* Posts by Sil

435 posts • joined 2 Jun 2010


Microsoft fixes flaw that could leak data between users of Azure container services


Mitigate not fix

Microsoft did not fix the flaw, it "mitigated it".

Latest patches show Rust for Linux project making great strides towards the kernel


Re: 70% of CVE Exploits Are Related To Lacking Memory Safety

No, it's using C/C++ incorrectly without the available tools to detect and remove these classes of bugs, refusing to use libraries and langage facilities and well known patterns explicitely made to avoid those bugs, and repeating ad nauseam the same errors, that is like refusing to use ABS.

That said, the competition with Rust is very welcome, and will force the C/C++ ecosystem to address the issue of incorrect code.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps


Limited compatibility

Here's my problem with Windows 11: Graphic card, DirectX 12 & WDDM 2.x

I bough components to build a brand new computer in December 2020, except a graphic card, since modern ones were, still are, and will be probably until H2 2022 impossible to purchase.

I installed my old NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 in my computer.

Hence, it is NOT compatible with Windows 11.

I'm pretty sure I won't be alone with this issue, unless bitcoin value goes to $0.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)


Re: What is an OS for?

Windows 10 is a very fine OS and has mostly improved with time.

I'm super happy it is compatible with hardware I'm still using, launched in 2003, with last firmware in 2007 and newest available drivers from 2010 and using an interface long forgotten: FireWire.

Pretty sure this wouldn't be the case on a Mac, nor on Linux for lack of driver.

Huawei could have snooped on the Dutch prime minister's phone calls thanks to KPN network core access


1. These are still no more than allegations.

2. The US is known to have hardware modified IT/communication systems ordered by external foreign parties.

3. How many times have there been flaws found in Cisco systems giving full rights to the system?

Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, predicts Eric Raymond


Wishful thinking

Microsoft has to make sure Windows won't break systems written decades ago.

So the chance of Windows becoming an emulation layer on top of Linux are 0 % imho.

There is no value to Windows otherwise, and Microsoft would be much better off writing a new os from the start.

Also, people have been underestimating the revenues of Windows for a long time.

Windows profits paid for (failed Windows Mobile), for Azure and for Staya's other whishes.

Yes, Azure is becoming increasingly important for Microsoft, but not important enough that it discloses its turnover, much less its profits.

Microsoft submits Linux kernel patches for a 'complete virtualization stack' with Linux and Hyper-V


Re: The way forward?

IT trends don't last forever.

Azure won't be a cash cow forever, and assuming Windows was eradicated from earth tomorrow, there's no guarantee Azure total profits over the years will beat those of Windows.

In the frame with the Great MS Bakeoff: Microsoft sets out plans for Windows windows


Re: They still don't get it do they?

In my opinion, they get it and that's what they mean by:

"He also promised that Microsoft will not alienate developers with "yet another solution".

Win32 devs who aren't missing anything will continue with win32

Win32 devs who are missing something, and this should be most devs developping modern applications compatible with touch and so forth, will get extended APIs that for all intent and purposes look like an evolution of Win32.

Those who may loose a little are the UWP devs, if the upgrade to the new API isn't as automatable as forethought. However, they also win since everybody knows the divide is unsustainable and things had to evolve.

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy


To be fair, choice is always better, and some people do prefer targeted advertising at the cost of their privacy.

I really don't understant why Facebook isn't awaiting the result: 5 % of people opting in is better than 0 %.

Unless it is sure Apple rigged the question so that nobody would continue to accept use of an IDFA.

Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost


Lots of negativity here.

People could actually like it, let's wait and see.

Microsoft frees Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 from the shackles of, er, Windows?


Re: Or bigger still..

Not a good idea.

Windows supports vastly more drivers and equipments and has a huge backward compatibility.

Consumer reviewer Which? finds CAN bus ports on Ford and VW, starts yelling 'Security! We have a problem...'


Ford refusing to read the report shows Which is definitely not wrong.

It's just like the absolute joke of the security of medical equipment: it interests nobody, until some organization will give us a nasty wake-up call.

How does Monzo keep 1,600 microservices spinning? Go, clean code, and a strong team


Off-topic, kind of

Regarding trends on the bleeding edge, did you read Facebook's explanations on the full rewriting of Messenger for iOS?

To me, after years of building hipster javascript framework upon javascript framework, it seems Facebook devs (re)discovered what older devs did. Such as sql stored procedures and such.


Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it


Had this problem for a few days on my laptop, but not my desktop.

This is what I tried after everything I found on the internet didn't work: I added a new Windows 10 display language.

It did work, and then, switching back to the usual display language continued to work.

I would be very surprised to have done that experiment at the exact time Microsoft fixed its network problems, but what do I know.

Somewhere, Google's financial bods are playing on repeat... What do you want from me? It's not how it used to be...


