* Posts by Dwarf

986 posts • joined 11 Dec 2014


Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

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Security, yep, we’ve heard of that.

Good job nobody relies on them for the security and privacy of their data.

Are we still expected to trust them on the separation between customers in their cloudy thing when they can’t even secure their internal systems ?

I wonder how many other systems are poorly configured and yet to be discovered.

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

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Its a logo, who cares what it looks like.- although on the other side, it has taken me a bit longer to find the app over the last couple of days.

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

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Our backup supplier sources acknowledged AWS convenience would be a strong factor but warned that customers should beware of lock-in, particularly in the emerging multi-cloud world.

Because our lock in is better than their lock in.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Who could have seen any of that coming

While Windows 7 wobbled, AI continued its relentless march at Microsoft

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Re: AI ?

I’m thinking talky the toaster from red dwarf.

It WASN'T the update, says Microsoft: Windows 7 suffers identity crisis as users hit by activation errors

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@Timmy B

PC sales are down a lot (mostly due to Win 10 being a bag of nails that tries to advertise and sell your soul). Most have moved to tablets and mobile phones, Mac's and Linux machines. Your Mac figure is clearly wrong - get on a train and look at what people use. Go to a university or college and watch what student have. Go and work in a corporate with a BYOD policy and count the number of Mac's vs Windows Laptops and Linux machines used.

Most enterprises are delivering a lot more on Linux servers rather than Windows based platforms, but many are stuck (for the moment) on Windows PC's due to the software legacy, but virtually all modern apps are web based, so the dependency on Windows and Windows desktop is being eroded all the time - as people (including those with very large corporate budgets) are fed up with it..

In regard to reliability, it depends on what you are measuring, focusing on the topic here which is activation, can't recall a single event where any Android, Mac or Linux machine decided to deactivate licences on a global scale, Windows has counted two now, One last year for Windows 10, one this year for Windows 7.

Broadening it out to all reliability, Windows has had an atrocious record in recent years compared to the competition. Virtually each week there is a major problem or something that worked yesterday is borked due to the forced update - with an ETA for fix being several weeks or months out,.

I've not seen that on Mac, Android or Linux to anything like, mostly as they let the user when to update. Apple is not perfect but even they test things to minimise impacts and react fairly quickly when things go wrong.

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.. And they wonder why people are moving away from Windows where they can, you simply can't rely on Windows to work reliably any more.

One or two errors could be put down to bad luck, but the more it happens and the impact of the problems, the more it looks like incompetence.

Reminds me of that "Where do you want to go today" strap-line that got the response of "Safely back to where I started this morning" response, then for some reason MS stopped using it..

If only they would test things better, then they may still have feet connected to those stumps at the bottom of their legs.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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"Turning off our legacy technologies is a critical to ensure we are investing for the future, reducing our energy costs and making sure our customers are able to take advantage of the latest broadband services."

So, exactly how much of the C&W network is still a separate network within Vodafone, given that you purchased them 7 years ago ?

Last time I was talking to people, the were both very separate and it sat in the "too complicated to move" box. Think it was just the badge over the door that had been replaced and not a lot more.

Big cable trolls big mobile with '10G' trademark application

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Paris Hilton

10G-POrN. - that’s quite a lot really, even at 4K

... or so I’m told

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: And that's why...

using https won't make the proxy logs safe, it still contains the full URL

It's a Christmas miracle: Logitech backs down from Harmony home hub API armageddon

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Logically...with tech ....

If you make an API available for external use, then you should expect it to be used. I not, then secure it appropriately to prevent its use in other manners. This is not misuse !!

Note to sales and engineering teams. If you make a technology that people find useful, don't be surprised when they use it and tell others what it can do. This will in turn lead to additional sales and good reviews.

Conversely, if you make something cool and lock it down to make it unusable, then don't be surprised if people shun your product in favour of the others that do it better and your sales pile into the ground.

Don't forget that API's are there to allow people to expand products in manners that make them better where the OEM decided it was too much trouble to make the product work properly in the first place.

The other one-line is that you get what you sow.

