* Posts by MysteryGuy

58 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Jun 2012


Microsoft revives Windows 10 Beta Channel even though OS doesn't have long left


... some new features will be welcome.

In my mind, lack of 'new features' was a benefit of staying on Windows 10... (As relief from the constant churn of attempts to re-inventing the wheel).

JAXA releases photo of SLIM lander in lunar faceplant


Re: I kind of…

So, it just needed a 'BattleBots' style self-righting mechanism...

GNOME developer proposes removing the X11 session


Re: This is what you get...

"Linux, a part of the systemd operating system..."

CERN experiment proves gravity pulls antimatter the way Einstein predicted


CERN experiment proves gravity pulls antimatter the way Einstein predicted

> Ah, but as hydrogen balloons rise the fact that antihydrogen falls proves that it does do the opposite.

Ah, but to really prove that wouldn't you need to make a balloon... err... anti-balloon filed with anti-hydrogen and see what happens?

But then again maybe it would have anti-buoyancy to complicate things...

Silicon Valley billionaires secretly buy up land for new California city


So, not 'Rapture'?

When I first saw that Musk wanted to build a city, 'Rapture' from the game Bioshock came to mind for some reason...

NASA tweaks Voyager 2's power supply to avoid another sensor shutdown


And I thought my Model M keyboard was long lived...

And I thought my IBM Model M keyboards longevity (still working today) was impressive. :-)

In comparison the Voyagers have worked even longer. And in space...

Corporations start testing Windows 11 in bigger numbers. Good luck


".. more like their phone..."

"... and are pleased that it looks more like their phone ..."

It seems to me that the whole idea that your business desktop PC should 'look more like your phone' is wrong and actually detrimental to productivity.

Post-quantum crypto cracked in an hour with one core of an ancient Xeon


> So, given that this garbage algorithm made it through a round,..

From the sounds of it, the weakness came about because a 'different' area of mathematics was unexpectedly discovered to be able to attack the area that the problems used by the algorithm are based on.

I'm not a mathematician, but it sounds like the maths involved in both areas are quite advanced.

So not really 'garbage' as much as an unexpected discovery rendering it unsuitable.

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'


Re: Really Stupid

> ...it's delusional designers keep trying to unify two very different tools.

I thought the Windows 7 interface (while nowhere near perfect) did a much better job of satisfying both types of users.

Production workers could get their stuff done and so could more 'consumption' oriented users.

Then Windows 8 came along and decided we should all have a version of a phone interface instead...

Microsoft fixes the thing it broke via another dose of out-of-band patching to deal with BSOD printing problems


Re: "It is almost as if the company does not test things properly... "

Who has time for proper testing?

If they took the time to test things then they wouldn't be able to pump out (broken) updates as quickly...

Oh wait...

Axe-happy Microsoft halves support for Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Channel


Stability. Who wants that...

"With the fast and increasing pace of technological change, it is a challenge to get the up-to-date experience customers expect when using a decade-old product."

Yes, you might miss out on the terror of unexpected upheaval in your production environment if you go with boring stability and reliability...

Microsoft: 14 January patch was the last for Windows 7. Also Microsoft: Actually...


'... the black heart of Microsoft of yesteryear'

"... something more representative of the black heart of the Microsoft of yesteryear."

Errr, just Yesteryear?

USB4: Based on Thunderbolt 3. Two times the data rate, at 40Gbps. One fewer space. Zero confusing versions


>Then there will be:


>USB with knobs on...

Thinking back to cars from the days of my youth, I would expect USB with racing stripes or flames painted on the hood/fenders...

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update


Re: Schadenfreude

> I think it's an extremely laboured reference to the Titanic

Shouldn't that be 'The Titanic as a service'?

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server


'Benefits' of DRM

Another 'benefit' of D.R.M.

From a customers perspective, the worst possible outcome is it stops you from legitimately using the software. (Something that seems to almost always happen eventually in my experience. Replacing a hard-drive, etc.).

The best possible outcome is only that it doesn't stop you from legitimately using your tools...

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)


Re: Hmmmm

> I never seem to have problems with these updates... what am I doing wrong?

I've had the opposite experience where something almost always got broken on update.

It got to where I would curse whenever I suddenly got the 'We're about to make windows better' chirpy pop-up announcing that it was about to (very likely) ruin my day...

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

For me, It's not simply that Windows 10' suffers from 'Fit and finish' issues. It's just B.A.D. (Broken as designed). MS seems to have the mindset that they own your PC (or at least control of it).

