* Posts by IGnatius T Foobar ✅

25 posts • joined 19 May 2018

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Re: stuck on HTTP

Why does every single website need HTTPS? Has someone assumed that all websites are eCommerce sites?

Exactly. Perhaps you're just publishing some information for everyone to read. What happens if the page is "insecure" and someone sniffs the connection? They get to read the same information that you already published, with the intent that everyone can read it.

You don't need to encrypt a billboard.

IBM wants everyone to marvel at the size of its Strategic Imperatives

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India Business Machines?

Weren't they some sort of 20th century technology company or something?

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Microsoft = IBM

Microsoft has been following in IBM's footsteps for decades. There's no reason to think that they won't stop now. Remember the TV commercials with those hip nuns talking about OS/2 Warp? Mighty enterprise brands go into that weird afterworld as the consumer space loses interest in them. The only reason this new Microsoft is interesting at all is because someone's got to keep Amazon from becoming the new monopoly.

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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computers...

PCs would have been more likely to run a network of green screen terminals using Sequent Unix or Microsoft Xenix.

That would have been a nice world to live in.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Linux

Windows and Linux

Windows Subsystem for Linux is surprisingly good ... it's good enough that my main rig is fitted for all of the software I want to run from both worlds. (And a wonderful program called MobaXterm makes it ridiculously easy.)

Still, although progress has been made in the UI, I would like to see Microsoft admit for good that their mobile efforts have failed, and optimize Windows 10 for desktops, which is still where 99.9% of its installations live. Come on Redmond, just a couple of beveled edges on those buttons would make us feel like we're using a computer again, and not an overgrown phone.

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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here in the northeastern US...

Here in the northeastern US, we had the same thing ... the regional telco (Verizon) offers true FTTP (the service is Verizon FiOS ... I have it and it's fantastic) ... so the regional cable tv company (Cablevision) started posting ads saying "we've been using fiber for over 15 years!" Well yes, but the fiber only goes to a neighborhood node that serves ~500 subscribers.

To be fair, the use of fiber vs. copper doesn't tell the whole story. What matters most is how oversubscribed the connection is. A typical FTTP BPON is 622 Mbps shared between 32 subscribers, and a typical GPON is 2.488 Gbps shared between 64 subscribers. And remember, that entire wavelength is dedicated to data. That's the problem with HFC and DOCSIS -- they can only dedicate so many channels to data, because most of them are still being used for video.

I've got to be honest, if there were no FTTP available in my area, I'd probably go with DSL instead of cable. Whatever speed you're able to purchase (depending on proximity to the CO), at least you know you're getting the entire channel to yourself, and it isn't going to tank during peak hours when everyone is online.

Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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No one uses halon anymore.

No one uses halon anymore. It's been retired for decades. In even an old-ish data center you're going to find fire suppression agents like FM-200, which are (relatively) safe to be exposed to. No one is going to die ... at least not until the PHB kills someone when he finds out how much it costs to recharge the canisters. That stuff is expensive.

Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

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Linux

Is anyone else more intrigued by the fact that they appear to be developing this whole thing on Linux?

Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

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"death of email" ? not until chat gets federation!

One reason email persists to this day is because every email system can send mail to every other email system in the world. The XMPP people even built and published the protocols for chat systems to do this, but Slack, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, and Google all decided to be greedy and put their users into walled gardens.

Until that problem is solved, email will always reign supreme. Because when you want to send a message to someone who isn't on the same system as you, it just works.

PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Gartner

Gartner's normal game is to simply tell everyone that current trends will continue. PHB's pay them a lot of money to do that so that if the prediction is wrong, it isn't the PHB's neck on the line. This model has satisfied everyone involved for decades, and it works well -- but it isn't a good indicator of what to expect in the industry next.

You have to understand why these firms exist. They don't provide "analysis" for our entertainment.

Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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This happened to Perl too...

Actually, Guido wasn't the first to do this. Larry Wall stepped down some time ago, but no one was able to read his resignation letter.

