* Posts by TheVogon

1714 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

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Re: Backward compatibility

"But it's OK. You can just proxy everything to get around that. As long as your protocol is supported by the proxy...."

But you don't need to proxy it. You can just route it with IPv6... IPv6 was built to reinstate end-to-end connectivity on the Internet and all connected networks.

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""Can someone remind us again why the Internet Engineering Task Force decided not to make this next-gen networking protocol backward-compatible?""

Presumably because that would have been massively restrictive, and have meant lots of legacy baggage?

The move to IPv6 might be very slow, but it is starting to happen - and will likely accelerate with the widespread use of IoT - and the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses. Companies like Colt had an IPv6 backbone network several years ago...

IPv6 is at least partly backwards compatible in terms of you can easily gateway most IP traffic from one format to the other.

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Re: "but Android doesn't support that"

"The horrible irony of Microsoft waiting on its own team to fix a networking bug aside"

But this is how it should happen!

Microsoft should use and "dogfood" test all these features - and take the pain of working out any bugs before expecting the rest of us to do it....

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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

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"Meanwhile 2 Linux OSs topped 2016 with the most CVEs reported"

It's been like that versus Windows every year for well over a decade now.

Microsoft might not be the greatest at security but they are certainly not the worst...

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Re: In 500 Years...

"If you define "works" as doing what an Office package should do for about 95% of users, LibreOffice can comfortably claim that"

Working 95% of the time isn't good enough for most businesses. Hence presumably why adoption of Libre Office is still close to zero....

"Oh, and it works on a proper, official, arrived-at-through-real-consensus Open Standard rather than a bribed one that the company itself has trouble supporting"

Microsoft Office works far better than Libre Office in regards to ODF support. The Libre Office forums are full of issues with it's standards support...

"Bonus benefit: our staff can use it at home just as well - no license risks "

But many of your staff will already have MS Office or Office 365, so it then sucks when their files don't work properly, and features they used at home are not supported in the office.....

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"We never say that until the patches are applied and the fallout evaluated."

We can as we test before deploying...

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"but there are still some programs that don't work properly without higher acres permissions"

Lucky then that short cut properties include a selectable per program "Run as Administrator" option...

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Re: Word?

"People still use Word in 2017"

Easier to ask who doesn't. It is pretty much a standard in the enterprise, and Microsoft are beating Google hands down for cloud versions too with Office 365. And It's a standard in most schools....

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Re: In 500 Years...

"In the mean time I use LibreOffice."

Some of us need a version of Office that actually works...

Not to mention that full functionality of Libre Office requires Java installed - which is second only to Flash as a security hole...

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So a quiet month for Microsoft then...

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Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

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That's 8% of an ongoing revenue stream though instead of 20% of what was often a one off purchase...

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Web-exposed MongoDB installs wiped by bitcoin ransoming script scum

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Re: Just like Microsoft SQL

"Thats why I used the words 'had' and 'lessons of history'. Clearly you have zero knowledge of previous SQL versions."

This has been the case since at least SQL Server 2000. Back in those days, lots of things had blank or standard password by default, so hardly a lesson specific to SQL Server....

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Re: Just like Microsoft SQL

"Where the 'sa' god-mode account had a default blank password on install."

The sa account is disabled by the default install settings though. And when you enable it, by default your password policy is enforced which means that you can't set a blank password without deliberately overriding that.

(Using the current versions of Windows Server + SQL Server has given the lowest total CVE vulnerabilities of OS + Database software of any major competitor for every one of the last 10 years!)

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UK.gov has 18,000 IT contractors on its books due to dearth of skills

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Re: down tools

"or hike their fees."

This. x 18,000.

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US healthcare under siege: Got good insurance?

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Re: Disraeli and Clemens walk into a bar.

"Those same metrics put the NHS just above the US."

Nope, the UK ranks first overall in most aspects - at less than half the cost per person. See http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/fund-reports/2014/jun/mirror-mirror

"There are also more than 11 industrialized countries."

"the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States"

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"Despite having the most expensive health care system in the world, the U.S. ranks last overall among 11 industrialized countries on measures of health system quality, efficiency, access to care, equity, and healthy lives" !

About time the colonies got proper socialist health care system like every other industrialised nation already has....

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Food is not only sustenance

"Why do you think France is now so more productive than the UK?"

It isn't. According to the World Bank, the UK is 22nd globally by GDP per person and France is 26th.

Only ~ 8 of the 28 EU countries are more productive than the UK - and France isn't one of them.

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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Re: Best reason yet

"Or yet another reason to avoid LG products"

More a reason to avoid any products with a Google OS.

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Re: I want one.