Still using Azure Scheduler? Schedule in 30 September 2019 'cos it's being euthanised

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Another benefit of having a strategy and an architecture

Is that you are less likely to need to change direction completely and for no apparent benefit to the customer.

If the new fangled way is better, why can’t they migrate the existing configuration automatically so that it doesn’t impact customers ?

We used to call this backwards compatibility, it wins big brownie points with management when we need to change things

Postmates plans rollout of autonomous delivery robots in US

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Has it got a self righting mechanism ?

Can't see how it would recover well when it falls over, if for example someone were to give it a shove.

What about all the normal obstacles that people have to deal with - gates, steps, ramps, muddy paths, etc.

It also looks like the sort of thing that Dogs would really like to claim as theirs with a little squirt.

If most punters are unlikely to pay more for 5G, why all the rush?

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Reliability and coverage - not speed

Having speed is fine, but it means nothing without reliability or coverage to match.

When travelling on the trains, you have to pre-plan what you are doing before getting to certain places on the trip - both for voice and data services. 4G is nice one minute, then 3G, Edge and then nothing...

App vendors need to better consider the unreliability of coverage in their apps. Why for example can't the Youtube app download locally so that I can watch later, rather than having to be on-line all the time ??

Why does Spotify decide that if I open the app after 30 days of not using it on that device and I happen to be in a not-spot at that point, then it drops ALL the locally cached music. Why not keep the cached content and just not let me access it, its the same effect at that point, but far easier to recover once I'm connected again as I don't have to waste loads of my monthly quota re-obtaining what I already had.

The other concern is that it appears that the mobile networks take bandwidth from yesterdays technology to make space for the new ones - this is nice in principle, up to the point where it makes an existing device that is on-contract go slower or less reliable than it did when you brought it. Presumably this is done to simplify things for the network provider and to try and force people up to newer devices.

Backwards compatibility matters more in my book than the latest whizz bang technology that nobody has yet since its price loaded by the manufacturers. I'll generally only buy it when its at sensible prices, so if you want earlier adoption and customers to move over faster, then don't price load the technology. We've already been paying monthly charges for a service, so fund it from that instead.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Room for some competition

Multiple vendors in each area will soon see some investment.

Those that treat their customers properly will get more, those who treat them with contempt will get nothing.

Its a simple model that works well in other countries.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Ahh, good point, so have an up vote !

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And Microsoft wonder why people are not upgrading to Windows 10.

I’ll give you a one word hint - there is no trust.

Salesforce has named a chief ethics officer and yes, the job description is appropriately woolly

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Can it ever be ethical to try and force a sale ?

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Full of shit

Joe Belfiore, corporate veep of Windows, announced the plan, "Ultimately, we want to make the web experience better for many different audiences," he said.

One of those audiences may be macOS users, who despite not clamoring for Edge should have access to Microsoft's browser at some point: Belfiore said the company expects to bring Edge to other platforms like macOS.

Translation - our browser is shit, but we have plans to push it onto other platforms anyhow.

So, how about you fix your own platform before you try and screw up other ones ?

For clarity, I mean the whole platform, not just the browser, look objectively at the browser, Skype and Windows 10 to name but 3

Don’t forget that all OS’s already have a choice of good and reliable browsers, it’s just that none of them have Microosoft logos on them. Do you really expect that people will want to pollute their already working platform with a runt of the litter browser from Microsoft.

Then I see the author name at MS and realise that they have been spouting crap for years.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Re: True innovation

@Mark 85

That's what I was trying to picture in a vending machine.

Put another way, the The Hog Roast O'Matic, just with a vending machine function too that dispenses the goodness after its all done.

Clearly I failed in painting the picture, or possibly all your brains decided to picture reference material from real world experience, rather than something promised from a product that doesn't exist yet. As you can probably tell, I don't work in marketing, but can see an engineering opportunity.

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True innovation

Well, I suppose that V1.0 was the pork scratching vending machine and this innovation is indeed a step in the right direction, however, but now its time to upgrade their great concept to something far, far better - the hog roast vending machine.

Imagine that, you see the spit and get the smell for hours before hand, then at the correct time, pure porcine perfection with taste, fat and none of that "garnish" that people insist on putting on the plate.

