* Posts by Teiwaz

3018 posts • joined 19 Oct 2011

Britain may not be able to fend off a determined cyber-attack, MPs warn

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Carp

>in days of old all that was necessary to maintain security was to lock the doors at night.

? I thought in the days of yore you had such things as moats, drawbridges and private armies - security wasn't for the masses

You are going back to far... commenter mentioned 'days of old' not 'days of yore' former had less need of full-on fortifications generally.

0
0

Windows 10 goes into the Light and Cortana MIA as Microsoft buys chatbot bods XOXCO

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: "Microsoft is infusing intelligence across all its products and services"

Never mind 'across', how about 'into'?

Particularly regarding testing of updates.

Never mind those, what about infusing some intelligence across/into (up, if you must) Microsoft itself....?

Might be a good idea to get updates right before roll-out several times in a row before adding even more flashy complexity.

2
2

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Schadenfreude

Linux is missing so many opportunities....

@Cavehomme_

Sound s like basically you think 'Linux should become a corporate product, just like MS.

All the issues you have mentioned (apart from the vast choice in desktops, distros etc) are down to Manufacturers of hardware not having provided drivers (or just shit BETA ones) for their hardware, be it GPUs, Network cards, Scanners.

They often refuse or are difficult or reticent to cooperate with projects like Nouveau, or SANE to help 'Linux software engineers write their own native drivers to run their hardware.

At this point they are actively participating in locking users into the Microsoft ecosystem by continuing with this short-sighted limited outlook.

5
0

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

Teiwaz
Silver badge

and the advertising would be tailored to their interests

If Google miss the target more than they hit (and they do on my gmail a/c despite only being used for shopping) what chance of a still mostly s/w company which at the momo can hardly deliver a working s/w update for their own software.

6
0

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

Teiwaz
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Poor Reliability.. better idea

minor characters are wearing costumes with their photo ID apparently stitched into them,

Only for laundry recognition.

Moonbase laundry probably has difficulty getting stains out.

Who'd want to wear a space jumpsuit with someone elses skid marks on...?

Icon : 'cause I've probably by-passed my good-taste chip again.

6
0

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: re: Scotland

It seems that an alternative to Brexit would have been England and Wales leaving the UK while Scotland and NI

@ Pseu Donyme

You forget just who is propping up the Tory minority government....

4
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Just build a wall down the middle of the Channel

IIRC Some Scottish banks print their own bank notes - but they are not regarded as legal tender in England. A right pain if you get given some on a trip to Scotland - and then have them refused in a shop in England.

So do the N.I. banks. You get a few shops that'll recognise a Scottish note, try to hand over an Ulster Bank or Northern Bank note, you'll be lucky if the shop owner doesn't try to detain you while trying to dial the cops.

5
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: anonymous coward

it Seems that Teresa May is also a stealth remainer, who's willing to entertain fools as well.

We all know what Theresa May is, she's not a remainer and she's not really a brexiter either.

Possibly thought the best option after the tory party almost tore itself apart over the referendum.

Unfortunately, with her full steam ahead with her vision and her vision alone I get the impression what she's got her eye on is a Thatcher-like legacy with mistaken assumption that a 'ladies not for turning' type mentality will win through in the end.

Meanwhile the Brexit hardliners bray about how much a better deal they could get but it's clear their negotiating tactics will either dump us in a hard exit or they'll settle on something somewhat similar much as the DUP and Sinn Fein did in the Northern Ireland powersharing executive after they pulled down the two parties who negotiated the Good Friday agreement. A hard exit might be what they've wanted all along, to tow the UK well outside European waters for a bit of profitable Barratry.

10
0

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

Teiwaz
Silver badge

@ 89724102172714182892114I7551670349743096734346773478647892349863592355648544921

Are you trying to accumulate the most down votes in the history of The Register?

Only 5 after an hour? Seems he failed that as he did his Adams trivia GCSE - everyone knows Adams writing was fueled/procastinated over by numerous baths. Really not sure if he was hydroelectrically powered/fusion powered or nuclear and needed the baths to cool down.

