* Posts by NoneSuch

2273 posts • joined 25 May 2010

Microsoft to kill off old access rules in Exchange Online

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FAIL

Re: The beginning of the end...

Sending email to someone you've written weekly for ten years.

Outlook: SUSPISCIOUS ACTIVITY and blocks your account.

Meanwhile, three Nigerian Prince emails get through.

Oracle extends share options plans, no bumper payday for execs... yet

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Effing Dumb

130 million??? Divide that by Oracle staff would give them just under $1,000 a person. They are the ones doing the real work.

Wearables sales slacken as the novelty wears off

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Re: An $800 watch

But, but... The Logo!

Getty bans AI-generated art due to copyright concerns

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Alert

Ahh...

The "monkey grabbed the camera and took the photo" law suit comes to mind.

Microsoft debuts Windows 11 2022 Update – now with features added monthly

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Re: New features every month?

Panos Panay, Microsoft’s executive vice president and chief product officer for Windows + Devices, has billed the update [...] as offering “many subtle, but important changes that come together to help you be your most productive and your most creative.”

My fixed version.

Panos Panay, Microsoft’s executive vice president and spyware as a service officer for Windows + Devices, has billed the update [...] as offering “many unnecessary, but annoying changes that make us lots of juicy profit and help us gather as much private info on you to bolster our ad and marketing department revenues.”

Meta, Twitter, Apple, Google urged to up encryption game in post-Roe America

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Mushroom

Re: in other news: governments require backdoors in encryptions

Backdoors?

In WW2, the strongest Enigma code was 88 bits. We broke it in a shed using telephone relay switches.

70+ years later we're told 256 bit encryption is strong enough as long as you use an American NSA designed algorithm.

Best practice is to use whatever is NOT listed on the US Department of Commerce recommended encryption page and up the key strength to the highest supported number you can find.

Depend on corporations and governments to protect your privacy and you will be disappointed.

Amazon's Roomba acquisition gets caught on FTC's rug

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FAIL

Re: Scamazon

Before you buy an iRobot device, try to download their Google / Apple app that controls the unit. They geolock a lot of countries making that app unavailable in many regions. No reference to that on their website and if you are geolocked don't expect support.

A rake in the face after spending $1,000+ and finding you can't download the app that controls it. Caveat emptor.

BT CEO orders staff: Back to the office or risk 'disciplinary action'

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Coffee/keyboard

The biggest drivers of this are the folks who feel the need to socialize. They like being around others chatting about nothing. Meanwhile, those of us actually doing work can get more done without the constant interruption's of how Mike's son is getting on in Uni or how Judy and her baby are doing.

As if the quality of your work depends on you being seen, your location, or whether you are wearing trousers.

Apple to raise App Store prices in 28 countries

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Big Brother

Raising Prices?

If I add up all my Apple store purchases over the last ten years, you'd get 0.

To those mired in their eco system, start building ladders to get over their walled garden.

Intel pushes out NUC mini PC with Arc graphics

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Coat

Not this Gamer...

I'll pass on ARC until the tech matures. Or at least gets decent drivers.

Bad UI killed the radio star

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Facepalm

Re: Always follow the protocol

"It's worse when you do so because you didn't follow a clearly stated protocol. It's sooooo much worse when you designed the protocol in the first place."

I feel for her. Been there myself. "My rules don't apply to me..." then egg-on-face lesson learned.

iPhone 14 iFixit teardown shows Apple's learning on repairs

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Facepalm

Re: iFixit is now like El Reg to Apple

Apple, fourteen versions before they even think to make it repairable. And then only after constantly being sued by the EU.

Honestly, if it wasn't for the EU keeping US corporate over-reach in line, we'd be in a world of hurt.

Google fined $4b after Euro court snips 5% off earlier price

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Coat

As this is an EU court win, one presumes the UK's cut of the proceeds is 0%.

Twitter datacenter melted down in Labor Day heat

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Pint

Re: To be said tomorrow...

Thank God the backup DC's kicked in. I would've been forced to actually talk to someone otherwise.

Chinese researchers make car glide 35mm above ground in maglev test

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Joke

Re: The future has arrived ... at last ... maybe!

Where's my hoverboar- Oh...

Intel's stock Raptor Lake chip will do 6GHz and overclock another 25%, if it keeps cool

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Re: Honest question

My new Threadripper rig has seven BeQuiet! Silent Wings Pro 4 fans. You cannot hear it, even under load.

As for Intel, they are finally competing with what AMD put out 9 months ago, and still losing.

Blue Monday for Blue Origin as rocket bursts into flame

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Childcatcher

No one likes trashing civvy space companies more than me, but in this case the crew capsule separated perfectly and automatically. It was much faster then any human could have reacted. Crew safety is paramount and shows they've done that part correctly.

