* Posts by Zakhar

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Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

Zakhar

Re: Cheaper hardware ?

You have to realize they will continue the same way they do today : racketeering + blackmail.

Racketeering: you will have pay minimum "2 years subscription" with each new PC. Whether you decide to use Microshaft crapware or not is irrelevant to them since you already paid.

Blackmail: the PC maker will receive a "commission" which is a portion of your "2 years minimu subscription" so that he pre-installs Microshaft CrapWare on the machine. If the PC maker wants to sell "naked" machines, or machines with an other O.S., fine... but then no "commission" on pre-installed machines.

A "2 years minimum contract" at 15,99€ plus a "cheap" 200€ for the machine, that is almost 600€, the price of an average PC.

Business as usual. Some things will never change!

What could wreak the havoc in their plan though are 2 things:

- "home" users don't need a PC anymore. They use smartphones (and tablets) and are happy with that. No Redmond there. Other evil at work, but at least Google has the decency not to charge for their behaviour.

- (less likely) the remaining "power" home users might very well decide to give Linux a try, and that could raise the demand for "naked" PCs making the "blackmail" less relevant and the evil plan could fail.

- (even less likely and scary) they could decide to build a "Redmond-Linux distribution", let's call it Winux, because it is economically irrelevant to support an outdated O.S. (WX) when you can just grab the free Linux, and charge for support of that to home users. That is the last E of EEE strategy... and has begun with WSL. They are also publicly ditching their internet engine for Blink which is open source. That is the state of their irrelevance in I.T.

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

Zakhar

Re: Why would anyone tolerate this?

Why would anyone tolerate running any of the not-free (as in you have to pay real money) crapware from Redmond?

Zakhar

Re: WTF?

@ForthIsNotDead

The difference between Google/Yahoo and MicroShaft is that you do not pay anything for a Google O.S. (Android) whereas you do for Redmond's crap. So it's double sentence: pay when you buy the machine + pay with ads. At least, online papers remove ads when you pay!

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

Zakhar

Re: "Just try that with video."

... Which blue-ray I cannot watch on my Linux machines with VLC because of stupid DRMs.

I used to watch DVD I legally borrowed at my local DVD Shop... not anymore with Blu Rays, which makes the points of this argument.

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

Zakhar

"Are computers that dual boot Linux / Windows 10 counted as 50 per cent on Windows 10, or only if booted into Windows 50 per cent of the time?"

Since you have paid for it when you bought your PC, thanks to Redmond's racketeering policy, it is counted as Windows even if the first thing you do is wipe it out to install your favourite Linux distro.

There are very few hardware vendors that will respect the EU law in this case and propose a meagre refund, but since this is a "manual process", I bet it is still counted as Windows.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

Zakhar

Re: Deinstall Win 10?

Well, but M$ won't even care if you do so since they have already charged the license with the new PC you bought.

The real news here would be that they stop doing that, which they will probably do when hell freezes!

Zakhar
Linux

Re: Deinstall parts of W10?

And possibly an option to not pay it at all with every new PC we buy when we want to not install it at all!

But that would end the racketeering and won't be good for business... so that won't probably happen soon.

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

Zakhar

WinRT?

GIven that most cheap Chromebooks are ARM powered, When John Doe wants a to install a software he likes, he is going to have a lot of fun when he does as usual on his Redmond's Crapware: download and executable from anywhere on the web and install it!

Good luck...

Google leaps on the platform formerly known as Firefox with $22m splurge for KaiOS

Zakhar

Re: Please keep it open

Indeed. They say they are open source but read on their site: "code will be available soon"...

Plus since Google made a generous donation to be sure they will include all their tools by default, that does not look good if you value privacy.

But you know: "there is no free meal", someone has to pay for those 22M$!

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

Zakhar

or FAGIT

Do you need the first "T"?

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

Zakhar

Re: Frontal assault on Linus Torvalds and open source

I can't see the relation between "The Adderall Diaries" and your conspiracy theory. Can you enlighten us?

Zakhar

Re: haters gonna hate

Good advise, and I am in the process of moving all my repos to GitLab.

Zakhar

Re: haters gonna hate

There is a very objective grudge: did they stop charging you for a W$ license on each new PC even if you have zero intention to use this O.S.?

Well, the day they will stop that racketeering, I'll stop hating.

That's probably not tomorrow I guess!

Zakhar

I beg to disagree, I had one of those mouse, it was awful!