0
0

Oracle's JEDI mind-meld doesn't work on Uncle Sam's auditors: These are not the govt droids you are looking for

Teiwaz
Silver badge
Devil

Re: Am i missing something?

Craig Charles was my favorite Doctor.

Lately when someone mentions Doctor Who I hear the Captain from Blackadder the second (played by you-know-who) saying 'You have a womans Doctor, My Lord!!'

Not really pertinent, just thought I'd try to inflict it on someone else.

16
0

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: What could be better....

... than government snoops (and corporations) having a recording device in everyone's home and office and pocket recording 24 hours a day? We're heading that way.... No cooperation from me though.

Me neither, but also mainly not all of us have disposable income enough for such mostly useless frivolities.

7
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: "captured audio of the killings, and subsequent removal of the bodies"

And if tit turns out that one second buffer is counting references to Amazon or certain products while it's waiting on the magic word to summon the demon???

2
0

It's November 2018, and Microsoft's super-secure Edge browser can be pwned eight different ways by a web page

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: if an open source project had MAJOR flaw rates like this

the idea that making the source available automatically guarantees quality

Well maybe not 'Guarantees', but you've a better chance of it being spotted and fixed than the oft proprietary path of ignore it until it becomes public knowledge then deny for a bit then finally throw in a fix that breaks some other stuff and Goto ignore.

7
1

Six critical systems, four months to Brexit – and no completed testing

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Is the UK ready for Brexit in any way?

Even now, after all these months, nobody knows what will happen. There are so many irreconcilable differences, the chances of getting any sort of agreement is roughly zero.

We keep being told it's 95% done.....

Is that just the arrangement for the parking and sandwiches fillers for the lunchtime breaks during talks???

Probably.

9
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Is the UK ready for Brexit in any way?

Y2K???

despite the doom and gloom of the popular press

You mean the sort of 'planes falling out of the sky' fear press and media often pushed (hey, doom sells papers (and religions)).

Most work I did on that was ensuring banks and the like weren't going to be calculating dates wrong due to stored 2 digit years and statements and invoices going to customers dates '1900'.

Embarrassing, but not usually Apocalypse stuff.

However, the extra 'apocalypse' panic was sure handy helping to convince management to fork out for some project time to ensure the embarrassing didn't happen.

Large scale Brexit unreadiness will be more chaotic for many, others will notice nothing, maybe.

Or maybe we'll wake up to the bureaucracy grinding to a halt on the jagged wheels of a broken system

15
0

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: So what?

Search, play, enjoy, move on

I'm no fan of MPAA, but that attitude emphasises the problem - you do not value work that has taken a great deal of time and money to create.

Oh, of course, we need to bow thrice at the altar and open vein to sign contract to potentially watch a month or twos worth of streaming content when all is wanted is the one.

A cellphone cat video is equal to a $500m blockbuster movie if you can't guarantee you connection is not going to stutter through four fifths of it or or force you to wait an extra thirty minutes while the little circle in the middle of the viewer spins around a still image.

1
0

Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Web app? No thanks.

The advantage to a native app is the app can load even without a network.

If the native app is delivering internet content there's no advantage whatsoever.

And as an awful lot of applications merely exist to harvest user data and stream it back to HQ there's little incentive to build something that does run sans network connection.

The only reason native is usually chosen over webapp is market research tells them it'll be better recieved, and other positive metrics.

1
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Web app? No thanks.

You would never download an application from a company onto your PC nowadays

I agree, a native application for things like ordering products is just a duplication of effort if you have a web based version, but aside from the 'have to have an app' internal pushes you have users perfectly willing to install any and all sorts of rubbish on their phones..

Native apps are fine for applications that need the efficiency and speed, but cause phone platform lock-in where user is locked out if their device can't run Android or IOS apps.

3
0

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: It's not a compass.

