* Posts by gratou

146 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Jan 2009


Windows 11 24H2 might call time on that old NAS under the stairs


Re: Voda Ultrahub

It could be as simple as adding your server to a white list, but that's too much forward thinking for MS. Better to allow for the whole security setting to be turned off and then blame the users.

Ten years ago Microsoft bought Nokia's phone unit – then killed it as a tax write-off


Re: Beancounter in charge

Intel too

Microsoft really does not want Windows 11 running on ancient PCs


Re: Alternative

MS pull this shit many times since. W8 obviously. Then W10. Each time a new GUI that users were supposed to just know how to use. Changing to a non-MS platform would have been easier than using the new MS nonsense, each time.

Plans to heat districts with datacenters may prove too hot to handle


Re: People may not want to live next to a datacenter

Or greenhouses

Tesla owners in deep freeze discover the cold, hard truth about EVs


The metals deform (expand and retract) in a not-100% elastic manner, their structure can change. Same for plastics, for example some solvents can evaporate to harden the insulating shield. Peanuts of course especially on small temperature changes but still not heat.

Meta, YouTube face criminal spying complaints in Ireland


Weird that DNT is mentioned when no consent should be enough regardless of DNT.

It's perfectly legal for cars to harvest your texts, call logs


Re: I can see two cases here

You can delete stuff on your PC, and you can secure it.

Bad eIDAS: Europe ready to intercept, spy on your encrypted HTTPS connections


Re: Never understood certs

Thank you for the clear détails.


Re: Never understood certs

Oh wow. How does that work? Surely forcepoint doesn't have the root certs for all certs? How can it replace all certs in one swoop so all https connections from a company PC are compromised?

Germany to cut Huawei from networks 'irrespective of costs'


Re: Please stop...

Non native speaker here. What's wrong with that?

AMD says transistor tech will keep Moore’s law alive for 6 to 8 years


Moore's law died when frequencies stopped increasing past 4 GHz.

Before that, you'd double your single thread processing power every 2 years.

Since then, meh.

Locked out of Horizon Europe, UK commits half a billion to post-Brexit research


Re: "the UK remains open to association" @heyrick

> the remainers interfered with the negotiations.

Which ones would that be exactly? The Tories were always in power on a pro-Brexit agenda, and BoJo signed the deal he negotiated and advertised as the greatest thing to ever happen the UK.

> The UK expressed no interest in a hard border only to keep deliveries to NI free flowing.

Exactly, the UK wants out of the Union but no borders. News flash: There can only be no borders if you're inside. The current deal was the only one possible considering the Good Friday agreement, and the UK themselves inflicted the Irish sea border.

Microsoft warns: Windows 11 update breaks provisioning


"safeguard your upgrade experience"

A new low here?

Looking forward to more providers who should supply service XXX and who safeguard my XXX experience by not providing XXX.


You thought you bought software – all you bought was a lie


Re: switch to an OS OS

Computers actually go backwards. At least Windows does. Disappearing scroll bars, hidden menus. XP or W7 were the best and they still had many defects. Win10 and 11 are rubbish.

Unhappy about excluding nation-state attacks from cyberinsurance? Get ready to pay


Re: The problem lies with the cyber world, not Lloyds

Good luck finding someone ready to guarantee software quality. With their own money. It won't happen.

Dev's code manages to topple Microsoft's mighty SharePoint


It's often an IT decision made to save IT $$$

Cloudflare explains how it managed to break the internet


Re: I'm curious

You missed the useful bit. It's not the 200 dollars. It's that there's not a *lot* of point in setting up multi-CDN if your authoritatives are tied to one of the providers that you're trying to mitigate against

Salesforce staff back an end to its relationship with NRA


Re: "How do we protect our 2nd amendment & our kids at the same time? "

Lol commie. The ultimate C word. Using it aure shows a complete understanding of the world.

Dear Europe, here again are the reasons why scanning devices for unlawful files is not going to fly


No you're not.. You're trying to see if they have known material.

Amazon puts 'creepy' AI cameras in UK delivery vans


Re: "the drivers need to be strongly incentivised to stop being antisocial bastards"

> and it will be changed

Wow it must be so nice to live in your lala land.

Taiwan, China square off over chip tech espionage laws


Re: Move Taiwan - If Possible

I know. Let's buy Greenland! /s

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop


Re: Linux "Desktop"

I'm baffled by this comment. Just the way windows installs printers makes Linux a champion of simplicity and convenience. Has your never needed to print?

New Windows 11 build boasts inbox updates and UI tweaks


Oh wow tabs. MS are so innovative and so not 20 years late.


RAID expansion comes to OpenZFS at last


It reminds me of Microsoft's threats against Linux for unspecified violations and their use of SCO to harass percieved competitors.

Use Zoom on a Mac? You might want to check your microphone usage


Re: Most of their Engineering still is

It's not metadata despite what the NSA says. It's data. Just like the contents is data, so is the time, duration, origin, destination, etc. All data.

Don't help spread the lie.