"Specifically, I want a sex-bot that cooks and cleans too."

That model already exists. Codename is W.I.F.E. - Which stands for Washing, Ironing, Fxxxxxx, etc......

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Re: Rise of the sexbots?

"already burning holes in men’s pockets"

Maybe low friction pockets are required?

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We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog

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Re: "threaten America's creative industries"

"we still have the same number of uninsured as before"

Nope:

Around 17 million people have gained health insurance since the core of ObamaCare took effect in 2013, according to a RAND Corp. study released Wednesday.

The study finds that 22.8 million people signed up for coverage between September 2013 and February 2015, while 5.9 million lost coverage, leading to a net gain of 16.9 million.

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Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

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"So central London then, as usual, while the rest of the country festers."

Well London does subsidise the rest of the country...

At least let's not waste it on Scotland seeing as hopefully they will be leaving the UK soon after Brexit!

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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"This is basically getting first-strike capability, isn't it?"

You think humans will be required? I would have thought this was more about getting a no-strike capability...

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

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Re: Chromebooks

"Chromebooks actually work with little to no maintenance."

But schools often need proper computers - that can run software people actually need to know to get a job - like Microsoft Office....

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This 'cloud storage' thing is going to get seriously big in 2017

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Re: 4.7 Tb blobs .. over a 1g ethernet at best

"over slow Ethernet"

You can get multi-gigabit connections direct to Azure these days....

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Re: Redmond's Windows Cloud?

"Isn't that Windows Cloud limited by the scalability of Windows Server?"

That's a pretty high limit. See https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/compute/hyper-v/plan/plan-for-hyper-v-scalability-in-windows-server-2016

"Or is Microsoft secretly running Linux on their Cloud

They certainly run Linux on their cloud (~30% of VMs). If you mean does their cloud run on Linux then that likely would limit scalability. There are plenty of benchmarks that show that Hyper-V outperforms say KVM.

"with their Linux switches"

The SAI API is, in principle, cross-platform, defined for both Windows and Linux, but much of the vendor switch hardware is supported best, or even exclusively, in Linux. Hence why Microsoft used Linux for network hardware.

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Re: Stick with RAID and LTO instead.

"Any business relying on cloud services for data storage needs to have the management fired along with the tech guys"

Anyone with such outdated views would be lucky to get a job these days.

Public cloud is by far the cheapest and simplest way for most companies to get multi regional data fault tolerance. If your data access is highly critical and you don't trust one vendor, you can always choose to use 2 or more providers...

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Re: Stick with RAID and LTO instead.

"Not always - not everybody can have the resources for RAID5/50/6/60"

If you can't afford 1 or 2 extra disks, then your problem is probably resources / budget not strategy.

"And there are other storage technologies that can be used in lieu of RAID5/50/6/60."

Not that are more efficient with the same level of protection. Generally the alternative is multiple copies of the data.

"I have the feeling that LTO will be making a comeback."

Cloud based solutions like StorSimple are more likely the future imo...

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Apple sues Nokia's pet patent trolls

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Re: Supreme sidestep

"Nokia's failure to compete in the mobile phone market "

Nokia decided to sell it's mobile phone business.

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Sneaky chat app Signal deploys decoy domains to deny despots

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I believe that this is similar to what tpb already does to block UK ISP filtering...

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King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

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Re: there but for the grace of God...

"You clearly don't operate large (as in undred of TB large) data sites."

No, I work on a site with 1000s of TB (PBs)...

"Those figures are highly optimistic at best"

The fact is that overall SATA drives are FAR less reliable than most other drive types. Your personal experience does not reflect numerous studies that back this up.

"Something else will invariably bite you on the arse (MSA1000 array controllers, as a for instance)"

I use more things like EMC VMAX and HP 3PAR that are fault tolerant throughout. We would not use such a crap single point of failure device.

"This has NOTHING whatsoever to do with BER"

It has everything to do with the actual BER. For instance "We find, for example, that after their first scan error, drives are 39 times more likely to fail within 60 days than drives with no such errors." https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/research.google.com/en//archive/disk_failures.pdf

"Once you get into the 6+TB array range there's around a 2-5% chance of _catastrophic_ failure(*) during the rebuild cycle when a drive dies"

Utter dross - completely invented numbers. I have hundreds of disks running in much large RAID 6 sets with zero hard failures ever and plenty of replaced disks over time... the chances of loosing another 2 disks during rebuild are pretty small - I gave an actual calculation above...

". In the 7 years operating these arrays we had 2 total loss events "

These are crappy low end and not fully fault tolerant arrays. Not an enterprise grade solution.

"We also had ~35 drive losses caused by the controller losing contact with the drive"

Quite. Your issues are not due to normal drive failures under RAID 6.

