* Posts by Twilight

115 posts • joined 11 Nov 2010


Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it


I have an iPhone but just found that SwiftKey is available. I may give it a try. Apparently Swype was available but got pulled when it was discontinued (so can't buy it since I didn't before)...

Generally I think iPhone autocorrect and predictions are pretty decent except for two issues that massively bug me:

* It almost always uses "ate" when I want "are"

* It almost always uses negative contractions when I want the positive ("couldn't" vs "could")

Patch now: RCE Spring4shell hits Java Spring framework


Guess that's a benefit of keeping printers for a long time. I have an HP but it is not on the list of affected devices.

Running Windows 10? Microsoft is preparing to fire up the update engines


For start menu, I highly recommend Start 11 from Stardock. It's very cusomizable (I use modified Windows 7 Style as I *REALLY* never understood the purpose of the later changes).

Waterfox: A Firefox fork that could teach Mozilla a lesson


XUL and single process were both security risks and there was good reason to abandon those models. Yes, I hated losing some of the addons with XUL but I got over it...

In unrelated weirdness, I have Chrome and Edge setup nearly identically with the same extensions. However, Edge runs GMail noticeably faster than Chrome does...

I still do run Firefox as well. I use each for different things.

ExpressVPN bought for $1bn by Brit biz with an intriguing history in adware


Well, I really hope this is on the up-and-up. My ExpressVPN annual subscription literally renewed 1-2 weeks ago...

Machine learning data pipeline outfit Splice Machine files for insolvency


Re: ???

I don't know about recently. Around 5 years ago, they offered a layer on top of Hadoop that added SQL (and iirc ACID) support. Based on the article and what I know, it seems like they offered a variety of products related to big data.

Water's wet, the Pope's Catholic, and iOS is designed to stop folk switching to Android, Epic trial judge told


Re: Pot calling Kettle

MMOs like WoW have a different sort of lock-in. They make minimal money off the software itself. They make all of their money off subscriptions (or sometimes in-game-store transactions).

Most music on iTunes is now DRM free. I do have some tracks that are stuck with DRM because Apple only let you "upgrade" from DRM to DRM free for a limited time (there are workarounds - easiest is subscribe to one of Apple's music-related services for 1 month at about $10-15 which allows you to download DRM free).


Re: Pot calling Kettle

My understanding is that Apple has an issue with Epic wanting to sell Fortnight widgets on iOS without using the Apple purchasing system. I don't think (not 100% sure) that Apple has an issue with purchases made elsewhere ending up on iOS apps (if so, I've played a few games that violate Apple's terms then as I could sync purchases made on PC to the iOS version of the game).


Re: I thought this case was against Apple?

And they'll likely use the same argument in their suit against Google (because you know Google makes it so easy to switch from Android to iOS as well).

Proposed collective action aims to take Apple to task over its 30% App Store cut on behalf of 20 million Brits


So, it's okay for Google to charge 30% of sales on its app store but not for Apple?

I'm pretty sure Google also used to disallow third-party payment systems as well but no idea if that changed.

Perl changes dev's permaban for 'unacceptable' behaviour to a year-long lockout after community response


Re: Very.Big.Sigh

More details please. I'm surprised unless you have very specific requirements that you are having trouble filling vacancies (and I'd potentially be happy to take one of said vacancies).

Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?


Re: Cool dude

Maybe it's brevity for "efficiency"? Should we all go back to the Amiga's "amazing" error system ("Guru 95698")?

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it


Re: Conflicting statement....??

But if you have Exchange server on-prem, then you are not using Office 365 (afaik), correct?

I got Office 2019 because I refuse to use Office 365 (unless forced by work). And I don't use MS for email.

Netflix reveals massive migration to new mix of microservices, asynchronous workflows and serverless functions


Re: Serverless?

With talking about "serverless" on AWS, I presume they are running Docker on ECS/Fargate which AWS calls serverless. Yes, there are still servers - what it really means is that Netflix doesn't have to worry about the servers at all (only their containers).


Re: Additional Features Services and Innovations

Netflix used to support manual watchlist ordering. They still have an option for it but, as far as I can tell, it doesn't do anything. Mine is still set for manual (and I've tried turning off and on) but I just get the crappy random ordering they seem to like so much.

