* Posts by Waseem Alkurdi

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The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians

Waseem Alkurdi

Re: So

scams that require two-factor authentication,

How does that work? To pull that off, they should have your phone number beforehand, right?

Like the other day I noticed a phishing website purporting to be a fairly large Saudi bank held a certificate issued by an Israeli CA.

Wait, what?

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Trollface

Re: What would I do?

And emacs perhaps needs to shed off a few bytes first?

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: When did a program turn into an app??

actually Micro-shaft has been using the term 'app' since before XP.

The term was "application", not "app". The "app" came into existence as you rightfully mention, after the iPhone.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: I really don't care

The 7 version has that @#$%'ing HIDEOUS RIBBON

The Paint source code is included in the Windows NT source code dump. One can possibly compile it using modern tools (see OpenNT for an OS compiled using the selfsame method).

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: If you found yourself in charge of the in-box Windows 10 apps, what would you do with them?

@bombastic bob

and people can *EASILY* *REBEL* against the ribbon, 2D FLATSO, fat-finger-burger UI by RETURNING to these simple yet elegantly useful applications (like notepad) with only the most MINOR of updates

And security?

You said "people", and this implies "regular people" (as opposed to techies who have already jumped to Linux).

Security vulnerabilities? Windows 7 support expires in 2020 or something.

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Waseem Alkurdi
Devil

The quote begins with "You're alone ..." xD

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Virus screener goes down, Intel patches more chips, Pegasus government spying code spreads across globe

Waseem Alkurdi

Re: News Roundup? - Dumbing down of the Reg!!!

What's with the 5-in-1 BBC copycat news round-up?

This isn't new stuff, they've been doing it for some time now.

Less chance of news being overlooked.

Personally, I find that they'd be less overlooked than if they were each in an article.

That's ny opinion though, no accounting for taste.

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Waseem Alkurdi

For some Linux builds (such as Debian) the microcode update can also be downloaded and updated manually.

Microcode loading has been a standard feature of the mainline Linux kernel for ages, and the microcode files are available at Intel's website.

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Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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Facepalm

(NASA Helpdesk):

Did you reboot it? Yes, you definitely need to reboot it. Wait, is it plugged in?

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No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

Waseem Alkurdi

Don't get me wrong; there is other life out there in the universe.

May as well say that there isn't, unless we observe it.

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Waseem Alkurdi
Trollface

Re: Unconvinced

And the Internet too.

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Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

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Or even better: Kopi Luwak coffee, hand-picked from elephant shit.

Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2017-01-27/world-s-priciest-coffee-is-hand-picked-from-elephant-dung

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Waseem Alkurdi
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Re: Queuing is a job

So own a $1000+ phone? Bah, a 200 Wileyfox or Honor does all I need. But buy an expensive phone and sell it within an hour for a 50% markup after costs? Hell yeah.

That's what I call Bastard (as in BOFH) Cunning.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: "£1,499 for the 512GB model"

However, if they don't need any other computing devices then it doesn't make much difference.

Does that justify it? The storage difference between the 64GB and the 512GB price is waaaaay more expensive than a more competent SSD of more capacity.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: I was on the tube...

Except for your stereotypical association of this madness with millenials, I totally agree.

But think of it. Does he do it b/c all his friends are? What are the reasons these people get stuck in their iThingies?

And regarding Deliveroo, no, it isn't idiocy. It is a business exploiting the mentioned-above. Ethical? Hardly. Successful? Seems to be.

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Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro

Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Solution?

but it turns out the Ubuntu installer can't see the disk unless I tweak some BIOS setting that can only be changed before installing Windows.

You mean the AHCI/IDE mode.

Try recompiling a kernel with drivers for your AHCI controller, or even easier, just change to IDE (at least temporarily).

My nose tells me that your laptop is a consumer (as opposed to business-class) model.

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Microsoft's collaboration software Teams works on its collaboration hardware Surface Hub

Waseem Alkurdi
Mushroom

available to those brave enough to add its jumped-up whiteboard to the Windows Insider programme.

A BOFH, no less.

Hey, why has that board restarted for updates mid-board-presentation?

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Early bird access to .NET Framework 4.8? Microsoft, you spoil us

Waseem Alkurdi

Re: client install!?

