* Posts by Geoff Campbell

1673 posts • joined 13 Jun 2008

The sins of OneDrive as Microsoft's cloud storage service turns 15

Geoff Campbell
Windows

Re: And another thing

You're right, it's very much not smart. But it ain't Microsoft that were being dumb.

He could have gone into File Explorer, and copied the files in any manner he fancied from there, just as if they were on the local disk. "File Explorer", you see? The clue's in the name?

The web interface into OneDrive used to be pretty clunky, simply because it's just not needed. It's a lot better now, but still completely unnecessary in most cases - I use it occasionally to archive project stuff from customer's machines that can't be logged into my Microsoft account directly.

GJC

Microsoft's fix for 'data damage' risk hits PC performance

Geoff Campbell
Windows

Move to Linux

Yes, you should. Stop talking about it, and do it.

I mean, I'm staying with Windows, which I find perfectly useable and stable, but if you're going to whine on so about it, just bloody do it, m'kay?

GJC

Burger King just sent spam receipts to customers

Geoff Campbell
Childcatcher

Re: the result of an internal processing error.

Might as well, there's bugger all meat in it.

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: The bigger problem with the app..

I have the App in front of me now. It does not have permissions to the address book.

I use it because it makes life very easy, and I get free coffee. I can walk in, sit at a table, order, and have the food brought to me. Saves all that tedious queuing and waving credit cards around.

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Re: You gave them your email address when you bought a burger?

That is not what is going on here. Try again.

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Re: It's not marketing

You don't want a confirmation that your order has safely reached the system for processing? Well, OK, but I would contend that this is a minority view.

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

It's not marketing

Thing is, this looks like the ordering system has gone rogue and sent out a receipt for a null order. So this email template is the one you would receive if you had placed an order, so an "unsubscribe" link would make no sense.

Cock-up rather than conspiracy, I'm going to bet. But then, it normally is.

GJC

Enough with the notifications! Focus Assist will shut them u… 'But I'm too important!'

Geoff Campbell
Windows

Re: It's not just the OS...

Windows Phone was a beautiful OS, I too was distraught when it was ditched. Microsoft have made so many bad choices around the evolution of Windows Core/CShell/etc., when they were so close to getting it right.

I've got a Surface Duo in front of me now. Absolutely beautiful piece of engineering, it's a really nice device with Android on. With a modern version of Windows Phone, it would be a great device, albeit perhaps a bit too expensive.

Oh, well...

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: As an application developer ...

That's nothing to do with the proliferation of messages.

I started out in the '80s, programming single-task applications on PCs. The sort of thing where a company would buy a PC, a printer, and our software, stick it on a desk, and use it for that one task, you know? Running DOS, so the computer booted up, automatically loaded our application, and did *absolutely* nothing else.

Any error message that came up was definitely and absolutely an error, and came with a summary text and a warning that we would want to know what the text said.

Did the users make a note of it before dismissing it? Did they fuck.

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: It's not just the OS...

On Android, enabling Do Not Disturb will make the phone totally silent (as it should), then you can enable individual phone numbers that can over-ride the setting and alert you if a call or text arrives. Very handy, very easy to set up.

I assume iOS has similar.

GJC

Linux may soon lose support for the DECnet protocol

Geoff Campbell

Re: I used to love DECnet

LK250 certainly sounds right.

You certainly can get converters, for not a lot of money:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/TanQY-Adapter-Keyboard-Interface-Support/dp/B07FLD3T8T/

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Re: I used to love DECnet

Pathworks (and PCSA before that) was a great system. Worked a lot better once we got the memory management stuff fully sorted so it could co-exist with other network drivers.

They were happy days, and a much simpler time. I lost track of the number of hard drives I replaced in VAXmates, and selling the special VT-compatible PC keyboards to banks and dealing houses to replace the ones that got stuff spilled on them during games of office rugby or cricket was a constant source of income for us.

I think perhaps I might have worked with you at some point, I was at Network Connection Ltd. around 1987-1994 sort of era, we were (or considered ourselves to be, at least) one of the leading third party PC-VAX integration houses in the UK.

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Pirate

The magic of Open Source

I do sometimes wonder if the posters of "something must be done!" suggestions have any idea how Open Source projects work...

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: Monocultures and Malware

Whilst that's a good basic philosophy, running additional protocols in addition to TCP/IP doesn't make it a multiculture. It's a monoculture with some stuff on the side.

GJC

Funds sought for first submarine cable to Antarctica

Geoff Campbell
Pirate

Shall we start a sweepstakes...

...on how long it is before someone suggests building a luxury hotel in the Antarctic? My money's on, oh, 2026, I think.

GJC

Hints about SUSE's 'Adaptable Linux Platform' emerge

Geoff Campbell
Go

Re: Turtles all the way down

SMTP AUTH is easy enough, so long as the receiving system supports plaintext authentication. I used to do it all the time to test servers.