And then someone will have to interface it to Android and iOS. That's where things will really get tricky.

Oh, good, the app makers can use the 'because it's quantum' excuse as to why the app will only work when given every permission under the sun, including inside leg measurements in realtime.

8
0

That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Users are locked in and they can't go anywhere

I don't believe so. The consumer market can walk away

The user isn't really locked in by MS anymore, they are locked in by their own belief that there is no alternative but to put up with it.

Walls of their own making, 'cause aren't we all trapped by walls of our own making?

1
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Google blocked the Microsoft Youtube app because it deliberately did not follow Google's Terms of Service. Specifically, Microsoft blocked Google ads which is what pays for the service.

Note that this did not block user's access to Youtube, they could watch using the browser.

It was Microsoft being evil (again).

Nice feature though - The bloody ads are annoying and even signed in to youtube for all your youtube watching they still manage to fail to feed me advertising tailored to my interests

- What's the f****ing point of all that data collection and tracking me everywhere to then conclude i'm a thirty-something social-climbing young professional female woman interested in make-overs, fashionable perfumes and travel and not a sad single geek in his mid-forties who watches tech-channels, ghost tales and ancient aliens...?

This wasn't Evil - blocking Googles ads and replacing their own or ones where the ching ching went in their pockets instead would be Evil....

3
1
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: As long is customers put up with it...

You have obviously never heard of Watney's Red Barrel,

Can't blame MS for Watneys Red Barrel - although as a mostly fashionable fizzy so-so (some quite liked it, some hated it with a passion) driven by a good Marketing machine for a while, Windows is actually quire similar.

0
0

Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: surely trying to kill someone in a business quarrel isn't terrorism?

When the police are alerted to a bomb threat, do you really think that they assume it's not a terrorist ? What reason would they have to do that ?

While I understand where you are coming from, I think you've fallen into an assumption trap that's very the key point of the issue.

That a Bomb in a letter = terrorism

Could as easily be an attempt at a targeted assassination.

While a phone call, even to threaten or claim to have placed a bomb or random member of the public finding one in a bag at a public place could clearly be an attempt to sow terror, rigging one to specifically or attempt to specifically exact retribution by death or maiming is another.

I'm not saying either is at all justified, but blurring the distinction or assumptions due to current popular fears is not helpful.

5
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Counter Terrorism Command?

Or have they just bundled bombs 'n white powder 'n stuff in with the Terror-plods for pay-and-rations convenience?

Basically, yes.

Doesn't matter if it doesn't quite fit the profile or intent - 'terror' might get a stiffer sentence, more a pat on the back (or head) to plod.

It's as if they think no one will thank them for catching a random nutcase whose thought processes have gone off the rails it has to be an 'international conspiracy' even if that is a conspiracy of one nutter who happens to live abroad.

Given the chance, some uniformed bod will try to push the more surveillance donation plate on the back of this on any convenient cue in order to further an Orwellian agenda.

3
0

Arm kit vendors snuggle up around the Windows 10 Autumnwatch bonfire awaiting supported OS

Teiwaz
Silver badge

unkind?

An unkind person might suggest the Windows team should do the same.

'Some kind people' should lead the windows team away to be looked after somewhere they can't harm themselves with something sharp or bang their heads on a blunt windows.

23
0

Skimming cash off UK police budget for tech projects probably not the best idea, say MPs

Teiwaz
Silver badge

And siphoned off for what?

Is it just the new emergency system in waiting....?

It wouldn't surprise if the H.O were trying to use AI (and blockchain) to try some sort of minority report precrime - 'cause it must be posible as it was on the telly....

2
0

If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Eh?

had to choose, in a way, between my own interests and my son's interests.

She had to choose between privilege of rank and position and upholding and living by the values of her political party and it's socialist position and she chose privilege.

This is why there's no choice between the parties any more.

People should be aware this is why there is little earnest drive to improve public education, out leader have no stake in the outcome beyond ensuring the buck doesn't pause outside their door and hinder their career prospects.