If you could choose a few bruises from hard acceleration or exploding in front of friends and family, what would you decide?

VMware CEO bats away Broadcom concerns – it’s just ‘the next transition’

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Devil

No Need For a Beta Test

Release it into the wild and let the users sort the bugs out.

AMD refreshes desktop CPUs with 5nm Ryzen 7000s that can reach 5.7GHz with 16 cores

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Linux

@AC

"Same vintage here. This was my Elite Dangerous machine, probably time to update the innards although I will keep the old case."

Couple of things for a fellow Elite CMDR. The new CPU may have all sorts of teething issues. New gen, new tech with DDR5 and new mobo chipsets to run them. If you don't want to be updating drivers, firmware and BIOS continually, then give this a miss for 6 months at least until the worse bugs are worked out.

Second, the layered Zen X3D processors are probably 6 months away as well and this will give another significant boost to performance.

Crooks target top execs on Office 365 with MFA-bypass scheme

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Devil

Or we can just lock the door after the horse has bolted.

Twitter whistleblower summoned to Senate Judiciary Committee

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Devil

Re: "a false narrative"

"It is possible the Twitter is being honest and accurate."

A corporation that admits when they are wrong in this litigious society?

(Best Dr. Evil) Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.....

When an IT specialist with voluminous work experience says a corporation is deficient in many areas, I'd put my money on them. I've seen it far too often myself.

Tesla owner gets key fob chip implanted in his hand

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Joke

Can't wait for Tesla to immobilize him for not paying an access fee.

Python tops programming love list – but if you want a job, learn SQL

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Re: Feeling smug

Coming up on 40 years of IT experience, I can say with confidence that whatever programming language you embrace will become obsolete as soon as you get competent using it.

"Fortran is Forever" - Banner at a university card punch machine room, 1979'ish

Commercial space station Orbital Reef's design phase passes NASA review

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Devil

You can bet...

If Bezos designs the logistics there will be a pile of mislabeled Amazon boxes hovering just outside the airlock after the first month.

Intel set to squeeze the flops out of Ponte Vecchio GPU

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Joke

x86 technology was released in 1978 making it 44 years old.

We all know IBM's recent attitude to the silver haired. I doubt it will be around much longer.

Smartphone gyroscopes threaten air-gapped systems, researcher finds

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Childcatcher

Think it through.

"So, the scenario is; you need to not only trick the attacked into installing something which covertly emits sound but you also need to trick someone into becoming the attacker to covertly pick up those sounds, and then have them both in the same room."

Amazon shopping App on phone

Amazon Alexa in your living room

Done.

In a time before calculators, going the extra mile at work sometimes didn't add up

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Childcatcher

Re: Bank Accounts

"I actually quite enjoyed seeing these old books and the customers always had a wee chuckle at the "fortunes" that they were getting back. "

Been out of the UK for some time, but I can tell you that in North America you need to maintain at least 60,000 in your bank account so the interest generated covers the monthly fees. The damage these fees do to low income account holders is gut wrenching. The first year in Canada they introduced fees, they generated 6 billion dollars. They've only gone up since then and many more fees have been introduced.

LibreOffice improves Microsoft compatibility with version 7.4

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Windows

Re: My God!

@James O'Shea

"There's a problem. Outlook is cross-platform. It works on my Windows boxes, it works on my Macs, it works on my iOS boxes. Evolution in Linux-only. There used to be Mac and Windows ports, but they're gone. No, I'm not moving to Linux to use it."

That's your choice. However, by not exploring alternatives you may find your self paying Microsoft a monthly fee for an endlessly bloated email client forever. Don't say we didn't try to warn you.

Microsoft looks beyond the US with Windows Subsystem for Android

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Devil

Embrace, extend and extinguish.

Nuff said.

The truth about that draft law banning Uncle Sam buying insecure software

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"A certification that each item listed on the submitted bill of materials is free from all known vulnerabilities or defects affecting the security of the end product or service."

Any such item would be unpowered, embedded in meter thick reinforced concrete and on the Dark Side of the Moon in a deep crater.

Australian wasps threaten another passenger plane, with help from COVID-19

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Flame

Re: Incredibly delicate technology

Traditionally, the Flight Engineer is supposed to walk around the jet prior to take off as part of his acceptance checks for the aircraft and remove all of the plugs and other items tagged "REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT" in bright orange or red streamers. As many FE positions have been eliminated in commercial aviation it is now the pilot / co-pilot responsibility. The crew starting the aircraft should have seen this before chocks were pulled. The ground staff and wing walkers pushing the aircraft back should also have noted the flags. Not to mention the supervisors for all these people who are supposed to monitor ground operations.

In this case, this was not done correctly and disaster was barely avoided. The number of people who effed up here is staggering. The young man or woman who spotted this should be given a hefty bonus and the others sent on a long ground handling safety refresher course.