GJC

Is the Apple car real? These patents suggest yes

Geoff Campbell
Windows

Re: Apple's new business model

New?

GJC

Apple forgoes cooling systems in M2 MacBook Air

Geoff Campbell

Re: Old tricks

I had a few experiences with the Amstrads, both 1512 and 1640. They were dreadful pieces of rubbish, a moderately decent technical spec let right down by rubbish engineering. The cases rattled and buzzed constantly, as soon as you fixed one irritating background noise, another one popped up.

GJC

Baidu crashes the cost of robo-taxis by 75 percent

Geoff Campbell
Paris Hilton

Re: Human drivers aren’t so great…

Whilst you're quite right logically, in practice you're very wrong.

Even if we create a self-driving car that results in the number of deaths on the road falling to 10% of the current number, the press and certain politicians will be all over them, demanding justice and action. And the lawyers will make out like bandits.

GJC

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI

Geoff Campbell
Black Helicopters

Re: Turning tests around

Yes, indeed.

Actually, having had to deal with a similar situation myself, I'd say this has all the hallmarks of an employee suffering some sort of breakdown, and a boss having to find a way to give them space to get sorted out without tripping over the various clauses of the disability legislation.

But that may well be extrapolating too far on the available data. We'll see how it plays out.

GJC

Geoff Campbell

stereotypical sentient AI

I'm currently rather enjoying Craig Alanson's "Expeditionary Force" series of books, mostly because the super-intelligent alien AI is extremely believably written and developed. It's a bit of a jerk, lacks social graces, misunderstands motivations, and generally does all the things one would expect of an AI with no experience of being human.

GJC

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment

Geoff Campbell

as you can't do that anymore.

Who told you that? Right-Click|New|Text document works perfectly in Windows 11, just as it always used to.

GJC

New submarine cable to link Japan, Europe, through famed Northwest Passage

Geoff Campbell

Re: Who are the customers?

The high-frequency traders will pay significant money for each single millisecond you can shave off of their latency to the exchanges. They make money by being the first to place a trade, or something.

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Re: Who are the customers?

Yes, I work from home and often spend half a day in a single video conference. No noticeable problems with latency (as expected, it's measured at around 30-40ms) or drop-outs of any sort. It has been a genuine revelation for rural broadband.

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Re: Who are the customers?

Starlink are in the "very fast" category, but doesn't suffer from handover problems. I've been using it for a while now, and everything Just Works(tm).

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Re: Who are the customers?

Not enough to make a significant difference in the case of LEO satellites, at 4-600km up.

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Holmes

Who are the customers?

I wonder if the backers of this have done their homework?

Phase 2 of Starlink will be going live shortly, that's the bit where the satellites use frickin' lasers to make inter-continental latencies rather lower than can be achieved by terrestrial fibre (because the speed of light in a vacuum is much faster than the speed of light in optical fibre).

Sure, the satellite systems aren't so good for really big bulk data transfers that fibre can handle well, but those don't tend to be latency sensitive, so they can go via the established routes.

Still, more connectivity is always good, so good luck to them.

GJC

Panasonic admits intruders were inside its servers for months

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: Too long...

You seem very sure of yourself. Certainly there will be SOPs that *should* trip in short order, but are they 100% infallible? How have you tested that?

GJC

Apple sues 'amoral 21st century mercenaries' NSO for infecting iPhones with Pegasus spyware

Geoff Campbell

Re: I sense this is not going to be a popular opinion...

I confess, I'm not a lawyer, and I took some of the statements in the article at face value without doing a full breakdown of the legal arguments.

I am still not as comfortable as you appear to be with the situation.

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Coat

I sense this is not going to be a popular opinion...

What business is it of Apple what software runs on their devices after they have been sold?

I mean, sure, I wish for NSO Group to die in a collective ditch, along with all similar parasites. But I am rather uncomfortable with the concept that a device manufacturer has any sort of legal path to mandate what can or cannot be run on a device that they have sold.

I think this is one of those cases where I fervently wish that both sides could lose.

GJC

Apple, Amazon fined to the tune of €200m for colluding over Beats headphones sales

Geoff Campbell
Facepalm

Re: That's Terrible

It's always amused me just how resistant the arch capitalists are to proper free-market economies once you scratch the surface.

GJC

Microsoft slows Windows 10 release cadence to yearly. If they're all as dull as the November Update, this is fine

Geoff Campbell
Windows

Um, I do. I *like* Windows.

OK, part of that is 34 years of familiarity, but it has rarely done anything too nasty to me, and I don't have to justify my choice if, say, a report I write can't be opened on a customer's machine. Partly because it's never happened, but mostly because saying "I'm using the latest version of MS Office on Windows" closes down any "your system isn't standard" accusations.

