* Posts by MatthewSt

191 posts • joined 12 Jun 2013


TLS termination, Teams toys – and holy 5G, Batman, Microsoft buys UK network software biz Metaswitch


And you can pop out conversations into separate Windows! Makes it so much more bearable


Re: SLAs

Get it in writing, and get him to acknowledge that he can't choose the days

Also remind him that while the SLA is financially backed, you tend to only get the amount of money back that you've paid for the service.

<99.5% (99.9% if you use the agreement) - 10% refund

<99% - 25% refund

<95% - 100% refund

And the final thing to remember is that your SLAs need to be multiplied together to get your true "guarantee". If your AKS cluster has 99.5% guarantee and your DB has 99.5% guarantee then they're separate guarantees so your system could suffer 3 days and 15 hours and 58 minutes of downtime (if they were off at different times) and each component would still have made its targets

Got a few spare terabytes of storage sitting around unused? Tardigrade can turn that into crypto-bucks


Unless the request is unrelated to tardigrade. If the authorities suspect you of something _and you happen to be running a tardigrade node_ then you'll only be able to decrypt part of what you're obliged to

Third time lucky for Windows 10 2004? Microsoft yet again fiddles with code and adds a go-live SDK licence


Re: Precedent

Maybe the devs are counting the months from 0, so 2004 was always the May update in their eyes, just marketing gave it an April name to begin with

NHS contact-tracing app is best in the world, says VMware CEO... whose company helped build it



I'm not sure if I'm missing something somewhere, but if the decentralised versions don't collect personalised data couldn't we have had one global app (or one global system for the apps to present a UI for)?

The current model is interesting while we're all on lockdown, but working on the principle that contact tracing is going to be with us for a while, what happens when people start travelling again? Do you need to install the app for whichever country you're in?

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer


Re: "He had made up the stories of his friends"

I went to help an acquaintance out with some missing documents once, and ended up missing "My Documents" and clicked on "My Pictures" instead! Let's just say he didn't go out of his way to hide anything...

Virgin Galactic takes another step towards blasting Richard Branson into space


Re: Priorities?

No, what you really need is a good plague to bring the numbers back down to a manageable level...

Quibi, JetBlue, Wish, others accused of leaking millions of email addresses to ad orgs via HTTP referer headers


Easy Fix

All they need to do is send a Referrer-Policy in their response headers and that problem will magically go away!


After intense scrutiny, Zoom tightens up security with version 5. New features include not, er, spilling video calls to network snoops


Re: Microsoft monitoring

In most cases yes, because they offer meeting recordings and live transcripts. Those two things are quite difficult to do without access to the stream. Same goes for the business versions. That's not a surprise and they've never claimed that it's end to end encrypted.

House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly


Re: Costs...

Parliamentlive.tv ??? In this day and age of "trust" the url, when they have *.parliament.uk at their sole disposal, they've gone with a .tv domain?


Re: Costs...

Maybe that's the pricing tier that doesn't sell the meeting recordings on


Re: "a glimpse of Michael Gove in a leopard onesie"

Someone hasn't read the instructions then... https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/teams-live-events/what-are-teams-live-events

Not only that, but surely someone could just invite teams@bbc.co.uk to the call, and they could broadcast it from whatever device is watching it

Paranoid Android reboots itself with new Android 10 builds


Re: Phone makers PLEASE take note

Nokia are indeed stock. One of the reasons I bought one!

April 2020 and – rest assured – your Windows PC can still be pwned by something so innocuous as an unruly font


"The massive patch load is no accident, say experts" - I'm no writer, but this sentence doesn't seem to fit with anything around it. Have they been saving the patches up? Are a large quantity of patches usually accidents? Granted the bugs are (in theory) accidents, but it sounds like this is only half of what the "experts" said.

Linux fans thrown a bone in one Windows 10 build while Peppa Pig may fly if another is ready in time for this year


Re: Windows awoke to discover it had metamorphosed into...

Looks like the opposite I think. Userspace Linux tools running on Windows Kernel.

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all


Re: Teams video conference view

Was less witchcraft, and more "whoever started the call was responsible for the relaying". So you'd need to organise it so that that person had the fastest computer / bandwidth


Re: Zoom's USP

Ask and ye shall receive

Skype - https://www.skype.com/en/free-conference-call/ - Free (very recently without an account needed), 50 people per call (I think, can't find that number again now)

Teams - https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/introducing-a-free-version-of-microsoft-teams/ba-p/214592 - Free (since 2018) for up to 300 people per account


No, they just sit there rewriting stuff that was previously working into the latest and greatest* frameworks

* Definitions may vary

Revenues up, taxes down: Google UK reports its slice of the Chocolate Factory pie


Re: Quit blaming big companies!

