"It’s relatively easy for software developers to use and it’s rather difficult to secure."
Well.. that's a depressing sentence to read. Sounds like they've set novice developers up to fail with that one.
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I recognise as tecchies, we probably try a bit better to fix things ourselves, so by the time we're calling the telephone line, we're well past anything the automated systems can handle.
I don't like it, but I can see the usefulness in running triage on the incoming calls: It's the next step on from the automation bot that tries to point you at a KB or FAQ before letting you talk to a meatsack.
You promoted your app as being "secure", which caused the (Admittedly unintended) side effect of protesters - a group that have a lot to lose up to and including their freedom if you get security and privacy wrong - misplacing their trust in you.
You were told about these defects in April, didn't publicly address them until August, and won't have a baseline secure version that includes such revolutions as "All payloads will be encrypted" ready until September
What you have done is borderline irresponsible.
Most countries, including the UK, has a legal framework in place to define hate speech. It's not going to cover the grey and borderline cases, but it seems to mostly cover the things society at large have deemed to be hateful, rather than hurtful things to say.
It's personal choice, but nothing from telling others your choice and why you did it, and if the wanna do it too, then sure, why not?
Outside of hate speech, You are perfectly entitled to say whatever you like.
Likewise, other people are also perfectly entitled to think you're kind of a jerk for saying that, and want to distance themselves from you.
While there's certainly a nuanced debate to have on cancel culture, genuine redemption, and how far back the public record goes now, quite a lot of these complaints come from people that understand the first part, but forget the second part.
Disappointed at the slow pace of adding safe to implement API's to WebExtensions to add features the legacy add-ons could do. Most developers got bored of waiting, and gave up waiting for missing features needed to port.
In the meantime, I switched to Chrome: It runs faster on my hardware, and with much less customisation to streamline the workflow, there wasn't really an advantage to stick with Firefox.
Expecting Apple to do what they normally do: Have great compatibility until they get bored with it. As you say, the mac ecosystem is very "Evolve or die."
Not saying it's any better or worse than Microsoft's commitment to compatibility, even at the cost of system architecture improvements and security: They're just coming at the problem from two different philosophical ends of the spectrum.
I'll give Apple the benefit of the doubt on this one - They've managed the last two processor transitions reasonably well, and for a project that's supposedly been swirling around for nearly a decade, I get the feeling they wouldn't have announced it now if they weren't confident it's ready and they can pull it off.
The most compelling defence I can think of for them is this idea is so stupid and traceable why would we ever have done it?
The moment you start sending physical items to people, that's a pretty solid paper trail for to follow - it's so laughably childish and naive I'm terrified this is the best they could think of, and none of them should ever hold any more power than a PHB ever again.
Apples nailed the last two processor transitions, keeping emulation working well enough for long enough that all but edge case apps worked until they got updated (or replaced).
If Apple announce this, I'm sure they'll be confident in whatever form of Compatibility they cook up.
Curveball option is they start making ARM Macs running a souped up iPadOS (Which getting closer and closer to a general purpose OS), and keep mac pros running x86 MacOS.
Have you got full automation with Certify The Web working for wildcard certificates?
having a play with that at the moment, and looks like I can't make it work unless I change DNS provider, but happy to be proved wrong.
I do wish IIS wasn't a second class citizen of the let's Encrypt Ecosystem; Full native support direct from MS is high on my Windows Server wish list.
Gaming and legacy program support
Reminder the 32-bit version of Windows 10 still runs Windows 3.1 16 bit apps perfectly fine.
There's downsides (It brings a lot of security baggage with it), but it's a different ideological approach to most other Operating Systems: in the last Decade, Apple have dropped Rosetta PowerPC support and 32 bit Apps, and Ubuntu threatened - and rapidly backtracked - on dropping 32 bit compatibility.
Not saying one approach is the "right" way, but it's a very different mindset.
Agree: As a marketing and awareness exercise, it's hit all the goals, which frankly is probably as much as the FSF Hoped for.
Still, credit where it's due: Microsoft is making slow, tentative steps towards open sourcing certain technologies, which is great.
From a licensing, technical, and company ethos perspective, I think they're a way off giving the NTKernal crown jewel.
Why does EVERYONE Think combining local desktop and internet search is a useful or desired feature?
Most people (I'd say all, but I've met users...) know if they're looking on data on the local computer or network, or the internet: All mixing the two up is slow and frustrate the results, meaning extra clicks and data to sort through.
Aside from that? Yeah, that sounds like scummy early 00's Toolbar and search hijacks. Anyone still got a copy of Spybot Search & Destroy to hand?
It's a good idea: each job has it's own skillset, and finding a person that can fill both competently massively narrows the application pool (And with your manager hat on if you're in that position, may not be cost effective, as the savings of one larger salary over two is trumped by the body count going up).