First they came for Notepad. Now they're coming for Task Manager


Re: Ms just does not know when to stop fiddling

While some settings fill up the whole screen and just have 5 lines of text

Alibaba splits itself into Chinese and overseas ops


Ali Express doesn't care about its the buyers. Its customers are the vendors. Maybe they'll change one day

In the meantime not really interested as i moved on.

Computers cost money. We only make them more expensive by trying to manage them ourselves


Re: Two unmentioned benefits

> data sovereignty issues (data can be limited to specific cloud data centers).

Unsure what you include in sovereignty but unless you use a small local operator your data is subject to the CLOUD act regardless of its location.

UK science suffers as lawmakers continue to dither over Brexit negotiations


Re: British institutions are left high and dry while science marches on without them

Yes but the scientists and their families are sovereign.


Or Franz Kafka

'Father of the Xbox' Seamus Blackley issues Twitter apology to AMD over last-minute switch to Intel CPUs


Re: I wonder....

It would have made a difference to AMD's coffers, and who knows where they'd be now with more RnD money then.

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item


Re: Always an important consideration

Funny how you say no telemetry for Enterprise but it isn't in the Home list of features. So sneaky. Just like MS thrn.

The M in M1 is for moans: How do you turn a new MacBook Pro into a desktop workhorse?


Don't make excuses. One single port available when charging is ludicrous.


So tired of the "premium" products getting fewer and fewer features. Likes phones ditching the earphone port after having ditched removable battery and more. On the plus side the Samsung galaxy A line is cheaper than the S line while being perfectly sufficient and featuring the beloved 3.5mm socket.

Apple is happy to diss the desktop – it knows who's got the most to lose


Re: "Legacy of single user on a disconnected PC"

>NT's better designed,

You meant the NT that could freeze for a second when you inserted a CD? Good one. Or do you mean its more recent W10 offspring that can still be crashed by Excel? Shite the whole lot. And I'm no fan boy. The competing offerings are far from perfect.

Facebook: Nice iOS app of ours you have there, would be a shame if you had to pay for it


Re: Oh really?

Not so sure. People love their fb sadly, which is why states have a hard time recovering taxes: the main means of leverage they could use (ban fb it in the country till it complies) is out if reach. So my hunch is that users are hooked enough thst a good proportion would be ready to pay.

Then they'd be customers of course, which fb doesn't want. The customer is king. Supposedly.

Origami... in spaaaaace: Inflatable folded objects discovery brings new meaning to blowing up buildings


Re: I could see a use for this

Great idea. Inflation would surely come from a compressed air cartridge.

Ship stranded in Suez Canal shifts, but not before spawning some choice tech memes


Re: Hold my beer moment?

That's fine. Different budgets. The bean counters still saved money and will get their bonuses.

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft


And it's cheaper too. One massive downside: the military industry suffers.

GitLab latest to ditch 'master' as default initial branch name: It's now simply called 'main'


Re: RE: Master / slave

Then they could change slave to servant and be done. And anyway, as if banning the word banned the practice. And as if having slave computers was unethical. Sigh...

Seagate UK customer stung by VAT on replacement drive shipped via the Netherlands


VAT is a small price to pay for sovereignty.


FYI: Yeah, the cops can force your finger onto a suspect's iPhone to see if it unlocks, says judge


Re: Doesn't compute

Here the data is the call's contents. The conversation. That's what (they claim) they don't have. Not the call itself.

Other data about the call, on top of contents, is date time duration etc.

Data about the call itself:




Byte-stream contents


Nb bytes


Data about the concersation:

Name of caller

Name of recipient

Languages spoken

Speed of speech

Nb of pauses




Now they didn't get the second set of data but they sure get the first one. But one.

Anyways. Potahto potayto. One thing is for sure. The so called metadata is at least as useful to them (and unwelcome to us) as the conversation itself. So saying "it's just metadata" is pure deception. It's very much data. And private data too.

Microsoft says it found 1,000-plus developers' fingerprints on the SolarWinds attack


Yes but they are good attacks.

Can we exhale yet? EU set to rule UK 'adequate' for data sharing in post-Brexit GDPR move


Re: curious to see

I was thinking the same thing. Being aligned with the US and with the EU is impossible. Choices will have to be made. The wellbeing of the citizens will come first I'm sure.

President Biden to issue executive order on chip shortages as under-pressure silicon world begs for help


Or you have to regulate.


Oh we screwrd up offshoring and pocketed the savings for years, now please give us more money so we can undo the totally unexpected damages this off shoring policy caused.

British owners of .eu domains given an extra three months to find a European address


Re: Good read

Also BoJo following Trump's "just a flu" line until he got it himself


Re: Good read

Very small nation? You mean second GDP in the EU.

Propping up? You mean special terms and special rebate,


Don't scrape the faces of our citizens for recognition, Canada tells Clearview AI – delete those images


Re: Clearview.

And issue arrest warrants for their executives.

Windows' cloudy future: That Chrome OS advantage is Google's to lose


Re: Apples and oranges

You can install MS office from the play store nowadays. So chromebooks do what the vast majority of people use their PC for: browse the net, watch movies, basic office work. The issue sems to be that most people buy a chromebook because it's the cheapest possible PC. And therefore the hardware is usually crap.