The watchlist ordering and invisible limit on watchlist length are the two things that drive me nuts about their service. The "invisible limit" is when I can add a show to my watchlist and, per the show, it is in my watchlist but it does not show up when I go to "my watchlist" - I'm assuming this happens after you reach a certain length to your watchlist (and, with the random ordering, it can push shows near the end off into invisibility).

UK's National Cyber Security Centre sidles in to help firm behind hacked NurseryCam product secure itself


I find it funny that they recently threatened someone who criticized their product for being poorly designed...

Clearly their product *IS* poorly designed.

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?


If I was a LastPass user, I'd definitely be leaving after this finding. As it is, I've been a happy 1Password user for years.

Whistleblowers: Inflexible prison software says inmates due for release should be kept locked up behind bars


Re: High speed checks

They could also save a lot of manual (or software) processing by only recalculating days left every 2 weeks until someone is down to a week left or less (with new calculations - could change if the formula changes again) given that it is 3 days credited per 7 days served (so max 6 day change in 2 weeks).

Terraria dev cancels Stadia port after Google disabled his email account for three weeks


Re: Google

If you have G Suite, your email address probably doesn't have "gmail" in it (even though it is gmail) - it is corporate-branded (or whatever you want).

What happens when the internet realizes the stock market is basically a casino? They go shopping at the Mall


If you want to get even more complicated on investing and "insurance" on investments, then there's credit default swaps. I worked for a company that dealt with securities information about these 10+ years ago. My boss at the time and I were betting they would be the next big scandal/crash (still surprised it hasn't happened yet).

Unfortunately, I don't remember many of the details of CDS any more...

Perl-clutching hijackers appear to have seized control of 33-year-old programming language's .com domain


Re: The punishment is obvious, once they catch the perp

There's nothing wrong or unmaintainable about "old" perl code. However, if you just meant badly-written, I whole-heartedly agree. Well-written perl code is very easy to maintain but, when someone got "clever", watch out...


Re: I used to dislike Perl

I agree with all of those except "looks like someone has mashed the symbol keys". Perl's sigils actually massively help code readability once you get used to them - at least in theory, Perl 5 had some weird legacy inconsistencies (fixed in Perl).

Windows Product Activation – or just how many numbers we could get a user to tell us down the telephone


Because OpenOffice/LibreOffice have an incompatible spreadsheet application. I have a ton of spreadsheets with VBA macros in them and/or Excel-only functions (at least each of the couple times I've looked at Open/Libre Office I've found functions I needed not supported).

What happens when a Chrome extension with 2m+ users changes hands, raises red flags, doesn't document updates? Let's find out


I really hope Great Suspender doesn't go malware. I use it and it is the only thing keeping Chrome's resource hogging in check (I tend to use LOTS of tabs).

Does anyone know of a fork of Great Suspender or an alternative (for Chrome/Edge)?


Re: Who still uses extensions in Chrome anyway?

Based on the stats, a TON of people still use Chrome. I use Chrome because, while it is a resource hog, Firefox is worse. About a year ago, I heard how much better Firefox had gotten about resource management and process isolation so I gave it another shot - it may be better but it is (still) a horrible resource hog.

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted


Re: Sadly I don't see Mike Pence doing this. He is too much of a sycophant

The exact same place. The VP has no legal standing to do anything other than count the electoral votes presented to him. There have already been a few (half a dozen?) cases filed by Trump and the GOP about this that have all failed.


Re: Careful. Slow down and THINK.

There is significant evidence that a lot of the "BLM rioting" was nothing of the kind. At least in Minnesota, the rioting and burning was started by a white man wearing a gas mask of the type issued by the St Paul police (but no way to identify him and it is possible to buy as a civilian (just very expensive)). A lot of the later rioting and burning appeared to be done by groups of armed white men. If nothing else, the common sense factor says it was highly unlikely to be non-whites (or white BLM supporters) as the areas of Minneapolis that were burned were predominantly non-white.


Re: Careful. Slow down and THINK.

