* Posts by TReko

286 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Feb 2011


Microsoft: China stole secret key that unlocked US govt email from crash debug dump


The full story?

Did the hackers just get lucky by looking at the crash dump,that just happened to be on an account they had compromised, or did they cause the crash?

Microsoft still prohibits Google or Alibaba from running O365 Windows Apps


Re: re: How this is not monopolist behaviour?

It has a monopoly on O365

It's time for IT teams, vendors to prioritize efficiency; here's where they should start


Re: Obligatory "better code" comment

And inefficient languages like Python, Javascript and PHP

Dropbox drops 16% of staff, points finger at hard-up customers and AI



It is hard to compete with the sync app now included by Microsoft in Windows 10.

Intel inside a world of pain as revenue plunges by a third


Re: Slash spending and layoff employees

They've already laid off most of their top engineering talent, and spend little on R&D.

Intel had an effective monopoly for 10 years until 2019. Their chips got 5 to 10% faster per year, which was all that was needed.

They got out of the mobile device and network market in 2007, just before it boomed.

SystemRescue 9.06 is here with the shiny new Xfce 4.18


Re: Time to get a new dual plug USB stick..

There's something called Ventoy that allows one to put multiple .iso images on the same USB stick and select which one to boot.

There are also other useful Windows based bootable images, like Sergei Strelec's images, for those willing to sail the seven seas.

Microsoft gives away '$400m in cloud support' to Ukraine


Tax deduction

Cost might end up negative, as they can write it off as a taxable donation?

Signs of sediment-rich ocean lend direction to Mars life search


Re: Life on Mars

Indeed, our ancestors could well be Martian microbes

Microsoft ships non-Surface PC: a cheap Arm box for devs


Windows RT 2?

Anyone remember how Microsoft screwed their users last time by abandoning Windows 8 on ARM?

Microsoft leaves the Office, rebrands everything as 365


Office 359

Yes, it should be called Office 359, it works 359 / 365 days a year.

Ad blockers struggle under Chrome's new rules


Chrome is the standard

Unfortunately many commercial sites like banks and airlines only work properly with Chrome and Chromium based browsers now.

Google owns the web and the client now, they have a monopoly Microsoft couldn't have dreamed of 20 years ago.

Battle of the retro Unix desktops: NsCDE versus CDE


UI Fashion

Yep those old user interfaces worked better and looked better.

Now everything is flat. Windows have no borders, buttons look like the rest of the page.

I guess we've gone from functional design made by engineers to UI designers who would otherwise found jobs designing clothes no one wears.

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively


Re: WordPerfect

...and then there was Multi-scribe a WYSIWYG MacWrite clone that would run on an 8bit 128kB Apple 2e or 2c system back in the late 1980's

Broadcom to 'focus on rapid transition to subscriptions' for VMware


Re: Software as service once again

What are the alternatives?

- VirtualBox

- MS Hyper-V

Neither are as good as VMWare in my opinion.

Atlassian outage lingers, sparking data loss fears


Google Drive also TITSUP

At least they admit a problem. Google Drive has had corruption and random file removal issues for months.

No help from Google

The first step to data privacy is admitting you have a problem, Google


A bigger problem?

Is it just the default Google dialer and SMS apps?

Or is it any dialer and messaging app that calls the Google Play Services API to make calls and send messages?

Another data-leaking Spectre bug found, smashes Intel, Arm defenses


Re: 'ended up'

Yes, there is a paper from 1995 talking about the security problems with speculative execution.

However, speed sells, security is an afterthought.

Intel fails to get Spectre, Meltdown chip flaw class-action super-suit tossed out


CEO Share sales

don't forget Intel's management team sold many of their share options just before the news was released, too.

Just a co-incidence, I'm sure...

Windows box won't boot? SystemRescue 9 may help


Hiren 2022

There's a great bootable alternative to Hiren called "Sergei Strelec's WinPE "

Most useful.

After deadly 737 Max crashes, damning whistleblower report reveals sidelined engineers, scarcity of expertise, more


Re: False

customers could buy a model with 3 sensors, it was an "optional extra"


Re: "scientific testing" of safety is done by the manufacturing companies

> "government agencies firmly looking the other way because they are underfunded, understaffed "

or the same government agents hope to move to the company they are regulating in a year or two.

Is it decadent that I use four different computers each day, at different times?


No buttons

I have this model Kindle.

I find the lack of real buttons for turning pages a downgrade over my previous gen 3 Kindle.

Why your external monitor looks awful on Arm-based Macs, the open source fix – and the guy who wrote it


Apple has already fixed the problem

buy an Apple branded monitor for $6,000 and it will "just work"

.NET 6 LTS and VS 2022: Major releases spoilt by continuing concern about Microsoft's commitment to open source


Version confusion

is it just me or are there so many different .NET and .NET core versions to differentiate now that it causes confusion?

Azure Emissions Dashboard shows how you and Microsoft are slowly killing the planet with your cloud workloads


Crappy modern languages

Perhaps if the made clients code in more efficient languages like Rust or C instead of power hungry Python or Javascript, then power usage would go down, too?

Navigating without GPS is one thing – so let's jam it and see what happens to our warship


Re: Are we there yet?