I have plenty of experience of Linux on desktop and server (there are a couple of Linux machines and probably half a dozen VMs within arm-reach of me now) and also of OSX/MacOS/whatever it's called this week, and they're all good. But none of them are as good as Windows, for me and my usage.

No doubt this will receive plenty of downvotes. Odd, isn't it?

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Windows

Re: Is it stable yet?

Windows 10 and 11 have both been supremely stable for me, across dozens of machines. Sometimes it is not wise to put too much faith in the volume of comments.

GJC

Truck, sweet truck: Volvo's Chinese owner unveils methanol/electric truck with bathroom and kitchen

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: Methanol as a store of energy for a fuel cell

TANSTAAFL

The creation of the methanol will take at least as much energy, and probably more, than charging batteries to drive the same distance, so it doesn't help with your (largely illusory) generational problems.

GJC

Amazon hasn't launched one internet satellite yet, but it's now planning a fleet of 7,774

Geoff Campbell

Re: The future's so bright i gotta wear shades

I'm not buying it, I have to say. Even millions of satellites on the surface of a sphere over 13,000km in diameter is not going to get even close to the sorts of densities you are talking about, and at the moment we are talking about tens of thousands, not millions. But, OK, we'll see.

The bottom line is simply that LEO is such a useful place, that it is going to become rather busy, one way or another, so we'd better start planning for that. Me, I'd rather like to see the Milky Way from an orbital platform, and for that to happen, Low- and Mid-Earth Orbit is going to have to become a routine place to visit, just like an extension of our planet.

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Re: The future's so bright i gotta wear shades

Reflected from where?

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Yes, they will de-orbit when they are due for replacement.

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Re: Climate change?

Fair enough.

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Re: The future's so bright i gotta wear shades

You won't see all the satellites, only the ones low enough on the horizon to catch the sunlight. You're panicking over nothing.

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Not quite

That is, of course, the ideal solution, and I have no doubt that SpaceX and others will be looking to sell such links to corporates with deep pockets.

However, going up to a satellite from the UK, around the planet by frickin' lasers, then down to a ground station in New York for onward transmission to a local business will also shave some milliseconds off the latency.

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: Climate change?

Both Blue Origin and SpaceX are working towards renewable fuel. Blue Origin uses hydrogen, SpaceX are using methane (that will be) created from atmospheric CO2 and water in the Starship engines, which I'm guessing will find their way into the Falcon boosters before long.

Both have reusable boosters, so that's not a huge concern either.

But even if that weren't the case, rocket launches have a surprising low GHG footprint. From memory, a Falcon 9 launch is the same footprint as a single one-way flight from London to New York.

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

"Dined with him" in the loosest possible sense of the phrase

They were all at an event organised by a third party. Hold the presses!

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Go

Re: The future's so bright i gotta wear shades

You will still be able to see the Milky Way perfectly well, everywhere you can now see it. LEO satellites are visible to the naked eye under certain circumstances, but they don't really intrude on the night sky to visual observers.

It's long-exposure telescope photos that they screw up.

GJC

Microsoft: Many workers are stuck on old computers and should probably upgrade

Geoff Campbell
Windows

Re: How often do they expect replacement

Back when I was involved in deskside stuff, there were broadly two types of company. Some bought absolute entry-level, and refreshed every three years, others bought high-mid-range, and refreshed every five years.

As far as I could tell, the two looked to be about equal in terms of cost and utility to the users.

GJC

Amazon aims to launch prototype broadband internet satellites by Q4 2022 – without Bezos' Blue Origin

Geoff Campbell
Stop

Re: Oh right!

Who decides what is really needed?

GJC

Geoff Campbell
Thumb Up

Re: Oh right!

I've had Starlink running here for a few months. You're going to love it.

I've not done proper measurements, but a quick eye-balling of the electricity bills and smart meter data looks to me like the average consumption over time is less than 100w. I can't detect significant difference in my bills, which a solid continuous 100w should have increased by a good 10%.

GJC

Apple seeks geniuses to work on 6G cellular modem before it's even shipped own 5G chip

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: 4G will still be good enough for most people.

There was a time when dial-up modems were good enough for most people. Time moves on, and gradually things improve, although of course not every step is an improvement. The overall direction of travel is what counts.

GJC

Jeff Bezos wants to build a business park in space

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: "an office address in space for businesses"

I think perhaps you might be misunderstanding how Head Office addresses work, somewhat.

GJC

Geoff Campbell

Re: Tax haven

I would not be arrogant enough to state that I know the motivations behind those companies. The stated aim is to make the human race multi-planetary, although Tesla isn't really much of a part of that plan.

That's rather different to putting a tin can into orbit so you can declare the tax location of your Earth-bound companies as "not in your jurisdiction, buddy".

I have no doubt that there will be plenty of tax wrinkles to work out if we ever do get two full communities of meatsacks on two different planets, mind you.

GJC

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