* Posts by Zane

114 posts • joined 14 May 2009


Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update


Re: Standardisation is always welcome

You don't use a keyboard much, do you?

Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update


Re: 4 CPU's - That's a lot!

Question is what kind of "common business applications" the typical workstation user will run.

I doubt these guys need Excel or Powerpoint for their tasks.


Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports


Re: Dosent stack up with my findings

Either you are just lucky, or you users don't use the devices regularly.

My personal statistics:

100% of friends with Surface complain about hardware problems. Some are just annoying, others are bigger problems. Repair seems to cost a lot.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...


Did I miss something?

Do I get it right:

- nice hardware

- too expensive

- missing/bad interfaces

- not extendable

- lousy UI

- lousy battery life time

- apps do not work properly

Do I need to know more?


Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days


Same impression here


The developers are good. Decision for the operating systems seems to be business decision. Strategic partnership with Microsoft. I am tempted to say "I told you so".

Dear Microsoft – a sysadmin's wishlist


Nice idea!

Yep nice catalogue.

I just wonder - isn't it faster to install some Linux instead of writing an article like this?

Have a nice day


The Life and Times of Lester Haines


Re: Thanks for the memories

Good idea. Done.

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?



Are these really the reasons why you should switch to Win10?

I'm amazed.... a better file copy dialog, a bash shell, multiple desktops?

That bascially tells me that Win10 is last centuries technology, as I had all this stuff already before 2000.

For those still wondering if they should go for Win10: had to switch to Win10 at work, and my judgement is clear: avoid if possible.

All you get is more complicated ways to do things you could do before, and some completely superfluous eye candy. This is not an OS, this is a social network where you can also store file. And please remember to like the login screen!

Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales


Re: The writing should be on the wall

Well whatever you wish for - there never was more than Android and Apple in the smartphone market, and the Winphone never had a chance to change the game.

Mobile market experts have been saying this from the very beginning.

Microsoft: Give us better staff


...but its tedious...

Yes you are absolutely right - even in Windows you can program in C and use the command line.

However, it's so much easier in a unixoid OS - so why bother?

Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars


Re: The irony ???

Nice phones - not sure how you define that. Seems there are even 34 people here that share your opinion - that's near to 100% of all customers, is it?

Anyway, I wouldn't even know 34 people who use the WinPhone. I know about two or three. My only experience with the WinPhone was when one of those guys called me - the call got dropped. He called me again on the fixed line.

I think that's funny.

Maybe other people call that nice.

Microsoft .NET Core update asks developers: How you doin'?


You'll get chilly receptions everywhere you go

I can see that C# and .NET have very nice concepts.

But I stay away because:

- it _is_ a MS buy-in, "open-source" is just a label here (and this again proves it)

- MS has screwed up things too often, and there is no evidence they won't in this case

- I see a lot of "C# experts" who don't understand the technical details of their systems

Microsoft bods tell El Reg: We've re-pivoted open-source .NET Core


And when the year is over I’ll reappear And have a solution

Maybe it's time for MS to find a software architect? Developers developers developers seems not to be enough to make sensible software.

Surface Pro 4: Will you go the F**K to SLEEP?


All quiet on the western front

So - good hardware, bad software? That's why I have a double boot Windows/Linux on my laptop. All Microsoft stuff is much too resource hungry - if you want to get your work done, boot into something with performance.


Germany says Ja to data-slurp law 2.0


Re: This is going straight to Karlsruhe

> I also think there should be prosecution of members of the Bundestag who vote yes on issues that are in clear violation of the Grundgesetz. Now that would be fun, wouldn't it?

Agree. Shall we start a petition?


Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet


Re: People who use adblockers...


I'm not only fine with ads, I will even click ones that are interesting. It's also ok if they're personalized, although that can be embarrassing in a lot of ways.

Hate everything that disturbs me or gets in the way. Please - no overlays, no stuff that hides the content I was looking for, no autostart vids, no vids that delay access, even worse: vids with sound - especially if you have lots of tabs open. I wonder when the people using these adverts understand that this works backwards - if at all, it's an indication to avoid the company.

Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault



Sounds as if you never found out how to switch it on.

Maybe you would like to see a picture from yesterday's Taylor Swift show to see what other people do with their mobiles once they are switched on.


Microsoft spunks $500m to reinvent the wheel. Why?


There are no...

...talented developers at Microsoft. Never have been. No, they cannot find 100 good developers among their own staff.