Then you'd be told that the bearings were "duff gen"

SolarWinds urges US judge to toss out crap infosec sueball: We got pwned by actual Russia, give us a break


Re: Deperate to avoid

or the ftp into the development server that the set the password to "solarwinds123"

Microsoft struggles to wake from PrintNightmare: Latest print spooler patch can be bypassed, researchers say


The patch breaks printing

We have customers with hundreds of Zebra printers (used in warehouses).

This patch has completely stopped their business.

What you need to know from today's Google IO: Chatty AI, collab tools, TPU v4 chips, quantum computing


A Woke Clippy?

I don't want Google Docs "changing the word "Chairman" to "Chairperson" to "avoid a gendered term.""

Let people type what they want to.

Google Docs users, you are on notice: Code rewrite may break browser extensions


One browser to rule them all

and the next step is that Google Docs will only work properly in Chrome.

Google's developing a monopoly Microsoft could only dream of 20 years ago.

Elon Musk hits the brakes on taking Bitcoin for Tesla purchases


Odd that

one wonders where he thinks the electricity comes from that powers his cars?

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years


Re: Imagine my S5 feeling lonely

You can probably replace the battery on your S5.

My S8 is sealed with glue and the battery soldered in. The battery is not designed to be replaced.

Docker Desktop for Apple Silicon is here, but probe a little deeper and you'll find Rosetta 2 staring back


Docker for Windows is still a mess too

It just runs a Linux VM to host Docker and won't work if the PC has VMWare installed.

The wrong guy: Backup outfit Spanning deleted my personal data, claims Cohesity field CTO


Re: If you cannot touch it do not complain when it evaporates

And you can use tools like SyncDocs to backup your entire Google cloud to local storage on your PC or server.

Feel free to use the cloud, but keep a local copy for safety.

Linux Mint users in hot water for being slow with security updates, running old versions


A bit rich

Linux Mint does not provide updates to major versions.

For example: Installed 18.x? Then the highest you can go is 18.3. After that you need to clean install to get 19.x or 20.x

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


Re: Google

Never forget "the cloud" is someone else's computer. If you're using a free-tier service you have zero support from Google.

On a practical level at least backup your email with Thunderbird, your Google Contacts Google Drive with Syncdocs and your phone with Titanium backup.

File format conversion crisis delayed attempt to challenge US presidential election result


Re: Google Docs?

It's just a delaying tactic. There a many tools like Syncdocs which will automatically convert Word to Google Docs and back.

Well, on the bright side, the SolarWinds Sunburst attack will spur the cybersecurity field to evolve all over again



The password to SolarWinds' update server was 'solarwinds123'

If their security is so lax, their software probably has hundred of other exploitable holes.

Cloudflare floats cloud grand unification theory based on zero-trust access and security


... and in darkness bind them.

Elecrow CrowPi2: Neat way to get your boffins-to-be hooked on Linux from an early age and tinkering in no time


Looks like fun

maybe I'll get one - it's never too late for a happy childhood

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Intel has a patent wall

Anything that emulates x86/64 architecture is patented very securely by Intel.

This is one reason Windows 8 never worked well on the ARM chips.

I wonder if Intel patent attorneys are preparing to sue Apple?

Microsoft's little eyes light up as Oscar-winning Taika Waititi says Apple keyboards make him 'want to go back to PCs'


Re: Best ever keyboard is from ...

Which Microsoft decided to copy with their Microsoft Surface

Crypto AG backdooring rumours were true, say German and Swiss news orgs after explosive docs leaked


Re: "over a hundred states paid billions of dollars for their state secrets to be stolen"

makes you wonder about other Swiss privacy and encryption companies, like Proton Mail?

In a high-security preview, we got our claws on Samsung's Galaxy S20 and S20+... which are annoyingly good


Re: Too big

Since Sony abandoned their "compact" range, there are no high-end phones with a sane screen size. These new Samsungs are just too darn big!

I might have to switch back to Apple with their promised iPhone SE 2 with a screen size of 4.7"

Vendor-bender LibreOffice kicks out 6.4: Community project feel, though now with added auto-█████ tool


Re: Understatement

>Microsoft: bringing you new, exciting features you didn't know you didn't need.

Yep and refusing to fix ten year old bugs in Word.

Perhaps it is easier to add new junk features than to fix old core ones?

Cloud nine to cloud nein: Google beefs up punters' data encryption to fend off cyber-thieves


Re: This is just google ensuring others never have access to the troves of data it keep on you

You can always use an end-to-end encryption app like SyncDocs, that way only you can see the data.

However, many of the GCP features don't like encrypted data, and Google ain't gonna fix that soon.

Facebook iOS app silently turns on your phone camera. Ah, relax – it's just a bug, lol!?


WhatsApp too?

But their empire is big.

Try getting by in many parts of the world without their other product, WhatsApp. Who knows what if it also grabs the camera

No DeepNudes please, we're GitHub: Code repo deep-sixed as Discord bans netizens who sought out vile AI app


Finally a killer app for Google Glass

running this in real-time on Google Glass goggles will add a whole new meaning to "augmented reality"

DeepNude deep-nuked: AI photo app stripped clothes from women to render them naked. Now, it's stripped from web


Genie's out of the bottle.

A quick search shows that, even if the developer has stopped distributing their app, it is still available for download in the usual places.

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found


There are serious issues here, this should not be uncovered in a simulator; it should have been found during unit tests.

As someone who has written code for avionics, every possible state and function needs to be called and tested by the code tests. Any code that that wasn't tested cannot be flown. Any state or possible state transition that was not tested is explicitly dis-allowed.