Bombastic Bob, is that you?
1576 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
I'm looking at a phone dating from 2012 right now. Yes it was replaced, but it's still here. I plugged it into power a few days ago looking for something else, and it still works, except it doesn't have a SIM anymore, the SIM is in a newer phone. Why would I wipe it? It's an emergency backup phone, in case the current phone has a problem. So, yes, there could well be older phones still around.
The current desktop client is Office 2019. The Office365 license info says it contains, and I quote from the license on this machine:
"The latest desktop version of Office"
One of the features of Office365 is precisely that if you got a standard, non-cloudy-crap-only, license you get the full install on your desktop/laptop/tablet _as well as the cloudy crap_. You can get cloudy-crap only licenses; those work on OSes like Chrome and are missing numerous features. You can get limited licenses, for iOS/Android tablets, and, for the masochists, cell phones. (Anyone who wants to try to play with PowerPoint or Excel on a cellphone is invited to try it. I'll be over there with my tub of popcorn, watching.) Mac licenses are missing a few things, notably Access and Publisher. (Frankly, this is a Good Thing(tm), as those forced to use Access or Publisher will probably agree.) You can get full licenses on Windows, the exact fullness depending on the app set. For Really Full Features, add Project and Visio. All non-cloudy-crap licenses also come with cloudy-crap; I have the cloudy-crap on my machine here. It insists on launching Edge, even if another web browser is set as the default.. I insist on nuking Edge with extreme prejudice.. I use FireFox. The cloudy crap launcher really, really, REALLY wants to use Edge. There are several reasons why I don't use the cloudy crap.
I saw nVIR in the wild, and Scores and SevenDust and the AutoStart Worm and many others, all prior to OS X's arrival. Since OS X, I've seen two trojans, just two. Both were laughably easy to detect, one being the infamous Office 2004 fake installer. This was a trojan shared on places like eDonkey which was 122 kB in size; Office 2004 was 660 MB plus. The fake installer was supposed to open a back door on MS's site and download Office direct from MS, that was supposed to be how it was so small. What it did was delete your home directory and possibly other directories and files.In my opinion anyone stupid enough to fall for that pitch, well,...
There are/were viruses for Macs _prior to OS X_, but none since. And even in the old days the top malware were worms and trojans. No more worms, either, but lots and lots and lots of trojans. The cure for trjoans is the same as it ever was: don't launch them. That means don't go to dodgy Russian sites and download pirated versions of apps, you're just begging for trouble. If someone were to get an infected installer into a legit site, such as Apple's store, or, in this case, the site of Little Snitch's dev, then there'd be a real problem. But if you have to go and hunt down the malware yourself, well, think of it as evolution in action.
A second Insider has raised his head above the parapet, but this one says, with a screenshot to back it up, that the 'new' Outlook supports only Outlook.com, Office 365 (presumably including Microsoft 365, because even the Beast wouldn't block their own, would they?) and 'Google' (presumably Gmail) accounts. Users who have any other type of account, including Apple iCloud accounts, may revert to the 'old' (that is, working properly) Outlook. The default is to push onwards into the brave new world without IMAP, POP, or SMTP. Or, Exchange Server. You'll notice that Exchange Server is NOT on the list of supported tech. The Borg _is_ blocking their own.
I join everyone else is saying: not on my machines. Kiss these (about 200) accounts good-bye, Borg.
I think that they pulled POP, IMAP, and SMTP support deliberately and with malice aforethought. I think that their reward should be fewer sales.
One of my Minions(™) (now all I need is a hollowed-out volcano and a white Persian cat) paid a visit deep, deep, DEEP within the Borg Collective and reports that one of the Insiders chained to the rowing bench said that IMAP works. No word about POP3, but if IMAP works, that and SMTP should also work--unless they are truly mad in the bowels of The Beast. I have not myself tried it, nor will I run it if IMAP takes a hike.