I use Windows 10 at work (because I have to) and Windows 7 on my multiple systems at home.

It seems to me that Windows 10 is worse in so many ways than Windows 7 as far as the basic premises.

Telemetry spying/tracking, frequent monolithic forced updates (which seem to often break things for me), an inferior 'flat' Metro UI, trying to force you to switch to only 'apps' (so you buy all your programs through the 'store'), etc. etc.

Windows 10 Springwatch: See the majestic Microsoft in its natural habitat, fixing stuff the last patch broke


Re: In the old days

Yes, this must be the new 'Agile' way. Instead of having to wait for infrequent, larger and more thoroughly tested updates (which you updated to when you wanted to), you now get more frequent broken updates forced on you.

Just what I was hoping for...

Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look


Re: To be honest

> But that was learned ages ago, so it probably isn't true anymore, or something.

It seems to me that the new UI's being pushed for PC use these days are usually less usable than what they replace.

It seems that the theory is that just because something is 'old' it is somehow automatically in need of being replaced with something 'new'.

Using the same logic, I guess we need to find a new way of steering cars. That steering wheel thingy has been around for too long now.... :-)

Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it


Windows 7 may not use PCID capability.

On the few Windows 7 64-bit systems I updated with the meltdown patch, none seem to show PCID optimization enabled. At least according to the MS Powershell Get-SpeculationControlSettings script.

This is on systems which do have PCID and INVPCID capabilities. So, this may not be an option under Windows 7.

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign


Does Windows 7 have PCID optimization?

Is PCID supported for Windows 7? I've updated two Windows 7 systems on CPUs that claim to have both PCID and INVPCID support, but that support doesn't show as enabled.

I used the Powershell 5.1 Get-SpeculationControlSettings function to check. (See https://support.microsoft.com/en-hk/help/4073119/guide-to-protect-against-speculative-execution-side-channel-vulnerabil ).

"Speculation control settings for CVE-2017-5754 [rogue data cache load]

Hardware requires kernel VA shadowing: True

Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is present: True

Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is enabled: True

Windows OS support for PCID optimization is enabled: False

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BTIHardwarePresent : False

BTIWindowsSupportPresent : True

BTIWindowsSupportEnabled : False

BTIDisabledBySystemPolicy : False

BTIDisabledByNoHardwareSupport : True

KVAShadowRequired : True

KVAShadowWindowsSupportPresent : True

KVAShadowWindowsSupportEnabled : True

KVAShadowPcidEnabled : False"

I booted Mobile Windows 10 on one of these systems, and under Windows 10 it does show

"Windows OS support for PCID optimization is enabled: True".

So, I was wondering if they've omitted PCID optimization under Windows 7.

US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme


Not a good plan?

At first I thought this must be an April fools joke... After just a moment of thought, many questions come to mind on to why this might be a bad idea:

*) So, what happens if you leave the company? If other companies do this, do they all share a single RFID chip, or do you end up with a bunch of chips?

*) How hard is this to remove?

*) Doesn't this make your location trackable? (Unless you wrap aluminium foil over your arm (or wherever), I guess).

*) Can't someone clone your RFID and pretend to be you? (Maybe getting free snacks :-) )

Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover


Still not as good as it used to be...

Seems to me they are attempting to fix what they broke by replacing the Win 7 style with Metro, and the original Win 7 styling is still better...

Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs


Re: The more they push

"I'm altering the deal. Pray that I don't alter it any further"

And then there's the 'Robot Chicken' version :-)


Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?


Re: A big year of shame for Windows...

> Windows10=8.2

Windows 10 has made me think something I never thought I would... That I like Windows 8.1 better (than 10).

After playing with both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (in Vms), I like 8.1 better (than 10) since it was possible to use classic shell and a custom theme to make it look more like Windows 7.

(It seems to me that Windows 8/10 are working hard to turn my desktop PC from a universal platform for work and gaming into one whose UI looks/works like a phone meant only for content consumption.... One that doesn't scale well on my 1920 x 1200 24 inch monitor.)

Windows 10 has worse spyware, more Metro (which I hate the look/functionality of), limited update control, the 1511/Threshold 2 version seems to have done in custom (non MS) themes, updates sometimes seem to magically delete things... Just to name a few of my least favorites..

All that being said, I still use and want the Windows 7 UI over any of them.