The second option is an on-demand, just cooked proper bacon and egg roll with thick English bacon, fresh eggs and your choice or soft or crusty roll and brown or tomato sauce, oh and a napkin to catch all that juicy and tasty fat.

These innovations would be an absolute money spinner and both get very close to proving that from a sows ear, you can indeed make something of value, even if its only pork scratchings.

I suddenly feel the need to go for a pint at the local pub for the appropriate accompaniment.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Re: Why open port 9100?

No, firewalls do the same function on ipv4 and ipv6. If you have an insecure network design then that has nothing to do with the protocol version.

If you are implying some security benefit of say NAT to protect things, then refer to all the public guidance that NAT is not a security technology. It never has been and it never will be.

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Re: Why open port 9100?

@bob seems to be confused by the purpose of a firewall.

Nothing to do with IPv6.

UK taxman told to chill out 'cos loan charge is whacking tax dodgers and whoopsies alike

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Bbbbut. Because you should have purchased that new car last year, we’ll charge you for the tax component anyhow.

Got to raise that tax income somehow.

It's nearly 2019, and your network can get pwned through an oscilloscope

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So you could say that there is scope for improvement in the Siglent software

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Re: Just waiting for the first bankruptcy

My guess is that it’s quite challenging to fund a lawsuit if you are bankrupt.

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Daily dose

Of Microsoft’s cloud failure

I thought the marketing line is that’s it’s more reliable than us doing it ourself ?

This is the 5th failure of a ms cloud service this week.

I wonder how many other internally visible services have amber monitoring right now ???

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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Yet more proof

1. Code is riddled with bugs

2. Insufficient in house testing

3. Users are guinea pig testers

4. Even with all that telemetry, they can’t see what’s happening

I suppose somewhere, this will be used as a reason for yet more telemetry, rather than a review for better coding and testing methods.

I wonder what the cost was to all the businesses affected by the outage ?

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Reluctantly may have to get a smart meter.

This is not difficult to fix.

Option 1. Get a mirror, mount it so it can give you the picture you need from a more comfortable place

Option 2. Tell the provider that if they want a reading, they can come and read it any time they give you 48 hours notice so you can say if you are available or not.

Option 3. Move the meter to somewhere more convenient

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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What did it say about that ??

Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked

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Compound problem

Its a shame that this happened on the same day that the public transport system suffered a significant failure requiring a far higher number of people to work from home. I expect that the two are linked in some way.

You have to ask though, why didn't MS capacity management notice that they were getting close to a hard limit in one of their platforms, I thought this was one of the big pluses of Cloud - <sarc>you don't have to worry about all of that, we do it for you and do it better than you can</sarc>

I wonder if MS should look at AWS Elasticache, that can be scaled out elastically and it uses redis too, so migration to it should be simple.

Influential Valley gadfly and Intel 8051 architect John Wharton has died

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Not another one ..

Another pioneer lost to time - RIP

Doesn't QDOS stand for Quick n Dirty OS ?

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

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Contempt of their customers

@A Non e-mouse

There must be a little piece of browser code or a browser add-on that can do a group-un-tick client-side, to help those affected by stupid companies that just go out of their way to make things difficult for users - so that they get their way.

Perhaps the legislation needs updating to add the wording in to ensure that "its simple and fast for the user configure their preferences".

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Pass me my false teeth Ethel, I’m going to chew their ankles.

Not much point in having legislation, if it can be ignored by those who find it inconvenient, having said that and given the regional nature of the world, the only other option is some form of inter-region content filtering, which would be a million times worse.

Looks like the only realistic option is to affect their coverage by not visiting and getting the news some place else. Reducing eyeball counts won’t help their sales to advertisers, so it’s probsbly the only thing that will make any of them listen.

The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

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Damn opt out cookies

Only last for a week, then you have to go through it all again. Why not keep my choice, it my eyeballs - or did you hire the programmer from Apple that always forgets the choices on media playback on the next install ??

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Except of course those with the sharpener built into the housing. They rely on the blade being the right way up, or you'll soon end up with a double-headed knife with one sharp side and one dull side.

