Microsoft Linux - only $99.99/month. With a lovely GUI straight from Windows 10.
Perhaps the icon might not be correct in a year or so.
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I really doubt that they will. It will be the USofA that decides. Our Puppet Government will just pass on the decision.
If someone inside Whitehall had the balls they'd delay and delay and delay the decision in the hope that El Trumpo gets the boot in November. But they won't. After all, they that their Peerage and Directorships to think of now don't they!
Are you having a larf?
You can't be serious!
etc etc etc
The 'software giants' will soon (if not already) be making on premises really, really, really more expensive that their cloud offering. Naturally, they'll hide the costs of getting your (as in yours not theirs) data out of it again.
These companies have you over a barrel and will be shafting you from day 1. The Beancounters will love it because they can show reduced CAPEX and to hell with OPEX. They'll have moved on to other companies by the time the chickens come home to roost. It would not surprise me if we see a company go TITSUP because they can't get THEIR data out of the Cloud with their cash in hand. Who's data is it when the original owner goes TITSUP and can't pay their cloud fees? Are their the equivalent of Cloud Baliffs?
After all, just how many Anvils does a blacksmith need? It is not as if they wear out every year, five years or even twenty years. It is not as it there is a sleek cool new model of Anvil that every smith must have today!
I hate ALL adverts and stuff that gets repeatedly advertised to me goes on my 'do not buy' list. It is surprising how long that has become over the years.
Hey Mr Camera Dealer,
"Yes, I know that I have just puchased a Nikon DSLR. I'm hardly going to go out and buy a Canon DSLR the next week am I! STFU with all those Canon adverts."
Targetted adverts are the worst sort of adverts ever invented.
ALL ad-men and agencies need to [see Icon]
Once upon a time, long, long ago... upgrading Linux used to be a real dogs breakfast.
But 2020 is not that time. I've not had an issue with updating or upgrading for well over a decade. My only gripe is gnome 3. That is a load of smelly dog poo on a good day. I use MATE as my desktop.
Mint is a decent distro. The more it distances itself from Ubuntu/Canonical (who seem to be intent on re-inventing the wheel yet again) the better IMHO. I think it should align itself with Debian.
Not really. 398 days is over a year. 13months or there abouts. So your once a year on a certain date just becomes once a year on a rolling 12 months.
You could invest in some automation that renews them, replaces the old cert and emails you to say 'Job done and here are the results'.
It isn't all doom and gloom. If shorter cert lives stops a load of bots then isn't that a good thing?
And have been for about 10 years although drivers of those small Mercs are catching up fast.
Blg black cars are the worst of all. I guess being black, the drivers think that they can't be seen so there is no need to signal... ever.
As for Apple removing stuff that no one ever uses... Just don't try to sue them when your phone explodes due to it being overcharged and you using a cheapo/knockoff charger.
The Keen app actually looks to be potentially useful, though it is undoubtedly just another profiling and slurpage mechanism.
You clearly forgot to add...
"that will be withdrawn in 3-6 months"
Isn't that becoming standard for Google these days. Launch some new fancy doo-dad and when it does not become the hottest app on the internet, it gets canned much to the annoyance of those who find it useful.
What Google giveth, Google usually taketh away.
It reallsy does not matter a jot. Trump won't let a bit of soil be turned on this project.
He is waging a war trade against China. He won't be happy with his fellow New Yorker (Bojo).
This project will never come to fruition as long as Trump is in the White House which might be long after Jan 2021.
I think that there is a good description for this.
It would be interesting to know what percentage of GitHub users actually code from a phone or tablet.
Could it be that MS in their infinite wisdom (or at the behest of from Marketing MBA) are solving a problem that really does not exist?
It wouldn't be the first time that MS has done this. It is almost as it the words 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' are not allowed inside Planet Redmond.
This disease isn't going anywhere near my Linux systems. Disease you ask? Yes, MS is spreading almost as fast as CV-19 and is just as deadly to your data as the real thing is to your health. Once infected there will be no way to totally eradicate it other than a complete security erase and re-install.