May I sugest that others venture inside the Collective (take plenty of phasers) and report on conditions. Frankly, removing POP/IMAP/SMTP is _exactly_ what I expect from the Borg.
LibreOffice is clunky; it suffers from the "UI designed by a programmer without input from users" syndrome (The GIMP has that problem, too) and its main virtues are that it's free and runs on Inux, Mac, and Windows. LO's word processor is simply not as capable as Pages, or WordPerfect, or MS Word or... well or any other word processor on any platform that I've tried word processors on, going back to DEC All-In-1 on a VAX, though admittedly I was accessing the VAX through a dial-up connection. LO's presentation system isn't as bad, but it's not up to PowerPoint or Keynote. LO's spreadsheet system is better than Numbers (not difficult) but simply is nowhere close to Excel. Sorry, but these are the facts.
Let the downvotes begin.
Q1: how tough is the metal loop on the lock? Related q: how tough is whatever the lock is used to lock? A good bolt-cutter or a heavy hammer would work wonders.
Q2: how good is the fingerprint reader? Fingerprint readers on cell phones can be fooled, with a bit of effort. How does it deal with extreme heat or cold? Some of these locks would be outside, exposed to the elements. They're gonna get hot, they're gonna get cold, how do they react? What happens when your finger touches the fingerprint reader that's been outside when the temp hits 100F, which it has around here in summer? What happens when your finger touches the fingerprint reader that's been outside when the temp hits -30F, which doesn't happen here, thank Christ, but which does happen in the Wilds of Northern Minnesota, where my insane sister lives. (It gets hotter than Florida and temps of lower than -40F(or C, same thing) have been recorded. Why anyone lives there is beyond me. It could be worse. It could be Canukistan. I have an insane cousin in Alberta.)
Q3: in these, Ye Years of Ye Plague, how resistant is it to cleaning agents, ranging from plain water to isopropyl alcohol to bleach? You are, after all, _supposed_ to touch it with your bare hand... A lot of electronics doesn't take kindly to liquids...
Q4: it uses Bluetooth. Apparently at least one BT hack has already been found, and an incredibly stupid one: they used the BT MAC to generate the key. One wonders what other BT vulnerabilities lurk.
In this time of National Crisis, perhaps it's time for HM the Q to dissolve Parliament, which clearly isn't up to the job, and declare a Government of National Emergency, that is, her. While Parliament is quarantined, using the Army if necessary, and quite possibly in the Tower of London just to drive home who is and isn't In Charge, HM the Q can right the Ship of State and Restore Britannia To Glory.
It's not as if she could be _worse_ than BoJo and his three immediate predecessors, after all.
Can I have a hearty chorus of "Rule, Britannia"?
I had a full-on Microsoft account. I used it for, among other things, my copy of Office 365 Education, which cost $80 for 4 years and was a pretty good deal. LibreOffice was, of course, cheaper, but I got O365E because I was 'teaching' (a.k.a. running a babysitting service, but let's not go into that) as an 'adjunct instructor' (a.k.a. a cheap, disposable, 3rd-class sort of instructor) at a local community college. MS has killed O365E and wanted me to sign up for full-on O365 Pro, or whatever it's called, with a '50% discount'. Hmm. $80 for 4 years vs $75 for one. Especially after the way that I was assured, back when I first got O365E, that I'd be able to renew O365E 'at least twice', so that'd be $240 for 12 years, total. It appears that there has been a change in policy. They didn't deny having said that I could renew at $80/four years, just that O365E is no longer available, have the nice discounted for education version of O365P instead. Sayonara, MS. They'd rather get zero than abide by their promises. Or maybe they thought, incorrectly, that I'd have to move to O365P no matter what. I have deactivated the MS account and use the LibreOffice installs I had had around but didn't use because O365, with all its faults, was better. Just not $75/year better. Among the things I 'teach' are MS-based certification courses for server, networks, that kind of thing. The department head has let me know that some of my comments about MS being a bunch of money-grubbing weasels are 'unhelpful'. He declined to comment as to whether or not they were inaccurate; he uses LibreOffice on his personal machines, too. Same reason, he got burned by the O365E/O365P switch, too and is _not_ happy with them.