Zakhar

Re: @Harley

Indeed, and what Harley didn't say, they probably ditched the Linux version of Minecraft didn't they?

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

Zakhar

Re: On the face of it

That is because most people ranting about Unity are stuck with their habit and not patient enough to look at what is better.

A good clue of this non sense rant is that those people give no objective reason. They are only subjective : "It's bad, I go elsewhere"... Admittedly taste is indeed subjective, and the beauty of Linux desktop is that you have a lot of choice.

Let's be objective, I tried 18.04 live for a few minutes, there is an essential feature I couldn't replicate from Unity that I find essential: application menu in the top bar.

Objectively, whoever decided screen must have a ratio of 16/9 made "vertical space" a scarce resource, and going back to a desktop where the "vertical space" is eaten by:

- top panel

- title bar

- menu bar

... is a big big regression for me.

No doubt I will find somewhere a Gnome Extension that fixes it, and true for the rest Canonical has done a decent job at providing a close user experience of all the bonuses we had with Unity.

I'm also short of the "workspace selector" icon for the dock that was a click away in Unity, but no doubt it is somewhere also...

So you are very right, look at "objective" features complaints, and you'll see Unity haters never give you any clue.

Government demands for people's personal info from Microsoft reach all-time low

Zakhar

Re: Government requests for people's data from Microsoft fell

And also nobody uses this O.S. anymore (thanks Apple & Google)!

Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

Zakhar

Re: Business as usual

Exactly, which dates the last time they did great work for their users to the paleolithic ages of Windows XP!

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

Zakhar
Devil

Re: So one remainiac commissions a report from load of other remainiacs...

Anyway, many thanks to all the brexiters from Paris.

Instead of moving hot air, here are sources showing some short term effect:

(London Real Estate prices down for the first time in years: -0.5%)

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jan/08/uk-house-prices-fall-halifax-wages-buyers

(For those who don't read French is says that we are now around +9% a year in Paris which we hadn't seen for a long time!)

https://www.pap.fr/actualites/immobilier-paris-bat-des-records-de-prix/a19952

So I just made a nice amount a money, only last year, thanks to your vote.

I am very glad, please continue!

As for the long term effect... sorry I lost my crystal ball, but apparently your politics have found it, so all is well!

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

Zakhar
Linux

Re: Who didn't see this coming?

No please, Redmond... don't do that!

The day the monthly subscription starts we will see truckloads of n00bs going the penguin way. On top of having to respond to inept questions, it will attract all the malware makers.

We are happy with our 1% ...

... ah no, they said it recently doubled... well, let's hope it's not starting yet... and let's imagine they don't count WSL as Linux (who knows!)

[PS: sorry we can't have both sarcasm + penguin icons!]

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

Zakhar

I bet on Google

Redmond should realize the O.S. is now a commodity.

The O.S. should do his job which is handling your hardware and allowing you to run your software, and you should not even care what type of O.S. you run (unless you are a programmer).

On the other hand, users care about being able to run the software they like.

There was a similar "battle" in France between Free (a French ISP) and Google, around Youtube. At some point you couldn't watch comfortably any decent Youtube video. There were investments needed (network, cache, etc...).

Free said that users will change to another platform (Dailymotion?).

Google said that users will change ISP.

Fortunately, they end up with a deal: Google did some infrastructure investment for Free, and in exchange Free gave to its clients an Android-TV box (so that Google gets even more data, like what program you look on TV and when!).

We have the same battle here: Redmond says users will use other services than Google (GMail, Youtube, GMaps, etc...) and Google bet they will rather use another O.S. (Android/Chromebook...) to have the service.

My bet is that the service will win!

Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

Zakhar

Re: So...

Exactly, it went so well with RT, they want to do it again.

And that will be a lot of fun when the device reboots in the middle of phone call because it decides by its own will (or M$ will) that it has to do an update right now, and that it can't wait for another minute you finish your conversation.

Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

Zakhar

But then how do you explain that in France the Gendarmerie has been using desktop Linux for decades, is happy with that, and will certainly not change back to a proprietary O.S.

My guess: politics.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

Zakhar

Re: Everything's gone. Everything.

That is why I did, for the first time ever, before it had the chance to update:

sudo apt-mark hold firefox

... so that I will keep 56 until my favorite addons get rewritten/replaced.

Unfortunately I fear I'll loose cliget that nobody seems to care about!

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

Zakhar

Homo Sapiens is obsolete

I'm startled nobody talked about that in the comments.