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Re: there but for the grace of God...

"Explain!"

See for instance http://deliveryimages.acm.org/10.1145/1680000/1670144/leventhal1.png

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Los Angeles to extradite bloke from Nigeria after scores of city workers fall for phish scam

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Re: Err,

"hasn't it been official since November 8?"

Surely since this:

"About 11 percent of young citizens of the U.S. couldn't even locate the U.S. on a map"

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/11/1120_021120_GeoRoperSurvey.html

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Re: ROI

"Sure US government we can help you extradite the Nigerian criminal of your choice. We just need your bank account details and sort code...."

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KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Re: Always back up your data!

"Am i safe?"

Not if you need data from a version before your last 2 backups...

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MH370 hunters call for new search of extra 25,000km2

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Re: it would have had to be done one day anyway.

> AU$100m.

"Not even real amounts of "money"."

It's about £59 million in real money...

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Re: Anonymous

""so excessive as to be offensive"

Isn't pretty much all US culture an obscenity by that definition?

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Re: More Magic Technology

How would such a device differentiate between naked flesh in say an orgy, and the acres of bare flesh in an average American's holiday photos?

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Uh-oh! Microsoft has another chatbot – but racism is a no-go for Zo

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Re: How can it not be gamed into saying something sexist, racist, whatever-ist?

"If you have any evidence that non-Jews can be recruited into becoming Ashkenazy, Sephardi or Levite, please present it"

That's rather like asking for evidence of how non Christians can become English, Scottish or Welsh Christians. Converts to Judaism are widely accepted... see for instance http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/beliefs/conversion.shtml

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Re: How can it not be gamed into saying something sexist, racist, whatever-ist?

"But you cannot just walk into the Jewish religion"

But it's still just a religion and not a race. Exclusivity does not equal ethnicity...

"It's both a religion and an ethnic identity"

You could often say that about Islam and Christianity too.

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Re: How can it not be gamed into saying something sexist, racist, whatever-ist?

"Anti-semitic means anti-Jewish and anti-Arab. "

Technically yes, and indeed according to studies, Palestinians are apparently more Semitic than Israeli Jews - who are commonly European in genetic heritage.

However - in practice I have only ever seen it used to mean anti Jewish. As was the case in this bot instance. And as per the above, Jews are a religion not a race, so it wasn't racism. Just like say insulting Islam or Christianity wouldn't be racism.

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Re: How can it not be gamed into saying something sexist, racist, whatever-ist?

The previous bot never said anything racist as far as I am aware. Anti-Semitic, yes, but not anything actually racist. nb - Jews (just like say Muslims and Christians) are a religion and not a race. For instance there are black Ethiopian Jews...

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Windows Server 2016's VM migration tools broken by a patch

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Lucky that we test updates before putting them into production environments then....

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Europe to launch legal action against countries over diesel emissions cheating

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Re: Oh, here we go again!

Don't worry - we will probably have left the EU long before this reaches a conclusion...

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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

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"costs for continuing the current fad in subsidizing wind and sun energy sources “would be beyond astronomical.”

Versus say the cost of building a ~ 70M sea wall around every still inhabitable continent on the planet over the next couple of thousand years or so?

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Re: Trumpity Trump

"My perusal of the evidence to date doesn't seem to indicate any warming"

Should have gone to Specsavers?

See http://woodfortrees.org/plot/

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Re: Trumpity Trump

Have you just got out of a Delorian?! That a) the planet has been warming since the industrial revolution and that b) humans are at least a significant cause of this warming has not been in any credible scientific doubt whatsoever for at least a decade now. There are ZERO non political scientific organisations that disagree with this.

And now it's really starting to hit the fan. See for instance https://sites.google.com/site/arctischepinguin/home/sea-ice-extent-area/grf/nsidc_global_area_byyear_b.png

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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"we turned to Dell for all future purchases and just simply wipe them on receipt.."

Assuming you were not using them as door stops and were buying a reasonable volume, why not just use Dell's factory integration process and have them delivered with the system image of your choice....

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Re: @AC

"The empire is gone and, without it, there's no obligation on the commonwealth"

We have many many immigrants originally from the Commonwealth now here. I think there will be much desire to trade with the UK in those countries...

Before we were sometimes seen as the colonial oppressor, but I think that perception has now largely faded.

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Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game

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Re: I wonder how anyone can be that stupid

"What I'm concerned about is that the company that runs this shitty game doesn't have something in place to catch poor sods who are obviously addicted to the game and spending astronomic amounts of money on it."

Of course they will have something in place. Such addicted users will immediately flagged for priority invites to other similar games....

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