17
2

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Man...

Ah, you've had Western Digital users too

It's a shame - the old design from 8 years ago was good hefty durable plastic horizontally oriented - I've a couple of 2TB drives from that era still going strong while comparable seagate drives came in cheap plastic tat with poor cable housing and drives that mostly died just at the edge of warranty.

1
0

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: "secure" boot is *EVIL*

WTF?

A laptop that can run linux? There are plenty.

I think this is just another whinge trigger.

Yes, today. Well, there was a time when buying a laptop or even a desktop PC there really wasn't as much of a convenient choice.

Even today, I hear so called linux afficionados on one hand curse MS and hardware OEMS for not offering them the option while rubbishing known vendors who do supply pre-linuxed machines because economies of scale favour the big players platforms.

If the market can be almost locked down once through monopolist shenanigans, or simply economising stock on a 'standard' platform and secure lockdown it can happen again.

5
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: "secure" boot is *EVIL*

The consumer can simply buy something else.

They can, as long as there is something else to actually buy that isn't something else but also exactly the same.

If in a vast majority of PC buys, the user intends to use what's bundled and not tweak, then that may well become the norm, and from the norm, quickly all that's available as why carry alternate stock or offer custom configs that few ask for.

It is mostly how we ended up with Windows bundled with every new PC in the first place for the last few decades.

45
3

International politicos line up to get shot down by Facebook

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Seems simple to me

Appearing in front of the UK committee, he won't have that luxury if he accepts,

Or it could be that the UK just doesn't have enough clout on the world stage.

I doubt he's have to worry about being put on the spot to provide what might be embarrassing answers to a series of probing and insightful questions.

More like provide a series of answers to embarrassing questions from showboating MPs asking elementary questions or enquiring about their facebook accounts....

12
0

Lucky, lucky, Westminster residents: Who better to look after your housing benefits than Capita?

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Doing fewer things better...

...with few choices manged by people with big egos and small brains.

I am going to assume you meant...

....with few choice mangy people with big egos and small brains.

3
0

The nights are drawing in. Pour a cup of cocoa and join us for Windows 10 Autumnwatch

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: sudo

Or if you have FreeBSD, just

sudo pkg upgrade

It automatically does the update bit first.

Wow!!! Super-powers then.

A lot of debian users do sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

On Archlinux, it's just sudo pacman -Syu

Hey, lets have a contest....

1
0

Till Microsoft finds it a place on the path unwinding, it's the circle, the circle of Skype

Teiwaz
Silver badge

as soon as the board understands the damage he's doing to Windows

Is he though? - nothing I've seen OSSed by MS so far compromises their hold (added features and hamfisted updates to windows maybe).

All the love linux attention has been all about making it easy to run linux on an MS platform where they get to be payed.

2
0

Web Foundation launches internet hippie manifesto: 'We've lost control of our data, it is being used against us'

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Or how about.....

We make our own internet without blackjack and hookers......

Is, I think more applicable.

3
0

We love Kubernetes, but it's playing catch-up with our Service Fabric, says Microsoft Azure exec

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Whatsis 'fabric' references

Not content with stealing real engineering terms, they're switched to tailors now?

Suit you, sir.

2
0

Imperial bringing in budget holograms to teach students

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Next up: Hard light?

The sticking points are activities that require group participation

I don't recall any teaching on that at either school, college or uni - I've had a few group projects thrown at me at all three, but nobody knows how to work as a group.

Closest to teaching communal constructive social interaction may have been PE at school where we were discourage in putting the boot in to any player who was on the ground.

0
0

US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Sadly you are talking to a bunch.....

@ Yawn, Michael Habel

One anonymous coward posts first with a cynical stance and you can deduce from that the position general pro-europe (or rather anti-mental UK gov) are going to take for the rest of the discussion.

Tell me, do you think you were Nostradamus in a previous life??

