* Posts by UKHobo

40 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jul 2011

Penguin takeover: We tried running some GUI Linux apps on Windows the official way – and nothing exploded


Re: I worry...

In my experience, Windows 10 is a user experience mess. The Windows 10 explorer.exe file manager is a pain in the arse to use, it lacks features that are present in many linux GUI file managers i.e. tabs.

At the CLI I'll take Bash over Powershell thanks.

I imagine that the working professional users you're referring to are not software developer end-users. What you've said could be semi-relevant for people who never stray from working inside Outlook and a Word / Excel file all day long but don't try and present Windows as an operating system that is great for all use cases because it's not, it is riddled with issues.

There's no 'I' in Teams so Microsoft issues 6-month warning for laggards still on Skype for Business Online


On premise Skype for Business is bad enough and there are rumours that the IT overlords at day job are currently trialling Teams. My first thought was how much worse can Teams be. A lot worse by the looks of the comments in here.

Faster than reflection: Microsoft previews Source Generators for C#


Re: Yeah...

Our inhouse system is a c# / vb.net mess and a cluster of thousands of stored procedures which are full of legacy business logic that has been introduced over the years. Some stored procedures have grown to be thousands of lines long. Most developers appear to treat the SQL code with contempt where the SQL is so poorly formatted that it's barely readable and it may as well all be on one continuous unbroken line.

DBAs have decided that they want / need to think about segmenting the data into logical partitions and separating it onto logical hardware. Part of this new world thinking plan is that maintaining any existing business logic and introducing new business logic is now banned in any stored procedure change. This has forced a mammoth refactor of both SQL code and application code which will take years to complete (if it ever gets there).

Lessons in how to morph and mutate code into an unmaintainable monster.

Windows Dressing: Psst... Fast Ring folks, whispers Microsoft. You're in this for the cool icons, right?


Microsoft twitter copy check failure

"Standalone security update (KB4524244) has been removed and will not re-offered"

Plain English? Looks as coherent as everything else emitted by the borg.

C'mon SPARCky, it's just an admin utility update. What could possibly go wrong?


not file system this time

It was only last week that I hit f5 on:

delete from table

where field=x

..but had accidentally only highlighted the delete line in SQL Server Management Studio. 200,000 rows were gone in the blink of an eye.

Luckily this was only on a dev database and our dev environment is such a mess that no-one really uses it. Anyone who noticed anything whilst I frantically scripted the data back into existence probably accepted the weirdness as normal.

Astroboffins spot the most energetic photons yet from gamma ray burst – and here's hoping Earth is right in the way of the next one


Re: Here's hoping..

oh I don't know, it could be the realisation of all things marvel and x-men and personally I wouldn't mind being able blast holes in things with my laser eyes.

Email! HUH! Yeah. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing...


Re: What a string of cockups

hello mystery colleague!

Get ready for a literal waiting list for European IPv4 addresses. And no jumping the line


That would be a good idea but for the rumour that IPv8 comes with a broken start menu and an unwanted mobile ui on desktop. The latest thinking is that we proceed directly to IPv10, a continually evolving IPv and the last IPv we'll ever need.

Pair programming? That's so 2017. Try out this deep-learning AI bot that autocompletes lines of source code for you


if this thing can predict the whimsical requirements of our business unit and guess the required code correctly..genius

Headsup for those managing Windows 10 boxen: Microsoft has tweaked patching rules


The people at Microsoft responsible for their rubbish debug errors and error codes have been doing this since the company was founded. They're either inept (likely) or they have a sadistic love of sending victims on the debug equivalent of hunt the thimble.

If it was possible to count the cost of collective hours wasted chasing unknown errors since the 80s, it would cover the cost of a human Mars mission, fix all hunger and poverty etc

Bug-hunter reveals another 'make me admin' Windows 10 zero-day – and vows: 'There's more where that came from'


Re: Bug class

MS, with source code home advantage should have gone to town finding where else the same type of mistake had crept in and fixed it. Instead, we have this...

I agree but no self respecting middle level PHB is going to sanction the minions to go on a crusade searching for similar issues. It's that person's mission to hide all issues from their upper management.

Boffins bring home the bacon as AI-powered robo-medic performs heart surgery on pigs



a treatment finished off with a quality oinkment? hogwash

Meet games-streaming Stadia, yet another thing Google will axe in two years


I blinked

is it dead yet?

Put down the cat, coffee, beer pint, martini, whatever you're holding, and make sure you've updated Chrome (unless you enjoy being hacked)


The problem is discussed at length here: https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=220892

There's a whole lot of "don't upgrade your O/S if you don't need to" talk around linux mint but if you're a die hard chromium user that depends on the official repos for your installed packages, that is one reason to upgrade because there's no support for chromium updates in the 17.3 repos any more. It is supported in 18.x +

Another option is you could attempt to build it yourself and stick with 17.3..

Ready for another fright? Spectre flaws in today's computer chips can be exploited to hide, run stealthy malware


significant news?

Any chance of a new update from Intel and AMD about their microarchitecture hardware fixes?

It was the best of times, it was the WFIRST of times: How NASA's next exoplanet hunter could find 1,000+ worlds


Re: I hadn't realised

orange shitgibbon, very good, well done.

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!


Re: Windows insider Program

I would imagine that Microsoft Surface devices are approved hardware / known / safe territory for Microsoft, but they've been known to bsod after an update too..

iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop... into a...


he's spinning in his grave in a do forever loop shouting "you're all looping infinitely wrong"

Wait! Before you fire up that HP lappy, check the battery


Re: hahahaaha

Me. My HP Elitebook 8470p 2012 model serves me just fine thank you.

HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'


I have no complaints at all here with my HP Elitebook 8470p. Oh wait, I'm not running Windows

Four Brits cuffed in multimillion-quid Windows tech support call scam probe


in all situations whatever the motivation for the call: number not recognized, private number, number withheld - get f*cked, I'm not answering your call

The nuclear launch button won't be pressed by a finger but by a bot


down votes

This thread is seriously lacking in down votes. Everyone is congratulating everyone on saying the right thing about inevitable Armageddon. I feel it's my duty to comment something undeniably fabulous to bring balance to this madness:

I'm an avid Trump supporter also a Kim Jong Un fan and I hang on T Mays' every word. Computers are all crap and there's no chance that any hack intentional or otherwise could bring about a nuclear event. The first of my illustrious world leaders to push multiple buttons will be carved into history for eternity..albeit a short one

Down vote that. I thank you

Dear Microsoft – a sysadmin's wishlist


I agree they're generally crap at updates but there appears to be something going on inside MS at the moment in this area and it looks like another case of one waring department against another. As a company they're swinging in their approach with updates between "take it all, we document nothing, like it or lump it" and "read about this one, take it if you want it". Here's an example of the latter: http://www.infoworld.com/article/3162345/microsoft-windows/microsoft-uses-new-way-to-distribute-windows-10-update-kb-3216755.html.

..so who knows what they're doing with updates and what the future may hold..which to be fair is pretty much par for the course with Microsoft in general.

Personally I'm in the camp of having to suffer windows in my day job and avoiding it like the plague when working on my own stuff at home.

SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?


Re: stored procedures are not enabled,

not sure what you're reading but the article I read says CLR (.NET Runtime) stored procedures are not enabled. No mention of stored procedures generally not being enabled

Life imitates satire: Facebook touts zlib killer just like Silicon Valley's Pied Piper


sounds like it's time for Facebook to..


Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc


take me to your leader

# Log Martian Packets

#net.ipv4.conf.all.log_martians = 1

nice pointer to the /etc/sysctl.conf file thanks but now that I'm looking at it I'm thinking this particular option should be switched on by default

Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox


my solution:

a NAS box running a torrent server and with HDMI out sat on the shelf just below and plugged directly into my non-smart telly box. /end

GCHQ grants security clearance to Samsung's Knox mobe security


Re: KNOX is a buggy piece of shit.

by design - all devices 100% secured by being rendered 100% unusable

This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs


This changes nothing: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts the middle finger again

- there you go

Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard


A good decision

If only Mozilla had taken a more objective view on the Win8 outcome earlier in the day, say around Feb/March 2012 they could have saved themselves and everyone else involved in this folly all of that wasted effort. Some might say in response that hindsight is a wonderful thing however the feedback comments written in the consumer preview forum at that time foretell the tale of how this was going to work out.

Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

Big Brother

Re: I just want to scream and shake the lot of you

fixed: it's shite

Raspberry Pi DUMBS DOWN to target world+dog


I say good idea - until said newb inevtiably finds NOOBS doesn't work with their particular SD card or whatever else for some reason. At that point the newb is unfortunately confused and upset and is confronted with either getting down to nuts and bolts of getting it working (what they hoped they would avoid via noobs)..or just slinging it in the bin.

Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin


"ok windows 7 is now popular due to the fact it works drivers and software works on it why would i want to upgrade to windows 8 for whats the reason apart from i dont have a touch screen monitor to use the touchscreen feature thats one reason but what does 8 offer that 7 does not"

You might want to consider breathing in between what should be separate sentences. Windows 8 is shit but IMO there's no point having a heart attack over it.

Microsoft to comply with Brussels over browser choice gaffe


throw the book at them - they can afford it

A measly €1.6bn fine last time and after a while they decided to play silly buggers again. We need an in-the-clear fool proof no holds barred way to bail out the Spanish + Greek + Italian + Irish + other knackered economies in the EU. I reckon a nice new whopping €10bn Microsoft EU fine should help out a bit.

Google updates Chrome Flash plugin for security, stability


Dear Neil,

I'm sorry but you'll have to rewrite your article replacing the now illegal trademark term "Metro" with the term "Windows 8". Did you not receive the memo? Rest assured it will read much better after you've done that; Redmond marketing has assured the board that this will remove any potential confusion in future public correspondence.

As a side note, also please be advised that for the moment it's ok to refer to Redmond as Redmond but that might change soon because we're in legal discussions about a possible infringement here with a small biscuit manufacturer in Sheffield, old England.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Balmer

Devs can't be bothered with Nokia's Windows Phone – report


Nice try but I don't see there's any incentive for a decent company like Unity to care about Windows Phone either

Postgres-on-steroids wields bare metal in Oracle, IBM skirmish


$79,000 per node - wow

Next-gen Enyo 2.0 framework rises from ruins of Web OS


December 2013: next crap v1.0 rises from the ashes of enyo v2.0

Defragger salesman frags HP


I'm so happy now

"Due to our poor communication, there’s been a great deal of unwarranted controversy generated between vendors, readers, and the media when the vendors actually AGREE that defragmenting the OS file system(s) is a good thing!"

Thanks for clearing that up for me Mr Diskeeper fraggle expert.

Mozilla outs un-Google site sign-in prototype


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"Behind the scenes, the website, your browser, and a separate verification service use crypto keys to verify your identity"

A.N.Other service:

"Outsourcing login and identity management to large providers like Facebook, Twitter, or Google is an option, but these products also come with lock-in, reliability issues, and data privacy concerns"

BrowserID looks prone to failure as much as any other external service.