The 'emperor' penguin says no!
Cook perhaps is referring to an update for Apple's Mac Pro workstation, where power utilization and battery life top out around 902 watts for the 2019 model.
What battery other than a very tiny watch sized one does the Mac Pro have? The Mac Pro, like the iMac has to be fed with 230vAC (of 115VAC). I agree for the macBook pro and that it needs more battery life.
My 2015 MBP (bought secondhand) is getting rather long in the tooth. As I mostly write fiction on it these days I may well get one of the new devices in a year or so. I'll let all the Fanboi's rush out and get them first. Then they can wail long and hard about this function or that function not working like it did in 2009. ROFL. Things change people. I may even pick up one secondhand at a good Apple Tax free price.
re: your 1) above,
It is clear that being dependent upon Intel for the CPU's worked in the beginning but in recent years... Intel's performance has clearly sucked big time.
I see that as the initial motivation for them to shift now. The raw CPU performance of their recent SOC's has been shown to outperform a lot of what Intel is offering.
We shall have to wait and see what transpires today (if anything) especially wrt price.
Indeed it is. They are rarely first to bring any tech to market but when they do, it is often implimented better than the rivals (not always I hasten to add) and naturally, they'll make you pay through the nose for the pleasure (sic) of owning a device that was probably made in some chinese sweat shop and sold by Apple.
Mind you, the same risk applies to all those who use Google Docs and a host of other services on other cloud services including AWS.
Companies that trade online (and who does not these days) need to make sure that their contracts for their storefront uptime is ironclad in their favour. It won't be much good if you go bust because your storefront went 'phut' and the provider says 'tough'.
There is already a version of Windows that has done just that. Not sure how popular it is... probably not very. But they'll keep on trying to build that wall and get others to pay for it. Sounds familiar?
They'll probably get there in the end but will they have any users other than corporates with them? If they lose the 'joe public' user then they are clearly doing something very, very wrong but will they see that for what it is? probably not.
Not being online in Teams/Skype/Zoom etc at the normal start time
Therein lies a big part of the problem. Middle Managers/PHB's wanting to transfer the Office to your Home and they want to be there with you, looking over your shoulder making sure that you aren't slacking/jerking off on company time.
They simply don't trust their teams to do the work to the agreed quality, timescales and spec.
Time to change the boss. Make sure that the words 'meet the new boss, same as the old boss' don't come true or you really will be 'fooled Again'.
Working from home means that many middle managers are doing very little. Their main occupation before CV-19 was:-
1) Going to Meeting after Meeting
2) Micromanaging their team. Making sure that they were not reading El Reg or andy NSFW sites while at work.
With less meetings or zoom/skype/teams/whatever calls and not being able to check if their people are posting here they are feeling rather redundant.
Getting the proles back into the office means that their job is safe for a few more days.
There are alternatives. Will companies be willing to adopt any of them?
Windows and Update. Two words that should never go together. The whole process is borked. MS knows that it is and has done for years and years yet steadfastedly refuses to do anything about it.
Phantom updates (where it has been applied but the OS thinks that it hasn't) is not new. I'm sure that it is deliberate on the part of MS to keep your system accessing its servers for updates that don't exist.
Who knows what information your version of Windows Update is sending to the Mothership eh?
Oh dear. You have just told MS what to [cough][cough] reset in the next patch release and in every patch release after that.
Well done for trying to fight against the Redmond Borg but as the saying goes, 'resistance is futile'. They will make you and all the other deviants come around to their way of working. Mummy MS knows best.
Yes, I am being sarcastic. (or perhaps not).
After all, everyone should use the MS supplied browser at least once. And that is to download your favourite alternative browser. Mine is currently Brave.