That is the real issue behind this UBI idea.

We have had revolutions: the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, but the next revolution ("digital") jeopardizes what makes the difference between homo sapiens and the other living creatures: intelligence.

A.I. boffins speak of an inflexion point called "the singularity". It is the point where the machine will outsmart mankind. Knowing that IQ progresses very slowly (if any at all) and that machines still more or less follow Moore's law, this "singularity" is said to be between 25 to 50 years in the future.

At this point, what will the society do with all those obsolete person?

Of course there are other alternatives than UBI, but that scares me even more!

For those who understand French, I can recommend the speech Laurent Alexandre gave at the 2017's USI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3WOPKNvbt8

His alternative is transhumanism.

Frankly, having a chip inside my brain is not what I would vote for when we discover everyday the dark actions happening all around, the last one being Intel stuffing a spyware in every CPU...

So pick you choice, between having my brain "enhanced" by Intel/Google or UBI, I'll vote UBI.

Welcome to the scary future!

Zakhar

Re: Housing problem

You have not understood what UBI is then!

U = Universal. Means that whether you work or not, you have it. Doing otherwise is just what the state or private insurance pays for unemployment. It does already exist and is not UBI.

Obviously, if you decide you are prefer not working, you won't be able to live in the center of big cities on UBI only. So there won't be any housing issue, or it could marginally push up some prices in remote locations that no ones fancies.

Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

Zakhar

And so what

Isn't democracy about influencing people to vote for who you want?

Is it the fault of these poor (alleged) Russians that some people that can't even connect two dots and are easily influenced... and that they have the same vote than a Nobel Prize which is much harder to convince?

So now you want to decide that the "National Official TV Network" (whatever its name in any country), and the "National Official Press" have the right to influence people with their propaganda, but Facebook or the like have no right to influence anyone? How would this be democratic? I believe in the U.S. a company (like FB, Google, or any one) has the official right to support a candidate of its liking, why would you want to deprive them from this right?

It makes me laugh, same as when people were shocked when Berlusconi "bought" his election (yes, he owns TV, that was easy!). At least Berlusconi did it with its own money, not with tax payers' one.

Wake up. Democracy is a game with its rules. Some understand the rules better than others.

Is it the Russian's fault if the game is rigged?

WPA2 security in trouble as KRACK Belgian boffins tease key reinstallation bug

Zakhar

Re: Firmware update or OS?

It is already patched for Debian/Ubuntu. That was quick!..

Well, as I am using wired ethernet, I didn't really needed it anyway.

My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

Zakhar
Holmes

Visionaries!

And don't you remember Gates predicted the Internet would never work, and that was why they let Netscape take almost 100% of the browser market when they finally awoke.

M$ bosses have always been visionaries!

Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

Zakhar

Re: admin/admin

Since when does knowing anything about I.T. qualifies you for a job in an big company's I.T.?

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Zakhar

Re: And its only Windows 10?

No, real men use netcat and input each header manually!

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

Zakhar

Re: Ditch iTunes

As an alternative (not as simple as drag and drop from your computer), you can use VLC on iOS and enjoy for free the music/films on your media collection.

Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

Zakhar

Re: Yandex

And it has an official Linux client... which Google never bother develop (although there were some initiatives from the "community").

US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

Zakhar

That won't hold since you probably won't be able to reconstruct a valid filesystem.

Nevertheless, following your idea, you could be more precise and say: this is an encrypted swap partition, which is precisely a partition with no structure and just random data in it.

Of course, having a swap partition of 1TB would be quite suspicious, so you'd rather keep it small!

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

Zakhar

Re: I don't see a problem.

I couldn't agree more!

When I moved to HD Video, I switched from renting DVD to doing backups of HD movies from the internet ("to pirate" is inaccurate because when you digitally copy something, the original is not stolen, it is still there!.. that's why I use "to backup" instead).

Indeed, it was impossible (or at least I didn't want to search for hours) to watch a rented BluRay on my chosen device which runs Linux, and I have absolutely no intention to change my O.S.

I had no trouble renting a movie, but since they made more difficult than watching a backup, they got what they deserve.

Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

Zakhar
Linux

Re: The real blame goes to..

The real blame goes to... people continuing to use Windows.

But please, do continue so that we can enjoy Linux tranquillity... because you know what happens when there are too many Linuxes like Android: malware, viruses, etc...

I'm so glad Linux desktops keeps around 2% so that not to attract too many attention!

Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

Zakhar

Re: This is gonna suck.

For Linux, you just need the package intel-microcode.

You get it with 'sudo apt-get install intel-microcode', or graphically with the dialog box for additional (aka proprietary) drivers. You would use the same dialog box, for example to get the nVidia proprietary drivers instead of Nouveau which is the Open Source implementation for nVidia GPUs.

Here is what the documentation of the intel-microcode package says:

This package contains updated system processor microcode for Intel i686 and Intel X86-64 processors. Intel releases microcode updates to correct processor behavior as documented in the

respective processor specification updates.

So you just need to wait that you distro updates this proprietary stuff.

Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

Zakhar

Re: Near quarter century old musings ...

Yes, and they are finally acknowledging they use an outdated FS!

When you use HFS+ (Mac) or ext4 (Linux), you don't need to do any benchmark to feel the difference.

And obviously, all those nice features of modern FS like snapshots are missing.

Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

Zakhar

Re: Cross origin?

You don't need to change any setting for images, iframes, scripts, etc...

All that goes under the radar of SOP, unless you use addons like "RequestPolicy Continued".

Kill Google AMP before it kills the web

Zakhar

Re: Oh, meant to say - the Reg site is really slow on mobile

I'm so glad I'm using RequestPolicy Continued!

Banking association calls for end of 'screen-scraping'

Zakhar

Re: API vs Screen-scraping

In this case it is the exact contrary.

The one promoting the continuation of screen scraping want to protect there existing market. Indeed making screen scraping a mandatory fallback of the API will mean more banks won't do the double investment and won't do APIs, protecting only those who already master this technique: the existing third parties!

On the contrary, with a clean API initiative, all banks are willing to be in this new market of aggregation and payment initiation since there is now a clear legal framework.

So, when you build an API that you plan to use yourself, you don't make it "unworkable"!..

Zakhar

Re: I am confused

No, it's not about "not moving fields"...

And you are right to be confused. Screen scraping as done today is impersonation/identity theft and cannot reliably be banned technically, although some countries have made it illegal (Poland).

PSD2 mandates that the 3rd party authenticates with the bank. So that will now become "authenticated screen scraping". In the end it is a non-sense since from the moment the bank knows it is a third party and not the customer himself, there are laws that must be enforced such as GDPR too. So the customer must also give his consent, and you end up filtering what the website can reply to requests to comply with the user consent... which in the end provides the exact same result as the API, only more expensively, slower, less reliable (when you move filed around), etc...

Zakhar

Re: API vs Screen-scraping

It is referred to API standards initiatives. The Open API in the UK already went public that they spent several million pounds specifying a standard. They have already published detailed documentation up to swagger files describing the API.

The level of detail is the same for France, not yet there for Poland.

There are also several pan-European standardisation efforts: Berlin Group, CAPS.

Zakhar

Re: API vs Screen-scraping

Some countries already promote common API standards: UK (Open Banking), France, Poland.

Zakhar

Re: API vs Screen-scraping

Do you have inside information from banks or are you just doing a trial of intent.

Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

Zakhar

Re: Windows 7

Here is why the downvotes:

- You are never "in control" of a closed source O.S.

- As someone already replied, there are not X million different linux, just a common base with as many flavours you like. That is called "customisation". I'm not saying you MUST adopt an alternate O.S., but it's just being blatantly lazy not even giving it a try as is apparently the case.

- M$ didn't stop to listen to its customers 8 year ago, they stop in fact 15 years ago!

Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax, Linux has been here before

Zakhar

Exactly!

What Ubuntu did to the community is prove that Linux is not "so hard to install". Remember the old moto: Ubuntu means I failed to install Debian.

From here you have a lot of people enjoying it, and when they start working for enterprises they know it works.

That was the scheme Gates used in the last millennium. So if they abandon the desktop distro, they might loose their momentum, and at the end become irrelevant since RHEL is much more present in big companies than any other distro.

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

Zakhar
Facepalm

Raspberry?

Doesn't the PI have a raspberry as a logo?

Are they going to be sued for that too in case we mistakenly think a raspberry is a sort of apple?..

What a To-Do! Microsoft snuffs out Wunderlist

Zakhar

Re: This is rooted in 15 years+ ago

Your are right, and that's when I moved to Linux: when I was force out of XP by non sense-Vista. So glad I did that!

Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

Zakhar
Thumb Up

Re: Interesting.

Exactly, I was wondering if someone would ask that obvious question! Thanks.

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