Just reread your post and I've a feeling you were being sarcastic!


Re: Quit blaming big companies!

> Look at how well the NHS is doing now that large sections have be sold off to private enterprise

Are we looking at the same NHS? Cancer survival rates down, waiting times up. I can see exactly how well it's doing now that the politicians are selling it off and milking it for all it's worth

Cisco rations VPNs for staff as strain of 100,000+ home workers hits its network


Re: Follow the moon

Or use systems that don't need VPNs - https://twitter.com/clemensv/status/1245601835282354176

We have some VPN access set up for a couple of systems, but these are using ZeroTier (and would work fine with WireGuard)

What are you doing at quarter past? WebEx wants you on calls then, to ease corona-congestion


Re: Good Lying

Yeah, because everyone with on-prem servers had enough bandwidth and VPN licenses for the whole company to work from home and do videoconferencing with a days notice didn't they

Could WFH web traffic topple a Brit telco? Pfff, scoff operators. This has nothing on Liverpool v Everton streaming


https://www.thinkbroadband.com/broadband/monitoring/quality/share/84bf3f30efea2eb2331ce2febe0626dd99dd457b-24-03-2020 - not doing too bad here. That's Tuesday which is my worst day for the past 7 days. 200mb connection in sunny Yorkshire. Middle of nowhere is the place to be!



As long as we're not following OFCOM's advice - https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/stay-connected

Point number 3 - be careful with what you use bandwidth for

Point number 6 - waste bandwidth performing speedtests

Google warns against disabling websites during Coronavirus pandemic


You can customise a 503 to look however you want. You could make it so that it returns your standard website formatted page that just says "we're not taking orders at the moment". The human doesn't need to know that it's returning a 503

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2


That's the problem with all these systems trying to make life easier, they stop people thinking about the abstractions that would help them solve this themselves (although I appreciate the main problem is people not being able to solve their way out of a paper bag)

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm



At least it doesn't melt their network anymore - https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/exchange-team-blog/me-too/ba-p/610643

Freed from the office, home workers roam sunlit uplands of IPv6... 2 metres apart


Re: Colonel Angry here.....

IPv6 handles that already by changing your address every few hours - https://www.ipsidixit.net/2012/08/09/ipv6-temporary-addresses-and-privacy-extensions/


Re: Virgin Media?

They have knowledge of it, but think it's a passing fad...!

'Azure appears to be full': UK punters complain of capacity issues on Microsoft's cloud


Re: Looks like i picked the wrong week to quit on prem.

I've been remote for 10 years too, and while we've never _needed_ it, we find that it makes things easier. Unless you're able to make decisions with just two people, having video means you can tell if someone is looking like they want to say something (so you interrupt each other less). You can ask yes/no questions and not need everyone on the call to wait in turn to answer because you can see nodding and shaking heads. You can see if someone has forgotten to un-mute themselves rather than them having to work out for themselves why no one's responding to anything they're saying. You can see if they've had some other form of interruption without them having to say anything.

Do you have phone calls instead, or instant messaging or emails? Or are you lucky enough to not have to communicate as part of your day to day job? Different things work for different people and different teams, and this idea of "I don't like it so I don't see why anyone else would do it" seems defeatist in this day and age.


Re: North Europe

I was able to scale up after 6pm (didn't need to, but was experimenting)


Re: Looks like i picked the wrong week to quit on prem.

I think (haven't checked) that these are being brought in because these requests go _through_ the Teams infrastructure and then onto OneNote / SharePoint infrastructure, so accessing them through Teams causes more load than accessing them directly.

The capacity problem they're going to have is two-fold. One is the sheer number of extra users (they reckon 12 million / 30+% in a week) and the second is the increased usage by existing users. If you worked in a big office and used Teams for IM but had face to face meetings, you're now all doing video calls for the meetings.

I would imagine that the video quality issue is less down to the storage size and more down to the bandwidth and processing requirements. When you record a meeting through Teams (to save to Streams) it does some post-processing on it, so the video is normally available a while after the meeting has finished to give it time to finish rendering (and generate subtitles etc). Reducing the quality of this will mean that they don't need as much resources behind it. Personally I'd prefer to keep the quality and have the recording delayed (eg for our requirements it would be fine to have the recording available within 24 hours of the meeting rather than within 15 minutes)


North Europe

We've been seeing errors trying to scale up in North Europe since 9am. Thankfully we're ticking over nicely at minimum

Microsoft names priority users for new Azure capacity – emergency services, government, remote workers top the list


They're not kidding

Wasn't really expecting this to affect us, as we're quite small-fry in the cloud, but we're unable to scale up to a 2nd Batch server today! Not that we need it as most of our customers don't appear to be working either...!