One of the reasons why I no longer do is precisely that there was a serious bug in its system, one which was addressed by a software update... which did not appear in the just short of a year I had the phone. The iPhone which replaced the Android got OS updates up until iOS 13 arrived, in Sept/Oct of 2019. It still gets security updates. I'll be replacing it, with another iPhone, later this year. Note that the Android did not get _any_ updates despite being less than a year old, while the iPhone has got updates for _five going on six years_. Yes, the iPhone cost appreciably more than the Android... but it's lasted five or six times as long as the Android, making the iPhone _substantially_ cheaper on a usage basis.
Frankie is a Jesuit, and I've yet to encounter a stupid Jesuit, they weed the idiots and overly pious (as if there were a difference) out in seminary. He _knows_ that most people aren't going to take this seriously. The ones who will, such as those assholes at Opus Dei, already do this kind of thing, so no gain (and no loss) there.
El Reg's attitude towards Apple has got to be so bad that I automatically discount at least 50% of anything bad they say about Apple, and automatically inflate by at least 50% the (rare) good things they say about Apple. El Reg's Apple-bashing has become quite reliable. They're like a certain movie reviewer I read; anything he likes I know that I won't, and anything he hates I know I'll like. When El Reg says something bad about Apple, there's usually a lot that's good which they don't mention. I go and have a look for myself, having been alerted to the possibilities of new features by El Reg's negative coverage. Thanks so much, Vulture Central!
So it's gone so far that simply saying that you don't give a damn is now offensive, has it? Laddie/Lassie/whatever, I don't give a damn. I really don't. If you're 2 metres tall, weigh 150 kilos, and have a beard 30 centimetres long but say that you're a girl, more power to you. I DO NOT CARE. If you look like Dolly Parton only with a bigger bust but say that you're a guy, again I DO NOT CARE. It does not affect me in the least. If you insist on using some thing not him/her to describe yourself I may insist on being addressed as Your Lordship the God Emperor Of Barsoom; should the two-metre bearded lady insist on being called 'her' I will, of course oblige her. I'm not using variants on 'they' for just one person. Even if the one person is bigger than I am, which the two-metre bearded lady would be. I'm definitely not using anything more exotic. If anyone doesn't like it, he/she/whatever can try to avoid letting the door hit his/her/whatever's ass on the way out. If this be dismissive and offensive, well, I did state up front that I'm reactionary.
Now get off my lawn, whippersnapper.
I couldn't give a damn about 'non-binary' whatevers, but even little old reactionary me thinks that having the girls dress like Uhura on the bridge of that old lecher Kirk's Enterprise is going a bit far. Especially if it's Mirror Universe Enterprise, that knife looked sharp.
I haven't seen anyone mention the all-time classic Tale Of The Stuck Drive.
The A-6 Intruder was an interdiction/strike attack aircraft used by the United States Navy and Marine Corps starting in the early 1960s. It was an all-weather (that means it could fly at night, night was a weather condition to aviation types at the time) two-seat twin-engine medium bomber with state of the art electronics, including the most advanced bomb-aiming computer in the world, complete with that magical new invention a drum drive. (Those of you who have encountered drum drives may alrfeady knopw where this is going...) The A-6 was heavily used in the Vietnam War, inspiring among other things the book and movie Flight of the Intruder. The crews of early versions discovered that the drum drives didn't like being subject to high gee forces, such as violent evasive action to avoid anti-aircraft fire and SAMs, and would stick, and the bombs couldn't be dropped without the advanced bomb-aiming computer, so all that trouble getting to the target went for nought. One frustrated Marine kicked the drum... and it unstuck. So standard operating procedure was to kick the drum whenever it stuck. Yes, folks, you're sitting in the most advanced attack aircraft in the world, flying over Hanoi with lots of 100mm guns and SAMs and MiGs all after your blood, and you're kicking the computer to make it work so you can drop the bombs and get the hell outta there. Gotta love military tech, you really do. The drum was replaced in later versions, and a simple bomb release which didn't depend on the computer added, just in case. The A-6 kept flying for the USN and USMC until the early 1990s; a specialised electronics warfare version, the Prowler, showed up in the early 1970s and only retired last year.