Food, water, batteries, medical supplies, ammo … and Windows 7 PCs


Re: Windows 7

> Everything I've heard about Win 10 suggests that it's less in the hands of

> the user, and more centrally administered; with some reports suggesting

> MS have the ability to override local changes in some cases.

Windows 10... 'What, you thought you actually owned your 'Personal Computer'? :-)

Windows 10 seems all about the phone model where the carrier controls your 'device OS'.

Ironically, before PCs all your data was held centrally on a server. PCs freed you to have local control of your data. In many ways the 'Cloud model' isn't that different from going back to the model that PC's freed us from.

Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest


Re: Does Adobe sit on its hands and wait for people to report vulnerabilities before it fixes them?

Maybe it's not accidental and Adobe is purposely putting in vulnerabilities for use by the NSA, et. all. :-)

Then again, maybe that's not such a ridiculously far fetched idea after all...

Windows 8.1 market share grows, Windows 7 slips, Windows 10 lurks


Re: Perhaps people have realised...

> More and more PCs are hybrid/tablets nowadays and that seems to be the way things

> are going and for these Windows 8.1 is just brilliant.

But there is still a need to do 'real' work, where tablets/hybrids aren't suitable to replace desktop productivity system. I think MS are sacrificing desktop usability in their rush to assume desktop PC's are no longer needed.

There are many reasons you might not like Windows 8, not just complaints about the start button... Overall I think Windows 8/10 is an inferior experience to Windows 7 for desktop productivity:

*) MS wants to move us all to a 'walled garden' (like Apple) where the users are more easily controlled. They control what can be sold, and then get a cut of it all.

*) I don't like the Metro 'dumbed' down graphics style from an aesthetics perspective. And wasn't MS recently complaining that the developers for App. store icons were using icons that were too 'non differentiating'? It seems to me that the whole Metro style is flat, boring, excess simplicity by its design..

*) The flat Metro style also seems to result in low information density, inferior usability panels.

*) Reduced privacy with the 'you should always be logged on to MS central' attitude. (The Windows 10 preview was incredulous that I wanted to log on locally... after I was able to find out how to do it in the first place...). But, I guess they're afraid if I'm not logged on constantly, how will I be buying their apps?

*) I don't want a 'touch' interface on my 24 inch monitor... If I don't want to touch my monitor, I also don't want to make 'touch gestures' with my mouse either.

It seems to me that the whole Windows 8/10 push is reinventing the wheel in an 'optimized only for mobile' way at the cost of Desktop usability.

Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU


Re: What's changed in the last few years?

> Win 10 is an incremental improvement on Win 7...

At least from my perspective, it's more like Win 10 is an incremental improvement on Windows 8/8.1.

To me, it's still worse (for desktop productivity) than Windows 7...

It looks to me like MS is still intent on forcing a 'mobile device content consumption' /visual style/ provider lock-in/ 'Cloud everywhere' model for the PC desktop.

Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish


Re: I put it on a desktop system

I also put 9926 on a Desktop VM to give it a try for the first time. As a Win-7 desktop user I was very disappointed. (I still think it's way worst than Windows 7, for multiple reasons).

First off, it's goes further in spreading the 'TIFKAM' graphics style. For desktop use, I hate the flat, lifeless style and I think it's less informationally dense.

As far as search goes,I don't want a combined 'search the Web and my local computer' when I usually want to search my local computer, and I have a Web browser when I want to search the web.

They really seem to be pushing hard to be 'Always logged on' (and presumably ready to buy more 'apps' from their store). I don't want to constantly send my search habits to MS ( or any of their friends), etc.

The start menu seems to lack many of the features I use in Win 7, Like the Fly-out menus to the right for Control Panel, etc.

Initially, I really didn't find anything that I would think of as an 'improvement' over Windows 7...

Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year


Re: Will it be an in-place upgrade?

> Oh yes it will, unless MS offer absolutely seamless, in-place upgrade and guaranteed

> backwards compatibility for applications.

MS has been having trouble not breaking things just for relatively simple 'security patches' lately.

Imagine how well things might go if relatively significant 'OS Upgrades' are automatically installed onto your system.


Re: Danger Will Robinson?

> "The question of 'what version are you running' will cease to make sense".

It sounds like their plans for world domination have continued unabated. Switch to a subscription 'perpetual rent' model, make it so you can only buy 'apps' from them in their walled garden (they decide what gets sold, and take a cut on every transaction), etc.