The "protesters" were predominantly white so little was done and the media mostly failed to call them out on being insurrectionists. If this had been a predominantly non-white group, a lot more than 1 would have been shot and the media would have immediately labeled them insurrectionists and/or rioters.


Re: Unfortunately ...

That was my thought over 4 years ago when Pence was announced as Trump's pick for VP. It was done to prevent people from removing Trump from office (and putting Pence in).

Ad blocking made Google throw its toys out of the pram – and now even more control is being taken from us


Re: Keep on AdBlocking

I would happily pay for Firefox if it was a good product. I used to use Firefox long ago then switched as it got worse and worse. I've kept up (broadly) on Firefox news. A year or two ago, I wanted to switch away from Chrome due to memory usage and some other issues. I tried Firefox for a few weeks and found that it used almost twice as much memory as Chrome for the same tabs with fewer addons installed (so I gave up and went back to Chrome).

Pure frustration: What happens when someone uses your email address to sign up for PayPal, car hire, doctors, security systems and more


This has happened to me quite a lot over the years. I've had my gmail address since 2004 and it is just lastname@gmail.com (it is an uncommon last name - every person I've encountered with the same has ended up being a distant relative).

If it seems to be a genuine important email, I will try to figure out the intended recipient or try contacting the sender. I've gotten medical appointments, dental appointments, stuff from lawyers, seemingly important orders for an artist (she seemed to be a very nice lady but her name was nothing like mine so no idea how she ended up using my email), etc. There have been plenty of other random ones (letting "Sue" know when the next choir practice was, etc).

The most troubling was a couple emails from Qantas about my flights that included links to modify/cancel the bookings. I did follow the links to see if I could figure out how to contact the actual customer and it did look like I could freely modify/cancel the booking without any further validation. I could not find contact info for the customer but did contact Qantas - it took them about a year (3 times reporting the issue) to remove my email from the account. As far as I know, they have not added any extra security (makes me WAY less likely to fly Qantas).

The most annoying was someone named "Samuel" who used my email to sign up for "every" payday loan service (for months, I got a slowly decreasing slew of spam from them (starting at over 100 emails per day)). Absolutely none of the services used any sort of email verification. A couple years later, he used my email again a few times (again for payday loans and something else but, fortunately, only a couple payday loan places this time).

AWS Babelfish for PostgreSQL: A chance to slip the net of some SQL Server licensing costs?


I would guess the most problematic is a feature SQL Server inherited from Sybase - it allows multiple SQL statements in one execute call. As far as I'm aware, only Sybase and SQL Server support this (it's the biggest reason a previous company stayed on Sybase so long).

Comcast to impose 1.2TB-a-month broadband download limits across more of America from next year


I wish I had a choice other than Comcast but, because of the way the ISPs "compete", there is no other viable choice where I am (and I'm close enough to a city that my zipcode is split between a city and the suburb I'm in). The only fiber option is Comcast but they wanted $300/month so we skipped and went with Business (pay extra but guaranteed uptime and better customer service) for less than half that. There are 3-4 other companies offering fiber with 1-5 miles of us but that would mean the ISPs would have to actually like compete.

We did NAT see that coming: How malicious JavaScript can open holes in your firewall for miscreants to slip through


Re: "visit a website containing malicious JavaScript"

NoScript really doesn't help in this case. The best route to weaponize this would be to compromise a popular website and inject the malicious JavaScript. Provided it is one of the many sites that requires JavaScript to function, it will be whitelisted for most NoScript users.

Ancestry.com: Let arbitrator decide on auto-enrolling membership lawsuit


Binding arbitration clauses should be illegal. At least auto-renewal occasionally has a valid use (Netflix or the like).

Which is more likely to give you a fair shake? A court or an arbitrator that is wholly paid by the company (eg your opponent)?

Iirc, the "no court" clause has never been tested but it would likely be a very expensive lawsuit as any company fighting it would likely get lots of help from all the other corporations that just love binding arbitration agreements.

This investor blew nearly $300,000 on Intel shares the day before 7nm disaster reveal. Yup, she's suing


She took a gamble but, if the lawsuit has any basis, depends on if Intel did violate SEC regulations (not if she gambled on the stock). If they knew that they had 7nm issues and failed to disclose it on their filings then she likely has a valid claim.