MS Office has tools specifically designed to delete metadata. http://washburnlaw.edu/library/technology/tutorials/metadata-win.html is but one of many places, including official MS sites, which shows the procedure. It's been around in one form or another since at least Office 2003.
Using LibreOffice or similar would also clense the metadata. Hell, WordPad might do the trick, I've never tried it but it should clean the Word metadata.
And there's always the good old use a different computer.
If _I_ were running this scheme, I'd write the invoices up using LibreOffice in a encrypted VM. Do the work in ODT format, export to DOCX, or, better, to PDF. Store the VM's VHD on a external drive. Run the VM only on someone else's machine.
Not stealing $6 million would also work, but obviously wasn't an option.
You beat me to it but were more restrained. I had to cool off a little before posting, the original version of my post would almost certainly have been moderated. Something about stakes and large quantities of gasoline. Or, alternatively, the use of a spoon the way Alan Rickard would have used it in the best line in _Robin Hood: Prince of California_.
The idiots put a _signed, short integer_ into a counter. If it were unsigned it'd be bad enough. Why couldn't they have picked a _long_ integer? Can someone please identify the morons in question who sold those pieces of shit to HP so that we can be sure to avoid any of their other products?
And, HP... get a firmware update out, yesterday.
Offhand I can think of at least three ways to get data out without doing something silly like emailing it to yourself or slipping a thumb drive into a USB port.
1 take a picture with your cell phone.. If you have an office this can't be stopped. One of the alleged bad guys had a company laptop; take it home, take pix, take it back.
2 print it out as part of normal business. You need 20 copies of Document X? Make 21. Easily done: make a printout, then feed it to the copier and make 20 copies. You still have the original...
3 write it down. See item one above. More tedious, less likely to be detected, and you can write down just what you need. And if someone sees you... you're making notes for the Important Meeting next week. Be sure to show up for the Important Meeting, with notepaper, and make sure that everyone sees that you used the notes.
I just updated two desktops, a laptop, and a VM sitting on a Mac. Under 20 minutes, total, to do them all, including rebooting. I've had Patch Tuesday updates which took two or three times as long. Where's the real Microsoft hiding, and who is this imposter?
And, oh, the latest beta for macOS Godhelpus has arrived, and it was almost as quick as 1909. And actually didn't break anything. Whatever's happening, it's contagious, and Apple's caught it too.
Harry Turtledove once perpetuated a novel, which, among other things, had a major character who was Jewish and who spent a lot of time in Northern Ireland. NI was, according to the novel, the safest place to be a Jew, the Christians were too busy killing each other to be anti-Semitic.
1 The CoC is still a _proposed_ CoC?
2 The mod in question was booted over the weekend, without warning, without a chance to defend herself, without appeal?
3 The mod in question in an observant Jew, and not available after sundown on Friday, ensuring that she did not even know of the action until the next week... and the next Monday was a Jewish holy day so she wasn't around until Tuesday?
4 This whole mess was because she didn't like to use 'they' as singular?
5 The mod in question was NOT paid for her services?
Am I correct? Is there something that I'm missing? Because as it is, it looks to me as though the mod in question was subjected to a drumhead courtmartial in her absence and presumed guilty even though the alleged offense isn't yet an actual offense. It's one thing if the CoC had actually been implemented, and if the accused had had the chance to offer a defense. If I understand correctly, that's not even close to what happened. Personally, if I have it correctly, at this point I'd close my Stack Exchange account, if I had one. Which I don't and am extremely unlikely to ever get one, not after this. If I read this correctly.
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