"to look for non-Microsoft solutions, such as those based on Linux or open-source software."
Um, so Linux isn't open source according to this writer?
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Which is why Apple and Microsoft make billions by locking in the 'noobs' of course.
I agree with you and I wonder why they deemed it acceptable to make this job use a command shell when a single would do. The fact they didn't seems to indicate they still don't fully understand why the 'noobs' are content to waste a small fortune over their lifetimes on the 'big two'.
"I'm probably going back to a traditional setup with buttons, stereo speakers, and wires. The sound was better, control better, and it still works after 20 years,"
Totally agree, so I wonder why he bought it!
Sonos, like most other boutique branded mini-hi-fi gear, has always been more about the 'cache' [insert accented 'e' if you know how!] (otherwise known as 'w' waving) than the quality.
I don't think you understand just how lax UK law is regarding the cavalier way retail organisations, financial institutions and a plethora of others to whom Joe Public by necessity gives his personal details, are allowed to pass on that information to the 'big three' credit reference agencies: Experian, Equifax and CallCredit:
I don't care about optimization for a handful of the sites in the world, especially sites like Facebook I never visit.
In any case, at the end of the day Firefox is an HTML renderer and HTML is a specified computer language, Mozilla don't need to 'optimize' for specific examples of programs of this language they simply need to write an efficient engine.
So yet another example of a fatuous O/S design element .. API hooking .. is exploitable.
It's sad for the PC world that professional software developers weren't involved in designing Windows and that IBM lost out to Microsoft in the NT vs OS/2 fight.
It's noteworthy that 'legacy' mainframe systems never contained such ridiculous architectures, leastwise not when I was working on them a couple of decades ago.
I canceled my 'pro' service before they did this apparent U-turn, if they came up with that asinine 'policy' once they can do it again. I've used it for over 5 years and have a good number of documents in it but not paying for such cowboy attitudes .. looking at Peerio at the moment, first sight it looks something to be tried.
The computer literati perhaps know better but they're the minority, though they choose to ignore (or else are incapable of comprehending) that fact.
This includes vast numbers of 'businesses' which are one or a handful of people who nowadays feel obliged to use the web even though they really don't 'get it'.
When websites GUARANTEE that they'll not try to explopit me using 'malads' then I'll consider it .. of course this means Hell will freeze over since the ad networks make zero effort to deal with the malware-punting ad agencies and websites rarely if ever cease dealing with ad networks that are shown to serve ads to their [the website's] visitors.
The way this article failed to mention the inability for most users to decide for themselves when to apply Win10 updates, failed to mention the egregiously heavy-handed snooping Win10 does before phoning home with vast amounts of information M$ have no business to be taking from your PC .. and the fact that they have the abiltiy to download YOUR FILES if some junior tech. decided he needs them to pursue an alleged 'issue' .. makes me wonder just how critical the writer is, or for that matter, what relationship he has with M$.
"people feel they need a blocker because of the irritating ads"
IMO that's the least important reason for using an ad blocker .. MALVERTISING is by far the most likely way people's PCs are getting hit these days and until the Ad industry learns how to stop serving 'bad ads' to us then Ad Blockers are a MUST for anyone serious in trying to defend themselves, coupled with NoScript's ability to block iFrames.
My experience of VM, nee NTL over around 20 years is that the service is generally very reliable but God help you if you need support as their 'tech support' has always been lamentable, seems they're continuing the tradition.
I would say though that if you can get past the abysmal staff they have at 'tier 1' and get through to 'tier 2' (last time I did that was a couple of years ago) in BRITAIN you get to talk to people who understand your language and know what they're doing.
I too only use Firefox+NoScript (+AdBlock for extra defense), blocking iFrames IMO is the biggest defense in fact even though of course script blocking is also key, which is why I'm sad the way Mozilla is taking Firefox.
If NoScript was available for Chrome I'd be using that browser but sadly there's no sign that it will be and the copy-cats addons for Chrome simply don't do as good a job as NoScript. :(
The VM mail system was moved to Google some years ago, before that I have no idea where it was hosted, so these 'old' addresses could well have been migrated from the previous hoster to Google.
In any case, the Google data was migrated to the new system and all reports I'm seeing infer that the alleged breach occurred after that migration.
You know, while Adobe rightly gets lambasted for Flash, it seems to me WP is now enemy #1 on the Internet yet its developers are never pilloried like Adobe are.
How many scores of holes have been found in this abomination already?
Frankly if I were looking for a new site hoster I'd try to find one who won't allow their customers to use this crapware.
He said: "Given the current concerns around privacy and data security, the realisation that home routers can be accessed by complete strangers is unlikely to be viewed in a positive light.”
That's a pretty sizable understatement!
Given that most domestic routers are riddled with vulnerabilities in their firmware already, must of which is GPLed and open to being looked at, only a fool or someone not technically competent to know would trust the 'firewall' between the two channels.
I'd never use an ISP's provided router for this reason alone, I certainly wouldn't trust BT not to have back-doored their Infinity router to allow them to turn this 'feature' on even when I've disabled it.
Sorry, this piss-take of a 'stupid user' is a fail!
Yes, it's been fashionable in IT circles for the 4 decades I was in DP/IT/whateverthe millenialscallit to deride 'dumb users', but not knowing anything about the organisation this alleged episode happened in it's impossible to know what expectations the end-user being jeered at would have had when he placed the call, however the support person who supposedly took this call made a fundamental assumption which we cannot know if he was entitled to make.
We don't know the remit of the 'support' department, so don't know if he was entitled to presume the end-user had a 'computer' problem without checking, and even if he was so entitled then clearly he didn't ask sufficiently general enough question to have realised the end-user wasn't using a computer payment system.
In any case, sneering at the user in this article is simply fatuous, he was asked questions and answered them, dealing with 'tech support' people that's what I do.
I also love many of the user-jeering replies made here, so typical of 'IT' discussions everywhere.
Me? I was a programmer/systems programmer/ database designer and more for 42 years until retiring in December, so I know full well the attitude of many in the 'computer industry' who deride non-techies.
Sadly another day, another malvertising attack .. simply one more reason to use AdBlock and NoScript in Firefox as the only sensible way to browse web sites these days.
And to those sites who demand I disable my blocker to use them .. I don't need you so I'll pass on the offer, thanks, until you stop using ad networks that don't protect me.
"The case highlighted the problems Microsoft can have with patching. With the plethora of operating systems and software run by its users, "
Um, Outlook is a Mickeysoft product running on a Mickeysoft O/S, how much simpler does it get to check it works?
Sorry, that's just totally untrue.
I have both VM cable (recently upped to 100mb 'free' *cough*) and BT infinity 2 and I see no difference in performance (clearly the BT is now slower but performs perfectly according to its spec) and would quite happily end my VM service and use only BT if I had to choose one or the other .. I likely wouldn't close my BT and keep only VM.
"Because even if you have have a data centre in Europe, most Europeans are sharing their data with people outside Europe, so we need to have clear legal grounds to make sure that your feed isn’t limited to only the people who are also in the EU, which destroys a lot of the value you want out of the product.”
The last part of the last sentence clearly is wrong, it should be:
"which destroys a lot of the value FACEBOOK wants out of the product."
Anyone with the remotest interest in this subject is under no illusions about what Apple's App Store is all about.
It's Apple's system and they have the perfect right to control it as they see fit, users can't fail to realise the 'mind control' Apple exerts, they agree to it when they purchase Apple's products.
No, I'm not an Apple 'fanboi', I think Apple is a far more 'evil' company than Microsoft ever was, but what they do is hardly a secret.
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