Or... they will stick with the old version(s) of server until the budgets allow the purchase of new hardware. To enforce this in VM's is a bit rich. Companies will want to test their back end systems and doing it in a VM makes perfect sense until... Sorry MS this is another fail. IT departments need at least 3 years notice of this sort of change.
They'll be pressurising bare metal customers to go all cloudy starting tomorrow. "we have all the required hardware ready to go. Sign here (says the Devil)
I wish MS would get it through their thick heads that some systems really don't work if the server is in the cloud. Would you trust an Oil refinery control system to run inside some Azure Cloud somewhere on the planet?
No, you would not. The control system will hopefully be air-gapped at least once from the internet.
You are right.
There are a few certanties that they should factor in from Day 1.
- It will take at least twice as long as the vendor says
- It will cost at least three times the initial budget
- It will perform like a two legged dog
- It won't work as expected.
I wish the City lots of luck with this project. I hope that all of the above points are wrong but I doubt it.
I'm sure that there is a team in Redmond (or India) working away 24/7 to put a stop to that. MS can't let those FOSS boys get one over on Microsoft. It does not look good when their process sucks so much and has done for years and despite countless thousands (if not more) people telling them to sort it out. But, they don't.
You might not be the only one thinking long and hard about their reliance on Intel.
The performance hits when applying the fixes to these vunerabilities can't have gone unnoticed at Apple HQ. This sort of stuff really makes you want to think again about your CPU choice going forward.
Is there no end to the crappyness in the current Intel CPU architecture?
Perhaps we are getting to the point where it is time to say goodbye to X86?
It is reminding me of that other product that had patch after patch after patch. ie. Flash.
It seemingly still won't die but there comes a point where it needs to be put out of its misery. We might be getting close point to that with Intel CPU's.
There will be a lot of people with some very expensive kit that has borked itself because of this issue. They will sue, sue and sue until they get a solution.
A lot of companies are walking blind into this mess. Some really don't give a F**k. They have your money and good luck trying to get any support.
If this gets bad enough the Politicians (who it seems are mostly Lawyers or PPE grads these days) will get involved which will only make things worse.
An awful lot of this kit is never connected to the interwebs so I'd like someone to explain why it needs security certificates in the first place.
OTOH, this is a disaster by design and as other comments have said this is all to get you to buy more stuff which will more than likely have even an even shorter lifespan before the same thing happens again.
Nowt new there then. It has long been a war between MS and the Graphics Card makers. I really don't know why MS can't test for an Nvidia or AMD driver and just not replace the far superior drivers with their bit of tat. But no... you gotta do it their way or not at all. Nowt new there then.
the makers want. The less time you own a bit of kit that works, the sooner you need to go out and buy another 'improved' model with probably less support time than the old one. Samsung is well known for not updating its phones after a year or two so it isn't unreasonable to expect them to do the same for their white goods.
I won't be buying any of this 'limited use tat' for my home. As for connecting the tat up to the internet? forget it sunshine. It ain't gonna happen.
'Smart' anything is rapidly becoming a word that describes anything but smart. Rip-off more like.
and think again about the case.
Counterfeit aircraft parts is a huge problem. They look just like the real ones but the plane could fall out of the sky because said part failed in operation.
I agree that Apple are wankers when it somes to repairs but they like all businesses have trademarks to defend. They also face many, many law suits for phones blowing up when being charged with what looks like a real Apple charger but isn't. There really is no middle ground here.
Canonical are really taking whole chapters out of the Microsoft 'How To' book.
Do it our way or not at all.
Good for the likes of Mint to say NO.
What was so wrong with the .deb package format anyway?
We got through 'RPM Hell' which mostly went away with tools like 'yum' and now Canonical are foisting this onto people. They'll start wondering where all their disk space went. Memories of the sort of issues we had 20+ years ago.
I never really got on with Ubuntu despite everyone in the LUG telling me that it was the greatest thing since... the last greatest thing. Now? hardly any of them use it. Mint is the most popular. Perhaps Canonical really need to listen to their users (unlike Microsoft)?
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