*rimshot*

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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broken

For four years I had a Nexus 5. As with all Nexus 5 handsets, the microphone broke and the only way I was able to conduct a conversation was with the speakerphone. Combined with the woefully underpowererd speaker, this made me hold the handset in the position shown in this article's first photo if I wanted to hear anything at all if I was in a noisy area.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Happy

Can we get this skin for Windows 10?

Can we get this skin for Windows 10? It's clean and simple, the controls look like they do what they actually do (buttons that look like buttons, for example), and it isn't optimized for touch on an OS that's 99.999% used on non-touch devices.

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Flaw in their methodology?

The methodology this article describes, suggests that perhaps it doesn't account for people simply shouting across the floor to communicate with others who are now in visual range.

The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought

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not a feature

Leave it to Apple fanbois to consider a defective design (the notch) to be a "feature" and then for others to ape it. Feh.

Micro Focus offloads Linux-wrangler SUSE for a cool $2.5bn

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Trials and tribulations

Micro Focus is a company that deals primarily in supporting obsolete technologies (such as COBOL) on modern hardware and software platforms. Attachmate was an excellent acquisition. SuSE, not so much. SuSE needs to be out on its own where it can thrive in the Linux world.

Most of the damage to SuSE was done by Ximian (aka "Novell") where the entire operation was sabotaged by Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman. They never really recovered from that assault on what had previously been an excellent Linux company.

Apple leak: If you leak from Apple, we'll have you arrested, says Apple

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Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory

These are the antics which prove that the events described in "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory" really did take place. The "retraction" was obviously issued under duress, under threat of mega-lawsuit from Cupertino.

Linus Torvalds decides world isn’t ready for Linux 5.0

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<blockquote>Window 3.0 was really the first usable Windows and was quite popular</blockquote>

Windows 7 was really the first usable version of Windows. FTFY

USA needs law 'a lot like GDPR' – says Salesforce supremo Marc Benioff

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Privacy policy law

As far as most people can tell, all these privacy laws do is cause the distribution of privacy policies to come so fast and frequent that people are in a hurry to dismiss them as quickly as possible without reading them.

Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems (remember them?) once said, "You have no privacy. Get over it." He took a lot of heat for saying that but it's basically true. Privacy is up to us. Third parties simply cannot be trusted.

Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped

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Gartner

Take this all with a grain of salt, of course. Gartner leans strongly towards "current trends will continue" so that the people who buy these reports can justify their decision making process and point to the Gartner report instead of taking the fall themselves if something goes wrong. They pay a lot of money to be able to do this.

Facebook's democracy salvage effort tilts scale in Mississippi primary

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Facebook has political biases.

It would be madness for anyone to think that Facebook does not have its own political biases. They do, and it's obvious. Perhaps Facebook should be regulated as a common carrier.

President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge

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Obvious bias -- twice

This is an obvious breach of Constitutional rights which will be quickly struck down if it goes to a higher court. For those of you unfamiliar with the US court system, this kind of thing has happened a lot lately, with federal judges who were appointed by the previous administration (and the opposing political party) taking it upon themselves to legislate from the bench.

Seriously guys, all of this anti-Trump rhetoric coming from El Reg's office in left-wing San Francisco is getting a bit tiring. Can we stick to IT please?

Now that's old-school cool: Microsoft techies slap Azure Sphere IoT chip in an Altair 8800

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BLOD

In a surprising development, the red LED's on the Altair all turned blue (the dreaded "Blue LEDs Of Death") as the Altair crashed during the demonstration.

The KITT hits the Man: US Congress urged to OK robo-car trials

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Self-driving cars are autonomous death machines

How many more people have to die before we can get some common sense legislation banning these autonomous death machines?

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Typical claptrap from a San Francisco writer

Blaming the culture of violence fomented by violent video games and violent movies makes more sense than blaming the weapon, despite what our writer from San Francisco seems to think.

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