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30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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"You do not do that in intelligence work. At all costs you do NOT jeopardise your people. This is unbelievably bad."

That is a naive comment. Watch "panorama ira 2017". In war or "internal security" even your own agents are knowingly expendable - for the greater good? It's not about being fair, it is much uglier than many realise. I'll avoid becoming an agent.

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: Her Indoors

I stopped supporting friends Windows computers years ago, much more time with my friends now :-)

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere

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"32 cores vs 16 (32 with hyper-threading)" but since Aug 1st 2018 hyperthreading needs to be turned off in environments such as hypervisors.

Our servers dropped from 32 to 16 logical cpus without any noticeable performance drop, according to tests by vmware (or was it intel) some environments run faster with hyperthreading disabled.

Hyperthreading is hype, it isn't helping much in many or most environments.

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Can't stop DOCX

For as long as no one else can open documents and such reliably from other vendors. Only one vendor will prevail.

Windows Server 2008 SP2 gets new support model

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Re: Most shops hold on to old server OS for one reason

We have a Building Management System running on 2008r2. The software does not support newer Windows. It'll be $30,000 to upgrade the Bms. Locked in by Windows and the lockin costs hey!

If it wasn't for the fact that it's a Siemens system as effected the Iran centrifuges we'd probably extend windows Support.

The new Bms software requires Flash ffs. Ffs. Ffs. Ffs. Cocks. Are other industries as clueless as IT?

UK government's cloud spending hits saturation: Love of Microsoft endures

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Re: Love of Microsoft endures

Microsoft's 10 year obligation with the EU to Support ODF ends in a couple of years. Whilst this is in effect, the UK gov were wise to use this opportunity to state that suppliers such as MS "must" Support ODF, so hopefully it will be supported longer. Other govs should to do this. This is so important in the history of computing.

Google should push ODF too, but they don't, it's too late for Google now. Microsoft's varying transitional "Docx" formats win. Microsoft will ensure no one will ever work with Microsoft's file formats reliably unless they pay a license.

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: And how is this MSFTs fault?

Edge still works. What a pity Chrome doesn't work, sorry about that, we'll see if we can find a fix, but fist it's time for my long lunch break.

Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix

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Microsoft are you being evil again ?

Microsoft's March 2018 Windows Update removes Virtual Network adapter, and creates a new default one, this loses IP settings if they are static. I believe this has been the cause of many systems outages, it broke our "test" servers. Here are the prerequisites if you've not applied March's updates already: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4088875/windows-7-update-kb4088875

Microsoft did similar things to earlier Windows and Office versions towards their end of life too. It is mafia style, poor morals and very unethical.

Sysadmin wiped two servers, left the country to escape the shame

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I was on the other side of planet earth all on my own, no-one to call when things got ugly. I was doing some remote work on a server at the country I was in. For a change, I thought I would have a go at using Windows 3.1 Winfile instead of DOS Norton Commander, but over the 14.4k modem the screen updates were really-really slow. "Oops" I clicked delete and then OK for it to delete all files on the OS/2 server. It was like a slow motion train wreck, nothing I could do, it slowly deleted everything in front of my eyes. The server I had deleted all the files from was core to the data communication system; all other servers of the data communication system started up from it. Complicated stuff with many configuration files that were being regularly updated whist debugging the new unreliable system, no regular tape backups; just the odd occasional one. The system kept running...phew! All I had to do now was book a flight to the other end of the country the following day. I had to get there before the next system crash, as crashes happened most days being a new system. Attempt to restore from backup, if complete enough, if good enough, if current enough to restore the folders, configuration files, then a very brave attempt of a complete system restart. Sphincter was like a goldfish mouth for 24 hours... got it going! If I hadn't, I don't know what I would have done.

STOP! It's dangerous to upgrade to VMware 6.5 alone. Read this

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5.5 to 6.5 was quick n easy

Upgrade vcentre then esxi's. For any software upgrade check dependancies and do it in the right order, I did double check even though it was obvious what it should be in our case.

Love html access, we now connect straight into vcentre and even directly into hosts. But best of all we can do this from Ubuntu too. I haven't missed the legacy, Windows only c# client once, relatively it was restrictive.

Update manager is also built into the vcentre appliance, it rocks!

Well done VMware :-)

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