Only surefire way I can stop Windows 10 from surprise rebooting on me is to set this group policy:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Updates > Configure Automatic Updates
2 - Notify for Download and Auto-Install
That emulates the old Windows 7 "Check for Updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" setting - You kick off applying the updates whenever you're ready, and as long as you reboot yourself after application (IE: Don't leave the system in the update applied, awaiting restart state), The PC can't do it of it's own accord.
As it's Group Policy, it's only officially supported in Pro and Enterprise, and it's a power user only setting, as you have to pro-actively grab updates (Ironically causing the very issue Microsoft was trying to solve)
In the business world, outlook, both as an email and PIM tool has been Microsoft Office's killer app.
LibreOffice doesn't have that, and recommend using Mozilla Thunderbird.
For a big chunk of business customers, Outlook IS office. Gmail has made inroads into breaking that chokehold, but I think Libre/Open Office could get a big boost with a full PIM Application.
Outside the more avant garde stuff like folding phones and flexible screens, is that really a surprise? What more could you honestly add to a phone at this point? Even the budget end can surf the web, take an OK picture, stream a movie, and listen to music (Oh, and make the occasional phone call).
Don't take this as a negative: Since around the iPhone 4s/Galaxy S3 days, the pocket computers we all carry around have been so crammed with features, about all you can do is make the numbers bigger and faster
I'm excited to see what the next big leap forward is, but I'm glad I'm not the engineer or marketing bod that has to try to come up with what that is.
Credit where credit's due: Airprint nails LAN mobile printing. Quick, simple... and nowhere near common knowledge. I've blown several people's minds by showing them they had an airprint capable printer, and throwing a document out from their iPad.
Android printing is better nowerdays, but still requires plugin apps and a lot more faff.
Universal standard would be nice, but I won't hold my breath.
Maybe, as AIBailey suggested above, if they started tomorrow, they could get everyone on FTTC, only leaving last mile copper by 2027.
But Full copper replacement in 8 years? That's an unrealistic deadline, and that seems a way too low figure to do it that only makes sense if you lowball the delivery date.
While full fiber gigabit connections are definitely nice to have, I'd rather they focus on a universal 10/20 meg (Upstream AND Downstream) service, regardless of the technology: Across my clients, I have 2 central London, 6 provincial town, and 4 Exchange Line only business that are stuck on OK 8mb-12mb down, and abysmal 0.5mb up ADSLv1/v2 services: They are so hamstrung by the poor upload speeds, most have grit their teeth and paying hundreds every month for Leased Lines: Getting a "Works most of the time well enough" 40MB/20MB FTTC Service for 50 bucks a month would make a huge difference for them.
This.. just seems kinda odd.
Sage pay and Sage Accounts/Payroll compliment each other so well, reinforcing each other's products: I'm not paid nearly enough consultancy fees for anyone to listen to me, but I'd have thought taking the long term, consistent profit from that division over a one off chunk of cash is the better idea...
That would have probably done well at a middle manager or PHB conference (Much to the chagrin of their technical underlings that would have to implement it)... but why would you take that *Style* of talk to a bunch of highly technical users that have been trained through years of BOFH and atrocity archives to smell PR bullshit a mile off?
Giving them the benefit of the doubt that their technology actually works and isn't just buzzwords strung together, surely you'd tailor the talk to be nuts and bolts engineering, given the audience?
This sounds like the wrong talk to the wrong audience, and with this lawsuit, I predict they're about to do a Juicero and learn first hand about the Streisand effect...
I would have liked to think they had (tested) battery backups and onsite generators with enough fuel to last them though a 15 minute power cut, but after losing six extrabytes of capacity, I'm guessing that'll be fixed soon.
Better to bolt the stable door after the horse has bolted, than not at all, I guess...
I find that a normal good troubleshooting tip: For such a simple thing, it was so many varied and exciting ways to bugger up your network.
It's OK; I'm sure going to IPv6 where the recommendation is to always use DNS instead of Direct IP calls will make this mess a whole lot easier...
I have a soft spot for Windows Media Centre and indeed, still use it on a Windows 7 Shuttle PC Connected to a TV, with an Xbox 360 working as an extender.
Still upset it got dropped from Windows 10, but writing was on the wall when i got my Playstation 3 to run network media better than the native 360...
- Can you go to a show, and see someone on stage that kinda sorta looks and acts like you.
- Can you wander around the show floor without getting inappropriate comments or harassed.
Seems a reasonable baseline to start from; let's get solidly to that point, then build on from there - Having attendees feel comfortable at your show, and a range of different viewpoints being heard seems like a good thing™
I have two columns in front of me.
One of them is the time and costs spent across all my customers cleaning up viruses and malware caused by unpatched systems.
One of them is the time and costs spent across all my customers cleaning cleaning up messes caused by broken and misbehaving patches.
Guess which one is bigger.
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