7
1

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

Teiwaz
Silver badge

N.Ireland

Has been a requirement to have ID to get your ballot paper there for some time.

because of shenanigans, obviously.

8
2

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Well

Ignoring the already more discerning techies here.

For the masses. The Smartphone is no longer either a novelty or something to get excited about, no matter how new.

The Honeymooon phase is well over, people have gotten used to the ubiquity, the Smart phone has mostly become 'just the way the world works'.

However I don't think the mass market has yet got to the point of finding the damn things a needy attention grabbing for no good reason annoyance yet.

Hopefully they will do before the various slow witted Gov.s shovel all basic services over to one phone platforms apps only.

2
0

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

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Never to late to become more minimalist....

Bloat without any real gain. XFCE is what I have long used

Even XFCE is bloat to the dwm people.

5
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Wot Wayland?

If visual, virtual augmentation is any part of the future, then Wayland is currently the only hope. I don't think you've used Wayland

I'm not able to, currently (recent Nvidia hardware).

But I'm not overly impressed with multi-monitor support - it's no better than X, and a little worse in some ways.

Wayland is not 'our only hope' - There is another

4
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Without KDE, RHEL is GNOME to Hell

If Dolphin was half as good managing files as Konqueror was in KDE 3, I would believe it wasn't intentional.

That makes no sense.

I rather liked the dual purpose Konqueror and the Semantic Desktop of KDE 3, and the way it could inline display almost any file type, but that was tied into KDE 3, and not replicated in KDE 4 (mores the pity).

I'd settle for more than one split window in Dolphin, I miss having more than two panes in some file management tasks, two tabs is just such an awkward workaround.

2
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Yep

Choice, eh? We don't want any of that where we're from.

Microsoft?

5
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Yep

The debate on Linux UIs can be so vicious because the stakes are so small.

The passions are deep though.

3
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Re: Without KDE, RHEL is GNOME to Hell

On the other hand, the way Konqueror has been gutted in KDE defies belief.

As I understood it, Konqueror has merely never been maintained - it needs a almost total rewrite to bring it up to Frameworks 5 standard and no one is willing to stand up and volunteer for the task.

It's not so much been gutted (that implied intent to kill it) than no one wants to volunteer to totally rewrite it to use Frameworks and no doubt subsequently maintain it.

4
0
Teiwaz
Silver badge

KDE at least...

Is still themeable.

Gnome a short while ago were talking dropping support for themes.

Whether that is just not dealing with any issues (which is fair enough, some badly designed themes out there) or actually cutting theme UI elements out, I've never sure.

ON Plasma you can restore the old KDE 4 Oxygen look if you wish.

13
2
Teiwaz
Silver badge

Wot Wayland?

And does anybody care about Wayland?

Unless they use Gnome, they're still waiting for the other desktops to catch up.

Of course if you have Nvidia hardware (with proprietary drivers) you're barred anyway.

Wayland is a good deal nippier, but I get the impression it's been designed with a rather pedestrian concept of screen use which seem limiting in the near future.

I also got the distinct impression Wayland compositors in Gnome made great strides while Canonical was pushing Mir at it's heels. Now Mir has mostly gone, pace has slowed again.

I really think Bjorn Stahls Arcan is far, far more interesting.

4
1

Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

Teiwaz
Silver badge

Makes nipping over for the day on a booze run sound like a bundle of laughs.

I'd honestly not be surprised to hear that this whole project was a British idea originally, and they were sounding out whether the Europeans would kick up another fuss about them using it on UK daytrippers over that might be depriving the taxman over the matter of a couple of bottles of plonk and a month or twos supply of ciggies.

1
0

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

Teiwaz
Silver badge

All that's required are small steps that may still lead us towards a brighter, smarter future.

Small steps?

Depends on the mind, a small step to some is a step to far for others (especially if they fear they may be financially less well off in that case).

What we need is true a true social system, and a working technocracy - we currently have a lazy idiocracy and a system that edges on reversing the social reforms of the Victorian age.

4
0

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018