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Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

B'l'o'o'd'y g'r'a'm'm'a'r n'a'z'i'''s

Yes, I know I've got a couple of extraneous little tick things in the above.

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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Re: By Richard Speed

I am not sure what HDMI is supposed to be, but a computer without an Ethernet port sounds liike a house without windows.

Whereas houses without Windows are not a good idea, computers without Windows are a great idea.

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Not sure I get the logic for reducing RAM capacity, OK, so it sucks a little more power but a memory constrained system has to be the worst design option out there and I have a deep loathing for machines with low RAM as they are ALWAYS slow as they are constantly swapping. On a Pi, that translates to it eating your memory card quicker. Surely the power cost on the SD card and performance impact outweighs the power reduction from the reduced memory size ?

+1 for adding a SATA / mSATA connector (on some high speed bus, not crippled behind USB) as it means higher performance and I won't need to have to rebuild system X in 18 months when it eats the next microSD card and starts acting all weird and takes me a while to work out what the problem is again.

I'd happily pay for a "Model C" - where C is all about capabilities, not price. I don't care if the board is bigger and has free space for options I've not populated (mSATA) or uses some form of stacking arrangement like PC104 used to.

They are great little boards and I've got them doing all sorts of handy jobs, but they could do a lot more for the higher end hobby and business markets, rather than just focusing on the maker/educational end of the spectrum.

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

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Just because its a dumb idea doesn't mean that MS won't push it and push it and push it.

The only difference between nature and MS is that nature learns by its mistakes.

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

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What a bunch of cowboys

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

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Re: If only

@Gene Cash.

OK, so separate out the control channel for call establishment that probably goes back to the main skype site from the main data flow in the data channel and you just end up with a bunch of ephemeral ports between two seemingly random endpoints. You can't just block ephemeral ports since they are used by everything else too.

Now assume that the control and / or data channels are SSL encrypted, you don't hold the keys to decrypt that, so you don't know what the dynamic port ranges are for any given connection either.

So how do you propose creating rules to do that ?

Even if you could, consider the impact on the backbone infrastructure of trying to manage such a huge state table.

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If only

They could make Skype a peer-to-peer technology, then implementing network rules to throttle this traffic would be far more difficult to implement on the backbone networks.

Another own goal by Microsoft ?

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Microsoft Windows

The gift that just keeps on giving.

- Giving pain to it users.

Wake up everyone, open the windows, go outside, smell the roses, there are other choices that work far better.

Watchdog slams political data slurpers' 'disturbing disregard' for voters' privacy

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Get some teeth, make them pay for not following the rules.

Second point - companies get real on the real data need - don't try to collect my inside leg measurement just so I can sign up for your service. *

* I think its 16 inches ... :-)

DXC: Everything is going to plan, too well in fact... we've chopped so many staff, our IT projects are now behind

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Who'd have thought this could happen

Less people results in less sales and less consultancy income.

Perhaps the broader customer impact needs considering too - when bad experiences happen, the chance to do future business decreases too. This bit of the downward curve probably hasn't bitten fully yet.

Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again

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Failure is not an option

Its a standard feature of any computer system.

For those who don't get the reference - see Failure is not an option

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

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SecureBoot Bites Again

Wasn't this raised as a concern when SecureBoot first came out - at the will of another, the ability to install your chosen OS can be removed - the finger was pointed at MS then, but it seems that Apple is first there.

Presumably the lack of the MS cert will also stop Windows installs onto Mac too ??

So, back to the "its my hardware, I'll do what I want" position. As long as I decide which certs I want the BIOS to support - by loading them from whatever media I need, then its my choice what OS and desktop I stare at for the next couple of years of my life.

Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition

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Re: So easy to blame

Hmm, apply the same logic to streamlining management that resulted in DevOps,

I wonder if that could be a thing in the near future ??

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Release notes

Whats the point in saying nothing in them ?

They are supposed to help customers know whats changed so they can assess if its likely to impact something that they may need to integrate with and therefore test themselves- as part of their specific risk assessment.

Saying generic rubbish is as bad as saying nothing. Apple - Please either do it right, or don't bother doing it at all.


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