It sounds like they still plan to give short-shrift to the 'traditional desktop' in favor of 'mobile everywhere'.

Still seems like a bad plan for the consumers (in general) and desktop users (in particular) to me...

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


> They should run the heavy discount program the did at the start on Win8 again,

In my case, that still wouldn't be nearly good enough for me to want to use Windows 8 (at least at the moment).

I bought two of the 'cheap' $40.00 Win 8 upgrades when it came out on the odd chance that they would come to their senses some day. I still don't use them. I just continue using the Windows 7 I already have installed .

For me, effectivly 'free' still isn't good enough of a reason to make me want to 'upgrade' (since I would still view this as a downgrade for multiple reasons... )

IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...


Re: Any movement so far in migration has been to Windows 7 rather than 8 or 8.1

> I run Win 8.1 with Start8 on my desktop...

At last count, Microsofts plan for you was to kill off the old style programs and have you use only Metro apps in the future. That way, you're locked into the MS store, etc.

MS can stop 'throwbacks' like start8 from working whenever they want if they don't get TIFKAM uptake they want.

You might be happy with what I consider a downgrade in productivity for Desktop use (TIFKAM), but that's not a future I'm willingly buying into...

FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz


Re: Oh come on...

> . Don't like it, just use desktop apps and carry on.

Except that the real long-term plan for Windows 8 appears to be to get rid of the Desktop completely, and have an all TIFKAM all the time experience. We were supposed to only use the old UI as a transition aid in their plan.

With 8.1 they at least allow you to start in Desktop, but it doesn't seem to me like they have really given up on attempting to expunge the 'old' desktop over time... Hence the 'No Start menu' in 8.1.

I'm just saying 'No' to the whole thing...


Re: Oh come on...

> If you work in IT and seriously can't understand Windows 8 or 8.1 even after reading the

> release notes explaining the interface and watching the post install video then you shouldn't

> be working in IT.

Or maybe some do understand Windows 8 and recognize it as a backwards step in productivity and an attempt by MS to lock you into their version of a 'walled garden'.

Today, I would take Windows 7 any day over Windows 8 for Business/ professional use. I see the Windows 8 attempt to deprecate the 'old' Desktop Interface for the 'Metro' interface as just plain bad for productivity.

In this case, I don't consider 'new' to be synonymous with 'better'.

Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

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> Which made me think, there's been a trend over recent years of tech CEO's behaving

> in ways that are only logically explained by the idea that they work for a different

> company to the one whose name appears on their business card.

In this case, it could also be explained as a company whose primary concern is for what's good for it (but not so much for their customers). If they believe they can force their customers to go along, then that's all they seem to care about.

Same deal with Adobe lately...

Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world


Re: Is it just me?

> but instead of excitement I'm now facing dread each time MS release something.

I think for a while now theyt've passed their zenith, and most new 'improvements' seem to actually harm the usability rather than help it.

With WIndows 8, it seems more about craming the users into their "one OS to rule them all' idea than actually wanting (or even trying) to make desktop users more productive.

And I thought it was bad when they changed everything for the 'ribbon' interface...

Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all


Re: Scary and unbelievable

> You could always install a 4 year old OS if you want to live in the past...

I've been around long enough to see that new is not always better. Unfortunately, I've seen some programs get worse and worse with each new release as the company seems to have lost the plot, or gone off on a new plan that they alone think is a great idea, or added unneed bloat, etc.

Windows 8 seems like such a bad idea to me (for the desktop) that it makes me value the 'old' version. I dread ever being forced into using Windows 8.

Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch


Still not for me thanks

I just want to use the 'old' desktop interface on my desktop. (And even if I did have a 24 inch touch monitor I wouldn't think TIFKAM was a great way for me to work).

Windows 8.1 is closer, but still no cigar since they still try to suck you back into tile-land whether you want to go there or not (no real start menu, etc.).

Sure, if you work at it and use 3rd party apps you can do better at avoiding it, but why should I have to go through the effort for the privilege?

Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence


Re: I'll believe in a conspiracy...

> Seriously, why are you acting as if there is no desktop?

It's clear that the MS plan was (probably still is) to get rid of the desktop, and the future is supposed to be all TIFKAM all the time. The desktop was left as a 'courtesy' while everyone moved to TIFKAM (in their plan). TIFKAM is the main point of Windows 8, isn't it?

Even with 8.1 (after setting direct boot) you still don't have the real start-menu.