@ chivo243

Not really. It takes just 10 minutes to install.

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Waseem Alkurdi
Trollface

Re: client install!?

An (registered) account called Anonymous Coward? How did they allow you?!

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Lets get real

@J J Carter

Say what you like about .NET at least devs don't need to prat about choosing GTK+, Qt, Spring Boot, Django, Pyramid, Ionic, Titanium,

You forgot X Athena and Cairo.

But on a more serious note, it actually depends on the target. Long term app? You don't pick something like the last four choices you've mentioned. Chances are that the single dev *are* going to abandon them in a year or so. You choose a more "stabe" alternative like GTK+ or Qt.

However, the *real* problem is that these change very, very often. (GTK+3, I'm looking at you, yeah.)

But some have matured and little is changing there (GTK+2, Qt4).

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Waseem Alkurdi
Megaphone

Re: .NET Core is hard to deploy

Our 6 year old .NET application suite isn't going to get ported over to linux, so stop touting it as an advantage.

Time to replace them maybe with something that has a little more future planning?

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Lets get real

WinForms and WPF have gone the way of the dodo and UWP is unusable.

Windows Forms

Was good, very good. Still is. But then came Windows 8, and later UWP, and M$ started shifting away the limelight. and now Windows Forms applications look out-of-place. At least, I change the b/g color to white on mine to make them look less "old".

WPF

Dead on arrival. Too bloated.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Despite coding in it ...

... and there, with the persistent use of name-calling, caps and emphasis markers, and obvious personal bias, goes any possible credibility of your argument.

So because he uses all that, you believe that he isn't right, even if he was?

Isn't that personal bias?

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Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

Waseem Alkurdi

Re: As usual, the air conditioning was the last thing they funded...

Applies to every other piece of crucial server infrastructure, including (a) UPSes (b) the servers themselves.

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Waseem Alkurdi
Joke

Unfortunately, it appeared that ARM also struggled with customers experiencing time-outs and, of course, problems with resources that had underlying dependencies.

Is that why we're still using x86 on servers? Never knew M$ loved ARM anyway.

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Biz! Formerly! Known! As! Yahoo! Settles! Data! Breach! Cases! To! The! Tune! Of! $47m!

Waseem Alkurdi
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Re: Is it me?

Am I totally out of touch never having heard of "Altaba" before today?

Make that two of us.

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Waseem Alkurdi

I'm taking bets here.

(Won't happen.)

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First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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How the hell did you manage to spot this! xD

To save newtimers the Googling:

Windows (post-NT) comes in two "flavors": Free and Checked.

Free is a Release build (for long, I've seen that XP's version line read "x86fre", but had no idea why. That's why.)

Checked is a Debug build with debugging syms on and compile-time optimizations off.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: MS ignoring Apple?

really want the MS tools/apps on their iDevice.

Then get a Windows Phone .. oh wait ...

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Waseem Alkurdi
Stop

Re: Download

MSI

MSU, not MSI. That's a Windows Installer package.

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Kronos crims go retro, Apple builds cop portal, Swiss cheesed over Russian hack bid, etc

Waseem Alkurdi

Most times (if we're talking business-class laptops/desktops here), you can update the firmware independently from the BIOS/UEFI firmware. The ME firmware sits on a separate region of the flash.

But Intel doesn't seem to be releasing the firmware on its websites ... they only have a flasher, and the firmware comes from OEM. Damn, wly the hell?

At least, if you're comfortable soldering chips, you can try me_cleaner or somthing.

Edit: https://www.win-raid.com/t596f39-Intel-Management-Engine-Drivers-Firmware-amp-System-Tools.html

This site seems to provide separate F/W packages for all versions of MEI.

However, what if there are remotely exploitable zero-days? (I think that there ARE ones in the wild, which may be why the US Gov't. asked for HAP support on Skylake MEI and above)

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Waseem Alkurdi

(The comment above was in response to OP)

Nonetheless, I look at this as a positive first step as I've discovered when you invent activation locks, ICloud login phishing is the answer for resetting stolen handsets.

You need to know your victim first, send an exploit or whatever, then steal the handset.

