* Posts by Wila

15 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Sep 2008

From Bangkok to Phuket, they cry out: Oh, Bucket! Thai mobile operator spills 46k people's data


It's a hack they say

True reports this as "that they have been hacked", because that sounds better as "we forgot to protect your data" and that they intent on legally pursuing the hacker (aka our poor security researcher now gets to explain things to the legal team of True)

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10


Re: The end

They already pulled calc.exe.

What you get now on trying to run that is the shitty UWP alternative for calc.

TP-Link 3G/Wi-Fi modem spills credentials to an evil text message


Draytek? OpenWRT?

This is a pocket wifi device with only a 3G connection.

Call it a MiFi if you like.

Microsoft BPOS biz-cloud hit by another outage


built from the ground up?

Oh, let's swap our buggy service with a grand fail proof new one.

Don't fix existing bugs, but just replace everything.

How many times have I heard in the IT world, "the next version fixes these issues"

What they fail to mention is that it also contains brand spanking NEW problems.

Built from the ground up, just means that it isn't enterprise ready. Building stuff new means it will come with defects. The old one is too broken to fix?

Especially Microsoft's software is known to be buggy if it is new.... Oh well.. you all enjoy your MS cloud while I use my desktop and get work done.

Aussies face 10 year browsing lock-up


But who is the ISP anyways?

Is the ISP that the citizen uses to connect to the internet going to be the one who has to snoop on all traffic and store the emails?

In the case they use a non australian ISP for their email boxes, that ISP has no legal obligation to Aussie law, so they won't store the emails... Is it then not simply a matter of not using port 25 and 110, but the SSL encrypted ports instead and use the sending SMTP server of that non Aussie ISP?

Its really too easy to circumvent this rule, rendering it completely useless and just costing Australian ISP's and tax payers a lot of money.

There's so many other ways to communicate, email is for old people...

Microsoft's Silverlight goes fourth tomorrow


Same as internet explorer usage these days?

Wasn't the Internet explorer usage also close to 60% these days?

So in my naive simplistic understanding that would mean that Microsoft believes that silverlight is installed on pretty much 100% of all computers using internet explorer as their primary browser?

I don't think that is going to be true.

As always statistics can be bend any way you like them to be...

Microsoft to extend Silverlight for Mac?


re. let's see

You mean like microsoft's current silverlight support on Mac OS X if you happen to use PowerPC? Which stopped at the 1.0 implementation. So microsoft can claim it is supported, but unfortunately, most sites using s'light will demand the the latest version..

3PAR plugs-in more power to VMware


Reworked copy of press release

Full article is here:


Unfortunately this still misses out on any technical details. Are they using VMware snapshots? If so then there is a snapshot limit of 32 snapshots per VM. The "hundreds of snapshots" seems to suggest something else or do they mean over 100s of VM?

How is this achieved, using the VMware disk development kit? Have they developed their own snapshot technology?

Is this a feature like the automatic rolling snapshots you can set up in VMware workstation?

Wouldn't a simple powershell script do the same thing?

How is file recovery going to help if you nuke the base disk (or if the disk has crashed) ?

A snapshot chain is not a backup. If you need file recovery then you are most likely too late...

Oh and for normal standard VMware snapshots you don't need an agent either, nor does the VM have to go offline.

It is still unclear to me what extra this product is giving us.

Microsoft howls as Google turns IE into Chrome


High time for a firefox plugin then too

Maybe we can get a firefox plugin for IE then as well? After all, it is easy to develop IE plugins and the best way to get your software in on a MS platform is via the backdoor :D

Critical bug infests newer versions of Microsoft Windows


Bug in SMB2 not SMB

Sorry, but the bug is in SMB2 and not in SMB and Yes there is a difference.

See also http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=7093

Tesco gets Flash of Silverlight in 'virtual DVD' deal


Won't work on PPC OSX

Power PC OS X boxes are excluded from the latest Silverlight. Sorry we serve only Silverlight 1.0, no soup for you. Yes it will work on Snow Leopard, but for one or the other reason I'm not installing it.

Same on Linux x64, "You might want to try the alpha version" Yeah right and we "might" want to run bleeding edge kernels, but not on any of my production machines...

Bug exposes eight years of Linux kernel


Hahahahaaa so funny to read

The fanbois on here are idiots, it is a bug and bugs exist in EVERY operating system out there. Sometimes bad and sometimes less worrying. But there are many ways in how an attacker can gain root/admin access. Sometimes it needs privilege escalation using yet another component installed on the system, but there are frameworks for doing this.

There's not a single holy platform without bugs. Not OS X, Windows, BSD or Linux is sacred.

They all have their bugs and need to get patched, get over it.

Canonical punts Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope


not release until april 23

From http://www.ubuntu.com/news/ubuntu-9.04-desktop

<quote>LONDON, April 20, 2009 – Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition is free to download from Thursday 23 April. Also announced were the simultaneous releases of Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition and Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix (UNR) </quote>

Almost released then eh?

Fresh privacy fears over IE 8 Suggested Sites

Black Helicopters

black hats will love it

Just another way that they can use to game the MIcrosoft universe.

Sure MS will check all those submitted sites you just "visited" for loading your system with malware? We know how good the automated systems from Microsoft are on checking for malware. Call me cynical, but here we have another GREAT new feature that will help PCs getting infected...

VMware reach exceeds grasp


The virtual datacenter OS

The article seems to miss out on the fact that many of the fortune 500 companies (and others like quite a few financial institutes such as banks and insurance companies) are already in on the VMware boat and have large clusters up and running. The step from the current incarnation of VMware's infrastructure as it currently fills up many data centers to what they now call Virtual Datacenter OS is small and it is mainly an extension of the management products.

The hypervisor itself is not the core anymore of what they are marketing. Heck if you have a 100 CPU box with a terabyte of memory then you can download the FREE ESX3i product and start slicing up your server box. Now today, not tomorrow and no windows 2008 server tax needed It also supports a hell of a lot more as just windows and one linux flavor. Managing those infrastructures using the products from VMware is easy.

Not sure what the AS/400 remark is about as you cannot expect your mainframe to run within an X86 platform. It makes about as much sense as asking why it doesn't emulate an Xbox360... because it doesn't have to.

It is an absolute pleasure to work with the product and being able to take your virtual machines to so many platforms without any hassle. Taking your windows 2008 VM from the main cluster, run it on under a machine under linux without ANY changes, then use that again on your customers PC under windows to showcase some new SQL2008 features and finally - after dropping a CPU from the VM - use it to debug a SQL2008 problem on a Mac Book Pro while on the road is only possible with VMware. Show me another product that can do the same and I'll be happy to use it.

VMware is here to stay and if you don't like it.. then that's YOUR problem. :P