Unless I'm mistaken, Google Cloud = GCP + SaaS such as G Suite.

So like Microsoft, which does not detail Azure sales, Google does not publish GCP sales.

Europe to straggle Japan, China, US and Korea in 5G adoption stakes


First is not always best

European telcos are right to recoup their 4G+ costs.

5G promises of a revolution instead of an evolution will come at a huge cost, if ever, with the need to multiply terrestrial antennaes, and huge fiber interlinking infrastructures. And that's not even taking into account the need for power efficiency increases of smartphones to benefit from speeds & short latencies for more than a few minutes.

In the mean time, there is very little to be gained by a few percentage to 2x download speed over 4G+, at least for the customers. Videos are downloaded fast enough, and no 4K phone screen makes sense.

Bezos DDoS'd: Amazon Web Services' DNS systems knackered by hours-long cyber-attack


Perhaps they've become complacent and aren't as competent as they should be.

A funny thing happened on Huawei to the bank. We made even more money. Hahaha. Here till Friday


Far from rosy

The situation is not that good for Huawei.

It only sold 47 miillion smartphones in Q3, a 9 % decline YoY, and 12 million less than in Q2.

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings



"The frenetic pace of development of Starship means that Musk's promise that the larger hop could happen in "about one to two months" is entirely plausible.'

Are you for real?

Elon Musk must have the world record on promises not realized, either at all or on time.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)


How in the world do you not sync your notebook files with OneDrive, iCloud, GoogleDrive or one of the many automatic cloud file storage services available for next to nothing?

Dropbox would rather write code twice than try to make C++ work on both iOS and Android


Re: C#

Xamarin looks like a much better idea than Swift+Kotlin.

You can use all native calls, you can share code, develop on Windows or Mac, and you can automate testing on a very grand scale.

Elon Musk's new idea is to hook your noggin up to an AI – but is he just insane about the brain?



2 years, $138 million of financing, and all Neuralink can produce is a NON-PEER-REVIEWED paper.

Rust in peace: Memory bugs in C and C++ code cause security issues so Microsoft is considering alternatives once again



If there were no compromises to be done for security, developers would already write (or mostly let the computer write) ultra secure code.

Believing a language change is a panacea stinks, plus it doesn't even take into account the training of Microsoft's 30k+ developers.

This isn't to say Rust hasn't a bigger role to play at Microsoft - maybe it will, but we would already know if security was as easy as a language's switch.

Our friends at npm have been a top malware injector, and they are Rust lovers.

Disco Dingo fever: Ubuntu 19.04 has an infrastructure bent, snappier GNOME and another stupid name


Exactly what does suck so much in WIndows 10 ?

Apart from the telemetry, wich is decreased each time the EU or one of its DPA complains, I don't see much to complain, especially for the price.

I'm still using a ~12 y.o. firewire audio interface/control surface/mixer whose last driver was for Windows XP. It works superbly. With brand new daw code only compatible with W10/x64. Without any issue.

Last week I flashed a c++17 application on an Arduino Uno under WSL/Ubuntu with avr-gcc.

I can remote debug a Raspberry Pi native app from free Visual Studio Community.

There are pretty much best in class applications in all domains.

Chinese hackers poke the Bayer, but German giant says it withstood attack


Re: Korean Chinese speaking cybercriminals?

Does German Law allow employees to install games on enterprise computers, even if corporation explicitely forbid it? Probably illegal software at that.

I would be surprised.

Microsoft's corporate veep for enterprise puts the boot into boot times


It's a joke right?

Our boot times have never been faster than on W10, even with devices with low RAM.

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters


Re: So, basically, no change there

Thanks for this!

Just switching from Windows Mobile, I have tons to learn about Android, and I am appalled I can't do simple things such as choosing a color for BG or text color without resorting to tricks (black jpg) or downloading apps.

Any recommendation on which dns server I should choose with blockada? DNS AdGuard?

Do you know if the S8 is rootable & would it affect development of apps for the Google store?

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim


The days of the Apple Tax are numbered

Apple earns tens of billions with its services and content sales/rent, but the days of the 30 % Apple tax are numbered, as they are for Google Play or Steam.

Netflix refusing to contribute to this 99,99% margin profit business is just the beginning.

So Apple really needs a new product line medium term.

Watches and AirPods are selling like hotcakes, but it's still a small business compared to the iPhone.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical


If Apple behaved ethically, it would not try to kick out third party repair shops.


OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users


Strange, no problems from me on 3 different accounts including 2 OneDrive for Enterprise and 1 OneDrive for Noobs.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!


Just curious, how are you filling more that 64 GB of storage in this day and age of streaming and cloud storage? Sure, it's nicer to have a copy of one's music collection locally, but it's not that bad to stream it from cloud storage or from a music service.

France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that


Apple is one of the few American tech behemoths that didn't support the call.