Google promises to adjust search algorithm to favor 'people-first content'

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Mushroom

Google Lost Me...

...eighteen months ago when their search results turned to dog poo.

Google as a search engine used to be relevant; now they are an ad company that offers random links to vaguely relevant sites.

Dinobabies latest: IBM settles with widow of exec who killed himself after layoff

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"Pretty much everyone here has read that. You might think you’re bringing new information to the table; you’re not. It’s totally irrelevant to the case at hand."

Well, it is Wikipedia. Tell me what new info you want in there and I will happily edit it for you.

Philippines orders fraud probe after paying MacBook prices for slow Celeron laptops

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Two minutes of Googleing

Samsung Galaxy Book with i5 Core for $750 on Amazon. $1,000 gets you an i7 and double the RAM.

US bans export of tech used in 3nm chip production on security grounds

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Joke

Diamond Processors. At least then we won't feel bad about paying through the nose for them. The matching earrings and accessories may be a problem, however.

CIA accused of illegally spying on Americans visiting Assange in embassy

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Mushroom

Re: The truth is out there

Lord, if you are American you get inherent privacy rights.

Rest of the world gets a middle finger and their Facebook slurped.

Keep your cables tidy. You never know when someone might need some wine

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: So an annualised uptime of less than 75%

Secure.

Your.

Server.

Room.

No yobbo's or lookie-lou's allowed.

Apple says 2017 MacBooks don't have FlexGate defect. Aussie tribunal orders a fix anyway

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Mushroom

Re: Why Do They Insist On Blatantly Denying Anything Is Wrong?

Well, the user is obviously wrong. Apple is perfect in every way, every day. Their technology is flawless and never fails. He's obviously holding it wrong.

Prediction: The tribunal will be rebuffed with Cupertino horse plop legalese and they'll have to sue them.

If someone needs a court order to get a flawed product fixed, your a moron if you buy that product.

President Biden signs CHIPS and Science Act into law

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"Oooo, an opening for my PDP11 skillz?"

The Ukrainian Air Force wants to talk to you.

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Re: Lack of Confidence

"Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the CHIPS and Science Act "the most important thing we have done for America in years if not decades."

I wonder which US State is getting the majority of the funds? (That's a rhetorical question.)

After eleven-year wait, Atlassian customers promised custom domains in 2023

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Holmes

"We have multiple teams involved in that effort and are excited to be making steady progress on this long-awaited feature."

That might explain the issue. A Team is inherently flawed. Coordinating multiple Teams is a flipping nightmare. I remember two female Project Managers screaming at each other then coming to blows over who was running a project.

Judge approves Twitter's request to hurry along Musk trial to October

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Pint

Re: An elongated fine?

"A tidy one billion + costs perhaps?"

Give me a billion and I'll cover the costs. Well, up to 10% anyway. Not making lawyers any richer than they need to be.

Apple forgoes cooling systems in M2 MacBook Air

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: The title is no longer required.

I'm not concerned that they make a crap laptop lineup. I'm just amazed people still buy them by the bucket load and are happy about it? I mean I know pot is legal in some places, but even that does not explain things.

Outlook email users alerted to suspicious activity from Microsoft-owned IP address

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Coffee/keyboard

"Sometimes they can be completely legitimate; for example, logging into webmail from abroad, or adding a new mobile phone. Other times they can be an indicator of nefarious activity."

NSA / GCHQ / CSE / Mossad / South African Potato Farmers Cooperative; could be anyone.

Tesla jettisons 75% of Bitcoin holdings, boosting cash balance by $936m

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Next, they will hold a massive yard sale with Tesla office furniture for $0.50 a piece. That Twitter purchase money isn't going to make itself.

Microsoft tweaks Store policy for open source once again

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Mushroom

Motto Changes

Embrace, Extend, Make a Profit on other peoples work.

API rate limits at the core of Elon Musk’s decision to ditch Twitter

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Re: Couldn't he...

"A dispute over API rate limits lies at the heart of Elon Musk’s decision to bail out of his planned acquisition of Twitter."

A lack of money caused by a mix of his own limited knowledge of the markets and considerable hubris caused him to drop the sale. He tried to leverage one of his companies to buy another and his shareholders sensibly said NO! after their share price dropped.

Elon isn't as smart as he thinks he is.

Canadian ISP Rogers falls over for hours, takes out broadband, cable, cellphones

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They can only fix it between 1pm and 3 pm, next Wednesday.

On another note, given the midnight timing of the start the outage, I'm betting celebrations in FSB HQ are underway.

This is the military – you can't just delete your history like you're 15

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Joke

Re: what rules?

I've heard of sneakernet so this must be bungienet.

Broadcom takeover deal for VMware faces no rival bids

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PROXMOX

We've already ported over our DEV/TEST environment and if needed can pivot PROD whenever we like.

Nice to have options.

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