* Posts by Psy-Q

20 posts • joined 5 Nov 2013

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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The multinational hotel chain I recently went to that wanted my credit card details sent in plain text said the same thing when I told them that this is bad security practice and surely a breach of PCI DSS. I think it's something that is taught to spokesdrones to always say as the very first thing when security is being questioned.

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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They need an AI to tell them what mood the driver is in? Can't you just, err, tell?

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Slack re-invents the extranet and shared Notes databases with cross-company teams

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Re: “channel members from both sides can … upload files”

Prior evidence seems to indicate that encryption is not any priority at Slack. Your chat history has to be stored unencrypted and indexed for their product to even work. They also can't encrypt at rest because they promise unlimited history. I expect any shared documents to be similarly indexed so to come with the same caveats.

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Mobile industry begrudgingly accepts impacts of Apple, Google et al

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Re: Moved to walled gardens?

I think (guess?) he was talking about the time when Android was new and open and upcoming, Google and Facebook actually endorsed open standards (XMPP etc.) and it all seemed like it was going to end well. At least that's what I like to assume in my happy dreams full of pink ponies and rainbows.

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Re: Do one thing well

Interesting, it's Electrolux, V-Zug and Miele for white goods here. So let's rejoice, there is one market left with real competition!

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Why don't you use the keyboard shortcut for reload if it is an important and often-used function for you? Even less mousing -- none!

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Top tip for all you insider traders: Don't Google 'insider trading' from your work PC

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A practical question: How did they get to his queries, since they're surely transmitted via HTTPS. Do they MITM every employee's computer? Keyloggers? Cameras filming the screen? I think none of this would even be legal here (Switzerland) unless done by the feds themselves and only with a court order.

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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Re: Open Standards?

That has already happened. Look at how only Edge on Windows 10 gets 4K Netflix on PC. Everyone else gets 1080p or 720p (on identical hardware, mind).

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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

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No one mentioned Collabora Office Online. Maybe it does that co-authoring better and has fewer formatting problems.

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New Gnome emerges blinking into the sunlight

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The release is called "Karlsruhe" (the location of the GUADEC at the time), not GUADEC.

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Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

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Pescetarians, they are (if they don't eat meat). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pescetarianism

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Open-source PowerShell?

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It could be so much worse

This is the year when external powers force this smelly 20-years-of-Linux admin to learn PowerShell on Windows, and I think it could be much worse. PowerShell 2.0 was mostly atrocious, but from 3.0 on things have been solidifying and you don't even have to go to W32_ every 3 lines of code to accomplish things anymore.

I was wary and expected a shoddy thing, but when I started to use it I was surprised how much you can accomplish with this in a halfway legible fashion that perhaps even your team mates can decipher. The only nasty surprise was that piping things from one cmdlet to the other can reveal *more* information in the data that's piped. "Oh, so we're piping objects, not text?". Yeah, duh, apparently we are.

I struggle to think how they could abstract away the underlying OS, though. I'm writing a lot of Windowsisms, there's no way this code would run unchanged on Linux, but maybe that's not the point of an open source PowerShell anyway. Anyhoo. More FOSS is never wrong.

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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Re: Thunderbird with Lightening

If you run DavMail in the shop and have a benevolent admin there, they can set up a multiuser DavMail, run it in server mode and make everyone in the company happy by translating the string-of-netherworldly-incantations MS protocols to some real standards. This isn't even a hack, the DavMail people have all the features in place for it and I can vow that it works at least up to Exchange 2007. Don't know how beefy the server needs to be for what size of company, though.

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Gnome shrinks the upgrade footprint with version 3.20 release

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*Wacom tablets

Sorry to be that guy :(

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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

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The problem is open source?

The author suffers from some convoluted misunderstanding of open source/free software that is hard to untangle. Is he saying that Slack is open source? It isn't. Is he saying FOSS developers are cheapskates? That's hard to quantify, some teams of two really just can't afford to pay for any services through no fault of their own, some others spend their own money to provide services for thousands or millions of members of the community (Diaspora, Gitlab, etc.). Is he saying Slack is mostly used by FOSS developers? Where are those numbers to back that up? Or is he saying "having a free version of a service is like being open source"? In that case, reading and understanding an introduction to FOSS might be in order.

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Microsoft sneaks onto Android while Android sneaks onto Windows

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Re: In 2 - 10 years, Microsoft is going to gobble Cyanogen

It's not unusual that you have to pay someone more so that they do something they really don't want to do :)

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In 2 - 10 years, Microsoft is going to gobble Cyanogen

Just like the Xamarin thing. That's my stupid speculation, anyhow. Let's meet back here in 2026 to see how it turned out.

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OnePlus 2: Disappointing Second Album syndrome strikes again

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Cyanogen OS, not CyanogenMod

The Wileyfox runs Cyanogen OS, not CyanogenMod. Cyanogen OS is the one that gets the Microsoft apps and deeply integrated Cortana at some point. Also, probably you won't have root on those phones. So definitely not as interesting as having a real CM.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Re: Goodness.

Maybe Arch isn't the most desktop-user-friendly distro of all time? Blasphemous, I know!

I've been remotely upgrading a series of desktops and laptops used as bait in a restaurant. People sit there and can use them for free, so they do all kinds of ungodly things to the machines. Every night a cronjob copies back a clean home dir and restarts the desktop environment. It's Debian. Never had issues like the ones you describe. To be fair, the machines have Intel graphics so that part just works with FOSS drivers.

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Switzerland to set up 'Swiss cloud' free of NSA, GCHQ snooping (it hopes)

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Cuckoo clocks? Never!

We just make expensive wristwatches. It's the Bavarians who make cuckoo clocks. Easy to get wrong, that's almost the same product!

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