace I could fall in it. I could at the very least do with the white being a bit less white as I can feel the retina in my eyes slowly burning away. As for getting a design helper in? Good luck. Go back to the old reg look, possibly tart up the edges and go home happy.
Re: BT are the problem
"Why isn't another company stepping in to meet the demand? If there's demand and the chance of a profit, surely one company opting out of providing service just creates a gap that another will fill? Do Virgin operate in Edinburgh?"
Because Virgin do the same - extract more money from you by putting in proper Fibre. We had exactly this situation.
Re: No FTTC for us
We had this problem for ages until we just gave up and had Fibre installed. Your only real option is ADSL bonding if you just need download speeds or EFM if you want upload speeds too but you would cry at the speeds you will get compared to a FTTC connection! I am hoping that 4G will sort things out a bit.
Re: Linux v Windows updates
Sounds to me like you are comparing upgrading a server with no gui to a full GUI box, updates on Windows core I find quite quick as well. When I have used the Ubuntu graphical update tool it seems to take quite a bit of time.
Also you don't go via a browser anymore for Windows update you know...