For me, all I want is the Desktop. It sounds like you're saying that with enough work I can get somewhat close to that experience once again with Windows 8.1.

Why should I pay money (and expend the effort) so that I can maybe get close to what I already have (and want) with Windows 7? Even then, how long until they deprecate the Desktop away?

Sorry, but for me to buy into Windows 8 I would want it to be enough 'better' to justify the pain and expense. When I went from XP to Windows 7 I said 'Yes, this is worth it. It's an improvement'. I had the exact opposite reaction to Windows 8. I would be paying to go backwards.

To me, no amount of 'under the hood' tweaking is worth the pain of 'desktop TIFKAM' and where MS wants to lead us with it.


Re: I'll believe in a conspiracy...

> You've worked in IT for over 30 years and you can't figure out how to click the Desktop

> tile or press the Windows key?

Nope. I just find the whole TIFKAM interface unnecessary and inferior compared to the old desktop way for what I want to do.

MS wants you to abandon the desktop, and use only TIFKAM. Not for me thanks.

And, if TIFKAM is so great, why don't they just let people decide for themselves? If it's so wonderful people should flock to it based on it's own merits.

There should be no need to force people to use it...


Re: I'll believe in a conspiracy...

> In any case, nobody with an iota of professionalism could describe Windows 8 that way.

> It literally does every single thing that Windows 7 does, plus a whole lot more, ...

Oh please. I've worked over 30 years as a professional in the IT industry and I think Windows 8 sucks rocks for any serious work on the desktop.

The intent is to deprecate the 'old desktop', so it's only there while you switch to an all TIFKAM (walled garden) experience.

I find the low-res, blocky, flat, one and a half Window max. experience not only aesthetically challenged, but also actively impeding my productivity.

It's not that I need to learn a new way of doing things, it's that I fond the new way horrific and a step backward in productivity.

You might like it, but I actively hate it...

Microsoft talks up devices, Windows 8.1 at developer shindig


Win 8-Still a bad idea...

I think that the whole premise of Windows 8 is still a bad plan for users: That is deprecate the Desktop, try to force everyone into a one size fits all UI best suited to light-weight activities on a phone, and make everyone buy Apps. only from the MS Store where they take their cut.

They won't give us a real start menu because it might let people more easily linger outside of tile-land (since TIFKAM is the only place they think you should really be...)

Adobe CEO admits need to 'tweak' Creative Suite's cloud-only policy


Cash Grab

It seems to me this was obviously a cash-grab attempt.

Let's say that they have a dominant market position, and depend on getting customers to keep buying upgrades. And let's say that they are running low on ideas for good upgrade features to entice more upgrades.

What a "great" plan to

A) Lock in your customers so that if they stop paying, they lose all access to the software. Since you are dominant in your market you feel customers will have no choice but to go along.

B) Make then pay continuously so they don't get to decide for themselves if an update is worth the cost. They just effectively have to buy all upgrades all the time. Once they have enough customers, Adobe can get paid for doing almost nothing more.

C) Arrange the cost so that if you want more than 1 or 2 programs it's cheaper to buy them all. "Up-sell" city.

Voila! A cash minting machine. That is, if you get enough people to go along...

I'm not going to get suckered in to that...

Adobe "Creative Cloud" Out of Sync

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Adobe "Creative Cloud" Out of Sync

Hmm... It appears that many users are complaining (on the Adobe Creative Cloud Forum) that the all-singing all-dancing "Creative Cloud" cloud storage "Sync" has been down for a few days.

I'm sure that's making Adobe's forced move to the cloud that much more palatable... :-)

Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!


Are we getting a real start menu?

Maybe I jut missed it, but last I heard the rumor was that the 'start menu' that was going to be added was really only a shortcut back to the "metro" start menu.

Did MS say they are going to bring back the 'real' desktop start menu (for the desktop environment)?

Windows Blue preview to land at end of June


But what type of Start button?

> Microsoft's leaking hints that Blue will bring back the Start button,

Ahhh, but will this be the start button we all know (and love?), or just a shortcut back to tile-land?

Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again


Re: One key difference between 8 and Vista

>There's nothing wrong with Win 8 that couldn't be fixed by bunging on a start menu.

If you mean 'so that you can completely avoid TIFKAM' I agree.

I think TIFKAM itself has other issues besides the start-menu.

The total store-only-apps lockin, the Kindergarden flat graphics, the low-resolution, the gestures on mouse controlled systems, etc. etc. all rub me the wrong way.