Bruce Schneier: You want real IoT security? Have Uncle Sam start putting boots to asses


40 years is over the top.

How about guaranteeing software maintenance for 5 or 10 years.

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files


Re: Man...

Still, no excuse for Adobe.

The lawsuit seems reasonable to me.

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe


Also note that the new iPhones are compatible with quick charging, but the bundled charger isn't.

You'll have to fork quite a lot of money to purchase a quick charger from Apple.

In addition, there is no adapter for 3.5mm xjack headsets, you'll have to pay extra. It comes free with many Android Phones, including the Pixel 3.

iPhone XR guts reveal sizzle of the XS without the excessive price tag


Still very expensive.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait


Seems highly exaggerated to me.

The data loss was for a very very small amount of people with a highly peculiar situation.

Hp's problem is probably HP's fault.

Yes, Microsoft, like probably everybody else, should increase the quality of the release. No, it's not the end of the world.

Yes, you can't rely solely on insiders to do the testing. No, insiders 'usefulness is not limited to fandom. MS gets plenty of telemetry data, bug reports and feedbacks.

We have many desks with the latest version since its availability, from Dell to Surface to custom-made machines, and zero problem.

Samsung's graphene batteries promise to charge five times faster – without exploding


Not Samsung

@Samsung_News_ is not a Samsung account, it's an independent blog.

Outside of Japan, Fujitsu KILLS the K5 cloud with 'immediate effect'


Re: Hands up: who'd heard of it before this article?


Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners: So, about that other broken update…


Lucky me, I'm not affected (basic SP4 m3)

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Money wasted.

Apart perhaps from the USA and China, the financial burden of a navigation system is too big for a country.

UK will probably have to make more concessions to get into Gallileo.

Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade


You say netbook speed but with zero benchmark or link to benchmark.

Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere


I've got the Windows Phone equivalent.

It's a pretty nice solution with a beautiful docking station.

However, I've used it less than expected, because it's incredibly rare that I don't bring along either a laptop or a tablet.

I could see such solutions being useful if docking stations were kind of universal, and hotels & Regus offered rooms with docking & wireless keyboard, with the guest only having to bring his phone. I don't think it'll ever happen though.

Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever


Positively hate the 18:9 and narrower ratios.

In my hand, 16:9 is perfect and on many 18:9 "high end smartphones" the resolution is actually lower than on my 2+ y.o. smartphone.

Google kills AdWords!


Pretty sure most publishers and advertisers would have preferred help in conforming their ad campaigns to GPDR instead of a rebranding exercise with little value.

The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit


A PC centric company that's delusional about being a data centric company

The problem is, Intel is still a PC company, but it thinks it is a data company.

If you analyse revenues and profits, they almost entirely come from processors for PCs and servers (datacenter is trendier).

Based on this, what did Krzanich do since promoted at the helm?

A. Ignore the main business, resulting in Intel not only loosing its manufacturing edge, but imminently being inferior to the competition.

Intel's answer to Spectre and Meltdown was a disgrace, and the company still hasn't a solid plan for new Spectre & Meldown -proof chips.

B. Spend his time on crap: fashiony wearables, trendy chief creative officiers singers, tech du jour drones: do you spot a trend here?

C. The zero consistency guy: launching projets and killing them 6 to 12 monthes after. Just look at the disgusting history of Intel offerings for makers/IoT. Intel had a golden opportunity to leverage its brand and image to grab a sizeable share of a market with way too many chips, way too many development platforms, zero security. Instead, it offered no support to the few betting on its chips, and changed its story every six months.

How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF


Not a PDF fan at all.

About 10 years ago, when I was working in marketing/communication, it was one of the most overused and misused file format in the business world.

People had to convert everything and anything to PDF because it was trendy and expected, although Office file formats where already open, free viewers were already available for the 0,00001 % that didn't work with Office or a program able to open Office documents, and most of all, 100 % of our customers and partners did work with the same software we did: Office, Adobe photoshop/illustrator/indesign /quark xpress.

PDF caused problems to no end because of compatibility issue, file size, remarquable slowness of viewer.errors while printing on the latest PostScript printers and more.

And it cost us a lot of money in licenses for a step that basically brought zero economic value.

OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears


Any good link on performance of hyperthreading vs non hyperthreading?

Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO



It seems quite reasonable to disable an outdated and vulnerable network protocol when alternatives have been provided for years (newer SMB versions). It protects the immense majority of users of a class of vulnerabilities.

However, as Microsoft gets a lot of telemetry data from Windows 10 PCs, it should have seen that a few of its customers insisted on using SMB 1, and hence written a warning on the release notes of the latest Windows 10 update informing them of the plan, and perhaps offer a workaround.

Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped


IaaS is fine but a study of PaaS would be even more interesting, and probably very hard to write.



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