Britain's courts lurch towards Skype and conference calls for trials as COVID-19 distancing kicks in


Skype for Business?

Sounds about right really. What better time to install a new system than when it's being deprecated!

Could use Teams Live events for the public side of things... Up to 10,000 public and anonymous viewers

Tesla downs tools in California, New York amid 'non-essential' biz clampdown


Re: I didn't think Electric Jesus believed in the virus

Not to defend him, but I thought he was criticising the idiotic panic rather than the virus

Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature


Re: Other options

Sage have relaxed their licensing rules for the pandemic, and said that if you need to install it on additional machines (to work from home) then you can. They may ask you to remove it later though

NASA to launch 247 petabytes of data into AWS – but forgot about eye-watering cloudy egress costs before lift-off


Re: Public distributed filesystem

https://tardigrade.io/ - similar to your idea but people get paid to run nodes


Re: Public Dataset?

Someone else's problem by that point


Public Dataset?

Could have saved themselves a fortune! https://aws.amazon.com/opendata/public-datasets/

Microsoft Teams usage jumps to 32, no, 44 million as Windows-slinger platform slides onto home workers' PCs


> We've been promised offline and more than one window for years in Teams, so let's not get our hopes up too early.

Agreed. We're still waiting for custom backgrounds on calls which were promised in the last "coming soon" wave. I don't like how backwards Microsoft have gone as far as Teams is concerned with "under-promise, over-deliver". They seemed to be getting better at it everywhere else

Zoom goes boom, Teams tears at seams: Technology stumbles at the first hurdle for this homeworking malarkey


Re: Going backwards by going forwards

Definitely. Wasn't saying that it wasn't a problem, it just moves the point of failure. If you're all working from home and your corporate internet dies then you're in a similar situation. As with everything, it depends on what your risk profile is.


Re: Going backwards by going forwards

That's exactly what we are doing, but we've outsourced the running of the "corporate servers" to Google, Microsoft, Zoom, Slack etc


Re: Going backwards by going forwards

Don't get me wrong here, I'm all for decentralised and wish Skype-of-olde was still a thing, but the problem with decentralised is when the call is more than 1:1. Who is then responsible for the extra bandwidth? Do you want to send your HD video and audio streams to all four of the other participants in the meeting (meaning your 2mbps upload is now 8mbps upload), The way Skype used to do it is that whoever was first in the call would shoulder the burden, so participants #2, #3 and #4 would only need to send their video to #1, and then #1 would re-broadcast it to the rest. That detail was never publicised, but meant you had to be careful who "started" the call

Two years late, but upgrade wave finally washes a billion folk onto Windows 10 as its Android phone waits in the wings


Re: Over a Billion served?

Monthly active devices takes that into consideration (unless you did them all this month). It's not the number of cumulative installs, it's the number of devices that have sent them telemetry in the last month.

Still, I reckon I'm contributing 6 to that number

Hey, friends. We know it's a crazy time for the economy, but don't forget to enable 2FA for payments by Saturday



I knew there was a PR I meant to merge this week...!

Microsoft, Google, Slack, Zoom et al struggling to deal with a spike in remote tools thanks to coronavirus


Re: Remote working

Been remote for 10 years now. If my job involved having to _go_ somewhere to be productive, and limit who we could employ to who was willing to live in or travel to the same location then I'd quit!

It's not for everyone, granted

Capita hops on UK's years-late, billions-over-budget Emergency Services Network to keep legacy system alive


Re: EE only?

They could do something to Open up the Reach of landline services too. I think it'll work out just fine, and there won't be any possibility of creating an organisation that's seemingly beholden to no one and impossible to communicate with

Enable that MF-ing MFA: 1.2 million Azure Active Directory accounts compromised every month, reckons Microsoft


Re: Best security?

Or you could just use something like Bitwarden in the browser that will generate TOTP codes for you.


Legacy Auth

We've just disabled legacy auth within the past week and had to spend 2 or 3 days updating some of our systems to use better methods. Not complaining at the end result though; a lot of our apps are now using certificates to auth instead of passwords, using application accounts that don't have log on rights!



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