The time on Microsoft Azure will be: Different by a second, everywhere


Re: Obvious

This is one of the best descriptions why M$ is such a low quality company - they don't do the testing internally, they just test at the customer.


That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood


Re: Oh look

Thanks for making me aware - would not have noticed the girl without your comment.


Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years


Re: Ringtones

Very nice answer. Seems we have some WinMobe fans here that never used an Android or an iPhone. What can I say - my iPhone just works.



Re: Bovine Excrement.

What drug are you on?

All I see is frustrated WinMobe users - can't use that thing for anything. Smartphone? Boohaha...


OK - I admit. I have even met 2 people that actually liked their Windows phone.

Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers


Re: Preloaded apps

First: you got the upvote. Because you are absolutely right, pen & paper is more productive than using Office products.

But then, however, it's not only better than using Office on a tablet, it's also better than using Office on a desktop.


Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him


So much...

(money) for the stylish. Now can be also get a list of bags that are useful + nice?


SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers


Re: caused by human error and inattention

Well the fact that the software is written by humans is not that big issue... because the software for driving a car is rather simple. You'd be surprised, but there is not much in there on the algorithmic part.

The point why autonomous vehicles are better than humans is not that there is some clever software inside - one major reason is that they have better senses...eh sensors... and that their calculation is more accurate. Driving itself is basically keeping the steering wheel so it follows the road + avoid collisions with others.


'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study


Yep - sometimes I will even send them a mail that their password policy is plain stupid. So far I never got an answer.


Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change


Re: So blameMicrsoft because it doesn't innovate...

It is possible to design user interfaces that are intuitively usable.

The point is you need to put a lot of testing in it. Microsoft doesn't, that's why their user interfaces suck. They suck even if you have used them for ten years - just watch Windows fan bois using Word - takes them hours to get things done.

Steve Jobs did an amazing job designing a smartphone where you do not need to think while you use it. That's the reason why so many people are willing to spend money on it - using an iPhone is fun. I'm a developer, so I prefer to play around with Android as it gives so many possibilities. But when I'm on business trip, I use my iPhone - it just works.


Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix


Re: This is *NOT* how you do interfaces

Yep this will one of the very big problems of software systems in the future - there is a bunch of developers (developers! developers!) out there who do not know anything about how communication works.

I don't know how many examples I have seen: first they need to come up with their own protocol, or at least with their own version of a protocol. Then they will write some spaghetti code that works for a while - as long as bandwidth is not a problem. Then things get more complex, and at some point they start getting into problems with packet loss, bandwidth problems etc. Takes them a while to understand what the problem is (if they either get it at all), and then they will come up with often very weird solutions, which only will work by magic. In the best case, they will re-invent the wheel.

One of the examples, the company had a working product for years. Then suddenly, there was a real demand on the bandwidth. The first build of software could only cope with 5% of the traffic. They had some rather hectic months, but finally got it working. They proudly presented their solution to the rest of the company - it was a bit sliding window with size 2 (that was 20012, not 1953).


Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America


Re: Keep on hating......

Hate Microsoft - why should we? They're a bit annoying, but in fact always good for a laugh. And it's pretty amazing that they can sell 15 year old technology as novelty on the market.

The thing is: we are not using Microsoft. Because we need to get our work done.


Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday


What's the big deal?

I'm on systemd now for nearly two years - what can you say? Well, yes you need to get used to some stuff, so you should take your time, and read some documentation to understand how to start and stop services, and how to read logs. But then - it works.



Re: Can't there be a simple and effective Linux distribution?

Which ones did you try?

Mint and Manjaro seem to be just fine.

Seems to be especially ok if you use them with KDE as dekstop.

And you might be surprised that they have features you would not dream of if you still use Windows.


Nena-bothering stats tempt Ericsson into Cleversafe's arms


Thanks for pointing out that "software" is in the english lyrics of Nena's song - no mentioning of software in the original German version (but Captain Kirk is mentioned instead).

You could be right that this is the first chart song that mentions software - at least I can't come up with another one. However. there must be a lot of songs in the 70s about software - for sure Kraftwerk used it in their songs. And what about Devo? At least they used "you must technology or technology uses you" as an advert, didn't they?


'If cloud existed decades ago, backups wouldn't have been developed'


I feel safe

Two companies - MS and SAP - who have seen their best years - are still giving out the bullshit that tells us they have no idea where to go. I think that's good - no surprises to be expected.


Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code


Say what you will about MS's products...

I would say their PR is in fact the only part of the company that is doing a good job.


Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'


Re: A money burning exercise

Can you explain what is so great about VS?

Have you ever used a different IDE? I must say that some are really great, and I cannot think of one that is as old-fashioned and hard to use as VS.


Key to Windows mobe app sales? Er, LOW MEMORY, of course


Biggest problem is the quality of the Apps

Yes. In fact the biggest problem of Microsoft is the quality of their products - and no light at the end of the tunnel.


Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud


Re: Still too big

Yea right get rid of this crappy light-weight JSON - better to use XML, XSL, XSLT and then lots of SOAP. This way we'll be clean - and can simply ignore the REST.


Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray


Re: For me

Hm - I agree that VB is nice and simple for... simple things.

I am not sure what you mean by "development" - but when I think of development, I am thinking of applications of 10,000 or 100,000 LoC, or bigger. Have ever tried things like that in VB? Have you ever seen a VB applications written by a team of 20 developers jointly?

All examples of "VB tools" I have seen were either really really simple, or they grew into a complexity that could not be handled with VB - in other words: they were dumped when they started to become useful.


Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking


Yep - what is this guy really talking about....

Well, living in Germany and working here, I tend to claim that most of what William says will not be true at your work place. No, I don't think he's in NRW. My house is expensive, my car is not, my salary could be better (and would be in several places in the UK). And you can get Cadbury at Edeka here - but it's expensive as well.

So all William is saying might be true for some places in Germany, but I would not generalize too much of it.


Danish lit star Helle Helle, Marianne Faithfull and Jim Al-Khalili on Quantum Biology


Missing the point...

Hm - seems you miss the point of the argument. What you are saying is exactly that: there is no machine that could produce these thoughts. Your post in fact proves Penrose to be correct.

The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds


So how do you measure this?

"Microsoft's serious performance improvements in Windows 7"

I wonder where you get this from. Yes, Win7 is faster than XP. However, running Linux Manjaro on the same machine lets Win7 look like a snail. And whenever I switch from Mac to Windows, I have this feeling "oops, did the machine just freeze?". Response time of mouse and keyboard is lousy, and when doing things fast in Outlook, you will see the machine gets locked for periods of up to 60 seconds. I love the spinning mouse pointer 8^(


Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?


Re: Average?

Are you really surprised?

Salary is low, quality is low. Seems to be a perfect match.


How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?


Re: RE: And that is why mobile Windows is so shite - they want you to use Android

Ok - and so why is it that your colleagues laugh about people using phones that actually do what you want and where you can install apps you really need?

Yes I also know some people you have a WP - most hate it. The ones who like surprisingly have never had an Android or an iPhone.


IT blokes: would you say that lewd comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman


Sorry for my gay colleagues - while most of them are nice, some of them will go on your nerves, especially when drunk. There was this one guy who just didn't stop - and I fact he did this stupid thing like hinting at his penis size (I told him too small for my taste...) like the guys in this article.

And in fact I have even been harassed by (drunk, elder) women - yep, I was a cutie long time ago...

but it happened more with males, and I also found it more unpleasant. But in the end all pretty harmless.

I am sorry to say - I don't like the feminist anti-man attitude, but it seems true: males will harass more often, and in fact they are more often those using force.



Re: This article's about the minority

Yep, you are right. It's a minority - and a damn stupid one... does any of this ever work on any girl?

While, besides, you might like to read this:



Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet


Read between the lines

I cannot speak for the whole of London, but I can say that I wrote a prototype for a time-criticial application for TfL, and my company took away the business from MS as we could show we were able to handle critical stuff MS couldn't. My impression is that MS cloud is for low bandwidth customers only. So I must admit that MS is at least clever enough to know this.


Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors


Ignorance on all sides

One of the things that really annoys me about this - of course these stupid rules "upper+lower case, digit, special symbol" do not yield a good password. Not at all. And there are lots of good passwords that are lower case only, eg. wcbhfeae (easy to remember, isn't it?) is not that bad.

Ranking passwords by these categories is completely senseless.


You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference


Too bad...

"Didn’t that seem like a lot of money for what amounts to a few lines of HTML and a couple of server-side scripts?"

Too bad I wasn't there. Would have luved that.


Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?


Re: Fire a few people?

Balmers' 'yes men' will stay for sure.

If you're clever, now is the time to leave MS.


'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365


Re: Really

One thing where Microsoft is really successful,

is that they were able to make people think that their data is more safe with Microsoft than with Google or Apple.

A Microsoft "private" cloud? Just look how often your Windows likes to phone home.




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