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless


Re: You cannot patent an idea

Except that he was in the US and there have been some monumentally stupid patent decisions in courts here. There are plenty of examples of a patent being "xxx on a computer" or "xxx on a wireless device (phone)" where xxx was a well-known concept that have held up for a while (still?) and cost tons of money in court fees and settlements.

As the FCC finally starts tackling its dreadful broadband maps, Georgia reveals just how bad they are


I live in a close-in suburb of a major city but my options are highly limited. I'm sure I show up as fibre served because one provider offers fiber service at $300+/month. There are two reasonable fibre services about 1 mile and 2 miles from my residence but they are slow to expand outwards. Less than 5 miles away is an area served by 5-6 fibre services.

I don't understand why providers are allowed to ALL roll out fibre service in the same relatively small areas and ignore everywhere else. I know they claim that, if they don't, they will lose out on customers but wouldn't they actually gain more customers by rolling fibre out to an un(der)-served area (not meaning rural but even suburbs or other parts of cities)?

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world



Try actually doing some research. A lot of the destruction of black neighborhoods was NOT done by black protesters or rioters. The initial riots in Minneapolis were started by a Caucasian dressed in a gas mask and other gear/clothing to conceal his identity (the gas mask was the same model as used by the St Paul police but is also available to the public (for $300+)). A lot of the rioting and violence was perpetrated by white supremacists.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word


Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

But that's not configurable. What if I want it to flag a single space after full stop as an error?


Re: I don't care whether you use 2 spaces or not...

For dates, the only sane answer is ISO format (yyyy-mm-dd). There's no ambiguity and everyone understands what it means.

Trello! It is me... you locked the door? User warns of single sign-on risk after barring self from own account


I understand this problem for some services. However, it makes no sense for Trello. As the subject of the article pointed out, the boards are associated with an email address (not just with the account) so it should be trivial for Trello to separate which ones are personal vs work.

US judge puts Amazon's challenge to Pentagon JEDI deal into force stasis


Re: Inconceivable

AWS (not sure about Azure) has gov-only zones so JEDI should only be competing with other gov projects for resources.

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file


Win95/98 was good. I vaguely recall liking the "classic" theme in Windows XP a little better (the "new" XP UI/theme was pretty bad) - it's possible I did extra tweaking with PowerToys (I so miss the original set of those). I liked Windows 7 but it required some extra installs to fix the worst bits of changes.

I *HATE* the flat design and current color-schemes that seem to be so in-vogue right now.

Forcing us to get consent before selling browser histories violates our free speech, US ISPs claim


Re: Stop the Press

You would think so. However, I can't remember the last time I heard about any executives or board members going to jail for their company breaking the law.

Quick, get the popcorn: Amazon Web Services says Microsoft's benchmarks for Azure are a load of stripe


SQL on EC2? Really?

My first thought was why benchmark SQL on EC2? SQL will (I think) always be cheaper on RDS and should perform the same. Of course, that assumes SQL means a SQL RDBMS and not specifically SQL Server (which may have to be run on EC2 if it is not an RDS option (can't remember off-hand and can't be bother to bring up AWS to check))...

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard


Re: Contradicting information...

Maybe it's just me but I've never had an Apple (or good third-party) cable (old 40-pin or Lightning) go bad. My wife had one super-cheap (eg non-Apple, non-good-3rd-party) Lightning cable go bad.


There are already multiple companies making good lightning cables. I have cables from at least two other companies that are better (longer, tougher, and some have L-plugs on the USB side) and cheaper than official Apple cables. I have no idea if they licensed from Apple or reverse-engineered the interface...

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune


Re: Famous truths...

You do get warranty repairs for free during the warranty period. You only have to pay for "oops" repairs (in other words, you dropped it, your dog ate it, or whatever).

Microsoft Teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly


It could be a good tool but, right now, it has WAY too many issues. Search doesn't work. Wiki functionality is horrible (or was that in Sharepoint). Linking from one thing to another is way harder than it should be. Web apps could be better done separately rather than in Teams. Sharepoint integration is just odd - things you would think would integrate don't and things you wouldn't expect do. etc...



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