* Posts by NiteDragon

18 posts • joined 22 Apr 2016

'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales


Re: "showing Redmond is taking seriously the creeping advance of Apple"

Believe me, the though has occurred while doing a walk of shame (laptop open while running) because windows decided to update instead of shut down or, you know, ask if I have 20 minutes to spare.


Anyone else filled with dread at the news Microsoft will include AI and reduce the ribbons. I dislike the ribbon with a passion, but I dread Microsoft trying to guess what I'm doing and limiting the available options accordingly.

It'll be clippy all over again :(

Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years


I love intel's 'everyone else is a bit rubbish too' defence. I'll try that if I ever fluff up my code security to the extent that my product appears on tech news.

WikiLeaks emits CIA's Wi-Fi pwnage tool docs


Honest question; anyone who did wireless networking back in the early days even slightly surprised by this?

Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts


I'm sure we'll be the first place international companies chose to store data and infrastructure with once these idiots get this sort of lunacy through.

Will it save lives? probably not - but then again, it's not really about terror is it?

Edinburgh Uni email snafu tells students they won't be graduating


"The WHERE clause on the SQL statement that chose the target cohort was clearly not calculating the credits correctly resulting in the wrong cohort being sent the automated email"

Alas in the system they use the vendor requests that you code in a vendor-specific language (called SRL; a semi-spawn of a language called uniface) which is far slower and prone to handling nulls etc in strange ways - also when I tested it, its performance was horrendous.

It makes coding for the system more painful than it needs to be, and increases the grey hair count way more than even the worst SQL I've dealt with. On the plus side as the system in question is apparently market leader - if you can deal with ignoring how badly it is coded and how clunky it is... You're pretty much assured a job in a lot of Universities...


Tribal SITS

I was suspecting they used $hits. Had some real fun times with that archaic glorified access database in the past.

Netgear 'fixes' router by adding phone-home features that record your IP and MAC address


I was stupid enough to purchase the D7000 from Netgear, so I'd already decided to consider all other brands first in the future... This however adds them to the pile of vendors that won't even be entertained for any of my networking needs (and who will be my example of bad choices to anyone I support, or who asks).

As for the 'we did this for support' argument; Netgear offers 90 days iirc... so I'm assuming they turn this feature off after 90 days? ;)

Seriously, I could grow roses in half of the excuses companies come out with.

Space upstart plans public cloud in low Earth orbit


On top of the rather valid points of the posts above... More space junk and rare minerals burning up in cycles doesn't really sound like the sanest plan ever?

Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration


I think one O/S across devices can work - I just don't think a company that as arrogant as Microsoft can do it.

You actually have to talk to customers and listen, do iterative builds - realise privacy is actually important in some people's lives; rather than pretend to engage and then "know better" and think "we're important - they will learn how to do it our way".

Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner


Giant ants COULD take over the earth

Microsoft COULD write non-bloaty software

Gartner COULD try to be less tabloid and more factual*

Lots of things could happen... Don't suppose someone can wake me up if it does?

(*Probably a little unfair)

Don't panic, Florida Man, but a judge just said you have to give phone passcodes to the cops


Now I fancy a Pie. <sigh>

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain


Sooo - why exactly were they poking around with the code in regedit?

Hint: I doubt it would have been driven by a sudden need to make it more friendly.

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


This entire article pretty much sums up my experience... Although, we also use the latest version of Visio (the one that makes entity relationship diagrams have so much white space only 4 or 5 tables fit on a page).

It feels like the people redesigning these applications have no idea who the actual paying audience is.

UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records


Re: Just fucking leave already

It's unlikely to work - but it will keep friends of various politicians in new cars and big houses for a while.

AC - quality rant; can I ask where you moved to? I also feel a bit like it may be a good point to step off this deluded elitist little island.

Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)


I need to get out of this joke of a country. Somewhere a bit more liberal - like China.

How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases


Okay - today if asked who I am; I'm going to say "I am Slag".

Should brighten up a dull Friday.

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