Look how it just became at least three times more difficult than just nabbing a phone carelessly left in a pocket inside a purse?

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Waseem Alkurdi
Devil

Re: FTFY

Seems to be a web portal that redirects any submissions to the Apple Priority Media Inquiries Box (/dev/null), from what they did to El Reg over the years.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Armed with those keys, an attacker could then decode sensitive information such as passwords that would allow them to take over Intel Management Engine (ME) firmware controls in PCs and servers.

Fuck you, Intel.

That's what we get for allowing a black box sitting on the processor "Intel vPro/AMT/ME/whatever".

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Waseem Alkurdi
Happy

The first thing that I thought of when I saw this? An Arabic proverb that translates as "If the judge was a wolf, to whom must the shepherd pass his complaint?"

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A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Bad managers are like knotweed

Sysadmins are like army generals anyhow. But their soldiers are a different kind, always loyal, can't rebel.

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The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Secure Web Sharing without ads or tracking

- It's called a Mac. The "Macintosh" died two decades ago, around the Apple-NeXT acquisition and subsequently, Mac OS X.

- Don't bother marketing around these corners, because somebody who knows what NAT means already knows how to securely browse the Web (and probably uses Linux).

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Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

Waseem Alkurdi
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Re: Sexist?

, is it because 'Max' is (usually) a male name?

Correct me if I'm wrong (Mon français n'est pas parfait), but if there's a name Maxmillien, there's a Maxmillienne as well, so that doesn't count for them.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: eSIM sucks

Also, am I the only one thinking that this puts WAY too much power on apple’s side?

With network-locked phones, Apple already has *all* the power. The phone won't (un)lock except if it phones home to mothership.

Try (factory-)unlocking a network-locked iPhone. eBay is filled with iPhones that won't unlock.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: I can see some of the US networks

Then AFAIK, one US network charges $80 to unlock the phone at the end of the contract.

That US network is called Sprint, and in addition to the charge, they have strict requirements (only the phone's original account holder can do it, must be fully paid, etc etc etc)

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Yay!

Cool. That means that iPhones should be eliminated from a progressive, thinking society. Case closed! xD

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Waseem Alkurdi

Rented from whom, and leased by whom?

The owner of the network would act like the current "incumbent" operators act.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Yay!

The first El Reg article on the new iPhones ... and thankfully, unlike everybody else's, doesn't worship at Apple's altar, praising "new" "features" et al.

Thanks El Reg!

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Still waiting for Windows 9

If it walks like Windows 7 and quacks like it, then it gotta be Windows 7 xD

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Waseem Alkurdi
Pirate

Re: From my cold dead hard drive

Security holes. BWHAHAHAHAHA.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: and then a product manager accidentally saw it.

What's with the hate of blur?

I'm one big ADORER of blur. Much like "frosted glass" in my opinion. And that lockscreen screenshot looks good, actually. (Finally, a new feature to actually like in Windows 10!)

I've even brought it over to Linux - magic of compton ;-)

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Waseem Alkurdi
Joke

Re: Microsoft

I'm sure you'll find it's "C"uality, not "K"wality.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

Waseem Alkurdi
Mushroom

Re: It's sad to see that so far no model could fully improve on the X200

I wonder how those decisions got made

Beancounters.

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Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Plenty of X220s on eBay

So? My laptop is from there, got shipped halfway across the world (from Texas to Amman), and has a Canadian keyboard layout. I touch-type both English and Arabic on that, blindly. And you can't live with a few keys shifted from the US layout? If it's really a big problem, get an extra keyboard with the purchase, and install it yourself!

Edit: Or you can use these little stickers, but I personally detest them from the depths of my heart ... Too ugly when they wear out ...

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Not just Edge

- The machine could "talk" to a Mac AND to Windows. Mac (OS X) is UNIX, Linux is UNIX's cousin.

- How does the machine connect to a PC/Mac? USB? Serial? Ethernet? IP over Avian Carriers?

All these can be sniffed and their communications reverse-engineered, You just need a packet sniffer and somebody with the courage.

(If the machine is very old, chances that are it won't connect to newer computers either)

But anyhow, it can be mostly solved by reverse engineering, but start at the connector, then the Mac (OS X?) driver.

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